I can admit it. I grew up thinking that high school was going to be just like Saved by The Bell, couldn’t wait on Friday night to watch 2 hours of TGIF, and could recite the whole theme song from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (And I still can, by the way!) And chances are, if you agreed with one or all 3 things, then you’re an 80s baby. If you want to commemorate being born in one of the best decades EVER, then zip up your windbreaker, lace up your LA Gears, and feast your eyes on this:
Clothing brand Young & Gifted shows their love for the classic sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, while representing for all the 80s Babies with this bold and retro design.
Whether you live and breathe throwback style (complete with a high-top fade) or you’re just a lover of all things from back in the day, you can’t go wrong with a chill-out piece like this!
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What do Prince, Guns N’ Roses, and 2 Live Crew have in common? In the late 80s through early 90s, they were part of the first group of musical artists to have their albums emblazoned with the PARENTAL ADVISORY: EXPLICIT CONTENT sticker. The controversy regarding the new generation of music that was being produced stemmed from parents not wanting their teenagers to be exposed to questionable content, and whatever they deemed to be derogatory lyrics. The pseudo-ban and media frenzy seemed to only further intrigue potential listeners, making the music more popular than ever.
Fast forward to 2013, and what would have been considered risque and taboo back in the 80s and 90s is now seen and heard everywhere. (Do they even make Parental Advisory stickers anymore??) So being a lover of all things that are throwbacks, imagine my reaction when I was going through my Instagram feed and saw this crazy homage to Le Old School:
When one accessory can conjure up memories of “back-in-the-day” music history, while simultaneously being a sick standout statement piece, I’d say that’s a win/win that you don’t see everyday. This must-have bag was produced by designer and fly girl extraordinaire Shay Kawaii (she resides in NYC but she’s originally from Paris. Ooh la la!) whose pieces can not only be seen on her website, but in the Patricia Field store in NYC!
I just love this chick’s style, not to mention her clutches. She made this bandana one also, it’s so CHOLA and I love it!
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Don’t double check your calendars. It’s not December 31st, but the countdown has begun in Times Square. The most anticipated H&M Grand Opening for it’s 12th Manhattan location is literally minutes away. (GPS info for those glued to their phones: 4 Times Square between West 42nd and 43rd streets to be exact.) For those brave souls who are planning on venturing out in this suddenly December-esque degree weather to experience the multi-collab event, I salute you.
Not that you won’t be rewarded handsomely for waiting for-evv-verr just to get on the other side of those double doors. Here’s a short list of what you can expect if you dare to brave the icy NYC wind gusts and 30 degree temps (and possibly faint from sensory overload?) for a chance to snag some much blogged-about Isabel Marant goodies…or at least snap a pic of them:
1: Three Words — Twenty. Four. Hours. You heard right. For the launch, the T.S. locale will be open the ENTIRE DAY starting at 12:01…and oh, did I mention Mother Monster will be in da HAUS? If you are one of the 20 lucky Golden Ticket recipients, you will actually get to have a “meet and greet” with the music icon. It just got real. (The artist’s latest album, ARTPOP, will also be sold in store. Get ready to hear Applause and Do What U Want on a constant loop. (I’m guess-timating, but don’t count that idea out!)
2. The first lucky 1,000 customers will get Fashion Access Passes, a.k.a. (possible) gift cards that willrange from $10 (a tank top) to $1000 (complete fall/winter shopping spree!) on top of other giveaways that will be announced every hour. If there was ever a time to rock a fanny pack (for necessity of course) then this event is it.
3. The 42,000 square foot fashion playground will be equipped with a charging station, (because you know your phone will need more juice after posting all those selfies and hashtags) iPads, as well as interactive mannequins. And if you’ve found the perfect pieces in the fitting room but LOATHE the lines, you will be able to pay for your items with their new “Try and Buy” feature. Welcome to the future.
