When I was in high-school in the late 80’s people dressed like The Fat Boys and Run-DMC. Just like now, everything was name brand. Le Coc Sportif jogging suits and Travel Fox sneakers were the shit!! You were wack if you didn’t have a Coca-Cola shirt or an 8-ball jacket. All the girls had on the huge trunk jewelry; “doorknockers” is what we called them. (And to all you Sex and the City fans, that “Carrie” necklace was nothing new!!)
The outfit was complete when you added the huge glasses otherwise known as Cazals. Glasses have always been a fashion statement and sun glasses can complete a look. (Didn’t Jackie O look glamorous with her huge black shades on?) So why should we be surprised that those large, librarian type glasses are back in? Fashion trends always come back around.
When everyone started wearing Cazals back then, I thought they looked absolutely horrendous. I should have brought a pair and kept them for 20 years because now, the sexy librarian look is what’s hot. Scarlett’s wearing them, Erykah’s wearing them, and maybe you should be wearing them too. Check out this look on the runway during the Michael Kors 2008 Fall/Winter show.
(Ooooo, found a few vintage pairs here.)
This post makes me remember the 80s, check out The Fat Boys below.
Ajuma Nasenyana was born in Kenya in 1984. Her look is so striking, but honestly you probably haven’t seen much of her unless you have been to London Fashion week or read French Vogue. For some reason many designers, agencies and magazines don’t want to use her or other ethnic models. But when Ajuma does get to strut down the catwalk she is unbelievable. Check out Ajuma in this youtube video. The video is pretty long, but she’s at 3:02.
In 2003, Ajuma won Miss Tourism Kenya and was actively scouted and articles were written about her. Wikipedia states:
“Gamma photo agency came to Kenya to do a story on [the Surazuri Agency’s] scouting work and were so taken with the 5’10 beauty that she became the main feature of the story, which late ran in Gala Magazine, France. The pictures that were taken on this shoot were to provide the basis for Nasenyana’s portfolio, and these were duly presented to top international agency Ford Models, who signed her up for the Ford Models Supermodel of the World Competition.”
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