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Diana Ross Inspires Chic Boutique In Bed-Stuy

By Patrick Michael Hughes | May 16, 2012 9:03am

BROOKLYN — A Diana Ross-inspired vintage boutique has recently opened in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, offering locals a place to meet, shop and admire vintage and current trends.

Tracy Chambers Vintage and Inspired Clothing takes its name from Diana Ross's character in the 1975 film "Mahogany," a Cinderella story in which Ross plays a Chicago fashion student on a journey to Rome, which leads her into a life of celebrity and activism.

Ross was hailed for her character's polished outfits, ranging from sportswear to cutting edge kabuki–inspired style, some of which were designed by Ross herself.

Helen Williams, an international musical theater performer-turned-boutique owner, used Ross's character to inspire her boutique, which opened to the public in March.

Williams' stylish enclave is located in the basement of the Brooklyn townhouse she has owned since 1999. The boutique caters to the ladies of the neighborhood, not only filling out their wardrobes but also helping other independent businesswomen to have a place to meet and discuss ideas. The boutique hosts many small events centered on community, shopping and a glass of wine.

William’s keen eye for color, pattern and silhouette came through in her store. The boutique carries a well-edited and accessible collection of new and vintage clothing featuring resort like looks as well as many of the top runway trends. Black and gold embellishment inspired by Gucci — sheer white sleeved dresses evocative of Valentino spring 2012 collection, bold patterned prints and print blocking, a noted trend seen during spring shows of New York Fashion Week.

Prints and pattern mash-ups with a jet set feel are the most popular looks for the boutique. Street Chic spotted a number of jumpsuits and pajama looks with bold color and patterns that are ideal for casual summer soirees, or even stylish rooftop cocktails.

Street Chic notes that Diana Ross's seminal 1983 Central Park Concert was released on DVD this week.