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GLAM OR SHAM?: Beyonce’s New High-Fashion Ads for House of Dereon



A faraway location. A gorgeous, flowing dress. A striking hairstyle. Beyonce pulled out all the high-fashion stops for her latest ad campaign for House of Dereon


Shot against a volcano in Santorini, Greece, Beyonce wears a flowing, green watercolor halter dress and a fuschia mini strapless dress with a side ruffle.


I live for her pompadour, but the fit of the fuschia dress seems all wrong! House of Dereon isn’t known for their construction, but to attempt an avante garde look, the fabric and fit of the garment must be immaculate. 





The shots of her flowing green dress are stunning. The chiffon dress boasts embroidery around the neckline and a majestic watercolor print that mirrors the land. Just beautiful. P.S. As a dancer, I find her leap with the mountains and sea in the background beyond breathtaking.






She also posed in more casual, everyday clothes for the campaign, wearing a gray blazer flanked with studs and heavy metal chains. In her signature over-the-top fashion, Beyonce wore a studded bracelet, a short denim studded skirt, smoky eyes and a shaggy blonde bang to complete the look. I’m on board—especially since for Fall, gray is the new black. Ow!





What do you think of the new ads, Glamazons? Glam or a Sham?


Kisses,


Coutura


Photos: BeyonceWorld.net.

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.

GLAM OR SHAM?: Mary J. Blige at the Grammys





A pop of color goes a long way on the Grammys 2010 red carpet. With Rihanna in white Elie Saab, Beyonce in Stephanie Rolland nude and Ciara in Givenchy black, Mary’s magical magenta Gucci gown brought some life and energy to the mix.


Her bold hue shined against her glowing brown skin and golden hair. Her subtle makeup and dazzling jewelry were the perfect accompaniments (I would’ve chosen a silver clutch over black though). But these aren’t the best parts.


The body-skimming silhouette showed off a toned, curvaceous figure that put even the young celebs to shame (It certainly put me to shame. Heading to the gym after this post).


And the detailed neckline, a theme at the Grammys (see Rihanna’s high neckline and Jennifer Lopez’s halter neckline) gave the gown some interest with its purposefully-placed cut-outs. It highlighted Mary’s pretty cleavage, toned shoulders and muscular arms in a way that was feminine and elegant. Love.


For her performance with David Foster and Andrea Bocelli as a tribute to Haiti, Mary J. Blige wore another stunning hue: a cobalt blue jersey gown with beaded detail from Roberto Cavalli’s Pre-Spring 2010 collection. Color looks good on her.





Check out her performance via my beloved hip hop site, Rap Radar, below:









What do we think of Mary’s boldly hued looks? Glam or a Sham?

GLAM OR SHAM?: Beyonce at the Grammys

It’s nearly impossible to make Beyonce look less than beautiful.

That said, her Stephanie Rolland nude hip-hugging dress was pretty, but it didn’t wow me. I appreciate that she shifted it into neutral with the nude hue, which is another huge trend.

The silhouette, however, was predictable (note: I’m guilty of the same thing; if it looks flattering on your body, embrace it!). The mermaid style gown is a Beyonce staple and I’m sure her stylist feels, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. True, but maybe switch it up every…I don’t know…decade?

Also, don’t hate me stans, I don’t know how to feel about a zipper-front dress on a red carpet. It’s a detail that has become a club staple; a glamorous fixture for a gown at a fancy awards show? Not so much.

I do adore the Egyptian theme (what’s more stunning than an Egyptian queen) weaved into the texture of the gown and reinforced with Beyonce’s bold, ornate hoops. Now, that’s gorgeous.

On to the more interesting looks, Beyonce’s performance dress (yes, I said dress, not leotard) was as electrifying as her rendition of Alanis Morissette’s “You Oughta Know.” Check the performance video below.

Nothing thrills me more than a darling silhouette (strapless dress with flared skirt bottom) created from rocker metal and studs. Well, Beyonce’s “Dutty Wine” dance move—on her knees (!)—was also pretty exciting.

Love the studded peeptoe boots and tough luxe cuff too!

Later during the show, Beyonce changed into an embroidered, studded and jeweled dress with a plunging neckline and rising shoulders that would have made Micheal Jackson proud. (Seen here with Celine Dion, a part of the beautiful tribute to Michael).

After thoroughly enjoying the show with her husband, Jay-Z (whom she told ‘I love you’ while accepting an award), and nephew, Julez (who Uncle Jay brought onstage during his acceptance speech), Beyonce took home six Grammys, including Song of the Year for ‘Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)’ and pop vocal performance of the year for ‘Halo.’

Miss B set a record for most Grammy awards won by a female artist on one show. Now that’s GLAM.



What’s the verdict, Glamazons? Did we love the Stephanie Rolland dress? Did we expect more, or something fresh, from the Pop Queen? What do we think of her other looks? Glam or a Sham?

GLAM OR SHAM?: Ciara at the Grammys

The Fashion Show faux paux heard ’round the world, Ciara showed up late to Givenchy’s Spring 2010 Couture presentation and was met with a chorus of ‘Boo’s.’ Not the best way to begin a relationship between a recording artist and a fashion house.

Nonetheless, Ciara made goth glamorous in a Givenchy look on the Grammy red carpet last night. Sure, it was more high fashion than we have previously seen from Ciara—but is that a bad thing? I vote No.

It was see-through, showing off her GORGEOUS gams and daringly dark. Plus the diamond-studded jacket added tons of cool, rockstar edge.

I loved that it was a different aesthetic for the red carpet, where beautiful, elegant and ethereal looks reign.

Also, Ciara’s black ponytail was just the hairstyle to complement the dress without distracting from it. And the fresh-faced makeup look only highlighted her natural beauty.

Clearly, I’m a fan but naysayers tore the dress to shreds on Twitter last night. What’s your verdict, Glamazons? Glam or a Sham?

GLAM OR SHAM?: Rihanna at the Grammys

Now THIS is how you wear a white dress.

Rihanna rescued the white dress trend with an ethereal crepe gown by Elie Saab.

The songstress glows in a high-neck dress that boasts chiffon, stone and feather detailing in the front. The high-neck elongates her statuesque figure and the draping adds a sexy, feminine touch. Finally, the back is open ensuring a lingering second look.

The stunning dress looks elegant and magical on Rihanna, who wears light silver shadow and a pair of Neil Lane earrings and a bracelet to complement the look.

I won’t say she looks angelic (if you’ve heard my favorite song of the moment, Rude Boy, you know she’s a bad girl on the inside) but she is a radiant, stunning beauty. And might I add, what a way to come back on top from the ordeal she faced at last year’s Grammy’s. What do you think, Glamazons? Does she pull this off? Is it the right look for the Grammy’s?

Give your verdict: Glam or a Sham?

UPDATE: Glams, we have the secrets to Rihanna’s posh, polished hair courtesy of her amazing hairstylist, Ursula Stephens. Here are the steps (and inexpensive products) Ursula used to create Rihanna’s winning look:

  • Start by relaxing the hair with Motions Silkening Shine Relaxer. 
  • Mold and wrap the hair with Motions Foam Wrap lotion and sit under a hooded dryer. 
  • Trim and shape the hair, buzzing the sides and back with a clipper. 
  • To get amazing shine and lock each strand in place, add some Motions oil moisturizer along with Suddzz hair spray. 
  • Flat iron small sections of the hair in an upward and inward motion.
  • Finally, rub Lanza serum and Motions pomade through the hair and finger comb it for a finished look.



What do you think about the hair? Do you like Rihanna’s curly look better? What’s your verdict? Glam or a Sham?

GLAM OR SHAM?: J.Lo at The Grammys


We think J. Lo looks amazing; but sadly only from the neck up. This Versace dress does nothing to flatter her gorge figure and we just can’t figure out why it’s shorter on the sides. We’re all for a netted dress and halter top neckline, but this one is just too much of a hot mess for us to swallow.

What do we think Glamazons? Glam or a sham?

GLAM OR SHAM?: Lady Gaga at the Grammys



Lady Gaga’s dress from Armani Prive looks like it hurts. Between the plastic web design and spiky star, somebody could get lost, strangled and cut by this gown. 


In true Lady Gaga fashion, she paired it with crystal embroidered tights and shoes, blonde and daffodil yellowish hair and bubblegum pink lips. 


What do we think, Glamazons? Glam or a Sham?


UPDATE: I spoke too soon. Just when I thought Lady Gaga gave us all the jaw-dropping Gaga-ness she could muster, the camera panned the audience and I saw this.


Another Armani Prive creation specifically made for the star, that truly belonged in an alien movie. A silver headpiece and jacket that looked like what the Statue of Liberty would wear to a drag ball competition. Gaga paired them with her favorite crystal embroidered tights and heelless shoes. Her makeup in all its pale and bold pink glory is oddly fitting. 



Lady Gaga and Fashion God, Giorgio Armani, had this to say about the memorable collaboration:



Giorgio Armani says, “We hear Lady Gaga’s music everywhere we go. It is like a soundtrack of our times. In addition to her formidable songwriting skills, she is a modern fashion phenomenon. I am delighted to be creating these outfits on such an important night for her, the Grammys, and I wish her the best of luck.”
 
