The Runway Times + Destination Iman= Androgynous Stylecons

The Runway Times has skipped over to Destination Iman yet again to drop a few lines for their Androgynous Style Icon series, inspired by Iman’s beau, David Bowie’s, new vid, The Stars Are Out Tonight. Yes, folks…Bowie still has it. Any who, I wrote androgynous style profiles on Janelle Monae and Annie Lennox (swoon), and there will be more coming so stay tuned! Click each of the images to check out the posts.

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I hope you enjoy the posts! Leave your thoughts and comments…

 

Sincerely,

with style~ Sharontina B.

My Awesome Summer and My NYFW Woes, Take a Number…

Hey you!

How goes it? I hope you’re well wherever you are in the world, long time no chat! Yeah, it’s my fault, but I think I have a few good reasons. First, my summer was AWESOME. Here’s a little note about me, when I’m really excited and in the moment, I can’t even verbalize the awesomery that’s happening, I have to let it marinate a little bit. If I sat here right now and told detail for detail about just how awesome my summer was, we’d be here all day, so I’ll quickly tell my summer’s story in pictures so we can move on to more important stuff, like my NYFW woes and what not. Ok, ready?

Blogging While brown

Summer started with the Blogging While Brown Conference, it was AMAZING.

 

FELA! The musical

Saw FELA! the musical, and took a pic with the star of the show, “Fela”!

Sharontina at the beach

…of course I fit a beach trip in there, it’s not summer if you don’t visit the beach at least once!

 

sharontina in baltimore

I hit up Baltimore, and hung out with big sis Janice, Funnn!

 

Rachelle Ferrell Spirit Cruises

I FINALLY saw Rachelle Ferrell live in concert, best show of LIFE. The end.

 

Sharontina meets Giniwine

I met and got serenaded (well, I’m exaggerating it a little, but hey) by Ginuwine….I melted!

(I worked a LOT in between all of this)

ANTM College Edition party

In bed with Tyra Banks, Rob Evans, and Kelly Cutrone! Who would’ve ever thought?! LOL! at the ANTM College Edition premiere party, NYC

 

ANTM premiere google + hangout

I was invited to Tyra Banks’ ANTM premiere party on Google+ hangout, it was a pajama party! FUN!

 

Y’all see what I was talking about?! My summer was THE BEST! Like…the best one I’ve had since I can remember.

Ok, enough about summer, fall is now making its way in and I can further justify that by letting you know that I am wearing pants and a long sleeve shirt today. Fall is one of my favorite seasons, I get to layer, which means I still wear my spring/summer clothes and just pair pieces with other pieces, or funky tights, and blazers (I get excited talking about blazers). Plainly put, I love the season that brings forth pretty leaves and a brisk breeze, along with the trends and fads alike that grace magazine pages and these Philly streets. Although in the fall season of NYFW, spring and summer collections of next year are being debuted, it’s also my favorite season to attend. It’s just the vibe, the feeling, the coolness of it all that I like most, and sadly, I won’t really feel it this season (insert big, warm tear sliding down my cheek).

I was so “in” last season. But you know how it goes in fashion, “One day you’re in, next day you’re out”, LOL!

Let’s lay it all down so maybe I won’t feel so sour at the end of this post.

1. I’m a full-time student, in my last year of undergrad *throws cap in the air before it’s even ordered* and I can’t afford to miss classes for a whole week–even if it’s for the most fabulous and anticipated shows of the fashion industry *cries again*.

2. I applied for press credentials for the 1st time ever, and I didn’t get denied…but I didn’t get approved either… *burst into nervous/actually hilarious bout of laughter*. Since I was waiting to get a decision *looks at watch*, I just waited, big mistake… and I should have known better.

3. Since I’m in school, that means I’d be commuting every day and trying to crash at this and that person’s house, and spending lots of money that a broke college student kind of doesn’t have.

4. Luckily, I have awesome Blogger friends who can’t attend things and allow me to cover for them, so I still get my NYFW fix. This is actually how I’ve went to any NYFW show I’ve ever attended, so I was trying to take a stab at applying myself…that didn’t work out well, ha!

5. For the February season, I’m creating a master plan to get invited to all the shows I’ve ever wanted to attend and I’m skipping class all that week, disregard points 1-4, lol! They are just all the things I’m telling myself to justify my not being in the total mix of all things fabulous NYFW…le sigh.

