Archive for the ‘Oprah Winfrey’ Category

Designers of Color: Angela Dean – The Queen of Deanzign

November 13, 2009

The Chocolate Fashion Blog chatted with Angela Dean of Deanzign for our Designers of Color Series last week. Deanzign designs, a favorite of Oprah Winfrey have been worn by stars like Queen Latifah, Mary Wilson, Sherri Shepherd, Halle Berry, Patti LaBelle, and the list goes on. Dean’s legendary designs have graced the covers of several magazines and her fans can’t get enough of her elegant designs which seem to fit a woman’s curves oh so well.

O Magazine – November 2009

Angela Dean’s talent and flexibility has led her to be summoned by legendary stars like Nancy Wilson and Natalie Cole to design collections for their stage performances. Starting out in a small boutique on Melrose Avenue, Dean expanded her business to become one of the most sought after designers in Hollywood. Her gowns represent the old Hollywood glamour of the 1940s and 50s. Most recently, Oprah Winfrey graced the cover of her November issue in a sassy red number. Oprah has continued to support Dean and is often photographed on the red carpet in her designs. This past week Angela presented her designs in a fashion show aptly titled Hollywood Renaissance, proving once again, that she is in it for the long haul!

Q. When did you first fall in love with fashion?

A. When I was 7 years old and I made my first pair of shorts and a scarf

Q. Give us some details about your training and or background that led you to be a designer.

A. My mother was very influential in my life .She had amazing style and made her own clothes.After graduating from high school I attended Los Angeles Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and soon after staring designing junior dresses.

Q. What do you enjoy most about being a fashion designer?

A. The freedom of creating beautiful clothes that people love to wear.

Q. What do you enjoy least about being a fashion designer?

A. The long and grueling hours that is required to be successful.

Q. How do find inspiration for fashion? Where do you turn to get the creative juices flowing when you are designing?

A. I am inspired by old Hollywood.I love looking at old movies and and photos.

Q. What are your wardrobe must-haves?

A. Great dresses for all occasions, that can be dressed up or down, depending on the occasion.

Q. Where do you shop?

A. At Deanzign!

Q. Name three of your favorite designers and tell why you love them.

A. Donna Karan is classic, Oscar De La Rentea, elegant, and Valentino glamorous.

Q. Who was the first celebrity to wear your designs? How did it make you feel?

A. Mary Wilson of the Supremes. It was one of the highlights of my life.

Q. What are your plans for your brand in the future?

A. I am planning to build a full lifestyle brand and have stores all over the world.

Visit Deanzign online!

The Chocolate Fashion Blog would also like to thank Angela Dean & Deanzign; and Lynn Allen Jeter and Associates for helping organize this interview. Thanks Lynn! 

— O

Beauty: Reggie Wells Named International Creative Director at Hissyfit

October 14, 2009

Renowned makeup artist Reggie Wells is once again expanding his resume. He has recently been named the International Creative Director of Australia’s beauty brand Hissyfit Hissyfit, the brainchild of Australia’s Olympic gold medalist Louise Dobson and former magazine editor Sue Smethurst, has come to be known for their unique range of beauty products for the face, body, hands, and lips since its inception last year. It is credited as being a highly technological advanced beauty line that is created with the use of Australia’s finest botanical extracts and cutting edge sunscreen technology. Naming Reggie Wells as Hissyfit’s International Creative Director spans from this cosmetic line’s initiative to breakthrough the U.S. cosmetic market and establish itself as serious contender in the color cosmetics industry.

Wells, who served as Oprah’s make-up artist since 1989, is no novice in the cosmetic industry. During his 35-year career, the Emmy Award-Winning makeup artist has transformed the looks of A-list celebrities including Beyoncé, Halle Berry, Brooke Shields, and Janice Dickinson. His work has been showcased on various celebrities and models on the cover of magazines such as O, Essence, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour and others. He also authored the 1998 book Face Painting.

With this new position, Wells will join the ranks of other prominent African-American beauty directors including famed make-up artiste Pat McGrath. McGrath, whom has created sensational and innovative runway beauty looks for the likes of Dolce & Gabbana and John Galliano since the 1990s, has been the Global Creative-Design Director for Proctor and Gamble since 2004.

By targeting the specialty store market and television shopping networks, Wells will be implementing the blueprint for Hissyfit’s American takeover. His product development agenda for the upcoming years includes a signature lip palette, a complete range of multi-use makeup kits called Hissy Kits, and a foundation line aptly titled Saving Face Foundation, which will cater to African-American, Latina, and Asian skin tones amongst other fragrance and beauty products that will launch in the US market.

The incorporation of Reggie Wells’ concept of beauty infused with Hissyfit’s technological advanced cosmetic line is sure to be a beautifying experience for U.S. consumers alike.

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Parties & Events: Toronto Film Festival "Precious" Press Conference & Screening

September 14, 2009

Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry along with Precious film stars Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Gabourey Sibide and Paula Patton were on hand to represent the film based on the novel by Sapphire at the Toronto Film Festival.

 Mariah Carey & Mary J. Blige
Precious star Gabourey Sibide
Sherri Sheppard & Oprah
Sherri Sheppard
Paula Patton (I swear she and Halle Berry could be sisters.)
Mariah & Oprah
Tyler Perry & Oprah (Love the purple on you O.)
Mariah with Precious director Lee Daniels (Monster’s Ball) 
Robert DeNiro and Oprah