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My Trip To The Dareen Hakim Showroom

A few years ago I came across the Dareen Hakim collection via social media. I loved collection of handbags and clutches so I reached out to designer Dareen Hakim for an interview (read it here). Since that interview, I kept in touch with Dareen and her team and last October I finally had a chance to meet her!

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With designer Dareen Hakim

On a nice October day, I caught an early bus to NYC to visit. I arrived in the city around 1pm and headed straight to the Dareen Hakim offices. Dareen and her Marketing Director  Farah were so pleasant! We had a great time sitting around talking for hours about the collection, styling, fashion and more!

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With Farah and Dareen

Farah introduced the current collection to me and allowed me to take a look at each piece. Dareen Hakim pieces are currently sold in 30 countries and 300 stores including  Charmed Boutique in Georgetown. I was impressed when I first saw the collection online; I was even more impressed seeing it in person. Sumptuous leathers, arabesque calligraphy, dramatic hues all form the basis of style for each creation. 

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I had a great time taking a day trip to NYC to visit Dareen Hakim and Farah! I hope to visit them again this year.

Be sure to check out the entire FW13/SS14 collection HERE.

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Fashion News: Erykah Badu Is The New Face of Givenchy Spring 2014 Campaign

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Shout out  to Omar for sending me the link about this fashion news on Twitter yesterday. I was surprised and excited to see that Ms. Erykah Badu is the newest face of the new Givenchy Spring 2014 campaign.  How does Kanye feel about this?

According to Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci, choosing Ms. Badu to be apart of his campaign was an easy choice:

“Erykah, she’s an icon—come on! What I want to do with my advertising campaign is spread the love. Already now it’s been three seasons that I’ve been using people that express something—they are great artists, or beautiful women, or stylish women, or models that I really believe in. It’s kind of a family portfolio.”

What’s even more exciting is that all of the models in the new Spring 2014 Campaign are women of color. YES!!

“There was a lot of talk this season in fashion,” Tisci said. “Me, I was one of the persons who ended up not being touched by this. I discovered Joan Smalls, I discovered Maria [Borges]. I discovered a lot of black girls, and I’ve been always supporting them. For me, I grew up in a family and I grew up in a culture, an education, that we all are the same.” 

We still have a long way to go, but great strides were made this year to feature more models of color on the runway. Tisci hasn’t been shy about using women of color for his runway shows or campaigns. When asked if he thinks the world will catch on, he said:

“I hope so. It’s 2013. Everybody’s being so cool about Instagram, about Facebook, any media—everybody’s being so open. At the end of the day, why are not so many black girls or Latin girls in shows? When you have an American president who is black! When I see this happening, it’s quite sad, I think. People can be so avant-garde, so advanced, but actually not, because people are still making differences between skin color.”

I wish more people thought that way. Kudos to you Riccardo Tisci! I can’t wait to see the entire campaign!

Source: Style.com

 

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Diva Spotlight: Dom Streater – First African American To Win Project Runway

There have been some great African American designers on the Project Runway, but Dom Streater was the first one to win the designer competition.  The 24-year-old from Philadelphia, PA created a vibrant, cohesive 10 piece collection (my favorite out of the four finalist) for the final challenge at Fashion Week that crowned her the new winner!

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Project Runway is a fashion designer competition. Week after week, designers are tasked with creating looks for a specific challenge. After each challenge, a designer is eliminated until there are 3-4 designers left. The remaining designers are faced with the ultimate challenge of presenting a 10 piece collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. The winner receives:

  • $150,000 from GoBank, the award-winning new bank account made to be used on a mobile phone;
  • $50,000 of next generation technology from HP and Intel to help enable their creativity and launch their new business;
  • a year’s supply of Resource Natural Spring Water and an all-expense paid, luxurious spa retreat for two to the exotic Maldives, courtesy of Resource Water;
  • a chance to design and sell an exclusive collection at Belk;
  • a complete sewing and crafting studio from Brother Sewing and Embroidery;
  • a fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine;
  • a 2014 Lexus IS 350;
  • a $100,000 fabric allowance from Tide Pods to inspire fashions that truly pop
  • $50,000 styling contract with L’Oréal Paris.

Talk about a prize package! Not bad for a designer, who before Project Runway, was working as a hostess and animal caretaker.

Dom recently sat down for a Q&A Session with Project Runway following her win. Check out part of her interview:

You have a background in textile design, is that correct?

I went to Moore College, which is a school that was founded on textile design. A lot of the textile courses go hand in hand with the fashion courses there. I took a lot of textile courses when I was in college. I became a very textile-oriented designer because of that.

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Is that why you gravitated toward using prints as your main focus in your finale collection?

