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Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

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North West Gets Her Own Vogue Kids Cover

If you haven’t heard, Vogue is launching a kids quarterly magazine, Vogue Kids, and none other than fashion famous toddler North West is gracing the first cover.

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April Fools! Ok, the jokes on us.

The satirical social commentary, perpetrated on the unsuspecting masses by Fashonista, is definitely an April Fools for the history books, but it also speaks to the problematic nature of our growing cultural obsession with children’s fashion and celebrities’ children. There was a day when little boys and girls frolicked about in hand-me-down overalls and hand-sewn frocks and we never heard about a famour person’s kid until they decided to break into the entertainment scene at 16. Those days are long behind us. The emerging trend is clear: children in adult-style fashion. As the NY Times so elegantly put it, we’ve entered into a “mini-me” craze in the children’s clothing market. The new motif surrounding childhood is that children should look, not just good, but stunning in designer gear. When did the point of childhood stop being to have fun and get dirty? Have we reverted back to 1800s Britain?

The mock cover asks and we are more than tempted to answer: how young is too young?

While I can’t say for certain how North West prefers to spend her time, I can argue from plenty of experience that I’ve never met a toddler who wanted to sit still for hours in a room bustling with excitement and high energy. Yet there she sits, sandwiched between her mother and Beyoncé during New York Fashion Week. You can’t see it in this Instagram shot (below), but Anna Wintour is there too, and she looked downright alarmed about being seated next to a crying baby. Doesn’t North look the picture of happiness?

Fashionista couldn’t have picked a better figure for their satirical Vogue cover. Baby North has a limelight history even at the tender age of not-quite-two, paparazzi photos of her are splattered across the internet, she’s had her first taste of New York Fashion Week up close and personal, she’s already made her modelling debut, has starred in a music video (Only One) with her dada and is constantly decked out in luxe designer outfits. Whether or not baby North is destined for the halls of Vogue fame, we can’t say, but it’s good to know the high calibre magazine hasn’t decided to endorse our commercialization of children just yet. Even if Vogue hasn’t yet gone down this road tons of luxury designers offer children’s lines, from Gucci and Burberry to Karl Lagerfeld’s kidswear collection slated to launch in 2016.

If children and youth have developed an interest in fashion with their volition, well that’s great, yes even if the kid is only two-years-old. However, the over-emphasis in our media on celebrity children, designer kidswear and even the fact that a Vogue Kids April Fools was warranted, speak to an adult-imposed experience, and that’s not good at all. Fashion should be an interest someone comes to in their own time, as a method of self-expression, through years of developing a unique personal style.

Let’s vote. How many people think North West picks out her outfits? Here’s a hint: my toddler picks out Thomas the Train pajama shorts, fuzzy winter sweaters in clashing colours and yellow rubber boots as a favorite outfit.

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Friday, March 20th, 2015

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A Day In The LIfe of DJ C. Devone

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DJ C. Devone is a rare find on the club scene—a woman disc jockey in the midst of a male dominated world. Already set apart from the crowd by her gender, her natural talent and pure love of music is shining a bright spotlight on the burgeoning DJ subculture.

“I did one gig spinning an open mic night on the Lower East Side of NYC and I never looked back,” says DJ C. Devone about her first forays into the world of DJing. “I get to be part of events and I make people dance. My best friend told me I should try it, so I gave it a shot.”

She gave it a shot, now look where she is. That fearless attitude has carried her to the forefront of her genre and there’s no wonder she’s turning heads; the chic artist is always rocking a little punk flare, making her unmistakable in a crowd.

DJ C. Devone opened up to POSHGLAM in a candid interview to share a slice of her everyday life with fans. From her favorite coffee shop to her penchant for champagne, she revealed plenty about her personal influences and interests. But for DJ C. Devone it all comes back to one thing: the music.

“I have to listen to music to start my day and end my day,” she explains. “I love all types of music, so I would say I am a ‘music head’.”

The South Bronx native will always have soft spot in her heart for old school hip-hop, but if you stepped foot into her Brooklyn home today you’d be more likely to hear electronic, trap or indie music blasting from the speakers. The only music rule in DJ C. Devone’s life is to keep an open mind to everything.

