Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Arise Magazine Now on 4th Issue

June Issue

By now you should have heard of Arise Magazine - right?! Well, if you haven't treat yourself to a copy of this wonderful new magazine only launched in February now with 4 issues under its belt. Arise magazine arrived on the scene with a bang - Liya, Naomi and Alek Wek graced the cover!!

Georgie Baddiel for May Issue

Since then the magazine has been filled with beautiful editorials and equally beautiful cover pages and articles. Many US based black fashion centric magazines have folded; Arise provides a fresh, intelligent and colorful look into black fashion. I hope they are here to stay.

Visit their site for subscription information. I have also seen them at my local Barnes and Noble. Become a fan on their facebook page - do everything to get your hand on Arise so we can keep them in circulation!!


Arise Magazine Facebook Fan Page

Sexual Assault In The Modeling Industry

Model Sara Ziff has braved what may soon be a backlash to expose rampant sexual assault in the modeling industry. In the documentary, Picture Me, she referenced a photographer age 45 who made a pass at a 16 year old model - worse her agency said, "she should have slept with him"!!

Picture Me Trailer

Thus far no black models have been named in the documentary, however this problem crosses racial boundaries and ALL models should be aware of what they are willing to accept as normal and unacceptable behavior from agencies, photographers, make up artists, etc. I hope this video helps the models who second guessed their decisions and those who have been too afraid to come out.


Rachel Rachel Roy for Macys

Rachel Roy has had an active year thus far. She received funding from Jones Apparel, applied for a divorce and is busy preparing her launch of Rachel Rachel Roy for Macy's this fall.

Rachel Roy is producing a full line for Macys to include apparel, accessories, handbags, shoes, and jewelry. The price points are enviable at $39 to $299. This will be a much needed boost for Macy's who's numbers have been sliding and for Roy who has thus far only captured a small space in the market. I have personally enjoyed Rachel's design and style choices, so I'm extremely happy for her and will look forward to her launch.

Rachel describes her line as the "younger sister to the high-end line - It's for the girls who are just getting started in the job force (and love to go out) but don't want to look like their trying to be stylish."

My favorite piece. I will be in New York by launch day so hopefully I can snag one!

was present at Roy's launch party in late April and captured some great shots of the line, you check out the sneak peak by following the link. Do you think Rachel's line will be sold out like fellow designers who had massive success with H&M?

What is in Chanel Iman and Lakshmi Menon's purses?

Everyone knows models for having gorgeous skin and wearing minimal makeup - which is very refreshing - yet so model-esque! I can imagine developing a natural aversion to makeup if you're constantly a makeup artists puppet all the time!

According to her brief interview with a Vogue beauty editor, Chanel carries the bare minimum - literally. Salve for her lips and nails, an eyebrow brush & pencil to fill in her brows and mascara to keep her lashes long!

Don't think you can afford what's in Chanel's bag? Think again, she doubles up her Smith’s Rosebud Salve for her lips and nails - extremely important when you're constantly shaking hands and meeting new people. Get her Rosebud Salve at Sephora for $6!!
Here brow pencil she received from a makeup artist but it's a brand everyone knows, Origins Fill In The Blanks. And you can get it for $15. Lastly her masacara, drum roll please.....Maybeline! Visit your local drug store on any given day for this one ladies! Chanel says, “I always carry around some mascara—the old-fashioned Maybelline, It’s better than the expensive stuff. And it makes lashes really long, especially the XXL one.”
Lakshimi is even more simple! She says, “The only thing I’m really good at is how to use kohl, because as an Indian girl I grew up with it - I don’t even attempt foundation. I bought some but I have no idea how to use it.” {She uses a bronzer instead - brand not metioned - sorry ladies}

But Lakshmi was kind enough to provide some helpful tips on how to use kohl, she says, “Oh yeah, there’s a trick to it - Apply it to the upper and lower lash lines—just a little smudge under your eyelid—and then close your eyes and gently rub them together. You get the sexiest smudge.” Sound so alluring - I wonder how it will look on me? Well Aveda has one for only $12.50.
Finally Lakshmi "keeps her dry skin glowing with Dr. Hauschka’s Rose Day Cream". This one carries a stiffer price label but when you compare it to let's say, Lancome, it's a steal at $42.50!!
Let me know how they turn out....


Sunday, June 7, 2009

Remembering Gordon Parks

Liya Kebede and others were on hand to remember prolific photographer Gordon Parks - whom I honestly became aware of while browsing vogue.com. Certainly I have experienced his wonderful photographs in the past yet blatantly unaware of who he was.

In brief, Gordon Parks was a self-taught photographer who is best known for his 20 years of work with Life magazine {he was the first African-American to work for Life}. Gordon was also an activist, writer and director - he directed Shaft!

Liya Kebede

Most recently, Liya Kebede, fellow photographer Bruce Weber, Isabel Toledo and Russell Simmons were honorees at the Gordon Parks Foundation "Celebrating Fashion" Gala.

Russell Simmons

Bethann Hardison {Can anyone tell me what's on her feet?}

View more pictures of the event and two of Gordon Parks children from style.com

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Sessilee Lopez Harpers Bazaar June Issue

*I am out of the country and posts have been extremely sloow. I have acquired internet access -yay- so I'm back*

To the good news: I received my Harpers Bazaar in the mail mid May and was delighted to see a full 10 page spread of nothing but Sessilee!!! I thought I must get this scanned ASAP to post, alas time didn't allow. But lucky us, Sessilee herself post her own picks on her site, SESSILEE. A long with a few other day by day happenings in her fabulous life. So be sure to check her site for updates.
Great Style, Great Price indeed! Nothing in this spread was listed over $1,000 not even $800! Yet it still included Ralph Lauren, Tory Burch, Yves Saint Laurent and others but had a sophisticated mix with Gap and Banana Republic. What more can a girl - on something of a budget - ask for!

Here are my other faves!

The landscape was too luscious!
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