Venexiana by Kati Stern F/W 2010:
Dreamlike evening wear designed for the red carpet
POSTED February, 12 2010
If Kati Stern’s last fall collection was a journey into the closet of a mid-century Russian vixen, her latest endeavor is
a trip down the red carpet with a royal “it” girl. One of the many wonders about the Venexiana line is its never-
faltering showmanship. A Venexiana show is a boisterous, bombastic event, as it should be. Bombast is a tenet of
the runway, something that Stern wholeheartedly embraces. It seems that Stern is one of the only designers
working today who knows what goes into putting on a show, ironically enough since she’s respectively considered
a newcomer. Compared to its continental counterparts, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week is seriously devoid of artistic
showmanship and with her latest collection, Stern’s extremism is a most welcome respite amidst a sea of
The holistic feel was much dreamier and lively than her previous escapade which oozed with the dangerous
sultriness of film noir. In true Venexiana form, this latest collection showcased Stern’s penchant for huge gauntlet
sleeves, playful use of ribbon, grandiose tulles and of course fur. Although the collection featured numerous full-
blown ball gowns, detailed beautifully with voluminous bottoms, what really proved to be the most welcoming
surprise was the strength she’s acquired for cocktail dresses. A black one shoulder satin cocktail dress had such
a simple, yet stunningly imagined silhouette that one had to force oneself to look at the following gown. Two
different silver and black lace cocktail dresses were also real standouts on the runway.
But Venexiana is best known and acclaimed for its gowns and they were true stars of this show. An azure draped
organza evening gown was a singular encapsulation of what dreams are made of. A true queen of the runway
would be satisfied to live the rest of her days in that stunningly rich ensemble. A slinky, draped sea-green velvet
gown was another vision that seemed too good to be true. Everyone present at Venexiana was there because they
love fashion, and the entire show was an open invitation to revel in what fashion is capable of – from the beautifully
juxtaposed look of the full gowns and Geisha-sculpted hair to the energetic punk vibe of the music, Kati Stern put on
a show that will be hard to soon forget.
Christian Siriano F/W 2010:
‘Project Runway’ Alum Presents for the 4th Time at Bryant Park
POSTED February, 12 2010
Reality TV junkies, fashionistas and celebrities alike gathered at the Promenade to see "Project Runway"
alum Christian Siriano present his 4th collection at the tents of Bryant Park. European women in the 60s -
particularly Parisian women - provided inspiration for Siriano’s fall/winter 2010 collection, however his
proclaimed vision failed to transcend clearly in the 36 looks he sent down the runway.
Siriano splashed metallic on every type of fabric he could get his hands on including wool, brocade,
chiffon and tweed, which added contrast to his otherwise dark colored collection. Unlike his previous
showing that was packed with ornamented gowns and oversized detailing, Siriano toned down his flare
for all things fab and presented a sensible ready-to-wear collection packed with wool coats, organza
draped cocktail dresses, silk blouses, and pencil skirts.
The collection which he described as “very dark, mysterious" was more stark and recycled in concept.
There were a few highlights like the organza draped bodice and scalloped tulle finale gown worn by
Sessilee Lopez that reminded his front row following (Veronica Webb, Mena Suvari, DJ Leigh Lezark and
Amber Rose) why they adore his craftsmanship.
We were very impressed with the designs he created for his 5th Payless Designer Collection that we are
sure will sale out within minutes when it hits the stores this September.
Dr. Scholl's To The Runway Rescue:
Models to fashion editors, turn to Dr. Scholl's for sole relief
POSTED February, 12 2010
Fashion Week can be utterly exhausting. Whether you’re a model squeezing your feet into mile
high stilettos, or a fashion editor running around from show-to-show, women should never
sacrifice fashion for comfort, but we DO!
Luckily, Dr. Scholl’s For Her has put together a Fashion Week Survival Kit with the help of style
guru Stacy London, host of TLC’s “What Not To Wear," who offers her tips for looking and feeling
fabulous on your feet.
LOVE YOUR HEELS: “Stylish heels add a touch of glamour to any outfit and even make your legs
appear longer” shares London, who owns more than 300 pairs of shoes. “Since they can
sometimes hurt and pain ruins the look, use an insole for comfort.” London recommends
Dr. Scholl’s For Her High Heel Insoles that prevent foot aches and pains caused by high heels
2 inches and up.
MORE CUSHION PLEASE: “When standing for a long time it’s important to give your feet some
extra TLC,” shares London, who constantly standing while on set for her popular makeover show.
“The balls of your feet feel the most pressure so add cushioning to the area before slipping on
heels.” We couldn’t make it through Fashion Week without our Dr. Scholl’s for Her Ball of Foot
Cushions that massage the feet cushion and give support to this very sensitive area.