Collection Review: Topshop Spring/Summer 2018

The spring/summer Topshop collection had some interesting contrasts to consider. Everything from the color palette to the actual textiles had a fun aesthetic to it. I loved the metallic pink jackets and long petticoats. Topshop is clearly capable of creating transeasonal pieces (items that transition into other seasons). Keep in mind; this is a European based company, so featuring long coats for spring isn’t too surprising. I mentioned the color palette earlier…not too crazy about it. What really caught my attention was the Lilac Opal, Apple Blossom, Frosted Fig, and Mauve pieces. Those skirts were driving me nuts though! Adwoa Aboah opened the show, and her skirt riding up was just so frustrating to me. It was all I could focus on. The problem could be the length. That fabric (whatever it was) probably isn’t the best choice. The silhouettes were basic, except for the more formal pieces. This IS a ready-to-wear retailer after all. I had to remind myself of that fact, which excused the basicness of it all. The sparkling velvety fabric and billowing sheer formalwear stole the show. The styling was interesting too; sporty and sweet meets formal and street. This collection maintained its youthful presents and I look forward to seeing it in stores next year.

 

Taste of the Runway Atlanta Fashion Show

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 I recently had the opportunity to attend the Taste of the Runway Atlanta Fashion Show held on August 10, 2014. There was live entertainment, food and of course fashion! The clothing featured were from various boutiques and designers. There was fashion presented by Curve Appeal, Lamaj de Amour, Pzi Jeans, and Red Carpet Boutique.  Not only was there Adult fashion, but kids too; Runway Cuties of Washington DC, Angelically Kute, and Kimanni Kouture. There was also live entertainment. Actor and Comedian Rodney Perry made the atmosphere lively. The event had two host; Sherwin XL and MsNikkie of Diva Day International!  The culinary delights where presented by Chef Brian Brown, New Orleans Snowball Cafe, Couteaux’s Cajun-Creole Catering, and Chef Screws of Atlanta (just to name a few)! There were vendors selling clothing and even beauty products. I enjoyed myself thoroughly and I can’t wait for another Taste of the Runway!

 

 

The Eclectic Beauty Fashion Show

 

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It was my pleasure to be invited to such an amazing event! The Eclectic Beauty Fashion Show held on August 9th was spectacular! The show featured 4 local designers; Ashley Jean, Carlos Antoine K Ali, and Daivon Gissendaner. The show was jam packed with fashion, and not just adult wear, but kids wear too. The energy of the show was vibrant. There was a live DJ, Food, and even a special guest; Tupicalo. All of the fashion designers who showcased attend The Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur.

Ashley Kumar is a childrens wear designer. Her collection was a cross between India and American style. It’s her love for children that drove her desire to create her kids line. Ashleys’ collection was colorful and versatile. Although it was a kids collection, there were still some adult audience members that wished certain pieces came in their size! Pretty impressive.

No – S2 (No Struggle, No Strength) is a collection created by design duo Daivon Gissendaner. Mr. Priestly attends The Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur. He met his best friend and business partner Anthony Benson-Dean in New York. Their goal is to use their God given talents to encourage a nation! The brand itself is a movement to encourage and empower people. Their fashion line is the start of something great!

Carlos Antoine is a designer with a background rich in the entertainment industry. He has worked with Tyler Perry, Towanda Braxton, Cynthia McCoy, and Robert Conner just to name a few. His collection is inspired by women he surrounds himself with; sexy, and fearless! His collection is very lux and modern. His focus is to flatter the form or real women. I can definitely see the everyday woman rocking a Carlos Antoine original!

The Fourth designer is Karimah Y. Ali. Her collection reflected all the rich and clean colors of the Fall season. The overall design of her garments were sleek, chic, and ultra feminine! She described her collection as a unique extension of herself. So what advise does Karimah Y. Ali give to other young aspiring fashion designers? She said…

 Take the risk, it’s worth it! I promise!

That’s definitely well said.

All and all, I believe this fashion show was a hit! The collections were lovely. I know this won’t be the last time I will be seeing THE FABULOUS 4 dominate the runway!

 

Raw fashion show Atlanta

 

 

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I had the pleasure of attending the RAW natural born artist showcase in Atlanta Georgia . There were paintings, nail art, photography, video, performing arts, and even jewelry. Of course you know my favorite part…THE FASHION! The indie artists that were featured had been carefully selected to present their art. It was loud colorful and creative. I made a lot of new connections, and I look forward to the next time they’re in my neck of the woods. I definitely suggest my readers to attend the RAW artist showcase; go to www.RAWartists.org and see what it’s all about.

 

The Fashion Beats Cancer Fashion Show…

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Another great fashion show! I had the pleasure of attending the Fashion Beats Cancer Fashion show held downtown at HOBI HOUSE OF BLENDED INK at 300 Oakland Avenue. All the guest wore white including myself, to show support in raising awareness to the St. Jude Foundation. The show was actually inspired by God. The young lady above is 14 and diagnosed with cancer. To be so young and strong is really remarkable. The evening was lively with delicious appetizers, live entertainment and of course fabulous fashion! I met a lot of great inspirational people as well as talented designers. Thank You Janeka for hosting a successful and motivational event!!!