Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week is officially underway and I had the pleasure of kicking it off front row at the Olcay Gulsen Spring/Summer 2013 Fashion Show. You’ll recall that I’ve blogged in the past about the Dutch-fashion house, most recently when Mona Scott-Young hosted the “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” reunion show in a killer pair of Olcay Gulsen Python Ankle Strap Pumps and prior to that when Emily B. wore the coral version of the sky high platform pumps. So what an honor it was to receive a personal invitation to preview the Spring/Summer 2013 offerings at Academy Mansion yesterday afternoon. I was even more delighted to be seated alongside the likes of fashionistas Rocsi Diaz, Angela Simmons, Kelly Killoren Bensimon, and more.
Pulsating electro beats signified the start of the show and we were treated to a bevy of gorgeous silk frocks with high slits and thin strappy backs, high-waisted flared skirts and shorts, playful summer dresses, floor sweeping gowns with mermaid tails, pleated maxi shirt dresses, luxe French silk brocades, and menswear-inspired pant and short suits. I interviewed Olcay backstage following the show and she shared that her inspiration for the collection came from the mountain views and horizons of the French harbour village of Villefranche-sur-Mer. Each piece is so glamorous and so bold it can easily go from day to night, which I particularly appreciate! Olcay was all smiles as she expressed that she was really pleased with how the presentation had gone and hopes that others enjoyed it as well. Oh, I assured her that I had already checked off the pieces that would be finding themselves inside my closet this year!
It was fun chit-chatting with Rocsi who, incidentally, was one of the first celebs to wear Olcay Gulsen’s signature Extreme Platform Pumps. For the fashion presentation she naturally wore the Long Sleeve Open Back Dress from the brand along with Suede Platform Pumps in coral [see more photos of Rocsi in the gallery below]. Rocsi and I chatted about her favorite pieces from the collection, her thoughts about leaving “106 & Park” after so many years, and her plans for the future (which she can’t reveal now, but she did smile and allude to some possible acting roles on the horizon).
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I always seem to run into reality starlet turned fashion designer Angela Simmons during NYFW! She also dazzled in head to toe Olcay Gulsen, stepping out in the soft pink One Shoulder Dress and Extreme Platform Pumps in taupe. The one-shoulder silk frock features a metallic chiffon inset, asymmetrical hem, and origami pleats detail to the shoulder.
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Check out more pieces from the Spring/Summer 2013 collection in the gallery below! Thank you to designers Adolfo Sanchez and Olcay Gulsen for the personal invite, and you can shop the collection here!
Photo Credits: RealityTVFashion.com; Neilson Barnard/Getty Images North America