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Native American Fashion Redefined


  • Who’s the Designer:  Bethany Yellowtail
  • What’s the Inspiration:   Bethany Yellowtail draws deep motivation and inspiration from the ancestral roots of her Apsáalooke people.  Her rich Native American heritage has been given new life through her unique approach to re-telling their rich cultural stories through the element of textiles.  What’s even more unique is her genuine sincerity to ensure that the voices of her ancestors are authentically represented in her indigenous designs. 
  • Why it’s relevant:  Yellowtail holds a very important and powerful role in aiding to give a voice to a culture that has suffered years of countless cultural appropriation.  The fact that individuals believe that its appropriate to wear a warbonnet as the “key accessory” for Coachella or the Governor’s Ball speaks to how ingrained we are as a society in oppressive stereotypes.  It’s one thing to draw creative inspiration but it is quite another thing to misrepresent a sacred aspect of a culture and re-package it as ‘style’ or ‘fashion’.  As consumers it’s our duty to do our due diligence to ensure that the fashions that we purchase are not in support of degrading cultures.  Bethany Yellowtail explains this so poignantly: “An honoring of refined beauty, a celebration of culture, and a journey of self-exploration: these are the pillars that define the experience of storytelling through fashion”
  • Where to wear it:  EVERYWHERE.  In case you missed that, everywhere and everyday to everything.  Yellowtail’s rich designs come to life through her vibrant color palette and masterful use of prints that define the beauty of her cultural celebration. (shop b.YELLOWTAIL here)


#WWAW: Fur with a Maxi?

Twice a year the style elite kick off the fashion month festivities celebrating the medium of movement art and showcasing for all of us a preview of what we can look forward to wearing in the upcoming season.  New York Fashion Week starts this Thursday and after four consecutive seasons at the tents I will be bowing out this season.  I’m not taking a permanent vacation from the tents but after all of the hustle and bustle it takes to prepare to attend the beautiful chaos that is New York Fashion Week, the demanding back to back schedule of shows and industry events that make up my fashion week agenda, coupled having a full-time career I needed a break.  Last week I made the hard decision to take this season off and cover the New York Fashion Week shows from the comfort of my home and bonus? Automatic front row seating!

What’s the inspiration: Since my decision of whether or not I’d be attending New York Fashion Week wasn’t officially solidified until last week I’d already begun the preparation of attending.  One of my favorite tent ensembles that I’d planned on wearing is inspired by re-purposing my maxi pleated skirt which was one of my favorite pieces from last spring/summer.  I can’t get enough of this amazing piece so I thought, “Fur with a Maxi? Sure why not!”

1Why it’s relevant: Mixing of fabrications and textures is a refreshing way to incorporate interest and newness to a drab winter wardrobe.  I’ve made this ensemble season appropriate by pairing my favorite pleated maxi skirt with a warm & cozy pull over sweatshirt, a faux fur vest layered on top of leather motorcycle jacket and boots of course.


Where to wear it: Not only is this tent appropriate, especially considering the weather but it’s perfect to wear to any event and should be worn everywhere.  Mixing of fabrications and textures add so much interest while at the same time ensure that you are dressed up/down the right amount for any occasion.


What I’m wearing: KENZO pullover sweatshirt/ ASOS Pleated Maxi Skirt/ BB Dakota Faux Fur Vest/ ASOS Moto Leather Jacket (Similar)/ Chloe Susanna Booties/ Givenchy Clutch/ River Island Sunnies








#WWAW: All black (almost) everything!

So it’s 2014 and time to usher in new habits and routines.  One new habit I want to make a consistent practice here on CSM: A Style Maven’s Diary are regular entries to my style diary.   I’ve gotten a lot of great feedback from you all about my straight forward recaps I’ve started to use for my fashion week coverage so I’ll be adopting a similar format for my style diary entries.

What’s the inspiration:  Wearing socks with sandals or heels is nothing new but I’ve been intrigued with this trend and decided to take it for a spin and incorporate it on my terms.  I’ve got quite a few beauties in my footwear closet that are not Chicago winter proof so the idea of wearing socks for warmth immediately became enticing due to warmth and bonus, made it a little bit more practical and less of a fashion forward trend.

1Why it’s relevant:  Miuccia Prada’s Spring/Summer 2014 women’s collection was an ode to celebrating free thinking, empowered women and this look of socks and legwarmers were donned on every model who walked in this fashion presentation.

2Where to wear it: Everywhere and with everything, well minus if it’s a serious polar vortex outside and in that case I would highly recommend a pair of winter boots.  This fashion forward trend is definitely not for the faint of heart so if you are going to wear this, then I would empower you to own it like the strong women that Miuccia drew inspiration from for her collection.

3What I’m wearing:  Criminal Damage Tee/ River Island Over-sized Coat (Similar)/ BDG Jeans/ Carthartt Beanie/ Prada Heels/ Clutch/ House of Harlow  Sunnies