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New York Fashion Week: Sitting This One Out

Author: Tafari, Thursday, September 5th, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Fashion Mindspill

After my time at New York Fashion Week last February I decided to sit the fall season out New York Fashion Week out. Crazy right??? Although I will not be in & out of fashion related events photographing beautiful people, I did have some thoughts on fashion week that I shared with Sharifa D. Crawford of Disciples of Haute. Check it out here! And for the record, I'm never that excited about spring/summer collections. Being from the Midwest & a lover of all things autumn, I'm more excited about fall/winter collections. The colors, jackets, richer textiles and scarves of course.

Fashion Flexible: Elena Moussa

Author: Tafari, Wednesday, June 12th, 2013 at 11:13 PM Mindspill

Digging through my NYC Analog Street Portrait Series archive, I found a few gems that I've neglected far too long. Time is getting the best of me.... New York fashion stylist: Elena Moussa - The hair, the glasses and the Aztec influenced sequined dress make for a fun day on the Lincoln Center Promenade. Check here to view more of my NYC Analog Street Portrait series.

Working [it] In New York

Author: Tafari, Thursday, February 14th, 2013 at 9:31 PM Mindspill

Last weekend, I was in NYC for Fashion Week working as a fashion liaison. I attended some shows, went back stage, did some art gallery tours, chilled out at the Hotel Chelsea in a SUPER swanky room that rocked my world & such. This was the 1st time that I did not attend as a photographer and it was REFRESHING! Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed my experience photographing runway shows and presentations from some of America's top designers but the work is killer! You’re left drained by the end of the week feeling like you're near death... It would take me a day or two to recover; feet, back, mind… Who knows what the next season will have in store for me. Guess we will see. The image above is from Libertine's 2013 fall/winter collection & taken with my trusty iPhone! You can see looks from the show here. If you don't follow me on Facebook, you can go there to "like" me & catch up on some of my mini-adventures.

New York Fashion Week F/W 2013

Author: Tafari, Friday, February 8th, 2013 at 11:30 AM Mindspill

New York Fashion Week is in full swing & I'm in town to take it all in as I work as a Fashion Liaison... Feels funny being here for Fashion Week and not working like a dog as a photographer. And I'm enjoying it. What is a Fashion Liaison? No one knows but I was flown out & put up to do it and like anything I do, I will do it well. Between attending events, I will have my camera in hand to snap some street looks. Hoping to see some outrageous stuff; that is if the weather permits. There's something going around saying that there will be 3-30" of snow this weekend. What kind of range is that??? Holla!

It Has Begun: New York Fashion Week

Author: Tafari, Thursday, September 6th, 2012 at 10:30 AM Mindspill

My bags are packed, camera batteries are charged and my rolls of film are set as I make my way to New York for Fashion Week. I'll be back on the scene making things happen one photo and one story at a time. For this current season, I will not be focusing on the shows inside of the tents as I turn my attention to the show outside. By that, I mean, the fashionable people on the streets of New York. I will be updating on Twitter and Facebook along the way, so be sure to check out the adventure!

On Making The New York Times

Author: Tafari, Thursday, March 8th, 2012 at 1:49 PM Mindspill

This afternoon, I was out shopping for a few items for a dinner party that I’m hosting this weekend when I get a text from my Los Angeles boo, Asia Willis. I wipe my iPhone on my pants before I read the message (because it was super greasy but that’s another story). She said “You made the street style blog in the NY Times!!!” I then screamed out WHAT??? People started looking at me in the store. Then I screamed out “I’m in the NY Times, BITCHES….” I just came out. I then called & was like what??? Asked if I looked good. What was I wearing? Blah Blah Blah. All the while, I’m like, me? In a style blog? In NY? The NY times??? I’m not even stylish. I’m just a husky Black man of leisure, who knows how to mix & match the right pieces to look half way decent. Anyway, when I saw the photo, I laughed. It was taken my final day in NY for Fashion Week. You remember the look… Shit, I never thought that I would make the NY Times but I did, just in a different way than I expected. I may be going through a nasty divorce but the rest of my life is fucking AWESOME. I’m in the NY Times BITCHES!!!! This little bit of news is helping me to kick off my weekend in a good way. The Scarf (hand knit vanilla) was a 59th St Bloomingdale's exclusive and only 3 were available. I got the last one. Holla!

Photographer: Fernando Colón

Author: Tafari, Monday, March 5th, 2012 at 11:12 PM Mindspill

I met New York photographer Fernando Colón backstage at the BCBGMAXAZRIA Mercedes Benz Fashion Week show back in September 2010. Initially, I hated on him because his hair is 'ALMOST' better than mine but I got past all of that because Fernando was one of the first photographers that I met who was actually real & cool at MBFW. Fernando’s hard work in front of the runways of NY, studio & street scenes are totally inspirational. And I got hype when I learned that he was the house photographer for Venexiana, one of my favorite MBFW shows to photograph. He grinds! You can get a glimpse of Fernando’s work here & here. Check here to view more of my NYC Analog Street Portrait series.

