Couture Fashion Week New York – Imagination and Glamour Take Over the Runway

Feel free to share:’s New York correspondent reporting exclusively to you from the Couture Fashion Week New York Show, presented by Andres Aquino. Located at 4 West 43rd Street, in the Times Square district of New York.

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Gown by Shamsun Elite

A group of three very different fashion designers presented their collections at Couture Fashion Week New York, representing the imagination and vision of cultures from one end of the globe to the other.

Before the runway shows started, your reporter went back stage to exclusively show you another integral part of any fashion show: hair and make-up. Without the talented hair and make-up artisans, the show cannot go on. Let’s take a peek backstage, together.

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A stunning make-up artist working her craft.

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Yes, guys need hair and make-up as well. This gentleman is an entertainer.

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Shamsun Elite is a mathematics professor, model, actress and fashion designer, based in New York. She was the winner of the Miss Bangladesh competition within the Miss Asia USA Pageant. With impressive credentials like that, Ms. Elite applies her many varied talents to craft couture gowns that blend modern drama and the exotic influences of Asia.

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Many of the Shamsun Elite gowns were two pieces referencing a sari.

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Sequined leggings and dramatic top by Shamsun Elite

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Magnificent turquoise and gold gown by Shamsun Elite

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Diana Magesa of Tanzania uses recycled materials to create a statement with her couture gowns.

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Symbolic human effigies were placed on many models as head gear. Instead of a purse, this model carries a lizard.

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Diana Magesa was born in Shinyanga, Northern Tanzania. Her winning costume design for the Miss Universe Tanzania competition launched her into the world of fashion design. She brings the concern for the global environment into each garment she creates.

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By fashioning repurposed materials into unfamiliar silhouettes, Diana Magesa makes us think of the concept of fashion in a totally unique way.

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Luxurious golden gowns by Fatou Ndene Ndieya

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Brilliant purple sequined and feather gown by Fatou Ndene Ndiaya

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Sumptuous pale peach off the shoulder gown.

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On the runway with the exquisite gowns by Fatou Ndene Ndiaya.

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Because the detailing of these gowns is so intricate and the lighting on the runway is so harsh, many of the fine points of these dresses are not evident in the runway images. So, your reporter asked a few of the models to pose for you after the show, on the red carpet, so you could see the sophisticated beading and details of the striking Fatou Ndene Ndieya gowns.

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This velvet, beaded and feathered gown creates a dramatic entrance

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On the red carpet. Fatou Ndene Ndieya gown.

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A garden full of blooms on this dramatic silhouette.

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A beautiful smile, a gorgeous gown.

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The beaming designer, Fatou Ndene Ndieya on the red carpet with all of her models.

Diane Weisbeck

Diane Weisbeck is a native New Yorker. A luxury lifestyle content writer, Diane was a retail buyer for Lord & Taylor’s flagship store, a product design/developer for Saks Fifth Avenue’s corporate office and a Director of Retail for major museums and high end retailers. She assists global luxury brands with their marketing and brand strategies and is also a Fair Trade corporate art consultant.

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