This is one of my favorite times of the year! To celebrate, I’m sharing my behind the scenes exclusive with supermodel Farah Zulaikha.
Farah is one of the most open, edgiest yet sweetest models that I know. When I was first thinking of creating my fashion blog, I didn’t know where to start. I remember walking into the makeup room at New York Fashion Week and finding Farah. I knew that I wanted to start a fashion blog but i didn’t know if I was truly ready. I ran the idea by Farah to see what she thought of it. Farah loved the idea and encouraged me to just start… all while getting her makeup done!
Would you believe two years later, we had our exclusive interview in that same make up room?!
The video above shows my exclusive behind the scenes look with Supermodel Farah Zulaikha while she was getting ready for designer Alexandra- Popescu-York’s fashion show in New York City.
Did you have a chance to watch the Royal Wedding? From walking down the aisle to seeing the way that they looked into each other’s eyes, it was a wedding out of a fairytale. To celebrate, I thought it was the perfect time to share Alina Petra’s evening gown collection with you. Did you know that it was inspired by the Royal Wedding?!
When you need a little inspiration, put on a beautiful dress and channel your inner Princess.
Ever since I was little, my mom used to dress me up in beautiful dresses and make me feel like a Princess. When I saw Alina Petra’s evening gown collection, I felt like I was in a dream. I remember sitting at Style Fashion Week in awe. Each model who walked down the runway looked like she walked right out of a story book.
Designed in Los Angeles, Alina’s gowns are made from Italian lace. While this is her first evening gown collection, she’s been known for her sexy swimwear. She’s turned the beach into a runway with her steamy bathing suits. “This is my first evening gown collection and a definitely big step forward from being only a swimwear designer.” – Alina Petra
Personally, I think it’s inspiring to see her try something new and design evening gowns. I like how she channeled her energy into creating chic yet romantic looks. I can help but imagine what it would be like to walk down a grand staircase or attend a lavish garden party in one of her gowns.
My Top Looks:
Get to know more about designer Alina Petra and her collection through our exclusive interview:
Jenny Alweiss (Jenny A.): What was the inspiration behind this collection?
Alina Petra: The Royal Wedding. I wanted to create a very chic and romantic look.
Jenny A.: What was your biggest challenge with this collection?
Alina Petra: The only real challenge was moving the gowns from LA, where they were made to NY. I was freaking out though the entire flight thinking that my dresses are ruined!
Jenny A.: What made you decide to design evening gowns?
Alina Petra: Designing gowns was my longtime dream, so it was about time to start doing it instead of dreaming it.
Jenny A.: When did you first become a designer? How long have you been a designing for?
Alina Petra: I basically started making clothes at age 5 for my dolls, but professionally I have been doing it for about 3 years
Jenny A.: What was your favorite memory from your fashion show at Style Fashion Week?
Alina Petra: Style Fashion Week was an amazing experience for me! Mainly, because how they made me feel during the preparation for the show when things got very stressful and were feeling like everything could go wrong. But I had so much fun instead. Everyone was very cool and supportive.
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New York Fashion Week is one of my favorite times of the year! Over the weekend, my brother and I went to Couture Fashion Week where we saw designer Andres Aquino‘s Turbulent Waters Swimwear Collection. Personally, I have always adored designer Andres Aquino. He’s very creative and I think that his work is stunning.
I really enjoyed seeing his swimwear on the runway. Each model strutted down the runway in one of his bathing suits matched with a pair of high heeled black boots. Most of his designs were black and gold pieces.
My most favorite piece from his collection was worn by the award winning model, Samantha Speulveda. She wore his finale piece – a gorgeous black one-piece bathing suit with elaborate gold sequined sleeves.
I think the most shocking part was that designer Andres Aquino’s swimwear were all one-pieces! I can’t tell you how excited I am. I don’t usually wear bathing suits but when I do, I try to wear a one-piece.
Honestly, I’m in love with the sexy sequined bathing suit look. Recently, I’ve seen videos on Facebook of one piece bathing suits with sequins. I wonder if they’re waterproof!
It’s a little crazy for me to think of wearing a bathing suit when I’m still bundling up in all of my winter gear! I guess when it’s hot out, I’ll be ready to hit the beach in style 🙂
Want to know what it’s like to model for Couture Fashion Week? Model Maanami Naomi shares her fashion experience at New York Fashion Week’s Couture Fashion Week with us. Watch and find out what she really thinks!
Just wait for it! At the end of the video, you’ll get to see the elegant black dress that Maanami modeled for which was designed by fashion designer Azulant Akora. ❤
1) As a model, which is your most favorite fashion show to watch?
Hands down the Victoria’s Secret fashion show. The models and everyone apart of the team, who help create it, are remarkable and creative!
2) When you’re not dressed in high-end designer fashion, what are you normally wearing?
