THe Fa s h i o n I s s u e m a g az in e Inside the Head Of a Fashion Designer Rising Designers Share Their Inspiration Metamorphosis Keke Palmer Get FAll FAb! Your Very Own Style Guide to Fall Fashion fall 2013 PLUS How How To To Be Be The The Ultimate Ultimate Fuzionista Fuzionista In In Bed, Bed, Copycat Copycat That That Look, Look, Emily Emily B, B, Biana Biana Boroukkovich, Boroukkovich, and and much much much much more! more! Cover Story keke palmer page 14 Features 8 Stylists Story Jason Bolden shares his experiences as a celebrity stylist. Page 8. 26 FALL FASHION STYLE GUIDE 38 Designer ProFiles 46 Street STYLE Street style - New York at its finest! Our Fall Style guide is designed to make you look your best this season! Page 26. Sime of the nation’s most brilliant clothing designers share thier passion and drive! Page 38. Page 46. Contents Biana Boroukkovich pg 5 pg 10 Emily B. pg 32 Copycat That Look pg 34 All Grunged Out pg 48 Ultimate Fuzionista EDITORS NOTE When I first set out to compile Fuzion Magazine’s Top Twenty list, it seemed like a simple task of interviewing and assessing accomplishments in order of magnitude, personal charisma and social involvement. This seemingly simple task took on a life of its own and during the review and decision process, where we at Fuzion Mag found ourselves struggling to define what it means to be influential. Is it just your accomplishments? Does it take into account your socio-economic starting point? How do you rank charisma, leadership and creativity? What extent should volunteerism come into the picture? I won’t bore you with the particulars of the debate that ensued during our meetings, but suffice it to say that we struggled at times to compile this list of amazing female entrepreneurs. photo credit: Jennifer Keany While reviewing the final list in proof form, I was struck by not only these women’s unique stories and career paths, but also their passions for what they do. Each of these women found her passion—that one thing she would do because she enjoyed it—and ran with it. They all made mistakes and learned valuable lessons during their journey. But not one of them gave up on her dream. Our top twenty runs the gamut of the career paths. In all the interviews, our Fuzion writers asked each influential woman to describe the most powerful lessons learned through the challenges she faced, the advice she would like to offer other young women entrepreneurs, and the accomplishment of which she is most proud. Having grown up with entrepreneurs in my family and had my share of adversity, I found these women’s stories both powerful and inspirational. I hope that you all find these women just as inspirational and remember that challenges are opportunities for growth. As Hilary Clinton has said, “Women are always being tested … but ultimately each of us has to define who we are individually and then do the very best job we can to grow into it.” Thank you for growing with me and Fuzion Magazine. Your Editor-in-Chief, Nadine Alexand Staff Editor -in- Chief Nadine Alexand Assis. Editor-in-Chief Palak Patel E x ec u t i v e E d i t o r Lara Elise Tewes Managing Editor Mario F. Daniels A r t D i r ec t o r Nathan Valentine C r ea t i v e D i r ec t o r Lee Williams B ea u t y D i r ec t o r Renarda Joy Ha i r D i r ec t o r Ashley Johnson Brand Manager Candice Thomas Marketing Manager Jason Carter Advertising Stephanie Harris W eb M a n a g e r Jonathan Claussell A s s i s t a n t P r o d u ce r Mark Murray Hea d P u bl i c i s t Noelle Bonner C r ea t i v e C o n t r i b u t o r Tammy B. Contributers Jaleesa Jaikaran, Shakira Sealy, Ashley Harper, Dyandra Brown, Fatima Tan’ia, Tyesha Litz, Andrew Horton, Carmelia Ray, Sheila Daniels Stylishly Smart Fashion attorney Biana Boroukkovich speaks on passion, fashion and how she helps people with love for both achieve thier dreams. written by Shakira Sealy photographed by Nathan Valentine W hen the term “fashion” comes to mind, people usually think of it from an outside view instead of the internal layers underneath it. Lights, Camera, Action instantly come into their subconscious mind, with the addition of funky elaborate clothing and accessories. The designer will have a fashion show to showcase their work and watch the models represent their garments on the runway to fellow designers, bloggers and socialite salike. One might ask, what does it take to become a successful designer? How can I ensure that my designs will remain original and my ideas won’t be taken away from me? Some may view the fashion industry as a wonderful world to evolve and grow. The truth of the matter is many are unaware of the difficulties that designers and fashion professionals face in order to succeed. Being a fashion designer can be a hard knock life at first but with the right tools and connections the adversities faced will be short lived. Trendy and passionate fashion attorney Biana Boroukkovich is the perfect person to come to if you are a designer looking to achieve ultimate success. She stands true to her motto “ Our goal is your success” with each client that she represents. With Boroukkovich, maintaining a strong personal relationship with her clients is important to her. “ I almost feel like I’m their mother, counselor, mentor, everything because they come to me all the time for advice.” She adds, “ I want to make sure my clients feel as though I support their dream, I got their back.” B iana is not your average attorney. Most people think of attorneys as dull and “black and white” she on the other hand is the total opposite. Her strong will and passion for what she does and her love for the fashion industry makes her work more like a “hobby” than a job. She states, “ When your job feels like a hobby you appreciate it more.” She also has great entrepreneur skills as she has gained recognition as being Touro Law School’s fashion pioneer within the Fashion Law industry. Always having a passion for fashion and law, Biana combined the two as she wrote and published an article about fashion law in her second year of law school. From there Biana was instantly hooked. She continued to write and publish multiple articles within the fashion law field and began the first Fashion Law organization at Touro Law Center. “ I remember as I was proposing the organization to my colleagues how they fought with me to turn it into a intellectual property program and I said “No, it needs to be separate.” Ironically, my program is now one of the most successful organizations at Touro.” Touro Law annually produces a fashion showcase, which is a fundraiser for their students. All the money goes to help the students with their outstanding loans. “ I’m so happy that I started it because so many students 6 | Fuzion Magazine are being helped, especially in this economy.” Biana now has her own law firm which focuses primarily on fashion law, intellectual property, business incorporation and contracts. She describes fashion law as incorporating all fields of law that have anything to do with fashion house design within the fashion industry. Biana’s job involves all things that are needed in order to grow a designer’s brand. When a designer is serious about the craft and has a concrete idea, Biana would be the first stop due to the fact that she helps designers from scratch. Her primary focus is to protect designers brands and protecting them in building their business. When asked about how fashion trademark attorneys differ from a general trademark attorney, Biana was happy to break it down. “ I deal with many aspects of the fashion industry. Therefore, I am more knowledgeable on how to guide them in the industry versus someone who only does intellectual property.” She expressed that she not only is proficient on the transactional aspect of the fashion industry, but she actually takes time to interact with people in the industry by networking. “ After attending the previous Fashion week, I realized how important it is for designers to come to different fashion shows to network with other people. Not only did I meet other designers, but I met bloggers, business owners, and of course Fuzion I am passionate about my job and I feel if someone is passionate, they want to move forward and continue to grow. magazine!” She smiles as she adds” By networking I am able to provide my clients with connections that will help the process in moving them further in their fashion career much easier. It is so hard in the fashion industry to network with the right people, especially when you are an entry-level designer.” Biana shares that she also has more connections than others because her mom is also in the fashion industry specializing in manufacturing abroad. Biana connects her clients with manufacturers abroad to make their orders for garments cheaper than if they were to order in the states. “ It is so expensive to produce things in the US. Unless a designer is established, they won’t be able to afford a manufacturer in the US.” The most popular places that designers seek for manufacturing are China, India, Mexico and some parts of South America. It is common to manufacturer clothing abroad because the labor in other countries are less expensive. Biana collaborates with manufacturers mostly in China, thanks to her mom who introduced her. “ I became friends with them since they work well with my mom. I know the people abroad therefore I know who to trust so it makes things easier for me.” She explained that there are some places where unless a designer travels abroad to meet with the manufacturer it is difficult to know who’s who. As China being known as one of the biggest counterfeit countries in the world, a person has to do their homework and have a great team to have their back. Biana was asked what qualities would a designer have to possess in order for her to represent them. She states, “ The designer has to be passionate about what they do. I am passionate about my job and I feel if someone is passionate, they want to move forward and continue to grow.” She points out that some designers have a million ideas but are not totally focused with a concrete idea. In this instance, Biana would advise her potential client to go back, re-group and start from the drawing board again until their idea is set in stone. “ One of my most memorable moments in my career was when one of my clients came to me and said he/she picked me because they haven’t met anyone who was so dedicated and genuine as myself.” She adds, “ I’m all about teamwork and loyalty. If they grow, I grow and we all grow together.” O n the issue of mass production versus making a few pieces, Biana addresses that it depends on the amount of buyers that are buying the designers clothes. “ Even though mass production is cheaper, the decision depends on who your target audience is and who are your buyers. The rules are not black and white, more so grey.” When asked if copyright laws should be changed to help the fashion industry Biana was all for it without hesitation. “ I’m interested to see what would happen with copyright laws in the future. Designers need more protection from their brands being stolen.” Biana credits her success to her mom, whom she calls her “backbone.” “She has always encouraged and supported me with anything I wanted to do.” Biana has goals of creating her own fashion line in the future. “I like to take chances, I like to challenge myself.” She leaves the interview with this quote, “ You need to build your own dream and not someone else’s. Follow your passion.” Fuzion Magazine | 7 A Stylist’s Story With a growing client list tht includes numerous A- List stars, Jason Bolden is quickly becoming the go- to man in the styling industry. The Los Angeles native speaks on his experiences as a stylist to the stars. - written by Shakira Sealy J ason Bolden, lifestyle curator to the stars, is known for his unique fashion interpretations and undeniable taste. He’s the celebrity stylist responsible for some of Hollywood elite’s best dressed looks including but not limited to La La Anthony, Taraji P. Henson and the lovely talented Gabrielle Union. He’s also great with styling couples for the red carpet including Dwayne Wade and Gabrielle Union as well as La La and Carmelo Anthony. If anyone were to ask who Jason Bolden is, he would tell you that he is a “Lifestyle Curator.” Jason is all about serving his clients by helping them achieve a look that elevates them to the next level of where they want and need to be. Jason reflects on his experience as a stylist, “ The best part of my job is having some of my clients become my closest friends. I would say the worst part for me if any would be when I see all the clothes taken away and returned to the stores.” He is what you would call, “ a jack of all trades.” He is always is finding ways to improve and reinvent himself. He never keeps all his eggs in one basket, but uses his foundation of fashion to expand to other avenues in his career. Between styling multiple celebrities with the help of his staff, his shoe line, upcoming clothing line 5th and Mercer with friend and client La La Anthony and his work as an interior designer, life can definitely be hectic, crazy and fun all at the same time. It takes a special kind many things that Jason enjoys about what he does, things are not always peaches and cream. Of course there are times where a client and he would get into a disagreement or wouldn’t see eye to eye. Jason reflects on disagreements with clients, “ These things happen everyday. The key is to find a happy medium.” He adds, “ For example, I just had a situation with Gabrielle Union yesterday. She is taking a vacation with Dwayne Wade and she specified to me that she only wanted to wear two-piece bathing suits. As me being her friend, I told her that I actually find one pieces sexier. We had a huge friend fight over it. In the end we came to a compromise. I still gave her a one piece, but it had sexy cut outs so it gave the illusion of a two-piece. The key is not to turn it into an argument. Just figure out a way to make things work. If your not happy about what you’re wearing, you’re not going to look good at all!” W hen it comes to styling Gabrielle Union, he has been turning heads on the red carpet with the classic and sometimes-edgy silhouettes he has her wear. Gabrielle Union has been winning this award season, as she has often made the bestdressed list, specifically for her looks at the BET awards. For the red carpet, Jason styled Gabrielle in a red silhouette by Zack Posen as she graced the carpet with her fiancée Dwayne Wade. For award presenting, she wore a fitted floor length beaded Monika Chang gown. “ Everybody loved the surprise of the cowl swoop back with this gown.” He adds, “ With the awards everybody usually would wear gowns on the red carpet, so with Gabrielle I switched it a bit with the red dress, used the gown for award presenting and turn it up by going super super glam.” Jason reflects on how he comes up with looks for Gabrielle Union “ The conversation with Gabrielle would be an example of how my other clients would call me when an event “To be honest I don’t like paying attention to trends. I always go with my gut. I like to put my own spin on it.” of person to be able to achieve what he has thus far while remaining organized and on point with all of his clients. While there are 8 | Fuzion Magazine is coming up. Gabrielle calls and she would say, “ I have this event coming up and I want to have a fashion moment.” She would tell me that she wants to go all out and really do this.” He adds, “For me, its all good; I don’t try to get too crazy. I don’t try to come up with a mastermind project. I go with what makes sense and I try to push it.” For the Espy awards, Jason pushed the envelope a bit for this event as he styled her in a black dress with a plunging neckline that gave a fresh futuristic feel accompanied with a fish tail ponytail, earrings by EF Collection and ring by Graziela. “ This fashion choice was actually last minute. We needed something quick and we just decided to turn it up and give it a edgy feel.” When deciding when to push the envelope versus playing it safe, Jason states, “ It all depends on what the venue is and the cause. For me it’s pretty obvious, if you’re doing a black tie event- totally turn it up. If you are going to something like the MTV awards, this is the time to make a fashion impact and wear something edgy and young.” He adds on style choices, “It also depends on what the trend is; Sometimes I like to step out of it. To be honest I don’t like paying attention to trends. I always go with my gut. I like to put my own spin on it.” Some would like to argue that Jason himself is a trendsetter. When asked about this, he states “I didn’t say that, you did.” He laughed and says, “I take that as a major compliment.” J ason was asked on what he considers the building blocks of a complete wardrobe: “ I would say great shoes, a fresh face and great personality. I like to keep things simple.” He shared with us that his dream client would be Michelle Obama. He was also asked if he was on a deserted island what three things he couldn’t live without and it was a no brainier for him. “My husband, my phone and my dog.” A great book and old black and white movies such as Alfred Hitchcock inspire Jason. Out of all the fabulous things he posses in his closet; his favorite item that he owns is a pair of black converse sneakers. “ I had them for two years and I wear them all the time. I like the fact that they’re dirty.” Gabrielle Union looking gorgeous at the 2013 BET Awards, the ESPY Awards, The Grammys and the premiere of Ethel. Fuzion Magazine | 9 Styling for Success Celebrity stylist and tv star Emily B speaks on loving what she does, patience, family and building an empire. T written by Mario Daniels he climb up the ladder of success can often prove to be challenging and at times discouraging. The weight of responsibility is often too much for many to bare, with only few surviving. Furthermore, it is a climb where the same paths are often exhausted; there are but a handful of people who can make such a trek towards their dreams. When we look through the lens of fashion, we find a kaleidoscope of ideas, passions, and forms of art painted over a