Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Peaceful Rebel

I'm wearing the cool (temperature) colors of blue and green in chiffon material with the darker neutral tone black jacket, belt, and heels. Black and silver are my base colors, while the others are very prominent accents. Base colors bring your whole outfit together making it cohesive instead of random. 

 The building behind me is Clark Atlanta University's Art Gallery Building and the grass is Morehouse's property. 

This site is the memorial of Benjamin E. Mays, President of Morehouse in 1940. He was a very impressive outstanding author, activist, educator, and leader. I have recently learned that Dr. Mays wrote a book called Born to Rebel. This outfit was coincidentally symbolically parallel to this incredible man's work. 

 I got this black military style jacket in Macy's years ago.
 This is the memorial in front of Graves Hall at Morehouse College. 
 The skirt is from Shasa for no more than 12$. I bought the black suede heels at Rainbow for no more than 30$. 

Morehouse College is literally a few steps away from Spelman. It is our brother school. Spelman is an all female HBCU (historical black college or university) and Morehouse is an all male HBCU. We are essentially the same entity. Together we are called SpelHouse. I had to show love to my brothers:) Morehouse men make up a bulk of my family tree. And I took the initiative of starting the Spelman Legacy in my family for the girls to come in the future.

Not to be mistaken we are not the only schools that are here in the AUC (Atlanta University Center). There is also: Clark Atlanta University, (which I take all of my fashion classes at) Morris Brown College, Morehouse School of Medicine, and the Interdenominational Theological Center. AUC unity does have its kinks to work out, but it used to be very alive and well, and I'm confident it will be again soon.

Graves Hall (named after the second President of the college) when constructed in the 1880s, it was the tallest building in Atlanta. When the college relocated to West End Area, student housing, classrooms, and admiration offices were all contained within the building. 
I tucked in this printed chiffon top into the skirt. It is actually longer in the back and has cut outs that are covered by the jacket. I bought it as well at Macy's Long ago. As a broke college students sometimes the best thing you can do is wear your old clothes in a new and innovative way in which you haven't worn them before! 

Saturday, April 20, 2013

"La Mode Internationale" The Clark Atlanta University Fashion Show

Under Houston's Spel is delighted to cover this year's Department of Art Annual Fashion Show for my fellow AUC school, Clark Atlanta University, named "La Mode Internationale".

"The School of Arts and Sciences of Clark Atlanta University will present the 24th Annual "Festival of Arts" hosted by the Department of Art, Fashion Design and Merchandising Program. The event will be held on April 26, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. at the Bishop Cornelius Henderson Student Center Multipurpose Room. The "Festival Arts" is a fundraising event that showcases students in the visual and communication arts. The Festival will feature the Department of Art's Annual Fashion Show "La Mode Internationale," performances by music and theater arts students and an art exhibition. Student tickets are $5.00 in advance. General admission tickets are $10.00 in advance."

This year I am cross registered at Clark Atlanta University in the fashion department. Currently I take "Trend Forecasting" with some of the seniors, whose work will be show cased. I can't wait to see how this event turns out. This end of the year fashion show has a lot of hype to live up to. Out of all the AUC schools CAU is the only one with a fashion department. With my aspirations of a fashion industry career and an undying love for SPELMAN COLLEGE, I will continue to take CAU classes in the fashion department to make up my concentration in fashion merchandising with in my Women's Studies degree at Spelman.  

The show is 6 days from today! 

Next weekend check back to see what walked down the Runway:)


Thursday, April 4, 2013

Back to the Future

As we all know fashion recycles it's self through out history. What once looked old will be new again. The platform shoes, the high waisted bottoms, the gloves, and the Pearls and Scarfs of elegance are all coming back around. As a fashion leader I'm encouraging you to be early adopters so that you don't fall behind and become fashion followers. In today's era the majority of people are into individualistic looks instead of maintaining group identities when it comes to fashion. In order to be innovative you have to be ahead of your time. And I've found that sometimes the best way to know how to move forward, is to look back.

This retro dramatic look was inspired by my 50's photo shoot I did for my school, Spelman College, for my feature in the distinguished Sophomore's Magazine publication coming soon. I was so honored for being chosen to be featured for my fashion journalism and commitment to the resurrection of the TigerSharks Swim Team at Morehouse and my leadership role on the team. I'll upload those pictures as soon as they are released (tomorrow evening).

For the photo shoot I wore this color dress with low black heels, nude stockings, the gloves and pearls, scarf tied in a knot at my neck and the glasses. 

                                                                   The Accessories:) 
 I wrapped a pearl necklace around my wrists several times to make a longer, bigger bracelet. 
 My Emerald Green Ring is very similar to the green in my scarf.

 The Gloves were thrifted from my mother's closet. 
 The 3 strand pearl necklace is authentic vintage. All of my pearls are my grandmother's.

The Turquoise Jeffrey Campbell Style Chunky Heels 
Colors: Magical Magenta, Cool Mint, Radiant Turquoise, Flame Orange, Robust Red, and Rainforest Green
 Modernized! When the Gloves Come off...

 The Magical Magenta skirt was thrifted from Goodwill on Northside Drive in Atlanta Georgia for approximately 4-6$.

The coral and white belt was taken off another dress. These colors tie in with the orange and white in the scarf.
 I bought this Scarf at a Marshall's in Cumberland Mall area of Georgia for about 12$. When in an expensive mall area never forget to go to the off price retailers around the Mall. They always have a better selection than the off price stores farther away from the over priced stores. They usually have the same items for less. Its a win win situation. You get the same items for less and you have a better selection! How could you pass by that opportunity?!

Don't be afraid to be Retro Fabulous!