New York Daily Sun - The Trusted New York Daily Broadsheet » Fashion New York’s Daily Newspaper Reporting News, Sport, Politics, Finance, Fashion, Features and Scandal. Thu, 16 Oct 2014 08:39:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Topless Women Legal In New York Thu, 11 Jul 2013 14:52:53 +0000 admin 19-year-old blonde, 5’9 fashion model Cheyenne Lutek from New Jersey, has caused widespread sensation in New York City, after going into some of the trendiest restaurants in Manhattan only to strip off topless for 29-year-old photographer and Iraq War veteran Allen Henson, who has been paying the model for her topless public nudes. – Henson has attempted to justify the photography work which he has defended as ‘art’ and as a promotion of ‘female equality”.

Written by Chris White

Reacting to the widespread controversy of his ‘work’ Henson was quoted as saying: “Apparently everybody seems to like t*ts. – This is just the first in a five part series. What’s going to happen the next time we go out? News helicopters circling over head?”

Adding: “The first place we went to, everyone was very excited. The staff was totally supportive. Everybody got up from their tables. Cell phones were out, they were taking pictures. They were like ‘There’s a naked chick! Woo!’”

The controversy comes after Henson and Lutek, were swiftly asked to leave the bistro ‘Verso’ on Avenue C, after Lutek stripped off bare-breasted for Henson’s camera however, the pair received a warmer welcome after relocating a nearby sushi bar.

Henson said that he felt sorry that they had been asked to leave Verso, but that he had intended the “project” to be “spontaneous” and original.

Speaking of the experience the topless model Lutek said: “It’s not my personality as a model to be embarrassed of my body. I feel like no woman should be embarrassed of her body or ashamed to show it. They wanted more. They loved it.”

In New York women are legally permitted to be bare-breasted in public however, private establishments are allowed to set their own ground rules with respect to dress and other attire.

In May this year the New York City Police Department issued instructions to all of its 34,000 police officers, officially informing them that it was legal for women to walk the streets topless and that no woman should therefore be cited with indecent exposure violations for doing so.

The legal precedent stems from a 1992 New York State Court of Appeals ruling, which states that the law on bearing one’s chest in public should apply equally to both men and women.

Labinot Baraliu, the owner of Verso said: “In 15 years [of working in the restaurant trade] I’ve seen all kinds of things, but not this. It was funny, but at the same time I was like ‘WTF — is this really happening?’”

Lutek has recently announced that she plans to take part in the upcoming international ‘Go Topless Day’ which will take place on August 25th.

When asked if she felt inclined to go topless at any venue she replied: “Definitely the beach or on the streets… I’ll be letting people know that what I’m doing is not a crime.”

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Browne Shocks Fashion Week Wed, 03 Jul 2013 12:42:58 +0000 admin During this week’s Paris fashion parade American designer Thom Browne outfitted his male models in bizarre and garish coloured uniforms, reminiscent of Hitler’s Third Reich, sporting silver plated authority glasses and bright red lipstick.

Written by Chris White

The coloured uniforms consisted of military-style greatcoats with silver buttons, although there was an interesting eclectic mix of different types of bottoms, ranging from ordinary trousers, to long shorts, to full length skirts.

Either apparel included frilly socks, colourful bow ties and jackets.

Many have criticised the Browne collection, calling it “bizarre” and “twisted”, but Browne insists that his products are viable as mainstream fashion.

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BBC Apologises For Presenter’s Lewd Dress Thu, 27 Jun 2013 14:04:46 +0000 admin The BBC has apologised after more than 100 viewers of the British spin-off sing-along TV series ‘The Voice’, wrote in to complain about the allegedly lewd dress of the 32-year-old TV presenter Holly Willoughby, which the presenter appeared in before Britain’s 9pm watershed.

Written by Chris White

The dress was made of low cleavage line black lacing, superimposed on to a fleshy coloured fabric, which may have led some to believe that the dress was see-through.

A BBC spokesperson has said: “We’re sorry if some viewers found Holly’s dress to be unsuitable, but it was glamorous and wholly appropriate for the occasion.”

In a later statement the BBC officially said: “We don’t believe it [the dress] would have gone against audience expectations for a TV spectacle such as this.”

51-year-old Veteran BBC TV presenter Phillip Schofield, who is now Willoughby’s co-host on ITV’s morning breakfast show ‘This Morning’, criticised the complainers, saying: “139 complaints over Holly’s gorgeous Voice dress. Let’s hope those outraged on behalf of their kids don’t take them to the beach this summer.”