4. Get ready to strut yo’ stuff on the virtual catwalk: there will be a digital runway on hand that projects you in your fave ensembles to the world on the huge LED screen that faces the heart of Times Square. Get ready for your closeup! (and possible hashtags. That charging station idea sounds better and better, right?)
5. Isabel Marant — the name that’s been blogged about since news first leaked of the mega-collab — will officially debut to the public FIRST at 42nd st before anyone else can, worldwide. So make sure you have a solid game plan for getting those $199 gray sequin pants that you already paired with all of your holiday nightlife ensembles in your head. I guarantee there will be someone else clawing for those same pantalones, and she ain’t going home without them.
So enjoy the bumping music, futuristic fixtures and displays, and most of all the great deals. Just try to show some class and restraint…but if you see homegirl hesitate for even a second on those pants…then all bets are off!
Illustrator Hayden Williams serves Designer Halloween Realness with his latest installment. I can’t get enough of his works, and he always uses his pencils to bring fashion and sassy confidence to life! (On paper, that is!) I would love to see these beauties as barbies or have them translated into actual live models. They would be some fierce Halloween heroines! May I present to you (from L to R) Rattling Chains, Hocus Pocus, Treasured Possession, and Under Wraps, aka HAUNT COUTURE by Hayden Williams!
I personally love Miss Under Wraps (being drawn to all things Egyptian) and I would love to recreate this look next Halloween. Which character are you drawn to? (see what I did there? LOL)
While checking out my Instagram feed recently, I found myself drawn to a piece of art that someone reblogged. Being the curious person that I am, I had to investigate. I soon discovered that the picture was linked to Brooklyn-born artist Patrick Eugene. His genuine love for abstract shapes, shades, and women is evident in his work, and I got a chance to pick his creative mind:
THE JUNQUI: When/how did you get into drawing and painting?
PATRICK EUGENE: I started painting maybe 9 months ago. I was working full time as a banker and found myself taking the stress of work home with me. I decided I needed a hobby that would take my mind off of work and have been painting ever since. I never thought I would be called an “artist”, because I never really drew anything or painted before. That word still kinda freaks me out! (laughs) I truly believe that we all have hidden talents. With a just little Faith in ourselves, and trust that God is in control, all things are possible.
TJ: What are some of your influences?
PE: Contemporary art and abstracts are awesome, so I tend to stay within that genre…but my influences are really the women in my life. It’s no secret that I have a fascination with women’s faces . I think it stems from being an average man in his 20′s who really just appreciates the beauty of a woman…but I also have two beautiful sisters, a mother, and two grandmothers who I am very close to. I try to capture the various emotions I’ve seen them go through by focusing on eyes and lips to do so.
TJ: Where do you travel to draw inspiration?
PE: I am of Haitian decent and have been to Haiti twice since the Earthquake . I think it’s had a major influence on the pieces but also my outlook on life. Although going through extremely rough times, the people of Haiti are so vibrant and pleasant. The art is amazing out there and the use of colors is insane. I think my second trip this summer played a major role in some of emotions displayed in my recent pieces.
TJ: What do you want people who view your work to take away from it?
PE: I really just want to spark thought and conversation over the pieces. I want people to feel the various emotions, but more than the actual pieces themselves, I want people to know that all things are possible and sometimes all it takes is a leap of Faith. Just my testimony.
// Make sure you check out more about Patrick Eugene, his thoughts, and of course his great work on Instagram (@Ode_To_World) \\
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Tired of “putting your money where your mouth is” or the ever-popular “I got money on my mind” ? Well Adidas wants you to put your money on your feet. Literally.
To commemorate the 10 year anniversary of the now synonymous collab, Jeremy Scott dropped an updated version of his first shoe design he made with Adidas, complete with his iconic wings. The all-over money print is surprisingly neutral (no, your eyes aren’t deceiving you; i put money print and neutral together lol) thanks to the more subtle design and colorway than was showcased in the original version a decade ago. I predict Sneakerheads will be all over this one, whether to be the first one to be seen in them on IG, or to cop them strictly for their vault collections. What do you think — would you rock these?
