Heavy on Fashion Talks to Maisha Bahati

Hello all my fashion divas and gurus! I am very happy to introduce a great new fashion designer Maisha Bahati.  I fell in love with the Maisha Bahati collection . This line is full of bold colors, wearable styles, and wonderful prints. Maisha Bahati is a great addition to any fashionistas' summer wardrobe. Here is Heavy on Fashion Talks to Designer Maisha Bahati






Founded in 2008, Maisha Bahati is a contemporary and timeless women’s clothing line retailing in high-end boutiques and purchased through custom, made to order deliveries direct from the designer. The line embodies simplistic silhouette designs using solid and monochromatic colors and bold prints, integrating an elegant feel with a nod to vintage chic.


The designer and owner, Maisha Bahati, is a Sacramento, CA-based designer focusing on styles for women of many ages and lifestyles. The line includes dresses and jumpsuits made of silks and high-quality jersey knits, which are cut and draped to flatter a variety of body shapes and sizes.


Maisha Bahati is growing fast in the fashion industry, with inquires for around the US and Internationally. This year will be an amazing year for Maisha Bahati, with the launch of MaishaBahati.com, her new resort collection is available online for purchase as well as in boutiques in Sacramento, New York, Houston and San Francisco.







Heavy on Fashion: How did you get started? What was the first article of clothing you ever designed?

MB:I got started in fashion about 8 years ago, my first article of clothing I made was a backless dress for a friend's 21st birthday.


Heavy on Fashion: How long have you worked as a designer?

MB:I have been working as a designer for about 5 years now.


Heavy on Fashion: What are some of your proudest accomplishments as a designer?

MB:My proudest accomplishment has been to have my clothing in various local boutiques. I love to see my pieces on the racks!



Heavy on Fashion: What matters to you most as a fashion designer?

MB:What matters most to me as a designer is that women love and feel fabulous wearing my pieces. 


Heavy on Fashion: Do you try to keep with the trends or create your own?

MB:I've never been one to follow trends; I will pay attention to what's hot for the seasons, but overall I create pieces that I love that are timeless.


Heavy on Fashion:What are your favorite fabrics to work with and why?

MB:I mainly work with stretch knits because I love the drape, the fabric is comfortable and you can dress the fabric up or down with fun accessories. 




Heavy on Fashion: Let talk about the Maisha Bahati Collection. Who is the ideal Maisha Bahati woman?

MB: The Maisha Bahati woman, is every woman! She is the woman that wants to feel fabulous; she likes to stand out and be daring; she like to have fun; she likes attention and she wants to feel sexy while being classy at the same time.


Heavy on Fashion: If you can have any public figure to be the Maisha Bahati spokesperson who would it be?

MB:The spokes person for Maisha Bahati would be a cross between Solange Knowles,  Tracee Ellis Ross (Diana Ross' daughter) and Gwen Stefani.


Heavy on Fashion: What do you enjoy to do when you are not designing and developing the Maisha Bahati collection?

MB:When I'm not sewing, I enjoy attending my daughter's softball games. She is an amazing athlete and I love watching her grow!



Heavy on Fashion: Finally what does fashion mean to you? 

MB:What fashion means to me? Fashion is a sense of expression and feelings. It tells a story about you and how you feel without you having to say one word.


I would like to thank Maisha Bahati for the interview. 
You can check out Maisha Bahati on
Instagram: MaishaBahati
Twitter: @maishabahati

Heavy on Fashion looks at Bundshop.com


Hello all my fashion divas and gurus! I am so happy to introduce you to a new e-commerce website for innovative designers in China. Yes, China..we are going international today! You can buy some of the most innovative and creative products from the East thanks to Bundshop.com. From great designer fashion labels to funky dinnerware, I mean this site has just about anything. All my divas and gurus, here is a look at Bundshop.com!

 Patriot Lamp by John Meng
The vision of BUNDSHOP is very simple:

 To be a facilitator of incredible Chinese design to the world.
To be the curator of globally competitive design products from China.
To be the portal for the world to access never before seen Chinese design and stories.
To be the spark of passionate, cultured, and conversations about the Chinese creative spirit.
To be the storyteller to communicate inspirations and dreams across literal and cultural seas.


