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Rocknroll Loveaffair with Fashion! – Indie Fashion Week, DC Oct 2016

Not sure who exemplifies talent and fashion more than Prince.  The theme of this season’s Indie Fashion Week finale was “Purple Reign!”

Its rare that Brent and I get a chance to go to blogging events together, and as much as I wanted it to be a date night, we were all about business…the business of fashion!  I was so excited, because the last Indie Fashion Week I was able to attend 4 events and it was so outstanding, I just knew it would perfection! So we trekked down to Washington DC from Baltimore, and as usual they didn’t disappoint. b8e94321-dd3f-4385-86b3-bbdbae6108e6

 

So, the venue was perfect for this show.  It was at the Dance Place, and the show was on the stage of a intimate auditorium.

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I really loved the continued narrative by an actor playing Prince throughout the show; it definitely added a much appreciated dramatic presence to the fashion show.

Another part of the show I enjoyed was how some of the designers had part of their collection standing in the back of the stage, providing a presentation feel, giving the guests a chance to really appreciate the designer’s craftsmanship.  dsc_0472They stood their while the models walked eventually walking themselves at the end of each collection.  I go to a lot of shows, but this was the first time, I’ve seen this, it was very ingenious!

It was a great blend of designers… here are some of my favorite looks!

Jon Marc was the designer and clearly he knows the importance of designing fashion for all types of women; keeping in mind how imperative it is that a woman feels good in her clothes. It is hard to do with swimwear, but he definitely pulled it off!da72da80-3d3f-43a6-891f-24a85d35940b

My husband and I had the pleasure of chatting with the designer of Twelve 16, who makes clothes out of leftover pizza boxes!

As Brent said, “Sustainability at its finest!”

I saw King O during the streetwear presentation last year so I knew he was going to show out!  He truly exhibited his versatility with a streetwear collection and an elegant evening gown collection!

Here’s a brief rundown of the designers!

FIRST HALF

INTERMISSION

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Great pop-up shops and snacks!

SECOND HALF

 

I’d be remissed if I did not mention Keisha Nelson-Harris’ speech before presenting her collection. It was a powerful message for those suffering from domestic violence but it really applies to us all.

Never let anyone tell you who you are or what your worth!

I also have a career in medicine, which very male-dominated, sometimes its hard to find your identity; but its important to believe in yourself and then you really can achieve anything!

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Harley Morgan – Executive Producer

This finale was such a beautiful presentation of the talent that the DMV has to offer. Bravo!

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined” -Henry David Thoreau Image.jpg

Naomi

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By the Hammer of Style! – Style Fashion Week New York SS17

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Hammerstein Ballroom

So the first time I went to a Style Fashion Week event it was in collaboration with La Nuit en Rosé, so lets just say there were drinks involved.  But it was probably the biggest show, I had ever been to. I mean there were like 5 rows and a standing section. fullsizeoutput_f40My ticket was a just less than a hundred, which was well worth it with the buffet of the top chefs in NYC and wine tasting, but it landed me a possible seat in the back.
And once I saw who was filing into the front row, Miss USA, and various other celebrities, I totally understood.  It was one of those Dorothy your not in Kansas anymore moments.

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I dedicated my Saturday evening, Sept 10th 2016, to Style Fashion Week and was able to watch the 6pm shows of the amazing designers:

Janay Deann

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As a mother, I know it is difficult to dress a little girl for a major event like a wedding, without her looking like a grown woman. However, this fantastic colllection had dresses with the elegance of an upscale event while maintaining the innocence of a child. Bravo!

Ydamys Simo 

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Such a fun sassy line, with colors that pop! I loved the designers ability to turn a romper into an incredibly stylish outfit, by adding a belt, neon color, assymetric shoulders, a fringe or adding a collar with bold sleeves accentuating the shoulders! Such talent!

