Monday, 29 November 2010

I Heart Fashion (Video): Swizz Beatz Walks Tall In His New Trainer Collection

Following the announment of his new trainer collaboration with Reebok,  the team at Sneaker Watch sat with producer Swizz Beatz to talk about his latest venture with the brand.

I'll be the first to admit that I'm by no means a trainer expert, but Swizz' new collection doesn't look half bad from where I'm sitting.

Source: Rap Radar

I Heart Fashion: Argento Welcomes First London Store

Belfast based jewellery retailer, Argento have decided to spread some lucky Irish charm with the  launch of their first London store, located in the ubber chic Brunswick  Centre. 

The store currently stocks popular jewellery lines including Pandora, Thomas Sabo, Hot Diamond and Argento's very own in house brands. Prices range from £5 to £500, so there's no excuse for rubbish Christmas presents this year.

Just  a few of my favourites...
Pandora Vegas Baby Gold Clasped Bracelet-£459.00

Thomas Black Sabo Black Drop Earrings-£64.95

Hot Diamond Pave Leaf Ring-£65.00

Thank you, please!

I Heart Music (Video): Sizzla Kalonji " Keeps The Fire Burning"|| Interview

Blacka P of the popular underground community radio station, Vibes FM caught up with reggae artist Sizzla Kalonji for an exclusive interview  at his home in Judgement yard, whilst on vacation in Jamaica last week. 

Sizzla 'reasoned'  on a range of topics including the music industry on the island, his influences, and keeping the "fire burning" on his music career. Kalonji also speaks candidly on his love for Africa and shares his view on the world as he sees it.

This is the first video interview from Blacka P and the Vibes FM family and I'm loving the direction the radio station is heading. I hope this is the first of many to come!

Saturday, 27 November 2010

I Heart Fashion: Yves Saint Laurent To Release Documentary

Emulating the likes of legendary Italian fashion designer Valentino with the release of his fly on the wall styled documentary- 'The Last Emperor' earlier this year; Yves Saint Laurent will join suit with their forthcoming documentary, scheduled to be release next year.
Note to the 21st century fashion designer, if you don't  have a documentary in the pipeline, I suggest you walk away from the sewing machine.

Thursday, 25 November 2010

I Heart Music (News): Common To Host Annual National Tree Lighting Ceremony

Common will be joining in on the festivities this year, acting as host of the 87th yearly National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony in Washington D.C. The Chi-Town rapper will be among many musicians who are also scheduled to appear including iconic blues singer BB King, singer songwriter Jim James and Maroon 5.

The National Parks services, the organization behind the ceremony, help to preserve the natural and cultural resources of over 350 Nation Parks for the fulfilment and inspiration of the US public. If only we had a similar project here in London with the same quality of performers. one can only live in hope...

I Heart Fashion: What's Your Fashion Identity?

Art work by Mella Jaarsma

Analysing the similarity between how we dress and how we feel, GSK Contemporary-Aware Identity exhibition, at the Royal Academy is a rare opportunity for fashion lovers to explore how  fashion is used as a tool to project ones personality. 
Work from the likes of Grayson Perry and Mella Jaarsma will be present at the exhibition as well as a flurry of fashionista's, I'm sure.

I bet now you'll think twice about you wear before you leave the house!

The exhibition will be showing from the 3rd December-30th January and tickets are priced at £7

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

I Heart Music (News): Kanye West Interviews Rihanna

It looks as though Kanye West is becoming a jack of all trades, with music and film now under his belt, his most recent venture into journalism seems to be the latest addition to his body of work.

Interviewing label buddy Rihanna for the latest issue of Interview Magazine, the rapper asks Rih Rih a few unconventional questions we all secretly want to know the answers to.

Kanye: How does it feel to know you could have any man in the world? Or Woman. How does it feel to know that you can turn straight women gay?
Rih Rih: Is that a real question?
Rih Rih: Well thank you. I don't know how to feel about that (laughs) I guess that's flattering.
Kanye: But just to have that level of power. No one woman should have all that power.

Loving the slight pun at the end of the interview Mr West, very cheeky of you!

