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Thursday, 26 February 2015
Zendaya A True Beauty

Zendaya, A True Beauty


By Tammy Duffy 


Zendaya in Vivienne Westwood couture at the 2015 Oscars 


The Webster Dictionary's definition of racism is......

 A belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various humanracial groups determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to dominate others or that a particular racial group is inferior to the others.

During an episode of Fashion Police, Guiliana Rancic said,” I feel like she smells like patchouli oil or maybe weed,” when she viewed a photograph taken of the beautiful Zendaya. So, if you read the Webster's definition of racism, do you consider what Rancic said racist?  Does Rancic's comment demonstrate that dreadlocks are a less superior way of style and human representation? 


Here are the facts. Zendaya is drop-dread gorgeous and downright gracious. She has handled this negative event that Rancic caused with a level of style and grace that Rancic can only ever dream of having the capability to demonstrate. Rancic can learn alot from the ever beautiful Zendaya.

 Zendaya stated back, saying, “There is a fine line between what is funny and disrespectful. Someone said something about my hair at the Oscars that left me in awe. Not because I was relishing in rave outfit reviews, but because I was hit with ignorant slurs and pure disrespect.”


On the red carpet Zendaya shared why she decided to wear the dreadlocks. She loves her father very much. He has them, as well as others that are close to Zendaya. She wanted to look like them.  An homage to them because she thinks they are cool and she loves them.

Zendaya is a GREAT kid. She has love all around her. If Rancic would have bothered to ask Zendaya or the journalists or photographers who were there, why she chose that look, Rancic would have known. Unfortunately, this is not what E News does. They only judge not journalize. They have become the equivalent to the grocery store newspapers that no one really buys but will take a peek at while they are at check out on occasion. Newspapers riddled with lies and lack of journalism. 

I found it equally offensive that right after she made her statement of "apology" to Zendaya, the E network thought it would be great to show Honeybooboo devouring friend chicken, in essence to make fun of another child again. The poor kid has some massive health issues right now that are quite sad. Kids are off limits.


One can only hope that Rancic has learned a lesson. We will see.  Kelly Osbourne's reaction was equally as interesting. She states she is best friends with Zendaya. However when Rancic made that statement initially, Osbourne's first reaction to the comment was to laugh. This is clearly seen on the tape that shows Rancic making the comment. She then appeared to become uncomfortable with the statement on camera after her laughter. But, her first reaction was to laugh. She then got on the "I am not a racist bandwagon" when Zendaya stood up for herself. If Zendaya never said anything, would Osbourne never would have said anything?  Osbourne's comments seem so disingenuous due to the fact she is shown on camera laughing at the comment made by Rancic. If someone said something like that about a friend of mine I would have said something to them right then and there to support my friend. That is a friend. Osbourne did not do that. Her comments came out after Zendaya stood up for herself.



Rancic can only hope that some day her kids want to emulate her like Zendaya did of her father and friends with her hair style. This is what Rancic should think about before she opens her mouth again.

Posted by tammyduffy at 7:25 AM EST
Updated: Thursday, 26 February 2015 7:32 AM EST
Saturday, 21 February 2015



By Tammy Duffy 






The 9thannual, ‘Where Music Meets Couture Fashion Show, brought together a host of celebrities and professional athletes for an altruistic cause. The festive occasion occurred on Friday, February 13th at The Attic Rooftop Lounge, during the NBA All-Star Weekend, and illustrious New York Fashion Week.


Attendees enjoyed a fabulous VIP mix and mingle against the backdrop of complimentary cocktails, sponsored by Star Vodka, Beverage Company. Following the pre social mixer, guests enjoyed a variety of posh couture looks, sported by a prestigious list of renowned athletes and celebrities. The models for the evening included, featured celebrity model, Nicole Murphy, NY Giants, Walter Thurmond III, St. Louis Rams, Rodney Mcleod Jr., Oakland Raiders, DJ Hayden, Brooklyn Nets, Darius Morris, and French Professional Basketball Player, Alexandre Nicolai. The opulent affair also featured garments and accessories by Columbian Designer, Edwing D’Angelo, the Tyrell Collection, Schuyler, Nikini Swimwear, and the Andrew Harris Collection. 


