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Designer Diaries: Phillip Lim For Target Arrives Sept 15th #PhillipLimForTarget

August 13th, 2013 by Christen Rochon

Target is partnering with esteemed designer Phillip Lim on an exclusive fall collection of women’s and men’s apparel and accessories, including shoes, bags and travel accessories.  3.1 Phillip Lim for Target is a sophisticated and elevated collection that is both beautiful, functional and coming to Target shelves next month.


Since introducing 3.1 Phillip Lim in 2005 with friend and fabric supplier Wen Zhou, Lim has continuously challenged the contemporary market with cutting-edge sophistication and quality. He was honored by the Council of Fashion Designers of America with the Emerging Talent Award for Ready-to-Wear, accepting Womenswear in 2007 and Menswear in 2012. 3.1 Phillip Lim also received the CFDA award for 2013 Accessory Designer of the Year.

‘One of the reasons I wanted to collaborate with Target is because I felt that together we could create a collection that would inspire – one that is cool and chic, but still very accessible’


The collection ranges in price from $19.99 to $299.99 for apparel and $19.99 to $59.99 for accessories. 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target will be available Sept. 15, 2013 at most Target stores and

Phillip Lim For Target

Phillip Lim For Target

Phillip Lim For Target

Want more looks?  Check out the following link for the behind-the-scenes look book video 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target Behind-the-Scenes Look Book Video

3.1 Phillip Lim for Target is a sophisticated and elevated collection that is both beautiful and functional. Rooted in a classic fall palette of neutral tones and prints, the collection features a variety of versatile, affordable pieces that modern women and men can wear on-the-go, while remaining effortlessly chic.  For more information and updates on the 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target collection, visit Join in on the conversation on Twitter using #PhillipLimForTarget.

Sex And The City Fans REJOICE!! Carrie Bradshaw Shoe Line Coming Soon!

June 10th, 2013 by Fashion Staff

Can’t get enough of Sex And The City style?  It’s been years since the iconic show has aired on HBO, however through the power of reruns and box office hits at the theaters – Carrie’s Style LIVES ON!

 Carrie Bradshaw shoe

Carrie Bradshaw shoe

Sarah Jessica Parker is known for fabulous style from head to toe…


Who better than the woman most synonymous with shoes to become the namesake of a shoe line. Sarah Jessica Parker’s new shoe line, SJP, will launch in January.

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Carrie Bradshaw shoeSarah Jessica Parker is launching SJP–her first shoe collection in collaboration with Manolo Blahnik–bringing her character Carrie Bradshaw’s shoe dreams to life.  Parker’s Sex and the City character is a style icon and because she “got to play that role, I wore a lot of shoes, and by default I learned an enormous amount,” the actress told Vogue.  Bradshaw’s alter ego is offering “something different” to reflect her personal taste and, according to British Vogue, “old-school labels like Charles Jourdan and Maud Frizon” inspired her collection. “We’re putting new colors together that people don’t typically do.”




SJP will be introduced in Nordstrom stores, but everyone can shop the collection online at The line will include sandals, flats, pumps, and boots ranging from $200 to $400. Which is what you’d expect from the woman who’s television persona, Carrie Bradshaw once confessed to owning about $40,000 in shoes.  The line will be sold exclusively through Nordstrom in 2014.


Check out some of our favorite Manolo Blahnik / Sex And The City moments below…



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Hpnotiq Gets Glam With The “GlamLouder: Bling It On!” Contest

June 10th, 2013 by Christen Rochon

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Are you ready to step into Summer in your hottest stilettos?  Hpotiq wants to see you adorn your glamorous gams in heels with the GlamLouder Bling It On Contest.  If you love glam things, from now until July 28th 2013, Hpnotiq wants you to show them how you GLAM LOUDER to win fab prizes! During each 2-week challenge you can submit photos in different categories to win – including the glammest heels, nails, makeup and overall look. Entries can be pictures you snap yourself or images you find online.

Ready to Bling It On!? Here are the glamorous prizes that are up for grabs: One pair of shoes of your choice(Up to $800), One purse of your choice(Up to $1,000), One year of manis/pedis worth up to $1,200, a $1,000 gift card to Sephora or Ulta, AND a chance to win the grand prize trip for you and three friends to go shopping with a celebrity Los Angeles! Even better – the grand prize winner will star in a professional photo shoot for the chance to be in a real Hpnotiq Ad!

Here’s my entry, the fabulous Giuseppe Zanotti winged gladiator heels …  Where’s Yours?

