With his very own unique fashion sense in tack, Miguel takes VEVO on a journey to along with his stylist to one of his favorite stores Opening Ceremony in Los Angeles. During the feature he lets us in on what moves him and what doesn’t when it comes to fashion.
Watch the vid below as Miguel tries on different outfits all while explaining what influences his style.
Exclusive: ‘R&B Divas’ Nicci Gilbert Switches It Up for Season 2; Talks Self-Improvement, Syleena Johnson Beef & Expanding Her Brand
In the heaving world of reality television, one things for sure, the cameras don’t lie. Meaning that, although some trickery may occur with the editing, we visually get to see a person for who they truly are. The almighty lens tends to capture truths about a person. But, it is during the playback that each cast member get the opportunity to see their flaws first-hand. At that point, it is up to that individual to decide if change is needed. This is true for one star of TV One’s hit show R&B Divas, Nichole “Nicci” Gilbert.
Despite the rumors that were swirling around about Nicci’s separation from the show, she confirmed that those rumors weren’t true and will indeed be a part of season two. However, her portrayal in season one led to many negative comments from viewers. This didn’t sit well with Nicci. So much so, she acknowledged her flaws and dedicated herself to making positive changes in her life. Not many women can call themselves out and act on it. This is what makes Nicci a “real” woman.
As creator and executive producer of R&B Divas, her transition from music to television has been a trying one. As one-third member of the 90′s R&B group, Brownstone, over the years her passion for music diminished. This caused a fair share of disagreements amongst her cast members in season one. Some friendships remain while other friendships hit a low blow. But, her new found love for production and clothing design has launched Nicci into another creative space that is just as self-gratifying as music.
STACKS Magazine had the pleasure to talk to Nicci recently to get an exclusive in-depth look into who she is as a celebrity and businesswoman. She went into detail about her involvement as executive producer and the R&B Divas franchise. Also, Nicci spoke candidly about her feelings towards the other cast members, the effects of reality TV on the Black community, empowering full-figured women, and various projects she’s working on.
In the later part of 2012, several rumors were floating around about you being fired from R&B Divas. You then released a statement stating otherwise and that you will indeed be on the show. Well, it’s great to know now that you will appear in Season 2. But what is even better news, to me, is that you are one of the Executive Producers of the show. Is that true? Can you confirm that?
Nicci: You are correct. I’m actually the creator and executive producer of the show. So I actually cast all the women that you see on the show and some of the women in LA as well. It’s a new age in media. So I understand that anybody with a laptop can start a rumor. I just think that all is well is good because it gives us instant access to our fan bases and resources to promote our brand. It also can be a little convoluted and full of s–t. So that’s pretty much what that was.
I definitely have differences with my producer partners. Not with the network. TV One and I have a great relationship. But, I absolutely have differences with my producer partners. You know what it’s like when you are building a business and you have ideas and you get partners. We don’t always see eye to eye. So some of that stuff that you were getting from sources and other producers or whatever, you know where just people leveraging and using their relationship to make official statements. None of those statements were official. As I’ve expressed on numerous occasions, until you hear it from TV One or from me, don’t believe everything that you hear. But yes, unfortunately, I was the victim of some fraudulent recordings by some people who were in a “semi-official” capacity who happen to be partners that Faith and I brought on board to be a part of this as well. I understand now that’s what people want to hear. Most people aren’t interested in the upwardly mobile, empowering stories with black women. So this is something we’re still working to get to.
As Exec. Producer, what was the vision behind the show? Do you think that the show accomplished this?
Nicci: As people get a little bit more comfortable you’ll see the truth. You’ll see a little bit more of the truth come out. You’ll see a little bit more drama. Originally, the idea was that I didn’t see any real representation of the relationships with other women that I knew (i.e. my girlfriends, people I worked with). As far as us representing truth, us being honest and forthright, us all being singers, what makes us tick and what make some of that great soul music come out our spirit and out of our voices. That part of it, I think, is amazing. I hope that it continues to grow and evolve from there. I didn’t know that when you are playing the TV game sometimes you got to have a little extra drama. Sometimes you got to plant a couple seeds of B.S.. I hope that doesn’t overshadow and I hope that we don’t feel the need to compete. Because of course, when you have somebody blowing their brains out on TV, there’s going to be a million people that will want to see that. I hope that we can continue to be the example of a positive show. The truth is that we all have a little bit of ratchet in us. That’s nothing surprising. Everybody knows somebody like somebody on Love & Hip Hop or whatever. But typically, when you don’t like somebody you don’t want to be around them. You don’t have to sit up and be friends with them. You don’t have to sit and have cocktails with them. Unfortunately, that’s the formula for a successful show. Get a bunch of people who don’t like each other. Create reasons for people not to like each other. BOOM! There it is…two or three million [viewers]. My goal was to have a group of people that were friends and that like each other, empower, and uplift each other. Hopefully, we’ll stay that.
Bels: In the media you caught flack for being bossy and rude…
Nicci: You know, anything you say can and will be held against you in the editing room, right out. You know what I’m saying. I said everything that came out of my mouth. One of the things I wanted to encourage us to do as a people, just in general, is we hear something and we see something and we believe that sound bite. We believe the 15 sentences that come out of a person’s mouth on the television. None of these women are weak. None of these women are going to let me disrespect them and be rude.
Based on these things and how the audience itself put you in this box as being this type of person, did you find yourself having to change anything in this upcoming season as far as how you interact and communicate with other cast members?
Nicci: Absolutely! Last season, which people would never believe because again, we believe the sound bite. But last season, I spent a lot of time because I was executive producer and creator. I was a boss. We were literally trying to make sure that some of the things that were happening behind the scenes that people didn’t see [some of the cursing out and flipping out and all that stuff when the cameras were not rolling]. When the cameras were rolling, it was my objective to be kind of like, “yall let’s not do this.”
