Austin Texas Designer is Semifinalist on HSN’s National Competition, “Project American Dreams”

HSN’s national competition, Project American Dreams, is looking for the next big American consumer product created by Latinos.  Project American Dreams is a business competition that discovers, mentors and fast-tracks Latino entrepreneurs to launch their products on HSN.

Leonardo D’Almagro, an Austin, TX jewelry designer, is one of the 23 semifinalists selected by HSN (out of thousands of entries) to proceed to the finals.  All semifinalists will be mentored directly by Lili Gil Valletta (HSN Project American Dreams Partner & Mentor, Creator of Dreamers Ventures) & Bob Circosta (HSN American Dreams Partner & Mentor, Dreamers Ventures Partner).

It’s very important to thank HSN, USBank, and the mentors (Lilli Gil Valletta & Bob Circosta) for creating and supporting this opportunity for Latino entrepreneurs to be discovered and to receive mentoring to launch their products on HSN.

Leonardo D'Almagro

Leonardo D’Almagro

About Leonardo D’Almagro:

Leonardo D’Almagro was the only Hispanic U.S. jewelry designer selected in 2016 to present a jewelry line at Vicenzaoro in Italy; it was the first time ever that a Hispanic designer from the USA launched a new brand In Vicenzaoro.  Vicenzaoro and Vincenza Dubai are the most important international jewelry trade shows in the world.

Leonardo created his timeless jewelry line in using the best gems and material to provide high quality, handcrafted, feminine pieces.  Prior to the official launch of Leonardo’s jewelry line in February 2016, national TV host Gabriela Natale wore his jewelry to the ceremony where she received an Emmy award.  USA reality-TV celebrities, like LeeAnne Locken and Tiffany Hendra from “The Real Housewives of Dallas”, frequently wear Leonardo’s jewelry line… as do American TV host, Hillary Kennedy, and celebrity fashion stylist and TV host, Jeanette Chivvis.  The Leonardo D’Almagro jewelry line was presented during Paris Fashion Week as accessories for Binzario Couture.  Miss Venezuela International, Amal Nemer wore his jewelry during the Miss International contest, where she won the title of Miss South America International 2016.

CEO and designer, Leonardo D’Almagro, who hails from Venezuela, is also a fashion editor and contributed as a Harper’s Bazaar Style Ambassador.  He is based in Austin, Texas and speaks English, Portuguese, and Spanish, and is frequently featured in fashion segments for national and international networks (TV Host-Producer) such as Univision, MSN.com USA Hispanic market, MSN Latino Latin American (LATAM), MSN Brazil, and Telemundo.  Leonardo is a member of the Fashion Group International and is certified by Jewelers of America as a Management Professional. Leonardo D’Almagro has been selected by The Miss Mexico Organization as one of their exclusive designers. Leonardo D’Almagro received recognition by the 2015-2016 Daytime Emmy Awards (The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) as a Fashion Editor for his contributions to the TV show, “SuperLatina with Gaby Natale”.

PR & Media Inquiries from Mexico: please contact StudioRM7.

Other Inquiries: please contact pr@leonardodalmagro.com.

Fashion Industry Sees New Rising Powerhouse – Globe Fashion Week, Inc.

Todd Hessert

Todd Hessert

Co-founder of Globe Fashion Week Inc. Todd Hessert and his team help global designers and brands better market themselves and achieve their goals in the fashion industry.

Globe Fashion Week Inc. is quickly rising to become a known resource and brand in the fashion industry. The company, co-founded by Todd Hessert, is a leading full-service runway showcasing, media relations, strategic partnerships, brand building & consulting and public relations company that is exclusively devoted to the fashion industry in New York, London, Milan, and Paris. Hessert and his team work to ensure that global designers and brands have the resources and expertise at their fingertips to effectively market themselves and achieve all they aim to do in the fashion industry.

“In the competitive world of fashion, Globe Fashion Week is the ultimate authority and choice for each designer and fashion enthusiast,” says Hessert. “We are fortunate that we have the strategic partnerships and relationships built to connect resources between the east and the west.”

During past seasons, Globe Fashion Week has brought many Asian designers to the United States market to showcase their new collections during New York Fashion Week.

“It’s been quite exciting to build a bridge between China and the western market and help talented designers to go wherever they want to create the brand presence in that market,” adds Hessert. “Next season, we will see even more great designs from Asia coming to the western market.”