During the intermission between the 6pm and 8pm shows, as I was charging my phone, I met so many amazing people!  One of which is a great styleblogger/plus size fashion stylist from Brooklyn, Nanthale E. Collins. She definitely provides a much needed service, and if you look at her work, she styles clothes so that you feel confident, chic and just love the skin you’re in! img_1110

Okay now with phone charged, onto the 8pm shows:

Akiyo Hirakubo of Bradelis New York

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Beautiful lingerie, very sensual, perfect fusion of mature yet playful with such beautiful lace material and such variety!

Danny Nguyen

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Omg, I thought how is it that I love every single impeccable variation of these gold embellished white dresses! Like I was truly “ready to buy.” Definitely critically needed for my next gala event!

 Adrian Alicea

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So this designer’s “World Domination” collection started off with a powerful short film, setting the fierce tone of the show. The makeup and music was perfect.  These clothes were bold, daring and exuded confidence!

So before I conclude, just wanted show the epic factor of the Hammerstein Ballroom and the magnitude of the show which can only be appreciated in its entirety from the balcony!

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Style Fashion Week was such an amazing, truly ethereal event!  The fashion was exquisite, the total production was excellent and although incredibly entertaining, they never lost sight of celebrating designers’ talents.

 

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“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined”

-Henry David Thoreau 

 

 

 

 

Diversity Truly Nourishes the Fashion Soul – Plitzs New York City Fashion Week Sept 2016

So, I’m just getting in from California listening to my usual fashion podcasts, getting their take on New York Fashion Week. And there was not a lot of positivity. I know people rarely love change, but the “see now, buy now” and change in venues seems to have overshadowed what makes fashion great. img_0801

Well, I’m here to say those critics must not have been at the right shows. Sometimes great things are right under your nose. For instance, Plitzs New York City Fashion Week. Now I admit I was unsure what to expect, but trust me it exceeded all of my expectations! I was fortunate to be media which means I have access to behind the scenes, the designers, and I get to view the production from a standpoint from which the average fashion enthusisast does not have the luxury. img_0802 And I appreciated and relished in the opportunity.

img_0803As soon as I arrived, and got my credentials, I bumped into some wonderful ladies in fantastical hats who seemed even more excited than I was, which was kind of hard to believe.  They were the Haute Dames Couture Ladies from New Orleans and they provide the accessories for Cupani Fashion designer who makes beautiful knitwear. img_0807

And I realized that’s what’s been missing. The excitement, and awe of being a part of something greater.

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Outstanding Venue – Hotel Pennyslvania

The Plitzs team did an amazing job at providing emerging, independent designers from all over the world the perfect stage to showcase their talents.

 

As I sat front row for the first showcase, I was engrossed in the fashion, trying to guess the material used, feverishly writing (yes writing) notes because I did not want to miss a detail. And during the first designer, I overheard proud parents of one of the young models. Now, I was initially just loving what she was wearing and was amazed at how well she modelled at such a young age.  img_0846

But I felt it was interesting to be watching the same show as these parents with the same appreciation but from totally different perspectives. The dad said to me, “I assume your important because of your notepad.”  Important no, lucky yes…and I just explained that I support fashion through the written word. Of course, I congratulated them on their daughter’s great work.

Genuine Shared Joy for Fashion. I love it!

So, lets talk about the showcases!!! (Added some notes for you!)

Showcase #1

It was a nice, smart touch to have a presentation briefly while we waited for the first designer.

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  • Beautiful kids designs
  • Fun sundresses

M Designs

  • This designer is an artist first-hand.
  • Great hand-painted prints!!!

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    Fantastic lace sleeves

Xstravagance designs

  • Fearless use of patterns!
  • Fav was the white dress, such a great slit and the gold accessory…Wow!

Just like that fashion  

  • From Montana! Bohemian theme, true hippie chic, fun & flirty!

  • Loved floral ruffle pant suit with matching bag; And the occasional surprise addition to the clothing, like a bow!

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    Such Range!

