Trinidadian beauty Vashtie Kola has been behind-the-scenes for some time now but somehow her style always manages to end up taking center stage wherever she is.

Her birthday outfit, the Cali Dress by Dominique Auxilly, is the latest example. Vashtie wrote on her blog that the black and neon dress (shown below) was: “90’s video hoe meets Jean-Paul Gaultier in outer space.”

It’s so easy to envy Vashtie’s style because she has the smarts and talent to back it up. She is a party promoter; she was the first women to ever design a pair of Nike Air Jordan’s and she directed Solange’s T.O.N.Y and Kid Cudi’s Heaven at Night.

Vashtie’s line Violette New York is a reflection of her awesome talent and style. In her own words, “Imagine if Louis Vuitton had a daughter who lived on the Lower East Side [of New York City]–she’d be rocking a luxury handbag and a fly pair of kicks. Her wardrobe would consist of rare designer items and delicate vintage pieces.” That’s a look we can get behind.

Click through some of our favorite looks below:

-Channing Hargrove

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