Aretha Franklin will sing with Condoleezza Rice

Aretha Franklin and Rice will play together on the stage of Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, on July 27, at a charity concert. Funds raised will be donated for educational programs in the United States.

The press release issued by the Mann Center for the Performing Arts states that the former U.S. Secretary of State will accompany on piano Aretha Franklin, while she will perform some of her hits as “Say A Little Prayer” and “Natural Woman” but also songs included on her latest album, entitled “A Woman Falling Out of Love”.

The former head of Bush administration will also sing several passages of classical music, accompanied by the Philadelphia Orchestra.

The collaboration between the two women is unprecedented both in terms of music and politically.

Rice, a perfect pianist, played in the past with the famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma and other great classical artists, rarely approaching contemporary repertoire.

Politically, everything seems to separate the two women. Aretha Franklin, who sang at the investiture ceremony of President Barack Obama is a supporter of the Democratic Party, while Rice is a convinced republican.

“I think we can do something together, an effort to move beyond the differences, to the benefit of charitable organizations” said Aretha Franklin, referring to the original duo, seeming to deliberately parodying the diplomatic language, so popular her stage partner.

Coco Chanel, 20th century fashion icon

Her style was inspired by men clothing and simple outfits but very expensive.

There are six things that marked the era of Coco Chanel and who made her one of the most influential fashion icons of all time.


In 1923, with the financial support of Pierre Wertheimer, was released the legendary Chanel No. 5 perfume, the first perfume that bears the name of a designer. This was the first of a chain like Chanel No. 19 perfume, Cristalle and Chance.


Chanel No. 5 was and is a star-perfume, because even Marilyn Monroe said in an interview that “with whom you go to bed every night?” she said: “With two drops of Chanel No. 5 ‘.

Even if at that time, most perfumes were floral and sweet, this perfume managed to combine natural essences with those obtained in the laboratory, using about 80 ingredients.





Chanel launched the cardigan jacket in 1925, and the classic black dress a year later.

In 1952, Coco introduced in the designers vocabulary the word “little black dress.”
When she was 71 years old, Chanel introduced again the tailleur di Chanel which was composed of a cardigan-style jacket, a simple skirt with a simple and a shirt. This time the skirts were cut shorter.

In 1954 she returned with power in the world of haute couture. The naturalness of the models has attracted attention again, Chanel continued to create and manage her business until her death in 1971.

3. Audrey Hepburn VS Katharine Hepburn

For her role in ”Coco”, Coco Chanel was unhappy with the idea that her role to be played by Katharine Hepburn, saying she would have been happier if Audrey Hepburn was performing in this role.

4. Coco Avant Chanel (2009)

“Coco avant Chanel” follows the unhappy childhood and early life of famous French fashion designer Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel.

After several years, Chanel has received an Audrey. This time, it was about Audrey Tautou.

Tautou succeeds to be very close of the original image of Chanel, showing elegance and determination behind some clothes and a figure too often untidy.

Although she emphasizes the idea of courtesan, Audrey Tautou is a success Chanel, and we can read on her face determination and ambition.

5. Quotes by COCO CHANEL

“A woman without a perfume has no future.”

‘Fashion which doesn’t reach the street is not fashion’

“A woman has the age that she deserves”

“To be irreplaceable, you must be different.”

“Fashion passes, style remains”

6. Amazing things about COCO CHANEL

6.1 She loved pockets

Coco was so excited by pockets that this has become the main point in creating handbags. More and extremely useful: pockets.

6.2 She made tanned skin a trend

Coco made fashionable the tanned skin when in 1923 she went on a ship to Cannes but she burnt a little.

6.3 Five was her favorite number

Maybe it’s something special about number 5 – enough to create her superstitions and thrills. No.5 perfume was launched on May 5, 1921.

6.4 She never married

Coco Chanel lived many love stories in her life, but never married. Maybe she thought this would remove her from her professional life.

6.5 Her house was the RITZ HOTEL

For more than 30 years, Chanel made the Ritz Hotel in Paris her second home. It is rumored that the German officer, Dincklage whom she had a relationship made all arrangements possible for her stay.

Fashion icons which revolutionized fashion industry

Classic and elegant style, has never failed revolutionizing the fashion world, created trends, current and life stories.

Audrey Hepburn is a standard of beauty and elegance, is considered one of the most beautiful women of all time, her image being used in numerous advertising campaigns.

After having taken the Oscar in 1953 for Holiday at Rome, Audrey Hepburn has become one of the most photographed women of all time.

Even today Hepburn is considered the most important fashion icon of the 20th century. It is practically impossible to talk about Audrey Hepburn style without thinking about Hubert de Givenchy in which the actress has worked for almost all her films.

Black Givenchy dress from the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s was sold in 2006 to over £ 462,000, the highest price for a dress from a film.

Brigitte Bardot sex-symbol of the ’60s has managed to transform the initials B.B. on a legend that will always evoke the beauty, the pleasure of living and freedom.
She worked first as a dummy for major Parisian fashion houses. At the age of 15 years she first appears on the cover of Elle and begins to film in 17 years.
In 1956, she triumphs in the film with premonitory title “Et Dieu créa la femme” directed by Roger Vadim. It is he the one who has launched a new image of femininity, free from the complex, direct, innocent and provocative at the same time.

Grace Kelly has all it takes to be a fashion icon.Grace Kelly created the impression that the elegant look was easy to obtain. She does not follow trends in fashion, but she adapt her style. Classic American beauty, scale model, memorable roles in great movies, a dream wedding and a marriage with a prince and a Hermes bag that bears her name. Grace had the style of a princess in her everyday life and the big screen where she made history with the costumes in The Philadelphia Story, Mogambo and To Catch a Thief.

These fashion icons implemented a dress code and elegancy among first lady, such as Michelle Obama and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy.