Couture Fashion Week New York Recap: Opera Recycles

On Saturday September 9, I attended the Opera Recycles runway presentation by Opera Carolina. The show was part of Couture Fashion Week New York’s 26th season and held in the Broadway Ballroom of the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan. I was excited to see this presentation, as the concept is completely innovative. The company developed…

NYFW Recap: Fashion Palette: Australian RTW SS18 Collections

When I first started attending fashion shows I remember being amazed at how short the shows were. I think I over-glamorized the industry, which don’t get me wrong, is absolutely fabulous. But, I expected a fashion presentation to be this 30-minute-long extravaganza, and quickly realized that a designer can only introduce so much new clothing…

NYFW Recap: MAJ DESIGNS S|S 18′ Runway Show

On Tuesday, I attended the fashion show of MAJ Designs, produced by AMCONYC. The show featured beautiful dresses and 2-pieces, including a show-stopping white and blue ballgown, which billowed down the runway with an ethereal flow. The dress, along with several other pieces in the collection, was embroidered with an elegant floral pattern design that…

NYFW Recap: Runa Ray’s S/S 2018

Last week I attended Runa Ray’s fashion presentation which made being eco-conscious chic, with whimsical, freely flowing pieces. Various species of plants were pressed into the silks and cottons, while other pieces were organically dyed with natural ingredients such as turmeric and pomegranate peels. The show ended with a show-stopping gown called “The Bleeding Dress,”…

NYFW Recap: S/S Indonesian 2018 Diversity Show

Last week I attained the Spring/Summer Indonesian Diversity show at NYFW at The Dream hotel in Chelsea. The amazing show featured five Indonesian designers, who presented their luxury collections, two of which featured models wearing traditional headwear. I created a video of the presentations by Vivi Zubedi and Dian Pelangi, which you can view on…

Women of color Exposed to More Toxic Chemicals in Beauty

Women of color are being exposed to higher levels of toxins in their beauty products, versus their white counterparts, according to a new study by the The American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG). This may be due to pressures to meet certain standards of beauty perpetuated in society, leading to the purchase of products…

New Song Aims to Redefine Black “Selfie” Esteem

During an age where social media has created an environment where appearance and ego take center stage, singer Tarica June is aiming to encourage black females to embrace their natural beauty with her new song, “SELFIE.” The music video for the catchy tune features young girls taking selfies, free of makeup and wearing their natural…

How Black Military Servicewomen are Embracing the Natural Hair Movement

When the United States Army revised its grooming and appearance regulations at the beginning of the year, it lifted its ban on dreadlocks, allowing female soldiers the ability to wear their natural hair. This was a major milestone for black women servicing our country, who may have had to take on costly and sometimes damaging…

NYC Event Spotlights Beauty Brands for Black Women

On Sunday, August 13th, I attended Project Beauty Expo, a small trade show that is dedicated to spotlighting up-and-coming indie brands that cater to black women. Instead of writing a long blog post of the cool brands that were on display, I created a video with highlights of the show. Check it out on my…

Mixed Race Couples on Marriage and Raising Kids in America

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Loving v. Virginia decision, Brides.com released a series of videos featuring multicultural couples discussing race, marriage and raising a mixed family in America. “People are like oh a black lady with a white-looking child, she’s probably not the mom, she’s probably the babysitter or the nanny,” said…