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Valery Kovalska

proof2Designer Valery Kovalska founded her namesake label in 2010 and has since then become a leading figure in the Ukrainian fashion world as well as a developing international talent.

After three years of styling for Russian and Ukrainian television, Valery debuted her men’s and women’s collections at Ukrainian Fashion Week in March 2010. Valery showcased a unique design perspective and focused on original prints and patterns, leather artistry and tailoring. She was then invited to London and Kiev Fashion Week to present her SS11 collection entitled “Professional Suicide”.

proof4Valery Kovalska broke into the European market with her SS14 collection at Paris Fashion Week and has continued to build a loyal international following spanning across cultural lines. Valery is planning her official US launch during NY Fashion Week for the SS15 season.

At the young age of 25, Valery Kovalska has developed a strong brand identity that utilizes luxe fabrics, original prints, handmade knits, and signature leather detailing. Both fashion forward and edgy, Valery Kovalska has created a brand that is approachable yet unmistakably cool.

Valery Kovalska retails from $500 – $2500
The collection includes gowns, skirts, shorts, top, pants and jackets.
See Valery’s lookbook here
Check out Valery’s site at http://www.valerykovalska.com
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Fashion Week NYC Fall 2014: Shot with Go Pro

Fashion Week is always my favorite time of the year whenever it arrives. Seventh House PR Publicity Director Amber Feld has decided to make an awesome video of backstage and runway footage during NY Fashion Week told through her eyes, which includes Charlotte Ronson’s presentaion and Hernan Lander’s runway show. Shot fully with Go Pro.

Great work, Amber!

Spend Memorial Day with Babyface, Robin Thicke, Ashanti, SWV, Rickey Smiley at Soul Beach Music Fest in Aruba‏

soulbeachA music concert experience like no other! Now in its 14th year, the Soul Beach Music Festival hosted by Aruba is the place to be Memorial Day weekend May 21-26. Ten- time Grammy winner Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and multi-platinum artist Robin Thicke co-headline to light up the Soul Beach Amphitheater with triple platinum hit makers SWV and stunning Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Ashanti. Along with stellar comedians, featuring Rickey Smiley, raising the roof with contagious laughter, the jam-packed party package is fused with exclusive nightclub after-parties at Reflextions, and sun drenched daytime beach parties. Witnessing pure musical virtuoso and riding the lyrical waves of the chic beach side main stage performances, festival-goers will embark on a one of a kind experience bringing them close to the action at the main stage concerts organically nestled along the sand laced shores. The natural splendor of Aruba’s elegant resorts, romantic adventures, and the region’s finest cuisine are topped off with the welcoming hearts of Arubans who join the revved up entertainment and the colossal celebrations Memorial Day weekend.
“Every year the country of Aruba is tangibly excited to receive the festival artists and participants.” says Otmar Oduber, Minister of Tourism, Transportation, Primary Sector and Culture. “Outside of the jam- packed schedule of world-class entertainment, we Arubans love every chance to share our lifestyle, cuisine, music and natural beauty with our visitors”.

aruba2“It’s an honor to host these dynamic, award winning artists on our one happy island,” says Ronella Tjin Asjoe-Croes, CEO of Aruba Tourism Authority. “Visitors not only experience chart-shattering performances, top-notch amenities and internationally-influenced cuisine at Soul Beach Music Festival, but the entire island of Aruba is wide open for exploration and enjoyment.”

“We are very pleased to present an extraordinary line up from new stars to Icons- this year has it all! The stellar Artist lineup, coupled with non-stop events and combined with Aruba the destination, is the perfect recipe for a lifetime experience.” said Mark Adkins, Executive Producer of Soul Beach Festival Productions.

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Osunlade – Atonement

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Atonement is the third installment of the Offering mix CD series by Osunlade for R2 Records.

As with Offering and it’s sequel Re-Offering, Atonement sees Osunlade select some more hidden gems that slipped through most DJs’ radar. As always the tracks are soulful, musical, emotive, yet electronic, modern, sometimes sparse, but always connected to the same spirit. An old story told in a new way.

The sequencing of the tracks on Atonement flow from one to another for a reason, Osunlade using music as a language in a way rarely heard. These are not random selections of big tracks, but carefully curated deep sounds put together seamlessly, each one enhancing energy from the last, drawing you in, hooking you into the story.

Anyone who’s experienced the artistry of Osunlade – be it his productions (acoustic and electronic), remixes, live or Dj sets will know there’s a message in his music, a philosophy encompassing everything from higher mind states to just cutting loose on the dance floor. “Atonement” will move your spirit, your body and your soul like no other.

Pre-order Atonement on Juno

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FASHION ON BROADWAY SOARS ABOVE NYC WITH BOBBY STONE & THE NEW OLD SCHOOL by Nathan James

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Tiffany Mynon, Bobby Stone and Ana Baby. (Darwin Antoine/Grasp It All)

It was an opulent, extravagant affair high above Midtown Manhattan, with the city skyline as a glittering backdrop, as Fashion On Broadway lit up the night over Herald Square.  Presented by Bobby Stone, leader of The New Old School (TNOS), this gala event featured the exciting new looks of designers from Khozi (Ricky Letteen, Priscilla Johnson, and Richard Johnson), Nayburhood Kool Kat (Ricky Letteen, Shalishia, and Buju), Blanche Will of B. Pretty Inc., Uniquely Crocheted Art of Sharon, Smoking Chronicles’ T’Lea Styles, Jeff from IconiCreation, Fashion Whorehouse’s Kim, and Basic Classics’ Anbessa and Deb So Fancy, all of whom showcased their Spring collections.

