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Photographer: Monika Fidler 

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Bold and edgy would be the best way to describe my choice of attire last Sunday. Since my day was  jammed  packed with errands and would end with drinks with a friend at Harlem’s  Orange 67. I chose to wear something that would transition seamlessly throughout the day.  I love looks that transition well because I am constantly on the go and don’t always have time to go home and change. Since this marks my very first outfit of the day post (ofotd), I thought I would take the personal approach and shoot it in my apartment (conveniently enough it was freezing outside). All in all, I love the way the look turned out and  sequins remain a staple in my closet.

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Vintage Sequin Blouse – BBVC (BlackBoxVintageCollective)

Leather Pants – Ali Express (Haoduoyi)

Vintage Leather Lace Up Boots

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In life you are often times given an opportunity at a moments notice and it is up to you to make the most of it. On the eve of  Thanksgiving  I was contacted to collaborate with  photographer  Chidi Amadiume and I accepted the offer. Lately I have felt a strong sense of resilience in accepting my destiny and achieving my dreams. I believe the Model (Dieynaba) exudes that resilience and Chidi’s talent was able to capture it.

Photographer. Chidi Amadiume
Stylist. Fabby.BBVC-STYLES
Model. Dieynaba Diop 

Resliance is Key

Resliance is Key

During the cold winter season, it is so easy to hit a dry spell and go from Fab to Drab. In New York City, it is so difficult to keep warm and be cute. Incorporating these vintage wardrobe staples will help you maintain a wardrobe that can stand the test of time and trend.

When it comes to winter wear  outerwear is king. No matter how cute your outfit is outerwear completes the look. Nothing sucks more than having a cute outfit on no one can see until you get indoors so my top 2 picks will be outerwear.

1.Fur

When I put fur on I feel expensive chic and unique. Added bonus! It also keeps me warm and it feels great. I am somewhat environmentally conscious so I like the idea that, circulating vintage fur decreases the demand for new fur (so no new animals were harmed in  the completion of this outfit).

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2. Hats 

Showcase your personality and adorn your head with a hat. Hats keep your head warm, are great statement pieces and can add to dimension to your style moment. This winter I will definitely be embracing bigger and brighter colored hats.

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3.Blouse

Make your blouse your statement piece this winter.I love blouses because they can be so demure, but fabrics and print can definitely take it up a notch. unnamed

4.Lace

Sensual and hyper-feminine  or what I affectionately call fourth date attire ( seal the deal ). I love lace simply because of what it implies. You see everything and nothing at all.

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5.Sequins

Bold and Overstated. The perfect way to stand out and shine bright like a diamond. Also, Sequins are a go for every body type so jazz up your wardrobe and add sequins into the mix.

unnamed-4Do you have any Vintage  Wardrobe Staples? If so comment below.

                                  
Photographer.Terria Clay 
Stylist.   Fabby.BBVC-STYLES 
Models. Sarah Sarifina 
Malika Miller 

 

Capturing the essence of fall with a Garden Editorial.

Capturing the essence of fall with a Garden Editorial.

Curating wardrobes  is one of my favorite creative outlets.This shoot was one of my first in over a year and it just felt so great to get back out there and create style moments.The team was a pleasure to work with and I love the images.

As a stylist I blend contemporary and vintage pieces to create  timeless and dimensional aesthetics. Most of the vintage  pieces are for sale in my eBay store so if you see something you like feel free to check it out!

I actually really enjoy a good fashion sketch, but when it’s taken to the next level it can be so very satisfying to the eye.  Browsing some of my fav art and fashion outlets, I recently found a few illustrators who’s work I instantly fell in love with.  So fun and creative…  Makes me want to break out my watercolors and markers.

Kevin Wadaa

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kevin-wadaa-fashion-illustration-1-600x400Sophie Griotto

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sophie-griotto-fashion-illustrations-5 Amy Martino

yellow-bird-machine-600x574Nicolas Tavitian

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These gorgeous images, taken by fashion photographer Jim Naughten, left me in awe at the beauty of this tribe and their countryside.  The portraits exude strength and regality which is only intensified by their unique costume and stark background.  They look surreal, almost like paintings instead of photographs.  These marvelous characters can be found in the book entitled Conflict and Costume: The Herero Tribe of Namibia.

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Here is the description:

“The magnificent traditional costume of the Herero of Namibia, southern Africa, is a stark reminder of the country’s tumultuous past. In the late 19th century, the influence of missionaries and traders in German Southwest Africa led to the adoption by the Herero of the European dress of the day. Over time, the voluminous gowns, completed by a cattle-horn-shaped headdress, came to represent the cultural identity of the Herero women. The men’s ceremonial dress also harks back to colonial times: following the brutal war of 1904, the Herero adapted the uniforms of German soldiers for their own Otruppe (‘troops’) movement. In Conflict and Costume, acclaimed photographer Jim Naughten captures the colorful Herero attire in a series of spectacular portraits. Set against the Namibian landscape, these dramatic images show the striking costumes and their proud owners to full effect: men in elaborate, home-made paramilitary uniforms, and women in spectacular floor-length frocks with matching horns. Dr Lutz Marten contributes an insightful text that places the dress in its historical context.”

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Takes me back to my undergrad Art in Africa course.  I especially love the womens’ costumes.  The colonial influence is clear, but the use of African textiles and headdress makes the style their own.

More info here http://www.jimnaughten.com/project/hereros_intro/

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We in the house house!  Haiti finally hosted their OWN fashion week this month, and I am so excited by the beautiful designs I’ve been seeing.  Almost 3 dozen designers were able to bring their creations to life on the runway at Karibe Convention Center, November 8th- 11th.

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Honestly I don’t know much about Haitian designers and have never really been connected to Haitian fashion (coming straight from the Island).  Several Haitian designers do often show in other countries, but these are just a few and most represent the diaspora outside of the country.  There’s not coverage on the fashions coming out of Haiti, because let’s face it most of the population is struggling.  But the culture is rich and has always remained so through the trials.  Creativity and expression can never be stifled.  So I am so happy that these artists were finally given a platform to share their work with the world.

And they didn’t let us down

Vintage Yolande Montas

Maelle David

Michel Chataigne

Michel Chataigne

Michel Chataigne

Michel Chataigne

Michel Chataigne

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