Women are powerful, dynamic, and can build (or destroy) even the most iconic dynasties.
Anifa Mvuemba of the brand Hanifa kicked off the week with a stunning show at the National Portrait Gallery in D.C. In a decade, the 31-year-old designer (who celebrated her birthday on November 16th, the date of the show) has dressed everyone from Sarah Jessica Parker to Monica to Bella Hadid. She debuted her 'Dream' collection show before a crowd of fans of supporters, saying, " Some dreams may fade over time, but others cling to us and become an integral part of who we are. They guide us throughout our lives and direct us to the path that we were destined to take. Our dreams serve as a reminder that we are capable of anything in this life if we just believe."
What followed were red carpet ready gowns in casual denim fabrics, fringed knits, and bold suits: pieces to help women feel powerful. With so many barriers to entry in the fashion industry, Mvuemba, whose family hails from the Congo, is building her own dynasty, showing that all things are possible with hard work and a commitment to excellence.
Speaking of excellence, rapper Cardi B once confided to Fashion Bomb Daily that she wanted to be considered a fashion icon. This was years ago: before Bodak Yellow, and before Vogue Covers and best dressed lists. She showed her evolution and cemented her chic status as the host of last night's American Music Awards, wearing couture pieces by Schiaparelli, Alexandre Vauthier, Jean Paul Gaultier, Miss Sohee, and more.
Aside from her stunning looks, Cardi B also won an AMA for Favorite Hip Hop Song, showing you can work hard and slay while doing so.
Rounding out this week is the House of Gucci movie, which hits theaters November 24th. In an advanced screening yesterday, I learned more about Patrizia Reggiani, a woman who married into the Gucci family and ultimately led to their demise. Her smart and cunning moves left their family in disarray; after her husband Maurizio Gucci divorced her, she plotted his murder.
Played by Lady Gaga, Ms. Reggiani (or Senora Gucci) shows how powerful an alluring woman can be. Her actions created enough friction to pit father against son, cousin against cousin, and brother against brother. For better or for worse, she made history, and while murder and meddling are despicable, perhaps without her, the Gucci brand wouldn't be all it is today (the company is now worth $6 Billion).
Senora Gucci wielded a particular type of power, but her story illustrates that one must be very careful with how power is wielded. Strength should be used to build, not destroy.
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