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Ga Ga: Blindie’s Fave ‘Look Book’ Besties

In its latest Look Book column, New York magazine profiles three pairs of BFFs--and their complementary style. Now, Blindie's going ga ga for the brownest pair: stylist Mengly Hernandez and her best friend, photographer Naila Ruechel. Recalling their first meeting five years ago, Ruechel says Hernandez "had this big hair and was so beautiful, and I said, 'Can I photograph you?'" Hernandez, the more reserved of the duo, says, "I don’t open myself up to people very often. You can’t, because most people are looking for an opportunity." But Ruechel went out on a limb, saving the opportunity for their now-five-year-friendship: "I was just like, 'Girl, relax. It’s gonna be all right.' She’s gotten much better, though." Blindie recently spotted Ms. Mengly on one of our favorite sites, LadyGunn.com, where she appeared on the cover of the online magazine's inaugural issue. PHOTO: Glenn Glasser for New York magazine
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Ga Ga: JCPenney Remakes The Breakfast Club

Because we love The Breakfast Club and we love Simple Minds' "Don't You (Forget About Me)," we are just ga ga for JCPenney's new back-to-school commercial--we know it's low-rent, but hey, we can't help that a department store's commercial puts a smile on our face! Saatchi & Saatchi recreated all of the best scenes from John Hughes classic '80s film: Emilio Estevez' sweatshirt tug; Ally Sheedy pouring a sugar straw on a sandwich; the post smoke-up dance-a-thon, including Molly Ringwald's Carltonesque dance on the library landing; everyone running and sliding down the halls. Totally awesome! And the best part--it's diverse! There were actual real live black people recreating The Breakfast Club--a black girl even takes over Ringwald's popular girl role. Granted, it's a rip-off of one of the all-time greatest teen angst films ever, and yeah, they could've at least sprung for the original recording of the song, but we're willing to overlook all that. Someone finally loaded the commercial on YouTube so we can watch it over and over again!
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Ga Ga: Wendell Lissimore Works Overtime

A Utah native and former boxer, Wendell Lissimore has the right balance of ruggedness and beauty to become the next male supermodel (Tyson who?)! The 23 year-old signed with New York's Red Models in 2006 and has been working overtime ever since. In 2007, he landed the Bloomingdale's fall catalog and an editorial in Vanity Fair, and by 2008 he was walking in shows for Hermes, Ungaro, and Thierry Mugler. The model newbie even got a chance to work with one of the original supermodels, Linda Evangelista for a V editorial. This month finds Wendell on the cover of Japan's LUSSW, bleu magazine, and the Italian D magazine with his little son, Phoenix. Blindie's just ga ga for Wendell--AND Phoenix!
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Project Runway Season 5 Delights Blindie With Diversity

Project Runway Season Five premiered Wednesday night, and we couldn’t be happier: there are three African-American designers this year, and two of them are women! Here's the lineup: Terri Stevens, 39, from Chicago; Korto Momolu, 33, from Little Rock via Liberia; and Jerell Scott, 28, originally from Houston. To top it off, the Bravo competition finally included an Asian male--Jerry, 32, from Montana (previous seasons featured Asian females). Blindie predicts...

  • Jerell will be a treasure trove of one-liners and sass ("All you other designers can go home one by one")
  • Terri will give us indie chic, as she has already described her style as "Aerosmith meets Lauryn Hill meets Michael Jackson"
  • Korto will be all business and full of design surprises, as she aspires to be the first African American winner (an honor stolen from Season One's Kara Saun!)
As the elimination process crept closer, we held our breath as Korto and Jerry landed in the elimination line-up. And just when we thought this season was going to be a couture melting pot, Jerry was sent packing after creating an American Psycho-esque ensemble from a shower curtain and a table cloth.
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Celebrity Stylist Reveals Latest Muse: Forest Whitaker’s Daughter

