Teenage acid attack victim walks in New York Fashion Week

This is the face of courage. A 19-year-old Indian acid burn victim walked in New York Fashion Week on Thursday, the first time she has ever left her home country. And Reshma Bano Qureshi looked fierce as she opened FTL Moda’s runway show in a long-sleeved white gown with striped panels by Mumbai-based designer Archana Kochhar topped with a delicate silver tiara. Qureshi survived a vicious acid attack in northern India by her brother-in-law and his friends two years ago that took her left eye and disfigured her face. But that hasn’t stopped the brave young woman from crusading for acid attack survivors with the Make Love Not Scars campaign and The Logical Indian to protest over-the-counter sales of harmful acids. “Every day a girl becomes a victim of an acid attack,” Qureshi says in a series of tongue-in-cheek “Beauty Tips by Reshma” videos that direct viewers to sign the #EndAcidSale petition. About 1,000 acid attacks are reported in India every year, according to Fashion Week Online, and women are targeted the most. Make Love Not Scars reports that acid attacks increased 250% between 2012 and 2014. Qureshi learned she was coming to Fashion Week a couple of months ago in a candid video where she broke into a wide smile before putting her head in her hands and crying tears of joy. “I feel really good ... yes, very excited!” she said. She modeled looks for Kochhar and for India’s bespoke Vaishali Couture as part of FTL Moda’s collection of runway shows celebrating diversity under the hashtag #TakeBeautyBack. FTL Moda has collaborated with Global Disability Inclusion and Fashion Week Online to represent women of all walks of life on the catwalk, including Madeline Stuart, a celebrated model with Down syndrome, and Shaholly Ayers, a congenital amputee, who also took the catwalk on Thursday. Continue Reading

Acid attack survivor set to walk the FTL Moda runway at New York Fashion Week

Her bravery is more beautiful than any outfit she chooses to wear on the catwalk. A teenager who was chased, dragged by the hair, and then pinned to the ground while her brother-in-law and his peers doused her face in sulfuric acid, will walk the runway this year at New York Fashion Week. Reshma Bano, 19, of Mumbai, India, was attacked on May 19, 2014, in a small town in northern India, while she was on her way to an exam, according to Make Love Not Scars, an NGO for acid attack survivors and other burn victims. A recent video released by the nonprofit shows the tender moment the teen, who has never traveled outside of India, finds out she’ll walk for FTL Moda at NYFW on Sept. 8, this year. When Bano was senselessly attacked in 2014, the then 18-year-old lost her left eye and was left severely disfigured. But the 19-year-old hasn’t let her assailants take away her courage or her beauty. Since the incident, the Indian teen has used her voice to campaign to stop the open sale of acid in the populous country and empower survivors of the vicious attacks through make-up tutorials on YouTube, under the hashtag #EndAcidSale, which have racked up millions of views. In one of her videos, “Beauty Tips by Resha: How to get perfect red lips,” she ends the quick tutorial with some hard facts. “You’ll find a red lipstick easily in the market — just like concentrated acid,” she begins. “This is the reason why every a girl becomes a victim of an acid attack.” Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

