Harlem’s Fashion Row- Call For Designers

HFR

Are you an aspiring designer interested in presenting during New York Fashion Week?  Harlem’s Fashion Row is seeking designers for  the 9th annual runway presentation in NY.  I am a huge fan of  HFR and their commitment to multicultural designers.  If you are interested in submitting an application, please send email to  HFR2016@harlemsfashionrow.com . The deadline for submission is Thursday, June 9th.

 

 

Good luck!!

NYFW-Texture On The Runway-Recap


New York Fashion Week (NYFW) is largely touted as the most recognized and coveted trade show for fashion trends. Editors, buyers and fashionistas flock to the city twice a year in order to select items that will be surely be seen everywhere from the pages of Vogue to the red carpet.

Fashion week has suffered some backlash as a result of its lack of diversity; however this February Texture Media filled a void by introducing Texture on the Runway. The show featured models of every hue boldly rocking natural coils and curls.

Five brands including: Au Naturale by Dark and Lovely, Cantu, Creme of Nature, Design Essentials and Garnier all joined forces to celebrate texture and provide their interpretations of runway looks.

The event was hosted by Michelle Breyer of www.naturallycurly.com and Patrice Yursik of Afrobella.

Breyer indicated “We wanted to create an event that created an exciting counterpoint to what was happening during Fashion Week, where straight hair traditionally dominates the runways,” explains Breyer. “At our show, sexy waves, wild ringlets and luscious ‘fros were everywhere! We were thrilled to bring this event to Fashion Week again, providing top textured brands and their stylists with the opportunity to let the hair dictate the fashion, rather than the other way around.“

I’m looking forward to seeing what for Texture on the Runway brings to future NYFW seasons.

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NYFW- Hanes Hosiery Bibhu Mohapatra

Hanes Hosiery Bibhu Mohapatra

Hanes Hosiery Bibhu Mohapatra

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NYFW- Sally Hansen For Phillip Lim

Sally Hansen For Phillip Lim

Sally Hansen For Phillip Lim

The nail look has very much become a part of the total story to complete runway collections. Sally Hansen is a beloved brand and with a budget-friendly price point, the polishes remain accessible to the masses. Phillip Lim turned to Sally Hansen’s Global Color Ambassador Madeline Poole in order to create looks that complimented his 2016 Spring Collection. On the inspiration for the collection Poole indicated “Every nail is different at Phillip Lim. The girls are each wearing a sporty stripe of chrome-silver in varying thicknesses on top of an organic, creamy brown in shade ‘All Bark.’ The collection’s theme, ‘Stop and Smell the Roses,’ embraces beauty in dirtiness and transitional colors, with high-shine specks and glossy accents. Silver is Phillip Lim’s 10th anniversary color, and the stripe is an homage to his decade of style.”

I personally love the creamy, chocolate richness of the All Bark collection and for 7.99 you can’t beat the price.

Visit www.sallyhansen.com for more details.

NYFW- Shea Moisture Backstage At Tracy Reese

Shea Moisture returned for the second year as the official hair sponsor for Tracy Reese’s runway show. Bok-Hee served as lead stylist for the show and she created an interesting combination of a sleek, classic chignon featuring textured bangs that provided a slightly wind blown effect. According to Bok-Hee the vision was to “keep the woman looking natural and truly authentic.”

Here is a rundown of the products used to get the look:
1. Shea Moisture Professional Curl- Leave In Conditioner was used to combat frizz.
2. Section out a small portion of leave-out in order to create the bangs.


3. Use Shea Moisture Professional Vibrant Color Shine Glaze and then pull the hair into a ponytail
4. Two-strand twist the ponytail in order to create a chignon, secure with bobby pins
5. To create the textured bangs apply Shea Moisture Fruit Fusion Coconut water then braid the hair in a single braid from ear to ear. ( the stylists created pin curls to achieve texture, however a braid is easier at home!) tr the process
6. Unbraid the hair after letting it set for 10 minutes and then finish the look by spraying Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Hold & Shine Mist.

 

Finished Look

Finished Look

 

Shea Moisture products are available at Target and Sally Beauty Supply Stores nationwide.

Please visit www.sheamoisture.com for additional product information.

