Heavy on Fashion #NYFW Adventure: Black Accessory Designer Alliance show...



Hello, all my fashion divas and gurus! I am so sorry for the #NYFW delay. February has been a busy and rough month full with a new job, family illness, and, of course, me being sick as well.
So I am happy to bring you some great reviews, all my #NYFW adventures, and more!

I had the chance to attend the Black Accessory Designer Alliance show during #NYFW! I was able to check out some fabulous designers like  Rococo Design Interiors, Ronnetta J. Coleman Jewelry & Accessories, and Vedazzling Accessories Boutique.  Enjoy this fabulous video/slideshow!
More #NYFW coverage coming soon!

Check out these fabulous designers at
Rococo Design Interiors http://www.rococodesign.com/,
Ronnetta J. Coleman Jewelry & Accessories http://ronnettacoleman.com/,
Side Note: Check out my review of Ronnetta Anthony bracelet at  /www.heavyonfashion.com//2015/05/heavy-on-fashion-review-anthony.html
and
Vedazzling Accessories Boutique at http://www.vedazzlingaccessories.com/

Heavy on Fashion talks to Lily and Eve

Hello all my fashion divas and gurus! I am so happy to interview another great company, Lily and Eve!  Lily and Eve was started by three sisters Maria, Mia and Tanya. Lily and Eve is an ode to their grandmothers, Lily and Eve and their upbring in the Southern Philippines.  I love the vibrant colors and fabulous mission behind the brand, which is to bring women together and bring them back to their roots of diverse origins.

I also love that they are fellow Jersey Shore girls. 

So without Further Ado, Here is Heavy on Fashion talks to Lily and Eve






Tell me a little about yourself. Where are you from? What's your educational background? 

I was born in the Philippines but raised in Jersey, exit 9 - I see you're from The Shore! I actually have a degree in Telecommunications Management so I'm a daydreaming project manager in the daytime and get busy when I get home. 



How did Lily and Eve come to be?

Lily and Eve consists of 3 sisters. We grew up in the States so this is our way of appreciating and holding on to our identity and culture. The style of jewelry is inspired by the indigenous tribes of the Southern Philippines with their beading and bright colors. The cloth we use for the oversized clutch purses are traditional tribal clothing. When a friend or relative comes to visit, we always request accessories only because it's nothing that's available here. Every time we wear the accessories we always get compliments. We were lounging in South Beach when we realized maybe we should stop hording all these goodness for ourselves and open it for everyone. 




When did you realize you wanted to become a jewelry designer? 

I wanted something more than what is being offered. I usually dress in monotone and what a fun way to stand out by accessorizing in bold colors and pieces.





What is your favorite part about being a jewelrydesigner? What is your least favorite part about being a designer?

My favorite part is coming up with unexpected colors to come together and/or designing something that I'm not such a big fan of but everyone loves or designing something that I really like but not everyone feels it - It plays with my emotions sometimes. It makes me wonder if I have bad taste?? My least favorite part is when a design just doesn't work! I recently tried to make these beaded French knot stud earrings and they were just too heavy. I have to find another way to make it work. It's frustrating but I have to find another way.



What was the first article of jewelry you ever designed?

The first ever accessory I created were these bangles made of twigs. Some where braided others were intertwined all were secured using twist ties from the grocery store. I thought I was so cool. I even painted them gold. 




What do you like best about designing jewelry? 

I don't consider myself a jewelry designer, I'd like to expand and say I'm an accessories designer. The best part of being an accessories designer is having successful "accidents". I say accident because I also sew purses. These purses were an afterthought - not part of the plan at all! I decided to make them to add variety to the line. The Lily and Eve oversized clutch purses are our most popular item. 




What advice would you give any budding designers? 

Be consistent and determined - business is slow when you first start but don't give up! Set goals - it doesn't have to be huge goals but make sure you work towards that goal. Last year, we set a goal to do 1 show a month. Not only did we reach that goal but we superseded it averaging 3 shows a month. It was TIRING but definitely fulfilling. Most of all, don't forget to have fun - it's all about balance.



How has the art world influenced the Lily and Evebrand?

Art, to me, plays on feelings and emotions. I especially like Roy Lichtenstein because his work challenges "tradition". I also like the surrealist painter Salvador Dali. Both of their works are bold, thoughtful, and memorable. Those are the qualities I want to exude with the Lily and Eve brand. 




Describe the Lily and Eve woman?

