Music2010 in Music: Don’t Stop the Pop by DJ Earworm

As the New Year approaches many of you are probably looking back on the last 12 months and reflecting. What happened? Not only in your personal life, but in the social network dominated, everything is public, world of viral communication and media. 

Luckily, for us, this year picked up momentum musically and finally found its groove in an upbeat positive vibe after a somewhat dreary 2009. Today, I found this wonderful mashup, of Billboard magazine’s top 25 songs of the year, by DJ Earwom titled “Don’t Stop the POP”. It pretty much sums up my 2010 experience. 

DJ Earworm himself describes the last year in music for us:

“In 2010, pop has gone into serious all-out party mode. In 2009 the music was encouraging us to pick ourselves back up after being knocked down again, and to rock out to some great dance music while your at it. This year’s music tells us to keep going now that we’re up and having fun. In fact, the fun seems to be in such overdrive that it borders on recklessness. Usher urges us to ‘dance like it’s the last night of your life”, and Katy Perry wants us to “run away and don’t ever look back”. Even the songs that aren’t about parties have parties in their videos, like this year’s entries from Mike Posner and Lady” Antebellum.”

 Here are all the songs in the mashup for your further enjoyment:

  • Ke$ha – Tik Tok
  • Lady Antebellum – Need You Now
  • Train – Hey, Soul Sister
  • Katy Perry Featuring Snoop Dogg – California Gurls
  • Usher Featuring – OMG
  • B.O.B. Featuring Hayley Williams – Airplanes
  • Eminem Featuring Rihanna – Love the Way You Lie
  • Lady Gaga – Bad Romance
  • Taio Cruz – Dynamite
  • Taio Cruz Featuring Ludacris – Break Your Heart
  • B.O.B. Featuring Bruno Mars – Nothin’ On You
  • Enrique Iglesias Featuring Pitbull – I Like It
  • Young Money Featuring Lloyd – Bedrock
  • Jason Derulo – In My Head
  • Rihanna – Rude Boy
  • Lady Gaga Featuring Beyonce – Telephone
  • Katy Perry – Teenage Dream
  • Bruno Mars – Just the Way You Are
  • Mike Posner – Cooler Than Me
  • The Black Eyed Peas – Imma Be
  • Jay-Z + Alicia Keys – Empire State of Mind
  • Usher Featuring Pitbull – DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love
  • Travie McCoy Featuring Bruno Mars – Billionaire
  • Eminem – Not Afraid
  • Iyaz – Replay

FashionColor Theory: A Blunt Statement!

It doesn’t matter how in LOVE you are with fashion, sometimes it gets a little bit monotonous. That’s why, when I come across an editorial or feature that explores color, form, texture, and composition in an unapologetic way I get very excited and have to share my finds as soon as possible! And to realize that my color theory classes paid off!

This editorial is, while not complicated or overachieving (in terms of elaborate set construction or provocative posing of some fashion model I’ve never heard of but “need” to know), an exquisite look at the color and silhouette trends of the season. Here, Emily Blunt is photographed by Paola Kudacki for Harper’s Bazaar UK January 2011 issue

Above, Blunt (in Tom Ford), depicts the movement of the fringe fad in the most elegant way.

And here two toned, jewel toned, ensembles are all the rage and keep things youthfully daring while remaining conventionally comfortable, silhouette wise. 

Above and bellow brilliant orange in deep and light shades bring light to even the most stark environments. 

 Do you think this was an Exquisetly Blunt fashion editorial? 

What colors are you favoring for Spring 2011?

BeautyTron: Legacy’s Futuristic Beauty Secrets

How would you style a world in which almost everything is computer generated? In Tron: Legacymakeup and hair stylists made choices that created a look that fulfilled a futuristic fantasy while maintaining and exaggerating the actresses beauty. 

Rosalina Da Silva’s choice to use luminescent makeup to reflect and enhance the natural skin tones of the actresses in the electronic glow of the Tron world was a stylistic approach bordering on genius. The makeup artist not only embraced but utilized the effects of this fabricated glowing world to enhance the look of the movie. 

Their eyes were made to look like those of dolls by layering eye lashes on the top and bottom of the eyes. To enhance the linear trend of the costumes and set design the brows and eyes were also lined in dark black to create an even more drastic and contrasted look. 

 “Because it’s minimal and modern with no sunlight, I wanted the hair to be without color, movement, and texture,” says hair stylist Anji Bemben in an Elle article on the Tron makeup. Their hair was kept to light or dark and very strict hair cuts or updos where given to each actress to emphasize the conditions of this unnatural future world.

Watch the trailer below to see the Tron: Legacy “look” in action, then take a date to the movies this weekend!

MusicMusic For Your Mid-Week Blues!

The mid-week blues are a common affliction among dreamers like us fashion girls, so I thought I’d provide a few tunes that should keep you motivated and amped through the rest of the week. Some of you are doing finals, and although I don’t miss being in school, I do remember and kind of envy the end of finals bliss that spreads like wildfire as soon as they’re over. 

SO without further ado, I present Grace Potter & The Nocturnals!

 I caught my first hint of Grace Potter’s awetastic style in these music videos. Then I read an article about her in The Washington Post where she flat out confirmed my suspicion that she was a fellow fashion obsessed artist. Potter says this of her stage garb: “What I’m wearing changes everything about how the show goes,” she proclaims. “If I’m wearing blue jeans and flannel, it’s going to be a country show and I’m going to get my twang on. But if I’m wearing a flapper dress, fringe or sequins, I’m rocking out, Tina Turner style.”

Hope you enjoyed Grace Potter & The Nocturnals as much as I did! 

FashionThe Black Swan: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, and Rodarte’s Costumes!

The beauty of the ballet has been re-kindled this year with the release of the film The Black Swan. Starring Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis, as prima ballerinas, The Black Swan is a dark and dangerously sensual look into the world and art of ballet.                                             

To prepare for her role in the film Natalie Portman trained as a ballerina with Mary Helen Bowers for six months 5/8 hours a day about 6 days a week to create, shape, and tone her body into that of a ballerina. This was not a role that could be faked, although she did have a body double for some of the most difficult dance scenes, Natalie Portman needed to not only act but look like an actual ballet dancer throughout the film.

Being a fashion designer myself, I tend to be attracted or intrigued when a film utilizes the aesthetic of a specific fashion designer for all of or part of the costumes of a film. To dramatize the performance of Swan Lake, in The Black Swan, the costume designerAmy Wescott, played on Rodarte’s dark sided aesthetic and haute couture techniques. Portman (and her body double) actually wear a Rodarte designed costume made of feathers, tulle, and 247,000 crystals donated by Swarovski. Not only was this film physically taxing for the actors but the delicate costumes themselves went through many different repairs as a result of filming. 

Here are some of Kate Mulleavy’s dark and funky sketches for the costumes made for Swan Lake. 

Below is finished version of the ravishing black feather Rodarte dress (above right sketch) on Portman during the film. 

So, are you going to go see the movie?