Vashtie Kola
Artist, music video director, entrepreneur
Vashtie Kola
Vashtie Kola, often stylized as Va$htie, is an artist, director, designer, party promoter and entrepreneur.
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Drake Collaborates With Sotheby's On Black Art Exhibit
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Drake with artist Beyte Saar, Photo courtesy of BFA Last week, the S|2, Sotheby's Contemporary Art Gallery debuted its selling exhibition I Like It Like This, which features work from African American artists, along with a curated playlist by Grammy-Award winning rap artist Drake. On view now until June 12, the 36-piece exhibition encourages visitors to listen to Drake's song selections at listening stations through Beats By Dr. Dre Pro Headphones. The show brings together over 70 years of influential Contemporary black American artists, including Kara Walker, Betye Saar and Jean-Michel Basquiat. As one of the first mainstream exhibitions to incorporate of-the-moment hip hop music, the show serves as a crossroad for how black art and black culture are connected. Specifically through music, television, film and social media, black art is not just for the "African American" museum space. And here's where Drake's curated playlist comes to life. In I Like It Like This, the rapp ...
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Brandice Henderson: Behind the Scenes of HFR's Dinner with Bevy
Huffington Post - over 4 years
For Bevy Smith, putting on spectacular events is more than a job, it's a lifestyle. Bevy Smith, well known for hosting her star spangled Dinner with Bevy parties and more recently her Dining with Bevy: Life with a Vision series, partnered with Harlem's Fashion Row last Tuesday to host a pre-fashion week dinner at the Marriott Renaissance New York Hotel's beautiful Opia Restaurant. I had the opportunity to take a behind the scenes look at this social connoisseur's event empire, and from television, radio, blogs and events, Bevy Smith does it all. In fact, I would call her a modern renaissance woman. "I do whatever strikes my fancy," Smith stated. The evening was a perfect way to jumpstart Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, with a very fashionable set of tastemakers congregating over fine wine, a cocktail hour and a seated dinner. Conversation flourished and ultimately focused on the role of persons of color in the fashion industry. Brandice Henderson, CEO and Founder of Harlem's ...
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Marjon Rebecca Carlos: Black Girl Crush Series, Part 3: Vashtie Kola
Huffington Post - over 4 years
To be sure, the allure of the tomboy has stretched over time, mediums, and cultures, the beguiling assemblage of female magnetism and male dominance funneled into a single physical embodiment. Simply look at screen god(desses) Marlene Dietrich and Diane Keaton, jazz chanteuse Billie Holiday, or even Joan of Arc for verifiable proof: the bold, unconventional, yet glamorous sway of gamines has seemingly always had an impact on art, society, fashion, and history. Within a modern context, though, no one seems to embody tomboy style quite like Downtown New York's polymath/"sweetheart", Vashtie Kola. The artist, designer, video director, brand consultant, professional party hostess-with-the-mostest, dominates the hip hybrid scenes of fashion, hip-hop, and art in denim cutoffs, Air Jordans (of her own design), a tee (also of her own design), and a flip of her enviable bushel of curls. Such an effortless uniform still makes quite a statement while she's busy directing mus ...
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One On 1: Behind The Scenes With Vashtie Kola - NY1
Google News - over 5 years
Vashtie Kola, a child of Trinidadian immigrants and East Village “it girl,” has an evolving career that's included a clothing line, music videos, Air Jordans, and a whole lot of nicknames. NY1's Budd Mishkin filed the following "One On 1" report
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Beyonce Pregnant: Baby Not Planned, Still a Blessing - Gather Celebs News Channel
Google News - over 5 years
The site also claims that the singer's iconic husband, Jay-Z has already betrayed her with her Twitter nemesis: Vashtie Kola! Fortunately though, there seems to be more weight (literally) behind the "pregnant and passing up roles" story
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Passion of the Craft Documentary (TRAILER) - stupidDOPE.com
Google News - over 5 years
Among those profiled are fashionista Vashtie Kola, photographer and producer Johnathan Mannion, marketing expert Andrew Lafiosca, and other tastemakers in industry media. Check out the trailer for Passion of the Craft below and connect with Passion of
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Beyonce, Nicki Minaj Calling Themselves Queens? - ThyBlackMan
Google News - over 5 years
Vashtie Kola has been calling herself King Va$htie since she was in high school due to her disdain for feminine titles, ie “Queen.” What's wrong with feminine titles like “Queen”? I always found joy in the thought of meeting my king and me being his
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Video Director Vashtie Kola Talks About Her 'King' Title - XXLMAG.COM
Google News - over 5 years
Vashtie Kola: It's tricky. It's a thin line. It's very hard to kind of straddle that. You always wanna be inspired by the things around you. And if there's something that strikes you as an artist that strikes you and inspires you, it's important to
