Friday, June 27, 2008

Friday's Fabulous Flick

This week's photo features Town & Country Magazine's Events Editor Alexis Clark along with Gillian Miniter looking wonderful at the Hale House 39th Anniversary Gala Benefit and Dance earlier this month. More than $300,000 was raised for the Harlem, New York based organization that provides assistance and care to families in need.
I hope that you have a fun weekend planned!
I'm currently on the West Coast. Prayerfully, I'll be back next week to chat with you again!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Desperately Seeking Italian Vogue

Boy...did you flood my email with requests to locate Italian Vogue after my June 19th posting. The image above is the multi-page fold out cover featuring from left Liya Kebede, Sessilee Lopez, Jourdan Dunn, and Naomi Campbell.

For those who live in or near a large city, call your local bookstore and request that they stock a copy of it. I suggest that you call these locations first in the age of $4/gallon gas so that you don't frustrate yourself driving around to various locations.

I can't imagine that the major bookstore chains would pass up this opportunity to make money and marketing this historical issue. If they seem resistance, have 10 or more of your friends call the store within a three to five day period to request the magazine.

I bet they'll add it then.

Now, many of you live in small towns or rural areas that make getting access to the magazine more than a challenge. I will try to see what options may be available for you.

But, stay cool. The issue won't hit American soil for a few weeks.

In the meanwhile, American Vogue will feature the story next month 'Is Fashion Racist?'

Friday, June 20, 2008

Friday's Fabulous Flick

Houstonians Lisa and Agbo Abiola were among 285 guests from around the world that attended a spectacular fundraiser for the the Musée du Louvre in Paris recently.

The guest list included Princess Caroline of Monaco and her husband Prince Ernst of Hanover, Yves Saint Laurent designer Stefano Pilati, Hubert Guerrand-Hermès of the famed Hermès brand, Bianca Jagger, Princess Zahra Aga Khan, billionaire businessman Wilbur Ross of New York, former Salomon Brothers CEO John Gutfreund. Tickets for the event ranged from $5,000 to $10,000 per person. The event was hosted by Houstonian Becca Cason Thrash and raised a whopping $2.7 Million.
Good people - have a smashing Friday!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Italian Vogue To Feature All Black Models

Let’s step off topic of Black Socialite coverage for a moment.

One of my cyber-buddies Maya shared with me today that The New York Times has published a story on the upcoming Italian Vogue July edition that will feature all Black models. The issue will be available in Europe on Thursday and will ship to the US shortly thereafter. The photo that appears here is our gal Naomi Campbell. Plus sized model Toccara Jones from America's Next Top Model fame also graces the pages of this edition.

The battle for equality wages on in the world of fashion in spite of the fact that Black women spend close to $20 Billion on clothing annually.

So, keep your eyes open for this issue and grab a copy of it. If your friendly neighborhood bookstore doesn’t carry Italian Vogue, make sure to tell them about the historical significance of this particular issue – and how you know that it will fly off of the shelves if it is merchandised and promoted properly.

Trust me, tell will get the point.

By the way, Maya is a fan of the blog who is “neither black nor a socialite (but) find(s) it fascinating learning about worlds that I would otherwise not be exposed to, including the world you write about on (this) blog.”

Many thanks for sending this hot news Ms. Maya and your fan-ship of this blog.
Photo credit: Steven Meisel for Italian Vogue

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The ICTC Gala in Chicago

Mellody Hobson (left) & Maggie Daley

Linda Johnson Rice & daughter Alexis
Seal had the ladies screaming during his performance

Tamiko Nettles and Jeremiah Harris

Some folks just know how to have a good time - like Super Socialite Mellody Hobson who co-chaired the 15th Anniversary Gala for the Inner City Teaching Corps (ICTC) in Chicago last Friday night. ICTC recruits top college grads to teach in inner-city schools for two-year appointment.

This year's theme encouraged attendees show their school spirit and Ms. Hobson took it to a whole other level. She had six Princeton shirts sewn into a one shoulder dress. Seal was the event's entertainment and had the ladies screaming in glee!

The event raised more than $1.3 Million with a record turn-out as attendees shelled out $1000 per ticket to dine on cheeseburgers and cupcakes.

And, although Ms. Hobson's boyfriend George Lucas was unable to attend, he donated some neat items including an autographed Indiana Jones poster and a custom Star Wars character sketch that went for $23,000.

Photo credit: Darkroom Demons

Friday, June 13, 2008

Friday's Fabulous Flicks

Urban Tech founder and president Pat Bransford, honoree Stephen Byrd, First Lady of the State of New York Michelle Paige Paterson, honoree Dr. Mehmet Oz

Pat Bransford, Sharon Brown, Debra Chase Martin, Alicia Blythewood

The National Urban Technology Center (Urban Tech) honored outstanding community leaders Dr. Mehmet Oz and Stephen C. Byrd at the 2008 Urban Tech fundraising gala held on June 4 in New York City. Urban Tech was founded in 1995 by Patricia Bransford to assist in closing the 'digital divide' in urban communities by providing access to technology.
Dr. Mehmet Oz is an internationally renowned heart surgeon and the author of You: The Owner's Manual. He is also a frequent contributor on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Discovery Health, and CNN.
Stephen C. Byrd is the producer of the first all-African American production of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” and has more than 27 years of experience on Wall Street in investment banking.

The 2008 Corporate Leadership Award was presented to The Wachovia Corporation for their work to improve financial literacy.
Have a fabulous Friday!!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

It Is Hot, Hot, Hot!!!

I hope that you are not in one of these ‘hotspots’ in the United States or Canada today!

While I love Summer, I hate heatwaves – particularly when they are two weeks early.

