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Project Runway: All 3 Black Designers Survive Third Challenge

The third episode of Project Runway Season 5 had the remaining 14 contestants using elements of New York City as their inspiration, Tim Gunn learning the catchphrase "holla at 'cha boy," and all three black contestants advancing to the next round. Jerrell didn't earn much cred even though his dress was more polished than others; Korto landed in the safe zone with her well-made, but kinda boring jumpsuit; and Terri (pictured) received high marks from Heidi and celebrity guest judge Sandra Bernhard for her colorful and gauzy dress. With Terri, Korto and Jerrell doing so well on Project Runway and the success of the July "All-black" issue of Italian Vogue, this summer is turning out to be a magical time for blacks in fashion. PHOTO: Bravo
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Media Goes Purple to Appear Neutral in Campaign Season

In an effort to appear neutral on air in this very divisive campaign season, television pundits have opted for purple ties rather than Democratic blue or Republican red, according to the New York Times Style section. “Purple is the new neutral,” Jim Moore, the creative director of GQ, said of the latest tie trends of grape to periwinkle--exhibited on the always-yummy Anderson Cooper. “I’m surprised to see it on so many people throughout this whole political season,” said Tommy Fazio, the men’s fashion director at Bergdorf Goodman. “There are other ways of not being partisan.”
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Michelle Obama Makes Vanity Fair‘s Best-Dressed List

Vanity Fair's 69th annual International Best-Dressed list heralds Michelle Obama as a 'commander-in-sheath.' The First Lady hopeful joins the prestigious list of stylish celebrities, socialites and industry fahionistas to become one of the few black women to receive such wardrobe approval. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice graced the list in 2006.
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Fashion Photographer Nick Knight Tackles Racism With Naomi Campbell

Renowned fashion photographer Nick Knight has created an experimental video featuring a machine gun-toting Naomi Campbell, two Rodarte dresses, a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes and title cards that silently express his outrage at the fashion industry's systemized racism. Excerpts from the video read:

I am virtually never allowed to photograph black models for the magazines, fashion houses, cosmetic brands, perfume companies and advertising clients I work for. Whenever I ask to use a black model I am given excuses such as “Black models are not aspirational in some markets” or “they do not reflect the brands values,” normally, however, no reason is given. By my own inaction, I am guilty of allowing racism to be normalized and accepted in this business. This has made me deeply sad and increasingly angry. Fashion is often seen as frivolous but this is not a trivial issue. It is my belief that our society must be inclusive and by denying people the right to be seen as beautiful you cause deep cultural resentment, alienation and division.
PHOTO: Nick Knight/ Showtudio.com
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400,000 More Copies of ‘All-Black’ Italian Vogue Printed To Meet Demand

In case you didn't get your hands on the July issue of the "all-black" Italian Vogue, Conde Nast is rushing out 400,000 more copies of the fashion mag to meet the overwhelming demand. With covers featuring Liya Kebede, Sessilee Lopez, Jourdan Dunn and Naomi Campbell, the extremely well-received black issue shoots down the assumption held within the publishing industry that black faces don't sell magazines. Blindie just hopes Italian Vogue's attempt at showcasing black talent in the fashion world isn't viewed as "a collectors' edition, a one-off, a novelty", as the editor of Let Them Eat Cake magazine Nijide Ugboma warns in an article for The Observer.
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Janelle Monae on James Brown: ‘There is No Other Performer Like Him Today’

With her current project, Metropolis, being released in four separate "suites," Janelle Monae took the time to talk to the S.F. Fashion Examiner about her musical tastes, clothing style and inspiration. Here's a snippet of her ode to the late James Brown--the Godfather of Soul. "I love James Brown," she said. "There is no other performer like him today. I don't think there will be another performer like him." "I really loved his humanitarian characteristics. He was a philanthropist. He cared about his community," the Kansas-native added. "For me, I have a core value that I strongly stick to--I have a responsibility to my community and other young girls...James Brown is someone I always looked up to because he never got too detached from his community and his upbringing. He made sure he always stayed connected to the people." Check out the complete interview.
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Funny Man: Romany Malco Dresses Up For GQ

From his sexual tension-filled chemistry with Mary Louise Parker in Weeds to his funny sidekick roles in The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Baby Mama and (Blindie's personal favorite) Blades of Glory, comedic actor Romany Malco lands in GQ's Comedy Issue. Dubbed "The New Funny," Malco appears--all dressed up, of course--in the men's style magazine, as one of the "8 serious reasons that the future of comedy has never looked better!" Here's some highlights from his QA with GQ:

  • The Funniest Movie Ever: 48 Hours
  • The Funniest TV Show Ever Made: Cops
  • The Funniest Person You Know: My dad! To this day, he resents his younger brother for punching his pet monkey.
PHOTO: Peggy Sirota for GQ
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Project Runway: All 3 Black Designers Survive Third Challenge

