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!
What a fresh show concept! Fashion Star not only showcases designers in its new take on fashion reality television, it includes great music, a live audience and runway presentation! Each week the designers receive a new focus or theme that they and their pattern makers/seamstresses work to complete. These new looks sold at SAKS, Macy’s or H&M, If the designer has no offer/buy they are eligible for elimination. The twist is that the buyers decide who will be sent home and the mentors decide who to save each week!
This show makes so much sense because a lot of designers do not get the exposure necessary for a successful line, plus they usually don’t have the funds to get it going.. This show gives them both!
Background Synopsis of 11 out of the 14 designers who were highlighted in the shows premiere:
Orly 26, NYC -bartender who wants to be a designer, tuc + wes her brand of convertible pieces, “cut + sew backwards”, signature look fitted semi- high waisted skirt with zipper application, basically a two- fer skirt. Sold to Saks
Edmond 32, GA – barber stylist and designer, likes to design dresses that are Studio 54 meets 2012, signature look is a bubble skirt cocktail dress. Sold to Macy’s
Oscar 37, TX – grew up in El Salvador with hard past, wears colorful hats and scarves, describes his designs as “happy orgy of colorful things”, signature look is butterfly dress. Had no offers
Nikki 43, FL – has a line of swimwear and resort wear that is 3 years old, signature look is the kimono caftan. Sold to Macy’s
Nicholas 38, CA – Australian model turned designer of menswear, does not take criticism well, signature look is the motorcycle jacket. Had no offers
Barbara 55, IL – mother of 3, breast cancer survivor, used to work in corporate America and sold her designs during breaks at work, quit to become full time designer, signature look is a skirt and top. Had no offers
Sarah 31, GA – self taught, mother passed away and inspires her to pursue this, signature look is a sexy shift dress. Sold to H&M
Ross 27, TX – describes himself as a straight male who likes to hunt and fish, a bow tie wearing southern gent, he studied under great tailors, makes his own patterns and sews, signature look is tailored wide leg pants. Had no offersLizzie 41, WA – former project manager at Microsoft, mother of 2, bought sewing machines from craiglist looking to make clothes she couldn’t find in stores, signature look is asymmetrical tunics and dresses. Sold to Macy’s
Kara 38, NY – former elementary school teacher, androgynous and deconstruction designer, likes to deconstruct garments and create accessory pieces, signature look is a collar, stand and tie combo accessory. Had no offers
Nzimiro 28, NY – grew up in Detroit with Nigerian background of importance of success, designer of menswear, signature look is a functional blazer or sports jacket. Sold to H&M
Nicholas, Oscar and Kara were in the elimination, Oscar was saved by mentors and Nicholas was sent home by the buyers
The following are my favorite quotes of the night:
“Well fashion is a reinvention of itself, yes I’ve seen it before and you’ve seen it before, but you’ve never seen it with my label..right!” -Oscar to John Varvatos
“Why would you put those shorts with that leather jacket” – Jessica Simpson on Nicholas’s last look
“It’s hard to understand the girls advice on men’s fashion” – Nicholas reply to the mentors
“As a designer, sometimes you need to pull back and say is this saleable? Is this wearable?” – Caprice Willard, for Macy’s on Barbara’s looks
“Those pants were all sorts of ‘no’.. You can say it” – Nicole Richie on Ross’s pants
“You’re so cute with your bow tie and suit, I would have loved that for a woman… A sexy version of you” -Nicole Richie to Ross
When I was working on my blog posts topics for Black (Fashion) History Month, Soul Train was top on the list…
On February, 1st the dynamic of Soul Train history had changed, as the host of the famous show had died of an apparent suicide. The legacy he leaves behind is one that can’t be compared. Don Cornelius had used his idea of a traveling caravan to showcase local talent and broadened that to a show idea to showcase bigger talent. Not only did he create a new musical platform, the show also presented new dance moves and fashion styles to delight the viewers. The show was in syndication from 1971-2006, with Don Cornelius as the host during 1971-1993. Soul Train soon became a movement that could not be stopped, often called the “Black American Bandstand”. That comparison soon led Dick Clark to try to duplicate the premise of Soul Train under his production called Soul Unlimited. With backlash from viewers of Soul Train and the Black community in general, Don Cornelius fought to get the new show off the air, and within a few weeks Soul Unlimited was canceled. I can honestly say that I grew up with Soul Train and it is not only a part of my history, but American history as well as Music history. Most of my memories of watching Soul Train include Saturday mornings, dancing to the music showcases, learning new dance moves, with Don Cornelius as the host. I hardly watched the show with the other hosts, and soon MTV, BET and VH1 came into the picture and there were more music shows and music television for the program to compete with. Even with this fact, Soul Train has become the longest running syndicated program in television history!
