Kamis, 31 Oktober 2013

Spring racing fashion trends for 2013

PRETTY in pastels or monochrome black and white – they are the key fashion trends for this season's Spring Racing carnival, according to Myer it girl Rebecca Bramich.

The horse enthusiast and in-demand Chadwick model says there is no grey area when it comes to current race-wear staples.

'Life is never black and white, but that in no way should apply to your wardrobe,' the Myer Fashions on the Field Ambassador says.

'Spring/summer is strongly monochrome, striped, patterned and polka dots.'

Bramich says key designers for the black and white look include Jayson Brunsdon, Wayne Cooper, Sass & Bide and Manning Cartell.

If black and white isn't your speed, another key trend is florals - bold and bright prints, stripes or statement shapes to set you apart from the crowd.

'This seasons flower prints are growing wild and free,' she says.

'Pick your petal power and watch your look bloom. Key designers for this look are YB J'AIME and Fleur Wood Geometric and Cue.'

Bramich says other must-haves include digital prints and pastel colours that compliment feminine headwear.

'When it comes to millinery, if you want to make a statement this season, do it in bold stripes, polka dots or statement pieces in black and white,' she advises.

'Mix and match your dress, shoes, clutch and headpiece by colour blocking your outfit.

'Stand out in the crowd and brighten your outfit with bold reds, orange, fuschia or cobalt blue.'

Detailed floral headbands are another fresh and fun way to brighten your race look - and they are easy to wear too.

'And if you love feeling pretty and ladylike, adorn your head with hues of beautiful lilacs, apricots, or soft pinks and mint,' Bramich says.

'This is a great look for Oaks day and can be worn back with neutrals, soft metallic hued accessories or sorbet shades.

'You can also bejewel your head with a glamorous jewelled or beaded headband.

'With inspiration from the 40's era, a jewelled headband is a subtle but enchanting way to update your look whether at the races or for that special occasion.

'And if you want to make a statement this season, do it in black and white - with a pop of colour! You'll be the envy of all your friends when they see you wearing this fresh update on the black and white trend.'

Best model of Spring

29-y.o. Polina Chepurnova of Andres agency has been selected the best model of the Kazakhstan Fashion Week Spring-Summer 2014, Tengrinews reports.

The girl catwalked in presentations of 11 collections of Kazakhstan and foreign designer brands: Ainur Turisbek (Kazakhstan), Nina Ruchkina (Russia), Sweet Dream (Germany), Vrettos Vrettakos (Greece), Aigul Kassymova (Kazakhstan), Akananita (Kazakhstan), DI*ENTRE*SI (Kazakhstan), Yerlan Zholdasbek (Kazakhstan), Leonid Zherebtsov (Kazakhstan), Ё9 (Yo9) (Kazakhstan), Kamenskakononova (Ukraine).

Polina Chepurnova. Photo courtesy of Polina Chepurnova.

Polina Chepurnova has been in the Kazakhstan's modeling business for over 15 years. She has participated in Kazakhstan Fashion Week since the very first season, back when the project was named Almaty Fashion Week (AFW). 'Igor Gorbatenko was my first teacher. He is famous for his catwalking school among Kazakhstan modeling agencies,' Polina said.

Polina Chepurnova. Photo courtesy of Polina Chepurnova.

The model graduated from Abylai-khan Kazakhstan University of International Relations and World Languages, where she studied translation and teaching of the French language. She speaks French, English and Turkish. Polina used to write for Kenguru and Academy of Style magazines. At present she is the art director of Beautylook.kz, a website for hairdressers, make-up artists and stylists.

The pret-a-porter Kazakhstan Fashion Week Spring-Summer 2014 took place on October 24-26. Collections of local designers and couturieres from Belarus, Germany, Greece, Georgia, Russia, Ukraine and Estonia were presented at the event in Almaty city.

By Aizhan Tugelbayeva

'The Hand That Rocks the Cradle' Adaptation in the Works at ABC Family ...

ABC Family is headed in a darker direction.

The cable network is in the early stages of developing an adaptation of The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The effort hails from Supernatural's Daniel Loflin, whois set to write and executive produce, along with Radar Pictures. Radar's Ted Field, an executive producer of the 1992 film on which the TV thriller is based, and Mike Weber are attached as executive producers.

