Check for Monsieur Mai right here POW!….
Check for Monsieur Mai right here POW!….
About two weeks ago I experienced one of the most memorable & exciting days of my life, I finally got the chance to meet a woman who I greatly admire face to face! My partner in grind Aly from Le Modern Girl & I headed up to Bryant Park’s Reading Room to catch a discussion/q&a with Kelly Cutrone of People’s Revolution. It was a very intimate setting outside in the park with about 100 ppl in attendance not counting all of the onlookers.
First let me say if you have not read Kelly’s book “If You Have To Cry Go Outside”, please do yourself the favor and read it ASAP! I finished the book in 2 days & would have finished it in one if I didn’t have little distractions here & there, I really did not want to put the book down! I think people watch the City & because of the way they edit the show for the most part, derive that Kelly is constantly more harsh & cut-throat than she is in real life. I mean granted she doesn’t play games & she is very straight forward, after listening to her speak I learned that she is an extremely selfless & compassionate human being. She answered the audiences questions thoroughly about how she balances her career & personal life-she doesn’t to how you should go on interviews looking like you are apart of the brand. Very practical information that everyone is not knowledgeable of, but that all woman should know.
After the discussion ended, she stayed behind to sign copies of her book & graciously took the time to chat with each person. My friend & I stood in line for about an hour I believe, but it was so worth it(she let us cut the line too ;)). I couldn’t believe how giving she was with her time & knowledge, she really talked without rushing to every person that stood in that line to have their book signed. I took away a lot that day from her discussion & from the brief chat we had, I felt more empowered as a mother & a woman!
For some time now, I’ve been nagging my good friend & photographer Kwesi Abbensettes to let me tag along on one of his many photo shoots. Finally last weekend I got the chance to see him in action! We met in Brooklyn at a really beautiful brownstone that served as our headquarters for the day. The shoot was for emerging line, Free People Rebellion’s look book. Designer Sarah Williams creates handmade accessories using various metals & authentic African textiles from her native Liberia. This recent collection was inspired by British phenomenon Ebony Bones tune W.A.R.R.I.O.R. Most of my collections are inspired by some music or song that I really love, W.A.R.R.I.O.R influenced my incorporation of metals & more strong pieces throughout this collection which convey a strong statuesque type of woman!
Watching the shoot unfold from beginning to end was pure excitement for me. It was great watching the chemistry between all of the talents involved from the MUA Jennifer Knowlden to the gorgeous model Folasade Adeoso (Naija girls rock!) everyone was in sync (especially since it was the first time the model,designer & mua were meeting). Sarah already knew the creative direction she wanted to go in & Kwesi just vibed off of her energy & direction while shooting. There were about 4-5 looks that were shot, each look getting a subtle upgrade by MUA Jennifer Knowlden another amazing talent to watch. Model Folosade Adeoso blew us all away working the simple green vine backdrop including our never-ending slew of onlookers or should I call them the Fola Fan Club lol. Overall the shoot was a success & a great experience that I’m grateful to have been apart of & look forward to more to share with you here at Nuvany Nice!
I can’t get enough of Amy Martino’s illustrations! Ordering this print on a heather gray t as soon as I post this, you can order & view more of her work here & here. Have a wonderful weekend, world cup starts today are you excited I AM :)!!!!!!
Here I am wearing the “Easy Leo” T while in Greenpoint, Brooklyn at a photo shoot w/Hairstylist Andrew Fitzsimons! Super comfy & lightweight, the image is a little less vibrant than I thought it would be but I still like. It’s definitely visible & compliments the heather gray color of the t-shirt, it’s almost like a faded look. GET YOURS HERE
NYFW is a colossal event & this fact is even more evident when you’re able to experience a show at Bryant Park in THE BIG TENT. Bryant Park is made up of 3 tents that vary in size i.e. the salon, promenade & THE BIG TENT– obviously humongous. My first introduction to THE BIG TENT, was last year when I attended the Ports 1961 show for She Breathes. Imagine a massive space with a sea of people all there with a common goal to see a fashion show in real-time. This year I tagged along with a few new friends and gained unexpected entry to the Anna Sui show in THE BIG TENT! I can’t explain the feeling that overcomes you when you walk over the threshold into what seems equivalent to an NBA game at MSG(okay I’m exaggeratinga bit, but its HUGE :)). This post is my ode to Bryant Park, now that NYFW shows will be held at Lincoln Center I wonder if they will be able to recreate THE BIG TENT experience. Anna Sui delivered a collection that felt like deja vu, then I remembered why the sense of familiarity was so strong. It was an upgraded version of the capsule collection she did for target with lush furs, textured leather & sparkly sequins amongst the usual mash-up of bohemian prints. Here are a few of my favs taken from the standing room section which in my opinion is sometimes better than sitting unless your in the first or second row :). I’m glad that I was able to be a part of New York Fashion Week history!
New York Fashion Week is always an adrenaline rushing adventure for me, this year has been no different. Schlepping around in the snow from show to show,gawking at all of the fabulously dressed attendees, meeting new people, & the icing on the cake seeing those that you admire firsthand! If you’re an avid reader here at Nuvany Nice then you will know my infatuation with brazilian Model Thiago Santos! Of course Thiago is extremely handsome, but I adore him even more for his historical feat of being the first black model featured in a Dior ad campaign(OK TRUTHFULLY THATS ONLY HALF THE REASON :)). I was very disappointed that he was not cast for any shows in Milan last month, but that’s a discussion I will tackle later.
Last Friday I unexpectedly got the opportunity to attend the Buckler Men’s presentation & to my surprise Thiago was one of the models cast for the show. Designer Andrew Buckler unveiled an amazing collection inspired by Jack Kerouac’s book On The Road, which in a nutshell chronicles the characters many journey’s and metamorphosis. It was immediately apparent to me that Mr. Buckler marches to the beat of his own drum, which in this day in fashion is always a breath of fresh air. Buckler referenced the 1950’s beat generation which celebrated the uncanny alternative to rules of the norm. Dense washed twill chinos, worn leather bomber jackets and my fav the drop crotch selvage denim are just a few of the key pieces incorporated into the line.