Tuesday, July 23, 2013

BILLIE HOLIDAY: "The Fashion Trailblazer, Lady of Blues Singer."

Who is the Elegant lady who sings the Blues and wears that Beautiful flower in her hair? 

The Influential Jazz Singer, Lady Day, of course! 

Best known as Billie Holiday! 

Here are a few Quick Facts about Billie Holiday:

•Billie Holiday's Birth name is Eleanora Fagan Gough. 

•She changed her name to "Billie Holiday" to pay tribute to her favorite film star "Billie Dove". 

•The name Holiday came from her father, who was also an musician named Clarence Holiday.

•She was Born April 7, 1915 to her mother, Sarah Julia "Sadie" Fagan in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

•She is said to have Irish ancestors due to her moms mixed heritage.

•Best Known For Her Songs "Lady Sings The Blues" and "Strange Fruit".

•She passed away July 17, 1959 in New York City, New York due to her own battles with substance abuse. 

Today we pay tribute to The "Lady Who Sings The Blues", Billie Holiday, as Our Fashion Icon! 

Fashion lovers have been channeling their inner Billie Holiday for years, whether it be for an Elegant performance or event, a Fashion Forward Photo shoot or a Breathtaking Wedding Ceremony! 

Brides for years, have sealed their wedding day look with a touch of class, by adding the Billie Holiday signature look.

Billie Holiday is known for her signature style which includes the most noticeable and most often used, the classic flower in the hair. 

Women from generation to generation have borrowed this look to feel amazingly beautiful, and elegant!

Diana Ross in Lady Sings The Blues a Film about Billie Holiday's life.

Actress, Paula Patton, portraying Billie Holiday.

Singer Christina Aguilera channeling her inner Billie Holiday. 

Not only is Billie Holiday known for just her signature touch of class with the flower in her hair, she is also known for her rich attire! 

Billie Holiday wore elaborate hair pieces, sequin dresses, and long white gloves. 

She was known for her jewelry which included chandelier earrings, diamonds, long strands of pearls, and cocktail rings that insisted in giving her an upscale, Harlem Nights, cotton club look.

"Never one to blend in with a crowd, Billie liked to wear lots of gorgeous, statement-making jewelry. She wore chandelier earrings, cocktail rings and strands of pearls for a lounge-like vibe which can easily be mimicked today." -Ashley Wermick Style Editor from College Editor

Lady Day also knew exactly how to show off her curves, she would wear silks, laces, prints, or sequin dresses that hugged her curves. 

"Even when she wasn’t performing, Billie always accentuated her curves with gorgeous, body-skimming dresses. Printed, lacy or bejeweled, Billie looked amazing in every dress she wore."
-Ashley Wermick Style Editor From College Editor 

You could also find Billie in beautiful rich  fur from time to time! 

"Whether she wore an oversized bow, a fur coat or a sequin-encrusted sweater, Billie knew how to make a statement with her wardrobe. She always wore pieces with that extra dose of pizzazz, which made her style anything but average." 

-Ashley Wermick Style Editor From College Editor

Thank you Fashion Icon Billie Holiday for all that you have contributed to The Fashion World! 

Ladies and Gentlemen, We now introduce to you the Classic Fashionista..  . 

Credits: Ashley Wermick Style Editor From College Editor

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