Saturday, 30 April 2016

Fashion Deets: The White House Correspondents’ Dinner With Kendall Jenner in Vivienne Westwood, Kerry Washington in Victoria Beckham, Tracee Ellis Ross in Jovani, and more!

Emily-Ratajkowski-White-House-Correspondents-Dinner-green-gown-floral-accentsWhat do you get when Hollywood and politics meet?  The White House Correspondents’ Dinner.  Everyone from celebrities to presidential hopefuls gathered for an extravagant evening in Washington D.C.  Let’s see what they wore!

Fashion Deets: Glam Empire Suede Side Fringe Dress

Bomb-Product-of-the-day-Glam-empire-suede-side-fringe-dressSuede and fringe are two trends you’ll see a lot of this spring and summer.  If you love both trends but want to keep it subtle, then i’ve got the perfect dress for you, The $82 Suede Side Fringe Dress:
This mock neck, sleeveless, faux suede midi dress features fringe detail down the side.

Fashion Deets: Karrueche Tran’s Intrigue Nightclub Grand Opening Misha Collection Claudia Dress and DSquared2 12 CM Satin High Heel Sandal With Jewel Detail

Karrueche Tran attended the Grand Opening of Intrigue Nightclub wearing a Misha Collection black Claudia dress and DSquared2 12 CM Satin High Heel Sandals with Jewel detail:
The black, crepe jersey material, dress features angular lines that meld harmoniously with a striking high neckline. The back of the dress has a high slit.

Fashion Deets: Leigh-Anne Pinnock’s Instagram Kurt Geiger Dakota Black And Red Striped Beaded Detail Lace Up Gladiator Sandals

Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne Pinnock looked cute and casual on the ‘Gram clad in a pair of $370 Kurt Geiger Dakota Black And Red Striped Beaded Detail Lace Up Gladiator Sandals:
Her eye-catching knee-high stompers features a leather-blend lace-through upper with tassels, striped and beaded detail.

Fashion Deets: Kourtney Kardashian’s The Nice Guy Gigi Hadid 21st Birthday Celebration Alexander Wang S/S 2016 Black Chain Cage Attica Clutch

Kourtney-Kardashian-The-Nice-Guy-Alexander-Wang-ss-2016-Black-Cage-Attica-clutch-1Thursday Night Kourtney Kardashian attended Gigi Hadid’s 21st Birthday Party at The Nice Guy wearing a black jumpsuit, black Alaia sandals and a $895 Alexander Wang S/S 2016 Black Cage Attica Clutch:

Fashion Deets: Gabrielle Union’s All The Way D.C. Premiere Osman Red Asymmetric Sleeve Gown

gabrielle-union-all-the-way-dc-premiere-osmanGabrielle Union was the lady in red at the All The Way D.C. Premiere. For the evening, she slipped on an Osman Red Asymmetric Sleeve Gown:
Her gown features asymmetric sleeves and a form-fitting silhouette. Here’s a comparable style from the brand.

A Look Back: Favorite Met Gala Get-Ups
Monday marks the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual Costume Institute Gala, an evening dedicated to all that is fashion (and fashionable). Dubbed the Oscars of the East Coast, the Met Gala is a place where celebrities, socialites, and fashion designers mingle about in the best and boldest ensembles. This year’s theme, Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology, will certainly bring out the creativity in both gown and glam. But before we devour Monday’s Met mayhem, let’s flashback to some of my favorite looks of Met Galas’ past.

5 Days, 5 Ways: Swap Your Jacket for a Kimono

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Sun tans, sunnies, sandals…what else do you need this season?
Try the kimono on for size.
Celebs have interpreted the Japanese garment ("ki" means wear and "mono" means thing) in the trendiest ways possible.
Kim Kardashian's maxi-length kimono makes a pretty powerful statement. The trick here is to keep the length of a fitted skirt or dress around the same length as the robe for modern-day fashion hero vibes. Paired with one of the reality star's noticeably neutral outfits, the beautiful print speaks for itself.

