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New York Fashion Week  is over and I finally have time to start writing about what I saw during what is always a whirlwind filled week. This season I got to see some really great collections varying in jeans to gowns that reminded me of my Couture Fashion Week volunteering days in college. I took a few days off simply because I was not feeling great, it was raining or I was too exhausted. As much as it is a privilege to get invited to shows and events, it can be a nonstop week where you lose track of what’s next without an organized calendar. Thank goodness for my mother who always knows how to screw my head back on. How will I survive this week when I’m older? I’ll manage with experience, I guess… or with an intern! If you haven’t already read my The Fashion Industry, Is it for you or Not post, you’ll know I’ve been doing this since I was 18, so I guess I’ll continue to learn as I go.

 

I started off the week, which if you didn’t know always starts in the middle of one week and runs into the next week by attending the Style Fashion Week Shows. Later on in the week I attended the Cenia Convi Jean fashion show which also showcased t-shirt designs my the designers sister. Next stop during the week was a showcase on jewelry by Midori Linea and then a private showing at the JSong showroom. My last stop during the week was the Gypsy Sport show, which was my first time seeing that designer at fashion week. Here’s a roundup of my first set of shows. Click pictures to enlarge.

 

Style Fashion Week

Style Fashion week runs for three consecutive days and features various designers, artists, singers and smaller companies. I attended two out of three days as the third day I felt I wanted to stay home. The shows that I saw during these days included David Tupaz, Bahmardi, Raul Penarada, Hirun Bangkok, Elie Madie and Rocky Gathercole and more. The following were some of my favorites by far.

 

Raul Penaranda

 

 

 

Hirun Bangkok

 

 

Yas Couture

 

Overall all my week was quite a light one in comparison to fashion weeks I’ve covered in the past. I’ll have more  NYFW posts up soon. Which collection was your favorite? -T.S

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The Fashion Industry: Is It For You? Or Not?

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As I write this its 3:00 A.M, I’m a bit of an insomniac and when I think of something I need to do I usually like to start right away. So here I am writing. Fashion week is upon NYC and I just started thinking of all the inconsistency’s people think the industry is like and some things that are true. If you are thinking of going into fashion or a similar industry here are some tips and just overall knowledge that I’ve gained.

 

First and foremost I’m writing this to help people who have a SERIOUS passion and attitude about getting into the fashion industry. If you don’t have a serious passion for the fashion industry, do yourself and your parents wallets a favor and figure that out soon. Figuring that out in the middle of college and having to switch or pay extra for changing your mind when you realize its not what you thought it would be, will be frustrating. Here are some of my tips!

 

On College Education

Do you really need it to get into fashion? Well YES! For the most part, unless you have a great connection that can get you in without a formal education, or your self-taught with a great portfolio you will need that degree. On every single application you will be asked if you have the minimum of a Bachelor’s degree or some type of certification. Does that prepare you? Well yes and no. You’ll know the basics of how the industry or parts of the industry works. And knowing basic textiles, proper names, how the chain of production to final sale is done and more will help you.

 

The real learning begins when you start working, not only will you learn how a garment is created but you will learn how each company you work with differs. You’ll also learn how to deal with a fast paced environment and multiple personalities, something you can’t learn in school. There are so many parts in the chain of getting a garment made and sold, you’ll be surprised how many different jobs there are. Learn how they are all done!

 

On Internships

So now you’ve figured out that you really want to continue your education in fashion. Perhaps you’re in your senior year, like it usually works and you need an internship. How do you get one? My very first advice is DON’T wait until you are in your senior year to start looking for internships. Many companies do require that you receive college credit, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to wait for senior year. There are smaller companies that may just really need the help. It could be a designer that needs help color coding lab dips or a public relations agency that needs help keeping contacts in order.

 

Start looking when you feel you can balance an internship and your everyday tasks! This will also ensure you have more experience than your competition. Do your own hunting and have your career services helping you as well! You can also intern during your career as well, you just have to do a lot of hunting.

 

 

On it being catty/mean/tough difficult… whatever you’ve heard or think you’ve seen on Project Runway etc

Well yes and no! Most of my career I’ve been able to work with absolutely wonderful people. People who have helped me, trained me and retrained me when I felt confused. People who have absolutely no problem helping 101 times. Who are not catty and keep the office space light, enjoyable and a great space to work in. Those are the people I remember, because honestly most of  the people I have worked with in every company have been great. There will be days when the stress of a deadline will be felt and seen in an office, and sometimes there will just be extended periods of that.

 

It is a high paced stressful industry, your job is to learn how to deal with that and more while remaining level-headed. A level head and get it done attitude will get you through those high stress days. If people in your office are being catty on a daily basis well that is up to you on what to do. Do you look for a new job or can you stick through and perhaps prove yourself a valuable asset? That is completely up to you, you know yourself best. I don’t recommend being in an environment where the people are stressing you out on top of working in a stressful industry.

 

I do believe that if you are thin-skinned or don’t learn how to grow a thick skin you will get discouraged and not survive the industry. I always recommend finding something that you’re either learning something or enjoying. Money? I know this may seem dumb but don’t do it for the money. This is advice I’ve been given and its true, being stressed or sad, or angry or in a job where you feel you’re stuck is NOT worth it. The industry will continue to be hectic and you’ll be angry. Remember: Am I gaining experience? Am I learning? Do I like it? And lastly is it paying me enough? If you can’t answer at least one of those questions start looking elsewhere.

