For my first "up and coming" post I chose Iris Barbee Bonner. Iris is a Philadelphia artist/designer whom I have had the pleasure of knowing for many years, but it wasn't until a few years ago when I found out how talented she really is. Iris hand paints all of her work giving each shirt its own unique "Iris flair". She uses bold colors, unconventional patterns and sometimes risque themes but they are all geared to give us women a sense of empowerment. Iris as an individual is unique and she is not afraid of being herself and her artwork seems to be a reflection of that.
A lot of Iris's original shirts are stamped with the clever term "GOAL DIGGER". These words accompanied with different creative designs, patterns and colors made these shirts one of her most popular. I believe these shirts became popular not only because of the way they look but because of what they stand for; a woman who will stop at nothing to achieve her GOALS.
Iris is a graduate of Arcadia University with a degree in Graphic Art, she has her own business and appeared in many art shows and a few publications which leads me to believe she is a "GOAL DIGGER" in every sense of the phrase.
THESEPINKLIPS TOPS :)
TPL TIGHTS :)
Iris has also collaborated with another local designer and the outcome is what I call PURE GENIUS!!!! They are everything I have been looking for in a pair of shorts my ENTIRE life!!! I absolutely LOVE them!!!!
TRASHIONxTHESEPINKLIPS SHORTS :)
MORE TPL TOPS :)
Iris's shoes are also a FAVORITE of mine, not just because of the colors or the fact that no TWO pairs will ever be the same but because some of them are originally stripper shoes!!! In case some of you do not know, most stripper shoes are at the very least 6 to 7 inches HIGH and I have always believed, the higher the heel the BETTER!!!!! I loved these shoes so much I had to buy a pair for myself (pictures coming soon).
TPL SHOES :)
Iris Barbee Bonner's work is the definition of ART meets FASHION, at its VERY best!!!! Iris is one of the most talented and ambitious people I have seen in a long time and I KNOW she is going to go far in her career very soon. Keep up the great and inspiring work Iris, it is people like you who I look up to for inspiration and motivation and to never stop and settle for less :)
Check out Iris's website for more of her fashion and art work..... www.thesepinklips.com