SNEAK PEEK: JEFFREY FASHION CARES 2018 RUNWAY

My eyes were blinded by the shimmer and sparkle of head-to-toe sequins shining bright in all their brilliance as the model walked the walk for Jeffrey Kalinsky. I entered into the fittings as a runway look by designer [Michael] Halpern was being styled for the show. Jeffrey and JFC Co-chair Lila Hertz were focused, possibly mesmerized, by the model who wore a green, blue and purple sequin jumpsuit with matching knee-high sequin boot - a Halpern/Louboutin collab. The glamazons continued to march out of the Jeffrey Atlanta dressing room in showstoppers by Balenciaga, Givenchy, Dries Van Noten and Saint Laurent. If this preview was any indication of what's to come Monday, August 27 to the Jeffrey Fashion Cares runway, then hold on because JFC is planning to blow you away with a fashion tornado of the latest and hottest Fall looks of the season!

The  26th anniversary of Jeffrey Fashion Cares will benefit Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta, the Atlanta AIDS Fund (AAF), and the Medical University of South Carolina.  Last year’s sold-out event raised nearly $860,000 for the organizations, and in its history, Fashion Cares has grown into one of the largest combined AIDS and breast cancer benefits in the country.  For the 2018 philanthropic affair, guests are invited to mix, mingle and enjoy an unforgettably stylish evening in a completely transformed and private environment in the Monarch Court at the recently renovated Phipps Plaza.

For more information and tickets, visit  jeffreyfashioncares.com.    

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Givenchy Pre-Fall 2018

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“There’s something about a domestic environment that feels relevant to me right now; it feels connected to the way we actually live and where we see ourselves,” ~ Waight Keller, Givenchy.

Givenchy Pre-Fall 2018 menswear & womenswear. See collection.

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The Labels: Jeffrey Fashion Cares 2016

We all know that Jeffrey Kalinsky sends down the Jeffrey Fashion Cares runway some of the most exclusive fashion labels in the world such as Givenchy, Balenciaga and Saint Laurent Paris. But with fifty-six looks in this year's show, even the most knowledgeable fashionista or fashionado can't keep up with all the designers. Ever wonder who wore what? "Love that dress..." and then you wonder who made it! Looks like Gucci but it could be McQueen... YOU get it! So, let's break it down. Below is a list to every look featured at Jeffrey Fashion Cares 2016 and corresponds with the photo above:

  1. J.W. Anderson
  2. Marques Almeida
  3. Balenciaga
  4. Balenciaga
  5. Celine
  6. Celine
  7. Celine
  8. Del Pozo, shoes Dries Van Noten
  9. Molly Goddard, shoes Saint Laurent Paris
  10. Molly Goddard, Gucci
  11. Simone Rocha
  12. Dries Van Noten
  13. Dries Van Noten
  14. Dries Van Noten
  15. Dries Van Noten
  16. Chloe
  17. Chloe
  18. Chloe
  19. Chloe
  20. Haider Ackerman
  21. Haider Ackerman
  22. Haider Ackerman
  23. Brandon Maxwell, shoes Gianvito Rossi
  24. Brandon Maxwell, shoes Gianvito Rossi
  25. Brandon Maxwell, shoes Gianvito Rossi
  26. Miu Miu, shoes Francesco Russo
  27. Miu Miu, shoes Roger Vivier
  28. Givenchy
  29. Givenchy
  30. Givenchy
  31. Prada, shoes Christian Louboutin
  32. Simone Rocha
  33. Simone Rocha
  34. Simone Rocha
  35. Simone Rocha
  36. Gucci
  37. Gucci
  38. Gucci
  39. Gucci
  40. Gucci
  41. Roberto Cavalli
  42. Alexandre Vauthier
  43. Saint Laurent Paris
  44. Saint Laurent Paris
  45. Saint Laurent Paris
  46. Saint Laurent Paris
  47. Saint Laurent Paris
  48. Saint Laurent Paris
  49. Balenciaga
  50. Alexander McQueen
  51. Alexander McQueen
  52. Alexander McQueen
  53. Del Pozo, shoes Jimmy Choo
  54. Valentino, shoes Manolo Blahnik
  55. Stella McCartney, shoes Jimmy Choo
  56. Dries Van Noten

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HATSUNE MIKU - VIRTUAL JAPANESE AVATAR - WEARING GIVENCHY HAUTE COUTURE by RICCARDO TISCI in VOGUE MAGAZINE

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One can definitely say Hatsune Miku's fan base is diverse. If you look her up, you'll see that trendsetters, net-music composers, pop culture enthusiasts, fashionistas and visual artists from all over the world, use Miku's character as inspiration to create various art forms. They then use the Japanese avatar to express themselves to a growing worldwide audience via online platforms and a performance art subculture, in which people wear customs to represent their favorite characters. Miku can now add Givenchy's artistic director Riccardo Tisci and the creative team at Vogue Magazine to the list of inspired Miku creators. On Monday May 11th, Vogue Magazine's 2016 Met Gala issue hit newsstands and features Hatsune Miku meeting with Riccardo at the fashion house's Paris studio for a couture-gown fitting. Here's a look at the story.