 

On the industry being full of lazy people

This is a stigma I feel sometimes is given by reality tv and just a general confusion by the public on what actually goes into the fashion industry. I’ll say this, LAZY PEOPLE ONLY MAKE IT SO FAR IN THIS INDUSTRY. I have not worked with many lazy people! For the most part people know what they have to do and they get on with their work. I’ve only ever experienced a lazy coworker in internships of my past. And that was usually a person who really didn’t realize how much work goes into fashion and no longer wants to be there.

 

There is always work to do, if you’re done with something ask : What can I do? Trust me your coworkers or boss will find something for you to do. And if you have absolutely nothing to do, your work ethic and helpful attitude won’t go unnoticed. And the lazy attitude, won’t go unnoticed either.

 

On New York Fashion Week

How do I attend fashion week? I always get this question. For the most part you have to work in the fashion or media realm to attend or get invited. There are shows that sell tickets to the public, if your interested in that Google it! I won’t guarantee first or second row seats, most of the time those are reserved for invited editors, bloggers experienced in covering shows, buyers, press and celebrities. It is a busy week where your schedule can change hourly or daily. You can think your only going to two shows and then get three invites that same day. If you are looking to volunteer, for the most part designers and public relations companies are looking for college students.

 

In my college days I volunteered for a trade publication and walked around Lincoln Square. I also volunteered for a public relations company and saw a bit of what its like in the back of the house before a show. At first you should try smaller shows like Couture Fashion Week, that’s how I started volunteering. In the past fashion week was strictly for people who worked in fashion and some of the media. Over the years its become a bit of a ruckus with famous people and the crowds they attract. Although NYFW is not the same as it was years ago, I think that it like most things in the fashion industry, will change again.

 

On unconventional office spaces

A few things differed when I went from regular jobs to fashion corporate and creative fashion jobs. Wardrobe depends on each company, but I can honestly say that 99% of the companies I’ve worked for have allowed me to wear what I wanted. Jeans everyday? Yup done that! High heels every day, done that as well. Showed off the latest trend or watched it be showed off fabulously, absolutely. Colorful hair? Yes seen that too! I think being able to do this does a few things, it allows you to express yourself  but it also allows you to be as relaxed as possible in a high stress environment. And after all, it is the fashion industry, so show off your style! It  all depends on every company and what your boss says is acceptable. You can also get an idea of what’s acceptable by what your co-workers are wearing and what they suggest.

 

Pets in the office is something you might see. I worked many jobs where someone brings their dog into the office and no one is bothered. They just want to get work done and for the most part gush over your fluffy puppy. Knowing your boss, coworkers and overall office environment will tell you what dress code and pet code they have.

 

Music is played a lot by people as they work. This is not surprising to me as music has been proven to help people get their work done. For the most part it’s not unusual to see your co-workers with ear buds in as they type away at their computer. As long as you’re getting your work done, it’s normally not an issue. Again go off what your office environment is, what coworkers suggest and what your boss is ok with. I’ve worked many jobs where I’ve been able to pop in my headphones in and work away. There are even companies that play music in the office space, I’ve worked through that too. A lot of office spaces have a relaxed vibe, which can make your work day enjoyable.

 

On Making Money

For the most part you won’t see large sums money until your well into your career. As you try to figure out where your supposed to be in the industry this will mean taking jobs and internships just to get more experience and opportunities. Don’t go into this industry for the money, fame, or anything else other than a real passion for fashion. The careers that make money from what I’ve learned and heard of are, Buying (but you have to be good at math, please don’t say I want to be a buyer and hate math!), Merchandising, Marketing, Sales and Production.

 

The more creative parts of the industry like Styling, Designing, Editing etc. can take a while until you are making good money. There is always a period in your career in which you will have to do different jobs or internships to get to a point in which you are making MONEY. And that period may be long! There are other career choices that I haven’t listed that can potentially make you a lot of money. Just make sure to do your research to figure out where you want your career to go. Or like me figure it out as you get more experience with each job and figure out how to create your own opportunities.

 

Recap

  • This must be a passion for you
  • You can’t be lazy
  • Don’t do it for the money or the fame you think will come
  • Be realistic
  • Do your homework, it never ends
  • Have a thick skin or learn to grow one quick
  • Get educated because no matter how many times the industry changes, you’ll have your degree and experience to help you

Those are all the pearls of wisdom I have so far. Hopefully that helped you if you are thinking of going into the fashion industry. If you know someone who is thinking of entering the fashion industry, please share this with them! I always tell people how it really is in this industry when they ask. This is just what I’ve learned since I was 18, I’m sure I’ll learn more as I get older and gain even more experience. When I’m ready perhaps I’ll share that as well.

 

P.S. Just because you see a celebrity or blogger work with a brand, doesn’t mean they now work in fashion. There is a whole team of production, sales, marketing etc that make that line or product possible. Just like in school or college group projects, putting a person’s name on something doesn’t always mean they actually did the work. I always admire when a celebrity can actually talk about how a product was created and executed. That is how you can tell if they simply put their name on it or not.

-T.S.

 

 

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Fashion Night Out- ICollective Live

ICollective Live

This past February as fashion month came to an end in NYC I attended one last fashion event. A mix of performance, interior design and fashion, ICollective Live showcased Latino designers. Presented by  DCG Media in the WH Design Collection showroom guests got to get up close in personal with the collections and the designers.

Designers included Adolfo Sanchez, Cenia NY, Terese Sydonna and Milagros Batista. Each designer collection was specifically curated to be showcased in different parts of the showroom. Coordinating perfecting with the modern showroom and furniture of WH Design.

Adolfo Sanchez– I recently went to the Adolfo Sanchez fashion show which you can read about here. Adolfo who is of Mexican Descent is taking his first steps in to the NYC fashion world. With an original clientele from L.A. he is gaining traction here on the east coast through NYFW. His gorgeous gowns are made for women who want both princess dresses and edgy details like clear plastics in cheeky areas of the body. The dresses he showcased are loved by press and  the public alike.

Cenia NY– Cenia Paredes of Cenia NY showcased a collection of archive pieces. Gowns ranging in blues, purples and gold were highlighted. Cenia’s collections always make you want to attend a gala looking sophisticated. Or perhaps you want simply go to work while feeling elegant. Perhaps you want to spend a night out feeling beautiful, Cenia’s collections will make you feel all these emotions and more. She caters to every size with Couture knits like her Olive & Logan collection made in Turkey.

Terese Sydonna– This Jamacian designer worked in finance before realizing her true calling was fashion. Her path to becoming a fashion designer started with the Macy’s Incubator, and a degree in Fashion Design from The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). Terese specializes in ready-to wear and accessories with touches of prints, structure and subtle details. With the purpose of designing for the super hero in us all, her bold one of a kind prints are made to stand out. The high tech novelty knits and machine washable fabrics she uses makes it possible to wear one of a kind art pieces in everyday life.

Milagros Batista– Knitwear designer Milagros Batista also showcased her newest collection. Colors ranged in shades of pink with knitwear pants, tops, skirts, dresses and sweaters.

Electric violinist Sarah Charness rocked the night with a performance set to electro beats. Cupcakes by Honor Thy Sweets, (cute mini cupcakes) filled guests bellies along with snacks. Beauty was done by the amazing Kim Baker, read more about her here! While hair was done by Stephanie Jones and the Studio Ten31 team.

The night was full of great support for these Latino designers both seasoned and new. An effort that is continually needed as the fashion industry still struggles with issues of diversity. Luckily agencies like DCG Media recognize and up lift Latinos and people of color in their creative careers. Have you ever heard of these designers? What was your favorite look? Who is your favorite Latino or POC designer? You can read more about the event on Latinista.com.

T.S.

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New York Fashion Week And Youtube

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New York Fashion Week recently ended and it was another whirlwind filled week. I’ve been putting up the fashion shows and events that I went to on my brand new YouTube channel. I opened a YouTube channel because that was the easiest way for me to get content out during the week. Usually during Fashion Week I get home around 1 or 2 in the morning with the need to be up the next morning to go to my next event. Each year since I was in college my participation in NYFW has grown exponentially. Including my position as Editorial Manager for Latinista.com, this leaves me no time to write! In comes Youtube with a quicker alternative to creating and distributing content. Check out my New York Fashion Week videos here!

As usual I wanted to share with you the outfits I wore during New York Fashion Week. Some are already up on my Instagram, while others due to my strapped time schedule during the hectic week had to be photographed at a later date. For this fashion week I decided to get a bit creative with the pieces I wore. The theme for my outfits was transforming pieces to give them a second life. I did however invest in coats in preparation for NYFW, because it becomes your most seen and potentially photographed piece. I only attended four days out of the week, taking one day to create my YouTube channel. New York Fashion Week is fun, exuberating, electric and exhausting! If I’ve learned anything since I started attending fashion week at 18 years old, is taking a day off is not the end of the world!

 

Outfit 1

White Rampage business pant. Tan Perceptions shell. Cape found at the Sugarloaf craft fair, no tags. Payless Boots. Target purse.

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Outfit 2

Creativity was the name of the game when I turned a dress into a shirt. Derek Heart sweater dress (tucked under the skirt), Diversity leather skirt, Urban Hearts animal print jacket, Maxx New York purse. Payless block sandal and Angelina black coat.

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Outfit 3

H&M dress (on sale for 15.99!) Enzo Angiolini boots, Calvin Klein coat, Target purse.

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Outfit 4

I got creative with this outfit as well by turning a maxi dress I usually wear during the summer into a skirt. DKNY puffer jacket, Bitten jean jacket, Faded Glory white tee, Miss Avenue black dress. Enzo Angiolini boots, Target purse and long necklaces that were gifted to me.

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The unsung heroes of these outfits? My undergarments keeping me warm during what was a very rainy Fashion Week! Leggings, tights and camisoles for the win! I hope you were inspired to use your clothing in diverse ways! You can see the fashion shows on my YouTube. Be sure to SUBSCRIBE!

T.S.

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New York Fashion Week: Latinista Showcase

A show I never miss is the runway showcase of Latinista Fashion Week during New York Fashion Week. It’s an event that always propels Hispanic and Latino designers and creative professionals. This fashion week there were show favorites, César Galindo and Cenia NYC and some designers I didn’t  recognized such as the Chris Barreto Collection. Project Runway season 11 contestant Layana Aguilar also showcased her newest collection. I could not stay for the entire showcase but here is what I did get to see.

Layana Aguilar

I was excited to see what Layana had in store this fashion week. I watched her season of Project Runway and remember loving her aesthetic. This show confirmed my love of Layana Aguilar’s designs. With a message of spreading love the collection was just as sweet with its pastel colors. The One Love Collection included a color story of purples, blues and pinks in pastel shades.  A mix of sportswear and eveningwear the line includes laced up  bombers over cocktail dresses.While touches of edge were introduces with metal claps as fasteners to tutu inspired dresses. Intricate floral applications made  clever appearances on bralettes and underneath the train of highlow hemline dresses. Styled with modern silver and blush wedges the looks were sweet yet modern. Hair was styled in high rise buns with gelled sides, that reminded me of JLO in her hip hop infused videos and looks. In Layana Aguilar’s previous collections fun prints and the theme of empowerment is seen throughout as well. I totally want many of her pieces in my closet! See more of her work here!

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Cenia NYC

Cenia did not disappoint unveiling her newest Olive and Logan collection. Cenia’s always gorgeous dresses are made to fit every woman’s curves . Perfect for the office, a cocktail event or elegant gala the dresses were modern in color and  classic in cut. Colors traversed the colors of the rainbow with bright orange to white with every color in between. Prints were introduced through watercolor floral, geometric prints and lace. Knits that were manufactured in Turkey laid the ground work for dresses that hugged the body just right. Shoulders and necklines varied in interesting  styles with flares caps, asymmetrical lines and bare shoulders. The line which ranges in sizes xs-3x showcases the clothing everyday women want to wear, both fashionable and comfortable pieces for every type of event in their lives.  This is an aspect the fashion industry has gotten much better at realizing, but that Cenia is pushing forward with her designs and Olive and Logan Collection. Not showcased at the show was the Convi Jean Cenia created which hugs bigger bottoms and small waist. To solve the problem of the back gap women get when they wear jeans zippers are placed into what would be a traditional dart placement. The zippers allow the jeans to convert into a tighter or loser size depending on your waist size.  Learn more about Cenia’s collections here!

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Chris Barreto

The Chris Barreto  Collection reminded me of abstract art paintings in a museum. Not surprising when this Brazilian designer is also an artist! Multiple colors and prints were the name of the game. Dresses ranged from mini to maxi lengths while  blouse and skirt sets were loose and comfortable. One of my favorite pieces was a form fitting, square box neck line, spaghetti strap dress with side slits. I don’t wear a huge mix of colors in one outfit but the muted orange, pink, blue and reds were mixed perfectly. The line also included comfortable afghans perfect for hot summer days. Much like that of a painters masterpiece the Barreto pieces included the designers signature placed discreetly onto the fabric. Which if you did not look closely would be mistaken for a part of the painterly prints.

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The Latinista Fashion Week Presentation always shines a light on the latest and most talented designers. While the focus is on fashion, Latinitsta also showcases great causes like Friends of Lead Free Children. This great organization provides medical needs and personnel to impoverished women and children in the Dominican Republic. Also showcased at the event was the gorgeous enrealment artwork by Ecuadorian Bronx based artist Jenny Alexandra. The artwork consist of colorful mandalas that were painted and drawn with a combination of mixed media art forms. The equisitly detailed paintings and pictures consists of many lines, prints and shapes that I imagine take hours to create! With a focus on relaying emotions and shining a light on mental health Jenny’s goal is to make people connect and reflect on both the bad and the good in the world around them. See more of Jenny Alexandra’s work here!

I loved attending Latinista Fashion Week once again and seeing the amazing Hispanic and Latino talent we have in the fashion industry. Did you love them as much as I did? Let me know your thoughts in the comments and on social media.

T.S.

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New York Fashion Week: The Shows Part 1

Have you read about all the outfits I wore at New York Fashion Week, read that here. Now I’m going to dive into the week of shows itself. My first shows of the week were the Style Fashion Week runway shows at the Intrepid Sea and Air Museum. It was a treat going into the Intrepid at night without the massive crowd that usually surrounds the tourist attraction. I had never been inside at night and that was a experience within itself let alone the fashion shows. Style Fashion Week hosts an array of shows, performances and showcases brands both on and off the runway during the week. Unfortunately I was not able to make it to all the shows due to work and conflicting fashion show time slots but I expected an endless array of new fashions. I got to attend the evening shows of day one which included designers Gregorio Sanchez, Peyman Umay, Meriem Belkhayat.

Gregorio Sanchez

Sanchez is a Mexican designer known for his colorful fashions. His Spring 2018 collection was no different with with colorful embroidery, patches, prints and accessories. The colorful applications were set against neutral and calmer colors such as navy and white.The silhouettes were clean and crisp allowing the bold patches and embroidery  to shine. The bold and bright colors make you want to throw on these clothes on a rainy day to brighten the mood. By far my favorite pieces were the high wasted pants and ethereal emerald and navy sheer dresses. If styled not so editorial (for everyday wear)many of the pieces would be great for the office. Although the dresses in the collection deserve a night out on the town.

