Duro Oluwo's Spring 2012 line. Composite by New York Times
As Helen Jennings’ new tome “New African Fashion” hits shelves, the New York Times talked to designers and style experts such as Duro Oluwo and Mimi Plange about cues from the continent popping up throughout contemporary fashion. Plange broke it down like this:
“I want to prove to people that African fashion can’t be pigeonholed,” she said. “I can compete globally.”
Check out the whole interview here
Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images
‘Ye unveiled his Dw by Kanye West line on Saturday with nods to his hip-hop background (nameplate necklaces, backpacks, shiny tracksuits) and the sleek lines and neutrals of Celine, Calvin Klein and the like. Some reviews noted fit problems. All in all, I didn’t think it was all that bad. My mind isn’t blown, but I like the beading and leather.
Wiz and Amber at the 2011 MTV VMAs
To hear Amber Rose tell it, there may be another hip-hop union coming down the pike … eventually. She told MTV News:
“We discuss it all the time; like he said, we’re very much in love,” Rose told MTV News while standing next to her “Black and Yellow” rapper beau on the VMA Pre-Show black carpet. “But, ya know, we’re just going to take our time and just enjoy each other right now. We’re both really busy and we work really hard and when the time comes, it’s gonna come.”
Read the full story here.
Iman is taking her glamazon touch to HSN with a bunch of capes, vests and dramatic outerwear made of fab leathers and laced with fun pretend fur.
Photo: Yeni's Creations
America’s Next Top Model alum and current All-Star Isis King hit the Baltimore Fashion Week runway in a patterned teal jumpsuit paired with beaded headpiece by Omoyeni Makinde of Yeni’s Creations. Spotted at NY mag.
Is the Golden Age of Street Style on the wane? Photo: Emma Arnold for Refinery29
Or, as The New York Times eloquently puts it in the its latest “Room for Debate” feature, “Has Globalization Ruined Street Style?” The answer is a resounding … maybe?
GQ‘s Will Welch says:
…Street style has become so popular that “real people” are now dressing for the cameras, vying to get photographed. It has become a self-aware rather than accidental culture, like reality television. The more outrageously you dress, the more likely it is you get snapped and posted online. That’s created some unfortunate style trends and an environment where the blogs are as contrived as the runways.
Socialite and fashion muse Shala Monroque scored one of New York Magazine’s Fall Fashion 2011 covers, alongside Isabella Rossellini and Elettra Wiedemann, Andrej Prejic and China Machado. Speaking about her Caribbean background, the newly minted style icon says:
She’s a shy woman, slightly formal and sphinx-like. She abhors talking about her life, unspooling stories reluctantly. Monroque was brought up near the beach in St. Lucia, where her family still lives, and didn’t leave the island until after she graduated from high school. “I always knew as a kid that I wanted to live in America,” she says, choosing her words carefully. “We always got all of the American TV shows late, and I grew up watching Leave It to Beaver and other shows from the fifties. Life here just seemed better, and freer. I couldn’t believe that on TV, kids would just open the fridge, pull out a box of orange juice, and drink from it.”
… Twin magazine. The Opening Ceremony staffer/designer shares her literary pick of the month on the OC blog.
Africa Fashion Week London 2011 went down this weekend, and, as expected, our people went all out. The BBC has a look at the event in pictures, and FAB magazine went behind the scenes to interview some of the designers and vendors.
Photographer Nonso Obi scored pictures of several runway shows, including J by Jak’s collection…
Photo: Nonso Obi
And some street style shots. Check out more info here.
Vogue editrix Anna Wintour and movie mogul Harvey Weinstein are slated to hold a dinner for President Obama’s re-election campaign next week at the latter’s NYC pad. Tickets to the affair have been pegged at over $70,000 per couple, and reportedly the party is already sold out. Cheers to you, POTUS, cheers to you. Spotted at the New York Post.