The third episode of Project Runway Season 5 had the remaining 14 contestants using elements of New York City as their inspiration, Tim Gunn learning the catchphrase "holla at 'cha boy," and all three black contestants advancing to the next round. Jerrell didn't earn much cred even though his dress was more polished than others; Korto landed in the safe zone with her well-made, but kinda boring jumpsuit; and Terri (pictured) received high marks from Heidi and celebrity guest judge Sandra Bernhard for her colorful and gauzy dress. With Terri, Korto and Jerrell doing so well on Project Runway and the success of the July "All-black" issue of Italian Vogue, this summer is turning out to be a magical time for blacks in fashion. PHOTO: Bravo
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Media Goes Purple to Appear Neutral in Campaign Season

In an effort to appear neutral on air in this very divisive campaign season, television pundits have opted for purple ties rather than Democratic blue or Republican red, according to the New York Times Style section. “Purple is the new neutral,” Jim Moore, the creative director of GQ, said of the latest tie trends of grape to periwinkle--exhibited on the always-yummy Anderson Cooper. “I’m surprised to see it on so many people throughout this whole political season,” said Tommy Fazio, the men’s fashion director at Bergdorf Goodman. “There are other ways of not being partisan.”
Read More

Michelle Obama Makes Vanity Fair‘s Best-Dressed List

Vanity Fair's 69th annual International Best-Dressed list heralds Michelle Obama as a 'commander-in-sheath.' The First Lady hopeful joins the prestigious list of stylish celebrities, socialites and industry fahionistas to become one of the few black women to receive such wardrobe approval. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice graced the list in 2006.
Read More

Fashion Photographer Nick Knight Tackles Racism With Naomi Campbell

Renowned fashion photographer Nick Knight has created an experimental video featuring a machine gun-toting Naomi Campbell, two Rodarte dresses, a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes and title cards that silently express his outrage at the fashion industry's systemized racism. Excerpts from the video read:

I am virtually never allowed to photograph black models for the magazines, fashion houses, cosmetic brands, perfume companies and advertising clients I work for. Whenever I ask to use a black model I am given excuses such as “Black models are not aspirational in some markets” or “they do not reflect the brands values,” normally, however, no reason is given. By my own inaction, I am guilty of allowing racism to be normalized and accepted in this business. This has made me deeply sad and increasingly angry. Fashion is often seen as frivolous but this is not a trivial issue. It is my belief that our society must be inclusive and by denying people the right to be seen as beautiful you cause deep cultural resentment, alienation and division.
PHOTO: Nick Knight/ Showtudio.com
Read More

400,000 More Copies of ‘All-Black’ Italian Vogue Printed To Meet Demand

In case you didn't get your hands on the July issue of the "all-black" Italian Vogue, Conde Nast is rushing out 400,000 more copies of the fashion mag to meet the overwhelming demand. With covers featuring Liya Kebede, Sessilee Lopez, Jourdan Dunn and Naomi Campbell, the extremely well-received black issue shoots down the assumption held within the publishing industry that black faces don't sell magazines. Blindie just hopes Italian Vogue's attempt at showcasing black talent in the fashion world isn't viewed as "a collectors' edition, a one-off, a novelty", as the editor of Let Them Eat Cake magazine Nijide Ugboma warns in an article for The Observer.
Read More

Janelle Monae on James Brown: ‘There is No Other Performer Like Him Today’

With her current project, Metropolis, being released in four separate "suites," Janelle Monae took the time to talk to the S.F. Fashion Examiner about her musical tastes, clothing style and inspiration. Here's a snippet of her ode to the late James Brown--the Godfather of Soul. "I love James Brown," she said. "There is no other performer like him today. I don't think there will be another performer like him." "I really loved his humanitarian characteristics. He was a philanthropist. He cared about his community," the Kansas-native added. "For me, I have a core value that I strongly stick to--I have a responsibility to my community and other young girls...James Brown is someone I always looked up to because he never got too detached from his community and his upbringing. He made sure he always stayed connected to the people." Check out the complete interview.
Read More

Funny Man: Romany Malco Dresses Up For GQ

From his sexual tension-filled chemistry with Mary Louise Parker in Weeds to his funny sidekick roles in The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Baby Mama and (Blindie's personal favorite) Blades of Glory, comedic actor Romany Malco lands in GQ's Comedy Issue. Dubbed "The New Funny," Malco appears--all dressed up, of course--in the men's style magazine, as one of the "8 serious reasons that the future of comedy has never looked better!" Here's some highlights from his QA with GQ:

  • The Funniest Movie Ever: 48 Hours
  • The Funniest TV Show Ever Made: Cops
  • The Funniest Person You Know: My dad! To this day, he resents his younger brother for punching his pet monkey.
PHOTO: Peggy Sirota for GQ
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