Nicole Shante ‘This is Life II’ Runway Show

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A Summer night at the Skyline Penthouse in DTLA was transformed into an Autumn evening in New York City on July 14th when Nicole Shante previewed her highly anticipated ‘This is Life II’ collection. Each impeccably tailored runway look  exuded a nuanced ‘Corporate Utility’ vibe that blended sleek silhouettes with urban accents and a rich blend of earthy hues. Edgy and sleek all at once, the collection was a cohesive capsule of looks inspired by real-life occurrences and the fast-paced women who live through them.

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Nicole Shante’s ready-to-wear collection is based in Los Angeles, but its overall aesthetic
shows clear signs of inspiration from the designer’s days of living in New York City; evident in her use of neutrals, thick fabrics and the collections wide array of sleek power suits —  a coveted signature of the brand. Yet the collection maintains a youthful vibrance and edgy flare that is so undeniably Los Angeles with its incorporation of effortless graphic tees, trendy belt bags and even a few #freethenipple moments. There was no questioning who Nicole Shante had in mind when she designed this collection; boss ladies with ambitions as high as their daring fashion sensibility.

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 The ‘This is Life II’ collection is just as much of a feat for diversity as it is for fashion. As an African American woman, Nicole Shante has continually used her platform to combat the lack of diversity in the fashion industry by making her shows & editorials inclusive spaces. The models who walked this show were an incredible display of the wide-ranging identities that exist within black womanhood — and each and everyone of them slayed.

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 Nicole Shante’s third official collection ‘This is Life II’ will be available exclusively at her online shop soon. In the meantime, check out her incredible designs from previous collections here and keep up with the brand on social media: Instagram @nicoleshanteofficial
Gabriella Layne

Editor-in-Chief of The Strut Magazine

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