A Raisin in the Sun: A Broadway Revival

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Denzel Washington is riveting as Walter Lee Younger in this recent revival of the classic play, A Raisin in the Sun, written by Lorraine Hansberry. A tribute to the past it is running in the famous Ethel Barrymore Theater in New York City nearly 55 years after its debut in the same theater. The story is based on a black family living in the poor south side of Chicago in the 1950s, whose hopes and dreams are wrapped around a large sum of insurance money inherited after the death of the family’s patriarch.

It can be said that a man doesn’t feel like a man until he’s able to take care of his family in a way the he sees fit. Leading a cast full of complex performances, Washington seems to capture this sentiment as he conveys the in depth struggles Walter Lee has about his manhood. Despite being nearly 20 years the character’s senior, Washington is able to give a credible and dichotomous performance of a man who is desperately clinging onto a sense of idealism that has been crippled with bitterness after years of constant disappointment.

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LaTanya Richardson Jackson reels you in as matriarch, Lena Younger. A staple on Broadway stages, Jackson commands the audience’s attention as she masterfully balances Lena’s proclivity to use wit as a means of getting her point across with her ability to offer her frank assessments of life. Oscar-nominated Sophie Okonedo gives a brilliant performance as Walter Lee’s aloof wife, Ruth, who is so focused on tending to the needs of others, that she forgets to tend to her own.

Another Broadway regular, Anika Noni Rose, is excellent as Walter Lee’s precocious and ambitious younger sister Beneatha Younger. Rose leads her character through an identity crisis as she attempts to combat the rising cynicism that seemingly tries to suffocate her in the same way that it does her brother. Rounding out the outstanding cast in supporting roles are Sean Patrick Thomas (as African national, Joseph Asagai), Bryce Clyde Jenkins (as Walter Lee’s 10 year-old son, Travis) and Jason Dirden (as black elite George Murchison).

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Anticipating the arrival of their windfall, members of the Younger family have conflicting ideas on what to do with it. Walter Lee ambitiously wants to use the money to start his own business as the owner of a liquor store. Beneatha, wrought by her own ambitions, has dreams of becoming a doctor. Lena and Ruth both share the idea of purchasing a modest house they can call their own. As the family struggles with this dilemma, Lorraine Hansberry is able to demonstrate the complexities that come with being poor and black in America. Although this classic is based off a family living in the 1950s, it is still relevant for some black families today who deal with issues of race, class, cultural and personal identity.

A Raisin in the Sun, starring Oscar winner Denzel Washington, is playing at the Ethel Barrymore Theater until June 15, 2014. For tickets visit this website

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Best of Paris Fashion Week Fall 2014

Fashion lovers have been live streaming, blogging trendy looks, and dreaming of sitting next to Anna Wintour or Harry Styles in the front row watching their favorite show all February. In bringing our fashion weeks coverage to a close with Paris Fashion Week Fall 2014: One that stands out in many of our minds for top designers, beautiful couture styles and a place where fashion exceeds our expectations. There are so many inspirational designs from this extravagant week filled with oversized jackets, mixed patterns, and feminine charm!

Here is a recap of Paris Fashion Week and only a few of the looks we loved:

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Talbot Runhof

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Vivienne Westwood

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Tsumori Chisato

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Maison Martin

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Christian Dior

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Julien David

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Manish Arora

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Alexis Mabille

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Nina Ricci

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Written by: Sydney Cologie dream “job” is doing PR for a fashion magazine or retail company. She enjoy reading my horoscope and am often spilling hot coffee on myself. Inspired by city life, swing sets, and oversized sweaters the world is her oyster. Making up new words & watching cartoons are just a few of her favorite pastimes along with buying unnecessary calendars and dreaming of owning a kitten.

Best of Milan Fashion Week Fall 2014

Let’s take a trip to Milan and indulge in their sweet taste of apparel, week shall we? The whole idea makes my heart jump and to be honest that’s exactly what my heart did when all the designers showed their RTW Fall/Winter collections in Milan for fashion week.

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For starters it was the Max Mara signature outerwear collection that captured my eyes. Showcasing luxury, textured fabric like tweeted coats, metallic gold skirts and gorgeous cardigans that will be key for this coming winter season. In alignment with it’s neutral brown/black palette the collection features relaxed shapes giving a almost grunge feel to the apparel.

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The Woolrich Jhon Rich & Bros really did it this season. Taking am outdoorsy approach fashion, they took things a step forward by adding touches of fur and shear lings to their iconic parkas, creating dazzling outerwear paired up with maxi skirts and pretty sweaters.

