The Week That Was

All That Glitters Is Gold

Son Jung Wan
(Photo: Isabelle Erb)

Son Jung Wan was inspired by expressionist Mark Rothko to convey shades of emotion through her Fall 2014 runway show “ Re-composition”.  Pops of gold permeated the collection right down to the models’ lipstick.

Carmen Marc Valvo

At Carmen Marc Valvo, the crossroads of Constantinople and the opulence of the Ottoman Empire were channeled through chain mail, breastplates, metallic fabrics and lace.  The resulting silhouettes were never over whelming and flowed with movement.

Night Glamour

Monique Lhuillier
(Photo: Isabelle Erb)

Monique Lhuillier’s evening looks juxtaposed Old World Parisian Couture with the dark side of romance, best suited for a woman who is bold and dramatic yet utterly feminine.

B Michael
(Photo: Isabelle Erb)

B Michael described his Autumn/Winter show as quintessentially American and his “deliberately glamorous” eveningwear was designed to “remind us of our appetite for luxury.”

Fabulous Fur

(Photo: Isabelle Erb)

Kati Stern’s exquisitely tailored graphite silk gown for Venexiana was shown with a NAFA graphite silver fox jacket.  To complete the look, the model’s hair was coiffed by stylist Philip Pelusi to be reminiscent of a 14th century coquette.


Adeam designer Hanako Maeda incorporated fur outerwear into her wearable daytime looks that were dominated by pink, black, gray and white in her debut runway show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.

Oversized Looks

(Photo: Isabelle Erb)

For her Parkchoonmoo Fall RTW line, Choonmoo Park gave a down jacket an edgy quality with a chunky, angular collar.

Academy of Art
(Photo: Isabelle Erb)

San Francisco’s Popular Academy of Art University Fashion Show at Lincoln Center showcased the work of 13 up and coming design students and graduates. Designer Elizabeth Castellon sought to give her menswear a futuristic appearance while borrowing themes from 1930’s sportswear.

Celebrity Sightings

The Samsung Galaxy Backstage Lounge at Lincoln Center was designed in collaboration with Swarovski and featured a Swarovski crystal curtain. It served as a retreat for models, designers and other celebrities throughout the week.  Designer Rebecca Minkoff stopped by with the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro that she used for fittings prior to her runway show.

The Panasonic Beauty Bar was in residence for two days at New York City’s Salon SCK, just a short walk from Lincoln Center.  Celebrities and media were treated to blowouts and styling with Panasonic nanoe beauty tools and manicures from  Refreshments were provided by Tim Horton’s, Skinny Girl Splashers, and Lifeway Kefir, as well as gifting by Kleenex.  Nina Garcia visited the salon to have her hair touched up between shows.

– Rhonda Erb

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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