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Tracy Reese Spring 2012 Show at NYFW

September 14, 2011

Black Hollywood fashion mavens stepped out to be amazed at the Spring 2012 designs of Tracy Reese during New York Fashion Week. Lola Ogunnaike, Angela Bassett, Selita E. Banks, Tika Sumpter, Aisha Taylor, June Ambrose and Nikki Ogunnaike were seen front row supporting the New York based designer. Tracy Reese presented plenty of everything from funky neon, stripes, floral, sheer, knitwear, swimswear, anoraks and much more in her latest collection. Many of the looks presented at the Tracy Reese Spring 2012 is perfect for the contemporary woman. Year after year Tracy as one of the lone black female designers at New York Fashion Week continues to dazzle both her critics and fans!

Tracy Reese showcase contemporary designs for the modern woman. Tracy used her platform to highlight ethnic models in the fashion world. Rising black model Shena Moulton opened and close the show. Here are just a few of the new Tracy Reese trends that caught our attention…






Swimwear & Anoraks

Beauty at Tracy Reese Spring 2012

Tracy Reese Spring 2012 Show

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Angela Simmons Wears Virgos Lounge to New York Fashion Week

September 13, 2011

New York Fashion Week just kicked off its Spring/Summer 2012 shows and all eyes on who is wearing what. Celebrity stylist Kanayo Ebi collaborated with her client Angela Simmons for various red carpet ready looks. However it was her yellow and turquoise beaded Virgos Lounge Resort 2012 dress that caught our attention! We said it’s our favorite and you can make it into your wardrobe by visiting Angela wore this stunner to attend Betsey Johnson’s Spring 2012 show as she shared on Twitpic. Virgos Lounge, a Nigerian-run, London based fashion label, named the dress “Opal.”

This is however NOT the first time Angela wore Virgos Lounge designs. She wore a one-shoulder sequin jumpsuit with YSL pumps while promoting her brand Pastry Collection in London earlier this year. Her stylist Kanayo picked it up from a London boutique and it was a great celebration among the African fashion blogosphere set. Which Virgos Lounge look do you love on Angela – NYFW or London?

Angela also wore an enviable snakeskin print cut-out dress which she designed for her upcoming eponymous label. During her exciting time at NYFW, Angela pose with celebrity friends June Ambrose, Kelly Osbourne, Nicki Hilton, Whitney Port, Joy Bryant, Betsey Johnson, Russell Simmons, Carmelo Anthony, and Charlotte Ronson. We’re eager to see what else the Nigerian, New York-based stylist has for the budding entrepreneur’s NYFW red carpet events!

Angela with her stylist Kanayo Ebi

Angela Simmons in her own cut-out dress at the Charlotte Ronson show

Angela Simmons in Nicole Miller jumpsuit

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Leila Lopes of Angola is Miss Universe 2011!

September 13, 2011

Leila Lopes, Miss Angola 2011, was crowned Miss Universe 2011 last night. Lopes becomes the second African woman to win the coveted title at the 60th anniversary of the international beauty pageant competition.  The 25-year-old is also Angola’s first winner so this win is not bittersweet but historic.  Her win is credited to her personality, charisma and most importantly her response to her interview question.

Leila Lopes’s reply for her interview question on what physical trait she would change if she could: “Thank God I’m very satisfied with the way God created me and I wouldn’t change a thing. I consider myself a woman endowed with inner beauty. I have acquired many wonderful principles from my family and I intend to follow these for the rest of my life.” (quote source)

Leila, a business management student from Great Britian, was crowned the official Miss Angola UK on October 8, 2010 but it was her talent in the national Miss Angola 2010 competition that sealed her fate in the Miss Universe 2011 pageant. Leila’s win will go won in the history as she is the second African woman and the fourth black woman to be Miss Universe. The first African woman to win the title was Mpule Kwealagobe of Botswana in 1999, who hosted the 2011 F.A.C.E List AwardsWendy Fitzwilliam is the third black woman and the second woman from Trinidad & Tobago to win the Miss Universe title. Wendy Fitzwilliam, a lawyer, radio TV host, author, and beauty pageant guru/entrepreneur, became Miss Universe in 1998. Wendy signed onto Facebook to honor Leila’s historic win.

Wendy Fitzwilliam, Miss Universe 1998 (Trinidad & Tobago),  on Miss Angola’s win: Congratulations to Leila Lopes, Miss Universe 2011! I am so proud of Leila and her beautiful country of Angola. Thank you all for your unwavering love and support. Leila has done us all proud this evening and I warmly welcome her to the Miss Universe sisterhood. God bless Leila, Angola and all of you! Always, Wendy

Only four black woman has won for the coveted Miss Universe Title and they are Wendy Fitzwilliam of Trinidad & Tobago (1998), Mpule Kwelagobe of Botswana (1999), Leila Lopes of Angola (2011), and Janelle Commissiong of Trinidad & Tobago (1977) continues to salute Africans on the rise!

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