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For decades, we’ve been discussing the lack of diversity when it comes to the fashion world from size to skin to color to age. At this point, it has become a very redundant conversation that is finally starting to see more call-to-action and a few changes along the way as a result. But there’s still a lot more work to be done as the issue is still very much rampant and blatant. Until now, we hope.
New York City-based journalist and documentary filmmaker Jenny McQuaile has taken the leap of faith to tackle those issues head on and make a lot of designers, agents, and influencers in the industry very uncomfortable. Straight/Curve is a documentary film that deeply investigates the lack of diversity in fashion. But what began solely as a look into the evolution of the plus-size modeling world, grew to include both the thick and thin of the industry, and most importantly its praise with youth and whiteness.
“Representation is important because every human being on the planet deserves to see themselves reflected and feel good about themselves,” McQuaile told Refinery 29 in a recent interview. “It is a really hard thing to wake up in the morning every single day and feel good about yourself, and it gets worse if it is compounded by the industry, and the media, and movies, and music. It just makes everything in life way harder, when that is entirely unnecessary. We should be celebrating women so that women can go out and do their jobs, and ace that job interview they are dying to land. We should empower women so they can shoot for the stars and not be terrified of what they look like. That is damaging to society as a whole.”
Straight/Curve comes out early 2017.
If you’re a “Project Runway” fan, then you probably already know about tonight’s All Star finale. The competition is down to three designers: Ken Laurence, who came in 8th place during season 12, Kini Zamora who ended up in third place in season 13. And Dom Streater, the Philadelphia native who was crowned the winner of season 12. All three are exceptionally talented but there is something about Dom Streater’s designs that are just unlike anything we’ve ever seen. From her ideas to the patterns and the ultimate execution, Dom has “it.”We had a chance to chat with her in anticipation of tonight’s finale. See what she had to say about her intro into design, how “Project Runway” has helped her and her biggest threat going into the final challenge.
When did you know fashion and design was a passion of yours?
I asked for a sewing machine when I was about 8 or 9. I just basically taught myself how to use the machine. I would play around with it making little clothing for my Barbie dolls and just sewing random things together. Eventually, that just grew into a fondness for sewing. But I didn’t really consider it as a career option until high school, my senior year of high school. And that’s when I really made the intuitive decision to pursue it and study it. So I decided very late, my senior of high school that I was going to go to art school and study fashion design as a major. And that’s when it took a turn for me because I was in it 24/7 at that point. After I went to college, a few years later I did “Project Runway” so it all happened really fast for me.
How did being on “Project Runway” change your career?
It gave me a career! I didn’t have a career before “Project Runway.” I had a few internships under my belt but I didn’t really have a ton of experience as a designer. I was unknown in the fashion industry. No one knew who I was. It was platform to get my name out there, getting the exposure I needed and for people to recognize that I had this idea for a brand. And that was my stepping stone to being able to do it full time.
I know I was on your website earlier today and a lot of things were sold out.
It’s like as soon as I get stuff up there, they’re like vultures. I feel so bad! I’m not making stuff fast enough. And I’m 8 months pregnant so basically I can’t even make stuff as fast as I want to anymore. So it’s become this mad dash to create stuff for people to buy which is not a bad problem to have, it’s just really insane.
You’re known for your prints and patterns. What inspires those?
It depends on whatever collection I’m working on at that particular moment. The most recent, full collection that I did on my own actually did have some African inspiration in it. It was Rwandan print inspiration in the background so you can see a lot of that in the details. The collection I did before that was inspired by aerial photography of the ground. So it can vary widely. But I try and do every collection—even though the inspiration is different– I try to make sure that the prints are still recognizable, that they still have my hand on them. So you can look at them and tell, ‘Oh, that’s probably something by Dom Streater because it looks like her.’
Do you feel like Sam stayed in the competition too long?
Yes and no. I do feel like Sam has a voice as a designer. There are things that he wants to do and he has these really great ideas. I think what Sam’s issue is, he doesn’t have enough experience and he’s not able to execute those in a proper way. And I think the judges saw that he had potential but week after week you slowly saw that he couldn’t really execute his ideas in a way that he wanted to which eventually led to him being let go from the show.
