Monthly Archives: September 2014

NYFW: Herve Leger by Max Azria Spring 2015 Runway Show

Max Azria’s Spring 2015 Collection did not fail to disappoint. The signature body-con dresses were very much present but what were added were a lot more skin being shown and a theme of contemporary women warriors ready to take on life. He had a little bit of everything – some cocktails/red carpet dresses, swimwear, bodysuits, and two piece outfits with colors like vivid orange, hot pink, classic black, nude pink, white, gunmetal gray, power blue and complimentary prints mixed in. The details on his collection were impeccably done well – as always.

Max Azria is a Tunisian fashion designer, who founded the contemporary women’s clothing brand BCBG Max Azria Group, a global fashion house that encompasses over 20 brands. He is the CEO, chairman and head designer alongside his wife, Lubov Azria, who acts as chief creative officer.

In 1998, Azria acquired the Herve Leger fashion house, marking the first time in history that an American designer has acquired a French couturier. In early 2007, Azria re-launched the Herve Leger label with his own designs, which were quickly embraced by celebrities and trendsetters worldwide.

Azria has received many awards throughout his career, including the California Designer of the Year (1995), The Fashion Performance Award (1997), The Otis Fashion Achievement Award (2000), Fashion Excellence Award (2008) – just to name a few.

World Liberty TV fashion team had the opportunity to go backstage and view Herve Leger by Max Azria’s runway show.

NYFW: Jill Stuart Spring 2015 Show

Jill Stuart created what she calls “softer dressing” for her Spring 2015 Collection. It included sophisticated silhouettes with a slight A-line shape, kimono inspired wrapping at the waist on dresses, blouse, and skirts. The colors were mostly very light with tones like powered pink, nude, grays, and browns. The collection’s theme reminded me of a modern 70’s woman who doesn’t take things too serious. All in all, the Jill Stuart consumers will be very pleased.

Launched in 1993, Jill Stuart’s eponymous line is said to have really taken off when pieces from the collection were used in the 1995 movie Clueless. Today, the brand earns approximately $30 million annually in the U.S. but fares even better in Asia, grossing closer to $100 million. Stuart received major attention here in 2007 for using Lindsay Lohan as the first non-model celebrity in her ads. Known for showing during Fashion Week at the New York Public Library, the feminine, sometimes frilly collection can be found in her Soho flagship, as well as in higher-end department stores, and has come to include handbags, shoes, and perfume.

In 2007, Stuart launched a secondary line called Jill by Jill Stuart – now exclusive to the Japanese and Korean markets – followed by a lower-priced collection of dresses under the name Jill Jill Stuart in 2010, available at major department stores like Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s.

World Liberty TV fashion team had the opportunity to interview Jill Stuart Spring 2015 Collection.

NYFW: Academy of Art University Spring 2015 Show

The School of Fashion at Academy of Art University has chosen 12 student designers to debut their thesis collections at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Since 2005, the School of Fashion has premiered the work of students and recent graduates during New York Fashion Week.

Dr. Elisa Stephens, President of Academy of Art University said, “We are committed to helping our students launch their careers, and as a part of that commitment we are thrilled to give students the opportunity to present their work to industry professionals”.
For the Spring 2015 season, 12 designers presented six collections; in total, five individual womenswear collections and one collaborative menswear collection created by seven designers.

The designers was Mia Jianxia Ji – Fashion and Knitwear Design, Wei Bai – Fashion Design, Madison Detro – Fashion Design, Die Zhou – Fashion Design, and Szu Chi Huang – Fashion Design. For the menswear: Asiya Tsalikova, Max Lu, Liz Li, Jingci Wang, Yin Yang, and Yaqiong Zhou – all graduated with Fashion Design.

World Liberty TV fashion team had to the opportunity to go backstage and view the Academy of Art University Spring 2015 show.

PLITZS NYC Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014-2015 Emerging Designers’ Presentations Part 2

One of PLITZS stand-out designers, Shattoria Whitener and Chasity Taylor participated in the showcase today. Lavon Taylor is their brand that bridges the gap between haute couture and ready to wear. This brand offers a tailored sleek look while breaking the rules of color and texture. Lavon Taylor can be described best as Alexander McQueen collides with Ralph Lauren. This brand caters to the business savvy professional woman who desires a bold, dominating look while keeping the essence of her femininity. Lavon Taylor,

It’s strong, it’s beautiful, and it’s you.

Another stand-out designer was Vedeta Hanley who created her line called V. Hanley. Her mission statement is the premiere clothing brand company in mid-tier to high end. She creates clothes lines that fit the woman’s body and enhancing her curves giving her a feel of confidence and beauty yet functional. Vedeta Hanley has designed for some of the most successful brands within the industry; Such as Polo Ralph Lauren, Rocawear, Abercrombie & Fitch and Giii, Jones New York and Cynthia Rowley. After spending over Ten years building other brands, she is venturing off to build her own brand, the High end most elegant and classy V. Hanley collection, and the next sought after fashion forward ready wear moderate prices line Genesis & Luke.

Other emerging designers include Gamakache Black by Margaret Persaud, M.A.C (Mic’ha’s Authentic Creations) created by Shinade Martin, Jennyvi By Jennyvi Dizon, Urban Roots Eco Couture By Ruth Woldeselasie, KHOLYNS COUTURE by Chuks Collins, among others.

World Liberty TV, Fashion team had the pleasure of viewing the PLITZS showcase designers’ presentations.

Exclusive interview with Steven Kolb, CEO Council of Fashion Designers of America-2014

Barbie and CFDA partnered up during New York Fashion Week to inspire girls of all ages. CFDA’s own CEO, Steve Kolb stop by the Meatpacking District in New York City, where the lounge event was being held to take pictures and talk about the reason behind the collaboration between the toy company, Matel Barbie and CFDA, founded by Eleanor Lambert.

CEO Steve Kolb manages the CFDA’s membership, trade association activities, and longstanding philanthropic initiatives such as Fashion Targets Breast Cancer, which raises public awareness and funds for breast cancer research in the U.S and internationally. Kolb works directly with President Diane von Furstenberg and the Board of Directors, which composed of America’s foremost designers, such as Vera Wang, Ralph Lauren, and new additions Ashley Olsen, Prabal Gurung, and Deborah Lloyd.

One of Kolb’s largest contributions to American fashion has been his leadership role in cultivating the next wave of emerging American fashion talent through programs such as the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund and the CFDA Fashion Incubator. In addition, under Kolb’s guidance, the annual CFDA Fashion Awards has become the preeminent spotlight on American fashion, even being called the Oscars of Fashion.

Kolb’s previous background was also in the non-profit sector, but focused on raising funds for HIV and AIDS and cancer. He began his career at the American Cancer Society in New Jersey. While working as the Deputy Director at the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS DIFFA he managed a network of chapter affiliates and raised millions of dollars through events like Dining by Design and caused related marketing programs like the Gift of Hope.

The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc. (CFDA) is a not-for-profit trade association whose membership consists of more than 400 of America’s foremost womenswear, menswear, jewelry and accessory designers.

The CFDA foundation, Inc. is a separate not-for-profit organization, which was created to raise funds for charity and industry activities.
World Liberty TV fashion team had the pleasure of interviewing CEO Steve Kolb at the Barbie VIP Lounge Event.

Interview with Designer Tess Giberson at Barbie Fashion Design Showcase-2014

At the Barbie and CFDA’s Lounge Event, World Liberty TV fashion team had the opportunity to speak and got to know more about the American designer, Tess Giberson – in her words.
Ms. Giberson was at the event, with the accompany of her daughter, to help showcase the merging of technology and fashion, by creating and showcasing her one of kind piece to be displayed and to experience the new Barbie product designed to unlock girls’ imagination and express themselves through fashion.
Tess Giberson was born in a small town in New Hampshire. Her parents both artists raised their family with an emphasis on traditional craftsmanship and creativity. In 1996, Giberson moved to New York and began her career working at Calvin Klein as a sweater designer for the Men’s Collection. After two years she left and freelanced for several companies until she was ready to launch her own collection. The Tess Giberson collection began in 2001 and the following season she received one the first Ecco Domani Fashion awards.

Exclusive interview with Sergey Kovalev ,World Light heavyweight Boxing Champion-2014

Sergey Kovalev is a Russian professional boxer from Chelyabinsk, Russia but based in Florida. He is the reigning WBO light heavyweight champion and known for his devastating punching power. His promotional agency is Main Events and his trainer is John David Jackson.Kovalev holds notable victories over former light heavyweight world champions Gabriel Campillo and Nathan Cleverly.
Kovalev started his career with a first-round TKO of Daniel Chavez at Greenboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina. He won his first nine fights with first- or second-round knockout. He faced more serious competition against Darnell Boone in October 2010, when he had to fight all eight rounds, but won a tough fight.

In July 2011, Kovalev won his first NABA belt in a 10-round fight with Douglas Otieno from Kenya. The Russian’s next bout against Grover Young was controversial, however, as in the second round, Kovalev threw a left hook to the head, but the judges suggested that it was a blow to the back of the head -– an unintentional infringement. And as the American could not continue, the fight was declared a technical draw.

Kovalev will Fight for the Unduspited Light Heavyweight Unification fight with The Legendary Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins on Nov 8th 2014 , in Atlantic City.

Bernard Hopkins VS Sergey Kovalev Light Heavyweight Unification Bout PR Conf -2014

Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins and Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev held a press conference in New York City and a media roundtable in Philadelphia Tuesday to officially announce their light heavyweight unification bout on Saturday, Nov. 8 taking place at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City live on HBO World Championship Boxing®.

Check out what the fighters and promoters had to say below:

BERNARD HOPKINS, WBA & IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion

“When fighters want to fight, this is what happens. When we really want to do it and our promoters do as well, we get it done.

