Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Black Face..

The history of Blackface is that it is theatrical makeup used first in the United States in minstrel shows, and later around the world, where the practice became popular during the 19th century. It is associated with American racism such as the "happy-go-lucky darky on the plantation" or the "dandified coon." Do we still need to go over this..Black face is not to be put on as make up. 

The 60th anniversary of Stern Fotographie magazine pays tribute to ultimate Glam God, Karl Lagerfeld’s. The issue was published with six different covers, each an image of Claudia Schiffer styled in a different theme. There’s Claudia as a Working Girl and Claudia as Marie Antoinette, Claudia as some sort of Stripper in a Cop Costume and Claudia as a Man. UNFORTUNATELY...there’s Claudia as an Asian woman and Claudia as a Black woman. What the Hell????

Shooting a model in blackface is a trick and a trap tactic of creating controversy and certain fashion idiots are so desperate for AIR time, they'll do anything. WHat's next! Although this is creative connossieur Karl Lagerfield, it doesn’t make it any less offensive. The images promote Schiffer’s versatility as a SUPERmodel. She can look Black and she can look Asian,however this is SUPER boring..ON TO THE NEXT. 

The Kaiser, Karl Lagerfield could have been more creative instead of coying racist events of the PAST.

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Tuesday, 22 June 2010

10 reasons why Marc Jacobs' BANG fragrance is fuming!

1)The Ad is controversial
2)Marc's body has never looked better (hair transplant, tan, tattoos,earrings)
3)We've not forgotten that he invented GRUNGE - sort of
4)He is the map of fashion - GENIUS labels (eponymous line, Louis Vuitton)
5)He is SO New York (born & bred)
6)He's been criticised by Oscar de la Renta as a mere copyist (DRAMA)
7)Although an accused copier, Ed Hardy blatantly copied his quilted nylon bag (see post below)
8)His most impressive work: his makeover. 3yrs ago, he was long-locked, four-eyed and buttoned-up geek chic when he hit New York’s legendary Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. And now look at him! 
9)He won the CFDA's Womenswear Designer of the Year Award ! Hoorah.. 
10)We are so obsessed with Marc..we have multiple pairs of his MJ galoshes(WELLYS)

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Monday, 21 June 2010

I grew up with football on the telly all day! Am I fan? Maybe..

There is NO doubt that The Top Team has an ongoing love affair with Louis Vuitton. The FIFA World Cup South Africa final is on Sunday and in the event of the cup, FIFA has special ordered a case to hold the World Cup Trophy! The case has been handmade by a single craftsman, and has been designed to accomodate the celebrated trophy. Covered in Louis Vuitton’s iconic Monogram canvas, the travel case is fitted with the company’s signature brass lock and corners, and has a dark brown lining that complements the Trophy’s rich gold.

Thierry Weil, FIFA Director of Marketing Division: “The travel case is a fundamental element in the appearance of our most important asset. It not only underlines the exclusivity and personality of the FIFA World Cup Trophy, but guarantees safety and protection on it’s travel around the world.” Well said ..Well made ..Most wanted! Let's go G-E-R-M-A-N-Y or S-P-A-I-N!!

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Sunday, 20 June 2010

TOP NEWS - Hell to the NO..Twilight jacket to be destroyed!

BB Dakota (California label) was lucky to have Kristen Stewart wear their their $70 multi-pocket jacket in the infamous mega-movie Twilight. Free advertising!!!! What designer wouldn't absorb and capitalise from such phenomenal product placement.

Summit Entertainment however wants to pee on their parade..the studio behind the film franchise is NOT happy and filed a lawsuit agaist the label for copyright and trademark infringement,in terms of marketing.

Apparently, BB Dakota may have gone too far as they were promoting their cotton jacket on their website with the description: “Bella Swann wears this jacket in Twilight and scores the hottest vampire in high school, and so can you!”

