Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A Designer's Looks Part Two & Quinta Trends

 A Designer's Looks Part Two

Continuing the theme of the previous post, these are two more of  Nixia's looks from her recent purchasing trip.  It is interesting to see Nixia's design style reflected in her personal wardrobe: clothing and accessory choices that are both practical and chic.  Although travel limited her quantity of clothing, Nixia sacrificed nothing of style.  The designer relied on pairing basics with some of her favorite, classic accessories.  

On the go with a simple ponytail, accented with classic eye-wear and pearl studs
Basic black in coat and bag during break from purchasing

 Quinta Trends

Reproduced below is the coverage of the Varela LaMar Fashion Week Panama 2011 collection as it appeared in Sofia Calvo's Quinta Trends.  Nixia appreciates Sofia's attention to fashion in Panama and for sharing the Varela LaMar collection with Chileans.  The sites can be seen in these locations:

Quinta Trends

Quinta Trends

Friday, August 26, 2011

A Designer's Looks & Apparel &Textiles Magazine

A Designer's Looks

Below are additional images of Nixia Varela LaMar from her  European buying trip.  Although essentially a business trip, it is interesting to see that--even working-- the designer makes clothing and accessory choices that are both practical and chic.  As in her design work, Nixia compromises neither comfort nor style.  While traveling with a limited wardrobe, Nixia relied on matching basics and dressing them up with simple, elegant accessories in bags, belts and jewelery.  

Navigating Europe, Nixia opts for the simplicity of jeans, blouse and blazer
In a moment of repose, Nixia chooses a silk print, fun necklace, pearl studs
During selection and purchase, Nixia is serious and feminine in gauzy silk

Apparel & Textiles Magazine

Nixia wishes to thank Apparel & Textiles Magazine for its coverage of the Varela LaMar collection at Fashion Week Panama.  Based in El Salvador, but read internationally, Apparel & Textiles Magazine covers runway and fashion around the world.  Visit the site:

Apparel & Textiles

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Shopping Tour & SHE--Style Through Her Eyes

Shopping Tour
These are collected images of designer Nixia Varela LaMar during her shopping tour of Europe.  Aside work on upcoming collections, Nixia is currently focused on retail production, including belts and a new line of bags.

Nixia Varela LaMar examining fabrics

Nixia Varela LaMar on a short break from purchasing
The designer resumes her work

 SHE--Style Through Her Eyes
Jenmarie and Casee Marie were generous in providing coverage of the Varela LaMar collection on their blog, SHE--Style Through Her Eyes.  The coverage is reproduced below and Nixia wishes to thank them and to encourage followers to visit the SHE sites at the following locations:

SHE--Style Through Her Eyes
SHE--Style Through Her Eyes

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Blog Update & Style You!

Blog Update: Runway Collections
For easier browsing of Nixia's work, the Varela LaMar Blog has been reorganized to include a section of images of all recent collections on a permanent page.  It will be updated following all major runway events.

Style You!

GerMichael M. Cole and Style You! devoted coverage to Nixia's Fashion Week Panama 2011 collection.  Below is first page of the article.  Additional shots of the collection, as well as other fashion news and tidbits are a click away: Style You!

Style You!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Shopping in Europe & Wasabi Fashion Kult

Shopping in Europe
Nixia is back in Panama after an exciting, productive shopping tour.  As mentioned in a previous post, Nixia selected enough fabrics for several upcoming collections.  Nixia has already discovered the inspiration that will help her establish the theme of one significant collection and begun preliminary sketches.  Nixia will begin unveiling new creations during the last quarter of 2011 and throughout 2012.

Nixia Varela LaMar
Nixia Varela LaMar

Nixia Varela LaMar

Varela LaMar in Wasabi Fashion Kult
Pamela Wasabi carried the shots and story of the Varela LaMar collection at Fashion Week Panama 2011 in her online magazine Wasabi Fashion Kult.  Nixia is grateful to Pamela and excited to have her creations shared with the people of Miami and beyond!
Wasabi Fashion Kult
Wasabi Fashion Kult

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Shopping in Milan & Raindrops of Sapphire

 Shopping in Milan
Nixia shopping in Milan

Two more shots of Nixia Varela LaMar examining fabrics in MilanNixia confirms that in Italy alone she purchased enough fabric for a complete collection.   

With an entire shopping week remaining, it is likely the European fabrics will figure heavily in several upcoming Varela LaMar collections.

