Recently I had the pleasure of being asked to film a dance segment for the Coke Red Moves campaign video being produced by DanceOn. #CokeRedMoves is a partnership between Coca-Cola
Recently I had the pleasure of being asked to film a dance segment for the Coke Red Moves campaign video being produced by DanceOn. #CokeRedMoves is a partnership between Coca-Cola and (RED) to inspire people to participate in a global dance movement with the goal of helping to end mother to child transmission of HIV by 2015.
This landmark video will serve as a call to action for the public to join the #CokeRedMoves MOVEMent and encourage people to upload their own videos of themselves dancing to YouTube or Instagram, using #CokeREDMoves in the title or as the hashtag. Details can be found at www.cokeredmoves.com.
For the first 1,000 videos submitted, Coca-Cola will make a donation to the Global Fund, which can buy life-saving medicine for someone living with HIV.
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From the runways of New York to London, a few delicious trends emerged for the spring fashion season that are truly fabulous for the modern woman.
These fashionable trends revolve around the design elements of peplum, culottes, floral and leather that assist the modern woman in translating seamlessly from the office to the evening.
Lessons From The Runway
When it comes to fashion weeks, the fashion lines and collections shown at New York Fashion Week are among the most wearable and trend-setting as a rule.
As Galen Hardy, head buyer for the very popular online retailer Zappos.com says “New York is the end-all-be-all. You have to be a part of it, not only to see the trends from the new designers, but to see what’s happening on the street.”
In terms of the pieces that you see on the runways of New York Fashion Week, I tend to find a majority of collections shown very wearable. It is thanks to iconic designers like Donna Karen and Vera Wang, who have focused their individual collections on helping the modern woman update her wardrobe that New York Fashion Week is so wearable.
Key Designs – Culottes and Peplum
According to Sheila Aimette, VP of North America content for the trending forecast firm, WGSN, the most have fashion piece for the spring season are a pair of culottes.
Sheila points out that culottes are very easy to wear and entirely perfect for work. Culottes come out the fashion trend towards minimalist in sports wear, they are a flowing loose trousers that are cut to end between the knee and mid-calf.
Fashion icons like Alexander Wang and Victoria Beckham have recently been photographed sporting culottes, yet in very unique ways. Wang likes loose, flowing culottes, and Beckham wears hers tight and fitted to her legs, usually worn with a peplum top.
Many of us, fashion insiders were taken by surprise to see peplum on the runways of New York, London and even Paris, since it was popular design element a couple season ago.
Peplums are fast on their way to becoming an essential wardrobe basic for the modern woman along side classics like the little black dress and the wrap dress.
As fellow fashion writer Laura Nay, of Splash Magazine is fond of saying “You’re way out of the loop, if you don’t have something with a peplum cut.”
If you are wearing a peplum top I like to suggest pairing with a pair of wedge heels and a slim, fitted, knee length pencil skirt or skinny jeans. You can see this style in the new collections of Kate Spade and Noon by Noor.
New Classic – Flower Prints
One of my personal favorite trends for the new spring season are flower prints. Flower prints evoke a purely feminine flair and bring a quality of lightness to any outfit their are part of.
Well known designer Joanna Mastroianni says “Color is important this season, more then ever before. It’s happy. It feels right.”
Joanna’s gowns are alight with a play of vibrant colors like pink, purple and yellow, all in a floral prints. Mastroianni is not alone in her use of bright floral prints this season, designers like Tracy Reese, Christian Siriano and Ostwald Helgason.
Ryan Baker, a stylist for Nordstrom, says “A great floral blouse under a fitted blazer is a playful piece that makes your look exciting. It reinvents your wardrobe basics.”
Leather Is The New Black
Leather, as a fabric is one of the corner stones of modern fashion design. It is the one fabric you see in use every season and never seems to lose it’s popularity. As fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld says “In a meat-eating world, wearing leather for shoes and even clothes, the discussion of fur is childish.”
Yet this season designer Alexander Wang managed to put a new twist on this popular fabric by introducing leather pieces with laser cut-outs onto this catwalk.
It was the french fashion house Lacoste, who during their New York Fashion Week show, pushed this new trend into the mainstream by introducing pieces that alternated strips of solid leather with blocks of sheer material.
When shopping for your new wardrobe remember the immortal words of Coco Chanel “Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.”
