The “New” Fashion World

Written by: Barrie Ladipo

The fashion world certainly had their jaws dropped when the PSA of Raf Simons leaving Dior and then Alber Elbaz peacing out of Lavin (as if the planned it together). With the pot stirring up the suspicion of brands pardoning the backs to their creative directors like Phoebe Philo from Celine and Heidi Slimane from Saint Laurent, the curiosity increases on what is going? Seems to be a decrease on sales to the focal point of the interest in the consumers that can dramatically change the fashion all together.

Tom Ford has already prepped to reveal his A/W Collections in September, both men and women, with the instant availability to obtain pieces from the collection in store and online once it is shown. Christopher Bailey of Burberry has also chose to hold back the showcase of collections by hosting only two shows a year following with immediate purchase right off the runway.

In retrospect, Mode Operandi started this trend with their business launching back in 2010, with the notion on giving consumers the chance to order clothes right after being viewed on the runway. With designers catching up to the convenience of technology, may change a lot for fashion.

With the easy click of a button habit with buying almost everything, brands even started to keep pre-fall images until pieces are actually for sale. So with everything becoming such a convenience for consumers, what is the point of Fashion Week? Do we even need it? With this rate, we can obtain collections at anytime compared to Heavy knitwear in the Summer and mini dresses during the blizzard months. We all will be on trends faster than ever before.

 

These future alterations will certainly turn this world we know as fashion sideways, well, that is what fashion is, right? Kind of seems like fashion has been slacking in their evolution with technology, but fashion lovers can’t be to mad with the convenience of getting what we love on the runway right in our closets. The fashion Gods finally heard us!

 

Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Written by: Barrie Ladipo

With Valentine’s Day creeping up (no really, it’s on Sunday), I for one am tired of chocolates in a heart shaped box. Being the year of the monkey (Chinese new year) and the love day landing in the midst of Fashion Week, let’s up the gift giving and expecting (ladies, wink, wink) a notch. Regardless if you’re attending shows, watching it via online, or trying to do more than a Netflix and chill night, we all deserve to get luxurious gifts. Here are a few gift giving ideas for this special day.

 

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Tumi Vapor Lite Continental Carry-On, $495; tumi.com

 

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Louis Vuitton Passport Cover, $320; louisvuitton.com

 

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Tiffany & Co. Aviator Sunglasses, $350; tiffany.com

 

 

 

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Le Creuset Cast Iron Heart-Shaped Dutch Oven, $150; williams-sonoma.com

 

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Hombodii Piping PJ Set, $89; revolveclothing.com

 

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Diptyque Rosaviola Scented Candle, $67; Nordstrom.com

 

NAACP Image Awards Best Looks

Written by: Barrie Ladipo

 

Pasadena, California was the place to be Saturday night hosting the The NAACP Image Awards with a pool of must see celebrities definitely turning up and showing out in the unity against the entertainment industry’s marginalizing of minorities. After the disappointment during award season overlooking the film Straight Outta Compton, Michael B. Jordan’s phenomenal performance, NAACP Image Awards made up for all it. But before the festivities begun, we had to pay homage to the red carpet. Check out my favorite looks from Saturday night.

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Kerry Washington in Victoria Beckham

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Viola Davis

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Taraji P. Henson

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Jada Pinkett Smith in Marchesa

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Larvene Cox in Marc Bouwer

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Gabrielle Union

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Chrissy Tiegen in HANEY

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BET’s ‘Being Mary Jane’ Renewed For Fourth Season

After three successful seasons, BET’s hit drama, ‘Being Mary Jane’ is coming back for a fourth season. Starting out as a movie, ‘Being Mary Jane’ caught the attention of many back in early 2013–as it followed the life of a broadcast journalist, Mary Jane Paul (portrayed by Gabrielle Union).

Throughout the short film, we got a glimpse at Paul’s professional and personal life–while adding a little bit of family scandal. Due to the film doing so well, it was later turned into a drama series–which aired back in July of 2013.

Since then, the show has been the highlight of Tuesday nights on BET for three seasons straight. The show stars the undeniably talented Gabrielle Union, and co-stars Margaret Avery, Richard Roundtree, Raven Goodwin, and Richard Brooks. In season three, the show introduced Loretta Devine–portraying the character Cece.

