It is a designer’s dream’ to end up on the shelves of world-class stores like Neiman Marcus. Recently Theresa Ebagua’s dream of being in partnership with the luxury department store Neiman Marcus was fulfilled. She shared how, as a black designer, it means so much for her to be a part of such a reputed and famous store.
Ebagua had an epiphany on a flight back from London, after visiting her mother’s funeral that life is too short for her to be spending it at a 9-5 job working for a tech company. She realized she wanted to be a footwear designer while reading a magazine about the latest news about footwear designing brands. She said to herself, “I have always been fascinated by shoes. This is exactly what I should be doing with my life” and decided to join Ars Sutoria in Italy where she learned everything she needed to learn about designing footwear.
She gave up her successful career in the tech industry to start her shoe line ‘Chelsea Paris,’ which she named after her two daughters Chelsea and Paris. After realizing how there are so few black women designers in the footwear industry, she named her brand after her daughters to inspire them to follow in her footsteps. Her aim was to encourage her girls to dream and follow their passions just like their mother.
The Chelsea Paris footwear line makes a point out of making footwear more sustainable by using eco-friendly and sustainable materials including vegetable-tanned and metal-free leathers. All the textiles that are used in making the shoes are ecologically produced, and the factory they are made in only uses organic and cruelty-free dyes, glues, and other materials. All the footwear is handmade by skilled and experienced European artisans.
Anya Taylor-Joy Awes the Onlookers in a Bold and Flowing Metallic Gown
Actress Anya Taylor-Joy simply stunned the onlookers with her gorgeous gown at the Los Angeles premiere of her latest movie Last Night in Soho. The 25 years old young and talented actress has opted for a shimmery glittery look, and it didn’t disappoint at all!
For the premiere, Anya Taylor-Joy chose a floor-kissing metallic gold gown with a bold plunging neckline. The blonde beauty styled her waist-length golden locks in loose waves, gently falling down one of her shoulders. She paired the dress with a stone-studded emerald green necklace. The unusual choice paid well by adding the bling of color! Nude lips and smoky eyes completed her red carpet look. Her entire appearance was undeniably chic, with bold and shimmery styling perfectly blended with traditional elegance.
Last Night in Soho was released on last 29th October. The movie is a psychological thriller, directed by much-admired director Edgar Wright. The plot centers around Eloise (played by Thomasin McKenzie), an aspiring fashion designer, and her mysterious journey back to the 1960s, where she met a dazzling budding singer Sandie (played by Taylor-Joy). As the story develops, more sinister twists unravel behind the glitz and glamour, and the golden dreams of the past start to collapse into something far darker. The film also has an elaborate cast of Matt Smith, Synnove Karlsen, Jessie Mei Li, and the Harry Potter famed twins James and Oliver Phelps, among others. This is also the posthumous release and last work of actress Margaret Nolan.
The planning behind the film was actually ongoing for years, starting from the first time Anya Taylor-Joy met Edgar Wright just after The Witch in 2015, which marked the film debut of the actress. Wright first cast Taylor-Joy in the role of Eloise, but later they both decided to go for the more audacious character of Sandie.