Ballet Hispánico Gets it So Right in its First Women of Color in the Arts Panel

Are we in a post-racial era? Of course we are not. When Barack Obama was elected as the 44th President of the United States, many hoped and some cultural pundits projected that a post-racial society had arrived.

Well, we all know that was not true. Documented police killings are up, racially motivated hate crimes have escalated, and the wealth gap between whites and people of color, with African Americans disproportionately in the bottom half, has widened. And when you take a glance at the arts, though more diversity has been noted in recent years, there is still much to be done.

 Ballet Hispánico in Vicente Nebrada’s Batucada Fantastica

Ballet Hispánico, founded in 1970 by Tina Ramirez, is much more than a dance company that promotes and distills Latin culture through a variety of dance forms, Ballet Hispánico is taking on new challenges. Diálogos is Ballet Hispánico’s conversation series that explores the interconnections of the arts, social justice, and Latino cultures. Since 2016, Diálogos has given voice to issues that directly affect the Hispanic community, finding the intersectionality between the arts, culture, and politics.On January 10, Diálogos hosted the first panel discussion in its series, Women of Color in the Arts, giving voice to Afro-Latino women in the performing and curative arts experiences and struggles as women of color, available resources, and ways to bring more women of color into arts leadership positions. Hosted by Tamia Santana, founder of Brooklyn Dance Festival, and featuring panelists New York State Senator Marisol Alcantara; Ayodele Casel, Actress, Tap Dancer, Choreographer; Maria Torres, Director, Choreographer, Producer; Lauren Argentina Zelaya, Assistant Curator, Public Programs–Brooklyn Museum, the panel in the tradition of Ballet Hispanico’s passion for truth telling, bravely tackled issues of racial discrimination, sexism, funding, colorism, career stagnation, and isolation.Still, the panel discussion was not limited to the struggles of being an Afro Latina artist. The discussion also included the joys and exhilarations of celebrating the Latin experience through their work. The panelists also detailed about the importance of demonstrating that the Latin voice is not a monolithic voice, but voices that encompass many cultures and expressions. And in this ‘Year of the Woman,’ the feminine voice is an essential, nuanced voice that is primed to expand and distill Hispanic culture.

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Ballet Hispánico Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro should be commended for assembling these great artists and political leaders. And for launching the series, Women of Color in the Arts. Ballet Hispánico, a role model in and for the Latino community, is inspiring creativity and social awareness in our neighborhoods and across the country by providing access to arts education.—William S. Gooch

Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of January 7, 2019

Fashion Reverie seeks to keep its loyal readers informed of great samples sales. Just remember, product disappears quickly, so it is important to get there early.

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BRAND: Rhone Sample SaleWHEN: 1/08–1/13; Tues.–Sat. (10am–7pm), Sunday (10am–5pm)

WHY: Men’s fitness gear at a discount

WHERE: 260 Fifth Avenue

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BRAND: Colico Sample Sale

WHEN: 1/09–1/11; Wed. (noon–6:30pm), Thurs. (10am–6:30pm), Friday (9am–1pm)

WHY: Women’s footwear at a discount before relocating to new location in Brooklyn

WHERE: 401 Broadway, Suite #204

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BRAND: Modern Vice Factory-Direct Shoe Sample Sale

WHEN: 1/14–1/24; Mon.–Fri. (11am–7pm)

WHY:  Modern Vice is hosting the largest factory-direct shoe sample sale, right in the heart of New York Cities garment district; hundreds of styles to choose from at up to 70% off. All sizes available; all shoes are hand crafted with 100% genuine leather.

WHERE: 247 West 38th Street, 3rd Floor


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BRAND: Beirn Sample Sale

WHEN: 1/14–1/24; 1/14; Monday (2pm–5pm) 1/15–1/24; Mon.–Thurs, (11am–5pm). Closed on MLK Day.

WHY: Get up to 50% off retail on exotic skin handbags and accessories

WHERE: 745 5th Avenue, Suite 500





Fashion News Alert: Rita Ora’s New Gig, Kelly Rowland Collaborates with Fabletics, Simon Spurr’s New Job, and Chico’s to Close Stores

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Simon Spurr has been named the global director of 7 For All Mankind. Spurr will be based in Los Angeles and his duties will include leading the brand’s global teams in “[bridging] 7 For All Mankind’s heritage as a premium denim brand with a new, modern approach across classifications,” detailed in a press release.“[Spurr] brings the perfect balance of relevant experience, entrepreneurial spirit, and fashion vision to lead 7 For All Mankind® into its third decade,” said Tim Baxter, Delta Galil Premium Brands chief executive officer in a article. “Importantly, Simon also has a strong, directional perspective on how we can modernize the brand and position it for accelerated growth while sustaining our legacy as a premium denim brand.”

