Fashioning “Empire” (Part 1): Notes on Cookie Fierceness

April 14, 2015

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If you are not watching “Empire” and getting into this haute-ness they are giving you each week, I don’t know what to say. Luckily, you have us to keep you posted through a series of posts called “Fashioning Empire” in which we’ll focus on one character each time. First up, the Queen of Empire Records herself, everyone’s favorite television drama character of the moment, Cookie Lyon as played by Oscar nominate actress and NAACP Image Award Entertainer of the Year, Taraji P. Henson.

When the show starts Cookie is released from prison after serving seventeen years in prison separated from her (now ex) husband and three sons. The major plot line is that the company was founded with money that belonged to Cookie, and after seventeen years she is returning to what is a multimillion dollar company and looking for her cut of the riches while looking *Nene Leakes voice* “rich, VERY rich” while doing it. Every damn scene Cookie is slaying life with her fashions and looking at everybody like  you not ’bout that Glamourtunist life! I mean, in just the one photo above — get into his fur stole, this dress tailored within an inch of its life, this cuff, this lipstick, this hair! Girl, werrrrk !!!! Life has been given ! The costume designer and stylist Rita McGhee is killin’ it with these fashionS on the show. I especially enjoy and see lots of references for Cookie’s fashion on the show. From the characters Domonique Devereaux on “Dynasty” as portrayed by the one and only Ms. Diahann Carroll …

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… To the hip hop glamour and luxury of the Empress of Hauteness herself, stylist June Ambrose, and another legendary fashionista, stylist and socialite Misa Hylton Brim. I’m here for it! We will be watching and tweeting the show and commenting on its fashion each night it airs. Come join us over on twitter following @Glamourtunist each week an original episode airs.



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