Over the weekend I went to an art expo in my hometown, Philadelphia. I made sure to go to every table, hear every story, and support the artists I most believed in. The table that stood far above the rest was hosted by African World Imports and Tours. They feature Silk Thread Art, which is an embroidery-like artwork from the Ashanti people of Ghana. The actual process of creating this work is with a leather canvas and silk thread. They thread pieces of silk to create images, and they don't leave any space on the canvas blank. It was an interest process and one that I really fell in love with. Check out more of their work atafricanworldimports.com and let me know what you think.
This iconic fragrance is reportedly sold once every 30 seconds. Chanel No. 5 was legendary couturier Coco Chanel's first fragrance, which was created by French perfumer Ernest Beaux in 1921. It has sold continuously since the first day of its release and is characterized by its waxy rose top note. If you haven't finished your holiday shopping, this is a easy gift option.
Elle Italia has a wonderful shoot with LiyaKebede. The shoot was very 'couture street'; it uses an urban landscape but is very beautifully styled and put together. Everyone knows Liya is by overall fav model (ok.. a close second to naomi's unreachable fierecness) and this is one of the best shoots that I've seen of her in a while. She wears a few scarves in this editorial which is most likely from her charitable organization (theliyakebedefoundation.org). Overall, two thumbs up. Pick up a copy at your local Borders...
Ajuma is a MosaMuse favorite and muse for designer Vivienne Westwood. The Kenyan model got her start at a Kenyan modeling competition and was fourth runner up in Ford's Supermodel of the World search. She then went on to sign with Ford, walking the runway for Vivienne Westwood and the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. She then went on to pose in front of the cameras of Giles Bensimon and Juergen Teller. I'm really into her look. Her editorial is beyond fierce. And at the end of the day shes the muse for one of the best designers out there.... could it be any better? Keep up the hot work.
I'm headed out to see Avatar. I'm super excited to see the special effects and make up artistry. Zoe Saldana is the leading lady... love her! Did you see the movie? What were your thoughts? I'll be back with an update, but I'm pretty sure it will be 2 thumbs up.
UPDATE: I saw the movie. It was great. It was the first movie that I've been to and a NY audience cheered. Beautiful graphics. Loved it.
How did Vogue snatch Lady Gaga before Elle? Lady GaGa appears on the December issue of Vogue and will be on the January issue of Elle. How backwards is that? Just wanted to share this pic tho. I promise this will be my last Lady GaGa post...at least until 2010. :)
I really like this girl. She has a very cute look and I like her signature mole. Hye Park is a Korean born model who has appeared in Numero, Korean Vogue, French Vogue and Italian Vogue. She has also been the face of Tiffany & Co., MaxMara and D&G. She got her big break when she attended a University of Utah model casting. The big question is... why was she in Utah? Anyway, she made her way to the Big Apple and is now one of the most sought after faces. I think she is a great person to keep tabs on. Lets see what she does next...
GAGA is in the new MAC campaigns! Unfortunately, this falls as flat as a matte nude lipstick. This is Lady Gaga, the most outragious "freak bitch" out there, and this is what MAC pulled off? This is less exciting then the ads for Eve and less eye-catching that Pam Anderson's... well, ad. I'm so disappointed. This MAC ad is right up Lady GaGa's alley. It is super consistent with her brand imaging yet nothing at all is appealing, alluring, or amazing. Were the campaign managers asleep during her Bad Romance video? How do you ladies feel?
This girl is dope! Today I was scrolling through Clutch Mag and they highlighted painter Tanekeya Word and I instantly fell in love. I can't say it enough... this girl is dope! She's like the modern Picasso (for lack of better art reference lol). But honestly, I am in love with her choice of bold colors and the images she chooses to illustrate. Her paintings tell a complete story from "Once upon a time" to "Happily ever after".. its a beautiful fantasy. I would want any of these pieces in my living room. You know what, I think I'm going to see if I can hire her to create the new MosaMuse set. Or maybe I'll have her as my first podcast interview? I dunno. All I know is this is a new MosaMuse favorite!! Check her out at www.tanekeyaword.com.
