On Sunday, March 10 at Ripley Grier Studios Industry Kids presented Curl Talk, an event that was created to empower natural haired men and women.
Guests were able To learn about different kinds of hair textures, get advice from panelist about hair products, as well as learn how society and the media impacts ones decision to wear their hair.
Ameenha Lee, age 16, entrepreneur, model & Influencer moderated both panels. She engaged the audience by sharing her natural hair journey. Engaging the audience with her go to protective styles, products, and curl talk.
Panel one featured consist of braids by Jamila, Fashionista Franklin, Aisha, Ashley Hernandez and Khia Hyman. This panel will be called “Young, Gifted, and Curly.” These young panelists will talk about their natural hair journey and all that comes with it. This panel will be powered by Curls. These young women shared insight on how they styled thrower own hair and why they wanted to wear their hair natural.
Khia shared that she stopped perming her hair and cut off her damaged length. ” At first I was worried about wearing my natural hair out. I did t know what people would say.”
Panel two featured Music Industry legend Professor Jazmine Young, Francis Grier of Golden Magazine, Shauna Carr, Founding Editor of Fresh Kid Nation and Rapper, Activist, Author Aisha Hall. These four women will be discussing how natural hair has progressed throughout the years, women’s empowerment, and self-love. This panel will be powered by ameenhalee.com.
WE Day is an international celebration of young changemakers who are making an impact in the world. WE charity was founded in 1995 by brothers Craig and Marc Kielburger. Craig was just 12 years old when he started WE charity.
Tickets cannot be purchased however students can earn their tickets by completing chart about actions locally and globally. The annual event, held in various cities brings together motivational speakers, activist and performers.
Our London contributing writer Vanessa provides insight on WE Day UK, held on March 6th at The SSE arena, Wembly. She Joined nearly 200,000 young change makers who were celebrated by special guests. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (Prince Harry and Meghan Markle), Liam Payne, Nicole Scherzinger and Naomi Campbell.
I had the wonderful opportunity to become a part of the press, and live the dream of interviewing a variety of celebrities on the red carpet!! My experience was amazing as I could learn about more of the celebrities and their perspective on such an influential event (WE Day). Here are some of the celebrities, having their “time to shine” on the Blue Carpet at WE Day London 2019!!
Our kid blogger, Mariama visited the sold out Barbie Pop Up on March 9th at the Skylight Mercer.
Guests were treated to an immersive, hands-on space designed specifically for kids and Barbie fans! There was lots of opportunities for fashionable photos.
“Equal parts inspiring tribute and art installation, take a journey through the past, present and future of Barbie breaking plastic ceilings.”
Taking a “walk down memory lane’, attendees were delighted to see how Barbie evolved from her launch in 1959 to today’s diverse image of a modern woman. The most exciting exhibit was the pink ball pit!
On March 8th, International Women’s Day, 20 role models from 18 countries were honored by Mattel and had Barbie dolls created after them. Yara Shahidi, Naomi Osaka, Ibtihaj Muhammad, and Frida Kahlo were the “Sheroes” who now have dolls created in their likeness!
Harlem Fashion Week was founded in by Parson Alum Yvonne Jewnell and her mother Tandra Birkett an educator, who graduated from NYU and Teacher’s College at Columbia University. The duo created Harlem Fashion week to pay homage to the Harlem Renaissance and to feature designers who may have been overlooked by mainstream media.
Fashion Week in uptown is such a brilliant idea! I enjoyed being able to have access to an amazing production, meet industry models, new designers and mingle with celebrities away from the tent crowds.
I was excited to attend Harlem Fashion Week’s very first children’s runway presentation. On Saturday February 16, at the Museum of the City of New York several designers presented their collections; Buttons Tutus & Treasures, BowTai, Justice by Justine, LonDon Pink Apparel and Ambrosia Jeen.
