Eerily exquisite imagery to commemorate the launch of AlexanderMcQueen.com.
You want to see a perfect marriage of grand ladylike elegance mixed with ”Gone with the Wind Fabulous”? Take a lesson from actress Zhang Yuqi.
At the premiere for The Great Gatsby / Cannes Film Festival, she wowed the media and mere mortals alike with her green-hued glam gown by haute couture designer Ulyana Sergeenko. I love the classic design of this wearable work of art, but I ALSO love that it’s not so ”watercrest sandwich with the crust cut off”– the modern plunging neckline makes sure of that. Get used to seeing more of Ulyana’s work in a future post, because I think I’m in love!
I spotted this urban streetwear brand online, and I fell in love. I’m not a girly-girl 24/7…this definitely speaks to my “Nike dunks/camo jacket” days. These are some of my favorites from the Brooklyn line.
Never forget where you came from.
If you are in the NJ/NYC area and you’re on the hunt for a great hotspot tonight, I have two events that you MUST check out!
TAMMANY HALL, LOWER EAST SIDE
Come see the JUNQUI founder herself <<DJ QUIANA PARKS>> lay it down on the ones and twos at TAMMANY HALL!! Great time GUARANTEED!!
ZARCO LOUNGE, PASSAIC
Need an incentive to check out Zarco Lounge tonight? ALL — I repeat — ALL THE PROCEEDS will benefit the Nifty Lions little league football team of Paterson, NJ. You know The Junqui loooves the kids!
Sultry sirens serving Sade on a (lip) Stick.
This past Saturday I had the pleasure of assisting my trendy squirrelfriend Amber (aka @TallGlassofStyle) with her first pop up shop! Located in Brooklyn, NYC on Fulton St, Paper Doll Boutique/Beauty Bar was the perfect location for a fashion debut! Along with her great friend Ainka, we hooked up the blank space and brick walls with pieces from her online vintage boutique Fashion Eater’s Pantry!
On our way to serve vintage style in BK!
L to R: Lil ol me, Mother Fashion Eater herself, and her great friend Ainka posing in front of the main table.
Fashionably fly Christine (IG: @NYCStyleSpotter // Twitter: @NYCStyleSpot ) couldn’t take her eyes off this vest, so she snatched it up before someone else got the chance!
These two funky mamas pulled everyone in!
Cutie patootie Elissa of Pistolette NY ( IG: @PistoletteNY // Twitter: @PistoletteNY ) posed with a light hued camo jacket from Fashion Eater’s Pantry…she loved it so much she rocked it for the rest of the event! Looking good, lady!
Snaps from Elissa’s cam of a few of her items from Pistolette!
The fierce and fabulous clothing designer Staci Sherri ( IG: StaciSherri // Twitter: StaciSherri )stopped by to show alot of love to Amber and Fashion Eater’s Pantry!
There was definitely something for everyone!
This amazing amazon truly has an eye for fashion…make sure you keep up with this rockin chica!
Calling all ink enthusiasts! I just saw this flyer for an upcoming tattoo convention, and I couldn’t wait to share it! If you are thinking about adding more ink to your collection OR you’re a blank canvas and are curious about the tattoo world, make sure you don’t miss this!
Sales are going to go FAST, so whether you are an ink shop that wants to secure a booth or a potential customer who wants to purchase advance tickets, make sure you check out the full info and get to it!
Life Lessons courtesy of Pokemon.
After going through the daily grind, nothing beats clocking out on Friday, going home and relaxing for the weekend…but you and I know that after a while, doing a bunch of nothing gets downright BORING! So if you are in the NYC area and you’re on the hunt for some hot spots, we’ve got you covered. Check out some of my favorites that I can’t wait to go to!
*SATURDAY, APRIL 6th*
3 PM: 8th Annual Pillow Fight - Washington Square Park
111 Barrow Street,New York,NY 10014
what better way to be a kid again? Feel free to wear some PJs!
5-11 PM: Target First Saturdays - Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway
Free art and entertainment + grub and cash bar at the great Brooklyn Museum. Sounds like a winner to me!
AROUND 6PM: Uniqlo x Danny Brown Concert - Gansevoort Plaza
Hudson Street & Gansevoort Street
New York,NY 10014
Spin magazine named Detroit MC Danny Brown’s “XXX” Rap Album of the Year. Find out why during this free Uniqlo event!
