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Remember the 90s when artists came out with those cunty bitch tracks like “I Got My Education”,  “Illusions of  Taboo” or any Sweet Pussy Pauline track and them voguer kids just come out and work the runway like nobody’s business? DJ Vito Fun brings the days back with the help of celebrity make-up artist Asif Zaidi and DJ Roxy Cottontail with a fierce track called “Bitch, That’s NOT A Birkin”, a funny read that is just in time for the posers of New York Fashion Week!
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Marc Cain Arrivals - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2014/15Under the motto “Stars, Dots & Hearts” the new looks from the upcoming Autumn/Winter 2014 collections by Marc Cain were presented Thursday at an exclusive fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Berlin.

Once again the front row was studded with illustrious guests: Elizabeth Hurley, Barbara Schöneberger, Minu Barati-Fischer, Frauke Ludowig, Natalia Wörner, Mareile Höppner and Natalia Avelon were all impressed by the looks of the upcoming season.

Nineties-style grunge combined with punk and biker details is the emphasis of the Autumn/Winter 2014 collections, enhanced with modern, feminine and luxurious elements.

“Fabulous! I really love the new collection!” said Elizabeth Hurley, who was fascinated by the modern style mix, expressing her enthusiasm to Karin Veit, Creative Director of Marc Cain, with plentiful praise. “All is wearable, elegant, smart and perfect for every occasion. My favorite look is the long evening dress with backless cuttout and the The End embroidery”

“The show has surpassed all expectations and with our performance we have sent out a clear signal of where the journey is headed: constantly and continuously onwards and upwards,” said Helmut Schlotterer, Chairman of the Management Board and the founder and owner of Marc Cain. “Both our customers and the press have expressed major enthusiasm and we are confidently looking towards a successful Autumn/Winter 2014 season – which we have already got off to a very successful start!” 

For more of the Marc Cain Show check out the Memoirs Facebook page.

Visit the Marc Cain website at www.marc-cain.com 

 

FW14 KAVIAR GAUCHE BERLIN 01/14/2014On Tuesday night the high-end fashion label KAVIAR GAUCHE showed its latest collection “Celebrate Love” at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin. 200 invited guests enjoyed the runway presentation for the autumn/winter 2014/15 collection in the Former Metropol.

The designer duo Alexandra Fischer-Röhler and Johanna Kühl are looking back on a successful ten-year career and so they invited their guests to an exclusive evening to celebrate their tenth anniversary together. The collection has love as its central theme. Personalities from the German film and art scene were gathered, amongst them Oskar Röhler, Heike Makatsch, Pheline Roggan, Lavinia Wilson, Bettina Zimmermann and model Eva Padberg . As well as the chief-editor of Harper´s Baaar, the biggest names in fashion journalism were also present.

Syoss is the official beauty sponsor and together with the designers they came up with the hair and make-up look for the A/W 14/15 season. The shoes for the show were designed in cooperation with Selve. The hats are from Kiss by Fiona Bennett.

There is also an eyewear collaboration with Eschenbach Optik – however the glasses are not being presented as part of the show.

The show was musically accompanied by the band “All the Ghosts” with lead singer and model Janine Henkels who sang on the bed of flowers.

It is meanwhile exactly a decade ago that Johanna and Alexandra founded the fashion label Kaviar Gauche, pulling off their first
coup in front of the entrance of the French department store “Colette”, with their guerilla fashion show.

FW14 KAVIAR GAUCHE BERLIN 01/14/2014For their ten-year-anniversary the designers have chosen to celebrate with their new autumn/winter collection, aptly named “Celebrate Love”. It is an expression of fashionable contrasts in which the complimentary poles of feminine and masculine elements, black and white, opulent and restrained, build on previous collections and culminate in a heightened form.

“Celebrate Love” is the result of clearly structured forms and avant-garde feminine fashion that condense the essence of the highpoints of an entire decade.

Light materials, like high quality silk chiffon meet leather accents, whilst heavy wool crêpe meets delicate georgette. Fine and floral macramé lace in its lightness sums up the essence of conventional femininity and reprises details from the Bridal Couture collection. Perfectly consummated with the exciting use of shiny silk.

