Monthly Archives: July 2009

Oscar de La Renta Elegance

Oscar de la Renta a fashion superstar is the ultimate splash for a non-boring show. The ladies rocked classic pieces on the runway. These are not only elegant but wearable runway material. This look also says: “show me the money”.

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Dark, daring, but never depressing. 

I can see Michelle O rocking all these garments without question.

I can see Michelle O rocking all these garments without question.

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Models Day Off

This is how one of the models dresses on her day off the runway. I on the other hand, think that this outfit borders on ambiguity. Is it an outfit or a get-up??  gurl got me so confused. I want to high-five her off-work style from being different from those other runway robots. So kudos to that.  

This is an outfit or a get-up???

This is an outfit or a get-up???

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Mango Shows Black Some Love

Mango Clothing decided to feature a replay of black fashion icons. That is visual justice for real. To be presented in a positive light is a shout-out I lookout for. Do I hear “More More please”? I definitely want more. And you should too. 

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Nothing Says Funk It Like This Crew.

Seriously this group is swaggerific.I just invented that word I think. But then again, with a name like Brisk Convergence, you have to own up to it.  Each individual had that unique individuality that I just can’t put a finger on. The rest of you are just going to be swagger-jacking. I just know it. I have my police force out on patrol. Enjoy until you get caught. 

Out to put the funk in style.

Out to put the funk in style.

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Men Stepping Out in Styles

It could be the Tanino Crisci shoes or a guy who knows how to handle a plain white t-shirt. There is something great about a man who doesn’t let himself down by the clothing that he wears. 

Coats that tempt the coat-check clerk to steal coats.

Swagger in Coats.

Swagger in Coats.

Andrea has his own style. This fella is not hijacking anybody else’s swagger but his own.

Coat, Hat and glasses. A true Renaissance man.

Coat, Hat and glasses. A true Renaissance man.

 Flaunt the style that no one else dares to wear. That’s true fashion.

Male Fashion taken to unique in Flaunt Magazine.

Male Fashion taken to unique in Flaunt Magazine.

Chingy is preppster meets Hip Hopper and instantly creates desire. Is this man ever off-step on his game? 

Pharrell was his own unique hip hopper before they all came along.

Pharrell was his own unique hip hopper before they all came along.

From head to toe, Common has his gentleman’s gear. It’s time to teach other men.

A new age gentleman's club member.

A new age gentleman's club member.

 I am not usually crazy for the many patterns on Ed Hardy but this is nice and simple.

Ed Hardy in simple pattern but nice.

Ed Hardy in simple pattern but nice.

The head of the gentleman’s club. Seriously this one is rocking respective style:

Gentleman Style so cool. Pimps are stealing it now but never with the same respect.

Gentleman Style so cool. Pimps are stealing it now but never with the same respect.

Check that out. The Hat, the whole 180 degrees worth of neck whiplash from both sexes.

The Hat and scarf are stepping it up this season.

The Hat and scarf are stepping it up this season.

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It’s All About the Scarf

It’s all about the scarf so then it must be about the neck area too. I am loving the details on the Rhi Rhi scarf. I’m intrigued by the fact that this scarf doesn’t look cliched like a Shemagh usually would. Gurl you own this style.  And those of you who know me know I really like the details in an outfit. 

Got to appreciate a fashionista who pays homage to detail.

Got to appreciate a fashionista who pays homage to detail.

Some wear it right too: These boys do have the scarf swagg going on: 

The Scarf Swagging group. Well done boys.

The Scarf Swagging group. Well done boys.

This young lady wears her Shemagh casually and relaxed:

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This one beauty chose to worn hers on her head.

Gorgeously worn. Note the details remain on the scarf not the whole body. No detail overload.

Gorgeously worn. Note the details remain on the scarf not the whole body. No detail overload.

Melanie wears Love Quotes

Melanie Brown in Love Quotes Scarf

Melanie Brown in Love Quotes Scarf

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Geek Impersonator Trend Talk

Get your nerd on.

