Revamped “NOIR” Concept by Fashion X Dallas becomes a Hit

Written by Emily Maldonado.

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.

 

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Chasity Sereal receiving the Bernina Fashion Fund

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.

 

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Laila Muhammad and DeDe McGuire

 

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Steve Kemble, LeeAnne Locken, Chad Collom, Hamilton Sneed, Cynthia Smoot, Jane McGarry

Photo Courtesy of Thomas Garza. For more information about Fashion X Dallas, please click here.

XOXO,

Dynamically Branded

 

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NYFW Schedule Announced for SS18

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.

 

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Ese Azenabor FW15 Photo Credits: Thomas Garza Photography

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Now how do you get in?

  1. You have to be invited by the designer
  2. Contact the designer’s publicists and submit ticket request (comment below if you need a template on how to approach publicists)
  3. Apply for press credentials
  4. Volunteer in order to start building relationships with producers, backstage crew, and designers

 

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Full NYFW the Shows Schedule Photo Credits: nyfw.com

 

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.

 

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Photo Credits: mbfw.com

 

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 😉

XOXO,

Dynamically Branded

New York Fashion Week Recap

As promised below you will read a brief recap of all the excited highlights I experienced during my hectic, yet fun 5 days spent during New York Fashion Week.

1. Fashion Shows

They were extremely stressful to attend not only because they were spread out all across the city but also due to the fact that at least 6 six shows were simultaneously taking place. That’s why it was crucial to have a concrete road map for each day (as mentioned in my previous blog). Once we managed overcoming the disgraceful cold, we had a blast at the different shows.

Highlight of all the shows I attended was the Vera Wang Show. After overcoming 4 security check points I was in the same room as  Editor in Chief of the American Vogue Anna Wintour, NM Fashion Director Ken Downing, Vogue’s Creative Director Grace Coddington, Kylie Jenner, Zoë Kravitz, June Ambrose and Beyoncé’s stylist Ty Hunter.

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Front Row at the Vera Wang Show: Zoe Kravitz, Kylie Jenner, Jordyn Woods, June Ambrose, and Ty Hunter (from left to right) Photo Credits: Dynamically Branded
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Ty Hunter and myself after the Vera Wang Show Photo Credits: Dynamically Branded

I was amazed by the magnitude of the production from lighting, to music to the extravagant runway. Top model and Keeping Up With The Kardashians Star Kendall Jenner opened up the show. The Vera Wang Collection was very simple yet elegant and feminine. I loved the maxi dresses and skirts with high slits as well as the sequin maxi dresses. If you would like to see the full finale please click here.

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My Favorite Looks: Collage created from pictures of Vera Wang’s Twitter

Project Runway Star Korto Momolu also showed out with her FW16 presentation taking place at the Manhattan Affinia Hotel as usual.

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Photo Credits: Victoria Shaw Photography

I was able to attend Dallas based Mahiri Takai‘s Men’s Fashion showcase. His line was predominantly black and white. I was intrigued by the clean lines and mixture of cottons and leather. He made maxi t-shirts and sweaters look super polished and elegant.

2. Fun besides the Shows

Since New York is the city that never sleeps I took advantage of several restaurants, after parties, art shows, thrift stores and elegant roof tops. I connected with several industry professionals that pointed me in the right direction of where the “cool kids” hang out after the shows and in general.

These were the hot spots: The Edition Hotel, The Standard (has a skating rink on the patio), The High Line Hotel, Sky Room, Up&Down.

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Amazing Brunch at Mogador Cafe in East Village
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Best Sushi of my Life from Alpha Fusion in Hell’s Kitchen
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Pizza from Artichoke in East Village

I really had a great time and admire anyone that had the endurance of attending 4+ fashion shows per day. If you need any advice on how to prepare for NYFW please leave a comment below. Also feel free to leave any comments or questions.

XOXO,

Dynamically Branded

Getting Ready for NYFW 2016

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Photo Credits: Thomas Garza Photography

It’s that time of the year again. The biggest fashion spectacle is coming to the Big Apple. For some reason the FW showcases are more prestigious than the SS. I guess you have more fabric to create more extravagant pieces. Anyways, I’ve been planning this trip since December. It’s important to have a game plan and to maximize your time while being in the Fashion Mecca. Here is my NYFW blueprint:

1. Time: NYFW is Feb 10th – 18th I will stay 11th-16th  (I can’t stand the cold for too long :-))

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Map by NYFW

2. Location: Most of the shows will take place between Midtown and Soho, so I decided to stay within this area, I won’t say exactly where but fairly to close to Washington Square Park. The best options to book a hotel room or to rent out an apartment will be found on Hotwire and AirBnB.

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3. Shows: I only have 6 days to attend as many shows as possible. I am planning on attending the shows of Binzario Couture, Project Runway Star Kortu Momolu, Newcomer  Charu Lochan Dass, DVF, Elie Tahari, and Herve Leger. For more info on calendars, check out Fashion Week Online or CFDA .

4. Sightseeing: Of course, I also would love to see more of New York City this time. On my to do list are: Central Park, Ground Zero, Pizza in Staten Island, and a Broadway show.

5. Networking: The Creme de la Creme of Fashion will be in the City, networking will be therefore vital to broaden my reach and influence. Industry related happy-hours, mixers and after-parties are the places to be at in order to rub shoulders with other Fashion Professionals.

To stay updated on my status and to see if I was able check everything off my to do list, follow me on IG, Twitter and Periscope @MsLally9.

XOXO,

Dynmically Branded