Friday, 29 April 2016

Gabrielle Union for Ocean Drive May 2016 [Full Spread]


Fashion Deets: Kerry Washington’s Scandal-ous! Event La Ligne Black and White Bardot Dress

Kerry+Washington+Smithsonian+Associates+Hosts-la-ligneKerry Washington tended to her duties as TV’s greatest fixer at a Scandal-ous! Event in D.C. For the occasion, she went classic in a $500 La Ligne Black and White Bardot Dress:
Her black and white frock features side-seam pockets, a tech jersey bodice, and a cotton skirt. It was made in NYC.

Fashion Deets: Taylor Swift’s Gigi Hadid 21st Birthday’s Multicolored Dress and Vetements Black Leather Platform Heels

Taylor Swift sparkles as she arrives at Gigi Hadid’s 21st Birthday PartyTaylor Swift attended Gigi Hadid’s 21st Birthday party (of course) rocking a multicolored dress along with a pair of $1,466 Vetements Black leather patent heels:
The heels are calf-high, with a rounded toe and made with a leather platform. In the inner ankle is a zipper closure and boasts a roughly 5.25′ heel.  

Nia Long for Uptown Magazine May 2016 + Snippet of Interview


How Prince Transcended The Fashion Industry By Challenging Views Of Heteronormativity

2007 Vanity Fair Oscar Party
Source: Mark Mainz / Getty
**Prince had multitude alias, including: Alexander Nevermind, Jamie Starr, Joey Coco and The Artist Formerly Known As Prince. I will be referring to Prince as all of them in this article.**
The death of Prince was not only the end of a creative genius but also the passing of a true style icon. Prince was a member of the beau monde without even trying. He didn’t have to partner with designers, consistently post his outfits, or be layered in luxury fashion to make a statement or change the way we view clothing and style.

Drake Reveals He No Longer Speaks to Nicki Minaj, Talks ''Genuine'' Connection With Rihanna

Rihanna, Drake, Nicki Minaj
Drake just dropped his fourth studio album, Views, and along with his continued success in music, he's seen his life take different twists and turns, both personally and with other people.
For example, though at one point in their careers they were collaborating on back-to-back albums, Drake says he no longer has a close relationship with Nicki Minaj.
"I don't really talk to Nicki. Another person I have a lot of love for," he revealed while chatting with Beats 1's Zane Lowe on Thursday night.

Fashion Deets: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s Brandon Maxwell Toasting’s Brandon Maxwell Spring ’16 Black Leather Top and Skirt

Rosie-Huntington-Whiteley-Brandon-Maxwell-Toasting-Brandon-Maxwell-Spring-2016-Black-Top-Skirt-3Rosie Huntington-Whiteley attended designer Brandon Maxwell’s New York toasting to his upcoming Spring collection wearing a pair of black Louboutins and a Brandon Maxwell black leather top and skirt from his Spring ’16 line:She wore it with black heels as it was seen on the runway, with the top featuring a cross over neckline and textured leather. The seamless skirt fell a little below the knee. 

Fashion Deets: Kim Kardashian West’s Los Angeles Naomi Campbell Book Launch Custom Balmain Pre-Fall 2016 Red Geometric Print Round Neck Midi Dress

Kim-Kardashian-Balmain-Pre-Fall-2016-Red-Geometric-Print-Round-Neck-Midi-Dress-1Kim Kardashian West supported gal pal Naomi Campbell in Los Angeles for the launch of her new self-titled $1,750 book while slaying in a custom Balmain Pre-Fall 2016 Red Geometric Print Round Neck Midi Dress and nude strappy sandals.
The reality starlet’s ‘fit features long sleeves, a fitted silhouette and intricate diamond-shaped detailing. The dress also boasts a semi-sheer effect.

