Art Hearts Fashion at New York Fashion Week FW 2015

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Models wore hand-crafted armor in one show, masks in another, and barely anything in the closing show for MT Costello, whose grand finale astonished everyone in the room.
In the completely full house of the Theatre, guests took their seats, thrilled to be a part of this historic show. Celebrities including Lilly Ghalichi, Miss J Alexander, Foxy Brown, Micah Hughes, Chantelle Fraser, Mimi Faust, Members of VH1’s Black Ink Crew, Lilly Melgar, Kendall Schmidt, Karlie Redd, and Che’nelle came out to celebrate the incredible designers.
Art Hearts Fashion featured Mister Triple X, Walter Mendez, House of LiJon, House of Byfield, Hallie Sara, Mimi Tran, and MT Costello.
Art Hearts Fashion featured Mister Triple X, Walter Mendez, House of LiJon, House of Byfield, Hallie Sara, Mimi Tran, and MT Costello. Official Makeup Sponsor The Organic Face™ and Official Hair Care Sponsor FHI HEAT® worked personally with each designer to execute the designer’s vision for the runway.
The show featured top celebrity models including Lilly Ghalichi, Shaun Ross, Miss Universe Janine Tugonon, Jimmy Q, and Anna Demidova.
Mister Triple X opened the show with a sophisticated streetwear line for men and women. Bold print skirts and dresses stole the show and in the finale walk elicited cheers from the audience as the models wore the Mister Triple X bunny masks. Top Model JimmyQ and Miss Universe Phillipines Janine Tugonon walked the finale with designer Erik Rosete in an unforgettable moment on the runway.
Walter Mendez took the runway next, with a stunning collection of elegant gowns. This landmark collection was perfectly executed with a palette of soft grays, transitioning to dark blues and bold velvet greens.
The high-energy collection of House of LiJon featured bold patterns and the brand’s signature hand-crafted wearable couture armor. The sensual and high-fashion pieces were unlike anything seen on the runway before.
Hailing from the Netherlands, House of Byfield brought the fresh design aesthetic New York has been waiting for. Dapper fitted suiting and men’s bags were a few of the highlights of the collection, that also featured bold contemporary dresses for women.
Hallie Sara‘s fine luxury pieces drew in the eyes and breath of the audience. Each custom creation is impeccably crafted and reminiscent of the iconic old-world glamour and timelessness of feminine silhouettes. Mimi Tran‘s collection of cocktail dresses and gowns featured daring embellishment and bold color choices. This elegant and feminine collection was a crowd pleaser.
Among an immaculate collection of gowns, MT Costello‘s solo male model made his way down the runway wearing nothing but a golden robe and only his hand to cover his adorned manhood. Guests could barely stay in their seats as the grand finale approached. A model sauntered down the runway in a prosthetic human mask; she paused to glance at the crowd and tore back the mask, revealing reptilian face-makeup. A standing ovation, cheers, and a few tears from guests followed, as everyone in Lincoln Center knew this was the last moment.
Founded in 2011 by designer Erik Rosete, Art Hearts Fashion provides designers a platform to showcase their work in a unique art & fashion-inspired environment. Every season, Art Hearts Fashion attracts over 1,500 guests, celebrities, VIPs and tastemakers.
Some of the world’s most talented designers have shown their collections with Art Hearts Fashion including: Michael Costello, MT Costello, Furne One, Maya Hansen, Marco Marco, M the Movement, Zhang JingJing, Tumbler and Tipsy, Mister Triple X and countless more. The highly sought after shows are covered by top-tier fashion editors and photographers.

Known for cutting-edge custom creations and exquisite luxury statement pieces, Hallie Sara’s signature style has gained a devout following since the brand’s debut in 2011. Crafted from the finest luxury materials, the A/W ’15 presentation will showcase the designer’s sophisticated reinterpretation of classic silhouettes. Hallie Sara brings back iconic style fueled by old world glamour and modern sensibility.
House of LiJon- LiJon sculptured couture began in January 2011 by artist Lia Mira, with a vision, some rings and a pair of pliers. After researching the medieval craftsmanship of chain-mail, and getting inspiration from everyday clothing and jewelry design, she began the ambitious intense process of teaching herself a forgotten craft. Her goal…to create one of a kind Chainmail Armor Couture for the fashion forward and art collectors around the world!
This elegant ready-to-wear collection features fine detailing with a sportsman twist. The ‘daywear suits’ are for the daring man with an unapologetic sense of style and who isn’t afraid of color. A/W ’15 collection represents an arc between classic, risqué and sportswear with the extravagant edge Byfield and design team the TDUTCH6 are known for. Shoes provided by Timtur shoes, eyewear provided by Jos Eyewear. Additional designs by Angelle Chang and RB Exclusive.
The contemporary style that has come to be synonymous with Mimi Tran, enhances a woman’s natural femininity for a look that is elegant and sophisticated. The line’s highly embellished cocktail dresses and evening gowns incorporate the finest materials and demonstrate flawless execution. The Fall/Winter 2015 collection, is inspired by1920s Paris, featuring intricate beading, lace and lattice work with gold accents accentuating the natural beauty of the feminine form.
This sophisticated street-wear line by Erik Rosete will hit the runway with its A/W ’15 Collection titled “All X In Wonderland” an edgy fairytale collection with royal and wilderness inspired accents. The collection is the next chapter of the brand’s unique style of fashion storytelling. Shoes provided by Sperry Top-Sider #SperryNYFW
Designed by Michael and Stephanie Costello, MT Costello is inspired by the daring, outspoken and misbehaving spirit. It is the definition of sensuality in its most luxurious form, created for the youthful spirit and centered on the unconventional. Always challenging boundaries and driven by emotionally charged design, MTCostello surpasses trends and stands out from the crowd.
As one of the nation’s top designers, Walter Mendez is known for his bold eye for texture, silhouettes, and timeless cuts. His work is regularly featured on celebrities, television, and red carpets. Walter has been featured in publications such as WWD, Apparel News and has showcased nationally. Walter is a proud recipient of the Designer of the Year award by the World Networks; and has also been one of the featured designers for the Go Red Fashion Show benefiting the American Heart Association.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF)
The largest global AIDS organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to nearly 365,000 individuals in 36 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific Region and Eastern Europe. Mobile users can text “FIGHTAIDS” to 41444 to donate any sum of money to AHF’s work in 36 countries worldwide. Website
The Organic Face™
The Organic Face is a proudly owned Made in the USA Beauty Company dedicated to creating 100% chemical free natural organic skincare and cosmetics using active botanical ingredients and minerals. Developed by Professional Makeup Artist and Beauty Expert, Noreen Diani, our mission is to create beauty products that are as safe for you on the inside as they are to your skin on the outside. Website
What makes FHI Heat unique is the heat that puts us at the Forefront of Heating Innovation. Founded in 2003, FHI Heat® is a world-renowned Professional Hair Care Company that has transformed into a prestigious award winning and celebrity adored brand. FHI Heat® offers the most technologically advanced hair tools and hair care products in the beauty industry. The distinguished brand is in high demand for its luxurious hairstyling irons and dryers which use a unique gem that is embedded within the ceramic plates to give you healthy, smooth, silky hair. Available only at top salons and beauty stores. Website
Art Hearts Fashion is proud to partner with the AIDS Heathcare Foundation.
Art Hearts Fashion is produced by Erik Rosete and ParkerWhitaker Productions.
Art Heart Fashion Show Floral wall designed by artist Peter Soderman and Premium Blooms. Premium Blooms is available on SHOP.COM.
Special thanks to Shibue Couture.
Photos by: Jack Fleming, Jeffrey Grossman and Saeed Zargham / Alfa Image Photography

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