Women’s Wednesdays: Anniesa Hasibuan

Posted on: March 15, 2017

 

As Women’s History month continues, I wanted to show recognition to this remarkable woman. Someone who has redefined culture, impacted the world and fashion and is the epitome of what it is to be a strong, empowering female. Her name has been heard all over the world and rightfully so. At the young age of 28, her designs go beyond fashion, she is not only a designer but an influential role model for many women all over the world. Her name is: Anniesa Hasibuan. If you haven’t heard of her yet, now you have, she is one woman whose unforgettable. A humble, talented women that has made her mark on the world as one of the first Indonesian females to present during NYFW last September.

This NYFW season, I was grateful to attend another show of hers, and I was reluctant to sit front row alongside my fellow Lady Bosses Ellese from Rock Paper Glam and Gina from What The Doost. Each season, I’m in complete awe with all of the creations the designers present during NYFW. Anniesa Hasibuan is one designer who not only creates exceptional pieces but gives a whole new meaning to the word empowerment. Last September, she presented her collection where all her models wore the infamous hijab. The Hijab as been seen on many women all over the world often times as a sign of modesty and privacy. Most often, women have been stereotyped as disempowered and constricted when wearing the hijab. But she quickly changed many perceptions of that in one evening. It’s as if I was transported to another time, where women were seen as equals, where we all stood strong and proud wearing the hijab. In one evening, her impact during NYFW, made a HUGE statement in the most positive ways seen all over the world.   The hijab is now not only seen as a strong symbol for many women around the world, but a big fashion statement that is recognized and seen has something quite powerful.  Despite’s many misconceptions and stereotypes, Anniesa Hasibuan changed the view of many and has made a huge impact on both the world and fashion.

This season, she presented her F/W ’17 collection Drama. Once again, she left us in complete awe with all the glitz and glam. Each model dazzled and shined down the runway, in her hand beaded pieces, full-length detailed skirts and intricate designs accessorized with once again the infamous hijab. Her collection and show uplifted our spirits and left us wanting more. Although the hijabs proved to be the main focus last season that wasn’t the case this season. They blended into the background as the outfits took center stage— but perhaps this was the intention. Her designs modeled and seen on the runway illustrated a strong, elegant, glamorous, empowered woman who had exceptional taste and exuded a luxurious lifestyle and persona. Anniesa has proved to us that she is a women beyond her time that can will continue to make waves and statements for all of us to applaud and follow. It comes to no surprise that Anniesa Hasibuan stunned her audience again with an intense, regal runway show. I’m sure many of you are aware of how we females have felt disempowered in our society lately. After seeing Anniesa’s show and many other designers during NYFW, the presence of the female voice was very strong. Giving us all hope that we can all stand proud, unite together and feel strong, empowered and uplifted.  If you attended any of the shows at NYFW you felt the strong politic presence this season. The feeling and atmosphere was quite powerful. Anniesa Hasibuan not only keeps us fashionable but inspires us to be all we can be no matter what race or culture. More reasons to love her, not just for her fashionable creative talents but her encouraging female spirit.

After seeing her show, I left feeling proud and teary-eyed. Her runway show not only gave me chills, but the message and impact she’s made on the world is truly incredible. There aren’t many women who’ve dared to make a difference, made changes in cultural perspectives and continues to uplift everyone around them but she is one whose done this and so much more. I’m blessed and grateful to witness her journey and see how she’s made a name for herself heard all over the world.  She is a true example of a strong, influential, creative, inspiring lady boss who we all can look up to and follow for years to come.

Behind the Scenes and interview with Anniesa Hasibuan:

 

If you missed this show, watch it here:

What were your thoughts about her runway show? Do you think she’s an inspiration to us all? What are ways that you can inspire, empower and enlighten the world?  Please do share your stories I love hearing from you and please use the hashtags: #SFBWW #SFBInspires #SFBEmpowers

As always, thanks for reading, following along and supporting my journey.

 

 


SFB Takes on NYFW FW17: Leanne Marshall

Posted on: February 13, 2017

Leanne Marshall, presented her F/W17 collection over the weekend. Influencers, tastemakers and celebrities were in attendance to see her stunning collection. Her F/W17 collection illustrated her ethereal theme with a more fierce upgrade. She incorporated some bold colors in the mix, that showed great contrast to the earth tone hues we’ve seen throughout in her previous collection. It comes to no surprise that when her collection is unveiled she takes our breathes away every time with her ever flowing, dreamy gowns. She featured a perfect blend of chiffon and sateen, with her usual blend of soft colors and a nicely added pop of red just in time for Valentine’s Day!