‘The Voice’ is an English spin-off of the Dutch TV show ‘The Voice of Holland’ which was created by Dutch television producer John de Mol in 2011.

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Menswear At Milan’s Fashion Week 2013 Wed, 26 Jun 2013 15:36:04 +0000 admin This week was Fashion week in Milan, an event when Italy’s fashion designers and fashion models get together to show-off their latest wears.

Written by Chris White

Inside the event the prime centre piece was Italian designer Giorgio Armani’s showcase, presented as a preview to his 2014, spring-summer menswear collection.

Armani’s showcase wardrobe entitled “Digital”, consisted of a range of classic menswear garments such as suits, pullovers, jackets, slacks and shirts, made contemporary through the use of modern techno-fabrics and laser techniques.

Colours ranged from Armani blue, to teal green, to putty beige, to ice white, to assassin white, to Florentine Mahogany, to Tuscan ember, to wetlands auburn, to Venetian azure.

The shapes featured at this year’s festival were especially light, with virtually no visible linings, zippers, press studs or replacement buttons. Creases were especially disfavoured and the straight legged trouser featured most prominently.

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The Aventador AU79 Tue, 18 Jun 2013 15:32:52 +0000 admin Ever considered buying a gold plated Lamborghini? Well now you can with last year’s introduction of the Aventador AU79, a Lamborghini plated entirely with gold!!

Written by Chris White

The Aventador AU79 is just that – a regular Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 wrapped in a chrome gold foil. It has a top speed of 217mph (700 horsepower). According to the manufacturers it takes 30 hours to wrap the entire coating in gold, but it takes 70 days to produce the gold foil which is used to make it gold at a price of US$50,000 / £30,000.

The car weighs in at 1,575 kilograms (3,472lb) and is powered by a 6.5 litre V-12 engine with an output of 700 horsepower and a torque of 690 Newton meters, this gives it a power-to-weight-ratio of 2.25kg/4.96lb per horsepower.

The Aventador AU79 has an acceleration rate of 0-100 Km/h in just 2.9 seconds. The top speed is 350 Km/h.

Speaking to reporters who interviewed the proprietor of the car show where the AU79 is sold, Brett David of Prestige Imports said: “When you combine the two you have a true piece of performing art which becomes a double whammy of the two highest valued commodities on the market today: gold and Lamborghinis.”

The first Aventador AU79 was completed by the Auto SuprerShield team in Boca Raton Florida on June 16th last year at the Exotics & Espresso Exhibition.

The Exotic & Espresso Exhibition take place on every 3rd Saturday of the month and the car is priced at just US$550,000 / £350,000.

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Singapore Fashion Fest Tue, 21 May 2013 14:44:34 +0000 admin With Singapore now boasting of the highest number of millionaire households per capita on the planet, the Far Eastern island-metropolis now also plays host to one of the World’s most famous luxury brands, with fashion-designer Carolina Herrera hoping to cash-in on the former British colonies interest in her hosting of the annual ‘Audi Fashion Festival’.

Written by Chris White

Herrera brought with her a limited collection of orchid embroidered handbags, designed and tailored specifically for the fashion festival and priced at around US$2,200 per item. Her collection sold out in a single evening.

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Revival of Punk Fri, 10 May 2013 11:11:37 +0000 admin Punk’s Fashion Revival: How You Can Get The Look. As the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York opens its Punk: Chaos to Couture exhibition to the public, punk style is firmly back on the fashion agenda. Of all the A-list attendees walking the red carpet at Monday’s Costume Institute Gala at the Met, only a handful stuck to the punk-themed dress code (yes, we’re talking about you Miley Cyrus, Sienna Miller and Madonna) proving just how tricky this look is to interpret and, moreover, pull off (yes, Madonna, we’re talking about you again).

But in anticipation of this year’s Met Ball and the accompanying show, the punk influence was seen all over the autumn/winter 2013 catwalks, meaning that it will be one of next season’s biggest trends. Versace was the most punk of them all, with models strutting down the runway with an added dose of attitude sporting latex rubber skinny trousers, shouty slogan tees and tartan kilts, all topped off with silver spiked chokers, cuffs and chains.

Nods to punk were also spotted at Moschino (think heaps and heaps of tartan), Alberta Ferretti (more tartan, this time in dress form), Holly Fulton (PVC) and Saint Laurent, which, overall, was more grunge, but still had elements of punk with tartan shirts and slashed leather skinnies.

