Events: Africa Fashion Week Montreal Presents Afro Fusion 2016! 


We are one day away from the fashion event of the year, the second edition of Africa Fashion Week Montreal (AFWMTL)!

AFWMTL is not only a fashion show where designers showcase their artwork and designs, it is a place to express positive energy and to explore the many realms of fashion. 

What more can you expect? 

A few come back designers such as Eldior Sodeck from New York as well as newcomers such as ‘We are Kings’ collection by King Hector Jr., will be among the talent of AFWMTL. There will also be local designers expressing their artistry and fierce models strutting that catwalk. It will be quite an intimate atmosphere throughout the entire art gallery.

You do not want to miss the biggest Afro Fusion event happening this weekend June 17 and 18, 2016 at Galerie MX 333 Viger Street, Old Montreal. Doors are open at 7:30pm and the Runway show begins at 8:00pm. Come and experience it for yourself! Here is recap 1 and recap 2 from last year’s event to satisfy your fashion cravings in the meantime. 


You still have time to purchase your tickets here if you have not already done so otherwise pay double the cost at the door. 

*Two-Day Pass:$49.50 / One day : 32$

A ticket delivery service is at info@afwmontreal.com or facebook.com/afwmtl

For more info, go to www.afwmontreal.com

(Images via facebook.com/afwmtl and StarInMoi.com)

Happy Thursday! ❤️xo


Balmain x H&M Collection!

 
I’m baaaaaack! That’s right, I took a 2-month hiatus only to come back with more exciting ‘star-like’ things and I just can’t wait to share with you all of the things that are near and dear to my heart. What better way to start than with…wait for it…FASHION! 

As most “magasineuses” know, the highly anticipated designer collaboration Balmain x H&M is launching TODAY (8am local time to be exact). I mean who wouldn’t want to get their hands on an Olivier Rousteing-designed item. See for yourself…         

My fellow Canadians can shop this designer collection at Rockland Centre and St. Catherine St. West at Peel St. in Montreal, Metropolis at Metrotown in Burnaby, Bloor St. West, Toronto Eaton Centre in Toronto and The Pacific Centre in Vancouver. The lucky first 420 people in line will receive a coloured wristband to shop in groups of 30 for 10 mins only so plan your shopping list beforehand (side note: this collection fits slightly smaller). Afterwards, everything will be up for grabs to everyone else.   

Will you be shopping Balmain x H&M? What’s your must-have item from this designer collection? Here’s mine! Love love love!   (Images via hm.com)

Happy Thursday! Happy shopping!

❤️xo

Recap: AMM Line Productions Fashion Show! 

 
A tad late but hey…better late than never. Here’s a recap of AMM Line Productions Fashion Show that took place in Montreal on August 1st. 

For more information concerning these designs, please visit www.ammline.com.  

    
    
   
(Images via www.starinmoi.com)

Happy Friday! ❤️xo

AMM Line Productions Presents…”The Fashion Gala” + Ticket Giveaway! 

 
If you plan to be in the Montreal area this weekend, I’ve got the event for you! Get ready to be entertained this Saturday as AMM Line Productions presents “The Fashion Gala” where fashion designer Arlette Mujinga Mukuna will showcase her Summer 2015 collection. This event takes place at Espace Mushagalusa (533 Ontario East, Montreal, QC) this Saturday August 1st at 7pm. Not only will it headline AMM Line Productions Fashion Show, it will also feature singer/artist Nancita Kapi, singer/songwriter Yvonne Ngalula, Prince du Congo, gospel singer Wilgospel as well as comedian Annie Lastar. Wait there’s more…many vendors will be present to showcase their work, artistry, talent, etc…Get some great beauty tips from MissSweetChar! Treat yourself to something sweet with Saveurs & Sucres! Get some planning tips from Eloquence D. Pick up some unique items to add to your wardrobe! And many more surprises thoughout the night. Need I say more?!…

Get your tickets here

Advanced tickets: $15 (Solo) / $25 (For two) 

At the door: $20 (Solo) / $30 (For two)

*TICKET GIVEAWAY*

Here is your chance to win 2 tickets to the event. There are only 3 simple rules:

1-Follow/Subscribe to StarInMoi.com 

2-Share this post/link on your social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, whatever!) 

3-Email me at marysa@starinmoi.com and comment done with a link to your social media platform where you shared this blog post (subject line: ticket giveaway)

Good Luck and hope to see you there!