myriad of human canvases. Emily B., once a stylist to many known names, has served as a fashion Picasso in the industry and has now moved on to becoming the Da Vinci of the fashion game. Mother, entrepreneur, and fashionista, Emily has proven that success is a matter of patience, will, knowledge gained from experience, and unmatched talent. Emily began her journey in high school. Coming from Norfolk, VA proved to be a challenge as the opportunities were scarce in comparison to big cities. Nonetheless, she persevered, emerging first as a fashion stylist, with a designer’s heart. Emily was able to cross the threshold of local to mainstream when she began styling for Def Jam/ Star Trak artist Fam-Lay, who had been signed under the Neptunes imprint. At the age of 19, Emily was already taking the first steps towards what would be a lifetime of notoriety. She paid her dues through working within the local market, later on creating opportunities that 10 | Fuzion Magazine would propel her to new heights of success. Eventually moving to New York City, Emily found her passion further fueled by the sights and culture of her surrounding environment. She draws inspiration from seeing and interacting with the beauty around her. “I live in New York. Everyday that I walk in the city I get inspiration. I’m inspired by street style and of course the hip hop culture”. These inspirations would eventually assist in her crossover from one who puts on the clothes, to one who creates them. W ith the foundations of her career established, Emily has stepped into the designers world, drawing upon those same street inspirations to create a shoe line manufactured by that is not only chic, but is affordable and accessible. It is a line that speaks sexy, prettiness, with an edge; qualities that she enjoys within her own sense of style. “I just love being pretty and sexy, but having a little edge at the same time. So that’s where my line is going. Having a bit of edge, but still having a bit of class as well”. Her new pursuit is the result of desiring a new challenge. Something that most successful entrepreneurs are familiar with. Knowing that the bulk of support comes from her fans, Emily B. has created a collection that they can afford, allowing for them to feel that much closer to their concrete fashionista. Her line fits and inspires all types of women who have unique identities, from average to above average. With an unyielding passion for fashion, Emily B. expresses to women who want to have “their own success” that quitting is not the answer. “Never take no for an answer. I feel that if you have a goal, you set it, you go for it, and that’s it… When I want something, I go for it and I get it. I definitely think that’s the attitude you have to have”. There is much to be said about determination. Some call it the will to keep on going when the odds are against you; others, the planning and execution of a strategy, and for most, it is being relentless and consistent in effort. From the age of 19, Emily B. has identified specific goals and has moved forward in executing them through wise business practices, networking within the right circles, using her strength while strengthening her weaknesses, and sheer creativity. Growth comes through experience. Often, business owners find themselves in predicaments where the money is good but the overall “feeling” of the project is not best suited for their operation. “All money isn’t good money, so you have to really be passionate about your project and passionate about who you’re working with… You have to be comfortable and confident about what you’re doing… Every job isn’t a good job, you can’t take everything. I think that’s my biggest lesson”. This speaks volumes to an industry that is all about the flash. Fashion has become overly saturated with “fashionistas”, “stylists”, and “models”; it is now similar to the music industry, where the wannabe’s can become the trend setters, and the real tastemakers are fighting to stay in the forefront. It has become a game of quality over quantity. All money isn’t good money, so you have to be passionate about your project and passionate about who you are working with. O f course, being female makes the pursuit of entrepreneurship much harder than her male counterparts. Although women are major consumers, much of fashion is still driven by male led companies. To rank in the upper echelon amongst power players is a task not to be taken on by the weak hearted. “For me, of course being a female is hard enough and I think that people sometimes think that I get what I have because of my relationship with a well known rapper…People think that I have gotten handouts, when in fact… I worked for everything that I got. Just being a female, or being attractive, or my associations”. Emily B. is the total package. A successful mother of two who is also a business owner on multiple levels, and not to mention, genuinely beautiful. You have to understand the level of skepticism or “hate” that comes with the territory of being a boss. The funny thing is, she is just starting. After about a decade of being in the business, Emily acknowledges that she is still just breaking the surface. E mily B. is creating her own path of course, but gives credit to those who have been paving the way for her to do her own thing. During the interview she made mention of Kimora Lee and Rachel Roy, two well known style and fashion icons in their own right. Both have reached heights in their career as entrepreneurs, and are well respected in their industry. This is where Emily B. is striving to be. We all know that as the game changes, so do the players, and those who outlast the competition become staples in their industry. Can the same be said for Emily B.? I believe so. The poise that she has shown throughout her career, on shows like Love & Hip Hop, and even now with her appearance of the upcoming new season of Chrissy and Mr. Jones proves that she is more than just a co-star or added seasoning to an already flavorful fashion dish. Emily B. is the mainstream real deal. Fuzion Magazine | 11 6 Steps to a PErfect SMOKEY EYE Versatile! Sultry! DOWN RIGHT SEXY IN 6 EASY STEPS It’s 2013, about time we learn the true essence of the Smokey Eye. What’s most important to know is that – a Smokey eye can differ in shapes, intensity and color. There are many ways a Smokey eye could be done. Skip the light, medium and dark method. Be sure to follow these steps to create a sultry, modern Smokey eye that can be easily transformed from day to night. - written by Jaleesa Jaikaran Step 1 Groom your brows. Brows frame and shape the face. Use a brow gel like Kelly Baker’s Brow Gel to tame unruly hairs and keep brows lying neatly. Fill brows in lightly with brow pencil that best matches your hair color. Step 2 Use an eye shadow primer like ELF’s Eyelid Primer to create a smooth base for your eye shadow. This helps it to last longer and prevents creasing. Use a fluffy tapered blending brush like Bdellium’s 776 brush to sweep and blend a bronze eye shadow over the lid only. Step 3 Step 4 Next, take a soft pointy eye shadow brush MAC’s 219 to diffuse the eye pencil. Basically you are smudging the line you created. This eliminates a defined look and allows a gradient effect to take place with the eye shadow. You can stop here for a daytime friendly look by adding mascara. Step 5 For an evening Smokey Eye continue by blending a dark brown or black eye shadow in the crease to further create depth. Hold your brush closer to the end as this allows a softer and lighter blend. When you hold your brush closer to the ferrule, it creates a harsher, heavier blend. Step 6 Choose a soft eye pencil, MAC’s Eye Khol in Smolder Intensify the look by sweeping the eye shadow on the and rim the eyes. The rich, deep color of the pencil cre- lower lash line. Finish off by filling the waterline in ates depth around the eye and makes the eyes really pop. with the same pencil that you used and adding your favorite mascara to style the lashes. 