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Friday, January 30, 2009

Will Obama's Presence Mean More Work for Black Models?

The Black Snob has a clip of a CNN story purporting that Barack Obama's presidency could signal increased opportunities for black models in editorials, ad campaigns, and on runways:

In the video David Rogers, a Global Brand Expert, says, "Marketers are finally waking up to it, ya know Black is Beautiful. It's just gonna become part of the fabric of the fashion imagery of pop culture. Which is a great thing."
Hmm...Do you think having Barack in office will significantly diversify the exclusive fashion industry? Or will it continue to be a world where Black is Invisible?

House of Style Returning to MTV

Page Six reports that MTV's House of Style is making a comeback!
They say, "The popular '90s show about fashion and design, which helped make a household name of original host Cindy Crawford, is being revived."
Rumors are also swirling that our fave camera girl Chanel Iman is in contention for the top host spot.
Based on Chanel Iman TV, will you be tuning in to the new and improved House of Style?
For those of you too young to remember the show, a clip:

The music was good...I'm kind of excited!
PS Did anyone else notice that the Herve Leger dress Linda Evangelista wore on the runway in the 90's was almost identical to the one Lindsay Lohan wore to Maxim's Sexiest Awards (in May 2007)?
Everything comes back at some point!

Venus and Serena win Doubles Grand Slam at Australian Open

I was watching TV while on the treadmill today and saw that my mother's favorites, Venus and Serena Williams, won the doubles Grand Slam at the Australian Open:
...watching those girls when I work out makes me just want to run faster and jump higher...they're the bomb!
Congrats ladies!

Mail Bombs: Beyonce's Grey Pumps, Gabrielle's Reem Acra Gown, and Victoria Beckham's Posh Look!

It's Friday!
Let's do what we do best!
First Marchelle says, "I was wondering if you can tell me who designed the grey platforms Beyonce's wearing here..."
"...I would so loooove to get my hands on them!"
Adriana says, "Beyonce's rocking a version of these suede Casadei heels with a crocodile skin-covered platform, part of Casadei's Crocodile Shock collection from Fall/Winter 08-09:"
"...Visit for store locations."
Next, Camille says, "Could you help me find the name of the designer of the black dress Gabrielle Union wore to the BET Honors?"
"...Luv it!"
Gabby's wearing the black version of this Reem Acra Pre Fall 2009 gown...
Get a similar look with this $250 ABS Allen Schwartz Black Jersey One Shouldered Gown:
Anne says, "I really need your help replicating this outfit worn by Victoria Beckham..."
"...The skirt doesn't necessarily have to be leather, I just want it to be the same color. Thanks so much!"
Adriana says, "Here's how to get the look of the may-jah one herself:"

1. Marc Jacobs Brown Square Sunglasses, $98. 2. Banana Republic Stretch Cotton Blouse, $59. 3. Steve Madden Dionne Sandal, $113. 4. Linea Pelle Women's Leather Belt, $113. 5. Charlotte Russe Twill Salmon Skirt, $23.
And in a male mail bomb, Cornelius says, "I try extremely hard to be as diverse as possible--I would rather stand out than blend in with the crowd! Can you help me find this thing that Chris Brown has around his neck?"
"...I'm not sure what it's called but I think it's awesome."
Hmmm, looks like Chris is wearing a Snood, an accessory that is both a scarf and a hood. If you want to spend, Barney's has this Elder Stateman version for $1,138:
If that's too much, try this Fair Isle Knit Snood for $15 from Urban Outfitters:
Good luck!
Now for wardrobe queries!
Cynthia says, "Are sequined outfits going out of style? I saw this cute sequined skirt..."
"...and was wondering what it could be worn with? Would you suggest that I buy it (or will it be out of style?)"
Cynthia, sequins *never* go out of style. They're the go to outfit adornment for any high wattage event:

For your skirt, I'd say let it shine on its own, and balance out the sparkle with a low key black jacket or blazer with an eye catching clutch (go for a saucy tux aura):

Left to Right: Guess Diamond Blazer, $90. Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent Waistcoat, $69. Forever 21 Glitter Clutch, $17.

