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NYFW: Negris LeBrum Spring/Summer 2021 Collection

NYFW: Negris LeBrum Spring/Summer 2021 Collection

Now that we’ve shared the Pantone Fashion Color Trend Report for Spring/Summer 2021, it is time to see how designers are showcasing the color trends with their collection. Our NYFW coverage begins with the Negris LeBrum Spring/Summer 2021 Collection. We previously highlighted this African-American owned label’s “Black is Beautiful” T-Shirt which declares the statement in 12 languages. Today we highlight their women’s ready-to-wear collection.

NYFW: Negris LeBrum Spring/Summer 2021 Collection

Negris LeBrum staged a runway show where were models easily socially distanced. With each look hitting the runway only after the previous model left the space, Creative Director Travis Hamilton, brought forth a collection both flattering and effortless. His “Good Trouble” Collection was inspired by John Lewis and the poignant quote he made on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama in March.

NYFW: Negris LeBrum Spring/Summer 2021 Collection

The conflict of unbalanced injustice can be seen throughout the Negris LeBrum Spring/Summer 2021 collection. Tracksuits sitting alongside dressy career options; cocktail dresses walking alongside feather-light chiffon printed sundresses speak to the contradictions that exist in this country. Wholly modern silhouettes are balanced with throwback pieces that seem plucked from the glory days of New York sportswear. We loved how he incorporated the bold colors of the ’80s & ’90s. We see bold Tomato Red paired with an eyecatching floral bearing Pantone’s sunny Illuminating, a pale Amethyst Orchid, and French Blue (reminiscent of the ’80’s Electric Blue). These colors add vibrancy to the collection, which is then tamed with classic white and Black (remember… “Noir est Joli”!), and an almost neutral Leopard that ties in the Spring/Summer 2021 core classic colors. The overall result is a mirror of society as a whole.

NYFW: Negris LeBrum Spring/Summer 2021 Collection

The Negris LeBrum Spring/Summer 2021 Collection boldly states “we are a nation and world of contrasts”; and that should be celebrated, not demonized.

“In so many ways, the news cycle came to Negris LeBrum this year, not the other way around,” says Travis Hamilton, Creative Director of Negris LeBrum. “Little did I know that my inspiration would find its way into the national news in such a major way! I set out to create a beautiful collection and pay homage to an iconic hero of mine and instead, Negris LeBrum became a fashionable version of the national headlines!”

What are your thoughts on the Negris LeBrum Spring/Summer 2021 Collection?

Anna-Kaci: An Affordable Way to Add High Quality Style to Your Wardrobe

Anna-Kaci: An Affordable Way to Add High-Quality Style to Your Wardrobe

If there is one thing this pandemic has done, it has humbled all our bank accounts; and that’s putting it mildly. Many of us have been left with finding new ways to make money. Money we need to pay things like rent, bills, and shopping for groceries. It seems almost indecent to think about things like shopping for clothes but we’ve found that treating yourself helps to alleviate stress. For those who think treating yourself to a cute new outfit is completely out of your budget, we’ve got the answer – Anna-Kaci!

Anna-Kaci: An Affordable Way to Add High Quality Style to Your Wardrobe

The high-quality fashion brand boasts just the affordable styles you’re looking for. Offering boho favorites, cozy everyday must-haves, and glam looks for a special occasion, Anna-Kaci will have you looking great for your Zoom meetings, virtual dates, and everything in between. Stylish looks at an affordable price? What more can you ask for?

Anna-Kaci: An Affordable Way to Add High Quality Style to Your Wardrobe

As we transition from summer to fall, there are lots of must-haves to procure from Anna-Kaci; the best part, they’re all exclusively available on Amazon. Don’t just take our word, check out their hundreds of 5-star Amazon reviews. Our favorite pieces are, of course, the ones who stand out. We adore the below Vintage Wash Straight Leg Denim Overalls with Pocket Bib in the Floral Print. Who says the classic overall have to be basic! They’re available in nine colors (traditional hues are available for those who prefer a more classic look) for only $39.99 – $45.99. We will definitely be rocking ours soon.

