Video: Red Carpet BTS of Black Panther’s ‘Welcome to Wakanda’ NYFW 2018 Presentation

The red carpet was resplendent in color, textiles and gold.  Many celebrities wore African inspired clothing with red being the favored color.  Lupita Nyongo wore Cushnie Et Ochs with jewelry by Douriaen Fletcher.  Chadwick Boseman was casual with garments by Fear of God.  The striking Danai Gurira wore a red dress with gold embellishments by Lois Kelly.  Zinzi Evans wore a black ruffled dress by Temperley London.

 

‘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.

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Maxwell, Tamron Hall, Susan L. Taylor and Michael Eric Dyson honor the legendary Cicely Tyson, Tarana Burke and Rev. Barber II

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The Grammys 2018 week ended with a celebration for acclaimed activist and actress, Cicely Tyson and to help raise funds for the National Cares Mentoring Movement.  Created by Editor Emeritus of Essence Magazine, Susan L. Taylor, soon after the Katrina storm in 2006, the Cares Movement recruits and trains Black adults to mentor children in need and in crisis.  The national organization has grown exponentially in just a few years.  Visit www.caresmentoring.org for more information on how to volunteer and donate.

The audience was treated to the gracefulness of beautiful ballerinas from Ms. Tyson’s namesake school, the Cicely Tyson Community School of Performing and Fine Arts located in East Orange, N.J.  The gala was hosted by Tamron Hall(journalist) and Michael Eric Dyson(Professor and author) with singer Maxwell serenading the audience.

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The gala also honored Tarana Burke(creator of #MeToo movement) and Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II, whose speeches were moving and inspired the crowd to extend themselves beyond their comfort zone to make a difference and help those in need.

Many celebrities graced the red carpet and supported the Cares Gala with their presence and donations.  Monifah(singer/R&B Divas), Roland Martin(journalist), Judge Mablean, Sunny Hostin(The View), Jussie Smollett(Empire), Debra Lee(BET) and many more.

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Vintage@Intermezzo, Jacob Javits, NYC

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January 7th-9th, UBM Fashion introduced a second season of Vintage@Intermezzo at Jacob Javits, NYC.  Les Femmes Vintage NYC, Another Man’s Treasure and Muneca Mullins Studio were just a few of the many vintage apparel exhibitors to share their designs and curated treasures.  If vintage accessories and handbags are your vice, Bella Bag of Atlanta, GA, featured an extensive selection of “pre-loved” luxury vintage items to choose from.  Their 13-point inspection guarantees authenticity and the best quality.

Check out our video interviews with several featured vintage vendors answering the question, “Why Vintage?”.  Vintage@Intermezzo is open to the public with ticket purchase and free to exhibitors and retailers.

 

 

NYFW S/S 2018-Cindy Monteiro

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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:

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NYFW 2017-Project Runway Season 16 Finale

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Who made that amazing multicolor bathing suit with the removable skirt?  Who made the beautifully embroidered modest bridal ensemble?  Those are the questions left unanswered after the Project Runway Season 16 NYFW Finale.  Six of the Project Runway finalists were chosen to showcase their best collection for NYFW at the Skylight Clarkson Square.

The show began with four judges walking the runway hand in hand.  Zac Posen,  the very pregnant Jessica Alba, the newly appointed Editor in Chief of Elle magazine, Nina Garcia and the always vibrant and youthful, Heidi Klum.  Heidi wore a shimmery, large bow tied mini dress, while the rest of the group wore darker shades in black and browns.  Jessica Alba wore a body-con, off the shoulder black dress that accented her adorable baby bump.  Ms. Garcia wore a chic black beaded jumpsuit and Zac Posen wore a brown suit with an aubergine tie.  At the top of the runway, Heidi declared “fashion is for everyone”.  A perfect anecdote for the upcoming show that included models of all races and sizes up to a size 22.  Tim Gunn, mentor to the designers, made an appearance at the conclusion of the runway show.

The first collection to hit the catwalk featured metallic fabrics in blue, silver, mauve and purple in dress shapes and forms reminiscent of the nineties.  The most memorable garment of the collection was the feathered coral headpiece with matching feathered mini skirt.  The comfortable ivory sweater made the look wearable along with white bobby socks and silver heels.

The second collection was sleeker and more modern with plenty of textured pencil skirts, pretty black bow ties and waist cinching tops. The hair was styled in three cornrow braids with a slight lift in the middle.  The faves from this collection were the pearl and crystal accented fabrics made into a pencil skirt, oversized blazer and duster.

The third collection you could fairly assume is the work of Ayana Ife of Salt Lake City, Utah, a Muslim modest designer.  The first model on the runway wore a deep taupe hijab(headscarf worn by Muslim women) and a three piece tunic pantsuit in a circular textured fabric.  Modesty at its best. Floral patterns, prints, layers and ruffles were preeminent in this collection.  The bridal gown with embroidery and tulle accents was breathtaking.  You could hear the crowd gasp as the model walked down the runway.

The fourth collection started with an extra large tea length, layered tulle skirt in black, coupled with a white, loose-fitting top.  The looks in the collection varied from cotton origami shaped tops to silk camisole dresses that draped beautifully on the models of all sizes.  The stand out garment was the deep orange, layered mini dress that combined the look of a camisole dress and an eighties, pouf prom dress.  The designer chose sleek hairstyles to go with the fluid and tailored styles within the collection.

The fifth collection showcased a flamingo print textile with loose fitting design elements.  The accents were loops that trailed down the models legs or extra long strings that dangled and moved as the models walked.  The first look of the collection was the most wearable and complementary to the average woman’s body.  It did help that the model also looked like a young Whitney Houston.

The final collection was a sea of vibrant color and fish prints.  The colors were a nod to the Afro-Latino cultures found in the Caribbean.  There were beaded print feathered tunics and fish print maxi dresses, that may all seem too much on one garment but really looked amazing on the runway.  The designer accessorized the collection with one of a kind, colorful acrylic sunglasses that were trimmed with gold chains.  The memorable moment of the finale was during this collection’s presentation.  A plus model caused an uproar when she removed her ruffled skirt to reveal a bathing suit underneath.  You could assume the designer of this collection was Margarita Alvarez of San Juan, Puerto Rico.  She wore a blazer in the same fabric and beading as the final collection.

After the runway show,  all the cast members of Project Runway Season 16 graced the runway.  You could see the feelings of joy and triumph on their faces.  A dream come true for all.

The finale will air at the end of the season on the A&E networks where the winner earns a prize package of $100,000 to help launch their line, an opportunity to launch a capsule collection with a department store, a trip to Japan and a fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine.