Grand Slam at The Confessional

February 19, 2024 in Events, News, Uncategorized by TINU NAIJA

The relatively new Japanese swanky restaurant Fushimi, in Times Square, played host to the highly anticipated, and dare I say, newly improved fashion presentation and runway show by The Confessional showroom fashion agency. The usually hip hop haven style Mecca to the stars, drifted away from their usual crowd and nightclub venue favored spots during NYFW, for a more acceptable ambiance by show-hopping fashion mavens and media personalities.

The showroom sent down the runway exquisite creations by emerging designers who could easily hold their weight on a world fashion stage. Cleverly styled and produced, in part by In Black magazine’s stylist and Editor-in-Chief Marcus Blassingame, who expertedly had a riveting Ballerina performance as an intermission midway through the show. Marta Ostrovska took a great part in styling as well.

The first look out were a series of modern takes on Kimono by Byakudan, which almost sent me packing for Japan. The patterns were appropriately timed for the location, which featured a giant golden Koi fish high up on the vast runway area, a prominent center in the establishment. The Japanese restaurant’s intricate decor and ambiance made for a great backdrop for this particular collection.

Beauté Comme Toi took us to Paris and back with sensual, romantic and elegant collection, which harkened back to the elegance of haute couture’s golden age where models showcased garbs in salons. The models embodied pure class and grace as they made their way onto the runway effortlessly in satin, chantily lace, beaded works of art, feathered trimmings, pocket squares, hats and statement accessories. And no details were spared by Catou Wear on the impeccable tailored suits and styling in rich textured fabrication and patterns in the menswear! For a moment, I thought I was at a Bridgeton movie audition! If you’re in the market for a wedding dress or suit, you’d do well to remember this brand.

Another notable one was Nigeria’s designer to the stars, Nazarene Amictus, who has dressed the likes of world renowned Afrobeat artist David O. His edgy, Avantgarde, youthful streetwear designs were extraordinary. The models moved with ease and swagger in rich textured patterns, mix media and layered styles.

Needless to say, fashion wouldn’t be complete without proper accessories!
The gorgeous hats were handcrafted by Anthony Maxwell, as well as the mask, chopsticks, umbrellas & feathered pieces. Shoes were supplied by Ihambi. The beautiful jewelry collection seen glistening on the models were by Sultry Affair Style. Kat & Clarese stood on business with the florals.

The overall production was a smashing success! It definitely took a village to pull it all together so seamlessly, considering it involved various designers with different design concept!

Watch the show on Facebook and Instagram.

All of the Kimono designs above by Byakudan

Designs above by Beauté Comme Toi

Some of the designs by Nazarene Amictus

The Blues Frederick Anderson at NYFW

February 15, 2024 in Events, General Blogs, News, Uncategorized by TINU NAIJA

Designer Frederick Anderson took his audience to the “church” by way of music during FW24 Runway Show at NYFW. What a gracious and riveting way to close the week! Powerful vocals and instrumentals of Blues music filled the air ways of The Prince George Ballroom as models paraded through the ornate venue in tailored pieces and intricate lace ensembles. His trademark crocheted were prominent in classic silhouettes dress and draped jackets.

Frederick took inspiration and guidance of his latest collection using the rich culture of Blues musicology from his upbringing in Tennessee. The collection transcended the boundaries of fashion art. Fast becoming a world renowned brand and a designer to be reckoned with on an international level.

Many of the selections were youthful and current, which included delicate lacy shorts, cropped top jacket styles, high slit dresses, see through sequin skirts, and an irresistible free flowing stunning shimmering kaftan. The fresh take on traditional tweed cuts were not to be missed. The entire collection was cohesive, offering looks from day to evening.

Watch the runway look video on Facebook and Instagram.

Tinu dressed in Frederick Anderson, with the designer.

Grandeur at Victor dE Souza

February 12, 2024 in Events, General Blogs, News by TINU NAIJA

if you ever have the need to get your hands on a creation of genuine haute couture in Paris but is out of reach due to the distance or financial means, I’d encourage you to look up one of the best export out of Argentina, conveniently located in New York City! Victor dE Souza has been making a name for himself in the big apple for quite sometime now. His trademark details were quote evident in his recent FW24 collection presentation, which was sponsored by Elektra.

The exquisite billowing, exaggerated sleeves, hand applied rosettes, layered bows and ruffles seemed to have been the theme common throughout the collection. It was cohesive and well thought out. Needless to say, some of the models had slight difficulty navigating comfortably in the shoes which featured giant bows atop the toe area, some of which unraveled while making the journey down the runway.

I must say, I had the honor and privilege to have been dressed in Victor’s designs from head to toe for the show by celebrity stylist Ty-Ron Mayes. During which I discovered, to my surprise, how comfortable his shoes were! He needs to start his own shoe line with immediate urgency, sans the giant bows.

