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Pharrell Williams: The Man with the Exclusive Hermès Bag

Pharrell Williams has been toting some expensive luxury lately--and it ain't a car or a piece of jewelry or even a supermodel: it's a gargantuan purple crocodile Hermès tote. In the summer issue of Paper Magazine, the trendsetting producer/jewelry designer/skateboarder shows off not just the bag, but the fact that he has six of them in various colors--and another on order! "Don't call it a murse," he tells the magazine. "It's not a man purse. It's my travel bag." The bag on display--which inspired the smaller style that was named after actress Jane Birkin and has an infamous waiting list--has not only appeared on the cover of Paper, but in Madonna's latest music video for "Give It 2 Me," where he drags the bag on the floor, showing it's girth in weight--and price (although Williams doesn't reveal how much it cost him, he does admit that it equates to the price tag of a Mercedes). "Style is about who you are, where you're going, what's comfortable," Williams says of his fashion philosophy. "It's your attitude that makes it hot."
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MUST SEE: The Supreme’s Costume Exhibit

More than 50 outfits (in addition to a collection of photos, album covers, and live footage) are on display at London's Victoria and Albert Museum until October. In a much-deserving exhibit, "The Story of the Supremes," tracks the Motown trio as the epitome of glamour that set a groundbreaking standard for future girl group molds. Not only did they set an example for En Vogue and Destiny's Child, but The Supremes changed the world's perception of African-Americans, proving that black is beautiful! "When I saw the Supremes on TV...it was magical to me because I had never seen black women on television or anywhere for that matter who conveyed such glamour and such grace," Oprah Winfrey said of seeing The Supremes for the first time on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. O.G. Supreme Mary Wilson said before the opening last May, "I have kept these dresses in storage for over 30 years, it was my dream that one day I could share them with the world.''
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Ga Ga: Designer Adama Kargbo Makes Fashion, Not War

Escaping the confines of civil war, Sierra Leone native Adama Kargbo, 24, has spun the wounds from her country and the skills she sharpened at the prestigious Parsons the New School for Design into a couture line. Called Aschobi, Kargbo's high-end line is based in Freetown, the capitol of her war-shattered West African country, according to GOOD Magazine, which says her "clothes give traditional African style an urban twist." On her line's Facebook page, Kargbo describes her mission as seeking to "Africanize the fashion industry, removing the African from exotic to everyday while at the same time continuing the legacy of African Couture as was begun in Dakar and Bamako in the 1950s." PHOTO: Henry Jacobson
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Chanel Iman Still Passed Over in Fashion

Even after fashion bible Vogue asked, "Is fashion racist?" Chanel Iman is still passed over for modeling jobs, the 17-year-old It Girl—and our favorite model of the moment—tells Newsweek. "I will fly to London for what is supposed to be 20 casting calls and won't get but 15 because the other five designers don't want black models," says Chanel Iman, who is currently in Gap billboards around the country and is arguably the hottest black fashion model (next to Liya Kebede). "That's not going to happen to white models. It's upsetting and insulting and totally backwards.'' Supermodel Naomi Campbell also chimes in, "This is not the conversation I thought I would have to have at this point. You think you've broken the barriers and then the game changes. So you have to fight all over again."
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Ga Ga: The Next Fashion Icons

michelle_barack_fashion Not only has Michelle Obama caused her own fashion frenzy with the White House/Black Market dress she wore on The View, but her husband spawned fashion headlines of his own when Donatella Versace dedicated her 2009 Spring-Summer collection to the presidential hopeful, reports the Canadian Press. The creative force behind Versace said she designed for "a relaxed man who doesn't need to flex muscles to show he has power." But Donatella's homage to Barack didn't stop her from giving him a piece of her mind, fashion-wise: "I would get rid of the tie and jazz up the shirt." PHOTO: AP
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Black Is The New Italian

Italian Vogue painted their entire issue black: devoting their July issue to black models and issues showing up American Vogue who dared ask the question “Is Fashion Racist?” in their July issue, then dedicated a paltry spread to a mere three models—Chanel Iman, Jourdan Dunn and Arlenis Sosa. “Mine is not a magazine that can be accused of not using black girls,” editor Franca Sozzani, who has put Naomi Campbell, Liya Kebede and Alek Wek on her covers, told the New York Times. “Franca doesn’t realize what she’s done for people of color,” Naomi Campbell said. “It reminds me of Yves [Saint Laurent] using all the black models.”
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Fashionistas For Obama! Vogue & Calvin Klein Head Fundraiser

Vogue's Anna Wintour, Andre Leon Talley and designer Calvin Klein chaired "An Evening with Michelle Obama," a $1,000-a-head-fundraiser at the Sikkema Jenkins art gallery in New York last night, Fashion Week Daily reports. For $2,300, guests got their photo taken with the prospective First Lady, while $10,000 got them an invite to a dinner at the home of Calvin Klein. The 44-year-old beauty wore Isabel Toledo. "We almost fainted," the designer's husband Ruben Toldeo said. But it was designer Zac Posen who wore his support on his sleeve, sporting a "Yes We Can, Obama 08" T-shirt under his blazer. "I think it's always great for someone who represents our country to look good," Posen said. PHOTO: Wireimage
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Pharrell Williams: The Man with the Exclusive Hermès Bag

