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10/26-10/28 Join the Designers & Books Fair w/ Keynote Speakers Donna Karan, Valerie Steele,Todd Oldham +more

I recently discovered this really cool website, Designers & Books, which features profiles of the world’s most esteemed designers and the books that inspire them, as well as ones they have written. We’re talking all types of designers — fashion (like Donna Karan and Cynthia Rowley), architecture, graphic design, interior design, landscape architecture, product and industrial design, and urban design.

From  October 26-28, Designers & Books is hosting their first Designers & Books Fair 2012, at the Fashion Institute of Technology Conference Center in New York Citywhich includes a dynamic series of featured speakers in a variety of design disciplines including Donna Karan, Todd Oldham, Valerie Steele, Debbie Millman we well subjects such as  Cover Stories: A Conversation about Book Design, and How to Get Published in the World of Design Books.

In addition there will be an exhibition hall featuring approximately 35 design book publishers and booksellers selling their newest titles at discounted prices and also antiquarian dealers, authors signing books, and book artisans demonstrating calligraphy, book binding, and letterpress printing.

For our lucky readers, Designers & Books Fair 2012 is offering a discount of 40% or more off the listed advance-purchase ticket prices. All tickets include free admission to the exhibition hall ($10 value). Please see the main Programs or Tickets pages on our website for a full description of all programs. To access your special discount, click the links below and input the discount code at time of purchase.

Here’s the schedule:

Keynote: Designing the Future of the Design Book
Fri., Oct. 26: 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Special offer price: $18 (regular price $30)
Go to: bit.ly/DBFairspecial11 Enter code: KEYNOTE2012

Book Design at Pentagram
Sat., Oct. 27: 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (includes 30-min. break)
Special offer price: $25 (regular price $50)
Go to: bit.ly/DBFairspecial2 Enter code: PENT2012

Donna Karan Connects the Dots: A Conversation with Valerie Steele
Sat., Oct. 27: 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Special offer price: $15 (regular price $25)
Go to: bit.ly/DBFairspecial6 Enter code: DONNA2012

W Hotels announces partnership with the CFDA {FASHION INCUBATOR} program

It’s hard to believe I started this week in Colorado and now have been so embedded in New York Fashion Week, I’ve hardly had a second to post about the amazingness that has been this week. On Wednesday morning I flew in on a red-eye (what a terrible) and bolted to the W Hotel in Times Square, for the unveiling of their big announcement with CFDA.

Nestled in a deconstructed EWOW Suite, Carlos BecilVP North American Brand Management, W Hotels, and Steven KolbCEO, CFDA, announced a new, fashion forward partnership between W Hotels and CFDA {FASHION INCUBATOR}. As some of you may know the incubator program provides support and major resources and contracts to promising fashion talent to help them grow and sustain their business.

Steven Kolb, CEO, CFDA

W will bring {FASHION INCUBATOR} designers out of New York City and into markets that are important to growing their businesses. The partnership will travel {FASHION INCUBATOR} designers to W Hotels around the country for fashion showcases and special events, providing exposure to new retailers, media and consumers to drive sales. Additionally, {FASHION INCUBATOR} designers will benefit from W’s deep-reaching digital and brand marketing channels.

FIT reunion! Hanging out with Daniel Vosovic

And it gets better! Double surprise for me when I walk in and Daniel Vosovic is there and one of the very talented designers partaking in the {FASHION INCUBATOR} program.

Fun fabulously dorky LARA/DAN fact: Before Daniel was on Project Runway, wrote his book and produced his namesake collection, we we’re RA’s together at Fashion Institute of Technology.

My congratulations go out to all of the other designers/labels in the program as well: Ari Dein, Burkman Bros, Emanuala Duca, Isaora, NUMBER: Lab, Reece Hudson, Timo Weiland and Whit. Rock it!

{Mood boards!}

Thank you W Hotels/CFDA for having me!

YOU’RE INVITED! Lord &Taylor Presents the FIT Winners of the Keds Competition

Paying a little tribute to my alma mater, Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)… check out the FIT winners of the Keds competition. On July 21st, Lord and Taylor 5th Avenue, will be offering on-site Keds customization, cupcakes, live music and your chance to meet the winners and check out their designs. As a bonus, Lord & Taylor will be giving away a GWP tote bag with every Keds purchase.

Lord & Taylor is located at 424 5th Avenue, NYC

Happy Birthday Daniel Vosovic

Last month Daniel Vosovic celebrated the showing of his Fall 2011 RTW collection and today we celebrate his birthday.

Fun fact: Dan and I went to college together –good ol’ Fashion Institute of Technology. And we were RA’s –people love making fun of me for that tidbit (my favorite ex-boyfriend used to refer to this time as “when I was a hall monitor”). I’d shower this post with old photographs but frankly I think I burned them all. Since our college days, the former Project Runway star, has gone on to write a book (it’s in my fashion library–okay fine, it’s bookcase) and successfully launch many collections and I could not be prouder. I get to follow him behind this year attend his RTW show. What really enhanced the experience is being seated next to another former RA with us –Marissa, the Market Editor for Seventeen reunions. It’s amazing how much changes in just a couple-errr, more-than-a-few years.

Check out the video from his Fall 2011 RTW Show:

Happy Birthday Dan! Cheers to you!

For more pictures from the collection visit nymag.com