Spring Trends at Fro Fashion Week
by CurlStylist on Friday, March 29, 2013
There are hair shows and expos, and then there is Fro Fashion Week. There is no doubt that Fro Fashion Week is the ultimate networking opportunity for natural hair stylists, social media mavens, entrepreneurs and natural hair enthusiasts alike! The Spring 2013 edition had an Acid Summer theme, and it marks the fifth season for the Naturally Me! Media CEO Tarin Boone to bring a fabulous week of interactive & informative events that all could enjoy.
Fro Fashion Week started off on Wednesday with their first Fro Fashion’s Night Out, a meet and greet hosted by bloggers Oh Nikka! and VirtuousStyls at the posh Envy Boutique in the eclectic Little Five Points area of Atlanta. These ladies did an awesome job of welcoming us and kicking off the Spring festivities. The Thursday night I Love Me! Event for kids marked a first as it was co-ed. It’s nothing like lifting the spirits and boosting the confidence of our young as a way to give back to the community. Friday night marked another first as Jenell Stewart of Kinky Curly Coily Me! Played host to the first Dinner With CurlFriends in Atlanta. This classy pink and black affair brought 100 naturals out to play at the swank Museum Bar, including top bloggers & vloggers Mahogany Knots, Naturally Kela, LexiWithTheCurls, and BlackOnyx.
The Spring edition brought some great changes and some major players in the natural hair community. There were several changes to the program this time around and they definitely brought a shot of fresh energy to Fro Fashion Week. The change of venue to the Marriott Perimeter offered a great space for us to gather for the main events. The workshops began Saturday morning and featured topics ranging from beauty and fashion, to hair styling and transitioning tips. This year even included an opportunity for stylists to continue their education through workshops offered by the Textured Hair Institute. Both the Curls Unleashed Suite and the Shea Moisture Total Body Suite offered attendees the chance to lounge and learn. There were great handselected companies in both the Trendsetting Business Suite and the Runway Shopping Area, including natural hair care brands like Obia Natural Hair Care and Alikay Naturals, sweet body treats from Purgasm Shop and fly fashions and accessories from BriJor Boutique.
The schedule shifted around as well, with the Fro Fashion Show taking place Saturday night, followed by the lively Acid Rain After Party, and the Bloggers, Brands, and Brunch moving to Sunday. The fashion show gave us a full New York Fashion Week experience, complete with the white tent and lots of paparazzi. Even though there were snow flurries outside, the Acid Summer theme kept it hot under the tent! The Acid Rain after party was so much fun as well, and the DJ kept the sounds coming until the early morning.
Bloggers, Brands and Brunch was graced by none other than vlogger extraordinaire, CharyJay, as the guest speaker. She broke down the business of being a vlogger, shared some great stories and answered lots of questions. The spring edition of Fro Fashion Week was truly incredible and I’m SO glad I was able to attend. The next milestone is going to be a huge one, as the Fall 2013 Fro Fashion Week edition will now be going on the road! If you’re in the New York area, go ahead pencil in your calendars because you will NOT want to miss this first-rate event.