” Since the days of the Renaissance, Harlem has served as the epicenter of art, literature, music and fashion. As Harlem is being revitalized in the 21st century, Harlem Fashion Week will introduce a new era of fashion culture to the Harlem community inspired by its rich cultural heritage. Our continuous goal is to produce an event that will showcase the fashion industry, provide business education for emerging designers, grow Harlem businesses and create a platform for diversity in fashion. “
On the first anniversary of it’s debut, Mini Mode, London’s Kids Fashion Week hosted it’s 3rd showcase at St. Mary’s in Central London. Launched in February 2018, the show is the only of it’s kind in the UK.
“Mini Mode provided a unique spotlight on kid’s fashion during London Fashion Week, showcasing both established and emerging childrenswear designers from around the globe, including Angel and Rocket, Alexander Evans, Billieblush and Billybandit, BEBEBEBE, Cutieful London, Deena London, House of Juniors, IScream, JNR NATION, JenniDezigns, JUNONA, KICOMO by KIARA C, Little Lord and Lady, LOUD Apparel, Lulu et Gigi, MadPax Bags, Maison Loulabelle, Me in Wien, Panda London, Shokunin Shoes, ZOOBUG LONDON and Yoi Socks.”
Founder Amanda Rabor, of Isossy Children, states “Its was truly an incredible show. Now we can focus on growing Mini Mode and making it the place to be for fashion, fun, and family!”
Two fashion shows, Industry Show and Consumer Show were attended by “adorable ‘mini’ models showcasing the latest childrenswear collections on the runway, complete with a selection of children’s entertainment from talented young performers who wowed the audience in between the main fashion shows.”
” The Industry show featured the latest AW2019 collections on the runway with celebrities, press, VIPs, buyers, influencers, fashionistas and a few younger members on the #FROW. The Consumer show featured see-now-buy-now collections for SS2019 and was open to the general public with excitable children, stylish parents and influencers on the #FRONTROW.”
Mini Mode is also about empowerment and building self-esteem for kids, whilst contributing a new business and fashion model for the UK industry that promotes inclusivity on every level.
Zina and Shaleena Campbell, 21 years old, Harlem, NY
Where do you like to shop or what is your favorite clothing brand?
Shaleena: I really love Urban Outfitters you can always count on finding cool and fashionable pieces but UO can be to expensive, so my usual go tos are Bershka, H&M, and thrift stores.
Zina: Like Shaleena, my favorite places to shop are Berksha and H&M. However, I would say that at least 75 percent of my wardrobe is from various thrift stores, local and international. I enjoy shopping at thrift stores over regular clothing stores because it allows me to truly find unique pieces. I never want to look like a walking billboard and I certainly don’t enjoy looking like everyone else. Whenever I get compliments its always on items that I brought from a thrift store.
How would you describe your fashion sense? (Diva, I have swag, Cool, street ETC.)
Shaleena: I have a casual swag with a pinch of 70s. I live for effortless looks, high waisted bottoms, graphic tees and flared jeans. My signature hairstyle is jumbo marley twist.
Zina: Over a year ago I lost 50 pounds since then I have been on a journey to develop my style. Although I would never admit it then, when I was heavier, my weight was a huge contribution to why I hardly ever brought any clothes, therefore I never developed a signature style. Now, I would say that my style could be considered as work-leisure. I’m ready to hit the streets or a job-interview at anytime.
Do you have a special talent? (I am super smart, I can sing, dance, act etc.)
Shaleena: My special talent is having grit and being able to do whatever I put my mind to. I hate having the thought “what if?” so I make it a point to live my best life and go the extra mile to reach my goals. My most recent goals have led me to losing 30 pounds, traveling to 4 different countries, and learning Portuguese.
Zina: Talent is an interesting concept. Often people think if you can’t capitalize off of it then it isn’t really considered being a talent. That being said I think my talent lies within my growth as a person. I blow my own mind with how far i’ve come mentally and physically lol.
Who is your fashion icon?
Shaleena: My fashion icon is Chidera Eggerue, known as @theslumflower on Instagram, for her unapologetic sense of style, fearlessness and nonconformist attitude toward fashion and life in general. Chidera’s saggy boobs matter movement empowers women not to feel less than in a society where breast implants and perky boobs are norms, but to instead feel confident and proud in whatever you choose to wear because after all, you can only be you. This is a message I would like to convey to the recipients of The Harlem Dress Collective. Statements like “that’s not for my body type” and “ I don’t think I can pull that off” create a negative environment for girls on a daily basis and even more so when it comes to one of the most important moments in a high schoolers life, prom.