The choice of colors also reflects the interplay of yin and yang, with black and white dominating, as the main emphasis of the collection. Whilst a striking flame red innovatively expands the color palette of Kaviar Gauche, this romantic accent also serves as an allegory for the entire collection as well as mirroring once more the motif of love.

The highlights of the collection, in addition to the glamorous evening dresses, are dinner jackets and dinner capes that perfectly FW14 KAVIAR GAUCHE BERLIN 01/14/2014highlight the striking interaction of femininity and masculinity. Feather details, again, reprising the past Bridal Couture collection, are also shown.

Condensed around the core theme of love, signature pieces are tailored to express that. In addition to heart-shaped bag designs, clutches with playful bow details round off the accessory range, in the collection palette of black, white and flame red. The aforementioned bow details are also present in the shoe designs, which again play with feminine/masculine extremes with classic high heels and an equally classic men’s shoe in dandy look. To top it all off, the designer duo go to town with opulent bridal hats in Bardolini style, echoing the 70s and referencing style icon Bianca Jagger’s wedding.

“Celebrate Love” is brought full circle in the true sense of the word with an engagement ring for the collection. The golden accessory picks up on the heart element in its filigree design and symbolically brings the collection of love to its conclusion.

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For more of the Kaviar Gauche Collection, check out the Memoirs Facebook page.

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Now in its 13th season, the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation has awarded $1.8 million in support of emerging designers, and helped to launch the careers of many of today’s best and brightest fashion stars, including Zac Posen, Derek Lam, Proenza Schouler, Rodarte, Alexander Wang, Joseph Altuzarra and Prabal Gurung.

Embodying the idea that good taste is always in style, Ecco Domani wines are crafted to add a special touch to the everyday. With bright fruit flavors and fresh, approachable wines, Ecco Domani is an effortless complement to any occasion. To celebrate this fusion of good taste in wine and style, Ecco Domani created the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation. The Foundation celebrates this notion of style where little things—just as much as grand gestures—make all the difference. This year’s winners each reflect that unique attention to detail from hand-knitwear to hidden seams and re-interpreted vintage prints.

“Through the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation, we are able to support talented fashion designers who are committed to celebrating style every day,” said Courtney O’Brien, Director of Marketing for Ecco Domani Wines of Italy. “Today, we are proud to raise a glass to this year’s award recipients and welcome them into the exclusive group of Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation alumni.”

“The Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation is one of the first and one of the most coveted emerging designer awards programs in the fashion industry,” said Marylou Luther, Editor of The International Fashion Syndicate and a judge for the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation. “This year’s winners represent an exciting blend of backgrounds, influences and approaches that highlight the promise of today’s young designers and complement an already impressive list of winners. The words Ecco Domani are the perfect metaphor for what these awards represent to the American fashion industry literally and figuratively—here’s tomorrow!”

ABOUT THE 2014 DESIGNERS

 DEGEN – Women’s Design

Designer Lindsay Degen began creating her quirky knits at the age of three when her grandmother gave her a set of knitting needles and taught her how to stitch. In pursuit of mastering her skill set, Lindsay attended the Rhode Island School of Design, where she studied under knit master Liz Collins. After graduating Degen moved to New York City to create her crafty, concept-based collections under the namesake DEGEN.

In February 2012, Lindsay launched her first full Ready-to-Wear collection that included sweaters, dresses, leggings, and even shoes. The collection, titled ASK TELL, garnered rave reviews and solidified DEGEN as an up-and-coming designer in the New York scene.

For her Spring 2013 collection, DEGEN was tapped by iconic American sneaker brand Converse to create custom platform shoes inspired by children’s roller-skates. The collaboration received critical acclaim and marked the beginning of a series of successful collaborations for the brand including partnerships with VPL, Suzanne Rae, Todd Selby, GERLAN and Victoria’s Secret.

After establishing herself as a top designer in the contemporary knitwear scene DEGEN set out to conquer another key market – baby apparel. In the summer of 2013 babyDEGEN made its debut and was both a critical and commercial success. The line features separates, onesies and accessories made from the softest and most durable fabrics incorporating the same cheeky aesthetic the designer has become known for.

