On Wednesday night, I embarked on a fashion journey full of glamour, class and feminine fierceness in Prajje 1983’s Fall/Winter 2014 collection. This was actually my first fashion show of New York Fashion Week’s Autumn/Winter 2014 season and while I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect, I had a feeling I’d like what I saw. And I was correct.
Upon entering the venue, I was a bit surprised at the unexpected layout of the room. The room itself reminded me of being inside a pyramid of sorts. The walls, made of wooden planks, got more and more narrow the higher they went and almost came to a point at the top. Within this unique room, our seats were arranged in the middle, but facing outward in a rectangular formation. Interest piqued.
The first look on the runway immediately set the tone for the show: Classy. Fierce. Feminine. This cream silk pants suit with a python lapel was impeccably paired with a contrasting fur or faux fur stole, which was the perfect accessory. “I want a woman to be able to wear my garments with other things,” said Prajje Jr. Jean-Baptiste. According to the designer, who has been in the game for 15 years, one of the goals with all of the pieces in the Prajje 1983 collection is wearablility. He’s not designing super avant-garde pieces that will only be worn once, but pieces that can be paired and accessorized over and over again. And in line with this, many of the pieces that hit the runway were accompanied by gloves, shades, handbags, and stoles, all of which totally upped the fierceness factor.
Each model that hit the runway told the story of the women the garments were designed for in the way she carried herself. Elegant, confident, and sophisticated, the models took to the runway and represented not just the ideal wearer, but the attitude that you yourself would carry when wearing one of the garments.
One of my personal favorites was the Menger Jumpsuit, a black crack suede leather cap-sleeved jumpsuit with a diamond cutout in the back. I loved the fit of the pants and could see so much versatility in this piece going from a night out when paired with metallic accessories, to a more business setting when worn under a blazer.
The inspiration for the collection, said Prajje, was “the line between love and anger;” two very powerful emotions that produced some very powerful pieces. But one thing the designer was not going to do was take the cliché way of depicting these emotions with spikes and access leather. Trends in the 15-piece collection, were blacks, creams and reds with beautiful attention to detail in things like python trim, cutouts and a patent leather yoke peeking out from underneath the wool in one of the garments.
While this was my first time experiencing Prajje 1983, I can truly say that I’m excited to see what else is to come. I may even look into copping a piece for myself in the future. All pieces from the “Autumne-Hiver 2014” collection will be available online, where you can currently check out pieces from the Spring/Summer collection. And for more photos, head on over to the gallery and see for yourself how beautiful the line between anger and love can be.
Designer Prajje with one of his models
Well, we’ve made it to the first month of another year. Happy New Year everybody! I know over the last couple of months, you haven’t heard from me as much as you’ve seen things from me, but that’s something that will be changing this year. Get ready for more content, more regularly on my many cosmopolitan adventures in New York and beyond.
A new year means new things, one of which can be new products. I was on hand last night as Gain unveiled their newest laundry product, Gain flings, with the help of their newest spokeswomen, The Braxtons.
Now, I know what you’re thinking…the Braxtons and laundry detergent? (You were probably also wondering if all of them were there…but I’ll get to that later.) But I know. I said the same thing. They seem a bit too glamorous of a family to be pushing laundry detergent, but after hearing their real life stories, along with the product’s apparent tagline “Music to Your Nose,” it all seemed to make a bit more sense.
According to Tamar, Gain was the first product Momma Braxton introduced the girls to when she was teaching them how to wash clothes. Admittedly, that’s a skill that Tamar didn’t quite catch on to, but the fact that all she has to do is toss one of these little detergent packets into the washing machine should certainly make her new mommy life a little easier.
As self-proclaimed “Gainiacs,” the Braxtons also have continued to use Gain through the years because of its smell, a quality that Gain does not take lightly. In fact, the scent of their product is so important to them that Gain conducted extensive research, the process of which was actually explained to us at the event, to get in the heads of consumers who use the product. I’ll spare you all of the details, but essentially, the research found that people have a very strong connection to music and a very strong connection to smell. After experiencing the new Gain flings, people actually equated their reaction to the smell, to that of their favorite music, saying they liked the smell of flings as much as their favorite music or more. Hence the tagline, Music to Your Nose.
While there didn’t seem to be many opportunities for us to actually get a whiff of the new product, Gain did make sure to have the music part covered. Initial performers were two guitarist singers, including Andrew Garcia of YouTube fame, and then, the incredible happened…
TONI BRAXTON graced us with her presence. And not just her presence but her beautiful voice and still banging body. She serenaded the audience to piano-accompanied versions of hits like “Breathe Again” and “Unbreak My Heart,” among others. She even came off of the stage, singing along with fans all the way to the bar at the opposite end of the room, and back. And this awesomely surprising performance ended with a snippet of “Hurt You” from her upcoming album with Babyface.
Now let me tell you, Toni gave me everything that I would want in a Toni Braxton performance, minus a live band. She looked flawless. Her form-fitting black maxi dress fit her to a T, showing off her physique, and her hair was short again, a style that suits her SO perfectly. She sounded amazing. The exact Toni Braxton that we remember from the 90s with her smooth, rich tone. And she was personable. After singing her first song to a quiet room, she promptly instructed us to liven it up and brought two fans on the stage to help her sing “Breathe Again.” Then, as Toni made her way back from the bar, she held her mic out for any and everyone to sing along with her.
I’ve gotta say, what started out as an event I attended mainly for the freebies turned into a great night. And while I’m still a bit on the fence of whether I’m in love with this “Music to Your Nose” idea, my interest was certainly piqued enough for me to do my own scent test with my next load of laundry and the sample I got last night. So all in all, I say bravo, Gain (and their promotional team), for putting together a memorable, music-filled evening, and thank you for Toni Braxton.
Check out a few more shots from the evening right here: