On a cold winter day in November, people flocked to the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC to witness something spectacular and special, the Hanifa’s Inaugural Fashion Show called Dream. The brand Hanifa is created by Anifa Mvuemba, a fashion designer based in Maryland. During the 2020 lockdown, she became well known throughout the fashion industry with a 3D digital fashion show called the Pink Label Capsule that gained worldwide recognition.
It was the first live show I’d been to all year. Everyone was spaced out for safety, wearing masks, sitting outside the dining hall and yet I barely noticed all that. For the first time in months the restrictions of the pandemic weren’t weighing down on my experience. All I could think about was clapping louder, and how fabulous the queens performing before me were. Did I mention it was a drag show?
Vivienne Westwood was known as a style icon, specifically having heavily influenced punk fashion in the ‘70s. She was adored by the youths of the time, those who wanted to rebel against the prim and proper “squareness” associated with rule followers and government supporters and find styles that opposed the wide lapels and flared denim they so ferociously despised.
By Allison Oberlin The Met Gala’s opening of the Costumes and Textiles exhibition has been a major event since Diana Vreeland was named the acting curator of the department in 1971. Her name and reputation made it the event of the season and attracted celebrities and artists, which has continued today. This year the theme […]
“People of all ages have turned to the past, using eccentric pieces to portray their individual style. As a result, what was considered antiquated now feels refreshing.” Photog | Aaron Ni’jai Model | Natalia Castellar Creative director | Allison Oberlin Creative Director | Britnie Dates Stylist | Jada Northington Makeup | K.Will Hair | Q. Brooking […]
By Andrea Philbin Photography by Will Singleton The 8th annual RVA Fashion Week presented by Redken and UZURV was held this past week throughout The River City. RVAFW is a week long event held each spring that promotes the design and art community here in Richmond. This year RVAFW is working with Dress for Success Central […]
If the shoe world gave superlatives, the mule would be “Most Flirty.” You see, throughout history this pump-slipper hybrid served as a sort of sex-symbol and a sign of social status. The mule was reserved for the wealthy members of high society because its backless design made them impractical for walking long distances. Instead of […]
Few people would associate the fashion world with the strategic mechanisms of war, but the Battle of Versailles makes the case for such a comparison. Held on November 23, 1973, the event served as a runway face-off between the best designers of France and America. What began as a simple fundraiser to raise […]
By Meghan Kenney (additional reporting by Britnie Dates) Photography by Will Singleton Stepping inside the eclectic boutique that is Rosewood is like sifting through the clothes of your best friend’s closet. This sort of careful selection is exactly how owner Ashley Carruthers curates every garment that makes up her unique store. The influx of light […]
By Allison Oberlin, Guest Columnist A man by many names, David Bowie, passed away from cancer on January 10, 2016. The death of this signer and actor came as a shock to most of the public who did not know about his cancer diagnosis. His death also sparked many Instagram and Facebook posts from fans that […]
By Allison Oberlin, Guest Columnist One day a mother recognized prodigal talent in her young son. Through encouragement from his family, peers and school faculty, the young man grew his confidence and technical abilities. He would eventually become one of the greatest denim designers in the world, highly respected by his colleagues and others within […]
Everyone loves a little pampering. At times we need to get away from the hectic world and go to a beautiful place were we can relax and indulge. When no one else spoils us we know the best way to spoil ourselves, and the perfect place to help you do this is Quirk Hotel. […]