My NYFW woes run a little deep this go-around, but don’t think I won’t be in the mix, whaaaaat?! Imagine that! You might not see me front row at the shows–or standing room for that matter– but I sure will show my face outside the Lincoln Center at the let-out! :D. That’s where all the magic happens anyway.  Can’t wait to see all of my in-the-fashion-know folks in NYC, here’s what I have planned so far, hope to catch you around here or there!

Wednesday 9/5: Independent Fashion Blogger’s Conference day 2 (woot woot!)

Thursday 9/6: FNO (I’ll be everywhere!) Tweet, FB, text me…it’s going to be fun!

Friday 9/7: I’ll be in the city for an exclusive event, so excited!!!

Saturday 9/8: Cocktails & Couture Fashion Week Mixer

Sunday 9/10: TBA

As my plans detail themselves, or not, I’ll keep y’all posted, would love to meet or reconnect with some of you! Cheers to NYFW!

Sincerely,

with style~ Sharontina B.

Five Faces of Inspiration

Many of you often see me post photos, stories, songs etc. about my favorite inspirations on my various social media pages and I know it gets a bit redundant. Here’s the thing, I have sooooooo much appreciation for authenticity, style, TALENT, quality, wisdom and passion and all of the greats in my “Inspiration Nation” OWN those things. I put them on a pedestal, as they deserve to be because in my eyes they’ve earned it. As a young woman, I believe it is important to look up to wise women for inspiration as an example to follow by because we could all use some guidance at times.
Some people find these individuals in their families, communities, professions…it doesn’t matter where you find them, all that matters is that you have them. I was raised by my grandmother and she is my NUMBER 1 EVERYTHNG! She has molded me into such a magnificent being if I say so myself, and I noticed that almost all of the great women I am inspired by are in her generation! Mature, classy, sophisticated, REAL, talented…the list could go on forever! I spoke with my grandmother today about the realization I’d made and she said, “It’s because we were real!”…and I totally agree with her. Another fact I noticed is that all of these individuals had such unique styles that read glamour, elegance, sophistication and class written all over them! Their dress game was just exquisite, just…..I’m speechless. For now I’ll just introduce you to 5 of these amazing women, but trust me there are many many more!
First, I have to introduce the most influential person in my life… my grandmother Velvette Ruth Sutton-Matthews..

My Grandmother, my #1 everything

She is the most free spirited woman I know and has such a spontaneous sense of style, which is where mines comes from. She has taught me everything I know and has always allowed me to be my own person. Now, if she doesn’t like something she will tell me in a heartbeat, but always leaves the ultimate decision up to me. I often look at photos she has on the walls depicting a beautiful young woman that I now call….Mom mom…she was the bomb.com! There is this HUUUUUUUGE photo of her from the seventies that makes me say “WOW” every time I look at it….

“Mom mom” in the 70s, Michelle Obama’s arms don’t have anything on hers!!!! haha

Oh, in the corner you can see a photo of her and my grandfather one Halloween…they were such a power couple!!!!!!!
I could talk about my grandmother for hours as many of you have seen me do if you follow me on Twitter , so let’s move on to my next inspiration who all of you will definitely know… Ms. Phylicia Rashad!

Phylicia Rashad, need I say more?

I absolutely LOVE Ms.Phylicia Rashad!!! I know that most of the reason is because of her role as Claire Huxtable on the Cosby Show, but who couldn’t love the best TV mom ever???? The elegance and class she attributed to ”the woman” of those times was unprecedented and is still respected almost two decades later! I watched an interview she did recently and she spoke about how young women would write her letters saying how she had inspired them to become lawyers, what an influence!
She brought something to television that was not seen too often and owned it. Her latest role in For Colored Girls reminded me of how much I miss seeing her on tv. The funniest thing is, before I actually researched it…you could not tell me that Rudy was about 10 years older than me! I thought the Cosby show was still running as a child when I later came to know that it ended when I was just two years old! The magic of tv… anywho, Ms.Rashad has continued to inspire me and serve as the epitome of what a classy, independent woman is. I am determined to meet her this year and although I have no clue how I’m going to do that, I am sure going to find a way!

Phylicia Rashad as Claire Huxtable
I even tried to be “Claire Huxtble” this year for Halloween hahahaha….. thoughts?

Me as “Claire Huxtable” for Halloween.. ha!
Here’s one of my favorite clips from the Cosby show of Phylicia Rashad singing with Stevie Wonder!
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Next on my list is the late great Ms.Phyllis Hyman…

Phyllis Hyman, voice of gold and effortless beauty

You ALL know how I feel about this woman’s unmatched talent…I can’t even find the words. She was such a beautiful soul with a magical voice that could mimic, sing, whistle, just….. so amazing. It is so unfortunate that she is no longer with us and it is also a call to action for woman particularly to focus on their mental health because it is so important to your life. I often listen to her music day in and out and each time I seem to be amazed as if I had never heard it before. She never really recognized or acknowledged what a gift she was, but I  know I will continue to keep her legacy alive and make sure my children know what REAL music sounds like! There are a few vids that I NEVER get tired of watching, I’d love to share them with you.

Phyllis Hyman singing “In A Sentimental Mood”

Phyllis Hyman scat battle with Hinton, singing “Take the A Train” CLASSIC!
Phyllis Hyman singing, “Living All ALone” (I’ve never seen someone whistle like that ever in life)…
She is a true legend…her talent leaves me lost for words every time…
Next I’d like to introduce Ms. Anita Baker….

Ms. Anita Baker, the voice that makes you want to love somebody! haha
Now I know ALL of you have seen my Anita rants if you follow me onTwitter! Her music makes me want to love someone! It’s magic, I’m convinced. The truth and passion in her music appeals to your emotions in a very special way that not many artists today can quite accomplish. Her music speaks for itself, here are a few of my favorites…
Anita Baker singing, “Sweet Love”…

Anita Baker singing, “Angel”…
Anita Baker singing, “Caught Up In The Rapture”…

Yes,I’m an Anita STAN! …haha. I just really appreciate quality music and I attribute that to my grandmother because she exposed it to us. I was telling her how much I appreciate that and she just laughed and said, “I just wanted you to have the real deal baby”.

Last but DEFINITELY not least, Tyra Banks… but wasn’t that a given?..oh…
I will spare you and not get crazy with this one, you all know how much I just adore my “Big Sis” Tyra Banks…

Tyra Banks, SUPERMOGUL- effortless beauty



I love that she is so passionate about what she stands for, she is the “big sis” to many (although I’m sometimes stingy on twitter hahaha) , providing support and always reaching out to our young girls to give them guidance to a promising future. She embraces unique beauty and shows that it is in fact even more valued than the “ideal”. She is innovative, a clever businesswoman, and one of the individuals that will be able to make a change in the world with her contributions. Ok, I won’t ramble, because you know when it comes to Tyra I can go on and on. I’ll just stop here and calm down because I feel a Tyra rant coming… watch out twitter!

Tyra at the Kid’s Choice Awards, 2010

My favorite EVER photo of Tyra..

It’s such my favorite that I drew a portrait of it along with another that I like…I call it “Tyra In Two”

Portrait I drew of Tyra, “Tyra In Two”

So, there you have it! 5 of the most influential women and trust, there are many others on that list! Let’s just consider this part 1! I love having such talented people to look up to because they provide encouragement just showing what they have done! I’d love to know if you too are inspired by any of the women on this list… it seems that many people have a place for them in their hearts.

As always, thanks for reading and be sure to follow The Runway Times on twitter for the latest updates!

Sharontina B.

Through The Decades “Pretty Girl Rock”!

Okay…so friends,I am LOVING LOVING LOVING Keri Hilson’s new video for “Pretty Girl Rock”for so many reasons!!!When I first saw the video I actually applauded!It was so creative…the costumes were on point,makeup was flawless…the whole creative aspect is just perfect in my eyes!Okay,before we talk about it and break it down,let me just say that the amazing Mr.Billy B is responsible for the flawless makeup you see Keri rocking in this vid.I’m loving the fact that I can now really distinguish between Makeup artists’ work.I saw the video…paid close atention to the details of her makeup and called it!Sure enough,Mr.BillyB responded with a” Hey there! Yes! I did do @MissKeriBaby ‘s video ‘pretty girl rock!”…Okay..before I just keep going on and on,I want you to see the video if you haven’t already,form your thoughts/opinions,and join me to delve IN! …Watch Keri’s”Pretty Girl Rock” HERE
Ready?Took it all in?Liked it?Hated it?…Let’s talk about it!
So…Keri begins with her “Flapper frock”(try saying that 10 times really fast!).. and since I want to talk about the overall looks for each scene,I will touch on the makeup and fashion!Here’s a few of my favorite screen shots from her”Roaring 20s” scene…

THE ROARING 20s!

