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Black History Month: 10 great African American style icons

Josephine baker black history month style icon

Tell me you didn't take a few minutes to take in this entire picture. I don't believe you. This is Josephine Baker, after all. The stunning entertainer passed away in 1975, but her style will never be forgotten. She's on our list of 10 influential African American style icons for Black History Month. Who is your favorite black fashion or beauty trend-setter? Share in our comments section.

-- Whitney Friedlander


Black History Month: 10 great style icons

The Guide: Black History Month

Photo: Staley-Wise Gallery / New York

Are the Obamas the new Brad and Angelina? Designers think so

Obama22_2 You say Oscars. I say Inauguration Day. It would seem that the latter has a decided edge, if the interest to clothe Michelle and Barack Obama are any indication. David Lipke of WWD posed the challenge to designers -- come up with sketches for inauguration outfits and day wear -- and the results are great. (Though we do now know that Obama will be wearing a tuxedo from Hart Schaffner Marx.)

Thom Browne thinks the president-elect should show off his ankles. (Um, never going to happen.) Sean John, a.k.a. P. Diddy, sees Obama as a sleek, suave James Bond in white dinner jacket -- as shown, left. I have to admit that I like the fitted jacket, slim-cut pants and black pocket square. View the entire gallery here, which includes looks by Marc Jacobs, Nautica, Salvatore Ferragamo and many others. 

Notice that Brooks Brothers, right, took a John F. Kennedy  approach. A morning coat seems a bit antiquated for a president-elect who, more than anything, represents the future.  And why did they send a sketch of Cary Grant, I wonder? WWD asked the same question of designers for Michelle Obama, and those sketches are wonderful too. It's nice to see this eagerness to dress politicians. Are Michelle and Barack the new Angelina and Brad? I sure hope so. 

-- Monica Corcoran

Photos used with permission of WWD


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