New Music: Azealia Banks – “BBD”

December 31, 2012 § Leave a comment

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What better way to ring in the new year with a fresh dance track? Azealia Banks surprised her fans a few hours ago with a new song, “BBD”.

Produced by Apple Juice Kid and Sup Doodle, “BBD” (or “Bad Bitches Do It”) is a rap song with a bubbly beat that will definitely have people bouncing in the clubs tonight.

If you’re in NYC tonight, check out Azealia Banks performing at The Boom Boom Room!

Happy New Year!!!

Youth & Hysteria: My Blog’s 2012 in review

December 31, 2012 § Leave a comment

I’ve had over 35,000 views in 2012! Thanks so much for reading, commenting and giving feedback over the months. It’s so appreciated, trust me. 2013 will see Youth & Hysteria in its 2nd year. I can’t wait to see what the new year will bring!!

Happy new year! Check out my blog stats below:

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 35,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 8 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

2012: A Year in Fashion

December 29, 2012 § Leave a comment

As 2012 comes to a close with only a few days to spare, I’ve taken the time to look back at all the fashion highlights from this year!

Check out all my top moments below:

Best Fall 2012 Shows: Proenza Schouler &  Celine

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Proenza Schouler Fall 2012

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Celine Fall 2012

Read my reviews here & here!

Best Spring 2013 Shows: Dries Van Noten, Givenchy & Lanvin

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Dries Van Noten Spring 2013

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Givenchy Spring 2013

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Lanvin Spring 2013

These three shows were the definition of the cool, modern woman of 2012. At Dries Van Noten, the designer took the ubiquitous “Grunge” look to another level. The plaids were luxurious and the mix of prints were fun and not clashing at all. With Givenchy, Riccardo Tisci toned down his usual bold look for a silhouette that was more classic yet still had a futuristic edge – thanks to the palette of white, taupe, onyx and robin’s egg blue. For Lanvin, Alber Elbaz re-imagined the Parisienne as a confident and sultry woman -with his tailored suits and shimmering dresses.

Check out the full collections here, here and here.

Editorial of the Year: W Magazine’s March Issue’s “Good Kate, Bad Kate” featuring Kate Moss & shot by Steven Klein

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View the entire editorial here.

Most Controversial Designer: Hedi Slimane

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The news of Hedi Slimane taking over Yves Saint Laurent as creative director broke back in February, around the same time as Raf Simons departed from Jil Sander. Slimane is not one to follow rules, as seen when the designer decided to officially change the name of the luxury company to “Saint Laurent” which was accompanied by a new, sleeker logo. His debut collection for YSL during Spring 2013 fashion week also rattled a few fashion brains. Critics calling it “disappointing and confusing” while fashion buyers praised it as a “classic YSL” collection. Slimane made quite an entrance in 2012 for YSL – let’s see what else he has up his sleeve for 2013!

Model of the Year: Cara Delevingne

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This British beauty single-handedly brought back humor and good fun to the fashion industry. As goofy as she is stunning, Cara Delevingne strutted various catwalks during fashion weeks, dominated editorials from the major magazines like US Vogue, i-D, Elle France and W, and was featured in ad campaigns for Burberry, Chanel and Zara. Plus, her face was plastered all over Tumblr – making her the unofficial “Tumblr girl” of 2012.

WTF Moments of 2012:

Raf Simons out at Jil Sander

Raf Simons replaces Galliano at Dior

Hedi Slimane in at Yves Saint Laurent

Nicolas Ghesquiere departs from Balenciaga

Alexander Wang in at Balenciaga

What were your favorite 2012 fashion moments?

Cheers to 2013!

Photos Courtesy of: Fashionista, Style.com, W Magazine

2012: A Year in Music

December 29, 2012 § Leave a comment

As 2012 comes to a close with only a few days to spare, I’ve taken the time to look back at all the music highlights from this year! This is my most jam-packed post of the year, so get ready!

Pop Song of the Year: “Beauty & A Beat” by Justin Bieber feat. Nicki Minaj

R&B Song of the Year: “Adorn” by Miguel

Hip-Hop Song of the Year: “Mercy” by G.O.O.D Music

Rock Song of the Year: “Switchblade Smiles” by Kasabian

Indie Song of the Year: “Genesis” by Grimes

Electronic Song of the Year: “Don’t You Worry Child” by Swedish House Mafia

Dancehall Songs of the Year: “Gyal A Bubble” by Konshens & “Psycho” by Tommy Lee

Reggae Song of the Year: “Affairs of the Heart” by Damian Marley

Club Anthem of the Year: “Bandz A Make Her Dance” by Juicy J

Click for more music moments of 2012!

New Video: A$AP Rocky – “Long Live A$AP”

December 24, 2012 § 1 Comment

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Despite the recent leak of his debut album Live.Love.A$AP, A$AP Rocky is pushing on and has recently released his latest video for the album’s title track. 

The black+white video, directed by Rocky himself, shows the young Harlem rapper sitting pretty on his throne.

Watch it below:

If you haven’t downloaded it yet, Long.Live.A$AP is available for pre-order now & will drop on January 15.

Listen Here: Snoop Dogg ft. Mavado & Popcaan – “Lighters Up”

December 15, 2012 § Leave a comment

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Snoop Dogg has recently been making the transition to a reggae artist, adopting the moniker “Snoop Lion”. In efforts to prove himself, he has once again teamed up with producers Major Lazer and Dre Skull for his third single “Lighters Up”.

The uplifting song is about unity and loving your fellow brother, but it is ironic how neither Dancehall artist references the other. It is highly probable that the two did not record together. It would have been a more meaningful song – to Jamaicans specifically – if the two had acknowledged each other to continue the end of the Gully/Gaza tension.

Check it out below:

Snoop Dogg’s reggae album Reincarnated  will be released early 2013.

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