Monthly Archives: May 2010

sing.on.sullivan


World Premiere: “Nothing’s Better” – Jazmine Sullivan

I mentioned last summer that if there’s one resurged-retro-soul-monger I’m fully behind, it’s Jazmine Sullivan. I was enchanted by her nonchalant-yet-solid debut album which boasted such modern-day opuses as “Bust Your Windows”, “In Love With Another Man,” and “Lions, Tigers, and Bears.” After her ’09 Grammy nod, Glee arrangement, and Cotton ad roll-out, Sullivan returns with a single that’s as sly and streamlined as ever. “Nothing’s Better,” produced by the overtapped Stargate conglomerate (see: Beyonce, Ne-Yo, Rihanna, …), bares an asphalt-rattling, symphonic backdrop that lets Sullivan’s chops do the shining. Comparing her vocals to other R&B countesses of the day: Mary J. Blige, Keyshia Cole, even Fantasia Barrino; Sullivan’s rigor sounds more Broadway-trained than her fresh-from-the-corner vibrato may suggest, lending her projects the kind of distilled versatility her peers could only wish for. Jazmine Sullivan is just the type of soulstress we need to bring radio-ready R&B back to the critical tier.

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whoop.d.woo


photo (top) courtesy of style.com x pedro lourenco f/w 2010

cha.cha

photo courtesy of hussein chalayan

fiend4.1

Balenciaga quilted leather motorcycle clutch


Helmut Lang F/W ’02 velcro bulletproof vest

The Row lambskin ‘Barton’ jacket


Alexander McQueen F/W ’10 strap-pad platform booties


Illesteva x Corto Moteldo circular sunglasses

Unofficial Versace semi-automatic rifle


Undercover languid NYC tee

sir.luscious.left.foot

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World Premiere: “Shutterbug” – Big Boi

Was always more of a Speakerboxx than Love Below, Outkast-ingly speaking.
That’s the reason I’m so psyched to hear Big Boi’s next chapter.
Peep his funkdafied new clip above and tell me you’re not too.


Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
hits 7.6.10

the.appointment


Sarah Burton appointed Creative Director at Alexander McQueen.
Read her story here.

photo courtesy of vogue.co.uk x david burton

extra.terrestrial

photo courtesy of balenciaga

ri.ri.101

World Premiere: “Rockstar 101” – Rihanna (Feat. Slash)

Watch & Learn:
Good clothes (um…Francesco Scognamiglio)
can make a bad song into a good video.
Period.

artist spotlite: mndr


“Bang Bang Bang” – Mark Ronson & MNDR (Featuring Q-Tip)

Upon first listen, MNDR is like any other electro-gloss artist out there – carbonated, club-driven, and admittedly ephemeral. Just as Xtina hopped on the Ke$ha/Gaga bandwagon, MNDR sounds like she caught the Santigold train a season or two too late. Her Myspace tracks, filed under the genre of ‘Industrial/German Pop’, are sonically closer to Jem doing Styx renditions (namely “Mr. Roboto”) than anything else. That is, until the Mark Ronson-produced “Bang Bang Bang” landed on my desktop this morning. Could I have been as wrong about MNDR as I was with Santigold’s initial shot (“Pretty Gold”)? The Ronson/Q-Tip collaboration provides a world of change for MNDR – no longer a follower, her brash delivery atop Ronson’s synth-hop backdrop posts her in between Santi and Ri-Ri peacefully. Whether the accolades belong to Mr. Ronson for the pitch perfect positioning or not, doesn’t quite matter. MNDR has found her place amongst Ronson’s land of retro mentalities, hip-hop, mega-hooks, video games, and big band beats.

heel.high

human.nature



photo courtesy of blackbook

ride.remix

World Premiere: “RIDE (Remix)” – Ciara
(Feat. Bei Maejor & Ludacris)

With her latest vid banned, a steamy Vogue Paris Givenchy spread on newsstands (below), and her album on the fringe of release…what else is there for CiCi to do?

