YUP, CHRISTOPHER BAILEY DESIGNS LIP CHARMS TOO

burberryresizedLondon – Full disclosure: I’m a Carmex girl myself. I’ve been a dedicated user/lover of the petroleum jelly lip balm since my days at Syracuse University. So besotted is my body to this product that I – literally – break out in an allergic reaction when I try other brands on my lips. But I’d risk an outbreak or two for this lux lip product: the Burberry Lip Charm. Awkward name aside, this cleverly constructed item triples as a lip gloss, a mirror, and a key chain – all in one. Something this sleek and stylish can only be the brainchild of Christopher Bailey, Creative Director of the Burberry. Find it in stores in late October, just in time for the holidays!

How much press can one downtrodden mass retailer get? Ask that magic question to the Gap which continues to rack up blog posts across the universe. Here we go adding to that mileage with today’s post: The Gap Bootie (not the Pierre Hardy one) will be in stores in December. Not sure why this is news – beyond the fact that every fashion blog is blogging it so we thought we’d follow the crowd. That said, we do see the value here: the boot is MAJOR – actually MAYJAH! It’s so major that even without being a Pierre Hardy for The GAP piece (as per todays reports) it is still very much worth the$195 they’ll be charging for it in December when this debuts!

WAIT IS THAT NICKI MINAJ NARRATTING? PLUS OTHER QUESTIONS ABOUT KANYE WESTS LATEST VIDEO, “RUNAWAY”
October 24, 2010
by Zandile Blay
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We just checked out Kanye Wesets 35 minute premier for “Runaway.” Yeah – 35 minutes.

VEVO.COM – Finally, we see the premier for Kanye Wests 35 minute epic for the single “Runaway.” Overall – j’die. No, we don’t know what the-H -E – double-hockeysticks is going on. But it looks all kinds of artsy and fabulous and epic so we have to co-sign. That said, a few questions linger. Below are our top three twelve:

What are all these birds supposed to represent?
Who did the costume design?
Where did Selita get her “acting” chops from?
Are we the only ones who would have loved a 32 inch weave on Selita to really play up her Victoria’s Secret heritage? As that’s what her costume was giving anyway?
What kind of foundation does Kanye use?
Did Kanye run track in high school (his form is perfect!)?
What kind of thong is Selita wearing (that is her perfect shade of nude!)
Are Selita’s breasts real?
Can Selita teach us how to jerk like her chicken character does?
How high lifted was everyone during the filming of this?
Is this ultimately a pro-vegan video?
Why?
Fashion, ZANDILE

EXCERPTS FROM MY REAL LIFE: THE FRIENDS IN FASHION EDITION

New York – One of the best perks of working in fashion in New York City? The amazing friends you meet on the job. For me that has been Janelle Grimmond, who I met when we both interned at Vibe Magazine nearly ten years ago. Today she is a fashion editor who contributes to several publications including Essence, Nylon and Honey Magazines. Even more dynamic? She’s developed an alter-ego, J Madison who raps about life as a chic editor in the big city (stay tuned for more on this.) Next to her holding – appropriately – a Diesel bag is Nathaniel Hinton, formerly of Prada and now representing Diesel clothing. And ofcourse….that’s moi. Next to me in that leopard moment? The amazing Matthew Henson, fashion editor at Flaunt magazine. Just had to share. J’die for them all.

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ESSENTIAL VIEWING: THE LUST LIST FEATURING RAPHAEL YOUNG

Essence.com – Oh Blaynistas! Have I shared with you yet my new gig? Likely not! I can be so late and so tacky. After an amazing 2.5 years as Womens Market Editor for Paper Magazine, I have now moved on to Essence Magazine where I serve as the Fashion Editor for the website. I’ll be sharing my stories from Essence here on The Blay Report with a section called “Essential Viewing…..” Check out today’s: a feature on one of my favorite new designers: Raphael Young…Story Here.

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SOFIA COPPOLA RE-UPS WITH LOUIS VUITTON

Paris – To be honest, when I think about Sofia Coppola, I think of her ex-Spike Jonze, who allegedly left her for actress Michelle Williams. And perhaps that’s wrong, but unfortunately, for the longest time, that’s where it started and ended. And then she launched a line of bags with Vuitton – and that changed things slightly. Yet still, thoughts of Jonze and Williams dangled in my head whenever the name Sofia Coppola was mentioned. And then she launched her second line with Vuitton – and everything changed. Now all I think of are fabulous mini duffles in lux leather and chic crocodile with gold hardware at price points I can’t quiet afford. But I digress….Coppola has expanded on her accessories line with Vuitton, and here with….more images of it after the jump. (more…)

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MCQUEEN TAKES CONTROL

Europe – After five years of being designed by an Italian licensee, Alexander McQueen’s diffusion line, McQ is now going in house. Starting next year, Pina Ferlisi, the creative director of the brand, will report to Sarah Burton, the current director for parent company, Alexander McQueen. It’s good news for the house, which is finding it’s footing after the designers untimely demise.

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STING STYLISH DAUGHTER SOUNDS OFF ON MUSIC & FASHION FOR ASOS

Worldwide – I’ve been so busy playing lipsynching for my life to “Roxanne” by Sting that I was hardly aware that he had a life outside of the police. I mean, we all know about his fierce wife, Trudie – but a child!? The answer is yes. Her name is Coco Sumner and she too is a – you guessed it – musician! Leave it to me to learn via ASOS fashion magazine, which just featured the lovely lass on the cover of their music issue. (See more photos under the jump) (more…)

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DO YOU CARE? IN CASE YOU DO: AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL LAUNCHES TOMORROW EVENING

USA – Blaynista’s, I don’t ask that question to be cheeky. Really, do you care? Even with the addition of Andre Leon Talley and a new mission to be more haute couture than hot mess (as some might say…not me – you understand?), I get the sense that this show is losing it’s audience. But I could be wrong? That said, it debuts at 9 p.m Eastern Standard Time on living, as per the show’s Facebook page. Check it out. Let me know your thoughts. Give me a recap. I believe I’ll be watching reruns of Bad Girl’s Club. And by the way, one very bright spot? The amazing partnership with ASOS, which I personally adore.

Fashion, ZANDILE

JUST HAD TO SHARE: QUICK PIC OF MY STORE DISPLAY FOR JNBY BOUTIQUE IN SOHO, NYC