Madge's World Tour!!!

As the original, 80's Pop Queen gets set for yet, another take-off (on the world stage), WWD has attained an exclusive first-look at Madonna's new, tour costumes... TAKE A LOOK:



Zang's cafe'

Expanding his fashion territory, New York-based designer, Zang Toi, has launched a new, Facebook campaign... aptly titled, the Zang Toi Cafe'.

Designed to be an exclusive hangout for brand supporters, this move seems like a fitting one for Toi... stay tuned! xoxo


ODF's intro...

Just dropping their new, video promotion, here's a look at what the UK clothing brand, ODF (One Diverse Fashion), has to offer, for this season...
* Video (ODF, 2012)


Beyoncé, back on stage...

For this past weekend's Memorial Day festivities, Beyoncé returned to the stage, after months of hiatus (post Blue Ivy).

Performing for the Atlantic City, beach-front resort Ovation Hall at Revel, the show was a success (according to ticket sales and attendance reports)! For the sold-out audience (4 nights in a row), Bey dazzled in Tina Knowles for House of Deréon Couture costume(s) and Stuart Weitzman shoes!

Here are some of the photos from Queen Bey's performance... ENJOY!!!

(Photos courtesy of Kevin Mazur & Robin Harper for Parkwood Entertainment)


www.beyonceonline.com, www.houseofdereon.com

#StyleTalk Series... with Latease Lashley & Taliah Ferguson

From Glam Girls, to Lovely Ladies!

Creatively speaking, fashion was here... That sounds good, doesn't it?!

Well, guess what?! It isn't just a phrase; used separately, the aforementioned breaks down to the two names of burgeoning, fashion empires, each belonging to two of my most fabulous, sister-friends, Mrs. Latease Lashley and Ms. Taliah Ferguson!!!

(Latease Lashley)

(Taliah Ferguson)

I've known these two divas for MANY years *insert big, cheese smile* and through the thick-and-thin, they've always been there for me, of course, each looking fabulous, EVERY STEP OF THE WAY!!! So, let's count down to you all getting to know the story behind their success... 5-6-7-8...

1) Hello There! How’s life going for you, at the moment?
Life is GOOD! This year has been my time to shine and I am enjoying the spotlight! Ever since I attended Mercedes Benz Fashion Week (2012) in New York [City], my life has been in full-fashion mode; I have [commentated for] several, fashion shows, [made] more industry connections and [established] myself as a fashion personality and journalist for my company, Creatively Speaking, Where Fashion is Amplified.  I am available to handle fashion commentary for all media outlets. Additionally, I am a college professor of Speech Communications and English, where I approach the disciplines through the lens of fashion.

Hi! Life is great and I couldn’t be any happier.
2) Okay, so, I don’t think that most people know this… but, you’ve been involved with fashion since high school, correct?!
Yes! I am a true fashionista at heart, I was a model in my high school [Baltimore City College] modeling club (Rhapsody)! I was diligent about my pivots and slow-motion turns on the runway! I even received a Rhapsody Scholarship for my education at Notre Dame of Maryland University.  My fashion sense was covered in the Style section of the Baltimore Sun newspaper, highlighting my shower curtain turned-snazzy-belted-jacket, that my uncle Danny designed for me; I just love having fun with fashion!                

Yes [also a member of the modeling club Rhapsody], I believe that is where the obsession of all things fashion came about in my life. High school was a big ‘ol fashion show for me, and of course, learning too (LOL).

3) How have you evolved from being a teenage fashionista, to becoming a seasoned professional?
I never stopped believing in the art of fashion and that I had a place and voice in the industry. From my teen years to now, I have become more focused on what I love about the industry and what I want to accomplish.  

I am more in-tune with who I am (as a whole), so that plays a huge part in my personal style. From the way things fit, to investing in staple pieces, to what clothes help exemplify my mood and makes me happy and complete. As a teenager, I splurged more on the big names (with money I didn’t have), but as I’m older, I tend to be more smart about my purchases and choose quality over quantity.
4) Who do you look up to?

I look up to Harriette Cole and Amy DuBois Barnett. I love Harriette, because she is a beautiful, role model, best-selling author, life stylist, fashion and etiquette expert and president of her own company (Harriette Cole Media), but most importantly, she is a loving mom and wife.  I relate to her as she is a Maryland native and is a genuine soul that does it all, so gracefully. I admire Amy because she is an accomplished, award-winning print and online executive, writer, motivational speaker and Editor-in-Chief of Ebony Magazine. Amy inspires me, that I can get everything I have ever dreamed of in my life, and the importance of remaining positive and giving my best; [she] educates that everyone deserves finding true happiness, which for me, is fashion -it always makes me smile!

