Fro Fashion Week Makes NYC Debut

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.

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Photo credit: Sherrie Wood, Luxe Glam Collective

Backstage at Harlem’s Fashion Row With Dark And Lovely

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.

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Mezei Jefferson, Softsheen Carson Director of Education

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Long ponytails shown backstage

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Celebrity Stylist Keith Campbell

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photo credit: Sherrie Wood, Luxe Glam Collective

Backstage at Lisa Perry A/W 2013

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:

FACE:
Revlon PhotoReady Bronzer in Bronzed and Chic, $12.99

EYES:
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

LIPS:
Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Sugar Frosting, $7.49
Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Cupcake $7.49

NAIL:
Revlon ColorStay Longwear Nail Enamel in Provence, $7.99

For more details visit www.revlon.com

 

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New York Fashion Week Mathieu Mirano Recap

Mathieu Mirano’s Spring 2013 collection hit multiple ends of the spectrum of fashion from ready to wear to editorial. A navy chevron hem coat, navy leather shirt and Mikado trouser with calfskin embossed heels could have walked right out from tents and would have been attacked by street style photographers.

 

Great separates that came in a variety of material and a range of colors from an orange pleated leather jacket to red knit dress in red were wearable pieces that made attendees want to commence spring shopping now. The white sequined cape with multi-rainbow yoke featured in the collection was perfect for a W Magazine editorial and a green chiffon beetle gown that needs a red carpet moment.

 

 

 

 

New York Fashion Week- Dennis Basso

Dennis Basso paired with Pour La Victorie shoes who’s amazingly crafted designs are equal parts elegant and chic. The presentation was a combination of old world glamour meets Paris socialite as the gowns were reminiscent of times gone by and  meant to conjure up images of a evening out in Deauville, France in the 60’s.  This spring, the topknot is going to be making its rounds again, but with a more polished coiffed look than the haphazard “sock bun” that has been pervasive this season. The beautiful gowns paired with faux fur stoles remind me of the old school style in my grandmother’s closet.   The Pour La Victorie shoes featured in the presentation will be available for a limited time contact 1-855-PourLAV for details.      

Fashion’s Night Out with Beautiful Textures

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.

 

I LOVE Afrobella’s hair!

 

Tia Williams of The Fly Cut

 

Stylist Ty Hunter (far left)

 

Corynne Corbett, Teyana Taylor, Afrobella

 

photo credit:Strength Of Nature Global

New York Fashion Week- Rafael Cennamo Review

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.

 

 

NYFW Sears Style Bloggers Brunch

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- Blogger Brunch Recap

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.

Make sure you follow me on Instagram  and Twitter @ghettofashnista for real-time NYFW updates.

 

 

You Might Be a Fashionista If… .

A few months ago, one of my best friends took a step back, looked me up and down and declared you DO know you have on pink stockings right?  What my friend was referring to was a day like many others when I simply couldn’t find what I was looking for and ended up making a “statement”.  You see it’s simple, it was cold on this particular day, and I needed to wear stockings and all I could find was my lipstick colored spanx.  I put them on and considered the look color blocking. Of course my friends query was because I had on absolutely NOTHING else pink; so I really am more like an accidental fashionista- sure I love fashion, but I like classics and my interpretation of trends is limited to small exclamation points versus full-on, head to toe trends.   So, I thought other people may find themselves in my shoes, accidental fashionistas, rocking trends and making statements simply because you were making DO….

YOU might be a fashionista if:

 

  1. You routinely mix that $3 dollar dress you found on sale from Target, K-Mart or Wal-Mart with designer shoes.   I promise you I have a Merona dress from Target that people always think is DVF.   Because I paid less than the taxes on a DVF dress for it, this clearly makes me clap my hands with delight. Style is not purchased, or dictated by labels it simply is something you have or you don’t and no amount of designer labels is going to make you stylish.
  2. You very rarely shop at the mail – people are surprised to find that I truly dislike going to the mall.   There is very little inspiration there  and I get little to no pleasure out of walking from store to store where the windows and the selection look mostly the same. I prefer boutiques or more often then not- shopping online.
  3. You thrift- I get the greatest sense of pleasure when I find something truly fabulous at a vintage or thrift shop.  Just about every winter coat I own is probably 30 years old purchased at a thrift shop.
  4. People mimic your style.  If people frequently ask you where you got something and then you see them a few days later loosely wearing something similar, you have provided inspiration.    Imitation is the greatest form of flattery so embrace it and keep walking to the beat of your own fashionable drum.
  5. You have the ability to shop your closet. I firmly believe the chicest of them all understand the importance of having certain basic items- the perfectly cut pair of jeans, the hautest little black dress you know what to buy so when the time comes you don’t find yourself in a frenzy trying to purchase something new- the perfect item, for any event is likely already in your closet.

 

I believe it bears repeating- style is NOT dictated by labels. So embrace the walk to the stylish beat of your own drum and revel in being a style maven!

 

 

My favorite fashionistas ME @OhyMyTy , @DivasANDDorks @Swa-rai at NYFW

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