Vintage@Intermezzo, Jacob Javits, NYC

Article/Video/Photos by Jovanna Reyes  www.jovannareyes.com

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.

 

 

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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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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Real Housewife of Potomac, Gizelle Bryant’s EveryHue Beauty Pop Up in D.C.

_DSC97621This 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.

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“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.”

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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!

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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

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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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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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NYFW 2017-Project Runway Season 16 Finale

Photos and article by Jovanna Reyes

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.

 

NYFW First Stage-Galtiscopio

galtiscopiodesignerphotoGaltiscopio’s debut at NYFW First Stage at the Dream Hotel Gallery was a hit musically and on the runway.  The brand led by Ying Lau as the Creative Director started the evening with Ray J, R&B singer and cast member of Love & Hip Hop reality show. Christian Combs, P. Diddy’s son, also performed midway through the show.

Ms. Lau’s love of music, vibrant colors and accessories were evident throughout the production. Her attention to detail could not be missed.  The fabrics and colors were varied but the jewelry, from double layered embellished watches to crystal headphones and slick hairstyles, unified the collection.  The silks were dreamy and the leather garments had just enough edge for any downtown ‘nista.

One of my favorite shows of the week.  Ms. Lau has set the standard for the Galtiscopio girl, glamorous, edgy luxe with a touch of diamonds.  I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next season.

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