This season Harlem’s Fashion Row once again celebrated designers, innovators, and stars of color at their Runway show and awards ceremony. Throngs of fashion industry spiders flocked to Chelsea Piers to attend the celebration which was supported by Motions, Latina Magazine, Ebony Magazine and more. As Harlem’s Fashion Row founder Brandice Daniels reminded attendees designers of color make up less than 1% of the brands found in major department stores making institutions committed to highlighting these unsung talents crucial.
Legendary record producer, philanthropist, and designer Swizz Beatz was presented with this year’s icon 360 award. His speech was straightforward and compelling. He confessed that when he was told about the award he instructed his assistant to clear everything on his busy New York Fashion Week schedule so that he could attend the ceremony. “Sometimes when people call we say I’m busy but when Tom Ford calls I’m not busy. So I had to make sure that I answered your call the same way that I answer Tom Ford’s call”.
During his speech he also highlighted acclaimed stylists like Ty Hunter and Wouri Vice who were also in attendance thanking them for their contributions to the fashion community.
Read more about this wonderful event below.
There are several things I just didn’t expect to see in my lifetime that have now taken place- a black president, Beyonce’ with a pixie cut, and now average sized models at a “traditional” womenswear show. While the presence of normal women on the runway of a show intended to promote and selling clothing to normal women shouldn’t have been shocking for me it was. I couldn’t hold my applause as Sabina Karlsson, Precious Lee, and Marquita Pring each emerged gracefully from backstage this season at Christian Siriano and the rest of the crowd seemed to feel the same way.
Read more about the designer’s daring show below.
Harlem’s Fashion Row celebrates designers and influencers of color, promoting their creative direction. We crept backstage for their Spring 2017 show and these are the trends and tips we spotted.
The beauty look for Lois London Spring 2017, which got a standing ovation at the show, was a warm, orange-brown matte smokey eye with full lashes, blended yet striking contour, and peachy-pink lips. The hair was bouncy, maintained with very little product but lots of shine, using all Motions Hair products. The makeup artists used Covergirl makeup to create this look.
Here are five steps to recreate the makeup look:
- Step One: Start by lightly applying foundation and concealer, and start to bake using a yellow-toned loose powder under the eyes and on the chin. This creates light around the center of the face, and can stop your concealer from creasing all day.
- Step Two: Starting with a neutral matte shadow from lid to brow bone, then move into the orange shadow, blending it all around the lid and concentrating it on the inner corners. Use a larger, fluffier blending brush (I find the older the better!) and keep packing on the pigment until you’re happy with it.
- Step Three: Stick with a brown, neutral colored shadow on the lid and define the lashline with a darker shadow. The makeup artists used the last eyeshadow in the Covergirl TruNaked Eyeshadow palette, which is perfect for delicate definition.
- Step Four: This eye is more of a halo smokey eye; the orange color is all around the border of the eye. Drag the orange shadow on the lower lashline, smudging from outer to inner corner. The Covergirl TruNaked Goldens palette would be perfect.
- Step Five: The peachy-pink lip was achieved using one of the Covergirl Queen lipsticks, no liner and no gloss.
The hair look was achieved using the Active Moisture Leave-In Detangler lightly through the hair to boost shine and keep the hair light in texture, and Motions Smooth & Hold Edges at the roots to finish the look.
Of all the seasons, spring is ideal for creating fun and vibrant tablescapes. And what better holiday than Easter to hunt for pastel colors and blushing floral arrangements. Pair that with glass vases and colorful eggs and you’ll be set to host an impressive Easter brunch or early dinner. Your table has the potential to grow into a fresh and cheerful display with these 17 Easter-inspired tablescape ideas.
Traditionally, you’ll see plenty of pinks and yellows used in Easter decoration. Keep it light and airy with these traditional color choices but don’t forget to gather vibrant moss or glitter to accentuate them with, after all it is a holiday.
