Tag: art

WIDW—Karen Walker Eyewear x Kenyan Artisans

Hola peeps!  Well it is Wednesday and today I am digging theses fab Summer 2014 sunglasses by Karen Walker.  She enlisted Kenya artisans (cutters, tailors, production managers, metal workers and machinists) to model her cool shades and in return they are designing a collection of beaded and screen printed pouches that will be given at point of purchase.  This collaboration came about via the UN’S Ethical Fashion Initiative in which they pair up fashion businesses with artisans in Africa and Haiti to help bring about positive change in their communities.  Take a peek.

Karen Walker x Kenya

Karen Walker x Kenya

Karen Walker x Kenya

Karen Walker x Kenya

Karen Walker x Kenya

Karen Walker x Kenya

Karen Walker x Kenya

Karen Walker x Kenya

Karen Walker x Kenya

I am loving everything that I see here and moreso the cause behind it.  My hat is off to Karen Walker!  What are you thoughts on both?  Do tell.

Photographer: Derek Henderson



Friday Sass—Bob Mackie Art Event

Hola and TGIF!  On Wednesday I had the opportunity to attend the launch of Bob Mackie Art, the first series of his fashion and costume illustrations to be sold.  This event was awesome!  We were greeted by warm and very informative hostesses with big smiles.  Upon entering the room the walls were adorned with the gorgeous illustrations.

The first series is composed of 46 illustrations, matted or framed, as well as in two sizes.  Upon seeing the images up close the words that immediately came to mind was bold, fantasy and detail.  You knew that this was the work of a true artist and craftsman that took pride in what they do.

Bob Mackie has been nominated and won many awards for his fashion expertise **he has worked with Cher, Diana Ross and Beyoncé to name a few**, yet the one he is most proud of is his induction into the Television Academy Hall of Fame **he is the only designer there**.  Lucky enough for me as a courtesy the Bob Mackie team allowed me to choose one for my very own.  I listed my pick at the bottom but look at all pics first and see if you can guess which one is coming home to mama!  Enjoy!


"Carmen and Her Troupe"- Bob Mackie
"Belle of the Ball No. 1"- Bob Mackie
"The Roaring 20s"- Bob Mackie
"Urban Safari"- Bob Mackie
1920 Roz- Bob Mackie
Kitty Kat Klub No. 5- Bob Mackie

So which one do you think I chose?  You guessed right if you picked “Urban Safari“!  Prior to the event I looked up the illustrations and instantly fell in love with this one.  It screamed SASSNCURLZ….haha!  To see more go to www.bobmackie.com.

**special thanks to NYC Fashion Bloggers and the Bob Mackie team**


Soul of Brooklyn Week

Hola peeps!  I hope that all is good with you.  NYC in the summertime is just the best—street fairs, outdoor concerts, block parties, and Mr. Softee!  All of which brings me to the post at hand—Soul of Brooklyn Week.  Art. Fashion. Music. Food.  What more could you want?  Tons of activities are going on so why not check it out.  Enjoy! 





Music on Myrtle: Celebrate the Summer Solstice
Presented by Make Music New York
Hosted by: Shantrelle P. Lewis
Location: Myrtle Avenue, Fort Greene, BK
Trains: G to Clinton – Washington Ave.

As part of the annual Make Music New York festivities, musicians will grace the streets, shops, and restaurants of Myrtle Avenue. Live music will be featured at Move with Grace, Five Spot, SoCo, Brooklyn Stone Boutique, Cake Joy, Kiini Ibura, and Sans Souci. Please visit soulofbrooklyn.com for exact performance times.


Rip the Runway: Brooklyn’s Fashion Outdoors
Presented by MoCADA
Hosted by: Renee Collymore
Location: MoCADA, 80 Hanson Pl. Fort Greene, BK 11217
Trains: C to Lafayette Ave, G to Fulton Street or trains at Atlantic Ave/Pacific St. Station
Time: 6PM – 8PM; FREE

Get ready for models rocking designs from Brooklyn’s hottest young designers. Watch as they take on an outdoor catwalk in the heart of Fort Greene, Brooklyn. See the latest designs and enjoy free refreshments as DJ Trauma provides the soundtrack to an evening of fashion.


Brooklyn Shops Brooklyn
Presented by The Shops of Lewis Avenue (SoLA)
Hosted by: Dist. Leader Robert Cornegy, Jr.
Location: Lewis Avenue, Bed-Stuy, BK (between Decatur Street & Halsey Street)
TraIns: A or C Train to Utica Ave.
Time: 7PM – 10PM; FREE

Join SoLA for an evening of shopping, food, and live entertainment. Special offerings and discounts will be available at The Shops of Lewis Avenue, in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. Participating businesses include: Little Red Boutique, House of Art, Peaches, and Therapy Wine Bar.

