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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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.
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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.
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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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.
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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.
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:
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.
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.