A LETTER FROM OUR FOUNDER
Rainbow Fashion Week was created to feature nothing ordinary by any standard.
Rainbow Fashion Week (RFW) returns to New York City for its 4th year June 16-23, 2017. This unique series of events has been proclaimed by New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio, as the Official New York City Pride Fashion Event. Over the past 3 years, RFW has attracted thousands of LGBTQ+ supporters, fashion elite attendees, bloggers, buyers, celebrities, top-tier fashion editors, photographers, VIPs and tastemakers with over 6 million impressions.
Hailed by the Huffington Post Gay Voices as one of the premiere Pre-Pride Fashion Events in the nation representative of the LGBTQ community values. RFW has created safe and creative spaces for our entire LGBTQ+ community. Each event delivers a social responsibility message and creates awareness. The aim of RFW is not only to support the business of queer style, the notion of daring to be different while just being yourself but also fosters anti-bulling, anti-domestic violence, body positivity, trans justice, immigration justice, teen homelessness, trafficking, environmental awareness, among other larger issues facing the LGBTQ community at large. After attending a summit at the Hudson Institute, which addressed the destruction of the Himalayan Glaciers, we embraced the Water Keeper Alliance cause to clean up our global water systems. Our present mission is to educate our audience on several social issues destroying our globe and our communities.
As a result, Rainbow Fashion Week became the worlds' first Carbon Neutral Fashion Brand. But we didn't just stop there. RFW is also the worlds' first fashion brand to showcase two double mastectomy breast cancer survivors and a female to male (FTM) 11year old Trans-boy to hit the catwalk, who by the way graced the cover of National Geographic this year.
We are pleased to invite you to participate with us this year. Whatever, you have to offer, your time, attendance, social media posting, production assistance, photography, videography, hair, make-up, styling, catering, sponsorship, helping each one, to reach one and teach one about our causes. Every participation we obtain not only benefits us as a community but also enables us to deliver great social marketing campaigns directly to our audience. There is nothing too small you can offer. So if you are looking for the regular fashion event you are at the wrong place. These are Not Your Average Fashion Shows focusing on the art of fashion, film, art and technology. We Are One Nation Under the Rainbow.
I would like to thank my team for helping us produce these wonderful shows year after year. Together we can all make a difference helping thousands of people to have a platform to showcase their exceptional talents in 8 Days of Queer while changing the world one show at a time.
E. Jaguar Beckford
CEO and Founder of Rainbow Fashion Week
THE RFW TEAM
E. JAGUAR BECKFORD FOUNDER AND CEO
Jaguar 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 travelled 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 theatre 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.
CHARLES RICHARDSON - FIRST PRODUCTION ASSISTANT TO CEO
Charles brings expertise and skill honed during his career working on the production of a variety of media events including Good Morning America, MTV Video Music Awards, and ESPN NFL Draft. In addition to holding professional memberships in IATSE Local 1 and Local 100, NABET, and IBEW Local 3. He holds a BFA in Film and MBA in Media Management. Charles has worked tirelessly in community and service programs as a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.supporting Rainbow Fashion Week Is a great way to expose the talents of otherwise overlooked artists of all types. It is my pleasure to contribute to an event/movement this creative, passionate and positive.
MONICK MONELL PROMOTIONS MANAGER
Monick Monell straight from Brooklyn N.Y. a Brooklynite who believes in uniting our community in all angles. She works for TUV (The Unleashed Voice) magazine as a talent scout and a promoter at night for LGBTQIA events.
Anything New York City Monick has her hands and heart into it. Working alongside NYC Black Pride and collaborating with TUV magazine she has move towards new beginnings and greatness.
Excited to work with Rainbow Fashion Week 2nd time around has open more doors and skills for Monick Monell. She gives her all in gathering models, Photographers and makeup artist from all country and states.
CRISS SMITH - PRODUCTION MANAGER/PRODUCER SPONSORING
Criss is a former senior financial services leader in technology, productions and process improvements, helping clients around the world automate their processes with innovative technology and increase performance of their most vital asset; their people, and their bottom line profits. Helping entrepreneurs and organizations thrive, she touches millions of people lives every day. She is an accomplished senior manager with over two decades of professional experience in several industries and a serial entrepreneur. From a Vice President at Citibank to taking a radical sabbatical to launch her own restaurant, she embraces all challenges. Negotiates successfully with vendors, sponsors and partners, Criss ensures integrity and delivery of solutions with respect to time, budget, scope, and resources. Criss is a visionary and critical thinker; Pro-Active not re-active; a consummate team leader/builder. Criss is passionate about improving processes, production and making this the best year for RFWNY.
GINNI SARASWATI - DIRECTOR OF DIGITAL PUBLIC RELATIONS
Ginni is the media personality and creative management powerhouse you've heard on the airwaves, seen on your TV screens and at many festivals and events around the world. She lives in MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA but feels truly at home taking a bite out of the BIG APPLE. Starting her own international entertainment and events company BLING in 2012, Ginni has risen through the ranks of the Australian media scene to be one of the leading LGBT radio personalities and event and entertainment managers in the merry land of Oz Australia.
MONA ELYAFI - PUBLICITY
Mona Elyafi is the founder and CEO of ILDK Media an independent boutique PR firm specializing in the LGBT Market and dedicated to creating, developing and implementing stand alone publicity & marketing campaigns. With years of PR expertise working with a variety of high profile clients and LGBT special events, ILDK Media has positioned itself as a dominant voice and authority in LGBT oriented publicity campaigns, marketing and social media strategies. Some of her high profiled LGBT campaigns include Valentine (The Real L Word), Michelle C. Bonilla, Tello Films, Antigone Rising, Billie Myers and The Dinah Shore Weekend in Palm Springs, CA. among others. With her formative years spent working at some of the top PR agencies such as The Lee Solters Company, Norman Winter Associate, Luck Media and Marketing as well as Harper PR, Mona Elyafi carries an impressive professional entertainment PR dossier. She has worked on campaigns for the likes of Chaka Khan, Rick James, Lisa Rinna, Taylor Dayne, Chris Tucker, Tommy Davidson, Peter Reckell and Gloria Gaynor, to name a few. Armed with a Master of Arts in journalism from New York University, Elyafi occasionally blogs for the Huffington Post.
ANTHONY JONES - DIRECTOR OF MAKE UP
From top beauty magazines and television networks to national advertising campaigns, countless weddings and some of the most famous faces in fashion and entertainment -- New York make-up artist Anthony Jones is the ultimate expert in make-up artistry. Anthonys' professional experience is broad and far-reaching, an obvious testament to his ability to find and illuminate the beauty in any subject. His work has graced the pages of Glamour, Brides and Essence, and the screens of television shows airing on ABC, NBC, HBO, MTV, VH-1 and BET. Meanwhile the famous faces to which Anthony has provided his flawless touch include Beyonce, Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, Ne-Yo, Eve, Jill Scott, Clive Davis, Angie Stone, Deborah Cox, Nona Gaye, and numerous others. National advertising campaigns for Ashley Stewart, McDonald and General Motors' Ford Focus have also utilized Anthony's expertise.
BRITNI LESH - DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS/PRODUCER
Britni Lesh is a travel and hospitality industry project management professional based in Queens, New York. Originally from the Washington, D.C. metro area, Britni has long been known as a vocal advocate of LGBT rights, having served as Diversity Co-Chair of both the D.C. and Greater NYC Steering Committees of the Human Rights Campaign. When she's not traveling professionally or volunteering with various LGBT Homeless Youth Initiatives in NYC, Britni enjoys Krav Maga (Israeli Self Defense) training and educating herself on the latest developments in holistic wellness and green living.
CHERYL LATHAN (BLUPHOTOART) - DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
My name is Cheryl Lathan, and straight out of Brooklyn born and raised. I have been shooting photography professionally for little over three years now. What I love about photography is that it transcends time and space. You are stopping a moment in time and recording it via your snap shot. Sometimes I look for the mundane in a subject and try to bring to life and make it an art piece. For me, it's easy to take beautiful pictures of models, landscapes, street photography, etc. But that is not my purpose I'm not interested in taking an average picture that everyone can take with his or her cell phone. So, the question I get asked the most is, what type of photographer are you. I always say I'm an artist that so happens to take pictures. Many people were surprised when I picked my camera back up 2 years, and dove head first back into my first love, which is the Arts. I have always been artist, I went to school for art, studied the history of the different periods of art. I so happened to fall in love with the Abstract Expressionist and Impressionist period. So, when I was given an opportunity last year to take some wedding photos in Paris, France. I jumped at the opportunity.
Paris being the Fashion capital of the world, I got a chance to do some street photography, landscape and portraiture. My inspiration comes from my mom and dad, and I also had an opportunity to Speak with Ernie Paniccioli, and American Photographer of The Hip Hop Culture who has published eight books on the Hip Hop Culture. I remember sitting with Brother Ernie and telling him I had a strong passion for Art/Photography. He told me to find your niche, find a subject that speaks to you and capture it as only you could. BluPhotoArt was born. I has been fortune it enough in this short period of time to photograph: Chaka Khan, Janelle Monae, Nile Rodgers, Audra Day, Senator Cory Booker, Fat Joe, Black Rob, Chad Coleman, Melly Mel, Prince Paul, Dick Gregory, Nominee of the Democratic Party, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Bill Perkins, Kathleen Clever, Jazsmine Sullivan, Marcus Samuelsson, Darryl Dawkins and I'm just getting started. What I hope to bring to Rainbow Fashion Week is lending a voice to the people visually, that you would less likely to see in a traditional New York Fashion Week show.
ROSE CHANEL - CREATIVE SPECTRUM
Rose has driven creative campaigns to create buzz and growth within the fashion, textile and furniture industry. She has an intimate understanding of design and brand development through multichannel marketing design concepts and works hand-in-hand with creative strategists to elevate their work. Rose has overseen the development, production, launch and maintenance of several small as well as large productions, effectively communicating the projects expectations to her team. She develops and enforces best practices and tools for project execution while proactively managing changes in project scope, identifying potential crises, and devising contingency plans. Shes' creative and imaginative and can transform average places into beautiful, exotic spaces and trade.
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The BluPhotoArt Gallery featuring the work of Cheryl Lathan
Creative Graphic Design Photography
CHERYL LATHAN - BluPhotoArt
SPITN2ETHER - BluPhotoArt
GRAFFITI - BluPhotoArt
1990's CREWS - BluPhotoArt
FRIENDS AT PLAY - BluPhotoArt
ANDRA DAY - BluPhotoArt
WORK OR PLAY - BluPhotoArt
CELIA CRUZ - BluPhotoArt
SHANNIE - BluPhotoArt
GRACE JONES - BluPhotoArt
NIPSEY RUSSELL - BluPhotoArt
DARTH VADER - BluPhotoArt
YOUNG M.A. - BluPhotoArt
DOUBLE FACE OF GRACE - BluPhotoArt
NEWARKS IT GIRL, IZ - BluPhotoArt
DEEPOP - BluPhotoArt
KEITH HARING DECONSTRUCTED - BluPhotoArt
PARIS DUOTONE - BluPhotoArt
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Top New Media Moguls Event
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Rainbow Tots Meets Kids Who Tech Event
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Haus of Jag Co Event
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