Fashion Deets: Ashanti’s Los Angeles Premiere of ‘Mothers and Daughters’ Im Me Yellow and Black Diamond Jumpsuit

Hot-or-Hmm-Ashanti-Imme-Yellow-black-Jumpsuit4Ashanti came to the Los Angeles premiere of ‘Mothers and Daughters’ rocking a black and gold IMME Collection plunging neckline jumpsuit:

Fashion Deets:Nia Long’s Keanu L.A. Premiere Lanvin Spring 2016 Printed Black And Cream Ruffle One Shoulder Mini Dress

3-nia-long-la-keanu-premiere-lanvin-spring-2016-black-cream-printed-one-shoulder-ruffle-mini-dress.The ageless Nia Long attended the L.A. Premiere of Keanu clad in a $2,885 Lanvin Spring 2016 Printed Black And Cream Ruffle One Shoulder Mini Dress:

Fashion Deets: Kendall Jenner’s The Nice Guy Gigi Hadid 21st Birthday Celebration Naeem Khan Fall 2016 Black and Gold Embellished Blazer and High Waist Wide Leg Pants

Kendall-Jenner-The-Nice Guy-Naeem-Khan-Fall-2016-Black-and-Gold-Embellished-Blazer-and-High-Waist-Wide-Leg-Pants-3 
Kendall Jenner partied it up with bestie Gigi Hadid for her 21st birthday celebration at The Nice Guy in West Hollywood. For the memorable occasion, the gorgeous model slipped into a Naeem Khan Fall 2016 Black and Gold Embellished Blazer, matching High Waisted Wide Leg Pants and a sheer lace bralet.
The eye-catching two-piece set features a relaxed fit and insane detailing. The look was paired with statement earrings and a bold lip on the runway.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Welcome to the New School of Sunglasses

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Sunglasses are underrated.
They really don't get the praise they deserve when it comes to their incredible ability to make or break any outfit. Ex: You could be wearing overalls and sneakers (read: a very casual outfit), but when you slip on a pair of square Célines, instantly, you look like the most powerful person in the world.
This, however, was not always the case (which is probably why you don't yet, fully, appreciate them).
While simultaneously dropping mad, up-to-date, sunglass knowledge on you, we're also going to contrast today's trendy styles with their less trendy counterparts of the past. (You're going to freak when you see Britney Spears' utterly-'90s aviators.) Time to scroll.

Lira and Bobbi Brown Discuss Their Collaboration, Miriam Makeba, and More for Sunday Times South Africa

lira-bobbi-brownA little over a month ago, we announced that Lira had taken on the momentous position as the face of Bobbi Brown’s South African Cosmetics 2016 campaign. The powerful and beautiful duo have teamed up yet again, this time in an interview with Sunday Times South Africa. Everything from their collaboration to how Lira is inspired by Miriam Makeba came up in their discussion. Check out excerpts from it below:

Fashion Deets: Khloe Kardashian’s Van Nuys Studio Balmain Spring 2016 RTW Sable Long Duster Coat With Self Belt

Khloe Kardashian was spotted leaving Van Nuys Studio wearing a $2,780 Balmain Spring  2016 Ready to Wear Neutral Long Duster Coat with Self Belt:
The collarless Balmain knit duster features long sleeves and an open front, accessorized with an attached belt for closure.

Fashion Deets: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s New York Saint Laurent Mineral Glass Sunglasses

Rosie-Huntington-Whiteley-New-York-Saint-Laurent-Sunglasses-1Rosie Huntington-Whiteley took a stroll out in New York today rocking a very chic menswear-inspired suit with open-toed sandals and a pair of $350 Saint Laurent SL 93 Mineral Glass Sunglasses:

Prince for Billboard Magazine’s Tribute Issue

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Prince for Billboard Magazine.
Image: Billboard

Slay Your Anti-Aging Situation With These No-Surgery-Required Treatments

anti6I am youth obsessed (#guilty), and i know it. Firmer skin here, more radiance there…i want it all, and i want it NOW! But what we don’t want (at least not yet) are cosmetic procedures that require — yikes! — a scalpel or seriously lengthy downtime. Is a non-invasive approach to get younger skin too much to ask for? I think not.

