Heavy on Fashion reviews: Gerard Cosmetics lipsticks and lip glosses*

Hello, all my fashion divas and gurus! I am so happy to bring you fabulous lip colors from the lovelies at Gerard Cosmetics. As you all know, I am a huge fan of Gerard Cosmetics and was super excited to try and review four great colors from cosmetics collection.  So without further ado, Here is Heavy on Fashion reviews: Gerard Cosmetics lipsticks and lip glosses.

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Sneak Peek of Malan Meets Malan - Heavy on Fashion New York Fashion Week Adventure at Malan Brenton Show

HeavyonFashion at the #Malabretonshow



Hello all my fashion divas and gurus ! I am so excited to bring you a sneak peak of  with me on my New York  Fashion Week Adventure. I have tons of great fashions, beauty, and all around great time in NYC! More coming soon!  

Heavy on fashion talks to Aurelia Garza




Hello all my fashion divas and gurus! It is me, Malanb bring you something new and fresh. Today, I had the chance to talk to a fabulous designers Aurelia Garza. The Aurelia Garza collection is made with the finest untreated Italian leather and all of the hardware is carefully dipped in 10k gold. Yes, Gold! All materials are imported and manufactured in New York City, which is fantastic. The collection oozes class! 


You guys already know that I love to interview the hottest new designers in the industry. It is my pleasure to introduce you to Aurelia Garza!

So without further ado, here is 
Heavy on fashion talks to Aurelia Garza





Tell me a little about yourself. Where are you from? 

That is kind of a hard question for me. I spent my childhood in the Northeast of Mexico and my teenage years in South Texas. I feel Mexican and Texan at the same time. We live in such a globalized world that the place you are born, growth up, and live are not necessarily related to your ethnicity.



Tell us about your interior design career. How was the transition from interior designer to fashion designer? Similarities did you find between the two industries? How do they differ?

Interior design and fashion are both about communicating ideas non verbally.  As an interior designer or fashion designer I have to create a concept to communicate an idea visually so that my designs are strong and meaningful. Both industries are very visual; it’s all about creating an interesting design by playing with colors, shapes, scale, symmetry, materials and so on. The main difference between interior design and fashion design is obvious: one industry focus on designing spaces and the other one on clothes and accessories, but the design process is the same.







I see that gold has a huge influence on the Aurelia Garza collection. Would you consider gold as your signature color, if so why? 

Yes, gold is the signature color of the brand. ‘Aurelia’ means gold in Latin and I wanted to link all the bags back to the brand, not just by adding a logo or a label but with a choice of color.


 I love the reversible tote bag from the Aurelia Garza collection, how did this concept come to be? 

I got the idea by going through my own personal bag collection! I’m always over packing and switching bags by my mood and look. It seemed odd to me that most handbags lack versatility beyond their design so I wanted to create a bag that you could transform into another bag. A bag that you can take anywhere and if it doesn't go with your next outfit, you could easily change its appearance.




Describe the Aurelia Garza woman? What Fashion icon do you feel best encompasses the brand? 

The Aurelia Garza woman is always on the go and she is always ready and prepared for her next challenge. She is good at adapting to her environment while remaining looking polished and glamorous. That's why I feel the reversible tote bag captures the essence of the brand.

I have always admired Emma Watson. She is smart, classy, educated, sophisticated, joyful, and she wants make a difference in the world. Young women like her are who I imagine wearing my bags.


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

I hope to establish my brand as one of the top brands for luxury leather goods made in the U.S. I’m working with the finest materials to ensure that luxury and practicality remains important to the brand.




 Will you be expanding the Aurelia Garza collection? 

Definitely, I am currently working on new designs and styles for the nest few upcoming seasons. Right now we have four amazing styles with a vast color array to choose from. In the near future I will definitely be introducing more designs for the collection.



What advice would you give a budding designer in the industry? 

Creativity and passion will keep you moving every day! You need to be able to motivate yourself against any and all obstacles. Nothing is easy, but the journey is the best part. The hardest parts are what will help you decide on whether you made the right decision or not.


What would you consider the best lesson you have learned from being in the fashion industry? 