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Award Winning Producer Amadeus (Darwin Antoine/Grasp It All)

The stars were out in full force, too, with the first lady of French Montana’s Coke Boyz camp, Ana Baby, Multi-Platinum Record Producer Amadeus, R&B Sensation Tiffany Mynon, Hip Hop artist E-Reign (#MoneyCallinForReal), Celebrity Fitness Instructor Charity Lynette of Curvy Chick Fitness, Fyar Everything Clothing, Plus Model/Celebrity Caterer Belizean Flame, Monet Solomon of Phenox Jewels and Celebrity Blogger Jason Bourne all joining the festivities.  The Red Carpet lent the show a real hip-hop flavor, and Cynthia Horner, Editor-In-Chief of Hip Hop Weekly Magazine, Shamika Sanders of thisis50.com/jackthriller.comNeenee Donaldson of Maybach Magazine, Nicole Flores of Full Blossom Magazine/Xponential Curve,  Fiona Brown of loveandfashion.orgKady Chiu, Kadidid.com, Nicole Ferrell of DivaGalsDaily.comBryan of mediaHD and Official Sponsor FGM Magazine were among the many media organizations present.

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Coke Girl Ana Baby (Darwin Antoine/Grasp It All)

Fashion On Broadway began with a Sip N Shop that included  complementary wine with hors d’oeuvres from 3:30 PM to 5 PM. The Pop Up Shop participants “Sweet Treats” by Richel, Kayonne Natalie Co. (Accessories) and “Sweet V” Clothing, began the day by wowing the audience on hand with amazing products.  The event was exquisitely catered by Joe Carter, whose culinary delights included shrimp balls, quiche, chicken enchiladas and mini beef wellingtons, complemented by chocolate strawberries with Hennessy shooters, Moet, and other top shelf brands of champagne. DJ Thunder kept the crowd entertained with a perfect combination of Old School and New School.  The show was also made possible through the efforts of Edo Genius, Juicy Stone, and Druttz.  MNS Media PR, co-CEO Ernest Jackson brought it all together on the red carpet to add to a fashion-forward evening that was unparalleled in style and class.
 
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(Darwin Antoine/Grasp it All)

The New Old School would like to also thank our models: Shawna, Darvell, Enasha, Leanne, Stormy, Shauna, Melissa, Misti, Taisha, Darvell, Rene, Whitney, Camiera, Kenny, Denisha, Tavaura Smith, Zhamedra Thom, Ingrid Gray Rose, Claudia P, Theresa Powell, Annoula Dritsas, C.J., Ashley, Juicy Stone, Sabrina, Marjorie, Belizean Flame, Kenia, Gregory Miles, Nigel Walters, Asher Franklin, Alex, Deanna, Catherine, Destiny, Tinisha, Josh, Jean, EJ, Kenny, Jerome, Ali and all the other models. Special Thanks to our photographers/videographers: Grasp It All, Scripz Carrenton 10 and Infmega Media, for their time and hard work, it truly helped make this event a great success.

Fashion On Broadway shone a bright new light on the Great White Way, and its pomp and theatricality added extra glitter to the shining stars of the garment industry!

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Videos to all of Bobby Stone songs:
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De La Soul Wants You To Dig Deep!

de-la-soul-get-away-leadAttention DJs and Music Lovers Everywhere:  This should be another reason why you should love De La Soul so much.

They are releasing a limited edition vinyl pack of their LP, Smell The Da.I.S.Y, which will be an instrumental version of the album.

“We decided to release an all instrumental version of ‘Smell The Da.I.S.Y.’ to give people the experience of a J Dilla beat tape that we were so lucky to receive,” they said. “These beat tapes were the springboard that generated creation and generated inspiration for us.”

The fun part: There is only a limited 100 copies being released to the stores to represent the limited about of beat tapes Dilla would send out to numerous artists. They are not releasing the record store info on where to get it, for Dilla was a heavy crate digger who scoured far and wide for exclusive beats and they want you to do the same!

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Click on FacebookTwitter & the official site for more info and limited edition vinyl clues.

Happy Digging!

 

Shabaam Sahdeeq – Keepers Of The Lost Art

shabaamBrooklyn veteran spit kicker Shabaam Sahdeeq has returned with his fifth studio album,Keepers Of The Lost Art. The relentless lyricist delivers a body of work that puts his lyrical aptitude at the forefront, while placing an emphasis on top shelf production and cuts, courtesy of Ran Reed, Lewis Parker, DJ Dister, DJ Ready Cee and DJ Skizz, to name a few.

What originally started as 40 tracks, Keepers Of The Lost Art was eventually boiled down to 20, reflecting S-Dub’s most comprehensive long play release to date. The LP details his motivation to stay in the game and fight for the culture with bars as tough as the mic in his hand. The production runs the gamut from laid back as exemplified by the nostalgic piano chords on the Lewis Parker produced “Walk with the Light,” to electrifying, as demonstrated by the DJ Skizz produced street banger “That Dope,” which boasts features from Brooklyn’s premiere panderer Wais P, and the lyrically sharp Sha Stimuli. And complain no more club deejays, Shabaam has you covered for a dance friendly cut to spin late Friday nights with the DJ Wonder produced “Fall In Line.” It’s safe to call it a comeback as his rhymes are as polished today, as they were when he made his Rawkus debut in ’97 with “Arabian Nights” B/W “Side 2 Side.”

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