Celebrity stylist Phillip Bloch, who has styled everyone from Halle Berry to Beyoncé, writes in his column for ABC News that Forest Whitaker's oldest daughter, Autumn, is "my my newest protégé at 16." Bloch, whose "BFF and traveling buddy" is Whitaker's 36-year-old wife Keisha, says Autumn "doesn't fall far from the tree!" The in-demand stylist accompanied the Whitakers and Autumn to Paris during Couture Fashion Week, where Keisha was "thrilled at the idea of seeing fashion to the umpteenth degree." "I think there has to be a happy middle ground between couture and ready-to-wear," Keisha, who Bloch says is "one of the few who actually wears couture," says of her fashion philosophy. "In fashion, there are definitely those statement moments and other times where classic chic and subtle work best." Bloch writes, "I'm happy to say I had a part in one of those statement moments, when I dressed Keisha for the 2006 Oscars. The buttercup yellow bias-draped Georges Chakra [pictured with Bloch and the Whitakers] sheath she wore the year her husband Forest won for best actor helped launch the couturier's successful foray into red carpet dressing." PHOTO: Tony Huge/ABC News
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Ozwald Boateng Looking for Models for Troubled Youth

Savile Row designer Ozwald Boateng is pitching in to help the national campaign, The Reach, to find role models for the U.K.'s black youth, according to the Press Association. Communities Secretary Hazel Blears said the drive was "crucial." At least 20 black role models, who will tour schools and delinquent institutions, will be chosen by a panel, which includes Boateng and others. "It is crucial that we improve the life chances of young black boys," she said. "Too few black men and boys are achieving their full potential...There needs to be a collective effort to combat underachievement and low aspirations amongst our young black men. PHOTO: AP
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Kohl: The World’s Most Expensive Magazine

Just when you thought the most expensive magazine in the world was the phonebook-sized Fall issue of an imported European fashion mag, the United Arab Emirates one-ups everyone with a special edition of Kohl magazine--the UAE's first monthly magazine geared towards Asian Women. Kohl’s one-off issue is covered in an astounding 91 grams of gold, encrusted with a whopping 622 diamonds and valued at $10,000 USD. The pricey mag--which features cover girl, Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif, who was voted No. 1 in FHM India’s 100 Sexiest Women in the World poll--will be auctioned to raise money for the Rashid Pediatric Therapy Centre. Launched in March, Kohl’s editor Faarah Mehta says, "The magazine is stylish, smart and very relevant to the Asian culture. It sieves through all the information and tailors it to effortlessly fit the Asian woman. Kohl is about defining, representing and inspiring women from an Asian background, now living in the region."
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Ga Ga: Blindie’s Fave ‘Look Book’ Besties

In its latest Look Book column, New York magazine profiles three pairs of BFFs--and their complementary style. Now, Blindie's going ga ga for the brownest pair: stylist Mengly Hernandez and her best friend, photographer Naila Ruechel. Recalling their first meeting five years ago, Ruechel says Hernandez "had this big hair and was so beautiful, and I said, 'Can I photograph you?'" Hernandez, the more reserved of the duo, says, "I don’t open myself up to people very often. You can’t, because most people are looking for an opportunity." But Ruechel went out on a limb, saving the opportunity for their now-five-year-friendship: "I was just like, 'Girl, relax. It’s gonna be all right.' She’s gotten much better, though." Blindie recently spotted Ms. Mengly on one of our favorite sites, LadyGunn.com, where she appeared on the cover of the online magazine's inaugural issue. PHOTO: Glenn Glasser for New York magazine
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Ga Ga: JCPenney Remakes The Breakfast Club

Because we love The Breakfast Club and we love Simple Minds' "Don't You (Forget About Me)," we are just ga ga for JCPenney's new back-to-school commercial--we know it's low-rent, but hey, we can't help that a department store's commercial puts a smile on our face! Saatchi & Saatchi recreated all of the best scenes from John Hughes classic '80s film: Emilio Estevez' sweatshirt tug; Ally Sheedy pouring a sugar straw on a sandwich; the post smoke-up dance-a-thon, including Molly Ringwald's Carltonesque dance on the library landing; everyone running and sliding down the halls. Totally awesome! And the best part--it's diverse! There were actual real live black people recreating The Breakfast Club--a black girl even takes over Ringwald's popular girl role. Granted, it's a rip-off of one of the all-time greatest teen angst films ever, and yeah, they could've at least sprung for the original recording of the song, but we're willing to overlook all that. Someone finally loaded the commercial on YouTube so we can watch it over and over again!
Read More

