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My Sergio Hudson x Target Wishlist

The fashions are coming! The fall designer collection form Target is coming soon! Sergio Hudson announced his upcoming collection with the big box retailer and I have my wish list ready! Check out the collection video and which pieces I have my eyes on.

Dresses with Endless Possibilities

I love a great dress! I’m a dress girl more than anything, as I feel most comfortable in them. I enjoy statement dresses in solid colors or neutral patterns because it allows me to mix and match with other colors and patterns. These by Sergio Hudson serve as the perfect foundation for statement jewelry, bold accent colors, and patterns.

Versatile Basics

I love a colorful basic piece like this turquoise turtleneck. It can be worn casually or dressed up.

I’m a sucker for an animal print and this zebra print blouse is a satin like fabric is right up my alley. I wear blouses like this with skinny jeans and stilettos or with a pencil skirt or slacks.

Statement Coats

The coats in this collection are divine! Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean you have to stick to neutral outerwear. Jewel tons are surprisingly versatile and often go with most if not all other jewel tones. The deep rich purple pea coat can get more wear than you think and I can plans for it already.

The large houndstooth printed coat is perfect as a statement in its in or to compliment a pop of color underneath.

Black Designers You Should Know: Nathaniel Noir

Nathaniel Noir, a Black luxury goods designer behind the brand Noir-X Apparel based in Canada, is a designer you need in your radar. He designs structured handbags of varying sizes and textures such as crocodile, python, ostrich, iridescent color ways, and vegan leather. He offers sophisticated pieces that can definitely become staples in anyone’s collection while also offering fun handbags in various patterns.

I cannot tell you how I initially came across his account, but when I saw the Python Blue Chrome bag in the medium, I was hoooked! The bag was both metallic and iridescent with blue and green colors so when it hit the light, it shined, okay?! I had to have it! Well so did everyone else because this was last spring and it quickly sold out! I thought I lost out on the bag, but then this summer, it was re-released and I snatched it up quickly! Check out my unboxing and initial reaction below .

Since acquiring the Python Blue Chrome handbag, I snagged another coveted beauty, the Python Liquid Gold also in the medium size. Isn’t she a beauty? The orange and gold tones are a perfect pop to any ensemble for the upcoming fall season. This bag with brown or emerald green?! I can’t wait!

Image Credit: Noir-X

I currently have my eye out for the re-release of the Vitro Chrome in medium. Check her out below. Isn’t she gorgeous?

Image Credit: Noir-X

I have found my sweet spot in styles of handbags that work for me and they are structured , medium sized, with top handles and feet. The ones I received from Noir-X check all of those boxes. However , if the medium is too large for you or not large enough, many of the offerings come in mini and jumbo sizes as well.

The price range is what I would consider mid-tier accessible ranging from $270-$660. However, many of the styles are often and currently steeply discounted. The bags shown above retailed for $480 but are discounted to $150.

I’m not done with Mr. Nathaniel Noir yet, my wishlist includes:

1. Purple Jumbo Python

Image Credit: Noir-X

2. Jewel Green Jumbo Python

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3. Monaco Red Jumbo Python

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4. Cobalt Blue Jumbo Boa

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If anything you see interests you or you want to see more from the brand, head to Noir-X to take a look around. Just don’t sell him out before I get there!

Cover Image Credit: Nathaniel Noir

New “The Color Is” Exhibit by Nick Cave and Jack Cave Now Open at DuSable Museum Historic Roundhouse

Artists and brothers Nick Cave and Jack Cave’s exhibit entitled, “The Color Is” will be hosted by the DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago, Illinois. The collection boasts avant-garde and haute couture pieces. It opened August 27, 2022, and will run through November 27, 2022.

