Lights. Camera. Fashion?! A strong perk of being a fashion blogger is attending runway events and shows dedicated to the dashing designs of those who make them. I was lucky enough to feast my eyes upon the exquisite creations of Atlanta’s leading designers this year at the Color Me Bad Fashion Show, an extension of this year’s World Natural Hair and Beauty Show hosted by Taliah Waajid. Six designers along with the Taliah Wajiid styling team, songstress and Phoenix recording artist Yewande, and Kimmie G, Beyonce’s lead dancer and choreographer as the MC, made this show spectacular. The Color Me Bad Extravaganza promised to showcase “some of the industry’s leading designers with a focus on the use of color” as well as featured designer Rafael Cox of season 9 of Project Runway. Did they deliver? Read on to find out!
This fashion show’s significance was more than just another hair show event to attend. It delighted me to know that fashion is becoming universally accepted as a key factor in not only one’s appearance, but also presentation of hair. I couldn’t help but squeal with excitement as I sat on the front row of an impending show that celebrates African American designers, their fashions, and natural hair.
There were designers with so much talent and flare that their creations, cuts, and colors inspired me to make some bold moves of my own in my style selections. First to rip the runway was Avigbor Designs. Their pieces were fun and flirty and used floral prints to make the pieces stand out. Afrocentric Network prefaced their show with two dancers and a beautiful lyrical piece to represent the artistry celebrating the motherland. Their designs emphasized blues to represent wind and water. Lolita Alonzo wowed me with her unique cuts and patterns. I could picture myself in those same flattering cuts. Van Miller showed the La Mariposa Collection, which consisted of a mix between whimsical bright colors and classic black patterns. Designs by Zeneaux celebrated men’s fashion by using mechanics, pattern work, and animal print. His work was definitely far from average, letting us know that men too are delving into the wild world of animal print.
Last but certainly not least were the designs of Rafael Cox. I’m not sure what jumped out more- the fashions or Rafael’s bright, bubbly, and down-to-earth personality. He used lines, geometric shapes, and bright colors in his pieces. There was not one piece of his that I didn’t like. He made fashion not only editorial, but also wearable and of course very chic. Kudos to Rafael for representing his city, his fellow naturals, and his craft with excellence.
The show ended with homage to Taliah Waajid the founder and brainchild behind the expo, naturalista, and businesswoman. I appreciate her decision to highlight the importance of fashion to hair and vice versa. I think it allows others to do the same while uniting the natural hair community and all it celebrates.
All in all the Color Me Bad Fashion Show was a success. The pieces were unique and creative and the models were stunning and talented. The beautiful twist outs, locs, and fros made me want to celebrate my own natural hair and the entertainment made me want to get out of my seat and dance. I wish much success to all the designers and will continue to watch them make their mark on the fashion and natural hair world.