Thursday, November 27, 2008


Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Prisoner of Fashion

You're Such a Charmer ...

Charm bracelets are my thing, and every chance I get either I'm adding charms to my Juicy bracelet or shopping for a new joint. However, my ultimate fav charm bracelet is so exclusive ... The Louis Vuitton Charmer, retailed at 10K, whew! Yeah, whatever ... you'll wait for that, right? I can't speak for you, but I know I will, lol.

Check out a few of the charm bracelets selected below ...

Marc by Marc Jacobs - Miss Marc Heritage Bracelet, $228,

Juicy Couture - Holiday Themed Charm Bracelet, $152,

Betsey Johnson - Romantic Mixed Stretch Charm Bracelet, $55,

Coach - Daphne Charm Bracelet, $198,

Forever 21 - Impress Charm Bracelet, $7.60,

Bebe - I Love Bebe Charm Bracelet, $39,

Marley B Parker Charm Bracelet, $35,

Ms. Suede Bootie

Jeffrey Campbell - Di High Heel Cuff Bootie, $185, in grey, purple and black -


Go cop: The Tan Muska Skytop Sneakers by Supra, $140.
StyleNote:Pre-Selling until 12/3/2008... Please be advised all orders consisting of this item will not ship until this date

C.O.C.A Style Video: Pop Champagne

Track: Classic Dipset Joint
Video: Hilarious
Cameo: Mike Epps is f-ing Reeeeeeetttttttarrrrrded!!!!


As Reported by Next year is the 60th anniversary of Adidas’ now-iconic three stripes design, and to mark the occasion, the Herzogenaurach, Germany-based athletic company has launched the largest global campaign ever for its Adidas Originals brand.

Called “Celebrate Originality,” the campaign launched Tuesday with a 30-second and 60-second commercial spot here in the U.S.; the full campaign, including a 2-minute spot, will launch worldwide in January.

“Celebrate Originality” incorporates television, print and digital elements, along with retail and event marketing. The campaign will feature celebrities from the fashion, music and sports world against the backdrop of a house party, including Katy Perry, the Ting Tings, Method Man, Missy Elliot, Darryl McDaniels of Run DMC, Kevin Garnett, David Beckham and Jeremy Scott.

Read the entire article here. Watch the Celebrate Originality commercial courtesy of

C.O.C.A Style Supports: SoundChick Accessories

Samples of SoundChick Accessories

Are you familiar with SoundChick Accessories? Allow me to put you on, check out my C.O.C.A Style Mami Samantha here.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

I AM ... Amazed!!!

Now I can't speak for the masses, but I am ... anti-House of Dereon, until now. What a major step up from the previous designs, kudos Mama Tina! Or, does the credit go to Beyonce aka Sasha Fierce because these Dereon Snakeskin Booties are M-E-A-N. Retail priced at $105 these 4.5" pumps are quite qualified for tippin' out for the season.

~Pure Hauteness x10~

Presenting ... Sokhna N'Dour

Sokhna N’Dour
Age: 16
Hometown: Dakar, Senegal
Bloodline: Father is Senegalese pop singer Youssou N’Dour (who was described by Rolling Stone in 2004 as “perhaps the most famous singer alive” in Africa).
Education: Dakar French High School, where she’s studying economics.
Wearing: Franck Sorbier

Papou Ndiaye, friend of her older brother, Biran.
Role model: N’Dour flew to Sorbier’s Paris showroom with her father and brother in tow to select her dress. While there, she realized that her aunt had been a model for the designer years earlier.

As reported by Call it the Super Bowl of debutante balls. The Bal Crillon des Debutantes — held annually at Paris’ stately Hôtel de Crillon — brings together the daughters of heavy hitters from the worlds of politics, entertainment, art and fashion.

If you're a fan of MTV's The Hills, this is the same ball that Whitney and Lauren assisted in Paris. With careful research, I've found that every other year (or two) there's a brown baby selected and this particular year it's Sokhna N’Dour, daughter of famous pop singer Youssou N'Dour (click link to listen to his music).

