Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty is Totally Crumbling Victoria’s Secret

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“Sexy is not a body type but a state of mind.”

Style icon, makeup entrepreneur, and the first black woman to head a luxury brand under LVMH, AND as the wealthiest female musician in the world, Rihanna is no stranger to successfully disrupting a market. Last year at her debut Savage X Fenty NYFW show, models of ALL shapes, sizes took the runway by storm and this year showed no signs of that slowing down. She even incorporated transgender models and models with disabilities within her presentation. No wings, no theatrics. Just body positivity and women owing their beauty.

Standards of beauty have tremendously changed in the last couple of years and we have Savage X Fenty to thank for that. Rihanna has officially disrupted markets causing brands with “antiquated” views of beauty, *cough* Victoria’s Secret, to scramble in regards to re-evaluating their brand.

Representation of the female body in fashion has always been marketed as the standard: Caucasian model, tall, blond, and thin. Occasionally you can find a sprinkle of women of different ethnicities but with almost the same characteristics. The problem is evident, when you have a male dominated executive board running the brand, you’re bound see skewed standards of beauty through the eyes of men. Through the power of social media as many other brands do, Fenty utilized the low cost effort of marketing, user generated content, to show followers, spectators, and competitors that these are what REAL bodies look like.

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Is Savage X Fenty giving them a run for their money? Is it too late for VS to make a comeback? Victoria’s Secret is currently doing damage control by working to improve its quality control of bras, partnerships, playing with a new aesthetic through marketing efforts, etc. They’ve even gone as far as not airing their annual fashion show for the first time in years due to a decline in low ratings. A spokeswoman of L Brands stated “We’re re-evaluating the fashion show. We are taking time to evaluate the right marketing strategy going forward.” 

Tune into the second annual Savage X Fenty fashion show, streaming exclusively on Amazon Prime on Friday September 20th. The show is packed with performances by Rihanna, Migos, A$AP Ferg, Tierra Whack and more, in addition to your favorite supermodels gracing the runway.

Bespoke Leather Craftsman Sheron Barber Speaks on Customization, The Future of DR14 and The Legacy He Wants to Leave Behind

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Check out my contributing piece to The Lifestyle NYC!

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If it was functional, tactical, and incorporated utilitarian elements, you definitely saw it all over your Instagram feed or across the chest of your favorite celebs. One of the hottest trends this summer had to be none other than the chest rig, a trend popularized by ALYX, a streetwear brand of “unconventional basics”. The $542 chest pouch caught the eye of many tastemakers worldwide trickling down to other brands creating their own, but you were not finding any pieces like Sheron Barber’s. The Camden, New Jersey native took his talents to Los Angeles to create quality, custom-made, bespoke, fine leather goods.

I had the opportunity to interview the artisan and take a deep dive into his journey from creating his first pieces to the future of his brand DR14.

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1. Would you classify yourself as a designer or an artist?

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The Highly Anticipated Gucci x Dapper Dan Collection Has Arrived

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The story of Dapper Dan and Gucci can be seen as love-hate. From ripping each other off to finally putting their differences aside, over the course of a year the legendary courtier and Gucci have been working together to bring you this collaborative collection.

Flying Dapper Dan to Italy, helping him with the launch of his Harlem atelier and even featuring him in its tailoring ad campaign, Gucci pounced on the opportunity to bring him on board. The highly coveted collection, previously available exclusively at the Gucci store on Wooster St. in NYC, has made its way online. Today marks the day fashionistas worldwide can now get their hands on pieces from this iconic collection.

Inspired by the streets of Harlem, the collection is full archival pieces with a Gucci twist. Ranging from a mix of 300+ pieces of leather goods, footwear, apparel and more, the collection is officially available to shop at Gucci.com

Capturing the perfect harmony of the Italian fashion house, and Dapper Dan’s Harlem roots,  photographer Ari Marcopulo tells a story that “explores the synergy between the magpie design philosophies of both Dan and Michele [Creative Director at Gucci].”