Spurr’s new role at 7 For All Mankind will coincide with the brand’s 20th Anniversary. Spurr’s debut collection for the brand will launch in spring 2020.

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Kelly Rowland loves the 90’s

Kate Hudson’s activewear line, Fabletics, has a new collaboration. Pop star Kelly Rowland is the newest celebrity collaborator with Hudson’s popular activewear line.

This winter 2019 capsule collection, inspired by 90s nostalgia, is Rowland’s first activewear collaboration. The capsule collection pays homage to Rowland’s time with Destiny’s Child in the 90s and that style is reflected in the capsule collection’s range of hue of soft mauve, light bronze, black cherry and wine violet with sexy athletic detail finishes.

“[The capsule collection] truly celebrates every woman and every beautiful curve,” Rowland said of the line. “In my collection, I feel ready to take on anything that may come my way, all while looking and feeling great.” Rowland further explains that the capsule collection is “about versatility, movement, being comfortable and feeling confident,” according to the pop star. 

The capsule collection includes seven outfits with items ranging from sports bras, tops and leggings, as well as a bodysuit and hoodie, while the highlight pieces of the collection include a reversible bomber jacket. The capsule collection is now on sale online and in retail stores.

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Rita Ora expands into footwear

British popstar Rita Ora has a new job. Ora is collaborating with Giuseppe Zanotti for a footwear collection dubbed ‘GZxRita Ora.’ GZxRita Ora line will contain flats, high-heeled styles, including slides, sandals, mules and peep-toe boots with a chunky Cuban Link chain feature on the heel, according to

Zanotti has a history of collaborating with celebrities including Jennifer Lopez, Katy Perry, Gigi Hadid, and Rihanna. GZxRita Ora is launching on January 24 and will be priced between $795 and $2,495.

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Chico’s plans to shutter brick and mortars

LA–based Chico’s has announced plans to close 250 stores over three years to focus on its digital platform. According to a press release Chico’s restructuring “will allow the company to take advantage of its lease expiration cadence, while improving profitability and return on invested capital.”

“Our focus is on implementing those initiatives that drive the greatest levels of growth and profitability of our business,” said Shelley Broader, Chico’s CEO and president. “This includes continued improvement in each of our differentiated brands, increased flexibility and efficiency across our organization, and fully leveraging the capabilities of our robust omnichannel platform.” 

To boost its digital presence, Chico’s is partnering with QVC, Amazon, and Shoprunner. Following Chico’s store closings announcement, the company’s stock rose 1.9% in premarket trading.

—William S. Gooch


Editors’ Pick: BERTA Winter 2019 Evening/Red-Carpet Collection

Every fashionista loves luxury. We all know the iconic fashion housese that have developed beautiful luxury fashion for decades—Chanel, Balmain, Balenciaga, Valentino, Rodarte, Gucci, Saint Laurent, Monique Lhuillier, and many others. Yet, there are luxury brands that are worth noting that are not yet household names. BERTA is one of those luxury brands that is developing a large celebrity following. Just ask Priyanka Chopra, Britney Spears, Kim Kardashian, Taylor Hill, Carrie Underwood, Karlie Kloss, Sharon Stone, Julianne Hough, and Madison Beer. And because we at the beginning of the 2019 Awards season, Fashion Reverie has decided to select some fashion brands, that have market saturation, but may not be well known by consumers.

As a powerhouse in the international fashion world, BERTA has quickly become one of the most highly anticipated and sought-after high-end fashion house. But, don’t be fooled, the BERTA showroom ‘that exclusively carries the evening collection’ has become the flagship that tests the modern world of fashion. Inspired by avant-garde design style, principal designer Berta Balilti explores soft materials, romantic styles, and minimalistic modern silhouettes to create a poetic collection in motion.

