Iman Turns 60!! #IMAN60

So, I’m back in my element, with a newly improved blog makeover that is much easier for you to navigate, and easier for me to deal with because it’s simple. I’ve found that the saying, “Less is more”, is quite true. *sigh of relief*

Ironically, I’ve returned just in time for my Fashion Fairy Godmother’s 60th birthday!!! I still kind of don’t believe she’s turning 60 (she looks AMAZING), but I’m sure she’s not just making it up. I’ve written a number of pieces on Iman in the past, and it wasn’t only to due her undeniable contributions to the fashion industry, but because of her humility. What you see is definitely what you get, and I love her for it! Over the past few weeks, Iman has been posting photos from times passed to honor her 60th year, along with some pretty memorable moments only someone of her caliber could capture. In honor of her 60 YOUTHful years on earth, and more than half of that being on our magazine covers, I want to post SIX (y’all know you wouldn’t sit here and read 60) of my most memorable moments with Iman through photos.

 

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She was one of the 1st people that did a Q&A for my blog. She was candid, and truthful… of course a bit sassy.

You can check out the Q & A here.

 

Iman and I, FNO 2011

The 1st time I met IMAN in person. She invited me to a Fashion’s Night Out Event she was hosting in NYC. EPIC night.

I was so in awe meeting her. She was unbelievably stunning, and my friends and I literally stared at her to make sure she was real. It was an epic night, one I can’t even relive right now because I’d get all giddy and excited again. Read all about it here.

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That night they had a dance contest, and my friend Erinn and I won FIRST PLACE!

 

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Yes…. Iman, D Wade, Joe Zee… EPIC night!

 

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Crossed paths again at the IFB Conference in NYC, where she had the prissy bloggers looking at me funny because she pulled me from the crowd to give me a hug. Hilarious.

IFB Conference in NYC circa 2011 or 12 maybe. Iman dished on her humble beginnings and told us that soon after, she’d be launching an online magazine and needed contributors. I doubted that I’d even be considered in the pool of amazing bloggers there, but guess who got chosen? ME!

 

Destination IMAN

I wrote my first fashion story on Iman’s new site, of all places. The response was CRAZY and I was so blessed for being given a chance to show my work on such a big platform.

The 1st piece I wrote for Destination Iman, titled Sans Color Sweeps the New York Runways, covered the white & black monochromatic trend that was seen sauntering up and down the runway in the Spring 2013 collections.  I got lost in the text, analyzing and having to find creative ways to express creativity that was almost impossible to verbalize; that’s what raw emotion will do to you! I was so proud of it that I printed out a hard copy, and thank goodness I did, because I can no longer access it online. I did get the opportunity to contribute another piece, titled In Full Bloom, You can read it here.

Iman and I at the Destination Iman launch party, NYC 2012

The Destination Iman launch party. I mean, I was walking in the same room as Rachel Roy, Estelle, supermodels, the guest list was insane. I was right where I was supposed to be.

 

Iman invited me to the DestinationIman.com launch party during the IFB conference, and during the whole week leading up to the party, I was a nervous wreck! I was so happy to be in the presence of such heavy hitters in the industry. Of course I wrote about that experience too.

 

Iman has helped create some of my best memories and experiences in the fashion industry For that, I am forever grateful!

Happy Birthday, Fashion Fairy Godmother!!!

With love,

SB

A Chat with Supermogul, IMAN!

All of you know that I absolutely ADORE Iman…supermodel, supermogul, CEO, super mom, super woman! What doesn’t she do??? Since 1975 when Iman was first discovered by fashion photographer Peter Beard, she has graced the covers of the most notable publications, strutted the runways of the most famed designers, and has continued to bring us products that beautify women, while maintaining versatility and keeping the essence of glamour and sophistication. In 1994, Iman launched  her self titled cosmetics line for women of color, IMAN Cosmetics, that is still at the front lines of being one of the BEST cosmetics lines for women of color. I recently won an IMAN Cosmetics “Eye-Con” palette, which is a palette that consist of 12 different shadows from their new Boho Chic collection, and can I just tell you how excited I am?! I can’t wait to dive in!

Iman also launched her Global Chic clothing and accessories line, exclusively for HSN, in 2007; a collection inspired from places all around the world. The value and quality of the pieces in this line are unbelieveable! They are cost efficient and they give you so much value and a look of sophistication and glamour, which is very important to Iman. I could go on forever talking about the accomplishments Iman has made over the course of her career, but I’d rather let you hear her take from her words!
I was sooooo thrilled when Iman agreed to do a Q&A for The Runway Times, simply honored! She is so humble and always so willing to help others and she could never know how much I appreciate her taking valuable time to do this for me. So, without further ado, here it is! …

When you began modeling in 1975, what do you remember being the most exciting part for you? (ie. Runway,  photo shoots, etc.)

I loved both but I have to say the runway was more exciting – to be doing Theiry Mugler, Claude Montana and Jean Paul Gaultier at the beginning of their careers was exhilarating! Those days fashion shows were pure theater… the hair, makeup, sets were all masterly created to bring the whole theme of that particular collection to life.

Have you noticed a major change in the fashion industry in terms of how models were viewed years ago and how they are viewed now?

Unfortunately, models are no longer muses! When I used to model, designers always asked me how I felt about the clothes or how I would style it. Our opinions mattered then but unfortunately now the girls are all told to walk the same hence making them more like mannequins. I think the designers are doing themselves a disservice, as there are truly great models around that could become a plus for the designers instead of only relying upon the stylists. Most models’ off duty clothes look better than most of what comes down the runway… sometimes!

Out of the many shows you have done throughout your career, which was your absolute favorite? Why?

Mr. Yves Saint Laurent when he chose me as his muse for his “African Queen Couture Collection”. He cut the fabrics from bolts on my body… I stood for hours on heels and sheer silk pantyhose and nothing else but it was a once in a lifetime experience and to top it all I did the campaign for it with the legendary photographer David Bailey. Unforgettable!

Who or what inspires you today in your roles as CEO of Iman Cosmetics, designer of Global Chic, and many of your other doings?

My inspirations come from diverse places and people, but travel is always where I gather and collect. I am a chic “hoarder”. Sights and cultures are key for my inspirations from beading in India to sunset in Lamu in Africa to how a girl on the streets of Harlem ties her turban!

What are some of your top picks for this spring season?

I love the 70′s deluxe revisited as I can remember wearing it at Studio 54′s heyday but I also love all the colors… it is so uplifting!  I loved Marc Jacobs, Rachel Roy, Rodarte,DVF, Suno & Duro Oluwu .

AHHHHH! I’m still extra excited, this was a honor and I thank Iman so much for her insight into today’s fashion scene! I hope you all enjoyed and like always, thanks for reading.
Sharontina B.