Wednesday, April 27

Wardrobe maintenance with Alicia Keys

When you've run out of actresses to put on the cover of your fashion magazine, the next logical step is to go for the music artists. Models aren't used very often to grace the cover of fashion magazines anymore. For instance, take a giantess like Lily Cole, whose legs start at most people's chest level. Do you realise how much cropping and resizing would be needed just to fit her on the cover?

Therefore we have somebody human-sized like Alicia Keys as this month's cover girl for ELLE magazine. It's quite an interesting choice because Alicia isn't really known as a fashion icon. I don't know much about her personality but anyone thinks that you can't go formal without a fedora is all right by me. She also manages to radiate a sweet blissful ignorance in the face of extreme adversity:



Another thing that endears me to Alicia is her practical approach to wardrobe matters. I've often done the same thing myself when out shopping. If I find something that I couldn't positively live without, I end up buying it in several different colours. It could be a simple tank top or it could be a stretchy halter pantsuit with feather headdress in easy to match colours:
white


red



and black


You might think that it takes the fun out of building an effective wardrobe, and makes Alicia a boring dresser. But, to the contrary, it actually keeps people wondering. Wondering how many other colours something like this could come in:

11 Comments:

At 2:20 AM, Anonymous Kirana said...

She looks like she's wearing the tattered skin of the last college boy she hunted down for crimes against female R.E.S.P.E.C.T

 
At 8:01 AM, Blogger sway said...

well she always used to be known for her hair, and I swear that kimono top in Karma looked good

...but someone really should tell her that outfit she bought in three different colours is one size too small.

 
At 8:36 AM, Blogger cicelyfairfield said...

she's somehow gotten into the trunks full of the commodore's old touring outfits.

 
At 9:01 PM, Blogger Crazy Like A Fox said...

Not only is that outfit ugly, it makes her look fat. Maybe she was catalog shopping...yuck.

 
At 11:19 PM, Blogger j-a said...

she looked terrible at last year's MTV awards, when she wasn't wearing a bra but was wearing an ill-fitting see through top instead.

 
At 3:58 AM, Anonymous Cordelia said...

Alicia is one of the only truly talented performers out there in the R&B genre. Besides being a great performer, she is, more importantly, a musician. She actually writes music, and unlike the majority of her peers, she (gasp) plays an instrument. So, please, leave her alone if she isn't dressed the way you like. I don't hear too many catty comments about George Clinton, Cindy Lauper, Annie Lennox, or Freddie Mercury, all of whom are (were) tremendous musicians with little fashion sense.

 
At 5:28 PM, Blogger hundrednorth said...

I'll jump in with snarky comments about Annie Lennox and Cindy Lauper not being able to dress themselves. Lucky for them the peak of their careers were over before blogs came around. Now it would just be cruel to kick them around sartorially.

 
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