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Cortese Design Bags at New York Fashion Week event

“White Orchids Swaying Ferns” (shown above), “Blue Tango” and “Fuschia” Tote Bags by Cortese Designs are partying in New York at the Inc Lounge in the Time Hotel on West 49th Street. They’re part of the “Untapped Fashion & Music – NYC 09” event which happens tonight between 8 to 11 pm.
After that, they are off to a NY after-party at Greenhouse. (Lucky bags!)
I’m physically here in Miami, but my inner designer is definitely right there in New York via the three tote bags that bear my name. For this event, editors from local & national press (hopefully all of the following): OceanDriveTime Out New YorkMiami HeraldPeople MagazineUS WeeklyW Magazine, VOGUEGlamourLucky MagazineNew York PostVillage VoiceWWD) get to view collections from many designers, while listening to music from unsigned & talented musicians. The fashion designers’ creations will be showcased on models strutting around the lounge. The event is sponsored by Eric and Luck, Sagatiba, and Starlite Shoes & Accessories. Celebrity guests will be in attendance including Isaac Mizrahi, Real Housewives of New York and New Jersey, MTV’s Real World contestants, America’s Next Top Model contestants, Malan Breton of Project Runway, Kristen Dalton – Miss USA.
Designers showcased will include: Aqua Vi, Gia Fragalli, Chak Chel, Debra Cortese, Peony by Sheerly Novian, and many others.
Once again, Jordana Engholm of Jordana PR has gone above and beyond the usual to create this innovative, intimate club event to promote the work of emerging fashion designers and musicians.

Cortese Design Bags in LEVEL Magazine Dec 08 issue

Fashion Shoot at The Havana Club, Miami

Fashion Shoot at The Havana Club, Miami


Sunday afternoon at Books and Books in Coral Gables for Florida Grand Opera presentation – Rossini Rocks. Arrived early to browse and relax and picked up a copy of LEVEL Magazine.
LEVEL MAGAZINE December 2008 issue

LEVEL MAGAZINE December 2008 issue


Delightfully surprised to see a full page of photos (page facing the inside back cover) featuring the Mode Lifestyle Magazine shoot from November 8th at The Havana Club. (Not so delighted that all designers names were not on the page, however…that’s a great thing about blogging 😉
Here’s the link to my earlier post about this shoot. and a few more great photos by Don Seidman. and… the credits: (please if anyone is not included, let me know and I’ll certainly add to this post)
Fashion Designer: Piida Diida
Accessories and Scarves: Lior Jacob Collection
Nature’s Energy Design Bags: Cortese Designs (me)
The Havana Club
Mode Lifestyle Magazine – Alexander Michaels, publisher

A special THANK YOU to Jordana Engholm for introducing Cortese Designs to the Miami fashion scene!

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