Fashion Week Redux:

Nighttime Sparkle

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Multi-faceted designer, Kati Stern, has a background in art, architecture, and music. These influences are ever apparent in her collections for Venexiana. Her designs are always on the cutting edge, impeccably structured and undeniably elegant. Among the 71 looks in the Spring 2012 Venexiana show, were abundantly sequined gowns that seemed to radiate light with each step the models took.

The Colors of the Universe

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At the Custo Barcelona Spring 2012 Runway Show, colorful patterns were indeed the new black. The color palette included kaleidoscope like graphics, that were somewhat reminiscent of a patchwork design. For evening, the pieces featured a chromatic fusion of graphics created with a unique 3-D technique.

Pizza Party

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Cosmetics brand, Urban Decay, partnered with The Eddies Pizza Truck to bring “Pizza with an Edge” to Lincoln Center during Fashion Week. For 3 days, a high fashion pizza truck was parked curbside at 63rd and Columbus. The special menu consisted of four chic pizzas: The Smokey, The Naked, The Red, and one daily special, because “Contrary to popular belief, a girl’s gotta eat.” Editors, bloggers, and “fashionably worthy” passers-by were treated to pizzas for one and a bag of urban decay cosmetics.

Up on the Roof


To present its Spring 2012 Collection of menswear, Nautica staged a poolside spectacle on the rooftop of New York’s Empire Hotel. The looks included brightly colored pants, shirts, jackets, and swimwear mixed with classic neutrals. Guests enjoyed cocktails and a spectacular view of the New York City skyline.

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Kirstie on the Catwalk

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The newly svelte Kirstie Alley (she is reported to have shed 100 lbs.) took to the runway for the finale of the Zang Toi Spring 2012 fashion show. The designer’s new collection was inspired by North Africa and featured stunningly exotic creations, many of which were accessorized with elegant bags. Alley also accompanied Zang Toi as he received a standing ovation from the audience and she was not shy about showing her affection for her dear friend.

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Rhonda Erb

Rhonda Erb writes about fashion, travel and lifestyle from a New Yorker’s perspective in Better Bets. A self-confessed Instagram addict, her work has also appeared in such publications as Runway Magazine. Follow her at: Instagram: @betterbets Twitter: @betterbetsny tumblr:

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