Carmen Solomons is officially the face of anything we’re selling.
Relatively new to the model scene, we’ve uncovered competing stats about the South African girl of our moment – Carmen Solomons. She could be as young as 16 or as old as 22 according to some. And as far as we know she is she’s anywhere between 5’6″ and 5’9″ – short for a model regardless. We’re hoping she’s as tall as possible because she’s quite the vision and we want her to work. In our opinion, she could be the next Kate Moss or Irina Lazareanu runway anomaly. Highly versatile, she could do anything really … we think she’s the right look for a Victoria Secret’s Pink campaign but we hope she will walk some runways. Her beauty, however unusual or exotic, simply can not be ignored. First signed to Boss Models but now also represented by Storm Model Management, and Why Not … we know major recognition is just a matter of time.
Who knew? … the 23rd day turned out to be one sunnier than New Yorkers have seen in many months. The wind carressed the soul rather than blow it away and a store grows in SoHo – where empty storefronts have visually darkened an already economically depressed retail landscape. I attempted to work – that counts. But, bit the dust three hours later and as such I am posting from underneath my favorite blanket propped up by seven pillows in my candle-lit bedroom. Depression ambience, I know. Sue me. I’m about to roll over and sleep the rest of the day away and it’s only noon.
They say entrance into Topshop is currently involving a two hour wait and a trek two city blocks long – we’ll pass.
Catch you later.
A friend who enjoyed VIP shopping access yesterday evening did report fantastic news however. Yes, the pickings are just as decent as we expected – Duh! Even more, those Emma Cook booties we were swooning after made a confident appearance in gotta-have-the gray and white. You already know that while I couldn’t make it today, i’m not staying away for too long! Gotta scoop those.
Update: The Emma Cooks were tragically sold out by closing. I am now boycotting the place. See you when I see you.
Three more days ’til Topshop opens in Soho.
For real this time too; the buzz is intense.
This is one heck of a stimulus plan if I could declare one. The streets are talking. Considering the retail tip-toeing Americans have been doing, we sure are glad the British are coming and promising quite the party.
Gimmicks aplenty and guerilla marketing planned, the Topshop Heartschallenger Vans – clever renditions of the ice-cream trucks iconic to the start of a New York summer – will roll around the city giving out free goodie bags! Get yours!
Topshop plans to report their whereabouts in real time on the official site via GPS tracker and updates on Twitter. Where was this technology when YSL was doing the very same thing? Clearly, Topshop means business.
Here are planned locations for today.
12:20 PM — Van#1 at Columbia (535 W 116th Street, bet Broadway & Amsterdam) Van#2 at Parsons (5th Ave & 13th Street)
2:30 PM — Van#1 Nightingale Bamford School (92nd Street bet. 4th & Madison Aves) Van#2 at Pratt (144 W 14th Street, bet. 6th & 7th Aves)
3:45 PM — Van#1 at The Spence School (22 East 91st Street, bet. 5th and Madison Aves) Van#2 at The Fashion Institute of Technology (27th Street & 7th Ave)
Apparently, a very Gossip Girl set and design students are the focus for the day but they’ll be continuing this promotion until the opening so there will be plenty more opportunities to track them down.
I love watching Bill Maher with the special. We sat to catch up on the last episode and I was a little bit surprised to see comedian Sarah Silverman. I always love the diversity of the panel and she’s a complete riot but never have I ever heard anything too deeply political from her worth remembering. Her voice and cantakerous boyish awkwardness always gets me. She mentioned something interesting and I proceeded to Google an explanation only to be surprised by a side of her you don’t usually see. And wow, what a poser!
Literally. She’s the new face of Band of Outsiders’ female line Boy and quite believably, ‘models’ the sophisticated prepster collection in their latest advertising campaign. Sara honestly looks incredible. We’re definitely not laughing. She follows Michelle Williams and Kirsten Dunst who have previously modeled Boy collections for the brand.
