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Fashion A Universal Language

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Did you know there is a universal language? A language women speak fluently? Although, you’ll find more than one distinguished man who converses in this language with ease. Of course there are a variety of dialects, not to mention a myriad of accents, but it can also be spoken without uttering a single word.

Some claim the origin of this language dates back to the Garden of Eden, when God clothed Adam and Eve in animal skins. To think what is now a multi-billion dollar industry began with a single bite from the forbidden fruit.



If you hadn’t guessed by now, fashion is the universal language spoken by young and old, male and female, rich and poor, experts and amateurs. If you trust statistics, New York City is on track to earn $850 million–in one week–thanks to the fashion industry. Each Spring and Fall, NYC hosts NY Fashion Week (NYFW) where designers unveil their latest collections. Then it’s on to London, Milan, and Paris. Collectively, these cities are considered the four largest fashion capitals of the world.


NYFW 2016 Street Style


NYFW 2016 Street Style


NYFW 2016 Street Style

So it is with great pleasure I join forces today with 1010 Park Place where I’ll share my personal insight with all things fashion. And the timing couldn’t be better. I’ve just returned from a whirlwind trip to NYC where I attended several fashion shows. Here are the highlights:

First up is Reem Acra, a designer known for her breathtaking collections in Ready to Wear and Bridal. For this show, I had a birdseye view backstage. What fun to watch the models primped and preened before they hit the runway. Overall, the mood reflected nineteenth century meets punk rock.

There was even a personal manicure tutorial from Zoya. Tip #1  – Don’t use the salon polish. If I faithfully bring my own, then I won’t worry about thinned polish. This is the primary culprit for chipped nails and smudged pedicures.

Reem Acra Women New York RTW Spring Summer 2017 September 2016

Reem Acra Women New York RTW Spring Summer 2017 September 2016

Reem Acra Women New York RTW Spring Summer 2017 September 2016

Reem Acra Women New York RTW Spring Summer 2017 September 2016

Reem Acra Women New York RTW Spring Summer 2017 September 2016

Reem Acra Women New York RTW Spring Summer 2017 September 2016

Then onto the Nolcha Shows who spotlight independent designers and emerging brands: Alice Yim, Jody Bell, Olivia B, NY School of Design. Four shows were held throughout the day at Artbeam Studios located in Chelsea. Cement walls and concrete floors greeted me upon arrival – the perfect venue for up and coming designers.

Rohitawa Banerjee @ Nolcha SS17

Rohitawa Banerjee @ Nolcha SS17


NY School of Design @Nolcha


NY School of Design @Nolcha

Unfortunately, I missed the swoon-worthy Marchesa collection due to a schedule conflict. Rats! I could have been backstage…


Marchesa Couture – Look 01


Marchesa Couture – Look 04


Marchesa Couture – Look 03

This is what yours truly wore:


labels: dress Ralph Lauren; jacket American Rags (similar here and here); handbag Ralph Lauren (similar here and here); booties Franco Sarto (similar here and here); bracelet Robert Lee Morris


labels: skirt Ralph Lauren (old, similar here and here); blouse White Label; blazer J.Crew; belt Ralph Lauren (old, similar here and here); shoes Ferragamo (old, similar here and here); handbag Prada (old, similar here and here)

Did I whet your appetite? Are you ready to take a deep dive into Spring 2017 trends? Join me next time right here on 1010 Park Place.


  • Haralee September 19, 2016 at 8:43 am

    Thanks for the fashion looks!

    • Beth Djalali September 19, 2016 at 3:06 pm

      my pleasure! it’s so much fun to share style tips.
      xoxo beth

  • Donna September 19, 2016 at 9:41 am

    I had not thought of it before but fashion is the universal language. Love the denim dress!

    • Beth Djalali September 19, 2016 at 3:07 pm

      did i mention this denim dress has pockets?! which makes this dress darn near perfect.
      xoxo beth

  • Joyce September 19, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    I too jumped at the RL jacket and dress! Great looks especially since they were on sale locally!

    • Beth Djalali September 19, 2016 at 3:08 pm

      don’t you love it find a new dress and it’s on sale? hooray!
      xoxo beth

  • Janet September 19, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    Great article! My favorite dress is the first photo of the Marchesa collection…..how beautiful!

    • Beth Djalali September 19, 2016 at 3:09 pm

      Marchesa has one beautiful dress after another. What a talented bunch of designers they have over there!
      xoxo beth

  • penpen September 19, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    Whets my appetite for Project Runway’s new season. At least the appetite to see new styling, not necessarily what’s wearable–as in the clothes you wore. Thanks for the review.

    • Beth Djalali September 20, 2016 at 7:24 am

      did you know an up and coming designer – christian siriano – won the fourth season of project runway? i did not know that factoid until last week. that show is always fun to watch and sometimes leaves us scratching our heads. but that’s art for you. we don’t always ‘get’ the inspiration.
      xoxo beth

  • Jen Lawrence September 20, 2016 at 9:23 am

    I love what you wore. Fabulous! I love Reem Acra. I’m getting married this year and loved her collection (I’m going vintage YSL instead.) What a fun job you have. I look forward to reading more from you!

    • Beth Djalali September 20, 2016 at 8:00 pm

      thanks, jen! and congratulations on your upcoming nuptials. i hope to see that vintage YSL you’ll be wearing for your trip down the altar. but isn’t Reem Acra gorgeous? i loved the recent collection shown at FW. so elegant!
      xoxo beth

  • 1010ParkPlace September 24, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    You have such a great way of styling your outfits. Love seeing what you’re wearing. Makes me want to redo my wardrobe. xoxo, Brenda

  • Angelina @ Peonies & Orange Blossoms September 27, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    I love your outfits and all of the wonderful photos from NYFW! I’m featuring your post as part of Thursday Favorite Things tomorrow!

    • beth djalali October 13, 2016 at 9:26 am

      hi angelina!

      that’s terrific. thank you, for the shout out.


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