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Couture Council of the
Fashion Institute of Technology
Fall Party
Soho Grande Hotel
November 17, 2011

Written by Wendy R. Williams

 

Opposite Photo:
Designer Fabiola Arias

Photo Credit: Katherin Wermke
and Beatriz Schulze
Barcelona Photographer



The clothes, the hair, even the beards were amazing!

The Couture Council of the Fashion Institute Technology famously launches Fall Fashion Week with their Artistry in Fashion Award Luncheon. Each year the award is given to a fashion giant such as Valentino (2011); Karl Lagerfeld (2010); Dries Van Noten (2009), Isabel Toledo (2008), Alber Ebaz (2007) and Ralph Rucci (2006).


Yaz Hernandez
Photo Credit: Chance Yeh
Patrickmcmullan.com

On November 17, 2011, the Council hosted an early evening cocktail party to honor their new members, fashion professionals and longtime fashion patrons. The party was held at the opulent Club Room of the Soho Grand Hotel, a venue lit to make everyone look amazing. The hosts for the evening were Michelle Harper, Yaz Hernandez, Liz Peek, the Board of Directors of the Couture Council and Dr. Valerie Steele, Director of the Museum at FIT.


Designer Fabiola Arias
Photo Credit: Katherin Wermke and Beatriz Schulze
Barcelona Photographer

The room was swarming with a bevy of fashionistas. The budding star at the party was Havana-born designer Fabiola Arias. Arias wore one of her designs which she created with a base of sheer silk embellished with hundreds of multi-colored silk flowers. It was simply amazing. Partygoers Jieun Wax and Jean Shafiroff were also dressed in charming Arias designs. Remember the name - Fabiola Arias.


Gemma Khang, Dr. Valerie Steele and Dustin Helgeson

But Arias wasn't the only fashion star in attendance. Designers Gemma Khan, Carlos Campos and Ranaldo Santana were also present and as always, sharply attired. Greeting and mingling were fashions stylist PJ Pasqual, DJ Anita Sarko, multi-talented artist Ike Ude, fashion-blogger Tia Walker, author and artist Beatrix Ost, fashion stylist Rosemary Ponzo and fashion lovers Sarah Wolfe, Alexandra Lebenthal, Gabriel Barazza Rivera, Christine Cachot, Chin Ti Jansen, Daniella Wong and more charming partygoers than the mind could absorb.

Looking around the room, it was hard to know where to focus an eye. The Club Room itself is beautiful and everyone who attended the party arrived with the intention of adding to the evening's festivities simply by walking into the room. Diana Vreeland famously said, "You gotta have style. It helps you get up in the morning. It's a way of life. Without it you're nobody."

The Couture Council supports The Museum at FIT. For more information: FIT Museum Website.



Dr. Valerie Steele and Michele Harper
Photo Credit: Katherin Wermke and Beatriz Schulze
Barcelona Photographer


Dr. Valerie Steele, Michele Harper, Liz Peek and Jieun Wax
Photo Credit: Katherin Wermke and Beatriz Schulze
Barcelona Photographer


Ike Ude
Photo Credit: Katherin Wermke and Beatriz Schulze
Barcelona Photographer


Kendra Daniel and Liz Peek
Photo Credit: Katherin Wermke and Beatriz Schulze
Barcelona Photographer

Beatrix Ost
Photo Credit: Katherin Wermke and Beatriz Schulze
Barcelona Photographer



Tina Walker and Susan Posen
Photo Credit: Katherin Wermke and Beatriz Schulze
Barcelona Photographer

 


Jean Shafiroff, Michelle Harper and Liz Peek

Designer Fabiola Arias
Photo Credit: Katherin Wermke and Beatriz Schulze
Barcelona Photographer


Ludwig Kuttner and Beatrix Ost
Photo Credit: Katherin Wermke and Beatriz Schulze
Barcelona Photographer


Matt Kliegman and Molly Yestadt
Photo Credit: Katherin Wermke and Beatriz Schulze
Barcelona Photographer


Tom Gold (L)
Photo Credit: Katherin Wermke and Beatriz Schulze
Barcelona Photographer


Craig Dix (R)
Photo Credit: Katherin Wermke and Beatriz Schulze
Barcelona Photographer


Photo Credit: Katherin Wermke and Beatriz Schulze
Barcelona Photographer


Micah Jesse (R)
Photo Credit: Katherin Wermke and Beatriz Schulze
Barcelona Photographer

 

 

 


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