Resort 2012 Fashion Week: My Top 4

June 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

It’s always fun to experience and watch shows during Fall and Spring fashion weeks, but what does one do when the shows are over? That’s where Resort/Cruise collections come in! These collections fill in the void for fashion shows once the big seasons are over. Displaying clothing fit for exotic vacations and summer cocktail parties, the Resort season provides buyers & customers with practical clothing that can be enjoyed before the Spring/Summer season rushes in come September!

This Resort 2012 season was incredibly strong; it took me forever to pick just four collections. The looks were bold, fresh, colorfully printed, modern, and fun! I wish I could review all the collections, but you wouldn’t want to read all that 😛

So, I present to you my top 4 Resort collections!

4. Versace – New York

Donatella Versace is a master when it comes to bold prints and sexy silhouettes, and this Resort collection highlights just that. I like this collection because of the usage of black and white, while adding bright splotches of color. The contrast of girly shapes and darkly abstract prints makes for an interesting collection.

View the entire collection here

3. Celine – New York

Even though Phoebe Philo obviously look influences from other designers (ie. floral prints a la Balenciaga), I still find this collection fresh and very Parisian cool. I really appreciate how the bold design and prints remained focused on the body, thanks to the clean lines and classic tailoring. The mussed-up hair brings down the collection as well, making it more approachable.

View the entire collection here

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Arctic Monkeys- Suck It And See: Album Review

June 24, 2011 § 7 Comments

I am a huge alternative music fan, especially from British bands. I first discovered the Arctic Monkeys in 2006, and I’ve become a dedicated fan ever since. I fell in love with their witty and poppy tunes sung through heavily accented teeth; their music was always fresh and fun. After delving into a moodier vibe for their 2009 album Humbug, I anxiously waited for the Sheffield-bred band to drop a lighter album reminiscent of their debut released 5 years ago. Suck It And See, released on June 7th 2011, steps away from both sounds and experiments with an All-American 70’s-throwback sound.

The album opens up with “She’s Thunderstorms”, a track that sets the mood for the rest of the album. It is not the strongest of album openers, but it is interesting to hear a new sound coming from the indie band. The tempo speeds up with the gritty “Brick By Brick”, a song that is very rock and roll. But after a few swigs, the song could sound a bit like fellow indie band, The Kills. The first single off the album, “Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair”, is classic Arctic Monkeys. From the puzzling song title to the fuzzy Western film score-esque rhythm, this track is solid.

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Songs of The Summer: My 2011 Playlist!

June 21, 2011 § 1 Comment

Today is the 1st official day of summer, which brings barbeques, walks on the beach, and long nights of dancing! So a summer playlist will clearly follow suit! I’ve gathered a list of my top 12 songs, both old & new, that I’ll be rocking to throughout the next 3 months. Hope you enjoy!

In no particular order:

1. Chris Brown feat. Benny Bennasi Beautiful People (2011)

This songs fully captures the summer spirit: the building techno rhythms, the self-assuring lyrics, and international sound. Also, you can’t get better than Benny Bennasi!

2. Vybz Kartel Go Go Wine (2011)

I have a feeling this song will be on heavy rotation when I visit Jamaica next month. A definite go-to for DJ’s who want to keep the girls dancing!

3. Britney Spears Up N’ Down (2011)

Britney is the Queen of Summer Smashes, and this bonus track off her current album lives up to that title. Click here to read my post about this club banger!

4. Lady Gaga Scheisse (2011)

This song is hands down my favorite track off Mother Monster’s latest record. It is so late ’80s/early ’90s in the best way possible, and the techno-based production is incredible! “I don’t speak German, but I can if you’d like!” OW!

5. DJ Khaled feat. Drake, Lil Wayne & Rick Ross I’m On One (2011)

Leave it to DJ Khaled to give us another song that everyone will be blasting in their drop-tops and spinning endlessly at the clubs. The rap combination is solid; every artist featured brings their A-Game in this song!

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Vogue Paris – June/July ’11: Magazine Review (NSFW)

June 17, 2011 § Leave a comment

The fashion industry never comes without controversy, and Vogue Paris’s June/July issue does just that. Emmanuelle Alt’s third issue as Editor-In-Chief gave many readers (including myself) flashbacks to the heydays of the “Supermodel Era.” Shot by the power duo Mert & Marcus, the Vogue Paris cover paints model Isabeli Fontana as a mini-Linda Evangelista.

