Neiman Marcus Handbag Event

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Naitional Handbag Day is celebrated on October 10th. Neiman Marcus Somerset Collections had a wonderful handbag event to celebrate the day. A wide assortment of bags from carryalls, backpacks to evening bags were featured.

Handbags which are a staple and at times a statement piece to any outfit be it a cross-body or a full on leather tote. Designers are letting creativity rule over many of the designs that are being shown on and off the runway and in stores.

Designer Yuzefi out of London had a beautiful purple suede bucket bag that was roomy yet not cumbersome. I love when a designer includes multiple ways to carry a bag, be it in your hand, on your arm or shoulder. The Yuzefi bag provided hand straps and a detachable shoulder strap.

 Yuzefi of London

Yuzefi of London

One of my favorite handbag designers, Judith Leiber never disappoints. The bling of the swarovski crystals always catch your eye. What the design house creates is always a show stopper from animals to flowers and more.

Designer Miu-Miu showed a variety of bags, including evening bags and a wonderful sparkly tote to carry your everyday essentials around.

Christian Louboutin showed a collection of red bottom bags and evening clutches. As we all know the red bottom is synonymous with the Louboutin brand.

A designer that was new to me, Olympia Le Tan had a fun collection of bags based off of the board game Monopoly. What I found interesting is that each of these creations is numbered as to how many of the bags were created. For instance on the back of the Monopoly bag it shows that only 77 of this particular bag was created.

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I saw fresh new designs from Coach. Which has rebranded itself as Tapestry with the other designer brands that it has incorporated into the design house. However, Coach and Coach 1941 designs were whimsical and colorful.

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Prada, Valentino, Fendi, Balenciaga and more showed a variety of colorful and fun bags. Choose one or several, and while the bags can be a bit pricey think of it as an investment in yourself.

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All bags featured are available at Neiman Marcus Somerset Collection, Troy, Mi.

THE GABBY BAG

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For the woman who trusts her opinion more than the logo on her bag, Gabby is inspired by the elusive nonchalance of the effortlessly chic French style set. Inherently understated, Gabby is the antidote to the ubiquitous IT-bag.

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Photographer: Andrea Spotorno

Stylist: Lyson Marchessault

Model: Gwenola Guichard

Reinterpreting the standard cross-body bag for the J&M Davidson woman, the Gabby is just that little bit bigger because who has time to change bags from day to night? Perfectly sized for work and play without being bulky or cumbersome, the simplicity of the Gabby design compliments today’s modern uniform.

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Photographer: Andrea Spotorno

Stylist: Lyson Marchessault

Model: Gwenola Guichard

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Photographer: Andrea Spotorno

Stylist: Lyson Marchessault

Model: Gwenola Guichard

The ideal everyday bag, it features utilitarian details – a sleek shoulder strap that won’t detract from your outfit, a sturdy double-zip slide-closure and a handy pocket to store everything you need on the go – plus a butter-soft lambskin lining and gold hardware for luxury without the fuss.

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Photographer: Andrea Spotorno

Stylist: Lyson Marchessault

Model: Gwenola Guichard

Timeless, confident, uncomplicated and clever, you can take the discreet Gabby with you anywhere.

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Photographer: Andrea Spotorno

Stylist: Lyson Marchessault

Model: Gwenola Guichard






RINHANNA SAYS WOMEN ARE RUNNING THE WORLD RIGHT NOW AND IT'S TOO BAD FOR MEN'

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Rihanna’s commitment to inclusivity in the beauty and fashion industry didn’t end after she launched her beauty line Fenty Beauty. In an industry that’s long promoted unrealistic beauty and size standards, the singer-turned-beauty-mogul-turned-fashion-designer has found a way to challenge the idea of what it means to be beautiful and sexy with the launch of her inaugural Savage x Fenty line in May.

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So for the collection’s New York Fashion Week runway debut, Rihanna offered attendees a momentary respite from traditional fashion week presentations and brought us into a Garden of Eden-meets-futurism installation that featured woman of all different shapes, colors, and sizes. In a world where other fashion and beauty brands are playing a desperate game of catch up when it comes diversity and inclusivity, Savage x Fenty is in a league of its own.


