Your Network is your Networth – Fashion Mingle’s NYFW Networking Party connected Fashion Pros across the world

Fashion Mingle, a fashion tech startup that has built a nationwide network for fashion professionals hosted its second networking party during New York Fashion Week on February 11th at ROW NYC.

The event was designed to provide networking opportunities for fashion industry professionals who come to New York to work behind-the-scenes or attend the runway shows at NYFW. Originally planned for just 50-100 people, word of mouth spread like a wildfire and the mixer attracted hundreds of Fashion professionals and industry leaders. The event was structured in 3 parts which consisted of an exclusive VIP experience with red carpet interviews conducted by Dora Spectacular from 7 pm – 8 pm accompanied by cocktails and hors-d’oeuvres served by District M. VIPs also enjoyed exclusive vendors Neveen Dominic Cosmetics and Marco Polo. VIPs spotted on the red carpet and throughout the event included Diandra Barnwell (E! So Cosmo), Jeremy Carver (CW Supernatural), Christopher Collie (Senior Editor at Large at Fashion Week Online & GQ Insider), Francesca Baker (Conde Nast Executive), Caribbean Rising Star Arita (Singer at Tempo Networks), Ray Diaz (Actor & Model), and CBS host Deborah Gordon.

 

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Diandra Barnwell interviewed by Dora Spectacular Photo Credit: Julie Stanley
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Diandra Barnwell Photo Credits: Julie Stanley
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Jeremy Carver and Diandra Branwell Photo Credits: Julie Stanley
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From left Briiante, Jeremy Carver, Christopher Collie, Diandra Barnwell. Photo Credits: Jane Kratochvil
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Christopher Collie with Fashion Mingle Founders Melissa Shea and Beth Smith. Photo Credits: Jane Kratochvil
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ARITA interviewed by Dora Spectacular. Photo Credits: Julie Stanley
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ARITA Photo Credits: Julie Stanley
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Ray Diaz Photo Credits: Julie Stanley
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Melissa Shea, Moi (Stephania Schirru), and Beth Smith. Photo Credits: Patrick Hovan

At 8 pm the general admission entered the Row NYC lounge to join the VIPs in the networking experience. Unlike other events during NYFW, this networking party consisted of exchanging contacts and ideas with a collaborative mindset behind it.

“There were some great people at this event, this was great let’s stay connected” ~ Christopher Collie (Fashion Week Online)

“I loved the diversity in the room. Met so many incredible people from all walk of life with one common goal – to expand our network. Incredibly inspiring.” ~ Diandra Barnwell

“This was so much fun I didn’t expect to meet that many great people that I can really work with to grow my business”  ~ Gregorgina Herrera (Mexican Jewelry Designer)

The networking event hosted by Fashion Mingle united makeup artists, hair stylists, fashion photographers, on-air personalities, influencers, entertainers, models, fashion designers, PR professionals, and bloggers from across the World with the New York fashion community.

The networking party concluded with a dance party at 10 pm to the beats of Dj Nikki Nicole.

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Dj Nikki Nicole Photo Credits: Jane Kratochvil

Sponsors of the event were Row NYC, Linger Magazine, Curls, Michelle Pajak – Reynolds, Nolcha Shows, Planet Fashion TV, My Event Is The Bomb, Rae Cosmetics, Paint Cosmetics, and Runway the Real Way.

With the Fashion Mingle Networking Party being such a great success and having filled the need of providing networking opportunities beyond just the runway shows during NYFW, it is no surprise that Fashion Mingle announced it will host its next networking party during NYFW on Sunday, September 9th, 2018. Stay tuned for more info. To grow your local Fashion Network through Fashion Mingle please sign up for your local fashion directory here for free: https://fashionmingle.net/

 

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Revamped “NOIR” Concept by Fashion X Dallas becomes a Hit

Written by Emily Maldonado.

Fashionistas experienced a one-of-a-kind evening Saturday, September 30, 2017, at Sixty-Five Hundred for Fashion X Dallas “NOIR.”

