The Mannequin III- April 2, 2017

Published April 4, 2017 by TheFashionWordsmith

Signature Couture events is a heavy hitter in the Columbus area for innovative and fashion forward events. The Mannequin Runway show is one of the best known shows to attend in Central Ohio. This was the 3rd and FINAL installment of the Mannequin series for Signature Couture events. While I am sad to see it go, I am excited for what’s to come in the future of Signature Couture.

The Mannequin III featured designers from Cincinnati to Detroit. Any and everyone into fashion was covered in this show. Men, women, every body type and various style preferences. Bright colors, bold designs and regal attire graced the runway from start to finish. The show was filled with high energy and cutting edge fashion, there was literally something for everyone!

Doors opened at 5pm. and the show started at 6pm. The itinerary included: red carpet, music, cash bar, vendor tables with fabulous clothing and accessories inspired by this years hottest looks and trends in fashion.

Singer and co-owner of Signature Couture events, Ev Jones was a gracious host

Some of the designers of the evening included but are not limited to:

Fly Ty 24 Hour Creations, Joan Madison, The Kingdom Fashion, Designs by Ti Marie, Modest Bravura,   Jahi Designs, Misti Leigh and so many MORE!
*Images for the evening captured by: DW pictures

Click HERE for more information about upcoming Signature Couture events!

I was privileged to be adorn in a custom made Nia Grain gown, designed by Ronnette Porch!

Until next time, STAY FABULOUS! 

~The Fashion Wordsmith~ 

Wine with The Wordsmith Spring 2017

Published April 3, 2017 by TheFashionWordsmith

 

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A few years ago I came up with the idea to host an event of my own. I needed a catchy name for it, one that would incorporate my writing alias ‘The Fashion Wordsmith’ and tie in the theme of the event. So I came up with ‘Wine with the Wordsmith’. This event was important to me for a number of different reasons. The main reason is BRANDING. As an artist, I am constantly transforming and re-branding myself. Having a signature event is a great move for me to further extend my brand and myself as a fashion writer and influencer.

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I hosted the first installment of Wine with the Wordsmith at Camelot Cellars, a boutique winery located in Columbus, Ohio in a swanky area of town known as Olde Towne East. It was held on Wednesday March 29, 2017 from 6-8pm. Ticket prices included: A custom wine tasting, Tuscan food selections and an entry into a raffle to win a FREE item from the winery! Guests were adorned with a “FASHION NAME” upon entry to the event and took on that fashion persona throughout the evenings activities. Everyone was there from the editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine, Anna Wintour to Spanish fashion designer, Cristobal Balenciaga. Guests participated in an intense game of Fashion trivia and the winner even walked away with a Starbucks gift card. At the end of the night the winner of the raffle was announced for a FREE bottle of wine with a custom-made Fashion Wordsmith label! As a thank you, the guests were each awarded a pretty pink swag bag with a mini bottle of wine as a gift to take home.

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The WINNER of the raffle took home a Bottle of Wine with a Custom Fashion Wordsmith label!

All in all, my debut event, Wine with the Wordsmith was a huge success. I appreciate ALL of the love and support that I receive from my followers, family and friends. I am truly BLESSED beyond measure and my gratitude runs deep for each and every one of YOU! Keep checking back on www.thefashionwordsmith.com for updates on all of The Fashion Wordsmith activities and for future events. Click HERE to view pictures from the 1st Wine with the Wordsmith event!

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Akili Cooper of Jahi Designs and Ronnette Porch, designer of Nia Grain came out to support!

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Until Next Time, STAY FABULOUS!

~The Fashion Wordsmith~

Oscars 2017

Published February 28, 2017 by TheFashionWordsmith

These are my TOP TEN picks for Best Dressed from the 2017 Oscars Red Carpet!

Jessica Biel in Kaufman Franco

Jessica is serving up Oscar statuesque realness head to toe in this fitted Kaufman Franco dress. It is the perfect fit for her figure and her statement necklace sets the entire look completely off!

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Janelle Monae in Elie Saab Fall 2016

It’s no secret that Ms. Monae has been habitually setting red carpets on FIRE lately. This Elie Saab creation looks great on her from the mesh top with beautiful, strategically placed  applique really makes this look unique.

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Viola Davis in Armani Prive

And the WINNER IS…. MISS VIOLA DAVIS in Armani! The red fabric against her chocolate skin is just the right contrast. Her short haircut, with the halter neck and draping shoulders are the perfect combination. Fitted with a train is ALWAYS a winner in my book. Congrats Viola!