Sounds like a remix…

ror.shock


photos (top) courtesy of jak&jill x dion lee f/w 2010

sister.sistah


90’s sistahs

always in my heart

mack.dat

Song of the Day: “Return of the Mack” – Mark Morrison

beat.the…up


Loving the boxing motif in
Bec & Bridge‘s F/W 2010 Collection.

photos courtesy of thegrandsocial

re.invention

Spotted: Miss Jackson‘s new ‘do
London, May 19, 2010

fiend4.0

Introducing a new post series to the blog:

fiend4

a weekly rundown of product selections endorsed by yours truly

YSL “Muse Two” Limited Edition Impala Bag

Alexander McQueen “Atlantis of Platon” Silk Foulard
Alain Quilici S/S 2010 Sandals

Vintage Silver/Gold Pierre Cardin Ring

dance.line

…I wish this would happen when I go out…

good.head


When you think of millinery in America – not much comes to mind…the Kentucky Derby, Easter Sunday, Aretha Franklin’s bow-ed Inaugural crown. Not for long. Fellow Parsons grad and friend, Gigi Burris, 23, has set out to top the heads of those who refuse to relegate the fine craft to yesteryear. Already courting fans left and right (count Rihanna and Kate Lanphear in), Burris‘ latest collaboration with famed NYC vintage retailer Screaming Mimi’s aims to widen her range of recipients, with prices starting at $80. The handmade head candy, with imported French veils and confectionery-colored petals, are keen cues back to Like A Virgin-era Madge, Lauper, and 80’s sock hop revivals. If she’s ever interested in expanding to the streets, a New Era collabo would be beyond words …think barbed-wire, brick bits, and chrome detailing.

photos courtesy of gigi burris x lucy carr-ellison

cradle.rock


World Premiere: “Lego” – Crishan

I can’t pinpoint exactly what it is about this track that reminds me so much of The Rugrats. It could be the cartoon-sounding setting on Crishan’s vocoder, the staccato background in all of its pre-school paced glory, the fact the song’s metaslang-title is derived from a child’s play toy, or the farfetched presumption that Tommy Pickles had matured into a full-fledged (horn-dog) Pied Piper since we saw him last. (At one point, one’s coochie is even compared to Aquafina.) Is this what happened to the Reptar-loving runts post-potty training?

illumi.lace

Artwork made from pieces of my favorite Ghesquiere collection to date:
Balenciaga S/S ’06



photos courtesy of showstudio

therese.ohrvall


Friend and fellow Swede, Therese Ohrvall, unveiled her Parsons ’10 photo thesis series this past week. Her compositions are chillingly beautiful to say the least; like eidolic stills from an Ingmar Bergman film – cinematic as they are sinister, cold as they are swallowing. And I’m not just saying that because I’m in one. View her e-folio here.



photos courtesy of making friends x therese ohrvall

$1,140.sweats


Balmain
did it with jeans
now Haider‘s doin’ it with sweatpants.
(what recession?)

alcoholic.flow


World Premiere: “I Wanna Get Drunk” – DJ Felli Fel
(Feat. Three Six Mafia, Fatman Scoop, & Lil’ Jon)

I’d really like to know – do things get any better than this? Three of the most ridiculous acts to surface in hip-hop (one of which has won an Oscar – guess who) on a track that samples Van Halen’s “Jump”? Correct answer: No. Things don’t get much better. (Unless, of course, David Hasselhoff were to add his lip to this beast of a track. Which wouldn’t be a hard stretch come to think of it. Remix possibility?) So, remember where you heard it first, ’cause it’s about to change your summer plans for good. Hopefully Three 6 will get the message and bury the Tiesto affairs already.

bess.fw2010

photo courtesy of bess nyc

hello.good.morning

World Premiere: “Hello Good Morning” – Dirty Money
(Feat. Rick Ross & T.I.)

