Now that it’s Spring, fashion is on my mind. I can’t wait to trade my boots for sandals. Or my pants for sundresses. Although spring cleaning (and upgrading my wardrobe) is on my list of things to do, I’ve needed a bit of inspiration to get started. What better way than by going to a spring fashion show?
Last weekend I took a “mini” road trip. I met up with a close friend in Boston and we spent the evening checking out the latest spring looks at NEXTonSCENE Magazine™ Spring Fashion Show. This was just what I needed to get myself in gear to tackle my big project.
NEXTonSCENE Magazine™ Spring Fashion Show celebrated local designers and businesses. The show included performances by Brooke Moriber and collections by four up-and-coming designers. We loved that the show recognized Boston’s young talent. From urban apparel to bridal bouquets, there was so much to see (and want to buy)!
About NEXTonSCENE Magazine™
NEXTonSCENE Magazine™ shines a spotlight on what’s up and coming.
Celebrating its first year in business, Editor in Chief, Jaclyn Zukerman, created the magazine to showcase new talent. Lots of talent go unnoticed. NEXTonSCENE Magazine™ is changing that.
The Spring Issue shares an exclusive interview with the CEO of Poshmark, Manish Chandra. It also features beauty tips, wedding ideas, music inspiration and more.
NEXTonSCENE Magazine™ Spring Extravaganza
Venu Nightclub is one of the hottest international nightclubs in Boston. Since Nae and I were VIP, we arrived a little after 5:30 p.m. to enjoy cocktail hour.
Venu Nightclub had a contemporary design. The white theme with blue lights created a sophisticated vibe.
On stage large “NEXTonSCENE” marquee lights made a bold statement. The letters complimented the decor perfectly. Everyone wanted to take a selfie with them. I wouldn’t expect anything less from a fashion show in Boston’s Theater District!
The main room had three fully stocked bars. Guests could order wine, beer or specialty cocktails. Catering served hors d’oeuvres. My favorite were the French pastries.
Cocktail hour was a great way to meet people. This was the kind of event where a fashion student could schmooze with entrepreneurs, celebrities, photographers, and even an adventurous travel finance blogger.
By 7 p.m. the show was ready to start.
A glamorous night out in Boston!
As VIP, we had seats on the floor. We sat on white leather couches on the far left. I had a good side angle of the runway.
Despite the snow, the show had a great turnout. Scanning the room, everyone was so excited. The room was buzzing. People were chit chatting, toasting and laughing. The audience was also fashionable – boots, heels, and slacks. I even saw a large sombrero. Accessories included watches, pearls, faux fur and bow ties. Boston knows how to dress to impress!
I also have to mention that Boston’s Very Own DJ Ju Lee had the crowd jamming all night. She was phenomenal! She played all types of music – from Dancehall to Maroon 5!
Brooke & Andrea Open The Show
The show opened with Brooke Moriber, a singer, songwriter, and actress from New York. She had big signature hair and a powerful voice. Andrea accompanied her on the acoustic guitar.
Brooke Moriber could hold long notes and she looked graceful doing it. She sang four songs. I still sing the chorus of “99 Days of Rain” (the acoustic version).
Hit the Runway
The Lucky Onez
The Lucky Onez’s spring and summer collection was the first to hit the runway.
Founded by Marveil Biulou and Taiye Owolabi, their collection featured urban, casual and evening wear. Founded in 2015, their brand has three core values: Live Well, Look Well & Feel Well.
Metallic patterns with high splits.
Founded by Keisha Jean-Louis, QueensKnow is more than just a plus size clothing brand. It’s a clothing brand for women of all shapes and sizes. QueensKnow empowers women to see themselves as Queens.
I loved their jean looks. I also adored the logo on the booty.
The plus size models were so fierce. They fired up the audience.
Timeless Bridal Creations
Laurelle and Carrie Farrell are sister-in-laws who handcraft custom design brooch and succulent bouquets. They believe that every bride deserves a beautiful bouquet to treasure after their wedding day.
As cool as a cucumber!
From casual to formal, Gibelees has the largest men’s clothing inventory in New England. Giblees is a high-end menswear store in Danvers, Massachusetts. They’ve been in business for more than 50 years. Their specialty trained sales associates will help you choose items that match your style and budget.
The show ended with Ialla bee. Her designs were timeless. I could easily see myself in her dresses.
Designer Melina Nmili-Cortes shared a beautiful story about what inspired her line. Born and raised in the Dominican Republic, she loved the colors, textures, and patterns from her childhood. Her clothing line taps into her colorful past while catering to the sophisticated Boston woman.
Here’s my favorite quote from NEXTonSCENE’s interview with Melina Cortes-Nmili:
“Lalla means Mrs. in Arabic. So as a sign of respect…you would call me “lalla Melina”. Bee really means who I associate with as a woman….We are mothers, managers..we really are not just worker bees. We are Queen Bees.”
Studded in Swag
As a parting gift, we took home swag bags. Inside were chapstick, flavored water, an issue of the magazine and more.
So I have one last question for you. Are you next? If so, I can’t wait to see you front and center at the next fashion show!
I was a guest of this show, however, all opinions are my own.
Author: Danielle Desir
Danielle Desir is a Travel Finance Strategist that uses her financial background and knack for financial planning to empower those who want to travel afford travel and excel in their personal finances. She shares creative planning strategies, saving tips, cheap flight deals and even talks about her student loan repayment journey on her blog, The Thought Card. Her financial expertise has taken her across the globe to over 21 countries and 3 continents (and counting), all while paying off her student loans, saving for a house, owning a home, and working full-time.
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