Each year a number of lucky heiress' are handpicked to be presented unto the world as women ... very well-off young women, lol. Decked out in couture by Valentino, J. Mendel, Oscar de la Renta, Chanel, Alexander McQueen and Franck Sorbier, to name a few. Did I forget to mention, the 'Royal Family' perks they recieve?

Want more? Read here.

Just In: Matthew Williamson Designs for H&M


H&M is proud to announce that the next guest designer will be Matthew Williamson, the British designer whose colour-drenched collections always carry the promise of the sun. Starting with an exclusive women’s fashion range at selected stores April 23, then continuing with the perfect men’s and women’s pieces for Summer available from mid-May in all H&M stores world wide. In an exclusive for H&M, Williamson will debut his first ever menswear pieces.

“It is an incredible opportunity to be working with H&M, creating a ‘Matthew Williamson for H&M’ capsule collection. I love the fact that H&M have created a new phenomenon in fashion through the pioneering concept of collaborating with high-end designers to create one-off limited edition capsule collections. I am thrilled that my creations for H&M will be accessible to and hopefully enjoyed by so many people around the world,“ says Matthew Williamson.

“Matthew has such a good eye and a way for working with prints that he mixes up in a new way. When he combines these things, you get a very contemporary London look. It’s for people who want to look special, but his clothes can also be worn in a nonchalant way- you can really play around with them. He is fantastic with piling on colour - it’s a very stylish collaboration for H&M, and very much in line with the way we’re thinking about fashion for spring/summer,” says Margareta van den Bosch, Creative advisor at H&M.


Matthew Williamson burst onto the London fashion scene in 1997, with a colour-drenched collection modelled by Kate Moss, Helena Christensen and Jade Jagger. Since then, Williamson has brought the party lifestyle of the global traveller to the catwalk, an Ibizan spirit of colour and freedom that he now shows at New York Fashion Week. His clothes are worn regularly by celebrities such as Sienna Miller, Keira Knightley, Kate Hudson and Gwyneth Paltrow, and last year he was honoured with an exhibition at the Design Museum in London - “Matthew Williamson - 10 Years in Fashion”.


H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB (H&M) was established in Sweden in 1947. The company’s business concept is to offer fashion and quality at the best price. H&M is quoted on the OMX Nordic Exchange Stockholm. Today there are around 1,700 H&M stores on 33 markets. H&M has 68,000 employees and achieved sales including VAT in 2007 of SEK 92,123 million. H&M has a wide product range that is divided into a number of different concepts for women, men, teenagers, children and cosmetics. The company’s clothing collections are created by its own designers, pattern makers and buyers. For further information visit

~Press Release Courtesy of H&M Press~

Boutique C'est Chic: JAKE

Recently named as one of's Top 50 Retail Stores, Jake's product assortment features collections from both emerging and established designers. the environment is clean and modern with a heavy focus on exceptional customer service delivered from sales professionals who have roots in luxury retail. jake is also about the perfect pair of jeans — offering a carefully edited selection of the worlds best premium denim lines. we are committed to showcasing unique and wearable items for men and women and select our collections with attention to fashion, fit and timeless style. I guess when it comes to being named one of 50 Top Retail Stores, chances are you'll pay 'Top Dollar' as well ... But, it's that adrenaline rush of exclusivity that keeps consumers coming back.

Jake operates three retail locations in chicago and sells goods online at

Loeffler Randall - Charcoal Round Toe Covered Platform, $575

Valentino Roma - Grey flutter sleeve turtleneck, $475.00

Brian Reyes - twill/herringbone cape trench, $800.00

Guess Who's Up For The Holidays???

Charles by Charles David "Pike" Ankle Boot, $100

Charles David "Kean" Platform Pump, $275.60

Charles David "Chatter" Boot, $389

C.O.C.A Style Designers: GLAMHUER Clothing

I'm sure you remember Ashley S. Drapes, the eclectic jewelry designer I posted about months ago, right?

If not, well get re-acquainted. Ashley is one-half of the 80's Glam-inspired clothing line, GLAMHUER. The duo designers/bosom buddies, Ashley & Brooke Reid aka B. Glynn are giving the Windy City a raw/uncut glimpse of what it means to take charge of your dreams.