Lily and Eve is an ode to my grandmothers so it should be fitting to say that the Lily and Eve woman embraces her roots. She radiates style and grace. She is fearless who stands up for what she believes in and looking good while doing so. 


If you had the chance to dress *anyone* who would it be.. who do you think is the most stylish person around?

Hands down, the awesome Iris Apfel -SERIOUS heart eyes! I love how she does not conform at all. I love how she puts everything on but still looks cohesive. I can go on and on -  I really admire this woman's fashion and style!





Where do you see Lily and Eve in 10 years?

I would love for Lily and Eve to get the recognition as a respected company not just for jewelry but an accessories house with a women's and men's line. 


What does fashion mean to you?

Our company motto is Believe in Bold so fashion, to me, is about emotion and having the confidence to stand out and express yourself. 


I would like to thank the creators at Lily and Eve for the interview
You can check out the entire Lily and Eve line at http://www.lilyandeve.net/

(All photos courtesy of Lily and Eve)

Heavy on Fashion Talks to Bernie de Le Cuona, Founder of De Le Cuona

Heavy on Fashion Talks to Bernie de Le Cuona, Founder of De Le Cuona

Hello all my fashion divas and gurus! I am so happy to finally  bring you another great interview with another innovator and designer Bernie de Le Cuona.  Bernie de Le Cuona founded her own namesake line , De Le Cuona,  in 1992 and developed it into the world’s largest own brand linen collection. The De Le Cuona collection is all about great textures and craftsmanship.  With a a strong following with the most admired interior designers and a emerging accessories collection, De Le Cuona is essential line for your home and your closet.  

So without further ado,  Here is Heavy on Fashion talks to Bernie de Le Cuona!







Heavy on Fashion Talks to Bernie de Le Cuona, Founder of De Le Cuona


Heavy on Fashion: Describe de Le Cuona style ?

 Bernie de Le CuonaThe style is masculine with hints of soft detail; it is textural, with subtle traces of my history in Africa. It’s about combinations eg. a magnificent cashmere sheer curtain with raw, gutsy upholstery linen. The colors are muted with pops of unusual hues. The handle is all-important. The elements in each design play different roles in the story they tell, and are made with utmost care and mastery craftsmanship. All fabrics should either be dry like parchment, buttery-soft linen and filigree cashmere or very finely woven wool paisleys with long pile sleek velvets.


Heavy on Fashion: How long does it usually take you to construct a piece? 

 Bernie de Le Cuona:Each piece has its own unique timeframe. It could take weeks, months or years but the ideas happen in an instant.



Heavy on Fashion: Describe the general process you go through to design and realize a piece. 

 Bernie de Le Cuona:First the idea, then the yarn, then pencil and paper and--when I am at my most creative-- work in conjunction with a mill to weave and color. Finally, loads of sample-checking: everything from examining the weave, color and consistency to Martindale tests, light fastness tests and pattern matching. When applicable, certain pieces call for simple tests like making a cushion and sitting on it for a few months to test durability.


Heavy on Fashion: Where can readers buy your items?  

 Bernie de Le CuonaWe have distribution worldwide and two showrooms in London and one in New York.





Heavy on Fashion: What are some of your favorite clothing stores/catalogs/websites? 

 Bernie de Le Cuona:Stores Aspesi in Milan, Browns in London, Anthropology in New York, Toguna in Johannesburg, Ventilo in Paris. I don't much like catalogs but of course in an emergency Net a Porter website.

Heavy on Fashion: What do you hope to have achieved in the industry, 10 years from now? 

 Bernie de Le Cuona:I would like to keep reinventing de Le Cuona...

Heavy on Fashion:  Finally, What does fashion & style mean to you? 

 Bernie de Le Cuona:Fashion is fun and flippant, style is something we all strive for and only few master. 


I would like to thank Bermie de le Cuona for the interview.Please be sure to check out the De Le Cuona collection at http://www.delecuona.co.uk

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Heavy on Fashion Reviews Cate & Chloe New VIP Jewelry BOX *


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Hello all my fashion divas and gurus! I am so happy to bring you an exclusive look at Cate and Chloe! Cate & Chloe has launched a VIP subscription box with the hottest new designer styles of jewelry.  For just $39.99 a month, Cate & Chloe will ship $200 worth of fabulous, designer jewelry right to the subscriber’s door. You guys know that I am all for affordable accessories! Well Cate & Chloe is making that a possible for all my fashion diva and gurus in a budget! 

Today, I am going to give you my thoughts on Cate and Chloe VIP box and how you can sign up for the VIP subscription box.

So without further ado, here is Heavy on Fashion review - Cate and Chloe jewelry!



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I believe that you can never go wrong when you add an elegant necklace to an outfit. The Mary "Motherly" Necklace is great example of such a piece. The Mary "Motherly" Necklace is simple yet fabulous donned in silver plated with several lovely cubic zirconia stones. The simplicity of this necklace is great for wear. I love to pair this necklace with a classic look. The Mary "Motherly" Necklace retail for $115.00. 





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Check out these love stud earrings! They are big, classic, and full of glam. I mean nothing stays glam like a pair of CZ studs. The Olivia "Diginity' Studs are light yet detailed. I loved the detailing around the CZ stone and how they shimmer in the light. These earrings are full of great elegance that pair well with the Mary "Motherly" Necklace.  The Olivia "Dignity" studs retail for $125! 

Well my fashion divas and gurus, You know I am all about a great bargain. 
Well, if you become a VIP Box member you can have some fabulous pieces like this necklace and pair of earrings for just $39.99! When I received the VIP box, everything was warped great and shipping was very fast. I also loved the pink box...so cute! The Cate & Chloe VIP box is a fantastic way to buy great quality jewelry at an affordable price. 




I am so happy to announce that I will be wearing these two fabulous items during my time at #NYFW! I will be posting all my live style photos on the official Heavy on Fashion Instagram Page at http://instagram.com/heavyonfashion and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/malanb
so stayed tuned for my various looks for fashion week starting Sunday, September 7th! 


I would like to thanks the fabulous jewelry divas and gurus at Cate and Chloe for introducing me to their products! You can sign up for the VIP Box at https://www.cateandchloe.com/.

Until next time
Live,Style,Write
Malanb


Heavy on Fashion Giveaway - La Fiorentina Scarf*




Hello all my fashion divas and gurus! I am so happy to bring you a great new review and giveaway thanks to the lovelies at La Fiorentina. La Fiorentina is a family owned business that was founded in Florence, Italy and full of great accessories. Today I am going to give my review on La Fiorentina scarf line and offer you chance to win a LA Fiorentina scarf!



Fun Fashion Fact: La Fiorentina means People of Florence!


La Fiorentina giveaway - http://heavyonfashion.blogspot.com/2014/07/heavy-on-fashion-giveaway-la-fiorentina.html




I love the versitilty of La Fiorentina scarf. You can wear a La Fiorentina scarf in many ways like as a  hair accessory or as a traditional scarf around the neck. The length and the vibrant print are a must for any season. The scarf is ubber comfy no matter how I wore it. I personally love head scarf styles for the spring/summer and the classic neck scarf for the fall/winter. Either way, La Fiorentina scarves are a must for any fashion diva or guru!



La Fiorentina giveaway - http://heavyonfashion.blogspot.com/2014/07/heavy-on-fashion-giveaway-la-fiorentina.html

Luckily for all my divas and gurus, you can win your very own La Fiorentina scarf...yes you read right! I am so happy to bring you a great opportunity to win a scarf from La Fiorentina! Check out my thoughts on Aqua Cheetah Floral and Paisley Print Scarf. 


I would like to thank the fabulous folks at La Fiorentina for sponsoring this giveaway. 

Check out more from La Fiorentina 
La Fiorentina website at http://lafiorentina.com/
La Fiorentina on Twitter at https://twitter.com/LaFiorentinaNYC


Until Next time
Live,Style,Write
Malanb

(This giveaway is for U.S. Residents only!)

Heavy on Fashion Event Rundown : Accessories Council #FathersDay Gift Guide Event

Here is a quick look at some of my favorites items at The Accessories Council #FathersDay Gift Guide Event at the Famous Gibson Guitar studios in NyC!


