PEARL OF WISDOM
According to fashion professional Nicole A. Carter, style is not necessarily fashion. It’s about expressing who you are through the way you dress, groom and adorn yourself. Individual style and creativity earn respect-that is what fashion is all about. Nicole has dressed, styled and produced fashion and art events for celebrities, designers and many other clients. Nicole imparts the wisdom of her Granny Annie Pearl, the most stylish woman she knows, on BLACdetroit.com twice a month. Granny Annie Pearl’s most important advice is: “Respect the public.” By this she means take pride in the way you look and present the best you, always. Would you want to be remembered the way you look in the public eye? Everyone has fans whether or not you know it. Be your own celebrity, respect the public.
appy fall fashion!
The fall fashion spread in the September issue of B.L.A.C. was brought to you by an all-Detroit, star-studded team, fashion directed by yours truly. Introducing the Detroit fashion professionals who made it happen:
- Photographer Dante Marshall
- Makeup Artist Shalonda A.
- Hairstylist Rodney Marshall
- First Fashion Assistant Desiree Myers
- Second Fashion assistant Nalicia Patterson
- Photographer’s Assistants G’Oni Jones and Brittney Marshall
- Model Nyanyai Deng
- Model David Newberry
In fashion spread in the September issue is called “Fall for Black Love.” Here are some of the fall trends we highlighted worth being passionate about:
Colors and silhouettes:
The time is now-add some red into your wardrobe. Don’t be scared. No more excuses. Try Detroit design team Eugenia Paul’s (Eugeniapaul@sbcglobal.net) high-waisted, wide-leg slacks. Very grown, ladies. Very grown.
Please, don't sleep on the red hair donned by cover model Nyanyai Deng, just for B.L.A.C. magazine.
Makeup is refined, polished, smooth, barely there. This season, let your makeup gracefully tone down as your bold clothing and accessory textures and color make the statement. Learn how by taking a class with international makeup professional Shalonda A. You owe it to yourself.
Faux is best, but let us not be lax on the fur this fall and winter. No need for a matching hat. However, do rock a vest…with EVERYTHING-slacks, a long or short skirt, a dress, with jeans, leggings, belt, no belt. For extra sass, put an off-the-shoulder top underneath. Get into it. Love it.
Go big, beautiful, sophisticated. The feather earrings featured in B.L.A.C.’s September fashion story can transform any outfit from cool to scene stealing. Be THAT girl. Cop some from Plume Ink Studios. (email@example.com)
You can wear texture, too. I’ll confess I’m in love with (and really had a dream about) the textured, black Armani sweater model David Newberry is wearing in the MGM Grand Detroit suite foyer cozy couple shot. I’m totally saving up now so my honey can get one for Kwanzaa.
We can’t ignore how a scarf can step your entire outfit up. Gentlemen, again, layers in different textures will get you somewhere in life. Keep it all smoothed out with a calm loafer.
FOR WOMEN AND MEN
Glam it up:
When in doubt, go glam. What’s the point of putting on clothes and going out at night, if you’re not going to really get dressed? Love the glitzy, mini cocktail number on Nyanyai. Men, I’m all for a button-down shirt and jeans-great look. What if this fall we stepped it up, but kept it cool, with light washed denim, a tuxedo jacket and velvet bow tie?
Please enjoy our fashion spread, ask me style questions and give your feedback on Twitter, Facebook or by email. The most important rule this season: Make a statement. And remember the advice of the original diva, my Granny Annie Pearl. Present yourself in a way that shows you “respect the public.”
Nicole A. Carter