Every day I am learning something new! I think the most important thing to do in any industry is to learn as much as you can about the industry you are in, network with people in your industry, give your best, and to not give up. It’s okay to not know everything in the beginning because you’re still learning. It’s your mistakes that will help pave the way.


Where can all my fashion divas and gurus check out Aurelia Garza collection? 

They can check out the collection at www.aureliagarza.com





 Finally, what does fashion mean to you


To me, Fashion is about expressing yourself. It’s a form of shaping yourself and having a limitless amount of fun along the way.


I would like to thank Aurelia Garza for her time and the chance to interview about the collection.
Please be sure to check out Aurelia Garza at
Website: http://www.aureliagarza.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/aureliagarzany
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aurelia-Garza/
Instagram: https://instagram.com/aureliagarzany/

Until Next Time
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Malanb

Photo courtesy of Aurelia Garza

Heavy on Fashion Event Preview - Pikolinos A/W 2015 Collection

Hello all my fashion divas and gurus! I am so happy to bring you a event preview of Pikolinos A/W 2015 collection. I will give you all my favs from the collection and information the fabulous #MaasaiProject that Pikolinos is a part of! In the meantime check out some all the great pieces from #Pikolnos!

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Heavy on Fashion talks to Head designer of Cindy and Johnny - Saba Juneja

Hello all my fashion divas and gurus! I am so happy to bring you another exclusive interview with a great independent fashion designer.  Saba Juneja is the head designer of the fashion collection Cindy + Johnny. Cindy + Johnny started in March 2013 under Saba Juneja direction. Cindy + Johnny is a great comtemporary line filled with classic pieces. Cindy + Johnny is all about fashion and not trends. 

Without further ado, Here is Heavy on Fashion talks to Cindy + Johnny!




photo courtesy of Cindy and Johnny


How did Cindy and Johnny come to be?

Saba Juneja: Kim Yu, the President & Founder of the company, has done private label manufacturing for years and always wanted to create an in-house label to reflect our design sensibility and quality standards. The names Cindy and Johnny are actually his children’s names.



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

Saba Juneja: I was always interested in fashion and sewing when I was growing up but I didn’t think I would ever be able to actually become a designer, because my parents and teachers always suggested more stable careers. I was always a good student but I never cared about any of my academic subjects. Then I went to a two week pre-college program in high school where I got a small taste of what designing a collection would entail. It was the first time that I really enjoyed all the hard work that was required for a good result, and that’s when I decided that fashion design was for me.





What was the first article of clothing you ever designed?

Saba Juneja: I’ve been sketching and making clothes since I was a little kid, so the first piece I remember designing was this pink wrap dress that I hand sewed from some leftover fabric of my moms. I’m sure it was terrible but my parents told me it looked great!


How long have you worked as a designer?

Saba Juneja: I graduated from Parsons the New School for Design in 2008, and I’ve been working as a designer ever since! I’ve had various roles at small and large companies, but Cindy + Johnny is the first position I’ve had where all the design responsibility was mine.


photo courtesy of Cindy and Johnny 


Describe the Cindy and Johnny woman?

Saba Juneja: The Cindy + Johnny woman is sophisticated and fashionable, but doesn’t get too stuck in following trends. She’s smart and ambitious but still has a busy social life. I want the line to have a range of options so she has casual pieces for the weekend, smart pieces for work, and dressy pieces for parties.

What makes Cindy and Johnny different from other womenswear lines?

Saba Juneja: I try to make sure our collections aren’t so trend heavy that you look dated within a year. We spend a LOT of time reviewing fabrics and going through fittings to make sure that our garments have a level of quality that will last our customers for years. Of course you can find high quality clothing in the luxury designer market, but it’s not easy to find at our contemporary price point.




What are your favorite colors to work with and why?

Saba Juneja: I love working with really bright, saturated colors, which is funny because I all I wear is black and grey! But I’m trying to branch out, and I’m definitely looking forward to wearing some of our bold Spring & Summer colors once the weather warms up.

Where can readers find out more about you and your work?

