Thursday, December 22, 2011

Style Profile…Ni’ma Ford

 

First job?

 

It was actually at Abercrombie!  I learned how to style outfits for customers. Thankfully, when my interest in that store died my passion for styling lived on.  Now I’m a fashion stylist.

 

What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever worn?

 

I wore a black garbage bag as a head wrap once. I thought it looked really great at the time!

 

Which part of your look have you experimented with recently?

 

My hair is pretty fun. It’s blonde now, but sometimes I add a little pink. It was red for a while, but I love wearing red… so that didn’t work out very well.

 

Next I think i’ll dye the front green and the back pink, maybe a streak of blue.

 

Style icon?

 

I would say early Lisa Bonet, she was so funky.  I have an image where she’s wearing this top hat, it looks as if she just tossed it on, so it doesn’t look crazy.

 

She was fearless with everything; her blazers and brooches, the way she tied her hair… even her makeup colors!

 

 

 

How does your upbringing reflect in your style today?

 

My mother and grandmother were very stylish women.

 

My grandmother’s vintage watch doubles as a bracelet with two bands of African beads and a soft gold face.  My mom’s big plaited necklaces hit right at the collar…the shapes and materials of their pieces are all so unique.

 

Where else do you find unique pieces?

 

There’s a church in Westchester that opens up the first Saturday of each month for flea market heaven.

 

It’s so great and no one really knows about it, but I’ve found endless treasures; a Burberry trench, a Givenchy hoodie from the 80’s, great hats.

 

You never know where you’re going to find really amazing things. I’ll stop on any drive, no matter how many people I’m with, and pop into little places a long the way.

 

Are you ever surprised by where you find style inspiration?

 

I’m actually really inspired by kids. They dress up in whatever they want and just have fun with it.  I try to do that too.

 

When do you dress your best?

 

I usually dress my best when I’m really tired.  I’ll put on a black fringe dress, a lace scarf, a headpiece, and bright red lips to conceal how tired I am!

 

Which shoes do you love to wear?

 

Combat boots! They’re comfy, a little grungy, you can wear them with anything, and they’re great dancing shoes.   I’ll put them on with a black lace skirt to mix it up. I have a lot of heels though, and I can run pretty well in platforms, especially during fashion week.

 

Stylish movies that inspire you?

 

Funny Face. Everyone’s dressed up, and I love the photo shoot concept.

 

Also, Auntie Mame; she wore party dresses everywhere she went, even in her apartment!  She would change her hair as she changed her mood.

 

Most stylish cities?

 

I like the way people combine pieces in Tokyo, the street style in London, and the tribes in Africa.

 

Preferred skincare/fragrance?

 

I love Kai, It smells so fresh!  I use Palmer’s cocoa butter and C.O. Bigelow minty balm on everything.

 

Who would you hire to design your wardrobe?

 

Nicola Formichetti or Marc Jacobs… unique silhouettes and bright patterns.  There’s an element of surprise with Marc from season to season.

 

Which publications do you read regularly?

 

Arise, Zink, and Nylon; they’re young and relevant.  Interview Magazine because I really admire Fabien Baron’s creativity and dedication.

 

Whose photography would you fill your home with?

 

David LaChapelle…his work is bright and crazy; the set, the props, the story, the imagination… the whole thing. I have a wild imagination and try to actualize even the most outrageous ideas.  He makes some outrageous ideas happen.

 

Recent ‘must-have’?

 

I’m really into tattoos right now, so that’s my latest must-have.  I want a bunch of hangers falling down my arm.  I recently painted hangers gold, they’re on my wall as a sculpture.

 

Latest indulgence?

 

As much as I love fashion, you can’t put a price on a good meal.  I treat myself to dessert at least twice a week.  I always get rice cakes in Chinatown, the amazing marshmallow milkshake at Stand4, and French toast rice pudding.

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  1. Ophelia

    December 22, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Her colour coordination is flawless!

    http://cestlavieophelia.blogspot.com/

  2. Bohemian Style

    December 22, 2011 at 9:46 am

    So pretty!

    theBohmerian.com

  3. Little Blond Bird

    December 22, 2011 at 9:59 am

    I love these style profiles and reading about such interesting and creative women. Keep them coming!

    http://littleblondbird.blogspot.com/

  4. Lauren

    December 22, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Loved this photo when you first posted it and still love it now!

    The Styleseer
    http://styleseer.blogspot.com

  5. Johnny

    December 22, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Love the color blocking of the hat and the skirt, really cool!

