Colorful Coziness at Zcrave

September 12, 2023 in Events, General Blogs, News by TINU NAIJA

Zcrave, the fun and eclectic brand, delivered a rather cozy coterie of creations for their SS24 collection yesterday. The usually unconventional show style of the brand did not disappoint with their trademark fulfilled soiree, with celebrity DJ Kevin Aviance pulling double duty opening the show and spinning hits at the turn table! An undeniable fun was had by all… including our editor Tinu, who just happened to turn up wearing the iconic suit also spotted on the models!

The full video of the show can be seen on instagram.

Hila Shtork Zigdon of Zcrave

Kevin Aviance

Celebrity Stylist Ty-Ron Mayes and Kevin Aviance

Kevin Aviance opening the show

Elsa Santi

Kevan Hall Red Carpet Ready!

September 12, 2023 in Events, General Blogs, News by TINU NAIJA

Top tier stylist and fashion mavens alike need to look no further than Kevan Hall’s SS24 collection for red carpet and entrance making numbers! The critically acclaimed celebrity designer’s show, presentation style yesterday hackened back to the glorious days of haute couture fashion shows, to a time when presentations were intimate and visibly close to the seated clients. To a point where you could literally see the intricate stitching and detailing upclose as the graceful and elegant models walked by. Think Parisienne fashion salons, stately rooms, soft background music,

Kevan Hall had the full support of other world renowned designers in attendance, such as the Byron Lars and Aaron Potts, and the legendary actor and his beloved brother Vondie Curtis-Hall.

The collection, featuring luxurious brocade, delicate French lace, Dutch satin, free flowing silks and chiffon, was elegant, chic and stupendous! Exceptionally and effortlessly delivered by very graceful and poised fashion swan lake like models, which makes it all the more appealing and alluring. They brought it to life, showed the versatility and fluidity of his creations!

A video of the collection can be seen posted on instagram.

Byron Lars and partner Sheila Gray

Vondie Curtis-Hall

Aaron Potts and Stylist Mykel C. Smith

Men’s Day @ NYFW

September 9, 2023 in Events, General Blogs, News, Uncategorized by TINU NAIJA

The Spring Summer 24 season at New York Fashion Week got off to a strong start with a coterie of designer’s at “New York Mens Day” at Hudson Yards. On view, presentation style, were A.Potts, Brandon Murphy, Clara Son, Kent Anthony,

Unisex and strong silhouettes seem to be the general theme, featuring gender fluid futuristic soft play on fabrications by Clara Son, casual chic bejeweled assemble by Kent Anthony, edgy tailored suits for men by Brandon Murphy and feminine cuts in bold gold fabrication and lace structured designs by A.Potts. Aaron A.Potts spoke about the inspirations behind their collections. The video is posted on Facebook and instagram, along with Brandon Murphy, Clara Son, Kent Anthony full fashion presentations.




Clara Son

Clara Son

Kent Anthony

The Rising Stars at FGI

May 9, 2023 in Events, General Blogs, News by TINU NAIJA

Literally in every word, as it states… The Rising Stars! Fashion luminaries paid homage to emerging designers and innovators in the fashion and beauty world today. Award winning fashion icon, Patricia Field was the keynote speaker. She offered sound and profound advice to everyone in the room. Other established designers/personalities such as Laquan Smith, Nigel Barker,, were on hand as presenters. It’s not everyday you see established governing body of any field give a fairly big platform to emerging artists or entrepreneurs of any kind. The Fashion Group International, which has been in existence for well over 2 decades, is still shining the much needed bright lights on many unsung/unseen talents in the game! A big congratulations to all the finalists and winners.

