Sunday, September 14, 2014

SEPTEMBER BLOGGER OF THE MONTH: Nanalli Johnson, Le Fleur NaturElle

My name is Nanalli, but I go by J'ai on my blog. J'ai (pronounced Zhae') is a part of my middle name and it flows with the French name of my blog Lafleur Naturelle. I am a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (Criminal Justice major/Music minor) and also a graduate of the Art Institute (Fashion and Retail Management). Fashion has always been my passion alongside music. I've worked in the retail industry for over 17 years, mostly within a corporate setting. My love for fashion derived from my Mom and my Aunt.  Both of them had great fashion sense which was instilled in me at an early age. To this day, I am just as passionate about fashion as I was back then.

What is your blog about, and what are the goals for your blog?
My blog is about natural hair and fashion. La Fleur NaturElle began as a documentary of my natural hair journey. It was my personal diary (so to speak) of my new life within the natural hair community. I decided to combine my love for fashion and my hair journey into a blog that I could share with family and friends who inquired about both (my hair regimen and style of dress). I will continue to share fashion and natural hair info for my followers.

What's your favorite thing about being a blogger?
I love blogging because it is a platform for doing what I love. I have the opportunity to network with other bloggers and also discuss the latest in fashion, trends, and anything related to natural hair. To reiterate, it's almost like a live, personal journal that is shared with whoever finds interest in it.

Why did you choose to join Houston Fashion Bloggers?

Being a member of Houston Fashion Bloggers is a great way to connect, not only with other bloggers, but businesses as well. HFB keeps us in the loop about fashion events going on around the city.

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Saturday, September 13, 2014



HOUSTON - Fashion Houston 2014 celebrates their 5th anniversary with the announcement of the world's most influential international designers at Houston's Wortham Theater Center November 18 - 21, 2014. Aiming to position the energy capital of the world as a world-class destination for fashion, Fashion Houston has secured more than a dozen iconic and emerging designers for the whirlwind week of star-studded fashion festivities.

"Fashion Houston -- of #FH5 as we are hash-tagging it on social media -- is excited to present a 5th year of sought-after designers and stellar fashion to the third largest city in the country," said Jared Lang, Founder and CEO of Fashion Houston. "Designers from all over the world will participate in our most diversified Fashion Houston line-up to date. We are proud to welcome back designers that have shown in previous years who wanted to get back on the Fashion Houston runway," Lang adds, "It will be a fabulous week with an international fashion spotlight shining on our city."

Confirmed designers for Fashion Houston 2014 include: *Bibhu Mohapatra, Chloe Dao, David Peck, Fabrice Tardieu, *Grungy Gentlemen, Jonathan Blake, Little Black Dress Designer, MCL, *Naeem Khan, Poshak, *Rebecca Minkoff, Rene Ruiz, *Rolando Santana, *Rubin Singer, *TIBI, and *Valentina Kova.
*designers showing at MBFW NYFW September 2014

Tickets for Fashion houston 2014 go on sale Monday, September 15 for $29 - $299. All Access VIP ticket upgrades will also be available. Visit for more information or to purchase tickets.

Fashion Houston is the premiere fashion event in Texas combining international style with Texas hospitality. Started in 2010 by philanthropist and visionary Jared Lang, Fashion Houston has been embraced by the Houston and International fashion communities welcoming approximately 5,000 attendees to Wortham Theater Center over the 4 day event each year. With partners such as Audi, Houston Audi Dealers, Art Institute of Houston, CultureMap, Elizabeth Anthony, Houston First, Houston Magazine, Neiman Marcus, Sloan Hall, Tootsies, and the new JW Marriott Houston Downtown, the fifth annual event will thrill thousands with sparkling runway shows and out of this world parties. Fashion Houston takes place Nov. 18-21 at the Wortham Theater Center, located at 500 Texas Avenue in Downtown Houston. For more information on designers, the FH5 lineup, or to purchase tickets, visit

NEW YORK FASHION WEEK: Day 7 Spring 2015 Trend Report

(Featuring Betsey Johnson, Erin Fetherston, Anna Sui, Deola Sagoe/Clan, Michael Kors)
We are wrapping up our New York Fashion Week coverage, and survived 7 days of running around the city to bring you the latest and greatest in fashion week news! Here is our take on Day 7 trends!

