fashion trip to NYC was fantastic

The fashion trip to NYC was fantastic.  We went to visit: Ralph Lauren, Escada,  Nine West, IMG NY Fashion Week & Stylesight.  We saw Michael Kors Live on Regis & Kelly – front row seats! Fabric shopping was amazing at Mood! Thanks Mood!  Next fashion trip to NYC: 2011.

Professor Kerry Szymanski
Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale
Fashion Merchandising
954-801-1131

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Glam-A-Thon Event

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Alice in Wonderland inspired blue bubble dress Credits: Designer: Jennifer Rodriguez Photographer: Manny Lopez

The fashion honors groups participated in the Glam-A- thon event “Lipstick Lounge” where vendors were able to exhibit their merchandise for the cause of breast cancer.

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Alice in Wonderland inspired purple bubble dress Credits: Designer: Jennifer Rodriguez Photographer: Manny Lopez

This event featured Robert Tabor who showcased sculptured, dripping in crystals fantasy shoes and many other great displays. In addition to this celebration, Student from the Art Institute was able to open the show and showcase their designs. A great, motivated crowd attended this event and came together to support the amazing trending cause of the month.

 

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Bubbles bath cupcakes Key words: lipstick, lounge, breast cancer, Art Institute, awareness, model, designers, runway Credits: Photographer: Manny Lopez

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Narishdath with his fabulous models after the show Key words: lipstick, lounge, breast cancer, Art Institute, awareness, model, designers, runway Credits: Designer: Narishdath Maraj Photographer: Manny Lopez

Letron and his fabulous model Courtney at W Credits: Designer: Letron Model: Courtney Tagliaferri Photographer: Manny Lopez

By Raffaela Oliviera

Best of Saks

Upon arrival, it was clear that the Boca Raton Resort and Club is no ordinary venue. Bellhops, valets, and ushers, Oh my! As the class approached the grand ballroom, we were magically transported into the glamorous world of ladies who luncheon. Before we knew it, “Uncle Jack” (as he likes to be called) introduced himself as Jack Alexander; the New York based producer of Oscar de la Renta and Saks Fifth Avenue fashion shows while wearing a Jack’s Back navy tee. “Uncle Jack” then told us, “we don’t wear black at these events to be a fashion statement, we wear black to be invisible because we’re ninjas and without us, none of this can happen”. He then continued by saying, “we rely on you, because the show can’t do it without you! Always remember that”. It was exactly what we needed in order to give us the motivation to put on a great show.

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Group picture of the fashion show production class who volunteered during the show..Credits: Photographer: Cristina Angel

I think it’s safe to say that we were all in awe as the black curtains opened and we got our first glimpse into the Best of Saks. Within seconds we all took a reality check, “Oh my god is this for real” we questioned. And yes, it was… this really is no ordinary fashion show production class.

The color story for the show consisted of neutrals mixed with beautiful brights (such as Oranges, fuchsias, and greens), with details that embody the ultra-femme woman who dares to be different. Beading, feathers, fringe, and sequins were very much apparent within at least one of the three looks that each model showcased. Accessories seemed to take charge with metallics and iridescents, while the “it” accessory seemed to be clutches which were flooding the room. Everyone kept making their way over to a dyed fox fur coat by Thankoon, easily deemed the stand out piece of the show. The coat was two-toned with complimentary colors (orange and purple) and was priced at $8,350.00. Some of the designers featured throughout the Best of Saks show were: Gucci, Diane von Furstenberg, Chanel, Armani, Burberry, Ralph Lauren, Christian Louboutin, Yves Saint Laurent, Miu Miu, Jimmy Choo, Zac Posen, Philosophy, Marni, Alexander McQueen, and Escada.

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Clothing rack of the looks that walked down the runway representing some of the best Saks Fifth’s Avenues looks of the season Keywords: Saks Fifth Avenue, Fashion Show, Runway, best, fashion, models Credits: Photographer: Cristina Angel : Clothing rack of the looks that walked down the runway representing some of the best Saks Fifth’s Avenues looks of the season. Credits: Photographer: Cristina Angel

Before we knew it, all of our glamazon-like models magically appeared in front of each of our rolling racks which held our looks. We assisted them in dressing for their first, (and for a few dressers) second, and third look. One complete look consisted of a Ralph Lauren purple pin-striped button down shirt, Zac Posen dress, fuchsia Burberry jacket, and peep toed booties by Camilla Skovgaard (all together, over a mere $3,500.00).