Here is a synopsis of the show’s history:
Don Cornelius, a news reader and backup disc jockey at Chicago radio station WVON, was hired by WCIU in 1967 as a news and sports reporter. Cornelius also was promoting and emceeing a touring series of concerts featuring local talent (sometimes called “record hops”) at Chicago-area high schools, calling his travelling caravan of shows “The Soul Train”. WCIU-TV took notice of Cornelius’s outside work and in 1970, allowed him the opportunity to bring his road show to television. After securing a sponsorship deal with the Chicago-based retailer Sears, Roebuck and Co., Soul Train premiered on WCIU-TV on August 17, 1970, as a live show airing weekday afternoons. Its immediate success attracted the attention of another locally based firm—the Johnson Products Company (manufacturers of the Afro Sheen line of hair-care products)—and they later agreed to co-sponsor the program’s expansion into national syndication. Cornelius and Soul Train‘s syndicator targeted 24 markets outside of Chicago to carry the show, but stations in only seven other cities—Atlanta, Cleveland, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and San Francisco—purchased the program, which began airing on a weekly basis on October 2, 1971. By the end of the first season, Soul Train was on in the other seventeen markets. When the program moved into syndication, its home base was also shifted to Los Angeles, where it remained for the duration of its run. In 1985 Chicago-based Tribune Entertainment took over the show’s syndication responsibilities. Don Cornelius ended his run as host at the end of the show’s 22nd season in 1993, though he remained the show’s main creative force from behind the scenes. The following fall, Soul Train began using various guest hosts weekly until comedian Mystro Clark began a two-year stint as permanent host in 1997. Clark was replaced by actor Shemar Moore in 1999. In 2003, Moore was succeeded by actor Dorian Gregory, who hosted through 2006. ~Wikipedia.com
Don Cornelius has left behind a huge legacy and will always be remembered as a pioneer of Black Music and Music history as a whole. Just this past Labor day weekend (Sept. 5th, 2011), there was a concert held in Chicago for the celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Soul Train at Millennium Park.Don Cornelius was present and was a part of the festivities : “Film Screening: “Soul Train: The Hippest Trip in America” with Don Cornelius. Immediately following the screening, WBEZ Chicago Public Media’s Richard Steele will moderate question and answer session with Soul Train founder, Don Cornelius”.
Chicago’s 40th Anniversary Soul Train Concert is presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, in partnership with the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture in honor of the 40th anniversary of the long-running television program. Don’t miss the final days of the first-ever Soul Train Photo Exhibition with images capturing some of the iconic musicians who performed on the show including Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Sly Stone, Chuck Berry and more. Images were selected from more than 300,000 never-before-seen archival shots taken on the Soul Train set.
Here are a few pictures of the “soul style” of Don Cornelius, as well as a video with rare footage during the shows beginnings.
Please share your best Soul Train memories in the comments section 🙂
Ever since Project Runway premiered in 2004 on Bravo there has been a rotating door of fashion related TV programming. We have since then been introduced to many “knock-off” fashion designer competition shows (The Fashion Show, The Cut), the world of a “fashion stylist” shows (Stylista, The Stylist, The Rachel Zoe Project, House of Glam), as well as sitcom shows with a “fashion industry atmosphere” (Running in Heels, Fashionista Diaries, Ugly Betty, Gossip Girl).
Some of these shows did well, continue to do well, or failed miserably. I watched many of them and others I only discovered while doing research for this post!! Still the quest for great “Fashion TV” continues…get ready for a whole new crop of these type of shows premiering this Spring! A few of the new shows have premiered just this week as others will premiere in February and March.
The main shows on our radar include: Jane by Design – Jan. 3rd (ABC Family), Project Runway All Stars – Jan. 5th (Lifetime), 24 hour Catwalk– Jan. 10th (Lifetime), Styled by June – Feb. 27th (VH1), and Fashion Star – March 13th (NBC)
Jane By Design is a light-hearted drama about Jane, a teenager who lands a job at Donovan Decker, a hip fashion house, when they mistake her for an adult. Jane soon finds herself juggling life both as a regular high school student and as an assistant to a high powered executive in the cutthroat world of fashion… all while trying to keep her true identity a secret.
Project Runway All Stars- The best of the past seasons compete again!
Hosted by television personality Alexa Chung, each episode of “24 Hour Catwalk” gives four talented designers the chance to compete to create their own collection…in just one day. Contestants must prepare to showcase their three-piece collection to the program’s judges, including renowned designer Cynthia Rowley, New York Times best-selling author and fashion editor Derek Blasberg and power publicist James LaForce.
VH1 is about to get a little bit more fashionable, with the announcement that celebrity stylist June Ambrose is getting her own show. The network revealed today that Ambrose, who has worked with some of the biggest names in Hollywood for years and calls herself a “curator of style,” will star in a docu-series to premiere in early 2012 that will focus on weekly celebrity image makeovers. On the show, June and her team of tireless assistants will take on a mix of up-and-coming and established celebrity clients – some actors, some musicians — who would like to re-imagine their looks and brands. Each episode will chronicle an image makeover and overall rebranding, culminating in a visually stunning event designed to focus on the celebrity’s new look. In addition to makeovers, viewers will get to see how June juggles her family life, CEO of her celebrity styling house Mode Squad and her burgeoning empire. Adding to June’s to-do list is a record label, books and a plethora of assignments ranging from celebrity clients, fashion shows and photo shoots to emergency style interventions for friends she can never turn down.
NBC kicks off the new year with the new reality competition series “Fashion Star,” which will search for the next big brand in fashion. Featuring host and executive producer Elle Macpherson along with celebrity mentors Jessica Simpson, Nicole Richie and John Varvatos, the series will give 14 unknown designers the chance to win a multi-million dollar prize to launch their collections in three of America’s largest retailers: Macy’s, H&M and Saks Fifth Avenue. At the end of each episode, America will have the chance to immediately purchase the winning designs showcased on the episode that week. What viewers see on TV that night will be on the streets and in stores immediately. With just a single trip down the runway, “Fashion Star” will change the lives and fortunes of these aspiring designers forever. Each week, designers who do not sell any of their items to the buyers will be up for elimination.