#FashionCrush-Migos (@Migos)

Fashion Crush- Migos

Rap trio, Migos, has slowly risen in the ranks of celebrities who have become known for their sense of fashion.

Their use of designer fashion mixed with that hip hop flare has been emulated by the masses all looking to replicate that Migos aura. Hailing from Lawrenceville, GA the members Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff took the world by storm in 2013 with their debut single ‘Versace’. This possibly set the wheels in motion for fashion fame, since now the trio are regulars at fashion week as well as other fashion events including this year’s Met Gala where all three wore matching Versace suits. The group also brought the house down at the Los Angeles opening of Balmain’s flagship store, where guests like Kerry Washington and Hailee Steinfeld partied like rock stars to Migos music.

Migos at the 2017 Met Gala

Their amazing style is a possible family trait seeing as how the trio is all related. Quavo is Takeoff’s uncle and Offset is Quavo’s cousin. After the release of ‘Versace’ from their Yung Rich Nation album, Migos had success with other singles such as Fight Night, Look at My Dab, and of course, Bad and Boujee which became the group’s first number one single in the US in 2016.

Fashion crush- Migos

Not too shabby for this group of Georgia boys. Of course with the fame comes attention from Hollywood starlets all wanting a taste of that southern charm. Recently, Quavo was linked to Karreuche Tran, sparking rumors of beef between him and Chris Brown. Offset has reportedly been linked to Cardi B thanks to their recent collaborations and nightly excursions.

fashion crush-Migos

Rap group Migos, has already proven that they’re not just one hit wonders. Their constant presence in music and fashion will solidify their moment for years to come. One thing that has always been true is that in order to stay relevant is to give the people something to talk about. Pure talent and dope fashion sense will guarantee Migos’ presence will always be felt.

Written by Dominique Bedell

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@artfreak88

#Fashion Crush- Marjorie Harvey (@marjorie_harvey)

Marjorie Harvey

One of the most refreshing things about fashion week could be the anticipated arrival of Marjorie Harvey.

The fashion guru, who is married to Steve Harvey, is always a vision of perfection any and every time she steps out. Many of her iconic looks can be seen during fashion week where Harvey is usually sitting front row at the top shows.

Marjorie Harvey

Her amazing style and lavish nights out can all be seen on her fashion blog The Lady Loves Couture, where she chronicles her excursions via photos and videos. The site is also a vehicle for her to sell her line of handbags called Marjorie Harvey Handbags. Marjorie Harvey’s actual handbags are a fashion lover’s dream, with everything from Chanel to Hermes Birkin bags at her disposal.

Marjorie Harvey

One way to solidify your status as a fashion guru is to befriend top level high fashion designers. With Dolce & Gabbana’s recent interest in millenials and fashion bloggers, Harvey and her family were a natural fit for the new Dolce & Gabbana looks. For their fall 2017 fashion show, Harvey, donning a large fur coat graced the runway, however, the most important role went to her son Jason and his wife Amanda, who both opened the show carrying their children, Rose and Noah.

Since marrying Steve Harvey, in 2007, Marjorie Harvey has utilized her platform to bring fashion and beauty knowledge to the masses. In addition to that, she has revolutionized the black socialite. Many of the African Americans found seated at fashion shows are usually celebrities that will likely borrow in favor of actually purchasing these items. In the case of Marjorie Harvey her status as a celebrity wife and all around fashion maven keeps her invited to these fashion shows again and again, so maybe her own line will be in the works very soon.

Written by Dominique Bedell

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@artfreak88

Smooth Move! Michael Kors (@MichaelKors) Inks Deal to Acquire Jimmy Choo (@jimmychoo)!

Fashion giant, Michael Kors, sent the fashion world in an uproar upon news he has just bought high end shoe company Jimmy Choo.

Micheal Kors buys out Jimmy Choo

This news comes after years of claims that Michael Kors sales have slowly been on the decline causing them to close around 125 stores worldwide. Some attribute this to the major decrease in mall shopping. So the question is whether or not this could mean a turnaround for the retail giant. After all Jimmy Choo seemingly has a difference in demographic. On any given mall trip you can find a Michael Kors bag for as little as $70, where as Jimmy Choo shoes range from $400 to around $3,000.

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Balmain takes L.A.

Olivier Rousteing with Kim Kardashian at the Balmain LA opening

Parisian house Balmain set it’s sights on the bright lights of Hollywood when creative director Olivier Rousteing decided to open a flagship store in Los Angeles.

Located on 8421 Melrose Place, the event brought out all the stars including Miguel, Migos, and Kim Kardashian along with a slew of models all decked out in the pricey designer duds. The opening came just as Balmain unveiled their new collaboration with Beats on a collection of headphones. The campaign for the partnership, which is being fronted by Kylie Jenner, was released this week and garnered much anticipation.

Kylie Jenner for the Balmain x Beats campaign

The collection of earbuds and headphones are done in the signature Balmain gold and light pink.  Before entering the venue, the partygoers were given their own beats headphones where they were able to listen to songs personally selected by Rousteing. As guests danced others took pictures in two different pavillions which were decked out in different themes.

The highlight of the night was possibly when the slew of models descended down a staircase all wearing looks from Balmain’s resort 2018 collection. After the models led the guests into the actual venue, Olivier made a heartfelt toast thanking everyone for their attendance and support. Afterwards, Migos hit the stage for an epic performance.