We did the grueling internships before MTV hooked Lauren Conrad up with a stint at Teen Vogue where she rustled through clothing on racks but mainly lamented about boyfriends and sucky best friends. Not reality in the slightest. We were dragging ridiculously heavy garment bags to 62 Grand and delivering hundreds of invitations by hand and on foot before Whitney Port even knew who Kelly Cutrone was. We gave away more than a few Friday nights and would have given up our life … our love is true and unwavering but that’s REAL life. While ‘reality’ these days are filled with ‘Lala Land’ delusions, the truth is the publishing world is dying and you have to donate a vital organ to the cause, know people, or be pigeons-poop-on-me-daily lucky to land an assistant job anywhere. We gave up just last week and have secret plans of skipping town entirely. Especially since we watch publications fold up, stores and brands close and die on a daily basis. It’s depressing. I’ll fill you in soon.
I saw news regarding an upcoming casting in a certain city while perusing apartments on Craigslist. I thought i’d see if more info would surface on the web. I’ve been waiting on the livest ‘The Real World’ season since Hawaii. Get this, I was 14 when I was sneaking to watch then! The last season I paid moderate attention to was Las Vegas, I think. Actually, I remember watching a bit of the Key West season. Anyway, I am highly dissappointed that New York namely my borough of Brooklyn was undermined by the lamest castmates ever. Frankly, they make New York seem boring. That is hard to do. Depressing. I fondly remember the antics between Coral and Mike from the ‘Back to NY’ run. “Real” people – and in this day and age I acknowledge that word is used loosely – do check out information here and try out for the next season. At the very least, live in the dopest house you will probably ever live in your entire life and try out a new city. You know I don’t have any problems with that! I’d just love to know what casting is really like so fill me in if you do it!
to honor their heritage for their 20th birthday, DKNY (the label started in 1989 with a pair of jeans) is collaborating with levi’s for three exclusive denim styles: a skinny, wide-leg, and au courant boyfriend fit. the offering is part of their spring-summer 2009 collection and will sell to the tune of $225 at select premium denim retailers such as neiman marcus and bloomingdales. we love the americana tie-in and are donna Karan and levi’s fans to the fullest but the price is awfully steep. however! the sneaker heels featured on the runways rock for spring, we found them on the site for $130 and I need the white pair in my life!
NY Mag filled us in that Ruffian designers Brian Wolk and Claude Morais will soon be releasing a book titled Ruffian: Inside Out. They’ve got the exclusive preview including pictures! Priced at $20 – a mere stocking stuffer – we intend on adding it to the fashion corner we proposed once upon a time. (Notes to self: Visit Ikea. Make space where this is none. Set ample time to assemble huge pink bookcase.) We’ve barely touched on the label here but Ruffian is truly a personal favorite. We are looking forward to their collection during Fashion Week and will be discussing here. Familiarize yourself immediately.
I keep telling everyone.
Classic funk etiquette; recession style saver #1
Get yourself an unforgettably fly hair style, color, cut. I can’t say how brave you’re feeling.
Big hair right here don’t care.
Find a few pairs of the most dope examples of footwear that ever lived or that you can afford.
Don’t forget confidence.
But it’s that easy.
Seriously, this gal is wearing a brown suede jacket two sizes too big and skinny black jeans and funky wedges, Dries Van Noten mind you, getting snapped by Sarti … and we get it. We’re feeling it too.
Update: Apparently this girl’s name is Arvida and she wears those shoes like every day. She lives in them. The truth is in the blog. We crossed out ‘a few pairs’ above. Feel free to find yourself just one and run their soles down.
Finally, a new Nike Dunk drop that we’re drooling over and it’s not available – not for sale really.
Coraline, a horror novella by the British author Neil Gaiman was made into an animated stop-motion fantasy film and releases in theaters on February 6, 2009. A pair of Coraline Dunks were designed by Nike to promote this upcoming movie. This is the first full length animated film from Nike CEO Phil Knight’s studio and is directed by Henry Selick of The Nightmare Before Christmas fame.
1000 limited edition pairs of these sneakers will be distributed as prizes … the only way to win is to watch the film on Feb 6th … a secret code will appear after the credits. I say IMMEDIATELY use the secret code at the website and find the Nike shoe box in the Coraline bedroom here. Ah! The pressure!
This is a crazy publicity stunt. I can’t wait to see the ridiculous amount of sneakers headsfighting for the front row to see an animated movie. Priceless.