What’s fashion week without an over-the-top runway presentation by Betsey Johnson? Boring! And our team at doesn’t like boring, so luckily for us, we have Betsey Johnson’s runway to look forward to every season. Betsey showcased her Spring collection on Day 7, opening up the show with 2 models representing gay marriage. When they turned around their suit coats said pre-nup! And that was the name of Betsey’s wedding-themed collection. 

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Erin Fetherston’s collection was classically simple, but lovely. Erin featured black and white, pastel yellows, and deep shades of blue. By default, Betsey’s collection featured a lot of white, since it was wedding themed. Michael Kors’ collection was also heavy on the blues and yellows, though there were some pastels, and black and white separates intermixed in the collection.

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No one mixes prints like Anna Sui, and for her Spring 2015 collection she did not disappoint. Erin Fetherston also incorporated florals, but again in a simple, but sophisticated way. The florals in Erin’s collection did not overwhelm the garments. Michael Kors featured a plethora of print looks, but the prints were either floral based or plaid based.

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Betsey Johnson’s runway featured lots of tulle, as to be expected for her wedding themed collection. Betsey also featured a few looks that resembled nylon or plastic that would typically be used for rain coat materials! I could definitely see Miley Cyrus in one of these plastic-esque looks! Erin incorporated sheer fabrics into her collection for use in her striped looks.

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The Anna Sui models had everything from veils to shades. It was a really cool runway! Betsey Johnson’s wedding themed collection entitled Pre-Nup featured fun heels and fun handbags. She created a cake shape handbag and a lipstick shaped handbag.

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DEBUT RUNWAY: Deola Sagoe/Clan
The brands Deola Sagoe and Clan fashions debuted for the first time at New York Fashion Week. Deola Sagoe is the designer behind the Deola Sagoe label, while the clan collection is designed by her daughters Tena, Tiwa, and Aba Sagoe. They labels are based in Africa, and this was their first time showing at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. The looks were unique, and we love to see emerging and up and coming designers featured at New York Fashion Week.

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Written by Shalanda Turner, Style Editor

NEW YORK FASHION WEEK: Day 6 Spring 2015 Trend Report

(Featuring Vivienne Hu, Narcisco Rodriguez, Badgley Mischka, Nolcha Fashion Week, Diesel Black Gold, Jenny Packham, Naeem Khan, Zang Toi, Pamella Roland, Michael Costello)

Day 6 was extremely busy for our team! Heather and Sofia attended Nolcha Fashion Week, while Shalanda and Jane stayed at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week to capture the shows at the Tents. 

Black and white remained popular for Day 6 of New York Fashion Week. Zang Toi’s celebrated his 25th anniversary as a label with a heavily black and white collection. He also featured deep shades of green, red and purple, which is rather unique for Spring! Ever since Victoria Beckham’s show earlier in the week, we’ve seen more and more designers incorporating darker shades into their collections. Typically these hues are reserved for Fall, but the use of deep shades of blues, greens, and purples further prove the blurred line phenomenon happening between the seasons. Diesel Black and Gold also featured a heavily black, & white collection. Whether they were all black or all white separates or black and white prints. Other designers to incorporate black and white into their Spring collections were Vivienne Hu & Narcisco Rodriguez. Jenny Packham’s collection featured oxblood looks along with pastel yellow, and sky blue looks. The collection combination of pastels with the darker oxblood was pretty cool. 