 

(Images via Facebook, StarInMoi)

Happy Wednesday! ❤️xo

Natural Hair Congress Canada Recap (Part 1)!

 
Last weekend, I was graciously invited to attend the very first edition of Natural Hair Congress Canada (NHCC) in Montreal presented by Inhairitance Inc. and boyyyy was I glad to be there. This was quite the event and if you weren’t there, you definitely missed out so make sure to mark your calendar now for next year. There were some great speakers such as Audrey Davis-Savisothy, Nerissa Irving and Stacey McKenzie, for which I had the opportunity to interview (coming soon) and sooo many other wonderful people, talented artists, designers and entrepreneurs. Here’s a recap of NHCC.

Natur-Ëlle by Dee & Honey Fig   

London Ivy & Salon de Beauté Vision D.C.
  

Kamit Soul & Comptoir Urbain  

Uzu Creations & Cocody Collections
  

The beautiful speakers Nerissa Irving (CEO of Kamoy magazine, former Playboy model and mother) and Audrey-Davis Savisothy (author of several hair care books including “The Science of Black Hair”)

The fabulous international top fashion model, runway coach & judge on Canada’s Next Top Model, Stacey McKenzie  

Etnika accessoires & Waly Access 

Haï-DesignsTribia by HD / Abisara Machold (founder of Inhairitance) & company  
 

Met some wonderful naturalistas  

Panel discussion featuring Stacey McKenzie (International Supermodel, initiator of Walk This Way Workshop), Marième Ndiaye (singer, Inhairitance spokesperson), Mona Lisa Prosper (lawyer) and Maya Johnson (journalist, CTV anchor) and Hair Show 

Canada Wide Natural Hair Competition featuring Salon de Beauté Vision D.C., Hair by Glenna and Curly Hair Designs (Winner of the very first Canadian Natural Hair Award…Congratulations Paula!! Yay Ottawa!)     

Inhairitance Hair Show     

My fave hairstyle was rocked by model Shany (love her!).

A BIG thank you to Inhairitance, particularly Abisara Machold and her leading team (special thank you to Chilandre Patry) for your having me and for showing such excellence, professionalism and elegance throughout the event. Thank you!

Happy Saturday! ❤️xo

Africa Fashion Week Montreal Recap (Part 2)!

 

Earlier this week, I shared Part 1 of Africa Fashion Week Montreal (AFWMTL), an innovative annual event which aims to celebrate African and Caribbean culture by showcasing creative designs of renowned and emerging artists. Without further ado, here is part 2 of last weekend’s event.  

Asikere Afana 

        Asikere Afana specializes in sensual blends of African-inspired, timeless trends & curated textiles. Made in Ghana with 100% cotton and fair trade. 

Cocody Collections 

       

Cocody Collections specializes in African print fabrics and vibrant colours with a modern minimalist chic and simple yet notorious (in its originality) style.  

Elle Sublime

    

Elle Sublime represents strong yet delicate, audacious and even eccentric women of all generations who value their femininity, specializing in trendy handmade custom jewelry. 

Korto Momolu

           Korto Momolu celebrates the essence of Africa through the use of traditional, luxury fabrics; skins; mixed prints on fashion forward women’s wear and accessories. Her signature designs also appeared on the 5th season of Bravo TV’s hit show, Project Runway; where she was placed 1st runner up. She is definitely a top designer to watch!

Again a HUGE thank you to Kama St-Juste and her leading team Médina Diabagate, Béatrice Clervoix and Liette Clervoix for bringing AFWMTL to Montreal. 

I truly hope this entices you to be a part of AFWMTL next year. I know I will be (God willing!). 

(Images via StarInMoi)

Happy Saturday! ❤️xo

Africa Fashion Week Montreal Recap (Part 1)!

 
Last weekend, I had the opportunity to attend the first ever edition of Africa Fashion Week Montreal (AFWMTL) at Théatre Paradox and I must say that I’m already looking forward to next year. This event was such a memorable one with exceptional talent, live entertainment, creative designs and beautiful people. If you missed it, shame on you fret not, Star In Moi was there to capture every moment. Here’s part 1 of this weekend recap.  
 

Uzu Creations (Montreal) featuring Champ

Uzu Creations specializes in handmade accessories and bags crafted from African fabric and other materials.

         

Eldior Sodeck (New York)

Eldior Sodeck Design focuses on African patterns mixed with modern designs. This Afro-Urban design brand is not limited to clothing but also to home accessories and interior designs.

