Over the last few weeks, I have been writing about the amazing opportunity that I've been given to design a look for a legendary entertainer/actress/singer. She is staging a comeback of sorts since being absent from the public eye for a few years. She caught my eye as a little boy of 9 when I saw her on the silver screen playing a beautiful and sexy, yet tragic character in an all girl singing group. That film was Sparkle and the actress whose beauty hypnotized me was Lonette McKee.
Lonette McKee in "Sparkle" mesmerizes
Gregory Hines & Lonette McKee in "The Cotton Club"
I've followed Lonette's career since then watching her stellar performances in the Oprah Winfrey produced television miniseries The Women Of Brewster Place, Spike Lee's Jungle Fever, Alex Haley's Queen television miniseries where she co-starred with Halle Berry, and in the Francis Ford Coppola directed The Cotton Club among many others. So I am honored to now become a part of her history as she takes her rightful place in the spotlight again at The Algonquin Hotel for what is sure to be a fantastic evening. Performances in the Oak Room begin April 5 and run through April 30. There you will witness this very down-to-earth woman belt out some classic songs and command the room like the seasoned showbiz veteran that she is while you get a very good look at my creation. It's an event you really should NOT miss.