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Want to enter? Hpnotiq’s Glammest Heels Challenge is going on RIGHT NOW – but hurry – the entry period for the glammest heels ends at 11:59:59 a.m. EST on June 16th! For the first challenge, participants are asked to share their latest SHOE CRUSH! Hpnotiq wants you to show them the glammest heels you can find. Snap a pic of your own, or find a pic of that pair of shoes online you’ve been stalking for months! For this round, they’re choosing 4 lucky winners to get their choice of glam heels valued at up to $800. To enter  visit Hpnotiq’s Facebook page OR follow @Hpnotiq on twitter and tweet them your picture using the hashtag #GLAMLOUDER.  If you’re one of the 4 winners, you’ll also be able to compete in the final round for a chance to win a grand prize trip for you and three friends to meet a famous celebrity in LA, for shopping, makeovers AND you might also star in a photo shoot for the chance to be in a real Hpnotiq Ad!

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Disclosure:  This conversation has been sponsored by Hpnotiq and all opinions are my own.  For full contest rules and details click here.

Design Redefined With Project Runway Winner Michelle Lesniak Franklin & Intel

May 20th, 2013 by Christen Rochon

What happens when you mix technology, fashion and Project Runway 11 winner –  Michelle Lesniak Franklin an Intel Experience in NYC?  A day of entertaining fun & real life talks on the importance of portable technology on the go.

Project Runway winner Michelle Lesniak Franklin at Intel Experience NYC


Over the weekend, was invited to attend an exclusive presentation of where technology meets design at the Experience Intel pop up shop in Chelsea.  Filled with live performances, gaming experiences and more, Intel offered unique hands-on experiences for consumers and fans alike.


Intel Project Runway winner Michelle Lesniak Franklin

Project Runway 11 winner Michelle Lesniak Franklin


One of Intel’s newest fans, Project Runway 11 winner – Michelle Lesniak Franklin shared the spotlight highlighting her love for the Intel Ultrabook convertable.  After winning Project Runway’s host of prizes including a $50,000 suite of Intel products Michelle shares how her world of design has been
redefined with Intel technology.  Check out the video to discover more from Michelle, Project Runway and Intel.





About Michelle Lesniak Franklin:  Michelle Lesniak Franklin is a designer from Portland who won Project Runway season 11. She first took interest in the world of fashion during high school when she reconstructed vintage clothing to fit her needs and quirkiness. She then studied printmaking/fine art in college as well as pattern making and draping at her her local community college.  Discover more of Michelle Lesniak Franklin designs at






Fun & Flirty Essentials From LOFT Summer Collection #LiveLoveSummer

May 20th, 2013 by Christen Rochon



If eye-catching prints, bold patterns and pops of bright color is your thing, then you’re fashionably on trend for a fabulous summer and the Summer collection from LOFT has you covered.  During LOFT’s Summer Friday preview event, tastemakers, editors and bloggers were on hand to experience LOFT’s summer collection first hand.  Mixtures of tribal prints, neon brights & nautical stripes were found throughout the entire collection of jumpers, dresses, shirts & shorts.  Here’s a look of some of my favorite wearable pieces from the Friday’s event and more from the collection below.

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LOFT Colorblocked Ribbon Waist Sleeveless Dress

LOFT Colorblocked Ribbon Waist Sleeveless Dress




LOFT Colorblocked Ribbon Waist Sleeveless Dress.  After trying out the this colorblocked frock, I was pleasantly surprised with the look and fit.  The technicolor vibe, elasticized ribbon waist and eye-popping design makes it an easy go-to summer dress.



LOFT Sequin Elastic Waist Shorts

LOFT Sequin Elastic Waist Shorts



LOFT Sequin Elastic Waist Shorts.  The allover sequins add shimmer and spice to any summer ensemble.  Add an elasticized waist, side seam pockets and hues of deep cabernet and you’re ready to rock this summertime one-of-a-kind finish anytime.







LOFT infused bright colors and patterns within their accessories as well – memorable pieces include the grass skirt clutch, bold, colorful necklaces, layered bracelets, colorblock sandals, chic jellies and cork wedges.