11 Degrees South

  • Models were just having too much fun!!! Clear how wonderful this collection made them feel  🙂img_0882
  • Great patterned cover ups, inspired by the Indonesian fabric of Batik

Tough Cookie

  • Representing the V of the DMV (aka Virginia)!!!
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  • Well rounded line: from high fashion wedding dress and evening gowns (with a lot of glam!), to bold menswear and versatile day to night dresses

Kalene Designs 

  • Great use of Patterns with bathing suits, tops & pants; clear inspiration of both art and design
  • The designer’s inspiration was original African textiles with very deep meaning.

 

*** Immediate Press Conference was a wonderful idea, I have not seen that elsewhere. Usually its difficult to catch up with the designers before or after the show. But this is perfect for press, buyers, and photographers! ***

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Showcase #2

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So beautiful!

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Wonderful!
  • The song during the show “I’m coming out” was the exact tune you should have in your head when you are rocking these dresses!
  • If there is a sequin shortage in Rhode Island, don’t worry this designer worked wonders with them!!!
  • During this show, there were guests behind me who kept exclaiming, “Oh my God!” when every piece of this collection walked out. That’s the greatest sign how your clothes really moved the audience!

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  • Making sweater weather fun; loved the floral knits

  • Perfect Junior prom dresses
  • Loved the makeup too, the glitter!

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  • Respectfully represented Native American culture; truly connecting the world through fashion
  • Loved the slip dresses and great use of thick belts
  • Although very different dynamic colors, it flowed well!

Cupani Fashion 

  • This was the collection of the ladies I met before the show.  Initially, I only planned to stay for the first showcase, but I had to stay and see their designs!
  • Such use of colors! The clothes had great movement…
  • Such a beautiful concept hand-crocheted clothes with handmade one-of-a-kind hats!!!

MP Fashion 

  • Truly a fierce feminine collection!
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    Ruffles never looked so good!

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  • Oh the creativity with the sleeves!!!
  • Loved the floral details on the yellow suit
  • Knitwear with sequins, Yes!

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  • These Parisian designers were clearly inspired by some of the most notable and powerful leaders of all time: Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X, and of course Nelson Mandela!!
  • Awesome Streetwear with great T’s
  • Loved and totally want T shirt dresses, they had a lose fit but yet still flirty and feminine

 

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2nd Press Conference – Proud Designers

 

Bravo!!! It was a well-rounded showcase & production! In case you missed anything there was so many opportunities to find out more! Plitzs New York City Fashion Week never lost sight of what’s important, diversity, which is pivotal to fashion success!!  I truly felt this show was such a thoughtful way to provide an entry into the New York Fashion Week scene in an authentic, organic and genuine way. Absolutely can not wait until next year!

 

Naomi

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined”

-Henry David Thoreau

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Note: *The title is an adaptation of a respected quote from Cesar Chavez*

Baltimore’s Takeover of NYFW – Sept 2016

Ever since I found out Baltimore Fashion Umbrella was going to have a Designer’s Debut in New York City, I knew I had to be there.  I’ve attended Baltimore Fashion Week for the last few years so I knew Fashion Umbrella Foundation had so much to offer New York. IMG_0565

I was curious to see if once in Manhattan, debuting designers from across United States, would it hold on to its Baltimore City roots?  Well, Sharan Nixon did an amazing job at expanding and yet maintaining her message. Her production staff, make up artists from New York Institute of Beauty, models, and designers definitely did a great job promoting her vision.  The venue, Holiday Inn in midtown was perfect,img_0703… and overall environment was pleasant, and eager;

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Guests patiently waiting…

I especially enjoyed sitting front row next to her beautiful and supportive mother. img_0706img_0705

 

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Fantastic MC – Coley Cole da Model

First Designer: Parisa Kay of Indianapolis, Indiana

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I loved the fusion of denim with lace, with the added accessories on the models’ feet.

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Such Detail!

In fact, one of the coolest parts of her show was when the model took the leg lace piece off, turning pants to shorts! Such versatility!!!

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Beautiful dresses!!!

