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NYFW has come and gone and while we’re all still sifting through the beautiful collections of designers and dreaming up new additions to our wardrobes, I will be adding additional musing to my mood board. No, not a specific collection or material or cut, but color….BLACK. Yes black as in ‘All Black Everything’ a la Jay-Z, and wearing black in order to help lead a more colourful life. But the most important reason that Black has such a powerful presence to me this month is of course Black History Month.
While yes I am appreciative that we have this month to look towards our past in order to gain perspective for our future. We must never forget, that our history no matter where it might originate from, can in no way be summed up in one month. Read More »
While obsessively looking through the Michael Pitt for Prada photos and the new campaign pics for the Spring/Summer collections something stood out….it seems the short and even long slicked back hairstyle was EVERYWHERE. From Chanel to Gucci S/S 2012 is showcasing a sexy strong hair trend that’s pretty easy to do, but should be saved for those with the face shape and cheekbones to pull it off…aka not me.
First let me start off by saying Gingers…my goodness YES! Second I am having serious man bag envy with the croc messenger bag, I want it…I also want my bf to dye his hair this color. Take note monsieur all I want for my bday is some Ginger hugs and kisses. Love the cut of what appears to be sweatpants, the fit of the suit and the classic Manhattan meets Hampton style of Baartmans & Siegel new line for Spring/Summer. Read More »
Hi. I’m Michael Pitt. I’m Marie-Leigh’s BF. I love her so. We’re gonna make cappuccino colored babies. Maybe he didn’t say that, and maybe he did. Either way Michael Pitt the pouty, sexy, swagger filled man that he is, is also the new face for Prada’s Mens collection. Oh those lips, intense bright eyes and luscious locks have me giddy with excitement about him wearing one of my favorite designers! A man with good looks and hot closet to boot…marry me now…or ya know whatever.
While out for a yummy sushi dinner I decided to dress down my favorite sequin dress in a very obvious way. I threw on my bf’s favorite Uniqlo plaid top, criss-crossed the front and cinched it with a belt. Fall has arrived and with that comes layering; the wonderful art of wearing multiple items at once and paying hommage the fashionable bag ladies a la Olsen & Bonham-Carter.
Also with my glorious mid-terms holding me hostage I have been stress eating … for 22 years…yup that sounds right, though the scale never does, cause I broke it…then bought myself a cupcake to feel better. But let my food-raged sugar rush ramblings be pushed aside, to explain why I brought up my stress eating in the first place. The dress, it fits, a little too well, so the plaid top is the perfect mediator between myself and my muffin top. Yet another reason I LOVE layering and fall, the knits, the flannel the fashionista’s camouflage of one too many everything. Now before anyone gets on my case about embracing one’s body image and raising self-esteem…shut up.
Do I love my body no, do I hate it no. I buy the size that fits, I know there will always be room for improvement and I will do my best to improve in the time frame, and lingering breakdowns (victoria secret fashion show *cough*) I see fit. That being said I had about 25 pieces of sushi at dinner (Zen-ya the most delicious sushi, beautiful decor and friendliest staff/chefs in Montreal and thank you for the delicious deep-fried mango ice cream dessert! I love freebies especially since the chef found out I was half Filipino and gave it to us for free! Filipino Blasian Pride <3! ).
Was I full and waddling afterwards yes, but did my man give me a kiss, slap my butt playfully and lie and say I looked skinny…yes yes he did. Did I need that to know I rocked this outfit no, but a girl loves her compliments.
Plaid Top: Uniqlo (Mens)
I now have a tumblr and blogger account to make sure The Fashionable Tourist is all mine. My blogger (www.thefashionabletourist.blogger.com) will be all my outfit post, behind the scenes and personal reviews of collections. Tumblr (thefashionabletourist.tumblr.com) will be inspirational photos and personal styling work.
Photography: Maciek Wilkos
This blog post isn’t just a regular street style one, it’s my attempt at opening a dialogue about something that has sparked my interest, and is deeply important to me; the world’s view and opinion on African-American’s in the fashion community. While I hate to say this, and I’m sure many of you will deny, I can’t help but be bothered by what I heard during MTL & NYFW. A group of fashionable people, talking about the outfit of one the attendees (who just happened to be black), ‘Wow! That’s a great outfit for a black guy!’ and ‘Huh, I really like what he’s wearing!’ as if to be surprised that someone within the black community can pull off something other than a pair of tight leggings and cropped bomber jacket with high tops. While I am in NO WAY saying, that everyone thinks that way, I do however hope that this post can show the world, that we all don’t dress as extras in a Lil Wayne video. We’re all different, we all have different taste and if the Nicki Minaj, Beyonce and Pharell’s of the world haven’t educated you in our changing fashion sense then hopefully this post will. I’m not about to hate on anyone who enjoys their high tops as much as I enjoy my high heels, I’m just asking everyone to keep an open mind about fashion! Don’t categorize us gangsters, black hipsters or fashionable for an African-American. The African-American community has always had a huge impact on fashion, we’re just switching things up people, so try and keep up!
Huge THANK YOU to Maciek Wilkos for being the amazing photog who snapped these pics!