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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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.




“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 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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