An overdue update

Regretfully, I have not kept my promise to regularly update this blog. Blame it on the summer of 2011 and my laziness. However, with the summer coming to a close I think I’ll be able to write more regularly. I’m also a bit of a “visual perfectionist” and I’m trying to find a blog layout that doesn’t annoy me to much. If you happen to read this and have any suggestions please let me know in the comments. Thanks!

Rest in peace Amy Winehouse: September 14, 1983 to July 23, 2011

To say I am an Amy Winehouse fan is an understatement. I remember the first time I heard “Rehab” like it was yesterday. Ever since then I have followed her career; I bought her music, watched her win countless awards, and watched almost every music video, live performance and interview I could find on Youtube. Like everyone else I also witnessed her downward spiral. Even though many people wrote her off and said she was too far gone, I still hoped that one day she would get better. If the rumours are true, Amy’s addictions consumed her and inevitably caused her death.

To see someone with so much talent (especially during this era of popular music)  pass away at such a young age, is simply heartbreaking. Not only was she talented, she also had a very sweet personality and seemed humbled by the all accolades she received. I’m not ashamed to admit that when I heard the news of Amy’s death, I cried. Back to Black was the soundtrack to my first year at university and a difficult time in my life. I listened to it daily for at least a year and a half. Amy was a prolific singer/songwriter who spoke with such honesty to me and to many other people I’m sure. It’s unfortunate that her personal demons often overshadowed her undeniable talent. Some may romanticize her legacy as a musician and public figure, but I truly believe music has suffered a great loss. Her music is a testament to the power of music (and the arts)  and its ability to establish profound connections between people. She will be dearly missed.

Rest in peace Amy.

Love and Fro Tidbits

Gathered from the worldwide web, here are a few stories I found interesting, funny or particularly annoying.

 

So Kanye really is serious about this fashion line, isn’t he? And its womenswear too! – The Fashion Bomb Daily 

King Bey delivers with another great photo shoot. – Complex

Its really not necessary Lil’ Wayne. – XXL Magazine

Jay – Z explains why he uses Biggie lyrics in his music … some people find it problematic – RapRadar 

Do people still watch Project Runway? If so, do they care about this? – Gawker 

I do not understand this obsession with Pippa. I do not. – This is Gloucestershire

I think I’m one of the few black fashion bloggers who doesn’t like Solange’s style choices. She misses more than she hits. – Go Fug Yourself

This phone hacking scandal is a gift that keeps on giving! – Dlisted 

Two people whom you have never met and probably don’t care about have decided to get a divorce. Let the rumours begin! – People

As expected, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 made a lot of money this weekend – Forbes 

I’m just going to link to this because classy people don’t comment on Jersey Shore; they just watch in amazement and wonder.  Enjoy. – Gawker

 

 

 

 

Tell us how you really feel Azzedine!

Azzedine Alia and Grace Jones

You really have to admire Azzedine Alaia. Not only is he a great designer, he turned down one of the most coveted jobs in fashion (can you blame him?), and did not mince words when speaking about two of fashion’s biggest figures: Karl Lagerfeld and Anna Wintour.

On Karl Lagerfeld:

“Happily, women love me and buy my clothes, unlike Karl who’s never been loved like me! [Laughs.] . . . I don’t like his fashion, his spirit, his attitude. It’s too much caricature. Karl Lagerfeld never touched a pair of scissors in his life. That doesn’t mean that he’s not great, but he’s part of another system. He has capacity. One day he does photography, the next he does advertisements for Coca-Cola. I would rather die than see my face in a car advertisement. We don’t do the same work. And I think that he is not doing a favor to young [designers] who might think it works that way. They’re going to fall before they retire.”

On Anna Wintour:

“I said it before. She runs the business [of Vogue] very well, but not the fashion part. When I see how she is dressed, I don’t believe in her tastes one second. I can say it loudly! She hasn’t photographed my work in years even if I am a best seller in the US and I have 140 square meters at Barneys. American women love me; I don’t need her support at all. Anna Wintour doesn’t deal with pictures; she is just doing PR and business, and she scares everybody. But when she sees me, she is the scared one. [Laughs.] Other people think like me, but don’t say it because they are afraid that Vogue won’t photograph them. Anyway, who will remember Anna Wintour in the history of fashion? No one. Take Diana Vreeland, she is remembered because she was so chic. What she did with the magazine was great, with Avedon and all the great photographers. Vogue remains while its fashion editors come and go.”

Alia will present his new collection at Paris Haute Couture Fashion week, July 4 to 8 2011.

Source: Fashionologie

THE COVER: Nyasha Matonhodze on the cover of LOVE

Nyasha Matonhodze on the cover of LOVE

From Fashionologie:

16-year-old Zimbabwean model Nyasha Matonhodze majorly hit the model radar upon bagging a slot in theFall 2011 Louis Vuitton ad campaign, and it looks like Vuitton show stylist Katie Grand is helping her perpetuate her rise. Matonhodze is featured on the latest issue (likely the first cover of many for the issue) of the Grand-edited LOVE magazine.

Here we go again: H&M collaborates with Versace

I always miss out on these! By the time I actually get around to going to an H&M all the merchandise is sold out. I’ll never forgive myself for missing the collaboration with Lanvin! Not only will Versace collaborate with H&M for fall 2011, there will also be a pre-spring 2012 collection!

From Huffington Post: 

Women’s Wear Daily reports that Versace will team up with the fast fashion chain for fall on a collection of womenswear, men’s clothes and home items to his stores November 17. Versace will also put together a pre-spring collection to be sold online in select countries come January 19, 2012.

Check out the preview at Vogue.UK

 

Why Not? Marilyn Monroe’s iconic “subway dress” auctions for $4.6 million

Marilyn Monroe in Seven Year Itch

I saw this on the news yesterday and I guessed it would go at least three million!

The $4.6 million winning bid for Monroe’s dress, which billows up with a gust of air as a train rolls by, rose to $5.52 million after taxes and fees were included, and the sum far surpassed pre-sale estimates of $1 million to $2 million.

The dress was among nearly 600 costumes and other memorabilia collected by Reynolds, a singer, dancer and actress who rose to fame during the 1950s and was married to singer Eddie Fisher

“I’m thrilled beyond words. This first auction shows that our great stars were loved by the world,” said Reynolds. A second sale of Reynolds’ items will take place on December 3.

Auctioneer Profiles in History said the previous costume sales record was held by Audrey Hepburn’s iconic little black dress from the 1961 film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” which sold for $923,187.

The auction resulted in several major sales that surpassed that figure. Hepburn’s ascot dress from “My Fair Lady” fetched $4.4 million, and Judy Garland’s blue cotton dress from “Wizard of Oz” drew $1.09 million.

I would really like to meet the person (or people) who’s willing to spend $4.6 million on one dress. Oh wait! It’s $5.52 million after taxes.