  Front Handle Bag by MaryH


Bundshop Raw
The collection of experiences that Bundshop.com will share with you via bundshop is RAW. Bundshop goes beyond products to tell stories of creativity and courage with live conversations with people that inspire us. RAW is about the triumphs, faceplants, and moments of hilarity along this journey. Every designer and every customer makes Bundshop.com.  Bundshop.com is a way of bringing everyone together and into the inner circle. Check out Bundshop Raw!
Shanghai Breeze Fan by Carl Liu
The Bundshop.com Selection 
Bundshop.com has a meticulously curated selection of products by independent fashion and industrial designers from Mainland and Greater China, available for purchase on BUNDSHOP.COM. They work with an evolving creative community in China and versatile, international customers


Deep Sea Forest Leggings from RI by Carrie
You can check out Bundshop at their website at Bundshop.com
You can like Bundshop.com is on Facebook
and Follow them on Twitter

 Until Next Time
Live,Style, Write
MalanB

Heavy on Fashion Talks to Fashion Stylist Fatiah Rebbekkah Muhammad


Hello all my fashion divas and gurus! I am happy to introduce you guys to  one of the hottest fashion stylist and image consultant in the industry, Fatiah Rebbekkah Muhammad! Fatiah has worked with some of the best designers, celebrities,publications, athletes, and entertainers. Check out this exclusive interview with Fashion Stylist Fatiah Rebbekkah Muhammad!








Heavy on fashion: How did you begin your career as a stylist? What inspired you to become a fashion stylist?

Fatiah Rebbekkah: I always was into fashion. I was a kid who watch old Hollywood movies I fell in love with Audrey Hepburn at a young age and I was just so into fashion being exposed to all those beautiful woman as a young girl. My first gig in Fashion I worked as a dresser back stage for Davids Bridal. When doing that I was to report to the Fashion Stylist. Seeing what she did and how she put together all the looks and I noticed she was the vision behind all of this because of her people will be captivated and moved to want to buy and be that bride. I knew I didn't want to design anymore I wanted to be the visionary to bring the clothing to life.





Heavy on fashion:Who are some of the people you have worked with through out your career?

Fatiah Rebbekkah Muhammad:Wow I've been truly blessed for the public they are more excited to here of the celebs and I've worked with quite a few but for me I feel blessed to have learn from the teams of Nylon Bullet Magazine, Vman Magazine Lurve the amazing famous stylist Jessica Bobince who was my mentor so many genius photographers who help refine my eye when I style models from Ford models from so many agencies. But for the people it was fun to work with NFL players especially Alvin Bowen, Jackie Christie and Laura Govan from Basketball Wives, Chef Roble from Bravo Network, Eva Simons international pop star, Amanda Seales of MTV and Vh1 and the list goes on and on.



Heavy on fashion:Who are some of your favorite designers right now?
Fatiah Rebbekkah Muhammad: Oh my goodness, I have a long list but I am in love with Marc Jacobs but I favor his Men's Collection more than anything. Tory Burch is everything to me that collection always keeps me happy and on my toes its always refreshing. As for new designers that many people may not know of I love Empire Mafia by Eric Juno his collection of jewelry is breathe taking and already a celeb favorite. Also Natty paint which is now held in Urban Outfitters.





Heavy on fashion:What advice would you give someone who wishes to pursue a career as a fashion stylist?
Fatiah Rebbekkah Muhammad: Be persistent its really hard and takes a lot of time heart and energy and it gets really really hard so you have to stick in there and push people and push yourself be aggressive and don't take no for an answer ever. The sooner you start the better. Begin to build your port to show people what you can do.


Heavy on fashion:What are the top 5 things every woman should have in their closet?

Fatiah Rebbekkah Muhammad: Well I'll say the basics and the classic pieces you can always utilize to switch up several looks. Must have a white button up for sure this can go for a casual look and even switch up for an interview. Always have a basic denim something that can be worn from day to night. A basic tee of any color can never lead you wrong. A leather or denim jacket according to what kinda of girl you are. Always have a basic shoe whether it is a black flat or a nude pump something that can always be put on with anything. Now if you look at all these items you can create at min 3 different outfits.


Heavy on fashion:What is the biggest misconception about being a fashion stylist? How will you change it?
Fatiah Rebbekkah Muhammad:Well the one thing people assume is that being a fashion stylist is easy people assume we shop all day and do nothing else but play dress-up with people. That pisses me off because its a lot of hard labor and long hours. I've had male friends attempt to help me out for a day and they are left exhausted. Its not easy so for people who think that cool out because its hard. I would suggest people dig deeper before they make that statement.


Heavy on fashion:Finally, Where can my fashion divas and gurus check out your work?
  
Fatiah Rebbekkah Muhammad:Yes! Well my website is now being updated and getting a makeover but you can still visit it and check out some of my work and behind the scenes videos www.FatiahRebbekkah.com.Also to keep up to date with shoots and events even castings for models please visit my fanpage on facebook www.facebook.com/fatiahrebbekkahm.Follow me on twitter @fatiahrebbekkah also follow me on instagram @missrebbekkah


I would like to thank Fatiah for the interview!
Live,Style,Write
Malanb 

Heavy on Fashion talks to Frankito

Hello all my fashion divas and gurus! I had the chance to talk to a great up and coming actor/model Frankito better known as Frankito the Model. With a progressing career in acting, modeling, and music Frankito the Model will be a name to know in the industry. Here an exclusive interview with Frankito the Model.

Photo courtesy of Tayhyira Savanna Inc.

