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One of the problems with today’s graphic design is that it’s flat and boring. As an industry, we need to react to that situation. If a company doesn’t have a specific objective in mind, they should strip away all design elements and think of what they want to do with the space.

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The model, classics student and daughter of Kimora Lee Simmons and Russell Simmons recently teamed up with Pottery Barn Teen to makeover her dorm room

Two weeks ago, Aoki Lee Simmons stood in line backstage at the Pyer Moss haute couture presentation, waiting to walk the runway. It was her very first fashion show walking solo, rather than flanked by her mother, Kimora Lee Simmons, and older sister Ming Lee Simmons—which she has done at Kimora Lee’s label, Baby Phat. Aoki Lee has spent most of her 18 years involved with the pioneering women’s streetwear brand, from appearing at presentations at four years old to being featured in Baby Phat’s advertisements. Now, she is establishing a career of her own as a model, making her debut at Pyer Moss and with a slate of campaigns for beauty and fashion brands upcoming. In her Beauty Notes interview, Aoki Lee—who is finishing up her junior year at Harvard University and splits her time between Los Angeles, Boston, and New York—discusses the beauty products that keep her skin glowing and camera-ready, and her journey towards self-acceptance. (Source: www.wmagazine.com)

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Yes. The makeup artist was Mali Magic, who’s quite high up at Bobbi Brown. I saw an interview she did where she talked about wanting to enhance Black women’s beauty, and Black women in the Nineties were especially a part of the inspiration at Pyer Moss. I loved how the hair choices for the show also leaned aggressively into Blackness and celebrated Black hair: you had baby hairs, you had braids, you had natural textures. And not only on the runway, but behind the scenes, too. There was heat protectant, there was careful detangling, there was a lot of care that you don’t always get on set. Usually at runway shows, they’ll take the Black girl and just say, “Put it in a bun. Make it straight.” There isn’t always someone who knows curly hair or someone who cares about your curl pattern.

Definitely backstage at Baby Phat, when I was four or five years old. For those shows, Ming and I were allowed to wear tinted lip gloss, to get a couple heat curls, maybe wear a slightly heeled shoe. That was always an exciting backstage event: a lot of fun, lots going on, very hectic. After Pyer Moss was delayed on Thursday night I was like, I have another two days of super anxious waiting for the show? Crap. And then I remembered how much I used to love being at a show. At three or four, I’d be walking down the runway, twirling, skipping, shaking my hair. There were no nerves. I thought, let’s tap into that energy. It’s supposed to be fun—you’re supposed to enjoy it. That made me feel better and I felt ready. I was still nervous as hell, but I thought, “There was once a little girl who loved the runway. And you have to remember her and honor her.” (Source: www.wmagazine.com)

 

 

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