12 | Fuzion Magazine metamorphosis Actor/musician Keke Palmer is continuing to make an impact in the industry and cement her legacy. written by Ashley Harper photographed by Easton Schirra of STUDIO.64 T he coming of age storyline has been often used in Hollywood for the big screen. It’s one that most people can relate to. The journey from childhood to adulthood is universal. However, unlike the characters on the movie screen most people’s journeys are pretty unremarkable and do not include a grand adventure. As exciting as a coming of age story might seem in the movies, in real life it’s more like an ode to the classic story of dreams deferred. Now if movies don’t really portray reality how does an actress who has one foot in La La land and one foot in reality handle her journey? Quite well if that actress is Keke Palmer. Keke Palmer has seemingly crossed the bridge from cute child star to confident actress unscathed. Although Keke has been a working actress since she was 11-years-old and is now 20-years-old, she did not succumb to the pitfalls of a very adult industry. Her breakout role was when she was 11 years old in the critically acclaimed movie Akeelah and the Bee. In the movie Keke plays a girl that is striving to beat the odds, and become a spelling bee champion. After her heartfelt portrayal as Akeelah, Keke had the task of getting her own identity instead of audiences just seeing her as a character. “For a long time people still believed I was around the same age as I was when I did Akeelah and the Bee.” Even though the movie was a great success and a wonderful springboard for her career, Keke wanted to be able to grow with her audience and not get stunted as only a child actor. Her next big acting role was on television as the lead in her own show on Nickelodeon titled True Jackson, VP. Keke played the title character True Jackson. The show was targeted for the older demographic of Nickelodeon viewers despite being on a children’s network. The show was centered around Keke’s character finding her way through the fashion world as the vice president of a fashion empire. The subject matter was light and comical, but also dealt with growing up and the pressures that come with it. Since Keke was the star of the show she was able to position herself for more leading roles. She went on to star in Joyful Noise with two female powerhouses, Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton. Keke played Queen Latifah’s daughter in the movie. The character started off as a timid girl, but by the end she had broken out of the strong hold her mother had on her and transformed into a wise and talented young woman. Not only did the character change the opinion of her mother, but also showed that Keke was a powerhouse of her own. eke is now seen as more than just an actress. Previously in her career she gave little glimpses of her singing and dancing skills, but nothing was like the command she demanded in Joyful Noise. The role allowed her a platform to showcase her versatility as an artist, ultimately catapulting her to a new level. As a triple threat she had much more to bring to the role than that of the average actress. K Fuzion Magazine | 15 K eke was also cast as Rozanda ‘Chilli’ Thomas of TLC in the upcoming VH1 biopic titled Crazy Sexy Cool: The TLC Story. The biopic is highly anticipated; TLC fans are waiting to see how the iconic trio will be portrayed. TLC is ranked as the second best selling girl group of all time behind the Spice Girls. They are undeniably one of the most beloved music groups of all time, and the fans expectations run high in telling the story of TLC. Keke described the feeling of playing of Chili as both a privilege and challenge. “It was kind of intimidating, but at the same time I was extremely honored and excited from a fan’s point of view.” Keke was able to talk to Chili and gain insight on perfecting the role. Palmer’s desire is to “put her all” into her performance especially since Chili is her favorite member of the group. Keke was almost 20-years-old when she filmed Crazy Sexy Cool: The TLC Story; this was a new type of character for Keke. In the movie Chili deals with a pregnancy and possible abortion, something that is very intense and far different from any role that she has had in the past. It also will speak to many different levels of womanhood, further diversifying the Keke Palmer bio. N ot only is Keke taking on more mature roles, but she is also taking on more challenging characters. In her upcoming project Full Circle, a TV show set to air on Direct TV, Keke pushes her acting to another level. The show is written by a well-known playwright named Neil LaBute and is a drama series intent on showing the human condition through the relationships and lives of 11 strangers. Keke said that the show has so many different layers to it and is unlike anything she has ever done before. She is “extremely excited,” for people to see her performance in the show. Keke’s determined attitude, adaptability, and constant willingness to grow as an artist positions her to be in the front lines for more standout and leading roles. She is neither in a rush to shed her adolescence or become a sex symbol in order to prove that she an adult. She wants her body of work to be something that people are attracted to, not just her body. Keke is not going to become another child star gone wild. She has a good head on her shoulders and is far too driven to allow adversity to prevent her from climbing the ranks as a respected entertainer. Keke is moving her career into a more mature direction, and her personal life is also moving in that direction as well. Two things that she always asks herself before making any decisions are; “Would my parents be proud of this?” and “Would God be okay with this?”. With questions like those, it makes sense that Keke is still around in an industry where success is fleeting and those who have longevity are scarce in numbers. Keke Palmer embodies the class, talent and beauty that only the most prominent of starlets possess. Fuzion Magazine | 21 Quotables On Dating - “I am dating someone right now, we have been dating for three years now. He’s a great guy, but I’m definitely in that part of my life where I’m really focusing on doing what I need to do and getting what I need to do done, same as him. It’s more us focusing on ourselves and then getting back to each other.” On hanging out With Friends “When I have off time and I’m hanging with my friends we usually do very very normal stuff, go to the movies, hang out at the house. My friends and I talk a lot, and we always have something major to talk about so usually we spend time in their rooms laughing and joking.” On Favorite Songs - “ I love little bouncy tunes, so even though the song is saying some real major stuff, to me it was just like Yeah, whose booty is it...” On Makeup - “Even though I love makeup, I love all that eye shadow and all that type of stuff-I’ve struggled with acne since I was 11 years old. I’ve always liked to stay more on the chill side. You know, not trying to put too much. Every now and then for a carpet we can turn it up, but usually I like to keep my makeup very basic.” On Celebrity Crushes - “ I actually got to do a movie and kiss my celebrity crush. He was my celebrity crush for years, Evan Ross. I loved him from ATL I mean most of the girls went crazy over him in ATL, and I had a crush on him for years and years and years. One day Loreal (Keke’s older sister) said I’m going to do a movie with Evan Ross and we are going to be together, and I’m finally going to get my chance and it’s going to be a great time--- as the years went on that dream kinda slowly dwindled. But then I join Crazy Sexy Cool as Chili and he plays Dallas, who is Chili’s baby daddy, so my dream actually came true. It came true a little bit late but we had a fun time; Evan is such a great guy.” Role Models - “ Even though I’m in the entertainment industry most my advice or mentors come from outside of the industry. I don’t like to cloud my head too much with the Hollywood world---I really just talk to my mom, talk to God, my family is very close so if I have any issues I just talk to them about it and they help me through it.” On Chili - “ At the end the day I want her to be proud of my performance in the movie. She texted me when she saw the movie and was just like there couldn’t have been a better person that could have done it, I’m so proud of you, she and I really got a close relationship out of working on the movie.” On An Alternative Career Path - “ If I wasn’t an entertainer I would probably be a hair stylist. My family is full of hair stylists. My grandmother was a hair stylist for 40 years; my aunt is a hair stylist; my cousin is a hair stylist, everybody in my family is a hair stylist. I would probably just be the loud mouth hair stylist.” On Fashion Inspiration - “One of my favorite style icons would have to be Nicole Ritchie. I just go to her Instagram page and stare at it for about 20 minutes. Her style is so impeccable; she’s just classy, fun, cool and edgy all at the same time. As far as music, I think everyone loves Rihanna’s style--- I like how fearless she is. I think that’s something everybody can love about Rihanna; she does what she wants and she feels comfortable in her decisions. That’s a really hard thing to do especially when you’re in the limelight, doing what you want, being comfortable in what you do and loving who you are.” 24 | Fuzion Magazine Fast Facts Full Name: Lauren Keyana Palmer Born: August 26 Occupation: Actor/Musician Birthplace: Harvey, Illinois Major Appearances/Accomplishments: Has been recording music since 2005, working on her second solo album for release in 2013. Will portray TLC singer Chili in biopic CrazySexyCool which will air in October of 2013. 