Miami, FL (CNS) – Russell Simmons was at the Setai, a luxury hotel in Miami Beach’s Art Deco district, to host his Argyleculture fashion show, highlighting the latest designs from Phat Farm’s newest collection. Simmons hosted what can only be described as a signature event with several celebrity cameos. Before the runway, Simmons took some time to talk with AHN’s Leslie Juvin Tennant and wasn’t shy about expressing his support for Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL).
This fashion event garnered attention from various big-name celebrities like “American Idol” stars Ryan Seacrest, Simon Cowell, and Randy Jackson along with actress Gabrielle Union. Miami’s finest also mixed with models and the two newest names at Slip n Slide records, Reggae/Hip Hop sensation Camar and R&B sweetheart Shonie.
On the runway, the fashion of Argyleculture characterizes Miami’s eternal summer vacation. A blend of plaids, stripes, pastels and the crisp lines of each ensemble gave each look a highstyle, yet approachable feel. This collection can only be worn in the most tropical and laid back locations, but speaks for the Caribbean lifestyle that embodies Miami.
Navarrow Wright, Simmons’ business partner who serves as CEO and President of GlobalGrind.com, one of the event’s sponsors, gave AHN an exclusive interview and shared his website’s vision to mobilize America’s youth.
“Global Grind is a next generation content destination for the hip-hop demographic,” Wright explained. “It pulls content from hundreds of websites that appeal to the Hip Hop audience and lets them decide what content is most popular, what the audience needs to know about and we’re the ultimate destination for the audience.”
“I’m happy to be here. The combination of Fashion Show and the one year anniversary of Global Grind, Russell and I’s joint venture. We’re really taking it to new heights… I’ve known Russell for about 8 years now. This is our second business venture together. The first was 360 Hip Hop which was sold to BET and about a year ago we got together and said you know what? Let’s do it again,” Wright said.
Later, when asked if GlobalGrind has a political leaning, Wright chuckled and told AHN that “Russell likes to say that we’re as bipartisan as Fox News and lets leave it at that.”
AHN also asked Simmons if he would like to see Obama hit the campaign trail in Argyleculture, Simmons said the chances were good since the entrepreneur planned to join the Illinois senator on Saturday.
AHN’s Leslie Juvin Tennant contributed to this article.