Posts in Fashion
AN INSIDE LOOK AT BROOKLYN'S 1st ENVSN FESTIVAL

founded by sharifa murdock + laura stylez, #envsnfest is designed to provide an interactive learning, networking, shopping, and entertainment experience for a multi-generational group of creative female hustlers.

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FROM ARCHITECTURE SCHOOL TO BUILDING STATUS APPAREL DC, WITH GABE MASSALLEY

In city to city, across the world, creatives with healthy entrepreneurial spirits are shifting societal constructs. During this pivotal time, the options are seemingly endless and if opportunities aren't there, new ones are being created by people who are willing to take ownership of their career lives. Among these young innovators is Gabriel Massalley — a Northeast D.C. native who graduated from Temple University with a degree in Architecture, currently holds a full-time job in the field, but spends his time outside of the 9 to 5 window building on his own business.

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20/20 VISION WITH DARLA X ELEPHANT EYES

Created by Kaylyn Hildreth in 2016, Elephant Eyes is an exclusive fashion and accessories brand that caters to the unique individual. The boutique specializes in connecting trendy products to their fashion-forward clients at affordable prices. What sets this brand apart from other trendy accessories boutiques is that they are passionate about marketing and providing exceptional customer service.

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INTERVIEW: BAD PERCEPTION BY OGEMDI OBIWURU + WILL BRAD

Bad Perception is a clothing line that's designing a new way of thinking when it comes to fashion and lifestyle. What started off as a brand in Long Beach, California with a skate culture aesthetic is now becoming a more high-end line of cut and sew garments. Self-taught designers, Ogemdi "Osso" Obiwuru + Will Brad started off hustling $10 T-shirts in local malls and taking risks to get access to industry events filled with their idols.

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BEHIND THE BRAND: ADORNED BY CHI EMPOWERS THE LIFESTYLES OF MISFITS AND MAGICAL GIRLS

Adorned By Chi is a lifestyle brand for misfits and magical girls created by Digital Media Entrepreneur, Jacque Aye. Although she quit her job to pursue a freelance career in social media marketing, blogging, selling e-books, and providing creatives with design services, she still wasn't feeling completely fulfilled... Jacque wanted to embark on a new passion project which resulted in the start of online boutique, Adorned By Chi. Originally a creative outlet for this fun-loving CEO that combined her interest in e-commerce with designing and branding, Adorned By Chi turned into a brand that unapologetically represents quirky, cutesy black women.

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INTERVIEW: FRIDAY BY FRIDAY OPENS UP AND GETS REAL WITH SEASON 6 COLLECTION

Last year, we were introduced to the FRIDAY BY FRIDAY brand as Creative Director + Designer, Friday Lynton prepared to launch her 5th collection, "Season 5." In our first interview with Friday, we discussed the beauty and importance of women empowering each other and how she aims to integrate that message into her unique line of chained objects. This summer, FRIDAY BY FRIDAY is back with a new collection for Season 6 and an even deeper message to convey than last time.

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INTERVIEW: SYDNEY GORE, JOURNALIST

This is the story of Sydney Gore, Journalist and current Assistant Digital Editor for NYLON Magazine. Sydney began nurturing her passion for writing at a very young age and hasn't stopped since. She was kind enough to take the time out of her busy schedule to share her experiences with DARLA this past week, and for anyone interested in pursing a journalism career... You're gonna want to grab some tea and a notebook.

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FRIDAY BY FRIDAY

One of my favorite quotes by Coco Chanel, "In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different," is what immediately came to mind when I learned about Friday Lynton, a Brooklyn born and raised fashion designer and owner of FRIDAY BY FRIDAY. After attending LIM College in Midtown Manhattan, Friday ventured out to create a brand of her own that is different from any other I've ever seen. She combined her knowledge of business with her creativity and love for fashion to create FRIDAY BY FRIDAY — a line of handcrafted clothing and objects made from chains.

