WANTED: Mardou´s Clueo Sneaker Grey By Mardou&Dean

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These days, with adidas Originals Stan Smith kicks in high demand, how could anyone resist ‘Mardou´s Clueo Sneaker Grey’ by Mardou&Dean, especially with that unique ankle strap detail? Made of grey leather, a head-turner by itself, these kicks in a silhouette most covet, with minimal detail, could easily be paired with either skirts, pants or shorts.

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With lighter grey rubber soles, darker grey laces, only two grommet holes on top + a tan interior, makes these sneakers a must have, for anyone who loves grey. Of course, they’re also the perfect starter pair for your new sneaker collection if not, an addition to your expanding one.

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Head over to Tictail for your very own ‘Mardou´s Clueo Sneaker Grey’ by Mardou&Dean.

Getting Personal With Bowie Behind The Lens

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As I write this, I still can’t believe a genius such as David Bowie is gone, but he must have known the end was near as his actions + art seemed perfectly masterminded including the ‘Lazarus’ track, from ‘Blackstar’, his last released album. In fact, the lyrics to ‘Lazarus’ start:

‘Look up here, I’m in Heaven!

I’ve got scars that can’t be seen, I’ve got drama, can’t be stolen

everybody knows me now…’

Eerily forecasting his death, it is these kinds of details that make ‘BOWIE, Photographs by Steve Shapiro published by Powerhouse Books, a powerful + important character study of such an iconic + legendary musician.                                                           

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Leafing through the book, while looking at the variety of amazing Bowie photos shot by Schapiro, my mind could not help but become riddled with so many questions. Page after page, I was introduced to various personas David Bowie was famous for giving life to throughout his daily life with the same aplomb as he did on stage. But to really know how such beautiful tokens of memory were captured on film, I needed to speak with Schapiro, the man behind the lens.

7 LR Bowie Rolling Stone hero (C)Through our phone interview, I first needed to know what Schapiro’s creative process was when shooting celebrities, especially Bowie. Famous for also capturing movie stills, most importantly ‘The Godfather’ + ‘Taxi Driver’, shooting people has always been an interesting favorite, as the photographer is able to capture his or her subject’s personality with a lot more control + autonomy. Always seeing himself as a ‘fly on the wall’, Schapiro was more than willing to photograph David Bowie, when his manager contacted him. Schapiro had Bowie high on his list as someone he wanted to work with + as luck would have it, he got his wish. Now one would think working with such a genius would be a difficult task at best, but they got along famously, especially when Bowie found out Steve had shot Buster Keaton, one of his heroes. There’s even a shot of Bowie recreating the same look as that of Keaton on the book cover of a book he is seen holding in the photo.

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Although working with Bowie was a collaborative effort, Schapiro emphasized how the ideas were all David’s + his task was simply to illustrate + bring them forward, which he successfully accomplished. David’s charisma was enormous, yet his unique sense of growth + point of view was very direct, similar to Schapiro’s style of photography. Of the shots featured inside, there’s an unshakeable focus to Schapiro’s approach in capturing this icon’s humility, mystery + poetic beauty. According to Steve, unlike the Rolling Stones or The Beatles, whose characters always remained the same, regardless of their masterful music, Bowie’s cumulative process was a call for creating a different character thus resulting in self-propelled music. ‘These different characters, added dimensions to his repertoire,’ said Schapiro. The way Steve described it, Bowie was constantly evolving, which is not an easy task while still maintaining his strong appeal with fans. Even David Bowie’s version of a biker (below) was very unique, with his flaming red hair + the most amazing pair of sunglasses.

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Schapiro said, ‘It seemed with each new change of clothes a new character appeard, each with its own story.’ In 1967, when they finally started working together in the studio, David asked Schapiro’s assistant for their shirt + a few minutes later, he came out of the dressing room with the top cropped + pants cuffed high, which he painted with diagonal white stripes, down to his feet. This famous look (below + cover) was used in shots for Bowie’s ‘Station To Station’ album + later revisited for the ‘Lazarus’ video a second time, humbly considered a huge form of flattery for Schapiro.

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Considered to be more of a personal Bowie project by Schapiro’s accounts, this book contains many photos sure to entertain + awe, for all fans Bowie + any fan of true authenticity, which is short demand these days. ‘Working with genius is exhilarating,’ said Schapiro, adding, ‘Working with Bowie was unforgettable.’

‘BOWIE, Photographs by Steve Shapiro published by Powerhouse Books, demonstrates is available for purchase at powerhousebooks.com.

Norma Kamali’s 24Hr Pop-up Sale At Noon

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The Queen, Norma Kamali, is at it again, with yet another 24 hour Pop-Up Sale for May. Starting today at Noon + ending tomorrow at Noon, you’re bound to buy it all.

If you want hot fashions for Summer including dresses or jumpsuits that hug you in all the right places or swimwear that will turn you into a pin-up goddess, then head over to Norma Kamali + score big!

