Come out on Saturday, March 9th, 2019 in Los Angeles from 1:00 to 3:00pm to help Jhoe, owner of the uplifting lifestyle brand, Keep It Vertical , celebrate both her new store’s grand opening and her birthday!
There will be free cake and champagne! This fabulous and fun event will be hosted by Amber O’s Lip Service, food will be available for purchase by Chill Eats.
Media and photo booth will be done by Milk It Media!
Also, the Keep It Vertical Closet will carry Flagrant City Apparel from the Rhonda Jane site, in-store! Make sure you stop by and support young Black entrepreneurs!
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.
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
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! 🍹🦄✨💄🎨
A Street Couture Short Film Directed by Ronnell Hudson, Zachary Bxllion & Nneka Gigi. The visual that was premiered on 4/20 in Los Angeles at a private event by Nneka Gigi is now here for the public.
Instrumentals provided by Young Simba.
For those of us who “stand out”
we can never really “fit in”
We are not praying to be popular
We are not praying to be understood
We would much rather be “us”
We would much rather be “real”
And that’s a party you will never need an invitation to – RLH
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!
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.”
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.
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.
[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
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.
Director Marysia Makowska redefines Effortless, Natural Beauty in her short film ‘Acid Beauty’. The film features Buffalo, NY natives Acid Cupcakes, a talented group of ladies who showcase their individual style while sharing their perspective of what it means to be in a culture obsessed with physical appearances. As they sport their own brand of clothing- shown in the video-the audience is presented with different facets of each character as they elaborate on terms others use to define Self.
A familiar name, but not face to Flagrant City, is Gianni Lee, DJ and Babylon Cartel fashion designer. Years ago we featured Gianni’s TrillWave Mixtape Series where he would release a compilation of up and coming artists. This recent release from Gianni is a bit more insightful and personal than the previous compilations he has worked on.
“B L U is all about my growth as a person. Growing up in West Philadelphia I had six different cats all named Blu. If one would die or runaway we would eventually get another feline and I would again name him Blu. If these cats were personified and Blu #1 wanted to know how I grew up he could only be able ask Blu #6 about my growth. These six cats existed in different stages of my life as these six tracks were influenced by different stages of my life.” – Gianni Lee
B L U is a journey through various time periods and soundscapes drawing inspiration from Club Music , House , Grime , R&B and Folk. Containing six tracks B L U is an experience from start to finish.
Stream the project below by way of Soundcloud!
My favorite tracks from the project include Yellow, Red, Blue and Black, which features the soulful sounds of Marian Mereba.
Recently myself and hometown stylist Simone Alexis Webb reconnected on social media a few months ago, after I saw she shared a link from FlagantCity.com on her Facebook page. I offered her many thanks, as I do with everyone I can who shares our content from Flagrant City or BuffaLowe PR, that I see on social media. I met Simone a few years ago, in passing, through my boy Rashaad Holley, (who used to work at the local brand, Fresh Dogs Clothing Company) at her friend Sheritta’s apartment. This was at our old college, the University at Buffalo (SUNY), one cold winter night in the Queen City of Buffalo, prior to me moving to California in November 2011.
I haven’t kept up with Simone until recently but she’s been doing some great things back in my hometown over the years. From styling, customizing accessories and her dope online clothing boutique, Acid Cupcakes just releasing their fall line, for which she styled and photographed!
Check out the UK based blog, Look At My Black Beauty‘s where they featured and interviewed with Simone. They discuss fashion tips for this crisp fall season, future plans for her brands and she shares her current successes!
The Gap and The Fader Magazine team up to bring you a special Styld.By event!!! Here’s your chance to get a sneak peek at new must-haves curated by some of their favorite bloggers (myself not included).
Also, get one-on-one style tips from Gap’s own style experts!!!
When: Thursday, September 5th, 2013
Time: 6 to 8pm (LOCAL TIME)
Where: Visit Gap.com/StyldByEvents for event locations!!!!!!!!