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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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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