fashion + beauty + insider interviews + est 2006
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
the irony is neither beyonce or solange formally graduated from high school. but that doesn't mean they can't take cash from those who did. love it! (sourcc: realgossip10.blogspot.com)
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
updated: FINISHED THE PIECE! it was a story on minorities in the retail industry and i got the opportunity to interview five fabulous young people who are climbing the ladder quickly in the corporate retail world. i'll post the piece once it's edited and published!
mumbai,india-- conde nast was clearly on to something with the starting of vogue india: there's an untapped luxury market in the population heavy nation. now gucci is taking advantage of that demographic with it's first of three stores. according to womens wear daily, the fashion house has opened a store in mumbai and a party celebrating its openening will take place october 13th. there's two more planned for new dheli. viva india!
new york--ummmmmm don't call it a comeback. i caught this photo of whitney houston coming out of a lunch at nobu with clive davis. the pic was on one of my fave blogs, ybf, and was referred to as whitney's "comeback" lunch or whitney looking "comeback" ready. oh! she's gone and she ain't coming back. and if she is - she needs to re-up and re-group in the style arena because both she and this two piece look tired, haggard and worn! besides the tie being tucked into his pants, clive davis actually looks more current in his outfit than whitney's. hers smacks of the early nineties in it's shillouete. and though the pants, shoes, top look okay - there's so much more she could have done with the jacket. for example; a fitted, waist-length blazer or a comfy, loose cardigan. what she opted for - no pun intended - looks crackish. and unfortunately, no matter how fab the look - her grooming (or lack of) would have knocked her down ten points on a scale of 1-10. ouch! i know that was harsh. but......
Monday, September 24, 2007
cavalli parties like it's 1999 to celebrate clothes that will (hopefully) cost $19.99. (source: vogue.co.uk)
according to vogue.com, stefano pilati was approached about the valentino job and chose to stay at ysl. would you have done the same? (vogue.co.uk)
roberto cavalli threw a fabulous "party" at his mansion in florence which was photographed by terry richardson and will be used as ad's for the new roberto cavalli collection hitthing h&m this fall.
new york--...oh! and black hair shows, i simply HAD to share this video. it's the patti labelle singing a gospel song elvis pressley made famous, "you'll never walk alone," but she made legendary with this over-the top performance at the appollo. i love the singing. love the message. and love the bedazzled, figure-hugging, purple dress. i'd wear that. for real!
kareem!!!! you've seen him on this blog before. he totally lied to get me to the party, telling me that it was an important meeting with mtv about a reality show. sure! this was even better! (what's in my hand? an awesome book that julee made for me, featuring pictures of us through the years.)
starting at the '04 babyphat show - us four girls always pose together. this was the latest in the series. khalana barfield of instyle, lifestyle reporter, daisy lewellyn, me and real simple fashion editor, julee wilson!
Friday, September 21, 2007
How did you get into the Music Industry?
What was it like recording the single Body?
Tell Us More About Your Debut on BET'S ACCESS GRANTED?
How does it feel to be you right now? Are you Nervous? Excited? Scared?
So what's next after this single? Is there an album coming for you?
Where else can readers learn more about you and hear your music?
And since this is a fashion blog - you have to tell us! - what are your favorite stores and labels?
What's a classic Ashley Joi outfit?
cavalli at the u.s launch of his vodka. what spirit possessed him to create and market this spirit? (source: viewimages.com)
wait a minute! did you know that roberto cavalli sells vodka!? yes'm! he sells roberto cavalli vodka and apparently it's good enough for london fashion week. bar 190 at london's the gore hotel will be stocking it for post-show festivities during the week. (the london paper)
casual male big and tall is now onto another really smart niche - shoesxl. as the name smartly suggests, they will be selling designer brands such as bruno magli, cole haan, donald bliner and kenneth cole in sizes ranging from 12 m and 10 w to 17m/w and up. (wgsn.com)
Thursday, September 20, 2007
new york--okay! before i even talk about tyra - remember my blog earlier this month about having lunch with her? well really, we were having lunch at the same time in the same restaurant. and remember how in love i was with her bodyguard!? well that's him to the left in the picture! girls (and even guys!!!) what do you think? isn't his swagger captivating? the way he guards her is so cute. (but of course, he'll never be as cute as my b.f!). okay, now on to tyra: I LOVE IT! i really do. the color is amazing, the cut is even more amazing, the body looks beyond right. and the hair is just about flawless. i think she could have picked another pair of shoes. but whatever. these could work. kudos on a great career and a great wardrobe. and blaynista's, as you know, i'm in london now. no tele. so i wasn't able to watch the season premier of antm. how was it???!!! you are my lifeline. please comment.
