City Chronicles: Pittsburgh

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I was glad to sit with the media and get coverage of the “Hard Hats & High Heels Fashion Show” that took place on June 7th in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The event was a partnership to showcase the talent of the students of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, while benefitting the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh. The show’s proceeds were allocated toward Habitat’s initiative to assist Veterans in the area (I’m always an advocate of fashion with a positive socioeconomic purpose). The show began with Kevin, a talented artist that painted throughout the entire show, creating an image of a voluptuous woman juxtaposed against a wooden background. The show consisted of a competition among the designers, each of which was allocated $50 to purchase materials from the Habitat’s store. The outcome: beautifully creative pieces constructed with everything from scrap metal and wire to curtains and sink drain pipes. The “Destruction Regeneration Collection” was the most extraordinary as I watched, so I was smiling when the designer was proclaimed the designer of the evening. Ms. Romina Vairo took design to a new level with out of the box creations that challenged creativity and functionality. Her designs were by far the most imaginative and runway-worthy, while still maintaining wearability. Ms. Vairo is in her first year of studies at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, after completing two years of fashion study in Florence, Italy. During her presentation, it was evident that she has had intense fashion training and has an eye for innovation. Ms. Vairo–well done love. Ms. Romina Vairo (second from left) with her models after the show.


2012 Mobile Fashion Week


We are still reviewing designers and boutiques that are interested in being featured during Mobile Fashion Week.  For additional information and sponsorship information, please email  We’ve secured runway space for the breathtaking creations that deserve applause.  Make sure you get yours.  

Objects of Affection


A few lovely things of the season. I fell in love with designer William Bradley’s style after reviewing him for fashion week preparation. Feminine and structured, appeasing to the modern woman. Look at the tiered hem of the dress. Delightful!!!

One of my favorite investments this season– Tom Ford cat eye sunglasses. The shape is Jackie O retro yet so to date. I purchased a lighter tortoise shade, and they haven’t failed me yet. A great complimentary color with any pairing.

WWD has been featuring Resort lines for 2013, and Joseph Altuzarta catches the eye. Classic silhouettes with fine fabrics and futuristic pattern. [Photo courtesy of WWD]

City Chronicles: New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology

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As I travel through the US and abroad, its only right that I find something in each city that contributes to fashion and its purpose. On a recent trip to one of my favorite cities, New York, I was able … Continue reading

The Launch of Haute Chicago

Coming Soon:

As I am always interested in all phenomenal things related to fashion, you can only guess that I am anticipating the launch of Haute Chicago, which will be revealed to the world Monday, June 18, 2012.  The concept is to create an environment and lifestyle that embodies the arts, fashion, music and creativity. All of the content will be original, with editorial features and Haute Chicago photo shoots that appear in order to capture a new look.

I am even more ecstatic that I get to take part in something that is evolving into a phenomenon.  With over 8,300 Twitter followers currently, the launch is naturally expected to gain a following that appreciates the “art of social intercourse and personal style.”  I will provide content as the Fashion Contributor, conducting reviews and interviews with designers and analyzing their impact on the fashion society.  Known celebrities, reality show starlets and talented designers in the Chicago area have a source to be featured and promoted with fresh content, weekly.

2012 Mobile Fashion Week- “Fashion With a Cause”

2012 Mobile Fashion Week || September 3-8 || Mobile, Alabama

There was not an ounce of hesitation when Mobile Fashion Week‘s founder, Richard Hamilton, sent me a message on Facebook to ask if I would be a part of fashion week for 2012.  Pure excitement is an understatement.  Richard has been an asset since the first time I met him,  and has assisted me with fashion projects with nothing less than a welcoming smile.  As preparation for the week is underway, the sponsorship and participation this year for a worthy cause will make this a statement in the Gulf Coast that will continue to grow.

Camp Rap-A-Hope is the beneficiary of our work, an organization that provides assistance to children, and their families, that experience the challenge of living with cancer.  Our goal is to raise as much money as possible for such a worthily cause, which impacts families not only in Mobile, but the states of Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and any other neighboring states that have children that could benefit from the programs offered.

The week will offer multiple shows and parities, which will debut on September 3rd and culminate on the 8th.  Designer Bradley Parnell, the creative mind behind the brand William Bradley, has been announced as the first designer that will be featured in this year’s events.  Parnell, who won the 2011 designer competition for Mobile Fashion Week, is a notable outcome of the University of Alabama’s fashion design program, and designs with contemporary, European edge.  As I type, I am coveting a one-shouldered tiered dress, with a semi-sheer ecru train that gives a high-low hem effect: utter allure.

The event is currently being sponsored by over 30 companies, and the list continues to grow.  Private Gallery, Lunatix & Co, Aveda, Lucca, Access Magazine and J. Edward Beauty are a few of the fashion-forward sponsors that will make Mobile Fashion Week a success.

The web site for Mobile Fashion Week,, provides specifics about the week, and provides up to date information about new designers, models and sponsors.  Visitors can also shop on the site, which features Beau Tied, KM Designs and M Lane.  Fashion week inspired jewelry can be purchased from KM Designs and M Lane, and custom-made bow ties can be acquired from Beau Tied.

And for the models!!  Model Calls will be on Saturday, July 28th and August 11th, from 2-4 pm.  Please visit the site for location specifics.

For information about becoming a sponsor or featured designer, please contact:

Carlisha Bagsby
Show Designer & Vendor Liaison
2012 Mobile Fashion Week