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Fashion talks a big game when it comes to diversity, but Rihanna can actually back it up. Ahead, we caught up with Rihanna to discuss her Savage x Fenty show, why moms are the VIPs of women, and more.

How'd you come up with the concept for the show?

I wanted to include every woman. I wanted every woman on the stage with different energies, different races, body types, different stages in their womanhood, culture. I wanted women to feel celebrated and that we started this shit. We own this. This is our land because really it is. Women are running the world right now and it’s too bad for men.

The addition of Slick Woods and the other pregnant woman was especially powerful in this show. How’d you convince them to be a part of the presentation?

Slick and I have been working non-stop throughout her pregnancy from Fenty x Puma to Fenty Beauty—I promise you. I’m not the type to judge any woman about any part of her womanhood, especially motherhood because that’s like the VIP of womanhood. Bringing a life into the world is no joke. I have a lot of respect for those women and those who choose to continue to work and get it done while being pregnant. I have a lot of respect for Slick and every other pregnant woman working until their due date. I’ll never tell her she can’t do a show unless she tells me I can’t because I’m about to drop in a second.


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MUSE; The Art of Style

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MUSE SHOW BRINGS FLARE TO THE DETROIT RUNWAY

 U.S.  and Canadian fashion designers  Reginald Robinson(Dallas, TX), Dana Keaton, Shay Oliver(FLINT), and Thaya(Toronto), Marchell Lavon(Detroit) and Eugenia Paul(Detroit) come together in the Ballroom of the MSU Management Education Center for a couture showcase presented by The Cadillac Club Of Detroit.

I spoke with MUSE creator, Mark Burton who had this to say when I asked what was or is his personal muse for bringing together the show, 

"When I think about a personal Muse for having an event like this, that definitely cannot be narrowed down to just one.  It is an entire era and a type of model not seen anymore on the runways in 20 years...and in no particular order they go...........PAT CLEVELAND,  DALMA CALADO,  ALVA CHIN( THE HALSTONETTES) - GURMIT KAUR,  ANA BALE,  VERONIKA WEBB, MARPESSA HENNINK,  LINDA EVANGELISTA, CHRISTY TURLINGTON, NAOMI CAMPBELL, HELENA CHRISTENSEN, CARLA BRUNI, BEVERLY PEELE, YASMEEN GHAURI, NA D'EGE DU BOSPERTUS, STEPHANIE SEYMOUR, BRANDI QUINONES, KATE MOSS, MEGHAN DOUGLAS, SHALOM HARLOW...These models were bigger than the designers they modeled for at the time.

My requirements in terms of what I consider when  bringing  a designer in:  I have to look at their years of experience at the design and show level.  The Muse Show is billed as an upscale fashion event and I have to look at whether the designer's skill level and style matches the overall aesthetic of the Muse Show.

Every year the Muse looks to improve upon it's fashion presentation from the previous year.  We hope to expose the people of Detroit and Michigan to a higher level of fashion than what they would normally get. To let them be able to see true artists up close and to make sure that the models match the collections."  

.  Designing now for some 10 plus years, Reginald Robinson has been a staple in the Detroit fashion scene with a minimal design style that is luxurious. Think Halston.  From the Dana Keaton Atelier we’ll see a style of classic elegance in evening and midi dresses cut on the bias in silks and Chiffons.  

  Shay Oliver comes to the Muse from Flint bringing an after five design style with some sleek sexiness mixed in. With a color scheme and fabrication that consists of Ivory & blue knits, mystical iridescent sequin and soft pastel shades of chiffon, viewers will get a different appreciation for understated chic.

Thaya Thiagalingam brings the South Asian flavor from Toronto to this edition of the Muse.  An artist first, Thaya converts her drawings and paintings into Designs, patterns and fabric prints.  She marries the art with fashion and her eye for detail and color is evident in each intricately designed dress.

 Bold colors are a hallmark of Marchell Lavon garment.  As one who experiments with cuts and various prints, Marchell is equally as capable of taking the viewer back to the sixties and the shift dress as she is at crafting the long train evening gown.  

