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THE EXPERIENCE – Roman’s Closet – Launch Event

16 Sep

As I mentioned before, I love presentations. Roman launched his online boutique for vintage items. He presented his pieces on several models during his launch event earlier this week. Congratulations to Roman for taking his brand to another level! We were also presented with the “Unforbidden” art work of Chris, who did a phenomenal job with the paintings. Check out the models, accessories, and art below:

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HEADBANDS AND TURBANS:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FANCY FOOTWEAR:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VINTAGE PIECES: A MUST HAVE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE EXPERIENCE – Kaelen S/S 2012 – Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

14 Sep

Kaelen Spring/Summer 2012

Another Fashion Week presentation and yet another success! Kaelen blended beautiful nudes and pale blues and pinks to create the masterpiece that was her collection. We highlighted some photos of Kaelen’s pieces that used a bow to accent the look. This collection appeals to the free-spirit woman who also enjoys a touch of sophistication.

THE EXPERIENCE – Concept Korea – Steve J and Yoni P

14 Sep

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week consists of runway shows and presentations. I love the runway shows for the exciting moments when the models walk down the runway and show the genius behind the brand via their clothing. I even more so love presentations, as the models stand still and one is able to see all the aspects of the collection and “pick,” so to speak, the designers’ brains. 

Concept Korea was a presentation and collaboration between several designers: Doho, Lie Sang Bong, Resurrection by Ju Young, Son Jung Wang, Steve J and Yoni P. I was so impressed by this presentation. The guests were all greeted with servers holding trays of champagne and the venue was certainly an excellent fit. The lighting was great; when I saw the first group of models, they stunned me with the creativity behind them. The Korean designers are ahead of the game. 

Steve J and Yoni P

I enjoyed this collection. All the models were female and sported round, black sunglasses. The pieces were mod for the ordinary good girl gone bad. The collection appealed to the vintage shopper; the floral patterns and denim jackets worked well together. Good job!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE EXPERIENCE – Concept Korea – Son Jung Wang

14 Sep

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week consists of runway shows and presentations. I love the runway shows for the exciting moments when the models walk down the runway and show the genius behind the brand via their clothing. I even more so love presentations, as the models stand still and one is able to see all the aspects of the collection and “pick,” so to speak, the designers’ brains. 

Concept Korea was a presentation and collaboration between several designers: Doho, Lie Sang Bong, Resurrection by Ju Young, Son Jung Wang, Steve J and Yoni P. I was so impressed by this presentation. The guests were all greeted with servers holding trays of champagne and the venue was certainly an excellent fit. The lighting was great; when I saw the first group of models, they stunned me with the creativity behind them. The Korean designers are ahead of the game. 

 

Son Jung Wang

This collection was simple, yet complex. The colors were mostly shades of blue. The dresses were chic in construction and reminded me of something a woman would choose to wear on an evening out to dinner in a fancy restaurant. Well done.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE EXPERIENCE – Fashion’s Night Out, New York City Edition!

13 Sep

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week launched on September 8th, 2011 in New York City, NY. A couple of designers showed their worth on the runway by day and there was even more excitement by night. Fashions Night Out (FNO) kicked off this year’s Fashion Week. Vogue magazine launched Fashion’s Night Out in order to help boost the economy, making it possible for hundreds of thousands of fashionistas(os) around the globe to shop in full-priced retail stores during the course of a night. This marks the third anniversary of Fashion’s Night Out in New York City. 

Where was I for FNO? I found myself apart of the catering staff for Bulgari’s Fifth Avenue store. It was a night to remember. There were many fashion do’s and dont’s that entered the doors of the luxury store. I saw those who came to actually shop and the people who came to browse and enjoy the free drinks and appetizers. Looking out the second floor of the Bulgari Store, I saw similar crowds of people scattered around Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co, among others. 

Fashion’s Night Out is a great idea. People need to be excited about looking good. I said excited, and not obsessed, but what more of a proper time to launch this kind of event than the start of Fashion Week? I can only imagine what the same event looks like in countries throughout Europe and South America and other states within the U.S. 

Jay Z said it best, “After the Party is the After Party!” Question: How could I attend a huge party like Fashion’s Night Out and not follow-up? Answer: I couldn’t. I made my way to Designer Duckie’s party at the Trump. It was a memorable occasion. See photos below and LIVE FOR FASHION!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THE EXPERIENCE ~ Erykah Badu Embraces Another Alter Ego @ Le Poisson Rouge

2 Sep

Medulla Oblongata, Sarah Bellum, Analog Girl in a Digital World, Annie, Maria Mexico. These are just a few of the names Erykah Badu gave herself. Last night in New York City, at Le Poisson Rouge Club, Ms. Badu premiered yet another alter ego: Lo Down Loretta Brown. At this point, if you are thinking to yourselves, “I grow weary of all these new names! How many names can a singer label herself,” you should repent now because you are wrong! Not only is Erykah Badu not just a singer, but last night she revealed her artistry through the art of DJ-ing. 

