Guests at the 10th edition of Couture Fashion Week at New YorkвЂ™s famed Waldorf-Astoria were greeted by displays of fine art and an impressive ice sculpture bearing the eventвЂ™s logo. Hundreds of upscale consumers, socialites, diplomats, celebrities and international press attended the prestigious high fashion event held during New York Fashion Week in September 2009.
An incomparable group of seventeen selected designers from around the world presented their latest collections, many making their USA debut.
The event opened on the afternoon of September 11th with a tribute to the spirit of New York City and the victims of the 9/11 attacks by renowned cellist Gjilberta Gelaj. The moving performance was followed by two fashion shows: colorful Indian-inspired dreamlike creations by designer Sushma Patel in her fourth appearance at Couture Fashion Week, and a fresh collection by young Thai designer Pyndela.
Jane Hunt, a native of England known as the вЂњViolin VenusвЂќ, enchanted the audience with her opening to the fashion show by award-winning Chilean designer Ruben Campos. Mr. Campos, often called the "Architect of Chilean Fashion", received an enthusiastic standing ovation for his collection.
Joy Washington of The Netherlands made a strong statement with her collection preview of three couture ensembles reminiscent of Russian royalty and reflecting meticulous craftsmanship and extreme attention to detail.
Award-wining Romanian designer extraordinaire Catalin Botezatu returned for the third time to Couture Fashion Week with an outstanding collection entitled "Hot Rainbow" which was complemented by exquisite makeup, hair styling and accessories. Mr. BotezatuвЂ™s distinguished clientele includes prominent politicians, socialites, VIPs and celebrities.
Amal Sarieddine from Lebanon made her USA debut at Couture Fashion Week New York with a collection of stunning designs before a very enthusiastic audience.
Winning designs from the Global Han Couture Design Competition were presented to the delight of the attending crowd. Part of NTDTVвЂ™s 2009 Global Competition Series, the Han Couture Design Competition is a continuation of NTDTVвЂ™s ongoing effort to revive and preserve the essence and beauty of traditional Chinese culture, and to share that culture with the world.
In his second showing at Couture Fashion Week, renowned designer Jorge Diep of the Dominican Republic was inspired by India and presented a collection of embellished hand-crafted caftans.
Couture Fashion Week producer and fashion designer Andres Aquino presented a two part show. Hand embellished swimwear was adorned with Swarovski crystals and whimsical trains, and accessorized by diamond-studded watches by Azad, a favorite brand of many celebrities including Donald Trump and Joan Rivers. Evening gowns of fine French and Japanese lace were accented by jewelry from Italian label Bagaceous, handbags and cuffs by Russian designer Inna Roizin, shoes by British designer Silvia Campbell among others, and hats by Suzette Couture. Pop opera singer Kimera flew in from Spain to open Mr. AquinoвЂ™s show. The world-famous singing star is perhaps best known for her 1984 controversial classic-pop fusion recording, вЂњThe Lost OperaвЂќ, with the London Symphony Orchestra, which sold over 10 million copies and was followed by seven additional album releases. World-famous violinist Alexander Markov turned in an unforgettable performance. The fashion show included an appearance by jazz singer Sarah Charles who performed her composition of вЂњBallerinaвЂќ with lyrics by Mr. Aquino.