Eugenia Paul brings a contemporary women’s style that offers a unique spin on classic feminine cuts.  Always current, the designs never lock you into one era so that a favorite Eugenia Paul piece is always relevant.

Welcome To The Ten

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"Hello and Welome to The Ten" are the first words you hear upon entering The Ten Nail Bar in downtown Detroit. Daniel, who was working the front desk greets you with a smile and asks if this is your first time visiting The Ten, in my case it was. I had received several gift cards to this establishment but had not been able to work an appointment into my schedule. So I took a chance and just walked-in hoping they could take me. I highly recommend making an appointment first, The Ten is often booked during the day.

The first thing you notice about The Ten is the smell, there isn't one. You do not get that overwhelming smell of chemicals as you walk in the door. The nail bar is light and airy and well lit. Daniel told me it would be a wait but to go ahead and choose my nail color. Ok, let me just say right now I am a self confessed nail junkie. No color is off limits. My nails are all natural and I enjoy picking out a bright polish on a summer day, so I decided to go for not one but two colors. I chose Flip-flop which is a very bright neon pink and N.Y.E. a neon yellow.

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I took a seat and checked out the various nail colors and what colors other people were choosing as well, the place was packed. The Ten caters to a diverse clientele, so fellas do not be afraid to come in and get a mani-pedi done. The Ten is always busy with activity of people coming and going. While waiting I was offered, water, wine or champagne, now this is a service I can get used to having!

Finally, it was my turn at the nail bar. My nail tech saw my colors and asked if I was going to a party. I replied that I wasn't but I like my nails to be fun. For me my nails reflect a part of my eclectic fashion sense. After my mani and a wonderful hand massage, my nail tech asked if I had any specific nail art in mind? I told her to, "go wild" use her imagination. What she came up with made me a happy girl indeed. The colors I had chosen "popped" on my nails and adding in the nail art was a wonderful bonus and complemented the colors. 

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How can you get pampered at The Ten located at 1215 Griswold in Detroit? Make an appointment (313) 315-3010. Yes, you can walk-in, but I suggest making an appointment just to be safe. You can also download The Ten app from the Google Play Store or the Apple Store or go online; www.thetendetroit.com You can also get on The Ten Text list for specials (313) 327-3137.

Girl's Night at Inception

Recently, a group of ladies came together at Inception in Farmington Hills for a Girls Night of self pampering and indulging our senses in the various services offered by Inception.

Just what is Inception? Inception represents a dynamic new approach to mind-and-body fitness and wellness. It’s designed specifically for today’s hectic, stress-filled work styles and life styles.

Inception enables you to achieve your wellness goals in the most efficient ways possible.

At Inception, we’ll equip you with state-of-the-art tools and methods that deliver stellar results in amazingly short periods of time.

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Inception offers a variety of services to get you operating at the best you possible. 

Depending on your individual needs and objectives, Inception combine proven new technologies and methods that, working in concert, provide you with the optimum overall program.

So what kinds of technologies do they employ? 

  • Flotation Therapy is a zero-gravity experience that enables the mind and body to experience thorough rest and relaxation.
  • NeurOptimal Brain Training is an advanced neuro-feedback system that works with your brain in real time.
  • Magnesphere™ System achieves profound relaxation through extremely low-level electromagnetic fields (EMF).
  • Whole Body Vibration enables you to move and perform with greater power and agility.
 Inception Owner, David McCullar and Styling Closet Owner, Latrice Delgado-Macon.   

Inception Owner, David McCullar and Styling Closet Owner, Latrice Delgado-Macon.

 

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Quotes from several of the ladies attending Girl's Night after receiving their various services;

Ariel Morgan: Since girls night out, I feel refreshed and renewed In a sense. Started the evening off with brain training and I ended my night with the salt float. After leaving the brain training, I felt more aware and more alert! That is definitely something I would like to experience again. After the salt float, I felt totally at peace and relaxed. The “weight” (gravity) of the world was literally taken off my shoulders. Fast forward  to today, I still feel super alert, my memory has improved, and I take each step with more confident because I know where I’m going. I truly thank Inception for such a renewing evening.

