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Winnie Harlow! Proud of the Skin She’s In…..NYFW Excitement Indeed!

16 Feb

Yes, she was on America’s Next Top Model!  However, it is so much more than that! WinnieHarlowAMTM

Canadian model Winnie Harlow has risen above of all critics that fashion cannot change!  Or ONE cannot be accepted!

I am so happy that the door has been open even wider for this beautiful lady.  Her skin condition Vitiligo is not stopping her; its the one thing that makes her beautifully unique!

Winnie Harlow Presented as New Desigual Face for the Spring-Summer 2015 Campaign "Say Something Nice"An encouragement to young girls, that the stigma to go under a microscope of certain beauty and size rules don’t always apply.  So the box “are you different?” can be checked proudly!

Winnie shares that her childhood consisted of ridicule and bullying.  Her resilience persevered, where today you have a stronger, more confident 19 year old young lady!

Winnie’s Instragram followers are proof, displaying photos of her everyday life…that it is OK to be different and shares to the those unaware to look beyond the  Vitiligo. Her thoughts below in her YouTube video.

Desigual has gotten it right!  Winnie Harlow is part of their SS 2015 campaign and setting the bar high!

You may recall Michael Jackson had the skin disease and Tamar Braxton, who also has it – often talks about it on her show, The Real.  We are seeing examples of it with everyday people.

As we become more educated, we will become more conscious of our reaction.  Winnie has been inspirational in that change!  She was on the NYFW runway this week!  Doing her thing and looking absolutely FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I would love to see Winnie in a Dove Campaign and show the industry even more that uniqueness is so beautiful <hint>!  I would love to hear what you think?

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Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design

Letia 🙂

To see more beautiful photos of Winnie and her day to day ……..or just to be so inspired like me, go to her Instagram page:  WinnieHarlow

NYFW Ann Nahari 2014 Spring /Summer Collection

16 Sep

It was such a buzz in the air when arriving to the city, New York Fashion Week does that, so much so that I could not contain myself.

A very exciting two weeks.  One of the highlights was when Tamara Walker of Siena Media Group invited me as a guest to attend the showing of luxury plus brand;  Ann Nahari by designer Sumiyyah Rasheed!

The 2014 Spring /Summer collection was shown at Select Space right in the heart of the Garment district  (39th Street).

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Ann Nahari is definitely an upscale ready-to-wear fashion and lingerie brand catering to the fuller figured woman.   Sumiyyah Rasheed has successfully presented plus size collections overseas in markets including Dubai and Istanbul, solidifying its presence in the global fashion market. Based in Los Angeles,  takes pride in the fact Ann Nahari is “made in the USA.”  I love that!

Known for creating high-end plus size ready-to-wear and lingerie, Ann Nahari is a well established global fashion brand which has successfully shown collections in Dubai and Istanbul. The brand targets curvaceous women sizes 14-22 who seek quality fabrications and impeccable fit. The Spring/Summer 2014 collection was inspired by the designer’s southern California beach lifestyle complete with a sensual yet serene color palate featuring vibrant blues and pinks in contrast to classic black and white.

Well the collection was absolutely beautiful!   Keeping my readers informed, I was sending tweets and instagrams back and forth ; receiving exciting feedback!  “Finally women who look like me!”, one of my readers said!

The colors were mystical and drew you right in, I’d instantly thought of myself being in the Caribbean – me walking on the beach and the scent of fresh air with my favorites of the collection!

What are they? My favorites in the Ann Nahari’s collection is first the Pastel Printed Silk Chiffon Maxi Dress!!!!!!  To give a look from dressy to looking casual, a Pastel Printed Wrap Tunic top with sage leggings was also superbly done; giving a woman options in a look that she has fallen in love with!  Then the  Black button tunic dress, a great option for a night out on the town!  It’s a perfect piece that every woman should own!

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“This is my second season working with the talented Nailah Lymus of the Underwraps Agency.  I’m happy she’s onboard to bring the vision to life,”said Ms. Rasheed. “I’m also excited and honored to collaborate with Augment — I am sure they will bring an international flair which will enhance the ambience of the collection.”

For more information, visit www.ann-nahari.com.

Well I’m  now in NY Fashion Week recovery!  I loved every moment of it!

Tamara Walker is the personality behind the famed lifestyle blog, The Curvy Socialite. A regular contributor to various fashion, beauty, and lifestyle publications, Tamara also is the Director of NY PR Diva, a public relations and event planning firm catering to the fashion, beauty, entertainment and non-profit industries. She was recently named as the New York Fashion News Examiner on Examiner.com.

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MakeUp by Augment, Japanese Creative Services Team.  Photos by Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design.

Christian Siriano for Spiegel!

5 Mar

You read right!!!  For a limited time only, fashion designer Christian Siriano will make his designs available for Spiegel.   Spiegel has certainly come a long way!

He has designed a wonderful collection; which can be pre-ordered now before released in April!

So, if you ever thought you would n’t be able to have one of his design; you can think again!!!

Christian Siriano has made it affordable and the collection is quite beautiful.  Something for everyone!   Take a look and decide which design you like! 😉

And oh!  Don’t forget he also has a partnership with Payless for his shoe designs too!

Thanks Christian!!!!

Letia 🙂

www.spiegel.com

Top Secret, Guess Who’s Back? Tom Ford – Spring 2011

4 Jan

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 ” I never look back, dahling. It distracts from the now!”

I sure did miss Tom Ford!  The music being played by Karen Elson <I always get asked>!   For this just released footage, you must have heard that Beyonce helped him out in his  womenswear fashion show, which was top-secret!   The cat’s out the bag!

For those who never heard of him, Tom Ford is an American fashion designer.  Known for his creative eye for menswear; dressing celebrities such as Johnny Depp, Pierce Bronsan and Brad Pitt to name just a few.  His designs are always present at the Academy Awards and many celebrity profile events.   

In the early 90’s Tom Ford started at Gucci; followed by YSL, to launch his own brand in 2004, TOM FORD.  He even has his own film production company, adding to his list of talents, film director.  Beauty fragrances with Estee Lauder, sunglasses; the list goes on and on!   He recently received a 2010 nomination for Menswear Designer of the Year – by the Council of Fashion Designers of America!

If you ever in NYC, his flagship store consider adding this stop to your checklist to see , the decor, mirrors, the marble floor, display of the suits….. it’s absolutely amazing!   This store is a gentleman’s store, everything required is at hand!   Take a peek; see his eye on detail!  You can get some great ideas and shop where affordable; because style is style!

Letia 🙂

 

Edna ‘E’ Mode photo & quote by Disney for Pixar Films.

NY Fashion Week….Fall 2011!

30 Dec

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Just a few pictures of celebs at MBFW in September, attending the Spring 2011 runway shows at Lincoln Center! <Can you name them?> For 2011, NYFALL2011 will be this year in Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park during February 10th-17th.  For the second season at Lincoln Center, thousands of fashion industry professionals will gather to see the world’s most established and up-and-coming designers present their Fall 2011 Collections.  What will the designers show? The makeup? Who will be there? Will I be standing on the outskirts..looking in?  <LOL> Can’t wait!

Letia 🙂

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week – Dennis Basso Spring Collection 2011

16 Sep

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Dennis  Basso is a FIT alumni and infamous furrier, who has clientele that consists of the who’s who!   Sharon Stone, Brooke Shields, Kim Cattrall, Ivana Trump, Eva Longoria, and Denise Rich to name a few!  He is an amazing American fashion designer for over 25 yrs. 

His collection at MBFW was absolutely classy and beautiful!  Last night I was out and I had the best time at his signature store here in NY!  Do you have a list, I do! 

A Dennis Basso dress or bag! <you know I’m dreaming!>  His website, www.dennisbasso.com.

Dennis is very charitable, he sits on the boards of the Children’s Hearing Institute and the Boy’s Towns of Italy Foundation. Supporter of the American Cancer Society, The G&P Foundation for Cancer Research, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New Yorkers for Children, and the Alzheimer’s Association, which gave him the Humanitarian man of the Year Award in 2005.

If you are looking for ideas for special occasion, his collection will give you just that!  QVC also provides his clothing line, which is affordable! www.qvc.com/dennisbasso

Be well – Letia

Trivia question?  Basso designed in what hit movie?  Do you know?  Send me a comment with the answer! 🙂

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week – Christian Siriano Spring 2011 Collection

13 Sep

It was called a snafu, a mistake, an oversight…..whatever you want to call it, I was not able to go to Christian Siriano‘s show.   Disappointed??  Hell Yeah! 

I had also had plans to meet up with a dear friend who was going to be at Christian’s Siriano’s show!  I haven’t seen her in years (I know crazy!), for she was covering many of the runway shows being held throughout the week as well, so I was super EXCITED! 

We, for some reason always miss each other at these type of events, so we were both pysched..only to find out, I had no ticket, no seat, no buzz…which left me sad,  acting like I was 7 years old sad!  I’ve gotten so many apologies up the wazoo, I tell you!  Dinner promises to my favorite restaurants, drinks..you name it!  LOL  I accepted!!<smiling

I so have to remember that the tickets are so hard to get and even though I enjoyed his show last year, there should be no expectancy that I can go every year; it’s by invitation and press glory.. there’s no guarantee!  None!  Well, it’s Monday and it’s a big day!  My friend Al, says starting at nine in the morning to nine at night he’s busy, including Betsey Johnson at 6pm, and one or two after parties (it’s only work, lucky him!). 

Anyway enough about my sad story, you all are interested in Christian Siriano’s designs for the Spring 2011 and video of the show below has just been posted this morning.  I have also attached, my dear friend Lisa’s commentary on the show (also just posted this morning) via her blog on www.examiner.com with some beautiful photos!  She will be at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week this week also, so check back to her blog to see other designers too! <we are going to connect, promise!http://www.examiner.com/bridal-fashion-in-new-york/christian-siriano-spring-2011-leaves-you-speechless-yet-again?cid=examiner-email

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Be well – Letia 🙂

P.S. I was able to see a glimpse of Christiano Siriano at NYC’s Saks Fifth Avenue Fashion Night Out…it was packed; such a buzz. ANDDDD, I was able to go to Manolo Blahnik‘s trunk show, let’s say I left there walking very happy!  I’m off!

Video by MB FashionWeek

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