ART MEETS FASHION AT LIMELIGHT MARKET

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Native New Yorkers surely remember The Limelight as the '90s hot spot housed in a deconsecrated Episcopal Church conspicuously nestled along Ladies' Mile in Chelsea.

When I first moved into the neighborhood, the infamous nightlife institution had been closed for several years but later re-opened as another nightclub called Avalon, a stop on Britney Spears' 2004 NYC club tour, then shut its after-hours' doors for good.

Today, the Gothic Revival brownstone is buzzing once more as Limelight Shops, a 3-story shopping emporium offering a mix of trendy fashion, art, beauty, home furnishings, and dining.

New York Fashion Week officially kicks off on Wednesday with the Red Dress Collection but Limelight Shops hosted a pre-Fashion Week soiree, "Art Meets Fashion," showcasing an art exhibit by famed fashion photographer Fadil Berisha and 3 full runway shows featuring spring/summer womenswear from house boutique ModaListas, menswear from W Shop and Edwing D'Angelo, and accessories by the legendary Patricia Field.

Limelight Market Art Meets Fashion

Melissa Chapman from Married My Sugar Daddy and I covered the event for Collective Bias and mingled among fashion's elite and household names like David Blaine, Jill Zarin, and Woody Harrelson (who incidentally I'd been tweeting about earlier that day as being the only actor cast in the upcoming The Hunger Games who is anything like I imagined when reading the trilogy.)

Since Glamamom doesn't cover menswear, I won't delve into those presentations but the ModaListas show has me eagerly anticipating spring and shedding my drab gray and black winter uniform. The styling was gorgeous with kitschy accessories and bright colored Jeffrey Campbell's:

Melissa Chapman, Married My Sugar Daddy
Woody Harrelson & David Blaine, Art Meets Fashion, Limelight Market
Jill & Bobby Zarin, Art Meets Fashion at Limelight Market
Art Meets Fashion, Limelight Market
Woody Harrelson admiring mustard Litas
Art Meets Fashion
ModaListas, Limelight Market
Limelight Market
Limelight Marketplace, Art Meets Fashion 2012
Limelight Market, Art Meets Fashion
Limelight Market, Art Meets Fashion 2012

Clearly, color-blocking and brights are on trend again for spring/summer so go bold or go home! If a head-to-toe explosion isn't for you, try a neon skinny belt or graphic scarf to update your look. A little neon goes a long way!

And if you're in New York, I highly recommend giving Limelight Market a stroll. The unique setting is fun to roam, from the top-floor wine bar overlooking the entire space rich with history, down to the trendy boutique shops and eateries including: French Connection, FACE Stockholm, Kangol, Marie Belle, Caswell-Massey, and Grimaldi's. I'm certain you'll find something for everyone on your shopping list and of course a little thing or two for yourself.

{Disclosure: I was compensated to cover "Art Meets Fashion" via Collective Bias. All opinions expressed herein are my own.}