Pharrell Williams has been toting some expensive luxury lately--and it ain't a car or a piece of jewelry or even a supermodel: it's a gargantuan purple crocodile Hermès tote. In the summer issue of Paper Magazine, the trendsetting producer/jewelry designer/skateboarder shows off not just the bag, but the fact that he has six of them in various colors--and another on order! "Don't call it a murse," he tells the magazine. "It's not a man purse. It's my travel bag." The bag on display--which inspired the smaller style that was named after actress Jane Birkin and has an infamous waiting list--has not only appeared on the cover of Paper, but in Madonna's latest music video for "Give It 2 Me," where he drags the bag on the floor, showing it's girth in weight--and price (although Williams doesn't reveal how much it cost him, he does admit that it equates to the price tag of a Mercedes). "Style is about who you are, where you're going, what's comfortable," Williams says of his fashion philosophy. "It's your attitude that makes it hot."
Read More

MUST SEE: The Supreme’s Costume Exhibit

More than 50 outfits (in addition to a collection of photos, album covers, and live footage) are on display at London's Victoria and Albert Museum until October. In a much-deserving exhibit, "The Story of the Supremes," tracks the Motown trio as the epitome of glamour that set a groundbreaking standard for future girl group molds. Not only did they set an example for En Vogue and Destiny's Child, but The Supremes changed the world's perception of African-Americans, proving that black is beautiful! "When I saw the Supremes on TV...it was magical to me because I had never seen black women on television or anywhere for that matter who conveyed such glamour and such grace," Oprah Winfrey said of seeing The Supremes for the first time on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. O.G. Supreme Mary Wilson said before the opening last May, "I have kept these dresses in storage for over 30 years, it was my dream that one day I could share them with the world.''
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Ga Ga: Designer Adama Kargbo Makes Fashion, Not War

Escaping the confines of civil war, Sierra Leone native Adama Kargbo, 24, has spun the wounds from her country and the skills she sharpened at the prestigious Parsons the New School for Design into a couture line. Called Aschobi, Kargbo's high-end line is based in Freetown, the capitol of her war-shattered West African country, according to GOOD Magazine, which says her "clothes give traditional African style an urban twist." On her line's Facebook page, Kargbo describes her mission as seeking to "Africanize the fashion industry, removing the African from exotic to everyday while at the same time continuing the legacy of African Couture as was begun in Dakar and Bamako in the 1950s." PHOTO: Henry Jacobson
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Chanel Iman Still Passed Over in Fashion

Even after fashion bible Vogue asked, "Is fashion racist?" Chanel Iman is still passed over for modeling jobs, the 17-year-old It Girl—and our favorite model of the moment—tells Newsweek. "I will fly to London for what is supposed to be 20 casting calls and won't get but 15 because the other five designers don't want black models," says Chanel Iman, who is currently in Gap billboards around the country and is arguably the hottest black fashion model (next to Liya Kebede). "That's not going to happen to white models. It's upsetting and insulting and totally backwards.'' Supermodel Naomi Campbell also chimes in, "This is not the conversation I thought I would have to have at this point. You think you've broken the barriers and then the game changes. So you have to fight all over again."
Read More

Ga Ga: The Next Fashion Icons

michelle_barack_fashion Not only has Michelle Obama caused her own fashion frenzy with the White House/Black Market dress she wore on The View, but her husband spawned fashion headlines of his own when Donatella Versace dedicated her 2009 Spring-Summer collection to the presidential hopeful, reports the Canadian Press. The creative force behind Versace said she designed for "a relaxed man who doesn't need to flex muscles to show he has power." But Donatella's homage to Barack didn't stop her from giving him a piece of her mind, fashion-wise: "I would get rid of the tie and jazz up the shirt." PHOTO: AP
Read More

Black Is The New Italian

Italian Vogue painted their entire issue black: devoting their July issue to black models and issues showing up American Vogue who dared ask the question “Is Fashion Racist?” in their July issue, then dedicated a paltry spread to a mere three models—Chanel Iman, Jourdan Dunn and Arlenis Sosa. “Mine is not a magazine that can be accused of not using black girls,” editor Franca Sozzani, who has put Naomi Campbell, Liya Kebede and Alek Wek on her covers, told the New York Times. “Franca doesn’t realize what she’s done for people of color,” Naomi Campbell said. “It reminds me of Yves [Saint Laurent] using all the black models.”
Read More

Fashionistas For Obama! Vogue & Calvin Klein Head Fundraiser

Vogue's Anna Wintour, Andre Leon Talley and designer Calvin Klein chaired "An Evening with Michelle Obama," a $1,000-a-head-fundraiser at the Sikkema Jenkins art gallery in New York last night, Fashion Week Daily reports. For $2,300, guests got their photo taken with the prospective First Lady, while $10,000 got them an invite to a dinner at the home of Calvin Klein. The 44-year-old beauty wore Isabel Toledo. "We almost fainted," the designer's husband Ruben Toldeo said. But it was designer Zac Posen who wore his support on his sleeve, sporting a "Yes We Can, Obama 08" T-shirt under his blazer. "I think it's always great for someone who represents our country to look good," Posen said. PHOTO: Wireimage
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