Ebony Robinson Talk her Business, Er The Element of Style

Fashion isn’t about how expensive your clothes are or what top brand you’re wearing. It’s a “preference of how you like to look”, says the great designer Kris Cole. You can be trendy and thrifty at the same time and business owner Ebony Robinson, owner of Er The Element of Style, is the person to shop with. She’s had her business for three years now and it’s more trendy than your local franchise thrift stores and Goodwill.

Check out my interview with her below and on DELUX Mag, and she talks about the story behind the name, her purpose for it and bringing awareness to the global waste crisis.

DELUX: What is the story behind the name of your business ?

Ebony: Er The Element Of Style, is a mash up of who I use to be and who I am now. I wanted to combine my love for fashion and science. I feel the most in my element when I’m styling or buying clothes. One night in 2014 God gave me this vision in my dreams. When I woke up I looked up the periodic table; and there it was “Er” my initials! It made perfect sense to me Style is my “element”; and my name is apart of the foundation of science, the earth’s elements!

DELUX: That’s a dope concept! What made you want to sell thrift clothes ?

Check out her response here on DELUX

 

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Kris Cole; Self-Taught Fashion Designer Who Spoke Her Passion Into Existence

I’m from St. Louis where a lot of creatives are born. So many people with different gifts and talents. I got the opportunity to interview a fashion by the name of Kris Cole. She is a one-woman band and she is THE SHIT. Check out the interview I did with her on DELUX Mag.

Kris Cole is a self-taught fashion designer, who didn’t go to school for the physical aspect of designing. She was one of DELUX’s Emerging 30 under 30 last year. She could eye some of her measurements just by her instinct and she doesn’t follow trends. Kris believes that fashion is how you express yourself and a preference of how you chose to look. She’s had a passion for it since she was in 3rd grade and now her passion has became her reality. DELUX got the chance to sit down with her to talk more about her upbringing, inspirations and where she see her brand going.

DELUX: How would you define fashion?

Kris Cole: I would define fashion just being surrounded by how someone carries themselves and express themselves and with what they see that matches. Fashion isn’t about trends and keeping up with other people. It’s about how you feel and a preference of how you like to look.

DELUX: Being a designer, I know it can be tough starting out and it take practice and patience to put together the right pieces. What got you into designing?

Kris Cole: I started designing in the third grade. My aunt had a needle pack in a bag ang gave it to me. With that, I started to sew school pictures to fabric, and I use to cut my mom’s shower curtains and bed sheets up and make them into stuff. In the 3rd and 4th grade, I was making pencil skirts and all sorts of stuff. As I got older, I started to figure out fabrics. I used to go to the library to get books, and practice whatever crafts I saw in those and from there, I got into the garments. I used to make clothes for my teachers in high school and I started my business at 19 with prom dresses. It’s been almost 6 years that I’ve been designing full time, outside of my regular job.

DELUX: Since starting your business, have you always had a niche for designing gown or do you try whatever idea someone gives you?

Kris Cole: I design everything for women. I don’t do menswear, but I design everything for women whether it’s gowns, swimsuits, weddings, birthday occasions, two-piece clubwear; I just specialize in all forms of womenswear.

DELUX: During the off season of prom, are you still as busy with making dresses or is prom season your busiest time?

Kris Cole: So, prom season is the busiest time but it’s also the time where I invest more into my craft because I’m always designing. When I’m out of prom season, I’m still designing all the time for personal orders like birthdays, special occasions, wedding and things like that.

DELUX: Have you ever thought about designing and making shoes?

Kris Cole: I haven’t thought about actually designing a shoe, but I am about to start a Kris Cole Edition shoe, so that’s coming soon.

DELUX: That’s dope! So, how do you stay current with fashions trends. I know you said fashion isn’t about trends and it’s about expressing yourself but how do you stay current with what’s going on?

Check out her response and the rest of the interview HERE

Follow her on IG @KrisColeTheBrand

Met Gala 2018 Fashion Looks

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This year the celebrities came out and showed out on their Met Gala fits. For some reason,  head pieces and face pieces were the trend this year.

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Gabrielle Union Came through with poppin yellow. This color always looks good on black skin. Go Gabby!!

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The men were looking real Zaddy-ish too. Gotta love a man in a suit.

Donald Glover in the light purple suit. He’s been poppin lately. Check out my last post on his This Is America video  

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Mr. Wakanda himself still dressed in character lowkey and looking good per usual! I see you Chadwick!

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Michael B could’ve done better but he’s still fine tho.

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Imma let you shine Ferg but your Bae has on a lovely fur dress. I see y’all doing THAT!

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Wiz looking good in this brown suit. I see you Wiz! 8975C5BA-FF09-4EDA-B2A3-99BF8CBC04DF

Even Travis Scott nice looking nice! 

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Here are some of the other looks from last night.

Come through Ashley Graham with the glowing skin and poppin thighs

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Janelle Monae with the head piece jewelry and hat, with a cap shirt

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Mary J ALWAYS look good in white, Earlier this year, she wore all white to the Oscars and this gold makes her hair pop and skin pop. I see you Aunt Mary

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J. Lo came to slay and always showing some leg. I’m here for this look!

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Kate Perry tryna fly off on us with this huge wings lol, but I love the uniqueness of it.

