London Fall ’13 Fashion Week: My Top 3

February 26, 2013 § Leave a comment

Fashion month is well underway, with London following NYFW’s lackluster showing. The fashion week over the pond, which ended a week ago, had more innovative concepts than its predecessor. But overall, there weren’t a large number of strong collections.

Nevertheless, I’ve found three collections that I liked. View them below!

3. J.W. Anderson

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In an city that usually displays over-the-top and flashy collections, it is always refreshing to see a simplified yet strong collection. With  J.W. Anderson’s collection for the Fall 2013 season, he proved that simple silhouettes can still have an avant-garde edge. What first drew my attention was the color palette, with stark whites, daring blacks and bold colors like tomato red and mustard yellow – mainly shown in monochromatic looks. The play of leather was cool to see as well, and it gave the otherwise classic looks a street vibe. The clothing was quite architectural yet confined – there was a slight air of derangement.

2. Giles

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Giles Deacon is one of my favorite designers, so I always look forward to his interpretation of classic romanticism in his collections. This season proved no different, with its princess dresses, gold detailing and beautiful tailoring. From the wispy Rapunzel-like hair to the tulle overlays, the collection was a Renaissance painting that came to life. What I enjoy about Giles is while his collections are romantic, he always injects melancholy that elevates his work from clothing to wearable art. The highlight of the collection were the long gowns in the middle of the show that had a print that was layered with gold brocade. Simply stunning. Keep reading…

New York Fall ’13 Fashion Week: My Top 4

February 22, 2013 § 1 Comment

This month marked the beginning of stressed out editors, interns steaming sample dresses and everyone trying to catch the Instagram-approved shot of the runway. That’s right, fashion month is upon us once again!

February 7 was the start of New York Fashion Week, what I call the weakest week of the four – albeit the most sellable. But there were a handful of Fall/Winter 2013 collections that I thought were quite unique and internationally appealing.

Check out my top 4 picks from NYFW below:

4. Cushnie et Ochs

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I’ve been keeping my eye on this young label for a few seasons now, and Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs of Cushnie et Ochs presented a refreshingly cheeky collection for the Fall season. The show opened with a clinical white structured tank and flip skirt, a great start of a well-tailored and downright sexy collection. From the thigh-high slits, swingy skirts and a standout mint-c0lored vinyl secretary dress, the collection combined the sexy librarian and flirty schoolgirl into looks that injected some playfulness that NYFW was lacking.

Click here to view the entire collection!

 3. Diesel Black Gold

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Being a fan of the classic Rock n’ Roll look, I was excited to see it interpreted in a modern way that was so downtown New York. I loved the play on texture: embossed leather, gunmetal studs on the jackets and resin-treated wool pants. The spark of the badass vibe that Diesel’s collection had was appreciated. People who usually associate Diesel with the mall version, which is more suited to guidos, will now see the label in a more high-end lens. There is no doubt the items will sell quickly – every editor will be coveting that perfect leather jacket.

Click here to see the entire collection! Keep reading…

New Video: Kendrick Lamar ft. Drake – “Poetic Justice”

February 22, 2013 § 1 Comment

After ruling the radio airwaves and dominating playlists on iPods everywhere, it was only a matter of time when Kendrick Lamar released the video for his track “Poetic Justice” off his critically-acclaimed debut album good kid, m.A.A.d city.

The video displays an interesting story of love and murder. It show Drake where else but in a bed with a naked woman, while Lamar grooves with his street crew.

Check it out below:

Video Throwback Fridays: Jamaica Day Edition! Bob Marley – “Could You Be Loved”

February 22, 2013 § Leave a comment

In celebration of Jamaica Day, today’s video throwback is dedicated to the legend himself – Bob Marley.

His video for “Could You Be Loved” (off the album Uprising) was released in 1980 and still holds a vibe today. It is also one of my favorite songs from the reggae singer’s massive discography.

Enjoy below:

Happy Jamaica Day!

“Legends of the Summer”: Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z Announce Official Stadium Tour

February 22, 2013 § 4 Comments

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So it looks like the rumors were true! Friends and collaboraters Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z have officially announced their grand summer tour, appropriately “Legends of the Summer”.

The duo kicks off the stadium tour on July 17 in Toronto, and continues on in 11 other cities. Tickets go on sale February 28! Except for New York – that date will be announced soon. Click here for more tour information.

Check out the tour dates below:

Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z “Legends of the Summer” Tour Dates

07/17 – Toronto, ON: Rogers Centre
07/19 – New York, NY: Yanke Stadium
07/22 – Chicago, IL: Soldier Field
07/26 – San Francisco, CA: Candlestick Park
07/28 – Los Angeles, CA: Rose Bowl
07/31 – Vancouver, BC: BC Place Stadium
08/04 – Hershey, PA: Hershey Stadium
08/06 – Detroit, MI: Ford Field
08/08 – Baltimore, MD: M&T Bank Stadium
08/10 – Boston, MA: Fenway Park
08/13 – Philadelphia, PA: Citizens Bank Park
08/16 – Miami, FL: Sun Life Stadium

Be sure to cop The 20/20 Experience on March 15!

[Source: Pitchfork]

Photo Courtesy of: Justin Timberlake

Music Bite: Bonnaroo Announces 2013 Lineup Featuring Paul McCartney, the xx, Kendrick Lamar, R. Kelly & More

February 19, 2013 § Leave a comment

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When it comes to festival lineup competition, Bonnaroo just gave Coachella a run for its money!

The Bonnaroo crew, along with Weird Al Yankovic, announced their mega lineup for their 2013 summer festival. Performers include: The xx, Passion Pit, Paul McCartney, Wilco, Animal Collective, Kendrick Lamar, R. Kelly, Pretty Lights, Wu-Tang Clan, Nas, ZZ Top and more!

Tickets go on sale on Saturday, February 23. The festival will take place in Manchester, TN from June 13-16.

Check out the full lineup after the jump!

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