New York Fashion Week: Pops of orange brighten up the runways

Orange is the new black. From salmon to tangerine and earthy terracotta, the juicy hue is getting its moment in the sun. Tommy Hilfiger was dreaming of Californication (with Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Anthony Kiedis in the front row, natch) for his spring collection. Set along a boardwalk runway flanked by piles of sand and a couple of surfboards, Hilfiger was in a Melrose and Malibu state of mind. His classics got a sun-kissed twist with polos and polo dresses in punchy salmon and teal leather and his tailored trousers received the track pant treatment. In a nod to the season’s athletic trend, he went with neoprene for flared mini-skirts, dresses and zip-up sweaters. Other highlights included a leather basketball jersey, bomber jackets in leather, neoprene and chambray and a kooky silk Hawaiian shirtdress. Designer Karen Walker offered a twist on a collegiate look, with layers, scarves and unstructured silhouettes, including loose dhoti pants that could be mistaken for pajamas. It wouldn’t be Walker if it wasn’t charmingly off-kilter thanks to the slouchy cardigans, ski hats and slightly mismatched separates in tobacco, gold and maroon hues. Orange flared up again in Pamella Roland’s crinkle silk chiffon gown with a draped full back that gave the illusion of wings. Influenced by a trip to the Cannes Film Festival last spring, Roland went for high drama with fabrics like jacquard, taffeta and crepe. A search for a scarf had Donna Karan looking to India for ideas, and her discovery of a block-printed scarf inspired her chic urban collection. The block prints were stunning, particularly as a georgette wrap dress over pajama pants of the same print and even as a silk evening dress. The leathers were luxe, including a hand-painted indigo python jaket and buttery soft terracotta leather coat. Reem Acra abandoned the frou frou look she’s known for and welcomed the bold. The designer’s Continue Reading

Top 10 trends for spring! Hot off the New York Fashion week runway

It was a drama-filled week at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center, with supermodel sightings, diva dust-ups and spring collections that made style lovers swoon. We scoured the runways, talked to the designers and took notes so you don't have to. SUBCONTINENTAL STYLE A startorial trip to India is a must. (Clockwise) Live your Bollywood dreams in Marchesa's stunning brocade and paisley. Vera Wang shows off the Nehru collar with a bold blue print. Carlos Miele gives the sari a South American twist and Naeem Khan wowed with this colorful croal and gold caftan. James Keivom/New York Daily News; Jeff Bachner/New York Daily News; Craig Warga/ New York Daily News; Julia Xanthos / New York Daily News SHOW SOME RESTRAINT! Bondage details, like leather harness straps rocked the runways. (Clockwise) Karlie Kloss brought down the house with this cut-out black gown from Michael Kors. Calvin Klein mixes ladylike with lingerie.  Herve Leger brings leather peekaboo detailing to his skin-tight look.. Jason Wu blends romance and naughtiness with his black and gold glitter gown. Edward James/WireImage/AP Photo/Kathy Willens/Aaron Showalter for New York Daily News FASHION FOUR EYES Because men always make passes at girls who wear glasses.(CLOCKWISE) Cynthia Rowley went nude and oversized, while J.Crew went for bookish chic.  DVF took a tech turn with Google Googles, launching soon. Tracy Reese chose dark futuristic frames. Randy Brooke/WireImage; Mike Coppola/Getty Images; (Joe Marino; for New York Daily News; Seth Wenig CINDERELLA CHIC! Put a little princess in your step! (Clockwise) Carolina Herrera channels Miss 'Scarlet'. Oscar de le Renta brought spring colors and lace to the ball. This tangerine dream elicited gasps at Badgley Mischka. All this  blue and white lace Naeem Khan gown is missing is the glass slippers. RexUSA/Frazer Harrison/Getty Images CROP TOPS Continue Reading

Wang goes for ‘modern elegance’ in Balenciaga debut at Paris Fashion Week

PARIS - New York fashion star Alexander Wang on Thursday presented his much anticipated first show for Balenciaga with a collection praised as "elegance, modernity (and) structure", as India's Manish Arora took prints to new heights. In one of the shows of the week, Wang paid homage to founder Cristobal Balenciaga in what he modestly described as a "prologue". Wang, one of the hottest names in US fashion who also has his own label, was announced last December as the replacement for Nicolas Ghesquiere whose surprise departure came after 15 years with the French fashion house. The black and white dominated collection featured sleek, streamlined silhouettes with narrow ankle-length pants and knee-length skirts cut higher at the front. Speaking to reporters on day three of Paris fashion week, Wang said his collection aimed to appeal to women of all backgrounds. "It's a global mindset. I have always had that intention in dressing. It's an attitude, it's a sensibility. It's never defined by a certain age, a certain background," he said. "Balenciaga had such a multicultural background, coming from Spanish roots, but being a Parisian house. That in itself is already such a global way of thinking," he added. Francois-Henri Pinault, chairman and CEO of PPR, the luxury group that owns Balenciaga said Wang had excelled in producing a collection under huge pressure. The illustrious fashion house was founded in 1919 and is now one of the jewels in the PPR crown. "It's exceptional. He has an intimate knowledge of the label in such a short period. Even I was surprised, he arrived in December!" said Pinault. Asked to sum up the collection in a few words, he said simply: "Elegance, modernity, structure." The 29-year-old Wang, born in California to Taiwanese parents, has also continued his independent New York-based house alongside his Balenciaga duties. Launched in 2007, the highly-successful label Continue Reading

