Stella Nova Copenhagen S/S 10

So lately I’ve kinda been in the dumps where do I start, okay I won’t I’ll save you the drama! There are certain things that can assist in dissipating my funky moods & on this day Stella Nova is doing it! I’ll admit I do have an infatuation with Scandinavian brands/designers, their aesthetic is pretty minimal but always pushing the envelope. As I scrolled through the  lookbook, I found myself getting frustrated trying to narrow down which looks I would post on the blog(I WANT THEM ALL SERIOUSLY).  Accessorizing with jewelry is something that I would prefer not to even tackle on a daily basis, I would love to master putting chic looks together like these that work just fine without any accessories. I tweeted yesterday about a recent shoot fellow blogger Lala Lopez did & made the comment “everything worked” in the shoot, the model,the photog,the mua & of course the stylist. Stella Nova’s S/S10 look book is a pleasant reiteration of that tweet. Only two shoe options were used for the 4o looks & both would equally compliment all. One of the things that drew me into the line most is the comfortable factor, draping silhouettes that are breathable & uber feminine. I’m trying to get into this look more for spring & summer, straying away from more form-fitting pieces and learning to work my assets with diversity. Stella Nova’s S/S 10 look book is a wonderful how-to on putting together all of spring & summers hot trends without looking trendy but chic!

P.S. I know after saying all of that I still seemed to O.D. with the pics. but be sure to visit Stella Nova’s site to view the rest because this is only a snippet :)!

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Grinding: Sigourney Salley

1. Name/Alias: Sigourney Salley / Signature Style

2.Where are you from/ Where do you currently live?: I grew up in between Harlem and Brooklyn, New York. I currently live in the East New York section of Brooklyn, New York.

3. Where did/do you go to school and your major?: I graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology (located on 7th and 27th street) last May with a dual degree in Advertising and Marketing/Fashion Merchandising Management. I do plan on going back for my certification in Wardrobe Styling next year :).

4. What is your Grind? I consider myself a Renaissance woman with many hustles under my belt that all lead to my personal ideology of what success is.

  • TRACE MAGAZINE: Since my Sophomore year of F.I.T. I have been with this transcultural magazine. I started as the Special Events personal assistant – throughout my first two years with TRACE, I was taught how to properly plan and execute a successful industry special event. Some highlights are planning the annually popular Black Girls Rules; Product Launches (Rimmel Underground); and planning events for Issue Covers which included Iman, Kelis, Keri Hilson, Mya, and Spike Lee to name a few. Presently I continue to be their Marketing Coordinator and the Online Trace Magazine supplement in the version of a blog Editor in which I manage bloggers, interview extraordinary individuals, set up photo shoots and try my best to update daily with such a hectic schedule.
  • WARDROBE STYLIST: Under my upcoming Styling House – Signature Style – I set up interesting fashion-forward photo shoots with some minimal personal styling for specific clients. I have worked personally with Nikki Ntu (DJ Melo X’s artist) for her now released mix tape and was recently published in the UK’s Anatitude Magazine (Photography: King Texas).
  • JEWELRY DESIGNER: When you deal in artistry you are always drawn to specific items that make a person stand out. I have recently started a small jewelry line Sequins, Pearls & Cigarettes – that I am completely excited about. It is still in the beginning stages so I don’t want to say too much yet!

5. How did you get into what you’re doing now?: All three of my hustles are important to me and make me who I am as a person. I feel that as I grew into who I am at this point in my life; each one presented a new challenge to me. I don’t believe that anything is impossible unless you stop yourself from accomplishing something.  My main focus is Wardrobe Styling – it has been a love of mine for a long time. It is the essence of curating a look with every intimate detail that keeps me striving to be one of the best. I was introduced to it from helping on a set at the magazine – ever since then its’ been a part of my life!

6. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?: A Lawyer because I always had to give my opinion to every situation.

7. What are some contributing factors that shaped the life you live now?: Living in Public Housing (which made me want to be the opposite of my environment); Mentoring Programs – Team  Revolution + Hip Hop Project (where I learned to not be scared of my potential and to enjoy being a creative being); My Mother and Grandmother (for always supporting me); Amazing Friends (for encouragement-creativity sessions) + Fearlessness (mostly not being scared of failure – without failure there is no growth)!

8. Any specific people that mentored or helped guide you to your current path?: Divine Bradley (Team Revolution) taught me a major lesson “The best way to predict the future is to create it“. I live by this mantra and know that without me striving — I will never accomplish.

9. What motivates you?: Fashion motivates me. It is ever changing and with that I have to be quick on my toes to know the Yes and No within this industry when it comes to clothing, brands, it, length, colors, etc. It is hard core but I can handle it.

10. Your favorite author and why?: Anna Wintour – she’s the face of Vogue and an inspiration to strict discipline with your craft.

11. What are 3 goals you want to achieve within the next year?:

  • Being published in another major /  indie fashion magazine with my Styling Credentials.
  • Travel to a country – either Africa or the UK.
  • Finding a booking agent to assist in my career as a Stylist.

12. One person that continuously inspires you and why?: My core group of friends inspire me – without them I wouldn’t have the motivation to keep it pushing.