Diddy gets a little help from his friends in support of his heftily delayed summer comeback. See if you can count ’em all. I spy Ricky Ross, Swizzy, a hellish Danja beat, Kaleena & Dawn, T.I., Hype Williams, and of course, fireworks. Good morning. Yawn.

ex.con


You’re not a certified gangster until you’ve sat amongst
the white, middle-American audience of the
biggest O.G. in the business’ own talk show.


click thumbnails below to view S&M @TheMarthaShow

joni.mitchell.neva.lies


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Song of the Day: “Got ‘Til It’s Gone” – Janet Jackson (Feat. Joni Mitchell & Q-Tip)

When I first saw Mikael Jansson’s May 2010 Interview spread with Daria Werbowy, I was instantly transported back to 1997 when Janet debuted her now-classic vintage-inspired “Got ‘Til It’s Gone” video (directed by Mark Romanek) to critical praise. The sweaty, cocoa-buttered look has yet to get old.


photos courtesy of fashionindie

bucky.done.gun

photo courtesy of francoisrobert.com

the.make-up.bag


Song of the Day: “Make-Up Bag” – The-Dream (Feat. T.I.)

I have found a solution to The-Dream‘s latest lady dilemma: rather than making-up by throwing 5 stacks down for a new make-up bag every time the Patron gets the best of you, drop 10 stacks on the interchangeably fantastic “Herbag” by Hermes. Modeled after the ever-iconic “Kelly” bag, “Herbag’s” modular, rubberized canvas design gives the cheaper option to purchase a new component for each occasion she gets mad, instead of a new “Birkin” every time you’re in need of forgiveness. While I don’t endorse any genderized accessory (“Herbag” – whose bag?), I do endorse a bag that’s as bipolar as relationships can be.

photos courtesy of kristopherdukes.com

track anatomy: loc’d out

“The Kid Frankie” – Wiz Khalifa


“Hangin’ On A String” – Loose Ends

If you haven’t already…
download Wiz‘s latest mixtape Kush & Orange Juice

world.collision

Anna Wintour and Sean “Diddy” Combs at MET Gala After Party

photo courtesy of village voice blog

judge.booty


This past weekend, I was back in my hometown of Buffalo, NY, to guest judge (and rep for my boy ADAM) at the Buffalo State College Runway 3.0 show. Special thanks to Erin and my judge homies.

Wardrobe: Zara striped cotton power shoulder blazer, Vintage shredded tank(s), Helmut Lang leather leggings, Nine West ankle-skim heeled boots, Vintage estate jewelry, JACKSON double tusk ring, JACKSON suede/goat hair Oz. clutch

ADAM S/S 2010 showin’ out during the finale

Chrissy, Janies, & I @ Runway 3.0

givenchy.fw2010

photos courtesy of fashionisto

artist spotlite: o’spada

“Pay Off” – O’Spada

I’ve posted quite a bit on the topic of O’Spada – the little Swedish hip-pop group that hasn’t (yet) taken off in the U.S. of A. They’re just too creative to let die under the plethora of hipster similar’s, so, once again… let me introduce you to the only acceptable neon-lit glitter band this side of Goldfrapp. How many times can I say it? The Swedes go HARD! Just listen to those synths squirt your face. Listen to the kiddie choir on the bridge. The track’s an undeniable pop opus that will (crosses fingers) pay off. Their debut album drops internationally May 19, 2010.

ice.cube

photo courtesy of tom hines

raggedy.ann.d

photos courtesy of (top) kouklitas & (bottom) style.com
x ann demeulemeester s/s 2010

MET.best

10 Andre Leon Talley & Whoopi Goldberg
in Ralph Rucci

9 Sarah Jessica Parker
in Halston Heritage

8 Alexa Chung
in 3.1 Philip Lim

7 M.I.A.
in Alexander Wang x GAP

6 Chloe Sevigny
in Proenza Schouler

5 Justin Timberlake
in William Rast

4 Kerry Washington
in Thakoon x GAP

3 Diddy
in Dries Van Noten

2 Janet Jackson
in Lanvin

1 Chanel Iman
in Michael Kors

photos courtesy of style.com & tFs

boi.1da



hair.wise#6

Blue Dream ‘Do by Steven Noss, photo x David Yellen.

the.S&M.effect


The Smoke & Mirrors Effect:

unlikely proliferation of gangsta mentalities relating to high fashion, hip-hop, R&B (as seen on Bleach Black, WorldStarHipHop.com, SNL, Hedi Slimane’s Rolls obsession, and Givenchy’s latest muse Ciara)