November ’17 Event Schedule

I feel like we were just celebrating New Years but suddenly Halloween blew past us and now we are knocking on Christmas door. The seasons have changed, and the temperature is shifting but that shouldn’t stop us from having a good time. I pulled together a little list of fun events in the Tri-State you…

The Beauty of Being Laced & Luxe

In a sea of overnight online shops and the crashing weight of under serviced department stores  there is a  significant disconnection between a retailers and a customers shopping experience. Too many times I have walked into a store and left feeling like just another transaction or effort to make todays sale goal, but Laced N…

The TGOS Round Up

I made a full month of consistent blogging, so consider this post as me tooting my now horn. I had gone a significant amount of months nothing posting a GOTDAMN thing and pulling back and forth with myself about deactivating the entire thing. I made a much needed mental break to make sure my creative juices…

Fab Follow Friday: Tasha James

Cooler than the other side of the pillow, digital influencer, product photographer, and art director Tasha James is an answer to all of your needs for inspiration. Putting a strong pimp hand down in the world of style, Tasha continuously blesses my IG feed with amazing looks, and her twitter page reveals her amazing work ethic…

Black Fashion History : Andre Leon Talley

Former American Vogue editor Andre Talley has been a staple in the fashion industry for over 25 years, ranking as human landmark on all things CHIC. Born in Durham, North Carolina he was raised in a humble environment but understood the importance of luxury. while receiving a masters degree in French from Brown University, he…

Black Fashion History: Scott Barrie

Scott Barrie, an American designer known for sexy matte jersey dresses in the 1960’s and 70’s, died on Tuesday at the Alessandria Hospital in Alessandria, Italy, outside Milan at 52. Being a designer was his goal from childhood, and at the age of 10 he was whipping up clothes on his grandmother’s sewing machine. He studied…

Black Fashion History: Ruth E. Carter

Ruth E. Carter is an African-American costume designer. She is best known for her work on the films Malcolm X,Teen Beach Movie and Amistad, for each of which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Costume Design. She received a career achievement award from the American Black Film Festival in 2002.Carter graduated from Hampton University, and then interned in her hometown…

Black Fashion History: Stephen Burrows

Friends with Warhol, dressing Cher, partying at Studio 54: Stephen Burrows born in Newark, New Jersey on May 15, 1943; is an American fashion designer based in New York City and was the designer for the drug-laced disco days—and one of the first African-American names in the industry. Known for his signature “lettuce hems” and sexy, flowing chiffons, Burrows notably…

Black Fashion History: Meet Patrick Kelly

Patrick Kelly (September 24, 1954 – January 1, 1990) was an American fashion designer. Born in Vicksburg, Mississippi, Kelly studied art at Jackson State University and than attended Parsons Design NYC. While living in Atlanta Kelly sold recycled clothes and working with out pay at Yves Saint Laurent chairman Pierre Bergé, who later in 1988, sponsored Kelly. Paris-based women’s wear designer and a founder of…

Black Fashion History: Meet Willi Smith

Smith was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and studied commercial art at Mastbaum Technical High School and attended Philadelphia College of Art for fashion illustration. He then moved to New York to go to Parsons The New School for Design, the highly competitive art and design college of The New School university. For a short time Smith freelanced with Arnold Scaasi and Bobbie Brooks’s sportswear company. In 1967, Smith quit…

Fab Follow Friday: Melissa Holbrook

 If you’re anything like me you are constantly thirsty for inspiration, So I wanted to bring you guys weekly suggestions of creatives to follow, so you can get your life! I will be covering all outlets ranging from bloggers, designers, artist… YOU NAME IT! *Shirley Caesar Vocals*  First up to the plate for Fab Follow…

Black Fashion History: Zelda Barbour Wynn Valdes

Zelda Wynn Valdes,  fashion and costume designer  was revered for her design talent and best known for her skill in highlighting the female body. She got her start in fashion creating outfits for her dolls as a child in Chambersburg, Pa., and began cutting out patterns from newspaper. She studied her grandmother’s work as a seamstress…