CFDA book signing and launch of The Pursuit of Style: Advice and Musings from America’s Top Designers’the evening of Apr15, at the Soho Grand Hotel, NYC. The book is illustrated by my dear friend, Bil Donovan, whose fashion illustrations I’ve admired since we were FIT students. Bil is now an FIT instructor, author, and artist-in-residence for Dior Beauty. Book forward by CFDA president, Diane von Furstenberg. The Pursuit of Style is filled with fashion inspiration, insights and quotes from the best creatives in the industry… Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren, to name a few. A book any fashion lover will treasure, and truly a must-read for aspiring designers.

The book is by the Council of Fashion Designers of America, published by Abrams, and is also available on Amazon. Champagne toasts for the event by Veuve Clicquot.

photos: Michele K.

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Galia Lahav Couture Bridal collection, Spring 2015. Ultra glamorous and dramatic wedding gowns, exquisitely and lavishly detailed. Form-fitting curvaceous silhouettes in satin, lace, tulle, embellished with beading, embroidery, appliqué on illusion cut-outs, low backs, fishtail hems and trains… every style more breathtaking than the next. Gowns for the bride looking for high glamour and romantic drama. Upcoming trunk shows in New York, Apr27-May4, info on their website.

Galia Lahav collection also includes evening gowns in black and wine shades.

Gorgeous venue at The Glass Houses 21st floor, in Chelsea, terrific views of NYC.

photos: ©Michele Kantra

Isabelle Armstrong Couture Bridal Collection spring 2015 presentation during Bridal Market Week. The brand offers modern elegance and sophistication, fresh and unique styling, in quality fabrics with beautifully crafted details. Styles include long floor-length wedding gowns, as well as short and tea length dresses. The ombré white-to-blush dresses and the flirty feathered one, perfect for a trendy bride.

The Isabelle Armstrong collection is headquartered in New York City, a brand to keep on your ‘ones to watch’ list. The label launched less than a year ago, and is already being featured in top bridal magazines.

photo1: Michele K., other photos courtesy

#fbf #bridalweek 2012 #flashbackfriday @TadashiShoji #bridal #gown illustration I did for my blog story. Getting back to my roots #fashionillustration #MicheleKantra

#fbf #bridalweek 2012 #flashbackfriday @TadashiShoji #bridal #gown illustration I did for my blog story. Getting back to my roots #fashionillustration #MicheleKantra

@TadashiShoji lace & tulle peplum #gown #spring14. Delicate details for a classic #bridal look. #TadashiShoji

@TadashiShoji lace & tulle peplum #gown #spring14. Delicate details for a classic #bridal look. #TadashiShoji

#LadyGaga arrives to perform last night at Roseland Ballroom NYC in #Milly @millybymichelle sequin tuxedo, @CastEyewear sunglasses. @ladygaga @sydneyreisingcreative

#LadyGaga arrives to perform last night at Roseland Ballroom NYC in #Milly @millybymichelle sequin tuxedo, @CastEyewear sunglasses. @ladygaga @sydneyreisingcreative

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Blue skies over the @empirestatebldg yesterday. #classicNewYork #ESB #EmpireStateBuilding #NewYorkCity

Blue skies over the @empirestatebldg yesterday. #classicNewYork #ESB #EmpireStateBuilding #NewYorkCity

#spring has arrived at @macys Secret Garden #flowershow #macyshsq

#spring has arrived at @macys Secret Garden #flowershow #macyshsq

Inspired about @CASTeyewear fall14 collection, created a little #instavideo. #CASTeyewear designed by & music ‘Cewe Rusak’ by @favelapunk Fahrani Empel. #sunglasses fashion #eyewear

Black #denim jacket w feather collar, Obesity+Speed brand @obesity #obesityandspeed #SRCfw14 @sydneyreising @sydneyreisingcreative #fashion press preview

Black #denim jacket w feather collar, Obesity+Speed brand @obesity #obesityandspeed #SRCfw14 @sydneyreising @sydneyreisingcreative #fashion press preview

Nautica Black Sail fall 2014 collection shown during NYFW. Images of the frozen Tundra inspire a mix of masculine outdoor performance apparel in a frosty palette of icy tones contrasted with deep mineral shades, stormy blues and greys. Nautica is well known for strong outerwear, sport-influenced styling with terrific detailing, fabric blocking, zips and contrast trims. Insulated parkas, bombers, functional pants and vests in modern technical fabrics combine matte and shine.

