Color to Try: None At All

Okay, maybe a pop of color is permissible, but this season (and for Fall) black and white is taking over.  From shoes, to bags to accessories, the trend is easy to pull off…. and there is something about it that … Continue reading

What I Wore: The Sound of Fashion

BCBG Max Azria melon body con cocktail dress | D&G bangles | BCBG Max Azria emerald green laced gladiator-style sandals | Makeup: Judy Williams of Panache Aesthetics | Hair: April Brown One of the looks provided by BCBG Max Azria. … Continue reading

Birmingham Fashion Week 2013: The Images [E.F. Hunter]

Courtesy of E.F. Hunter of BrandMe Media, we highlight additional images from the culmination of Birmingham Fashion Week with Tibi designer Amy Smilovic and Birmingham Fashion Week founders Heidi Elnora and Jeana Lee Fleming. What an honor to be around … Continue reading

Fall Must Have: Prints

Prints make their reappearance in the fashion life cycle quite often, and this season is no exception. If you haven’t seen it already, prints, specifically animal prints, are everywhere for the Fall. Clutches, shoes, leg wear and form fitting dresses are the perfect way to infuse the trend into your wardrobe.

Out of the box tip: Use a print, such as a brown/deep yellow leopard print item as an unlikely “neutral” when creating your palette and build around it. You will be amazed at what you can come up with.

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When in Paris……

Here’s my top list of “Things to Remember” when you’re in Paris and abroad. And a few pictures just to browse.  The fashion in Paris, of course, was amazing.  Even the store front window displays were amazing.

  • I love my heels probably more than the average lady, but I promise you– you need to visit Top Shop (if you’re in London, go and see Michelle, she’s fabulous and a true British girl!) and get some amazing flats that you are in love with.  Do not attempt to prance around the city in heels.  Save them for the shows, appointments or meetings during the day, or events at night.  Again, do not do it.  You’ll thank me later.
  • When traveling via the Metro, check the operating times!  As a brief New Yorker, I assumed the Metro runs all night!  This is not the case in all international metropolitan cities 🙂
  • Keep a camera in your messenger bag and snap street style for inspiration.  Be camera ready and pleasant at all times; you truly never know when someone is snapping your picture!
  • For my coffee drinkers:  In Europe, especially Paris, remember there is a difference between coffee, and american coffee.  Coffee abroad is what Westerners consider espresso, so don’t look dumbfounded when it arrives at your table.  Ask for milk and sugar and keep it moving.
  • I can not describe the importance of punctuality, and being early.  3 minutes can cost you a few hundred dollars and missed flights and trains if you aren’t careful.  Punctual is late; early is on time.
  • If you’re a US citizen, you can get taxes back when you spend money abroad.  For instance, if you spend 30 euros in a french store, you’re entitled to a duty free purchase, so ask the store for the appropriate paperwork.  Get to the airport early enough to file the paperwork to get duty free status–this can be done after you go through customs.  Some people wait until they get to the counter (don’t be that person) to fill out forms for 10 different purchases.
  • When in Europe, utilize the Euro Star / fast train systems to travel to other European (and neighboring) countries.  Its the best, and most efficient way, to travel from one country to another.
  • When possible, find the markets to find unique buys.  They are the best places for accessories and small leather goods. (I bought the best attaché bag at the market in Paris).
  • Most importantly, if you fly an airline that partners with American Airlines for the domestic leg, bring a few extra dollars to contribute to the UNICEF fund!  They collect on the plane–give back!!!

[Photos compliments of E.F. Hunter]

September: A Month of Fashion

Champs Elysées, Paris [Louis Vuitton Flagship]
What I Wore: Earrings- Chanel, Cropped Blazer-BCBG Max Azria, Eyewear-Tom Ford,Bag-BCBG Max Azria, Tee-Mossimo @Target, Jeans-Forever 21, Lipgloss- J Edward Beauty!

I owe quite a few write ups!! It was difficult to do pieces in London and France because of scheduling, but I’m back stateside!! Of course, the Parisians are still as polished and tailored as ever, and the British are as fashion-forward as expected. It was the best of both worlds…..

I will be delivering coverage and full photos from:

  • The Art of Fashion provided by JuJu Beez Models and Talent
  • Mobile Fashion Week 2012 (we had so much fun styling the looks!)
  • London Fashion Week 2012
  • Street Style from Paris and London

We ran into the fabulous Gabi Fresh, who is known as a heavy-hitter in the blogging world and has graced the stages of BET’s Rip the Runway. She was at the Somerset House to catch some runway shows as well and looked GREAT!

I’ll also share some tips to keep in mind when traveling overseas, making purchases, and attending shows. A few things to keep you on your toes and save a little money.

A big thanks to www.shoewawa.com, a British shoe blog that highlights shoe trends. They were photographing street style at the shows and featured my shoes!! Check them out below; Its the leopard-print wedges I blogged about not long ago. I’m the brown legs with the freckles!

Carlisha Bagsby’s shoes featured at London Fashion Week

City Chronicles: New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology

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As I travel through the US and abroad, its only right that I find something in each city that contributes to fashion and its purpose. On a recent trip to one of my favorite cities, New York, I was able … Continue reading

Rock the Runway benefitting Distinguished Young Women

Rock the Runway is Well Received

J. Hunter Photography
Creative Director: Erica F. Hunter

The “Closet Fashionistas” of the Rock the Runway Facebook contest to benefit Distinguished Young Women were one of the highlights of the runway show.  These four ladies got the opportunity to showcase their personal take on four Spring 2012 trends, and each of their mini fashion shows were phenomenal, receiving advocating approval from the show’s attendees.

As the event’s chair, I express sincere gratitude to the boutiques in Mobile and Fairhope that provided the high-end looks for the show, effortlessly working with me and the fashionistas to create age-appropriate, yet chic looks for the production.  Kudos to my favorite, and first, four fashionistas– Rekha Berry, Helen Ann Cornell, Hannah Carrell and Siobhan Johnson.

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