Naomi Campbell by Zee Nunes for Vogue Brasil May 2016

Naomi Campbell by Zee Nunes for Vogue Brasil May 2016

Fashion Deets: ASOS Stripe Minimal Off Shoulder Top and Stripe Pencil Skirt In Structured Satin

Bomb-Product-of-the-Day-ASOS-Stripe-Minimal-Off-Shoulder-Top-and-Stripe-Pencil-Skirt-In-Structured-Satin-3I am completely obsessed with the matching set trend.  We’ve seen stars like Beyonce, Karrueche and Taylor Swift rock the coordinates perfectly and it is such an appropriate look for the spring/summer seasons.  Today’s Bomb Product of the Day is the ASOS Minimal Off Shoulder Top for $59 and $62 Stripe Pencil Skirt in Structured Satin:
The lightweight, off-the-shoulder top has a bardot neckline and fold over detail.  Paired with a matching pencil skirt, both pieces are made of satin material and feature yellow, white, black and pink stripes.

Fashion Deets: Beyoncé Wears DSquared2, Balmain, Roberto Cavalli, and More for Formation World Tour

9 Beyonce Wears DSquared2, Balmain, Roberto Cavalli, and More for Formation World Tour 
Beyoncé kicked off her Formation World tour with fire in Miami, wearing a selection of form fitting, thigh flaunting custom looks by Balmain, Roberto Cavalli, DSquared2, and more.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Fashion Deets: The TIME 100 Gala With Nicki Minaj in Givenchy, Tinashe in Alexander Wang, Ariana Grande in Christian Siriano, and More!

Nicki+Minaj+2016+Time+100+Gala+Time+Most+Influential-givenchyAll of the TIME 100 honorees were celebrated at a gala in their honor, with our favorite stylish artists, singers, actors, and more in attendance.
Let’s see what they wore!

‘Lemonade’ Is Therapy For Black Women Who’ve Been Cheated On And Gone Back

Celebrities At The Los Angeles Clippers Game
Source: Noel Vasquez / Getty
Beyonce gazes off into the tall brown grass and mouths the words, “I’m praying to catch you whispering/ I’m praying you catch me listening.” The lyrics hit me like an anvil smashing into Wile E. Coyote. I close the blinds and lean back on my headboard.
In another scene, she leans over the edge of the building and plunges to the ground that dissolves into a body of water leading to the next sequence. Damn Beyonce, I needed a warning.
Until its premiere Saturday night, we were unsure of what to expect from Beyonce’s sixth album. Would it be another visual album like her previous release? Would Yonce make an appearance or would we meet another of Bey’s alter egos? Yonce didn’t make a cameo. Instead, we were introduced to Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter, the woman who also has insecurities and thought about wearing another bitch’s skin after her man cheated. Have you ever felt that low? If not, Lemonade ain’t for you.

Chokers: The Dos and Dont's of the It Girl Trend

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This season's must-have accessory is the choker. It's simple, versatile and transforms every look into the perfect flirty ensemble that only spring calls for. This look has been hanging on the necks of all the It girls and off-duty models for months now but it works on just about anyone!
From delicate ribbons to chunky statement pieces, this trend can match just about any mood and occasion, so don't be afraid to experiment with it—but keep in mind this styling no-no before you proceed…

Scoop: Balmain Is Considering “See Now, Buy Now,” Balenciaga Announces Men’s Show, and Sean John Makes $400 Million in Annual Sales


Andra Day for ESSENCE June 2016
Andra Day for ESSENCE June 2016.

Fashion Deets: Tavia P’s Python Leather Cold Blooded Zmeya Sandals

Bomb-Product-of-the-Day-Tavia-P-Python-Leather-Cold-Blooded-Zmeya-Sandals-2Like most women, my guilty pleasure is a pair of heels that will grab the attention of everyone around.  I discovered Tavia P’s Shoes on Instagram and fell in love with wide selection of foot candy, especially with the $160 Cold Blooded Zmeya Sandals:

Fashion Deets: Khloe Kardashian’s Instagram Love x Labels Camouflage ‘Army’ Bodysuit

Khloe Kardashian's Instagram Love x Labels Camouflage Bodysuit 
Have y’all ever read the comments under a Kardashian/Jenner’s picture? They are crazy…!

