Monday, August 29, 2011

VMA's 2011: The Stylish & The Stupid




Disclaimer: If this is your first time reading -- I'm really not negative all the time, the VMA's fashion just really upset me this year!


KING. BEY. There's not much I can say that hasn't already been said but...watch. That child is gonna end up just as incredible as her parents...& then some. Congrats!
And I think this Lanvin gown was a perfect choice! Complements her glow:)




LOL at Gaga's face. This goes down as one of the most epic moments e v e r [even though I wish she had on maternity leggings or something other than those regular dress pants to complement that beautiful blazer] ! ha. Look how happy & excited she is performinggggg. :))) 


Beiber boy was just trying too hard...he's like the white mini Kanye that decided to bring his pet snake. Let me guess. The glasses are for that hint of sophistication, the red pants for edge, the chains for swag, the blazer for class, and the leopard print sneakers forrrrrr....hmm. Sit.


*Looks him up & down and looks every one of my readers in the eyes with the deadest of all faces* ...you already know what I want to say, so I'll leave it at that.



Kelly looked like the picture-perfect barbie doll in a black feathered Falguni & Shane Peacock mini dress with gold embroidery, spiked Louboutins and a black clutch. Probably my fav look.Werk! 


Newlywed Kim K. opted for the usual. A silver halter Oriett Domenech gown, form-fitting and deep plunging. Cute, but I want her to stop playing it so safe!


Creature arrived tacky & ghetto as ever... don't even know why I'm acknowledging her unfortunate relevance. 
Next.


Ladies, posture plays a huge part in how you pull off a look. Observe how self-conscious and "blah" Lil Mama looks in this pic. She has a cute little shape but...ehh. The wedges are dope, just not with that dress.


o_____o. Like, really. Why? What was the purpose behind this?
And stay away from baby Hov, you creep.


Amber looks about as flawless as ever...


I have this love/dislike relationship with Gaga. At moments she draws me in with her talent & genius...and then she takes it across the line and it becomes annoying. The beginning of the show she was great! Butttt by the time she had that drank and came up to present Britney her award...it was just awkward and uncomfortable. I can appreciate her theatrics to a certain extent.


Everyone's makeup looked pretty on point. But it kinda sucks when the flash catches you up close like it did Kelly, and the matte-ness of her face and neck don't match the shiny-ness of the rest of her body, you know? Or am I wrong ? 


Hmmm if her belt was higher, I feel like overall this look would've been okay but it looks awkward to me. 
Seeing the little girls dance to Britney's music circa '97 was heart touching! I miss the old Britney sooooo much!


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Can we just sit back and take in the collective disaster that is the cast of Jersey Shore.  Like seriously, is this a joke. Snookie was probably the best out of the worst.

 

Yeeeaaa.


I still don't understand this snake...but at least his boo looks good !



I just reallyyyy want to style Adele! She's too fab [and young] to look so matronly all the time. Heavier girls can opt for something other than the typical black empire-waist dress, and still have a flattering, sexy look! Take a chance, get some spanx, and let your inner self shine, boo!


Thoughts?

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Savage Beauty

Soooo weeks later [actually about 2 months] I finally found the time to upload all these pics from the best, most life changing museum exhibit I've ever seen! Of course photography was prohibited, but you know I had to sneak a few pics in for y'all anyway...so excuse the quality. 



The only issue I had with the exhibit was that they allowed entirely too many people in at the same time! If you're going to have us wait in line for an hour & a half, make it so that we can feel the full experience  without people bumping each other and being in the way throughout the whole thing.





I think this gold dress with the white fishtail was my fav!















The element of surrealism was so inspiring. The amount of creativity and thought McQueen put into each and every piece was nothing less than amazing. If you're in fashion and weren't able to attend...you really missed out!
xx Joelle



Friday, August 5, 2011

Sneak Peak of Essence Magazine's Sept. 2011 Issue

Already excited for Essence's issue for next month because 1: Tracee Ellis Ross [one of my fav black actresses] is back in action & looking beautiful as ever, and 2: three of my fav black women in the fashion industry are featured!