Vintage Wash Floral Straight Leg Denim Overalls with Pocket Bib

These classic denim overalls boast a medium weight, long/slim straight leg, and a washed and worn look. We subscribe to the belief that florals can be worn year-round. We love and think dark florals are perfect for the fall season. Another huge must-have for us are their sequin pieces.

Anna-Kaci: An Affordable Way to Add High Quality Style to Your Wardrobe

When it comes to sequins, the answer is always yes. Whether you want to wear a little or a lot, nothing ups your style profile like some sparkle. For some night-out sequins or daytime sparkle, try the Confetti Sequin Balloon Long Sleeve Mock Neck Pullover Sweatshirt, $29.99 – we’re completely obsessed; the Shimmer Sequins Club Spaghetti Strap Camisole Vest Tank Top, $18.99 – $29.99, grab one or all of the available six colors; or the Short Sleeve One Shoulder Sexy Sequin Top Blouse, $24.99 – $29.99, available in eight lovely sparkling colors. There’s a great collection of sequin options to gush over. We guarantee you won’t de disappointed with the Anna-Kaci sequin offerings. If you’re looking forward to the oncoming sweater weather, Anna-Kaci has the fall styles you need as well.

Fall Sweater Styles

From cardigans to chunky pullovers, hooded sweaters, and on-trend outerwear, look no further than this affordable fashion brand to style you up. We love the layered look (a classic for fall), so their cardigans and dusters make ideal wardrobe additions. Go bold in sweaters with thin or thick stripes. Take a little of that homey feeling with you in a cozy hoodie or hooded dress. At these affordable prices, you just can’t go wrong.

We invite you to check out all of Anna-Kaci’s budget-friendly offerings. You will see how reasonably you too can treat yourself. We hope you fall in love with their wonderful pieces and share your favorites. Happy Shopping!

 

PARIS FASHION WEEK: Nehera FW 2020 RTW Collection

PARIS FASHION WEEK: Nehera FW 2020 RTW Collection

As the saying goes, classics never go out of style; so you can never go wrong with the classic looks from the Nehera FW 2020 RTW Collection which debuted during Paris Fashion Week. The ready-to-wear shows have been a wonderful escape from the pandemic turmoil. Staying at home has finally given us the chance to revisit the shows we missed, like Slovak brand, Nehera. Every piece from this collection will be a much-welcomed addition in complimenting your wardrobe.

PARIS FASHION WEEK: Nehera FW 2020 RTW Collection PARIS FASHION WEEK: Nehera FW 2020 RTW Collection

When you hear someone say ready-to-wear, Nehera FW 2020 RTW Collection is what they mean. Ever look will easily walk right off the runway and into the typical life of any woman. The artisanal fashion label, known for their elegant and timeless designs, their collection featured dresses, coats, knitwear, blouses and bottoms that will live long in wardrobe rotation.

PARIS FASHION WEEK: Nehera FW 2020 RTW Collection PARIS FASHION WEEK: Nehera FW 2020 RTW Collection

The main focus of the Nehera FW 2020 RTW Collection is comfort, classic silhouettes that you’ll own forever, and a color palette that will seamlessly take you from season to season. We love the never-ending parade of beiges, blacks, blues, greys, whites, browns, as well as the pops of bold colors thrown in.

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These complementary colors are found in natural fibers, such as silks, cotton, wools, leathers; and in synthetics like plastic, viscose, nylon, and jersey. Along with local craftsmen, every fiber is carefully reviewed to match the most rigorous sustainability benchmark. The Nehera culture champions spontaneity, vitality, and sustainability, while the creations feel grounded and unassuming.

We were entranced by the first look, an oversized wool coat, we’d love to greet the Fall New York weather in worn over a beige and brown tartan wool jumpsuit. Our love continued on with several other pieces, including a patchwork shearling coat worn over an ivory jacket and dress; an oversized soft grey wool coat; chunky knitwear, and cool prints.

A completely wearable collection from start to finish. Since we’ve declared our love of the Nehera FW 2020 RTW Collection, we’d love to hear what you think. Any favorite looks or pieces from this wonderful collection? We’d love to see your comments.