The sneaker is absolutely beautiful though and the movie actually looks pretty promising. I’ll be there too and crossing my fingers the entire time. Sneaker gods bestow your powers on me!
Update: There are already a number of insiders auctioning their prize pairs.
Nylon boasts the first look at Alexander McQueen’s capsule collection for Target and so far, it’s far better than we expected!
I spent two straight hours watching the inaugural events while at work today. The company installed two 60″ wide screen plasmas recently and while many criticized their practicality, they proved themselves quite useful for the event. Personally, I believe that The Inauguration should be determined a national holiday. Work and school should be closed for the day. Let’s just consider the millions that made it to DC and out on the national mall today. No one should be denied the experience of watching such an important part of history occur neither should they have to sacrifice pay or a sick day to do it. I have a handful of bitter friends that missed it. I recorded it on DVR just in case but it felt so good witnessing it in real time. The mood was unlike anything i’ve ever experienced and the entire thing brough tears to my eyes. I still can’t believe this day has come.
On a lighter note,
Were you all waiting, holding your breath waiting for our new first lady’s stylish frocks to make their appearances?
I know I was.
Michelle Obama was wearing a buttery yellow dress and matching coat and though it’s an unusual color for a wintry D.C. January, you know how we feel about all shades of yellow. The dress is reportedly an Isabel Toledo creation and completely handmade. Toledo is an inspired choice, not a well known name and we enjoy that fact. Michelle is so individual and sophisticated! The shoes are Jimmy Choo’s ‘Glacier’ pumps in an unexpected hue. We love pops of color. The entire look is charmingly retro, classic, and totally appropriate. We love the sequined glittery touch for daytime. This woman always pleasantly surprises us. We believe you here at FE Michelle. We really really do. Michelle’s gloves were J. Crew and apparently won’t be available for purchase until Fall ’09.
On Huffington Post, Bonnie Fuller asks “the experts” and here’s what some of them have to say:
“I think she is a very independent woman who can carry off wearing something new as long as it’s colorful. She may start a trend bringing color to the forefront! Color itself is adventurous, and she IS supporting American Design!!!” – Tommy Hilfiger, designer
“I liked it-they looked like normal people getting dressed up. Michelle never looks like a Stepford Wife. I liked the daytime sparkle – it was a sparkly occasion. Everyone was laughing and happy. She was uplifting in a good mood celebratory way.” – Patricia Fields, stylist
“The Isabel Toledo suit that Michelle Obama wore was the color of a ray of sunshine — an apt metaphor for the brand-new day we have been waiting for. And I love the fact that Isabel lined it in pashmina to keep her warm. It just goes to show that style can go hand-in-hand with intelligence and innovation.” – Glenda Bailey, editor-in-chief at Harper’s Bazaar
Malia and Sasha were adorable and modest in Crewcuts by J.Crew, the brand’s kids’ line.
A J.Crew press release presumptuously stated:
Malia featured a deep periwinkle blue coat, while her equally chic sister wore a deep coral dress under her sweet guava coat, vivid orange scarf and glove set, each tied with a velvet ribbon belt around the waist.
We loved everything about their appearance here and I’ve personally always felt that i’d dress my own future kids in head-to-toe Crewcuts after viewing their introduction catalog at my mom’s home a while ago Their stuff is disgustingly cute and quintessentially classic. We would have passed on the red tights on Sasha and used a more neutral color like ivory cableknit leggings to pull it all together but we have noticed that Sasha has a lot of personality and i’m sure the colors really symbolize her spunk. We want her coat for ourselves!
the cut put us on first.
and, we had to keep diggin’. we found the goods but weren’t motivated to comment until MTV baited us. I’m indulging in my guiltiest pleasure right now; another ridiculous episode of Daddy’s Girls. It starts as Jess accompanies Angela on another shopping excursion at the neighborhood Intermix. We’re not mad at you Ang; if you got it, flaunt it. She excuses herself on the pretense that they can call it market research.
That presumption tickled us because perhaps they ought to have done some REAL market research or they wouldn’t have found themselves in this mess.