Crayola Launches Beauty Line With Online Retailer ASOS

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2018 is chock full of nostalgic fashion trends and there is no sign of it slowing down. Imagine yourself back in elementary school, and your teacher says to take out your crayons. Number one, they better have been Crayola. Two, if you pulled out Rose Art *gives side eye* and three, if you didn’t have the 64 count WITH the sharpener in the back, who were you really?!

Fast forwarding about 20 years later, British fashion powerhouse, ASOS has teamed up with America’s favorite crayon brand, Crayola, to bring you a brand new makeup collection that allows your “self-expression and  personal creativity” to flow. The 58-piece collection includes face crayons, eye palettes, mascaras, color-changing lipsticks and highlighters!

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Bold, bright, and vivid pigments set the tone of the fun, kitschy, Crayola Beauty collection. With the classic yellow and green packaging these products definitely have a retro feel to them. Staying true to brand identity, the line features cute product names such as “Fuzzy Wuzzy, Mango Tango, Dandelion” and much more.

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We love it, but are we splurging or saving? The collection is super affordable with a price range from $14.50 to $40. Did I mention the line is vegan and cruelty-free too? Check out the entire collection on ASOS.com

Dirty Pop-Up: *NSYNC to Drop New Merch at Immersive LA Pop-Up

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Children of the 90’s, lend me your ears!

Did you grow up during the pop boy band era? Were there posters of the Backstreet Boys, LFO, and 98 Degrees on your bedroom wall? Well get ready because everyone’s favorite boy band is making a comeback.

This weekend, the heartthrobs of 90’s boy band, *NSYNC, are coming back together for “Dirty Pop-Up”, the ultimate fan experience in Los Angeles.  Celebrating 20 years of history, fans will be able to browse and interact with authentic props, wardrobe, photography and artwork on display that pays homage to their four year career. The pop-up will serve as the band’s launch of official merchandise; pieces include t-shirts, hoodies and jean jackets. For all the details visit the official website NSYNC.com

In addition to the “ Dirty Pop-Up” the group will also be receiving their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 30th . There’s no coincidence this is all happening at the end of April which means…

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No word if all band mates will be present, but who wouldn’t love to see Justin, JC, Chris, Lance and Joey all back together?!

The Dirty Pop-Up will run from April 28th to May  1st. For those who can’t make it and still want to own a piece of the nostalgia, merchandise will be available online, in limited quantities, April 30th at NSYNC.com.

Paparazzi Campaigns: Balenciaga vs Yeezy

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Over the last 72 hours our feeds have been filled with photos of Balenciaga and Yeezy Season 6 campaign photos. Both brands have taken the paparazzi-style approach to advertise their new Spring 2018 collections and the internet is in a frenzy.

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Stella Tennant for Balenciaga. Photo: Agence Bestimage

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Kim Kardashian-West for Yeezy Season 6

Was Demna inspired by Kanye? Based on timing it seems so. Eventhough both campaigns are similar there are definitely many contrasting characteristics between the two.

The Yeezy Season 6 campaign features Kim, along with other models such as Amina Blue, The Clermont Twins, Sami Miro, Kristen Noel Crawley and Paris Hilton.  Photos depicted models, practically clones of Kim, doing simple, casual. every day activities; walking, exiting cars and buildings, grabbing a coffee and ice cream, getting gas..yeah simple.

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As for Balenciaga, a more “realistic” approach was taken. Models Stella Tennant, Dipti Sharma, Kennah Lau, Marjitta Nissinen, Eliza Douglas, Christine Willis, Alek Wek, Raphaele Godin and her son – all pose just as any celeb would among a swarm of paparazzi, rushing to their vehicle with a very prominent logo bag shielding their face.

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Wanna know a fun fact? This campaign was shot by actual French paparazzi, Best Image Agency, outside of the Balenciaga store in Paris.

Overall this is a genius roll out by both fashion houses. Consumers are looking at paparazzi photos just about everyday whether online, scrolling down their feeds, or even in the paper. So why not feed into the worlds obsession of staying on the pulse of their favorite celebs and fashion brands.

