Alicia Keys Dazzles on UPTOWN Holiday Issue Cover

UPTOWN Magazine must be pretty pleased with the cover of their holiday issue.

Alicia Keys dazzles and inspires readers, even before we get to check out the cover story on the inside.

The holiday and December/January 2010 issue lands on newsstands December 8, with Keys discussing her latest album, “The Element of Freedom.”

She also touches on singing her new single “Empire State of Mind” with Jay-Z at Yankee Stadium during the World Series, her new company AK Worldwide, and dealing with “rumors and haters.”

This issue also includes “The Uptown Best Dressed List of 2009”–a look at the those individuals who elevate fashion to an art form.

First Lady Michelle Obama, father-daughter team Lenny & Zoe Kravitz, Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter and Obama Administration Social Secretary, Desiree Rogers, are a few who make the list.

31 Rising Fashion Design Icons Make Cut

The Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Board of Directors has added 31 new designers to its membership.

The list was ratified on July 14 and publicly released on the Council’s web site today.

Among the new privileged group are some well known names.

Lorraine Schwartz, jewelry designer, perhaps further popularized by an envied mention on a Jay-Z record, makes the cut.

The Council also welcomes Jason Wu, who caught the First Lady’s attention and set the fashion world abuzz during Inauguration festivities.

The Olsen twins for their ELIZABETH & JAMES, and THE ROW, earn a place among the chosen few, with the CFDA release also noting their business’ expansion to include menswear–a project which will debut in the Fall.

Erin Fetherston, selected to design a Go International line for Target in 2007, Alexander Wang, and Marcella and Johan Lindeberg of William Rast fame, are other names which jump off the page.

The full list reads

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