Mackenzie Walker | Contributing Writer

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Britinaé Bell

New York Fashion Week is one of the most sought out shows of the year. It is a semi-annual show in February and September showcasing international fashion to buyers, the press, and public. This year, NYFW was from September 7 to September 13. It featured looks from Betsey Johnson, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Vera Wang and other designers. The models looked absolutely stunning; however, there was one person who was most excited of them all.

Britinaé Bell of True Beauty Artistry, a makeup artist in Memphis, Tenn., thoroughly enjoyed herself at NYFW. Bell was offered the opportunity to travel to New York and perfect her craft by slaying a model’s face. True Beauty Artistry’s mission is to enhance natural beauty, and that’s exactly what she did. Although nervous and excited, Bell enjoyed the thrill of painting the face of a goddess. The model’s name was Juanika Ellis, wife of the Indiana Pacers’ Monta Ellis. Ellis is Bell’s client in Memphis, but when Ellis found out she was a model for NYFW, she demanded Bell’s services. Bell is one of the best makeup artists in Memphis. She has been nominated three years for the Best in Black Awards and won once in 2016. Ellis personally flew Bell in to perform her services. Ellis had three looks. The first look consisted of a Prada hat, Stella McCartney vest, Levi’s jeans and Givenchy shoes. The second was head-to-toe Philipp Plein. Lastly, the third was a nice ensemble with a Chanel cross-over to match. Ellis was styled by Elly Karamoh, a native French Hideoki Bespoke Connoisseur. The wardrobe, hair, and makeup couldn’t be matched, but a new accessory came into play that caught everyone’s eye.

Despite the designer pieces that were flaunted across stage, the street styles were not overlooked. The “it” accessories that became mainstream this season were sunglasses. Sunglasses are the best accessory, as they bring zeal to an otherwise dull outfit. The sunglasses displayed this season were Balenciaga, Le Specs, Adam Selman, BCBG and Giant Vintage. The shape of the sunglasses aren’t what caught buyer’s eyes. It was the color scheme that turned heads. The colors displayed this year were bright, flamboyant colors: lemon yellows, tangerine, coral, deep wine, maroon and lime green shades. As models fiercely walked through the streets of New York, their sunglasses spoke volumes.

New York Fashion Week has always been every fashionista’s favorite time of the year. NYFW is about showcasing diversity through fashion. Every needle and thread stitched into these outfits was rocked graciously. From street styles to runway and the accessory gala, fall NYFW was a success, to say the least. Stay tuned for some freshly ripped-off-the-runway pieces in your local Nordstrom, Dillard’s, and Macy’s.


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