The show went beyond smoothly, as nobody was rushing or stressing out over missing pieces or ill-fitted garments considering it was planned out for about a year. Nadia Weaver (the fashion director of Saks Fifth Avenue) was constantly available for anything needed by anyone, whether it be by the models, producer, or dressers. As the models took their final walk down the runway in front of the ladies who luncheon, we all took a deep breath realizing that the show was coming to an end. The models came off the runway and we scurried to help them change into their own clothes, then we were thanked for our help and given kisses goodbye. It was the ultimate dress up for grown-ups, and for a day, we played too.

Saks Fifth Avenue, Fashion Show, Runway , best, fashion, models.Credits: Photographer: Cristina Angel

Runway shot of a model walking down the runway during Best of Saks show.

By Cristina Angel, Samantha Georgakopoulos, & Bri Sharpe

Fashionable Teacher’s Night Out

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High school teachers from near by schools having dinner at the Ai gallery Designer: Jennifer Rodriguez Photographer: Manny Lopez

Last Thursday, The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale hosted a dinner party for high school teachers all around South Florida. This function was to introduce them to the Passion for Fashion competition. Shortly after the teachers arrived, the Fashion Department Chair, Andre West, presented a short video detailing the fine points about the contest. The teachers were informed that student participants will design a garment in the hopes of being granted a full scholarship to The Art Institute.

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Art Institute gift bags for visiting teachers. Credits: Photographer: Manny Lopez

Once the presentation was over, everyone enjoyed a “Fashionable French” themed dinner that included traditional mushroom crepes, chicken roulade, potatoes au gratin, and of course champagne. The atmosphere was welcoming, the food was tasty, and the teachers were very pleased with the hard work put in by the Fashion Honors Group.

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Faculty members of the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale welcome guest teachers Credits: Photographer: Manny Lopez

Art Institute, Passion for Fashion Competition, Dinner, Teachers

Fashion department chair, Mr. West, welcoming guest teachers Credits: Photographer: Manny Lopez

By Shannon Kahan

Town Center Style- Pink in Paradise

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Model wearing Carolina Herrera Credits: Photographer: Manny Lopez

Pink_Paradise_ai_runway_3 Key Words: Pink, Breast Cancer, Pink, Pink in Paradise, Ribbon, Faculty, Fashion, Style, Honors Group, Art Institute, Fashion Show, Boca Raton, Cocktail Dress, Evening Gown, Carolina Herrera, Eli Tahari, Reiss, Everything but Water, Custo Barcelona, Lily Pulitzer.

Description: Model Kyle James wearing Narish Maraj designs Credits: Model Kyle James Photographer: Manny Lopez

Pink_Paradise_runway_1 Key Words: Pink, Breast Cancer, Pink, Pink in Paradise, Ribbon, Faculty, Fashion, Style, Honors Group, Art Institute, Fashion Show, Boca Raton, Cocktail Dress, Evening Gown, Carolina Herrera, Eli Tahari, Reiss, Everything but Water, Custo Barcelona, Lily Pulitzer. Description: Model wearing Eli Tahari  Credits: Photographer: Manny Lopez

Model wearing Eli Tahari Credits: Photographer: Manny Lopez

Key Words: Pink, Breast Cancer, Pink, Pink in Paradise, Ribbon, Faculty, Fashion, Style, Honors Group, Art Institute, Fashion Show, Boca Raton, Cocktail Dress, Evening Gown, Carolina Herrera, Eli Tahari, Reiss, Everything but Water, Custo Barcelona, Lily Pulitzer. Description: The Runway for the Pink in Paradise Show

The Runway for the Pink in Paradise Show Credits: Photographer: Manny Lopez

Key Words: Pink, Breast Cancer, Pink, Pink in Paradise, Ribbon, Faculty, Fashion, Style, Honors Group, Art Institute, Fashion Show, Boca Raton, Cocktail Dress, Evening Gown, Carolina Herrera, Eli Tahari, Reiss, Everything but Water, Custo Barcelona, Lily Pulitzer.

Mrs. T and Mr. West sitting in the crowd watching the fashion show. Credits: In Photo: Mrs. T, Mr. West Photographer: Manny Lopez

The Simon Group and The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale Honors Group collaborated to make a fashion show that supported The Boca Raton Community Hospital Fund Raiser for Breast Cancer.  The Friday night fashion show was on October 15, 2010 @ 7pm in the Boca Raton Mall.  The show featured the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale Design student’s garments as well as Eli Tahari, Carolina Herrera, Reiss, Everything but Water, Lily Pulitzer, and Custo Barcelona.