Saba Juneja: They can follow us on social media and see all kinds of behind-the-scenes work. Our Pinterest is full of print designs, fashion editorials, and street style that I use as inspiration to develop upcoming collections. Our Instagram shows my steps as the designer in developing each season. And of course, we have tons of great photos and promotions we post to our Facebook and Twitter!


photo courtesy of Cindy and Johnny 


Who do you think is the most stylish person around?


Saba Juneja: Tilda Swinton comes to mind whenever I think about true style, because she is always true to her own nature and isn’t afraid to be bold and expressive in her fashion choices. Great style always reflects confidence and I think she is a prime example of that.


If they had the chance to dress anyone who would it be?

Saba Juneja: I would love to dress Dakota and Elle Fanning. Both actors have so much talent and style, and I think they would be a perfect representation of the Cindy + Johnny woman. They seem to have maturity uncommon to their ages, but they come across as so youthful and fresh! That balance would perfectly mirror the design sensibility we have at Cindy + Johnny.


photo courtesy of Cindy and Johnny 



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


Saba Juneja: I hope to continue growing the Cindy + Johnny brand and also develop some side projects of my own personal work.




Finally, what does fashion mean to you?

Saba Juneja: Fashion to me is really just a form of expression. It’s using your clothes to convey something about yourself, an emotion or a character. Design is so subjective and personal that anyone can take a garment and interpret it in different ways to represent themselves.

I would like to thank Head designer of Cindy and Johnny - Saba Juneja and the lovelies at Cindy and Johnny. 

Please be sure to check out all that Cindy and Johnny has to offer at 
Cindy and Johnny - http://www.cindyjohnny.com/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/CindyJohnnyNY
Twitter - https://twitter.com/CindyJohnnySHOP
Instagram - http://instagram.com/cindyjohnnyshop



Heavy on Fashion Talks to Najla Burt Creator of Dur Doux

Najla Burt Creator of Dur Doux
Photo Curtesy of Dur Doux

Hello all my fashion divas and gurus! I am so happy to bring you another exclusive interview of with a great talent in the fashion industry, Najla Burt of Dur Doux. Najla Burt  is a graduate of Parsons the New School for Design with a degree in Fashion Design. With a degree from the prestigous Parsons, Najla develop a hot new collection called Dur Doux.  Dur Doux is a NY based Womens Ready To Wear brand full of wearable yet avant-garde piece. I love the mixture of hard and soft textures with dymantic use of pattern textiles. 

Dur Doux is full of great looks and serious style, so I am so happy to bring you
Heavy on fashion talks to Najla Burt of Dur Doux



Dur Doux’s latest collection, SSR15 / Urban Biota
Photo courtesy of Dur Doux


What was the first article of clothing you ever designed?

Najla Burt Creator of Dur Doux:The first article of clothing I ever designed was a cerulean blue princess dress.

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

Najla Burt Creator of Dur Doux: I realized I wanted to become a fashion designer when I took an illustration class while working in Washington, DC. My instructor was so inspiring and he allowed me to explore different techniques in illustration. I thought at that moment, I want to translate my illustrations into real garments that women can wear. I want to see my ideas really come to life.


Dur Doux’s latest collection, SSR15 / Urban Biota 
Photo courtesy of Dur Doux


Where do you get your inspiration?

Najla Burt Creator of Dur Doux:My inspiration for my collection comes from films, art and the different countries I visit around the world.


How long does it usually take you to construct a piece?

Najla Burt Creator of Dur Doux:It usually takes one week to create a simple top and usually two weeks for complicated garments like blazers and coats. 


Dur Doux’s latest collection, SSR15 / Urban Biota 
Photo courtesy of Dur Doux


What are some of your proudest accomplishments as a designer?


Najla Burt Creator of Dur Doux: Some of my proudest accomplishments as a designer happened when my label was featured in British Vogue and British Elle Magazine. My second proudest accomplishment as a designer is the day I completed my first collection, Dark Fiction. After working for other famous designers, and deciding I wanted my own label it was remarkable to me that I had actually launched my first collection and it was so well received. 


Dur Doux’s latest collection, SSR15 / Urban Biota 
Photo courtesy of Dur Doux


What matters to you most as a fashion designer?