Here are some of my favorite from the Accessories Council 

J.Fold Stone Folding Carrier wallet   is genuine leather and, can hold just about anything and is not bulky! The price for this fab wallet is $59.50. A great look for dad!  Check out J.Fold Wallets at http://www.jfold.com/

Auburn jewelry cufflinks can be customized and fantasic. You can get any type of designs on these cufflinks. At the Accessories Council, I fell for the Batman cufflinks. This is a great personalized gift for any husband or dad. The Price for Auburm cufflinks are $125. Check out Auburn jewelry cufflinks and more at http://auburn-jewelry.com/

Vasi Moda makes some of the best scarves in the business so I was delighted when I found out, at the Accessories council, that Vasi makes pocket square. A great accessory for Dad. The Vasi "B" Square retails for $105 and will add some serious pop to Dad's wardrobe. Check out Vasi "B" Square at http://www.vasimoda.com/vasi-silk-squares-b-square/

Not every single dad in the world has a keen shoe game. This is why I loved Dr Scholl's Men's Shoe collection. I love Dr Scholl's Jasons. They are light weight, stylish and all in all comfy for Dad. Dr. Scholl's retail for $119.99! Check The Jasons at http://www.drschollsshoes.com/


David & Young has done it again with this stylish Fedora Hat for Dad. You can have your pick of various styles and textures. I also love that D&Y fedoras are very affordable start at $35! Check out more of David and Young at http://www.shopdavidandyoung.com/

Enjoy all the fab photos of the event on Heavy on Fashion Facebook page! 

Heavy on Fashion Talks to Melissa Borrell



Hello all my fashion divas and gurus! Today I am bringing you a great interview with Jewelry designer, Melissa Borrell. Melissa Borrell Design is a great mixure of art and design.  Pop-Out Jewelry, 3D print out jewelry, and Topography Jewelry collections from Melissa Borrell design are innovative and creative. Melissa's work is wearble art and I must know how this line came to be. 

So without further ado 
Here is Heavy on Fashion Talks to Melissa Borrell!








Heavy on Fashion: When did you realize you wanted to become a jewelry designer? 

Melissa Borrell: I fell in love with jewelry making when I worked in a bead store in Boston after I graduated from college. I started selling my designs to galleries right away.  I was so excited about it that I would wake up in the middle of the night with ideas for new pieces.

Heavy on Fashion: What was the first piece of jewelry you ever designed? 

Melissa Borrell: The first piece was called the Orbit Necklace.  I made my own beads from wire and combined them with colorful glass beads. (image attached). 




 Heavy on Fashion: Explain the technique behind Topography Jewelry, Pop Out jewelry, and 3-D printed jewelry. 
Melissa Borrell: Topography Jewelry is made by soldering chain together at certain points so that it creates a "drawing" on the body.  After the piece is completed I oxidize the metal to turn the metal black.  

The shapes for the Pop-Out Jewelry collection come directly from drawings that I make.  I scan the drawings to the computer so that they can be transferred directly onto the metal. The final pieces are exact replications of the hand drawn shapes.  

3-D Printed Jewelry is drawn on the computer and then output in nylon by a 3D printer.  On some of the pieces I then add metal accents to highlight the sculptural elements of the design much like gemstones are set in traditional jewelry. 


Heavy on Fashion: 
How long does it usually take you to construct a piece? It really varies from piece to piece. 

Melissa Borrell: For many of my pieces it takes more time to make decisions and figure out how to make a piece than it takes to actually construct it and other are much more time intensive like the Topography Necklace which takes hours of very detailed soldering.








Heavy on Fashion: 
What are some of your proudest accomplishments as a designer?  

Melissa Borrell: I was very honored to have my designs chosen to be sold at the Museum of Modern Art design store in New York and Tokyo. 

Heavy on Fashion: 
What do you hope to have achieved in the industry, 10 years from now?  

Melissa Borrell: I hope to have  pushed the boundaries of what people will wear! 

Heavy on Fashion: 
Who are some of your favorite designers? 

Melissa Borrell: I love Issey Miyake - his technology driven design is a constant inspiration to me.




Heavy on Fashion: 
Where can readers buy your jewelry? 

Melissa Borrell: www.melissaborrell.com 

Heavy on Fashion: 
What advice do you have for aspiring designers?  

Melissa Borrell: Recognize what your talents are and push yourself as far as you can creatively.  Also, ask for help -- know your weaknesses and don't be afraid to work with others if you can't achieve your vision on your own.  

Heavy on Fashion: 
Finally, what does fashion mean to you?  

Melissa Borrell: Fashion is about expressing yourself and your individuality.  I love the fact that my pieces look different on everyone and show off each person's unique beauty.  



Check out more from Melissa Borrell Design at 
http://www.melissaborrell.com/

A Post Valentine's Day Treat!

