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Mr. Brainwash “Icons” Exhibit Opening

Posted in Art Nouveau with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 19, 2010 by James Field

On February 14th, the extremely talented street artist Mr Brainwash, debuted his highly anticipated  showcase “Icons” in a 15,ooo sq ft installation space in the Meat Packing District. The show featured pop art, paint splattered images of famous celebrities, athletes and pretty much everyone else important all done in a cool, quirky way. Myself and a few of my friends managed to go to the special celebrity viewing, and here are some of my favorite images from the exhibit courtesy of the Village Voice.

The entire night was so great! We were able to view some amazing art, sipped Champagne and danced it up with a few celebs. Overall it was a crazy, random, amazing time, here are some of our candid shots courtesy of my good friend Leia Jospe.


Duckie Brown Spring 2010

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 13, 2009 by James Field

This season and last, I was lucky enough to attend the Duckie Brown Fashion Show at the Tents in Bryant Park. This season it seemed to me, the theme was about laid back, classic pieces that are chic yet comfortable. I sat in the fourth row so I couldnt get any clear pics, but here are some of my favorite looks from the show courtesy of Mens Rag

The show rocked, and so many pieces looked great as separates. One of the best menswear shows every season!

Fashion Week Wardrobe: Return Of The Gentleman

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 7, 2009 by James Field


New York Fashion Week kicks off on Friday, and as always I am running around looking for appropriate and suitable outfits for the shows and parties. This year I was faced with a bit of a challenge, how do I look professional yet modern and youthful? The answer came when I was speaking with my BFF Erica and she informed me “Less is more”, she recommended I go with the classics, a pair of simple black fitted pants, crisp with shirt, cotton black bow tie and jazzy evening shoes. She couldn’t have been more of a genius! As I was frantically searching for a three piece suit, pocket square, new shoes and a hat, I realized we are in a recession and I should just wear classic items that I already own and save much needed money. So this year I’m bringing back the classic gentleman, you just cant go wrong with black & white. Turn up the glamour people, this is Fashion Week!

UPDATE: Here is a pic of me at the Venexiana after party on Friday night, what do ya think? I kept it classic as I mentioned I would, crisp white shirt, classic black bow tie and black slacks.


T.B.N Interviews: Okera Banks

Posted in T.B.N Interviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 25, 2009 by James Field


The world of fashion is an ever growing bubble of style, glamour and art, and within that bubble are many parts. From photography and modeling to editing and buying, the list goes on, but one part in particular is of great importance to me, styling. Having such an obsession with fashion and style it was only inevitable that The Black Nouveau would interview a dynamic, intelligent and beautiful Celebrity stylist, Ms. Okera Banks.

Celebrity Stylist / Okera Banks

Celebrity Stylist / Okera Banks

 T.B.N: Being a celebrity fashion stylist is without a doubt a glamorous job to have, what do you love most about it?

Okera: What I love most about my job as a celebrity fashion stylist is when my client and I walk away excited and in love with the final look and they get wonderful reviews.  It is like a HUGE A+ for me.

T.B.N: What drove you to become a stylist? What drove me to become a stylist… Hmm, insanity LOL! I’m just playing. Seriously, it’s my passion for fashion, art and life. Fashion is an artistic expression of feeling and what is life without feeling?– especially when you’re feeling and looking really good.

T.B.N: Working with celebrity clients and working on television series probably has its perks, but what are the hardest things about it? 

Okera: I would have to say the most challenging moment for me is staying true to my creative eye and what I know is an amazing look for the particular event, while making sure I give my celebrity client confidence, security and comfort.  When it comes to television, things are a little more challenging because, as a stylist, you still want to stay true to your creativity, provide the celeb client with comfort and confidence, plus you need to make sure the executive producers and the network are happy with the styling of the character for this particular show.

T.B.N: For all of the aspiring fashion stylist’s out there, what advice would you give them on their pursuit of this field of work?

Okera: Work very very hard, don’t become overly anxious to dress anyone, build great relationships with all designers, keep your word in this business because the circle is very small, take care and be very responsible with the clothing you are pulling and returning, don’t steal for yourself or anyone (it is not worth it at all), and remember that even though it’s fashion, it’s still a business and you should conduct yourself as a business person (with flare).

T.B.N: Being a fashion student I get a familiar tingling when Fashion Week rolls around, is that time of the year busy for you? 

Okera: Fashion week is an exciting and important week for fashion.  However, it differs depending on your practice within the business.  If you’re a stylist in the editorial world for a high fashion magazine, then yes it is crazy for you.  If you’re checking out the shows and ordering at the same time, yes it’s crazy.  If you’re shopping for a client and checking your options for award seasons, then as a stylist your plate is moderate. Although, fashion week itself is fast-paced because of the energy and hopping from one show to the next.

T.B.N: What inspires your work? 

Okera: My inspiration comes from quiet a few things: history of costume, history of art, architecture and people. 

T.B.N: Your based in Los Angeles? What are the clients there like there compared to New York clients? 

Okera: I’m  based in Los Angeles and have spent time working in New York and I have to say that there’s not much difference in clientele, because your client could be bi-coastal and live in both states.  What I can say is that, New York sets the tone for what is hot and LA makes it fun and trendy.

T.B.N: What are your dreams and goals for your career? 

Okera: To leave a legacy of my work and my contribution to fashion, in one way or another.

T.B.N: Finally, 5 years from now where do you see yourself?  In five years, I see myself happy with a healthy wonderful family, a published book, clothing line and a hot television show.

The Black Nouveau sincerely thanks,

Celebrity Stylist, Okera Banks &

Joy Donell of 720 PR Beverley Hills, California.

By: James Field / The Black Nouveau

3..2..1..IT’S “ZOE” TIME!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 5, 2009 by James Field

Fashion Week in New York is just around the corner, and what better way to kick off the glamour, than with the series premiere of the second season of the Rachel Zoe Project?! Excitement is an understatement to describe what I feel about the anticipation of my favorite stylist and her fabulous team, what ever the case I know  its going to be “BANANAS”,  and I’m definitely going to “DIE” when I see RZ’s amazing style! I totally can’t wait, this season is going to rock so stay tuned for when I do the big premiere episode post!

Rachel Zoe Season 2

Premieres August 25th @ 10pm, Only on Bravo!