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Angels In The Big Apple

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I know, I know, I’m slightly late with this post so you’ve probably read all about the 2009 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show that happened this past Thursday night in New York.
But seriously Glamazons, I (Ferocia) have been running on fumes for the past couple of weeks and booked a last second flight back home to chill out and catch my breath for a second. (City life can get pretty harsh sometimes! Not that I’m complaining about it, but it’s good to take a break every now and again.) So, with that said, apologies for not posting earlier, but I was busy packing and jumping on a plane. Now that I’m settled, read on to get my opinion of the show!

You all should know by now about my secret obsession with the Victoria’s Secret Angels and I was fortunate enough to get a ticket to the show (thanks to the lovely AJ from VS Beauty…she seriously rocks my world!) Despite the dreary weather, I headed over to the site super excited! There were several other beauty editors/directors in attendance (including my lovely friends Erica Metzger from Ladies Home Journal; Heather Muir from Seventeen; April Franzino from Good Housekeeping and Leah Wyer from Cosmopolitan.

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(from l to r) Erica, Heather & April

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Leah Wyer (beauty director at Cosmopolitan magazine)

While waiting for the show to begin, I spotted several celebrities walking into my section in search of their seats including Russell Simmons (who brushed right past me!) and fashion designers Zac Posen and Christian Siriano (whom I love, love, love!). Further down across the way I spotted marketing guru Steve Stoute (whom I’ve been secretly obsessed with meeting since I moved to the NY three years ago!), Jay Z (looking dapper in a black suit complete with bow tie; probably in preparation for Diddy’s birthday party which was also happening that night) and Dr. Dre. Singer Keri Hilson looked waltzed in looking atothemazing and actress Michelle Trachtenberg looked pretty, but very pale (ew).

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Jay -Z and Dr. Dre at the VS Show 2009
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Actress Michelle Trachtenberg at the VS Show 2009
It was while waiting for the show to begin that I started to think about last year’s show in Miami and how there was something missing about this year’s show versus last year’s. (I was also fortunate enough to attend the show last year, click here to read all about it!)
This year, there was no electricity in the air; no buzz. Granted, there was plenty of noise due to the mosh pit of teenagers near the stage that (I heard) were specially flown in to dance and yell in the hopes of making the crowd of jaded New Yorkers seem alive on television. Maybe it was the rain outside…or maybe it was the fact that I was extremely tired. I don’t know…there just didn’t seem to be as much excitement this year. I think Miami (or any other tropical city) are the perfect sites for this type of show….I mean, beaches, pools and sunshine go hand in hand with beautiful, half-naked women, wouldn’t you agree?!
The show itself was pretty awesome! This year’s musical guest were The Black Eyed Peas and one look at Fergie’s legs and ass in those fish nets was enough to make me want to start squatting on the spot! (Her and Beyonce’s bodies are my inspiration to hit the gym haha).
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The Black Eyed Peas performing at the VS Show 2009
The first performance was “Boom Boom Boom” (one of my fave work out songs!) and was complete with glowing neon colored-clad background dancers and flashing neon lights. I couldn’t help but to bop along in my seat (that beat is infectious!). I also loved the huge blow-up polka dotted dog that was in the middle of the stage during the PINK section of the show.
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Other than the Black Eyed Peas’ musical performances, the surprise of seeing Heidi Klum walking (she just popped out a baby! granted she wasn’t as naked as she usually is presumably because she’s still on a hardcore workout regime to get tight again, but she still looked gorge!) and the fact that I got to hang out again with my beauty editor friends, I didn’t really find anything else too intriguing about the show.
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VS Angel Heidi Klum works the stage at the VS Show 2009!

Chanel Iman looked cute (as usual) and Sesilee Lopez looked fierce in those green thigh high boots and matching lingerie set (I’d kill for a stomach like hers!). I was excited to see Liu Wen walk in the show..she’s the first Asian model to do so and I hope that the VS brand continues to keep adding a more diverse roster of models to the show roster.
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Chanel Iman shows off her ‘ass’ets at the VS Show 2009.
Missing VS Angels this year were Karolina Kurkova (who just had a baby) and Adriana Lima (who’s still pregnant).
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VS Angel Alessandra Ambrosio gives a new definition to the “hot” in hot pink during the VS Show 2009!

I did manage to snap a couple of pics on my camera phone (shhh! We weren’t supposed to take any pics during the show haha)

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Pretty pink and green scene from the VS Show 2009
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All of the models came out at the end of the show.
Did anyone else attend this year’s show? If so, what did you think? Let us know.
And don’t forget to watch the show when it airs on CBS Thursday, Dec. 1 at 10/9 central!
xo
Ferocia

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.