My Mom, for her fearless fashion (growing up), and my Grandmother, for being such a caring, strong woman, and her ability to persevere through so much; [also] Emily Schuman, from Cupcakes and Cashmere, for her perfect way of doing everything.  

5) Where do you see yourself, in five years?
I hope to be contributing my expertise to the fashion capitol, enjoying life as a fashion magazine editor, tenured college professor, award-winning author and fashion personality.

I see myself as a successful, freelance editor [and] writer for my favorite, fashion publications; a well-established entrepreneur, mom and wife.

6) What excites you, about fashion?

I love that fashion allows you to communicate a great deal about yourself, without saying a single word. Fashion is all about perception and allows us to go into ‘character’ when we dress. But most importantly, I love that fashion is genetic, as my 3-year-old daughter, Zoe Victoria, is a fashionista in-the-making; she is a little model, and you can often hear her trotting around the house in my stilettos!

(Latease & Zoe Victoria)

Street style really excites me; I can never get enough of what the folks are wearing on the streets. Also, how fashion evolves -in stages of previous decades- but how it is mixed all up. I love everything about fashion, it is art to me.   

7) Why do you think that some people are afraid of fashion or intimidated to be a part of the fashion industry?
I think that the perception of not ‘looking the part,’ may steer people away, but you must know who you are, what you can contribute and OWN IT!

Because, some are still trying to find their niche and personal style. I think some people see it as a scary and cutthroat business (which it is), but if you are comfortable in your [own] skin, love what you do and have the true passion for it, then the sky is the limit, and no one can really stop you.  

***For more information about Latease Lashley, please email her, at: creativelyspeakinginc@gmail.com.

***For more information about Taliah Ferguson, please visit her website, at: www.FashionWasHere.net.



This WOMAN, who just so happens to be a true friend -as well as a true artist- has always been a QUEEN when it comes to personal style and creativity!

We first met -as teenagers- in college, and were dubiously crowned the freshmen 'royals' of the campus (LOL!). Fast-forward some, odd years later, and we're both still reigning within our respective fields of profession (sans the robe and scepter).

Ladies and gentlemen, it is my honor and pleasure to introduce you to the one-and-only, Ms. Meagan Sheá... 

1) Hi Meagan! Can you tell us the one misconception that people have about you?
This is an interesting question.  Hmm, I’m not really sure.  I don’t think I pay much attention to what people think about me (that isn’t true).
2) What do you consider your gifts and talents to be, professionally?
My most important and valuable gift is my ability to adapt, to just about any situation.  It helps me, not just professionally, but personally as well; I’m all about my gifts being multi-functional.

3) When did you fall in love with ‘painting faces’?
I can’t really say when that happened.  I do know that as a little girl, I was in LOVE with Boy George; I loved his makeup, hair and style.  I realize, that between watching my mother and Boy George (for my childhood, makeup-fix), I’d say [it was] somewhere around 1984.

4) Who serves as a major source of inspiration for you?
I find inspiration in so many things, and several people.  I have makeup artists that I look up to (Billy Brasfield, Sam Fine, Roshar and several others).  However, as a Black woman (who is one of the most sought after artists in the fashion industry), Pat McGrath is constantly inspiring me.

5) Where are you from?
I was born and raised in West Baltimore (Maryland), and moved to Los Angeles (California), when I was in middle school. 

6) Why do you think there is a lack of Black models (male or female), being used for high fashion, industry projects?
Racism is alive and kicking.  What else is there to say?

***For more information on Meagan Sheá, please visit her website, at: www.MeaganShea.com

Style Spotlight x Antwan Jones & Chet Robinson


The phrase, 'two's company,' truly applies to these young gentlemen, Mr. Antwan Jones and Mr. Chet Robinson.

(Antwan Jones)

(Chet Robinson)

Together, they've formed the hip, new, online shopping destination, Trvistic... and I'm more than happy to share their story! ENJOY!!! :-)

1) Who are you, and what do you plan to accomplish with your talent?
Antwan Jones
My name is Antwan Jones, owner of Trvistic Online Boutique. With my entrepreneurial skill [and] talent, I plan to make Trvistic a major brand and one of the hottest, online shopping destinations for clothing (apparel, shoes and accessories), for men, women and children.  

Chet Robinson
My name is Chet Robinson. I’m a graphic designer and stylist for Trvistic Online Boutique. I plan to accomplish many things; my main focus is to continue building a strong brand for Trvistic, and offer a wide range of products and services for our consumers.