Nothing to do this Saturday night? Whether you are in Jersey or NYC, I have two parties that are worth checking out.
THE JUNQUI’S very own QUIANA PARKS will be the haute DJ providing the tunes for this shindig. And I heard the shots are amazing. Two great reasons to go, right?
A party with a cause! The great folks of The Sweat Party are doing it again, this time with hosts NINA SKY who are going to showcase their skills on the 1s and 2s as well! For the Wellness Hour, there will be blood pressure readings, massage therapy and anonymous H.I.V. testing. After that, it’s all about the dancing! Proceeds will go towards breast, prostate + lung cancer. What’s not to love?
Between the success of the Paris Collection that debuted in September and the upcoming launch of the coveted Isabel Marant collab in November, it seems like the ladies get all the attention. This time around, H&M has been digging in the crates for their latest collection that’s strictly for the fellas.
Ever wondered what H&M actually stood for? (WARNING: MINI HISTORY LESSON ALERT!) In the late 1960s, the founder of H&M bought an outdoor and hunting apparel menswear store called Mauritz Windforss. Combined with Hennes — the ladies clothing store next door — Hennes & Mauritz (aka H&M) was born.
Drawing inspiration from the original Mauritz Windforss catalogs that focused on great outerwear, this collection puts updated twists on old favorites. With the focus placed on high quality materials without sacrificing style, old school is definitely the best school.
The Blonds are a cult favorite among famous names , i.e. the Rihannas, Beyonces, and Lady Gagas of the world. Their looks are usually featured in music videos, cosmetic ads, and most notoriously in sold out concerts. The bedazzled, bejeweled and be-spiked creations conjured by the dynamic duo known as The Blonds are not for mere earthlings. During this past NYFW, they showcased their love for all things Barbarella, Space Age, and Tweety Bird (“The Original Blonde”) with their Spring 2014 collection. Resembling the aftermath of an outer space/glam-couture/rave party hosted by Mr. Spock, Grace Jones and LeeLoo (from The Fifth Element), it’s safe to say the Mother Ship has definitely landed. I don’t know about you, but beam me up!
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Clueless has to be one of the most quoted movies out of the 80s Baby/90s Kid era. (Probably runner-up to Coming To America, of course.) I was highly influenced by everything from Cher, Dionne, Tai and Amber — from the plaid skirts and knee-high stockings down to the fluffy feather pens. (That was one pen I NEVER let anyone borrow in grammar school.) So imagine my delight when I saw this awesome-ness via BuzzFeed that should honestly be made into reality…but seriously? Cher totally having less than 100 Likes? As-if!
While college student John Dean is hitting the books, his clothing line has been hitting the streets, blogs and celebs. Renowned Clothing is on it’s way to be a well-recognized brand thanks in part to big names (Chris Brown, Bow Wow, rapper Rich Homie Quan) and of course his own trendy streetwear designs.
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How many times have you bought foundation/concealer/powder from a store, only to go home and realize the color’s all wrong? Frustrating, isn’t it? Time and money wasted, only to go back out and attempt to find your right hue. Again. Sephora — being the beauty leaders that they are — realized this and decided to take action. Welcome to the future.
Together with Pantone, the international color authority, they produced Color IQ, a revolutionary way to ensure that you never leave out the door in your wrong shade.
The whole process takes about 5 minutes. Using the handheld device, it takes a picture of the skin on your face and neck area. After analyzing your God-given hue, it then gives you an official Pantone number, which is used as a reference to match you to your perfect shade in a bottle (or concealer pot!) from over 250 brands and 1,500 formulas.
And don’t think it’s the same as taking a selfie; it’s not dependent on lighting the way traditional cameras are, so it’s SO accurate, your color match can be found in the dark! (because there’s no way you’re leaving without your Clinique or Make Up For Ever, even in a blackout!)