         

Tufafi Fashion (Ottawa)

Tufafi Fashion focuses on casual wear that combines vibrant colours and unique patterns. Each design celebrates merging culture and is inspired by tribal prints and urban wear individuality. 

   
Nyanga Creations (New York)

Nyanga Creations focuses on creating fashionable and quality apparel with the essence of Africa.

    


Designer medley with Patrick Isaac II

    

(Images via Star In Moi)

A BIG thank you to Kama St-Juste and her leading team, Médina Diabagate (a special thank you), Béatrice Clervoix and Liette Clervoix for having me. Wishing you many more years of success with AFWMTL. I loved every second!

Happy Wednesday! ❤️xo

Africa Fashion Week Montreal!

  
Mark your calendars everyone…Africa Fashion Week is coming to Montreal for the very first time this year! You may want to clear your schedules for this, particularly Friday, June 12th and Saturday, June 13th as of 7pm when this event will take place at Théâtre Paradoxe on 5959 Monk Blvd, Montreal. Africa Fashion Week Montreal (AFWMTL) will certainly prove to be an event you won’t want to miss. 

This unique yet flamboyant annual event aims to celebrate African and Caribbean culture through exceptional talents of designers and architects who will be showcasing their creative looks. The fashion industry is so ready for this new era of colourful patterns, prints and African fabrics and it has been for the past few years. See for yourself…

  
 AFWMTL will be captured on The Nikki Clarke Show in Ontario and will be live on the web. It is presented by a fabulous (leading) team of diverse women who share prowess in fashion, coordination, direction and design. Kama St-Juste leads this project alongside Béatrice Clervoix, Liette Clervoix et Médina Diabagate in an effort to show Montreal as a prenominate city where fashion resides. This event will feature 8 renowned and emerging designers such as Asikere Afana, Tufafi Fashion and Korto Momolu to name a few. Check out some of their fabulous collections…

Asikere Afana

 (Images via asikereafana.com) 

Korto Momolu

 

(Images via www.kortomomolu.com)

Who else is excited to witness such amazing talent on a runway? I know I am. 

Check out this event’s Facebook page and website. Get your tickets here. Attend both nights for only $49.50. Doors open at 7pm and show starts at 8:30pm. I hope to see you there! 

A portion of the profits will go towards the A.C.T.I.O.N Foundation, a non-profit organization (sponsored by the humourist Rachid Badouri) which pilots various social programs, one of which encourages young artists and designers. 

(Other images via Afwmontreal.com and Pinterest.com)

Happy Tuesday! ❤️xo

A Culture Chic Affair!

I was happy to attend the RSVP Presents A Culture Chic Affair this past weekend and I had such a fabulous time meeting some amazingly talented people from artists to fashion designers to makeup artists to entrepreneurs. It was such an enriching experience filled with Afro-Caribbean culture, live entertainment, creative artisans and designers. In fact, there were so many great moments (that I was able to capture on camera), it’s only right that I share them with you. Experience a Culture Chic Affair through my eyes and camera lens. Enjoy!

Jana & Emilia Fashion Design Tufafi Fashion  Sidow Designs AMM Line Productions  Custom made bead designs from Beads Eleganza. Curly Hair Design products for the “curls of the world”. Veronica looked lovely with her ready to wear, ready to shine Kuwala design. Love it! Tanyta Boldon’s apron design from Aquilla Design Company worn by a fashionista. Antonia Bejide, makeup artist, looked flawless with her piercing eyes and beautiful glow (follow her YouTube channel @Toni3luv). Sarah A. Onyango (Rogers Television host, CHUO 89.1FM Radio host & producer) hosted the event with such grace. Nancita Kapi sang her heart out and strutted the catwalk for AMM Line Productions. The lovely Divine (I love her name!), Event Specialist, RSVP Events Canada, along with her team really worked their magic to ensure an elegant and flawlessly executed event. Tribal Threat entertained the crowd with great music. Cheryl Sandiford, Certified reflexologist, Sabrah’s Reflexology, restored my balance & harmony through my soles and I must say her hands are pure bliss. Wonderful artwork display. Afric du Canada also displayed some lovely art. Unique African accents, clothing, home decor and accessories from Chidima Dezigns. Aprons on display from Aquilla Design Company by Tanyta Boldon. Colourful African clothing by Shakara Designs(All images via Star In Moi)

This was an event I’m glad I did not miss. Thank you RSVP Events Canada for extending the invitation and for your heart-felt hospitality throughout the event. Looking forward to many more. 