“The Color Is” will consist of 40-45 couture looks and fashion objects created by Nick Cave and Jack Cave and a number of specialty collaborators. All works including head-to-toe garments have been constructed from a wide variety of materials including beads, wire, sequins, recycled textiles and custom prints.  The ensembles feature intricate layering that is emblematic of human universality, highlighting intricacy, complexity, color, and uniqueness. According to both Nick and Jack Cave the clothing is genderless, and the more than 400 individual items can be composed into limitless looks, all designed and crafted by the artists (The Chicago Defender).

“The Color Is” also contains an education component that highlights the exhibition themes, references, and history through digital animation, film montages, extensive explanatory text and high-resolution still images. There will be some surprise audio-visual elements featured in the exhibition as well as on the DuSable Museum website and the Bloomberg Connects app. All objects in the exhibition were created for both “The Color Is” live performance and “The Color Is” exhibition as a companion exhibition of NICK CAVE FOROTHERMORE and are Nick Cave’s most recent body of created work, often referencing work of his retrospective contemporary art archive. The pieces have been created within the past 9 to 12 months (The Chicago Defender).

Read more here.

Product Highlight: Buy Black Art Tote by Cede Supply

The Buy Back Art tote was launched by Cede Supply in honor of Black History month, but is still for sale. The company committed to donated 10% of the proceeds to their #Sowacede foundation which “which focuses on funding of the arts, financial literacy, and emotional intelligence with our youth” (Cede Supply).

Image Credit: Cede Supply

The style of the tote is fashioned after the Dior Book Tote, which is eye catching and in style at the moment, so the message is bound to draw attention.

Image Credit: Cede Supply
Image Credit: Cede Supply

More About the Company:

Cede Supply “bridges the gap between conscious, luxury and cool.” The “inspiration behind the name of Cede Supply Co. came from the word concede, which means to give up or pass on. Founder and CEO, Kristyn Edwards’s mission with this brand is to highlight and educate consumers on social issues that shape the world we live in today through each collection that is released. 3% of sales go towards a cause in relation to each collection” (Cede Supply).

The Buy Black Art tote retails for $135 and can be purchased here.

Product Highlight: Loewe Nail Polish Leather Mules

I love kitschy accessories, especially when they are fashion and beauty related. I came across these nail polish heel mules by Loewe and fell in love. I love the understated simplicity of the black mule with two thin straps and when you turn to the side you see the heel fashioned like red nail polish.

I don’t know about you, but growing up red nail plush was a classic color…for adults. You had to come into age to where the color red, like a right of passage. Naturally, because it was forbidden, I would always try and wear it. I was allowed pinks and even deep burgundy, but the coveted glossy blue-based red was off limits. As an adult, I knew got a clear answer why. Hmmm.

Image Credit: Saks Fifth Avenue
Image Credit: Saks Fifth Avenue
Image Credit: Saks Fifth Avenue

The Nail Polish mules retail for $1,100 and you can snag them here.

Fashion News: The Date is Released for Jenee’s of High Low Luxxe Amazon Drop Collection + Collection Preview

One thing I have enjoyed watching is the positive reception Black content creators have been getting on their Amazon the Drop collections. So much so, a few, including Jenne’ have gone on to design multiple Drops. It shows that what Black people create reaches diverse audiences and the Black dollar is green and spends too! Jenee’ announced on her Instagram that her long awaited collection will be available this Tuesday, April 19, 2022! This is typical of Drop collections as you are only notified a few days ahead of time.

Image Credit: High Low Luxxe

Staying true to her style aesthetic, the collection’s theme is elevate simplicity. There are two long sleeve midi dresses featuring slits and open backs. The lack of embellishments on the garments allow for the multi-functionality of the pieces. Wear with stilettos or sneakers and both will look fab.

Image Credit: High Low Luxxe
Image Credit: High Low Luxxe
Image Credit: High Low Luxxe

The tailored trousers are a dream! Coming in both lavender and khaki, either pair can be a staple into the summer. Throw a chunky sweater on top or a fitted turtle neck or body suit and they can carry you into fall and winter. The asymmetrical front zipper adds interest the the wide legs adds sophistication. Chef’s kiss.

