Something Old, Something New

Introducing Demi Blvck

For some, talent just seems to fall out of the sky and right into their lap. As Demi Blvck’s creator Demetrius explains it, he’s a late bloomer in the world of fashion and design. He took to designing in his early twenties, and learned how to sew and construct luxury garments from the esteemed “Youtube University.” Self taught with an otherworldly imagination, I don’t think I’ve ever met a young designer with so much talent and ambition. He holds the winning cocktail for success, and his future is bright.

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A few weeks ago, I dropped by the Demi Blvck Design studio for a sneak peak at the latest collection. I didn’t know what to expect, but my expectations were pretty high. Because you see, I’m pretty familiar with Demetrius and his work. After bumping into each other at a mutual friend’s wedding, he invited me by to check things out. Staying true to the ethos of his brand, there was a ton of bold eye catching color, mixed prints and textures. His designs are definitely not created for the modest. It’s a maximalist paradise. Imagine if Balmain and Versace had a lovechild - her name would be Demi.

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Demetrius is calling Demi Blvck’s next collection “Chandelier’s Cry in Color”. The inspiration draws from the Japanese anime characters in the short stories he writes. He simply visualizes the characters in costumes, and creates them - no sketches or anything. Raw talent.

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With only a few years under his belt as a designer, and having spent some time living outside Memphis, Dee, has made quite the buzz in the region’s fashion scene. Demi Black has been featured for the second year in a row on the runways of Memphis Fashion Week, Charlotte’s Fashion Excursion, and dressed WNBA’s LA Sparks baller Cathy Poindexter. His dream clients are those that are confident and aren’t afraid to take fashion risk; such as fashion killers: Rihanna and ASAP Rocky.

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I asked what was to come for the brand, and Dee says he’s working to get his latest collection manufactured so that it can be made available to his clients. He wanted to also encourage the creatives here in his hometown Memphis to not wait, but to simply create.

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Head over to the Demi Blvck website at www.demiblvck.com for more in depth looks at the collections. Follow on IG @demiblvck

Style Evolution - Throwback Thursday

Like many of you who are on social media, we oftentimes are reminded of what we’ve posted years ago in the form Facebook Memories. Personally I love that feature, not only does it post photos that you may have taken but those status’s that you’ve posted on a specific date as well. It’s a nice little flashback in time. Recently I logged into my Facebook account, and saw that I posted the picture below one day in June 2013…

I thought to myself, gosh I haven’t worn that t-shirt dress in years (literally since 2013), and that’s a super cute and comfy piece. Plus it’s actually one of the few designer pieces I own. I was one of the few to get the limited edition piece when Target did a Designer Collaboration with Prabal Gurung. I wanted to get my hands on this dress, and style it up again soon. Looking at the photo I knew that I would never wear this exact outfit again because a) I absolutely can’t walk in heels this high anymore, and b) although I found the t-shirt dress, but I had no ideal where that denim vest was. But this lead me to think, would I want to wear this look exactly as I wore it almost 7 years ago?

My style has evolved so much since back then. Literally night and day. I remember talking to one of my tutors from London College of Style and she saying to just wait until I could dress for the life and job that I wanted, and not the conservative corporate job that I had been working for almost a decade. Things definitely became more relaxed and expressive…organically thankfully. I traded in my suits and heels; for more unique vintage, and brogues and sneakers.

outfit details - dress: Prabal Gurung x Target; windbreaker and earrings: vintage; shoes: Adidas

I think it’s a great idea to exercise your Something Old, Something New magic and create new looks from old pieces in your wardrobe. It’s a great way to gage just how much your style has evolved over the years. Yes there are some things that I wouldn’t dare wear currently, and I really wished I would have been more selective and not as trend focused back then. However, I can say that I have learned from my past, and now I tend to either buy vintage or go with the classics.

Lastly, I want to add that as many of you know I am now a solopreneur with many endeavors that I manage daily. One of those businesses is SOSNUTHRIFT and because I want this business to be a huge success, I have pledged to become a walking billboard for the company. There is never a time that I leave home without wearing something from my brand. My personal style is a conversation starter and free promotion for Something Old, Something New. So back then I may have wore this dress very understyle and sort of plain, now a days it’s unhired for me to not be proudly sporting my very own brand in some form or fashion.

A Check In...Hiya Friends!!!!

Hey guys, I hope you are still out there. It has been a while, and I just wanted to come back and check in. I have been busy, busy working on a few things that will propel my brand. We are attempting to take SOSNU beyond the Blog, and become a full service fashion consulting company.

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As many of you know, a few years ago I left corporate America, and moved to London on a quest to start a new career in fashion. After taking a short fashion course, I was blessed with an opportunity to take a position at InStyle UK. Since then I have been working as a freelance editorial stylist and commissioned fashion writer.

Some of you all may remember the Buy it Off My Back campaign that I launched here on the blog a few years ago. Well from that sparked the idea of starting a online thrift and vintage store, SOSNUTHRIFT. This project has become all consuming. We literally are shipping dozens of orders weekly, and looking to shift into bundle and bulk sales. So if you have a small store and is looking to stock up on new pieces look us up.

Let’s think of a few more updates that I could share. Oh yea, I’ve written a booklet. It will be available on Amazon in a few weeks. I can’t disclose particulars right now, but I will say that it’s about styling. The process has been hard, but to see an actual proof of your very own book is so rewarding. Be on the look out for a pre-order form on the site or via email newsletter.