Behind the Scenes Photoshoot #UCNYFall17

It’s finally here! Are you excited? This photoshoot has been long in the making. Here are some behind the scene moments to give a teaser to what's coming soon. Take a look and get excited for our newest collection. Preview the full Fall 17 collection February 26th on Facebook Live.   

Special thanks to the amazing talent that helped bring these pieces to life.  

MUA: Shekima Francois . Model: Ebony Jackson . Assistant: Emilie Alexander .

Photographer: Erin Williams

UCNY + Harlem's Fashion Row Black Friday POP-UP SHOP

One of my favorite fashion companies, Harlem's Fashion Row (HFR), is having a pop up shop on Black Friday in Harlem from 3pm -  9pm. HFR provides a platform for multicultural fashion designers. Now, this is our chance to speak with our dollars. You're going to be spending money on holiday shopping. This is an opportunity to be thoughtful about where you spend your dollars, have a good time, and meet new people all at the same time. Use the link is below to RSVP. You'll also find the venue in the link. I hope you can make it! Feel free to pass this on to your network.

RSVP TODAY AT: arlemss-fashion-row-black-frid ay-pop-up-shop-tickets-2932708 1089

The 18th Annual AKA PAO Fundraising Gala

This past weekend I flew out to Arkansas to do my first ever runway show. Yes - it was miles and worlds away from the New York fashion scene but I great opportunity to get my runway/presentation feet wet. I ended up having a blast and the ladies of AKA PAO were so gracious and accommodating. The models for the show were awesome female athletes and one even won silver is the Rio Olympics!! This event pushed me - I came back inspired to and motivated to do NYFW in February - STAY TUNED! 

...and yes that the BK Anthem playing.



Black Genius + Hello Lover

Black Genius + Hello Lover Coat

I was honored to be apart of the BG feature on creatives. The shoot
location was magic! I'm from Brooklyn and very familiar with most of
it - But was surprised to find the location in Dumbo had a facelift.
Artist, Coby Kennedy painted the large YES murals in 2013. They spoke
right into me as I've been in a mode of saying YES to God lately. I'm
not operating in fear. I, just like the paintings am bold, beautiful
and daring! It's not an easy thing for me to get in front of the
camera but I said YES. So here I am dressed in this fab wrap dress and
cashmere coat and taking to the streets of Dumbo Brooklyn - YASSSS!

By The way - Did you Pre-order your Hello Lover Coat? I'm in love with this coat and how it's perfect for the fall/winter season. Pre-order is now closed; however, be on the look out for the released date to buy your own beautiful Hello Lover Coat. 

Events- Cocktails with Claire

Earlier last month, Undra Celeste New York spent a beautiful afternoon here in New York City at Cocktails with Claire, sponsored by Fashion Bomb Daily. This event, which took place inside studio 450, was a space to showcase both local and domestic black retailers and vendors. Businesses of all kinds had booths set up, introducing there products to the world. Everything from accessories to natural hair care products to clothing was on display to view and purchase. UCNY also had a booth where guests can view our Spring 16 collection for the first time. Overall the event was a success. It was so enriching being in a room filled with good food, drinks, music and of course other black entrepreneurs.

Our head designer Undra with Claire Summers, publisher and founder of Fashion Bomb Daily and Miss Diddy LA.

Check out our intern Emilie in our Ballet Dancer Print dress!

Cocktails with Claire was a wonderful experience and we cannot wait for the next one!

Brains Behind the Beauty

A behind the scenes look and interview at our Fall 2016 photoshoot through the eyes of makeup artist Shekima Francois.

Q: Where do you draw inspiration from for the UCNY seasonal shoots?

A: Honestly I never see Undra’s designs before I arrive for the shoot.  So I never have any idea of what looks I’m going to do. However, once I see the designs on the model, I automatically see a story and draw my inspiration from there. In each design I say to myself "she's going here in this item and her face looks like this" and it works if Undra and I’s visions connect. 


Q: What products do you believe every woman should have in her makeup collection?

A: A good moisturizer! It doesn't matter how much makeup you own. It will never look good if your skin is not moisturized.

Q: What is the most important beauty/makeup advice that you can give to women?

A: Take care of your skin by investing in good products. I'm not saying go out there and splurge on expensive creams and serums but take the time to nourish your skin from the inside out.  I would also recommend drinking plenty of water.  If you ask any of my friends they will tell you my answer is always "drink water".

Q: What do you love most about the beauty/fashion industry?

A: I love the creativity of it all. I love that in this industry there is no right or wrong way to do things. Expression is art!

Q: Name one beauty product that you can never leave your house without?

A: I don't have one item lol. I must leave with lipstick and my brow pencil!