DEGEN’s innovative and crafty approach to design has marked her as a designer to watch – one who is constantly cultivating excitement through her quirky and unique creations. DEGEN currently resides in Brooklyn where all of her pieces are conceptualized and brought to life.

NOVIS – Women’s Design

Jordana Warmflash is an old soul who embraced fashion at a young age – her unique blend of uptown and downtown sensibilities reflects her upbringing amidst the cultural vibrancy of New York City.

When Jordana was 14, her mother sparked her love of craftsmanship by teaching her to sew on her family’s old sewing machine. Jordana’s passion for the design and architecture of clothing matured during her time at Washington University in St. Louis, and her early career at Zac Posen, Peter Som, and Alice + Olivia.

In 2012, Jordana launched NOVIS, which celebrates her whimsical and irreverent approach to elegance. The name NOVIS is an homage to Jordana’s grandmother, Gwen Novis Warmflash. Jordana is inspired by a refined and courageous woman who, like her grandmother, is confident in her own eccentricities.

Jordana has long been devoted to constructing the perfect dress. Her garments are timeless, impeccably detailed and untouched by trend. NOVIS is defined by precisely tailored silhouettes and luxurious textures that call out to be touched, and worn with a wink.

Timo Weiland – Men’s Design

Born in rural Nebraska and raised between Jacksonville, Florida and New York City, Timo Weiland expressed an early interest in fashion from his upbringing in urban and pastoral environments. Training from his mother at an early age in sewing coupled with an understanding of fabric, led to his eventual design pursuits.

Alan Eckstein was born and raised in Great Neck, New York, where he was immersed in music and art and supported by a close relationship with his grandmother who is a successful interior designer in Manhattan.

Donna Kang was born and raised in Vancouver, BC Canada. She was a mover-and-shaker in the nightlife, music, and fashion scene in central Vancouver before moving to New York City to study at Fashion Institute of Technology.

Timo graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee and then worked in corporate investment banking for Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc. in New York. Alan attended Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and interned for ADAM by Adam Lippes for two years where he met Donna. After internships and freelance positions in the fashion industry, Alan and Timo met and quickly developed a compelling dialogue, which ultimately led to a design partnership. Donna worked at Carolina Herrera for two years before joining the team full-time.

Timo and Alan’s mutual interest in European history, travel, and underground music as well as a shared flair for dapper dressing promoted an engaging creative exchange. Debuting their first men’s and women’s ready-to-wear collection for Spring-Summer 2010, the collection firmly established their romantic, yet modern edge to dandy downtown dressing. Based in and inspired by New York City, the Timo Weiland collection reflects Timo, Alan, and Donna’s personal aesthetic sensibilities and a broader desire to spur a return to the art of dressing.

Visit www.eccodomani.com for more information and to see a complete list of Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation alumni.

 

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You may know her as a recording artist, singer, or the wife of Grammy Award winning DJ/Producer Louie Vega, or maybe you heard her at Funkbox, Ibiza, WMC, or even Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama’s tribute in Washington, D.C. Now you will hear her DJ like never before at the NYC Deep Underground Loft Party. And with an opening set by RUBI (R-TRES), and residents DJ Justice & DJ Bruno.. the dance floor vibe is sure to please your mind, body, and soul.. all night long..please arrive early.

ANANE VEGA (Nulu Music)
DJ JUSTICE (deephousemix.com)
DJ BRUNO (Utopia/HOME Boston)
opening set by RUBI (R-Tres)

> Pumpin, clean, pure JBL Sound System
> Plush hardwood floors for dancing
> Big outdoor smoking area
> Intelligent Lighting > Visual > Effects
> * New Bartender *

Come as you are, dance like no one’s watching

Priority Admission given to TICKET HOLDERS. Limited super early bird tickets below
DON’T SLEEP! Get your tickets now at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/Pinkie/555702

