Vogue Runway’s Index Tag

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Wondering where I’ve been all this time. Apparently, now for $20,000 a year — and pending Vogue editor approval — a designer or brand can have their lookbook or collection images uploaded to Vogue’s Runway website and app twice annually, according to a term sheet reviewed by BoF.

What’s surprisingly interesting is that the option has been available for a minimum of three seasons, according to a source with knowledge of the publication’s strategy, and does not include reviews or other written content that come when you’ve been “chosen”.

My issue with the $20k price tag (outside of the obvious $20k price tag) is that a designer or brand can opt in and still be at a disadvantage simply because their lookbook or collection images aren’t reviewed and there’s no written content as with shows like Chanel and Gucci.

Two Tops with Char Saint

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Two Tops: A silky blouse and a crisp white shirt. From elevation to levitation. I’m telling y’all simplicity is thee key. Zero to one hundred in a human heartbeat.

Building blocks for the win. In the words of a new IG friend, lol, #FreeGame.

Immaculate Shoe Game with Char Saint

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An immaculate shoe game is a must. From plush-looking textures to faux or for real snakeskins and velvets, the shoe game has to be on point. While the previous post was about handbags, this one is all about the shoe game.

So, what’s yours saying about you? Mi partido zapato di me yo necesito hazlo mejor. Translation: Mmy shoe game tells me I need to step it the fu*k up!

Luxe Looks with Char Saint feat. Olori Swank

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You don’t have to spend a fortune to look like one. Opt for quality over quantity when it comes to shoes and bags. But if you can splurge as here with Olori Swank, then by all means. Either way, the end goal is to look like big bucks to feel like big bucks. FYI, opt for sharp, professional purses in rich shades like red, white or black.

Wardrobe Building Blocks with Char Saint

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An all white outfit worn from head-to-toe is not only elegant as fu*k, but the look screams money. (Cue Cardi B’s Money). With Six-figure ambition for 2019, I may as well flex the wardrobe to match.

Adut Akech

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Model Adut Akech was interviewed for Vogue Italia, April 2018 and when asked by journalist Raffaele Panizza how she would her describe skin, Adut Akech had this to say:

“It’s very dark, even by the parameters of other people of color. Now that I’m living in New York, people stop me on the street, especially African Americans, saying they wish their skin was like mine. I see it as rich, full, like the purest chocolate.”

The Sudanese born model made her fashion week debut Saint Laurent SS17 show. Since then, Adut Akech walked for the likes of Christian Dior, Burberry, Alexander McQueen and Prada, and this past July became only the second black model to close the Chanel haute couture show.

If that was enough Black Girl Magic, she was chosen as “Model of the Year” by Models.com.

Fast forward to a few months later, during New York Fashion Week in September, she made the Business of Fashion’s (BoF) annual 500 list honoring the professionals shaping the fashion industry. Adut, we definitely see you shining!

Controversial Cornrows on Vogue Runways…

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Black models (when and if seen at all) featured on runways in Vogue’s Runway index of designers and brands (2019 ready-to-wear) were highlighted with what I’m calling controversial cornrows.

At first, I thought it was a coincidence while browsing through the first few collections. But, as I continued, I found that roughly 70-75% of the designer featured their Black models in cornrows. (I’ve got receipts too, try me.)

From A to Z, the designer house piled on the controversial cornrows like it was a message. From Alaïa to Valentino (shown here) it appears cornrows are the hairstyle of choice behind-the-scenes for Black women as featured on white runways.

The only three exceptions where the Black models weren’t wearing cornrows seemed to be on three occasions. First, her hair wasn’t long enough to be braided, the models wore wigs, or she looked more like something else other than a Black woman. But, hey. I’m just thee observant Style Alchemist who notices every detail from exquisite embroidery to unpolished toes on from the office to the runway. 🤷🏾‍♀️

I’ll end on this note with saying I overstand more and more why movements like the #BlackVouge are occurring, but more than anything, why it is that they’re absolutely necessary.

Alexandre Vauthier vs Valentino

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Sleeveless, tiered ruffles, decked with crystals at each layer by Alexandre Vauthier or a robe-like layers with ballon sleeves also decked with crystals by Valentino? Asking for s friend…

VALENTINO

VS.

VAUTHIER