Rihanna, Rita Ora, Kelly Rowland: What they wore to Roc Nation's pre-Grammy brunch


Roc Nation once again hosted the most anticipated event in celebration of this weekend’s Grammy Awards: the annual Roc Nation Grammy Brunch.

The coveted event, which took place at a private residence and was presented by M∙A∙C Viva Glam, saw a slew of Roc Nation’s most fashionable stars, friends and family, including Rihanna, Kelly Rowland, and Rita Ora.

(Photo credit: D'USSÉ Cognac)

Rita Ora rocks a white 2-piece with bronze and gold hardware from Alexandre Vauthier Spring 2014's collection
Kelly Rowland in a bone printed blazer and cuffed jeans
Rihanna gives us leg in this striped blouse and skirt with a slit from Altuzarra Spring 2014 collection

Lupita Nyong'o's best fashion moments

The fashion gods are cheering. When it comes to dazzling and inspiring awe on the red carpet, Lupita Nyong'o does it best. At the Golden Globes, she donned a red Ralph Lauren gown and a teal Gucci dress at the SAG Awards.

For her performance as Patsey in Steve McQueen's 12 Years A Slave, Nyong'o can add SAG winner to her list of credits. The Yale University School of Drama acting program graduate  took home the female actor in a supporting role award for her film debut.


Raven-Symoné shows off her slim figure

Raven-Symoné has been making headlines this weekend with a recent Twitterfession. This writer took a look back into rolling out's archives and found the amazing photos from her cover shoot, taken shortly after her 35-pound weight loss. Here's she's rocking a red and white striped tube top by Lucca Couture, black leggings by American Apparel and earrings by Belle Noel with strappy turquoise platform sandals.

To see more of this shoot, click here: Raven-Symoné: Forevermore


Black Love: Devon Franklin and Meagan Good

We love, love! Meagan Good and her husband, Devon Franklin, are obviously in love with each other. Meagan an actress and Devon, is both a pastor and executive at Sony Entertainment. Check them out together in love, holding hands and posing for the paparazzi on the red carpet at The BET Awards 2013 in Los Angeles, CA.

While Franklin wears a dark blue pinstriped suit his wife looks spectacular in a long-sleeved royal blue dress with a deep, plunging neckline with and hip-hugging ruched detailing. Jewelry: diamond L’Dezen ring and silver hoop earrings.


Tina Turner's wedding dress

No white for Tina Turner, 73, on her wedding day. In a private civil ceremony, the rock star married record executive Erwin Bach, 57, after a 27-year courtship. The star-studded guest list read like an A-list yearbook. Oprah Winfrey, Gayle King, David Bowie, Giorgio Armani, and Sade, who, ironically, wore white. The festivities were held at her lakeside home outside Zurich, Switzerland.

The green and black silk Armani gown with Swarovski crystals, while beautiful, was an interesting color choice for her second nuptials. Turner, née Anna Mae Bullock, was famously married to Ike Turner, whom she divorced in 1978; they married in 1962.


Labor Day fashion

It's time to start catching those end of summer sales. Before the pickings get slim, you need to start planning how you are going to bid adieu to summer.

Maxi Dress with Ruffle ($24.95) at H&M
Steve Madden Women's Shoes, Wildness Platform Wedges, ($49.50) at Macy's
Women's Watch with Interchangeable Straps - Gold/Black ($29.99) at Target
Flavia Foldover Clutch ($79.50) at Banana Republic
Illesteva Leonard tortoise sunglasses ($165) at ditto.com
TopShop's Bug Drop Earrings ($28) at us.topshop.com


b michael AMERICA RED Collection available at Macy's

In 2011, approximately three percent of the clothing sold in the U.S. was actually manufactured here, according to a report from the American Apparel and Footwear Association. In 1960, that number was 95 percent. Legendary New York original, fashion designer B. Michael is committed to a collection Made-in-America. His newest collection, b michael AMERICA RED, is available in 10 Macy's stores.

"I am excited by the opportunity to share my point of view of Advanced American Style with a broader audience. We are especially pleased to have Macy's as the retailer to launch the collection -- the quintessential American Department Store," he shares.

b michael AMERICA RED takes inspiration from the dramatic looks that the designer created through his collaboration with costume designer Ruth Carter for Whitney Houston in the upcoming film SPARKLE, which released nationwide August  2012. Priced between $155 and $400 the collection features dresses, some with sleek jacket options that seamlessly transition from daytime to evening.  These easy-to-wear pieces offer a contemporary spin on the designer's signature aesthetic with clean lines, retro-inspired feminine silhouettes, dramatic sleeves and striking necklines providing a modern and versatile twist.  Neutral tones and solids figure prominently in the color palette, with bold prints making an appearance in key pieces.

