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.
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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!
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Simon Premium Outlets through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Simon Premium Outlets, all opinions are my own.
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This past week, I traveled to Woodbury Common Premium Outlets in search of the perfect gift for my brother. He’s one of my closest siblings and with his birthday coming up, he really deserves a nice gift. I know that he’s had his eyes on a pair of exclusive Timbaland boots that were released and sold out almost immediately – so the challenge was to find these limited-edition winter boots just for him. After searching high and low throughout a few different stores, I finally located the Timberland boots perfect for him.
The exclusive Timberland boots are crafted with premium Quartz leather and organic dyes. They’re the most creatively designed and chic Timberland boots to date. Over the last couple of weeks the Internet has gone nuts over the new wing boots by Timberland officially called the Icon 6” Waterproof Brogue Boot. I actually discovered the Brogue boot for the first time on Facebook and immediately fell in love with the color, intricate design and silhouette of the boot.
There’s just something about the wingtip on a chestnut-colored Timberland boot that looks and feels just right. I fell so in love with his gift that now I wanted a pair of my own! But first, I had to enlist the shopping help of my Facebook friends. Who says chic Timberland men’s boots aren’t for girls? After an overwhelming response to my tom-boy Timberlands – I definitely had to grab a pair for myself! They say it’s better to give than to receive – but I think giving a gift and buying a gift for yourself is a win-win for everyone!
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Discovering tech accessories that compliments your chic style is always a nice treat, but when it’s a chic accessory that not only compliments your style but fills a tech need in your everyday life it’s a super stylish bonus! What if you could disguise your everyday gadgets into a seamless accessory that’s appealing to the everyday eye? Say hello to the Dipper Audio Necklace!
This gorgeous piece of jewelry/tech is a bold statement necklace and audio headphones rolled into one. The Dipper Audio Necklace has already reached $39,673 of their $50,000 goal on Indiegogo – which means that they’re days away from being seen around the necks of fashionably chic geeks everywhere! The necklace looks like a chic, on-trend chevron statement piece but has a hidden high-tech surprise. You just lift and separate the chevrons to reveal the earbuds + audio jack. When you want to keep your earbuds untangled and out of the way, just stow them back inside the pendant. The headphones themselves deliver “high-quality sound that rivals other audio brands.”
The headphones come in gold or gunmetal and feature a built-in mic and a volume control remote so you could use them as a much more stylish sub for your current iPhone buds.
The Dipper Audio Necklace is definitely the perfect marriage of form and function. Their mission, after all, is to make “tech essentials into fashion accessories that women love to wear and never want to take off.” Check out more from the brand via the video below!
What do you think about this chic tech accessory? Will you be rocking this new way to wear your headphones soon? Share your thoughts below!
Autumn is a great time to extend the wear of your summer closet with versatile leg wear. You can really enhance your style conscious closet with leggings that utilize textures, colors and more. And for the girl on the go, a good pair of leggings paired with some key accessories can take your look from 0 – 100 real quick! Take a look at a few of my favorite pieces to transition your style to take on cooler Autumn and winter months below.
Black Vegan Leather Moto Pants
Moto leggings are definitely a must have for any stylish girl on the go and these soft vegan leather skinnies are it! Featuring moto details that you know and love, including exposed zippers & plenty of hardware to grab the eye. TamarCollection.com
Mother Tucker Leggings
My absolute favorite uniform this season consists of luxe leggings and tops that make you look and feel slim and svelte! A favorite of Christina Aguilera, these Belly Bandit Mother Tucker Leggings are packed with slimming technology that smoothens tummies, thighs and gives booties a little lift! ($79 BellyBandit.com)
Laser Cut Vegan Leather joggers
Did you know that you can get your life while getting her fashions? And by HER – I mean the fabulous, outspoken songstress Tamar Braxton! I absolutely love leather joggers for Fall/Winter wear and the laser cut vegan joggers from the Tamar Collection are as unique as they come! TamarCollection.com
Cora Fleece Lined Leggings
These fleece-lined leggings are lined with velvet soft material that’ll keep you warm while staying stylish all season long. Accented with gold zipper pockets and high waist design, you can pair these leggings with a cute tee or fashionable jacket 20Legz.com
Autumn = Red Plaid Kilt Leggings
There’s just something about Fall fashion that isn’t complete unless you add a little plaid. That’s why I’ve been so excited about rocking these cozy and comfortable red plaid print leggings! Pair them with your favorite sweater, moto jacket and go! 20Legz.com
How are you rocking your leg wear this season? Share how you style your favorite legging looks below!