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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

Would you wear…A Fanny Pack?


Hey Glamazons!

There are a few phenomenons in fashion that will always be controversial. The fanny-pack, belt bag, hip-sack or man bag is one of them.

Admittedly, I did wear a Louis Vuitton fanny pack way back in my high-school, logo-friendly days. NOT a complete fashion faux paux, but I, seriously, wouldn’t be caught dead in that get-up again. However, as of late, I’ve seen celebrities, including Rihanna, rocking the fanny pack like it’s a studded Rebecca Minkoff bag. And it appeared on the runways in the Louis Vuitton show in a sleek, sexy leather style that was tres chic.

Traditionally, fanny packs have been regarded as the opposite. They are usually associated with the tourist who is simultaneously juggling her camera, passport and map while annoyingly asking for directions and buying silly souvenirs she’s never going to use. As the very nature of sightseeing calls for casualwear, she is far from fashionable.
By pairing her fanny pack with a fab H&M knitted dress, worker boots and shades, Rihanna has turned this stereotype on it’s head…or has she? And nothing was sexier than Carrie from SATC’s fanny pack with her cropped top and fitted skirt.
What’s your verdict, Glamazons? Are fanny packs back…and fashion-forward for the first time since the 80’s? Or should we leave that style to the tourists? Would you wear them?


Kisses,
Coutura

Kanye West’s Clothing Line Closes

“Hermes, Pastelle, I pass the dressing…” Remember that line? Kanye West spit that memorable verse on T.I.’s “Swagger Like Us” in anticipation of his clothing company, Pastelle. Months later, his swagger is still intact (barely); however, his clothing line has taken a turn for the worse.
Yes, the bad news keeps coming for Kanye West, who notoriously interrupted Taylor Swift’s moment to shine at the 2009 MTV VMA awards—and then shrugged off his offense against pop lovers and little teenage girls everywhere (btw, I got to see it in person from the stage pit; it was like watching a train wreck). Now as Taylor is beginning a stint hosting SNL, West is dropping out of his highly-anticipated Fame tour with Lady Gaga (who is, btw, clearly Glamazon of the Year) and closing the door on his highly-anticipated fashion line, Pastelle.
While Kanye West’s flair for the dramatic and taste in women (the trend-setting Amber Rose and the lovely Ghita designer Alexis Phifer) certainly lends itself toward a career in fashion, the history behind his clothing line reads like…well, another train wreck. See below:
Pastelle was launching in Spring 2006, but Kanye couldn’t find suitable business partners. Pastelle was coordinating with Ksubi (Australian fashion label) on an eyewear line, but nothing was ever produced. Pastelle was launching a clothing store in Chicago in 2009, but the franchise never opened.
Well, we’ll always have scenes from his video “Good Life” (where the clothes were featured) and these pictures below…




Sound off: would you have bought clothes from Pastelle? Are you sad to see it go (before it even started)? What’s the deal with Kanye? Why does bad news seem to follow him?
Kisses,
Coutura

Men’s Fall Trends! Cardigan Classics

The sexy new menswear staple for Fall? V-neck knit cardigans.
Sleek, comfortable and warm, cardigans will be your go-to knitwear piece as the weather gets colder. And believe me, it’s worth the investment. (Plus I secretly love how it falls over the shoulders and back. Hot!) Why, you ask?
(1) It’s as flattering as it is versatile. A cardigan looks as brilliant layered over a dress shirt and tie as it does with a white tee and jeans.
Kanye’s white tee, chain and jeans bring a casual vibe to his cardigan.
Layered over a dress shirt and tie, David Beckham’s cardigan has a preppy, polished appeal.
(2) It gives your summer clothes leverage. You can layer a cardigan over your beloved polos, short-sleeve tees and dress shirts and wear them long into the Fall season.
Pharrell gets more wear out of his white polo shirt by wearing a cable-knit cardigan on top.
See how other stylish celebs rocked the look below, plus scroll all the way down for affordable options from some of your favorite brands.
But beware: this is NOT your grandfather’s cardigan. Bold colors and contrast lining give it a fresh, updated feel.

Kisses,
Coutura

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

Would You Wear…?

…Beyonce’s gold-tassled shades?

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As soon as I saw them, Ye’s comments about Rihanna being the best thing to happen to Beyonce this year came to mind. Remember that?

If not, here are his words of wisdom, according to The Hip Hop Chronicle:

‘This is a wakeup call … people in music get comfortable … Rappers get comfortable’.
Kanye said this was the case with Beyonce.
‘Rihanna was the best thing to happen to Beyonce’, referring to Rihanna’s rise to stardom suggesting Beyonce had to set the musical bar higher.”

Well, maybe his fashion sense, specifically his Alain Mikli, 80’s inspired shutter shades, was a source of inspiration to Beyonce as well.

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Queen B was photographed over the weekend in the sexiest, metallic tasseled sunglasses, allegedly filming a video for her soon-to-be hit “Diva,” (sidenote: how much do you LOVE that song?!).

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I’m all for the shades, and glam rock attitude, but umm…can you see?

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I won’t wear anything that has me crashing into doors and street signs, while sashaying feroshly down the street. But I have to admit…they’re Glamazon fierce.

Would you wear them?

Kisses,

Coutura

Let’s Hear It For The Boys! Part Two

Next up? The MOST SWAGGERFUL award goes to none other than Mr. West. He’s cocky, confident and any grown man that walks around with bookbags and teddy bears doesn’t care what you think about him…and isn’t that what we find so appealing? In an era where individuality often meets criticism and scrutiny, West’s one-of-a-kind, over-the-top style is edgy, brash and unapologetic…and we love him for it.  
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Label love…The Louis-Vuitton Don in all his signature metallic glory

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From the dashing black, white and red suit he wore to the VMA’s to the Cornel West meets Urkel meets Diddy look at the Thakoon show, it’s clear Kanye loves Fashion. And no matter what other rappers say (I’m talking to you Sigel!), he’s not afraid to show it (on his scalp, see below). 
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Strange, maybe even crazy, but you have to respect his boldness! Wonder what Karl Lagerfeld had to say…

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Smart and sharp at the Thakoon show.

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And it doesn’t hurt to have designing beauty, Alexis Phifer, on his arm either (btw, I think Ghita is adorable). Now if only we’d get a preview of that Pastel line Ye keeps talking about…
Runner-Ups:
T.I. for his extraordinary swag, but T.I.P.’s gotta go…
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Jay-Z…so tall and lanky, his suit should thank him! But in the words of my friend Jey, you CAN wear skinny jeans because your debit card fits…
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More awards (and sexy pics) on the way…
Kisses,
Coutura
Photos: NYMag.com.