The annual fashion soiree not only recognizes the success of the CEPR team, but also its notable list clients and partners, too. Additionally, the gala serves as the perfect platform to help bring relevance to the benefit of supporting charities and worthy causes. For this year’s showcase, CEPR donated a portion of the event’s proceeds to the Walter Thurmond Foundation for Arts and Education, which benefits the improvement of youth literacy within inner-city schools.


Posted by tammyduffy at 12:01 AM EST
Thursday, 4 December 2014
Brooklyn Fashion Development

New York City is investing $3.5 million into a fashion incubator at the Liberty View Industrial Plaza in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.




 The investment by the NYC Economic Development Corp enables the Manufacture New York incubator to be expanded into a full-fledged Manufacturing Innovation Center for Apparel, Textiles and Wearable Tech.

The announcement is being made by New York City Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen and NYCEDC President Kyle Kimball, accompanied by Manufacture New York CEO Bob Bland and Salmar Properties Co-Founder Marvin Schein.

Manufacture New York is a hybrid fashion incubator and factory space for independent designers in the NYC fashion industry. They just moved the incubator from Manhattan’s Garment District to the new Brooklyn location in Liberty View Industrial Plaza.

The navy building (formerly Federal Building #2) was sold by the U.S. GSA to the NYCEDC, which then picked Salmar Properties to redevelop the 1.1 million-square-foot empty warehouse into an eight-story modern industrial center.

The Manufacturing Innovation Center for the fashion industry in the building’s fifth floor is offering leasable manufacturing space between 1,500 to 25,000 square feet for a wide range of fashion, textile and apparel manufacturers and suppliers.

The space will include an on-site R&D center that will support development of innovative wearable technology. The complex includes plans for everything from automated freight shipping and receiving facilities to a food court, informal meeting space, day care, gym, on-site parking and bike facilities.

The factory floor was built as a green design that lives up to LEED Commercial Interiors Gold Certification standards, and the building shell is also LEED Silver eligible.

More importantly, the Manufacturing Innovation Center’s tenants will be provided assistance in securing NYC economic development incentives. Manufacture New York, Salmar Properties and the Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation (SBIDC) will help tenants access various incentive programs available for manufacturers and tenants in the development.

This includes relocation tax credits (REAP and IBZ), low-cost electricity under the City’s Energy Cost Savings Program (ECSP) and Con Edison’s Business Incentive Rate (BIR) Program, and property tax abatements under the ICAP program.

The project has also been granted a PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) agreement with New York City. The tenant attraction package that Manufacture New York is offering therefore includes the possibility to negotiate significantly reduced real estate tax liability.

Fashion is a $98 billion industry in New York City that provides employment to more than 180,000 people, generating $10.9 billion in wages and nearly $2 billion in annual tax revenue.



Posted by tammyduffy at 7:27 PM EST
Saturday, 13 September 2014
How To Walk In Heels


How to walk in heels






I've come a long way in the shoe department. Here are a few hard-won tips I've picked up for walking— gracefully and comfortably— in heels.

Size matters.

As any woman with some fashion sense will tell you, there is no legitimate middle ground for heels. It’s either flats or real heels — anything below 3 inches is considered cheating. Heels up to 4 inches are very comfortable to walk in as long as the shoe is carefully designed; 4.5-inch heels are manageable by literally everyone if you’ve had enough practice, and a 1-inch platform can help keep you safe in 5.5-inch heels. Heels higher than that? We'll pass.

Your height doesn't.

If you feel like it, you can wear heels even if you’re tall. And no, you don’t have to wear heels if you’re petite. Heels aren’t about looking taller — they’re about looking fierce. I am tallish at 5’5’’ and I wear high heels all the time. At 6’1’’ sometimes I’m the tallest person in the room. Do I feel like Gandalf summoning the Hobbits? Sometimes. It is still worth it.

Fit really matters.

Every self-respecting woman has a trusted calzolaio, or shoe repairer, who will competently file your heels to suit them specifically to your feet. Don't skimp on maintenance, either.


Design is key.

This is oh-so-important. While you can get away with poorly designed flats (rubber ballet flats attached to a tween magazine for $1 extra? I don’t see why not!), you definitely want to avoid cheap heels. They will give you blisters and make your feet hurt, yes, but more important in the long run they could affect your posture and damage the bones in the soles of your feet. Before you pick up any pair of high heels, try the shoes on in the late afternoon when your feet are a bit swollen. How do they feel? Are your feet yowling like a baby fox caught in a trap? Not okay.