Alyssa DelTorre: I did the Float Tank It was my first time floating and I was wide awake and my mind raced the first ten minutes and then I turned off the light and removed the noodle from behind my neck. That allowed me to relax into the water and get into a meditative state. I lost track of where my body started and stopped. I felt very relaxed after the treatment. 

How many ways can Inception help you achieve true wellness?

The Inception approach is highly effective for people of all ages and fitness levels. Because the program is so encompassing, Inception can help you:

 • Relieve stress
 • Strengthen your body
 • Alleviate depression
 • Conquer anxiety
 • Overcome trauma
 • Ease chronic pain
 • Improve mental focus
 • Optimize physical performance
 • Alleviate attention-deficit disorder
 • Build muscle tone
 • Develop multi-tasking skills
 • Fuse mental and physical prowess

Result: you can attain the healthy, happy mind and body you want and deserve, no matter how busy your schedule happens to be!

Ready to give Inception a try? 
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Meet Halima Aden, The First Hijabi Model On The Cover Of Vouge

What a great time to be yourself. It’s 2018, it’s the year of female empowerment, it’s the generation of uplifting other women. We are finally getting our voices heard, and it’s not just one certain woman, it’s all of us from different backgrounds, different walks of life – it’s a great time to be a girl.” So says Halima Aden, the diminutive but dazzling 20-year-old model, activist and humanitarian - and the first hijabi woman on the cover of British Vogue.

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A former refugee whose refusal to remove her hijab for the 2016 Miss Minnesota USA beauty pageant catapulted her into the spotlight, and ultimately fashion's major leagues, Aden has challenged industry norms since day one. Born in Kakuma, a refugee camp in Kenya, to a Somali mother, she moved to Missouri aged seven, then finally settled in Minnesota.

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After the beauty pageant, she was approached by her agency, IMG, where she laid down her conditions: wearing her hijab at all times, being styled in clothes that do not reveal any skin, a cordoned-off changing cubicle, and female-only fashion, make-up and hair assistants to work with her. To her surprise, IMG agreed to everything.

Here, she shares her opinions on everything from the importance of representation to Donald Trump.

On asking for more

I do a good job of saying what I am comfortable with. In my first meeting with [model agency] IMG, we sat down and we talked for four hours. Now, every time I go on set, they already have a good idea of what I can wear, what works. I feel like it’s my job to set the precedent for other girls, so that girls entering the industry shouldn’t be afraid to ask for a private dressing area or a female stylist. I’ve already done it. It hasn’t held me back: I dress differently from other girls, but if some skin is showing, I say, can we switch it? Doing it the right way, it’s about who you are – it’s not always about fitting in.

Meet Adut Akech, The South Sudanese Beauty Walking Every Major Autumn Catwalk

On representation in the media

You go through a magazine, it’s very rare to read about somebody who has the same background as you. And I’m Muslim, but it’s not about ISIS, it’s not something bad, it’s something positive. We had women in the past in our community, doctors, lawyers, those amazing women we could celebrate and look up to. But we never really had somebody in fashion. So for young girls it’s about having representation in mainstream media.

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On looking to your community for support

Growing up in a refugee camp taught me: you can be stripped of everything, stripped of title, whatever privilege you have, money, but the one thing you will never lose is that sense of community. So early on I was very social, we didn’t have cliques or groups, that’s something I was introduced to in America. I came here for 2nd grade, and I was the kid no one talked to. In their defence, I didn’t speak the language, but they don’t play together. During recess, these kids aren’t all together in one group. They’re all in tiny groups. It was so weird to me.

On the importance of dreams

I want to go back to the camp – it’s important for people to see others who have left. I want to say, ‘I’m here! I’ve lived a day in your life, but I grew older and I grew wiser and now I’m doing this’. Not – ‘Now I’m a model!’ – but still, 'I left the country'. A dream beyond the border – kids don’t see that. You don’t dream. I didn’t even learn to “dream, dream” until I was much older. That concept was so foreign. I dreamed for my mom to be happy, or to eat, realistic things – but never things that weren’t immediately in reach.

