Prince Announces Welcome 2 America Tour

On a very rainy night, I ran up to Harlem for a Press Conference by Mega Icon, Prince. As I ran up to the Apollo Theater, I had no idea what the Press Conference was about as the invitation only stated: “Superstar Prince to make Exclusive Announcement”. The Press conference was supposed to start at 6pm, so I had limited time to sprint up there (luckily it actually started after 6pm, so I had a few minutes to get settled in). While waiting for it to start, we were treated to music from Prince’s album and I couldn’t hep but notice Prince’s name illuminated on the ceiling on one side and Welcome 2 America on the other. After several minutes of listening to some awesome Prince music, the curtain arose to reveal this poster

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Seconds later, Steven Hill, Executive Vice President of Entertainment and Music Programing at BET Networks arrived on stage to introduce the superstar. He gave a riveting and enthusiastic homage to the icon. See the video below

Now on to some tragedy, I did have the full video of Prince himself announcing his tour and the other performers who are joining him on the tour but of course, my computer decided to crash at the same time I was downloading the video….sigh. So instead you must settle for only a photo of the Purple one on stage

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As for the tour, he coyly proclaimed “We’re here in New York to announce a series of events that will begin on a purple day in December 2010” and listed the following friends that will be included on the tour such as Mint Condition, Janelle Monae, Sheila E., Cassandra Wilson, Maceo Parker, Lalah Hathaway, Esperanza Spalding and Sinbad. My favorite moment of the of the evening was when Prince told the audience – “Bring your friends, bring your children,” he said, “and bring foot spray because it’s going to be funky.”

Another highlight was the announcement that Prince will auction off this gold-plated Fender guitar

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after the run of live shows, with the proceeds benefiting the economic recovery group Harlem Empowerment Zone. After the press conference, we were treated to Prince’s DVD from his London concert series called 21 Nights in London. The DVD included scenes from his concerts and interviews with fans including Naomi Campbell, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Elton John, etc. See below for an excerpt.

COVERGIRL for LeSportsac Launch Party

LeSportsac recently held a celebration for the launch of the limited edition COVERGIRL for LeSportSac cosmetic bags, designed in collaboration with legendary makeup artist Pat McGrath at the LeSportsac Soho Flagship Store

The yellow and black bag collection, inspired by Covergirl’s LashBlast Length Mascara, features two bags, PAT (single zipper) and PAGE (double zipper), which retail for $28 and $62 respectively

As you can see they make a great addiction to the existing LeSportSac collection; both will be available at LeSportSac.com (the PAT is available online now, the PAGE is coming soon).

I’m looking forward to more being added to this collection soon.

Belvedere Pink Grapefruit Pop-Up Store Hosted by Matthew Williamson

Last night, we returned to the fabulous Belvedere Pink Grapefruit Pop-Up Store in the Meat Packing District to officially celebrate the collaboration between Belvedere Pink Grapefruit Vodka and Designer, Matthew Williamson.

More than 1,000 people came out to drink, celebrate and partake in the extremely strong libations Belvedere had to offer – seriously, I felt like my liver was going through the Maceration process; those bartenders were very generous with the Belvedere – VERY

You may remember me stating that Designer, Matthew Williamson, who hosted tonight’s event,

created a Limited Edition Pink Print Kaftan in celebration of Belvedere’s newest flavor and you saw a photo of Model and MisShapes member, Leigh Lezark modeling the Kaftan – well she wore the $1,500+ garment last night and looked amazing with her fellow MisShapes band members while performing her DJ duties for the evening

Among the revelers were celebrities Ashley Olsen, Chelsea Handler, who we know probably has stock in Belvedere Vodka and if not, she should, Bar Refaeli, Kelly Osbourne, Estelle, and Kelly Choi.

One of my favorite things of the night, besides the cocktails of course, were the Rollerboys (and girls) but it was all about the rollerboys, one in particular was very flirty – very naughty just the way I like them. They made the evening even more fun. I love to go to events and the people who are workignthe event are having a blast. Check out a little peek of someof the fun had

PHOTO CREDIT: Marion Curtis, StarPics

Cynthia Rowley for Roxy

Amazing designer and Author, Cynthia Rowley, teamed up with junior line Roxy to create a very sporty beach chic collection for the ultimate Betty (surfer girl in non-California speak), Cynthia Rowley for Roxy, which was showcased at CO-OP Barneys.
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The collection consisted of  colorful apparel, shoes and accessories with many apparel items made out of wet suit fabric aka Neoprene. I got a chance to speak to some of the models wearing the apparel made out of Neoprene and they all said that it was quite comfortable and breathable; and the did feel quite soft to the touch

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I tried to get a quick interview with Cynthia Rowley but I’d have a better chance of talking to the Pope, she was completely surrounded from the time I stepped into the event until I left – I’m surprised I got a photo of her but I took a chance and snuck in while someone else was interviewing her (she’s in the first photo for those who are not familiar).
Will you be grabbing some pieces from the Cynthia Rowley for Roxy collection?

Fashion Night Out sponsored by Vogue

Let me start by saying, I wish this event was at least two days or more (And preferably prior to Fashion Week) because there is no way to hit more than three places in one night but we attempted to anyway.

We (Dave, Zia, Kim, our new photog friend, Brittany and I) foolishly thought we would be able to do this (Kim and I even had a charity event to attend that same night). Anyway, Dave, Zia and I started off at Movado (they started at 5pm while everyone else started at either 6pm or 8pm), stayed for a while, drank champagne, grabbed our giftbag and then headed to Gucci. We arrived to find a concert-length line (we should have skipped Movado); the first 200 people or so got the official Fashion Night Out t-shirt for free. Needless to say, we didn’t get the shirt, there were still about 20 people ahead of us when they ran out but we went in anyway to enjoy a few cocktails and drool over the accessories. We left 10 minutes later and headed to Bergdorf Goodman where most of the action was. On our way in, Zac Posen was rushing out the door (wearing a tiara) after painting one-of-a-kind dresses and we headed into the madness that awaited us. In the middle of a very large crowd (mob) were designers, Badgley Mischka signing fashion night out t-shirts.

With the help of heels, a long reach and a damn good camera, I got these photos and the video following




Of course they were only signing t-shirts purchased at Bergdorf so we attempted to do just that, with no luck. After several minutes, we decided to try to head to the 7th floor where Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen were guest bartenders but it seemed the madness found it’s way there too and we gave up and decided to try another store. To our surprise, on our way down via the escalators, i turned around to say something to my crew and who do I see riding on the escalator directly behind them? The queen of Vogue herself, Madame Anna Wintour

After excitedly taking a few photos (because she was actually smiling and waving to us), we remained in awe for a few more minutes then proceeded to escape the crowd. It was here we separated – Kim, Zia and I headed to the charity event which was attended by Housewives of NYC’s Alex McCord and Ugly Betty’s Ana Ortiz and Mark Indelicato. We then hit up BCBG where we received a free BCBG t-shirt and enjoyed drinks (although by this point water was all we wanted), then flew down to the meatpacking district for the finsl hour of Fashion Night Out. Dave and Brittany attempted to run into Pharrell at his store (no luck – too crowded).

Shigoto Fashion Launch Event

On a dry but humid day, Dave, Kim, Natasha and I ventured downtown to attend the Shigoto Fashion Launch Event at Ninja New York Restaurant.

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Shigoto Fashion is a Japanese Streetwear clothing company consisting of Tabi Boots (split toe boots), Tobi Pants (Japanese construction workers’ baggy pants), Teko Wristbands, T-shirts, and other accessories all inspired by the old Samurai era.

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Founded by Jasper Momma (here he is holding alcohol sponsor, TY-KU’s Junmai Ginjo Sake with one of his models)

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Shigoto’s mission is to bring this innovative Japanese street style to the world and they begin with this first US show.

Right before the show, we dined on some of Ninja’s delectable Ancient Short Rib and got a surprise when we noticed Kwame Jackson, runner-up from Season 1 of The Apprentice

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I asked what he was up to now and he told me he had an accessory line called Krimson by Kwame. Anyway, although I didn’t get a chance to speak to the designer, I did get a photo (see above) and of course each model was stationed in the various alcoved rooms at Ninja Restaurant, which allowed us to take photos. After I got my photos, we each grabbed our gift bag and headed on our way.

