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Thursday, August 7, 2014


 Women's Mafia celebrate its 9th anniversary
Celebrity couturier, Maggie Norris (3rd from left), with the beautiful models who showed off some of her designs at the Women's Mafia 9th anniversary Red Party in Gansevoort Park avenue.


That is the Women's Mafia, a premier women-run social club based in the Big Apple, and founded in 2005 by Marcy Clark, with the mission of supporting  emerging and up-and-coming designers, artists, small businesses, products and causes its board of directors believe in, while hosting remarkably unique and special events for their members.

So there is nothing menacing about them, no crimes or murders!. "We're really a peace-loving bunch, and the women in this group are truly the best, most interesting, most dynamic, fun and bold women I know", says Miss Clark, who created this crime-free organization 9 years ago, when she'd only been in the city one year herself.

Precisely, to celebrate Women's Mafia 9th anniversary, Miss Clark and team hosted a red party, benefiting Reach Within, a charity, and featuring a fashion presentation by Maggie Norris Couture. The event took place last Tuesday, August 5th at the glamorous Gansevoort Park Avenue, Penthouse 1, and it was co-hosted by The Men’s Collective and The Ladies Collective (Women's Mafia's brother and sister organizations).

Pictures by: Guillermo MOGOLLAN   © MOGOLLAN EMPIRE 2014.
Marcy Clark (4th, from left to right), Founder of Women's Mafia, with some of the guests of the Red Party: Caroline Lobo, Agata Torbus, Larissa Guimaraes, Dominique Malacarne and Margaret Dziadosz.

But, what exactly does Women's Mafia do?. Well, for starters, they host and co host networking events, but not just traditional networking events. Actually it is always around doing something fun, because that is when new friendships naturally occur. And for Women's Mafia, friendship is really the base of everything. "Because friends will genuinely help each other and work together to make the world a better place", says Miss Clark.

Their presence has been requested at the most prestigious venues and events in New York, The Hamptons and major cities around the country. They regularly host fashion shows and designer showcases to support and promote both: up-and-coming and established designers. www.womensmafia.com

Designer Maggie Norris' inspiration for this collection came from nostalgic 1930's Hollywood, melded with 18th century French military. Some of her designs featured long, bow like cummerbunds.
So, for the Red Party, the créam de la créme, was a Maggie Norris Couture fashion show, which featured 8 different looks, including a 'Seraphine' gown, a 'Claridge' jacket, 'Garbo' Trousers, a 'Sherman' Jacket, a 'Katerina' Corset, 'Marechal' Trousers, an 'Admiral' Jacket, a 'Hepburn' Dress, an 'Astaire' Jacket, a Bespoke Shirt, 'Brandon' Shorts, a 'Grenada' Gown, a 'Napoleon' Vest, a 'Sho Sho' Skirt, and a collaborative frame with Selima Optique, named 'Marlene', inspired by the glamorous Marlene Dietrich .

Fashion Designer Maggie Norris used sophisticated embroidery techniques and a wide variety of fabrics and embellishments for these pieces, which include Silk Taffeta, Crepe Back Satin, Dupioni Silk, Swarovski Crystals, Gold Thread, Satin Silk, White Cotton and Wool Flannel.

Fashion Designer Maggie Norris was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and attended the School of the New Orleans Museum of Art. She then moved to New York City to attend Parsons School of Design and the Art Students League.

After her graduation, she was recruited by Ralph Lauren as Creative Designer, and she quickly ascended the corporate ladder to become Senior Design Director, in charge of the Women's Collection. There, she oversaw all the Women's ready-to-wear and accessory collections and was in charge of seeking out inspiration for the overall direction of the line.

In 1998, Norris left Ralph Lauren and moved to Europe to work as Chief Designer for Mondi womenswear.

In 2000, Norris returned to the United States and founded Maggie Norris Couture in New York City. In 2003, she joined the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).

Maggie Norris Couture creations have been featured in publications such as Vogue, Vanity Fair, W, Elle, and The New York Times, among many others.