  6. LocalCeleb

    December 22, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Love her! Great interview

    http://www.localcelebz.blogspot.com/

  7. Akosua

    December 22, 2011 at 10:24 am

    This has to be the best Style Profile yet!!! I had to restrain myself a little from sharing the whole entire thing on my tumblr.

  8. MacGuffin

    December 22, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Absolutely beautiful, especially the first photo. Love the blue, love the coat, love everything. The epitome of style.

  9. Suzanne Nelson

    December 22, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Beautiful and inspiring – this post has brightened my day!
    Loving the Style Profile series, Sart – thanks!

  10. Haley

    December 22, 2011 at 10:43 am

    loving this post! very inspirational. The pic is stunning too!

  11. Nika

    December 22, 2011 at 10:54 am

    waaaauw she looks so cool!

  12. girl6_nyc

    December 22, 2011 at 11:06 am

    A sista! I love it. Thanks for such a great interview and I’d love to see more of her personal style… she wouldn’t happen to have a blog?

  13. Anna Louisa

    December 22, 2011 at 11:25 am

    I agree with everyone regarding this series…keep them coming, please!

    http://anna-gemutlichkeit.blogspot.com/

  14. Vanessa

    December 22, 2011 at 11:27 am

    She is so beautiful and fun. Even from and island so far away she seems like someone I’d love to know. Really wonderful personal style.

  15. Aster*

    December 22, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Gorgeous photos of a beautiful woman confident in her own style. Love her outfit especially in the first photo.

  16. Anna

    December 22, 2011 at 11:37 am

    David LaChapelle… smart choice! I also would love some Mario Testino pics…

    http://brandnewbyanna.blogspot.com

  17. ViSo

    December 22, 2011 at 11:42 am

    I loove the colour of her skirt!! :)

    ViSo

    Lesen.Lieben.Stalken.

  18. fashionattacksme

    December 22, 2011 at 11:42 am

    love teal! and colour block of first pic. she´s so beautifull!
    http://www.fashionattacksme.blogspot.com/

  19. Simone

    December 22, 2011 at 11:46 am

    I love these interviews

  20. nicole

    December 22, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    the combination of all the pieces is amazing!!
    love this kind of posts, keep doing them!!

    http://nm-clindoeil.blogspot.com/

  21. Style Dilettante

    December 22, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Such a fearless girl! Adore all the vintage elements yet she pulls it all together to look so current and unique…

    http://www.inherentstylela.com/

  22. h

    December 22, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Love her style! I love that she takes inspiration from children–and I agree, Lisa Bonet is a very funky woman.

  23. MissFortune

    December 22, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Very interesting interview =)

    Dream Diva
    http://www.dreamdiva.com.au

  24. Carlo

    December 22, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    this is way too awesome!

  25. Joe

    December 22, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    I was always so impressed with Lisa Bonet! She was brilliant! I miss her. She dropped out of the public eye after she left Cosby. It’s great to see someone else was as impressed with her! Thanks for the memories!

  26. Style Anywhere

    December 22, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    I love her!

  27. Idol*Lash

    December 22, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    These outfits are amazing!

  28. idol*Lash

    December 22, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    These outfits are hot!!

  29. wf

    December 22, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    LOVE these style profiles! please keep them coming :D

  30. The life after

    December 22, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    I like that teal colour!

    The Life After

  31. ETC...

    December 22, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Another great profile!

    ETC…

    http://www.eatontradingcompany.com

  32. JP

    December 22, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    I love that woman and her answers are not automatic/dull/ready-made

  33. petrichore

    December 22, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    She has such a strong vision–I’m really enjoying these style profiles. It’s nice to hear the thinking behind another’s style.

    minima/maxima, a blog about minimalist style

  34. Mode'n Marie

    December 22, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    Love this headband !!
    Bises
    Marie

    http://www.modenmarie.com

  35. une chatte grise

    December 22, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Ms. Ford has amazing style; thanks for giving us the opportunity to hear her own reflections on the subject. She sounds like an interesting and thoughtful person. I particularly liked her comments about Lisa Bonet–it’s clear that she’s absorbed the spirit that Ms. Bonet embodied without imitating her, a balance that many find difficult to attain.

  36. Serdane

    December 22, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Love this history !! So nice ” foulard ”

    http://www.younglington.wordpress.com

  37. Marimorena

    December 22, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Great pic! Love the shadows in it! And she’s so stylish! I love the idea of being as brave as a child when wearing!!!

    http://marimorena.wordpress.com

  38. KYBOE USA

    December 22, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    She has the fashion gene from her mother and grandmother–Great Style!