Known for providing a couture level of quality by style and trend, the BERTA fall 2018/winter 2019 evening collections reveals the woman behind the dress. Staying true to the classic style, ladies receive the royal treatment within this evening and cocktail collection. A high-end collection where perfection is redefined with sexy silhouettes, plunging necklines, and iconic crystal embellishments. From the memorable Kardashian Christmas party to Meghan Trainor’s wedding dress; BERTA’s dreamy creations are breaking the internet with next level fashion glamour as the most anticipated brand in the fashion world. These delicate fabrics of silk chiffon, tulle, and illusion lace details test the boundaries of dark romance with the incorporation of vintage materials and retro styles.

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“The inspiration lies being the mystery about this untouchable woman,” explains The Wedding Pic. Created with fearless women in mind, this alluring collection includes an abundance of sophisticated designs of flawless all-over-beaded jumpsuits, ostrich feather mini dresses, soft shoulders with high slit ball gowns, and sheer luxurious handmade embroidered dresses.—Courtney Wilkins

Celebrity Fashion Sightings: Week of December 31, 2018

Fashion Reverie’s Celebrity Fashion Sightings is back after a holiday hiatus. This week’s celebrity fashion sightings are all about the 72 Annual Golden Globes Awards. As the first premier event of the 2019 Award season, the Golden Globes begins to set the standard for the fashion trends we will see all year, particularly when it comes to celebrity fashion.

There was a lot of great fashion at the 2019 Golden Globes; however, there was some fashion that wasn’t so good. Fashion Reverie was front and center bringing it viewers all the great, and not so great fashion.

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It is about time that Regina King is awarded for all the great work she has done over the decades in front and behind the camera. Winning Best Supporting Actress for “If Beale Street Could Talk” is only the first award of many to come for King’s outstanding performance.

King also slayed on the red carpet in a rose gold Alberta Ferretti dress. King demonstrated that a woman of a certain age, almost 48, can be appropriately sexy and sophisticated. Bravo Regina!!

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Speaking of seasoned actresses that are still turning out on the red carpet, Jamie Lee Curtis stunned at the 2019 Golden Globes in a white Alexander McQueen gown with silver sequined accents. The silver hair was a fantastic touch that did not age Jamie Lee Curtis but facilitated her look as the grande dame of film.

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Famed fashion designer Christian Siriano had his moment on the red carpet at the recent Golden Globes. Allison Janney was all that and a bag of chips in a seafoam blue Siriano full-length, off-the-shoulder-gown. Now, that is what 59 should look like!!

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Lupita Nyong’o was deliciously seductive a blue bugle-beaded Calvin Klein dress. Lupita took several photos with the cast of “Black Panther,” all of which were brilliantly attired on the 2019 Golden Globe red carpet. “Black Panther” was nominated for best motion picture-drama.

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FX’s “Pose” was nominated for several Golden Globes, and the cast of “Pose” really turned it out on the red carpet. “Pose’s” Indya Moore brought a certain kind of spice and sass to the Golden Globes in Anita Ko jewelry and Louis Vuitton silver, padded-shoulder cocktail dress that showed off her lovely legs.

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Speaking of “Pose,” Billy Porter brought lots of drama and spin and twirl to the 2019 Golden Globes in a stupendous Randi Rahm embellished suit with sweeping embellished cape to match. Now, that is posing on the runway!!

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Though many fans were disappointed that Lady Gaga did not win a Golden Globe for her performance in “A Star Is Born,” Gaga’s appearance on the red carpet did not disappoint. Lady Gaga was beautifully attired in powder blue voluminous Valentino gown.

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Nicole Kidman always stuns on red carpet. And this red-carpet appearance was not exception, stunning in a burgundy, sequined Michael Kors sheath dress. Kidman was nominated for 2019 Golden Globes for her appearance in “Boy Erased.” This was her sixth nomination.

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Charlize Theron nominated for Best Actress in a Motion Picture-Musical or Comedy in “Tully” was all chicness and sophistication in a black and white Dior gown with black tie at the neck.

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“Fifty Shades’” Dakota Johnson was all ethereal regality in a strapless white Givenchy dress at the 2019 Golden Globes.

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“If Beale Street Could Talk’s” Kiki Layne looked effervescent and imperial in a Dior Haute Couture pale pink gown.

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“Black Panther’s” Danai Gunira brought something very special to the 2019 Golden Globes red carpet in an orange and rust Rodarte gown with shoulder bow.

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Is Julia Roberts setting a trend of the red carpet by wearing pants at a major award show? Maybe not, still, she looked glorious in a Stella McCartney black pant and beige top ensemble. That’s right Julia, celebrate your risk taking!!

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Virgil Abloh, creative director Louis Vuitton menswear, was really embraced by many celebrities at the 2019 Golden Globes. Timothee Chalamet, nominated for a Golden Globe for his work in “Beautiful Boy” expanded the idea of what men should wear on the red carpet by wearing an innovative black sequined Louis Vuitton ensemble.—Staff

JJ’s House: Your Bridal One-Stop Online Shop

If you believe what many clairvoyants are saying about 2019, then you know that 2019 promises to be a year of things coming to their ultimate fruition, as well as a year of incredible growth. Though the past couple of years have been tedious and in some folks’ estimation, schizophrenic, 2019 should be a brand-new ballgame, so to speak.

Look at it this way, 2019 is about your hopes and aspirations coming to fruition. And nothing is more aspirational and fairytale-like than a bride’s very special day. Most brides-to-be plan their wedding a year in advance of the actual date. (Well, that is the ideal formula.) And there is no better bridal site to help you select those ideal bridal extras, bridesmaid dresses and flower girl dresses, than JJ’s House.

JJ’s House, founded in 2007, is the global leading online retailer for wedding gowns, special event dresses, wedding party dresses, and accessories. Customers can browse the vast online selection and choose their favorite dresses with great satisfaction. JJ’s House prides itself on exceptional customer service, high quality, and affordable prices.

While picking out the bridal gown can be especially taxing, so can selecting the dresses for your bridal party. JJ’s House has a wide selection of great bridesmaid dresses, as well as the perfect dresses for flower girls. From A-Line Princess V-Neck dresses and A-Line Princess Scoop Neck gowns to Empire waisted dresses, Sheath dresses, Off-the-Shoulder dresses, and A-Line Sweetheart dresses. There is also a huge range of floor-length gowns, knee-length, and tea-length dresses. Still, the most outstanding assets to this wide selection is the price points and a color palette of 52 colors. Prices range from $90 to $150.

When comes to those adorable flower girl dresses, JJ’s House also has a unique selection. From knee-length to tea-length and floor length dress, JJ’s House is the go-to online destination for flower girls’ dresses. Additionally, JJ’s House has a plethora of flower girl dresses in fabrications ranging from sequined chiffon, satin tulle, and organza to lace, polyester cotton, and taffeta. Many of the flower girl dresses are currently on sale with 50% to 60% off, some dresses starting at $29.99.

Just remember, if your wedding day is quickly coming approaching, JJ’s House puts your priorities first and ships across the globe with such delivery services as DHL or UPS. JJ’ House provides expedited shipping as well as budget conscious options. As JJ’ House uses internationally trusted logistics providers, you gain peace of mind knowing that your important supplies will be there when you need them.

Understanding that planning for your wedding can be very stressful. JJ’s House delivers world-class customer service to ensure your shopping experience at JJ’s House is as smooth and pleasant as possible. Whether you have questions before you order or after your items have arrived, JJ’s House has experienced customer service professionals available via live chat or through fast response ticket system.

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JJ’s House helps you save time and decrease stress by providing great choices at reasonable prices with superior customer service. Remember, a satisfied bride is a happy bride.


Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of December 31, 2018

Fashion Reverie seeks to keep its loyal readers informed of great samples sales. Just remember, product disappears quickly, so it is important to get there early.

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BRAND: Prive Winter Sample SaleWHEN: 1/02–1/06; Wed.–Sat, (11am–7pm), Sunday (11am–5pm)

WHY: Women’s and men’s contemporary and designer brands at up to 80% off retail

WHERE: Chelsea Market, 75 9th Avenue


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BRAND: Noah Waxman Sample Sale

WHEN: 1/07–1/18; Mon.–Fri. (noon–7pm), weekdays only

WHY: Men’s and women’s luxury footwear, sweaters and additional accessories all up to 80% off retail price.

Sneakers: $99 (retail $425)
Shoes: $109 (retail $535)
Boots: $159 (retail $595)

 WHERE: 41 Perry Street

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BRAND: Clothing Blowout Sample Sale

WHEN: 1/08–1/09; Tues.–Wed. (11am–7pm)

WHY: Women’s and men’s clothing and accessories at up to 95% off retail prices 

$10–$30. All seasons. All sales are final.

