It’s all about the leather jacket and the saxophonist Branford Marsalis.. SMILE enjoy your weekend!!!



Rihanna is rocking this Stella McCartney Fall 2012 Print Shawl Collar Blazer that I so adore.  What do you think about this look?

Magnificent Michael Kors  Autumn/Winter 2012 collection was a mix of  elegance, glamour, comfort and fabulosity.. How is that possible!??

“a look that is cozy-log-cabin-in-the-Adirondacks chic, as inhabited by a thirties Broadway showgirl. There were huge belted furs, sleeveless peacoats, masculine red-and-black blanket-plaid greatcoats, variously worn over chunky cable-knit sweaters (next fall, if it looks hand-knitted, it looks right), long, lean skirts in mohair-dusted lace, black biker/ski pants (one of the rare examples of leather trousers actually working this week), and lace slips and slippery bias-cut satin dresses (this is where the Broadway gal comes in).”Vogue

“Put your lipstick on and steal your boyfriend’s coat” – that’s how Michael Kors describes his latest collection. View interview and runway show courtesy of the State of Style channel.



State of Style , Michael Kors


Chinedu uses artistry to celebrate a legacy of beauty, brilliance, strength, and resilience…

Afrotropolis-Wanderland was the launch of Chinedu’s new collection of the same name and includes fashion, film and art that was inspired by different periods in black history, cultural markers and iconic people of African origin. This collaborative effort featured the work of visual artists Jimmy Chiale and Kalkdian Assefa, who created designs that were “remixed” to create print textiles.


POTD: Melodie Monrose “Les Bois”

The photo of the day comes to us by way of Grey #6 latest editorial titled ‘Les Bois’ featuring Melodie Monrose, Marihenny Rivera and Shena Moulton photographed by Camille Vivier and styled by Moreno Galata in romantic spring looks by Balenciaga, Calvin Klein, Christopher Kane, Givenchy.  Thanks for the tip Fab Magazine!!


Selita Ebanks presents #SASS short fashion film produced and directed by design duo Coco & Breezy.  Coco and breezy are most known for their eyewear and accessories so this is definitely new territory for them and I must say they did a pretty good job with their film debut.  There are definitely some gorgeous images but working with a supermodel like Selita makes that kinda easy.


Shot & Edited by Davy Greenberg
Styled by Sam Desalu
Hair by Dee Desalu
Make-Up by Michael Petrucelli
Music by DJ Nemysis

Photo Credit: Global Grind


RECAP: I Came, I Saw “Styled by June”


The much antcipated “Styled by June” premiered Monday night.  According the producers at VH1 the series will focus on a different famous face each week, documenting celebs like Aubrey O’Day, Jaleel White, Da Brat and singer Michelle Williams as Ambrose helps them to re-work not only their style but also their image and outlook.

Unlike other docu-series, this won’t be “week after week of it being about my life,” Ambrose recently explained. “It’s about what I do, and you get to see the results of what’s happening. You go through the emotional journey with each celebrity each week.”

In the first episode: 

Actress Mischa Barton was looking to revamp her look.  As part of Mischa’s makeover, June Ambrose  decided that the star needed to confront her fear of the paparazzi and get used to being in the spotlight again, so she took her to a red carpet event.

Of course June made Mischa look much better and hence a successful ‘style’ comeback (insert yawn here).

June states:

“It was really difficult for her, because I think initially she got a bit more emotionally than what she was bargaining for. You can see the tension on camera, but it made sense because of where she was in her life, and I think the audience gets to see the rawness of this person who was broken, and how we were going to fight our way back together.”

The pros: There was no hair pulling, drink splashing or other signs of scripted over dramatics. 

The Cons: Much ado about nothing

I will be tuning in again more so for the “STYLE” in “Styled by June”. I would love to see more fashion industry action ala behind the scenes point of views at fashion shows, photo shoots, digs on designers, style related commentary etc. and less pseudo social therapy sessions with celebrity clients.

“Styled By June” continues every Monday at 9:30 p.m. ET on VH1.


Photo Credit: VH1

Video: TheYBF

NEXT model and winner of Model of the Year at Arise Magazine Fashion Week 2012, Dudley O’Shaughnessy recalls an inter­est­ing night in his lat­est ven­ture for Bullett mag­a­zine. Pho­tographed by Marley Kate, Dud­ley embraces a quirky wardrobe fea­tur­ing hues and prints of all types as they are embell­ished on silk pullovers, skin-tight shirts and even slack trousers from labels such as Vivi­enne West­wood, Amer­i­can Apparel and Jean Paul Gaultier as styled by John William for a photo shoot that attrib­utes to a frisky party scene.


Photo Credit: Bullett Magazine, FAB Magazine



With 77 designers, over 50 models and in excess of 50,000 attendees, including international press and buyers, ARISE MAGAZINE FASHION WEEK 2012 (AMFW) concluded its second annual fashion week in spectacular style on Sunday night (March 11 2012), on the grounds of the 5-Star Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos, Nigeria. Watch highlights here:

After completing a marathon of back-to-back catwalk shows, AMFW’s finale included the much-anticipated ARISE MAGAZINE FASHION WEEK AWARDS 2012.

Supermodel Alek Wek presented 13 of the 77 participating designers with Lalique and Moët & Chandon awards.

 The winners:

Models of Year – Dudley O’Shaughnessy (Male) and Georgie (Female)

Style Icon of the Year – Oluchi

 Menswear Designer of the Year – PETROU/Man (US/Europe)

 Womenswear Designer of the Year – Tsemaye Binitie (UK/Nigeria)

 Fashion Brand of the Year – Temple Muse

 Best Innovative Designer – David David (UK) and Odio Mimonet (Nigeria)

 Emerging Designer of the Year – Loza Maléombho (US/Côte d’lvoire)

 Young Designer of the Year – Laquan Smith (US)

 Major honors went to Ozwald Boateng (UK) for the Lifetime Achievement Award, whilst South African designer Klûk CGDT and Nigerian designer Maki Oh were joint winners in the Designer of The Year Award category.

Check back  as we will be featuring each of the winners as well as the five designers chosen to show during Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week in September 2012.

Photo Credit: Arise Magazine


I first heard the name about a year ago while speaking to Joshua Kissi, of the popular menswear style blog Street Etiquette , after a runway show in New York.. Joshua was gushing about how amazing this London based Ghanian designer by the name of Ozwald Boateng was.   I was unfamiliar with the name, (gasp!), I know it was shameful. So I began researching and Ozwald Boateng quickly became my obsession …He is undeniably one of fashion’s most dynamic and exciting talents.

Earlier this month a film based on the life of Ozwald Boateng hit UK theaters!!! I cannot wait to feast my eyes upon it.  Here’s a sneak peek..

14 years in the making, Varon Bonicos’s documentary “A Man’s Story”, follows Boateng’s day-to-day life..  The film includes appearances from some if his celebrity clientele,  Jamie Foxx, Spike Lee, Richard Branson, Will Smith, & Prince Charles  and endearing commentary from his parents as well as his mentor Giorgio Armani, it offers a rare glimpse into the life of the most successful Ghanian designer of our time. 

Ozwald Boateng