"She's so cool," says Riccardo, one of TIME Magazine's 100 Most Influential People for his influence on 21st century fashion. "It's insane - Japan is 20, 30 years ahead of the rest of us ... she is a travel guide to the future."

"The balance is electric," says Vogue when talking about the photo which celebrates this year's "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology" Metropolitan Museums costume institute exhibition. "Miku, the technological pyrotechnic, and Riccardo, whose couture program knows no competition when it comes to handmade intricacies. Manus x machina, totally killing it."

"The collaboration with Vogue was a new and exciting challenge for us," says Guillaume Devigne at Crypton Future Media (the company who created Miku.) "Haute-couture is an unfamiliar territory for us, so we worked hard to design this CG composite featuring an exquisite Miku whom Vogue could identify with, while making sure we didn't aim for realism. No one wanted the photo to look like a model cosplaying as Miku. It had to be Miku wearing a Givenchy dress."

The photo was a true back and forth collaboration with the editorial staff at VogueMagazine who called on some of the best hair and make up people in the business to offer their advice to the Crypton tech team in Japan. "It was yet another occurrence of collaborative creation and another exploration to see what our curiosity uncovers," adds Guillaume. "Typical Miku stuff."

As with everything North America has experienced with Miku to date, her users continue to explore innovative possibilities and offer fresh opportunities for various people to create and share their art.

"We're expecting to see a variety of reactions from the fans and media, and we're excited to see what unfolds. We obviously hope people like it. There are so many different versions of Miku and we're really proud of this adaptation!"

Hatsune Miku is currently in North America on the first of its kind 10-city national headlining tour that began two weeks ago with sold out shows in Seattle, San Francisco and Dallas. Over 35,000 fans in North America will witness this revolutionary 3D live show and will have the chance to participate in a series of fan gathering events that celebrate the worldwide cultural movement surrounding Hatsune Miku.

Learn more about the tour and events (which include a Barnes & Noble drawing workshop and film festival) here http://mikuexpo.com/na2016/events

Hatsune Miku continues to be unique, appealing and keeps the conversation going about the intersection of art, technology and the future of pop culture. 

"This is the real millennial pop star." Vogue

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Givenchy, Haider Ackerman, Thom Browne: JEFFREY MEN

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A couple days ago I "popped" over to the Jeffrey Atlanta Men's Pop Up Shop and walked away with everything... well, in my dreams! Jeffrey, Don Purcell and team did an excellent job of curating a menswear collection that is fitting to the stylish, fashion-forward Atlanta man. There is something for every guy, taste and budget - from Acne Studio sweaters to Givenchy wool coat with leather sleeves. The pop up shop ends on  Sunday, Oct. 11 but I strongly suggest you get there sooner or there may be nothing left. (Not that I was eavesdropping) but I may have "overheard" conversation about something big tomorrow night, Wednesday. Celebrities?? Maybe... may be worth popping over then!

If Jeffrey does well with menswear in Atlanta, and from the looks of it, he is, carrying mens labels may become a regular thing. BTW, you need to check out the Saint Laurent motorcycle jacket! It's difficult to choose a favorite Pop Up piece, but that jacket (look for it in the photos below) is badass!

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Fashion Moves: So You Think You Can Dance Episode 15

Everyone continues to step up their style on So You Think You Can Dance. Paula Abdul was sexy in a body hugging yellow dress and tWitch was cool in a blue Ted baker v-neck sweater. Nigel and Travis wear suits well and they know it. My fave this week goes to Cat Deeley in her Dries Van Noten ensemble and those killer Givenchy shoes!! The dresses' floral pattern said "nice" but those heels said "naughty!"  

“So You Think You Can Dance” airs Mondays at 8/7C on FOX with host Cat Deeley, judges Nigel LythgoePaula Abdul and Jason Derulo, and mentors Stephen “tWitch” Boss and Travis Wall. Photos: FOX/Adam Rose

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Model Casting: Jeffrey Fashion Cares

"Smooth and pretty. Big smile." That was the instruction given to the six foot, stiletto wearing glamazons bidding for a chance to grace the coveted Jeffrey Fashion Cares runway. Clearly, Jeffrey Kalinsky has a vision. The well-orchestrated casting had models from Atlanta's top agencies give their best walk for Jeffrey Atlanta GM Don Purcell, Jeffrey NY's Philip Manghisi, Catwalk Production's Randi Layne and Jeffrey Fashion Cares Chair Lila Hertz - no pressure!

Photographer Tomas Espinoza captured the excitement and energy with a collection of creative images (so make sure and look through the slideshow).

When I was a young artist in graduate school, I chose art galleries based on whether I could visualize my work on their walls... [For me] it was easy to spot a Jeffrey's Girl based on who could pull off Saint Laurent, Givenchy or Lanvin.

Jeffrey Fashion Cares is the closest Atlanta gets to feeling like NYFW. If you've attended JFC then you know exactly what I mean, but if you haven't, get your tickets and be a part of something truly remarkable. Cocktails, after-parties and the best of Fall 2015 runway fashion all while supporting the Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta and the Atlanta AIDS Fund.

Jeffrey Fashion Cares offers the most exciting and philanthropic evening of the season.

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