WELCOME TO CLASS...

Christian Louboutin

More Red Bottoms, for MEN!


Since this week, not only do New Yorker's have to endure the frequent flashes of red at the bottom of a woman's shoe, they should also prepare for seeing more of the blood-color being displayed by men...

SALLY SINGER

T-bagged


As surprising as the fashion industry is, no one could have guessed -coming on the heels of New York Fashion Week- that one of the industry's brightest stars would be exiting a major publication...

Fashion Week

The KCD Update


With an increasingly higher demand for MORE access to fashion designer content via the world wide web, more and more fashion houses are incorporating a 'live stream' component to their seasonal, runway shows...

SWATCH

Time For Change


WWD has reported a new collabo for Swiss watch maker, Swatch and tattoo artist, Emmanuelle Antille...

Joan Smalls x Fall/Winter '12

CAMPAIGN SEASON


She's always been a go-hard-in-the-paint, type of model... and this season Joan Smalls proves it again, with a rack of advertising campaigns for Fall/Winter 2012... 

ENJOY!!!

Have a Great Weekend

Relax... Put Your Feet Up... Lay Back... and ENJOY!!!

1 Love, 2 All, 4 Ever... You deserve it  ;-)

xoxo,
Avon!

Target x Cavalli

Fashion Down Under


I guess you can't get any more outlandish than the fierce, unyielding fashion sense of Italian designer, Roberto Cavalli. He's recently been tapped to design a capsule collection for mega-retailer, Target...

ANTM (America's Next Top Model)

Tyra's Coach Class


For its 19th cycle, Tyra Banks' reality TV show, America's Next Top Model, returned today with a new dimension added to the program...

Empire State of Crime...

New York's Fashion Killer


TODAY, August 24th, 2012, it was reported that at around 9:00 AM (ET), a shooting incident occurred, where an alleged gunman shot and killed a former co-worker, and then was shot and killed by the New York Police Department (NYPD)...

VERSACE Men's SS '13

The Gilt Group


Donatella Versace has NEVER been one to shy away from the glitz and the glam, in fact, it's what her late brother -Gianni- built the house on...

DIOR HOMME

In The Navy


Kris Van Assche, was up to his old-new tricks again, at Dior, for the men's Spring/Summer 2013 collection he designed.

John Galliano's title...

Legion of Doom


I had honestly hoped and prayed that things would start to get better for John Galliano, the once-praised-but-now-hated, fashion designer...

Shawn Sutton

Model Boy Rock


I have been a fan of Shawn Sutton, since 2008, and for the past few years that he's graced the world with his intriguing beauty and talent (as a top, male model), he's been turning heads on a consistent basis. My team and I first caught a glimpse of Sutton (up-close-and-personal), backstage at the Rock & Republic Spring/Summer 2009 fashion show...

Gabriel Urist

Metal Head
 

It's always nice to see a colleague do considerably well, in his or her field, and such is the case with Gabriel Urist; a metalsmith and former FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) schoolmate.

Mike Tyson

A KNOCK-OUT PERFORMANCE 


Perhaps becoming the first boxer to do so, world-renown heavyweight champion, Mike Tyson performed a one-man, Broadway show this summer (August 2nd, 2012 - August 12th, 2012), titled Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth.

LeBron James

GOLDEN BOY

(LeBron x 2008 Gold)
 
For two-times-in-a-row, LeBron James has helped Team USA bring home the Olympic Gold medal, in men's basketball!!!

Louis Vuitton

Michael Phelps + Larissa Latynina


Two of the highest ranking, Olympic medalists, Michael Phelps (22 Olympic medals), and Larissa Latynina (18 Olympic medals), have sat down for tea (read: pictures), with luxury, fashion giant, Louis Vuitton!

Inside GQ...

Cam Newton + Victor Cruz

(Carolina Panthers quarterback, Cam Newton x GQ cover, 2012)

The September issues of all the mega-glossies are pouring in early, this year, and I have to say that I've been quite impressed with the fashion advertisements and magazine covers, thus far...

LANVIN, FW '12

Lovely Ladies & Fly Guys


As always, the French are usually, very forward-thinking, and this is exemplified with Parisian fashion house, Lanvin's Fall/Winter 2012 advertising campaign.

AZEALIA BANKS

Miss Potty Mouth


Lyrically and almost creatively styled in the vain of Uffie, Ke$ha, et al. (read: talented and beautiful girls with purportedly bad manners, lol), Azealia Banks continues to blow-up on the music scene.

FRANK'S OCEAN

SMOOTH SAILING...