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Peyman Umay

Peyman Umay is a Turkey native who fell in love with fashion while studying civil engineering in his native country. He transitioned into fashion which brought him to NYC and by 2009 he created his brand. Peyman originally only catered to bespoke tailoring for men. His aesthetic of American comfort and European design had women asking for their own designs in no time. By 2013 he launched a Women’s made-to- measure bespoke line. The Peyman Umay show was a bold collection of tailored suits for both men and women. Blacks, reds, oranges and whites mixed well with the collection’s graphic prints. A men’s  blazer with a newspaper type print and a women’s button down blouse with a comic book print were some of the interesting ones. A trend you must be brave enough to wear… the pant/short  that accompanied the crisp black and white tailored double breasted blazer. I would definitely wear some of the blazers and suits. You can’t go wrong with great tailoring, as for some of the colors I might not be so brave.

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Meriem Belkhayat

The Meriem Belkhayat runway show was Kaftan heaven. The show transported watchers to her native Morocco with muted hues of pinks, blues and flowing fabrics. Known as a master in making Kaftans, Meriem has dressed many Moroccan and Arab celebrities as well as royalty. A mix of fabrics such as velvets and lace created a collection that was both glamorous yet wearable. Sheer panels and capes added a daring punch to the floor length designs. My favorite pieces included her to the floor length black caftans that were embroidered with bright red, orange and blue floral embroidery or applications. The traditional Kaftan was modernized through the use of colors, feminine bombers, bold shoulders and a single earring as jewelry. It’s safe to say I’d wear 99% of Meriem Belkhayt’s current collection.

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P.S. : An honorable mention goes to Malan Breton who showcased a gorgeous collection of dresses in sheer and metallic fabrics. By far my favorite pieces were the floral and military inspired trenches for women (that would fit well in my dramatic coat collection). While the menswear showcased Asian, military and sportswear inspired looks. I wish I could have been there for this show!

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I’ll have another round up of shows and events soon. What was your favorite design or designer that I wrote about in this post? Let me know in the comments and on social media.

T.S.

*Although I was invited and attended the shows, pictures showcased here are courtesy of Albert Evangelista, Liza Rosales and the Style Fashion Week media and press release.*

 

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New York Fashion Week Sept 2017: My Outfits

New York Fashion Week is over! Sad to see you go but more than ready to get back to my normal daily routine. Ask any blogger, editor, photographer or industry person that attends fashion week and they will tell you it feels like a month of craziness rather than a week. That being said I have a huge pile of laundry to do and things are a mess! Now that I’m getting back to the usual swing of things I want to recap my time during New York Fashion Week. Here are the outfits I wore during the week. I will also have a rundown of events and fashion shows up soon.

DAY 1

Day one I mixed my love of vintage pieces with modern accessories. The coat is a vintage piece that was handed down to me from a family member who no longer wanted it. I knew when I wore it, it would be a hit. The coat has a semi-weight to it perfect for transitioning into seasons. I left it open when I was in between shows, but buttoned it for warmth at night. The inside is fully lined in a green lining, while the sleeves are embroidered with roses. The overall coat has pin strips for a classic feel. The dress is also a vintage dress handed down to me by a family member. Its a very light material with no lining perfect for summer. The shoes came from Payless Shoesource  and the purse is from Target. I topped the look off with shades from Target.

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Day 2

Day two for me was Sunday, I could have gone to a few shows on Saturday but I was too tired! I knew that day would feel more like fall,  so I thought it was time to break out another awesome coat. The camel wrap coat is from Boohoo and was given to me by a close friend, Lillie Morales of the blog  JerseyFashionista. Don’t you love it when you and your friends have similar taste! The coat is very light but the large collar and the ability to wrap the coat around you feels like you’re wearing a large blanket. The boho style top came from Boscovs while the baby blue pant was another piece given to me by a family member that I believe came from Target. The grey kitten heel pumps came from Primark and the purse is from Wilsons Leather. Courtesy of my mothers closet, because that was the best purse for the look. My mother and I have almost exactly the same style as well.

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Day 3

Day three I was tired of wearing heels and so it was a day for cute flats. I decided to feel super NYC and go mainly black. The dress is from Boscovs and has a high low hem. A great everyday dress I’ve worn to work as well. I continued the great coats trend with a firey red bomber with honeycomb mesh detail and a gold zipper. This gem perfect for events like fashion week was found locally at Glitterbuzzstyle Boutique. This trendy boutique is own by fellow blogger Chastity Palmer. The ballet style flats came from I.N.C at Macy’s while the bag is London Fog. Simple hoops completed my comfy yet chic look.

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Day 4

Day four I wore some unique finds that were both vintage and modern.  The green dress is a knit dress from the brand Torn by designer Ronny Kobo. originally almost $200 I found it at a pop up sample sale in Chelsea Market a few years back for way cheaper. The dress is intricately knit with an attached knit lining. It is a piece of art to say the least. The pin striped coat is a vintage piece given to me by a family member. It came with a matching dress that I wear separately. The look was finished with a purse from Target and block heels from  Payless. I added gold jewelry for sparkle.

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Day 5

Day five I was ready for heels again and wanted more of a rock and roll look. My dress is a vintage piece given to me by a family member and has a snake skin print and A-symmetrical hemline. Its a very light dress with a lace up corset back. The faux leather jacket is from Burlington and the booties are from Rock and Republic found at Khols. I finished the look with a lace and bow chocker from Glitterbuzzstyle  and wide brimmed hat from Target. I felt the London Fog purse went perfect for this outfit as well.

