Shateria Moragne-El takes her final bow at FrontRow.
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You might know Shateria Moragne-el from her work as a talented stylist. Or even perhaps as Rick Ross's rumored main lady. But you should know that Shateria has translated her eye for style into a banner transition to design. Her line, FrontRow, just presented and celebrated its Fall 2013 collection, fittingly with a star-studded front row. The Mastermind Rozay attended (who BTW was clad in a custom FrontRow peacoat with a croc lapel) as did Waka Flocka Flame. After a parade of covetable and UNDOUBTEDLY expensive ensembles dripping in leather and plushy furs, we actually got a chance to chat with Shateria about her creations!
A still from 'The Hunger Games.'
Photo: Murray Close/ 'The Hunger Games' official website
The road to Oscar weekend has been a long one— we've already made pit stops at The Screen Actors' Guild Awards, The Golden Globes, and others along the way— but there's still one more celebration that needs to happen before all the movie madness goes down on February 24. We're talking about the Costume Designers Guild Awards, where the creative geniuses behind the coolest clothes in film and TV get honored for their work. Obviously this is a HUGE DEAL, so to get psyched up for the event, we'll be chatting with nominees about the stories, inspiration, and challenges behind some of our absolute favorite outfits. Kicking off the series is Judianna Makovsky, who crafted all of the outfits in The Hunger Games, from Katniss' hunting look, to Effie Trinket's candy-colored frocks, to that iconic fire dress. Get the scoop below!
A$AP Rocky closes the Hood By Air Fall 2013 New York Fashion Week show.
We can't say that we explicitly knew that A$AP Rocky was going to be walking in yesterday's Hood By Air New York Fashion Week show, but we definitely had a feeling he'd be there in some major capacity. Rocky reps HBA in a very serious, born-from-blood type of way, from name-checking the label in lyrics — "Hood By Air, man, I started that" — to pilfering the brand's closet for nearly his entire "Long.Live.A$AP" music video wardrobe to creating the runway soundtrack for last season's Spring 2013 Hood By Air fashion show. Dat PMF made his allegiance and unequivocal support of HBA and the line's designer, Shayne Oliver, unmistakably clear by making an unannounced guest appearance, emerging from a cloud of dry ice fog to close out the Fall 2013 show.
A$AP Rocky chats us up at Black Scale.
Not like it's news to anyone who's ever seen or heard anything about him, but we just have to reiterate it: A$AP Rocky is one seriously fashionable dude. (Along with being a talented rapper, having a great ear for beats, and watching his premier album Long. Live. A$AP. debut at No. 1 on Billboard, of course.) The 24-year-old Harlem native doesn't just rap about fashion killas, he is one. And it's not just that he knows how to put together an outfit. What makes Rocky such a particularly devastating fashion one-two punch is the volatile combination of his keen eye for couture paired with straight-out-of-the-cradle streetwear savvy.
Cable's Tracy Antonopoulos and Ben Morsberger at the Timo Weiland Fall 2013 New York Fashion Week show on Feb. 7.
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Yeah, we'll say it: We're bummed there aren't more live performances during New York Fashion Week. I mean, with all the models strutting their stuff to killer music, why not bring in the actual musicians to perform the songs? *shrugs* We may never know the answer, but we're super psyched for the designers that do go that extra mile to bring their dope tracks to life. See: Timo Weiland's fall 2013 womenswear show. The duo behind the brand (Timo Weiland and Alan Eckstein) chose New York-based band Cable to rock out while the models walked in oxblood leather dresses, shearling-lined jackets and bold red equestrian hats. Tracy Antonopoulos and Ben Morsberger make up the rock 'n roll-meets-pop band who have only been formally playing shows together since December (!!!), but we caught up with them to get ALL the deets behind their new music. (And if you're wondering, yes, it's the same Tracy who made that amazing Opening Ceremony Spring/Summer 2010 film with Jason Schwartzman and Kirsten Dunst.) Let's get to it!
Models hang out and relax in Bernard Smith's Modellounge.