Second Designer:  Margaret Sanzo of Denver, Colorado

Really loved these pieces, had a strong career woman feel, it would be perfect for me! Loved the off the shoulder & assymetry. My fav was probably the 2 piece jumpsuit.

Third Designer: Brandi Lewis, designer of Syeko Design House, in Baltimore, Maryland

Bmore!!! Okay, yes I was a bit excited…. And this unique collection did not disappoint!!!

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It was called the “Syeko” collection, which included menswear as well, such range!

I love love love colors that pop.

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I adored the yellow jacket, painted on jean jackets, and gold shimmer. And the dress at the end… Can I just say, wow!

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Stole the show!

Portion of proceeds of this Designers’ Debut went to their Refresh program providing supplies to 2 Baltimore schools, and my mother being a inner city Baltimore School teacher of 30yrs, I understand, this is critically needed.

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Sharan Nixon and the designers

I was excited and honored to be a part of dream of the Baltimore Fashion Umbrella Foundation…Showing how much Baltimore has to offer on New York’s biggest fashion stage, New Yorkimg_0788 Fashion Week.

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined”

-Henry David Thoreau

Naomi

Guaranteed Gratification! – NYFW Sept 2016

Anxiety. Anticipation. Avidity. New York Fashion Week is an exhilarating time
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Nowadays, you can see the major brands shows live online, even Tommy Hilfiger rented out a pier! Snapchat has been a fantastic addition to NYFW, to actively see behind the scenes, the fittings, the shows as if you’re front row yourself.

But what about the emerging/independent designers. You know the Marc Jacobs & Valentino’s before they actually become world reknown. Over the last year of blogging as media/press and attending events as a fashion enthusiast, its been amazing to be apart of the early stages and the growth of a designer.

I had the pleasure of being media for Plitz Fashion Show, Style Fashion Week, and Designer’s Debut in NYC by the producer of Baltimore Fashion Week; whose sole admirable purpose is for showcasing the designers, models, makeup artists talents. Provided that continued enthusiasm for fashion when at times recently its been in a bit of upheaval.

Now as an out-of-towner… how do I see & enjoy 6 shows, and 32 designers in 1 and 1/2 days?

I outlined my top 3 strategies that work for me:

1st: Make a itinerary and stick to it!img_0681

  • Have your mode to and from NYC comfortable. I love Megabus, it has wifi, charging
    system, super comfortable seats… and affordable, so you can spend more money on clothes 🙂img_0684
  • Plan the location of the events; so if you are fashion show hopping, the shows are either in walking distance or a short cab/Uber/Lyft drive away. I had really great cab luck, I never had to wait longer than 2 minutes to hail one. Must have been my outfit 🙂 There are honestly so many shows, and its hard to choose. But part of attending a show is staying the entire time out of respect for the show.

My centralized hotel spot : Marroitt Marquis Time Square!!!

2nd: Appropriate attire is a must!

  • Now some chosen few are required to wear the designer’s collection, and have cars automatically picking them so walking is rare. If you are like the majority of everyone else , you get to chose your own clothes and you’re going to have to walk.img_0695
  • It was evening, so I wore a blue sleeveless, slightly shimmery knee-length Zara dress. And added blue patent leather shoes for my own Naomi personal touch.
  • The key is casual effortlessly chic; weather appropriate
  • Don’t try on the outfit right before the event assuming it will be perfect. (i.e. my pants for Style Fashion Week were an epic fail) I was too worried about my abs being perfect in the crop top and assumed the pants would fit. Never assume.

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    Oops! A little too long! Who’d thought? I’m 5’10”!!!

3rd: Feed off the energy!

  • It’s a privilege to be shown artists at work. So, just sit back and enjoy it.
  • Allow yourself to meet new people. I can be kind of shy. Which can be understandable in a big city like NYC, and if you’re media/blogger its acceptable because your role is behind the scenes. But poke your head outside your turtle shell, meet, network or just allow a little small talk.

