~an eccentric woman with extraordinarily memorable, often misunderstood but unmistakably distinctive style.

"It is my intent to showcase that which I consider wearable art.
Clothing that is whimsical, dramatic, avant-garde and on the
cutting edge of design - as seen through my eyes.
Brilliance and madness are interchangeable.
This is my style inspiration. I invite you into my world."
~Claudia Byrdine

Tuesday, August 2, 2011


Vogue Italia enlists some of fashion’s top black models including Chanel Iman, Jourdan Dunn, Melodie Monrose, Ajak Deng, Arlenis Sosa, Sessilee Lopez, Rose Cordero, Kinee Diouf and Mia Aminata Niaria for a smoldering shoot

Thank you Italian Vogue for a wonderful editorial featuring women of color. I would love to see more diversity of models in fashion spreads. We are all but a shade of brown - showcase all of us.

"THE BLACK ALLURE" And the fashion is all about vivid color.

I love the smokey, jazzy feel of these photographs. The sultry feel of the 1920's and 30's.

These fabulous garments in delicious bright colors against ebony shin sets the mood.

I'm finding animal print somewhat overdone but this large pattern leopard dress takes it up a notch. It gives it a new feel. I love this fabric.

Orange gown with gold accessories, platinum blonde hair cropped tight - WOW!

Draped cowl neckline and legs that go on forever...

Hats, those fabulous hats!

Bangles and more bangles. Pile them on - wrist armor.

Black on white

The turban and the jacket = I WANT!

Photographed by Emma Summerton
Styled by Edward Enninful
For Vogue Italia

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