With the Independence Day (July 4th) release of his debut album, Channel Orange, Frank Ocean has been consistently featured in the news; albeit good, bad or indifferent.

Cover Girls...

GLAMMING IT UP!

 
Here's a look at P!NK and Janelle Monáe, the brand new, glam ambassadors for Cover Girl cosmetics.  

THE OLYMPIC FASHION SHOW


London Fashion certainly got MORE of a boost, than it could have ever imagined, after this past weekend's Closing Ceremony segment of the London Olympics!!!

After the medals were awarded, and after the athletes took their bow... it was time for something else super to happen... and that's when the big-guns came out... No, not of the athletic caliber, but they were still of the competing kind (except these elite few compete in magazines and campaigns and catwalks, lol)... Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Stella Tennant, Karen Elson, Jourdan Dunn, et al. arrived on the biggest, fashion stage EVER (quite possibly), hidden inside several, mobile billboards, sponsored by British designers such as Alexander McQueen, Burberry, et al.
After being driven around the stage, the photoed trucks (pictures taken by Nick Knight), opened up to reveal each Super Model -posed- for the world to see, dressed by one of the aforementioned UK designers! They then begin to strut their stuff towards the center of the stage, and the rest -as they say- is history... I have to say I WAS IMPRESSED!!!
xoxo,
;-D

(Kate Moss posing in a billboard truck, next to the Olympic Flame)
( THE QUEEN, Naomi Campbell walking the Olympic Runway)
(Lily Cole walking the Olympic Runway)
(The Olympic Supermodels posed center-stage)
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Darren Ockert

Singing in the Rain


I was happy to have stumbled upon some new music recently, especially with the overabundance of everything LONDON; here's a British artist worth listening to!


His name is Darren Ockert, and he has travelled the world, giving people a taste of electropop music... take note:

1) Who are you, and what do you plan to accomplish with your talent?
I am Darren Ockert, an indie-pop artist (originally from England), creating infectious, electropop music in Miami. I’ve been influenced by many of the fashion-forward, Brit-Pop artists of the 1980’s and 90’s (such as Wham!, Eurythmics, Kylie Minogue and Frankie Goes To Hollywood), and love to infuse some of that fun, British pop sensibility into my songs.  I plan to show the world that electropop music can be more than just getting on the dance floor and shaking your booty; it can also have some lyrical depth and sophistication… while still shaking your booty on the dance floor.

2) When did people start to notice your potential?

I studied music in London and was accepted into a pretty prestigious music program. My big breakthrough was in 2006, after transplanting from London to New York City; my debut album, “Anything Is Possible,” was nominated for an OutMusic award and I opened the award show in New York City with my song “Out Of The Rain.” After that, I was invited to perform to a crowd of 10,000 in Cologne, Germany, for one of their biggest festivals.


3) Where is your career headed next?
I just released my EP, The Rain From London, and will be releasing a music video for the title track, later this year. I’m currently finishing the recording of a follow-up EP and album for 2013; I’m definitely going to be kicking-it-up a notch, next year, with plenty of new, electropop flowing out of Miami and performing live, across the country. With all the attention on London, this year (Olympics and the Queen’s Jubilee), I’m also hoping to get back to my roots for some performances back home, though having been in the States for so long, they do tease me for my reverse-Madonna accent! Get ready to shake your booty!
Please have a listen and stream Ockert's hit single, "The Rain From London" NOW!!!
:-D
***For more information on Darren, please visit his website, at: www.darrenockert.com.

London's Closing Ceremony

It started with a bang, and it went out with a bang, also!!! Take a look at some of the pics below...

(The Olympic Flag & Flame)

(London landmarks)

(The Olympic Athletes)

(George Michael performs)

(Jessie J performs) 

(The Spice Girls perform)

(Posh Spice, of course! lol)

(The Spice Girls, reunited!)

(Kate Moss & The Olympic Flame)

(Naomi Campbell walks the Olympic Catwalk)

(The Olympic Models)

(The Olympic Organisers & Royal Family)

(The Olympic Organisers)

In the words of London's Olympic Organising Committee Chair, Seb Coe said at the closing ceremony... London, you did good! lol ^__^

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OLYMPIC RINGS OF COLOUR

BLACK GOLD

As with any field of work or profession, there has always been a sense of inferiority/superiority amongst colleagues; not just based on merit or qualifications, but often times based on unjust or biased rankings. The latter of which includes a few, racial stereotypes that have been reinforced -on a global scale- since the days of African enslavement.