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    Lovely designers of Cupani Fashion and Haute Dames

So strategy made, now utilize. 

When I arrived Friday Sept 9th, at 4pm, checked in and went to Set NYC fashion week S/S  art month at 6pm

… which along side Freedom Ladder, proceeds help end child-trafficking;

… and Harlem Fashion Week at 10pm

img_0792…whose mission is provide a platform for diversity in fashion especially for emerging designers.  So, I went to these shows as a fashionista who wants to also make a difference.

In a way, I also feel its important to stay grounded and never forget your basic love for a fashion show, relish the entertainment and beauty of the event.  And bonus if its for a great cause!

The shows I covered, as media, were on Friday Sept 9th at 8pm NY Designer Debut of Baltimore Fashion Umbrella; on Saturday Sept 10th Plitzs Fashion Showcases 1 & 2 and Style Fashion Week.  It was pretty awesome to say the least.

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…I appreciate the luxury of being back stage…. meet the models, and designers up close and personal… Like I’m totally in awe of the process.

One of the hardest thing to do during NYFW is EAT! And the last night I went to Black Sushi near Times Square and enjoyed a fantastic rainbow roll with black rice (multigrain and supposedly forbidden). img_1140

When it comes to New York Fashion Week, the hype is legitimized. It’s a special time to be a part of a designer/model/make up artist/photographer or even a blogger’s one shining moment. Ahhh, can’t wait til winter shows….

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined”

-Henry David Thoreau

Naomi

 

The Perfect Side of Fashion – Baltimore Fashion Week Aug 2016

Do you see the light? Cause I do, the light of most fashionistas lives… New York Fashion Week!!! I like to personalize it, NNYFW (Naomi’s NYFW).  Every season I go to New York check out basically every show I can get into. Like every one. One of my most anticipated ones this year is Baltimore Fashion Week’s entrance into the NYFW scene.  It should be a welcomed presence because the people of Baltimore Fashion Umbrella and Baltimore Fashion Week (BFW) have so much to offer!

I may be a bit biased being from Baltimore City, but attending a show almost FullSizeRender (50)every BFW in the last 4 years, I know it will be great. This past one on August 14, 2016
was at Baltimore War Memorial, and we made it a family affair.  Every season I bring my daughter, because its important to show and support the positivism of all things Baltimore. However, this year attending as press meant Brent (my husband) would be also be attending to as my photographer/eye candy.IMG_0454Since my daughter’s friend was modelling in the show, I made sure to get her a front row seat, she’s always my VIP so she deserves nothing less.IMG_5369

I also knew another model of a good nurse friend of mine’s who made his modelling debut last year at Baltimore Fashion Week.  DSC_0369We went to the show’s finale, which was dare I say pretty epic. Although its a large event, I love the interaction between the director Sharon and the guests, with raffles of various local stores. The host Komplex and hostess were quite entertaining.IMG_0403.JPG

The collections were beautiful.

They included upscale evening dress attire,menswear, swimwear, and more!

Even the brief power outage due to severe weather could not rain on this parade.

If you are in New York City, addicted to fashion, and love supporting emerging/independent designers be sure to attend the Baltimore Fashion Week show in NYC on this Friday evening, September 9th!!! I know I’ll be there!

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-Henry David Thoreau

Naomi

 

DC Swim Week Perfectly “Suits” Me

So last year (pre-blogging era), was the first DC swim week I ever attended. It also so happened to be at DC Swim Week’s first year. But you wouldn’t have known it.  It felt so smoothly run, the venues were perfect, the fashion was amazing … and I’ve got to say the 2nd annual was even better!IMG_0202

I attended the first night, the press reception.  It was an honor to meet the designers, learn their processes, and inspirations.  I realized there is such a global respect in the fashion industry for the District of Columbia, and rightfully so, DC is truly diverse and has so much to offer.

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Cafe Milano

So the reception was beyond welcoming, and although the highlights were the international designers: Banana Moon, Livia – Monte Carlo, and Universal Gear; the venue, Cafe Milano in Georgetown, DC, was absolutely perfect!

