I hope all of you enjoyed Independence Day! I definitely enjoyed the days leading up to it! Fun times in LA, wild times in Detroit....
Dinner at Mastro's, LA
BET Awards, LA
Party in Detroit with Derek J
heels [not pictured], Louboutin.
Which of my looks did you guys like best?
These were my first pair of Louboutins. A present, from a gentleman friend. I had until then, mostly worn Stuart Weitzman. Louboutins were still a dream. But then he came with my golden slippers, and with them, a door to a new life. He wanted me to look beautiful for our date that evening. He wanted me, like Cinderella, to feel transformed. So he bought these for me and life was never the same. I will always love them, my first Louboutins, for they represent the future I did not yet know I had...
What a night! Daniel and I were treated to a beautiful show at Neiman Marcus the other day. It was the National Black Arts Festival's annual Fine Arts and Fashion Benefit for the Visual Arts Program.
Christian Louboutin Pigalle heels and
Jimmy Choo Candy clutch.
And for capturing how the draping of Zac Posen's dresses
beautifully accentuate a woman's curves
The movement of fabrics can be
A show in itself!
Yes, she did fan that dress right in front of me...
A great talent, and only 31!
My favorite labels surprised me this season. I watched not so much for what I would incorporate into my own closet, but more out of interest for the craft and artistry of beautiful design.
I loved the new silhouettes of Chanel
a fresh take on the boyfriend blazer
And then there is the kind of design that tells a story and offers a bit of drama,
Naturally I was won over by the porter carrying the lady's bag...
Especially when the lady knows how to make an entrance!
You may have seen a few pics already, but I can't wait to share with you some highlights from the private Zac Posen viewing I attended at Neiman Marcus!
Olivier Rousteing has edited the Balmain jacket a bit,
but its new lines have remained sexy.
I look forward to all he will bring to the house....
These colors and textures are begging to be paired with....
This tailoring, this palette!
Here I give a tour of my closet,
and receive the invitation to South Africa...
What memories could I make
Not to worry, I have saved the best for last.
My favorite looks from
Valentino, Chanel, Louis Vuitton are coming.
Runway Photos Via Style.com
I am as drawn to her style as I am her story. That she was raised in orphanages, abandoned by her father, immediately solidifies the connection. That during this time she learned to sew, to make pretty things and find a way to create beauty where there wasn't any, I understand. That she would start a hat business, a small, but successful one, way back in the 1920s, when women did not work, or own businesses - unexpected. But that she would go on to transform women's fashion in a way that still today is unique, timeless, effortless style, that is magnificent.
The story of Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel made a lasting impression on me when I discovered it. I love her clothes, but more than that, I love her strength. It reminds me of what can be done when we believe in ourselves. How we can master our own destiny. My three strands of pearls are witness...
won me over this week....
Silhouettes that celebrate the female form,
Fabrics that tease and flirt,
while still holding on to their
Power, the subtle kind
not soft but seering...
But subtleties will, of course, have
to be overtaken,
by bold and daring displays of
what makes fashion