August 15, 2010
The ever so brilliant, Erykah Badu, was always one to express her personal style in the most eccentric of ways. As a true artist, she spreads her creative energy as far she can take it. With music as her main platform, she makes sure to balance herself out with visual aspects and functional aspects of expression..
With that being said, Ms. Badu is soon to release her highly anticipated, first-ever accessory line, Funktional Art! The large gold earrings you see in the photo above is the centerpiece of her first jewelry line, to be called “Baduwings” or “Earwings.”
As she explains through a Billboard interview at 2010′s Lollapalooza, “It’s the beginning of a new thing for me, I’m working with different designers to come up with things that fit me and fit the fans who support me and fit the women who feel free and can fly.”
Funktional Art is said to be released late-August or September on erykahbadu.com. You may be able to catch her Earwings at her latest live shows at the merch booth. There is talk of Badu arranging to sell her goods at boutiques in Dallas, New York, Chicago, London & Paris.
“I’m Erykah Badu… and I am here to stay, a staple, a midwife. I feel like this is the beginning for me, so I don’t know what’s next.”
August 15, 2010
This shot was taken maybe a winter or two ago at a Bacardi party held at the world’s largest African American museum, the Charles H. Wright in Detroit. This was before I understood who Ziam Penn was; Detroit’s performance artist fusing fashion, art, dance, & music, & in the most far-out way, at that!
Here, Ziam is rockin an all-black ensemble, but never in a basic way. Shout out to his hand accessories which seem to be a fusion of rings & chains. Of course his monotoned look must be embellished from head-to-toe!