Now I’m more of a behind-the-scenes kind of girl.  I was having a conversation with a stunning well-versed woman, Carolyn E. Howell, Director of Sterling Women of Washington, DC, that sort of started off talking about my dress, kids, and ended up with me meeting 2 passionate/enthusiastic entrepreneurs: Derek Nickerson of Poppir and Chris Petrakis of Solebrity; and even the President of DC Swim Week Moh Ducis!  I thought wait a second, I think I’m networking, lol.IMG_0210

Anywho, back to the fashion! The presentations were all beautiful. Immediately made me question my decision to eat all of those delectable hor d’oeuvres.

One may think what’s so special about bikinis? But when it comes to swimwear, especially with women, it doesn’t matter your size, you are quite exposed physically and emotionally.  These designers indubitably had that in mind, with a clear thoughtfulness on fabric, style, color, and most importantly fit.  After all unlike most clothing, it has to maintain its form in wet/dry conditions and with movement. One asks a lot of the bikini if you think about it.

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Simply adored this one

So Brent and I attended the 3rd night at the Penthouse Pool House and Lounge at the Yards.

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The venue was an upscale yet relaxed setting, with a fusion of swimwear and the nightlife that appeared effortless.
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Snapchatting the event!

 

With Brent providing the professional photography, I had the freedom to soak it all in.

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With my days of bikinis nearing an end, this is the perfection transition to the one-piece!

Fun spin on the Hula Hoop

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Peacocking!
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One piece with a faux Statement Necklace!
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A little sequin love!

 

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Such bold colors!

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Took a quick glimpse at my husband, Brent, and realize that he was taking very limited photos of the male models and couldn’t put the camera down with the female models. Then I realized, I brought my husband to a swimwear event, lol… Ah, the plight of blogging with your husband!

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3D effect of florals!

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Beautiful floral patterns!

 

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A dreamy interaction between Male/Female Models

So, my husband, Brent, definitely doesn’t go to clubs or lounges, and is quite introverted. Well…so I thought. It’s a real testament to the production of that night and the entire DC Swim Week.  Where even a tech geek, as he sipped on his Shirley Temple, developed an appreciation and was talking about the swimwear, the presentation, and poolside venue! I absolutely enjoyed every single moment. The attention to detail, the incredible focus on DC as a fashion powerhouse on an international and local scale; and the clear drive to make sure every fashion enthusiast’s desire is satisfied was commendable. Can’t wait until next year!!!

***Click here to learn more about the 20 international and national designers, there was so much talent!!!***

 

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“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined”

-Henry David Thoreau

 

Naomi

 

Fashion never Tasted so Good! – Taste of the Runway, DC

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I had the fantastic opportunity to attend Taste of the Runway in DC at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for the 2nd year in a row but this year not only as a fashion enthusiast but as an advocate! Taste of the Runway is an event that incorporates my two favorite things beautiful, creative, inspirational fashion and truly fantastic well-prepared (unlimited) food.

 

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I had a brief chat at the end of the show with one of the directors, which mainly involved me giving accolades, but I learned a few things . For instance, I noticed the space was utilized differently this year. Apparently last year was more focus on the pop up shops while this year there was an added Wedding boutique

which was sort of the main attraction. The shops and food area were more condensed around the runway this year, and I feel was definitely a nice touch.

Plus, there was the addition of other activities while you wait in between designers or during one of the intermissions, like professional massage therapy!!!IMG_0163

They did a stellar job of having the food portion, appropriately entertwined with the fashion part to make it more of an accessory to the show versus a distraction.

There were celebrities there besides me (totally totally kidding) such as …

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Gizelle Bryant from Real Housewives of the Potomac

 

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Miss District of Columbia

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Celebrity Chef J. Ponder from Chopped &Food Network

Celebrity Chef J. Ponder states that he loves using fresh garlic, olive oil and herbs in his dishes and by the way, makes the most amazing pulled chicken!!!