Lastly, Lisandra says, "I'm a 21-year-old college student and I am looking to put a few pairs of cute sneakers in my wardrobe. Something cute but still affordable, I don't want to spend more than $100 unless they are just super cute. Please help me step my sneaker game up!"
Sure. Try these affordable options:

1. Creative Recreation 'Cesario Lo' Sneaker, $80. 2. Converse Silver Sneaker, $67. 3. Alexander McQueen Puma Shoes, $92. 4. Puma Mostro Perf Sneaker, $100. 5. Diesel Women's Live Rush Sneaker, $40. 6. Adidas Adi Hoop Mid, $50. 7. Nike Track Racer Women's Shoe, $75. 8. Creative Recreation 'Dicoco' Sneaker, $100.
Pssst, check out this vintage FB post on cute, fashionable sneakers (I wrote it right after I had foot surgery!)
That does it for today:)
Have fabulous weekends! Countdown to Fashion Week begins today!

Hot! or Hmm..:John Legend

Hey Fashion Bombers!
Vuitton here with a men's edition of Hot or Hmm featuring John Legend!
The crooner was spotted with his girlfriend, Christine, at a pre-inaugural party hosted by Tropicana in this interesting jacket.

I'm all about fashion forward looks, but something about his jacket makes me go hmmm... What do you guys think?

More on Matthew Williamson for H&M

We're about to see a whole lot more of one of our favorite designers! WWD reports that not only will Matthew Williamson be designing a line for H&M: he'll also be starring in its ad campaign with Canadian supermodel Daria Werbowy.

In what's being touted as his "modeling debut," Williamson will appear in both print and TV ads. I normally love when designers do this, provided they don't take it to the hilt the way St. John did for years with Marie Gray and then Kelly Gray, her daughter.

Are you even more excited for this line? I am! Can't wait to see the madness that ensues...

Websnob: This Week's Hottest Fashion Links

*55 Secret Street loves Kiehl's Olive Fruit Oil Deeply Repairative Hair Pak to combat dry winter hair.
*Stiletto Jungle found fabulously affordable spring cardigans.
*All About the Pretty interviews Jay-Z and Lisa Price of Carol's Daughter.
*Faye Dunaway thinks "Hilary Duff isn't a real actress" - Allie is Wired
*Bag Bliss: Valentine's Day Gift Ideas
*Bag Snob Celebrates The Year of the Python!
*Beauty Snob shares her perfect brow secret from Cees Penning- The Brow Master!
*Coquette loves the look of short rompers.
*Fashion Pulse Daily spotlights its favorite look from the Spring 2009 collection of Jason Wu.
*Second City Style gave out their own awards on the SAG Awards red carpet.
*Shopping and Info interviewed celebrity fitness trainer Marc Montemerlo about how to get fit like a celebrity.
* found great Valentine's Day gifts for less than $25
*Stylehive is in love with Marlies Dekkers' imaginative lingerie, just in time for Valentine's Day...
*Sxy Fashion Queen celebrates the 10th anniversary of the most famous Versace dress.
*The Beauty Stop test drives the Ionic White teeth whitening system.
*The Shoe Goddess describes her love affair with a pair of hot pink satin YSL pumps!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Style Crutch? Toccara

I recently happened upon this picture of bomb beauty Toccara...
...and had a nagging feeling I had seen that dress before!
Digging a little deeper, I realized that Toccara hadn't worn that specific dress, but relied on a similar silhouette for a few red carpet events...

...Fitted bust, knee length skirt with a bit of flutter.
Everyone has a style crutch, a silhouette to which they are always drawn. I personally have a thing for strapless dresses; no matter the length or the color, I have to have it! But then I stop myself....too predictable!
What's your style crutch?

Spotlight on: Ubah Hassan

Today I wanted to shine a quick spotlight on catwalk newcomer Ubah Hassan...
A Somali native, Ubah signed with Click Management in 2007, and has since appeared in an Allure April 2008 editorial...

Vogue Italia's All Black issue photographed by Steven Meisel...
...A current Vogue Italia spread photographed by Bruce Weber...

...and she's now the face of Ralph Lauren along with Russian Valentina Zelyaeva...

Keep an eye out...She's a star!
Source & Source

Spring '09 Couture Collections: Paris

Hey bombshells, it's Adri here with a roundup of the Spring '09 Couture collections in Paris!


Over the past week, the few designers who continue to offer made-to-wear fashions displayed their goods for the stylish and well-heeled. Couture, which can cost upwards of $20,000 per outfit, is a luxury most can't afford.
So why do some fashion houses keep doing it? Apart from the fact that several do have loyal couture customers, it also serves as image reinforcement, especially for brand extensions. In plain English: Can't afford that Givenchy dress you crave? Buy a Givenchy perfume, instead!
OK, let's get to it!

