Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Style inspiration: Audrey Hepburn


This effortless look worn by Audrey Hepburn is a great style inspiration for everything simple and chic. Her timeless black and white shirt is paired with simple black skimmer pants for a casual vibe. Stripes are a fashion must for the season and a great way to add fun interesting visuals to your wardrobe. What a great weekend outfit this will make with cute ballet flats and a messenger bag! 

Classic black and white striped shirt /Black skimmer pants

XO Wil Harris

Friday, April 26, 2013

When the sky meets the ocean!

Colors in mother nature give us great inspiration, in fact, there is no better place! Where the sky meets the ocean, you'll find a great color combination that is sure to inspire. Cobalt blue and white make a dynamic duo with a perfect blend of vibrant and soft.

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Cobalt blue was a popular color choice for fall 2012 and it's now rolling over into spring and summer, and we have to say, it makes us kind of happy! This fun look was seen on the spring 2013 runways with feminine silhouettes and patterns. Cobalt blue is a very strong color, and pairing it with white softens it up for a fresh and flirty look.


Cobalt blue and white outfit inspiration: 
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Would you wear this color combination? Let us know in the comments and happy Friday!
XO Wil Harris

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The La Belle Americane of Paris!

Helen Williams is a name not many people know but she definitely made her mark when she broke barriers in the modeling and fashion industries during the 1950s and 60s. She was born in east River, New Jersey in 1937 and became the first black fashion model to cross over into the fashion mainstream. In 1954, she was spotted a few times by Lena Horne and Sammy Davis Jr! They were struck by her beauty and urged her to take up modeling at the age of 17. 



She modeled for black magazines such as Jet and Ebony. But getting modeling jobs were hard for her in America because of the color of her skin. Even some in the black community rejected her because she was considered too dark. Back then, lighter skin blacks were more accepted in the fashion industry. But she didn't give up and moved to Paris in the 1960s.



Paris was more accepting of her and fell in love with her charm. She was soon modeling for big names like Christian Dior and posing in glamorous magazine ads. When she returned to America, she was still faced with a lot of rejection, but eventually, she booked ads that were featured in Redbook Magazine, Times magazine, and The New York Times


She was also one of the first black fashion models to feature in specialist print advertising for cigarettes, alcohol and cosmetics. Check them out below! 



 




There were of course women before her that paved the way, but Williams was a pioneer for getting into the main stream. We wish there were more books, articles, and even a Wikipedia about her! Her life story would make for a great inspiring movie! We'll definitely buy a ticket. 

Some of our favorite Helen Williams quotes:
"Modeling gave me the strength to keep on pushing."
"I was too dark to be accepted."
"Over there (Paris) I was La Belle Americane."
"One time they asked the white model if she minded being photographed with a Negro. But do you think they asked me if I minded being photographed with a white?!"

XO Wil Harris

Monday, April 22, 2013

We all scream for short shorts!

Denim shorts, lace shorts, printed shorts, culottes shorts, bermuda shorts (check out our post on their history here!) we all scream for short shorts! They're the summer staple. Our poor legs have been clad in skin tight jeans all winter long and now they get the chance to shine again in the cutest way possible.  

Scallop shorts are a great feminine detail with a little vintage glam. They're definitely for the girly girl. They can transition easily from day to night with a simple switch of flats to heels and with a blazer or sans blazer. Not only are they great from day to night, but are an easy transitional piece for the winter months with tights! 

Scalloped shorts inspiration: 
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Peach scallop shorts
Lulu's
$30.00
Laser cut scallop shorts
$50.00
Lulu's
Naomi scallop shorts
Tobi
$32.00
Trust me crochet shorts
Tobi
$52.00
Chloe scallop shorts
Nasty Gal
$43.50
Hot dot scallop shorts
Nasty Gal
$42.00
Ikat Scalloped Shorts
Ikat scallop shorts
a-thread
$37.50

Don't want to buy, why not DIY! 
 DIY scallop shorts tutorial here.

Would you wear scallop shorts? Are they on your summer shopping list? Let us know in the comments! 
XO Wil Harris

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Style icon: Janelle Monáe

No one can rock a suit quite like Janelle Monáe! Her look and style is very intentional and demure with the classic black and white as her color palette. Monáe was discovered in Atlanta at P.Diddy's upscale soul food restaurant, Justin's, during open mic night. Big Boi from the group duo Outkast happened to be there that night and fell in love with her style and soon after, Diddy offered her a record deal. 



