Last week my husband James Andrews was named one of Ebony Magazine’s Power 100. We were excited and made plans to attend the gala in NYC….but then Hurricane Sandy happened. After we learned that the gala was still on and that Delta had resumed all flights, we decided to take a chance traveling to NYC. It was a little challenging getting around NYC, but we were glad that we made the trip. I’m still praying for everyone there.
The gala itself was amazing. From celebrities like Gayle King and George Lucas to little ole’ me, Lincoln Center was packed with the finely dressed (and funki fresh – me!). The entertainment was first class: a young violinist, a gospel choir, a poet, the cast from Fela – the broadway show, and The Roots. As great as the evening was, it wasn’t until they showed a slide show of photographs from Ebony’s archives that my husband understood the magnitude of being honored by such an esteemed institution of the African American experience. He was humbled.
Unfortunately I did not take any full length photos of my own, but you can view me on the Ebony red carpet. I shopped for about a week before I found the perfect dress – appropriate for the event, but still my style. The shoes, in the hot fall color of oxblood, really set it off. And I like that I can wear them again; they will look nice with my wool AllSaints pencil skirt. Even this dress, with my Frye riding boots and a jean jacket, can be dressed down and worn in a fun more casual way. The purse I carried was not your usual “gala-style clutch.”
Here is a version of my dress – the only difference was that my dress was short, just above my knee, and had a great cut-out back.
photo credit: Neiman Marcus.com
dress – Alice + Olivia
heels – Vince Camuto
photo credit: Hobobags.com
purse – Hobo
These photos were taken at the after-party, in a fun photo booth sort of way.
necklace – Simon Sebbag Design
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