Style Maven Sunday: Lauren Byrd

Happy Sunday, Style Mavens! I miss you all so much. This week’s feature is undoubtedly going to Miss Lauren Byrd (it was only right to lead with her IG name), and her amazing ability to combine style with grace. Illinois-born and Georgia-raised, I’d say it’s the perfect culture concoction to create a Style Maven – ...

Style Maven Sunday: Kelly Hardy

Happy Sunday, Style Mavens! With the election adding stress to our daily social media scrolling, I thought today would be an amazing opportunity to take a much-needed break. Mommy and Maven, Kelly Hardy can handle it all. Beginning with just a single idea for a T-shirt she envisioned, the brand has expanded to something more ...

Coated in Fly Outerwear

Okay, I have to admit that I was a tad bit disappointed after waking up to snow on the ground here in Chicago. But, sightings of snow has ever dried up the drip for the winter, am I right? ‘Tis the season to separate ‘those who really do this’ from ‘the posers,’ #respectfully! This week ...

Style Maven Sunday: Ciera Brock

Good news, Style Mavens, there’s another fashionista ready to take her vision to the next level. Meet Chicago native Ciera Brock who followed her dreams of owning an online boutique after 10 years of retail experience as a denim brand ambassador, and a stylist at Saks Fifth Ave., then she became a store manager for ...

Style Maven Sunday: Tee Capel

Welcome to Style Maven Sunday, a new segment highlighting women who are running things! Style Maven Sunday will be providing style tips from our favorite fashionistas, designers, style innovators, and go-getters. What a pleasure to start anew featuring one of Row A Seat 1’s VIPs, Tee Capel, fashion consultant of LAFD Tour, and boutique owner ...

Top Five Fridays: Anifa Mvuemba

Happy Friday, Style Mavens! I hope you all have been enjoying our last days of summer. I could not let this summer go by without acknowledging a special kind of takeover! Maryland native and Congolese creative Anifa Mvuemba, owner of Hanifa Official, has been a true inspiration and innovator for presenting pieces amidst a pandemic. ...

Top Five Friday’s: Fresh Humans

Happy Friday, Style Mavens! Now that school is officially back in session, we have to make sure the little ones are fly for virtual class and daycare. Children’s clothing is so much fun to analyze and style because you can get very creative, especially with prints! The best part about going “Back to School” is ...

Top Five Friday’s: Heron Preston

Hi, Style Mavens! Happy Friday! Welcome back to Row A Seat 1! I have one word for you all, versatility. Nowadays, everything is about branding, image, and appealing to a lifestyle when discussing businesses from fashion to farming industries. Heron Preston blissfully pulls this concept off every time. Launched in 2016, Heron Preston has been ...

Top Five Friday’s: Kollin Carter

Hi, Style Mavens! Where do I start with our Top Five Friday’s fav of the week, Kollin Carter? I’ve been following Kollin for about two years now, and he just keeps getting better and better! If you haven’t heard of him yet, you have definitely seen his work. A-Listers like Cardi B, Normani, Kelly Rowland, ...

Top Five Friday’s: Zerina Akers

Happy Friday, Style Mavens! Or should I say, Happy BeyDay? Because if you haven’t heard, her visual for Black is King dropped this morning and it is FIRE. So I could not pass up this opportunity to highlight my favorite part of this visual album, the looks duh! The mastermind behind Black is King looks ...

Top Five Friday’s: Salone Monet

Hey, Style Mavens! At this point, we have recognized that almost everything in our society from beauty standards to medical conditions are surrounded by whiteness, even if the white person is imitating black features. Which includes the lack of true representation when trying to find tones to compliment our skin the best. Salone Monet, owner ...

Top Five Friday’s: Beauty Bakerie

Happy Friday, Style Mavens! This week’s Top Five Friday’s is dedicated to a woman with a very inspiring story complemented by her love for a career in the Beauty Industry. In 2011, Cashmere Nicole founded Beauty Bakerie, a vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, and smudge-free beauty line while being a nurse and wanting more for her daughter. ...

Top Five Friday’s: Frère

Happy Friday, Style Mavens, and welcome back to Row A Seat 1! If you’re one of our divas, I suggest you grab your husband or your dapper bae because this is the perfect opportunity to add elegance to your man’s closet. This week’s Top Five Friday’s undoubtedly goes to menswear brand Frère, originally Musika Frère, ...

Top Five Friday’s: Johnny Nelson

Yes! We’re still on a natural high from all the Juneteenth festivities, that said, we’re dedicating this week’s Top Five Friday’s to jewelry designer, Johnny Nelson Jewelry. Do you all remember those dope beads the models wore in Pyer Moss’ “Sister” show for NYFW? What about those amazing buttons used for Lena Waithe’s suit for ...

