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.
And the award for the biggest disappointment at the MET Gala (because I am her biggest fan) goes to……
Check out this gorgeous South African singer called Nandi Mngoma. Her video for Goodtimes captures her striking beauty! She kinda reminds me of Solange.
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.
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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.
While I was jogging the other day, I seriously was brought to a complete holt while I run by the atelier of the Haitian designer Helmer Joseph. He designs under the label Helmer.
I went into the store and we hit it off right away. He reminds me of Christian Lacroix and he did apprentice for many of the top Haute Couture houses in Paris. His craftsmanship is beyond any I have seen of a designer in Canada.
His stuff was really jaw dropping, he painstakingly does everything himself by hand. Even though he showed me all the good stuff in the back, below are pictures of his last show at Toronto Fashion Week… apparently he showed last season.
I know Toronto Fashion Week past and this is a bit late but I did leave the house one day and attended a show. I loved what I wore and it really caught the light well. However when this photo was taken, the light had already faded and the sun had set. Still, you get to see the details in the glitzy outfit.
Now I am sure you want to know the source of my inspiration? The theme (so to speak) was inspired by the character Severin in the James Bond movie Skyfall. From the Casino scene in Macau. I get inspired by many things especially glamorous women of the silver screen.
Below is the scene.
Check out these images of the Sudanese beauty Nykhor Paul photographed by Petrovsky & Ramone, for Volkskrant Magazine’s Spring/Summer 2014 issue.
My favorite party of the year Prom at The ROM happened last night, it is always such a magical evening. This years theme was Forbidden, as in The Forbidden city of China.
Sadly, my camera was not working as I left the battery at home, I had to revert to my cellphone and this is all I managed to capture document.
Watch this guy Jose Ahonen who I think is the most evil magician in the world make dog treats disappear. Funny but so cruel! lol!!
For whatever reason, whenever I apply anything with SPF (Sun Protection Factor) on my face, I instantly break out with pimples, so I have to be very careful with what I use. Unfortunately, almost everything that we use now has SPF added to it, it is almost impossible (like finding a needle in a hay stack) to come across foundation makeup that does not contain any SPF at MAC Cosmetics. Its so strange!
In any case, as a face cream, I tend to use Aveeno Clear Complexion Moisturizer. I have used it for many years and I can’t quite explain why but it just works for me. The other day, I discovered (I could be wrong) that it no longer comes without SPF. I had to go to a different store that still carries the older brand, I am not sure what will happen when the old stock runs out.
Anyway, while on the hunt for my Aveeno, I asked the lady (who was black) at the makeup counter to help me locate some SPF free Aveno face cream. She looked puzzled and asked me, “why don’t you wan’t SPF?” To have seen the look on her face when I suggested that black people don’t need SPF made me think that I had uttered the ugliest words! Yes I have heard the argument and I myself have even had a horrible sunburn once where I wished I had sunscreen. It is to be noted that this was in Kenya, during the hottest month and I was on a canoe for about 3 hours wearing a sleeveless shirt. The pain was utterly unbearable and the incident is still fresh in my mind. Also important to note that Kenya lies right on the equator.
But like I told the puzzled makeup lady, this is Canada and not anywhere on the African Continent or the equator. We are in the dead of winter, there is barely any sunlight and if truth be told, I probably need to start taking vitamin D supplements in order to remain healthy from the lack of sun. I say this because my/our dark melanin rich skin is genetically engineered to protect us from the tropical elements and, for those of us who live in saaaaay CANADA, we are over protected; especially during the months where there is barely any sunlight. This is where lighter skinned people have an advantage because their skin readily absorbs all that weak winter sun that my skin blocks, and now you want me to add an even more protective layer on my already overprotected skin?
I don’t even know where I am going with this but I now appear to be venting. I just feel like we need to have more of a variety. Not all of us need SPF all the time and it doesn’t need to be in every single thing we use. If SPF was such a god sent item that the advertisers want us to believe it is, then Africa would be their Eldorado. There is a reason sunscreen doesn’t sell well there, because not everyone needs it. Don’t believe me? Look at the skin cancer statistics of different parts of the world and by skin shades.
With globalization and the migration of populations not limited to geographic locations of indigenous peoples, I feel its time to start diversifying our cosmetics. Yes we have made strides and advancements with creating more shades, but we also need to invest in the chemical components as well.