Consistently working with worldwide media outlets, bloggers, buyers, editors, stylists, photographers, retailers and designers, Globe Fashion Week not only aims to create seamless plans and productions for each designer’s show but offers the best integrated runway experience to every guest as well as focuses on each brand’s organic growth and sustainable business value. Over the years, Globe Fashion Week has become a source and a platform to discover and promote cutting edge innovative fashion designers through runway shows and exhibitions.

With an excellent team and broad partnerships specialized in strategic marketing, fashion event planning and a customized approach, Globe Fashion Week leverages its connections and professional knowledge to help each client increase brand awareness, build a loyal clientele, and achieve the brand’s mission. For more information about the company and upcoming show dates in New York, London, Milan and Paris, visit GlobeFashionWeek.com.

Suitsupply Lands in Austin

Suitsupply, the globe-spanning European brand renowned for its focus on expertly crafted men’s tailoring, continues to expand its Lone Star State operations with the newest location in Austin, at Domain NORTHSIDE, 11701 Domain Blvd, Suite #138, Austin, Texas  78758.

The latest 2,800 sq ft. location’s façade is covered in ceramic emerald tiles, while the interior— replete with Suitsupply’s signature aesthetic—brilliantly reflects the fun and vibrancy of Austin itself.
And then there are the clothes, a perfect blend of contemporary and classic. The full Suitsupply collection is on display: suits, jackets, trousers, shoes, shirts, outerwear and accessories—both made-to-measure and ready-to-wear, in styles and sizes to cater to any preference—all topped off with an in-store tailor for on-demand alterations; allowing everyone to leave with the perfect fit.
Suitsupply began in Europe in 2000. In an industry where fast fashion dominates and craftsmanship is fast disappearing, Suitsupply introduces a better option: one where no attention to detail or quality is ever spared. They have received widespread accolade from the likes of GQ, Esquire, and, perhaps most notably, a Wall Street Journal blind test that rated a $600 Suitsupply suit in a first-place tie with a $3,600 Armani.
Grand Opening Soiree.  Cheryl Conley Bemis of Fashionably Austin and Nish de Gruiter, Vice President of Suitsupply.  Photography courtesy of Gary Miller.

Grand Opening Soiree. Cheryl Conley Bemis of Fashionably Austin and Nish de Gruiter, Vice President of Suitsupply. Photography courtesy of Gary Miller.

Grand Opening Soiree.   Photography courtesy of Gary Miller.

Grand Opening Soiree. Photography courtesy of Gary Miller.

Grand Opening Soiree. Photography courtesy of Gary Miller.

Grand Opening Soiree. Photography courtesy of Gary Miller.

Grand Opening Soiree. Photography courtesy of Gary Miller.

With its first location in Austin, Suitsupply now has a home in America’s fastest growing city, at a vital intersection of commerce and culture where glittering towers and the industrial titans of Silicon Hill sit alongside the city’s foundational live music scene and laid-back, alternative vibe. The new Austin store will keep weird, all right. But now, backed by a white-hot scene of innovation and change—and maybe a good suit or two—it’s also ready to take its place on a global stage.

International Fashion Designer Brandon Maxwell Gives the Keynote Address at the Fashion Show & Luncheon Benefiting the Women’s Symphony League of Austin

Written by Michelle Washington, Fashion Editor for InFluential Magazine and Teen InFluential

There is no such thing as an ordinary Fashion Show & Luncheon when you put the collaborative efforts of the Women’s Symphony League of Austin (WSL) and Julian Gold together; all for a great cause. Fundraising and education are the heart and spirit of WSL. For sixty-three years, the WSL has dedicated its energy, talents, and volunteerism by providing service and financial support to the Austin Symphony Orchestra and its education programs. Julian Gold (celebrating seventy years of style) has maintained its reputation as “the one store with the best of everything”, featuring an extensive selection of today’s top fashions and designers from around the world. Julian Gold is a store of superior selections from head to toe.

This year, the WSL Fashion Show & Luncheon featured a professionally produced runway show from Webber Productions and Julian Gold. The runway was filled with elegant music and a breathtaking colorful array of luxury designer clothing; showing different occasions of casual, evening, and formal.

The guest were also treated to a delightful experience as Keynote Speaker Brandon Maxwell (Celebrity Stylist/Designer) addressed an audience of five-hundred fashion enthusiast about his life and work in the fashion industry. Brandon is a native Texan and a graduate of St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. Brandon has dressed numerous high profile women such as First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama. Also, Brandon has acted as the fashion director to Lady Gaga since 2012. Brandon founded his ready-to-wear label in 2015 in New York City. His growing success has lead him to three completed fashion seasons and almost fifty stores in the United States carrying his luxury label.