According to Yahoo and other media outlets, the network announced the renewal at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour on Wednesday in Pasadena, CA. Season four will begin production later this year in Atlanta.

‘Being Mary Jane’ is created and produced by Mara Brock Akil (creator of ‘The Game’) and Salim Akil (producer and director of ‘Sparkle’).

 

We couldn’t be more excited to see Mrs. Gabby Union back on our TV screens!

 

Shady Boots: Tamar Braxton Throws Shade At A ‘Homegirl’ Over Baby Daddy Drama

From Braxton Family Values, to The Real, we are all very much familiar with Tamar Braxton’s straight to the point attitude. She is never afraid to speak her mind–especially not on social media. Recently, the singer took her shadiness to Twitter, discussing ‘baby daddy drama’–and let just say, Ciara fans weren’t too happy about it.

 

As you all may know, there has been a lot of drama surrounding Ciara lately. Her highly upset baby daddy, Future, took to Twitter to blast his custody battles with the singer.

 

Honestly, this shouldn’t come as a surprise, because we’ve all seen Future’s subliminal social media jabs in the past. Now, he has broke his silence–yet again.

 

In the series of tweets, he starts off by explaining that he is indeed the ‘real deal’, and never fake for cameras. He then goes on to say that Ciara has control problems, and that he just wants to see his son.

 

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After the tweets circulated, of course, many across social media had some pretty harsh things to say–including Tamar.

 

The 38-year-old singer tweeted about a situation happening between a homegirl and her baby daddy–but it so happens to be very similar to Cici’s troubles with Future.

 

 

Shortly after her rant, Tamar insisted that she was not speaking of Ciara–instead, she was referring to a current phone conversation with a friend at the time.

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Was all that shade for Cici, or was it really just a home girl? We’re not sure, but what we do know is, Twitter went straight ham on our girl Tamar.

 

With all of the backlash, she then went on to say that she may be making her account private, and is even considering deleting her Twitter.

 

What are your thoughts on the situation at hand? Let us know in the comments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jaden Smith For Louis Vuitton’s SS16 Womenswear Campaign

Jaden Smith is taking his fashion to another level–and this time he’s doing it with Louis Vuitton. The 17-year-old actor and rapper was recently announced as the newest face of LV’s womenswear Spring/Summer 2016 campaign.

 

Now, I’m quite sure we’ve all seen Jaden’s outlandish choice of apparel–which, besides his unbelievable talent on the mic, are one of the reasons why you can’t help but love him.

 

Back in April of last year, Smith stirred up quite a frenzy across the internet, as he was seen wearing a dress-like outfit in public. He was also later spotted wearing a similar outfit to prom–only that time, he took a Batman approach.

 

Let’s just say, he’s definitely an eccentric character. When asked about the motivation behind his fashion sense in an interview with GQ Magazine, Smith said he likes to wear things that makes him feel like a ‘super hero’–even if he’s not wearing super hero costumes everyday.

 

“I’m just expressing how I feel inside, which is really no particular way because everyday it changes how I feel about the world and myself, but I like wearing super drapey things so I can feel as though I’m a super hero, but don’t have to necessarily wear super hero costumes everyday,” he says.

 

The photos were shot by photographer Bruce Weber. Smith also rocked the pieces at Paris Fashion Week–which is where they were first debuted.

 

Check out photos of Smith rocking the LV apparel below:

Photo Creds: Nicolas Ghesquière – Louis Vuitton’s Artistic Director

 

 

Jacob Latimore New Hit Single Climb

By: Levar Kemp

Have you heard Kontrol Girl former cover model Jacob Latimore drops a new single? Here the scoop the newly independent artist, Jacob Latimore (formerly signed to RCA records) releases new song “Climb” that displays a more mature side of the talented artist, produced by GSP, through his company Jacobs Ink. The 19 year old singer, dancer  and actor is currently putting the finishing touches on his EP scheduled to drop this year 2016! We can not wait to hear the finish product. Exciting Exciting! Great things ahead for this talented individual. Kontrol Girl will keep you updated on the latest as his EP as it unfolds in front of our as.

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Until then check out the sweet sounds of his new single Climb below

“Climb” 

 

Kandi & Phaedra Drama Continues

Just when you thought Kandi and Phaedra had settled their feud–it continued. After last night’s episode of RHOA, the drama apparently resurfaced.

