Another season of New York Fashion Week has ended and we are all looking forward to the next one already. The kinetic, frantic energy wasn’t effected by the dark clouds and rain that followed us daily for the week. There were so many great shows and an amazing expanse of global representation at IMG NYFW and beyond.
This year I had the privilege of being the official backstage photographer for several production companies , some for IMG and non-IMG shows. It was an honor and something I absolutely adore. Production is in my blood. I can’t run from it. Watching the pre-show prep, the rolling racks with black garment bags to seeing the garment on the model, I am like a kid in the candy store. There are so many aspects to capture. The nervous brow of the designer, the pained look of a model with blistered feet after her fifth show in one day; my favorite moment to capture is of the designer, as they watch their work come to life on the runway. It’s like a mother holding her child for the first time after carrying her around for nine months. There are no words to describe the emotion.
This week at The Showroom in Washington D.C., the Real Housewives of Potomac celebrated Gizelle Bryant’s EveryHue Beauty product launch. Gizelle created twelve hues of tinted moisturizer with a foundation brush and blending sponge. She was inspired after having a difficult time finding foundation to match her complexion. The dream of EveryHue Beauty became possible with the addition of three partners, makeup artist Karlene Damallie, Erika Lilles and Sophia Rabkin.
“I could never really find one foundation or tinted moisturizer that matched my skin tone that didn’t read orange or yellow or red so I had to mix things, which becomes expensive so I really wanted to create something in which you didn’t have to do that anymore,” she explains. “So it really required us spending a lot of time in the lab working on the formulations. EveryHue really blends into your skin and matches your skin tone perfectly.” As told to People.com/Colleen Kratofil @ckcolleen
Ms. Bryant has an increased interest in her brand since the launch of Fenty Beauty by Rihanna. She has two major stores interested in purchasing EveryHue Beauty. On Fox5DC Good Day DC, Gizelle stated “Rihanna’s makeup line helped to bring light to the need of women of color. We’ve been ignored and she helped bring attention to it.”
The pop up shop was buzzing with interested potential customers and those wanting their moment in the spotlight. The Bravo series was still in full production at the event, so every housewife made an appearance. Charrisse Jackson Jordan was accompanied by her adorable daughter and BJ Coleman, PR to the stars. Ashley Darby, wearing an emerald green lace jumpsuit, was escorted by her husband, Michael Darby. Monique Samuels(loved her loose waves and body-con dress), Karen Huger and Robyn Dixon (with an ode to the 70’s with a short, flipped hair style a la Farrah Fawcett and sailor pant) also gave their support and looked amazing. Best dressed Curvysta award goes to….drum roll…Mrs. Karen Huger. From head to toe it was obvious that Mrs. Huger took time and energy to get it right!
Influencers, beauty bloggers, makeup companies, top makeup artists and excited fans were the key participants in Generation Beauty by Ipsy. Gen Beauty 2017 was the largest celebration of beauty ever. Screams would bellow across the floor signaling the arrival of a top celebrity blogger or for a vendor throwing goodies into crowded booths. Young women were bellowing across the velvet rope to Mario Dedivanovic during his Beauty Lab Workshop or couldn’t wait to meet and greet @thefashionfreakk Melly Sanchez.
Every makeup company known to man seemed to be there. Mac cosmetics had a colorful and vibrant booth ala rainbow bright. Absolute New York had a spinning wheel where every participant was a winner. One of the more busier booths was Make Up Forever with about ten makeup artists introducing new products to the willing masses. Spankie Valentine kept the crowd pumped throughout the day as the host for NY Generation Beauty.
The sweetest moment of the weekend was seeing @kandeejohnson, Youtube beauty blogger Kandee Johnson, immediately giving her full undivided attention to a young disabled teen. Ms. Johnson was the guest influencer for Makeup Forever. She was genuine in her approach and the teen appreciated every moment. The look she gave her idol priceless.
