Fashion icon and music sensation Beyonce has recently launched a Tumblr account, offering fans an intimate glimpse into her everyday life. Featuring images of herself, her sister Solange – a trendsetter in her own right – and her husband Jay-Z, the blog has a very personal feel, showcasing Beyonce’s jet setting lifestyle in all its glory. “This is my life, today, over the years – through my eyes. My family, my travels, my love.” reads the description. Click here for more.
She is no stranger to the airwaves (or the frontrows of fashion week) and now radio personality Poppy Ntshongwana is about to add ‘blogger’ to her resume. Fashion portal ‘A fashion friend’ has just announced that Ntshongwana will be joining forces with them to present a monthly blog on the relatively new website that caters to the trend driven fashion consumer.
Visit http://afashionfriend.co.za for more information and updates.
This is hardly a fashion story, but I thought it was something worth noting anyway. Our “blade runner” is GQ magazine’s best dressed man of 2011, after all. Oscar Pistorius is also the face of A*Men, the Thierry Mugler fragrance. This week he is on the cover of the New York Times Magazine. Good going!
Ever pictured some of fashion’s most popular figures as ‘Simpsons’ characters? Well, one Milan-based illustrator has and the result is Anna Wintour, Grace Coddington and Karl Lagerfeld, among others, reimagined as cartoon characters based on the popular US comedy series ‘The Simpsons’. This is the work of artist, author and illustrator Alexsandro Palombo who is also the founder of humorchic.blogspot.com
Here at The Frock Report we want to make sure that your new year is off to a great start, hence this post about David Beckham in his underwear. The British soccer star has recently launched a new underwear collection for Swedish retail company H&M. The affordable range (prices start at R100) is a diffusion line from his ‘Bodywear’ brand.
According to British news site Mirror.co.uk, Beckham is reported to have said “Over the past year, I’ve been developing my Bodywear range with my team and I’m extremely positive about what we have designed and produced. The final piece in the jigsaw was a retail partner who has the vision and capability to distribute these products globally. In H&M we have found the perfect partner to collaborate with going forward.”
Rockstar-turned-fashion designer Gwen Stefani’s L.A.M.B shoes are now available in South Africa, thanks to Edgars. The clothing retailer recently announced through its magazine blog that they would be stocking the shoes at their Melrose Arch, Clearwater and Sandton City stores in Johannesburg.
Stefani established L.A.M.B in 2004 following the release of her debut solo album of the same title. The label also makes clothes and handbags.
Rapper-turned-fashion-designer, Kanye West, gave a speech-come-rant about his desires to make it in the fashion industry following his Paris Fashion Week debut. And it seems he confuses delivering a speech to rapping. See for yourself;
“Thank you for anybody that didn’t believe, because they motivated us to break our boundaries … we don’t know what the reviews will be, we don’t know what they will say, but I got a chance to go to Italy and feel those fabrics. I begged Louis Vuitton to let me do more shoes after my shoes sold out in two weeks, and they did not. I begged Nike, I begged this company to let me do it. And I took out motherf—ing loans to get the best models, to get the best designers, to get the best venue. I gave you everything that I had. This is my first collection. Please be easy. Please give me a chance to grow. This is not some celebrity s—. I don’t f— with celebrities. I f— with the creatives in this room, the amazing people who spend every day of their life trying to make the world a more beautiful place.
“The amount of people that tried to get me a celebrity f—ing deal. They said, ‘You need to do boot-cut jeans, or you won’t sell.’ Shut the f— up ! Or Hedi Slimane in the motherf—ing Mercer, sitting with me, saying, ‘Stop giving them your ideas, Kanye. Do your own thing.’ Hedi Slimane! To feel so frustrated. And I thank anybody who came to this party, everybody who supported, everybody who believed, because people thought it was a joke, and maybe people still do, but I can only grow from this point.”
I am personally a big fan of Kanye’s music and the few pics I’ve seen of the man’s debut collection, methinks, are not bad at all. But is the profanity really necessary, Kanye?
(Extracts from Kanye’s speech taken from The Cut Blog)
Music superstar Kanye West showed his debut collection at Paris Fashion Week yesterday. According to Tim Blanks of Style.com, West, who has no qualms performing in front of thousands of fans, was daunted by the prospect of taking to the ramp in front of a few hundred industry professionals after his show.
While he has earned his stripes in the music world, West’s status in the fashion world was limited to that of an “ardent-bordering-on-obsessive fan” according to Blanks, up until now that is. West’s show attracted an impressive audience including Silvia Venturini Fendi, Olivier Thyskens as well as Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen to name of a few.
West’s collection was surprisingly heavy, considering it is for the Spring/Summer 2012 season; featuring suede, leather and fox fur. Strong shapes reminiscent of Balmain dominated the range which was otherwise permeated with a subtle hint of hip-hop glam.
Although he surprised many with this first collection, West will need a few more seasons to refine his vision, as Blanks suggests, “…conquering his new medium is a work in progress”.
Current music sensation Adele is the cover star of the October issue of British Vogue. The new issue, a celebration of the modern English woman, profiles some of Britain’s most well known female celebrities including Amy Childs and Diana Athill.
Vogue.com reports that in an interview with Christa D’Souza, the multi-award winning singer talks fashion, career and why, if she was the face of anything “it should be full-fat Coke!”.
Editor Alexandra Shulman says, “Our cover girl, Adele, has won over the world with her heartbreaking voice and her ability to seem as if she very much herself…(her) very normality, her down-to-earth determination not to compromise herself, has become as much a part of her USP (unique selling point) as, for example, Madonna’s constant, deliberate reinvention.”
Today Sandiso and I had the opportunity to meet one of fashion’s most famous bloggers – the fabulous Bryan Boy, who is in the country thanks to Marie Claire SA and Sunglass Hut to present the the Best Fashion Blogger Award at this year’s Marie Claire Prix d’Excellence de la Mode Awards which take place tomorrow night.
The experience was quite surreal – I think many of us were just completely in awe of the phenomenon that is Bryan Boy. Despite the hype around his persona, Bryan Boy doesn’t see himself as “global force”. The 24 year old blogger treated us to many stories about encounters with the likes of Marc Jacobs and Anna Wintour – fashion figures many of us can only dream of meeting one day!
Reflecting on his blog that started as an online travel diary when he visited Moscow 7 years ago, Bryan Boy says he uses his platform to inspire readers, to “give them an escape from reality” and acknowledges that his blog is not a place for serious reporting but rather a space where he shares his interests and experiences with adoring fans.
At the end of the brunch, Bryan Boy offered some important advice for bloggers:
All in all, a very inspiring day – thanks Marie Claire SA and Sunglass Hut for hosting us so graciously.