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  • Fashion - Dec News
    Newark Trend Setters

    Newark Street Style 3.0

    Newark has serious style. We’re highlighting seven of its most fashionable people, sharing their favorite tips, style icons and where they get fashion inspiration.

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    Mercedes Moore

    Mercedes Moore is a Junior Vice President, Realtor and Co-owner of a real estate company in Essex County. She credits her parents for introducing her to travel, which continues to influence her fashion choices. Describing her personal style as colorful, original and on the edge, she cites Victoria Beckham, Rihanna and Eva Marcille as style influences.

    Moore relishes both thrift store finds and high end bargains. “I love the creation of fashion and putting things together, whether they match or don’t...Sometimes people ask me, ‘What do you have on?’ That’s just me and my style. I’m just different.” 

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    Isaiah McClain

    Isaiah McClain is a Marketing Assistant for the award-winning jazz station, WBGO 88.3 FM; dubbed best jazz station in the galaxy, by esquire.com. McClain led the team of DJs on his number one radio show Isaiah Live and the Supper Club, at Kean University, which is available on YouTube.

    He cites his father as well as musicians Michael Jackson, Usher and The Rolling Stones as fashion icons. “...I knew that I wanted to be a fashionable person so I began to coordinate my outfits from different magazines…and put pieces together as if I was a fashion designer...I don’t think that side of me will ever disappear.”

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    Janay Smith

    Janay Smith is a writer, poet and YouTube personality (@Jaykiya). Finding inspiration from many sources, she describes her personal style as a mix of vintage, grunge and eclectic; heavily reflecting the 90’s era of crop tops, ripped stockings and windbreakers in addition to 70’s styled platform shoes and vests. 

    She thrives off thrifting and mixing vintage with modern pieces. Smith’s style is most influenced by music artists Ro James and Kelela in addition to the Afropunk community.

    In a world where everyone is judging you based off of first impressions, you have to make a mark and set statements without verbally saying anything at all.” 

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    Jarid Fennell

    Jarid Fennell is an Accessories Designer, Stylist and Freelance Personal Shopper. He credits church, family and Newark as major sources of fashion inspiration. “People that aren’t from here think that people from Newark dress like New Yorkers, when in fact, Newark has its own style.” 

    Fennell describes his personal style as nostalgic, reminiscent of the 70’s era, exuding class and sophistication. He is privy to vintage clothing, particularly blazers and distressed jeans. “…I don’t blend in and I get inspiration from all over.” 

    He has a line of bowties and neckwear that can be purchased by email at fennjay.jf@gmail.com. His newest endeavor, The Style Concierge, is a fashion consulting company that specializes in personal shopping and style consultations (website coming soon).

    Nnaemeka Anyanwu_Street Style

    Nnaemeka Anyanwu

    Nnaemeka Anyanwu is a third year law student pursuing dual JD and MBA degrees. He describes himself as “a ‘manly-man’ with a pretty boy side;” an all-around athlete with an active lifestyle. “…I’m not someone who would strive to go to Fashion Week but I think a nice sportcoat or suit compliment my style.”

    Anyanwu’s signature style is classic, suave and professional. He cites his father as an early fashion influence, in addition to Jamie Foxx, Jidenna, Cam Newton and President Barack Obama as style icons. “His (Obama’s) suits speak volumes. You will never see him look unprofessional and that’s what I aspire to be like.”
     

    Avel Guzman_Street Style

    Avel Guzman

    Avel Guzman is a film producer who has worked on many music videos for local artists. “To have the job you want, you need to look the part…I like dressing well…I think fashion describes the type of person you are.”

    Guzman describes his personal style as impeccable and elegant. He favors shopping at high end stores and references actor Jason Statham as a major fashion influence. “…He always looks classy, even in an action film!”

    For anyone still trying to find his or her own personal style, he suggests doing research to find looks that suit different situations, but never forgetting to put his or her own twist on it. 
     

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    Catchy Hooks

    Samuel “Catchy Hooks” Lang, is a clothing designer, musician and songwriter. His love for music began at a young age, re-recording hits from notable artists such as Jimi Hendrix, and Michael Jackson, among others. He recently produced his own single, Percolate, available on Amazon and itunes.

    Hooks, a former radio personality for Kean University’s WKNJ 90.3 FM, has appeared in several fashion showcases at Essex County College as well. His personal style is multifarious, with a strong preference for black. “Black is a universal color. It matches with everything.” 

    He cites artists like Van Gogh and Andy Warhol in addition to fashion houses Gucci and Versace as major fashion influences. “…They created their own style and remixed what was given to them…” His most recent venture is the hat and t-shirt line, Yellow Guerrillas, (www.yg2k.com).
     

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    Nichelle Lane

    Nichelle L. Lane is the founder of the fashion blog, Thestylishgrind.com. She is also a freelance writer, whose work has been featured on many online publications. Currently a senior at Kean University, she majors in Communications Media and Film and interns at the GNCVB/Newark Happening.


    Nichelle L. Lane is the founder of the fashion blog, Thestylishgrind.com. She is also a freelance writer, whose work has been featured on many online publications. Currently a senior at Kean University, she majors in Communications Media and Film and interns at the GNCVB/Newark Happening.