PARIS FASHION WEEK: Alianna Liu FW 2020 Collection

PARIS FASHION WEEK: Alianna Liu FW 2020 Collection

Thanks to the global pandemic, we’ve had some difficulty following a calendar. Something I’m sure you all are experiencing. For instance, it seems we’ve missed the Paris FW 2020 RTW collections. Thankfully we can fix this by highlighting some of Paris Fashion Week’s collections, like the Alianna Liu FW 2020 Collection. You may remember we highlighted her SS2020 RTW Collection last September. For this season, she is trying some new things, let’s get acquainted.

PARIS FASHION WEEK: Alianna Liu FW 2020 Collection PARIS FASHION WEEK: Alianna Liu FW 2020 Collection

The inspiration behind the Alianna Liu FW 2020 Collection is not at all what you’d expect but maybe looking at the photos will give you a hint. Alianna’s collection was inspired by Tetris, a game every 80’s kid knows very well. It is one of the most iconic and best-selling games ever! Like most adults, Alianna played Tetris as a child and was inspired by the graphics of the addictive puzzle game. You may notice some of her looks feature the “Tetriminos” symbol and some of her prints are inspired by the blocks; checks and stripes also play a big part in this collection.

PARIS FASHION WEEK: Alianna Liu FW 2020 Collection PARIS FASHION WEEK: Alianna Liu FW 2020 Collection

Along with channeling her childhood, Alianna also changed from her usual classic aesthetic and opted for a more modern looking terms of volume. A quick comparison to her last collection and you’ll notice the change. Her collection of more voluminous jackets, capes, dresses, pants, and skirts graced the runway in a mix of cotton, leather, wool, and a few synthetic fabrics. Her color palette included classic fall colors such as black, beige, brown, bronze, green, and blue, as well as some bolder hues, such as gold, silver, purple, red, and pink.

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We’d loved to see what Alianna Liu’s following up to this collection will be. With our current situation, we look forward to whatever bit of joy inspires her SS 2021 RTW collection. Now you fellow Tetris fans, we’d love to hear your thoughts on this collection. Feel free to leave your comments below.

NYFW: BLANCORE Fall/Winter 2020 Collection

NYFW The Shows: BLANCORE Fall/Winter 2020 Collection

There’s a certain point in our lives when we transition from childhood to adulthood, giving up all our fearlessness, imaginations, and wonder. The world as a whole changes us; we get more cynical, more beat down, and more stoic, losing our innocence. This transition, this loss, is what inspired the BLANCORE Fall/Winter 2020 Collection.

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The theme of the BLANCORE Fall/Winter 2020 collection is an abstractive reflection based on the current society and global issues. With the advancement of technology and human culture, more and more people start to lose their faith and naivete. People fall into money and desire, doing whatever it takes to survive, and concealing one’s pure and kind side.

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“Lost Elf” are the elves born from forgotten memories. Your favorite toy you no longer play with. The memory of your happiest childhood place. These elves live in abandoned toys and dirty trash. They are different from the beautiful and pure fairies from fairy tales. They are from the future. These elves are missed and neglected which reflects on the side of “fine but ignored.”

NYFW: BLANCORE Fall/Winter 2020 Collection

We as humans tend to look at the beautiful side and ignore the bad side. The BLANCORE Fall/Winter 2020 Collection shows us both sides. With design details such as teddy bears and lightweight fabrics to represent some of the good and face masks and lots of layering (re: the weight of the world) representing the bad, we’re left with a collection that forces us to come to terms with our duality. “Lost Elf” represents the forgotten side and another side of beauty just like the trash in our ocean, deforestation, and carbon emission. Yalan Li and her design team find their inspiration for colors, fabrications, and silhouettes based on the image of elves born from these environmental issues. They also found their inspiration through the collisions and contrasts of these things face to face.

If you love the above looks, check them out in motion via video of the models’ finale during their NYFW Show.

How to Refresh Your Plus Size Wardrobe

How to Refresh Your Plus Size Wardrobe for 2020 and Beyond

Do you stare at your closet morning after morning and think “I have nothing to wear,” while looking at dozens of pieces of clothing? How about walking into work, not feeling as confident as you can because you’ve become bored and uninspired with your wardrobe and didn’t want to put much effort into getting ready? It happens to everyone.

