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Fashion Focus: Dawn Robinson of Lucy Pearl

Lucy Pearl is one of the hottest groups to drop into the R&B scene. It integrates talents from three legendary groups: En Vogue, Tribe Called Quest and Tony Tone Toni. They back up their funky soul and hip-hop inspired music by their "rockstar" appeal. The female vocal from En Vogue, Dawn Robinson, rocks a variation off Lauryn Hill's style but with more rocker and less bohemia. She mixes together items that you might never think of mixing yet they look so hot together! She completes her wild style with a la brae piercing which is so fierce and unexpected for a former singer of the ultrafeminine En Vogue. She keeps her makeup and hair free flowing and minimal and really pays attention to funky disco platform sandals and ostentatious boots.

In their "Dance Tonight" video (from the "Love & Basketball" soundtrack) she sports a well worn cowboy hat and even goes for the true punk rock style with a strategically torn rock shirt, worn-in jeans and studs all over the place. This is a rebellion and completely different from the Haute Couture of En Vogue.

What is really outstanding about Dawn's style is her eye for acessorizing. She wears big Indian beaded cuffs and silver bangles. On the cover of their self-titled debut album, she stands out in a huge turquoise ring and two gigantic turquoise cuffs (and I mean GIGANTIC!) that should be the envy of every girl! A lot of her outfits contain that urban cowgirl appeal juxtaposed with rockstar glamour. What makes Dawn's style so enviable is that it is so individualized. It seems that she buys pieces of clothing and really works at putting a twist on them by cutting them up or adding crazy big accessories. To try this style, try a pair of funky snakeskin pants with a fitted and slashed thrift store T-shirt, a studded belt slung over your hips and spike heeled boots. Mix materials such as fur and leather (all FAUX PLEASE!) or leather and cotton. Look at your color wheel and try mixing loud colors that coordinate like green and yellow or go for a monotone with a fluorescent version of the color and a muted version of the color like in blue or orange. Keep your hair and makeup simple as to not over-do your look and really browse through your mother's old jewelry or your local vintage and thrift stores for any belts you can throw over your hips and big silver cuffs and hoop earrings. What's most important is that you are inspired by Dawn's style to create your own style and not merely copying it. The beauty of fashion is the individuality. Oh yes, and please do check out their self-titled album and be ready to dance because the beats are infectious!!

On Vogue. She keeps her makeup and hair free flowing and minimal and really pays attention!

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