Jourdan Dunn gave birth to a healthy baby boy! Here she is walking for Jean Paul Gaultier while she was seven months pregnant, and personally I think she looks even more beautiful with a full face. Pregnant or not, Jourdan can hold her own in the spotlight. She is even listed on NY Magazine's site as the most popular model. But not to take anything away from Dunn, but I'm pretty sure that spot can be bought with the right price or right agent/media hook up. I'm just saying. Anyways, I hope to see her back on the runways for NY Fashion Weeks Spring shows. Oh yea, Gisele had her baby as well... but, um.. who cares? Congrats Jourdan!
p.s. shouts out to NY Mag for reporting that first. I would have missed that one.
Remember those iconic CK1 ads? I used to LIVE for them. I wanted nothing more than to recreate those images in a modern day appeal. But, it seems like they beat me about a year ago with these. They are so hot and inviting. I love them. But you know what they're missing? The COMMERCIAL! The commercial was what made the commercial great. With all those greasy hair drug addict looking models... and that one black girl! haha. Remember?? So shouts out to Calvin Klein and his ad crew. They get the nod for this weeks Flashback Iconic post!
I remember dressing up as Princess Jasmine for Halloween. Back in the day that was as close as Disney got to having a Black Princess. But finally Disney feels its safe to venture out. Here's my opinion: At first I could care less that their was a black Disney character. I guess because it took them soooo long. I mean, Mattel finally came out with a black doll line. Hello... super late! But now that we have a black Pres, businesses seem to be more culturally conscious. But lets be real, they knew what they were doing. They knew that little black girls had to buy blonde barbie (although my mom wouldn't allow it... thumbs up mom). There is just so much wrapped up in the dolls you play with. White women talk about how Barbie gave them a complex because of her body shape. Now think about what happens when your brown hands are wrapped around a vanilla doll with features that are nothing like yours? IISSUUUEEES. haha. And whats sick about it is that they (Mattel and Disney) knew that was happening. So now that its marketable to have things from other cultures we have a black princess. And let me not steer you wrong. I'm all about the dollars and cents. I get it. But its SUPER late. BUT... at the end of the day I'm all for black dolls and movies! I would have LOVED this as a child. It was rare that we were able to see ourselves on tv as children. Other than Family Matters, I cant remember watching something I could possibly relate to. So thumbs up to Disney and Mattel for not messing with the heads of our little black princesses as they grow and develop their identity. I already know what I'm going to be next Halloween. And yes, I'm forcing my bf to be a frog.
p.s. Ladies of all races, go see the movie and take a little one w/ you! Change happens one step at a time. And its about time!
Here is artwork by Paul Wunderlich. To be honest, I don't know much about him but I love his style. He was one of those that was far ahead of his time (born 1927) but had a very unique and incomparable talent trained under Salvador Dali. I'll keep you posted and I develop this new interest...
Gaye McDonald's modeling career began in 2005 after she won a Caribbean Model Search. She then signed with Next Management and within a month she was on the cover of Luire Magazine. Since, she has walked the catwalks of Diesel, DVF, Heatherette and Lanvin. She has also graced the pages of French Vogue and was the face of Benetton ad. She blogs about the lack of black models in the industry saying, "I'm often the only black girl when I go to castings, which is horrible because everyone looks at you as if you are so different" But that contrast will not be for long. MosaMuse.com... coming soon!
Celebrity Stylist Crystal Streets Hosts Sample Sale! This is a must go ... must buy!! Get all of your holiday shopping done in one stop! Crystal Streets is known for styling Ciara, Rihanna, Nia Long, JayZ, Jermaine Dupri...EEEVVVERRYYBBOODDYYY in the business. She let me know shes selling everything 75% off. Its a reccessionppl... better go get it!
Jewlery Designer Maria Christina Bellucci's take on a cocktail ring is so cute and versatile without looking cheap and childish. She makes rings out of colors pencils in a very refined way. I personally think that you can mix this playful ring into the mix with a very sophisticated get up. Its an attention getting, conversation starter that would be a perfect piece at a networking event. It would also be pretty cool with a pair a jeans, a t-shirt, and some fun jewelry. I'm waiting to how creative she can get with chalk.