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Monthly Archives: August 2010
NAEEMAH is owning it on so many levels in this photo shot on location at BOUTIQUE FLEA.
Her beautifully shaved head exudes Confidence while her outfit from TAFARI TRIBE expresses ownership of her Heritage. The Crochet Earrings are of her own design and a display of one of many Talents. To complete ownership of her Personal Style, Naeemah totes a BOUTIQUE FLEA exclusive, and one of a kind Mosaic Recycled Fabric Handbag. Continue reading
After viewing “Mississippi Masala” again, I wanted this “ELEMENTS of FIERCE!” blog to celebrate artist that have always based the wonder of their work on the unification of diversity. I’m featuring two artist and dear friends;
JULESde NIVERVILLE, Photographer Extraordinaire,
“In all the years that I’ve know him, he has glorified the beauty of diversity and what it brings to his work. Pushing buttons, raising consciousness, provoking emotions, Jules photography is more than just an image, but becomes a mirror in which we check ourselves!”
A visual artist with a well trained eye and passion for detail, Jules has been oscillating between commercial photography and film for 20 years. Whether he is on set with a client or in the field for his personal projects, Jules’ work strives to enchant with a unique and dynamic vision.
Jules has had an extensive background working in film as head set decorator, as well as an assistant art director in television advertising, with skills pooling from extensive visual research, production coordination and strong team leadership. Having worked on both large American Hollywood type films and smaller Québécois productions, his most notable contributions were as set decorator on THE SCORE, THE SUM OF ALL FEARS, and the award winning MAMBO ITALIANO and NEXT FLOOR. More recently Jules had the honour and pleasure of sitting on the jury for the JUTRA. His beginnings in cinema credit him as cinematographer in independent film (for contemporary dance companies), as well as contributor on various projects for the NFB (the National Film board of Canada). His love of the Arts and passion for photography outside the commercial realm have also led to exhibits in MONTREAL and BRUSSELS during their respective MOIS DE LA PHOTO, as well as solo shows in HALIFAX, OTTAWA, TORONTO, WINNIPEG, TAIPEI, SAPPORO and MILAN.
His clients include:
ADIDAS / DIESEL, BULA, LAMPE BERGER, 4VOO, MACHO, KATHERINE BARCLAY, ESPRIT, LIZ CLAIBORNE, LAUNDRY BY DESIGN, BETSY JOHNSON, RENUAR, LA FONDATION DES POMPIERS DU QUÉBEC, DEUXCESTMIEUX.COM, SID LEE, BBDO, ORPHÉE COMMUNICATION, TOURNESOL, DANS UN JARDIN.
His publications include:
ROSTRUM, NAKED EYE, ICONIQUE.COM (Netherlands), BLUE (Australia), ADORABLE, ARUDE (USA), MIX, SLINGSHOT, PHOTOPHILE, PHOTOGRAPHY QUARTERLY (USA), OCEAN DRIVE, LE VOIX DU VILLAGE, MOEBIUS.
His awards include:
CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY FINE ARTS DEAN AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILM PRODUCTION, LUX GRAND PRIZE MEILLEURES PHOTO PROFESSIONNELLES: OBJET/DÉCORATION
DAVID SPADA, Artist, Jewelry Designer, Founder of “Freedom Rings”,
“My fondest memories of David have and always will be every June for New York’s annual Gay Pride March, and the first time we participated in San Francisco Pride to launch his “Freedom Rings”. He would bring his models together from all over the world, literally, and custom design outfits for us all, and yes, we would win best float every year!” I enjoyed working with him in his East Village Atelier helping do fittings for all the gorgeous internationally flavored bodies that would come through our doors! Every year for the annual “Party of Life” David would wrap me in yet another fabulously colorful creation as one of his dancers who lived and still lives for the sounds of DJ Larry Le Van.
Freedom Rings Make Fashion Statement
July 17, 1992
In one year, Freedom Rings have gone from being exclusively a symbol of gay pride to a symbol of independence and freedom for some and a fashion statement for others.David Spada, 30, creator of the sets of six rainbow-colored anodized aluminum rings, is amused and amazed. Since the rings’ debut last June at the annual gay Freedom Day Parade in San Francisco, the New York jewelry designer has produced and sold more than 60,000 sets of the $6 to $15 rings. They come in varying sizes so they can be worn as rings, charms or bracelets. Continue reading
This weeks “Fab Five Favs! #2” all exclusives to BOUTIQUE FLEA 7 Rutland Rd. (bet. Bedford Rd & Flatbush Ave)
– JAPANESE SILK KANSAI SCARF
Actually my complete outfit for Zenobia’s White Birthday Soiree was selected from BOUTIQUE FLEA,
AMERICAN EAGLE SKINNY JEANS, a white hand embroidered mini caftan from India, topped off by my vibrant and elegant Japanese Silk Kansai Scarf.
