February 2010 Vogue

15 01 2010

This February’s issue of Vogue magazine will feature none other than actress Jessica Biel. In the interesting feature article entitled “The Real Biel” I was enlightened by the Vogue journalist’s depiction of Biel. It is a montage of a two-day long interview sprinkled with light humor. Pretty thought-provoking if I do say so myself.

The actress also did a photo shoot mostly shot on sight in Malibu, California with fashion photographer Mario Testino. Below are some of the featured photos from the photo shoot.

Photo: Mario Testino

The photo above definitely depicts the classic American beauty. Here Jessica wears a Ralph Lauren Collection striped cotton shirt, RRL Ralph Lauren Douglas vest, and a Slane & Slane single-braid necklace.

Photo By Mario Testino

This photo was titles “Home on the Range”. Pretty much speaks for itself. Here Biel is in a RRL Ralph Lauren indigo-striped cotton jacket, Ralph Lauren Collection denim overalls with a Belmont blue-striped cotton shirt, and Fiorentini + Baker shoes. The photo was shot on location at Hope Ranch Animal Rescue in Malibu.

Photo By Mario Testino

Epitome of elegance. In this photo titled “Strike a Pose”, Jessica Biel does just that in a Adrienne Landau marabou jacket, Oscar de la Renta beaded silk chiffon gown and silver rope belt; accessorized with Van Cleef & Arpels diamond earrings and bracelet. The photo was shot on location at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa in Malibu.

Photo By Mario Testino

Jessica Biel just GLOWS in this Haider Ackermann peacock-blue stretch silk top paired with Martin Katz Beverly Hills diamond drop earrings. Another elegant shot.

Check out Jessica Biel’s feature in the February issue of Vogue; hitting stands soon. Or you can find the edited version of the article “The Real Biel” at Vogue.com.





My Favorite Couple

12 01 2010

My favorite model Chanel Iman & her long time boyfriend Christopher Smith are the CUTEST thing I’ve laid eyes on!

Sure makes me miss being in a relationship… lol

Check out some of these pictures I gathered of the two of them…

ON VACATION IN THE BAHAMAS

ON VACATION IN THE BAHAMAS

THEY ARE TOO CUTE

THIS IS WHAT EVERY GIRL WANTS

THEY ARE TOO PERFECT

PEEP THE PICTURE OF THEM ON HER MIRROR

SO GLAMOROUS

OUT FOR A STROLL

I LOVE THESE TWO

I WANT SOMETHING LIKE THIS

THATS WHAT I CALL A GOOD LOOKING COUPLE

I HOPE THEY ARE AS HAPPY AS THEY LOOK





I’m Back Like I Forgot My iPhone

11 01 2010

SO SO SO TRULY SORRY ABOUT THE HIATUS!!!!

I AM ONLY HUMAN… been working my ass off and I haven’t been able to focus any attention on my blog. However, I am BACKKK ! Hope you all have missed me :-).

I hope everyone is enjoying 2010 so far! Wishing everyone nothing but bliss this coming year. My goal throughout this year is to be able to keep up a positive/productive attitude. Every New Year I’m sure many of you make resolutions to make changes but fall off by mid January. Happens to me every year… Not this time! I am really focused on making this positive change.

The best approach would start with letting go of all negative things ((genuinely)). To start it off I’ve put all the negativity that came with 2009 behind me. Holding grudges only weakens the soul… real shit. It is really hard to forgive & forget but if you can genuinely manage the “forgiveness” part I guarantee you will feel like a load has been lifted off your shoulders. By forgiveness I merely mean sincerely LETTING GO of the things that have any negative value. We can’t just forget all the bad things that happen as much as I wish we could but trust me, it is such a RELIEF to not carry any hate/anger into this year.

The next step is not allowing in any current negativity. This has to be the hardest part… but I am trying! Last but not least I think what will really makes this process effective is bringing in as much positivity as you can. This would be basically anything that could better your self. Whether it be enjoying yourself in the social aspect, studying and focusing on doing well in school, getting a spiritual connection with God, etc… anything that betters you! With that being said I hope everyone decides to join my movement in making positive and progressive personal changes that will actually last!

In the words of Jay-Z:

“Survive the droughts, I wish you well.

How sick am I? I wish you health!

I wish you wheels, I wish you wealth!

I wish you insight so you could see for yourself!”

NOW BACK TO FASHIONNNN 🙂





Let’s Get Personal

24 11 2009

MODEL: ME!!!!