13. 3 Indie brands you LOVE to rock?:

  • Princess Of The Posse (P.O.P.)
  • GoodWood NYC
  • Melody Ehsani

14. What annoys you the most?: Individuals who are scared to be themselves and hold their endless potential back.

15. Your best quality?: A tie between Time-Management / Over The Top Creativity

Visit Signature Style to see more of Sigourney’s work!

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A Peace Treaty: Sunari

From inception I have genuinely been a fan of the creative work A Peace Treaty duo Farah Malik & Dana Arbib have consistently delivered. I’ve always admired their decision to create a line that would not only give back but at the same time enlighten people on global issues. Each season the two enlist local artisans from small villages around the world to create handmade accessories that are relative to their respective cultures/homes. As a result of their amazing skill & craftmanship the artisans are paid fair trade wages eight times the local rate. For the past few seasons they have created beautiful scarves made from lush textiles such as cashmere & silk. Sunari which translates to female goldsmith is the debut jewelry collection the duo have launched for S/S 10. The collection consists of twelve 24 karat gold-plated pieces handmade entirely by Kurdish artisans. The intricate carvings on the amulets & talismans are inspired by nomadic tribes from Afghanistan & Turkoman . I would love to own a few of these pieces & keep them as heirlooms, they definitely have a timeless vibe! Be sure to visit the site to view the full collection as well as the beautifully crafted scarves they offer.

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Charlotte Taylor Fall 10

I’m enamored with Central St. Martins grad Charlotte Taylor’s debut fall 10 collection. Inspired in part by grannies & penguins, the collection is fun & visibly well crafted. In tow with a wealth of diverse knowledge she acquired while working at Luella, Charlotte immersed herself in every aspect of producing a collection from beginning to end. In Oct. 09 she stared a blog that could best be described as “the emerging designers how-to-handbook for startup” chronicling her intense journey in detail with each post giving a firsthand view of the process she continues to endure.

Taylor executed replicating the penguin’s shape in some of her silhouettes superbly. And the bright yellow & blue penguin head scarf is surely going to be a hit amongst fashionistas. There is just the right amount of cohesiveness but still a generous variation to choose from. She’s essentially created a line that is a mix of timeless shapes with her unique infusions of modernity. Another brilliant approach for Taylors emerging line, is the fact that she took into account making the price-points accessible to everyone. There’s no doubt that Ms. Taylor is a well-rounded talent that will continue to successfully progress in the industry. Please visit Charlotte’s blog as she continues to chronicle her on going  journey as an emerging designer, even after her debut at London Fashion Week!

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Grinding: Vash Luv

1. Name/Alias: Naivasha Colette Thomas by birth. Vashluv by vocation.

2.Where are you from/ Where do you currently live?: Spent most of adolescence in Stockton, California. Lately I’ve been a bit of a vagabond, residing in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and now New York City.

3. Where did/do you go to school and your major?: Obtained my Bachelors at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in Theatre Studies and Design. I entered college with a deep desire to study film but quickly drifted back to my thespian roots.

4. What is your Grind? My grind is limitless. I think being well-rounded with the ability to flex all muscles is key for dubious success and longevity. I am constantly working as a make up artist, concept / art director, and set builder. Overall, I’m a crafty gal and good with my hands. J My heart moves me, capturing emotion and evoking its complexities.  This is expressed through several medias; such as photography, retail, film and lives stage. Currently I am doing visuals for a major global retailer and preparing some uuber fun shoots with great minds in the NY area.

5. How did you get into what you’re doing now?: I jumped into this head first, immediately choosing to swim and not sink. I grew up entertaining and worked vigorously in dance and theater. As I engulfed more in the arts my aesthetic opinion and conceptual curator inside began to evolve. I grabbed influence from my education, work experience and strong upbringing to channel my own path.

6. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?: I always wanted to be a flyy girl, the outfits and knee pads. So sassy-street. And the biker shorts… but that dream quickly vanished. So I made a commitment to become an incredible well-rounded person.

7. What are some contributing factors that shaped the life you live now?: Patience of the heart, power of the mind, faith in the Almighty, security in the unknown.

8. Any specific people that mentored or helped guide you to your current path?: My parent seeded and watered me with great morals and values I have just begun to bloom. As I get older I see more of them in my actions and decisions. Abundantly thankful for their guidance and progressive lenience as I travel down the road of the unknown. Learning from others advances and mistakes is how I segway through life. Number one rule is to give it all you got.

9. What motivates you?: Nature and my surroundings inspire me. Being one with the time, moment and space that you are in.

10. Your favorite author and why?: King Solomon. The wisest known to man. His philosophical and spiritual connection in scripture empowers me daily. The book of Ecclesiastes opened a new outlook on life and work as a whole.

11. What are 3 goals you want to achieve within the next year?: Be stronger. Work smarter. Luv louder.

12. One person that continuously inspires you and why?: There is never just one person. I am blessed because of that.

13. 3 Indie brands you LOVE to rock?: I adore Gas’d, Costume Dept, and Mayzani. They provide the essentials.

14. What annoys you the most?: Loud unnecessary noise. Loud unnecessary opinions.

15. Your best quality?: My best quality is my core commitment, living freely.

To learn more about Vash Luv & to view her portfolio visit HERE!

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