Gorgeous cover!



It's funny how short June still is in her 7 inch Louboutins

Fashion socialite Bevy Smith, DJ Kiss, Tai Beauchamp [former beauty and fashion editor for O magazine and the youngest and first African-American Beauty Director for Seventeen magazine], FashionBombDaily.com founder Claire Sulmers, celebrity stylist June Ambrose, and fashion designer Tracy Reese all joined together in a beautiful shoot for Essence, highlighting their accomplishments and journeys. Can't wait to get my copy of the issue!
Claire is the founder of what I call the "go to" fashion blog for news in the industry, particularly with interest to the Black community. I was one of the "fashion bombshells" on her site and though I've only communicated with her a couple of times, I know that she is a very kind and hard-working person! I hope to meet her in person at Fashion Week.


Bevy, Claire and DJ Kiss pose for a few shots


Tracy [with whom, as you all know, I'd interned all summer] is one of the very few, if not only, African-American women in the CFDA [Certified Fashion Designers of America] and one of the few to show her designs in NY Fashion Week. She is my Shero and a woman I really look up to as I embark on my own journey in the fashion industry [as I told her in a long, heartfelt thank-you letter which she should probably be receiving in the mail today, haha]. She looks fab in one of her own designs - a sheer black dress with cream-colored embroidery retailed at $525, [a dress I really, really wanted to buy for my personal order at the end of my internship, but was sold out ;-/] and worn by Mrs. Obama here.
I also had the pleasure of meeting June in all of her vivaciousness this Summer! She does a great job styling our fav celebs from Chrisette Michele to Jay-Z, and I hope to see her at NYFW as well!




Another shot of DJ Kiss, Claire, and Bevy behind the scenes
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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Angela Simmons' New Line

As we all know, Angela Simmons is the co-founder of the urban shoe and clothing line, Pastry, but now she wants to branch out and have her own line named Angela Renee with the help of her designer/stylist friend, Juan Vargas. Smart business move. Although I'm not much of a fan of Pastry [I feel it's a bit juvenile and cheesy], I admire Angela and her sister Vanessa's entrepreneurship and their personal style a lot. I feel like her line will be dope and very popular among women my age and it'll better display her taste. 
Here are sneak peeks of some of her designs:



I like! Do you?
Happy 75th Birthday Yves Saint Laurent!



The late & great Yves Henri Donat Mathieu-Saint-Laurent, who would have been 75 years old yesterday, had a huge influence on the fashion industry & myself. He's credited for provoking couture's rise from its "sixties ashes" and being the first designer to use ethnic models on his runway. At the age of 17, he was hired as an assistant to couturier Christian Dior. [dream life!]


 Dior died 4 years later, and YSL was named head of House of Dior. In 1961, he opened his own fashion house, which quickly lead to his fame. 


His sketches are so inspiring!


That's the most women of color I've ever seen on a runway...& that was 24 years ago.

"YSL’s dominion over his label continued to 1987, when he resigned after a collection featuring $100,000 bejeweled day jackets." source
Ten years later in 1997, the house of YSL menswear was relaunched under Heidi Slimane, and womenswear was launched a year after that under Alber Elbaz [who is now the creative director of Lanvin]. After Elbaz departed in 1999, Tom Ford was brought in, much to Saint Laurent's disdain. 
Tom Ford resigned from YSL in 2004 [along with Gucci Group, where he was also creative director]. 


YSL was 1 of the 3 fashion designers silk screened by Andy Warhol; the other two were Halston and Diane Von Furstenburg. I love this piece! 


Le Smoking Suit, created by Yves back in 1966, was one of the first popular suit looks for women. Dope!

In 1983 Yves Saint Laurent became the first living designer to be honored by the Metropolitan Museum of Art with a solo exhibition.
This man was everything! 
I know you guys love my quick history lessons! ;) 
And once again, pardon my hiatus...I'll do better.
xo Joelle

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