Call me a creature of habit. Although the appeal of Empire have seem to cool down this time around, I, nevertheless, have spent the last two days over at the Fox website rewatching the season 3 premiere. After capturing copious amounts of screenshots and perusing several luxury websites, I present to you the Empire Season 3, Episode 1 fashion credits:
I had given up writing about the best makeup looks at these awards shows (tracking down beauty details is so challenging) when I spotted five black-owned brands at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards:
Rihanna x Coloured Raine (Loraine Dowdy) x Hood By Air (Shayne Oliver)
2016 Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award Recipient Rihanna was the lady of the night, treating us to four melodic performances of her greatest hits. Per usual, celebrity makeup artist Mylah Morales came through with the glam beat, using Chanel and Caudalie for the face:
Another black-owned brand Rihanna chose for her special night? Hood By Air. HBA remixed their $215 Cookie Ringer Bodysuit for the Empress by producing a special cotton candy version which, sadly, isn’t available for purchase.
Naomi Campbell x Pat McGrath Labs (Pat McGrath)
Slayomi – we are officially calling her that now, right? – infused the VMA red carpet with considerable glamour when she arrived with a sequined smize, courtesy of Mutha (Pat) McGrath. While celebrity makeup artist Renee Garnes subtly enhanced Slayomi’s gorgeous visage, McGrath chose two of her LUST 004 Lipstick Kits – Vermillion Venom & Bloodwine – to create the night’s most-talked about lip look. Sometimes I can’t believe Pat McGrath Labs is a black-owned, luxury beauty brand!
Both BeautybyJJ and Jackie Aina recreated Naomi’s VMAs makeup:
Chloe x Halle x Danessa Myricks Beauty (Danessa Myricks)
Jasmine Tookes x ilashflare Lashes (Jelisa Spence)
Honestly, I was really psyched about this last discovery for two reasons. For starters, Lena Lashes seems to be the go-to lash brand nowadays. However, I wanted to see another company get some shine. Also, for someone like (2) Tookes to wear a brand like ilashflare to such a high-profile event, major! ilashflare specializes in 100% cruelty-free mink fur lashes. Furthermore, if anyone still wanted to do the B.O.M.B. (black-owned makeup brands) challenge with vegan/cruelty brands, ilashflare is one to check out! Tookes wore the Khloe lash with makeup by celebrity makeup artist Camille Thompson.
It seems like everyone is wearing some variation of the choker nowadays – from Cookie Lyon to your faves dominating the conversation on gossip blogs/boards. I myself dabbled in the trend briefly by adding two simple gold neckbands to my collection from JLANI Jewels. I’m currently eyeing a brilliant blue blood collar crown from Vauje Jewelry that I might just end up ordering.
I’ve found over 20 chokers online at various price points and in different styles. After weeks of reading what my favorite style publications had to say about the resurrection of this 90’s accessory mainstay, I was dissatisfied. Why? Because no one thought to include any collars from woman-owned businesses. Especially picks from black woman-owned brands. I mean, damn! Y’all know we’re the plug!
Keep reading to find out where to buy chokers online now with cameos from my favorite brands. And, as always, I’ll update as soon as I find more collars and chokers for the slaying:
I am obsessed with Cookie Lyon’s Empire fashion. With Net-a-Porter’s sale underway, what items should I buy to add a Cookie-esque vibe to my closet?
Lauren, you’ve come to the right blog! I did a somewhat quick glance at the site’s reduced offerings and spotted a few items Cookie wore on the show. It seems like the luxury e-tailer are adding new finds everyday to the sale, so I’ll be sure to update this post accordingly. Before you go any further, make sure you’ve registered for an Ebates account so you can save at least 4% cash back. NET-A-PORTER also offers free 3-day shipping and free returns on every order. If you have the funds, splurge below:
The fashion credits for episode 11 (“Death Will Have His Day”) is still in draft but I was able to get a jump on this week’s episode. First, thanks to Mary Collins of Vauje Jewelry enthusiastically sharing that Cookie Lyon wore one of her necklaces (from her “Empire Inspired” collection) all over her Instagram (follow her at @vauje), I secured my first sighting of the night. And now, after a little searching, here’s the rest of my findings (with cheaper and black-owned alternatives where appropriate):