Art Hearts to say bye to NYFW

Models Not afraid to bare all for a good cause.

The Luxonomist. 25/02/2015
Walter Menéndez
Walter Menéndez. Photo: Jack Fleming

Art Hearts Fashion signed off Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center with a monumental final show featuring the talent, creative innovation, and design theatrics that have made New York Fashion Week iconic. Models wore hand crafted armor in one show, masks in another, and barely anything in the closing show for MT Costello whose grand finale astonished everyone in the room. In the completely full house of the Theatre guests took their seats, thrilled to be a part of this historic show.

Celebrities including, Lilly Ghalichi, Miss J Alexander, Foxy Brown, Micah Hughes, Chantelle Fraser, Mimi Faust, Members of VH1’s Black Ink Crew, Lilly Melgar, Kendall Schmidt, Karlie Redd, and Che’nelle came out to celebrate the incredible designers. Art Hearts Fashion featured Mister Triple X, Walter Mendez, House of LiJon, House of Byfield, Hallie Sara, Mimi Tran, and MT Costello. Official Makeup Sponsor The Organic Face™ and Official Hair Care Sponsor FHI HEAT worked personally with each designer to execute the designer’s vision for the runway. The show featured top celebrity models including Lilly Ghalichi, Shaun Ross, Miss Universe Janine Tugonon, Jimmy Q, and Anna Demidova.

Mr Tiple X ( Photo: Jack Fleming) and Mimi Tran

Mister Triple X opened the show with a sophisticated streetwear line for men and women. Bold print skirts and dresses stole the show and in the finale walk elicited cheers from the audience as the models wore the Mister Triple X bunny masks. Top Model JimmyQ and Miss Universe Phillipines Janine Tugonon walked the finale with designer Erik Rosete in an unforgetable moment on the runway.

Walter Mendez took the runway next with a stunning collection of elegant gowns. This landmark collection was perfectly executed with a palette of soft greys transitioning to dark blues and bold velvet greens. The high energy collection of House of LiJon featured bold patterns and the brand’s signature hand crafted wearable couture armor. The sensual and high-fashion pieces were unlike anything on the runway before. Hailing from the Netherlands, House of Byfield brought the fresh design aesthetic New York has been waiting for. Dapper fitted suiting and men’s bags were a few of the highlights of the collection that also featured bold contemporary dresses for women.

Hallie Sara, House Of Bifield and House of LiJon ( Photos: Jack Fleming)

Hallie Sara’s fine luxury pieces drew in the eyes and breath of the audience. Each custom creation is impeccably crafted and reminiscent of the iconic old-world glamour and timelessness of feminine silhouettes. Mimi Tran’s collection of cocktail dresses and gowns featured daring embellishment and bold color choices. This elegant and feminine collection was a crowd pleaser.

Among an immaculate collection of gowns MT Costello’s solo male model made his way down the runway wearing nothing but a golden robe and only his hand to cover his adorned manhood. Guests could barely stay in their seats as the grand finale approached. A model sauntered down the runway in a prosthetic human mask, she paused to glance at the crowd and tore back the mask revealing reptilian face makeup. A standing ovation, cheers, and a few tears from guests followed as everyone in Lincoln Center knew this was the last moment.

Founded in 2011 by designer Erik Rosete, Art Hearts Fashion provides designers a platform to showcase their work in a unique art & fashion inspired environment. Every season, Art Hearts Fashion attracts over 1,500 guests, celebrities, VIPs and tastemakers. Art Hearts Fashion is proud to partner with the AIDS Heathcare Foundation. Art Hearts Fashion is produced by Erik Rosete and ParkerWhitaker Productions.

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