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Sole Survivor: Vixen's Fall/Winter 2012 Footwear Guide

When it comes to footwear, this season is all about "survivor of the chicest"–sole survivors. It’s all about style, versatility and comfort. Your wardrobe requires S&M (stand and model), classic and practical footwear.

The obvious color palettes to stick to this season are brown hues, dark blues, dark greens, metallic, reds (preferably the latest ox blood color trend), grays and of course, black. Let’s not forget animal print. After all, a Vixen can never go wrong in leopard print when she’s on the prowl.

As for style, get creative with quilted, tweed, patent leather, velvet and suede textures. For a dose of pizzazz try embellishments such as tassels and spikes. The options are endless.

As a firm believer in shoes are a girl’s best friend, we’ve curated an extensive list of footwear consisting of platforms, boots, loafers and more to get your Fall and Winter wardrobe started on the right foot. Whether you prefer to aim for height in a fierce pair of Christian Louboutins or stay grounded in a chic pair of Charlotte Olympia loafers, we have you covered from designs that are perfect for the office to transitional looks that work wonders on date nights with your significant other.

Check out the next few pages for our choice and favorite footwear for Fall & Winter 2012  courtesy of Aldo, Brian Atwood, Isabel Marant, Giuseppe Zanotti, Rachel Roy, Steve Madden, Tracy Reese and more.

Vixen Fall Guide - Ankle Boots, Booties and Lace Ups Fall 2012

Boots and booties are an essential part of every woman’s wardrobe; especially that time of year when autumn leaves and Old Man Winter graces our presence. If you’re aiming towards a sexy and confident intertwined look this season, think ankle boots, booties and lace-up boots. These concrete killers are total confidence boosters that enhance a feminine physique and offer versatility. They’re perfect for a day of shopping or dancing the night away.

Our Picks: Aldo’s “Gavle,”Blumarine’s “Mirrored” lace-up platform boots, Christian Louboutin’s “Aronotoc,” Diane von Furstenburg’s “ Leopard Print Calf Hair,” Kandee Shoes “Dyna,” Nicholas Kirkwood’s “Velvet Ankle Boot,” Rachel Roy’s “Echo,” Sam Edelman’s “Knox,” Steve Madden’s “Vippper,” Yves Saint Laurent’s “Tribtoo”

Vixen Fall Guide - Thigh Highs Fall 2012

Thigh highs are alluring and can grab any man’s attention. If you’re looking for an ego stroke, aim high. Trust us, they’re Kanye West-approved. Some call it arrogance; we call it confidence. Thigh high boots are the perfect choice for dates but can definitely be rocked at the office with a classic approach. Knee high boots are slightly more subtle, depending upon the height of the heel and can be worn in a variety of ways. Whether you seek knee high comfort in the form of combat, flats or a heel, they’re a great choice on a casual day out or a long day of classes. Who says you can’t take class notes in style?

Our Picks: Baker’s “Zoom,” Bebe’s “Brigette,” Brian Atwood’s “Marilyn” suede over the knee platform boots, Charlotte Russe’s slouchy thigh-high, Giuseppe Zanotti’s heel-less thigh highs, Ink Shoes lace-ups, Rocco P. lizard printed leather boots, Strategia eco leather cuissard boots, Vince Camuto’s “Flavian”

Vixen Fall Guide - Flats Fall 2012

While heels are fun, every Vixen should have at least one pair of flats in her closet for comfort, long walks, a breakaway from the height or to simply “stay grounded and come back to earth” as I like to say. They’re practical and accessible. This season try ballerina flats, loafers and oxfords in solid colors, two-tones, printed or with a shimmering finish. Whether your feet require a quick switch from a long day of wearing heels or a quick coffee run, staying grounded in a stylish pair of flats is the best way to get around.

Our Picks: Aldo’s “Corinette,” Christian Louboutin’s “Pigalle Spikes,” Charlotte Olympia’s “Charlotte’s Web Velvet,” Cole Haan’s “Air Morgan,” Forever 21’s metallic leopard ballet flats, MiuMiu’s “Glitter Tassel Loafer,” Pierre Hardy’s “Buckle Loafer,” Tory Burch’s “Quinn Quilted,” Yves Saint Laurent’s “Evalyn”

Vixen Fall Guide - Platforms Fall 2012

Cinderella is proof that a pair of shoes can change your life – pumps and stilettos even more so.

