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Fashion Royalty

12 Apr

Kate Moss is one of the world’s top and most sought-after supermodels. Despite dropping off the radar as a style icon; despite bowing gracefully out of fashion scene, for the most part; Moss is still an icon, still wanted by readers. And you have to give the readers what they want.

For the May 2011 issue of Harper’s Bazaar, Kate Moss landed not one, but two covers. The issue, Fashion Royalty, features Moss in Alexander McQueen wedding gowns. The issue is dedicated to and honors the late designer by featuring many articles and photographs of him and his creative and inspiring designer pieces.

Moss was eager to do the cover and talked fondly of McQueen:

“He gave women power, while letting them be fragile and vulnerable at the same time. People always used to say he was a misogynist, but it took me a while to realise that he was actually empowering women and not the other way around….. There’s never ever going to be anybody like him. His was the most exciting show to see ever, even if you weren’t there. I would hear about it on the phone and hear Lee and hear everyone. There was so much tension, but we had the best laughs. He was a dear friend of mine. I miss him terribly.”

The issue hits news stands soon.


Star Stylist Dies at 29

11 Apr

On April 5, celebrity hair stylist and TV personality Dariel D. Pulliam Jr. passed away. Details are not clear, but it’s believe Pulliam died from a staph infection or from complications of fluids on his lungs.

Dariel began his career in Baltimore, MD. Through training he learned how to manipulate current hair styles and produce new hair trends. Soon after, he moved to Atlanta to pursue his career wand continue his education and training.
Not long after moving to Atlanta, he became the key hair stylist for music videos, photo shoots, and runway shows He recieved notoriety . While blossoming in his freelance career Dariel wanted to take on the hair competition arena. After winning his very first hair show he caught the competitive bug and went on to become one of the top hairstylists in the field winning the title as Atlanta’s best hair stylist in 2010.
Dariel Pulliam Jr. was the feature hairstylist to well known personalities such as Keyshia Cole, her sister Neffeteria “Neffe” Pugh, Frankie Lons, Elite Noel, Fantasia Barrino, Kandi Burruss, Tameka “Tiny” Cottle,  Adrienne Bailon, Tiffany Evans, Tionna Smalls and a number of other famous celebrities.

He was an asset to the fashion and music industry and will be greatly missed. He will be remembered as a legend.


Music Newcomer- Rita Ora

28 Mar
British singing beauty Rita Ora is bringing her talents across the ocean and here to the United States. As the newest signee to the Roc Nation label, Ora is quickly leaving her mark and making a name for herself.
Ora was born in Prishtina, Kosovoto Albanian parents but moved to London, England where she grew up. She has been singing most of her life but began to take it seriously around the age of fourteen. She auditioned for and was featured on numerous British shows and talent contests.
In 2009, Ora somehow caught the eye of music and entertainment mogul Jay-Z. After displaying her musical talents to him, her quickly and quietly signed the young girl to his major label, Roc Nation.
Since being signed, Ora had done many collaborations with many artist, including fellow British singer Craig David. She has been featured in commercials for Skullcandy headphones, made a cameo in Jay-Z’s video for the song “Forever Young”, and more recently she was featured as the love interest of rapper Drake in the video of his hit single “Over.”
For now, Rita has been under wraps and quietly working on her debut album. She is working with top producers and artist such as Drake, Alicia Keys, and The Dream. Her first single “Uneasy”, along with the video, is set to be released soon.

Go Red for Women

27 Mar

The battle against heart disease has never been so beautiful. Fashion week in Los Angeles featured an entire show dedicated to helping raise money and awareness of heart disease in women, the number one disease in American women, and also featured a tribute to the late, great fashion icon Alexander McQueen.

The show was held in downtown L.A. at the newly remodeled baroque-inspired Vibiana. The red carpet was laid out and those in attendance enjoyed specialty drinks such as Guava Rose and also feasted on treats from Pinkberry. As part of the show, guest were able to participate in a silent auction.  The fashion show began with a short live auction featuring many works of art by the great Andy Warhol and lots of sports paraphernalia, ranging from an autographed picture of Mohammed Ali to a Kobe Bryant’s jersey signed by Phil Jackson and other Lakers members including Bryant. All proceeds raised from the auction were given to The American Heart Association.

