Black Fashion Designers Making Fashion History

"Until there is a mosaic of perspectives coming from different ethnicities behind the lens, we will continue to have a narrow approach and view of what the world actually looks like."

- Beyoncé, Vogue 2018

The representation of fashion designers coming from different backgrounds has increased and it’s encouraging youth of color to see these careers as viable careers. Seeing women and men disrupting social statues and flipping fashion on it's head is enough to light a fire in our hearts and push us beyond our boundaries.

Designers like Virgil Abloh have done an amazing job influencing standards of beauty, style and design, but the talent doesn’t stop there. Take a look at these three fashion designers who are making fashion history:


LaQuan Smith

No stranger to celebrities and red carpets, LaQuan Smith's collections are made to grab your attention with glamour and sex appeal. He’s outfitted Beyonce, Rihanna and Yeezy models, Shannon and Shannade Clermont, as front row guests at his latest show at New York Fashion Week.

Kerby Jean-Raymond

Kerby Jean-Raymond’s dream of a reality where African Americans never experienced racism was brought to life in his spring/summer 2019 collection for NYFW. Even his showcase was held in a historically Black community. As a man of color, he offers a perspective that deeply thought-out and sets the bar high for designers hoping to make it in this fast-paced industry.

Jamall Osterholm

One emerging designer who’s pushing the boundaries of menswear is Jamall Osterholms. When it comes to designing clothes he’s all about experimentation and self-expression; basically anything that deviates from the norm. What I find interesting is how he sculpts the clothing and who he chooses to model his clothing. This year he really made his menswear moment into a menswear movement.

7 Fall Trends From New York Fashion Week

During New York Fashion Week, I was on a mission to network, see celebrities and get a feel for what’s to come this season. Going to runway shows and observing what everyone is wearing is the best way to gain insight of fall trends.

If you didn’t get a chance to go to New York to catch the action or watch Bella and Gigi Hadid head to their fitting appointment, here’s a list of fashion trends from NYFW so you can stay ahead of the curve.

Images provided by Vogue Runway

7 NYFW Trends Fall 2018

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Where Do I Go For Brunch In Atlanta?

The weekend comes and goes in a blink of an eye, but I always make time for Sunday brunch. So when my friends text me last minute "where should I go to brunch?" I hit them with this list you're about to check out.

Bon appétit!


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Poor Calvin's

The name doesn't speak for the amazing dining experience at Poor Calvin's. There are options to sit inside or outside and it's the perfect place for a date. Not to mention they serve the best sangria's in Atlanta. 

The Pig & The Pearl

Placed in the corner of Atlantic Station, the Pig & the Pearl is the next best place to start your Sunday. Southern cuisine to the core and the layout makes for an interactive dining experience. My favorite part is the sunroom and bar seating outside. Oh, and the crab cakes benedict.

10th & Piedmont

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It's probably obvious where in Atlanta this brunch spot is nestled, and it's an excuse to take a picture on the rainbow crosswalk. It's a place to get filled up on food, bottomless mimosas and then walk it off at Piedmont Park.

Sun In My Belly

This restaurant made it on the list because it was the first brunch I ever experience. It's real cozy and is the epitome of  a mom and pop restaurant. Located in Decatur where it's greater, this brunch spot has a wide variety of dishes and enough options to satisfy all taste buds.

Radial Cafe

If you're a health-conscious eater, do yourself a favor and go to Radial Cafe. There are enough vegan options that will have you coming back for more. This is also not a restaurant where they serve small portions, so come ready to eat. My recommendation is the sweet potato pancakes. Delicious!

BQE

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Located in the heart of ATL, BQE is known  for the afro-centric vibes and it's the place to go if you're a fan of R&B and hip hop. The atmosphere is buzzing and brunch goers like to dress up for the bottomless drinks and entertaining waiters. I recommend the red velvet chicken and waffles, you will not be disappointed.

Negril Village

I'm not only recommending this place because I'm Jamaican. It's one of the few establishments that hire a DJ for brunch and the service is impeccable. The menu features traditional Caribbean dishes with a modern twist. The restaurant is packed every weekend, so don't be surprised if you don't get seated becasuse you didn't make a reservation ahead of time. Don't be that guy.

Princi Italia

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Princi Italia is as elegant as it sounds. This restaurant is tucked away in Midtown and has some of the best lighting for brunch photos and videos. They're known for their Italian dishes and wines, and they have definitely adopted a variety of brunch dishes to the menu. Service was up to par! Did I mention the bottomless drinks?  

Corner Tavern

Now if you're looking for eclectic brunch dishes, check out Corner Tavern in Little Five Points. Their menu features cool twists on traditional brunch plates, like PB&J waffles, and the location has a rooftop for dining. Corner Tavern is laid back, artistic and full of personality. Side note: they rotate them menu so you never know what new dish will pop up next.

5Church Atlanta

As you walk through the revolving doors, you'll notice pages out of a book written all over the walls. We were greeted by the lovely host and seated in no time. Music is low, lighting is intimate and the food was superb! It's a classy spot for you and a date or your family to dine. There's also a full bar with a bartender who knows how to make amazing drinks.

Am I missing any? What are your favorite brunch spots? Let me know in the comment section below.

The LA Travel Guide by Gavôn Owen

I went to Los Angeles this summer & had the time of my life.

How can one trip change your life?

For one, my trip to Los Angeles was well organized and we all wanted to spend time experiencing new things. We planned our days around one group activity that brought us together, and we still had time to relax and explore the city.

The key to having a successful trip is proper prior planning. I created this quick video and guide to give you an outline of what to do or where to go on your next trip to LA.

1. Take a hike to the Hollywood sign. Video Walkthrough
2. Sail to Catalina Island from Long Beach
3. Shop on Melrose Avenue & Rodeo Drive
4. Korean BBQ in Koreatown or Sunny Spot in LA
5. Venice Beach & Santa Monica Pier
6. Bars and clubs in West Hollywood