Get your nerd on.

I have not jumped on that dark-rimmed train. Probably because, as my family would also agree, I am one gurl who strays from the masses. I’m asking myself: Is it a style, a trend, a movement, a cultural shift or just a love affair with all things uncool? To me it’s an emulation of the child (via 1970’s and earlier) who has an appointment with the school bully.  But I don’t care. I think that it’s all a superficial adaption that’s working well for some people. 

So back to what a geek is truly: A geek, I believe, has obsessive, esoteric knowledge about mass media, pop culture and technology. Geeks are generally smart, they’re passionate about things most people don’t care about, and most of them tend to be early adopters when it comes to the latest gadgets. So, conclusion and caution: those who wear it may not be true geeks but rather, posers. Sorry to break it to you.

Jay-z can pull it off but then again, he is a metrosexual man who does style well.

Jay-Z rocking his inner nerd at the court.

Jay-Z rocking his inner nerd at the court.

Before men were yelled at to keep a button down shirt and a pair of Italian Loafers in their closet, Common had his swagger ahead of that game. He really look like Malcomb X (also his style is inspired by him I believe). Open a school of style and all men must enroll!!!

Common looking effortlessly Hot nerd.

Common looking effortlessly Hot nerd.

Erykah has been fly since day 1: 

If Erykah were a librarian, all men would frequent the world of books.

If Erykah were a librarian, all men would frequent the world of books.

You like the nerd glasses: Get them Here.

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Fierce Women Cat-Walking

The reality of seeing color in the magazines and in the cat-walk is a refreshing type of fierceness. The fact that adding 2 or three black models, to the sway on the horizon, is making me re-structure and appreciate the couture pieces that they wear. We are humans after all and we like to be represented before we can really see ourselves within those parameters of that fashion. 

This is  Marc Jacobs. There is a lot of pattern going on and the mix works well regardless of the details.

Chanel Iman I love the patterns.

Chanel Iman I love the patterns.

 Ralph Lauren. I really appreciate this one. To me it’s safari gurl glamoured for the city.

Jourdan Dunn looks fierce and totally in step.

Jourdan Dunn looks fierce and totally in step.

 Check out those python sandals:

Jourdan Dunn

Jourdan Dunn

The grid pattern is so urban I would rock it. 

Jordan Dunn

Jordan Dunn

That cardigan is really versatile. I can see it with jeans and python sandals. Sexy.

Chanel Iman

Chanel Iman

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Chanel Iman and Jordan Richardson

Chanel Iman looks bit like Jordan Richardson’s twinie. I think that Chanel Iman looks more waif-like than Jordan. I don’t know you be the judge. But here it is: Both are making huge splashes as fashions newest fresh-faced accessories. 

Jordan Richardson
Jordan Richardson

Chanel Iman

 

Jordan Richardson

Jordan Richardson

   Chanel Iman

So where would my votes go? Both are lovely but, Jordan is more realistic and still fit as a model. Chanel is cute but in a waifish way. I guess the model industry digs that.

Jordan Taylor

Jordan Taylor

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Badu-Like Hair is So Fly

We know how much black hair in El  Naturelle can be a fight with a demon that won’t stay down. But believe me when I say that the fight can be worn when you armored with the right product: aka MOISTURE. I will go into detail at a later post. Hair is fashion and  you can rock the Badu since Badu is so fly. 

 I know she wears wigs at times but she's still fly.

I know she wears wigs at times but she's still fly.

The superfly  doing it BIG: 

Head-turner, show-stopper, accident-causer....all with the powerful weapon called hair.

FHead-turner, show-stopper, accident-causer....all with the powerful weapon called hair. Source: Fantastics magazine.

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About to show-stop and cause crashes.

About to show-stop and cause crashes.

Calling all men as well: 

School us. Prepster meets Baduism. I like.

School us. Prepster meets Baduism. I like.

So since this guy holds Baduism to a Tee, here is another of him.