Grammys 2018 Red Carpet Looks

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The 60th Annual Grammy Awards took place live from the garden last night in New York City. Los Angeles had always been the home of the ceremony since 2003, so it was time to switch it up and bring the heat to the east coast.

During awards season stars strive to be best dressed, whats worse than waking up to hear someone’s got you on their worst dressed list?! Also its the Grammys, THE biggest night in music, you gotta go big or go home. As we check out looks below, its important to note stars still are showing solidarity in regards to the #TimesUp movement, wearing white rose as a part of their ensemble.

Camryn Howard wearing a flip sequin blazer

Andra Day in Victoria Hyes

The belle of the ball, Cardi B in Ashi Studio dress, Messika jewelry and Louboutin shoes

Alessia Cara kept it cute and casual with a simple pantsuit, and Converse sneakers. #staycozy

Common in a major trend on the carpet last night, a lot of velvet. Suit by Armani.

How adorable is Katie Holmes in this Zac Posen black, strapless leather dress.

SZA looking dreamy in Atelier Versace

One of my favorite looks, Heidi Klum in Ashi Studio gown, Gisueppe Zanotti shoes

Zayn Malik in a blush, Richard James suit and Ralph Lauren shoes

Hailee Steinfeld in Alexander Vauthier. Way to incorporate Pantone’s color of the year with  electric, ultra violet boots.

Li Saumet in Studio 189

Kali Uchis in Kim Shui Purple Lurex Jumpsuit

6LACK in Balmain suit, YSL boots and Jacob & Co. watch

Justin Tranter in Rick Owens tunic and Maison Margiela asymmetrical blazer

Ryan Seacrest in custom RSDistinction tux

Elton John and husband David Furnish dazzling in Gucci

Bringing a pop of color to the carpet in this mustard suit jacket by Grayscale

Rick Ross, looking like a real boss.

Big Sean in Ferragamo

Jaden Smith in MSFTrep jacket, G-Star RAW pants and Louis Vuitton Sneakers

Bebe Rexha in LaPerla, curves honey!

Annabelle Acosta in a velvet sweetheart, off the shoulder gown. Check out that bag!

David Antonsson Crivello and Taylor Spreitler. David’s tuxedo pants are so dope!

Brent Faiyaz in custom Bryan Jimenez suit and shoulder bag

Rapsody sporting one of the trendy styles this season, pantsuits with long trains. Loving the monochromatic look, also paired with a custom DapperDude lapel pin

Shy Glizzy in Dior Homme

DJ Khaled and mini me, baby Asahd dressed in matching Sanctuary 78 suits

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Ashanti in custom Elie Madi and Giuseppe Zanotti shoes

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Camila Cabello in a ravishing red Vivinne Westwood couture gown

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Mommy to be, Chrissy Teigen in silver sequined Yanina Couture

Making Dollars Out of Scents: Target Launches Fragrance Line, Good Chemistry

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Looking to make waves in a saturated, high-end dominated fragrance industry, Target launches new fragrance brand, called Good Chemistry. Projected to yield at least $5 million, the line is made up of four collections: Confident + Charming, Cool + Grounded, Vibrant + Playful, and Cool + Collected – all inspired by different moods, personalities, and vibes. Each formula is also created with essential oils in part of Target’s partnership with Illume.

Each collection offers a variety of options catering to your preferred method of application; rollerballs, body sprays or scented bottle perfumes. Priced between $9.99 to $24.99, being vegan, non-toxic and paraben-free, Target has pretty much got all sectors covered when it comes to being socially responsible.

“The goal of the new line is to expand on Target’s philosophy that its beauty department should focus one allowing customers to discover products that work specifically for them. That why we are reinvigorating our fragrance collection by introducing Good Chemistry, and exclusive brand that is all about inspiring our guests to find unique scents that they love.”

-Christina Hennington, SVP of Beauty & Essentials

“Sounds good, but whats it look like?!” Take a peek of what Good Chemistry has to offer before you buy.

