Vogue is Getting Sued and Kanye West is to Blame?

Looks like Vogue may be regretting their decision to feature Kimye in their magazine. The April shoot, which meant a long awaited cover for Kim Kardashian, has seemed to bring down some trouble on Anna Wintour and her team at Vogue. According to The Post, Rickey Spicer, who has already sued West before, is now trying to sue the magazine for supposedly using one of his songs in their behind-the-scenes video of the shoot.

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Spicer’s rep stated that, “his voice is used substantially throughout the video, comprising approximately 44 percent of the lyrics” and that all this took place without consent or authorization. Kanye West apparently lobbied Anna Wintour into getting Kim on the cover stating that she was “more relevant to fashion” than Michelle Obama. Wintour may have thought it a good idea at the time, but the repercussions may be causing more trouble than the cover was worth.

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Kimye’s Vogue Flies Off Shelves

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Regardless of the initial controversy surrounding Kimye’s cover of Vogue Magazine, the issue is set to be the highest-selling issue of the magazine to-date.

The April 2014 cover of Vogue features Kim Kardashian and boyfriend Kanye West in a wedding-themed shoot. Many critics were outraged by the cover, claiming Kim had no standing to be on the cover of the fashion bible. Buffy star Sarah Michelle Gellar even took to Twitter to publicize her disapproval, going so far as to tweet, “I guess I’m canceling my Vogue subscription.”

Despite the haters, though, the Kimye issue is being forecasted to sell 400,000 copies–that’s more than both Beyonce’s and Michelle Obama’s covers!

We guess, at the end of the day, the all-powerful Anna Wintour is always going to get the last laugh.

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Is Kim Kardashian a “Modern Marilyn”?

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If you’re the creative director of super high-end designer label, chances are people value your taste and opinion.

So when Riccardo Tisci compared Kim Kardashion to Marilyn Monroe in a recent interview with The Sunday Times, the world is forced to pay attention.

“I met her as the girlfriend of a good friend,” Tisci said (referring to Kanye). “I just wanted a moment with her to understand— and I fell in love. She’s the Monroe of our age. People think she’s like a doll, but actually she’s tough and clever.”

There are certainly similarities between the two: the paparazzi, the fascination, the curves, the fame…It’s impossible not to see the comparison. But does that mean Kim K will be a cultural icon for generations to come? Only time will tell.

Kardashian Kollection x Lipsy London

Another Kardashian collaboration? After their huge success with Sears and Dorothy Perkins, the Kardashian sisters are at it again! The ever so growing Kardashian Kollection has teamed up with UK high street brand, Lipsy London!

The sisters are excited for their new collection to launch in the UK, Ireland, Russia, and the Middle East this October. Unfortunately for us here in the States, we’ll have to cover that shipping cost! The collection is said to have a more high-end feel with a higher price range, retailing from  £30 to £150.

Khloe commented, “We’re collaborating with Lipsy to bring a fresh new range of pieces and I can’t wait for the new line to hit stores.”

Kim added, “We always want to keep things fresh and exciting for our fans across the world and we can’t wait to see the response around these new pieces. There are some really stylish blazers for the fall, sexy evening dresses and statement pieces I can’t wait for everyone to see.”

Kanye West x A.P.C. Collaboration

New baby daddy, Kanye West dips in the pool with French clothing brand, A.P.C. for a menswear collaboration! Everything is peachy and set for the collection to debut later this week! A.P.C. took to their Twitter to confirm the news.

Kanye West Tweeted (referring to the founder of the brand), “Thank you Jean Touitou for letting me create with you”

According to Fashionista, the brand always did quiet collaborations and this time is a first with a celebrity. “Touitou told GQ last February that he and West ‘wanted to do something related to clothes that’s not high fashion.’”

