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SPOTTED: Kate Ross And Johnny Good In New York’s East Village

kate_ross_johnny_good_4 Blindie spotted a fashionable couple strolling down Broadway in New York's East Village and we just had to capture their moment and get their fashion point of view on a few questions. NAME: Kate Ross OCCUPTATION: Designer/Owner of Distinguished Cravat (specializing in leather and plaid bowties and neckties) HOMETOWN: Winston Salem, NC NAME YOUR ENSEMBLE: "Negro Chic" OUTFIT SOUNDTRACK: "Heartbeat" by Madonna FASHION ICON: Yves Saint Laurent. ("I feel like when he died I carry his spirit for women who don't like to be "pretty" all the time.) NAME: Johnny Good OCCUPATION: Socialite HOMETOWN: Flatbush, Brooklyn with an ATL connection NAME YOUR ENSEMBLE: "Negro Chic" OUTFIT SOUNDTRACK: "Jungle Grooves" by James Brown and "Touch The Sky" by Kanye West FASHION ICON: Ralph Lauren. ("His story is inspirational -how he came up.")
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Old Navy Launches ‘Supermodelquins’ Campaign at New York’s 1OAK With Michelle Trachtenberg And Olivia Palermo

19E824A4 Is Old Navy trying to beat the recession by replacing live models with mannequins? The trendy but always economical fashion megastore launched their "Supermodelquins" campaign at New York hot spot 1OAK Tuesday night where The City's Olivia Palermo and Gossip Girl's Michelle Trachtenberg made nice with the plastic people. Blindie got a chance to catch up with Spotted stylist Keino Benjamin, who is currently dressing Jessica Rich of VH1's Real Chance Of Love (yes, low-brow, but whatevs!). Benjamin tells us his dream client would be Rihanna: "I would put more high-end dresses on her, get her back to longer hair and ditch some of the black she's been sporting. She's too beautiful to be dressing so dark all the time!" PHOTO CREDIT: Sara Jaye Weiss
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Blindie Exclusive: Sorority Forever‘s Candice Patton Talks Family, Music & Career

Blindie recently chatted with newcomer Candice Patton of The WB online's Sorority Forever and we couldn't help but to ask if there was any celeb relations between her and actress Paula Patton of Swing Vote and Mirrors. "That's so funny, someone asked me that yesterday," the Texas native told Blindie. "I don't think I am. I'm gonna say no, but you never know." While she may not be related to the other Patton, she does make another famous connection: "I get that a lot with Usher, because I guess his family's last name is Patton. I don't know. He may be like a distant cousin." As for her own family, she says, "I have super supportive parents who kind of said, 'This is what you love, we'll support you and pay for you to go to school and study it.' It's a dream come true to...have them move me out here to Los Angeles of all places and get my feet on the ground and have some kind of success." Although her resume reads like a who's who of daytime soaps, from The Young and the Restless to Days of our Lives, Patton confesses to finding artistic fulfillment in quirky indie films. "I really, really enjoy independent films," she says. "Things that are a little quirkier, that are a little more offbeat than the big blockbuster films." Patton's indie taste even extends to music as she admits to being a fan of folk soul and raves about singer Ray Lamontagne (who performs a mean acoustic cover of Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy"). As for Sorority Forever, Patton, who missed out on the Greek experience while studying theater at the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, says, "Spending everyday with these girls they become like your sister...we call each other sis and we're like 'hey sissy', like we're in a Greek sorority."
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Blindie EXCLUSIVE: Chanel Iman Gives Tyra and Italian Vogue Black Models Puzzle-Piece Necklaces

Returning a gift that Tyra Banks gave her, Blindie's favorite model Chanel Iman gave all the models at Tuesday's celebration of Italian Vogue's black issue puzzle-piece necklaces. The necklaces, which are replicas of the ones Tyra gave Chanel last October on her show, are matching puzzle pieces that symbolize their shared struggle of opening doors in the fashion industry. "I want you to wear this because we are just two puzzle pieces in this struggle for black models," Tyra told Chanel last year. "So whenever you feel like, "Oh, God! I'm so tired…They didn't accept me for this because I'm a black model.' Just know that you're just one piece toward us becoming a complete puzzle." Blindie thinks diversity in modeling is Tyra's new crusade—just like her 2007 "So What?!" positive body image campaign. PHOTO: Courtesy The Tyra Banks Show
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Blindie EXCLUSIVE: Catching Up With Anya of America’s Next Top Model

Blindie caught up with Anya Kop (who's real surname is Rozova) on Tuesday night at Metal magazine's launch party in SoHo, where the America's Next Top Model finalist talked life-after-ANTM and her new digs in New York. The Cycle 10 star, who in Blindie's opinion was shafted of her victory by Tyra's need to throw a plus-size model the title, moved from Hawaii--that's where her "bizarre" accent (which is the island's native pidgin) comes from--to New York five weeks ago. Having signed with Elite Model Management last month, Anya told Blindie, "I'm so excited. The show was a stepping stone and I can't wait to prove myself beyond TV." The Waipahu, Hawaii native also talked about her adventures in the Big Apple (she's got a cute condo in SoHo furnished by Elite), and how she's adapting. "I've been to Jones Beach, it's amazing!" Anya said. "I know it's not Hawaii, but you know what? I'm in New York now, so I love it. I can't wait to go to Fire Island." I guess you can take the Hawaii girl off the island, but not the island out of the girl. Good luck, Anya!
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SPOTTED: Kate Ross And Johnny Good In New York’s East Village