Which LOFT summer looks are catching your eye?  Lucky for you, you don’t have to choose just one, you can find all your favorites at a LOFT near you or online at  




Brandy Wears Camilla & Marc To Niecy Nash’s Book Launch Party

May 16th, 2013 by Nigel
From Jill Scott and Cedric The Entertainer to Basketball Wives Gloria Govan Barnes and Brooke Bailey A list, and some B list celebrities headed out to Beverly Hills to support and celebrate T.V. Host Niecy Nash “It’s Hard To Fight Naked” book launch. One Diva who really caught our eye was R&B Singer Brandy.
The very stylish Grammy Award Winning artist made an appearance at the  book’s launch party which was hosted by none other that Ms. Niecy Nash in Camilla and Marc Juniper Printed Silk Cotton Dress.
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The multi-colored peplum frock from the brother sister design team is fully lined with a front zipper closure. A waist peplum is also featured on the cotton silk mix garment that is sure to highlight your curves or give you some in all the right places.
Brandy paired her mid thigh length Camilla and Marc dress with a metallic clutch, a big fro and some pick pumps.If you want to steal Brandy’s peplum look head over to Revolve Clothing and grab your Juniper Print dress for $580 dollars.

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Divas could you see yourself stealing Brandy’s look. How would you accessorize this dress to add your personality to it. Sound off below!


White House Correspondents Dinner: When The Cool Kids Takeover The Nerd Prom…

April 29th, 2013 by Christen Rochon

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Can’t the nerds have anything?

The year’s annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner took place over the weekend with a vast variety of celebrity faces in the place.  Deemed the Nerd Prom, the dinner is where journalists, correspondents, politicians and more dine with A-list celebrities for dinner in the nation’s capital.  President Barack Obama & First Lady Michelle Obama joined celebrities, politicians and media figures Saturday night for the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner.   

Comedian Conan O’Brien hosts this year’s event, filled with cool kids, drama kids, class clowns and jocks . This year’s dinner took place at the Washington Hilton hotel and features such celebrities as John Legend, Amy Poelher, Gerard Butler, Sophia Vergara… and more pictured below…

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It wouldn’t be an official political event without Olivia Pope present… Actress Kerry Washington attends the White House Correspondents’ Dinner wearing a Wes Gordon gown, Christian Louboutin shoes and Vhernier jewelry.


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Of course “President Fitz” actor Tony Goldwyn was in the building looking dapper as well…

SCANDAL writer and producer Shonda Rhimes attended the dinner also, (could she be scoping out new material for Scandal’s third season on ABC?)



Comedians & Saturday Night LIVE alum Amy Poehler and Tracy Morgan attended the event…



Tracy Morgan and fiancé  Megan Wollover.


Olympic gold medalist Gabrielle Douglas posed with actress Rebel Wilson.



NY Giants’ Victor Cruz posed with fiancé Elaina Watley.



Singer Katy Perry attends the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner wearing a green gown with gold detailing from Giambattista Valli’s fall 2013 haute couture collection.


Gayle King attends the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner wearing this green gown…


Singer & producer John Legend arrives to the dinner with his gorgeous fiance, model Chrissy Teigen.


“Homeland” Actress Claire Danes attends the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner wearing this sleeveless gown with jewel embellishment by Prada.


Meanwhile the “Modern Family” star Sofia Vergara covered up her ample assets with a royal blue Karen Caldwell cut-out gown.


With plenty of A-list celebs in attendance from athletes to actresses, which celebrity looks stood out most to you?  


Top 10 NYC Designer Sample Sales Next Month

April 29th, 2013 by Christen Rochon

Top NYC Designer Sample sales

Looking for a reason to engage in a little retail-therapy?  Check out the top 10 NYC Designer Sample sales taking place in May below.

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Why: Ready-to-wear for men and women and accessories from Maison Martin Margiela, DSquared2, MM6, and Viktor & Rolf.
When: May 9-11. Thurs., 2-7 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., noon-5 p.m.
Where: 220 W. 19th St., b/t Seventh & Eighth Aves., 10th flr.

Elizabeth and James
Why: Olsen alert. Ready-to-wear, shoes, jewelry, and sunglasses from the latest resort and spring seasons are 65-75 percent off.
When: Thurs. & Fri., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: 233 Spring St., b/t Sixth Ave. & Varick St., 10th flr.

rebecca minkoff#shameless star @emmyrossumcarrying one of our clutches this weekend. How cute is her look?


Rebecca Minkoff
Why: Ready-to-wear, bags, more bags, shoes, and accessories are all up to 75 percent off.
When: May 6-11. Mon., noon-9 p.m.; Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: 260 Fifth Ave., b/t 28th & 29th Sts.

Why: The latest collection of crisp tops, slinky maxiskirts, flattering dresses, and separates is up to 80 percent off.
When: Today-Thurs., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 37 W. 57th St., b/t Fifth & Sixth Aves., 9th flr.