Originally sold in 2006 BB Dakota reintroduced the Twilight jacket last year. I think we would definitely keep using this jacket for magnaminous PR!!!

Unfortunately, "The Bella Jacket" is no longer on the BB Collective website. Surprise, surprise it's on Amazon (sold as "The Bella Jacket"), as well as Fred Flare (as the "Nicola Jacket"). This is NOT a TRICK and a TRAP..get it now before the Studio KILLS the frenzy. Yup..Summit wants to stop sales and further wants BB Dakota to deliver all remaining Bella jackets to them for destruction.

In Whitney Houston words..Hell to NO!
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Friday, 11 June 2010

Top Ten reasons why The Hills' Lauren Conrad 4th (..yes 4th) book will be a success!? It comes out October 2010..

1)MTV loyal fans,2)Tween scene fanatic followers, 3)She's beautiful, 4)She's been on two successful reality shows, 5)She's had a huge following with her eponymous fashion label and that was parlayed into a line for mega-chain Kohls,6)She's a bit controversial as some say she has no talent,7)She's had the same agent and publicist since she arrived on MTV in 2005, 8)Her stylist is no doubt talented,9)She already has three other books that are bestsellers,(10)Finally, the critics l-o-v-e to hate Lauren.
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Ed Hardy cheats.. and BADLY

First rule of fashion design: If you've been inspired by a certain item (ie. Marc Jacobs handbag)you MUST change 7 things on the actual item to call it your own. You can't just switch the color, add a school of fish and call it your own: Ed Hardy.
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Monday, 7 June 2010

Top ten reasons why Madge (untouched or with photoshop) is still the reigning Queen of POP!

Actually, we couldn't sum up Madonna in ten..These authentic Louis Vuitton photos(untouched) are absolutely beautiful. Simply put, she'll be 52yrs in a couple of months.
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Top Ten items of the week (ok maybe there are more than 10) - ALL JEANS!

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Saturday, 5 June 2010

Decadence for less

Our favourite pricey designers love to tease us with fashionable trinkets. 
Just because you can't afford their decadent line of clothing, bags, shoes etc - you can certainly still feel like you are the scene by wearing their tank tops and carry their totes. Here are ten things you must have for June..well the Chanel bike was too exorbitant to put a price on it...but you can dream, yes you're loco for coco!
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Friday, 4 June 2010

Top Ten reasons why I love that Sarah Burton is now Creative Director at Alexander Mcqueen

  1. She was born in Manchester
  2. She is a Central Saint Martins graduate '97
  3. Her personal style is minimalist with a Queen Elizabeth I edge..shocking!
  4. She snagged a job at Alexander Mcqueen in '96 before graduating from CSM
  5. She is 35yrs old
  6. She became head of womenswear at Alexander Mcqueen in 2000
  7. She barely wears make-up
  8. She completed 16 of the pieces for Lee's final collection
  9. She unconditionally loves Alexander McQueen!
  10. I love her quote - "The creation of modern beautifully crafted clothes was at the heart of Lee's vision. I intend to stay true to his legacy."
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Tuesday, 1 June 2010

The Top Ten most Fashionable VayCay

  1. Goldeneye(Oracabessa),Jamaica - historical & whimsical!
  2. The Datai(Langkawi),Malaysia- clear atmosphere & natural paradise!
  3. Me by Melia(Cabo San Lucas)Mexico - epic views & A list celebs!
  4. Hotel du Cap - Eden Roc, France - exclusive, mega-expensive & even more celebs! 
  5. Tara Sand Guest House(Cayman Kai)Cayman Islands - hidden treasure
  6. Hayman Resort(Queensland) Australia - the best down under!
  7. The Leela Palace (Goa)India - Who doesn't want to live at a palace!
  8. Londolozi Private Game Rsrve.(Johannesburg)South Africa - GREEN is good!
  9. Hotel Odinsve(Reykjavik)Iceland - enviable CULTURE!
  10. The Savoy(London)UK-my & vintage clothes unlimited

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