It’s always refreshing to see a wealthy woman of color in a non-flashy, understated look. With the wives and girlfriends of the rich flashing red-bottoms and ill-fitting Hervé Léger, Hannah Bronfman, heiress to the Seagram’s liquor empire, seems to take a more lighthearted approach. Whether its a dressed-down sophisticated romper or a floral maxi, her wealth doesn’t dictate her carefree, could-care-less style. Hannah shows that “slumming it” doesn’t have to mean looking sloppy.
Category: One Fab Chic (Page 1 of 2)
Due to some problems with Blogger, I was unable to post AT ALL for the past few days. So forgive me for the lack of (and lateness) of posts!
Michelle Williams brings out the glam in the latest issue of Random magazine in a series of stylish and flattering shots. We’ve seen Michelle looking fierce before, but these may be her best shots yet!
During those career seminars, it was stressed that a woman had to downplay the way she dressed during an interview to be taken seriously for that coveted position. At the same token, you had to make sure that made that lasting impression so that you wouldn’t fall through the cracks – which made things a bit tricky in choosing that winning ensemble. After all, does one play it safe:
or do they take risks:
But the more I thought about it, the more I saw that while we’re no longer in the Mad Men age, we as women haven’t quite escaped the Peggy vs. Joan dichotomy. We’re expected to be on top of our A-game when it comes to visually presenting ourselves, but are also required not to go over-the-top. Makes me wonder if having to choose between the two will eventually be a non-entity.
I didn’t know whether to put rapstress Dana Owens aka Queen Latifah into the One Fab Chic category or the Legends category, so I put her in both. This empowering diva came on the scene demanding respect with Ladies First, and reminded us to respect ourselves with UNITY. Divas like Queen Latifah allowed allowed younger rappers like Lil Kim and Foxy Brown to explosively express their feminine sexuality in a public forum.
Latifah has matured gracefully, and I love it. Her experimentation with Jazz, and her movie roles have allowed a larger audience to truly experience what the formerly trouble star has to offer. And she’s stepped up her fashion to match her growth as a woman. From enlightened and Afrocentric, to femme-ganster, to confident, radiant woman, she has become a style inspiration for curvy women.
I actually just heard Latifah’s new single People on the radio yesterday, and I expected nothing less– a positive song, without cursing, and a strong message. That’s my idea of One Fab Chic.
All pix via Twitter
Check out these hot new promo shots of Amerie. I love the artistic lighting effect on the leggings. And paied with the YSL pumps? Gotta love it. Amerie has always been my top underdog diva, ever since she released the summer banger “Why Can’t We Fall In Love”. Amerie’s new album IN LOVE & WAR hits stores September 8th, 2009.
If you dream of walking alongside the fabulous four, now is your chance. There will be casting calls next Tuesday-for extras AND speaking roles. The number 1 tip? Look FABULOUS. Deets below:
The call is for “models, celebrity types, socialites, clubgoers, gays and lesbians, international types (Middle Eastern, Arabic, Asian, European, British) and professional soccer players.” Since extras don’t speak, it’s all about the look and making an instant impression.
“You have to dress for success,” says well-known casting director Bernard Telsey, whose company is casting the speaking roles in the “Sex and the City” sequel (but not Tuesday’s open-call audition). “If I were going for the socialite part, I’d come dressed to the nines. I’d see what people wore to the Met gala event.”
Short of not eating from now until Tuesday, chain-smoking and sipping Champagne while you wait in line to pass yourself off as a model, Telsey advises: “Dress like anyone you see in Vogue.”
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/2009/07/30/2009-07-30_wanna_be_in_sex_and_the_city_2_heres_how_you_do_it.html#ixzz0Mk14tecx
I’ve been quietly following Miami-bass pop artist Lady Tigra and watching her slowly blow up on the music scene. I also love her cool, laid back rocker style, which seem effortlessly comfortable but chic. Here is her first official bio:
The Lady Tigra was one of the original members of L’Trimm–one of hip-hop’s earliest, sassiest, and most influential female duos (with fellow rapper Bunny D). … (more) The L’Trimm sound influenced everyone from Peaches to Fannypack to Gwen Stefani. At just fifteen years old, the girls busted out of the Miami Bass movement and are best known for the infectious “Cars With the Boom,” an ode to sub-woofers. The bouncy rap glorified the sub-woofer culture and snuck onto the Billboard charts. Having three albums recorded before their 21st birthdays, L’Trimm was voted by Source Magazine as “Hip-Hop Goddesses.” After disappearing from the music scene, The Lady Tigra returns with a new album under her arm Please Mr. Boombox and control of her music.
I love her single “First Black, First Lady which is a gentle homage to Michelle Obama with a throwback rhythm reminiscent of late ’80s hip hop block parties. And though her femme voice doesn’t have the punch of say, Roxanne Shanté, this little Lady is letting herself be heard.
Download First Black, First Lady
and watch a video:
First Lady Michelle Obama in Prague, Czech Republic yesterday.
(Image Courtesy of Huffington Post)
Though our First Lady has been championed for being a style icon in the recessionista age for bolstering up-and-coming designers such as Jason Wu, Thakoon Panichgul, and Maria Pinto, she recently elicited the ire of luxury designers such as Oscar De La Renta and Vera Wang. De La Renta, in particular, criticized Mrs. Obama for “[going] in one direction only” by ignoring the established designers and not putting out the “right message at this particular point”.
Now, I could easily counter that by praising our First Lady’s insistence in featuring rising American designers while being sensitive to our currently dreadful economic climate by wearing mid-range pieces from J. Crew and H & M, but that would just be beating a dead horse. Quite frankly, I’d rather point out the hollow irony of said luxury designers who have ignored or marginalized black women for years. From their intermittent usage of black models on the catwalk to their disregard for black female clientele who do not fit into the standard gamine shape, I find it sardonic that they’re up in arms about Mrs. Obama’s lack of haste in wearing their clothes. Moreover, the fact that said established designers weren’t at all concerned about marketing to black women during sunnier times, only to essentially beg our First Lady to bail them out of this recession reeks of self-righteous opportunism.
However, I can’t quite gloat at this reversal of fortune, for the fact remains that the black woman as a client of the fashion industry has yet to be regarded with the same amount of regard as her non-black counterparts in spite of her buying power. As someone who has been involved in this industry for almost nine years, the sting of that bitter truth is still fresh. And while we as Americans have proven to be open to the reality of having a man of color as our president with his urbane and intelligent black First Lady by his side, we have a long way to go when it comes to appreciating black women as a true marketable and consumer force in society. So, on a parting note, I, as an American consumer and a black woman, challenge Mr. De La Renta and company to prove their inclusivity “at this particular point”. Do show us that you’re just as open to designing for all women of all races and all classes as Tracy Reese and Narciso Rodriguez have proven time and time again.
After all, if we can successfully elect change for our country, surely, you all are up to the task.
Anika Noni Rose (the other (Tony Award-winning and extremely talented) Dreamgirl) has been slated to be the voice of Disney’s first Black princess.
To bad the writers couldn’t come up with a better name for her. Maddy?? Why not just go all out and give her a real down-home name, like Hattie-Mae?
From USA Tday:
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Walt Disney Co. has started production on an animated musical fairy tale called The Frog Princess, which will be set in New Orleans and feature the Walt Disney Studio’s first black princess.
The company unveiled the plans Thursday at its annual shareholders’ meeting in New Orleans.
John Lasseter, chief creative officer for Disney and the Disney-owned unit Pixar Animation Studios, said the movie would return to the classic hand-drawn animation process, instead of using computer animation that has become the industry standard. He called the film “an American fairy tale.”