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.

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Lil Kim reveals pregnancy during NYFW

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photo courtesy of Fashionbombdaily.com

40 year old rapper Lil Kim showed attendees of The Blonds NY Fashion show , during New York Fashion Week she is expecting her first child.

Fashion Bomb Daily (probably one the of the best fashion blog ever; your welcome) snapped the first picture of the rapper ,who  once proudly proclaimed she had the “ill na-na”, sporting the bump.

The Brooklyn native overcame a rocky 2013 that consisting of a bankruptcy and lawsuits, but this pregnancy may be the sign of a more prosperous 2014. Congrats Kim

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:

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

http://www.forbes.com/pictures/ehlm45mhmj/fashion-france-vuitton/

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.

Grab It Designs Provides Customers with Unique Shopping Experience

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Two large racks of unfinished men and women’s clothing, greet persective shoppers as they enter Grab It apparel’s design studio. Unusual ? Yes,but that is what makes the shopping at studio a unique experience.

“All of the clothes on the racks are unfinished so when customers decide to purchase them they are finished, so that each customers garment is tailored to the customer” said Joey Redditt Grab It Founder.

It was two years ago the budding 22 year-old desginer created Grab It designs and opened a design studio with the intent to showcase his talent and provide customers with a unique shopping experience.Prices for Grab It apparel range from 15 dollars , for a tshirt, to 60 dollars for a dress.

“People go boutiques and have an idea of what they want but cant find it, when I come to Joey’s Studio if he hasn’t already made it he can make it for me” said April Bell Grab It model and customer.

Redditt,who studied Studio Art at Baton Rouge Community College, said he can only remember one time when he made the same garment twice. When customers come into his studio if they cannot find something they like in the studio they collaborate with Reddit on a design.

Redditt said that most of the designs he collaborates on with customers can be made within 24 hours after being sketched.

“I’m not really inspired by one particular thing I wouldn’t consider myself a designer, I look at myself as an artist who uses as clothing medium” said Redditt

Besides designing new clothing Redditt offers a unique service to his clients called “Upcycling”. Upcycling is done whenRedditt takes clothing from his clients and gives them a “makeover”. Redditt said Putting different button on a new shirt or bleaching an old pair of jeans can give them a new look and can be done before getting rid of clothes.

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Although he has been working as a designer for two years Redditt made his first tshirt ten years ago to commemorate the late r&b singer Aaliyah after her death in 2001.

Redditt said he wanted to become a designer after working in retail and noticing the high amount customers were paying for clothes.He was first asked by his cousin to design a unique sweatshirt to wear. Even though he had no sewing skills or formal design training, attempted to make the sweatshirt for his cousin.

“I added zippers to the sweatshirt, but instead of sewing them to the sweatshirt I glued them instead and he wasn’t happy with the way it came out.”said Redditt

Instead of discouraging the budding designer Redditt said his cousin helped him purchase his first sewing machine. Although he had help acquiring the tools bring his sketches to life he still needed to learn the skills to properly execute his designs.

“ I did not know how to sew but, I was still working in retail so I would look at the clothes and how they were constructed”said Redditt

Redditt said the first dress he constructed he originally planned to make a skirt for a christmas tree, but instead decided to make dress for woman. After made finished the dressed many of his friends and family were surprised to find out that design clothes and sew.

“Its so insipiring that so Joey has been able to come so far from teaching himself , he is puts so much passsion in to everything he creates” said Alysia Delone Childhood friend and Customer

Although still early in his career Redditt said the highlight of 2012 been when a longtime client commissioned him to make a wedding dress for her.

“I had no idea she wanted me to make her dress until she showed me the fabric, and she liked it so much her fiance had me surprise her with another (custom)  dress to wear to the reception” said Redditt.

Redditt said he plans to work on not only expanding his mens collection in 2013,adding accessories to his women’s line a putting more time into developing Grab it Kids .Grab it Design studios is located at 12087 Old hammond highway and open from 11am-7pm Monday- Saturday. To schedule an appointment contact Joey.Redditt@gmail.com.

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Brothers in Entertainment with book and fashion line

Brothers Kaleb and Kyler Doutrive are learning entrepreneurial skills a young age following the release of their book and clothing line.

 Eight year old Kaleb a second grader at Belfair elementary wrote and published his first book titled “Funny Chaps”. The book, tells the story of two brothers who move to a new town and the adventures the brothers go on with their new friends.

 

“Children aren’t reading as much as they should and by Kaleb writing a book I think it will encourage children his age to want to read more”, said Comedian Howard Hall.

 

Cosha Hayes, the boys’ mother, said The book was published through her production company Bran Nue productions, which has also published her books and other local authors as well. She enjoyed working with her sons throughout the creative process.

 

“I only helped Kaleb with editing and working with an illustrator to help him transform his visions of what the characters looked like in his mind to actual drawings on paper”said Hayes.

 

Elven year old Kyler a fifth grader at Belfair elementary debuted his second collection for his tshirt line named “Skayte by Kyler D”. The first collection was launched last year and included designs inspired by skateboarding.

 

“I like desging clothes for my friends to wear and my favorite part is seeing my designs on tshirts”said Kyler

 

The first collection which was released last year only included styles for boys and the new collection for this year included new designs for boys, and also debuted his first line of t shirts for girls.

 

“I get my ideas from different places ,but mainly skateboarding and I know boys arent the only ones who skateboard and thats why I added tshirts for girls this time”, said Kyler

 

Hayes said Bran Nue Productions markets and promotes Skayte also and that she is working with Kyler to help him expand his clothing line from tshirts to eventually include shoes and jeans. She involves the boys in every aspect of the production process that include tracking sales, attending meetings and opening bank accounts. She believes it will help better prepare them for adulthood and encourage them to take even more pride in their endeavors.

 

 

To celebrate the release of the book and new collection of tshirts Kaleb and Kyler held a book signing and fashion show.At the show guest were able to purchase signed copies of “Funny Chaps and see the new collection of Skayte by Kyler D.

 

“As a mother I think having line of tshirts desgined by children for children is great because no better understands what children that age want wear than someone in that age group” said April Williams of Mature Woman now Magazine

 

 

“Funny Chaps” and can be purchased at Barnes and Noble, brannueproductions.com , amazon.com and there is also a Kindle version available as well. Skayte by Kyler can purchased on skayte.com , brannuepruductions.com , and amazon.com.  Image