8 Fashion shows
( Nick Graham, Dim Mak, Garcia Velez, Nautica, Kenneth Ning, Loris Diran, Stampd and Willy Chavarria. )
Men's fashion week in New York happened from January 30th - Feb 2nd 2017
Here's the breakdown of the designer's shows and collections I felt blessed to witness.
: Nick Graham's Fashion Show :
Imagine what it would look like to look fashionable in space, what would it look like?
I see shiny, polished, structured and intergalactically textured pieces, much like the details seen in his designs. The collection was inspired by astronaut Buzz Aldrin's space suits, so much that he even had Aldrin himself walking in the show.
What a fashionable honor!
: Dim Mak's Fashion Show :
Steve Aoki, the designer behind Dim Mak, is a multi-faceted creative being. Aside from working on designing his collection, he keeps busy perfecting his craft as a house musician, record producer, and music executive, touring all over the world playing his records. It's no wonder this fashion show was full of life and high energy as the models skated on down the runway in Dim Mak's pieces, with a live band playing on
one end of the platform fit for the skateboard culture.
: Garcia Velez's Fashion Show Presentation :
The designer is an architect and a lecturer. His collection is full of functional pieces with unique geometric lines and construction elements.
DAY 2: Feb 1, 2017
: Backstage at Kenneth Ning's Fashion Show :
With his fw17 collection Kenneth Ning showed us new ways to style the classic
'Glen Plaid' print by infusing some pops of yellow color to awaken the style's appeal.
: Nautica's Fashion Show :
Nautica's ode to its 90s hit styles made this collection feel so nostalgic of the good ole days. The vibes of the show was so on point, while the DJ spun music by Ma$e and hit artists of the 90s and that I found my self rapping, singing and dancing along while admiring the collections. You had me vibing hard Nautica.
: Loris Diran's Fashion Show :
I loved the minimalistic aesthetics of this collection. It's modern and clean with some doses of swag all over it!
: Stampd's Fashion Show :
The designer, Chris Stamp, named this collection Asphalt Wave with inspirations derived from the streets. You'll notice elements of that with splashes of bright yellow and rich neutral red brick colors and some graffiti like splotched patterns on some pieces.
: Willy Chavarria's Fashion Show Presentation:
The designer political statements with his presentation and it spoke volumes.
Designer - 5:31 Jerome
The designer Jerome LaMaar posing with his models.
This designer is known for many accomplishments from consulting with prominent fashion designers in the US, Paris and Japan, to designing costumes for Mariah Carey's show, and most recently Beyonce (see below) has worn his pieces for her birthday this year and to concerts.
Beyonce recently spotted this month, wearing some 5:31 Jerome pieces. Photos via: Yoncefashionpl.tumblr
Photos taken by me: Ms Rexti for Streetchicster
Guests stepped out of the wide elevator capable of holding 7,000 lbs into an entrance upon which champagne and white wines floating on magical trays greeted us while entering into an impressive party setting. My thought? "Very nice" as I sipped on one bubbly drink in hand by this point. The ambiance for the awesome event looked and felt very modern chic fabulous. Pink and white luminescent background all through out the space with a mini stage and flooring, a wall screen with flashing prerecorded selections about the featured fashion designer Helen Castillo whom I gladly came to show some love to, yummy drinks and mini bites plus instruments set-up for the concert party later on featuring music performances by ASTR + Elliphant, respectfully.
To Top things off, all the guests had a chance to have a free consultation session with L'Oreal stylist representatives on deck and got gifted some really dopetastic hair colors to take home!
First came the beautiful fashion presentation
By: Fashion Designer Helen Castillo.
People just adored her enchanting pieces at the party. Known as a finalist on the popular hit Tv series, Project Runway, she also returned for the show's 'All-star' season. She showcased her fab collection at #NYFWeek's hub in Lincoln Center last year in September 2014, an incredible opportunity and objective for a young designer to accomplish. Her work focuses on the construction and production of beautiful Couture level bridal and evening-wear originals. Keep in touch with her HERE.
Then we tried the awesome L'Oreal consultations
(No lie, he really gave some great advices on which colors would help achieve my desired look)
In short my darling friends and I ate, drank, enjoyed the fashion presentation, ASTR and Elliphant's music, laughed, had many photo-ops, then migrated to the beautiful open patio space and just enjoyed the night.
