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Vashtie x Puma Runway Show And Resurrecting The Tracksuit (Tue, 03 Mar 2015 12:56:34 -0500)
The multi-talented Vashtie Kola debuted her latest collection from Puma, and resurrected the sporty sexiness of the tracksuit during fashion month. The Puma x Vashtie spring 2015 runway show took place at Webster Hall. The show started with a graffiti artist spray painting in red "New York Fucking City" on a canvas with eighties music glaring in the background, courtesy of DJ Wonder. Followed by another super short performance of two bboys battling on stage, and a behind the scenes video of Vashtie talking about the inspiration of the line. Naturally, both the spray painter and bboys were sporting renditions of track suits in action.
Then, a few minutes into the show, the stage lights flicked on introducing eight models who all sat leisurely on folding chairs. I finally witnessed girl-around-town Brandee Brown show off something on her resume. This time, in runway model form wearing a bluish-green, fluorescent-like wind breaker tracksuit, equipped with hood drawstrings. Brandee (and her golden brown tresses that take on a personality of its own) glided across the stage, down the steps, and gave the audience "the girl who's walking downtown with absolutely nowhere to be, but maybe just really excited about her outfit" type of walk. While, I am not sure if that's how Vashtie told the models to walk (with laid back cool attitudes), Puma has never looked better. New "it" boy Luka Sabbat's walk was as equally nasty as he modeled a metallic gold crewneck sweatshirt with a varsity style "x" on the front, paired with some black track pants, and a pair of suede States x Vashtie pumas. Another model rocked a gold and black snap front baseball starter tee with black shorts, which could be easily paired with a pair of strappy sandals. Overall, the clothes kept to the traditional mesh-inspired tank tops, along with lightweight and low maintenance two-piece sets made of synthetic fibers and such.
The collection and runway show was inspired by Vashtie's nostalgia for the eighties. "As a child I was drawn toward skate boarding and alternative music and looked to PUMA for fashion trends. I'm excited to create this collection that pays homage to my childhood and New York's underground scene. " Says Vashtie.
Downtown's Sweetheart knows a thing or two about collaborations and designing for a niche market of popular subcultures (aka cool kids). Unlike other celebrity collaborations, her products are generally easy to access and affordable, generally falling into the athleisure category. The designer was also the first woman to design a pair of lavender Air Jordan 2's in 2010. And just last month, Vashtie customized a G-Shock timepiece, which was inspired by her obsession with gold. Everything at the launch event was gold-colored, including the raw foods and vegan desserts. Many of these collaborations fall under Violette, her namesake brand that basically embodies her and her friend's lifestyle. The Vashtie x Puma collection features unisex separates and a range of footwear that will be available at select Puma premium stores.
Five Reasons to Love Fashion Designer Bibhu Mohapatra (Tue, 03 Mar 2015 12:22:54 -0500)
Credit: Antony Magne
On one particularly cold morning, we arrive at an unassuming building in New York's garment district a bit rushed and anxious. Entering the brass doors, we approach an old man behind the front desk and ask for directions.
Without looking up he points to the elevator and mumbles, "11th floor."
Even his disappointing disposition can't affect us -- we have an appointment to meet the famed Indian-American fashion designer, Bibhu Mohapatra.
Does This Color Look Good on Me? (Tue, 03 Mar 2015 12:15:24 -0500)
I shop a lot. I mean A LOT. While I am out shopping, I commonly see people trying on various clothing items asking someone else or standing in front of a mirror asking: Does this color look good on me?
"Does this color look good on me?" is really an important question to ask and answer (hopefully accurately) before making color choices for your appearance. By not asking the question or incorrectly answering the question, you could be choosing clothing colors that make you look dull, unbalanced, worn, unprofessional and even older.
Colors that look good on someone else, don't necessarily look good on you. Wearing colors that align with you give off your best by adding vibrancy to your look.
Here are 4 questions to ask to assist you in determining whether a color of a garment is giving off your best.