Source: DJ Semtex

I Heart Fashion (News): Lagerfeld Takes On Macy's

The demand for high street brands to collaborate with elite fashion designers, seems to be coming in thick and fast.
Returning to the latest fashion phenomenon, Karl Lagerfeld, who has already collaborated with H&M, is now working on creating a new collection with Macy's. The fashion icon will launch the line in 250 Macy's stores-as well as online-in September.

If the recent mayhem that took place in Regent Street for the launch of  the H&M and Lanvin collection, is anything to go by-we can expect more scenes of fashion pandemonium ahead.

I know where I'll be in September!

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

I Heart Music (Video): Tank 'Emergency'

I haven't heard anything from Tank in a while, which is why his new single 'Emergency' was a  welcomed surprise. 'Emergency' is the second single from his up and coming fourth album-'Now Or Never', which will be released on December 14th.

Listen,breathe and fuel your Tank.

I Heart Music (Video): Curren$y-Talking Fly Episode 1&2

Creative Control are on a roll this week, what with the release of Curren$y's new album 'Pilot Talk 2' which dropped yesterday (I highly recommend you get the album)  and now the team have captured a series of web interviews-where Curren$y alongside Shaheem Reid commentate on the album process.

Series 1.

Talking Fly Episode #1 from Creative Control on Vimeo.

Series 2.

TALKING FLY EPISODE #2 from Creative Control on Vimeo.

It's always great to gain insight to the process of an album, especially when it's a banger!

Listen, breathe and learn.

Monday, 22 November 2010

I Heart Music (Audio): Jazmine Sullivan 'Don't Make Me Wait'

Although this track has been floating on the web for a few days now, admittedly I have only just pressed play (don't judge me). Paying Tribute to the one and only Prince, 'Don't Make Me Wait' is possibly my favourite track from her nearing album 'Love Me Back', that I've heard thus far. Sullivan's voice is quite literally beyond and as for the sentiment behind the song-preach!

Girl power at its finest. You know what to do.

Don't Make Me Wait

I Heart Music (News): Kanye West Covers The Latest Issue Of Complex Magazine

Sexy. That's all.

Kanye's album 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy'drops today-to not purchase is to sin.

Read the full interview  here.

I Heart Fashion: Naomi Campbell Models For Her Beau

Naomi Campbell could wear a black plastic bag whilst riding a bike around Streatham Common and still look fiercely gorgeous. Luckily for the supermodel, she looks just as beautiful modelling luxury apartments in Moscow for her millionaire boyfriend Vladimir Dorinin. Appearing in the commercial, Naomi proves she can sell just about anything and if that still doesn't convince you-the model even did an advert back in 2007 for Dunkin Dougnuts.

Sex sells but by the look of things, so does Naomi Campbell.

Envy with caution!

2007 Dunkin Dougnuts Ad

I Heart Fashion: The Magnificent 7

The awesome twosome fashion designers , Alice Shreeve and Hannah Coniam-co-owners of Belle and Bunty have introduced a new concept to their collection of designs: The Magnificent 7.

As explained by the duo to the lovely people at ..

"The Magnificent 7 brings together seven classic maxi dresses exhibiting our signature style, each with their own personality," Shreeve explains. "We have handcrafted the collection in light and luxurious silks in our characteristic muted shades of silver, buttermilk, fawn and dusty peach which mingle with more decadent tones of emerald, claret, iris and teal."

Click here to view the full collection.

Friday, 19 November 2010

I Heart Fashion: Acne Teams Up With New Artists

Yesterday Swedish label Acne announced they've enlisted the help from a group of emerging artists to design a range of T-shirts for the brand.

 The  T-shirts are a part of  Acne's latest White/Art T-shirt project, an idea formulated alongside model and fashion editor Laura Burlington. All proceeds from the project will go towards funding the artists Monographs.

Source: Who's Jack

I Heart Music (Video): Diggy Freestyles Over Mobb Deep's 'Shook Ones'

Young Diggy Freestyles over a Hip hop classic, Mobb Deep's 'Shook Ones' and as usual he has done himself proud.

You know what to do.

If Diggy  shows this much potential in the early stages of his music career, one can only but imagine the level of success that awaits him.

