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Italian Vogue Reprises 2008 ‘All-Black’ Issue With Black Barbie Tribute

black-barbie-vogue.jpg Italian Vogue's editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani made a bold statement when she featured only black models in the 2008 July issue, and follows it up with a feature on Black Barbies in the 2009 July supplementary issue celebrating the 50th anniversary of Barbie. "Barbie has been an icon for wole generations which is why I really wanted to give a strong sign in step with the times, and dedicate the anniversary issue to Black Barbie," Sozzani said. black-barbie-vogue-3.jpg Introduced in 1967, the first black doll from the Barbie collection was Francie, a friend to Barbie. The first Black Barbie wasn't introduced until 1980. This fall Barbie launches a line of black dolls called the So in Style collection with more ethnic or "black" facial features such as fuller lips, distnctive cheekbones, a wider nose and curlier hair. black-barbie-vogue-2.jpg The 2008 all-black Italian Vogue served as an example of the virtual exemption of black models in the beauty and fashion industry and the need for diversity. So what will Vogue's Black Barbie issue achieve? Perhaps, the elevation of black female aesthetics to Barbie's iconic status. Or at least young girls like Sasha and Malia will have some great dolls to play that will reinforce their self-image as beautiful black women. black-barbie-vogue-5.jpg
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England’s Marks & Spencer To Launch Lewis Hamilton Clothing Line For Boys, ‘Living The Dream’

lewis-hamilton-living-the-dream British retailer Marks & Spencer is launching a line of clothing for boys in collaboration with Formula One team Vodafone McLaren Mercedes and the reining F1 champion Lewis Hamilton. The motor racing-themed collection, called Living The Dream, will feature T-shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts and jackets with bold colors and graphics of racing motifs and branding of the team’s drivers Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen. Living The Dream is set to launch September 19 in the UK, online and a selection of international stores.
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Who Looked HOT at the CFDA Awards and Who Should’ve Stayed Home

1A0BA87F1A0BF8441A0BF84A Photos: Sara Jaye Weiss The Annual CFDA Awards honoring designers held at the Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York on Monday featured some amaze outfits and a few that should've stayed home. Zoe Saldana looked sheerly divine in a slate blue Calvin Klein dress. Molly Sims was iconically cute in a 50s inspired Marilyn Monroe print dress and even though Heidi Klum's dress reminded us of Reynolds Wrap, she still looked amaze! As for the celebs that should've stayed home and their outfits that should've stayed on the rack: Blake Lively, you know Blindie loves you, but an orange tan in a neon pink dress is not hot unless you're Tara Reid; and Lake Bell, the shoulders on that dress look like football gear. 1A0BF7F31A0BF7F2 Photos: Sara Jaye Weiss
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Kanye West and Chanel Iman Chat and Share Fries at MEN.STYLE.COM’s Women of Fashion Event

kanye-west-chanel-iman Photo: Sara Jaye Weiss Blindie's fave model Chanel Iman cozied up to Kanye West during the MEN.STYLE.COM Women of Fashion event in New York on Wednesday and even shared some fries with the ego-tastic singer. The 3rd annual fashion bash held at the New York Palace Hotel's Palace Gate celebrated 25 of the fashion industry's most glamorous ladies, including Rachel Roy, Chloë Sevigny and Berrin Noorata, selected by a panel of equally stylish men: André Benjamin, Paul Sevigny and Sean Avery.
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Michelle Obama’s First Blindie Style Don’t: The Rainbow Brite Frilly Skirt in London

michelleobama-dont-skirt Wearing a skirt that resembles something little Sasha could've made in her arts and crafts class, Michelle Obama sabotaged her fashion resume with a Rainbow Brite/Wedding cake skirt on a trip to Westminster Abbey. The First Lady, who is on summer vacation in the UK with daughters Sasha and Malia, "brightened up London's grey skies," according to The Sun, with her yellow and lavender layered cardigan and crazy skirt, which The Times says, "As a stack, they look like one of those modern, fancy wedding cakes that brides’ co-ordinate with their flowers." Also, what's going on with her hair? She's looking a little coneheadish. Obviously, you can all see that Blindie is not happy with this style mishap!
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Italian Vogue Reprises 2008 ‘All-Black’ Issue With Black Barbie Tribute

