Founded by childhood friends Ethan and Hichman Frank and Oak is a Montreal-based menswear line dedicated to producing high quality items at an affordable price point. Their Spring collection contained elements of preppy, school boy chic- featuring colored slim fitting chords and blazers with skinny ties; the entire collection includes timeless and classic lines.
photo credit: Brian Hall, Luxe Glam Collective
For many, gaining entry into New York Fashion week is a huge mystery. As a result of this elusiveness, many alternatives to Fashion Week have sprouted up- Full Figured Fashion Week pays homage to the curvy fashionista with style and right across the bridge in Brooklyn ‘Fro Fashion Week made its NYC debut . The creator of Fro Fashion week- Tarin Boone developed the concept in order to celebrate the naturalista who essentially embraces her natural hair all while being impeccably turned out in the newest, latest, hottest.
The weekend boasted a series of seminars, pop-up shops and the marquee event was a fashion show which featured emerging designers.
Of course over the course of the week I will spend some time “at the tents” and look forward to the experience of having a first-hand look at the latest trends, snapping some real style and squealing with delight when I finally meet a blogger who’s style I’ve admired on Instagram. However, I thoroughly enjoyed my time across the bridge at Fro Fashion Week with some of my natural tressed sisters delighting in the fact that I had an opportunity to attend a show where my unique beauty was reflected on the runway.
Photo credit: Sherrie Wood, Luxe Glam Collective
Dark and Lovely served as the exclusive backstage hair sponsor of Harlem’s Fashion Row- an organization dedicated to showcasing the work of emerging African-American designers. Celebrity hair stylist Keith Campbell crafted looks that were futuristic and ran the gamut from highly textured tresses to sleek ponytails.
I had a chance to chat with Mezei Jefferson, Softsheen-Carson Director of education about the companies foray into natural hair care and he indicated “we want women to stay in the dark and lovely family-They were pioneers in the relaxer so they decided to keep up with the trend of natural hair”.
To create the looks:
For the highly teased and textured hair Au Naturale Coil Moisturizing soufflé (SRP 9.99) was used- two- strand twists can be created to add greater volume and definition; untwist and spray Natural Shine Sealing Nectar (SRP 9.99)to provide moisture and sheen.
For sleek ponytails:
Apply Let’s Jam Custard and brush hair into a high ponytail. Complete the look by braiding hair into a single ponytail.
Kena Marvel served as key make up artist for the show and the runway looks were inspired by the samurai, futuristic chic and African tribal influences.
Dark and Lovely can be found at discount retailers nationwide.
photo credit: Sherrie Wood, Luxe Glam Collective
Let’s skip this winter and fast forward straight to fall which is going to be amazingly dark, laid back and regal all at the same time. With tons of texture, gold and prints that keep you mesmerized Mataano served fall on a platter that made you want to devour each piece. The collection channeled Janet Jackson circa 1997 patent leather, cheetah print and it was rich with color.
Speaking of platter as part of the festivities Chef Roble was the master of eats serving a plethora of appetizers that made me want to slap your mother. Chicken, portobello mushroom , succulent steak, mixed greens and tortellini rounded out the menu.
Come fall, I can see I will need some leather of all types in my wardrobe, and what about that makeup winged liner and those vamp lips ladies get ready for the fall it’s going to be dark and lovely.
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Lisa Perry presented her autumn/ winter 2013 collection as NY fashion week kicks off today. Revlon Global Artistic director, Gucci Westman partnered with the designer to create retro chic makeup looks which offered a definite nod to the mod look made popular in the 60’s.
Deep purples and cool blues were used for liner instead of black and a vibrant blue shadow was added to the look to create additional drama. The rest of the face was kept natural.