(Gold Medalist Tommie Smith, (center) and Bronze medallist John Carlos (right) x 1968 Olympics. 200 meter) 

 
(Delos Thurber (bronze), Cornelius Johnson (gold), and David Albritton (silver) x 1936 Olympics. High jump)

Millions of Pan-African people (once enslaved and disbursed throughout the world, some 400+ years ago), have been marginally slighted when it comes to positive representation in the media, and are routinely depicted in a negative light (whether societal circumstances are true or untrue). Throughout the ages, however, descendants of the African Diaspora, have adapted to and evolved in foreign relations and have staked claim to a vast number of important, cultural contributions made in education, policy, medicine, arts, entertainment, sports, etc. Moreover, Pan-African men and women have consistently dominated within the field of sports, and when it comes to competition (including the Olympics), the media attention can be both good and bad; on one-hand, Blacks may be seen as fearless, natural competitors, and then on-the-other-hand, seen as unintelligent and only good for running up-and-down a field (win or lose).

 
(Jesse Owens captured 4 Gold Medals and battled Nazi-racism at the 1936 Olympics)

Outside of some of the apparent, racist undertones in sports (and other professions), Blacks have continued on a path to overall excellence, and such accomplishments can be seen in the likes of Oprah Winfrey and U.S. President Barack Obama. Moreover, researchers have pondered the existence of a genetic predisposition which empowers Black athletes to naturally score at the top, powering over all other ethnicities; in the book, Taboo (Public Affairs, 1999), written by Jon Entine, an in-depth examination of this topic is explored.

 
(Jon entine x Taboo. 1999)

Entine (a White-American), is an Emmy award-winning journalist, and is the founding director of the Genetic Literacy Project and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Health & Risk Communication at George Mason University. Supporting genealogical research and proudly heralding Black, athletic achievement in his sports tome, Entine writes, "To the degree that is a purely scientific debate, the evidence of black superiority in many sports is persuasive and decisively confirmed on the playing field. Elite athletes who trace most or all of their ancestry to Africa are by and large better than the competition."

(Gold Medalist Daley Thompson x 1980/84 Olympics. Decathlon)

Commenting on Entine's book, New York Times journalist, Jim Holt, said, "Entine cites credible research, for example, that blacks of West African ancestry (which would include most African-Americans) have a higher ratio of 'fast-twitch' muscle fiber than whites do, which gives them an edge at leaping and sprinting. East African blacks have more energy-producing enzymes in their muscles and seem to process oxygen more efficiently, which translates into greater aerobic endurance."

(Gold Medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee x 1988/92 Olympics. Heptathlon/Long jump)

Further debating the topic, as it related to some Black athletes' medal-winning victories at the 2012 London Olympics, in an interview with Science 2.0, Entine stated, "There’s no need to make consideration of race in sports a taboo. In fact, sports provide the most rigid laboratory control possible—the level playing field—to guide us through the thicket of ideological correctness."

(Gold Medalist Anthony Nesty x 1988 Olympics. 100-metre butterfly)

This might be a possible explanation why Ussain Bolt EXPLODED in the Track & Field competitions (to win gold)... or why Gabby Douglas SOARED above her gymnastics counterparts (to win gold). Either way, these are all interesting things that make you go hmm... or at least, things that would make you interested in the competition, even more, lol.

(Gold Medalist Usain Bolt x 2008/12 Olympics. 100/200 meter, 4x100 meter relay)

 
(Gold Medalist Dominique Dawes x 1996 Olympics. Team gymnastics)

 
(Gold Medalist Cullen Jones x 2008/12 Olympics. 4x 100-meter freestyle relay)

(Gold Medalist Gaby Douglas x 2012 Olympics. Team gymnastics, Individual all-around) 

 
(Gold Medalist Anthony Ervin x 2000 Olympics. 50-meter freestyle)

 
(Gold Medalist Bryan Clay x 2008 Olympics. Decathlon)

 
(Gold Medalist Angelo Taylor x 2008 Olympics. 400 meter hurdles, 4x400 meter relay)

(Gold Medalist Allyson Felix x 2008/12 Olympics. 200 meter, 4x100 meter relay)

(Gold Medalist Christian Taylor x 2012 Olympics. Triple jump)


(Gold Medalist Aries Merritt x 2012 Olympics. 110 meter hurdles)

(Gold Medalist Claressa Shields x 2012 Olympics. Women's middleweight boxing)


(Gold Medalist David Rudisha x 2012 Olympics. 800 meter)

;-)

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References:
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