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In the mood for…

PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 3: Fashion and jewellery designer Natasha Zinko, Natasha Zinko dress and Vetements shoes on day 3 during Paris Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2016/17 on (Photo by Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images)
Vetements platform boots worn by a
fashionista during Paris fashion week

Platform boots, as seen in recent very hype Vetements clothing label’s collection, and Marc Jacobs Spring Summer 17 show. Influenced by the drag queens world and the 70’s glam rock (think David Bowie aka Ziggy Stardust), the platform shoe is no longer an outsider and brands like Zara or Asos propose wearable versions for the everyday fashionista. In 2016, we prefer a sober version in black leather or suede, the higher the better. But still, wearing the platform is a statement so be prepared to have heads spinning in the streets!

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Stella Maxwell for Elle Brasil August 16
issue (image courtesy of Elle Brasil)
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Marc Jacobs Spring Summer 2017 show

The professional: Marie F. Schillio

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Marie F. Schillio Photography courtesy of Peter Vidor

Name: Marie F. Schillio

Hometown: Senegal and Congo

Current Residence: New York

Job-Title: Senior Associate Biotechnology and Pharmaceuticals

Company: Korn Ferry

Day to Day uniform: Business attire

1) Tell us about your background and current position

I graduated from NJIT with a BS in Business Administration cum laude and previously attended (more…)

First Date*

Michelle (Tika Sumpter) and Barack (Parker Sawyers) Image courtesy of Miramax/Roadside Attractions
Michelle (Tika Sumpter) and Barack (Parker Sawyers)
Image courtesy of Miramax/Roadside Attractions

During Summer 1989 in Chicago, Michelle Robinson and Barack Obama had their first date. Actually it’s not a date, at least at the beginning, as Michelle’s character likes to say it in the movie. This could be the ordinary start of a love story except that these two without knowing it will make history by becoming the first black American presidential couple. But the movie focuses on the obvious interest of intern’s Barack in the smart junior lawyer Michelle and how he progressively wins her heart. Even if the awakening of their complicity and love is the main focus here, we can already sense the political potential and charisma of Obama and chemistry with Michelle. Tika Sumpter as Michelle Robinson gives a really good interpretation, not an easy thing knowing that they look nothing alike except maybe their stature, however the thumbs up goes to Parker Sawyers perfect in charming messy young Obama with a promising bright future. Overall the movie is a pleasant, romantic stroll through the black middle class neighborhoods of Chicago, tinted of nostalgia of a bygone era.

The little plus: the 80’s soundtrack, especially Janet Jackson’s hit “Miss you much” and Soul II Soul “Keep on Movin’”.

*Southside with You is the original title.

 

 

 

The face of tomorrow

Zoe Kravitz for Vogue May 16 issue (photography Patrick Demarchelier courtesy of Vogue)
Zoe Kravitz for Vogue May 16 issue (photography
Patrick Demarchelier courtesy of Vogue)

Forget about the old fashioned bourgeoise who lives in upper class neighborhoods and eats caviar on a daily basis, luxury brands are now adopting a totally different strategy in terms of renewing themselves or stay relevant in the fashion landscape. The new brand ambassadors are (more…)

Lemonade Therapy

Beyonce in her album film Lemonade
Beyonce in her album film Lemonade

I am a long time fan of Beyonce, but for some reason I didn’t listened or watched Lemonade until 2 weeks ago. Despite my admiration for the artist, I was kind of over it: the drama around the alleged affair of husband’s Jay-Z, the girl power mantra… I knew the film was certainly very good knowing Beyonce is such a perfectionist, the problem is I thought I knew what to expect. Then I (more…)

The new face of Feminism

Barbie exhibition, picture taken at Le Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris
Barbie exhibition, picture taken at Le
Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris

Women are stronger than ever, standing up for themselves, fierce, assuming their choices at least for the most part. Hillary Clinton might become the first woman to be elected as a president in the United States, Rama Yade a brilliant French Senegalese politician, announced her candidacy for the presidential elections in (more…)

In the mood for…

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Zendaya attends "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology", the 2016 Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 02, 2016 in New York, New York. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
Actress, singer, dancer  Zendaya attends “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology”, the 2016 Costume
Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 02, 2016 in New York, New York. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)

Dramatic hair like spotted at this year Met Gala. First, let’s talk about Zendaya who took a real fashion risk by choosing a sleek shiny retro bob hairstyle, take French legendary singer Mireille Mathieu and add the glamour of the late 70’s disco era and you end up with a show stopper look. Her make up is just sophisticated enough to highlight her glowy toffee skin and dark almond shaped eyes with a warm palette colour. This is without a doubt her best look so far.

Actress Lupita (photography by Dimitrios Kambouris getty images)
Actress Lupita Nyong’o attends “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology”, the 2016 Costume Institute Gala
at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 02, 2016 in New York, New York (photography by Dimitrios Kambouris getty images)

Actress Lupita Nyong’o, a red carpet favorite, did not disappoint neither. She opted for a proud kinky tower crown hairstyle which made her look gracious and empowered. It reminded me of Jean Paul Goude 80’s pictures with his muse Grace Jones, a real celebration of black feminity. Now, you know what to do to steal the spotlight at your next black tie party!

Why I love Tracee Ellis Ross

Actress Tracee Ellis Ross
Actress Tracee Ellis Ross

Until she played Rainbow Johnson on hit TV show, Black.ish, Tracee Ellis Ross was just a another pretty actress, daughter of, which starred in this show called Girlfriends in the early 2000’s. Over the years I learned to really like her, mostly because of her character in Black.ish which I have the feeling is not too far from the real person: bubbly, smart, stylish, and incredibly appealing, a made to mesure role. Then there is her personality or at least what she shows through her Instagram account, she’s often goofy and, yes that might be weird to say but she actually smiles a lot (let’s be honest we all tend to try so hard to be cool these days on Insta pictures that we avoid smiling)! Despite her prestigious pedigree: her mother is the iconic Diana Ross and her dad a business music manager, Robert Ellis Silberstein, her brother Evan Ross is also an actor and musician, Tracee keeps it real and almost makes you feel you will have the best time in her company. She has style and obviously knows fashion without doing to much or trying to be someone she isn’t. Younger women can easily relate to Tracee who is intentionally or not a real role model and inspiration. Last but not least, I’m slightly obsessed with her hair and I’m sure I’m not the only one! This woman is simply a fresh bowl of air in a very formatted show business environment.

Black.ish airs on ABC, for more information visit here

Follow Tracee on Instagram @traceeellisross

 

 

Love Symbol

Prince for V Magazine shot by Inez and Vinoodh Matadin (image courtesy of V Magazine)
Prince for V Magazine shot by Inez and Vinoodh
Matadin (image courtesy of V Magazine)

Deeply sad to learn the death of Prince, the world has lost another genius. His influence was huge in terms of fashion, style and music, his art was timeless. Sincere condolences to his family, friends and worldwide fans.

 

 

 

Bowie Le magnifique

David Bowie in his legendary stripped bdysuit for the Aladdin Sane tour
David Bowie in his legendary stripped bodysuit designed
by Kansai Yamamoto for the Aladdin Sane tour

When the news broke that David Bowie passed away after battling liver cancer, millions of fans lost their idol. Until the last day he never stopped working and just released “Blackstar” his last album. No need to say how much he contributed to music, fashion and (more…)