Emilio Pucci Goes Maasai

May 21, 2014 8:36 pm

While browsing a high end boutique yesterday, I stumbled onto the most amazing little dress by Emilio Pucci inspired by, the Maasai tribes of Kenya and Tanzania and their ornate and elaborate bead work.

This was the dress I saw. The entire top part with all the color is hand beaded in traditional Maasai fashion.

How much is this little dress you may be wondering? I cannot remember exactly but I am pretty sure it was more than $4000. Why was it that much? Because of the beading. Personally, I loved the dress.

So some of you might not be aware of what traditional Maasai bead work and jewelry looks like. Witness below.

A couple of young Maasai teenagers adorned in traditional wear which is waaaaaaay more detailed and intricate than the $4000 Pucci dress and YET, they are probably in that $1/day income bracket while others make thousands from being inspired by them.

This is something that really bums me out sometimes. How people with such a rich culture that spans hundreds of thousands of years can be present day peasants.  I can talk about this topic because I am actually from Kenya (born and raised), even though you do not need to be Kenyan to talk about geographic inequalities and effects of globalization.

Check out more items by Pucci that are currently in stores and retailing very very expensive.

This is the IT shoe of the season that I predict you will see all the hot celebrities wearing as soon as it hits stores any minute now.

And this skirt

OK so I am not an Anthropologist or Historian but I can’t help but notice that since the scramble for Africa and eventually its colonization, we Africans (for a myriad of reasons) dropped our culture like a hot potato to embraced Western culture, I am living proof! lol. Now that I am enlightened, I do my part by trying to showcase all the beauty of Africa through my blog.

You cannot look at this image and tell me the craftsmanship doesn't rival any one of the Parisian haute couture houses. If only we would have fought to maintain our culture, I can only imagine the industry that could have developed.

I bet you that this will become all the rage in all across Africa now that Western celebrities will be rocking the Maasai look… so sad!

Selassé by Francesco Carrozzini for Vogue Italia

May 17, 2014 11:04 pm

Check out this hottie from Ghana known as Selassé, she was featured in Vogue Italia in an editorial shot by Francesco Cattozzini.

And now for the absolutely favorite part about this goddess of beauty and perfection. …..

Many many moons ago when her (in the black and white dress) and I (in the rainbow dress) and the girl with the glasses used to be roommates! IMAGINE! All of us in this pic still keep in touch and are still good friends.

Even more amazing is that, she worked for many years trying to get her big break as a model in the U.S, when it didn’t happen as well as we wanted, she quit and moved back home to Ghana to start her own agency.

One day while walking on the beach in Ghana just minding her own business, it so happens that the editor in chief of Italian Vogue also randomly happened to be on that very same beach. The rest is now history!

We are all very very happy

“Icons Of The Bible” by James C. Lewis

10:37 pm

I just stumbled upon this clever photographers work of art, one of those things that made me go, “why has this never been done before?” Check out James C. Lewis and his “Icons Of The Bible” exhibition.

The series, which will be fully released in October, features 70 models who identify as either Asian, Native American, Hispanic, African, Middle Eastern, Black American and West Indian.

“I think it is very important to see one’s self in the Scripture so that it may become real in their eyes,” Lewis told The Huffington Post. “The whitewashing of the Bible has always bothered me. However I’m happy to now have the opportunity to give a different point of view.”

“I wish to exhibit a splash of color onto the biblical pages of history with my creative embellishments. By doing so I hope to open the minds and eyes of the ignorant and create open conversations of how we can learn to see the world through colorful lenses. After all, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is intended for everyone.”

For those who’d like to see the entire collection, “Icons Of The Bible” will on display from November 2014 to February 2015 in Atlanta, GA.

Hottie Of The Day: Ulisses Williams Jr.

May 14, 2014 5:14 pm

I haven’t been feeling motivated to blog lately but worry not, changes are coming soon. In any case, like I was saying, very few things have made me feel like adding content on the blog… enter ADONIS Ulisses Williams Jr. I just stumbled upon him.

For starters, he has shot with my favorite fashion photographer Solve Sundsbo alongside supermodel Giselle Bundchen.

He is a celebrated fitness model and body builder.

He is anatomically correct

Did I mention he is anatomically correct?

All jokes aside, I cant even begin to imagine, commitment the time and dedication it takes to sculpt your body to look like that. This also makes him motivational.

Check out his website for more info.

Introducing; CONCHITA WURST

May 10, 2014 7:51 pm

I just found out about Conchita Wurst 4 days ago (I should have blogged about him then) and now, Conchita is a bonafide superstar!

I was initially intrigued when I saw his unique look as a contestant representing Austria at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014. I watched a video of his live performance and LOVED IT!

Below is Conchita Wurst on the final night of Eurovision performing the winning song, Rise Like A Phoenix. A total Diva! This should be the title and soundtrack for the next Bond movie, thoughts?

People are already comparing Conchita's appearance to Kim Kardashian, I think the resemblance is uncanny.

Watch the video below to get to know a little bit about Conchita.

Naomi Campbell: Belle Of The Ball

May 6, 2014 9:49 am

Our goddess Naomi Campbell looked every bit like a goddess (a Grecian goddess) last night as she attended the Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Naomi tweeted this pic of herself getting ready

She arrived in the arms of Riccardo Tisci, head designer at Givenchy.

Naturally, she was wearing Givenchy and she looked ravishing!

The MET Gala 2014

May 5, 2014 10:10 pm

One of the most highly anticipated and respected (in the fashion world) is the Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This year’s theme was “Charles James: Beyond Fashion”.

This year was very hit and miss, including a lot of surprises on the positive and negative side.

My absolute favorite was the Chinese model Liu Wen, a novice on the red carpet. I am not sure who she was wearing but I am thinking it was Zac Posen

Dita Von Teese also looked amazing, she was most definitely in Zac Posen.

I think Kanye West was the best dressed man, he even looked better than his date! It is usually hard to outshine a woman when you are a man but he somehow managed to do it.

Arizona Muse, I dont know who she was wearing but she looked flawless

Rihanna looked very young and fresh in Stella McCartney

She also looked good from the back

Karolina Kurkova in a very architectural heavy Marchesa. They obviously copied Christian Dior by John Galliano, they like to copy a lot, "inspired".

And the award for the biggest disappointment at the MET Gala (because I am her biggest fan) goes to……

Lupita Nyong'o in Prada. The thing that ruined this dress for me was the lining. It should either have been as long as the dress or, should have been a one piece bathing suit. Or a two piece green lingerie set. I like the dress on its own, the little slip lining destroyed it completely. Her face- flawless as usual.

Nandi Mngoma- Goodtimes

May 1, 2014 4:24 am

Check out this gorgeous South African singer called Nandi Mngoma. Her video for Goodtimes captures her striking beauty! She kinda reminds me of Solange.

Jungle Fever

Apr 25, 2014 6:58 pm

I get inspired a lot by images of indigenous people adorned in their various ornamentation to celebrate their culture. These vary images also inspire others to create beautiful editorials often called “tribal” etc.

Check this one out! Its really cool and it features a new model Vickie Sorensen. It was photographed by Dima Hohlov.

Visit our Facebook page for more from this shoot.

Naomi Campbell for Vogue Australia

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Will Naomi Campbell ever slow down? I cannot imagine fashion without her in it. She has been a paragon of what a supermodel is since before I even knew what the word meant. She is now 43 years old and a living legend of our time.

These days she not only models and keeps up with her various charity endeavors, but she also mentors and is also a TV producer these days with her hit show The Face (all around the world)

Check her out in the May 2014 issue of Vogue Australia.