Media for July, 2014

Summer 2014 Trend: Kimonos

In Trends / July 30, 2014 / 0 Comments

By: Gabriela Herstik

Happy summer everyone! As we change over into the season of heat, there is no reason for the fashionable people of the world to stop layering. Let’s be honest – layers instantly make you look like you know how to put together an outfit, and the best light layer for the summer is a kimono. The kimono has slowly transitioned its way into the fashion world and I could not be happier. A staple that should be in every fashion conscious woman’s closet, this light layer piece gives an ensemble a laid-back, bohemian vibe. Throw one on over your bathing suit or rock one with a pair of denim shorts. It’s versatile enough to wear both ways. During the summer, we need pieces that can easily be worn on the beach and then look just as trendy when we go out to eat with friends, not to mention that it should be a core part of your summer music festival wardrobe. Inspired by the beautiful fabrics and silhouettes of Japan, these garments make any look effortlessly stylish.

UCOF President Partners to Help Haiti

In Blog / July 26, 2014 / 0 Comments


UCOF President Partners to Help Haiti

NEW YORK, NY – July 23rd, 2014 – Three weeks ago the President and Chairman of United Colors of Fashion (UCOF), Ciano Clerjuste, joined a group of 100 people from NOAH NY on a special medical mission in Haiti. With Haiti still picking up the pieces of the devastating 2010 earthquake, NOAH NY took doctors and nurses from various US hospitals, non-medical volunteers and medical students from Howard University, to Fort-Liberte Hospital to provide assistance to those in need. This is the sixth trip the organization has made to Haiti.

Ciano Clerjuste, President and Chairman of United Colors of Fashion, Inc. (UCOF) with patients at Fort Liberte General hospital, Haiti.

Above: Ciano Clerjuste, President and Chairman of United Colors of Fashion, Inc. (UCOF) with patients at Fort Liberte General hospital, Haiti.

“Six years ago NOAH NY decided to focus its medical mission on Haiti’s Northeastern Town of Fort Liberte. More than 25,000 patient visits and 400 surgeries later, we now have a better sense of the needs in Fort Liberte and its surrounding towns. It continues to be apparent that quality healthcare and health education is badly needed. However, there is one caveat, it has to be provided throughout the year and we must have our own facility. We will achieve this goal in 2015,” said Dr. Henry Paul, President of NOAHNY

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Icon of the Week: Diane Von Furstenberg

In Icons / July 25, 2014 / 0 Comments

By: Gabriela Herstik

Diane Van Furstenberg has been a tidal wave of power in the fashion world since 1972. Diane has always believed in the human spirit and the innate ability that women have to change the world. With nothing but a suitcase full of jersey dresses, Diane was able to spark a revolution in the modern day women’s fashion by creating the wrap dress, and by giving women everywhere the ability and opportunity to dress for themselves.

Diane has been dubbed “the most marketable woman since Coco Chanel,” and for good reason; even after her hiatus from the fashion world ended in 1997, she was able to re-establish her company and create a world renown and iconic fashion house. Today, Diane serves as the president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America and is also a philanthropist.

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Icon of the Week: Charity for Chavez

In Icons / July 25, 2014 / 0 Comments

By: Venita Aspen

While shopping for a Mother’s Day present a few weeks ago I stumbled upon some brightly colored bracelets at the register. They were Chavez for Charity bracelets. Just by glancing over the display I was able to get from it that 25% of profits from the sale of these bracelets goes to a charity. Each different colored bracelet stands in support of a different charity. I took a picture of the display and told myself that I was going to contact them and feature them on United Colors of Fashion Icon of the Week. Their responses were quick and the interview went very well.

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Look Du Jour: Lauraine van der Werff

In Look Du Jour / July 24, 2014 / 0 Comments

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Name: Lauraine van der Werff
Age: 23
City: Emmen, The Netherlands
Job: Telephonist, Former Beauty Queen

Ombrè: How would you describe your personal style?
I have many different styles. Most of all, I like sporty, feminine and casual clothing. My look depends on the season. In the summer I like to wear colorful pieces paired with high heels, and during the winter I like to wear dark jeans with high boots. In terms of jewelry, I prefer gold. Almost all my jewelry is very subtle. I think subtleness is very feminine. Furthermore, I love skinny jeans, however I also like to wear nice dresses. I buy clothes that make me feel good and do not necessarily follow the fashion trends.