Image Credit: High Low Luxxe
Image Credit: High Low Luxxe

I normally don’t teach for a jumpsuit as I am partial to dresses, but I understand the draw. I even have one or two in my closet. Jumpsuit lovers love them for the same reason I love dresses, they’re easy, comfortable, one piece, and can be dressed up or down. This khaki jumpsuit Jenee designed is elevated with the collar and appears backless which adds sex appeal. It cinches in at the waist and also is wide legged. I love the fact that is does hug the body and gives you room.

Image Credit: High Low Luxxe

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Product Highlight: Denim Yoyo Mule by Nine West

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Denim is back! Not as in denim jeans and jackets, but accessories too. Denim corsets, handbags, and shoes are making waves this season. Enter the Yoyo mule by Nine West. The mule encompasses a few trends seamlessly in one. First, the mule style itself that we’ve been seeing for several seasons thanks to the Bottega mules 2. Speaking of Bottega, the style is reminiscent of the luxury brand’s coveted mules in the square toe, the weaving of the patchwork denim, and the curved heel, and 3. The patchwork denim on the toebox incorporates different washes of denim which adds interest and increases the shoes wearability.

Image Credit: Nine West
Image Credit: Nine West

The perfect pairing with this shoe would be the Brandon Blackwood denim Kuei in medium.

Image Credit: Brandon Blackwood

4 Upcoming Product Launches You Need to Have on Your Radar

Spring has officially begins and so have the product launches! Diva Chronicles is an advocate of supporting and shopping small businesses, especially Black or minority and/or woman owned businesses. Some of these brands have been reported here before and one is new. They all have their cult followings, so if you see anything you like, set your alarms and get ready!

1. @Glamaholic Lifestyle

Image Credit: @Glamaholic Lifestyle
Image Credit: @Glamaholic Lifestyle

Loyal supporters have been keep tabs on when Mia Ray, Glamaholic’s owner and founder, will release her signature “G” scarves and new wallet on a chain (WOC) purses. Well she announced that day is March 25, yes this Friday, so now they both can be yours! The launch happens at 3 pm EST so set your alarms and have your page ready to checkout if interested. Yes, it is that serious over there in Glamaholic land.

2. @BrandonBlackwood

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Speaking of launches customers take seriously, is a Brandon Blackwood launch. He made a mark with his now discontinued ESR bags, but Brandon wants to remind all he is here to stay. On April 8, 2022 at 12 pm, EST, not only will the metallic Kuei bags return, but new styles will launch. In personally have my eye on that new top handle pea green beauty.

3. @HouseofRehab

Known for their “Everything” and “Almost Everything” bags, embossed with “Fashion Made Me Do It” on the front, House of Rehab has announced the re-release of their metallic Almost Everything bags in metallic silver and pink. I personally missed on the metallic drop last time and will now miss out in late April when they are re-released. No specific release date has been announced yet, follow the brand closely for more details.

Image Credit: @HouseofRehab

4. @NLtheLabel

Nichole Lunch Box bags are a hit! While it is offered in black, denim, pink, the “diamond” and pink styles will be shipped out March 25- April 25, 2022 and May 5-30, 2022, respectively. The Lunch Box bag offers a different style from your everyday tote bag and is bound to stand out.

Image Credit: @NLtheLabel
Image Credit: @NLtheLabel

Diva’s Deal Report: These Mules Are the Perfect Brown Girl Nude

I’m sure we know by now the word “nude” represents a spectrum and is not beige, right? If you are on the darker brown end of the nude spectrum, a nude shoes isn’t as easy to find. They are more accessible as before, but still not as plentiful. So with that being said, when you see your shade of cocoa brown nude, you must jump of it! I headed to the mall to get some staples for spring and summer and while I had no intentions to get anything from Forever 21, I couldn’t leave these in the store. Dress them up or dress them down with shorts, the opportunities are endless. They also come in black (which I also got) and white.

Price: $24.99

Where: Forever 21