black-barbie-vogue.jpg Italian Vogue's editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani made a bold statement when she featured only black models in the 2008 July issue, and follows it up with a feature on Black Barbies in the 2009 July supplementary issue celebrating the 50th anniversary of Barbie. "Barbie has been an icon for wole generations which is why I really wanted to give a strong sign in step with the times, and dedicate the anniversary issue to Black Barbie," Sozzani said. black-barbie-vogue-3.jpg Introduced in 1967, the first black doll from the Barbie collection was Francie, a friend to Barbie. The first Black Barbie wasn't introduced until 1980. This fall Barbie launches a line of black dolls called the So in Style collection with more ethnic or "black" facial features such as fuller lips, distnctive cheekbones, a wider nose and curlier hair. black-barbie-vogue-2.jpg The 2008 all-black Italian Vogue served as an example of the virtual exemption of black models in the beauty and fashion industry and the need for diversity. So what will Vogue's Black Barbie issue achieve? Perhaps, the elevation of black female aesthetics to Barbie's iconic status. Or at least young girls like Sasha and Malia will have some great dolls to play that will reinforce their self-image as beautiful black women. black-barbie-vogue-5.jpg
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England’s Marks & Spencer To Launch Lewis Hamilton Clothing Line For Boys, ‘Living The Dream’

lewis-hamilton-living-the-dream British retailer Marks & Spencer is launching a line of clothing for boys in collaboration with Formula One team Vodafone McLaren Mercedes and the reining F1 champion Lewis Hamilton. The motor racing-themed collection, called Living The Dream, will feature T-shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts and jackets with bold colors and graphics of racing motifs and branding of the team’s drivers Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen. Living The Dream is set to launch September 19 in the UK, online and a selection of international stores.
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Who Looked HOT at the CFDA Awards and Who Should’ve Stayed Home

1A0BA87F1A0BF8441A0BF84A Photos: Sara Jaye Weiss The Annual CFDA Awards honoring designers held at the Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York on Monday featured some amaze outfits and a few that should've stayed home. Zoe Saldana looked sheerly divine in a slate blue Calvin Klein dress. Molly Sims was iconically cute in a 50s inspired Marilyn Monroe print dress and even though Heidi Klum's dress reminded us of Reynolds Wrap, she still looked amaze! As for the celebs that should've stayed home and their outfits that should've stayed on the rack: Blake Lively, you know Blindie loves you, but an orange tan in a neon pink dress is not hot unless you're Tara Reid; and Lake Bell, the shoulders on that dress look like football gear. 1A0BF7F31A0BF7F2 Photos: Sara Jaye Weiss
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Kanye West and Chanel Iman Chat and Share Fries at MEN.STYLE.COM’s Women of Fashion Event

kanye-west-chanel-iman Photo: Sara Jaye Weiss Blindie's fave model Chanel Iman cozied up to Kanye West during the MEN.STYLE.COM Women of Fashion event in New York on Wednesday and even shared some fries with the ego-tastic singer. The 3rd annual fashion bash held at the New York Palace Hotel's Palace Gate celebrated 25 of the fashion industry's most glamorous ladies, including Rachel Roy, Chloë Sevigny and Berrin Noorata, selected by a panel of equally stylish men: André Benjamin, Paul Sevigny and Sean Avery.
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Michelle Obama’s First Blindie Style Don’t: The Rainbow Brite Frilly Skirt in London

michelleobama-dont-skirt Wearing a skirt that resembles something little Sasha could've made in her arts and crafts class, Michelle Obama sabotaged her fashion resume with a Rainbow Brite/Wedding cake skirt on a trip to Westminster Abbey. The First Lady, who is on summer vacation in the UK with daughters Sasha and Malia, "brightened up London's grey skies," according to The Sun, with her yellow and lavender layered cardigan and crazy skirt, which The Times says, "As a stack, they look like one of those modern, fancy wedding cakes that brides’ co-ordinate with their flowers." Also, what's going on with her hair? She's looking a little coneheadish. Obviously, you can all see that Blindie is not happy with this style mishap!
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