Designer Naeem Khan is heading to his ancestral home in Mumbai for Lakme Fashion Week

Fashion darling Naeem Khan headed home. The NY-based designer packed up his exquisite embellished and embroidered gowns and headed to Mumbai, India — his ancestral home — for his first-ever runway show at Lakme Fashion Week. Shockingly, Khan, a New York Fashion Week veteran, (he has been showing at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week for the past 16 seasons) says he’s a giant ball of nerves. “I’m anxious and I don’t know what I’m anxious for. It’s so funny. You want the people where you come from to like you and you’re afraid how they’re going to look at you,” he says. “I feel a squeamish pain in my heart. It’s like a child going home.” Of course, there will be the familiar faces in the crowd (his parents, brothers and sisters-in-law plus a few college pals will be in the audience). The FLOTUS’ seal of approval should also help with the anxiety. Khan is one the first lady’s favorite designers: Mrs. O recently wore his designs during inauguration weekend and shimmered in a custom Khan creation for her surprise Oscar presentation. Other famous fans include Stacy Keibler, Vanessa Hudgens, Zooey Deschanel and Padma Lakshmi. Khan’s collection for Mumbai is a hybrid of his fall 2013 collection and a few current spring gowns plus a special multicolor sari-inspired ballgown that he whipped up specially for the occasion. And while he doesn’t currently sell in any Indian boutiques just yet, Khan is interested in developing an accessories business in Asia, focusing on bags, shoes and cosmetics. “The collection is nearly exactly as New York (is) and I think it should be the same,” he says. “The woman who is going to buy this is going to be in New York, London and the Middle East and it’s the same woman in India.” Khan’s show was Saturday evening Continue Reading

2012 Fashion Week: The hottest tickets in town usually stay with the industry elite

A Fashion Week ticket is the most coveted one in town — but it’s something most mere mortals will never see. That’s because the golden invites are granted solely to an exclusive, elite group of chosen ones. This shows that even in New York, it doesn’t matter how powerful you are, who you know or how much money you shed. If you’re not invited — smell you later. “It truly is the one event that ticket brokers haven’t gotten to,” says Alison Brod, owner of the eponymous fashion public relations firm. The Brod squad is in charge of handling components for more than 50 fashion shows at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, the VIP tent and other initiatives. “No one is [giving out seats] because people are protecting their shows so seriously, because there are a limited number of them,” she says. “There’s just no opportunity for extras left.” The chosen few consist of fashion-industry elite, like Vogue editor Anna Wintour, who always nabs the best seat of the house in the front row. “Anna always sits in the best section,” says Kelly Cutrone, owner of fashion public relations firm People’s Revolution and an established runway show producer. Cutrone explains that prime real estate — where Wintour and her powerful cohorts sit — is called Section A. “That’s where you can really see the garment,” she says. “This is where you can see the models ‘mark.’ Here you can either hop up to greet the designer or you can fly out to see your next show, which may or may not be in the same arena.” That rings true for Wintour, who is notorious for sprinting out — in heels! — as models take their final walk on the runway. Last season at Tommy Hilfiger, she leapt from her seat well before the American designer came out to greet the crowd. And the worst seats in the house? “The sections next to the wall Continue Reading

