I have to admit, a lot of my favorite shows at New York Fashion Week this past fall season were off site from the tents. My Boudior D’huitres experience was no different. The show kicked off with a Pebbles & Bam Bam sorta feel. There were lots of animal prints, leather, & silk; nature’s best. I had a variety of favorites in this collection, including almost all the leather pieces, the dresses, pockets, etc. I also thoroughly enjoyed the folding flap vest & jacket. The organic hemp giftbag with natural beauty products was also a plus.

At the show, the guests received excerpts from Mimi’s diary which explained the collection’s inspiration:

From Mimi’s Diary – South Africa 2010

Inspiration Spring/Summer 2011
To the African Bushman
The preying mantis is believed to be a divine messenger
-She is seen as an ambassador from the animal “Queendom”
-The Orchid Mantis is beautiful like the flowers…delicate round shapes & curved angles
-Round Organic shapes us, new development…structure, summetry.
Modern Woman not traditional. Insect safari. Animal safari. Human safari.

Colors
-The palest sunlight broke down this morning…Shining…Beaming..Smiling
-A silent sanctuary of olive & brown hued weltered grass
-Steel & modern technology against a resistant back drop of earth, rack & history
-The moon is so bright here…a ghostly white marbled against the deepest navy
-The landscape has become dry…now I am thirsty.

Mimi’s Diary – June 28, 2010 – South Africa

In South Africa, I watched the sun set.
These were intricate shades of blues, greens, yellows & white.
Piercing ambers penetrated navy, & I wanted to embrace that palette.
I imagined a modern day Safari with Victorian influence.
My journey was guided by a preying mantis.
I saw the sun glisten against the rippling lake, creating moving diamonds on its surface.
1960′s Veruschka with a touch of Kathleen Turner as Joan Wilder in “Jewel of the Nile.”
I was inspired by all of these things.
-mimi

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Christiane LaRue by Bonnie Foley presented at this year’s Fashion in Detroit over at the Motor City Casino in the Sound Board.

The Christiane LaRue collection lightened the room with vivid summer gowns that went down to the ground – meaning, they were long. In complete contrast, the second half of Bonnie Foley’s designs transitioned into a black & lace segment with mullet dresses, minis, & full body rompers, with a sprinkle of red riding hood inspired shawls, gold skirt suits, & fringe dresses.

“Local designer Bonnie Foley launched her clothing line, Christiane LaRue, after making the life transition from her career as a stockbroker. Her collection features luxurious fabrics such as French lace, silk jersey and silk charmeuse imported from Italy. From jumpsuits and short dresses to maxi dresses and tops, Foley’s focus is on fit and flattering designs. Foley’s line is available at her showroom in Birmingham.”

www.christianelarue.com

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CROWN ROYALE & MAGESTIK LEGEND
DOUBLE RELEASE PARTY

Thursday, December 9, 2010
Blind Pig
208 S 1st St, Ann Arbor, MI
9pm
18+
$5 / $8

“Join us to help celebrate Buff1 & DJ Rhettmatic’s self-titled debut album “Crown Royale” and Magestik Legend’s release “The Great Escape.”

There will be trivia questions for special exclusive prizes.

WSG: Danny Brown, Vaughan T. & T. Calmese aka New Jack Kings, Tres Styles and DJ Graffiti”

Pick up ‘The Great Escape’ by Magestik Legend at itunes

DREAM HAMPTON & THE MALCOLM X GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT PRESENTS
BLACK AUGUST
HIP HOP PROJECT
A HIP HOP BENEFIT CONCERT
DIRECTED BY DREAM HAMPTON

Friday, December 10, 2010
6pm-9pm
Charles H Wright Museum of African American History
General Motors Theatre
315 E Warren Ave, Detroit MI
$5 for members
$7 for non-members
brownpapertickets.com / 1-800-838-3006

Featuring exclusive interviews with exiled activist Assata Shakur, former Black Panther Kathleen Cleaver, political prisoner Mutulu Shakur, & others. Black August: A Hip-Hop Benefit Concert documents the movement behind the annual event that the non-profit Malcolm X Grassroots Movement produces, for more than a decade, to raise awareness about & support political prisoners in the U.S. Part concert film, Black August highlights performances in New York, Cuba, & South Africa featuring Mos Def, dead prez, Talib Kweli, David Banner, Common, & others.

www.dreamhampton.com

DFW S/S 2011: LEZLEYANNE

December 9, 2010

LezleyAnne S/S 2011 collection presented at this year’s Detroit Fashion Week held at the Royal Oak Farmer’s Market.

“Leslie Austin has been designing clothes for 35 years. She creates her dresses to have a retro flavor combined with a feminine & whimsical touch. Incorporated into a lot of the designs are original graphics by Austin & other artists. In addition to one-of-a-kind pieces she offers production pieces. Austin recently opened the LezleyAnne clothing boutique at 128 W. Michigan Ave in Ypsilanti at the beginning of 2010. She can be found on the web at www.lezleyanne.com

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RI$ FOR RDW: MOTOWN COUTURE

December 9, 2010

I am proud to announce that I -Ris Money- have joined the forces with one of the city’s most notable street mags, Real Detroit Weekly (RDW), for the debut fashion blog, Motown Couture.

Real Detroit is known for being on top of what’s the haps in the city in just about every spectrum of lifestyle & entertainment. For just that reason alone, I am in absolute honor to be part of the team, for their views in cultural advocating is right up my alley.

You may wondering what the difference between my two blogs will be, between Motown Couture & RI$I$M. RI$I$M was meant for a more widespread cultural coverage that should equally include the hip hop lifestyle, music, art, ETC. It may be hard to tell since it seems that all of RI$I$M’s content in the last year is completely fashion related. Forgive me, I am only one person, & the fashion world has completely consumed my time as of late. RI$I$M’s goal is to expose jewels dug from underneath the mainstream by especially presenting original content, whereas Motown Couture will be more absolute Detroit fashion driven, filled with more discussion topics rather than post-coverage like in RI$I$M. You can expect, perhaps, some cross posting between the two sources. However, as time spends, I hope each blog brings about a separate fulfillment for each its own reasons.

Be sure to check out Motown Couture at least weekly on RDW‘s official website at www.realdetroitweekly.com! I am very open to suggestions, discussion topics, feedback, fashion questions, etc! So feel free to leave a comment any which where. Looking forward!

IRON STREET FAIR

December 9, 2010

Iron Street Fair, held during the late summer in a crevice of Detroit. It was one of the last fresh summer days of Detroit left. The sun was soothing, but as soon as shade or shadow hit, chills filled, though they seemed prepared with heating lamps set up in the center of the fair. Iron Street almost felt like a wide alley with doors that led to galleries & abandoned buildings. The lone street was filled with artwork, from corner to corner of one side of the block, along with tents & booths, as well as a sound system for live entertainment.

Captured here are snapshots of the art displayed & voted on for a small art competition. Some competitors included Detroit artists, Sintex, Iges, & Riku. There are also photos of one of Detroit’s darlings, Espy, fully taking advantage of the day on her bike, partaking on fair festivities like face painting & all that fun fair stuff. There was much to bask in at Iron Street Fair, from art inside, to art outside, to art to wear (clothing, purses, fragrances), to art to share (pieces for sale).

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