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

Seen- Celebs Spotted During NYFW Fall 2012

 

New York Fashion Week is always an awesome time to do some celeb spotting who are often friendlier than some fellow bloggers or editors of obscure magazines that you’ve never heard of BUT that’s another story.  Here are some of the celebs I spotted during the Fall/Winter season.

 

Plus Model Liris Crosse- spotted at Luzern Press Event

Michael K. Williams "Omar" from the Wire spotted at "the tents"

Chef Roble!!!! spotted at the Style 360 Sachika Twins event

Dwight (RHOA) spotted at Korto

Simone Smith spotted at the Korto presentation

NYFW Korto Momolu Fall 2012

Korto Momolu presented her “Monaco” collection at the Bryant Park Hotel this season. The collection features a nod to the Hollywood glamour of years gone by with heavy influences from iconic beauties Grace Kelley and Bridgett Bardot who both serve as inspiration for the collection.  Muted greys and black wools were highlighted in the more casual pieces and the evening gowns were rich, opulent and chicly sexy.

Korto partnered with Simone Smith (L.L. Cool J’s wife) whose signature jewelry collection Simone I. Smith was featured in the presentation.  Reminiscent of the door knocker earrings made popular in the 80’s Simone’s collection takes that iconic hip-hop style and amps it up to a stylish contemporary statement piece.

Styled artfully by celebrity Stylist Misa Hylton,  Korto’s collection offers up a perfect balance of wearable fashion for the jet-setting fashionista on the go.

For more details on the Simone I. Smith collection visit www.simoneismith.com

For more details on Korto visit http://www.faag.us/

 

Simone Smith and Misa Hylton

Fashionista wearing Simone I. Smith jewelry

 photo credit: Sherrie Wood, The Glam Collective 

Style 360 Sachika Fall 2012 Collection

Short films seemed to be de riguer for the Fall/Winter season as the presentation for the Sachika twins opened to a  short film directed by Actor/Director Matias Desiderio. The film featured a fictional femme-fatale/secret agent named “Ivanka” and the story began on a NYC subway and ended in what appeared to be an abandoned warehouse.  At the conclusion of the film, the lights dimmed and when the first model emerged on the runway it was evident that the collection was going to carry the “femme fatale on a mission” theme set by the film.

The Sachika twins have built a reputation on their creative runway shows and their Fall Style 360 presentation was no exception.   The range included a sumptuous mix of wools, crepe, leather and faux fur and each of the models carried out the “Ivanka” theme on a different mission.   America’s Next Top Model Eva Marcille was a flawless edition to this gorgeous collection.

 

 

 

 


 

photo credit: Sherrie Wood, The Glam Collective 

 

 

NY Fashion Week- Real Style

I truly adore  NY Fashion Week and as much as I love getting a glimpse into what is going to be hot in the upcoming season I am equally as impressed by the real style of the very stylish folks I encounter at the shows.

 

Here’s some real style for your viewing pleasure.

Cocktails and Couture- Recap

Referring to the Cocktails and Couture event as merely a tweet-up seems like a gross understatement for the fabulosity of the premier NY Fashion Week social media event. The C and C Party brings together beauty/ fashion bloggers and editors  for a night of networking, product previews cocktails and great fun.  The event, created by Lianne Farbes of the Make-up Girl was held at Bo Concept  and included sponsors including Indique, X-Rated Fusion, Stila and Proactive just to name a few. 

 

This is a “must” attend for any editors or bloggers attending NY Fashion Week!

 

 

 

 

Indique has a line of new lashes!

 

RaiJean of Swai Rai

 

 

Felicia of This That Beauty getting shellac nails

 

 

The GF with @Huny of Soul Bounce

 

NY Fashion Week SS 2012- Take One

I am fortunate enough to live a commutable distance to NYC so I tend to “do” fashion week in two parts- The first half usually involves the ultimate fashionistas shopping experience – Fashions Night out and for this season, I also had an opportunity to meet some of the most amazing fashion and beauty bloggers during the Independent Fashion Blogger’s Conference. The conference focused on really taking a critical look at the business of blogging, the role of social media and my favorite panel hands down was an open forum with Elle Magazine’s Creative Director- Mr. Joe Zee.

Independent Fashion Blogger Photo Recap

 

Shainna Tucker, A Thick Girls Closet

 

Heather Marie- 72 Luxe @72LuxeCeo

Sandy Gordon of Marley Simone

 

Marina in head to toe Missoni from Target

 

 

 

Ty Alexander, EIC Iconography Magazine @OhmyTy

 

 

 

 

Fashion’s Night Out
Fashion’s Night Out is so amazing; however there are so many activities around the city that you definitely need to be strategic around what events to participate in. When I saw that Solange Knowles was going to be hitting the wheels of steel at Lord and Taylor, they quickly jumped to the top of my list of places to hit for the evening.

The crowd in Soho

 

Solange Knowles on the wheels of steel

 

The second half of my fashion week experience will come later this week when I have an opportunity to check out some emerging designers as well as the Arise Magazine’s presentation which highlights designers from Africa. Check back later this week for my coverage from those collections.

NY Fashion Week- Live from Your Laptop

Fashion enthusiasts and industry insiders are all working themselves into a frenzy as they prepare to descend on New York City for the largest media event the city hosts- New York Fashion Week.   Most of the shows begin on September 8th which also marks the biggest and arguably the best Fashion Night out event.  Fashionistas will storm the city being plucked, made over, pampered, dined and of course there’s the shopping.   Not able to make it to the Big Apple to partake in the festivities? Don’t worry- just about every major city is hosting their own Fashion’s night out… check the full list of events http://www.fashionsnightout.com/fno/outside-nyc

 

You can also have the opportunity to view not only several of the digital (online) collections of your favorite designers- but also take a peek at what’s going on backstage before the shows.   Maybelline has teamed up with YouTube to bring you LiveRunway…. the Runway channel at www.youtube.com/liverunway. Beginning September 1st- you can log on to see behind the scenes of NYFW and the live shows will begin on September 8th.  Share your passion for fashion by using the hashtag #Liverunway in social media to join the conversation with other fashionistas/os!

 

Another really good source for viewing NYFW (and other runway collections) is http://catwalklive.tv/

So open your laptop, settle in and enjoy your front row seat at NYFW.

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