Recap: Angela Simmons Hosts Social Women Brunch During NYFW

Inside a private room at Cafe Arte just blocks away from the tents at Lincoln Center, dozens of beauty bloggers, writers, designers and stylists gathered for the second Social Women Brunch & Symposium in honor of New York Fashion Week.

Started by Yoli Ouiya of Yoli’s Green Living, this brunch aims to empower women of color working in the entertainment, fashion and beauty industries. Facing unique challenges, the brunch was not only a hotbed for great networking, but also discussion. Like, did you know that by 2014, African Americans will have a buying power of $1.2 trillion? Yet, many fashion and beauty companies are still hesitant to accurately market to us? That’s what the Social Women brunch is about — informing social influencers of their power.

Afrobella's Patrice Grell Yursik and Gorgeous in Grey's Ty Brown

The afternoon was also hosted by Christina Brown of LoveBrownSugar and entrepreneur and fashionista Angela Simmons. (By the way, Angela looked darling in her leather/lace bra!) Rev. Run‘s daughter went around to every table, mingling with guests and talking about her upcoming website, which she expects to launch soon. When Angela stopped by my table, she dished on watching her father perform at Made in America in Philadelphia earlier that month, moving back to New York (after being in L.A. with her sister Vanessa) and continuing to work on Pastry, her hot shoe brand.

Attendees left with a giftbag full of goodies, including LiSi Cosmetics, Covergirl, Naked Princess and Arm & Hammer.

Kudos to Yoli for an amazing concept and an inspiring afternoon!

The Fab Empire's Joi-Marie with MaherComm's Quiana Shepard

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