Missing #MilanFashionWeek?: Monday Fashion Fix African Apparel

If you were unable to get away to Milan for Fashion Week, let me satisfy your Fashion palette with some vibrance right here in New York. Afri-Pop Shop was a great Saturday hang and managed to satisfy my fashion hunger. I had a “just throw it in the bag” moment when I saw a few items I wanted but stayed in my lane. Baby’s got a budget :-), so should you. I will share with you my Spring pick in the next episode, for now check out the array of colors and designs by these creative souls. Go on their sites and support the artistry. Check out I-CAF for future pop-up shops and other events.

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Get your handmade shoes and handbags from Kain Fri (Cane Free). Check them out https://www.facebook.com/kainfriny

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I am in love with candles. Always have one burning. If you are like me then try Cecret Candles & Accessories home made soy lotion candles. Check them out cecretaccessories.storenvy.com/

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DPiper Twins, They are Gorgeous and so are their collections! Check them out http://www.dpipertwins.com

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Stephanie Atieno’s collection, great pieces to spice up your work week & your after work life! Check her out http://www.stephanieatieno.com/

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Musical inspiration came from Jennah Bell. Lovely voice, soothing… http://www.jennahbell.com

Happy Monday!

Fashion Fridays: The Afri-Pop Shop #Fashion #NYC

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Images Courtesy of I-CAF

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What are you doing Saturday???  Check out the Afri-Pop Shop, to add some African-Inspired apparel & accessories to your closet. I found out about it from Stephanie Atieno while perusing her IG. Check out her clothing line, if you are looking to spice up your work wardrobe. I always am, you know my motto Keep It Sexy Simple! Then I headed over to check out the sponsor of the event International-Coalition for African Fashion . Make sure to check them out for more events & programs that support growth of African Fashion. I find out some of the best info on IG, the new Encyclopedia of social networking, I call it!

See you Saturday…Cheers to the weekend!

Valentine’s Day Edition: Black Fashion History, First Black Supermodel #NYFW

Do you know who the first black supermodel is? Donyale Luna born Peggy Ann Freeman in Detroit, Michigan. I honestly never heard that name. But, here she is gracing the March 1966 cover of British Vogue, 49 years ago next month. She was on the cover eight years prior to known Supermodel Beverly Johnson covered American Vogue. Perhaps we don’t know much about her because her life ended so young or because she covered the British rather than American Vogue. Either way she and the great models before were a stepping stone to all the covers we now grace.

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Donyale Luna

Enjoy this retrospective of the beautiful black women then & now that grace the covers and walk the runways. We come in all shades & sizes…

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Bethann Hardison & Beverly Johnson

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Marquita Pring, Liris Crosse, Saffi Kauna, & Anita Marshall

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Iman, Tyra Banks, Naomi Campbell & Grace Jones, Kimora Lee Simmons

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Toccara Jones, Sharon Quinn, Christina Mendez, & Jordan Tesfay

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Alek Wek, Jessica White, Arlenis Sosa, Selita Ebanks

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Lisa Visagie, Anansa Sims, Teiko Dornor & Jordan Borgella

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Danielle Evans, Lyndsey Scott, Joan Smalls, Jourdan Dunn, Liya Kebede

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Ubah Hassan, Ajak Deng, Gorgie Badiel Riley Montana & Senait Gidey, Yasmin Warsame

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Sessilee Lopez, Malaika Firth, Chanel Iman, Winnie Harlow

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Kinee Diouf

Appreciate the beauty & love in everyone from the inside out….

Happy Valentine’s Day❤️

Photo Credits: Vogue, Essence, Plus Model Mag

Fashion Fridays: Company Crush Brother Vellies

“Brother Vellies was founded by Aurora James with the goal of introducing the rest of the world to her favorite traditional African footwear, while also creating and sustaining artisanal jobs within Africa. Handmade in South Africa, Kenya and Namibia, Brother Vellies creates boots, shoes and sandals in styles that maintain the spirit and durability of their ancestral counterparts.” Brother Vellies Website

Wondering what Vellies are? The name of the company is derived from the word velskoen known as “vellies” – describes a modern day desert boot. Nice right, great name. This company is very special because they are assisting in maintaining the tradition of handmade footwear produced in Africa simultaneously increasing the awareness of the craft and employment. Ms. James is currently based here in Brooklyn (love it), in between her travels to Africa. Read more about her here .

Meantime, I am crushing on these shoes…

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Woman's Gladiator Photo Credit: Brother Vellies

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How cute are these Men's shoes & your "mini me" could have the matching pair

In The Papers: NYTimes Fashion’s Racial Divide

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The NYTimes: Fashion’s Racial Divide article touches on several points regarding the racial divide in the fashion industry. Good read, now what next? I think in addition to the fashion industry recognizing that they should be more inclusive, we also have to support the young ones that want to pursue such careers. In the West Indian culture, parents only know about four careers Lawyer, Doctor, Accountant, Engineer…you get the picture. I wish I had taken the opportunity to study at FIT while I was in college, my school had a special program that allowed you to study there in your last year, if you qualified. To satisfy my fashion palette and missed opportunity some years ago, I took a couple courses after returning to NY from law school. To add insult to injury, FIT is where I sat for weeks for my Bar Exam classes. The irony!

Some of us have a mix of creativity coupled with the intellectual, hence this Fashion Blog that allows me to express my creative side. Parents always want you to choose careers that yield the highest benefits, for them fashion is not always it. For me, my parents did not force being an attorney, it was my goal from a young age so they did not have to reinforce it so much or dissuade me from pursuing another career. But, I always had this creative outlet for writing and a respect for fashion due in part to my Mom’s great sense of style.

It’s not true that fashion careers don’t yeild a great benefit. I think the best thing you can do is encourage your child to pursue what makes their hearts sing, if that means a double-major, so they have a backup plan, then that is a good route. Don’t dissuade, encourage.

On the flip side, I think Fashion Schools have to be all encompassing for all races as well. I had an experience at FIT for a program I applied to some years ago and the questions that were posed to me and statements made were jaw-dropping to say the least. I took it in stride and a sign that was not my path, for that moment. I share this with you to say that there are many aspects to fixing this racial divide: parents, school administrators, the industry, the companies, all play a part. They all have to be willing to do their part in fixing the divide to encourage inclusion of all races in this industry.

Read the Article

Any thoughts?