The R-rated early 1990s original, which starred Rebecca De Mornay and Annabella Sciorra, grossed $88 million at the domestic box office. The ABC Family iteration will tell the story of a young, attractive nanny who terrorizes a suburban family from the inside.

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The move comes as the TV landscape continues to embrace darker fare, a trend that has breakout hits from AMC's The Walking Dead to FX's American Horror Story to thank for generating momentum. ABC Family recently announced it was developing The Final Girls, a horror-thriller starring Jamie Lee Curtis, and has the second half of first-year murder-thriller Twisted returning in January.

If ultimately ordered to series, Cradle would join Twisted, Pretty Little Liars, Ravenswood, The Fosters and more at the youth-skewing cable network.

For its part, Radar's recent projects include the Harmony Korine dramedy Spring Breakers, co-starring the ABC Family Pretty Little Liars actress Ashley Benson, along with Vin Diesel's Riddick, Robert De Niro's Everybody's Fine and Ricky Gervais' The Invention of Lying.

Loflin is repped by WME, Peter Heller, and Bloom Hergott; Field is repped by WME.

Rabu, 30 Oktober 2013

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Stylin': NCCU grad presents first collection at New York Fashion Week

Though she studied biology at N.C. Central University and was on track to be an anesthesiologist, Amanda Williamson is now a burgeoning fashion star.

Interested in clothing design since childhood, Williamson decided to forgo a career in medicine to launch a women's clothing label, Ennyluap ( ennyluap.com), in 2011. In September, she presented her first collection at New York Fashion Week during a designer showcase at the Helen Mills Center.

'Presenting at New York Fashion Week was an amazing experience,' says Williamson. 'I also had the opportunity of shooting a segment for the STYLE Network; that was very fun. Being a presenting designer in New York is amazing; everyone treats you like you're someone.'

Williamson also received a little love from across the pond, being featured in British Vogue earlier this year. 'British Vogue introduced Ennyluap as a national brand, and I have since gained attention both locally and abroad since its release,' she says.

Before the international attention came, Williamson's biggest cheerleader was Kendra Leonard, owner of Raleigh's Art of Style boutique. Leonard gave Williamson her big break, carrying the Ennyluap line in her store.

'She gave me my first opportunity to show my designs to the world,' Williamson says. 'I love her more than words can express!'

Williamson's Fashion Week collection, with colorful dresses and separates in classic, wearable silhouettes, exemplifies her design aesthetic.

'I love lines, colors and structure,' she says. 'I try to make every design practical, and on a broad scale, make Ennyluap a contemporary high-end everyday collection.'

The collection currently is available at Art of Style and at Dream Day Affairs in Conyers, Ga. Williamson is in talks to bring the line to additional boutiques and a major department store.

Jewelry Restyle

Reeds Jewelers in Crabtree Valley Mall will help breathe new life into old, unwanted jewelry during its Dana Augustine Restyle Event at 11 a.m. Wednesday.Customers can bring in old or broken jewelry and choose new gemstones, settings and more to give the old pieces a new look. For details and to make an appointment, call 919-787-4992.

Trish McEvoy appearance

Famed makeup artist Trish McEvoy will share makeup tips and advice during a two-day event Wednesday and Thursday (Nov. 6-7) at Nordstrom at The Streets at Southpoint in Durham. McEvoy also will share the latest looks from her makeup line. Call 919-806-3700 for an appointment.

Fashion Week 2013 Guest Blog: Ariana and the Rose Hits All the Designer ...

Courtesy of Ariana and the Rose

Ariana and the Rose, a born and bred New Yorker, sat front row and performed at Fashion Week in New York, London and Paris! You can't beat that kind of exposure, and the singer, who epitomizes downtown NYC cool with her look and her electro synth pop sound (think Lana Del Rey x Regina Spektor x LaRue), agreed to document her exploits at Fashion Week in multiple cities with PopCrush! How very cool of her, right? Pull up your runway-side seat for her recap of her experience in New York and London. Below is Ariana's written and photo recap. It's the first of two (follow-up will be Paris)!

Runway shows have always been my favorite part of fashion. The lights, the music, all the pushing and shoving to get your sear - it's as close to a live concert as you can get. So, the opportunity to attend shows in New York, London and Paris left me feeling like a kid in a candy store. Every city has its own vibe and every fashion week embodies the heart of each city. The last month has been total craziness, so I've compiled my very favorite highlights from each city, from runway shows to after party performances to purchases. Here is my Fashion Week:

New York

Charlotte Ronson presentation and after party - I've been lucky enough to attend New York Fashion Week since I was really young but getting to perform and collaborate with designers is something totally new for me. The @cjronson presentation was sheer madness. It was totally packed and the whole room was buzzing. The clothes were, naturally, adorable. I'm a real sucker for crop tops, which is definitely a Ronson specialty.

