What started as a vision to bring African design to fashion capitals around the world was celebrated on the catwalk of New York Fashion Week this year. African Fashion Week 2014 started with a full day of business and entrepreneurial classes at the UN Foundation building followed by a style, pop up shop and presentation at the Vogt Gallery the next day. Seven top designers from the continent brought the three days to a close with fashion that painted a picture of how perfectly colorful, diverse and inspiring Africa really is.
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Kala- I loved how you paired your accessories with so many different outfits and also used the belt in different ways. The coordination was perfect, your makeup and hair were gorgeous, and your poses/attitude were bold!
First off, let me say, accessories are my favorite as they can make any look soar to the next level! I felt that you all took your accessories and displayed them well and made me want them all. Its sooo hard to choose a favorite!
This was super hard! Everyone did a fantastic job!
Chassity, this looked like an actual bridal shoot. I loved how your hair was styled and I think it really showcased the hair piece without taking away from it.
Desyray, though I liked the hairstyle, I wish I could see your locs sometime uncurled. The curled locs did, in this case, compliment the headpiece however. I did not like the eye makeup as I did not think it was in line with what most brides would wear.
Nefertiti, you had a very soft, romantic look going on. I got the feeling of “blushing bride”. Loved the updo and the tendrils
ReShonda, you were gorgeous as usual. Lovely hair, makeup, everything. My only complaint is that I could see a tattoo on your arm in one of the pictures. My eye was immediately drawn to it. Perhaps next time you could cover it with makeup or hide it in some other way. You looked like you were happy and excited, as brides should be. Fantastic job!
Kala, absolutely beautiful!! I loved that you showed the hairpiece with two different styles. You have a dynamite smile and it was in full effect during this shoot. The Valentine’s Day pictures were sassy and gorgeous!
Jalita, though you looked beautiful, most of your pictures were either too shadowy or too bright. I couldn’t really appreciate your beauty, headpiece, and hair because I was too distracted by those two things.
Carlie, your hair and the way you arranged the headpiece was lovely. However, even though I knew you were going for a soft romantic look, I got more of a sad or pensive feeling from your poses rather than a feeling of anticipation, love and/or excitement.
My favorite this week was Chassity, followed closely by Kala. My least favorite was Jalita.
My favorites in this challenge were Carlita, Chassity, Kala and ReShonda. For my winner, I would have to pick ReShonda.
Your pictures blew me away. What better style to represent “natural” than a magnificent puff! Loving the flower in your hair paired with the subtle colors and gorgeous makeup. I think your expressions and poses were on point as well.
To me, the “Cheetah Chic” look is Bold yet Elegant.
The model who captured this look the best, I feel, was Jalita. Her makeup is bold, elegant and flawless! The quality of her photos are great because the makeup really popped especially in the first photo.
I really love being natural. I have been natural before, but this time I feel as if I have a new feel and groove about me, with this natural look…I am more confident and much more focused. I am and acheiver, I have overcome some major obsticals in this walk of my life, I am victorious no longer will I be the victim… Into each life some rain will fall but always after the rain I gain NEW Strength …. I am forver loving this new me! pictures are coming soon.
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My picks for this week were ReShonda and Chassity. My pick for elimination was Justyce.
Chassity- All of your shots were beautiful. Loved the hair, makeup, clothes.
Reshonda- There wasn’t a shot that I didn’t love. I loved the vibrant colors you wore in both clothing and make up. Great job! I wish you’d been a little more detailed with your instructions (for example, how many twists did you put in?)
Carlie- I love how you always seem to throw something unique into the mix. The picture where you were picking the products off the tree was great. However, I so wish you would’ve picked a flower that was visible in your hair.
Jalita- I like the colors you chose and I like the creative style, but I couldn’t see it as well as I liked. I also don’t feel that your instructions were very clear.
Kala – Very chic style and lovely makeup and color choices. The instructions had me lost, however.
Natasha-I liked the feel of your photos, your hairstyle, instructions, and color choices. I do think there was too many bushes/plants in your backgrounds. They overpowered you.
Nefertiti- Your style was definitely among the most creative and your instructions very detailed. You were also good about showing different angles of the style. I do think you also had too many bushes/plants in the background. It was hard for me to focus on you. But your pictures gave me an earthy, natural feel.
Justyce- The style you showcased was ok, but I didn’t like really the accessories you chose. I don’t think the lei complimented the style very well at all.
Desyray- You’re a beautiful woman and your locs looked lovely but I don’t think this camera/lighting really reflected that fully. I also think that you might’ve gotten a little more creative with your styling. Curly locs are a nice style but I would’ve loved to see you go a step further with them.
