Monday, October 31, 2011

All About Yves

Darling Yves, I miss u, perhaps the most this season.
The fall winter collection, literally from every fashion house, from Milan to Paris to London to New York had the finger print of the late Yves St Laurent in their AW winter 2011/2012 collections!
.......It all reminded me of the GLAMOUR, ELEGANCE & CLASS of Yves. A true genious that has continued to live on through his unforgetable designes that he has left for us to enjoy & reinvent again & again.
I haven't done a biography on anybody until now, but I truly belive that Yves St Laurent deserves it. 

Imagine walking into a chic restaurant and being told that you have to leave because you are wearing pants. Sound strange? Well in 1963, it happened to women all the time.
Have you ever thought about the reasons why certain clothes are socially acceptable while others aren't? There are lots of reasons. The legendary fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent is one of them.
YSL Outfit

When Saint Laurent announced his retirement from his chic Paris fashion studio in January 2002, it was considered by many to be the end of an era. He is considered by many of the world's best- YSL Dressdressed people to be the inventor of modern fashion.
Besides that, he is seen as the last of a generation of clothing designers that made the Rive Gauche (French for "Left Bank" of the Seine River in Paris) home to the most talented fashion designers in the world. These designers included Christian Dior, Coco Chanel, and Hubert de Givenchy -- all people who helped make Paris the international capital of fashion.
Saint Laurent got his big break when he was only 17 years old. The shy young designer began to work for the fashion legend, Christian Dior, & by the time he was 21, Saint Laurent was in charge of Dior's empire.
He immediately started to develop a unique style that combined Dior's elegance and tradition with a more wearable, realistic style.
Saint Laurent struck out on his own in 1961, opening his own fashion house where he created haute couture for socialites and celebrities. Haute couture (which literally means "high sewing" in French) is a term for the fashion houses andYSL Dress designers that create exclusive, trend-setting styles.
The people who wear haute couture don't go to a store and pick clothing off a rack like we mere mortals, nope, they go to a studio (called an atelier in the Parisian fashion world) and meet with the designer. Ooooooooh I wish I could do that!
The designer works with the customer to create a piece of clothing exactly suited to their proportions. The result is a piece that is one of a kind, and costs thousands of dollars. Oooooooops! Maybe not! 
The inspiration for Saint Laurent's clothing came from cultures across the globe. An important source of inspiration for both his clothing and his choice of runway models was his childhood in AFRICA. He was also the first major designer to use models from a variety of different ethnic backgrounds.
And contributed to making Super Model IMAN an International STAR!

Super Model 
IMAN in the 70's modeling for YSL.
He considered the Super model 'IMAN' the ideal woman & they became very good friends outside of their professional relationship.
Saint Laurent's trendsetting clothes not only changed the look of high fashion but also the life of the average woman.
Aaaaaaaaaaand was the first designer to use only BLACK models for an entire show. Phew! U gotta love him. Big heart, great talent!
His models loved him soooooo much, & he was fondly called Pops by all of them

YSL DressAside from his haute couture clothing, he offered another clothing line for women available in department stores, eg MACYS / BLOOMINGDALES.
The designs from this line often turned heads and changed the lives of the women who wore them.
Saint Laurent's goal in designing clothes for women was "not just to make women more beautiful but to reassure them and give them confidence."
In the 1960s and 1970s, when women were joining the workforce in millions for the first time, Saint Laurent designed more gender-neutral looks based on pants and jackets. No longer did women feel like they needed to wear only skirts and blouses.
The change was met with resistance. There are famous stories of women wearing Saint Laurent's pantsuits who were turned away from hotels and
 restaurants in London and New York.
On more than one occasion, women wearing Yves Saint Laurent's pantsuits would simply take off their pants and walk into the restaurant wearing only the jacket part of the suit! They were protesting the fact that other people could dictate what they were allowed to wear.
Just the other day I saw American reality SUPERSTAR Kim Kardashian, in an ensamble that reminded me so much of Yves.

American Reality star Kim Kardashian.
YSL Model with Hat

Another clothing item of his that became popular was a jacket called "le smoking," which is a square-shouldered tuxedo for women, commonly referred to as the 'Smoking Jacket'.
When the jacket first appeared in his 1966 fall-winter collection, it immediately became a groundbreaking landmark in fashion history because it blurred the lines between traditional male and female style was so SEXY! All u needed were black stiletto heels and RED lipstick. The men went crazy for u at that time! It was all so seductive! My kind of party, now that I think of it, she winks.
Anyway, anyway back to Yves, so....................
................So 4 the first time, women had the choice of whether to project a "feminine" or "masculine" look. 
Saint Laurent also changed fashion by using other types of pop culture in his clothes, like creating the Mondrian dress in 1965! These colorful dresses were patterned with the Dutch artist Piet Mondrian's abstract and geometric designs. 
Saint Laurent also aided the women's liberation movement by challenging other socially accepted norms. If for any other reason, I love him for this, b'cos it has aided in giving us the platform in which to express ourselves as women today and there is something so darling about a 'MAN' fighting for a woman's RIGHTS! It doesn't happen often, I can tell u that!
From one of his last shows with French Super model
Laetitia Casta & FRENCH Actress CATHERINE DENEUVE.
In 1971, Saint Laurent posed nude for his own perfume ads. This was shocking to many people. He did it to raise this question: Why is it more socially acceptable when a woman poses nude for an advertisement than when when a mann does?
So it's so interesting to see TOM FORD do the same thing today in the glossy pages of VOGUE or VANITY FAIR and we don't even blink an eye, that was b'cos Yves had paved the way. Yves was the 1st. 

This past summer of 2011 everybody went crazy for the 
YSL Cocktail Ring!

  1.  Yves Saint Laurent rings handpicked by a global community of independent trendsetters and stylists.

Yves once defined the word "elegance" as "a black turtleneck, pants, a raincoat." Sounds like something people wear today, right? I know that I have all of those pieces in my closet, I'm sure u do too.
Because his styles were so timeless, international fashion continues to reflect looks that he created as far back as the 1960s.
He's been gone for some time now, but as we can see we have not let go of him and most probably never will.
Thank u Yves for sharing all of your gifts with us. 

All about Yves Saint Laurent - Facts!
1) Born on the 1st of August 1936.
2) Died on the 1st of June 2008.
3) Nationality - French.
4) Yves' was cremated & his ashes were scattered in Marakech, Morocco.In the Majorelle Garden that he often visited to find inspiration & refuge.
5) The funeral attendants included Empress Farah Pahlavi, Madame Chirac, and French President Nicolas Sarkozy
 6) FORBS rated Saint Laurent the top-earning dead celebrity in 2009.

The 70's are back with a little help from H&M!!!!!!!!

Snake Skin Dress - H&M
Shoes - ZARA
Platforms - MY OWN DESIGN
Belt - GUCCI
Watch - GUCCI
Perfume - ESTEE LAUDER -Private collection
Lipstick - CHANEL
Ring - YSL
Bracelet - CARTIER
Necklace2 - TIFFANY'S
Photographer/Editor - OLE DESALU-VOLD
Artistic creation - FUMI DESALU-VOLD


Africa is not a COUNTRY, but a CONTINENT consisting of 54 countries.
Of all the things I'm proud of, I am most proud to come from the beautiful continent of  AFRICA.

I am from the YOURBA tribe.

It is an amazing place blessed with Warm Weather, Tropical Fruits, Rich & Colourful Culture, Diamonds, Oil, Exotic Aminals aaaaaaaaaaaaand BEAUTIFUL Women. Smiling.

I consider myself West African, as my parents come from 2 different countries on the WEST coast of Africa. My father is from Nigeria & my mother is from The Gambia.
 Cultural BEAUTY, right across the board from, animal prints to cornrows, to Henna/ piercings / tattoos, etc... have been appreciated and seen all over the world for years, in our movies, magazines and on the runways of Fashion weeks from Paris to Tokyo.

The perfect 10. Bo Derek in the movie called '10', it was a MEGA, SMASH BOX hit and turned Bo into a overnight Hollywood STAR!

Reality star, Kim Kardashian in cornrows for her music video

Me. I will always love conrows, it's my true identity!


A traditional Somali woman.
Somalia is country with a hugley varied landscape of mountains, deserts, tropical deserts and some of the most undiscovered beaches that u have ever seen. With CORAL reefs along the Gulf coast.

Somalia is developed from a string of Arab Sultanates along the northeast coast of Africa.
Out of Somalia also,........................
 have been some of the most beautiful women in the world that have graced countless magazine covers and been the muses of some of the most outstanding designers in the fashion industry, starting with the 1 & only Super model Iman who is married to Rock Star DAVID Bowie.

Iman & David Bowie.

America's next Top Model, Fatima Siad.

Ralph Lauren model Fatima Hassan.

For the past month, & with another 2 months 2 go, I've been attending Norwegian Language classes. 
And I have been having an absolute blast, I'll talk about that another time in more detail but just to skim over it,
We're about 20 students, mostly women who are from countries all over the world married to Norwegians and learning everything Norwegian. It's a party every day, She laughs.
We are doctors, lawyers, engineer's, home-makers, actors, business women etc, these are the countries the women come from in my class:
Now for someone like me who just loves traveling, culture and everything and anything different, I'm literally in heaven.
And so my Somalian class mate decorated my hands in henna as a gift.

This by far was one of the nicest days I had in school. Yes we are learning Norwegian, but we are learning about each other and seeing the beauty in each others cultures. It is truly a humbling and beautiful feeling. 
The inscription traslated means, the................
KING of Scotland & his African Empress.
White Gold bracelet by CARTIER (The LOVE braclet)
Ring - 3 shades of gold triniti ring by CARTIER
Other rings - Wedding rings, on both hands.
Thank u soooooooo much Amina. xoxo

The Norwegian Crown Prince Haakon & Crown Princess Mette-Marit visit GHANA!

They look divine and might I add very happy indeed.

So that's it folks. Have a wonderrful weekend and I'll see u soon.