Her custom-made creations have been worn by various celebrities and socialites, among whom are Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts, Jennifer Aniston, Alicia Keys, Halle Berry, Sharon Stone, Beyoncé Knowles, Diane Keaton, Anna Getty, Somers Farkas and Michelle Obama.
(Source: Wikipedia)
This particular red piece is the 'Grenada Gown', specially designed by Maggie Norris for this event.
 It was inspired by 'Reach Within', the charity with sites in Grenada and St. Vincent.
The production for the Maggie Norris Couture Fashion Show, went like this:

  • The Makeup Team: Legend with Wilhelmina Artists, Sami Rivera, and Jerry Lopez of Mark Joseph Salon.
  • Yaniv, Yoni, Brandy, Adi and Clara of Y Gallery Salon styled hair for the presentation & host.
  • The Models were: Angel Reda, Jordana, Devyn, Cindy Jo, Kanami, Emily and Brooke.

The styling for Maggie Norris' Fashion Show at the Red Party, was done by Engie Hassan, through her company Engie Style, the premier luxury styling brand recognized by its merchandise, leadership and superior customer service.

In this case, in order to recreate that vintage, traditional feel from the 1930's romance times, Miss Hassan told us that she chose David Yurman Jewelry, and regarding shoes, she opted for Christian Louboutin, Fendi, Versace and Christian Lacroix.

 “Our clients express themselves through their clothing, and we ensure they are always elegant, chic and timeless. We are constantly striving to provide clients the finest fashion and quality products in an exceptional environment”, says Miss Hassan, who in January 2010 made her official entrance into styling professionally with the launch of Engie Style.

At the Red Party there were plenty of fashionable, interesting personalities.

FASHION AND GLAMOUR: Ben Mindich, Debbie Dickinson and Montgomery Frazier.

Interior Designer Michael Anthony Arguello, a casual, well dressed gentleman, right in the middle of two beauties with a fine taste for nice clothing: Kamila Magdalena and Megan Gieser.

POWERFUL FEMININE TALENT: Trish Carroll, Maggie Norris and Alyson Cafiero.

1.- Detail from a Maggie Norris creation.
2.- Allison Patel, Founder of Brenne Whisky (one of the sponsors of this event), wearing a sexy vintage dress, 100% silk.
3.- Architect Tania Ursomarzo, wearing a BCBG colorful dress. Miss Urzomarzo is also an accessories designer, and is launching an artisanal shoe line this Fashion Week on September 3rd, through TRIPTYCH, her new endeavor. 

The event embodied fun, glamour, boldness and beauty. Illusionists Ben Nemzer and Cassandra Ruiz greeted the guests with a fiery magic trick and red roses upon entering the event, setting the tone of a magical evening where the guests would be cherished and celebrated. Music was mixed by DJ Sharri.

Photographer Becky Yee hosted her signature Vintage Vanga on-site Pin-Up Photo Booth, which was exceedingly popular and had guests posing with feathers, roses and props.
Barbara Munelli and Silviya Kostadinova.
For this event, the drinks Sponsors were:
And worth mentioning are the cupcakes made by Jaret’s Stuffed Cupcakes

1.- Ben Nemzer, Cassandra Ruiz and Patrick Terry.  2.-Actress, Singer and Dancer Angel Reda modeled this beautiful red dress by Maggie Norris at the fashion show.

At the event we ran into other great colleagues: Arthur Eisenberg, Artist and Photographer Natsuko Matsumura and Joyce Brooks of BlackTie Magazine

Attendance at the Gansevoort Park, for the Women's Mafia 9th Anniversary Red Party was good.

Let's not forget that the event was in part to benefit Reach Within, a children’s charity with sites in Grenada and St. Vincent that helps vulnerable children break the cycle of violence and develop social and emotional skills to succeed in life. In order to do that, Women's Mafia arranged a silent auction.

There were amazing silent auction donors at the Women's Mafia 9th Anniversary Red Party: Becky Yee of Vintage Vanga, Priscilla Monteiro of Princess London Shoes, Alexander Tedford, Ana et Carol, Lucky Selectism, Vernakular Photo Designs These are some of the items that were part of the silent auction benefiting 'Reach Within':
Vicky shoes by ANA ET CAROL. 100% Leather, cushion insole. Style without sacrificing comfort 

Men's custom shirt by ALEXANDER TEDFORD, made to measure. 
So, this is how Women's Mafia celebrated nine years of style, substance and philanthropy. Marcy Clark, representing the board of directors, thanked The Gansevoort Park Hotel, specially to Eric Lee, Eric Sobin and Chris Kirchner, and Genevieve Malandra and the team at Robin Leedy and Associates who helped with the gift bags, where guests could find some Beauty Buster Skincare products.