Recently, I was asked by my good friend Ty of HelloBeautiful.com to spill the beans on my style and beauty secrets. Upon arrival we talked about the importance of beauty from head to toe as well as how to transform office chic looks into after work flyness. We laughed, danced to ratchet music and had a blast during the photo shoot for Iman Cosmetics.
Since I don’t have a typical office-wear wardrobe, (My real-life office wear consisted of a rainbow of Calvin Klein shift dresses and suits from The Limited.) I really enjoyed showing off my double-duty style and how I can take two very different office looks from daytime to night.
Office Wear – Day
Watch: Michael Kors
One of my favorite pieces found over the pond was this lace and pleated chiffon dress I found in London a few summers ago. I love how the feminine elements of lace and chiffon paired with the baby-doll cut exudes “girly-girl” to the tenth power. I added a jeweled cardigan and my favorite jeweled accessories to the mix to complete this office favorite.
Office Wear – Night
Necklace: J. Crew
Leather Moto Jacket: H&M
Leggings: 20 Legz
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
In true “diva” form, the quickest way to turn a “sweet” look into a “fierce” look is to add leather baby! I paired my favorite leather leggings, Moto jacket from H&M and studded Louboutins to transform into a rocker-chic look perfect for Happy Hour or late night/date night fun.
Another way I love creating day-to-night looks is by adding (then removing) layers to compose an entire day of style using key pieces. I used my latest (and greatest) find from the Altuzarra for Target designer collection as the base for my second daytime to night look.
Office Wear – Day
Shirt: Forever 21
Peplum Top: Forever 21
I layered a double POP of neon green with a sheer collared shirt and peplum top. (You can never wear too much neon! #NeonMakesMeHappy) I really wanted to liven up this monochromatic moment in living color and bring it to life. (I could’ve easily substituted this librarian-inspired look with a classic white blouse and black sweater – but if I’m going to be a librarian then I’m gonna be the jazziest librarian you ever did see!)
Office Wear – Night
Shoes: Forever 21
Night time, is the right time to shed the layers and take it all off! Once I removed the extras and added a red hot rouge lip, I’m left with this va-va-voom glam look, compliments of the Altuzarra for Target silky maxi dress.
These are just a few ways that I have fun with beauty and style from day to night. What about you? What are your must have pieces/accessories to create a polished look from day-to-night?
For more looks check out HelloBeautiful.com.
As New York Fashion Week comes to a close, it’s only right that I share one of my favorite annual events from the epicenter of all things fly and fashionable in NYC. Harlem’s Fashion Row events powered by Pandora kicked off fashion week fun with a Blogger’s Breakfast (sponsored by McDonald’s) as well as an editors luncheon offering a preview of the designer collections that would be gracing the runway during the 7th Annual HFR Runway Show and Style Awards.
Designer Kianga “Kiki Kitty” Peterson (K. Milele) seen with models at HFR Editors Luncheon Sept. 4 in NYC.
After media previews throughout the week, celebrities near and far gathered to NYC for the 7th Annual Harlem’s Fashion Row Runway Show And Style Awards. A show filled with designers from near and far, the HFR show is one of the anticipated runway events of each season. In addition to K. Milele designs, models dominated the runway in Harlem Haberdashery, Josh and Nicol and kept fashion fans in awe during the entire show. Discover moments from the show and surprise model appearances below.
TV personalities Miss Lawrence and Bevy Smith attend Harlem’s Fashion Row 7th Annual Fashion Show
Iconic model Beverly Johnson attends Harlem’s Fashion Row 7th Annual Fashion Show And Style Awards
A model wearing K. Milele during HFR Fashion Show
Model wearing Harlem Haberdashery Harlem’s Fashion Row 7th Annual Fashion Show
Model wearing Josh and Nicol during at Harlem’s Fashion Row 7th Annual Fashion Show
Model Bree Scullark wearing K. Milele during during HFR runway show
Recording artist Fat Joe walks the runway wearing Harlem Haberdashery during HFR runway show
Brandice Henderson, CEO and Founder of Harlem’s Fashion Row, has over 12 years of experience in fashion ranging from retail, buying, costing, and production. In May 2007, Henderson created HFR and produced the first fashion show which received critical acclaim and a mention in Women’s Wear Daily.
