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Essential Winter Fashion Accessories – Boots

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Moonboots are back! Wool, Dr. Martens, buckles, wedge heels, over-the-knee and fringe boots are a current trend.

Photographed by the team Cheryl Gorski, Francis Son & Ron Douglas

Contributing photographers: Jeffery Holmes, Michael Seely, Simon Gentry







Essential Winter Fashion Accessories – Glasses

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Photographed by the team Cheryl Gorski, Francis Son & Ron Douglas

Contributing photographers: Jeffery Holmes, Michael Seely, Simon Gentry

Sunglasses: Pattern, wood, goggles, horn-rimmed, large square-shaped, metallic, rose-tinted, mirrored,two-toned, avant-garde, aviator, owl-shaped, large cat-eye, and tortoiseshell frames are big hits for resort wear. Take notice of “Jetson” style frames as seen in Naomi Campbell’s Fashion For Relief and Carolina Herrera’s runway shows. Most coveted, hands down, are Karen Walker frames.








Native Plains-Wear

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Photographed by the team: Cheryl Gorski & Francis Son

Anna Sui’s collection is influenced by her love for the History Channel’s “Vikings.” Models strutted with Inuit face tattoos and wild tousled hair. She combined Scandinavian influences into her fabrics. Each season leaves you wanting for more. A 1960’s boho undercurrent always punctuates her collections.

KTZ’s Native American influence was a huge hit for Winter. This collection contains leather and suede attire that are one-of-kind pieces. Beaded symbols are complimented by wooden choker necklaces and chunky turquoise necklaces. Take notice of the fringe in the collection.

A Detacher, Mara Hoffman, Monique Lhuillier, Rubin & Chapelle, and Zimmerman all had representations of this trend in their collections.






Trend Spot: Asian Flare

designer: Clover Canyon, photo by: Cheryl Gorski

designer: Clover Canyon, photo by: Cheryl Gorski

Traditional Han Chinese Clothing ( Han Fu ) refers to the attire worn by the Han people from the enthronement of the Yellow Emperor (about 2698 BC) till the late Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644 AD). It became known as the Han Fu (“fu” means “clothes” in Chinese) because the fashion was improved and popularized during the Han Dynasty. It is usually in the form of long gown, cross collar, wrapping the right lapel over the left, loose wide sleeves and no buttons but a sash. Although simple in design, it gives different feelings to different wearers. Some basic features are cross-collar, wrapping the right lapel over the left, tying with sash and a form of blouse plus skirt or long gown. These features have been preserved for thousands of years till the time of the Republic of China (1912 – 1949AD), when Chinese Tunic Suit (Mao Suit) and Cheongsam prevailed. Cheongsam is today, the most popular Chinese attire.

Qi Pao originated from the Manchu female clothes; it evolved by merging with western patterns that show off the beauty of the female form. Its features are straight collar, strain on the waist, coiled buttons and slits on both sides of the dress. Materials used are typically silk, cotton and linen.

Traditional Chinese attire have many other features such as appearance, cut, decoration, color and design, all of which changed over the various dynasties. For example, black is the most dignified color in the Xia Dynasty (21st – 17th century BC), white in the Shang Dynasty and red in the Zhou Dynasty. They also vary based on one’s political position, social status, occupation and gender. For instance, dragon embroideries and bright yellow can only be used by emperors most of the time; in the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907 AD), purple official costumes are for the fifth or higher rank officials. During the Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1911 AD), the higher a person’s social rank or the richer one was, the more embroideries and borders there were on his attires.’

This summer you will see the Asian influence with these traditional styles mixed with western modern designs. New York’s Designers that have made a statement in their collections include Anna Sui, BCBG, Clover Canyon, Franchesca, Malan Breton, Tome, Vivienne Tam, and Yuna Yang. Carolina Herrera, Zimmerman, Michael Costello, Pamela Roland, Libertine, Lie Sangbong, Lisa Kelly, Herve Leger, Leah Da Gloria, Angel Sanchez, Carmen Marc Valvo, Chong Cha, Desigual, and Bibhu Mohaotra have also included pieces in their debut at Fashion Week.

AV Trend Spot is a new regular photo feature showcasing the latest fashion trends and photography from Cheryl Gorski, Francis Son, Karen Sterling, Jeana Lindo and Charles Roussel. For more, visit their website at Click on any image below to enlarge, and launch the photo gallery.

SUNY Buffalo State’s Runway 7.0

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Press Release by Alison Pieroni

Saturday (May 10) marks the seventh installment of SUNY Buffalo State’s student fashion show, Runway 7.0. This years’ theme, titled “Chrysalis,” embodies the developmental and growth stage that the Fashion and Technology department have emerged from. It is the Fashion and Textile Technologies’ first official year as a stand-alone department in the new Technology building. If that alone isn’t a reason to celebrate this annual event, the show will be jam-packed featuring designs from over 20 student designers, as well as alumni and faculty collections.

One of the main features of Runway is the collections created by the Senior Designers. This years’ six senior students have been working since the beginning of the school year to create collections that will be judged in a style similar to that found on the television show “Project Runway”. The student who is selected as the winner of Runway 7.0 will receive the Nancy Belfer Award, which is a grant of $1,000, plus a complete set of professional shears courtesy of Eastman Machine, a Coats & Clark thread pack, and a photo shoot of their collection with respected photographer, Luke Copping.

Other exciting awards to be received by top students include Best in Show, Student Collection Award, and the Erika Hoerner Award. The Erika Hoerner Award was established to honor Erika’s life and her passion for the fashion industry, and will be presented to an outstanding student within the Fashion Show Production class.

There will be two shows taking place on Buffalo State campus in the Campbell Student Union Social Hall, a matinee at 3p.m. and an evening show at 8p.m. For further details on the event and information regarding purchasing tickets, head over to”

Win Free Tickets: Buffalo Fashion Week

For your chance to win free tickets to three of the Mercades-Benz of Buffalo Fall 2011 Fashion Week runway shows, submit your favorite fashion forward outfit to the Look Book. On August 31 at noon, 5 favorite looks will be selected to win the tickets. The Fall 2011 Fashion Week begins on September 3 and culminates in the main runway event on September 10 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Tickets can be purchased at

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Mass Appeal Fashion Show Tonight!

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Elmwood Avenue is constantly bustling with passionate, outgoing, and creative business owners, artists, and patrons. The Elmwood Village Association has discovered the perfect way to harness this electric artistic sense into a dynamic fashion show. This Friday (Nov. 5) will be the third presentation of Mass Appeal, which points the spotlight on local fashion. Both Buffalo designers and Elmwood Village retailers will be given the opportunity to showcase their latest creations. The show is presented in sections, local t-shirt companies, Elmwood Village boutiques, and local designers. This year, a new section with the theme “wearable art” has been added. Buffalo State College students and local designers have been working in conjunction with Elmwood businesses to interpret this theme. Designer, Amy Hartman has been working with Talking Leaves to create an outfit made out of eight thousand old book pages folded in the origami style. Additionally, in honor of presenting sponsor Sorrento Cheese, an outfit made out of cheese will be featured! Mass Appeal has discovered a format that works, inspires, and represents the Elmwood Village atmosphere. Mass Appeal producer Erin Habes’ goal is to “…take fashion in Buffalo to another level and create an event that people will be excited to get dressed up for. If I’ve sparked that conversation I feel like I did my job!” DJs Kaitlin Isabella and Jessa Zenger (known as “Shock and Awe”) will be providing music for the show as well as hosting a masquerade themed after party at Soundlab. —jill greenberg