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FASHION & Beauty
Style Profiles: A Rise in Black Fashion Bloggers
By: Andrella Muffy Gaynor, Clark Atlanta University C’2015
creator of all-
is a brilliant fashion
and blogger. The
concentration of her
work is street style.
She has also been a
contributor to many
reputable fashion publications such as
Glamour U.S., Haper’s Bazaar U.S., and
Vogue Pelle to name a few. McPherson
actually got her start with Glamour where
she photographed street styles in Milan.
McPherson was born on the island
of Jamaica. She lived there for about six
years until she moved with her family
to New York City. McPherson currently
resides in Milan, Italy where she lives with
her husband and son.
An educated woman, McPherson
initially studied Literature and Rhetoric,
at Binghamton University soon after she
received a JD/MBA from Fordham Law
and Business School. Shortly after her
educational achievements, McPherson
found herself wanting to dabble in the
world of fashion, realizing that this is
where her passion had always been.
McPherson's inspiration spawns
from her mother and aunt dressing her in
various styles and dresses as a young girl.
McPherson recalls this experience in an
interview with Vogue magazine in 2010.
McPherson's personality is that of a
woman who knows what she wants not
only in fashion, but also in life. She shares
on her blog that she is a “simplistically
idealistic, champion for the underdog, too
! sensitive at times and just plain human.”
Her heart and ear are one with the street.
This is evident in her success as a
i street style photographer, which can be
i attributed to her humble nature.
Joshua Kissi and Travis Grumbs
are known for launching the style blog
StreetEtiquette.com. The popular denim
company, G-Star had Kissi and Grumbs
style their men’s lookbook for Spring/
blog was started out of “pure” boredom.
Created right after the duo finished high
school, the blog has been recognized by
the London Times to be among the “40
Bloggers Who Really Count”. It has also
been featured in many publications such
as GQ and Essence.
The Bronx natives connected
themselves to the heart of their urban
metropolis and decided to define the life
styles that come with fashion for men.
They are known for documenting fashions
in New York but are not limited to just
one city. Kissi and Crumbs have received
accolades from all over the world and they
continue to increase.
The fashion style is a mix of cool
and class. The duo’s curiosity of the
world and where it’s going ignited the title
“Street Etiquette”. In Nordstrom’s Men
Styles Profile, the two speak about the title
saying it tells their story.
“Something that can be usually
classified as bad, Street Etiquette is
something that’s classified as good” said
the duo. “It’s a representation of us and it
is a positive representation.”
and a bit of celebrity dash. Two young,
fashionably hungry women trying to make
it in the fast streets of New York City
created the blog. They refer to themselves
as Glamazon Jessica and Glamazon
Jessica, a suburban girl from New
Jersey, realized that internships were not
beneficial. She decided to take action
and follow her dreams in fashion and
Andrea, a Texas native, has a similar
passion as Jessica. Graduating with a
degree in Journalism, Andrea jumped
right into the publishing realm after
The two collaborated their passions
and started a blog that is progressively
moving up in the fashion and lifestyle
his career off in
world of fashion
by styling. He
then moved to
blogging and photography. He did this to
make sure he would always be employed.
He also saw a gap online when it came to
Louge’s blog is entitled Dapper Lou.
It is a progressive menswear website
that focuses on quality and style. He is a
street style photographer that captures the
essence of men from their perspective.
Louge’s is also a writer for Essence
and a notable stylist for Vogue.it and GQ.
Barney’s New York and The Window Blog
interviewed him and he gave a few tips
for men’s fashion. One that stood out was
“color is your friend not your enemy”
which epitomizes his ideals in Fashion and
Style. Barney's gave a visual of his trade
work by saying “he knows how to take the
chaos of the city and scope out only the
best in street style.”