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HC Style Highlight: INOVATION3

headerlogoBy Melvin Browne

lookbook2_zps20f44c6aSwag for an imagination and fashion for the streets. INOVATION3 is a lifestyle brand based out of New York. Inspired by urban fashion and the skater lifestyle, CEO and Creative Director Sharda’ Beverly created this brand with patience and quality.

When you hear Innovation, you think of something fresh, new, and inventive. INOVATION3 promotes exclusivity and style. Hence the Light Bulb Detail on many of their pieces. “Dream. Imagine. Inspire” is their motto. The brand looks for ways to reinvent street wear. The Collection is inspired by major changes in life and depicts the direction of change. Like a flick of a switch or turning on a light. The bulb is cracked, a statement of imperfection. Hence cracked light bulb: “Genius but with a twist.”  Get into the INOVATION3 collection below. Pieces can be found and purchased at the Official Site and be sure to Follow INOVATION3 on Twitter and Instagram for the Latest Updates… Enjoy

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Minaj Breaks the Mold

By Stephfon Guidry

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Nicki Minaj conquers the cover of Marie Claire magazine a crowning accomplishment for starlets like Beyoncé, JLo, and Rihanna. From jump Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ) wore vibrant wigs eye-catching outfits and spit verses that left all of her naysayers and competition in stitches.  With record sales soaring and features with many of the hottest artists in music out such as Rick Ross, Kanye West, Jay Z, Britney Spears, Rihanna and more. Nicki Minaj is redefining what it means to be a female MC as she branches outside the recording booth to endorsements by Pepsi, OPI cosmetics, MAC, Barbie, and Addidas. In Marie Claire (@MarieClaire), head to toe she rocks a chic edgy glamour look with a less is more vibe—Pink wigs are so 5 minutes ago. In the Magazine she eloquently speaks about fame, education, her former jobs (Red Lobster) at length. Minaj details, “If I were not famous, I would not have been able to buy my mom a home and a car and let my brother grow up in a home with a pool. I would trade the fame and keep the money so that I could help my family, because we needed it.” 

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Wouldn’t Be Caught RED!

By Melvin Browne

Editor’s Holiday Fashion Picks!

Inspired by the upcoming Holidays, here is some of MY favorite menswear picks this week. Prices are mid-range and vary in shades of SANTA RED. These pieces make great gifts or great additions to your own wardrobe. Please let’s all attempt to stay warm and fresh this holiday season… Enjoy!

Topman: Limited Edition Bright Red Wool Duffle – $180

Kenneth Cole New York: Roma Leather Satchel Duffle Bag – $395

Gucci: Hi-Top Sneaker – $495

Diesel: Timeframes S/Summer12 – $120

Nicki Minaj Covers WMagazine Art & Fashion Issue!

By Melvin Browne

Hip-Hop Artist Nicki Minaj covers the November Issue of W Magazine for their ART & FASHION issue. Dressed in Haute Couture dresses by Versace and Dior, Art Director Francesco Vezzoli details his inspiration behind this 18th Century masterpiece.

Francesco Vezzoli was asked what perked his interest when it came to working with Nicki Minaj, to which he replied, “I wanted to play with the public image of a female hip-hop star. During my entire career, I have always been fascinated by powerful women in history. I have spent a lot of time researching the ways they were represented in art and how their images were used to mold the public imagination—and to convey aesthetic and philosophical ideas about beauty and sexual desire. My main interest has been to link the historical artistic approach to female representation to contemporary icons of the media era. For W, I wanted to turn the lovely Nicki Minaj into a powdered 18th-century courtesan.”

He also details how he was able to transform Nicki Minaj into the perfect image, Francesco said, “In her performances, Minaj makes very explicit and ­challenging use of her beauty and her body, so I thought of comparing her to some of the most famous courtesans in history: the Marquise de Montespan, Comtesse du Barry, Madame de Pompadour, and ­Madame Rimsky-­Korsakov. My idea was to reproduce four iconic portraits of some of the most fascinating females of the past in a series starring an American pop-culture role model. We tried to re-create those original portraits using similar furniture, props, and clothing, à la Visconti. Luckily enough, the result came out as surreal as it could be, just as I wished.”

Nicki Minaj is really advancing her career and revolutionizing what it means to be an Artist. W Magazine is recognized worldwide as Fashion’s Bible with pictures. Recognize and Appreciate her TALENT… Enjoy!

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.

 

 

 

FALL’s FAB FIVE: 5 Fab Pieces for your Closet!

By Ibrahim Malik

Summer is unfortunately over. It’s time to trade in those tank tops and shorts for some thermals and a parka. Don’t fret about what to put in between, I got five pieces that’ll bring the HAUTENESS (pun intended) to your fall wardrobe.

1. Slim Fit Cords
a slim fit cord is a great alternative to your everyday pair of jeans, with the same versatility and comfort. They pair easily with a fitted denim shirt or plaid flannel. If you don’t own any, I suggest a tan or light Brown pair; it is a great starter color that works wonderfully with many fall staples like your navies, maroons and Olives.

   

2. Pea coat
A classic Navy Pea Coat has been staple in the closets of Fashionistas and Sailors alike for a LONG TIME!!!! And they still haven’t lost their appeal. But if you are one to break out of the Fashion “Norm” this classic cone in other great colors and plaids that add to its Chic appeal. My personal fave is a Light Grey Pea.  The Light Grey has a clean effortless look that can be dress up or down. It’s also a great homage to military inspired fashion.

   

3. Gingham Print
One of the biggest fall trends is mixing different patterns and textures; one of the easiest and fabulous ways of doing that is with Gingham. It comes in many variations whether it’s a sport button down collar shirt or a dress shirt that comes in many great colors. I have a client who is a young fashionable elementary teacher, I paired a burnt orange spread collar dress shirt with a purple striped tie and some slim fit khaki chinos. It was a great look that embodied the fall trend and he could have easily went from day to-night, and it all began with a versatile gingham shirt.

   

4.  Shawl Collar Sweater
The bottom line for any fall wardrobe is warmth point-blank, and the best way to accomplish that is layering. Just like the Pea coat I mentioned before the wool Sweater has been here for years on end, but I’m not talking about those itchy sweaters you mother used to put you in. A Shawl Collar sweater not only serves as an amazing layering piece but it gives you an effortless cool. It works well in the office or going out for a couple cocktails with friends.

5. Chukka Boot 
A chukka is the perfect way to finish off a fall ensemble. It’s more casual than a dress boot and way less chunkier than a pair of Timberlands (c) . I really like these boots because they pay homage to the classic collegiate style. They pair well with slim fitting trousers, whether chinos or denim,  gives a very casual yet chic feel.