In just 5 years, Brandice moved Harlem’s Fashion Row from a small restaurant venue to the striking Allen Room at Lincoln Center. She’s gained corporate support from companies such as Target Stores, Iman Cosmetics, Sprite Green, and BET. Harlem’s Fashion Row has also been covered by NY Daily News, New York Time Out, and Jones Magazine as well as NYC TV “That’s So New York”, The Cut, NY Racked, Black Enterprise, and Centric.
Harlem’s Fashion Row is now a movement to increase diversity in fashion by producing events to teach, inspire, and encourage as well as by providing a platform for designers of color during fashion week. Harlem’s Fashion Row is a business with a purpose.
Is it just us or does NYFW suck away all of your energy too? The NYFW madness has just begun and we’ve been running to fashion shows, hopping in and out of cabs, waiting impatiently for the trains and just as quickly as it began, it’s now almost over.
Since we’ve survived another hectic fashion week we’ve decided to reward everyone for their hard work. We’re bringing our Relax, Renew and Recharge event back with AT&T and this time, we’ve moved closer to the fashion week action – just steps away from Milk Studios in Chelsea NYC.
This year, we have some amazing prizes and gift bags for all our hard-working NYFW friends and we can’t wait to catch up, talk shop and Relax, Renew and Recharge from all the fashion week excitement this season!
Relax, Renew & Recharge with INGLOT & AT&T
RELAX with an evening of free blow-outs, makeovers and beauty consultations by the world’s leading beauty brands. RENEW with a little “retail therapy” – complementary INGLOT gift cards for shopping during the event. RECHARGE from NYFW by tweeting for a chance to win AT&T smartphones, gift cards and more than $1000 in prizes!
Did you miss our last #NYFWRRR event? Relive the experience here and don’t forget to reserve your spot for an amazing celebration of Fashion Week Survival below! See you there!
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The aviation theme was present throughout the entire collection from head to toe.
The mixed patterns, colors and matching accessories were colorful and complementary
The volcano inspired maxi dress moved and swayed beautifully down the runway
A 3-price of design rolled into one.
The overcoat, dress and matching headphones is a stylish trio that any women would enjoy.
The eye-catching designs and beautiful models owned the runway from start to finish.
It’s a party! The DJ is rocking the runway and the guests had a wonderful time!
Dominique Streater was born and raised in the heart of West Philadelphia. An avid artist since childhood, she has earned a Bachelors degree in Fashion Design from Moore College of Art and Design. Just a few years after the completion of her degree, Dom was cast on the Emmy award winning television series, Project Runway Season 12, where she made a mark on the fashion industry by winning the competition with her use of bold and daring color and prints in her fashion forward designs. For more information visit dominiquestreater.com.
What do you think of the “Elevated” Spring/Summer collection? Did you like the colors, patterns and accessories of the runway looks? Share your thoughts below.
Photo credit is to D. Burton Photos
Last week Target, designer Joseph Altuzarra and NET-A-PORTER.COM hosted a private shopping event in celebration of Altuzarra for Target before the collection launches Sunday, Sept. 14. The event reflected the collection’s sophisticated aesthetic and featured an atmospheric blend of opulence and modernity, armies of mannequins in infinity mirror boxes showcased the limited-edition collection. Celebrities like Naomie Harris, Keri Russell and Naomi Watts attended the Altuzarra For Target preview launch event at Skylight Clarkson Sq for a night of shopping and NYFW fun!
Naomie Harris, Designer Joseph Altuzarra Keri Russell and Naomi Watts pose for the cameras
The Altuzarra For Target preview shopping event is open for business
During the event guests got a sneak preview and got the chance to purchase items from the Altuzarra for Target collection before it’s available worldwide on September 14th.
Naomie Harris is spotted wearing one of the favorited Altuzarra For Target dresses of the night
My shopping fun was complete thanks to my good girlfriends Christina and Kela
I scored the Altuzarra for Target crocodile printed belt ($29.99) and over the knee boots ($79.99) from the collection
I was also able to score this old-hollywood inspired floral printed dress ($79.99) from the collection too
This fall, Target has partnered with Altuzarra, a luxury fashion brand, to introduce an affordable limited-edition collection of women’s apparel, accessories and shoes. Consisting of nearly 50 pieces, ranging in price from $17.99 to $89.99 for apparel and $29.99 to $79.99 for accessories, the collection will be available Sept. 14 at most Target stores and Target.com. Global fans of Altuzarra will be able to purchase a curated assortment of the collection via online luxury retailer NET-A-PORTER.COM. For more information visit Target.com/Altuzarra.