While many fashion magazines pay homage to various supermodels, this particular cover stuck out the most. Not because it is the most memorable, but because it is a direct copy of the legendary Steven Meisel’s cover shoot with Linda Evangelista almost 22 years ago. Even though I am not a fan of obvious editorial replicas, I have to admit that I absolutely LOVE this cover!

Isabeli Fontana’s eyes are stunningly piercing, the Lanvin dress suits her curves, and the signature color saturation is impeccable. Luckily, the editorials within are just as strong as the cover. It’s time for the review!

1. Canicule featuring Isabeli Fontana, shot by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott

This editorial shows all the reasons why Isabeli Fontana is one of the top models in the game, and also why she’s one of my favorite models of all time. The way she slants her eyes, positions her body, and models the clothing is simply perfection. I love the hot “Cuban Summer Nights” vibe this editorial gives off. I also love the vibrant color saturation that the photography duo is famous for; it elevates the editorial and makes it feel luxurious and dramatic.

Even though I adore this editorial, I do have to take into consideration that this editorial is a direct copy of Steven Meisel’s editorial for Vogue Italia February 1989, featuring the legendary Linda Evangelista. From the clothing, the make-up, the lighting, and intense poses, the Vogue Paris spread completely replicates the direction of the aforementioned editorial. Fashion is known for plagiarism and copywriting (which is accepted by many), but to do it so blatantly is a bit shocking. Nevertheless, I love the Vogue Paris editorial. It is beautiful, sexy, and captivating. Rating: 5/5

*See snippets of Meisel’s Vogue Italia spread below, and compare as you wish*

Song of the Moment: Led Zeppelin – “I Can’t Quit You Baby”

June 17, 2011 § Leave a comment

For the past few months, I’ve been listening to a lot of blues-rock (both classic and modern). The one band that has been in constant rotation is the legendary Led Zeppelin. When I first delved into rock music back in ’04, the British-bred group was high on my list of bands to look into. After a few years of research (watching interviews & countless live performances, reading biographies, and listening to their discography) Led Zeppelin has become a band that I love and respect. When it comes to rock music, I enjoy it most when it’s blues-ey, stripped down, steamy, and raw. All of these factors are why “I Can’t Quit You Baby” is my song of the moment.

“I Can’t Quit You Baby” is actually a cover from Chicago blues musician Otis Rush. The song is featured on Led Zeppelin’s debut 1969 album Led Zeppelin. But I prefer the 1970 Royal Albert Hall performance edit version off their final studio album Coda (released in 1982). This version speaks to my soul; it is grimy, heart wrenching, and tainted with all things wrong about love. It’s downright beautiful.

I love it because it is a slower tempo than the original, which adds to the classic blues feel.  “I Can’t Quit You Baby” is a song about someone struggling in a relationship and trying to find the energy to get out. The stretched-out stomp of John Bonham’s drums, the pain-dripped wail of Robert Plant, and the incredible cries of Jimmy Page’s & John Paul Jones’s guitar burns so slowly, and it feels so good. If you are a fan of good, classic rock music I recommend this song to you. It takes you to a place where you may be hesitant to go, but when you reach there you’ll be glad you stayed.

*If you have any favorite blues-rock band or musician (old-school or modern) leave it in the comment box. I love to find out about new music!

Fashion vs. Music: What’s My Next Step?

June 10, 2011 § 3 Comments

As the last few weeks of my internship creep up on me, I’ve been thinking about what it is I really want to do with my career. Fashion has always been my focus ever since I flipped through the pages of the March 2005 issue of US Vogue. From that moment on, I submerged myself in the industry. I taught myself everything there was to know about designers, models, industry teams, positions, editors, etc. After 6 years of researching and about 4 years of interning, I am confident with my love and knowledge of the fashion industry.

But my current internship (I work at a fashion showroom doing Sales, PR, and Merchandising) has made me realize that I have been covering up a hidden desire. I am the head blogger for the showroom; through that experience I began this blog, where I discuss fashion and music. If you look through my posts, it is clear that there are more music posts than fashion. This blog has shown me that, even though I temporarily stopped writing poetry, I still have an innate passion for writing that will NEVER go away no matter how hard I try to stop it. I love writing, and I especially love writing about Music.

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