– LEGACY LUXE BIG CARTEL, Couture Clutch Collection by Pia Raymond
“When I first saw these works of art, I wanted to put on some heels and re-open Studio 54, Trust!” I love and adore all of her work, but with blue being my passion color and the denim rose detail, I couldn’t resist choosing this clutch which can be worked back to Denim or Silk. I love how Pia’s Couture Clutch’s can polish off a casual look or complete a look for stepping out!
– JOLINDA INC. BAG by MONTGOMERY BOUTIQUE
This collectible is just simple an adorable celebration of brown skin. I love the diamond tiara to top things off!
I remember a woman stopping me at the 57th Street Train station waiting for the Q train. She was almost in tears when she told me how hard her grandmother worked to buy her a doll that looked just like the image on this bag. She still has it to this day, and walks the streets of New York with her dark and lovely head held HIGH!
– CUSTOM AFRICAN APPLIQUE TEES by ASHANTI AMACA
I just think it’s genius how Andre Powe carefully selects these African Fabrics that when sewn onto the Tee Shirts appear as a print. These Tees make a perfect gift to brighten up someone special in your life. “I love the casual way Andre helps us celebrate African Culture!”
– DEBORAH WALLER CHUNKY RESIN BRACELETS
Deborah makes the list two weeks in a row with her exciting and yummy looking handcrafted jewelry. The cream colored bracelet has sliced bamboo insets. “I find Deborah’s jewelry to be like pieces of candy you just want eat instead of wear!”
This pic is from my shoe pull for my clients first TONY Nomination! I just adore BRIAN ATWOOD shoes because what he creates is foot jewelry. I had a blast going through the collection and I felt like I was in a candy store! We choose the “Terminator” gold platform sandals. I want to note that every single show was a winner and made my clients feet ooze with sex appeal.
Today before going to my SVA (School of Visual Arts) audition, I decided to perk myself up with a little Madras Plaid. Now we all know there’s a thin line between Gatsby and Bozo or Preppy. Not that there’s anything wrong with those looks, because, Trust!, I can work all of the above, lol! But, today I was feeling classy and decided to sport my silver moccasins by The Original CAR SERVICE founded in 1963, one year after I entered the world. I paired these comfy shoes with madras plaid slacks from my favorite TOM BROWNE suit, and a simple navy blue plunging V tee from AMERICAN APPAREL. Needless to say, the audition was fabulous, not to be determined by the outcome, but because I felt like I was on top of the world!
P.S. I’m lovin this angle of the photo which I featured in the opening of my Denim Blog. Continue reading
“With the plethora of Denim on the market, it’s important to not be swayed by the latest trend or fad! When you are ‘Denim Mining’ make sure your Denim choice is a reflection of your individual style, personality, and taste!”
Yes, “Denim is the New Khaki!” and by far much more interesting. I just love the variety of cuts, textures, tones, detailing, and embellishments only to be found only in Denim.
P.S. visit me @ BOUTIQUE FLEA and go “Denim Mining” for $5
(all of the denim and looks courtesy of BOUTIQUE FLEA)
– Blane at B.F. in Prada sandles, Khaki’s, silk caftan from India and Kansai silk scarf
– Close up detailed pic of BASIC II Leopard embellished Denim
– Spring/Summer Denim look is paired here with a PUCCI cotton jacket, green python bra, cream lace & cotton camisole, thin green plastic belt, PEWTER straight leg Denim, and GO MAX multi toned-metallic, high heel sandals.
– Close up detailed pic of 7 FOR ALL MANKIND Swarovski Crystal Denim
– Fall/Winter Denim ready for the slopes look is paired with a Jean-Paul Gaultier lemon yellow ski jacket, candy striped bikini top with gold starfish embellishment, AMERICAN EAGLE skinny leg Denim, and gold vintage sequin stretch belt.
– Close up detailed pic of PRETTY JEANS studded Denim Continue reading
Each week I will feature five of my favorite items that reflect ELEMENTS of FIERCE! This week I’m featuring exclusive items @ BOUTIQUE FLEA!
-John Kohn Cork Necklace is the perfect gift for all the wine lover’s/connoisseurs in your life. John’s combination of Vintage & Antique beads with custom cut cork beading culminates for a whimsical yet fun necklace that can be enjoyed by all.
-Crystal & Glass beaded couture clutch by Laura Carpenter started off as simple wooden box. It was hand painted and then wrapped in antique grosgrain ribbon, and lined with pink felt to accompany a just as unique Eighteenth Century look. The top was embellished with decoupage butterflies. At BOUTIQUE FLEA it SOLD as a Jewelry Case!
-Original Painting by Stephan Mitchell was created in 2008 and has a timeless freshness about it. ” This painting spoke to my love for flowers and intense color. Its’ many layers give it such depth that every time I view it I’m overjoyed as if I was in the perfect garden in Provence! ”
-1920’s Original Headdress, ” I love taking a vintage piece and using it in a modern way. Here we used to embellish a natural afro look bringing it into 2010! ” Continue reading