I am an Immigrant

Sep 6, 2017

W Magazine's beautiful "I am an immigrant" video feels appropriate today as 800,000 people reel from Donald Trump's DACA decision.

This video includes 81 of fashion's greatest stars coming together against Trump's original travel ban on Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. While the DACA decision is different, it's a 2.0 of the same fear-based small minded governance policy that marks the Trump administration.

The faces speaking out about their own immigration status will be familiar to you. They include:
  • Brazilian supermodel Adriana Lima
  • Former Vogue creative director Grace Coddington
  • Models like Winnie Harlow (one of the most beautiful people to grace this earth), Jourdan Dunn and Imaan Hammam
  • Oh, and Diane Von Furstenberg




Full video here:


Inspired? Help dreamers by 1) calling the people you elected (Congress can do something about this!),  2) donating to organizations supporting immigrants (United We Dream is a good one), 3) and talking publicly about this issue.

If you don't know what to say, retweet your elected officials - mine are Kamala Harris, Ted Lieu and Eric Garcetti. See if your university has published anything and share it on Facebook - here's the UCLA Chancellor's message where he talks about being "deeply disappointed." Look to your favorite celebs, fashionistas, bloggers, and friends. Don't forget to use #DefendDACA in your post.

Make your voice heard. This is America and we are all dreamers.

Selena Gomez helps Slow Factory and the ACLU make "We The People" a wearable statement

Aug 27, 2017

Selena Gomez is using her star status to make a statement. Just days ago she stepped out wearing a gold "We The People" choker necklace, and the internet went gaga.

Selena Gomez photo credit Lunchbox LP


The "We The People" necklace is a collaboration between Slow Factory and the ACLU. CĂ©line Semaan, founder of Slow Factory, originally created the necklace when her immigration lawyer told her not to travel following President Trump's ban.

PopSugarTeen VogueRefinery 29, even Business Insider picked up on Gomez's new accessory, spreading the word to fashionistas, activists and professionals alike. The flash press quickly drove sales. As Semaan told Glamour, ""It was crazy—we got lots of orders [after Gomez wore the necklace], which means lots of donations to the ACLU." While exact numbers aren't public, it's obvious that Gomez's one-time wear has generated a well deserved windfall for the ACLU.


The ACLU x Slow Factory collab also features a gorgeous flight jacket with the first amendment written in English and Arabic, and a banned countries scarf highlighting the countries banned by the current administration (which are also hardest hit by the Refugee Crisis).

Slow Factory is a fashion activism brand based in Brookly, NY. Everything at Slow Factory is eco-friendly and fair trade. In addition to ACLU x Slow Factory, their collections include pieces for NASA, WWF, and a RESIST set including a red" NO" baseball cap that's fabulous.

The ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) works to "defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States."

The "We The People" necklace from Slow Factory x ACLU is $75. 10% of the proceeds go to the ACLU. Of course, you can also donate directly to the ACLU here.

Photo credit: By Lunchbox LP, Culver City, California - Lunchbox LP Flickr stream, CC BY 2.0, Link

African-Print Fashion Now! The vibrant new exhibit at the Fowler

Mar 27, 2017

This weekend I had the pleasure of attending the opening of African-Print Fashion Now! - A Story of Taste, Globalization and Style. The new exhibit at the Fowler Museum is a bold and delightfully fun walkthrough of fabrics so delicious you'll want to eat them.

Take a look at some of my favorites:

Regina Konadu - African-Print Fashion Now - Hello Handbag
Regina Konadu
Adama Amanda Ndiaye - African-Print Fashion Now - Hello Handbag
Adama Amanda Ndiaye
Victoria Dadie African-Print Fashion Now - Hello Handbag
Victoria Dadie
Or how about this gorgeous bag:

Purse in Angelina Design - African-Print Fashion Now - Hello Handbag

And perhaps the greatest of all is this FABULOUS dress. Do you recognize it? It was designed by high schooler Kyemah Mcentyre. Take a look:


It went viral and was even featured in Cosmopolitan. Here it is in all its glory:


It was stunningly beautiful in person. As were all the pieces at the show.

This gorgeous exhibit African-Print Fashion Now opens tomorrow and runs through the end of July. Go see it at the Fowler Museum at UCLA. Free admission (you can always throw some support their way).

Do you wear African-print? Have you always wanted to try it? Please share your photos, include a link in the comments below!

Famous Ads Recreated By Deddeh Howard, A Black Model - Because Fashion So White

Dec 13, 2016

Flip open any magazine to the first few pages. What do you see? Ads, ads, ads... notice anything in common? Probably all of the models are white. But model Deddeh Howard is out to change that. Thank god.

Really, take a look. For example, in the December issue of Allure, there are ads for Dior, Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger, Narciso Rodriguez. All white models. InStyle has Louis Vuitton, Estee Lauder, and David Yurman. Also all white models. In fact, in the opening ads of all the magazines I looked at (using my handy Texture app) I only found two featuring people of color - one for Banana Republic and one for Karl Lagerfeld. Why?

Deddeh Howard is a stunning black woman who takes captivating photographs. But over and over again she's been told by modeling agencies that "they already have someone who looks like her." Really? One model to represent everyone with darker skin? Ugh.

Howard is taking a stand by recreating some famous fashion shoots, and the results are utterly gorgeous. She and photographer Raffael Dickreuter started by looking for brands who rarely (if ever) feature models of color. Chanel, Calvin Klein, Dolce and Gabbana, all look beautiful with Howard at the helm. Here are a few:


A photo posted by Deddeh Howard (@secretofdd) on


A photo posted by Deddeh Howard (@secretofdd) on


A photo posted by Deddeh Howard (@secretofdd) on

Howard and the Black Mirror campaign were recently featured by the BBC, take a look:


You can see all the photos from the Black Mirror project on Howard's website, http://secretofdd.com.

Teen Vogue Takes On Trump And Gives Us Hope For The Future

Dec 12, 2016

This weekend the internet took a collective gulp of fresh air. Which came, of all places, from Teen Vogue.

http://www.teenvogue.com/story/donald-trump-is-gaslighting-america

The firestorm was created by a fabulous piece called, "Donald Trump Is Gaslighting America," in which author Lauren Duca lays out a well researched perspective on how our president-elect became so. And just how terrifying that is.

As Duca says, "Trump won the Presidency by gas light. His rise to power has awakened a force of bigotry by condoning and encouraging hatred, but also by normalizing deception. Civil rights are now on trial, though before we can fight to reassert the march toward equality, we must regain control of the truth. If that seems melodramatic, I would encourage you to dump a bucket of ice over your head while listening to 'Duel of the Fates.' Donald Trump is our President now; it’s time to wake up."

(Need to try it? Here's "Duel of the Fates" (the ominous Star Wars theme) for you:)



Slate calls the piece, "a fierce polemic against Trump’s insidiously deceptive style of politicking, his habit of fueling hate with lies and capitalizing on the toxic combination to drum up bigotry and fear." Mashable calls it "scathing." The Wrap says it's "blistering." All of which is true - if you haven't read it yet, do so now.

Besides being so on point with what our country needs to hear right now, here's why I love this: it's delightful to see magazines made for teenagers delving into important topics. When I was a teen, my magazines were full of "15 ways to wear blush." Having not read Teen Vogue for the past decade, I was elated to see articles like:
With young women reading pieces like this, and being exposed to role models like Duca, we have hope for the future. Major kudos to Teen Vogue. To the ladies inspired by reading it, us old folks will be here to help you change the world!

Photo credit: Screenshot of original Teen Vogue article
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