Why do black celebrities love their sunglasses so?

For many years, black celebrities have had an ongoing love affair with their dark shades. Oftentimes, we see them in photographs wearing a variety of dark glasses, and wonder what are they glasses hiding? After a little research and more than a few interviews, it’s becoming quite apparent that the average African American celebrity utilizes dark glasses for two primary reasons. One is that dark glasses add tremendously to their mystique. And two, most celebrities simply want to make an attempt at being anonymous.

On anonymity, the more popular celebrities pretty much find themselves fighting a losing battle by attempting to hide their persona behind a pair of dark shades – unless of course, they’re in New York City, where no one pays attention to who’s standing next to them from one moment to the next. Oftentimes, a celebrity who is in the state of a public legal battle, will attempt to hide behind a pair of dark glasses, but we obviously know who they are, and what they’re dealing with, due to extensive press coverage. So that leads to the distinct possibility that the glasses in their case are a part of their coping mechanism, as they try to focus inwardly.

The other school of thought relating to celebrities and their shades highlights the coolness factor of wearing sunglasses. From the early days of Hollywood until now, sunglasses have been a part of the signature celebrity wardrobe. Dark sunglasses have served to enhance the image and persona of the wearer by making them appear more mystical and in tune with current fashion trends. This, of course, is intensified by the number of designer names and brands that are attached to the latest sunglasses that are trending at any given time. So I say to the African American celebs who stick to their glasses like glue, keep it trendy, and the rest of us will know what’s relevant. –mark anderson

Tracy Reese Is Having Fun With Fall 2013 Collection

Tracy Reese’s Fall 2013 Collection is colorful, fun and alive with touches of retro-whimsy. Having an air of retro-styling that immediately recalls the 1980’s, old school Luther and Force MD’s were background music to the memory of our then-new love for all things thrift store. What was better than scoring a bold patterned, tea-length dress that, with a few alterations, was perfect for the office or the weekends? One with Reese’s impeccable cut and to-die-for fabric. The red peony A-line dress was a show stopper. Actually, most of the dresses and skirts were A-line (a pear-shaped girl’s dream!) with bold reds, greens, and blue patterns.

The topper coats were in animal prints, a practical black with a mod design, and jacket length with huge lapels. Does anyone do topper coats anymore? We know Sarah Vaughn loved them as did Diahann Carroll. Reese is betting you will, too. We tend to agree.

Reese made sure the pieces were interchangeable making cost of ownership more palatable.  This was across the board as the grey pencil skirt’s red cable sweater would also perfectly top paint-splashed bottom with matching top.

B. Michael Celebrates 'Magnificence of Women' During New York Fashion Week

“Unabashed elegance” is how American couturier and ready-to-wear designer B. Michael defines his Fall/Winter 2013 b Michael Couture Collection shown during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. The 32 looks, modern and opulent, “flirt with imagination and extravagant notions of style” while reflecting “the most magnificent sense of self.”

“This Collection was inspired by beauty and the beauty of life, as I imagined the women who would wear these dresses in the various scenarios that comprise their lives. This is unabashed elegance and opulence and I really wanted to celebrate women and embrace life to the fullest,” adds B Michael, whose Fall/2013 Couture Collection will benefit the Impact Repertory Theater is the charitable partner – whose mission is to use the performing arts and the dynamics of leadership training to develop and empower young people.

Fashion enthusiasts can expect a collection comprised of silk satin, chiffon and crocheted lace complemented by jewel tones and textured black.

National Wear Red Day 2013: Top black fashion icons in red

As if we need an excuse to wear a beautiful red dress or anything red for that matter, February 1, 2013 is National Wear Red Day. Ever year on the first Friday of February, the world celebrates women who are taking care of their hearts and calling attention to heart disease, the number one killer of women by sporting this color that symbolizes passion.

From designers like Valentino, whose signature color is red poppy, to Monique Lhullier, widely known for her wedding gowns but also sought after for couture red carpet gowns, some of our favorite black fashion icons turn to them for their moment in the spotlight.

Here are our top black fashion icons who have dazzled us with their red red carpet gowns.Read more

Better the Second Time Around: Michelle Obama Selects Jason Wu for Inaugural Gown

First lady Michelle Obama looked stunning in a custom ruby-colored velvet and chiffon gown by designer Jason Wu that vaunts a keyhole neckline, paired with a handmade diamond embellished ring and bangles by jewelry designer Kimberly McDonald for Forevermark Diamond, and shoes designed by Jimmy Choo.

Wu was among 14 or more designers patiently awaiting the first lady's arrival to the Inaugural Ball, during the 57th Presidential Inauguration. He watched the festivities from his studio with his staff. Wu tells the media the night of the election, “It is a big surprise. The White House kept me pretty clueless until five minutes ago.”

In 2009, she wore a white one-shouldered gown by Wu, a then lesser known designer.

Per tradition, the first lady's first inaugural gown is traditionally donated to the National Archives at the Smithsonian Museum, her second gown will also find a temporary home there.  It's permanent address will likely be at the future Obama presidential library in Chicago.


Menswear, circa 1970

Kojak had the Fedora and Link had the precursor to the Member’s Only jacket. Both, also had what was required to successfully don modern men's apparel from the 1970’s: lots of testosterone.

Most pants often emphasized the crotch with extra wide waistbands, large tab closures, slash pockets or a tight fit with no pockets at all. Coats were knee-length or longer, all the better to show off those stacked heel shoes that were often higher than most women’s shoes; sweaters were belted with Robin Hood swagger, and collars served as auxiliary napkins. It took a man’s man to wear this stuff. Or, one teeming with self-confidence. Never again think of your dad as anything but b-r-a-v-e.


Ubah Hassan

Ubah Hassan was born in Somalia, but she was discovered in Canada where her modeling career was picked up by Click Management. Ubah is the "One to watch" after her high-fashion debut in Vogue Italia's All-Black issue. She has walked in fashion shows for Malan Breton, Rachel Roy, Ralph Lauren, Christian Siriano, Oscar de la Renta, and countless other designers.

Victor Cruz in GQ

The Super Bowl champ shows off his “winning stripes” in the latest issue of GQ magazine. As part of the publication’s “NFL Kick-Off” issue, Cruz shot a fashion editorial centered around this season’s pinstripe suits. Cruz took to the streets of New York in designer duds from Etro, Ralph Lauren, J. Lindeberg, Dolce & Gabbana, Calvin Klein and Canali. The threads were paired with sporty accessories, including a baseball cap from Cruz’s own clothing line, Young Whales.

Diary of Rwanda

Monaco-based jeweler Gaia Repossi and model Anouck Lepère have joined forces to benefit the children of Rwanda, whose plight Lepère saw firsthand when she visited the country two years ago. She and Repossi commissioned Rwandan villagers to braid rope for bracelets, cuffs, and armbands, which Repossi then embellishes with silver and gold chains. The pieces will be available at Colette this summer and more venues in the future. And to hear the ladies talk about it, it seems like the collaboration may not be the last. NOWNESS photographer Dana Lixenberg traveled with the team and captured the beautiful people and fashion in Rwanda.

Fashion Guru Dapper Dan Talks Harlem Fashion


Harlem fashion guru Dapper Dan spoke with Jay-Z's Life+Times alongside former Rucker player and childhood friend, Pee Wee Kirkland. They spoke on Harlem’s history and its influence on their style in the 80s and styled celebrities such as Mike Tyson, Eric B. & Rakim and more. He discusses his recent work with Floyd Mayweather Jr., his childhood growing up in Harlem, how he got into fashion, and more. This is Dan's first interview in twenty years.