Thursday, April 19, 2012

à la mode: "Short" Order

In the May 2012 issue of American Vogue, Joan Smalls is shot by photographer Steven Meisel, highlighting all types of gorgeous shorts to consider for this summer! Notice the heavy floral looks and bright, bold colors! In my fashion this shoot pays homage to Diana Ross, Donna Summer, Beyonce types who are on swing with the natural hair trend and Afrocentric vibe which is becoming all the rage the fashion world. This shift is probably due to the fact that African-American women in music are gaining more global attention (i.e. Nicki Minaj, Beyonce, Esperanza Spalding, Elle Varner), and taking a strong presence in entertainment (i.e. Basketball Wives, Hip-Hop Wives, Housewives of Atlanta). Italian Vogue was certainly correct when they observed how the “Rapper Chic” look is making its way into fashion, and this spread in American Vogue makes for a more business professional rapper chic. It’s always fun to add a little “flava” into your look!  Photo Credits [source]


Elle Varner-like

Esperanza Spalding-like
Cynthia Bailey-like

Teyana Taylor-like

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