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(Fan pic at Chanel’s Pop-Up Exhibit: Boyfriend Watch Launch)

 

Leah V. Daily Crashes NYFW

New York City

NYFW Headquarters

September 13, 2015

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(Wilhelmina Model: Weston Serame @westonserame wearing the crown.)

 

As you all know, my blogger friends and I planned on doing a series on what we would wear to NYFW if we had a chance to go. Of course, I’d wear my tutu! I was on Instagram the next day and saw all my buddies at NYFW: posting selfies, street style, and clips from high-profile shows. At that very moment, I decided that I was actually going to fly to NY for the day and crash the Rachel Zoe show.

Here’s what happened…

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(NYFW isn’t NYFW without the street style photograpers.)

 

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(Fan pics with the crown and Coca-Cola)

I took the subway to Washington St. I then got lost. I hailed a cab. Got changed in the back of said cab. He dropped me off on the side of the building. I hopped out. Laid my tutu down. Threw on my crown and strutted into a barrage of hungry street photographers. They didn’t know my name, but they snapped. And snapped. And I posed and blew kisses. I even twirled. My time in the limelight was over once a ‘real’ celeb by. I was ok with that. I got my three seconds of fame. Ha.

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(Fan pics: Nikki Minaj face. lol)

I got in line to the Rachel Zoe show as if I had an invite. I stood patiently, more pics were taken of me. Fashionistas stood beside me, in front of me, and in back. The doors opened. People began taking their invites out. I gulped. When it was my turn to go up. I explained to the chic gate-keepers dressed in all black. I told them I was a blogger from Detroit. I flew in just on the belief that I would get into the Rachel Zoe show.

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(Dude’s face in the back: priceless)

The girls in black looked at me like I was crazy for wasting their precious time and politely said no. No ticket. No entry. I nodded and took the walk of shame out the opening. I fluffed my tutu and hailed a cab to NYFW Headquarters. I wouldn’t be defeated.

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I stopped by Chanel’s Meet My Boyfriend (the watch’s name) Exhibit. And received all the fan love after I was just denied access to Rachel Zoe’s show. I felt better already.

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(They offered me a customized Coca-Cola.)

 

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(They even let me try on a very expensive, fancy, schmancy watch encrusted with diamonds.)

 

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(A student photographer from Europe.)

After I left Chanel, I went across the street to NYFW Headquarters. Some of the people were a little snooty, but then I met this cool student and her friend (who took the pic).

 

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(Chloe Schnell, designer)

I asked Chloe if I could capture her style, and then we started talking. She’s an indie designer living in NYC.

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(Model: Maureen from Amsterdam. Her hair compliments my ensemble.)

 

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(I got to see my good friend, Kait. Style is definitely on Mars.)

So that is half of my story of how I crashed (or tried to crash) NYFW in my tutu and crown!

The 2nd part of my journey will be posted soon.

The story doesn’t stop here…

 

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(Me and model, Ashley M.)

July 12th, 2015

Garden Theatre

Royal Oak, MI

Amor De Fashion Show IV

Screenshot_2015-07-27-15-06-00I grabbed a few of my fashion blogger friends.

Below are a few of my favorite looks of the show:

SAM_2279I really like the contrast of the light blazer with the dark denim.

SAM_2275Neon trim and bold prints.

SAM_2226Again I am digging the bright on bright look. And check out that skull clutch.

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SAM_2246Thaad, our photographer for the evening and his boo. Hehe.

 

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So we headed down to the A for the weekend for a baby shower and to catch up with some good company. Susu (above), an up and coming designer and great friend, showed us an awesome time. She is actually wearing one of her custom made pieces.

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Ruquyah, the mother to be, had an African inspired theme for her shower.

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My bud, Laila, is rocking her basics with a touch of color and gold accents.

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The purple lipstick was giving me life… And so was the sun!

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Outfit Details:

Scarf and zebra print flats: Lane Bryant

Blazer and Dress: Torrid

Shades: Dots Clothing

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I was amazed by the sheer skill and glamour of Siana Treece’s newest collection. It’s bold, sexy, and oh so couture. She’s styled America’s Next Top Model winner, Naima Mora, a reality TV star from the hit show Chicagolicious, and Kenya Moore from The Real Housewives of Atlanta, which was worn on an aired episode on the show and featured on MediaTakeout.com.

We sat down at a local Starbucks, and I got a glimpse of the Siana Treece behind the scenes.