Courtesy of Ariana and the Rose

The true highlight for me was performing at the @MarqueeNY later that evening. The room was definitely in the mood to party by the time my band and I went on stage. The whole club went dark, our Ariana and the Rose logo was splashed across a two-floor background and I began singing a cappella in the dark. When the lights flipped on a moment later, the room was already moving and the dance floor just kept filling up! It was the perfect marriage of music and fashion, and everyone was there to party for fashion week.

Courtesy of Ariana and the Rose


London pushes the fashion boundaries like no other city in the world. The runways were filled with everything from embellished hoop skirts to gas masks to a ballerina. It was such a change of pace from New York and so much fun.

A truly amazing moment for me was hearing my single 'Heartbeat' as the runway music for the @AshleyIsham_LDN fashion show. To see those models strut down the runway to my song was unreal, I was singing along. I couldn't even help myself. [Note: That's Ariana with Isham below.]

Courtesy of Ariana and the Rose

The best part about London Fashion week is the diversity of the designers and shows. There is a real sense of play in each of the presentations.

Courtesy of Ariana and the Rose

I was lucky enough to attend stunningly classic shows at the famous Somerset House as well as presentations that were more off-the-beaten-path.

Courtesy of Ariana and the Rose

One of my favorites was Bas Kosters epically fun show. Instead of the run-of-the-mill runway, @baskosters filled a stage with people dancing and cooking in his designs. He turned his presentation into a show and then a party - definitely not the norm. [Note: That's Ariana below in Kosters' design.]

Courtesy of Ariana and the Rose

By the end of London Fashion Week, I was full on the fashion from the runways as well as the fashion from people attending the shows. Upcoming seasons, I'm definitely going to have to bring some cranial accessories to keep up!

Courtesy of Ariana and the Rose

Plus Size Fashion News: Pulp Fashion Week in Paris Celebrates Models And ...

When it comes to the fashion industry, the debate of what a plus size model is has always been a heated topic.

The industry standard is that a plus size model starts at a size 12. Despite that, there have been models that have burst onto the scene that don't fit the standard. This has opened the doors for models of different sizes and body shapes to enter the industry.

From Velvet D'Amour walking the runway for designer Jean Paul Gaultier at a size 26 to the recent Kurvenrausch Plus Size Fashion Show in Germany (you can find that article here), it is evident that these models are here to stay.

The latest country to embrace curves in fashion is France with their first-ever plus size fashion week taking place in Paris on October 27, 2013. The event, called Pulp Fashion Week, was organized by Histoire de Courbes, a Paris-based fashion group that celebrates larger women. The best part? A variety of different sized models, some larger than the industry standard, were used to walk the runway in couture clothing and lingerie from various French plus size designers.

Why the word 'pulp' in the name of such a groundbreaking fashion event? The word 'pulp' in French represents luscious fruit. Some of the French plus size fashion brands that showed at Pulp Fashion Week were Curvy Kate, Tamboo Bamboo, Maryse Richardson, La Belle Affranchie and Femme Fabuleuses.

Check it out for yourself in the following images:

What do you think of Pulp Fashion Week? Is this a show you would attend? Would you like to see larger models such as these on the runway more often? Please leave us a comment below and let us know what you think.

Photo credit: NY Daily News, Getty Images

by Marcy Cruz, Blog Editor

Fashion Week aims to give designers international exposure

African designers have shown themselves to be world class in creativity and the Mercedes- Benz Fashion Week strives to expose designers regionally and internationally. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, which starts on Wednesday in the City of Tshwane, aims at giving African designers exposure. South African fashion designer David Tlale celebrates 10 years in the fashion industry. Speaking on Morning Live, Tlale says now it's about taking the Tlale brand to a global market. Director of Africa Fashion International (AFI), Nicholas Maweni says behind fashion there's always a serious business. 'South Africa is starting to capitalise on the business of fashion,' says Maweni. AIF takes a number of local designers and expose them internationally, helping them understand the behind the scenes of fashion. The fashion show has over 30 designers from 15 African countries with 20 runaways themed at fashion, art and design. Edited by Sindisa Baloyi