This season, I’m nobody’s momma. We’re all grown. Going into this, the ladies agreed to do this because they were like we’re your friends. We love each other and as long as you’re involved and it’s not going to damage our careers. So I was holding on my chest the responsibility of making sure that it didn’t turn into that show. Clearly with this particular group of people it could turn into that in a heartbeat. And it did behind the scenes. This season, I came into the situation and said “aye look, we’re going to just put it all on the table. I’m not going to look crazy by my damn self. I’m going to say exactly what it is. I’m not trying to protect anybody. I’m not trying to mother hen anybody. I’m going to handle my business and do what it that I need to do for me. But I am going to let you know that on camera that I’m not going for that this time. This flipping out behind the scenes and when the cameras are rolling “ooh no… NO.” We’re going to just keep it real and if this is what this is.”
I learn to just be more honest. I learned to be more honest and not try to control grown women. And that’s exactly what I was trying to do last season. Not because I wanted to control someone’s career, but because I wanted to prevent us from going down that road, which you’ll see this season. There is definitely a lot more drama. Some people are going to love it. Some people are going to not care one way or the other. Some people are going to definitely see that some of this is definitely drama….A LOT of drama.
Bels: Yeah a lot of times in any situation when there’s a group of women, especially strong minded women…
Nicci: Right! Like, I’m on the only strong minded one in the group. News flash! That ain’t the case. Yo, do y’all really think I could just flip out on them and they just sit there looking at me. Half the time, I was talking to the producers off camera. But because it came out of my mouth, it made for good TV.
Who would you say is the person(s) whose personality you just can’t seem to mesh with? On the flipside of that, who do you consider a “friend” or someone that you enjoy their company and spirit?
Nicci: Syleena Johnson. And as plain as simple as this…I don’t do “putting hands on folk” in any capacity. I don’t do because I’ve have a couple cocktails and flipped out. I don’t do any of that. I’m grown. Not only am I grown, I’m the person who brought you into the situation. For that reason alone, I think I should be respected a little bit more. I just don’t get down with people that don’t accept the truth. If you can’t handle the truth, you don’t need to be friends with me.
Well I mean… I think all of the ladies on some level have a good spirit about them. But, Faith (Evans) and I have been friends for the longest time. She is hands down. I’m older than her by a year or two. But, she is my counselor. She is such a resource for me because she’s been affected by this industry a lot longer than I have and in a lot more serious situations. Faith is definitely my friend, my sister. We go back 20 or so years. Anything I need, she’s there for me. Our children know each other. That is genuinely my friend.
Keke (Wyatt) is one the most honest women I’ve met in my life. I love her so much for her honesty and her truth and her vulnerability. I learned so much from her about not caring what everybody else thinks as long as you can get to a place of healing. I think Keke is a star. I think she is the star of this franchise.
And Monifah is obviously “Iyanla” to everyone. [laughs] Mo’ and I go back 10 years.
Angie (Stone) and I have known each other for a while. But, it’s different when cameras start rolling. When you see people like NeNe Leakes, Evelyn Lozada, and Tami Roman, who all of which are “go-get’em” girls. I’m not mad at anybody getting their checks. Especially NeNe, you put the work in for this money that you’re getting. But, when you have this kind of success and you see that as the blueprint, you’re going to get all kinds of characters that feel like “I can scream and curse and fight better than all of them.” And it’s just not that important to me.
Speaking of NeNe Leakes of Real Housewives of Atlanta, do you think there are too many shows? Plus, do you think African-American women are tarnishing the culture?
Nicci: Yes. I think it is unfortunate. But, I think it used to be where we were really concerned about the black man. I come from the age of crack. If they weren’t smoking it, they were dealing it. I’m from Detroit. Unfortunately, all of my cousins are locked up. Now, “they” figure because we had to learn from a lot of our mothers who were single mothers and had to learn that male/female hustle. Unfortunately, they realize “oh it’s not the black man we have to deal the degradation and all that stuff that need to happen. Damn, they’re over there. Those [women] are the ones that are going to empower the black man.” Not to get too deep, but it’s really unfortunate. It’s like crabs in a barrel. It’s the only thing you can get…is drama and ratchet-ry. If that’s the only thing that’s going to pay your bills and feed your kids, what are you going to do?
So the problem isn’t the African-American woman because we have African-American women who are not ratchet. I love the Gossip Game. Love that show. I love Mary Mary. I love Kim Whitley’s show. I don’t think there are too many reality shows. I think that they are not going anywhere. They are cheap to make. I think people having a platform, is amazing. I hope that R&B Divas becomes the franchise for TV One that ‘Housewives’ is for Bravo. I hope that people come to realize that all that is left in our community is the black woman. I mean…not ALL that is left. Unfortunately, the women who are holding the community down; the people that are holding the families down are black women. Now, these kids are flipping out. Girls walking up to people doors beating them down like, “you said something to me on Twitter.” It’s ridiculous. I think yeah, you can show that. We all want to see that ratchet-ry. Everybody, when they were a kid ran to see the fight. I didn’t. But, a lot of people did run to see the fight in the circle. But, where are the shows that help to inspire and empower. I looked up to Patti Labelle. I looked up to Gladys Knight and Aretha Franklin and we could see them in their gowns singing on stage. We respected them as icons and legends. We can’t allow this to happen with this franchise. And if and when it does, I’ll be building another one because I’m not going to do it.
Bels: and it starts with the producers….
Nicci: You know what’s really crazy. This is what I definitely want to get out.
