Archive of ‘Fashion’ category

#EssenceStyle Block Party 2016

DUMBO, Brooklyn

New York Fashion Week offers up the best that the fashion world has to offer; beautifully cut dresses, carefully executed shows, creative makeup- but lets face it; ultimately NYFW is a trade show.   Although “we” gain entry to the shows, they’re not for us and though I appreciate all the artistry behind the shows, fashion […]

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The Evolution Of Curves Rock Weekend

This was the fourth installment of Curves Rock Weekend and I can see clear evidence of the growth and evolution of this plus- friendly event which features everything from karaoke to an expo of some of the most sought after designers in the plus- community. This year I had a chance to attend the Fashion […]

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MyLifeMyInspiration- Behind the Scenes With Tracy Reese

As this frigid New York Fashion Week draws to a close, smartwater and Mode Media paired to provide a rare glimpse into the creative process of one of my favorite designers -Tracy Reese. The CFDA designer talks about the inspiration for her A/W 2015 collection- “The biggest impact to my personal style is probably my […]

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NYFW-Backstage with Design Essentials At Harlem Fashion Row

Textured Afro

Design Essentials served as the official hair sponsor for Harlem Fashion Row. Keith Campbell returned as Lead stylist for the show and he created looks from highly textured, voluminous pompadours to halo braids and textured Afros. Though each designer had individual styles that served as the hair inspiration for their respective collections Design Essentials provided […]

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NYFW-Backstage At Victor dE Souza with Mizani

Master Mizani Stylist Ceaser Ramirez was tapped to create looks for the Victor dE Souza Spring 2015 Collection and the textured hair was very reminiscent of 80s disco chic. The arctic- icy blonde tresses were the perfect exclamation to accentuate the beautifully cut satins and silks in the collection. “I wanted to design a dimensional […]

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Backstage At Tracy Reese Fall 2014 With Ouidad

Ouidad returned as the official hair sponsor for the Tracy Reese Fall Winter 2014 presentation. Led by Creative Director Morgan Willhite the focus of the hair included natural textured looks, free flowing strands with an emphasis on individual beauty.  “Bold, naturally textured styles are all the rage right now and will continue to be a […]

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