Editors Diary

The culture, life, style and inspiration of the Editor Kered Clement

COMPLEXD FASHION: CULTURAL FUSION

At Complexd we love cultural fusion fashion concepts. Here’s one we spotted on-line.

This India meets Africa advertorial for Tanishq Aarka jewelry was photographed by fashion photographer Suresh Natarajan from Mumbai, India. Check out more of Suresh’s work here

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EDITOR’S DIARY: HAPPY B-DAY TO JO

This weekend we got our glad rags out to celebrate Editorial/Fashion Assistant Jo’s Birthday. I wore a body con dress by Alexander Wang and Jo wore a striking jumpsuit by Turkish designer Hakaan.

Check out these  sexy sculptured creations by Hakaan.

We dined at Seventeen restaurant in Notting Hill…

…and after a morning of Zumba fitness, danced to the sound of Soca, Dancehall and Afrobeats

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EDITOR’S DIARY: MY MOTHERS JEWELLERY BOX

Hands up if you go shopping in your mother’s jewellery box!

I needed some accessories to finish off my outfit this weekend, and just as custom jewellery is going through a vintage phase, I went searching in my mother’s jewellery box for silver and gold pieces. I found these gorgeous barrel earrings which went perfectly with my khaki-beige palette.

Photographed by Frederique Rapier 

The oversized linen jacket is also one of my mum’s treasures from Laura Ashley. It was perfect for the strange hot weather we had throughout the day which turned into a chilly afternoon.

Three other Complexd Women who go shopping in their mums’ jewellery box…

‘After rummaging around in both mine and my mother’s jewellery boxes, I found some really nice pieces that go with the whole boho theme’

‘When I was little, playing in my mother’s jewellery box was a favourite pastime. That was in the eighties so she had some great costume jewellery especially the really gaudy clip-on earrings’ 

‘ Go on a rampage for clip-on earrings, now available from your mother’s jewellery box’

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COMPLEXD FASHION: A MERMAID OR A WHALE?

Tara Lynn featured in French Elle

A post which has been circulating on facebook today caught our attention. It has been shared 27,000 times and attracted 40,000 likes. It features an eye-catching portrait of curvy fashion model Tara Lynn and a very meaningful response to a demeaning advert placed by a gym. At Complexd we celebrate curvy and slim women, but we couldn’t help liking this very clever metaphorical comeback.

V magazine – Plus size issue

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‘A while back, at the entrance of a gym, there was a picture of a very thin and beautiful woman. The caption was “This summer, do you want to be a mermaid or a whale?”

A woman answered the following way: 

“Dear people, whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, seals, curious humans), they are sexually active and raise their children with great tenderness. They entertain like crazy with dolphins and eat lots of prawns. They swim all day and travel to fantastic places like Patagonia, the Barents Sea or the coral reefs of Polynesia. They sing incredibly well and sometimes even are on cds. They are impressive and dearly loved animals, which everyone defend and admires.

Mermaids do not exist! But if they existed, they would line up to see a psychologist because of a problem of split personality: woman or fish? They would have no sex life and could not bear children. Yes, they would be lovely, but lonely and sad.
And, who wants a girl that smells like fish by his side? Without a doubt, I’d rather be a whale.

At a time when the media tells us that only thin is beautiful, I prefer to eat ice cream with my kids, to have dinner with my husband, to eat and drink and have fun with my friends. We women, we gain weight because we accumulate so much wisdom and knowledge that there isn’t enough space in our heads, and it spreads all over our bodies. We are not fat, we are greatly cultivated. Every time I see my curves in the mirror, I tell myself: “How amazing am I?!’”

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COMPLEXD FASHION: WHAT GOES AROUND COMES BACK AROUND

Photograph by Frederique Rapier 

Readers have been asking what inspires my outfit compositions. I draw inspiration from various places, but my biggest fashion influence was when I would watch in  awe as my fashionable family  got ready for church and dancehall nights  in Jamaica.

My mama…

Aunty…

and cousin…

For daily fashion inspiration check out Jo’s blog Madame Jodelle 

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EDITOR’S DIARY: ELITE MODEL LOOKS WORLDWIDE

Elite Model Look has been casting for new faces worldwide since 1983. The contest has launched the careers of supermodels like Cindy Crawford and Gisele Bundchen so I was happy to hear that for the first time the Elite team took their search to Grenada.  Vice President Jean Pierre Begon of Elite International and John Bilboa Director of Elite Latin, South America and Caribbean teamed up with Grenada’s popular television show host Lexan Medford to coordinate the casting on Saturday 17th September.  Out of 38 hopefuls the slender figure of Aria Francis and the commercial features of Joelle Frederick will represent Grenada at the Caribbean semi-finals which will be held in Trinidad and Tobago.  The winner will then participate in the world finals in Shanghai in November 2011.

Across the region Jamaica has had highest number of high fashion models walking for international fashion powerhouses and gracing the covers of established publications. So it’s a big opportunity for smaller islands to propel their model potential to greater heights through the platform that Elite provides.

At Complexd we promote the talents and achievements of women worldwide. I commend this international modelling contest for giving opportunities to young girls of all nationalities in over 70 countries.  Good luck to the girls in Grenada and 2011 candidates in all competing countries.

Germany

Nigeria

Spain

St Vincent

London

Peru

Trinidad

This awaits you…

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EDITOR’S DIARY: I WANT THAT SKIRT!

Trinidadian designer Anya Ayoung Chee, featured in our LOVE THY WOMAN issue has progressed tremendously since she became a contestant on Project Runway’s 9th season.

The first time I met Anya she was wearing a skirt (pictured below) from the debut collection of her label PILAR.  Her debut collection was inspired by elements of Trinidadian and Rastafarian culture and I remember gasping, ‘I want a skirt like that’!

She has stood out amongst her fellow contestants because she uses her experiences and diverse cultural heritage to inspire her unique designs. Week after week she has created covetable pieces that have  made her a favourite to win.

Below are a few of Anya’s designs from her final collection shown at the Lincoln Center during Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week in NY.

Images via tomandlorenzo.com

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EDITOR’S DIARY: HIGH HOPES

A few months ago I posted a visual of my ideal office set-up (see here). Yesterday I found my perfect office!

On the weekend I travelled up to the parish of St Patrick in Grenada, home to Bathway beach, a popular amongst the locals. I was visiting a family friend who hasn’t seen me since I was a tiny little girl. But it wasn’t just her jaw dropping at seeing how I have grown; my jaw also dropped when I saw the breathtaking view of the Grenadine islands. She said that there was no need for TV or even a radio, and it made sense because we spent most of the time sitting there looking at the view.

If you’re reading this and thinking you’d like to experience a piece of this heaven, find out more about their holiday rentals rates here

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EDITOR’S DIARY: ISLAND PROUD

In one of my diary post I talked about the positive feeling I get when someone who has been featured in Complexd Magazine  makes a big achievement.

Me, Anya and Jo at Caribbean Fashion Week

We featured designer Anya Ayoung Chee on page 18-19 of our ‘LOVE THY WOMAN’ issue and tomorrow she will be featured in the premier of Project Runway Season 9 as a contending designer.   Since it was announced that she had qualified for the series, there has been on-going support from her home country Trinidad and Tobago.

She is a talented and well travelled young designer whose collections have an international appeal; but she has decided to base her label in her home country so that she can cater for the diverse shapes of Caribbean women. In the Caribbean, when a fellow islander makes a big accomplishment the whole island supports that individual in their international conquest. That’s one of the most encouraging and motivating forces when you come from a small island. Even though it can be pressurising at times, it encourages talented islander to make their countrymen proud.

As a neighbouring islander and fan of Anya’s label PILAR, I’m 100% behind her!

To keep updated on her achievements Join Anya Ayoung-Chee – Project Runway Season 9

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JO’S INSPIRATION: ELEGANT WRAP

Jo tells us what’s inspiring her fashion this week.

I’m not a Kate Moss fashion fanatic, but I will give some credit to her outfit compositions.  She is a woman who wears her clothes and doesn’t let them wear her, which is why she always looks effortless in her garments. This picture of Kate wearing a Marc Jacobs dress and turban designed by milliner Stephen Jones, was taken at the MET Costume Gala in 2009. When I am looking for fashion inspiration I don’t look at what the high street is stocking  or what the red carpet and runways are dictating right now. I look for what I feel like wearing in old magazines and archived fashion images. That way, I have a lot more fun recreating the look to my taste. Inspired by Kate’s 2009 outfit, I styled myself in a gathered Grecian style dress and tied a summer shawl into a turban.

Photographed by Frederique Rapier

Find tips on how to tie turbans here

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