From left to right, GUCCI, Fendi, Duro Olowu, Off-White, Balmain, Elie Sabb and Valentino

The Annual Legislative Conference, affectionately known as CBC (Congressional Black Caucus) is like the Essence Festival for people doing the work to advance the global Black community. Legislators. Office holders. Presidents. Preachers. Retired teachers. Greeks. Artists. All are setting the agenda for our lives, communities and America. We often talk about who’s at the table, where is it and how do I get an invitation. The CBC sets the table. Reserve your seat early!


And, as always, we do it in style. Rushing to and from the myriad of panel discussions, training sessions, red carpets, and parties, I snapped some of South Florida’s most fab at CBC and veterans of the conference. The No. 1 fashion rule is to pack plenty comfortable shoes.


Here are the highlights

It always seems odd talking about Spring fashion going into November, but the fashion calendar is six months ahead to be stocked and in stores just as soon as you pay off that Christmas debt. So, what do you have to look for and what are the new trends for Spring?

Neon Lights

Remember those lite brites from childhood? All those colors are all the rage for Spring. Green leads followed by yellow and very hot pink.

The Shirt Dress

Nothing ever beats a crisp white shirt and for Spring the white shirt is fashioned into a myriad of shirt dresses and I want every one of them. This trend will be my spring wardrobe. Fendi’s brown shirt dress for spring, which is sort of a cross between a trench and a dress, gets a very honorable mention.

Get the Bag!

Gucci’s backpack in red. It kind of puts you in the mind of Coach until you get up close to it. Bottega Venetta is hot again and this body bag is all the rage thanks to the label’s new creative director Daniel Lee going back to the basics that made this house legendary.


The bigger the frames, the hotter for Spring. Favs right now are the Gucci super cylinder round shades although I’m still debating on that chain. Duro Oluwu’s are a bit more subdued for daytime.


Diana Ross’ epic 70s masterpiece was clearly the inspiration for Elie Saab’s Spring 2020 offerings. I’m in love with the sleek yet voluminous gowns and their take on the shirtdress as well.

Love you, mean it!

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