Every Vixen should look her best while at work without over doing it. Maintaining a balance between classy and sexy is required. This season, aim for minimalism that maintains the glamour galore you love. One can never go wrong in a classic stiletto, gravity-defying platforms or chic pumps. All three are the ultimate It shoes for the office. They exude grace, style and confidence. Try incorporating captoe, tweed, suede and leather textures with a color palette of pale pink hues, black and oxblood.

Our Picks: Baker’s “Taylor,” Charlotte Olympia’s “Polly,” Giuseppe Zanotti’s patent black pump with a gold heel, Jessica Simpson’s “Topazio,” Kate Spade’s “Licorice,” Marc Jacobs’ classic pump, Semilla’spatent leather pointy pump in blush, Steve Madden’s “De Ja Vu,” Tom Ford’s “Padlock

Vixen Fall Guide - SNEAKERS Fall 2012

Sneaker Wedges are perfect for the Vixen who loves to maintain height but is not necessarily fond of your typical flat sneakers. Limited edition kick collaborations work perfect for those of us who love to have a fly pair of shoes practically no one else will have.

We love them. Sneaker wedges are fun to pair with a casual look or a hot pair of distressed jeans. Oh, and it certainly helps that they are Beyonce- and Tracee Ellis Ross-approved. While on the topic of sneakers, we also suggest stocking your wardrobe with a few limited edition collaboration kicks.

Our Picks: Alicia Keys x Reebok freestyle high tops, Elena Iachi’s suede and calf wedges, Isabel Marant’s “Bird,” Jeffrey Campbell’s “The Teramo,” Melody Ehsani x Reebok’s  BETWIXT sneaker, Nike’s “Dunk Sky High” Wedges, Stella McCartney x Adidas silver velcro lagan sneakers, Steve Madden’s “Olympia”

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Yvette Nicole Brown and Gabourey Sidibe were some of the actresses who were vocal about the treatment of actors of color when faced with beauticians in Hollywood.
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Celebrities Use #ActingWhileBlack Hashtag To Point Out Pitfalls Of Hollywood's Beauty Scene

While being a working person of color in Hollywood is something to admire, those fortunate enough to be working in these spaces often have difficulties finding the right person to do their hair and makeup with the right amount of diligent care.

Model Olivia Anakwe took to Instagram earlier this month to detail the issues she faced before a runway show, when she was disrespected by haircare professionals who refused to work on her textured hair.

"Black hairstylists are required to know how to do everyone’s hair, why does the same not apply to others?” she wrote. “It does not matter if you don’t specialize in afro hair, as a continuous learner in your field you should be open to what you have yet to accomplish; take a class."

The hashtag #ActingWhileBlack began to spread on social media over the weekend, and people of color chimed in to share their stories.

Actress Yvette Nicole Brown shared that she often carries her own hair extensions and clothes for shoots, and that having stylists who are untrained in black beauty often runs the risk of them looking bad later on. Oscar-nominee Gabourey Sidibe shared a similar sentiment.

Insecure’s Natasha Rothwell hit the nail on the head in her tweet about the issue with not hiring the right people to work with ethnic hair.

“If you cast a POC— And thank you for doing so!—you also have to hire someone who knows how to do ethnic hair,” she wrote on Mar. 11. “Not someone who's "comfortable with it" but someone who actually knows how to style ethnic hair types.”

Check out some tweets from celebs on this issue below.


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This message is to spread awareness & hopefully reach anyone in the hair field to expand their range of skills. Black models are still asking for just one hairstylist on every team no matter where your team is from to care for afro hair. I was asked to get out of an empty chair followed by having hairstylists blatantly turning their backs to me when I would walk up to them, to get my hair done. If I am asked to wear my natural hair to a show, the team should prepare the style just as they practice the look and demo for non-afro hair. I arrived backstage where they planned to do cornrows, but not one person on the team knew how to do them without admitting so. After one lady attempted and pulled my edges relentlessly, I stood up to find a model who could possibly do it. After asking two models and then the lead/only nail stylist, she was then taken away from her job to do my hair. This is not okay. This will never be okay. This needs to change. No matter how small your team is, make sure you have one person that is competent at doing afro texture hair care OR just hire a black hairstylist! Black hairstylists are required to know how to do everyone’s hair, why does the same not apply to others? It does not matter if you don’t specialize in afro hair, as a continuous learner in your field you should be open to what you have yet to accomplish; take a class. I was ignored, I was forgotten, and I felt that. Unfortunately I’m not alone, black models with afro texture hair continuously face these similar unfair and disheartening circumstances. It’s 2019, it’s time to do better. || #NaturalHair #ModelsofColor #BlackHairCare #HairCare #Message #Hair #Hairstyling #Backstage #BTS #AfroTexturedHair #Afro #POC #Braids #Message #Spreadtheword #Speak #Awareness #Growth #WorkingTogether #BlackGirlMagic #Melanin

