Holiday Slaying!!!!!!!!

It’s holiday season again!!! My favorite time of the year guys. My choice of color which is safe and simple is black. Who doesn’t love to get dressed up and show out for friends and family? I know I do. Velvet and glitter materials we will see this season. Dressed up or down these are some items that will sure get you those well deserved compliments. Over the knee boots is the “It” item this season. In materials of velvet , glitter, or embroidered they are very popular this season. It is all glitz and glam combined with holiday cheer.  Here are some items I put together to create that simple but head turning outfight. Happy Holidays to all and Happy Fashions!!!!

 

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Give Face😘A night in the town keeps a classy girl happy!!

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Nolcha Celebrating 10 Years at NYFW!!!!

NYFW Nolcha Celebrated their 10th Anniversary and Continues to be the First Pick for Indie Brands

 

It was amazing to see Nolcha reaching the big 10 at this recent NYFW feature designers from all across the world. Designers showcased Spring/Summer 2018 at Indutria Studios. There were seven runway shows displaying up and coming designers.

 

The Nolcha Shows at New York Fashion Week just celebrated their 10th Anniversary at NYFW by wrapping the Spring/Summer 2018 season at Industria Studios, featuring 7 runway shows.  The platform for indie brands remains the go-to downtown destination for discovering fresh designs during fashion week. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The fashion shows started at 1pm introducing designer Eva Yiwl Xu. The designs was moved by the Chinese philosophy of simplicity and minimalism. The show exhibited a lustrous color palette.

The show was followed by the W. Reflex show at 4:30 which wowed the audience with both men’s and womenswear. The designs consisted of materials of leather, linen and cotton. The story of this show spoke of NYC loft inspired culture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Luyang by Yanglu” show of the talented designer Yang Lu fashion presentation took place at 6pm. Falling in love was the inspiration Yang Lu designs exhibited. The creativity was fulfilled with embroidery, intricate folds, hanging ribbons, and printing. The color that we all know as red was mainly used in these designs. Love was definitely in the air!

 

To complete the show in closing The Main Runway Show  at 8:30 featured even more creative designers hitting the platform. Brands including: TRADE by Gina La Morte (a women’s handbag and apparel line for a cause, supporting the work to end the violence & trafficking of women and children), Yurita Puji (Indonesian womenswear collection highlighting traditional ikat woven fabrics ), Neubyrne (a fun, vibrant womenswear collection with inspiration drawn from the designer’s travels around the globe), and Chasity Sereal (a women’s evening wear & non-traditional bridal collection).  

 

Celebrities who came out to support independent fashion design included: Bellsaint (Singer/Songwriter), Kenneth Faried (Basketball Player, Denver Nuggets)Alicia Wright (MTV’s Are You The One), Ayden Hernandez (Actor,) Farrah Abraham (MTV’s Teen Mom), Zeke Thomas (DJ/Producer), Geri-Nikol (Recording Artist), Ally Ryan (Recording Artist), and Derek Warburton (Celebrity Stylist). 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Official Sponsors of the Nolcha Shows included: AOFM, Barton Sculptures, CitiBank, UPS, and ECRU New York.

 

For more information visit: www.nolchashows.com

 

Bags, Bags and More Bags!!!! Velvet is the Choice for Fall!

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Just when you thought velvet was the trend for 2016 only, think again. Velvet 2017 is the fabric for fashion this fall and will make a huge comeback for bags. As seen on many runways such as Fendi, Miu Miu, Dries Van Noten, Stella McCartney, Chanel, Gucci and Saint Laurent velvet is the most popular bag this fall. These beautiful velvet bags are embroidered with different patterns to add that extra style and flare. Many styles of bags such as backpacks, clutch and shoulder bags will be designed with gorgeous colors of velvet. Velvet is definitely a statement piece that can be used for a special occasion or a simple casual day. I am personally in love with velvet wither it is used for accessories, garments or shoes. I am super exited to see all of the fall colors used for the bags . Not only are the they stylish but the touch and feel of velvet gives you the ultimate luxury appeal. In viewing the runways, many of the designers are simply getting it right. Whatever your designer of choice please make sure to pick one up this fall! If you do not want to break the bank, check out many lower priced items  and  check out sites like Gojane, Amazon  and Zaful. What is your favorite velvet bag of choice? Do Share;)

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Fierce Model on the Rise Niara

 

 