This week’s challange was exciting for me because I am a Natural Hair Care Stylist, but I must say I was very disappointed. As beautiful and versatile as our natural hair is, I certainly thought I would see much more creativity with the styles. Every style that was done this week were basic styles that I see all the time….and don’t get me wrong there is nothing wrong with this, but this is a competition so basis is not good enough. This shoot was suppose to be about the hair style and I don’t think any of the models really captured that. With that said, the two styles that I thought were most creative was that of KALA and NEFERTITI. In the running is RESHONDA as well.
KALA – Your style was beautiful yet simple to accomplish. However, the instructions were not as detailed as they should have been. For example you mention how to do the three rolls/buns in the back but left out how to acheive the bump on the top. It would have been nice to see more angles of the style as well.
NEFERTITI – Your style was creative and the most original I’ve seen in the competition because you used your own hair as an accessory. However, I feel like I couldn’t really see the beauty of the style. And I didn’t see any instructions on how to accomplish that look.
RESHONDA – Although I didn’t think your style was very creative, your hair look fabulous. As beautiful as your hair looked just as it was, you definitely could have shown different ways to style it. Your instructions were detailed and easy to follow. Your photos were great and I thought they really captured the nature of this shoot.
My choice for winner is RESHONDA
My choice for elimination is JUSTYCE CHAVEZ
I loved your head wrap and accessories. In your essay, I like how you focused on hair health beneath the wrap and how you fit it into your daily fashion. I also liked your transition into how you feel wearing the wrap versus how our people suffered in the past and Dr. King’s hand in that. Simple and short, but to the point.
Once again, I am loving your pictures though some did have a grainy quality. Your wraps were elegant and I particularly liked your balancing the basket of flowers on your head, which I’m assuming is in reference to your family’s past practice of doing so. Good job but I would work on the photo quality.
Beautiful! Your shots were gorgeous but I would’ve loved to have seen you do more with the wrap. I enjoyed reading what you loved about wearing head wraps. Concerning the Harriet Tubman portion, I understand what you were trying to say as head wraps were a much different thing during slavery. If anything, it is a testament to our fortitude that we were able to make what used to be a sign of servitude into a sign of elegance and style.
I was impressed with how you gave the hat two different flavors by playing around with the way your hair was arranged beneath it. Nice job! I also loved the make up, outfit and scarf. You are so right about hats setting a tone.
Awesome job! I am loving the head wraps, accessories, hair, and poses. They all scream casually elegant. Your message was also wonderful.
I like how you touched on a lot of issues that surround head wraps such as wearing them to work. I can tell that you really do wear them as a regular part of your routine. Your shots were engaging and regal. I do kind of wish you had shaken things up a bit with more accessories or played around with more colors. The shots were beautiful though.
Your skin and head wrap were fabulous, but I wanted a little more variety in both the poses and also the style of the wrap. If you were going to wear just one style with the wrap, I would’ve at least like to have seen different angles of it. Other than that, your effort was excellent.
I want to say that I loved how you showed both a casual and more professional combination of wearing a wrap. My favorites were the pictures with the blazer. I did like the way you had your wrap in the casual pictures but I have to wonder if you’re transitioning or have some damage? I apologize if you don’t, but for future challenges, I would spend some time working on some ways to style your hair (perhaps some perm rods on the ends might help?) so that the ends curl more.
Natasha S. Houston
I don’t think these pictures did you justice at all. I’m not usually that picky on the photography, but even I could tell that these shots were very unflattering. Not only that, but I couldn’t properly see where/how the wrap was tied. I did enjoy your essay however.
What happened, girl? I have to believe that there was some kind of mistake when you were putting in your entry. There are only two photos and they’re exactly the same. I also can’t see what’s going on with the head wrap. There is also no mention of MLK in your essay.
My top picks would be Chassity, Jalita, ReShonda, and Nefertiti.
Ebony- Lovely style! Your shots were a little redundant, but you showed off the the style nicely. The instructions on recreating this style were well worded.
Timolin– I just love the updos you picked. You looked like a princess with the first one and the second had such a dramatic flair. I loved your poses as well. You were my favorite this week.
Nina- Gorgeous hairstyle! And your shots were equally gorgeous! I was smiling at your description of America’s Next Natural Model.
Munya- This was very pretty. I simply loved seeing your locs cascading down! However, I would’ve liked to have seen more angles of the style. Otherwise, you look fab!
This has been a wonderful contest with beautiful ladies. I am so happy to have been a part of it.