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Day 6

Day six I wanted to feel comfortable yet chic so I mixed a bit of athlesuire with my outfit. The snake skin print wrap dress is from Express and is a great office piece as well. The sneakers are from Keds which if you don’t know about them, you should! I threw on my jacket and purse and was ready to go.

 

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Fashion trends come and go, but true style is instinctual and eternal. You don’t need the latest and most expensive pieces to feel confident in what you are wearing. As you can tell here and on Instagram I love mixing high and low as well was vintage and modern pieces. Find whatever is your style and express yourself through the art of fashion!

Next post will be about Fashion Week itself. Let me know what your style is! T.S.

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What’s in my purse: New York Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week has been a time of year that I’ve taken part of in some form or another since college. Attending shows is a whirlwind where a week feels like a month. Now I am used to a non stop paced because that is just the name of the game in the fashion industry but during the week that is amplified. These are the things I have in my bag that gets me through the week and also help with everyday life here.

Press/ Media Pass

These plastic cards are the keys to every entrance for fashion shows and events. These are usually registered to attendees months in advance and are given out at the events. I personally like to keep all my passes, which helps remind me of all the work I’ve done. How many end up mixed up in my bag depend on how many events and fashion shows I attend during the week. Like the fashion industry,fashion week is ever changing and what I might want to attend can change.

New York Fashion Week

Portable Chargers, Camera lenses

This is a must if you work or live in NYC in general, but a absolute must especially during fashion week. The amount of videos, live streaming, pictures, editing, emailing and more that goes on during the week kills any battery. Many people don’t realize that regular work and owning a blog doesn’t stop just because of fashion week. So I must be ready and able to answer work and blog related emails. I also take so many pictures during the week of various clothing and products a variety of portable lenses for my iPhone can be helpful.

Metro Card

Another absolute must if you live or work in NYC. Although I try to use the subway during fashion week it is not always such a good idea.  Why?….. Because I am most likely looking soooo fashionable and I don’t want to get sweaty and ruin my look! So depending on where the next show is a taxi, Uber or car service is the best way to go during fashion week. ( General Tip: if your driver was awesome, add a tip. Don’t be stingy! That is their livelihood.)

Business Cards

I don’t go anywhere without them, but especially during New York Fashion Week. For people who attend fashion week this is also a week of networking. Photographers, Editors, Bloggers and more from all over the world converge on the concrete island during the week. You never know who you might sit next to at a fashion show or meet at the after parties.

Snacks and Water

I never leave my house without these but during fashion week its harder to grab a bite to eat. If I have multiple shows back to back I’ll eat a quick snack and sip water during a taxi ride or as I’m walking to the next event. If I’m lucky an event will provide water and food, what’s never on shortage at an event? Liquor! Which doesn’t help if I’m hungry, so snacks are a must. I’m luckiest when I have an hour or two in between shows or events. That’s my chance to find a proper place for a meal.

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Makeup, Saline Solution, Nail Kit, Hand Sanitizer,Sunglasses

I always have extra lipstick in my purse, a touch up is bound to happen. Preferably in the back of a taxi in between events. I wear my contacts must of the time during fashion week. Glasses can fall off your face while running around, so I almost always leave them at home. Plus sunglasses are in need as September here is a mix of sun and clouds. A nail kit helps keep my nails in check so I don’t snag my outfit. While hand sanitizer is an everyday must, but the amount of hand shakes done during this week can be excessive. I just added blotting papers to my bag as well, which helps keep facial shine at bay.

Flats!

Because although those heels make me camera ready once I’m done for the night its time for flats!

Almost every day of New York Fashion Week is an extremely long one. So by the time I get home by midnight to one or two in the morning I’m exhausted. If I’m lucky I can go straight to bed but sometimes my work doesn’t end there. Editing and saving pictures to my hard drive or submitting them to people I’m working for is a priority as well.

I hope you enjoyed a sneak peek into my bag during New York Fashion Week. Like many people it is a hectic time of year for me and hope to have blog post up soon.

Happy NYFW- T.S.

 

 

 

 

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The Museum at FIT’s Black Fashion Designers

Currently on display at the Museum of FIT is the “Black Fashion Designers” exhibition.  Just in time for Black history month the exhibition showcases both African and African American designers. Fashion ranging from the 1950’s to the present is on view, along with the history of challenges African American and African designers have faced within the fashion industry. The exhibition focuses on an array of classifications for these designers such as eveningwear, menswear, street style and six more categories.

Breaking into the Industry

As in most of the U.S.A during the 1950’s the fashion industry was a segregated profession. Taught the craft of sewing primarily by a loved one the inclusion of Black designers into the industry only began slowly during  the 1960’s. During this time some designers were able to learn the business side of the fashion industry while they worked in Seventh Avenue manufactures. Ann Loewe was taught sewing by her grandmother a former slave. Her designs became well known by the American wealthy in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Her specialty were wedding gowns and debutante dresses for the elite.

Museum of FIT

Left:Anne Loews wedding dress 1968. Right Ethiopian designer Amsale wedding dress fall 2016

 

The Rise of the Black Fashion Designer

The Civil Rights movement, music and African American culture became prevalent in influencing the fashion of the day. Disco music and the African American musicians inspired the designs of the 1970’s. Their designs were beginning to influence not only New York fashion but that of Paris and London.

