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Fashion Films: Diana Ross Stars in ‘Mahogany’

‘Mahogany’ is one of my favorite fashion-themed movies of all time. In the film Diana Ross plays Tracy Chambers, a sales clerk from Chicago who dreams of becoming a fashion designer. Not only are the fashions fabulous, but the theme song is beautiful and bound to stuck in your head. And, of course Billy Dee Williams is in it. Billy Dee was bae back in the 1970s and many would argue that he’s still bae.

For your viewing pleasure I present to you Diana Ross in ‘Mahogany.’ Yes, the FULL MOVIE. Thank me later.

No time to watch right now? Bookmark this page and take a gander at some of the fabulous fashions from the movie below:

 

 

 

 

Anuli about Town: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair

When I first moved to Chicago last July I set my sights on attending the Ebony Fashion Fair exhibit at the Chicago History Museum. The exhibit opened in March 2013 and was slated to end in early-January 2014. I live down the street from the Chicago History Museum, so this should have been an easy activity to cross-off my “to-do” list.

Summer turned into fall then fall turned into winter and I still hadn’t visited the museum. It wasn’t until I was running some errands in Old Town over the weekend that I was inspired to finally check out the exhibit. Better late then never.

I genuinely believe that everything happens for a reason and that I was meant to visit the museum when I did. Here’s why: I was shopping at Greer Chicago when one of the customers showed me magnets that she bought from the Chicago History Museum after checking out the Ebony Fashion Fair exhibit earlier in the day. The magnet set featured illustrations of models from the show. Since I am in the beginning stages of developing a magnet collection for my fridge I immediately wanted to get some magnets of my own. She then told me that the exhibit was supposed to end that day, but had been extended to May 2014. Praise him!

So, I thought, “Okay, cool. I’ve got time to check it out another day.” But, then I thought, “Why not today?” I was literally a block away and wasn’t in a big hurry to go home, so off to the museum I finally went. Unlike the majority of museums in Washington, DC, museums in Chicago cost money. “This is totally going to be worth it,” I said to myself in the valley-girl voice I only reserve for my inner-most thoughts.

I trudged in the snow down the street to the museum and walked up to the front desk. I then scanned for the ticket prices and noticed that they had adult prices and student prices. I gamely asked to buy a student ticket despite the fact I graduated from college last May . I thought to myself in my best Sheree Whitfield voice, “Who gonna check me, boo?”

The concierge was about to swipe my debit card when he paused and said, “Oh, the museum is free today.” Oh, what’s this? Are those angels I hear? Then he said, “There’s a tour of the Ebony Fashion Fair exhibit that is going to start in a minute if you want to join. The tour guide is one of the people who helped create the exhibit.” Do you believe in miracles? I do.

I booked it upstairs just in time for the tour to begin. I wasn’t allowed to take pictures of the exhibit, but let me tell you that what I saw was fashion at its finest. What Eunice Johnson and the Ebony team created during the 50 years of the Ebony Fashion Fair was nothing short of LEGEND…wait for it….DARY. I could sit here and pontificate more on the exhibit, but why not  share some informative videos about the history of the Ebony Fashion Fair show instead? Look below for 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair goodness:

 

Oh, and in case you’re wondering: Yes, I bought a magnet for my collection as well as the book “Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair.”

The  “50 Ebony Fashion Fair: Inspiring Beauty” exhibit will be featured at the Chicago History Museum until May 11, 2014. After that the word on the street is that the show will travel across America. Fingers crossed that it will visit a town near you!

Featured Image via Chicago Style Events.

WELCOME TO THE NEW NEW

WELCOME TO THE NEW NEW

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Welcome to the NEW NEW Also Known As Anuli!

This website has had more work done on it than Joan Rivers and Heidi Montag combined, so I hope you enjoy reading it!

To quote the cinematic classic “ATL,” 

“I’m New New cause I always rock the new, new shit. Thank you.”

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THE PROBLEM WITH “REBRANDING AFRICA”

“Vogue Africa” by Mario Epanya

Vogue magazine currently boasts nineteen international editions and plans to release a twentieth edition, Vogue Thailand, in 2013. In 2010, photographer Mario Epanya created magazine covers for what he imagined a possible “Vogue Africa” to look like. The release of the images sparked debate on the neccessity of a “Vogue Africa.” While Vogue publishes editions in countries from five out of the seven continents it has yet to produce any editions in the continent of Africa.

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This month, the fashion industry drew attention back to Africa again in hopes to discuss the future of the continent. Suzy Menkes penned an article for the International Herald Tribune entitled “Rebranding Africa” which discussed Franca Sozzani’s decision to dedicate the May/June issue of L’Uomo Vogue to the continent.

