Friday, April 30, 2010

Vintage Photo Of The Week

Lola Falana in Faberge's Tigress Perfume Ad
(Photo Credit: Temple of Schlock)

When Faberge selected singer/actress/dancer Lola Falana to be the face of their Tigress perfume campaign in the mid-1970s, they were making history. This would be the first time that an African American woman served as a spokesmodel for a cosmetic line that was not solely for Black folks.


Monday, April 26, 2010

JONES Magazine Goes National!

I am thrilled to announce that JONES Magazine is now available to the masses!

Tracey Ferguson, founder and editor-in-chief of JONES Magazine, along with The NorthStar Group, announced the offical national launch of the luxury lifestyle publication last week, as well as a brand new website, Supermodel Veronica Webb graces the cover of the premiere issue.

Founded in 2005 by Ms. Ferguson as a regional magazine to serve women in the Houston area, JONES caters to African American and multicultural women who have an appreciation for the finer things in life. "The magazine appeals to stylish and chic multicultural women and serves as a premier shopping guide," says Ms. Ferguson.

I can't wait to get my hands on a copy, and I encourage WSOIC! readers to subscribe or purchase a copy as well. If we don't support us, who will?

In the meantime, you can catch Ms. Ferguson on her reality show "Keeping Up With The Joneses" that airs on Thursdays at 8pm EST on the Centric channel.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

She's Baaaaack!

(Photo Credit: WWD/Will Ragozzino/

Our favorite fashionista is back on the scene, much to the chagrin of her haters (Looking at you, Robin Givhan, Sally Quinn and April Ryan).

DesirĂ©e Rogers attended the New Museum Spring Gala on Thursday night in NYC, her first public appearance since she resigned as White House Social Secretary. She looked gorgeous in a pale yellow Calvin Klein mini-dress paired with Jimmy Choo Elapheskin & Eelskin Sandals.

Ms. Rogers spoke highly of her replacement, Julianna Smoot saying, "I love Julianna Smoot. I think she's doing a great job". And, of course, she sang the praises of our First Lady Michelle Obama: "I think Michelle is looking great".

This won't be the last we see of Ms. Rogers. She will be attending the White House Correspondents Dinner in D.C. on May 1st. And what will our fabulous diva wear to the soiree? Jason Wu, of course.

Friday, April 23, 2010

A Queen And Her Crowns: In Memory of Dorothy I. Height

On Tuesday, we lost a soldier in the fight for Civil Rights. Dorothy I. Height passed away after a short illness. She was 98 years old.

While not a household name, Ms. Height had an enormous impact on the Civil Rights Movement as she served as president of the National Council of Negro Women, worked to integrate the YWCA and served as one of the senior organizers of the March on Washington. In 1994, Ms. Height received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2004 for her hard work.

Ms. Height was well known for her gorgeous collection of hats (or as we like to call them, crowns), as well as her lady like style of dress. I believe she used her fashion as a weapon against discrimination and racist stereotypes. Her crowns, dresses, pearls and crisp white gloves sent a clear message: "I, too, am a woman worthy of respect".

Thank you, Ms. Height. May you Rest in Peace.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Vintage Photo Of The Week

Peggy Dillard-Toone - Vogue Aug. 1977
(Photo: Albert Watson)


Friday, April 9, 2010

Vintage Photo Of The Week

Billie Holiday
Jazz Singer and Songwriter
(April 7, 1915 - July 17, 1959)

Must. Have. Those. Earrings. NOW!


Friday, April 2, 2010

Vintage Photo Of The Week

Easter Sunday in Harlem, 1947
Henri Cartier-Bresson
(Photo: Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum/The Metropolitan Museum of Art)