FRIDAY JUNE 24, 2011

SoLA Summer Solstice
Presented by The Shops of Lewis Avenue (SoLA)
Location: Akwaaba Mansion, 347 MacDonough Street, Bed-Stuy, BK
Trains: A, C to Utica Ave.
Time: 6:30PM – 9:30PM $30 Before June 19; $40 After

Join SoLA for the 2nd Annual celebration of the Sun Season in the courtyard of the Akwaaba Mansion Bed and Breakfast. Gather with neighbors as you enjoy five courses of locally prepared food paired with summer wines. Advance ticket sales only. For more information, visit http://www.shopsoflewisave.com.

Brooklyn Shorts
Presented by ActNow Foundation & Media MVMT
Hosted by: Latrice Monique Walker, Esq.
Location: Common Grounds, 376 Tompkins Avenue, Bed-Stuy, BK
Trains: A, C to Nostrand Ave.
Time: 8PM – 10:30PM

ActNow and Media MVMT have curated an outdoor screening of short films by Brooklyn’s most cutting edge filmmakers. Enjoy refreshments and films under the stars.


Fort Greene Festival featuring Mos Def
Location: Fort Greene Park
Trains: B, D, N, Q, R to DeKalb Ave.
Time: 12PM – 10PM; FREE

Taking place in historic Fort Greene Park, this year’s Fort Greene Festival headlines Mos Def, alongside a line up of live musical performances, and a taste of Brooklyn’s diverse culture and cuisine. Bring a blanket, bring your friends, and enjoy a full day of food, shopping, and live music in Fort Greene Park.

HCX Summer: Film Screening: When the Drum is Beating

DATE / TIME: Saturday, June 25th/ 7-10pm
LOCATION: FiveMyles Gallery, 558 St Johns Place, Brooklyn, NY 11238: Google Map take the 2, 3, 4,or 5 to Franklin Avenue.

Please join us for a screening of When the Drum is Beating (2011), a film by Whitney Dow. The film follows one of Haiti’s most celebrated bands, Septentrional, weaving together the lives of the band members and Haitian history up to the earthquake of January 2010. A more comprehensive picture of today’s Haiti is painted by deconstructing the context of the Haitian music scene against the backdrop of corrupt regimes and subsequent economic strife. Yet, in the end the film is a brilliant celebration of Haitian perseverance and music.
As part of this special warm up for our fall Haitian film festival that is quickly approaching, we’ll be cooling down with rum punch, cola lakaye (Haitian cola), and paté. So come out, kick back and enjoy the first film screening of the Haiti Cultural Exchange Film Festival. Seating is limited; please RSVP to regine@haiticulturalx.org.


Naturals in Ads—Artist Misha McGlown

Hola!  Just wanted to put you on to another fab natural that I saw in an ad **well kinda**.  I was invited to Harlem Flo yesterday, unfortunately I got it a bit too late and wasn’t able to attend.  However, that didn’t stop me from looking up this talented artist—Misha McGlown.  Her work is phenomenal and I must admit it was her luscious ‘fro that intrigued me to find out more about her.  Please check out her site www.OmoMishaGallery.com.  You won’t be sorry!  Enjoy!

Misha Mcglown---artist

Fashion Illustration by Kazue Shima

Hola peeps!  I hope that your weekend was good.  I want to share the works of a very talented model turned fashion illustrator—Kazue Shima.  We became friends via the Fashion Industry Network after I saw the illustration she did recently for the victims of the tragedy in Japan.  Her drawings are absolutely fabulous and you must check it out.  To see more please go to her blog http://www.opus-opus.com/style/.  The following are two of my faves.  Enjoy!




The Global Africa Project—The Museum of Arts and Design

Hola!  I hope all is good with ya!  Just wanted to share that The Global Africa Project opens at The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) tomorrow.  If you are interested in contemporary African art, design and craft then this is the exhibition that you need to see.  Here is a snippet from their site about the exhibit:

Featuring the work over 100 artists working in Africa, Europe, Asia, the United States, and the Caribbean, The Global Africa Project surveys the rich pool of new talent emerging from the African continent and its influence on artists around the world. Through ceramics, basketry, textiles, jewelry, furniture, and fashion, as well as selective examples of architecture, photography, painting, and sculpture…

I think that this would be a perfect outing for the young and old this holiday season.   Instead of running to the shops for Black Friday sales why not take a trip to the museum and binge on some culture.  If you can’t make it then don’t worry the exhibition is running until May 15, 2011.  For more info click here.  Enjoy!

Source: Kehinde Wiley painting