Supermodel Beverly Johnson and VH1 Basketball Wives Ogom “OG” Chijindu Headline the Breaking Barriers Awards Gala Highlighting Fashion Entrepreneurs

Celebrities hit the red carpet for the 2019 Breaking Barriers Awards Gala at the Los Angeles Convention Center on August 4 in Los Angeles hosted by actor/producer Obba Babatunde’. The awards gala was produced and presented by fashion designer Stormyweather Banks. Celebrity attendees included Ogom “OG” Chijindu (VH1’s Basketball Wives; Lingerie Football League), Tonya Banks (Reality TV Star “Little Women LA”), Aaron Frazier (HBO’s Ballers), Jordyn Curet (Disney Channel “Raven’s Home”) and many others. 

Kellita Smith, Beverly Johnson

This year’s event highlighted the achievements of those who have broken barriers in the fashion industry. Honorees included Academy Award Winning Costume Designer Ruth Carter, Supermodel Beverly Johnson, and Cross Colours Clothing Line Founders Carl Jones & TJ Walker. Beverly Johnson received the “Icon Award”, Carl Jones & TJ Walker received the “Influential Award” and Ruth Carter received the “Triumph Award”. Walker received Carter’s award on her behalf in her absence. Actress Kellita Smith was in attendance to present the “Icon Award” to Supermodel Beverly Johnson. 

Aaron Frazier

Immediately following the awards gala, LA’s emerging fashion designers showcased their ready-to-wear pieces during the gala fashion show to a crowd of fashion goers and enthusiast, hosted by 102.3 KJLH Radio Personality Adai Lamar.” 

Ogom “OG” Chijindu
Thomas “TJ” Walker, Obba Babatunde,
Beverly Johnson

This HBCU Graduate Partnered with NFL and NBA Players and Is Redefining the Fashion Industry

In 2015, Tuskegee University graduate Pharoah Kirk announced the creation of the CHRISTIAN HENRY brand. Headquartered in New York, designer and founder Pharoah Kirk brings a dynamic approach in men’s suiting by pairing classic Italian and English tailoring techniques with modern silhouettes. Kirk scours the globe each season and finds innovative materials to experiment with, providing designs for the modern, successful man who loves to make a bold statement in every room he enters. Read more of his journey below.

 1) Tell us how you got started in your field 

Bigger named brands and businesses may have swept the country of every professional dressed across the country, but there has been a need of extra care and quality. After bootstrapping the business with $25,000 in personal capital, I set out to create an international luxury brand that would help to not only educate those about custom suiting but to meet the needs and wants of every man internationally. After noticing that there was a lack of Blacks within the fashion industry of custom clothiers, it has become a mission of mine to revamp the spectrum of how the world sees designers.

Raised under parents that were entrepreneurs of dry cleaners in Detroit, Michigan, this helped to shape my entrepreneurial spirit at an early age. The setting provided a foundation for me to not only learn but also for me to gain tutelage learning how to service customers. From an early age, I aspired to present the confidence and uplifting self-esteem to others that I knew clothing could provide.

 2) Talk to us about the initial startup stages with your business

I’d be dishonest if I painted a picture of happiness and say that this was me at all times. The initial stages were a tad bit challenging at times. But there was perseverance. There was determination. I knew that I had a burning fire like no one else simply because I wanted to be successful. Like any other startup company with no investors, startup capital, or funding, it can be an overwhelming feeling at times to wonder where sales were going to come from or how revenue should be spent to continue growing the business. There has been a great process of internal business maturation, but also a self-reflection, prioritization and a firm understanding that not everything needed to be tackled at once. 

 3) What is the most rewarding part for you about what you do? 

There is no greater joy to see the excitement and smile on a man’s face once he is trying on his new suit that he helped to create, design, and be apart of as far as the decision-making process. A client once told me that, “I had low self-esteem previously, but knowing that I have on clothes that actually fit my body properly, and it helps that random strangers give me compliments as I walk down the street. It’s so uplifting to my spirits.” 

That compliment along with other similar compliments that I have received over the course of my business career has helped me to know that business is not just about how much you’re profiting, but it’s about how much you’re making an impact to the individuals that you service. 


 4) What has been the biggest lesson about overcoming obstacles and failure that you have learned throughout your business journey? 

Overcoming obstacles and failure is monumental. It’ll either make or break you as a person. The biggest lesson that I have learned is that you cannot allow yourself to have negative emotions in the world of business. It can be detrimental or catastrophic to your business if you allow these emotions to be seen, heard, or assumed. I operate with a strong level of positivity. Positivity is infectious because it allows the world to witness vibes that genuinely make someone beautiful inside and out.

 5) Tell is about upcoming projects you are working on

Currently, there are two focal projects that I am currently working on. 1. Because we have recently entered into the “red carpet” season (Oscar’s, Grammy’s, etc.), my team and I are working diligently on making sure that all of our clients look their best on the red carpet and after-parties with never seen styles and designs before. This means that we are partnering with celebrity stylists and professional agents to make sure all provided clothing is prioritized and perfect for every signature event. 2. We are creating educational curriculum for the symposiums of the NFL that will help to educate rookies on the importance of their attire. This is extremely important to the building of their brand but also to the adherence for their employers.

6) How did your experience at an HBCU prepare you for your current entrepreneurial endeavors? 

While attending Tuskegee University, the institution and student life helped to prepare me for battles of management of personal funds, proper etiquette of business meetings, and punctuality of time management. A lot of HBCU graduates often share stories of their unique experiences, but after all stories are told, there is a sense of “togetherness” in the air. It’s a feeling that individuals whom have never attended an HBCU can feel. No matter what HBCU you attended, that bond is truly something unique. 

7)  Leave us with some words of advice you can offer to aspiring and current entrepreneurs? 

There are three key elements for aspiring and current entrepreneurs that are critical to their success.

1. Organization – Without this, your business will fail. Look into utilizing all resources that can help you to stay on top of organization. There are various apps and software that will be your best friend during your journey.

2. Education – Look into your local cities for programs that are offered for aspiring and/or current entrepreneurs. These programs may be in the form of incubators, workshops, and seminars. These are a wealth of knowledge not only from the material that is given, but to the individuals that you will meet.

3. Networking – This is a key element. Putting yourself out there to meet individuals whom you may or may not know is extremely important as it helps to bring awareness and future services or sales to your business. 

Why You Should Know About Princess Eugenie and Beatrice’s Fashion Sense

As Eugenie gets ready to become married, this sibling couple is one that doesn’t get a lot of the light shed on them often. This is starting to become apparent, but one thing is for certain, they have a strong fashion sense that should not go unnoticed. As fashion designers in the world of high end fashions and elaborate pieces, they have to find ways to design royal or noble pieces worthy of wearing outside the palace.

They’re Always Marching

One of the biggest things that can be noticed or mentioned is that when they design something and then show it off while leaving their palace, it is always something that coordinates with the other. You will never see them together out of sync. It is unheard of.

They compliment one another and so many are hoping to see many of their fashions come the wedding since they seem to have a good eye for choosing fashions that stand out, that are brave, but also that fit in with the times and with each other. Finding out if they can do the same for the wedding party is also going to be something worth mentioning.

With the fashion that any fashionista would want and an eye for detail, this pair has been sure to be spotted in many places rocking their own choice of fashion around. As fashion icons, especially in England, they continue to inspire and dazzle the crowds with their choices of color and their flair for choosing something well worth the look.

The wedding is going to be one that is going to do the same. With the changes being shown about, their fashion sense is one that continues to be shared globally, with many wonderingwhere they can grab some of these one-of-a-kind fashions.

Modern Muslim Women’s Fashion on Display at San Francisco Museum

Those that are always curious to know what the fashions around the world are like can benefit from seeing what is being offered inside one San Francisco fashion museum. One of the biggest pieces of the fashion that is worn by these women is the head covering that they put on. Covering almost everything but their eyes, it is something that is thought of as restricting, but it does not have to be for those women that prefer to wear it.

This new exhibition shows that these women can express themselves with the right fashion, while also being able to conform to the standards that they want to uphold.

Dolce and Gabbana have some of the most beautiful scarves and when a woman wants to pair one of these with her outfit, she can do this to cover her hair and face. Adding a beautiful hood to a dress is also easily done. Going with lighter colors, yellows, roses, champagnes, can also bring more light to their outfit. There is no restriction on what she is able to do when customizing the outfit, she puts on. She can still feel beautiful, which is what the display aims to show those that come out to see it.

Being shown as the “Contemporary Muslim Fashions” it is going to show off around 80 different ensembles that come from 60 designers. They have put together something really special for those that want to either come see the ways they can show off their fashion, or just those interested in learning more.

Some of the designers are from the countries where these fashions are actually worn, which makes them more ideal for those that want to wear something beautiful, but also that follows the law and rules of their religion.

Muslim women should feel beautiful and not targeted. With many options being put on display, they have something to look forward too.

 

Stella McCartney Is Back At It and Right Back to Her Roots

Written by Samantha Skinner

Presenting her first runway show of the year after having complete control of her design house, she is back being who she is and what she is known for. This is all very good for the fashion world, or those that don’t mind going fur-free.