Fashion Deets: Shay Mitchell’s The Today Show Piece Nude The Oxford Bodysuit and ThePerfext Black Amsterdam High Waisted Leather Skirt

Shay+Mitchell+Celebs+Today+Show-the-perfext-piece-2Shay Mitchell made an appearance on the Today Show in a $390 Piece Nude The Oxford Bodysuit and $975 ThePerfext Black Amsterdam High Waisted Leather Skirt:
Her bodysuit boasts a plunging neckline and suiting-inspired collar.

Fashion Deets: Kerry Washington’s United Way of Greater Los Angeles Women’s Summit Dolce & Gabbana Multicolor Floral Embroidered Midi Dress

kerry-washington-united-way-dolce-gabbana-2Kerry Washington has become quite the Dolce & Gabbana aficionado! At the United Way of Greater Los Angeles Women’s Summit, she slipped on a $5,995 Multicolor Floral Embroidered Midi Dress from the iconic Italian fashion house:
Her multicolor dress features three quarter-length sleeves and a midi length.

Anais Mali by Emma Tempest for Net-A-Porter’s The Edit


How To Break Into Journalism: Essence Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Vanessa De Luca

IMG_9790.jpgI’ve been on a roll with getting insight from some of the most powerful trendsetters, influencers, and tastemakers in the industry!
For our Latest ‘Breaking Into’ feature, we chatted with Essence Magazine Editor-in-Chief, Vanessa De Luca, to learn about how she achieved her esteemed position and find out tips on what aspiring editors should do, should they want a career in journalism.

In The Washington Post : A Retrospective on Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs and His Multi-Million Dollar Fashion Label, Sean John

The-influence-of-Sean-John-Franchise-5In an article titled, ” They Laughed when Diddy Launched A Fashion Line. Then He Changed the Industry,” writer Robin Givhan delves into the history of Sean John, Sean Combs’s multi-million dollar fashion venture, and the label’s rise to sartorial power.

Celebrities Love: Gucci’s Spring 2016 Red Cursive Ivory And Black Printed Pleated Skirt And Shirt

rita-ora-gucci-ss16-iconic-cherry-red-pleated-midi-skirt-matching-blouseChic print alert! Gucci has been synonymous with all things fresh and chic. Their popular Spring 2016 $1,890 Red Cursive Ivory And Black Printed Pleated Skirt and  $1,390 Matching Shirt is a testament to that statement. Celebrities simply love ’em!
We first took notice of the sleek pairing as Beyonce got the world in Formation with her highly talked about music video. #SheSlays !

The Beyhive Attacks: How Beyonce’ Stans Have Stung Rachel Roy, Rita Ora, and W Magazine in the wake of ‘Lemonade’

Beyhive-Attacks-W-Magazine-Photoshopping-Beyonce-3It seems the latest irritant under the attack of the Beyhive (the infamously known collective of Beyonce fans) is W Magazine. First we saw the attacks against Rachel Roy and Rita Ora (both presumed to be the ‘Becky with the Good Hair’ alluded to in Beyonce’s song “Sorry”) and then on Mya for her (seemingly careless) commentary on Beyonce and #BlackLivesMatter.
Rita Ora became the point of contention (and possibly Becky) when she posted a photo of herself wearing a Lemonade bra on her snapchat, while also wearing a ‘J’ necklace. Hmm…not necessarily a smart move to make when the Beyhive is checking for you:

Monday, 25 April 2016

Chatty Cathy: Are You Driving Your Co-Workers Crazy By Being The Office Chatterbox?