Check out sixteen more tablescape options below.
On Saturday February 13th curly girls of all colors, shapes, and sizes came together to celebrate Texture on the Runway. The lively fashion week event, held at City Winery, was a chance for attendees to gush over each other’s curls, kinks, and coils.
Texture Media, the company behind top curly girl resource NaturallyCurly.com, has shown consistent commitment to highlighting different types of beauty and that commitment was illustrated once again during this amazing event. Read more about #TextureOnTheRunway below.
Happy New York Fashion Week! As you guys know, I’m very committed to supporting and participating in only the shows and events that make me happy and proud to be part of during Fashion Week. Ever since reflecting on The Truth About NYFW
I’ve shifted gears and I’m choosing to focus on shows and brands that really cater to women who look like me!
Read more about this amazing event below!
This post is a follow-up to The Truth About NYFW, an opinion piece penned in February 2015. Sentiments below are my own and do not reflect the sentiments of any brands or entities I’m affiliated with. Just keepin’ it 100.
I often get lauded as a lifestyle blogger of color for having a platform that caters specifically to women of color. I created the LoveBrownSugar brand and its sister brands (BabyBrownSugar and BrownGirlsLove) because of the lack of diversity I saw in the media industry. I wanted to create spaces where women who looked like me and who were proud of their skin tones, their curves, their curly hair and everything in between that made them unique, could come and dish on all things lifestyle. My platform and my brands have always been primarily for women of color, and I’m not the least bit apologetic about that.
What has surprised me though, about having a quote on quote “niche” audience in the lifestyle space, is that it comes with very interesting labels and subsequent treatment. You’d think, considering platforms for women of color, by women of color, are typically created with positive intentions and also to help encourage diversity, that they would help usher in and open up broader conversations about the importance of black dollars. Sometimes they do, and when that happens it’s awesome. We jump up and down. We twirl in a circle. We stand in formation (thanks Bey). We millie rock on every block. But then. Then, there are the days like Monday. When we scroll through Instagram only to find a fellow influencer of color like Jessica Franklin of HeyGorJess post something like this:
Appalled? Shocked? Blown? I’m not. It’s sad and incredibly unfortunate but when I saw Jessica’s Instagram post yesterday I was angry but NOT SURPRISED. I said to myself,
“Wow. Somebody finally owned up to not wanting to market to black people.”
It may surprise you but what I’ve grown to accept in my former 6 years as a digital influencer is that many of the companies that we, as consumers of color, support on a regular basis really could care less about marketing directly to us. This response from ShopLondon-LA boutique is proof. Granted, there are quite a few speculations about the background (and mental sanity?) of the owner behind this company but that’s beside the point. The company reached out to Jessica about a partnership with her blog, then when she declined the opportunity, subsequently deemed it a mistake stating that they “are not looking for a black audience”. Her audience is black. And not what they wanted.
This is real life when blogging while black.
It has become strikingly clear to me that some brands appreciate our money but don’t want to be affiliated with us. And it’s an incredibly sad but true reality that some marketing departments won’t even reach out and offer opportunities to “niche” bloggers because they don’t want to cater their brands to diverse audiences. They don’t want to sit with us. So why should they spend marketing dollars on us?
You become incredibly aware of your blackness when you work in this industry. In my post The Truth About NYFW that I penned exactly one year ago, I expressed my sentiment about this. You start to realize, when there are only one or two fellow black girls in the room at press events, backstage at shows during NYFW, on the runway or on set for photo shoots for national campaigns, how different you really are and how little the fashion industry cares about diversity and representation.
Approaching my 13th consecutive season here in NYC during NYFW, it’s a sad reality but I am attending and supporting less and less runway shows and doing way less backstage coverage than ever before. “I’m over it” is an understatement. Controversial situations like Jessica’s demonstrate a mentality that is not discussed but that is widespread in this industry.
So, I can hear you asking me – well, what do we do? How can I help? How can we change things? You know I would never come to the table with a problem without a solution.
The solution is to be the change we want to see. That has always been my solution and it should be yours as well. I hated the fact that women of color have so much spending power but companies don’t care about us. So, I created the Shop LoveBrownSugar holiday pop-up shop to help support black and female-owned businesses annually during the holiday season.
I hated that after years of working in the fashion and beauty industries, it was still a FIGHT to get invited to shows by designers who could care less about reaching my audience. So, this season I’m bypassing all that and instead I am proud to be a Social Media Hostess for Texture on the Runway – NYFW’s premiere textured hair fashion show that caters specifically to celebrating diverse women with curly hair.
It’s being presented by NaturallyCurly with exclusive retailer sponsor Target and myself and many of my favorite influencers (including HeyGorJess!) will be in the building. The brands represented at the show (like Cantu, Design Essentials, Creme of Nature, Dark & Lovely and Garnier) celebrate diversity and inclusion and I am proud to be part of something during NYFW that makes me feel good and will empower and unite women across the board.
I created LBS because I couldn’t stand reading print magazines and online media that didn’t cater to me. So now, I align only with publications that I feel stress and encourage diversity. That’s why I’m a proud ambassador for magazines like People StyleWatch and their digital property TheOutfit. They’ve placed a great emphasis on making sure women of different sizes, skin tones, and backgrounds are represented in their pages. Something that the rest of the editorial world can take a cue from.
The sad reality is, brands like ShopLondon-LA will ALWAYS be around and the people behind them will continue to be closed-minded and prejudiced. Be mindful of who you give your support to and know that every dollar counts.
Thoughts? What would YOU do to create change?
Photography by Augusta Sagnelli
There’s nothing like a BOMB fall nail color top off any look. While it is nice to keep it simple with one solid color, it doesn’t hurt to add a little flavor to your look with a pop of metallic and sparkle. Dazzle the eyes of every person with these 5 perfect nail combos for the fall.
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Another perfect neutral combo is Ginger + Liz’s Best I’ve Ever Had with Orly’s Flagstone Rush. The copper tone paired with a simple nude color looks amazing with any fall look. Dazzle all eyes with your gorgeous nails. Can’t wait to see what Ginger + Liz have in store for this years #ShopLoveBrownSugar Holiday Pop Up Shop!
This combination is the perfect neutral look with a slight pop of glam. The O.P.I Worth Every Penne color paired with its Tiramisu for Two looks perfect for subtle days and glammed up nights. Try this minimalistic combo if you’re looking for something nice and simple.
Thanksgiving is only a few days away, it’s only right that you give thanks in style. Tuck away the sweatshirt and bring on the fashion with these four simple and achievable outfit combos. No matter where you shop, you’ll be able to achieve each look.
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If there is one thing we want to be on Thanksgiving it’s comfortable. This simple look does just that. Purchase a plain turtle neck, pair it with a poncho and some booties and this effortless look will leave you looking absolutely chic! The best part is that you’ll be wearing enough layers to travel outside of your home, without risking being hot in someone else’s. Each item is available on the H&M website.
While totes are nice they tend to cause us to pile any and everything we can fit into them. It’s always nice to switch it up a bit, and shoulder bags are the perfect way to do that. These single strap bags lighten your load for only the essentials. Check out 5 of our must have shoulder bag styles for this fall season.
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JCPenny | H&M
Whether you style is edgy or chic, bucket bags are perfect for everyone’s personal taste. Available in many colors, shapes, styles and sizes bucket bags combine a chic and practical to create one extremely fashionable look. This accessory is a MUST HAVE!
Neiman Marcus | MICHAEL Michael Kors
When people think quilted bag, Chanel automatically comes to mind. Quilted shoulder bags are extremely fabulous and look amazing when someone is either dressed up or down. Add a little flair to your quilted shoulder bag with a faux fur bag charm that compliments this statement piece.