Just when you think Erykah Badu has reached her peak, she invents something beautiful. In the last decade, a number of artists have attempted to try their luck in the realm of the DJ; however, not many have been successful. DJ-ing is not just about moving from one track to another; in its most pure form, DJ-ing involved spinning, scratching, syncopation. Erykah Badu revealed her knack for all three during her DJ set. 

Badu opened with Lil Wayne’s A Milli track and later brought us on a journey through Hip Hop. She was graceful and calm as she moved from song to song. The audience was excited to witness the historic event.  Badu will release her DJ mixtape in the next month. I can only imagine the creativity that will flow from each mixed masterpiece.

Kudos to Le Poisson Rouge for consistently bringing artists of substance. I was there for Afrika Bambaataa’s DJ set. The venue’s beautiful crowd of people and their energy impressed me. Thank you Ms. Badu for your contribution in keeping good music alive. Thanks again for the hug and photo 🙂

THE EXPERIENCE ~ Rappers’ Beef Turned Chicken?

31 Aug

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The rap beef we once knew as genuine has become Filet Mignon. The melodramatic nature of rappers’ feuds is beginning to bother me. A few days ago, as I browsed through entertainment articles using my Google search engine, I ran across articles with content on the recent beef between Rappers Jay Z and Lil Wayne.

Apparently Lil Wayne made a sly remark on his leaked Carter IV album in response to a remark Jay Z made on his H.A.M. track, “Really you got baby money,” which observers believed referenced Wayne and Cash Money Records. Wayne’s leaked album revealed the following response, “Talk about baby money, I got your baby money/Kidnap your [bleep], get that how much you love your lady money,” apparently referring to Jay and Beyoncé.

Rap beef used to be about the things behind the scenes listeners might not have been so aware of: drug lord’s territories, who was in which set, who had more clout in social circles. I am not suggesting rappers return to these times; however, the over sensationalized beef that has been widespread among key rappers has to stop. Remember, there was a time when beef was not apart of rap, as pointed out in the documentary “Beat Rhymes and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest” (check out my review here: https://krowdpleaseher.wordpress.com/2011/08/25/the-experience-film-review-beats-rhymes-life-the-travels-of-a-tribe-called-quest/)

Rapper 50 cent. This cat is famous for his rap beefs with artists like Ja Rule and Fat Joe. Members of his own team have said the drama was largely publicized for profit or to boost album sales and the artists behind the beef were actually cool behind closed doors. Young Buck is at the forefront of these accusations, and I am a believer.

Admittedly, I have fallen victim to these devices and engaged in the rap beef frenzy myself. When news surfaced of Lil Kim and Nicki Minaj having issues, I immediately knew what side I was on. I even posted a few clips in support of the legend, Lil Kim. The emotions that Lil Kim’s Black Friday surfaced in my being were nothing but fury turned to disappointment. 

While some speculate the beef was in fact real, this is not the point. I just want these issues to stop altogether. I saw these emotions exchanged between myself and supporters of Nicki Minaj and realized I was fighting for nothing; similarly, the commentary, which could be found on blogs and you tube videos surrounding the beef, did not help the situation at all. These are not feelings we want our future leaders to be harboring towards one another on account of two of their role models having problems with one another.

Corporate America has made rap into such a joke. I understand it is a recession and record sales suffer, especially in the face of bootleggers and free downloads to leaked albums; however, this is no excuse to use violence as a form of entertainment. I cannot fathom the thought processes that go behind the planning of these beef ploys, and if the beef is in fact genuine I have two words for these rappers: GROW UP!

What do our youth have to look up to? During the East Coast-West Coast feud, violence was rampant, but rappers emerged from that era promoting conscious rap and a message of peace and cordiality. Why can’t rappers be happy for one another? Even the feelings are not genuine, treat business as business and leave your manhood in your pants! Who cares who the best rapper alive is? Prove it to us through record sales and lyrical content, not who can woo the most fans using slick remarks on tracks and public stunts (i.e. why were Jay Z and Lil Wayne separated by security guards at the VMA’s? Can two grown men coexist in a professional setting for more than two hours?).

Stop embellishing the wrong sides of the rap industry. Rappers who claim they have built an empire should realize there are other empires in other spheres of the planet. Would there be a U.S.A. without there first being a United Kingdom? Having one empire is never fun, but even worse are wars and rumors of wars. Keep the flowery disses to yourself and use your wit to come up with some good club bangers; we are surely lacking those today.