Essence First-Ever Street Style Block Party & Awards Celebrates Real Women With Great Style During New York Fashion Week

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Essence First-Ever Street Style Block Party & Awards Celebrates Real

Women With Great Style During New York Fashion Week

NEW YORK, Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- ESSENCE today announced its

first-ever Street Style Block Party & Awards; celebrating real women

with great style during New York Fashion Week.  The day-long

extravaganza--fusing music, fashion, art, shopping and food--will take

place on September 7, 2014 in Brooklyn, NY, at The Dumbo Archway Under

the Manhattan Bridge at Water Bridge and Anchorage Place from Noon to

5:00 pm, followed by a private Street Style Awards dinner honoring

four female innovators in fashion: celebrity stylist June Ambrose,

actress Tracee Ellis Ross, designer Azede Jean-Pierre, and

photographer/fashion blogger Tamu McPherson. During the block party,

there will also be special guest appearances by TV personality,

fashion designer and ESSENCE Street Style Fashion Show co-host Vanessa

Simmons, and multi-Grammy nominated singer Jazmine Sullivan.

"As one of the most popular editorial franchises within ESSENCE

magazine and on Essence.com, Street Style applauds real women and

fashion taste-makers who are setting the trends and bringing

inspiration from the catwalk to the sidewalk," said ESSENCE

editor-in-chief Vanessa K. Bush. "The ESSENCE Street Style Block Party

& Awards not only puts real women front and center with a unique

celebration of self-expression, but adds a fresh, fierce element to

New York Fashion Week for fans and influencers alike."

Throughout the day, the ESSENCE Street Style Block Party will feature

a mix of music, fashion, art and culture:

-- DJs and a live musical performance

-- Runway shows showcasing the best of street style, co-hosted by

Vanessa Simmons, host of Lifetime's new fashion competition series

Threads

-- Art installations and curated shopping and eating experiences with

local designers and vendors

-- Style tips and beauty zone offering makeovers and consultations

-- Plus, face painting and fun for the kids!

Partners for the ESSENCE Street Style Block Party & Awards include

Chevrolet, SheaMoisture and the City of New York.  An exclusive

Chevrolet art installation by designers Kimberly Goldson, Ron Bass,

and Melody Ehsani will showcase custom-wrapped 2015 Chevrolet Cruze

vehicles--on display leading up to and during the Street Style Block

Party.   In addition, attendees can experience SheaMoisture's A Better

Way To Beautiful Cosmetics Collection at the Street Style Block Party

with trend-setting eye and lip makeup applications.  SheaMoisture will

also provide mini massages and hair styling.

Later that evening, a private dinner will salute the ESSENCE Street

Style Awards honorees who weigh-in with their personal interpretation

of street style:

-- Celebrity Stylist June Ambroseas 'Style Disrupter': "My street

style is fun & flirty, it says I don't take myself too seriously and

style is about expression! I'm happy & when I hit the street I want

people to feel what I feel from first glance!"

-- Actress Tracee Ellis Rossas 'Closet Crush': "Sometimes I let my

clothes do the talking. The theme changes with my mood and my

intention, which ranges from bold to understated and sincere, but

always expresses my energy. I use clothes to shine or hide. Overall

I'm guided by comfort and ease with some flair."

-- Designer Azede Jean-Pierreas 'Designer to Watch': "The goal of each

collection is to design cool & innovative clothes that our woman can

live in. We're always debating whether a garment is both visually

interesting as well as practical. The easiest way to discern this is

by looking to the street and dissecting the current street style."

-- Fashion Blogger/Photographer Tamu McPhersonas 'Curator of Cool': "I

love observing stylish people. My subjects are an endless source of

inspiration for myself and for my readers - Plus it's pretty

incredible that I get to fall "in love" over and over again through my

street style photography."

-- Cast your vote here to select one winner of the ESSENCE 'Street

Style Maven' Award from among the 10 chic finalists chosen by ESSENCE

editors from previous ESSENCE Street Style galleries and photo

submissions from around the country

For more information, visit Essence.com/streetstyle. Follow us on

Twitter and Instagram @essencemag, Essence Online on Facebook and

#ESSENCEstyle to see Street Style Block Party looks and photos.

About Essence Communications Inc.: Essence Communications Inc. (ECI)

is the number one media company dedicated to African-American women,

with a multi-platform presence in publishing, live events, and

online.  The company's flagship publication, ESSENCE magazine, is the

preeminent lifestyle magazine for African-American women; generating

brand extensions such as the ESSENCE  Festival, ESSENCE Black Women in

Hollywood and Black Women in Music, Window on Our Women and Smart

Beauty consumer insights series, the ESSENCE Book Club, Essence.com,

and ventures in digital media (mobile, television and VOD). For 44

years, ESSENCE, which has a brand reach of nearly 11 million, has been

the leading source of cutting-edge information and specific solutions

relating to every area of African-American women's lives.  Additional

information about ECI and ESSENCE is available at www.essence.com.

SOURCE ESSENCE Magazine

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/CONTACT: Dana Baxter, ESSENCE, 212-522-1634, dbaxter@essence.com, or Sheila Harris, ESSENCE, 212-522-1089, sharris@essence.com

/Web Site: http://www.essence.com

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