Top Five Fridays: The Crayon Case

We all know the struggles when it comes to finding makeup brands that fit our needs and skin tones as black women. Raynell Stewart aka Supa Cent, owner of the cosmetics company, The Crayon Case is our featured brand for this week’s Top Five Fridays. If anybody remembers those vine days, you should remember her, ...

Top Five Fridays: Son of Reese

Hey, Style Mavens!! Today’s Top Five Fridays feature is very dear and special to the Row A Seat 1 Family! We love to see the people we’ve been connected to flourish and go off to follow their dreams. This week’s Top Five Friday is undeniably going to Ms. Chelsea Reese. Chelsea launched her menswear brand ...

Top Five Fridays: Lionne Clothing

What’s up, Style Mavens and welcome to our Top Five Fridays! Today we’re featuring the beautiful Philly native, Latoia Fitzgerald, owner of Lionne Clothing womenswear and Dillonger childrenswear. The freelance fashion designer grew up in a household full of creatives where her mother was a seamstress, and her stepfather was a videographer. The perfect combination ...

Top Five Fridays: Fly Behavior

Welcome back, Style Mavens! I hope everything is going well for you all during this crazy time. I know it’s hard to #StayHome when there are looks to be served, but that does not mean you can’t prepare before the outside is legal again! Today’s Top Five Fridays go to the online boutique, Fly Behavior. ...

Top Five Fridays: SPGBK

Happy Friday, Style Mavens! I love to see businesses that are launched in college prosper, college kids, know. There are so many brands that have started in college, and it’s the perfect place to solidify yourself as a business owner. That said, I’d like to draw your attention to this week’s Top 5 Fridays – ...

Top Five Fridays: All Shade

Hi, Style Mavens! Today, I will be showcasing five eyewear brands I think could fit any personality type or need. I’ve always found eyewear to be one of the most self-expressive accessories! If you don’t want to talk to anyone, you might throw on a pair of blockers, if you’re feeling bold, you might put ...

Top Five Fridays: Beyond Measure

Not only is she style goals and a Howard University graduate, Kelsey Ashley, the owner of Beyond Measure, is also a wardrobe stylist. This power force drops gems every time she posts on the gram with her eclectic style! You have seen her work on celebrities like Desiigner, Saweetie, Dreamdoll and more. In her interview ...

Top Five Friday: Iridium

Block Thirty-Seven on State St. is the home of many powerhouse brands like Anthropologie, Akira, Zara, Sephora or Disney, but my favorite part about the mall would be its strong presence of the Chicago streetwear luxe brand, Iridium, and its spin-off, The Lab. During my visit for this week’s Top Five Friday, Iridium, the niche ...

Windy City Live: Memorial Day Fashion from Chicago Boutiques

(Scroll Up on the Video to View in Full) Hey, Style Mavens! Yesterday, I made an appearance on ABC 7 Chicago – Windy City Live (alongside one of my favorite talk show hosts, Val Warner) to chat about some Memorial Day Fashion featuring styles from Chicago boutiques and Roots Canada, a Canadian lifestyle brand (catering ...

‘Everybody Wanna Be A Stylist’ Fashion Styling 101 Workshop

Hi, Future Style Mavens! We are still swooning over the Spring 2019 Fashion Styling Workshop which took place on April 20th in Chicago! So, if you missed out on the last session, no worries we got you covered! Chicago Style Maven BeBe Jones of Row A Seat 1 presents “Everybody Wanna Be A Stylist” Fashion ...

ReCap: Nike’s Department of Unimaginable

On Friday, March 29th a selected group of Chicago Media Mavens (style bloggers, magazine editors and TV correspondents) were granted full access to the NIKE CHICAGO Department of Unimaginable. This year Nike presents ON AIR: The City Department, a community-based Nike-Air inspired, design curriculum hosted by Nike designers, collaborators and friends. As always Nike pulls ...

Fashion Styling Workshop

Hi, Style Mavens! The wait is over and it’s time to roll out the garment racks and stylist kits! Chicago Style Maven BeBe Jones of Row A Seat 1 presents “Everybody Wanna Be A Stylist” Fashion Styling Workshop kicking-off Spring 2019 in Chicago! Earlier this year, I invited 4 local blossoming fashion stylists to springboard ...

Melanated & Motivated | Bridgette & Bianca Tatum

This week’s Melanated & Motivated is focused on the power of sisters in business! Meet the twin-preneurs Bridgette and Bianca Tatum, the owners of the boutique, Eighttwenty91 (representing the twins’ birthday) Their story is one of many examples of keeping it in the family. In 2012, the Atlanta-based entrepreneurs launched their first online boutique called Liz ...

Lexii’s Look for da Low | Russell Westbrook

These week’s Looks for da Low goes to OKC’s finest, Russell Westbrook. Yes, fellas, it is your time to shine on this one. Westbrook is known for his rather quirky, yet stylish swag. “After all, this is the guy who brought competitive dressing to crazy new heights, whether it was with all-over-patterned shirts, adult overalls, preppy-on-steroids ...