Najla Burt Creator of Dur Doux: What matters to me most as a designer is to create clothing that makes a woman feel strong, empowered and sexy all at the same time. I feel women have so many roles in life such as a mother, a wife, an executive, etc. I want my clothing to allow a woman to feel that she can be anything she chooses at any given moment.



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

Najla Burt Creator of Dur Doux: If I could dress anyone in the world it would be Rhianna! Rhianna thinks Posh Spice is very stylish!


Dur Doux’s latest collection, SSR15 / Urban Biota 
Photo courtesy of Dur Doux



Describe the Dur Doux woman?

Najla Burt Creator of Dur Doux: The typical Dur Doux woman is self-aware and has a discerning appetite for fashion. She constantly seeks to uncover and wear fresh designs and has an insatiable demand for exciting new fashion looks that build her personal brand and distinguishes her in a highly competitive social and work environment.  She is into buying clothes that make her feel pretty and flatter her body. 

She stays true to her own style and seeks well-constructed clothing that has interesting fabrications and details. When she goes shopping brands must fit her look, rather than the other way around. She enjoys mixing expensive brand name pieces with affordable clothing.  She loves beautiful, hip shoes and is always beautifully accessorized, whether it is a great bag or jewelry. She will never wear a total look from a designer. She prefers to mix and match and be creative.  She is a Dur Doux woman willing to take risks in her clothing choices in a sophisticated way.



Dur Doux’s latest collection, SSR15 / Urban Biota 
Photo courtesy of Dur Doux


Where can readers find out more about you and your work?

Najla Burt Creator of Dur Doux: Readers can visit my website at www.durdoux.com to find out more about me and my work.




Finally, What does fashion mean to you?

Najla Burt Creator of Dur Doux: Fashion should be an outlet of expression. It should allow you to be anything you want at any given moment, whether that is audacious, or jaw-dropping. Overall fashion should allow you to always remain true to yourself.  


I would like to thank Najla Burt Creator of Dur Doux for this exclusive interview
Be sure to check out the Dur Doux collection at http://www.durdoux.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/durdoux
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DurDoux

Until Next Time
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Malanb

Heavy on Fashion talks to Karina Iskin, Founder, ISKIN Contemporary Jewelry

Photo courtesy of ISKIN contemporary jewelry



Hello all my fashion divas and gurus! I am so happy to bring in the new year with a ne jewelry collection ISKIN Contemporary Jewelry. Established in Buenos Aires in 2004, ISKIN was created by Gabriela & Karina Iskin, two sisters with a mutual goal: To create unique jewelry pieces for the modern day woman. Heavy on Fashion reently interviewed on of the creators of ISKIN, Karina Iskin about all the details on ISKIN! 

So without further ado, Here is Heavy on Fashion talks to Karina Iskin, Founder, ISKIN Contemporary Jewelry!



Photo courtesy of ISKIN contemporary jewelry


When did you realize you wanted to become a jewelry designer?
Since I was a child, I always had a love for jewelry. What fascinates me is the possibility to express myself through art and design. I always created accessories, and so it was natural for me to study Industrial Design. My studies and passion are seen in the jewelry creations made for ISKIN today.  

How long have you worked as a designer?
I have worked as a designer for just under fifteen years after graduating from college in 2001.

Where do you get your inspiration?
My inspiration can come from anything. Whether that is the memory from my childhood, a smile, a child’s gaze, the simple in the complex, the collective dreams, nature, and love.  





Photo courtesy of ISKIN contemporary jewelry


Describe the general process you go through to design and realize a piece of jewelry.
I have a little sketch book with ideas that I take with me wherever I go. I like to experiment with different materials and techniques. When I chose one of the ideas that I like the best, I begin to make prototypes and models, and adjust them until I'm satisfied with the result. Once it's ready, I launch the production of the new piece, together with photographs, and marketing materials.

How long does it usually take you to construct a piece?
It depends on the piece of jewelry. It can take one full day or a couple of months of development. 

Who are some of your favorite designers?
My favorite designers are Issey Miyake, Martin Margiela, Yohji Yamamoto, Santiago Calatrava, Oscar Niemeyer, Campana Brothers and Droog.

