Disclosure: This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of ESSENCE Magazine & ESSENCE Street Style Block Party. The opinions and experiences expressed below are all mine.
It’s been three years since ESSENCE Magazine has disrupted what street style means to everyday people in NYC. Throughout the course of three short years, celebrity style icons, stylists, fierce fashionistas and beyond descend upon DUMBO in Brooklyn for the fashion and style party of the year. New York Fashion Week is known for the style cascading down the runways, but those that are in the know, knows the real creativity and fierce fashion takes place on the streets of NYC.
ESSENCE Magazine’s Julee Wilson and Kelly Rowland.
In addition to celebrating real women with real style, the ESSENCE Street Style Block Party transformed the DUMBO Archway under the Manhattan Bridge in Brooklyn into a summer street festival for all things fierce, fashionable and FUN!
ESSENCE’S 2016 Street Style Awards honored stylish bloggers, designers, stylists and celebrity trendsetters. This year’s stylish honorees included:
Kelly Rowland – ESSENCE Street Style Closet Crush Award
Khadija Shari – ESSENCE Street Style Curator of Cool
Zendaya and ESSENCE Street Style Disruptor honoree Law Roach.
Law Roach – ESSENCE Street Style Style Disruptor Award presented by Zendaya
Blake Von D – ESSENCE Street Style Chevy Street Style Maven
Romeo Hunte – ESSENCE Street Style Designer To Watch Award
The ESSENCE Street Style Block Party driven by partners SheaMoisture and Chevrolet was the epicenter of stylish inspiration. Chevy kept the block party rocking with a silent disco and included a chance to get to know and get inspired by creatives who are fueling their passions in art, fashion and music.
Chevy’s Fuel Your Hustle Silent Disco
Artist Jade 1911 will create original artwork inspired by the Chevy Cruze
The SheaMoisture team was all about the preserving the beauty and style, as stylists tamed tresses, refreshed curls and supplied plenty of tips & tricks for preserving natural hair care and beyond.
The runway show showcasing the best of street style hosted by Naturi Naughton was great inspiration for on site shopping and ESSENCE made it easy with local vendors and designers selling exclusive accessories, fashions and more via the Street Style Shops.
Of course no block party is complete without great foods and drinks and the Essence Eats curated local food truck experience and custom Caribbean-inspired pineapple drinks made the ESSENCE Street Style Block Party the perfect celebration of sights, sounds and styles and tastes of a unique New York Fashion Week experience and beyond.
For more information check out all the super stylish pics on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using #EssenceStyle. You can also visit Essence.com/streetstyle or pick up ESSENCE’s upcoming fashion issue for a full recap of New York Fashion Week’s most stylish event of the season.
DISCLAIMER: This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of Macy’s; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
Macy’s Fashion’s Front Row
Macy’s Somerset – Troy
Saturday, September 17th
Working the new trends and adjusting your wardrobe for the new season can be hard work, why not allow the team at Macy’s to make revamping your closet easy with Macy’s Fashion’s Front Row. Join the fun featuring the hottest looks from your favorite designers. Rock out to beats by a live DJ, enjoy refreshments, snap a photo at the Be Your Own Blogger wall and get style advice from leading style experts on site. It’s the biggest shopping party of the season- you won’t want to miss out! RSVP Today!
Hundreds of Metro Detroit’s best dressed socialites, entrepreneurs and business tycoons alike enjoyed fierce fashions and a fun night out with Founders Junior Council, Lincoln Motor Company and The Detroit Institute of Arts.
Fash Bash is an annual summer celebration of fashion and art, is one of the DIA’s signature fundraisers and one of metropolitan Detroit’s premiere, exhilarating social events that is an annual sell-out event.
Since the inception of Fash Bash, the Founders Junior Council has raised more than $4 million for the DIA, not including their recent $1 million gift commitment announced earlier this year. Guests in fashionably chic attire enjoyed a VIP cocktail reception prior to the Neiman Marcus Art of Fashion runway show featuring the latest designer fashions in the DIA’s Great Hall.
Afterward, the Lincoln Black Label late night party kicked off with drinks, dancing, and delicious bites all night long. The Lincoln MKZ and Lincoln Continental were the belles of the ball adding premium Black Label style and flare to the biggest style party in Detroit!
Making a great film requires a skillset of great storytelling, magic and an eye for style. Finding the right look that conveys an emotion, sense or feeling not only helps tell the film’s story but costuming can make or break the success of a film, period. In film as in real life, playing the part is only half the challenge, the other half consists of dressing the part and becoming the living embodiment of the character – a job that seasoned costume designers like Ruth E. Carter knows all too well.
During the 2016 American Black Film Festival – Harlem’s Fashion Row hosted a panel discussion with acclaimed costume designer, Ruth E. Carter (Roots, Selma, Lee Daniel’s The Butler, Sparkle, Malcolm X) to discuss the collaborative process of planning wardrobe for a film, and its powerful impact on the story.
Presented by Prudential, this unique perspective spotlighted just how influential style and design is in film and storytelling. Moderated by Brandice Henderson-Daniel, Founder Harlem’s Fashion Row – guests witnessed the stories behind the design from Ruth E. Carter as well as inspirations behind her illustrious career in film.
Ruth E. Carter & Brandice Henderson-Daniel discussing Hollywood insider costume secrets.
In celebration of Ruth E. Carter’s career, Harlem’s Fashion Row emerging designer – Fe Noel previewed her design presentation reflective of Ms. Ruth’s work and legacy in film. With designs that spanned decades and beyond, Fe Noel shared her vision of designs once inspired by Ms. Carter’s career with a fresh approach that only Fe Noel can do.
Fe Noel shares her inspiration behind her collection presentation.
Ruth E. Carter and Fe Noel share a designer moment at ABFF.
With celebs like Mary J. Blige, Jordin Sparks & Tracy Ellis Ross fans of her collections, Fe Noel has established a brand and career designing unique pieces for the trendsetter in all of us. Fe Noel is more than a designer and fashion collection, it’s a conceptual lifestyle brand that embodies personal style and sensibility. Defined by simple silhouettes, plunging necklines and quality fabrics, each design exudes an innovative mix of sensibility and sensuality.
Take a closer look at the Ruth E. Carter inspired collection and ABFF fashion presentation by Fe Noel below.
Disclaimer: This editorial content above has been provided and compensated in part by Harlem’s Fashion Row, however; all opinions shared by author are her own.
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It’s always a treat to find a closet staple that you can wear all year long. And when you find a piece that’s stylish as it is easy on the wallet, it then becomes a total win-win worth celebrating!
Recently, during a quick trip to Los Angeles on assignment with Ford, I had a little free-time for shopping and styling and of course I brought my favorite dress along for the ride!
This chic cotton-blend dress is the perfect piece to layer during the cooler Fall/Winter months and easy a quick and easy dress for flawless Spring/Summer fun. The H&M sleeveless dress is available in four colors – black, dark grey, grey and powder. The cotton-blend jersey comes with a mock turtleneck, a breezy slit at back, and deep armholes to show off some shoulder action.
So why is this my favorite dress? It’s easy! The curve-hugging jersey material makes any flawless look come together with ease. Paired with a favorite leather jacket, chunky accessories, strappy heels or boots makes this dress an absolute staple for any closet no matter what size you wear.
Oprah is cleaning out her closet and giving fashionable fans, first dibs on her designer duds – via eBay! In this next chapter, Oprah will be cleaning out her soon-to-be demolished Harpo Studios in Chicago and donating hundreds of pieces from the last 25 years of her tv closet on eBay.
Standing in her 19-by-26-foot closet, she had tons of help from her bestie Gayle King and her creative director, Adam Glassman came to supervise. Fashion editor Jenny Capitain and stylist Kelly Hurliman were on hand to organize the pieces Oprah wants to keep and the pieces she’s letting go of.
“You know, Adam [Glassman was] the one who made me realize I was holding on to clothes that were all about a dream I had for myself, said Oprah. “I chose them for this idea I’d gotten into my head of how someone like me was supposed to live, but they had nothing to do with my actual life. And that changed me!”
The Oprah eBay auction is slated to be filled with designer shoes, handbags, coats, jackets, dresses and more.
Lady O pulled out this bright coral blazer and said, “I just don’t need all this intense color, the embellishment, the heels anymore. When you’re in front of TV cameras every day, you have to stand out, but I’m in a different place now, and those things no longer serve me.”
If you were a fan of Oprah’s daytime TV threads, you can place your bets in the eBay auction with proceeds benefitting The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls. Mark your calendars. The auction launches March 4th at 12AM EST. Get a preview of what you can bid on via eBay today.
Keeping technology close is now easier than ever before. If you’re like me, you were an early adopter of the tech-infused wrist wear. Remember the calculator wrist watches from back in the day? Digital advances has changed the way we infuse and incorporate technology in our everyday lives, from fitness counters to smart watches we’re keeping our gadgets closer than ever before. Recently, I’ve had the chance to get my hands on one of the hottest wearable accessories that reminds me of my favorite jewelry accessory – a bangle bracelet. The elemoon bracelet.
elemoon is wearable tech powered by imagination, emotion and you! It is an elegant bracelet that doesn’t just track your steps or display time. It also enables you to change its light design to match any outfit or occasion, to alert you with important calls and texts, and to help you find your phone!
Setting up the bracelet is pretty easy (you can register via Facebook or input your contact information manually.) Once set up is complete, you can easily pair your elemoon bracelet with your smartphone using the free elemoon app availabile in iTunes or Google Play store. Using my bracelet, I create unique tones/designs to match my favorite #OOTD! It’s so chic that even while powered off, its compliments other accessories like my Apple Watch perfectly!
The elemoon bracelet is a connected jewelry piece that you can wear to a cocktail party or out doing everyday activities that you love.
Retailing for $399 – this is a piece of jewelry that you’ll want to get as much wear as you can, and with beautiful craftsmanship you’ll definitely want to show off as much as you can. Want to get your hands on an elemoon bracelet of your own, preorders are available at elemoon.com
As a busy woman on the go, managing clients, deadlines all while looking cute doing so the pressure (and struggle) can get real, real quick. There are times, we could all use a few life hacks or reset buttons for an edge up on everyday life. Lucky for me, I got the chance to upgrade the way I keep clean with the ultimate style hack for anyone with a busier than normal lifestyle. Discover how to find affordable style with Dryel and how it’s changed the way I keep my style so fresh and so clean below.
Style With Dryel – A Thrifter’s Asset
If you’re looking for a quirky stocking stuffer gift to take your man’s style to the next level, J. Crew has the perfect gift for you.
Jimmy Fallon, the host of “The Tonight Show,” had a vision for something that would take his style to the next level, so he whipped up a prototype and approached J. Crew with an idea: an iPhone case and a pocket square in one.
And thus the limited-edition Pocket Dial was born —because carrying your phone in your pants is so 2014. And since one pocket square is never enough, J. Crew even created interchangeable extras (the Pocket Redial) in classic patterns that are at home in any suit pocket. But you won’t just look good, you’ll feel good too: All of the net proceeds benefit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, a Kenya-based charity that protects Africa’s elephants from ivory poaching and extinction.
How does the man in your life balance his tech and style? Would this be a new gift you’d like to give this season? Share your thoughts below!