WINTER FASHION WEEK 2012 PARTICIPATING DESIGNERS:
Born in Mazatlan, Sinaloa Mexico, identical twins Jesus and Antonio Estrada, 23, always dreamt of becoming young and famous fashion designers. Growing up in a fashionable family, they were inspired by their mother, who was a model. At two years old, the Estrada’s moved to Tijuana, Mexico and shortly thereafter moved to San Diego, California to live the American dream. After graduating high school, Jesus attended Fashion Careers College where he first learned how to thread a sewing machine. Following college and being featured in several fashion shows in San Diego, he was selected to participate as a season 7 contestant on the Emmy- nominated “Project Runway". Antonio was done filming a documentary for Discovery en Español called Norte a Sur where he traveled Latin America for 30 days as a designer leaving a mark behind for himself. Jesus decided to take it to the next level and welcome Antonio to Haus of Estrada. In 2010, they did their first collection together for Spring 2011. The two brothers collaborated to create RTW looks inspired by their Mexican heritage and the story of Alice and Wonderland. They called it “wonderland meets sexy Latina punk”, and had the opportunity to present their collection in NYCfashion week. For the Spring 2012 Haus of Estrada collection, the Estrada twins made a drastic move to NYC to create a collection inspired by mermaids as a tribute for Maria DiLeonardo, who opened her doors inside her women’s boutique, Siren, for a little studio where Jesus and Antonio can be creative and design their hearts out.
Nicholas D’Aurizio, the creative force behind women’s wear label Nicolena, is making his mark on the fashion world. Fresh off the eighth season of Project Runway, Nicholas is ready to have the world receive his keen sense of style. Blending feminine silhouettes with architectural lines and construction, NICOLENA being a luxury brand and targeted for departments stores such as Bergdorf Goodman, Fred Segal and Specialty boutiques such as Opening Ceremony is becoming a celebrity and fashion insider’s favorite go to for classy and sophisticated clothing that remains timeless in its effort and style.
Born in the northern New Jersey suburbs, Nicholas always had a sense of style and fashion, always walking his own line. Though it was his secret desire to enter the fashion world, he was guided to study Architecture and determined to receive his degree in it. Yet the fashion bug he had inside of him could not be ignored, and while studying at The Catholic University America, he worked in the theatre’s costume shop creating show costumes. His love of clothes always had him working in the retail sector, as well as receiving an internship during the summer of 1997 with New York designer Yeohlee. Shortly after finishing his internship, Nicholas made the bold decision to leave Architecture and enter the fashion world. He relocated to New York City, where in 2000 he began working as a handbag and accessories designer. Taking classes at FIT, to further his design talent, Nicholas excelled in the accessories field, but was never fully satisfied with his role. Nicholas’s gypsy spirit kicked in and took him to Los Angeles, where he fell in love with the west coast. This love for the west coast lifestyle and allure sent Nicholas on a new direction regarding his style and lifestyle. Though his love for the west coast was definite, he decided to move back to Washington, DC where he received his Architecture degree from the Catholic University of America and began his work in the Architectural and Interior Design field before shortly relocating to New York City permanently. This was the time for his design future to take shape. After working several years back in the handbag and accessories field, he was quietly and privately creating his first women’s wear line, Nicolena. The name derives from his paternal grandfather, Nico, who had his own success in the fashion world, having worked with both Calvin Klein and Yeohlee, and his maternal grandmother, Lena, who holds a special place in Nicholas’s heart. With his line taking shape, he was ready to launch in 2009 with his first runway show at Webster Hall, which received local press and had some of the fashion world’s insiders in attendance.
After his first show, there was no stopping Nicholas and it seems there is no stopping Nicolena. Once filming for Project Runway wrapped, Nicholas was once again creating looks for his latest show, which was recently shown at Kiss ‘n Fly in New York City’s trendy meat packing district. Nicholas is ready to tackle the world and is ready to have the women of the world dressed in his creations. He is a force to be reckoned with and loves every second of it. Not one to shy away from the drama and hard work, Nicholas is determined to have the world remember his name and the name of his legacy, NICOLENA.
