Nzinga Knight, a devout Muslim, doesn’t believe that women have to show all of their assets to look beautiful. That belief comes out in her designs, which include ankle length dresses, long sleeves and neck lines that don’t reveal much cleavage.
“The look of my work is sensual, mysterious, innovative, I felt a lot of women were wearing things because that’s what the magazines told them. It seemed each designer had the same point of view…I value coverage. Knight told AFP
Knight’s clothes come in colors that pop. She says they hug women’s curves and have surprising small details. The clothes allow her to honor her faith while still making women look good. With parents from Guyana and Trinidad, Knight says her styles reflect her Caribbean roots. Her designs, which run from $365 for a blouse to $3,500 for a gown, are sold in high-end stores in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Knight also made her debut at New York City’s Fashion Week last year.
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Anti-fur activist Khloe Kardashian made her views explicit in NYC Monday morning -- rocking a fake fur coat on the street ... with the words "FXCK YO FUR" spray-painted on her back in bright red letters.
Khloe has spoken out against wearing fur for years -- and even partnered with PETA on several campaigns, but she cut ties with the organization in 2012 after a PETA-affiliated activist dumped flour on Kim K during a red carpet event.
As for furs, Lady Gaga agrees to disagree
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Zendaya Coleman is an actress/singer that can be found on the Disney Channel. Not only has she mastered her craft, but her fashion as well. Zendaya is only a 17 years old, and the small screen princess is making her name in the fashion industry.
Attending Fashion Week New York and bringing her fashion sense with her! Z' is a Fashion Diva and we are a fan of her here at TheeBlackSocialite. Miss Zendaya slays, and portrays grace, beauty and femininity. Can't wait to see what her and her stylist have next up their sleeves.
- Micheal X.
TheeBlackSocialite.com is happy to bring on Michael X,, a wardrobe sylist from Chicago, IL. Michael is also a model, dancer, actor and singer. Micheal will be searching social media outlets to find the weeks best dressed. Follow him on IG/Twitter (@Mike_soDope).
This outfit was thrown together so last minute, the day of the 2013 #BillBoardMusicAwards in Las Vegas, Nevada.
My blazer came from a thrift store only (10$).
I found a white low-neck white t-shirt from TopShop ($14)
Skinny black trousers ($75)
my Christian Louboutin gold spiked loafers ($1280) I already had from my prom, prior to this ensemble, I had only worn them one time, I thought WOW this is the perfect event to whip these bad boys out!
This outfit was simple and put together in less than an hour!
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For years the words fashion and hip hop never were as synonymous as they are now. They day’s of baggy clothes and tall tee’s are far behind us. MC’s are going for a more High End look, rocking designers like House of Balmain and Alexander Wang. When did this high fashion look take over the hip hop industry? In my opinion Kanye West (Yeezus) single handedly paved the way for rappers like Kid Cudi, A$AP Rocky and 2 Chainz to be “different”. Before Ye’ the industry was into the 50 Cent look. The baggy jeans, air force ones and a fitted tank top, luckily when Kanye hit it big he was into a more refined look. Rocking polo sweaters and loafers, dressing more like what most parents would want their children to look model after.
When did leather pants become so trendy for men? OF course in the 90’s leather was all over the place, leather vest, pants jackets, ties. But in 2009, during a casual stroll through NYC with his then girlfriend Amber Rose, the paps caught a image of a smitten Kanye walking hand in hand in leather pants and Jordans.
The trend took off fast, and more rappers were seen piecing together outfits around leather pants and jordans.
Fast Forward to 2013 and its kind of hard to find images of rappers on red carpets without a “leather look”, now I may be taking it to the extreme because I am a fan, but never before has any rapper had such an impact on a culture. Kanyes style is easily the most imitated of our generation. From the ripped denim, to the furs, Kanye has given rappers and regulars guys like myself the option to be just as fly as we want to be.
- Markess Bassett
In the recent years, the model industry has made some significant strides in reconstructing the imagery of what is considered beautiful and acceptable in the fashion industry. Fashion retailer Barney's New York has joined the bandwagon and is releasing a new Spring campaign featuring 17 Transgender models. The campaign, entitled "Brothers, Sisters, Sons and Daughters," is meant to promote awareness of transgender issues and includes photos, video and a short film.
Still, it is certainly refreshing to see this move from Barneys, a major player in the fashion retail world. We hope other major department stores will follow suit.
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Image: Courtesy of Barney's New York.
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Devil in a blue dress. Slay mama, slay!
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“Separate but equal, the intrinsic message of “Vogue Black,” is a historical concept all too familiar to black people, and you don’t have to have lived in America, or be American, to feel the pangs of this division and empathize with this legacy of injustice and bigotry." - Jason Campbell ( of the JC report)
The Italian issue of the iconic fashion magazine isn’t exactly known for having the right idea about how to be diverse, and they’re frequently under fire for seemingly racist editorials. But the most recent offense just might be the worst one of all. In their coverage of Pitti Uomo in Florence, the site launched a new column in the “Vogue Black” section of their website called “Voguista Black” where they exclusively published all their images of black street style stars. It’s hard to say what misguided judgement could have led to such a strange and offensive decision, but it’s clear that the editors of Vogue Italia‘s website don’t see the fashion world through color-blind glasses.
While the Beth Hardison’s diversity coalition is doing positive work to promote more diversity in fashion and help put an end to runway racism, it’s times like this that make one wonder just how long change will take–both in the fashion world and the world at large. The fact of the matter is that crafting a more diverse fashion world will have to be an institutional change that comes from the top–and right now the folks at the top are not a representative group, and they have little incentive to change their ways.
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