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Iman’s Chic Goes Global

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by Chloe Cabrera, Tampa Tribune

She is the host of Canada’s version of “Project Runway,” and her visage is known worldwide: long neck, radiant skin, oval face, dazzling smile.

Her lean, graceful physique catapulted her to the ranks of supermodel in the mid-’70s, and now she’s an entrepreneur with her own line of cosmetics, luxury handbags and jewelry. She is also the mother of two, and her hubby is British rock star David Bowie.

Oh, to be Iman. It’s a glamorous life. But she’ll be the first to tell you it isn’t easy.

“Thank God for computers,'” exclaims the 53-year-old during a telephone interview from her home in New York. She just wrapped up the second season of Project Runway Canada. “You have to be very organized to do all of this and have children. I pace myself. And I don’t have to do it all in one day.”

Iman will be in the Tampa Bay area Friday and Sept. 27 to introduce the fall handbag and jewelry lines from Iman Global Chic on HSN. She will appear live from 11 p.m. to midnight Friday on the Shopping Channel and during several time slots starting at 10 a.m. Sept. 27.

The line includes bold, colorful costume jewelry and sleek handbags and clutches.

Iman says Global Chic, which she launched last year, was inspired by her own style and wardrobe and her extensive travels to countries such as Africa, India and Bali.

One of the items in the line is a replica of the ring her husband gave her on their 15th wedding anniversary – without the Bowie price tag. It sells for $59.95.

Another favorite is a gold-plated cuff bracelet styled after a limited-edition piece in her jewelry box. It’s $49.95.

“I have a weakness for bold, strong jewelry,” Iman says. “And it’s a huge trend right now. Plus-size women can wear big jewelry. I want every shape and size to be able to wear my jewelry. This is the stuff I love.”

And let’s not forget the bags. Iman’s line features totes, satchels and envelope clutches made from faux python, faux croc, leather and patent leather.

“Bags and jewelry can change a trend and update a look from season to season,” she says. “I like bags that are multifunctional. I go to PTA meetings, I’m a wife and mother. There are women out there who multitask just like I do. I wanted to create bags that multitask and are good quality with high affordability.”

Born in Somalia, Iman’s modeling career began in 1975 when she was recruited by an American photographer and relocated to the United States. Her first modeling assignment was for Vogue in 1976. Dozens of magazine covers and designer shows followed.

Iman says she has seen a sharp decline in the number of black models on the runway.

Last year, she and other fashion industry insiders teamed up with agent and former model Bethann Hardison to call attention to the lack of black models on the catwalk at New York Fashion Week.

“This industry is so behind,” says Iman, who along with Hardison founded the Black Girls Coalition to encourage diversity in fashion. “At the end of the day, you don’t want to be a category, you just want the opportunity to work. If you’re not good enough for the job, that’s one thing, but not to use black models because they are black is just racist. In any other industry you would be sued for something like that. They just need a chance. We are on the verge of seeing a black president. We can have more black models working.”

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Written by Symphony

September 20, 2008 at 7:09 am

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  1. I really love Iman’s new collection. The styles are beautiful as well as affordable, every item looks like a perfect piece of art. The colors, designs, styles and stones are fascinating.

    Madia

    June 21, 2009 at 2:53 pm

  2. it would be much better if we could buy a Jewelry box that is gem studded,.”

    Cafe Furniture :

    October 28, 2010 at 11:08 am


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