Sunday, May 17, 2009

Iman: You Get Better With Age

Iman did a recent interview with Parade magazine and may have perhaps said what many people thought but couldn't dare say about First Lade Michelle Obama:

‘Mrs. Obama is not a great beauty,” Iman says, startling me a bit. “But she is so interesting looking and so bright. That will always take you farther. When you’re a great beauty, it’s always downhill for you. If you’re someone like Mrs. Obama, you just get better with age.”

I absolutely agree, I have always thought that Mrs. Obama has a style and grace that transcends beauty any day!

Anyway, Iman also talked about the photographer who discovered her making up a story about finding her in the jungle!!! But she understood the need, "everyone needs a narrative" she said.

View the remaining article on Parade. It's a great quick read.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Lakshmi Menon Vogue Spread May 2009

The shoot was in Goa by photographer Mikael Jansson

Indian model Lakshmi Menon is well establishing herself among the top new comers in fashion. Aside from being one of the most recognized models from her country, Lakshmi did a spread in U.S Vogue's May 2009 issue that I instantly feel in love with. Please notice the trends of prints it isn't going anywhere, anytime soon! These same looks in the past were considered "too ethnic" and now every high end designer must have an "ethnic" look in their collection. Just food for thought: Enjoy Lakshmi!

The placement of colors in this shot above is magnificent! So rich & beautiful.

A Dinner For Duro Olowu

Iman and Designer Duro Olowu

The star of London-based, Nigerian born designer Duro Olowu is rising - fast! He is said to be an instant favorite of Anna Wintour! And this week Duro was honored with a dinner party for his birthday by Sally Singer of Vogue. Iman, his wife and curator Thelma Golden and others were in attendance.

Iman is effortlessly chic in one of Duro's jacket
Thelma Golden also wearing Duro
Journalist Robin Givhan {far right}
The girlie girls designer, Tracy Reese

If you are unfamiliar with Duro's work he is best known for his adventurous use of prints! His pieces make a statement on its own yet very, very wearable. So in honor of Duro's birthday, enjoy the slide show of my favorite pieces from his Spring/Summer 2009 Collection.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Zoe Saldana Covers Fashion For Star Trek

Her dress {R} reminds me of the nemesis on The Incredibles, but the shoes!! OM GAWD - The shoes!

The gorgeous Zoe Saldana has wrapped up her fashion show at least for now...while promoting her monster hit Star Trek!! Fashion show? Yes, Zoe was parading her gorgeous frocks from one red carpet to another and even squeezed in a few covers. Take a look see...

Keeping it monochromatic and chic! {love the shoes in the first pic}

Ok - She wasn't directly promoting Star Trek here - but she looks stunning!

Zizzlin Hot! {May Issue}

An old Hollywood spread in Giant Magazine {May Issue}

Toned and fit {May Issue}

First group of pics: Fug Girls

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Dear Iman: Iman Answers Your Questions

Iman recently did a photo shoot/Q&A with Rolling Out magazine in New York. In the clip the super mom, super model, super entrepreneur gives some helpful tips to maintaining yourself, your marriage, and your beauty. I think we can safely say that Iman has all three under control - so take a listen!

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Source: DW

Rihanna: Style Profile

Rihanna has staged a mini fashion since her appearance at the MET gala. Everyday this week sometimes twice a day the supremely confident songstress and aspiring designer has donned a new "must-see" outfit. Take a look: {these are in no particular order}

various sources:,,,

Friday, May 8, 2009

Beyonce Covers Marie Claire June Issue

Posing in a tour outfit designed by Thierry Mugler

Does Beyonce ever sleep? The singer, songwriter, actress and soon to be pop icon is always, always working 24/7 to keep her self relevant. Beyonce's American leg of her tour is approaching and she is not resting until....who knows!

Here is her June cover for Marie Claire. Low and behold her mother, Tina Knowles says she must accompany her daughter on tour to make sure she goes to bed!! Otherwise she will continue working! I love it!

Beyonce also covered the June issue of German Glamour magazine.

Head over to Marie Claire for more pics and excerpts of her interview. BTW, which cover do you prefer?

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Designer Sneak Peak: Lola Faturoti

If you love this Springs trends of graphic ethnic style prints that are still very modern then look no further than Lola Faturoti! Here spring/summer '09 Collection is filled with bold solid colors and mostly she makes prints chic and easy to wear!

Here are my favorites...

A gorgeous look for the summer that will keep you on trend and feeling super pretty!

This dress does all the work for you. Keep accessories small and off you go!

Add a skinny belt to this piece for shape

Check out Lola Faturoti's full collection and locations for her fab pieces.

Last of MET Ball Pics

I am a couple days late with the remainder of the MET Ball pictures but here they are! Enjoy!

Tyra's Tips on Smiling

I wonder which smile this is;)

Tyra spoke with New York Times Magazine writer Lynn Hirschberg last week and discussed of course the fashion industry and its double standards and how she likes to use her influence to bring balance. More importantly Tyra shared some of her infamous smiling tips. Here are my two favorites:

• The Flirting-With-a-Man Smile: “Turn your shoulder to your man, move your face down, and use a sound effect, a little hmmmmmmmmm,” Banks said. (That “hmmmmmmm” is more of a cat purring than a “What should I have for lunch today? Hmmmmm,” obviously.)

• The Smile With the Eyes ©: “This is crucial,” she said. “It’s on magazine covers, it sells perfume, it sells shoes.” Hirschberg admitted this smile "has changed everything” for her. Tyra recommends pulling your shoulders down, facing forward, pretending there’s a string pulling your head up and that a dentist shot you in the mouth with Novocain. She said it’s “almost like you’re in Star Trek.” I must admit I have tried this method to NO avail!

View the full story at New York Times Magazine.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

MET Ball Red Carpet!!!

MET Ball Red Carpet - Black Women in Fashion Style

First I must say I was slightly disappointed in a few style options chosen for this evening. Few people took risks and when they did - oh it was bad...really bad! I applaud Rihanna for taking a risk but the rest was shall I say.....boring....too safe...... ! Well here goes......

Alek Wek: My personal favorite of the night! The fuchsia/plum color looks fantastic!
Chanel Iman: Zac Posen. I loved the dress - very old Hollywood - hated the makeup!
Ciara: Emilio Pucci. Pucci is known for his prints so this two-tone look is disappointing.
Eva Mendes: Calvin Klein. I know Calvin is simple BUT this is the MET Ball people!!
Iman: Donna Karan. The draped front helped give some character to this gown.
Rihanna: Dolce & Gabanna. She took a risk - yeah!
Honorable mention: Stella McCartney. She absolutely stepped outside of the mold and looked fabulous!
Tyra: Badgley Mischka. I like this vamped look for the occasion.

More pictures to come! Who was your personal favorite?

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Estelle's Belvie Bag

Designer Jonathan Kelsey and Estelle

Belvedere Vodka brought style to its new Black Raspberry vodka, commissioning British luxury designer Jonathan Kelsey to design an overnight bag called, The Belvie Bag. The inspiration behind the Belvie? None other than fellow British pop star Estelle!

The Belvie bag is "for the woman who works hard and plays even harder." Isn't that about every fashionista you know?! So is the Belvie hot enough for you to make the splurge of $1400? If so, act soon The Belvie is only available at Jeffrey's New York for a limited time!

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