Selasa, 29 Oktober 2013

Omaha Fashion Week gets new location, announces 15 designers

Fifteen designers will show collections during the spring Omaha Fashion Week shows, to be held, March 4-9 in the Omar Bakery Building, 4383 Nicholas St. This will be the first time the spring shows have been held in the new space, which will open for events in December. The most-recent spring shows were held at Kaneko, 1111 Jones St., and before that at the now-defunct Nomad Lounge. The new venue is larger, which will allow the a bit more elbow room for those who attend the growing event, which is going into its seventh year. The fall shows, held in August, were held in a tent on Capitol Avenue between 10th and 11th streets. Thirty designers applied for spots in the spring shows. The designers selected to show during the spring shows are: High school students Elda Doamekpo and Kate Walz; OFW veterans Angela Balderston, Terri Buckner, Hollie Hanash, Hannah Olson, Buf Reynolds, Stacey Sipp, Aubrey Sookram and Fella Vaughn; and OFW newcomers Jessica Collins, Crystal Hobson, Katie Thomspon, Margie Trembley and team Bryan Frost and Erica Cardenas. Frost and Cardenas are planning to open a brick-and-mortar store at 1402 South 13th St. next month. 'This was a very entrepreneurial group of applicants. Several are looking at manufacturing and one has a storefront,' OFW Producer Brook Hudson said in a press release. 'It's so exciting to see how far we've come as a fashion community in the seven years since OFW began.' In addition, OFW veteran Hollie Hanash, who generally designs children's clothing, will show a collection of avant-garde pieces for adults. Aubrey Sookram, another children's wear designer, will soon begin selling a 500-piece collection on Zulily.com.

Contact the writer: Cara Pesek

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Cara writes about nightlife -- bars, clubs, karaoke, and other places people go to have a good time -- as well as fashion, pop culture and trends.

A look back at Toronto Fashion Week Spring 2014

Toronto Fashion Week ended its Spring 2014 season this past Saturday, putting the mounds of hair and makeup products, the delightfully/ disturbingly progressive runway collections, and the tendency to dress a notch wilder than usual on ice until Fall 2014 rolls around. In the meantime, we can sit back and reflect on last week's (subjectively) enjoyable/exhausting events.

The runway room presented hoards of models dressed in all white - a trend we'll no doubt see all over the city come the warmer months. Backstage maintained a constant flow of organized chaos at the hands of clipboard-clutching staff and volunteers. The streets saw flocks of showgoers in weather-disregarding - but nevertheless inspirational - garb. Overall, Toronto Fashion Week was, well, everything you'd expect at a week dedicated to fashion.

Check out our photo gallery for a look back at Toronto Fashion Week. Thanks to MasterCard Stylicity for sponsoring our coverage of Toronto Fashion Week

Sao Paulo Fashion Week: Ancient garbs and ballerinas take to the runway

To the other side of the world now for another major fashion event. Sao Paulo Fashion Week, started with a bang on Monday, as supermodel Karlie Kloss took to the runway.

Kloss, a Victoria's Secret Angel and ranked number seven model in the world by Models.com, paraded on the runway for opening act Animale's bold new 2014 Winter collection.

Animale designers chose to play with the dark mysticism winter often evokes by mixing themes of Scottish gothic with elements of British punk. Seemingly not afraid of winter's chill the collection featured many leggy, short cut dresses and transparent prints.

Sao Paulo Fashion Week, started with a bang on Monday

Designer Priscila Darolt explained the combination of ancient and modern themes.

Priscila Darolt, Animale Designer, said, 'We are showing a collection inspired by ancient peoples from Great Britain mixed with contemporary influences. We are searching for this convergence between the ancient aesthetic and something contemporary.'

Originating in Rio de Janeiro, Animale is a label that has grown over the past 20 years and is now sold in over 500 locations.

Sao Paulo Fashion Week, started with a bang on Monday

Cris Nobrega, a fashion blogger at the Animale show, was impressed with the choice of colour.

Fashion designer Cris Nobrega said, 'The colours were brilliant. The burgundy, the military green, mixed with leather. A lot of very cool things which I adored.'

Uma Raquel Davidowicz's show also had everyone talking...Ballerinas from the Sao Paulo Dance Company took the place of models, performing routines that kept the audience transfixed.

Uma, known for its consistently modern and dynamic cuts and minimalist approach to colour, chose to accentuate the comfortable aspects of this winter collection by using dancers who have considerably more muscular frames than the sleek runway models.

There is still a lot to come from Sao Paulo Fashion Week, which runs until November 1, including hometown star Gisele Bundchen making her return to the Sao Paulo catwalk on October 31.

Watch The Ravenswood Season 1 Episode 2 Live Stream: Catch 'Death And ...

'Ravenswood' season 1 episode 2 is nearly upon us, and now fans can catch the live stream online for free via the ABC Family live streaming website.

For ABC Family, there is a live stream of the channel which can be accessed here, and through that, fans can watch the 'Ravenswood' season 1 episode 2 live stream.

There are a lot of fake channels solely for the purpose of luring viewers with ads, but here is how you can avoid any potential hiccups with pop-ups and ads.

--DO NOT download anything that is suggested.

--For every ad, there is an 'X' button. It is typically in a corner or out of the way so it is hard to see. Sometimes ads try to fool you by giving you a fake 'X' graphic which leads you to an ad. Do not be discouraged when this happens, the real 'X' button is there somewhere.

--Multiple ads will pop and it takes a little bit to clear out each and every ad. Even then, pop-ups will occur as you clear the ads. DO NOT listen to any of these ads or pop-ups and clear them right away.

--This 'Ravenswood' season 1 episode 2 live stream will have recurring ads that pop up every once in a while. If this is the only way you can view 'Ravenswood' season 1 episode 2, do not be deterred and the live streaming will work once the ads disappear.

Be sure to check out the 'Ravenswood' season 1 episode 2 live stream tonight!

'Pretty Little Liars' Halloween Special is ABC Family's Number 2 Telecast Ever ...

via press release:

ABC Family is Cable TV's #1 Network in Women 18-34 and Females 12-34; Posts Most-Watched Week of 2013 in Women 18-34; Hits 31 Week High in Adults 18-34

3rd Annual ' Pretty Little Liars ' Halloween Special is ABC Family's #2 Telecast

Ever in Women 18-34; Soars to Over 4 Million Total Viewers and Over 3 Million Viewers 12-34 Based on Live + 3; Is Week's #1 TV Telecast Per Twitter TV Ratings

'Ravenswood' Launches as ABC Family's #1 Series Debut on Record in Women 18-34, Becoming Cable TV's Biggest Drama Premiere in Nearly 3 Years

ABC Family - Primetime

Powered by the 3rd annual ' Pretty Little Liars ' Halloween special and the series launch of 'Ravenswood,' along with high performing theatricals for the network's annual '13 Nights of Halloween' event, ABC Family ranked as cable TV's #1 network in Prime in Women 18-34 (308,000) and Females 12-34 (430,000), and placed among the Top 5 networks in Women 18-49 (#4 - 436,000).

Notably, this week stood as ABC Family's most-watched week this year in Women 18-34 and its 2nd-most-watched week in Females 12-34, behind only week of 1/14/13. Moreover, the network hit a 31 week high in Adults 18-34 (397,000/0.6 ) and 14 week high in Adults 18-49 (599,000) and Women 18-34 (308,000) - since weeks of 1/14/13 and 7/15/13, respectively.

'Pretty Little Liars' (Tues., 8:00 - 9:00 p.m.) ranked as the week's #2 TV telecast in Females 12-34 (2.0 million/4.3 rating) and cable TV's #2 scripted telecast in Women 18-34 (1.3 million/3.8 rating) and Viewers 12-34 (2.3 million/2.5 rating). Impressively, the episode became ABC Family's #2 telecast in the network's history in Women 18-34 and the series' #2 telecast of all time in Adults 18-34.

According to Nielsen Twitter TV Ratings, ' Pretty Little Liars' was the week's #1 TV telecast, reaching 6.3 million unique Twitter accounts, creating more than 59 million impressions.