“I take everything I do extremely seriously. But people ask me, how can I continue to do this? I have no plan or timetable when I put my mind to something.

“I want the best. Hagler fought the best. Ray Leonard fought the best. The Alis of the world, they fought the best. I’m from the era where I fought the best and that’s important to me. I receive undisputed status in 2001 and that was special.

“I bloomed late. I didn’t bloom by the timing of the experts. I want to make it as difficult as possible for you to come up with a headline for me. I don’t want to be on the pound-for-pound list because that would make me human.

“What I’m doing now is making a new legacy and a new list and a new way to judge. ‘Where do we put this man? We can’t put him in the top 10. He’s doing things no one has done!’

“Enjoy this while you can and come see it. Don’t worry about when or how I’m going to leave or break down. You guys are all humans, I understand you, but you don’t understand me.

“The last time I heard, he [Kovalev] can box. He’s shown that he can box…People are traumatized by the punch and the knockout.

“I’ve been in the game for almost three decades. I look for more of what a guy brings to a gunfight other than bullets…The sweet science is not based on only one thing you can do particularly well.

“If he comes in the game thinking a punch is all he’ll need, he might be right, so you should watch.

“I’m walking a tightrope hundreds of feet in the air. He crushes people. Only three or four people survive his hammer.

“There’s no pressure on me but one thing that is on Bernard Hopkins – that no other fighter really has to do deal with because they’ve never been in my situation is – how I continue to keep making history

“Anybody at the right time and the right place can get knocked out. It is his job to do what others try to do. It is my job to do what I’ve been doing.

“Come November 8 on HBO you get to watch artwork. You’re watching Miles Davis and Louis Armstrong with gloves on.

“It’s such a testimony to see a 50-year-old man – less than 100 days from now – go 30 plus minutes with a young strong Russian puncher and not get a scratch on him.

“I understand humans have a timeline of when they are supposed to go. Age 35 and you’re done – I don’t care what sport you’re in. It’s a fact. I don’t know what type of evidence I need to show I’m an alien other than what is there.”

SERGEY KOVALEV, WBO Light Heavyweight World Champion

“It is not easy to overlook Hopkins. I think when he’s 60 years old he’ll be in the same condition. He’s an alien, but I have to send him to the moon and maybe from there he’ll go by himself to Mars.

“I want to say that one day in Big Bear when I trained, I met Oscar De La Hoya and asked him to sign me and he turned me down, but now here we are on different sides.

“I am not a talker, I am a fighter and I am sure Bernard will promote the fight for both of us.

“I don’t really understand what Bernard is saying. It doesn’t matter what he says. Even if I understood, I wouldn’t care. I don’t worry about him. I’ll go into the ring and do my job.

“Bernard talks and fights. I just fight.

“I can’t say what the fight will be like. This is boxing and anything can happen.

“It is my secret what I will do on fight night. I will give it my all and come out with the win.”

OSCAR DE LA HOYA, President & Founder of Golden Boy Promotions

“This fight is the best against the best in the light heavyweight division.

“I really do feel that this is not just a fight, but an event. I am glad that it’s on HBO and I’m glad its not on pay-per-view, which it easily could have been, but you have to give credit to the fighters who are doing it for the fans.

“I believe that many people over the years have doubted Bernard Hopkins. He’s over 40-years-old, how can he win? All of those questions are no longer being asked. Everything that he does, he deserves.

“At 49-years-old, being the oldest champion in any sport, he deserves tons of respect. The fact that he’s facing the ‘Krusher,’ is just another of the many dangerous fighters that Bernard has faced.

“Being the best middleweight in the history of this sport, with 20 defenses and now to be 49 at light heavyweight, he’s still going strong. I’m now convinced he is an Alien.”

KATHY DUVA, CEO of Main Events

“This fight is going to be the most anticipated fight of 2014. It’s so much fun putting together a fight like this that everyone wants to see. Its great to see the excitement level and the anticipation, you can feel it in the air.

“This is going to be a tremendous event. It’s one of those fights that when the bell rings you really won’t know what is going to happen. It’s not about finding out who’s best, its about who is going to win the fight, because both are great.

“This is what boxing is supposed to be and we look forward to November 8.

“The first person I thought of when I saw Sergey Kovalev in the ring was Ray Leonard. I saw the look in his eye and I could tell he was different. I believe he is the most electrifying boxer in the world of boxing and he will prove it on November 8.”

KEN CONDON, Caesar’s Entertainment Consultant

“This is an Atlantic City fight, it’s in Bernard’s backyard and this is where the fight belongs.

“Sergey has also developed a great following from his last two fights in Atlantic City.

“Caesar’s stepped up to the plate and continued its tradition of great championship boxing in Atlantic City. We believe in the future of Atlantic City and we believe in boxing. We expect a sellout on November 8.”


“November 8 is going to be a nice fight with premier fighters and premier promoters. We want to keep on the legacy that we have created in New Jersey.”