That’s exactly why. I love prints. It’s incredibly hard to find a good print. There’s print diarrhea in fabric stores. Sometimes I go in fabric stores and I can’t believe some of the prints I see. Like, who designed this? Really? Really? Who’s gonna buy – there’s some insane stuff. I got into fashion when I started making clothes for my Barbies because I didn’t like what they were wearing. I’ve always been like that: If I don’t see something I like, I want to make it. And that’s how I am with textiles, too. If I have a vision for something I want it to be as accurate as possible to what I had in mind.

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You’re the first African-American to win “Project Runway.” That’s got to be kind of exciting, right?

Yeah! It was never something that was on my mind initially – I didn’t even realize it until the day after, when someone mentioned it. I am incredibly honored. I’m so happy to be the first to do something and to set that example. I personally never thought that I could never make it, but there might be some young women of color who don’t think they can make it in fashion, so I’m glad to be that example better for them.

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What kind of woman will you have in mind when you design your next work?

I’m working on a fall/winter collection for next year, and hopefully I’ll be able to show that in February. I’m deciding to self-title my collection. I’m really excited. It’s very me, but it’s a new direction that I’m excited for. The woman I’m looking to design for? Ideally, I would love for every woman to wear my clothing, to be a Dom girl! But the woman I’m thinking about lives a real life. She works for a living. She lives in the city. She lives a fast-paced, active life, and she wants clothes that can keep up with her, but that are fashion-forward and exuberant. She likes to wear fun clothing. I’m not a wallflower, I’m not boring, and I don’t want my girl to be boring either. That’s the person I think about when I’m designing: Someone who has that confidence, who wants to wear great prints and look amazing in them. That’s what I have in mind when I put my pencil to paper.

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Click here to view the entire interview.

Congratulations to Dom!! I look forward to seeing her future collections!!! You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

Photos by Oh No They Didn’t

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Looks We Love: Elie Saab Spring 2014

The first word that came to mind when I saw the Elie Saab Spring 2014 collection is PERFECTION! The collection is infused with feminine details: lace, sheer and embellishments. The Fashion Bomb Daily described this collection perfectly: ladylike yet sultry, charming and overall downright pretty. I’m here for all of it!!

Below are a few of my favorite looks:

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View the entire collection:

 

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Now Available: Catherine Malandrino for Kohl’s

With all the excitement around the Phillip Lim for Target collection, I completely missed this collaboration! French designer Catherine Malandrino teamed up with Kohl’s for a limited edition collection which is now available online and in-stores.

I couldn’t tell you the last time I bought clothes from Kohl’s. They have have had a number of celebrity and designer collaborations over the years, but I was never been inclined to purchase from them. That may have something to do with the options available or the Kohl’s I go visit. After seeing a post about the Catherine Malandrino collection, I had check out it out online! Malandrino describes her collection as bringing “the romance of Paris to everyday life.” And it definitely does that!

The collection is full of dresses, sweaters, wide leg pants, skirts and more.

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What do you think of the collection? If you love what you see, Kohl’s is currently offering 25% off. Head to your nearest Kohl’s or shop online here.

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Lookbook: Isabel Marant for H&M

Earlier this year it was announced that Isabel Marant would be teaming up with H&M for a collection to be released November 14, 2013. Well it’s time to get excited folks! Photos from the collection have been released; you can now view 50+ pictures from the lookbook. Below are a few of my favorite pieces from the collection.

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Visit vogue.co.uk to view the entire collection.

So who’s waiting in line on November 14th to get their hands on a few pieces?!

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Styled by Keri: Elaine Luxe Accessories Photo Shoot

Tonya of Elaine Luxe accessories needed new photos for her website and she asked me, makeup artist Jeneal Davis, hair stylist Camille, Natasha of The Weave Whisperer and Kiyanna to come together to help her create new looks for her site!

Two weeks ago, we met bright and early in Old Town Alexandria.  And yes I do mean bright and early; 6am to be exact! While Jeneal and Camille worked on makeup and hair, I put together looks for the models.  For this shoot, we used clothes from my closet and Tonya’s closet (you do what you gotta do)! For the first look, prints served as the backdrop to the Elaine Luxe accessories. The second look complimented the smokey eye makeup Tonya wanted the models to wear.

Check out some behind the scene photos:

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After dressing the models, we hit the streets of Old Town. Natasha and Kiyanna sure do know how to give face!! Modeling for these two was effortless!

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Here are the final photos by photographer Brian Hoeg:

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The new website for Elaine Luxe launched on Monday! The brand is for those who want to make a statement when they get dressed. Elaine Luxe accessories take ordinary outfits to the next level! Please check out the entire collection of handcrafted accessories at www.elaineluxe.com!

I had a great time working with this team on the photo shoot. It was really a lot of fun! Thank you Tonya for selecting me to style the looks for your site; I hope to work with you again soon icon smile Styled by Keri: Elaine Luxe Accessories Photo Shoot

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Latest Collaboration: Isabel Marant For H&M

It’s time to get excited about another collaboration!

