Saturday, August 24, 2013

Uvenio: "The Baroque Collection"

 The Photo shoot of Josh Costa was amazing in my Uvenio Baroque Collection. The designs inspire by prints of baroque, It was done on a Thursday afternoon on location in New York. The studio was amazingly filled with makeup artist, Jewrel, several interns and the photographer was Scott Bush, Josh brough glamour, masculine and sex appeal into my collection Seen in silky fabric from Italy and created two printed silk shirts with baroque buttons. I have always been inspired by Baroque.
The Baroque (US /bəˈrk/ or UK /bəˈrɒk/) is a period of artistic style that used exaggerated motion and clear, easily interpreted detail to produce drama, tension, exuberance, and grandeur in sculpture, painting, architecture, literature, dance and music. The style began around 1600 in Rome, Italy and spread to most of Europe.
The popularity and success of the Baroque style was encouraged by the Roman Catholic Church, which had decided at the time of the Council of Trent, in response to the Protestant Reformation, that the arts should communicate religious themes in direct and emotional involvement'. The aristocracy also saw the dramatic style of Baroque architecture and art as a means of impressing visitors and expressing triumphant, power and control. Baroque palaces are built around an entrance of courts, grand staircases and reception rooms of sequentially increasing opulence.

Joshua Costa to Pose for Uvenio!

Tall, Dark and Handsome,  Josh Costa who stand 6'2 and appeared on the runway and every menswear magazines including working with the London-based photographer, Joseph Sinclair.
Josh is not just one good looking male model, and one of the nicest friend. I have worked with him in several collections with James Weber,  Joseph Sinclair and Scott Bush.
When Josh is not modeling or working out in the gym, he can be found in a classic restaurant in New York as a Bartender! And if he isn't a bartender today, he is also a college student.
Josh agreed to appear in several more collections with me! I love working with Josh! 

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Uvenio Couture: Black Diamond Collection 2013

Uvenio Couture: Black Diamond 2013 my personal favorite collection of using different shades of black. Black is mysterious. The color of darkness is undoubtedly the most popular color in fashion.   The Color wearing black suggests elegance, authority and power.    
When worn properly, black clothing also conveys neatness, simplicity and great versatility. I don't know of any piece of clothing or fashion accessory that doesn't look good in black. Never hesitate to go with black -- just don't wear all black, all the time.
Black is the color of authority and power. It is popular in fashion because it makes people appear thinner. It is also stylish and timeless. Black also implies submission. Priests wear black to signify submission to God. Some fashion experts say a woman wearing black implies submission to men. Black outfits can also be overpowering, or make the wearer seem aloof or evil. Villains, such as Dracula, often wear black.
Simply divine models, I known those beautiful women for 4 years from different agencies and they have worked with me at Anna Sui and Whithall & Shon. Lydia. Heather. Simone. Elle. Carrie and the handsome Butch Mathis  all looked amazing in my latest Uvenio Black Diamond Collection with photography Bruno. That is his name! No last name, he preferred to be known for one name done a magnificent work with me. His work have graced in several fashion magazines overseas. 
Close friend  and Makeup artist, Mandy Ellis have done a tremendous job making the looks of all the models in dark shades of eyes and lips to give my designs very gothic feelings and mysterious.  The photoshoot was taken place in Jun in the photography studio of Bruno in the West Village.   

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Punk: Chaos to Couture! on Video

            PUNK: CHAOS to COUTURE!
"Punk: Chaos to Couture" Wraps Up As Fifth Most Popular Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Exhibit: The Met's most recent Costume Institute exhibit "Punk: Chaos to Couture," closed Wednesday with 442,350 visitors since its May 9th opening. The retrospective ended as the fifth most popular Costume Institute exhibit over the past 25 years, following exhibitions on Alexander McQueen, Jacqueline Kennedy, Chanel, and superheroes. 
Sarah Jessica Parker in McQueen! & Faux hawk!
Queen of Rock: Madonna still sexy at 55! 