Keri channeling the flapper fashion of the 1920s

The 1920s were like a whirl wind of revolution for women in many ways.Voting,entering the workforce,and fashion were just some of the changes that completely transformed the view of “the woman”.Previously women wore clothes that covered most of their bodies  and they were made of fabrics such as cotton and wool,but the 20 brought about changes to the styles of clothing and the fabrics used such as silk and satin. Women also began wearing makeup,and they did NOT approach it lightly.They wore deep bold colored lipsticks and shadows that made a statement and let it be known that women were now in charge!Their attire was very daring,revealing,ostentatious and went against what it is that they had been used to for so many years.Pictured above,Keri reminds me so much of the beautiful Josephine Baker who often wore beautifully beaded cloches with a perfectly polished piece of swirled  hair that laced the forehead and added to her signature look.Keri did a spectacular job of capturing the ethreal beauty of the roaring twenties woman!..Below are a few other screen shots that I loved from this scene…

This SCREAMS Josephine Baker!!!!A genuine smile that expresses her love for performance…

A roaring 20s Keri pouts as to say, “My way or NO way!”

The full set…

The beautiful Josephine Baker

Tyra as “Ursula Nyquist” as “Josephine Baker” on an episode of Gossip Girl!…I had to guys…I had to…
Keri transitioned out of the 20s and gracefully danced her way into the serene being of the 30s and 40s.Oh,but things changed!The makeup was much more subtle,the dress ever so tailored,made with delicate fabrics that purposefully accentuated the changes in the body form.My favorite screen shot from this scene….
THE MODEST MIDDLE:30s &40s!

Keri saunters into the 30s with grace

This screen shot is devine!!!The 30s and 40s served as the “modest middle” so to speak…just coming from the bold and daring 20s,the 30s and early 40s went in the opposite direction and created balance.Dresses transformed from the “Flapper”form which wasn’t meant to show off the body form,to dresses like the one Keri is wearing where it accentuates her curves and”celebrates”the body.Length of dresses changed dramatically as well because now it became more popular to see longer hem lines that passed the knee.Hair and makeup changed too!The edgy bob of the 20s soon morphed into soft curls and waves that graced longer manes and added more femininity to the woman’s overall look.As mentioned before,makeup was much more subtle,they wore lighter shades on the eyes but embraced mascara,continued wearing rich lip color and it was popular for the brow to be very sparse and compensated for with the penci to fill it in(sorry,this makes me laugh).Here are a few more shots from this scene that I liked…

Gracefully dancing across the set abundant with flowers..

Here you can see the details in the makeup technique dfferences from that of the 20s(those brows though…)..ha

..as I was looking through the shots,I realized that Keri reminded me of one of the most renowned entertainers of that time…Lena Horne….

Lena Horne in the 40s..

Keri in a similar pose and dress!Coooool
THE FLIRTY 50s!

 Towards the late 40s and into the 50s..patriotism began to be expressed in clothing with the progression and ending of  World War II.Women were now entering the work force as mentioned before,husbands were returning from war and families were still rebuilding their foundation from the ending of the depression in previous years.Along with the many changes that were happening in politics and the economy,a few took place in fashion.Dresses were even more form fitted and were very popular to have a full or layered skirt at knee length or above,cropped jackets and higher heels!I have to think that this is the scene where the video changed from black and white to color because of the coming of the television!…That’s my story,and I’m sticking to it!;)Here are some of my favorite shots from this scene…

Patriot Keri

I LOVED her makeup in this scene,the white eyeliner in the inner rim of her lower lid and the BOLD red lip just did it for me…PERFECTION… Mr.Billy B is MAGICAL!

Keri flashes a BIG smile

Y’all see the white eye liner making her eyes go POP!??..Dahlinnng
THE SASSY 60s!
The 60s were filled with so many trends that I’d be all day trying to touch on every one of them,so I’ll stick to what Keri emphasized from the video for the most part.Just as an overview,the 60s was a time for trial and error(mostly trial though)because people were becoming more expressive and mirroring their fashion with their feelings towards the many social movments that were taking place during that time.In the video,Keri channels what seems to be the”Supremes”,her being”Diva Diana” of course;). The murmaid style gowns that shined like nothing I’ve ever seen,the bouffant hairstyles,the neck length gloves(joking).Style was expressive and very impressionable at this time,daring prints and patterns were introduced,elegance was still key and everyone tried to look “better” than the next person.Life in entertainment seemed to be in the hindsight of so many people in this decade…think Keri pulled it off?..I do!

Keri as Diana,think she pulled it off?..

