Flavor of Fashion: 08.14.14| Tailored and Bowed


Street Intell and Fred Events have joined forces to not only entertain but educate the DMV on a few of the rising trends in Menswear Fashion.

Come out and mingle with some of DC’s most stylish people and experience the different Menswear trends in a mini showcase from a few dapper and chic individuals.

There will be food, drinks and style galore at this event. So make sure you’re photo shoot ready, bring your friends, and prepare to have fun at this exciting and new fashion networking mixer.


RSVP for this FREE event here!


Special Guest Brands include…

DC based image consultant, Norris Phillip has a fresh new take on men’s fashion with his polished yet approachable aesthetic. Norris works with clients to create high fashion looks at retail prices that can carry any gentleman from board room to the lounge in comfort and confidence.

Image consulting goes beyond wardrobe changes, fashion is the first step in Norris’s agency, Shuffle Designs’ image plan. Norris works with you to improve all areas of life by discussing posture, poise, conversation and how to approach the fast-paced, ambitious lifestyle that is inevitable in the DMV.

Want to learn more? Check out http://www.shuffledesigns.net to get started!





bespokeJames Hackley is the owner and Chief Style Officer (CSO) of Bespoke Not Broke. Bespoke is a wonderfully unique men’s boutique that specializes in vintage and upscale resale clothing, shoes, and accessories.

The company was launched to help bridge the economic gap that has always existed between the “haves” and “have nots” when it comes to fashion and style.  Many of the unique items found on the site are directly linked to being owned by professional athletes, doctors, lawyers, lobbyists,  Congressmen and C-level business executives in the Washington D.C. area. However, Bespoke also makes regular trips from coast-to-coast scouring many of the Nation’s best consignment, vintage and thrift stores in search of elusive custom pieces.

Take a further look at http://www.bespokenotbroke.com




nikkiNicolette Orji also known as Nikki Billie Jean is the Founder, Owner & Designer of Billie Jean Bowties and Designs she is also the Editor-in-Chief of the popular fashion blog AllThingsAnkara.com. She is the Nigerian-American designer in charge of Billie Jean Bowties & Designs, an African menswear inspired accessory line that caters to both men, women, and children. Her sense of fashion is inspired from the 60/70s era, her  African roots and celebrity singer Janelle Monae.
Find out more about this amazing stylish, designer and blogger by visiting http://www.nikkibilliejean.com


New American Girl Campaign

Senya D

Street Intell has joined on with our fellow Street Intellectual, Ms. Senya D. to support her campaign: The New American Girl.

The “New American Girl” campaign is aimed at rebranding the traditional “American Girl” image. The New American Girl has been infused with global culture and she is a citizen of the World. Senya hopes to use this movement to encourage girls to love themselves, stand up, and reclaim their own definitions of beauty.

Beauty is said to be in the eye of the beholder, but if we learn to be beholden to our own beauty, we recognize that true beauty begins with self-love. Everyday we see the same images of what the media deems as beautiful. It is time for people to stand tall and reclaim their own definition of beautiful.

Join us in celebration as we honor this Natural Gem on her day of birth “July 4th” and salute women all over the nation who stand and claim independence from the traditional standards of beauty.Senya

The campaign launches today, July 4th, 2014!

Repost this picture to wish Ms. Senya D. (IG: @Bleroze) Happy Birthday and stand in solidarity, declaring beauty by your definition.

Don’t forget to use the Hashtag #NewAmericanGirl and tag @Belroze

Thanks for the support!

| Credits |
Model: Senya “Bleroze” Donkor
Photographer: Phelan Marc
MUA: Stephanie Nimoh
Stylist: Terrence Miller
Model: Senya Bleroze Donkor

Pharrell Dons a Traditional Headress for Elle UK and Leaves a lot of Fans UN “Happy”

Super producer, song writer, author, culture curator and fashion maverick Pharrell Williams has never shied away from pushing the envelope.

However, it appears this time he may have pushed it too far.

On the most recent (special edition) July cover of Elle UK magazine, the “Happy” singer dons a traditional Indian headdress that appears to be quite fitting.

The headdress accentuates his immaculate bone structure and highlights all of his God-given sexiness—wooo! Excuse me as I digress.

Famous for his headgear, Pharrell has been rocking a variety of hats including his infamous “Smokey the Bear” high top fedora [designed by Vivienne Westwood ] but his most recent choice has landed him in a bit of hot water.

As many know fashion tends to draw inspiration from different cultural styles from around the world and often industry professionals straddle the thin lines between love it or hate it.

Many are concerned because the Indian headdress is an exclusive and ceremonial gift bestowed upon chiefs and warriors of a tribe.

To see Pharrell donned in such a culturally significant article, seems almost like a mockery of the scared Indian tradition.

The cover has many people wondering, where the cultural sensitivity is in this matter.

Not to worry, Pharrell made a statement apologizing for his fashion Fopaux:

“I respect and honor every kind of race, background and culture. I am genuinely sorry.”

Now this leads to the bigger picture of how the fashion industry (and beyond) uses culture as a costume.

Street Intellectuals, what are your thoughts?

