Thursday night VH1, Monami Entertainment, and NFGTV celebrated the third season of “Love & Hip Hop New York” with a private premiere party held at Kiss & Fly Lounge in NYC. Reality TV Fashion was on the scene to chat with cast members Yandy Smith, Joe Budden and girlfriend Kaylin Garcia, Tahiry Jose, Rich Dollaz and his new boo-thang Erica Mena, Consequence and his wife Jen the Pen, Raqi Thunda, Lore’L, Winter Ramos, and Rashidah Ali. The Ciroc, Bartenura Moscato, Hot 97, and Club Create/Jabra-sponsored event was not without it’s share of “excitement,” as the Ciroc and Moscata were flowing on stage and the Q&A that followed the drama-filled premiere episode got so real an altercation almost ensued between a few of the cast members! But I don’t want to give away too much! “Love & Hip Hop” kicks off January 7th at 8pm on VH1!
Now let’s get into their looks! The ladies SERVED in a variety of fashions ranging from haute couture to edgy custom indie designs. I always enjoy checking out how the reality stars bring it for their premiere party because it’s usually a good indication of what we can expect, style-wise, in the upcoming season.
Friend to the blog Yandy Smith paired a custom ivory Cut-Out Front Jumpsuit by Aci Nae with Olcay Gulsen Suede Platform Pumps in coral [last spotted on Rocsi Diaz here and Emily B. here]. We saw Yandy end her eight-year management role with Jim Jones last season, and she’s since had an adorable baby boy with boyfriend Mendeecees Harris (who is now a cast member on the show) and is focusing on pursuing other management projects. When asked about who wears the pants in her relationship, Yandy admitted that she tries hard to be submissive… but, by nature, she’s a BOSS and so it’s hard for her to take on that role even in her romantic relationships. Love that realness!
Erica Mena, who is pursuing her music career alongside her manager and CONFIRMED fiance Rich Dollaz, paired Elizabeth Flores’ iCandy Couture $500 “Her” Dress with HERSTAR’s $149.99 Brooklyn Nets Womens Limited Edition High Heel Crystal Pumps. Erica’s black sheer mesh stretch midi dress has silver sequin beaded pieces that cover the bust and rear areas. In person Miss Erica is just as pretty as she is feisty, and let me tell you something… homegirl really showed her azz at that premiere party – and I don’t mean through her dress (although she did that too). Let’s just say we can expect sparks to fly this season from the outspoken Puerto Rican and Dominican model and aspiring singer! With regards to her new engagement… though there’s no ring as yet Erica proudly showed off the “R” tattoo on her finger that suffices in the meantime.
Jen “The Pen” Bayer, known for dishing up gossip with DJ Whoo Kid and The Hot Boyz of Chicago, has spent the past year raising Caiden, her cutie pie son with cast member Consequence. For the premiere party Jen went all the way glam in the modified Stretch Leather Pleat Dress in hot coral from Cushnie et Ochs’ Resort 2013 collection. The sleeveless leather frock is available at Bergdorf Goodman and features a narrow front keyhole cut-out and pleated A-line silhouette. Gold-toned jewelry, $875 Charlotte Olympia Colorblock Platform Pumps, and full, cascading blonde curls completed Jen’s saucy premiere party look. Pretty!
Urban model Tahiry Jose, who is well-known for her public break-up with cast member Joe Budden, wore the $200 Black Sade Slash Dress by NYC-based indie designers The Fabric Twinz with $1,166 Charlotte Olympia ‘LUCINDA’ Mid-Calf Boots. I chatted with The Fabric Twinz CEO Tanise Franchise, who informed me that the dress can also be worn over the bra, revealing only a side cut-out. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to custom order Tahiry’s dress. This season we’ll see Tahiry attempting to build a friendship with her ex Joe, while also bumping heads with her former friend Raqi.
Radio personality and DJ Raqi Thunda, who is long-time friends with Joe Budden, wore silver-toned accessories and a long sleeved, form-fitting leather dress by NYC indie fashion designer Marco Hall. The mounting tension between Raqi and Tahiry was very apparent last night and we’ll see that continue to play out in the upcoming season!
Known as the “Blinged Out Bombshell,” Rashidah Ali is most known for being a shoe consultant to the stars and she is currently working on launching her own shoe line, Encore. For the premiere party she slipped into the
$1,298 now $584.25 Ralph Lauren Black Label Wrap-Front Cashmere Dress paired with the Spring Buck Fur Over Sized Clutch With Python Skin Tassel and the Python Skin & Fox Trimmed Cropped Fur Jacket by celebrity stylist/designer Alisa Maria. For inquiries and/or to order Rashidah’s custom jacket and purse email Info@AlisaMaria.Com. Rashidah is close friends with Tahiry and, in the premiere episode, we see her offering pretty sound advice to her homegirl about getting involved with Joe again.
Burgeoning femcee Monica Torres aka “Lore’L,” who recently released her mixtape “Leading Lady,” kept it simple and pretty in a $845 Hervé Léger Black Scoop Neck Bandage Dress styled with $839 Yves Saint Laurent Tribtoo Cap Toe Pumps. Isn’t Lore’L giving you Latina Lindsay Lohan in this pic? In any event, sparks were flying on the stage between her and Erica Mena and let’s just say “Mama” Mona Scott-Young almost had to step in and play referee!
Joe Budden’s current girlfriend, Kaylin Garcia, was pretty and edgy in a custom
$368 now $184 Rebecca Minkoff ‘Becky’ Silky Blazer paired with $228 BCBGMAXAZRIA Michael Paisley Pants and $895 red and tan Valentino “Rockstud” Platform Peep-Toe Pumps.
Special thanks to Mari of Monami Entertainment and Tasha of 135th Street Agency for looking out for Reality TV Fashion! Check out the photo gallery below for more exclusive, behind-the-scenes photos!
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