On Monday, September 8th Korto Momolu showcased her phenomenal designs during her New York Fashion Week spring show presented by SheaMoisture. Filled with a variety of textures, pastels and dynamic structures, the Project Runway All-Star accessorized the beautiful line with the definitive structured pieces of one of my favorite jewelry designers Darrell Roach Jewelry.
Thanks to the great folks at SheaMoisture, I got the details on the hair and makeup looks by celebrity makeup artist Renny Vasquez. Rich hues on the lips was the look for all using the SheaMoisture Lip Crayon in Roberta and lip gloss in Rosie for shine and deeper color.
The Darrell Roach designs that graced the models were made of lucite, copper and were an great addition to the designs that stole the show.
Inspired by her African roots, Liberian-born fashion designer and stylist Korto Momolu (pronounced Cut • Toe – Mo • Mo • Lu) is stamping her global brand on fashion forward women’s wear and accessories that celebrate the essence of her rich heritage through the use of traditional, luxury fabrics; skins; mixed prints, etc.
This beautiful dress was lined with brilliant pop of cobalt blue and that Darrell Roach designed neck peice is a great touch!
The embellished, structured shorts were quite a hit with the front row fashionistas
Flowy, chiffon gowns were also a huge hit on the runway. This beautiful gown is something I’d definitely love to wear.
Pops of tangerine in a shift dress with fishnet accessories kicked off the runway show
This floor length chiffon dress in cream definitely was a highlight of the show, especially paired with Darrell Roach necklace.
Nudes and neons is still high on the Spring/Summer trend for next year, I love how Korto Momlu paired the two colors in this ready-to-wear piece.
Glitz and glam was on the menu with this Korto Momlu sequins-embellished piece
I even got a chance to rock my favorite Darrell Roach designed jewelry piece (my ring) that I got back in 2008 in Charlotte, NC.
As the Korto Momolu brand expands, so do her accomplishments and opportunities to include designing for Miss Universe (Leila Lopes) and the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf; creating an accessory line for Dillard’s Incorporated department stores; producing an eco-friendly jewelry line for the Smithsonian museum stores; designing the uniforms for the Walton Family Museum (Crystal Bridges); serving as the Cheerios’ ambassador for the Shoprite Partners in Caring “Knock Out Hunger” campaign; and contributing her time and talents to countless charitable and philanthropic endeavors. Highlighted in the ‘Top 5 Designers to Watch’ in New York City this season, Korto has been featured in many international and national publications and has appeared on numerous television shows, including two seasons of Project Runway AllStars.
What do you think about the collection? The jewelry? Share your thoughts on your favorite looks below.
Photos by Getty Images/ By: Brian Killian
Last week, BET Networks kicked off New York Fashion Week in style with their “BET On Fashion” show at Espace in midtown. The exclusive event featured seven rising designers, Viktor Luna, Helen Castillo, Natt Taylor, St. Frimpong, Jacinta Ligon, Andrew Nowell and Tashia Senn, giving them an opportunity to showcase their eclectic designs, work and passion.
Guests arrived in style as the pre-fashion week event ushered a preview of what fashion enthusiasts would see throughout the 7-day experience known as fashion week. Since the event kicked off all the fashion fun first, there was no shortage of bloggers, editors and who’s who in fashion in attendance during the BET on Fashion event. Check out the all the event fun below.
BET on Fashion Wrap Up
Fashion enthusiasts, celebrities and style experts got their first looks at the phenomenal designs and trends sure to take next Spring season by storm. In attendance included Elle Varner, Tai Beauchamp, Carla Hall, Debra Lee, Amanda Seales, Devyn Abdullah, Emil Wilbekin, Mikki Taylor, Lola Ogunnaike, Africa Miranda and more who enjoyed the show as well as the post event reception. Overall, this evening of fashion was a great send off for fashionistas into New York Fashion Week fun and many of us are looking forward to the next BET of Fashion event soon.
What do you think about BET on Fashion? Did you spot your favorite celebrities or designer looks at the BET on Fashion event? What were your favorite NYFW designer moments this year? Share your thoughts below?
If there’s one show I look forward to witnessing every season, it has to be the DVF collection by Diane Von Furstenburg herself. Always filled with statement pieces for the everyday woman, this collection houses much much than the iconic wrap dress – and that’s where the anticipation builds year after year. Who knew this season’s off-site show would house such stylish moments with gingham, the legendary Pat McGrath, fashion’s newest “IT-GIRL” Kendall Jenner and fashion icon Naomi Campbell.
My DVF fashion fun began hours before the show with lead stylist Orlando Pita (for CHI Haircare) & Beauty Guru Pat McGrath. Throughout the sea of beautiful models laughing, snapping selfies and getting their finishing touches on hair, nails and makeup – a commanding, yet motherly voice arises “Orlando, Orlando!” and in walks Diane Von Furstenburg herself.
After a few moments of praise, Diane and her team rushed to the the runway in preparation for the show rehearsal. One by one, the models dressed in bright and bold golds, blues and greens walked the runway for final approval before the big show.
Once the show began, everyone was all abuzz about Kendall Jenner walking in the show, but it wasn’t until the showstopper herself – Naomi Campbell walked the runway that upped the anti on what could be considered a great Spring show.
Filled with bra tops, baby doll dresses and plenty of leg-worthy frocks to go around, this DVF collection is definitely more vacation friendly than office friendly, but hey that’s what makes DVF so great right? I mean, we have more than enough wrap dresses to go around so this collection is a welcomed suite of fun fashions for any woman to enjoy next spring!
Check out more looks from the DVF Spring 2015 collection below.
What do you think? Do you love the collection, adore Naomi Campbell or think Kendall Jenner looked stellar? Share your thoughts below.
Can I be honest here… New York Fashion Week is exhausting and unless you have a plan, you’ll wear yourself out by day 2! (After six seasons of Fashion Week fun, trust me.. I know some things…) Between the Lincoln Center shows, off-site shows, backstage interviews, lounges, parties and more – fashion week overload is much more than just a notion, it’s a reality. That’s why I teamed up with my girls Kéla Walker and Ty Alexander for a stylishly fun video sharing our favorite tips for surviving New York Fashion Week.
With over 20-seasons of collective fashion week experience, we have tips and fashion week advice that even the most seasoned fashion editor could appreciate, and we’re sharing our words of wisdom with you.
If you’re a new blogger, style writer or just want to be in the midst of all the New York Fashion Week action but don’t know where to start. This video is for you. Check out our tips for surviving fashion week below.
Are you heading out to New York Fashion Week this weekend? If you spot us at any shows, don’t forget to say Hi (and let us know if there are any additional tips you think we needed to add to this video! We’re all going to get through this thing called fashion week together! LOL)
Did you grab tickets to our upcoming New York Fashion Week meet up? Grab tickets here and we look forward to seeing you next week!
The latest BCBG Max Azria collection to cascade the runway isn’t far beyond your buying reach. While getting the scoop backstage in hair and makeup (and taking selfies on Instagram with the designer Max Azria himself!) I discovered in a new social shopping twist, BCBG included “how to buy” the ready to wear runway looks by “liking” an Instagram photo from the collection.
The Instagram shopping tool stems from collaboration between BCBGMaxAzria and the LIKEtoKNOW.it service, which sends an email to users who have “liked” an Instagram photo a link to buy it from the designer’s website. In all, the design house said, nine looks were available for purchase via the new system.
If you fell in love with the spring show flowing with bohemian vibes and plenty of pale, pastels and ethereal colors like bare pink, light blush, aqua, gray violet and lavender, then you’ll be happy to know that the latest collection from BCBGMaxAzria has plenty to go around.
Designers Max Azria and his wife, Lubov, described their Spring 2015 collection as a mix of “timeless elegance with bohemian silhouettes.” The emphasis was on long, filmy garments belted at the waist, in subtle prints or, often, a simple one-color look. A white embroidered motorcycle jacket, though, was my favorite piece paired with a cotton skirt and cotton mesh embroidered top — all in white.
Check out some of my favorite pieces from the collection below.