Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Painted Faces Model Management

Hard worker, Designer, Artist, and Entrepreneur are just a few titles that you can use to describe Inez Bonilla, but by far, Boss Lady is her fav! I’m sure you are wondering who is Inez Bonilla? Well as of  June 2010, Inez is proud Founder and CEO of Painted Faces Model Management.
Inez Bonilla by Jose Parla

After interning and working in the fashion industry for a number of years, Inez worked as model agent with a few well-known companies. Noticing that there didn’t seem to be a wide-range of diversity, Inez  decided she wanted to start her own Model Management Company, thus forming Painted Faces.
When asked how she came up with the name, Inez replies, “brainstorming all the things that make a model, it hit me: they spend most of their time in the chair getting their faces painted and I just ran with it.”
Scouting Models of all Ethnicities for the High Fashion Market, Inez is looking to fill a void that has been missing in the industry. “I feel like models look like clones of one another. There is not much diversity and that is sad.”  I agree there is definitely room for change and diversity, so I’m looking forward to seeing Painted Faces ranking next to some of the top names in the industry, while giving us a more diverse range of beauty!
Painted Faces is currently representing 3 models, and working on a few others.  All the Models did a great job working 11 shows for S/S 2011 Fashion Week, such a great accomplishment for Inez and her business. Currently working on few editorials and other press in the upcoming weeks, Inez is working hard to make Painted Faces a household name in the industry!
Keep on the lookout for Painted Faces Models in Fashion Magazines and Runways near you! For any model inquires you can check out , under the contact page you can find all information regarding requirements and submissions. You can stay up to date on the news of Painted Faces Model’s by checking out
Checkout a few pics of the Painted Faces Models along with a really great press article you can see in full on the Painted Faces website.
Micaela and Elyce at Domenico Vacca S/S 2011 Fashion Show

Inez with Painted Faces Models at Hemma S/S 2011 Fashion Show

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Neutral Now

From Pure Ivory to Classic Camel, the more neutral you are for Fall the better! Get Chic, and add a few of my favorite finds for the Naturally Neutral Flow, to make your wardrobe Classy and Sophisticated!
Smythe Crew Coat
Add Modern Tailoring and Vintage Inspired Buttons for Contemporary Look

Michael Kors Cashmere Arm Warmers
Arms Warmers leave fingers free and add great warmth under coats or sweaters

Raina Medusa Belt
Metal Deatiling Always Adds Chic Look to dress/fitted sweater or tailored shirt

Miu Miu Patent Leather Platform Pumps
Excede New Heights with Platforms and Patent Leather

Marc Jacobs
Wear as Shoulder Bag or Crossbody for Versatile Range

Monday, September 27, 2010

Fall Style Guide: "Must Haves"

Stay Warm, look Chic and get all Wrapped Up this Fall with "Chunky Knits"
Ralph Lauren Black Label Cashmere Cable Wrap

This luxurious cross body wrap is a great accessory for dresses, pants or denim

Diane von Furstenburg Victoria Long Combo Gloves
Wear scrunched for playful shape or long for streamlined look

Echo Chunk Twist Snood

Part Scarf, Part Hood the Twist Snood has become everyone’s favorite "to go" piece for Winter Chic!
Wear Stylishly on or off the head.

This season’s rugged, cool and military inspired looks are strong with “Lace-Up Booties”

Diane von Furstenburg Guardian Lace-Up Bootie
Wear with chunky sweater tights or knit socks for the ultimate trend-setting look!

Take your look to new heights with “Wedge Boots”

Tory Burch Adrienne Suede Buckled Boots

Pleated Skirts and Patterned Tights are a perfect pairing for the urban edge of sky high wedges.

Get Functional and Corporate with “Satchels” for Fall
Furla Tate Top Handel Satchel

Totally statement making for Fall, add Luxe to your look with this pebbled leather satchel

Friday, September 24, 2010

Finger Flair - The Statement Ring

The 'Statement Ring' is a Major "FASHION STATEMENT": Trendy, Haute and Chic. It's all about Bling Bling and Shiny Cocktail Rings!

Popular Oversized Rings have been trending for awhile and are evolving into more daring shapes and styles! Considered a Status Symbol to many Fashionistas, you can wear a statement ring for any occassion these days to add fun glitzy glam and excitement to your outfit!