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French designer Isabel Marant, who is responible for making wedge sneakers popular, is teaming up with H&M for a designer collaboration scheduled to hit stores November 14, 2013. The collection will feature clothing and accessories for teenagers, women and men. For H&M, Marant will create a collection of must-have pieces inspired by her signature style: urban attitude, boho elegance mixed with a rock n’roll spirit.

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About the collaboration, Marant says:

“I am flattered by this collaboration. H&M works with the best designers, and this invitation is an exciting honor. I aim at creating something real – something women want to wear in their everyday lives – with a certain carefree style. I think this is very Parisian: You dress up, but don’t pay too much attention to it, and you still look sexy. The collection is infused with this kind of easiness and attitude. Everything can be combined following one’s own instincts, and my take on fashion is all about personality.”

I haven’t shopped most designer collections up until this point, but this is one I may be in line outside H&M on F street for in November!

What do you think of the new collaboration?

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You’re Invited: Mdurvwa Collection Pop-Up Shop

Celebrity Jewelry Designer Deborah Mdurvwa is hosting her first Baltimore Pop-Up Shop on Sunday, June 9th. The intimate shopping experience will be held at The Lovelace Showroom located in the Federal Hill area of Baltimore, MD.  The event will be hosted by fashion blogger Teena Leone of Fashion For Breakfast and feature special guest host R&B singer Lil Mo!!

Guests will  enjoy shopping the new spring/summer Mdurvwa Collection, light hors d’oeuvres and mini cupcakes provided by Kendria’s Kupkakes.

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Check out some of Deborah’s pieces on her website and Instagram page.

RSVP to the Pop-Up Shop here: http://mdurvwabmorepopupshop.splashthat.com/

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My Favorite Looks From The Met Gala 2013

The Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute Benefit Gala aka The Met Gala (or Met Ball) was May 6, 2013 in New York. The annual event raises money for the Costume Institute and launches the spring exhibit. To date, the event has raised over $100 million. Each year, an exhibit is given a theme. This year’s theme is PUNK: Chaos to Couture.

One of the highlights of the gala is the red carpet. It’s always exciting to see what the attendees are going to wear. This is the one time where the outfit choices can be a little unexpected; after all, the gala does support a Costume Institute. While the red carpet choices were fabulous (Amber Heard, Taylor Swift, Jessica Alba and more looked stunning), there were a few people that stood out and embraced the punk theme or really embodied what I expect to see on The Met Gala red carpet.

Here are my favorites!

Anne Hathaway

Who is this woman and what has she done with Anne Hathaway?! Anne turned in her classic look for blonde hair and a vintage Valentino gown from 1992. HOT!!!

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Nicole Richie

This is what I’m talking about. The theme is punk so why not go all out!? Nichole Richie arrived at the Met Gala in a white long sleeve Topshop gown and bleached white hair.

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Miley Cyrus

Normally I’d hate this look but it works for the theme. Miley Cyrus showed off her punk style in a fishnet dress by Marc Jacobs and spiked blond hair.

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 Madonna

On any other red carpet this would not work, but for the Met Gala, this Givenchy Haute Couture outfit is perfect! Should we be surprised that Madonna owned this theme? I mean, it is MADONNA!! All we need to do is take a trip down memory lane and look at some of her looks from the 80s/90s to know that achieving this look was not hard.

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 Sarah Jessica Parker

If you’re going to show up at the Met Gala, you might as well show out! Can we talk about the Phillip Treacy Mohawk headpiece?! This masterpiece combined with the Giles Deacon gown and thigh high Christian Louboutin boots is perfect for the Met Gala! SJB will always be Carrie Bradshaw. I’m just sayin…

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Rooney Mara

The white laced dress and strong shoulders paired with the dark lip is a great mix of femininity and edginess. Rooney wore a Givenchy gown and served as the co-chair of the event alongside Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci and Anna Wintour.

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Minka Kelly

Minka Kelly looked great in Carolina Herrera.  Perez Hilton described this look perfectly; a combination between punk and Greek goddess.

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Nina Dobrev

Leather and a corset; two must haves if you want to encompass punk into a look. This Monique Lhuillier look is not over the top edgy, but like Minka and Rooney’s outfit, it’s a nice mix of edginess and softness with the lace. And I love that there are lace pants underneath the skirt. Something very different than what we’re used to seeing on the red carpet. I’d wear this outfit.

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Jennifer Lopez

I was going to stop the list at Nina Dobrev but then I went through some pictures of the red carpet again. I don’t know if animal print is punk, but this Michael Kors dress is HOT! J.Lo added her own interpretation of punk with what looks like a Mohawk inspired hair style and smokey eyes.  This woman can wear anything!

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What looks did you enjoy from last night’s Met Gala?

Source: PopSugar, Us Magazine and Radar Online

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