Sister Tribes
Why: Up to 85 percent off emerging designers from NYC and Paris, including Ace & Jig, Fleabags, The SwayUpstate, Ivana Helsinki, Ambrym, Cidenzi Mori, and Cobra Society.
When: Today-Fri., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: 134 W. 29th St., b/t Sixth & Seventh Aves., ste. 807.

J Rosen Showroom
Why: Suit yourself. Bikinis, one-pieces, flip-flops, cover-ups, and jewelry from L Space, PilyQ, Despi, Debbie Katz, and Ipanema are $65-$100. Mix-and-match sizing and dressing rooms are available.
When: Today-May 10. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Where: 231 W. 39th St., b/t Seventh & Eighth Aves., ste. 1101.

Solange Knowles in Thakoon

Solange Knowles in Thakoon


Why: Up to 85 percent off pieces from the last six seasons, including confetti-print dresses ($150, reg. $850), stretch leather dresses ($300, reg. $2,690), and ikat silk jumpsuits ($150, reg. $875).
When: Tues.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Where: 225 Varick St., at Houston St., ste. 300.

Yigal Azrouël
Why: Up to 75 percent off archive pieces as well as recent-collection dresses, leather pants, and tops. Leather jackets, dresses, and scarves from Azrouël’s Cut25 line are $50-$300.
When: Thurs.-Sun., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: 129 Grand St., b/t Broadway & Crosby St.




Why: Up to 70 percent off handbags, totes, wallets, clutches, and small leather goods for fly dudes and ladies.
When: May 7-9. Tues.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 150 E. 34th St., b/t Lexington & Third Aves., 3rd flr.

Veronica Beard
Why: Up to 80 percent off tailored blazers, fancy-comfy pants, dresses, and tops from the latest spring and resort collections, plus a selection from the archives.
When: May 8 & 9. Wed. & Thurs., 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Where: 26 W. 17th St., b/t Fifth & Sixth Aves., ste. 303.

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Swimsuits To Stilettos: Beyonce’s Teams With Stuart Weitzman and H&M

April 15th, 2013 by Christen Rochon

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From swimsuits, sodas and now stilettos, Beyonce is stating her claim as “Queen of Endorsements” as she’s made more headlines earlier today with her most recent collaborations with H&M and Stuart Weitzman.  H&M has debuted a few more shots from the “Beyoncé as Mrs. Carter in H&M” campaign. With perfectly-placed flowers in her hair, she models a variety of swimsuits that she herself helped design (that’ll be available in stores later next month.)

Beyonce Teams With Stuart Weitzman H&M

Beyonce Teams With Stuart Weitzman H&M

Beyonce Teams With Stuart Weitzman H&M

Beyonce Teams With Stuart Weitzman H&M

Beyonce Teams With Stuart Weitzman H&M

 Beyonce Teams With Stuart Weitzman H&M

Beyonce Teams With Stuart Weitzman H&M

 Beyonce’s Teams With Stuart Weitzman and H&M

Stuart Weitzman has just released sketches of two of the shoes he designed for Beyonce’s “Mrs. Carter Show” World Tour, which kicks off tonight in Serbia.

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Weitzman has been designing shoes for the pop star for years, and she even testifies to having “literally danced a thousand miles in his beautiful shoes,” so the partnership should come as no surprise. For the latest set, the designer created Swarovski-encrusted stiletto pumps and military-inspired boots in both thigh-high and ankle versions.

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Whether it’s bathing suits, custom Isabel Marant wedge sneakers or even cans of Pepsi, there’s not much this “Bow Down” singer couldn’t convince us to buy.  Are you ready for Beyonce’-mania or do you think she’s over-saturating your universe?

Beyonce Teams With Stuart Weitzman H&M

Beyonce Teams With Stuart Weitzman H&M

Women’s History Month: Celebrating Black Designers in Fashion

March 22nd, 2013 by Tiffany

Long before fashion was a “thing” in the African American community slaves were making garments for their owners. As many obtained their freedom, metropolises became the place to obtain cutting-edge designs from talented African American clothing designers. Many may not know it, but New Orleans was actually the fashion mecca for Black businesses to design, make and sell their clothing long before New York was an option. In honor of National Women’s History Month we honor the Black women of the fashion world from both then and now that have broken molds and opened doors for the designers and trends of today.