Tuesday's special was the 7th 'Pretty Little Liars'' episode to amass over 1 million Tweets (1,160,813), according to SocialGuide, reaching over 6 million people and creating more than 59 million. In fact, 'Pretty Little Liars' accounts for the Top 4 'most tweeted' series episodes in TV history, and 5 of the Top 7 overall.Based on Live + 3 ratings, 'Pretty Little Liars' surged to 4.3 million Total Viewers, to over 3 million Viewers 12-34 (3.1 million/3.4 rating) and over 2 million Adults 18-34 (2.1 million/3.0 rating) and Adults 18-49 (2.6 million/2.0 rating).'Ravenswood' (Tues., 9:00 - 10:00 p.m.) launched as ABC Family's #1 series premiere in the network's history in Women 18-34 (789,000/2.3 rating) - and cable TV's biggest drama debut in nearly three years (since 'Skins,' 1/17/11) - its #2 series debut ever in Adults 18-34 (913,000/1.4 rating) and Women 18-49 (982,000/1.5 rating) and ranked among the Top 5 across Adults 18-49 (#5 - 1.2 million/0.9 rating), Viewers 12-34 (#5 - 1.5 million/1.6 rating) and Females 12-34 (#4 - 1.3 million/2.7 rating).Based on Live + 3 ratings, 'Ravenswood' climbed to 2.7 million Total Viewers, to nearly 2 million Viewers 12-34 (1.8 million/2.0 rating) and over 1 million Adults 18-34 (1.1 million/1.7 rating) and Adults 18-49 (1.4 million/1.1 rating).According to SocialGuide, 'Ravenswood' amassed the most tweets of any new TV series premiere this season (200,721), reaching over 3 million people and generating over 16 million impressions, placing fifth for the week per Nielsen Twitter TV ratings.Source: NTI, U.S. ratings, Live + Same Day. Week of 10/21-27, 2013; 13 Nights of Halloween 2013 to date: 10/19/13-10/27/13, Monday-Sunday, 8:00 - 10:00 p.m. NTTR: Twitter TV Ratings.


Fall Fashion Week Starts in Moscow Manezh

While Moscow may be a world center of wealth and business, this has not translated into clout in the fashion world. Most famous designers still operate out of New York or Paris, and people in the West often stereotype Russia as a land of tracksuits and fake fur.

This week, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia aims to change these perceptions with a week of fashion shows and parties intended to attract international attention to Russian designers and bring in lucrative corporate sponsors.

Last weekend, Fashion Week kicked off the festivities in Moscow's Manezh with Fashion Industry Day on Oct. 25, a series of shows sponsored by the Ministry of Industry and Trade. The headliner of the day's events was Slava Zaitsev, the venerable maven of Soviet fashion, who continues to be the most recognizable name in the Russian fashion world.

Following Zaitsev's show, a series of factories and manufacturing companies held showings, among which was a show of home textiles designed by Alena Akhmadullina, a young Muscovite designer who has been producing pret-a-porter since 2001 and has shown collections in Paris. The events were not without some non-Russian context: At a special event, visitors were given an analysis of recent shows in international fashion centers.

The next day shifted the focus from manufacturers to designers. Slava Zaitsev once again headlined the events with a showing of his latest pret-a-porter, yet he was joined by well-known British designer Tony Ward, who showed the latest products of his couture atelier using contestant's from this years Miss Universe pageant as models.

Events continued Sunday with a show of children's fashion as well as adult fashion shows from a range of young Russian designers, joined by a few token foreigners.

Fashion Week will continue for the next week, with each day bringing a new assortment of shows and designers. While each designer will try to surprise their audiences, a look at the week's schedule reveals a few trends.

Firstly, Fashion Week Russia is dominated by Russian designers: While this might seem obvious based on the name, fashion weeks in other locations are far more international. Secondly, all of the designers are very young and have very little name recognition and so the organizers must be lauded for giving the youth a chance to show their work - traditionally, high fashion is a very difficult arena for newcomers to break into.

However, this lack of established names is likely due to a failure to attract famous designers to Moscow, rather than a purposeful initiative to promote young talent. It seems that the fashion world's more recognizable names do not view this event as a promising venue to show their latest products, and their absence would suggest a corresponding absence of wealthy backers, as the business community is more likely to be attracted by big names.

Nonetheless, Fashion Week Russia will provide the opportunity to see some rather unusual designers who get no attention on the international arena. Later in the week, the Belarus Fashion Week show will spotlight some of the country's young designers, while designers from elsewhere in the former Soviet Union will also have solo shows.

Audiences will even have an opportunity to see work by an Abkhazian designer, Rusiko - also known as Rusudan Kobyakova - a graduate of Slava Zaitsev's 'Fashion Laboratory' who makes very unique clothing for muslim women based on traditional Caucasian styles.

