Jaden Smith Named New Face of Louis Vuitton

Jaden Smith is the new face of Louis Vuitton’s Spring/Summer 2016 collections and his penchant for high fashion and non-gender conforming style helped him land the gig.

On Saturday, Louis Vuitton’s creative director  Nicholas Ghesquiere used his  Instagram to reveal his latest ad campaign was going to be headlined by the son of Will and Jada.

Photographer Bruce Weber snapped the 17-year-old actor/rapper  in pieces from the label’s women’s collection that made it’s debut at Paris Fashion Week.

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Jaden also rocks men’s wear in the campaign and  was chosen for the non-gender conforming fashion choices he been making.

 “I’m just expressing how I feel inside, which is really no particular way because everyday it changes how I feel about the world and myself,” he told GQ in June of his sometimes out-there outfit choices.

I am def looking forward  the full ad campaign  I’m sure he’s going to have me lusting after bags and shoes.

Congrats Jaden!

*I’m not gonna lie he makes the idea of wearing a Louis Vuitton skirt look cool, but below is what my reaction will be to seeing others attempt to recreate this look..many will enter few will win!

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Amiyah Scott walks away from ‘RHOA’

Model/entertainer Amiyah Scott is putting the peach offered to her to become a Real Housewife of Atlanta back on the shelf.

Scott made  headlines after word spread that she would be added to the cast and make history as the first transgender housewife.

Before the season began we saw pictures of Amiyah posing with cast members on social media and glimpses of her in the background of episodes, as we waited for her to make an official appearance.

According to TMZ Scott balked at the idea of producers wanting make the model/entertainer an over-serialized and shady vixen on the show.

Amiyah was hoping to use the show as platform to be a role model for the transgender community.

About a month into filming Scott decided that this was not the way she wanted to be portrayed and walked off set.

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She posted the video and statement below explaining her departure from the show.

Welp seeingas that was the 1st (and probably last) glimpse of me on #RHOA tonight and I haven’t said anything about it (though the hype was craaazzzzzyyy) lmao. Let me say, I enjoyed ALL the ladies & I had a great time filming multiple scenes with them! Unfortunately due to contractual complications + the magic of editing, you won’t be seeing as much of me as expected. *whispers* (I don’t work for free. Lol. 😊) But everything happens for a reason & it was still an awesome experience! I’m in my 20’s and when this opportunity was BROUGHT to me, It was no guarantees & I was cool with that, but I wasn’t going to exploit myself or act out of character for it… I honestly saw a chance to help change the perspective of MY community, but I wanted to maintain my dignity. Housewife and Transgender aren’t words that are usually associated… Funny, because anyone who knows me knows that being a housewife is a dream of mine, not on reality tv, but in real life. 👰🏽 But contrary to popular belief, I personally know transgender housewives, models, doctors, lawyers and many other successful unique individuals, along with so many others who are fighting to break the negative stigma associated with the trans community. Not to mention, a lot of our opportunities are limited due to discrimination and that’s why most are forced into compromising occupations. But my point in this is to say, me filming with the #RealHousewivesOfAtlanta was not for attention, but to assist in breaking a stereotype. Trans women are not only sex objects or prostitutes. We are strong, educated & human just like everyone else. AND WE ARE HERE AND WE DEMAND RESPECT. And whatever I have to do to assist in that I will and won’t regret it. Now let me call my bf and schedule a hair appointment.

We’re rooting for you, we were all rooting for you! *In my Tyra voice* Hey, I understand can definitely respect some one for not putting a price on their morals and values.

We will see Amiyah on TV soon, she’s already been cast on Empire creator Lee Daniels’ new show.

*Even Kandi was sad to see her leave:

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Getting sweaty with Lululemon

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Running has become a way for me to stay in shape and relieve stress, and also help balance out my addiction to carbs,  so as I began to pursue it more and more, I wanted a product that would motivate me while ensuring that I look good.

Spending more time running meant that I needed to invest the same amount of money into my running wardrobe as I do in my other clothing. That’s when I learned that shopping for workout clothes would be different than shopping for everyday wear. Although it ranked high, looking good was not priority, but functionality was. As I looked around, I couldn’t find the two together. I would find a pair of shorts and shirt that look great, but after doing a few jumping jacks, yes jumping jacks, in the dressing room the comfort just wasn’t there. Then I would find something that passed the jumping jack test, but was lacking in the looks department.

