HonorineUwera was born in Rwanda. She debut on the Paris runways. In the same year, she appeared in Elle magazine and walked the NY runways for Marc Jacobs an Catherine Malandrino. She was featured in both Mixte and Trace Magazine and became the face of Moschino. For the past few years her career has slowed down. I wonder why? Come back Honorine... we're still waiting for more.
Italian Vogue launched an all black fashion website. The site highlights black models. Their model of choice to launch their 'newcomers' page is Sedene Roscina Blake. Sedene is a Jamaican model known for her eyes and cheekbones. She signed to New York Models and has also modeled for multiple international Vogue editorials, Teen vogue, Pop and many others. She has also walked the runway for Jason Wu, Peter Som, Malendrino, Herrera, Phillip Lim and Derek Lam. I like her look, she has stunning features. Lets keep an eye on her! And lets keep an eye on the success of this new site...
Melanie Fiona's soulful melodies arrived on the mainstream scene in 2008. A year later she put out her album 'The Bridge' and earned a Grammy nomintion for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. Her voice is unique and authentic and she has the looks to match. I am looking forward to see who she collaborates with this summer to push her into the mainstream. Lets just hope its not an obvious artist (i.e. Kanye) but rather someone who she can really blend with. We'll see...
Senegalese model KineeDiouf signed to New York Models and months later began walking the runway for Givenchy and Vivienne Westwood. That same year she appeared in a Benetton ad, Dazed and Confused editorial and walked the runway for Louis Vuitton, Lanvin and YSL. Throughout her career as a model she has kept up her momentum with her numerous campaigns and ads. She appeared on the cover of TRACE and Tank magazines. Her look is very diverse and her photos show great movement. KineeDiouf is a model to keep on your radar. Above are her images from Tush magazine.
These Christian Louboutin Freddy Flats are a must have for the season. You can pair these with some skinny jeans and a loose white shirt and be good to go. Other styling options include wearing more loose fitted jeans and rolling them (katieholme's style...but better of course) at the bottom to highlight the look. These shoes have many options, but there is no doubt that they will be on my feet.
Rose Codero of the Dominican Repulic is now on the cover of French Vogue!! News sources are going crazy attempting to give this cover the tag of "first black girl since.." stamp but its sad because as much as Rose Codero appears non white... shes still not a black girl. Now this is not to take anything away from the fact that French Vogue decided to go with someone of color (or Rose Codero's accomplishment). I applaud French Vogue's efforts. I am glad that they realized that marginalizing women of color from their magazines actually turned against them. They are now irrelevant and antiquated. Its ashame, but true. But there still needs to be an effort made to make putting a non-white girl on a cover more than a PR move to garnish sales. Anyway, Rose Codero is a Dominican beauty who found herself in a fashion world frenzy which will only up her stocks. Congratulations Rose and more covers to come!
And the Haute Spot goes to... Gemma Redux. I honestly just stumbled by these earrings and I love their complexity. The designer behind Gemma Redux is Rachel Dooley, a former law student with a love for creative design. These earrings are a MosaMuse favorite because they have such a natural power to them. Although I may be fond of a few femme things, I personally am in love with very heavy and rough jewelry. This piece is perfected edited and is far from boring. I think the story of my life can be illustrated by these earrings... but I'll spare you. Anyway, keep an eye out for Gemma Redux, as the designs have already been in every major fashion magazine and on the necks of some top celebs (Jessica Alba, Cameron Diaz). Congrats Gemma Redux on being chosen by the CFDA to be a part of their fashion incubator program. We are anxious to see what you will show next.
It seems like Rodarte can do no wrong. (Except for the lack of diversity in their models w/ this collection...lets try to work on that for next collection ladies) That aside, look at their opening outfit! Let me just say this... doing the futuristic look everyone has been doing recently is EASY. Oops, did I offend? But seriously, putting something super femme but also structured and layered is a skill. And designing it is even better! I have to say that I love this look for the fall (and this spring). It screams youthful, fun, and interesting. The skirt is so beautiful!
Alek Wek has has an extraordinary career as a supermodel. She has appeared on numerous catwalks and covers, and has won many awards, but her life did not begin as glamorous as it is now. Alek was born in Sudan and her family was forced to flee to England to escape the war. Her father died and she lived with her mother and her eight siblings. While at a party she was discovered by a scout and later signed to Ford. Alek Wek is one of i-D magazine's favorite model, and has either opened or closed for every major designer's show. Her runway debut was with Alexander McQueen in 1997, and went on to be featured in both Janet Jackson and Tina Turner's videos. With all her accomplishments to date, Alek is known for her charity work. She has never forgotten the hardship that she endured as a child and she is currently involved in the Refugees Advisory Council. She is an icon, in front of and away from the camera, and a MosaMuse favorite. Above is a recent photo of her in Japanese Vogue, taken by Josh Olins.
I hope you see the reflections of your red soles in the ice as you skate through fashion week. Here are a few flicks from the shows this weekend. At the end of fashion week I will lay out my top 25 for you to choose your new style! So far my favorite collection is DVF. DVF is really going to take some stock away from Marc Jacobs this year in the 'high street' market.
Peter Som had an AMAZING show! He fearlessly mixed patterns to make one solid, cohesive vision. I absolutely loved this collection, which was Som's first show after a year and a half vaca. He said that this collection was inspired by the movie Taking Woodstuck. I personally get the modernized, uptown boho-chic. The mix of patterns and textures are seamless- amazingly orchestrated! This look is very professional and fun! For the ladies who just interest the corporate world, but still want to hold onto a sense of personality and fun.... go buy Peter Som!
Fashion Week is here! (I say it enthusiastically but its just not the same) But I found love in Jen Kao's designs. Shes a newbie whose designs have a sexy personality. Kao's designs are sleek, sexy and sophisticated. I want to wear all the minis! I personally think she should stick to short dresses and make her name above the knee. I'm excited to see her next point of view. Congrats Jen!
One of my favorites, Lee 'Alexander' McQueen, died today. It is reported that he committed suicide. If you or anyone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please call 1800-273-TALK. Please live your life to the fullest extent, in the ways that are not harmful to yourself or others. If you need help, please seek it. Not to sound like a Saturday morning commercial, but suicide is not the answer. You don't know what lies on the other side. Be appreciative of what you have and find beauty in things and a form of self expression! This is a devastating lost for McQueen's family, friends, fans, and an industry that adored his art. With appreciation and remembrance of his work...
MoaMuse's "Muse of Couture 2010" goes to Jean-Paul Gaultier. Need I explain why? MosaMuse can only describe this collection as 'wearable fantasy'... and I'm ready to play dress up! Stay tuned for the rest of fashion week's 'Muse of' series.
MosaMuse stumbled on a beautifully authentic store called Georgia. Georgia described themselves as the "ultimate boudoir for the modern woman", with selective beauty and care products that all women crave! Georgia sells beauty for the hair, body and soul. They have the perfect mix of products for multiple and skin types, and they also sell sleek, natural jewelry. MosaMuse will be a regular here, experimenting with all the products, and I hope you will too! Check out there website at www.georgiany.com or drop in at 89A Houston St (btwn Elizabeth and Bowery). They also offer a hair services on location. Go check it out!
I found a hidden treasure! Grace Jones has a site (yay), that's sort of like a blog, but more like a site with over a hundred pages. Check it out at The World Of Grace Jones. This site is a MosaMuse favorite because its written by Ms. Jones herself and its full of beautiful pictures of...well Ms. Jones herself. She mentions on the site that she did not want to join a big agency because she didn't want to have to ask an agent whether or not she could cut her hair. I absolutely love that line because its so true. For all ladies who model or our interested in being a model, its important to maintain your individuality so you don't get stuck as a mannequin. The models that make themselves larger than life (like Grace Jones) don't stay in the parameters of shoulder length hair, zero brains, and a not so genuine (but likable) youthful personality. That's why there are no more supermodels! Be you. MosaMuse is expanding to give you some room to let your true self roam... coming soon!
Buying the perfume is like buying cute, little sculptures. I know many people who collect all their JPG bottles. Jean-Paul Gaultier is an iconic designer- known in pop culture as the creator of Madonna's cone bra. Known in the fashion industry as an amazing couturier. The French designer had no formal fashion training but sent out sketches to couture designers. Once he was picked up he worked, studied and eventually launched his own line six years later. He later launched his perfume line under Shiseido called Classique. Its a floral fragrance and its been selling well since 1993. For some reason I think the bottle has tons to do with it...
Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye had such a strong impact on my life as a young girl. It is actually one of the many inspirations that made MosaMuse such a necessary creation of mine (which is obviously still a creation in progress). Toni Morrison is known for her works such as Beloved and Song of Solomon, and is most notably accredited for her Nobel Peace Prize in Literature. She is an inspiration to me, and this is a book that I would recommend for all you Musers. An aspect of Toni Morrison that I admire most is that she continued her education throughout her life, because education is more than a degree... it is a process. Ladies (and gents), continue to grow in all facets of your life. Your style is a reflection of you as a person, and it is important to learn who you are so that you will be able to find your voice in life. I know that this wasn't a post about McQueen, GaGa or Naomi, but hopefully this will find someone in peace. More fashions to come...
Joan Smalls got her first start modeling for Tory Burch. She went on to model for Tracey Reese (photo above), Oscar de la Renta, Heatherette and L'wren Scott among others. The PuertoRican model also appeared in a Cosmo editorial and Nordstroms catalogue. You may know Joan Smalls is the face of Ports 1981. Although her images are not that bold and out the box, she does have a lot of depth in her eyes. This Elite model is known for her long legs and pout. She fell onto the MosaMuse radar, and it will be nice to see her develop over the next few years. For now, she is a great go to for runway, but we're very curious to see her in more print. Best of luck Joan!
He is undefinable and undeniably an embodiment of a walking canvas. If you don't know Jonte' Moaning by now, your late... but lets catch you up. Jonte is a musician, dancer and singer who started training and Portland, Oregon before moving to NYC to dance at Alvin Ailey. He got his big break with Janet Jackson and is now known world wide as Beyonce'schoreographer. In Japan hes a hit and in NY people are flocking to his shows. He's a MosaMuse favorite because he breaks down barriers and he represents art. Most importantly... he makes it exciting! Check him out on YouTube and hit up his next gig. B!tch, you beta!
This summer, keep your outfits simple and focus on your accessories. A nice white shirt with a nice pair of jeans may be all you need if you pair them with these shoes, rings, bracelets and necklaces. This recession is a time to save, so make sure if you spend you spend on staple pieces and bold accessories. Above are some suggestions from Kokosalaki, Trussardi, Victor & Rolf, Aperlai (2xs), Mawi (2xs) and Sonia Rykiel. Just a treat to get you through the day...
MosaMuse is keeping an eye on the Dominican model. Reina Montero's spread in V mag is turning heads and gaining a lot of attention. So far Reina has only one major tear in V mag (which she shared with another model) but it looks like she may have some playing time. She is not the traditional stunning beauty, but natural composer suggests she will be a good fit for most alternative, edgy mags. Here are a few of her tests shots. I'll let you know how this muse develops.
MosaMuse is beginning to fancy this Irish born R&B singer. Laura Izibor's voice is well rounded, her curls are tight, and her lyrics are all her own. Her new cd Shine came out last year, and she has been on a roll ever since. She has yet to get the press she deserves, in the over hyped, (gimmick driven) failing music industry. But she is one to keep a close eye on. Shes that perfect Saturday afternoon, windows open, melodic songstress. Best of luck Laura!
MosaMuse recently posted the LOVE cover of Jeneil, who looks fab. But to come out and totally demolish the comp, Naomi Campbell posed for the same issue of LOVE. The magazine is attempting to showcase the different body types of the 8 supermodels they are covering, but I have to say that there is not much differences in the looks. Their use of the tape to cover the boobs is their attempt to exaggerate the different figures. Regardless of that, that is by no means a reason to discourage you from picking up an issue. As I have stated before, MosaMuse loves LOVE. Naomi looks amazing!
Fashion week is approaching! MosaMuse is less excited than usual (just being honest!!), but we still have our eyes set on a few of our favorites. All fashionable eyes are on Jason Wu this season after he has had a breakout year. Wu was born in Taiwan and raised in America. As a teen he designed for dolls and at the age of 17 he was slated as the creative director for Integrity Toys. With the money he made from designing clothes for dolls, he created his first rtw collection and was nominated for a Vogue Fashion Fund Award. He enrolled in Parsons School For Design and interned for Narciso Rodriguez. Wu is most notably known for being a Michelle Obama fav. Wu is a MosaMusefav because his clothes always has great structure while being super feminine and soft. He has great attention to detail, and an eye for booking diverse models (which we love). Keep checking on him and visit his blog thewstudio.com/blog which is more PR than personal, but still cool to browse.