Thursday, July 30, 2009

The Daily Tea: Pace Yourself

"There's no time to hurry, yet no time to lose."
-Bessie Copage

Pace yourself. It's very tempting to look around and pattern one's life after others. Maybe a friend just got married, got a new job, and bought a new home. Do you feel like you should be doing more? Until you breathe your last breath, there is still time. Everyone moves at their own pace. Find the path that's most appropriate for you, even if it doesn't match those around you. As long as you aren't sitting stationery, you are there is movement in your life. Make sure that movement is forward, but don't rush it. The race isn't given to the swift.

Let's Play a LoveGame

Lady Gaga
Japanese Aera Magazine

Get Some Soul: Live Music

Once you get to a certain age, things start to happen. Your tastes start to change and you settle down a bit. Even at a young age, one should learn to appreciate the art of live music. It has become one of my obsessions lately.
My life has been saturated with it. Hip-Hop funk at Café Ole, Salsa at Rumba Room, Blues at Ground Zero, Jazz at Mollie Fontaine's, 80s Rock at Young Ave Deli, etc.
I had to catch myself when I heard Al Green's Love and Happiness and threw up my arms in excitement. Am I forty? No. However, live music is one of the greatest joys in life. Even with pop music, an artist live in concert is better than anything a DJ could give you.
Take some time and visit a local jazz club. Ditch the shot of Patron and grab a glass of wine.
Or grab a plastic cup and listen to the sounds of live hip-hop.
Get your grown and sexy on. :)
You'll never need Soulja Boy again.



Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Track & Field

Model Peter Noad
Fantastics Mag
Represented by Adam Models New York
[source]

Music Painting

The Daily Tea: Nothing's Impossible

"Those who say it can't be done
are usually interrupted by others doing it."
James A. Baldwin, Writer

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What's the best revenge? Success.
There are many people who may offer discouraging words, even with good intentions.
It's up to you to live up to your potential and to prove them wrong who don't possess belief in you.

Conversation French 101

Model Cesar Casier
L'Optimum
French Menswear Magazine
Photos: Milan Vukmirovic

Murderess Row

Gucci Ad Campaign
FW 09/10
Models Anja Rubik, Natasha Poly, Raquel Zimmermann, Myf Shepherd, Gerhard Freidl
Styling: Emanuelle Alt
Photos: Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin
Make Up Artist: Tom Pecheux

[source]

Song playing in my head: Amerie I Just Died

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

My Mixtapes: Your Fashion Soundtrack


I'm a sucker for mixtapes and compilations, so I gathered the songs that made me think most about fashion. They are either about fashionistas or a specific article of clothing.
I hope you enjoy. Crank it up, and put the bass in your walk.

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I don't claim to own any copyright of any of the music or the cover photo [taken from an H&M spread featuring model Coco Rocha]. I did create the cover art using the photo, but of course the photography isn't my own. Posting of the music is purely for promotional purposes. Please support the artists and buy their albums.

Native Son

Model Zack Clark
Photos: Joseph Bleu

Monday, July 27, 2009

Pharrell for Spread ArtCulture

Musician Pharrell Williams
for Spread ArtCulture

Boykin Speaks Out

The Daily Voice Editor
Keith Boykin
speaks about Obama's remarks
about the arrest of Henry Gates.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Real Time, Real Talk

Real Time with
Bill Maher

New Rules July 24, 2009

Tight Ends

VIBE Magazine
Editorial: Angels in the End Zone
NFL Athletes
Osi Umenyiora, Darren Sharper, Will Demps, Kerry Rhodes, Devin Thomas, Dwight Freeney
Singers Chrisette Michele, Melanie Fiona, LeToya Luckett, Adrienne Bailon, Teairra Mari
Styling: Memsor Kamaraké
Photos: Ben Watts

Vibe Magazine pays tribute to the canceled CW television show The Game which depicted professional athletes and the dynamic women beside them.
Using R&B starlets and NFL stars, photographer Ben Watts created some tantalizing photos.
VIBE's closing signals the end of an era in urban media. BET is a shell of its former self and without VIBE, there is no major magazine devoted solely to black music and entertainment.
The days when Emil Wilkebin was at the helm of VIBE were the magazine's best, serving up amazing covers, great journalism, and fantastic fashion spreads.
VIBE's exit is bittersweet. It is officially the era of the blog/online magazine. Printed periodicals are becoming endangered species.

Smooth Criminal

Model Ollie Edwards
Editorial: The Man With Nothing To Lose
Magazine: British Palladium
Styling: John Tan
Photos: Minh Ngo
[source]

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Equus

Model Gibril
i-D Magazine
Styling: Mark Mcmahon
Photos: Tom Allen
[source]

Summertime

Dead Prez
Summertime
Director: Tao Ruspoli

Fashion Fair

Jonté
Vanity 6's Makeup


The legendary choreographer behind Beyoncé's Freakum Dress serves up all kind of fierce in this video he made to go along with the 80s song.

I love him.

Ice Cole

Model Daniel Pimentel
Kenneth Cole SS09
Photos: Norbert Schoerner