The Harlem Dress Collective strives to create a positive environment for high school girls where they can try on/pick out prom dresses they truly feel comfortable in and love not because someone told them too but because they know/feel they look good.
Zina: My fashion icon is Trace Ellis Ross, I believe that she takes many “risks” when it comes to the colors, patterns, and peices that she wears. She doesn’t appear to be afraid to wear anything she wants and that is something I want for myself. The next major piece of clothing I buy will be loud and fearless. I also take inspiration from a website called “Who What Wear,” I am really into outerwear and every coat/jacket they post I would love to have in my closet.
Why did you start your non-profit?
My sister and I, started The Harlem Dress Collective because we know first hand the strain paying for prom can put on families and in our case the price was double. Our parents weren’t able to help us pay for anything and we had to skimp together our part-time job paychecks to pay for the night ourselves. While I spent my entire savings on a dress, shoes, hair, and makeup; Zina went the alternative route of attending prom drives where she found her prom dress a week before prom. This was not before spending her own money on ordering a dress from online that was too big, too ugly, and too expensive to fix leaving her to scramble for a solution. The stress of it all really took a negative toll on our prom experience and to think I (Shaleena) went through all of this just to show up to prom with the same dress as my friend. LMAO The stress is just not worth the distant memory and pictures we have to show for the night.
After the fact, hearing how girls at our school struggled to borrow dresses and were crying in the bathroom about not being able to afford it, while at the time everyone was raving about how extravagant their dress would be. This showed us that there was an underlying problem, we were too afraid to ask for help and there was a lack of help for this type of event.
So with just two dresses, we started The Harlem Dress Collective (HDC). HDC’s mission is to attain the best prom experience for Harlem girls by reducing the cost of prom by providing free new/gently worn prom dresses. Recreating the secretive and stressful tradition of preparing for prom and making it a glamorous community experience.
When thinking of what we want HDC to offer Harlem girls we always consider the quote “not your grandma’s church drive”. The Harlem Dress Collective rejects the thought of this being charity work, which often results in not-so-pretty donations. Our girls can look forward to having a “shopping” experience with dresses from new designers and popular ones like Faviana and Davids Bridal!
Who do you admire and why?
Shaleena: Again, I have to say that I admire Chedra Eggures, I aspire to reach her level of confidence and fearlessness to truly live my best life.
Zina: I admire @MiaRay from Instagram. She is one of the very first people I followed on IG years ago and today she has built herself into a powerhouse with her Glamaholic Lifestyle and SameGirlDifferetHair Brands. I would consider her the hood Oprah, lol. I admire he because on the surface she appears to be an ordinary everyday woman, but she is so much more.
Do you have any upcoming events?
The Harlem Dress Collective (HDC) will be holding its inaugural event April the 27th. Since August, we have been working towards the successful introduction of our organization to the Harlem community. Along the way, we have been aided by several Harlem businesses like The Sugar Hill Creamery, Harlem Fashion Week, and The Neighborhoods Women Collective. To say the least, the response from the community has been fully appreciated.
Fashionistas, models, bloggers, photographers and industry insiders braved the bitter NYC weather on February 10th to attend Janelle Funari’s NYFW show and grand opening in Brooklyn. Set in the DUMBO neighborhood with beautiful views of the majestic Brooklyn Bridge and Williamsburg Bridge, guests and pups eagerly waited for doors to open. The show featured performance active wear for men, women, children and pets! This was my very first time attending a show that had adorable dogs work the runway. I was extremely excited to meet Harley the French Bulldog and Xolo the hairless dog! (We took a photo together!)
The collection was inspired by New York City. The show opened with a robust dance performance to one of my fave new song by City Girls, all dancers wore FUNARI clothing that was reflective and allowed the dancer to move with ease.
