Mode Media and smartwater have teamed up with three CFDA designers to provide a rare “inside look” at the creation of NYFW collections, with the new docu-series “MyLifeMyInspiration.” The videos just premiered and will be added throughout the remainder of Fashion Week as part of the digital content platform’s expanding original programming for CFDA.
Featuring the designers behind top fashion brands Milly (Michelle Smith) and Tracy Reese (Tracy Reese) these videos are apart of a three-part series follows each throughout their collection curation process. From inspiration to finished product, “MyLifeMyInspiration” exposes the daily influences that shape each artist’s designs, leaving viewers inspired to discover and create their own personal sense of style.
MyLifeMyInspiration - Milly
MyLifeMyInspiration - Tracy Reese
Discover more from the behind the scenes series by visiting CFDA.com all Fashion Week long. Who are some of your favorite designers? If you could ask your favorite designers about the inspiration behind their designer collections, who would you ask? Share your questions in the comments section below.
As much as I love to watch the shows of New York Fashion Week – I can’t help but want to break out in a North West-esque tantrum because I want it all, RIGHT NOW! I mean, having to wait for months until the collection becomes retail ready just isn’t something I want to accept all the time – and this time the Tracy Reese Fall/Winter collection is no exception. A runway show draped in powerful femininity and hints of urban warrior chic from head to toe dominated the runway and I got the chance to see it all form together backstage.
Show preparation begins with hair/makeup and nails and thanks to SheaMoisture, I got up close and personal with the hair team behind the sleek styles that rocked the runway. China/bantu top knots styled by lead stylist Bok-Hee and the Shea Moisture team were achieved using SheaMoisture Tahitian Noni & Monoi Smoothing cream, Coconut & Hibiscus Curling Gel Soufflé and High Shine Glosser to create sleek and fierce styles for a collection of models from across the world.
Once ready to go – the models sashayed down the runway in frocks filled with patterns of Maasai reds, Ebony blacks and Cassava whites. A collection inspired by the the evolution of heritage and how it has shaped today’s modern woman. Check out my favorite (lust-worthy) looks from the Tracy Reese Fall/Winter 2015 collection below.
Tracy Reese – Mod Floral Lace Multi Faceted Coat
Tracy Reese – Cassava Studded Patent Coat and Zip Front Skirt
Tracy Reese – Cassava Luxe Poncho with Chic Trouser and Black Turtleneck
Tracy Reese – Cassava Patent Moto Jacket / Stretch Cady Embellished Shell and Modular Culotte
Tracy Reese – Maasai Red/Ebony Abstract Fringe Poncho w/ Ebony Patent Halter Dress
Tracy Reese – Studded Ebony Patent Coat and Zip Dress
Tracy Reese – Maasai Red Flared Sweater Dress and Zip Off Cardigan
Tracy Reese – Animal Spot Trench w/ Black Cavalry Twill Combo Dress and Oatmeal Turtleneck
Tracy Reese – Neutral Multi Faceted Coat w/ Black Cavalry Twill Zip Skirt and Oatmeal Turtleneck
Tracy Reese – Modular Plaid Coat w/ Bright Navy Turtleneck and Sweet Potato Cavalry Twill Gaucho
Tracy Reese – Navy Grid Jacquard Peabody Jacket
Tracy Reese – Black/Blue Gradient Fur Hemmed Vest w/ Ebony Turtleneck & Skirt
During a recent trip to California, I was invited to attend the NAACP Awards and after glow and had no idea what to wear. I had only packed for two other events and didn’t have time to go shopping (let alone find a dry cleaners in the area.) With no time left, I needed to find a laundry mat with a dryer and find one fast! As a Dryel Ambassador, I always pack cleansing cloths and a dryer bag with me at all times. Not only does it come in handy when you need it, the bag also doubles as a soiled laundry bag that you can use when you’re on the go.
With one spin of the dryer, Dryel’s quick steam cleaning made my dress look and feel fresher than ever. Without any fading or fraying the gentile cleaning technique was comparable to a dry cleaning PLUS it was quicker and cheaper than a typical dry cleaning bill! Thanks to Dryel, this all day look took me from a mid-day LA brunch to the NAACP Awards Show and after-party all night long.