  39. Peter

    December 22, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    I love that she’s inspired by kids… I often see little kids—the ones whose parents let them dress themselves—and wish I could throw things together with the same carefree, I-like-this-and-I-don’t-care attitude that they have.

  40. Sally

    December 22, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    A nice different perspective — what a fun chick!

    http://blog.bungalowco.com/

  41. What Is The New Black

    December 22, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    The first outfit is truly amazing! Every single detail is just spot on! Wow!

  42. Christina

    December 22, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    I adore turbans. Does anyone know how I could wrap it like that??

  43. phoebe

    December 22, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    Now, that’s a great photo

  44. QA Create

    December 22, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    I love the interview in this post. It is nice to know a little more about the subject as opposed to just a picture and location. She has a great sense of style. Very vibrant and colorful. I really like how she says she is inspired by kids because they wear whatever they want.

    http://www.qacreate.com

  45. Hot Sales Blog

    December 22, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Very cool interview. And very good photo. Great, as always!

    http://www.hotsalesblog.com

  46. Eryl Shields

    December 22, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    A woman after my own heart: inspired by kids and loves desert.

  47. sarah

    December 22, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    ah! she’s so cool looking!

  48. Lauren (BestTrendz)

    December 22, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    I love this style profile! She has such a unique style, and she pulls it off effortlessly.

    Do continue this style profile series- they’re so different and fun!

    BestTrendz

  49. Hodan

    December 22, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Ni’ma has a distinct individual sense of style, enjoyed reading your interview with her.

  50. Heather

    December 22, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Unique and fearless.

  51. Tania Poli

    December 22, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    WANT HER SHOES! http://www.taniapoli.com

  52. emma

    December 22, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    the model look very fresh and i have to say a great photo

  53. nowel

    December 22, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    she is beautiful, straight out of a 50′a jazz movie

  54. Fashion Me Wild

    December 22, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Love these photos. So much confidence in her style.

    Check out today’s look:
    http://www.fashionmewild.com

  55. Tracey

    December 22, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    I loved when you posted the 1st pic the first time. Great post.

  56. phoebe

    December 22, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    how about doing a “stepping out” profile on what people are wearing to holiday parties…just for seasonal inspiration..

  57. Cristián Pavez Díaz

    December 22, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    She looks amazing in both looks. I loved the first one! Very jazzy.

    Greetings from Santiago, Chile.

    http://carethewear.wordpress.com
    @cristianpavezd on Twitter.

  58. Lotus Hattersley

    December 22, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Very interesting woman! Natural and not pretentious- love it.

  59. mmm

    December 22, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    a little concerned about her being in to tattoos “right now”.

  60. TeMo

    December 22, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    I really can’t saying anything erudite or meaningful, only gush and say love love love her!

  61. shervinsworld

    December 22, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    I am loving her silient elegance!

    http://www.shervinsworld.com

  62. Sally

    December 23, 2011 at 12:26 am

    Dessert spelled backwards is stressed. Great article!

  63. CultureShockArt

    December 23, 2011 at 12:37 am

    Great interview. Her handbags are fabulous and that hat is so adorable.

  64. Aurore

    December 23, 2011 at 1:34 am

    She is simply awesome !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  65. Damoiseau WM

    December 23, 2011 at 3:01 am

    OMG! I love the coats and the skirt and the dress plus the bag! She really looks amazing!
    exaltthearts.blogspot.com

  66. B.

    December 23, 2011 at 3:18 am

    Her style isn’t really my cup of tea, but was very interesting to read anyway ! and I do really like that first photo

    http://www.tripsandtreasures.blogspot.com
    fashion & lifestyle in BElgium

  67. Charikleia

    December 23, 2011 at 4:27 am

    She is wonderfully dressed and she speaks her heart!

    Your pics are amazing, as if coming from a film noir shooting.

    Kisses from Greece!

