Saturday, June 19, 2010

Say It Ain't So

Are we serious? How much longer are gonna let our sisters, daughters, friend and even some mothers go outside in clothes that are clearly too small for them?

As I stroll through Manhattan and Brooklyn, my eyes have been traumatized by what some women feel to be an outfit of their own. Has the "Mushroom Top" really become an urban fashion trend?

It seems like a fashion free for all. Free to wear small clothing for all women who are neglecting the truth about their bodies. There are some shops in existence that provides women with fashionable items in what is considered true women sizes. Ashley Stewart for example has showcased some haute outfits in their windows throughout the five boroughs.  Even stores like Banana Republic, H&M,  and the ever so inexpensive Old Nay carry in season pieces to make every woman feel their inner fashionista.

There are stylists to assist women who really have no fashion sense. For women who have a bit of fashion sense but just can't get it right, there are image consultants who understands the different  body silhouettes. They can also help find clothing that compliments our favorite assets with out looking like an over stuffed sausage.

Every Fall and Spring is the perfect time to stand in front of the mirror and be truthful about one's opinion of their body and the clothes they are attached to. Put on that favorite outfit and analyze the fit. Honestly, if no one likes how much their "stomach pouch" stick out, maybe the shirt is too tight or just small.  If a woman has to stretch her belt to the last hole just to show off a waist line while creating the Mushroom Top look, has probably a memory of how they used to look and are still holding on to it.

There's nothing wrong with being a size 10 or larger. In a world where being thin, organic diets and strenuous workouts constantly plague our televisions its a wonder why some self-conscious women have the pressure to look like someone they aren't. Oscar winner M'onique does a great job empowering our "real women sized" sisters by being a beautiful example of what it feels like to be a size 10 or larger.

While Jennifer Hudson lost her baby weight, she didn't try to shrink to a size 4 either. Oprah has tried to be extremely thing only to later realize to love the skin she's in.

A person can do one of two things, be upset and embarrassed and ignore the truth behind them wearing little clothes or take heed to such criticism and begin to acknowledge the curves or that "something extra" and style accordingly.

Let's not be afraid to tell our girlfriends how they really look without being condescending.  At the end of the day, you're friends!

Here's to being fabulous!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Africa Fashion Week New York 2010

This year, New York gets ready for a never before seen week long display from the beautiful African Diaspora. From the strong willed and highly reputable force behind Adiree Fashion Agency and Bentley Fashion Consultants, Adiat Disu has mounted what is predicted to be something the Fashion industry has been missing. Africa Fashion Week New York will be held at The Metropolitan Pavilion from July 12th-July 18th 2010.

While buyers and editors get to see what Europe has to offer in designing wearable pieces, it will no longer be a wonder for what will come out of Africa.

From designers like Solome Katongole from Uganda, Vera Ochia, UK's KiRette Couture and Darryl Jagga of South Africa, fashionistas throughout the industry will be in for more than an eye full. With chic silhouettes and vibrant prints and colors, The Metropolitan Pavilion will be stuck in awe for weeks hereafter.

After only 5 years strong in the industry, Adiat Disu, has worn hats most fashion hopefuls dream of. Having created the still existing Bentley Fashion Consultants and then later launching the Adiree Fashion Agency, her lists of clientele goes as far as top NY showroom Showroom Seven, Seventh House PR and designer Korto Momolu who will be showing at this year's AFWNY.

With an in-demand work ethic and a great fashionable background, the very passionate and young Adiat will take the fashion world by a storm like no other fashion event held in NY. Slated to have beautiful African models to grace the runway won't be nothing like an Yves Saint Laurent show which caused a bit of controversy.

Since a lot of fashion insiders believe NY Fashion Week is being white washed while most consumers are either African or of African descent, this year's AFWNY should set a trend to top fashion entities to realize the actual market and showcase a set made possible by those who love to shop their haute frocks!

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