Friday, September 17, 2010

A Toast to the GOOD LIFE

Viewing these photographs put a huge cheesy grin on my face. It is no secret that I am a lover of fashion, so seeing these sophisticated fashion forward gentlemen gave me a great mindset for hope. The fashion gentlemen is not dead. He lives and has the potential to be more polished and tailored than ever before. These gentlemen represent what a man who is concerned with presentation or status should be.
Fashion Lives ON!

Yeah they're fancy....#problem

Thursday, September 16, 2010

King Kanye

Everybody knows I love me some YeYe.... Kanye is covering XXL magazine next month and he is clearing the air on some issues regarding last years VMA's.

Kanye's apology to his fans:

“The relationship with the public and with your fans is like the relationship with your girlfriend. How could I not, at a certain point, be like, ‘I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have been at the awards show. I’m sorry.’ Not that I don’t deserve to get beat up or change who I am inside, to make sure that that doesn’t happen again.”

I dont know about all that but hey ya boy looks good. I love the cover!

Im just saying...(shrug)

She walks the runway....

I may be a little bias because I worked with Dennis Basso pieces during my internship last spring, but this is breathe taking. I love the fun and flirty style!.

oooooo fur...sorry P.E.T.A lol

Welcome to Dreamland....

Lets talk about pure beauty today....... Marchesa for Spring 2011

Viewing this collection I am immediately reminded of all things fantasy! The crasftsmenship is impeccable. The designs are very feminine but edgy and graceful all at the same time.

I die to live and die again

Pay Homage/ Hold my mule

I understand art and expression. I understand that to get your point across sometimes you're not going to come off as nice or politically correct. I get that. I understand art imitating life but I don't understand is art manipulating history. I know I'm not too ghetto but what slave owner said give me freedom or give me death? It wasn't anyone who looked like me that's for sure. So when I do open my mouth to "complain" as they say we do, now I have the right because I am the consumer. Prada, the label I feel responsible for the death of the ultra-glam curvy fashion vixen and introduction of the waif, transparent, clones is at it again with this new ad campaign. Now I respect anyone's creative vision and reason for doing what they do but it is the mindless followers that turn a creative field into something formulated (wash, rinse, repeat) I don't like. Fashion is no equal opportunity place, it's not p.c, and it is unapologetic about it. As a part of that world I completely understand. But now let us talk dollars and cents. As a black designer I have heard "Don't use black models when you're starting out"...The philosophy behind this is when selling your collection, you high end clothes will read as urban on brown skin, that speaks on how people view us as a group something else I could go on about. Urban has no place in Barney's or Bergdorf. In modeling the big money comes from campaigns because agencies include usage in the fee. So when we do see black models wearing haute couture (and some who aren't even black just dark and grouped in) in editorials confined to magazines they aren't getting paid a fraction a what Becky is in the GAP campaign. To sell clothes you need an aspirational image. And what is more aspirational than a tall thin blonde young white woman who speaks the lingua de franca. Just think about it, when fashion is portrayed in any medium, any genre what does it look like? Even think about how we joke around (very rich white man/ woman). These Prada ads bother me because they reflect a time of racism and segregation. The styling, the setting, the song, they reflect a time where we were fighting to be considered a part of. Now I don't care who don't like it, or if I am off and Prada was inspired buy a movie about beatnik white kids, But I know what I see, what I've seen, and what I have experienced being Black in fashion. Muccia you give me fever. I'm not saying this is racism, I'm not saying this is an Anna Wintour situation (who is not afraid of color but doesn't wear black...) , I'm not even asking for a call to action. Boycotting a bus is different than boycotting a $3,000.00 coat. I'm saying pay homage. To my fashion boys and girls of color who praise these super models, editors, and designers that say your only beautiful one season every 10 years, recognize truth and expose it.

By Leon Curry
twitter: @ellieowendesign

Food for thought!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Solange Knowles covers FASHIZBLACK magazine for October!

The subtitle reads, "Solange Knowles, our very own muse" ! She is a muse indeed. What I love about Solange is that she is just that, Solange.... nothing more and nothing less!

Just a lLittle Fashion Week Tip....

This is my tribute to " I'm black and Fab! and im at FASHION WEEK baby!"

I so love to see fashionable people of color... and it doesnt hurt that they are at fashion week doing it the right way!! Just give me 5 years I promise!

Hey if your gonna show up, then show out! That's what my momma used to say!

Oh Hey Mr. Leon!!

VMA's baby

Last Night was the Video Music Awards! Here are some of the Celebs on the Red or should I say white carpet!

No Particular Comments..... But Eva you look good ...! You better do it girl!