This past weekend I got a chance to attend my second AfroPunk Festival and it was absolutely everything. Since I’m not yet rolling in dough and the festival and Fashion Week fell a week apart, I had a tough decision to make. Fashion Week or AfroPunk? Although I went back and forth over it, I opted to attend AfroPunk. This year has undoubtedly been a doozy for minorities especially as it pertains to African-Americans. Between the growing unrest brewing within the country over police brutality, and the upcoming election, I checked out. I pride myself on being able to hold my emotions together and remain pretty poised in most situations, but the weight of what was going on got to me. So much so, that I completely lost it in the parking lot at work. Continue reading “Why I Needed AfroPunk Over Fashion Week This Year”
Whew! It’s been over a week since I’ve returned from NYFW and I am still tired!!!! It takes a while to come down from the whirlwind that is fashion week, so I will do my best to summarize my experience. Somehow I managed to take over 800 pictures so I will most likely do this in the form of a few posts, but here is my quick overview in a nutshell!
After touching down in New York , my first official assignment was to cover backstage hair and makeup for the Academy of Art show. It was held at The Arc, Skylight Moynihan Station, one of the three new homes of NYFW. Hair for the show was provided by Aveda, nails Pattie Yankee, and makeup MAC Cosmetics. I really love providing backstage coverage during fashion week, there is a completely different energy than front of house. For me it is the place where you really get to see the insider secrets of the show. See the last minute mishaps, how things are fixed, the drama, the rush of it all…I could go on and on. But backstage is definitely HIGH Energy! lol
Day 2 was fun filled! As always, when I’m in New York I try to squeeze as many things in one day as possible, and that is exactly what I did during my second day. On the agenda for the day was coverage of the Osklen Backstage, assisting my friend Shaquita/Catrice during her first fashion show for her line A Bridge To London during fashion week, meeting with my mentor and former boss Chandra, and finally ending the day with my friend from high school Sharae! Highlights of the day included meeting celebrity hair stylist Tippi Shorter and Director of Makeup Artistry Romero Jennings. EPIC! Also I was really happy to see my Chandra! She was such a blessing to me while I was in NY as an intern and she went to Kent!
Ok so Day 3 was absolutely perfect. One reason I really love going to NY is for the streetstyle. I tell people all the time that NY is one place where you can wear absolutely anything and no one will even bat an eye. I love the creative freedom and ability to express who you are without judgement. So with that being said, I was ecstatic to go to the ESSENCE Streetstyle Block Party in BK. I looked forward to it the entire time I was in NY and it did not disappoint! I was in fashion heaven and didn’t want to come down. At some points I was really overwhelmed being surrounded by so much creativity, culture, fashion, and freedom. It’s really hard to put into words. After the festival, I had an impromptu photo shoot with my friends, ate pizza in downtown Dumbo, went to a really cool designer pop-up shop, and ended the night at a eyewear launch.
Day 4 was all about saying my goodbyes to the city, shopping, and catching up with friends. I became obsessed with a ring that my friend Sharae had and made it my personal mission to have one made before leaving the city. So to SoHo I went to find one, on the way, I caught up with my good friend from college Evelyn and shopped till I dropped in between the two.
My NYFW SS16 Fashion Week Experience was everything! I saw shows, went backstage, partied, shopped and dropped. My trip couldn’t have been better. I hope you enjoyed my pics! Stay tuned to my Streetstyle Post!
Spotting trends during fashion week is not exclusive to the catwalk; street style fashion offered by show goers can lend a blogger like me fashion inspiration for days. So during day 2 of my time in the city, I hit the pavement in search of street trends to bring to you! The one trend that I found both on and off the runway were fabulous furs! It was great to see how differently people interpreted the trend. Take a look for yourself at my findings and tell me your thoughts!
I was legitimately blessed this fashion week season and for the first time covered backstage beauty and hair for Noon by Noor, Tracy Reese, David Tlale, Naomi Campbell’s Fashion For Relief, and Libertine. Although I absolutely LOVE attending the shows, the back of house has a completely different energy and is so interesting to witness firsthand. For starters, it is an organized chaos of hair, makeup, clothing, and personality! There literally is no telling who you will see, or what hot new beauty or hair trend you may witness live and in the flesh. I will do my best to summarize everything that I encountered and leave nothing out! Be sure to stay tuned to my blog all week to get the play by play on my #fashionweekbreakdown. Enjoy!
Hair for Libertine was sponsored by Catwalk by TIGI, and was inspired by lead designer Hartig’s travels to India. The look for the show included an amazing hot pink stripe down the center part of each models hair. Makeup was provided by MAC Cosmetics under the direction of lead artist Chantel Miller. Eyes were the main focal point for beauty and included a smudged textural smoky eye designed to look as if the models rolled right out of bed. The eye was created using several types of eyeliners and shadows all with a different finish to create dimension and visual interest. The end result was very cool looking.
For the David Tlale I covered makeup which was provided by MAC Cosmetics and led by PRO MAC Artist Louise Zizzo. When describing the eye, Zizzo shared that “It’s all about the aftermath, so I wanted to create a beautiful woman, but with a slightly tougher edge. So the makeup is still beautiful but we are cutting these lines through the liner to give it a tribal toughness.”