Checkout a few of my favorite finds for every occasion

Charming Ingenue'
Feminine, Pretty and Ready to Steal the Leading Role
Konstantino Black Onyx and Pearl Two-Tone Ring

Pure & Polished
The Well Edited Fashionista
Kate Spade Bow Ring

Indie Chic
The Free-Spirited Independent Trendsetter
Yves Saint Laurent Arty Orvale Ring

Iconic with a Modern Twist
Alexander McQueen Crystal Skull 4 Finger Ring

Thursday, September 23, 2010


At the beginning of August, I had the pleasure of meeting Ceres Diasia Henry, Owner and Designer of Diaja, at Sociallite Accessories in Harlem. Ceres did a Fashion Show and Presentation of her collection at the Harlem Fashion Boutique, and I was so drawn to her accessories, I had to reach out for a LADI CHIC feature.
DIAJA is a line of accessories and apparel for the modern woman who wants custom and original pieces. Derived from Ceres' middle name, Diaja is definitely an upcoming brand of the future. Inspired by classic silhouettes, with a trendy and versatile appeal, Ceres’ designs are creative and innovative. Drawn to very feminine and romantic pieces Ceres’ accessories can range from chunky/edgy to classy/chic. Ceres believes her fusion of originality and the ability to cater to the inner designer of her consumer is going to make her presence well-known in the Fashion Community. Being able to create a look from a request and giving that extra pizzazz is definitely a niche to be fulfilled within the market, and I am confident Ceres can do it!
Currently selling her product from her website and in Sociallite Accessories, Ceres is looking forward to selling in a few more boutiques to make her a collection and household name in Fashion. Once established Ceres would love to sell in major retailers and believes there are no boundaries to what the future has in store for Diaja.
In the next few years, Ceres will be working hard to make Diaja something every female will want to wear, offering great service and custom quality. I urge all Accessory Addicts and Fashionistas to keep an eye out for this young designer on the rise. You can checkout product from Diaja at you can join Ceres’ Group on Facebook “I Heart Diaja and also friend her on Facebook as well.
Checkout a few of my favorite items from the Diaja Collection below

Assortment of Romance



Assorted Display

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Miss Erika Hardison-Fabulize Magazine

A couple of months ago, I attended a Beauty Event at Beauty Bar that opened up in Harlem and I was connected with 2 really cool makeup artists that I continue to keep in touch with. One of them, Miss Erika Hardison, is on her way to building her own Brand!
Makeup Artist, Writer, Beauty Contributor, Skincare Expert,  and Publicist are just a few titles under this Beauty Mavens belt! Now proud owner of her own Beauty Magazine, FABULIZE, Erika is pursuing her lifelong dream to educate women on beauty.
Erika has been doing makeup since her teenage years, the perfect time to construct her craft by learning to conceal teenage acne, by studying skincare and using natural ingredients to treat her skin.  After High School, Erika enrolled in Columbia College to get certified in makeup artistry and been doing makeup ever since. Erika has worked with noted photographers and designers, such as;  New York Couture, Walish Gooshe, Miss Bruno, Steve Prue, Sidney Etiene and Steve Azzura.  Some of Erika’s favorite products include, Makeup For Ever and Nars, “I love makeup  that is multifunctional, that is high quality and very blendable”.
Erika loves creativity, expressing herself through her unique beauty art form and the independence that being a Makeup Artist offers. Through these specific characteristics, and wanting to educate women of color, FABULIZE was formed. Erika wants FABULIZE to be a platform where women can learn to “Fabulize” themselves by understanding skin tone, type and product education, by enhancing what you were born with! With that being said, Erika is working hard to make, FABULIZE, the “Brown Girls Version of Allure”, talk about finding a niche and running with it! I’m looking forward to reading the articles of FABULIZE, and I encourage all lovers of Beauty to as well!
Not only is Erika working on FABULIZE, but also working on future cosmetics line and various projects that include maintaining her position as being a beauty contributor to D.A.M. Magazine. So Get Chic and Fabulize with Erika at FABULIZE Magazine!
You can sign up to FABULIZE at Like on Facebook Fabulize Mag Follow on Twitter @FabulizeMag and personally stay connected with Erika on Twitter @MzYummyDread.
Checkout a few of Erika’s Favorite Products and Beauty Pics Below

Monday, September 20, 2010

New York Fashion Week S/S 2011

Below see the list of shows I either worked or attended for S/S 2011

Jason Wu
 September 10th
82 Mercer St.