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#ActingWhileBlack Makeup & Hair in one bag. The other bags are filled with clothes because some wardrobe stylists don’t know that cute clothes exist in sizes larger than size 10. “Here try on this mumu, I know it’s a little big, we’ll just belt it!” #ActingWhileBlackAndChubby

— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) March 11, 2019

Most black actresses come to a new set w/ their hair done (me) or bring their wigs & clip-ins w/them. It’s either that or take a chance that you will look crazy on screen. Many of us also bring our own foundation. One too many times seeing no shade that matches you will learn ya!

— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) March 11, 2019

Most black actresses come to a new set w/ their hair done (me) or bring their wigs & clip-ins w/them. It’s either that or take a chance that you will look crazy on screen. Many of us also bring our own foundation. One too many times seeing no shade that matches you will learn ya!

— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) March 11, 2019

If they don’t have the budget to hire a black hairstylist for me, or won’t, I just get the director to agree that my character should have box braids or senegalese twist.

— Gabby Sidibe (@GabbySidibe) March 11, 2019

PSA: If you cast a POC— And thank you for doing so!—you also have to hire someone who knows how to do ethnic hair. Not someone who's "comfortable with it" but someone who actually knows how to style ethnic hair types.

Congratulations on advancing to the next level of inclusion!

— Natasha Rothwell (@natasharothwell) March 11, 2019

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Kim Kardashian Credited For Making Crimped Hair Cool Like Beyonce, Janet Jackson And Naomi Campbell Don't Exist

Spring is nothing without doses of cultural appropriation from those out of touch with black culture.

Insert Vogue, who decided to give props to Kim Kardashian for bringing back crimped hair on Friday (March 15). The businesswoman has been on the move lately, rocking a mix of kanekalon and yaki ponytails during fashion month, Chance The Rapper's wedding and other Kardashian-related events.

“What makes this look so modern is that the front is sleek,” explained her stylist Justine Marjan. “This gives a cool contrast to the texture.”

The texture? 

With many trends from the aughts coming back to the mainstream, this is one that hasn't really gone anywhere. But black beauty markers (layered gold chains, perfect baby hairs, name chains) paired with media ignorance and the Kardashian's own fascination with black culture has made it okay for her to receive all the props.

But we can't forget those who have slayed kanekalon, yaki and crimped styles like...

Janet Jackson

The singer's look for her comeback has been a uniform-like one, with Ms. Jackson rocking all black and her now signature ponytail.


This. was. last. year. How could anyone forget this? The entertainer rocked various styles of kanekalon hair for Beychella.

There was also this amazing look at Serena Williams' wedding.


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Ruth E. Carter

The Oscar-winning designer made the look all her own while on the red carpet for Black Panther. 

Nicki Minaj

Fans of the rapper are aware her early looks included fun crimped and wavy styles. When she made to move to ditch her color wigs in 2014, she's kept the crimped styles close to her heart.

And we cannot forget about our queen, Naomi Campbell

She's owned the look her whole career, from the runway to the red carpet, Ms. Campbell has always been on the forefront of casual beautiful looks.

Social media also got wind of Vogue's post, including actor O'Shea Jackson who like many of us, is just over it.

Maaaaaaan come on now. Come ooooon now. Bringing it back? Vogue stop this

— Stone Cold Shea Jackson (@OsheaJacksonJr) March 15, 2019

Perhaps there's a bit of truth of the theories of fashion outlets trolling readers but this just deserves a permanent eye roll.

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'Boomerang' Episode 6 Recap: Homecoming

On this episode of BET’s Boomerang, the love story between Bryson and Simone begins with a flashback to their freshman year of college. After several years of not seeing one another since their childhood, Bryson is shocked to see a slick-back pony-tail wearing Simone insert herself into his class during a presentation. Nothing has changed with her. Even pre-bob and with Bryson rocking a sharp Steve Harvey-like hairline, even from their younger days, they have always been the dynamic duo of marketing strategy. The product featured this week: Pro-Black T-Shirts.

