The Largest Fashion Event in Hampton Roads Showcases Local Designers & Brands

 

Vano Clothing Evoque Photography

Photo by: Quisha McElroy Evoque PhotographyModel: Jermaine (Red Star Model Management)Designer: Vano Couture 

 

 

 

 


 

Da Future In Fashion PartyIn one of the largest fashion events to descend upon Hampton Roads, ‘Da Future in Fashion Party’ held May 25th at The Complex in the historical Old Towne Portsmouth brought together the area’s leading fashion designers, boutiques, and local personalities for an evening of red carpet glitz, emerging seasonal trends, and networking with industry tastemakers. Behind the studded occasion was sought after designer and owner of Woman Beautiful Boutique Patricia Rountree. The event, which launched with a 2-hour meet and greet with cocktails was hosted by Hampton Road’s own Satoria Nicole. Featured designers on the runway were Lipgloss-N-Stilettos, Reckless Clothing, CLU Apparel by Kustom Made Designs & Accessories, LLP Supply Company, Boutique Crush, FlyGirl Boutique, Vano Couture, Endowed Expression Boutique, and Woman Beautiful Boutique.

Boutique Crush-Evoque Photography

Photography By: Quisha McElroy Evoque Photography
Model: Ellie (Red Star Model Management
Style: Boutique Crush

Runway fashions ranged from trendy to futuristic and encompassed a myriad of color and texture in a multifaceted display of artistic expression and Avant Garde style. From eclectic concept designs to ready-to-wear street clothing, an array of styles were revealed for both men and women indicating the quality and distinction that each designer brings to the local scene and beyond. Models illuminated the runway with lightweight summer styles which included maxi-dresses, cropped tops, and flowing skirts adorning floral prints, tribal patterns, camouflage, metallic prints, and solid pastels. Garments with a slighter edge featured spandex and liquid fabrics with a tight fit and short cut.

In addition to an entire vendor area available for patrons, attendees were entertained with a live performance by recording artist G. Profit and event soundtrack provided by VA’s DJ Hipp. The event was a remarkable look into the unique style and flavor that has brought Hampton Roads designers to the forefront as trendsetters not only in the local region but in other areas across the country where their influence is represented.

Sponsored by K. Stinson Production a Sexy in The City Event, ‘Da Future in Fashion Party’

Reckless Clothing Evoque Photography

Photography by: Quisha McElroy, Evoque Photography
Model: Christian (Red Star Model Management)
Designer: Reckless Clothing

featured  King Blue Entertainment, Host Satoria Nicole, DJ Hipp, and was filmed by ‘The Boyfriend Show’. Red Carpet events were managed by Parker Media Group with interviews done by Steven Sykes. Event photographers on hand to capture the show were Shah Moten Productions, Kevin Higgins, Quisha McElroy of Evoque Photography, Capture The Moment Photography, Rashanta & Glenn Jennings of Me Images, and Theodore Pitt Photography.

Patricia Rountree, Owner of Woman Beautiful Boutique founded the business in 2007. Known by the tagline “Woman Beautiful is Alwayz A Lady”, the brand was featured in numerous fashion shows and showcases including the ERAS of Fashion Show in 2013, and the Lawrence Brothers Prime Time Fashion Show. The brand features custom clothing and accessories for men, women, and children. In coordinating one of the largest events that Hampton Roads has seen this year…in addition to the many designers, photographers, models, and make up artists, hair stylists, and participants, Patricia also credits The Complex Restaurant and Night Club, along with Ebony Smith,  Jasmine Littlejohn, and Yaahmonny Harper her personal assistants.

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Photo Credit: Evoque Photography

Models Pictured: Ellie, Christian & Jermaine of Red Star Model Management

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Concept Artist Marty McKay Releases “Emptiness Returns” from His Latest Project ‘Sin’s Disciple’

Marty McKay Sins Disciple

The beautiful thing about Indie Artists is their ability to step outside of the parameters of mainstream music. They are often willing to go where other artists do not dare. They are musical hybrids that think outside the box to develop unique and impressionable sounds. Because of this, these artists garner a large underground following. They have an intrinsic ability to appeal to those that have been jaded by life’s winding curves and society’s need to coat with pleasantries the often stark reality that many individuals come to know on a daily basis. These music fans are indeed living outside of the worldly realm, longing for content that resonates with their experiences, music that speaks their truth no matter how ravishing or unsightly it may be.