1. When you look at yourself in the mirror or when someone else looks at you, are your eyes / their eyes more naturally drawn to look at the item you are wearing before your face? You want your eyes / their eyes to naturally be drawn to look at your face first. This is a sign indicating that the color of the item is not overpowering you.
2. If the item is something you wear on the upper part of your body (scarf, jacket, blouse, sweater, hair color etc.) -- when someone looks at you or when you look at yourself in the mirror - can your eye color easily be seen and are your eyes sparkling?
3. Does your exposed skin overall (from head to toe) look: a) vibrant, lively, skin imperfections minimized? OR b) sallow, tired, skin imperfections magnified?
4. If the item is something you wear on the upper part of your body - is there shading along your jawline that gives you definition and a natural face lift? If there is no shading or minimal shading, this is a sign that the color is not giving off your ideal best.
[Side note: the above is best seen in natural daylight, not direct sunlight]
Now you have 4 points to assist you to answer the question -- Does this color look good on me? You can review these points with items in your existing wardrobe or in a fitting room when trying on items.
I hope this blog inspires you to wear your authenticity!
Carol Brailey is an Image Consultant who specializes in color analysis. More of her color blogs can be found at carolbrailey.com and virtualcoloranalysis.com.
Barbara Mikulski Is The Reason Female Senators Are Wearing Pants Today (Tue, 03 Mar 2015 11:21:18 -0500)
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) always portrayed herself as a classic Baltimore woman, a hon who put her pants on one leg at a time. On Tuesday, her female colleagues in the Senate honored that ethos by putting on pants, one leg at a time.
Mikulski announced Monday she will be retiring in 2016, ending a five-term run in the Senate where she fought for the rights of the chamber's female members. When she took office in 1987, she was one of just two female senators in the 100th Congress; today, there are 20 women in the 114th Senate. As the longest-serving woman in the chamber, Mikulski hosts regular dinners for the Senate women and organizes "power workshops" for new female members.
She also paved the way for pants in the chamber.
"We've heard from women staff that in the 1980s, if they came in to work -- if they were called in on an emergency basis -- they needed to keep a dress to put on quickly or they had to borrow one if they had to appear on the Senate floor," Richard Baker, then the Senate historian, told The Washington Post in 2002.
Mikulski and then-Sen. Nancy Kassebaum (R-Kan.), however, fought to change that rule.
On weekends, men were allowed to dress more casually in the chamber, donning items like khakis and blazers -- but women still had to wear skirts and dresses. According to Roll Call, the rebellion happened some time in the early 1990s, when Mikulski and Kassebaum wore pants one weekend and told all female staffers to do the same.
"I'm most comfortable wearing slacks, and well, for a woman to come on the (Senate) floor in trousers was viewed as a seismographic event," Mikulski told CNN in 2010.
"The Senate parliamentarian had looked at the rules to see if it was OK. So, I walk on that day and you would have thought I was walking on the moon," she added. "It caused a big stir."
In 1993, Martha Pope, then the chamber's sergeant-at-arms, amended the dress code to allow women to wear pants on the Senate floor.
Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), who can often be seen around the Hill wearing pants, thanked Mikulski on Monday for blazing a trail away from hosiery.
Thanks @SenatorBarb, for leading Pantsuit Rebellion of 1993. The rule had to change, not her http://t.co/VR93QbRIF4 pic.twitter.com/zH62V3I7LI— Senator Patty Murray (@PattyMurray) March 2, 2015
Britney Spears' Hair Extensions Fall Out Mid-Performance (Tue, 03 Mar 2015 11:05:19 -0500)
Oops, she lost a piece of her weave.
Britney Spears endured a slight hair snafu during her Planet Hollywood "Piece of Me" Las Vegas residency show on Friday night. Midway through a performance of "Do Something" a clump of the pop princess' blonde hair extensions fell to the ground as she kept on dancing. (The show must go on because nobody has time to worry about losing a few tracks of hair while there are 4,500 screaming fans to entertain.)
Spears launched her Vegas show back in December 2013 and has been performing three nights a week ever since.
