New York has always been a major player in fashion for the hip-hop community. From  the countless clothing brands birthed from up top, to fashion designers looking to participate in New York Fashion Week as an official stamp of approval, or being shouted out in a song by one of New York’s very own rappers or singers, the city that never sleeps often breathes life into clothing brands.

Lyfestyle is one of the brands that was birthed in NYC, and the world is awakening quickly to the authentic brand.

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Maxi skirts, jumpsuits, and the little black dress are just a few main staples of the modern fashion world, especially in America. Along with these, bodycon dresses are a major item among consumers. This type of dress was pioneered by French fashion house Herve Leger.

The late fashion designer Herve Leroux founded Herve Leger in 1985 after working at Fendi and Chanel in the late 70s. The bodycon, or “bandage,” dress came into abundance in 1990 from his own invention. The popularity of these dresses spread quickly, primarily among celebrities, and are still in major demand today. The concept of the dress is to contour the female body, rather than draping it in fabric.

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Fashion is one of the simplest ways to introduce yourself. It makes a statement and leaves an impression whether you are wearing bold prints, muted shades, or dazzling jewels. It tells people who you are, or who you want to be.

Actress Gabrielle Union utilized fashion in the same way—to make an introduction. While Union is already a well known celebrity for her numerous acting roles, she recently launched a fashion line with New York & Company called The Gabrielle Union Collection. Centered on everyday looks, Union told BET that she wanted to create something inspired by her “day to day life” and her “actual, real closet.” Union tailored a line around what she likes, what she wears, and what she genuinely uses, thus introducing herself as a designer who creates pieces that anyone can wear.

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“Splinters have embedded into your soul by just doing life. And those splinters affect the way you present yourself. We go through life with splinters and not knowing how to move,” explained Jane Evans, Global Senior Pastor of Influencers Church & founder of BU Fashion show, to 1700 guests on June 8 at the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth, Georgia.

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An integral part of most outfits are the accessories used to accent a look. Jewelry has reemerged as an important sector within the fashion industry. It’s no longer all about diamonds, other gemstones are finally getting their chance to shine. A prominent example of this can be found in the work of jewelry designer Irene Neuwirth. While some of Neuwirth’s jewelry features diamonds they are rarely the focal point of her pieces. Several of her collections have been comprised of opal, turquoise, emerald, and several other precious or semiprecious stones. Neuwirth has discovered a way to bridge the gap between high and low end fashion through the creation of her luxury jewelry brand.

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Although he’s one of the world’s finest designers, Valentino Garavani’s original plan was simple. He wanted to design beautiful gowns for wealthy, beautiful women. For more than 50 years, Valentino has made his dream come alive. Simply known as “Valentino,” the Italian courtier’s luxurious designs are a common thread for a vast range of famous women including Elizabeth Taylor, Iman, Adele, Audrey Hepburn, Serena Williams, Princess Diana, Naomi Campbell, Jennifer Lopez, Zoe Saldana and even Jackie Kennedy. Despite their various personalities, backgrounds and careers, Valentino’s designs highlight two things that bind them altogether: they are beautiful, wealthy women serving as living trademarks of Valentino’s A-list designs.

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It’s extremely hard to break into the fashion world and leave your mark on an industry that has so many hard-hitting contestants, that have been around for quite some time. Up and coming fashion designers have one chance to either become legendary or see their last runway. Newcomer, Tanya Taylor has no intentions on seeing her last runway any time soon. With a classic feminine feel and an artistic flare, Taylor has hit the nail on the head.

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The world is ever-changing, which is even more obvious in the fast-paced fashion industry. No one is more aware of this than fashion designer, Amy Smilovic. Smilovic’s creativity and ingenuity have led her to find success in the fashion industry with her fashion label, Tibi, for the past 20 years, but Smilovic’s success was not without its challenges.

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Models from all walks of life graced the “runway” for the 2018 Global Runway Atlanta fashion presentation—sporting pieces from well-known brands like Brooks Brothers, Spanx, Sean John, and ExOfficio. Each model had their own distinctive style giving you a wide range of vibes from suburban, preppy to the latest chic, effortless fashions.

“My team wanted to ensure we embodied the essence of each brand. For example, ExOfficio is a travel apparel brand, so when we styled the models selected for this show, we ensured [that] we included key accessories that really told the story about why the brand exists. Our team also styled the selected items to ensure they were on trend, giving the audience a sense of what is cool to wear in the marketplace today,” explained Fashion Entrepreneur and Wardrobe Stylist Robert “MiddleMan Fresh” Flood, of the Middleman Styling Firm.

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Band of Outsiders is a preppy clothing line. But hold your horses, shouldn’t their brand be named something like ‘band of insiders,’ due to the fact that top designers tend to be elitist and make their clothing for the in crowd? After all, fashion is all about setting the standard for what everyone should be wearing.

However, this is not the case for Scott Sternberg’s brand. His company seeks to be something other than fashion. By paying homage to the classic American preppy style, Band of Outsiders doesn’t overtly hit you over the head with flamboyant colors, plunging necklines and big shoulders. Rather, they casually understate their uniqueness through ironic pop culture references that are consciously veiled within their marketing materials and the design of the clothing. Sternberg is the whispering rebel behind this preppy movement and his focus is on a careful hand in the production of his garments. His sardonic vibes have gathered quite a following, including celebrity fans Kirsten Dunst, Aziz Ansari and Karlie Kloss, while obtaining a new idea of preppy.

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