In Them Orange Pants

Author: Tafari, Tuesday, February 28th, 2012 at 9:55 PM Mindspill

After picking up our Mercedes Benz Fashion Week press credentials, my assistant/Cousin Dee headed to Lincoln Center to oooh & aaah at the façade of the tents that we would be camped out in for 5 long days. This was 3 hours before the NY Sip & See… And 1.5 hours before the Gretchen Jones (Project Runway) presentation... And 2 hours after we had a free Thai curry at the MoMA... But this is all another story. The zone was chill, the fountain was calm & Cousin Dee just knew she was killing it in her all-purpose outfit, which has a story that would crack you up but I know if I told it, I would be murdered…. She was looking fly so I had to document the moment because with all the work that he had ahead of us at fashion week, neither one of us was going to be looking like a winner. With that out of the way, Cousin Dee was a lifesaver! As always, we made a killer team and had so much fun along the way. The week that we spent in NYC was magical for many reasons. Nothing beats spending time with those who genuinely have your best interest at heart, who make you laugh till you pee on yourself a little bit, cuss you out when you’re ordering too much Garrett’s Popcorn (cheese and cashew caramel crunch) & stop you from ordering a bacon flavored milkshake at 3 in the morning while wearing church shoes. Check here to view more of my NYC Analog Street Portrait series.

The Girl in the Christian Louboutins

Author: Tafari, Monday, February 27th, 2012 at 8:58 PM Mindspill

So I’m back with the final round of photos from my NYC Analog series…. Feels good being back with fresh images, new looks & a new vibe. I guess you can call it some kind of evolution of sorts. While making my way to Lincoln Center a few weeks ago, I spotted lifestyle blogger Sai Sankoh sashaying near the fountain & I mean she had a serious sashay & everyone was watching. And I don't use the word sashay but it seems so appropriate for what she was giving the world that moment, that day! It was actually really cool watching her move in dramatic fashion wearing the fuck out of her thigh high Christian Louboutin boots. She could not be stopped & to top it off, she has a killer smile! She mos def got me hype at the kick off of my Fashion Week experience! Check here to view more of my NYC Analog Street Portrait series.

Milk Studios: Libertine

Author: Tafari, Sunday, February 19th, 2012 at 3:06 PM Mindspill

After my first Fashion Week experience a few years ago, I had a desire to attend/photograph shows & presentations that were not at Lincoln Center. Although I wanted to, logistically, it was difficult for me to make that happen with how my schedule was set. This past season, I made it my business to attend some off site shows. The first off site show I photographed was Libertine at Milk Studios, which I was very excited about. I had heard that Milk Studios was the place to be because many up & coming as well as established designers show there. And honestly, I have to say that I had a better experience at Milk Studios than all of Lincoln Center in terms of the media riser. So I arrive at Milk Studios for backstage coverage only to find that my access was not in place. I felt shot down like a mofo. Minutes later the contact told me there was a mix up then she invited me backstage & the party was on from there. I mixed & mingled a bit. Met models from as far a Australia to Central Africa. After I was done with backstage coverage, I made my way to the media riser, which was already packed but I managed to weasel my way into a great position. As I was setting up my equipment, I accidentally dropped my monopod mount & it flew into the back of a woman’s head. And it flew hard. I actually heard it smack her. Then it hit the ground with a loud thud. Many of the photographers in the media riser were like DAYYYYUUUUUMMMM. It was really that bad. I rushed down to apologize and she said no problem but she moaned and moaned. I felt so bad. Really bad! If you were following me on on Facebook & Twitter, you know that it was a hot mess. Then I had to cuss her out but that’s another story….. The show eventually started. I photographed it. It was all that I had hoped. So happy that I made this work! You can view photographs from the show here.

Falguni and Shane Peacock

Author: Tafari, Friday, February 17th, 2012 at 10:51 PM Mindspill

One of the more interesting shows I photographed at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week last season was Falguni and Shane Peacock. They presented some interesting cuts, patterns & embroidery but most interesting was the make up. I was not sure what to make of the super exaggerated eyebrows. Kinda like some type of Joan Crawford-esque, kinda alien-esque situation. After the show wrapped, I left feeling a little pumped (thanks to the music) and excited to look at my photos to see if they were as good as I had hoped. Of course they were though. I’m just saying. You can view photographs from the show here.

Done With New York Fashion Week

Author: Tafari, Monday, February 13th, 2012 at 11:19 PM Mindspill

I made it back home safely from New York & survived another Mercedes Benz Fashion Week!!!! I arrived in the city with a twisted ankle (again) & suffered for a few days then everything was all good. This damned ankle of mine. There was no drama in the pits, had no fights & met some new friends. I switched it up a bit this season & had an assistant who was a total life saver. Thank you so much Cousin Dee. I am very proud of the photos that Cousin Dee & I were able to capture at the 28 fashion shows & presentations that we covered. We really put that work in & snapped somewhere around 8,100+ photos. I did some GREAT dining, met up with many of my NYC/DMV/Detroit friends & just had a damn good time. I’m a little exhausted now but still riding on high with how my trip ended. I bumped into Eva Pigford (America’s Next Top Model), Korto Momolu (Project Runway), Kwame Jackson (The Apprentice), Angela Laws (Concrete Loop), Dwight (Housewives of Atlanta), Diane von Furstenburg, Celia aKa Blue Nefertiti (Les Nubians), Harriette Cole (The Today Show) & many more. Hopefully, you were following me on Facebook & Twitter and were able to keep up my adventure. Stay tuned for show reviews, street styles & the wrap up of my New York Analog series. Lots of hot shit on the way. And sadly, this was my last Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. I’ve worked it 4 seasons, got the t-shirt & ready to move on. Everyone that I told this to swears that I’ll be back for more. They just don’t know. My bum ankle needs a rest!!! Photo Credit: Verlisa Allen