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Fashion Maniac: Concrete Jungle


Features Editor : Cassie Elsaesser  
All Photography & Managing Editor : Cheryl Gorski
Stylists : Cassie Elsaesser & Cameron Richard 
Make Up : Dani Weiser
Guest Hair Stylist : Whitney Curry
Prop Stylist : Todd Warfield, Lucy Mancuso, Michael Merisola
Executive Producer / Video Journalist : Richard Renda

Concrete Jungle By:  Cassie Elsaesser

Music has always played a part in the world of fashion. From country to rap, indie to pop, music has always seemed to have an influence in trends we have seen come and go. Punk and ska music, in particular, have  made their marks in fashion starting predominately in the early 70’s. When thinking of  the early punk years we envision cut off leather , studs, combat boots, skin tight jeans and mohawks. Ska on the other hand has a different feel, top hats, plaid, parachute pants and  printed T’s  all have a ska inspired aura about them. This year we have seen designers take ques from the early punk and ska styles, and its all in the details.
This trend can be worn by anyone and you don’t necessarily have to be “young and angsty” to rock the punk or ska look, adding details of these styles into you ensemble can add a fun edginess to your look. Many designers have embraced punk and ska inspired accoutrements and are sending their outfits down the runway with a rocker edge. Bespoken used ska inspired top hats to finish off his menswear looks, which added a fun and funky detail to his suit coats and trouser pants. Graeme Armour took parachute pants to a whole new level of fun and creativity by pairing these pants with cropped shirts. Victoria Beckham had a different approach on the parachute pant by using a monochromatic ensemble adding polish and sophistication to this look.

Studded details are a great way to pull this trend off without going too over the top with it. Adding a small studded belt to a royal blue or mustard sweater can give your simple sweater a bit of an edge. Top hats for men can add fun and funk to your ensemble whether wearing a suit coat, or just a plain v-neck, this trend adds a pop of style. Parachute pants can be playful but polished at the same time, it all depends on how you wear them.


Adding a fun printed t-shirt can add spunk to this look, however these pants can easily be dressed up with a suit coat or button up shirt. Leather jackets are also a great and stylish way to rock this trend for fall. Leather jackets are being seen on the runways  paired with anything and everything, from pant suits to party dresses leather jackets are an extremely versatile and key accessory. However you choose to wear this trend for fall have fun and rock on.


Model:  Marlee Francis wearing clothes from:
Jeans, blue & yellow sweater, with studded belt provided by Anna Grace. 
White “DB” tank from Splash Panic & leather jacket from Half and Half . 
Shoes, parachute pants, and printed “mucho macho” t-shirt thrifted

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Model: Jeremy Guarino wearing clothes from: 
V-neck shirt & sunglasses provided by Splash Panic.
Tank top and blue jacket from Positive Approach, Derby Hat made by The Custom Hatter Gary White.

HALF & HALF CLOTHING 1088 Elmwood Ave, 716-881-4147
ANNA GRACE 799 Elmwood Ave, 716-332-7069
SPLASH PANIC 818 Elmwood Ave, 716-844-3344
POSITIVE APPROACH 125 Elmwood Ave, 716-939-2632
THE CUSTOM HATTER 1318 Broadway, 716-896-3722


Leave it to the Fashion Maniac team to show that Buffalo has
what it takes when it comes to fashion trends and
models who like to showcase the latest and greatest. Check out the other
shoots to see the national trends and where to find them locally:
United We Stand @ Tifft Nature Preserve, bathing suits on the Spirit of Buffalo, James Scissorhands, kicks and handbags at Niagara Square, blue jeans on tracks, 1950’s, rocking scarves, the workplace can be sexy, raingear and the twins, Li’l Black Dress, Lingering Nights, the custom hatter, night moves in Allentown, Love Never Dies and the sultry bridesmaid.


Keep Up Dated with Spring Summer 2011 preview with Richard Renda’s Totally Cool Report: Gwen Stefani’s collection, LAMB

Holiday Specials:  I’d like to mention a few updates with our team: 

Our makeup artist Dani Weiser just launched her new spray tanning business called Hollywood Sunless Tanning. If you’re feeling a bit pale these days you should set an appointment. If you plan on wearing a strapless gown to an event, this is the perfect solution to even out your chest, neck, and face.


Cassie Rose & Cameron Richard our stylists are personal clothing shoppers. These days there never seems to be enough time, with the holidays and parties coming up, they can relieve you of  stress and time. They also can help you get rid of clothing that needs to go, and articles that need to stay.You may not have enough time to keep up with the “times” and don’t feel comfortable with your attire after work hours, “socializing.”  This is where Cassie and Cameron can help you attain the essentials for your closet.

James Hickey “The King Of Curl” is definitely the hair stylist you want, to help give your hair volume and body. His hair curling techniqiues gives you a glamorous style for your holiday parties. You don’t always have to resort with an “up do” for events, especially when it’s cold out. Your hair won’t move!


I’m photographer Cheryl Gorski and I’m starting to book appointments for portraits and event photography for the holidays. A portrait is a timeless gift to offer someone you love. You can also have our makeup and hair team style you. I also can set up a portrait area for holiday parties and black tie events where you can buy CDs. My studio is pet friendly, and I can come to your home to photograph you and your pet. Want your business to be Fashion Maniac’s official sponsor? Please contact Your business’s add can be featured in our section. This would include all of the numerous followers on Facebook and our team’s personal profile lists.


Location: Grant St between Lafayette & West Delavan. Mural by
John Caligieri, alumni from Buffalo Academy for Visual & Performing
Arts. We were lucky to have some li’l helpers that were on the scene
watching, that helped me hold down my strobes on that windy night:

Dajour A. – “dj” kid in the black hat making the funny face
Dumadi G. – little girl giving the peace sign
Mya V. – little girl in pink jacket
Christian C. – in the group photo


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Cheryl Gorski | Photographer & Creative Director | 716-895-1689 | 716-903-0600 |
| Also on Facebook specializing in: Fashion, Headshots/modeling/acting,
Editorial, Portraits, Bands/ CD/ Press Kits, Corporate events, Web
photography, Run-way

Cassie Rose | Specializing in Visual Merchandising, Styling, Fashion Editorial and Media arts, personal shopper, and blogger. E-mail | Facebook – Cassie Rose | Twitter – CassieRosee 
Dani Weiser | Makeup Artist | 716-348-1239 | Makeup teacher, weddings, TV, Film, Print and SFX. Hollywood Sunless Tanning, for appointments | Website | Please call for any questions.

James Hickey | Hair Stylist & Painter |  &
| 716-901- 4499 | Specializing in: Cut/Color, fashion photo shoots,
run-way, weddings & social events, oil paintings/ custom interior
design paintings

Lucy Perrone-Mancuso | Prop Stylist | Owner of Moda 1509 Hertel
Ave | 716-725-6636 | Specializing in accessories, antiques, jewelry,
furnishings, buy & sell, motion pictures/films, photo shoots
Todd Warfield
| Prop Stylist Extraordinaire | 716-289-1078 | Specializing in special
effects, production of designing and building sets, theatre and photo

Whitney Curry | Hair stylist  for shoots, films, bridal, personal | |

Richard Renda |
Executive Producer / Video Journalist specializing in: Runway , T.V.
Production, Fashion Stylist, Production Coordinator | 

Cameron Richard
| Stylist specializing in : personal shopper, aspiring designer,
blogger | Facebook – Cameron Richard | Twitter – camronrichard | email


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