Closet Envy: Zerina Akers

Closet Envy: Zerina Akers
ESSENCE.COM Mar, 17, 2011

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“I would do something like this with a blazer and flats when I’m working, since I’m on my feet all day. Then I’d bring the heels for any events after work.”

ZARA Pants and Blouse
ALEJANDRO INGELMO Shoes at www.blackboxNY.com
CHANEL Vintage Necklace

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“This was only five dollars from a vintage shop in Brooklyn. It’s a classic vintage belt – but I thought it worked better as a necklace.

CHANEL Necklace

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“This was a gift from a deejay friend of mine! I use it when styling on set to hold my pins and my clamps and those sorts of things.”

MCM Vintage Fanny Pack

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“I wear this watch every single day. I wanted more masculine watches. My friend bought this to me for Christmas, I wear it everyday. It finishes every look for me!”

MICHAEL KORS Watch

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“I got these shoes from a tiny shop in Italy where every shoe was about 36 Euros (About $51). I just had to have them! They are really high but not painful.”

ALEJANDRO INGELMO Shoes at www.blackboxNY.com.

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“I’m sort of a tomboy at heart, but I love everything pretty and dainty. I still appreciate and celebrate that I am a woman.”

VINTAGE Pants, Blouse, & Cape
FENDI Bag
CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Shoes

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“I got these at this really cheap store called Necessary Clothing and they were on sale for $3. I don’t have to have expensive stuff because often times designers are researching vintage and building off of those references. So often times when I buy vintage I feel like I’m going to the source!”

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“I found this at a thrift store. This burgundy and gold lame belt came with the pants. It gave me a little bit more of a seventies feel which definitely drew me to the pants.”

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“This bag is definitely the eye catcher. It blends knit, sequins, plexi material, and snake skin. And – it folds over into a clutch! I’m so indecisive so its perfect for me. "

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“Maureen Saturne designed this cuff. I’m not an over the top dresser. Outfits in my closet are pretty basic. So with my jewelry, I usually opt for major pieces to set off everything.”

MAUREEN SATURNE Cuff available at Indivijewels.com

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“It’s hard for me to find shoes I can walk in. I can’t deal with painful shoes because I know I am going to do some serious damage to my feet. I love these because they give me height and sex appeal, but they are still comfortable and classy.”

CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Pumps

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“I love soft delicate colors or very bold ones. Last season, Valentino made these hot pink pants with ruffles and these are just like them! I guess we can say this is one of my looks for less.”

H&M Jacket
VINTAGE Pants
LOUIS VUITTON Wedges
HERMES Belt

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“I love soft delicate colors or very bold ones. Last season, Valentino made these hot pink pants with ruffles and these are just like them! I guess we can say this is one of my looks for less.”

H&M Jacket
VINTAGE Pants
LOUIS VUITTON Wedges
HERMES Belt

H&M Jacket
VINTAGE Pants
LOUIS VUITTON Wedges
HERMES Belt

“This is one of my favorites. I love color, but I’m very specific about how I wear it. I love soft delicate colors or very bold. Valentino did these pink pants with ruffles, but I said oh my god these are just like the Valentino pants so I ahve to have them. This is one of my looks for less.”

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“I’m all about menswear. I’m a dainty lady in mens clothes.I actually don’t wear it that often. I wear it when it’s necessary. It’s so much that I haven’t been able to wear it a whole lot.”

HERMES Belt

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“I’m all about comfort so I usually try to buy a platform or wedge when shopping. It makes them definitely easier to walk in.”

LOUIS VUITTON Platforms

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“This is my futuristic moment. I always love the hardcore dominatrix of leather, spikes, silver and gold!”

PRIMARK Dress
MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA Boots
ASSORTED Cuffs

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“I try to have a little fun with my jewelry. It makes me feel so strong and powerful. I”m constantly searching and researching culture and ancestry and Africa so I like to be adorned at all times."

UNKNOWN DESIGNER Ring
VINTAGE Elephant & Octopus Bracelets from Nicholas Book Store in Brooklyn, New York
MAUREEN SATURNE Studded Bracelet at Individujewels.com

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“Stacking bulky pieces like this gives me a sense of connection to my ancestors.”

CHANEL Vintage Necklace
MAUREEN SATURNE Gold Strap Necklaces
NOUS SOMMES Grace Jones Necklace

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“Believe it or not, I wear these in the daytime. During the fall, I pair them with a coat or a skirt. It’s an element of surprise because you wonder when do they stop.”

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“This is my futuristic moment. I always love the hardcore dominatrix of leather, spikes, silver and gold!”

PRIMARK Dress
MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA Boots
ASSORTED Cuffs

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“My family is Panamanian but I was raised by my aunt and Grandma. She’s totally embraced American way of life, so if I wear something forward – like these bracelets – she embraces and wants to try to.”

UNKNOWN DESIGNER Ring
VINTAGE Elephant & Octopus Bracelets from Nicholas Book Store in Brooklyn, New York
MAUREEN SATURNE Studded Bracelet at Individujewels.com

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“This is everyday look for me. It’s an off day. It’s the grocery store. I live in tank tops and I love leather everything!”

MAUREEN SATURNE Jacket
AMERICAN APPAREL Tank
DARRYL K Leather Pants
RICK OWENS Shoes

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“These are wedges – again! I can wear these all day. No complaints at all!”

RICK OWENS Shoes

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“My grandmother gave me the gold ring (second from right) so I never take it off. These are all my go-to rings though because they sort of tell my full story, from the appreciation of luxury goods to my closeness with my family and my love of Africa.”

THOSE BROTHERS Africa Rings
(Unknown) Zebra Ring
Vintage Rings
CHANEL Ring

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“I love a long sleeved dress. I feel like it’s still a bit of a rarity. This dress fits my body perfectly. Although I’m slim and can wear everything, sometimes it’s still hard to find something that fits.”

ALEXANDER WANG Dress
GIORGIO ARMANI Shoes
GUCCI Vintage Clutch

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“This might end up being my birthday shoe this year! The heel looks so unstable, but they are actually really comfortable to be walk in and I can wear these for up to two hours.”

JOHN GALLIANO Heels

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“I bought one of those cheap t-shirts just to cut off this broach and make a bracelet out of it!”

COSTUME Bracelet

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“I love a piece in my closet that’s a Moment!”

GUCCI Clutch

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“A sparkly, feminine earring is not something I would wear often. But whenever I do have the chance, I am quick to jump on anything shiny and pretty and new.”

VINTAGE Earrings

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“I love a backless dress. Actually, I love a backless everything! I wish even tanks could be backless!”

ALEXANDER WANG Dress

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“I love the book ‘Great Expectations’ so I instantly fell in love with this bag. I actually rest it on top of all my books!”

KATE SPADE NEW YORK Clutch

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“This is definitely me tapping into my feminine side. I love to keep them in good condition because luxury shoes are investments!”

ARMANI Pumps

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“Believe it or not, I wear these in the daytime. During the fall, I pair with a coat or a skirt. It’s an element of surprise because you wonder when do they stop. The heel is decent to walk in. Any sort of longer coat, a dress, a really pretty feminine dress to balance it out.”

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