CULTURE PIE: Chevonne & Raphael

The MCB Project‘s baby cousin The MCB Shop, is having a trunk show next week at Sir & Madame in Hyde Park (Chicago). The trunk show will feature  ready-to-wear turbans, ties, bow-ties, and art-inspired tees.

Geoffrey Holder & Carmen de Lavallade

Geoffrey Holder & Carmen de Lavallade

When you’re creating something, it’s always good to have a companion to share ideas with and to get some feedback (or push back) from. When I think of some of my favorite creative couples, the names Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, Charles and Ray Eames, Geoffrey Holder and Carmen de Lavallade, and Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti come to mind.

When planning the trunk show, I decided to begin by celebrating and highlighting of some of my favorite creative couples. These are companions who, not only love each other, but who inspire each other to produce their very best work. Enjoy!

CHEVONNE & RAPHAEL

Raphael is wearing a Sir and Madame 'Tailored Shirt' in white and The MCB Shop's 'Mister Camo' tie. Chevonne is wearing The MCB Shop's 'An Ode to Blue and Green Music' Turban, The MCB Shop's 'Warhol Is Taken' tee, and Goldie London overcoat (available at sirandmadame.com). Photo by Najee Redd ( @permanentwave)

Raphael is wearing a Sir and Madame ‘Tailored Shirt’ in white and The MCB Shop’s ‘Mister Camo’ tie. Chevonne is wearing The MCB Shop’s ‘An Ode to Blue and Green Music’ Turban, The MCB Shop’s ‘Warhol Is Taken’ tee, and Goldie London overcoat (available at sirandmadame.com). Makeup by Ryan Whitney. Photo by Najee Redd ( @permanentwave)

Her creative niche: PR professional and writer.

His creative niche: filmmaker.

Years together: She said 6 years. He said 5 years. But it really doesn’t matter, does it?

They met: during college at the University of Illinois during a summer research program.

Makeup by Ryan Whitney. Photo by Najee Redd (@permanentwave)

Makeup by Ryan Whitney. Photo by Najee Redd (@permanentwave)

Creative Collaboration: Chevonne co-produced and co-wrote Faux Pas, a short film which was directed by Raphael.

What he loves about her creativity: I love her knack of finding the silver lining in most things. That kind of optimism is contagious yet necessary. She’s a super gifted writer that knows her stuff when it comes to TV and media, but she never shows it off. Love that.

What she loves about his creativity: Raphael is an all-around creative person with a number of gifts. One of the things I admire about him the most is his ease in working with people. I think he thrives when working with actors on films or when working with his students or mentees in class or other video projects. He always has a bigger picture in mind when creating anything and I love that.

Photo by Najee Redd (@permanentwave)

Photo by Najee Redd (@permanentwave)

Why he loves being a “creative couple”: I think the natural humorous chemistry we have in our relationship translates well when we collaborate on ideas, especially when she is or I am working on a screenplay.

Why she loves being a “creative couple”: A benefit for us [being a creative couple] is having a fairly efficient creative process. We have similar tastes and ideas of what we like in music, film, humor, etc. so when working on something, we can get on a roll. Even when we see things differently from a creative standpoint, we can still get our points across and be understood (or just agree to disagree!)

Makeup by Ryan Whitney. Photo by Najee Redd (@permanentwave)

Makeup by Ryan Whitney. Photo by Najee Redd (@permanentwave)

Join Chevonne, Raphael and The MCB Shop at it’s trunk show held at Sir & Madame (Hyde Park location). See details below. If you are unable to attend, you can always visit www.themcbshop.com today!

MCB-Shop-Trunk-Show-Invite

A special note: As I wrote this post, I just learned that Raphael and Chevonne are engaged as of this morning! Congrats lovebirds!

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