Saturday, 26 April 2014

The Olivia Pope Work Strut

I always say it's not a dress that makes a woman but a woman that makes a dress. The "wrong" woman could make a $1M dress look like it cost $10 while the "right" woman makes a $10 dress look like $1M. Who is the right woman? One who has confidence and poise, who knows that she can accomplish anything she sets her mind to. While I am not a fan of the adultery and fornication in the scenes of the popular ABC show "Scandal", I love to see character Olivia Pope in her scenes. Her walk alone would make you do a double take. Being the "right" woman, everything she wears looks like it cost $1M.

Marie Claire showcased a number of Pope's outfits in their "Build Your Perfect Office Wardrobe a la Olivia Pope" article. Here are my picks.

From Marie Claire, Tagliatore suit

From Marie Claire, A.P.C. trench coat

Is it okay to say that Pope's trench coat is sexier than the posted A.P.C. trench coat? Her collar has something the A.P.C. one does not.

I'm a big fan of satin and silk tops and dresses. So I love this.
From Marie Claire, Elizabeth and James

This dress is cute but can't be rocked by everyone. So, please be careful. I bought something similar from BCBG Max Azria. It's lovely.
From Marie Claire, Sherri Hill gown

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Mo Cheddah Hit the Spot in "Destinambari"

I heard the audio to Mo Cheddah's "Destinambari" R & B tune a few days ago and fell in love with it. I found the song, beat and lyrics very catchy. It starts with Igbo Phyno who captures my heart with his use of Igbo lyrics in a creative blend with a little English here and there. I wish Mo ended the song with Phyno as she started with him. It would have been a perfect finish.

The video to the song is out on YouTube now. Given its newness, there are slightly over 2300 views. I'm hoping it gets to a million views in the next few months: it is definitely deserving. As captivating as the song, are Mo Cheddah's outfits on the video. Incredibly impressive. Her yellow number: long-sleeved crop top and high-slit long yellow skirt with chain connections got me drooling. I would love to be in that outfit. She punctuates it with gold open toed sandals and a very sexy gait as she walks along the beach.

Every single outfit she has on in the video is perfect for her body shape, height and complexion. She gets 5 out of 5 gold stars for her wardrobe. Here's the video for your entertainment. Xoxo!

Photos from her shoot for the video are below.
From That1960chick site

From Olorisupergal site

From 360nobs site

Another photo of Mo Cheddah not from the video is below.
From Vandrusville site

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Lanvin Originality... Alber Elbaz

So I fell even more in love with Lanvin pronounced as given here: Lanvin pronunciation (French), after I read his interview with CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta on Harper's Bazaar. I wrote about Lanvin dresses in March 2013. I've always felt that the designer's creations are lovely but I add "original" to the list. I was in a Chanel store last weekend (by the way, you can't purchase a new authentic Chanel bag online; ONLY in a store). While in the store, I discussed the lack of originality and uniqueness in designers of late. Everyone is copying everyone else: everyone has the Chanel design now, for instance. Remember when you knew someone was rocking a Chanel bag by the square-shaped threading on the leather bags? Now, Dior has something similar and of course, smaller boutiques. To Dior's mini-credit, their threading is two concentric squares instead of one...Louboutin lost a case against making only his shoes have red bottoms... I've seen YSL shoes with red soles.

For me, a lover of originality, it kinda makes me lose my taste in designer outfits. Well, that was until I read Alber Elbaz's statements. Here's an excerpt from the dialogue (page 526 of Harper's Bazaar March 2014 issue).

Sanjay Gupta: So if "cool" is not the sentiment, what is the modern "cool" for Alber? Is it authenticity?

Alber Elbaz: "Authenticity, of course. And I think it's something that's being erased today because everybody wants to be like everybody... I think that the beauty is making mistakes, the beauty is being wrong, the beauty is being authentic, and authenticity is a very important thing, in every demand. And I think as a doctor you have to be authentic, and as a person you have to be authentic, and as a father you have to be authentic- because this is originality. I think this is a very important thing that I don't see enough of today. I love authenticity."

Something else profound that Alber said was "Some of the biggest thinkers I have seen are not those stylish people. They are the total opposite, the ones you can almost ignore in a room."

I fell in love with Lanvin's Alber Elbaz. You may read the entire interview here: "The Dress Doctor."

From Harper's Bazaar

Other Lanvin outfits are below.

Sexy does it. :)
LOOK 02, $3495.00

Pants, though it looks like a jumpsuit, which I need!
LOOK 06, $3625.00

Do you now see what I mean by original?
LOOK 11, $2645.00

Work dress?
LOOK 12, $3455.00

Thursday, 3 April 2014

It's Prom Time!!

It's prom season in the United States of America (U.S.A.) but also in other parts of the world. I'm in the process of looking for something gorgeous for a family friend in Nigeria. Young girls amaze me with their sense of prom style. My 17-year old family friend has me looking for dresses that look so much like wedding dresses: pale colored and flowy ball gowns. It's hilarious.

I do love to see young ladies happy and feeling "save-ready" in their dresses: Rapunzel in the castle waiting to let down her hair, Snow White waiting to kiss her Prince Charming, etc. The princess feeling, at least, par Disney tales.

A prom dress is not a good enough one if its color does not complement the skin tone of its wearer. It should be ever so slightly flirty: enough to draw attention but not dirty attention. It should also give room for a touch of jewelry to add that extra sparkle to the eye of the male beholder. Here are prom dresses I like.

Starting off, Bloomingdale's cover photo for their Class Acts Prom Look book has me drooling: tres chic. I'm not much for the pale dress but the patterned number (shorter in the front than the back) is gorgeous. Oh! And turns out it's a Monique Lhuillier dress.
Order at

I know I said a prom dress should have a color to accentuate its wearer's assets but can you ever go wrong in black? This black number is lovely.
Nicole Bakti, Order at

I'm a sucker for slits. See Laundry's dress. The dress barely makes my cut though.
Laundry, Order at

Black is great. Black and white is even better.
ABS gown, Order at

I love the detail in the corset of this BCBG dress.
BCBGMaxAzria, Order at

Boutique Gown's gladiator dress is kinda different, so it made the cut.
Boutique Gown, Order at

Make sure your daughter, niece, etc. looks amazing on prom night!

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