Photo courtesy of ISKIN contemporary jewelry


What are some of your favorite clothing stores/catalogs/websites?
My favorite clothing stores/catalogs and websites are Issey Miyake, Maison Martin Margiela and Marimekko.

What are some of your fashion goals?
My overall fashion goal is to be unique and bold, don't follow a trend. Be your own trend. 


Finally, What does fashion mean to you?
Fashion means a way to express your ideas and feel good about yourself.

I would like to thank Karina Iskin for the exclusive interview.
Check out more from Iskin Contemporary Jewelry at http://www.iskinjewelry.com/
Twitter - https://twitter.com/iskinjewelry
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/iskinjewels
Instagram - http://instagram.com/iskinjewelry

Heavy on fashion event rundown - Preview of the SS' 15 Collection from Uye Surana and Nais!

Hello all my fashion divas and gurus! I am so happy to bring you a fashion photo rundown of my time at SS' 15 Collection from Uye Surana and Nais. I had the check to see some pieces that can convert from day to night. 

Check out more from Uye Surana colleciton at http://www.uyesurana.com/

Check out more from Nais Lingerie at http://be-nais.com/



Heavy on Fashion talks to Ronit Genik creator of Reverie Collection

Hello all my fashion divas and gurus! I am happy to talk to the designer of the Reverie Collection, Ronit Genik. Ronit is originally from Israel, grew up in Brooklyn, New York. With a degree from Parsons School of Design, Ms. Genik developed a her own fashion line.

This is a look at the Spring/Summer'14 Collection is inspired by Light - through fabrications, prints and unique techniques. Sheer silks create beautiful overlays and play on light through colors and silhouettes. Prints are inspired by nature made and man made- dreamy clouds, electric lightening and enigmatic bulbs. Exclusive printed clutches in Silk twill and Leather are added this season. 

I love love love this collection and I am so happy to talk to the creator of Reverie Collection - Ronit Genik



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

I realized at a young age that I loved fashion- I was always sewing, creating accessories and sketching, coming up with new designs. 
My mother also loved vintage and designer clothing, so I grew up looking through Vogue and other fashion magazines and borrowing her clothes.

What's your favorite part about conceptualizing a design?

My favorite part about conceptualizing a design is telling a story- creating and researching the concept behind each design. I design my own prints, so that is a big part of my process and inspiration behind each collection. My inspirations are always very fluid and come from many places, from street fashion, to art and sculpture. Sometimes ideas come from the most unexpected places!




What is your favorite part about being a fashion designer?

My favorite part about being a fashion designer is the process of creating my vision and concept for each season, but I also love to see people wearing the clothes and feeling special and unique in them.

How would you define the style your line exemplifies?

I would define the style Reverie exemplifies as feminine, making a bold statement, keeping it edgy, but with a sense of fun. 



What are your favorite colors to work with and why?

I don't have a favorite color scheme as it changes with the season and concept, but I love rich, bright colors juxtaposed against black and neutral colors.
I love unexpected color statements, so I try to mix it up and keep it interesting.
Colors are a great way to express yourself and can really affect your mood and attitude that day, so I really think about that when designing.

What three word would describe Reverie S/S 2014 Collection?

Three words that describe the S/S14 Collection are whimsical, bold statement, edgy



Describe the Reverie woman.

The Reverie woman is a confident, unique woman to embodies youthful edge and personal style.

If you had the chance to dress *anyone* who would it be?

If I had the chance to dress "anyone", I would love to dress Natalie Portman. She is a very confident, talented woman that takes risks in her career and on the red carpet.



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

 I hope to keep growing as a brand, developing into more areas like accessories, shoes and jewelry. 
I would love to create a lifestyle brand that incorporates all aspects of a woman's wardrobe.         


Finally What does fashion mean to you?

Fashion means being confident, empowered and having a strong sense of individuality and style. 

It is also important to have fun with fashion, try something new and put something on that makes you feel good about yourself.

I would like to thanks Ronit Genik for the interview
Check out The Reverie Collection at  http://www.reverieny.com/

Until Next Time
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Malanb