But where can you shop to get the look? Well, for first port of call is Moda Operandi, who sponsored this year’s Met Ball, which has released an exclusive collection of luxury punk-inspired pieces by the likes of Thom Browne, Balenciaga, Givenchy, Preen and, the queen of punk fashion herself, Vivienne Westwood (see below). But if you’re not blessed with a huge budget to spend, browse the rails at Topshop, Miss Sixty and All Saints, to name just a few, with lots more looks set to trickle down to the high street for next season. Or be truly punk and make up your own fashion rules!

 What do you think of the punk fashion trend? Will you be giving it a go?

Picture credits: Imaxtree and Moda Operandi

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The most noble of fabrics makes a welcome return Thu, 06 Dec 2012 10:17:20 +0000 admin


Velvet – traditionally the fabric of nobility -  is making a welcome come back for Christmas and the winter season.

Velvet has always been a revered fabric.  Indeed King Richard ll of England in 1399 directed in his Will that his body should be clothed in velveto.  And the earliest sources of European artistic velvets were in Lucca, Genoa, Florence and Venice.  However, the art of making it was subsequently taken up by Flemish weavers and then in the 16th century Bruges attained a reputation for velvets comparable to the great Italian cities.

Velvet still retains an allure, attributed to both its history and its tactile nature – soft and luxurious.  Traditionally velvet was woven on a special loom that weaved two thicknesses of velvet at the same time.  The two pieces were then cut apart to create the soft pile effect.

Georgedé, the Paris-based fashion house,  has reintroduced velvet to its winter collection.  It uses a velvet that is more similar to silk velvet than its slightly less tactile cotton counterpart and works particularly well with prints and colours.   It has produced a capsule range from velvet for its Fall and Winter collection in blue, purple or black.

There are two dresses in the velvet collection: one knee length and the other full length.

Full Length Velvet Dress

The full length dress  has a V-shaped neckline and three quarter length sleeves.  The slight gathering across the waist forms the apex from which the dress falls into a wrap which is edged with lace and embroidery, as is the hem.

The Velvet with embroidery dress retails at about £269 and is available in sizes 12 to 26.  Stockists: 0207 636 9140.  Colours:  Black, Royal Blue and Purple

Knee Length Velvet Dress

The knee length dress has a higher cut neck line than its full length counterpart and the dress is gathered at the midriff from which the skirt element flows.  Flatteringly cut to the knee the dress is the perfect cocktail or Christmas day outfit.

The Velvet with embroidery dress retails at about £265  and is available in sizes 12 to 26.  Stockists: 0207 636 9140.  Colours:  Black, Royal Blue and Purple

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Rolando Santana: Effortless Luxury Mon, 24 Sep 2012 14:13:59 +0000 Joh Morales

Article and photos: Angel Millar

Last week, a couple of hundred fashionistas packed themselves into what was once probably a warehouse, in the now fashionable area of Chelsea, New York City. Rolando Santana’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection, shown as part of NY Fashion Week, had drawn them there. Santana is one of the USA’s young rising stars of fashion. Inspired by the ocean, this, his seventh collection, focused on elegant, wearable silhouettes — which Santana describes as having an “effortless” feel — combined with highly embellished fabrics. The result: dresses that flowed and sparkled like the waves – some calm, some dynamic, some daring. I watched the show that evening, and caught up with Santana a few days later in his studio, to find out more about who he is, what inspires him, and how he sees his work.



AM: Your from Mexico originally. Did you come to the US to study fashion?

RS: It was actually to study at high school. I always knew that I wanted to come to New York City. So, later, I went to the Fashion Institute of Technology right here in the city.

AM: To do women’s wear?

RS: Yeah, I did fashion design, specializing in eveningwear. But, before that I got my bachelors in international business.

AM: And you got an MA after that. What year was that?

RS: 1996.

AM: And did you work for any other designers?

RS: Yes, I worked for three companies before I opened my own. My first job was as an assistant designer in the area of sportswear. Six months after that I was promoted to dress designer. I spent eight years with that company. And, it was probably the dream job for someone graduating out of school. It was really amazing.

AM: And, so, how long have you been doing your own collection?

RS: Three years. Since 2009. We just had our show for the seventh collection. My first collection was Spring 2010, and we just launched Spring 2013.

AM: And, are you expanding rapidly? Or slowly? Or?

