July 26, 2013

Let's go waaaaaay back: Part 1

Waaay-black-when! :)
Was watching an old episode of Moesha this morning and it got me thinking about all those shows that were a big part of my formative years.
1. Good Times
Remember this "Sugar Shack" Ernie Barnes painting?
I didn't quite understand English and I certainly couldn't speak it. But even then, I understood three things: a) Thelma's hair was amazing b) Ol girl had style c) Jay Jay was hi-larious
The 'Kid Dynomite"!
2. The Cosy Show
It was the height of apartheid and a little black girl like myself needed to see this one.
That Mr & Mrs Huxtable love
 And well if not for that, there was always Theo.
Cute and fwaaaaayn Theooo
3. The Fresh Prince of Bel Air
I can safely trace my hots for funny boys to this show.
4. Martin
This one needs no introduction. Wazzup...wazzup...wazUUUUUP!
It's Mz Jenkins beeesch!
And who can forget that Martin & Gina kinda love?
 (to be continued)

July 22, 2013

Classically versatile

 Named after the date of its birth (February, 1955), this little beaut represents the epitome of style and the ultimate status symbol. Don't let the loaded hipsters who throw it over filthy jeans fool you.
Legend has it, the Chanel 2.55 bag was one of the most revolutionary of its time due to the introduction of a chain strap, enabling women to carry their purse on their arm instead of in their hand. At this time, when socialites were busy holding their glasses of champagne, eating canapés, and reading their theatre programmes, Chanel recognized a need for women to have their hands free.
Decades later, the 2.55 remains one of the most instantly recognized iconic designer bags, 'The Birkin' bag perhaps, coming a close second. Even if you don't know what it's called, you know this bag. It's inspired epic imitation. But fret not, mama Chanel doesn't mind. she's been quoted...
 “I would shed tears the day no one copied me.”

Carine Roitfeld over at CR Book (crfashionbook.com) had fun with it. Behold, the classis Chanel 2.55 bag in all it's diverse glory...

The 60's, worn as a belt
The 60's, worn as a headband
The classic Lady

The punk Vamp

The 70's hippie

 The 40's Lady

And my favourite....

The urbanite