Check out exclusive photos of the Accessories Council Valentine Day Event! Photos of all of the Accessories Council Picks coming soon to my Heavy on Fashion page at https://www.facebook.com/HeavyonFashion

Heavy on Fashion reviews - Shady Slut Eyewear*








Hello all my fashion divas and gurus! Today I am bring you some seriously good shades for your closets. Shady Sluts is a sunglass company based out of L.A.  I had the chance to wear the classic in black (seen above). Shady Slut eyewear is extremely light yet durable. They look great with just about everything.  These sunglasses are perfect for the summer or going on vacation during this cold winter season.

Shady Sluts screams Cali all the way to the east coast.  If you are looking to bring to California love to your wardrobe than this are the shades for you. Oh and did I mention that Shady Sluts Shades are really affordable, only $34! Great price for a classic frame! They comes in tons of colors and patterns. These shades have High Optic Definition, High Color Resolution, and High UV Protection lens. Nice!

I would give Shady Slut Shades 3 1/2 out of 5 sunny days! 
Really cute, reasonable price, and a classic frame that works for every facial shape.

Check out more at from Shady Sluts at 
http://shadysluts.com/
and on Facebook

Until Next Time
Live,Style,Write

Malanb






Heavy on Fashion talks to Hortencia Caires Casazola (creator of Stylefeen.com)

Hello all my fashion divas and gurus! I am so glad to present my first interview of the new year with the creator of Stylefeen,com, Hortencia Caires Casazola. Ms. Hortenccia is a photographer and a fashion designer with her finger on the pulse of the latest in fashion. From killer shades to amazing crop top, this a must know for your wardrobe. Here is Heavy on Fashion talks to Hortencia Caires Casazola (creator of Stylefeen.com)!





Heavy on Fashion: How did Stylefeen.com come to be?

Hortencia Caires Casazola (creator of Stylefeen.com): Style Feen launched April 2013. I'm a photographer first hand, photography will always be my first love. I've always wanted to be an in-house photographer for a clothing company. That's when I decided, why be an employee, when I can be the BOSS. Style Feen like anything started out as an idea and my partner at the time and I wanted to create a place where people can come and obsess! I launched it in April using all the resources I had and created STYLE FEEN, an online clothing made for all your Style Feening needs!


Heavy on Fashion: If Stylefeen.com had the chance to dress *anyone* who would it be?

Hortencia Caires Casazola:  Not because I'm obsessed with her or anything (lies), but hands down without a doubt Miley Cyrus! Miley embodies our STYLE FEEN girl. She is who she is and doesn't need anyone else's approval and that's the girl we cater to.



Heavy on Fashion: Describe the Stylefeen Girl? What celebrity really embodies stylefeen?

Hortencia Caires Casazola:  I'm going to have to stick with Miley Cyrus, but Cara Delevingne is right up there with her. Both girls are STYLE FEEN'S! Both just love fashion and are absolutely stunning. Style Feen caters to the girl who just doesn't care about what others think of them, they wear what they want!


Heavy on Fashion: Who are some of your favorite designer?

 Hortencia Caires Casazola: My faves are Jeremy Scott, E Marie and Jeffrey Campbell.
 

Heavy on Fashion: What are some of your favorite clothing stores/catalogs/websites?

Hortencia Caires Casazola:  I have so many! Karmaloop, ebay (always great finds there), Buffalo Exchange, Steve Madden, 2020 ave and many more.



Heavy on Fashion: Where do you get your inspiration?

Hortencia Caires Casazola:  I get inspiration mostly from others around me, people I know who are just like me trying their hardest to achieve their goal inspire me. I also follow a lot of bloggers for my fashion inspiration love seeing their personal style and fresh new places to shop always pop up.


Heavy on Fashion: What do you hope to have achieved in the industry, in 10 years?

Hortencia Caires Casazola:  I hope to have Style Feen be a recognized brand, establish a store front in the future where I reside and have Style Feen be worn by the rich and famous.
 

Heavy on Fashion: Finally, what does fashion mean to you?

Hortencia Caires Casazola: Fashion to me is what you make it. Some people might not grasp or understand what you wear, but it doesn't matter. People follow trends or make up new trends. In the world of today where everything needs to be visual, you like to tell others what you're about without speaking. Fashion to me is what you want it to be. Fashion has so many meanings, but to me, fashion is an art form of expression.


 I would like to thank Hortencia for the inteview! 
Check out Style Feen at http://www.stylefeen.com/
and on
Instagram/Twitter: @stylefeen


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Malanb