Ga Ga: Wendell Lissimore Works Overtime

A Utah native and former boxer, Wendell Lissimore has the right balance of ruggedness and beauty to become the next male supermodel (Tyson who?)! The 23 year-old signed with New York's Red Models in 2006 and has been working overtime ever since. In 2007, he landed the Bloomingdale's fall catalog and an editorial in Vanity Fair, and by 2008 he was walking in shows for Hermes, Ungaro, and Thierry Mugler. The model newbie even got a chance to work with one of the original supermodels, Linda Evangelista for a V editorial. This month finds Wendell on the cover of Japan's LUSSW, bleu magazine, and the Italian D magazine with his little son, Phoenix. Blindie's just ga ga for Wendell--AND Phoenix!
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Project Runway Season 5 Delights Blindie With Diversity

Project Runway Season Five premiered Wednesday night, and we couldn’t be happier: there are three African-American designers this year, and two of them are women! Here's the lineup: Terri Stevens, 39, from Chicago; Korto Momolu, 33, from Little Rock via Liberia; and Jerell Scott, 28, originally from Houston. To top it off, the Bravo competition finally included an Asian male--Jerry, 32, from Montana (previous seasons featured Asian females). Blindie predicts...

  • Jerell will be a treasure trove of one-liners and sass ("All you other designers can go home one by one")
  • Terri will give us indie chic, as she has already described her style as "Aerosmith meets Lauryn Hill meets Michael Jackson"
  • Korto will be all business and full of design surprises, as she aspires to be the first African American winner (an honor stolen from Season One's Kara Saun!)
As the elimination process crept closer, we held our breath as Korto and Jerry landed in the elimination line-up. And just when we thought this season was going to be a couture melting pot, Jerry was sent packing after creating an American Psycho-esque ensemble from a shower curtain and a table cloth.
Read More

Celebrity Stylist Reveals Latest Muse: Forest Whitaker’s Daughter

Celebrity stylist Phillip Bloch, who has styled everyone from Halle Berry to Beyoncé, writes in his column for ABC News that Forest Whitaker's oldest daughter, Autumn, is "my my newest protégé at 16." Bloch, whose "BFF and traveling buddy" is Whitaker's 36-year-old wife Keisha, says Autumn "doesn't fall far from the tree!" The in-demand stylist accompanied the Whitakers and Autumn to Paris during Couture Fashion Week, where Keisha was "thrilled at the idea of seeing fashion to the umpteenth degree." "I think there has to be a happy middle ground between couture and ready-to-wear," Keisha, who Bloch says is "one of the few who actually wears couture," says of her fashion philosophy. "In fashion, there are definitely those statement moments and other times where classic chic and subtle work best." Bloch writes, "I'm happy to say I had a part in one of those statement moments, when I dressed Keisha for the 2006 Oscars. The buttercup yellow bias-draped Georges Chakra [pictured with Bloch and the Whitakers] sheath she wore the year her husband Forest won for best actor helped launch the couturier's successful foray into red carpet dressing." PHOTO: Tony Huge/ABC News
Read More

Ozwald Boateng Looking for Models for Troubled Youth

Savile Row designer Ozwald Boateng is pitching in to help the national campaign, The Reach, to find role models for the U.K.'s black youth, according to the Press Association. Communities Secretary Hazel Blears said the drive was "crucial." At least 20 black role models, who will tour schools and delinquent institutions, will be chosen by a panel, which includes Boateng and others. "It is crucial that we improve the life chances of young black boys," she said. "Too few black men and boys are achieving their full potential...There needs to be a collective effort to combat underachievement and low aspirations amongst our young black men. PHOTO: AP
Read More

Kohl: The World’s Most Expensive Magazine

Just when you thought the most expensive magazine in the world was the phonebook-sized Fall issue of an imported European fashion mag, the United Arab Emirates one-ups everyone with a special edition of Kohl magazine--the UAE's first monthly magazine geared towards Asian Women. Kohl’s one-off issue is covered in an astounding 91 grams of gold, encrusted with a whopping 622 diamonds and valued at $10,000 USD. The pricey mag--which features cover girl, Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif, who was voted No. 1 in FHM India’s 100 Sexiest Women in the World poll--will be auctioned to raise money for the Rashid Pediatric Therapy Centre. Launched in March, Kohl’s editor Faarah Mehta says, "The magazine is stylish, smart and very relevant to the Asian culture. It sieves through all the information and tailors it to effortlessly fit the Asian woman. Kohl is about defining, representing and inspiring women from an Asian background, now living in the region."
Read More