Grammy-winning star Whitney Houston shined on stage while performing at the Pre-Grammy Gala and Salute to Industry Icons Honoring David Geffen at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Brazilian-born designer A.Z Araujo has been making waves on the New York fashion scene since he launched his colorful and intricately-crafted swimwear line in February 2010 at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York. But, no city showcases beachwear essentials quite like South Beach Miami, Florida, where Araujo recently showcased his spring/summer 2011 collection at the famed Nikki Beach Club during Mercedes-Benz Miami Fashion Week Swim.
Araujo's feminine silhouettes and sultry cuts caught the attention of Bravo's 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' (RHOA), who made a special trip to Miami for some sun and catwalk fun on episode 15 that aired this week. Newbie 'Housewives' star Cynthia Bailey strut her stuff down the runway at Araujo's show to the applause and cheers of Nene Leakes, Lawrence Washington, Sheree Whitfield, Kandi Burruss, Phaedra Parks and Kim Zolciak. "I asked Cynthia to walk in my show because she has such a strong editorial presence. She is a beautiful Black woman with such an angelic face," says Araujo, whose designs appeal to the jet-setting woman. "I love the fact that she represents a real woman's size and she looks great in anything you put her in!"
It was a big night for the cast members of 'Glee,' at the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, who won 'Best TV Series, Comedy or Musical.''Glee' cast member, Amber Riley, 24, who plays Mercedes Jones, walked the red carpet donning a gleaming gown by Los Angeles-based couturier Oliver Tolentino. The Philippine-born designer has been creating wedding dresses and red carpet gowns for stars like Kimora Lee Simmons, Niecy Nash and actress Sophia Bush for the past 18-years.
"I was approached just days before the Globes to work with Amber because she was still looking for the perfect dress. She liked many of my designs and we settled on one that would make a real statement on the red carpet," says Tolentino, who presented his spring/summer 2011 at the Third Annual Islands of the World Fashion Week held in the Bahamas.
If you didn't ring in the New Year donning the perfect festive frock, don't fret! With Valentine's Day just a month away, the party dress season is far from over! Shimmering embellishments and bold eye catching hues make the ideal foundation when looking for your glam garb. Actress Kerry Washington was snapped out this week at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards wearing a blue and white sequin mini-dress by designer Alberto Makali ($330, albertomakali.com). Sparkle like a star in your own sexy hip-hugging sequin mini.STYLE TIPS