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Estelle Hosts H & M Event “Fashion Against Aids”

H & M and Designers Against Aids teamed up together to create the Fashion Against Aids Collection and celebrate the newest H & M store on 86th Street and Lexington hosted by singing sensation, Estelle.

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Dave was already at the location with Stephon, another friend of ours.

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Kim and I arrived about twenty minutes after it started to find press photog and other media at the red carpet waiting for the celeb guests. I invited a young friend of mine, Matt, who helped me move (he’s an aspiring model), so I thought he might enjoy this event (it also was a good way to pay him back for helping me). And it so was (I will post a pic of him a bit later).

After we checked in, Kim and I walked into the new location to find some very fierce fashion on the first floor including my friend Indashio (which you might remember as the winner of the VH1 Show “Glam God” hosted by Vivica A. Fox)

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The fabulous Andre J

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and some other very fashionable people

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We went upstairs to find the second floor was the party floor. It was very crowded, hors d’oeuvres were being passed around and the bars were packed

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The very cute “Fashion Against Aids” t-shirts (designed by Cyndi Lauper, Dita Von Teese, Dangerous Muse, Estelle, Katharine Hamnett, Katy Perry, Moby, N.E.R.D, Robyn, Tokio Hotel, Roisin Murphy, Yelle and Yoko Ono), condoms, buttons (they were gone, so no photo of them) and displays are located to the right of the top of the escalator

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It was then that I took a photo of Matt

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Soon after this photo was taken, Estelle arrived and she was very gracious with taking photos with her fans (including Matt who had been quite busy networking the fashion crowd and showing his portfolio. He ended the night with some great connections)

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Then it was off to shopping. At the event, H & M allowed guests 25% off everything in the store, so we had to take advantage of that. After a quick trip to the bar for a drink and some oogling of the cute bartenders, we proceeded to shop

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I purchased the following t-shirts (not shown is the one by Dita Von Teese). The last one is the one by Estelle. I considered having her autograph it but I want to actually wear it



we walked around a bit more, taking in the sights, trying clothes on, etc. I was lucky to find one guest really enjoying the music, so I pulled out mt camera and proceeded to take some video (I love to see people having a great time)

We continued to have a great time the rest of the evening. We drank some more (except for Matt, who didn’t touch any alcoholic beverages at all- excellent), enjoyed more hors d’oeuves, paid for our purchases and left quite happy right to the red carpet and step n repeat banner for more photos



DIZTRICT RE-LAUNCH EVENT

Apologies to all but there’s been some major changes going on in my normally easy life. I’ve attended a few events and skipped several but here I am to discuss the ones I’ve attended. Ok, here we go

For many years, I’ve walked down Bleecker Street on my way hang out with friends, grab some cupcakes from the Magnolia Bakery (yum) and I’ve always passed by this boutique called EOS New York plenty of times but have never gone in…until today. EOS New York, which only carried EOS branded products is now called Diztrict, located at 259 Bleecker St


Diztrict now carries the following brands:

EOS NEW YORK
TOKIDOKI
PAN AM
REVENJ
J.FOLD
GOORIN
PAUL FRANK
MODERN AM– USEMENT
NOOKA
DIESEL
G SHOCK
KIDROBOT
DAVID + GOLIATH
STORM

A very chic boutique that only sells accessories, it is the perfect place to pick up that certain piece that completes your look. it’s a small but beautiful boutique, so vivid and full of color




As usual, I was the first to arrive, both Kim and Dave were running late. This of course gave me a chance to have a really good cosmo

and excellent extreme topping hotdogs from New York Hotdogs and Coffee, located just a few doors down at 245 Bleecker St. I also got a chance to interview Mukul Lalchandani, CEO of EOS New York

The boutique is known for it’s amazing line of watches


(I took short video of some of my favorites)

but now, you will see the gorg bags (I so want one) from Pan Am


cool boards and the cutest little animals (Kim bought one)


As you can see, this store is amazing, so stop running around the city looking for chic accessories, you have it right here. Along with the amazing cosmo and hotdogs, we got a great giftbag

which includes one of my summer staples…..a hand fan. Since I’ve destroyed all my others from excessive use, I’m happy I get to save on a new one (thanks guys)