by Billie Causieetko
September 12, 2016….Sherri Hill presented a beautifully crafted collection, full of regal design elements. Which to no surprise, since the night before the newest Miss America was crowned in one of the designer’s custom gowns. For the last several years, the pageant world has coveted the eponymous line, known for delivering hand beaded details and luxurious fabrications. And this evening, not missing a beat, Sherri Hill’s Spring 2017 collection delivered swoon-worthy feminine dresses and evening gowns fit for a queen. Models who strutted the Gotham Hall (a.k.a. NYC’s Premiere Wedding venue) cat-walk included celebrities and reigning beauties, Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach and Miss USA Deshauna Barber.
According to the Sherri Hill playbook, the closets of the femininely stylish and powerful should be stocked full of fancy beaded frocks, lace evening gowns with tulle trains, fitted long skirts with bustles, and cleavage plunging jumpsuits with tie neck scarves. The color palette ran the spectrum also, from classic ivory, bold blues and reds, pastels, (including Spring’s stand-out color blush pink) to fancy prints. There were even mini-me versions of the dramatic evening gowns. The pint size set were presented by the most adorable tweens…possibly upstaging the queen of the universe.
Billie Causieestko is a world traveled artist-turned-celebrity stylist known for her creative textures and color combinations, and completed a B.A. in Fashion from Virginia Commonwealth University. Before moving to New York City in 1997, her love of theatrical costuming and affinity for high fashion inspired her to travel to many countries throughout Europe. While living in Germany, she found herself inspired by the fashion in the metro cities of Cologne and Dusseldorf where she traveled extensively to produce and direct fashion shows for the regional “it” designer, Christina Borhneman-Heim.
As a celebrity stylist, Billie has dressed several top celebrities for editorial, red carpet events, and magazine covers including Eva Mendez, Iman, Veronica Webb, Rosario Dawson, Venus Williams, Marlo Thomas, Daisy Fuentes, Nia Long, Keshia Knight-Pulliam, Kelita Smith, Wendy Williams Talisa Soto, Faith Ford, Eva Pigford, Eddie Cahill, Jimmy Fallon and Chris Kattan.