On President Donald Trump

Maybe it’s because of my mom, but I also see the positives. We’ve never had this many people fighting for Muslims, fighting for immigrants. Every comment [Trump] makes, Americans are stepping out and saying, ‘that is not us’. People are having refugee dinners, rallies, protests at airports, to make sure people know: you belong. So, even though I don’t agree with everything he says I am still very appreciative. People are making a conscious choice to stand beside us. I feel like that stirred so much anger in people. I’ve never felt more accepted, this year. That’s what my mom taught me. Turn the bad, mix it, mix it, get your emotions out of the way – and turn it into a positive.

On how modelling has changed her

I think I’ve become more aware of who I am. I feel like I’m very…cautious of what comes with this new job. That’s what people don’t understand; ‘Why are you modelling with your hijab – the whole point of hijab is to not attract attention’. But the day and age we’re living in, hijab does attract attention anyway, when you walk through a door. It doesn’t make me pass judgment on other people’s choices – if you wanna wear a mini skirt, fine. Let’s not get it lost in translation. It’s not about the clothing, it’s about the person inside. What are your values, characteristics, are you a kind person, first and foremost? That’s what we should be judging people on.

 

On her proudest moment

Going back to Mexico last August with Unicef was very eye-opening for me. I can relate to poverty. I talked about my journey and right away I could see even the posture of the kids – they’d lean closer. It’s one thing to have somebody who’s a missionary come and talk; and another to have someone who has been a refugee, lived on a camp for seven years. It doesn’t get easy the minute you leave the camp. It gets harder.

On her faith

This platform is very important for my story: I’m putting a face to Muslims besides what you see on the news. Even though we have bad people within the faith, there are also a lot of good people. I always say, you don’t have to 100 per cent agree on everything. I hope more people have that, you don’t have to see eye to eye with someone on every single issue. I’m not expecting that.

On proverbs

Oooh, I love proverbs! If people work together they can mend a crack in the sky – that’s a Somali proverb. We can solve any obstacle that’s thrown our way.

Spring Time Florals!

 

 

Hi Guys! Happy Wednesday, and happy Spring!! So lets dive right in! I have spoken about how I am very heavy chested before and if I wear an actual blouse it makes me look heavier than I am because the silhouette "poofs" out a bit more. Which I of course hate.  So I do wear a ton of body suits, and form fit tops. I feel that they do better with my shape. So when I find a blouse that is super fabulous and fits me well I jump on it. And this IS THE BLOUSE from Fly Behavior.  

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This top gives me so much inspo! Check out the website to see how the blouse it styled on her site, I styled it with the bow just hanging down and open. This top is def spring ready!

Till next time!

xo,

A

Fashion X Philanthropy

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Jennifer Granger and Amanda Fisher are giving back by teaming fashion with giving. "The synergy between fashion and the philanthropic sector is starting to grow. At FxP, we are riding the wave of that momentum and want to spotlight that excitement on our beloved Motor City."

Fashion X Philanthropy partnered with Saks Fifth Avenue and The Music Hall to showcase the fashions of the season. All fashions shown are available from Saks Fifth Avenue Somerset Collection.

 

WRIP-Fashion Showcase

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WRIP stands for Women Renewed in Power Resource Center. The WRIP works to help women who have been hurt by domestic violence, homelessness or other life situations. WRIP believes in  "Education, Empowerment and Embracing women through caring and supportive measures."

WRIP recently had their 2nd annual fashion showcase at the Dearborn Performing Arts Center. The goal of the evening was to present fashions, but to also make the public aware of the center and to let these strong women who have benefited from WRIP's  resources a chance to let their hair down and strut their stuff on the runway.

Fashions included daytime, evening and even a fur segment presented by Silver Fox Furs of Detroit

The fashions were provided by local designers. In some aspects the designers met directly with a client of WRIP and then created a design specifically for that individual to wear on the runway.

"Teamwork makes the dream work" if you would like to know more about WRIP and the services they offer, www.wripresourcecenter.org

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My all time Favorite... SKIRT!!!

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HI Guys!! Hope you guys are having an amazing week! So I wanted to share with you my seriously all time favorite skirt. It's Proenza Schouler and it is such a beautiful piece, every time I put it on it makes me feel so fabulous, and the fabric feels amazing. 

