While people scurried to get into shows by top designers, the streets was where most of the excitement thrived. It was the intersection of emerging and established bloggers, designers, photographers and the like. It’s where culture really came alive, new friendships brewed and unforgettable conversations took place.
Here are some of my favorite street style captures and moments from Day 1 (Sept., 4, 2014):
Stay tuned for my top captures from days 2, 6 and 8 (yea, I missed a few days), and for even more, follow the blog on Instagram @pensandpumps.
“If you’re on a bad date and want out, start talking about monetary policy.”
Steve Forbes joked about monetary policy, but that’s just how destructive he says it can be on the global economy.
The chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes Media, who rocked a green tie and clutched a green pen, spoke Wednesday to a room full of entrepreneurs at AlleyNYC, a co-working space for early-stage entrepreneurs, about his new book, “Money,” co-authored by Elizabeth Ames.
“The purpose of the book is to strip away the curtain on money and monetary policy,” Forbes said, mentioning a stagnant U.S. economy. “One of the problems is that economics has been latent with equations and a lot of jargon; it gets in the way of understanding what money is about.”
Although there are many important aspects of the economy, Forbes said monetary policy should be the top priority.
“If the economy doesn’t get monetary policy right, nothing else matters,” he said. “You can get it right on taxes. You can get it right on regulation. You can get it right on government spending. But if you don’t get the money right, you’re in trouble.”
Forbes opened up the floor for a Q&A session and attendees presented concerns such as bitcoin, whether higher education was necessary to be successful, and acquiring new clients in a competitive industry.
“Bitcoin is a high tech cry for help,” he said.
“As a leader, don’t do everything,” he said to another. “It’s not going to get far, even if you can do everything– successful companies are partnerships.”
Yuko Nakanishi, who owns a research and consulting business, was in attendance and agreed that partnerships were vital in her success so far.
She said it was “difficult and challenging” when she started in 2005, but making connections with other businesses, attending conferences and joining professional organizations helped push her forward.
But what resonated with her the most was Forbes statement that business-owners shouldn’t follow their emotions when trying to invest in their company.
“It’s tough,” she said. “But I have to be objective.”
The session wrapped up with a book-signing– unfortunately, with no checks– and, of course, selfies.
Essence Magazine took New York Fashion Week to the streets yesterday with a family-friendly block party in Brooklyn.
The free event, hosted under the Manhattan Bridge archway in Dumbo, celebrated street style with celebrity guests such as Jazmine Sullivan and ESSENCE Street Style Closet Crush Award recipient Tracee Ellis Ross, who strutted down the stage during a street style fashion show.
The work of Brooklyn-based artist Ron Bass, who “artistically styled” a 2015 Chevy Cruze, was also on display alongside clothing, food and jewelry vendors, a face painting station and live hair and makeup sessions.
And there’s no such thing as a block party without a dance off. Attendees were invited up on the stage in pairs to showcase their moves as DJ Oliva dropped the beats.
Happy Birthday, Michael!
Today marks what would’ve been the King of Pop’s 56th birthday. Last weekend, Spike Lee hosted an annual celebration at the Bedstuy Restoration Plaza to commemorate him.
Borough President Eric Adams made an appearance and spoke about how the star impacted his life.
“Michael taught me something that really internalized in me: don’t live by labels,” Adams said. “Everybody wanna tell you how to live your life. Live your life the way you want to live it so you won’t have to live life in regret.”
With each iconic song that played, people couldn’t help but move their feet. A dance circle formed in the middle of the crowd, and there were even a few MJ impersonators around to usher in the mood.
Lee also used a few of Michael’s songs to honor Mike Brown, John Crawford III and Eric Garner– unarmed black men who had been killed by authorites.
People waved illustrated signs of the young men side to side as the DJ played “They Don’t Care About Us” and “Man in the Mirror.”
Lee said he felt like they were songs that “Michael wrote for what the situation is today.”
Tell us how you’re celebrating Michael’s birthday and share your favorite song! And check out birthday.michaeljackson.com where people are using the hashtag #MJWeAreOne on Instagram to honor him.
Thousands of people without a care in the world flocked to Brooklyn this weekend for AFROPUNK Fest.
The multicultural festival, which caters to young people who deviate from the norm, celebrated 10 years at Commodore Barry Park with another awesome round of musicians, artists, designers, food and more.
We’ve captured some heart-warming memories in motion during the two-day fiesta.
And here are some of our favorite stills from the event:
The world stopped spinning today as Instagram experienced “technical difficulties,” resulting in a two-hour withdrawal from the photo app.
In its absence, users vented to their next best friend, Twitter.
Twitter bout to be live. Instagram down.
— Nirvana (@_dimplesforDays) August 28, 2014
Many used humor to relieve the pain.
I think instagram is taking a really long shit 🙊
— Face Like Gomez (@bleedinggomez) August 28, 2014
Some had to turn to plan B to see what their friends were having for dinner, one of the biggest issues yet.
Instagram is down. Are people able to eat?
— Shayma Saadat (@SpiceSpoon) August 28, 2014
I just drank a latte but couldn’t post it to Instagram cause #instagramnotworking. So did I really drink a latte?
— Carlos Whittaker (@loswhit) August 28, 2014
For others, a more serious issue was at hand: no work.
When Instagram isn’t working I’m not working
— Stuff White Ppl Say (@WhitePplQuote) August 28, 2014
Instagram isn’t working. Tons of ‘Models’ are out of a job right now.
— Corey (@CoreyKeyz) August 28, 2014
No one should ever have to deal with this type of pain, right?
You should never have to ask yourself or anyone the question “Why isn’t Instagram working?”
— Pete Davidson (@petedavidson) August 28, 2014