Malan Breton Wooed NYFW

February 12, 2023 in Events, General Blogs, News by TINU NAIJA

The Project Runway alum Malan Breton was a crowd favorite last night at NYFW, hosted by EPN where he presented his FW 23 collection in a financial district hall packed with his nearest and dearest. The medley of selections ranged from romantic ball gowns befitting of a fairytale princess to edgy styles Rockstars could easily glide into at a concert. Models included legendary supermodels Irina Pantaeva to socialites and philanthropists such as Jean Shafiroff and Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin. Such is the influence and power of Malan Breton to tap retired model and close friend of his, Camilla Barungi to walk his show! Shortly after talking his bows and humbly thanking his guests by walking through the aisles, he couldn’t hold back his emotions. Swelled with gratitude and joy, a few tears escaped his eyes backstage. Whew! One and done Malan, you survived it. Bravo! We look forward to seeing his next collection.

In the meantime, watch the current collection in the video footage below.

Malan Breton, editor Tinu & supermodel Irina Pantaeva
Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff
Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin
Model Camilla Barungi
Editors Tinu and Marcus Blassingame with the models backstage.
Designer Malan Breton takes his bows
Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin

Son Jung Wan Mixed Media

February 12, 2023 in Events, General Blogs, News by TINU NAIJA

South Korean fashion darling Son Jung Wan commanded the right attention at her FW 23/24 NYFW show today. Her subtle play with textured and smooth medium in fabrics was brilliant. The collection is bound to satisfy even the most jaded at heart in fashion because there’s just about something for everyone. Every piece of item that walked down her runway could easily match up with various levels wardrobe stable. The collection, which included men and women, looks like an less risky, safely gliding between Avantgarde and conservative effortlessly.

Son’s front row guests included Hollywood royalty Brooke Shield and her daughter who was impeccably dressed for the occasion.

Be sure to preview the runway show video footage below.

Brooke Shield and her daughter
Designer Son Jung Wan & editor Tinu
Celebrity stylist Ty-Ron Mayes, editors Tinu and Marcus Blassingame

Fashion is Back in NYC!

May 11, 2022 in Events, General Blogs, News, Uncategorized by TINU NAIJA

After two year haitus of key fashion events, among many other things…NY fashion scene is roaring back with a vengeance. Not even corona could hold back the raw talents embedded within the tough fabric of the creative world. The Fashion Group International had a splendid award luncheon today in NYC, ushering in the next wave of emerging talents worthy of a much needed spotlight, including last year’s winner Eppersonn who won via virtual last year. Recipients of the awards ranged from new brands and designers, to well established legends in the industry who also got recognitions for paving the way. Legendary designer Byron Lars for instance, was presented with the President’s award for excellence. The competitive award categories included beauty, accessories, retail, men’s and women’s wear, etc. Many notables in the industry were in attendance…sans the mask! It felt good to be in a room full of fashion luminaries again and not via zoom, as it was the previous year due to the pandemic.

The FGI, as it is popularly known, provides members network with a forum for discussion and connection across all sectors through programming focused on the industry’s most current and crucial topics, recognition of emerging talent and trends at the zeitgeist of innovation. And offers a platform of resources for business development and career advancement at all levels.  

We’re hoping for a continuous safe, fun and friendly events across all sectors from here on out. It’s safe to say we’re all over the “Rona”. Let’s get on with the show!


Byron Lars and Jason Wu
Lynn Yeager
Nicole Fischelis and Freddie Leiba
Eppersonn and Musa Jackson
Linda Fargo
Vera Wang
Frederick Anderson, Musa Jackson and Terry Singh
Jean Shafiroff

Masika Kalysha for Shoeholics

April 11, 2018 in Events, News by Bernd Ruhl

April-June 2018 edition

The spring season  is about new beginnings, new growth and the opportunity to weed out the bad to make room for the good and new. In this spring edition we bring you the story of Renee Olstead, a personality whose face is familiar to most of us. Read the story behind the face we’ve seen countless times on TV and on the big screen as well. We caught up with the woman who began her career as a child actor and who by age 12 had already signed on for two music albums.

