Stevie Boi has been making glasses, ensembles, and fashion statements for close to a decade now. In previous New York Fashion Week Shows, this virtuoso spearheaded: X2SEA, a line that dabbled in sea themes, and rhine-stone based shades; Cabin, a clothing line that adds sparkle and glam to drab greens and basic blacks, CR3AM, a line that accentuates vanilla hue shirts, sweaters, and dresses; and The woods, a shade line that embody stories of Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, and all sorts of fairy tales into woodsy, whimsical glasses that could only captivate an audience.
His ascent into stardom and his successful ventures in authoring his first self help novel ” How Shade Built My Empire”, touring the world, starring in a reality show, leading a food show called “Stevie Boi Eats”, and with taking over Hollywood with his film debut “Cabin”–has inspired a legion of aspiring designers in Baltimore to just be fearless in going after your dream. I am proud and honored to say that I have been covering several of his shows since 2010 and swell up with pride that Baltimore’s own is charting a brand new territory in the shade industry. In short, Stevie Boi is the face of a virtually new fashion genre celebrated by Beyonce, Rihanna, Lady Gaga and beyond.
For this show, I wore 7 for all mankind jeans and a embroidered, black, wrap from Express. I also decided to put on my comfy Tahari boots since I wasn’t a fan of the weather that day. It was quite cold and I knew strappy stilettos wasn’t going to cut it that day.
I took an uber that day since I didnt feel like looking for parking by the Garment district. The building I went to was covert, and entering through the backdoors in a stealth way made me feel like I was on a secret mission. This was a highly exclusive event and I was honored I was in the know.
A common case with Stevie Boi shows is that there’s ample time to network before and well after the event has ended. What’s a unique case about his shows is that the people who attend are very, very friendly and that I think is a reflection on the designer, himself. He has always been a generous, kind, person from day 1 and fame, and success hasn’t changed his heart.
In between the models getting their hair, make up, and clothing ready–It was cool seeing part of the “getting ready” process–I noshed on some unique treats. RAPT catering served guests crudites with creams, meats, jellies, and unique veggies. It wasn’t just one kind of appetizer too but 4-5 different kinds plus there was a hibiscus infused liquor that emitted smoke when you drank it. A part of me felt like I was stepping into a NYC Michellin star restaurant due to the food, quality of service, and the intimate environment found inside the venue.
As media, I was able to snag a seat right by Beyonce’s long time stylist, Ty Hunter. He was the special guest of the evening. What I really like most about him is his humble, down to earth, demeanor. He never drew any attention to himself, from what I hear he takes the subway and walks everywhere plus I saw him treat each guest with a genuine smile. I had a fun time taking a selfie with him, fyi part because he was Beyonce’s stylist but also because he was a genuinely fun loving person.
After the mingling ceased, everyone was seated. Each guest was given a hefty swag bag full of lotions, creams, coupons, lip scrubs and beyond. I guess it pays to sit in VIP. Anyway, the show started with a vibrant, Baltimore, music explosion. A break dancer jumped to the front and danced, jumped and entranced the crowd with her prowess. This was an uncommon sight at a NYC fashion show but a welcoming one since this threw all attendees (models, stylists, photographers, influencers, celebrities, and journalists) by surprise.
After the first performance, an inflatable woman wearing shades with blond hair emerged and strutted her stuff. This looked like a caricature of the editor in chief of vogue and I felt like I was in a whole different world. Again, this was not a common thing to see at a fashion show but the crowd (including myself) loved these surprises. Stevie Boi is a true showman and entertainer by wowing the crowds with these delightful theatrics.
Models, one by one, walked with emboldened steps in asymmetrical latex shirts, dresses, and pasties. A previous model from America’s Next Top Model stole the show with her blond pony tale, exposed top with pasties, and carefree confidence. Each outfit was skintight, seductive, and confident. For some odd reason, I wanted to drink Merlot the whole time because the drink, itself, is a fine wine, with a confident taste. Drink enough Merlot and you may want to act seductive too.
The men wore mid- length shirts, cab hats, and Stevie Boi’s trademark shades. The women wore some of the most amazing shoes I have ever seen. As a boot lover, I saw strappy boots, plush boots, silk-based boots, and latex boots. I really wanted to own a few pairs after watching the show.
If you want to see Stevie Boi’s Noir show, click on this link here.
Every show is completely different than his last. Stevie Boi purely uses his imagination, confidence, and fashion-forward thinking to create close to 10 years of memorable shades, outfits, and celeb-worthy memories.