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Today I’m so excited for the very first The Fashion Bomb Intern post. First up is Elita, who brings us a Style File on top model Chanel Iman. Read on…

Fashion Bomb intern Elita checking in!
I’m a Chicago-born, Miami-bred girl who also did time in NYC (shout out to all my peoples in Queens). I’m a librarian by trade, fashionista by birth. My grandmother was a seamstress and my mom passed along her eclectic taste to me. Living in a climate where it’s scorching hot 90% of the year makes me partial to vibrant prints, embellished sandals and short shift dresses, but I love classic pieces that can carry you from season to season as well. Some of my favorite designers are Zac Posen, Catherine Malandrino, John Galliano for Dior and Max Azria (BGBG).

For this week’s Style File, I chose to profile up-and-coming model Chanel Iman.


You may have noticed her as the only black woman gracing Vogue’s May 2007 cover, an ode to fashion’s 10 new superstars, poised to become one of the world’s next top models. You probably also spotted her strutting her stuff down the runways in Paris for the likes of Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler, Dolce & Gabbana and Valentino. All in her first season of shows!

Chanel Iman Robinson, the daughter of a half-Korean mother and an African-American father, was born in ATL and raised in L.A. After begging her mother to take her to an agency, she was signed on the spot to Ford Models at age 12. She was also third runner-up in the Ford Supermodel of the World competition last year, which jump started her career. Now the 5’10” stunner divides her time between NY, L.A. and Paris and is home schooled so she can concentrate on her career full-time.

Ms. Robinson states her favorite store is Zara and her favorite label is, of course, Chanel.

When she’s not ripping the runway,

Ms. Robinson opts for cute baby doll dresses

Bold colors and prints

And loves the layered look, mixing high and low end pieces.

Want to cop her look for summer? Try these bold, flirty tops and dresses:

Top Row: Chain Neck Printed Halter, by T-Bags, $194, shopbop.com
Calle Ocho Dress, $188, www.anthropologie.com.
Bottom Row: Diane Von Furstenberg Adelaide dress, $325, www.net-a-porter.com; Tracey Reese silk pocket cami, $240, www.pinkmascara.com.
Claire back…so I went to the DVF Sale yesterday and it was crazy! It may have been raining, but the line was really long…

And inside wasn’t much better!

After an hour or so, I found a few dresses including this one…

that Christina Milian wore here…

for $150 (50% off retail)! I rocked it to a party last night, and it was a hit! Anyway check out the DVF sale…

…all current season are in stock, and it’s on until Friday.

PS Shout out to Robin Givhan, fashion editor of the Washington Post, for winning the Eugenia Sheppard Award last night at the CFDA’s. It’s awarded to a writer, photographer, or editor who has used his or her craft to further the profession of fashion reporting and coverage. Congrats!
PSS Need that perfect summer bag? Check out The B Life Blog for a few suggestions.

9 thoughts on “Style File: Chanel Iman”

  1. great post claire, i’m loving that dvf dress!

    and congrats to Elita! that was an amzing debut to the world of the fashion bomb, I’ll keep reading for sure.


  2. uh oh claire u betta watch yo back somebody’s trying to get they shine on j/p good job elita. and claire i luved that dress didnt ever think it would be affordable but $150 is really good.

  3. Hey Claire! Love your new DVF dress! I went to the sale today and found a few cute wrap dresses. Thanks for the tip! Meanwhile, Kudos to Elita! Well done :)

  4. Hey Claire! I’m on my way to the DVF sale tomorrow. Wish me luck as I enter the crazy world of sample sale shopping. By the way, thanks for the b-life shout out. luv ya! Jen

  5. That is a great buy!
    About Chanel, there is something about her mouth that I really don’t like. Oh, and she is not that smart, I saw an interview of her: boring!
    But she is very skinny so I guess that is the most important thing in model world.

  6. Diana, can we give Chanel a little bit of a pass since she is only 17 and a HS drop out? :-)

  7. A fab job to a fab fashionista, Elita. I swear as I read your bio I said to myself, “This chick has my life!!” Similar to you, I’m all over the place. LOL. I am a Afro-Nicaraguan (also called ‘Creoles’) and I grew up in Miami. I lived in DC for a while and I’m moving to Baton Rouge, LA soon. Like you I am a librarian and fashionista. Both of my grandmothers (like most Latin grannies) sew and make their own clothes. Weird huh?! Yippy, I have a twin out in the blogosphere!

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