Anita Quansha is someone we’d love for you to meet – not only because she is incredibly creative but also because of the way she blends her own heritage with modern fashion. This jewelry designer is responsible for creating some stunning accessories and even more stunning shoes! Another entrepreneur who brings us jaw-dropping shoes with a creative new twist: see through shoes via her Transparent collection, is Jessica Rich. She is all about bringing women the opportunity to create that million-dollar look without breaking the bank.

Cover star: Masika Kalysha is a reality TV star and a self described She.E.O and Mompreneur who has launched her own line of successful cosmetics. What makes her products special is the fact that they are gluten and paraben free, vegan and 100% cruelty free. We also caught up with the red haired rapper and female Eminem, Justina Valentine. The lyrics of her songs are breathtaking in their audacity and we were curious to know what makes her tick.

We have something for a much overlook Shoeholic demographic: men; particularly who are wondering what kind of shoes to wear at their own spring wedding! Color, style and other tips for choosing the right shoes! 

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New Year New Edition with Patrizia Yanguela

January 10, 2018 in Events, General Blogs, News by Bernd Ruhl

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Happy New Year Shoeholics! It is always our endeavor to try and bring you stories of people that interest, inspire and entertain; those who’s talent, grit and determination has resulted in them becoming achievers in their respective fields.

In this edition we share with you people in glamour and fashion; their stories and their achievements and also offer you some useful tips and tricks:

Matt Sarafa is a Reality TV star and designer who started to make a name for himself really early in life. We caught up with the start of the TV show Project Runway Junior and found out about his unique, edgy fashion sense and his makeup tutorials on YouTube.

We also feature Allison King – someone who has worked alongside the likes of John Hamm and Jamie Foxx. We found out all about what inspires Allison, her fashion sense and of course her Shoeholism as well!

You will also meet Mellissa Carache. She is someone who inspires us with her talent and grit. In love with acting from age 5 she now has her own Facebook web series and several other claims to fame, as you will find out. The story of Alexis Hefley is another that inspires us all because of the beautiful shoes that her company makes as well as the worthy cause that she and her company contribute to: read all about Uwezo Brands – the shoes with style and the woman of substance!

We also caught up with our cover model Patrizia Yanguela– someone who embraced fashion and modeling relatively late in life. Find out all about how she wandered into exotic and fitness modeling; who now has a huge social media following as well.

You’ll get a chance to discover Janet Schoenborn, who is the creative force behind the adorable little baby shoes from the Robeez brand. Not only is Janet a success story that inspires, the shoes she helps create provides practical solutions for little feet and let your little one step out in style.

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It’s The Holiday Issue!

October 17, 2017 in Events, News by Bernd Ruhl

Winters are about the holidays, about spreading the warmth and being thankful… but let’s face it, they are also the reason to shop, give and receive gifts, replenish our wardrobes and shoe closets!

As with every single one of our issues, our Holiday Issue is packed with stories full of inspiration and information. This issue also showcases some fascinating Fashionistas and Shoeholics. Read all about Natalia Kapchuk, a model since age 12; also a TV personality and artist who has many claims to fame; who is in fact famous from London to Dubai to India!

We also bring you the story of cancer survivor Yasmeen Simreen. We found her story fascinating for so many reasons: she has had a conservative upbringing but is a determined fashionista.

We introduce you to some social media personalities – who happen to be Shoeholics by the way. Abigail Ratchford and Chinyenum Amadi are both drop dead gorgeous

This edition also features two amazing men: Irwin Randle may be a grandfather but he has more energy and a better sense of style than most young men will ever hope to have. He has earned himself the rather interesting sobriquet of #MrStealYourGrandma and when you read our write up about him, you will know why.

Nigerian born artist Laolu Senbanjo utterly fascinating; and not just because he paints shoes! The world is his canvas and he has collaborated with the likes of Beyoncé to bring alive some truly inspirational and incredible art. And he paints shoes! Did we mention that?

As with all of our issues we also bring you useful tips that you can use for the holiday season. Those of us that love our shoes (which is all of us) also love shoe accessories that some brilliant people thoughtfully invented for us…these accessories may be just the thing you will give ‘thanks’ for.

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