Nixia spends the final segment of the shopping tour back in Munich where she has already had great success.
Nixia selecting fabrics in Milan for upcoming collections

Raindrops of Sapphire (Lorna Buford)

Lorna Buford kindly featured the Varela LaMar collection presented at Fashion Week Panama 2011 on her blog Raindrops of Sapphire. Nixia is immensely grateful to Lorna for helping her reach an audience in the United Kingdom.  Thank you!
Raindrops of Sapphire

Raindrops of Sapphire

Raindrops of Sapphire

Raindrops of Sapphire

Raindrops of Sapphire

Raindrops of Sapphire

Raindrops of Sapphire

Raindrops of Sapphire

Thursday, August 4, 2011

In Milan: Shopping for Fabric & Tu Personal Shopper Viajero

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 In Milan: Shopping for Fabric
Nixia has had great success in Milan thus far selecting fabrics for her future collections.  Enjoy the shots of the designer at work!  

The beginnings of a new Varela LaMar collection
Nixia Varela LaMar in Milan

For anyone interested in fashion resources in Milan, Nixia recommends the following resources:

Milan Fashion Week
Shopping in Milan in the Fashion Designer District

Nixia at work in Milan

 Tu Personal Shopper Viajero
Pilar Bernal of Sevilla, Spain posted the Varela LaMar collection from Fashion Week Panama 2011 in Tu Personal Shopper Viajero.  Nixia deeply appreciates her generosity!  

Tu Personal Shopper Viajero
Tu Personal Shopper Viajero

Tu Personal Shopper Viajero

Tu Personal Shopper Viajero

Tu Personal Shopper Viajero

Tu Personal Shopper Viajero

Shopping for the Next Collection: Milan & Audrey Allure

  Shopping for the Next Collection: Milan

Il Duomo in Milan
Nixia has arrived in Milan where she will do the most substantial portion of her purchasing work for the upcoming collections.  She has devoted the largest segment of her European shopping tour to this Italian fashion center.  Images to come!


Audrey Allure: Varela LaMar in FWP '11
Audrey Ong of Audrey Allure gave Nixia beautiful coverage of the Varela LaMar collection at Fashion Week Panama.  Nixia offers her sincerest gratitude and sends her best wishes to Audrey!

Audrey Allure
Audrey Allure
Audrey Allure

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Shopping for the Next Collection: Prague & A Cocktail A Day

Shopping for the Next Collection: Prague

Nixia shopping in Prague

Nixia Varela LaMar continues her travels in Europe in search of fabrics for her upcoming collections.  Today the journey took her to Prague.  Having had success in Germany and the Czech Republic, she is certain she will discover more fine materials on her next stop, Milan.
Nixia examining fabrics

A Cocktail A Day

A Cocktail A Day
Nixia extends a warm thank you to Kristina Roder and A Cocktail A Day for sharing her Fashion Week Panama 2011 collection with the Swiss fashion community.

Monday, August 1, 2011

DEZ MAARTEN////Avant Garde

 DEZ MAARTEN: Varela LaMar FWP '11 Music

Varela LaMar finale of Fashion Week Panama 2011
One challenge facing Nixia in preparing for Fashion Week Panama 2011 was to find the right music to pair with the Varela LaMar  collection.  The creations ranged from classic, floor length gowns in silk to designs with a hint of the Bohemian, combining different prints and fabrics.  

Nixia had to find a sound that somehow reflected the range of the collection: an artist whose sound brought both experimental and formal elements to her music.  Finally, the tempo needed to be consistent with the upbeat ambiance of a runway presentation.

Nixia was fortunate to discover New York vocalist DEZ MAARTEN, also a classically trained pianist.  The DEZ MAARTEN tracks Nixia selected have a  decidedly dance/club sound, but the artist's broader musical experience is at once apparent. A complete artist, DEZ MAARTEN has worked in every artistic arena from music, to cinema, painting and dance.

MySpace Page of DEZ MAARTEN

The tracks that accompanied the runway presentation were:

  •  "I Feel Good"
  • "Hey, Hey (You Know What You're Doing)"
  • "You Don't Have to Go"

*****Performed by DEZ MAARTEN, written and produced by Heather Haase/Bryan Ogden*****

Varela LaMar finale of Fashion Week Panama 2011

Thank you to Avant Garde and Ricky Burgos!

Special thanks to long-time supporter from the Dominican Republic, Avant Garde Revista Digital and editor Ricky Burgos.  We hope to see Ricky in Panama one day soon!