During an early show, she also suffered a small wardrobe malfunction when her costume's zipper opened up totally exposing her back. Ever the professional, Spears kept on going as her backup dancers rushed to zip up the costume, and the show carried on.
'Dior And I' Is The Latest Fashion Flick You Need To See (Tue, 03 Mar 2015 09:46:11 -0500)
"Fashion says that you can be somebody different" is how the "Dior and I" trailer begins. And that is exactly what Raf Simons proves, in the new documentary that chronicles the designer's first few months as creative director at Christian Dior.
The film, which premiered to much critical acclaim at the Tribeca Film Festival last year, follows Simmons as he prepares for his first couture show with the storied French design house. It's a fashion movie, so of course a little drama ensues (cue people getting stuck in an elevator and dresses not arriving on time), but it also offers a rare look into the elusive, exclusive world of haute couture.
We don't want to jump the gun here, but we have a strong feeling that this is going to go on the roster of must-see flicks for the fashion (and even non-fashion) obsessed. Besides, who doesn't like seeing pretty things being made?
Giorgio Armani Kicks Madonna While She's Down About THAT Cape (Tue, 03 Mar 2015 09:27:42 -0500)
Talk about kicking someone when they're down (literally).
Madonna suffered a bit of a wardrobe malfunction at the 2015 Brit Awards last week, which caused her to take a pretty bad fall. Inevitably, she became the subject of many a Vine and YouTube video.
Very Rich Teen Kylie Jenner Says She's Spiritual And Not Materialistic (Tue, 03 Mar 2015 08:50:06 -0500)
Kylie Jenner, whose daily jewelry is worth as much your college tuition, says she has a "spiritual" side.
"I honestly want the best for everyone," she said. "I'm not materialistic."
Speaking to Flaunt magazine, the 17-year-old -- who just bought a $2.7 million home -- added that she didn't need "clothes and all that stuff" to live.
"I feel like, not that I've had everything, but once you feel you've had everything at a young age, you can either go down a path of being spoiled and self-centered, or you see it isn't everything," she said.
Jenner, who drives a $125,000 Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUV, also spoke about the public's perception of her, which she says has kept her from really connecting with fans (though you may not have guessed that from her nearly 3,000 Instagram photos).
“People are going to judge you no matter what you do. So now I feel like I haven’t been open as much as I used to be," Jenner said. "I haven’t really been letting my fans get to know me a lot; I closed down a little. I love to connect with people, but it became just a bigger door for people to judge me."
Lubov Azria Discusses the Hervé Léger Fall 2015 Collection (Tue, 03 Mar 2015 08:16:46 -0500)
For fall 2015, Hervé Léger by Max Azria showcased a striking collection filled with luxurious couture techniques such as rich, textured jacquards, stud weavings, tridimensional glass beading, metallic hand studding, and leather appliqué that enriched each look's surface.
As for the accessories, the fall collection consisted of architectural clutch bags, structural harnesses and bandaged booties that emphasized the powerful undertones of the collection's looks.
What was the inspiration for your fall/winter 2015 collection?
The inspiration was Basilica De La Sagrada Familia by Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona, which was one of the most incredible places I have ever been to. The collection journeys through the symbolism captured in three of the basilica's facades, which are Nativity, Passion and Glory.
The show first started with Nativity, which symbolizes birth and is all about the tree of life showcasing three-dimensional jacquard looks. Then, the collection transitions to reflect the Passion façade, which is all about sacrifice and the Goth period. Lastly, the collection reflects the Glory façade, which is all about the Art Nouveau, so you will see these three facades transition throughout the collection.
What were your favorite materials and hues used in your fall/winter 2015 collection?
I liked all the texture; I especially loved the jackets worn over dresses.
What are your essential pieces for this current spring season?
I am going for a bohemian look this spring season and wearing long, fluid dresses with flats.
What's next for your brand?
We just celebrated 25 years, so my goal for the brand is to evolve as a lifestyle brand.