Listen, breathe and visualise Queen's Bridge.

Source: Pinboard Blog

Out And About (News): Faith Evans And SWV To Perform In The UK

Faith Evans and 90's R&B  super group, SWV are set to perform a host of shows in London and Manchester.

The UK tour will commence in London on the 5th December and the 8th December.
As an ardent fan of 90's R&B, I can't think of any other female band that best represents such a great era of music. As for Faith, she has been my girl from day one and I still contend that she is perhaps one the most underrated singers to date-her 'Faithfully' album is on constant Sunday afternoon rotation in my house hold.

Can't wait for the show!

Click here for tickets.

Source: Mad News Biz

Thursday, 18 November 2010

I Heart Music (Video): Q-Tip uStream Interview With XXL

Q-Tip sat with the XXL entourage for a lengthy chat for their weekly uStream show, Spotlight. They touched on a range on topics including a certain Mr Consequence's nearing album Cons TV which Tip produced and working alongside Kanye West.

I love me some Q-Tip!
Source: SoulCulture

I Heart Music (Video): CyHi Da Prynce 'Living Wonderful'

Kanye West's G.O.O.D Music affiliate and latest signee, CyHi Da Prynce is 'Living Wonderful'.

Directed by Decatur Dan, the video for me is a little uninspiring (cue the video chicks, the Moet and the occasional bling bling) but I suppose it gets the point across. That aside, I'm actually feeling this track.

You know what to do.

Cyhi Da Prynce - Living Wonderful from Decatur Dan on Vimeo.

Listen, breathe and pop champagne.

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

I Heart Fashion: Google Fashion

Today Google launched its first Fashion House. allows celebrities and average Joe's alike to indulge in a little virtual boutique shopping. A web giant dipping its toe in the fashion world?  'Who'da thunk it!'

I'm not sure how I feel about Google's newest venture, some how the idea doesn't sit very well with me...

Out And About (Event): The Foreign Exchange To Perform At Cargo January 6th

I kid you not when I say, I literally leaped out of my seat upon receiving this piece of news.
The Foreign Exchange will be performing here at London's Cargo on the 6th January with a live band, courtesy of SoulBEAUTIFUL Inc. Tickets are priced at £13.50.

Be there or be nowhere, That's all.

Just a little something for old times sake..

Source: Pinboardblog

I Heart Music (Video): Adele Performs "Someone Like You" Live On Later...With Jools Holland

Adele performed a spell binding performance of "Someone Like You' on the BBC's Later...With Jools Holland last night.

Forget the so-called "Nation's sweet heart", this is what you call British talent.

You know what to do.

"Someone Like You" is taken from Adele's forthcoming album 21.

I Heart Music (Video): Beyonce's 'I... Am World Tour ' For ABC's Thanksgiving Special

In honour of my alter ego, Chanel feisty, one felt obliged to post this. Queen Bey will be treating her fans to a Thanksgiving special with the ABC edition of her 'I Am.. World Tour which airs on November 25th.

You know what to do. Press play.

I can't wait for this to hit the Internet, I shall be glued to my screen.

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

I Heart Fashion: Tom Ford Reveals First Women's Wear Collection

Tom Ford revealed his first name sake collection to the public for the first time yesterday (15th November). After keeping his beloved collection away from the public eye since New York fashion week, Tom has chosen to  showcase the new line in its entirety in next months issue of  Vogue.

Paying homage to 'the way things were' Tom Ford wanted to keep his latest work away from the Internet and instead chose a handful of elite fashion editors to view his retro-Seventies inspired women's collection.

Tom always seems to infuse charisma and eclectic vision to classic designs and above everything else, his new collection has most certainly lived up to its hype.

Monday, 15 November 2010

I Heart Music (News): Jazmine Sullivan Set To Win Rising Star Award At Billboard Women In Music Award

According to reports, singer/ songwriter Jazmine Sullivan will be badged with the Rising Star Award at the 2010 Billboard Women In Music Event on December 2nd in New York. The Grammy award winning songstress has already enjoyed great success with her break through 2008 album 'Fearless' and it looks as though her forthcoming Sophomore album, 'Love Me Back' isn't far behind.

