With the right team behind you, miraculous things can happen in such an extraordinary way, and that’s exactly what transpired through the book of ‘The New Stereotype (TNS): STORIES,’ that launched on Sunday, Nov. 12th in New York City.
Marquelle Turner and Wendy Oduor, the creative minds behind the book, teamed up with Olushola Bashorun to curate more than 50 black males and females across 26 fashion editorials, which were shot in New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles.
The culmination of a project that took three years to complete, exploring the many layers and meanings behind being proudly black in fashion, photography, and film.
Their bold initiatives result in a high-end book with beautiful illustrations.
“Each installment of the book, labeled a CHAPTER, as an ode to the synopsis of each person’s story, serves as an interconnected thread to demonstrate Black men and women’s ability to be both a powerful ballad individually and an unspoken symphony while in unison,” said Hunter.
In order to launch their book, the founders hosted a panel discussion with Harrison Crite (Celebrity Stylist) and Rob Hill (Author), whose images featured in the gallery exhibition.
A diverse group of artists walked into an art exhibit that had been hidden behind a white drape. They were instantly captivated by the beautiful images that popped against the concrete brick wall.
Marquelle Turner, Project Director for TNS, was dressed in a two-piece light brown set with a Kufi black hat, and Balenciaga black flats. Marquelle embodied the king aura wearing a custom, light brown, two-piece outfit.
Olushola Bashirun, the Director of Photography arrived with his wife to the event in a Prada look, including a black pinstripe suits, a white tank top and chunky sneakers. Meanwhile, his better half wore a gold sequin heeled silk maxi gown.
Claire Sulmers was there to support her photographer friend Olushola. She was amazed at his technical skills, creativity and attention-to-detail.
Wendy Oduor is the Creative Director for TNS:STORIES. She painted the town red with the STAUD maxi that was so elegant against her rich, melanated complexion.
She topped off her monochromatic red outfit with a pair of red stilettos. Her multicolored earrings stood out next to the bold lip color. She definitely gave off queen vibes.
Oduor interviewed Sulmers. She was dressed in a leather-look, including a Fashion Bomb Daily Prince purple rain graphic T-shirt that she paired up with flared leather pants and a black trenchcoat.
In addition to many others, Claire was happy to attend such a marvelous event that honored Oduor’s, Bashorun’s and Turner’s artistic brilliance.
Below, you can see some of the most stylish attendees from the TNS STORIES book premier.
Salvatore Ian DeMaio @Sonejr
Olushola Bashorun/ @aqut