22 September 2012

Solange Knowles For Lurve Magazine

Solange Knowles featured in one of our fav high fashion mags Lurve Magazine. The songstress, model and fashionista was photographed by Ellen Von Unwerth. She also gave an in depth interview to the mag discussing, music, fashion brooklyn and of course hair! Solange tells of her break from Carols Daughter due to differing views on how hair as a whole should be advocated. She also talks about her not regretting her twitter 'rant' a few months ago in regards to her natural hair. Solange has always tried to distance herself from just being know as one thing whether this be 'Beyonce's little sister' , a 'clothes horse', 'Celeb DJ' or 'natural hair icon' and now perhaps she will be know for what she is so obviously passionate about....her music (new single realised later this month) 
Thank you to Lurve magazine for sending me the feature.

video teaser 'suck & blow'

click to enlarge segment from Solange Interview

LFW: Philip Treacy

Milliner Philip Treacy made a mark on LFW sending only black models down the runway in  MJ  inspired clothes and hats 

17 September 2012

LFW: Issa SS2013

Always look forward to the Issa Collection, and this season did not disappoint, with gorgeous colours with an oriental twist. It's super girly and wearable LOVE!

16 September 2012

NYFW: Duro Olowu SS2012

Print mixing, 60's silhouettes & Scarfs these are a few of my favourite things!  adore this collection from Duro Oluwu!

14 September 2012

Events Update From Crystal Afro

I'm back with a mini event update from the land of #TeamnaturalUK.
After the jubilee of events in June, things calmed down a bit over the Summer as we made way for the Olympics to take place here in the UK.
Back in July I attended the Uzima Holistic Expo and I really enjoyed sitting in on the hair seminar given by Morris Roots who is arguably the most famous Loctitians in the UK.
He had fantastic advice for loc wearers and people considering locs. A lot of the ladies in the seminar were concerned with fluff within the locs, but Morris explained that because hair itself is a fibres, it will always attract other fibres, but a good way disguise fluff is to do a black rinse on the hair.

Morris was also kind enough to create some very impressive improvised styles on a few ladies who asked.

At the end of August I attended Beauty Within Me and again enjoyed picking up notes from a series of seminars given by some fantastic entrepreneurs in the health and beauty industry.
Similarly to Uzima, Beauty within me covered a range of topics including skin and healthy eating, as well as natural hair care. The day was hosted by one of my favourite Eastenders Tameka Empson.

The talk from Trichologist Shirley MacDonald (AIT) was especially interesting as it was my first time hearing from a medically qualified hair specialist, who gave some really great information on the science of hair as well as some very serious warnings about dangerous hair care practices.
The discussion panel included owners of both skin and hair care products including:

 (from: R-L) Sonya Evelyn of Fro Her Hair, Belinda Raji of BeUnique Haircare, Ronke Ige of Emi & Ben Skincare, Andrea Lawrence of Tolu Organics; and Clare Eluka of Premae Skincare products.
All of the owners are passionate about keeping their products as orgainic as possible and were asked what 2 items they could not do without. It was interesting to hear their reasons for items such as Coconut Milk, Avocado, Aloe Vera Juice as well as others. I’ll definitely be doing my homework on their health benefits.

After the final seminar everyone did a little bit of shopping on the foyer, and eventually some of us went to grab a bite to eat, which gave us time to chill out and catch up.

As Autumn approaches I’m preparing to clear the calendar again. Unfortunately it’s been confirmed that there will not be a 3rd Natural Lounge event this year, which is very sad news but I’ll keep checking in for the latest news. Visit the Naturalhair Events Page on United KinKdom (http://unitedkinkdom.blogspot.co.uk/p/natural-hair-events.html) to see what’s listed.
Hope you enjoy the rest of the Summer.
Crystal Afro xoxo

NYFW: Oscar de la Renta

Beehives and crazy colour rule at Oscar de la Renta, it was all a little bit Cruella meets Marie Antoinette (the movie)  I love the bright lace and the ladylike prints, glad to see the return of dressing up! 

NYFW: Marc By Marc Jacobs

Turbans, mixed prints, chunky socks, rolled up denim! what is not to love about the Marc By Marc Jacobs SS2013 Collection? the feel of the collection is wearable and adjustable to all wallets, wearing a scarf as a belt? now that I can get into.

The Feature: Black Hair Magazine

Natural Belle has been featured in UK magazine Black Hair along with Crystal Afro of United Kinkdom, Pelumi Rae of Care for your hair, Laila Fusion Of Cultures and Wumni of Woman In The Jungle! support #TeamNaturalUK by picking up a copy of the mag on shelves now!!! 

13 September 2012

NYFW: Solange Knowles

Solange rocked New York Fashion week showing up to many shows and making the side walk her own personal runway! loving the polka dot and hounds tooth print mix.

7 September 2012

The Bump: Amber Rose + Close Cuts @ VMA's

Amber Rose and Wiz Khalifa rocked up to the VMA's showing off that bump! confirming rumours that the pair are expecting their first child (awwww) 
The awards show also featured a new Hollywood trend for  cropped hair, with Rihanna, Alicia Keys, and Miley Cyrus all sporting shorter cuts.

5 September 2012

Sneak Peek: Solange Knowles

Look whose been a busy girl! Solange is not only to appear in a shoot for Elle South Africa but she is also working on her up and  coming music video (below) I can not wait to see the video it's been a while since we had music from the youngest Knowles sister (I almost forgot she sang!) the single Losing You is said to be the first track released

1 September 2012

The Interview: Belle Chats to Ondo Lady

I was pleased to be interviewed by the lovely Ondo Lady award winning pop culture blogger, check out what I had to say here


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