Sharing Mr. Armani’s enthusiasm, Lady Gaga adds,
“I am honored to be wearing Armani this evening. The series of pieces Mr. Armani created for me are truly iconic; they represent not only beautiful fashion, but my spirit and essence as an artist. Mr. Armani is a fashion legend, and tonight would not have been the same without his touch, and his wonderful team.”  


Lady Gaga is a superhero in my comic book and her performance, which opened the show, proves it. Alongside the legendary Sir Elton John, Lady Gaga sang “Speechless” and John’s “Your Song.” It was a stirring, epic performance that set the bar high for the rest of the show (did anyone else live up to it? I wasn’t blown away by any other artist).


At 62 and decked out in a Giorgio Armani black tuxedo and a pair of Giorgio Armani custom-made, Swarovski-encrusted sunglasses, Sir Elton John was right at home in Gaga’s glittery, filthy spectacle. Their chemistry made for a magical show. Check the video below:





So we know we can always expect a futuristic, over-the-top costume from Lady Gaga, but do these Armani looks measure up? What’s the verdict, Glam or a Sham?

GLAM OR SHAM?: Pre-Grammy Looks from Rihanna, Jay-Z, Katy Perry and more

The Grammy Awards are upon us which means for the last few weeks, stylists, make-up artists, eyelash artists, PR girls and designers have been scrambling to outfit stars in the latest and greatest fashions.

Judging from the latest pics from Pre-Grammy events, some celebs will push the envelope in avant garde looks (a la Rihanna) stay safe and trend-friendly in sequins or silk (like Mary J. Blige and Katy Perry) or show up in a tacky cringe-worthy ensemble that anyone can pick up at your neighborhood Rainbow store (sigh…Ashanti).

Check out the looks from Clive Davis’ and Neyo’s parties below and give your verdict: Who was Grammy Glam and who was a Sham?

Rihanna’s multicolor pastel look was delightfully avant garde but the shape and hue was a lot to take in at once. I will say her light green make-up and polished hair was uberfabulous.

Ciara, is this a joke? The cheap-looking shaggy fur top paired with shorts and knee boots (darling, pick a season) was proportionally and aesthetically all wrong. The loud fashion faux paux is sure to turn heads—just not for the right reasons.

Fergie…the part lingerie/part electrical tape dress would make sense on a Vegas party girl, not a pop star. It is cheap and tacky and looks like it smells like plastic. Sham.

Though Mary J. Blige, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift’s dresses were sequined and safe (aka you could see a thousand of them at any New Year’s shindig or gala), atleast they looked glamorous and presentable. I live for the multicolor sequins on Katy’s dress.
It seems leather was a staple on the red carpet (see Ashanti’s disaster below) but Jennifer Hudson’s trendy purple color, shoulder detail and blunt bangs make the look undeniably chic.
The fellas stole the night. In all black everything, Jay-Z redefined cool in a New York City rockstar vibe with a motorcycle leather jacket, a chain necklace and black separates. Jamie Foxx brought his signature suave style in a one-button blazer with a shirt and tie.

Neyo’s signature fedora, shirt and vest captured his “perfect gentleman” motif to a tee, but I hate the sneakers. English gentleman meets street culture? I’m not buying it. And raise your hand if you’re tired of seeing a fedora on this man at every event…I understand hats are your thing but they make different styles.
Precious star, Gabourey Sidibe wore a black banded sheath dress and…flats? I LOVE Gabourey and what she represents as a full-figured woman in Hollywood who readily embraces her out-of-the-norm body size. But this dress is just not flattering. It makes her look ill-proportioned and does nothing for her shape. 

Ashanti is on my list. The gray leather zippered mini is cute, yes. But why did you borrow your sister’s dangly earrings from prom and clip on a blonde, curly weave from the beauty supply store? (Did anybody tell her that her hair doesn’t match in the front?!) No matter how chic she starts off, she always gets it wrong. Sham.
What do you think, Glamazons? Glam or a Sham?

Glam or a Sham: Rihanna’s GQ Cover


Hey Glamazons!

Rihanna’s racy reign continues with her latest magazine cover and spread in January’s GQ to promote her amazing new album Rated R. In a pair of leather hot pants, a bodysuit with a deep V and a suggestively cropped white sweater, Rihanna serves up lots of edge and sex-soaked attitude for the cameras.

Though I’ve blogged about how Rihanna’s skimpy outfits can be seen as over-the-top, the GQ cover may be a different story. Hear me out. It’s a Men’s magazine, widely recognized for it’s sexy covers—one of which featured Jennifer Aniston in a tie…and nothing else.

Still, I’m sure an onslaught of criticism awaits Rihanna for her new, provocative spread.



What do you think, Glamazons? Glam or a Sham?

Kisses,

Coutura