So since this guy holds Baduism to a Tee, here is another of him.

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Tracy Reese in the House

Tracy Reese and wearable too.

Tracy Reese and wearable too.

Tracy Reese

Tracy Reese

Here is the power woman herself. Here to take a bow. 

Tracy Reese: aka Powerwoman

Tracy Reese courtesy of YMIB: aka Power-woman

With an innate desire to create beautiful things, Detroit native Tracy Reese headed for Manhattan in 1982 to attend Parsons School of Design where she received an accelerated degree in 1984. Upon graduation, Reese moved to Paris where she apprenticed under designer Martine Sitbon while working for the small contemporary firm, Arlequin. Returning to New York, Reese worked at some of the industry’s top fashion houses, including Perry Ellis where she was the design director for Women’s Portfolio. (Source: tracyreese.com

Tracy Reese vibed school girl.

Tracy Reese vibed school girl.

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Oscar De La Renta Fuming

Oscar De La Renta

Oscar De La Renta

Oscar De La Renta fumed and huffed and puffed about the sweater that Michelle Obama wore to meet the queen of England way back earlier on this year. “You don’t show up at Buckingham Palace…in a sweater.” he fumed like a wounded child. I’m guessing he’s resenting Michelle since she never wore his line to up the sales. This reccesionist chica is well known for rocking low-profile labels like: Isabel Toledo & Jason Wu. So we fail here and there in fashion so what?? Michelle is not in some high school where she needs to compete with the trend following zombies. You wear what you like. Oscar we love your work but stop seeing the First Lady as a walking advertisement waiting to be milked as a cash cow. Careful what you say the white house won’t be calling soon!

Michelle's sweater that caused a hernia in the high-fashion world.

Michelle's sweater that caused a hernia in the high-fashion world.

This woman is inspiring fashion lines: 

Baby Phat New York Show channeled First Lady all the way.

Baby Phat New York Show channeled First Lady all the way.

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The Rise of the Black Hipster

Apparently the hipster designation is strictly a non-black territory. But as you know black people heed no limits when it comes to breaking into that arena and perhaps, wearing it even a little bit better. I think that Kanye West is the prime person who wears this style right. Upon discovery, of this style a statement was made: hence the embodying of the fashion by the black person has come to be know as “Blipster”- in refrence to New York Times. To tell you the truth, the article was quite offensive. It took the ignorant tone of “WHAT? A black person ordered sushi at the restaurant today and not chicken!” Written from a point that possessed a thick assumption and designation of what makes a black person. We all love chicken so why would we try sushi??

Here is my backlash to the assumption: So you say you are the real hippie. Real hippies lived the lifestyle, protests and all. You are just a remnant of what was once real. Accept it and let it just be style. It is no longer in it’s pure form so who says there is a copyright on the hippster image?? Black people can wear that too! Get real.

 The Assimilated Negro really indulged in a sarcastic lyrical piece that should wake the shame of that writer.  The greater disappointment , to me, was the fact that the NY Times itself could pass on such cheap shots and allow them to run on their paper. Jessica Pressler, the writer/trash talker of the article , went the extra mile to define that the “Blipster” likes rock and therefore, is impersonation the white man. Hey whose impersonating Hendrix?? Is this not the same as crowing black people into a category equivalent to the derogatory “wigga”. You be the judge. Black hipsters have their own support at Afropunk.  Big up to diversity. 

Anyhow, black people rock it when we want it and guarantee, we do it well: 

Afropunk tell them: 

Those other hippies can never grow a fro like that so they wear fake wigs. Whose copying who now???

Those other hippies can never grow a fro like that so they wear fake wigs. Whose copying who now???

 

Afro Punk Festival

Afro Punk Festival

Kanye West show them how it’s done: 

They don't know how great you wear it.

They don't know how great you wear it.

 

You never show up like a fake blip.

You never show up like a fake blip.

 

That's okay those other hippies can't afford Louis Vuitton.