Dryel is the at-home dry cleaner that uses the power of steam to clean and deodorize clothing – all in your own dryer. The patented Dryel cleaning system truly fits my on-the-go lifestyle! From last minute travel, to dressing for a special occasion Dryel quickly refreshes and renews clothing in as little as fifteen minutes. Dryel safely and thoroughly cleans clothes, protects colors and preserve shape without using any harsh chemicals.
Not only is Dryel is easy to use, it’s also cost effective and is necessary for the last-minute style moments. Repeating styles on clothes look newer, longer, with no fading, shrinking or stretching. It’s an absolute must-have for any traveling girl on the go and you can find Dryel At-Home Dry Cleaner at retailers like Walmart and Target today! Want to learn more about how others use Dryel to save the day? Get social and connect with Dryel on Facebook and Pinterest today.
Can’t make it to New York City for the NYFW shows? Need a front seat next to Kim and Kanye? Find all the New York Fashion Week video action right here and right now. DivasandDorks.com has an exclusive LIVE feed inside of the fashion tents and runway shows that you want to see – all from the comfort of your computer screen. Looking for the latest from BCBGMAXAZRIA and Desigual hot from the fashion runway? It’s all right here. Watch your favorite designers showcase their latest collections below!
New York Fashion Week Video
From New York to California - Harlem’s Fashion Row brought haute styles and celebrity fun during the inaugural Style Beat fashion show Grammy Weekend in Los Angeles. Held at the spacious Palazzo Beverly Hills estate, the red carpet event hosted by Quincy and Vanessa Simmons highlighted emerging multicultural designers – powered by Verizon Wireless. Featured designers included L.A. – based designer Kevan Hall, custom menswear designer Waraire Bosell, and emerging designers, Joseph Bethune and “Project Runway” finalist Kimberly Goldson.
Style Beat hosts Quincy, Vanessa Simmons and HFR CEO Brandice Henderson-Daniel
“I’ve dreamt of expanding Harlem’s Fashion Row to Los Angeles and now it’s become a reality. It’s our first-ever event on the West Coast and we’re excited to introduce our brand to the entertainment community and continue to present diversity in fashion.”
- HFR Founder/CEO Brandice Henderson-Daniel
Celebrity style usie with Vanessa Williams, AJ Johnson and Tamala Jones
Celebrity guests included VH1′s Basketball wives Laura and Gloria Govan, Vanessa Williams, AJ Johnson, Tamala Jones and more. Influencers got the chance to take their unique style online with Verizon’s 360 interactive glam cam. The 360-degree photo/video experience captured head-to-toe shareable looks that guests shared on social media using #VZFashionMoment tag. Check out my 360 glam cam Verizon VZFashionMoment …and more from the Style Beat event below…
The Verizon 360-glam cam was the haute spot for the Style Beat show
Designs by Kevan Hall ruled the poolside runway
These flowing florals had everyone ready for spring…
Discover the pulse of what’s new and next in designer fashions with Harlem’s Fashion Row all year long. Connect with Harlem’s Fashion Row on Twitter, Instagram and Verizon on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook today!
If you love unique smartphone cases that protect your coveted devices stylishly, but object to paying upwards to $50 and $100 for mere plastic – I’ve found the DIY project for you to try out this weekend! While pursuing Ebay.com, I found DIY blogger Aimee Santos of Swellmayde, and discovered a pretty cool DIY Marble case tutorial that’ll cost you just a few dollars and could make a great personalized gift for others too. I plan on trying out variations of this smartphone case DIY project this weekend …and so should you!
Check out the step by step instructions below:
- marble print contact paper
- craft knife
- metal ruler with cork back
- clear cell phone case
1. Place your cell phone case on top of the backside of the contact paper. Trace around it.
2. Cut out the cell phone shape using your craft knife. Use the metal ruler for the straight edges. Be sure to find a metal ruler with a cork back to be safe (the ruler should not slide around as you are slicing).
3. Peel off the backing of the contact paper. Then, carefully place the sticky side of the cut contact paper onto the cell phone case. Press well to prevent air bubbles.
