IMG NYFW Spring/Summer 2019: Backstage Happenings with NONIE

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.

NONIE by Nina Kharey(IMG/Industria Studios, NYC)

The designer, Nina Kharey,  as she watched her first NYFW IMG runway show.

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Walk This Way with Jeannie Ferguson

Plus model extraordinaire, Jeannie Ferguson, hosted her respected, Walk This Way workshop in DC this weekend.  The always effervescent and lovingly spirited model, is known for her amazing and one of a kind walk.  She’s opened the runways of fashion productions nationally.  The show cannot start without Ms. Ferguson taking the first step on the catwalk.  Her experience as a fit model, print model, her unforgettable walk and her  personality are what keep her workshops booked, up and down the Eastern corridor.  This weekend her workshop focused on runway walks and how to become a consistently booked model.  Her honest feedback will help those that are ready to take the next step to professional modeling.   If you are in the North Carolina area, catch Ms. Ferguson at The Power Plus Weekend March 23-25th and at the Stories of Empowerment Brunch in NYC on March 31st.  Follow Jeannie Ferguson on Instagram @plusmodjeannief and shop her designs at @shop_bgu

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‘Welcome to Wakanda’ Black Panther NYFW Presentation for Save the Children

Marvel’s Black Panther NYFW Presentation raised monies for Save the Children foundation.  Designers created garments that represented their idea of Wakanda attire. Sophie Theallet, Tome, Ikire Jones, Chromat, Cushnie Et Ochs donated their time and efforts to the event.

Article and Video by Jovanna Reyes  http://www.jovannareyes.com

Marvel’s Black Panther NYFW Fashion Exhibit ‘Welcome to Wakanda’

Photos and Article by Jovanna Reyes www.jovannareyes.com

Marvel’s Black Panther ‘Welcome to Wakanda’ Fashion Exhibit was filled with all the top actors of the long awaited movie, inclusive of Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke, Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan and Letitia Wright.  Ruth E. Carter, the movie’s costume designer was also present with a gorgeous crown of blonde curls and Director Ryan Coogler with his lovely wife, Zinzi Evans(wearing Temperley) took time out to mingle with supporters and admirers alike. Demetria McKinney and cast members of the TV show ‘Power’, also graced the red carpet.

The exhibit featured designers interpretations of attire for the people in Wakanda. The garments varied from original African print to black beaded fabrics.  Chromat opted for a Nigerian superhero tribute while Laquan Smith preferred to think of Wakandia women in black beaded pantsuits.  It was an elegant version of ‘The Matrix’ traditional garb.  Cushnie Et Ochs created a gold dress to represent the armor worn by the warrior women in the movie while Sophie Theallet gathered the natural resources of Africa and created wearable art.

Curvysta Haul: Tracee Ellis Ross for JCPenney

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ARTICLE BY JOVANNA REYES/PHOTOS BY LAUREN BROWN

I’ve never been the one to be front and center.  For me there is safety being behind the lens, staying backstage.  I can control what happens there.  This time I threw caution to the wind and jumped in front of the camera.  Why now?  After all these years, I’ve had the intention of doing an editorial but couldn’t find the right time or a collection that worked for me or my casual style.  I finally found one.  The Tracee Ellis Ross collection for JCPenney.  She announced it on Instagram and as soon as I peeped the garments, I knew this was it.  JOYFUL. DELIGHTFUL. INSPIRED.  Tracee’s style theme.  amconyc8pm_4

 

Ms. Ross’ collection wins points not only for design but for the price point as well. The haul total was less than $400.00 for eight items. My first intention was to purchase it online but decided at the last minute to check it out at the brick and mortar.  It was a nice surprise to see the visual presentation.  Her choices of textiles and colors were perfect for mixing and matching.  You could wear the duster with the wide leg pant or the duster with the print maxi.  My mind was running with all the possible combinations.  The Rejoice sweater dresses in Aura Orange/Grey and the Kindness print maxi, Groovy Geo were only $34.  The Bliss Duster Coat and Trouser were $59 and $44 respectively.