Have cultural traditions loss their significance, as they’ve become the mainstream fashion statements?

Quvenzhané Wallis is the new ambassador for Armani Junior

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Quvenzhané Wallis has been rapidly making her ascent.

The 10-year-old child star known notably for her Oscar nominated role in Beasts of the Southern Wild has quickly been adding lots of firsts to her resume.

Not only has she been stamped as the youngest to ever receive an Academy Award nomination, she has since moved on to become the official ambassador for Italian designer, Giorgio Armani.

Her campaign marks the first time a child star has been chosen to represent the line.

Although only but so young Quvenzhané is constantly working— making an appearance in the award winning drama, 12 Years a Slave.

Wallis was more recently casted as the lead role in the reboot musical film Annie —alongside co-stars Cameron Diaz and Jamie Foxx, which is set to premiere later this year.

We’re excited for all her accomplishments and can’t wait to see more amazing opportunities develop in her future.






Photo Courtesy: Instagram




Alexander Wang’s Collaboration with H&M

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Yes the rumors are true! The phenomenal Designer, Alexander Wang is collaborating with the Swedish fashion forward company H&M. The breaking news was announced Saturday, midnight EST to the designer’s Instagram with a video showing a countdown to “Wang X HM” on a basketball scoreboard. The time was stopped at 11:06, which most likely means the collection will be released and hitting the stores November 6, 2014. Even though this is Wang’s first major collaboration, the designer has been the creative director of Balenciaga since 2012. Therefore I’m expecting nothing but breathtaking designer pieces to be created. This is all coming together and making sense why the designer is throwing a secret joint soiree with H&M which is taking place next to H&M’s annual invite only bash at Coachella. Great way to celebrate! Mark your calendars because this collection is one you don’t want to miss.


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Lupita Nyong’o is the New Brand Ambassadress for Lancôme!!!

Academy award winning actress, Lupita Nyong’o is lighting up more than the big screen this year. She has been granted the duty of being the new ambassadress for Lancôme. We are overjoyed for her and salute the Lancôme brand for celebrating her beauty in this newly formed partnership.

Pharrell Covers the April Issue of GQ Magazine and Aren’t We Happy!?!

Pharrell Williams has had one heck of a year.. and it has only just begun. With his break out tune ‘Happy’ soaring off the charts and receiving global recognition, this is only a small glimpse of the Grammy Award Winning producer’s good fortune. It has been a long time coming but the world is finally noticing the little Virginia Beach skater for his undeniable musical and cultural genius. In the April issue of GQ, Pharrell shares with Zach Baron the struggles of his journey to what is now the crescendo of his career. He also gets up close and political, sharing his personal views on the 2016 US Presidential race. If you’re interested in reading more about Pharrell’s style and hit-making creativity, click here. In the meantime check out his looks from the new April’14 GQ spread:







Photo Credit: GQ.com x Tumblr

Miss Vogue #15: Ajak Deng

Back on the Melbourne scene, Ajak Deng is featured in an editorial spread in Miss Vogue donning items from the recently launched River Island collection and other top luxury brands such as Balenciaga, Isabel Marant and Givenchy; just to name a few.

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Miss Vogue which is considered to be Vogue magazine’s younger sister was created to talk directly to young women who love fashion and beauty, while still embodying the authoritative spirit of its parent publication. It appears to be focused on attracting the trendy and chic 20 something year olds by highlighting some of their favorite models and affordable ready to wear high fashions.

In the 15th Issue of Miss Vogue Australia, Sudanese Model, Ajak Deng shares a bit of insight on her career in modeling, favorite designers to work with and some other fun “getting to know you questions” about where she shops and eats. | Read more from that interview here.

Kanye & Kim Cover the April Issue of Vogue Magazine

Photographed by Annie Leibovitz, Vogue, April 2014
Photographed by Annie Leibovitz, Vogue, April 2014

Just last month we highlighted fashions’ new “it girl” Kendell Jenner and we even made reference to the potential of her making the cover of Vogue magazine before her eldest sister, Kim Kardashian. Well this past Friday, Kim and her fiancé Kanye West set the record straight and appeared front and center on Vogue Magazine’s April Issue, beating Kendell to the cover.

In anticipation of their up and coming wedding, KimYe pulled together an exquisite shoot for Vogue magazine; which turned out to be a lovely family affair. They both posed in designer garments, serving up an entire plate of sensuality; all while gushing over their beautiful daughter, North West.


Covered in Controversy:

Now you know it just simply wouldn’t be Kim and Kanye without a bit of controversy. Many people have been excited for the pairs Vogue Cover but a few “fashion connoisseurs” have been raving and ranting about this unexpected pick. Fashion crazed Vogue fans and a few celebs have found it rather odd that the couple would be chosen to cover Vogue magazine. Many have even chastised the couple via social networks claiming that “they bought their way onto the cover”. 

However you see it, they are currently the most talked about couple when it relates to being on top of the fashion game. Personally, I think this was a strategic move by Anna Wintour and well played I might add. Whether people like it or not everyone is tuned in and focused on Kim, Kanye and more importantly, Vogue Magazine.

What are your thought? Chime in below.



Credit: Vogue.com | Instagram