If there is a style that fits me to a tee, I would have to say, it's African fashion. And not for the reasons one might think. Nope. Not because am black. African fashion suits me because it's vibrant, complex, textured, colorful, soulful, regal, original, but most of all unapologetic! And that's me in a nutshell.
Yesterday I just happened upon the lead picture in this post and let me tell you, it literally took my breath away. I have seen African prints and clothing all my life but this is something different. Something fresh. This is not about African prints, it's about the spirit of the land and the people. This is African inspired fashion.....at it's best. You can see the Zebra inspiration, the colors of the earth, the shape and reference to the trees and so much more. The corn rows and braids are there too, but it is all new. Reinterpreted. Brilliant. 2012 savvy. All grown up.
These pictures here are from a spread that was featured in a 2010 edition of Essence Magazine. This is a perfect example of what I am talking about. The looks were inspired by the Maasai tribe and styled by Billie Causleesto. The gorgeous photographs were taken by David Roemer.
I hope this post inspires you to try a little African fashion in your wardrobe. It could be as simple as adding a striking piece of jewelry, a print skirt, head wrap or patterned shoes. It's easy to do and the results are all kinds of amazing.
But don't take my word for it, try it and see for yourself...