As the first outfit from Ivory Coast's Dent de Man came out, I felt goosebumps, wowed by its beauty and style. Wax fabrics have always been a part of my life, as long as I can remember I wore them wrapped around my waist in the summer, at the beach, or had jackets made on a 125th Street in Harlem by the Senegalese tailors there.
The look and the feel of menswear brands encompass a cool ease traditionally not felt in womenswear. However, as a woman, who enjoys promoting her femininity, I also need a brand that fits my curves and my personality. So where do they meet, that intersection between ease, authenticity and feminine energy?
Since launching his label in 2003 fashion designer Derek Lam has become the darling of all American style, but always with an elegant twist that makes him stand out from the rest of the fashion pack.