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Leah: Tell us about Siana before she became Siana Treece.

Siana: Well, I grew up in Detroit, and definitely a city girl. I graduated from Cass Tech and always had been into drawing. It is actually my first love. But in middle school was when I decided to go into fashion. I always loved drawing women’s bodies; the structure of their bodies is beautiful. I remember playing with tons of paper dolls, and at first I wanted to be a fashion illustrator. I still do here and there, but I always illustrate before I sew/design. I was an art major in high school and started a fashion club in senior year.

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Leah: What were some of your inspirations growing up? Now?

Siana: We had no men in our family, so growing up it was a ton of women who were very, very girly. I used to watch my mom and aunt get dressed up, and I have always been inspired to dress up because of it. Now, I get a lot of inspirations from art work, my favorite paintings.

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Leah: What are some designers you look up to? 

Siana: Roberto Cavalli and Diane von Fürstenberg. Her clothes are timeless.

Leah: How would you describe your personal style?

Siana: I love colors, textures, and flowy things. I like things to be a little risqué and silhouettes that flatter, no matter how old or what shape. But when I design, I want women to feel good. And it shows when you feel good in what you wear.  Animal prints are the best. I think I overkill animal prints in my own closet though. (Laughs)

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Leah: Tell us about some of your collections.

Siana: I like to organize my ideas before I begin with any collection. I’ve only done four since 2011. My first fashion show was at the African World Festival, where I came in second place which was really a boost for me. The next collection was called Queen of Hearts. It was regal with a lot of textures and gold trims. My third was entitled The Secret Garden, which included flowers, lots of pastels, and flowy fabrics. The recent collection is bold, sexy, kind of high fashion which consists of metallics and cutouts.

Leah: What types of shows have you done this year?

Siana: I’ve done Walk Fashion, Destiny at the Masonic Temple, Catwalk, Detroit Rocks the Runway, The Bronner Brothers International Hair Show in Atlanta; I’ve done one in Chicago, Michigan Fashion week, and MI F.A.S.H Fest. Doing shows has really put me on the map. A lot of people ask how I got started, and I always tell them to do shows.  

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Leah: What are you working on now?

Siana: I will be showing my newest collection in New York for the Catwalk show the beginning of next year. I have applied to Harlem’s Fashion Row. It’s a really cool show, an official show. June Ambrose has attended past shows, and other important people like that have been there and supported. For me it’s really big.  

Leah: Leave us with some advice.

Siana: Just find what you want to do, what you really enjoy and just hone it. Everyone has a talent. Nurture it and make a way for it in your life.

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(Bukola Are, designer, founder of House Versatile Styles)

University of Windsor

November 30, 2013

Charity Fashion Benefit

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Caketopia was one of the tasty food vendors that attended the benefit fashion show. The cake pops were delicious.

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Before the show, the audience was serenaded by belly dancers.

windsor9windsor8Windsor10Just a few of the amazing looks from Are’s spring/summer collection.

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The host, Bianca Golden, from America’s Next Top Model All-Stars

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Models after the show draped in HVS wear.

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More models in HVS wear. So many patterns. Lovely.
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Mark England “Fashion Fights Cancer” Fashion Show

Detroit, MI

The Detroit Opera House

September 28, 2013

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My OOTD as I helped behind the scenes styling the models.

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I always have time to search for fashionistas in the audience.

(Left) A vintage flapper look with pearls.

(Right) Urban chic. She pairs her a metallic micro mini with a bold outlined heel.

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Our models behind the scenes.

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The ladies (and gents) did an awesome job at the Mark England Fashion Show.

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(Left) Robere Lett, stylist, editor of Hauteis Magazine, and modeling agent.

(Right) Diamond, she was the head lady in charge backstage. She’s a sweetie pie.

 

 

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And last but not least, my favorite gown of the entire show… Details, the bodice. This gown is everything.

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Birmingham Community House

September 20, 2013

Michigan Fashion Week

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The models did a wonderful job. They also walked in the main show in Southfield.

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I found some style stars in the building.

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(Left) Simple and chic. The points on her shoes and earrings, deliberate? Either way i’m loving the cohesion.

(Right) Haute Hijabis in the building.

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I loved this model’s sheer paneled top. She said it was originally lingerie but she wore it as a top. Stylish creativity at its best.

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The founder of Michigan Fashion Week, Loren (in the zebra print dress).


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