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Designers Dean and Dan Caten of Dsquared2, revived the 1960’s. They focused on sleek fitted silhouettes,with short hemlines. From  shift dresses to swing coats and more, they had it all.

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Anna Molinari is another designer that used the famed 60’s, for her Fall/Winter collection of the Blugirl. Chic and feminine, with a color palette that varied from pastels to bold animal print, appropriately portraying the good girl vs. the rebel of the 60’s.

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If I could have an entire collection hanging in my closet Emilio Pucci would be the name on the tag. Inspired by his roots, Peter Dundas designed it’s collection with rich leather fabrics, bold printed knits and eye catching embellishments.

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This season Giorgio Armani showed a variation of gray, black, and “LIME” green tones. In his words, “Lime green is a color that stands out, a stimulating color that represents something more… something avant-garde. ” Well hats off to Mr. Giorgio Armani, you have let us breathless once again!

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Alberta Ferretti, inspired by nature, said that she “Imagined animated woods, where nature embraced the body of a woman,” way to go! She managed to compose uniquely sophisticated  apparel, mixing sequins, feathers, flowers all of which were inexplicably beautiful.

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Alessandro Dell’Aqua, the man behind the No.21, brought to life a sparkling tone. Melting a variety of colors into every look, No. 21 featured a mixture of pants, dresses coats and tops with sequins embellishments giving a new spin to his trademark “Masculine” tailoring.

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Missoni presented a boyishly trendy collection with a touch of autumn silhouettes. The collection showcased multiple color blocking pieces that giving each model a futuristic look.

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Jeremy Scott held nothing back when it came to Moshino’s RTW Fall/Winter 2014 collection. Was this a play on pop culture? The show featured Inspired pieces from McDonald’s, Sponge Bob, Cows, Gotti Gold Chains, Candy and Food packaging!

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McQ Alexander McQueen by Sara Burton was inspired by the Japanese. A comic strip, created by the artist Yoshiyasu Tmura, was printed on a series of looks ranging from shirts to dresses, creating the unique items you see here. McQ is the perfect addition to the wardrobe of the Contemporary Professional Stylista.

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Chic, glamourous, elegant, what more can be said about Frida Giannini’s presentation of Gucci’s fall/winter collection this year!

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Anna Molinari, designer of Blumarine, romanced us with plush fur coats, starlet gowns and more. The use of satin fabrics, gold and floral motifs resembled a fantasy land, where all things sultry and haute reside!

So, Tell us Lovelies who was your Favorite Designer at Milan Fashion Week?

Written by: Christy Baez Ghandi said that “Whatever you do in life will be insignificant, however it is very important that you do it.” I enjoy long walks in the park on a windy day and the company of a good book every now and then. My only wish is to help those who are in need, even if it’s just putting a smile on a strangers face. I’m a lover of photography and fashion. I’m an undergraduate of the Art Institute of NYC majoring in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing. I’m a dreamer roaming the streets of life in new york city but at the end of the day I’m a 20 year old girl who is trying to conquer the world one step at the time while writing her story in between the lines.

Oscars 2014 Best Dressed

It was the year of the metallic and pastels gowns, but no matter the color the confidence and talent that took the red carpet was enough to stun us all.

Not only were there a wide array of hair and makeup at this year’s Oscars, but the styling was very diverse as well. The off-the-runway trends paired with everything from gold to silver jewelry and flowing to structure hairstyles had us on our toes the entire time. Here are some of our favorites from the runway that shared their confidence as well as style on the red carpet.

Lupita

This has been the year of Lupita Nyong’o. She seems to have taken the cake at every award show this season and the Oscars were no exception. Gracing the red carpet in a flowing powder blue gown custom made by Prada, Lupita accessorized with a beautiful headband and a confidence that was radiant to all.

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Her third Oscar nomination and Jennifer Lawrence has yet to fail us on the red carpet. Simplicity and uniqueness come to mind when complimenting her style. Wearing a stunning Dior gown and her trendsetting backwards necklace, Lawrence strikes an elegant pose.

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Chrissy Teigen took the red carpet in a Monique Lhuillier Fall 2014 gown. In a strapless and elegantly styled black gown with pink printed flowers, she took the carpet looking chic and effortless and landed among our best dressed. John Legend as her arm candy didn’t hurt either.

Kate

Kate Hudson looked flawless as she took the red carpet in a stunning Atelier Versace gown. The caped number accompanied by her subtle silver jewelry and matching clutch was the perfect way to make a statement at this year’s Oscars. As a present, Kate’s gorgeous hair and subtle yet stunning makeup looked amazing all throughout the night.