Who would you say is your biggest competition going into the finale?
Definitely Ken. Well… I feel like they’re both competition for different reasons. I feel like Ken really knows his woman and knows his aesthetic and the types of clothing that he wants to make. And Kini is a really, incredibly fast sewer and we have to do this collection in four days, which is kind of insane. So they’re both threats for very different reasons.
You can find, and if you’re lucky, buy some of Dom Streater’s work on her website DomStreater.com.
The “Project Runway All Stars” finale airs tonight on Lifetime at 9/8c.
I’m one of millions of people who is anxiously awaiting Beyoncé’s new album. But with no definitive release date, I’m trying (and occasionally failing) to keep my cool. In the meantime, I’m attempting to distract myself from the lack of album with other Beyoncé-related news: new pictures of Blue Ivy, her interview with Elle, and the release of her new athletic line, Ivy Park.
Honestly, I’m not one for working out, in the traditional gym-type setting. I prefer to be outside… when it’s warm…and there’s nothing else to do. Still, my style on most days is casually cute. So the line certainly appeals to me. And I was extremely geeked about that onesie.
I like to think of myself as a closeted member of the BeyHive. Much like any other group of human beings, there are members that are so extreme, that they make you not want to be associated with them at all. You’ll never hear me refer to Beyoncé as Beysus and I don’t think she’s perfect. Still, no one can tell me she’s not the best entertainer of our generation. And even beyond the music, her work ethic inspires me.
But I digress.
Back to the clothing line. So, I love the onesie and I’m a part of the Beyhive, still I don’t know that I want Ivy Park, or any brand name, emblazoned across my chest. I like the story she shared about it, but I’ve never been to that park and it doesn’t mean enough to me to rep it in the streets.
But the cut of that onesie though! It keeps calling me back. I know I won’t look like Bey Bey, but I’m sure I could do a little something with it. And the more I started to envision myself in the onesie, after a good shave or wax, the more I started to realize there would be very few places that I could actually get away with wearing a onesie. And by very few, I mean, like, none.
Without pants, as it should be worn for the greatest effect, it’s essentially a bathing suit. And while Beyoncé can be posing in photoshoots and dancing on stage with no pants on, the way the men in this city and street harassment are set up, I might not make it home without having to mace someone before running for my life. And judging by the looks of that onesie and the way my booty cheeks like to gobble up everything in their path, it wouldn’t be long until the bottom turned into a thong and I was charged with indecent exposure.
So, I guess I would have to wear pants. 🙁
With pants though, you wouldn’t be able to see the cut around the thigh and leg area. And while it would be great to not be forced to shave to wear it, that’s what makes it so great.
Is it waterproof? Can we swim in it?
Ladies, fashionistas, do tell. Have you had your eye on this onesie? Where can we wear it?
Meet Mom On The Move’s latest spotlight: fashion stylist, actress, and filmmaker Weyni Elder. Known for her love of fashion and film, as well as her desire to merge both worlds perfectly, this creative starlet is the definition of a fabulous mama on the move. Mommynoire connected with her to discuss her diverse hustles, as well as her commitment to balancing her family and future pursuits. Take a peek at the ever so glamorous Weyni!
Mommynoire: Who is Weyni Elder? What makes her a force to be reckoned with in the film and fashion arena?
Weyni Elder: I think the answer will forever be evolving. I used to think I had to fit myself into this “box.” It was the “I’m a fashion girl” so I don’t ever do anything if it’s not an industry event, then it was the “I’m an actor” so I have to do the bartending thing because that’s what I thought was expected of me. I gave up one passion to pursue another passion, not realizing, at the time, that I could’ve pursued both. I didn’t have the mindset that I possess now, where I can make both of my passions a successful marriage. Being a force is only about knowing your potential and not letting society or any other entity decide what works. I believe that is the space I’m in now.
You love fashion and filmmaking. Tell us what are your sources of inspiration, and when did you first fall in love with both?
