Friday, May 15, 2009

Paula Patton Wears Andrew Gn @ Cannes Film Festival

s: Scriptgirl/TFS and Style

Paula attends the Cannes premier of "Precious" based on the novel Push by Sapphire.

As beautiful as Paula is, I don't always love her clothing choices but she looks spectacular here. I love the neckline. I'm glad she opted for color instead playing it safe with a black evening gown.

I cannot wait to see this movie!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Zoe Saldana Covers Latina Magazine (and Other Titles)

Latina magazine has been diversifying its cover subjects lately and included more Afro-Latinas in the mix. Sessilee Lopez graced the March 2009 cover.

I rarely get to the movies but I am intrigued by the new Star Trek installment. I had a few other actresses in mind to play Uhura when I first heard about the film but from what I've heard, Zoe does a pretty good job in the role.

Did any of you see the flick last weekend? Was it worth the effort?

ETA: Women's Health and Entertainment Weekly covers.

Tyra's Hair @ The White House Correspondents Dinner

She will never abandon her lace-fronts but the darker color really suits her. With all the comments online about Tyra and her wigs I'm surprised that she (to the best of my knowledge) hasn't done a show about the topic. I mean, the woman got her breasts screened on TV to prove that they are real. I'm dying to know what's underneath her wig cap.

What do you think of this new look?

ETA: Naturally Sophia provided this link about the show. Jezebel discussion on the show here.
s: lipstickalley

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Arlenis Sosa Peña - Vogue Italia - "Glitter" editorial

Photographed splendidly by Michelangelo Di Battista.

Just gorgeous. So many of these bring vintage Hollywood film noir movie stills to the full dazzling color that has become one of Di Battista's trademarks.

Diciassette (17)/TFS

Jourdan Dunn - Italian Vogue - "The Now Smash of Style"

Photographed by Craig McDean for 5/2009 Italian Vogue.

I love these. It's not very often that black models get photographed in such an avant-garde style. It's a nice break from the jumping and laughing type shoot that one finds month after month in American Vogue.

á la Balenciaga (a reader at The Fashion Spot) dreamed up this imaginary cover featuring the best photo from the editorial:

I'm biased but I do like it much better than the actual May cover:

What do you think?

s: Diciassette(17),BLACKLAB,TFS

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Model Face-Off: Arlenis vs. Jourdan in Alberta Ferretti

s: Marpessa

Arlenis Sosa donned the same Alberta Ferretti look that Jourdan wore on the runway last night at the Met Gala. Which model sold the look?

Round 2: Jourdan vs. Oluchi in Oscar de la Renta

Beyonce - Marie Claire - June 2009

Cute dress. Slightly odd expression.

I remember a time almost ten years ago when Marie Claire was my favorite magazine. The stories were interesting, the celebrity pieces weren't quite so fluffy, the models and "real women" used on its pages were diverse* and it actually had a point of view that seemed larger than "buy this stuff it will make you happy." Nowadays I only subscribe to the magazine because it only cost me $5 for two years. On average, it takes about five minutes to flip through it before it gets dumped into the recycle bin.

That said, this issue wasn't a complete bust. I found a few books in the "Radar" section that are now on my wishlist: Monica Ali's "In the Kitchen" and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's "The Thing Around Your Neck." It also reminded me to Tivo Jada Pinkett-Smith's new TNT drama HawthoRNe. Lastly, I entered a contest for a chance to win "Beyonce's Luxe HoD Wardrobe," which I know will make a showstopper at my son's next preschool mixer.

*I have to add that last month's issue contained two great spreads featuring models Alyssah Ali and Atong Arjok.

Monday, May 4, 2009

The Costume Insitute Gala 2009: The Model as Muse

Sadly, there was no Naomi this year because of the Azzedine Alaïa boycott but there were still plenty of pretty brown folk in attendance.

Alek Wek was a stunner in her brightly colored cocktail dress and Iman was glamourous as usual (even though I feel like I've seen this style of dress on her a hundred times before.) Ciara went the demure route which was fine (but a bit dull in my opinion.) Tyra's hair reminds me of a cinnamon roll, Kanye and Amber were all smiles and while I generally love her look, I think her dress looks a little too snug. Meanwhile post-Chris Rihanna bit Janelle Monae's look hard. Andre Leon Talley? Well he and his massive tunic were there too.

I'm still looking for pics of Joy Bryant, Kerry Washington, Liya Kebede, Arlenis Sosa, and Halle Berry.

ETA: Joy, Rachel Roy, Kerry Washington, Karen Alexander, Liya, Sessilee Lopez, and Arlenis added!

ETA2: Jourdan Dunn

s: Lipstick Alley, TFS, Filmmagic, Getty