VIP | SUPERMODEL IMAN

Zara Mohamed Abdulmajid, also known as Iman (“faith” in Arabic), was born in Mogadishu, Somalia on July 25, 1955. At the time, the 20-year-old college student (in Nairobi) was first discovered by photographer Peter Beard at a sitting in Kenya. After she became acquainted with him, she got her first modeling job for Vogue in ...

…Styled by LATRISE SHERIFF

LATRISE SHERIFF... Wardrobe Stylist + Creative Director + Artist and an overall talented girl boss with an eye for style, and a need to produce dopeness on every level. The Windy City native is no stranger to hard work and her credentials as a wardrobe stylist have allowed her to relocate her skills towards a bigger ...

Beauty Babes: What’s in my makeup bag?

Hey, Sis! I’m back with another “Beauty How-To” and this time it’s for my fellow College Beauty Babes! First, here are a few fun facts about me… I am a currently a graduating senior at Ball State University. I happen to be a college student with expensive taste, but unfortunately, I’m a college girl on ...

VIP | DESIGNER PATRICK KELLY

Wild and Woke are two words that come to mind when I think of the Legendary womenswear fashion designer, Patrick Kelly who nailed it when it came to keeping his crowd intrigued on the runway. Coming from a person who admires the fun in fashion, Patrick Kelly embodied mixing good vibes and spreading awareness through his ...

Super Stylistic: TRACEE ELLIS ROSS

The pattern wearing, natural hair popping, body rocking, TRACEE ELLIS ROSS. This woman is the epitome of exuberance and never fails to WOW me when she steps out! Born as Tracee Joy Silberstein… and besides her incredibly funny and witty role as Dr. Rainbow Johnson in the comedy series Black-ish, she’s best known for her iconic role on the TV sitcom Girlfriends as ...

Style Maven: CHELSEY CARTER

This featured STYLE MAVEN is indeed every bit of Black Girl Magic and my first encounter with her work was an image posted on Instagram of her creation of the pink Magnolia’s jacket. (Deep sigh) WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS BEAUTIFUL GARMENT? So, I clicked the link to discover more pieces, then there she was, ...

Beauty Babes: KIMORA MULAN

When did you fall in love with Beauty? Honestly, when Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta (2012) first premiered. I just remember seeing the green screen looks of the cast saying, “I want someone to do my makeup like that!” I wasn’t even into makeup yet, but they were so beautiful. Fast forward to today, I still ...

…Styled by TAMALA CLARICE

Finding your passion. Studying the industry. Being consistent. Interning and Networking. These are crucial key components to climbing the ladder as an entrepreneur… Fashion stylist TAMALA CLARICE is very familiar with putting in the necessary hours and sharpening her skills daily. Post graduating from Jackson State University (My fellow JSU Family), TAMALA CLARICE headed West ...

Super Stylistic: Ade Samuel

My SUPER STYLISTIC goes to one of the queens of #BlackGirlMagic, Ade Samuel. Being an aspiring fashion guru and fashion merchandising myself, I absolutely love her natural ability to shine and only produce building blocks of talent. The triple threat got her degree from State University of New York College at Buffalo State in Fashion Merchandising ...

VIP: Cicely Tyson

Let me grace you all with this amazing woman. She was first discovered by a photographer for Ebony magazine, where she since then has been featured on multiple covers. She has been nominated and won awards from the Emmy’s and Golden Globe, as well as making musical theater appearances.  If you haven’t figured it out ...

Channing Beumer: From Tomboy to Girl Boss

Meet the beautiful sneakerhead #girlboss behind one of the dopest sneaker blogs written by chicks for chicks… Say, Heeey, Boo to CHANNING BEUMER of CNKDAILY.com!  Over the summer, I had the pleasure of collaborating with one of Dallas’ dope native daughters on a project for NIKE AIR SOCIETY. Channing’s positive attitude, her drive as an entrepreneur, ...

Super Stylistic: Mick Jenkins

My Super Stylistic artist of the week goes to Mick Jenkins. I am a huge fan of Hip Hop music, and I absolutely love the Hip-Hop scene in Chicago. Mick’s lyrical, soulful, and grounded music sets him apart from a lot of artists out now and his style makes it even better. Mick plays around ...

…Styled by Erika Degraffinreaidt

Whether she’s booked for a styling assignment from one city to another, the petite style maven packs a grande punch when she steps onto the pavement of the concrete jungle. Fashionbombdaily.com, Getty Images, WWD.com, and Vogue.co.uk have all captured the personal style of Fashion Stylist & Creative Director Erika Degraffinreaidtfrom of French Vendette from NYFW to London Fashion Week. ...

