RCA Inspiration celebrates five wins at the 50th Annual GMA Dove Awards, with Kirk Franklin, Donald Lawrence, Le’Andria Johnson, and Koryn Hawthorne taking home Dove Awards in five categories this year. Garnering double wins, Gospel icons Kirk Franklin and Donald Lawrence each won two Dove Awards, with Johnson and Hawthorne winning one Dove Award apiece. Kirk Franklin (Fo Yo Soul/RCA) won one of the night’s top honors, Gospel Artist of the Year, as well as Contemporary Gospel Recorded Song of the Year for his #1 smash hit “Love Theory.” Continue reading “RCA Inspiration Celebrates Five Wins at the 2019 GMA Dove Awards”
Category: Purple Carpet
Grand Opening: New York and Company Opens its Largest Store in the Chicago Area
New York and Company’s new store made one week old on State Street in downtown Chicago. Boasting stylish pieces from some of the most well-known celebrities to date. Set in the historical Palmer House of old-world elegance, New York and Company sets precedence with a two-story renovated space continuing the tradition of upscale sophisticated looks that transcend time where Carson Pirie Scott left off for the everyday business woman.
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“Kanye, I’ll let you finish, but”
I am honored to be the new Fashion Advisor for MYReporter. Given this opportunity to voice my fashionistic judgement is what every fashionista looks forward to. Granted I believe each person is allotted their own level of fashion sense and no one has the right to tell them if it is right or wrong. But considering the world we live in that is not the case so much. And to be honest, I too pass not so favorable judgement on one’s garb here and there.
I try my best to be fair and see the artistic approach in every detail but some fashion visionists such as Kanye West makes me want to dig deeper in the, “what in the world inspired that?” Well after all fashion is a choice, right? It’s not too often when I see this guy fashionably appealing. He was quoted defending his fashion line saying, “Sweatshirts are important”. Yes, indeed they are Kanye but so are shoe strings but do we prance them down the runway of avant garde? No. As a Designer who grew up with the dream to become a Fashion Designer I find it extremely insulting when a Rapper without the training, the massive student loans, the sewing ability, the countless sweat and tears and an authentic vision produce a fashion show and get center rack in top department stores just because they can pay their way to the top. Instead of using fashion as another revenue stream I would love to see artists such as West show some level of respect for our craft and promote unknown Designers looking for their BIG break.
As a Fashion Contributor, I owe it to my fellow fashion leaders to promote those who are without a voice at this time. We already know the Donna Karens, the Ralph Laurens, and the likes of Kanye Wests. So, there is no need to be another contributor speaking on rerun topics. So, if you are interested in learning more about fashion behind the scenes and meeting Designers who have not yet made it to main stream, you are on the right page. Stay tune!
Bon Voyage to Kendrick Gibson: Taking Chicago fashion expertise to L.A.
Kendrick Gibson has been the go-to guy to get things done on the Chicago fashion scene. Charisma and style is Kendrick. Vetavia’s Cajun Cafe, Saturday, Nov. 1, was the venue for the send off bash.
Festivities were poppin’ as guests arrived to a standing room only crowd. Attendees feasting on Vetavia’s Jamaican cuisine, bumpin’ DJ sounds and great entertainment from local artists. The Guest of Honor taking glam shots with friends, family and fashion colleagues.
The backdrop to the love shown is the love Kendrick has consistently given out. Working with Chicago fashion designers and stylists coordinating fashion shows (African Fashion Week, Chicago Fashion Week, etc.) and national celebrities such as Dr. Drai’s “Medical T” Tour. Kendrick has a keen eye for what works, a personality that shines and a get-it-done attitude. This is why he has been the person fashion gods call on.
L.A. has gained a gem and wealth of knowledge with Kendrick joining the capital of entertainment. Take note, Kendrick Gibson’s star is in orbit to the stratosphere of Hollywood Boulevard and beyond. Follow him on Facebook and Instagram to find out his latest happenings. Book Kendrick to execute your next event’s vision and/or to give your image that KG oomph.
Passing the crown; Miss Black Illinois 2015 Pageant
The legendary Dusable Museum of African American History hosted the 2015 Miss Black Illinois Pageant on Saturday, Oct. 25. Actor Richard Gallion and Gospel House Music Diva Dana Divine were the Master and Mistress of Ceremonies. Amid the clamour of applause only one of the young women would walk away with the title to represent those who have come before her to lead and set an example for those to come after. Under the tutelage of Tina DeNard, Executive Director of the Miss Black Illinois Scholarship organization, each contestant is groomed to shine regardless of wearing the title. Continue reading “Passing the crown; Miss Black Illinois 2015 Pageant”
Style and charisma blazed the catwalk during Chicago Fashion Week
Chicago Fashion Week 2014 concluded with a bang. Kiwi’s Boutique, located 1015 S. Western Ave. in the UIC district, turned up the glam with Celebrity Stylist J. Bolin’s Bootcamp and models gracing the runway with local designer’s fashion. Sunday, Oct. 19, Society Art Gallery on the northwest side of Chicago was the backdrop to eclectic attendees, tasty hor d’oeuvres, bumpin music and, of course, high fashion.
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BIBO Tour Chicago 2014: Beauty in action
The Beauty In/Beauty Out (BIBO) Tour Chicago 2014 celebrated and honored some of the most intelligent beautiful women from various backgrounds Saturday, Oct. 11 with a lavished event at Catalyst Ranch, located in the West Loop Downtown area. Traci S. Campbell, Founder of BIBO, has dedicated her life to uplifting and educating young women. In her quest to do so, she has solicited experts, in their own rite, to mentor and highlight their accomplishments to encourage the young women.