Clothing is a form of self-expression and it says a lot more about us than we think. According to the book that’s been called “the psychology of fashion”, You Are What You Wear, by Jennifer Baumgartner. Clothing and personal style are also things that plus size women turn to in order to cultivate more confidence within themselves. So when our wardrobe doesn’t speak to us, other things in our life like confidence, inspiration, motivation and drive fall to the wayside.

That’s why everyone, at some point—and sometimes more than a couple of times a year—needs to conduct a closet refresh. A plus size wardrobe refresh could either mean investing in new, strategic pieces to help your wardrobe feel current and fresh, or reorganizing your closet to give old pieces a new opportunity to spark confidence and joy for you.

No matter what your next step is to revamp your wardrobe, follow these suggestions to help set you on the right path and get your style game back on point in as little as an hour.

How to Refresh Your Plus Size Wardrobe

Take Inventory

Usually when we lose inspiration or trust in our wardrobe, it’s because we feel like we are missing something–for example, a sharp blazer, a pair of dark wash skinny jeans or a basic white V–neck shirt. We let this idea that we don’t have the right clothing convince us that we will never be able to create the perfect outfit. Before we rip our closet to shreds, it’s important to take inventory of the things we have, the things we need and the things we would like to have.

  1. Write down a list of pieces that you would like to have in your wardrobe that you don’t think you have currently.
  2. Also write down the pieces you love and wear every day that fit you perfectly. If you have time and you’re feeling inspired, think about or write down what it is about these clothes that makes them so special. What characteristics do they possess?

How to Refresh Your Plus Size Wardrobe

Reorganize and Restructure

Before you spend a dime on a new wardrobe, you can rediscover pieces you had previously forgotten about by reorganizing and cleaning out your closet. So let’s get started! If you can, empty everything that is hanging in your closet, but keep these items close by. We are going to go through every item of clothing, so make sure to block out about an hour or two of your time to do this. After this process is complete, you should have a much better idea of exactly which garments are in your closet, and you may find yourself feeling more inspired as you uncover lost items, clothing that still has the tags on it or other pieces that might be old but have a new use in your style. As you go through your closet, make sure you are adding to your inventory list when you realize that you may need to replace damaged clothes or invest in strategic pieces.

  1. Pick a color, like black, and start hanging up all of your black items on one of the far sides of the closet.
  2. As you hang these items up, ask yourself, “Have I worn this within the past three months?” If not, do you plan on wearing it again? If yes, keep the garment and hang it up in the closet. If not, consider donating it. If you don’t like the idea of parting with clothes, place it in a box and if you go 30 days without touching it, donate it. If you go into the box to retrieve it, it’s earned a second chance at life in your closet.
  3. As you hang up clothing by color, start to also organize it by types of garments. Your closet should look something like this: [Black: Dresses | Blouses | Sweaters | Blazers | Pants]; [White: Dresses | Blouses | Sweaters | Blazers | Pants], etc. The reason we are hanging up your clothes by color and then by garment type is so you can get ready faster in the morning, and if things are categorized, you’ll be able to see most things in your closet as you sift through them every day to find the perfect color and garment, rather than have things scattered and get lost.
  4. When you come across seasonal garments that may be good for summer but not winter—like plus size off the shoulder tops – think about how you could style them for the off-season instead of packing them away until next year. Bringing in an off-season piece to an outfit could make a cool addition to one of your favorite looks.
  5. While you are hanging garments up, if you notice that you have a piece of clothing you have been wanting, but forgot you had—like a sharp blazer—cross it off your “need to buy” list we created in the first step.

How to Refresh Your Plus Size Wardrobe

Invest in the Pieces You Need

Now that you have a color- and garment-coordinated wardrobe, you should have a clear vision of the types of pieces you need to invest in to really make your wardrobe pop. Here is some advice to keep in mind while shopping for new additions to your closet.

  1. Stock Up on the Basics – You can never have too many foundational pieces because they are so versatile and are also worn a lot more than statement pieces. Plus size tunics can be a staple in any look and almost every season so don’t be afraid to stock up on them.
  2. Don’t Be Afraid to Indulge in Accessories – Accessories have a lot more power than we give them. They can make or break an outfit, as well as take it from one style to the next. If you notice you’re running low on accessories that could diversify some of the basic items you have in your closet, think about what pieces you may need and prioritize spending for those as well.
  3. Keep Quality in Mind – While we may always be on the hunt for the best bargain, the greatest value for you is within the longevity of your clothing. Invest in high-quality plus size jeans that fit you well, feel comfortable and will last. If you need to splurge on a high-quality item, make sure that it’s something that can be worn for many different occasions and with different outfits. For example, you’ll definitely want to purchase a pair of dark wash skinny jeans rather than velvet plaid leggings because the jeans are classic, and they will carry you through many seasons and multiple years. Whereas the leggings will be trendy for a season and then they will just collect dust in your closet.

Now that you have an organized closet that is easy and efficient to navigate and you have identified the pieces you need to enhance your plus size wardrobe, you should be feeling inspired and ready to dress to the nines.

Inamunai African Fashion

Inamunai: The Fashionable Art From African Couture Designers

We haven’t indulged in some beguiling fashion in a while, so we’re diving right in with the exquisite offerings from Inamunai. One of our favorite things about this African fashion label is it isn’t just one brand, but a collective of wonderful African designers. You truly get experience a vast amount of talent from the birthplace of humanity. The Inamunai brand was founded by Mariam Garuba, a native Nigerian with a passion for clothes and dressmaking. Her online shop features several well-known African couture designers, whose bold style you’ll fall head over heels over. We certainly did when we first laid eyes on some of the extraordinary looks from the Inamunai runway presentation from Harlem Fashion Week.

Inamunai African Fashion

As you can see, every look from this collection boasts a unique and strong style aesthetic.  The vibrant colors and eyecatching Ankara-inspired prints enhance the collection’s chic silhouettes and bold shapes. The collection is teeming with details; you’ll find structured pieces, extravagant collars and sleeves, the juxtaposition of prints, and edgy color combinations. You’ll love the collection’s color palette of dark blues, reds, pinks, and greens. Most, if not all, of the pieces, are made from 100% wax cotton and other woven fabric.

Inamunai African Fashion

We also love the versatility of the collection. There are several looks to take you from day to night, from brunch to nights out on the town. In celebration of daring style, why not embrace the full striking attitude of the collection by layering multiple prints. The lesser courageous can use the prints as a pop of color to liven up a solid or monochromatic look.

Inamunai African Fashion

We see the influences of African fashion sent down multiple runways during fashion week every year. Alas, those are merely interpretations from mostly European designers. The Inamunai collection lets you celebrate African heritage with authentic designs from actual African artisans. If you’re looking to add this global influential fashion aesthetic to your style closet, look no further than Inamunai.

Paris Fashion Week

PARIS FASHION WEEK: Alianna Liu SS2020 RTW Collection

The ready-to-wear collections are on full display during Paris Fashion Week. It’s been non-stop fashion loveliness sauntering down the runways. One of these collections is the cat’s meow. Designer Alianna Liu’s SS2020 collection is literally inspired by her cats. For her spring/summer 2020 ready-to-wear collection, the silhouette is the key between her collection and the female body. It gives the audience the sensation of representing a confident and independent woman, as is her the brand’s identity. By combining luxurious soft fabric with a touch of transparency, the Alianna Liu SS2020 collection brings out the natural beauty of modern femininity, a certain softness, grace, and an ambitious and inspirational female figure.

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Recognizing the emotional impact that the right colors can have in design work, the color palette of the Alianna Liu SS2020 collection was enriched by the intensity of rainbow senses; leading to a more balanced and vibrant feeling. The embroidery technique and hand drew prints connected directly to the personal aspect of the collection, her cats. She ensures ruffles are prevalent everywhere in this collection, communicating a romantic attitude that highlighted each look.

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Every piece from the Alianna Liu SS2020 collection is designed particularly to stand out from the crowd. The shapes of the pieces are perfect for striking a look that people will notice and appreciate. Each detail celebrates the collection’s feminine sophistication; elevating them to the status of luxury fashion. This is a belief from the Paris-based, Chinese designer herself.

Alianna Liu’s collections are produced in France, paying attention to little details. At Alianna Liu, they believe sophistication is worth fighting for. Since 2018, Alianna has committed herself wholeheartedly to her brand; a brand for independent women, a brand all about empowerment through personal style.

This is the perfect collection for you fashionable cat ladies out there. What do you think of Alianna Liu’s SS2020 collection?