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b michael AMERICA Fall/Winter 2011
On Wednesday, February 16th, 2011, at the Plaza Hotel in New York, famed fashion designer b michael paid tribute to Rwanda with the help of Francine LeFrak, by featuring SAME SKY bracelets made by women from Rwanda.
The "b michael America Fall/Winter 2011 Fashion Show," was also used as an awareness event for the "The DreamYard Action Project," the largest arts education provider in Bronx, New York, reaching 8,500 students from grades K-12.
In support of b michael Fall/Winter 2011 collection the Legendary Actress Cicely Tyson walked the runway, New York Former First Lady Michelle Paige Paterson was spotted on the Front row, Myrna Colley- Lee, Ashford & Simpson, Harriette Cole, Amy Fine Collins, Tamara Tunie, Gregory Generet, Rhonda Ross Kendrick, Drew Hawkins, Francine LeFrak, Melba Moore, Susan L. Taylor, Sidra Smith, Kathryn Chenault, Alicia Bythewood, Pamela Joyner, Anne Gordon, Peter Gordon, Maritza Williamson, Harold Koda, Faye Wattleton and more were spotted front row.
The beauty look was modern glamour. The hair, created by Laura Ziba with Faces Salon, Make - Up was created by Michelle Virtue for Damone Roberts New York. Jewelry provided by Joan B. Hornig Jewelry
b michael - Inspiration for the collection:
If it is true that one’s creativity is a manifestation of their state of being… then my collection for Fall/Winter 2011/12 is about positive energy, passion for life and a New Modernity which means a combination of the accomplishment of the 21st century threaded together with old fashion human touch and protocol. This collection is relevant for modern women who understand the New Modernity of a hand written note in lieu of an email or a telephone call and not a text. It is in the 21st century a choice for the luxury to be the New Modernity.
I am inspired to create clothes that are modern and romantic. Very ladylike dresses and suits for day… a nod toward the dressier. Imagine traveling in a chic day dress… or arriving at a meeting in a beautiful suit. I’ve heard it said many times how it once was fashion protocol to dress. One of my favorite quotes is from Josephine Premice as stated in her daughter’s memoir… “They used to dress in this town” Always Wear Joy, author Susan Fales Hill.
Cocktail dresses reflect the days of the little black dress when gathering at friends’ homes for cocktails and dinner parties often ending in music by the piano or lively discussions on current events aka gossip. The cocktail dresses in this collection inspire such evenings… several little black go- to pieces in the mix and one or two very simple long dresses that epitomize the New Modernity.
For formal evenings timeless elegance is always stellar… then and now. The dress and the woman create a total statement… the dress should never overpower nor understate the wearer. I prefer luxurious fabrics that drape and silhouette… beautifully illustrating the seams which create form… for me the woman and her jewelry should be the “glitz” factor. The overall effect should be the drama.
The palette ranges from warm rich browns, deeper shades of grey, stand alone black or with white added occasionally for subtle surprise. I also added jewel tones as the color presence and the metallic is subtle antique gold.
The fabrics are a combination of wool and silk that have body and luxurious to the touch. Rich textures combining various yarns give dimension to elegant silhouettes.
I encourage the woman of this New Modernity to fully embrace her feminine mystique.
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For the few who don’t know b. michael is no stranger to the fashion world this exquisite designer once designed for Louis Feraud and Oscar del a Renta before he launched his own line in 1999. b michael is considered New York's Best Kept Secret.
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