As human beings, for most of us change is hard to accept, we either try to run or delay the progress; but one thing that is certain is we can’t escape it as change is inevitable. What has been perceived as editorial and runway worthy has been grouped into a very slim bracket and very few designers and magazines go against the tide in their selection.
Helping in the progression of change, Spanish designer Dolores Cortés used Valentina Guerrero a 10 month baby girl suffering with Down’s Syndrome, in her swim wear collection at the recently concluded Miami Swim Fashion Week. Valentina made her runway debut when she was carried by the designer on stage at the end of the show. Also, this little beauty is the new face of the 2013 DC kids and is featured in the Cortés U.S catalogue. Cortés further vowed to donate 10 percent of the profits from Dolores Cortés Kids USA sales to the Down Syndrome Association of Miami.
Others who are pro-change with in the fashion industry are Nordstrom and Target. Earlier this year have both used Ryan Langston, a 6 years old model who also has Down Syndrome in their campaign ads and with in their catalogues.
Ready are not, the time for change has arrived even though the fashion industry is continuing to drag its feet regarding the issue of diversity right across the board. But in good stride, the bracket will become bigger with room for all!
This is one of the hardest pieces I have done so far, not because of a block but more of a shock. I personally believe in giving credit to a person when they are alive to let them know how truly appreciated you are of them; but what happens when that person is taken suddenly from you. I received the sad news that my beloved friend Barrio Dimitri, Barbadian fashion blogger of La Mode Dimitri was no longer going to be on earth with us. This news was very hard for me to accept as we had spoken a mere 2 days before about his love for my post Weekly Obsession:Dr.Martens and with him being Barrio, giving me some helpful blogger’s tips for future posts as well.
I came to know the wonderful Barrio Dimitri through a mutual friend Dre Decarlo, during my attendance at the Barbados International Fashion Festival. Over the two days of the show and many conversations with him I grew to realised that he was a person fulled with knowledge and style well beyond his years. Our friendship quickly grew and he became a close friend. Barrio was long into to blogging before me and even though he was my junior in age, Barrio was my senior with his experience, always willing to give advise and critique, all for the betterment and success of my blog.
Even though I haven’t known Barrio for a long time, from the moment we met it just clicked talking about everything under the sun concerning fashion, the designers, collections and trends, we seem to have known each other for ages. Barrio amazed me with his unique personal style, that had heads turning whenever he made an outing. I thought of how I could pay tribute to Barrio but words fail me at this moment. So, as they say that a picture can say a thousand words, I decided to show your pics from his blog that show you how truly beautiful soul he was.
Though your lost has sadden us, your smile and bubbly personality will remain with us for always in our hearts.
The new fashion must-have has been popping up in magazines, all around Paris, New York and London and almost everywhere. Though this trend isn’t anything new to us as we all have owned or used one at least once in our lives, it has become more than just a means of transportation within the fashion world. The bicycle or bike for short is becoming a fashion accessory amongst the fashionistas and has been trending due to the many siting of models and fashionistas biking from show to show during the various fashion weeks. Not to be left out, everyday street stylers are also rocking hard fashion while on their bikes. So the next time you’re heading out and making your mental check list before you close the door, don’t be surprise if you check off a bike off that list.
I have to admit that I have been drawn in by the Dr. Martens boots, I just can’t seem to get enough of them. The popular Dr. Martens is a well-known British footwear that has taken over the fashion industry over the years and are nothing shy of iconic. They are known as Doctor Martens, Docs Martens, Docs or DMs, but whatever you choose to refer to them, one thing for sure is that you can’t help but love them. Not only are these shoes fashionable, they are versatile as well and come in a variety of colours and prints.
Most trends generally last for one season or even become a year round trend but it seems the colour blocking trend which made a big comeback for spring/summer 2011, is still going strong. Personally, I’m not a big fan of this trend but it seems some designers and fashionistas are still quite infatuated with it. So I decided to show correct ways to colour block, we should learn how to master the look if this trend is to carry on and hopefully rid the streets of unsightly mix mash.
Colour blocking consist of combining two or more solid colours to create an outfit. As simple as it may sound, if it’s not done correctly you can end up looking like a big fashion disaster. The first thing to keep in mind is to choose colours that compliment your skin tone that would give you a flattering look.
Here are some tips to successively achieve the look:
- Match one or two colours with a neutral color like nude, caramel, white, grey, brown or black.
- Use accessories to add the pop and give a contrast of colour.
- Mix match two bright colours .
- Mix different hues of the same colour.
- Buy a color blocked piece and match with a solid colour.
Here are a few ideas you can try: