I just LOVE this video of the WEAREGCC X VIENNA FASHION WEEK 2018 performance. (And I need to check if this is really from 2018, but just now going viral!)
Designers make clothes for people to wear. So, I love that this designer selected models who are authentic to the line, and would likely actually be the consumers wearing these garments: real women with real bodies living their authentic life. Life incorporates so much more than walking. I don’t know about you, but I dance in my clothes all the time!
This show looked so fun, and I wish I was there to see it in person. Even more, I wish I could join them!
Bravo to the designers, models, and show producers!
Shoes … they’re a great addition to every outfit! However, when hitting the catwalk, it’s important to have the right shoes (unless provided by the designer). Here are my tips for choosing the right shoes for the runway.
3 to 5-Inch Heels are Best – Unless you’re a young girl, the kitten heel isn’t sexy. However, 6-inch stilettos are not ideal. The higher the heel, the more it affects your walk. In general, 3 to 5-inches is a good range that gives the right look without hindering your strut.
Ankle Support Scores – A simple strap around the ankle can keep your heels from slipping out of the shoe. Simple ankle support is key, 1 buckle, or 1 zipper up the back to minimize time needed to put on or remove shoes.
Simple & StrappyStilettos – Simple strappy stilettos are always winners! They can be worn with party dresses, gowns, slacks, swimwear … they’re universal! But not too strappy that they distract from the garment. Also, stay away from wedges.
Neutral Colors – Have a solid stiletto heel in black, nude, silver, and gold, and you’re set! Some designers may request a colorful shoe, however you can’t go wrong with these basics.
Platforms – Platforms are definitely not necessary, but they provide extra support on the ball of the foot that comes in handy if you’ll be standing/walking same shoes for a long period of time.
What to Stay Away From …
Too high heels
Slippery/hard to walk in
What are your favorite shoes to strut in? Let me know in the comments below!
I just want to take this Runway Monday opportunity to congratulate Tommy Hilfiger and Zendaya on an AMAZING Paris Fashion Week show last week. Zendaya presented her first line for Tommy Hilfiger during PFW, in which all 59 models were African American, including icons such as Grace Jones, Beverly Johnson, and Pat Cleveland. So many shades of melanin, so many body shapes, so many hairstyles! Plus, what an age range, 18-70. Wow! And I really appreciate that these models are having a blast on the runway!!! Love, love, LOVE this!
Plus, I really enjoyed seeing these black iconic models still doing their thing after all these years. Grace Jones!! What energy … I would have never known she was 70 years young! Black don’t crack!
At the start of each year, I imagine where I would be on December 31st of that year…
who will be in my life?
who will no longer be in my life?
where will I live?
what am I proud of?
what did I learn?
2016 had a few bumps in the road, but I made it through, I accomplished, I conquered, and I learned. As 2017 begins, I’m excited for the opportunities to come, and I challenge myself to walk in my strongest confidence, to be unapologetically me, trust my gut, and no longer care what others’ think about me. Those are my big goals for this year, and I expect be that and more! We can do it together! No more fear, stand strong, walk boldly, and take no mess! #STRUT #WalkInLifeLikeOnTheRunway
Check out my vid below. It is a reminder to me of the confidence I exude when I’m walking in my purpose and passion. This is how I will walk through life.
It’s on again!! Yet another 102.3 KJLH, NTG & Onlavé fashion collaboration!
Saturday, August 20th is the Beauty & Fashion Affair, featuring the Strut Your Shade Runway Show produced by NTG & Onlavé.
Plus, we’re holding a Model Search this Saturday, July 30th at Sage Hyundai from 12-3p. Judges include actor, Lamon Archey, Ontwanet Moran & Lauren LaGrone of Onlavé Signature Productions, Nicole Spruill of Project Working Model, and yours truly!!
We’re looking for STRONG walks with BIG runway presence. Grand prize winner gets $500, and the opportunity to walk in the upcoming Strut Your Shade Runway Show. The winner will be announced on 102.3 KJLH on Monday, August 1st at 5pm.
Models, bring two photos, and be prepared to walk!
Check out the KJLH radio commercial airing now, in this vid I put together with some added pics! 😉
Another great two hour Beginner Runway Workshop: LA Fashion Week Edition in Hollywood on Feb 27th. We had a six-model turnout, and one even traveled all the way from New Mexico! They’re already asking about the next one. I love what I do!
Congrats to the ladies who attended!
Special thanks to NTG Photographer Nick Woods of Angle & Attitude Photography for the photos, and Brandi Allen for assisting with music, etc.
It’s that time of year again! LA Fashion Week (LAFW) is coming back in March. What better way to prepare for LAFW auditions than with one of these two workshops coming up on February 27th in Hollywood, CA:
ADVANCED Runway Refresher, 12-1p
Perfect your runway walk at this ADVANCED Runway Refresher, and return to STRUT STATUS just days before LAFW auditions begin. This fast-paced, one-hour coaching session is NOT for beginners. Refresh your audition technique, tip skills, and correct walk blunders all in the same time it will take to watch one episode of Scandal!
Sign up for the Beginner Runway Workshop with Nikol Davis, days before LA Fashion Week auditions begin! Learn how to walk with confidence, get great action photos, and have astrong runway presence through specific techniques only taught here!
Why do I thank God for McDonald’s? There are many reasons…
I LOVE McDonald’s! The food is delicious (and I’m not just talking about the fries!) If I didn’t feel a societal (and personal) pressure to maintain a healthy diet, I’d probably eat there every day.
McDonald’s is there for me when I don’t have a lot of money to spend. I’m a sucker for a Mini Meal!
McDonald’s is EVERYWHERE! International! Plus, we’ve all been on a roadtrip in the middle of nowhere, and can always find a McDonald’s not too far away.
But there’s another BIG reason why I thank God for McDonald’s. When I signed with my first commercial agent back in 2007, my number one goal was to book a McDonald’s commercial. It took until I joined the SAG-AFTRA union before I was able to even get in the door for a McDonald’s audition, but I was always excited and ready for the opportunity. I just felt like I belonged in a McDonald’s commercial!
Over the last 3 or so years, I’ve auditioned for McDonald’s a number of times. Sometimes I’d get called back. I was even on avail (meaning I have to keep all of my days available for booking because I’m in the last stage) once last year. But nothing…
This past July, I was on the beautiful island of St. Thomas, one of the US Virigin Islands with some other beautiful ladies for Fashionista Now Boarding. During some down time, I made mention of my love for McDonald’s and my goal of booking a McDonald’s commercial. And the result is this…
Island shenanigans! Special thanks to Erin, Des, Ontwanet, Tico, and of course, our camera man, Junie! Little did I know that less than 4 months later, I’d be a principal actor in an actual McDonald’s commercial (now airing)…
So, this is why I say: Thank God for McDonald’s!! Dream come true! Not only did I speak it into existence, I showed God I was serious by creating my own.
I had the pleasure of working with Eileen Isagholian of BLVD Couture on the Cure the Runway fashion show, which raised awareness about childhood cancer, and donated event proceeds to Children’s Hospital LA. I thought it was a great cause, since I’ve had a number of family members that have fought the cancer battle.
NIKOL Talent Group came in for model booking, and I was able to confirm 6 models for the event, including 2 NTG models, and 1 model who attended my runway workshop in February! The models looked great, and had a lot of personality on the runway. The event had a great turnout, and I’m extremely happy to have been a part of such an amazing cause!