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Beauty And Fashion Inspiration From Black Beauties At Afropunk London

September 28th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Afropunk 🍊🍉🌽 #afropunklondon

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Some call it the Carnival of Consciousness, but most of us know the music and fashion-centered festival as Afropunk, a coming together of like-minded and beautiful people of color enjoying the sights and sounds of other creatives. Afropunk in Brooklyn was a hit, as usual, this past August. And Afropunk London, which took place this past weekend, brought out the chicest of the chic. From innovative haircuts to bold jewelry and makeup, everyone who stepped out to see the likes of Grace Jones (a fashion icon), SZA, The Noisettes and more brought their A-game. Check out some of the most creative looks, from head to toe, of the Black women who attended Afropunk London and turned heads. Enjoy the feathered lashes, face paint, funky prints and head wrap galore!

If you’re interested in attending an Afropunk festival soon, you still have a chance this year. The next stop for Afropunk is in Atlanta, October 14-16.

A pop of pink 🌷 . . . #afropunklondon #afropunk #blackjoy

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Don’t Come For The Kitty: Fierce Kitten Heels That Will Make You A Believer

September 27th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Say what you want about Hillary’s heels (though her shoe choice should have been the last thing people were concerned about during last night’s debate), but the kitten is making quite the comeback. In fact, according to W magazine, the former “trainer heels” are the new “It Shoe” for the fall season. We here at MadameNoire (okay, maybe just Brande and me) have always loved a good kitten heel. The right take on it can give you a dressy look without leaving you teetering over everyone. And while I know plenty of people love their sky-high heels, some of us, including the tall folks, don’t always desire the walking on stilts look for a night out on the town.

So for those of you who just don’t believe kitten heels are cute, I think you just might have a change of heart after checking out the variety of options we found online. Colorful and cute, kitten heels are being made by just about everyone these days, including affordable options from Franco Sarto, as well as Manolo Blahnik pairs that cost more than your monthly rent. Check these little kitties out.

Marc Jacobs Offers An Explanation For His First Problematic Response

September 19th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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Marc Jacobs dreadlocks

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Last week, we reported about the faux locs debacle at the Marc Jacobs show. We also mentioned that when folks called Jacobs out on his faux pas, the designer offered a response that seemed to make a bad situation worse.

You can read the full thing here; but basically he said that he doesn’t see color, love is the answer and funny how no one cries cultural appropriation when women of color straighten their hair.


After that not-so-well-thought-out response, the internets, including this video:

Black Twitter, came for him.

Once he realized he was alienating entirely too many people, Jacobs toned it all the way down and issued a less defensive response.

Obviously, he still doesn’t get the point. If I ever had the money to afford Marc Jacobs, the boycott would be on.

Veronica Wells is the culture editor for She is also the author of “Bettah Days.”

Purple Gowns And Crop Tops: Black Brides In One-Of-A-Kind Wedding Dresses

September 14th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Who doesn’t love looking at wedding dresses? Big skirts, cap and long sleeves, capes, bows, embroidery — they’re a dream to see. Images of other brides beaming on their big day leave us not only saying “Ooooooh” and “Awww,” but they also give us ideas. The inspiration isn’t based on traditional looks, though. Today’s brides walk down the aisle in some truly unique designs. They forgo white gowns for bold colors, they play with materials and prints, and they go all out to find or make the dress of their dreams. If you plan to think outside of the box when you finally tie the knot, get some ideas from these bold brides and their jaw-dropping dresses.

En (Flight) Vogue: Airport Style That’ll Make The Pilot Go Gaga Over You

September 14th, 2016 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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For a period of time, there was no such thing as style when it came to airport passengers unless they were traveling for business. Most of us only cared about comfort on our 6:30 am or red-eye flights because, honestly, who would see us? That’s the question we all ask ourselves until we get to the airport and bump into that archnemesis of ours or that 8th-grade crush who’s looking fine as h-e-l-l while we look like we just rolled out of bed.

Well, before you embarrass yourself, here’s some inspiration to step your airport style game all the way up. #swag

5 Active Wear Brands Having Very Lit Labor Day Sales

September 5th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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We often use the wide variety of Labor Day sales that pop up as a time to ransack the shelves of our favorite stores. New shoes? Got ’em. Leather bag on sale? Already in your possession. And while we love to take advantage of the sales to get all of the clothes our closets can handle, many of us sleep on some pretty great deals for active wear. And considering that so many of us complain about the price of workout clothing and use that as a reason we don’t go to the gym, there’s no better time than the present to stock up. So, here are a few active wear brands whose websites you should check out today.

Be Happy! Be Bright! Be You! Marika has the outfit to support you! 🌴☀️

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The brand, which offers cute and functional workout essentials for women of all sizes, is providing the masses with 40 percent off everything on their site, including sale goodies. Use the code 3DayWknd and prepare to sweat in style.

We’re #1 in bras. Accept no substitutes.

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Victoria Sport

I definitely took advantage of the Victoria Secret’s Sport sale this weekend, and so should you. They’re selling any bra (the expensive maximum support joints, too) and any pair of workout pants together for $50. Use the code SPORT50 to take home an entire outfit for a pretty amazing price. And considering the good quality of Victoria Sport pieces, it really is a steal.


Don’t sleep on Reebok, folks! The brand is having a 20 percent sitewide sale. Even better, the more things you buy, the more of deal you can get. Buy three items and you get 30 percent off. Four? You guessed it: 40 percent off. Take advantage of this sale by using the code LABORDAY. They also have free shipping on orders over $49. Stock up on CrossFit gear and make quite the impression in your next class.


Wanted those furry FENTY slides by Rihanna but refuse to pay $80 for them? Well, you will have to continue to wait for someone to buy them for you. Limited edition shoes are excluded, but a majority of the fitness clothing offered on Puma’s site is 25 percent off for Labor Day. I’m talking colorful training shoes for $38, sports bras for $19, and free shipping on orders over $75. Use the code LONGWEEKEND16 and get digging.


Not only does Asics have great casual shoes, but the brand also has some phenomenal running shoes and active wear. Their court shoes, specifically for tennis and volleyball, are also pretty popular. Get that and a lot more with 50 percent off select styles on everything from beanies to running underwear and sneakers — get suited up from head to toe for the low. Plus, you won’t have to pay for shipping!

In-style from the bottom up. // Link in bio to shop the Clover Capri

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Bonus: Fabletics

Yes, if you sign up for VIP membership with Kate Hudson’s Fabletics, you can get your first outfit for just $15. That’s a pretty great deal, and who doesn’t love having access to exclusive workout wear for an affordable price? However, be cognizant of the fact that once you sign up, even if you don’t buy an outfit as the months go on, you will end up being charged a fee. You have to log into your account and choose to “Skip the Month” by the 5th of each month to avoid that. If not, you will have to pay $49.95 on the 6th. Fabletics says that charge “can be used as a credit to spend or save.”  So, as with every membership, take advantage or make sure you cancel when you realize you aren’t as serious as you thought so you don’t waste money.

All Hail The ’90s: 9 Of-The-Moment Chokers To Rock Now & Later

August 29th, 2016 - By Loren Lee
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choker trend 2016

Chokers are officially mainstream. The once grunge-only trend from the ’90s has gotten a major refresh thanks to fresh fabrics, bold designs, delicate materials and more. We predict these necklaces of the moment will be just as on-trend in the upcoming fall and winter seasons, so now’s the time to stock up.

You can wear today’s interpretations alone or layered to perfection with other necklaces–think two, three or more styles paired together. Stick with necklaces in similar tones to create a cohesive set. Or, mix different metals together for a modern twist. However you style a choker, it’s crucial that you wear the look with confidence.

