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Don Bleek’s Exclusive Interview With Joyrich’s Head Designer/Creative Director David Melgar

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Don Bleek and David Melgar

NYFW has been a marathon for me. I’ve been to various events and shows. Today Sunday (September 8), is the halfway mark of New York Fashion Week, there are also several big shows scheduled for today including: DKNY, Diane von Furstenberg, Band of Outsiders, Derek Lam, Zac Posen and Ralph Rucci. Newer fashion brands such as Hood by Air, Public School and Edun are also presenting their Spring 2014 collections.

I kicked off NYFW by attending Los Angeles-based fashion brand Joyrich’s Pop-Up Shop in the Soho section of Manhattan. While there, I have seen some interesting looks emerge, for example: Joyrich’s floral varsity jackets, logo sweaters, Mickey Mouse tees, race car tanks, Betty Boop sweaters & hoodies, Bart Simpson varsity jackets and hoodies, graffiti backpacks and lots of hats & bags from the brand’s FW13-2014 collection.

I also had a sit-down interview with Joyrich’s Head Designer/Creative Director David Melgar’s about getting his first start in the fashion industry, designing for the brand, celebs including Rihanna & Wiz Khalifa wearing pieces from the collection, his future plans and much below. Read the interview below:

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How would you describe Joyrich’s FW13-2014 line?

It’s very inspired by Paris. It’s a lot of L.A. and Hip-Hop mixed together but it has a high-end ecstatic to it. I don’t want to say streetwear, but it’s something different from what’s out right now. It’s a mixture of funk, Hip-Hop, pop art and vintage.

How long have you been designing for Joyrich?

I came in about 4/5 years ago. When I first came in, we worked out of a house, now we have 13 stores globally. Our flagship store is in L.A.

How do you come up with all the different types of designs?

I really don’t know to be honest with you. I get inspire but random stuff then I would just design something.

Wiz Khalifa and Rihanna wears Joyrich quite frankly, are there any other celebrities that you would like to see wearing pieces from the brand?

Honestly, I welcome anybody who loves the brand. We do have support like Rihanna and Wiz and it is amazing to me. When I was first designing, I was like, “I really hope some people likes it” and to know that these people I like, I look up to likes it, it’s a big honor to me.

How did you get your start in the fashion industry?

I started interning for various designers, just started putting myself out there. I was interning any and everywhere I can. I was also meeting different types of people.

You been in the fashion industry for quite some time now, what’s next for David Melgar, where do you see yourself five years from now? What’s your ultimate goal?

To take Joyrich to the next level, to build it and whatever the good lord has plan for me, we’ll just kind of map it out. We’re having fun right now, so it’s no plans to change anything.

Who or what are some of your style influencers?

I’m influenced by just walking down the street here in Soho, in L.A., in Tokyo, and just seeing people, just people watching. I’m not a creep but I like to people watch.

Special thanks to Joyrich’s PR/Marketing Assistant Art for putting this interview together. Be sure to visit Joyrich’s online shop.

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Photos Credits: Don Bleek

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NYFW: Ciara Attend The Prabal Gurung Spring 2014 Show

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Multi-platinum singer and model Ciara is the latest celeb I spied during NYFW. She attended the Prabal Gurung Spring 2014 Show. For the presentation, the “Body Party” singer styled a $2,250 Prabal Gurung Embroidered Angular Insert Dress with Casadei &  Prabal Buckle Lace Up Over The Knee Boots.

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According to the NY Times, “Mr. Gurung’s show required guests to briefly walk through the lobby of the post office in Moynihan Station during business hours, then into the vast show space, which had been specially scented for the event. Scented shows are the latest thing designers are using to suggest a particular mood. It engages the senses. The runway was encased in a clear plastic box, roughly the size of a semitrailer, and all the models entered it at the beginning of the show. They took up positions facing the audience, standing stock-still, like dolls in a shrink-wrapped case. One by one, they came to life, took a turn around the box and returned to their places where they remained standing until the lights went down and even after the audience left in the near darkness. Many of the dolls (er, outfits) were festooned with painterly embellishments, sprays of crystals, trims of feathers and pieces of plastic-looking materials that seemed at times to be placed at random.”

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Ciara and Prabal Gurung 

After the show, Ciara changed into a black ensemble and Christian Louboutin thigh high boots for the after party at Bar Nana.