9PM-4AM: SGBP (Some Girls Birthday Party) Monthly Artist Showcase – Free Candy Gallery
905 Atlantic Ave, 2nd FL, Brooklyn NY 11238
Visual + musical artists are set to arouse the senses all night at BK’s well known Free Candy!
*SUNDAY, APRIL 7th*
7-11:30 PM: Meek Mill “Dreams Come True” Concert – Roseland Ballroom
239 West 52nd Street
New York,NY 10019
7-10 PM: Washington Heights Music Festival x Salsa Y Son Cubano Sundays – Marcha NYC
4055 Broadway btw 170th and 171st streets
Washington Heights NYC
Live Salsa and good vibes EVERY Sunday at the newest restaurant/bar in Wash-ing-TON Heiiights!
*MONDAY, APRIL 8th*
7:05-7:10 PM: The Sweat Party x Gangnam Style /Hammer Time Flash Mob – RSVP >> firstname.lastname@example.org << for details
If you dont know what a Gangnam Style/Hammer Time mash up looks like…
7-9 PM: Washington Heights Music Festival x Jazz and Poetry Mondays – Marcha NYC
4055 Broadway btw 170th and 171st streets
Washington Heights, NYC
Marcha Cocina-Bar brings it again every Monday for Live Jazz and spoken word. Start your week off right!
*SATURDAY, APRIL 13th*
10 PM – 4 AM : The Sweat Party “Rep Your Borough” Event (4 year anniversary) – Tribeca Cinemas
54 Varick St, New York, NY 10013
Real music. Real dancing. A really great time. Leave your worries at the door and come dressed to DANCE! (sneakers STRONGLY encouraged!)
It’s official folks — global megastar Beyonce and global megabrand H&M are combining their super powers for the greater good.
It’s been confirmed that Mrs. Carter will be the face of the Swedish brand for their Summer 2013 campaign. The collab will include swimsuits and (of course) body-con dresses that Mama B loves to wear. It also seems like she has been a longtime admirer of the major retailer:
“I’ve always liked H&M’s focus on fun and affordable fashion. I really loved the concept we collaborated on to explore the different emotions of women represented by the four elements – fire, water, earth and wind.”
Besides the obvious worldwide advertisements in magazines and on billboards, there will also be a commercial directed by Jonas Akerlund (who directed B and Gaga in the “Telephone” video) and a new track for H&M by Blue’s mommy called “Standing on the Sun” that will play in the background.
The collection is set to drop in stores and online in May. I wonder what will sell out faster, her latest tour tickets or this collection?
I have never seen a kids t-shirt that was as offensive and disrespectful as this one…and I love it.
My future little man will be seen sporting something like this on the court. No need for trash talk…all he would have to do is let his game (and his shirt) do the talking.
…just don’t let me hear another kid say the same thing to him!
When your resume of collaborations consists of artists who are as well known for their visual styles as they are for their global music presence — M.I.A. and Lady Gaga just to name a few — your popularity meter has no sign of going down any time soon.
Designer Brian Lichtenberg has taken faux fashion and turned it on it’s head by playfully reinventing label logos, most notably major brands like Hermés and Céline. He recently added his take on the classic skull-and-crossbones design and made it totally 80s a la the incredible Grace Jones. Unisex tongue-in-cheek humor that you can rock? Where do I sign?
Wanna roll with the homies?
Whether you are a hard core Sneakerhead or a bow tie aficionado, you can surely appreciate this stylish accent for your wardrobe.
The innovators from Modern Day Mogul showed love to the greatest NBA player of all time, Michael Jordan, by creating a trio of ties in honor of his 50th birthday. Which one would you rock?
Check out more creative unisex looks from Modern Day Mogul:
Now, I’m not a beanie girl by any means. As much as I press the ”LIKE” and “REBLOG” button when an uber-trendy girl with big hair rocking a knit hat comes across my screen, I usually take myself out of the equation. That wouldn’t look cool on me, no way.
The moment I saw this BOTB beanie, however, I had a change of heart.
Now this isn’t meant to be “LIKED” by everyone. (Literally OR social media-ly. Yes, I just said social media-ly. You know what I mean.) But I, for one, have always enjoyed an unexpected play-on-words. Call it the Geek in me.
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I love art in all of its ever growing mediums. From watercolor to graffiti to light shows, there’s no limit to how an artist can showcase their inventive aesthetic. But sometimes, there is nothing more amazing than making realistic images from the simplest of tools. If a drawing can be mistaken for an actual photograph, then that is the highest compliment.
