May Blog Review!

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Another month has gone by in the blink of an eye… we are literally halfway through 2013! Can you believe it?  We had some fun and exciting blog posts during May, so here’s my list of the top 10 highlights of last month.

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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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Throwback Thursday: Versailles ’73 – The Runway Battle

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Today’s Throwback Thursday post is going way back. I decided to highlight the main event that has been recognized many times over as the “Moment in history that changed the course of (fashion) history”.  We can now have a front row seat to the show that became known as the American Runway Revolution!

Image courtesy of www.versailles73movie.com/

Image courtesy of www.versailles73movie.com/

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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

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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The Met Gala -Top Four Themes of the Red Carpet!

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I know I may be late with this post, and by now you probably have seen all of the red carpet images from “the fashion industry’s big night out” plasters throughout the internet. There are various blog posts on all the looks, best and worst dressed lists, the scandal behind Kim K’s non-invite, and how great the exhibit is in general. Even with all that said, now that the exhibit is open to the public I still wanted to give my two cents. 😉

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The style of a King…

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Although his actual birthday, was yesterday, many of you are off from work today because of holiday which was established to remember the birth and life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a United States federal holiday marking the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around the time of King’s birthday, January 15. King was the chief spokesman for nonviolent activism in the civil rights movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. The campaign for a federal holiday in King’s honor began soon after his assassination in 1968. Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed on January 20, 1986. At first, some states resisted observing the holiday as such, giving it alternative names or combining it with other holidays. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000. ~Wikipedia

Martin Luther King, Jr. was known as a prominent speaker, motivator, key player in the civil rights movement, activist, doting father and loving husband. Over the years each new generation of children are introduced to his legacy and the famous words of hope that he bestowed upon thousands of people on a very special day in Washington, DC. Since his assassination and death there are several places (memorials, parks, schools, etc) across the nation where you can pay your respects to his legacy. The newest and (in my opinion), most important tribute to the life and work of Mr. King can now be seen and experienced at the very place that he first spoke his “I have a dream” speech. A memorial to King has been constructed along the Tidal Basin at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., by the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation. The official address of the monument, 1964 Independence Avenue, S.W., commemorates the year that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 became law.

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s popularity was during an era of great fashion and fashion icons- Jacqueline Kennedy, Twiggy, James Bond, Diana Ross and as similar styles as we now see on the popular television show Mad Men. Since King’s living involved doing many public appearances, speaking and events, one would think his “appearance” would be as powerful as his words. Suits in various textures seemed to be this prominent leader’s style, with an occasional fedora hat.

 

Taking a break In a nice textured suit

 

In an embroidered short sleeve buttoned shirt - Rare picture of Martin Luther King, Jr. in his home study

Martin Luther King in textured blazer, patterned tie and solid trousers with wide brim fedora hat. (with fellow Civil Rights Leader Ralph Abernathy)

Martin and Coretta looking dapper and beautiful!

Stealing a kiss.. lol. I'm really diggin his hat!

Small brim fedora.. Nice!

Please join us in wishing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. a Happy 83rd Birthday!