Essence Fashion House Recap

What an amazing Essence Festival Weekend VIP LUX Salon had!


VIP Luxury Hair Founder, Ashanti Lation, (@viphair_Ashanti) was selected to put together a strong team of stylists to curate looks for Essence Festivals first ever Fashion House. Ashanti's team of stylists worked alongside Face by Trace Makeup (@facebytrace), (@1jenaewilliams), (@mickeymick_), (@touchedbyteartistry) and Haus of Luxe Styling to make up what they called, the dream team. 40 models, 8 hair stylists, 5 makeup artists and 18 designers came together 3 full days to produce Essence Festivals debut runway show. Special shoutout to the VIP team of stylists: Emika (@hairtherapybyemika), Redd (@nvuefstyled_redd), Dawn (@dawndollsvip), Krissy (@krissybrisco), Tia Grant (@tiagrantbeauty), Jessie (@jessibchiq), Terez @mrsordon3), and Zoe (@the_ceo_zoe).


The 3-day event that took place in New Orleans, La on July 5th-7th featured runway shows, live conversations, and pop-up shops. Under one roof of Gallier Hall you saw the sights of Dapper Dan in Gucci head-to-toe, exquisite fashions from around the world, and the essence of #blackgirlmagic from each attendee. The experience for our stylist was said to be "fun-filled; yet, challenging.", according to Dawn. She explains there was a total of 40 models who needed different looks for each of the many runway shows. "Our team experienced last minute hair changes. One of the models had a pixie cut; yet, the designer requested long slicked ponytails. We had to transform these models and did so effortlessly...or so it looked", she jokingly said. With support from each other, VIP Lux team were able to execute each look that strutted the runway.

We asked the stylists 'What was the most rewarding moment of the Essence Fashion House experience?'.

       "Working with the Black talent, all the way down to production. The makeup team, the stunning models, designers from across the world. We formed a bond in those dressing rooms that I will cherish forever." Krissy said. 



Our VIP team had a pleasurable time showcasing their skills and efficiency at the 25th Essence Festival's Fashion House. To sum up Vip Lux Salons experience, we're going to include an uplifting message that Ashanti Lation shared on her instagram page:  

"Remember to surround yourself with people that understand your energy. Keep your circle full of people that build each other up, full of cool humans that you can be yourself around. People that will fill you up with nothing but love. People that want to succeed and see tip succeed. People that just get it. Good Circle, Positive Vibes, & Good Energy." 

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