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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TRACEE ELLIS ROSS FOR JCPENNEY/STYLE: REJOICE IN AURA ORANGE $34.00 IN SIZE 2X3X, PURSE: VINTAGE COACH, BOOTS: BOOT BARN
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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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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:

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