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Magazine Glam: June Ambrose Styles Alicia Keys for Gotham; French Vogue Features Solo Black Model


Hey Glamazons!

We loved Alicia Keys in Boxing Kitten on the set of “Put it in a Love Song,” but never has she looked more elegant and refined than on the March cover of Gotham Magazine. Our beloved celebrity stylist, June Ambrose, dressed Ms. Keys in a green Catherine Malandrino dress with plunging neckline and gold jewelry. Stunning! With subtle makeup and her hair pulled back off of her face, Ms. Keys is the picture of radiant beauty. What do you think of Alicia’s new look? 

We’re also proud to hear that French Vogue, the magazine that shot Lara Stone in Blackface, has turned over a new leaf. The cover of their March issue features a solo black model, 18-year-old Rose Cordero. Shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, Cordero is the first black model to appear on French Vogue alone since Liya Kebede in 2002. Sadly, since Cordero is from the Dominican Republic, many are claiming her features aren’t “black enough,” which I personally feel is ludicrous. Do you agree?

Sidenote: rumor also has it that American Vogue will feature a model on the cover of its April issue. Are we seeing a (much-needed) shift in magazine covers from celebrities back to models (Please, Fashion Gods)? Is that a change you’d like to see? Discuss.

Kisses,

Coutura

Via ybf.com; models.com.

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VIDEO GLAM: Rihanna’s "Rude Boy" and Beyonce and Alicia Keys’ "Put it in a Love Song"

Hey Glamazons!

It seems Rihanna and Beyonce left the Grammy’s and headed straight back to work (do these girls ever really break?!). Both pop stars are gearing up for the release of videos for their latest singles: Rihanna’s “Rude Boy” and Alicia Keys’ “Put it in a Love Song” featuring Beyonce.

We can always expect some spectacular fashion in pop music videos to keep our eyes glued to the screen. While Rihanna takes a less high-end, more Jamaican street vibe in her “Rude Boy” video (she’s giving me Eastern Parkway and I’m not mad about it), Alicia Keys plays dress up in Brazil in a gorgeous Boxing Kitten outfit and bold yellow sandals.

I LOVE the new look on Alicia; the vibrant colors are the perfect accent to the favelas in Brazil (Somebody take me there…tomorrow). Boxing Kitten tweeted that Alicia is wearing the Billie top and Althea skirt.

I am a huge fan of the Boxing Kitten line, designed by Maya Lake, which mixes spirited African prints with demure Civil Rights era silhouettes. Celebs like Fergie and Solange just can’t get enough of the gorgeous pieces, which are perfect for young, funky stars who love to stand out. Check out my profile of Boxing Kitten for POSHGLAM for more information on the brand.

P.S. Speaking of Solange, can’t wait to see what Beyonce turns up in!

UPDATE: Beyonce kills the game in a Boxing Kitten jumpsuit! (Heading to the gym.)

Oh and Miss Rihanna in a white/black graphic jumpsuit on top of a zebra? Yeah, that’s pretty amazing.

Not to mention her supersexy gold Nippies nipple covers from Bristols 6 (www.bristols6.com) that she rocks under a gold jumpsuit from new “It” designer, LaQuan Smith. I met LaQuan at a party in NYC and had to stop him because of some amazing studded leggings he was rocking. Ever since then, I’ve been hooked on his fierce, edgy one-of-a-kind style. Check out his website for more great pieces: http://laquansmith.com.


Check out pics from her “Rude Boy” shoot below and let me know what you think of the looks. Glam or a Sham?!

Since two days is way too long to wait for the debut of Rih’s video on VEVO (insert sarcasm here), I included a short snippet that leaked on the internet today. Hauteness!

Kisses,

Coutura

Pictures: Rihanna Daily. Beyonce World. Alicia Keys Daily.

Trend Alert: Mad for Plaid

Glamazons,

If I told you lumberjack and private school plaid is sexy, would you believe me? Well, you should. This season, the coolest trendsetters are making the ubiquitous pattern look hotter than ever.

The timeless print is getting a chic makeover this season with laidback oversize tunics paired with leggings and feminine, flirty skirts worn with fitted black tees.

The pattern has permeated menswear too with crisp, plaid button-down shirts and down jackets with plaid details hitting the stores.

Get the look with these celeb-inspired styles and scroll all the way to the bottom for affordable finds!








GLAMAZON FAVORITE: LOVE these plaid shirts from Cavi Designs, a menswear line worn by Jay-Z, Fabolous and more. They have a great selection of colors and an even better fit! $97.54, cavidesigns.com.

Kisses,

Coutura

Glam or a Sham: AMA’s

Hey Glamazons!

By now, we’ve all seen and heard about the spectacles at Sunday’s American Music Awards that everyone is talking about: Jennifer Lopez falling on her ass-et (what’s more appalling to me is performing a “Louboutin” song not wearing Louboutins), Adam Lambert making out with a man, Jay-Z taking an alleged jab at 50 Cent while Chris Brown tweets “Cornball” and Q-Tip tweets about “cocky rappers.”


But to me, the fashion was just as troubling.

While some celebrities looked beautiful, others took fashion risks that didn’t quite pay off (Rihanna) or made amateur style faux pauxs (Whitney, where was your shapewear?).

Take a look at the celebrities that made us turn heads or scratch our heads and give your verdict: Glam or a Sham?


We loved Whitney Houston’s ruched white gown but a Spanx would’ve smoothed out her (tiny) tummy.


Not at all crazy about Rihanna’s Marchesa ballgown with floral cut-outs, and Easter Sunday ready white Mary Jane pumps. However, the red cat eyes (and Neil Lane jewelry) were everything.Bold

We think Rihanna’s body is AMAZING but the Fifth Element meets Amber Rose bandaged suit was way too much for us.


Lady Gaga’s antics always amuse but the unsightly strap over her panties looks like a diaper or holster. Odd…not in a good way.

Alicia Key’s Armani Prive dress was adorable, fresh and sexy. We love how she highlighted her amazing legs and kept her Lorraine Schwartz jewelry simple and stunning.


Her fall may be the talk of the town, but Jennifer Lopez’s Marchesa feathery dress with beaded bodice totally makes up for it.


I live for Fergie’s studded Armani Prive gown. Equal parts daring and dazzling.


Does it get any chicer than Shakira’s yellow Versace minidress and Lorraine Schwartz jewels? Note to Rihanna: this is how cut-outs should be done.


I think the Biker Chic trend is completely overdone here. And Leona Lewis’ soft hairstyle with cascading ringlets seems out of place when paired with her leather Vivienne Westwood dress, chains AND a three-finger ring. Not a fan.


We thought Mary J. Blige looked elegant but a tad too dressy for the event. Nonetheless, her expertly-styled blonde cut was the perfect complement to her glowing skin.


We loved Keri Hilson’s sparkly Louise Golden minidress and Alaia booties. She always gets it right.


Though some critics feel Toni Braxton’s dress is a bit too revealing for a 40-something star, I think her gown—and body—look stunning. The messy updo, on the other hand, is not red-carpet friendly. And she could’ve put that boy in a suit.


I think velvet is always a controversial choice, but when done right, it looks expensive and dapper. Jay-Z slightly misses the mark, in my opinion, with the brown color.

What do you think about these looks, Glamazons? Glam or a Sham?

Kisses,

Coutura

NEW!! Alicia Keys to Launch Jewelry Line

Hey Glamazons,

Since Alicia Keys’ debut in 2001, her songs have provided inspiration to millions of listeners around the world. Now, she’s packaging her positivity in a new way: through inscribed messages on cuffs and necklaces.

Next Monday, Keys is launching a new jewelry collection with designer Gisele Theriault, where each item is inscribed with inspirational poems and prayers, via WWD.com.

Entitled “The Barber’s Daughters,” the collection ranges from $85 – $2,500. It won’t be available for purchase until next year but fans can preview the collection next Monday and Tuesday at Collette Blanchard Gallery in NYC.