Know when to name-drop.

Here are a few of my favorite Italian shoe brands in terms of comfort. It doesn’t hurt that they make incredibly beautiful shoes, either. My go-to response, which is only a bitof a lie, is that heels are as comfortable as slippers. It’s almost true in case of  Sergio Rossi’s  stunning Cachet pumps. The Milanese fashion brand makes some of the best shoes around.Salvatore Ferragamo’s feminine creations have the sort of subdued elegance and grown-up charm that girls start finding quite appealing when they feel they’re becoming more of una signora—“a lady.” No-nonsense Fratelli Rossetti shoes are the way to go when you plan to wear heels for a prolonged amount of time: They are sturdy and perfectly designed with a marked Milanese elegance. Luciano Padovan’s creations, on the other hand, are more blatantly sexy — even what would be a mid-heel office pump gets a touch of the stripper-heel treatment with the Milanese designer.

Walk, don't run.

There are really no shortcuts here — the only way to learn to walk in heels is to do it a lot, practicing first with easier shoes. The basics: Don’t walk on eggshells; do not tiptoe; step the heel first, then the tip of the foot. The more surface the shoe has, the easier it is — you might want to start with tight-fitting ankle boots (bonus point: pretty!).

Pick your battles.

High heels can be good for the soul, but they’re not particularly good for your body. Choose when to wear them wisely. In Italy, you’re expected to wear them by day to formal functions such as weddings and battesimi or christenings — we have many of them here — and by night whenever you’re attending a special occasion. What makes an occasion special? Sometimes it’s just the wearing of the heels themselves.


Posted by tammyduffy at 12:01 AM EDT
Friday, 12 September 2014
MAD Beauty unveils collaboration with Kellogg’s















MAD Beauty unveils collaboration with Kellogg’s





MAD Beauty has announced an exclusive collaboration with Kellogg’s to create a range of cosmetic related products. The company has named its first selections Decades, where products feature a range of vintage Kellogg’s imagery. Drawing inspiration from fifties vintage and seventies retro, the collection offers a range of beauty products including flavored lip balms, beauty bags, manicure sets and bath essentials. The product range is available next week online at madbeauty.com, ASOS and Topshop with prices ranging from $6.00 to $18.00.

Posted by tammyduffy at 4:09 AM EDT
Wednesday, 10 September 2014
TICKET TO THE TENTS: Day 6 Spring 2015 NYFW Trend Report

TICKET TO THE TENTS: Day 6 Spring 2015 NYFW Trend Report


 (Featuring Vivienne Hu, Narcisco Rodriguez, Badgley Mischka, Nolcha Fashion Week, Diesel Black Gold, Jenny Packham, Naeem Khan, Zang Toi, Pamella Roland, Michael Costello)


Black and white remained popular for Day 6 of New York Fashion Week. Zang Toi’s celebrated his 25th anniversary as a label with a heavily black and white collection. He also featured deep shades of green, red and purple, which is rather unique for Spring! Ever since Victoria Beckham’s show earlier in the week, we’ve seen more and more designers incorporating darker shades into their collections. Typically these hues are reserved for Fall, but the use of deep shades of blues, greens, & purples further prove the blurred line phenomenon happening between the seasons. Diesel Black and Gold also featured a heavily black, & white collection. Wheth
er they were all black or all white separates or black and white prints. Other designers to incorporate black and white into their Spring collections were Vivienne Hu & Narcisco Rodriguez. Jenny Packham’s collection featured oxblood looks along with pastel yellow, and sky blue looks. The collection combination of pastels with the darker oxblood was pretty cool.  






Michael Costello, Badgley Mischka, Naeem Khan, and Zang Toi’s collections were heavy on the evening gown from, as to be expected since they are all magnificent evening wear designers. Not everyone can do evening wear, and it’s really an art in and of itself. Sophie Theallet took lengths to above the need with voluminous A-line skirts. Crop tops are showing their staying power, and even though the crop top is popular, the jumpsuit is here to stay with a vengeance. Almost every designer has featured at least one or more jumpsuits in their collections. Rompers seem to be inexistent, as everyone seems to prefer to the pantsuit edition. Pamella Roland featured a lovely white jumpsuit for her Spring 2015 collection.