PHOTOGRAPHED BY: JJ Miller | HAIR BY: Yojanse Jimenez

So over the past year my therapist (yes, I see a therapist… no, I’m not crazy LOL) mentioned that it would be beneficial to start a blog or journal to express my thoughts, interests, etc. After taking her thoughts into consideration, I felt that it would be therapeutic to get my thoughts down on paper or on screen in my case. After months of dragging my feet at the end of September I finally made it a point to start my very own web log site… and HERE I AM! For those of you who have been following my blog it is greatly appreciated and the support shows in my blog statistics so THANK YOU :-).

Although my initial intentions for the blog were to discuss personal topics and feelings it took a different turn. Actually being seriously passionate about fashion unlike many self-proclaimed “fashionistas”, fashion became the focus. Everyone loves clothes and dressing up, looking nice, but fashion is more than clothes, its more than what captures the eye (I could go on forever but I’ll save this topic for another time). Since fashion is so important to me most of my posts have been associated with fashion.

This post is an introduction to a new side of my blog that I am launching. It will be more personal. I’ll be posting blogs about things myself and others around me go through, whether it be at school, work, in relationships or family. I hope to get more comments and feedback on these posts so I can survey your observations and feelings about what I think.

Of course I will continue to write my informative entertainment and fashion entries… but there will be so much MORE!

On that note : stay tuned for the side of “h0llywo0d” beyond the hills ;-).






SHOW ME THE METAL

18 11 2009

Metal fashion has made its way into music videos by artists such as Lady Gaga & Beyonce this past year. This “Metal Couture” is becoming the staple of futuristic fashion. MANUEL ALBARRAN was one of the only metal fashion designers in the industry, however I’ve noticed a few more emerging with increasing popularity of futuristic looks. MANUEL ALBARRAN has been dedicated to research a new artistic concept of metal by creating his line of Metal Couture. His work is developed through a unique combination of metals along with different materials & techniques for fashion, art & cinema. I’m sure these designs aren’t geared for everyday life, but of course for a photo shoot or music video it can definitely be a fabulous head turner :-).

BELOW ARE PHOTOS OF THE MOST RECENT PIECES BY MANUEL ALBARRAN

HE WENT WITH A SUPERHERO THEME WHICH INCLUDED DOMINATING METAL ACCESSORIES.

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ONE WORD —–> FABULOUS!!!!





Fashion Forecast

17 11 2009

AS FAR AS TRENDS GO, THERE IS NO DOUBT IN MY MIND THAT THE PIECES FROM DESIGNER READY-TO-WEAR (RTW) COLLECTIONS WILL BE IMITATED & EVENTUALLY FLOOD THE DEPARTMENT STORES & BOUTIQUES THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. TRENDS ARE GREAT & THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH BEING DEVOTED TO TRENDS…. THERE IS ALSO NOTHING WRONG WITH TAKING THE MORE SINGULAR ROUTE BY JUST WEARING WHAT LOOKS GREAT ON YOU 🙂

Spring 2010 Ready-to-Wear Collections

I’ve chosen to showcase two top designers who have collections for Spring 2010 that stood out of the box.

I have picked 6 of my favorite pieces from each runway show.

*BALENCIAGA*

This fashion house is a personal favorite. Designer Nicolas Ghesquiere has given Balenciaga it’s standing as a truly UNIQUE line especially in comparison to most major fashion labels. The Spring 2010 collection had such a significant spark because it is literally different from the things other designers have constructed for the season. “I wanted to do something urban. No more history for the moment!” Nicolas said backstage before sending out the Balenciaga 2010 Spring line that put the high fashion in street athleticism.

Not only does Balenciaga dominate when it comes to being distinct, this house is world renown for quality & intricate engineered designs all the way down to the fabrics.

The intricacy is not necessarily visible to the eye in the photographs. For example, the popular “hoodie” designs in this collection are engineered from molded leather, woven jersey & nylon foam (never even been attempted in the past). The boots in this collection have ankle sections constructed with either hand-loomed fabric or a meltdown of white, blue & green strips of leather, laser-compressed into a striated mixture. What looks like “jeans” from a distance is actually vegetable-dyed leather. Way to push the limits.

Below are runway photos of my 6 favorite pieces from this collection…

( Notice the “urban-warrior” make-up… FABULOUS!!! )

Model: Magdalena Frackowiak
Model: Freja Beha Erichsen
Model: Chanel Iman
Model: Sasha Pivovarova
Model: Egle Tvirbutaite

Model: Johanna Kneppers

This urban collection took the generalized high fashion look to new lengths…

The next collection is another line that stood out amongst the leading designers.