Models all wearing Balmain resort 2018 descending down the staircase

The celebration was as over the top as all of Balmain’s collections are. Who can forget the epic Balmain x H&M collection, which was presented with a larger than life fashion show that featured performers and voguers? This will, no doubt, be another successful knotch in the bedazzled belt for Olivier Rousteing, who has turned the house of Balmain into a household name. Only halfway through the year and Rousteing has already created a successful fragrance, designed costumes for an opera, opened an LA flagship, and collaborated with Beats all while still designing collections for the house. The young designer is on a roll and the anticipation is high for what he has in store next.

written by Dominique Bedell

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@artfreak88

#Fashion Crush- Rihanna (@rihanna)

Rihanna at the Valerian premiere

It almost seems unfair to the other people in the entertainment industry to make Rihanna this week’s fashion crush.

After 10 years in the public eye, Rihanna has aquired an array of amazing red carpet and street fashion looks. So many, in fact, that designers are clammering to work with her on special collaborative collections. All in order to get that ‘Rihanna’ influence so fans will flock to their stores.

Her collaborations with such designers as Manolo Blahnik and Puma and even a jewelry collection with French jeweler Chopard have been commercially successful all thanks to the barbadian beauty. After all this time it seems that Rihanna has pretty much always been a style star. When looking back to 2005, when her career was in it’s infancy, Rihanna’s style was majorly influenced by her Caribbean roots. Most of her performances were done barefoot.

Cut to 2007 when Good Girl Gone Bad swept the nation. It seems that Rihanna’s style seemed to change from that ‘Good Girl’  mentality as well. We started to see her favor a more high fashion look. Rihanna’s street style was being imitated by every girl looking to spice up her wardrobe. Nowadays, it’s not uncommon to see Rihanna on many style boards. Every red carpet waits in anticipation for Rihanna’s arrival, which is probably why the singer often chooses to be the very last to show up.

The influence of Rihanna as fashion muse to the world’s top designers has been iconic to say the least. For a black woman to command such attention in the fashion world can only be described as historic. Rihanna has fronted campaigns for Balmain and has been a muse for the house of Dior for the past few years. With a burgeoning acting career and designer friends in her bag, Rihanna is trending to become the next Audrey Hepburn.

Written by Dominique Bedell

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@artfreak88

#Fashion Crush- Giovanna Battaglia (@Bat_Gio)

Giovanna Battaglia

Just one look at Giovanna Battaglia would make even the most fashion forward girl want to run home and change.

Giovanna Bataglia

Working as the senior fashion editor for Vogue Japan and contributing fashion editor for W Magazine keeps Battaglia pretty busy, as she regularly styles editorials for both magazines. However, with friends like fashion goddess, Anna Dello Russo, who she worked with at L’Uomo Vogue, it’s not hard to see the motivation to always be on point. Known for her amazing since of style, Giovanna Battaglia can usually be found rocking only the latest designer fashions.  Having been born and raised in Milan, Italy, Battaglia’s Italian roots are ever present in the playful way she styles her looks.

Giovanna Battaglia

Last summer, Battaglia’s marriage to Oscar Engelbert was hailed as the most over the top wedding of that year. Over the course of a weekend , the celebration consisted of four events which included a welcome dinner, a the wedding ceremony, the party after the wedding, and one more party the night after all held in Capri, Italy. In the case of Battaglia, every occasion meant another showstopping outfit. Having worn dresses by designers like Thom Browne, Alexander McQueen and Valentino, the wardrobe nearly outshined the wedding.

It’s amazing to sit back and acknowledge the level of creativity Giovanna Battaglia showcases daily, however it is that creativity that keeps clients like Dolce & Gabbana, Michael Kors, and Saks Fifth Avenue coming back to get her creative hand in their various campaigns. But that really is what all of this boils down to. Some people in the world are just naturally more creative than others and showcase them differently. Some people can paint murals or write songs. When talking about Giovanna Battaglia, her creativity is in her abilty to turn herself into walking art through her extravagant wardrobe.

Written by Dominique Bedell

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@artfreak88

#Fashion Crush-Wiz Khalifa (@wizkhalifa)

Wiz Khalifa

With a knack for creating feel good music and a style that is all his own, how could you not love a guy like Wiz Khalifa?

Born Cameron Jibril Thomaz, Wiz Khalifa has seen his career rise steadily ever since his first record deal with Warner Bros. in 2008. Khalifa left the record company a year later after having minor success with a couple of mixtapes. It wasn’t until he signed with Atlantic Records a year later that he achieved worldwide success with his first single Black and Yellow.

Wiz Khalifa

Since then, Wiz Khalifa has remained at the forefront of the rap scene, having released five successful studio albums and starring in movies, such as cult classic Mac & Devin Go to High School alongside Snoop Dogg.

Wiz Khalifa

As impressive as his career has been, one thing that has been amazing to observe is Khalifa’s style transformation. At the start of his career, Wiz Khalifa’s style was a sort of urban street style. Oversized t-shirts or hoodies paired with baggie jeans or shorts and his small afro with the small patch of blonde in the front, fit in well with the other rappers of the time, though even then one could tell he was a budding ‘fashionisto’.  Nowadays, he has adopted a more alternative style of dress. A new age Jimmie Hendrix if you will.

Wiz Khalifa

Now sporting locs, Khalifa’s main ‘uniform’ consists of a printed or solid colored button up which is almost always unbuttoned to the navel, displaying his amazing tattoos and some sort of extravagant neck jewelry. One could argue that his mainstream success and his sense of style has gone hand in hand. Of course the main source of his staying power has been his ability to relate to people through his music. However, it’s probably more appeasing to upper class parents when the rappers their children are listening to have a sense of style.

Written by Dominique Bedell

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@artfreak88