Friday, November 27, 2009

A Passion for Python

Happy Weekend everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, focusing on
those blessings that you have rather than the things that you don't.

The skin game is as prevalent as ever in the fashion accessories arena and clearly Python is everyone's favorite "Wild Thang." From shoes to handbags, Python is being shaped, dyed, and stretched to new heights of fashion wear-ability.

The following are my pics for today's feast for the style conscious eyes of all my fa'shoe'nistas!

Bon Appetite!

Alejandro Ingelmo
Python Isabella pump

Alexander McQueen
Scuba Python De Manta Clutch

Alexandra Neel
Python Pump with zipper detail

Python Amantea Crisscross ankle strap sandal

Python Mayla-E ruched sack handbag/brass closure

Christian Dior
Python Tabou bucket bag

Metallic Python Kristin Hobo

Devi Korell
Python Print Elaphe Wedge

Dries Van Noten
Jacquard Pump with Python Heel

Donna Karan
Python Platform Ankle Wrap Sandal

Devi Kroell
Handpainted Python Hobo

Michael Kors
Python Suzi Clutch

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Inspiration: Street Style Aesthetic; The Chic on the Street photography of Wayne Tippetts

Early on in my budding fashion career interests, I was an avid photographer. I thought of myself as pretty savvy when it came to seeing what others couldn't necessarily see, new fashion trends, the next new ingenue on the catwalk, and so on...

I was in college at the time, so I did have some extra minutes on my hands to wander the streets of Downtown Detroit and the neighborhoods, scouting out fashionable young ladies to shoot for my portfolio.

Fast forward to now and my new budding interest in street photography. In an effort to keep my blog current and fly enough (did I just say that?) and to convince my ever expanding readership to make return visits, I look for blogs, people, places, artists, stylists, and the like that will inspire me to follow my fashion dreams. In my research, I've found that there are essentially two kinds of inspiration, at least for me: there's the inspiration that inspires me to keep looking for inspiration, and then there's true inspiration, the kind that compels me to get up, to move, and to create.

Wayne Tippetts falls in the second category and is my new street style photography hero. His pictures have a simple elegance that don't look rehearsed or staged. Just fashionable people who are captured by his style conscious lens. Many of his photos are a window into the subject's personality without being intrusive or pushy. Two of his luscious photos of my favorite fashion muse, Marian Kihogo, are in a previous "Inspiration" post. The photo that Wayne so graciously allowed me to feature for this week's "Inspiration" is of Harpers Bazaar's Editor-at-Large, Kim Hersov.

If you haven't already discovered this talented picture man, visit his wonderful blog, Street Style Aestetic.

Re-posted with permission-Street Style Aesthetic


Friday, November 20, 2009

Inspiration: Marian Kihogo

Marian Kihogo-photo courtesy of Rob Truijen

Hello, all my Loverlees! This week for my Inspiration, I am honored to feature my stylish blog buddy and sister-friend, the infamous Marian Kihogo. She is the ultimate uber stylist, writer, and all around fashion icon. There is no way that I could deny the fact that she has been a huge inspiration to me as far as the direction my fashion blog is taking. She is beautiful, daring, smart, brilliant, and, get the picture. Here is a mini interview with my girl. Hope you enjoy!

FA'SHOE'NISTA: Just in case there are some folks who may not know, from where do you hail?

MK: I grew up in the UK but I am originally from Ghana, West Africa.

FA'SHOE'NISTA: You are what we in fashion blog land consider to be the epitome of style, grace, and poise. Fashion is truly a calling for you. When did you first notice the itch for all things stylish?

MK: Thank you for that amazing compliment!
Wow I wish I could say there was a specific moment when it began but there was no ‘aha’ moment.

My Mother is a fine artist and her mother before her, so I was always surrounded with great design, Art, and a thirst for the creative.

As far back as I can remember, I was painting, re-purposing garments, writing and simply creating in various forms…

During my childhood my younger sister (poor girl!) was my ‘in house’ model if you like :o) I was always using her as my mannequin, sewing pieces and styling her in my make believe themed fashion shows, etc. Lol!

In junior high school, I then styled a friend’s mother informally. She was hosting a business dinner, had bought a terrific dress, but the only problem was it was not terrific on her. It did nothing for her proportions and figure. I was round my friends house hanging out, witnessed her mother melt down in the ‘not so right dress for her,’ and customized the piece right there and then for her with an hour to go till the guests arrived.

The customized piece and accessories I pulled from her amazing wardrobe were a hit, and more importantly my friend’s mother exuded a confidence that made her the belle of the ball. She passed my name to all her contacts, the rest as they say is history ;o).

At that time I didn’t realize that it was styling I was in effect doing but I did know that I had to do this for life. I have felt this way about fashion writing too. While styling and writing is when I am at my happiest, it has always just made sense. It’s the piece to my puzzle.

FA'SHOE'NISTA:Your fashion savvy is evident in the pictures you post of your various looks. Your style is eclectic and always fresh. How much are you influenced by the people you work with? Who influences you the most?

MK: My style is a product of who I am and my experiences to date.

In terms of my clients, each is completely unique in their tastes. I find the process of styling them all inspiring.

I am mostly inspired by people (clients and non clients) who are unapologetic in their personal style, whatever it may be.

FA'SHOE'NISTA: You often work with the beautiful and talented actress and model, Tolula Adeyemi. I love seeing pictures of the two of you together at various functions. You always manage to look fabulous. I know you've styled her for various photo shoots and the red carpet. When did you two first meet?

MK: At work. We met at a feature Dirrty Glam magazine shoot (I work as the magazine’s UK Correspondent)as shot by award winning photographer, David Yeo and styled by myself.

The magazine was shooting her that day for its ‘Closet Confidential’ feature, it’s a piece that gives readers a glimpse into the amazing wardrobes of style icons and muses.

FA'SHOE'NISTA: How involved is she in the styling process? Do you two bounce ideas off of each other?

MK: Oh 100%!! Anyone who knows Tolula knows that she puts 200% into everything she does. She is highly creative, has an innate sense of true style, and is not afraid of the highly conceptual.

We do bounce ideas off each other a lot during the styling process as we have the same vision, are like minded style wise, and have a great rapport.

She is incredibly easy to style as I know what she likes. I always have her input and she is a pleasure to work with, and is an incredible canvas. Oh, and literally everything works on her!

FA'SHOE'NISTA: What is considered a great day for you?

MK: One which is productive! I am a bit of workaholic so I like to be busy! Oh, if I leave a client happy, that is always wonderful too.

FA'SHOE'NISTA: What's a lousy day for you?

MK: Ah that is a hard one, as even the most challenging are always fun!

FA'SHOE'NISTA: What is your favorite color?

MK: Not a fair question! There are too many to choose from. (laughing) Can I be cheeky and pretty please choose two?

Firstly, Purple. There is something about it that is simultaneously elegant, royal and rebellious (dependent on texture, cut and styling) all in one go.

Black for its dynamism, I have a manic love and hate affair with this color. I either completely ignore it or go for heady overdoses of the color!

FA'SHOE'NISTA: What is your definition of style?

MK: It is a true reflection of one’s personality through their garments, accessories and attitude.

It is that which shines through an outfit be it a thousand dollar designer dress or a thrifted ensemble that cost only a few bucks.

FA'SHOE'NISTA: Thanks so much, love you sweetie!

Photo courtesy of Marian Kihogo


Photo courtesy of Marian Kihogo
and Prendas Publicas

Marian and Tolula
Photos courtesy of Marian Kihogo and Wayne of StreetStyle Aesthetic

For more on this fashion muse, check out her blog.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Very Valentino, Part Deux...

No, I'm not done yet, Mr. V. These are simply stunning, don't you agree? Opulent, elegant and just plain pretty...

These totes are amazing. Valentino is the undisputed King of Lux. Dripping in embellishments, they are uber eye candy for the fashionista with a sweet tooth for the stylishly delicious. Again, feast and enjoy!

Shining Flower Tux tote
Neiman Marcus

Shiny Nappa Studded Tote
Neiman Marcus

360 Leopard-Print Hobo
Neiman Marcus

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Designer Shoes Showcase: The Opulent Creations of Aruna Seth

There is nothing like a beautiful shoe to give the finishing touch to the perfect ensemble. Whether it be a tailored business suit, an edgy Rocker Chic outfit, or formal and /or wedding attire, the shoe has to fit the occasion in order for the “look” to be successful.

Designer Aruna Seth offers the most beautiful and elegant shoes for that special event. Dripping in the opulence of Swaravski Crystals, taffeta bows, and melt like butta’ leather, Seth’s designs take embellishment to new heights.

The 27 year old fashion footwear “It Girl” hails from London. Her designs are featured in showrooms around the world in locations such as Milan, Moscow, London, and most recently, New York. Meticulously handcrafted in Italy, these elegant works of footwear art are an irresistible luxury for any true style Diva!

Elegant, sparkly, and downright sensuous, the designs of Aruna Seth are Beluga Caviar for the feet! Feast and enjoy!

For more information on the dynamic designs of Aruna Seth visit

All photos courtesy of Aruna Seth