That's okay those other hippies can't afford Louis Vuitton.

 

Glenn Staley and Kyle Mingo go beyond the cliched rapper style and recreate something new.

Glenn Staley and Kyle Mingo take hip hop and mix it to create a great twist. Call us "blipsters" but we recreate fabric.

Glenn Staley and Kyle Mingo take hip hop and mix it to create a great twist. Call us "blipsters" but we recreate fabric.

 

Kidz in the Hall. Hippster is hip hoppin’

Hippster-Hop with style

Hippster-Hop with style

 

The Knux are the new cool kids:

Cool Kids can actually play the instrument. Not a photo prop.

Cool Kids can actually play the instrument. Not a photo prop.

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Forgive Me Fashion For I Have Sinned

Carries Jail Term Agreement

 

Carries Jail Term Agreement

 

Ever seen someone walking down the street and your mind sharply wants to commit them to a prison? Well for me nowadays I want to commit them to a mental hospital. A place where they can be armed with a straight jacked and a prison gang to avenge their crimes. Here are a few that make me go: “WHAT IN HELL” ??? Fashion Police, get your tasers out.

The “I Need a Momma to take me to my diaper station look”: 

Saggy Jail Jeans. Need a diaper change????

Saggy Jail Jeans. Need a diaper change????

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Meet some homies, shoot some peeps, it's all in the works.

The Fallen Diva. Even the Best fall Down Sometimes! Are those pants meant to hold down a soiled diaper?

When Disaster strikes

When Disaster strikes

The “I wish I could come nude but I would be arrested” Look: 

Attacked by animals before the show.

Attacked by animals before the show.

Lil Ma should be put in a jail cell for robbing some poor man of half a suit before arriving at the awards.
Half and Half= Failed Mission. Half Man Half woman???

 

Too much bling brought on by deception via music videos…drop that fake bling. We all know it contains nothing close to what you perceive as “Diamonds on my Damn Chain” You feel me?

The ghetto pirate and jewelry store future robber.

The ghetto pirate and jewelry store future robber.

Bad Ghetto weave:  Punishable by a shaving at the penitentiary. 

Lil Kim, why are you so surprised, we know you wear bad bad weave!

Lil Kim, why are you so surprised, we know you wear bad bad weave!

 The “Proud to be a woman of no virtue” style. The woman who wears herself like this will rub on anything that moves. 

Introduce me to your private parts. Not cool!

Introduce me to your private parts. Not cool!

The Ghetto nail: Aka, my fighting accessory #1: These talons are grown to kill and destroy. Wear eye goggles at all times.

I raised them for a match with that B$%^&  Latrice who stole my baby daddy.

I raised them for a match with that B$%^& Latrice who stole my baby daddy.

 Calling all lumberjacks into the city immediately. We have a warrant for your mass arrest.

You are under arrest for dressing in the dark

You are under arrest for dressing in the dark

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Rocawear Worn Right

Who doesn’t like the sleek look of Rocawear. It’s easy to transform into any style you want it to be: from chic, to streeter, to retro to hip-hopping. Endless style so wear it right and make it look right. The sales are endless too so visit rocawear.com. By the hip hop cash king himself (Jay-Z).  Here are some ooo’s and aaa’s that make you say “got to get that Rocawear” : 

 

Rocawear Gala $75

Rocawear Gala $75

 

Rocawear plaid tunic. $19 @Macy's. Now that's a deal.

Rocawear plaid tunic. $19 @Macy's. Now that's a deal.

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Put A Spin on the Outfit

Accessory, accessorize. Those are the essence to an outfit. I’m talking do it right or you end up looking like a gypsy who just robbed Tiffanys & Co. It makes an outfit stand out and individualizes the style. I like it minimal and at times I feel jazzed up so I throw a layer of bangels. Never do the heavy earing and heavy necklaces crime. How atrocious! I wouldn’t blame a robber who took a target grab only to find that: all that glitters is not gold.