2) When did people start to notice your potential?
People started to notice my potential during my grade school years. I was always the leader for any group projects or assignments, so [that] I could showcase my ideas and creative-side.

I would say middle school; I began to draw and explore my imagination more with the arts. I was also into the visual aspects of fashion and art magazines, at that time (which was very interesting to me).

3) Where is your career headed next?
My career is headed toward success; with a very, humble beginning and working with a great fashion merchandiser, I know Trvistic will go above and beyond my expectations. I believe, giving it 110% we can’t and won’t fail.

Like I always say -with the Fashion Industry- you can never be done, there’s always something new; and with fashion, it’s a changing and evolving industry, which is the exciting part! I’m currently working on a graphic, T-Shirt collection -which is amazing- for boys (ages 1-7 years old), called “ANGRY BAIBI” (available this summer, exclusively at Trvistic Online Boutique). 
***For more information on Trvistic, please visit their website, at: www.shoptob.com. 

Style Spotlight x Nicole Alston


Baltimore is affectionately known as the 'Charm City,' and that's exactly what I was (charmed), when approached by Miss Nicole Alston!

Her effervescence and eagerness to strive within the fashion industry, is very charming and endearing... so, let's take a look at what Miss Alston has to say about the business, shall we?!

1) Who are you, and what do you plan to accomplish with your talent?

My name is Nicole Alston. I am a wardrobe stylist and image consultant [and] I plan to accomplish many things with my talent; I love fashion, and hopefully I will open a chain of department stores, as well as boutiques. I want to showcase [the] talents that people overlook (e.g. artists, stylists, designers, etc.). Furthermore, I would like to work for television shows and even do magazine advertisements. In addition, I want to help people dress themselves [because] some people take themselves too seriously; I believe that dressing yourself shouldn’t be that serious. Although there is a time and place for everything, I want to get across the fact that in whatever you do, enjoy it.

2) When did people start to notice your potential?

People started to notice my potential after I re-launched my website, last year. I had a logo created, as well as new, business cards. I created a brand for myself instead of using my nickname “Cola.”  Although people still call me by that name, I wanted people to know me for who I really am and what I do. I made a major change last year and it was much needed.

3) Where is your career headed next?

My career is headed in a good direction; this year, I will be styling The Curves Rock Weekend Fashion Show in July [and] I’m just going to continue to stay creative, humble and positive throughout my journey. I am also a nominee for the Fashion Awards Maryland, in [the category of] Emerging Stylist, in June. If you are interested in voting for me, don’t hesitate to [click here], Contestant #12 


***For more information on Nicole Alston, please visit her website, at: www.nicolealston.com

America's 'new' Idol...

America is still in limbo (read: upset), over Wednesday night's announcement of the next American Idol!
(Jessica Sanchez & Phillip Phillips await their fate...)

Personally, I thought the showdown should have been between Joshua & Jessica... but I guess Phillip Phillips was the quiet horse, all along (LOL) :-/

(Ryan Seacrest reads the results...)

Admittedly, his winning song will no doubt be a summer, hit single for 2012, and with 132 Million, whopping votes, Ryan Seacrest announced that Season 11's finale winner was Phillips... so, I guess 132 Million people -somewhere- are happy with the results (LOL)!

(CONGRATS Phillip!!!)

ENJOY the Video!!!


www.google.com, www.AmericanIdol.com

Remembering Whitney... still.

WHITNEY ELIZABETH HOUSTON (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012)

It's been 3 months since the death of the former, POP MUSIC QUEEN, and one of the world's first, American Idols, Mrs. Whitney Houston!!!

Words can never, truly express how much Houston affected both me and the entire world, but we somehow manged to get through her funeral and the thought of her being gone.

This past weekend, Houston was in the news, again... at the annual Billboard Music Awards, her daughter Bobbi Kristina accepted an award for the family...

And at the mega-sensational, television show American Idol, finalist Jessica Sanchez sung her heart out, covering one of Houston's many classics.

Here's to a woman who will never be forgotten! R.I.P Whitney!!! We still love you!!!

www.google.com, www.americanidol.com, en.wikipedia.org

Away, went the Songbirds... (R.I.P)

The past two weeks have been riddled with the untimely deaths of not 1 or 2, but 3 wonderful musicians.

Each of them (Robin Gibb, Chuck Brown and Donna Summer), had their own distinct style and sound, and managed to touch millions of people -worldwide- with their music! This post's for them...

God Bless Their Soul, and may they Rest In Peace!

(December 1949 – May 20th, 2012)

He was 1/3 of the brother's Gibb, b.k.a The Bee Gee's! His hits included, "Juliet" and "Boys Do Fall In Love."

