H and Him

Alber Elbaz's vision goes Mass-Market, and the future -he sees- looks bright!

Just a few months ago (in September 2010), mega-retailer H&M (HENNES & MAURITZ), announced its latest tie-in to the world of high-fashion, and the revelation was a big one... offering Elbaz, and the design team over at french fashion house Lanvin.

* Video (Lanvin, H&M, November 2010)

According to the company's website (hm.com), Lanvin is "...one of the most influential brands of the 21st century. Designed by artistic director Alber Elbaz, and menswear designer Lucas Ossendrijver, the collection will go on sale on November 23 in around 200 H&M stores worldwide."

The collaboration includes both women's wear and men's wear, following the official release of the Lanvin x H&M film and fashion show video. Margareta van den Bosch (creative advisor at H&M), says, “We are thrilled about Lanvin’s collection for H&M, it is such an exciting moment. Lanvin will bring to H&M a luxurious French tradition that is also modern and playful. It is very much a Lanvin collection, using their cut and tailoring, with lots of focus on form and details for both women and men. The launch in November is going to be full of wonderful surprises.”

Photo (Natalie Portman wears a Lanvin x H&M design, 2010)

* Video (Lanvin, H&M, November 2010)

Moreover, Elbaz shares van den Bosch's 'warm-and-fuzzy' feelings about the project, “H&M approached us to collaborate, and see if we could translate the dream we created at Lanvin to a wider audience, not just a dress for less. I have said in the past that I would never do a mass-market collection, but what intrigued me was the idea of H&M going luxury rather than Lanvin going public. This has been an exceptional exercise, where two companies at opposite poles can work together because we share the same philosophy of bringing joy and beauty to men and women around the world," he says.

Previous H&M design collaborators have included Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney, Comme des Garçons and Sonia Rykiel.

www.hm.com, www.youtube.com/hm

beauty and the beat

On Thanksgiving Day, Beyoncé... is yours... and yours... and yours, too!!!

In celebration of Mrs. Carter's upcoming DVD release of her recent I AM...WORLD TOUR, she is -once again- teaming up with ABC television, to present a 90-Minute Thanksgiving Night Special (tonight, November 25th, 2010 at 9:30pm - 11:00pm ET); check your local listings.

The artist's label (Music World/Columbia Records), announced the upcoming release of Beyoncé's full-length concert film, lensed during her record-breaking, international concert tour. Tonight will be Beyoncé's second, consecutive primetime special for the network, which seems a worthy successor to last year's highly rated "I Am...Yours" Thanksgiving special.

Beyoncé's record label further states, "the I AM...WORLD TOUR DVD puts home viewers in front row seats for the most electrifying show on earth.

"Produced, directed and edited by Beyoncé for her own Parkwood Pictures, the I AM...WORLD TOUR concert film is an immersive entertainment experience, weaving together peak concert and tour footage from different shows around-the-world, including cities in Europe, Asia, South America and the US, to create the ne plus ultra Beyoncé concert experience, seen from the artist's perspective. In addition to offering rare behind-the-scenes glimpses into the dynamic personal world of Beyoncé on tour, the film features dazzling performances of more than twenty #1 hits transformed for the stage, guest appearances by superstars Kanye West and Jay-Z, spectacular staging, costumes, lighting and production values."

For a preview of Beyoncé's I AM...WORLD TOUR, please visit: http://www.beyonceonline.com/us/iamworldtourspot/us.

* Beyoncé's full-concert film DVD will be exclusively available only at Walmart, on Friday, November 26, 2010; Deluxe DVD/CD Edition --including the concert DVD, a live audio CD, an exclusive documentary and a 40 page four-color booklet-- will be available everywhere on Tuesday, November 30, 2010; Blu-ray version of Beyoncé's I AM...WORLD TOUR will be available, Tuesday, December 7, 2010.



What to wear for this season's festive events... Take a look at a few suggestions we've made, here:

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who runs the yard?!

Homecoming 2010 & Fashion At Morgan + Russell Simmons = a great fall season of football, fashion and philanthropy!!!

Not that we're super-thrilled about the antics on the playing field, we just love the antics of the dressing-room a tad bit more... and we're always excited to hear about what goes down on college-campuses during the festive homecoming season! One campus, in particular -MSU (Morgan State University)- has always seemed to provide fun and excitement (along with structured academics), to its style-savvy students, and this year, they did not disappoint.

(logo, Morgan State University)

2010 marked the fourth, consecutive year that FAM- Fashion At Morgan (MSU's premiere fashion and modeling club), has spearheaded the annual, homecoming fashion show; except this time around, FAM welcomed aboard two other campus groups, ABC (Absolutely Beautiful & Confident modeling organization), and iConic Modeling Empirical, to help coordinate the event. And, on Monday, October 18th, FAM (along with ABC and iConic), presented "Three Worlds Collide" (a juxtaposed fashion-collaboration), to a sold-out audience, with more than 600+ fans in attendance.

(photo, MSU Homecoming Fashion Show- FAM model. October 2010)

(photo, MSU Homecoming Fashion Show- ABC model. October 2010)

(photo, MSU Homecoming Fashion Show- iConic models. October 2010)

Providing further insight into the 'back story' of the three student organizations, here's a news article from MSU's official, student newspaper The Spokesman, written by Krishana Morgan:

(clip, MSU Homecoming Fashion Show. October 2010)


We definitely can't wait until the spring, to see what these talented students show the campus next!


Speaking of shows, it's not often that a multi-million dollar media mogul let's his guard down and invites you into his home... that is, unless you're Russell Simmons- and you're feeling groovy, baby!

Simmons, the godfather of hip-hop music, has teamed up with Oxygen television network, to present "Running Russell Simmons," a new, reality-TV series centered around the many 'hands' that help shape Simmons's multi-tiered, multi-faceted business.

(poster, Running Russell Simmons. November 2010)

Premiering this month, the show will take viewers inside the world according to Uncle Russ (Simmons), proving that a famous life is not as easy as tabloids make it appear (celebrities wining and dining and receiving numerous perks), but attaining such a life requires hard work, and a consistent team of assistants; yet, the spin to Simmons' show is that ALL of his assistants are... female!

Take a peek here:
* Video (hulu.com, Running Russell Simmons, clip, November 2010)

Happy viewing...

www.morgan.edu, www.fashionatmorgan.org, www.maxmilliphotography.blogspot.com, www.msustudentcenter.com, www.facebook.com (Steve Lewis Photography), www.google.com, www.hulu.com


Opening the secret closet of the military and exposing the skeletons for what they really are, the U.S. court system is rallying together to FINALLY put a rest to the modern-day question: "Should gays be allowed to serve in the military?!"

At the beginning of last month (October), U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips made a historic ruling, stopping the military enforcement of a 17-year-old 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy; temporarily suspending the ban on gay men and women not being allowed to serve in any branch of the U.S. military.

Yet, the 1993 policy -really- hasn't been laid to rest...

According to yahoo.com, as it currently stands -under D.A.D.T- service men and women who acknowledge being gay or are discovered engaging in homosexual activity, are subject to discharge (even in the privacy of their own homes- off base).

About 115,000 troops and 44,000 military spouses were surveyed about the policy, and surprising results show that most people DO NOT mind being in service with homosexual men and/or women; Secretary of Defense Robert Gates is in favor of getting rid of the ban, while Arizona Republican Senator John McCain is against it.

The House has already voted to end the policy; but the world awaits Sen. Harry Reid, et. al's scheduled vote(s).

www.google.com, news.yahoo.com, www.associatedpress.com