THE COTRICE COLLECTION
KILLING FASHION TRENDS...BIRTHING NEW CULTURE
Jenine Cotrice Addison is the mother of the earth child, THE COTRICE COLLECTION. Jenine, also known as ‘Cotrice’, was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she grew up watching her grandmother sew. Growing up in Milwaukee definitely put nature as the forefront of inspiration for her work. Cotrice admits to not sleeping much, and believes that her energy and passion for her works of art make it all worth it. Cotrice has done it all, from painting, and sculpture, sewing, crocheting and knitting, she has designed shoes, handbags, men's and womens wear. In 2004, Cotrice was hired to design a line for children made of a paper product pitched to Hewlett Packard. Later, Cotrice linked with photographer Demetrious Noble to create a series of new, modern ad campaigns for the company all donned in paper.
THE COTRICE COLLECTION reveals a fresh new take as we dive into this world of fashion. Mixing vintage styles with current interests, she effortlessly makes bold, classic, and whimsical clothing and jewelry. Whether the inspiration is textile prints, wood, metal, paper, or a new plastic, her depth of cultural knowledge is always apparent. "When I'm interested in a new project, I continue to challenge myself in completing it." A constant search for new ideas and challenges keeps her line ahead of the times. She's a true trendsetter whom stylists and editors are looking for. The energy and creativity of her runway presentations and magazine editorials have turned on the likes of recording artists and entertainers.
In 2011, Cotrice's success to date reveals her talent on Lifetime's Television show, Project Accessory. In 2010, Cotrice was recognized as Best Costume Designer at the Atlanta Fashion Awards. In 2009, Cotrice was inducted into the Milwaukee Public Art Museums Hall of Fame. In 2006, Cotrice was featured in the New York Times as the opening designer in Brooklyn Fashion Weekend’s Premier show. In 2004, she received Designer of the Year Award in Atlanta, Georgia. Since 2004, Cotrice’s cornucopia of art, clothing and jewelry has been sold in over 50 stores across the country, featured on VH1 and the MTV Awards in New York, and has adorned numerous celebrities. The press list for Cotrice continues, as her drive and determination won’t stop here.
COTRICE PRESS & PUBLICATIONS
THE NY TIMES
am NEW YORK
Hip Hop World
The Urban Daily
The Brooklyn Paper
The NY CARIB News
The Linen Magazine
Ocean Style Magazine
FASHION BOMB DAILY
BK FASHION WEEKEND
THE TRAVEL CHANNEL
INDUSTRY ALL ACCESS
ISAAAC MIZRAHI SHOW
BE Entertained Magazine
SHE Caribbean Magazine
Bill Lowe Gallery - Atlanta, GA
International Salon & Spa
Project Accessory - Season 1
Brooklyn Fashion Weekend 06 & 07
ECO FASHION SHOW - Atlantic Station
STYLING & DESIGN
DJ Second Nature - Disc Jockey
Heston - Singer/Songwriter
Common - Singer/Songwriter
Jadakiss - Singer/Songwriter
Espraranza - Singer/Songwriter
Shawn Kane - Singer/Songwriter
Angie Stone - Singer/Songwriter
Erykah Badu - Singer/Songwriter
Jill Rock Jones - Singer/Songwriter
Melanie Fiona - Singer/Songwriter
Alessandra Ambrosio - Model, Victoria Secret
Khadija Nicholas - Miss Trinidad & Tobago 2007
Rasheeda - Rapper/Songwriter
Kaleena - Singer/Songwriter, Dirty Money
AWARDS & VIDEOS
Prissy Polet - Live Out Loud
POLARTEC APEX AWARDS 2007
Angie Stone - I Ain't Hearin' You
Milwaukee Art Museum - Hall of Fame
Atlanta Fashion Awards - Best Costume Designer
Angie Stone - UNEXPECTED
BRAXTON FAMILY VALUES
I'D WEAR IT THIS WAY - STYLE NETWORK
I LOVE NEW YORK - STEPHAN MARBURY
ACROSS THE UNIVERSE
THE BRAVE ONE
Ellie Mae Aitken
Showroom :300 Martin Luther King Jr Dr SE Suite 236
Atlanta, Georgia 30312
KILLING FASHION TRENDS...
BIRTHING NEW CULTURE
Portuguese,english,spanish,french,creole not only describe the five languages spoken by Arlinda Norris, but considering they are some of the world’s most beautiful languages, also tell of the mix of cultures, travel and experiences that describe her history, her drive, her passion, her sensibilities and her style………
Born in Lisbon, Portugal, the daughter of Cape Verdean parents, Arlinda Norris is owner and head designer for R.Lynda. She comes from a family of dressmakers and seamstresses, learning her craft at a very early age (12) from her mom. Arlinda embraced the world of fashion and entertainment early on, beginning a commercial modeling career at 16 .
