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Fashionistas experienced a one-of-a-kind evening Saturday, September 30, 2017, at Sixty-Five Hundred for Fashion X Dallas “NOIR.”
The revamped concept consisted of one night packed with action from 15 runway designers including Project Runway stars Korto Momolu and Amanda Valentine, Meroki, Don Morphy, Ferrah, Abi Ferrin, Chasity Sereal, Bentley + Lace, House of Cynthia, Brittany Nicole, Vaeward, Vendals, Silk Threads by Ruby Bhandri, Noha Raouf and Modish & Swank. Capsule collections from Sydney Morris, La Lo La Clothing, Amberleaf, Tashumbra, Colt Collections, Dalina Ford Swim, Daniel Hinojos and Ca$hmere Mafiiia were also included. With the new open floor plan, guests also enjoyed a mingling atmosphere as well as an epic gallery featuring jewelry and accessories designer pop-up shops.
The “NOIR” theme led guests to dress in their most sophisticated and elegant all-black outfits while creating the perfect contrast to allow all the pieces on the runway to really stand out. The venue buzzed with influencers, media guests, celebrity stylists and reality TV stars, who immersed themselves along with other fashion enthusiasts in a night of fashion ranging from the grand black carpet entrance to the open bar with signature cocktails, the runway show, and the vendor exhibit.
A special and exciting moment presented itself when Bernina, a presenting sponsor, awarded the Houston-based designer also Hurricane Harvey Survivor Chasity Sereal with the Bernina Fashion Fund which equipped her with a BERNINA 560 (B 560) sewing machine valued at $3,399.
Fashion X Dallas “NOIR” beneficiaries were Every Girl Deserves (EGD) Foundation and the Fashion Group International of Dallas. Guests included: Real Housewives of Dallas Cast Member LeeAnne Locken, K104’s DeDe in the Morning Host Dede McGuire, Celebrity Life Coach Steve Kemble, Fox News Anchor Dionne Anglin, Morning Dose Host Laila Muhammad and Good Morning Texas Host Jane McGarry. Other notable guests were Celebrity Concierge Jackson, CW33 Host Raquel Gonzalez, Vintage Martini Owner Ken Weber, and influencers such as Christian Craven and Cynthia Smoot.
Photo Courtesy of Thomas Garza. For more information about Fashion X Dallas, please click here.
It’s that time of the year again. NYFW will be back at its finest from September 7th – 14th, 2017. Most designers will showcase next season’s Spring/Summer 2018 Collections but with the trend of showing in season creations, I am sure that some creatives will also present fall and winter items this September. With much confusion and complaints surrounding NYFW I would like to bring in some clarity with this short post.
Let’s dive right in! So there are 3 main umbrellas: NYFW the Shows produced by IMG, the same company that produced Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Then there is Style Fashion Week who is also the major player during LA Fashion Week. Last but not least I have to mention Fashion Gallery New York Fashion Week which produces more intimate fashion shows ideal for designers’ debut in the fashion capital. Some designers such as DVF produce their runway presentation independently from all 3 umbrellas. Many complained that NYFW was too spread out throughout New York City but it seems that show producers took note of this and adjusted accordingly. Most of NYFW the Shows will now take place at Skylight Clarkson Sq on 558 Washington Street. It is not impossible to attend shows of NYFW the Shows, Style Fashion Week and Fashion Gallery New York Fashion Week you just have to plan very thoroughly and prioritize.
Now how do you get in?
- You have to be invited by the designer
- Contact the designer’s publicists and submit ticket request (comment below if you need a template on how to approach publicists)
- Apply for press credentials
- Volunteer in order to start building relationships with producers, backstage crew, and designers
The more established designers primarily show during NYFW the Shows, emerging and independent designers present during the other two fashion umbrellas. All productions are top notch and you will be pleasantly surprised about the quality of emerging designers, various Project Runway Allstars such as Korto Momolu and Dallas based celebrity designer Esé Azénbor have showcased during FGNYFW. If you are looking for a comprehensive schedule of all 3 production companies check out Fashion Week Online.
This was short and sweet let me know if you guys have any questions. I can definitely help you plan your trip and possibly get you into a show or two 😉
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From June 29 till July 2, Essence Festival will take place for the 23rd time in New Orleans, Louisiana. Since its inception in 1994, this cultural celebration has offered more than just music. At Essence Fest you will be submerged into the arts, fashion, hair, makeup, entrepreneurship, food and culture, just to name a few categories represented.
Ticket options include, weekend passes, single nights and VIP all access. All tickets can be purchased from Ticketmaster. With prices ranging from $40 and up.
This year’s lineup includes performances from all musical genres such as all time greats Diana Ross and Chaka Khan, to R& B sensations John Legend, Mary J Blige and Jill Scott. Two of my favorite performers India Arie and Jazmine Sullivan will also be in the building. With over 75 performers you are guaranteed to hear music from someone that you love. To find the full lineup and schedule click here.
Even if you do not plan on a purchasing a ticket for the actual music portion, you can download the free app for Android and IOS. This app will give you access to free events taking place over the weekend! These free events will include health/beauty demonstrations, exciting freebies, food tastings and much more.
If you are looking for something a little more enlightening, you can check out the Speaker’s Series. This showcase will take place the entire weekend and will give you the opportunity to hear from filmmakers, such as one of my favorites Ava DuVernay, a writer/director for films such as Selma and TV series Queen Sugar. From influencers dedicated to social change, athletes and more, you are definitely in store for an intellectual delight!
Do not miss out! Head over to Essence for additional information and get ready for good cooking, music and fun!
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