After buying out 50 percent of the stake that was once held by the luxury giant, Kering, she is now the only owner of her design house and label and is ready to make a change in the world of fashion, runway by runway.

Going back to her roots and sparking her independence as a designer, she has been showing off those moves that were once being held back. She can now freely let everyone know how she feels and one of the biggest issues on the table currently is the use of animal hides and furs in fashion.

She feels like they are so close and so many designers have banned with her on this. However, not everyone has taken the full leap and this is where she is going to come in and hopefully change their minds and make them move forward.

As the runway was bold, fresh and washed away those colors that might have been dragging everyone else down, she was able to make a change in the way that she strutted those models down.

Being able to be a designer is something that empowers her. Now that she has complete control over everything that is done in the powerhouse of the company. Being able to make decisions, but also getting other designers to go along with her can prove to be one of the best moves she has done.

Everyone is interested to see where this designer house is going to go. Off or on label, the activists for animal rights are happy to have her onboard.

Michael Kors Obtains Versace for a Small Fortune

Its official! Everyone thought it wasn’t going to happen, but it did and now everyone cannot stop talking about it!

Michael Kors Holdings Limited has officially announced that they purchased Versace. Held by the late Gianni Versace’s sister, Donatella Versace, it was purchased for over $2 billion.

Following the merger, Michael Kors Holding will be changing their name to Capri Holdings Limited.

This is a big and very exciting moment for everyone involved, even Versace. In a statement, Donatella Versace said, “It has been more than 20 years since I took over the company along with my brother Santo and daughter Allegra. I am proud that Versace remains very strong in both fashion and modern culture. Versace is not only synonymous with its iconic and unmistakable style, but with being inclusive and embracing diversity, as well as empowering people to express themselves. Santo, Allegra, and I recognize that this next step will allow Versace to reach its full potential.”

For fans that are unsure of what the future of Versace would hold or what would come next with the company, they are keeping many of the previous Versace owners, such as Donatella on board as designers and their CEO, Jonathon Akeroyd. They want to grow and build and paired with Michael Kors, they have a better chance at doing that.

John Idol, the CEO of Capri Holdings Limited is excited about this merger and is allowing Versace a lot of control to corner the market and provide them with a way to have the market unrivaled with this new brand that is going to hit the ground running and take off.

Versace is still a brand name that so many know and love, but with the merger, everyone can get to know and love another brand, that is set to be as good, if not better, than the Versace fashion.

Vintage Is The New ‘In’ Look for This Summer

Written by Samantha Skinner

Vintage looks have always been around and from time to time you will notice that different time periods will come out. This is true for this year, as well. Not only have you seen many of the vintage appeals that are found in the dresses, with their light cotton that flows effortlessly, but also in many of the other cute items that you find hanging on the racks. Most often you will find some pretty decent finds in thrift stores and vintage shops that provide these types of clothes that are coming back. What era is coming back though? So many are asking this question because they do not want to go too far behind, but they want to make sure that they’re at just the right spot for the job.

The vintage look is in and with it comes so much more…

Flowing dresses from the 70’s when flower children were in session. You can find many of these sundresses around and with the same patterns that were on them so many years ago. However, they are still just as cute and still just as in style. If you’re looking for something to wear this summer, these dresses are calling your name.

Pair them with a cute pair of flats or sandals.

Wearing flowers is showing all the power. The 70’s is definitely making a comeback in a lot of the summer clothes that you see everyone in. Not only are the flowers a symbol of the power, of the peace and of so much more but they provide the wearer with something cute to wear around. Floral patterns are back in so if you don’t currently have something in your closet that has this pattern, now is the time to get it. Wear floral jumpers, shorts, shirts – just about anything!

Through the look of the past, you’re gaining the future ahead. So many outfits that once were worn by your grandparents are now coming back. Bell bottoms came back, didn’t they? Now the free flowing, lightweight fabrics of the same era are coming back once again. You can find almost everything in floral print, in lightweight material and the comfortable appeal that follows.

Vintage is the new in and if you have a chance to check out what all is next, then make sure to look into what is hiding in the vintage closet. You might be surprised to see what they have hanging up. If you want to wear something that really makes you stand out, then vintage is the way to go. Not only are you going to look awesome, but you will also be someone that can pull of the look because it is coming back. It is summer, wear something cute, but also something comfortable.

Happy sunny days!

Choosing a Spring Dress That is Perfect For You!

