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AMAs Bring The Best in Music to Fans

AMAs Bring The Best in Music to Fans

AMAs (American Music Awards) is the largest fan-based voting award show with diverse music genres. Fans select nominees by streaming, sales, radio airplay, and social connections. 

AMAs Performances 

Tracee Ellis Ross says “be who you are,” she did just that as she hosts the AMAs. The performances for the evening are: 

  • Benny Blanco with Halsey and Khalid
  • Camila Cabello
  • Cardi B with Bad Bunny and J Balvin
  • Mariah Carey 
  • Ciara featuring Missy Elliot
  • Dua Lipa 
  • Jennifer Lopez 
  • Ella Mai 
  • Panic! At The Disco 
  • Carrie Underwood

Taylor Swift opening the show with I Did Something Bad setting the night as a spectacular night.  

The AMAs pay special tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. Gladis Knight has the honor of performing the recognition. She touches everyone with her music because she was honest. 

AMAs Red Carpet Fashion 

Tracee Ellis Ross is wearing Pyer moss suit with Louboutin Pumps, Jacob and Co. necklace, Djula Jewelry earring, and Mattia Cielo earring. Styling by Karla Welch for the red carpet. She made many fashion changes honoring black designers.  

Jennifer Lopez rocks Georges Chakra Couture gown haute couture. She is wearing wore Brumani ombre pink sapphire earrings, a Borgioni ruby ear cuff, a Marli New York diamond cuff, and pink sapphire rings by Anabela Chan and Le Vian.

Halsey is glamorous on the red carpet wearing Jula custom diamond choker with a high-low strapless purple and black dress. She was an eye catcher with boyfriend G-Eazy.

Carrie Underwood looks fabulous in a black and gold dress with her baby bump. She is wearing L’Dezen by Payal Shah diamond earrings and Le Silla shoes.

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Constance Wu just from the Rich Crazy Asians hits the red carpet wearing Brumani quartz hoop earrings. She is wearing a No. 21 dress sequined mini skirt with a dark blue top.  

AMAs Recipients
  • Artist of the Year ~ Taylor Swift
  • New Artist of the Year ~ Camila Cabello
  • Collaboration of the Year ~ Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug, Havanna
  • Tour of the Year ~ Taylor Swift 
  • Favorite Music Video ~Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug, Havanna
  • Favorite Social Artist ~ 방탄소년단 BTS 
  • Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock ~ Post Malone
  • Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock ~ Taylor Swift 
  • Favorite Duo or Group – Pop/Rock ~ Migos
  • Favorite Album – Pop/Rock ~ Taylor Swift, Reputation
  • Favorite Male Artist – Country ~ Kane Brown
  • Favorite Female Artist – Country ~ Carrie Underwood
  • Favorite Duo or Group – Country ~ Florida Georgia Line
  • Favorite Album – Country ~ Kane Brown, Kane Brown 
  • Favorite Song – Country ~ Kane Brown, Heaven
  • Favorite Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop ~ Cardi B 
  • Favorite Album – Rap/Hip-Hop ~ Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys
  • Favorite Song – Rap/Hip-Hop ~ Bruno Mars & Cardi B Finesse
  • Favorite Song – Pop/Rock ~ Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug “Havana”
  • Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B ~ Khalid
  • Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B ~ Rihanna
  • Favorite Album – Soul/R&B ~ XXX Tentacion, 17
  • Favorite Song – Soul/R&B ~ Cardi B, Bodak Yellow 
  • Favorite Artist – Alternative ~ Panic at the Disco
  • Favorite Artist – Adult Contemporary ~ Shawn Mendes
  • Favorite Soundtrack ~ Black Panther
  • Favorite Artist, Electronic Dance Music ~ Marshmello

A great evening and party celebrating the fans favorites from all genres of music.

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The Journey ~ Fashion Designers and Craft Makers Network

The Journey ~ Fashion Designers and Craft Makers Network

The journey for Angelman Syndrome and fashion begins with the founder of Fashion Designers and Craft Makers’ Network, Joanna Marcella. This journey will bring hope and dreams to many young designers and children.

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The children with Angelman Syndrome suffer from:

  • Laughter
  • Energetic movement
  • Hugs
  • The mutual fascination of all things shiny – including water
  • Profound special needs
  • Lack of verbal skills
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Epilepsy
  • Motor difficulties
  • Around the clock care
  • Difficulty suckling
  • Eating
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Delayed crawling
  • Babbling
  • Balance

Marcella states, “I have a grandson living with Angelman Syndrome and after watching an interview given by the Hollywood actor Colin Farrell (whose son has Angelman Syndrome) where he took the opportunity to harness the power of the media to raise awareness. I was encouraged to use the power of fashion industry to raise more awareness.”  FAST (Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics) brings together a multidisciplinary team of more than two-dozen scientists from top research universities and pharmaceutical companies.

