Macy’s Celebrates Black History Month With Panel of Culture and Fashion Influencers

National department store Macy’s is celebrating Black History Month with a series of in-store events featuring a panel of African American luminaries who are pioneering the next generation of activists and style innovators. Actress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, most known for her role on the Emmy Award-winning TV series, Friday Night Lights and her upcoming role on the TV series, Underground, will host each Black History Month event at several Macy’s locations throughout the month.

The first event kicks off on February 3, in New York City at Macy’s Herald Square featuring Grammy Award-winning artist Monica, TV personality Terrence J. Jenkins, and special guest host, Fashion Editor of Essence, Joiee Thorpe. According to Macy’s website, panelists will take an entertaining look at the next wave of African American cultural luminaries and taste-makers. Following the discussion, guests can enjoy a special reception with hors d’oeuvres, specialty cocktails provided by Cîroc Vodka, and live music. Plus, guests can get a chance to meet the talent and snap a photo with them. Lastly, enjoy a behind-the-scenes trailer of Jurnee’s new show Underground on WGN America, and with any $25 Macy’s purchase receive a copy of Monica’s new album.

Here’s a snapshot of the BHM events celebrating culture and style:

Chicago, IL
Macy’s State Street
Wednesday February 10

Washington, D.C.
Macy’s Metro Center
Thursday, February 11

Atlanta, GA
Macy’s Lenox Square
Friday, February 12

Aventura, Fl
Macy’s Aventura
Saturday, February 13

San Francisco, CA
Macy’s Union Square
Wednesday, February 17

Los Angeles, CA
Macy’s Baldwin Hills
Thursday, February 18

Read More and RSVP at www1.Macys.com.

New York Fashion Week Recap

New York Fashion Week (NYFW) launched the Spring/Summer 2016 collections from the designers we love, along with a few new faces. Chauffeured by Lincoln and Privilege Transportation, I had access to multiple shows. This past week, the runway revealed designs inspired by architecture, culture, and nature along with an amazing mix of textiles and vibrant colors. Spring 2016 is going to be very fashion forward with ready-to-wear designs.

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Here’s a recap of some of the shows I got to sit in on at NYFW:

Nicholas K: Nicholas K presented Terminal Velocity, the theme of their SS16 line of neutral-toned garments. The sleek, simple, yet ultra-feminine designs showcased semi-transparent fabrics kissed with a splash of bold color or a fur/leather accent and textiles such as ropes and cords. Each look aligned with the designers’ “urban nomad” or utilitarian perspective.

Leanne Marshall: Known for her luxurious gowns and elegant dresses, this Project Runway winner, delivered fashion that’s ready for the classiest of events. Marshall’s SS16 collection boasted four different themes including structured pieces, endless shades of blue, soft shapes and lines as well as the must-have LBD (little black dress).

KariGam: Venezuelan-born designer Karina Gamez showed her collection of “ready-for-the-world” designs at NYFW. Her looks were modern and sophisticated, yet its versatility suggested that women should break fashion rules and wear what makes them feel confident and beautiful. KariGam also launched her online boutique during the show, making her collection accessible to everyone.

Malan Breton: We took a trip to the eastern side of the world through eclectic designer Malan Breton. Reflections of Sun Moon Lake displayed Breton’s love for art, theatre and fashion coupled with his loyalty to his Taiwanese culture. Pulling from a nature-inspired perspective, Breton delivered a combination of dying techniques, embroideries, silks, and fibers and sumptuous fabric choices for his SS16 collection.

While NYFW was very centered on big-name designers, a few up and coming designers got to show off their skills and contributions to the industry as well.

I attended the ESSENCE Magazine Street Style Block Party (ESS) sponsored by Chevrolet. ESS focused on two black female designers and their fashion perspective as they drew from the release of Chevrolet’s car, the Cruze. Mentored by artist Ron Bass, the designers mingled amongst fashionistas and style mavens from the DUMBO area of Brooklyn, New York. Celebs Gabrielle Union and Ciara made a special appearance.

In addition to runway shows and networking opps, NYFW also gave a platform to fashion industry brands to highlight some of its major contributors. Harlem Front Row (HFR) paired with Design Essentials to host the HFR+Design Essentials Style Awards. The show paid homage to black hair stylists in the fashion industry who make the models look flawless as they strut on the catwalk to create buzz about the latest designs.

All in all, NYFW was a hit (as usual!). These designers flawlessly delivered their SS16 collections and got fashion lovers from around the world ready to get the fall/winter seasons over with so they can strut in the latest looks from the designers they covet.

KariGam Debuts at New York Fashion Week

What does reality star Jamie Chung, “doll face” model Jessica Stam and musician/fashionista Solange Knowles all have in common? They attended the New York Fashion Week (NYFW) debut of the 2016 spring/summer line from KariGam. The women’s line features elegant, simplistic and high quality looks to complement a woman’s “ready for the world” personality paired with her effortless fashion sense. Karina Gamez, creative director of KariGam, gains her inspiration from world travel and architectural design intermingled with a desire to make women feel like they can break fashion “rules” without compromising their personal style.

