There were a number of reasons why I wound up missing this past season of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York. Life intervened and I found myself in Chicago instead of strutting through the stylish crowds at Lincoln Center. Because I wasn’t there, I honestly didn’t plan any fashion week coverage. But then a friend in Chicago suggested an audacious and unique take on the whole thing. Bellas, meet Maya-Camille Broussard, art curator and connoisseur, and creator of TheMCBProject. Maya will be helping me relaunch the long-dormant Afrobella Art category, so look out for her insight and amazing interviews to come!

For Fashion Week, Maya came up with an inspiring idea.

Her Frames Of Mind focus on one look from a designer’s collection, and then Maya designs beautiful collages around that inspiration. Fashion can be everywhere in your life, and the aesthetic created by a stunning dress can be just as appealing in your living room or bedroom, or whichever living space is crying out for more panache. Maya-Camille created Frames Of Mind for many of the top designers at New York Fashion Week. Here are five of my favorites, all centered around one key look from New York Fashion Week 2013.

Tracy Reese


Tracy Reese is an American fashion designer who specializes in women’s ready-to-wear clothing and accessories. Her SS14 collection was inspired by the Afro-Cuban culture and included bold colors and lines. As one of only two African-American designers showing during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, her nod to a culture that is very much a part of the African diaspora is a strong move.

I imagined a reading nook when I created this design collage.”

Reem Acra


Reem Acra, a native of Beirut, Lebanon, is a fashion designer living and working in America. Known for her bridal and evening wear, her SS14 collection was inspired by disco glamour and the nightlife.

For this design collage, I imagined a VIP room of an elite nightclub and pulled inspiration from the colors of Acra’s SS14 collection. I also decided to add some unusual pieces that you may not expect to see in just any room.”


Tory Burch


Tory Burch is an American fashion designer who was born, raised and educated in Philadelphia. Her style has been coined “preppy boho” and that is exactly what she bought to the runway with her SS14 collection. Her garden party-themed collection featured greens, blues and whites.

For this design collage, I imagined a living room in which the primary color was white. A few home décor accent pieces bring some subtle color to the space. This room is fresh, jovial and sleek.”

Christian Siriano


Christian Siriano‘s SS14 collection was inspired by a trip he took to Mexico. His runway show included tropical backgrounds and raffia patterns.

For this design collage, I imagined a quaint living room inspired by Christian Siriano‘s collection.”


Monique Lhullier


Monique Lhuillier is a red carpet favorite amongst Hollywood’s starlets. These young thespians and socialites were given visual cues to rewind to the past with Lhuillier’s atavistic SS14 collection that displayed a sophisticated, old Hollywood elegance.”

Thank you for sharing your vision, Maya! For complete details on the home décor items featured in Maya’s Frames of Mind, visit her blog The MCB Project.

Arts integrator, curator, culturist and designer Maya-Camille Broussard began The MCB Project as a web series documenting interior design projects inspired by pieces of art. As the owner and curator behind Chicago’s Three Peas Art Lounge, Maya-Camille Broussard made viewing and collecting art less intimidating. The MCB Project was created after a couple decided not to purchase a work of art from Broussard’s  gallery because it didn’t match their couch. Since launching The MCB Project in 2012, Broussard’s blog has expanded to  include additional genres in the arts and culture including film, literature, culinary arts, fashion, product design, travel and more. Broussard focuses on a lifestyle richly embedded in the arts and culture. Broussard is a graduate of Howard University (B.F.A.) and Northwestern University (M.A.)

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pets says:
September 18, 2013, 4:20 pm
Very innovative concept and interesting blog post. Hope to read your Art ones soon and also any new views on movies that capture your attention.
Linda says:
September 18, 2013, 6:16 pm
Bella, Your site's redesign is really nice. But do you plan to bring back the blogroll?
juliette says:
September 23, 2013, 12:35 am
Loved this presentation! More please.
Patrice P. says:
September 29, 2013, 12:04 am
I absolutely loved this post and the design inspirations. What a fab concept.
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October 5, 2013, 4:49 pm
I love the way she created personalities from each look. Very much innovative.
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