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Stand Sexy CEO And Chief Designer Ninfa Nikki Talks About Fashion And Changing The Culture Of The Fashion Industry

By David Jordan Jr

Passion, precision and perfection. Three distinct qualities that ultimately lead to masterful creations. In the world of fashion, these elements create the foundation for unique designs that not only capture the eye but hold its own place in being a timeless piece. Ninfa Nikki, the CEO and Chief Designer of “Stand Sexy,” has used her passion for fashion and design to create a collection that is unique in design, style, and inspiration.  Nikki was inspired to get into fashion and clothing design by her mother who taught children in rural Mexico. As a designer, Nikki has goals of changing the young fashion industry by generating a shift towards more culture being visible.  Colors that speak, designs that command attention and a celebrated cultural aesthetic of various cultures are staples of the Stand Sexy women’s fashion line. Nikki’s culture, upbringing in Mexico and fashion sense are things that she has been able to celebrate and share with the world through Stand Sexy. “My interest in design and fashion came from my involvement in art from a young age, and my natural draw to the creative process. I think being raised in Mexico surrounds one in an atmosphere of intense culture and art, which contributed to my fascination with design. I’m intrigued by beauty, high fashion, and the sex appeal of art. Seeing a dress through; from sketching prototypes to sewing the final piece vitalizes and fulfills me, and is the perfect blend of my passions. Looking back, it’s clear to me that the culture of my homeland lives through me.”

Jack Petrison, President & Creative Director of Stand Sexy and also the son of Nikki has propelled the company’s growth with his world perspective. Currently studying at Stanford University (majoring in both Science, Technology & Society and Philosophy), Petrison has been able to utilize his studies and real-world experiences to continue to shape the company’s forward ascension.

Each design has an inspirational, unique story that is visible through the craftsmanship. Check out these different designs and Nikki’s inspiration for each one.

Chasing Cherry
Chasing Cherry was an effort in reliving my childhood passion of dancing. I created the piece with an elegant, floating ballerina in mind. This dress reminds me of Mexican ballet performances and dancing with my family.

Summer Sail
Summer Sail was inspired by my many days spent in crowded subways, malls, and sidewalks. Made for attention, this dress makes its wearer stick out and look cute in the crowd, yet still feel comfortable, classy and sexy at the same time. 

Red Rain
Red Rain reminds me sharply of my family, Christmas time and Mexican culture. Red has long been my favorite color and reminds me of the colors I see around my house during Christmas. 

Blue Babe
Blue Babe was my first attempt at designing when I fully committed myself to the discipline of fashion design. This dress was inspired by a vacation; the only thing that beats the comfort of a hotel robe is if that robe was fashionable. My solution was Blue Babe, an open-front look that wears easy and sexy.

Mimosa
An autumn creation meant to be worn outdoors and in fall weather. Inspired by the gorgeous weather, here’s something to match the autumn views.

100 Queens
100 Queens was inspired by pure sexiness: A see-through, exposed midriff combined with a flowing outpour of flowers on the bottom accentuates the womanly shape of legs. At the same time, this piece is wearable and is striking in any setting. 

Kiss the Sky
Kiss the Sky was inspired by my younger self’s visions of being a princess. A gift to the child version of myself, this dignified dress supplies the wearer with a Princess mentality and has the graceful aesthetics to match.

Lady in Leaves
Lady in Leaves was inspired by the power of red — a sexy, energetic, commanding color that you can’t go wrong with. Capitalizing on red’s uniqueness, the sparkling sequins on top were inspired by a trip to New York and the relative “sparkle” of dresses in storefronts. 

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MLK 50 | An Alpha Brother

By Anthony Prewitt (Alpha Phi Alpha | Beta Upsilon Lambda Chapter) 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr became a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity (Sigma Chapter) in 1952. He crossed while working on his Doctorate of Philosophy at Boston University.

Dr. King and many others like him came up in a time where hate was rampant and many were scared to take action to combat social injustice. It was those who challenged the system and demanded equality and justice that have inspired me to keep their dreams and hopes alive. I’ve learned from Dr. King that those that commit to plant the “seeds” of change and reform rarely live to see the harvest. I’m ok with that. I know that through my work and commitment to the uplift of those that look like me; their success will be mine. When I was aspiring to be a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, I saw the caliber of men and their accomplishments and I’d only hoped to be counted in their midst. Dr. King has inspired me to fight the good fight…even if it may be your last. Rest assured, until the last breath of air leaves my body, I will continue to develop leaders, promote brotherhood and academic excellence while providing service and advocacy for our communities.

Dr. King stated, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” I’m not ready to die just yet!

