Kala Garner in NYC for fall fashion week 2012

In July, Beautiful Textures Hair Care set out to find a fashionista to cover New York Fashion Week for NaturallyCurly.com. Kala Garner took New York by storm.

Kala was chosen from more than 500 amazing entries, all unique and creative. It was difficult to narrow it down to 10, who provided vlogs of why they should be selected. All of them were incredible. Garner, who has her own YouTube Channel and web site, stood out with her sense of humor and charisma that jumped off the screen.

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Kala Garner in NYC for fall fashion week 2012

Kala received an all-expense-paid trip to New York City to cover New York Fashion Week, a shopping spree at Bloomingdale’s and the honor of co-hosting the Beautiful Textures Fashion Week Mixer “Couture Curls.”

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Kala Garner in NYC for fall fashion week 2012 with Beautiful Textures

Kala’s car arrived at the Beacon Hotel, and this 5’11” beautiful bundle of energy emerged from the car. She exudes style and sophistication. We began talking a mile a minute as we took the car to lunch before her Bloomingdale’s shopping spree. Adrian Sexton, personal shopper assistant was ready to go, taking her around the store to pull a selection of dresses. She spent the next hour trying each one on, twirling around for us to see and finally selecting a gorgeous form-fitting indigo dress with shoes to match.

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Kala Garner in NYC for fall fashion week 2012

After a trip back to the hotel to freshen up, we headed off to the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea, where Beautiful Textures was hosting a party during Fashion’s Night Out. After hair and makeup, Kala wowed the crowd with her glamorous look. Hosted by singer Teyena Taylor, the event was a who’s who of the natural hair industry. Guests included natural hair blogger AfroBella, Essence magazine beauty director Corynne Corbett, VH1's "Love & Hip Hop - New York" star Olivia, Celebrity Hairstylist Hadiiya Barbel and Tia Williams. Beauty Editor and Owner of The Fly Cut Tia Williams.

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Kala Garner in NYC for fall fashion week 2012

Beautiful Textures NYC Fashion Week Adventure campaign supported individuality and the freedom for women to explore and be versatile with their tresses and their style and it all converged at Fashion Week. Over the next three days, Kala and I traveled from the Meatpacking District to Lincoln Center. We saw shows a number of designers, including Charlotte Ronson, Christian Siriano, Jill Stuart and Lela Rose.

The scene outside the show was as entertaining as the actual runway shows, where fashionistas were everywhere. We saw every style under the sun.

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"As a brand, Beautiful Textures celebrates the beauty in women no longer being monolithic, but being able to freely express themselves in their choices of hair styles all the way down to their shoes," said Charlene Bastien the Strength of Nature National Marketing Director, when the campaign launched.

Kala exemplified this philosophy throughout the trip, embracing all the options provided by her natural hair.

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After a final show at Lincoln Center Sunday afternoon, Kala piled her luggage and bags into the cab and headed back to Detroit. While covering the fashion scene, Kala became a fashion icon in her own right.

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Kala heads back to Detroit

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