FALL FURbulous

Let’s face it… Furs, be it real or faux, have always been a piece that says, ‘My presence is a present!’ Personally, I’ve always loved how a fur can add such glam to your outfit whether it’s a little black dress or classic jeans and a t-shirt combo (trust me it’s more common than you think). ...

The Rise of Dapper Dan

The Culture definitely noticed how Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele took a small, but very impactful, page out of Daniel Day aka Dapper Dan’s legendary book of looks for their Resort 2018 collection. The iconic piece was designed with a brown fur bodice, balloon Louis Vuitton signature LV-logo sleeves, Gucci’s version appeared to be a ...

Super Stylistic | Ravyn Lenae

In an industry full of duplicates and wannabes it’s very seldom we come across an artist who stands out from their peers, beyond their talent. If I could choose any artist that has their own and unique style right now it would be Ravyn Lenae. The 18-year-old Chicago native is a rising star and singer ...

The SIR and MADAME of Chicago

2017: A year that’s been full of blessings, celebrations, collaborations, and Divine Order thus far. All holds true for the attractive, intelligent, trendsetting, business savvy, and risk-taking Chicago power couple, Brian & Autumn Merritt.  While this year marks the 10-year business anniversary for the husband and wife duo behind the brand, Sir & Madame there ...

Style Maven Tee Capel Talks Fly Behavior

“Fly Behavior represents a way of life. It’s about being strong and taking chances. It’s expression through personal style. It’s confidence. It’s the feeling you get when the sole of that sexy new pair of shoes hit the pavement for the first time. It’s mixing designer brands with thrift store finds… It’s a toast to ...

Media Maven Samantha Thomas Sets Big Goals for SmallTALK

From working as a producer for major TV networks to pitching your own outlet as on-air talent at the same networks speaks volumes and makes the decision of taking the leap of faith that much sweeter – Imagine that. Meet Samantha Thomas, the Entertainment & Lifestyle Correspondent, and the host of SmallTALK Web Series. After receiving ...

BLR DESIGN DROPS NEW RTW DENIM

Chicago-based custom denim house, BLR DESIGN drops the latest RTW denim designs and its definitely some heat! BLR DESIGN introduces the Royal Blue ‘Falcon’ 8-pocket 10-ounce stretch cotton/poly twill pant at $275.00. “Big name fast fashion denim suppliers can offer $39.99 for a pair of jeans because there are probably 30,000+ units in existence. The denim ...

Michelle Elie | PRIM by Michelle Elie

I’ve been following the work of MICHELLE ELIE-MEIRÉ for over three years now, and I must say her creations from bags to jewelry including her personal style is extremely unique, yet refreshing!  Clearly, I’m not the only admirer of her style just Google her name and watch how the paparazzi swoons over her ‘street style’ every ...

‘THE ICONIC HAUS’ THAT JERRILYNN LIND BUILT

I*CON*IC… According to Merriam Webster dictionary, the word ‘iconic’ is described as the following: 1: of, relating to, or having the characteristics of an icon. 2a : widely recognized and well-established (an iconic brand name). “Even though we’re all exceeding expectations in life, yet the word ‘iconic’ is usually associated with celebrities and actors/actresses, and I feel ...

iBlog: Tot Jones | TotallyTot.com

My blog’s tagline is: “Living, Loving, Caring, Sharing” because that is who I am and what I do. “Connecting inner qualities with outward expressions” is one of Tatiana Jones‘ mottos she lives by daily. As she approaches the two-year anniversary of her blog, Totally Tot, Tot Jones shares with Row A Seat 1 her excitement ...

Curve Culture Boutique: #EmbraceYourCurves for SS17 New Arrivals

Qiana Norshea, the owner of Curve Culture Boutique, a Chicago-based fashion oasis (carrying sizes from 1X-3X | 12-20/22) for stylish plus-size girls globally, is at it again with some new arrivals for SS17 that screams ‘Summertime Chi’ featuring three of her signature models: Keshia  Kmora, Chynaa Blacc, and Beautiful Lori. I love the way this ...

Clothier Osirus Munn creates the NRML LIE.F brand for Millennials

Businesses like American Express have declared that “Millennials Could Be the Most Entrepreneurial Generation Ever” and Britt Hysen, the editor-in-chief of MiLLENNiAL  magazine, claims that “60 percent of Millennials consider themselves entrepreneurs, and 90 percent recognize entrepreneurship as a mentality.” – Excerpt from an article via TheAtlantic.com, The Myth of the Millennial Entrepreneur. That said, ...

iBlog: Nikki of Besties and Brunch

As defined by dictionary.com, the word [sis-ter-hoo d] is an organization of women with a common interest, as for social, charitable, business, or political purposes. Well, this sisterhood, BESTIES AND BRUNCH is exactly standing in their purpose. These five Besties decided to share their friendship and all that comes with it by starting a blog promoting positivity, charity ...

