Partying With The Dukes Of Melrose

jodywatley_dukesofmelrosepartyI attended a smashing party this week presented by Harper’s Bazaar and MCM for Bravo Television’s upcoming new series “The Dukes Of Melrose”, starring Christos Garkinos and Cameron Silver of Decades Inc.  A wonderful time was enjoyed by all! Festive music playlist, full bar and delicious hors d’oeuvres

I came out of my basic black and rocked a vibrant green tunic by Stella McCartney – going for an effortless chic vibe. I kept the make-up minimal with a slight smoky eye, lashes, bronzer on my cheeks and a hint of a NARS pale peach color (can’t read the name on the bottom..need a magnifying glass, lol). The studded black MCM clutch gave it the look a hint of edge, as well as a spiked bracelet – fashion forward. My pumps had a hint of orange for an additional burst of color. I almost chose to wear fuchsia pink pumps but really happy I went with the nude, orange and black combo.

JodyWatley_kiss_on_cheek_ChristosGarkinos_BravoTV_DukesofMelroseParty_2013I was so in love with my friend Christos Garkinos of Decades and his red Paul Smith suit. He’s so excited about the show as are all of his friends, clients and family many of whom were in attendance at the Sunset Tower in West Hollywood, California for the soiree and preview clips.

Photo’s: Christos Garkinos via Getty Images


Jody Watley. Christos Garkinos. Harper’s Bazaar. Fendi Resort 2013 Reception.

Attended a casually chic cocktail reception at Fendi, The Beverly Center in Los Angeles. Christos Garkinos of Co-Owner of Decades, Avril Graham Executive Fashion and Beauty Editor of Harper’s Bazaar, and Carlota Espinosa CEO and Co- Founder of were co-hosts presenting Fendi Resort 2013.

Jody Watley and Christos Garkinos, Co-Owner of Decades.

Upper left, bottom left and bottom right photo’s:

Upper right photo: Jody Watley and Christos Garkinos.

Jody Watley Photographed by Francesco Scavullo. Classic Style.

“..making a substantial dent in the annuals of pop history..” – Harper’s Bazaar, Jody Watley 1988 photographed by legendary Francesco Scavullo.

“The label at the time didn’t want to pay the fare for the trip to New York, not understanding how appearing in a fashion magazine would help sell records or raise the artists profile..but I knew, so I paid for the trip myself. It wouldn’t be long before labels would soon get it. I was familiar with the work of Scavullo because he’d photographed one of my inspirations growing up Diana Ross and I was an avid reader of VOGUE from childhood because my Mom always bought it. ” – Jody Watley

Stylefile. Naomi Campbell.

Naomi Campbell with Jody Watley, 2007.

Growing up VOGUE and Harper’s Bazaar were always in our home thanks to my Mom. I’d cut out and  tape photo’s to my wall of my favorite clothes and models I looked up to, right along with the music artists I loved in various collages. All of them provided inspiration for me; fueling my own dreams to reach for and achieve.

As I got older my love for style, fashion and great models didn’t wane. I appreciate what they do and learned to work my angles through the lens of models like Naomi Campbell captured by renowned photographers..not to mention appreciating the poetry of ‘the walk’ on the runway. Like dancing,  an individual touch is required to be memorable and Naomi took it to another level from other runway icons.

I’ve been fortunate to meet several of my favorite legendary icons and inspirations including Pat Cleveland, Beverly Johnson and Naomi Campbell – all were incredibly nice and gracious I’m happy to say. This photo of Naomi Campbell and I was taken at a charity event in New York in 2007; I was one of the performers and she was one of the hosts. We were equally enthusiastic to see each other after so many years.

She and I had met over a decade before at a party for Herb Ritts I was attending with my former make-up artist Paul Starr. Naomi was one of Paul’s many famous clients. He’d often tell me anecdotes when he used a new lip color or product on me saying “Ms. Naomi loves this..” – that meant he knew I would too. The night of the Herb Ritts party she took my hand with Paul and introduced me to her friends and other models in attendance proclaiming “This is Jody Watley, my big sister and she makes the best music!” That she was a huge fan of my style and music was of course appreciated and yes – I thought it to be very cool. Even when you’re a famous person – you can still be a fan and have mutual respect..and gush a little.

Naomi recently celebrated her 42 birthday – and of course is still every bit of fierce. Happy Birthday Ms. Naomi!

Check out the photo gallery via British VOGUE:—naomi-campbell/gallery#