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FASHION: CHROMAT Will Make You Read Between The Lines


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.


FASHION: American Apparel + Nathalie Du Pasquier = Retro Heaven


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.


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)


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:


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


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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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”.



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


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:




clockwise: bespoke helmets from Rag and Bone; Diane Von Furstenberg; Pamela Love; Marchesa

I just love it when Sports and Fashion collide!

The NFL, in conjunction with mega-retailer Bloomingdales and the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) have teamed up to create one-of-a-kind helmets to celebrate Super Bowl XLVIII. The bedazzled, feathered and studded pieces from 48 design houses are up for auction, and it’s for a great cause. 100% of the proceeds will go to the NFL Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports team charities and provides youth assistance in multiple communities. Sounds like a win-win!

Here’s a few of my favorites!


Cynthia Vincent


Kenneth Cole


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Rachel Zoe

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Richard Chai

Richard Chai


Cynthia Rowley

Catherine Malandrino

Catherine Malandrino

Vince Camuto

Vince Camuto

To see all 48 helmets and bid on your winning piece before the auction ends on Feb 4, go to NFL.COM/SUPERBOWLHELMETS!


Photographer Karim Sadli captured Ms. Badu for Purple Magazine. She was draped in Givenchy from 2008 – 2014.

Just breathe it all in.

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FASHION: The 2014 Grammy Awards x Looks of the Night! (aka the looks I cared about)

(Psst. Can I be honest with you? I forgot about the Grammys. Seriously, I did. I was flipping through the channels, thinking about how much my soon-to-be dinner was calling my name…and just when I had given up all hope of finding something to distract me for 10 minutes before my food was ready to be consumed, I saw it: the E! Channel’s Red Carpet Special. My initial thought? Le Crap. I had to make a choice: delight in the savory food that I knew would be waiting for me, or watch 2 hours of the fashion commentary. I’m no fool…I chose both! So now with my inner greedy girl fully satisfied, I was free to partake in the numerous ensembles of the night. I can only imagine what might have happened if I didn’t eat. All I know is, it wouldn’t have been pretty!)

If there’s one thing that you can count on to keep your attention during an awards show, it’s the FASHION, dahling! The stars came dressed to the nines for the red carpet, and some were ready to shine…literally!



She looks like a haute Bond girl. P.S. I need those cheekbones.

Chrissy Teigen / Johanna Johnson


Forget The Last Dragon…this mommy-to-be has the glow!

Ciara / Emilio Pucci


Art deco lines enhance her bodacious curves in this radiant gown.

Amber Rose / Naeem Khan


I feel like dancing! This dress has Studio 54 written all over it!

Rita Ora / Lanvin


That’s some major body armor!

Taylor Swift / Gucci



Queen B really showed us what she’s made of. No, really, the dress is see-through lol.

 Beyonce / Michael Costello


you think she hit a high note with this one?

Katy Perry / Valentino


This awesome Aussie loves her Elie.

Iggy Azalea / Elie Saab


You know Paris; business in the front, party in the back.

Paris Hilton / Haus of Milani



Rocking an early Valentine’s Day look? I heart it.

Pink / Johanna Johnson


This gown has just enough visual interest without it going to hoochie-ville. Me gusta.

Colbie Caillat / Ezra Santos


This baby Braxton’s body was snatched in this Costello couture.

Tamar Braxton / Michael Costello



Rita went glam with her ring party, but unexpectedly funky with her mani!

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These nails are sooo Kelly. Love the black with the slight gold accents (to match her custom Badgley Mischka of course!) + peep the grammy!


Think Lady B can SERFBORT with this gleaming ring party?

Think Lady B can SERFBORT with this gleaming ring party?


remember when you had pens without the caps loose in your backpack? yep, that’s what happened here. It’s cool, Lorde. It completes your look.




King Kendrick looked too cool in this navy piece.

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…and speaking of Kendrick, here he is between two greats: Jay is rocking Tom Ford, Pharrell is in a Vivienne Westwood hat + Adidas Originals leather track jacket.

Miguel looked ultra-sleek in his all black ensemble. Shiny leather pants + boots by Saint Laurent.

Soooo…how do YOU think everyone looked?

FASHION: Fresh Since The 80’s by Young & Gifted Clothing

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!

Get Fresh with all things Young & Gifted:


FASHION JUNQUI: A.P.C. label founder didn’t know who Kanye West was before their upcoming collab


 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.

FASHION JUNQUI: Dimepiece Summer 2013 ‘Woman-Hood’ Look Book (DANG I’M LATE)

“Expressing women’s notions,  desires and experiences through fashion’.. is what Dimepiece’s Summer 2013 collection is all about.


The title Woman-Hood, was the perfect name for  the bold mix of sporty , sexy and playful pieces. Its such an inspiration to see women in street wear representing us in such a positive way! Kudos to Ashley and Laura for creating this LA based collection. On the next page take a look at the apparel and accessories collection launching May 28, 2013. We can’t wait! Xx Quiana