When we came across Zürich Concept Artist Marty McKay’s latest release “Emptiness Returns” from his upcoming album release ‘Sin’s Disciple’, we immediately took notice of his distinct quality and sound. The song is a rap-rock fusion that is reminiscent of late 90s and early 2000s styles that were embraced by both sides of the underground and mainstream spectrum. Not too many artists are able to pull off this venture successfully but, McKay has managed to create an astute and conceptually solid music experience for his fans, one that tests the boundaries of artistic expression.

Imagine if you will, melting the sounds of Evanescence with Papa Roach and Linkin Park into a cherished piece of vinyl history. “Emptiness Returns” would be the quintessential example of how to create the perfect rock-rap record with significant power. The female vocalist complements McKay’s masculine musings over weighty guitars and drums. What is most powerful, much like many of rap-rock, and, alternative artists is McKay’s lyrical content. His songwriting delivers a hard lined approach to interactions between men and women that often leave them feeling disenchanted. The fact that an artist is able to discuss real topics within their music is refreshing and courageous at best.

If you enjoyed the 1995 film Se7en ‘s rendering of the 7 Deadly Sins, you’ll find McKay’s record to deliver another Marty McKayfascinating point of view through multiple, music genres. He describes his upcoming album as a “Modern-day interpretation of the 7 Deadly Sins”. Unlike many popular rap songs however, McKay’s album excludes the use of sampling and utilizes real instruments and live accompaniment. ‘Sin’s Disciple’ is scheduled to release on March 28th. Meanwhile, purchase Marty McKay’s latest single “Emptiness Returns” now available on Bandcamp.

Known as a conceptual artist, Marty McKay is also a singer, emcee, and songwriter. He cites some of his musical influences as Public Enemy, Iced-T, and one of our all time favorites Big Daddy Kane. With a certain gift for musical expression, McKay has developed an experimental sound that continues to evolve even through his most recent undertaking as executive producer of Project 7.  We are certainly looking forward to hearing more from this groundbreaking artist. Remember to keep your ear to the streets for more sounds from Marty McKay, and his upcoming album ‘Sin’s Disciple’, coming soon on March 28th.

Find out what’s up with Marty on his Official website martymckay.com.

Check out “Emptiness Returns” and other smoking hot music by Marty McKay on SoundCloud.

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Bringing Self-Expression Center Stage: Arts Out Loud Event at BailaFuzion Dance Studio

Band Dear Adamus

Band Dear Adamus

Marquita Bianca, sought after performance artist and owner of BailaFuzion Dance Studio along with published author and spoken word poet Terell K. Mercer teamed up to present “Arts Out Loud: Diversity in the Arts Showcase”, the first in a monthly series.  The Friday night event was held inside of the beautifully designed BailaFuzion Dance Studio on Holland Road, in Virginia Beach. “Arts Out Loud” or A.O.L. is an intimate gathering that showcases a number of artistic styles including spoken word, poetry, music, dance, and the visual arts.

While held in a cozy setting with an eclectic ambiance,  the event featured an array of talented artists based in Hampton Roads, affectionately known as the “757” or “7 Cities” by locals. Highlighted performers of the evening included author and spoken word artist Susette “Sdot”, poet Beautiful Dizaster, Champ the Poet, and band Dear Adamus. In addition, the work of visual artist Andre Davis was on display and is currently being exhibited during the month of February in the studio. Each artist brought a unique flavor to the showcase, sharing with the captured audience, some of the stories behind their work.

The event provided a constructive platform for the young artists to share, collaborate, and network in a supportive environment. The venue was filled with attendees who eagerly awaited each special guest and welcomed them to the stage with plenty of encouragement and a great deal of love. The artistic elements presented, effectively delivered a 4-dimensional gallery of creative expression in an interactive setting.

If you are looking for a unique and entertaining night out, definitely check out Arts Out Loud: Diversity in the Arts Showcase every month at BailaFuzion Dance Studio.

AOLpicLearn more about Arts out Loud: Diversity in the Arts by visiting www.bailafuzion.com.

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