Champagning is more than a year-old verb. It also goes beyond it’s goal of bring together friends in lavish Manhattan venues to socialize and enjoy the bubbles. This weekly and often bi-weekly event goes further, primarily because Champagning Co-Founder Nicole Rose Stillings has a natural, fun and intense passion for fashion. Stillings has taken the opportunity to promote various edgy and fresh designers and brands that complement the young yet classy people you expect to find Champagning. This past Valentines Day, Champagning reached a fashion pinnacle during New York Fashion week, taking over the SoHo Lounge Gold Bar, for a presentation of designer Gemma Kahng.
The innovative, talented, and distinct designer said of Stillings, “Nicole represents and wears my dresses well,” as Stillings bustled about making sure the show went smoothly.
“My collection this year was inspired by Native Americans,” Kahng said during the show. “My Korean ancestors and these people are somehow connected and I love how they present themselves, with such pride and beautiful posture.”
Kahng is known for her extreme attention to detail, elaborate use of fabrics, and huge ruffled collars that rise behind the head in opposition to plunging necklines. She is skillfully in tune with aesthetic connections few others could imagine that result in miraculous final products. In regards to this collection, she said that, “with Native American’s use of feathers, I made a connection to silent movie stars in Hollywood. So I tried to take what I loved from tribal Native American style and put in the glamour from the silent movies.”
This would have never been possible without the sponsorship of Madame Paulette, a long-lasting luxury clothing and interiors tailoring and cleaning company. CEO John Mahdessian his girlfriend Dorinda Medley were there to support and assist with all gowns before, during and after the presentation.
The models dark eye shadow emphasized a romantic feeling of times long past as they stood in form-fitting satin gowns with lace cutouts, huge white feather-covered jackets, various other striped gowns meant to imitate Native American rugs, and modern twists on big, old Hollywood hair. It was a presentation to remember, champagne and all.
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Additional reporting by Misha Beiser