This Week In Fashion: Solange Knowles In Helmut Lang, Stella McCartney Being Accused Of Cultural Appropriation, And Balenciaga X Crocs Collide

This week we get into the good, the bad, and the not-so-cute side of fashion that has people talking all over the web. From Solange Knowles and her blonde tresses, to Balenciaga giving Crocs a fresh update.  There are things that we need to discuss.

Solange Does It Again!

Solange Knowles can never do wrong. From her big afros, to now blonde hair, she is just who I aspire to be. She’s a creative and bold soul that marches to the beat of her own drum!

For the Surface Magazine Awards, Solange looked amazing rocking her blond tapered fro and a metallic orange dress from Helmut Lang’s Spring/Summer 2018 Collection.  To keep the focus on her metallic dress and blonde trim, she went simple by pairing her look with  black sandal heels and silver earrings.

 Photo Courtesy of Solange Knowles’ Twitter

Here the dress is being modeled by Achok Majak.


Stella McCartney Being Accused Of Cultural Appropriation

For Stella McCartney’s Spring 2018 Ready-to-Wear Collection the designer featured Ankara prints on the runway, and now she is facing accusations of cultural appropriation. The entire collection is not suffused with Ankara prints let’s be clear, there are just a few looks that are designed with these fabrics. Because McCartney failed to mention the origin of the prints, and only showcased one model of color is the reason why so many people are disappointed.

I’m personally a fan of Stella McCartney’s work; I love that she is a strong advocate for sustainable fashion, and her designs fit well into my personal style—her oversized garments are force to be reckon with. On the other hand, I do feel that this was a horrible misstep that she has taken into consideration that won’t happen again.

Stay Informed 

All Things Ankara gives us a brief definition of Ankara fabric:

Ankara commonly known as “Ankara prints”, “African prints”,”African wax prints” “Holland wax” and “Dutch wax”, is a 100% cotton fabric with vibrant patterns. It is usually a colorful cloth and is primarily associated with Africa because of its tribal-like patterns and motifs.

You can also learn about the manufacturing process, and the versatility of the fabric on All Things Ankara site as well.

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Balenciaga Gives Crocs An Extreme Makeover

The hate is real for the Balenciaga X Croc collaboration, but I can honestly say that I kind of like them. I mean if you’re going to wear Crocs,  why not go bold with it? The platform works for me because I love a high shoe that’s easy to walk in, and the simplicity of the design makes it wearable for an everyday shoe. But hey that’s just my personal style. I would love to rock a pair, if I could afford them. How about you?

Here’s what some of Twitter had to say:


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