The event is a mixer cocktail party, a glimpse into fashion trends and a rockin’ good concert all rolled into one. It is the annual fashion, dining and entertainment event which celebrates Downtown Jamaica. Hosted by the Jamaica BID (Business Improvement District), the annual event is a means of showcasing the fashions available in Downtown Jamaica along with its other fun, fabulous and fantastic offerings. Every year the annual fashion event has something stupendous to offer. Last year, seniors rocked the runaway. In prior years men’s fashions stole the show (and a couple of hearts) and each and every year designers native to Queens use the event as a means to turn the fashion world on its ear. This years’ designers collections include Rachel Effah-Wiafe, Designed by Addison, Kuji’s BlackArted The Fashion and Gennes Council III Rekreational Apparel.
Style? In Downtown Jamaica? You better recognize! Downtown Jamaica is the historic birthplace of rap and hip hop. The 165th Street mall and the Coliseum were where dancers pop-locked with Addidas, Lee Jeans and high top fades. A generation later, the area continues to set style standards with blinged out tee shirts, super jazzed out jeggings, stacked heels and peek-a-boo shoulders.
In a homage to its rap history, this year’s event will be hosted by DJ Ralph McDaniel. This pioneering legend is most famously known as host of Video Music Box and has a place in history at the new Smithsonian museum. This appearance coincides with his efforts to document the history of Queens’ rap and hip hop for the Queens Library system.
Representing today’s style, Candita Semone, CEO of Make Me Over Beauty Bar will co-host the event. Candita with her sleek and polished exterior and divinely creative interir not only represents style, but the new era of Downtown Jamaica. This urban hub and urban fashion district, is now known as a premier beat factory for hair, nails and face. Make Me Over Beauty Bar, located on Jamaica Avenue on 166th Street, is the 21st century upgrade of a traditional salon offering face makeovers, hennas, tricked out nails and other salon specialties.
The event will also feature wine and food tastings which highlights the ever changing face of Downtown Jamaica. As the area continues its revitalization, it has welcomed new eateries and specialty shops including Starbucks. Dallas BBQ, home of the Texas size portions, is slated to join the area this summer. Tastings will be a means to remind event goers of the delectables available within its boundaries.
But save room for dessert because the mainstage will not please fashionistas, but music fans with a live concert from Queens Native and hip hop revolutionary, Mr. Cheeks.
As if this event couldn’t get any better, it is FREE. Eventbrite Tickets are available here until sold out so interested parties must act fast.
“Jamaica Just My Style” promises to once again be the premiere event highlighting Downtown Jamaica as an urban fashion destination of choice. The event is Friday, June 9, 6-9PM at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center located at 153-10 Jamaica Avenue.