Mercedes Benz Fashion Week has wrapped and besides attending shows and catching all of the street style, the next best thing would be all of the lounges. The Fashion Week lounges are literally lifesavers. They are located throughout the city and there are tons of perks like phone charging stations, computer stations to blog, food, drinks, hair and makeup touch ups, express manicures, massages, and you can even get a change of clothes. Sounds awesome right? It is! With running from show to show you just need time to breathe and regroup for the rest of your day.

So during fashion week, I had the opportunity to attend the Allure Magazine’s Press Lounge which was held at the Empire Hotel and it was truly an amazing experience. Not only did I get a chance to get a great manicure from Maybelline, I was also able to pick up a few fragrance samples from the designer fragrance bar, and get a great hand treatment from Bioxidea and more.

Maybelline Manicure Shocking Seas

Designer Fragrance Bar

I learned about brands such as Da-Sein, Renzo + Kai, Stop Staring, and Crystal Icing for all of your bedazzled cell phone accessories. Renzo + Kai designs are amazing. They had the cutest cropped sequin jacket and this amazing beaded dress. Definitely a group of designers to watch. There were also makeup artists from Maybelline, aestheticians from Skin Medica for express facials, and hairstylists from Ricardo Rojas Salon on hand for those quick beauty touch ups.

Renzo and Kai

Renzo and Kai Gown

Skin Medica

Crystal Icing

Celebs like June Ambrose and Natasha Bedingfield also stopped by to check out the lounge as well. One of the highlights at the lounge besides the awesome services and products was the drink sponsor Teqava. Teqava is the first sparkling tequila. Yes there is now a sparkling tequila and it is DELICIOUS. The original flavor is so refreshing.

TeQava Sparkling Tequila

About TeQava (Source)

“This vibrant Tequila Cocktail has 100% Blue Weber Agave Triple Distilled Tequila and is new to the US Markets from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. This is the First Premium Tequila Cocktail – Carbonated, Ready Mixed and Naturally Flavored. There is nothing artificial.

Silver Premium Tequilas are being mixed with fresh juices and aromatic herbs to create cocktails. The difference in flavor is immediately apparent. 100% Blue Agave Tequila is used in top shelf Plata or Silver version Tequila and is more complex and more vegetal in component than other grain spirits. After fermentation and distillation, it goes straight into the bottle.

TeQava is a mix of premium triple distilled Tequila and fruit infusion. The color is clear and the taste is an explosion of rich, roasted Agave, followed by a pleasing burst of juicy nectar in the finish.”

TeQava is the perfect drink for a girl’s night out. If you do not like hard liquor, this is perfect for you. The sweet sparkling flavor is not over powering, so if you are not a fan of “hard liquor” this is a must have.

Korean designer, Son Jung Wan debuted her spring/summer 2013 during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. This whimsical collection is filled with canary yellows, raspberry, sunset ombre, violets and teals for the bold and the brave. But she hasn’t forgotten those who like more subtleties, so her collection also features silver, grey, and ivory. Son Jung Wan keeps peplum and pleats alive next spring as well. From asymmetrical dresses, jumpsuits, and rompers these styles are instantly updated with her use of textures like sequin dresses, ruffle dresses, perforated shorts, and appliqué jackets. This collection features vibrant colors and prints along with modern twists to traditional pieces. Here are a few pictures from the collection

Canary yellow and sunset ombre

Muted tones featuring my personal favorite gold knit romper

Violet, teal, and bold prints

Peplum, crop tops, and textured dresses

Photo Credit : Rodin Bonica via NY Mag

Here are a few more collections that I loved during New York Fashion Week

Alice + Olivia


Michael Kors

Jenny Packham

Christian Siriano

Victoria Beckham

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Katya Leonovich’s Fall 2012 collection shows that she definitely loves New York. The greatest city in the world was the inspiration behind her line. The presentation showcased New York inspired prints on many of the pieces. It was an amalgamation of colors, prints and textures. She featured everything from copper pants, black and python leather, and even white fur. The entire collection, including the backdrop design had many elements of New York’s personality. There was a mixture of hard edge with the intricate details, leather and python, but there was also a soft romance about the collection with the ruffled chiffon dresses. Needless to say, Leonovich’s collection is bold and daring. Take a look

Photos via NY Mag (all white stills) Live photos were taken by me.

Farah Angsana definitely knows how to put on a show. Her collection was inspired by women like herself who love to travel the world. Her collection shows that “she is a woman of high glamour and culture and appreciates the fine detailing in luxury.” If I could describe the collection in one word it would be luxurious. The collection consisted of breath taking gown and cocktail dresses that would definitely make you the center of attention. She chose simple colors like ivory and black for some pieces but the show stoppers would have to be the tangerines, emerald greens, scarlet reds, violets and shades of blue. When you put some color in to the mix you are bound to have an incredible collection. The fabrics and details were just as luxurious as the rich colors. She incorporated crystal and sequin emebellishments, lace detailing, ruching, silk chiffon, silk wool, wool crepe and more. Her silhouettes were simple but the true craftsmanship can be seen in the detail. Take a look at the collection.

 This dress was definitely the show stopper. Everyone gasped as the model proceeded to walk down the runway. The dress is so dramatic yet classy. Farah Angsana did an amazing job with this collection.