Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Around the way girl....


Aren't these pants fly? We sure think so! High-waist trousers are here to stay, and we aren't making a fuss about that! These Around-the-way Pants fit high on the waist and tight on the leg.  They come with an elastic waist-band and a belt that allows you to adjust the pants to your liking.  The color of the pants is perfect because they can be worn with just about anything! Get your pair now at www.chokolatcreme.com!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Stay in A-line...


It only gets better....fashion, that is.  We are seeing a lot of these A-line skirts, and we are digging them. They are so sophisticated and chic!  We particularly love how this skirt is styled.  The all black makes the skirt the main focal point as it should be.  Classic fashion move.

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Friday, February 21, 2014

Cool like dat...


Is this not the sexiest, most laid back fashion ensemble?  Sometimes a girl just needs a break from all of the glamour and feet calluses.  This is the most subtle way to say "I'm chilling today, but I'm still fabulous." We love the side cleavage tee, the holey jeans, and the comfy sneakers.  The only thing we would have added is gold hoops! You know we can't leave the house without our ear jewelry!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Valet, please...


Classy mixed with biker chic?  Yesssssss!!  Everything about this outfit is soooo right!  The jacket added extra flavor to that darling Kenzo dress and the Valentino clutch put a little funk on the whole outfit.  However; the stars of show are the heels!!! Can you say mesmerized????  Those Aminah Abdul Jillil bow pumps are BEAUTIFUL!  They need to be slept in! 

Source:  http://vivaluxury.blogspot.com/

Monday, February 17, 2014

Bald-headed, bold, and beautiful...


This courageous sister was the IT model in the 1970s.  Pat Evans is the type of lady we like!  She owned her craft, spoke her mind, and she wasn't afraid to express herself through words or actions.  Evans cut all of her hair off her head to show her audience that hair does not equate beauty; the way you carry yourself does.

Early in her modeling career, she was often turned down for jobs because she wasn't "black enough." Agencies would tell her that her skin was too light. Therefore, she didn't fit their perceptions of what black was.  Upon being told this several times, Evans decided to speak out about the racism she encountered in the modeling industry.  In 1974, she wrote an article in Essence Magazine that touched on the negativity and unfair practices in the modeling industry.   The title of the article was The Name of The Game Is...  This article put the modeling industry and their ways on blast.

Regardless of her outspoken nature, Evans was still featured in popular magazines like Vouge and Harper's Bazaar.  A lot of  you 1970 babies might remember this diva from her pictures on the Ohio Players' album cover. Evans is definitely a pioneer in the fashion world. She paved the way for models like Tyra Banks and Naomi Campbell.  We salute this bad sister during the month of February.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Fashion Week 2014

Fashion week is THE event of the century.  One day The FLM will report to you live from the actual show, but until then, we are reporting live from the World Wide Web! 

We researched the different looks being shown at Fashion Week and we must say, we are excited about the direction Fashion is going in.  We are living in a revolutionary era as it pertains to style.  This is the time to Liberate yourself....FASHIONABLY!  Join the movement!!

There were so many looks that wowed us.  Below are just a few of the looks we chose to share with you.  Enjoy!


DKNY took it to another level with oversized looks and mixing dressy with casual.  Epic!

 
 

 
MARK AND ESTEL


MESKITA


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

When in doubt, camouflage it.


As we've said before, camouflage is the new neutral.  You can mix or match it with just about every outfit. Military style jackets are the new must-have accessory. We love this particular jacket because it includes a drawstring that adjusts to any waist size.  Add this staple to your wardrobe now by going to www.chokolatcreme.com. Trust us, you will want to throw it on everyday!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Overall, she's the bomb....


This is how you work it!  We are crazy about this look!  We are all used to wearing at least a tank top underneath overalls, but a bra or nothing at all is so sexy and such a fashion statement! This look can work with fitted overalls like the ones above or with baggy overalls.  Either way, you are runway ready!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Valentine's Day Swag





Here is a little inspiration for your Valentine's Day look.  This year, instead of doing all red, try doing red and another color or just a hint of red.  Also, peep the full, tea-length skirt above; this is a huge fashion trend for Spring/Summer 2014.  We love this look because it's so vintage - classic.  We hope to see skirts like this worn many different ways.  It's so versatile.

Sources: www.soulmagonline.com / www.gabifresh.com

Friday, February 7, 2014

Soooo not a skirt...




Outfit Details:  Culotte Suspender Shorts (can be worn with our without suspenders) //  Red Turtle Neck Crop Top //  Over-the-knee Garter Tights // Aldo Booties

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

SHE made a way on the RUNWAY...

I remember my mother taking me to the Ebony Fashion Fair Show as a young girl. Whenever I would see the beautifully designed tickets on the coffee table, I knew it was that time of year again. I became overwhelmed with excitement because three things were going to happen for sure: one, my mother was going to put on her fur coat that she reserved for SPECIAL, cold occasions; two, I would get a chance to dress up and wear makeup just like her (couldn’t go anywhere near makeup otherwise); and three, I was going to see colorful, exotic fashion and elegant, black people.  Those three things alone were worth living for!
The Ebony Fashion Fair Show (1958-2009) played a huge role in putting African American models on the map. Eunice Johnson, wife of John Johnson (Johnson Publishing Company), was a fashion guru with unique taste, and her talented styling techniques came out on the runway. She mixed exotic colors (color-blocking), paired expensive pieces with casual pieces, and presented evening and wedding gowns that were breath-taking. Mrs. Johnson is also known as one of the first black clients to purchase inventory from couture brands such as Yves Saint Laurent, Emilio Pucci, and Pierre Cardin.
 The Fashion Fair was truly a work of art on stage.  Like the clothes, the models (being all shades of brown and all sizes) were gorgeous.  Proceeds from The Fashion Fair went to black charities, scholarships, and organizations in need.
Mrs. Johnson was truly a fashion pioneer. Her sense of style was futuristic.  Most of the looks that were on her runway are in style today!  We salute this diva; she was a true fashion icon.   
source:  www.huffingtonpost.com

Monday, February 3, 2014

In a 3-2 zone...




Outfit Details:  Tuxedo Jacket // ASOS Crop top // ASOS Pants in wide leg // Clubmaster Sunglasses

Fashion is in our blood!!


Our people have made so many contributions to this world.  Without our gifts, the world would NOT be the same. 
Ann Lowe (pictured above) began sewing at a young age in Alabama.  Her claim to fame was the wedding dress she designed for Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.  Jackie wore this dress during her nuptials to John F. Kennedy.  When asked who designed her dress, Jackie is said to have told people that her dress was made by a "colored woman dressmaker." The only time Lowe was publicly acknowledge for the dress was in the Washington Post where fashion editor Nine Hyde wrote "the dress was designed by a Negro, Ann Lowe."
Ann Lowe designed for many other famous people like Olivia de Havilland and the Rockefellers of New York City.  Her beautiful fashion art can still be viewed at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Black Fashion Museum, and The Smithsonian.
Below is a picture of the dress Lowe designed for Jackie O.

 
 

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Playboy Bunnies look good; thanks to her...

 
This woman was the mastermind behind the original costumes for the Playboy Bunnies and the Dance Theater of Harlem.  In 1948, Zelda Wynn Valdes opened her own shop on Broadway in New York City.  She was the first African American to own property in that area (Go Girl!!). 
 
Mrs. Valdes' clients included stars like Dorothy Dandridge and Marian Anderson.  We love her designs because she made clothes and costumes to accent the female body.....sexy!!!!  See some of her designs below....they are beautiful!