NIKE Collaborates with Errolson Hugh of ACRONYM to Give the ACG Collection a New Look

The month of December breaths fresh air for the athletic giant, NIKE as today marks the new release of the highly anticipated NikeLab CHI store and the NikeLab ACG outerwear collection in collaboration with fashion’s secret weapons and style innovator; Errolson Hugh, co-founder of ACRONYM. It’s been two years in the making since Mark Parker, ...

StyleChat with the GhostFace Stylist of Paris

YOUTH SMRH… Remember this name.  The 23-year-old fashion stylist from Paris is indeed on my style watch in a timely fashion alongside fellow fashion notables like Vogue.com. The raw talent recently received a Master’s degree specializing in Fashion and Luxury from the European Business School in Paris (EBS).  With a couple thousand followers shy of hitting ...

Lucid Rebellion On My Wrist…

The moment I was gifted a bevy of Lucid Rebellion bracelets by Q. Hudson (Creative Director of High End Junkie) I was hooked immediately. There wasn’t a time when I rocked this wrist yummy that I didn’t receive a compliment or question of purchase. I am definitely a connoisseur of accessories; bracelets to be exact, ...

Insta-Style-Crush: Shop These Fall Favorites from URBANE Boutique

Our Row A Seat 1 Team enjoys finding the latest #InstaStyleCrush for those Style Mavens & Style Mavericks on the hunt to feed that fashion appetite. And I think URBANE Boutique is definitely a gem indeed. As the brainchild of PR Maven Carlisha Hartzog, MBA, URBANE Boutique is “an online destination focused on globally-sourced women’s and ...

Adidas Through the Sole of a Field Agent…

Have you reserved your seat for Row A Seat 1? Don’t miss out as Adidas Field Agent Will Barnard gives us the Adidas experience through his sole… Dropping knowledge about everything from Pop Culture’s major influence on new collaborations to the benefits of purchasing a sneaker with boost technology, and how starting a non-profit,“Sir Wyll Meals” to ...

Insta-Style-Crush: BLR DESIGN

In life, it has become quite rare to find genuinely young, creative, honest and passionate individuals who aren’t afraid to create their own waves, and ride them alone. Not because it’s an act of rebellion, but because they withhold that much faith in their gifts and journey to leave behind a legacy of greatness. This guy ...

Beauty Babes: Jaz Jackson

Meet Chicago-based MUA JAZ JACKSON.. This beautiful being was already on my FAVES list via YouTube, and the moment we met during a beauty event she was hosting at AKIRA Hyde Park we gelled. But, it wasn’t until we shared the panel for Beauty & Brunch Chicago 2015 is when we started to become more ...

Insta-Style Crush: Kéla Walker

Meet KÉLA WALKER – 5x Emmy nominated TV Host & Producer, and the full-time style maven behind the fashion blog, KelasKloset. Selecting Kéla as the newest ‘Insta-Style Crush’ kick-off was a no-brainer. Instantly I was blown away after scrolling  pass a pic of her working alongside Lady @Fatbellybella aka Erykah Badu. And I’m ALWAYS gamed for finding fly ...

Style Maven: Kahlana Barfield Brown

She’s arguably one of the most stylish influencers I follow on Social Media right now –Meet Kahlana Barfield Brown, Fashion and Beauty Editor-At-Large for InStyle magazine.Post graduation at Howard University, Kahlana pursued her first internship at the short-lived publication of Suede magazine, then on to InStyle and routine appearances on daytime television as a fashion ...

Insta-Style Crush: Martin-Themed Collection

“Wazzup, Wazzup, Wazzup” was a popular catch phrase from the beloved 90s sitcom, “Martin” starring Martin Lawrence (Martin Payne), Tisha Campbell-Martin (Gina Waters-Payne), Tichina Arnold (Pamela James), Thomas Mikal Ford (Tommy Strawn) and Carl Anthony Payne II (Cole Brown) who made up the amazing, phenomenal and everlasting lovable cast that stole our hearts for 132 episodes from ...

…Styled By Liyana James | LivPosh Consult

“Dress women across the world and help them discover themselves through their style,” said CEO Liyana James of LivPosh Consult.  “Dress women across the world and help them discover themselves through their style,” says CEO Liyana James of LivPosh Consult, the Cleveland-based consulting company specializing in personal shopping, wardrobe styling, fashion workshops, closet organization, bridal needs and ...

iBlog: Fanny Muller | Lafreecaine.com

Fanny Muller is the stylist, model and blogger behind the fashion blog, Lafreecaine.com. Whether it’s a fashion show, Art gallery, beauty event or on set of a photo shoot, the Chicago style maven can be seen pushing through the streets with fellow bloggers and fly girls alike. Always the fashionista, Fanny’s eclectic personal style along ...