After meeting the girls a mere two years ago - one look at their "free spirit" attitudes and next, Glamhuer, all I could think of was the song, Sex Shooter; Appollonia 6; Vanity; and The Sex Kittens of the 1980s era ... I was intrigued! Glamhuer defines the sensual curves of a woman and hones in on a time when women wore clothes in a tasteful manner, yet exuded sexy and playfulness in form-fitting dresses, corsets, belted waists, colorful patterns, lace, ruffles and flirty pantyhose ... Read more about Glamhuer below.

While studying at AI (The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago) we met during a fashion course and immediately bonded! We started shopping at thrift stores and fell in love with vintage glam. We kept that concept in mind and began to create garments with that same old school vibe with a modern eclectic twist. We started reconstructing garments and people were like “that’s haute where did you guys get that” we figured why not make all our own clothes and start a line.

That’s when Glamhuer™ was born. We wanted exposure for our line so we approached a close friend for an opportunity to throw our own fashion show to launch Glamhuer™. We gave him the plan and he gave us just two weeks to pull it all together. We accepted and quickly got to work. With limited help, we pulled it off, out of all the craziness Urban Ja’dore was a success!

Need a dress designed for the holidays or your B-Day? Have some ideas of how the Glamhuer Girlz can consult with you? Check them out on MYSPACE.

C.O.C.A Stylist: Edward Enninful

Born in Ghana, Edward Enninful began his degree of higher learning while attending Goldsmith's College, University of London. Insatiable to his passion for the fashion industry, at age 18 he was appointed the 'youngest fashion director' of i-D magazine. Talk about a historical moment in fashion - Enninful didn't stop there, soon he snagged the titles as Contributing Fashion Editor of Italian and L'uomo Vogue and Fashion Editor-at-Large of Japanese Vogue while holding his remaing title of 14 years as Fashion Editor-at-Large for i-D magazine.

Enninful's (represented by courageous and keen sense of style matured his skills to become a prolific stylist making a buzz on both a national and international wave from fashion covers to haute couture ad campaigns. He has also worked with some of the industry's creme de la creme of photographers such as: Paolo Roversi, Craig McDean, Steven Klein and Philip Lorca Di Corcia.

Edward Enniful is the TRUTH on so many levels! If you're planning a career as a stylist or you're an emerging artist - this name should inspire you to do the inevitable when it comes to pursuing your dreams ... acknowledge his greatness for you one day be him.

Get into his editorials below ... STUPENDOUS!


What a nostalgic young lady - she's fresh and adorably optimistic. And don't forget to get into her 4" Tribute Platform Patent Pump ($660) game ... YSL anyone?

Monday, November 24, 2008


Make sure you stop by Solemates Chicago this Wednesday & Friday to get an early start on your holiday shopping.... UP TO 50% OFF SALE!!!!!!!

SuccezZ Never Sleeps

South Loop gymshoe salon SuccezZ lures in celebrity athletes and steps up the areas gymshoe game.

by Terrence Chappell

Located at 1329 South Michigan Avenue, SuccezZ brings a classic, urban edge to the South Loop's developing fashion, retail scene.

Owned by local entrepreneur, LaVelle (V-Dot) Sykes and New Jersey Net's basketball player Bobby Simmons, SuccezZ toasted the town with a red-carpet, WGCI sponsored grand opening on June 21 that hosted some of the city's fashion and nightlife elite.

SuccezZ exposes customers to a welcoming formula of high-end, quality clothes, a laid-back decor and great customer service. The store resembles the decked-out basement of a young celebrity's mansion showing off their cool and hip underground spot on the show Cribs of MTV. With high, industrial ceilings and hard-wood floors, SuccezZ has a chill elegance that doesn't try too hard. Expect a well-stocked, premium denim bar with all the usual suspect brands of True Religion, Laguna Beach, Robins and the L.A. line Taverniti jeans. Be prepared to pay anywhere from $90 to $450 for a pair of jeans. If jeans don't fulfill the fix, then check out the store's wide selection of T-shirts and rocking footwear.

Read the full feature here.