I love the structure of the skirt, I love that you can style it so many different ways. I have worn it with combat boots and a bodysuit, or you can wear it with sneakers and a long sweater for a completely different look as well!! If you haven't had the pleasure of taking a look, please visit the site and take a look at the stunning pieces from Proenza Schouler

 

Till Next time!

Xo,

A

"Fear" by Christian Davis

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Christian Davis is a Visual Artist living in Metro Detroit, who's goal is to touch lives and tell the stories that others may avoid or be afraid to tackle. Whether it is Paintings, Film, or Photography his work is created to touch the masses and to be looked at 10-20 years and still be relevant. Unlike most artist, Christian does not post or make art for Social Media Followers, or Social Media Fame. He makes art to tell the story of Black People from his own unique perspective.

This beautiful piece of art work (shown above) is is called "Fear" inspired by what your everyday Black Woman goes through on a daily basis. It could be Fear of not returning home, Fear of being looked over for a promotion you've been working for, Fear of not being accepted in White Society or seen as "Too Black" or just Fear of Being Black in America.  

Currently "Fear" is being Showcased to the public at the Charles Wright Museum at 315. E Warren Detroit, MI 48201 in the Exhibit until Early to Mid April. The exhibit entry fee is $8 for Adults and $5 for Children and viewing hours from 9am-5pm Tuesday-Sunday. Art work ranges from $80-$250.

 

The Craziest Looks at New York Fashion Week Fall-Winter 2018

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To be honest: Ready-to-wear isn't always wearable.

If fashion depicts art and self-expression, sometimes abstract, just-plain crazy pieces will show at New York Fashion Week- and that's exactly how it should be. If everything always looked pretty and conventional, nothing would push the boundaries of fashion; nothing would evolve. Not to mention, style is all about making statements.

We may not always get it, but we can respect the bold, out-of-the box thinking. Lucky for us, there were a crop of desingers and brands who did just that at NYFW. From futuristic skirts at Jeremy Scott to body paint at Domingo Zapata (and red alert: a baby on the runway!), there were so many weird, crazy moments on the runway you have to see.

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Keep scrolling to relive all the show-stopping looks from New York Fashion Week.

 

 

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Taking knitwear to a whole new level.

 

 

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Jeremy Scott

Is that Grace Smith in and out-of-this-world, futuristic skirt or Judy Jetson?

 

 

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Collina Strada

Guys, there's a baby on the runway. Swoon!

 

 

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Fashion is made for statements, political or otherwise.

 

 

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Chromat

This jumper is made for the bold!

 

 

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Christian Cowan

Please welcome: the new-age puffer coat.

 

 

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Adam Selman

The retro bodysuit plus the extra-high over-the-knee boots plus the electric-blue eye shadow? This model looks like a high-fashion Teenage Ninja Turtle- ad we're loving it.

 

 

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Ka Wa Key

What's weirder: The fact that the model is walking sans shoes, there are knitted sweater draped over her in every way or her sheer cropped pants are actually quite ethereal.

 

Which look did you like best?

Best Runway Looks From New Fashion Week Fall-Winter 2018

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Stretch that index finger- because you'll want to bookmark everything ahead.

New York Fashion Week has just commenced, which means plenty of awe-inducing, aspirational looks will follow in the next few days. While you'll have to wait until fall-winter 2018 to actually shop the pieces showing at Ulla Johnson, Tom Ford, Kate Spade New York and more, you can always pin your favorite looks now for reference.

Sifting through all the looks can be overwhelming (there are 162 shows, presentations and appointments, after all.) Luckily, we did the work for you, rounding up the best looks to grace the catwalk or stage. You'll find sheer blouses bespeckled with gold at Noon by Noor, a lesson in layering at Creatures of Comfort and plenty of ideas from the menswear shows.

We'll be updating this gallery all week long with our favorite looks, but for now, click on to see the best looks from NYFW so far!