FUNARI items are functional and Eco-friendly. The best thing I’ve learned is that everything is made in Brooklyn! We were able to chat with designer Janelle,
” The collection was inspired by NYC with practically functional city essential styles that I feel we all need in our wardrobes!We don’t have time to go home to change to go to gym and we need specific pieces that have function and style. This includes the go to legging, work our Jacket, puffy jacket, and rain coat. We are now offering mini me versions of the city essential line for both children and pups! “
The show ended with a speech from designer Janelle who brought out her adorable pup Maxine. She was also presented with a certificate from the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. The audience all received a glass of bubbly (or soda) and toasted to the grand opening, eagerly cheering as Janelle cut the red ribbon.
” She (Maxine) is my muse and a big part of my brand. All the pups who came out to support me were amazing and are her and my life long friends and our clients. We also had a famous Pomeranian on the runway too! Bentley!
Dezo Empire is a children’s apparel line that offers hip t-shirts and apparel that is unique and stylish. The designers Carol and Julio are a couple who wanted to outfit their kids in fresh tees but didn’t find many options. The duo decided to create a clothing line featured NYC inspired graffiti art.
Name:Carol & JulioPatino
Hometown or where you currently live:Miami
Name of label or brand:Dezo Empire
Type of design, accessories,t shirts, denim, clothing etc.
Kidsgraffiti, street tees
Whydid you choose to design for children?
Kids are the trendsetters of the world! When we had kids, we saw the lack in originality in most clothes, but mostly tees, because we feel like tees are an expression of your individual style.
So with my husband’s background in graffiti and growing up in NYC, we decided to design andcreate acustomline of tees for kids that most adults would wear themselves.
How is your label different from the otherchildrensbrand already on the market?
It’s not justabout the fresh, hip tees and the mostly hand drawn designs. It’s about the message we want to tattoo in peoples mind behind the brand. Our mission is to support and empowerALLkids to be themselves and express their style in any way they feel moved. We are all one kind and that is “HuemandKind”(a perfect blend of colors),and we believe in teaching kids that we are all one people in this world. Spreadinglove,is key to molding future leaders in our children. After all, we are all brothers in sisters!
Wheredo you get your ideas from and what or who inspires you as a designer?
NYC, memories from our youth, urban art form, street culture and favorite songsare what we like to use as inspiration. Growing up in NYC, KeithHarringwasmy favorite artist.
Where can Fresh Kid Nation readers find your work?(Please list a link to your website,webstore)
The Kids Chat Show is a children’s talk show that discusses the current issue in the world. Meet the hosts of The Kids Chat Show. The show was created to enlighten young minds on the world that surrounds them and the opportunities that are available to them.
The trio discusses politics, fashion, sports, education, wellness, all from a kids perspective. Savannah and Milan met first through their parents working together. The two met Maddy at The Kids Chat Casting Call. When they saw her they loved her energy and knew she would be a good fit.
Madisyn Amaya Pool (Maddy) 9, New York
Savannah Smith, 9 years old, New Jersey
Milan Pow, 11, Bronx New York
Where do you like to shop or what is you’re your favorite clothing brand?
Maddy: I enjoy shopping at Forever 21 and H&M. They have so many cute clothes.
Savannah: I like shopping at Forever 21 Girls, Zara, Urban Outfitters, and I also wear my own styles that I design and create. I also have a clothing line!
Milan: I like to shop at Zara and Ralph Lauren, but my mom also takes me to thrift stores to find fabrics and patterns to add to my clothing
How would you describe your fashion sense? (Diva, I have swag, Cool, street ETC.)
Maddy: My fashion style is Cool.
Savannah: I would say that my style is Sassy
Milan: I would describe my style as varied and unique. Some days I want to wear a ball gown and other days I want to wear a sweat suit and sneakers
Do you have a special talent?
Savannah: My special talent is singing and dancing too. Maddy also dances!
Milan: Besides getting good grades, I am a star athlete on my schools’ soccer team, and I love to dance and do gymnastics. I love to act as well
Who is your fashion icon?
Maddy: My fashion icon is Skai Jackson, she is amazing!
Savannah: My fashion icon is my mom. She has shown me that style starts within and the clothes I wear are a reflection of my attitude.
Milan: My fashion icon is Michelle Obama, June Ambrose, Naomi Campbell, Diana Ross and Harper Tillman.