While I believe that wanting to create a “Vogue Africa” and sparking discussion regarding “Rebranding Africa” are admirable I would like to point out just one thing: Africa is not a country.

People discuss Africa as if its problems can be solved like those of any other country, ignoring the fact that Africa is a continent made up of literally thousands of ethnic groups. My family hails from Nigeria which is considered Africa’s most populous country and alone is comprised of more than 250 ethnic groups. To create just one magazine in order  to represent such a large continent is insulting because it would be impossible for such a publication to truly capture the essence and the distinctive qualities of the continent’s 54 countries.

Similar to the problems with America’s education system, we are trying to use the same cut and dry methods across the board to solve the individual problems of people with dissimilar needs and characteristics.

I am not saying that the fashion industry (or any industry for that matter) should ignore its African consumers, but  they should respect the consumers enough to distinguish them from one another.

There is one common thread that connects the current international editions of Vogue. It is that each edition is focused on one country. There is no “Vogue Asia,” “Vogue South America,” or “Vogue Europe,” but there is a Vogue China, a Vogue Brazil, and a Vogue Germany (just to name a few). To create these international editions Vogue chose markets that they thought were profitable enough to run a successful publication. Instead of trying to “rebrand Africa” as a fashion capital the fashion industry should choose a few countries to highlight such as Nigeria or South Africa which are among the 10 countries that account for 75% of the continent’s GDP. The industry should then create publications that speak to the needs of each country’s citizens. For example, with a population that is half made up of muslims, a Nigerian publication would need to address different issues than a South African publication.

Instead of grouping all the countries together as if trying to create “A United States of Africa”  the fashion industry should respect the continent enough to treat its individual countries as just that, individual countries.

While there may never be a “Vogue Africa” why can’t there be a “Vogue Nigeria” or a “Vogue South Africa” to start off? I don’t believe in big reforms, but I do believe that strategic small changes can make for a big difference. In order to “rebrand Africa” we must first try to understand the distinct qualities of its individual countries.

(“Vogue Africa” Photo Credit: Mario Epanya)

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INTRODUCTION

INTRODUCTION

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You know you have finally made it when people stop asking you what you want to be when you grow up. Since I am asked that question on a regular basis it is very safe to say that I haven’t made it…yet.

That question is certainly more than a handful. No really, it’s ten words. First and foremost, I want to be happy. However, that is never the answer people are looking for when they ask that question. They want to know what I plan to do career-wise because as unfortunate as it is we tend to define people solely by their careers.

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How many times have you been to an event and asked someone what they did in order to break the ice? No one starts off with, “what do you like to do” it’s always “what do you do”  because how you make a living is assumed to be more important than how you like to live.

I suppose you want to know what it is I want to be when I grow up. It’s reason you decided to check out my personal website. A website I created in order to in someway showcase who I am. Admittedly, you won’t be able to fully grasp who I am by clicking a few buttons and reading some paragraphs, nevertheless I want to introduce myself to the World Wide Web.

I am Anuli and when I grow up I want to be happy. My professional interests are in journalism, fashion, art and law. Fashion and art have always been interests of mine while journalism and law came into my life a bit later. My goal is to combine my interests into somesort of cohesive career. I can’t say that I want to be “blank” or “blank” because I really do not like to limit myself to a few options. There are so many things I want to accomplish in my lifetime, so I’ll let you in on a few.

I want to become noted fashion journalist. I admire the work of fashion critics such as Robin Givhan and Cathy Horyn. While this is a blog I want to be known for my journalism because I believe there is a difference. That’s why I decided to add a blog component to this site. I have had many ideas for potential articles, but I would just let them go because sometimes they didn’t fit with the vision of the publication I wanted to send them to. That left me writing pieces in someone else’s voice instead of my own. This blog will feature articles on issues that I find interesting and relevant.

This leads me to my next goal. I want to advocte for creative professionals and help protect them in business and legal matters. It was through an internship with a fashion designer in high school that I was introduced to the idea of intellectual property. While I didn’t immediately seek a career in the field it  was something that I found fascintaing.  In short, I want to become an intellectual property lawyer.

The articles that I intend to post on this blog will stem from my joint interests in fashion and the law. I will also post about any progressions I make on my way to my goals.

So, what do I want to be when I grow up? As far as you know I want to become a notable fashion journalist and lawyer, but my plan for world domination future goals go way beyond those two titles. I am more than my future careers. I am Anuli and one day you will know what that really means.