Night dressing should be a breeze, especially when the invitation reads `Black Tie.' In this modern day way of dressing, that term should not be approached so literally, one can bend and tweak an outfit so that it would be appropriate for a social elegant event and not fall under the constrains of a full-out evening gown with all of the trimmings. Sometimes ladies do not `feel' to go through all that and yet can simplify the chore and come out looking like a million bucks.
During New York events like fashion week, lots of the coverage in the media came by way of the fashion from the street. What are the real people wearing? By that I mean, just plain, regular folks like you and me and not a Beyonce or Michelle Obama. Street fashion has become a driving force in the industry, many designers and fashion pundits get inspiration from what the people on the street are wearing, how they interpret an outfit and make it their own. Among the head turners out and about at Fashion Night Out, critics hailed the general crowds for getting dressed up and doing their own thing.
People watching, especially in big cities like Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Miami is a huge deal. It is truly a spectator sport, one that is very much a parade of fashion whether the fashion scribes like it or not. Getting dressed should be a fun experience and nothing that would stress you out once you know where you are going, the correct dress code and what looks right for your specific body type. On the subject of body type, is where we should all be very mindful. Everything is not made for everybody. Just because a model or celebrity can rock the cut-off shorts over leggings with a midriff top, means that every Tessa, Donna and Jenny can do the same. You have to know what works for you. It takes some sensible research and shopping to get it right.
Of course magazines and fashion periodicals do help, but sometimes a mirror can be your best friend. Any mirror, especially those in the department stores where you shop. Ask the sales assistant if an outfit looks good, ask a stranger, your girlfriends and family can be biased, so the opinion of an outsider, or a professional in the sales department are most valuable. Don't be mad at constructive criticism. Remember its your money being spent, once you've found the right cut and color that works for you - Go for it, take your time while selecting outfits and don't try to rush through the clothing racks or sales on line. Be sensible, be smart and be objective in choosing your garments. Make it a fun experience, and as Tim Gunn says `Make it work!'
As in the case of the recently concluded Jamaica Independence Ball at the New York Hilton's grand Ballroom. there were many hits and misses. Today we showcase some of the fashion hits of the evening.
Angela Wan-Yu Lee, Creative Director of Jamrock Magazine wore a one-shoulder Herve' Leger - photo 1238
MC Radio Personality Pat Mc Kay wore pale blue Carmen Marc Valvo - photo 1239
Sybil Chester and Yvette Clarke came with their fashionable Caribbean flavor - photo 1233
Publicist Donette Dunbar wore a gown by designer Jill Sander - photo 1242
Una Clarke wore a Francis Hendy lace creation in the colors of the Jamaican flag - photo 1234
Daphne Mahoney thrilled us with this jeweled `spectator hat' by milliner Mr Willie - photo 1241
Sharon Gordon chose an appropriate sand color silk ball gown by designer Jorgi - photo 1240