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Michael Costello, Badgley Mischka and Zang Toi’s collections were heavy on the evening gown from, as to be expected since they are all magnificent evening wear designers. Not everyone can do evening wear, and it’s really an art in and of itself. Sophie Theallet took lengths to above the need with voluminous A-line skirts. Crop tops are showing their staying power, and even though the crop top is popular, the jumpsuit is here to stay with a vengeance. Almost every designer has featured at least one or more jumpsuits in their collections. Rompers seem to be inexistent, as everyone seems to prefer to the pantsuit edition. Pamella Roland featured a lovely white jumpsuit for her Spring 2015 collection.

Sophie Thealett Spring 2015 Collection  - Photo by
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Here at we love to bring you cover from outside the tents as well as feature designers showing at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. For our third season in a row, Fashion Mingle sent team members to cover Nolcha Fashion Week. Nolcha Fashion Week, founded by Kerry Bannigan, features independent fashion designers during New York Fashion Week. Fashion Mingle Contributors headed to Nolcha to conduct backstage interviews with the designers and bring you the trends from Nolcha! Stay tuned for their Nolcha report! You can learn more about Nolcha here in an interview conducted by Heather Petrey with the founder of Nolcha.

Written by Shalanda Turner, Style Editor

NEW YORK FASHION WEEK: Day 5 Spring 2015 Trend Report

(Featuring Lela Rose, Carolina Herrera, Dennis Basso, Reem Acra, Libertine & Oudifu)

The team wrapped up Day 5 late covering the last shows of the day; Libertine & Oudifu. Oudifu is considered an emerging label to the U.S., but is very popular in China! In addition to bringing in designers from around the world to showcase their collections at MBFW, IMG has done a major push to feature international emerging and up and coming designers. Grant it, this may be due to the fact that heavy-hitter names, such as DVF, Michael Kors, and more, have been pulling out of MBFW over the last few seasons to showcase offsite. This is not necessarily a bad thing. Young, emerging & up and coming designers have embraced the new culture of fashion, and with these gaps in the time slot of MBFW, they now have an opportunity to bring their designs to the masses. Designers such as Libertine, Oudifu, Vivienne Hu, Mark & Estel, Falguni & Shane Peacock are just a few brands that have now become MBFW household names.

The real first emergence of black and white combinations showed up on Day 5 of New York Fashion Week, starting with Lela Rose’s runway for spring. Lela Rose featured bold gingham and polka dot prints in black and white. Carolina Herrera favored the color red in her collection, infusing single, and ginormous red flowers on white fabric. The popular all white ensembles also showed up in CH’s runway, and like Victoria Beckham the day before her, Carolina Herrera featured a dark hue of purple, which is unexpected for Spring! 

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Dennis Basso opened his collection with a dedication to the late Joan Rivers. All of us at and our media partners send our condolences to Joan’s friends and family. In typical, Basso style, his collection featured fur! Surprisingly there wasn’t as much fur as some of his previous collections, but there was fur nonetheless. Reem Acra has the best name in the world for a fashion designer! Her name makes me think of fabric! Reem created looks that featured tons of sparkle and shine. The audience collectively let out ooohs and aahhs as the amazing gowns just kept coming. 

Dennis Basso Spring 2015 - Photo Credit:
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UNIQUE FIND: Johnson Harting’s Libertine 
Johnson is the designer behind the label Libertine. Every season I discover new brands…well at least they are new to me. This was my first time seeing Libertine clothes and I had no idea what was in store! As soon as the lights went down, I knew I was in for a treat. The models came storming out one after the other, to upbeat, pop culture tunes, while wearing the wildest street wear looks imaginable. Wild but functional and fun. There were tons of colors, fabrics, and 3D enhancements on the clothes. To finish the show, Johnson led his models around the room in true party walk style. The audience, who simply loved the collection, cheered and clapped for the final walk. Johnson’s clothes may not be for everybody…especially the faint at heart, but watching the show and viewing his creativity is definitely exciting! 

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Written by Shalanda Turner, Style Editor