6 Time NAACP Award Winner for various acting roles between 2005 and 2012 Fuzion FAshion Style Guide • fa l l o f t w o t h o u s a n d a n d t h i r t e e n • 2013 was the year of bigger and better concepts in fashion , and we are here to guide you on what is in and what is out this season. - written by Tammy B., Fatima Tan’ia, Janelle Allen and Jaleesa Jaikaran RUNWAY TO REAL WAY: STYLE IT! Ever wanted to recreate those amazing trends on the runway? We show you how to do it the real way. - written by Tammy B. R unway Fall 2013 collections brought us new rules, exciting outerwear, and old classics with new tricks. We’ve seen tweed morphed into herringbone and embellished with furs. Dark outerwear freshened up with baby blues, powdered pinks, and colors ruled solely for spring. Grunge and Punk made a comeback also, with all the edge, vinyl, chains, and spikes to make your favorite 80’s rock star happy. We also can’t forget the “anything my boyfriend can wear, I can wear better” trend. Here are a few of our favorite trends along with some essential style tips to help you go from Runway to Realway. a. Punkyness Punk’s in full effect for Fall 2013. From the runways of Moschino, Givenchy, Chanel and Versace punk is perfect for the nights you want to go bold and make a statement. Key Pieces: Leather is better. A biker jacket, pants, or skirt. Anything leather will do, it’s really up to you. The fad of plaid. A plaid buttoned shirt or skirt will work just fine. Style Tips: Feel free to mix & match your key pieces. Your leather biker jacket will pairi great with your plaid skirt. Also remember to layer, this is major when it comes to punk. Lastly accessories, accessories, accessories. The more the punkier! designer photo - Moschino. b. Cinematic Times Film-noir looks took over the runways. Miu Miu, Nina Ricci, Prada, Celine, and Christian Dior were all on the forefront of this 50’s cinematic throwback. The perfect look for when your work day needs a little glamour. Key Pieces: A full circle skirt is a must. Choose earth tones, bold reds, or purples. Floral and velvet adds a feminine touch that stands out too. Style Tips: Pair your full circle skirt with any soft or lightweight blouse. For the days where you want a cozy feel, pair your full circle skirt with your best sweater. Pull the look together with a belt cinched at your waist. designer photo - Prada. c. Matters of Masculinity The Tommy Hilfiger, Rag & Bone, and Calvin Klein collections make mens inspired womenswear sexier than ever. Key Pieces: Matching suite set pants or skirt. Herringbone, pinstripe, or checkered will help you stay true to this trend. Style Tip: As your herringbone, pinstripe, or checkered suit may be natural in color, be sure to pair it with a blood color shoe. Don’t be afraid to get the suit in your size, it’s supposed to be sexy. Keep your makeup fresh and minimal with a pop of color on your lips to match the shoe. designer photo - Calvin Klein. D. FUR FRENZY This season’s best furs are ultra unique with a thrown together feel. As seen on runways from Anna Sue, Tom Ford, Marni, Fendi, and Giorgio Armani, these rich pieces are sure to make a bold statement. Key Pieces: Your vibrantly colored, patched-work together, mega shaggy or super plush fur coat. Style Tips: Contrasting is key. Pair your fur coat with your favorite skirt or dress. designer photo - Tom Ford. E. Size Overdose Oversized top coats were screaming down the runways. Stella McCartney, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Alexander Wang, and Michael Kors made it loud and clear. Key Pieces: A single or double breasted oversized topcoat. They come in a wide range of colors, from neutrals & grays to true blue & turquoise. Style Tips: When choosing the best color for yourself, keep in mind the statement you wish to make. The oversized coat is tailored and sophisticated; however neutrals & gray say “I’m silent and chic”, while colors say “heck, I’m loud & glamourous”. These coats are ideal over a sexy dress for date night or your best tailored pants for a day of meetings. Oversize clutches are a great finishing touch. designer photo - Stella McCartney. RIPPED FROM THE RUNWAY: FASHION FORWARD MAKEUP Looks from the runway should never feel far from achievable. Essentially, runway trends this season comes fully equipped - urban accessibility with both an uptown and downtown edge. Fuzion’s Beauty team is fully committed keeping you fashion forward! written by Jaleesa Jaikaran Clean Fresh Makeup Having the look of next to nude this fall is one of the biggest trends. It’s time to let go of the misconception that a little makeup cannot go a long way. Groom brows by using a clear brow gel. To maintain a natural look, lightly fill them in with brow powder. (kellybakerbrows.com) Opt for a tinted moisturizer or BB cream. Powder can be used very lightly to set. Since this trend is all about soft contours and highlights – use both sparingly Use soft colors like browns, bronze, pastels with little mascara and no liner. Add a tinted lip balm or lip stain to maintain this natural look. (Bite Beauty Lush Lip Tint – sephora.com) Smokey Eyes This year we’re going past just the usual black smokey eye. Layering different pencil and eye shadows could create the sultry look that’s in this season. Use a soft black pencil and apply to the entire lid, blend it out using a fluffy domed shaped brush like MAC’s 217. Using a black pencil before creates depth for any color you apply above. (L’Oreal Voluminous Smoldering Eye Pencil) Layer a satin finish eye shadow to create a dimensional finish. Hot colors this season are blues, greens and greys. Ombre Lips This trend has been around all year, for Fall, we’re seeing even more bold colors. Always moisturize lips first. Blot lips with tissue before applying color. Choose a bold red lipstick and apply all over the lips. - (L’Oreal Infallible Never Fail Lip color) Using a darker shade liner, focus on the corners of the mouth and blend until seamless. Graffiti Nails You don’t have to be a nail expert to have runway ready nails. Intricate nail designs this season can be done easily painted are all the rage this season. Nail experts have played with color, texture and shapes backstage to create these designer approved looks. Reversed tips, stiletto shaping and splashes of color have aesthetically complimented Fall’s fashion trends. - (Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips) Graphic Liner Liner has taken a turn this season and artists are stepping up the usual wing and creating some interesting shapes. If you’re new to graphic liner, try using a felt tip so creating your shape is easier. A felt tip liner will give you more control and ease. (MAC Penultimate Eye Liner – Rapidblack) Opt for an angled liner brush so ensure your edges are clean and sharp. Use gel liners in colors like black, blue, olive or burgundy. 28 | Fuzion Magazine RUNWAY REPORT: HAIRSTYLES GALORE! A look isn’t complete without the hair style! This Fall is all about crazy styles and and endless self-expression - written by Janelle Allen A lthough we all get wrapped up into the breathtaking designs that dominate the runway during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, there were some killer hairstyles that caught our eyes! The list ranges from side-slung ponytails, sleek up-do’s, and deep wringed waves – all worn by models showcasing some of the most awaited pieces by top designers Michael Kors, Valentino, Emilo Pucci and many more. Here are a few creative styles to try for this upcoming fall season. The Side Ponytail One must have hair-do for the fall is the side ponytail. There are so many ways to be creative with this look. Add a side or middle part before gathering your hair and placing a ponytail holder around it. The addition of the part diversifies the look. Another way to jazz up this style is by braiding or curling the end. The Updo The Slicked Back Look Another look as simple as it may sound includes drenched hair slicked straight back. Who knew that fresh out the shower look would be considered high fashion? What made this simple style a little more edgy was that only the top half of the head would be wet. The ends of the hair were fairly dry. A lot of Prada’s models rocked this look. The French Braid The last style that hit the runway heavy was the classic French braid. Braids were used so uniquely. The fun part ofbraids is that they can go in so many different directions. Models wore their hair pulled all back with a one braid in the center or braided into a ponytail –very trendy! One thing’s for certain, all of these styles made a front and center debut on the runway so that means there are must try for the upcoming fall season! Besides side ponytails, up-do’s were very popular on the runway. Models sashayed across stage with decorative high buns and chignons. Buns always give a polished look to any outfit but a chignon makes the look more elegant. Chignons are achieved by pinning the hair into a knot at the back of the head. What makes it fun is the tons of variations that can be done. Fuzion Magazine | 29 RUNWAY REPORT: FALL ACCESSORIES The arrival of the crisp air, red and orange foliage, chilly mornings and early sunsets are all signs that the season is changing and fall is here. When it comes to staying in tune with fashion you have to be aware of the must haves in silhouettes, prints, lengths and most importantly color. One of the easiest and most helpful ways to spruce up your wardrobe is by investing in the trendiest colors. Before fall is in full bloom we will give you the top color trends that emerged from the runway for fall 2013. - written by Fatima Tan’ia Dark Shades of Green (Earthy Overgrown Tones) Emerald was a major color for fall 2012 but this year the shade of green that is a staple is a bit darker and a lot more earthy. This color is great when utilized as a neutral and flatters all skin tones. Forever 21 Faux Leather Crossbody $27.80. Basile & Pape Bespoke Verde Pyramide Necklace - $6,500. Reed Krakoff Atlantique Soft Leather & Suede Satchel - $1,890. Blushing Pink (Soft Pale Shades) When we think of pink most often we associate it with the spring season. This fall blushing pink in soft pale shades will be a must have to add to your wardrobe. Add a pop of pink to your wardrobe for a universally pleasing twist this season. Chloe Addie Leather Ballerinas Kate Spade New York Stepping Stones Rose Quartz w/ acrylic heel - $698. Drop Earrings - $98. Top Shop Flip Lock Clutch - $76. Top Shop Rhinestone Tube Drop Earrings - $35. Gray (Dark Misty Grays While last years gray colors to have were shades of slate and stone this year the color has changed. dark gray with a hint of brown is a neutral color that has extreme versatility and a unconMixed with Brown)This ventional substitute to black. Gray is considered the ultimate in minimalist colors for fall 2013. 30 | Fuzion Magazine Jimmy Choo Abel leather pumps - $575. Ippolita Round Pyrite-Station Wonderland Bangle $950. This warm yet vibrant orange screams fall. This orange is bold and will definitely be your added pop of color, best paired with cool neutrals. This orange is very refreshing but the shade has to be right or it can wash your outfit and skin tone out. Christian Louboutin Galia Canvas Spadrilles - $425. Stella McCartney Feather Flowers Print Scarf - $410. Robustly Orange (Clementine and Deep Amber Tones) 3.1 Philip Lim Over The Knee Boot Sandal - $950. r e b m e ! m y e r R o s o es sT c p i c T A a re ! ist u n t o a i z n Fu Sigt what it is and own it r u o Y style? Find ou sten path and try d d n n i F e r r a - hat defines you Tor go off the be e s o W m o e hoose to follow th C ! d n h n c u a can F u o y k , e o vlot of fun a - PTriencds comg ecoamndplgetely different. H d a ve aeenn in can ha ! s someth e so you r expression , c w u n t o e y b a d far h u and C few an hat suits yo e r a e s t e i kwith accessor uilding a look - Ta Rules and b izing r accesso Shades of Blue (Sea and Sky) The sea and sky are the inspiration for one of fall’s hottest color trend. It is the color that seems to have the most staying power. These popular shades of blue are repeated season after season and is also flattering on all skin tones. This is another color that looks great when paired with neutrals. B Brian Atwood Claudelle Snakeskin & Calf Hair Smoking Slippers - $275. J.Crew Forever 21 Flower Gold-Plated Crystal Day Tripper Tribal Earrings - $75. Print Scarf - $9. Forever 21 Dance Off Crossbody Bag - $20. Fuzion Magazine | 31 k Loo t Tha AT C Y COP written by: dyandra brown Dress- ASOS Brave Soul Animal Body-Conscious Dress $30.00 Shoes- Zara Thin Strap Sandals in Gold $100.00 Earrings- Stardust Earrings in Black $35.00 Rings- ASOS Ring Set $14.00 Fab for under $200! 32 | Fuzion Magazine Top: Buckle Tank $14.00 Shorts: H&M Shorts $30.00 Flannel: J Crew $45.00 Shoes: H&M Canvas Sneakers $14.00 Necklace: Guess Pendant $28.00 Bracelet: Dorothy Perkins $17.00 Sunglasses: AJ Morgan $24.00 Necklace: Guess Pendant $28.00 Bracelet: Dorothy Perkins $17.00 Sunglasses: AJ Morgan $24.00 Bracelet – makemechic.com - $19.00 Necklace – Betsey Johnson Leopard hearts necklace - $138.00 Pants: H&M Leather Trousers $38.00 Top: YOOX Blouse $29.00 Shoes: Wingtip Tuxedo Loafers $25.00 haute for under $100! Let’s help you look your best! We have kept an eye on this season’s hottest trends and devised a way for you to create that same look at home. From left to right: Rihanna, Kelly Rowland, Nicole Richie, Blake Lively, and Angela Simmons. Rihanna was spotted wearing this black and white River Island body conscious dress with gold Robert Cavalli sandals. copycat What The Stars Are Wearing: Kelly Rowland was spotted on the streets of Hollywood in this cute casual look. Nicole Ritchie was seen walking the streets in this trendy black and white and leather ensemble. Blake Lively channeled summer and fall in this floral outfit. Angela Simmons mixed casual with chic in these Gulsen python pumps. Quick Tips To Remember: • Try vintage shops and clearance racks when compiling your looks. One person’s trash is another fashionista’s treasure! Pants: 2nd One Floral Pants $75.00 Top: H&M Satin Top $20.00 Shoes: Forever 21 Heels $28.00 Bag: Pull and Bear Bowling Bag $40.00 Top: River Island Tank $19.00 Shoes: Zigi Soho Pumps $60.00 Skirt: Mango Peplum Skirt $35.00 Necklace: TopShop Gold Chain $29.00 Bracelet: ASOS Cuff $12.00 • Read and research other fashion magazines. Bring them with you when you go shopping. Talking to the right person could point you in the right direction. • Be patient! Sometimes that piece you need to complete your look may not go on sale right away. You can also look in other department stores and online stores if you are having trouble. Fuzion Magazine | 33 e rung g d n nk a Morgan of pu k Kat o us lo aphed by o i r e myst Photogr sexy e h t to lve in e d e W DESIGNER PROFILES We take a peek at some of the rising stars in the fashion industry, what they are up to and what to expect from them in the near future. • A Passion Discovered V e n e x i a n a b y K a t i S t e r n • written by Palak Patel V enexiana is one of the most interesting labels out there. It is known for it lush and extravagant fabrics, perfect tailoring, and fun embellishments. All of this works together to create a stylish and chic haute couture look. Designer Kati Stern started Venexiana in 2003 and it has only gotten better over time. Kati has been interested in fashion for almost her whole life. “I began designing when I was nine years old and have not stopped since!” stated Stern. Her heart truly is in her designs and it shows. K ati’s beautiful and unique designs are always one-ofa-kind. “My inspiration always comes from the fabrics themselves, the colors, the textures and nothing else,” stated Stern. Looking at the textiles Kati uses, it’s not hard to let them do the talking on the runway. Interestingly enough, Kati studied architecture in school. “I regard architecture as merely a tool in symmetry and the division of space,” stated Stern. “Even when I worked in architecture, I was really always in fashion - it reached out and pulled me in.” This architec- K ati made a tough decision to transition from architecture to fashion. It was a leap of faith she’s happy she made. She followed her own advice when she changed her career so drastically: “Make sure you love it because you can’t do it half way - you must devote yourself completely.” The devotion to Venexiana is how Kati Stern is so successful. A s the rest of the year unfolds, we can all look forward to some exciting things happening at Venexiana. “Venexiana will continue on the path of luxury!” stated Stern. “We look forward to enriching our following daily and to always be working with new clients, as well as our existing clients whose relationships we value very much.” Venexiana collections are sold at Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. Kati Stern is also a regular at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. “My inspiration always comes from the fabrics themselves, the colors, the textures and nothing else.” tural background can also be seen within the designs through the tailoring and structure. Kati is also a classically trained pianist and a passionate flamenco dancer. 38 | Fuzion Magazine • E s FabulouslyCreative p i o n b y D e i d r e J e f f e r i e s • written by Dyandra Brown A fter just 10 years in the industry, Deidre Jeffries’s line Espion is soon to become a household luxury name. The Washington, D.C. native is known for her attention to detail, structure and luxurious designs. Espion, meaning spy in French, is the innovative yet elegant line that fashion forward women have been waiting for. Being that this all began in our nation’s capitol has shaped Espion as a brand and Deidre’s personal style. “I worked a 9-5, so the day part of my life was mostly navy blue. However, I was young and I liked to go out so I often got dressed up for formal, social and charity events. D.C. has helped me blend the two, the party clothes with the daytimes clothes.” Everything about the Espion brand is buttoned up yet sexy. Espion was chosen as the name due to Deidre’s obsession with James Bond books and films. “I love everything about James Bond, from the gadgets to the glamour and luxury. I always gravitated towards the unique luxury in the films that you wouldn’t see in your everyday life.” Espion is a name that women can relate to. In most spy films women were always disguised as a specific character. “As women we do this daily, we are moms, lawyers and doctors; we wear so many hats!” eidre has always been a fan of French fashion for women’s wear, while also admiring Italian leather