Niara Johnson is an upcoming professional model and journalist, standing at 5’9” tall, and 119 pounds. At the age of 12, Johnson was diagnosed with scoliosis and in order to correct this problem, a back brace was needed. This was extremely challenging for her yet she overcame these obstacles. Johnson began passionately pursuing modeling at the age of 14, she realized her back brace contributed to her confidence and passion for modeling. She began modeling for various independent fashion shows in New York City. She has walked the runways for diverse shows and designers such as Plitzs’ NYC Fashion Week (2012/2013), FUSE Fashion Week (2013), Lasio Styles iconic competition (2013), Franck Dunican (2013), Nathaniel Paul/ Project Runway (2014), Bobbi Boss’ hair show (2014), Irina Shabayeva- Resort wear/Project Runway (2015/2016/2017), and many many more. Johnson has also been a featured model on NY1 (2016), Pixx11 News (2016), NBC (2016), The Huffington Post (2014/2016) and popular French publication, France Antilles. Most recently, Johnson was featured on a Times Square bill board for a Toney Billisimo ad, a nationwide motor ford commercial, an AT&T consumer youtube commercial, shot with Teen Vogue alongside her scoliosis support group Curvy girls Scoliosis, shot with top photographer Keith Major for a Diamond Dollz Beauty hair campaign, filmed for Ocean’s 8, and modeled in several states throughout the country.

 

 

Johnson has also done mannequin modeling for popular clothing department store Old Navy, which she fondly recalls as one of her most memorable and dearest experiences. Johnson is the winner of the first ever Fashion in the Fast Lane’s “Ultimate Runway Walk-Off Competition” (2014). She has graced the cover of Runwaynews.com for one year, and Fashion in the Fast lane magazine in November 2016. Previously, Johnson has attended Barbizon’s modeling and acting school, and J. Love School of etiquette, where she studied for several months. Johnson is also an exquisite creative and informative writer, she frequently reads and writes in her spare time. She interns and writes for the “Model Spotlight” section of Fashion in the Fast Lane Magazine.

 

Most recently, Johnson has been interested in acting although her experience is minimal. She has taken commercial workshops with Alison Franck. However, she looks to excel in the acting industry alongside modeling. Her ultimate goal is to gain a position with potential growth, in which she can express her passion, talents, and experiences, furthering her enlightenment in the entertainment, media and fashion industry. Johnson admits this will take dedication and commitment, she is truly willing to cooperate, as she continues taking steps to achieve her goals. Determined and ambitious is what she is, and she is optimistic that nothing will get in her way.

 

 

  1. What makes Niara different from other models out there?

What sets me apart from other models is my ability to explore different opportunities, and not solely be labeled as just a “model”. Also, my versatility because I’m capable of looking totally different in each of my photos. I consider myself a chameleon because I can look like a completely different person when I’m photographed in a matter of minutes. Often times, when I show people different photos of me from different shoots with diverse hairstyles and make up people would say “Is that you? I couldn’t even tell”. Another thing that sets me apart which I cherish a lot is a disability that I have, which is scoliosis. I’ve been wearing a back brace to help correct my spine for six years now, and it has actually helped me become the person I am today.  

 

  1. Why did you become a model, what inspired you?

Believe it or not, my scoliosis has helped me and given me majority of the drive I have to be a model. Wearing a back brace has given me determination, drive, and purpose. If it wasn’t for my disability I don’t think I would be as driven. Of course it has taken me some time to get to where I’m at today and where I’m headed in the future but I must admit that this was a big help. When I was first diagnosed it was so hard for me, and it was very embarrassing for me but when I started noticing the positive adjust it has had to my body, my height, my physic, posture, and drive, I realized that God gave me this disability for a reason. Not as a curse, but as a blessing if I allow it to be, which I did. I began modeling when I was 8 years old but I went through a shy stage in my life and decided to stop. I started modeling again at 14 and since then I’ve been chasing this dream non-stop, and I won’t stop until I become a powerful positive figure. Other models who’ve inspired me were upcoming models just like myself, and of course black supermodels like Beverly Johnson and Tyra Banks.

Q&A From the One and Only Niara

  1. Give us the good and bad (do’s and don’t’s) of the modeling industry?

I wouldn’t say that I know all the do’s and don’t’s of the fashion industry because things are constantly changing in the industry; also I’m still learning as I go although I’ve been modeling for about 5 years now. But I will say this, don’t let anybody tell you that you “can’t” because trust me when I say this, you will hear 100 no’s before you hear one yes that will change your career forever. Stay in it to win it, the look in the fashion industry is always changing.  

