Monthly Archives: February 2010

41st Annual NAACP Image Awards: Red Carpet

The NAACP Image Awards is the nation’s premier event celebrating the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts. Here are my top 5 picks for Best Dressed:

Keri Hilson is slowly becoming one of my faves  to watch on the red carpet.

Taraji P. Henson looked stunning in this dress. It was a great look on her.

Tatyana Ali – total glam factor.

Keke Palmer brought a bit of sunshine to the red carpet in this one shoulder simple and subtle yellow gown.

Wendy Raquel Robinson looked fab in this sparkly number.

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Italian Vogue Unveils Vogue Curvy, Black and Talents

Thanks to my boo Tafari for putting me on game.

Italian Vogue has recently launched three new websites catering to three specific demographics in the fashion industry. Don’t fret, it’s all in English!

Vogue Curvy takes a look at the lives of many plus size models and curvy celebrities.

Vogue Black embraces the beauty of women of color.

Vogue Talents gives you a front row seat to many veteran and upcoming fashion designers while encouraging those who feel they are talented enough to submit their work for review.

I’m totally digging the sites and I’m all for embracing women of color and curves, but I can’t help but wonder, “Why does it seem so segregated?”

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Lady Gaga’s ‘Telephone’ Premieres Next Week!

I just love how Lady Gaga’s people have been strategically releasing little bits of pieces of her latest video shoot for “Telephone.” I’ve never been soooo excited for a video premiere since MJ and Janet’s “Scream” video. While we wait for Gaga’s highly-anticipated “Telephone” video to be released, we can rest assure it will be another work of art. The video is directed by Jonas Ackerlund and reportedly picks up where Gaga’s “Paparazzi” video left off, with Gaga in jail, and Beyonce coming to her rescue. Ahhh…I can’t wait!!

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Tracy Reese: F/W 2010

Without a doubt, Tracy Reese is one of my FAVORITE designers and it has absolutely nothing to do with her being from Detroit, but it’s a factor. Haha! If you remember my crazy #nyfw tweets, I was hyperventilating when I received an invite to her show. She’s one of the few successful, African-American designers who showed at Fashion Week.

One thing about Tracy, she’s not afraid to be a girly girl, and goes over the top in doing so. Floral prints, flowy skirts, and feminine silhouettes have been front runners in her fashion collections for years, but for her fall line, Reese attempted to make “an eclectic mix of urban and rural style.” Her fall collection proves that you can you look stylish—and warm—in the cold. I loved every piece from beginning to end. 🙂

Images courtesy of Style.com

Celebs spotted: Julia Stiles (actress),  Kristin Bell (actress and Detroit native) and Michelle Williams.

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Jill Stuart: F/W 2010

Jill Stuart showed her collection at the New York Public Library alongside Bryant Park. The library was way cool and provided the perfect backdrop for the collection.

Her runway collection was rebellious and confident with some military-esque inspirations. There were lots of thick knitwear, over-the-knee boots, metallics and plaid prints, and velvet –an unfortunate big trend for fall.

Out of all the shows I attended this season, paparazzi seemed extra obnoxious than usual. After the media storm calmed, there was a slight glitch in the music where there was 10 seconds of silence.  Now in regular time, 10 seconds may not seem like a lot, but in runway time, it seemed like an eternity. I thought it was hilarious when some of the paparazzi started singing random tunes to make up for the lack of music. But kudos to the models because they worked it, even in awkward silence.

Spotted celebs: Nigel Barker & Miss Jay (America’s Next Top Model judges), Jessica Szhor & Michelle Trachtenberg (Gossip Girls) Samantha Swetra & Roxy Olin (The City), Mena Survari (actress) Shantel Vansanten (One Tree Hill), AnnaLynne McCord (90210) all sat front row.

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Vassilios Kostetsos: F/W 2010

Red hot pants? Check. Patent leather shorts? Check. Reptile and futuristic dresses? Check.

Greek Designer, Vassilios Kostetsos gave a whole new meaning to the runway for his unique collection. Unlike many shows this season, there was an element of futuristic styled garments. Calling his collection “Eros Anikate Mahan,” Kostetsos found inspiration from Sophocles’ 442 BC drama, “Antigony”.

From fabulous dresses with snake skin panels, trench coats with patent leather corset belts, he used different textures and fabrics in bold colors to embraced lux details of the designs. Not every look is suitable to wear off the runway, but his show was certainly memorable. 🙂

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Rebecca Taylor: F/W 2010

Yes! This is the Rebecca Taylor that we know and love!  Most known for her sweet and girly styles, this season was no different. The collection consisted of feminine frocks, silky blouses, mini skirts with dashes of menswear, which made for the perfect staple. Faux-fur jackets, vests, ruffled sweaters, animal prints, sheer blouses, and a few fringe details were also thrown in the mix for the fall collection.

Hollywood went gaga over Rebecca Taylor! And it seemed like every celeb except for Lady Gaga was there. Sophia Bush (One Tree Hill), Michelle Trachtenberg (actress), Carmen Electra (actress), Whitney Port (The City and The Hills), Olivia Palermo (The City), Kristen Bell (When in Rome and Detroit native), Alexis Dziena (Entourage) and Kelly (Real Housewives of New York) all graced the front row.

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