From New York To Paris, Here Is A Quick Lesson On Reconstruction :A/W 2016

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My charcoal jersey maxi dress was brushing the streets of Manhattan. I dusted off the grime when I finally arrived at the Gansevoort in The Meatpacking District. I scoured the long line and looked for my friend (Justine). There she was, and I thanked her right away for inviting me to the Christan Benner fashion show. I explained to her I was excited to see his collection up close and personal since my roommate, Jeffery has been raving about him.(he screamed when he found out I was attending his show.) 

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3 Designers Showcased in the Fashion Show you should’ve attended for NYFW 2016

 

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Reaching into the closet swaying the hangers back and forth, just to find the “stand-out piece” I only wore once. All in the name of NYFW. Some people view fashion week as one of the most shallow weeks of the year. On the contrary, there are many shows dedicated to giving back to a community. For example, I attended  the Rising Stars of NYFW last year which was curated for the Georgie Badiel Foundation. A percentage of the earnings would go towards helping  Africa by providing clean water. This year I was thrilled to attend SFW (Style Fashion Week)  where proceeds went to The City Kids Foundation.

The City Kids Foundation strives on artistic and intellectual development. Being a creative individual myself I believe it is a great cause, having a center built for the purpose of

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MEMBERS OF THE CITY KIDS FOUNDATION

preserving the arts. The arts are evidently the first to be cut from the budget, the last to be restored, and often unavailable for low-income students. But why do we need art classes at all?

Cultivation of  the arts improves the overall performance of students, including the fundamental academic subjects (Math, Science, and Literature). For scholars who took four years of art classes scored 91 points higher on their SAT exams, than those who took half a year or less.

In spite the fact that art education has been considered a bonus, uncomplicated creative activities can be some of the most important building blocks of a child’s development. Learning to create and cherish visual aesthetics is essential  in the progression for every child. The arts will create a foundation for the next generation of children as they move on to a higher level of education.

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F/W 2016:The Art of Color & Fusion Showcase

kyu7An emotional connection of color has resonated since the days of elementary school. A teacher wanted you to present your name, possibly what you want to be when you grew up and what your favorite color was. Whether it is a standardized hue of red or an abstract magenta, there is something that attracts you to these shades. For example red is associated with love, desire, and rage. Whereas magenta represents harmony, being optimistic and happiness. Understanding the emotional response is huge for fashion designers in the process of correlating their up and coming collections. Kesi Gibson is no different, she strategizes her collections heavily on color and has a keen knowledge of diversity. She studies language, religion, cuisine, social habits and surroundings in her nomad journey.

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A Manhattanite Should Be Your New Styling Influencer


It’s not the Big Apple, New York or even the acronym, NYC. Us locals call it “the city.” Now here I am in the city, singing along to Big Sean, “I’m way up I feel blessed, way up I feel blessed.” I connect to this song in a way that I’m lucky and fortunate enough to be raised and still live in this melting pot. Unfortunately, I can’t give out free dim sum after reading this article. All jokes aside, being a fashion addict and experiencing living almost each borough, let’s exclude Staten Island is an amazing adventure. I can quickly take a look out of my apartment window and get inspired. Whether it’s the scenery or the person: right now it’s a guy walking efficiently on the cracked sidewalk. He is wearing an oversize leather tote, a pair of black cat-eye frames and wrapped with an infinity scarf.

 

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Left: Kevin Shahroozi Middle: Todd Engish Right: Me

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What does the 19th Amendment mean in the Fashion World?

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In the middle is Gemma Sole COO & Cofounder of Nineteenth Amendment

The right of suffrage to women, May 19, 1919, might be the 19th Amendment that trigger in your head and not the shop located on 13 West 38th street.Of course is still a positive amendment. The nineteenth amendment retailer helps distribute the finest accessories and apparel from emerging fashion designers from around the world all in one place.

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A Reflection Of Italy

12314079_1202856306395554_8928375955002551695_nItaly is notorious for high-end value products in the apparel industry. The eye is commonly geared to detail. Just think of the famous fashion houses “Prada, Miu Miu and Armani” just to name a few. In September 2015, Elle Magazine called out:

Italy’s has remained surprisingly unchanged. Part of the problem, says Arthur Arbesser, one of the few young designers garnering international attention right now, is that—unlike in London or New York— Milan has no organization to help foster new talent.”

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Harvey’s Masquerade Soiree

11038563_1186118558069329_1051894065372379229_nOstrich feather fans, Satin long gloves, Back seemed stockings, Sequin pasties, Glitter on stage.What is the first thing that comes to mind when you read all the items ?  OK, I’ll wait for 1…2…3… You most likely guessed Burlesque and if you did that correct.If you haven’t been to a burlesque show, you should take the time and treat yourself to one.(or go on a date, better yet have a girls night out)

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Art-Garden-Life: The Frida Kahlo Experience

12144957_1177376885610163_195669791947994073_nAbsorbing a light into the world of art and fashion for someone who had so many dark times I got to experience her exhibit yesterday at the Botanical Garden. Frida Kahlo a world renowned Mexican artist whose troubles didn’t wear her down.Not only did she physically had a commanding presence she lived her life to her rules, fighting each obstacle that came her way.In her words

“I was born a bitch, I was born a painter”.
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The Burlesque Showcase and Bazaar

This is a man’s world… but it wouldn’t be nothing without a woman

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Lyrics sung by James Brown is a perfect way to express how women are viewed in our society. An exploration of the genesis of pin-up girls, and the history of the movement that started from the 1920’s.It wasn’t until the 1950’s where society learn how the pin-up style let the repressed woman feel good about them. Bettie Page is a great example of a leader who empowers women everywhere for freedom within their own skin. In her days of fame I believe she was the face of female empowerment.I was honored to attend the 13th annual New York burlesque festival a couple weeks ago.It was at The Tippler, a bar that been running 123 years(inserts shock face emoji here) and it was a sight to see with different vendors, a panel with real burlesque dancers discussing their years of experience and a delightful live show.

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The Real NYFW2015

nyfw1What do you think of when someone mentions New York Fashion Week? Is it the usual high-end designers? Or does Kanye West still having a clothing line bewilder you? How about being optimistic and wishing the Statue of Liberty had a makeover just for tourists sake. Overall no matter what you think NYFW2015 has generated about $900 million according to CNN Style. Jaw-dropping numbers and luckily I got in on the action yet on a more realistic level. Continue reading