Fashion Week Picks by Rashaad Holley of Vingt-Cinq Rashaad [Fashion]

Reporting live from the virtual front row, I will be sharing all of my Fashion Week Picks from New York, London, Paris, and Milan Fashion Weeks.  I’m Rashaad, your new fashion correspondent and the guy to know.  I’ve been meaning to kick off this fashion section for a while, and after looking over one of my classmates’ shoulders at someone else’s post of their picks…. I figured it was time.

I’m going to dive right in.  We can catch up later.  Stay tuned for a bunch of fashion insight from yours truly, as well as an official intro.  Hope you guys enjoy!

 

I’ll say this too…. Tom Ford woke me up, Fendi was the coffee, Ralph Lauren was the brunch, and Versace was the mimosa at brunch.  Catch yall later.

 

All photos courtesy of WGSN.

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Beau Fleuve Music & Arts Festival Review 

The inaugural Beau Fleuve Music & Arts Festival kicked off its event with an amazing blues performance by Zuri Appleby, best known for playing with Nick Jonas as his bassist and closed with the anticipated performance of Venzella Joy, best known for playing with Beyoncé as her drummer. These famous Buffalo natives performances got the crowds excited and secured the heightened energy throughout the Festival. 

Beau Fleuve was held at the Buffalo Riverworks, a new and unique venue for an festival that was quiet the same.Upon entrance to the venue, there was a restaurant and bar with a large open space that would be used as an Exhibit Room featuring art exhibits, fashion art, speaker series and vendors. 

Along the back wall there was an entry way down to an arena that offered space to two main stages ,the river stage, more vendors and a stair case that lead to the silent disco located on a stage above the middle of the two main stages. 

On these three stages every art form imaginable was on display: all genres of music from country,Hip Hop, R&B, Neo Soul, Jazz, Indie and more, dance, spoken word, and live performances by painters & barbers. 

Amidst all this talent performers often found themselves competing with each other for space to be heard by their audiences. The amount of talent showcased at this event was astonishing and at time confusing.

 From the festival goers I had the pleasure of speaking with they all wished there was an event program given upon entry detailing the time/location of each performance to ensure they didn’t miss certain sets, but were also optimistic that by next year’s festival these minors kinks would be worked out.

Some of the highlights of the night were the Neo -Soul performances from Drea D’Nor and Lindsay Niccs that drew some of the largest crowds. We Stole the Show and The Pit Dance Crew raised the energy of the crowd as they interacted with festival goers within their sets. But above all, it can be agreed upon that the Silent disco was a definite favorite. 

Upon arrival to the silent disco stage each person is given special headphones that can switch from the three different dj’s mixing on the stage in front of them, these headphones would light up the color of whatever station they were currently listening to. The liveliest time of this was during Truey V’s set where crowds swarmed in circles dancing out to current and classic popular music as well as tunes from Buffalo’s own underground scene.


My personal favorites of the festival were the youth performances, the food, and the overall vibe of the festival. 

The multitalented set performed by the students from Buffalo Center of Arts and Technology was both beautiful and refreshing to see the amount of talent these youth possessed, what they were capable of when given creative freedom and a platform to showcase it. The indoor restaurant offered a delicious twist to the traditional Buffalo Chicken Wings with their Duck Wings rendition, which is meatier than their fellow feathered friends but with all the great flavors of a buffalo wing ! 

Festival goers were all in high spirits and friendly creating a welcoming family friendly environment. There was a strong sense of community among the artist that were mostly all Buffalo natives, their support of each other’s crafts extended beyond their performances, but also to their growth and accomplishments. 

I can go on about the wonderful experience I had at this Festival, it was truly a unique celebration. A celebration of a new Buffalo were artists are given not just space to showcase their craft and perform but a community that fully supports them.  

I look forward to attending next year’s festival and hopefully seeing the work of many other artists from the Buffalo & Western New York area. 

#AroundLA: Sladderday Sip & Shop: Hosted by @ShopRhondaJane X @RebelliousWears! [AUG 12]


Come Sip & Shop with Rhonda Jane & The Stylish Rebel, Vanessa Vaz, at our studio office space in the heart of the Downtown Los Angeles Fashion District!!! 

When: SAT AUG 12th

Time: 3-6pm

Where: 711 E 9th Place, Los Angeles, CA 90021 (call/text Rhonda or Vanessa for suite #)!!!
There will be 420 chic clothing & accessories available for BOTH the ladies and the fellas cc: @shoprhondajane @halfbakedboys & a bunch of amazing vegan make up accessories for sale by @rebelliouswears!!! 