The devastation of not having his secret love in his life spills over into their sophomore year when a beanie-wearing David and Crystal are happy in their fake hood love. By this time, a rapper named Prisoner has all of Simone’s attention and this makes Bryson big mad. The man can’t even hide it. In an apparent fit of jealousy, he calls Simone out for living under her father’s shadow, in front of everyone. It’s safe to say that sophomore Bry struck out badly.

This isn’t just about Simone and Bryson; they’re not the only ones who’ve made transformations over the years (and I’m not just talking about their hair ‘dos). In his earlier life, Ari was less eccentric and more focused on making his family proud as a young black man in college who isn’t running on BPT for class. Ari was as straight as 180 when he’s first put into a situation where he’s forced to confront his sexual identity. As big and bad as he looked while working as a “rough & tough” bouncer at a nightclub, a flirtatious patron sees right through that persona.  After being charmed by the man who helps him realize self, the rainy night sets the tone for a steamy kiss between the two in the front seat of Ari’s car. The look on Ari’s face is a blend of fear, then relief, then ultimately bliss as he seemingly reminisces on his random but welcomed encounter. Although he enjoyed it, Ari didn’t seem to embrace his identity totally. That same year, we see a less hood-David changing more into the Christian we now know and Ari isn’t buying it. Something about this “we can do all things in Christ mentality” rubs him the wrong way. Facing one’s true self is tough.

Junior year, Bryson has a much better barber but things haven’t changed; he’s still checking for Simone. She and Prisoner are still dating if you want to call it that. Prisoner is the type of dude you’d expect to see Simone date in college. He’s flashy, has money, probably doesn’t even go to the school, and he’s rude AF. As Simone and Bryson reconnect for the two millionth time, Prisoner’s pimp tone telling Simone to hurry up is a strong indication he’s not here for their friendship. In analyzing the hair, it’s clear that Simone is not herself. Seriously, at this point, she’s rocking a glueless lace wig.

With her new hairstyle, she realizes that she made the mistake of loving a man more than herself. Prisoner is officially a dub. To celebrate her revelation, she finds herself drunkenly wining and grinding on her childhood bae, Bryson. Does this look familiar? Well, think back to last week when they were doing the same in the parking lot before 5-0 arrived. Because she couldn’t hold it, Simone ends up using Bryson’s bathroom which leads to a very sober thoughts-type of conversation in the bedroom. It is recognized that Bryson has always had a thing for the kid and Simone regrets that she never said anything about her feelings. His commandeering attitude (like the day she walked into his class freshman year) reminded her of the Different World “Strangers on a Plane” episode. It was an iconic one because it’s where Dwayne and Whitley’s love story began. That’s a telling comparison.

With that being said, Simone always felt Bryson was the Dwane to her Whitley. Unfortunately, the timing was always off and just when we think the two finally catch up to one another, cue: the vomit. Poor Bryson. Did someone do brujeria on this kid? He has the worst luck. But, like the gentleman he is, he takes care of his queen to make sure she’s all comfy in her drunken slumber. He whispers, “I love you Simone Graham,” but on the wake up it looks like sis suffers from sudden amnesia. She pulls the “best friend” card, making it clear that it’s friend zone from here on out. Prisoner’s trifling friend calls to offer to take Simone out to eat and in an act of “let me solidify that Bryson knows this is going nowhere,” Simone agrees to go out with her ex's friend. Once again, a blue-balled Bryson is left sorting out his feelings that Simone continues to perpetually confuse.

It’s important to note that the story of Brymone is not a new one. We’ve seen it in many action movies, comic book flicks, and on “Strangers on a Plane” where the geeky male character is overlooked by the badass female, only to win her affection in the end. Nice guys don’t always finish last, but in Bryson’s case, could it possibly be heading in that direction and is Simone even the heroine worth winning? In browsing through what is essentially the best years of any young adult’s life, Simone had many times to figure out if Bryson was the one for her and yet she chose to ignore her feelings. Unlike David, it’s not like she found Jesus; she hasn’t yet found herself.

One thing she does know is that she cannot lose Bryson because it’s possible she may love and need him more than she’d like to verbally admit. He’s no Prisoner or no flashy member of the entourage. He’s the “gentleman who wears tuxedos and makes sure his homegirl is safe” type of dude and unfortunately, that isn’t one Simone is interested in, for now.

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