kate_ross_johnny_good_4 Blindie spotted a fashionable couple strolling down Broadway in New York's East Village and we just had to capture their moment and get their fashion point of view on a few questions. NAME: Kate Ross OCCUPTATION: Designer/Owner of Distinguished Cravat (specializing in leather and plaid bowties and neckties) HOMETOWN: Winston Salem, NC NAME YOUR ENSEMBLE: "Negro Chic" OUTFIT SOUNDTRACK: "Heartbeat" by Madonna FASHION ICON: Yves Saint Laurent. ("I feel like when he died I carry his spirit for women who don't like to be "pretty" all the time.) NAME: Johnny Good OCCUPATION: Socialite HOMETOWN: Flatbush, Brooklyn with an ATL connection NAME YOUR ENSEMBLE: "Negro Chic" OUTFIT SOUNDTRACK: "Jungle Grooves" by James Brown and "Touch The Sky" by Kanye West FASHION ICON: Ralph Lauren. ("His story is inspirational -how he came up.")
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Old Navy Launches ‘Supermodelquins’ Campaign at New York’s 1OAK With Michelle Trachtenberg And Olivia Palermo

19E824A4 Is Old Navy trying to beat the recession by replacing live models with mannequins? The trendy but always economical fashion megastore launched their "Supermodelquins" campaign at New York hot spot 1OAK Tuesday night where The City's Olivia Palermo and Gossip Girl's Michelle Trachtenberg made nice with the plastic people. Blindie got a chance to catch up with Spotted stylist Keino Benjamin, who is currently dressing Jessica Rich of VH1's Real Chance Of Love (yes, low-brow, but whatevs!). Benjamin tells us his dream client would be Rihanna: "I would put more high-end dresses on her, get her back to longer hair and ditch some of the black she's been sporting. She's too beautiful to be dressing so dark all the time!" PHOTO CREDIT: Sara Jaye Weiss
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Blindie Exclusive: Sorority Forever‘s Candice Patton Talks Family, Music & Career

Blindie recently chatted with newcomer Candice Patton of The WB online's Sorority Forever and we couldn't help but to ask if there was any celeb relations between her and actress Paula Patton of Swing Vote and Mirrors. "That's so funny, someone asked me that yesterday," the Texas native told Blindie. "I don't think I am. I'm gonna say no, but you never know." While she may not be related to the other Patton, she does make another famous connection: "I get that a lot with Usher, because I guess his family's last name is Patton. I don't know. He may be like a distant cousin." As for her own family, she says, "I have super supportive parents who kind of said, 'This is what you love, we'll support you and pay for you to go to school and study it.' It's a dream come true to...have them move me out here to Los Angeles of all places and get my feet on the ground and have some kind of success." Although her resume reads like a who's who of daytime soaps, from The Young and the Restless to Days of our Lives, Patton confesses to finding artistic fulfillment in quirky indie films. "I really, really enjoy independent films," she says. "Things that are a little quirkier, that are a little more offbeat than the big blockbuster films." Patton's indie taste even extends to music as she admits to being a fan of folk soul and raves about singer Ray Lamontagne (who performs a mean acoustic cover of Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy"). As for Sorority Forever, Patton, who missed out on the Greek experience while studying theater at the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, says, "Spending everyday with these girls they become like your sister...we call each other sis and we're like 'hey sissy', like we're in a Greek sorority."
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Blindie EXCLUSIVE: Chanel Iman Gives Tyra and Italian Vogue Black Models Puzzle-Piece Necklaces

Returning a gift that Tyra Banks gave her, Blindie's favorite model Chanel Iman gave all the models at Tuesday's celebration of Italian Vogue's black issue puzzle-piece necklaces. The necklaces, which are replicas of the ones Tyra gave Chanel last October on her show, are matching puzzle pieces that symbolize their shared struggle of opening doors in the fashion industry. "I want you to wear this because we are just two puzzle pieces in this struggle for black models," Tyra told Chanel last year. "So whenever you feel like, "Oh, God! I'm so tired…They didn't accept me for this because I'm a black model.' Just know that you're just one piece toward us becoming a complete puzzle." Blindie thinks diversity in modeling is Tyra's new crusade—just like her 2007 "So What?!" positive body image campaign. PHOTO: Courtesy The Tyra Banks Show
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Blindie EXCLUSIVE: Catching Up With Anya of America’s Next Top Model

Blindie caught up with Anya Kop (who's real surname is Rozova) on Tuesday night at Metal magazine's launch party in SoHo, where the America's Next Top Model finalist talked life-after-ANTM and her new digs in New York. The Cycle 10 star, who in Blindie's opinion was shafted of her victory by Tyra's need to throw a plus-size model the title, moved from Hawaii--that's where her "bizarre" accent (which is the island's native pidgin) comes from--to New York five weeks ago. Having signed with Elite Model Management last month, Anya told Blindie, "I'm so excited. The show was a stepping stone and I can't wait to prove myself beyond TV." The Waipahu, Hawaii native also talked about her adventures in the Big Apple (she's got a cute condo in SoHo furnished by Elite), and how she's adapting. "I've been to Jones Beach, it's amazing!" Anya said. "I know it's not Hawaii, but you know what? I'm in New York now, so I love it. I can't wait to go to Fire Island." I guess you can take the Hawaii girl off the island, but not the island out of the girl. Good luck, Anya!
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