Special discounts & *EXCLUSIVE* giveaways will be available for our first few arrivals!  Bottomless Mimosas, Sangria and Beer will also be available while supplies last! 🍹🦄✨💄🎨 


Please let the ladies know your coming by following the brands on Instagram!!! 👉🏽👉🏽👉🏽 @shoprhondajane @halfbakedboys @rebelliouswears 

RSVP here: Sladderday Sip & Shop: Rhonda Jane X Rebellious Wears [SAT AUG 12th]

Flagrant City Spotlight: Who is Rashaad Holley? What is Vingt-Cinq Rashaad? [Fashion]

Recently a long-time friend of mine from my hometown of Buffalo, NY, Rashaad Holley, sat down with fashion blogger Moesha Reid and the student publication I used to write for in college, the UB Spectrum, sharing his thoughts, his vision, his past and his future passions for his current fashion line,  Vingt Cinq Rashaad.  Take a look & read more below!

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Rashaad Holley working on a custom design.  Photo Credit: UB Spectrum

UB alumnus Rashaad Holley discusses his inspiration for his clothing line, Vingt Cinq Rashaad.

Rashaad Holley wants the number 25 to symbolize a rebirth of black males.

Holley’s brand, Vingt Cinq, means 25 in French and represents an important age for black men in the U.S., due to inner-city violence.

“There’s a popular Kanye lyric, ‘I wasn’t supposed to make it past 25, guess what, I’m still alive’ and that stuck with me,” Holley, a Buffalo State student and UB alumnus, said. “There are no fashion designers coming from the part of Buffalo where I grew up. Me aspiring to be one is different, it’s not something that kids think about being.”

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Holley graduated from UB in 2016 with a degree in business focused in marketing. Instead of entering the workforce, he decided to pursue a second degree in apparel design within the Fashion and Textile Technology department at Buffalo State.

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Rashaad Holley rocking the Flagrant City Federal Agents Tee in Buffalo, NY.

Holley’s goal is to “bring luxury to the urban look.” He’s taken the roughness of the eastside of Buffalo and uses it as inspiration for his clothing line. His great aunt’s death and his distance from his birth father showed him the importance of familial bonds and guided him through his work.

“People always say my garments are clean and I like that a lot because that’s not something you generally think comes out of the ghetto and that’s exactly where they’re from and where I’m from,” Holley said.

For the FULL link on UB Spectrum and to read more click the following link: Buffalo Born Designer Stays True To His Roots

[UPDATE] Since originally posting this piece 9 days ago, Rashaad has recently embarked on an unforeseen journey, and taking a leap of faith to pursue his career in the fashion industry, as he has been offered an opportunity of a lifetime to study at Regent’s University in London, England for the summer of 2017.  As you can imagine, this is an amazing opportunity for him to grow as a designer and as a man.   “I thank you for the time you have given me to hear about my opportunity, and I would be forever grateful if you could contribute to my growth in any way.  Thank you!” – Rashaad
DONATE HERE:  https://www.gofundme.com/summer-study-at-regents-university
http://www.ubspectrum.com/article/2017/04/buffalo-born-designer-stays-true-to-his-roots
https://www.theodysseyonline.com/college-student-inspires-others-with-clothing-line

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#AroundLA: Nneka Gigi’s UNINVITED – Art Exhibition & Film Screening [APR 20]

Uninvited (2017) is a street couture inspired short visual project directed by Zachary Bxllion, Nneka Gigi and Ronnel Hudson.  On April 20th, 2017 the team will be screening the project for the first time, accompanied by Nneka Gigi’s debut collection in a gallery style exhibition!

Please don’t miss this event, we were NEVER invited.

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FREE Ticket Registration Available here: NNEKA GIGI’S UNINVITED 4/20/17

This event is sponsored in part by BuffaLowe PR and Flagrant City!

Lucid Rebellion *NEW* Snapback Spring Release – [March 20] @lucidrebellion

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From bracelets to necklaces and key chains, Lucid Rebellion has something to accessorize and stylize your everyday look. And on March 20th they’ll be adding to their already extensive collection with a new line of snapbacks! A reminder to stay fly on the back while you represent in the front, these hats are sure to make you stand out in the crowd. Make sure you cop one ASAP.