Beyonce closed Tom Ford’s Womenswear SS11′ Show for obvious reasons. Everybody who is anybody in fashion walked the ultra exclusive runway. Mr. Ford is never predictable and continues to remain one of fashion biggest names so it only makes sense for him to bring the biggest name in music who also happens to be quite the stylish woman.
In their most recent issue, music bible Rolling Stone crowned Nicki Minaj as the Queen of Hip-Hop.
I beg to differ.
No other female rapper has had as much creativity, nerve, innovation and raw talent as Missy Elliott. So many focus on Nicki’s alleged thievery of Lil Kim’s image and musical style; but when you think about it, The Queen B is not the only rap legend who shares similarities with the animated newcomer. Before Roman, quirky English accents, trademark facial expressions or larger-than-life personality, there was The Misdemeanor.
Shaun Ross is not to be fucked with. Once again her shows why he is one of best male models in fashion. There is a presence which transcends through each shot making his believable yet surreal. Starring in this Ones2Watch spread, Shaun embodies a man who is consumed with the sickness of judgment. The futuristic styling combined with the harsh/dark tones setting makes for some compelling imagery.
As the featured song of Swizz Beatz‘ “Monster Mondays” (his version of Kanye’s “G.O.O.D. Fridays”), Diddy-Dirty Money‘s “Ass On The Floor” takes heart-racing, bass-heavy Euro-club bliss to another level. If Swizz Beatz is not killing the competition as today’s most versatile and talented mainstream producer, I don’t know who is.
Hip-hop heavyweight T.I. calls on powerhouse vocalist Christina Aguilera for a new song titled “Castle Walls,” lifted from his new album No Mercy (due December 7th). The hard-hitting track follows in the footsteps of T.I.’s hit “Dead And Gone” (featuring Justin Timberlake) as a personal and touching life reflection.
An ounce of reggae, touch of oldies-soul, a pinch of folk and two cups of hip-hop are the ingredients for the eclectic musical creations of up and coming artist Kae Sun. His music is outspoken without flamboyancy. His voice is mellow, tranquil but gritty enough to command the ear. He is the anti-industry model of today’s popular rapper but is talented enough to stand up next to today’s most adored and well-received. With one listen of his debut album Lion On A Leash, these statements are brought to life as a true testimony of Sun’s creativity.
There’s something about Domir Doma. There is an authenticity to the designs which captivates the eye. When it comes to the new wave of menswear, Domir Doma stands alone. The clothes have an ultimate reality, an inner path which enables one to discover their deepest values and reasons for living which takes these designs from natural to supernatural. This spread is the perfect representation of such.
Lastnight, BET and Centric aired this year’s Soul Train Music Awards and surprisingly delivered some noteworthy moments. Living up to last year’s spectacular tribute to Chaka Khan, this year’s tribute to Anita Baker brought power vocalists Chrisette Michele, Tamia, Faith Evans, Rochelle Ferrell and more to the stage to create one of the best performances of the year. Other notable performances included Erykah Badu and Bruno Mars.
As I was perusing through images on my laptop I came across these two images of Lady Grace. What’s crazy is that I am continuously deleting images because there’s always too many; especially of Grace. The only two that were salvaged were these two–one of the yesteryears and one from more recent times.
I’ll eternally feel like Grace is the forgotten heroine of artistic expression. When it comes to avant-garde creativity, boundary crossing and androgyny, no one has ever come close.
160g is a digital high fashion publication. Visually and content-wise, when it comes to artistic intent, 160g excels. I find myself often bored and uninspired as I browse the newsstand. There’s a lack of hunger and surrealism that fashion publications should have, US mags that is.
N.E.R.D. hit up “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” earlier this week to perform “Sacred Temple” from their latest album, Nothing. Have you gotten into their new album yet? If not, DO. SO. NOW.
N.E.R.D. is so original and true to themselves that they could make a song about chicken on stick sound hot.As this performance demonstrates,I appreciate the ambiguity of their genre and style of music.
They have never been ones to be put in a box and follow the crowd; and they do it well. Like I said before, if you have not checked out their latest album, you are truly missing out.