FBW 2013 Designer: Theia

Today in our designer line up  is the elegant and sophisticated eveningwear collection, Theia!

The Theia collection is designed by Don O’Neill. He was born in a small village to the west of Ireland. From an early age, he was inspired by his mothers dresses from Bergdorf Goodman and lb Jorgensen couture suits. His love of couture fueled his aspiration to become a fashion designer. Don studied in Dublin at the Barbara Burke College of Fashion Design, where he received a full scholarship. After he graduated, he moved to London and worked with ball gown designer, Gina Fratini. He continued his apprenticeship in Knightsbridge with Couturier Donald Campbell. After working with Gina and Donald, Don moved to Paris to continue his training where he worked with Christian Lacroix in the couture studio. After a short stay in Paris, Don received his green card and moved to New York. He became the Design Director for evening wear designer Carmen Marc Valvo. He then moved on to create an evening wear line for Badgley Mischka known as The Badgley Mischka Premium Label. Currently, Don is the creative Director of Theia. Theia is designed with the finest European brocades, silks, and prints, embellished with couture beading and embroideries. The collection launched in Fall 2009 and was immediately bought by Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales, and specialty stores around the globe. His designs have been praised by Carrie Underwood and have also been featued in various media outlets such as Life & Style, US Weekly, InStyle, E! News, Glamour.com, and many more. The Woman who wears Theia will be filled with confidence knowing her dress fits wonderfully and looks beautiful, naturally allowing her inner goddess to shine.

FBW 2013 Designer: Monique Lhuillier

Today we’re hopping back into our designer announcements with the glamorous  Monique Lhuillier!

Monique was born in 1971, in Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines. Her father was a jeweler and real estate investor and her mother was a real estate investor as well. She married retail executive, Tom Bugbee and together they have two children. Monique graduated from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising where she gained the skills that have made her a success today. The company, Monique Lhuillier was established in 1996 by both Monique and Tom and is considered one of the leading fashion houses in terms of design, quality and innovation. Monique’s use of femininity, allure and style in her garments have made her an acclaimed designer when it comes to sophisticated luxury. She has always had a love for fashion (bridal and evening wear in particular) so she set out to create a line of modern fashion towards bridal gowns. In 2008, Monique launched Fine Paper, which is a collection of wedding invitations and stationary. In 2011, she further expanded with a collection of fragrances and diffusers, and in 2012 she launched her signature shoe collection as well as bridal jewelry. She has also collaborated with Waterford on a tabletop collection that includes fine china, stemwear, flatwear and gifts. Monique Lhuillier is currently available at 140 stores worldwide, including Bergdof Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and Harvey Nichols. Her flagship boutiques are located in Beverly Hills, New York City and Minneapolis.

Danielle Monaro To Host The Runway Kick-Off Gala

Fashion & Beauty Week is thrilled to have Danielle Monaro of  Z100’s Elvis Duran & The Morning Show on board as our official event host! Danielle she is married to a brit named Sheldon and is a mom of two adorable little boys, Preston, who is almost 4 and 7 year old Spencer. She is always willing to lend her time to charity when she can. She works with The Portable Playhouse and also lends her time and talent to St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children. This past year, Clear Channel, Z100,  and Lite FM teamed up with St. Mary’s to open a new music room in their pavilion.  Danielle says, “What they do for the kids at St. Mary’s is amazing! We even hosted a concert in NYC to raise funds for them. I have visited the hospital many times, did Karaoke with the kids and they hold a very special place in my heart.” she also says, “I have many friends that have Diabetes. My best Friend lost her mother in law to it so it holds a place close to me. I am happy to help with this amazing benefit.”
As a long-time client of Panico Salon & Spa with an amazingly charitable nature, Danielle was happy to step up as a new celebrity staple at the Fashion & Beauty Week runway kick-off gala. She truly combines all that FBW represents – style, community, and a passion for giving back!

BC The Mag Knows Style

Fashion & beauty Week loves BC the mag. (one of our amazing media sponsors) and all they have to offer the readers of Bergen County! But this issue happens to be extra stylish – check out our ad on pages 60-61. ♥ http://issuu.com/tott/docs/bc-janfeb2013/1.

New Year, New Hope (From the DRI)

Fashion & Beauty Week is all about raising awareness, and it just so happens that this season is all about spreading love, hope and cheer. We love it!

Check out this amazing and inspirational story about Karla Edge and her journey living with type 1 diabetes. We’re always thrilled to be celebrating the new year. But Karla’s story truly makes us appreciate that each and every day should be a celebration.


Suite Style: New Year's Eve Dresses

There’s no better outfit for New Year’s Eve than an eye-catching dress and no better place to shop than Suite 201! Check out some of Owner and FBW Runway Producer, Alina Leshiner’s fave picks!

Spread Some Holiday Cheer with Grey Goose

The term “stylish cocktail” isn’t just for attire anymore. Sip on some of these seasonal delights…

First Row:
Cherry Chocolate Chill: GREY GOOSE Cherry Noir Flavored Vodka, Peppermint Schnapps, heavy cream and chocolate syrup combine for rich winter taste.
Ginger Wonderland: A sweetly spiced combination of GREY GOOSE La Poire Flavored Vodka, DISARONNO®, molasses apple cider and fresh citrus.

Second Row:
Winter Nip: A pinch of chili powder adds a dash of heat to cool GREY GOOSE® La Poire Flavored Vodka, limoncello, blood orange juice and simple syrup.
Alpine Berry: GREY GOOSE L’Orange Flavored Vodka mingles with fresh cranberries, crystalized ginger, lemon and a splash of soda water.

Jay Godfrey Trunk Show Sneak Peek

Head to Suite 201 today to check out the Jay Godfrey Trunk show! Jay Godfrey was one of our designers at last year’s event and will be gracing the runway again for our 2013 event. His designs were a hit last year with his classic tailoring techniques, modern silhouettes and luxurious fabrics that flatter the feminine figure.

Here is a sneak peak of some of the looks you will see at the trunk show, but hurry! The show ends on Monday, December 10th!

FBW Nights' Out

This year, following the main event, we will be debuting FBW Nights’ Out. Guests will be able to experience a newly added extension to the kick-off runway gala event that continues the celebration of the fashion and beauty industries and provides another avenue for giving back. For the remainder of the week, boutiques, salons, restaurants, and department stores across the nation will be holding in-store events that include designer appearances, shopping, dining, or service incentives, and more with a portion of proceeds donated to Fashion & Beauty Week benefiting the Diabetes Research Institute. Dates and participants will be coming soon!


Holiday Hair by Oribe

Check out this fun video by Oribe Hair Care showing us how to create the french twist using the Fiber Groom product. This is the perfect look for the Holidays! Add a cute headband and you’re good to go!