Posted by tammyduffy at 6:12 PM EDT
Monday, 8 September 2014
Ticket to the Tents: Spring 2015 NYFW Trend Report

Ticket to the Tents: Spring 2015 NYFW Trend Report


 (Featuring Trina Turk, Charlotte Ronson, Zimmermann, Nicole Miller, Monique Lhuillier, & Mark & Estel)


It’s Day 2 of New York Fashion Week!  The team kicked off the day with Mark & Estel’s Spring 2015 Collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.




Sometimes less is more as displayed by Mark and Estel. Their collection was solely made out of cotton found in your everyday denim, sweatpants and t-shirts. How do I know? Because during their final walk, Estel Day announced it to us during their closing song performance.

In stark contrast to the cotton-heavy Mark & Estel Collection, Monique Lhuillier, opted for shiny, and metallic finish fabrics such as satin and silk and glittery fabrics for her plethora of gowns and dresses. Zimmermann also favored metallic hues in suiting.




As seen on the Day 1 runways, pastels were again the favored choice amongst designers for day 2. Charlotte Ronson featured peach, pale blue, and pale green hues and Zimmerman featured pale yellows. And while there was a
pop of pastels here and there, Trina Turk stood by her claim to fame and design aesthetic of using bold and vibrant colors. It appears that even if pastels are trending, Trina will rebel and stay bold, and who can blame her? The scene during her presentation was fun and flirty and the bold hues added to the playfulness of the collection.




Trina Turk collection’s was not only playful, but it made me think of the 60s, especially with the models wearing wide scarf headbands! The models wore bold, statement necklaces and posed with handbags of all shapes and sizes.
Popular in both the Charlotte Ronson and Trina Turk collections were these comfortable looking sandals. Is the gladiator sandal being replaced next season as the it-shoe for Spring? We’ll find out.





Nicole Miller’s collection stood out on Day 2 for having the most prints. Her vision of transporting her wearers to Rio De Janeiro Brazil was creatively conveyed to the audience. The models wore prints that featured birds and palm trees, while carrying luggage. Charlotte Ronson featured a few floral prints, but overall prints were pretty minute throughout the collections with solid colors dominating day 2.




Posted by tammyduffy at 8:05 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, 8 September 2014 8:14 PM EDT
Sunday, 7 September 2014
A baby takes the runway at Zana Bayne spring/summer

A baby takes the runway at Zana Bayne spring/summer






New York's leather maestro Zana Byne produced a collection that takes a softer edged approach to her traditional themes of strength and femininity.


Perhaps the unofficial slogan of Fashion Week: it takes a lot of effort to look effortless. Tthe first look of Zana Bayne’s spring/summer 15 collection, Moonbathers, glided out to Chris Isaak’s haunting Wicked Game at Milk  Studios one could very much appreciate its intricate details. Inspired by the shimmering reflections of moonlight on bodies of water, Moonbathers marks a softer-edge for New York’s first lady of leather, whose meticulously handcrafted leather accessories are subversive, strong, and sexy as hell.




Where last season featured hard-edged, bondage inspired silhouettes with pronounced hardware, this collection sees the evolution of Zana’s leather expertise into an unexpected softness. Laser cuts, perforations, and intricate cut-outs gesture towards lightness, a new take on the themes of strength and femininity for the designer. “For the last collection I used a lot of chain and fringe, but wanted to try something different this season,” said Zana. “There are a few pieces I call the ‘fishnet harness’ looks, which are hundreds upon hundreds of hand-cut, hand-pressed straps. So there’s a lot of love that went into this collection. I love taking one shape and pushing it to the next level, adding a little more embellishment and seeing where I can go from there. But I also love having those more minimal, classic pieces to go back to.


In addition to further developing her leather language, Zana took the same meticulous approach to the pieces’ additional detailing, translating the moonlight motif through crystals: “I had the idea to start working with some Swarovski detailing, especially because of the idea of moons, stars, and reflections on water. I wanted to get a little bit sparkly. The challenge for me was working with a material that’s not leather, something that’s completely different, in the same way that I would work with leather. I do love a good Swarovski sparkle moment!”





