One of the top highlights from New York Fashion Week was FUNARI New York’s fashion show. I was so excited to be a VIP guest that I came early and hung out on the red carpet with the fashion dogs. I couldn’t resist! They were so cute walking around and posing on the red carpet in their stylish FUNARI apparel. I actually sat on the red carpet posing and petting the fashion dogs who would later be walking on the runway in the FUNARI collection. There was even a dog wearing sunglasses, chilling and putting his front paws up on the bar!
The collection is called Fire and it was lit. One of my favorite parts of the fashion show was when model Jeremy Soriano started the show off with breaking two concrete breeze bocks with a sledgehammer! I felt like he was breaking down the barriers between gender roles and making way for designer Janelle’s dynamic unisex collection. I like how the models walked down the runway leaving the crushed debris behind them. It was as if they were blazing a new path. Janelle’s swimwear collection is all about inclusion. Her diverse gender neutral pieces can be worn by all. She wants you to be sexy, bold and empowered.
These are my top looks from Janelle FUNARI’s Fire Collection:
A special congratulations and thank you to Janelle Funari for her fabulous fashion show! If you want to see her other collections, check here.
Also a special thanks to photographer Noel Valero for capturing the moments with his spectacular photos.
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Kate Citrone is a professional model who has been on the runway too many times to count! She has modeled all over the country including L.A, Savannah, N.Y.C, Orlando & Miami. Being on the runway gives her a rush of adrenaline and makes her feel more alive! Her biggest tip on conquering the runway is to make sure the audience is satisfied. “Your goal is to make the whole room fall in love with you,” she says.
Kate’s dream is to become a high fashion international runway model! She wants to be on the runway every day for the rest of her life! Her next modeling goal is to walk the runway for the London, Milan and Germany fashion shows. If she could walk down the runway with any famous model, it would be with Tyra Banks or Naomi Campbell.
When Kate is not modeling, she is watching a Harry Potter movie or an episode of the Outlander series. If she could be in a movie, she would be in a action movie where she would be a spy or carry a sword like in the Underworld Series!
She loves hanging out in the dance studio and volunteering in her community. Kate dedicates her time volunteering with the Police Athletic League (PAL). One of the volunteer events which combined both of Kate’s hobbies of dancing and volunteering was “Dancing with our PALs,” a spin-off of “Dancing with the Stars.”
Kate’s style is casual. She wears blue / black skinny jeans, a tank top, combat boots and lace-up sandals. Kate collects choker necklaces and anything related to Mickey Mouse! Her favorite desserts are strawberry cheese cake and Ben & Jerry’s chocolate fudge brownie ice cream. If she could be a fruit or vegetable, she would be a zucchini because they make good pies!
Tony Liranzo is an outgoing, playful and sexy model who absolutely loves to dance hip-hop! Tony lives it up in NYC where the whole city is his dance floor. He pursues his passion by continuing to dance and by teaching hip-hop to his dance students. Tony says that his biggest accomplishment was when he moved to Manhattan which inspired him to continue to pursue his dreams of being a model.
Tony describes his style as Bohemian street wear. He usually wears a black V-neck shirt, black skinny jeans & black boots or Converse shoes. His signature look is a mesh shirt, a bomber jacket and ripped jeans.
You can find him running, lifting and working out in the gym. Three things he always carries are gym clothes, a bottle of cologne and a good book. Tony is always traveling all over the world to fashionable cities such as Paris, New Orleans and Los Angeles. Every time he travels, he buys a new shot glass to add to his shot glass collection. If he could be a fruit or vegetable, he would be a juicy strawberry.
Tony models and acts for MMG – Model Management Group USA & Canada. He also dances at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and studies acting at The Michael Chekhov Acting Studio in New York.