Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Where to be Merry: The Style Suite Showroom @ LA Mart

Perhaps like me, you first saw Goo-Goo Atkins on the hit reality show Mary Mary, effortlessly styling her two older sisters Erica Campbell and Tina Campbell from the award-winning gospel group Mary Mary. Season after season, Goo-Goo has managed to pull off hundreds of femininely fierce and elegantly graceful looks—for her sisters, herself and also for her numerous clients, who include Michelle Williams, Vanessa Williams and Niecy Nash.

And now, she’s taking her fashion expertise to the next level: 
she’s opened The Style Suite Showroom in the LA Mart, downtown!

I had the opportunity to attend The Style Suite Showroom’s Grand Opening last week, to get an up-close-and-personal look to see what it’s all about. I was joined by scores of Goo-Goo’s friends, family, fashion and industry insiders, members of the media, and several of her sisters, pictured below, lending their faithful support.

From left to right: Shanta Atkins, Erica Campbell, Goo-Goo Atkins, Maliea Atkins and Tina Campbell 

Catering specifically to curvy and full-figured women, The Style Suite Showroom provides clients with formal wear and evening attire for special occasions such as photo shoots, award shows and any other time you’re in the mood to throw on a fabulous gown or dress. Designers include Sir Algernon and Jared Lamar—and also Goo-Goo herself. The showroom is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and it also offers access to additional services, including hair and makeup, and even a full service media room.

During a brief conversation when she was able to steal away for a moment, Goo-Goo revealed to me that the entire showroom had miraculously come together in a mere 27 days. But, from the looks of it, you’d never even know! Everything appeared extremely well-thought out and like it had been planned months in advance, down to the tiniest details. From the grey and gold-striped accent walls to the numerous candles scattered throughout and the velvety red roses on the desk near the entrance, every aspect had an inviting touch of glam, class and elegance.

The approximately 40-50 guests in attendance also had a chance to see exactly what fashion options will be available at The Style Suite Showroom, as a handful of models showed off stunning styles throughout the evening. 

Guests also had a chance to feel like models themselves, as hairstylist Micha Brown worked her magic on guests' hair...

...makeovers were provided...

...and celebrity manicurist Nettie Davis painted nails, using polish from Erica Campbell’s new nail polish line, EC x CC.

DJ Mal-Ski, pictured below, spun a medley of R&B and gospel hits…

…and Celebrity Chef Sisely Cierra conjured up a delightful spread of finger foods, including some killer banana cupcakes, pictured below!

Goo-Goo got on the mic a couple of times to dish out gracious thank yous and to share more about her journey towards opening the showroom. “Sorry that I did not tell you guys what I was doing, because I wanted to do it myself,” she admitted at one point. She also explained more about the pieces donned by the models and towards the end, added as a model strutted in front of the crowd, “she’s wearing one of the pieces that is exclusive to the Style Suite, where you can come and get everything done here—your one-stop shop for your red carpet event…”

A big congrats to Goo-Goo for opening The Style Suite Showroom—I love seeing successful entrepreneurs launch their own business ventures and do it with such finesse and loveliness. So the next time you’re looking for a fly outfit to wear to any very special occasion, head down to The Style Suite Showroom to find the perfect attire.

See you there soon!

For more information:

The Reef (LA Mart)
1933 S. Broadway Street #166
Los Angeles, CA 90007


  1. This segment is fantastic! Congratulations to you!

  2. Your segment on the SHOWROOM is GREAT, VERY INFORMATIVE AND CREATIVE! CONGRATULATIONS on your new business. I live in Southfield Michigan ( near Detroit) and have been a Seamstress/ Designer for a long time, I took a break and am returning and am p,awning a SHOWING/FASHION SHOW. I happened on to your article and love what you did.