Her young career has been prolific; she’s spun at high-profile gigs across the country, including Essence Festival in New Orleans and has opened for top names such as Funkmaster Flex, Clinton Sparks, SWV and Janelle Monae. From the Caribbean to Washington, LA and Paris, DJ C. Devone has been caught up in a globe trotting whirlwind by her success.

“Any time I’m on an island spinning I am happy,” she confesses—and who wouldn’t be? “But, I would say I enjoy Paris most and want to spin and work there.” She also hinted at seeing Honk Kong and Spain in her future.

She’s not just a DJ. She’s a long-time dancer (ballet, modern, hip-hop and African dance styles) and singer. In fact, 2015 is going to be all about the vocals for DJ C. Devone.

“Look out for me,” she says with excitement. “The goal this year is to produce music and get back to singing.”

She looks up to artists like Calvin Harris, Nervo, Diplo and David Guetta, who in her words, “produce super tracks,” and takes inspiration from her favourite musicians, which are as genre diverse as her own music. Artists from Teena Marie to Linkin Park, Disclosure and Portishead, to Azealia Banks, James Blake and Yeah Yeah Yeah to the ever popular Beyonce are just a few of the musicians she can’t get enough of.

“The old soul in me loves Teena Marie, Chaka Khan and En Vogue,” she adds. “I am also not afraid to disclose I am a proud member of the Beehive and love all things Beyonce.”

Check out DJ C. Devone on Soundcloud here to get a taste of her unique style.

Images courtesy of photographer Tyson Adams.

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Thursday, March 19th, 2015

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Look Like You’ve Just Stepped Out Of A Fashion Mag With These Style Secrets

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Do you love fashion? Lookng for ways to emphasize your taste? From New York to Paris, anyone can achieve a super chic look when they pay attention to certain details. Here are some incredible style secrets that will make you look and feel like a fashion queen:

Quality over quantity

Buying a whole wardrobe of Roberto Cavalli clothing isn’t affordable for most of us. However, when you are on a budget, stick to the mantra of quality over quantity as much as possible. It is far better to have a smaller wardrobe full of beautifully made and well-designed items that fit you perfectly, rather lots of clothing that is cheap and poor quality.

Look after your clothing

It follows from the point above that you should take great care of your garments. Well-pressed clothing will help you to achieve that chic look. Follow instructions for washing items to a T and always deal with stains, damage and other flaws immediately to avoid them getting any worse. Tailoring clothes without experience and skill can end in disaster, so always pay for professional services if you are at all unsure.

Copy your style heroes

If you lack fashion inspiration look to your style heroes for help. Your icons can be anyone from your Gaby Espino to your Mum. Don’t be afraid to borrow fashion and beauty styles from them. But do try to adapt them to suit your individual style and add touches of your personality where you can.

Dress for you

Do not have to be skinny to look chic. It’s all about getting to know your body shape and choosing clothes that flatter you. If you are small in height and curvy in shape, you are unlikely to suit long, straight styles. However, your body will look fantastic in open necklines and nipped waists. Take the time to get to know your body shape and what you feel comfortable in. You know what they say, if you feel great, you look great.

Stand up straight

Never underestimate what good posture can do for your overall look (and health). Slouching and hunched shoulders make you look and feel uncomfortable. Look at catwalk models. They always have impeccable posture. This makes them look strong and confident and means the beautiful clothes they are wearing hang on them perfectly. And this applies to you. There is no point spending lots of time creating chic ensembles if you are just going to slouch in them. It can be difficult to break posture habits, but try your best to remind yourself to tuck in your tummy, throw your shoulders back, and lift your head high.

Be creative

Fashion is all about pushing boundaries and trying something new, so don’t be afraid to experiment with your ensembles. Mixing colors, patterns and textures can lead to much more interesting outfit. Looking at fashion blogs, websites and magazine will help to get your creative juices flowing.

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Saturday, February 21st, 2015

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Signature Style: Staples for Buy

It has been proven on countless occasions that the art of following trends, yet being yourself lies in the perfect combination of staples and trends, something that makes us feel up to date with the runways, but let’s us keep the control of our own style.

