Be Inspired! The 2014 GWB Ball Fashion Guide

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I promised to share a bit of my fashion knowledge with you guys for the GWB Ball. I am super stoked and just over all excited to be going again this year. The team did a fantastic job by chosing the Fillmore in Silver Spring this year. Last year I was so impressed with how glamorous you all looked, and this year I am expecting even more, because Sunny Kamara of Restycle and I will certainly be picking out the Best Dressed Men and Women!!  Have you gotten your tickets yet?  Get yours online HERE and for more information, follow them online HERE.

The  GWB COMMISION. Thanks for having us again.

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The past couple of years,  Jean Claude and I have done some posts to cover the ball. Check them HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and finally HERE 

This year, I am share some of my favorite tailors, make-up artist, hair stylists, my favorite stores to get deals, my favorite online stores, and finally if you are ready to splurge, I have 10 amazing gowns you can splurge on. Let the fashion begin.

Tailors

I think you all know I work almost exclusively with Mr Mohamed. He is amazing period. He knows how to tailor a dress to show off a woman’s body and it works perfectly each time for me. For last minute orders, contact him directly @ 301 605 1592 and tell him you found him on here for great deals :). I also love the work of Ugandan designer Solome. Great great pieces.Contact her on 410.300.3532 . If you are a tailor or if you know of any other tailors, kindly inbox me; info@africanluxurymag.com

Gowns from Mr Mohamed.

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Gowns from Solome

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Make -up Artists

There at tons of great make up artists around the area, these are the numbers of some. I have worked with some of them and  others were recommended by friends. Click on their names below to make an appointment.

Jessica, ChrisWarren, Tristan, and Efy, Nefer, and Ami and Nicole

Hair

If you need to order any beautiful Brazillian hair, I would suggest you contact the following people. I have been using their products for a few years and trust me its awesome. Of course there is no hair  that does not shed, but this is extremely minimal shedding and I brush my hair a lot.

Sanna Ville & Efy. For custom wigs, message Efy. 

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Deals on gowns.

If you think it may be more convinient to purchase a ready made gown, and do not want to splurge, then here are a few suggestions for you.

Neiman Marcus Last Call: This place is a God send to me. I honestly believe every time I am there I get phenomenal deals. The gowns may be a season or two old but trust me, you would look ready carpet ready in a few minutes with a well designed gown from Neimans. Try the one in Potomac Mills and Anne Arundel Mall in Maryland. I almost died for their Monique L’huillier gowns the last time I was there.

Nordstroms Rack: Personally I believe I have the best one around my house. They know me a little too well I think. Try the one in Dulles Town Center, Potomac Mills, Fairfax, or in Columbia Mall area.

Saks Off 5th: I also suggest the one in Potomac Malls. They have really awesome pieces.

Online

If you dont like dealing with the malls, I totally understand.

Here are a few of my favorite online stores. Obviously Net a Porter is my first choice, but if you are looking for a steal, go to their sister site Outnet.com

Some of my other online favorites are : Shop Bop, Matches Fashion, Ssense, Forward by Elyse Walker, Farfetch and Luisa Viaroma, Boutique 1.

Other frequents of mine, are ASOS,

I know we love us some trains on our gowns, but this year, I decided we should mix it up a bit. I think we want to socialize and dance a bit more rather than looking down each minute to  make sure someone is not pulling our trains off or we are not stepping on someone else’s. These gowns are mainly for inspiration, but feel free to splurge on them.

J. Mendel V-Neck Lace Gown with Pockets

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J. Mendel V-Neck Lace Gown with Pockets

Oscar de la Renta Strapless Cutaway Embroidered Gown

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Oscar de la Renta Strapless Cutaway Embroidered Gown

Alexander McQueen Pleated Harness-Back Gown and 3D Beaded Waist Belt

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Alexander McQueen Pleated Harness-Back Gown and 3D Beaded Waist Belt

Elie Saab Sheer-Skirt Lace Long-Sleeve Gown

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Elie Saab Sheer-Skirt Lace Long-Sleeve Gown

Carolina Herrera Strapless Belted Rose-Print Ball Gown

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Carolina Herrera Strapless Belted Rose-Print Ball Gown

Oscar de la Renta Strapless Lace Tulle High-Low Gown

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Oscar de la Renta Strapless Lace Tulle High-Low Gown

Monique Lhuillier Silk Gown with Embroidered Tulle

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Monique Lhuillier Silk Gown with Embroidered Tulle

Jason Wu Lace & Tulle Trumpet Gown with Train

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Jason Wu Lace & Tulle Trumpet Gown with Train

Naeem Khan Beaded Embroidered Feather Skirt Gown

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Naeem Khan Beaded Embroidered Feather Skirt Gown

Valentino Embroidered Silk Organza Gown White Green

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Valentino Embroidered Silk Organza Gown White Green