I’ve always been a huge fan of Solange Knowles, ever since she debuted her album Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams, I was hooked. Her style is on another level in my eyes. She has a style all of her own, seems like it took her a while to find out who she was, besides just being Beyonce’s little sister. I’m glad Solange has finally come into her own look, she has a style that many people love and follow.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012, Solange was out in NYC attending the Premiere screening of “Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007″ at MOMA. Looking fierce as ever she was wearing a pink jacket and matching pink shorts by Twenty8Twelve and a pair of sling back heels by Nicholas Kirkwood along with a natural fro and a bold red lip to complete her look.
I’m loving the cut of the blazer, i’d probably would have opted for a skirt and went with a higher heel. I’m not a fan of sling backs, but nonetheless this look works for her.
Are you feeling Solange’s look?
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What is a Label Whore?
A label whore is someone who only wears brand name clothes.
They are known to wear only what’s in style. They often purchase clothes solely based on labels and disregard personal style. Most “Label Whore’s” cannot actually afford the clothes they buy, because much of it goes out of style within months.They’re also known to wear items once then return them back to the store.
We’ve all come across that one person who should be classified as a certified “LABEL WHORE”. While I was watching an episode of the Real Housewives of Atlanta, Miss Marlo Hampton made me realize how annoying a “label whore” really is. Honestly If I wanted to know who and what you were wearing i’d ask, so no need to make it a point to let it be known (unless your on the red carpet being interviewed). Now don’t get me wrong, I love designer labels as much as the next fashion obsessed person, but i’m not hung up on only wearing designer labels. It’s so many cute and stylish clothes out here, why limit your choices to only well known brands.
Some people are so determined to wear only name brand clothes, they’ll settle for a knock-off version just so they can say their wearing something expensive. For some people, they base their ability to afford designer labels with their self worth. You have people that can afford to buy every designer label ever made, yet they choose to buy more affordable clothes. Then you have people buying the most expensive designer labels they can find, but they can barely afford them. Folks actually go into debt to keep up with the Joneses.
There are some people who actually turn their nose up at people, because of what their wearing. Like I said before, some people base their self worth off the things they can afford. Just because you can afford Jimmy Choo’s and next person can’t, that doesn’t give people the right to snub others. Everyone doesn’t need Christian Louboutin shoes to make them feel worthy or to feel validated.
Don’t get so caught up in the the name on the label that you loose your sense of style. The best way to enjoy Fashion is to buy what you like and mix and match different looks to create a look thats all your own. If you love designer labels then wear your labels without trying to show off or brag, because it usually makes you sound petty and shallow. If you can’t afford the designer labels you really want, don’t feel bad, the good thing is a lot of designers make more affordable lines now a days.
The most important thing in fashion is not how much you paid for your outfit, but how you feel wearing it and making sure it works for you. Let’s the clothes do the talking not your mouth!
p.s. just because your draped in designer labels, doesn’t mean your stylish!
Willi Smith was considered to be the most successful African-American clothing designer during his time.
Willi Donnell Smith was born on February 29, 1948 in Philadelphia. Growing up he took inspiration from his parents and grandmother, who always dressed fashionably stylish despite being on limited budgets.
While in high school Smith studied commercial art at Mastbaum Technical High School in Philadelphia. After graduating high school, he enrolled at the Philadelphia College of Art to study fashion illustration in 1962. While in college he realized he wanted to be a designer.
In 1965 Smith earned two scholarships to the Parsons School of Design in New York . While in New York he began doing freelance work for the designer Arnold Scaasi and the Bobbie Brooks sportswear company. In 1967 he quit school to pursue his love of fashion full time. In 1969 his name begin appearing on labels of clothing made by Digits, a sportswear company.
In 1973 Smith and his sister Toukie, founded their own clothing company. With little experience in business, they soon saw their enterprise fail. He continued doing freelance work until 1976, when he entered into another business partnership, this time with Laurie Mallet, with whom he co-founded WilliWear.
Smith’s eclectic, whimsical, and inventive designs attracted the attention of fashion insiders, while customers responded favorably, the newly formed company soon became established in the industry.
In the beginning stages WilliWear produced only women’s clothing, until 1978 when a mens line was added. Smith won a Coty American Fashion Critics’ Award for women’s fashion in 1983 and a Cutty Sark Menswear Award in 1985.
His style has been described as “street couture” he emphasized that he was not designing “for young people who like to look alike,” but rather for people who wanted “real clothes” but with a sense of designer fashion.
By the time of Smith’s death in 1987, WilliWear was selling over $25 million worth of clothing a year.
”I don’t design clothes for the Queen, but for the people who wave at her as she goes by.” – Willi Smith
Last week I saw Designer Isaac Mizrahi on The Talk doing what he does best, discussing Fashion. The topic was ways to revamp your style without breaking the bank. His advice was to buy (ho’s) hosiery, i.e. ribbed, patterned, opaque etc. to help freshen up your look.
He also stated…
“New Year New You! You have a better advantage at being stylish without all that tons of money. If you want to do something wonderful creatively the best place to start is not with money but with inspiration or ideas…”
Another tip he suggested was ways to figure out your “Personal Style” by creating a inspiration board.
What is an inspiration board? An inspiration board is a collection of images that inspire you. It can be made up of basically anything: doodles, sketches, magazine clippings, fabrics, photos, text, color swatches etc.
An Inspiration Board can help you to zero in with what it is you really like. You should keep it in a place where you can look at it on a daily basis.
You can use a poster board, binder, large sketch book, bulletin board or you can even use a large poster frame.
Use pictures from your favorite magazines, websites or pictures of things that inspires you.
There is no wrong or right way to do the board, its all about you, how your feeling, what makes you smile, what makes you feel good, but most importantly WHAT INSPIRES YOU!
You can also create a inspirational board online at Pinterest it’s a virtual pinboard to organize and share the things you love.
You can also try Polyvore another place to create and share what inspires you and create your own fashion style.
As I was browsing through the February issue of Cosmopolitan magazine, I spotted Dakota Fanning wearing a really cute dress. I searched high and low for this dress and discovered she was wearing a charcoal super pique peplum corset dress from Vera Wang’s Spring 2012 RTW Collection.
Want to see more of Vera Wang’s 2012 Spring RTW Collection visit STYLE