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Fur or Faux? PETA Goes to War with Kanye and Kelis


Hey Glamazons,

When it comes to fur, the controversy is never-ending. PETA activists feel just as strongly about animals that are slaughtered to produce fur as fur-lovers feel about their right to wear lavish vests and coats.

This conflict becomes even more outrageous when centered around celebs in the Hollywood circuit.

Ostentatious and luxe, furs seem like a match made in heaven for fashion-loving attention-seekers like Kanye West, Amber Rose and Kelis. But recently, their decision to wear fur has enraged anti-fur activists nationwide.

In a blog about Kanye West, PETA activists have resorted to name-calling and mud-slinging to stop him from wearing fur—with little success.

Check out both point of views in a letter from Kelis and a PETA blog about Kanye below.


FROM KELIS TO PETA:

After PETA blasted R&B singer, Kelis’ choice of wearing real fur, she responded immediately and adamantly in defense of fur-wearers. Her letter is pretty hilarious in tone (Kelis in general cracks me up!) but some may not agree with her stance on the issue and animal rights, in general. Check out her letter:

Good morning all!

Ok, so you’re gonna love this. The other day I got a personalized letter from PETA! Lol so after some thought I’ve decided to write one back. Goes a little something like this:

There is no humane way to kill anything, let me start there. It’s unfortunate but it’s part of life. With that being said, I would eat pterodactyl if you found some and you told me it was meaty and delicious. And after doing a very minimal amount of research…….

I found out that the founder Ingrid Newkirk is completely batty. I had a feeling but she far exceeded my expectations. I mean certifiably insane! Lol this chicks will is nuts, google it – it’s a riot! Beyond the fact that I think she’s a diabetic, which means she needs insulin, which is taken from lab pigs (I know this because my sister happens to be in veterinary school), which would be completely hypocritical. It’s like don’t abuse animals unless it can help me.

I feel very strongly about a lot of things such as the sweatshops that spin cotton and the blood on their hands. Btw it’s not just the look of fur. It’s warm as hell and feels glorious, ever rubbed faux fur on your body? Nothing luxurious about that. Then the letter proceeded to name artist and designers who don’t wear real fur. Great! More for me! I don’t judge them, don’t judge me.

If I started wearing endangered animals like polar bear or orangutan then talk to me. (Which btw for the record I would not – I do believe in the preservation of endangered species) But the minks and chinchilla that quite honestly are rodents and if weren’t in the form of a coat I would demand they be put to death anyway are not an issue to me. The death of high fashion. Ugh.

I eat meat, and in fact my mouth salivates as I type the word meat! And the paint throwing that’s just ridiculous! What if I was hurling Loubitons and Pierre Hardy’s at every sad poorly dressed person on the street? As right as I may be it’s just fanatical and crazy. And people have the right to feel as they please.

What about art? Survival of the fittest. Natural selection? No let’s just let all the rodents run free and over take our cities. Oh wait they have, NY and LA in particular are infested! Why don’t u save them all from scavenging on the streets and ruining my evening strolls, take them home. Make them pets! Get off my back! Pun intended!

Underpaid minorities picking your vegetables, now that’s fine for you right? Please, fight for their rights. How about the poverty in the communities of brown people around the world. She had the nerve to say (and I quote) “get over it” talking of the issue of black people and slavery in this country verses cows being slaughtered. Is she kidding me? Lol yes she must be. Actually, she’s lucky most black people have real issues to worry about in the U.S and don’t give a crap what her delusional privileged opinions are. But she should try saying that again just for kicks n giggles on the corner of Adam Clayton Powell Blvd in Harlem n see how well people “get over it” lol.

If u want to preach do it about something worthwhile don’t waste my time trying to save the dang chipmunk. Find a worthwhile cause like the women being maimed in these Middle Eastern countries. Or female circumcision. Or women’s rights here in America, we still get paid less for doing the same jobs as men.

Quite honestly if you hate the world so much go live in the forest where no one else has to hear you complain about the perfectly good food chain the good Lord created. Everyone has the right to an opinion, and that’s mine on that! xoxo

FROM PETA RE: KANYE

Outraged by Kanye and Amber Rose’s fur jackets worn during Paris Fashion Week, PETA took to their blog to condemn the couple:

The prettiest people do the ugliest things
For the road to riches and diamond rings
. . .
We’ll buy a lot of clothes but we don’t really need ’em
Things we buy to cover up what’s inside

—Kanye West, “All Falls Down”

West apparently lives by his lyrics. The ethical dropout—who horrified voters in PETA’s Worst-Dressed Celebrity competition last year—and his sleazy sidekick, Amber Rose, were snapped by paparazzi strutting around Paris in “the ugliest things,” indeed. Both were wearing head-to-toe fur, and Amber refused to remove her full-length lynx coat during a show at Paris Men’s Fashion Week.

As PETA V.P. Dan Mathews so eloquently put it, “Kanye can’t help making himself look like an idiot, whether at an awards show or a fashion show. He and his girlfriend look like pathetic creatures from a shabby roadside zoo.”

Pretty heated words! What do you think?

Are Kelis and Kanye socially irresponsible for wearing fur?

Do you agree that the murder and skinning of animals during the production of fur is just “survival of the fittest” as Kelis claims?

Should Kelis and Kanye be able to exercise the right to wear fur without being condemned and attacked by PETA?

Should PETA spend time worrying about human suffering and not the slaughter of animals? Hmm.

For the record, I choose to wear faux fur. Sure it doesn’t feel as luxurious (as Kelis points out above), but it enables me to embrace the glamour of a fur coat, vest or jacket without the guilt of how it was manufactured. My desire for fur is outweighed by my horror over how it is obtained—PETA claims animals are skinned alive and even electrocuted to produce fur. At the same time, I have no interest in ridiculing others for wearing it.

Not everyone chooses to take a neutral stance. What’s your opinion? Discuss.

Kisses,

Coutura

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Top Five Fashion Fails of 2009

Hey Glamazons,

While 2009 was the year of affordable designer collaborations and tough-luxe style, it also brought us hammer pants, nipple pasties and designs from Lindsey Lohan (scary!!).

Now that the year has come to a close, we’re nominating the Top Five Fashion Fails of 2009 that MUST be left behind. All disobedient readers of this post won’t make it past the end of January. Yes, that is a threat.

FASHION FAIL #1 – Skinny Jeans for Men

Yes – baggy jeans died with gangster rap in the 90’s but that shouldn’t mean that men can parade around in stretch jeans with 5% lycra. There’s no valid reason that your jeans should be tighter than a Kim Kardashian dress.

A fitted look (not too baggy, not too tight) is ideal. Here’s the test: If you can’t get into your jeans without shimmying or sitting on the bed to pull yourself in, you have failed at life.

Besides the obvious hygiene issue (I mean isn’t breathability a necessity for you guys?), it’s unfair for me to have to pretend like you don’t notice me noticing the unsightly bulge threatening to bust through all that lycra for a breath of fresh air.

And if skinny jeans for women look best with stilettos—because they make your feet appear smaller, how do you think you look with the boat-sized, giant shoes you pair with your skinnies? Disaster.com. Please do better. FAIL.


FASHION FAIL #2 – Harem Pants

Wearing harem pants didn’t make you look exotic, fashion-forward or sensual. You looked like you had an adult diaper sewn into the seat of your pants and wore them with a purse and stilettos.

We tried to give you advice, but you wouldn’t listen. We clearly said: look for harem pants that aren’t super baggy. Never did we suggest to have extra material flowing in the wind like a Tyra weave. But the bigger the pants, the more you liked them.

Unwieldy and just unflattering, these pants were nothing short of hideous and just wouldn’t go away for the better part of 2009. Try as we might, we couldn’t feel sorry for the otherwise beautiful people that put on an upside down parachute and Louboutins as though it was attractive.

If Hammer wore them and lost all his money, and they made Beyonce look crazy, why would you think they’d work for us normal folks? FAIL.

FASHION FAIL #3 – Leotard

Please don’t hate me for saying this, but putting on a leotard won’t magically make your legs appear like Beyonce’s or Amber Rose’s.

Those dimples that were there before—but thankfully hidden under jeans—will be free for everyone to see in your leotard and boots. And if your legs look like toothpicks, a leotard will make it appear like you’re walking on stilts. Just not okay.

Besides the fact that unless you’re coming off the stage from a (real) Fosse performance or walking down Hunter’s point, there’s no acceptable reason to be out in a leotard and hooker boots in public. Since when is it okay to come out before you finished getting dressed?

Please do better next year. FAIL.


FASHION FAIL #4 – Ed Hardy

When Ed Hardy the designer won’t even wear Ed Hardy, you know you have a problem. At one point, the trendy, edgy, tattooed designs were selling like Susan Boyle. Now they’re collecting dust in the stores along with Rihanna’s CD (I kid!).

Truthfully, once the crop of cool, bad kids stopped wearing Ed Hardy designs, and the Snookies and Situations of the world started buying them in bulk, there was nothing anyone could do to help. They were banished to No-Man’s land where old Fubu, Mecca and Iceberg garments go to die.

Ed Hardy, get a new Creative Director, makeover, celebrity spokesperson and maybe you can return (a la Phat Farm). If not, FAIL.