My style is Bohemian. So anything comfy like hippy trousers, sweats & gym clothes.
3) Are you a gym girl?
I always go to the gym. I’m all about the squats.
4) What do you base your style off of?
(1) the show 91210 (2) Vanessa Hudgens and (3) my mom, she’s very bohemian. My mom even calls me her “hippie child.”
5) How do you spend your free time?
I surf and skateboard. I’m quite the tom boy. I also study since I am in a University for event management.
6) What is something that people don’t know about you that you are willing to share?
I’m probably the clumsiest person like Mr. Bean. I’m also always laughing.
7) Are you adventurous? What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done that you’re willing to have posted on my blog?
Earlier this year I went to Snowdonia in North Wales, UK. It used to be an old mine from the 1900’s but now there is camping, caving and trampoling. It was incredible!
8) What is your most embarrassing “modeling moment”?
One time while I was on the way to a photo shoot and I got into the wrong Lyft car with an old man sitting inside. I was in so much shock – I forgot my bag inside the car!
9) If you could be a fruit or vegetable, what fruit or vegetable would you be?
A coconut because I’m nutty and love milk!
10) What are your goals and dreams?
Career-wise, I want to be successful with events and have my own events company. My life goal is to be healthy & happy. I wish the same for all of my friends.
The first time I saw model Sergio Delavicci (A.K.A Gio) was when he walked the runway at Couture Fashion Week back in February. He was modeling for designer Vanno Fashion wearing an emerald green jacket, black pants with a matching black hat. I was impressed with how Gio was able to capture the audience with his fierce walk. I really wanted to introduce myself but I didn’t get the chance to.
6 months later I’m watching the Unique Blend Models fashion show and guess who I see walking down the runway?!
I told myself no matter what, this time I am going to introduce myself… and that’s exactly what I did. After the show, I found him speaking to a photographer while holding the bunch of red roses. When I told him I recognized him from Couture Fashion Week, he gave me a rose.
Jenny A. (Me): What is your favorite part of being a model?
Gio: It’s inspiring and motivating. It gives me an opportunity to travel, meet different people and open doors for muscular models with tattoos such as myself. I love the energy and the feedback I get from the crowd when I walk on the runway. I get excited whenever a designer tells me that someone wants to buy their clothes because they saw me wear them.
Me: What do you think about when you’re on the runway?
Gio: I really don’t think about it. I just have fun doing it. I’ve been modeling for a long time and at this point, it comes naturally. It’s all about selling the clothes and I enjoy doing it.
Me: What is your biggest challenge in the modeling world?
Gio: I’m not a big fan of wearing makeup. Also, sometimes my modeling schedule interferes with my acting schedule.
Me: Random question… Who is your favorite Disney character?
Gio: I love Mickey Mouse because he’s positive, popular and always happy.
Me: What is something that is interesting about you?
Gio: I am Channing Tatum’s stunt double! I am also an actor, a boxer, a masseuse and a tennis trainer. Recently, I was also in a Steven Spielberg movie, Nor’ester.
Me: If you could be a fruit or vegetable, what fruit or vegetable would you be?
Gio: A watermelon. I like the fact that it’s healthy, juicy and good for your immune system.
Me: Is there anything else you wanted to share?
Gio: I’m very poetic, romantic and very spiritual.
This year Gio walked the runway for New York Fashion Week, Miami Swimwear Fashion Week, Atlantic City Fashion Week, Bronx Fashion Week, Fashion on the Hudson and Rainbow Fashion Week. He was voted as the Top Male Model of the Year during Atlantic City Fashion Week 2017.
I met model Robbie Dema at the Unique Blend Models fashion show in New York City. When I first arrived, I was given a masquerade mask to wear! The first show was an all men’s fashion show. I really loved how much energy there was both on the runway and in the audience. Whenever a model walked onto the runway, the audience would cheer them on. Robbie had just finished walking the runway before I interviewed him!
Robbie Dema is both an actor and a model! His passion for acting led him to his newest passion, modeling. He says one of the biggest challenges in modeling is staying fit while keeping a strong mindset. He says it’s important to always stay positive.
He works out through weight training, lifting and doing cardio which keeps him in great shape. Robbie shared that his daily eating habits are based on a heavy protein diet and not eating simple carbs like pasta and bread. He does admit that he loves eating dark chocolate and that his “cheat foods” are pizza and burritos.
If he could be a fruit or vegetable he would be a pineapple because it is both sweet & edgy, just like his style. After all, we all have our spikes to us! 🙂
#1 He is an exercise rider / assistant at Belmont Racetrack. Did you know that his barn had a horse named Gavin in this year’s Kentucky Derby?
#2 Robbie’s style is clean cut. He loves to dress up and wear a suit. SUIT UP!
#3 He just moved from Long Island to Manhattan.
Robbie modeled for Unique Blend Models which was his 3rd time walking on the runway.