She design and make clothes for family and friends as well as for herself. Her love for fashion led her to LUC in Lisbon, Portugal where she perfected her pattern making skills. Arlinda began her career in the field of fashion as a merchandiser and window dresser for one of Europe’s most prestigious stores, Pimkie.
In 2010 Arlinda decided to finally pursue her own fashion line, R.Lynda.
R.Lynda is a distinct merge between the details of haute couture with the needs of modern women. It is simply, the best elements of couture. The couture look, but not the couture price! R.Lynda is feminine and romantic, yet sexy and bold. In designing her line, Arlinda uses delicate fabrics that show the woman’s shape. She caters to the femme that wants to impress, be unique and stand out, the femme that wants to be feminine and romantic, yet sexy and bold.
The best elements of couture
The best elements of couture
CEO /Creative Designer "Elena V Designs"
B I O G R A P H Y
VERONICA SPADARO 13th June 1980, Caracas
After pursuing classical studies, Veronica Spadaro, who has always been fascinated with 1930s atmospheres and inspired by the refinement of Parisian haute couture, devotes herself entirely to fashion and begins her training as a designer.
Studying fashion design, dressmaking and pattern making for four years, she graduated in sartorial model-making from the fashion design school Istituto di Moda Burgo in Milan.
Once she has concluded her training, moves to Florence and Paris with the ambition to create her own fashion brand, developing from the beginning a predilection for the handcrafted tradition of the highest level.
He also specializes as 'Costumes Designer’ of costumes for the theatre at the prestigious ‘Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino’ of Florence, specifically in design costumes for opera.
Extremely fascinated by the liaison between fashion and cinema, elaborate on this aspect and manage to give her creations for film productions. Operates in the costume tailor department in film for the cinema andVeronica Spadaro Couture is in the titles of brand clothes movie.
Besides creating her sartorial label, she works as luxury dressmaker for the Gucci Fashion House, on the set of photo shoots and advertising campaigns.
She presented her brand in the USA, at the New Jersey Fashion Week F/W 2011 and New York Fashion Week at Bryant Park Hotel. In Jan 2012 her collection was selected for
Veronica Spadaro Couture was featured on the cover in Millennium Magazine with Dannielle Ricci a contestant for Miss New York 2012.
In December 2011 PlusG Fashion named her "One to Watch" with model and manager Sydney Cohan.
BeGlamTalent November 2011 featured her as New Emerging Talent.
Nikki Blaine, a Indianapolis, Indiana native born with an anointed talent to design and construct beautiful garments. Her creativity was first acknowledged while in high school, from hosting fashion shows along with winning the Shades of Elegance Youth Designer of the Year Award and the People’s Choice Award in 1991. It was obvious what Nikki Blaine’s destiny would be. After high school, Nikki received an athletic scholarship to attend Indiana Institute of Technology were she received several business degrees including her MBA. Still devoted to her passion, she continued working on her fashion designs and traveled from New York to the United Kingdom seeking inspiration for her design aesthetics. On the quest of branding Nikki Blaine Couture, Nikki has continued her education by obtaining a degree in Visual
Communications/Digital Design from AIU. In 2009, marked a historical moment for Nikki Blaine Couture, Nikki dressed Cheryl Fisher one of Barack Obama’s VIP for the Neighborhood Inaugural Ball. She was also recognized as one of the elitist amongst the African-American community being nominated in the Who’s Who in Black Indianapolis. In 2008, Nikki won the Cultural Regalia Competition at the Indianapolis Garfield Park Art Center. In 2005, she won the Indianapolis Black Expo Designer Competition. Outside of working with clients and organizations, Nikki has a strong passion for giving back to the community by hosting and being a part of charitable events. Nikki Blaine Couture offers the "Glam Chic" style for any size woman that has the agent provocateur to bring the look to life. The "Glam Chic" term was coined by Nikki Blaine to describe the higher-end quality of the fabrics along with the functionality of the garment. Nikki Blaine Couture has dressed the following Hollywood celebrities: Niecy Nash, Brittany Flickinger, Tess Broussard, Jennia Fredrique and Loretta Devine. Will you be next?