Punk: Chaos to Couture!

PUNK: Chaos to Couture is AMAZING!
THE Met Museum's Punk: Chaos to Couture exhibition was one of its most successful in history. The Costume Institute show's run came to a close this week. And I went to see Punk, 7 times! Its just spectacular and a major inspiration!

An ode to the punk movement and its impact on the fashion industry, the showcase featured over 100 pieces of both men's and women's fashion, from designers such as Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, Rodarte, Dolce & Gabbana, Marc Jacobs and Alexander Wang (including that Gianni Versace safety-pin dress worn by Elizabeth Hurley in 1994.)
The exhibition ran from May 9 (its opening was celebrated in conjunction with the annual Met Ball) until August 14, and received 442,350 visitors - making it the fifth most-popular installation in the last 25 years, reports WWD. 

The four exhibits to surpass that visitor number were those dedicated to Alexander McQueen, fashion superheroes, Jackie Kennedy and Chanel.
I wish the Punk exhibit at the Met, could be longer!!!

"Punk: Chaos to Couture" Ends As Fifth Most Popular Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Exhibit!"


"Punk: Chaos to Couture" Wraps Up As Fifth Most Popular Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Exhibit: The Met's most recent Costume Institute exhibit "Punk: Chaos to Couture," closed Wednesday with 442,350 visitors since its May 9th opening. The retrospective ended as the fifth most popular Costume Institute exhibit over the past 25 years, following exhibitions on Alexander McQueen, Jacqueline Kennedy, Chanel, and superheroes. 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Summer 2013 of ANOLIE is out!

As the Fashion Editor, the Second  issue of Anolie magazine for the summer featuring "V for Vasilios" is finally newsstand!

Uvenios Design featured in Apollo!

Uvenio Design featured in the Spring/Summer 2013 of South Beach Menswear Magazine of Apollo dedicated to Fashion, Fitness, Male Models and Athletics.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Gianfranco Ferre's Fashion Shows!

Gianfranco Ferre done for the House of Dior was my favorite collection he done in 1997! The Music, the stylish, the setting and the design was too die for and most of all, a masterpiece!

Uvenio salutes to Gianfranco Ferre!

the Classic Gianfranco Ferre, always Classic  in Men and Women designs ..Iconic designer left to soon! Classic,Couture and a Master of his craft...
Gianfranco Ferré (Italian pronunciation: [dʒanˈfraŋko feˈrɛ]) (15 August 1944 – 17 June 2007) was a fashion designer also known as "the architect of fashion" for his background and his original attitude 

Born in Legnano, Italy, he received a degree in architecture in 1969 at the Politecnico di Milano university. In 1983, he joined Domus Academy as founding Professor of the Department of Fashion Design.
Ferré began his fashion career in 1970 by designing accessories, then worked as a raincoat designer in 1972-74. He started his own company Baila in 1974  and launched his signature collection for women in 1978.

His first men's collection appeared in 1982, followed in 1986 by his first couture collection in Rome. Ferré became Stylistic Director of Christian Dior in Paris in 1989, when he was chosen by owner Bernard Arnault to replace Marc Bohan. In 1996, it was announced that Ferré would end his engagement with Dior with the Spring 1997 collection for the label.

His own label is more relaxed and pared-down than Dior. Sophisticated white shirts have become the symbol of his personal signature in fashion design.
Ferré appeared to be extremely critical of trends and fashion gimmicks. He dealt with his demanding schedule, being responsible for a French top fashion brand and his own Italian label, by commuting between Milan and Paris in his private plane. Ferré had a lakeside home in Lake Maggiore, near Milan.

