A recent article in the New York Timers referred to the lack of diversity in the fashion industry as Fashion’s “blind spot, noting only 6% of African-American models were casted to walk the runways in at New York Fashion Week this past February. To combat this disparity in the industry, an innovative fashion experience is emerging in New York City this fall: Fro Fashion Week. Already in its 6th season, the Atlanta-based event is planning to take the East Coast by storm by bringing its highly anticipated event to Brooklyn, NY this September 5-8th. The week will consist of workshops, pop up salons, trunk shows, and an after party.
The festivities will culminate with a GOTHIX themed fashion show on September 7th, which will feature fashions of 6 upcoming designers chosen from across the US. The runway will be host to a diverse selection of models with various curly, kinky and coily hair textures, a non-traditional presence currently missing in the fashion industry. Also different from the credentials-only shows at NY Fashion Week, Fro Fashion Week offers designers, models and attendees the chance to be a part of the excitement of fashion week, an opportunity they otherwise wouldn’t be given.
“Not everyone can find themselves in New York Fashion Week,” says Valaira Sa-Ra, Executive Producer of the ‘Fro Fashion Show. “We wanted to bring Fro Fashion Week to New York because we cater to a demographic that isn’t typically represented.”
The featured designers presented at GOTHIX are:
- D’Andra Williams, Renee Fredrique (Queens, NYC)
- Chantel Gibbs, Shannon Shenone (Elmont, NY)
- Ronnisha De’Lynn, Aura Clothing (Kansas City, Missouri)
- Antoinette Middleton, I AM Designs (Bradenton, Florida)
- Raqui Rhodes, Necessories by Raqui (Atlanta, Georgia)
- Valeri Reaves, MyMeApparel (Atlanta, Georgia)
The show will be hosted by blogger Rochelle “BlackOnyx” Graham and exclusive backstage coverage provided by NaturallyCurly.com.
For more event information including ticket sales and show times, visit www.frofashionweek.com.
On Saturday, October 13th, I attended a bridal couture runway show presented by The Knot and the Wedding Channel at the Hilton Hotel in midtown Manhattan. The show took place as part of Couture Bridal Fashion week, New York’s premier bridal-industry trade show. This was the first time the event featured a grand runway presentation, which showcased more than 100 dresses from top designers. Gorgeous gowns of each designer billowed down the runway with intricate detailing in an amazing display of the latest fashion trends in the couture bridal world.
The designers featured included: Cymbeline, Emmaline Bridal, Ian Stuart, Jesus Peiro, Jorge Manuel, Katerina Bocci, La Femme, Maggie Sottero, Max Chaoul Couture, Melanie Harris, Mikaella Bridal, Nilah and Company, Paloma Blanca, Ruben Perlotti, Simone Carvalli, Siri, and Victoria Nicole.
In addition to fashion shows, Couture Bridal Fashion week offers retailers and designers the opportunity to showcase their latest collections throughout the week. Here are a few that caught my eye on my way to the runway presentation:
I’m so excited to revel that Delialicious Picks was selected as a finalist for Allure Magazine’s first-ever Beauty Blogger Awards. I entered the contest on their website a couple of months ago, not thinking I even stood a chance against the many bloggers I knew would be applying, especially because my blog focuses on more than just beauty. Nonetheless, I was selected among 15 other finalists to compete for the coveted title of Beauty Blogger of the Year! Check out my bio on their website here»
I won’t be able to win this alone. I need YOU to head over to Allure’s website, and vote once every weekday when all the challenges are live. And just for voting, you’ll be eligible for some cool prizes, including a trip to Miami Beach!
The first challenge will be posted on April 23rd, I’m really hoping for all your support!
Here are the cool prizes at stake:
• Win a trip to New York City, with backstage access to a show at New York Fashion Week, attend Allure’s Best of Beauty party (and take home a suitcase stuffed with winning products worth an estimated $2,500), and go on a behind-the-scenes tour of Revlon’s headquarters to see a preview of new products.
• Be featured in a story in the October issue of Allure.
• Allure 2012 Blogger of the Year logo to be posted on winner’s website for a year.
• Have the opportunity to submit work to Allure and allure.com.
I’ll be posting a reminder on the day of the first challenge. May the best blog win!
On February 9, 2012, I attended the Fall/Winter runway show of Italian-born designer Danilo Gabrielli, during Nolcha Fashion Week: New York at the Alvin Ailey Studios in New York City. The designer has certainly come a long way since I covered his Spring/Summer 2012 show last season at Nolcha, where he had to share the runway with two other independent designers. This season, the spotlight was on Gabrielli alone, whose show attracted the cast of The Real Housewives of New York City, who were in attendance, along with a plethora of other Gabrielli supporters.
The F/W 2012 collection drew on references from the 1940s, by using wool and silk fabrics and modernizing popular trends from that era including demure pencil and a-line skirts, modified shoulder pads, pussy bow blouses and fur stoles. The looks were complementary opponents by somehow managing to be powerful, yet feminine at the same time. Unexpectedly, glamorous sparkling creations managed to surface and intertwine perfectly in between the sophisticated subdued hues of a majority of the fashion, making the collection effortlessly chic and stylish.