This was Faith and I first TV experience. So, yes we are partners in the franchise. We are executive producers of any spin-off, any extension of the brand or any franchises or whatever. But, we do not make the final call on edit. That is Think Factory Media. Think Factory Media does not consist of black women. They are great. They are amazing. But, they are not us. TV One is the network. We brought Think Factory Media on board and introduced them to TV One to do this. We created it. We spent our own money shooting the pilot and flying everybody down. We cast the show and everything. But from there, we kind of washed our hands of it. It wouldn’t be fair for us to be on camera and have the ability to edit ourselves any ole kind of way.
Let’s say… we look like angels and the other ladies looked horrible. To level the playing field, we had to have a neutral party during the edits. But, what I didn’t expect is the disrespect that I experienced as a new producer. So now, I can empathize with Shaunie O’Neal. I can empathize with Mona Scott (Young). Because I understand that at the end of the day, I mean I don’t know what their deals are but, I would assume that Shaunie is not sitting in the editing base saying don’t do that. It may not be difficult for Mona because she’s not on the show. But it is difficult for someone on the show to be unbiased in the editing room. I’d be worried about myself. I’m not even going to hold you up. [laughs] I’d be worried about my brand. So, we do not.
However, I do agree that we still have to be accountable. My way of being accountable when it comes to that – I’m still going to get my check and I’m still going to get my credit. But, I will not be on the camera doing that.
In season 1, you made it clear that singing was no longer a priority for you and that you were diving into ventures outside of music. One of those ventures was Curvato Clothing Line. How’s the clothing line going?
Nicci: It’s going really well. We are about to launch our 2013 collection at “Full-Figured Fashion Week 2013” in New York City. I’m really excited about that. It is going to be sexy. It’s going to be confident. I’m a new designer so I’m learning. Our business will be a year old in August. So I’m definitely learning how to be better. The beauty of the whole Curvato movement is that it was born of me being subconscious and insecure about my body. I’m a big girl. So you know back in the day it wasn’t as accessible as it is now. It is a lot more accessible to be curvy and larger. You can be empowered. So, I really want the clothing line to represent that more than anything. I’m not trying to beat out Versace or Donna Karan or anyone. I’m just trying to create options for plus-size women. More important than anything, empower and inspire little girls who may need to see a reflection of who they are, looking fly. Know what I mean? And not like a mumu. So, the clothing line is a brand and a lifestyle for me. We are expanding the brand.
We’re launching a new online destination called AllThingsNicci.com, which houses all of the different brands. Along with that, we are re-launching Curvato Lifestyle this year. It will include a Facebook-like community for big women, curvy women and girls. So you’ll be able to set up a profile. You’ll be able to interact. I’m excited about that. In addition to our boutique, we are going to be updating it much more often. I finally got a styling team together. We’re excited. I think the clothing line is here to stay. We are going to reach for big box retailers in a minute. I kind of wanted to be in business and learn things and have an understanding of what it was before we started really reaching out to some of those larger retailers and trying to get things in stores. I just wanted to live in it for a minute. Now we’re ready to take it to the next level. I’m going to do a curvy pageant next year in 2014. Which I’m super excited about. So, Curvato is here to stay. You’ll see us…I lost some weight like Jakeem (Smith), Nicci’s executive assistant and a PR contact. He has lost some weight. We’ve been on our fitness grind. It’s been a long process. But we are getting there. So, I’m really excited about sharing that which is something I’ll be sharing on Curvato as well.
Are there any other business ventures in the works? Checking out J. Smith’s website, I noticed an announcement that you were in search of comedic script writers. Is this something you can talk about?
Nicci: Yes. In addition to that, we have Divas and Wildflowers, which is my daughters’ Brandy charity. I’m super excited about that. She’s using her love of fashion and makeup and all things girly to help inspire young girls. So, I’m helping her put together a series of events and fundraisers for that. R&B Divas L.A. will air this summer. I’m really excited about that. Faith and I are working. In our little prayer basket, we have R&B Divas New York, hopefully coming soon. Hopefully, TV One will be pleased with the whole franchise and the momentum to give us that. Of course, there’s my baby which is called Divas & Cocktails. Divas & Cocktails, in short, a fun little late night show. It’s kind of like “Watch What Happens” meets “Wendy Williams with a little bit of “SNL”. So it’s sketch comedy, standup, live musical performances, lip service, the talk, the tea, and celebrity interviews. It is coming every Wednesday night, at 11pm, right after R&B Divas online at DivasandCocktails.com. I’m definitely very excited about the possibility of that being picked up by a major network. It is in the hands of some cool people as we speak. So, I just want to continue to build my brand as a producer and content provider. That’s sort of it.
Throughout this process, what have you taken away? Are there any life lessons or food-for-thoughts that you can share with our readers?
Nicci: Yes absolutely. I learned a lot of things about myself that I’d probably would not. Anytime you see a mirror of yourself in any capacity, you’re like “ole Lord Jesus I need to lose some weight. I need to stop talking so loud.” I learned a lot of little things about Nicci that I didn’t really realize. I mean it is one thing to be loud. It’s another thing to be doing it on TV with a microphone. So, I learned that I could fall back a little bit and evaluate a little more, which is always good in any career. As a human being, if we’re not growing, you know what the alternative is. I definitely see that I’ve influenced and inspired a lot of young people, which has been a passion for me. I want to continue to do that and continue to build. I’m actually developing a show around Jakeem and Brandy and some of the other kids. They are grown, but, young people that I work with.
So you know…just seeing what works, what is effective and what’s not; understanding the business of television a little more; understanding what it is I need to stand for and represent. I’m very pleased with the fact that in spite of all the horrible “she’s terrible, she’s a bitch, she’s mean, she’s awful.” In spite of all of that, as hard as it is, any human being waking up to negative press every week, eventually, it’s going to break you and you’re going to be like “what the hell did I do? This isn’t what this was supposed to be.” But, then you realize who it’s coming from. Then you realize who the comments are coming from. You really sit back and think it’s ridiculous for me to have such an ego that I would think that that stuff really mattered and defined who I was. Faith and Mo’, these women are still (most of them) my friends. My husband and I are still happily married. The people in my life who matter and know me they understand it.
Now, it’s the real hard thing for me too. It really affected my mother in a negative way. My mother is like “you are the nicest person ever and you’re my child and I know you better than anybody else.” You know what I’m saying. So, it’s hard for her to see all of that. “Oh my God they fired you and you created it.” And I’m like, “Ma!” So, that’s tough. The affect that it has on my family is very very tough. And that’s when I will…you’ll get that “Detroit coming from Chicago-Mansfield” Nicci. And I have to remember that at the end of the day we’re here, we are breathing. For the most part, we are successful. To live in the moment that it’s real and to not allow the moment that is reality TV to define who I am in my real life as a woman.
Tune in tonight and watch the Season 2 premiere of R&B Divas, at 10PM on TV One!
You can follow Nicci Gilbert on Twitter @niccigilbert and stay connected 24/7 at www.allthingsnicci.com.
Special thanks to Jakeem Smith of J.Productions!
The fabulous and fierce Beyonce is getting quite a few win-win perks lately especially when it comes to the brands she endorses.
We recently got a taste of one of Bey’s new songs in her recently released Pepsi commercial and now she’s giving us another one. This time around while flaunting the new threads from H&M’s 2013 Summer Swimwear Collection in a new commercial, she’s doing it all to another one of her new songs.
Check out the commercial below to see what H&M has to offer while getting your fill of Beyonce’s new song “Standing on the Sun.”
Since establishing itself in 1899, the retail brainchild of a French immigrant has emerged itself into becoming one of the top luxury department stores amongst the fashion Gods. What started out as a little tailoring shop in downtown Manhattan over the years gained the respect and admiration from many of the high-end fashion designers in the world.
The store which sits on Fifth street between 57th and 58th street, boasts top quality customer service, a luxury spa, and café. It houses several designer boutiques such as Gucci, Yves Saint Lauren, Giorgio Armani, Versace, Tom Ford, and Chanel. Although being in competition with other luxury retail department stores, Bergdorf Goodman remains the top choice for many celebrities because of the exclusivity of their merchandise and service provided.
Now, fashionistas have the chance to look inside this fashion monument in a upcoming documentary. Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf’s will dive into the fashion world as seen from the stores view and industry friends. In conjunction with the film project, The Fashion Spot will house an online stream of the film on their website and a $500 reader sweepstakes. To view a small preview of the film and enter the contest, go to http://www.thefashionspot.com/scatter-my-ashes. The contest starts today and will run through April 29.
Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf’s will premier in select theaters on May 3.
Rick Ross apparently issued his apology a little too late.
TMZ reports that the Miami-rapper will possibly lose millions with his endorsement deal with Reebok. Due to the breach of contract, his loses is estimated to be worth $3.5 to $5 million. In fact, Ross received a payment every time he wore the sneakers. Now, he will no longer receive those checks. This has to be a big blow to Ross’ pockets.
All of this, however, is the result of Ross’s lyrics on Rocko’s “U.O.E.N.O.” song. Because the rap suggests date rape, women’s rights group expressed their disgust in the media and to the Reebok corporation. The public pressure must’ve been too much for Reebok. Therefore, the release of Ross was the only next step. Ross waited weeks before he issued an apology to Reebok and the women he may have offended. Some believe not only was his apology lacked sincerity, but also, Ross’ crisis management team dropped the ball by waiting too long to release it.
Should Reebok forgive Rick Ross?
Ross believes his influence in the hip hop community helped spark a new life in the classic brand. This is true. For years, Reebok wasn’t on the top of the list of most sought after sneakers in the young urban community. Nike and its Air Jordans has remained the top seller in this demographic. So, Reebok’s strategy to retain a popular artist(s) to help with their rebranding efforts is why Ross inked a deal with them. You have to wonder if anyone at the company ever listened to Ross’s music. He isn’t a squeaky clean “Will Smith” type of rapper. If acceptance of Ross’s lyrics (based on “freedom of speech”) caused Reebok to grant him the endorsement in the first place, why isn’t that being considered now?
Corporations take a huge risk when issuing endorsement deals to rappers. Heck, it’s a risk with any celebrity nowadays. With rappers, however, they express themselves through story telling and clever rhymes. They talk about their own experiences or imaginary situations. Rick Ross has always been a good storyteller. So, no he probably didn’t meant anything by it. Ross’s lyrics were relevant to the times. Therefore, the reference of the popular drug, Molly, was made.
Date rape is a possible after effect when taking the drug. This is truth. Ross was merely telling the truth, not glorifying it. At what point should society stop taking another persons artistic expression so seriously? Before you know it, a 50 minute album will slim down to 15 minutes. Artists will no longer be able to record full songs for fear of backlash over something they said.
Well, Reebok had the last word in this case. After Ross issued his apology, Reebok released the following statement…
“We are very disappointed he has yet to display an understanding of the seriousness of this issue or an appropriate level of remorse.”
So they aren’t buying it.
Do you think these lyrics warranted his dismissal? Let us know what you think.
Singer-model Cassie is upping the ante on her grind.
Fresh off the release of her mixtape #RockaByeBaby, the Bad Boy diva has now been name the new spokesmodel for the fashion brand Forever 21. The first images of her debut for the brands Spring 2013 collection have been released and as she does with most anything she wears, she rocks it.
Check out a few of Cassie’s other Forever 21 looks below.
While Cassie got Forever 21 covered, Beyonce is getting her Sasha Fierce on in the new 2013 Summer Campaign for fashion brand H&M.
