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Irina Shabayeva on Designing for the Bold, Feminine Woman

Irina Shabayeva, fashion designer and season six Project Runway winner, sat with Joanna Gagis on “A Life & Living Moment” to discuss her fashion and the women she designs for.

“Every woman wants to be glamorous and beautiful, and that’s what I love to do,” Shabayeva says. “Clothing and fashion enhances that, but it’s really about an attitude of femininity and being bold about it.”

Shabayeva says that being a woman is beautiful, “and we should all embrace it.” Who is her target audience? A woman who wants to be unique and express who she is.

“I love to cast models that are curvier,” Shabayeva says. Most women are not stick thin, and she calls for everyone to embrace themselves as they are.

To check out Shabayeva’s clothing, head over to her website.


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HackensackUMC Foundation Designer Showhouse

Hip New Jersey was recently at HackensackUMC Foundation’s Designer Showhouse. The estate featured #HipNJ‘s top interior and landscape designers, who transformed the sprawling Saddle River estate into a Jersey Luxe wonderland.

The event was to raise money and awareness for The HackensackUMC Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Hackensack University Medical Center.

Each designer was designated a room in the 10,000 square foot residence, and were encouraged to let their imaginations run wild.

Judi Schwarz of Fairfield‘s Judi Schwarz Interiors reconfigured a “concrete mess of a gym” into a sprawling “man cave” for the homeowner.

“The gentleman informed me he loved to ski and look at mountains, so I incorporated that into the design,” Judi explained.  The scenic space also boasts lush leather couches, a bar and a (cool blue!) pool table.

Patricia Lacourte of Wyckoff‘s Eurica was tapped to do the pool house.  Her inspiration for the space was a piece of artwork that featured a blue bird.  She incorporated the light blue color throughout the room, and used orange as an accent.  The pool house also features a kitchen living room, fireplace and more- in other words, it’s nicer than most regular homes!

Other #HipNJ designers who selflessly dedicated their time to the cause was Thyme & Place Design, LLCChatham InteriorsCreative Wallcoverings and InteriorsDiane Durocher Interiors and many others.

For more information, visit HackensackUMCFoundation.org.