…Styled By Aaja Corinne Magee

“Style is like an introduction, and it reels people in. If you look good, people will be interested in learning more about you,” says Brand Maven, Aaja Corinne Magee. Chicago’s Brand & Image Maven, Aaja Corinne Magee is quite the ‘Jane of All Trades,’ from being featured in local and national mediums such as Jet ...

C-L-I-C-K FLASH: @Jassieuo

A few thumb scrolls through the Instagram page of Jasmine Durhal aka @Jassieuo – a photographer and visual artist from Detroit, MI and you’ll see why RowASeat1 appreciates her talents. Her approach to each image is very clean, unique, voluminous and sometimes odd, but that’s the beauty of Art – every time you view Jasmine’s ...

…Styled By Keaira Monique

RowASeat1: When did you fall in love with fashion? Keaira Monique: I fell in love with fashion around the age of nine years old it was when I first saw the movie Clueless… Cher, Dionne, Amber and Tai were just everything to me! The fashion in that movie inspired me so much. The next Easter ...

Events: IceBag Series Heats Up Berlin Fashion Week

Debuted on July 1st at Happy Shop Berlin – The ‘Icebag Series’ designed by Chicago accessories designer and fashion maven, Ashley Scott will launch the entire collection during Berlin Fashion Week at Happy Shop Berlin from 4-10pm. According to Ashleydrapes.com, during Ashley’s previous ‘Seven Deadly Sins: Drapes of Sloth FW15’ series pieces of the ‘Icebag ...

Fresh Off the Runway: Off-White Women’s FW15 by Virgil Abloh

“A collection of thoughts and theories branded under an off shade of the color white” – Virgil Abloh | Off-White Ladies, check out RowASeat1’s Hautest selections from the Off-White FW15 collection. This collection is making me wish for Fall again and we’re finally receiving some ‘Summer weather’ in Chicago. I must say the minimalist x luxe concept ...

Events: DIOR AND I

Cheers to the good people of Music Box Theatre-Chicago for allowing RowASeat1 the honor to pre-screen this epic film, DIOR AND I. Speaking of E-P-I-C… This film is beyond extraordinary! If you’ve ever wanted to visit the HOUSE OF DIOR, get a glimpse of the way a collection is truly produced and executed or wondered ...

…Styled By Ashley Crawford

RowASeat1: When did you fall in love with fashion? Ashley Crawford: I fell in love with fashion from the moment I was able to dress myself. I’ve always felt I was born to be an artist. Fashion and style just so happened to be my art form of choice so I nurtured it! RowASeat1: I ...

Style Maverick: D-Win

Besides fronting his exquisite taste for expensive sneakers and high-end frames – Style Maverick Mr. Dalwayswin aka D-Win, former member of the Hip Hop duo, The Rocketeers and ‘MTVU Woodie Award’ nominee is gearing up for the release of his latest EP, ‘Kubrick’ that’s inspired by the film work of Stanley Kubrick. RowASeat1 checked in ...

Events: LV SERIES 2 | LA Exhibit

While in Los Angeles I had the most memorable and exclusive treat of viewing one of the best fashion exhibitions since I’ve seen since 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair: Inspiring Beauty ended in Chicago last year. Kudos, Nicholas Ghesquiere – The Louis Vuitton Series 2 – Past, Present & Future Exhibition was genius!!! From the ...

Events: Macy’s Soul Era Style with June Ambrose & Johnetta Boone

We’ve all heard that old cliché: “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” Correction, honey! The phrase should be: “Where there’s a June, there’s a way!” There I was. Front row inside of the one-and-only, Macy’s on State Street. Anxiously, I waited for every bit of advice “Motha June” gave. By the end of the ...

Fresh Off the Runway: Esé Azénabor FW15

According to the Nigerian-born and Canadian transplant designer Esé Azénabor,  the FW15 Esé Azénabor collection is an unapologetic artistic demonstration of luxury, culture and appreciation for the arts. The collection is inspired by the kingship of Henry VIII, and the affluent monarchs of that era, featuring embroidered Jacquard, rich dark tones and brocade fabrications. “The first ...

iBlog: Nifesimi | Skinny Hipster

I absolutely adore Nifesimi also known by her viewers as Skinny Hipster. My first introduction to the Nigerian-American style blogger and wardrobe stylist was via Youtube during a seasonal lookbook video with her best friend and one of my favorite Youtube Beauties, Peakmill. Once I found Nifesimi on Instagram she immediately became one of my ...

Insta-Style Crush: Gaudy’s Vintage Wool Blend Jackets

That’s right you read it on RowASeat1 first – Check out the exclusively new additions to the ATL-based brand, Gaudy Apparel collection. With only five produced per jacket these vintage rare wool blend jackets are the perfect arrival for this unpredictable Spring weather. Style Mavens & Mavericks there’s no need to be bashful for the upcoming ...

iBlog: London Scout | Scout the City

Introducing RowASeat1’s first children’s lifestyle blog featured as an iBlog candidate, I can’t express to you how excited I am to share this little Style Maven with you guys. If you’re unfamiliar and you have a little style toddler(s) at home, I assure you the entire household will thank me later, just ask her 33-plus ...