But it wasn’t only Zana’s leather pieces that brought the collection together. The designer relied on a network of friends and collaborators to contribute to her vision: “This collection was a total labour of love from many different hearts. My dear friend and amazing designer Norisol Ferrari made all of the white shirting and the white dresses, skirts, and headwraps. We’ve worked together in the past, I’ve made some pieces for her, so it’s sort of a natural progression. Chris Habana is a dear friend who I’ve known for years, and we collaborated on the collection’s jewellery, which carries over the moons and stars motif. It was like the perfect touch on top of everything else.”

For a collection capturing the romance of surfers gliding on the water by moonlight, Zana’s post show state-of-mind was all too appropriate: “Now that it’s all over, I feel like I’m floating.”


Posted by tammyduffy at 3:26 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 7 September 2014 3:32 PM EDT
Alexander Wang Gives a Lesson in Being a Bad Girl


Alexander Wang Gives  a Lesson in Being a Bad Girl






When your front row includes Rihanna and Nicki Minaj, you know you are catering to a very specific type of woman. The ultra-urban bad girls who've been wearing Alexander Wang ever since the Parsons dropout started his eponymous line in 2007 might very well see his Spring 2015 collection as a "greatest hits" anthology. First came an homage to the typographic bar codes — in the form of oversize belts as well as nondescript collar markings — that he featured in his resort line. Then came the hypersaturated minidresses in neon coral, lime, and blue that have a neoprene wetsuit feel, and still others in sheer black that illicit more of a spacesuit vibe. Then there were the statement-making accessories, which included both color block textural heels and mesh sandals.

And then came the sportswear that has always set Wang apart: from white tennis skirts with green Peter Pan collars to a finale that featured a more relaxed trouser shape, it was an agenda-setting showing that makes us all want to be a little bad.





Posted by tammyduffy at 2:58 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 7 September 2014 3:07 PM EDT
Friday, 5 September 2014
TICKET TO THE TENTS: Day 1 NYFW Spring 2015 Trend Report

 TICKET TO THE TENTS: Day 1 NYFW Spring 2015 Trend Report

(Featuring Nicholas K, Richard Chai, BCBGMaxAzria, Tadashi Shoji, Marissa Webb,CuteCircuit, & Desigual)

It’s September! Which means it's another New York Fashion Week. New York Fashion Week officially kicked off yesterday with designers presenting their Spring 2015 Collections. 


                                 NICHOLAS K Spring 2015 Collection. Photo by Jane Kratochvil


Nicholas K kicked off Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in their usual 9am spot on day one inside the tents. While the draping, layers and loose silhouettes are not new to Nicholas K, their introduction of a pretty, pastel teal green was a change from the browns, tans and whites. We’re hoping this color is a fixture in all the runways for Spring.

 And continuing with pastels, it appears that pastels will continue to dominate next Spring as they did this year. Lubov and Max presented a collection for BCBGMaxAzria that included pastel pinks & blue along with a ton of white and off-white garments. However, some designers opted to include pops of bright colors in their collections. Richard Chai featured a bold lime-yellow color for spring, and Desigual, known for bold and colorful prints did not disappoint.



                                               BCBBMAXAZRIA SPRING 2015 COLLECTION



  DESIGUAL SPRING 2015 COLLECTION. Photo by Jane Kratochvil


In contrast to Desigual’s bold use of prints in every garment, most of the runways were absent of significant amounts of prints. The designers opted for solid colors to convey their visions. If there were prints, they were mosaic and abstract in nature, stripes (Marissa Webb & Richard Chai) or muted floral patterns.



 TADASHI SHOJI SPRING 2015 COLLECTION. Photo by Jane Kratochvil |


Long is the new black! Tadashi Shoji favored knee-length dresses and full-length gowns. BCBGMaxAzria also went long for spring with wide-leg trousers and ankle-length skirts. Marissa Webb featured super-chic outerwear pieces for spring from ankle-length trench coats, to peplum wind-breakers. There’s a lot of material on the runways for Spring. Long and free flowing fabrics that offer tons of movement for the wearer.


 TADASHI SHOJI SPRING 2015 COLLECTION. Photo by Jane Kratochvil


Wearable Technology is all the rage right now and CuteCircuit has taken the world by storm with their technological clothing innovations. Their collection for Spring, featured cool, digital enhancements that were incorporated into the clothes, shiny and glittery fabrics, and even digitally enhanced bathing suits! Forget wearable tech bracelets, I want the clothes!


Posted by tammyduffy at 10:39 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, 5 September 2014 10:45 PM EDT

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