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Photos Credits:  Ciara’s Instagram

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NYFW: Joyrich’s FW13 Pop-Up Shop Review

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Last Thursday (September 5), Los Angeles-based fashion brand Joyrich hosted their Soho store Pop-Up Shop during NYFW. Celebrities in attendance included blogger Don Bleek, media personality and actress Adrienne Bailon, rapper and actor Romeo Miller, singer Kat Deluna, model Kenya Hill and others. DJ Mary Mac and MadeMoiselle Yulia provided music for the Monster and Be Spoke sponsored event.

David Melgar’s Joyrich definitely shut down Soho with the brand’s Pop-Up Shop. The store was filled with all types of pieces from the brand’s FW13 collection including sweaters, bomber jackets, varsity jackets, pants, shorts, dresses, hats, cardigans, shirts and tees. The pieces featured different types of prints like Mickey Mouse, Betty Boop, Bart Simpson, Race Cars, floral, graffiti, and the Joyrich logo/symbols. I love each and every piece from the collection.

While there, I also got the opportunity to interview Joyrich’s designer David Melgar. Stay tuned for my exclusive interview with Melgar. Enjoy the pics below:

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Adrienne Bailon and David Melgar

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Romeo Miller, David Melgar and Kat Deluna

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Photos Credits: Don Bleek  | Joyrich’s Instagram |

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Sebastian Mikael Rocks A $200 Forever Fly Python Tee-Shirt & $627 Givenchy Star Studded Leather High Top Sneakers

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Rising R&B singer Sebastian Mikael was spotted rocking a $200 Forever Fly Python Tee-Shirt which is the same exact shirt that rapper Fabolous wore here. This black faux leather zipped raglan tee-shirt features python skin texture embossed throughout, gold zippers on the top shoulders, side zipper gussets, double F logo embossed on the chest and tonal leather stitching. Visit the brand’s online shop to purchase this shirt and other products. Mikael completed his outfit by adding a pair of black pants and $627 Givenchy Star Studded Leather High Top sneakers. These red and white textured leather hi-top Givenchy sneakers feature a round toe with perforated detailing, lace-up fastening, a Velcro fastening ankle strap with gold-tone star studs, ribbed detailing to the heel and a thick sole. Purchase them at FarFetch!

The 24-year-old was born in Sweden to a Swedish father and Ethiopian mother. In 2008, Mikael moved to California, where he enrolled in California’s Musicians Institute to study audio engineering. In 2010, he relocated to Boston to continue studying at Berklee College of Music. While still a student at Berklee, Mikael released his debut mixtape, J’Adore. His breakthrough video single “Beautiful Life” which is featured on the mixtape caught the attention of music executive Sylvia Rhone, who swiftly signed him to her new joint venture label with Epic Records in the spring of 2012. He is currently in the studio with Jim Jonsin, Rico Love, Benny Blanco, Salaam Remi, Mike Posner and others. Check out his newest video “Last night” Ft. Wale on YouTube. His Speechless EP is dropping this Fall 2013.

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Photos Credits:  Forever Fly | Sebastian Mikael’s Twitter

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NYFW: Nicki Minaj Attend The Hervé Léger Show

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Celebs are still in NYC invading NYFW. This go ’round, I spotted Nicki Minaj at the Lincoln Center. Minaj sat front row at the Hervé Léger By Max Azria show. Of course she dressed in a $2,590 Alisha Scroll Jacquard Studded Dress by Hervé Léger and black Giuseppe Zanotti pumps. What is your verdict on Minaj’s ensemble?

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Photos Credits:  Nicki Minaj’s Instagram| 

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Chad Johnson Wears A $595 Givenchy Black Two Romans Tee-Shirt

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Former NFL player Chad Johnson was spotted in a $595 Givenchy Black Two Romans Tee-Shirt matched with black sweatpants. This short sleeve tee-shirt features a grey and white photo print with perforated detailing on the front. You can purchase it at SSENSE, Luisaviaroma or Farfetch. Tristan Thompson last wore this shirt here.

In related Johnson news, he just landed a television gig with CBS Sports. It’s good to see Johnson’s life coming back together. Everyone make mistakes and deserves another chance.

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Photos Credit: Chad Johnson’s Instagram | shirt via Farfetch

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Angela Simmons Wears $110 Privilege “Dragonar” Gold Buckle Booties On 106 & Park

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Earlier in the week, Angela Simmons continued her hosting duties on BET’s106 & Park‘. For the live televised video countdown show, the entrepreneuress sported a plaid top with leather shorts styled with $110 Privilege “Dragonar” Gold Buckle Booties. They feature almond pointed toe, leather upper, gold maxi plate embellishments and a triple gold buckle closure. Great outfit!

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