Bronzed hues spanned the rooftop of the Soho House at "Shades of Melanin" bringing in the Juneteenth holiday in regal fashion. Renown as the anniversary of the end to chattel slavery in the U.S, Juneteenth commemorates the liberation of Black Americans and the tenacious journey to freedom. "Brown is the new black" was the premise of the color scheme, as Black Professionals Network guests showed out in mahogany, mocha, bronze and nude, highlighting beauty of the brown spectrum.
I glided on the scene in head to toe gold, statuesque in daring 6 inch Nasty Gal platforms to compliment the sparkle of my metallic Meshki dress. Glittering disco vibes emulated the likes of Michelle Pfeiffer as Elvira in Scarface, a fierce icon, influencing style still to this day with her silk slip dresses and blingy extravagance.
Mariah Carey's Emancipation of Mimi album cover was another source of inspiration for the look of the evening, blonde hair blowing as my gold dress spilled amongst my sun kissed, leggy silhouette. While Mariah Carey has set the standard of "diva" for decades, her continuous looks in videos like "Like That", "Shake it Off", and "We belong together" exude glittering goddess.
The brown and nude takeover not only fit the Juneteenth theme, but served as a very on trend dress code. Chocolates and caramels are dominating the fashion scene, popular among the Kardashian and Yeezy clan, below, clad in neutrals. Historically ,the color brown has always been outmatched by its rival dark hues navy, black, and gray. Its absence from the fashion world has played a major role in the color's comeback in recent seasons.
Incorporating brown into your wardrobe can be as simple as swapping out your little black dress for a brown satin or leather one. Check out my "Brown is the New Black" dress guide on the Black Professionals Network blog for an in depth look at brown and nude slays for all sizes.
Decadence in attire was matched by a stunning sunset, illuminating the Miami skyline and exclusive view of the Soho House. The elite members only Soho House spans 27 houses internationally across 10 countries and serves as an attraction to celebrities like Jennifer Lopez and Rosario Dawson. Elegant ambience set the scene for the Juneteenth extravaganza, showcasing both style and success at the heart of Miami's Black upper echelon at "Shades of Melanin".