DOVF Interview: Let’s Talk Style with Ashley Lindo!

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A few weeks ago I sat down wit Ashley Lindo who is a good friend of mine to talk about style among other fashion related topics. Ashley is a 20 year old Fashion retail and management student at The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham. I chose to interview Miss Lindo because her style has always stood out to me way before we became friends. When I think of a “Fashionista” this girl definitely comes to mind. Read on to find out where Ashley’s love for fashion came from and why she adores Rihanna and Olivia Palmero!

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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!

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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

THIS! Tuesdays: Get This TV

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Back in the day, waiting for a mail order catalog and being able to receive your chosen items in the mail after weeks seemed like such a great concept. Shortly after the mail order you then had new “real time” shopping platforms such as QVC, then online shopping became the most convenient and easy way to shop several places all at once.

Things have greatly changed over the years technology has changed how we shop in general. Advancements in internet and technology have allowed us to shop form various stores nationally and internationally. Shopping is now accessible on your computer, laptop, smartphone or tablet. These days the more “fast fashion” becomes more of the way of the world, you are even able to watch various designer shows such as NBC’s Fashion Star and immediately shop the new looks bought by the featured retailers.

Question: So what could possibly be next?… Answer: Get This TV!

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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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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

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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 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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Fashion truly an art?!

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One of the oldest Italian fashion house’s created history this week, by taking over the arcades of Louvre, and running the first ever fashion show in the 900-year old world famous building.

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This is one event that captured my attention, as the debate of weather fashion is an art has been going on since centuries; and this was the perfect answer to it, portrayed in the most unbelievably aesthetic manner. The 140 metres long runway in the temple of fine art was by far, the longest for a Paris show.  The audience included Hollywood celebrities Hillary Swank, Frieda Pinto and Fan Bing Bing from China, who were given a private tour of the exhibition before commencing the show.

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The fashion house unveiled their latest collection that Giornetti designed in shades of pale stone, to keep the palette in coherence with the Louvre and Paris. Slouchy leather trousers with flat boots clearly brought out the Parisian aesthetic and then there were more Italian mini dresses formed major part of the clothes collection. The crochet short dresses definitely were my favorite and without a doubt the highlight of the show were the heritage of the brand, gladiator sandals, and thigh high boots in snakeskin with various embellishments.

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The brand Salvatore Ferragamo, is an 84-year old fashion house, that has always been associated with art and culture.  It is also considered the first fashion house to establish a link between celebrities and fashion. It is said that screen siren Marilyn Monroe and Greta Grabo were pivotal in bringing a mere shoe repair shop from California to a leather star shoemaker.

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At the event, Ferragamo’s creative director, Massimilanio Giornetti, explained to the audience the early links between Leonardo Da Vinci and Salvatore Ferragamo, and that the latter also studied the anatomy of feet to understand the function of the shoe and appearance and make sure he produced something that was wearable. The brand’s motto that makes it so successful, is “beauty with functionality”.

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Salvatore Ferragamo has been one of my favorite brands for shoes and bags! I can truly vouch for the confidence and faith, that all us fans across the globe have in the groundbreaking future of this iconic fashion house.  This magnificent event is just the beginning of their cutting-edge potential.

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Take a walk through Fashion History!

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In my opinion, Summertime in NYC is the best time to truly experience the city… especially when it comes to taking in plenty of FREE activities 🙂 One great activity that would be the best of both worlds, involves learning  historic info about one of the fashion capitals of the world, while enjoying sightseeing around the Big Apple – The Fashion Center Walking Tours!

On this guided walking tour lead by Michael Kaback, a licensed tour guide and true “gamento“, who has worked in the industry since 1965. The tour is listed to be 1 1/2- 2 hours depending on size of group, open showrooms, Continue Reading

Black Music Month- Monday Music Features!

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On June 7, 1979, President Jimmy Carter proclaimed the month of June as Black Music Month. Ever since the 19th century when the first “recording” by an African American was made.

In 1890 George W. Johnson became the first African American to record commercially. A common story is that Johnson, a former slave, was discovered singing on the streets of Washington, D.C. According to historian Tim Brooks, Johnson was a familiar figure in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen and made his first commercial recordings in the spring of 1890 for the Metropolitan and New Jersey Phonograph companies. – The Library of Congress (http://lcweb2.loc.gov)

Black Music has played a huge role in the advancements of the music industry as a whole. From the various sound, to style, to genres, to production – Black musicians, singers and artists have been and continue to be innovators in music.

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Edythe Turnham and her band were very popular in the early 1920s

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