b michael AMERICA RED Ready to Wear collection available in the following MACY'S locations:
Macy's Herald Square, New York, New York
Macy's Pentagon City, Arlington, Virginia
Macy's State Street, Chicago, Illinois
Macy's Water Tower, Chicago, Illinois
Macy's Metro Center, Washington DC
Macy's Union Square, San Francisco, California
Macy's Center City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Macy's South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, California
Macy's Lenox Square, Atlanta, Georgia
Macy's Dadeland, Miami, Florida

 

 


Brandy, Jordin Sparks, Taraji Henson shine on red carpet at McDonald’s 365Black Awards at Essence Fest

Singers turned actresses Brandy Norwood and Jordin Sparks stepped out in style at the annual 365Black Awards, sponsored by McDonald’s during the 2013 Essence Music Festival. They were joined by honoree Gladys Knight, Latavia Roberson, comedian Kim Whitley and Taraji P. Henson, who served as the host of the 10th annual 365Black Awards held at to the New Orleans Theater at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The Awards honor and celebrate people who have made an impact on African American culture and in their communities through both business and charitable enterprises.

Here's what they wore.

Brandy Norwood wore a white sheath dress with capped sleeves and red pointed-toe pumps on the gold carpet.
Jordin Sparks jazzed up an otherwise casual laced black shirt and pants with a bright red 3/4 sleeved jacket and black, open-toed platform shoes.
Taraji P. Henson wore an emerald green knit dress with strappy, yellow neon sandals.


Angela Simmons: Sexy. Savvy. Successful.

What you see is what you get. At least, that was the overwhelming sentiment in the aftermath of rolling out’s exclusive photo shoot and interview with Angela Simmons. Poised beyond her years, Simmons walked into our Manhattan photo studio, and immediately made herself at home, both literally and emotionally, with the staff.

She kicked off her shoes, popped open her laptop, vibed to our Pandora playlist, and cracked jokes like we had all been friends for years.

It wasn’t the type of shoot that we were necessarily expecting, but again; what you see is what you get with her.

For years, what we’ve “gotten” from Simmons is a young woman who was comfortable in her skin … whether that meant stripping down and posing for a PETA ad, sharing her personal moments with social media, or more recently, holding court as a host on BET’s “106 & Park.”

No matter the scenario, Simmons always appeared to be at ease, and ultimately satisfied with the woman that she’s growing into. Now 25, Simmons is embarking on her own journey of self-discovery, and she’s intent on making an indelible mark on the world as an entrepreneur, as a designer, and also as a philanthropist.

And, if the impression that she left on us — after only six hours — is any indication of her ability to make a positive impact on the world, then Simmons is well on her way to achieving that end goal.

Simmons opened up to rolling out and officially introduced us to Angela:

"There comes a point in your life where you just evolve, and that’s where I’m at right now. This is me. I’ve just grown into this person. I always get people asking me if it’s a lot of pressure being a role model, or is there a lot of pressure because I come from this family, or that my dad is a reverend … and you know what, it is, but at the same time, I am who I am. I’m not faking it."

"For me, I lean on God for everything. I have an amazing family, and I have God, so those are my backbones. So if I’m having any trouble, that’s where I go, or I simply sit down and write in my diary. But I always end up going back to God and to my family."


6 black models walk in Dior’s fashion show in Paris: Say what?!

Alek Wek, Grace Mahary, Joan Smalls, Maria Borges, Kelly Moreira and Yasmin Warsame scored a spot on the runway for Christian Dior’s Paris show. Super casting agent, James Scully’s damning words last week during a Buzzfeed interview where he called out Calvin Klein, Jil Sander and Dior for lacking diversity.

“I’m from the old school ‘a fashion show is theater’ world, and it’s not about just one kind of bland model for every show — it’s about one girl being able to be different things to everybody, which is the hallmark of a great model,” shares the man who heads up casting for Tom Ford, Jason Wu, Derek Lam, Stella McCartney, Lanvin, J. Crew and Carolina Herrera just last week.

Back in March, he was very straightforward saying, “Some of the biggest names who move fashion to the forefront, like Dior, get a D- on ethnic diversity. I feel the Dior cast is just so pointedly white that it feels deliberate. I watch that show and it bothers me — I almost can’t even concentrate on the clothes because of the cast.”

They obviously heard him loud and clear. Fashionistas like myself are grateful to Scully for keeping it real. VogueParis’ Instagram read:”Défilé #Dior haute couture automne-hiver 2013-2014 inspiré par les clientes haute couture des quatre continents Europe, Amérique, Asie et Afrique. #PFW”

English Translation: The 2013-14 autumn-winter collection was inspired by Dior couture’s global clientele from across the four continents: Europe, Asia, America, Africa.