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Zendaya is giving me medieval time with this dress. The neck and shoulders look like it’s made of metal and the bottom part of the gown is fabric of course. Then her orange hair makes the whole thing pop.

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Issa Rae Bae is looking good in her gold and black. She usually keeps it simple but elegant where ever she goes.

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Okay…I’ll give Kim her props. She was stunning last night. Her eye make up, makes her eyes look exotic and her gold gown is simple but glowing. I see you Kim!

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Shout out to 2Chainz for proposing to his wife, (I thought he was already married). She looked so happy. I love black love!

 

Last but not least, shout out to Lena Waithe for rocking a rainbow cape, signifying her gay pride. To me, it speaks “I’m gay and I’m proud.” I love it!

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Who’s look did you love the most this year?? Comment below!

 

Coachella 2018 Fashion

I was loving this vibrant and colorful looks of Coachella this past weekend.

RiRi was looking sexy, fab and gorgeous per usual. I love her simple, but sheek, but sexy looks. The first photo below can be easily mimicked by purchasing a white jacket and tying it up in the front and buying a pair of white jeans, buuuuut it looks so much on Rihanna. The tan outfit looks like she got a tan bed sheet and made it look fab lol.

 

Nicki Minaj decided to pop out and went with a simple yet cute cheetah print outfit. Her top could’ve been a bit bigger for her boobs, but we’ve seen her in more revealing clothes lol.

 

Bardi Cardi rocked an all white outfit paying homage to TLC. In the second pic, she wore a Versace jumpsuit with “Pop Art” prints of Marilyn Monroe. (Andy Warhol was one of the creators of Pop Art.) She is embracing that baby bump of hers and I’m LOVING IT!

Next up, we got Amber Rose, who rocked a poppin pink jumpsuit with her signature blonde low cut. 

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I’m not the biggest Cassie fan but I likes her 90’s look. The color blocking was dope!

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Teyana Taylor slays effortlessly! ‘Nuff said!!

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Who were your favorite looks at Coachella??

Oscars 2018 Fashion

I want to dedicate this post to the lovely Black Women who came and slayed the 2018 Oscars this year.

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Oh, the men looked fine too!!

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I loved these looks from the stars and SHOUT OUT TO Tiffany Haddish honoring her father by showing homage to her roots of Eirtrean gown on the red carpet…

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AND for wearing her dress for the white Alexander McQueen gown a third time at the Oscars lol. She had originally said she paid $4k for the dress so she’s going to keep wearing it lol.

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Danii Gold Out!

Thrift Store Findings!

 

The best way to find old vintage clothes….is the Thrift Store, also known as The Goodwill. You can find a piece of clothing and make it into a cute vintage look or even a current fashion trend.

Below is me and my friend Randyy. She’s rocking a green off the shoulder crop top with a Hawaiian skort. Guess what??? Our bottoms were only $3.50

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Next up is SKORTS!!!! Me and Randz (Randyy) are bringing them back. In the pic below, I’m rocking a striped Tommy Hilfiger Shirt ($3.50), and a regular blue jean  skort  ($3.50). Randy has on the same outfit as above and her skort was $3.50.

 

 

Next up: I’m rocking a blue jean button up with a khaki Nancy Drew type skirt. Again, it was $3.50. The Goodwill always has set prices on their tops, dresses and bottoms. Skirts  are always $3.50, just an FYI.

 

 

Look at my best friend slaying this oversized dress; off her shoulder and making it look soooo classy. Another good buy for only $3.50!!

 

 

Another classy, edgy look Randyy is rocking below is a red tribal skirt; another great grab at the Goodwill for $4.50.

 

 

 

LASTLY,  I’m rocking a cute striped skirt. It reminds me of a cute homemaker skirt, like the one the killer nanny had on in The Hand That Rocks The Cradle lol. AND it has pockets! Who doesn’t love a skirt with pockets??

 

 

Well that concludes this round of Thrift Store findings. I hope this has motivated you to start saving and start thrifting. You can still go to your local mall but you won’t have to spend as much!!

 

Toodles!!

Why Do We Wear The African Head Wrap?

Many black women wear the head wraps that get in touch with their ancestry and African Roots. Some just wear it for the fashion and when they don’t feel like doing their hair—I’m guilty of that!!!

SO here’s some history:

  • It originated in  Sub-Saharan Africa, which is South Africa.
  • The white race imposed the wearing of wraps as a badge of enslavement during slavery.
  • The stereotype black mammy came along with the head wrap, which is a black woman who is taking care of a white family, like a servant.
  • The enslaved and their ancestors have looked at the head wrap as a helmet of courage that inspired an image of the true homeland (Africa).
  • It’s a uniform of rebellion–signifying resistance to loss of self-definition. The style in which it’s worn is a cultural marker.
  • Different cultures use head wraps, but the difference and significance is black women tie the scarf at the crown of her head, significantly portraying a crown—for Queen.
  • Here are a few ways me and my friends have worn them:
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Randyy G.

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I think it’s good to know why we do certain things, why we wear certain styles & brands and where these trends originate. Sometimes, people don’t care about the history of what brand they’re wearing or how it came about.  Honestly, I don’t care either, sometimes. However, since it’s Black History Month and I wear these head wraps a lot, along with several other Black Women in this style,  I just wanted to enlighten y’all and myself on the legendary head wrap!!

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Shout out to my friends for being my models!!