Brandon greeted the crowd with a charming since of humor and great pride in his Texas roots:

“Austin is my favorite city in the world. I lived in Austin at a time when there wasn’t really a lot of opportunity for me when I wanted to make dresses and take photos. It means a lot for me to be here today, because I always wanted to live in Austin and stay in Austin and have a career here. It’s really nice to be back in Texas, because I am very Texan through and through. I base a lot of my work off of my life in Texas. In my whole office, I have Texas flags. Texas has influenced a lot of my life even though I operate in a very non-Texas world. I am where I am today because of Texas women.”

Fashion is nothing without passion; from shaping a young fashion hopeful to be a success in the fashion industry to using fashion to aid a cause. This amazing collaboration of the WSL and Julian Gold has made us all proud to be a Texan.

Please visit these sites:
www.wslaustin.com
www.juliangold.com
www.brandonmaxwellstudio.com

 

 

Michelle Washington

 

 

Michelle Washington: Michelle is “the” Fashion Stylist with distinct skills and knowledge (6+ years of styling experience including TV/Film celebrities); a creative fashion force who has fun styling in studio and on location while doing serious work; being clever, resourceful, creative, and seeking out the hottest styles. Her work has been internationally published. Michelle caters to fashion industry and media clients needing an amazing vision and a unique look. [www.StylistMichelleWashington.com]

A Candid Conversation with Rebecca Minkoff

Written by Michelle Washington, Fashion Editor for InFluential Magazine and Teen InFluential

Thursday, September 22, Neiman Marcus (Domain in Austin, TX) hosted a long awaited “sign & shop” event with Rebecca Minkoff; an industry leader in casual luxury handbags, accessories, shoes, and apparel. Rebecca Minkoff’s playful and subtly edgy designs can be spotted on women everywhere from downtown to uptown, in the US and abroad. Success is a family trademark as Rebecca runs her multi-million dollar company with her brother Uri Minkoff (CEO).

People often ask “were they nice?” anytime I meet a celebrity. The answer is “yes”. I had the pleasure of speaking with the bag-goddess herself while she was preparing for the event; I was received so warmly.

Rebecca graciously took time out of her hectic schedule to chat with me for a brief Q&A:

Michelle Washington: When you moved from San Diego to New York, how old were you and how did that make you feel?

Rebecca Minkoff: That was scary. I was 18 and it was beyond scary. After moving, I had three years of living in New York, finding my way, finding my group of friends, and getting settled in a job.

MW: In 2005, you took a stab at designing handbags and the “Morning After Bag” was born (designed for friend Jenna Elfman, actress of “Dharma & Greg”), to great success. How were you feeling at this early stage of your career? Is the MAB still one of your favorite bags?

Rebecca Minkoff: I felt like thank God! I was working very hard for 4 years feeling like I was swimming upstream. To finally get a breakthrough on something and have the consumer embrace it and the media love it was exciting, the feeling that all my hard work paid off. The bag still has a huge place in my heart and I’m starting to get a lot of request to bring it back.

MW: Are all of your handbags still produced in the USA; constructed in all Italian leather?

Rebecca Minkoff: About ten percent is still made in New York, the rest is overseas. We still use some Italian leather, but we have really great sourcing where we can get leather goods from around the world. At the end of the day, quality is and also affordability to my customer.

MW: Does it remain your goal to become a complete lifestyle brand for the fashion-forward female?

Rebecca Minkoff: My focus for the brand now is there are significant moments in a woman’s life; a lot of important experiences that a woman goes through (the first day on the job, the first time she quits, the first time she ask for a raise…etc.). We are the brand that you when you want to be more fearless in your choices and take the road not taken.

MW: Do you believe your customer has grown with your product?

Rebecca Minkoff: For sure, the fact that I have an open and honest dialogue with our consumer since the beginning. A constant back and-forth dialogue especially through all areas of social media. We are continuing to expand internationally which is no small feat!

Whether you’re a New Yorker, a New Yorker at heart, or a fierce Fashionista…think fondly of your life moments when you see the Rebecca Minkoff label, because she is always thinking of you.

Shop Rebecca Minkoff: www.rebeccaminkoff.com

 

 

Michelle Washington

 

 

 

 

Michelle Washington: Michelle is “the” Fashion Stylist with distinct skills and knowledge (6+ years of styling experience including TV/Film celebrities); a creative fashion force who has fun styling in studio and on location while doing serious work; being clever, resourceful, creative, and seeking out the hottest styles. Her work has been internationally published. Michelle caters to fashion industry and media clients needing an amazing vision and a unique look. [www.StylistMichelleWashington.com]

It’s Gala Season. So What Do I Wear?