This season she continued with her statement long flowing dresses that not only compliment but empower the female body.  While also incorporating more chic styles with a more bolder, fierce and strong presence. The theme for her collection was resurrection, illustrating recycled materials and older fabrics in an effort to minimize the waste used in the fashion industry. A beautiful collection that illustrating and alludes to the ideas of a scorn woman that’s standing strong, bold, empowered and fierce. Aveda created the hair and make up looks for the show, showcasing a bold and vintage look paired with a pop of color on the lip to match. In the audience, you saw a mixture of celebrities, influencers and tastemakers who came to support and see her newest collection.  Spotted in the crowd were: Phaedra Parks of RHOA, Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi, Sammi Giancola (Jersey Shore Alums), Emma Myles, Brec Bassinger, Actress Malea Rose, Reginae Carter, Miss USA Deshuana Barber, Miss Universe Iris Mittenaere, Blogger-Ellese Launer of Rock Paper Glam and many others. 

Leanne Marshall is a  graduate of  The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in San Francisco and not only an alum but winner of  Season Five’s Project RunwaySince Project Runway,  Marshall has relocated to New York where she continues her passion designing and has shown her creations all over the world. Celebrities such as: Paula Abdul, Julianna Hough and many more have donned the red carpet wearing her line, and it comes to no surprise why.  Her strong and inspiring presence surely stands out in the fashion world. Leanne Marshall specializes in bridal wear and ready-to-wear lines. 

Without a doubt, Leanne Marshall knocked it out with her strong, fierce and bold collection this season. Bravo!  For more information and to shop her collection click here.

Here are some of my favorites from her Collection:

Photos Taken by: Ellese Launer from Rock Paper Glam 

What are your favorites from her collection?

See the full collection here (Footage from NYFW):

An Interview with Leanne Marshall herself from Addy Media:

As always, thanks for reading, following along and supporting me in my journey!


Comfort First

Posted on: November 11, 2016

 

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First rule of thumb, comfort first! But if they’re Jimmy Choo’s then all bets are off! 🙂 Well, it may also depend on the shoe and situation. But I do love a good Jimmy Choo heel, I mean am I right!?!!! Who doesn’t love JIMMY CHOO!! <3

My go-to shoe of choice lately have been flats. Whether it be a loafer, slip-on sneaker, brogues you name it I’m wearing it. I couldn’t be happier that flats– particularly loafers and brogues are on trend and back in style. As much as I appreciate and LOVE heels, I always think: “Comfort first,” no matter what the occasion may be. And let me tell you, when I’m wearing any form of flats it’s like walking on clouds, and not to mention my feet are beyond thankful. This menswear inspired footwear comes in varying styles and price points. Very versatile, stylish and suitable for any outfit and occasion. A trend I believe will be around for awhile.  Here are a few of my favorites. Shop these styles by clicking the links below.

Shop the Style

Kurt Geiger Brogues: Knox Silver Low Heel Brogue

Celine: Skate Slip-on in Pony Calfskin

Gucci: Princetown Leather Slippers 

Vince: Vince Embossed Leather Slip-on sneaker 

Vince: Blair Velvet Sneaker

Gentle Souls By Kenneth Cole: Gentle Soul Penny Loafters in Gold 

KDB Flats: Aada Flats 

Zara: Flatform Bluchers

Zara: Flatform Loafers

Sole Society: Cheetah Dot Smoking Slipper Flat

Sole Society: Daria Light Gold Athletic Loafer 

Marc Fisher: Traycee Round Toe Smoking Slipper 

Zara: Velvet Loafers

 

What style would you wear?

I hope you try this style out, you’ll feet will be happy. Share your footwear style with me using the hashtag: #SFBFashion

As always, I hope you enjoyed reading along and thank you for all the love and support!


NYFW MARISSA WEBB SS17

Posted on: September 16, 2016

Marissa Webb is one designer I love and admire. When I attended her show last season, I was simply amazed by her incredible work. I can definitely say the same for this season. She presented on Day 1 of NYFW on September 8th at the Skylight Clarkson Gallery. Marissa Webb is one designer who perfectly balances feminine and masculine elements into her designs. Her designs exude cool, sophisticated, chic, and effortless all at the same time. Her SS17 Collection featured a soft palette of neutrals with pops of burnt orange, chartreuse in delicate silks and subtle ruffle accents. One of my favorite looks from this collection was her take on a suit. A modern day version of a traditional suit, and the back detail was just to die for. Every piece was absolutely AMAZING! I definitely had my favorites from her Ready-to-Wear collection. I wanted every piece in my size for my closet. I loved how she paired a military inspired jacket with her soft, pretty, floral dress. And how she paired a silk floral top with leather pants, seemed fitting and oh so stylish!

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(MY FAVORITES FROM THE COLLECTION)

 

When it comes to design, Marissa Webb doesn’t need to dig deep to find inspiration. She dresses what she knows best, and what speaks to her. Her inspiration comes from what’s around her, specifically ” The Modern New York woman,” as she stated backstage before the show. Although, her designs are inspired by the Modern New York woman, they aren’t the only ones who will fall in love with this collection.

 

What’s your favorite from the collection?

As always, thanks for reading, following, and supporting me in my journey. I hope you enjoyed my photos and recap