Tag: Harlem

Brazilian Babes One Year Anniversary Party with Love and Hip Hop New York’s Yandy Smith

11914765_1633204330255957_7662869965223237705_oRecently¬†I attended the one year anniversary party of Brazilian Babes in Harlem! They are a full-service waxing salon that specializing in vajazzling! If you don’t know what that is, just look it up ūüėČ

They had some great cocktails and treats and it was a load of fun. Yandy Smith and her new family from Love and Hip Hop New York came through to enjoy the event as well. It was a good time!

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Sincerely,

“Fashionably-Late”

Malinda Knowles

Sequined Lips, The New Vivrant Beauty Shop and Gift Bag Giveaway

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Recently, I stopped by the new Vivrant Beauty Shop in Harlem for a quick look-through. I met Desiree, owner, who explained to me that most of her products are from black-owned companies. Her shop is full of products for women of color too and I just wanted to grab a handful of the stuff and try it! Brands like Briogeo, Helli Coily, Soultanicals and Oyin all are sold at the store. Most of them are natural products, free of toxic ingredients which is really important.

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I wore my sequined lips t-shirt, a play off the Markus Lupfer shirts and a pair of ripped jeans (these Treasure & Bond are cool and these Current/Elliott). I paired it with vintage Manolo Blahnik grey booties and my Alexander Wang grey handbag (similar here).

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So, we’re giving away a beauty gift bag! It’s full of beauty goodness: Girl Hair products, Eden Bodyworks Coco Shea Berry Natural Moisture Milk and Natural Smoothing Gel, Mario Badescu Skin Care Line, the most amazing soap from Flo + Theo, and other samples. Simply like our Facebook page, leave a comment on what you think about the shop, or follow us on Twitter!

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Sincerely,

“Fashionably-Late”

Malinda Knowles

Racer Cotton Dress with A Side Of Harlem Graffiti

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The other day I wore my favorite ‘racer’ dress that is perfect for summer along with my grey Lanvin sneakers¬†(similar gunmetal sneakers here) and grey Alexander Wang handbag. We found this amazing graffiti wall in Harlem. I just love graffiti, is it still illegal?

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Sincerely Yours,

“Fashionably-Late”

Malinda Knowles

Do Color in the Winter: Harlem Fashion Row Fall/Winter 2013 Collective Fashion Show

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This week I attended¬†Harlem Fashion Row’s¬†sixth annual Fall/Winter Fashion Show¬†at the¬†Apollo Theater¬†in¬†Harlem. Well, it was quite the event with¬†everyone from¬†Nana Meriweather, Tatijiana Shoan, editor-in-chief of As If Magazine, Bevy Smith,¬†Tyson Beckford¬†and more in attendance. Above looks from designers Chantell Walters and Kimberly Goldson, finalist from Project Runway.

For those that don’t know Harlem Fashion Row is a company that supports¬†emerging African-American designers¬†and perhaps me sometime soon. This was their very first Fall/Winter show and I applaud¬†Brandice Henderson¬†and the designers for their hard work.

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My favorite collection is kind of a toss between the first and the last. The first¬†collection by Deidre Jefferies featured great ready to wear in mostly black, grey or bright yellow. It was funny to see because that’s exactly what I was wearing; a¬†bright yellow dress, black blazer and grey coat. Even though black is New York’s most chic color, I am definitely not afraid of color in the winter.

The last collection by Kimberly Goldson featured some amazing, unique and beautiful pieces. She is a former Project Runway star and said she was inspired by Michelle Obama. Wanted for all of us to “see ourselves in the clothes.” Well, I did Kimberly, and I am leaning towards being most excited about your collection.

The show also featured a menswear line by Sandro Romans with very interesting headwear. One of the models told me that they actually wore a scarf around their head with a hat pinned to the top. Creative, I thought.

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Yours Truly,

“Fashionably-Late”

Malinda Knowles

Harlem’s Fashion Row: CEO Brandice Henderson Talks with June Ambrose

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This Wednesday night I attended Harlem’s Fashion Row (HFR) Conversations with June Ambrose event at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem. HFR is a company founded by HFR’s CEO Brandice N. Henderson interviewed June Ambrose on stage and chatted about everything from June’s first styling gig, childhood and how to be professional in an unprofessional environment. I thoroughly enjoyed it and have included a few highlights and tidbits below.

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On June’s first styling job…

Hype (Williams) was like why are you here? She was the director of marketing for Cross Colors. Did product placement and creating marketing plans. She started working on R Kelly’s Down Low music video before MTV was playing black music. I was going to bring a costume design aesthetic to black music. It was about a cinema… that’s where June Ambrose was born

On working with Jay-Z….

I worked with Jazy-Z from inception he is to date my “best friend” if he took a job it was ‘June is doing the job or I’m not doing it.’ It’s different now… what I do has become publicized… there’s so many more of “me” and a lot of “you’re an artist your sister likes fashion your mother likes fashion… you’re going to keep the money in-house”

On clients leaving her…

I don’t even worry about it I just keep on. You know your self-worth you don’t worry about things going away.

On her first job ever at Kentucky Fried Chicken…

I had this job for 2 days… thought I would work at the register and the manager said I need you to go back and clean chicken. He called my mom saying ‘oh she’s spoiled.’ ¬†That is just not what I needed to do.

On using social media for branding…

Your social media is an extension of your r√©sum√©. You’re cussin. It becomes this reality ratchet moment. You don’t know where you are going to be 5 years from now. I treat my company like a corporate company. I’m taking you around high-profile people. Corporate America did that to me. And I’ve spent a lot of time being wall papered… and I’m the only sober person in the room. Social media is your editorial platform. I am the Anna Wintour of my own… (social media).

On her down moments and biggest challenges in life…

I was raised in the Bronx in a one bedroom apartment. Moved from St. Croix. Older sister is a nurse. My first name is Junemarie. Mom’s thing was get an education get a job. When you see your mom cry for the first time cause you couldn’t pay the rent it makes you say ok get out. I don’t have childhood friends what happened was I decided I was gonna get out and kind of didnt’ look back. My mom would take us downtown… (and I)… fell in love with Manhattan at a very young age.

On if she will return to VH1 for a second season…

June says she felt she had so much more to offer than creating this “drama content” that they needed to produce. Getting into a fight etc. She was afraid of that and basically, will not be returning to VH1 for a second season. “VH1 is not a network known for doing fashion…I just don’t have a space on the network and the content, it’s just not the place for me.” June said, however, that she will be returning to television later in the year for the launch of her footwear line on HSN. Check out the video of June speaking about this¬†below.

 

I truly admire June for her hard work, ethic (i.e. 7:30 AM is sleeping in), and that she is in my opinion, a respectable black woman in fashion. I applaud you June for not doing another season with VH1 or falling in line with their needed “drama content.” You said that one of your biggest fears was not being relevant. Well, June, I think it’s safe to say that if you keep it up, that will never happen.

Yours,

“Fashionably-Late”

Malinda Knowles

Photo Credit: Jessie Adore and Josh Woods