(December 1948 – May 17, 2012)

She was affectionately known as The Queen of Disco! Her hits included, "Hot Stuff" and "Love To Love You Baby."

(August 1936 – May 16th, 2012)

He was unanimously referred to as The Godfather of Go-Go (funk) music! His hits included, "I Need Some Money" and "Bustin' Loose."

www.google.com, en.wikipedia.org

STYLE 101: from Then... to Now!

MAY 11th, 2007 - MAY 11th, 2012

(5 Years... In Pictures...)










God Bless Us All...

xoxo, Avon!

Mom 101

To all the mom's around the world, I'd like to wish EVERYONE a Beautiful and Blessed, HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!!

And of course, there would be no me, without this lovely lady... My mom, Mrs. Ina Decema Washington-Dorsey!!!

I Love This Woman

Named after my great-great grandmother (Mrs. Ina Lawson), my mother was born in Richmond, Virgina, and was raised in New York (along with her 3 siblings). She comes from a line of strong, powerful women, so on this day, I choose to honor them, that came before her...

Mrs. Ina Lawson.
My Great-Great Grandmother
Mrs. Lillie Mae Jarrells.
My Great Grandmother
Mrs. Doris Washington.
My Grandmother
Mrs. Ina Dorsey.
My Mother

And, there you have it! Enjoy this special day with your mom(s)! GOD BLESS US ALL!!!

Love, Me & My Momma!!!

xoxo, Avon!

It's Our Anniversary!!! STYLE 101 x 5

Five years ago, today (May 11th), a group of talented and dedicated people -along with myself- set out to prove to the world, that young Black people (read: Pan-African descendants), were much more than the negative stereotypes presented in the media (circa 2007).

We were neither beggars, borrowers nor stealer's... and we were NOT down-trodden coons, shucking-and-jiving for a living... yet, those types of images and connotations surrounded -and still haunt- the Black community. Therefore, with the grace of God and the idea which was given to me, STYLE 101: Magazine (Intro. to Fashion), was formulated and birthed into the world.

(STYLE 101: Premiere issue, May 2007.)

My hometown is Baltimore, Maryland, but I like to think that I received an upbringing befitting of a seasoned traveller, without city limits ;-)

Though divorced, my parents did the best they could and followed the best instructions that their parents gave them (in raising my brother and I)... and from an early age, I've always had an affinity for the arts! I loved music, fashion, dancing, TALKING and being in-the-know, from as early as I can remember... and I'd also like to think that this too, helped contribute to my upbringing and set me up for a bright future!

(Me. As a youth.)

In life, we never can quite figure out what God has planned, or where we're going to go next... but if we try to listen closely to the universe, certain signs and wonders may pop-up here and there, and help take us to where we need and want to be...

As for me, during the last days of high-school and early college years, it was hard to hear exactly what God was saying, LOL... and all I know is that I WAS MOVING... here, there and EVERYWHERE!!! That's not to say I was a bad student or person, by no means... I was actually very involved with life and a bright, young man (pats self on the back). In high-school, I was a member of the drama club, a leader of the fashion club and I became an Eagle Scout at the age of 16!!!

(My Scouting Award.)

As I transitioned into college, I continued on the stylish path and wanted more of fashion, so I joined several fashion/model clubs, and attended Morgan State University, American Intercontinental University and finally the Fashion Institute of Technology, just to realize that it wasn't about the school (per-say), but that it was always about me and what I wanted for myself (which no professor/classroom could ever teach me). Furthermore, it wasn't until I settled into New York (my mom's hometown), that I went full-throttle and chased my dreams with a passion!

I became too much of a workaholic AND a party-boy, and less of an FIT student. And, by my second year at FIT (right after the time of the September 11th tragedy), I wound up in the hospital due to drug addiction; experimenting with marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy, heroin ...and I got kicked out of school ... all by the age of 21... *womp womp* :-( 

(Me, as a young-adult.)

...But in the midst of it all, I saw and learned a LOT, the majority of which I've been able to apply to my work nowadays (read: STYLE 101). Fast forward from my New York departure (2004), to my return to Morgan State University AND graduating college (2008), to my re-debut on the New York scene (present-day)... and you can see the full-circle-evolution of my life, past and present ;-)

(My College Degree.)

