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HomoCouture.Com Red Carpet Fashion Week Premiere Tonight!

HomoCouture.Com Invites You to Tonights  Red Carpet Premiere of HC After-Work Wednesday’s at Arabesque New York! 4 East 36th Street Between Madison and Fifth Avenues. NO Cover – $10 TopShelf Drinks All Nite, $10 Small Plate Mediterranean Cuisine, $25 Hookah & Music by Brooklyn’s DJ MK+ A Special Belly Dance Performance by Shari!

See You There!
#HC #HomoCouture #Arabesque#FashionWeek #AWW #Hookah #BellyDancer #RedCarpet #NYFW

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NewFest 2013 – LGBT Film Festival

By Melvin Browne

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Today begins the 25th anniversary of New York’s premier LGBT Film Festival ‘NewFest 2013’. The film festival is also celebrating a second year partnership with Los Angeles Outfest and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. From September 6th through September 11th, NewFest will bring together filmmakers and audiences in the community to give greater visibility and voice to the LGBT experience in film. NewFest features a diverse and compelling collection of narratives, documentaries, short stories and parties by LGBT & allied filmmakers. Films are shown at Lincoln Center and General Admission is $13 and Member Admission is $8. Be sure to visit the NewFest Official Website for additional details. For Tickets and Scheduled Showings Click Here. Enjoy!

Check Out A Few Trailers Featured at the NewFest Below:

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CHRIS MASON JOHNSON, 2013
USA | 90 MINUTES

FREE FALL
STEPHEN LACANT, 2013
GERMANY | 100 MINUTES

HOT GUYS WITH GUNS
DOUG SPEARMAN, 2013
USA | 110 MINUTES

GETTING GO: THE GO DOC PROJECT
CORY KRUECKEBERG, 2013
USA | 91 MINUTES

HomoCouture.Com Presents: After-Work Wednesday’s @ Arabesque New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Melvin Browne
Editor-In-Chief
HomoCouture.Com
Melvin@HomoCouture.Com

THIS FALL HOMOCOUTURE.COM PRESENTS

AFTER-WORK WEDNESDAY’S AT ARABESQUE NEW YORK

New York, NY – August 13th, 2013  – This fall HomoCouture will host a red carpet premiere for its new weekly after-work experience at Arabesque New York in Murray Hill. (4 East 36th Street, New York, NY 10016 – Between Fifth and Madison Avenues). The official red carpet premiere is set for Wednesday, September 11th 2013 and will occur every Wednesday through the rest of the year from 7PM till 1AM.

“After-Work Wednesday’s” will feature a modern Moorish setting and music by the infamous DJ MK. There is ABSOLUTELY NO COVER. Guest will indulge in a specially priced selection of North African, Middle Eastern & Mediterranean cuisine, top shelf cocktails, and Hookah served in 6 different flavors.

Guest will also have the opportunity to take photos with photographers on the branded step and repeat banner at the entrance and also throughout the venue. Compliments of Entrepreneur Corey E. Knight, the first fifty guests will be presented with free Ciroc Vodka shots upon entry. Guest can also participate through social media by tagging photos, check-ins, and updates using the hash-tags #AWW #HC and #HomoCouture.

“After-Work Wednesday’s” is a casual yet fashionable mid-week experience. A weekly after-work setting for HomoCouture.Com readers, supporters and industry professionals in the NYC Area. The event is home to the upwardly mobile, educated, current/future “influential” in the fashion and entertainment industries. For those who love music, great food, drinks and networking with other industry professionals in a posh setting.

Save the date for a night of meeting and networking with new people, hot music and the taste of Mediterranean cuisines. To RSVP or for more information contact HomoCouture at Melvin@HomoCouture.Com

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About HomoCouture

HomoCouture is an online magazine dedicated to providing a Fashion and Lifestyle guide to gay men worldwide. HC functions as a media outlet that promotes individuality and personal growth for men ages 18-35 in the gay community.

Our Mission is to effectively empower and influence the gay community by supporting a misunderstood lifestyle. We are committed to providing a guide that focuses on positive and real life material. HomoCouture encourages individual growth, social acceptance, community pride and lead by example as one of the positive and influential media outlets. There is a demand for a voice in the media that understands and represents what it truly means to be homosexual. And that voice is HomoCouture.