  68. Devi

    December 23, 2011 at 5:28 am

    I love her profile… the popping colors suit her very well!! STUNNING!

    xx Devi
    http://www.10K10Q.com

  69. Haidee

    December 23, 2011 at 9:25 am

  70. which me will ibe today

    December 23, 2011 at 9:37 am

    she seems so cool and confident.
    btw, lisa bonet was IT when she was on the cosby show.

    http://whichmewillibetoday.wordpress.com

  71. Thy Nefelibata

    December 23, 2011 at 9:58 am

  72. Linz & Holl

    December 23, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Frickin gorgeous. LOVE.

    http://mygrandpascloset.com

  73. Thefashionguitar

    December 23, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Gorgeous photo. Love the light in it

    XO Charlotte
    http://www.thefashionguitar.com

  74. Audrey

    December 23, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Her look is flawless as is the photo! http://www.casualglamorous.com

  75. Lindsey

    December 23, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    This is a great series! Please keep ‘em coming :)

  76. Dlight

    December 23, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    On the first shot she seems so dramatic! Like her style and she seems to have a sense of huour also (plastic bag as a head wrap! loool)

    Nice interview

    Dlight from Paris,
    La Rue A Du Style
    http://www.larueadustyle.com

  77. druids

    December 23, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Ms. Ford is right. Africa is SUCH a stylish city! The tribes know how to combine different fabrics and proportions with statement accessories so well–must be their indigenous instinct!! ;)

  78. HollyC

    December 23, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    Who wouldn’t love her authentic, original style without a trace of ‘hipper-than-thou’ snobbery? Seems like she’d be super fun to hang out with – especially at those flea markets.

  79. Kilian

    December 23, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    The light of the photo make more amazing and exotic that! Very nice!

    http://buhosandroginos.blogspot.com/

  80. shirl

    December 23, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    Gorgeous pictures! the black and azure outfit was outstanding. perfect shoes too.

    http://www.handsomecomely.com

  81. fashionfunded

    December 23, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Would like to think I helped inspire these style profiles :)
    (with my comment on her pic in November)
    Perfect questions you’ve asked to highlight such an interesting personality.
    THANK YOU! Can’t wait for more to come.

  82. Amber

    December 23, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    I love everything about this.

  83. Miami

    December 23, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Ms. Ford knows how to rock the gamine look and I look forward to seeing more of her street style.

  84. U-M

    December 24, 2011 at 12:01 am

    relaxed perfect style

  85. Bobbie Austin

    December 24, 2011 at 12:16 am

    She looks great
    super trendy
    this is a great shot :)
    love your blog!

    http://bobbieaustinscloset.com/

  86. Stills

    December 24, 2011 at 2:07 am

    Great interview!

    http://www.stills.rs

  87. Name*

    December 24, 2011 at 2:56 am

    Very interesting. I can see her influences at work. I too used to think Lisa Bonnet was just the most beautiful person ever when I was a kid!

  88. Lina

    December 24, 2011 at 6:51 am

    Dramatic with great sense for color and proportion

  89. Laura

    December 24, 2011 at 9:55 am

    I would love to see her blonde hair!

  90. Anastasia

    December 24, 2011 at 11:14 am

    She is flawless

    Merry X-Mas from Paris, city of light

  91. Charlotte Wilder

    December 24, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    These profiles are so awesome. I love them!
    xx
    Charlotte
    http://www.thewilderthings.com

  92. Lucia

    December 24, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    “I’m actually really inspired by kids. They dress up in whatever they want and just have fun with it. I try to do that too.” For me the same :)

  93. Jessica Helena

    December 24, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    So beautiful! I love her style. ♥

  94. Jake

    December 24, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    Merry Christmas to everybody! :)

  95. Dionne

    December 25, 2011 at 1:06 am

    Merry Christmas Mr Schumann, I love your blog, you do a great job. Hope you and your family, your fans and your lovely subjects all had a wonderful day. Merry Christmas from Canberra, Australia. x

  96. Tokyofaces.com (@Tokyofaces)

    December 25, 2011 at 2:59 am

    That photo is just gorgeous!

    Tokyo street style: http://www.tokyofaces.com

  97. Marco

    December 25, 2011 at 6:52 am

    Merry Christmas to Scott Schuman and all his blog readers!
    Still hoping for a new post before 00:00 December 26th arrive..

  98. Cristina

    December 25, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Hello Sir,

    I found you in a YouTube video!
    I love your initiative, creativity and passion for photography. It’s unreal how all these normal, maybe unnoticeable people transform into top models in your photos! That can be done only by a professionist !
    Congrats !
    I’m looking forward to many more fashion photographies from you.

  99. Nach

    December 25, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    This is a clever colorful… and, of course, so smart…!

    http://dgn-f.blogspot.com/

  100. Marcel Da Chump

    December 25, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    The second phtoto is evocative of the Harlem Renaissance: Zora Neale Hurston.

    CHEERS ALL!

  101. Rockon

    December 26, 2011 at 1:36 am

    Very nice blog !!!