F I N
A beautiful New York's fashion week showing featuring fashion designers, accessory designers, philanthropists and more. Featured designers sharing with us the inspiration behind their collection and brand aesthetics overall.
What I wore to the show: More details of the look HERE
Essence Magazine hosted a fabulous street style block party for New Yorkers last week during fashion week 2014 and it went along superbly! We shopped, enjoyed a mini concert series, danced to live rocking MCs and DJs, spotted some celebrities in attendance, took lots of photos, ate from moving food trucks, mingled and just had a fine ol' time. Enjoy these captures of the fun to include plenty of style trends and exciting interpretations of various esthetics at the event through the lens of Ms Rexti. Stay tuned in for details of some more beautiful looks captured on that day, coming to the Street Styles segment of this here blog.
Currently during New York City's Fashion Week, Tracy Reese has opened a fabulous pop-up boutique which boasts of texture and pattern rich pieces including one-of-a-kind shoe and accessory selections from the runway show. Yesterday I went to check it out and almost walked out of there with the whole shop, basically! If you happen to reside or visit NYC at the moment, the boutique's finds will immensely satisfy your shop fix for the day well because, walking away with unique (off the runway) pieces that will have your friend envious you bought the last can do just that. I'll share some of my fav pieces of the day.
Yesterday, I felt blessed to sit in the presence of these two young visionaries, as they gave back to the community by sharing of their journey and encouraging other aspiring entrepreneurs in the conference room at New York University. Upon walking into the room, Coco greets me, "Hi, I'm Coco..." we did the customary greeting exchange and behold, my first impression of them hit: '..hmm, she (Coco) must be the outspoken one of the two.' Wrong! Breezy later affirmed that Coco typically appeals more reserved and would have quick conversations with people (overlooking chances for branding purposes at times) while she (Breezy) would rather take those chances to further conversations along. So there I sat listening; how presumptuous to think I had their personality differences all figured out because one spoke to me first, silly me ..tehee! Twinship intrigues me so figuring out their differences came as fun. They noticeably shared one thing in common last night; they vibrated together while sharing with such charismatic vibes. As they spoke, the room filled up with positive energy and optimism in the air.
After graduating high-schoolby the age of 17, they gathered up their little savings, packed up their belongings, sold some for some cash and decided to move to New York City, one of the best training grounds for any aspiring entrepreneur. They took that chance to possibly realize their burning desire to do something big with their eye-wear designs. That phenomenal move occurred back in 2009, at the age of 19. Not long since then, celebrities such as Rhianna, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Kelly Osbourne, Ciara, Selita Ebanks, Theophilus London, Serena Williams and much more have donned their fabulous eyewear. Last night, as humble spirited and exuberant as ever, they shared with us of their journey thus far, how they overcame hurdles along the way and what keeps them moving forward today.
From their own personal grind, they've graced the pages of so many incredible magazines, met and built relationships with people they never imagined to do so with and continue to learn and grow ever so willingly about their business affairs. I loved listening to their sharing and related so well with their can do - will do spirit about taking risks and other moves they've made. What appealed even more in all that? The way they spoke so openly, filled with life and joy, while completing each other's sentences or speaking in unison (numerous times) and how they cared enough to continually stop to ask questions of the audience as they thoroughly answered each one.
This awards event, pulled together from the idea of an ingenious and inspirational woman, Yuli Ziv, went so well last night. I had an awesome time amongst peers and innovators alike, celebrating the accomplishments of tech savvy team members of both prominent and newly established fashion brands.
Some winners included :
It felt especially exciting to have had mere seconds in time to greet and acknowledge two of my favorite industry persons: Eva Chen, Editor-In-Chief of Lucky Magazine; winner of the 'Digital Navigator Award' (I'm obsessed with Lucky magazine and how it stands out from the rest) and Jeannie Mai ( TV personality + style expert, primarily adored from the style makeover show I obsessively watched and just adored her on, "How Do I Look?". I love love loved how Eva Chen remained true to herself and wore 'sneakers' with her fabulously gathered A-line dress, beaded with pearls. Jeannie Mai's welcoming of our first day of spring also looked refreshing, especially with those icy blue delicious shoes she paired the look with.
Running into a beautiful friend, making a new ones and getting to see hardworking young women personalities behind amazing and successful fashion inspired blogs, made the night all the more exciting. Shout out to all the start-up bravehearts, bloggers and entrepreneurs I got to interact with yesterday, you all inspire me and set fine examples. Thank you!
