This month marks StyleStamped.com’s six month anniversary.
Every day for the past six months has been a blessing; I’ve met some amazing creatives with whom I’ve developed friendships with. What’s even more amazing is that I have reconnected with people that I already knew, but this time on a deeper, more creative and artistic platform. The spirit of art and creativity is real, and I am grateful as to be a part of that realm.
With that being said, my college friend from many years ago asked me to be a feature in her online natural hair magazine called “Natural Hollywood.” Jennifer Lord has been an avid supporter of Style Stamped since its inception, which means a lot to me because all of what makes Style Stamped work has not been easy. She appreciates the concept of Style Stamped and we have been in constant communication for the past six months regarding each other’s businesses; having full support of each other’s passion, vision, and dreams as it relates to our artistic purpose. I wrote a post about her within the first few weeks of starting Style Stamped because I wanted my readers to know that there is someone out here bridging the gap between natural hair and good fashion. Therefore, I was honored to be the feature of her Natural Hollywood Winter publication, entitled “The Natural New Yorker” released on February 27, 2014. Together we brain stormed a theme and the concept was mutual; New York.
New York is who I am and have always been. I am a New Yorker so the thought of being on location in my city brought me chills. All I could think of was a wedding dress. I wanted to show my feelings for the city and show how much I’m married to it; how much I appreciate it and how much of it is who I am. I told Jenn I wanted to be on the Brooklyn Bridge in a wedding dress and blue lipstick. All she responded with was “wow…that sounds hot. Whatever your vision is I know it will be dope.” I didn’t have a wedding dress nor did I know where to purchase an affordable one for a shoot. But like all of my wardrobe stylist thoughts, I could see what I wanted in my mind before I got the pieces for the look in my hand. I wanted the dress to be an exaggerated Cinderella-like skirt and a long train. Where was I going to get that from? As blessings would have it, I told my mom my vision and she said to me , “Why don’t you use my dress?” My parents got married almost 40 years ago in August, 1974. After the wedding my grandmother had the dress sealed and it had not been opened in 39 years. I remember as a kid we were allowed to look at the huge box but not touch it. They told me if I touched the dress it would turn yellow, although there was no real way for me to touch it because it was sealed air-tight. My mom drove six hours to bring me the dress and said “use it.” I didn’t know what the dress looked like or if it would even fit. I had to really think twice about using this important piece just for a photo shoot. I cracked the box open tried the dress on the night before I left to go to NY. I looked in the mirror and saw the look I’d envisioned coming to life. The dress was special since it came from my mother, who wore it to marry my father. That gave me even more motivation to produce good work. ♥ That is just a snipit of the emotions this shoot, the collaboration, and the joy the past six months has brought in the life of myself, Yana B.
We love it when we can get to know designers and follow them and anticipate a new collection on a personal level. That’s how we feel about Orlando Ortiz, AKA “King O”. We met King O last August when he debuted to the world his “Project King Experience” and now he has blessed us with his latest collection, “KINGdOm Come.” The show was an intimate gathering with a lot of art and presence. There were dancers and face paint and fashion. We were there for the fashion of course. #StyleStamped.
The last two days of New York Fashion Week featuring Fall 2014 Ready to Wear was filled with fall colors of oranges, golds and amazing designs from top Fashion Houses. Jeremy Scott made varsity wear fuzzy and fashionable mixed with monsters, Chris Gelinas made vintage sexy, and J. Mendel made show stealing outerwear. Betsey Johnson brought Pretty Woman alive on her runway while Ralph Lauren featured hues of grey’s and white’s in a sexy high-fashion way. See all of the fashion below as modeled by models of color!
(Photos: Yannis Vlamos)
New York Fashion Week Day 5 and 6 featured style greats such as Oscar de la Renta, Naeem Khan, Rodarte, Sophie Theallet, Tommy Hilfiger, Tory Burch and others. Check out the beautiful models of color who walked the runway! Featured models are Maria Borges, Riley Montana, Kai Newman, Leomie Anderson, Leila Nda, Ji Hye Park, and Ming Xi. Sequins, texture, plaid and even Star Wars were featured in the runway designs.
Oscar de la Renta
(Photos: Marcus Tondo)
New York Fashion Week Day 4 featured style greats such as Diane von Furstenberg, Ralph Rucci, Opening Ceremony, Vivienne Tam and Porsche Design – yes, the car maker makes clothes also! Check out the beautiful models of color who walked the runway! Featured models are Anais Mali, Binx Walton, Cindy Bruna, Fei Fei Sun, Jourdan Dunn, Maria Borges, Joan Smalls, and Malaika Firth. Burgundy, browns, and golds were the star colors and fur continued to make an appearance as a must-have accessory.
Diane von Furstenberg
(Photos: Yannis Vlamos)
Diane continued her festivities surrounding her 40th Anniversary of her infamous wrap dress with the Fall 2014 Ready-To-Wear collection titled Bohemian Wrapsody which featured several models of the famed design on the runway.
We are back to continue our report on New York Fashion Week, Models of Color on the Runway! Check out Day 3 fashions and creations from the world’s top designers modeled by the top models of color!
(Photos: Kim Weston Arnold)
Target, the upscale “discount” retailer has re-branded what it means to be big box store that sells everything from bed frames to underwear. Some genius of a Target god decided one day to give Target a fashion profile and since then the company has had numerous collaborations with top designers. Target’s latest designer collaboration is Peter Pilotto, the London based fashion house run by designers Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos.
Peter Pilotto Items
The British Fashion Council reported during London Fashion Week that Peter Pilotto’s trademark is “Thought-through print placements.” The Target collection certainly lives up to this trademark but at a much lower cost than Pilotto sells for in top luxury retail stores. Pilotto’s collection for Target is filled with over 80 items that bear floral prints, bold patterns, and bright colors for under $50.00. It is a collection that could be quite overwhelming to the eye, with the assumption that there is nothing to be done with the pieces but to wear them as they come with dark or neutral accessories. But you know at Style Stamped we can’t just go with that! We have to add an edge and make it unique. Check out how I styled three items from the Pilotto collection four different ways with items already in my closet. Let us know what you think!
New York Fashion Week continued onto it’s second day of Fall 2014 Ready-To-Wear on Friday February 7th. As stated in our previous post, this season we are showcasing models of color who are walking the runway for fashion houses participating in New York Fashion Week. Check out day two of fashion week!
(Photos: Fernando Colon)
This was one of our favorite collections! Very retro inspired and colorful, very lady-like and mod. All the way Style Stamped!
Solange has a particular “Style Stamp” that has been cultivated over the past few years and has now become as recognizable as she is. When she does something, its art and nothing less. In November 2013, Solange told the world via her tumblr page that she was adding PUMA’s Woman Lifestyle Creative Consultant to her resume, and today, we see the results of her work. And of course as always, Solange doesn’t disappoint when it comes to her creativity and style as you can see in her “Girls of Blaze” three sneaker collaboration that was released today exclusively at Opening Ceremony New York, Los Angeles, and online.