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Hard at work!

The MC of the night was comedian Rodney Perry,

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who was mad funny, incredibly entertaining, and definitely made the audience feel like they were a part of the show.

 

The models were beyond talented, and were a beautiful array of all ages, sizes, and ethnicities.  IMG_0069

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Some of the designers I have seen before, such as Victor Hou Designs (highlighted in a previous post, link at the end) and he definitely did not falter in his collection here.  However, it’s always thrilling to see new designers to the area, proving the DMV is very fashion forward and continuing to become a force to reckon with.

Speaking of the D of DMV, the bridal collection by Cherry Blossom Bridal was based out of DC…

Now epic fail on my part with my phone dying after 2 hours and my backup portable charger dying on hour 3, but there are some pictures of some of my favorite pieces sprinkled throughout my post!IMG_0162 IMG_0081

And one of the most jaw-dropping portion of the event was the avant-garde hair presentation by Princess Canty with models wearing stunning gowns by the Lamaj Company .  Like pictures can not do it justice.

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It was basically a clinic as to how models should pose.  At one point, during this presentation I perused the room and everyone stopped what they were doing, just totally entranced.

So as you know I always try to interview a designer and for this event…

Designer du Jour: Carissa of d’Kultured Kunsepts

Carissa is a designer that not only does clothing lines but also jewelry and accesories. She handsews her pieces, and absolutely loves color.IMG_0131

“Fashion is Limitless…and should be for everyone.”

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She states although she is not an African designer, but she is inspired by african designs and fabric.

So, she is yet to sell her collection in a format such as e-commerce or in a brick and mortar store, but keep on the lookout, for this is an emerging designer worth waiting for.

I definitely appreciate that although Taste of the Runway goes to multiple cities, I feel like tries to incorporate the flavor, history and culture of the city in which it is located. There was definitely thoughtful dedication to the love of fashion, incorporating menswear, swimwear, ready to wear, children clothing and couture.   Overall it was a beautiful production, somehow they topped last year’s show; it flowed very well from designer to designer, the directors of the event definitely mastered the ability of keeping audience captivated. And one could feel the Taste of the Runway spirit and passion in the clear attention to every detail and successful attempt to continuously tickle the fancy of every guest through light fare and fashion.

***For a full list of designers, see here!***

***See  previous post mentioning Victor Hou Designs!!!***

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined” IMG_0055

-Henry David Thoreau

Naomi

 

From Caterpillar to Butterfly – Bronx Fashion Week, NY

So, a week later I am still riding the high of Bronx Fashion Week, which was in partnership with the American Cancer Society.

The venue, Bronx Museum of the arts, was perfect.IMG_8695

As hubs set up in the photo pit, I found a nice little spot in the back, allowing me to take in the spirit of the entire event.  It was a huge turnout, but they were still able to maintain guest exclusivity.  Celebrities in the front row, but the seats were labelled by person, so although you may be 4 rows back your presence was still very special.  IMG_8684As fashion lovers were filing in the names on the back of the seats, made it seem empty in a room full of people unless that person arrived. DSC_0634So, the DJ was perfect for the event, making it difficult to maintain professionalism, because I wanted to dance; and the environment was upbeat full of anxiously awaiting people that the slight wait for it to begin was barely noticeable.DSC_0636.jpg

To my surprise and excitement of my SnapChat followers, my cozy little hidden spot in the back, was right where the models entered the runway!IMG_8683

Although, I’m not a New Yorker (grad school in New York City does not make me a New Yorker), more specifically from the Bronx I still felt a part of this fashion forward community.

I’ve been fortunate to attend quite a few fashion shows and I absolutely loved the Emcee of this show, Rebecca Gitana Torres.

She was not only beautiful but inspirational, and down-to-earth.  Although at celebrity status she seems to have not forgotten her roots, which helped her grow to this point.  She was very interactive with the crowd, a true integral part of the show. Like I loved her encouraging thoughts throughout the show. But after checking her website, I learned she is also an interior and lifestyle designer!

