Blogging has opened up a grand new world for me. A world where I could rub elbows with people I may not have met otherwise and go places I may not ever have ever gone. September 12, 2010, blogging got me into the Grand Ballroom of one of New York City’s most famous hotels, The Waldorf Astoria. Located just walking distance from the famed 5th avenue shopping district it served as an ideal setting for the Edwing D’Angelo runway presentation. Hailed as the “Harlem Couturier”, D’Angelo has dressed actresses, performing artists and a wide range of performers. His celebrity clients include Patti Labelle, Vivica Fox, Lil Kim, Amanda Lepore and rapper Nelly. I was fortunate enough to have a sneak peak of Edwing’s latest creations a few weeks prior to the Waldorf event. Edwing presented his fall collection and a few Spring pieces at a showcase celebrating his native country Columbia (Click here for our coverage) so I was really looking forward to seeing the line in its entirety.
One of my favorite pieces was this structured, embellished blouse and slim skirt combo, worn by model Bria Murphy. The balance of the dramatic shoulders and heavy embellishment over a simple pencil skirt is incredibly chic.
This canary yellow blazer with orange lining is perfect for spring. Its an easy, wearable piece that goes well over a nice jean or khakis.
This retro cocktail dress would be a welcome addition in any woman’s closet. The cut is flattering and the flower detail adds a bit more to the feminine appeal of this piece.
The show was one part of a major event by “Fashion for Autism” a philanthropic vehicle that raises funds for autism treatment, research and provides assistance to families affected by the disorder. The organization was launched earlier this year during New York’s fashion week in February and sponsors events across the country. Along with Edwing’s presentation, guests also viewed the runway style of fledgling designer, Luis Marcao. In addition to the runway shows there was a silent auction and several vendor stations set up, all of which gave a portion of their proceeds to the charity. For information on their next event,to make a donation or to see how you can get involved visit their site at www.fashionforautism.org