Le Bazhaar

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…)

Change is good

Actress Lupita N'yongo for ELLE UK January 2016 (image courtesy of ELLE UK)
Actress Lupita Nyong’o for ELLE UK
January 2016 (image courtesy of ELLE UK)

A new year, a chance to refresh, reboot, re start or eventually, just start. Start to be confident, to be hopeful, fearless, bold, proud, strong. I always think about my resolutions when the year starts, but when asking a friend the other day what would be hers, she simply said (more…)

Why is the New Gucci so good?

Gucci Fall 2015-16 ad campaign
Gucci Fall 2015-16 ad campaign (image courtesy of Gucci)

After the talented Frida Giannini, Alessandro Michele has been named Creative Director of Italian luxury house, Gucci. The brand  is entering a new era exploring more of the 70’s baroque prints and embellishments, going complete opposite of the glamorous 70’s power woman we were used to. Here are 3 reasons to rediscover the iconic house:

  • Today’s Gucci girl is a romantic, an original, she’s playful and totally assume her quirkiness. The last Spring Summer Collection (SS16) is full of rich fabrics and bold mix of patterns with a strong vintage feel.

 

Gucci SS16 (image from vogue.com)
Gucci SS16 (image from vogue.com)
Gucci SS16 (image from vogue.com)
Gucci SS16 (image from vogue.com)
Gucci SS16 (image from vogue.com)
Gucci SS16 (image from vogue.com)
Gucci SS16 (image from vogue.com)
Gucci SS16 (image from vogue.com)
Gucci SS16 (image from vogue.com)
Gucci SS16 (image from vogue.com)
Gucci SS16 (image vogue.com)
Gucci SS16 (image vogue.com)
Gucci FW15
Gucci FW15
  • I can not help but picture 70’s style icons Ali Mc Graw, Bianca Jagger or Marisa Berenson wearing most of the pieces of the collection and notice how relevant the clothing are as they would have been 40 years ago!

 

Actress Ali Mc Graw circa 1970's
Actress Ali Mc Graw circa 1970’s

 

mick-jagger-bianca-fashion-style-harry-caresse-01
Model Bianca Jagger in the 1970’s

 

Actress and Model Marisa Berenson in the 1970's
Actress and Model Marisa Berenson in the 1970’s
  • With its beautiful bucolic illustrations and jewellery details, the Dionysus bag is fast becoming a must have as well as the fur loafers (for those who can afford it)! Just perfect for Christmas gift!!

dyonisus gucci bag

The Gucci Dionysos bag (image from Buro 247)
The Gucci Dionysus bag (image from Buro 247)
gucci bag
A bigger version of the Dyonisus bag
Gucci shoes
FW15-16  Gucci shoes

Balmain Nation

Balmain x HM ad campaign (courtesy of Balmain Paris)
Balmain x H&M ad campaign (courtesy of Balmain Paris)

The very anticipated collaboration between Balmain and H&M arrived in stores (worlwide) on November 5th. Embellishment, sequins, body conscious dresses, padded shoulders, the French luxury house lovers won’t be disappointed: Balmain went full on in incorporated its DNA into a rich yet affordable collection. After Alexander Wang, Isabel Marant, Marni or Lagerfeld just to name a few, H&M once again took the fashion world by storm and we can predict that the Balmain x H&M line key pieces will be a huge it!

 For more information and shopping go on hm.com