This past Friday, I hopped on Mega Bus to none other than New York City to attend the finale of Africa Fashion Week on Saturday. After riding through the entire state of Pennsylvania and parts of New Jersey, I arrived a few blocks down from Madison Square Garden…
The air was heavy, thick with humidity and heat from the wave that swept the East Coast this weekend. Starry eyed, I found my luggage and wandered down the dirty city streets. I was exhausted from the uncomfortable bus ride, but my adrenaline was kicking in, I was wide awake – this was my first time in NYC!
After locating the Path in the Manhattan Mall, I rode a few stops to the adorable town of Hoboken, NJ where Allyn Lewis (Chief Executive owner of Pretty Living PR) and Brazil Raine (Our favorite makeup artist and Beauty Director at Pretty Living PR), were enjoying the luxury of our hotel, the W Hoboken.
I got to our room, found a comfy chair near floor-to-ceiling windows and took in the New York skyline.
I could have stayed in this spot all day and been content, but we immediately made plans to head to “Cake Boss” Carlo’s Bakery. We waited for over an hour to enter the small shop, but was immediately welcomed by a familiar face.
We put together orders of pastries, cheesecake, cupcakes, cookies, cakes and much more, each incredibly delicious.
I personally enjoyed a spectacular hazelnut cream pastry with chocolate icing and a red velvet cake with slightly sour cream cheese icing. After we got our sugar fix, we headed back to the hotel to get glam for the evening’s festivities, Africa Fashion Week New York.
After a few hours of primping, we took a taxi over to the ferry and rode across the Hudson River to New York.
After a long, hot walk, we caught a taxi and made our way to the Broad Street Ballroom.
Around 6:30, we did the traditional New York thing and grabbed a slice. We had Brazil touch up our makeup amidst the sweat and grease in the pizzeria. As luck would have it, we stepped out of the restaurant into the start of a rain shower. You can only imagine the size of my hair at this point.
We finally got to the ballroom with only a few droplets on our dresses and took a seat in the third row – which, thankfully, was changed to the second after a brief series of photographs on the red carpet.
The show started around 7:20 and opened with designer Korto Momolu. The show ran smoothly and quickly, showing DeVelasco Gallery by Sana Redwani, then Caftan NY by Khadija Moroccan. Admas Mahdree (who I wrote about here!) followed, then Farair Simoyi, Sydney Davies (who I wrote about here!), Cinnamon & Pearl, Catherine Addai, Nadir Tatti and closed with Maze Couture.
Here are some shots from the show, you can also find more on my Instagram.
The biggest fashion high lights of the night for me were Caftan NY, Admas Mahdere and Cinnamon & Pearls. The beautiful embroidery from Caftan made it impossible to take my eyes of each piece, wanting to somehow absorb each hand made detail. Admas Mahdere adorned models in beautiful gray and yellow fabric variations. The designs were form fitting, yet extremely classy. The perfect attire for strong, confident, business style women. Cinnamon & Pearls had my favorite collection of the evening; a combination of peplum, bright bright hues, structured skirts/dresses and chic cuts/fits. I literally want everything from the collection. Perfect for flirty, daring wardrobes in need of a professional edge.
It was truly an honor to be a part of this night. The designers’ hard work truly paid off with this success of a show. The entire time, Allyn, Brazil and I live tweeted the show – be sure to check out all of our gasp worthy moments!
Until next time, New York. Ciao!