Steve Stoute Talks Passion, Being Heard & “Tanning”

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I only got the chance to attend one panel during influencer con NYC and I’m glad I did. Even though the organizers did have a live stream online, being IN the room while these talks are happening is another level experience.

The room I was in was one with Steve Stoute and Philip L. McKenzie, the founder of the influencer conference, in a conversation titled “The Tanning of America.” Though Stoute obviously was there to push his book, some gems were dropped including the importance of making sure you are heard, following through, and following your gut.

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Fashion’s Night Out: Two Models Lead A Flashmob Across The City

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Fashion’s Night Out was a night to remember.  In the span of just a few hours I danced in the street, had a few drinks, met some amazing people, and witnessed a flash mob lead by two models Coco Rocha and Damaris Lewis.  It went down in front of Zac Posen’s store in the meatpacking district, and of course I caught the whole thing on video.

After the flashmob the energy in the district was high and the next thing I knew there was a massive crowd in from of the DVF store as Estelle started performing in the store.  I spent some time at the Maybelline Studio at the Gansevoort plaza and stopped by the Levis store for some amazing cocktails, wine and finger food.  Check out the photos below to get a visual of fashion’s night out from my point of view.  Its funny, eventhough I’ve covered FNO on this site before, this year was my first year experiencing it for myself.  If you pick the right stores and the right location the madness of the night can actually be a fun and productive one.

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watch: Qream nyc Launch Red Carpet With Pharrell Williams, Russell Simmons Miss Info & More

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A rapper launching a liquor brand is not surprise, but an artist launching a liquor for women is something we haven’t quite seen yet.

“I didn’t know what I wanted to do, and I definitely didn’t want to be another dude coming out with some hard drink that’s flammable and tastes more like rocket fuel,” said Pharrell Williams half of the production duo the Neptunes and frontman of N.E.R.D. at the launch of his liqueur Qream. “I felt like Puff kills it with Ciroc so I definitely didn’t want to stand in that lane so I chose women because I felt like women were under served and indulgence is something hard for women to celebrate.”

Pharrell says he likes serving women and his latest venture is dedicated to hard working women who need to indulge in something just for them at the end of a long day.

Celebrity friends including Selita Ebanks, Swizz Beatz, Q-Tip, Russell Simmons, Jay-Z and more came out to support the New York launch at the Public Library in midtown Manhattan. With all the star energy in the room, there of course had to be some entertainment, and Williams had the newly signed viral duo Karmin perform.

“I’m always inspired when I see hip hop artists do entrepreneurial things, it inspires a whole community,” Russell Simmons expressed when asked why he came out despite being known not to drink alcohol. “I think that’s one thing that we’re lacking in our community is ingenuity and creativity and new ideas. Pharrell and hip hop in general they exude that kind of courage, to go out on new ventures and go out on a limb and make something different.”

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