Angelman Syndrome has been cured multiple ways in mice, and scientists progression they are making is nothing short of thrilling.  As diverse as our Angelman community is, we are all united in one goal: a better future for our children. FAST is committed to bringing life-changing treatments to clinical trials within two years, but we need your help. The young designers are a part of a movement to cure a rare severe neurological condition called Angelman Syndrome.

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The young designers are ages 9-25 years. The vision is to present an international platform for dynamic young designers. This is to help them to find their niche as people and become a brand in their own right. Increasing the numbers and visibility of young and exceptionally gifted multi-cultural designers. Then encourage them to reach their true potential, by rewarding those who excel both creatively and academically.

The designers for this year’s fashion event succeed the vision and mission of FDC Young Designer Awards. The designers attending this year:

  • Kyle Denman
    • Grand Prize Winner of the Project Runway Remake It Work Contes
  • Hawwaa Ibrahim
    • Keeps classic silhouettes of the 1950s and 1960s fashion while modernizing them with adding fun colors and patterns.
  • Paula Prodan
    • Paula Prodan is the young Moldovan woman who brings seduction, luxury and indulgence to the life of women.
  • Chanette Laing
    • Freelance designer and fashion atelier
  • Kymberly Achuba – Designs By K.Y.
    • Embraces the heritage, culture, and fashions of African descents – with an urban and street style.
  • Toni Lyn Spaziano – Chances R Designs
    • Classic contemporary clothing to women of all ages.
  • Flavia Loraque – Flavia
    • Ideal for women with a great deal of personality, women who are bold and enjoy dressing up.
  • Omobolaji Onaolapo – NIIFFE
    • A mix of easy sophistication and individuality—it is a city girl chic.
  • Taylor Love – Taylor Love Couture
    • Inclusivity vs. exclusivity and her line is both androgynous and versatile
  • Sabina Lisievici – Sabina Lisievici
    • Avant-garde style, which would become an inspiration for many other future artists and designers.
  • Jean Fredeling – 3rd Eye Brand
    •  Contemporary casual handcrafted artistically fashionable.
  • Szilvia Juhász – JC Collection

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The designers are from USA, Romania, Nigeria, Spain, Hungary, and the UK. They will present innovative original fashion collections. There will also be LaMonique Cosmetics an eco-conscious cosmetics company and Sharon D. Bankhead – Paparazzi Accessories will be exhibiting. The event is at The Paul Hotel Boutique 32 West 29th Street NYC April 28, 2018, 2-6 PM, with a wine reception. Proceeds will go to (FAST) Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics. Purchase tickets here.

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All About the Details ~ Badgley and Mischka

All About the Details ~ Badgley and Mischka

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The day with Badgley and Mischka at the Phoenix Art Museum was filled with passion, fashion, and women from around the world. The entire day was all about the details. This year marks their silver anniversary in fashion, this month they celebrate their 3rd wedding anniversary. “The era that women have to suffer for beauty are bye gone,” they stated. This is the day for super glamorous with comfort and modern sensibility. Badgley and Mischka remained true to their brand and glamour through the decades remembering that women want to look beautiful and young.

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They started together at Parsons School of Design in their senior year. Each began designing with different fashion houses, James Mischka menswear for WilliWear WilliSmith, and Mark Badgley with Donna Karan. The long hours and commitment to each designer they thought it would be great to create their own business.

The business taught them that there is more than 24 hours in a day, pick what you believe in and dominate the arena, and trusting each other.  They decided that they love evening attire even for daytime. This decision has been a benefited their business at times, but not following fashion trends at times has not been the best for their fashion label.

Inspiring designers for the label are: Bill Blass, Oscar De La Renta, and Geoffrey Beene. Oscar De La Renta often rode the same elevator. The three would debate who was the best fashion designer back and forth until the doors opened.

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The designers watched old Hollywood films creating their label. They loved the looks of Bette Davies, Rita Hayworth, and Joan Crawford. They continue the old Hollywood film inspiration, even in recent runways.

Runway designing was compared to a wedding 6 months of really hard work and in five minutes it is over. It is exhilarating to see the full design and styling. Mark Badgley said, “it is like seeing your daughter on her wedding day.” They love this part of the fashion world, but it is just a small part of business.