goods for their menswear. “As far a French fashion goes, it has always been so beautiful and lovely. If you flip the garments on the inside out every seam is covered.” The whole aesthetic of the Espion line is for it to be as pretty falling to the floor as it is when D mad at me and even threaten to quit because I love the details. My best tailor threatened to quit on me twice and I had to cry to get them back!” Espion has been seen on the runways since 2011. Their very first New York Fashion Week show was at Rogues Gallery during an emerging designer showcase. “I was showing on an island, not in conjunction with Mercedes Benz. Over 800 people came to the Espion show, which was unbelievable to me.” Espion will be showing next month as part of Harlem Fashion Row and Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. However this time Espion will be showing inside Lincoln Center on September 6th. “This will be my first time in Lincoln Center and I am so nervous and excited. I have not slept and I am not going to sleep!” ome of Espion’s most notable achievements were when Ebony magazine named Deidre Jefferies as one of the top 12 designers to watch in 2012. “They hadn’t reached out to me at all, a young woman on Facebook actually said congrats on your Ebony feature! I immediately started Googling and found myself second to Olivier Rousteing, a very young designer of Balmain. I couldn’t believe it!” Espion was listed amongst a few other revered designers such as Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs. “I was honored to be in such fantastic company.” Deidre was also named by Fashion Delegate and The Washington Post as the 2011 designer of the year. “That was a huge nod from my hometown.” You can also find the brand on such celebrities as Izabella Miko, who will be wearing Espion during the Lovelace premiere with Amanda Seyfriend. S “She is an everyday superhero and wonder woman with the means to afford a luxurious lifestyle.” you are getting dressed in the morning. The Espion woman has a jet set lifestyle. “She is a self-made woman and entrepreneur with freedom in her career and autonomy of her schedule, therefore she is able to express her style a bit more opposed to the corporate uniform. She is an everyday superhero and wonder woman with the means to afford a luxurious lifestyle.” We have definitely caught onto the fact that Espion is a luxury brand and luxury means heavy tailoring and construction. The time it takes to make one garment ranges between a week to 10 days. “My tailors get so With the levels of success that Espion has achieved, we only expect great things in the future. “I am working really hard to prove that women of color in design can successfully build a luxury brand. I have spent every dime that I have on the quality and structure of the garments.” One day we hope to see Espion hanging in Bergdorf’s next to Saint Laurent and Givenchy, two designers that Deidre Jefferies admires and loves. Fuzion Magazine | 41 • K i m b e r l y TAKING Sexy BACK G o l d s o n b y K i m b e r l y G o l d s o n • written by Dyandra Brown W e had the opportunity to speak with the rising fashion industry icon Kimberly Goldson. Her chic and colorful designs are the perfect marriage between couture and contemporary. Already inspirational in the fashion industry, her story and rise to success are equally as influential. As one of few African American female couture designers, Kimberly Goldson is paving the way for a fashion movement. Brooklyn and New York have especially influenced Kimberly Goldson’s fashion career, “I am grateful for where and how I grew up.” This plays a large part in her design aesthetic and clientele. “I grew up in the pre-gentrified Brooklyn and this paved the way for everything I have in my career right now. From my lessons to where I came from and where I am now.” You would think that Kimberly was immersed in fashion design her whole life, however she taught herself design. “I was always interested in design but I didn’t think I could do it because I didn’t know how to sketch or sew. I then learned that there were other things to do in the fashion industry such as buyer, merchandiser etc.” After finishing the buying and merchandising program at FIT, Kimberly started her career in the business behind fashion, working in sales, product development and traveling to factories in Asia. “I left fashion for a few years. It was when I left fashion I missed it so much and thought what am I doing. So I taught myself how to sew as a hobby.” It was from this point that Kimberly started making her own clothes and people began asking her to create custom clothing. All successful designers pull inspiration from a staple in the industry. “I have always loved Oscar de la Renta because I love the classic structures that he uses. I would probably say the same for Carolina Herrera.” Although Kimberly Goldson doesn’t make evening wear that says I am powerful like our First Lady and I am noticeable.” The industry and celebrities are noticing and appreciating Kimberly Goldson. Condola Rashaad, Phylicia and Mark Rashaad’s daughter, was one of their first clients, dressing her for a few movie premiers. Nene Leeks and Solange Knowles will also be spotted in the brand.” We are extremely excited that people are learning and loving the brand.” Kimberly Goldson is a covert sexy brand, universal in the fashion industry. “You don’t have to bare it all to be sexy, the silhouettes that we have such as the power and tuxedo suits are sexy.” Aside from fashion design, Kimberly Goldson is very big on philanthropy and maintaining a personal life. “It’s so huge because I lost my mom to breast cancer when I was just 17, so I have been on my own pretty much since then. She was sick for a very long time so I didn’t have someone to help me figure things out. I had to figure out my high school and college education etc. I always felt that if I had someone to help steer me in the right direction earlier I would have figured myself out earlier.” This experience has made her very sensitive to teenagers who grew up in a similar position. “I feel like if I can help someone earlier on I will be fulfilling my purpose, which is to use my design talents to transform lives, not to just be a designer.” Kimberly speaks through organizations and schools to children who are interested in fashion, discussing their options and career paths. “I employ a lot of interns where we teach them about the business of fashion, giving them the experience that they will need in the work force.” This upcoming fall season you can find Kimberly Goldson participating in Harlem Fashion Row. “I attribute a lot of our success to showing in Harlem Fashion Row this past February. I have been off of Project Runway for almost two years now and since we have shown in Harlem Fashion Row, people are learning our name.” There is also a week “You don’t have to bare it all to be sexy.” or couture gowns, the brand is still all about structure. “I fell in love with Oscar and his embellishments, which have influenced my aesthetic. Kimberly Goldson has a different twist on it, we use shapes, luxurious textiles, silks, wools and add a little Brooklyn flavor.” For the most recent Fall 2013 collection, Kimberly Goldson was inspired by textiles and Michelle Obama coming into the second term, thinking “what would she wear?” The motto of the brand is that its never to early to sparkle or shine, meaning at 9 AM it isn’t to early to throw on your brocade or suit jacket and go to work. “I want women to get dressed up again and be inspired by it. All these elements inspired me to put together a collection 42 | Fuzion Magazine long list of events such an Editor’s Lunch, Bloggers Brunch and Trunk Show, all right before the show on Friday September 6th! The future of the Kimberly Goldson brand is looking quite bright. These plans include increasing distribution, weighing alternative distribution options and going abroad to Europe and Asia. “Eventually we’d like our own free standing retail locations. I also want to have our own charitable organization that empowers children in low income areas that are interested in fashion.” couture reimagined • m i c h a e l c o s t e l l o c o u t u r e b y m i c h a e l c o s t e l l o • interviewed by Casey Russell, written by Palak Patel I t’s always a nice experience to see somebody come up from the bottom and create a name and brand for himself. Michael Costello, fashion designer extraordinaire, is a success story like none other. Even though he has been in the industry for some time now, it was not until Michael’s experience on season 8 of Project Runway that he really gained notoriety. He was so spectacular that they even brought him back for Project Runway All-Stars, where he finished as a finalist. One of the great things about Michael is his unique background that plays such an important role in his designs. “I am a gypsy fashion designer, who may not always be accepted in pop culture but that is who I am,” stated Costello. “Being of Greek and Italian descent, my heritage certainly has played a role in making me the designer who I am.” He doesn’t