+ [5-6-14] - Melanin // I promised my new-found homie at the cute, bodega-style shop on W 17th (across the street from Cafeteria) that I would be his Internet connect – on the grounds that he permits me to photograph his beautiful assortment of flowers! One or two of you guys ought to drop by and say I sent you. Aha! That would be Love. (((:

Don’t be fooled by the colours. These flowers – they’re realer than you, and me.


BGKI caught up with Stephanie Nnamani right before she slayed some streets…

How would you define your personal style?

Eclectic and mood-driven.

Do you find that you follow fashion trends, or do you play by your own rules?

I strive to establish a balance between both. I always thought it wise to incorporate your character in all that you do, including following trends and choose wisely.

Are there any colours you tend to shy away from, and if so why?

Brown. It is an incredibly dull and plain colour.

When you hear the term “Black Girl Killing It” what comes to mind?

An image of strength being expressed in confidence

Do you accept anyone’s critique or are you confident in your style choices?

I am a child of solitude. I seldom seek or consider the critique of others, but that doesn’t mean I don’t seek it at times. For the most part, I seldom permit the perception of others to cripple my reality in any way.

As a child were you always into clothes or did you grow into your own fashion sense?

Yes. I attended a private school up until middle school, so consequently I wore a uniform. On the weekends, however, my mom would let me dress myself. I had a fascination with swimsuits, as well as an abundance of ‘em, though  I never learned to swim.

Do you participate in your local fashion scene?

No, I do not. 

How does your day to day life factor into your wardrobe choices?

Being that I am a college student with early morning classes, I try to construct my outfit the night before, the morning of, or while in the shower.

What is your greatest fashion pet peeve?

I suppose when people willfully follow trends as it is without employing an element of their character. When friendships are formed strictly on the premise of common love for fashion in an effort to fulfill the superficial aspect of things. Speaking from experience and observation, those friendships potentially do not have longevity or authenticity. And lastly, the over-saturation of Jeffrey Campbell’s “Lita’s”. However grand those shoes are in structure, they are not built to fit and appeal to every anatomy in existence. Part of expressing one’s self through the art of style and fashion is the awareness of what suits and accentuates your body type. Proportion is key.

What is your favourite trend right now?

 I have none.

Have you ever tried your hand at design or sewing?

Yes, I do fashion illustrations as well as alter certain items of clothing to appeal to proportion. Proportion is key.

Are there any designers that you like to wear or whose clothing stands out with you?

The works of Alexander Wang

Your five must-haves as a girl:    

I do not fulfill the typical frame of a girly-girl. The most feminine thing about me is the fact that I’m avid wearer of lipstick. So it’s perfectly logical for me to state:

  • Lipstick
  • Lipstick

  • Lipstick

  • Lipstick

  • Lipstick

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