On February 8th, more than 300 guests attended Mimi’s Boutiq 4th annual Fashion Show at Newport Beach Side Hotel featuring designers La Belle Couture, Djenane Desrouleaux, Eccoci, Kaltural, Swimwear by Adjanie Muller, Louca Bell Collection, Onyx, Le Tron’ King Divo, Risque Dukes, Adjanie Muller, Classy Lady Creationz, Beware Swimwear, Catou Wear, Marly Haiti and Martine Valcin. The show, led by Haitian-American model Tico Armand and Haiti’s Chokarella host Carel Pedre included performances by Arly Lariviere, Ada and Francki Amour.
While the guest, DJ’s, media and Haitian socialites mingled and watch the show from their seats, I had a VIP ticket to cover backstage and danced, snapped social network photos, partied and saw all the good, bad and ugly about producing such a large show with over 20 models and two electrifying host .
Here is an inside look of everything off the runway. If you were following my snap chat (username lunionsuite) during the show, you saw what model behavior really mean when the music came on and the runway lights were off. I will post the pictures of the designers lines soon, keep checking the site for updates.
Growing up in a home full of seamstress, I am so in love with this instagram page and the wonderful stories about the hardworking women who remind me of my mother and grandmother. I love the amazing work they are doing and the items are spectacular.
From the desk of Linds Marie @lindsmariephoto
While in Haiti, a dream was realized. Elda, the mother of the Jean Marie orphanage in Gonaives had been trying to start a workshop for 30 years! This past June, her sewing workshop had begun, as well as a career for 30+ Haitian women. Including the three beauties you see above. My talented friends @angelineroseminnocci & @amandajjohnson12 organized this workshop to teach in Haiti for 2 weeks. They designed and cut patterns to bring. Along with hundreds of yards of fabric and six sewing machines. Then, 37 eager women created a brand @shopelda! Garments handmade in, sold here in the U.S. where total profit goes back to the makers.
I am so excited to introduce Bien Abyé Fall/Winter designs to my readers. I love the “Navy Is The New Black” concept and the hint of yellow, rich fabrics, deep tones and Intricate detailing makes the pieces fresh and exciting.
Bien Abyé which means “well dressed” is a ready to wear collection encompassing a French style that is sophisticated and chic with a Creole influence. Inspired by the elaborate structures of Gingerbread house architecture and its ornate latticework design details, the collection is created using unique silhouettes, romantic elements, and vibrant colors to highlight the inner beauty and elegance of a woman. Bien Abyé designs in vignettes that deliver a concise offering of S7VEN styles for a women’s wardrobe that will not only make her life easier, but most of all, more fabulous.
I think i’m really starting to like Dawn’s music.
“Tide: The Paradox Effect,” is off of the Haitian American singer’s new album “Blackheart.”
Haitian American entrepreneur Karen Civil is still making her rounds in the media to talk about her brand and her Live Civil playground in Haiti. She recently sat down with Vibe Magazine to talk about building the playground, her brand and her future.
Digital empress Karen Civil turned the big 3-0 last November and celebrated by giving back. Civil traveled to her parents’ native Haiti to lead the funding for the construction of the Live Civil Playground. The interactive space holds 1,500 elementary students and was created with recyclable materials with the intent on giving kids a safe place to play and foster their creativity. With some extra funding from friends, DJ Funkmaster Flex and Meek Mill, Civil was able to add philanthropy to her already impressive resume.
VIBE chopped it up with the entrepreneur to learn what goes into building a playground, her future hustles and the sexism she faces to this day. But do you think there’s anyone who can really stop Karen Civil? Neither do we.—Shenequa Golding