WHERE: 261 West 36th Street, 2nd floor




Fashion News Alert: Lady Gaga’s Beauty Line, Additional Sexual Allegations against Bruce Weber, Michael B. Jordan’s New Gig, and Blake Nordstrom Transitions

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Right before the holidays, male model Jason Boyce amended his sexual misconduct allegation against famed fashion photographer Bruce Weber by adding that Weber also violated Trafficking Victims Protection laws. The Trafficking Victims Protection Act, amended in 2000, defines a trafficking victim as someone who is induced to perform labor or a commercial sex act through force, fraud or coercion.

Weber’s legal team opposed this new allegation against Weber in court on Wednesday. “The proposed amendment isn’t based on anything new at all,” said Jayne Weintraub, Weber’s lawyer in a recent article. “The plaintiff is attempting to publicly accuse and shame [Bruce] Weber in the press and on social media. And the point of that was to force a quick settlement and that failed. So this amendment or trying to move to amend is plaintiff’s Plan B, radically mounting pressure through scandalous contrived allegations. But what we will do is to continue to make filing with evidence, not talk.”

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Michael B. Jordan expands his audience
Everyone knows Michael B. Jordan from “Black Panther” and “Creed II.” Well, consumers are about to see Michael B. Jordan in a new light.

Jordan will be the new face of Coach’s menswear spring 2019 campaign. Jordan will also front the brand’s men’s fragrance collection.

“He has been a true supporter of Coach so it felt like a really natural step to collaborate more closely and create a partnership we can take to the next level,” explained Coach Creative Director Stuart Vevers.

“I’ve been a fan of Coach for a long time and truly respect their inclusive and optimistic values,” Jordan said in a statement. “I’m honored to be a part of Stuart’s vision and creative process.”

The campaign was photographed by Craig McDean on the outskirts of Los Angeles at an abandoned carnival with Jordon donned in series of color blocked shearling jacket, a blue leather moto and a patchwork leather MA-1 jacket.

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Gaga beauty
Fashion tongues are wagging that Lady Gaga is about to launch a beauty line. Lady Gaga has filed an application for the brand name “Haus Beauty” with The United States Patent and Trademark Office.

According to an article on, the application listed the possible product categories for the trademark as: “Cosmetics; cosmetic compacts; make-up; foundations; cheek colors; eyebrow colors; lipstick, lip gloss, lip gloss palette, non-medicated lip care preparations, lip cream, lip tints, lip liners; eyeliners, eyeliner pencils, liquid eyeliners and eyeshadow.” It also mentioned multiple products under “fragrances and perfumery,” several skincare solutions such as “facial cleansers” and “skin toners,” body care items such as “body oils,” “body powders” and “body exfoliants,” and more.

Gaga has also established the “Haus Beauty” website. That said; the website does not indicate when Gaga’s beauty line will launch.

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Bye, bye Blake
After a long battle with lymphoma, Blake Nordstrom passed away on Wednesday. Named president of Nordstrom in 2000, Blake Nordstrom turned over the reins to his brothers, Erik and Peter, in 2015 as he battled his illness.

It was not publicly known that Blake was suffering from lymphoma until the company released a statement a little over a month ago. Blake was given a positive diagnosis in December with treatment including chemotherapy and reduced traveling schedule.

“Executive leadership of Nordstrom will continue under co-presidents Pete and Erik Nordstrom. We appreciate your respect for the privacy of the family during this difficult time,” said a Nordstrom spokesperson in the company’s statement.

“My heart goes out to the Nordstrom family and everyone at the company during this difficult time,” commented Nordstrom chairman of the board Brad Smith in the company’s statement. “Everyone who worked with Blake knew of his passion and deep commitment to employees, customers and the communities we serve. We are fortunate to have continued leadership from co-presidents Pete and Erik Nordstrom.”

Blake Nordstrom was the great-grandson of company founder, John Nordstrom. Blake Nordstrom was 58 years old.
—William S. Gooch

Happy 2019!!!

Fashion is a reflection of the time each generation is experiencing. If this political upheavals and unrest last for more than a moment, you may find elements of that discord in fashion. New cultural perspectives and evolutions can have a presence in a fashion collection.

2019, as every year does, brings with it a new set of challenges and reinventions. Still, the very joy of existence is what keeps us striving for more enlightenment, more knowledge and ultimately more compassion. Allow 2019 infuse us with an impassioned search for our own truth. And let this search for truths reflect not only how we adorn ourselves, but also how we love and respect our neighbor.


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