Our Illustration of Beyonce's Flaunt Magazine Cover From Last Summer
I was so excited when I heard that they were going to be turning one of my favorite cartoons from the 80's Jem and the Holograms into a live action film! Shana was my favorite character! Not only was she one of the holograms, she was also a fashion designer too! I loved her purple afro and tribal makeup! Aurora Perrineau who will be playing Shana in the film reposted this illustration that I did of her as Shana on instagram.
That time when Karrueche Tran rocked one of our clutches….
Have you ever had one of those days where every thing that can go wrong goes wrong? Ok, well for me it seems like the past couple of years have been like that, one very long bad day but like stretched out into like never ending forever like. Because of that, I'm not even going to front, I have definitely been throwing extended pity parties for myself. The last straw in my string of bad luck was dropping my macbook and cracking the screen a few days ago. My macbook is old, but it has served me well. My whole life is on that thing. I do all of my design work, blogging, and celebrity gossip finding on that thing. It was definitely very devastating. Some people are easily derailed. I am definitely one of those people, but I decided not to let it throw me into a depression. Now I am working on a mac computer at the Chima + Rose™ office. It's not portable like my well worn macbook, but it will do for now. Sometimes all you can do is carry around a fistful of imaginary glitter to blow on life's crap storms. Sigh.
I'm still trying to get a good grip on this whole blogging thing! It can definitely be overwhelming. As the co-founder of Chima + Rose™ I have a lot of responsibilities. It's all about finding that balance between being a creative person, and having a well run organized business. Blogging is definitely a huge part of where my sister and I want to take Chima + Rose™. We want our clients to grow with our brand, so we have decided to start sharing more of our journey as we try to conquer the very competitive world of fashion.
If you read our story then you know that Chima + Rose™ started very organically. I attended the Savannah College of Art and Design, where I studied fashion. Obtaining my masters degree from SCAD was definitely one of the hardest things that I have ever done. There were a lot of tears and sleepless nights, and many times I actually wanted to give up. For most of my time as a graduate student at SCAD I was lost. I knew that I wanted to be a major influencer in fashion, but the feedback I was getting about my work as a student at SCAD was less than stellar. Any one who has attended graduate school, knows that generally you will face a series of reviews that will determine if you are ultimately worthy of obtaining the masters degree you are gunning for. I actually failed all of mine, which did nothing for my self confidence and self esteem. I fought with every ounce of my being to overturn those failed reviews, and eventually I was triumphant. Because of my failed reviews, I actually had to remain at SCAD for a whole extra year than what I had originally planned for my self. I had to fill up that year retaking classes, and taking electives. One particular elective that I signed up for called Decorative Surfaces was what changed the course of my academic destiny. That was the first course that I took where we weren't limited to just designing or constructing clothing. The course was all about manipulating fabrics, surface design, and crafting. This course was the first course I took as a student at SCAD where the parameters were a bit more flexible.
Honestly, Decorative Surfaces was a respite from the stress of having to churn out another women's wear collection. I hadn't realized how creatively tapped out I was until I was given the option to do something else. I will always be thankful that I took that class because that is where I discovered that my strength was in handbag design. My instructor was so impressed with the handbag that I created in her class, that she showed it to the department chair who showed it to the school president, and I was allowed to become the first student at SCAD-Atlanta to do an accessories collection. One of the bags that I created (now called the Zulu Bag) resonated with so many people that I started making and selling them, and that is how Chima + Rose™ was born. So, I am basically telling this long ass story because since we are going to be friends I thought it would be important for you to know how it all started. Now, my sister and I are on another journey, and we want you to be a part of it. We know we have an amazing aesthetic that we think other women are looking for.
I know that for me being a designer is something that I can't help but be. I always knew what I wanted to look like and what I wanted to wear. The reason why I started designing was because when I went to the store I never saw the things in my imagination. The best thing about something that you imagined coming to life is seeing it resonate with other people. It is always exciting filling an order for one of our products. I love the idea of the women from all over the world who have ordered one of our pieces carrying around something that little ole me from Raleigh, North Carolina designed. It is the best compliment ever! Stay tuned for many more things from Chima + Rose™.
Love or hate them, those two always give the world something to talk about.
A splash of red anywhere goes a long way....and it was all red
From Joan Smalls bold grape lip to Beyonce's retro head gear. Many of the attendees at the Met Gal weren't just serving with their gorgeous gowns. They were also giving good face too!
It's not just another manic monday...not when Prince is on the cover of Essence magazine! I will baptize myself in waters of Lake Minnetonka any day for this man!
You can never go wrong with shades of black and white and of course all the shades of gray in between! We love color, but black white and gray are often the background that allow us to appreciate the beautiful colors in our world.
This was a really fun photoshoot we did using bright colored synthetic braiding hair! It was so much fun, and kind of cool how avant guard it really ended up looking. Hmmm, maybe people should consider making clothing from synthetic hair.
The IJ Clutch isn't the only place purple and orange pop up! Look at at all the surprising places you can find this fiery color combination.
This is probably one of our favorite color combos. When you have this oversized clutch on, its the only accessory you need.
I remember being a little kid and seeing Grace Jones as Strangé in Boomerang. I had never seen a woman that looked or behaved like that. I thought she was so beautiful and scary! She still inspires me even today! She is truly unafraid to be anything but herself. It is so inspiring.
Love or hater her Rihanna does not care! She is going to be Ri Ri no matter what.
Model Jessica Stam made up by Pat McGrath for ID Magazine. Pat McGrath always creates these amazing painted faces that are just as enigmatic as the designers she is collaborating with. Word on the street is that she mainly uses her fingers to create these masterpieces.