What: Indiana Black Expo's Summer Celebration fashion show,
featuring Paris designer Mike Sylla and more than a dozen Indiana-based
designers and boutique owners.
When: 3 to 4 p.m. July 18.
Where: Hall H, Indiana Convention Center.
Cost: Free with admission ticket to IBE's Summer Celebration exhibit
hall ($10 at the door).
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Courtesy of Nikki Blaine
Indianapolis designer Nikki Blaine, of Nikki Blaine Couture, will feature 10-12 pieces at the "Fashion Here and Now" IBE fashion show.
It was a standing-room only crowd of
hundreds of fashion enthusiasts during last year's Indiana Black Expo fashion
show, when Project Runway alum and runner-up
Korto Momolu showed her Summer 2014 Collection.
This year's edition is primed for a
Here & Now will feature the cutting-edge, painted leather creations of Paris
designer and Senegal native Mike Sylla. His Baifall Dream Collection is just
one of the many designs that will hit the runway on the Interactive Stage
inside Hall H at the Indiana Convention Center.
The show will also feature innovative
looks from more than a dozen Indiana-based designers, boutique owners and
students, offering everything from colorful and artistic bow ties to
Afro-contemporary ready-to-wear designs.
That fashion lovers flock to this event
each year speaks to the caliber of its participating designers and the growth
of Indianapolis' fashion scene, says Nikki Blaine, who promises a
"We get so caught up in the
mainstream, and we often overlook those designers that are offering a fresh,
cutting-edge take on fashion, but that's exactly what this show is about," she
says. "There's a renewed energy for fashion in Indianapolis, and many of the
emerging designers and the major schools offering fashion (courses and majors)
is helping to birth that interest."
The designer and owner of Nikki
Blaine Couture, which she describes as "glam chic," will feature 10 to 12 of her
own looks with a focus on what she's calling a "resort feel "
of bright, neon colors.
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Courtesy of Mike Sylla
Designer Mike Sylla brings his Baifall Dream collection to the "Fashion Here and Now" Indiana Black Expo Fashion show on July 18 at the Indiana Convention Center.
For the last five years, Blaine has
served as a fashion show committee member and the mastermind behind selecting
the designers who participate in the annual show.
But just like any major event, it
takes an all-hands-on-deck approach to bring this annual event to life, says IBE
fashion show coordinator and celebrity stylist Nicole Rene.
The Indianapolis native, who has
styled everyone from rapper and actor Nelly to professional athletes, says her
volunteer team -- which selects the designers to the models and hair and makeup
professionals --pulls out all the stops each year to create an exciting program.
In their eyes, no job is seen as
too big or small.
"During the show, I'm backstage
helping with models, designers and doing whatever it takes," says Rene, "I know
how to play a role and do what's needed at that moment."
Rene has been involved with the
fashion show for 10 years -- the first five as a stylist and assisting
backstage, and the last five as coordinator.
Each year, she says the show is
more exciting and the fashions more cutting-edge.
"We want the show to be more
couture and high fashion," says Rene.
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Courtesy of Mike Sylla
Paris designer and Senegal native Mike Sylla is the featured designer for this year's Indiana Black Expo fashion show, "Fashion Here and Now."
Having an international designer
such as Sylla, who has shown at Fashion Week Paris
and Miami Fashion Week, and whose pieces have been in some of the most esteemed
fashion magazines in the world, solidifies both the "high fashion" and
Sylla's presence also raises the
bar for the other designers in the show, including herself, says Blaine. "This
gives (us) an opportunity to compare (ourselves) to an international designer."
In addition to sharing the stage
with Sylla, IBE's fashion show provides a platform for local designers to
showcase their skills, creativity and aesthetic to a large, diverse crowd. It
also offers them a chance to interact with the audience immediately after the
show and sell their designs.
That's not something you see at
most high-end, couture fashion shows.
"It's all about seeing it today and
wearing it tomorrow," says Rene.
"For local and (emerging)
designers, this is amazing opportunity, and it's definitely needed," says
Blaine, about the platform. "It's such a challenge (when you're a new
designer), and I understand the grind and the process."
45th annual Summer
If fashion isn't your thing, there
are many other ways to enjoy Indiana Black Expo's Summer Celebration. For more
events, visit www.ibeonline.com. Here
are a few to try:
Music Heritage Festival
IEditor's Update: This concert is cancelled due to weather conditions
For years, music lovers have staked
out their spot in the lawn days in advance for this annual outdoor concert.
This year's entertainment includes performances by Black Street, Al Hudson
& One Way, and The Original Lakeside. It will be a night of '90s jams and
When: 6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. July 17.
Where: American Legion Mall, 700 N. Pennsylvania St.
Cost: Free for lawn seating; $40 VIP wristband.
Cultural Arts Gallery
Explore visual art and history under
one roof inside the Cultural Arts Gallery through exhibits from various Indiana
arts institutions, including Herron School of Art & Design, Harrison Center
for the Arts, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Indiana
African American Genealogy Group, Indiana Historical Society, Freetown Village
and the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and
When: Noon to 9 p.m. July 17-18; Noon to 7 p.m. July 19.
Where: Indiana Convention Center, Hoosier Corridor Rooms 130-135.
Cost: Free with admission to the Indiana Convention Center ($10 at
Courtesy of Mike Sylla
The IBE Fashion Show is from 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 18, inside Hall H at the Indiana Convention Center.
IBE Music Heritage
It will be a night of old-school
soul music when Patti Labelle and The Isley Brothers (featuring Ron and Ernie
Isley) take the stage at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The '80s crooner El Debarge will also be performing.
When: 8 p.m. July 18.
Where: Bankers Like Fieldhouse, 125 S. Pennsylvania St..
Each year, Indiana Black Expo
closes out Summer Celebration with a high-energy gospel show. Hosted by
Christian comedian Small Fry, this year's concert features performances by Donald
Lawrence, Rickey Dillard, Dorenda Clark-Cole, Tasha
Page-Lockhart and Dewayne Woods.
When: 3 to 6:30 p.m. July 19.
Where: Indiana Convention Center, Sagamore Ballroom.
Nigerian fashion designer Yemisi Sanni creates authentic Afro-contemporary clothing to give every woman "a piece of unique." Glimpse her latest work on the runway Saturday at the Black Expo Fashion Show.
Bio: Shelby Roby-Terry has worked as a journalist for more than 20 years and served as a reporter and editor at several papers throughout Indiana and New Orleans, Louisiana. She is founder and owner of The Forty Group, an Indianapolis-based PR, Marketing and Event Planning agency. During her spare time, Shelby...Shelby Roby-Terry has worked as a journalist for more than 20 years and served as a reporter and editor at several papers throughout Indiana and New Orleans, Louisiana. She is founder and owner of The Forty Group, an Indianapolis-based PR, Marketing and Event Planning agency. During her spare time, Shelby loves reading, traveling and hanging out with family and friends. She also volunteers throughout the community and serves on several boards for local not-for-profit agencies.more
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