Sunflowers in Summer

In Trends / July 23, 2014 / 0 Comments

By: Gabriela Herstik

Summer days are made for creating memories and draping yourself in beauty. They’re for sunflower fields and apple picking and wearing things that remind you of the sun’s warmth. Sunflower prints mix our love for all of these things. Sweet pairings of warm yellows and soft tangerines that paint these flowers on a stark black background create the perfect pattern for crop tops, circle skirts, and dresses. Tune in to your inner crystal child and wear pieces that make you feel at home on this earth.

Interview with Oda Nigist Wigstøl: “Create your own trends, be original”

In Look Du Jour / July 22, 2014 / 0 Comments

Name: Oda Nigist Wigstøl

Age: 17

Country: Kristiansand, Norway

School: Vågsbygd videregående skole (High School, School of Arts)

Major: Music


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Where did you buy your clothes?

Dress: H&M
Jacket: Cubus
Shoes: A Norwegian shoe store

Most of the time I buy my clothes abroad. I like to go into random clothing stores in foreign countries, to make sure that no one will wear the exact same clothes as me when I get home. But of course I buy some of my clothes in Norway as well. I like places like H&M, New Yorker, etcetera.

How would you describe your style?

I can’t really describe my personal style, because my clothing style depends on my mood. You know that you can tell a lot about a person through the way they dress. Of course you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but it says a lot. When I feel really sad, I do everything I can do to look as pretty as possible. I don’t know why I just feel like if I at least look like a decent person, my mood will follow.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2015 Review: Minimale Animale

In Blog,Look Du Jour / July 22, 2014 / 0 Comments

By: Gabriela Herstik

If there is one word to describe Minimale Animale it is indeed minimal- not in concept or aesthetic, but purely in design. Instead of sleek minimalism like the name hints at, Minimale Animale is all about minimalism in coverage, meaning the more skin there is showing, the better.  Whether it was a gold lame bikini with sheer black detailing, or a topless model wearing nothing but a strappy black bottom, the urban edge of this collection was striking and to die for. Cassandra Kellogg, the mastermind and designer behind the brand, has truly created a collection for the daring woman who is not afraid to get down and dirty with her fashion.Minimale+Animale+Backstage+Mercedes+Benz+Fashion+kfGD5pGJ1ZUl  The 2015 show even went so far as to include motorcycle helmets, which serve as the perfect over-the-top accent to an incredibly minimal bathing suit. This season’s offerings included a lot of harnesses and of course, the classic mesh and leather combination, redone and revamped for the season of course. Although we love the itty-bitty bikinis, we can’t help loving the Minimale Animale leather jacket even more.



Look Du Jour: Nicholas Rodriguez

In Look Du Jour / July 20, 2014 / 0 Comments

Name: Nicholas Rodriguez

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City: New York, NY
School: Borough Community of Manhattan
Major: Liberal Arts

Ombré: What is the inspiration of your look today?
Nicholas: My overall inspiration was grungy street wear. I paired my distressed shorts with a colorblock tee. I wanted my outfit to be casual while keeping some edginess to it.

Ombré: What’s your favorite piece in this photo and why?
Nicholas: My favorite piece from this outfit would have to be my shorts. I bought them as regular jeans from a thrift store for eight dollars. Then I watched a youtube video to learn how I can distress jeans. A scissor and several rips later I turned the ordinary jeans into a grungy distressed jean short.

Ombré: What is the trend you follow?
Nicholas: One trend I think I follow is contrast. Since I wear mostly black and white I like to bring different texture and elements together in order to not have a dull outfit.

Ombré: What’s one trend you will never follow?
Nicholas: One trend I will not follow is anything camouflage or floral. I tend to stay away from prints.

Nicholas Rodriguez is a proud student of the STAND (Students Training Arts and Design) Program at United Colors Of Fashion (UCOF Academy).

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