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Women all around the world come in all different shapes and sizes. Because of this, there’s no surprise that their hair styles vary as well. Some women flaunt their natural hair while others might have perms. There are even some other women who would rather wear weaves or extensions. I’ve heard many women as well as men say many different things about weaves versus natural hair. Some people prefer to have natural hair while others are prefer extensions. Because of all of these mixed thoughts that I often hear about this topic, I thought that it was high time that I began to explore this for myself and come up with my own opinion on this hot-button topic. Many women, especially in the black community have always rocked their natural hair. However, in 2009 when Chris Rock’s documentary “Good Hair” came out, the number of women with natural hair made a significant increase as much more women began the process of getting rid of their extensions and going natural. It was as if the documentary started an epidemic. When the documentary, which informed about the processes of weaves/extensions, wigs and perms in the black community premiered, it was like a light bulb lit in the community and reminded women to know that they don’t actually have to do certain things in order to have great hair. Perms and extensions, they soon realized, were not the only options that had. Twenty year old Danashia Sweeney is just one of the many women who came to this realization. In an interview with me, she declared “The weave is a distraction from other visible flaws…Now me I can’t do the weave/extensions. I had them. They itch too much, cost too much and if it isn’t the right kind of hair you can’t even use heating products.” There is often quite a large amount of conflict between black women with these two hair preferences. Whether they are African-American, Caribbean, Afro-European or straight from Africa itself, women who have natural hair often disagree with women who wear weaves or have perms and vice versa. This is because black women who don’t wear extensions or perm their hair believe that black women who do, are running away from their “blackness” and are trying to fit in with the Eurocentric society that they live in. Black women who do wear weaves and use perms however, believe that women who wear their hair natural don’t have manageable hair that can be “tamed.” Bethany Person, a college junior who does not wear weaves or extensions stated “I feel that for some women being able to purchase long hair or weave/extensions of any length and claim it as their own does boost their self esteem because it make them feel prettier. They see the media portrayal of long hair as one of the main sources of beauty… I feel that the downside to that is that they become so comfortable with it that they become uncomfortable without it, they become uncomfortable in their own skin.” On the contrary, 21-year-old Antoinette Bates is a young woman who changes her hair style up with her natural hair at times and weave or extensions at others. She declared “Honestly in my opinion…as long as my hair looks good it gives me more confidence, whether it’s extensions, weaves, perm or natural!” Moreover, pre-med student Zuri Dawkins sees extensions just as accessories. She stated “I agree weave and extensions are like a nice pair of heels or makeup. It boost your self esteem, but that doesn’t mean a woman isn’t beautiful without it.” With all of the different opinions about hair on the black community, I think we all need to remember one important thing. In the infamous words of India Arie “I am not my hair, I am not my skin, I am the soul that lives within.” There is no need for any type of conflict between women of color who have naturals or perms, weaves or extensions because we should all understand that our hair does not define us. What defines us should not be anything external, but solely our internal traits. *Click on the link below to see the video portion of this article* http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-w0njKgLhzQ
The Fall/Winter 2013 collection of young, emerging designer Brehon Williams was one of my favorite collections seen this season. His collection consisted of a elements of animal prints mixed with bold colors. When put together, these elements gave his pieces a great Afrocentric vibe to them. Already winning the "VA Fashion Award" for Best Up-and-Coming Designer, Williams stated "My love of fashion started from the love of roller coasters. Go figure! The Brehon William collection is a very high end line. All of my ideas are centered around the idea of woMENswear, emphasis on the men aspect of the world. Each of the pieces is very architectural in nature, strong in itself, and has a distinct point of view." Williams is definitely one designer that is sure to be heading places in the near future. Below is a clip of his Fall/Winter 2013 collection that premiere this fashion week.
One of the collections that I saw walk the runway this past Mecedez Benz fashion week was the Fall/Winter 2013 collection of Fashion Designer Willie Halls. With over 30 years of experience, Halls is no stranger to fashion for the stars. She has helped in the design processes for stars like Madonna, Liz Taylor and Diana Ross. What I loved about her designs were that they could easily be photographed for major fashion publications like Vogue, W and Marie Claire, but at the same time could be worn by the "girl next door" to a nice party or evening out on the town. "Designers are not born, they're made." - Willie Hall Below is a small clip of her Fall/Winter 2013 collection that premiered this fashion week.
One of the fashion industry's most talked about upcoming fashion designers, Alexander Wang, has teamed up with Samsung to design a new bag. WWD declares "The bag will be inspired by sketches and photos by a group of influencers selected by the designer... using the Samsung Galaxy Note II to produce the images, which will serve as a base for Wang to create a print that will be used." All of the proceeds from the bag's sales will go to charity. From being hired as the new creative director of Balenciaga, to continuing to design for his own label, to successfully executing his very first Paris fashion week show and now partnering with Samsung, Wang is surely a busy man these days. But with Wang being his amazing self, are you really surprised? Who wouldn't want to be in business with the one of the industry's future bright stars?
I've said this so many times, but I keep coming back to this: Trends come and go. Own them and make them your own. If it doesn't feel right, then don't feel like you need to dress a certain way just to be trendy. Make the trend! ... When you try to take on every trend that is in, your look can come off as inauthentic and busy. It is so important to always incorporate the essentials of who you are into every look and to be confident in whatever you wear.
Nina Garcia, Interview with the Cut
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