Ashlan Gorse of E-news hosted the show. Some celebrities in attendance were  former beauty queen Shanna Moakler, singer Kalenna Harper of Diddy-Dirty Money and many others, and Ashlan Gorse herself grace the runway in luxurious red dresses of all lengths.  Designs of LA based designer Alicia Estrada, Stop Staring!, Gypsy 05, and Future Heretics were featured within the show.

The Go Red for Women fashion show brought together art, fashion, and music-all to support one cause. This show indeed brought a beautiful awareness.

Seventeen Magazine

15 Mar

I may be 20 years old, but i am an avid reader of  Seventeen Magazine.

On the outside, the magazine may look like its for pre-pubescent girls who want to know what to expect for their first kiss, but in reality the magazine has much more substance than that.

The magazine is geared toward an audience of 14-23 year old females. It is filled with fun, up-to-date, and hot new fashions. It gives fashion tips and hints for different age groups and helps you make the most of your wardrobe.

Fashion is the main idea of Seventeen, but its definitely not the only thing that goes into the issues. The magazines are split into sections, featuring:

  • beauty
  • health
  • fashion
  • love life
  • your life
  • miscellaneous

Each section contains articles, advice, hints, and real life experience from real girls. With so much diversity and so much content within each issue, you are bound to find something you enjoy, can relate to, or want to learn more about.

Seventeen is published ten times a year (December/January & June/July are combined issues) and is a publication of Hearst Magazines. Newsstand prices are cheap, usually only $2.99. You can save even more through a subscription- ten dollars for one year, fifteen dollars for two years, and eighteen dollars for three years.

I would recommend the magazine to anyone!

Levi’s Woman-hunt

22 Feb

Almost everyone owns a pair of Levi’s jeans, or if not, you know someone who does.  The company has been a favorite and long-standing force in the fashion industry.

Now, Levi’s is on the prowl and searching for one female to be the new face and “online voice of Levi’s women”. The lucky female who is selected is set to become a local media superstar and will enjoy a number of great benefits including:

  • paid internship with the global Levi’s company
  • become a spokeswoman for the brand

The contest will be conducted through Facebook. Those interested must submit a 1-2 minute video to the company’s Facebook app. After all submissions are in and the deadline is reached,  Levi’s will go through the entries and select five finalists, whose videos will then be shared on Levi’s Facebook Page. Members of Facebook will then be able to vote for their favorite candidate, Levi’s will tally the votes, and the winner will be announced sometime in late July.

Levi’s brand believes their decision to conduct the contest online will make it easier and more exciting for those entering and those voting, but it is also very beneficial for the company & increase its media value. Director of Women’s & Digital Marketing Kristin Bannister explained that “it’s more about engagement…we don’t put strict measurements on sales.” The brand has over 300,000 Facebook fans, which is expected to grow even more due to the contest.

I believe Levi’s is doing a good thing and has launched a great campaign. Its boosts a very desirable prize and not only will it receive more business and awareness, it may also increase activity among Facebook users and potentially introduce new ones. It is a partnership that benefits all involved.

Bronzer; The Dark Skin Sin

14 Feb

When most people think of bronzers, they tend to envision a model with tan skin, looking as if she just stepped off a plane from the Caribbean Islands. The common idea among women of color is that bronzers are only for pale white women who want their skin to look a shade darker.

This is far from true.

I am an avid user of bronzer.  It makes my entire face seem to glow. I don’t wear blush at all,  so a bronzer is my best friend when it comes to color on my cheeks.

There are many different types of bronzers. From doing much research and testing, I’ve found out that cream-based bronzers  usually work well for normal to dry skin, but if your skin is oily, try a liquid-based bronzer. The oil in your skin can break down the cream in the bronzer. Powder bronzer tends to be too glittery for most people. For a natural, everyday glow, mix your bronzer into liquid foundation. Doing so makes it looks as if your skin is naturally bronze, and not like you have a layer of it on top of your skin. This is something you’ll need to experiment with to get the right mix.  You have to find the perfect neutral foundation for your skin; the added bronzer will enhance the color.

Basically, the key to finding the right bronzer is looking for one with lots of pigment. It takes time to find out what bronzer is just right for your skin tone. Finding the perfect match will result in a beautiful, glowing look, suitable for all season.

Blinging Beauty is a great website that features many different bronzers for all shades of dark skin tones. It does an excellent job of showing which products work best for each different skin tone and texture. It’s a great site for any women of color who is looking for the perfect makeup.