The prestigious award honours artists that have achieved a level of success and have shown rapid potential at the onset of their career and Jazmine definitely fits the bill as her first single 'Need U Bad', reached no.1 on  Billboard's Hot R&B and Hip hop songs. 

Sullivan  will also be joining the likes of Lady Gaga who has also received the award and will no doubt continue to impress the music world with her talent.

I have the unforgettable experience of interviewing Jazmine a few years ago just before her  first London show at the Jazz Cafe, so congratulations are definitely in order!

Sunday, 14 November 2010

I Heart Music (News): Jay Electronica Joins Roc Nation Family Tree

It was announced on Friday during Jay Z's secret event held at The Box NYC, that New Orleans Rapper, Jay Electronica is now the latest signee to Roc Nation.

Check out some footage of the event below.

Speaking of Jay Electronica..

Apparently Diddy wasn't best pleased with Jay's decision to sign with Roc Nation and took to twitter to vent his disappointment: 

Moments later the following tweet was posted by Erykah Badu ( Mother of JE's daughter):

It hasn't been confirmed whether the above tweets were in relation to Electronica's recent signing but if they were, Diddy is clearly quite cut up about it.

More importantly, does this mean we'll finally get an album, from JE?

Source: Rap Radar

I Heart Music (News): Russell Pens Open Letter To Kanye West

Kanye West is no stranger to harsh criticism and media scrutiny. However; Russell Simmons distinctly  highlights why (in his opinion) there is much to be admired about Ye, in his recent open letter to the ChiTown rapper via his Global Grind web site.

I Heart Music (Mixtape): J Cole 'Friday Night Lights'

If Cole's recent collaboration with Drake (see the post below)  is anything to go by, then we're definitely in for a treat.

Download here.

Friday, 12 November 2010

I Heart Fashion: Calvin Klein Goes 3D

Only Calvin Klein can make wearing dark shades indoors look cool with its new release of 3D glasses. Joining Gucci and Oakley in offering a more chic cinematic experience, the 3D shades cost a mere 180 dollar  ( I think that's just over 110 pounds) and are available to buy now.

Is it me or are we currently living in an age of 3D everything?

I Heart Music (Audio): J Cole Ft Drake 'In The Morning'

'In The Morning' featuring Drizzy Drake, is the latest instalment taken off J Coles 'Friday Nights Lights' mixtape. Do yourself a favour, press play, download and press play again. That's all!

In The Morning feat. Drake (Prod. by L&X Music)

'Friday Night Lights' drops in the next few hours, literally. Keep your finger on the pulse.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

I Heart Fashion: Ralph Lauren Release Tartan Leather iPad Case

Introducing the Tartan Leather iPad case by Ralph Lauren. Following in the foot steps of some of the major brands that have already produced fancy dancy accessories/cases for the lonely (it would seem) iPad, the  iconic American brand Ralph Lauren have released an exquisite Tartan Leather iPad case made with rich dark leather, laced with tartan patterns printed on the leather.

Now all I need is an iPad...

Thank you, please!

I Heart Fashion: Cartier Launch New 'Premiere Collection' Eyewear

Sometimes life is best served through rose tinted glasses and though Cartier isn't making any promises, the French luxury brand have produced a new line of eye wear that will at least guarantee super sharp lenses.

The collection Premiere Cartier encapsulates a range of  light weight eye wear for men and women made using the finest materials, inspired by sixties design.

Visit Cartier's official website to view the full collection.

Specsavers, I think you better watch your back!

I Heart Music (News): Kanye West Graces 'Back To The Future Edition' Of I-D Magazine

Kanye West (my secret lover..shh, don't tell anyone!) is doing the media round. Only this time he's showing his i-D.-no, not to verify his age but for the latest issue of I-D Magazine for its 'Back To The Future' edition. Drenched in gold chains, Kanye never fails to add his own spin on things.

Speaking of I-D....
In honour of I-D Magazine's 30th Anniversary, book publisher Taschen  recently created a book that highlights the magazine covers over the last three decades. Originally founded by ex Vogue art director, Terry Jones in 1980, the book pays tribute to the British magazine's dedication to art, music and youth culture. Seen as Ye is on its latest cover, I wonder if he made the cut in time?

