Get your coffee mugs and hot cocoa because it may have been chilly outside but this event had really cozy feel.
The day of the Coffee & Creme Fashion was a big day for Roshá (owner of the Style Hub). There was much to do, with limited time to do it!
8:15 a.m. rolls around and she is pumped; it’s go time! As she walks down the spiral stairs into the living room Mahdi pops into her mind. Upon booking him as the videographer for the event, we discussed him shooting footage of the setup process, which means she had to look fly while setting up chairs, thematic trees, and backdrops. After, jamming to some music and getting dressed, she hits me up with a text, “Where you at Slim?”
Roshá and I were finally able to meet up around 10 a.m. by that time she had already picked up the chairs and backdrop for the show. Thank Gawd that it all fit in my truck. We ran around town grabbing last minute items, that would ensure the Coffee & Creme was successful, yet glamorous event!”
For all my event planners, marketing coordinators and entrepreneurs, I’m sure you all can attest to that fact things don’t always go as planned. The Style Hub experienced great challenges planning The Coffee & Creme Fashion show, by no means was it a walk in the park. Roshá, came up with the idea in a coffee shop, hence the name. If you know nothing about her, just know that She loves coffee! She started planning this event back in August of 2016 and originally planned to do the show in November, but pushed it back. From past experience, she knew that she could not do this event alone, so eventually she reached out for help planning, developing, and implementing the event. I came up with a few great ideas on how to promote, set up the venue, host model casting calls (I could go on and on). But still there were more issues to overcome.
So, what made it so difficult?
Murphy’s Law: Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.
Our backdrop was missing a pole, the photographer who was paid never showed up and a few model bailed out the show last minute. But as a team we worked together. There was no obstacle too big for the both of us.
Back stage was blissful and vibrant. The models were super ecstatic and Roshá even got a chance to get a live recording of the a model’s and I dancing and jammin’ out to the music. Each designer was tentatively getting each of their models dressed and fitted for their outfits. From back-stage the runway seemed to lit up perfectly. You saw this glimpse of elegance mixed with a chill vibe. In our eyes everything was perfect. It wasn’t crazy and the energy was positive. This time around we were not nervous to get the show on a roll. I felt calm and collected.
This time I wasn't able to see the show, because I was apart of it (Being one of the four designers, who styles ripped the runway). But being backstage was still dope. We had one bathroom and over 20 models lol. But fashion show chaos is an exhilarating feeling. The switch up, the make up, the final touches, we were ready.
With the runway looking like a winter wonderland, and the models ready to melt it all like coffee with cream, DJ Dub Deezy came through with music, Ricardo Wynn, killed it as a host interacting with the audience and keeping everyone engaged. It went well.
Was that a great story or what?
Now of course we can't just give you an ending like that. So I, Vato, would love to give you my REAL opinion of the show…here goes:
I'm normally in the audience; critiquing and talking my normal trash; but this time I was behind the scenes. Mannnnnnn, when I tell y'all I had to sneak to see all the designers in the show, it was so much going on. Anybody who knows me, knows I can show up to things whenever I feel it’s appropriate. Haha Fashionably late! I arrived back at the show at 6pm. All my models were waiting on me; but of course my styles were already ready. The green room was a packed with models, designers, press, sponsors, and anybody who had a hand in the show. Live thats how we like it!
As the show started D.Denim went first. She displayed some of the ripest denim outfits i have ever seen. Denim dresses, skirts, chokers, heels, shirts; I mean absolutely denim everything. Her show set the bar for all the following designers. My favorite looks were Carlos, with the dark denim top and the light denim pants and Nicole, with the denim peplum top with the fitted denim pencil skirt and denim choker.
The second designer to go was Paul (Blue Eclipse) velvet, silks, and flowy fabrics with a dash of sparkle. His line up was awesome! He styled the men in a very eccentric way, which was a bold move. “I Dare you to be different” is what I would call it. My favorite looks by him were worn by Natt Nyah in the Velvet dress and Brave Burks with his White and Gold boots. Both looks convey Regality, in a new way.
The 3rd designer is one of my Favorites and you all should know of her work by now; EmRis. She came through with the models and the styles. We all love the athletic look presented in the show; EmRis rocked her set like always. Of Course, my favorites was Briesha and Richon. (These models are the same ones featured in CopyWrite Magazine Issue VII: The Art of Perspective).
The last show was of course; no other the the fashion guru himself; Me. Lol
I'm not for the most part a designer; I'm a stylist. I make it a lifestyle; instead of your normal walking fashion show I wanted to entertain my audience with live styling and a diverse way of walking; my favorite look for my set was, Alex with the vintage bucks pullover windbreaker and Michelle, with the bad & bougie look; burgundy fur and velvet pencil skirt.
Now look here! Everybody in this show did great; the audience was hyped and someone's mother was walking all through the show; we should probably have her at the next model call LOL.
Despite all the chaos behind the scenes; I don't think anyone realizes the blood sweat and tears that was put into getting this show to be as successful as it was. The host had it going in the room; audience participation and gave out the best introductions. Hell he was even setting up too.
Closing out with the DJ subbing all types of ratchetness .... everyone got to mix and mingle when the show ended.
The next morning we all probably needed a little Coffee & Cream.