@NikkiTutorials was another guest influencer giving one on one photo sessions with her fans. The crowd was hyped and ready to see their favorite beauty blogger. Nikki, a professional makeup artist and YouTube star, arrived to screams and shrills from her adoring fans and followers. The lovely Jade Seba of Rio de Janeiro, hugged and kissed her adoring followers in the NYX makeup booth(photos below).
A new competition series American Beauty star premieres tonight at 10:30PM(Eastern) on Lifetime. The international supermodel and executive producer, Adriana Lima, will host along with celebrity makeup artist, Sir John, Sarah Brown(former Vogue Beauty Director) and renowned fashion photographer, Russell James. Every week celebrity and beauty influencers will guest star as judges, including Christie Brinkley, Behati Prinsloo, Camila Alves and Michelle Phan.
The series will feature beauty challenges for 12 hair and makeup contestants. They will have to design high fashion looks as “beauty directors”. The winning creation will be available on the YouCam Makeup app. The YouCam Makeup app is a complete makeover studio that allows the user to try unlimited makeup looks and hairstyles on their phone. You can then share your new look on social media.
Domestic violence movies can be gut-wrenching and difficult to watch. When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story makes you flinch while watching and knowing it was a true story made it even more uncomfortable. Niatia ‘Lil Mama’ Kirkland(CrazySexyCool:The TLC Story) delivers a moving and believable portrayal of Falicia Blakely. The teen mom who fell hard for a local Atlanta pimp named Dino, played convincingly by Lance Gross(House of Payne). His mental and physical abuse and her need for love led her to a life sentence at the age of 19. Tasha Smith(For Better of For Worse) directed and produced this intense and touching film.
Tami Roman(Basketball Wives) plays Falicia’s mother, a hypersexual alcoholic. Ms. Roman brilliantly displays the emotional range of a neglectful mother watching her child fall into the fast lane and life of crime. The brutality and pain Falicia suffered was stomach-turning to watch because of the frailty and desperation Lil Mama delivered on screen. It was a moving performance and a must see for women of all ages.
Big Freedia, Lil Zane, Walter Fauntleroy, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Tiffany Black are all cast members of the Falicia Blakely Story.
Girls Night Out by Shawn Yancey is a party with a “purpose”! G.N.O. was held this year at the American University’s Katzen Arts Center and featured Indie designers, vendors and many D.C. celebrities. The always enigmatic and fashionable Paul Wharton, hosted alongside Sarah Fraser of Fox 5 DC. Celebrity sightings of Traci Braxton, Allison Seymour of Fox 5, Julie Wright, DJ Charity, Erin Como, Annie Yu, Toni Perkins and more. This year the party’s “purpose” benefitted the Safe Shores DC, an advocacy center that supports children of sexual and physical abuse. Attendees were also asked to bring a backpack for donation along with the ticket purchase. The vendor aisle was full of amazing wares from granola to African print apparel, it was the place to update your wardrobe. Fave moment: Sarah Fraser trying to auction off several of the handsome servers(I added a photo for you below) titillating the crowd.
The iconic waterfront neighborhood, Harbor East, was the fashion destination in Baltimore. FashionEASTa, the annual fashion event held in the center of the shopping district, showcased Spring/Summer collections of participating Harbor East retailers. Catherine Pugh, the Mayor of the City of Baltimore introduced Free People, Amaryllis, lululemon athletica, Blanca Flor Silver Jewelry, Anthropologie, Allen Edmonds, White House Black Market, Under Armour Brand House, South Moon Under, Handbags in the City, Christopher Schafer Clothier and Sassanova. DJ Jon Boesche of MIX 106.5 had everyone feeling the beats throughout the event. Harbor East is the perfect destination for your weekend fashion excursion with top retailers and the best of places to nosh during shopping intervals. BIN 604 Wine Sellers, Gordon biersch, The James Joyce Iris Pub and Restaurant, Lebanese Taverna and The Oceanaire are just a few of the top notch restaurant for cocktails and edibles.
