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About crazechameleonstudio

Craze Chameleon Studio established in 1999 by founder Aisha Keys, a native Washingtonian, is one of the must vintage clothing collections in D.C. At the age of 23, her distinct fashion style turned the heads of many people on the streets of D.C., thus propelling her into a career as a personal shopper and fashion stylist to aspiring models, vocalists, musicians, and local fashionistas. Because of her ability to change her look from day to day, she was nicknamed the Chameleon; thus creating Craze Chameleon Studio. A studio of vintage clothes from the 20’s – 60’s. At the Studio, Aisha creates masterpieces utilizing her creative eye and vintage pieces. “…through my original style and vintage apparel, I show people how to put it all together and create their own unique fashion statement.” Aisha Keys. Craze Chameleon Studio has carved out its own niche among vintage retailers by providing up to the minute fashion that looks as if it is off the runway today, but is an original garment from fashion past. Since opening in 1999, CCS has been one of D.C.’s vintage clothing resource and one of the most celebrated vintage destinations in the D.C. area; supplying clothes to many retailers in the metropolitan area like Kaur, Nana, Meeps, Crossroads, Buffalo Exchange, Reddz Trading and Mustard Seed. CCS has an incredible array of vintage clothing from cocktail dresses, furs, suits, designer garments, accessories for men and women, and household collectibles and furnishings. There is an exclusive collection of used and dead stock items at the studio. To make an appointment call 2022008892 or email crazechameleonstudio@gmail.com

Fashion…..It’s a TURBAN world!!!!

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After my vintage 1960’s turban turned many heads on Tuesday nights outing, I had to look up the designer and it’s history. Unfortunately, I was unable to find any background history on the designer Lilian Bowman of DC. This is no surprise to me, lots of local designers had no representation, so they weren’t mainstream. However, these finding made me dig a bit deeper – let’s see how this once Muslim male accessory became a part of women’s fashion…

Turbans started their journey in style as a man’s headgear in Islamic countries. Seventeenth century fashion embraced the tradition and the turban became part of the female wardrobe as an ultimate expression of glamour and also a smart way to cover unruly hair. Its oriental air conquered women of the Western world in the most unexpected ways since the early 1920’s leaving its mark in every decade since. While the turban was adopted first in Europe, the glamorous starlets of Hollywood were those who introduced it internationally and made it a statement piece. Stars such like Gloria Swanson, Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo, succumbed to its charm while while Lana Turner created the image of the femme fatale wearing one in “The postman rings twice”.

The turban had a dynamic comeback in the mid 50’s with the NY Times running a story on the brocade silk turban by Dior. By the early 1970s, in London, Biba, sold matching printed caftans and  transparent tunics with an Oriental flair and references to the 20’s and 30’s. American designer Halston incorporated it in the evening wardrobe and dressed up fashion icons like Bianca Jagger. Draped turbans spread beyond the disco glamor and adorned many famous heads: Elizabeth Taylor

 Joan Collins, and also the Queen of England wore one. In 2006 they appeared on the catwalks in a revival of the disco era and in 2009 they resurfaced thanks to Sarah Jessica Parker, J Lo

and now in 2018 by me, Aisha Keys.

I’ve decided to put this beauty up for sale….message me for price. Serious inquires only…

IG- crazechameleonstudio or email cchameleonstudio@gmail.com

xoxo,

Keys

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It’s been a long time….

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Hey vintage junkies…

Just letting you know what’s been going down with the Craze Chameleon…

I’ve been freelancing as a wardrobe mistress, doing various pop up shops, attending small business courses provided by Destination Congress Heights and Bartending with Drink Company to support my financial affairs…

I’m at a crossroads as to what’s next for CCS…fashion truck/bus, storefront or brick and mortar….I’m entertaining various financial options to make the right call. Until, then I leave my next steps in HIS mighty hands.

Next stop, Summer Music Series, June 20th… stop by for some funky vintage threads and retro Knick knacks!

Liquidation Sale

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Join me live from 2PM-3PM…ON Facebook.

I’ll show you ornate vintage items from my curated collection.

Visit the studio BAO (by appointment ONLY) on Saturday for more shopping or pick up if you’re in DC. Delivery available, too (fee added to purchase, depending on location). Payments accepted via Square or Cash App

If you’re interested in a garment DM me. You have 15 minutes to purchase. Or visit the studio BAO. DM me for appointments.

Happy Shopping,

Aisha Keys

The Craze Chameleon, herself

Fashion….Shop Small Black owned businesses

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Good day VGJ,

The 12th day of Christmas is here and I’ve got a list of Small Black owned Businesses and business providers to support.

Let’s get this list rolling…….#stayoutthestoressupportyours –

Craze Chameleon Studio, LLC | curated vintage clothing for W|M | Wardrobe Mistress | Artistic Director | Fashion Show Producer| Interior Decorator | Food and Event Staging | Beautifier of all things

Contact | 202-200-8892 www.crazechameleonstudio.com

Royal Kupcake Bar | cupcakes | cakes | infused and non infused sweet treats | table top decor | party planner

Contact | 240-249-5263

Catherine’s Kitchen | Soul, Latin and Jamaican Cuisine | Catering for all occasions | Culinary waitstaff

Contact | Catherineskitchen.com

I’m So DC |Streetwear for M/W & Kids| Custom designs| Renewals

Contact 202-487-7071 imsodconline.com

BTF Clothiers | Luxury Urban wear for M/W & Kids

Contact | btfclothiers@gmail.com

ECP Virgin Hair | luxurious raw hair |custom units | colorist

Contact | ecpvhair@gmail.com

Candor and KAR Holdings, LLC | Real Estate | Investments | Decor & Staging | Consulting