Designer Jason Wu really made a statement this Fashion Week! Adding, 30 new stores to his roster; his Fashion Show in SOHO for S/S 2011 RTW collection was the official launch of his full range of accessories including handbags, shoes and optical frames.
Garments ranged from tailored to elongated feminine flowing dresses in silk and chiffon!
Checkout the lovely models I had the liberty of dressing below!

Deffuzion via Blend Showroom
September 12th
Empire Room in The Empire State Building

Designer Arzo Anwar, started in house collection for Blend Showroom, Deffuzion. Deffuzion is a woman's contemporary collection that is the perfect combination of the uptown girl sophistication with downtown girl 'cool'. The collection is fun, flirty, and edgy.

Checkout "Exclusive" Photos from the Fashion Show and After Party Below

Designer Arzo Anwar

Donna Karan
September 13th
Weiss Studio's

This season marked Donna Karan’s 25th Anniversary in business, and her collections just get more fabulous each season. The S/S 2011 RTW was a nice fusion of sensuality and elegance.  Nude colors of  tan, honey and saffron were noted colors of this collection, frayed backdrop and even sand on the runway to give a desert feel. The garments ranged from slip gowns, to jackets with biased cuts, all detailed with metallic twills and drapings.
Checkout my model's looks from the show

Dionisio Vasco Presentation with iFashionNetwork
September 13th
Audio Showroom

Designer Diana Vasquez started Dionisio Vasco, boutique menswear atlier about 3 years and is really making a presence in the industry with her signature items. This presentation with iFashion Network is just the beginning for this men's fashion house. You can checkout DV designs on June Archer in the pilot premiers of "Hot Chocolate Soul" and be on the lookout for their first premiere show in next season's NYFW!

Checkout Images from the Presentation below

Models getting photo ops with Designer Diana Vasquez

Designer Diana Vasquez being interviewed by iFashionNetwork


September 14th
SOHO House Hotel
1:30pm & 3pm

Emma Hill Creative Director of Mulberry is fabulous, sweet and very protective of her designs! Showing 2 back to back presentations at the SOHO House rooftop, every detail of the show was amazing.
Life-sized red roses scattered the backdrop and the pool, while trompe l’oeil line drawings decorated the room! All the models had red hair, and get this, a French bulldog made his debut on the runway with 2 of the models! Mulberry “It Girl” Alexa Chung was part of the audience and they gave away a signature Mulberry Tote gift bag during the after party!
Alexa Chung

The collection was very feminine, a nice combination of frills, rosettes and ruffles. Colors palette were pastels with a touch of faded denim. The Shoes and Hanbags were fabulous as well, all pieces were coordinated to fit each outfit to a "T".
Checkout my model Molly in her 2 looks below

Nanette Lepore
September 15th
The State at Lincoln Center

Making a stunning splash in her Spring/Summer RTW Collection, Nanette Lepore’s show was absolutely Gorg!  The collection was very retro-inspired with amplified rose prints and flowing fabrics. The eyecatching pieces along with the sweet sultry sounds of John Forte’( formerly of the Fugee’s) were relaxed and inviting.
Checkout my favorite pieces below

September 15th
Lincoln Center Theatre

Ground Crew Prepping before the Gottex Show

Designer Molly Grad , showed 50 ways to be beautiful bold and glamorous wearing swimwear. From Jewels, to sparkling and flowing cover ups; Molly explored all design possibilities of draping, twisting, wrapping, tying and rouching.  There were beautiful glimmering nudes, blues, greens and orange colors seen on the runway for the Spring/Summer 2011 Gottex Swimsuit Collection!
Designer Molly Grad being interviewed before the show

Gottex was definitely an interesting and exciting show: Former plus-size model Crystal Renn,long time veteran Karolina Kurkova and new beauty Lais Ribeiro graced the Runway this Spring/Summer 2011 Fashion Show.
Crystal Renn

Karolina Kurkova

Lais Ribeiro

Checkout My Model Tara in her 2 looks below