RS: I wanted it to be slower, because, we’re really lucky to capture the attention of a lot of stores, but also having that many stores is a huge responsibility. You have to be able to produce in a timely manner, to really build a relationship with the stores, and having them know that you’re consistent, and that you’re able to deliver. That’s the most important part. You can have a show and a great collection, but if you’re not able to manufacture or deliver it that’s shooting yourself in the foot.

AM: Do you sell just in the US? Or in Europe?

RS: We have a couple of stores outside the United States, in London and Hong Kong. And we’re launching in Canada for Spring 13.

AM: In Toronto

RS: It’s going to be throughout the country. It’s something brand new, and we’re ironing out all the details.

AM: Your latest collection, Spring 2013, was inspired by the sea.

RS: By water, yeah. I had traveled quite a bit before, when I was just gathering all my thoughts. I happened to be in Mexico a few times, Acapulco, and also in Marseille, and in Iceland, so it seemed that everywhere I ended up I was surrounded by water, so that was the main inspiration for it.

AM: Most people would go somewhere and get inspired by the architecture or something, but water is more universal, and it’s also more ethereal and abstract.

RS: Yeah, I think there’s so much in terms of just the color story of the collection. You know, water… it can be crystal clear; it can be darkened with a lot of force — with the waves of the sea — and there can be texture created from it. So that’s how we play with the fabrics… all the embellishments. We took sequins, and exposed them to heat, and it changes the shape of the sequin, so it was as if they resembled seashells. And we used very special finishes on the fabrics, for example, putting a metallic coating on it… so if you’re staring at the sea, you see just this glimmery, shiny texture to it, and it’s something that you can actually recreate to put on fabric, to give that allusion.

There’s also a lot of structured fabrics in the collection, with texture, and we played around with them to make them softer and a bit more feminine. I think my collection definitely has a very feminine touch.

AM: Do you see different types of woman as being like different types of ocean?

RS: Yeah, it can be like that: very serene, very calm, very romantic, a very soft personality. Then there’s really dark shades of blue for someone a bit stronger.

… And also, offering clothes that you can wear throughout the season, whether it’s for a morning luncheon or a cocktail party at the beach. We play with the length of the garments, so you can have something that could be worn daytime versus a cocktail dress that could be worn in the evening.

This season we didn’t want to concentrate a lot on gowns, but we do have pieces that could be used even for a black tie event, but with a very soft, and almost a very relaxed, casual tone to it, so it’s not so tight. So, you can wear the dress for a black tie event or for dinner by the beach. We wanted the girls to look effortless… they spend a day at the beach and then put a beautiful piece on to go out to dinner.  That was the feeling that we wanted to create for the collection.

AM: Are you hand embellishing the fabrics?

RS: Yes. We actually have several pieces with heavy embroideries on them, and yet there was a lot of transparency, such as with the sweaters. Some of them are completely transparent, but they have a lot of work on them. We wanted to create a texture… under the reflection of the lights. But we also wanted it to be effortless for the wearer… almost just to create a texture on the skin. It’s almost like sunbathing. It’s radiating on your body… And, again, we wanted to play with the sequins to create that feeling of seashells, but yet there is no color to them, so it’s just a feeling of wearing something on you but it’s freeing, there’s nothing constricting about it.

AM: [Referring to a white sweater, embellished with transparent sequins, on show in the studio.] It’s knit, right?

RS: It’s full fashion knit, and it’s made of superfine nylon yarn, so when you look at it up close it actually has all the fully fashioned marks — but there’s no color… which is really cool — and then it’s hand embellished on top.

AM: So, how long would it actually take to hand embellish?

RS: That piece probably took ten days.

AM: That’s quite extraordinary. One of the things I really loved in your collection — and I think got a good reaction at the show — was the peacock feather-embellished garments.

RS: Yeah, that was really beautiful. I wanted them to look relaxed in a way, even though they were luxurious. It’s just the ultimate luxury in terms of how it’s made. But in terms of the actual pieces, they’re something that you can just throw on like a tee-shirt. But, when you have it on it’s just ‘wow’! It’s just the material that is used, and the way the feathers are placed. They are actually placed upside down so it creates a bounciness.

It’s really beautiful to encounter all these different materials. You know, I sketch my ideas for the entire collection, and what it will look like, but then you start playing with the fabrics and draping them… With the feathers we could only achieve the look if we placed them upside down on the fabric, but you don’t think of it until you’re making it. Then once you see it live, and once you do the fittings on the models… it makes your ideas come alive.



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