Fashion Week Fall 2011: How Malysian-born designer Zang Toi created a $30,000 gown for Fashion Week

Of the 33 looks Zang Toi will send down the runway Sunday night at New York Fashion Week, he's most proud of his grand finale gown. He should be. Since the Malaysian-born designer first sketched it in November, it's passed through dozens of sets of hands and has traveled back and forth over continents. But while the beading was added in India, everything else was done by his own staff at his Manhattan studio on 57th St. "I do everything from the beginning to the end," says Toi, who in July celebrates 30 years in New York. "I'm very hands-on. Even with my rough sketches, I already can visualize the girl floating down the runway in the finished garment." Along the way, he works closely with his staffers to get exactly what he wants, from the pattern makers and cutters to the seamstress and presser. The black silk gazar strapless ball gown, with nude beads and lace encrusted with Swarovski crystals, was one of the last additions to his fall 2011 collection. "You see a lot of designers doing nude and black," says Toi. "But usually it's a nude color with black lace. So I wanted mine to be a different twist of nude and black. The finale's the most important garment, so I really want it to pop on the runway." A friend of his, "Real Housewives of New York City" star Jill Zarin, has the honor of wearing it on the catwalk. Most people can only dream of affording this gown, which retails for $30,000. But when you look at all the work that goes into it, the price tag is no surprise. 1 SKETCHZang Toi, designer "I started thinking seriously about the idea of that gown when I was in Buenos Aires for Thanksgiving," says Toi. "I was thinking about the collection way before that, but that gown was the last one." It took him just three minutes to sketch the rough draft during that trip, and 13 minutes to do the final sketch in Amsterdam on New Year's Eve. (Keh for News) 2  PATTERN MAKINGEva Pan, production manager Toi passes off a detailed sketch of the Continue Reading

Fashion Week Spring 2011: Christian Siriano kicks the week off with clothes fit for a glam safari

Christian Siriano stole the first day of Fashion Week with a show as light and vibrant as his floating, flouncy gowns.New York fashionistas looking for a dose of fun got it from the "Project Runway" alum. His Spring/Summer 2011 collection zipped from China to India to Africa, the clothes fit for a glam safari. The Fashion Week tents have moved from Bryant Park to Lincoln Center, and Siriano's runway took the audience to the ends of the Earth.Maggie Grace and Katrina Bowden, scenester Leigh Lezark, Siriano's boyfriend Brad Walsh (who also made the jewelry and chose the music for the show) and actor Alan Cumming. They oohed over sleek trousers and structured cocktail dresses, gasped at the gowns and pointed to the chopstick heels.Tim Gunn might tell him, he made it work. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

India Fashion Week kicks off with runway show in hospital setting

Nine hospital beds in a row and imaginary patients hooked up to intravenous drips. Not the usual setting for a fashion catwalk. But Indian designer Rajesh Pratap Singh returned to his roots for the inaugural show of the Amazon India Fashion Week in New Delhi on Wednesday. Singh, who grew up in a family of doctors, said his show was a tribute to healthcare professionals who saved lives despite going through problems of their own. "I belong to a medical family and it (the show) was basically respect for health workers," Singh told Reuters. Models took a stroll down the pristine white catwalk in sheath dresses and pleated skirts that the designer said were meant to evoke the uniforms of nurses in the 1950s. The models wore large-framed glasses and many of the black-and-white leather and wool ensembles featured polka dot patterns to symbolize drops of blood. Singh's model nurses occasionally lay down on the beds, broke into an impromptu jig, scowled or seemed to have seizures as they posed for photographers at the edge of the runway. Many wore surgical masks while some carried first-aid boxes. At least one model sported a bandaged head. "It symbolizes what they are going through, and at the same time they are very professional," Singh said. More than 100 designers are showcasing autumn and winter collections on the runway or in stalls at the fashion week that ends on Sunday. India's premier fashion event, first held in 2000, is being sponsored this year by the Indian arm of online retailer Amazon. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading