First up, let's talk about this dress. Festival season is here and summer is right behind it. One of my "never fail" go to looks is without a doubt the wrap dress. Made famous in the fashion world by designer Diane von Fuerstenberg, the island wrap dress has been worn by stylish women throughout the diaspora for centuries.
Mastering the look a quick D.IY look with fabric is unbelievably simple and can be done in 3 simple steps.
1) Grab your Q.A.C body wrap or favorite piece of material. While in this example, mine has a bit if fringe, it's not crucial to the look. However, if you'd like to add a bit of fringe, using scissors to cut small slits, close together along the width works just as well.
2) Wrap the fabric around your body and tie the ends into a knot around your bust. Tuck the loose ends into the top of your bust.
3) Secure the bottom open ends of the dress by either tying the fringes together or by using safety pins to secure the material. If you decide to use pins, use them to secure from the underside of your dress to hide them.
If you're like me and like a nice cinched waist, you can add a thin belt to highlight your shape ... And that's it! Your done! .... Super cute dress for the cost of approximately 2 yards of fabric.
Whether you're in need an outfit for a special event, work, or weekend escape ... Being able to create what I call a bit of "origami magic" with an amazing piece of fabric can me so clutch. This week's fabric of choice is a kente print body wrap coming soon to the Q.A.C webstore. Quality body wraps have been a long time closet staple of mine, as it allows me to create multiple styles from one great swatch of fabric, including: dresses, tops, blouses, head-wraps, skirts, etc ... Something any budget friendly fashionista would love.
For a fun "how to" tutorial on how I created this dress with ONE piece of fabric, click here!
To top off my look I wanted to showcase the newest addition to my fashion house's accessories collection. In this week's "Cultural Beauty" section, we discussed the heritage of the Wodaabe / Fulani Tribe and the tradition surrounding their beautiful Kwottenai Kanye earrings. In growing my fashion house, I've partnered with artisans from Mali, W. Africa to offer these amazing one of a kind earrings within my shop. Handcrafted in brass then hand-dipped in 14 gold, these earrings are guaranteed to be show stoppers!