She's definitely something new and fresh in today's sex craze music industry. Her music and style are truly one of a kind. Not only is she an amazing artist and style icon, but an inspiring young women who sets a great example to always stay true to yourself. As a critically acclaimed singer, she has "made a decision to be unique." Her unique style has captured the attention of fashion royalty like Andre Leon Tally, Hugo Boss, Ralph Lauren, and her good friend Karl Lagerfield.



We love her style of top hats, fedoras, suspenders, saddle and patent leather shoes, capes, feminine tailored suits, and silk ties and bow ties. Even her signature do, that she coined the Monae, has a classic style on its own. In her recent interview with Essence Magazine, she stated that, "showing my skin is not what makes me sexy. I like skirts and dresses like everyone else, but I had a message I needed to put out there. It was up to me to show people and young girls there was another way." 


We fell even more in love with her when we heard her acceptance speech at BET's Black Girls Rock 2012 explaining why she always wore her uniform: “When I started my musical career I was a maid, I used to clean houses. My parents—my mother was a proud janitor, my step-father who raised me like his very own worked at the post office and my father was a trash man. They all wore uniforms. And that’s why I stand here today in my black and white and I wear my uniform to honor them,” She is truly inspiring! 



Janelle Monáe music video to Tightrope

"Whether you're high or low, you've got to stay on that tightrope and make sure you're balanced."  

Happy Thursday!
XO Wil Harris

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Geometry can be fun!



Triangles are not just for geometry class, these basic shapes are definitely not the same shapes of our high school days. Triangle shapes today are actually fun, lol! They're a great print and design to wear for a bright, modern and fresh look. You can be subtle and wear a simple triangle cuff or bold and trendy in an multicolored triangle print dress. 

Triangle your best skirt
Modcloth
$37.99

Triangle print travel pouch
Modcloth
$22.99

Triangle print denim jacket
Forever 21
$24.80

Natural stone triangle cuff
Forever 21
$4.80

Mystic gold headpiece
lulu's
$13.00

Shift dress in triangle jacquard
ASOS
$74.81

Teal triangle iPhone case
Etsy
$19.99

Silver triangle earnings
Lulu's
$11.00

Would you wear triangle prints and accessories  How would you wear them? Let us know in the comments!
XO Wil Harris

Monday, April 15, 2013

How To Steal A Million!

Audrey Hepburn in the 1966 romantic comedy caper film, How to steal a Million, shows us that style has no age. Hepburn plays Nicole Bonnet, a daughter of a wealthy Parisian (Hugh Griffith), whose hobby is copying famous works of art. His replica of a famed Cellini sculpture is inadvertently displayed in an art museum, and he begins to worry that he'll lose his reputation and risk going to jail once the experts evaluate the statuette. Nicole decides to rob the museum, and hires a burglar (Peter O'Toole) for that purpose. But the burglar is really a detective, who has every intention of arresting Nicole and her father when the deed is done! 

How to steal a Million trailer:

  We love Hepburn's other classic films like Breakfast at Tiffany's with the iconic black dress, but this film takes the cake. The wardrobe in this film is beyond amazing and inspiring! All of the clothes worn by Hepburn were designed by her long time friend, Herbert de Givenchy, french designer who invented minimal fashion. We agree with Hepburn when she stated, “Givenchy dresses are so beautiful and simple, I felt wonderful in them.” Even Hepburn's hair cut made a bold statement. She debuted her new do coined the “Coupe Infante 66” by the famous Alexandre of Paris who styled and created the look for her in the film.

Movie poster

 The first scene sets the quintessential fashion tone for the rest of the film. Hepburn's character is driving a cranberry red autobianchi Bianchina Special Cabriolet and is wearing an elegant white ensemble accessorized with round glasses (considered mod today), a quirky helmet and chic elbow length gloves. Even her sleeping attire, pretty lace and polka dots, have us dreaming sweet dreams. Everything is simple with clean lines, elegant lace, and bold colors. We see the ever popular peplum style and skinny belts; nothing feels or looks outdated. Givenchy did a wonderful job making classic and timeless pieces. That's why How to steal a Million is a great film to "steal" many fashion ideas and inspiration from!



























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Have you seen this film or would you watch it? Do you love the fashion in it? What is your favorite look in the film? Let us know in the comments!
XO Wil Harris