ELIE SAAB: One of Beyoncé's favorite designers for red carpet wear, Saab sticks to his tried-and-truly feminine silk/chiffon/beaded concoctions. The pastel colors are an obvious nod to spring and, while a bit predictable, there's no denying the innate elegant prettiness of the pieces.

MARTIN MARGIELA: Margiela showed only ten looks in his couture collection, which made each piece distinct and memorable. I love the nude bodysuit overlaid with sequin appliqués (bottom row, far left), which I can easily see on Rihanna, a self-proclaimed fan of the house.

GIVENCHY: My favorite of the group: thoroughly modern and quietly sexy. The colors are muted but still rich somehow, and the shapes make you want to throw on a pair of heels and head out to a chic cocktail party or front row of a fashion show!

CHRISTIAN DIOR: Theatric and a bit confusing, I can't muster too much enthusiasm for these overdone pieces. While some of them are gorgeous and works of art more than anything else, the collection as a whole feels like it's trying a bit too hard. The off-shoulder white gown in the top row is major, though.

JEAN PAUL GAULTIER: The models's hair is reminiscent of the '20s but the clothes are almost anything but. Instead, the '80s ruled, with broad shoulders, cinched waists, and the Gaultier fondness for corsets evident throughout the collection. I liked. Kind of.

CHANEL:Karl Lagerfeld played with a limited color palette (whites, creams, blacks) and a treasure trove of textures, details, and tailoring. It's a beautiful collection, and exactly what couture ought to be: luxurious, unique, and forward-thinking!

ARMANI PRIVÉ:The Far East is clearly an influence here, and Giorgio Armani focuses on an Armani signature: the jacket. Although I'm not wild about the pants, the red tassels on the grey shark-skin suit (bottom row, center) give it a perfect pop of color, and the skirt-jacket combos would be my choice if I was a lady who lunched!

What did you guys love?

This Week in Chic: Keyshia, Taraji, and En Vogue!

An Assemblage of this Week in Fashion Bomb Chic:

Keyshia Cole's dress is hot! She wins this week's chic award in my opinion.
What do you think?

Art Bomb: The Work of Steven Wilson

I was over at fun blog Seven Spoon, and came upon this beautiful artwork by artist Steven Wilson:

Dope, Fresh, all of the above. See more here.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Did you know? Chanel Iman TV

Did you guys know that Chanel Iman has her own channel on You Tube? Yup, Chanel Iman TV. She has about five short videos uploaded.
Here are a couple:

Cute, but can she command the camera like Tyra?

Get the Look: Beyonce's Samburu Hope T-Shirt

Fabsugar has the scoop on the t-shirt Beyonce was spotted wearing recently at LAX airport:'s a $38 Public Library's Samburu Hope T from Proceeds of t-shirt sales benefit The Samburu Project, which works with communities in Northern Kenya to bring clean drinking water to the region.
Work it out Beyonce!

Barefoot Tess: Shoes for Women with Large Feet

So a friend recently put me onto Barefoot Tess, an online store with women's shoes in large sizes like 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15:
I know I've gotten Mail Bombs before asking for online resources for women with above average shoe sizes. I recommended Zappos, Beverly Feldman, and now you have Barefoot Tess!
And just for you, Fashion Bomb readers get an extra 20% off now through Valentines Day using the code HEART.
Happy Shopping!

Hot! Or Hmm..:Eva Marcille

Eva Marcille looked party ready at the Launch Party of the video game "Afro Samurai" in Hollywood...

..I love the idea of jumpers: they're saucy, flattering, and hot! But something about satin always reminds me of pajamas...hmmm.
Do you love?
PS Pretty sure she's rocking Jenny Dayco earrings.

Beauty Bomb: Neutrogena Advanced Solutions

Hey Fashion Bombers!
Vuitton here with a beauty product alert for everyone!
The only thing worse than getting a pimple are the spots left behind afterwards. So while scouring the net for something to use, I came upon this product...
...Neutrogena's Advanced Solutions Acne Mark Fading Peel. I read reviews, and just about everyone seemed to have great things to say about it. I got it, and despite it being over-the-counter, it actually works! But the key is to be consistent. Use as directed, and you'll see improvements.... I saw results within a week! It's about $25 at, and about $20 in Zeller's for my Canadians. For reviews on this product, click here.
Keep it fab!