Lupita Nyong’o

“We’re Watching”

Vanity Fair

Fashion is not only about inventive clothing and rock star designers, sometimes sheer personality eclipses fashion. Lupita Nyong’o is that current personality. If you don’t know her yet, your living under a rock, especially if you follow fashion. In the film world, Nyong’o has already won their top award. And now she is receiving fashion’s most coveted award–Vogue Cover Girl.

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Seems like Vogue has been pushing out controversial cover after cover, although fashion has been parsing Nyong’o for a while now,so I guess she is finally getting her recognition.

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When I was 16 my friends told me I should start a blog about fashion, because I was fashion obsessed, if I had, maybe I would be a lot further in my fashion career. Anyway, enough about me. I state my past because when I was 16 another  Black female fashion star had centre stage–Alex Wek. I didn’t have a blog then, so I could not comment. I allude to Wek not because I want to compare the two, but challenge fashion’s motivation about beauty.

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Alek Wek
Alek Wek
Alek Wek
Alek Wek
Alek Wek

Women around the world have embraced Lupita for her effervescent personality, amazing acting skills, and striking use of fashion. Designers like to showcase dresses on Lupita for her flash bulb grabbing skills. What disappoints me is that the fashion community only latches to a women like Lupita when it is useful for them, or she an anointed. Example, Alek Wek. When Karl Lagerfeld used Wek in his runways shows, the rest of the community followed. Lagerfeld is not my favourite designer, but I must say he has an eye for original beauty.

Met Gala
Met Gala
Lupita Nyong'o
Lupita Nyong’o

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Original beauty? The beauty is original because it is outside of the norm. I would say this is a bad thing, but in some respect it highlights minorities in fashion. In my next post I will be continuing my ongoing discussion about original beauty. For now I want to say that Lupita’s photos are amazing!!! The Queen of talk herself has graced the cover of Vogue, and said it was one of her favourite fashion moments. Therefore, I must say, “Lupita enjoy your time in the spotlight, because fashion will be marching forward soon.” Good thing she has acting chops to fall back on when modelling is done.

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Vogue In Review: Kim and Kanye

Lost: A Moment in Fashion History

All About Kim
All About Kim

It’s May, and spring is in the air. The flowers are blooming, fashionistas are waiting for fall collections to be released, and April’s Vogue Cover of Kim and Kanye is being used for mulch. Now that April showers have subsided and we’re all in a better mood, lets discuss what was lost in fashion’s most recent controversial moment.

 

Family Matters
Family Matters

What happened? Kim wanted to be on the cover of Vogue magazine, what girl doesn’t. For crying out loud Sarah Jessica Parker has been on more Vogue covers than she has been on any tabloid magazines. Whereas Kim has been on every tabloid cover countless times, but never Vogue. “There, there little Kim, one day.” Well the day has come and gone with little fan fare according to VP of Mag Net Data, which uses scan data from wholesalers that cover about 98 percent of the market, says the numbers are lower than anticipated.

 

Walk The Line
Walk The Line

A reality star on the cover of Vogue, “NO” the Calvary claimed!!!

 

I have my reasons why I think Kim should have never been on the cover of Vogue, but I am not a gossip blogger. Therefore, like all good PR agents “no comment.”

 

Mirror Mirror
Mirror Mirror

Moving forward. What we lost. Kim’s Vogue cover had to do with more than her being a reality star occupying fashion’s most coveted real estate. The bigger moment was Kanye!! An African-American man on the cover of one of fashions biggest magazines—gasp!!

 

Life In The fast Lane
Life In The fast Lane

Never has a man graced the cover of American Vogue magazine, yet Kanye stands lovingly behind his fame-obsessed soon-to-be bride to showcase his power, connections, and passion to the world. Say what you will, and you will, but Kanye has made a real name for himself. Not only in music, but fashion. His influence is boundless. He’s stayed relevant, controversial, and creative, as his predecessors have drifted away. In fashion he has been able to put brands on the map. Influencing media’s vast hip-hop world community—its not East Coast West Coast anymore. He’s fliped hip-hop uniforms into chic standards.

 

Mile High Club
Mile High Club

As a fashion lover, I feel that a moment in fashion history is lost. Due to the fact an over exposed wannabe took the spot light. In years to come The Kim K Klan will be forgotten, as she will glisten into the sunset with her beautiful children. I am not a Kanye follower either, I just watch fashion, and it strikes me when something this amazing happens and we forget to stop and watch. I think the noise in fashion has become too loud. Too many celebrities grace magazines. Too many designers selling out capsule collections with middle road brands, although keep doing them; I love the connection and price. Too many wannabe fashionistas claiming style status for front row seats. What I want is a moment to say, “Ah… did that really happen.”