Ready to live your best life? Read on to check out 9 ways you can get in on the choker trend.

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French Mag Makes “Black Beauty Matters” Statement With Gang Of Africa Issue

August 22nd, 2016 - By Brande Victorian
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Cover-LOfficiel-Africa-768x1020Representation in the fashion world is a never-ending battle for Black women, which is why it’s such a big deal whenever a magazine goes out of its way to spotlight models across the diaspora.

L’Officiel de la Mode has done just that with its September 2016 issue, Gang of Africa, with the running tagline “Black Beauty Matters” which features Ciara, Iman, Maria Borges, Ajak Wek, Grace Boi, Riley Montana, Adesuwa Aighewi, and Anais Mali on the cover. Of the significance of the issue which marks the French magazine’s 95th year of publishing, Editor Marie-José Susskind-Jalou wrote on the website:

In excitement like no other, Africa is eager to move forward. An inventive continent, connected, modern, human, inspired by his stylistic diversity and cultural expansion.

A continent that can not be reduced to a bounded news in which some minds would ever force him.

A continent that is not just, either, to a mere geography. Africa is a feeling that tells and tells today worldwide.

A continent, finally, who is not just a trend, as glam as it is, but galvanized by the time its common faith in tomorrow. The great continent of possibilities. This excitement, fashion becomes impregnated with enthusiasm in his autumn-winter collections, the universe of art devotes major exhibitions, cities world would infuse, from London to Paris to New York Rio.

For this issue, we wanted to incarnate, L’Officiel has given carte blanche to Jenke Ahmed Tailly, which Beyoncé to Kanye West, his prodigal talent of style with the biggest stars. An embroidered number of dream and desire, which weaves the story of an African trip. Admit as much a journey towards tomorrow. (Translated into English)

Shot by photographer Ellen von Unwerth, the issue features captivatingly gorgeous and colorful shots of each of the women on the cover. Like this closeup of South Sudan’s Grace Boi.

Out now! #gangofafrica @gracebol in #lofficielparis styled by @lejenke

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Boi also posed alongside Angolan fashion model Maria Borges who won all our hearts when she rocked her natural hair during last year’s Victoria Secret Fashion show.

#gangofafrica out in #lofficielparis @gracebol @iammariaborges @lejenke

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And Ciara and Iman are also quite the pair in this still styled by Lejenke.

@ciara and @the_real_iman in #LOfficiel September @lejenke @ellenvonunwerth #gangofafrica

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Check out more images from the issue on the next few pages.

Brands That Do Plus-Size Better

August 16th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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When it comes to plus-size fashion, brands are far from created equal. Some still don’t offer plus-size options at all, even though the average American woman is between sizes 16 and 18. Other department stores start plus-size lines that suddenly disappear. And some just don’t seem to be hiring the same designers for larger sizes as they have for their other sections because their plus-size lines aren’t always as cute.

But some brands have the right idea in mind. These labels understand fashion and do it at the right price and for a greater array of sizes. So whether you’re at the mall or shopping online, these are the brands that are doing their thing in 2016 that you should check out.

The Amazing Things That Happen When You Give Up Heels

August 3rd, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Heels are uncomfortable. It’s an inescapable fact of life. But have you ever considered ditching them for good?

When designer and heel addict Victoria Beckham announced she was giving up tall shoes for good, everyone in the fashion world was surprised. The former Spice Girl without her sky-high shoes? Oh, the horror. But Beckham, who you couldn’t catch without a pair of four-inch stilettos once upon a time, said she wasn’t bothered by the shock. She was simply tired of pinched toes.

“I just can’t do heels anymore. At least not when I’m working,” the star said. “I travel a lot. Clothes have to be simple and comfortable.”

And if Beckham can do it, we decided to find out just what would happen if we took a break from our high heels. Here are some of the amazing things that occur when you give up heels — at least for a little while.