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:

TANK melts the Mainstage at Circle of Sisters Expo

TANK12We’ve saved the best for last Curvystas!  The Circle of Sisters Expo ensured that the Mainstage audience was not only entertained but wooed when Tank hit the stage. Tank covered most of his top hits and treated the crowd to his shirtless and infamous gyrations.  A treat for all the Tank fans!

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CIRCLE OF SISTERS NYC 2017-PHOTO RECAP

WBLS’s Annual Circle of Sisters Expo was held at the Jacob Javits Convention in NYC.  This year top celebrities graced the stage on panels, on the Mainstage and seminars.  Vivica Fox, Evelyn Lozada, Stephen Bishop and Rotimi started the morning with Talk TEA with Celebs.  Remy Ma, Papoose, JJ Hairston and his wife Trina discussed relationships on the Finding and Staying in Love moderated by Dr. Faith Brown.  On the mainstage Estelle, Melanie Fiona and Sevyn Streeter performed their top selections.

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STYLE FILE: MELANIE FIONA IN CONCERT AT CIRCLE OF SISTERS

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The Circle of Sisters held their annual expo this year at the Jacob Javits Center in NYC.  The event was hosted by WBLS 107.5 FM, 1190 WLIB AM, and WQHT HOT 97 FM with sponsors varying from AARP, Metro Plus to Shea Moisture.  There were panels, concerts and several other individual events to attend, including special guest appearances at vendor booths. Curvysta had the opportunity to cover the concert area backstage and we took full advantage.  One of our favorite artists, Melanie Fiona, was ready to give it her all on the Mainstage and she did not disappoint.  Ms. Fiona sang all of her hit songs, along with her new “Remember U”, that will undoubtedly become the next R&B hit.  We had the opportunity to ask her what her style choice was for this appearance.  She said “It’s a little bit of everything.”  We love her glam casual denim and indigenous style accessories.  They came together beautifully.

 

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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Generation Beauty by Ipsy

 

DSC06913Influencers, 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.

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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.

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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.

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@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).

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FACES OF GENERATION BEAUTY BY IPSY 

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OWN’s Queen Sugar premiere at Urbanworld Film Festival in NYC

The Urbanworld Film Festival, held at the AMC Empire theater in Times Square, NYC, premiered the midseason of OWN’s Queen Sugar.  The red carpet featured cast members, Rutina Wesley, Kofi Siriboe, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Ava DuVernay and director Julie Dash.  The screening was followed by a Q&A. moderated by author Michaela Angela Davis.

 

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The cast of OWN Network’s “Queen Sugar” with Director Julie Dash and Ava DuVernay.
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Urbanworld Film Festival’s Director, Gabrielle Glore and Ava DuVernay
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Director of Queen Sugar Julie Dash and Ava DuVernay
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Michaela Angela Davis, Moderator of Queen Sugar’s midseason Premiere Q&A

More photos of the red carpet for the Urbanworld Film Festival 2017 at the AMC Empire:

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Gabby Sidibe, Director of the short film, “The Tale of Four”.
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The legendary director and producer Melvin Van Peebles in the center with producer Jerry LaMothe and the cast of BLACKOUT.  The indie film by Haitian American filmmaker Jerry LaMothe, celebrated its ten year anniversary.
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R&B singer, Melissa Morgan

 

 

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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Andra Day performs in Marshall and is on the movie soundtrack.

 

 

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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.

American Beauty Star premieres on Lifetime with Adriana Lima, Sir John, Sarah Brown and Russell James

 

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Sarah Brown, Russell James, Adriana Lima and Sir John at the “Cocktails and Conversations” premiere for American Beauty Star.

 

Article and photography by Jovanna Reyes

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.

Lifetime hosted a “Cocktails and Conversation” to celebrate the premiere of American Beauty Star at The Gramercy Terrace at The Gramercy Hotel. Ms. Lima wore a white Alice and Olivia  dress.

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