They all had those little 8 count dance steps that they repeated like 17 times..haha
THE SEXY 70s!
The 70s…ohhhhh the 70s.I wondered where Keri would go with this funkadelic time frame,but instead of getting her “Gold Member” fro pic’d out,she went for a more “Donna Summer” look.When I think of the 70s,the first thing that comes to mind is bell bottoms….but hey,give the 70s credit for more than that!Metallics,platforms,COLOR COLOR COLOR was IT!Deep rich saturated color that could make you uneasy at a glance because it was that powerful.Makeup was somewhat dramatic,the eyes saturated with colored shadows,rich lip color..but with that also came more earthtoned pigments.The 70s also introduced the retro styles,shapes,patterns that were so popular.Tiny mini skirts were still very popular..and hair…was BIG!..and they knew it…and so did you…ok,here are my favorite shots..

Keri channeling who seems to be Donna Summer..

Donna Summer
THE……….80s!
Hmmmm…where do I even start?….Well,we all know what the 80s and fashion shared.Many of you reading this probably grew up in the 80s…or waited until 10years later to be born like me haha..To me,the 80s were the years of self expression..the reinvented 60s.Color,shapes,jewelry,music,assymetrical hairstyles,dances…it’s all a big melting pot of cool stuff that produced  a great generation of trends,fads,and…..dares.Out of allll possible directions,Keri took it to “Thythm Nation”!She went Janet Jackson on us y’all…

The”Pretty Girl Rock” “Rhythm Nation”!

Did she do Janet justice?…;-)

The original!..
THE 90s BABBYYYYYYY!
Okay,so I’m a little biased because I am a 90s baby(1990 to clarify ehh hem)…BUT,I think the 90s were the best years ever!!!Our economy was great,I was a child so it really didn’t matter,and life was so carefree!Anyway….when I think back to childhood and what people used to wear…I kind of cringe.I remember seeing people wear square toed shoes,embellished jeans,matching EVERY aspect of their outfit in ONE color…BUT…when I look beyond that,I do remember some pretty notable fashions.It seemed that the 90s were very laid back,comfortable…most clothing was loose fitting,layered…lots of plaid and flannel,denim,sneakers…bamboo earrings,finger waves,short cuts….ok,I’m reminiscing.Keri chose to take an interesting approach to tackle the 90s which I thought was so cute!She emulated the hit trio TLC and her “T-Boz” cut was PERFECT!..The”pajama dance”,almost looked identical..loved it and it basically summed up the 90s to say that we wanted to be relaxed and comfortable!

90s face

The”grunge”look was said to have defined the 90s style.It was supposed to look unkempt,rebellious and wild.Makeup trends were such that heavy eye liner,more neautral shadows,and varying shades of lipcolor were worn.I remember seeing my step mother use very deep shades of lip liner which would contrast the shade of lip color she wore greatly….still not sure 13 years later if I like it or not..ha.Deep lipstick shades were still worn in reds,plums,and browns…the movement towards a more natural makeup face was more popular.

NOW!.
Truthfully…I love that in the present,people define what fashion is to them.If they choose to embrace a fad from the 50s,a hair style from the 80s,the brow shape of the 30s(PLEASE DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME…lol)or the bold makeup techniques of the 20s(DO AT YOUR OWN RISK)haha…ok,but in all seriousness I love that this generation has embraced the epitome of self expression and leaves that decision up to the individual.In the closing scene after all of the looks were recapped,I love that Keri chose to present herself in casual attire..jeans and a shirt,the most naturally BEAT face I’ve ever seen in my 20 years of life,and a nice edgy haircut.I believe that was done to show that now the purpose it to be yourself and not feel the need to conform to any one style or way of thinking no matter how much history and influencs we have that affect that decision.I don’t know,maybe I’m over analyzing the situation…but this is how I see it and that’s kid of what I do with every situation haha..and maybe you see it diferently..but thats my point! ;-).In closing I’d like to say that the last images were simply beautiful and that Mr.Billy B is such a talented MUA and visionary who did an amazing job on this video( and only everything else he does!)…
 

Casual Keri

Natural Beauty
It must have been so much fun to make this video!!I appreciate it for it’s creative aspect and tribute to the history of fashion in a nutshell…there’s much more to it,but this was just enough to give everyone an idea that what they consider”fashion”didn’t come from no where!It has a history just like everything else.If you’ve made it far enough to read this,I thank you for not getting discouraged at the length of this post(sorry,I really love to analyze projects like this and sometimes….I talk a lot)I thank you so much for staying with me dring this visual history lesson and I hope that you give me feedback on your thoughts about the video or anything else you may want to say.
As always,thanks for reading…..
Sharontina