She’s powerful using her words, secure with all her beauty, and grounded in her beliefs. There’s a lot to learn from Tracee Ellis Ross when it comes to living your best life, but for now I’ve compiled seven style lessons from 2017. Though she’s spent most of her career in the entertainment industry, she’s no stranger to fashion. Whether she’s styling herself in an empowering message t-shirt or rocking a Chanel gown with cornrows and bantu knots, she’s nothing short of an effortless force.

Tracee Ellis Ross Style

Lesson #1: It’s fashionable to stand out in color.

Tracee is not afraid of bold hues. When in couture, go bright or stay home.

Tracee Ellis Ross Style

Lesson #2: Don’t be afraid to mix prints and patterns.

Whether you use one base color or two, go all the way with confidence. Trust in yourself.

Tracee Ellis Ross Style

Lesson #3: You can wear anything at any age.

It’s no secret that Tracee is 45 years young and wears lipstick to the gym. Keyword: gym.

Tracee Ellis Ross Style

Lesson #4: Cherish vintage pieces, forever.

Whether it’s a YSL dress or a Agnes B. button down from high school. Tracee loves to re-wear in a new way.

Tracee Ellis Ross Style

Lesson #5: Don’t hide your accessories nor leave your red lipstick at home.

She’s a Golden Globe winner and #TimesUp advocate, dress for what you believe in + manifest in your truth.

Tracee Ellis Ross Style

Lesson #6: Be your own stylist – and kill it.

Be feminine, be aware, above all, be your definition of alluring. Don’t let society define your style.

Tracee Ellis Ross Style

Lesson #7: Pose often + have fun doing it.

Can we have Tracee on the cover of US Vogue for 2018? Please & thank you Anna Wintour.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley slayed in an AW ’15 Burberry Prorsum plunging neckline dress and a pair of Burberry nude wrap sandals. She attended the Burberry ‘London in Los Angeles’ event held at the Griffith Observatory last night. She was accompanied by her long-time beau Jason Statham. The floral details were flawless against her model figure. She is no stranger to attention and her confidence was well received.

Charles James: Beyond Fashion | Sarah Jessica Parker in Oscar de la Renta, 2014

Through the years, the Met Gala has served as the most elite fundraising event amongst the A-list society. Two months from now, the event will take place with designers, models, celebrities and well known industry figures in attendance. Each year the theme of that year’s Costume Institute exhibition is celebrated and the exhibit inspires the formal dress of the night. As one of the most exclusive nights of the year, the red carpet is scrutinized for the most fashionable. I’ve compiled a list of visuals of the best dressed women to have attended the “Oscars of the East Coast” over the years. x

Punk: Chaos to Couture | Beyonce in Givenchy, 2013

Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations | Kate Bosworth in Prada, 2012

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NYFW is over and for the first time ever I wasn’t interested to be apart of it. Fashion Week has become a celebrity focused week long event. During the Fall/Winter 2015 shows, it was hard to focus on the runway when your favorite reality stars are front row taking selfies. The designers who’ve worked extremely hard on their collections and the PR agencies who’ve spent months putting together the most awe-inspiring event to showcase these great collections, all for the Kardashian clan to receive the most press and coverage on North West and her tantrums. Why is this acceptable?

I miss when the fashion industry was smaller, when supermodels like Linda Evangelista, Amber Valletta, and Stephanie Seymour dominated. Remember when designers were celebrities? When did it stop being about the clothing and start being about what celebrity will be there. I’m not saying they are ruining Fashion Week, but the overkill is. A-list individuals are making it hard to focus on the fashion. While editors and buyers are trying to connect with a look walking down the runway, how can they pay attention while a toddler is crying her eyes out. Remember when a fashion show was an exclusive thing? Some people should go back to watching shows on TV or streaming live online. With Lincoln Center no longer the home of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, I hope to see changes for September.

Besides the conversations about the brutally cold weather this past week, it was all about Kanye West. The man was everywhere. Starting with his overly hyped collaboration with Adidas. To be honest, nothing showcased was flattering and as a young adult I wouldn’t wear any of it. Remember when Kanye presented his line in Paris in 2012? Way better collection if you ask me. NYFW is a joke, and until something changes it will remain a spectacle that I can’t take seriously. Going forward with a career in this industry, I advocate most strongly in favor of the fashion and its designers. Celebrities can be praised at the after parties. x