When Fashion And Art Collide

TollaCole’s New York Fashion Week Debut

New York, NY – Feathers, chiffon and bold colors summarize TollaCole’s SS12 fashion week debut, which was held presentation style at Waterhouse and Dodd International Art Dealers in Soho, on Monday, September 12, 2011. TollaCole gowns stood alongside Justine Smith installations, both of which captivated.

Attendees arrived to models scattered throughout the gallery in gowns of various of lengths, hues and fabrications, paired with shoes provided by Payless ShoeSource and gorgeous accessories by She’Luxe Couture (www.sheluxecouture.com), which perfectly complimented TollaCole’s feather adorned frocks. Guests raved about appetizers by “Sano Catering by Michael Scipione” (www.livethesanolifestyle.com/bio.html).

Carolyn Levering, a representative from the National Marfan Foundation, spoke briefly about Marfan’s Syndrome, which took the life of Atoia’s cousin. She addressed ways to diagnose the disorder and NMF, which is the only voluntary health organization dedicated to support education and research on this condition (www.marfan.org).

TollaCole is for the woman that seeks the traditional gown, with an embellished twist. “The TollaCole woman is someone who loves to be beautiful and feminine, and isn’t afraid to take risks with her attire.” With TollaCole’s presentation comes the next in eveningwear. “My heavier pieces are not meant for everyday wear. They are better suited to events where evening attire is required, but creativity is encouraged.”  TollaCole gowns will be available for purchase via online boutique at September’s end.

Special thanks to our additional show sponsors: Heidi D. Cosmetics, the amazing makeup team TEJA Collective, IZZE Fruit Juice, Pretzel Crisp, DBG Model Management, Painted Faces Model Management and UniiQe Impact Productions, as their contributions made for a successful event!

About TollaCole

Art Institute graduate and New York based couturier, Atoia Scott, founded TollaCole in 2010, after years of honing her skill at other fashion houses. At the core of Scott’s formal training and interests lie fashion and art. Femininity identifies TollaCole’s aesthetic – beautiful gowns for beautiful women.

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I wasn’t familiar with the brand N:F:P or the designer, or clothing engineer, Gail Travis, but I am so excited that I attended this show. I have seen transformational garments before, but the way these garments transformed was just phenomenal and effortless. I was in awe the entire time watching the show taking notes on what pieces I wanted to add to my wardrobe. Gail is definitely an engineer the way she turned a floor length cardigan in to a cropped jacket or how she  managed to make a sweater dress in to a cropped top without a bulky look. I was truly amazed. I loved how the knits complimented softer fabrics like chiffon and the muted color palette.

Artist, Megan Morrison, was also at the show creating portraits for a few of the guest. Unfortunately I was unable to stay for my portrait, but here is Shnieka from Hats, Heels and Handbags.


Special thanks to Lion’esque Media

Lela Rose Spring 2012 is centered around the neon graveyard. She was inspired by the “unrestored and broken signs that dot the landscape of Las Vegas and Coney Island.”

In this collection Lela Rose used bleached metallic tweed, stripped paint twill, and washed out voile to “recall what was a garish glow of the new that have now faded overtime to tell a story of what was.”

The colors used in this collecton included faded lemon, periwinkle, and neon tangerine brings this collection to life.

Her collection includes stripped paint dresses with piping detail, bleached sunset tweed, and jacquard sheath dresses

Burlap double face zip front coat, cyclone paneled shorts, light bulb lace dress, threaded canvas piped jacket, bleach shell, letter blocked silk shorts

This electric orange coat and carnival print skirt had to be my favorite. I was in awe as this model walked down the runway. Nothing says spring and summer like birhgt colors and bold patterns.

I loved the softness of softness of the materials and the subtleness of the polka dots and embroidery.

The electric navy fringe was also a nice surprise. I loved how the fringe swayed. It was a site to see.

The shoes were part of the Lela Rose for Payless collection

Photo Source  Yannis Vlamos

Most of Giovanna Randall’s Honor Collection for the Spring of 2012 can be described as soft and romantic. In this collection, you will see polka dots, lace, sheer tops, and cupcake dresses. She also adds a bold element by incorporating hot pink skirts and suits. Most of the collection is very soft and subtle, but there are a few bold looks that created an interesting juxtaposition of the looks. here are some of my favorite pieces.

Paisley Silk Organza Cupcake dress

Leaf lace tee and drindl

Black and white polka dot shirt and blouse along with a hot pink sharkskin suit with a gold collar

Hot pink lace tank top with long pleated skirt, polka dot drindl skirt

What do you think of the Honor by  Giovanna Randall collection?

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Gwen Stefani continues to take the fashion world by storm and her latest collection is simply amazing! I loved the  entire L.A.M.B. collection. There are very few designers where I love just about everything, but this Spring 2012 collection gave me life. What I love most about Gwen Stefani and her designs is that her clothes are made for the REAL, young, modern woman. There are no gimmicks when it comes to Stefani’s designs.

I love the look of all three pairs of shorts, because they are very versatile and can be worn during the day or evening. The looks are very well put together, but still gives you a little bit of edge especially with the sheer black top and the metallic shorts.

I love Stefani’s take on the mens inspired jumpsuits and also her use of patterns. The zigzag and pinwheel design is bold and eye catching. the black and white skirt is also great and I love how such a feminine piece as the skirt is paired with a quilted leather jacket to toughen up the look.

These three pieces are definitely in my top 5 favorite looks from this collection. The black, white, and red combination is never over done. It is classic, but I love Stefani’s twist on something traditional like this color scheme. The prints are not too over bearing and gives a luxurious feel and look.

Once again great colors and bold patterns are used. Many people felt that color blocking was over done this season, but if you feel this way, this is a more subtle take on colorblocking. Stick to a multicolor print in a geometric pattern to achieve this look.

What do you think of Gwen Stefani’s L.A.M.B. Spring 2012 presentation?

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