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NYFW FDfabulous and Unilever Fashion Week Recap

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It’s hard to believe fashion week has already come and gone. I’ve been fortunate to attend fashion week every season since I moved to new york. Each season is unique and special. This season I kicked off fashion week by partnering with Family Dollar as a part of their FDFabulous campaign. #FDFabulous strives to celebrate African-American women by highlighting how inner beauty combined with style translates to Fabulous, fantastic, and fashionable looks for less.

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3 Everyday Wearable Beauty Looks From NYFW SS16

There are a lot of amazing things I love about living in New York City. From experiencing all four seasons, to 24 hour stores. But definitely on the top of my list is New York Fashion week. I’ve been fortunate enough to attend six seasons already and each one has been a unique experience. This past SS16 season was no different. Between shows, events, and catching up with other bloggers it was a nonstop week. Out of all the things I cover for fashion week, one of my favorite duties is checking out the beauty backstage at the shows. I’ve rounded-up some of the most wearable backstage beauty looks with tips on how you can recreate the look from runway to real life.

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New York Fashion Week Survival Kit

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SS15 Fashion week is off to a start here in new york city and I for one couldn’t be happier. September fashion week is one of my favorite times of the years. This fashion week I’m not taking time off from work so I’ll mainly be attending shows/events on the weekend and evenings. Although I won’t be running around as much as usual, there are a few key items that I can’t do without.

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William Okpo FW14 Recap

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February 11th, 2014 thirteen women marched single-file to mount carefully placed wooden crates, signaling the start of the William Okpo FW14 presentation. The pieces seemed to simply exuded brightness and warmth on a most cold and dreary day in New York City.The presentation included elements of a homage to their African heritage in the music selections and in the photography displayed in large color format from their partnership with charitable organization 14+.

The looks, which ranged from a blue-and-white crossed- culottes, A-line dress, jumper with skinny pants, draped skirt and top – were clean and crisp. The collection, seemed to shout a return to a time where paint and playtime reigned – yet incorporated an element of sophistication that kept it far from childish. This “unofficial theme” was visible in everything from the denim pieces, part appliquéd with flowers and finished with daisy buttons at the collar, ala 90s Mary-Kate and Ashley; down to the glitter accented sandals and oxfords. When describing the inspiration behind F/W 14 (and arguably all predecessor collections), Darlene Okpo, one-half of the formidable duo behind William Okpo, articulated this desire to channel the spirit of their father. In her thoughts, he was this eclectic man of the 70s, one who took care in how he dressed and took his time, finding himself as a human being. It is this journey of self-discovery that comes out in this collection. With this in mind, the duo was able to make each look fun, incorporating color, and staying true to how Darlene and her co-collaborator Lizzy Okpo felt in the months and days preceding Tuesday night’s presentation. This organic process, Darlene notes, gave them the freedom to create and allowed William Okpo to escape the fate of fellow young labels that are so concentrated on getting into retail stores, they lose their style setting.

 

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Noon by Noor FW14 Recap

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Noon by Noor definitely did not disappoint as they showed their Fall 2014 collection on February 10th. The theme of the collection, nature, was referenced throughout the show through the beautiful colors and unique prints. Cloud formations, crystalline structures and geometric patterns seen in minerals were all sources of inspiration the designers found in the natural environment and translated into the brand’s signature prints.

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The collection featured a nod to the oversized silhouette with voluminous coats, culotte pants and sweatshirts juxtapose straight dresses. Hints of masculine tailoring balanced sporty, effortless daywear; while the expanded evening wear repertoire focused on intricate embellishments unexpectedly scattered on tops or cascading down tiered gowns. The looks were modernized through experimentation with texture such as neoprene, waffle wool, mohair and a houndstooth jacquard wool. The color palette was almost as striking as the texture choices and boasted hues of  blue, cool mint, mauve, navy, burgundy and vanilla with pops of yellow, chartreuse and royal purple.

Overall the collection seemed to personify Fall fashion and had many looks that would work perfectly for crisp Fall work days or chilly gala nights.

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Emerson FW14 Recap

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Doc Martin combat boots stomped on to the brightly lit stage in tune to the loud upbeat music as the Emerson FW14 show began on February 7th in Lincoln Center. The theme of the show was “Break the Mold” and even featured a model wearing the slogan on a shirt. Designer Jackie Fraser-Swan’s Emerson collection portrays the perfect combination of rock meets romance that is her brand’s signature, this season adding in a hint of contrasting darkness mixed with soft blush pastels. As Jackie explains, “For Fall/Winter 2014, I was inspired by strong women who are breaking the mold; shattering the idea that women are supposed to dress or act a certain way.

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I loved the feel of the overall show and how she combined femininity with “rocker edge”, a look I’ve always been a fan of. The collection featured lots of leather, geometric prints, and sparkly sequence; in a color palette of navy, black, white, purple, and pale pink. Jackie choose to pair her designs with Oxford style flats and classic Doc Martin boots done in fun updated styles like quilted leather.

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Emerson by Jackie Fraser-Swan SS14: Punk Rock Garden Party

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Emerson designer, Jackie Fraser-Swan, presented her Spring 2014 collection on September 8th in Lincoln Center. Fraser-Swan was inspired by the idea of a “Punk Rock Garden Party” and imagined that “a group of punk rock kids crashed a private garden on the Upper East Side where the Ramones were playing a secret show .”

To help convey this “clash of two worlds”, Fraser-Swan teamed up with senior hairstylist Jorge Luis for PRIVE, and master makeup artist Tia Hebron for Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. The model’s nails were entrusted to technicians from “Miss Pop Nails”.

Inline with the signature aesthetic of the Emerson collection, Fraser-Swan contrasted punk elements with classic femininity.

The collection color palette consisted of black, white, purple, fuchsia, sky blue, greens, and yellows.

The Spring 2014 collection featured three custom designed prints: Garden Gate, Allium Flower Field and Painted Hounds Tooth; with Garden Gate being the main focal point of the collection inspiration. Fraser-Swan’s favorite flower inspired the Allium Flower Field, a whimsical and fun print, which was often combined with sheer black organza in a “paneled” effect throughout the collection.
Additional prints include a black & white Painted Stripe (hinting at Fraser-Swan’s love of Tim Burton), Stone Tweed in black & gray or purple & gray, a Black/White Swir Stripe, featuring marbled/water like effect, and a Black/White Checker Print.

The collection was best summed up by this quote by Fraser-Swan:

“The “Emerson by JFS” girl is not afraid to be herself or stand out in a crowd, she is intelligent and can think for herself. She is a leader, not a follower.” As Fraser-Swan’s distant relative Ralph Waldo Emerson believed: Non-Conformity, Positivity, and Self-Reliance.”

For more from this line, visit http://www.emersonbyjfs.com

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Opening Ceremony Presents William Okpo S/S 2014 Collection

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September 12, 2013 – William Okpo presented their Spring/Summer 2014 collection alongside Opening Ceremony’s BTW* series at the Super Pier in Manhattan.
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The collection stayed true to William Okpo’s usual “quirky cool” aesthetics of red, white and sea foam green. The collection featured a print of faces inspired by illustrations on barber shops the designers Lizzy and Darlene Okpo saw on their trip to Senegal which embodied a youthful innocence with the cartoon faces, fun silhouettes and the usual William Okpo cool quirk in red, white and sea foam. The looks were completed with loafers and Mary Janes from Dr. Martens.

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The models wore a natural face, done by makeup artist Logan Slaughter of Privé Salon. The look consisted of brown eyeshadows, bronzer, and a light peach lip. Nail artist Christina Rinaldi complemented the look by using Mischo Beauty nail polish in “Mischo”, a solid bright red. Rinaldi had all the nails a solid red, with a longer accent nail that featured a mesh detail.
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Hair for the models was also done by Privé, led by Creative Director Aaron Grenia and owner Laurent D. The duo created a unique look for the models which included a high ponytail on top of the head, braided upward with a puff at the end. The look was influenced by traditional West African “binding” and “pom pom” hairstyles.
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After the presentation, guest were invited to stay for an after party on the pier which had Opening Ceremony pop-up shops, food by Cafe Habana, drinks by Tiger, photo booths and DJs A$AP J. Scott and Huggy Bear.

About William Okpo
Sisters Lizzy and Darlene Okpo launched Wiliam Okpo in 2010. The line, named for their father, is defined by a combination of his style, their Nigerian culture, and culture and style found in New York. They are GenArt alumni, having shown at Fresh Faces of Fashion in 2011 and again at New Garde in February of 2012. William Okpo is sold by Opening Ceremony in New York and Los Angeles, Cloak and Dagger, End of Century, and Village Verve.

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