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Monday, March 2, 2015

Heavy on Fashion Events - New York Fashion Week Part 1

Hello all my fashion divas and gurus! Finally my fashion week adventure has concluded so I can finally bring you all the great events I was able to see. Today I am going to give you an exclusive look at my time at New York Fashion Week Fall 2015 season part 1.




On first day of fashion I was able to Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter , Jeremy Ellis on the beat machine, and Ray Angry on the keys performing  at Moscot benefit concert and launch party for The GRUNYA for Tariq Trotter. The event was full of fashion, music and of charity.

All proceeds of The GRUNYA for Tariq Trotter benefit The Moscot Mobileyes foundation and the GrassROOTS Community Foundation.

To donate and more information to these causes go to
www.moscotmobileyes.com and www.grass-rootsfoundation.org .

The performance was fantastic and the causes are great. Check out my slide show

Make sure you buy a pair of THE GRUNYA today for some style and to help out a great cause #charity



Here is some live video of my experience at the Moscot benefit concert and launch party. Only in New York City can you get a live music experiencfe during New York Fashion Week. 





I would like to thank Moscot and Black Thought for the invitation. This event was fantastic.
Until Next time
Live,Style,Write
Malanb

Friday, February 20, 2015

Heavy on Fashion talks to Tremper T Apparel


Hello all my fashion divas and gurus! As New York Fashion has come to a closed and I am still working on all my #NYFW adverture why not give you a great interview with a apparel company with a great cause. Today, I had the pleasure to talk to the Creative Director of Tremper T Apparel, Alicia Gentile. Tremper T Apparel is a great fashion company that helps underprivileged kids.  Camp Herrlich, a non-profit children’s camp in Putnam County, that serves underprivileged kids from New York City. Tremper T Apparel.com is a 100% of the profits of each shirt will be donated directly to Camp Herrlich to help scholarship more children. 

 Here is how TremperTApparel.com came to be, so without further ado here is Heavy on Fashion talks to Tremper T Apparel!




How did ​Tremper T Apparel come to be?

Tremper T was born out of the idea that fashion and camping can co-exist.

One evening, after a few bottles of wine J, my siblings and I were sitting around in Astoria, Queens, thinking about ways that we could give back to a place that has given so much to us. I am not sure how else to put it, but Camp Herrlich is a magical place. It’s a place that can truly change your life. We wanted to help raise money to give inner city kids the opportunity to grow, learn and love, amongst the trees.


What is the mission behind Tremper T Apparel?

Tremper T Apparel’s mission is to help raise money to scholarship children to attend camp. It’s that simple. 100% of our profits benefit Camp Herrlich and their scholarship program.


How can others be a part of this cause? 

Purchase a shirt! They are not only fashionable – and well made – but they have a social purpose.


Where can readers find out more about you and your work?

To find more about Camp Herrlich please visit our website. There is an incredible video about camp and what we do.
To learn more about Tremper T and our vision please click here.
Also, follow us on Instagram to see how people are styling their Tremper T.

What does fashion mean to you?

Fashion needs to be functional, but it also needs to inspire confidence. What you wear is the simplest form of how you express yourself. The Tremper T was designed so that regardless of your personal style you can find a home for it in your closet. It’s comfortable, made well, and versatile.  

Until Next Time
Live,Style,Write
Malanb 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Heavy on Fashion - Black History Month Style Icon - Patrick Kelly

Hello all my fashion divas and gurus. As you all know or at least should know, it is Black History Month. So each week I will to showcase one of my favorite fashion icons. This week I will be featuring one of my favorite fashion designer Ptarick Kelly. Patrick Kelly was known for his bold and colorful style  on the 1980's. Patrick Kelly Studied Art at Jackson State University (an HBCU), and later attended Parson School of Design in NYC. Patrick Started his fahsion line in 1985. 

 With the sponsorship from Yves Saint Laurent Chairman Pierre Bergé, Patrick started his own fashion house in Paris called Patrick Kelly Paris in 1988. 




Patrick color style and bold designs were influencial on many designers in the industry today.  Sadly Patrick Kelly lost his battle with AIDS and died in 1990. Though Patrick's fashion career was cut short,  he was first American and the first person of color to be admitted as a member of the Chambre syndicale du prêt-à-porter des couturiers et des créateurs de mode. 

Patrick fashion sense and fresh approach to style is so influential, many museums throughout the United states have showcased his collections and innovative designs.


This is why Patrick Kelly is my fashion icon this week in honor of Black history month. 


Until Next Time,
Live, Style,Write
Malanb

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Heavy on Fashion Talks to Najla Burt Creator of Dur Doux

Najla Burt Creator of Dur Doux
Photo Curtesy of Dur Doux

Hello all my fashion divas and gurus! I am so happy to bring you another exclusive interview of with a great talent in the fashion industry, Najla Burt of Dur Doux. Najla Burt  is a graduate of Parsons the New School for Design with a degree in Fashion Design. With a degree from the prestigous Parsons, Najla develop a hot new collection called Dur Doux.  Dur Doux is a NY based Womens Ready To Wear brand full of wearable yet avant-garde piece. I love the mixture of hard and soft textures with dymantic use of pattern textiles. 