I first fell in love with fashion when I was a little girl. My mother and my aunt would go to reggae and soca parties wearing the coolest clothes in life. I’m talking about architectural skirts, sheer dresses down to the floor, bustiers, and sequined everything. It was all about Patricia Fields then, too. When my mom and my aunt went out, back then, it was truly epic. I didn’t realize at the time but that really trained my eye to fashion. Seeing them in the most outrageous edgy outfits, then seeing it on the runway was a seamless transition.
I remember reading an article in Elle magazine when I was a teenager. It was about all the stylists to the stars. I never heard of a stylist before. Then I read the interview featuring Derek Kahn, and I was so inspired. After reading that article, I then knew what I wanted to do.
Film came long after, at least it was acknowledged long after. I got the acting bug after working in fashion for a while. I’ve done a couple of commercials, films, and plays. The audition process was grueling to me. I hated it. The concept of auditioning messed with my pride.
I met a couple of filmmakers that basically empowered me to create my own projects. That in itself is a process. I started producing a documentary and it was incredibly rewarding. I love that feeling.
Where do you see yourself as a brand, in the next five years? And how does film/video bring that alive?
I want to be recognized as an authority in fashion. I would like to write and direct romantic comedy based on fashion, art, and the women I can relate to within the next two years. In five years I hope to be working on my second or third film project. I would love to create a few faith-based films. It’s really a great passion of mine. Fashion will always play a major role in my life.
As far as my brand, I’m not sure what that is as of yet. I know I’m a mom, a fashion lover and a filmmaker. Perhaps, I am the brand. Not much more I can be but myself. Staying true to me will help to create something others will relate to and be inspired by.
Filmmaking forces people to see things the way you see it from your perspective. The same script directed by Spike Lee and Martin Scorsese would be two different films. I want to show people what goes on in my mind, and how I see life. Hopefully they would be able to relate.
What are your biggest challenges?
One of the biggest challenges for me is to keep a schedule with a start and end date. I’m not so good with the minute details. Keeping a schedule of what’s going on and what’s come keeps me focused and on point.
Who are some of your past or present clients in the business?
In the past, as an assistant, I worked with P Diddy, Christina Milian, Ashanti, Ja Rule just to name a few. As of late, I’ve had a few NBA players, and Vicky Jeudy of “Orange is The New Black” is simply lovely. There are some project in the pipeline but none that can discuss right now.
As a parent, how challenging is it to balance children and your career?
It’s always a challenge. What I learned years ago from a dear friend, Melissa Davis, was to put my kids first. I could never grasp that idea as a young mom. It was all about me making money by any means- kids or no kids. It was not until I truly and wholeheartedly put my kids first did everything organically fall in place for me. Putting your family first just makes sense to me. Jobs will come and go, but my kids will always be number one.
Are your children creative as well? And do you hope to teach them the ropes?
Right now my kids are into their friends, so they don’t care about fashion or film much. My daughter has done a few films but she doesn’t want to pursue it right now. My son loves sports. I would support them in whatever they decided on.
What advice would you give to your supporters who want to venture into film and fashion?
My advice would be to master one of the two before you pursue the other. Then you can do both. Being mediocre in any craft ruins your credibility.
What are some your favorite pieces in your closet?
My Ralph Lauren Black label military coat, and my Chanel Classic purse.
How can every day moms turn up their style on a budget?
There’s really no excuse these days to not be polished and chic everyday. Finances are no longer an excuse, particularly for NYC moms because there is a sample sale every week in the city. Moms can buy designer threads for a fraction of the cost. If you live in a smaller town where there isn’t a TJ Maxx or Marshalls then scour the vintage and thrift stores. I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve never met a sales rack I didn’t love at Bloomingdales. You can get some great buys on the sales rack-sometimes better than the sample sales.
There are too many options these days for moms not to be able to pull it together. What I love most are sites like Shopstyle.com that will alert you when your favorite piece has gone on sale. Come on, you gotta love that!
We’ve trudged through months of snow, wind, rain and blustery temperatures. But somehow we’ve managed to make it through and now it’s March. And while it might be a little premature to break out the shorts and ditch the coats, we’re more than halfway home on the journey out of winter and into spring. So you know what that means: It’s just about time to put away the chunky sweaters, layers and layers of clothing and those heavy snow boats for something a little lighter –perhaps in a nice floral pattern?
With spring about to get sprung out in these streets, let us give you all the fashion insight and no-how you need to kill the warm-weather style game when it comes rolling in.
We blinked, and just like that, spring weather is already rolling in. Who else is ready to celebrate? Some people live it up by dining al fresco or piling in the nearest frozen yogurt joint. But for the fashion set? They’re looking to update their closets with must-have, transitional pieces. Let’s start from the feet up and embrace snakeskin boots. Overcast days and impromptu showers beware, these printed stunners can combat both in style!
And in case you were wondering, it’s faux snakeskin all the way! No actual snakes were harmed to make any of these boots. So, from ankle to knee-high options, check out snakeskin boots we can’t stop dreaming about.
Will you rock a pair of snakeskin boots this season? Tell us in the comments!
Good workout pants are hard to come by. But good workout pants that have a little personality are even harder to pinpoint, that is if you’re trying to find them at an affordable price. I have some bright and over-the-top workout pants on as I type this (because I’m about to head to yoga). And out of about 12 leggings, yoga and crop bottoms in my closet, I only own two pairs of plain Black pants I wear to the gym. As I’ve said before, fun and funky workout clothes are often the inspiration you need to get moving. So check out a few that I’ve had my eye on, for a pretty decent price (and they come in an array of sizes!).
Active Contrast Piping Gym Leggings – $27.20
We’re digging the unique blend of purple and orange on these Missguided pants. And the high-waisted look, along with the comfortable jersey fabric doesn’t hurt the appeal. And neither does the price!
Active Print-Labeled Leggings – $22.90
These printed leggings from Forever 21 are not only cute, but they come with a hidden compartment to store your keys, reflective tape if you want to get your run on when it’s dark, and moisture management to help dry up that sweat.
The Player Hot Shorts – $29.50 (Or Two for $49.50)
I have two pairs of these shorts, and they’re quite comfortable. If you’re looking for some bottoms to wear underneath a plain pair of shorts, or you just need some shorts to be comfortable in during hot yoga or kickboxing, these lightweight Victoria’s Secret bottoms with their moisture-wicking technology are a must.
Leg-A-See Allover Print Leggings – $19.99
I live for a good Nike legging for my workouts. So imagine my excitement when I ran across these colorful bottoms available at Finish Line for $19.99. The brand’s compression leggings are super comfortable, and can be worn wherever, whenever.
Women’s Jete-Print Ankle Leggings – $15-20
These funky Calvin Klein Leggings are strong, dry quickly, have a compartment for your keys, and have unique sheer panels on the back of the leg. And for this price, via Amazon, we’re trying to get our hands on them fast!
Plus Size Printed Capri Leggings – $19.99
The weather is slowly starting to warm up, so you know what that means: cropped workout bottoms! These capri joints from Marika’s plus-size line are not only funky, but they’re flattering on your curves thanks to the tummy control waist. They’re on sale at 6pm.com.
Adjustable Rise Wide Leg Yoga Pants – $19.94
You knew Old Navy was going to have you covered. And while these pants aren’t the loud pop of color that the rest of the bottoms listed are (yoga pants rarely are), they still have quite the personality thanks to the wide band waist. And you are going to love the chafe-resistant flat lock threading, as well as the compression fabric.
Once upon a time in plus-size fashion, anyone over a size 14 (and sometimes a 12) had to do all of their shopping at the mall’s local plus-size store. The styles were underwhelming, the prices were excessive and even the name of the store sometimes sounded shady. Luckily, those polyester and all-over floral print days are largely over.
Plus-size fashion is in the middle of a serious revolution. Full-figured models are taking over the covers of fashion magazines, runways include high fashion of all sizes, and plus-size shopping has gotten better than it’s ever been. Inclusive fashion is the new word of the day and we’ve got 10 reasons why that is seriously exciting.
From inspirational stories to new fashion lines and amazing new places to find plus-size pieces, we’ve seen all the signs that the game is changing. Read on and prepare your wardrobes for a little ‘fit-spiration.
This week the midwest and northeast are experiencing above-average temperatures for March which means some people have already sifted through their closet storage and dug out the shorts and sandals. If that’s what you want to do, fine, just know you’re being judged — and that a cold or pneumonia awaits you when winter temperatures return in a few days.
I know it’s hard to resist the urge to go all crop tops and booty shorts on ’em at the mere sight of sun and how difficult it is to decide what to wear when it’s 35 degrees when you leave for work and 60 by noon, but lets not go overboard shall we? Here are a few tips to keep you cute and cool when the weather temporarily warms up.
DO Keep a jean or moto jacket handy
Temps fluctuate throughout the day; if you don’t need to wear your jacket in the morning, tie it around your waist. You’ll be happy you have it in the evening when the sun goes down and it’s cool again.
DON’T Be too quick to wear light fabrics
Wear a skirt or dress without tights or boots if you choose, but make sure it’s one that’s still made of a semi-heavy fabric like knit, viscose or cotton versus chambray or lace — the wind will blow through those in a minute and you’ll be down for the count.
Just because it’s warm outside doesn’t mean your office space has caught up. It’s not a bad idea to wear t-shirt/tank and cardigan combos during this type of weather under your light jacket. If the heat is in fact still blazing in the office, you can take off your sweater and still be work appropriate.
DON’T Break out the sandals and peep toe shoes just yet
There will be plenty of time for that come spring. Right now, your feet still need to be covered; chilly feet increase the risk of catching viruses.
Do Pack a scarf
You never know when you’ll need a little extra warmth on a cool night. It takes nothing to throw a pashmina in your bag.
DON’T Leave the house with wet hair
It’s still much too cool for that; make sure your hair is thoroughly dry before leaving the house or gym. The extra few minutes it takes to crank out the blow dryer is worth the prevention against a cold.
Just last year, Bethann Hardison, a former fashion model who has spoken only about her fight to diversify the fashion world (including increasing the number of opportunities for women of color to walk the runway), explained why she doesn’t plan to slow down anytime soon.
“I noticed that when I took my foot off the gas for about three years, everything went completely backwards. Now I realize it’s got to stay on. I’ve gotta keep calling people out. You gotta keep nudging them.”
Well, maybe all that nudging worked because according to a survey of 120 shows done by TheFashionSpot.com, this most recent New York Fashion Week was the most diverse in years. Of course, a majority of the models were still White (68.1 percent), but progress was made, with non-White models making up 31.9 percent of the women walking in NYFW shows. That number is up from the 28.4 percent of non-White models who did their thing in shows during Fashion Week in September and is much higher than Spring 2015 shows, which only included a dismal 20.9 percent of models of color.
Those who made an effort to switch it up include Zac Posen (whose show featured a majority of Black women), Chromat, Brandon Maxwell, Sophie Theallet and Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 3 show, which included no White models. Still, big names like A.P.C. and Rachel Zoe were on the opposite end of the diversity spectrum, with their shows having some of the smallest numbers in non-White models. Zoe came in at 10 percent after only having two non-White models out of 20.
And in reference to that Zac Posen show, while some trolls did come out to slam it online, his decision to use more models of color on the runway sent a major message that he was proud to make clear: “Black models matter.”
Not only that but Posen’s inspiration for his new line was Uganda’s Elizabeth of Toro. And because she was his muse, it only made sense for Posen to have models who reflect her strength and beauty. He says the addition of Black models, 25 out of 33 featured, made the collection all the more “striking,” as he told CNN.
“Within this global environment – diversity is very important and it is something that has always been equally important to me as well as a key component of my collections whether it is shapes, sizes or skin color.”
Kudos to Posen, and all the designers who were more inclusive this New York Fashion Week. But here’s to hoping that diversity will also include changing up the size of women who walk on the runway. Sophie Theallet and Chromat included multiple plus-size models in their shows, but that’s about it. Either way, let’s hope the positive changes continue in the fashion world and the world as a whole.