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Fashion Rocks with Vibe Magazine

By Amber Monaé

When you pair dope fashion with the latest tunes you are guaranteed a good time and last week VIBE gave us just that for the close out of Black History Month!

On Thursday, Vibe Magazine held their 1st Annual Style and Sound Honors Night Brunch at Caribbean Social, located in Brooklyn, New York. The exclusive event was to honor current notables that impact the fashion and music industry. The honorees included; InStyle Magazine’s Beauty Editor-at-Large, Kahlana Barfield-Brown, Spotify Global Head of Music Programming Tuma Basa, celebrity hair stylist Tish Celestine, award-winning UK rap star Stefflon Don, celebrity wardrobe stylist Rachel Johnson and Hot 97 Music Director and radio personality TT Torrez who were awarded by VIBE Editor-in-Chief and host for the evening Datwon Thomas along with Bonsu Thompson. The night was nothing but Black Excellence. Take a  look (more…)

Melissa Galeria Dual Art Exhibition of the S/S 18 Mapping Collection

By Akela Moore

New York Fashion Week not only showcases new seasons of collections, runway shows and presentations. The Melissa Galleria in Soho New York held a private viewing of the Spring/Summer 2018 collection that also was a dual art exhibition of mmmmmBillboard by Rachel Rossin and Danaus Plexippus by Cecilia Salama. The artwork displayed through the shoes had a Aztec theme and offered several different sandal silhouettes. Surprised mostly by the rain boots as Melissa Shoes are known for their jelly like sandals and flats but the rich oxblood color was perfect for these rain boots. Take a look at their Spring 2018 mapping collection. (more…)

Black Panther Hollywood Premiere

By Amber Monaé

Last night celebrities upped their fashion game to bless the purple carpet for the new Marvel film “Black Panther.” I am here for it all as it seems everyone was unapologetically black and regal. DO IT FOR THE CULTURE! (more…)

Jill Jill Stuart Exclusive Launch Party with Macy’s


By Akela Moore

The American brand Jill Stuart has been around for 30 years and has made a huge impact on the dress industry and we were invited to an exclusive preview of the collection created for Macy’s. Along with Kelly Bensimon and Anna Sophia Robb, women can now purchase Jill Jill Stuart at a lower price point and receive incredible pieces to ear to weddings, dates, galas and so on from Macy’s. Jill Jill Stuart joins leading designers such as T by Tahari and Marc by Marc Jacobs to provide more affordable clothing and accessories at the mid-tier level. The Good Behavior rooftop located at the MADE hotel was the perfect backdrop to toast with the hotel de wood cocktail!  (more…)

Grammy Week Kicks Off with a Quad BET Pop Up Salon

By Akela Moore

The Quad is one of BET’s newest drama series that made its second season premiere last week.  As the beginning of Grammy Week in NYC for the first time in 15 years The Narrative, held a Quad Pop Up Salon at the Eva Scrivo Salon in New York. Guests included Emil Wilbekin, Claire Sulmers of Fashion Bomb Daily and Will Packer, Executive Producer of The Quad.  All enjoyed augmented reality hair dryers, cocktails and manicures. I was a little excited to get my nails done by Nail Artist and owner of the Nail Suite in Harlem, Lisa Logan. (She does Beyonce`’s nails and recently Rapsody’s!!) (more…)