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By KristySamone — February 27, 2014

Happy Thursday Fashion Femme Fatales and Gents!! I hope your day is progressing swimmingly. With Mardi Gras approaching, I’d like to take a moment to spotlight a designer who showed a collection fit for a black tie ball during Nolcha and New York Fashion Week earlier this month. American designer B. Michael is known for creating sophisticated and simple (yes, clothing can be both) garments. Worn by everyone from Halle Berry to Cate Blanchett to Beyonce, he has taken a modern approach to glamour. I was impressed with the masquerade feel of his runway show especially when I think of the history of masked balls. Way back in 1870, family and friends would throw “The King’s Ball (Bals de Roi)” at their homes in colonial New Orleans, Louisiana. Folks would look forward to cutting the cake, because inside was a hidden bean and it’s finder would host the next ball. Thus, a tradition of having a series of balls began, always ending with a huge dance on Mardi Gras evening. Eventually these great occasions would become public masked events held in luxe theaters, grand hotels, ballrooms and halls. All of sudden I want to get my “Eyes Wide Shut” on! Ha! But I digress, check out these beautiful B. Michael America images captured by my shooter Preston of Vzmala Photography. Which is your favorite look? What would you want to wear to a masquerade ball?



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I'm a media strategist, fashion fan and whimsical event planner. For years, I've been "reporting" from fashion shows and fabulous events to my loved one out of pure joy. Unbeknowest to me in February 2012 my sister started with photos and letters I'd sent her from New York Fashion Week. She said, "I think you need a blog!" LOL! I've been trying keep us with this and life ever since:) Thanks so much for reading!

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