About Arabesque

Building on the success of New York City’s acclaimed Barbès Restaurant, Omar Balouma & Abdellah Ksiyer introduce Arabesque, named for the art form defined by a complex ornamental design of intertwined flowing lines & geometric figures originally found in Moorish decoration. Arabesque Restaurant resonates this in its architecture, décor and menu with a modern Moorish dining room, a traditional Moroccan lounge and a menu that carefully intertwines North African, Middle Eastern & Mediterranean cuisines.

About DJ MK

DJ MK – Disc Jockey, Producer & Personality. Truly a phenomenal DJ describes DJ MK “Brooklyn’s Baddest” one of New York’s hottest and most sauté after DJ; a native of Brooklyn where she Grew up.  MK has won numerous DJ competitions including Vibe Magazines “Woman of Steal” the first female DJ battle where she appeared in both Vibe Magazine and Vibe Vixen. DJ MK has appeared on two episodes of BET’s the Basement featuring celebrity Icons Damon Dash and KRS1. MK is currently the resident DJ at NO Parking, Monster  and Americano.

The crowd adores her and MK is in demand not only by the patrons of major venues but by A-list celebrities who have requested her, such as Wyclef John, Little Kim, Foxy Brown, Victoria Dillard, and most recently America Next Top Model winner Eva Pigford just to name a few. Though she has accomplished a great deal she’s just getting started with new management and a burning desire to perform look to see DJ MK in a venue near you!

HC Approved! Guinness Live It Up

By Melvin Browne

As you all know, Labor Day weekend in Brooklyn is home to the West Indian Caribbean Carnival. The parades, music, and spicy foods bring thousands of West Indians, Caribbean Americans and African-Americans from all over the world. Most of you already attend every year, however I have a special event that I know you will not want to miss.

Guinness is hosting the “Live It Up” event on Saturday, August 31st at Sanders Studios in Brooklyn. The event will feature live music performances by some of your favorite artists, live DJ’s and dance performances.  The event will also feature a courtyard of Caribbean food vendors and delicious taste of Guinness beverages.

To RSVP, visit GuestCode.Com and Enter the Code 1849 for additional details and access to the event. Live It Up and hash-tag #guinnessliveitup to alert your friends to RSVP as well, the more the merrier LOL! … See You There!

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LVL XIII: Luxury Designer Footwear by Antonio Brown

By Melvin Browne

SHOE_04As the Editor-in-Chief of HomoCouture and a member of the press, it’s very important that I cover the good and the not so great. Last night I was confirmed to attend AM Studios here in NYC for the Launch Expo for LVL XIII, a luxury men’s collection designed by Antonio Brown. I can’t tell you much about the brand; however the preview photos/website definitely caught my attention.

But what a complete waste of an outfit and Cab ride! I coulda had a V8! My routine Monday night of watching Love and Hip Hop Atlanta, was taken away from this misleading coordinator from Blink PR for this event.

I won’t go into the ridiculous details about how this event was unorganized. Nevertheless, I would still like to invite my HC readers to get into some of the LVL XIII Collection! Instead of shopping for your next Giuseppe Zanotti or Balenciaga high-tops, you might want to consider the LVL XIII Collection! Definitely an interesting line of luxury that I would love to add to my own collection! It’s unfortunate that Blink PR missed out on an opportunity to give LVL XIII a just debut, to really showcase what seems to be a great up and coming designer brand. Check them out for yourselves! Visit the LVL XIII Website for more info and be sure to subscribe to their newsletter.

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HC APPROVED! Fire Island Black Out 2013

By Melvin Browne

901940_154774011356900_679283141_oNeed a Weekend Getaway? The Month of August calls for some of the summers sexiest parties and events. One you will definitely not want to miss is the 11th Annual FIBO – Fire Island Black Out at Cherry Grove! FIBO is THE premier multicultural beach event for the LGBT community and hits Cheery Grove  August 9th – 11th. FIBO is DEFINITELY a HomoCouture summer destination; we pack up every summer and ferry right over to get the closest thing to sun, fun, drinks and great music in the NYC area! Below are some ADTV Media promo videos, brief details on events, travel, and lodging. For additional details head over to the FIBO Official site, follow them on Twitter and Facebook for the latest updates. See You There!

Event Info: Click Here for Additional Event Information

Fire Island Black Out 2013
August 9th – 11th @ Cherry Grove, Fire Island, NY
For Complete Rules and Regulations, Visit the FIBO Official Site Here.

Main Event is Saturday, August 10th
the Day Includes: The New FIBO Plaza, Beach Games, FIBO Confessions, Beach Ten Contest, Happy Hours, The VIP Pool Party and Swimwear Show, and the Bump& Dip Dance Pool Party!

