Celine Dion 1 / Anna Wintour 0

Celine Dion at the Giambattista Valli Couture 2017 show 
Photo provided by Getty

So many emotions indeed. I guess celebrities are really just like the rest of us… well, at least some celebreties.

Thanks Harper’s Bazaar for the play by play.

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Celine Dion at the Giambattista Valli Couture 2017 show Photo provided by Getty
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Celine Dion at the Giambattista Valli Couture 2017 show Photo provided by Getty

Wish | Jimmy Choo 2017

Jimmy Choo Resort 2017 
Photo by Xavier Granet

I don’t know about you, but I will take a number 5, a number 10 and a number 13…

Jimmy Choo resort 2017
Jimmy Choo Resort 2017 Photo by Xavier Granet
Jimmy Choo resort 2017
Jimmy Choo Resort 2017 Photo by Xavier Granet

Check out Women’s Wear Daily for the complete collection.

Happy browsing!

 

Signature 2016 Fashion Show

I’m baaaaaaack!!

Yesterday, I attended Signature 2016: a fashion show put together by the graduating students of Lasalle College Montreal’s Fashion Design program.

Minimalist, decadent, ethereal and tongue in cheek: all the areas of fashion were touched upon. But it will probably be of no surprise to you: my favorite moments were the ones where the clothes were simple and monochromatic.

Signature 2016 Fashion Show
Signature 2016 Fashion Show
Signature 2016 Fashion Show
Signature 2016 Fashion Show
Signature 2016 Fashion Show
Signature 2016 Fashion Show
Signature 2016 Fashion Show
Signature 2016 Fashion Show
Signature 2016 Fashion Show
Signature 2016 Fashion Show

Here’s one of my favorite looks – that was clearly shot by a far better photographer than me (!!) – up close :

Signature 2016 Fashion Show Photo by Sébastien Roy
Signature 2016 Fashion Show
Photo by Sébastien Roy

Still, in my eyes, the stand-out collection of the night was the one entitled Sorcière. There was nothing functional about this particular collection – it was pure fantasy and yet, I was hooked. It could have to do with the fact that lately I’ve been working on fables, legends and fairy tales with my students. Just google the words Baba Yaga and you’ll get the connection…

Signature 2016 Fashion Show
Signature 2016 Fashion Show

Roughly 100 students worked on this show – congratulations to all of them!

The hairy tales we tell ourselves

“One thing about Black girl hair that I don’t think we always appreciate is that it’s strong; it’s strong! I used to think coarse hair was a negative thing… but no, I’ve grown to really love my hair and the strength within what I used to think was nappy hair when really it’s just strong hair that can endure anything.”

“What am I going to do with my hair? It was like a constant thing.” (Tasha Smith)

And let me tell you, in my case, it is still a constant thing… The relationship I have with my hair is definitely one of my longest and also unfortunately, one of my most tumultuous one: it’s filled with love, hate and sometimes even disdain. That’s why Micheala Angela Davis’ new web series The Hair Tales resonates so much with me – a bit like Good Hair did a couple years ago…

With this web series and with the help of some actresses like Kim Coles, Tasha Smith and Regina King, Davis adresses Black women’s love-hate relationship with their hair.

You can catch The Hair Tales throughout the month of March in honor of Women’s History Month, which – coincidentally – is right after Black History Month…

 

Wish | Loewe Puzzle bag

I’m ready for a new bag…

Well actually, I’m ready for this bag in particular: the Puzzle from the Spanish luxury brand whose name I thankfully only had to write and not say out loud, Loewe. It would be the perfect everyday bag: big enough to carry all my things in and interesting enough to elevate my boring all-black ensembles. The bag comes in three sizes and in an array of colors – from black to soft pink. My mum will be happy because for once I’m forgoing the color black and will gladly settle for the Puzzle in tan.

Puzzle bag - Loewe
Puzzle bag – Loewe
Puzzle bag - Loewe Photo by A love is blind
Puzzle bag – Loewe
Photo by A love is blind
Puzzle bag - Loewe Photo by A love is blind
Puzzle bag – Loewe
Photo by A love is blind

Happy shopping!

