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Kai Milla Wants to Design Michelle O.’s Inauguration Gown!

Posted by Krei Teylorr on December 13, 2008

The latest fashion designer to submit sketches for the much anticipated inaugural ball gown for abfab First Lady Michelle O. is Kai Milla.

Design by Kai Milla/People.com

Design by Kai Milla/People.com

Kai Milla Morris is the wife of music legend Stevie Wonder. Her designs have been modeled by famous faces including Oprah Winfrey and Petra Nemcova. Her latest collection, Inaugural 2009, is inspired by our future First Lady, who Milla believes will be a trendsetter like former First Lady Jackie O. “Mrs. Obama has a style the modern woman can relate to, this timeless appeal, and I think that’s something a lot of women are attracted to”, says the designer of her latest muse. 

This jewel-toned gown was designed by Milla to highlight Mrs. O’s fantastic figure “Her tall frame is a designer’s dream,” she says. “She can do an off-the-shoulder look, or even a backless dress. I would love to see her in a structured silhouette.” 

Kai Milla only one of many celebrity designers eager to dress Michelle Obama on her big night (yes, its as much her night as it is her husbands. Behind every strong man is an even stronger woman. Amen.) Check out some more designs below:

Design by Marc Bouwer/People.com

Design by Marc Bouwer/People.com

Design by Christian Lacroix/WWD.com

Design by Christian Lacroix/WWD.com

Design by Oscar de la Renta/WWD.com

Design by Oscar de la Renta/WWD.com

Design by Tracy Reese/WWD.com

Design by Tracy Reese/WWD.com

Design by Betsey Johnson/WWD.com

Design by Betsey Johnson/WWD.com

Design by Monique Lhuillier/WWD.com

Design by Monique Lhuillier/WWD.com

Design by Carolina Herrera/WWD.com

Design by Carolina Herrera/WWD.com

Design by Diane Von Furstenberg/WWD.com

Design by Diane Von Furstenberg/WWD.com

Design by Michael Kors/WWD.com

Design by Michael Kors/WWD.com

Design by Nicole Miller/WWD.com

Design by Nicole Miller/WWD.com

“[As the first African-American First lady] She’s the first of her kind,” says Marc Bouwer. “The designer who gets this will snag a major part of history. This will be remembered now and for forever.” I can smell a cat fight coming on. Ooh-wee!

Check out more designs here!

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Portobello Road & Market

Posted by Krei Teylorr on December 6, 2008

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After spending three months in London, I’m ashamed to admit that I haven’t yet seen all that London has to offer. Of course I’ve seen all the famous attractions, like Big Ben and Buckingham Palace, but I was never pressed to sightsee because, well, I thought I’d have time. I definitely took the length of my stay here for granted. At times it felt like this experience was never going to end! But now that it is, I’m running around like a chicken without a head trying to cram in all the stuff people all over the world come to see so that I can have pretty pictures for Facebook and maybe even a funny story. 

Today, a friend and I visited the Portobello Road Market, one of the more famous outdoor markets in London.  Portobello is most noted for its antique goods, though there is also a fresh food market as well. You can find lots of quirky gifts here. It’d be the perfect sort of thing for someone who has a very unique, or eclectic style (such as myself :-)). I bought a pretty purple dress for £15 and got two rings, which were £5 a piece (I’ll put pics up soon). 

Saturday is the main shopping day and to say that it can get pretty crowded would be an understatement. You’d think that they were giving away money! 

Take a picture under the Portobello Road street sign. Or you can buy a souvenir street sign for £5-10, depending on the size. Portobello Road

I thought that prices were reasonable, even though vintage goods can be pretty pricey. Usually, vendors will be open to negotiation. The guy who I bought my dress from wasn’t, but hey. It never hurts to try. 

Where: Portobello Road Market 

Gettting There: Central Line to Notting Hill Station  or Hammersmith and City Line to Ladbroke Grove Station

Why You’ll Like It: Unique finds, lively atmosphere

Why You’ll Hate It: Crowds, inclement weather (remember, its an outdoor market. Be sure to visit on a day when the weather is tolerable)

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