Dur Doux is full of great looks and serious style, so I am so happy to bring you
Heavy on fashion talks to Najla Burt of Dur Doux
Dur Doux’s latest collection, SSR15 / Urban Biota
Photo courtesy of Dur Doux


What was the first article of clothing you ever designed?

Najla Burt Creator of Dur Doux:The first article of clothing I ever designed was a cerulean blue princess dress.

When did you realize you wanted to become a fashion designer?

Najla Burt Creator of Dur Doux: I realized I wanted to become a fashion designer when I took an illustration class while working in Washington, DC. My instructor was so inspiring and he allowed me to explore different techniques in illustration. I thought at that moment, I want to translate my illustrations into real garments that women can wear. I want to see my ideas really come to life.


Dur Doux’s latest collection, SSR15 / Urban Biota 
Photo courtesy of Dur Doux


Where do you get your inspiration?

Najla Burt Creator of Dur Doux:My inspiration for my collection comes from films, art and the different countries I visit around the world.


How long does it usually take you to construct a piece?

Najla Burt Creator of Dur Doux:It usually takes one week to create a simple top and usually two weeks for complicated garments like blazers and coats. 


Dur Doux’s latest collection, SSR15 / Urban Biota 
Photo courtesy of Dur Doux


What are some of your proudest accomplishments as a designer?


Najla Burt Creator of Dur Doux: Some of my proudest accomplishments as a designer happened when my label was featured in British Vogue and British Elle Magazine. My second proudest accomplishment as a designer is the day I completed my first collection, Dark Fiction. After working for other famous designers, and deciding I wanted my own label it was remarkable to me that I had actually launched my first collection and it was so well received. 


Dur Doux’s latest collection, SSR15 / Urban Biota 
Photo courtesy of Dur Doux


What matters to you most as a fashion designer?

Najla Burt Creator of Dur Doux: What matters to me most as a designer is to create clothing that makes a woman feel strong, empowered and sexy all at the same time. I feel women have so many roles in life such as a mother, a wife, an executive, etc. I want my clothing to allow a woman to feel that she can be anything she chooses at any given moment.



If they had the chance to dress *anyone* who would it be.. who do they think is the most stylish person around?

Najla Burt Creator of Dur Doux: If I could dress anyone in the world it would be Rhianna! Rhianna thinks Posh Spice is very stylish!


Dur Doux’s latest collection, SSR15 / Urban Biota 
Photo courtesy of Dur Doux



Describe the Dur Doux woman?

Najla Burt Creator of Dur Doux: The typical Dur Doux woman is self-aware and has a discerning appetite for fashion. She constantly seeks to uncover and wear fresh designs and has an insatiable demand for exciting new fashion looks that build her personal brand and distinguishes her in a highly competitive social and work environment.  She is into buying clothes that make her feel pretty and flatter her body. 

She stays true to her own style and seeks well-constructed clothing that has interesting fabrications and details. When she goes shopping brands must fit her look, rather than the other way around. She enjoys mixing expensive brand name pieces with affordable clothing.  She loves beautiful, hip shoes and is always beautifully accessorized, whether it is a great bag or jewelry. She will never wear a total look from a designer. She prefers to mix and match and be creative.  She is a Dur Doux woman willing to take risks in her clothing choices in a sophisticated way.



Dur Doux’s latest collection, SSR15 / Urban Biota 
Photo courtesy of Dur Doux


Where can readers find out more about you and your work?

Najla Burt Creator of Dur Doux: Readers can visit my website at www.durdoux.com to find out more about me and my work.




Finally, What does fashion mean to you?

Najla Burt Creator of Dur Doux: Fashion should be an outlet of expression. It should allow you to be anything you want at any given moment, whether that is audacious, or jaw-dropping. Overall fashion should allow you to always remain true to yourself.  


I would like to thank Najla Burt Creator of Dur Doux for this exclusive interview
Be sure to check out the Dur Doux collection at http://www.durdoux.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/durdoux
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DurDoux

Until Next Time
Live, Style, Write
Malanb

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Heavy on Fashion Wig Out Wednesday - Swiss Lace and Zury Sis



Hello all my fashion divas and gurus! I am so happy to bring Heavy on Fashion's first Wig Out Wednesday. As you all may or may not know, I am currently going natural. So in order to protect my hair during this delicate stage I wear wigs. Growing up I have colored and permed my hair which left it damaged. While I get my mane back on take and aim for afro like Angela Davis, I will be give you a look at some of my favorite wigs to wear. I get my wigs from various places including online websites and local hair supply stores. 

Here is my very first Heavy on Fashion Wig out Wednesday!





Today I have two wigs to show you. The first one is the Zury Sis Sister High Heat Comfy Lace Front Wig CFL-H DARIA. I decided to aim for a darker color when I purchased the Zury Sister High Heat Comfy Lace Front Wig CFL-H DARIA. This is a comfy lace front with 4 combs and a retractable cord.  I personally do not use lace front glue or tape. I feel it takes out your side so I cut the lace off and secure the cap with hair pins. 

