Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Woodcliff Lake Teen Captures Fashion World

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Woodcliff Lake Teen Captures Fashion World

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Just a few days shy of her fashion blog's one-year anniversary in mid-September, 19-year-old Nia Alleyne stepped out of a Manhattan taxicab and found herself in front of camera flashes and shouts from photographers. Unaccustomed to the attention, she instinctively covered her face with her hands.

It was her first time being invited to and attending New York Fashion Week, thanks to her blog's success; Let's Wear Black garners thousands of views a month and has 36,000 followers on Instagram. Yet the Woodcliff Lake resident still can't believe how far she's come in 12 months.

Most posts on the site feature the 5-foot-3-inch Alleyne wearing her favorite, of-the-moment outfits (not always black, as the title might suggest) from such brands as Zara, Rag & Bone, Madewell and ASOS, with links to the brands' websites. Rarely does she face the camera head on; often Alleyne is pictured from the neck down. The photographs are bold, colorful and arresting. She hired two professional freelance photographers to shoot for her whenever her schedule allows it. The outfits she wears are her own, though Alleyne admitted that days when she has class, she dresses more casually: Adidas Superstars sneakers, T-shirt, Lululemon leggings, a black leather jacket, a pair of sunglasses and an "arm party" of rings and bracelets. After all, Alleyne joked, when she was growing up, her mother would always say, "School is not a fashion show."

Voted "Best Dressed" in her class at Saddle River Day School, even though it has a uniform requirement (creative accessorizing came in handy), Alleyne said she's often used clothing to express herself because she's otherwise quite shy. She's watched every season of reality competition "America's Next Top Model" since it premiered in 2003, and learned to shop by watching her sister, who is also into fashion and would often return from jaunts to Europe with fabulous clothing.

"Her style is just effortless, so I always wanted to keep up," Alleyne said. …

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