Product lines

  • Gianfranco Ferré: The main line for men, women and children
  • Ferré: previously known as the White Label, more practical, ready-to-wear for both men, women. Within this line, there are Ferré Red (for plus size) and Ferré Fur. For Ferré men there is also Ferré Underwear.
  • GF Ferré: The younger, more sporty line, for men, women
  • Gianfranco Ferré Fragrances 
  • Ferre Milano - casual line for woman and men


Ferré won a number of prestigious awards including the L'Occhio d'Oro during his career  
  • Occhio d'Oro Award (six times) for Best Italian Designer
  • Gold Medal from the City of Milan
  • Commendatore del Ordine decoration from the President of the Italian Republic

De d'Or (Golden Thimble Award) for his first Dior haute couture collection (1989)


The Gianfranco Ferré S.p.A. is the holding company that coordinates the fashion business of the Ferré label. It was owned by Gianfranco Ferré (Creative Director) and Franco Mattioli (Chief Financial Officer) in equal shares until it was sold to IT Holdings in March 2002. Recently, Ferré announced that the group plans to become listed at the Milan stock exchange.
 In order to prepare for this movement Ferré started to rearrange the holding significantly. First step was the recruitment of experienced management personnel under the guide of Giuseppe Cipriano. Next step is the reduction of the number of subsidiaries from today 21 to four or five in the future. Another move is the acquisition of the apparel producer Dei Mattioli, which is owned by Franco Mattioli. Ferré also seems to be interested in acquiring some of his contractors, in order to have more control over the production.


Ferré died on June 17, 2007. The previous Friday, he had suffered a massive brain hemorrhage. Ferré was hospitalized at the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan, where he was pronounced dead a few days later.


Saturday, August 10, 2013

DSquared2 Mens & Womenswear Fashion Shows!


Uvenio salutes DSquared2

Dean and Dan Caten (born Dean and Dan Catenacci) are identical twin brothers, fashion designers, founders and owners of the DSQUARED2, an international fashion house.

Early life and career

Dean and Dan Caten were born in 1964 as Dean and Dan Catenacci in Toronto, Ontario and grew up in the Willowdale area. They are the youngest of nine children. Their father is from a small town near Sora, Italy. In 1983, they moved to New York to study fashion at Parsons The New School for Design, but stayed for only one semester before returning to Toronto.
Finding a financial backer in 1986, they launched their first signature womenswear collection, DEanDAN. By 1988 they had signed on to label Ports International (currently Ports 1961) as creative directors to bring the company more fashion forward and upscale. At the same time, the Catens designed for their lower-end, leisure brand, Tabi International. 
  In 1991, the brothers moved to Milan, Italy where they worked as designers for the house of Gianni Versace, and denim brand Diesel , the latter of which funded and launched their namesake brand. They debuted their men's collection in 1994, and in 2003, they launched a women's collection and a men's underwear collection. 


Design and fashion shows

The brothers are known for designing clothes and staging elaborate fashion shows. They design men's and women's apparel, men's and women's footwear, fragrances, and cosmetics. A runway show in 2005 ended with Christina Aguilera stripping male models of their clothes. In September 2007, the DSquared2 fashion show in Milan featured Rihanna entering the stage in an American muscle car, followed by a runway walk.
In January 2010, the DSquared2 Autumn/Winter 2010 menswear show in Milan featured Bill Kaulitz descending from the ceiling in a caged elevator à la Rocky Horror Picture Show, followed by a runway walk.Bill Kaulitz opened and closed the Dsquared2 Autumn/Winter 2010 menswear show in Milan.

Their designs have been worn by Britney Spears, Madonna.Tokio Hotel's lead singer Bill Kaulitz, Justin Timberlake, Ricky Martin, Nicolas Cage, and Lenny Kravitz. In 2000-2001, Madonna commissioned them to design over 150 pieces for her Drowned World Tour 2001 and "Don't Tell Me" music video.DSquared2's design was also featured in Britney Spears 2009 world tour The Circus Starring Britney Spears and Tokio Hotel's Welcome to Humanoid City tour.

They have been featured on America's Next Top Model.and they appeared in the music video for Fergie's "Clumsy".and The Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling".
In 2006, the brothers were selected to design the new official uniforms for football team Juventus. In March 2008, the Catens signed an agreement to design sunglasses with Marcolin, an Italian sunglasses and spectacle manufacturer .
In June 2007, the first DSquared2 flagship was opened in Milan's fashion district. Stores have also opened in Athens, Capri, Istanbul, Kiev, Cannes, Singapore, Paris, Nicosia and Hong Kong.