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Video Director Vashtie Kola Calls Out Beyonce For 'King B' Reference [Photos] - Hip-Hop Wired
Google News - over 5 years
Famed video director Vashtie Kola caused controversy on Twitter this week when she subliminally took a shot at Beyonce for calling herself 'King B.' As previously reported Beyonce released her new single “Best Thing I Never Had” and included a promo
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How Dreadful: Team Dirty Rice Comes For Vashtie - Crunk + Disorderly
Google News - over 5 years
New York City “it” girl Vashtie Kola learned the hard way this evening when she sent out the following tweet to her 20000 + followers: “it's so entertaining that broads are referring to themselves as “KING…” now. it's cute…” It didn't matter that she
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Vashtie Kola Totally Made Chambray Happen - New York Magazine
Google News - almost 6 years
Well, in today's Times Styles section, wonderful Paper editor Alexis Swerdloff has a detail-packed story about Vashtie Kola, "a kind of renaissance woman who moves easily among fashion, film and music." Though I've never heard of her, she certainly has
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Her Cool-Kid Clubhouse - New York Times
Google News - almost 6 years
NOT long ago, Vashtie Kola — a downtown party hostess, fashion designer and music video director — started wearing a chambray shirt, which she would pair with cutoff denim jean shorts and tights. She didn't think much of the outfit
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The Year of Dressing Dangerously
NYTimes - about 9 years
THE party took place on a recent Tuesday night at R Bar, a midsize nightspot in downtown Manhattan with comfortable banquettes, four stripper poles and large framed photos of scantily clad models on the crimson walls. The lounge is on an emerging stretch of the Bowery that looked very different 15 years ago. The people inside? Less so. In tribute
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Vashtie Kola
    TWENTIES
  • 2015
    Age 29
    2015: Vashtie wrote, directed and starred in an art film for Drake's Hotline Bling video.
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  • 2011
    Age 25
    2011: The New York Times does a full feature on Vashtie Kola, titled "A Role Model For Young Tastemakers/Her Cool Kids Clubhouse"
    More Details Hide Details 2012: Kola designs a limited pair of Beats By Dre Headphones in a taxi themed design.
  • 2010
    Age 24
    2010: Vashtie was featured in a Rachel Roy campaign.
    More Details Hide Details Later that year, she became the first female to collaborate with Brand Jordan on her own Jordan sneaker. The shoe was offered at select boutiques nationally, most of which sold out in the first few days. Publications such as Women's Wear Daily, Footwear News, TeenVogue.Com, Complex Magazine, The Source Magazine and others covered the historical occasion.
  • 2009
    Age 23
    2009: Vibe listed the "31 Most Stylish People Under 31" with Vashtie coming in at the 23rd spot among names like Kanye West, Rihanna and Justin Timberlake.
    More Details Hide Details She was also featured in Nylon Magazine as part of their lineup of "It Girls". In this same year Vashtie interviewed Sean "Diddy" Combs for Supreme Magazine, which was photographed by Terry Richardson, and was included in the Nike Destroyer Campaign alongside notables like Dee & Ricky and Scott Campbell.
  • 2008
    Age 22
    2008: Vashtie starts her own clothing line, VIOLETTE. With an official debut in Fall 2008, the clothing was said to be inspired by "a mix of opposite worlds: uptown and downtown, hip-hop and rock, feminine and masculine, casual and couture".
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  • 2006
    Age 20
    2006: She was asked to re-vamp the company of Island Def Jam as Director of Creative Services.
    More Details Hide Details Antonio "L.A" Reid, president of Def Jam, said she would be "the one to keep the building cool, someone in tune with downtown cool and pop mainstream." That same year, Vashtie also started an iconic monthly 90ʼs party with her friend Oscar Sanchez called “1992”. Spinning only music from the late 80's and early 90ʼs, the event brought out a mix of tastemakers and celebrities such as Dave Chappelle, Jay-Z, Ne-Yo, Jermaine Dupri, Patrick Ewing, Redman, DJ Premier, The Clipse, Maxwell, Chanel Iman, Zoe Kravitz, Grand Puba, Lord Finesse, and KiD CuDi among others. Although its residency is in New York City, the party has taken place in Miami, Paris and Amsterdam. In 2008, 1992 was nominated for Best Party at the Paper Magazine Nightlife Awards and also received a lot of press, like; The New York Post, i-D Magazine, Trace and Paper but most notably a feature in The New York Times
  • TEENAGE
  • 2005
    Age 19
    2005: Vashtie was signed to Box Fresh Pictures as a director alongside Anthony Mandler.
    More Details Hide Details Many of her first videos were done with this company, including videos for artists such as Beans, J-Status and Tony Hussle. At the same time she was also writing music video treatments for established directors such as Anthony Mandler, Lenny Bass and Dr. Teeth. She wrote the treatment for Common's video "Testify" which starred Taraji P. Henson and Wood Harris. During the same time, Vashtie styled and modeled for the clothing line Billionaire Boys Club.
  • 2004
    Age 18
    She graduated in 2004.
    More Details Hide Details During this time, she worked at Stüssy, a clothing store.
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