***FIBO Event Admission Bracelet is Required to Enter, Click here for FIBO Bracelet Details and Packages.

Travel Info:

Cheery Grove is accessible from Sayville, NY, where a ferry service carrier FIBO Attendees to and from the Island. Sayville, NY is accessible from anywhere in New York through Amtrak, LIRR, or by Driving. For Ferry Schedules, Driving Directions, and Train Schedules Click Here!

Lodging Info:

As of Right Now, VIP ROOMS HAVE SOLD OUT, HOWEVER….

FIBO has a limited number of rooms available in the Host Hotel (Hilton Garden Inn – Ronkonkoma) for $189/night (includes taxes) based on double occupancy.  Single and triple room rates available upon request.  Two (2) nights minimum.

**Event Admission Packages will be available separately in the hotel lobby while supplies last.

Call Gai Spann at (718) 789-1242 or Tinnette Spann at (347) 789-8641 to reserve your room by Monday, July 22, 2013.  You must use Promo Code: LMP13 to take advantage of this special offer.

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Designer Melvin Browne Launches Premiere Men’s Swimwear Collection

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:
Melvin Browne
404.449.1164
Info@HCSwimwear.com
www.HCSwimwear.com

DESIGNER MELVIN BROWNE LAUNCHES PREMIERE MEN’S SWIMWEAR COLLECTION

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(Atlanta, GA – April 6th, 2012) – HCSwimwear by Melvin Browne is an EXCLUSIVE Collection of the most popular swimsuit styles designed for the modern man. Our Men’s debut Collection combines the garment districts finest fabrics with this summer’s hottest colors.

Hand made in the U.S.A, HCS is completed with Five (5) male swim suit styles, Eight (8) solid colors, and Two (2) fashion prints that create a mixture of over Fifty (50) designs to choose from. Our Styles include: Body Trunks, Trunks, Bikinis, Briefs, and Thongs. HCSwimwear is designed to showcase the body, personality and fashion sense of the person wearing them.

“Cotton underwear is not made to be worn outside and in the water. My inspiration behind creating this collection was to provide men not only with comfortable and supportive swimwear, but to support a lifestyle with a variety of swimsuit selections that are fashionable, unique, daring and sexy.” – Melvin Browne

HCSwimwear is constructed from the Premium blend of Nylon & Spandex and lined with Ultra-Smooth Nylon. Our styles are designed to not only fit and support the forces of a man, but crafted to accentuate and chisel the natural shape of the male body.

Our Sexy and Stylish Men’s swimsuits can be worn in and out of the water to accommodate your eventful vacations. HCSwimwear takes you from the beach to the boardwalks, from the pool parties to the yacht, and to some of the nation’s most popular summer destinations. HCS was created for confident men with a desire to have fun and be innovative.

Shop Our Spring/Summer 2012 and HCS Basics Collections Today!  Our 15% off Pre-Order Sale Ends April 14th, 2012 at Midnight. www.HCSwimwear.com

For media inquiries/interview requests or vendor/sales opportunities please contact Melvin Browne – Info@HCSwimwear.com

Aspen Urban Ski Week 2013

By Melvin Browne

A few days ago CEO of Sizzle Miami and Platinum Planning Group Inc. Dwight Powell released details about his New National Gay & Lesbian Getaway. I believe it’s time to pack away your sunscreen and shorts because this new event is tucked away in the mountain range of Aspen, Colorado. The acclaimed Premier Urban Aspen Gay & Lesbian Winter Getaway will take place during the Urban Ski Week of February 1st – 4th, 2013!

After the much success of Sizzle Miami during Memorial Day weekend, Powell and Platinum Planning Group have advanced to providing a more, “Elite”, “Upscale” and “Premium” Experience off the beach and into the Majestic Mountains of Aspen.  This new event is For America’s elite; hardworking gay & lesbian professionals that desire and demand the finer experiences that life and money have to offer!

Aspen Urban Ski Week 2013 promises a vacation experience of a lifetime. From taking on world-class slopes, partying in your pajamas, to soaking up the fun at their highly anticipated midnight splash heated pool event, outdoor adventure, divine dining, stirring nightlife, and exceptional shopping. Aspen Urban Ski Week will definitely be a weekend to remember. According to reps “If you’re looking for a non-stop, high energy, crowded party-life atmosphere, then this event probably isn’t for you. On the other hand, if you’re yearning a less-intense, laid-back, soothing, quaint, but still fun vacation getaway, then Urban Ski Week 2013 in Aspen, Colorado is just what you’ve been looking for”.