Indeed, Slava Zaitsev seems to be virtually omnipresent in this year's Fashion Week with two solo shows and his own one-day 'Slava Zaitsev Fashion Festival,' held a day after events at Manezh end in the Afimoll Siti center. His pupils are similarly ubiquitous, and he seems well placed to impart his particular brand of style to a whole new generation of Russian fashion consumers.

As for trends in this years, shows, RIA Novosti reports that long dresses and lace will be just as in vogue in 2014 as they were in 1914, so perhaps Russian fashion has come full circle over the tumultuous 20th century.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia will run until Oct. 31. A full list of designers, shows and locations can be found at mercedesbenzfashionweek.ru.

Plus Size International Event: Plup Fashion Week Puts Full Figured Fashion On ...

Plus Size International Event: Plup Fashion Week Puts Full Figured Fashion On Display In Paris

If plus size women have taught major brands, it's that we are not above producing events that showcase plus size women wearing plus size designers.

The latest fashion week catering to plus size women took place on October 27th in Paris, France. Pulp Fashion Week (don't you love that name), proudly displayed plus size fashion for the world to see. Supporters of the event included Asos Curve, MaGrandtaille.com, Curvy Kate, and Forever 21, among others.

The event was created by Histoire de Courbes (History of Curves) to shake up the fashion industry. Pulp Fashion Week included an introduction to African Gym tonic, a workshop for those who wanted to learn how to walk in heels, makeovers and more.

Their models, also known as mannequins, were plus size women of various sizes, shapes and ethnicities.

Various U.S. news outlets have reported on this event which makes me smile. Despite fashion designers unwillingness to cater to plus size women, it's refreshing to see plus size events get the attention that they deserve.

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Style Fashion Week October 2013 Day 5

The Los Angeles FashionStyle Fashion Week October 2013 Day 5The Los Angeles FashionStyle Fashion Week October 2013 Day 5. Tina Marie starts the show with causal but light spring summer wear with a mix of violet magenta and emerald green jewel tones. The texture of the brocades shines like a day glow effect. As well as neutral ...

Toronto Fashion Week

Toronto Fashion Week is almost a whole week behind me and most of the events have become a blur. A blur of pretty clothes, pretty people, bitchy people and sore feet. I've been keeping up with all the recaps and street style galleries from fashion week and can admit that it all seems pretty damn glamourous.

Even though I enjoy spending a week with decidly glamourous people, I'm more than happy to sing from the mountain tops that I'm not one of them. I trip, spill, snort and swear way too much to ever be considered elegant.

To that end, I've decided to write up a short list of my own personal horror stories from Toronto Fashion Week that stem from my being less than important, glamourous or even sane.

Fashion Films Make Me UncomfortableGetting to the tent on opening day before any shows were even close to starting was already a little weird since it was still being vacuumed. I had arrived to catch a 'retrospective' film on 5 seasons of clothing from an assortment of designers. I went into the studio, I watched, I was confused, I looked around and confirmed I was the only confused one and I left soon after. In my defense a good portion of this FASHION film was spent on naked girls with face paint silently screaming. I spent the next few hours hearing people around me comment on the amazing films we had seen and felt secure in thinking I was a simpleton who would never understand art. Sweet.

45 Minute WaitI understand that this is a 'hurry up and wait' industry but I'm a little OCD when it comes to interview times. Which is why I was early for my interview with a designer I won't name and it's why I was supremely pissed at being one of the last to get my interview after waiting an abysmal 45 minutes. Obviously, the designer isn't to blame but as I waited and watched bloggers get their interviews even though they had arrived after me and hadn't even checked in, I felt myself wanting to give the whole show a terrible review (I didn't). What annoyed me even further was that the PR women weren't paying attention to who arrived when and who had slotted times versus who didn't but instead allowed everyone to bunch together, called it a lineup and patronizingly called us all 'good girls'.

Take The V and I Out of VIPBackstage beside the photo wall there was a really cool device that let you take a picture looking into a mirror and tweet it out. Well, YOU can't...only VIPs. A friend and I naively waltzed up to the camera and were just about to pose like rockstars until the woman running it threw up a hand and said 'Oh, I'm sorry. This isn't for just anyone.' Unable to answer when we asked just whose golden ass was allowed a Twitter photograph, the woman simple assured us that we weren't on that list and motioned with her hand to slide out of the way for, you know, important people.

