2017 Fashion – Fantasy vs. Reality – which side are you on?


We are living in the midst of chaotic uncertainty. Basic human rights, civil rights, reproductive rights, and the future of our environment is all at stake. Psychologically there are a few ways that humans react to stress, sometimes burying their heads in the sand like an ostrich might to avoid a predator, and others just as easily may accept it all and live with a sort of apathy bubble surrounding them. Similarly, as we know art imitates life imitates art, so this year in fashion has mostly taken two distinctly different paths, one of pure escapism and the other a return to nineties era lethargy.

James Baldwin discusses escapism in ‘No Body Knows My Name‘- ‘This distance one is compelled to respect; anyone who has traveled so far will not easily be dragged again into the world.’ Who can blame those who choose not to let reality get the best of them, after all?

For the escapist we see everything from accessories adorned with rainbows and ladybugs, like at Gucci and Dior Couture, to entire collections based on bright happy hues like tangerine at Armani Prive. Tom Ford beauty’s gorgeous deep ombre lip also made for a beautiful departure from the norm.

Alternatively, “2017 is a “no bulls–t” year for Originals,” said Alegra O’Hare, vice president of global brand communications, Adidas Originals. Adidas quite literally took a popular sneaker from the nineties, the EQT (pictured above) and revamped it with bold colors for 2017, noting that its an ‘expression of everything that is essential and nothing that is not’. They have been promoting heavily as their biggest campaign yet of 2017 (though it is still technically January…bit I’ll just keep sippin’ my tea over here). The campaign was shot by Juergen Teller (see the full campaign here), the popular German fashion photographer who, coincidentally began his own rise to fame when he trailed and photographed then unknown 90’s rock band, Nirvana. This campaign has got so many people excited to buy their next pair of Adidas shoes. Those looking to do just that should pop over here to check out some great discounts and make a saving when you make your purchase!

Supreme’s hugely popular collaboration with Louis Vuitton takes a different approach. The street brand who once was being sued by the high fashion house for ripping off its logo on one of its skateboards, has now come full circle for a full scale collaboration with a huge product line, including a legit skateboard chock full of LV’s which you can be the proud owner of for just $54,500. The collaboration is considered by some to be ironic, but I think more than that it shows there is always hope for change, if the people demand it. What isn’t lost on me however, is how something that was once a fantasy – Supreme’s wish to be the iconic LV brand, ultimately became a reality. Maybe there is some truth to the idea that your perception becomes your reality. So once again we are reminded to dream big, kids!

Also In the same vein, Vetements just showed regular people on the runway characterized as stereotypes like ‘punk’ or ‘secretary’ old and young models of all sizes and ethnicities were meant to make a statement that yes, we are all different, but that is also what makes us great. Or maybe its actually to say, don’t judge, don’t assume, don’t stereotype by outward appearances. Just like that ostrich putting their head in the sand to hide from predators thing, I found out that is actually just a myth.

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Adidas EQT Shoes (available for purchase 1/26) | Tangerine | Louis Vuitton


Sportswear| Rainbows


Vetements | Gucci Phone Case | Givenchy Slippers

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Last week we took a quick trip to escape the snow for some sunshine in Key Largo, Florida☀️ We spent every moment possible outside, Tom and Adam got their Scuba Diver PADI certification (yay!) while Sophia and I spent our days either swimming or drawing marine life and landscapes. This was my first trip after my sister passed last November, and even though I look so happy here, there were so many moments I felt the grief and sadness, as if it happened just yesterday. I am still figuring out how I want to show up in this space, as I have changed so much as a person since the loss. I just don’t feel called to post some of the things I shared before. Maybe that will change someday, or maybe it will just naturally evolve into something new. I think I will take this year to just process it all. (Even the idea of taking an entire year to think through something is a huge shift for my usually hyperactive type A personality) My focus at the moment is just living in the moment with my family and friends, spending time doing things that make me happy and healthy. I hope to share some of that journey here with you ~ thanks for following along ❤️
I had planned to shoot this outfit in collaboration with @lenacoutureofficial right before my dear sister passed away. Saba, the designer, was more than understanding if I didn’t want to anymore - but after thinking on it for a while I decided I wanted to - in my sister’s honor 💗 She was always my biggest hype woman. When i would feel like I’m not good enough or that I should quit (which was often) she would tell me I was unique and great and to keep it up. When I think of my sister, beauty and love is all that she embodied in her being. She expressed that on the outside also - as she loved to wear everything glam, bright & colorful, and full of bling. Hair done, nails done, everything did - that was Nusrat. For this shoot I took the time to get glam after a long hiatus - and makeup and hair took so long because I think I forgot how to do it, but afterwards I was surprised how I felt transformed. When I wore this gorgeous outfit that I know was designed with such love and incredible attention to detail by @lenacoutureofficial, I felt all of that beauty - like a walking piece of art, and very much at peace. Thank you so much to @divmophoto for capturing the feeling so well 💕
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Classic outfit combo: oversized blazer + denim 🖤fendi mules @shoeslutz
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