March 15th 2014, DKNY continued its 25th anniversary celebration at the brand's Madison Avenue store location in NYC by collaborating with Tai Beauchamp, Instyle Magazine's Style Ambassador. She showcase her pick of the brand's Spring 2014 collection and divulged some tips about putting looks together with pieces from the collection. The collection it self took my breath away seeing as it totally corresponds with my taste in street funk style. Pieces that grabbed my attention include the clear colored dresses in pops of blue and orange, monogrammed pieces of chic light-weight windbreaker jackets, the styled combinations of knee-length overalls paired with a blazer and dopestastic cap; that would all fit right in with my collection, this one DIY looking badge full boyfriend jeans and plenty of edgy pops of colors in suits, dresses and some menswear pieces too.
Tai Beauchamp at this event absofreakinglutely made my day! She had the most cheerful and welcoming demeanor as she made sure to have a moment with each of her guests. Her picks of the brand's spring 2014 collection pretty much reflected some personal style aesthetics and she showed me which pieces she loved lots (DKNY's amazing fresh take on a trench coat, made up of sheer flowing fabric) and I must say, I loved it and would totally rock it too! She put the look together for the mannequin (shown below) and shared tips of how to transform the orange dress seemingly made for one function (nightlife perhaps) into a multifunctional piece, made for an errand ready stylish busy sort of girl on the go in the city. Talking with her came easy as she listened intently with care, while inspiring with her style tips and knowledge about the collection and her love for DKNY since childhood. Just recently, I placed her on my list of fashion industry female inspirations and it felt so surreal to meet her so soon after. She's a woman of similar interest of empowering women, amongst other causes she stands for, and that she did do while we also chatted about the event and so forth. Ms. Beauchamp simply rocks, I love her! Check out my other captures of the fun event below and a peek of her picks of DKNY's beautiful collection. Happy 25th DKNY!
This weekend past on March 8th, Vera Moore Cosmetics, Isoplus and Fashion Avenue News magazine collaborated to host a wonderful event to celebrate Harlem's fashion week in New York City. I love participating in events like this especially since encouraging, promoting and celebrating small business entrepreneurs and self-starters summarizes my goal for certain segments of this style blog. Commencing with a press review launch bit, to include make-up sessions offered all night and some step and repeat captures of attendees, the event took off well.
The remarkable opportunity allowed for boutique owners in the local New York and New Jersey areas to showcase as well as sell their products, generate brand awareness to possible new clientele, and make their presence known. Each company had a chance to interconnect with relative industry personalities like fashion bloggers, image consultants, stylists, make-up artists, PR companies and possible future clients.
I got the chance to meet with each boutique owner during the press review piece, learned a bit about their establishments and gained perspective about each company's representation of their brand. Honestly, I met the most refreshing, professional individuals and, surprisingly enough, a few superlicious business team's personalities. In a setting where first impression truly matters for young brands to put their best foot forward with exceptional modus operandi moves, very few team in the bunch left me with a not-so-impressive first time inklings to their brand and professionalism appeal.
The businesses that showed up and participated gained more exposure for their brand, and every single exposure counts because all the more people there become to talk about and spread the news of their company's existence. Leave it to me to sound like a business 101 lecturer but really though, as one who also cares about business and hopes to equally build on one in the near future, these ideals will guide my moves. I know that positive word of mouth and media reviews from new online presence like this style blogoshpere, or other pre-existing online presence adds to the company's growing awareness young brands could use. Every impression conveyed by a brand has importance and holds weight, including ones that seemingly mean nothing. The "nothing" that sends an unintended brand message, may consequentially become a deal breaker for future possibilities, really. A great defining moment can come from favorable rapport established during social events like these so,why not make the very best of it?
Nevertheless, the remainder of the event entailed fashion runway presentations of beautifully curated selections by three of the pop-up boutiques present that night, entertaining music from the DJ, cocktail hour and the mingling amongst the socialites in attendance.
Backstage captures of the models prepping
A look at some guests of the event to include the models and us media press folks. I had an enthralling experience as a photographer and style blogger covering the event for your viewings and meeting all of those amazing people. I loved seeing all of those self-starters and entrepreneurs seeking to fulfill and live out their dreams. Kudos to them all!
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