The color of this wig is Ombre 27/30/613. I loved the look from this style when I was shopping at Mega Wig in Orange, Nj. I love the ombre color and the wild curls. I am a huge fan of big hair so this wig gives me a lot of hair without the hassel. This wig is a low maintence piece and good for everyday use. 

The  Zury Sister High Heat Comfy Lace Front Wig CFL-H DARIA retailed for $39.99. 



I had to buy a blonde wig. Blonde is one of my go to colors as far as hair is concerned. This is the Swiss Lace Bohemian Wig Lace Alina in 27/30. This wig was on sale for just $10! Yeah you read right, $10! This is not many times you will find a wig for 10 bucks. This was a steal. Though I will not wear this on a daily basis, I mean I could not pass up this wig deal. I loved the look from this style when I was shopping at Mega Wig in Orange, Nj.  

The only issue I have with this wig is that the curls fall very fast but it does leave a great wave effect.  Giving off a very Beachy look




If you are a Wig websites/company/creator and would like to be a part of the Heavy on Fashion Wig Out Wednesday, contact me at milanmalan (at) gmail (dot) com!

Until Next Time
Live,Style,Write 
Malanb
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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Throwback Heavy on Fashion Reviews -TANYA by Bromstad for Naturalizer and Naturalizer Luncheon



Omg! This is a serious throwback review/event coverage that got lost through all my craziness. One of my favorite events from Fall 2014 was the Bromstad for Naturalizer Luncheon where I was gifted these fabulous Bromstad Tanya boots. If you know anything about being a Jersey Girl, we are all for  animal print especially on a great pair of boots. I found that TANYA by Bromstad for Naturalizer are great for anyone who has a special place in their clothes for a well made animal print. TANYA by Bromstad for Naturalizer are also a great look for any occasion and almost every season. 


I also loved the Tanya by Bromstad for Naturalizer are incredibly affordable . They were originally $159.00 but now are $89.99! The leather and animal hair completely complement this ankle boot style. This is one of my favorite boots I now have in my closet.



Check out my time at  Naturalizer Luncheon and more!

I would like to thanks the fabulous gurus from Naturalizer.

Until Next time!
Live,Style,Write
Malanb

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Heavy on Fashion talks to Karina Iskin, Founder, ISKIN Contemporary Jewelry

Hello all my fashion divas and gurus! I am so happy to bring in the new year with a ne jewelry collection ISKIN Contemporary Jewelry. Established in Buenos Aires in 2004, ISKIN was created by Gabriela & Karina Iskin, two sisters with a mutual goal: To create unique jewelry pieces for the modern day woman. Heavy on Fashion reently interviewed on of the creators of ISKIN, Karina Iskin about all the details on ISKIN! 

So without further ado, Here is Heavy on Fashion talks to Karina Iskin, Founder, ISKIN Contemporary Jewelry!
Photos courtesy of ISKIN Contemporary Jewelry

When did you realize you wanted to become a jewelry designer?
Since I was a child, I always had a love for jewelry. What fascinates me is the possibility to express myself through art and design. I always created accessories, and so it was natural for me to study Industrial Design. My studies and passion are seen in the jewelry creations made for ISKIN today.  

How long have you worked as a designer?
I have worked as a designer for just under fifteen years after graduating from college in 2001.

Where do you get your inspiration?
My inspiration can come from anything. Whether that is the memory from my childhood, a smile, a child’s gaze, the simple in the complex, the collective dreams, nature, and love.  


Photos courtesy of ISKIN Contemporary Jewelry




Describe the general process you go through to design and realize a piece of jewelry.
I have a little sketch book with ideas that I take with me wherever I go. I like to experiment with different materials and techniques. When I chose one of the ideas that I like the best, I begin to make prototypes and models, and adjust them until I'm satisfied with the result. Once it's ready, I launch the production of the new piece, together with photographs, and marketing materials.

How long does it usually take you to construct a piece?
It depends on the piece of jewelry. It can take one full day or a couple of months of development. 

Who are some of your favorite designers?
My favorite designers are Issey Miyake, Martin Margiela, Yohji Yamamoto, Santiago Calatrava, Oscar Niemeyer, Campana Brothers and Droog.

Photos courtesy of ISKIN Contemporary Jewelry

What are some of your favorite clothing stores/catalogs/websites?
My favorite clothing stores/catalogs and websites are Issey Miyake, Maison Martin Margiela and Marimekko.

What are some of your fashion goals?
My overall fashion goal is to be unique and bold, don't follow a trend. Be your own trend. 

Photos courtesy of ISKIN Contemporary Jewelry


Finally, What does fashion mean to you?
Fashion means a way to express your ideas and feel good about yourself.

I would like to thank Karina Iskin for the exclusive interview.
Check out more from Iskin Contemporary Jewelry at http://www.iskinjewelry.com/
Twitter - https://twitter.com/iskinjewelry
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/iskinjewels
Instagram - http://instagram.com/iskinjewelry