  102. Jye

    December 26, 2011 at 3:33 am

    Very classy.

    *Jye
    French eco-friendly fashion
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/Joliejye

  103. Tecnico pc

    December 26, 2011 at 8:12 am

    Fabulosa! Realmente genial!

  104. Tamara

    December 26, 2011 at 10:22 am

    Gorgeous girl, I love that silhouette in the first picture!
    I’m very inspired to draw it.

    tamaradarling.tumblr.com

  105. lialia

    December 26, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Quelle jolie silhouette….

  106. farmacia

    December 26, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Interesantes combinaciones de colores…

  107. CW

    December 26, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Clarification – The purse in the top photo looks like a binocular or camera case.

    CW

  108. Ralph

    December 26, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    Wow… Love this style… It is impeccable, racy and very well researched… Mix of genre could have been too much it is so well balanced! Love it!

  109. monica

    December 26, 2011 at 6:30 pm

  110. Minty

    December 26, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    Love that she’s so stylistically daring. What an inspiration!

    X minty
    Http://mintyandpeaches.wordpress.com

  111. Villy K

    December 26, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Lovely picture! Nice profile too!
    http://villy-k.blogspot.com/

  112. FifthnSixth closet

    December 26, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Her style is very very nice & different…I love it she looks fab! Cool article..

  113. antique engagement rings

    December 26, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    The first photo is lovely !

  114. Larissa J

    December 27, 2011 at 2:02 am

    love her skirt!!!!!! Perfect color :)

    xoxo,
    Larissa

    http://www.livingincolorstyle.blogspot.com

  115. Carole (NY etc.)

    December 27, 2011 at 11:10 am

    This is a fantastic interview! I love that woman!

  116. Koryne

    December 27, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Beautiful

  117. Whitney Sherrell

    December 28, 2011 at 3:36 am

    Love this! Her style is awesome and she recognizes the true style genius that is Lisa Bonet…Love it!

    Whitney
    http://www.MyStylishFriends.blogspot.com

  118. Rick

    December 28, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Love the outfits on the pictures :D you’re amazing :)

    xoxo

  119. clarity enhanced diamonds

    December 28, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    She is just so lovely!

  120. Sade Strehlke

    December 29, 2011 at 1:09 am

    I love how this woman matches different cultures in her styles.

  121. gabriella sheffield

    December 29, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    FINALLY, the turban done right!

  122. Brit Sellers

    December 30, 2011 at 6:13 am

    I love Ni’ma Ford’s Style. She was one of the first people I ever talked to at NY Fashion Week. Such a sweet girl and she graduated from LIM!

  123. SewandBehold

    December 31, 2011 at 10:19 am

    I love her confidence..! and she’s definitely rockin the turban ;)

  124. foodfashionandflow

    December 31, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    She has fearless style! I agree with her about Lisa Bonet

    http://foodfashionandflow.blogspot.com/

  125. Dani

    January 2, 2012 at 11:25 am

    I love the variety of different textures in her ensemble, the curly fur is beyond delicious especially against that turqoiz pop of color!

    http://chicalarusse.com/

  126. NIFEMI

    January 3, 2012 at 8:27 am

    love the colors, love the hat , good choice on your style icon

  127. art deco engagement rings

    January 3, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    She is just so sweet!

  128. Pieces

    January 4, 2012 at 1:35 am

    Yeah, i love reading your site Keep posting!

  129. fashion photography

    January 4, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Fantastic post, I really look forward to updates from you.

  130. jennifer De Francisco

    January 4, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    I love david LaChapelle, too.

  131. Amy

    January 8, 2012 at 10:47 am

    beautiful! so inspiring~

  132. Jennifer

    January 19, 2012 at 3:02 pm

  133. OKB

    January 23, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Though I enjoy Ms. Ford’s sense of style and perspective on fashion, I have to take issue with a couple of her comments. As several other readers have pointed out, her choice to cite “the tribes in Africa” was a poor one. While I realize her answers were meant to be brief, I wish she had more thoughtfully considered the nature of a statement like that. And as a person who deeply respects and enjoys everything that tattoo culture encompasses, it is concerning to me that tattoos are her “must – haves right now.” I am sorry to say that those two things keep me from an unabashed appreciation for the profile presented here. :(

  134. Dusty Manzanilla

    January 29, 2012 at 2:01 am

    its fantastic as your other content : D, regards for posting .

  135. Camila

    March 1, 2012 at 12:35 pm

  136. tmz

    July 18, 2012 at 4:52 am

    I like the shoes on first picture

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