[Related: Cool Jobs: How One Young Designer is Charting Her Own Path in the Fashion Industry]

Fashion wasn’t the immediate career path for Venezuelan-born Gamez. Before she studied business administration and fashion design, she worked for her parents’ import/export company learning the ropes of what it takes to manage a successful business. Her intelligence, business acumen and passion for intricate designs have led to the growth of KariGam and its positive reception at NYFW.

The KariGam online boutique launched during NYFW ’16. Visit the boutique at www.karigam.com and view the gallery for KariGam’s SS16 looks.

KariGam Debuts at New York Fashion Week

What does reality star Jamie Chung, “doll face” model Jessica Stam and musician/fashionista Solange Knowles all have in common? They attended the New York Fashion Week (NYFW) debut of the 2016 spring/summer line from KariGam. The women’s line features elegant, simplistic and high quality looks to complement a woman’s “ready for the world” personality paired with her effortless fashion sense. Karina Gamez, creative director of KariGam, gains her inspiration from world travel and architectural design intermingled with a desire to make women feel like they can break fashion “rules” without compromising their personal style.

[Related: Cool Jobs: How One Young Designer is Charting Her Own Path in the Fashion Industry]

Fashion wasn’t the immediate career path for Venezuelan-born Gamez. Before she studied business administration and fashion design, she worked for her parents’ import/export company learning the ropes of what it takes to manage a successful business. Her intelligence, business acumen and passion for intricate designs have led to the growth of KariGam and its positive reception at NYFW.

The KariGam online boutique launched during NYFW ’16. Visit the boutique at www.karigam.com and view the gallery for KariGam’s SS16 looks.

5 Tips for Healthy Summer Hair

Everyone loves a little fun in the sun but too much time spent under those summer rays without the proper haircare routine, can leave your once beautiful beach hair in need of help.

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To avoid the damage, BlackEnterprise.com caught up with LA Hair star and celebrity stylist, Kim Kimble, to talk her five tips for maintaining summer hair. She shares how you can keep your tresses manageable, stylish, and healthy in the warm weather.

Check out Kimble’s five healthy hair tips below:

1. Going natural during the summer is a great choice. It’s low-maintenance and it’s nice to give hair a break from the stress of chemical treatments especially when it’s going to be taking on stress from the heat and sun.

2. Speaking of the sun, it can not only be damaging to skin, but also to hair. Using hair products with SPF or wearing a hat or scarf when you are out in the sun is a must.

3. Rinse your hair both before and after swimming. If your hair is already wet, it is harder for chemicals, like chlorine, to latch on. And of course you want to wash out any chemicals and/or salt as soon as you can after swimming. If you do swim a lot, it might be worth it to invest in a shampoo specially designed to get rid of chlorine.

4. Box braids or other protective styles, like buns or braided updos, can be a nice change of pace—especially when it gets really hot out.

5. If you feel like your hair is starting to feel dry or straw-like, indulge in a little extra TLC. Deep conditioning treatments—look for a product with silk amino acids—can help damaged hair. Hot oil treatments are great (I love natural coconut oil). It will also help if you can avoid blow-drying or using heat on the hair.

 

5 Tips for Healthy Summer Hair

Everyone loves a little fun in the sun but too much time spent under those summer rays without the proper haircare routine, can leave your once beautiful beach hair in need of help.

[Related: New In-Home Hair Appointment Service Might Be the Busy Woman’s Best Friend]

To avoid the damage, BlackEnterprise.com caught up with LA Hair star and celebrity stylist, Kim Kimble, to talk her five tips for maintaining summer hair. She shares how you can keep your tresses manageable, stylish, and healthy in the warm weather.

Check out Kimble’s five healthy hair tips below:

1. Going natural during the summer is a great choice. It’s low-maintenance and it’s nice to give hair a break from the stress of chemical treatments especially when it’s going to be taking on stress from the heat and sun.

2. Speaking of the sun, it can not only be damaging to skin, but also to hair. Using hair products with SPF or wearing a hat or scarf when you are out in the sun is a must.

3. Rinse your hair both before and after swimming. If your hair is already wet, it is harder for chemicals, like chlorine, to latch on. And of course you want to wash out any chemicals and/or salt as soon as you can after swimming. If you do swim a lot, it might be worth it to invest in a shampoo specially designed to get rid of chlorine.

4. Box braids or other protective styles, like buns or braided updos, can be a nice change of pace—especially when it gets really hot out.

5. If you feel like your hair is starting to feel dry or straw-like, indulge in a little extra TLC. Deep conditioning treatments—look for a product with silk amino acids—can help damaged hair. Hot oil treatments are great (I love natural coconut oil). It will also help if you can avoid blow-drying or using heat on the hair.

