Thursday, July 24, 2014

A Fashionable Journey: Kenya

My recent exploration of the Republic of Kenya included discovering what the country had to offer in the way of Fashion. When I travel, I am always searching for Fashion as it is inescapable element of our lives. You see, I truly believe that Fashion lives everywhere and I have to say that Kenya did not disappoint. Nairobi is a city alive and full of constant movement. The first stop on our tour, the City Market located in the heart of Nairobi.

Housed inside of a large concrete warehouse, you can purchase everything from flowers to traditional fabrics and decorative ornaments. All of the shops and stalls are ran by rather friendly salesmen who are more than happy to engage you in polite conversation and walk you through their available wares. This place is full of all the typical items one might find at a market, but I, I was on the hunt for jewelry. My love for Fashion means that I can easily spend hours scouring markets and sifting through merchandise until I find that one special piece to take home. In this case, I found five.

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Blue Print

In my quest to live a life filled with more purpose, I recently travelled to the great East African nation of the Republic of Kenya. I was in the country to visit, learn, and explore what the land had to offer. Two hours outside of Nairobi, I found myself at the Crescent Island Game Park; a sanctuary for wild animals in the heart of the Great Rift Valley located on the great Lake Naivasha.

For my walk amongst the flora and fauna, I wore my SALONI Apsara abstract print dress featuring a vibrant blue print. It felt appropriate for the occasion and I dare say it went well with my natural surroundings. I remember the day I first saw this dress. As I perused the store selections, this piece did catch my attention, but I wasn't quite sure about the ruched skirt and the draped bodice. I continued on, only to see the frock again. A light gray faceless mannequin near the staircase was sporting the dress from Saloni's Spring / Summer 2014 collection. I walked around her slowly to examine the below the knee skirt and back keyhole opening. It was clear to me that the hanger wasn't doing this dress any justice. I quickly made a U-turn and collected my size from the selling rack. I almost walked out of the store without this dress, but providence brought us together. After some research I learned that according to Buddhist mythology, an Apsara is "a female spirit of the clouds and waters." With its ethereal blue print, it was easy to see why this name was chosen for the dress. All at once, this dress willingly lends itself to both the sea and sky. It is also said that SALONI means beautiful in sanskrit.

I paired this dress with my YSL Hortense wedges and as comfortable as the shoes are, I have to admit it was much easier to traverse the landscape barefoot. Local residents of the island included a rather friendly giraffe, striped zebras, water dwelling hippos, and a skittish herd of large horned grazing gazelles. Most were willing to pose for a pretty picture or two, some were not. As I walked the park taking in the countryside, I couldn't help but feel that the sky seemed bluer, the grass greener, and the air clearer. It was there, 40 miles from the equator and in the shadow of a volcano, I forged a Fashionable bond with nature. I couldn't have been happier...

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Independence Gray

I am always pleasantly surprised when I come across a frock that I absolutely love when I wasn't even looking for one. Such was the case with my gray T BY ALEXANDER WANG dress. Amongst a sea of black garments, this dress stood out and caught my eye. Being partial to the color gray, I was immediately drawn to it. This dress is from Wang's Spring / Summer 2014 collection and features a racer back halter top with a center front zipper. In fact, a lot of the looks from that show featured center front zippers. This sort of flared skirt makes this a perfect dress to twirl in. When I put it on and gave it a whirl, you could imagine my delight when I realized the frock also has pockets. I do love a dress with pockets...

T BY ALEXANDER WANG is a label typically know for their cotton t shirts, casual basics, and minimalistic color palette. This dress is made of cotton lined with neoprene and it feels just as comfortable as my favorite t shirt. For my walk through the city, I paired this ensemble with my black suede GUCCI IMAN SANDALS. These sandals were a perfect match for the sporty vibe of this frock. 

In the middle of Union Square Park stands Independence Flagstaff. Surrounded by green trees and little birds, the monument commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It features a procession of allegorical characters representing democracy and tyranny. The declaration reads that as people we all have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. For me, Fashion is my life, my liberty, and it definitely makes me happy.