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DEAR LANEY: THE RAD GIRL BRUNCH

On Sunday June 12, 2016 DARLA Magazine had the opportunity to host Dear Laney's Rad Girl Brunch at a private venue in Philadelphia. The brunch included a great breakfast buffet with bottomless mimosas as well as a showcase of the new Dear Laney summer collection, 4PM in Napa. As the collection was being shown to all of the Rad Girls in attendance, DARLA held a live interview with Dear Laney's owner and designer, Cali. Cali launched Dear Laney in 2013 as a vintage-inspired line that was a reflection of her personal interests and enthusiasm for vintage clothing. She is a self-taught designer (with some help from YouTube) and she combined her love for fashion with photography, blogging, and people-watching to create the Dear Laney brand.

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RALYKS BY SKYLAR MARSHAI

Imagine being a 19-year old lingerie designer and fashion student in the concrete jungle, managing a full-time college course work load and every aspect of your own company. (The sketching, buying, sewing, shipping, social networking... Everything!) Imagine that after teaching yourself how to sew at age 13, you launched your own business at age 15, and then enrolled in Parsons School of Design, moving from Atlanta to New York City to take the next steps towards achieving your career goals at age 18. Imagine putting everything you've got on the line to invest in yourself and the alignment of your dreams and real life.

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URBANE BY JASON RICHARDSON

URBANE is a new lifestyle brand under the Avenue Black company created by Jason Richardson — a 24 year old designer and entrepreneur from New Jersey. For SS16 Jason has released two custom-cut "Remission" basketball jerseys + a custom cut "Untitled" hat and linked up with model, Sonya Marin, and photographer, Brandon Almengo, to shoot the look book. Both Jason + Sonya are cancer survivors with inspiring stories about how they have found the strength to keep pushing when the odds were against them.

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IVY COCO: FASHION + LIFESTYLE BLOGGER, BUILDING AN EMPIRE WITH BLACK GIRL MAGIC

As creatives, we all have hobbies and ways of living we genuinely love and hope to transform into our careers someday. For bi-costal style blogger Ivy Coco, it's creative writing and living fearlessly through her fashion sense that she managed to make a career out of. Whether she's in Los Angeles or Philadelphia, Ivy has her mind set on empowering and encouraging people to love + be who they are. With the creation of her blog Ivy Coco, Ivy has been able to inspire young women (especially women of color) who are pursuing similar careers.

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ALICIA PINCKNEY: G.LEON 1938

The world is currently bursting with artistic entrepreneurs, ARTrepreneurs, who are turning what they create into a business of their own and it's totally intriguing to come across a girl whose art is focused on improving the lives of those in need... Men. It's official; menswear by a woman is the new easy ticket to an on-point wardrobe... So get ready for it! (After all, who can style guys better than we can?) This talented designer, from Darla Magazine's home-city, hit the ground running after graduating college and has been currently getting some remarkable international growth and exposure for her brand. Meet Alicia Pinckney, a 24 year old menswear designer from Philadelphia, PA. In 2013 she obtained her BA degree in Fashion Design from Philadelphia University. An admitted nerd/overachiever in school when it came to mathematics and taking on leadership roles, Alicia chose to major in fashion design to embrace her creative side.

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KADE HENDERSON: STYLIST AND ENTREPRENEUR

One of the most naturally inspiring things about this world, to me, is the way a caterpillar turns into a butterfly. Mainly for it's appearance, a female caterpillar would most likely be an overlooked girl in a social setting. It is tiny and worm-like, and the naked eye wouldn't really be able to identify what makes it special and beautiful. But once it matures, grows, and transforms into a something more eye-catching (who it was meant to be)... It becomes clear that there was something amazing inside of that underestimated little caterpillar all along. This evolvement is what came to mind when I learned of a girl who used to be bullied in school by her peers, but who is now a fashion stylist and tastemaker of our generation. It's obvious, with sketching during class after finishing her work early and by developing wide eyes for wardrobe styling due to her family's limited discretionary income, that she was bound to grow to become the person she is today.

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