Eurila's FIRST Major NY Fashion Week!!! Such a non-black history type event I know! Trust me I feel a little guilty about it...but not that guilty, as I spent my time with a high profile Nigerian and South African. Making my own history attending these awesome shows as a guest for the first time with powerhouse women who are black. Other times I dressed models or and at one time designed my own clothes! A fashion line called "E. Cave Jeans". Another blog for another day.
As a New Yorker, as a photographer, as some one who like clothes you would think (or rather I would think) I'd be a fashion week regular however I'll admit the experience intimidates me. Everyone around you seems a foot and a half taller than you, wearing gloriously sewn garments spun by Rumpstilskin himself!! And really the whole things seems trivia compared to hunger or clean water so it's really hard to take seriously sometimes. So in one breath I'm scared as hell and the next I'm over it. Ok maybe I'm being dramatic but this is how I feel. #imjusbeinhonest.
Lets start with the first show... John Paul Ataker. Wait, before that lets start with Remi Fagbohun @tvspr! Remi and I met at a Coco and Breezy fashion showcase and birthday party back in 2007/8. Her son Charles was a model so I made sure to connect with his mom to share the pictures from the show with her. At that time I was all about the kids!! Coco and Breezy are eyewear designers. Remi is a major celebrity fashion stylist from Nigeria. Known on a first name basis at major designer showrooms and flagship stores by VIP guest services for Louboutin, Gucci, Tibi, John Paul Ataker to name a few. A very small few as she is a full time high profile stylist, personnel shopper, mom, wife, true lover of people, connections, money and fashion. Literally everywhere. Her presence is HUGE. Beautiful, striking and commanding she's impossible to miss and further impossible not to be awed by. If you can't already tell; I am a fan.
Remi and I kept in touch only briefly after our first meeting before reuniting in 2013 when a birthday party for Nigerian powerhouse film producer Kemi Adetiba was being photographed by yours truly. Fast forward a lot more parties and meetings over the last 3 years and here we are. Me needing to get my life together fashion wise and expand my network, her needing amazeballs images and having the plus one to bring me along. A match made in blogger heaven.
We attended the show accompanied by South African Consulate General Lebo Mokwena (political and economic) and discussed the power of confidence and connecting people with resources, money and life. Being the connection and providing quality.
I'm still trying to figure out just exactly when I grew up?! It might have been this day lol.
A #exploringeurila moment in black history.