Being able to take the fabrics from your heritage and blending them with North American flair makes our country's multiculturalism seem even more genuine.
Aisha Diallo, along with her sister, take traditional fabrics of Senegal and incorporate the colours and patterned fabrics into today's trends.
After a busy day of preparing for a move to Ottawa for a new job, Diallo had a chance to grab lunch at The Forks, where she laughed at the thought of her doing StreetStyle in the midst of her crazy day.
What she wore...
Dress -- "My mom got it for me for my birthday, I don't know where she got it from. I'm pretty sure its Vera Moda, somewhere in the Bay I think. All my stuff is gone, everything is packed away. So I left four dresses and a few tops. And I left this one and thought I should wear it."
Watch -- "My watch is Casio, I got it online."
Sunglasses -- "Ray-Bans, it was a birthday present from my boyfriend."
Purse -- "Purse is vintage from a second-hand store, I think the Goodwill."
Sandals -- "My shoes are from a second-hand store in Minneapolis."
"Usually earrings, but I'm not wearing them today, I always wear earrings. I like beaded earrings and I like colourful things. Another essential for me is colour. I always wear colour and patterns. I don't have a lot of black in my closet at all. It's mostly mixed-and-match patterns. My mom pointed out to me recently that she's seen me in a lot of colour and patterns lately. My sister and I are going back to Africa and decided we are buying a lot of stuff this time to bring back and wear and make some clothes after with the material and fabric."
"People-watching and my sister. She lives in Montreal and she's always been very stylish. I take what she does and I try to emulate her style. We go shopping together when I'm in Montreal. She does a lot of colours and prints too and incorporates African clothes into her style. We are half-Senegal, which is where my dad is from. They are very colourful with their outfits. Last time we were there my sister and I bought a bunch of fabrics."
"Don't be scared to wear colour and mix and match patterns. When you question 'does it go?' that's when you should just think that it does. And most of the time if you're wearing it confidently it will. Embrace your curls; it takes a long time to get to know your hair, once you figure it out, love it. I used to always put my hair in a ponytail when I was little even after high school and it stretched my curls out. They were never as bouncy. So then I cut my hair and it went back to this, so I thought I should just keep it, it looks nice."
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