Cool + Collected : Cool Glacier,  Mineral Desert, Rustic Woods, Silver Coast

Vibrant + Playful: Brainiac, Daydreamer, Queen Bee, Wild Child

Good + Grounded: Sugar Berry, Water Lily, Blue Bell, Apricot Bloom

Confident + Charming: Gardenia Palm, Vanilla Orchid, Jasmine Rose, Magnolia Violet

Louis Vuitton Volez, Voguez, Voyagez Exhibit

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On my 2018 to do list education on the history fashion is definitely a high priority. It’s one thing to read about it in textbooks, but to experience it in person is another. My trip to the Louis Vuitton exhibit was definitely memorable one.

Only a few steps away from the World Trade Center, at the former American Stock Exchange building, flags hung high signaling the location of the exhibit. After a few twists and turns you are finally greeted with the ever so bright LED simulation of a Louis Vuitton subway. Prime location of all fashionistas eager awaiting their photo op against the white tiled Louis subway stop.

Starting from the basics the exhibit heavily focuses on the evolution of the trunks and how they were used throughout its history.

Tools of the trade were displayed throughout various rooms giving museum go-ers a look at how detailed craftsmanship was important even at its grassroots.

Then on to the rise of yatching and caravanning. This is where we saw the start of clothing come into play as well as the evolution of trunks and bags.

There was even a trunk that could be used as a bed!

Aviation and the introduction of the duffle as well as garments for flights were presented in the next room. This one specific piece was sewn in 1812, I was just amazed at the detail and quality of such a jacket I had to take a closer look.

The next room invited you to explore traveling by train and the writing room. This is where I.T started to get crowed do not too many photos of this here.

Transition out of the art of travel, you’re welcomed to a familiar LV pattern known world wide circa 2003. Not one of my favorite color ways, especially the white, but this was definitely a nostalgic area for just about everyone in the room.

The leather goods collaboration room was definitely one of my favs, especially the Yayoi Kusama pieces. There were also pieces from collaborations with Jeff Koons, Rei Kaeskubo, Vivienne Westwood, Jake and Dinos Chapman.

The final room housed the most modern gowns enclosed in LV x Marc Jacobs print wall to wall. Another hotspot of “for the gram” photos.

All in all it was a great, fulfilling experience. I encourage everyone to go fashionista or not. The exhibit is on view until this weekend, with the last day being January 7th.

Coco Pink Princess, MY Newest Fashion Muse

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Listen up! If you are not following this little girl you better get with it!

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I’m sure all of us have been down an Instagram rabbit hole or two before, but hey those are the best ways to stumble upon gems, right? Well I recently ended up on the page of the coolest 7-year old on the planet, Coco. I’ll give you a moment to go search and follow her……..yes, I know, I KNOW! Its not everyday you see a child with the wardrobe of YOUR dreams. Commes des Garcons, Fendi, Gucci, Louis Vuitton x Supreme, the list goes on and on.

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Hailing from Harajuku, Japan, this street style star adopted her love of fashion around the age of 3. Her parents are owners of the vintage clothing store Funktique in Tokyo, check it on Instagram @funktiquetokyo, so there is no doubt fashion is in her blood.

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As most parents do on IG, Misato, Coco’s mom, began posting photos of her daughter in these fabulous ensembles. Followers took notice and requested Coco have her own account STAT, thus the birth of @coco_pinkprincess. It may seem bizarre for a child so young to have so much…”clout on the gram” for lack of a better term, but her audience loves it! In just two years her follower count has skyrocketed from about 12k last year to 400k+ followers to date.

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Being featured in top publications such as Vogue and Elle, Coco exudes style that I wish I had. Her innocent and adorable face can draw just about anyone in! Misato shares with us that her daughter’s focus is building her platform for now, but Coco has dreams of becoming a hairdresser, a chef, or a patissier. Her fashion-conscious looks scream rebellion which keeps followers coming back for more. She’s definitely my newest fashion muse.