I wanted to take the time and get other stylists and creative gurus on my site because many of their pieces I do wear and plan on wearing. Nothing like being out somewhere and someone taps you and asks “who’s that?” in reference to a piece you’re wearing, especially one from a rising fashion mogul. I introduce to you- Sharonda Salaam
My name is Sharonda Salaam but many refer to me as Ronda. I’m a 20 year old proclaimed creator. I rather use creator over designer because I do it all down to sketching, customizing, sewing, and breaking all guidelines of what they teach in school. I learned to sew by watching my mom who runs a side business in our home. She’s been sewing for over 30+ years. I’ve only been sewing for about 2 years but I’ve accomplished a lot. My creations have been featured in 3 fashion shows. The name of my label is Prospère. Prospère means prosperous (wealthy) in French. The word prosperity was spoken over my life by my pastor. As I search for a name I thought of what was already given. Prospère clothing is clothing that will make you feel like it’s name, wealthy. It is a combination of attitude, style, and richness that will have all eyes on you. From fabrics, textures, and design you can admit you never seen nothing like it.
I was able to interview Sharonda about what it takes to be an artist like herself, and a bit of her fashion persona below. Check it out!
BPJ: Who are some of your favorite designers?
Sharonda: Roberto Cavalli, Alexander Wang, McQueen, and Vera Wang to name a few.
BPJ:Where can readers buy your clothes/designs?
Sharonda: As of right now everything is sold from my house. I wanted to keep it in house until I’m ready to branch out. If anyone is interested I’m an email away.
BPJ: What are your favorite stores/catalogs/websites?
Sharonda: I’ll shop online for a shoe. Clothing I have to go in try it on feel it to before purchasing. But, I do love TopShop and Uniqlo.
BPJ:What advice do you have for aspiring fashion designers?
Sharonda: Be your own promoter, supporter, and critique first. Everyone else will follow. Remember local popularity comes before global popularity.
BPJ: What do you believe makes a quality article of clothing?
Sharonda: Fabric is EVERYTHING. fabric is cheap, clothing looks cheap, therefore you look cheap.
BPJ: what was the first article of clothing you ever designed? Has it changed the way you currently create?
Sharonda: The first garment I ever made was a off the shoulder crop top. I still haven’t because I like majority of my tops oversized. almost everything I create for myself & some is oversized.
BPJ: How would you define your city’s fashion?
Sharonda: My city is honestly confused lol. it’s a combo of buying to adapt or buying what they can. the few people that I know here can dress and they fit in both categories. but they do look quite fashionable.
BPJ: What are your favorite fabrics and/or patterns to work with and why?
Sharonda I love spandex because of my shape, but I also love working with chiffons, silk, and faux fur/leather.
Prospère by Sharonda S.
As you all know I hail from Newark, NJ. Really wanted to share this with you guys! :)
Newark, NJ- Lyric 145, the famous, dynamic rap trio, is surprising students who attend Arts High School to have a Q & A and perform their new single “I Get It”. The students will get to ask the group about the trials and tribulations throughout their duration of their X Factor journey. Lyric145 will have a minute contest of three students that can perform for them with singing, dancing, and rapping. The selected pupil will acquire a prize, which includes an exclusive interview on the hit radio show “GEM BOSSES” and also will be obtaining some dance majors as dancers for their upcoming projects. As well, Lyric 145 will then present the valedictorian of the class of 2013 with a special gift.
Time & Date: March 4, 2013 at Arts High School, 8AM to 10AM in Auditorium
For Interviews or Booking Lyric 145 Contact: Ifueko I. Publicist (732)718-6900 Ifuekoi@gmail.com or Pilar Scratch Manager (908)242-2055 firstname.lastname@example.org
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AHHHHHHHHH IT’S MY FAVORITE PIECE!!! I think I’m starting to like making mens outfits more than women! I thought women had a lot of variety but men take the absolute CAKE! I’m the master of tying windsor knot and a bowtie, so let’s see lol.
