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Michelle Obama’s beautiful, dainty yellow-gold VOTE necklace was front and center during her powerful speech for the electric opening night of the Democratic National Convention on August 17, 2018. This statement piece was the first thing I noticed when she appeared and I absolutely loved it. This necklace comes from BYCHARI.COM (a black owned business) which was established in 2012 by designer and creative director Chari Cuthbert. In a recent interview with Mahita Gajanan for Time magazine Cuthbert stated “One of the most important things right now is being able to provide quality pieces at any price point,” she says. …


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I am ecstatic that so many people who have not yet had the chance to experience the magic of seeing Hamilton live in the theatre are about to be able to enjoy the entire musical from the comfort of their quarantine. The Hamilton movie was originally set to hit theatres on Oct 15, 2021, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic it is now going to be streamed on Disney+, for all of the world to have Hamilgasms on July 3, 2020. This is basically the only good thing to happen so far as a result of Covid-19.


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Eva Perón began to embrace the Christian Dior ‘New Look’ after her 1947 European “Rainbow Tour.” In effort to transition from her actress persona to First Lady she adopted her signature low chignon, blazing red lipstick and began to acquire Parisian couture. Her favorite designers were Christian Dior and Jacques Fath. Both Dior and Fath kept a dress form in their ateliers with her exact measurements so that they could be ready to work on new custom designs at a moments notice.

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View this entire project at www.reneenicolegray.com/uncoveringsproject

Purely decorative, non-protective, pandemic couture. The masks in my Uncoverings Project will not protect you and are not for sale. Like all good fashion they are not functional.

During the Covid-19 crisis, I became fascinated with the rage that surrounded face coverings infiltrating America for the first time. While they are very normal in Asian cultures, many Americans resisted the idea and took offense to something that could lower transmission rates and save lives, creating a new battle in our ongoing culture war. The aversion to such a simple protective covering seems to be rooted in fear. …


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This fuchsia, sequin button up shirt was owned by “Tiger King” Joe Exotic and worn by him in the Netflix smash hit true crime Docuseries. You’ll see it appear very briefly at 38 minutes into into Episode 2.

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This shirt and several others were originally sold by Exotic’s former business partner Jeff Lowe who advertised their sale on the Greater Wynnewood Zoo Facebook page stating “Who wants to own a personally owned Joe Exotic shirt?! Get them while there are limit supplies.”

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The fuchsia shirt was quickly snatched up by Vincent Baran who bought it for just $100 and decided he could make a decent profit reselling it on Ebay. …


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Today Queen Elizabeth II delivered a rare special televised message regarding the Covid-19 crises. Aside from her Christmas message, it is extremely rare for the monarch to make a special address. The only other instances include at the time of the Gulf war in 1991, on the eve of the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1997, on the death of the Queen Mother in 2002, and on the occasion of her diamond jubilee in 2012.

Watch the message here starting at 27:25

The bold color choice of the Queen’s dress and brooch matched the uplifting, hopeful tone and message of her address. Alongside her uniform triple-strand pearls, her majesty also wore Queen Mary’s turquoise and diamond brooch. …


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Bird beak masks were a part of the earliest iteration of a hazmat suit. They were designed in 1619 and worn by doctors in the 17th century to protect themselves while treating patients with the plague.These striking, eerie masks had round glass eye openings and fastened with straps that helped hold the six inch beak area over the doctor’s nose.

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The beak contained two small holes and a type of respirator containing herbs, spices, viper flesh powder, wormwood, dried flowers, camphor or vinegar sponge. At the time doctors believed the plague was caused by miasma (bad air) and the scents in the nose case would protect them from getting it. The beak shape of the mask was meant to give air sufficient time to be absorbed by the protective herbs before hitting the nostrils lungs. …


On Friday, February 7th 2020 the first sneak peek of the Academy Museum was given to press. The museum (which was first imagined over 90 years ago) is due to open later this year and looks incredible.

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Visitors will get to experience multiple floors of innovative and inclusive exhibits, two lush state-of-the-art theatres, a restaurant and a glass-lined “Barbra Streisand Bridge” which will lead them to a breathtaking view of the Hollywood Hills from the Dolby Family Terrace. This innovative open-air dome is constructed from 1,500 panels which rotate with the sun to shade the space.

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There were some jaw-dropping looks on the 77th Golden Globes red carpet on Sunday night. Here are the most outstanding of the evening.

#1-Sarah Snook In Christian Siriano

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Todd Williamson/NBC/NBCUniversal

This was my favorite look of the night. This voluminous, black textured Siriano ball gown cascaded in a waterfall effect and featured floral and geometric embellishments over shimmering fabric. The cinched waist, and strapless sweetheart neckline gave me all the Dior “new look” vibes. Sarah may not be a huge household name yet but she oozed star quality in this look.

#2-Kerry Washington In Altuzarra

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PHOTO: FRAZER HARRISON

This sizzling black ensemble comes from Altuzarra’s Pre-Fall collection. Kerry combined this satin, thigh-high slit pencil skirt and open-front triacetate blazer with a statement snake like triple knot bejeweled body harness and a whole lot of top stick. This risk taking look paid off. …


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I came into the world on February 29th, and wouldn’t have it any other way. When you are born a leap day baby it automatically becomes a huge part of your identity whether you like it or not. The odds of being born this day are 1 in 1,461. People who know me often say that they can’t imagine me being born any other day given my unique person and my general opposition to normality. Sometimes I wonder if my rare birthday has helped shaped my personality. …

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Renée Nicole Gray

Renée is an NYC based visual artist, fashion writer, designer (leapdayrenee.com) and performer. See more at ReneeNicoleGray.com Social medias-@reneenicolegray

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