Watch the runway video on Facebook and instagram.

Tinu in Victor dE Souza, styled by celebrity stylist Ty-Ron Mayes

Epperson

February 11, 2024 in Events, General Blogs, News, Uncategorized by TINU NAIJA

There’s one place to go when looking for ponchos, cocoon style, free flowing comfort fashion with a futuristic edge! The one name that is synonymous with upcycled “free spirited” bohemian cuts; is none other than Epperson! His long awaited runway show took place yesterday at the landmarked Hotel Edison, on Times Square, produced by his long time friend Nole Marin. The who’s who of black media and beyond showed up in full support. The staging of the show featured prominent black authors’ books displayed as centered piece for some of the models to leisurely lounge and “read” while the show goes on. A profound reminder and an honor to the ongoing black history month celebration in the country. Upon the conclusion of the show, the entire room stood up to give him the well earned standing ovation! Bravo Epperson!

Video of the show can be seen on Facebook and Instagram.

Mr. Epperson

A Revolutionary Men’s Fashion @NYFW

February 10, 2024 in Events, General Blogs, Men, News, Uncategorized by TINU NAIJA

Men’s fashion has certainly come full circle when you dig deep into the encyclopedia of Menswear over the ages, I mean as far back as the stone age! The FW24 New York Men’s Day at the NYFW was revolutionary!

Agentry PR, spearheaded by fashion industry magnate Erin Hawker, in association with Hilldun, lined up some of the best emerging fashion menswear designers in a presentation production. Each room in a landmark building near Hudson Yards showcased 8 different designers such as; The Salting, Tarpley, Pas Une Marque, Bulan, Terry Singh, Sivan, Y.Chroma by Max Israel, and Landeros.

Gone are the conventional ways of men clad in the predictable drips. Needless to say, Y.Chroma by Max Israel in particular, had a room full of seasoned well groomed male models, akin to an audition holding room for “The Bachelor” TV show, which had every visitor’s heart fluttered with excitement as they walked in to view the collection.

Quite noticeable were collections by such designers like Bulan who utilized sustainable products, upcycled to wearable art. Landeros cleverly reimagined decades old tuxedo into a new age, futuristic tailored ensemble, well suited for both genders. Jack Sivan’s bespoke tailoring took us to the future in spectacular advanced tailored suits that had viewers thinking they were on a movie set. Sean Coutts, who’s self-taught and designing since age 20, under his brand Pas Une Marque, says his inspiration is very philosophically driven.

View the video of all the collections on Facebook and Instagram.

Designs above by Jack Sivan

Sean Coutts with his models in Pas Une Marque

Models above in Landerous

Model in Terry Singh

Sustainable fashion by Bulan

Mixed Media at Custo Barcelona

February 10, 2024 in Events, General Blogs, News by TINU NAIJA

The iconic brand, Custo Barcelona stayed true to its trademark mixed media high quality print in the recently revealed FW24 collection during NYFW. The stylish sporty and youthful tailored ensemble detailed piping and lace trims with some featuring vivid prints, flowing exaggerated silk/satin bell sleeves, giving the overall collection an uplifting ambiance, as supposed to the usual dark tones and heavy fabrics associated with fall winter styles.

It’s safe to say, some of the pieces echos the upcoming holiday season party trends in the fall, with fringes, sparkling sequin numbers coupled with knee high boots. If this is anything to go by, we’re definitely in for a treat during this upcoming fall winter season!

View the video of the collection on Facebook and instagram.

Private Policy at the Ranch

February 9, 2024 in Events, General Blogs, News by TINU NAIJA

Western themed fashion seems to be all the rave now, thanks to the recent menswear collection by Pharrell Williams for Louis Vuitton, which debuted a few days ago in Paris. Private Policy just seconded the motion today with the unveiling of their FW 24 collection in NYC. Obviously, most of these collections are planned months in advance. The possibility of two different designers, having like minded concepts in a given season is not uncommon. Arguably two different styles and esthetics, it’s safe to say we’re definitely in the cowboy garb era.

The models strutted down the hay covered barn like runway in stylish tailored western cuts accompanied by bejeweled cowboy hats, western boots and edgy futuristic eyewears with strong AI influence. A very well updated western style that’ll have even the most jaded fashion mavens coveting an ensemble or two from the presentation, which also included edgy street wears, seductive silhouettes in shorts, skirts and bias cut dresses. Some of which are genderless options and for all ages.

A video reel of the runway show can be seen on Facebook and instagram.

Private Policy creative directors: Haoran Li and Siying Qu with Editor Tinu

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, et.al.

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, et.al.

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.

A.Potts

A.Potts

A.Potts

Clara Son

Clara Son

Kent Anthony