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FASHION JUNQUI

FASHION: CHROMAT Will Make You Read Between The Lines

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Who knew getting caged in was the best way to stand out?

CHROMAT is a brand that is clearly not for the faint of heart. The marriage of Victorian-era boning and avant-garde patterns are a combo that reminds me of The Fifth Element. LeeLoo would rock these in an End-of-the-World minute. (with or without Korben Dallas!)

Creator Becca McCharen uses her architectural background to draw up some sleek futuristic styles that have been worn on tour by Nicki Minaj, Madonna, and Queen Bey, just to name a few.

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For her Mathletes collection, you can see the influence of all things sports-related, but I also get a big dose of “rocker-grunge girl lead vocalist that lives in New York and Tokyo” vibe permeating through those straps. (or maybe that’s just me?)

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If you’re looking for some bold and edgy looks that you just KNOW you aren’t going to see on everyone else? All lines lead to CHROMAT.

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FASHION: American Apparel + Nathalie Du Pasquier = Retro Heaven

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American Apparel‘s clothes are a not-so-subtle homage to the retro years, so their collab with artist Nathalie Du Pasquier was a no-brainer.


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Pairing graphic patterns and bold color choices reminiscent of African wax prints, she takes relatively common silhouettes (i.e. a classic button up shirt, leggings, a romper) and revitalizes them in a way that screams SUMMER! (or at least respectfully declares it. Loudly.)

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I’m in chromatic love with all of them! However, if I had to pick a favorite, I would veer towards the Winie print. You know, the one that looks like a composition notebook. Not only is it black and white (my usual color combo go-to’s), but it’s a definite nod to grammar school nostalgia. Now you can relive the innocent good ol’ days. But without the braces.

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FASHION: JUICY COUTURE finally DRIES UP (in the U.S., that is)

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The brand behind one of the most iconic looks in fashion history is throwing in the bejeweled towel.

Juicy Couture has closed it’s massive opulently-constructed doors in the U.S., making that about 120 brick-and-mortar stores set to shut down by the end of this month. It’s international stores will remain open, but for how long is unclear. Word has it that Kohl’s will carry the line beginning this Fall season. Couture and Kohl’s, two words Juicy fanatics never thought they would hear, until now.

The brand’s website is still up and running, but with a few snags (or should I say a full unraveling?)…no SALE section, negative on the store locator, and there’s absolutely no mention of the now well-known deterioration of the label; if you didn’t know any better, those generic statements of “JUICY’S NEW LOOK AND NEW ARRIVALS, COMING SOON!” on the website wouldn’t have you suspect anything…until you actually click on an item.

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you can “notify me” when you stop lying.

Mysteriously, (insert sarcasm here) nothing seems to be in stock. On their Facebook page, there seems to be a divide between die hard Juicy fanatics and others who heard the latest news and are asking the question “who still buys this overpriced s*%#?” And as FB Likers question the future of their beloved brand, the standard generic statements (again!) continue to ensue:

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Just in case you missed it, they are in the process of creating an exciting new Juicy retail program. Kids, can you say AUTOMATED?

The brand is synonymous with publicly perpetrating wealth without doing much work, thanks to early reality show celebutantes that donned their namesake’s tracksuit like it was their uniform or second skin…and for a while, it seemed like it was exactly that:

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The undisputed triumvirate: Queens of Juicy.

So does this mean the end of “VIVA LA JUICY” forever? Or is this — like many fashion trends — going in the corner to die, only to resurrect and reinvent itself in a few years? I wouldn’t throw away those terrycloth threads just yet; everyone’s a sucker for a little nostalgia. Speaking of…

remember J.Lo and JaRule (the throwback duo!) and the feel-good song of summer 2001? This video single-handedly made me want to wear 5 skinny gold chains at a time, find out what made her skin so incredibly dewy without looking shiny (im still trying to master that one), and of course get my hands on a pink Juicy set. Or at least a modest look-alike.


FASHION: Just In Time For The World Cup: Adidas Originals X The Farm Company Fall 2014 Collection

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Since the NBA season is officially over, (five time champs, go Spurs, go!) the sports world is shifting it’s focus from San Antonio and turning it’s sights to Brazil. In case you haven’t turned on your TV, been online, or set foot in a local bar, I’ll let you in on a little secret: THE WORLD CUP IS ON!  It’s the latest good-natured excuse to put on your war paint and indulge in some healthy competition and rivalry. (sounds like my Monday nights when I’m watching RuPaul’s Drag Race..)

Adidas — being one of the official partners for the FIFA World Cup this year — wants to keep you in the groove by dropping their latest (and second!) collab with Brazilian label The Farm Company. Bright, bold, and in-your-face patterns are what you can expect from this collection that’s sure to fly off the shelves and sell out online. (I need EVERYTHING in the 5th picture, can someone help me out with that? 🙂 )  Make sure you get yours — the collab drops July 1st!

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SNAPSHOT: Farhiya Shire x Glamour Magazine Dutch

I tend to be pretty fond of black and white (but not red all over, ha!) but looking at these images in saturated hues made me smile. And honestly, is there such thing as “too much color”?

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FASHION FLASHBACK: Jeremy Scott Fall/Winter 1999/2000 RTW Show

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Check out this flashback of Jeremy Scott Fall/Winter 1999/2000 RTW runway show at New York Fashion Week featuring pink, pink, and more pink in eccentric Jeremy Scott style with fluffy fur, bows, and sharp shoulders. LOVE YOU JEREMY! -@quianaparks


FASHION: PREPARE YOUR CAMP-OUT GEAR! ::: ALEXANDER WANG x H&M hits stores in November!

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You better start saving your moolah NOW… Alexander Wang is H&M’s next designer collab!

(*dramatic pause for screams* !!!fdkmsdcoasmclkas!!!! Whew. Ok, now back to business…)

On “H&M Life” on the retailer’s website, Wang spoke about what this future partnership meant to him:

“I am honored to be a part of H&M’s designer collaborations. The work with their team is an exciting, fun process. They are very open to push boundaries and to set a platform for creativity. This will be a great way for a wider audience to experience elements of the Alexander Wang brand and lifestyle.” 

The previously confidential news was finally revealed during a crazy party at Coachella. The scoop is, both H&M and Wang sent out separate invites to the unbeknownst guests. When the smoke cleared, the cat was out the bag (along with a ton of confetti!) and the night was christened thanks to the haute Aussie Iggy Azalea and Major Lazer! Check out the visual evidence of the celebratory night, and be on the lookout for more info on this highly anticipated collection (for the ladies AND the fellas!) that’s set to drop November 6th!

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This is going to be TRES-CRAY! I can’t wait to get my kitty-paws on it!


FASHION: GOING GREEN IS THE NEW BLACK ::: H&M CONSCIOUS COLLECTION 2014

Want to look good while DOING good? H&M’s Conscious Collection covers all bases!

It’s commitment to utilizing organic materials and making less of an environmental impact is great…but that doesn’t mean that you’ll be running around in a potato sack! Think you have to choose between going green and being gorgeous? I don’t think so!

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Has a certain desert rose/exotic vacay feel, doesn’t it? Well the weather is certainly warming up, so make sure you snatch up these pieces before they’re gone! (P.S. the orange dress is already sold out online!)

There is also a higher-end collection called Conscious Exclusive, where the spotlight is on more handcrafted designs and organic leather with ornate embellishments. These pieces are in certain stores, so let their customer service assist you in locating those hard-to-find goodies!

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FASHION: Behold, Your New Supreme: Reign Supreme Tee x Served Fresh

I live for American Horror Story: Coven as much as the next witch trying to conquer the Seven Wonders. But no one can conjure more supernatural magic on stage, screen and music than the almighty Diana Ross.  Served Fresh captured this wonderfully with their latest addition, “Reign Supreme”.

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Can’t wait get a hold of this! Check out the rest of the hot goods from Served Fresh:

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FASHION: Melody Ehsani Launches Fresh Apparel Line M.E. x Spring 2014

Bold earrings. Dope chains. Haute nail wraps. Her sold-out kicks. There’s nothing that funky accessories designer Melody Ehsani can’t do! Now she’s adding another big piece to her ever-growing Eh-mpire: introducing her first apparel line, “M.E” for Spring ’14!

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The World of Melody Ehsani:

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SNAPSHOT: Criss-Cross.

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Aida from Barcelona shows off her plaid-fit.

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FASHION: Tom Ford references Jay-Z referencing Tom Ford // London Fashion Week 2014

Ever heard of a designer doing a knockoff of knockoff of their own work? That’s exactly what happened at the Tom Ford Fall 2014 runway show during London Fashion Week:

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The tee that Jay has been wearing during his Magna Carta tour is from BlackBoyPlace, and Tom Ford’s “version” is on the right. There may be talks that this was indeed a collab, but according to WWD.COM that doesn’t sound like the case:

..But the look that will send Twitter into overdrive is Ford’s sparkling dress bearing the number 61 — “My year of birth,” he said with a groan. It’s actually a riff on the $65 counterfeit Ford football jersey that Jay Z has been wearing to perform in stadiums. “I knocked off the knockoff — in sequins,” Ford deadpanned.

Can’t wait to see the social media coverage about this.