“I like to accentuate the woman’s body but I don’t want her to be uncomfortable,” she added in an interview before the show. Zitta, who will be opening a showroom in New York in six months, used laser cut, layered patterns in vinyl on a shoulder overlay and belt to give a three-dimensional effect to a white organza gown and on a cropped jacket in his collection inspired by the buildings of Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid. He paired his designs, mainly in white apart from two yellow gowns, with handmade shoes and accessories. For designer Mariana Dappiano, the textiles, all of which she designs herself, come first and the styles follow. “The first thing I need to think about is patterns, without that I can’t do anything,” said Dappiano, who featured silks and chiffons in patterned prints in blues, greens and whites in flowing dresses and gowns. Fabric and color are also starting points for Uchitel. All the designs in her collection, which included a gray and beige silk mini-dress, long gray silk dress and a cream silk gown with black lines on the bodice and along the hem, are hand dyed. Natural, raw silk, she said, is her favorite fabric because it has a special way of absorbing and reflecting the dyes she uses. “It is a lot of work but I am passionate about it,” she said. RAW MATERIALS AND ANCIENT TECHNIQUES Whether they are well established or just staring out, all the designers selected for the government-sponsored program see New York Fashion Week as a window to a wider audience and market. “The main issue to bring the designers here is to promote the talent and the creativity of the designers and to put them together under the umbrella of Argentina as a way to promote our country,” Argentine Ambassador Jose Luis Perez Gabilondo said before the show. It was the first show in New York for knitwear designer Agostina Bianchi who worked with Toba, an indigenous group in northern Argentina, incorporating their weaving techniques in the collection inspired by the idea of transformation.
Credit: Reuters/Steve Sisney By Edward McAllister NEW YORK | Wed Sep 4, 2013 5:48pm EDT NEW YORK (Reuters) – Chesapeake Energy Corp (CHK.N) will finalize an agreement next week to drop about 12,000 acres of land leased for energy drilling in New York state, as a moratorium on fracking continues into its sixth year. Reuters reported last month that Chesapeake decided to walk away from about 100 leases in Broome and Tioga Counties in the south of the state, ending a two-year legal battle with landowners who wanted to cancel expired leases or renegotiate for better terms. Lawyers representing Chesapeake said in a letter to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Tuesday that they were in the final stages of negotiating a settlement and that a deal is expected to be made official next week. Lawyers representing landowners confirmed the impending agreement. “Assuming there are no objections, we should sign the stipulation of settlement sometime next week,” said Scott Kurkoski, a partner at Levene Gouldin & Thompson, who has sent the final settlement to his landowner clients for review. The 12,000 or so acres are a small portion of the 2.5 million acres Chesapeake holds in natural gas shale plays across the United States, according to company filings, but is a meaningful amount for New York, where the company is one of the biggest leaseholders. Chesapeake was one of the first energy companies to enter New York on a major scale, securing leases from hundreds of landowners, some for as little as $3 an acre, since 2000. But a moratorium imposed in 2008 on high volume fracking largely halted drilling in the state. The company had been appealing a decision by a federal court in New York state that ruled in November that Chesapeake could not use the state fracking ban as a reason to declare force majeure and hold on to leases beyond their expiry without offering landowners better terms. Chesapeake’s decision to drop the appeal, and the leases, is a sign of the growing frustration of energy firms over operating in the Empire State, where most drilling is on hold.
De Blasio put on defensive by Quinn, Thompson in New York mayoral debate
It found Thompson and Quinn trailing with 20% and 18% of the vote, respectively, fighting to make it to a runoff. Weiner had 7% and Liu, 4%. For the candidates, the debate represented the last, best chance to address a large number of voters before the primary. And given the new poll, de Blasios rivals had a mandate to stop his momentum but they seemed frustrated at the outset by the questions posed and the moderators insistence that they adhere to strict time limits. It wasnt until the 23rd minute of the debate that they were able to go on the offensive, attacking de Blasio on term limits, on accepting donations from slumlords and on pork barrel spending by Council members. He will say anything depending on whose votes hes trying to get, Quinn said. Andrew Hinderaker/Andrew Hinderaker for The Wall S During the final debate before New York’s primary elections, Bill Thompson, right, attacked fellow Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio on his progressive stance and other issues. Anthony Weiner, left, meanwhile offered a voice of reason and some comic relief. And they tried to poke holes in his progressive mantle, calling his promise to raises taxes on New Yorkers earning over $500,000 a year to pay for universal pre-K a false promise. Two times mayors have gotten tax increases in Albany: after 9/11 and when murders were at 2,000 a year, said Quinn. But de Blasio stayed relentlessly on message. Standing, appropriately, at center stage, he stuck to the script that has catapulted him from fourth place in July that he has bold, progressive ideas that would change course from the Bloomberg years and bring equality to a New York that is a tale of two cities. The notion that we cant convince the Legislature [to raise taxes] thats old thinking, he said. Weiner was a wild card all night, sometimes jumping to the defense of his fellow candidates and reeling off some of the most memorable lines of the debate.