I once received one of the most flattering compliments to which I'm still blushing as we speak (or more as you read!) Fellow fashion blogger Danishaz from L'essentiel e(s)t l'accessoire tweeted that I resembled Shala Monroque with the picture above in attachment. Say whaaaat now?! Meeeee??? I first shrieked with glee and then I had a wave of modesty and pondered if darling Danisha was yanking my style chain.
Why you ask? Because in my books the Shala Monroque is the epitome of beauty and grace with an untouchable sense of effortless style. I've often gushed over Ms. Monroque's delightful demeanor and sophisticated colorful look. Don't believe me, read here and here.
Groupie Guilt! I think I must have subconsciously channeled her look at Montreal Fashion Week last spring.
Ha! At MFW20 in a jewel-tone turban feeling like a gem!
Often photographed by Tommy Ton at all the right social events, the St-Lucian lovely is as much a fashion fan as she is an art connoisseur. Former Pop magazine editor-at-large, Shala is currently collaborating with fellow fashionista Dasha Zhukova as Creative Director on Garage Magazine- a publication dedicated to the world of fashion and the arts and is named after Moscow's art gallery The Garage Center for Contemporary Culture founded by Zhukova.
Besides being in awe with her latest looks , I've also fallen for her blog Shala's Rabbit Hole which is an amazing mashup on, you guessed it, her whimsies on fashion and the arts!
Shala is close friends with Miuccia Prada. Lucky gal, she's rumored to be her muse!
While searching for style pics of Shala to feature for this blog entry, I came across a Huffington Post article titled The Styles of Black Folk: How Race, Memory, and Social Media Is Changing Fashion - which I encourage everyone under the sun to read.
In the article, Shala poignantly expresses: "... I want to say to young people who are watching my style, that you should pay as much attention to clothing your mind as you are to clothing your body."
Well look at that, we share ideologies in common too! I couldn't agree more with this quote: material goods will come-and-go, but the knowledge you possess is forever.
INFASHuated with Shala's style, I created a Holiday style guide of 10 items inspired by her look. BLACK, RED, SHINE!
1. Topshop's triple cord tube collar necklace
3. Net-a-Porter's Alexander McQueen black satin and wool tuxedo jumpsuit
4. Noir's Scorpion Ring
5. Helene Berman's black faux fur cropped jacket
6. Franchi red box-style clutch
7. Michael Kors gold and tortoise watch
8. Net-a-Porter's Maison Martin Margiela metallic cuffs
9. Karen Walker's yellow accordion-pleated maxi skirt
10. Prada black and gold ankle-straps heels
[WANNA KNOW] What do you think of Shala Monroque's colorful yet classic look? Are you as INFASHuated as I am?