PRIVATE ICON: MARTHA + THE VANDELLAS

callin' out around the world, are you ready for a brand new beat?

The presidential election has finally come to an end, but we're still feeling the residual patriotic-ness and our annual America issue is on stands right now. Which is why each Private Icon this month hails from an iconic, American neighborhood that was pivotal in the development in our country's music history. So get ready for a few really good flashbacks and prepare to pay your respects to some women you should channel every morning when you zip up your skinny jeans.

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.


PRIVATE ICON MARTHA  THE VANDELLAS