*D&G*

Domenico Dolce & Stefano Gabbana never seize to amaze me! This Spring collection takes us on a sexy ride back to the wild wild west. From faded denim snap-front shirts, creamy blouses, distressed boyfriend jeans, all the day down to laser-cut suede bloomers & minis. This collection was so out of the box!

I love how the Dolce & Gabbana house just picks a theme then runs with it to the finish line.

What else was in this collections??

  • Fanny packs
  • Bandanas
  • Mail bags
  • Studded leather cowboy boots
  • Saddle-leather bustier dresses
  • Tiered maxi skirts
  • Ruffled suede cowboy boots
  • A few tailored pieces

Below are runway photos of my 6 favorite pieces from this collection…

( Notice the aviator shades that just put a cherry on top 🙂 )


Model: Abbey Lee Kershaw

Model: Kelsey Van Mook

Model: Heloise Guerin

Model: Natalia (no last name)

Model: Sessilee Lopez

Model: Heloise Guerin

Stay tuned for other Spring 2010 designer collections in upcoming posts !

🙂





Chanel & Jourdan Take TeenVogue

3 11 2009
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Jourdan & Chanel's teenVOGUE cover

These two young supermodel’s are bringing much-needed diversity into the fashion industry. The November issue of teenVOGUE showcases the industries leading black models. I love them both!

Jourdan Dunn

Nineteen-year-old Jourdan Dunn was discovered at a chain store in her native London by the same agency that lifted Kate Moss out of obscurity. She quickly established herself in the fashion elite with a history-making turn on the runway at Prada—the five-foot-ten Brit was the first black model to walk a Prada show in over a decade, the last one to do so having been Naomi Campbell in the nineties. “Everyone kept saying, ‘Jourdan, you know how huge it is if you do this,'” she says. “Prada is notorious for cancelling girls last minute, so I was like, Okay, I’m confirmed, but I’m not going to get all excited until I’m actually on the runway. As I was lining up, I was still thinking, Any minute now they can come round and tell me, ‘Jourdan, you’re not doing the show.’ So once I turned the corner and stepped onto the runway, I was like, Oh my God, I’m doing Prada!'”

Chanel Iman

For those of you who have never opened a magazine before, here’s a little background on Chanel. Her full name is Chanel Iman Robinson. Yes, she was named after that Chanel; no, not after that Iman (her cousin happens to share the name with the seventies supermodel). Chanel grew up in Los Angeles, signed with Ford Models at twelve, landed her first Vogue cover at sixteen, and now at eighteen is one of the youngest Victoria’s Secret models in the company’s history. She’s appeared as a guest judge on America’s Next Top Model, hosted by another former super (she calls Tyra Banks “my mentor”). She’s assumed such a high profile that her name regularly pops up in gossip columns like “Page Six,” which have romantically linked her to everyone from Kanye West to music producer Ryan Leslie. She claims both are “just friends.” Her actual boyfriend, who hangs out on the sidelines during the interview, is, by her own account, “just a regular guy.”

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Last month the Jourdan Dunn and Chanel Iman also appeared together along side models Sessilee Lopez and Arlenis Sosa Pena for the September 2009 cover of i-D magazine. The magazine’s black models cover has the four supermodels winking against a backdrop of colorful graffiti.

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At the shoot the girls discussed the difficulty of being an “ethnic” model in today’s fashion industry.

Jourdan says on the topic, “There are loads of black models working and the idea that there’s only a few of us, or four of us, to let in as top models at any one time is just bullsh*t. It creates an unnecessary competition when we should be standing together.” Chanel adds in, “It usually takes an ethnic girl — I’m not saying black, I’m saying ethnic, let’s make that clear — twice as long. We’ve gotta work extra-hard to stay in the game and stay with the girls who do well but aren’t ethnic.  Some girls can skip seasons, but us ethnic girls, we cannot skip a season because that’ll kill us.” However, Jourdan will actually be out for a season considering her pregnancy. Jourdan keeps her boyfriend very private but she did say at the shoot, “My boyfriend didn’t even know I was a model when I started going out with him and we’ve been together for three years now. It’s hard, you never really know whether people want to be around Jourdan or Jourdan Dunn, and he’s been there from when I was just Jourdan.”

A pregnant Jourdan Dunn did make an appearance in Jean Paul Gaultier’s Spring 2010 Ready-to-Wear fashion show…

In her seventh month of pregnancy — she’s due with a boy in December — Jourdan Dunn hit her first catwalk of the season  in a padded cone bra and baby bump plate for Jean Paul Gaultier.

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