Culture Piece Magazine had a birthday, and in true Culture Piece fashion, we threw a party! On June 18th, Can Can Wonderland was the venue of choice for an eclectic and unconventional fashion show. With a slew of amazing POC designers, performers, models, and production, Culture Piece stuck true to their promise in creating another fashionable event that also serves as a safe space for POC & the LGBT community!
This fashion show was all about the color and energy, and our featured designers went above and beyond! Of course we had to bring back our girl, Hawwaa Ibrahim of Project Runway Junior Season 2. With her K-POP inspired collection, she left the audience in awe. This is her last show before she goes off to her dream school, FIT in New York, and we couldn't be prouder! Bris Carbajal, designer of local line, “Yessenya”, showcased 3 looks from a fusion collection which she likes to call “Frida Walks the White Sands”. If you've seen Bris’ work before then you know she ALWAYS delivers; you might even remember her from a Culture Piece editorial awhile back titled, “Yessenya”. Our final designer was newcomer Cam, who somehow managed to create & style a full collection in about 2 hours! With edgy and raunchy ready-to-wear looks, I can guarantee you'll turn heads in any piece.
These amazing collections wouldn't be complete without killer hair and makeup, of course. Our lead hairstylist, Dre Demry-Sanders, did what she does best, setting the standards on what runway hair should be! Lead makeup artist, Yanna Jordan kept color the main focus, giving each model looks you'd only find in the top beauty magazines.
It wouldn't be a Culture Piece show without a few amazing performers! My good friend and singer, Tariq Massie, had his debut performance to public & I honestly feel sorry for you if you didn't experience this. His voice could very well be one from the angels, at least that's what it seemed like from his soulful performance. Singer-songwriter & poet, Dua Saleh, made another appearance with Culture Piece Magazine, this time instead of a photo shoot, an otherworldly performance that engaged the entire room. Our final artist of the evening was singer-songwriter, rapper, & producer, DJ/FRND. Y'all. There's no reason why one man should be blessed with the talent that he has! If you liked what you heard, stay tuned because this will not be his final appearance with Culture Piece Magazine! The whole event was tied together by the always litty, DJ WNDRLND. No one has an ear for music and an eye for art like WNDRLND!
Of course I can't sign off without giving the biggest of thanks to our amazing sponsors and partners! Niquee Collections and Ethereal Sol, made our gift bags one of a kind, thank you! Can Can Wonderland, we can't thank you enough for your generosity and hospitality to Culture Piece Magazine.
It's been one helluva year for Culture Piece Magazine and I wouldn't trade it for the world. Thank you to all of my readers and supporters for believing in a couple broke ass, black ass teenagers who had the bright idea of creating a company with no money! Thank you to my partner in crime & co founder, Pierre Ware, for making this magazine more than I could've ever imagined. If y’all thought this year was good, just wait till you see what's in store for us in the coming year!
Words by Maya Clark
Photographs by Pierre Ware
Hair by Dre Demry-Sanders & Tamia Daye
Makeup by Yanna Jordan & Alicia McDonald