Selleria Veneta Hosts Fashion Preview Soirée for Dominican University Fashion Department

 Selleria Veneta, a boutique offering luxurious Italian clothing, leather goods and accessories, will be hosting a fashion preview soirée at Albion, Oak Park for Dominican University Fashion Department’s emerging designers. Moses Valdez, boutique co-owner and curator says, “It will be an inspiring feast for the senses.
Their guests will enjoy delicious lite bites from Chef Champ Akkarapol and curated cocktails from Jose Saenz’s team; They’ll be taken on an artistic, fashion journey from Dominican’s passionate students showcasing a preview of their designs coupled with Italian artisan’s designs whom we represent here in the U.S.” The soirée is promoting the Dominican University Fashion Department’s 2024 Annual Fashion Show.

“Perspective in The Details 2024” which celebrates the work of emerging fashion designers. Handbags from Selleria Veneta will be featured in the 2024 Fashion Show – The Drapery Class Runway Walk. Cecilia Romanucci, boutique co-owner and curator adds, “It’s exciting to see designs from local, emerging artists studying fashion and discover how they are inspired by the elite Italian designers in our boutique…it’s a beautiful fusion of art.”

When: Saturday, April 6 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Where: Albion Oak Park, 1000 Lake St, Oak Park, IL 60301
What: Enjoy refreshments and be inspired. (Italian designs may be purchased off the runway)
Cost: This is a free event. RSVP on their Facebook page

About Selleria Veneta
Selleria Veneta curates and selects elite Italian leather artisans and represents many of them exclusively in the US. Our Italian artisans are established and work with other luxury fashion houses, but what you’ll find in our boutiques are their hand-crafted products made in limited quantities. Selleria Veneta is delighted to be a fashion house of singular products. Boutiques are in Oak Park and Winnetka.

About Dominican University Fashion Department:
In the fashion department, students gain the skills they need to prepare for a career in any aspect of the fashion and retail industries. Ranked #7 (College Choice) as “The Best Fashion Degrees in the United States,” This program provides students with access to the most up-to-date computer-aided technology,”with which the students create their own unique and marketable designs.

About Albion Oak Park:

Albion Oak Park has delivered a new level of living as unique and vibrant as Oak Park itself. Their apartments provide the highest quality services and conveniences to the most discerning of residents. From their resort-style pool, outdoor chef’s kitchen and rooftop lounge and terrace, Albion offers the luxury dream home.

About Gin Yard Chalice
Jose Saenz is an event designer and founder of Gin Yard Chalice. His hand-crafted culinary cocktails and mocktails are a delicious fusion made with premium ingredients and liquors. Gin Yard Chalice will entertain your guests with themed-signature couture cocktails and leave a memorable impression. Please send inquiries to

About Thai Neighbor:
Thai Neighbor Restaurant offers delicious fresh make-to-order Thai noodles, rice, and curry dishes. Experience the dreams & creations of Champ Akkarapol. “Thank you for letting me share my culture and my flavors with you.” -Champ

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The Fashion Awards 2023 Presented by Pandora Announce Nominees for Designer of the Year and Bfc Foundation Award


We are delighted to announce nominees for the Designer of the Year and BFC Foundation Awards at The Fashion Awards 2023 presented by Pandora. The event, which takes place on Monday 4th December 2023 at the Royal Albert Hall, is organised by the BFC and is the primary fundraiser for the BFC Foundation. The Awards celebrate the role of fashion at the intersection of culture and entertainment, spotlighting creative talent and telling the stories of the year in fashion through the lens of purpose, excellence, and creativity. British creative energy will be celebrated for its impact on the fashion industry globally.

The Fashion Awards 2023 presented by Pandora nominees:

(all listed in alphabetical order)

Designer of the Year

Recognises a British or international designer whose innovative collections have made a notable impact on the industry, defining the shape of global fashion.

Daniel Lee for Burberry

Jonathan Anderson for JW Anderson & LOEWE

Matthieu Blazy for Bottega Veneta

Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons for Prada

Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen

BFC Foundation

Recognises a BFC Foundation initiative designer who has had a major impact on global fashion over the past year. In honour of the 30th year of BFC NEWGEN, the shortlist, which was voted on by the Voting Committee, is focused on the BFC NEWGEN initiative.