Only one way to find out, purchase the book at the Colette online store.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Culture Vulture: Future Beauty-30 Years Of Japanese Fashion

China's economy may have had a recent boost but Japan has long been regarded as the land of forward thinking art and fashion. Therefore Future Beauty -30 Years Of Japanese Fashion at the Barbican, couldn't have arrived at a better time. Gathering the work from Issey Miyake to Tao Kurihara, the exhibition honours the significance  Japanese designers have had on the world since  the 1980's.

Future Beauty-30 Years Of Japanese Fashion will be showing at the Barbican Art Gallery, London from October 15th 2010 to February 6th 2010. 

I Heart Fashion: Lois Lane To The Rescue

In a parallel universe Super Man would be the one to save the world from destruction. However in the world of fashion, Lois Lane Vintage is the commander in chief and Super Man...well I guess the blue spandex will have to take a back seat.

Lois Lane Vintage is a retro-centric online boutique based in Brooklyn with an insatiable appetite for 1940's through to 1980's vintage garments. Amid a sea of online boutiques, what stands out about Lois Lane Vintage is the creative spin the boutique has on its hand picked garments. From added buttons to altered necklines, (all of which are magically transformed in the Lois Lane workshop) bespoke clothing has never before been so tangible to the humble online consumer.

Adore with caution!

The 1970's Ralph Lauren Blazer is mine!

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

I Heart Music (Video): Cee-Lo-'Bright Lights, Bigger City'

Cee-Lo is a class act, in fact his unyielding talent easily catapults him to head of the class. With that said, his new video 'Bright Light, Bigger City' taken off his solo album 'Lady Killer', is a testament to his greatness.

you know what to do.

Listen, breathe and follow the bright light.

I Heart Fashion: Forever21

Another day, another fashion find and today welcomes American fashion label Forever21. Having served the all American fashionista with years of affordable fashion, Forever21 is now planning to set up shop in London's Covent Garden, Oxford Street, Regent Street and Westfield's shopping centre.

Think H&M meets Urban Outfitters and you'll understand why I am beside myself with excitement. The US chain offers everything from  basic T-shirts to glamorous dresses and accessories to match every occasion under the sun, all at bargain prices.

If the hype for Oxford Street's 'Primani' (Primark for those who have been living under a rock for the last five years) is anything to go by, one can only imagine and slightly fear the hullabaloo that awaits this poor city.

Feast your eyes on a few of my favourites..

Monday, 8 November 2010

I Heart Fashion: Louboutin To Expand Shoe Empire

Christian Louboutin will be opening 11 new stores across the glob in 2011, as reported by the Sunday telegraph. The red soled genius , currently owns 29 shoe stores world wide, though I'm sure adding a few more to his empire couldn't do any harm. Not one to be out done, Rolex are also in talks of marking their territory in the extravagant new £1billion London development, One Hyde Park.

It looks like luxury is the theme for Christmas this year.Thank you, please!

I Heart Music (Video): Kanye West Talks Openly At Press Conference

There are numerous reasons why I love Kanye West.  Aside from the fact that he has, quite frankly produced some of the best music in history, he is also one of very few artists that speaks honestly about the world around him, even if at time it makes for uncomfortable viewing.

Speaking at a press conference from KDWB 101.3's press junket, Kanye keeps it real and straight to the point. Nothing new there then.

You know what to do.

Source: DJ Semtex

I Heart Fashion: A Little Bird Told Me...

Variety is the spice of life but when it comes to the internet, sometimes too much variety can lead you to go around in circles, even more so than a dodgy TomTom navigator.

Luckily for me, my daily internet crusade lead me to an unexpected lucky find. A Little Bird, is a new life style website created by ex-Vogue Journalist Daisy Garnett and her business affiliate Francesca Martin.

The website offers an "opinionated guide to what's on", in other words, it cuts out all the unnecessary fraff and provides you with trustworthy information on fashion, lifestyle, music and everything in between.

Direct and straight to the point, just how I like it!