india and i strike a pose at my surprise going away party. (more pics from that this weekend.). do check out her daily blog glamblush!
your age (optional)
New York, New York
Glam.com / Glam Media
are you passionate about your career?
Yes! What girl doesn’t love beauty products?
what inspired you to pick this?
Actually I kind of fell into this position. While in college, I was an aspiring fashion editor. But during my last semester in college, I came up to NYC to interview at a leading women’s fitness magazine for a highly coveted summer fashion intern position, and unfortunately I didn’t get it. As luck would have it, I also had a chance to sit down with the beauty editors of the magazine while I waited for my real interview to begin, and they actually hired me a few days later! Three years, three more internships, and two editorial assistant positions later, here I am.
did you go to college or trade school for it?
I actually went to college for Fashion Merchandising, and I minored in Media (radio/TV/film/journalism). I knew I wanted to be in some aspect of the fashion industry, and this combination of my education seemed like the perfect fit into fashion journalism, so I fused them together and pursued it. It must’ve been fate.
what does it take to get where you are and stay there?
Dedication, determination, and TIME. And an uncanny knack to give unprecedented beauty advice.
what do you love most about what you do?
It’s simple: I haven’t paid for a beauty item since 2004. Toothpaste, deodorant, perfume, eyeshadow, lip gloss – I get it all for free! Plus, if a beauty company is launching a new product – I get to see it several months before the general public does. It happens to me all the time – I’m walking down the street, and someone stops me and asks what perfume I’m wearing. I tell them the name, and I politely inform them that they can smell just like me – in about four months time.
what makes your job a challenge?
This career is your LIFE. When working in publishing and living in NYC, there’s always an event to attend, long hours in the office (especially on closing days), cocktails with a publicist, constant research by scouring the competition… it feels like my work day never ends. I rarely have time to squeeze in an hour at the gym. Plus I’m not very organized, so my desk and beauty closet looks like Sephora threw up all over it. I have unopened bottles of perfume that have fallen off of my desk onto the pile of lipstick that fell the day before onto the makeup remover that fell last week…
would you recommend your career path to others?
The beauty (publishing) industry isn’t for the faint of heart, honey. If you love all things beauty, you’ll be fine. But you should know that it’s a mini-sorority, so if you aren’t ready for the cattiness, and to be picked apart by someone higher on the editorial totem pole, you either need to toughen your skin, or look into an alternative career.
finally - because we live for compliments here at theblayreport.com - what do you love about this blog?
Zandile Blay is the author – what other reason do I need to read this fab blog? ;) Plus, I feel it shares fashion news that is pertinent to me (someone who lives and breathes this industry), but also the average girl-next-door can enjoy and prosper from reading the Blay Report as well. Plus with you heading overseas – I’m even more excited. An American in London – you’re definitely about to change the fashion blogging game.
oh! and since this is a fashion blog, we have to ask you a fashionable question: describe an outfit that completely captures your style and personality? ( for the summer, mine was a pair of too-short denim cut-offs, a vintage, see-through victorian blouse, some metallic flats, kimora lee simmons lip gloss and smile.)
For this fall, my signature outfit will be a pair of two-tone 4-inch Oxford booties, dark denim wide-leg jeans and a baby tee shirt, short cut-out leather racing gloves, a pashmina, a cup of Starbucks, dark red matte lipstick, my silver hoop earrings and the ubiquitous NY scowl. LOL!