Fashion Citizen Attends…Fashionably Loud 2
Sunday evening I gathered with DC's fashionable elite at the historic Howard Theater to see the Fashionably Loud 2 : Summer Reign. This event was a mix of music, fashion and showmanship. After letting us know what we were in for and giving us quite a few laughs, host and designer Desmond Handon raised the curtain on an introduction you knew was indicative of a great show ahead. DJ Schemes provided the music as the models began a tantalizing display to open the show, mixing deft dance moves with modeling. Just as quickly as they entered the stage, they glided off and the show began.
Harlei & Marisa swimwear hit the stage with bright colors and sexy cuts. These pieces were not for the shrinking violet at all. The woman who wants to feel sexy while walking along the beach with all eyes on her, Harlei & Marisa is the brand for you. Rapper Phil Ade took the stage and navigated around the models with much ease while stealing a glance here and there. I really enjoyed the mix of patterns with the pieces as well. For all of the sex appeal and brights, these pieces were also simplistic and easy in their design.
Ethnicity Designs swimwear had all the appeal of european swimwear with an interwoven urbane appeal. Metallic shorts mixed well with camo vests. Designer Desmond Handon clearly had Miami on his mind while designing these pieces or even the beaches of Nice, France. If you were planning to wear his pieces, you had better hit the gym and frequently.
Instant Vintage was one of my favorite scenes as it played heavily on the theme of black and white. The 50's silhouettes brought to mind classic looks that never go out of style. This is the kind of fashion that this blogger hopes we return to soon, lower hemlines and gentleman dressed in well tailored pieces.
Fatale Rose hit the stage with a whimsical look but the lightness of their pieces coupled was very refreshing. There was a subtle sex appeal to their pieces with a strong hippie chic vibe. These pieces would be perfect for the woman who loves a bit of vintage in her modernity. While these pieces walked out I could hear the line, Summer breeze makes me feel fine, blowing through the jasmine of my mind.
Reesa Renee hit the stage with her cool sounds as male models showcased Christopher Schaefer Menswear. We saw looks that gave us classic suiting with subtle color play. The tailoring was spot on and these pieces belong in the closet of any gent who considers himself stylish.
Rapper Kingpen Slim took the stage with his song, Hold You Down while models appeared in sexy leather pieces from designer Deborah Mdurvwa. One of my favorite parts of the scene were the headpieces, talk about editorial haute couture ! This was Deborah's move from accessories designer to clothing designer and I have to say I was impressed at her smooth transition. There was woven leather, draped leather and chains of all sizes on the pieces. For the grown woman as Beyonce says.
American Made sent out their version of classic Americana displayed on custom denim. This fashionable take on patriotism was pretty cool to see and each piece was different and unique. Each piece came out with a classic, crisp oxford shirt and that type of simplicity showed great styling.
B4 by Kizzy Evae showcased her vintage pieces with looks that could've easily been from the 50's or 60's. There was texture, glamour and sequins and men's vintage with that telltale smooth tailoring. It's exciting to see another young black female entrepreneur with an eye to curate great vintage.
Stylist King O worked the vintage pieces from boutique, Vintage & Charm into a whirlwind of mixed prints, bright colors and ladylike silhouettes. One thing that never gets "old" about vintage is the relevance of classic pieces and King O gave a refreshing take on vintage with his styling.
Renee Cabactnoh designer, Brian Patterson presented urban wear gone rock star. There were all over print tees, custom denim that Brian is known for and a presence of leather expertly made into easy sweatpants. Brian continues to push the envelope with each collection and this was no different.
Designers of AU3 took the current trend of simple black and white pieces with sparse graphics and turned it on it's head. The tee designs brought to mind the cover of Jay Z's Magna Carta while the pieces seemed like they'd be at home on Mr. Carter or anyone of his close celebrity friends. Several of the tees came out with the word "HEAUX" on them, AU3 came to make an impact and as the last piece left the stage they did that.
Ethnicity Designs came back with a second showing during the show and this time with a small collection of black and white pieces. Desmond gave us red carpet ready looks with ease. His pieces looked easy to wear and comfortable but very much chic and well made. My favorite part of the scene was the draping on his full figured model, she looked stunning and I enjoyed seeing her strut on the runway confidently.
The show closed with lingerie line, Glamour 9 and what a close it was. This was not just sexy lingerie but this was lingerie for the woman with a bit of burlesque flair. The pieces were show stoppers one after the other and the taut bodies of the models were the perfect canvas to show them off.
Photography Credit : Latashia Martin - Photography by Akili