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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Socialite-ing: Celebration of Bob Marley's Fashion Legacy

On Tuesday night, I had the privilege of being with my fellow Socialista NYers as we celebrated the life and fashion of Bob Marley. It felt like a little piece of Jamaica came to NYC at The Apartment (my new venue obsession). Usually at events, there isn't really any food, so you don't expect too much. But I was thoroughly surprised when I saw catering was by Miss Lily's. I have never had Miss Lily's before, and dolls, was I missing out. Miss Lily's specializes in Jamaican cuisine. We all were treated to Jamaican patties (chicken or callaloo), Cod fish critters, and Jerk chicken skewers. Needless to say, I made multiple visits to the food table. I definitely fell off my gluten-free wagon for this one. I really didn't know what to expect at this event, probably because I just rsvp'd without really reading, but Amy of Midtown Girl hosted the night (in a vintage Pucci-esque dress I might add), and introduced us to the Bob Marley Movie. I have always been a fan of Bob Marley. He is an icon and legend. What the movie made sure of, from the preview we saw (I wish we could've watched the whole movie because the clip was just that good), is that you walked away with a better understanding of who Bob Marley was as a person and musician. Sometimes we tend to have this perception of him as a pot-smoking reggae genius, no offense, but that does not even skim the surface. After the preview clip, we were able to skype with Cedella Marley (daughter). Unfortch, she wasn't able to make it to the event...but skyping was just as lovely. She's gorge and funny! She's also a talented fashion designer. Not only did she team up with Puma to create the uniforms for the Jamaican 2012 Olympic team (major!), her collection is also sold at Zion's Rootswear. Sidenote on the Olympic uniforms: we found out that each of the jackets have a Bob Marley quote inscribed on the inside, "so it's like he is always with them.," Cedella mentioned. How special is that! Some of her designs were on display too so we could see them up close. Her father was her main inspiration...someone who wasn't trying to be cool but just was.
It was a fabulous event and I was so happy I was there! I got the coolest gift bag ever filled with a Bob Marley cosmetic case (that I will be using boastfully) and a Cedella Marley Designs tee. We all had One Love for Marley that night. {The Marley Movie debuts in select theatres April 20th.}

Check out my photos (taken with my Bberry) and be sure to watch the trailer below!

Thanks Miss Lily's!




I enjoyed the white wine!

Midtown Girl blogger Amy
looking fab.

Watching the Marley preview

Cedella Marley on Skype

Amy asking Cedella questions

Cedella Marley Designs (CMD)






My fave bathing suit of the night!

The tote bags.

I've Got Love tee.














[Synopsis: Bob Marley's universal appeal, impact on music history and role as a social and political prophet is both unique and unparalleled. MARLEY is the definitive life story of the musician, revolutionary, and legend, from his early days to his rise to international superstardom. Made with the support of the Marley family, the film features rare footage, incredible performances and revelatory interviews with the people that knew him best. From Academy Award-winning director Kevin Macdonald (One Day In September, The Last King of Scotland) comes the story of a towering figure of musical history, whose music and message has transcended different cultures, languages and creeds to resonate around the world today as powerfully as when he was alive. MARLEY made its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival and will make its North American premiere at SXSW. Magnolia Pictures will release theatrically and on VOD on Friday, April 20th.]
 

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