Tuesday, April 15, 2014

African Wax in Fashion - Spring 2014 Edition

I've been slowly amassing a collection of images showcasing African wax in the mainstream, as well as inspiring new pieces from staples like Vlisco and Stella Jean. Spring is in the air and what better time than to share these wax happenings with you all. Is it just me or does African wax seem to be trending more and more these days?!

For a similar post from fall 2013, be sure to check out this post.

Onto the current happenings in African wax, and even more happily - in the mainstream :) First, the much-loved and always eclectic Anthropologie! A couple months back now, Anthro came out with the Legend & Song line, inspired by a trip to (East and South) Africa and made in collaboration with African designers and artisans.

Obviously, right up the Six Bougies ally. Check out some of my favorites below!

I noticed Zara's wax influence through another blogger or facebook page (honestly can't remember) and have to share the eclectic, slouchy application of wax-inspired pieces. While Zara's current Trafaluc line definitely references wax in its prints, I'm not sure these piece are made from actual wax textiles.

Now on to the staples, and first the reliable yet always innovative queen of African wax, Vlisco's Spring 2014 line, Bloom. I am a sucker for feminine florals, and I just adore how Vlisco mixes prints.

And I'll leave you with a teaser from Stella Jean - one of my most favorite contemporary designers who consistently creates with African wax (and an Armani protégée, no less). She is half-Haitain, born and raised in Italy, and derives much inspiration from her own "multicultural personal journey." Make sure to check out the rest of the line, fueled by her "Wax & Stripes Philosophy"... I love it all!

Seriously, you need to check out all of her looks because they are to die for!

Oof, that was a lot! Which designs are your favorite? I absolutely love the dresses from Anthropologie (though I'd rather get them made myself ;) and I am beyond envious and inspired by the pattern combination genius from Stella Jean.

For more African-inspired inspiration (and all links in this post), head over to the joint Pinterest board Megan and I are continuously curating!

Follow Kim @ Six Bougies's board ..Afrique.. on Pinterest.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Dakar Nest: Blue and Pink at Home

Do you have go-to colors in design and/or fashion?

I have always been drawn to various hues of blue and pink, with some purple thrown in for good measure (see: blog design/logo, haha). In high school, my friends teased me for my love of coral... which dominated my wardrobe and accessories (and my prom dress!). I still love coral, but I like to think my taste in color has grown a touch more sophisticated, though probably not by much ;) When shopping for the home or myself, I gravitate towards these tones without even thinking. Although I really do love bold colors in general, I just don't naturally go for natural hues like green, yellow, brown, and orange.

As we work on decorating our new apartment, I really have to stop myself from going ALL BLUE AND PINK. It's a challenge ;) But I'm also listening to my instincts and sticking to what I love most of the time! Case in point, our budding coffee table:

Of course, I've been collecting blue and pink visual inspiration on Pinterest for awhile now. Here's a round up of design inspiration featuring my favorite color combination.

What color combinations are you most drawn to?

For sources and more inspiration, check out my growing board on Pinterest!

Follow Kim @ Six Bougies's board ..Coral Wave.. on Pinterest.
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