African businesswoman filing fingernails at desk with boss looking over cubicle wall
Source: Jon Feingersh / Getty
A social butterfly is usually accused of being a “Chatty Cathy” when she doesn’t know when to cut the convo short. If your coworkers are truly busy, they don’t always have time to engage in meaningless chitchat at the water cooler or in the middle of drafting a time-sensitive email. Ask yourself these 3 questions to help you determine if you’re the office chatterbox.

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Game of Thrones Premiere Ends With Fairytale Twist We Did Not See Coming

Game of Thrones, GOT, Season 6
So has Game of Thrones secretly just been an extra messed up Disney fairytale this whole time?
Tonight's long-awaited season six premiere ended with quite the evil queen twist when Melisandre (Carice van Houten) pulled a Mother Gothel (from Tangled, y'all) by removing her stone choker (along with literally everything else she was wearing) and revealing herself to be an extremely old, wrinkly woman with long scraggly hair. Surprise! Betcha didn't see that coming!
While we totally did not see that coming, maybe we actually should have. She's worn that choker in every episode—since way before they were cool again—and we should know how things in fantasy worlds work. Giant fancy stones are hardly ever just there for purely decoration, and young, beautiful women with terrifying witchy powers are hardly ever what they first appear to be.

The Ladylike Quotient
What do you get when you combine dignity and humanity with a bit of compassion, then divide it by elegance, style, and grace? You arrive at the Ladylike Quotient! It’s a kind of elusive quality that some women seem to have that allows them to journey through life’s triumphs – and inevitable tragedies – with a regal air or demeanor. Not to be confused with arrogance or perfection, the ladylike quotient is defined by a woman’s perspective on various matters and the behaviors she chooses to exemplify on a consistent basis.

Fashion Deets: David Grutman’s Miami Wedding Featuring Kim Kardashian in An Alexander Wang Spring 2016 Black Lace Bustier Satin Dress, Gabrielle Union in Stone Cold Fox, Kourtney Kardashian in Nina Ricci, and More!

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Nightclub owner and corporate executive David Grutman got married over the weekend in Miami, and a slew of stars were in attendance!
The theme? All black everything, with a sexy twist.
Check out the guest list:

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Who Wore it Better? Eudoxie Bridges vs. Tika Sumpter vs. Sarah Chapman in Self Portrait Azaelea Guipure Lace Dress

Eudoxie Bridges served as a co-panelist at the EmpowHERment Retreat wearing the same $480 Self Portrait Azaelea Guipure Lace Dress that Tika Sumpter wore to the Glamour Brunch and Sarah Chapman wore to a tea-time inspired party:
The women kept their looks simple with tan strappy sandals.
Eudoxie highlighted her natural beauty with loose locks and light makeup.

Lemonade Fashion Credits: Beyonce wears Roberto Cavalli Fall 2016 Mustard Yellow Chiffon Ruffled Gown, Youself Al Jasmi Bodysuit, and a Hood by Air Fall 2015 Fur Coat in Film featuring Amandla Stenberg, Serena Williams, Zendaya, and More! knows how to cause a lot of conversation!
The marketing genius unleashed her latest pop culture blitz: a visual masterpiece and short film, titled Lemonade, which debuted on HBO tonight.

Fashion Deets: First Lady Michelle Obama’s Windsor Castle Lunch Oscar de la Renta Floral Lace Appliqué Long Sleeved Dress

first-lady-michelle-obama-oscar-de-la-renta-1First Lady Michelle Obama had lunch with husband Barack Obama, Queen Elizabeth, and King Philip at Windsor Castle! For the occasion, she slipped on an Oscar de la Renta Floral Lace Appliqué Long Sleeved Dress:
Her lace number features long sleeves and contrast crochet detailing. Here’s the gown version below.

Fashion Deets: Tinie Tempah’s Instagram Gucci Heritage Floral Print Cotton Jacket

tinie-tempah-instagram-gucci-heritage-floral-print-jacketTinie Tempah went bold in print on Instagram clad in a $3,100 Gucci Heritage Floral Print Cotton Jacket:
His skinny fit two-button front jacket is crafted from cotton crêpe with an allover aged oriental screen print.