 

What are plans are in the work for Niara?

I have so many things I want to do and pursue. For 2018, I plan on working as a full time commercial and fashion model. But I’m working on a new show called “What’s the Juice”, which is a Youtube show where my partner Earl D and I hit the streets to get the public opinions about the hottest topics. Also, I want to begin some acting, I have a lot of things and adventures I would love to explore. My dad always said “Never put all your eggs in one basket.”    

 

What are some of your favorite designers, models and photographers in the industry?

I have a lot of favorite people in the industry but as I mentioned before I’m a huge fan of Beverly Johnson. Also, I’m a fan of Tyra Banks because she is constantly reinventing herself. She has went from a model, to a business woman, to an actress she is just a powerhouse and everything that I’m inspired by. Some designers I like are local designers like Henriochi, and some internationally known designers like Betsy Johnson. I’m also an H&M fan, you could never go wrong with cheap fashion lol.

 

What is the best advice you have for girls who want to become a model?

I would definitely say find your nitch in the industry and just know that fashion isn’t the only type of modeling. As I mentioned before you will get many No’s but keep pushing through and stay consistent because it pays off. Everybody has their own story, and own pace. Trust in yours!

 

What is the meaning of FunkyFresh to you?

Funky Fresh to me means having a unique and dope sense of style, and not letting anybody tell you anything about it!

 

For more information or to contact Niara:

Niara Johnson

Niara_Johnson@aol.com

917-942-0746

Instagram: Niara_

Twitter: @NiaraJai

 

Obsessed in Rocking Denim

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  Denim is a type of clothing that is very versatile. There are so many ways in rocking denim. You can wear denim casually or you can even dress it up. There are so many different types of denim such as vintage, crushed, ecru, reverse and marble just to name a few. Denim is in style Spring, Summer, Winter and Fall.  Everyone must own at least three different types of denim items in your closet.  I am loving all the different cut outs and prints that have been incorporated  into denim.  Denim looks good wearing as a jacket, shirt, shoes and other accessories such as bags and hats. Rocking denim, you cant do go wrong!! No matter if they are fitted or loose almost everyone should have a selection to choose from. Stretch and raw are a few of my favorites and looks good with most tops and give you that edge. Many celebs are also obsessed in wearing denim for any occasion. Celebs like Rihanna is one of my favorite celebs who take denim to another fashion level. She just makes denim look so good!  Denim can  be found in most vintage shops and boutiques. I love to save so thrift shopping is my way to go for different  denim items at a reasonable price  and flaunting some funky fresh pieces. What are some of your favorite denim items? Do share;)

 

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Photo Credit: www.whowhatwear.com

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Fashion For A Great Cause!!!!

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December 11, 2016 was a night that stood for the fight against a disease called Lupus. What better way to display Fashion and make a mark on Lupus. BCOSMO and Jeanette Playa presented The Purple Glove Fashion Gala with glam and a mission to fight against this deadly disease. There were many designers and artists in attendance to help support the cause. The show kicked off with the Hostess Harley Dean opening up about Lupus and the affects it has on millions of people. For those who do not know what lupus is it is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs inside the body). Chronic means that the signs and symptoms tend to last longer than six weeks and often for many years.

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Some of the designers included Alontae, Jeanette Playa and Sarah in which was styled by Tanya Nelson from Tanya’s Closet. The show was fierce with BCOSMO team helping to rip the runway styling, makeup and hair. This event helped in the efforts to increase the excellence for life for everyone affected by Lupus. Did I mentioned Mama Kim from the show we all know Love and Hip Hop New York joined in the fight to show her solidarity and support with much fun and laughter. This was truly and unforgettable show with fashion and fun for a wonderful cause. One can only wait to see what next year’s event has in store!!!

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Thank you Anasha Kalloo, Natural & her bby girl, Rose Webb, Gio, & Theresa

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Good morning darlings here is the info to the show cant wait to see you PASS IT AROUND THE PURPLE GLOVE FASHION GALA for the fight against Lupus Presented by B COSMO & JEANETTE PLAYA INC. click here to RSVP www.purpleglovefashiongala.eventbrite.com/ PERFROMANCE by Cadillac Rah @cadillacrah, runway take over, and much more tickets available the door VIP TICKET INCLUDES: Red carpet entrance to show, perferred purple carpet access, VIP front row table & chair seating, bottle service, hors d'oeuvres, & gift bag for two (2) with privet Usher. #SEE #YOU THERE#

For more information on Lupus and its research foundation go to:

 

www.support.lupus.org/gotopurpleglovegala

Email: purplegloveevent@gmail.com

*All proceeds go to the Lupus Foundation

 

Photo Credit: Artillness

 

Be Confident           Be You               Be A Fighter

FAB STYLE !!! ALL BLACK EVERTHING!!!

