Susan Holmes McKagan: The Velvet Rose (with Miss J)

Tuesday April 16: 7:00PM 8:00PM

Buy a copy of The Velvet Rose or a $15 gift card in-store to attend.

Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the event.

In the early nineties, Scarlet, a painter and high fashion model, finds herself working in some of the world’s most famous fashion capitals. As her adventure continues, she meets Johnny of The Westies, an up-and-coming band on the cusp of superstardom. What ensues is an unhinged ride of a novel following the audacious lead female protagonist as she navigates her life through fame, addiction, infidelity, and all the ups and downs of dating a legendary musician from one of the biggest rock bands in history. A riveting and heartfelt journey of figuring out one’s own path and championing that aspect to finding their dreams. Rich in spirit and relatable for all those who have ever had the courage to chase their dreams and pursue an unconventional path in this glorious world. A page-turner, frequently injected with laugh-out-loud humor, front row seat of fun debut that is being heralded as the earnest generation of authenticity of a nineties voyage, Susan Holmes McKagan shines in The Velvet Rose.

Join us as Susan talks about her book with Miss J. Alexander, runway coach and television icon from America's Next Top Model!

Susan Holmes McKagan is a well-known, experienced, and credentialed writer. Her columns regularly appear on the coveted front-page cover stories for The Huffington Post and PopWrapped. She also happens to be an international supermodel, having graced covers for Vogue, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, W, Playboy, and Maxim to name a few. Susan has walked the catwalks in Paris, Milan, and New York for such prestigious designers as Chanel, Versace, Prada, Calvin Klein, Valentino, Marc Jacobs, YSL, Armani, and many more. She’s been married for nearly two decades to Rock & Roll Hall of Fame legend Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses and Grammy Award–winning Velvet Revolver. Susan writes on a myriad of subjects, and has a plethora of published top-tier interviews with some of the world’s leading artists, athletes, humanitarians, scientists, celebrities, designers, authors, and musicians. She develops and designs her own high-end brand of eco-friendly resort wear, Susan Holmes Swimwear, and her designs have been featured on covers from Sports Illustrated to People magazine. While living on the West Coast between her homes in Seattle, Los Angeles, and San Diego--or on a GN’R airplane--Susan dedicates most of her time to her two daughters, various charitable organizations, her incorrigibile but cute pug, and her sweet husband.

As a former model, runway coach, author and television personality, J. Alexander, affectionately known as Miss J, is a cultural pioneer.  Having carved out his own lane to succeed in fashion, entertainment and business, Miss J. has become a glamorous fixture in model artistry, an inspiration to the LGBTQ community, and an innovative icon to fans worldwide.

Born and raised in the South Bronx, J. is the seventh of ten children born to parents Julius and Mary Jenkins.  J.’s passion for art and creativity was evident in his skillful ability to merge street and chic in his glamorously androgynous every day appearances.

J’s prolific fashion career began in the 1980s as a model before his legendary “runway walk” eventually earned him a coveted position as a 1990s global runway coach, where he helped guide the careers of hundreds of models and glamazons.  For more than twenty years, J.’s expertise has been instrumental in backstage productions and fashion shows for some of Europe’s most venerable fashion houses including Valentino, John Galliano, Nina Ricci, and Dior, just to name a few.  J. also lent his talents to some of America’s most lauded designers and brands, including a tenure position at the legendary hip hop label Baby Phat, where J. collaborated with uber model and businesswoman Kimora Lee Simmons and her then-husband, fashion mogul, Russell Simmons.

As an author and a television personality, J. won international acclaim in 2005 for his fashion flair after former protégé and supermodel Tyra Banks handpicked J. to co-star as a runway coach and judge on the popular reality series America’s Next Top Model (ANTM).  It is on this program where J. earned the moniker Miss J. and where audiences got a glimpse at J.’s over-the-top style.

Miss J. has made numerous and regular appearances on various American television shows including E!’s Fashion Police, Live with Regis & Kelly, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and the Mo’nique Show, as well as on international versions of the Top Model franchise, such as Russia’s Next Top Model, Britain’s Next Top Model, Canada’s Next Top Model and Finland’s Next Top Model.  J was also a judge and producer of seasons 2 and 3 of I Supermodel, a Chinese television series and modeling competition that reached over 280 million views.

In 2009, Miss J. won a Teen Choice Award for the category of TV: Fab-u-lous.  He is the author of Follow the Model and is currently developing a documentary on his career.

Miss J. resides in New York and Paris.

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