Sunday, 5 February 2012

The Help (Wig) is not required!

Guess who?

'Wigless' and absolutely stunning!
In a LA times photo shoot Oscar nominated and Tony Award winning actress Viola Davis lays her faithful wig to one side and literally knocks em dead with her serene beauty.

Viola's normal look
“Even back when I was 11, I knew that Isabel Sanford from The Jeffersons came from the stage. I never watched the Oscars, but I watched the Tonys every year. I wanted to be onstage. I wanted to be like Colleen Dewhurst or Jane Alexander—one of those great ladies of the theater, doing Ibsen and Shakespeare.” :Viola Davis-LA Times Feb' 2012

Her new film 'Won’t Back Down' will be released in September 28. 

View more pictures from the shoot after the break.

Monday, 30 January 2012

Balmain's newest creation...

26 year old Black French designer Olivier Rousteing.

A natural choice

There were no surprises last April when then 25 year old Olivier took over the reigns at Balmain from Head Designer Christophe Decarnin. A, natural choice, the École Supérieure Des Arts Et Techniques De La Mode (ESMOD) Alumni had been working alongside Decarnin at the Parisien luxury label for three years. Before that, he had logged 5 years with highly esteemed  Italian Fashion god, Roberto Cavalli under Peter Dundas, where he was responsible for the men and women's ready-to-wear collections 

Olivier backstage with one of his creations.

Born in France and raised in Bordeaux by adoptive parents, Rousteing spoke to Style magazine  about the enormous pressures of taking over from Decarnin and his vision.
I went there when it was Balmainia…I understood when I came to the house that it was a really small house with a really big name. But there wasn’t all the structure. It was super-interesting—there was not a lot of people. What is nice at Balmain is not only this part, the Balmainia, but even before; you have access to amazing archives. That was a good thing too with this house. It’s a really French house; it [has] old history.

Read more here

View pics of Olivier's collection can be found on Balmain website. Notable pieces can be purchased on Net a Porter.

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Arise Fashion Week Lagos 2012

After a successful showing in 2011, Arise Magazine has once again chosen to renew its love affair with the city of Lagos. Last year 5,000 guests, 51 designers, 81 models and 5 musical acts all came together to make this this the much talked about Fashion event of the year.

"Drama, emotional, traditional but fresh - each look had its own story and moment." Vogue Italia Black
The Arise Fashion Week 2012 will take place over the course of six days from the 6th to the 11th of March.

“There is a side of Lagos that chimes well with the international fashion scene. We at ARISE Magazine recognise that the city has much to offer in the way of vibrancy and extraordinary talent in abundance making it the cultural capital of Africa. Once more we are proud to be associated with nurturing new designers from the vast continent – and continuing our support of those who are more well-known in Nigeria and in the diaspora.” - Nduka Obaigbena (Arise Magazine Founder)

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Adriana Lima speaks to Vogue Brazil

The Victoria's Secret model and Spokesperson for Maybelline from Bahia State graces the February cover of Vogue Brazil. These beautiful images were captured by André Passos in Foz do Iguacu with styling and beauty by Mark Gurge and Max Weber.

Age 30, the proud mother of one spoke about her daughter who at just 3 years old already speaks three languages and about her experiences as an international model. "A shower of energy for the entire year!"

Read the full article here

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Style Icon - Sade

The Fashion Liaison Salutes….

In 1983, when  Sade first graced the music world backed by the band that also bears her name, her impeccable style, grace and poise was something that could hardly be ignored.  

Of course the music was greatly enhanced by Sade’s smooth, sultry warm vocals singing self penned timeless lyrics which today have put her up there with some of the greatest female music recording artists of all time. 

An Alumni of London’s St Martin’s art college, London, Sade first started out as a clothing designer for men. Speaking about her stint into the world of fashion, Sade told WLBLS Tom Joyner in an early 2010 after the release of her tenth studio album, ‘Soldier of Love’, “My heart just wasn’t in it.” 

And so her foray into the music world began albeit quite unconventionally seen as she initially failed the audition to become the lead singer for the band, which then went by the name, ‘Pride’.   

Men's fashion designer
The story goes that Pride were still in need of a singer and so they made their best career decision by calling back  the girl who had failed to impress them at the audition. 

Sade has always stated that she was only helping out a friend when she accepted the offer but it soon became abundantly clear that as the band played in clubs and bars around England that she was without a doubt the main attraction 

Soon afterwards 'Pride' would change their name to  ‘Sade’ after their leading lady who not only added style, grace and class to their line up but who also hypnotized audiences with her stand out beauty, unique style that oozed sophistication and poise as well as her smooth sultry warm vocals. 

Sade’s style has also been one of exquisite coolness, an understated dress style which takes clear inspiration from her days as a men’s clothing designer while at the same time remaining undeniably feminine, undeniably Sade. 

Throwback pics of Sade Adu after the break.

Monday, 23 January 2012

Another day, another generalization...

Another European Fashion Magazine Makes Uncomfortable Generalizations About ‘Black Style’

Nathalie Dolivo, a writer for French Elle, wrote a blog post last week on the topic of "black fashion power," which has since proven quite controversial. A translation of the piece from French reveals that Dolivo seems to have misinterpreted a recent Times article and used it as dubious precedent to argue that refined trends in "black style" are thanks solely to the Obamas' sartorial influence: "For the first time, the chic has become a plausible option for a community so far pegged [only] to its streetwear codes." - Alex Rees

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Friday, 20 January 2012

Etta James

1938 -2012


The original 'no shit talking' blonde bombshell passed away today in Southern California. She was 73. The six time Grammy Award winner and Hall of Fame Inductee who has been lauded as one of the greatest Soul and Blues Legend of all time had been suffering from Leukaemia.

"It's a tremendous loss for her fans around the world," her Manager, Lupe De Leon said. "She'll be missed. A great American singer. Her music defied category."

Here at the The Fashion Liaison we have always loved Etta's early style of stark bone strait blond hair and beautiful figure hugging cocktail gowns which embraced her curvy physique.

Check out some pictures of Etta which exemplified her unique style and grace after the break.

She will be indeed be missed but her music will surely live on forever.