Pink _Paradise-runway_2 Key Words: Pink, Breast Cancer, Pink, Pink in Paradise, Ribbon, Faculty, Fashion, Style, Honors Group, Art Institute, Fashion Show, Boca Raton, Cocktail Dress, Evening Gown, Carolina Herrera, Eli Tahari, Reiss, Everything but Water, Custo Barcelona, Lily Pulitzer. Description: Alle walking down the runway showing off a pink inspired cocktail dress designed by Jessica Birrittella.

Pink _Paradise-runway_2 Key Words: Pink, Breast Cancer, Pink, Pink in Paradise, Ribbon, Faculty, Fashion, Style, Honors Group, Art Institute, Fashion Show, Boca Raton, Cocktail Dress, Evening Gown, Carolina Herrera, Eli Tahari, Reiss, Everything but Water, Custo Barcelona, Lily Pulitzer. Description: Alle walking down the runway showing off a pink inspired cocktail dress designed by Jessica Birrittella. Credits: Model: Alle Photographer: Manny Lopez

This show entertained guests as the models presented their designs.  The highlight of the show coordinated by Alisha Van Cleave was the Pink Inspired Gowns from The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale.  The different types of garments featured cocktail gowns as well as eveningwear.  Bocas finest came out to supports this wonderful cause.

Pink_Paradise_backstage Key Words: Pink, Breast Cancer, Pink, Pink in Paradise, Ribbon, Faculty, Fashion, Style, Honors Group, Art Institute, Fashion Show, Boca Raton, Cocktail Dress, Evening Gown, Carolina Herrera, Eli Tahari, Reiss, Everything but Water, Custo Barcelona, Lily Pulitzer.

Model Sarah Schossow fitting into the evening dress backstage made by Jason JohnsonCredits: Model: Sarah Schossow Photographer: Manny Lopez

By Alisha Van Cleave

Fort Lauderdale Fashion Week in the press

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The VIP Runway Reception with evening looks is Friday at 8 p.m. The designers being shown include headliner Carolina Herrera, AiFL alumni designers Rosita Hurtado and Eduardo de las Casas as well as Orlando-based Paul Raymond. Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door.

The Luncheon Runway Event is Saturday at 1 p.m. with ready-to-wear looks from LF Las OLas, Liquid Yacht Company and headliner Lilly Pulitzer. Tickets are $75 per person and $100 at the door.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the AiFL’s scholarship programs. Purchase tickets online at FortLauderdaleFashionWeek.org. For ticket packages and VIP tables, call Angelica Calad (954) 560-8486.

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Alberto Arroyo Blob

 

Name: Vices: A Love Story (a contemporary musical) Description (left to right): Chocolate and silver lame trapeze dress, Silver sequence tail jacket and silver lame pants, white tulle ball gown and chocolate and silver lame trapeze dress. Inspiration: Hershey's candy bar fantasy

 

AIFL fashion club proudly presents a Fashion Design Alumni whose designs have come a long way throughout the South Florida theatrical industry. Alberto Arroyo graduated from The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale with a passion for costume design. After finishing school he pursued his dream and started designing for many theatrical plays and entertainment companies such as Florida Grand Opera, PGT Entertainment and Caldwell Theatre.
 

Name of the play: The Voysey Inheritance (1905) Description of garments (Left to right): evening gowns in lace, brocade, Taffeta and silk. Inspiration: Edwardian Period and Gibson Girl

 
You might have recognized his work in Caldwell theatrical plays such as Frost/ Nixon, Dangerous, Something’s Afoot, Vices: A Love Story, The whipping Man, The Voysey Inheritance, Chemical Imbalance: A Jekyll and Hyde Play, The Old Man and the Sea and Distracted.

Alberto got nominated for a Carbonell Award in the category of Best Costume Design and that was selected “Best Theatrical Costume Design” of 2010 by The New Times Broward/ Palm Beach in their edition of Best of 2010.

Keep up the great job Alberto!
 

Name of play: Somethings A' Foot (a musical 1935) Description of garments (left to right): Yellow cotton embroidery afternoon dress, wool plaid skirt suit, royal blue back crepe satin evening gown and the maid, black cotton dress with white cotton apron. Inspiration: England 1935 and Agatha Cristie's murder mysteries.

 

by Deborah Lindenfeld