Do you know about April Walker, the designer of the iconic fashion brand, Walker Wear and the official Godmother of Urban Fashion? Since the early '90s she has successfully combined hip hop and style and has had her hands in several key moments that helped catapult your favorite old school rappers as influencers before that was even a word. Her work has graced big screens, small screens and everything in between. Read on to find out more about the legendary fashion designer!
We simply cannot talk about fashion and style in the late 80's and early 90's without mentioning the various boosting crews- most notable the LO-Lifes and all their off shoots. What is a boosting crew, who are the LO-Lifes and why were they such an important part of Black American style? Keep reading to find out...
A true trendsetter can help spread style faster than a deadly virus and nobody did that better than Belize born, Brooklyn, New York raised Nelda G. Her name might not sound familiar if you are not from New York where she hailed from, but you definitely know, love and celebrate her style. Let me tell ya'll about the huge impact of underground street fashion legend Enelda "Nelly G" Gillett-Soberanis, the real Queen B- who inspired rap fashion darling Lil' Kim in the 90's and a million other fly girls from around the the way.
So are ya'll hip to singer-songwriter and producer Angela Hunte-Wisner? Sure you are if you have heard the Jay-Z and Alicia Keys anthem "Empire State of Mind" for which Hunte (her stage name) won a co-writing Grammy award for- she also sang the hook that sounded like children's voices on the rapper Nas' song "I Think I Can" and has worked with everybody (singing and writing) from Britney Spears, Snoop Lion and Danity Kane to Amy Winehouse, Miley Cyrus, Rihanna and so many more. Her music career started after singing in a short lived 90's girl group called 7669 on Motown Records, but she is actually one of the creators of the "New Jack Swing" style of dress that became popular in late 80's and early 90's. Come on in and get this lesson...
Living icon Audrey Smaltz ain't new to it she's true to it. Beginning her career in fashion in the mid '50s after working as a sales girl for Bloomingdale's and Lane Bryant, Smaltz started modeling before becoming a fashion commentator, buyer, journalist and creator of the fashion show management company the Ground Crew.
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This is the week of Marvel's Black Panther movie debut based on the comic book series and my immediate focus has been on the fantastic look and feel of the futuristic African warrior inspired costumes provided by Oscar and Emmy winning costume designer Ruth Carter.
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