Feast your eyes on the unbelievable works of London-based artist Kelvin Okafor: a young, creative mind putting pen to paper…or in these cases, pencil.
Love Teyana’s style? Well now you can have a part of her style aesthetic for yourself.
The multi-talented Harlem native is lending her steeze to Adidas, one of the main streetwear threads you can catch her donning. The “HARLEM GLC” (GLC = Good Luck Charm) is the first collab (first of many, I bet) with the classic brand.
The price point is rumored to be between $140-175, and it is set to drop on February 16, which is during the NBA All-Star Weekend.
Now, I’m not a sneakerhead, but I think I’m digging these. The bronze metallic reptile print coupled with the the back design is something chicks who rock kicks will appreciate.
When I first laid eyes on this wearable work of art, I fell in love. Seriously.
I personally find that the most simple pieces end up being my most coveted. This one is no exception. At first glance it just seems like a typical men’s neck piece, but that’s one of the facets that attract me. As I started to daydream about it gracing my neck and adding a edgy masculine accent to my printed tees, I could already imagine the main comment from the masses:
“It’s real nice, but, ummm….isn’t it GUYS chain??”
Si. Oui. Yes…AND? It’s cool and you’re not, so there. Hmmph. *exit, stage left.*
So if you are thinking about getting this one-of-a-kind pendant, get ready for compliments AND comments. It’s definitely a conversation starter…just be prepared with your best comeback. And uber-dramatic exit.
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Halle Berry was recently featured in T magazine (The younger/modern/stylish/more fun sibling of The New York Times, IMO) and she touched on different topics. From the custody tug-of-war with Gabriel Aubry and her new engagement to Olivier Martinez; her newest film Cloud Atlas,and how breaking her foot during filming was just a “bump in the road”; dealing with the paparazzi and the effect it might be having on her daughter, Nahla.
“They’re outside my house every morning,” she says. We’re speaking of the paparazzi, of course. Even here in L.A. — a town not short on movie stars — Halle Berry gets special attention from the press. Not the good kind.
“I get it about the celebrity stuff,” she tells me softly, sliding into her seat. “It’s part of my job to recognize that there’s a certain part of my life the public wants to hear about. But it’s not O.K. that they’re doing terrible things to my daughter. One night, after they chased us, it took me two hours just to get her calmed down enough to get to sleep.”
In “Cloud Atlas,” the range of characters Berry portrays goes from the most humble to a woman of the future, Meronym, whom Berry describes as “the priestess of the world.” These characters are meant to represent aspects of the same soul, reincarnated over time in different bodies and at different stages of its evolution. If this is how a human soul evolves, I ask her, where has hers gotten to so far?
“I’ve been all those women,” she tells me. “Luisa Rey” — the crusading journalist reporting on the cover-up of an imminent nuclear disaster — “corresponds to who I was when I first started to make a living, the part of myself that was hopeful, the part that believed I could do anything. Meronym is that part of me I discovered after I had Nahla. I know more than my daughter does. And it’s my job to lead her through the world and find a safe place for her. Even though I know I’ve made mistakes, myself.”
During the first week of filming “Cloud Atlas,” Berry broke her foot in Majorca. “She called it ‘a bump in the road,’ ” Hanks says. “But this was a severe break. In between takes, she had to be helped to her chair because she couldn’t stand up on her own.”
In an e-mail to me, Andy and Lana Wachowski wrote, “The first day after she got her cast off her foot she had to do a scene standing on a rock in the middle of a river.” Berry slipped on her broken foot, and the entire crew screamed with her — it was obviously terribly painful. Then, they recalled, “this fire just ignited in her eyes and she was suddenly Meronym again. The take was flawless. It’s the one in the film. She is one of the gutsiest actors we’ve ever worked with.”
“I can’t grow my daughter in L.A.,” she tells me. “You take a little child who is just trying to learn about the world and have all these people with cameras chasing after her, calling things out to her about her mother. It’s starting to make her feel special and different. I want her to feel special and different, but not for the reason of being my child.”
“I always had to prove myself through my actions,” she says. “Be a cheerleader. Be class president. Be the editor of the newspaper. It gave me a way to show who I was without being angry or violent. By the time I left school, I had a lot of tenacity. I’d turned things around.” When she was 16, her mother stood with her in front of a mirror and asked what she saw. “My mother helped me identify myself the way the world would identify me,” Berry says. “Bloodlines didn’t matter as much as how I would be perceived…”
//Photos and quotes from T Magazine//