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Following in the foot steps of Vogue editor turned acclaimed fashion designer Vera Wang, Jeremy Fall took the skills he learned as the editor-in-chief of Cliche Magazine and put them to good use in the fashion world. Jeremy took his ability to create visual narratives in print to the next level in his newest project the ‘Paint It Black’ fashion line.
Paint It Black – A Fashion Statement
Inspired by the Punk fashions of the 1970s, designer Jeremy Fall infuses each of his creations with clean lines and a minimalist flair. Paint It Black, as a collection is meant to dress the individual in the tragic glamour of a Hollywood romance.
Justin Howard – Why fashion? What appeals to you about it?
Jeremy Fall – Fashion is limitless. I don’t mean that in a cheesy way by any means, it’s just a notion that I realize more and more everyday working as a creative in this field. The thing a lot of people don’t realize is that fashion is a lot more than just making clothes, it’s the only art form that people are obligated to consume everyday. As designers, we visually get to see our emotions interpreted by other people.
The most appealing aspect for me is feeling like I can do anything. There are so many aspects and different forms of design and production to get into ranging from the pieces you produce, to the shows, to the branding, and the story behind it all. Every collection feels like a huge puzzle with a million different pieces and the way each of us puts it together is always different.
Justin Howard – What is the message behind the “Paint It Black” collection?
Jeremy Fall – Tragic romance. That’s the basic emotion behind that entire collection. The name was inspired by my favorite Rolling Stones song and the look book is inspired by iconic scenes of Johnny Depp and Kate Moss’ relationship. It’s a story about the downfall in a relationship and the darker side of love that’s not portrayed in commercial media.
Justin Howard – How did you launch your new brand into today’s world?
Jeremy Fall – We launched the brand in a very modern grass roots way. We created buzz through social media platforms by producing an event and promoting it to the right people. We’re very careful about who consumes anything that’s related to the line because I’m a firm believer in slow organic growth and longevity, which is hard to achieve nowadays with the way things travel online.
Justin Howard – What’s your favorite piece? Why?
Jeremy Fall – My favorite piece is definitely the asymmetrical dress. It’s a long black dress with a length that’s right above the ankle in the back and short in the front. It has a polo-like leather collar and short boxy sleeves. I love this piece the most because its presence is really strong and most of it is achieved through its different lengths. It has a very Warhol-esque approach of taking two different basic things and blending them together with a personal touch.
Justin Howard - Are you influenced by any music or art movements?
Jeremy Fall – Music and art movements are my two biggest inspirations. I’m really inspired by the emotions I get from listening to lyrics. Most of my designs have come from having headphones in and translating what I feel onto paper. I’m a huge fan of classic and punk rock icons which you can see in this last look book and the brand as a whole. On the art side, my biggest inspiration has always been pop art.
Justin Howard – Are there any other areas of fashion you want or have plans to get into?
Jeremy Fall – One of my biggest dreams is to design shoes because I love the idea of playing around with harder fabrics and trying to create pieces that look like they defy gravity but are still easy to walk in. I think defining the balance between design and comfort is always the most challenging for shoe designers, but the challenge is what keeps us creating.
Justin Howard – What inspired the “modern punk” look? Was it a moment in time?
Jeremy Fall – Like I mentioned earlier, rock is definitely one of the main inspirations behind the entire line, specifically post-Woodstock mid 70′s and early 80′s. Some of the design elements that we like to describe as “clean punk” are inspired by classic features of punk fashion and interpreted and redesigned with our vision of what that era would look like today. We created a hybrid between minimalist dressing and clean lines and incorporated sharp edgy details.
Justin Howard: What is the best perk in being a designer?
Jeremy Fall – Most people think that the best perk is being able to create something you’ve always wanted to wear, which is awesome, but I honestly love seeing people interpret my pieces in their own way. A hundred people could wear one of my dresses and style it in a completely different way. I like the feeling of having your art live on, it almost feels like a collaboration with the consumer.
Justin Howard – How do you intend people to feel when wearing your pieces?
Jeremy Fall – I want people to feel creatively inspired. Inspiration solely is based on how you feel, and when you get motivated you have this feeling where you just can’t stop creating and it’s the best feeling in the world. A lot of that comes from how you feel in your skin and the elation you experience from that confidence is irreplaceable. I want to give people that confidence when they wear my pieces, like they can turn any idea they have into reality.