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TRACEE ELLIS ROSS FOR JCPENNEY/STYLE: KINDNESS IN GROOVY GEO $34.00 IN SIZE 3X, EARRINGS: ALDO IN STORE ONLY

 

 

 

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TRACEE ELLIS ROSS FOR JCPENNEY/STYLE: REJOICE IN AURA ORANGE $34.00 IN SIZE 2X3X, PURSE: VINTAGE COACH, BOOTS: BOOT BARN
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TROUSERS: TRACEE ELLIS ROSS FOR JCPENNEY/STYLE: HEAVEN PANT, BLACK SIZE 20w $59.00

Tracee’s Heaven Pant is the perfect trouser for an evening event. I purchased a size 20W and it fit perfectly. I paired it with a Brooks Brothers vest and men’s tuxedo shirt with an ascot. The platforms are TUK Shoes Creepers. The last look is my ode to the 90’s. I wore a similar dress with my denim jacket for years on end. It was my staple look. Don’t forget to stop by your local beauty store for cheap and trendy accessories. The red leather bracelets were only a dollar!

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NYFW S/S 2018-Cindy Monteiro

Photos and article by Jovanna Reyes

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Cindy Monteiro unveiled her Spring/Summer 2018 collection at the NYFW First Stage. It was the designer’s first showing during NYFW, although she has shown at Paris Fashion Week. Her collection was light and breezy made up of natural fabrics and an amazing attention to details.  Her use of diverse models exemplified the culture of Cape Verdean.  We can’t wait to see her collection next season.

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Cindy Monteiro’s Inspiration for the S/S 2018 Co

Cindy Monteiro’s choice of Textiles for her collection:

CIndy Monteiro’s and her future in fashion:

NYFW Namilia S/S 2018 and their Vulval Collection

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The photographers were setting up super early for this show on the riser.  They knew that Namilia would deliver an extraordinary fashion event and the designers did not disappoint.  Before the models graced the runway in their sky high pearl and gem studded platforms, Disney songs from Beauty and the Beast was played and then the verse “I can get any D@#% I want” and you knew it was time.  Time for the Sultan’s magic to begin.  The Berlin designers, Nan Li and Emlia Pfohl who met as students at the University of the Arts Berlin, based the S/S 2018 collection on Denis Diderot’s tale of “The Indiscreet Jewels”.  The tale is of a sultan with a magic ring that makes women’s vaginas tell their secrets. Most of the garments barely covered the models torsos but were beautifully detailed with floral touches, fabric manipulated into vulvas, bejeweled thongs and bulbous feminine parts. There were a few Chinese traditional gowns, albeit sexily retrofitted. It was truly a ‘cheeky’ experience and we can’t wait for their next collection.

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Urbanworld Film Festival debuts Marshall the Movie in NYC

Photos and article by Jovanna Reyes

Chadwick Boseman portrays Thurgood Marshall beautifully as the first African American justice and attorney to argue Brown vs. the Board of Education before the Supreme Court.  Urbanworld Film Festival premiered the film in NYC on September 23rd at the AMC Empire.  MARSHALL, reflects his early career before he became a Supreme Court justice.  Josh Gad plays Sam Friedman, Marshall’s legal partner on the case of a Black chauffeur, Joseph Spell, played by Sterling K. Brown.  Spell was accused by Eleanor Strubing, his White former employer, played by Kate Hudson, of sexual assault and attempted murder.  After the screening, Tamron Hall moderated a Q&A with the cast members.

The red carpet was filled with all the stars of the movie alongside Thurgood Marshall’s family.  His wife, Cecilia Suyat, his two sons, Thurgood Marshall Jr. and John W. Marshall and all of his grandchildren.

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Chadwick Boseman at the Urbanworld Film festival in NYC. September 23, 2017 at the AMC Empire, Times Square.
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Kate Hudson, wearing Stella McCartney, at the Urbanworld Film Festival in NYC.                                      AMC Empire, Times Square. September 23, 2017
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Josh Gad at the Urbanworld Film Festival at the AMC Empire, Times Square NYC. September 23, 2017
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Sterling V. Brown, Josh Gad and Chadwick Boseman at the Urbanworld Film Festival, 9/23/2017

 

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The Thurgood Marshall family with Cecilia Suyat(wife of Thurgood Marshall) in the center with her two sons(Thurgood Marshall Jr. and John Marshall) and their children.

Here’s more behind the scenes on the red carpet with Carly Steel of Entertainment Tonight and Kate Hudson.  Carly Steel had two rose wine bottles ready for the very toned and athletic Hudson.  Kate Hudson recently posted workout videos using rose wine bottles.