I do a lot of side projects, collaborations and work with other people, but from experience I hardly ever talk about them until they are completely done. Especially when it comes to anything on film like movies or web series because there are so many factors (approvals, clearances, budget problems etc) that can affect whether or not the project ever sees the light of day.
That being said, I'm excited to announce the debut of The Adventures of Fab Jenkins, the webseries I had the pleasure of working on last year is now available in it's entirety on YouTube! I can't even describe how much fun and creative freedom I had on that set! Creator Erin Johnson and director Jasmine Golphin really trusted me and allowed me to take full advantage of the wacky but stylish characters which is almost unheard of dealing with costume on any production.
Many of the clothes you see belong to the actors, but a lot of pieces were sourced from various places including vintage stores, thrift stores, boutiques and even the dollar store. Some I even made- see the kid's 90's puffy paint tees lol. I rounded it out with wardrobe and accessories from my own collection to make every character sartorially unique. Here is a synopsis of the series from the website fabjenkins.com:
The Adventures of Fab Jenkins is a Blaxploitation-inspired web comedy following the journey of Cleveland-based stylist, Fabio “Fab” Jenkins.Fab, with the help of his Fab Squad, must save the city from an onslaught of bad fashion caused by the expansion of fast fashion retailer, Eternally 16.
We had fun shooting on location around the city of Cleveland, so if you are local, try to guess the areas where we filmed (or just visit the website and see for yourself lol). Watch episode one above, enjoy the BTS photos below, watch all the episodes on YouTube and tell me what you think!
It is definitely vacation season! With that comes vacation packing and from the frustrated Facebook posts and #pinterestfails I can tell help is needed in this area lol. Below are all the items you need for a seven day (or more!) vacation that will more than likely all fit into just one carry on.
Before we do that like me give you a few quick tips- don't purchase all new everything- you want to stick to what you already know works! It's ok to buy some new items but make sure you give them a thorough test run to be sure that they will work for you cause maybe that maxi dress has annoying straps that won't stay up, or you didn't realize how thin that shirt was and you know that you will be a hot sweat stained mess by the time you walk from point A to B, and don't even get me started on shoes! Make sure you are ROLLING, not folding your clothes so you take up less space, you can put your shoes into plastic bags and lay them flat so they won't get your clothes dirty and most importantly- wear your bulky items to travel in. So wear your t-shirt, jeans and tennis shoes and throw on your denim jacket or blazer. Now on to the real tips:
Fashion shows always start off so calm and promising: models and designers start to trickle in one after the other several hours before the show, makeup and/or hair is getting done (this time by talented face czar Dmeechi) clothes are being fitted, there are quick practice runs and a nervous buzz of anticipation starts to build up the closer it gets to the show. Models dress for their first scenes, careful not to disturb their meticulously applied makeup, lineups and last minute changes are being hollered out as models put their game faces on. Then it's showtime...
Models hit the runway walking for the GAWDS and giving the audience everything they need! As soon as they hit the curtains to the backstage area they are literally ripping off clothes and accessories, T&A is everywhere as models frantically fumble around with one impossibly high heel on while trying to remove an earring and step out of or into a skirt or dress all while trying to avoid collision as everybody looks for their misplaced necklace, shirt, or shoe before lining back up just in time for the beat to drop for the next scene.
It's crazy but fun. Adrenaline and tensions are high, people get cursed out, models get mad, personal items become misplaced but it's all confined to backstage and hopefully never spills out into the runway for the audience to see. Which is what happens behind the scenes of any production whether it's put on by a church group or a small collection of strippers lol.
The show was great and showcased some of Cleveland's hottest designers and boutiques including Vaughn Glover, He Loves Curves, Stylez by Toy and Darla Foxx. A big thanks to Donnella and all the models for letting me participate!
90's nostalgia is everywhere today and within the last decade or so streetwear has become a very well respected fashion subculture and taken so seriously that it's hard to remember a time when it was laughed at or looked down on. Now we see designers like Alexander Wang and others sending down runway looks that were exclusively "inspired" by the hip hop culture and all the ghetto fabulousness that comes with it.
