Monthly Archives: March 2012

DCFW: Eco Fashion Kick Off Event

 As a fellow fashionista, my inspiration bug knows when its time to welcome a new collection of style.  February was filled with fashion showcases across the globe.  Washington, DC hosted DC Fashion Week from February 20th to 25th at various locations in the city.  I had the pleasure of attending the Eco-Fashion Kick Off Event on February 20th at Woolly Mammoth Theater.

In my opinion, this theater was a very good choice.  As you enter the theater, the lobby has a very high ceiling with large windows.  A number of vendors are set up with 5-hour-energy drinks, jewelry, and accessories.  Once you walk further into the theater, a stair case leads to the main attraction – the runway.  Aligned with two rows of chairs on either side, the white runway is the center focus of the room.  Up on the lobby level is a balcony on either side of the runway.  I took my spot up on the balcony and got a pretty good view of the show.  The DJ was spinning some smooth and funky adaptations to popular tunes and traditional runway music.

With about 30 minutes to spare before the show, I had the opportunity to spy a number of fashion statements.  For women, heels similar to Lady Gaga seem to be the trend.  For men, skinny jeans with Vans or Loafers are the trend.  For both genders, retro with a modern twist is still in fashion.  I really loved the diversity in the room.  One could tell there were real fashionista present because the majority of the patrons did not look like mannequins but designers of their own wardrobe.

The show began with a presentation on the use of blue wrap from hospitals.  We then saw two designers adaptation of fashion using blue wrap as the foundation material for their outfits.  Some of these outfits were pretty creative.

The two designers that stood out to me were Estella Couture and Elizabeth St John.  Estella Couture had a unique take on Eco-Fashion, incorporating geometric shapes, sparkles, and afro-centric patterns.  I liked how her outfits had a futuristic feel to them.  Elizabeth St John, whom I interviewed here, definitely stole the show.  She had the largest and most diverse collection, including three adorable girls among her models.  The colors and texture of her dresses showcased the polished version of eco fashion.

Along with the designers and models, many photographers, bloggers, and fashion enthusiasts attended this event.  I was spotted by a number of photographers and bloggers.  You can check out the article here and the pictures here.

Overall, I’m glad I was able to attend this event.  I had fun.  Next on my list is New York Fashion Week…than Paris Fashion Week.  I will keep you posted on my progress.

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Just for Fun – iPod Challenge

Put your itunes/ipod on shuffle

For each question, press the next button and the title of the song is your answer
Put any comments in (brackets) after the song name

1. Describe yourself. – Love Is Stronger Than Pride by Sade (i like this)

2. What do people feel when they’re around you? – Amazing by George Michael (hehe, not tooting my own horn)

3. Describe your current relationship – Change Clothes by Jay Z ft Pharell (haha, no)

4. Where would you like to be right now? – Know You Now by Amy Winehouse (doesn’t really make sense)

5. How do you feel about love? – Choice is Yours by Black Sheep (possibly)

6. What is your life like? – It’s Too Late To Change The Time by The Jacksons (nice match)

7. What would you wish for if you only had one wish? – Moscas En La Casa by Shakira (?)

8. Say something wise – Loves Theme by Barry White (nice)

9. How would you describe yourself? – Home by The Wiz Soundtrack (i do like my home)

10. What do you look for in a guy? – Black or White by Michael Jackson (…i’m colorblind)

11. How do you feel today? – Stronger Than Me by Amy Winehouse (true)

12. What’s your life’s purpose? – Au Café de La Paix by Thomas Fersen (?)

13. What is your motto?- Our First Time by Bruno Mars (haha…no)

14. What do your friends think of you? – Silence by Lizz Wright (not surprising)

15. What do your parents think of you? – Last Tango in Paris by Gotan Project (thanks?)

16. What do you think about very often? – Things That Make You Go Hmmm by C+C Music Factory (haha, if I had time I would)

17. What do you think of your best friend? – Pon De Floor by Major Lazer (?)

18. What do you think of the person you like?- Close The Door by Teddy Pendergrass (maybe if we were in a 1970s movie)

19. What is your life story? – Oh Maker by Janelle Monaé (i like this)

20. What do you want to be when you grow up? – Pirates Anthem by Shabba Ranks (of course)

21. What do you think of when you see the person you like? – My Heart by Lizz Wright (this could be true)

22. What will you dance to at your wedding? – Satisfaction by John Legend (i don’t think so)

23. What will play at your funeral? – Lovin’ U by Alicia Keys (maybe)

24. Biggest fear? – In The VIP by Soul Ballet (?)

25. Biggest secret? – Body and Soul by Nnenna Freelon (true)

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A New Chapter for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

 Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater recently introduced a new director to the company.  After 21 years, Judith Jamison has stepped down and Robert Battle has taken her place as artistic director. I was excited and intrigued to see how Battle will influence the company.  It was difficult for me to for see how anyone but Jamison could maintain AAADT’s legacy.  I attended their performance at the Kennedy Center on February 11th and I am happy to say I was not disappointed.

The first routine was “Arden Court.”  Choreographed by Paul Taylor in 1981, this piece had a classic ballet feel.  Dancing solely to string instruments, the technique and formations were very fluid and romantic.  It also had a very happy demeanor.

The second routine was “Home.”  Choreographed by Renee Harris in 2011, this piece was inspired by stories of people living with or affected by HIV.  Dancing to gospel house music, this routine definitely had the theater jamming.  Fusing hip-hop with jazz and lyrical dance, the attitude and soul was really contagious.

The third piece was “Takademe.”  Choreographed by Robert Battle in 1999, this was a one-man show.  The dancer is dressed in red pants standing alone on stage.  His movements were so fast and mechanical yet still fluid and full of character.  The routine was influenced by Indian Kathak dance rhythms.  I loved how they fused modern dance with comedy.

The final piece was of course “Revelations.” Choreographed by Alvin Ailey in 1960, no AAADT performance is complete without this number.   As usual, it took us to church and uplifted our souls.  Regardless of how many times I have seen this routine, it always does something to me.

This would be my third AADT performance.  Each of them have been a different experience, but this particular concert really showcased their diversity.  Each act was completely different and impeccably executed.  I must admit I was beaming with pride the whole time.  I think this new chapter for AAADT is a guaranteed success with more great work to come.

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