 

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James Daugherty green jumpsuit 1974 and Jon Higgins dress 1980-85

 

 

Eveningwear

The 19th century was an important time for Black fashion designers in the eveningwear arena. Their use of different techniques and craftsmanship afforded them the opportunities to dress elite clientele like Princess Diana and Beyoncé. The attention from high end retailers such as Bergdorf Goodman had African and African American designs being sold on Fifth Ave.

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Ann Lowe 1955 dress and B.Michae 2015 silk brocade dress.

                          

Street Influence

During the 1980’s Hip Hop and it’s culture influenced the trends of fashion. The use of oversized jackets and pants were being used by the youth of New York City. What the fashion industry call’s the ” trickle up” movement  of street style influencing the runway occurred. This movement shook the fashion industry into recognizing the market of hip hop and its youth. Unfortunately this led to high end designers being influenced by the movement without crediting the originators of the trend. Although this has slowly changed and the trickle up movement is now more appropriately used by design houses such as “Public School”. ” Public School” streetwear and high fashion fusions often stump critics and is hard to define on weather it is streetwear or not. Designer Virgil Abloh of the brand “Off-White” uses streetwear to express issues in society like climbing the corporate ladder. His purpose in making streetwear is to add an intellectual layer to a style of clothing that is often seen as cheap.

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Pyre Moss fall 2015 and Off -White Ensemble 2015

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Right: Public School Fall 2016. Left Xuly.Bet Fall 2016.Off White Ensemble Fall 2015 .

 

Activism

Activism in the African American society has given designers a chance to showcase their designs while infusing their culture and message. Activism prompted designers to revive the Afro hairstyle and traditional African textiles. The use of fashion allowed these designers to express their frustrations and hopes during times of oppression. Activism and fashion have collided expressing certain messages important to the designers and the public. As it was used in the past by African American communities as an outlet of social injustice it is also used today. We’ve seen particular clothing and  accessories like hats to convey a social injustice message in the Women’s March and on the runway. Most recently in the Missoni closing of their Fall 2017 Ready To Wear collection.

The Mueseum of FIT

Left: Patrick Kelly denim dress 1987. Above Patrick Kelly t-shirt. Right: Stoned Cherrie T-shirt and Tsonga skirt 2010.

Menswear

During the late 1970’s black designers were making an imprint in menswear both in the US and in London. Andrew Ramroop was the first black designer to work on the famous Savile Row in London.  Meanwhile designer Jeffrey Banks infused American prep style with traditional colorful tweeds in New York. In the early 2000’s elaborate suits fit for royalty were combined with street flare on the Sean John runway. Menswear continues to be pushed by black designers as they change proportions, add new designs and play with the idea of masculinity in suits.

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Patrick Kelly 1989

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Casey- Hayford fall 2015. Agi & Sam fall 215

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Sean John Fall 2008. Maurice Sewell 2003

 

Black Models

During the 1950’s Ebony magazine began the ” Ebony Fashion Fair”. The fair discovered and launched the career of supermodel Pat Cleveland among others.  It was one of the only platforms or magazine’s besides “Jet” magazine showcasing black models. African American designers were also given a spotlight to showcase their designs during the fair. In 1973 the fashion show ” The Battle of Versailles” a fundraiser for the restoration of the Versailles Palace featured five American ready to wear designers and five French couturier’s. It not only gave the American designers recognition but featured ten black models. The freedom of movement given to the models made an impact on what a model was allowed to do on the runway. Black models have been muses for designers like Stephen burrows and Azzadine Alana in the 1990’s. Model Alva Chinn became a favorite of Oscar de la Renta, Halston and Stephen Burrows. Although there are more models of color on the runway now, they are still in the minority. Supermodel Liya Kebede has given back to her native Kenya by working with the World Health Organization. They have given Ethiopian weavers a platform to showcase their work and contribute to the  Ethiopian economy.

Come des Garcons jacket, Azzedine Alaia bustier and pants. Pierre Hardy shoes. Styled by model Veronica Webb. Iemlem by Liya Kebede spring 2014

Ebony Magazine 1974 ” The Big Whirl of Fashion” featuring their fashion fair.

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African Influence

African culture has inspired many designers, but can be interpreted in an incorrect manner. For an African American designer the ability to interpret  African influence in their designs is a chance to explore and portray their heritage with respect and understanding. Nigerian designer Lisa Folawiyo adds modern touches to the Ankara, a traditional West African fabric. The designer has been known to add custom prints and embellishments to the fabric in her collections.  Scarification an ancient African tradition is one of  the influences for designer Mimi Plange. The influences of scars can be seen in her 2013 leather curved line dress. While designer Christie Brown uses traditional African textiles to design modern clothing.

Left :Patrick Kelly 1988. Right Stella Jean 2015

Middle: Mimi Plange
Right: Christie Brown
Left: Lisa Folawiyo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Experimentation

Designer Jon Watson known for dressing the contestants of  beauty pageants experimented with silhouettes. In the late 1950’s he stepped away from his traditional hourglass form to an innovative pleated evening coat. It was innovative because it stood away from the body reflecting Parisian couture. Designer Brenda Waites experimented with 13th century techniques such as macramé knotting in her 1970’s collection. Punk and British tailoring were combined in designer Joe Casely-Hayford’s 2000 collection. He as well as most Black designers fight against the label of “black designer” for the more appropriate “designer” label.