Good luck!

WANTED: ‘Shadow Blazer’ + ‘Shadow Pant’ By Julian Zigerli

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To call Julian Zigerli one of my favorite menswear designers is an understatement. Not only do I live for his patterns + silhouettes, I love the fun he has with his designs. Take this amazing ‘Shadow Blazer’ + ‘Shadow Pants’ as a for instance.

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The ‘Shadow Blazer’, made of 100% cotton, has a strategically placed all-around print, giving it that trompe l’oeil effect, which never gets old.

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Single breasted with a hidden button closure + sleeves with vent details, it also features piped pockets to hips. Compliments are definitely guaranteed when wearing this jacket. But other than just print placement making this jacket special, it’s the overall look of it that really caught my eye. I just adore how the edges of these lines look like someone painted them on a wet jacket, giving it that bleeding or spreading effect.

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The ‘Shadow Pants’ really pop with this print. Also made of 100% cotton, these pants have a straight fit, complete with five pockets + a waistband with belt loops.

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The stitched heart on back pocket, is a sweet touch, don’t you think? But the best part of these separates is how great they look together or on their own to add that extra punch to any ensemble. Overall, both pieces look like a living breathing 2D sketch, brought to life by pairing them with cool footwear + tops.

For your very own Julian Zigerli ‘Shadow Blazer’, ‘Shadow Pants’ or both, head over to ELKEL.

 

 

Hating To Say Goodbye To Prince

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(photo: ‘Purple Rain’ film still, directed by Albert Magnoli) The film still above now lives where the ‘Purple Rain’ music video used to be since it’s no longer available for viewing.

I’m still in disbelief that the genius known as Prince has died. Unlike so many living artists today, very few can touch his creativity + vast amounts of talent. With the ability to play so many instruments, produce brilliant tracks + compose such poignant + touching lyrics, Prince was a unique individual that embraced being a ‘black sheep’ with pride + no apology. I always thought, if I were to have kids, I wanted to send Prince a note asking him to remix some popular lullabies, so my kids could grow up knowing what great music sounds like.

For me, there are way too many Prince tracks to name as my favorite, but here is his classic, ‘Purple Rain’, to listen to, as we lament his loss together.

Prince, I wish you had stayed with us a little longer but thank you for being you + gracing us with such amazing music.

R.I.P.

 

Don’t Miss Out On This Major Bag Sale

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And it’s soo good, you just have to pounce on one of these deals, before they run out!

The ‘COUNTESS Studded Cross Body Clutch‘ would make a perfect bag to add some edge or flash to your look. Whereas the ‘MAIDEN Wallet / Clutch‘, shown here in mint, is not only practical + cool looking, but it comes in seven other colors. A wallet like this is supposed to easily double as a clutch, unless of course, you have a flat-screen tv as a phone (thanks apple!), smoke cigs + decided to wear a MAC lipstick, whose chubby bullet buddy, seals your doom, making it close to impossible to zip that baby up. Now, the ‘QUEEN Carry All Tote / Shoulder Bag‘, which is also available in cognac, kills it with One Fated Knight’s signature weave pattern + centered logo. I would definitely attempt to use it as a gym bag, to at least look the part, while I struggle out of my jeans, to get dressed for spin class.

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The ‘DUCHESS Envelope Clutch Bag‘ is like catnip for the minimalist, but, it’s also the perfect bag to take you from the office to a night out. One Fated Knight’s ‘EMPRESS Studded Slouchy Hobo Bag‘ has it all. It’s not too large + not too small + due to this bag’s style, hobo bags for the most part, are super comfy.

But honestly, not only are these bags huge investments, their other bags are just as beautiful, so you might be tempted to buy more than one. Click here for more on One Fated Knight.

Good Luck!

How To Wear Female Nudes This Spring

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When I first saw this EGG & BEAN collection, I wanted every single piece. Created by Alicia Marulanda, a Montreal-based designer + artist, simple yet sexy illustrations of naked women, are placed on very basic items of clothing. And by doing so, Alicia’s illustrations become the main focus. But what’s so great about these nudes is that they by no means objectify, but rather, celebrate Alicia’s inspiration by all of life’s characters + sensual pleasures.

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There is something very crude about her illustration style, in the play between very angular lines + curves, giving the different pieces a retro yet modern appeal. Just look at the slip dress above, + notice how perfect it is, in the off-center placement of the woman + the size of the image, which is big enough to make a statement, but not obnoxiously.

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And I’m sure, if you’re a woman, you can probably identify with a few, if not all of the women shown here.

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But who wouldn’t want to own a ‘Stoner Pussy Sweater’ above in white or the black ‘Domina Sweater’? Either way, any of these pieces would be key for Spring, don’t you think, especially the ‘Pisces’ dress above?

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For purchase + more info on EGG & BEAN, click here.