The MTV Video Music Awards this past weekend was a veritable night of highs and lows. There was the creative use of 8th avenue just behind Madison Square Garden for performances during the pre-show, (high) the awkward and yawn-inspiring interviewing styles of the red carpet correspondents, (low) the fifteen minute Beyonce concert that happened half way through the night (high) and the unfortunate performance line-up that placed Britney Spears after it. (low)
Perhaps one of the biggest highs of the night though, besides Beyonce of course, was the premiere of Kanye West’s new video, “Fade.” Although we could have done without the expected 4 turned 7 minute rant about..well, not sure what it was about..BUT, the video instantly put its star, Teyana Taylor on everyone’s radar. The clip involves a greased up Taylor dancing alone in a workout room setting in a strategically cut sports bra and underwear. It has been compared to the iconic final dance sequence in “Flash Dance” and is also reminiscent of Janet Jackson’s, “Pleasure Principle.” Fade takes the same formula of a strong female lead alone with her moves and her thoughts and dancing through them and brings it into 2016. The dance- hall- meets- hip-hop -choreography, and a quick nod to gay voguing culture at one point makes it feel very relevant and very now. Kanye is one of the most polarizing figures in pop culture today, but few people will argue about his creativity and ability to make you look.
All in all the VMA’s were pretty entertaining. Viewers got to see a portion of Beyonce’s Formation World Tour for free, sing along to some of Rihanna’s biggest hits throughout her four performances, and get motivated to join a gym after seeing Teyana Taylor’s body.
Apparently, they gave out some awards too.
The video for “Fade” can be seen exclusively on Tidal.
This past Sunday’s, Billboard Music Awards lived up to its location of Las Vegas with glitz, glamour and skin-bearing looks on the pink carpet.
Here are few of my favorite looks:
Ciara in Phillip Plein
Kelly Rowland in Labourjoisie
Lucy Hale, from Pretty Little Liars
Laverne Cox in Michael Costello
Rihanna in Thierry Mugler
As the world knows now, Beyonce released another surprise visual album over the weekend via HBO. The emotionally stimulating album titled, Lemonade is filled with themes on infidelity, female empowerment and what it means to be unapologetically black in today’s social climate. Lemonade has not only set the internet and the Beyhive a blaze, but the fashion world has been left thirsty for the albums many looks.
Which one is your favorite?
Roberto Cavalli Dress, YSL Heels
Hood By Air Fur Coat, Yezzy Bra and Leggings
Beyonces Wedding Dress, Designed by her Mother, Tina Knowles
Beyoncé in Yousef Al Jasmi and Serena Williams in Brandon Maxwell.
In Neil Barrett Menswear
In a Zana Bayne bra and Maxior earrings
In a Nicolas Jebran Dress
In a Maria Lucia Hohan Dress
Rosie Assoulin top
Underground streetwear collides at the corner of classic and conservative this week when Barneys New York Madison avenue recreates the Hood by Air (HBA) Spring/Summer 2016 menswear show in its latest window display. The visual display makes sense for the retail giant, since they were the first department store to stock the contemporary menswear brand. It also gives Barneys a seat at the table in the current discussion on the influence of street wear in fashion. The windows will be on view until May and incorporate exact details from the show including the custom grills made by Dolly Cohen and heavily inked mannequins.
Scroll through the images below and check out the full HBA show, here.
Silicon model on the left and real model on the right.
Kanye West was recently spotted in Malibu for bro-in-law, Rob Kardashian’s birthday bash at Nobu. The rapper turned fashion icon wore a black longline button down, black skinny jeans, and suede chelsea boots. The look was a variation on his usual style theme with one exception: a faded denim jacket haphazardly graffitied in a Basquiat-esque technique. The designer, whose work has also been sported by A$AP Rocky is definitely one to watch!
See more on his Instagram page, here
Recently, I traveled to Mexico for a much needed vacation and to escape the chilly New York weather. I stayed in a gorgeous resort in the once sleepy fishing town of, Playa del Carmen. Now a thriving and hip destination for nightlife, shopping and local cuisine, PDC also has some amazing street art on and around its main street of 5th avenue.
I took these pictures on my first day walking around and am obsessed with the colors of this mural.