Truth be told, I’m neither a fan of Pastry nor Johnny Cupcakes but it’s relatively easy to find out about either brand. Any one who maintains an ear to the streetwear market a la Hypebeast would have read about the Johnny’s colorful designs that have stirred a lot of interest particularly in Los Angeles (the sister’s new stomping grounds) as there is a free standing store on Melrose.
Well, we hurt our discerning eyes following this and we think Johnny definitely has an argument here. One shirt is an obvious knock-off and the others bear an unsettling likeness. I think these girls have a serious issue at hand and they better fire their designer because I think it’s pretty safe to say they don’t design this stuff themselves. We haven’t even seen them work on anything related to the business since the series on MTV started. I like the girls though and totally believe they had an authentic creative idea when they started with the sneakers. Maybe they just aren’t ready for this wide expansion into apparel and accessories. One step at a time, ladies.
ad campaign photoshoot
disclaimer: my digital camera is quite mediocre
can you guess what company I work for?
I see you. My eyebrows raise at any inch of brown skin I notice perusing through editorials or ad campaigns. I can usually bet on an appearance by Chanel or Jourdan. Oh, let me not forget that Sessilee is running a mean modeling career as of late. Yet there a is a light sprinkle of newcomers everywhere and this girl – though she favors Arlenis and I had to take a longer look before I realized that she wasnt – is no exception. Ariel Meredith isn’t truly new to the industry. She’s been around and gracing catwalks here and there for years but is enjoying a bit more buzz as models of color have risen to slightly greater recognition. During Spring-Summer 09 runway presentations last September, Ariel walked at Nicole Miller, Baby Phat, Milly, and Vera Wang to name a few and I now recall her from TRACE Magazine’s last “Black Girls Rule” issue. Her story doesn’t lack the up’s and down’s that we would expect. She took a year off from modeling to work on her body. As a size 5 during her teen-aged high school years, she was advised that she was overweight by industry standards and found that she could not find work.
We love her response in her Q&A wit TRACE. Why does she rule?
” … because I’m me – fun! Fierce! Independent! (laid back at times) Strong Black Woman… Stays positive… Stays grounded… Good attitude… THE SKY IS THE LIMIT!”
Aside from watching Gossip Girl faithfully, Law and Order (though I’ve seen every episode at this point) and home design series on HGTV are the rare occasions I turn on the television. Every now and then I hear something funny, an outfit catches my eye, a commercial is particularly witty … or a show premieres that lends itself to inspiration, scrutiny, and a blog post or few. I also often find myself flipping to superficially meaningless absurd shows that I’m really too good for merely for shock value. Maury is definitely my guiltiest pleasure.
Sundays seem excruciatingly worse than every other day. Attention out there media planners, television execs and the like. Sundays are an absolutely underrated treasure. The average American is just waiting to be lured by entertainment. Give us something! I’ve been begrudgingly watching The Run’s House marathon for three hours now and I just get a bit of kick out of it because they are probably the only small screen family to ever do the reality thing that I can actually identify with and it’s their antics at home that prove that they are down-to-earth.
The two sisters – Angela and Vanessa Simmons – are hosting the marathon which stuck out to me as they are usually my favorite personalities on the show; their youngest brother Russy is a very close competitor. The sisters’ love-hate relationship is fun and endearing. My siblings and I are very different and love each other to death but often bicker and haze each other when our opinions clash or just for a good laugh. Angela often steals the show with her outspoken, go-getter, rebel instincts and fashion background, she’s a fellow FIT alumnus and has ever-changing personal style. And if you’ve paid attention even a little bit over the past seasons, the two sisters have literally grown up on screen starting and still running to date, a successful sneaker/street wear line called Pastry. It’s easy to understand how they’ve landed their own spinoff MTV show, Daddy’s Girls, (check out the trailer!) that will follow them as they re-locate together to Los Angeles and try to find their way on their own.
Daddy’s Girls premieres January 5th at 10:30 PM.
What do you say? Me, You, and your Chloe glasses
Go somewhere private where we can discuss fashion
Like Prada blouse, Gucci bra
Filth Mart jeans, Take that off !
Give it to Me …
“I Just Wanna Love You” Jay Z
I heard this song yesterday.