4. That’s it! You now have a creative and stylish smartphone case that doesn’t cost you a ton of cash!
Are you inspired by this stylish DIY project? Would you like to see more on DivasandDorks.com? Share your thoughts below!
Why travel the globe in search of the chicest wearables that any girl would love, when you can find it all at CES 2015! We walked miles of exhibit floors and searched high and low to find functional and fashionable wearables filled with innovation and equipped with style to match. What we found was a mix of fitness, entertainment and chic beauty all wrapped up in four fashionable favorites found at CES 2015 below:
Stellé Audio Earbud Locket
Giving headphones a major makeover, Stellé Audio launched a new smart necklace that includes Bluetooth technology to double as earbuds and a hands-free phone device. A set of headphones nest within a crystal locket necklace, which also features a built-in microphone for hands-free calling and wireless premium sound to listen to your music on-the-go. The necklace hits the market in February and is availble in two different styles: onyx and seabreeze. Stellé Audio Earbud Locket, available in February, stelleaudio.com.
Healbe GoBe automatic body manager
Taking fitness tracking to the next level, Healbe is launching a watch that monitors your body health in real-time. The watch measures calorie intake, calories burned, heart rate, stress level, hydration level and sleep status all through FLOW technology, which measures the glucose in your cells through your skin. Say goodbye to tracking those calories on your own. Healbe GoBe automatic body manager, $299, healbe.com.
B&O Play H8 headphones
B&O debuted the first-ever noise cancelling and wireless headphones at CES this week. The stylishly-designed headphones feature a touch interface to control music and volume that even works while wearing gloves. An active noise cancellation feature that can be turned on or off to better listen to your music. B&O Play H8 headphones, $499, beoplay.com.
Swarovski x Misfit Shine set
Swarovski collaborated with wearable tech brand Misfit to design the Swarovski Shine collection, a set of chic fitness- and sleep-tracking jewelry. The collection features nine pieces, including watches, pendant necklaces and bracelets all using Misfit’s activity tracker, which detects steps taken, calories burned, distance walked and sleep quality in sync with the Swarovski x Misfit app. Swarovski x Misfit Shine activity tracking set, $199, and necklace, $149, available for pre-order on misfit.com.
Looking for more breaking news and gadgets, gizmos and more found at CES 2015? Visit DivasandDorks.com all weekend long and even connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and more today! You don’t want to miss the action from the largest tech trade show in the world – it’s CES 2015!
CES 2015 is winding down, but no CES show would be complete without the stylish runway preview known as FashionWare. During WebMD’s FashionWare Show at CES 2015, models wearing high-tech products aimed for the stylish strutted down the catwalk on a crowded Las Vegas convention center stage. From jackets with built in GPS to LED-lit dresses that show your latest tweets, the tech world is trying its hardest to be fashionable.
The MeU display is built into the vest and can send messages, show logos and feature LED messages (for promotional use of course!)
The fashion show, which was hosted by Project Runway alum Nick Verreos, highlighted both eye-popping and conspicuous wearable technology, like a belt with hidden phone chargers and pieces from the Misfit Swarovski fitness tracker collection that counts your steps.
This dress syncs up with your smartphone and displays incoming call alerts, social media alerts and other messages directly on the embedded screen.
This one-sleeved dress displays a falling pedal animation. While there isn’t much use for having a display like this on a dress, it’s all about personalization and adding personality to what you’re wearing.
The XOO Belt is a high-end accessory that charges your smartphone and other gadgets. It was designed in collaboration with British fashion house Casely-Hayford, a favorite brand of celebrities like David Beckham and Benedict Cumberbatch.
This dress is color sensitive. By touching any color to a sensor trigger at the top of the dress, the LED lights (which cascade across the fabric) change. While some of the ensembles on the catwalk were in the flashy spirit of the fashion world, and not for casual everyday use, Verreos believes technology will come to clothing in a subtle, useful way.
“Fabrics will eventually become high tech, too; a sweatshirt could become warmer and thicker in the cold and then lighter when you want it to,” Verreos said. “You could control all of that by an app. There are all types of wearables that could really impact fashion.
What do you think? In what ways would you like to see technology influence fashion (or vice versa)? Share your thoughts on these designs and your ideas on what fashionable tech means to you below.
