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Saturday, August 30, 2008
The Beckham's have a new fragrance called "Signature," due out this September. What do you think of the TV ad?
Victoria Beckham's pseudo-fierceness sort of kills the whole effect, no?
Victoria Beckham's pseudo-fierceness sort of kills the whole effect, no?
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Friday, August 29, 2008
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los angeles - to the far left, elise neal, lisaraye missick, and "new york." i only live for elise's outfit.
new york - nope! he's not a household name per se, but in new york, many a fashionista knows and loves miguel androvar for his debut collection in 2003. in the seasons' since, he has faded to the background (presumably working on other projects?) now he returns as creative director of hess natur, a german organic clothing line. i for one can't wait to see how he has grown and what he comes up with.
venice - honestly, i still find her to be incredibly boring. BUT ms. claudia is doing it up with her red carpet ensembles these days. her streak continues with this stunning alberta ferretti gown ( i live for alberta!!). and notice the piece on her wrist? that's another alberta ferretti creation. the designer teamed up with chopard for the watch and it looks brilliant. kudos to claudia's stylist.
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worldwideweb - so you know how halston manuevered to have its stuff sold ASAP on net-a-porter, roughly 24 hours after it debuted on the runway? well, the lower-end version of that collaboration is about to launch. gen art, the new york city organization which launches fresh faces in fashion each season, has joined with online retailer, yoox.com, to do the same. now, hours after twelve emerging designers show their looks on the runway, pieces from their collection will be available online. sure, its nobody's halston - but i'm sort of excited that i can actually afford it. oh! and fyi - zac posen, sari gueron and philip lim are previous gen art designers.
picture: previous gen art designers; blogs.laweekly.com
Thursday, August 28, 2008
by: Courtesy Photo
2008 seems to be, among other things, the year of "making a difference." So it is in both Hollywood and the fashion world, where celebrities and designers are working together to raise money and awareness for a myriad of good causes. Pretty woman Julia Roberts and Giorgio Armani are doing just that, having collaborated on men's and women's T-Shirts with a "tree-of-life" design Roberts created especially for the RED (Revolution-Evolution-Devotion) campaign. The $125 shirts are made in Africa, and 40%of the proceeds of all sold on the Emporio Armani online-store will go towards the fight against AIDS.
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worldwide - so sayeth a reader on mediatakeout.com about sanaa lathan's outfit. i agree....and what say you?
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
worldwide - first off, kudos to harpar's bazaar for a truly dope story! i'm prolly the last blogger in the blogosphere to pick up on this, but they did a brilliant story where they had legendary designers pick a character or person they would love to be. michael kors picked l.b jeffries from hitchcock's film, "rear window;" tyra banks famously picked michelle obama and .....girls and boys....karl lagerfeld picked "lil wayne!!!" I LIVE! I LIVE! I LIVE! haute couture and hip hop unite in the photo to the left. see lagerfeld mean mugging in hood wear for the cameras? honestly, i want him to be my daddy!
images: karl as lil wayne left, michael kors as l.b jeffries, right. all images not my own
london - lord , may i please (purty please) be one of the lucky few fashionistas who get their hands on this awesome book. of course, i am referring to the limited edition book which lee lapthorne of on/off - the organization which presents edgier designers like sinha stanic and aminaka wilmont - has commissioned. it's being launched to celebrate 10 outstanding seasons of on/off fashion shows and features exclusive images and illustrations from john charles de castelbajac and jasper conran. in case we both end up in the unlucky fashionista category, log on to: www.thedoll.org/onoff for more deets on how to get your own. btw, the images to the left are an example of what will be featured in the book.
images: courtesy of on/off
new york - there's a super cute story behind this shoe. my good friend, janelle grimmond of vibe magazine, attended a market appointment (i.e. when editors go check clothes and accessories out) at rocawear. she spotted these super cute lace up sandals and wanted to learn more about them. unfortunately, they were on the chop block: rocawear did not think that the shoes would sell well so planned on discontinuing it. however, after seeing janelle's interest in the shoe, the decided to reconsider and have now placed it back in the product line and named it after her. kudos! okay, so cute story aside - do you think this is fashionable or fugly!? please keep it real.
worldwide - Karl Lagerfield and German teddy bear makers Steiff have joined heads to create what could probably be described as the dream toy of every little fashionista - a Karl Lagerfield teddy bear. the stuffed animal is almost identical to the white haired designer, complete with the high collar and tie, dark shades, uncomfortably (for us) tight pants, and KL logo belt. the 2,500 limited edition teddies will be sold in Neiman Marcus stores this fall at $1,500 each.