Blended in are luxury and textural elements of fur trims and chunky knitwear in cashmere and alpaca. Loved the digital landscape print jackets. Coolest accessory: ski goggles by Zeal Optics. Actor Kellan Lutz attended the show.

Nautica full F14 runway video on YouTube. My instagrams from the spring 14 show, styles now arriving at retail: 1, 2 ,3, 4, 5 and 6.

Looks we’d all love to see on our boyfriends and husbands. And I can’t go without mentioning, Nautica models are perfection. Most handsome men on the New York runways.

photos1-5 Michele Kantra; images 6-9 Nautica and FashionGPS

#instavideo I made of @ZangToi #NYFW #fall2014 collection #Shanghai1930s. Inspired by the glamorous show! #ZangToi entire show video & bts on vimeo.com/87499296. Clips from vimeo w some of my own photos added in. #nyfw15sec #runway #NYfashion. models @yuencjia #Jiang @angeldeniska @georgiebadiel

Zang Toi delivered his signature dramatic flair for Fall 2014 with his collection Shanghai 1930s ‘Paris of the Orient’. Decadent, glamorous looks influenced by the era, including makeup and hair inspired from Chinese socialites of the 30s. Three keywords are sultry, sexy and seductive. Jade green, deep wine, and menswear greys played off black. Wine brocade, fur accents and lavish beaded details on his evening dresses, dramatic opera coats and wraps. If you are into old school Hollywood glam, this is the collection for you.

Although Zang Toi’s elegant eveningwear steals the spotlight, his tailoring is exceptional, and his women’s suits in menswear patterns of black & white herringbone, glen plaid and tweed were some of my favorites. Several men’s suits were also shown.

Zang Toi is known for his theatrical shows and this season focused attention on the jade color with runway lights and even one model’s hair. My photos (the first 5) give you a different vantage point than runway photos you usually see. I’m standing at the top of the bleacher seats, looking down from the side of the runway.

Vimeo video by ZangToi shows the full runway show, inspiration, and great behind-the-scenes peeks.

photos 1-5: Michele K., pix 6-10 courtesy Zang Toi

CZAR by Cesar Galindo, fall 14 collection shown at Hudson Hotel during NYFW. An eclectic mix of contemporary special occasion dressing, with a variety of silhouettes in specialty fabrics to appeal to a wide range of tastes. Cesar showed flirty full-skirted dresses and painterly prints, to skinny pants with a rocker edge, and textured leathers. I loved the draped dresses with handkerchief hems, so flattering on the body. Also loved the hooded coverups, both the quilted leather and the maxi length cardigan. The purple melange sequin dress a real standout.

Cesar’s is a story I love to tell, an experienced designer getting the recognition he deserves. Cesar Galindo launched his CZAR collection in Oct 2011, after working many years as a contract designer for Dolce & Gabbana, Calvin Klein (Francisco Costa) and L.A.M.B. by Gwen Stefani, as well as private clients.

Models: Shelby Elaine Bullard in purple sequin dress, Sarah Tierney in hooded quilt jacket with print dress, Emily Matheny in navy dress. Actress Ana de la Reguera attended the show, photo above with Cesar.

photos: Michele Kantra

Pamella Roland fall 2014 runway at NY Fashion Week, took inspiration from the energy of New York City’s architecture, particularly from TJ Wilcox 'In the Air' exhibit at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Pamela worked sheer insets, swingy beads, leather, and fur trim to create modern glamour in dresses, skinny pants and outerwear. Palette of black, navy, deep berry, and gunmetal are accented with silver and pale gold, the various textures, geo patterns and details an abstract interpretation of art deco. I really loved how there are silhouettes for a variety of age groups, from a slip dress to a boxy topper over skinny pants. Especially loved the pale gold satin/lamé dress that nods to the era of Jean Harlow glam.

The pamella roland collection is proudly made in New York. Shoes by Manolo Blahnik for pamella roland, jewelry by Chopard.

photos: Michele Kantra

instagrams from show day: onetwo, three, and four.


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