Rihanna Vogue
It’s a sexy Rihanna package! This Vogue US cover for April 2011 looks like a homage to either Ariel (The Little Mermaid) or Jessica Rabbit, even though the red-haired songstress wears a stunning embroidered Chanel Pre-Fall 2011 dress. With such a game-changing cover, the actual spread – “Living Out Loud” – left me slightly disappointed.

It is their Shape issue, so I understand the use of the red hot Hervé Léger by Max Azria cutout swimsuit with Alexander Wang open-toe booties, but the styling (by the usually-adored Tonne Goodman) was uncharacteristically minimal from there on out; a Chloé one-shoulder mesh dress and a Donna Karan midnight-blue bodysuit. I believe it is the combination of forced style and the fact that the editorial – photographed by Annie Leibovitz – seemed poorly lit, but after such a cover the rest of the images felt slightly ‘travel catalog’. I hold all four names – Goodman, Leibovitz, Riri and Vogue – in the highest sartorial regard, so expected something a little more inspiring. Video and spread for you below! View Post

Rihanna X Factor
RiRi, ILY. X-Factor, well, I’ll keep those comments to myself. Regardless, Rihanna wowed the studio, tv, and online audiences this weekend with her performance of Only Girl (In The World). She wore a customised version of William Tempest‘s Spring Summer 2011 Oyster dress while having a musical food fight. Try and tell me you don’t want to see her in concert. Performance and runway photo included below. View Post

Whip My Hair Willow Smith
Never have I seen a nine-year-old so fly. After making the rounds at Milan Fashion Week with her gorgeous mother Jada, today Willow Smith has cemented her status in the fashion pack with the video release for her single “Whip My Hair“.

Likely to have been styled by Mariel Haenn – who is Willow and Rihanna’s personal stylist – the video is a total knockout with makeup artistry, hair paintbrushes, nail art that Minx and Wah would cry over, and attitude to rival Beyonce. There’s even a dancing baby. Video below. View Post

Georges Chakra Runway NYFW
Oh, I hate it when a designer falls below my expectations. In all honesty, Georges Chakra is one of my favourites; his one-off designs for beautiful women like Rihanna, Carrie Underwood, and Beyoncé being the best example of his raw talent. Unfortunately, for New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2011, we were given a shapeless lime evening dress with a horrible bustline that I never want to see again.

It definitely wasn’t all bad. Some of the dresses were phenomenal, innovative, and had the attention to detail that we all love Chakra for (see metallic brown dress below). Some of the others? Destined for the prom dress sale rack. View Post