 

Wearable Technology That Looks Stylish

Wearable technology is usually synonymous with square clunky forms and huge hardware. But several designers are hoping to change the face of wearable technology with stylish pieces that blend in with your everyday clothing. We’re talking soft textiles, fashionable forms, and attractive colors.  Here are a few “smart” pieces worth adding to your wardrobe.

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Classic, Stylish & “Smart” Timepieces

image courtesy of withings.com

Withings Activité is the new generation Swiss Made watch that inspires and empowers a healthy lifestyle by combining time and activity tracking. Activité fuels your healthy motivation by tracking all your movements, allowing you to invite friends for a weekly challenge, keeping you informed at all times and supporting your efforts – until you reach your goal. It even watches over your sleeping habits. And it’s waterproof so it can log your swim workouts. Beyond being your personal coach, the watch is simply nice to look at. It comes in 2 colors: a sleek black pattern with an orange accent and a glistening white face with a blue accent. Both dials feature a pair of glittering hands. The stitched strap with straight cut waxed sides is made in a black or tawny Barenia leather. According to the manufacturer, its soft grain and high quality promise that Activité will age beautifully.

Varsity Jacket Doubles as a Powerstation for Smartphones

According to Open Ceremony, “As smartphones have become increasingly more functional (iPay, for example), their batteries are drained faster than ever. Well, our innovative friends over at mophie, the California-based creators of the original juice pack, have brought their sleek powerstation battery to an Opening Ceremony wardrobe staple. One-upping the term “wearable tech,” the limited-edition varsity jacket boasts a secret powerstation concealed in an inner pocket, so you’ll stay connected to the world while eliminating the unnecessary bulk of carrying a hand-held mobile charger or a wall adapter. What’s more, it’s compatible with any iPhone (yes, even the 6) or Android. So while you’re on the go, you can worry less about leaving the party early because of a bum phone, or a cold shoulder.”

Bedazzled Smart Accessories
You know the fashion world has come a long way when the words–Swarovski, technology, chic and fitness are in the same sentence. Misfit, known for its fitness and sleep tracking gadgets, has introduced two new wearable products and nine sparkling accessories (bracelets, wristbands and pendants, available in black, white and grey) into the fitness world. The accessories work with the $99 Shine fitness tracker, which comes with a sensor-filled core — the part that houses the data that tracks daily activity — pops out of the wristband. What’s really cool about this stunning new collection is that you can swap the sporty band for a sparkly pendant or bangled bracelet that conceals the core for a night out on the town.

What do you think about these fashionable and functionable “smart” accessories?

Designer Vivienne Westwood Calls First Lady’s Style “Dreadful”

British designer Vivienne Westwood, 71, took jabs at First Lady Michelle Obama during an interview with The New York Times about her new “Punk: Chaos to Couture” exhibition at the New York Metropolitan Museum.

The designer, who recently voiced her not-so-nice opinion on Dutchess Kate Middleton, was frank with the New York Times.

The New York Times: You must love our first lady, who is famous for recycling her clothes?

Westwood: Don’t talk about her. It’s dreadful what she wears.

The New York Times: What?

Westwood: I don’t want to talk about it. Really, I can’t. She’s a very nice looking lady, but it’s a nonstarter regarding clothes that suit her.

Westwood did have nice things to say about former First lady Jackie Kennedy.

“She was a different matter altogether,” Westwood said. “It just had to suit her and be something that makes a human being more glamorous.”

Read more at TheGrio.com.

Men’s Style: Grooming Basics for the Business Professional

Any gentleman knows that their appearance is extremely important in the business world. From the cut of your hair to your attire, your look is a gauge as to where you are or an indicator to where you would like to be.

You may not always have control over things such as your attire. Your budget may allow you to be presentable, but not necessarily reflect your CEO spirit. There are aspects such as your grooming that can be controlled affordably and easily, however.

Uptown Magazine knows some of the latest grooming gadgets that should be on the radar for the successful CEO to the the thrifty up and comer.

PANASONIC Arc5 Multiflex Shaver ($600)

Automatically cleans, dries, and charges the unit, keeping the blades sharp and always ready for the next shave. panasonic.com

Read more at Uptown Magazine

Wardrobe Staple: Luxe Leggings Under $50

(Source: HelloBeautiful)

The continuation of the legging as a wardrobe staple has carried over into 2013. You can dress them up or down and the versatility makes it budget friendly. Several celebrities have been seen wearing them in varying colors and styles to complement their put together look.

Although the price for leggings that a star might wear is considerably higher than what an average person can afford, there are less pricey choices that can work just as well for the more budget conscious.

Hello Beautiful has provided a list of 15 luxe leggings under $50 for the thrifty spender.

Read more at Hello Beautiful