Join the fashionable crowd on Friday, November 4th for an excitingly unique experience, a screening of the new documentary based on Marcellas Reynolds first book SUPREME MODELS. I did a review on the book and a profile on Marcellas several years ago (check the nenasnotes archive), both are worth your viewing. I’m beyond thrilled for the success Marcellas has had with his two books, by the way…another is in the works!!!!! And now this long overdue film on the iconic black models.

Marcellas with his first book and his personal appearance at one of the monthly nenasnotes The Fashion Book Club meetings.

The evening will include a panel featuring Chicago’s own icons along with the producer and the incredible super model, Veronica Webb….a not to be missed event!

I asked Marcellas for an exclusive quote, here are his thoughts…

“First, I love Chicago, my hometown. I love museums. So much of my work as a writer and now a documentarian is based on reverence for history. This documentary is a love letter to Black women, Black models, and everyone of every race who come together to create the dream of fashion. It’s also a love letter to the city of Chicago.

The panel is comprised of heavyweights in art, business, and fashion. The screening and discussion are a once-in-a-lifetime chance to be part of a global conversation about diversity and inclusion. I can not wait to hear from the members of this incredible group.

I ride hard for my hometown, and I’m always looking for a reason to come home and see my friends. And what better excuse than a glamorous fundraiser at the CHM? I’m looking forward to seeing Chicago turn up and turn it out. It’s going to be a party!”

Thank you Marcellas….here is the invitation….I know you will not want to miss this, get your tickets now!!!!!






Friday, November 4th, 2022, 5:30 – 9:30 PM
Chicago History Museum, 1601 N Clark St, Chicago, IL

5:30-6:30 PM: VIP champagne and caviar reception (limited tickets)
6:30-7:00 PM: Doors open for seating
7:00-8:30 PM: Screening and panel discussion start promptly at 7:00 PM
8:30-9:30 PM: Catered reception and viewing of Treasured Ten: Selections from the Costume Collection exhibitionSponsor or Purchase Tickets

You’re invited to the exclusive Midwest Premiere of Supreme Models, the documentary series based on Marcellas Reynolds’ bestselling book, Supreme Models: Iconic Black Women Who Revolutionized Fashion. Join Marcellas Reynolds, Supreme Model Veronica Webb, Chicago Fashion Icon Ikram Goldman, Fashion Fair Cosmetics CEO Desirée Rogers and DuSable Museum Director of Curatorial Services and Community Partnerships Danny Dunson for a screening, panel discussion, and reception. The series features Iman, Zendaya, Precious Lee, Olivier Rousteing, Joan Smalls, Anna Wintour and many more.

Costume Council Co-chairs Pam Capitanini and John Rogers

Thank You to our Sponsors!

Model Sponsors
Lee Blackwell Baur
Richard and Diane Weinberg

Host Committee
Pamella Capitanini
Princess Greenwood
Rosemary Kallas
John Rogers
Noren Ungaretti

Questions? Please contact Nell McKeown at or (312) 799-2112.


One of my special evening cocktails on my sky deck….photo courtesy of
Mark Olley

This all started on October 13, 2016…how can that be possible!

As I begin year seven I think back of all the posts, I must admit, they have become infrequent…sorry about that…and I no longer repeat, with an update, that first post. I seem to use this space to share upcoming events that interest me and hopefully you. Most are benefiting organizations I believe in and support. I’m still doing book reviews, again not as often as in past years.

What am I up to…I’m still reclusive and continue to do the monthly nenasnotes The Fashion Book and Film Clubs and The Fashion Master Class all are virtual. I’m thrilled to say I now have attendees from all parts of the US. Interested, drop me a note in comments with your email and I can send you details. I also do two monthly blog posts for my beloved Randolph Street Market Newsletter do check that out, as well as a few other free lance writing assignments. The last was in the October issue of CHICAGO STAR MEDIA, our newest monthly print and on line local paper…do subscribe if you don’t already…everyone’s favorite Chicagoan, Candace Jordan, is the Associate Publisher so you know you will get ALL the latest scoop on what’s going on in our incredible city!

A short post….what’s up next, who knows. Will I promise to post more often, I can’t promise but will do my best, I’d love for you to tell me what you would like to know about…more books, fashion history, recipes…do leave suggestions in the comments. I’m anxious to hear from you.

Stay safe and well….until we meet again….cheers!