Then I found Lululemon. I had seen their logo before on people as ran the lakes or even on the person, but it was brief conversation at Target that made me want to try the brand. As I stood in the checkout line I heard a man and woman discussing the seven-mile run they had just finished – they looked as if they were dressed to begin a run and not like they had just finished one. I just knew they were freaks of nature. So I asked them “Did you guys literally just finishing running seven miles in 70 degree weather?”. The lady looked at me and replied “Yes”. Their faces were red and sweaty, but the rest of their bodies and their clothes were bone dry. I pointed this out to the woman and said that’s why I asked and man replied, “We’re wearing Lululemon”.

From that brief conversation I knew Lululemon sounded exactly what was I looking for – it would provide comfort, functionality, yet still look appealing.

After search online I found Baton Rouge was home to a Lululemon show room. Also through my research I learned that Lululemon began yoga-inspired athletic apparel company, but branched out to provide comfort those who run, work out and participate in other sweaty pursuits.

The Lululemon showroom in Baton Rouge is located at 7342 Highland Road
The Lululemon showroom in Baton Rouge is located at 7342 Highland Road

I was slightly apprehensive about visiting because I thought I’d be entering a place filled with yoga and running enthusiasts who would be nothing but annoyed that an amateur had ventured into their territory. It couldn’t have been more of the opposite, as soon as I entered the small showroom – the sales associate, Amanda began a conversation with me.

The first product I got was the Metal Vent Tech SS shirt. Not only does it have mesh venting, it’s seam free to avoid chaffing. I also got a pair of Pace Breaker shorts.

I try to run at least 12 miles a week, usually three miles per day, but wearing Lululemon pushed me to run farther. The comfort of their athletic apparel is the best. I usually run without a shirt to help keep cool, but the lightweight feel and moisture wick material of the Metal Vent Tech SS shirt kept me cooler than I would’ve been shirtless. As ran I could feel the breeze through the breathable material as I took each stride.

I was just as comfortable in the Pace Breaker shorts. I actually want use them for lounging and lunging and I even slept in them one night to ensure I would get up and run. My favorite feature is the strategically placed mesh venting on the sides and the two way stretch fabric allowing the wearer to move easily in them.

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Located in Lululemon T-shirts are motivational messages, mine told me to “Drink, Sweat, Repeat”

No matter what type of workout you do, you can’t avoid sweat and odor but the Pace Breaker Short and Metal Vent Tech SS Shirt absorb both. When I run I sweat a lot, sometimes to the point I have to wring out my shirt, but when I finished my run, just like the couple I saw at Target, you could only see sweat on my forehead. As far as odor, neither of the products needed to be washed until third or fourth workout.

Needless to say Lululemon has found a customer for life in me. Its been almost three months I’ve been running in my Lululemon gear and their products continue to not only motivate me to want to work harder and sweat more, but also my runs are now more comfortable and enjoyable.

The Metal Vent Tech SS Shirt only needs to washed between every third to fifth workout. I waited until the sixth to test that theory find out what happens below:

The shade: Naomi Campbell responds to Kim and Kanye Vogue cover

Ever since Vogue Magazine released the image of its  cover featuring Kimye and baby North it has been topic of discussion among fans of the couple, fans of the magazine and industry insiders , but supermodel  Naomi Campbell doesn’t even think about it.

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The queen of the catwalk was recently asked by an Austrian morning show on her opinion of the cover, that has  had to be defended by the magazines Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour. Campbell,  who has graced the cover Vogue a few times, responded with answer that remind us “if you can’t say anything nice don’t say anything at all.” My favorite part is the laugh at the beginning.

 

Check it out below:

 

 

The fact she gives her opinion with out giving her opinion is classic.

End of an Era: Marc Jacobs Leaves Louis Vuitton

Marc Jacobs takes his final walk as Creative Director at Louis Vuitton's S/S '14 show in Paris.
Marc Jacobs takes his final walk as Creative Director at Louis Vuitton’s S/S ’14 show in Paris.

Marc Jabobs is leaving Louis Vuitton, as Creative Director,  as plans take shape for the Marc Jacobs brand to go public.

During his 16-year tenure at the French house Jacobs transformed Louis Vuitton from a house only known for their luggage and trunks into a fashion icon.

Jacobs made Louis Vuitton one of the most desirable brands in the world through logo mania. Jacobs splashed the LV monogram and flowers on everything from bags to scarves to fur.

Fashion Editor Andre Leon Talley wearing a scarf from Louis Vuitton's Fall 2011 Collection.
Fashion Editor Andre Leon Talley wearing a scarf from Louis Vuitton’s Fall 2011 Collection.

He spearheaded the melding of the worlds of art and fashion via collaborations with artists like Stephen Sprouse, Takashi Murakami and Richard Prince.

Louis Vuitton "Neverfull" tote and coin purse from Japanese artist Takashi Murakami for Louis Vuittons Spring 2008 Collection
Louis Vuitton “Neverfull” tote and coin purse from Japanese artist Takashi Murakami for Louis Vuittons Spring 2008 Collection

The designer dedicated his last collection to “the women who inspire me and to the show girl in every one of them,” received a standing ovation for his final bow

According to Women’s Wear Daily, Jacobs wants to concentrate on the planned Initial Public Offering of his eponymous label. As to a successor, rumors persist that Nicolas Ghesquiere, formerly of Balenciaga, is poised to take over.

Until that news is announced, let us first enjoy photos from  Jacobs’ final collection for Louis Vuitton:

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Louis Vuitton S/S’14
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Louis Vuitton S/S’14
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Louis Vuitton S/S'14  Pascal LeSergrentain/ Getty Images
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Louis Vuitton S/S'14  Pascal LeSergrentain/ Getty Images
Louis Vuitton S/S’14
Pascal LeSergrentain/ Getty Images

Marc Jacobs created a set that combined elements from his past shows. On the runway was a fountain, a carousel, old-fashioned elevators, a hallway of hotel room doors and a set of escalators. These elements created the mise en scene for the designer’s final bow at Louis Vuitton after sixteen years to see more photos click below:

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How to spot a fake Hermes Constance Belt.

An authentic men's Constance Belt.
An authentic men’s Constance Belt.

I was in Houston for the weekend and took a trip to The Galleria. After succumbing to my retail addiction for couple hours and having small intervention, after realizing the cost of my taste I realized I had two choices: continue raiding the galleria and have to live in my car or spend the rest of my time window shopping.

After deciding my car wasn’t going to be my new home I left the Galleria, but found myself in Hermes. I casually walked around the store lusting over everything:$1500 leather cuffs, $10,000 briefcases $400 boxers, it was luxury heaven. I guess I’m just a masochist.

I think after noticing the excitement in my eyes within  a few minutes I heard :” Would you like to see anything?” from older sales woman.

Usually I would’ve said a polite “no I’m  just browsing”, but instead I decided to some research and replied “I’m looking for a constance belt”.  The sales associate realized I knew how speak ” Hermes” and she ushered me over to collection of leather belts and the classic  “H” buckles.

My curiosity was peaked after reading about a police raid in Baton Rouge where  Federal Agents seized 3,082 fake designer shoes and purses with an estimated manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $1 million in the raid. Among the items were fake Nike shoes, and bogus Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Prada and Coach merchandise.

A picture of a counterfeit men's Constance Belt.
A picture of a counterfeit men’s Constance Belt.

Now for those of you who don’t know the Hermes constance belt is one of the most sought after items made the luxury goods company. The simple belt with a held together by a large “H” buckle  has been seen on celebrities and public figures ranging from Drake to Oprah.  This highly sought after belt which starts at $800 for basic leather belt and buckle and can cost up to $4500 for an exotic skin is a sure sign that you “started at the bottom and now you’re here”.

Former Professional Football Player Chad Ocho-Cinco wearing a Constance belt.
Former Professional Football Player Chad Ocho-Cinco wearing a Constance belt.

The reason I had to see the belt was because everywhere I went wether it was  the club or the grocery I store I would see someone walking around with the coveted “H” around their waste. I had to put the envy aside and realize Baton Rouge is no Beverly Hills and not too many people in the Capitol city have kind of income to afford an Hermes belt.

So after coming to coming to realization that majority of the belts I was lusting after on a day to day basis were fake I decided for research, and mainly my own entertainment, I needed to know how to spot faux Constance belt. So I asked the sales woman and  she gave me three big tips.

1. Any hermes box is going say made in france on the side of lid. ( If it doesn’t say that then the box is fake and so are it’s contents)

2. All real “H” buckles are going to engraved with  “Hermes” at the top.

3. Most importantly no matter what time of metal the back of the buckle will  be matte and not shiny.

4. A dead giveway is fraying at the top, Hermes product are made from the highest quality leather and are handmade. So an authentic constance will not begin tear along the seam or begin to come apart.

I wasn’t allowed to take pictures in the store but I found a video posted by blogger Preston Boyer that gives good tips and similar to the lesson I received in spotting impostors.

Not that I have anything against people who purchase fake or “replica” luxury goods, ok well maybe I am little biased. I just don’t understand the point of buying and imitation of quality that will fall apart in order to portray a lifestyle some people can’t afford in some cases. Part of the excitement , once over coming the price, is the fact that your paying for quality product that will last decades and in some cases appreciate in value. Also knowing how to spot the fake Constance will protect those who are looking for an authentic one from counterfeiters. You’re welcome for the heads up.

Dynasty XXIILIX Host First Annual The One Fashion Show.

Last year Dynasty 2259 was  founded with goal of  offering fresh pieces of clothing for our closets, but also to introduce us to the  up and coming designers who create them.  After losing her father to cancer  Dynasyt’s Founder Manuela Gomez said it was his death that  inspired her to go after her dream of fashion and build a company that  inspires others to follow their dreams too. Dynasty refers to  building a legacy that will last forever and  2259 refers to Gomez’s father’s birthday, which marks the beginning of the Dynasty.

Pictured left to right , Dynasty Musician :Youth Soul Love, Dynasty Owner: Manuela Gomez and Dynasty Graphic Designer: Yobi
Pictured left to right , Dynasty Musician :Youth Soul Love, Dynasty Owner: Manuela Gomez and Dynasty Graphic Designer: Yobi

After spending a year turning her  dream into a reality , along with partners Yobi and musician Youth Soul Love, and building the Dynasty brand the group commemorated their anniversary with The One Fashion Show.

Dynasty's collection kept it simple for guys up top but showed us how to have fun with printed bottoms. When it comes to ladies as you can see "X" marks the spot.
Dynasty’s collection kept it simple for guys up top but showed us how to have fun with printed bottoms. When it comes to ladies as you can see “X” marks the spot.

Dynasty chose the Galleria Mall in Houston as  the backdrop for the brand to introduce us to their collection and collections from Liv Culture, IVSL and Dinero’s Closet. Although the event was  gave us a peek at we need in our closets this summer ; it was also a chance to give back with proceeds from the show  donated to The American Cancer Society.

Loved watching Dinero's Closet give ladies a modern take on the classic LBD. Take note  ladies this summer  it doesn't have have to be all black.
Loved watching Dinero’s Closet give ladies a modern take on the classic LBD. Take note ladies this summer it doesn’t have have to be all black.

The first  annual One Fashion Show hosted by Dynasty was a  stunning runway presentation of designers who were able to build a bridge between :popular styles of  today and vintage looks from the past. I can’t wait to attend next year.  For more information on Dynasty XXIILIX visit xxiilix.com . You’re welcome for the heads up!

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follow @XIILIX on twitter, instagram, facebook and check out their youtube channel.

Dolce and Gabbana to Serve Jail Time for Tax Evasion

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Dolce and Gabbana just finished their spring show in Milan , but unfortunately the two fashion masterminds will strut from the catwalk to a prison cell.

An Italian court sentenced Domenico Dolce and Steffano Gabbana to
One year and eight months in prison for allegedly no paying their taxes.

According to TMZ the italian duo , and former couple, were accused of creating a phony company in Germany in 2004 and 2005 where they then transferred control to D&G in order to avoid paying taxes.

The two men were also ordered to $665,000 in fines.

The two met in Milan in 1982 and established a designer consulting studio; in time it grew to become “Dolce & Gabbana. The duo has been responsible for dressing number of celebs and public figures ranging from Princess Di to Denzel Washington. They won an Oscar for best male perfume in 1996.It was announced at the beginning of year revenue for the company reached 1 billion dollars in January.

Dolce and Gabbana are not the first designers to serve time for trying to save their company money.In 2002 Steven Madden served one year and five months after pleading guilty to money laundering and securities fraud.