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BET Rip the Runway is on the come up. When the long-running special aired on March 20, the masterminds behind the fashion extravaganza had a new goal. They wanted to raise the fashion stakes, blending urban music with “luxury couture.”
Singer Kelly Rowland and actor Boris Kodjoe hosted this year as Rip the Runway: 2013 “become a sartorial spectacle that rivaled the more dramatic showcases of Fashion Week,” reports TheGrio.
It was high fashion all the way. Rip the Runway fashion producers Carline Balan and Michou St. Jules, whom we profiled recently, initiated the change taking the show away from its earlier “ghetto chic”e roots.
Balan and St. Jules pulled in leading fashion industry talent to help expand the BET brand.
“From last year’s show, to what it is this year, we were able to get Beagy, who’s a Vogue stylist,” Balan explained to The Grio. ”We got people who’ve never worked on the show to come on board. We really went in and chose stylists who hit the entire spectrum: editorial stylists that are Vogue, that are V magazine, that are Marie Claire, that are that world… and then we got a couple of stylists that are music stylists.”
Although the fashions went couture, Rip the Runway didn’t abandon its musical roots. There was still party on a stage, with performances by Rick Ross, Meek Mill, and Trinidad James. Omarion serenaded the models as they strutted down the catwalk. And Jaden Smith debuted his Misfits collection with the help of his little sister Willow. Even co-host Kodjoe went into runway action and modeled his menswear collection, Alfa.
“That’s our goal with every year, pushing the envelope on the fashion, so that when you are watching, the music is there, but it’s all about the fashion,” St. Jules told the Grio.
You can catch another airing of BET Rip The Runway tonight.
The reviews came in and (at least one in particular) panned Rihanna’s new line for British label River Island. But guess what? Her fans don’t give a flying fig.
Buzzfeed has pulled out a number of fan tweets praising the collection, with many promising to buy pieces when they become available on March 5. Actually, one fan with money to burn writes: “Love Rihanna’s River Island collection!!! Can’t wait to buy everything.”
Now that the collection has launched, the advertising is beginning. Vogue UK has some of the shots from the ad campaign, starring Jourdan Dunn. The campaign was shot by fashion photographer Mario Sorrenti. We’ve got one image below.
And click through for a couple more looks from the collection. It’ll be available online, so you could purchase pieces if you wanted to. Do you want to?
You know Sean “Diddy”‘ Combs always has something up his tailored sleeve. When he first got into the entertainment game he has became known as the unique marketing — literally taking it to the streets when promoting the late Notorious B.I.G. and his own record label Bad Boy. Soon it became the norm to see a crowd carrying Bad Boy picket signs at all the major music industry events.
So now in this high-tech age, Diddy has turned to social media to promote his Sean John jean fashions. The hip-hop mogul recently held the first ever Instagram Fashion Show during New York’s fashion week.
“In honor of New York Fashion Week we wanted to do something that has never been done before”, said Combs in a press release (via The Huffington Post). “With Instagram technology we are bringing Sean John to the social media runway where our consumer lives.” Combs (aka @iamdiddy) posted his Fall 2013 collection in order to reach people via their smartphones. Every 30 minutes on Friday from 10 am to 5pm, he posted the images.
We’ve got a few of the images after the jump, ICYMI. Any favorites?
We know by now that Venus Williams is a businesswoman as well as an athlete: part owner of the Miami Dolphins (with sister (and recently crowned US Open champ, Serena), operator of Jamba Juice shops across the Mid-Atlantic, interior design and fashion maven with her clothing line EleVen.
The tennis champ gave USA Today a behind-the-scenes look at the preparations for her line’s debut on the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week catwalk. Over the course of three hours, the newspaper watched as Williams assessed hairstyles and make-up, watched the performers prepare for the evening (a dancer and a yoga practitioner are among the people who will be taking to the runway rather than models) and talked about the EleVen customer.
“It’s about being your best…. and doing more than you thought you could,” she says in the clip, available here.
Separately, but juicy, turns out that Williams has had a secret boyfriend, Miami-based Cuban model Elio Alberto Pis, who is 24 years old, eight years younger than Venus. Actually, I guess it’s not so secret since they were seen kissing at the US Open. But back to Fashion Week…
We’ve never really paid too much attention to EleVen, so we’re surprised that it’s making such a big splash during Fashion Week. Are you? Have you ever bought anything from the brand? If so, let us know what it’s like. Maybe we’ll check it out. Here’s a link to the brand’s website so you can see a little more.
Do you find yourself reaching for the same color palette—black, gray and brown every fall, year after year? While those colors will always be constant staples, this season we encourage you to venture out and live in color. Continuing on the vibrant path set by this past spring’s neon trend, be sure to incorporate all the bold and rich hues this fall season has to offer.
For 16 cycles we’ve had the opportunity to see the fashion and beauty dreams of young women all over the country built and broken on the CW network’s America’s Next Top Model (ANTM). In case you’ve been living your life under a frumpy, unfashionable rock, ANTM is a result of the creative genius of former fashion model, media personality and business woman Tyra Banks (warning this article will be extremely biased since Ty Ty Baby is a patron saint in my eyes). The show premiered in May 2003 when the network was still known as the UPN network. ANTM managed to survive the network’s drastic changes, one of them being eliminating many shows featuring people of color.
Rapper/actress Eve was just one of our favorite celebrities who gathered last night at Mercedes-Benz’ Red Dress Fashion show. The event kicked off heart disease awareness campaign, “The Heart Truth.” These women strutted down the runway wearing various shades of red formalwear and blinging jewelry. Patti Labelle, never one to disappoint, showed off her stunning legs as she sang “New Attitude.” Check out the rest of the pics over at Black Voices and let us know which lady in red shut it down!
It seems like every celebrity has a clothing line, but Mary J. Blige always has to stand out.