Tuesday, June 30, 2009
So about a year ago, Italian Vogue brought some of the hottest black models together in the Black Issue. It featured icons like Iman and Naomi Campbell as well as newcomers Chanel Iman, Jourdan Dunn and Sessilee Lopez. How kind of them. It was beautiful though. Sold out everywhere so I ordered it on E-bay.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Diana Ross and the Supremes reigned supreme with their feminine, glamorous 1950's sophistication. Diana said "With the Supremes I made so much money so fast all I wanted to do was buy clothes."
Cher has an exotic, hippie style and introduced California cool to the world. She said "I've always taken risks and never worried what the world might think of me. Until you're ready to look foolish, you'll never have the possibility of being great."
Joplin haunted the thrift stores and friend's closets for unique pieces. She customised her clothes with embroidery and beading. She was rock's first female star and invented her own style that you see on the Sienna Miller's of today. She famously said "Don't compromise yourself. You're all you've got."
She could easily be mistaken for a boy and that was the point. Patti Smith blurred the lines between women's and men's fashion and the rest of the world caught on a decade later. Patti said "There weren't a whole lot of female images that I could grab onto. So a lot of my influences were male."She was the first punk-rock princess. She loved to break the rules. It was her blend of sex and strength that made her a style icon and a symbol of the 1980's. Later singers like Madonna, Courtney Love and Gwen Stefani would all attribute their styles to her. Debbie said "I am the party."
Tina Turner with her miniskirt, lipstick and spiked hair. She is one of the most glamorous icon's of rock, known for her daring, edgy outfits and amazing legs. Tina said "Physical strength in a woman, that's what I am."
There is nothing daring or controversial that Madonna has not embraced or created. She is like a chameleon, constantly reinventing herself and her image. Her career evolved with carefully planned stylistic phases. She is quite simply, on the cutting edge. She said, "Better to live one year as a tiger, than one hundred as a sheep." I so agree.
To me true style is effortless, simple. It transcends momentary trends. It is timeless. Stylish women like Audrey Hepburn tend to have their own unique, signature style that suits their body type. In Audrey's case it was the chic little black dresses and a beatnik style with capri pants and black turtleneck sweaters. Simple and effortless yet till today we have women like Victoria Beckham emulating it. According to Nina Garcia, fashion editor of American Elle, a truly stylish woman will have the basics, a classic white shirt, some well fitting jeans, a pair of black pants, a little black dress, a turtleneck, a trench coat, some ballet flats, a classic pair of black pumps, pieces that she can add to and embellish, as well as the trendy stuff. This is a wardrobe you could have had in 1939, 1969, 1989 or in 2009.
This is neo-soul singer Erykah Badu's ad for Tom Ford's White Patchouli fragrance. Gorgeous! I love Tom Ford. When he was with Gucci, his sunglasses and Black Orchid is one of my favourite fragrances ever. By featuring Miss Erykah Badu he's just reached out to a whole new audience.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
This is so me, I love androgynous, male inspired pieces. When the first YSL Le Smoking suit appeared in 1966 as part of Saint laurent's 'Pop Art' collection, in the shape of a black jacket and trousers in grain de poudre with four button down pockets, and a straight cut, high-waisted satin version over a white organdy blouse, they were a controversial alternative to the classic little black dress or evening gown. Instantly adored by a chic collective of style icons including Catherine Deneuve, Betty Catroux, Francoise Hardy, Liza Minelli, LouLou de la Falaise, Lauren Bacall and Bianca Jagger, over the next 30 years Saint Laurent reinvented his signature silhouette in hundreds of new and different guises from dress and short versions to jumpsuits and trenches.
Today all Saint Laurent's successors from Alber Elbaz to Tom Ford and the current YSL designer, Stefano Pilati, all ensure that Le Smoking is an inherent feature in every YSL collection. I would wear one every day if I could.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Eva Green has said she doesn't care what people think of her clothes.
The actress, who is known for her quirky style, said she makes a special effort in front of the cameras but doesn't care what people think of her choice of outfits.
"I want to wear something that I wouldn't wear every day, I like to be a bit eccentric and I know lots of people say 'Oh my god blah' but I don't care, I want to have my style, I like to try something new," she said.I love Eva Green's style. She smoulders.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
This is the plank position in yoga. It's great for toning and strengthening the abs. The side plank does the same for the waist. You only need to do these three times a week or so. I never do sit ups or crunches. They bulk up the waist if you keep doing them, and give you too much of a six-pack cancelling out the effect of hours of quite painful corset training. We want ) ( not ! !.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
I looove the gun-toting, afro'd Pam Grier. Star of 70's blaxploitation movies like Foxy Brown, Coffy and Black Mama White Mama with their bad-ass soundtracks and glamorous dress codes. She was straight up gangsta, but still feminine and sexy. She often played good girls gone bad in the search for justice. Pam has become a respected figure for feminist groups and the black community.
Ok, I have to admit this. I did'nt get an hourglass figure from just doing Pilates and twisting at the waist. I live in my corset. I don't need to wear it that often but i try to wear for a few hours every day to maintain my hard earned twenty four inches. It may sound extreme but Marilyn Monroe did it and Dita Von Teese does it.
I want to go back to nature. Back to simplicity. From the food I eat to what I put on my skin and hair.This world is getting too chemicalised for me. I'm a natural girl in a chemical world. I love organic or natural skincare brands such as Jurlique, Ren, Weleda, Dr Haushka and Jason's. I like using Dr Bronner's organic rose castile soap on my hair. Even our African black soap containing shea butter, lemon juice, honey and aloe vera is a better option than Dove. All natural mineral makeup is the next thing I'm going to explore.
Monday, June 22, 2009
"The only reason I'm in fashion is to destroy the word 'conformity.' Nothing is interesting to me unless it's got that element."
Over the last almost forty years, Vivienne Westwood has been one of the most inventive and influential British designers and the creator of the Punk movement in fashion. She said "you have a much better life if you wear impressive clothes."
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
I must tell you this secret. Secret Ceres is made of the fruit pomegranate, kaolin and a naturally occuring stone. It is a stick and it's for women. It's from Asia and very popular with Asian women. How can I say this? Amongst other things, it's a natural cleanser so you can stop using all those chemicalised douche things that we African women love using. They are not good for you. It heals infections. Some women are using this stick to treat fibroids. One lady in New York that was about to have her womb removed because of fibroids used this for 1-2 months and is now pregnant. Secret Ceres can also be used externally, it's great for excema, blemishes, scars, stretch marks. I'm using it to fade out all the mosquito bites on my legs and it works like a charm. Better than any fade cream you wanna use. It can be used as a natural deodorant. An overnight face mask. You can swirl it around in water and drink it, it's a great cleanser for the whole system. A wonder product. I take mine everywhere with me and I have it for sale. For more information or if you want it, send me an e-mail.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
My love has come along, my lonely days are over,
and life is like a song
Ooh at last
the skies above are blue
my heart was wrapped up in clover,
the night I looked at you
I found a dream
that I could speak to
a dream that I can call my own
I found athrill
to press my cheek to
a thrill that I have never known
You smile, you smile
and oh the spell was cast
and here we are in heaven
for you are mine at last...