July 20, 2011 § Leave a comment
Two weeks ago, Paris proved they were the ultimate fashion capital of the world when the big fashion houses debuted their Fall 2011 Haute Couture collections (which showed from July 4th to the 7th). Couture isn’t meant for every fashion house or company; it needs patience, precision, and critical thought. So I was greatly excited to view these collections. But after viewing and hearing about the various collections, I found only 1 that I truly loved. I present to you my selected review of the Fall 2011 Haute Couture collections!
Many (including myself) were anxious to see Christian Dior’s Haute Couture collection post-Galliano, and what the house gave us was nothing unexpected. John Galliano was known for the creative energy he brought to the house, and this Fall 2011 HC collection did not reflect that. Instead, the ensembles were confusing, loud, and over-the-top. The focus of the collection got lost within neon tulle layers and unnecessary accessories. I hope that Dior’s upcoming Spring 2012 collection finds itself within the high ranks that Galliano once had.
View the entire collection here
Overall Rating: 1/5
July 7, 2011 § Leave a comment
When MGMT’s “Electric Feel” dropped 3 years ago, the world turned on its head. The psychedelic rhythm with Indian influence was a sound that many have never heard before. It was fresh, unique, and a worthy nod to the music of the late 60’s. So when Frank Ocean (of OFWGKTA fame) sampled the track for his 2011’s “Nature Feels” off his debut mixtape Nostalgia, Ultra, it was welcomed by me with open arms.
Since I was already a huge fan of MGMT and their music, I automatically fell in love with Ocean’s take on the smash song. He takes the trippy song and makes it all his own, which is why I love it. “Electric Feel” was already a seductive track, but Frank Ocean took it to a rawer, more open level. His vocals on the track are so fitting as well: clean, enticing, and confident.
In 2011, R&B has been fading in the background behind Pop synths and the allure of grimy Lex Luger beats. But if Frank Ocean continues to stick around and create solid music such as “Nature Feels”, I think R&B will have no problem getting back on its feet.
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July 4, 2011 § 8 Comments
Beyoncé, one of the music industry’s hardest working entertainers, decided to take a year off after her 2009 world tour. When she announced that she was back in the studio working on a new record, ears all around the globe perked up. On June 28th 2011, 4 was released to a swelling amount of anticipation. The set-up of the album mimics 2008’s I Am…Sasha Fierce, as it begins with heavy ballads and ends with club-ready bangers. But what separates 4 from Beyoncé’s prior release is her evident growth and comfortability with herself as an artist, wife, and individual.
The album opens with a slow ballad (1+1), something that artists usually stray away from as it tends to drain the rest of the record. I tend to agree with this testament. While I don’t enjoy the irky high-pitched accents, I appreciate Beyoncé’s vocals in the song. They are clear and ripple with a heartfelt emotion that reflects the song’s loving lyrics.
Party, the only track that has feature artists (Andre 3000 & Kanye West) is just great! I’m not just saying this because I’m a crazy Kanye West fan, but the song is just fun & makes you feel good. The production reminds me of being at a July family cook-out in the early 90’s; who wouldn’t want to relive a memory like that? 4 flaunts its genre-bending capabilities with another track, Rather Die Young, a ballad that will have you reminiscing about Motown soul.