Heavy on Fashion: How did you get ino modeling?

Frankito:A friend of mines stopped me one day and said "Hey, you should be on TV".  It was pretty much from since then I took a couple photos and Frankito The Model was born.  

Heavy on Fashion:What are your current modeling campaign are you?

Frankito:I am currently a spokesmodel for Hardcore Physique Apparel  https://www.facebook.com/HardcorePhysique?ref=ts

Photo courtesy of Tayhyira Savanna Inc.


Heavy on Fashion:What was the motivation to be in the fashion industry?

Frankito: My motivation is my dreams of becoming an actor, that is where my true passion is.  Still photography and motion picture sort of go hand in hand for me.  I like to be able to portray emotions that can be captured in so many different ways.  Fashion is also very fun and always changing.  Its fun trying new looks and styles.

Heavy on Fashion: Now lets talk about being your acting career. How did you get into acting?What other projects are you working on?

Frankito: After the photoshoot I did initially, my manager thought I should get head shots done as well.  She submitted it just to see what would happen and they wanted me for a short film that was shooting in Brooklyn at the time.  I got to the set and fell in love with the whole film process.  Its is hard work do not get me wrong and it requires patience.  It also sparked my interest in directing and producing my own projects.  I like to use my imagination A LOT and with film you get to do that everyday.  I've worked on several music videos that will be released later this season.  I actually did some green screen work which was really different and fun to shoot.  I am currently auditioning just about anywhere and everywhere.

Photo courtesy of Tayhyira Savanna Inc.


Heavy on Fashion: Where do you see yourself 5 years from now? What steps are you making to make your vision to be a reality?What advice would you give someone going into the industry?

Frankito: I am currently auditioning just about anywhere and everywhere and in 5 years I hope to be filming bigger budget films.  Anyone that wants to be an actor/model or anything for that matter because I think this is just how life works, believe in yourself, work extremely hard everyday to make whatever dream you have come true, never lose hope or doubt yourself, surround yourself with people that will uplift you and never give up.  Dreams can change but they never go away.  I believe that hard work always pays off.
Heavy on Fashion: If you had a chance what would you change about the industry?

Frankito: I honestly think that it is changing as we speak.  I have only been in the industry about one year and a few months and I have had the opportunity to do so much.  I think because the use of social media and the resources on the internet, it is easier to find gigs or find a photographer that will work with you.  I do think there should be more diversity when it comes to race and ethnicity.  I think as a minority I have an advantage being a male Latino but there aren't that many projects available. 

Photo courtesy of Tayhyira Savanna Inc.

Heavy on Fashion: Where can readers find out more about you and your work?

Frankito:You can check out my website www.callmefrankito.com and my blog www.callmefrankito.tumblr.com.  All of my work can be found on my YouTube page www.youtube.com/TheTasterisk (Tahyira Savanna Inc Channel on YouTube).  I am also on Twitter and like to connect with fans there (@frankito2_0)


Sorry for being M.I.A!

Hey guys I am so sorry for being MIA on Heavy on Fashion. I recently moved to back to my hometown in a new house, Yay! My macbook is sick! Macbook + apple store repairs = ton of  $$$!

While I working on my tech issues, head over to my Music and Street fashion blog Milan Malan Word on the Street. I am having a great giveaway from Anything Goes UK apparel company! I am giving away a wonderful graphic tee! Check my latest giveaway at http://milanmalan.blogspot.com/2012/07/milan-malan-word-on-street-fashion.html
Photo courtesy of Anything Goes UK apparel

Don't Worry, Heavy on Fashion will be back before you know it with some great reviews, event coverage, interviews, and videos!

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and my Twitter account @malanb
for the latest updates! 

Live,Style,Write
Malanb

Loving fashion ...with the Sniffles


So my fashion divas and gurus I am a bit under the weather,Hence the Can of Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup, A botttle of  Cough Medicine, a cup of tea in my favorite Pink and brown polka dot cut,  and another bottle of Mucinex Fast-Max DM Max. 

So sorry about the lack of fashion and style on the blog lately. Don't fret my fashion family, I will be doing an Oscar Rundown tomorrow. You know I have to give my $100 worth of fashion opinions on the biggest and best in Hollywood from the comforts of my living room.
So while I get a handle on this cold, make sure you head over to the official Heavy on Fashion facebook page at

I will also be giving my Oscar Red Carpet commentary on my twitter page at https://twitter.com/malanb
With a tissue in hand and fashion on my mind, I will tweet, chat, and write to you all soon. 

Live, Style, Write (and a few sniffles)
Malanb 

A Heavy on Fashion Look at Adolfo Sanchez

I am so happy to feature a great new indie designer Adolfo Sanchez. Adolfo Sanchez is a fabulous  L.A. based designer who started his namesake fashion line in 2006. With a lovely and sophisticated line of gowns,cocktail dresses, and handbags.  

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