MTV decided to have the VMAs in Brooklyn this year, I guess to up the “coolness” factor. You would think the celebs would want to match the uber-trendy vibe, especially for this kind of fun-themed award show. Most of them were unfortunately underwhelming, but there were a few standouts:
Rita Ora gave major cleavage and plumage in Alexandre Vauthier for the red carpet.. (check out that train…and is it ME or did she give off a Beyonce vibe?) she changed into a red Gucci number, which I think suits her alot better.
Perfectly toned Ciara rocked a sheer Givenchy gown, and she looked stunning. I know everyone remembers Beyonce in the same look, minus the extensive train, but I think CiCi pulled this one off alot better. (Plus check out her cute pic with Willow Smith!)
Rapstress Iggy Azalea wasn’t left out of the “sheer” trend! She shined with a golden number from Emilio Pucci’s Spring 2013 line. (And she was genuinely geeked out to share the stage with Lil Kim! Speaking of the Queen Bee…
Lil Kim looked like she was ready for some fashion crime fighting in this Black Swan-meets-BatGirl catsuit. Still love her, though. (And she looks great next to a tres-dapper Macklemore!)
Rihanna decided to skip the red carpet and just chill out in the audience. Besides her teeth jewelry, (!!) she’salso wearing a throwback MC Lyte tee with jeans from River Island. For the after party, she showcased a Balmain LBD and wanted her drink To Go.
Gaga (who reminded me a of a chic Morticia Addams) was definitely toned down at this red carpet, but she still looked great. Compared to her wonderfully outrageous ensembles she’s worn to the VMAs over the years, this was unexpected from a woman who has worn the forever infamous Meat Dress to this same event…but she saved her best costumes for her performance!
…and how could I forget these guys? The creative duo Daft Punk suited up for the red carpet, but i don’t know if i prefer THIS modern look…
…or THIS throwback look, complete with otherwordly funkadelic minds Pharrell and super producer Nile Rodgers. For me, it’s a toss-up.
If you have been living under a rock for the past few hours, let me tell you the breaking news: BEYONCE CUT HER HAIR!!! (insert sarcastic shock here.)
There isn’t going to be a sudden shift in the Earth’s axis, so it’s not a huge deal to me LOL. ( I think she’s just rocking a shorter wig, TBH. ) What I DID love, however, were the hilarious memes that popped up as soon as she debuted her chopped ‘do to the world of instagram.
Dubbed the only “professional AND ratchet” afterwork party, South N’The City has been supplying the masses with good ol’ fashioned southern hospitality music for over 2 years in NYC, and they are still going strong! Check out the festivities this Friday night at Studio XXI!
Whatever Marc wants, Marc gets. Not only does he want his uber-trendy designs to be in your closet and on your feet, but now he wants to take over your face.
Starting on August 9, Sephora will debut the anticipated 120-piece full collection of Marc Jacobs Beauty…but this isn’t his first time at the cosmetics rodeo. His most popular fragrances — Daisy, Dot, and Lola — have consistently made their presence felt, and are regulars on the Gotta-Have-It lists in mags and social media. His global brand power has extended far beyond his original realms of soles and stitches, and with his upcoming launch into nail lacquer, lipstick and foundation, I’d say that this is just the beginning.
Sassy. Bold. Energetic. The aesthetic of Rue 107 is clearly visible, from the vibrant hues to the kaleidoscope of prints that are on full display in each design. With their summer clearance underway, along with a new collection debuting on August 16th, Rue107 has recently released a few sneak peak pics from their upcoming lookbook:
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I love purchasing multiple lip colors as much as the next girl, but did you know that lipstick tubes can’t be recycled? European artist Agne Kisonaite sure does, so she decided to take the iconic red symbol of femininity and turn it into a big green statement:
“Four tubes of rouge are sold every second in the world, and considering the amount of packaging left which cannot be recycled, so I wanted to create something which triggered our society to think more seriously about consumerism and the types of products they are purchasing, and bring attention towards the need to reduce waste.”