Wish | Everything Lisa Folawiyo

On Friday, Leandra Medine suggested that all her readers started following the Nigerian designer Lisa Folawiyo on Instagram. Well well well, it looks like Leandra and I have something else in common beside our love of stripes because I started following @LisaFolawiyo yesterday and she is indeed a breath of fresh air. I fell in love with her own eclectic personal style. I also have to admit that her way as a designer of manipulating colour and Ankara (a West African fabric) is actually making question my love of all things black…

Lisa Folawiyo  Photo by Lightup Concepts
Lisa Folawiyo
Photo by Lightup Concepts
Lisa Folawiyo in Lisa Folawiyo A/W 2015
Lisa Folawiyo in Lisa Folawiyo A/W 2015

Here are some other of my favorite pieces from her Autumn/Winter 2015 collection:

Lisa Folawiyo Autumn/Winter 2015
Lisa Folawiyo A/W 2015
Lisa Folawiyo Autumn/Winter 2015
Lisa Folawiyo A/W 2015
Lisa Folawiyo Autumn/Winter 2015
Lisa Folawiyo A/W 2015

Have | adidas Pure Boost Chill

Happy New Year!!

This year, my resolution is to, wait for it… finally go back to the gym. I haven’t gone in over 2 months…. I lie and tell myself that it’s only been 3 weeks, but it’s been a while. Anyhow, we’re now January 8th and that since I got Habibi to renew my membership last week – I know I know, I couldn’t even bother going to renew it myself… But I finally found my way back… although, in all honesty, I haven’t actually gone back yet because I’ve been really busy. But my schedule finally cleared up so, as of next week, I’ll be going back to the gym.

All that to say that this resolution sent me into a total frenzy: I needed new sneakers. The ones I trained in 3 weeks – ahem, 2 months ago are still in good shape, but what can I say: new year, new gear. So I enlisted the help of my brother. Not that he has any particular skills when it comes to training – he doesn’t even go to the gym. No. My brother is just highly skilled at buying sneakers. He’s what the cool kids call a sneakerhead: the type of obsessive sneaker collector who sees no issue in buying the same pair of sneakers twice, but never ends up wearing one or the other; for whom size is nothing more than a number – as in a size 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5 or 11 will do – because he knows that some sneakers were only really meant to be admired, not to be worn; who will wait 5 years before wearing that pair of Foamposite he tracked all the way down at that Flight Club on Fairfax Avenue; and finally, who always has a spare pair of sneakers in the trunk – just in case they end up calling for rain later.

So anyways, we ended up at Foot Locker, staring at a wall of sneakers and he says to me: “Everyone has been raving about adidas’s new Boost technology. They’re not my jam but you should try them on”. They really didn’t look that special to me, but they were on sale so I added them to the pile of sneakers I planned on trying on: women’s Nike Free 5.0 and Free TR Flyknit; women’s adidas Boost, kid’s Kevin Durant 8 – I was really all over the place. And yet, the Boost won. And just like that a new obsession was born.

Great comfort and minimalist with a touch of nerdiness – what’s not to love?

Women's Pure Boost Chill Shoes - Adidas
Women’s Pure Boost Chill Shoes – adidas
Pure Boost Chill Shoes - Adidas
Pure Boost Chill Shoes – adidas

Oh and if they seem to look familiar, it’s because they are. Remember these:

Yeezy Boost 350 – adidas

But now of course, I’m left waiting more. And by more, I mean the adidas NMD.

Adidas NMD Photo by Arthur Hur
adidas NMD
Photo by Arthur Hur
Adidas NMD Photo by Arthur Hur
NMD – adidas
Photo by Arthur Hur
Adidas NMD Photo by Arthur Hur
NMD – adidas
Photo by Arthur Hur

I don’t even know if they’re still available, if they come in women sizes – all I know is that I gave my brother a clear mission: FIND ME THESE SNEAKERS.

Oh, and by the way, I still have to find a new pair of sneakers for the gym, because, while my Boosts are no Yeezys, they are nevertheless way too cute to be worn solely at the gym.

Happy shopping!