Rich's-Macy's and Fashion Fair Cosmetics host fashion showcase featuring The Ebony Fashion Fair to honor Black History Month 2004

The glitz, glamour, pride and heritage that has represented Ebony Fashion Fair for decades, arrived in a kaleidoscope of color and impeccable haute couture designs at Atlanta's posh Lenox Square Mall. Ebony Fashion Fair, the world's largest traveling fashion show since 1958, made a stylish stop at Rich's-Macy's to help celebrate Black History Month.

Guests were welcomed by Gail Nutt , Senior Vice-President of Community Affairs, Diversity and Urban Business Development of Rich's/Lazarus/ Goldsmith's-Macy's and greeted by Jean Murphy, Corporate Special Events Manager for RLG-Macy's and Ebony Fashion Fair Promotions Coordinator Staci R. Collins upon arrival.

A rousing opening performance from the lovely Def Jam /Def Soul R&B recording artist K-Fox whose melodic voice intoxified the audience and set the tone for the standing room only fashion extravaganza to follow.

Gorgeous Ebony Fashion Fair models Deonna Pinkerton, Tinika Hampton, Arynetta Northcutt, Jaman Manns and Norman Scales graced the stage in delicious designs from world-renowned designers, including Bob Mackie, Hanae Mori and Issey Miyake. The runway backdrop was adorned with large replicas of past Ebony Fashion Fair magazine covers. As the music started and the models purred on the catwalk, the covers came to life. The audience watched in awe as the gorgeous Ebony Fashion Fair commentator, Jada Jackson Collins, commentated the sample showing of some of the flowing fabrics, glorious color, sparkling gowns, fabulous fur-trimmed garments, sizzling upscale leather designs and wondrous wedding gowns that have been showcased on the tour in prior years.





The event also included beauty tips, makeovers and advice from national make-up artists and Fashion Fair Cosmetics makeup experts Pamela Mack and Edouard.   Giveaways included a copy of the #1 black publication in the world, Ebony magazine, the magazine African-Americans live by.


Notable guests and Ebony Fashion Fair fans in attendance included Carolyn Young , wife of former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young, former longtime Ebony Fashion Fair commentator and model Shayla Simpson, Joy Barnes of the National Black Arts Festival, Dereke Harper, Classic Soul 102.5 morning show co-host and producer of the SiMan Baby! morning show in Atlanta and legendary platinum music producer NO I.D. who has produced songs for artists such as Toni Braxton, Jay-Z and Common.




Anthonia A. Oyefesobi from the Lenox Square Macy's Corporate Public Relations staff contributed to this article.

Photography by Asa R. Williams of College Park, Georgia.