Looking for more breaking news and gadgets, gizmos and more found at CES 2015? Visit DivasandDorks.com all week long and even connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and more today! You don’t want to miss the action from the largest tech trade show in the world – it’s CES 2015!
If you’ve recently purchased a new smartphone, next generation tablet or laptop then chances are – you’re looking for stylish designer accessories that will protect your tech and reflect your sense of style. I truly believe that a woman’s technology collection is an extension of her personality and I take accessorizing my gadgets very seriously! (LOL) Did you know that many of your favorite designers are taking their talents to technology? Designers like Kate Spade, Nanette Lepore, Ana Sui and Isaac Mizrahi have a bevy of “techcessories” for every fashionable techie on and off the runway. Discover one of my favorite designer laptop accessories and see why it’s the designer laptop accessory every girl needs this Christmas below.
I found the CFDA designer collection of accessories at Best Buy and I just couldn’t resist a new Isaac Mizrahi gold trim laptop sleeve for my MacBook Air. When it comes to durable accessories that can protect my investment (plus add a little style to my closet) – this is it! Not only is it a chic sleeve but it can also work with practically any look as a stylish oversized clutch bag. (In the clutch, you better believe I’ll wear this as a cute envelope clutch bag and go!)
Undoubtedly, what I love most about this laptop sleeve is the distinct details. From the gold trim zipper to the gold zipper handle “I” – everything about this accessory compliments the overall sleek style that any girl wants to have while traveling with her laptop in tow. Leave the briefcase and big totes behind when you’re carrying this sleeve (I mean, something as chic as this deserves to be out and center, relishing in all the attention that it deserves.)
Even if color is your thing, the Issac Mizrahi laptop sleeve offers a bevy of floral colors on its interior padded pocket, and also comes in vibrant pink and black with gold polka dots. All three designs/colors are available for $39.99 and makes the perfect stocking stuffer gift for any stylish girl on your holiday gift list.
In addition to stylish laptop sleeves, Isaac Mizrahi, Ana Sui, Kate Spade and Nanette Lepore has a variety of smartphone cases and tablet covers for the iPhone, Samsung Galaxy S4/s5, iPad mini and more! Discover more CFDA Designer smartphone accessories you can only find at Best Buy online and in store and buy it in time for Christmas today!
Disclosure: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a gift card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.
By now, you’ve heard about the newest mobile app that turns social media content into a shopping experience – COSIGN. Have you ever shared your favorite shopping find online, and the next thing you know, it’s become your friends newest purchase? If you love shopping and sharing your favorite brands on social media, why not get paid for it! With the new mobile app, COSIGN you can share and tag your stylish picks, when someone buys it from your share – you’ll get paid!
In celebration of the new app that turns your social content into currency. COSIGN is rewarding consumers in more ways than one! Wouldn’t it be nice to be rewarded for your everyday social activity, simply by sharing the brands that you love. Because, you’re more than a consumer, you’re an influencer. This season, COSIGN is rewarding influencers with ’12 Days of Christmas’ giveaways all-month long!
For the first time ever, COSIGN is giving influencers like you a chance to win tons of amazing prizes! From now until December 24th COSIGN will be revealing the 12 Days of Christmas “Gift of The Day” – Today’s gift reveal is an amazing $100 Giftcard to the must have style subscription box – MODABOX! With MODABOX, you can grow the bottomless closet you’ve always wanted with speciality curated fashion items picked by a stylist to suit your unique style-personality. From jet-setter to socialite and even moms-on-the-go, MODABOX has you covered!
Enter to win a $100 MODABOX Gift Card plus the rest of COSIGN’S 12 Days of Christmas giveaways by signing up to become the first to know when the app hits iOS and Google Play stores below!
Stay tuned all week long as COSIGN (along with some pretty fabulous bloggers) reveal the remaining ‘COSIGN 12 Days of Christmas’ giveaway items (over $1,000 in prizes). For more information visit COSIGN.CO to see and shop the latest trends and turn your social media content into commerce. Sign up at cosign.co to be the first to know when the app is available for download for your smartphone today and don’t forget to get social with the new app that pays and connect with COSIGN on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.