Style Maverick: Rossi Cole | Jewels by Rossi Cole

According to the Indy jewelry designer Rossi Cole, the vision behind JewelsbyRossi was to create unique, one-of-a-kind pieces that are different from what is available in retail stores. “All of our pieces are lead and nickel free—many of which are gold and silver plated metals that are resistant to tarnishing,” says Cole. “We also use ...

…Styled By The Real Wouri Vice

Styling music videos, editorials, advertisements, and more is hardly a glimpse into a day in the life of celebrity stylist, Wouri Vice. For one of New York’s native sons, Wouri’s dream as a wardrobe stylist began on the kept promise of long-time friend/client, Grammy Award winner and singer-songwriter, Alicia Keys. As her career climbed the ...

Events: RowASeat1 presents StyleChat w/ BeBe Jones & Friends

  RowASeat1 presents StyleChat with BeBe Jones & Friends was created to bring awareness, knowledge and direction to multi-cultural students of the fashion community as well as upcoming artists and entrepreneurs. The fashion forum allows students the opportunity to receive firsthand experiences and how-to tips from style connoisseurs of the fashion industry. Our featured group ...

Insta-Style Crush: NAKIMULI by Tennille McMillan

This week’s #InstaStyleCrush is one of RowASeat1 favorite fashion designers to watch on Instagram, NAKIMULI by Tennille McMillan. My first introduction to NAKIMULI was during NYFW this past September for the Essence Street Style Block Party at DUMBO. While strolling through the booths for some style inspiration I spotted the ‘Dark Khaki BBD Dress,’ which ...

…Styled By Becca Alexis

Allow me to introduce Lady Becca Alexis… Here are 5 Fun Facts You Should Know: (1) While a student in college she was a wardrobe assistant on TV shows like: Desperate Housewives, CSI Miami and Six Feet Under. (2) Becca is an alum of FIDM. (3) Celebrity stylist to stars like: Janet Jackson, Marlon Wayans, ...

…Styled by Marcus Ivory

“Styling a few celebrities you might know…” is the introduction to the Chicago native and celebrity stylist Instagram page of Marcus Ivory. Within the past few years Marc Ivory has racked up quite a styling roster with celebrities, publications, commercial clientele and a few videos as well. And this particular day was no exception to ...

Beauty Babes: HAUS OF FACE

Former Co-star of WE tv fashion series, House of Curves, Sherlynda Fitzpatrick has been moving right along in the Beauty industry. The certified MAC Cosmetics/Freelance MUA is racking up clientele with her one-on-one Beauty consultations, Beauty & Fashion seminars and Social Media tutorials. As the House Mother of her company, Haus of Face, Sherlynda’s platform ...

…Styled By Shayla Courtney

Experience, check: Modeling, Fashion Show Coordinating, Designing, Blogging, Styling, Consulting, and Personal Shopping – Fashion Connoisseur, Shayla Courtney does it all! With a degree in Fashion Merchandising and over ten years of experience in the fashion industry, Shayla Courtney gets it honest. As a young style maven, Shayla Courtney was being groomed by her mother ...

Events: Drapes of WRATH Revealed

4.4.14 marked the unveiling of ‘Drapes of WRATH’ the latest brilliant collection by Chicago jewelry designer Ashley Scott and this time around it was designed especially for the style mavericks, that’s right, for the fellas. Camouflaged away in an artsy loft in the Lakeview community, MATEO hosted an evening adorned with decor draped in Drapes ...

iBlog: Ty Alexander | Gorgeous in Grey

Absolutely one of RowASeat1 favorite bloggers thus far, Ty Alexander is the beautiful and talented style maven rocking her signature grey coif behind the beauty and lifestyle blog, Gorgeous in Grey, and contributor to HelloBeautiful.com and TalkingTexture.com. GIG, an affectionate blog term from Ty’s readers, has been coined as one to watch in a major ...

Fresh Off the Runway: Let’s Talk About The Elephant on the Runway

This past September, during a recent New York Fashion Week interview for FashionBombDaily, legendary and former fashion commentator of Ebony Fashion Fair /Founder of The Ground Crew, Audrey Smaltz gave some interesting information regarding the lack of models of color in the fashion industry. Audrey Smaltz explained it best, ‘of three hundred plus designers showing ...

Mychael Knight: Always the “Fan’s Favorite!”

Since his SS12 collection “Lost World” debuted at New York Fashion Week fans have patiently awaited the next masterpiece from the style maverick, Mychael Knight. Whether you remember his Southern charm and that magnetic smile from Bravo’s ‘Project Runway’ (Season 3 finalist) or his fashion savvy commentary as a guest on CNN, HLN and on ...