The Catens were awarded the 2003 GQ Men of the Year Breakout Design Award. In 2006, they received the Golden Needle Award.

On June 16, 2009, it was announced that the duo would receive a star on Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto. The induction ceremony was held on September 12, 2009...

Madonna in Old-World Italian for D&G!

I love the old-world Italian of Madonna, brings lots of memories of my childhood!  Grandma, and family and food..... 

 The overall aesthetic of the ads is old-world Italian—with white lace tablecloths, frilly curtains and plenty of pasta—which was a deliberate choice on the part of the designers. “Twenty-five years ago, when we debuted, we made our mark with a very Italian collection, and for spring we felt the time was right to go back to our roots,” says Domenico Dolce. 
Since the fashion duo first met Madonna—who, notwithstanding her Britishisms and flirtations with Latin, Indian and Jewish cultures over the years, is, of course, Italian-American—in 1991, a friendship has developed. Despite that bond, Dolce and Gabbana had long resisted approaching the star about representing their brand. “Strangely enough, there was a sort of fear on our behalf of asking Madonna to do anything businessy,” admits Gabbana. “We thought it could impact our relationship, and Madonna is one of the few people we’re really in awe of.”

This past year, however, the three grew closer—Madonna filmed part of the video for her single “Celebration” at their Milanese runway venue, Metropol; the designers hosted the after-party for her concert in the city; and Dolce and Madonna, whose birthdays are three days apart, had a combined celebration in Portofino in August.

Teaming up for an ad campaign felt like a natural next step.
Still, despite all the quality time spent together, the designers retained their aforementioned sense of awe, which came through in the numerous tweets that Gabbana, a prolific social networker of late (he tweets about this interview just nanoseconds after it ends), sent into cyberspace to keep fans in the loop about the campaign’s progress: “I spoke with Steven…next week in NY,” he wrote. And later, “We are at the last shot.” Then, “M, she’s simply beautiful….”

The photographs were taken in a former lay convent in uptown Manhattan. “There are many Italian symbols in the images, ones the whole world recognizes and identifies with,” says Gabbana, pointing to the cross Madonna wears around her neck as well as the brass bed, a typical sight in Sicilian homes. Food imagery also looms large. “It’s healthy and sensual,” says Gabbana. “They say there’s a connection between food and sex.” 
Madonna found inspiration in mid-20th-century Italian films.

For inspiration, Madonna, Klein and the designers watched old Italian movies and found themselves particularly drawn to Bellissima, Luchino Visconti’s neorealist 1951 film starring Anna Magnani as a woman desperate to make her young daughter a star.

 On set, Madonna channeled Magnani’s raw sensuality in a wardrobe of leopard prints, crocheted tops, plunging necklines and a sweet floral skirt, some pieces straight off the spring runway and others customized to suit her taste. “It really didn’t matter that she wanted a black bodysuit instead of a floral one,” says Gabbana. “It’s a question of mood more than the clothes.”

Madonna, who was visited by her children Lourdes and Rocco during the shoot, went into character every time she stepped in front of the lens, according to Gabbana. One photo depicts her staring melancholically into the distance, tears streaming down her cheeks, after reading a letter from a loved one. “She was really crying!” says Gabbana. “It wasn’t fake!”

While in New York, the designers also checked on the progress of Dolce’s new penthouse in Chelsea and embarked on a five-hour shopping marathon to stock up on red and green iPhones, Kiki de Montparnasse sheets and Dean & DeLuca muffins. And on the plane home, as he started to unwind, Gabbana typed one last Twitter blast about the undertaking: “To have Madonna in our campaign is a dream come true.”
  • Dolce & Gabbana Spring/Summer 2010 advertising campaign photos by Steven Klein