One of the highlights of New York Fashion Week season are the Art Hearts Fashion series of events. Presented by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the Art Hearts Fashion showcases present talented, international designers at stylish venues across Manhattan. From Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal to the Refectory at The High Line Hotel, the fashion shows were at capacity, and demonstrated that philanthropy can be sexy as well.
The Vanderbilt Hall show on Sep. 13 was offered in conjunction with FTL Moda, with Art Hearts Fashion Founder and designer Erik Rosete opening the show with his Mister Triple X “Vortex” collection. Metallics dominated the collection, with chromed-out accents and lots of tattoos accentuating beautiful women and muscular men. The next designer was Zachary/Nathaniel, who presented lots of plunging necklines in darker hues. Tarek Sinno’s collection, by contrast, featured jewel tones and intricate detailing– along with eye-catching jewelry. Gregorio Sanchez livened up the showcase with pops of color, while Cary Santiago ended the brilliant show with dramatic couture fashions.
The Refectory at The High Line Hotel presented seven designers on Sep. 15, beginning with Joules. The collection’s floral prints and bold colors will be the talk of spring/summer 2016. Brendan M. Combs brought high fashion to punk rock– pairing tailored pants with metal details and other bold combinations. House of LiJon thrilled guests with its chainmail pieces, and Sandhya Garg presented a classic palette of dark blue, orange, red, and yellow. Rosete’s futuristic Mister Triple X “One Rose” collection opened the later show at the Refectory, and House of Byfield and Carat23 followed. The contrast of House of Byfield’s daring florals and Carat23’s leather bags and trench coats was delightful. Closing out the show was Amato Haute Couture by Furne One’s “Love is a Battlefield” collection: beautiful, deep-hued dresses, and ornate embellishments, french lace paired with acid-wash blues. Shoes by EMMETT Shoes and Hades Footwear were featured in the “Love is a Battlefield” and “One Rose” collections.
Art Hearts Fashion sponsors and supporters included The High Line Hotel, VOSS Events, Monster Energy, Savvy Traveler, and Shibue Couture. The official makeup sponsor was The Organic Face™, and the official hair care sponsor was Marrakesh. Makeup was lead by Erik Torppe. Art Hearts Fashion is produced by Erik Rosete and ParkerWhitaker Productions. Art Hearts Fashion LA will be held from October 5-10.