I traveled to LA for the first time ever this past weekend and it was a blast! LA has always been on my list of places to go for the longest, so it was great to finally head to the West coast. The weather wasn’t as warm as I would’ve loved it to be especially coming from the wintry temperatures of the East coast. I was hoping to catch 80 degree temps or more, but it turned out to be a bit cooler than that. A group of us from the Fashion Bomb crew made our way to LA to attend Claire and Ty’s(Beyonce’s former stylist) cocktail event held at the Sofitel LA. Thankfully, it was a warm and beautiful day for the event; I might’ve even gotten a little sun-kissed (I feel like I cheated getting my tan a little earlier).
Cocktails with Claire & Ty Hunter LA was a two-part event that started off with a ‘Breaking into Fashion’ panel that consisted of celebrity stylists’ Bryon Javar, Ade Samuel, and Deonte Nash. The second component was all about cocktails and networking. The room was a sea of fashion enthusiasts eager to take in every bit they could; I loved skimming the room to see all the hot fashion.
The panel was moderated by Claire and provided tons of insightful advice. The panelists held nothing back when asked to dish about their budding careers and the journey that led them to their esteemed positions. Bryon Javar and Ade Samuel were my favorites out the bunch. They provided a wealth of knowledge that you wouldn’t find elsewhere.
All in all, it was an extremely informative event for those who aspire to succeed in the fashion world. At one point, Ty took over and took us to church. His key advice was to always stay humble, “It’s not about you, it’s about your client”. From the moment he opened his mouth he captivated the entire room! He had us all dying of laughter as he laid down the law.
The panelists did a great job knocking down one of the biggest misconceptions of fashion, which is that it’s all glamourous. From what I gathered, you’d really have to love it enough to do all the grunt work that comes along with it. Ty also touched on how being a stylist to Destiny’s Child & Beyonce did not grant him access to certain privileges as a veteran stylist. It was a bit heartbreaking to hear how someone who has paid their dues to the industry still has to struggle with inequality.
Once the panel was over, folks started to mingle and have fun. Though I was running around like a mad woman helping out, it was great to stop and chat with attendees. I even had a chance to chat it up with Lil Mama, who stopped me to ask where I got my top from. Goo Goo Atkins also stopped me to compliment me on my outfit. Most women have a hard time complimenting one another and it was nice that these ladies didn’t let their status stop them from being kind.
The chevron multicolored skirt I chose to wear was one that was hanging in my closet for over a year. I only wore it once and almost forgot I had it. It was my hefty spring cleaning that brought it back to memory. Clearing out all the unnecessary has led to a more functional closet. Once all was said and done, I got rid of 4-5 trash bags worth of unwanted/unused clothes that I gave away to charity. I also sold some to a few of you via Snapchat (I’ll do more from time to time to keep my closet revolving).
Anyway, once I saw the skirt I knew it would be perfect for sunny LA, then I glanced over at my shoes and realized I had a pair of sandals with orange and pink tassels that matched perfectly with the skirt. All that was left was to find the perfect top. Since my skirt was pencil, I knew I wanted to pair it with something that had volume. The bell sleeve trend is one I had been wanting to get my hands on, so I started with that concept first. I browsed online for not even a second and found the perfect top which was also off the shoulder and added a great feminine touch! See outfits deets below!
Skirt- Asos Chevron Skirt (Sold Out)
Shoes- Asos (old)