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!
According to Bok-Hee, Lead Hair Stylist for SheaMoisture, this year’s theme was simple. “Sheer transparency enhanced by ‘moments of shine’ set the tone for the Tracy Reese collection this season. While distinctive details such as color and embellishment came into play, the vision was to keep the woman looking natural and truly authentic.”
- Fight frizz and nourish hair by working in SheaMoisture Professional Curl Leave-In Conditioner.
- Parcel out small portions of hair around the crown of the head to be set aside and gather the rest to be pulled into a low chignon.
- Apply SheaMoisture Professional Finish Blow Dry Cream throughout hair as you pull it into a low ponytail at the nape. Layer SheaMoisture Professional Vibrant Color Shine Glaze onto strands to provide the ultimate clear shine boost.
- To create the chignon, gently twist the hair from the nape of the neck to the ends, and then begin to coil it in a counter-clockwise circle. Continue to twist the hair into a bun shape using the index finger to hold it in place.Secure sides of the bun with bobby pins. Gently pull and loosen the edges of the bun to get the desired shape, then secure with more bobby pins.
- With the remaining wispy pieces of hair, apply SheaMoisture Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Weightless Texture Spray and use a teasing brush to create structure.
- Finish by spraying SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Hold & Shine Moisture Mist for hold and hydration.
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
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
[EVENT RECAP] Thursday, September 11th – In celebration of another successful New York Fashion Week dozens of editors, bloggers and fashion enthusiasts attended “Relax, Renew and Recharge” #NYFWRRR lounge at Inglot Chelsea Studios in NYC. Hosted by Ty Alexander of GorgeousinGrey.com, Christen Rochon of DivasandDorks.com and Kéla Walker of KelasKloset.com – collectively known as the Digital Sorority group – invited guests experienced live beauty demonstrations and complementary makeovers from Angela’s Hair Studio and Inglot Cosmetics.
Once guests received complementary makeovers, many of them took to the #NYFWRRR selfie booth for unfiltered party moments shared on social media and beyond.
The #NYFWRRR Selfie Booth was in full swing and the life of the post fashion week party.
Hands on demonstration of the latest AT&T smartphones by knowledgeable product specialists.
In addition to beauty services and selfies, guests enjoyed hands-on interaction with AT&T products including the LG G Vista, Amazon Fire, LG G 3, G Watch and other exciting devices sure to empower any stylish editor on the go. During the social media charged event, guests got social during the Relax, Renew and Recharge Twitter party and won amazing prizes including LG G Vista smartphones and accessories from AT&T, makeover prizes from Angela’s Hair Studio and Inglot Cosmetics, Resurgence power cases from OtterBox and more.
Guests also enjoyed a special 20% off shopping experience for the must have beauty products for Fall.
Many guests walked away with giftbags filled with full size beauty products from SheaMoisture and Beautiful Textures, prizes and great memories concluding another series of New York Fashion Week events. For more information, photos and get in on the post fashion week conversations follow #NYFWRRR online and visit DigitalSorority.com.
NYFWRRR grand prize winner receives her new LG G Vista smartphone from AT&T product specialists.
Special thanks to all that attended #NYFWRRR from the hosts Christen, Kéla and Ty of Digital Sorority.
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!
Click here to RSVP: nyfwrrr.eventbrite.com
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