The revamped concept consisted of one night packed with action from 15 runway designers including Project Runway stars Korto Momolu and Amanda Valentine, Meroki, Don Morphy, Ferrah, Abi Ferrin, Chasity Sereal, Bentley + Lace, House of Cynthia, Brittany Nicole, Vaeward, Vendals, Silk Threads by Ruby Bhandri, Noha Raouf and Modish & Swank. Capsule collections from Sydney Morris, La Lo La Clothing, Amberleaf, Tashumbra, Colt Collections, Dalina Ford Swim, Daniel Hinojos and Ca$hmere Mafiiia were also included. With the new open floor plan, guests also enjoyed a mingling atmosphere as well as an epic gallery featuring jewelry and accessories designer pop-up shops.

 


The “NOIR” theme led guests to dress in their most sophisticated and elegant all-black outfits while creating the perfect contrast to allow all the pieces on the runway to really stand out. The venue buzzed with influencers, media guests, celebrity stylists and reality TV stars, who immersed themselves along with other fashion enthusiasts in a night of fashion ranging from the grand black carpet entrance to the open bar with signature cocktails, the runway show, and the vendor exhibit.


A special and exciting moment presented itself when Bernina, a presenting sponsor, awarded the Houston-based designer also Hurricane Harvey Survivor Chasity Sereal with the Bernina Fashion Fund which equipped her with a BERNINA 560 (B 560) sewing machine valued at $3,399.

 

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Chasity Sereal receiving the Bernina Fashion Fund

Fashion X Dallas “NOIR” beneficiaries were Every Girl Deserves (EGD) Foundation and the Fashion Group International of Dallas. Guests included: Real Housewives of Dallas Cast Member LeeAnne Locken, K104’s DeDe in the Morning Host Dede McGuire, Celebrity Life Coach Steve Kemble, Fox News Anchor Dionne Anglin, Morning Dose Host Laila Muhammad and Good Morning Texas Host Jane McGarry. Other notable guests were Celebrity Concierge  Jackson, CW33 Host Raquel Gonzalez, Vintage Martini Owner Ken Weber, and influencers such as Christian Craven and Cynthia Smoot.

 

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Laila Muhammad and DeDe McGuire

 

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Steve Kemble, LeeAnne Locken, Chad Collom, Hamilton Sneed, Cynthia Smoot, Jane McGarry

Photo Courtesy of Thomas Garza. For more information about Fashion X Dallas, please click here.

XOXO,

Dynamically Branded

 

NYFW Schedule Announced for SS18

It’s that time of the year again. NYFW will be back at its finest from September 7th – 14th, 2017. Most designers will showcase next season’s Spring/Summer 2018 Collections but with the trend of showing in season creations, I am sure that some creatives will also present fall and winter items this September. With much confusion and complaints surrounding NYFW I would like to bring in some clarity with this short post.

Let’s dive right in! So there are 3 main umbrellas: NYFW the Shows produced by IMG, the same company that produced Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Then there is Style Fashion Week who is also the major player during LA Fashion Week. Last but not least I have to mention Fashion Gallery New York Fashion Week which produces more intimate fashion shows ideal for designers’ debut in the fashion capital. Some designers such as DVF produce their runway presentation independently from all 3 umbrellas. Many complained that NYFW was too spread out throughout New York City but it seems that show producers took note of this and adjusted accordingly. Most of NYFW the Shows will now take place at Skylight Clarkson Sq on 558 Washington Street. It is not impossible to attend shows of NYFW the Shows, Style Fashion Week and Fashion Gallery New York Fashion Week you just have to plan very thoroughly and prioritize.

 

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Ese Azenabor FW15 Photo Credits: Thomas Garza Photography

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Now how do you get in?

  1. You have to be invited by the designer
  2. Contact the designer’s publicists and submit ticket request (comment below if you need a template on how to approach publicists)
  3. Apply for press credentials
  4. Volunteer in order to start building relationships with producers, backstage crew, and designers

 

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Full NYFW the Shows Schedule Photo Credits: nyfw.com

 

The more established designers primarily show during NYFW the Shows, emerging and independent designers present during the other two fashion umbrellas. All productions are top notch and you will be pleasantly surprised about the quality of emerging designers, various Project Runway Allstars such as Korto Momolu and Dallas based celebrity designer Esé Azénbor have showcased during FGNYFW. If you are looking for a comprehensive schedule of all 3 production companies check out Fashion Week Online.

 

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Photo Credits: mbfw.com

 

This was short and sweet let me know if you guys have any questions. I can definitely help you plan your trip and possibly get you into a show or two 😉

XOXO,

Dynamically Branded