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 ūüôā 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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ūüď∑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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JaeLuxe Shoetique

Published March 30, 2016 by TheFashionWordsmith

I love to support local talent & businesses and Columbus has a plethora of both! Especially designers, fashionistas and store owners and everything in between. I find it really rewarding when I can highlight one of my fellow Ohio State alumni! Founded and operated by April Polk, JaeLuxe Shoetique is a high-end, sophisticated shoe and accessory online boutique for the fashion-savvy trendsetter. JaeLuxe felt the need to create an online oasis for avid shoe lovers who exude luxury and want exclusive finds. JaeLuxe is dedicated to providing shoe connoisseurs with an amazing experience every visit because the only thing better than a great pair of shoes is having fun shopping for them! Read all about April Polk as an entrepreneur and JaeLuxe shoetique in my exclusive, in-depth interview.

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Fashion Wordsmith: How did JaeLuxe come to be? How did you get started in the fashion world?

April Polk: I’ve always had a passion for shoes and unique clothing. I wanted to be my own boss so I entered the Kick Start Columbus contest.¬† Of course I didn’t win, but they liked my concept and gave me some good pointers.¬† A month later, I was laid off so a just decided to put my all into the getting it started.¬† I utilized many resources at SBDC and small business workshops to speak with other business owners and entrepreneurs to help launch my business.

FW: Where do you find inspiration(s) for the JaeLuxe shoetique? 

AP: My daughter is definitely my biggest inspiration.  Once I was laid off I found out I was pregnant. So by the time she arrived, I had changed the name of the company from Sole Addiction to JaeLuxe for Jaeliana.  I want her to always embrace her entrepreneurial spirit and I also wanted to create generational wealth for her.  Of course I want her to go to college, OSU of course, but I also want to me things easier for her to be successful.

FW: Why did you decide to become a shoetique owner?

AP: I love shoes and I never thought Columbus had what I was looking for.¬† I hated having to order online or wait until I went back home just to go shopping for shoes.¬† I mean what girl doesn’t love shoes!¬† It’s an amazing job and I can’t wait until I can do it full-time!

 

FW: What and who influences you when buying for your store?

AP: I always try to look for new trends and unique finds.¬† I love Instagram and I follow a lot of trendy celebrities and try to find affordable trends that my target audience will buy.¬† I love to rock hot new items and I hate to be dressed like anyone else in the room so my goal is give my customers options that they won’t see on other women.

FW: Who is/are your favorite designer(s)? Why? 

AP: I love Balmain and Christian Louboutin!  I love the risks that they take and how you can really recognize their signature styles!  They are edgy and always ahead of the curve when it comes to fashion.

FW: What are your three favorite things in your store right now?

AP: We have tons of goodies, but I would say the Tie Me Down Heel, the Bella Boot and Love Struck Jumper!

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“Tie Me Down”

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Bella Boot

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“Love Struck” Jumper

FW: What are your favorite/least favorite trends for Spring/Summer 16?

AP: The tie up gladiator heels and boots are my favorites.¬† There are¬†so many styles to choose from and they’re super sexy!¬†¬†While I love color, I’m not sure how I feel about some of these rainbow patterned shoes.¬† It’s just not my thing.¬†So that trend would currently be my least favorite.

FW: What is the best part of your job?

AP: I love that I’m the boss!¬† I can say yay or nay to whatever I want and I don’t have to answer to anyone.¬† It sounds clich√© but it’s the reason you want to own your own business.¬† You feel empowered and valued all the time because you know your efforts are making or breaking your business.

FW: Describe your strengths as a business owner? What would you like to improve on or learn as a business owner? 

AP: My greatest¬†strengths¬†are my¬†customer service skills.¬† My customers all rave about how we create a great experience from A to Z.¬† We go all out for our¬†customers¬†and we get a lot of¬†repeat business.¬† I also, know how to run a business.¬† I have a marketing and communications degree from The Ohio State University and a Master’s of Business Administration from Ohio Dominican University.¬† Most importantly, I love what I do!¬† I have a passion for shoes and clothing and that’s what you need to have longevity in any business.¬† I would love to learn how to create my own shoe line.¬† That is one of my goals and I hope I have it in the works very soon!

FW: What advice would you give an aspiring boutique owner?

AP: Don’t give up and don’t take no for an answer!¬† Not everyone will be willing to help you get started but that should fuel your desire to succeed even more.¬† Just think one day they will be begging for your store to carry their line or partner with them.

FW: Where do you see¬†JaeLuxe¬†in 5 years? What’s next for you as an entrepreneur?¬†

AP: In five years JaeLuxe will be a national brand and have a flagship store in Columbus, Ohio.¬† I definitely plan on launching my own signature shoe line and feature Men’s shoes, because you definitely need your man to match your fly.¬† The next item off of my entrepreneurial bucket list is launching a children’s boutique!¬† I love kids clothes and shoes and I think kids should be just as fashionable as their parents.¬† It’s hard to dress your kids nice and not worry about them getting those cute yet expensive clothes dirty.¬† I want to offer trendy, affordable and durable finds for mom’s and dad’s.¬† Additionally, I want to help other entrepreneurs launch their businesses as. ¬† I see a¬†business¬†mentorship program in my near future.¬† Too many of us get where we’re going and fail to help those coming behind us.¬† We all know that launching and sustaining a business is hard work, so helping another person succeed would be great!

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JaeLuxe Owner April Polk and her BIG inspiration!

 

Connect with JaeLuxe Shoetique:

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Until Next Time, Stay Fashionable! Keep your head high and your heels HIGHER!

~The Fashion Wordsmith~