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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Designer You Should Know: Kai Milla + WWD!

Hey Guys,
So Fashion Week is on and poppin! I peeped BCBG's show...

... this morning and caught a glimpse of Ciara and Ashlee Simpson sitting front row...

...Can you see 'em? Ciara has a hat on and Ashlee has long blond tendrils. They're both turned talking to each other (or avoiding the camera lens of everyone in there).
Anyway, the show was cool...yet sort of so so. The clothes lacked anything really avant garde or quirky and the color scheme, for the most part was sort've bla. I didn't bother taking pictures with my ghetto can get better pix online at! But the excitement was definitely in the air for one of the very first fashion shows of the season. I'm juiced!

So there are several black designers showing this season--Stephen Burrows, Tracy Reese, Kimora Lee, and Rachel Roy--but one you may not have heard of is Kai Milla, also known as Stevie Wonder's wife:

A native of Washington D.C., Milla studied fine art and design at the Corcoran School. She was a freelance art director before meeting Stevie in 1999, and was inspired to start her line in 2003 after seeing a John Galliano for Dior Couture show in Paris. In an April 2007 Harper's Bazaar article she says, "When I saw what John Galliano did, the energy of the show was so inspiring. I saw what fashion could be. I had to do it."

A quick look at her Fall 2007 looks, and I'm instantly impressed by the fluidity, and classic shapes with a twist at either the neck or sleeves:

Love the simple color palette and how she plays with proportion, whether by the use of belts or varying hem lengths... Hopefully I can check out her collection next Monday!
Fashion News and What Nots:
*The Fashion Bomb is in today's Women's Wear Daily!!!

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I've made my mainstream debut in an article about bloggers at Fashion Week! Check out the article here.
*Guy Trebay discusses why Fashion matters.
*Eric Wilson reports on knockoffs.


Southern_Lady said...

Congratulations, Claire! Have fun at the shows!

Naki said...

Congrats Claire! Well deserved!

ChicandUntroubled said...

Congrats!! I read your write up in WWD today! Hope you have a great time at fashion week.

WendyB said...


Erin said...

i have seen kai milla's stuff before in oprah and it let a lot to be desired six months ago... she has really stepped up her game in this collection.

also, congrats on your WWD spot!

Look Me Up said...

congratulations, Keep up th egood work you are awesome