Monday, August 25, 2008
worldwide - as you may know by now, h&m has announced that they will be collaborating with COMME des GARÇONS’ founder and head designer Rei Kawakubo for their next designer collection this fall. it will consist of both men's, women's, and children's pieces. to top that off, accessories and a unisex fragrance will be added to the mix. the collection will launch in tokyo, japan this november. here is a sneak peak of what we have to look forward to!
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Friday, August 22, 2008
new york - i just had to ask...i've had the chance to meet and interview aubrey and d.woods, thanks to stylist charles wade, and they are great girls. at times though, their style can be questionable - not because it is too over the top (thats whats expected of performers) but because at times it seems to lack taste, class, restraint or refinement. but hey, they are a pop act not royalty so perhaps it doesn't apply. but i digress....the girls have inked a deal with dollhouse to design a special line of jeans for the brand. it will be retailed online at the newly launched shopdollhouse.com.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
new york - if you live in this city, you've been to this store: h&m on 34th street. it's proximity to many of the major train stations in New York means hundreds of folks in any given day run through for a quick outfit change to work, play or vacation. now, this super useful store has been totally revamped and will now feature an expanded mens section. if you are in the city and in the area tomorrow, stop by for free giveaways in celebration of the event.
photosource: getty images
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
new york - so when news spread earlier this year that stefano pilati had tapped naomi campbell to model for yves saint laurent's fall/winter ads i was excited. clearly with good reason. the ads they have come up with are very minimal, yet glossy, sexy and full of tension. they manage to capture the history and spirit of the yves saint laurent label while simultaneously giving us a fresh, futuristic interpretation of the brand. i really love the ads, as does my girl janelle grimmond who blogged about it for vibe.com. kudos to the team that brought them about and the hair stylist who hooked ms. campbell's weave up. where can i buy that hair!?
new york - lord knows i'm not! the thought alone is wiping me out! but i'll be sure to revive myself by september 11th when target blasts new york city with not one, not two, but FOUR stores. they wll be sprinkled all over the city in midtown, union square soho and the east village. the stores will exclusively stock target's fabulous diffusion lines including target collaborations with jonathon saunders, anya hindmarch and sigerson morrison.
photo: designer jonathon saunders superimposed on the target logo. www.glamboulevard.com
usa - i have tried hard, but i swear: there is NOTHING to critique about solange in this photo. from hair, to skin, to body to dress - she is flawless! i see that she is working over time to get her glam and celeb game on point and i respect it. ten (monopoly) dollars to anyone who can find something to hate in her look.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
INTRODUCING RANDAL JACOBS + DAVID MELTON.....A CREATIVE DIRECTOR & STYLIST DUO WHO CREATE AMAZING IMAGES
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usa - ohmygah! ohmygah! ohmygah! barak obama has a well dressed genius in his campaign team. that's the only way to describe the einstein who came up with this idea: enlisting twenty designers to create limited edition obama gear to be sold on the presidential candidate's website next month. blaynista's, we aren't talking any old regular designers, we are talking: diane von furstenberg, isaac mizrahi, derek lam, tracy reese, vera wang...do you need me to go on? its gonna be absolutely mayjah! even folks who may not have been thinking about voting might be swayed after seeing the amazing goods which will debut on the site. rumor has it that even beyonce will contribute some designs.
usa - am i the ONLY ONE that thinks PETA needs to get a life!? i get their point, but i don't get how forceful, extra and excessive they are in making it. in order to stop animals from becoming victims, it seems like the make victim's of the people they are trying to convince. well, actress gwyneth paltrow is their latest one. paltrow was minding her business trying to make money to make money from some ad campaigns when peta got their panties in a bunch. (by the way, peta is people for the ethical treatment of animals). paltrow is draped in fur in the latest campaign which has the organization in an uproar. they've sent her several letters and videos documenting inhumane treatment of animals - but they've had no response. paltrow's close friend, stella mccartney, is reportedly up in arms over the ad too.
china - during the airing of the womens volley ball games on nbc this morning, the commentators made a very odd statement: kim glass , an outside hitter on the u.s volley ball team, actually wants to be a model. despite excelling in sports for years, it seems to be modeling that she's passionate about. and it looks like she's going about it in a very public way: through america's next top model. she's tried out five - yes, FIVE - times for the show, but never been picked up. here's to hoping to she has better luck in the olympics!
