Friday, January 13, 2017

Style Envy: Janelle Monae

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Janelle Monae is a goddess. I have loved her since her style exclusively featured black tuxedos and a poofy, afro faux hawk/reverse mullet. Her style never wavered and even from the beginning was so integral to who she was as a musician. In the most recent years, Janelle Monae has pivoted to face the ever changing styles of Hollywood without losing her classically mod identity. She always looks stunning with a touch of brightness in the twinkle of her eyes or the color of her lips. Accessories mustn't be over the top to make you feel the tingly feeling only a great "lewk" can. As much as I appreciate how iconic Lady Gaga was circa 2008 and the greatness that is each and every extravagant red carpet event, there will always be a place for women who remain 100% true to their signature style. 

Flouncy pussy bows and topknot pigtail buns -- original? no. undeniable stylish? always. There are very few people who can toe the line of musician and actress without succumbing to mediocrity at one or the other. Janelle Monae not only navigates her career like a trapeze artist, she has a style persona so definite that she cannot be considered anything less than a triple threat. Gorgeous women who wear gorgeous clothing and have amazing talent while proving to be incredible activists will (hopefully) never go out of style. If only I looked that good in a white button down shirt dress, I could truly conquer the world.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

A Fashionista's Reading List: Winter 2017

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The Fashion Design Reference & Specification Book by Jay Calderin and Laura Volpintesta
Firstly, this book was co-written by professors at Parson's New School of Design and The School of Fashion Design in Boston so it's safe to say that its contents will be far from fluff, as so many fashion books seem to be. Let this serve as your guide for executing the everyday tasks of being a designer -- from conceptualizing a collection to selling it to buyers and consumers. 

This is for the average joes and janes like you and me who don't get to vacation at the most beautiful locations while staying in the most picturesque hotels. Condé Nast has done us a favor and chronicled the chicest places celebrities like Kate Moss and Jeremy Iron rest their eyes in while abroad. 

This is where aesthetics and feminism collide. Watercolor illustrated portraits splatter the pages and are accompanied by snippets about the lives and careers of 100 amazing women throughout the world's history. Marie Curie, Joan Jett, and Aphra Behn all make cameos along with several more women who I wish I would've learned about sooner.

Fashion Design Research by Ezinma Mbonu
Just like any other field of study, fashion design requires a great deal of research. In a day and age where people substitute a fashion degree with an Instagram following and consider Pinterest searches "research", this book takes it back to where the artistry and academic side of fashion is. It can be used as an extensive FAQ for your questions about what and how to do fashion research, or it can be a reference manual to help you when you get stuck during the fashion research you've already done.

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