MENS FORMAL. Nothing sexier than a man in a suit. I suggest the minimum of two different types of suits/formal blazers in your closet, with numerous shirt fabrics and accessories. This blazer is from PREMIUM by Jack and Jones. You can’t see the back but there are two slits on the back hem. The blazer has double button closure, lapels, and is formfitting which stops below the waist. I CANNOT stress the fact that a formfitting blazer or attire in general will make you look slimmer (if worn correctly) and will eloquently clean up your appearance. This blazer can go with VARIOUS bottoms and shirts. Speaking of bottoms, I opted out of the usual black and went for red corduroys by PREMIUM again. Regular fit, they have piped back pockets and the pants are a deep hue which gives a classy, elegant, gentleman touch. Sometimes when your outfit is too loud, it can say too much.
I wanted to bring out the shoes so I had to steal these Pierre Corthay Arca Derby shoes with the red trimming. Less is more and it’s a smooth shoe with not too much going on, however it gives just enough modesty to the outfit. The burgundy tie I used is from Brooks Brothers for the windsor knot and the socks- which are now the TREND for conversation pieces, are from Ralph Lauren. I don’t know about you, but when a man sits in a chair, the socks are what I first notice, before the actual shoe. It drives away from the originality and adds taste. Opt for a solid or pinstripe button down shirt of either white or black, or with a dash of red lining. Finally, your formal wear is NOT complete without cufflinks. Every man should have at least two pair or more. I chose the gold which gives the finishing touch to the outfit. The Wedgwood Black & Gold cufflink will be the talk of the night with its Gold Intaglio motif of a horse’s head in elegant bas-relief against Black Jasper, which will be noticeable on the sleeves.
FUN FACT Ralph Lauren got his start at Brooks Brothers which helped fund with his tie and accessory lines, as well as to branch out into other formal wear, so you WILL see some similarities between both Brooks’ wear and Ralph.
I hate leaving my men out. The pieces I design are dedicated to everyone no matter the event. I’ll get to the mens formal in a few, but fellas, it’s nothing like having variety in your day to day wear. There are so many earth tones and fabrics and styles you can personalize to accommodate YOU. So put away the usual navy blue, dark brown, and black apparel for a little while and give yourself some color. I love the Stone Marl London City sweatshirt because of its oatmeal color. This gives you more variety when it comes to your pants. The military green cotton and linen blend cargos by Slowear Incontex soften the sweater with its dull color. Substitute the regular tall-can Timbs and opt for a rust colored Earthkeeper Rugger Copper Brown Boots to darken the outfit. Sometimes the tall-cans can be too bright and throw the outfit off. The boots are also waterproof :).
If you have “buku money” you can definitely cop either MONCLER coat. Bubble coats are in this season and there ARE other affordable options and different colorways. I love how the leather in the brown Delacroix Shearling Moncler goes hand in hand with the boot, if used (there’s also fur around the neck and chestline). Finally top the outfit by covering your head with a Supreme skully or a cable-knit skully by Ralph Lauren’s Denim & Supply. As said before, fellas, there are so many colorway options so that you don’t look “MONOCHROMATIC”. Give variety to your wardrobe by stepping out of the norm. This outfit can be worn for everyday or casual evening occasions.
I’m a fan of the LBD (Little Black Dress) however, I like a little creativity in my dark pieces. This piece is best worn in formal and evening events. A splash of royal blue (in different materials) will bring creativity to an outfit and will give you the opportunity to play with more accessories to compliment or simplify the outfit.
I went for the ACNE One shoulder silk maxi dress for its asymmetric shoulder line which gives a sexy appearance along with the cutaway hem, and it resembles a goddess-like draping towards the bottom of the dress. By softening the dress, I chose the LK Bennett Nelly T-strap sandal with suede material. I opted for blue sapphires with gold prong teardrop earring settings to play with your hairstyle of choice- whether up or down. The Lapis cuff brings out the gold trimming in the sandal, as well as the earrings and other accessories and is a standout piece for the ACNE dress (it’s also a good choice for color-blocking). Though it is a formal piece, I wanted to make it edgy by combining different fabrics and materials. The LULU GUINNESS patent leather envelope clutch will bring out the subtle fabric in the outfit and compliment the gold in the attire, and if you’re a big bag/clutch woman as myself, you can opt for the Betsy Johnson Lightening bag which is used to color-block and contrast with the outfit with its hard shiny leather material. Enjoy.