Photo Credit: A. Greenberg/BFAnyc.com
What Is Face Serum, And How Does It Work? (Tue, 03 Mar 2015 07:00:18 -0500)
We're always on the lookout for beauty products that aid in our pursuit to age gracefully. Even though our medicine cabinets are equipped with essentials like sunscreen and eye cream, face serum is something we are gradually integrating into our rotation.
Adopting a facial serum seems intimidating at first with its hefty price tag. Then we are reminded of all the skincare benefits, from clearing blemishes to smoothing wrinkles, and feel compelled to give it a try.
To ensure that we were using the product correctly, we took our face serum concerns to three experts. We wanted to know how often we should apply the serum, which ingredients target our specific issues and more. Here's what we learned.
Face serums are lightweight moisturizers that penetrate deeper to deliver active ingredients into your skin.
"By leaving out many of the heavier ingredients that are found in traditional moisturizers, [face serums] contain a much higher proportional concentration of active ingredients," says Dr. Carlos A. Charles, founder and medical director of Derma di Colore in Chelsea.
Celebrity makeup artist Kristofer Buckle believes that using a serum regularly can give your skin a firmer, smoother texture, make pores appear smaller and increase moisture levels.
Serums will only moisturize to a minimal extent. Therefore, Dr. Charles recommends using them in conjunction with heavier moisturizers.
It is not necessary to have a serum in your skincare regimen.
"Serums are simply an added step for those that have the right skin type and are looking to go the extra mile in their daily routines," explains Dr. Charles.
"Of course, the better condition your skin is in, the more amazing your makeup looks and wears throughout the day," says Buckle. “It's simple math -- the less problems you have to cover, the less makeup you have to use. Serums help give your skin a fresher, younger and healthier appearance."
The most expensive serums aren't always the best, but they do tend to contain higher quality, more concentrated ingredients.
Dr. Charles notes that there are cost-effective serums on the market that provide all of the beneficial properties found in expensive formulas.
"You have to look at the ingredients to make sure that not only do they address your skin concerns, but also that the product includes ingredients that make skin healthy," according to Howard Murad, M.D., board certified dermatologist and founder of Murad, Inc.
Dr. Murad suggests keeping an eye out for the following ingredients (which he puts in every Murad formula):
23 Photos Of Older People With Their Pets That Will Melt Your Heart (Tue, 03 Mar 2015 06:54:16 -0500)
Studies that link pet ownership with better health aren't new. Not only do pets decrease blood pressure and feelings of loneliness, they also increase your opportunities for exercise and socialization. And that's especially true for older people.
With that in mind, Huff/Post50 asked readers of all ages to share the photos that prove pets hold a special place in people's hearts. Check out just some of the images below and be prepared to gush over the cuteness.
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Texas Man Gets Tattoo Of #TheDress On His Leg, Asks: 'White Or Gold?' (Tue, 03 Mar 2015 05:28:03 -0500)
The Internet went into a state of frenzy last week when #TheDress made everyone wonder: “White and gold? Or black and blue?”
This week, reports have emerged of a man in Texas named Daniel Howland who will likely never forget that mind-boggling, eye-tricking outfit -- or the total meltdown it triggered. That’s because Howland reportedly got an image of the dress (in black and blue) tattooed on his leg, accompanied by the words “white and gold?”
These Two Teens Aren't Just Sisters -- They're Twins (Mon, 02 Mar 2015 18:05:25 -0500)
When Lucy and Maria Aylmer tell people they are twins, disbelief is one response.
The 18-year-olds from Gloucester, U.K. are two of the five children born to their Caucasian father and "half-Jamaican" mother, World Wide Features reports. While their other siblings have a blend of features from their parents, Lucy and Maria are opposites: Lucy has fair skin and red hair, while Maria has caramel skin and dark hair.
"No one ever believes we are twins because I am white and Maria is black," Lucy said, according to World Wide Features. "Even when we dress alike, we still don’t even look like sisters, let alone twins. When we’ve met friends for the first time they never believe we are twins and they have even made us produce our birth certificates to prove that we are actually twins."