Written by Samantha Skinner

Shopping for a spring dress might seem simple. You know what you like and what you don’t, but what if you could find something that completely made you stand out? What if you could find something that fit you in all the right places and also made you feel confident to wear it, as well?

We have so many tips and tricks when it comes to fashion so when you go to choose something from the shelves, consider these tips and also consider what it is that you like. Even though those runways are blazing with hot new fashions, always make sure to choose something you are comfortable wearing!

The Skinny on Stripes

If you feel that you have a little more to love, then stripes are going to be your best friend. Not only are you going to be able to feel good in what you’re wearing, but you’re able to know you have what it takes to rock that look, as well. This is something that not everyone is able to do. However, throw it on, see if it is for you and rock it!

The Neckline Matters

If you are a bit on the busty side, then you want to stay away from extremely plunging necklines. You might lose…yourself in them. You want to wear something that is flattering so go with a neckline that is higher up, but also curve skimming and not clingy in that area. This will help not only make your bust seem more proportioned, but it shapes the body better.

For Those Curvy Mama’s Out There!

If you’re curvy then you want to wear something that is going to really make your waist stand out. Choosing a comfortable spandex-made dress that has a belt around the waist or another type of tie can really help out those curves and get you the looks that you want and need. Unlike some of the other options out there, being curvy is not something you have to hide with a bag – wear a belt and make it look classy!

Small Bust – No Problem

When you have a smaller bust, you don’t have to worry about a higher neckline as much. You can easily go with something that plunges and gives the illusion of a bit more. You want something that cinches cutely at the waist, but also flows freely towards the bottom. This is going to give the illusion of having more curves.

If you want a cute spring dress, then try on something that is ideal for your body type. You don’t have to worry about not being able to wear something worth wearing, and that looks cute! The choice of dress you go with is going to look good since you picked it out!

 

Spring Has Sprung! The Top Must-Have Fashion Trends 2018

Written by Samantha Skinner

Spring time is upon us and with it comes many different fashion trends that follow. When it comes to this, you want to make sure that you’re also the best dressed one showing up to the party, as well.

Here are some of the best and top must-have fashion trends for the year so you can stay one step further when it comes to being fashionable and chic.

The 80’s are Coming Back
You probably didn’t see that one coming, but the 80’s are making a comeback when it comes to the spring fashion trends you’re likely to see. Think wide shoulders, suede and cinched waists that follow. The 80’s had some pretty cool things with it, so you can expect to come up with something unique and original with many of the fashions.

Sneakers, Sneakers, Sneakers
We all love a good game and now you can wear your sneakers with just about anything that you’re wearing for the day. You can benefit from a good look with the sneakers and your jeans, or sneakers and that skirt and be daring when you pair them with a cute tennis dress.

Large Belts
Large belts are also in fashion and with them comes the need to wear them with bright colors and beautifully large buckles. They can be paired with a long shirt, jeans, a dress or anything else that you can think of.

Pencil Skirts
Pencil skirts are back by popular demand this spring, though they really didn’t lose out on anything before. They’re still just as beautiful as ever when it comes to wearing them out to a party or to a business meeting, you can have both.

Sportswear
Sportswear is something that is not only comfortable, but also fashionable. It is turning into a fashion statement come spring time. The jumpers, track suits and more are there to use when it comes to putting them on and heading out for a good time when the weather warms up a bit more.

Denim, Denim and Even More Denim
If you thought that denim was in back then, just look at it now! This season many of the denim made jeans, dresses, skirts and more are going to have denim on denim with them. This is a big leap of faith since we are unsure of how the world is going to take this denim craze once again.

Of course, you could also go with something personalized, something specifically designed for you and one of a kind with Creationz From a Dove, so you will stand out this spring and look beautiful.

Happy Spring!

How To Clean Your Closet and Make Money with Poshmark and Mercari

Written by Aysha Chaudhry

As the New Year approaches, a lot of us are tempted to re-vamp things in our life that we’ve grown tired of. That may include our beauty routine, our exercise regimen, and even our wardrobe. However, it can be difficult when our wallets are tight, especially right after all of the spending that comes with the holidays.

A great way to make some spare money and to free up space in your closet simulateneously is to use a re-sale app like Poshmark or Mercari. These apps allow you to buy and sell gently-used clothing for great prices. So those high heels you bought for last year’s holiday party and haven’t worn since? Sell ‘em.

A tip for getting the best bang for your buck: While the buyer pays for shipping, you are responsible for extra costs for the shipping materials, etc. If you are planning on selling a lot of items, consider buying silver shipping bags in bulk (Amazon has some great options) so that you aren’t paying so much when you get to the post office.