Growing up in the suburbs of Seattle, Washington, you would likely find me with my best friend Tanya cruising down I-5 blasting music from the Ramones, Nirvana, or Rancid. I was influenced by the growing punk and grunge movement of the 90s and MTV was my visual source of style inspiration. I found the slept-in, ragbag grunge style to be intriguing, as well as the freedom rockstars had in wearing whatever they wanted.
Fashion designer Anna Sui played an integral roll in amplifying the trend into ready-to-wear. While her initial goal was to “dress rockstars and rockstar’s girlfriends,” her designs expanded into stylish looks for everyone from the artists on stage to the fans in the crowd. To this day she has maintained the rock n’ roll edge in her designs and continues to bring out the inner rockstar in all of us.
When I interviewed Sui during her latest exhibit, The World of Anna Sui at the Mint Museum, childhood memories were ignited. As I strolled through the exhibit admiring each collection, recognizing styles I used to wear, a familiar song played overhead. It was “Come As You Are” by Nirvana, but this time I wasn’t cruising down 1-5, I was on my way to chat with an iconic designer that defined the style of the decade.
Watch our interview and get to know more about renowned fashion designer, Anna Sui by clicking the video below!
The annual UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball is a premier fundraising gala and a major social event, focusing on raising public awareness and large corporate and individual donations to support deserving students through UNCF. Hosted by UNCF Charlotte and a diverse group of corporate sponsors and local businesses, it involves celebrities, dignitaries, civic leaders, volunteers, public officials, alumni and others who support UNCF’s mission of investing in Better Futures® for us all by getting students to and through college.
In Charlotte, the Masked Award Honorees were: Grammy Award Winning Singer and Songwriter, Anthony Hamilton; Chief Policy Officer & Senior Advisor to the President and CEO of Lyft, Anthony Foxx; Partner, Ernst & Young, LLP, Curt W. Fochtmann; and VP, Chief Data & Executive Information Officer, Bank of America & UNCF Board Member, Laurie Readhead.
The Hamiltones provided entertainment for the evening and put on an amazing show!
It is always a pleasure being the official red carpet host at the Off The Field Players’ Wives Association Super Bowl Fashion Show! This year Super Bowl LIII, Patriots vs. Rams, was held in the beautiful city Atlanta, GA. A city known for fashion and luxury, the runway show highlighted nothing less! The event was held at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta, with a pre-party celebration at Dior! I loved seeing the husbands support their wives as each year they raise funds for a non-profit organization in the Super Bowl host city. This year Girls Who Code was the beneficiary! Always a sell-out event, I can’t wait until next year! Enjoy the video!
Production Team: Bryant Walker, Ethan Neville, & Erica Dunn
It is a pleasure partnering with Goodwill Industries as the Style Expert to bring awareness to the great fashion finds you can get at Goodwill stores! You can snag designer brand merchandise without spending designer prices! In this video, I went shopping for workout attire and left with some steals! Oh, and what makes it even better – My purchases will go toward job training for individuals with barriers to employment! Check it out!
The UNCF Annual Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Luncheon is a fundraiser and signature special event of UNCF. At the luncheon, Dr. Maya Angelou, used to present awards on behalf of UNCF to women who are leaders in their respective fields and have brought positive recognition locally, statewide and nationally. Since her passing, the UNCF board continues to recognize women in her name.
The Luncheon also features a Silent Auction, and a highly-anticipated HAT (HAT-i-tude!) and Bow Tie Competition. A scholarship will be awarded to a deserving NC high school senior accepted to a North Carolina UNCF member institution.
Event host, Stacee Michelle interviewed some of the honorees, board members, and celebrity guests Maria Howell and Julian Brittano!
UNCF is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. Since its founding in 1944, UNCF has raised more than $3.6 billion to help more than 400,000 students receive college degrees at UNCF-member institutions and with UNCF scholarships. UNCF envisions a nation where all Americans have equal access to a college education that prepares them for rich intellectual lives, competitive and fulfilling careers, engaged citizenship and service to our nation. www.uncf.org
This Fall Banana Republic released a collection curated by Olivia Palermo! From blouses, to trousers, skirts and jackets, the collection is laced with the hottest fall trends – AND – at a great price! Style is no compromise when it comes to Banana Republic! Check out the video below for a few highlights!