 

photo credit:  Brian Hall, www.luxeglammedia.com

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 mom” and how important it is for creatives to inspire themselves.

The full series of MyLifeMyInspiration can be seen here And features Milly and Veronica Beard as they share the inspirations for their collections.

AJ Crimson Debuts Dual Skin Cream Foundation During New York Fashion Week

AJ Crimson dishes on his new line w/ press

AJ Crimson dishes on his new line w/ press


AJ Crimson served as the makeup sponsor to several shows this season and I was able to get a sneak peek of his new dual foundation which debuted during fashion week.
Dual Skin Cream Foundation

Dual Skin Cream Foundation

The foundation is buildable and offers sheer to full coverage. Crimson indicted that he created the colors for the dual foundation from dark to light so there is definitely something in the wide range of hues for brown girls. I had a chance to catch up with the makeup guru backstage at Harbison where I swatched his new banana cream which is perfect for creating highlight and contour. The biggest plus of the banana cream is that it goes on wet versus the powdery finish of other brands that can sometimes leave you looking ghostly.

The other exciting update from Crimson is that his foundation will be offered in a pro-palette which is a perfect addition to makeup artists kits.

The look backstage for Harbison was clean, natural lines with a pop of color on the lid. The goal essentially was to enhance the natural beauty versus an overly dramatic look.
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To learn more about the collection visit AJ Crimson

Photo credit: Sherrie Wood www.luxeglammedia.com

NYFW-Backstage with Design Essentials At Harlem Fashion Row

Halo braids

Halo braids

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 products from both their natural line and the professional salon range.

The pompadour created for Byron Lars was a huge favorite both backstage and among the fashionistas attending the show.

Harlem Fashion Row- Byron Lars

Harlem Fashion Row- Byron Lars

Get the look
After hair was teased, to create volume, and spritzed with Hydrience replenishing mist to both moisturize and add sheen Design essentials maximum hold edge control was used to keep flyways at bay.

Textured Afro

Textured Afro

The highly textured looks were created using Design Essentials natural line specifically the curl forming custard was used to “funk up” the fros that were seen on the runway.

For more product information please visit: www.designessentials.com

 

Photo credit: Sherrie Wood www.luxeglammedia.com

 

NYFW-Backstage At Victor dE Souza with Mizani

Backstage at Victor dE Souza

Backstage at Victor dE Souza


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 style in this icy, arctic shade for a dramatic look,” says Ramirez. “Using MIZANI products to create the bold, textured style was a perfect match, as the brand has always been a leader in the professional textured market. I loved having the opportunity to work with Victor because he brings drama and his pieces are incredibly theatrical, so it really inspires my creativity.”

Ramirez used the following Mizani products in order to create what he describes as an “A-line bob”:

First the entire head was coated with
Mizani Iron Curl Heat Styling cream and the hair was braided all over in a figure 8 pattern; once the pins were secure, the hair was sealed with the humidity resistant mist and touched briefly with a flat iron.

Figure 8 braid

Figure 8 braid

Finally the hair was taken down and teased to create textured voluminous bob.

For more product details please visit:www.mizani.com
Follow them on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: @mizaniusa

Backstage with CND At The Blonds 2014

CND was the exclusive nail designer for the Blonds Fall/Winter 2014 collection. The designing duo Phillipe and David Blond chose a theme of “good girl gone bad” for this seasons collection and they used comic book villains including Cat Woman, Poison Ivy and the Joker as inspiration for the runway looks.

CND created 23 unique designs for the Blonds and the creative team pulled from their modern folklore trend as a foundation for the looks. The nails are nothing short of amazing and CND co-founder, Jan Arnold describe the looks best “We don’t paint nails backstage at Fashion Week- we transform them into mini-masterpieces”.
The nails reflect the pointy, “stiletto” nail look that continues to be on trend both on and off the runway and the team used dramatic elements including swarvorski crystal, vintage jewelry, chains and even leather to craft the looks.

For more details on how to create these looks please visit https://www.cnd.com/fwdigitalhq/

Photo credit: Jennifer Graylock

Photo credit: Jennifer Graylock

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Photo credit: Arun Nevader

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Photo credit: Jennifer Graylock

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Photo credit: Arun Nevader

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Photo credit: Arun Nevader

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