Here is Rhi Rhi wearing some: 

I always have an eye for the hand accessories.

I always have an eye for the hand accessories.

I’m not sure I’m feeling the crime that Algebra 3 is committing here: 

 

Algebra 3 did you learn the algebra that addition sometimes does not work?

Algebra 3 did you learn the algebra that addition sometimes does not work?

 

I also have been a longtime fan of Headbanger Accessories I also advice that you avoid any wrestling and fight matches. These designers make them big. They are pretty but don’t loose an ear in a mad dog fight. 

I like these one. I was gifted by someone who obviously adores them as well. DinoMyte's $40 for small

I like these one. I was gifted by someone who obviously adores them as well. DinoMyte's $40 for small

 

Headbangers Themselves. I told you they were big.

Wow perhaps too big but these women know that color is something great.

Wow perhaps too big but these women know that color is something great.

 

I really like that peach tone.

I really like that peach toned accesory.

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Define Swagga

I’m fond of how the definition of Swagga is presented in The Urban Dictionary: 

One’s own unique style or personality that sets them apart from anyone else

Swagga is not to be confused with those sagging jeans that I see the rappper/wannabees emulating. That style makes me want to ask them if they brought an extra diaper for the changing station. Swagga is confidence and a cleanliness appearance. Swagger is owning up to style and is not to be confused with the dumpster dive for clothes that even the bag lady has disowned! It is not to be confused with the copy-cat fashion shopper. Swagga is unique. Swagga is your best presentation of yourself.

 

Fatima Siad (ANTM) your mama must be proud of your swagga.

Fatima Siad (ANTM) your mama must be proud of your swagga.

 

Derek Luke. Show em how it’s done….

 

No really this is hawt don't u agree?

No really this is hawt don't u agree?

 

Welcome to the Gentlemen’s Club. Swagga plus 1 million.

 

Welcome to the Gents Club.

Welcome to the Gents Club.

 

If you are going to go for the thuggish, gangta vibe. Represent with clean swagga….

 

Nipsey Hussle at Dr. Jays

Nipsey Hussle at Dr. Jays

 

Rhi Rhi bring yourself and educate some momas on style please…..

Is there anything this gurl can't make fashionable?

Is there anything this gurl can't make fashionable?

 

This one knows he has it and….he does. 

 

Is the phone included with the coat? So much cooler.

Is the phone included with the coat? So much cooler.

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Conditioner and Our Hurrr (aka Hair)

So we have been blessed with the roots. Whether some may say “sheeps wool”, “steal wool” and the famed “nappy roots”. I say it is beauty that the good Lord has put on our heads. We can braid, cornrow, afro it, put extra curls in it, weave it, wig it out…whew, the list is endless. I wanted to talk about conditioner and the importance of it. I also want to expose the misconception that we sometimes have about putting the C into the roots. Curls are beautiful. Don't overcondition.

Curls are beautiful. Don’t over-condition.

 Use moderation that is the key. Don’t be deceived that more will produce more better results. Yes there is such a thing as over-conditioning.  Here is why. 

Too much conditioner can result in limp hair that seems to oily.

If your hair is oily or if you have baby fine hair, you are definitely more susceptible to over conditioning. If you suffer from hair loss due to any variety of reasons, do not apply a heavy conditioner to your hair. I would also be reluctant to apply ANY conditioner for that matter. The added weight to the hair shaft can cause an increase in hair loss. What you can do is: find a conditioner you like (even a heavy one) and mix it with water. Then put in a spray can and spritz that in your hair. 

I have natural hair that has never been permed or chemically treated but is not rough in texture and I still do the spray trick. Plus, it makes my conditioner last longer. That is a bonus. 

I like to use: 

 

Some of Marguerite's Magic By Carols Daughter $16

Some of Marguerite's Magic By Carols Daughter $16

Avoid over-conditioning fragile easily breakable hair. The added weight of the conditioner can cause hair to to break off, compounding the problem. 

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