 

As we all know, Kandi and Phaedra’s beef has been going on for some time now. According to Phaedra, it all stems back to Kandi not being there for her when she was going through her marital issues with husband Apollo. She also mentioned that she felt as if Kandi and Todd were siding with Apollo, due to the couple agreeing to keep Apollo’s motor bike in their garage. Throughout that time period, Phaedra became close with Porsha and Nene–which led Kandi to believe that she was letting the two ladies get in her ear and come between their friendship.

 

Kandi and Phaedra both had a discussion–clearing the air, but unfortunately, that wasn’t the end of it. Back in 2012/2013, Todd produced Phaedra’s workout DVD–and from what Todd says, he’s still waiting on a final check. He says Phaedra still owes him a little over $8,000, but on the other hand, Phaedra claims that she paid him a full total of $30,000 already.

 

Two episodes ago, Phaedra, along with Porsha and friend Shamea, were discussing the workout DVD issues. The three ladies were having a general conversation about the situation overall, and Don Juan (Kandi’s manager), so happen to overhear Porsha asking if Phaedra and Kandi’s issue was really over the husband not getting his coins. Don Juan then proceeded to jump in to Kandi’s defense. The next day, Shamea–who was present in the conversation, brought the news to Kandi.

 

According to Kandi, she feels as though Porsha has been taking sides with Phaedra. She also went on to say that Porsha is believing the hype and Phaedra wasn’t that sad when Apollo went away, because their marriage was already on the rocks.

 

Later in the episode, Phaedra set up a meeting with Todd–as seen on last night’s episode. Let’s just say, homeboy came prepared. Todd pulled out documents, receipts, the whole nine. During the confessionals, Phaedra said some pretty harsh things–indicating that Todd needed the money, due to failed TV shows. She then went on to mention Kandi giving him an ‘allowance’.

 

Shortly after the episode aired, Kandi took to Instagram to clear the air about Phaedra’s false allegations. She stated:

In 2015 My husband @todd167 had 3 shows that he was executive producer on to air on 3 different networks. People lie but credits don’t. Check the credits! We’re trying to move past this petty bs about this workout DVD but it’s always tough to watch the drama play out today over things we’ve supposedly worked out already. I just want to make things clear for people who are watching this episode of RHOA. My husband is great at what he does & he’s been successful at it. People always talk shit on this show but I hate when they try to discredit him with lies. Let me just clear up something for y’all. Todd & Phaedra talked years ago when she was pregnant with Dylan about him helping her with production for her pregnancy DVD. He was doing it as a friend because he said they could do it way cheaper than the company she worked with on her 1st workout DVD. She approved the budget & she paid the first 2 payments but never paid the third for whatever reason. This was well before Apollo went to jail. Todd sent final invoice emails but there was just excuses & no payment. I told him not to worry about it & give her time. But now years have passed. You know how it is when you have a friend who owes you money but they come around with new shit all the time but never mentions your money… That’s why he was irritated. So to everyone who is coming at us in the chat box saying my husband waited for her husband to go to jail to ask for his money as if he was scared to ask, that is absolutely not true. He’s was asking long before. Just never got all his money. Simple…. And Todd was never being mean or disrespectful to her. He always remained cordial. The video was shot & finalized in 2013. She was suppose to give him the photo she wanted to put on the DVD menu & final payment back then…. It’s 2016 people. I hope this gives y’all some clarity. #NoShade #AllFacts

Moments later, Kandi also took her ranting to Twitter:

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And, of course, you know our girl Kenya had something to say!

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We really hope that Kandi and Phaedra can settle their issues! It’s never good to see strong friendships break apart.

Shades Of Blue

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SHADES OF BLUE, starring Jennifer Lopez. The show premiers on Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 10 PM EST.In a steamy new drama, the iconic Jennifer Lopez stars as sexy New York detective (and single mother) Harlee Santos, who fell in with a tight-knit group of dirty cops, taking bribes and protection money that she uses to provide the best life for her honest and talented daughter. When she’s trapped by the FBI, however, and forced to inform on her own “brothers,” she’ll have to walk the fine line between love, loyalty, honor and betrayal, and try to keep it together for her daughter’s future.

 

Answer the question below for your chance to win  advance screening of the show in Atlanta on Tuesday, January 5, 2016. 

Who was on the Cover of the last KG issue?

 

 

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