This is definitely a MUST attend event to experience with friends and significant others. Those who have already experienced the hotness of Sizzle Miami already know what to expect from Dwight Powell. For everyone else this upcoming Sizzle Miami “Apocalypse” may be your last opportunity to experience what everyone calls the “Ultimate Gay Vacation”. So book your trip ASAP!

For additional details on the Accommodations, Schedule of Events, and All-Inclusive Packages for Aspen Urban Ski Week 2013 Visit the Official Website UrbanSkiWeek.Com and Follow @UrbanSkiWeek on Twitter.

Dark Times for BET Hip-Hop Awards – Black Carpet

By Ibrahim Malik

I’m glad BET did a black carpet because last night’s BET HIP HOP Awards show black carpet was a red carpet’s funeral and leading the procession was WORST Dressed Diamond  giving “Ho in Morning” tease and Rick Ross embodied the entire sky. I swear I commend anyone who writes a best and worst dressed list for the BET Awards because I want to give them all “F’s”. Seriously, Did we expect an eye-catching “Black Carpet” with absentee Divas like Beyoncé, Rihanna, or Nicki Minaj or even the Faux Divas Ciara or Keri Hilson. Diamond looked like a combination of Black swan and the wicked witch of the South. It makes me think WWRD = ‘WhatWouldRihannaDo”? for her Rated R album.  Wale <> Let’s give him three claps that his dreds finally reached his shoulders but #Lowkey he was looking sexy.

Diana Ross needed to come get her kids; Closet Case Evan Ross was serving Homeless Chic, while his big sister Tracee Ellis Ross was “Almost” Best Dressed. She had a great outfit but just decided to steal some horseshoes and painted the bottom red LONGhairREDbottoms. Tracee’s co-star Malcolm-Jamal Warner was a breath of fresh air for the guys with a youthful clean look, definitely Best Dressed Male.   NELLY wins my SEXIEST Rapper Alive award, I mean his style was hood and basic but still sexy—He stayed true to his personal style. Honoree LL Cool J who normally brings his Sexy Swagger appeared to have just rolled out of bed and licked his lips and he was dressed. I am at a loss of words when it comes to the Da Brat, I didn’t get it but it’s definitely her Style.  Others such as Big Sean & Ace Hood, were the rappers standard. I would’ve preferred them to be shirtless or in “Big” Sean case with no pants. And to sum up everyone else, just think tight and tacky for the ladies and jeans, t-shirt & Bling for the fellas. BET please GET IT TOGETHER for next year! the BET Hip Hop Awards Encore airs This Friday, October 14th 9PM/8C

 

 

 

 

No Shows at the Award Show

By Stephfon Guidry

BET Hip Hop Awards entertained, opened ears and made you laugh; it mended a friendship that was long overdue for some forgiveness.  Truly da King of the South is the rubber band man, as T.I. bounced back with flexing (iHope he didn’t FLEX too much in jail) rhymes and his classic swagger the crowd welcomed his return. Atlantic Civic Center opened its doors to urban hip hop legends Heavy D, DMX, Da Brat and more.

First let me dish out all those tweeting #WINNING from their velvet seats last night:  Chris Brown took four awards all for his club banging, douging hit “Look at Me Now”, Lil Wayne scored meager two awards #IdemandAreCOUNT, Nicki Minaj won two as well and Kanye West, Jay-Z, Waka Floka Fame and more. Rap titan himself nominated for a dominating 18 nods receiving only two, Lil Wayne aka Lil Tunchi, gripped the coveted Lyricists of Year and Best Live Performer awards.  Rihanna found the love enough to comment positively on Chris Brown’s night of #WINNING, “It’s incredible to see how he pulled out the way he did. Even when the world seemed like it was against him.”  (Msn.com) Performances that turned heads and kept the crowd fresh on the beat from the most notable Cyphers: Eminem, Busta Rhymes, Ludacris, Maybach Music Group, and Chris Breezy himself.   As the heavyweight lover grabbed the mic it took the show back to 1988 hits, beats, and a groove Heavy D a Hip Hop legend rocked the mic right.