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black designers fashion 

 Elizabeth Keckly

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Supporting herself and her family through her dressmaking and design skills, Keckly bought her freedom and moved to Washington D.C. She was famous for the inaugural gown she designed for Mary Todd Lincoln, wife to then president Abraham Lincoln. This dress can be viewed today at the Smithsonian Institute in D.C. The wives of Robert E. Lee, Stephen Douglas, and Jefferson Davis were also clients of Elizabeth Keckly. A respected independent business woman, she also worked towards the abolition of slavery through her well-connected white clients.


Zelda Wynn Valdes

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Zelda Wynn Valdes opened her own shop on Broadway in New York in 1948. She was known for her sexy hip-hugging styles and numbered among her clientele many of the notable black women of that era including Dorothy Dandridge, Josephine Baker, Marian Anderson, Ella Fitzgerald and Gladys Knight. Little known to many, her work even caught the eye of Hugh Hefner, who commissioned her  to design the original and most popularly known costumes for the Playboy bunnies. She also helped found the National Association of Fashion and Accessory Designers, an organization of black designers.


Ann Lowe

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Born in Alabama in 1899, Ann Lowe was privileged to move to New York at the age of 16. She attended design school and eventually opened a shop on Madison Avenue. Her clients included members of the Vanderbilt, Roosevelt, and Rockefeller families. She made more than 1,000 dresses per year for clients and sold her designs in Henri Bendel, Neiman Marcus and I. Magnin. In 1953, Lowe designed the dresses for the mother of the bride and the bridal dress for the wedding of Jacqueline Bouvier and John F. Kennedy, one of the most photographed events in history. It was unfortunate, however, that Lowe did not receive the credit she deserved for these famous gowns.












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The infamous gown worn by Miss Kennedy.





Tracy Reese

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Tracy Reese designs are noted for their femininity and retro-influenced style; the textiles themselves make use of bright colors, elaborate graphic patterns, and a playful use of bohemian touches. With a namesake label and variety—ranging from home and shoes to nail polish and hosiery—the brand has captured great commercial success and recognition across many categories. Clothing and home fashions by Tracy Reese’s design lines are carried by retailers such as Bloomingdale’s, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Anthropologie, Modcloth, and Nordstrom. Thanks to First Lady Michelle Obama her designs have received national attention recently.




Monif Clarke

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Awarded “Best Plus Size Fashion Designer” by Full Figure Fashion Week, “Best Plus Size Clothing Store” by City Search, “Best Store For Plus Size Evening Wear” by Time Out New York and featured in the October issue of Essence Magazine’s “Leaders Of The New School”, Monif C was conceived in 2005 by mother/daughter team Elaine and Monif Clarke to reaffirm every woman’s desire for an inspired life filled with luxury and unadulterated sexy appeal. A love of color, prints, and vintage details sprung from summers spent in Barbados visiting her family.

Today as a plus size woman, Monif understands the need for a new perspective in the plus size market. Monif C. has been featured on Fox Business, NBC’s Today Show, ABC News, Barbara Walters’ the View, The Washington Post, Latina, Crain’s New York Business, Essence, Glamour, TLC’s What Not to Wear, Seventeen Magazine, Ebony, Jet and many more. The Monif C. collection is quintessentially the wardrobe for the young, contemporary, sexy plus size woman.

Laura Smalls

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First lady Michelle Obama has made Laura Smalls somewhat of an overnight sensation. In spite of the overnight spike in her brand due to the national attention, Smalls is not new to the fashion industry. In 1976 she graduated from the Parsons School of Design, promptly sold a small spring collection to Bloomingdale’s and Henri Bendel — and then nothing. In the season that followed, Bloomingdale’s opted not to buy her subsequent collection, and a new buyer had replaced her contract at Bendel’s. “I couldn’t even get an appointment,” Smalls told the Huffington Post. Ironically enough, the year we celebrated our first Black president was the same year she began sketching again, and it didn’t take long for first lady Michelle Obama to discover her and add Smalls to the list of American designers she frequently wears.




The history of fashion industry is full of important contributions from creative, talented Black female clothing designers. Black women have certainly made a most worthy contribution to the growth of the fashion industry and to the elegance of women’s wardrobes dating back to slavery and further back to ancient Africa. Given the history of fashion design for Black women our presence in today’s fashion industry is considerably low. However, we can change this by ensuring that Black female and male fashion designers receive our support as did Zelda Wynn Valdes from black stars such as Josephine Baker, and like FLOTUS Michelle Obama does with Tracy Reese, Laura Smalls and others.

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black designers fashion

black designers fashion



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