Photo: Courtesy of Modellounge X Microsoft
Is it too early in the week to play a little word association? *pauses for response* Am I still going to try it even if you object because I can't actually hear you over the whirr of my desktop computer? YUP! *prepares to shove ice-breaker game down readers' throats* What do you picture when you think of models off-duty? Is it street style shots of loping gazelles of women walking expertly on stiletto Louboutins across cobble stone streets? Seemingly impossible cheekbones hovering over effortless high fashion ensembles? While that's still all pretty true, there's a totally other side that we don't typically get to see — models just being regular girls, hanging out, practicing their walks, and playing video games and stuff — and there's actually a place in NYC where all that off-off duty action goes down: Modellounge X Microsoft.
Photo: Courtesy of Willy Moon.
We didn't think there were too many dudes who could pull off a formal suit with the same swagger as, say, Mark Ronson or Justin Timberlake, but now that Willy Moon has graced us (and our iPods) with his presence, let's just say there's DEFINITELY room for more than one well-dressed singer in our lives. The New Zealand-born musician first made waves back in the fall when his breakout single "Yeah Yeah" was featured in an Apple commercial, but nowadays he's gaining traction for his slick style as well as his old-meets-new rockabilly sound. This 23-year-old has killer dance moves (you've got to see it to believe it), major vocal pipes, and an onstage style that's captivated British VOGUE, our little sisters, and everyone in between. And while people have been quick to peg his onstage steez (David Bowie! James Dean! The list goes on...), Willy tells us his inspiration isn't inspired by a particular person, but an idea. "On stage I dress like a rock'n'roll villain," he said over email last week. "I love the cartoonification of characters." This animated quality can be seen in the video for "Yeah Yeah," where the singer performs front and center in a slim-cut powder blue suit and a perfectly groomed coif. "We had an enormous selection of clothes, but I ended up choosing the McQueen suit because the blue really suited the way we wanted to shoot the video," he remembers. "I've always liked 3-piece suits and hated ties so it was a perfect combination."
Photo: Grégoire Alexandre
Chalk it up to years of performing experience, her adorable bubbly personality, or that French je nais se quoi, but Yelle's Julie Budet can make pretty much ANYTHING seem chic. When we popped by Maison Kitsune's Manhattan's outpost last week, the electro-pop songbird was just about to chow down on cheap New York street pizza...not exactly the glamorous lunch of rock stars, that's for sure, but somehow she made it work. Trading her animal print jumpsuit steez for a statement-making cape, leather leggings, and graphic blouse, Budet took a break to talk with us about her recent Kitsune performance, impressive scarf collection, and why she always has overweight luggage on tour (ahem, #fashionproblems). Get the scoop below!
The Candy Paint salon in L.A.
Photo: Courtesy of Candy Paint
Y'all already know how much we love accessories designer/celeb favorite Melody Ehsani. You've probably peeped her pieces on Rihanna, Beyonce, or Nicki Minaj, just to name a few, but now, Melody is expanding her killer vision into a whole other arena—nails! She teamed up with blogger Aureta Thomollari and nail artist Yoko Sakakura to create Candy Paint: a nail wrap/art studio combined with a jewelry space. YASSS. Last year, Melody opened up to us about her longtime obsession with nail art and gave us ALL the deets on her uh-mazing NCLA nail wrap collab, but we caught up with her again to chat about the inspiration behind her new salon, the importance of nail art, and her second collection of NCLA wraps. Check out the interview after the jump!
Unless you've been living under a rock the past year (or, on the flipside, sans wi-fi connection), chances are you're already familiar with the work of Melody MaKer whether you realize it or not. The London designer's streetwear label MaKers LDN is a mishmash of abstract graphics, kaleidoscopic color wheels, and crop tops practically BEGGING to be incorporated into every cool kid's wardrobe— celebrities included. Longtime fan M.I.A. loves the brand so much, she regularly rocks these rad custom pieces onstage and off. The latest MaKers London girl? Charli XCX, who donned the brand's black and white top and leggings in her "You (Ha Ha Ha)" video this month. After we saw Charli shout out MaKers LDN on Twitter soon after, we HAD to find out exactly what the brand is all about. Get the lowdown from Melody herself below!