let anybody else judge him negatively for his heritage and, honestly, his brand is so prolific it’s impossible to say anything other than positive reviews. It is easy to see how Michael’s background has played into his own design aesthetic. “I love resort wear; I love flowy pieces,” stated Costello. “So I would have to say my design esthetic would be effortless chic, drapery, simplistic looks with a bit of drama.” Fashion has always played an important role in Michael’s life. From a young age he can remember being inspired by his life and creating beautiful designs. “I can remember being as young as 1 or 2 years old always drawing girls, models, stick figures with dresses on,” remarked Costello. “My mom recognized it as well. She will tell you at 2 years old I would draw on the walls and she thought they were beautiful and so never washed them away.” Michael is lucky to have understand my way of creating and sewing that they find themselves in unfamiliar territory,” stated Costello. “I have devised a way of sewing that benefits myself and my clientele.” Michael made it through the group challenge, and many others on the show, to experience his best moment on the show. “My best experience was going home and creating a collection for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week,” said Costello. “Even though I did not get to show it, the experience was unforgettable. So my best experience was my elimination episode.” Disappointing as it was to be eliminated, Michael made the most of Project Runway and was eventually able to start his own line. E very collection Michael puts out is better than the last. Michael is very excited for his upcoming projects and an exciting new venture. “We debut the menswear collection in March at LA Fashion week,” stated Costello. “It’s called MT Costello and the MT Costello man is a New York/LA hipster-type of guy. We actually named him Trey Davenport; he’s a model, a very big endowment who loves to sleep with women and may have a taste for men every once in a while. He has hands in everything from real estate to Wall Street and enjoys fashion.” Look out for Michael Costello showing his couture collection in New York at Uptown Fashion Week on September 8th. “All the pieces are handmade and sewn, not one was touched by any form of sewing machine,” mentioned Costello. MT Costello and Michael Costello will also be at Portland Fashion Week (Fashion NEXT) in October. Michael’s attention to detail and love of fashion will continue to break barriers in the fashion industry. His unique point of view and quirky sense of style is obviously a new must-have staple for “My heritage certainly has played a role in making me the designer who I am.” had such supportive family members to back him up for all of these years. M ichael Costello is known to the public as one of the best designers on Project Runway and was such a fan favorite they brought him back for Project Runway All-Stars. He recounts the team challenge from season 8 as one of his hardest experiences on the show. “It’s not that I don’t work well with others, but I believe others don’t any fashionista. Everything about Michael screams fashion; if Project Runway hadn’t shot him to stardom there is no doubt he would have done it on his own. We all look forward to any Michael Costello fashion show and wish him the best of luck for the upcoming shows. expect great things in the future. Fuzion Magazine | 45 Street Style Fuzion is out and about again looking for the sexiest and hottest fashions on the street! New York is the capital of finance, but it is also considered the hottest of hotbeds of fashion. Here are what we saw as the biggest style hits recently, from dresses to purses to shoes and everything in between. photos by Tammy B. 46 | Fuzion Magazine Fuzion Magazine | 47 how to be the Ultimate Fuzionista in the bedroom Every fashion lover wants to always feel sexy for her significant other, no matter if she is a tomboy or glam goddess. There are a few simple pieces that any woman can wear to please her mate while still sticking to her true sense of style. Fashion in the bedroom is just as important as fashion in the streets! - written by Dyandra Brown the casual fuzionista the cutesy fuzionista For the fashionista who prefers comfort while still exuding a covert sex appeal, boy shorts are your best bet when dressing for the bedroom. These Uniqlo boy shorts are modeled after traditional men’s boxers yet made with a slight feminine twist. The shorts are cut to accentuate your legs and assets and adorned with unisex prints and colors. Lose your bra and throw on one of their white v neck t-shirts and you are sure to get noticed immediately! the sexy fuzionista Other women prefer to be sexy and flaunt what they have. If this is your personal style then try wearing a sultry ensemble for your lover. Mix and match L Agent and DKNY lingerie together. For a classic sexy look pair a black sheer bra with matching sheer paneled panties. For a more avant garde look, trade the black for a hot pink thong with bows. Throw this silk short robe on top to create an alluring illusion. What woman doesn’t like to be cute? For the fahsionista who loves frills, lace and bows, there is a bedroom ensemble ideal for you. H&M and La Perla carry a range of slips embellished with flowers and warm colors, as to entice your partner subtly. This La Perla nude and black slip dress is effortless and eye catching. Layer a pair of lace boy shorts in nude or black underneath to complete this enticing bedroom look. CREDITS: Page 29: Page 33: Her: Jacket: Adrienne Landau Shirt: Jill Sander Pants: Vintage Shoes: Zara Accessories: Zara Him: Jacket: Lucio Castro Shirt: Jill Sander Pants: UniQlo Shoes: Crocket and Jones Look 1: Yellow Winnie Couture gown Kesha Rose by Charles Albert earrings Page 34: Her: Jacket: H&M Top: Zara Skirt: Zara Shirt: Gap Shoes: Burberry Accessories: H&M Look 2: Green Michael Costello gown Kesha Rose by Charles Albert earrings Alexander McQueen shoes Him: Shirt: UniQlo Pants: Topman Jacket: Opening Ceremony Shoes: Zara Keke Palmer Editorial: Creative Direction: Tammy B Photographs: Easton Schirra of STUDIO.64 Fashion Stylist: Olori Swank Hair Stylist: Brazil Simpson Hair Provided by: Black Velvet Hair co. Makeup: Rokael Lizama Look 3: Blue Michael Costello Gown Charles Albert necklace Luichiny shoes Image Credits: Page 5/7: Side PonyTail: http://www.justjared.com/2008/11/23/ ashley-tisdale-2008-american-music-awards/ Updo: http://www.celebuzz.com/2012-08-08/celebuzz101-hot-bodies-trainer-david-kirsch-gives-the-scoop-on-kerrywashingtons-workout-routine-exclusive/ CopycAt That LooK Sources Slicked Back: http://www.fashiongonerogue.com/editavilkeviciute-jeff-burton-numero-120/ Kelly: http://lascandaleuse.com/2013/08/21/les-looks-dujour-2/kelly-rowland-hollywood-la-scandaleuse/ French Braid: http://hairstylesweekly.com/side-ponytailwith-french-braid/ Nicole: http://fashionbombdaily.com/2013/09/03/ when-did-she-wear-it-better-nicole-richie-in-saint-laurentsperforated-derby-oxfords/ Page 30: Green: Photo 1 : http://www.forever21.com/Mobile/Product/ Product.aspx?br=mobile&category=promo-boho-punkrocker&ProductID=1000050965&Page=1 Photo 2: http://obsessed.instyle.com/obsessed/photos/ jewelry/results.html?No=6 Photo 3: http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/Reed-Krakoff/ Shoes-and-Handbags/shop/N-1z12uv4Z52floh/Ne-6lvnb6 Pink: Look 4: Red Topshop jacket Top shop red tank Alexander McQueen skirt Giuseppe Zanotti red booties Page 10 - 11: Look 5: White Rag and Bone t-shirt dress Luichiny shoes Charles Albert cuff Punkyness - http://www.vogue.co.uk/fashion/autumnwinter-2013/ready-to-wear/moschino Photo 1: http://www.mytheresa.com/en-us/leather-ballerinas-with-acrylic-heel.html Photo 2: http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/Kate-Spade-NewYork/Jewelry-and-Accessories/shop/N-1z12uk5Z52floiZ178 Photo 3: http://www.shopstyle.com/ browse?fts=topshop+clutch+bags Photo 4: http://us.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ CatalogNavigationSearchResultCmd?pageSize=&catalogId=330 57&viewAllFlag=false&langId=-1&sortfield=Rating20Descend ing&categoryId=204484&beginIndex=1261&storeId=12556&geo ip=noredirect Cinematic - http://www.style.com/fashionshows/review/ F2013RTW-PRADA Gray: Masculinity - http://nowfashion.com/14-02-2013-calvinklein-collection-ready-to-wear-fall-winter-2013-new-yorkshow-3279.html Photo 1: http://horstson.de/nicole-kidman-x-jimmy-choowinter-2013-x-best-of-der-kollektion/2013/09/ Photo 2: http://www.bergdorfgoodman.com/search.jsp?N=0& Ntt=ippolita+casual+bangle All GRunged Out: Photographer: Kat Morgan Wardrobe Stylist: Jermaine Daley Stylist Assistant: Terence Ferguson Hair Stylist: Malcolm Cuthbert Makeup: Gabriel Cruz using Makeup Forever Cosmetics Models: Biu Rainey (Major Model Management), Michelle Wilson Page 31: Her: Him: Jacket: Zara Top & Pants: H&M Accessories: H&M Shoes: Olcay Gulsen Tank Top: H&M Shirt: Maison Martin Margiela Pants: Zara Shoes: Savatore Ferragamo Accessories: H&M Photographer: Nathan Valentine All clothes: Models Own. 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