PRIVATE ICON: MARTHA + THE VANDELLAS
callin' out around the world, are you ready for a brand new beat?
We've revisited Laurel Canyon's Michelle Phillips, before traveling all the way east for some inspiration from Debbie Harry in New York City's Lower East Side. And this week we're heading to the Midwest for dose of Motown funk, courtesy of Martha and the Vandellas. With hits including "Dancing in the Street" and "(Love is Like a) Heat Wave," the soulful trio rose to mega-fame in the 1960s, but a week rarely goes by where we don't feel a sudden urge to blast them in the office. Aside from the brilliant doowop hits, Martha and the Vandellas knew how to entertain a crowd--and they always did it in style. From matching turquoise one-piece suits paired with pea coats and pearls, to colorful pop shift dresses with big hair and black cat eyes, Martha Reeves and her girls mixed a perfect combination of girly vogue and gospel cool.