Chet Lo

Conner Ives

Paolo Carzana

Sinad ODwyer

Nominees for the Model of the Year, British Menswear Designer, British Womenswear Designer, New Establishment Menswear and the New Establishment Womenswear were announced earlier this year and can be found here. The winner of each category will be revealed on the night.

The 2023 accolades also include the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator, Outstanding Achievement Award, Leader of Change as well as several Special Recognition Awards for exceptional contribution to the fashion industry. Additionally, the event will recognise 50 of the most innovative and inspiring young creative talent from around the world as part of NEW WAVE: Creatives. Explore the NEW WAVE: Creatives here.

The generosity and commitment of our partners, suppliers and supporters is more vital than ever. Please help us by acknowledging their support for The Fashion Awards 2023 presented by Pandora alongside our Official Partners: Don Julio, Getty Images, Mot & Chandon, Royal Salute and smartwater for their ongoing support. For information on ticket sales, please visit here. For Table and Box enquiries, please email

Passport 2 Fashion Awarded COhatch Impact Collective Scholarship Recognizing Commitment to Diversity

COLUMBUS, OhioSept. 21, 2023PRLog — Passport 2 Fashion, a pioneering non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating diversity and empowering individuals through the transformative power of fashion, has been awarded the Give Scholarship through the COhatch Impact Collective Scholarship Program.

Passport 2 Fashion’s core mission is to foster inclusiveness, promote belonging, and increase representation within the fashion industry and beyond. By embracing a diverse range of body types, ethnicities, genders, and abilities, Passport 2 Fashion is rewriting the narrative of fashion, challenging stereotypes, and empowering individuals to embrace their unique identities.

“Passport 2 Fashion was founded on the belief that fashion is for everyone regardless of ethnicity, body shape & size, gender, or skin color. By creating a platform where everyone feels seen, heard and celebrated for their uniqueness, we are striving to create a positive impact on our community. We are honored to receive the COhatch Impact Collective Scholarship, which allows us to amplify our mission by providing the space we need to connect with our team, donors, volunteers and audience.”

Passport 2 Fashion made history by showcasing fashion from seven countries for the first time on a runway. The organization’s commitment to shattering stereotypes and redefining beauty standards is at the heart of its mission. With five successful annual runway shows and virtual programming, Passport 2 Fashion has showcased the creativity and talent of 220 models representing diverse ethnicities, sizes, gender identities, and backgrounds. The organization has also provided opportunities for 175 creatives and volunteers to make an impact while spotlighting 35 emerging designers from around the country. Through partnerships with 45 organizations, Passport 2 Fashion has spread its mission far and wide, touching the lives of thousands.

COhatch, a community-focused organization committed to creating inclusive and accessible spaces, has recognized Passport 2 Fashion’s impact on the community. The COhatch Impact Collective Scholarship Program aims to support organizations that create positive economic and social change. The scholarship provides physical space and resources to non-profits aligned with COhatch’s mission to improve lives and strengthen communities.

When asked why Passport 2 Fashion was provided this opportunity, Ryan Fogelman, COfounder/CSO of COhatch said, “Non-profit organizations, especially local organizations started from the ground up, are critical to the local health of our community.  Aditi’s passion as a Founder and her belief that inclusion in the fashion world is imperative for a healthy community is infectious.  She is well deserving of our support during the first critical years of bringing her organization and its mission to life.”

Passport 2 Fashion hosted their first fundraiser in July 2023 at the Meridian Event Center at COhatch’s Polaris location. A signature event cocktail, complemented by delectable hors d’oeuvres crafted from globally inspired recipes, delighted donors and guests. A slideshow featuring Passport 2 Fashion’s impact resonated deeply with the audience, enabling the organization to surpass their fundraising goal for the evening.

Bhatiya, who also owns The Spice Age Group, an event management company based in Columbus, Ohio credits the success of the evening to the availability of the COhatch’s space and the support from the CoHatch team. “Nothing brings the community together like an in-person event and a good venue is not just a location, it’s a partner in creating an unforgettable experience. We are very grateful to CoHatch for giving us the canvas on which we can execute our vision of elevating the event experience to create unforgettable experiences.:

Passport 2 Fashion hosts their 6th Annual Runway show on Tuesday, Sep 26 in Columbus, Ohio. Eight designers with diverse inspirations are slated to showcase their work at this event.

For more information about Passport 2 Fashion and the upcoming runway show please visit

About COhatch: COhatch is a community-driven organization dedicated to creating inclusive and accessible spaces. With a commitment to revitalizing historic buildings and recreating thriving community spaces, COhatch aims to make a meaningful impact in every location.

British Fashion Council Celebrates Its Community and Impact at Serpentine Gallery Pavilion


Caroline Rush, Chief Executive, British Fashion Council (BFC) and David Pemsel, Chair, BFC hosted Summer Drinks with a performance by Yazmin Lacey for the BFCs fashion community.

The event celebrated the impact the organisation has made over the last year with the support of the fashion community at the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, Kensington Gardens.

Attendees included; Amelia Windsor, Anita Chhiba, Bimini, Cora Delaney, David Pemsel, Donna Wallace, Isabella Charlotta, Georgia Moot, Jonathan Akeroyd, Kai-Isaiah Jamal, June Sarpong, Rochelle Humes, Rod Manley, Simran Randhawa, Stephanie Phair, Teo van den Broeke, Yana Peel, Yazmin Lacey, Yinka Illori & Zeze Millz.

Learn from Rachel O’Mahony, a British fashion designer, how to start a new fashion brand

Rachel O’Mahony, a British fashion designer and owner of two fashion brands, knows a lot about starting a business and making it a brand. Having a successful business can take a lot of time, but with tips and tricks from someone who is already a brand leader, she takes the guesswork out of it for startups.

Recently, Rachel O’Mahony talked about how to start a fashion brand and how to keep it successful among the target market internationally. The tips and secrets shared by her are according to the market for the textile and fashion industries and can be applied to other industries generally as well. Rachel consults with new designers often as part of her business and enjoys seeing other designers succeed in the competitive industry.Rachel had started a brand named Aloura London with her university friend, where they madeready-to-wear womenswear dresses and had a couture line featuring embellished evening gowns. Recently, the designer duo parted their ways, and Rachel plans on focusing on making her style prominent and working with more freedom to express her unique ideas under the umbrella of her newly established brand, Rachel Mahony.

While the fashion industry is one of the most prominent in the glamor world, Rachel herself has styled and made customized couture for a number of celebrities. She says,

It is important to let your own ideas flow through your designs and establish a niche so people remember you for your aesthetic. 

Rachel urges the new startups to focus on what reflects their interests and where their passion leads them. She says that she started the business that was intriguing to her after she learned a lot from the internships she had in the industry, and that best reflected her interest.

She states that it is important to follow your passion, as the brand will need a lot of attention and interest from the owner. No brand can thrive if people don’t put their hearts into it.She states the importance of having a great team that supports the owner’s ideas and works hard to make the brand flourish. She says:

My team is the one who makes my ideas presentable to the manufacturers. They need to understand the design ideas and brand ethos for it to be presented in the best and most efficient way’

O’Mahony also says that boutique brands will not find it beneficial for creativity to follow trends, as they come and go so fast. A business owner should be unique and set new styles for others. The uniqueness and creativity of a brand reflect the promise of a business.Rachel emphasizes manifesting ideas. She says the power behind thoughts makes things come true in reality. New entrepreneurs should think about their ventures and keep positive thoughts about the brand’s success. This will promote positive vibes at work and increase the chances of success.

O’Mahony states that the business can grow faster if you go to social events to expand your network and meet new people in the industry – including celebrities and bloggers that can wear and promote the clothing worldwide. It is always great to meet new people with similar interests and bounce ideas around to inspire you.

Rachel also speaks about her failure, which happened due to a lack of quality by the supplier. She learned from this and made changes in her way of doing business with vendors so that she wouldn’t have to face such a situation again.

About Rachel O’Mahony

As a young British fashion designer, Rachel is best known for her definitive, sophisticatedly artistic, and delicate hand-made textile garments that have been featured in British Vogue, Glamour, and Wonderland magazines. Rachel was awarded a BA Hons degree in Fashion Design Womenswear from the London College of Fashion in 2014. RM has also won several awards for her work, such as the LCF People’s Choice Award and the Cass Art Student Spotlight Competition.

During her studies, Rachel completed work experience at Celine, Alexander McQueen, Burberry, and British Vogue. During her internship with McQueen, she was given the task of focusing on couture gowns, which define feminine form, and has developed an interest in Illustration as a means to create novel print patterns for clothes and textiles. Rachel O’Mahony combines modern evening wear, tailored suits, and elegant embroidery. Her premium collection is skillfully designed to bring style and femininity to the elegant woman with a couture edge.

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