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london - are you familiar with bill gibb? in the 1970s just about everyone was. from biana jagger to twiggy to elizabeth taylor, a laundry list of celebs in america and europe were devoted to him. his legendary knitwear pieces were of such high standerd that they bordered on couture and his work has been honored with exhibits at the louvre in paris and london's victoria & albert museum. now a book, published by the v&a is set to debut titled bill gibb's moment in time and fashion. it is written by central saint martins professor ian r webb and includes a forward by twiggy. the debut of the book will coincide with a brand new exhibit of gibb's work which will debut at the v&a in october. i love that museum!
photos: above left, a picture of bill gibb dressed from the national galleries. above right, a dress by bill gibb from liverpoolmuseums.org.uk
boston, usa - ummmm i'll put it like this: the bride is beautiful (truly!), but the gown is not. for me, it's a matter of fit and circumstance. it's not that she's a curvy girl - it's that her wedding dress doesn't really seem to fit or flatter. also, if they were going to opt to go barefoot (very quaint idea) then she should really have opted for a gown with a more relaxed and loose finish. as it stands, the fishtail bottom she has is sexy - but waaay too formal for barefoot. i don't exactly live for ray allen's suit either. the boton celtic player has a great body which could have benefited from a suit that was more tailored and less roomy. even if their style is not on point, glad to know their relationship is. love and marriage is a beautiful thing.
usa - my american readers will be familiar with hoopz (and king magazine for that matter). but those of you abroad may not. hoopz is one of many beauties who participated in a reality show in america titled "flavor of love." she actually one, but like every other winner before and after her, never ended up in a long-term relatinship with rapper flavor flav. (and that's for the better, as some may argue). either way, she's crafted a nice lil career for herself as a cover girl for mens magazines. behold here, her latest cover. she has an amazing body and still manages to look good despite the tacky eye make up and godawful two piece. what do you think of it?
OKAY, THIS IS WHY I BLOG ABOUT FASHION: CHRISTIAN SIRIANO OF PROJECT RUNWAY DEBUTS A MATERNITY COLLECTION CALLED "FIERCE"
worldwide - yep. fierce. that's what its called. let's just pause for a second and really give thought to this eclectic name choice................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................... are you done? i'm still pondering, but the blog must go on! so according to news sources, siriano, who won the last season of project runway has teamed up with maternity wear label, moody mamas for a special capsule collection. it is all set to go on sale on moodymamas.com in spring of 2009. as much as i want to laugh at the name and the concept, you can't deny that these clothes (see the sketches) are actually....fierce. maybe the name choice isn't such an odd one.
new york - many of my adored blaynistas are amazing magazine industry professionals and fashion writers, so I KNOW you will appreciate reading new york magazine's article on the inner workings of elle magazine. the writer did an absolutely brilliant job charting the feud between nina garcia, who is pretty much a bona fide celebrity at this point and ann slowey, current editor of elle and star of the upcoming reality show stylista. it is a very juicy read and chances are it will remeind you of your own office. check it out here.
photos: above ann slowey in promo pics for stylista. below nina garcia in promo pics for project runway.
new york - i was walking down sixth avenue, minding my own business when this cover stopped me dead in my tracks. the smiling face of american model, christie brinkley, is striking not just because she's beautiful, but because she's no spring chicken. brinkley is 50 plus, yet is giving girls half her age a run for their money. i love this cover and whoever styled the photo shoot within. kudos!
...always doing something bad, apologizing and then doing it again. MY BAD BLAYNISTAS! i didn't mean to be absent for darn near a week, but you know my deal. i'm just as busy as you are and some times juggling multiple deadlines and engagements gets the best of me and this lovely lil blog. but thanks so much for sticking it out with me. that's why i love you so very much! i have sooo many good posts - especially personal ones - coming to you so read away! your favorite fashionista, zandile blay!
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
barbados - so why do i feel like next summer (if not, during the few remaining days of this one) teenaged beauties will be wearing mismatched binkini's on the beach? such is the power of rihanna. i've no doubt her stylist pulled this look for a super casual day, but in so doing she's changed the way a generation of women will be wearing bikini's. or am i being overly dramatic?
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Tuesday, August 12, 2008
worldwide - so check out these pics of mark, samantha and charlotte ronson in the september issue of american harper's bazaar. as you can see, it is based on the characters in the royal tennenbaum's. it's novel to see samantha ronson (lindsay lohan's main squeeze) in a sort of feminine outfit. kudos to the stylist. what do you think of it?