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The smARTORIALIST: Ms. Reese

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I just wanted to put the spotlight on a person who is doing their thing in fashion industry, and has been for some time now.  Not ONLY is this person holding it down but they are becoming a powerhouse in the fashion industry because their use of “unusual textures and colors, often with a touch of vintage* has captured the attention and the money of many high-profile celebs such as Beyonce KnowlesEva Longoria and Tyra Banks.  What makes this person more than just another successful fashion designer is that they are one of the industry’s most successful AFRICAN-AMERICAN female designers.  This is a very great achievement in an industry where african-american representation, as far as designers and models, leaves a lot to be desired…

Pastel Garden Dress

…In an industry where most of the recognized black fashion designers were already celebrities before their lines were released, it is refreshing to see someone who uses their ingenuity and creativity to sell their designs and not their celebrity status.  No offense to the entertainers turned fashionistas (or maybe it’s fashionISTOS for the males…), but TRACY REESE is the TRUTH like the murder of a lie.  However Urban Graduettes I understand that not everybody has runway money; so Ms. Reese also offers a more affordable line geared at the younger crowd called Plenty sold at Anthropologie stores which are  also in cahoots with Urban Outfitters.

Raven Print DressSequin Rose Top

I had to put this  raven feather-print  shift dress up here because I’m just  digging the print.  I  don’t know why but  it reminds me of  some  Edgar  Allan  Poe surrealist type  garment.  I could  see it in like a Tim  Burton  movie or  something.  AND I know that you can’t tell from the pic on the right but the whole top is sequins.  That floral pattern is pretty intricate.  BUT that is  neither here nor there, the purpose of this post was to bring awareness.  So  until next time…stay informed.  THANK YOU MISS REESE.

* (above quote courtesy of http://www.answers.com/topic/tracy-reese)

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September 22, 2008 at 9:55 pm

The smARTORIALIST: Ladies…keep it tight

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With the increased popularity of the 80’s Revival and American Apparel, tights have become very fashionable for the female Urban Grads (especially when there isn’t enough time to shave those legs).  Well American Apparel isn’t the only game in town…well they are as far as the United States goes.  There is a company located in the United Kingdom that has a “massive selection” of tights for all occasions.  Check out a little of what tightsplease has to offer.

tightsplease green leggings

Lebourget Alma Leggings

Jonathan Aston Ringers Tights

Cette Riga Tights

Pamela Mann Printed Tartan Tights

Levante Wet-look Capris

Don’t worry Urban Graduettes these tights are not expensive.  Visit the website http://www.tightsplease.co.uk to browse through the collection.  There are sheer tights, opaque tights, fishnets, footless tights, leggings, suspender tights, lace and crochet tights, children’s tights, and even tights for the pregos/expecting mothers.  So ladies, remember that the Smartorialist told you to keep it tight.

Post Scriptum I just wanted to put up a picture of these sequin tights by John Varvatos: