May 31, 2013

Fly-aspora

Flyaspora: Frida’s Fashion

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When the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo died, her husband muralist Diego Rivera locked her clothes and jewelry into a closet. They stayed there for fifty years and only recently were re-discovered. In November 2012 “Appearances Can Be Deceiving” opened at La Casa Azul aka The Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico City (the previous residence of Frida and Diego) and it is dedicated entirely to the wardrobe of the woman known as “la heroina del dolor” Read more…

July 10, 2012

The Goods

In A Sundress & On My Queen Game!


“The dress must not hang on the body but follow its lines. It must accompany its wearer and when a woman smiles the dress must smile with her.” -Madeleine Vionnet

When the thermostat hits 85 degrees or higher I don’t want some hot fabric wrapped over my legs and stifling the flow of air around my thighs and treasure-box, so shorts and capris are out of the question. Honestly, if I could’ve gone butt-naked every Read more…

January 13, 2012

The Goods

THE GOODS: The Darker The Burberry!

Clearly someone over at Burberry must have taken note of the saying, “the darker the berry, the sweeter the juice” before they designed their Burberry Prorsum Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear Collection. A saying made popular by Black women with chocolate complexions back in the day, Burberry has appropriated our celebration of rich color by infusing their signature, light beige trench with rich hues and natural textures making an already beautiful coat, sweet like red, juicy summer Read more…

June 16, 2011

Real Talk

Fashion Industry’s Problem With Black Girls

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UPDATE (06.21.11): Vogue Italia Editor-in-Chief, Franca Sozzani, responds to recent claims that the Fashion Industry is racist. The title of her post, which was published yesterday, “Why It Is So Hard To Scout For Black Models?” never really gets answered. Instead Sozzani minimizes the allegations of racism by saying that the media has an unfortunate need to be controversial: “I feel sorry for being a journalist. I do understand that few of us do this Read more…

July 29, 2010

Real Talk

Essence Mag Hires A White Fashion Director

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Last Wednesday morn lovely styleaholic Najwa tweeted: “Just heard some very disturbing news about Essence magazine.” I tweeted back: “Did they fold?” Never got a response because I forgot to type the friggin “@” symbol. Then on Sunday I saw this Facebook update by cultural critic & former Essence Fashion Editor Michaela angela Davis: “It is with a heavy heavy heart I have learned that Essence magazine…,” okay by now I’m thinking, ‘Oh God, Susan Read more…