Left:Jon Weston coat 1957
Middle: Brenda Waites Boiling tunic 1970’s
Right: Bryan Lars Union suit 1987

Left” Epperson dress 2008
Right: Joe Casely-Hayford 2000 Ensemble

 

The exhibition is open until May 16, 2017 at the Museum of FIT on 7th Ave and 27th St. Let me know if you got to visit this exhibition.

T.S.

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New York Fashion Week SS17 Round up 2

Exhausted is the word I would use to describe myself at the end of fashion week. Exhausted but satisfied and grateful for the amazingly wild week. I’ve met so many great people working in fashion and other creative industries. Here is my continuation of NYFW.

Sept 11: J. Loren Presentation

The collection “Her” was inspired the idea of women unleashing their inner Amazon goddess. J.Loren designs for the woman who is powerful and knows who she is. Particularly geared towards woman who celebrates femininity and knows how to enjoy nightlife just as much as a casual dinner. The NY brand was created in 2010 by Harriette Thomas and Jason Scott.  With self taught sewing skills, education and experience in the industry the designers were able to build a brand that has been worn by Taraji P. Henson. Trends were animal prints, neutral and classic colors, bare shoulders feathers details.

Pic Credits: Clement Holder


Sept 12: Steve Boi presentation.

This collection was inspired by the designers days in the Boy Scouts and his southern upbringing. The prints resembled tree bark and the color scheme was neutral greens, burnt oranges and  beige. The presentation was held in The Foley Gallery downtown on Orchard Street.

 

Sept 13: Storm Dorris Show

The fairytale Cinderella is what came to mind while watching this collection. Purples, pinks, tulle, lace and beading were the highlights of the show. The designers aesthetic of “ethereal glamour” came through via the fashion show. Originally hailing from Georgia the designers NYFW début showcased his spring/summer 17 collection. Introduced to fashion by his late grandmother a seamstress, he carries on the love of the art. His ethereal collection was inspired by his travels to Cambridge England, castles and flowers.  His admiration of Christian Dior and the original courtiers shine through in his detailed couture. The complementary nail salon and café was a great stop to relax before or after the show.

Sept 14: Latinista Fashion Week

Latina Magazine’s Ebby Antigua and creator of Latinista Dee Rivera hosted Conversations with Ebby Antigua. During this roundtable of influencers and fashion professional’s we discussed the stereotypes we still face and how the media and the fashion industry could improve in reaching the Latina market. We love to buy expensive brands, but we know best how to mix it with a lower priced but equally fabulous pieces. Our connection to the urban market gives us the knowledge in making a lower priced item look just as expensive as higher priced items. Fashion no matter the price point styled correctly can make you look great. It’s a matter of personal style and choosing pieces that fit your esthetic and body type.

What the fashion industry and media need to improve on is showing Latinas the way we see ourselves not the way other cultures see us. We love our natural curves, but we continue to try shift the focus on how the world sees us. We also appreciate the Latina’s like Sofia Vergara and J.LO who represent us in the media. They have not only shown that we are mothers or daughters but strong woman with complexities. We want the same experiences in life and in fashion as other women. All women want to feel good in what we wear, apply great products to our face and bodies and buy great quality accessories.

In correlation with September being National Hispanic Month and Fashion Week Latinista held their fifth annual fashion show featuring Latino designers. Creative Fashion Director of Latina Magazine and Ebsession Ebby Antigua and Founder of Latinista Dee Rivera hosted the event. Both Designers César Galindo and Henry Picado of Estes & Chlo showcased their  individual Spring/ Summer 2017 collections.

César Galindo showcased a presentation featuring beautiful colorful, floral printed and sequined dresses. Below the knee and maxi length dresses draped the stage. Pleated details, multi-patterned prints and this season off the shoulder trend was in full affect.

The Texan designer’s 22 year career began designing for the Miami City Ballet and Houston Grand Opera. His move New York City in the mid 80’s allowed him to gain experience in a showroom and launch his own line consisting of his signature collection. The collection introduced his aesthetic for feminine social and evening dresses. Soon after his introduction the collection was placed in Henri Bendel.  He continued designing for the likes of Dolce and Gabbana, Calvin Klein Collection and L.A.M.B by Gwen Stefani. His second namesake line CZAR by César Galindo geared towards a younger customer launched in 2011 on the Neiman Marcus website Cusp. His collections have been on the cover Elle Magazine and worn by celebrities like Madonna. His collection has been sold domestically and internationally.

 

Henry Picado of Este & Chlo featured a collection of his signature beaded gowns and cocktail dresses. The Costa Rican designer was educated at FIT and after graduating  designed collections at Bob Mackie. He then became senior director at Aidan Mattox and design director at JS Group International. While working at Aidan Mattox his clothes were worn on the TV show Gossip Girl and Dancing with the Stars. His designs have been worn by celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Selena Gomez and Tyra Banks. His week was full as he also presented at Couture Fashion Week.

That concludes NYFW ss17 for me. I look forward to February and bringing you more info on great designers.

T.S.