My love for hip hop and rap music is equal to my love for fashion and style. Every chance I get, I try to combine the two to make something so fresh and unique that complete strangers get my point of view when they see my fashion styling work. I got the chance to do that on Friday, November 18th, at The Symposium NiteClub in Lakewood, when I was invited by Dj Jack da Rippa to produce a fall fashion set during the Tape Hustlers Invasion Tour.
Once I confirmed, the next day I immediately sent out a group text to my models and started imagining how the show should go. With an audience full of hip hop heads thirsty for the main event- a rap battle, not my lil show lol- I knew I better not come with any type of prissiness or basic "fashion".
I decided to aim for an overall hip hop inspired street style look. With only a scoatch of glam lol...
The morning of the show I woke up super early, sent my son off to school and started scouring through my fashion wardrobe pulling out pieces that I thought I could add on to whatever my models were bringing me. But something felt off as I sat in the middle of the pile of glamorous chaos I had accumulated. I ran over to my CD player, rifled through my collection and popped in my old scratched up Down South Hustlers Bouncin' and Swingin Compilation CD (I love everything that has come through No Limit Records lol) and THEN proceeded to get work!
The juxtaposition of listening to dirty southern gangsta music while preparing for a fashion show or photo shoot puts my mind in a creative space that no other genre of music can. I need that sartorial clash of gangsta and Gucci, (the clothing brand, not the rapper- although I love him too lol) without it I feel like my styling would be boring and typical. I NEED to hear artists like Project Pat and Master P, the old Cash Money (back when they was an army, better yet a navy lol), UGK, and the Screwed Up Click while I'm putting together potential outfits.
It may sound narcissistic af, but I love producing my own shows because they hardly ever have anything to do with fashion. I am not a designer or boutique owner, so the only thing I have to sell is my styling skills. My models are told to bring a list of items from their own wardrobe and I style them via text messages, social media, and sometimes through a quick conversation. I do the rest once the models arrive at the venue by adding my own pieces and utilizing style tricks like manipulating color, shape and texture. In a dark, dank underground spot like The Symposium- you better have some type of glitter, sparkle and shine lol.
The club was small but I wasted no time turning that cramped back storage area into a styling and changing station for 11 models! We made it work and the show was amazing! My models did two outfit changes and literally twerked, dropped it, spinned and walked like Slayomi Campbell down the that makeshift runway!
They came out to "Too Much Sauce" by Future and "Black Beatles" by Rae Sremmurd and did their final walk to the "I'm Bout It" by Master P instrumental. The crowd went in for them! I was on the stage watching the reciprocal love my models were giving and receiving from this crowd who at first were standing still in expectation and/or boredom, but now were rocking with and cheering my team on like they were the top headliners! The energy was exhilarating and the best part was just watching how much fun every single one of my models were having showing off their personal style and individuality which is the whole point of everything I do.
It was a great way to close out a wonderful year of fashion and styling for The House of Fly by Lady Silk LLC! I had many opportunities, met so many different people, grew my blog, enjoyed new experiences and I cannot wait to see what the new year brings. And yes, I know we still have a month left to go, but I will spend most of December chilling, reflecting and preparing for the next year. Thank you so much to everyone who has read along and supported my fashion adventures throughout the year!
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