Bey is doing her thing as the new face of the brands swimwear line. Check out some of shots of Beyonce rocking the cute swimsuits during her photo shoot in the Bahamas for the campaign.
Check out some of her images below.
Chicago native and T.R.U. University signee, Richie Cap.1 (or Cap.1) is set to release his own clothing line soon. Caviar Dreamz is the brainchild of Cap.1 and collaborator Frost. The brand will give men a more flashy, colorful, and exquisite option to the everyday hoodie, sweatshirts, and hats. According to DJSmallz.com, Caviar Dreamz’s clothing line will include leather materials such as ostrich, python, and crocodile. Suede, crushed velvet, and China silk will be used as well to enhance some pieces.
The added touch, however, will be the custom “Buck 50″ hats that will include authentic watch peices, leather straps, and gold hardware. The may range from $150 up to as high as $800.
To see what Cap.1 is bringing to the fashion game, check out DJ Smallz preview below.
Kelly Rowland, Teyana Taylor, Omarion Swag It Out In Black @ BET’s Rip The Runway Red Carpet [Photos]
Ms. Kelly Rowland strutted her stuff in a cute all black piece this week at the taping of BET’s Rip The Runway. Set to air on March 20, Rip The Runway red carpet was gracefully adorned by celebrities such as Jada Pinkett-Smith and son Jaden, Omarion, Teyana Taylor, Meek Mill, and more. This years event was held at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom. In succinct with BET’s mission to cater to the African-American community, surprisingly most of the celebs appeared in black attire this time around.
Check out the hot looks below…
Photos spotted at SingersRoom.com.
Ri Ri is really digging into the fashion world!
Fresh off the heels of the debut of her new clothing line Rihanna for River Island which we told you about here, the Barbados beauty has now snagged a deal with the popular MAC Cosmetics brand.
In the deal, Rihanna’s cosmetic line, RiRi Hearts MAC, will feature four collections that will be released over the next year. The first product scheduled for release next month will be a lipstick called RiRi Woo in honor of Ri’s favorite MAC shade, Ruby Woo.
About her dive into the cosmetics world especially considering she was also named as a creative partner for the project, Rihanna shares her excitement saying, “I really got to play. There’s so much to choose from, and you can mix different textures with different colors and different greens in different eye shadows. I learned so much about the detail of makeup and what makes things look different. What makes it apply different is really important. Every little detail is important.”
Other products in the RiRi Hearts MAC collections will include other shades of lipsticks, eye shadows, blushes and eyelashes
Miss “Unapologetic” Rihanna who is often the talk of the fashion world when it comes to her own unique style now has her own clothing line.
In a joint effort with the British high street retailer River Island, Rihanna launched her line during a London Fashion Week event. The Rihanna for River Island collection is casual, yet chic and in true Ri Ri fashion some pieces are a bit risqué. Items in the collection include midriff mess tops, skirts, slouchy jeans, and dresses.
Check out the video below to see some of the runway action of Ri Ri’s line and hear what she has to say about it all.
Italian fashion line, Miu Miu, debuted a cool short film which featured two dynamic African-American actresses. The film, directed by Ava DuVernay, uses a beautiful scenery and creative camera angles to showcase the high end clothing line. “The Door” surprisingly features the lovely Gabrielle Union and Alfre Woodard. As the supporting cast, the 9-minute film co-stars Goapele, Adepero Oduye, and Emayatzy Corinealdi.
“The Door” is one of several short films in Miu Miu’s The Women’s Tales series. The series was a project started by the fashion house two years with the purpose of showcasing the artistic visions of female film directors nationally and internationally. Each director is given the job of incorporating various Miu Miu’s garments while visually capturing the essence of the brand.
Take a look at “The Door” below…
The 55th Grammys Award show went underway last night. Besides tuning in to see the great performances, many people tuned in to see the red carpet arrivals. Who doesn’t love to see the latest in fashion trends on some of our favorite celebrities?!! Get into a few of the looks from last night…
Who ROCKED IT at the 2013 Grammys??
NBA star Carmelo Anthony in collaboration with the Jordan Brand recently released his ninth signature, the Jordan Melo M9.
About the development of the shoe, Anthony said in a press statement, “I love the idea of being locked in, whether I’m on the perimeter or making a move in the post. I want to protect my ankles while not restricting my cutting ability. After working closely with the Jordan Brand team during development stages, the JORDAN MELO M9 fits my game perfectly.”
The Jordan Melo M9 retails for $140 and comes in various colors. Check out the collection below.
Celebs like Kanye West, P. Diddy, and Chad Johnson have courageously worn kilts in public. Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, and others has embraced the whole skinny jeans movement. Now, to take things a step further, men are rocking female leggings. Designers are capitalizing on the fashion trend and creatively coined the name “meggings” to describe this type of pant. Rock artists historically are known to wear tight fitting pants or meggings. But, meggings hit the rap world when A$AP Rocky graced 106 & Park with a long dress shirt and meggings. We’re all for being unique and fashion forward. But, are designers taking it too far?
Check out the video below to hear one guy’s experience while rocking a pair of meggings…
Guys, would you really wear this??
Who needs music when Mariah Carey is counting stacks from other endeavours besides American Idol?!
Word on the curb is that Mariah will now lend her love of all things shiny and bright to OPI. As most of us women know, OPI is a premium nail polish brand that offers the best in colors and other nail products. Like Serena Williams, Mariah will use her celebrity to sell her very own custom nail polishes. Her line will include eight different polishes and is sure to give divas around the world glitter-shine-fabolousness…and all things in between.
Color choices/names will include: “Can’t Let Go” in purple glitter liquid sand; “The Impossible” in red glitter liquid sand; “Stay The Night” in burgundy glitter liquid sand; “Get Your Number” in blue glitter liquid sand; “Sprung” in shimmery copper; “Butterfly Moment” in pale pink; “Anti Bleak” in royal purple; and “Pink Yet Lavender” in chunky pink glitter.
The line is expected to be available for purchase sometime this month (January).
When she’s not putting out mixtapes, Diamond isn’t sitting at home twiddling her fingers. The Atlanta native is out making a few moves that seem to be quite strategic. Hence…her new job as the face of Secret Kisses Lipstick.
Started in 2010, the Florida-based company provides lipstick and lipgloss products that are uniquely colored and targeted to the modern generation. As a great marketing tactic, they’ve contracted young women in entertainment who personifies and represents the culture of women that their products most appeal to. Draya Mitchell, of Basketball Wives of LA, lended her face to SKL and now platinum-rapper Diamond is next.
Diamond said, “I love make-up, every kind of make-up especially lipstick and lip gloss. Secret Kisses is a brand that I have used for some time so to be a part of the Secret Kisses family is an honor”.
“We are extremely pleased to now have Diamond as a part of our growing family”, said Gates, the CEO of Secret Kisses, “Her humble, engaging personality have made her a pleasure to work with so far and her sense of style is a great complement to our brand”.
SKL plans to sponsor several upcoming events and advertisements that will feature Diamond to help promote their over 40 different shades of lipstick and lip gloss. For more information on those events and products, go to www.SecretKissesLipstick.com.
Kudos to Diamond on this great opportunity. To stay updated on her projects, go to www.DiamondAtl.com.
Christmas time is around the corner and many are still perplexed as to what to buy. For men, and some women, one gift that’s always classic and well-received is a watch. Whether it is an expensive Rolex or Breitling or an inexpensive Michael Kors or Swiss, watches are capable of accessorizing any outfit and give you that extra special touch of style.
Check out which “fine” watches Michael Clerizo, of WSJ, picked out as perfect holiday gifts…
Maybach Music Group’s own, Stalley, has entered the fashion game with new clothing line. Monikered after his B.C.G affiliation, the Blue Collar Gang line features affordable attire made for the average man. Currently in Villa stores in the Midwest and East Coast, BCG offers t-shirts, sweat shirts, and hoodies.
“The brand BCG represents blue collar hardworking individuals. People who are family-oriented with family values and self-made attitudes. I want to make a line that represents those people and that is affordable, comfortable, and stylish. Indicative of the environment in Massillon, I was raised in.” – Stalley
The clothing line adorn the graphic designs and custom logo from two counterparts, Ben Ferenz and BJ Betts.
Check out a couple of the BCG peices below:
While some of you may still be caught up in Chris Brown’s personal business, the singer/entrepreneur is on his grind, all about his stacks and out handling his business for real. After recently getting his new foundation Symphonic Love up and running, the *** singer is now taking his love of art and fashion to another level times two.
The first comes by way of his new clothing line, Black Pyramid. The venture is a collaboration with the streetwear brand Pink+Dolphin founders Neima Khaila and Cena Barhaghi. Chris launched the line earlier this week at the Pink Dolphin flagship store in Los Angeles. The apparel collection will primarily consist of hats, t-shirts, and sweats.
Explaining the label’s name, Chris said, “The black pyramid label is basically an unknown art. We really haven’t mastered the art of making a pyramid ourselves, like the ancient ones, so it’s kinda like an unknown art. So I think my painting, my designs, whatever I do fashion wise is unknown to a lot of people.”
In addition to the clothing line, Chris is also upping the ante by recently signing with the Wilhelmina Models with hopes of scoring some endorsements with fashion and beauty brands. “Art and style has always played a significant role in my life—it’s evolved with me throughout my career,” Chris said in a statement. “I’m so happy to join the Wilhelmina team, which has countless successes in the industry, to explore this new avenue.”
About acquiring the artist, a rep for the company said, “Chris Brown is a multifaceted artist with a unique take on style, and we are excited to translate and extend his brand.”
Well there you have it and whether you’re a fan or not, one thing about it and two things for sure…you can’t deny his talent or drive. Keep doing your thing C. Breezy! Gotta Repspect the Grind!
Considered one of the biggest shopping days of the year, Black Friday is steadily approaching us. The day after Thanksgiving signifies the day in which deal seekers brave the cold and long lines to catch great discounts on various merchandise. Large multi-faceted stores like Walmart and Target, will likely slash prices on products ranging from flat screens to dvds. If you are in search of a good price on early Christmas gifts, Black Friday is the day to get out and tackle the crowd. You may want to get a jump start like some people and stand in line as early as 4am.
To help you get a head start, you can now find products on your very own Black Friday app. If you have an iPhone or iPad, or even a Andriod, you can download the app for free. Most of the major stores are featured on the app along with their Black Friday price reductions. You can even map out a plan and mark the products you are in search for. This tool will definitely map out your route in advance saving you precious time and money.
Happy Black Friday shopping!
via press release:
Vallejo, CA—Bay Area Legend and world renowned master of slang, E-40 has officially launched his latest business endeavor www.E40Gear.com. Being one of the first independent artists to broker a multi-million dollar label deal, E-40 has been recognized for his independent business savvy and acumen for well over a decade now.
The success of E-40′s most recent “Block Brochure” (2012) album trilogy, E-40 has continued to maintain his status as one of hip-hop’s most successful and creative entrepreneurs. With over 500,000 units sold independently in the last three years alone, E-40 felt it was time to step up his merchandise and apparel game with the launch of www.E40Gear.com.
Featuring all new designs of t-shirts, crew necks, hoodies, and more, www.E40Gear.com is your one stop shop for all things E-40. The launching of the new website perfectly corresponds with the upcoming release of his latest project, a double-LP collaboration project with fellow hip-hop legend Too Short entitled “The History Channel” which will be released on 11-6-2012 and features appearances from Wiz Khalifa, Tyga, Kurupt, Ice Cube, B-Legit, Travis Porter and more; pre-order’s for “The History Channel” are now available: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/history-function-mob-music/id566780902
Source: Matt/MAC Media
The world of fashion and hair collided Tuesday evening as Gocha Salon celebrated their one-year anniversary. STACKS Magazine was on hand to congratulate the owner, Gocha Hawkins, and her team for becoming one of Atlanta’s premier hair salons in such a short amount of time. Although, Gocha Salon has only occupied their 620 Glen Iris Drive, Ste 108 location for 12 months, their celebrity and non-celebrity clients know first hand what all the rave is about. Frankly put, Ms. Gocha knows how to do some hair. Also known as the “color extraordinaire”, Gocha has been in the hair industry for over 20 years with the awards and reputation that proves she’s one of the best.
So, in true Gocha fashion, the salon celebrated their one-year anniversary at Tags 2 Boutique. Tags is the second store for singer/songwriter/reality star/entreprenuer Kandi Burruss and her business partner Peaches. [Related Post: Kandi and Peaches Open Tags 2 Boutique]. The event featured an awesome fashion show where models looked fierce on the pink runway draped in clothing from Tags. The hostesses for the evening were Kash Howard (model/actress/business owner) and Nikki Nicole ( host of Kandi Koated Nights online talkshow). In addition, Gocha Salon took the time to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness month and invited a few beautiful cancer survivors to say a few words of encouragement. When asked what was the reason behind recognizing cancer survivors at the event, Gocha stated…
“We are giving a contribution for Breast Cancer Awareness month because we always keep in mind people who aren’t so fortunate. We try to donate and give services to the cause.”
Besides styling celebrities such as Royce Reed (Basketball Wives Miami), Malaysia Pargo (Basketball Wives LA), and a host of other celebs and video vixens, she is also the official stylist for the Atlanta Hawks cheerleading team. So, guests were treated to a brief performance by the cheerleaders and sounds by DJ Diamond Cutz. Comedian, Rodney Perry and philanthropist Chanita Foster was also in the building to celebrate the occasion with their friend Gocha.
Gocha Salon pulled off a great event with catered dishes and alcohol flowing. But, the fashion show isn’t the end of it! Gocha Salon will continue their celebration this Sunday, October 21 at the salon. So, if you are free, go check them out. In the meantime, peep video coverage of the fashion show and pictures from the event below:
Special thanks to Gocha Salon & Jonelle Media PR!
Brides Magazine has a new editor chief in chief and she’s making history. For the first time in 103 years, Condé Nast Publications has made an African-American woman the head chic in charge of one of their 18 consumer magazines.
Keija Minor was recently given the title of editor in chief of the world’s largest bridal magazine which is “the go-to source for all things weddings.” The Howard University School of Law graduate who changed gears with her career was once the editor in chief of Gotham and Uptown magazines. Prior to her editor in chief gig with Brides, she was the executive editor of the magazine.
While Minor’s advancement is a major milestone for the media company, they made it clear that her being African-American had nothing to do with their decision to put her at the top. “Keija wasn’t selected because of the color of her skin. She was picked because she is the right editor for the job at the right time. She knows the magazine, her staff, and more importantly, she has the will to succeed,” said Thomas Wallace, editorial director at Condé Nast.
As for Keija Minor, she says, “for me, it’s about being the best editor I can be…give readers inspirational and accessible ideas they can act on through media.”
Now that’s what we call a power move…Congratulations Ms. Keija Minor!
After recently reporting that NBA star Dwyane Wade had ended his relationship with the Jordan Brand, we’re back to tell you all about his new deal.
Partnering with Chinese athletic Company, Li-Ning, the Miami Heat guard will get his own brand which of course will be called Wade. Conditions of the deal will grant Wade plenty of say when it comes to design elements and endorsers. Having already unveiled his first signature shoe of his new brand during a recent Heat practice session, he plans to officially debut the shoe when the heat face the Los Angeles Clippers during a preseason game in Beijing.
According to Wade, the shoe we’ll see in China “will not be the final product.” So I guess we can just consider this a sneak peek to what’s to come. He’s hoping to have something closer to the final product when the Heat open the season against Boston later this month. However, if not, Wade says, “I’m not rushing. I want to make sure it’s a good product and when people see me, they need to know I’m comfortable with it. I want to make sure people understand that this is a big deal, not only for China, but for me.”
Wade’s apparel and footwear line is expected to be available at Li-Ning retail stores and online later this year with the U.S. debut slated for 2013. His shoes are expected to have a price point of approximately $120.
It’s been pretty obvious for quite some time that despite being the sister of one of today’s biggest stars, Solange Knowles travels in her lane and has her own things going on. Now while we’re sure she’ll continue to add to her list of things to do, she’s made it clear that she’s removing one.
After a little over a year of representing their Transitioning Movement campaign, Solange has decided to severe her ties with Carol’s Daughter natural hair and beauty brand. On why she made the decision to end her relationship with the company, Solange said, “I was constantly fighting for the right message to be heard. The message that the way we wear our hair is a personal choice, there’s no right or wrong way; one way doesn’t make us more intelligent, or more superficial, and everyone makes that choice for very different reasons.”
Once again as she so often does, Ms. Solange goes against the grain and stays true to herself and I couldn’t agree with her more. Natural or not, everybody has the right to choose for themselves.
Transparent aka “sheer” or “see-through” clothing was the talk of the town during New York Fashion Week’s 2013 Spring Collections. Several top designers showcased their sheer garments (i.e. DKNY, BCBG Maz Azria, Victoria Beckham, Carolina Herrera, Rag & Bone, Helmut Lang, Lela Rose, and Jason Wu). With models strutting down the runway in the 2013 spring exclusives, these designers proved that there should be no inhibitions when it comes to what you are wearing.
From pants to embroidered tops, the sheer genius of intricate details and flowing style designs will have woman worldwide eager to wear this fabric. Don’t worry ladies…these styles aren’t just for a sexy night on the town. Sheer has been updated to allow fashionistas pick any time of day to rock these designs. Take a look at a few Polyvore.com thought should hit the forefront of the latest fashion trends….
There’s no doubt in our minds that the former member of the R&B group Xscape and current ‘real housewife’ of the ATL, Kandi Burruss is on her grind and upping her stacks. It’s evident that her former position in the girl group and her many accomplishments of writing hit songs was only her beginning.
Still song writing and pursuing a career in music, Kandi has now added a boutique, a web-based talk show and a line of sex toys. Now for those of you that might have thought that the buck would stop there, think again because she’s upped the ante even more. Making yet another power move, Kandi and her business partner Peaches Chin have expanded their retail brand opening a second Tags boutique in Atlanta.
The new store, Tags 2 is located in the Buckhead area. The store’s grand opening was held this past weekend with plenty of her celebrity friends in attendance such as Jazze Pha, Toya Wright, Cynthia Bailey, and Kenya Moore.
For more information about the Tags boutique, you can check out their website at www.tagsatl.com.
September 6, 2012 marks the fourth anniversary of “Fashion’s Night Out”. This annual fashion event hits numerous cities across the U.S. bringing fashion editors, models, designers, and local fashionistas. According to their website, last year over 4000 events occured in the U.S. and in over eighteen countries. This year’s extravaganza will showcase more limited-edition products which fashion-heads will surely love. In addition, celebrity appearances and performances.
To find out where the FNO events will be in your city, click here!
I’m sure it’s no suprise being that she’s his girlfriend that Kim Kardashian has surfaced as one of the models for Kanye West’s 2012 Fall Collection of his clothing line. Kanye debuted the collection at this year’s Paris Fashion Week to a star-studded crowd. Check out a couple of Kim K.’s pics below…
Monday night, VH1′s Love & Hip Hop Atlanta aired the first of their two-part reunion show. Joseline, Mimi, K. Michelle, Karlie Redd, Rasheeda, Erica, Momma Dee, Lil Scrappy, Benzino, Stevie J, and Ariane were all in attendance to get some sh*t off their chest. Plainly put, the reunion show was OFF THE CHAIN! Not so much regarding the negative stereotypes critics say is a disgrace to Black culture, but in a hour viewers laughed their butts off to pure comedy.
Despite a little bafoonery here and there, the ladies and gents kept their composure for the most part. Sometimes it takes a person to get all dressed up (except for Stevie J who chose to wear a polo shirt and jeans) for them to keep it classy. Thus, this recap is all about the reunion show fashions. Who hit the mark? Who did not? Let’s take a quick look back and decide…
The self-proclaimed “baddest b*tch” Ms. Joseline wore a electric blue wrap dress. The dress had a long slit that was stragetically worn to entice the viewers and members of the audience. She definitely exudes sex appeal in a “womanly” kind of way. But, to match the dress with some clear hooker heels was not the move. It didn’t give her overall look the cohesive-yet-stylish feel that we’re sure Joseline was going for. As for her makeup and hair, the b*tch was beat! Yes Gawd!
Karlie Redd…oh Karlie. *sigh* The red sequins cocktail dress and black sparkly pumps didn’t hit the mark. Not that it was ugly. It was just safe! She could have brought it a little more. Not having a standout role on LHHATL should have been motivation to create a shock factor at the reunion. Oh well…maybe next year Karlie!
Atlanta’s underground rap diva, Rasheeda, too kept it simple. The black and gold freakum dress and sparkly gold pumps wasn’t anything fantastic. But I guess with a pretty face and nice hair, a chick don’t have to get too wild with the clothes. Rasheeda’s hair was laid and her face was beat. She looked nice!
Self-sufficient..but still the most confused of them all, Mimi Faust, kept it classy in a pink/fuschia satin dress and nude pumps. Thank Gawd for the pumps! Because if she wore them nude wedges (we’ve seen ALL season) one more time…!!! SMH Her whole outfit was age appropriate. It was overall a good look for Mimi. But, if she could’ve chosen a style-forward hair style, her look would’ve been complete.
Stevie J maintained his persona in red jeans and a polo shirt. Honestly, I don’t blame Stevie. The LHHATL set looked low-budgety and thrown together. So, why even put in the effort to get all dressed up?! Really…like what for??
Erica, Scrappy, and Momma Dee decided on black as the focal color. The “Put Dem Paws On Ya” hit’em up squad tried their best. Erica, who is truly a stunning brown skinned woman, wore a cute spaghetti strapped dress. Her shoes were black with a gold platform at the bottom. Her hair, however, was too “im on my way down the altar”-ish. Overall, Erica looked good.
Scrappy wore grey jeans, a black vest, a white wide collar shirt. Why the big collar Scrap?!! Should we assume you went DOLO and styled yourself? It sure looks like it. But, we’ll give you a C for at least trying.
Last, but not to be forgotten, is K. Michelle and Mona. K. Michelle wore an electric blue jumper with gold Lou’s. The blue really popped on K. And the shoes set it off in the right way. While K. Michelle gave the cameras a lot of cleavage, the extended diamond cross earrings made a statement of their own. The disappointment though was her hair. We didn’t quite understand what it was suppose to look like. As much as K like to change hairstyles, most of her fans thought she could’ve done much better.
Mona Scott, the executive producer of the show and host, wore a off-white pants suit and snake skin pumps. She made a decent statement with the hint of color on her shirt. Mona looked age appropriate and like a true boss lady.
Who had the hottest look? Let us know your opinions, we’d like to know!