Written by Michelle Washington, Fashion Editor for InFluential Magazine and Teen InFluential

A gala is an evening of glitz and glamour and gives a woman every reason to feel like a queen for the night. Whether it’s your first gala or your twentieth, there will always be the concern of how to dress.

Most properly written invitations will state whether it is a formal or semi-formal event, which is a useful guide in selecting your look for the evening. The most important factor is you feel good in what you are wearing and are comfortable enough to stand, walk, sit, and socialize.

Here’s an elegant look I curated which is sure to contribute to you looking great, while being comfortable all evening.

Curated by Michelle Washington, Fashion Editor for InFluential Magazine and Teen InFluential

Curated by Michelle Washington, Fashion Editor for InFluential Magazine and Teen InFluential

Here are the details . . . . .

That Red Dress:
Saks 5th Ave: David Meister Draped One-shoulder Belted Gown: Sleek silvertone belt cinches artfully draped gown. One-shoulder neckline. Cap sleeve. Silvertone belt at waist. Concealed side zip closure.

The Silver Clutch:
Tall Slender Rectangular Crystal Silver Judith Leiber Couture Evening Clutch. Encrusted in octagonal Austrian crystals and trimmed in pave crystals. Tall, slender rectangular hard-shell body. Embellished push-lock clasp at top. Lambskin lining.

Those Shoes:
Women’s Giuseppe Zanotti “Cruel” Wing Sandal. A scene-stealing Italian sandal that references the Giuseppe Zanotti Firewings silhouette is crowned with a dramatic crescendo of polished silvertone flames and lifted by a sky-high stiletto heel.

Finish this elegant look with select jewelry from Neiman Marcus.

First Ladies of Texas Football Honored at Neiman Marcus Robert Cavalli Fashion Show Benefitting The Darrell K Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer’s Disease

Event Chairs Jenna Leiker and Jamie Chandlee Present Show Stopping Fundraiser

Photography courtesy of Ben Porter Photography except where noted.

Darrell K Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer’s Disease (DKR Fund), dedicated to raising awareness and funding research initiatives throughout Texas for Alzheimer’s disease and other degenerative brain diseases.

Jamie and Jenna

Event Co-Chairs Jamie Chandlee and Jenna Leiker

From shimmering sequins, to embellished pants, capes and dresses, the Roberto Cavalli fashion show hosted Tuesday, September 13 at Neiman Marcus did not disappoint. Benefiting the Darrell K Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer’s Disease and honoring the “First Ladies of Texas Football,” Edith Royal and Vicki Strong, over 80 of Austin’s most influential and stylish women gathered to preview the Fall 2016 Roberto Cavalli collection and raise awareness for the DKR Fund. Ava Late thanked attendees and introduced the event co-chairs Jenna Leiker and Jamie Chandlee who are dedicated to helping find a cure and slow the progression of this terrible disease. Honorary “First Ladies of Texas Football” Edith Royal and Vicki Strong were front row and graciously thanked everyone for their continued dedication to the DKR Fund and for supporting this great event. Fully representing the Texas football coaching staff, Vicki Strong brought the Texas football assistant coaches wives to take part in the fun.  Guests sipped on burnt orange champagne cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres before being seated to see some of the season’s hottest fashions.

Burnt Orange Champagne Cocktails

Burnt Orange Champagne Cocktails

InFluentials In the Crowd: Edith Royal, Vicki Strong, Ava Late, Debbie Hanna, Co-chairs Jenna Leiker and Jamie Chandlee, DK Reynolds, Katie Kime Henry, Lindsay Smith, Texas football assistant coaches wives included Maggie Bedford, Tina Haley, Jerilyn Jean-Mary, Belinda Jennings, Erica Johnson, Sharon Moorer and Lisa Williams; Megan Houser, Katie Jaffe, Michelle Washington, Fashion Editor for InFluential Magazine, and many more.

Jenna Leiker and guests

Jenna Leiker and guests

Angie Teagarden and Kristi Stotts

Angie Teagarden and Kristi Stotts

Texas Football Assistant Coaches Wives, Vickie Strong and Edith Royal

Texas Football Assistant Coaches Wives, Vickie Strong and Edith Royal

Shannon Nichols, Emly Dale and  Anne Swift

Shannon Nichols, Emly Dale and Anne Swift

William Jackson, Publisher and Creative Director of InFluential Magazine and Michelle Washington, Fashion Editor of InFluential Magazine (Photography courtesy of InFluential Magazine)

Rob Giardinelli, Associate Editor of The Societies Diaries Magazine; William Jackson, Publisher and Creative Director of InFluential Magazine and Lance Avery Morgan, Editor-in-Chief and Creative Director of The Societies Diaries Magazine

Rob Giardinelli, Associate Editor of The Societies Diaries; William Jackson, Publisher and Creative Director of InFluential Magazine and Lance Avery Morgan, Editor-in-Chief and Creative Director of The Societies Diaries Magazine (Photography courtesy of Stacey Harrell)

The DKR Fund is committed to excellence in Alzheimer’s research and care for Texans, the nation and the world. The organization is dedicated to raising awareness and funding research initiatives throughout Texas for Alzheimer’s disease. The DKR Fund serves as an educational resource for patients, caregivers, physicians and the general public for the Alzheimer’s disease. Key influencers, board members and legacy council members of the DKR Fund throughout Texas have continued to build upon the legacy of Coach Royal and fight to find a cure for this deadly disease. For more information about the organization, please visit www.dkrfund.org.

Rebecca Minkoff Personal Appearance at Neiman Marcus Austin

Rebecca Minkoff

Rebecca Minkoff

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Roberto Cavalli Fall 2016 & The Darrell K Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer’s Disease

Written By Michelle Washington, Fashion Editor for InFluential Magazine

For one day (Tuesday September 13, 2016), football and fashion met on the same field, or in this case, the runway. What could possibly bring the gridiron and the catwalk together? During the legendary career of former University of Texas football coach Darrell K Royal, he was responsible for successfully leading the Longhorns to three national titles and an overall record of 167-47-5. Italian fashion designer Roberto Cavalli is synonymous with joy and optimism, with glamour and success; exotic designs that create a lifestyle. On the fashion runway of Neiman Marcus (Domain), the common goal for both was fashion with a cause, celebrating the first ladies of football who support the fight against Alzheimer’s Disease.

“We are excited to celebrate Edith Royal and Vicki Strong, two women who have made tremendous contributions to the Texas community,” said Jenna Leiker, event co-chair. “Edith Royal founded The Darrell K Royal Foundation in honor of her late husband, an organization we are proud to support.”

Coach Royal’s greatest opponent was Alzheimer’s Disease. The Darrell K Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer’s Disease (established in 2012) represents a commitment to excellence in research and care for Texans and a commitment to cure Alzheimer’s Disease in our lifetimes (www.dkrfund.org).

The fashion presentation featured Roberto Cavalli’s Fall 2016 Collection, a stunning series of two major inspirations: art nouveau and glam rock (with a hint of the 70′s): dresses, jackets, capes, embellished denim, maxi coats, and beautiful pantsuits. Cavalli’s Fall show is described as “a dégagé ease” for the “nocturnal adventuresses”, or party lovers, in other words! The art nouveau richness brought with it fabrics such as velvet, lace, brocade, fur, and silk. The color palette featured mid-hues like deep-sea blue, tan, and purple mixed with royal colors like burnished gold, lavender, grape, scarlet, and robin’s egg blue with black. (Fashion images by Ben Porter Photography)

This event proved that fashion has heart and a cause; organized by event co-chairs Jamie Chandlee and Jenna Leiker. Guest were treated to an afternoon of champagne, hors d’oeuvres, and beautiful fashion…a truly great presentation by Neiman Marcus (Domain) and The Society Diaries Magazine; saluting The Darrell K. Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer’s Disease and honoring our First Ladies of Texas Football Edith Royal and Vicki Strong.

Photo courtesy of Stacey Harrell – Left to Right: The Society Diaries Assoc. Editor Rob Giardinelli / InFluential Magazine Publisher William Jackson / The Society Diaries Editor-in-Chief and Creative Director Lance Avery Morgan

Miss México City 2016, Ana Giroult, Loves Leonardo D’Almagro’s Jewelry Line

Miss México City 2016, Ana Giroult

Miss México City 2016, Ana Giroult

Photography courtesy of Leonardo D’Almagro.

International Model Ana Giroult was crowned Miss Ciudad de Mexico (Miss Mexico City) 2016, and will be in the pageant for Miss Mexico World.  Ana Giroult, who is well known in the fashion world, has a bachelor’s degree in Communications and is also a great humanitarian; during her career and her participation in the Miss Ciudad De Mexico pageant she has worked diligently to promote her beloved city and country.

Miss Ciudad de Mexico, Ana Giroult, selected pieces from Leonardo D’Almagro’s jewelry line to complement her looks; she said, “I love his beautiful pieces; they have the perfect balance of being both fashionable and timeless”.