Kerry

To no surprise, Kerry Washington took home one of our favorite looks of the night. Sporting a gorgeous mauve Jason Wu gown accompanied by a perfectly paired shoe and diamond bangles, she had everything pulled together perfectly. Add to that a plum lipstick and windswept hair and you’ve got yourself the recipe for a perfect red carpet look.

Camilla

Camilla Alves kept the pastel trend alive in her gorgeous Versace gown. With a pale pink and a clutch to match, what really put her over the top was her amazing hair and makeup. Styled in a naked lip that matched her soft gown, Camilla looked flawless as she joined Matthew McConaughey on the red carpet.

Sandra

Sandra Bullock brought a timeless and classic look to the red carpet as she flaunted her elegant and flawless style. Going against this year’s trends in a standout navy Alexander McQueen gown, Sandra paired her stunning gown with unique Lorraine Schwartz diamond jewelry for a perfect and show-stopping look.

Written by: Kali Borovic As a student journalist, this fashionista, stargazing enthusiast and fitness aficionado loves to write about anything from health to fashion. With a passion for DIY projects and cooking, this Ohio born writer spends most of her time looking up new crafts or coming up with at-home beauty recipes for her blog, Naturally Beautiful. Kali loves to read about any topic under the sun and knows that life is best spent in lipstick, leggings and an oversized sweater.

Best of London Fashion Week Fall 2014

With everything from colorful feminine looks to bold military style, London Fashion Week had the world watching as over fifty top designers showcased their talents.

First Looks

This year was no exception to the amazing trends seen on the runway.  From head to toe, each look had us “oo-ing” and “ahh-ing.” and we’ve got some of the best and most unique styles to share with you.

Felder Felder took a chic, earthy approach to London Fashion Week. Including earthy greens, berry reds and their signature black leather, it was hard to blink an eye while the fabulous twin sisters’, Annette and Danielia Felder, collection walked the runway.

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J. JS Lee had heads turning at her impeccable looks during this week’s London Fashion Week. Known for her embossed details on solid fabric, she did not let us down this season. Not shying away from color this year, her looks had us swooning.

Haizhen Wang

Haizhen Wang kept his normal masculine femininity! His chic, show-stopping designs took an architectural reference while combing classical tailoring and classic colors.

Christopher Raeburn

Christopher Raeburn combination of detail, functionality and fun is perfect for the funk fashionista. Taking great fabrics and a fabulous color palette, Raeburn’s styles owned the runway.

Jasper Conran

Starting at the age of nineteen, Jasper Conran has been known for his timeless, contemporary British style and this year was just as impressive as the last. With a soft color palette and gorgeous shapes, Conran landed high on our list of amazing designs to hit the catwalk.

Holly Fulton

One of the most fabulous in prints this year, Holly Fulton let her creativity shine. Her graphic prints and luxurious materials were perfectly paired with unique accessories.

John Rocha

John Rocha’s use of fabric and texture was simply stunning – elegant and stylish with a modern twist!

Lucas Nascimento

Lucas Nascimento brought knitwear to life this year with his amazing silhouettes and captivating textures. The delicate detail found in his garments gave a classic and timeless feel.

Alice Temperley of Temperley London

Another master of the print was Alice Temperley of Temperley London. Designing for the sexy, strong, well-travelled woman, her impeccable use of colors and shapes landed her among our favorite of this year.

Emma Farrow of Topshop Unique

Designer Emma Farrow of Topshop Unique had models showing some serious leg this year. Fabulous boots along with hobo-chic layering had all the right embellishments, creating the perfect look for any contemporary professional stylista.

Antonio Berardi

Antonio Berardi’s creates a sophisticated feel pairing his uniquely structured bodices with a sleek, modern shoe!

Burberry Prorsum

To no surprise, Burberry Prorsum blew everyone away with their stunning use of pattern and amazing styling!

Tom Ford

Tom Ford, designs for the uber fashionista, for the woman who knows what they like and is not afraid to show it!

Simone Rocha

Simone Rocha took her strong yet romantic style and created yet another beautiful collection. Her modern use of unique construction and embellishments were pure genius!

Mary Katrantzou

Mary Katrantzou’s collection was the perfect combination of bold graphics and industrial jewelry. With a gorgeous color palette of light blues, stunning greens and deep reds paired with its unique footwear, this collection was flawless!

Written by: Kali Borovic As a student journalist, this fashionista, stargazing enthusiast and fitness aficionado loves to write about anything from health to fashion. With a passion for DIY projects and cooking, this Ohio born writer spends most of her time looking up new crafts or coming up with at-home beauty recipes for her blog, Naturally Beautiful. Kali loves to read about any topic under the sun and knows that life is best spent in lipstick, leggings and an oversized sweater.

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