Contact | info@candorandkar.com 202-425-6700

Latisha Atkins, Esq., JD | Consultant

Contact | latishaatkins@gmail.com

W.O.M.M.A.N. – Word of Mouth Marketing and Networking | Marketing | Promoter | Event Planner

Contact | womman.net

Aye Creations | Custom handmade accessories

Contact | ayecraftyhandz@gmail.com

Innovative Web Productions | Website designer| Web Development | Broadcast video| graphic design | backend solutions & development

Contact | innovativewebproductions.com

Wardrobe by William Henry Rawls | Designer | Editor | Creator

Contact | wardrobebywilliamhenryrawls.com

Carson What’s Next |Brand Ambassador | Model| Host

Contact | acarsonempire.com

Phoenix Fine Arts | Muralist | Interior Design | Restorations| Artisan

Contact | IG- versatilevice 240-364-4339

VENUS Visuals | Jewelry designer

Contact | contactus@venusvisualsonline.com 202-704- 2658

Art Thy Self | visual artist | designer | painter

Contact | IG- artthyself

Natural 4 Natural | natural hair & body products

Contact | klcorbin@gmail.com

Janelle Z. Beauty & Zenobia by Janelle MUA| Jewelry designer | Model

Contact | linktr.ee/zenobiabyjanelle

Catalyst Project | Natural Hair Stylist | Natural hair & skin products

Contact | 202-498-5246

Open Arms Catering | Soul food | Catering for all occasions

Contact | IG – open_arms_catering_llc

Little Essie Boutique | handbag designer

Contact | littleessieb@gmail.com www.etsy.com/shop/LittleEssieBoutique

Leslie Olabisi | Actress| Voice Overs | Host

Contact | IG – leslieolabisi

DLOMEDIA | TV Personality| Host | TV Producer | PR Consultant

Contact | Howard.cromwell@dlomedia-inc.com

Twila Smith | Vocalist | Occupational Therapist

Contact | 310-877-9862

Black Lux Matters | Designer | Custom Designs for M/W, Kids and Pets

Contact | http://www.blackluxmatters.com 202-713-4152

D’Anthonys Designs | Decor and Staging | Interior Designer | DJ | Event Management

Contact |202-344-6329

Sole Savers | Rollable Shoes

Contact | holler@solesavers.co solesavers.co/

So, this is just the list off the top of my head. Please let’s add to this list and share with your friends and family — shit, share with your enemies, too.

Remember #stayoutthestoressupportyours

Happy Holidays,

AK

Tracee Ellis Ross $$$ JCP

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LIFE JUNKIE....Vintage inspired

Happy Holidays VFJ,

I’ve been pussy footing around on a mini vacay since November 2nd and it feels good. I’m back on the horse and ready to end this year with a bang.

Let’s get it started in here! My favorite comedic actress and IG phenomenal TMurda AKA Tracee Ellis Ross, released a holiday capsule collection with JCPenney on November 12.

Her first retail collection, but she “TMURDED” it—the line ranges from small to 3X and starts at just $12. Plus, she has a dope ass diverse look-book cast, making this the third, truly diverse campaign out here, in addition to Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty ads and Beyonce’s latest Ivy Park lookbook.

The line reps evening wear, accessories, home accessories, pajamas, workwear and knock knacks. Tracee is a veteran on the fashion scene, always bringing “RAINBOWS” to us through her whimsical, yet ladylike frocks. My homegirl (in my head) has…

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Tracee Ellis Ross $$$ JCP

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Happy Holidays VFJ,

I’ve been pussy footing around on a mini vacay since November 2nd and it feels good. I’m back on the horse and ready to end this year with a bang.

Let’s get it started in here! My favorite comedic actress and IG phenomenal TMurda AKA Tracee Ellis Ross, released a holiday capsule collection with JCPenney on November 12.

Her first retail collection, but she “TMURDED” it—the line ranges from small to 3X and starts at just $12. Plus, she has a dope ass diverse look-book cast, making this the third, truly diverse campaign out here, in addition to Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty ads and Beyonce’s latest Ivy Park lookbook.

The line reps evening wear, accessories, home accessories, pajamas, workwear and knock knacks. Tracee is a veteran on the fashion scene, always bringing “RAINBOWS” to us through her whimsical, yet ladylike frocks. My homegirl (in my head) has the award from most including me — on high low looks, mixing designer and vintage to make an entrance on or off the runway. Having graced the runways at a young age and lending her eye to multiple publications as a fashion editor, Tracee is a fashion expert — hands down!

Seriously, there’s something for all –something everyone can afford, whether a gift or just for you. The looks are versatile and will look good on everyone. Size doesn’t matter in the capsule collection.

“It’s been my lifelong dream to design a line of clothing to utilize my love of style and clothes and to create a collection accessible to everyone that empowers women to embrace their joyful spirit. Each piece is timeless and versatile, classic but with flavor. They can be mixed and matched to create elegant looks for everybody and every body,” Tracee said.

JC Penney was the perfect partner for TER’s affordable collection because she truly believes that looking good does not have to cost a lot. Of course the tuxedo and the graphic printed dress are on my covet list.

Take a looksey’ above…. TRE is a Total Bad Ass.

XOXO,

AKa