FASHION FAIL #5 – Spandex

Please Lord let my days of seeing liquid leggings stuffed to the brim with thigh meat be far behind. I cannot, in good faith, endure the sight of women in black liquid leggings that, as some guy on Twitter said, look like walking oil spills.

And Nicki Minaj, camel toe is a vicious, evil, ungodly vision—and one of many signs that you need to pry yourself out of the leggings (we know they took forever to get on) and do away with them for 2010.

Other signs? Repeat trips to the gyno (as again, breathability is essential to health!). When the waistband and seams leave a red imprint on your stomach and legs (Yes, this happens. It’s like you held your legs in a chokehold all day. That’s gotta leave a bruise). FAIL.


What do you think Glamazons? Am I wrong to curse the day that Ed Hardy and Unisex Skinny Jeans became a trend? What Fashion Fails did I miss? Speak now…so we don’t have to suffer through another decade of bad fashion.

Kisses,

Coutura

Leotards, Leggings, Catsuits – Sexy or Slutty?

Hey Glamazons!

When I first came up with the idea to write on this topic, the celebrity in question was Kanye West’s blond bombshell girlfriend, Amber Rose, who wears spandex jumpsuits and leggings like it’s her uniform. Since then, Beyonce’s risque new video “Video Phone Remix,” and Rihanna’s topless shots for her new album have made Amber’s catsuit look more like a business suit.


Though artists like Jennifer Lopez and Janet Jackson have always pushed the envelope with provocative fashions, it seems now more than ever, today’s pop stars are embracing the raunchier side of sexy.


Rihanna seems to have an aversion to tops in the promotional pictures for her latest record, fittingly titled “Rated R.”

And from her breast jiggling to her bent-over booty roll, Beyonce’s moves make the Video Phone vid a racy display of unabashed, in-your-face sexiness.


Critics and fans alike worry about what message this sends to impressionable, younger viewers (including the Duchess of Cornwall who recently criticized the “Video Phone,” video.) Though Rihanna and Beyonce are mature, adult women who can dress however they please, a large percentage of their fanbase is not. And both stars have publicly acknowledged that these young fans consider them role models. If there is a new onslaught of topless Rihanna-inspired Myspace pics or bent-over Beyonce-esque moves at teenage birthday parties, can we really be surprised?
The same can be said about today’s fashions. As trend-setting stars flaunt sexier images, catsuits, spandex leggings and leotards with thigh-high boots are becoming staples in popular stores. Have celebrities like Amber Rose, Beyonce and Rihanna made us immune to sex or are we just all so free and comfortable in our skin that we want to celebrate it in our clothing choices?






Personally, I’m on the fence about this issue. I love being a woman. I think curves are absolutely beautiful, and accentuating them is every woman’s privilege and right. I love working hard at the gym and showing off my toned abs at the beach or in my Halloween costume—and want to be able to do so without feeling judged. That’s why I’ve always commended women that don’t allow societal pressures to control their sexuality.

At the same time, how sexy is too sexy? As much as I embrace sexiness, I have found the sight of some women in catsuits at the club, or in a leotard and thigh-high heels, off-putting to say the least. There has to be a line somewhere but where do you draw it?

What’s your opinion? Do you think Rihanna and Beyonce’s recent works are too sexy? Do you think it impacts fans or do they view it as entertainment without being influenced?


Do you agree there is a line between revealing and racy? How would you define your own style of dress in those terms?

Do you wear any of the styles above (catsuits, leggings, leotards, etc.)? Do you think they are “too sexy”? If so, how do you tone it down?

Do you think women should have to tone it down or should have the freedom to dress however they want without judgment?

Discuss.

Kisses,

Coutura

Baby Phat Spring 2010 Show

Hey Glamazons!

Amber Rose. Ice-T and Coco. Letoya Luckett. Teyana Taylor. Terrance J. Wale. Fonsworth Bentley and girlfriend, Faune Chambers. Nicole Ari Parker. Boris Kudjoe. June Ambrose. Emil Wilbekin. Mikki Taylor. Ursula Stephens. Alesha Renee. All these celebrity sightings can only mean one thing: The Baby Phat show. I attended the circus last night at the Roseland Ballroom, with fellow Glamazon, Ferocia, and Chantal Borgella, the publicist for Young Mel, Jay-Z’s nephew and the new rapper signed to Roc Nation that everyone’s talking about. While we caught the Spring 2010 lineup from the fourth row, hundreds of Baby Phat fans and critics saw the fashions on a jumbotron in Times Square where the show aired live. Yes, people. Kimora is as glamourous as it gets.

