NYFW FW14 Review Day 5: Mahna Mahna NY

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Mahna Mahna FW Stylist Lounge

NYFW FW14 Review Day 5

A great way to unwind in the middle of all the madness...

For many, the annual Mahna Mahna style awards brought back childhood memories of  a purple muppets with wild rockstar-orange hair wearing a stylish furry green tunic. The Snowthstwo identical pink alien creatures with horns, flared out lashes and yellow lips. That's right, puppets on Sesame Street and the Muppet Show singing the sweet soca song: Mahna Mahna

Decades later I feel the same nostalgia except take away the monsters and add high end clothes shoes and accessories!  Mahna Mahna, a fashion company established in 1991 out of Tokyo, Japan entered the global market in 2011 and launched their first NYC showroom in 2013.

Their Philosophy

Fashion was born as part of human culture and art. It has been shaped by our surroundings and continues to evolve with us.  With a profound appreciation of history and culture, our company hopes to foster happiness through fashion. Our goal is to constantly evolve as specialists in cultivating and finding the best in  fashion.

I had the honour of attending their  NY Style Award Cocktail Party at their Showroom in the heart of Soho  co-hosted by Nolcha Fashion Week to announce the winners of the Mahna NY Styling competition. 

The winner Drew Johnson was awarded 10,000 in rental credits and with a pleasant surprise by founder Suminko Enya, runner up Donald Hicks (my personal favourite) was also awarded a $5000 rental credit. The talented winners now have a an opportunity to expand their design, styling, photography or blogging portfolios with even more high fashion merchandise.

At the event guests enjoyed cocktails, browsed the extensive showroom and mingled with other industry professionals. There were also featured LA Based luxury handbag designer Onna Ehrlich whose Nigerian American  Heritage is the root of  her inspiration.

There were also masterful pieces from designer Danilo Gabrielli, who designs beautiful timeless pieces for women allowing them to feel the elegance of rustic Italian beauty and luxury. His designs are a reflection of his passion, drive and infectious personality. I loved every piece! 

Beauty lounge hosted by Priv where ladies got hair and make up touch ups, as well as manicures as they recharged during this hectic fashion week-- OMG I think I died and went to shoe heaven, at this point. My dream shoe collection was right infront of me!
The Choo and Lou: Check out Cherrie of Cherrie Amore and myself serving a dose of fierce to the shoe god.
Close ups of the Jimmy Choo shoes

I also had the pleasure of meeting up and coming designer Tanaisha at the event, check her out, she's uber talented and even made this lovely patchwork clutch:

Photo Credit :  Cherrie Amore 

Happy NY Fashion Week, See you in September!

thanks for reading!
- Akilah

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