 

Fame Game
Fame Game

These photographs will become an iconic staple in our history as a fashion community and society. When we look back, we won’t see Kim K reality star. We will see Kanye, man of the hour in Vogue magazine, holding the women he loves, to give her a dream that was untouchable. “Now I ain’t sayin’ she’s a gold digger, but she ain’t messin’ with no broke #$#$#$” –Kanye

Closet Confession: Dear Anna

Ms. Wintour

Dear Anna,

After years of trying to write you a letter, I thought I would put one on my blog. After watching you on the Colbert Report (Wednesday, May 9, 2012), I love you. Not only did you match wits with Stephen, you slammed his style, while supporting gay marriage. A proven professional, you never miss a beat.

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“Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations” Costume Institute Gala

What I love about Ms. Wintour is that her style is always consistent. Her signature bob haircut has become timeless, while her mid-calf length skirts, dresses, and… I don’t think I’ve seen her in pants?  Her style has become synonymous with elegance, I confess: calf-length is my favourite skirt length.

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Anna is one of the few magazine editors that has become, not only famous for her style and attitude, but like Simon Cowell, she has made mean cool–well, only when you know what you’re talking about. You have to love a women who knows how to state her opinion looking fabulous!

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To be on top for over 20 years, takes not only guts, or a lust for power, but true love and passion. Anna has taken the fashion world and combined it with American spending power, which has turned American Vogue into the Bible of style. Not always the most ground breaking in editorial photography, Vogue is relatable to everyone. For me, a magazine can only dominate when it is based on replication, therefore a look can be achieved by the viewer. A great example is what I call mall pop-stars. Any major artist who breaks into the pop scene must have a look that can be bought at any local mall–Britney and Madonna’s debut albums. This is what creates relatable fashion and followers.

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Vogue may give the most high-end look, but it is one that is achieved on many levels, from major fashion designers to Zara, looks can be repeated by way of emulation. This accessibility, I believe, is what has kept Wintour on top. You may not like her method or attitude, but you have to respect her dedication to fashion.

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MC.

Closet Confessions: Thatcher Fashion

And the winner is…

Vogue January 2012: Meryl Streep
Vogue January 2012: Meryl Streep

I went to see Meryl Streep’s latest film last night, Iron Lady,the biopic about Margaret Thatcher, Great Britain’s first female Prime Minister. I am not a political analysis or film citric, so I won’t be discussing or reviewing the film on those merits, I am just a fashion lover. However, I will say Meryl Streep was amazing.

Vogue January 2012: Meryl Streep
Vogue January 2012: Meryl Streep

The costume selection was classic to Thatcher ‘s character, a balance of ladylike dressing and powerhouse feminist. Yet, behind clothing regalia was a story about a fearless woman, whose hand print has been left on a country, and an era. The film made me think about female role models in society, and the decision women make everyday between family, self, and fulfillment.  With narrow archetypical roles for women, Meryl is cast as another ice villain (The Devil Wears Prada), but Streep’s portrayal humanized Thatcher flawlessly.

Vogue January 2012: Meryl Streep
Vogue January 2012: Meryl Streep
Vogue January 2012: Meryl Streep
Vogue January 2012: Meryl Streep

This is not a female empowerment movie, but a film about self-confidence and personal belief. What I took away from the film is to follow your dreams. We should all be so lucky to have a partner, parent, or friend who engorged us every step of the way. Someone who says to us “you can do it.” When I get dressed with consciousness I feel empowered, to know my decision about what I wear is to claim myself.  There is a moment in the film when Thatcher’s father tells her not to follow that pack, hard words for a girl to hear, but I felt the strength in those words. When we allow others to represent us, we strip away our power: “Poor is the man whose pleasures depend on the permission of another (Madonna, Justify My Love).”

Bazaar--December 2011 Cover
Bazaar--December 2011 Cover
Cindy Crawford: Harper's Bazaar December 2011
Cindy Crawford: Harper's Bazaar December 2011

Take a look at my video discussing my thoughts on Cindy Crawford’s daughter, Kaia in her Versace advertisement. Please leave me comments about your opinions and ideas about role models and power.

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