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Bushwick, Brooklyn
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jemina“I was singing before I started speaking”, says Jimena Bautista, a young jazz vocalist from Mexico who has been enthralling international audiences with her unique sounds and style, “when I was 2, my family already had recordings of me. I was completely amazed and dazzled by Michael Jackson’s Beat It.” With the knowledge that music was her passion, even at that early age, Jimena’s path was set out before her. Born in Mexico City and raised in Cancun, it soon became clear that Jimena had inherited the talent that ran in her family. Her father, who played with the notable pop band Mister Loco, won accolades such as “World’s Most Popular Song” at the Yamaha contest in Tokyo during 1975, for Lucky Man. Following her education at a British private school, where she became bilingual, Jimena was eager to follow in his footsteps. “By the time I was 13 or 14, it was a different world for me. When I first heard Manhattan Transfer, I knew I wanted to do jazz,” she recalls. “I was also inspired by Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holliday, Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington’s orchestra. This is how I got started in the jimenamusic industry–it was a little difficult for me at the beginning.”

Jimena persevered, and soon met the legendary George Duke, who became her mentor. “I met George Duke in 2003, at the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival. I was walking in the street and recognized him, and asked him where he was going to sing,” Jimena says. “He invited me to sing with him, live, and I was like, ‘Are you sure you want me to sing with you tonight?” Following that improvisational performance, Jimena’s career began to roll. She performed in such diverse locales as the Caribbean, Canada, Mexico, and recorded tracks at Bennett Studios in New Jersey. Jimena is also a composer, and she produces all of her own music. “I create music in a variety of genres, a fusion of jazz, blues, and Mexican,” Jimena observes.

Jimena has also become involved in social causes, joining the United Nations’ Say NO, Unite To End Violence Against Women in Latin America campaign. “I was very honored to become part of this campaign, to send a message around the world to stop the violence,” Jimena states. “Violence against women in Latin America is a severe problem, and we shouldn’t be afraid to say it out loud.” The program encourages Latinas to stop the cycle of abuse through education and understanding that they can get away from their abusers. Participating in the UN campaign is an important part jimena1of Jimena’s professional life. “Women need to see that there is a better life for them out there.”

With a new album, My Swing Moods, Jimena is bringing it all together. “It’s all about positive emotions,” she notes, “a big step forward for me.” The collection, which was released during a live concert this past August at Jazz Club Muliero in Cancun, is a distinctive gallery of the artist’s latest work, including songs like Evidence Under The Pillow, We Will Always Be Together, and Showtime. Joining Jimena on the album are pianist Mario Patron, Aaron Cruz playing stand-up bass, drummer Giovanni Figueroa, and Grammy Award-winning engineer Alessandro Perrota, who worked with R&B icon Tony Bennett. It’s jimena 2available on iTunes, and Jimena’s voice complements her band with a soft, touching blend of contemporary jazz and blues. The vocalist is also branching out into other art forms and projects.

“Five months ago, “Jimena says, “I was writing the story for a documentary. We’re going to film it in the next 3 months, and it has a lot of music! It tells the story of a jazz singer who doesn’t meet her father until later in her life.” Jimena’s long-term plans include enhancing the cross-border appeal of her music with audiences in the United States, “showcasing everything I have,” and continuing to create more resonant, enthralling music.

Story by Nathan James

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My Swing Moods now available on iTunes

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2013-12-28 00.31.45Friday night, DJ/Producer Kenny Summit, its Black Label chief Lenny Bambina and the good people from his L.A. based label Good For You Records, welcomed the party goers of new NY night spot, Sankeys NYC for their holiday party and some good tunes, neverending drinks, dancing, good memories, and some really cool swag bags.

For those who don’t know much about the label, yes, Kenny has been the founder of the label since 1999 and since then has shelled out a boatload of smash singles with a roster of artists such as Godddamn Kids, Justin 2013-12-28 01.27.56Schumacher, The Sunny Daze band and more.

The holiday party had some special guests who came in the building to celebrate with Kenny and his musical cohorts such as Grammy winning producer Eric Kupper, vocalist Darryl D’Bonneau and DJs J. Paul Getto and Nick Jagger, spinning some funky house and tech tunes.

The party ended really late and I left out of Sankeys nearly teetering, but it was all worth it! Shouts out to Kenny, Lenny & the GFY gang for throwing a dope event!

Get Kenny’s brand new tune, Join The World on Traxsource

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