The show started off with a dancer, Bharati S. Kemraj, who performed a beautiful dance with the fusion of Carribean, Indian and Bollywood. So fitting for the diverse fashion crowd present.

Designer – Shadeth

So, this gifted 21 year old designer, had the 3 F’s: fun, feminine and flirty! Overall a beautiful collection from start to finish! I loved the beautiful prints, the attention to detail with the silver trim and pink pom poms and fantastic sleeves…

My fav was probably the 2 piece jumpsuit & off shoulder with a perfect length slit.

You can tell her future is going to be so bright.

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Designer – Francoise

“To be happy is to be true to yourself.”

This collection in two words would be “incredible variety.” From swimwear to elegant sequin gowns, it was a true display of her diverse talents.

My favs were the two piece pink pleats and the black lace dress, with slit and flower embroidery.  DSC_0799I loved the soft yet bold pink dresses.

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Designer – AJ

Initially, I was thinking nice, and sporty. But as I looked closer, I realized the artistic work of the designs. DSC_0890The shirts/skirts had symbols etched within the fabric, sort of like hieroglyphics. After awhile, you were mesmerized and excited to see the next piece to see what new detail was added, and challenge yourself to see where it’s located.  My fav was the sweater with button.DSC_0894 I loved how the menswear shirt was a combo of fabrics ie. mesh and cotton.

Definitely on trend with the athleisure movement, but with a special twist. Okay the epic part was when the female model took the sweater off of the male model in front of her and put it on making it a mini sweater dress.  DSC_0968Surprisingly my hubs on the car ride home, was the first to bring up that part of the show, so it wow’d even a tech geek.

Designer – Charly Dominguez

Fitting that in an art museum hosting a fashion show that there would be wearable/body art. Definitely has an ancient tribal feel merging past, present and future of body art and culture. Loved the accessories… i.e. gas mask.

Designer du Jour – Dee Eo of Quantum Style Labs aka Diego

“Bold, In your face, Unapologetic”

So, after seeing work, it was pretty clear why he showed 2 collections! I was fortunate to chat with him after the show.  I felt bad interrupting all of his well-deserved accolades from every single person walking next to him.IMG_8692

“It’s the family business… I tried to resist.”

So glad he didn’t!!!

Majoring in engineering may seem like an unlikely segway into fashion. But being that his father was a master tailor, he found a way to do both with his clear love for structure through his designs.  He also has a special ability in corsetry, bridalwear and non-traditional menswear and can also handsew!

I personally loved the play on pin-stripes which is kind of perfect for a career woman/fashionista like me who is constantly trying to exude her own style, and maintain respect in a “suit and tie” world.

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Bold Collar/Corset/Long Traditional Skirt

 

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Great Statement Piece

Who said Print is dead?

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Beautifully patterned corsets

So the second collection was fierce (snap sound, lol) It had a Michael Jackson circa 80s feel.

 

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Drop the mic…

Diego has such range. He stated for the second collection, Haberdashery, his inspiration was “Flashing Lights” by Kanye West. The first collection inspiration is Menswear clothier inspired fabric.  His favorite fabric is “Whatever moves him.” And his new line is Garment Gangster.

I want to congratulate the CEO of Bronx Fashion Week, Flora Montes and the rest of the team behind this event! At the end, the Emcee closed with the topic of the event. Butterfly effect. She had me thinking, what part of the transformation am I in? Catepillar…Cocoon…Butterfly??? Hmm, not sure Stay tuned, lol…

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined”

-Henry David Thoreau DSC_0173

 

Naomi 

 

I Have the Power of Fashion! – African Arts & Fashion Week, DC

So, my travels this weekend took me merely an hour away (by train) in search of a panel discussing African Fashion, but, I found so much more!

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The Loft at 600 F

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“African fashion is a movement and a building of community” – Uche Ibezue

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