Now, what does all this have to do with my blog/on-line magazine and today's cause-celeb?!? I know, I know *blah, blah, blah* ...well, to answer your burning questions LOL, while I was being studious in New York (in-between the bad, party habits), I simultaneously worked at/ interned/ freelanced for several, great, fashion establishments such as IMG Models, NV Magazine, Teen People, New York Fashion Week, InStyle Magazine, Colgate-Palmolive and Francis Hendy... I had even attended the VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards and MTV VMA's and was interviewed by their Viacom affiliates, several times! So there you have it, that's just a smidgen of my work history and industry experience, which does -somewhat- validate me and proves that I at least know what the f*#@ I'm talking about (for all you haters out there, LOL)... Uhm hmmm!!!




(Swagg Life)





But anyways, while I did all of those great, aforementioned things, I was constantly reminded that I (along with maybe 2 or 3 more people), was the ONLY BLACK PERSON in the room, or on the set... and this was always subconsciously disturbing to me! I'd always thought that because I loved fashion, I would seemingly run into a lot of others 'like me' who loved fashion too... but I could always count that number of people on 1-hand... let alone the number of 'us' that were represented by the industry or 'presented' via the media, because those numbers were always low too... and sadly, still are low today ;-(

So, after all that's said and done, regardless of what the reason may be (for the above mentioned)... God gave me the vision and the plan to help make some positive changes in this industry that I love! And NO it does not involve me going in the door, guns-a-blazing, demanding change(s) from fashion hierarchy... LOL, can you imagine the face(s) people would make?! *yikes* ...instead, it just involves doing what I can do, with what I have, and CREATING MY OWN WORK SPACE within the industry that I love! Period, point blank!

Anna Wintour even responded (years ago), to the knowledge I was gaining from the industry!


So, it's really not about 'you' as a person, at-the-end-of-the-day... it really boils down to WHAT you know, and HOW you're going to follow-through with making things happen! All great achievers have this one trait in common! Even further, there's a famous quote that says, "...be the change that you want to see," and regardless of whoever originated those few words, I can totally respect that and I can totally say that, I GET IT NOW!

So, it doesn't matter what the next man or woman is doing and whether or not they're employing Black talent(s), or featuring Black talent(s)... the question is, 'what am I doing for Black talent?!,' and once I began to answer that, the road became more clear for me... and thus, you have STYLE 101, today! *insert applause here* ...lol ;-D

(STYLE 101)

Now, that's not to say that I'm shutting the scene down, or feel high-and-mighty or waving a flag around... goodness no! I'm just proud of the fact that I'm willing to make a change in the world, and help people along at the same time... Hence the reason I also founded a fashion club on the campus of Morgan State University (called FAM, Fashion At Morgan), before I graduated... because I didn't want any other young, Black person to have to waiver or be far-reaching in their search for fashion!


I figured that if there was a program that could harness your skills and hold you down during undergrad (for four years), then you'd be good -figuratively- and wouldn't have to worry about skipping classes or getting involved with negative behavior because your time would be preoccupied with doing what you love! And seeing as though FAM -started in 2005- is just a little, bit older than STYLE 101, I'd say that so-far-so-good, God has been doing a really great job through the students... and through me! LOL... *woop woop* ;-D

WHEW! I can talk right?! ...LOL... I feel like all of that was a mouthful... or a double-mouthful, seeing as though nowadays, 89.9% of most people don't read past 140 characters!!!!!! So yeah... LMAO, thanks social media -___-

Anyways, I've said all that I've had to say, in an effort to try and explain the origin(s) of the magazine, and what STYLE 101 means in the fashion landscape! As the Editor in Chief of this project, it's steadily grown over the past five years, owned and operated by me... as a part of my business venture, GET (God Established This, LLC). GET is not a religious corporation -despite the name's connotation- lol... but, I decided to call it that, because it's pretty simple... we all come from that ONE life source (no matter what name you ascribe to it), and it's from there that we get all of our high-minded and most positive thoughts and ideas (the God-source), so instead of me saying random stuff like, "oh yeah, I came up with this...," or, "yes, I did all of that by myself...," I prefer to say that God gave me this, or God gave me that, because again, if you believe, you shall receive... and all that jazz ;-)


Looking towards the future, I understand that this project cannot just be contained in or to a Black market or readership... it has to open up, based on the simple fact that 'we' (Blacks), are not the only group(s) of people that are or have been marginalized. So, it's with that anxiety, that I've become more and more curious to feature and/or promote ALL TYPES OF PEOPLE and see or share what their side of the story is... no matter Black, White, Asian or Spanish (and everything else, in between). And over the course of my lifetime, I've learned that you have to know where you come from, in order to get where you're going... So, don't be shocked or alarmed when you start to see the color-lines fade... it's for good cause... each one, teach one! And, after all, WE ARE ONE!

(Happy Anniversary!!!!!)