Traveler, writer, reviewer, all-round observer. I like anything cool & fast, but occasionally sit at a cafe watching the world go by.
Founder/Executive Producer of Rainbow Fashion Week, E. Jaguar Beckford is a former entertainment attorney who has provided contract administration for SONY, produced music festivals for Rachelle Farrell, Stan Getz, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Etta James, and BB King and even worked with Nancy Wilson. She traveled to Senegal, then onto South Africa and opened a restaurant in Johannesburg. She’s shopped the music demos of Chrisette Michelle, Lloyd, Shaliek Rivers, Cory Gunz and Lyfe Jennings and has litigated for Eric B and Rakim. She was hired to produce the largest outdoor concert at Independence Square Accra, Ghana and produced Ghana’s very first “official” theater stage play called “Romantic Nonsense.” In 2013, Jaguar launched Jaguar and Company Clothier where she presently designs “male identified” clothing for women. Her work has appeared on Cathy Lee and Hoda, Steven Spielberg’s Red Carpet event for the Lucky Seven premiere, VH1’s Mob Wives, Hip Hop sensation Smiff n’ Wesson, many periodicals, editorials and presented her line in several New York Fashion Week events.
Producer of “Inside The Celebrity Closet” Eric Santiago is a fashion stylist, personal shopper, and wardrobe consultant based in New York City. With more than 10 years of fashion experience under his belt, He has worked with major and independent recording labels, Grammy award recipients, modeling agencies, fashion designers, photographers, and celebrities. His mission has always been to develop individual style and create that image. Interpreting the client’s ideas and needs by accentuating their best features and presenting them with exquisite taste and flair, are his greatest talents. Now adding to his list of talent Eric peeks into the closets of Celbrities and amazing designers 3 years in a row as Producer of Rainbow Fashion Week “Inside The Celebrity Closet”
What started as a concept in 2013, Rainbow Fashion Week NY is now a force of nature, punctuating the meaning of “Loud and Proud” as a fashion statement. This year’s Inside The Celebrity Closet hosted by Mob Wives Karen Gravano was a hot ticket event!
It began with a recital dedicated to the Orlando victims -a senseless act of violence that ended so many lives. To liven up the evening, Lexz Pryde captured the audience with her hit song Elements. After a second intro dedicating the show to Body Dismorphic Disorder, and two more singing performances, the fashion models began their runway walk.
Isolicious’ Black & White collection led the program with full figure models in shimmering fabric perfect for any evening event. Pretty in Pearlz Black & White Collection ended the first half of the show with body hugging outfits, shimmering evening wear, and jumpsuits designed to show off the body for an evening affair. The men’s collections were modern street and club wear, tastefully blending black and white colors that was anything but drab.
Midway through the program, veiled and masked dancers marched in and impressed the crowd with their synchronized moves. What started with three electrifying performers, led to an amazing troupe of a dozen dancers. Next up came Bianca Bonnie, aka Young B, performing her famous 2006 online sensation Chicken Noodle Soup, but it didn’t stop there. She showed the crowd she’s still a lyrical sensation with her freestyle rap dedicating it to Rainbow Fashion Week.
For the second half of the evening, Glamour Queenz Black & White collection adorned their models ranging from the petite to the full-figured. The next collection, Aval by Lava with its sexy Couture Collection, drew attention to the wearer’s figure with sheer outfits, flowing layers, low-cut dresses, and the icing of the cake was a body-hugging white gown and hanging jewels. Ending the evening’s program was Brian Lane’s all male Couture Collection which showed off its tough street-wear style by mixing black leather and fabric.
Combining fashion with awareness toward causes, made it a great evening for Inside The Celebrity Closet. After this evening’s success, a great many including myself, are looking forward to next year’s RFWNY!