“I fell in love with the individuality of the pieces, but more than that, the words that were written on them really resonated with the songwriter in me,” Keys told WWD about the silver and gemstone pieces. Alicia hinted to WWD about more forays into fashion, saying that “Jewelry is a great first step.” Judging from the elegant craftmanship of “The Barber’s Daughters” line, I’m sure we have a lot to look forward to from Ms. Keys.

Check the pictures from her jewelry collection below. I am as in LOVE with that sterling silver cuff as I am with her emotional new single, “Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart” off the album, “The Element of Freedom.” Watch the video below and let me know what you think of “The Barber’s Daughters.”



Kisses,

Coutura

Compassion in Fashion: Gucci & FFAWN party with Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys and Lebron James!


Hey Glamazons!

Mary J. Blige became famous singing about sorrow. Now, she’s using her painful experiences to spread joy to millions. Enter FFAWN, the Foundation For the Advancement of Women Now, which she founded with marketing pioneer, Steve Stoute. The organization seeks to inspire women to overcome difficulties and achieve success through scholarships, grants and programs. The cause is one close to the singer’s heart, as she has spoke candidly over the years of her resilient, unwavering spirit in the face of adversity. I commend her for using the pain of her past to encourage and inspire women to reach their own unique potential.

Just in time for Fashion Week, Mary J. Blige collaborated with Gucci Creative Director, Frida Giannini, to celebrate Gucci for FFAWN day on September 16th, where the 5th Avenue flagship store donated 10% of its day sales to Blige’s charity. To commemorate the special day, Blige hosted a ceremony at the Empire State Building, lighting the landmark in FFAWN’s colors, purple, yellow and white, and threw a private cocktail party that evening at the flagship store.

I had the good fortune of attending the latter. Guests, including Lebron James, Serena Williams, Alicia Keys, Estelle, Russell Simmons, Ryan Leslie, Vanessa Simmons, Dwight Eubanks and Estelle,came out in dazzling cocktail dresses and sharp suits to show their support.


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Powerhouses, Estelle, Mary J. Blige and Russell Simmons take a moment to chat on the red carpet.

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Ryan Leslie is the perfect gentleman in a dapper, all-black suit.

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Lebron James and Savannah Brinson make a handsome couple at the event. Love the houndstooth jacket, Savannah! [Sidenote: Go Cavs!]

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Beauties, Mary J. Blige, Serena Williams and Alicia Keys, sneak in some girl talk between posing for photos.

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Serena Williams poses with blogger and make-up artist, Beautylicious, inside the store.


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Dwight Eubanks and I give good face at the event. Love him!


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Vanessa Simmons and I take a picture after the event.

The oldest Simmons daughter chatted with The Glamazons about how she plans to design a clothing line for Pastry, her popular sneaker brand. She even modeled one of her designs, a black skirt with sparkly line details, for us at the event. We’re all about sparkle at the Glamazons (check out my leather and stone vintage necklace)! Vanessa, you better work! Can’t wait to shop the collection =)

Speaking of shopping, the Gucci flagship store was an ideal venue to host the event as since 1921, Gucci’s clothing, shoes, jewelry and watches have made women feel luxurious and beautiful. Creative Director, Frida Gianninni, continues that tradition with a limited edition black PVD twirl watch she designed specifically to commemorate the collaboration with FFAWN. Check out the watch below, which is available in Gucci stores and on gucci.com. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to FFAWN.

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Stunning.

With all the focus on shopping and party-hopping, it was great to see celebrities and designers put their energy toward a significant, worthy cause. It actually inspired me to clean out my closet, which is currently overflowing with never-worn dresses and jeans, and donate to the clothing drive at my grandmother’s church. Glamazons: how are you using your love of Fashion to give back to those less fortunate? Whether it’s the purchase of a Gucci for FFAWN watch or a clothing donation, every little bit helps.

Kisses,

Coutura

Photos: Getty Images.

Fab or Flop: American Music Awards

Last night, the American Music Awards brought out a bevy of starlets, moguls and celebutantes who served up the glamour and glitz.

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Luminaries, like Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift, sparkled in assymetric, metallic minis.

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I think Miley stole the show with her black and gold strapless Marchesa dress, which merged the hottest trends of the season, metallic (the shimmery color) and goddess (draping and braided waistline). She was on fire!

Pink cleaned up nicely in a dazzling Vivienne Westwood gown with plenty of beaded embroidery. I loved the hair – the “Rihanna” goes across color lines.

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Speaking of which, Princess Rihanna looked darling in a soft yellow ruffled dress by one of her fave designers, Zac Posen, with gloves and jeweled Devi Kroell peeptoe pumps.

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One of the big winners of the night, she was just stunning. Never gets it wrong on the red carpet!

P.S. Though…was she channeling Slick Rick in her performance? She always pushes the fashion bar a little bit, which you gotta love.

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She’s really starting to look like Prince to me…which is a good thing—he’s gorgeous, but I’m just saying…

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Anyway, you be the judge. Who was fab, and who flopped?


I liked Christina Aguillera’s Elie Saab gown (though haven’t I seen her in something just like it before?) but her hair looked like a cheap Marilyn Monroe wig. I love her, but feel like something’s always off…? And what’d you think of that medley? I was secretly waiting for Come On Over…but I’ll get over it. FAB.

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The Pussycats got all dolled up in designs from the fiercest bitch of all, Christian Siriano. Though I adored Nicole’s dress and the yellow one was sooo chic, the rest was uninspired to me, and looked like I could pick it up at Bebe. Still FAB.

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These two are a hot mess. And wasn’t that the same Dolce & Gabbana gown Kim from Real Housewives of Atlanta wore to Deshawn’s event? For some reason, I think Mariah and Kim would be friends (maybe once her country singing career takes off). Either way, it’s a good look for Mariah. FAB.

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P.S. Why did she feel the need to bring Nick Cannon onstage? Who does that? You’re married, we get it. Do we really need to keep seeing him everywhere? And didn’t he make jokes or something on his own? Can we let him get back to that?

Alicia Keys is sweet enough, but the look just wasn’t cohesive. With a Grecian, one-shoulder Armani Prive gown, the Indian-inspired silver bindi came out of nowhere. And I don’t get the earrings. But she’s a natural beauty and shines regardless. Plus I thought her eye make-up, which accented her already exotic eyes, was phenomenal. FAB BY DEFAULT.

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I was probably the most surprised by Queen Latifah. She looks tiny (go Jenny)!!! The assymetrical, metallic dress looked beautiful against her skin (as always, she just glows). And though the fit was a bit off, we can forgive that given all the weight she lost. Very glam! And I have to get those hoops once they copy them at Express. FAB.

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And what was meaning of this? Why is Toccarra coming out looking like Lil Bo Peep Show?

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Definite FLOP.


And let’s not forget about the boysss!

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Chris Brown looked amazing! I loved the contrast of the preppy bowtie and cardigan with the biker leather jacket. The pairing was edgy, cool and grown up for him. Looks like Rih’s fashion sense is rubbing off…FAB.

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I can’t help but laugh at this picture. All the more reason to praise Chris Brown for making bow ties look cool. FLOP.

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Ugh…I don’t know what to say, Kanye. I know you wanted to promote your Pastelle line, but didn’t you know you were going to an Award show tonight? It’s not like you to not try (and that random fur thing you threw on does not count as trying). And to spaz out when you don’t get awards and give the one you win away? I’m worried. FLOP.

Yeah and where was Beyonce on the red carpet?! Bey may have been MIA, but Sasha came onstage and killed it! Easily the best performance of the night. And I need a good superlong weave ponytail that flips around and bounces right back. Loove it! SUPERFAB.

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I’d love to meet the Queen who came up with the idea for her to hold her weave up, then twirl it and saunter off the stage like Naomi Cambell. I bet he’s ferosh.

So what’d you guys think of the fashions? Loved Christian Siriano’s doll clothes? Think I’m wrong about Alicia’s Indian-inspired bindi? Sound off.

Kisses,

Coutura