Month: February 2014

AlunaGeorge v. Rebecca Minkoff

New York Fashion Week has once again come and gone, but I’m still jamming to this Songza playlist (um, except I may not may not be currently listening to The Golden Age of Boy Bands. No shame.):

AlunaGeorge v. Rebecca Minkoff: Late Night Stomp City

British dance duo AlunaGeorge provided the live soundtrack to Rebecca Minkoff’s Fall 2014 runway show, and the two collaborated on this playlist inspired by the event. You’ve got some AlunaGeorge, naturally, Montell Jordan’s 90’s classic, “This Is How We Do It,” Justin Timberlake, James Blake, Drake, and even some Radiohead thrown in there to make a cool R&B/hip-hop/pop mix for you to practice your NYFW walk to.

(Let’s pretend these aren’t long overdue) GRAMMY Red Carpet Picks 2014

Edit: I know. I’ve failed miserably as a fashion and music blogger.  Just one night in the year where the two come together harmoniously, and I can’t even get a post up on time.  Well, better late than never.

Is the GRAMMY wardrobe ban of 2013 really a thing now? For an award show that brought us J.Lo’s iconic green Versace dress, the hatching of a Lady Gaga, Toni Braxton’s luxe loincloth and whatever this is, the stars played it very safe this year. Not to mention the stars we usually look to for their fashion, like Rihanna and Gaga (and *cough* everyone else whose outfits I predicted) were no-show’s.

For an industry that is all about expression, a wardrobe ban makes no sense. Where is the drama?! Where is the crazy?! Underneath all the pointing and laughing at the fashion faux-pas’ on nights like this, I appreciate when celebrities dress for themselves and not for the critics. After all, that’s what fashion is all about. And with big personalities like those of musicians, the GRAMMY red carpet is hands-down one of the most to watch.

Here were some of my fashion picks from this year’s GRAMMY’S:

Taylor Swift

We get it, Taylor. You like sparkly things. Usually, I’d be annoyed at yet another glittery gown from T.Swift but the mesh short-sleeved overlay on this Gucci gives it a casual, even boy-ish edge that is quite different than her typical princess-y look. I’ve got no complaints. She did good.

Foxes

SUCH a refreshing look from the British singer. A retro look done right. I also love that we get a sense of her true personal style with this Vivienne Westwood patterned dress that is still glamorous without the jewel-tones, glitter, or skin-tight silhouette.

Madonna

Madge does whatever she wants, and if she wants to wear matching Ralph Lauren tux’s with her son, she can. And if she wants to pair a cane with it, she can. Because she’s the only one who can pull it off.

And last, but not least…

Ciara

And my favorite look of the night goes to Ciara.  This gold Pucci gown enhances her mommy glow and flatters her and her baby bump so well (I’m looking at you, Kim K). Have you ever seen a pregnant lady look this good? You show them that your flop album doesn’t stand in the way of looking amazing, even though you had one of the better pop albums of 2013. Don’t believe me? Let me unabashedly stan for Cici a bit…

Don’t tell me this isn’t pop perfection and one of the best pop songs to come out in the past few years. When did we get so hard on this girl? She makes catchy songs, dances, has great fashion sense, is muse to Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci AND can straddle the line between R&B and pop. How many of the pop girls can say that?  A high-fashion girl in the pop/R&B game? I’m definitely all for it.