 

Anthony Prewitt

Author, LIFE: The Year of Me

Starbury: The Collection

By David Jordan Jr

Here’s a look at exclusive shoes from Starbury. The Highstepper and the Streetbeat are available at select Citi Trends stores nation wide. Be sure to also visit https://www.Starbury.com/

 

Please Baby Please Baby Please Baby Baby Baby Please

By David Jordan Jr

Enjoy these fun pieces, clips and artifacts from Spike Lee’s “She’s Gotta Have It” as ESHE Magazine celebrates the 30th anniversary of the film’s release.

 

“The Dogs…”

Nola Darling Has Gotta Have Michael Jordan In This Air Jordan IV Commercial Directed By Spike Lee

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|SOUNDTRACK| 1. Opening Credits [2:35] 2. Brooklyn Bridge [1:13] 3. He’s On It [1:16] 4. A Thought [3:06] 5. Nola-Vocals [3:41] 6. Ferrybank Restaurant [1:27] 7. Work Montage [0:44] 8. Who Will Be the One [1:20] 9. Nola-Instrumental [3:40] 10. A Thought (reprise) [1:11] 11. Nola Cleans Up [0:54] 12. Opal [0:30] 13. Final Confession [1:00] 14. Ind Line [0:34] 15. She’s Walkin’ [0:59] 16. Opal (reprise) [1:36] 17. The Hawk [0:45] 18. Nola-piano [0:40] 19. End Credits [2:28]
“Set The Bitch On Fire!”

 

 

 

 

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Olympic Kick Off | 2016

By David Jordan Jr

The Olympic games have fostered many acts of greatness, courage and excellence.  The coming together of the different countries of the world provides the platform for the best of the best to showcase their GOD given abilities and the fruits of the hard work for one ultimate reason; the gold medal. Every four years athletes of all sports, from all different types of backgrounds come together to compete for not only a medal but to also  become the next legendary Olympian.  As memorable as the athletes and their performances are, there is another piece of their Olympic legacy which is just as legendary as their accomplished feats; the shoes. To quote Spike Lee “It’s Gotta Be The Shoes” right? Ah yes, the shoes. Having the right equipment on your money makers can psychologically boost a supreme athlete and enable him to reach levels never reached before.

Basketball and track and field have allowed the world the first row seat to see exclusive releases and custom productions of signature shoes for world class athletes. Over the last twenty four years their have been iconic shoe releases of some of the most celebrated Olympians in history. ESHE Magazine showcases a few of the selected shoe releases; Which is your favorite Olympic shoe of all time?

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Usain Bolt | Puma Complete Theseus | Beijing, 2008
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Michael Johnson | Nike “Gold Shoes” | Atlanta, 1996
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Scottie Pippen | Nike Air More Uptempo | Atlanta, 1996
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Anfernee Hardaway | Nike Air Zoom | Atlanta, 1996
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Michael Jordan | Nike #9s | Barcelona, 1992
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Sheryl Swoopes | Air Swoopes | Atlanta, 1996

 

PLAYAS | Bill Bellamy & 2Pac

By David Jordan Jr

1995. 2Pac was out on bail, living life in a whirlwind. Still riding the highly successful release of “Me Against The World” 2Pac followed up this masterpiece with the then freshly minted off the press “All Eyez On Me” double disc album.2016-01-25_150007
Famed actor, comedian and television personality Bill Bellamy conducted an amazing interview with 2Pac, filled with the sincereness, authenticity and humor of any conversation between friends. Super producer Dr. Dre also made an appearance in the interview to discuss the making of the “All Eyez On Me” album by literally taking us into studio sessions with amazing imagery from himself and 2Pac. Enjoy this rare interview with three icons from of hip hop and entertainment.

 

ESHE | Style

By David Jordan Jr

There is one understanding when it comes to fashion; it’s not what you wear, but how you wear it. Fashion is something that allows us as individuals to be uniquely different, yet totally connected around the world. So many people get caught up in trying to be trendy when the foundation of fashion is being creative. The eye and mind are the avenues for fashions newest and most intriguing creations. ESHE Magazine takes a look at some of the great designers from around the world and exclusive pieces from their respective collections:

SHEA KREATIONS | Dallas, Texas

Original Art Afro Lady Earrings- Afro lady earrings are popular. We created this pair to give natural hair women a sense of uniqueness on their healthy hair journey.
Wooden Patriot Badu Earrings- We chose to decoupage and handpaint this pair of earrings as concert keepsakes. Also, instead of your typical red, white and blue earrings worn on holidays; this pair create a fierce patriotic statement.

 

Tribal Ethnic Laminated Bookmark- A reminder that we carry our load above our head and never on our shoulders. Each time someone finishes their reading for the day, they will admire the beauty of this one of a kind handpainted art.

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