However, fashion is about being smart, and being smart means not spending thousands of dollars on things that you won’t be able to wear in 24 hours. While we’re all aware that we’re guilty of this crime, it is about time we made a list of things that are worth spending money on, worth wearing for an eternity and considering how we can develop feelings for fashion items – worth sleeping in.

1. The Black Blazer

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The eye-candy we have here is the Emporio Armani Jacket in boiled wool, also known as ‘its Majesty: The Black Blazer”. Like Paris, the black blazer is always a good idea, meaning that it’s okay to splurge on this, knowing that you cannot go wrong with it, no matter how you combine it. With a pair of boyfriend jeans and statement sandals, to follow the latest trends, a black blazer is the staple in your appearance, giving you that air of ‘I didn’t even bother, yet I look so good, right?’

 2. White Blouse

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After you’ve had some time admiring this creation, it’s time to get to know it. Anne Fontaine’s fitted Armantine works perfect when buttoned up for work and even more astonishing with a loose button for an evening drink. Goes perfectly well with the current brown bag and camel coat, but it is a charmingly plain white blouse, so you can pretty much wear it with everything, it looks beautiful in any combination.

3. The Classic Black Leather Pump

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One of the best creations of the fashion industry, the classic black pump is the line between casual and dressed up. A combination of jeans, a coat and a statement top, goes from casual if worn with Converse, to incredibly chic when worn with these Rupert Sanderson Divas, for example. Yes, definitely worth their price as they can effortlessly rocket your style from random to royal.

4. The Chanel Bag

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This staple doesn’t even need a special introduction. It just stands there, iconic and perfect, easily combined with every other staple in your closet, every new trend that surprises you, because it cannot go wrong. The Chanel Classic Flap Bag is an investment in your style and self-confidence, something to go well with both jeans and an evening dress, and most definitely something you can proudly gift to your granddaughters, once you’re 80 and ready to part with it.

5. The Little Black Dress

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Alexander McQueen Sleeveless Halter-Front A-Line dress represents the perfect combination of a staple we’re so used to love and the edge that it needs to be noticeable. When shopping for a black dress, it’s very possible that you find yours in a random shop, but just in case you were wondering, one never goes wrong by buying a designer LBD. Just like the Chanel Bag, just like the Black Blazer (there’s a black pattern here), it’s something you can wear forever, and whether you insert a statement necklace, or sandals from the latest collections, the LBD will always be LBD.

Fashion is not only about chasing trends and insisting on buying everything that we see on the runways. As fashion and style icons have taught us, fashion is about being smart, feminine and classy. These items will forever make you proud of your fashion sense and serve as proof for it whenever you put them on.

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Thursday, January 29th, 2015

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Naomi Campbell Closes First La Perla Couture Show

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La Perla closed its first La Perla Atelier Couture show in Paris with the perfect model to match their unique brand – Naomi Campbell. The Parisians had a chance to feast their eyes on the new collection made for both day and night, while the runway at the Hotel Salomon de Rothschild was also blessed with the feet of models Lindsey Wixson, Izabel Goulart, Natasha Poly and Isabelli Fontana. This beautiful combination of people you like to look at, dressed in pieces you want to wear, along with an exceptional atmosphere made for a show to remember.

No matter how much we get accustomed to La Perla’s extraordinary designs, it doesn’t seem to stop with the tendency to surprise even more, every time their team of designers decides to shine a little light to the world of fashion.

It is no different this time, with the The Atelier Collection, designed by La Perla’s style team under the magic wand of Emiliano Rinaldi, presenting new combinations and layering using luxurious artisan techniques, light and sheer fabrics, and unexpected details. They inspire with their own inspiration, which is the company’s creative heritage and seduce with its unique and sophisticated techniques. At the pleasure of lovers of fine lingerie all over the world, the collection unveiled new, refined garments, capable of creating a total couture look that can be worn beyond the confines of private life.

La Perla crosses the line of the home and bedroom. It now enters a world where one can enjoy lingerie that is equal to a second skin, and we take our own skin everywhere. The fact that it looks astonishingly good in more than one situation is only a plus. And the fact that it is La Perla simply makes it a must-have.

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