 

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RAW ENSPIRED RUNWAY FASHION SHOW

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The second annual RAW Enspired Runway Fashion Show is a fabulous event organized by the students attending the University of Michigan. Each year a non-profit organization is selected by those students to support a community-based organization. This year the charity of choice is the Ozone House- a non-profit agency that helps young people lead safe, healthy, and productive lives through intensive intervention and prevention services.

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The RAW Enspired Runway Fashion show was held on Saturday January 27th at the Biomedical Science Research Building in Ann Arbor, Mi 48108. The entire building was encompassed with a diverse mix of men and women fashionistas!

 

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The collections consisted of four stores and local designers. The runway looks showcased a mix of street wear, social and date night looks along with suitable professional attire. The local designers are: Soreem, Danity Things, PAC by Vince, and Emmy Zaatar. The following stores contributed and supported the RAW enspired runway event: Lord and Taylor, Urban Outfitters, Bivouac, and Chi Chi Wigs.

 

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[photo: Raw Enspired Runway Executive Board Members.]

The Executive Board embodies a group of talented students attending the University of Michigan: Vivian Obia, Ian Gardner, Mara Moldocan, Derrell Chapman, Alexa Orlandea, Dorlean Slaughter, Daijah Hills, Davida Lee, Anders Barzdukas, Michael Levesque, Julia Calma, Skylar Wilkes, Noelle Broussard, Kikel Sekoni, Eboni Sawyer, Destane Turner, Asia Green, Amily Yang and Khalil Wilson.

Thanks to supportive sponsors: Red Bull, California Pizza Kitchen, L'Occitane, Jerk x Jallof, Bravo! Cucina Italiana, Airtime, Mary Kay, Cool Club Clothing, Pastry Tapestry and Tea, Alley and Eye, Merit, DaO, The M Den and Chi Chi Beauty for contributing to the RAW enspired runway event.

 

Winter Fashions by BLANK ITTI BLANK

 Full faux fur coat by Designer Leslie Pilling 

Full faux fur coat by Designer Leslie Pilling 

When winter graces Detroit, it rarely comes on light a note. Winter comes in with a roar of winds, snow and below zero temperatures.

Don't worry you can still be warm, cozy and oh so stylish in the winter fashion collection by Detroit Designer, Leslie Pilling for her brand BLANk ITTI BLANK. https://www.blankittiblank.com/
 

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Leslie had an intimate showing of her winter weather necessities at Orleans and Winder 2501 Russell St #200, Detroit, MI 48207. I am happy to say that all the pieces in the collections are a necessity. From the extraordinarily soft faux fur coat to the faux fur arm cuffs, head wrap and muff.



 

 Warm and stylish looks from BLANK ITTI BLANK; pillows, fur cuffs, head wrap, muffs.

Warm and stylish looks from BLANK ITTI BLANK; pillows, fur cuffs, head wrap, muffs.

 

 

 

While the items are faux fur you can see that they do not add pounds of bulk to your figure. The pieces are lightweight enough to wear anywhere for a length of time. I enjoyed wearing the faux fur arm cuffs. I enjoy wearing a cape usually my arms/wrists are exposed. Wearing fur cuffs from BLANK ITTI BLANK solves that issue for me.

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 Erin Wetzel, Owner Orleans & Winder and Designer Leslie Pilling.

Erin Wetzel, Owner Orleans & Winder and Designer Leslie Pilling.

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 Leslie had a few of  her other pieces from the collection.
 

 The black cage dress on the right. Simply a work of art each time you wear it.

The black cage dress on the right. Simply a work of art each time you wear it.



 Leather bags and bag packs made by Leslie for the BLANK ITTI BLANK collection,
 

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Leather bags and bag packs made by Leslie for the BLANK ITTI BLANK collection,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dapper Dan X Gucci's Historical Boutique Is Officially Open For Business

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A sign of the times. For the first time in history, a major luxury brand store has opened in Harlem: @Gucci by Dapper Dan. With made-to-order garments for your taste and in your specific measurements, I will create your design from your mind, or come up with a design for you. I’ll also have limited edition ready-to-wear items and accessories available for purchase, by appointment only.

Bruno Mars and Cardi B Release New Remix for "Finesse"

ALEXIA FERNANDEZ 

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Bruno Mars and Cardi B are swinging full force into 2018.