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Robin Roberts in Badgley Mischka

Gold at the Oscars is a right of passage for most celebs. Robin Roberts AND her Booty did Badgley Mischka proud in this sequined number.

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Chrissy Teigen in Zuhair Murad Spring 2017 Couture

With each Red Carpet moment, Mrs. Legend is fast becoming just that A Fashion LEGEND. This Zuhair Murad design was perfect for her long limbs and lean frame. You can’t go wrong with a dramatic split and legs for days!

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Taraji P. Henson in Alberta Ferretti

It’s “Miss Henson” when she’s SLAYING 🙂 Taraji is giving us Old Black Hollywood Glamour in this floor length velvet gown, statement making diamonds on her neck with a split and train in tow…. YASSS!

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Zuri Hall in Uel Camilo

Fellow Ohioan and E! News correspondent, Zuri Hall gave me life in Lilac. From top to bottom, this Uel Camilo gown was just right on her. The slightly risque, fitted sheer top accompanied with the full bottom with train was a great balance.

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Hailee Steinfeld in Ralph and Russo Spring 2017 Couture

Ralph and Russo never disappoints. This design powerhouse brings out the ethereal beauty in anyone who wears the label. Hailee looks simply perfect in this barely there, hand-painted gown with floral embellishments.

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Mahershala Ali in  Ermenegildo Zegna Couture

When gambling, the #1 rule to Winning BIG is…Always bet on black! Detail and texture are very important when choosing a monochromatic look like Mr. Ali is rocking. The black and white checkered pocket square set off the total look with the black tux, shirt and bow tie.

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Emma Stone in Givenchy

Emma was also a winner on and off the red carpet in Givenchy. This custom, handmade  embroidered lace gown was embellished with Swarovski Crystals. It was made by a total 11 people over 1750 hours.

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What were YOUR favorite Red Carpet looks from The 2017 Academy Awards?

Until Next time, Stay Fashionable!

~The Fashion Wordsmith~

Fashion Week Columbus 2016

Published October 17, 2016 by TheFashionWordsmith

Fashion Week Columbus 2016 was nothing short of A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! The past 7 days have been filled with everything from fabulousness to countless industry networking opportunities. I got the chance to attend 3 of the weeks events and I had a ball. The new venues and new designers made this years Fashion Week Columbus the best yet! The High Tea and Wedding Show was an elegant affair, featuring live music from the Columbus Symphony String Quartet. We enjoyed specialty teas from Sweet Simpliciteas and couture desserts while the designs of Joan Madison, Melissa Koch and Zuri Greer floated throughout the room leaving us all in what seemed to be a fashion dream. Here are a few of my favorite looks from the Wedding show.

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Joan Madison Bridal Couture

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Melissa Koch Bridal

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Persona Custom Clothiers

The Fashion Industry Mixer held at Dahlia Bar & Lounge and was hosted by Il Moda and Impact Social. This was an opportunity to mix and mingle with the Finale runway designers, models and some of Columbus’ fashion industry gurus. I had the pleasure of meeting NYFW show producer Steven Leff. Here is my favorite picture from the evening.

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Myself, designer Gerardo Encinas and David Holt of Shoezandmore Magazine

And of course the best is always saved for last…. The Finale Runway show took place at a new venue Brewmasters Gate downtown in the Brewery district. It was a raw space, very open and reminiscent of New York City… so fitting for the occasion. The show featured designs from 7 local designers and 1 headline designer. The creations were fashion forward, sassy, beautiful and really encompassed the best parts of each designers personality. We got everything from couture, to ready to wear, to resort to bridal to swimwear. This years show was the most diverse that Fashion Week Columbus has offered in its entire 7 years. Needless to say, I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!!! These are my top picks from the 2016 Fashion Week Columbus Finale Runway show.

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Howl Brand by Ashley Wills

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Ferreyros Couture by Peruvian designer Juan Jose Saenz-Ferreyros

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Kelley Elyse Designs by Kelley Plas

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Adolfo Sanchez Designs– Headline Designer

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Kevin Black Collection

Prissy Duck by Stephanie Foster

Overall, Fashion Week Columbus 2016 was by far the best yet! I can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store for us. 

Channeling my inner Anna Wintour. Shades by Chanel. Look by Express.

Until next Time, Stay Fashionable and always ready to SLAY!

