I recently got a chance to talk to Brooklyn-based  designer, Nailah Lymus, about hew newest venture…the launch of the first modeling agency exclusively representing Muslim female fashion models. Yes, I said Muslim models.

Nailah talked to me about setting the record straight about Muslim women, their role in the fashion industry and of course how they are viewed in the non-Islamic world.

Check out this sneak peek from a recent shoot for the UNDERWRAPS site and my article on the Examiner (click the picture to view the article).

I will be attending the official launch for the agency during New York Fashion Week and will be bringing more news about UNDERWRAPS as part of event recaps. Untile then….ENJOY!

Underwraps Model Dion as shot by AK Photography


FASHION WEEK: United Bamboo Fall/Winter 2011

After what was turning out to be a crazy Saturday morning (police activity in Times Square that had the cops literally running through the streets with assault rifles…welcome to New York City), I raced over to Studio 450 on the west side for the United Bamboo show.  I had the pleasure of being backstage getting an up-close-and-personal look at the Fall/Winter 2011 collection.

Showcasing a trend with definite staying power, United Bamboo was all about tailored-men’s-inspired pieces. Tweeds, wools and knits dominated the landscape of the collection but with a decidedly feminine feel.  But fans of United Bamboo need not be disappointed. The brand didn’t totally leave their edgy appeal. The traditional suiting feel was offset by the “abandon” of United Bamboo’s accessories—leather motorcycle gloves, oversized totes and satchels and even a model sporting pink hair. Definitely a line for our more corporate fashionistas who want to retain the professional look, but have stand out appeal.

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Check out some of the looks from the collection, courtesy of New York Magazine.