Here’s a rundown of what Westman used:
Revlon PhotoReady Bronzer in Bronzed and Chic, $12.99
Revlon ColorStay 16H Eyeshadow Quad in Free Spirit from The Spring/Summer ’13 Collection by Gucci Westman, $7.49 (available April 2013)
Revlon PhotoReady Primer and Shadow in Muse from The Fall ’13 Collection by Gucci Westman, $9.99 (available October 2013)
Revlon ColorStay Liquid Eye Pen in Blackest Black, $8.99
Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner in Brown, $7.99
Revlon PhotoReady Kajal Intense Eyeliner + Brightener in Blue Nile, $8.99 (available June 2013)
Revlon Fantasy Lengths Maximum Wear Glue-On Lashes in Intensifying and Wispy (depending on model), $5.49
Revlon PhotoReady 3D Volume Mascara in Blackest Black, $8.99
Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Sugar Frosting, $7.49
Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Cupcake $7.49
Revlon ColorStay Longwear Nail Enamel in Provence, $7.99
For more details visit www.revlon.com
This year for Fashions Night Out (FNO) the folks over at Beautiful Textures hosted a soiree in honor of girls with kinks, coils and curls. The event aptly titled “curl couture” was an evening filled with beauty, bites and great fun for all that attended. Clearly this was one of the hottest tickets for FNO as evidenced by the bevy of natural-haired beauties who formed a line that stretched nearly a full block in front of the uber-chic Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea. Two of my favorite beauty bloggers- Afrobella and Tia Williams along with Teyanna Taylor were hosts for the evening.
For more information on beautiful textures click here.
photo credit:Strength Of Nature Global
Rafael Cennamo’s collection launched in 2006 and has since become synonymous with elegant couture. His Spring/Summer 2013 collection featured classic lines with a decidedly modern twist. With delicate pastels, the gowns boasted amazing beading detail with everything from red carpet worthy silver sequins to the most gorgeous voluminous gown, cinched at the waist with a silver belt. If you are a stylists looking to outfit clients in red-carpet wear sure to land them firmly on the best-dressed list, look no further than Cennamo for the upcoming award season.
I will willingly admit Sears has not been on my radar since I was a teen and my mother took me there to buy my first bra, likely during a trip when we were buying a new vacuum cleaner or some equally practical household item. Needless to say I was curious to see what Sears had to offer so when the invite arrived to the Sears Style event, I gladly accepted and prepared to satisfy my curiosity. The Bagatelle restaurant in the meatpacking district played host to some of my favorite fashion, beauty and lifestyle bloggers and let me just say, if you have not visited the restaurant for brunch- go.now. They served truffle infused eggs that still have me dancing in my seat days later. The brunch offered attendees the opportunity to get up close and personal with the brand and this was my first time having a chance to preview the Kardashian Kollection. I loved everything about the Sears Style experience from the denim bar to the gorgeous lines of the Kardashian Kollection to the modern twists in some of the 50-year-old brands like Covington, Sears is definitely on my radar again.
Please visit Sears to shop the Kardashian Kollection.
Harlem’s Fashion Row kicked off day one of NY Fashion Week by hosting a blogger brunch in conjunction with Dark and Lovely. The brunch included a panel discussion featuring hair stylist Keith Campbell, model Sessilee Lopez and designer Samantha Black and was moderated by Essence Magazine’s own Corynne Corbett. The theme was “Living the fashionable dream” and the panelists offered a surprisingly intimate glimpse into their lives as they chatted about their key wins and the challenges they have encountered on their respective fashionable journeys.
Samantha Black spoke with great passion about her design career and gave pretty sound advice to up and a coming designer that was simply “don’t do anything because it’s a trend”. Sessile Lopez was hilarious as she talked about her modeling career, her mentors- including Alek Wek and Naomi Campbell and her “crew” of fellow brown girl models who refer to themselves as “Chocolate Thunder”. I don’t think any of the bloggers in attendance were prepared for just how comedic Sessile is and it was refreshing to see the amazing personality behind the beautiful face. Attendees were then treated to a sneak peek of the Harlem’s Fashion Row designers who will present on September 7th and each piece was as beautiful as the next.
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