Name/Alias: Ekei Henshaw/Chic Simplicity
Website/Blog: www.chicsimplicity.blogspot.com
Location: Boston. NY-wannabe.

Q: How do you define the word “Fashionista”?
I think the word “Fashionista” describes a super chic individual; one with an elegantly defined, yet continuously evolving sense of style, who appreciates the sensibilities of the fashion industry and goes beyond to redefine parts of it whether locally or in extensive proportions.

Q: What’s the one store online and off that represents you and why?
This would have to be a tie between Barneys NY and Bergdorf’s; Simply the uttermost decadent style emporiums, they carry everything I could possibly need!! Ever!!

Q: What celebrities do you look to for fashion inspiration?
While I do acknowledge the underlying symbiosis between aspects of the fashion industry and pop culture celebrities — a constantly alternating aegis if you will — I don’t really look to celebrities for fashion inspiration. Now you think I’m a sad prospect, I know. Haha. But, I am my own muse.

Q: Who are some of your favorite designers?
The most impossible of questions: I love Oscar de la Renta, Karl Lagerfeld (for Chanel), Armani, Peter Som, Daniella Issa Helayel, Zac Posen, Alber Elbaz, Carolina Herrera, Nicolas Ghesquière, Duro Olowu, Tomas Maier, Nicole Miller, Malcolm Harris, Giambattista Valli, Michael Herz and Graeme Fidler (for Aquascutum), Hussein Chalayan, Jean Paul Gaultier, Monique Lhuillier… I could go on and on, and I wish I could really afford most of their pieces.

Q: What’s the best piece of fashion advice you have ever received?
It’s always better to be over-dressed than under-dressed, don’t you think? (c) My Mom
(When we were younger, she’d add the “don’t you think” part to make us – her three gyrls – feel like we were making the decision for ourselves, even though the expected response was always a compliant affirmative. Now, as a discerning young woman, I take this piece of advice to heart.)
P.S. Yes, that’s how I choose to spell “gyrls”. So much sassier, don’t you think? *wink*

Q: What’s your fashion resolution for this year?
To persist and to evolve.

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  • Dionne

    She is okay, and I’d visit her site. But I kind of agree with DBCO; Ekei’s use of the word aegis was out of place and a bit awkward. I’m a writer and I believe in writing for clarity and that sometimes simplicity is best. The best writing is that that values clarity (again) over verbosity. Either way, I don’t normally dissect others writing and I’m not taking away from her. I like the fact that she love fashion. In the end, it’s just a blog for fun.

  • kiki

    I think this is a great feature. I’ve been reading her blog for a while, and you can tell she knows what she’s talking about and is very into high fashion. I think the fact that she seems so passionate and serious about high fashion may come as out of the ordinary for a few folks, we are expecting her to have the tone of the seemly typical black writer (whatever we have come to expect that to be). Great job.

  • Nai

    I just wanna check her Good will bags before she sends them off!!!!

  • Her blog is fun! I quite like…

  • Kesh

    I have to agree with DBCO. Her sense of fashion is great, however, her writing makes no sense. She doesn’t sound that smart at all… she sounds a bit too extra, if you ask me :).