Justin Howard – Anything we should keep our eyes open for in the future?
Jeremy Fall – Absolutely. I’m extremely excited about my collection for this next season. I’m really thinking outside of the box and going out of my comfort zone, which is one of the most interesting experiences. Every day brings a new idea that improves the concept and I can’t wait to show the world our final product.
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Justin Howard – Please select three of your favorite pieces from the collection and share why you like them & what inspired them.
Jeremy Fall – My favorite group of pieces are the modern tee, the modern tank, and the asymmetrical dress because they’re different interpretations of a core piece that we modified to fit any wardrobe.
We decided to create a new standard for basics by taking traditional pieces and adding small details that make them feel edgy but easy to wear at the same time. I’m a firm believer that minimalism screams louder than anything and the idea behind this was to make these pieces feel fashionable without having to make the aesthetic feel complex.
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Indeed there is a new fashion bible on the market, The Fashion Book by Phaidon, tells you everything you could possible want to know about the subject and more all in one place.
The Fashion Book – Must Have Fashion Bible
Part of the reason this book is an essential must have volume for any fashion library, is it has everything fashion related in one place. When I say it has everything fashion related I do mean everything – the book is a visual narrative on every designer, model and photographer you could possibly need to know about.
With 576 pages, the book captures the last 150 years of the fashion world starting with Charles James and ending with designer Alexander Wang. Each page is like a piece of fashion, crafted to contain important fashion facts highlighted with a giant color photo. At the bottom of each page are recommendations to other fashion topics that might also interest the reader in the book.
One thing I enjoy about this book is that it not only covers the standard fashion icons like Anna Wintour and Ralph Lauren, it adds people like David Beckham and Oscar Wilde.
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The Swatch Project – The Moment & The 27 Club
Fashionista411 Insider Justin Howard checks out these hot new accessories at the Swatch 2013 Preview of their ‘Urban Expression’ line.
One of the featured accessories from the ‘Urban Expression’ line is the infamous 27 watch – inspired by the 27 club, an urban legend referring the all the great musicians who have died at 27 like Amy Winehouse, Kurt Cobain and Jimi Hendrix.
My favorite watch from this new line is THE Moment – an accessory that is truly zen with its mantra “Be happy for this moment – This moment is for life.”
The Street Artist Urban Expression by Swatch
Fashion Insider Justin Howard goes behind the scenes at the Swatch Fall/Winter 2013 Preview to check out their new collaboration with the Spanish street artist José Carlos Casado – Off, as part of the new ‘Urban Expression’ line.
“The Fall Winter “Urban Expression Collection” illustrates Swatch’s passion for street style and love of rhythm and noise from cities across the globe. Inspiration for the new line comes directly from the colourful, expressive artwork often found on the streets of the world’s most loved capitals. Flamboyant prints and quirky slogans synonymous with graffiti can be found in several of the watch designs.” – Swatch.com
Gatsby Girls, Swatch
Fashion Correspondent Justin Howard gives Fashionista411 an exclusive guided tour of the “Les Annees Folles” collection by Swatch at the 2013 Fall/Winter Preview.
This new collection from Swatch draws inspiration from Les Annees Folles period in Paris, known as The Roaring Twenties in US, forever immortalized in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s book The Great Gatsby.
These pieces aren’t simply watches, they are pieces of art – stylish, fashion-forward designs with a modern twist on tradition.
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Fashion Correspondent Justin Howard’s interview with Donna Karan, DKNY Bras & Panties Team about their new spring lingerie lines. Available at Nordstrom and all Donna Karan retail outlets as well as online DKNY retailers.
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Look: Daytime, Casual
Our first model Lauren looks cool and casual in a great pair of Big Star
To take her closet from summer to fall, Lauren should keep her skinny jeans
Fashion To Add:
- A chunky knit cardigan: while this Line sweater is comfy and oversized, it’s also cut to flatter the body, so she doesn’t lose her silhouette.
- Knee-high flat boots: this pair by Reef is made with genuine leather, and the Aztec detailing is on-trend for fall.
Look: Evening Out
Our next model ANNA starts off looking pure summer chic, in a figure-flattering wrap maxi dress, open toe heels, and necklace by 8 Other Reasons.
Jewelry – A statement necklace can really punch up your evening look, so we
want Anna to keep hers this season.
Fashion To Add:
- Dress shorts – an updated take on the LBD, a pair of tailored black dress shorts keep this look fun and flirty. Be sure to tuck your top in so you don’t “lose” your waistline with these blousy bottoms.
- Tights – these are Hanes Convert-a-Tight, literally two pairs in one! Fold the toe over for full coverage, or wear them “footless” depending on your look.
- Cropped jacket – this metallic blazer by Line & Dot adds just the right amount of sparkle; you want just a hint of shimmer to keep this look sophisticated – no sequins!
Look: Daytime, Casual
John’s basic fitted jeans and Electric t-shirt are total must have wardrobe staples.
To take this look from summer to fall, John can keep his fitted jeans and tee.
Fashion To Add:
- Chambray Hoodie by Electric – upgraded on the classic cotton hoodie!
- Slip ons by Timberland – still comfortable and easy to slide on, suede material is on-trend for fall.
- Peugeot watch – a watch can be a great conversation starter – who doesn’t love a good timepiece! Accessories are a great way to incorporate a bit of color into your look this season.
Look: From The Office to Happy Hour
Our model Eric is office-appropriate in his chinos, Timberland oxford and suede dress shoes.
How can we take this a step further for fall? Eric can actually keep all of these wardrobe staples, and move into fall with these fashion samples.
Fashion To Add:
- Knit cardigan by Grayers – it’s still warm here in LA, so a cardigan is a great alternative to a jacket until the winter cold kicks in!
- Everett Vintage Fabric Tie – the vintage tweed fabric is on-trend for fall, and keeps the look stylish. These ties are handmade in NYC and they use a variety of fabrics and textures.
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8 Other Reasons (necklace on Anna) @8otherreasons
Hanes (tights on Anna) @HanesHosiery
Timberland (shirt and shoes on Eric, shoes on John) @Timberland
Amongst the frenzy of lights, cameras and various models from the 20th cycle of the CW’s hit show America’s Next Top Model getting ready for their first public fashion show since this season aired, I had the pleasure of talking about all the romantic drama and emotional storylines from this season with the show’s creator, Tyra Banks.
Drama, Boys & Models with Tyra Banks, America’s Next Top Model
JTH – This new season you are bringing the guys on, there is a little bit of fun, flirty friction, romance and some frustration going on. As a female model, host and celebrity, you have been through it all. How do you mentor the male models? What is that process like?
TB – You know what is really interesting? I think thought the process would be very different. I have male models in this cycle which you will see, crying to me that they don’t feel that they are good enough. Crying in my arms. And I am holding them just like I hold my female models. I just realized they are all young and impressionable, they all have insecurities, all come with baggage and all are here and recognize this is a huge opportunity and a dream that could be snashed away very quickly. They react very similarly which is a surprise to me because I thought they, the boys, were going to be shut down and I think they were going to be like ‘dude I don’t care’ – ‘Tyra send me home, I am surfing next week dude.’ Not the case I have boys shaking and there is one guy that shakes when he is in front of me and shakes like a leaf.
JTH – Intense.
TB – Now in terms of modeling poses, Rob Evans, our male model and judge, we fight because I tell one of our boys I think this picture is great but you don’t have a neck. Rob is like ‘Tyra, he doesn’t have to have a neck. That for girl poses. I like him to smile.’ So Rob and I agree on the smiles and we don’t agree with the neck. I call a model with no neck in the picture a ‘no neck monster’ if she doesn’t have her neck showing in the picture. So I think boys should show they have necks too. Rob and I fight about that.
TB – I have a talk with the models who are still left in the show in Bali, it is by candle light. It is very emotional, it was so emotional that I had to hold back my own tears over some of the things that they were saying and opening up about. We haven’t done that type of deep Top Model talk since Cycle One.
TB – Back to the roots. In fact I was really stressing out a year and a half ago, so I went to Bali, personally by myself for two months. I brought Cycle One of Top Model with me, I watched every single episode, to say ‘that was magic, how can we get back to that?’ So I came back to the team and we all studied Cycle One and said the magic was the stories… Not so much the photo shoots and the challenges, true, that’s the back drop.
JTH – The narrative.
TB – The narrative, the story, so we got back to that. That moment in, with me holding back tears in Bali, us all sitting on the floor by candle light. I was like ‘wow, this feels like Cycle One.’ So raw and so real.
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In the world of celebrity chefs there is one chef who stands apart from the rest, that chef would be Curtis Stone. Curtis is known not only for his dashing good looks but by the mouth-watering dishes he creates.
Recently I had the chance to really talk food with chef Curtis Stone during his busy promotional tour for his newest book, “What’s For Dinner?” in Las Vegas during a ‘pop up’ Curtis Stone restaurant.
The Ultimate Foodie – Chef Curtis Stone, Author of ‘What’s For Dinner?’
Fashionista411 – What has been your most inspiration food experience while traveling?
Curtis Stone – I was in Buenos Aires, maybe twelve months ago., maybe a year ago, they have these things they call “Parrilla.” Parrilla is what they cook their meat on. The way they build these Parrilla is so incredible, and it has taken me off in a whole new direction of product development and thinking about building my own BBQs and some kind of BBQ kit. Because they cook solely over coal and they heat can change depending on how high or low the meat, or sea food is from the fire. It is really interesting way of BBQ’ing and I ate my brains out in Buenos Aires. Such good food!
Fashionista411 – What is your favorite kitchen sovereign from your travels? People must have given you a lot of stuff over the years…
Curtis Stone – I went to Japan recently and to a place called Sakai (the place where they made all the Samurai swords of the past) the city where they make all the knives, the Samurai swords, and I am planning on making an incredible line of knives. I went and met with all the pros and I was gifted one of these hand made knives from a Samurai sword maker. It is a very special knife to me. I don’t even want to know how much money it is worth. I carry it in my suitcase with me and every time I check it in I am afraid it is not going to come out.
Fashionista411 – If you could your way through one country which country would it be and why?
Curtis Stone – It might be Italy. I love pasta, pizza and if I was going to eat my way through somewhere I would get fat, but that might be the way to do it.
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It is not everyday one gets the pleasure of attending a Hollywood premiere, let alone one with Oprah and other A-list celebrities like Forest Whitaker, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding Jr in attendance. The film in question is Lee Daniels’ “The Butler” currently number one at the box office.
The film itself is a master example of the classic Hollywood biography. The film is based on the real-life story of a man who was a born a slave in the south and end up the head butler at the White House for 35 years, a career spanning outlasting four different US presidents. In the film we are introduced to the title character, “The Butler,” as he deals with very human problems such as losing a son to the Vietnam War, and having to face the challenges of having his other son become a Black Panther. Yet throughout the film there are very positive highlights, including when the lead character played by Forest Whitaker gets his fellow African America workers equal pay to the white workers during the Reagan presidency.
The film ends on a sublime high note, when this former slave turned White House butler gets to meet the first African American president, Barack Obama.
In my opinion this film is a definite Oscar contender, not to mention a contender for the Golden Globes as well.
It is no surprise that Hollywood is abuzz about this film, not because of what I saw on the silver screen but also because the calibre of talent the film had in it.
The premiere itself held the glamour of old Hollywood premieres, with so many stars and film icons in attendance. The main cast in attendance were Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding Jr, Alex Pettyfer, James Marsden and Minka Kelly.
As I waited for the film to start I had the pleasure of watching Oprah walking the red carpet and doing 54 different interviews. Oprah, the female lead opposite Forest Whitaker did much for the film by lending her impressive acting abilities to the role, but also by helping to promote the film as well.
At the end of the premiere, Lee Daniels called all the main cast in attendance up to the front of the screen and introduced them by name. At the end of this introduction, Jane Fonda, in a surprise move, kneeled in jest to pay homage to the great Oprah and the room was alight with laughter. I was lucky enough to say a brief hello to Forest Whitaker before we all headed over to the Afterparty.
During the afterparty I had the pleasure of flirting shamelessly with Cuba Gooding Jr. while enjoying a rather deliciously fruity cocktail made with Purity Vodka. As I walked around the room I got to a chance to see an amazing gown from Canadian fashion designer Marie Saint Pierre.
It was towards the end of the night that I spotted Captain America aka actor Chris Evans who was in attendance and kind enough to take a picture with my guest of the evening.Special Note -
As the director Lee Daniels made a note of saying at the end of the premiere, this film would have not seen the light of day without Harvey Weinstein, and The Weinstein Company stepping in to provide the national distribution for the film.
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