Haunted AccessoriesGetting to the tent late one night was actually a bit of a benefit because lying on the curb was a fabulous accessory I spotted and loved right away. Now, I know I should have turned it in to the desk but I was late, I didn't know if the accessory's owner was leaving or arriving and whatever, finders keepers and all that. Later that night, after going to bed, I had a super terrifying nightmare about human heads being dug up in my lawn and woke up screaming. So I decided the accessory that was still in my purse was evil and haunting whomever had it in their possession. The former owner had been right in leaving it behind like it was Jumanji.

Stolen SeatIf you don't have a reserved seat in the front row, you'll know what happens when audience members are instructed to move down a row or two. Mayhem, that's what. I was at one of the more popular shows when a volunteer let everyone know that it was time to scoot down. My seatmate went and snagged a front row spot with a beautifully open chair right next to her. I almost got to it when another volunteer stopped me and told me that I couldn't sit there because that seat was meant for her. Weird, considering she had a guarenteed spot standing right at the end of the runway. I questioned her motives and in those few seconds someone else sat in the volunteer's precious seat and I went back to sitting behind someone's rather large head. But of course, not before asking the volunteer what her fate was now that 'her' seat was gone. Oh right, stand at the end of the runway.

Confusion Done RightI've already complained about the hustle and bustle that goes on backstage when you're trying to get an interview along with every other fashion publication in the game. After my experience with the PR ladies from the earlier show, I seriously considered bailing on another designer interview that was sure to be another shitshow. Instead, I went and was delighted by the organized confusion. Once again, the interview time sheets were wasted paper and signing in was a foreign concept. Except this time the PR pros took note of who arrived and when and those of us that were there early were ushered in quickly and able to leave without wanting to slap someone with a clipboard. Yay!

You know I love ya Toronto Fashion Week!

ABC Family's 'Work Mom' Adds 'Desperate Housewives' Alum, Series Regular ...

ABC Family is bulking up the cast of Work Mom.

Actress Lilah Richcreek, who guest-starred on Two and a Half Men and 2 Broke Girls,has been added as a new series regular on the comedy pilot from Bunheads' Grant Levy and Dominik Rothbard, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.

Additionally, Desperate Housewives alum Doug Savant has been cast as a guest star.

Work Mom follows Heather ( Renee Olstead), who finally gets promoted at her digital marketing firm Pow! Marketing and winds up hiring her recently unemployed mother, Eden ( Emily Rutherfurd). Brandon Scott also stars.

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Richcreek will portray the beautiful and aggressively confident Rihanna. Always up on the latest trends, she has a bitchy streak that hasn't escaped the attention of Pow! Marketing president Thomas Wade. Convinced she should be promoted, but disinclined to actually work hard, Rihanna always has a snarky riposte to Heather's remark and tries to spin every moment in her own favor.

Savant will play Thomas, a widower who operates with a brusque manner and a trademark scowl. Thomas is all business, intimidating and direct, and has raised his son Ashton to take over the company.

Levy and Rothbard will pen the pilot, which was picked up in August.

Richcreek is repped by Sutton, Barth & Vennari and Schumacher Management. Savant is repped by Paradigm and Lieberman-Zerman Management.

E-mail: Philiana.Ng@THR.com Twitter: @insidethetube



Models present creations by La Belle Affranchie during the first Pulp Fashion Week on October 27, 2013 in Paris.

No heroin chic here!

The first ever plus-size fashion week in Paris celebrated womanly curves in all their glory.

Dubbed Pulp Fashion Week - the word 'pulp' in French conjuring up luscious fruit - the event was organized by Histoire de Courbes, a Paris-based fashion group that celebrates larger women.

French plus-size labels La Belle Affranchie, Maryse Richardson, Tamboo Bamboo and Femme Fabuleuses were among the designers sported by the models, who strode the runway in styles ranging from lingerie to couture to sportswear.

'Now please let's welcome women with fabulous curves!' the Histoire de Courbes website announced in English.

'What better than a real Fashion Show for the Pulp women?'

While some in the fashion industry have moved to address concerns over too-thin models - including banning those who are under age 16 and who 'appear underweight' from walking in shows - skinny is still the predominant aesthetic.

In September's New York Fashion Week, Eden Miller became the first designer to show a plus-size label at Fashion Week. Miller's Cabiria line carries clothes in sizes 12-24.