It always reminds me of freshman year of high school.
I still know that Drill Team dance routine by heart.
Speaking of designer glasses … Four Eyes, I am; I adore a great pair of spectacles.
Anyway, I frequent Go Optic and I’m stalking my next prize. I need fab fresh frames. I got a gift certificate to Cohen’s that will cover the lenses. (Thanks Lori!) I’m stuck between the following two. Help!
I was considering submitting this experience on Overheard but it takes forever for them to pick and choose. Or so it seems … our friend Rob said he was shocked when after nearly five months he was e-mailed that his had been chosen. So instead you, our loyal readers, get first dibs on my recount of a hilarious great conversation between two men dishing about life like schoolgirls on the Long Island Railroad.
Man #1: New girlfriend?
Man#2: Yes, and she’s the hottest one naked to date. She’s the one.
Man #1: She’s 23, you said?
Man#2 (at the very least 30): Perfect age. She asks me for advice all the time. I help her make decisions. I’m the man. She wants to know what like. She tries it; she likes it. She thinks i’m smart as fuck. Older women aim to prove that they don’t need you; they want to be in control. The only thing they ask me for for is money and gifts. They always think they’re the smarter ones.
Man #1: They are smarter. I need a woman our age, older even.
Even though I was too impatient, Overheard is def Funk Etiquette recommended. I check it out at least once weekly. Check these picks from today’s goodies.
this one is a little less than politically correct but I don’t have a problem with that.
Except for Tuesdays, When I’m Half Navajo.
Mom: Why don’t you want to go to that high school?
White daughter: Because there are too many black people.
Mom: I thought you were black…
White daughter: Yeah, I used to be black by association, but now I’m Puerto Rican.
— Penn Station
“BROOKLYN, WE GO HARD”
I haven’t had an anthem in quite a while and this track is definitely doing it for me. Not because I was born and raised in Brooklyn, which I was. Nor is it because I love Jay Z and every now then throw up the Roc, which I do. It’s moreso because i’m on a serious hustle right now and as such, I go hard at all times. It’s nice to blast a little motivation during my morning shower.
I can’t say I know much about the Brooklyn Jay-Z describes save for a short stint living on Marcy Avenue when I was too young to remember . Oh, George’s giant speakers, late night reggae parties next door every night of Summer ’92. Jay I’m more Jamaican than you. Take your beef patty and cut it out with that accent! My current thoughts of Brooklyn include a personal quest to own a dope brownstone in Park Slope or trendy loft space in Williamsburg quite far from my humble beginnings. I’d never gone further than Myrtle Avenue on the ‘L’ until college though I took that train every single day for years. And I have total envy for the culture emerging there. The boys over at It’s The Real wanted to highlight that part of my favorite borough by showing us another side of whose really going hard right now and changing the scene in Brooklyn.
The awkward blond chick is definitely the stand out star of the whole thing.
Since you had to click to see it, here’s another visual treat. Check out the actual video to the track … produced by Evan Roth, who said,
I’ve been turning down client requests to use Typographic Illustration for 5 years in hopes that one day the phone would ring and it would be Hova.
It’s comforting to know that I’m not the only one. I’ve been turning down rappers for even longer than that in hopes that one day the phone would ring and Hov would ask me to star in one of his videos.
Just when I started falling asleep during episodes of the Hills, MTV announces two more ridiculous spinoffs. Bromance … which you can google because we won’t wrap our brains around something so superbly stupid. I’m slightly more moved by the idea of the ‘The City’ starring Whitney Port.
Up until now we’ve appreciated Whitney as Lauren’s single ironically ‘normal’ friend who appeared to inherit her pseudo celeb status through sheer luck after going after an internship at Teen Vogue the normal, unscripted way. We can only speculate that her leggy, near-model stature … amazing blonde hair, and cute looks made good choice for television and that couldn’t have hurt her interview as Teen Vogue already knew they would be taping for televisio. Most interns starts out awkward and slightly ridiculous anyway so whatever works.
Check out the preview here.
As boring as this series looks, i’m giving it to this girl because I wish I had Kelly Cutrone on speed dial.