When we arrived at 52nd and 6th, the line outside looked like Summer Jam or worse, Saturday night at BB King’s in Times Square. Inside, was even more chaotic. We ran into Wale and Terrance J in the hallway, spotted Teyana Taylor giving an interview, saw fans take pictures with ANTM’s Miss J and pushed our way to our seats to spot June Ambrose and Emil Wilbekin chatting in the front row. While photographer Johnny Nunez snapped photos of every celebrity you can imagine, editors and fans mingled and chatted for what seemed like forever (50 minutes to be exact) before finally settling in their seats for the show to start.

Amber Rose looking gorgeous in the front row.

Jessica White dazzles in a metallic minidress.

And the best looking couple of the year award goes to…Nicole Ari Parker and Boris Kudjoe.

Wale and Terrance J. cracked jokes with us and hung out before the show.

Teyana Taylor rocked her signature funky, fresh look on the red carpet.

Kim Kardashian and Melody Thornton were anything but basic in black.

Kim Kardashian and Kimora get chummy at the afterparty.

The diva of all divas, stylist June Ambrose, worked the red carpet. Love that she said she liked my bob!

Ice-T and Coco pose for a picture in the front row.

As we sang along to blaring tunes including Wale’s “Chillin'” and Kid Cudi’s “Make Her Say,” we caught our first glimpse of the collection, aptly titled ‘Moroccan Kiss,’ which rendered a cacophony of color, eye-catching pattern and bold jewelry. Inspired by exotic Moroccan style and carefree 70’s fashion, Kimora showed a line-up of sweeping maxidresses, lace blouses and acid-wash jeans that invoked a summer romance on the beach. “It’s 70’s Morocco, but a bit modern, sexy, beachy. The colors are very steamy and romantic, smoldering,” said the newlywed mother of three. “I love color, the whole sultriness of it, the opulence of the people and the culture.”

















While other designers explored muted palettes of blush and gray, Kimora presented flirty, feminine looks in the resplendent colors of the beach, from sultry coral to oceanic turquoise. In keeping with the beach theme, Kimora’s take on swimwear was surprisingly subtle this season: a one-piece suit with ruffles adorning the bustline, a basic black bikini with a sheer purple cover-up. But her foray into minimalism ended there; the accessories—oversized, snakeskin printed bags—and sequined leggings delivered the signature excessive glamour expected from Baby Phat.

Kimora walked out at the end of the show with her two daughters, Ming and Aoki Lee, by her side and her new son, Kenzo, on her arm. But the real treat was the Micheal Jackson tribute at the end, where four models walked out to “P.Y.T.” in shirts that read “Baby,” on the front and “Phat,” on the back, bright liquid leggings and one glittery glove. Fab! The show definitely lived up to its title as the most dramatic show during Fashion Week.

What do you think of the designs?

Kisses,

Coutura

Photos: Imaxtree. Getty/Johnny Nunez. NYMag.com.

Nicole Miller Spring 2010 Show with Amber Rose, Ciara and Amerie

Hey Glamazons!
After jetting back to the office to get cover credits and blog for ESSENCE.com, I finally made it back out to the tents for the Nicole Miller show. And take my word for it, it was the right show to attend. Besides the star sightings, which we’ll get to later, I was excited to see Nicole Miller venture beyond fitted dresses with rouching.
The collection was still sexy, sleek and streamlined, but with a fresh, sporty turn. Sheer necklines, cut-outs, one-shoulder necklines, color-blocking and vibrant graphic prints added to the new, fashion-forward aesthetic. Additionally, while most designers veered in the direction of soft hues like blush and gray, Miller presented chic, wearable dresses in oceanic tones.
What’s more? Instead of relegating herself to dresses, Nicole Miller designed an assortment of sequined miniskirts and shorts (paired with sultry sheer blouses) and a phenomenal pair of harem pants that fit the model like a glove (paired with a sequined tank). P.S. If you read my guide to harem pants this summer, these are the right harem pants to buy! Here are faves plus a video:











Nicole Miller came out at the end of the show.
The front row of the Nicole Miller show proved to be as exciting as the collection itself. Dressed fittingly in black, edgy looks, Ciara, Amber Rose and Amerie looked like they could be a part of the show.

Ciara was sexy and sleek in a Nicole Miller dress. She told me she was excited to see the show since Nicole Miller is always “young, fashionable and fun,” which is right up Ciara’s alley.

Amber Rose showed up, sans Kanye West, in a form-fitting blazer and leggings accented with a statement link necklace.

Damon Dash made an appearance as well, bopping along to the music and taking a moment to pose with fans.
In over-the-knee boots, a sheer dress and a sleek blazer, Amerie, Ciara and Amber Rose, respectively, made for a fashionable front row.
Kisses,
Coutura
Front Row Photo: Getty Images.