The recent discussion of competing with fast fashion for fashion houses was discussed. They understand the need for designers like Tom Ford, Burberry , and Rebecca Minkoff to have the see now buy now concept for their brands. It is a great way for them to show something different this season. Their brand and designs does not compete with fast fashion, so that concept is not necessary for their label.

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Uma Thurman Cocktail Dress

Their designs are know for their beading and embellishments; it is all in the details. The inspiration for their beading comes from jewelry. Many dresses may have up to 30,000 beads, beaded by old men in India, beading is a dying art. They consider themselves magpies when it comes to their beading collections. Creating the brands signature heirloom beads means: running the beads through the dishwashers hundreds of times or a bath in Drano to achieve this look.

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Ensuring that the team completes the design comes from mood sketches. These sketches are the key to communicating the details of the gown. They have a signature look to their sketches. Badgley stated that, “Mischka’s sketches are not as finely sketched.”

They can speak about each gown with passion. Badgley and Mischka discussed the time they hand dyed a gown for the red carpet and it shrunk. They tied soup cans to the bottom of the dress and flew it across the country. This worked the gown was the right length for the event.

Their gowns have graced celebrities at some of the greatest red carpets. They know each of their clients well and what is working best for their personal image. They are aware of those celebrities that will require the gown custom made or others like Jennifer Lopez that knows she can rock any dress whether designed for her, previously worn, or straight off the runway. They love a woman that can look alluring and feminine in the evening no matter what her look is for the day.

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The wedding collection developed from brides wanting their evening wear created to fit their special day. Many would ask to make that evening gown in the tones and beading for their wedding. Badgley and Mischka began designing specifically to meet bridal designs.

The Arizona Costume Institute received a donation from Kate Winslet’s. The 2005 Oscars red carpet dress is a Badgley Mischka design. The gowns on display at the event demonstrated that it is all in the details at Badgley Mischka.

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Woman Power ~ Loretta Swit

Woman Power ~ Loretta Swit

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Loretta Swit joins us on the red carpet at Metropolitan Fashion Week. She walks the red carpet with grace, beauty, and joy. She is wearing an elegant red gown that she designed.

Swit is best known for her Emmy® winning role Major Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan on M*A*S*H. This role takes place during the Korean War. She is a strong woman in a medical army camp. She is the mistress of Major Frank Burns. Many actors on the show had a love interest in her character.

Houlihan provided a woman’s insight to working in a male-dominated arena, but great girl power. Swit speaks about her role as, “this character did this in the 50s as a woman. This television show’s time period was when most women were starting to define their role. Not only this, but the series took place in the 70s when women’s roles were still being redefined. She brought a reality that women are strong, influential, and powerful. I loved playing this powerful role.”

Swit is excited to see the role of women continue to be defined and change. She said, “Look at the election this year. Hillary Clinton has brought the first presidential nominated woman. She commands and brings a strong resume to the nomination.” Swit beamed as she discussed the role that women bring to the home, business, and world.

Swit’s most popular role is not her only acting role. Swit’s acting roles include Same Time, Next Year on Broadway, Any Wednesday, Mame, and 1000 performances of Shirley Valentine. She had a show, Those Incredible Animals, seen on the Discovery Channel, The Animal Planet and in 30 countries.

She was honored with The Sarah Siddons Award for her performance in Shirley Valentine. Swit honors are numerous from 2 Emmys, People Choice Awards, The Genie Award, The Silver Satellite Award, and 6 Golden Globe nominations to name a few. She is the Woman of the Year from the Animal Protection Institute and International Fund for Animal Welfare. Her love for animals found in her new book “Switheart.”

Swit works with National Disaster Search Dog Foundation. This foundation provides relief and strength in training rescued dog for first responders. The dogs are paired with a firefighter at no cost to the fire department. This training takes the dog from rescue to a contributing member of the community.

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Swit’s honored with The GES Africa Conservation Fund’s 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award for Animal Conservation for her passion and commitment to animals. Metropolitan Fashion Week in Los Angeles sponsor, GES Africa Conservation Fund, is the leading Wildlife Management operation in South Africa.

Metropolitan Fashion Week is a growing fashion week with presentations in Seattle, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, Las Vegas, and soon in New York. The fashion week provided exceptional fashion, honors, awareness for Autism, and an exceptional event for all attending. Swit states, “She is honored to be attending this event.” We wish Swit a belated 79th birthday. Swit continues to influence in film, art, fashion, philanthropy, and a powerful woman.

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