Weighing in at 400 pounds and standing 2.5 meters ( just over 8 feet! ), this is one huge stand against wasting beauty products containers. This prompted me to search for any brands or companies that offer “take back” programs, and what I found surprised me. MAC cosmetics has a “Back 2 Mac” incentive that I never knew existed: If you return 6 empty MAC cosmetic containers at a MAC counter (or online!) then you’ll get a free lipstick of your choice! Just think of it as a “thank you” for doing your small part towards helping the environment. You looking smashing in the process? That’s a just a haute bonus.
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If you are in the NYC area, make sure you check this out…going down at Mister H tonight is the Baby I’ma Star event, with music by DJ MOS and DJ KISS! And make sure you say heeyyyy to Mz Quiana Parks (aka Mama Junqui) while you are at it!
ATTENTION: In case you didn’t realize it…FASHION IS SUPPOSED TO BE FUN.
Despite what the general passed-down notion may appear to be ( mostly from older media figureheads who haven’t had good ol’ classic “fun” since cell phones looked more like house phones a la Zack Morris) fashion isn’t supposed to be taken soooo seriously. Some people fancy rocking two bright prints at one time, while others like to be all deep and monochromatic with a touch of red lipstick. There’s no cookie cutter blueprint you “should” follow…sure, you will find tips here and there in Such-and-Such Mag, but that’s just conveying their interpretation of “what to do”… it’s up to YOU to take said info, funk it up a little, and make it your own.
So, class, now that we know the equation FASHION = FUN, let me introduce you to SHOP JEEN. it’s founded by a fierce chick who — if you want to gauge it based on the sheer awesomeness that appears as soon as the site pops up — must have never had a blah day in her entire existence. I guarantee if you had a meh-kinda day, this will cheer you up in no time. But it will most likely have you craving bacon while rocking a gummy bears sweatshirt and dancing in the bathroom to The Diplomats. Yep, it’s THAT good.
Random, funky, a little trippy and alot of funny. This is The Diary of SHOP JEEN.
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On July 14th, clothing label A.P.C. is dropping a collab capsule collection with Kanye (say that 3 times fast!) Mr. West was more than eager to soak up all the tricks of the fashion trade from A.P.C. founder Jean Touitou, but the head of the French clothing label admits — prior to the upcoming marriage of the fashion minds — that he had no idea who Kanye was, let alone what he did for a living…sacre bleu!
“Over two years ago, a visitor to the A.P.C. studio was announced to me as ‘KENNY.’ … The guy talks, talks and talks and I was having a good time listening. He had nice manners and spoke about losing his mother in a surgery accident, about losing his girlfriend too, and about how difficult doing the right thing in fashion was. After a while, I was curious to know what this gentleman was currently doing in his life. I simply asked him: ‘May I know what your trade is, sir?’ He took his shades down, so that finally I could see his eyes, and answered me: ‘I am a hip hop artist.’ “
“At some point my crew informed me that his name was West, Kanye West. I introduced him to the A.P.C. design studio, and he kept asking how he could start something in that fashion industry. This is when we all advised him to start that something in France, and keep quiet about fashion noise while learning about it. Then later, as we became friends, he invited me to his recording studio at Hotel Meurice. At the time he was working with Jay-Z on an album, which wasn’t already named. (Watch the Throne) Over the months, we kept hanging out and finally came up with the idea of doing a small capsule collection of clothes together. ‘Small’ meaning that this capsule collection consists of a jean, a hoodie and a T-Shirt. Those are precious to me and to Kanye too, because it took time and thoughts to get there.”
So if you weren’t content with rocking your Air Yeezys while simultaneously bumpin’ Yeezus, this is the fashion fix you’ve been waiting for.