Good grief – have we moved from a four season to a two season climate in North America – just Winter and Summer?

My hometown is so hot that children have been dismissed from school early today. The ole ye air conditioning systems were not prepared to have to work so hard so soon. Our energy company is also dealing with scores of outages.

And, I am cooking!

Yes, I have air conditioning. But I swear I can feel the heat seep through the floors and doors.

Some of you know the feeling…

I was thinking that I should have stayed at the beach but it’s super hot there too.

No sea breezes – just heat.

On top of the heat, one of my favorite staples – tomatoes – have been pulled from the shelves due to salmonella outbreaks. This makes me so upset.

There is nothing better than raw tomato and basil salads to me – especially when it’s burning up outside. I eat raw tomatoes almost every day and simply love them.

Now, I’m suffering from tomato withdrawal symptoms.

Now on to good news…

Special Friend and I had a good time on our beach junket this past weekend. I’ll share the story with you in a future posting.

Also, this blog is mentioned on ‘The Root’ in a story entitled ‘Searching For The Black Carrie.’ I discovered this yesterday while going through my blog stats. Thanks to author Jordyn White for the positive shout out.

Please stay cool if you are in one of the heatwave areas of the country.

If you are in the US Midwest struggling through severe weather, please know you are in my prayers.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Friday's Fabulous Flicks

This week's photos feature a few of the 200 attendees at The Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston's Champagne and Ribs Benefit
on May 28th.
Russell Andrews and Valerie Cassel Oliver

Tracey Ferguson (left) and Debbie Hutchinson

Yvonne & Rufus Cormier

Tamara Brock, from left, Troy Jenkins and Carla Burton

Toya Canady(left) and Bree Darthard

Good People - make your Friday fabulous!
Photo credit: Dave Rossman

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority - Eta Lambda Omega Chapter's 20th Anniversary Fashionetta

Left to right: Michele Blow, Brande Ealy, Myshiea Peters, Rebecca Dear-Watkins (Vice President), Anissa Shanks, Sasha Bausley, Krystle Hays

Strutting the catwalk in pink & green masks

More images from the catwalk

Last month, the women of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Eta Lambda Omega Chapter in Glenside, CA hosted their 20th Annual Fashionetta Luncheon Fashion - 20 Years, 20 Pearls.

The event honored four "Mothers of the Year" in addition to awarding 9 scholarships ranging from $750 - $1,500 each. The fashion show which featured designs by Frou Frou (in honor of the sorority's Centennial) and other local designers.

Job well done Sorors!!

Their Crowning Glory at The Frederick Olmsted Awards Luncheon

I know, I know...

I'm soooooo late with these photos from the 26th Annual Frederick Law Olmsted Awards Luncheon in New York City last month. Better late than never I imagine so I hope you enjoy them!

Several of you were good enough to forward some images to me and I thank you for it.

Tonya Lee and Deborah Roberts with luncheon attendees

Janelle Procope, Debra Roberts, Alicia Blythewood, Yolanda F. Brown pose with another luncheon attendee

Grace Hightower DeNiro

This sporty red number caught the eye of Martha Stewart and appeared on her blog

This black and white ensemble also appeared on Martha's blog

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Summer Planning Underway

I must admit that I am enjoying all of the emails and photos (keep 'em coming!) While culling through all of the good stuff you are sending to me, I'm also trying to get my summer plans into gear.

My computer is really sick of me and I believe the ole girl may be on her way to that big laptop terminal in the sky. She's running slow and churns forever when I'm downloading pictures. I have a new model laptop but I'm so loyal to ole' girl that I feel like I'm techo-cheating by using the newer model.

I know - I sound nutty.

But I get soooo attached to certain items in my life that's it's hard for me to say goodbye.

So back to my summer plans...

I (like so many people in the country) have to take rising fuel prices into consideration as I map out my summer activities which just plucks my nerves. Special Friend and I will be headed to a beach this weekend within reasonable driving distance (read: less than 3 hours away). We are looking forward to spending some couple time together without all of the 'noise' that surrounds our busy lives.

Special Friend and I have also received an invite to The Commissioners 75th Annual Summer Party in Atlantic City, New Jersey later this month. This organization holds in its ranks some of the most elite professional Black men in our area and they usually throw a good party. Of course, I'll make sure to share lots of pictures with you.

I will also head to the West Coast at the end of the month for business travel only to return home to a busy July!

Amtrak will be the friend of many us on the East Coast for the Centennial Boule of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority! Others are opting to carpool and take the luxury bus services in order to save dollars.

For those traveling to Seattle for The Links, Incorporated National Assembly, I know for a fact that plans to ship clothing, shoes, and hats are in the works as many attendees anticipate heavy luggage surcharges from the airlines.

Jack and Jill of America will host their annual conference in Miami, Florida this July as well. Several members of the organization have shared with me that they plan to drive and use the trip as an educational excursion for their children. This is much more cost effective than trying to lug children and clothing on an airplane.

So, Black Socialites everywhere are feeling the pitch of our hard earned 'pennies' as we confirm our plans this summer.

In the meanwhile, Yours Truly has been contacted by a prominent Cable TV network for assistance with casting with a wildly popular show.

I'll give you more details soon - I promise.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Yves Saint Laurent Dead at 71

I am sad to report that legendary designer Yves Saint Laurent died Sunday at age 71. His death is important to mention here for two reasons.

He was the first major haute couture designer to use Black models on the catwalk. Saint Laurent also shared a very special relationship with Eunice Johnson - Founder/Creative Director of The Ebony Fashion Fair. His clothing is often featured in the traveling fashion show.
His contributions to the world of fashion will be missed.