A.P.C.’s founder later wrote in a statement:

Over two years ago, a visitor to the A.P.C. studio was announced to me as “Kenny”. He wanted my advice on the fashion industry; although I found such a request quite vague, as a mutual friend introduced us, I met with the guy. The guy talks, talks and talks and I was having a good time listening. He had nice manners and spoke about losing his mother in a surgery accident, about losing his girlfriend too, and about how difficult doing the right thing in fashion was. After a while, I was curious to know what this gentleman was currently doing in his life. I simply asked him: “May I know what your trade is, sir?” He took his shades down, so that finally I could see his eyes, and answered me: “I am a hip hop artist.”

At some point my crew informed me that his name was West, Kanye West. I introduced him to the A.P.C. design studio, and he kept asking how he could start something in that fashion industry. This is when we all advised him to start that something in France, and keep quiet about fashion noise while learning about it. Then later, as we became friends, he invited me to his recording studio at Hotel Meurice. At the time he was working with Jay-Z on an album, which wasn’t already named, Watch the Throne. Over the months, we kept hanging out and finally came up with the idea of doing a small capsule collection of clothes together. “Small” meaning that this capsule collection consists of a jean, a hoodie and a T-Shirt. Those are precious to me and to Kanye too, because it took time and thoughts to get there.

Kim & Kanye’s Baby Girl

Kim and Kanye have tried their best to keep the gender of their new baby a secret until the season premier of Keeping Up With The Kardashian’s, and after last Sunday’s episode aired, the world finally knew for sure. They are expecting a baby girl! According to Kim in last weeks episode of Keeping Up, Kanye has always wanted a girl. The two would go out and buy clothing for their baby, prior to the shows air date, but with paparazzi following them, literally everywhere, it was pretty difficult. To stump the paparazzi, they would either buy all white clothing, or boy’s and girl’s clothing.  Now i want to know what they’re naming her! So until now, it looks like we’ll have to wait a few weeks until new baby West enters the world.

#ThatFashionThing Head Over Heels For Heels

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Shoes are a fashionistas favorite accessory. I always say “The higher the heel, the better you feel.” Comfort is never number one on my list when finding the perfect pair, the look of the shoe is always number one. The perfect heel or boot can make you feel like a million bucks. There are so many designs of shoes out right now that it is almost impossible to decide which style to go with. I am normally a fan of solid colored shoes with a 4 inch heel or higher, but a I also love shoes with detail! Although, shoes with detail MUST have to be worn carefully! You don’t want a “loud” shoe with a “loud” outfit, they have to be balanced out. Always remember that a detailed shoe calls for a simpler outfit! Your ensemble should never over power YOU.

Sarah Jessica Parker looking stunning in her Alexander McQueen’s (Perfect 10)

Kim Kardashian wearing a pair from Kanye West’s line. There is too much going on with the shoes and although this dress is simple, it just doesn’t go. (I’ll give her a 4… Anybody else not a fan of these Kanye’s?)

Jessica Biel paired her outfit perfectly with her yellow heeled Nicholas Kirkwood’s. Talk about the perfect outfit for Spring! (Another perfect 10)

Okay. This is what I mean by an OVERPOWERING outfit. I love Lady Gaga, but there is just so much going that I don’t even know where to look. (A sad zero)

FNO Says Farewell to U.S

The free drinking, dance partying, shopping bonanza- otherwise known as Fashion’s Night Out- will not be returning to the U.S. The event – held in September as a kickoff to Fashion Week- was originally created during the New York recession in 2009, with hopes to boost the economy through the rise of retail sales. According to WWD who first reported the news, the sponsors of the event- Vogue, New York & Co. and the CFDA- have jointly made the decision to go on a hiatus so retailers and designers can focus their efforts on projects that are more in line with their specific objectives.

Although the intentions of FNO were honorable, whether or not the event actually brought in additional sales for participating retailers was becoming questionable. In 2012, it was viewed more as a “big party” or “street festival,” instead of a chance to get people into stores to expose them to the latest fall fashions. Free cocktails, designer giveaways, and fancy finger foods touting the appearance of celebrities in order to keep the crowds attention, all seemed like way too much of an expense for the fashion frontrunners.

I volunteered at last years FNO, and had the chance to help at Lord & Taylor where celebrity sightings included, Kim Kardashian and New York Housewife, Jill Zarin. From my perspective, the event seemed to be more focused on the non-fashion public getting the chance to see Kim K., rather than actually shopping the amazing sales that the store had to offer. In fact, there were more people in the Home department gawking at the New York City Fire Firefighters – who were chucking out calendars like they were 100 dollar bills- than actual shoppers in the shoe department (where I happened to find a gorgeous pair of Steve Maddens for half price). Since nearly every store in the city participates, it was definitely beginning to become an unsafe environment in many neighborhoods of New York.

Fashion’s Night Out was one of the few times that the mere mortal citizen felt included in what can be considered such a “closed-off” industry. Even if it was for one night only, fashionista’s like myself felt like they were a part of the action. It is a shame when something that brought out such great enthusiasm for the fashion industry, and the city of NY has to be cancelled (sigh)! Although Fashion’s Night Out is being put on hold in the U.S, 19 other countries across the world will still experience the fun come September.

#THATFASHIONTHING: To The Point

Say goodbye to platforms, and hello again to the pointy-toe pump. The angular shoe is making a major comeback from the 80′s with a slimmer shape, and pencil-like heel. Exotic prints, covered in glitter, or  steel-toe -yes, steel-toe stilettos are officially a thing-  the pointy pump is back in business and better than ever.  As an avid statement shoe lover I used to think the higher the peep-toe platform the better, but now I’ve seen my shoe collection slowly shift from ambitious 5.5 inch heels to classic pumps (did I mention I got shorter?). Until now, I can’t imagine a cigarette pant or a pencil skirt without a pointy toe to match, and the best part; they feel and look great while complimenting a tailored look instead of overpowering it. It is such a breath of fresh air to see footwear transition from overly chunky, to sexy and sleek, I’d say.

Style gurus such as, Kim Kardashian, Miranda Ker, and Brooklyn Decker all sport the needle-shaped heel in different settings. Offset a structured pantsuit with a ladylike shoe for a polished look, or pair them with a cocktail dress for a sharp edge. They are insanely versatile, and can be worn dressed up or down. As for now, I’ll begin selling my platform possessions on ebay – let the spring cleaning commence. I’m thinking this single-sole trend is definitely on point and here to stay.

 P.S. I purchased a pair of Boutique9 pointy pumps yesterday from Saks Fifth Avenue Off Fifth, and haven’t been able to stop staring enough to put them back into their box! I got them for a great price, and they are extremely sensible! Successful purchase, indeed.

Once You Go Black, You Never Go Back.

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Years ago, the color black was associated with those considered to be “gothic,” but sometime between then and now, “Goth” became the new chic. Fashionistas LOVE wearing black. Not only because it makes us feel like skinny bitches, but because of the sexy and sophisticated fierceness it gives oneself. I mean, who doesn’t feel good in black?! The Olsen twins sure do.

 Black is a color that can be worn on any of the 365 days of the year. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, you name it. This color will never leave your closet. If anything, it will be one of the only colors you’ll find in your closet! Black goes with absolutely everything. Of course, black is seen and used more during the Fall and Winter, but everyone loves a black Maxi Dress for the Summer. So when you put on your black maxi dress, pair it with a bright accessory or two for that Summer-y feel.

I’m sure most everyone still remembers when Angelina Jolie graced the red carpet at the 81st Academy Awards Ceremony, wearing a lovely black floor length gown by Elie Saab, paired with emerald green earrings.

 

Although Jolie’s look was four years ago, this is a look that continues to inspire many to this day. Even Kim Kardashian has adopted the black on black on black.  (Thanks to Ye’s influence obv.)

 Sure, you may hear people say “You can’t wear white pants after Labor Day,” and you may even hear Regina George tell you that you have to wear pink on Wednesday’s, (lol) but you never have to worry when you wear black. Honestly wear what you want when you want…. as long as bring the fierce with you…! Go ahead, slip into your little black cocktail dress this Friday night and go out for some drinks with friends. There is no doubt that men will be lining up behind you asking for your number.