Rapper, actor and street philosopher, Tupac Shakur- who would have been 45 years old today- was a trendsetter who brought street wear and high fashion together in a way that only he could. Just like his music balanced and blurred the lines of political statements, hood reports, materialism, education and all round wildin out- he did the same for high fashion and street wear. Made it for us but understood by everybody with an open mind. This is why we didn't bat an eye when Eminem wore his bandannas or when Yeezy declared himself "the Louis Vuitton Don". We don't mind that our R&B singers who grew up in the nineties are more tatted up with thug life running through their veins than some of the most popular rappers out now. For better or worse, leather joggers are a thing because of 'Pac and here are a few other trends that he started...
They tried to kill him back in 1996, but the spirit of Tupac Shakur will forever live on through his music, his quotes, his movies, his dedicated fans and his trendsetting style. What is your favorite Tupac trend? Let me know in the comments below!
Sunday is a Fun Day! Well at least this past Sunday at Lillie's Fashion Bar it was... A new boutique owned by Ciera Haddon, Lillie's Fashion Bar had a day of pampering for ladies and we were treated to cupcakes, cookies, sandwiches, fruit and wine spritzers while we shopped.
There were also Pop Up shops from Bedroom Kandi who gave out massages, nail tech Ms. Natalie was there doing manicures and Dj's Sweet Treats came through with sweets for everybody! You could purchase waist trainers, and fruit and Kool-Aid infused Ciroc Vodka (which I did btw- delicious!). Customers were able to fill $100 and $50 bags full of clothes and accessories and other items. Wine was flowing, music was jumping and ladies were networking and conversing. It was a fun event on an unusually nice day, and I'm glad I went! Stop through, Lillie's Fashion Bar is located on 2513 Warrensville Center Road in Warrensville Heights, Ohio.
Shop till you drop and tell them Silk sent you!
The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fashion Awards was held last night recognizing designers, journalists, creative visionaries and industry insiders for their contributions to fashion. The ceremony was founded in 1962, another creation of Eleanor Lambert, legendary fashion publicist and promoter of American fashion (see New York Fashion Week, the Battle of Versailles, the Best Dressed List, the Coty Awards and the original Met Gala).
The event is sort of like the Fashion Grammy's where nominees and winners are chosen by their peers that include an invitation only network consisting of the top retail stores, stylists, journalists, influencers and the 450+ member designers of the CFDA. This year Marc Jacobs walked away with Womenswear Designer of the Year, Thom Browne received Menswear Designer of the Year, Gucci's Alessandro Michele won the International Award and more (see the complete list here). But the most talked about award of the night- the Fashion Icon Award was given to none other than Beyonce' Knowles Carter!
There was a collective amount of shade being thrown Bey's way via Fashion Twitter and with good reason: how on Earth did she win this prestigious industry award whose past recipients have included last year's winner, Pharrell Williams, 2014's Rihanna, (who showed up and out clad in a Swarovski crystal embellished naked dress and head wrap) Lady Gaga, Kate Moss, and Sarah Jessica Parker among others?
Well the award is given to the person who has had the biggest impact on the fashion industry over the last year, and love her or hate her- you cannot deny Beyonce's impact! The visuals and immediate aftermath for the 2016 Lemonade album alone was enough to solidify her clean sweep as a winner. The outfits were distinctively in your face drama that served as a sartorial soundtrack to the emotional journey the pop singer took us on. We allowed Beyonce to pour us a deliciously chilled Mason jar of lemonade while taking in her perfect mix of RL situations, girl anthems and pure unadulterated fashion! Bey rocked every thing from a Cavalli gown and floral Gucci suit, to Yeezy Season 2 body suits and sports bras. Your fave has never and could neva eva...
Now mark my words when I say Kim Kardashian West is next in line to receive Style Icon of the Year; it was lightly whispered about earlier this year and because clearly- as stated on Twitter by commentor @fashionunfold - "She created a uniform for half the girls on IG!"
Do you think Beyonce's win was justified? Take the poll below and tell me how you really feel! Read Beyonce's full speech acceptance speech here...
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