Happy Wedesday! ❤️️️️️️️️️xo

Hello March!



March is here (a tad late but hey)!!!…which means Spring is near!!! (Don’t forget to Spring Forward this weekend…YAY to longer brighter days but NAY to losing an hour sleep…lol). 

Lots to look forward to this month. For you Divergent fans, the second part of the trilogy, Insurgent, will hit theatres March 20th. Who else is excited to see Tris (Shailene Woodly) and Four (Theo James) on the big screen again?

Lots going on in vogue world with Fashion Week scheduled in a city near you. In Toronto, World MasterCard Fashion Week will showcase some Fall 2015 Canadian Collections the week of March 23-27 at David Pecaut Square featuring designers such as Kania (Stacey Bafi Yeboa is one of my faves and she is an amazing woman too), Tatsuaki, Mackage and Rudsak.

Also in fashion, there are many fabulous Spring covers out this month that are certainly worth checking out. One of my favourite actresses, Tracee Ellis Ross covers Essence. Another favourite, Kerry Washington covers In Style and Taraji P. Henson graces the cover of Uptown. Gwen Stefani covers Canada’s No.1 Fashion & Beauty magazine – Fashion and Lupita Nyong’o covers Lucky mag. 

I’m looking forward to a month filled with good reads, great fashion and amazing collections.

What are your plans this month?

Happy Friday! ❤️️️️️️️️xo

Runway: Elie Saab Spring 2015 Couture!

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Elie Saab presented his Haute Couture show earlier this week and the collection was adorned with sequins, crystals, sheer tulle, feathers and ostrich plumes. The Lebanese designer dedicating the collection to his past in Beirut which he called the “golden age”. I’m loving the influence of Beirut in his new lineup as it introduces a certain freshness to his looks and provides the perfect template for new embroideries. See for yourself…Here are some of my favourite looks from the collection. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

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(Images via WWD)

What are your thoughts?

Happy Friday!
❤️xo

ALEXANDER WANG X H&M Collection!

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(Image via themodeofficial.com)

The ALEXANDER WANG x H&M collab-collection finally hit stores yesterday and it is high fashion for women and men with modern, sport-influenced clothing and accessories. Shop the collection here.

Ladies

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Men

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Will you be buying?

Happy Friday!
❤️xo

Altuzarra for Target Collection!

Altuzarra for Target

Target has partnered with Altuzarra for an exclusive collection of womenswear and accessories for Fall 2014. This collaboration of women’s ready-to-wear fashion is meant to transform your world into a sexy sophisticated one. This European look and feel collection ensures a rare and engaging confidence all while maintaining a certain ‘chic’ness. Altuzarra for Target Collection is available now for a limited time only.

One of the guiding principles of Altuzarra is that fashion can be transformative, changing not just the way you look, but also the way you feel. By partnering with Target, we hope to bring that same experience to a larger audience of women. -Joseph Altuzarra (Creative Director)

Check out the lookbook here and find a store here.

Happy Monday!
❤️xo

Olivia Munn In Michael Kors!

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(Image via DIMITRIOS KAMBOURIS/GETTY IMAGES FOR MICHAEL KORS)

Yesterday, the Michael Kors spring/summer show took place at Spring Studios, NY for New York Fashion Week (NYFW). Olivia Munn rocked MK from head to toe in this suntan eyelet jacquard jumpsuit that she paired with black sandals. This look is simple yet chic. No accessories needed! The jumpsuit is a statement in itself and the sweetheart shape neckline oozes femininity. I think I need this one-piece wonder in my closet. What are your thoughts?

Check out some of my favourite looks from the Michael Kors S/S runway show…

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(Images via MichaelKors.com)

Happy Friday!
❤️xo

Jessica Alba in Max Mara & Monique Lhuillier!

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(Images via Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)

Jessica Alba was definitely channeling her inner chic while out in California this week. She wore a classic tuxedo-style Max Mara blazer in a cream shade with a loose-fit top and bold plum-hued trousers by up and coming designer Julia Korol.

The contrasting business-chic look seemed effortlessly put together. She showed major style prowess by accessorizing with some cool aviator shades, Monique LhuillierDahlia’ nude caged lace-up sandals (those heels certainly make a statement!) and a colour-block Smythson tote bag. I absolutely love this look!!!

What are your thoughts? Yay or Nay?

Happy Friday!
❤️xo