Eddie peake’s “Endymion” for performa at the Swiss Institute
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i did not choose this photo to bring up negative feelings but to show how in the face of adversity we can still stand tall and with grace and dignity and have a full life.
it is testament to a time when we as a people black and white had less …less understanding less wealth and less choices still we managed and in a time when we have so much it is our moral imperative to give thanks and reverence ….thanks is the most important gift you can give this season
We are eagerly awaiting the H&M knock-off……
what seperates a Ballgown from a “Ball” gown ….when the designer is clearly into drama as is Darius Wobil of the house of ST.Wobil and walks the line between the cakewalk Gay definition of ball and the aristocratic and discreet definition .Well who is to say which is more authentic .Wobil is sincere and has the same taste as a Zac Posen. The house of St.Wobil revels in Grandiosity and “fabulosity” but somewhere in all the desperate mess is always evidence of young genius .In good time Wobil will learn the art of appropriate material for the right season and how to make over the top wearable but till then we can enjoy the parade of anything but boring attempts at finer dress.
can be found at the Vibskov store in Soho or online DLCbrooklyn
After years behind the scene as a fashion stylist in London Paris and the States Kithe Brewster wowed Fashion week with A list designs .The first collection of any designer is going to have its kinks and Brewster’s was no exception …however the overall ideas were strong editorially and aesthetically right on the money
Its 2013 and the powers that be still have not fully learnt the real power of black money which stands to reason because if we do not respect our money then how do we expect “others”to.In a Capitalist economy we are only as good as what we own if we are hemorraging money into other communities indiscriminitly then our days are numbered and we cant blame anyone else for the Barney’s fiasco ,Trayvon Martin lynching, the Stop and Frisk hazing and incarcerations ,Housing Discrimination and the growing tide of displacement.
As a people we lack the vital muscle that allows us to lay down the glove and gain our true freedom instead of living our lives as victims . which is what we are if we keep giving our money away to people who obviously do not have our best interest in mind.
So here are some facts about black money in America that may inspire you to have a bit more pride in how hard we as Americans work.
836 billion total earning power
203.8 billion on housing
29.3 billion spent on apparel
7.4billion on our hair
321 million spent on books (source Target Market News)
So America you tell us if we have all this power what should we do with it??????
Her Offbeat /En-pointe luxe-shab silhouettes bring a refreshing ease….a very cerebral slant on a form that’s become reductive and formulaic….Maki Oh’s “off-ness” may be our odd future
the residue years
the good lord bird
the black count
black jews in africa and the americans-harvard university press
witchcraft and a life in the new south africa-(cambridge)isak niehaus
ancestors -kamau brathwaite
the collected poems of audre lorde -poems-if u come softly
the black unicorn
now that iam forever with child
what my child learns of the sea
the simples-langston hughes
“other peoples money:inside the housing crisis and the demise of the greatest real estate deal ever made” -charles v bagli
” a dream foreclosed:black america and the fight for a place to call home”-laura
Lawrence of Arabia(doubleday)-scott aderson
Zealot -Reza Aslan
Beyond Our Means-sheldon garon
the land was ours -african american beaches-andrew w kahrl
“bending toward justice:the voting rights andact and the transformation of american democracy” -gary ma (basic books)
beyond heroes and holidays -howard zinn
certain people -stephen birngham
style and grace -(interiors)-micheal henry adams(bullfinch press)
the house i live in -eugene jarecki
you work for your money why just messenger it back to the uber-rich…get your moneys worth… buy wise
here are some does and donts
*that brite coloured hot item that cost over a grand and has all the fancy doodads hanging off it ask yourself how much wear can i get out of it
*can i wait a bit till later in the season and get it at a showroom sale or at Barney’s or Century 21′s end of year or at INA
*If its colour blocked ….prints or anything that screams look at me get it on sale ..items like these date faster than this mornings croissant.
* anything trendy in leather…baggy pants …johdpurrs avoid it it will stay in your closet and be the object of friends and family’s means of embarrassing you …kindly back up and move away from the rack.
*that 300 dollar sweatshirt …you can get a classic one for less…this is America!
*that 500 dollar parka …hmmm maybe its time to take a trip to Orchard st …or 23rd and 6th ave.
*Fake jewelry that cost over 100 dollars ….u have to be kidding me
*If its a bag and cost over 200 it should be functional timeless and very well made
As lovely as you may look you do not want to end up like Naomi in last months Interview this fall with not a thing to wear ..No?
Mayday!Mayday!..Laquan Smith pays homage to “the Muse” the Divine Grace Jone’s with cling-on ensembles
King Edward Wilkerson ordains that comfort will rule this season at Lafayette 148
Two examples of Reese’s always appropriate pieces
Duro Olowu gets graphic
Things fall apart at Cushney et Ochs…just in the most charming and strategically sexy places dahlin!
Ruben and Chapelle play it subdued
Mugler/Formachetti goes back to the future softly
A MUGLER was overwhelmed by the uncanny resemblance Formachetti’s collection had to early African American /Paris designer/stylist Andre Walkers work in the 80′s and also to Adeline Andre from the 90′s
So here is the deal i show what i think is the current silhouette …its for you not to necessarily run out and get it but to decide if it fits you and your wallet and if it does not you say its not my style …if you cannot afford all this high gloss stuff then disseminate what is working in the outfit and find something akin to it for less..i highly suggest vintage or canal street or Portabella or Salvation Army …its about being creative and not manipulated by status lines yet being open to looking good for yourself first ..then your woman or your man ..but enjoy.
something in the way she moves…..