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Letter From The Editor: Give A little…Get A Little

Posted in Art Nouveau with tags , , , , , , , on September 3, 2009 by James Field

I was speaking with my mom the other day and she was telling me about how she let a woman cut in front of her in line at the store, and how more people need to be more gracious and giving by doing simple things like that. She was absolutely correct, in this day and age people seem to only look out for themselves and care not about the lives of others, its time we connect. Simple actions such as helping an elderly up a flight of steps, buying someone a gift just because, letting someone take your seat on the train are all ways to be more caring in this world. Because lets face it, life’s too short to not care.


Thanks Mom…love you!



Posted in Art Nouveau with tags , , , , , , , , on August 29, 2009 by James Field
Simple is love….simple is passion….simple is imperfection….simple is going with the flow….simple is letting loose….simple is love….simple is spritual….simple is cherished……


T.B.N Interviews: Okera Banks

Posted in T.B.N Interviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 25, 2009 by James Field


The world of fashion is an ever growing bubble of style, glamour and art, and within that bubble are many parts. From photography and modeling to editing and buying, the list goes on, but one part in particular is of great importance to me, styling. Having such an obsession with fashion and style it was only inevitable that The Black Nouveau would interview a dynamic, intelligent and beautiful Celebrity stylist, Ms. Okera Banks.

Celebrity Stylist / Okera Banks

Celebrity Stylist / Okera Banks

 T.B.N: Being a celebrity fashion stylist is without a doubt a glamorous job to have, what do you love most about it?

Okera: What I love most about my job as a celebrity fashion stylist is when my client and I walk away excited and in love with the final look and they get wonderful reviews.  It is like a HUGE A+ for me.

T.B.N: What drove you to become a stylist? What drove me to become a stylist… Hmm, insanity LOL! I’m just playing. Seriously, it’s my passion for fashion, art and life. Fashion is an artistic expression of feeling and what is life without feeling?– especially when you’re feeling and looking really good.

T.B.N: Working with celebrity clients and working on television series probably has its perks, but what are the hardest things about it? 

Okera: I would have to say the most challenging moment for me is staying true to my creative eye and what I know is an amazing look for the particular event, while making sure I give my celebrity client confidence, security and comfort.  When it comes to television, things are a little more challenging because, as a stylist, you still want to stay true to your creativity, provide the celeb client with comfort and confidence, plus you need to make sure the executive producers and the network are happy with the styling of the character for this particular show.

T.B.N: For all of the aspiring fashion stylist’s out there, what advice would you give them on their pursuit of this field of work?

Okera: Work very very hard, don’t become overly anxious to dress anyone, build great relationships with all designers, keep your word in this business because the circle is very small, take care and be very responsible with the clothing you are pulling and returning, don’t steal for yourself or anyone (it is not worth it at all), and remember that even though it’s fashion, it’s still a business and you should conduct yourself as a business person (with flare).

T.B.N: Being a fashion student I get a familiar tingling when Fashion Week rolls around, is that time of the year busy for you? 

Okera: Fashion week is an exciting and important week for fashion.  However, it differs depending on your practice within the business.  If you’re a stylist in the editorial world for a high fashion magazine, then yes it is crazy for you.  If you’re checking out the shows and ordering at the same time, yes it’s crazy.  If you’re shopping for a client and checking your options for award seasons, then as a stylist your plate is moderate. Although, fashion week itself is fast-paced because of the energy and hopping from one show to the next.

T.B.N: What inspires your work? 

Okera: My inspiration comes from quiet a few things: history of costume, history of art, architecture and people. 

T.B.N: Your based in Los Angeles? What are the clients there like there compared to New York clients? 

Okera: I’m  based in Los Angeles and have spent time working in New York and I have to say that there’s not much difference in clientele, because your client could be bi-coastal and live in both states.  What I can say is that, New York sets the tone for what is hot and LA makes it fun and trendy.

T.B.N: What are your dreams and goals for your career? 

Okera: To leave a legacy of my work and my contribution to fashion, in one way or another.

T.B.N: Finally, 5 years from now where do you see yourself?  In five years, I see myself happy with a healthy wonderful family, a published book, clothing line and a hot television show.

The Black Nouveau sincerely thanks,

Celebrity Stylist, Okera Banks &

Joy Donell of 720 PR Beverley Hills, California.

By: James Field / The Black Nouveau

Letter From The Editor: A Bloggers Passion

Posted in Art Nouveau with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 22, 2009 by James Field

I just don’t know whats been going on with me lately but it seems like I’m lost. Everyday I feel unfulfilled and distracted, nothing seems to work for me, clothes look old, my skin is oily and acne prone, my energy levels are low and I don’t feel happy. Today I woke up and I didn’t want to do anything, I felt like just running away and never comingback, that was until I opened my laptop and began to write. When I blog about things that make me happy, I feel alive, I feel complete, I feel like my passion drive is back. So know when I feel like crap and things aren’t going my way, look out for a blog post about Dior or Hermes or something that you know that I love to write about, and after which I will be beaming from ear to ear with a big bright smile. Do what makes you happy…this makes me happy.



Are Good Ideas Meditated, Or Do They Just Come Out Naturally?

Posted in Art Nouveau with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 14, 2009 by Aboubacar Ballo


The brightest ideas don’t always come easy, especially when you’re trying to come up with one. My theory is, your most brilliant ones somewhat comes naturally, and it doesn’t have to be meditated nor planned, it sought of just pops up!! To give this theory a little more balance, I went around asking my friends and family what they thought of this question.

Do you think good ideas come naturally, or does it have to be meditated? 10 out the 12 people I asked this question to, all give me a quick answer. Stating, It just comes To you, it sought of pops up, I think they can come in both ways, I think bright ideas sometimes come naturally. And Out of ten, 2 people give me a well rounded answer.

“I changed my mind, good ideas comes naturally but afterwards it’s mediated because you need to tell someone so that you can get their opinion on it. Moreover; ideas need to be balanced through its pros and cons”. (Skyler Mccrimmon). The second person I asked this question to, is a very close friend of mine.

“Ok bright idea’s comes naturally, because they should not be imitated or fraudulent”. (Tiffany Goff). There we have it, the beginning of good ideas doesn’t always have to be plan nor focused on, because when you do so it becomes frustrating for “ones” mind. Moreover, our brains are nothing more then thinking machines, we are constantly coming up with new ideas every second. Therefore, have your pen and paper handy, just in case new ideas comes rushing your way!


Ab!  Signing off!!