Black (FASHION) History Month

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Image courtesy of masetv.com

It’s February! Time to celebrate Black History Month!

During this month many people cover influential civil rights leaders, innovators and inventors, and the history of the black culture in general. Well, on A daily dose of vitamin f, we of course want to celebrate the many Black Americans who have influenced American and Global fashion. We salute all those who have been apart of history as it relates to Black America and Fashion. So, this post is our dose of BLACK (FASHION) HISTORY!

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Tomorrow Night! Stephen Burrows: An Intimate Interview

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So far I have been able to visit the exhibit and attend the screening for Versailles ’73 documentary in which he is highlighted. Unfortunately, I have to miss this very exciting event, but wanted to share it with you all just in case you are free and able to attend!

Image created. Photo credits: mcny.org and stephenburrows.tumblr.com/

Image created. Photo credits: mcny.org and stephenburrows.tumblr.com/

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Throwback Thursday: Solange Chats With Brooklyn Magazine

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Solange Knowles may not be on a global takeover tour like her big sister, but she is definitely dominating on the local front, especially here in NYC.  Even though she is a fairly new resident to Brooklyn, she epitomizes much of the eclectic and creative vibe that resides there. Not to be confused with the hipster subculture movement alive and well in BK, Solange has a special way of making the past new again.

She’s featured in Brooklyn Magazine showcasing her unique “throwback” style, as she discusses how she has embraced the past and how she’s discovering to live in the present.

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Known to be a trend creator not  follower, Solange continues to be an “it girl” with a great sensibility for mixing past and present in her style. It doesn’t hurt that she seems to be born of another time and glows with a beautiful old soul. Continue Reading

Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution Screening Event Review

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You may remember the post that I wrote about “Versailles ’73”, after I saw a short  clip of the documentary streaming when I attended the Stephen Burrows “When Fashion Danced” exhibit at the mcny.org. It still baffles me that I had never heard of this historic “runway showdown” which took place only 40+ years ago. Well, I was even more surprised a couple of weeks ago to receive an invitation to attend a screening event to view the film! So, you can imagine my excitement to RSVP (ASAP..lol!).

(L) Almost showtime, taking my seat. (R) panel - Mikki Taylor, Pat Clevland, Alva Chin, Charlene Dash and Deborah Riley Draper.

(L) Almost showtime, taking my seat. (R) Discussion Panel – Mikki Taylor, Pat Cleveland, Alva Chin, Charlene Dash, and Deborah Riley Draper.

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I danced with Stephen Burrows.. and Michael Kors!

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One of my goals for 2013 is to attend more fashion shows, events and exhibits. So, when a friend of mine told me about the Stephen Burrows: When Fashion Danced retrospective exhibit, we made immediate plans to check it out. I went this Sunday and it was absolutely perfect!

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As we entered the exhibit there was a striking image of Grace Jones in one of Stephen Burrows, early designs. The feeling of excitement came over me as I then noticed soul dance music from the 60s & 70’s playing over the loud speakers. Continue Reading

Throwback Thursday – Chaka Khan is Every Woman

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Beyonce may have thought her song Run the World (Girls)” was the next girl power track of this generation, but another iconic diva before her recorded the most popular female empowerment anthem of all time. Chaka Khan has always been a one of a kind artist with vocals that match her bold presence and fashion sense.

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Image courtesy of www.musicstack.com

It just so happens that I had heard “I’m Every Woman” on the radio recently, and thought it would be a great Throwback Thursday post. March is also Women’s History Month and Continue Reading

Veronica Marché has a marker and a stylish vision!

About a month ago I saw a really nice illustration of Malia Obama on my FB feed, and it had a “fashion-y” approach to it that immediately caught my eye. I was very intrigued because I loooove all types of illustrations, especially fashion illustrations. I then followed the links back to the artist of this work and immediately became a fan! It was so refreshing to see a young illustrator focusing on creating beautiful images that highlight and celebrate Black Women.

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After I perused through her website/bio/external links… I learned that Veronica is currently working on her Master’s Degree in Fashion Design, at the same school that I attended for my degree! More than being just an artist and student, I realized she is wearing many hats and wears them very well! Continue Reading

ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood 2013!

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Yesterday afternoon Essence Magazine held their 6th Annual ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel. This year’s theme was “The Power of Our Presence“. The room was filled with the who’s who of Black Hollywood (and Entertainment) as well as those just beginning their career.

Oprah at left with her Leadership Academy "daughters" and at right with Quvenzhane Wallis

Oprah at left with her Leadership Academy “daughters” and at right with Quvenzhane Wallis

Among the honorees were Oprah Winfrey, Alfre Woodard, Gabrielle Union, Mara Brock-Akil, Naomie Harris, and young Oscar nominee – Quvenzhané Wallis. Continue Reading

Throwback Thursday: T-Boz, Left Eye, Chilli…TLC

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When I think back to the best moments and memories of my teenage years, music was always a huge part of it. In the 90’s, the music was so much fun and there were so many great songs! Most of the songs being played on the radio or on TV were R&B girl groups, they were everywhere. TLC was a girl group that was like no other we had seen before, and will probably never see again.

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Left Eye, Chilli, T-Boz

 It is easy to say that the 70’s groups of Motown unlocked the doors to this concept, and then in 1992 TLC kicked those doors wide open! With their debut album: Ooooooohhh… On the TLC Tip, they immediately caught everyone’s eyes and ears with Continue Reading

Music Monday – Sweet Dreams

So far it seems that Beyonce has set out to make 2013 everything but a dream. She is back with on the scene in a way different reality. She’s a mother, she had a inauguration scandal, dominated the Super Bowl, took home another Grammy, spoke to mama Oprah, released a (semi) concert/life story documentary, and now  her upcoming World Tour Concert is sure to be the things dreams are made of!

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Since she is so prominent in music/performance news right now, I thought she would be great to start off my new “Music Monday’s” feature category. I have been a fan Continue Reading