Esé Azénabor creates a Night to remember

This past Tuesday, Nigeria born designer Esé Azénabor showcased her most elaborate Fall/Winter collection entitled “Venetian Dream”. The designer was particularly satisfied with this collection because she took her time and didn’t oblige to New York Fashion Week’s harsh deadlines.

Talented designer in the middle with her two last finale looks. Photo Credits: Thomas Garza Photography

The inspiration for this series of intricate designs originated from Azénabor’s desire of adding a Venetian flair to her home. Throughout her research on Venetian inspired homes, she became fascinated with the antique plaster work, dramatic moldings and the unique architecture. She successfully emulated those elements in her collection through intricate beading and embroidery. Core components of her collection include materials such as silk crepe, silk mesh and silk tulle. Known for her detailed beading and embroidery work, in this collection the designer utilized a combination of Japanese glass beads, sequins and Swarovski crystals. All garments were 100% hand sewn with custom fabrics exclusively created for this collection. The colorfulness of the last collection inspired by the Garden of Eden contrasts with the Venetian Dream’s whites, golds, and blacks. Again Esé Azénabor stepped into new terrain turning a vision into reality.

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Spring/Summer 2016 as showcased during NYFW. Photo Credits: Thomas Garza Photography
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Fall/Winter 2016 Collection. Photo Credits: Thomas Garza Photography

As most of Esé Azénabor’s events, the Venetian Dream showcase was tied to a local charity, Ally’s Wish, a DFW non-profit which grants wishes to young mothers battling terminal illnesses so they may create memories with their families that last a lifetime. Hostess Tricia Sims’ beautiful estate in Preston Hollow was filled with Dallas socialites, fashion lovers and local press. Even Neiman Marcus buyers could be spotted in the front row. Esé Azénabor’s FW16 presentation was one to be definitely remembered. Instead of following a traditional straight or L-shaped runway, models strutted (accessorized by D’Monti Hand Bags and Couture Rocks Jewelry) across Sims’ home reminiscent of Chanel’s outstanding Métiers d’Art Show of 2015.

Front Row from left: Fox 4 Anchor Dionne Anglin, Stylist Jeanette Chivvis, Neiman Marcus Buyers, and The Hair Bar Owner Gina Ginsburg. Photo Credits: Thomas Garza Photography

The ambiance would not have been complete without its Mistress of Ceremony LeeAnne Locken, a cast member of Bravo’s new hit show “The Real Housewives of Dallas“.

Mistress of Ceremony LeeAnne Locken, Photo Credits Thomas Garza Photography

Esé Azénabor’s goal is to empower women through the art of fashion. Any woman wearing this collection will stand taller, be more confident, and smile harder in the mirror. For more info on garments contact or visit


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New York Fashion Week Recap

As promised below you will read a brief recap of all the excited highlights I experienced during my hectic, yet fun 5 days spent during New York Fashion Week.

1. Fashion Shows

They were extremely stressful to attend not only because they were spread out all across the city but also due to the fact that at least 6 six shows were simultaneously taking place. That’s why it was crucial to have a concrete road map for each day (as mentioned in my previous blog). Once we managed overcoming the disgraceful cold, we had a blast at the different shows.

Highlight of all the shows I attended was the Vera Wang Show. After overcoming 4 security check points I was in the same room as  Editor in Chief of the American Vogue Anna Wintour, NM Fashion Director Ken Downing, Vogue’s Creative Director Grace Coddington, Kylie Jenner, Zoë Kravitz, June Ambrose and Beyoncé’s stylist Ty Hunter.

Front Row at the Vera Wang Show: Zoe Kravitz, Kylie Jenner, Jordyn Woods, June Ambrose, and Ty Hunter (from left to right) Photo Credits: Dynamically Branded
Ty Hunter and myself after the Vera Wang Show Photo Credits: Dynamically Branded

I was amazed by the magnitude of the production from lighting, to music to the extravagant runway. Top model and Keeping Up With The Kardashians Star Kendall Jenner opened up the show. The Vera Wang Collection was very simple yet elegant and feminine. I loved the maxi dresses and skirts with high slits as well as the sequin maxi dresses. If you would like to see the full finale please click here.

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My Favorite Looks: Collage created from pictures of Vera Wang’s Twitter

Project Runway Star Korto Momolu also showed out with her FW16 presentation taking place at the Manhattan Affinia Hotel as usual.

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Photo Credits: Victoria Shaw Photography

I was able to attend Dallas based Mahiri Takai‘s Men’s Fashion showcase. His line was predominantly black and white. I was intrigued by the clean lines and mixture of cottons and leather. He made maxi t-shirts and sweaters look super polished and elegant.

2. Fun besides the Shows

Since New York is the city that never sleeps I took advantage of several restaurants, after parties, art shows, thrift stores and elegant roof tops. I connected with several industry professionals that pointed me in the right direction of where the “cool kids” hang out after the shows and in general.

These were the hot spots: The Edition Hotel, The Standard (has a skating rink on the patio), The High Line Hotel, Sky Room, Up&Down.

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Amazing Brunch at Mogador Cafe in East Village
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Best Sushi of my Life from Alpha Fusion in Hell’s Kitchen
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Pizza from Artichoke in East Village

I really had a great time and admire anyone that had the endurance of attending 4+ fashion shows per day. If you need any advice on how to prepare for NYFW please leave a comment below. Also feel free to leave any comments or questions.


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Michael Kors Trunk Show at Neiman Marcus

Found the same dress I was wearing in midi style and in popping blue
Found the same dress I was wearing in midi style and in popping blue

I stopped by Neiman Marcus of NorthPark Center this past Friday to check out the latest Michael Kors Collection. For Pre-Fall 2015 we can expect very clean lines, figure flattering A-line dresses and the comeback of the best-selling Stretch Matte-Jersey Slide Dress (which simply looks amazing on any woman regardless of size or height). Color scheme wise I saw simple colors such as crisp white and black, settled gray as well as lots of blue and red. The designer continuously finds creative ways to reinvent his collections, in this trans-season collection he concentrates on feminine lines while adding structure through details. He also brings a new perspective to the term “sporty-chic” by choosing the right fabrics for athletic designs which turn an ordinary track suit into the most polished outfit.

These were my favorite pieces:

From left: Mariner Stripe Guipure Lace Tunic ($1895) with matching Trousers ($1595), Boatneck Stretch Bouclé-Crepe Sheath Dress ($1850)
Plush Wool Melton Batwing Cookie Jacket ($2250)
Cashmere Peal Hand Embroidered Crew ($1350)
Stretch Matte-Jersey Slide Dress ($1395)
Pleated Cotton-Poplin Dress ($1395)

Photo Credits: Blake Lumley