The five-time Grammy winner and the rapper, 25, released their first collaboration together, titled “Finesse,” 30 minutes ahead of its midnight release on Thursday. Originally released on Mars’ 2016 album, 24K Magic, the song — co-written and produced by the Stereotypes — has a new jack-swing inspired beat and plenty of drums.

The music video also debuts Fresh Prince of Bel-Air-inspired themes, with both stars in colorful gear and boasting paint brushes as they dance in a ’90s-set with cement floors.

Mars, 32, released the artwork for the song on Instagram Wednesday, writing, “Start your 2018 with Big Bronx Boogie Herself @iamcardib and me Midnight Tonight EST #Finesse.”

2018 Self-Improvement Ideas You Actually Want to Do

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Story written by: Paige Johnson

 

We can all agree that New Year’s Resolutions are a sham, right? Last year, Business Insider reported that 80% of those goals we start on January 1st are failed and forgotten about by February. Perhaps that’s why many of us have quit making these resolutions altogether.

 

Instead of coming up with some abstract goal that’s supposed to make your entire existence worthwhile in 2018, why not make some concrete steps toward self improvement? The trick is finding things that you actually want to do, rather than focusing on what you want to change about yourself.

 

Here are some ways to shift your mindset regarding self-improvement:

 

  • Instead of thinking “I want to lose 10 lbs,” take the plunge and join that gym or fitness class your friend is constantly raving about and start going together as a way to spend time together.

  • Rather than wishing for a Pinterest-worthy closet, embrace your minimalist wardrobe and commit this year to finally upgrading your favorite pieces and curating a capsule wardrobe.

  • Stop stressing about whether or not your life is up to par and instead commit to feeling better about yourself by scheduling a facial or massage.

 

Want some more ideas? Check out a few of our favorite non-resolution self improvement ideas for 2018.

 

Spend More on Experiences, Less on Things

Instead of resolving to be more of a spendthrift, shift your money’s focus from temporary things towards experiences that you can carry with you forever.

 

Saving money feels like a chore. Plus, all it takes is one impulsive day and those few dollars a week you’ve been stashing is gone. Rather than committing yourself to squirreling away cash, make a concerted effort to spend less on things and instead invest in traveling, concerts, dinners with friends, and other experiences that make you happier.

 

Quit Comparing Yourself to Others

The whole idea behind New Year’s Resolutions is that if you are dissatisfied with some aspect of your life, the new year is a great time to make a concerted effort to change that aspect. Rather than focusing on what is wrong this year, learn to refocus and stop comparing yourself to others. Social comparison has us chasing an unattainable idea of perfection. When you inevitably fail to reach that unattainable level, you feel worse for wear even though you set yourself up for failure from the get go.

 

Instead of striving to be as rich as the hypothetical “him” or as skinny as the hypothetical “her,” start catching yourself every time you want to compare your life to another person’s. Remind yourself that everybody’s path and privileges are different, and you never know another person’s entire story. When you stop comparing yourself, you end up feeling happier, being more proactive towards doing the things you love, and having more quality relationships with the people in your life.

 

Give Back When You Can

You don’t have to commit to a year of volunteering with a local nonprofit to give back. Simply ask yourself in any given moment if you have something to give, and do so if you do. Not only will you be putting more positive energy in the world, but you’ll also be creating a less stressful, more harmonious life for yourself. Sometimes, being able to give back allows us to see that our own lives aren’t as stressful as we once thought. Putting things into perspective — and helping someone else out in the process — can be a wonderful way to push the stress and anxiety away and focus on the good things in your life.

 

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New Year’s Resolutions basically set yourself up for failure. Instead of coming up with some goal, actually improve your life by making concrete changes and committing yourself to simple lifestyle changes that actually make you happier. Instead of thinking things like “I want to lose 10 lbs by summer,” make the decision to spend more time with friends while reaping the benefits of a workout together. Other ideas include shifting your spending habits from things to experiences, quitting social comparison, and helping others when you can. By changing your mindset regarding self-improvement in 2018, you can make actual positive changes that make your life better in the New Year.