February 14, 2016

Writer’s Spotlight: Janelle Okwodu.

Grace Bol and Riley Montana by Janelle Okwodu

Grace Bol and Riley Montana by Janelle Okwodu

In a world where an internet connection is all that’s required to call oneself a journalist, the standard of published work covers the gamut from shoddy, to mediocre and sometimes even first rate. Fashion journalism is no exception. As an intern blogger (who hopefully falls somewhere towards average on the spectrum) it’s important to find those rare exceptions in a sea of amateurs, who talk about their chosen field with such passion and expertise that maybe, if you’re lucky, a little bit of their brilliance might radiate through your computer screen and sprinkle upon your desperate little head. (more…)

February 10, 2016

Iconic Looks Through the Decades: 90’s, 00’s and Now.

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Earlier in the week, we featured some iconic vintage looks from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. The 1990’s bought the era of the supermodel, where emblematic figures such as Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Linda Evangelista and Claudia Schiffer, known as the Big 5, became as recognisable in mainstream media as the popstars and top billing actors of the time. Models became influencers as more attention was turned to their status as media personalities.

Here we have selected some looks form the 90’s and beyond, that showcase some of the top black models of their respective times. (more…)

February 8, 2016

Iconic Looks Through the Decades: 60’s, 70’s & 80’s.

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Not very often, there are looks in magazines that demand us to stop flicking, hold up that double page spread to the light and question how the women (or men) on the page are real. It could be argued that the celebration of black features in the wider community only began in the 1960’s through the Black is Beautiful movement that started in America. During this period, typically African features were increasingly lauded in the mainstream media and subsequently produced some iconic works.

So what makes a look iconic? Transcendence is the term that comes to mind. Here are a few from the 60’s to the 80’s that stuck with us: (more…)

December 14, 2015

Cultural appreciation or appropriation?

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“Appropriation occurs when a style leads to racist generalizations or sterotypes where it originated but is deemed as high fashion, cool or funny when the privileged take it for themselves.”

It’s certainly not the first time and won’t be the last time cultures are used as inspiration for fashion lines. Tip toeing the line of cultural appropriation; Valentino’s Spring/ Summer 2016 Africa inspired collection was described by Valentino as “primitive, tribal, spiritual, yet regal”.

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November 22, 2015

Seventies Swag.

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Seventies styling is in full swing for spring/summer and I could not be happier to incorporate an era that represents such freedom and expression into our wardrobes. Strong prints, swooping bellbottoms, denim and suede are back with a vengeance!

The feminine prints, flowing fabrics and soft palettes by industry icons such as Chloe, Etro and Zimmerman have paved the way for inspiration to create a flawless boho look. However, what I’ve loved this spring is the side step away from a full 70’s revival to a slightly quirkier remix illustrated perfectly by Ellery.

To avoid that dreaded “themed party” faux pas:

1. Keep  your colour palette classic. Soft neutral tones, pastels, all white, monochrome or colour block with (more…)

November 16, 2015

Common Scent.

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Scent is a vital, yet extremely overlooked element of style. It’s able to instantly make or break a first impression regardless of how well you are dressed or spoken.  So powerful, it can communicate without saying a word and as one of the strongest parts of the human sensory, it stimulates emotion, tells a story and even evokes some of your deepest memories.

With so much emphasis lately on individualism and unique styling, it is baffling to think why we spend so much time and money on that killer outfit, only to smell like everyone else. (more…)

November 8, 2015

Balancing Act.

Skin + Pepper - Diversity in fashion

Lets not dress it up.  The fashion world lacks diversity! Yes, we are making progress but there is no doubt we have a long way to go.

I was hit with this sobering reality when I heard commentators call spring 2016 one of the most diverse yet.

However Business of Fashion reported only 797 of the 3,875 model bookings this season were models of colour.

In order for the industry to truly represent the world we live in, pay attention to foreign markets and online retail. Those statistics surely have to rise as it is not only good casting, it is good business.

According to Vogue, the spring 2016 shows provided some of the first hints of headway, “For the first time ever, a model of colour earned the spot of top walker. (more…)

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