If you have the time, take a roundtrip ride on a Baltimore Water Taxi or hop on the Charm City Circulator for a free bus ride around the Waterfront. Walk along the Waterfront Promenade after shopping and dining to enjoy the Waterfront views.
Hair for the fashion show was provide by About Faces Day Spa & Salon, DK Salon & Spa and Avara’s Academy. Makeup was provided by MAC Cosmetics. Styling provided by Stephanie Bradshaw.
Dress For Success Baltimore collected donations at their booth during FashionEASTa. A portion of the VIP tickets sold was donated to the non-profit organization by Harbor East.
THIS PAST WEEKEND, WE HAD THE PLEASURE OF PHOTOGRAPHING THE ONE AND ONLY, “BLONDE IN THE DISTRICT” OF THE DMV AREA. WE MET DANI SAUTER AT THE ELOQUII GRAND OPENING EARLIER THIS YEAR. AS SOON AS WE SAW HER WE KNEW SHE HAD TO GRACE THE PAGES OF CURVYSTA. HER SIGNATURE PLATINUM BLONDE HAIR AND RED LIPS STAND OUT IN THE CROWD WHEREVER SHE GOES.
MS. SAUTER BEGAN BLOGGING TWO YEARS AGO, AFTER LEAVING A JOB AND NEEDING INSPIRATION. SHE TURNED TO THE ONE LOVE SHE HAD SINCE CHILDHOOD, FASHION AND BLONDE IN THE DISTRICT WAS BORN. HER BLOG REPRESENTS EVERYTHING SHE LOVES AND HER LIFESTYLE. MAKEUP, HAIR AND TRAVEL DIARIES ARE ONLY JUST A FEW THINGS SHE’S SHARED WITH HER READERS. HAPPILY MARRIED, DANI LOVES HER CAT, CHLOE AND HATES CHIPPED NAIL POLISH! HER PASSION OUTSIDE OF THOSE MENTIONED PRIOR ARE THE ROARING 20’S AND ANYTHING GATSBY, SO IT WAS KISMET TO BRING THE BLOGGER AND THE BRAND, GATSBYLADY LONDON, TOGETHER.
GATSBYLADY LONDON NEW SPRING PIECES ARE REPRESENTED ALONG WITH PERMANENT DESIGNS YOU WILL CONSISTENTLY FIND ON THE WEBSITE. THE NEW ITEM THAT TOOK DANI’S BREATH AWAY WAS THE RHINESTONE AND GEM ENCRUSTED NUDE SHOES HANDMADE EXCLUSIVELY FOR GATSBYLADY LONDON. OUR FAVORITE IS THE BLUSH RHINESTONE BEADED TOP PERFECT FOR SUMMER EVENINGS OR PAIRED WITH JEANS AND HEELS FOR A HIGH END CASUAL LOOK.
VISIT WWW.BLONDEINTHEDISTRICT.COM TO SEE WHAT MS. DANI SAUTER IS UP TO NEXT AND MAKE SURE TO ATTEND HER BUBBLES AND BLOGGERS EVENTS. A MONTHLY MEETUP GROUP SHE CREATED TO BRING LIKE MINDED, PROFESSIONAL AND FASHION LOVING WOMEN TOGETHER.
Curvysta’s #WomanCrushWednesday is April Shari from the Tristate area. April Shari is a Plus model, photographer, mother, wife and social worker. A Bicoastal Management model, April can be seen on the runways of PNO, Ashley Stewart and more. Presently pursuing her Masters degree, she never stops learning to enrich her mind, body and soul. As a social worker, April dedicates her work to helping those in need of assistance and in crisis. Veterans with post traumatic stress disorders are closest to her heart, as a former veteran herself. She is the example of beauty on the inside and out. #WomanCrushWednesdays
“The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole, but true beauty in a Woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she knows.” ― Audrey Hepburn