“It ain’t a red carpet. It’s a sidewalk, bloody from the wolves eating red meat, and these spotlights don’t come with money — they come with police,” spoke LL Cool J to a rapt audience hanging on every word. LL Cool J challenged the newcomers to the game to use their mic for a message leaving the award show and hip hop with a charge of a new direction GLEE.

BET New Sitcom “Reed Between the Lines”

Following the Hip Hop Awards or Hood Honors premiered the black sitcom “Reed between the Lines”, featuring the talents of Malcolm-Jamal Warner and Tracee Ellis Ross. Daughter of the Diva and the quintessential only son of the most iconic African American family in television history (the Cosby Show, if you don’t know you have lived under a rock for eons!) come together to create their own merging of laughs, love and life lessons on a show all about the black family of today facing its problems together. Reed Between the lines l isn’t an open book or a NY Best seller and it needs some time to grow—yet the actors’ chemistry flows through the screen.  The show provides some comedy, casting that gives young and seasoned black actors a chance; Ross gives a convincing psychologist and Warner plays a professor eloquently.  I predict, Reed between the Lines potentially may tackle everything from maintaining marriage intimacy, raising children, keeping a family together, and life with friends as well as life with family—Ross and Warner just snagged a viewer in me. So tune in to BET on Tuesdays at 10 ET p.m. and catch “Reed Between the Lines”.

From the Court to the Runway: Ballers and Fashion

By Ibrahim Malik

Front rows aren’t just reserved for Fashionistas and Editors, but Ballers are front and center at the all the Hottest Shows. Athletes are trading their cleats and jerseys for designer labels. No longer are the days when athletes splurge, million dollar contract just on Fast Cars and even Faster Women (on some Boys too) but invest in Tailored suits and custom kicks. Michael Jordan is a household name not just because of his sick jump shot but his Iconic Shoes. Nowadays athletes like Amare Stoudemire, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, and DeWayne Wade are exceeding way beyond just a shoe endorsement. This past New York Fashion week, they towered over in the front rows at shows such as Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Bastian, and others. These fashion houses and designers look at it as a true win-win situation giving an easy mainstream appeal.  Joe Zee, Creative Director of Elle even contributed “In the last few years, fashion shows have become as much a spectator sport as about the fashion, with blinding paparazzi snapping celebs in every front row.”

Lockouts in the NFL and now the NBA, allow ballers more time to divert their attention from the court to fashion. It is been a true emergence of athletes showing of the impeccable physiques in amazing editorials and eye-catching ads. We still won’t forget Kobe Bryant Amish-Inspired 2010 photo shoot in LA Times Magazine. More recently Carmelo Anthony and Dwayne Wade have spreads in Vogue Italia and VMan respectively. So if this current lockout doesn’t turn out so hot, they can fall back on Modeling (so LaLa and Gabrielle Union don’t fret). Amare Stoudemire turned his hustle up a notch with his current collaboration with Rachel Roy. “I was never a designer or anything like that, but as far as putting together what I was going to wear, I was a fashion rebel, always mixing it up,” said Stoudemire. The collection itself is meant to be the best of both worlds: Fashion & Sports. Rachel Roy had this to say about their line “What does Gisele wear when she goes to see her man [New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady] play? What would Kate Moss wear? Those images are the inspiration as we’re designing.” It’s a toss-up when the next NBA season will start but the players just might be changing in the locker rooms from shorts to tailored shirts by designers from around the globe.

 

 

 

SABIT NYC Kick of #NYFW at the Samsung Experience!

By Melvin Browne
Photos By Mia Marcus

SABIT NYC kicked off New York Fashion Week friday night with a presentation of their F/W 2011 & S/S 2012 Collections. Held at the Samsung Experience, Designer Shoichi Amemiya executed a simple but yet entertaining show. The event was hosted by “Bosslady” and included a special performance from Eric Sosa & the Maintenance Crew.

The SABIT Label has come along way since the last time we saw them back in March of  2010. The face of SABIT – Swizz Beats put the label in the fore front for A-list celebrities like Chris Brown, lil Wayne, T.I., T-Pain and Mario to take notice to the label. SABIT has  quickly become one of the most influential and sought-after urban brands in the market today. The **Hot Item** is  their Varsity Jackets, which we have seen consistently in every collection. The F/W 11 was our favorite collection this year, their were matching accessories & bags with most looks. The collection gave me very street Tokyo and we definitely look forwardto the future SABIT NYC Collections!

   

   

 

The message behind “Tanoshinde” a Japanese word meaning “ENJOY”. So here’s more video & photos from the show….Tanoshinde!