 

Rotita Black Faux Leather Power Shoulder Biker Motorcycle Jacket

River Island Black ribbed roll neck crop top

  • Maison Michel Charles Rabbit Fur Felt FedoraGivenchy Women's Pandora Box Mini Crossbody Bag

Balmain Desire Black Patent Leather and Suede Pump

Get The Look That Fits You!!!!

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#Simple #Chic #Sassy …..Yada Yada Yada!!! Okay we get it. Believe or not Fashion comes from within. Ladies and Gents do not think too much. When you overthink that is when disasters happens. Know how to blend colors and patterns together that will turn heads. Fall is near so I am sure you guys are shopping for boots, sweaters and coats etc. Yes grab that sweater that that has colors and patterns. Bravery will take you to new heights and make you stand out. Of course keep the classic colors of black and white in your closet. You will always need them at some point.

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Ross-Simons Italian Sterling Silver Jewlery Set: Seven Bangle Bracelets. 7 inches

 

 

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When we speak about denim, there are so many different types of denim such as acid washed, stretched and printed just to name a few. The trends that we see now are jeans with different ripped holes to add that edge. Let’s not forget about our feet. That’s one of the most important parts of our bodies and fashion. Every lady must have a black pump and every male must have that black shoe. Hey it goes with everything right!! Guys you must change most of your shoes every year. A true fashionista does. There are new shoe trends that come out every year and you want to make sure you are on top of your game, show game that is! Accessories must be a focus point when finding that look that fits you. Accessorizing will help that outfit to glow. Please grab as much earrings, bracelets, necklaces and purses that you can. You will be able to pair certain outfits with the accessories that will turn heads.

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Don’t’ be afraid of cost. We do thrift shop. If you haven’t, you better get on your game. You can get high fashionable items that are inexpensive. It’s okay to have what someone else does not. Dare to be different. Comfort is very important. Do not buy anything that is uncomfortable. You will find yourself having to fix it and you won’t be able to walk out in style and have that confidence. Face it, if you listen to me you will become a true fashionista. It’s all in three words; Confidence , Fierce and Fresh!

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Pop of Spring

Spring is one of my favorite times of the year. Yes 2016 it is taking forever for it to appear here in NYC. While we wait for this cold snap to disappear make sure to start collecting your spring wardrobe so that you will bloom!!

First you have to add some floral in your closet. This is one of the biggest tends for 2016. We are not viewing styles of florals that are abstract and the pattern is in many different bags, hats, shoes and jewelry. It’s everywhere and the styles are beautiful.

Second get away with the boring colors. Step it up a notch by displaying vibrant colors. Get out of the norm and mix and match different colors. Do not be afraid to be to color-block. Remember what you think is too risky will be the outfit of choice.

Lets keep note that no outfit is complete until we accessorize. Shoes, bags, jewelry, sunglasses and even makeup will complete the look. Use many different hues and get glam this spring. Make the heads spin. Try different boutiques, stores and thrift shops. Dare to create a unique style! Dare to be different!

 

How will you pop up this spring??

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Photo Credit: Getty Images and www.elle.com

 

Creative and Luxurious Designs of MENG

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Enjoy the luxurious and contemporary lifestyle brand of MENG. The brand creates womenswear, accessories, and homeware. With crafting original prints MENG designs wearable and high quality art work consisting of natural fabrics. The creations are a perfect fit for the feminine and sophisticated. The company was founded in London initially with printed silk loungewear, beachwear, and cushions. The art inspired prints are exceptional and are developed in London, printed in Italy, and also made in the UK. Some of MENG’S styles we seen on hit shows like Scandal, True Detective, Grace & Frankie and Made in Chelsea. These are available in some of the most prestigious stores and boutiques around the world such as Harrods, Selfridges, Fenwick and Neiman Marcus. You can check out more of the lovely designs at meng.co.uk  

 

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www.meng.co.uk