~The Fashion Wordsmith~

Impact Fashion Columbus

Published June 17, 2016 by TheFashionWordsmith

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Recently I attended an event hosted by a new organization by the name of Impact Social. Impact Social is a values-driven social enterprise on a mission to promote charity organizations through events and fundraisers. The Impact Fashion Event was held June 9, 2016 at Dahlia Bar & Lounge located in the Arena District in downtown Columbus.
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Impact Fashion Columbus is a monthly networking event where people come to meet, connect and party all in the name of fashion. The best part about it is that a portion of the proceeds go to benefit Fashion Week Columbus. I had such a great time and met some heavy hitters in the Columbus fashion industry, so this was the first of many that I will be attending. There were delicious specialty cocktails crafted just for this event by a local mixologist. image

The event also hosted a panel discussion featuring Columbus fashion elite Thomas McClure (Fashion Week Columbus), Lubna Najjar (Lubna Designs/Il Moda Fashion PR) and Kenny Packer (Heyman Talent Agency). The expert panel gave some exclusive insight into the ins and outs of the fashion industry.

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L to R: Thomas McClure, Brian Thomas, Lubna Najjar, Kenny Packer

As the MC for the evening Impact Social Executive Director, Brian Thomas, kept us all engaged and wanting more. The night was filled with networking, laughs, impromptu contests and great giveaways. Next month the event will held Thursday July 7, 2016 at Dahlia. Tickets can be purchased in advance online! Follow Impact Social on Instagram @impactsocial for more details!

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Until Next Time, Stay Fashionable
~The Fashion Wordsmith~

The Nia Grain Signature Skirt!

Published May 6, 2016 by TheFashionWordsmith

When I met Designer Ronnette Porch of Nia Grain, it was instantly a match made in heaven. (Read my 2014 in depth interview with Ronnette about her signature Nia Grain line).
I had the opportunity to be one of the first to wear a brand new Nia Grain design this past weekend. In her own words, the “Nia Grain Signature skirt can be worn just about anywhere. It’s bold and cross functional.”

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I felt so sexy and comfortable wearing this piece that Ronnette made custom just for me! I got so many compliments and questions about my skirt. The material was lightweight, easy to care for and effortless to wear. This is truly a no fuss piece! I got it in the mail Saturday morning, wore it that afternoon and didn’t have to steam it or iron it at all. It was perfectly fitted, the colors were popping and it will definitely be a staple in my closet for this season and into the next.
Get yours today !

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📷Photo credits:
Photographer: Demetrius Lamont
Model: Aja Nicole
Make up: Tashona Gibson
Hair: Angelique Faulkner
Price of skirt pictured: $25

Release date: May 4th
Available at http://www.niagrain.com
For custom orders email niagrain@gmail.com

Until next time, Stay Fabulous!
~The Fashion Wordsmith~

The Mannequin Part Deux

Published April 11, 2016 by TheFashionWordsmith

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The Mannequin fashion show had the city of Columbus on fire last night! Signature couture events hosted a sold out event full of fashion and fabulousness. The Masters of the Ceremony were none other than Fashion Week Columbus Style Director and Radio personality Nia Noelle and Signature Couture Event co-owner Ev Jones. People from all around Ohio and surrounding areas came to support the designers and their unique visions. I had the unique pleasure of being VIP, center stage for this event. (Thank you Christina Scott!) And let me tell you, it was one for the books! I WILL be returning next year. From high fashion red carpet looks, plus size to the everyday girl/boy next door there was something for everyone. The plush fabrics and precise hemlines were to die for. There was even something for the unconventional fashionistas who like to live on the edge.
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**Designers for this years show included:

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-Dashonda Jones- D.Jones Designz
-Corey Winborn
-Jasmine Agape- Agape Goddess Wear Collection
-Shina Jamison- Rock of Faith Christian Clothing
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-DaiRita Luckett- D.Luckett Designs
-Xantha Ward
-House of Babooski
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-Sika Abevi- The Kingdom of Fashion
-Joan Madison
-Elyse Jones- Cutting EDJ
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****Show headliner: Tyrone Hunter- FlyTy from Detroit, Michigan
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I really enjoyed myself and I am looking forward to seeing these designers’ fashions in the future. Watch out y’all cause Columbus is PUSHING THROUGH in the fashion world baby!
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Until Next Time, Stay Fabulous!
~The Fashion Wordsmith~
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