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There's been a special place in my heart for British Vogue ever since Edward Enninful was appointed the new Editor-in-Chief. He's been doing such an amazing job with spearheading the efforts behind the covers, the shoots, the content and the creatives that he brings onto the team.
The latest to join the party is Julia Sarr-Jamois as the Fashion Editor-at-Large! She is a stylist and the former Senior Fashion Editor at i-D and has contributed to world renowned publications, spreading her creativity and talents.
From Wonderland to i-D to Teen Vogue to now British Vogue, her resume SPEAKS! & not to mention that she is everyone's fashion fave. I can't wait to see what she does in this new role!
Julia also has a stye sense that has all of the fashion girls taking notes! She's the go-to inspiration for pairing dressy outfits and pieces with sneakers; the effortless, casual, cool slay...LOVE it! & I love a girl that rocks her fro! She's definitely among my faves.
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Christian Siriano is doing the work of the Lord! He has consistently been doing diversity and inclusion right, and I stan!
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He's already the first real success story that Lifetime's 'Project Runway' has seen, even as the show is wrapping up its 16th season. He's managed to let go of the stigma that comes along with the show (designers from 'Project Runway' aren't taken seriously by the fashion industry) and the exuberant character that he was at 21 when he won the show. Ten years later, Siriano has become a household name, one that is synonymous with fun, bold, sexy, elegant, glamorous and just plain amazing design aesthetics.
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Siriano designs for ALL women. Coming from a family where his sister was a size 0 and his mother was a size 16, designing for women of all sizes wasn't a new concept for him. "I never thought that wasn't normal - I just assumed you had to dress everybody," he shared in an interview with The Guardian. No matter your color, size, sexuality, age, gender or where you're from, if Siriano likes what you're doing and what you represent, he's designing something amazing for you! In an industry where designers are continuously sending size 0-2 models down the runway, Siriano's runways reflect real life women. Models of color are always a staple. Plus size models like Precious Lee, Ashley Graham, Alessandra Garcia Lorido, Sabrina Karlsson, Marquita Pring, Candice Huffine and Georgia Pratt have graced his shows. OITNB star Danielle Brooks has also been the face of his collaborative collection with Lane Bryant. He's collaborated with Payless on a collection so that he could reach more consumers. He's dressed women like Janet Mock, TV host and trans rights activist, and Leslie Jones, comedian and actress who couldn't find a designer to dress her for the Ghostbusters movie premiere (the very movie she starred in) until Siriano stepped in. He's dressed women like Whoopi Goldberg and Kathy Bates, in an industry where designers often overlook women who are over a certain age. He's featured models in his runways shows that are male, trans and gender-nonconforming.
Christian Siriano is inclusive on all fronts, offering diversity and being nondiscriminatory, a breath of fresh air in the fashion industry. He's managed to break the rules of mainstream fashion and create his own lane. He's dressing our faves and making women all over the world look and feel beautiful.
I love a designer who actually stands behind body positivity, inclusivity and diversity!
Congratulations are also in order for him being named one of Time's 100 Most Influential People in the World!
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So I guess Fashion Nova is about to have all the girls AND the guys dressing alike, huh?
Let me stop...
ANYWAYS.. Guys are about to step out and have the girls SHOOK!
There aren't many details on what kind of clothing that Fashion Nova for Men will include but I can see the jogger sets, bomber and leather jackets, fur coats, skinny denim, tees, fitted caps and accessories now.
The winter collections will be giving us all types of Camron and Gucci Mane aesthetics!
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Men are about to be out here looking like snacks, do you hear me?! Having newfound confidence. Give a guy a compliment, and he'll be feeling like:
I guess that Cardi line is all-inclusive now! Everybody is going to be singing "I can buy designer but that Fashion Nova fit...!" The "ass" might be interchangeable with dxck, but ehh, semantics.
In all seriousness though, it's great that Fashion Nova is extending their brand into men's clothing. Since they've come onto the fashion scene, they've quickly become a cultural phenomenon of sorts. I can't wait to see what's on the way for their menswear and beyond!
What are your thoughts on Fashion Nova's upcoming men's line? Are you excited? What kind of clothing do you forsee?
With editions launching all over the world, why hasn't there been an African edition of Vogue? There's such a misconception of the continent and the diversity that is present in Africa; this could serve as a potential opportunity to showcase the beauty, influence and culture of Africa in a major way.
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The conversation surfaced more and more after Naomi Campbell stated the need for an African edition of Vogue during an interview at Arise Fashion Week in Nigeria. She pointed out that the Vogue Arabia had just launched, so naturally an African edition was the next progression. Cameroonian photographer and makeup artist Mario Epanya released a series of fictional Vogue Africa covers back in 2010 in an effort to pose the same question. There is definitely a market for this, as a South African edition of Elle has been in existence since 1996, as well as the African publications and platforms that have existed already. From Lagos to Johannesburg to Nigeria, there has been a showcase of African fashion and culture and diversity put on display. With each show or industry event, a mix of African designers, socialites, media and stylish and influential individuals have been pulled together in the name of showcasing the beauty and vibrancy of the continent. Fashion, style and stories to tell are prevalent all throughout the continent, but the question has been posed time and time again of why isn't there an African edition of Vogue to represent that.
It would be great to see an edition of Vogue that reflects the beauty, energy, spirit and style of Africa and dispels the sad notion of a monolithic view of the continent. It would also be great to see an all-African team of editors, writers, artists, photographers, etc to work on bringing the edition life, especially to see that the edition accurately reflects culture and isn't diluted with what's deemed acceptable in the mainstream. It's crazy how much of a fantasy or utopian-esque that sounds...
It would be so cool to see an African edition of Vogue, to see such a rich culture leap from the pages, to connect with and learn from it. However, as cool as that would be, we can't depend on Vogue to see the value in and push our narrative. If an African edition does launch, that would be great! If not, that's okay too, and more emphasis should be put on supporting the entities that provide a platform for African culture and even make our own. It's nice to have a seat at the table, but, at the same time, fxck the table and build your own!
What do you think? Should there be an African edition of Vogue? Why or why not? Leave a comment and let's chat!
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