I know the seasons are changing in the fashion world but there’s still a little bit of summer left no matter what they say. So I decided to bring a little more heat to Summer’19 in this stunning Ankara print gown. Fun fact this frock is actually two separate pieces designed to melt beautifully into one garment. I plan to style the top with pants and some more stuff; look out for the looks in my Insta-stories.
This beautiful frock was designed by, fashionista, blogger, world traveler, designer, all round baad girl Sarleamah. I first saw this dress on Sarleamah on her IG page (follow her she’s everything) and I fell in love; I had to have it. For some, it’s a major fashion faux pas to wear a piece worn by another, especially someone as well known as Sarleamah. Guess who could care less about “the rules”, this girl. I’m a rebel, a fashion gangsta. I wear what I want and I wanted this dress! Seriously can you blame me?! Can I just say how well designed this garment is, the fabric is high quality cotton. The construction is that of a true talent and thee C O L O R… is everything!!! It’s even more stunning in person, so rich and vibrant, it’s breath-taking.
Sarleamah didn’t hesitate when I reached out about this dress. She graciously jumped on my design request. She was professional, responsive, and prompt in all our communications. Admirable qualities in a designer. The dress didn’t take more then 2 weeks to construct, right on time for the shoot.
I had to find a location worthy of this dress, where, oh where could this dress shine? BROOKLYN, the Brooklyn Bridge to be exact. Once I decided where I wanted to shoot I let Kaneisha know (Dynamic Duo Images) and scheduled the shoot. I prayed the weather would cooperate; no rain or clouds. And cooperate, it did, we had clear skies and sunshine. Won’t HE do it, all praises be to Jah, we had exceptional weather. I couldn’t ask for better weather.
It seemed like every tourist on the planet decided to shoot under the Instagram-able Manhattan bridge. Yes it’s a great shoot but these people had no shooting at a very public place, so I should not stand in the spot that everyone’s waiting to take the same picture at for more than 5 minutes, etiquette. Run-on sentence but very necessary, pun intended…lol
There was quite the sizable crowd when I reached the bridge and the crowd that grew while we were shooting was RIDICULOUS! We had to “charm” our way into getting the shot we needed. Yes I had to use my “Brooklyn charm” to get up in there, but no one dare try me in that dress, it oozes a regal presence. You feel like the Queen of Sheba in this dress. So I sauntered into the middle of the street like I belonged there, because I did, and politely asked Kaneisha, you ready. And the rest as they say is history.
This was an epic day in an epic dress. My sincere thanks to Sarleamah for designing such a beautiful garment. I can’t wait for you to dream up another breath-taking design. Stay tuned for the rest my shenanigans in the next installment of this series.
Shoes: Steve Madden Carrson
Hair: Ms. Keon
Until next time my loves…