Fraternal twins develop from two eggs fertilized by separate sperm cells. The BBC reports that for a biracial couple expecting twins, there is about a 1 in 500 chance those twins will have different skin colors.
The Aylmers are proud of their uniqueness.
"Now we have grown older, even though we still look so different, the bond between us is much stronger," Lucy said. "Now we are proud of the fact that we are each other’s twin sister. Maria loves telling people at college that she has a white twin - and I’m very proud of having a black twin."
Young Girls Prove Just How 'Phenomenal' They Are With This Awesome Tribute To Maya Angelou (Mon, 02 Mar 2015 17:46:56 -0500)
Sometimes the smallest voices best deliver the most important messages.
What better way to end Black History Month and begin Women's History Month, than with a tribute to a legendary thinker, writer and leader like Maya Angelou? The words of one of the late poet's most famous works, 'Phenomenal Woman,' are brought to life and spoken by young black girls in a video released by Nickelodeon that's nothing short of inspiring.
The video was made in collaboration with the Because of Them, We Can campaign, a project started by Eunique Jones Gibson, a photographer and mother of two who felt inspired to connect her children -- and all young people -- with their rich cultural history. The result is a marriage of past and present in images that promise a bright future.
Maya Angelou was right, and these young girls know it: "Phenomenal woman, that’s me."
[h/t Women You Should Know]
For The Love Of Joan, Please Don't Put Khloe Kardashian (Or Anyone Else) On 'Fashion Police' (Mon, 02 Mar 2015 17:41:04 -0500)
Say it ain't Khlo, E!
Joan Rivers' untimely passing has taken a toll on E!'s "Fashion Police." Fans of both the show and Rivers were skeptical when the network announced that its new panel would include Kathy Griffin as Rivers' replacement and celebrity stylist Brad Goreski as a replacement for George Katsiopolous. At first the show appeared to work just fine. Griffin stuck to zingers Rivers would approve of, and Goreski provided just enough sass to play off of fan-favorite Kelly Osbourne and veteran Giuliana Rancic.
The show, though, has had a tumultuous few weeks. Rancic's comments about Zendaya's hair during its Oscar special has seemingly undone the show at -- you guessed it! -- its seams. Osbourne announced she is leaving the show; there is already buzz about who will replace her. Two names that have been thrown around the rumor mill are Nene Leakes and Khloe Kardashian.
Well, if I may, I'd like to take this opportunity to appeal to the "Fashion Police" family. Instead of replacing yet another cast member, perhaps it's time to consider throwing in the Louboutins and closing the curtain on the show. Here's why:
Khloe Kardashian, neither a comedian nor an authority on fashion, is being considered to join the cast.
Naysayers of Griffin argue that she is not an expert on fashion. But what has always made "Fashion Police" great is its willingness to poke fun and crack (funny) jokes about our favorite celebrities. The combination of comedy with fashion expertise makes the show.
Kardashian doesn't seem to fit into either category. Her fashion expertise is limited compared to Osbourne's, the co-host she would replace. While she has experience in hosting both radio and TV shows alike, she's not a comedian. It's hard for me to justify her nabbing a place on the panel simply because of her celebrity, and the fact that she is reportedly a front-runner is a sign that the show might be losing its focus.
Without Rivers, even the funniest jokes come up short.
Sure, Griffin is a successful, funny-enough comedian, and promised to take no prisoners in her role as host, yet zingers that once felt authentically Joan now feel like a constant attempt to mimic her. It's not about Griffin per se, it would be impossible for us not to compare any person brought on to replace Rivers. On the other hand, had they chosen someone with a more censored approach to humor, the show would lose a major quality that sets it apart from any other show on television. It's a lose-lose.
Nothing is ever as good as the original.
There comes a point where a show simply is not the same. Recasting a reality show is hard enough when it's one or two cast members, but abruptly overhauling the majority of the cast makes it difficult for the audience to embrace an entirely new version. Growing accustomed to new hosts, complete with new opinions, senses of humor and personalities do not really seem worth the effort the audience would need to exert.