…Styled By @DutchTheOmen

To have a sense of personal style is one thing – to know, enjoy, understand and love the idea of changing someone’s confidence by strategically selecting an article of clothing is a gift … We call these rare finds, STYLIST! The profession of being a ‘stylist’ has soared to the roof in the past decade, ...

Beauty Babes: Andrea C. Samuels

Now it’s one thing to be a makeup artist known to ‘beat a face,’ but it’s another when you’ve reached that level of understanding facial anatomy, bone structure and the importance of great skincare which are some qualities that makes this Windy City MUA Andrea C. Samuels a high commodity among the beauty industry. Whether ...

Knits & Knotts introduces “The Assyrian” Collection

The What – “The Assyrian” Amazing neckwear should have a combination of great color(s) and texture. Instead of always relying on the use of silk, we decided to push the bar and work with leather. How else can a simple tie compete with some of the amazing clothing garments in today’s market? Despite the aforementioned, K&K has found a ...

Beauty Babes: Toi Wagner

As women of color we’re always trying the latest regimens and beauty tricks to hide or eliminate our skin’s perfect imperfections. So we turn to our favorite Youtube beauty channels or one of many Makeup Guru’s beauty book when what we’re truly in search of can be inside our kitchen cabinets. According to Toi Wagner, ...

Style Maverick: Touré

While strategizing his next move to becoming one of fashion’s greatest designers, Alhassan Toure has a celebrity portfolio as deep as a his Ghanaian roots. Toure’s Clothing has styled the likes of Raekwon the Chef, Ghostface, Russell Simmons, Usher, Wiz Khalifa, Jeezy, Trey Songz, Chris Brown and more. Unlike the average 10-year-old, Toure was predestined ...

Style Maven: Suzette Opara | EighTwentyEight Collection

As I entered the cozy condo where Chicago’s womenswear fashion designer Suzette Opara calls home, I was overwhelmed with the sweet aftermath of Post-NY Fashion Week frenzy – a rack of whimsical gowns from The EighTwentyEight SS14 Collection with hung patterns, extra fabric scattered throughout her workspace and dress forms adorn the nooks of the grey ...

iBlog: Swa-Rai Me, Please!

Chicago’s Style, Beauty & Lifestyle Blogger Raijean Stroud of Swa-Rai exudes the true meaning of ‘doing what you love doing’- But for Raijean it hasn’t always been about glam events and products galore for the blogging socialite – About three years ago Raijean found herself in search of her next move after being let go ...

In GAUDY We Trust!!!

The evolution of the cotton tee has come a long way since its popularity as a slip-on garment minus the buttons during the Spanish American War. Now, tees have become a fashion staple to everyday wardrobe. During the past decade, starting a T-Shirt line has been the latest craze since the sneaker boutique trend. Embellished ...

…Styled By Aaron Christmon

Meet Aaron Christmon aka Mr. Smart Dress – the Columbia College of Chicago alum is one stylist to keep your eyes on, especially with a growing roster which includes Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas, America’s Next Top Model winner Jaslene Gonzalez, Rapper/Model Lola Monroe and Sunday’s Best winner Amber Bullock. Can we say impressive? Influenced by ...

…Styled By Luxury Law

Recently photographed on the cover and inside of The Hollywood Reporter: Stylists & Stars as one of the top stylists in the fashion industry. Also, LAW ROACH is ‘the first African American stylist to be highlighted as one of the 25 most powerful stylists.,’ reported THR. Since 2002, Law Roach, the former co-owner of Deliciously ...

C-L-I-C-K Flash: Nikki B

What started out as a passionate hobby evolved into a life changing profession for Nikki B, photography was more than just a trend on the rise. “I wanted to be a ‘jack of all trades’ to generate income … I started to like it,” she explains. And she did more than like being behind the ...

Knot Your Daddy’s Bowtie: Knits & Knotts

Persistence … best describes the humble beginnings of the ‘commercial neckwear company’ known as Knits & Knotts. As a child, the future neckwear connoisseur, Augustine Emuwa’s interest in fashion became a mutual introduction from travels with his father to England and Nigeria. Gaining a keen sense for fabric, quality and detail sparked Augie’s attention towards ...

Style Icon: Eunice W. Johnson

The year was 1958, the visionary was Eunice Walker Johnson, the vehicle was the Ebony Fashion Fair show, and the mission was to empower African Americans with the opportunity of experiencing fashion through the eyes of Eunice Johnson. The Ebony Fashion Fair show became the longest traveling fashion show for over 50 years. Featuring fashion ...

Beauty Babes: Tia Dantzler

The year was 2006, during the eve of Dreamgirls, in a swanky suite in The Peninsula on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile when I was first introduced to the beautiful being, behind the beautiful face of Jennifer Hudson. Celebrity MUA, Tia Dantzler was as warm and fierce then, as she is today! From the silver screen to ...
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