These March Issues are just in time for Spring!
Burberry Prorsum’s Chief Creative Officer Christopher Bailey has taken Burberry’s classic trench to a whole new level. His inspiration comes from the Charleston Farmhouse in Sussex, England – who knew so much creation could come from a farmhouse – which is not your typical farmhouse. The Charleston was an oasis in the country for writers, painters and intellectuals known as the Bloomsbury Group.
Burberry Prorsum Autumn/Winter Womenswear 2014 collection introduced The Bloomsbury Girls. The show was an artistic mixture of floral prints, lightweight silk cotton organdy trench coats, silk crepe dresses, sheepskin lining classy and comfy jackets, and to top off all the looks, the final walk included the Colour Block Check Blanket Poncho. All the accessories were paired with a trench, or a coat to create an effortless-layered look; the accessories included toggle belts, hand-painted bags and shoes.
The Bloomsbury Girls hit the runway while British musicians Paloma Faith, Ed Harcourt and Rhodes performed live. Their specially arranged runway tracks will be available for download on iTunes.com/Burberry.
Photos Courtesy of Burberry.com
Checkout Burberry Prorsum Autumn/Winter 2014 show and the more of the still images here.
So it’s been a few weeks since my last blog post. I have been distracted, unorganized, and unsettled; but never not inspired. As I was organizing my creative space today, I began to think of the direction I would like Chuck’s World to go in–but I had no clue–all I did know is that I want Chuck’s World to highlight my passion and love for Fashion, Art, Music, and anything and everything that is created from a passionate creative mind.
Only time will tell and only time will mold Chuck’s World into the perfect combination of it all — as we wait to see, I would like to share a few timeless pieces that embodies the culture of Chuck’s World!
Creative Director Riccardo Tisci’s muse for Givenchy’s 2014 spring/summer campaign is the one and only Queen of neo-soul, Erykah Badu. Givenchy’s spring/summer collection is influenced by African aesthetics. This new and vibrant collection is out in stores now.
Streetwalkers are the best part of Fashion Week; FW brings the boys to the yard in their own unique way. Here are that caught my eye!
Disclaimer: These photos are borrowed, found, and linked. I own no rights to these photos.
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When Solange Knowles announced via Instagram that she is the new Art Director and Creative Consultant for PUMA “Girl of Blaze” Sneaker Collection, I instantly knew that this was the perfect fit for her. Solange embodies what PUMA is – from her funky and stylish looks to her sharp and tailored style.
Solange’s style seems to be influenced by Brooklyn (New York) and New Orleans, which makes perfect sense, since she resides in both cities, half the year in BK and the other half in NOLA. With both cities having their own unique out of the box style, they would be great places to get inspiration from, however Brazil inspired her first collection.
She collaborated with four designers to create four different looks for the epoch Disc Blaze shoe, this is the first time PUMA has signed on to created a women’s version of the Disc Blaze shoe.
The PUMA “Girl of Blaze” ad says Solo all over it. To see more looks from the PUMA and Solo’s personal style click here.
Creative concept & art direction by Solange Knowles
Photography by Alan Ferguson
YOUNG MUSICIAN AT WORK
Oh, my gosh this is such an amazing and inspiring video of Emmanuel Houndo, a brilliant young violinist from West Africa, who currently lives in Philadelphia. The music he covers seems to be songs he is familiar with and enjoys playing – you can tell just by his facial expression when he hits that certain string that he is one with his instrument. The original artists covers are all songs in today’s pop culture. By Emmanuel using his violin to cover songs like, "Drunk in Love" by Beyoncé, "A Brand New Me" by Alicia Key’s, "Roll Up" By Wiz Khalifa, “Stereo Hearts” by Gym Class Hero, featuring Adam Levine and many other artists: Kate Perry, Drake, and Bruno Mars.
Emmanuel turns these mainstream pop songs into a classic piece of music, I like each song with their lyrics presence, and however, I now prefer hearing the instrumental version by Emmanuel and his violin.
Emmanuel and his collaborating friends are the main reason music should remain in schools; music is an art form that will never die, so why should generations of children be deprived from enjoying the lessons and discipline of music in school? Especially when music is the only avenue to a universal language in the world.
On his Facebook page, he shots out his music teacher Mrs. Reifsteck. Stating that she is the greatest music teacher he knows and listening to all of Emmanuel’s covers, I can truly say he is a talented young violinist and Mrs. Reifsteck is a reflection of that.
And maybe I’m playing favoritism because although I did not play the violin in life, for the mere reason I was too shy/nervous to play an instrument in front people, and that it is one of my favorite instrument… the piano is the other.
1. Your go to Sunglasses: My go to Sunnies are my Marc by Marc Jacob Aviators, they always make my face and my outfit stand out.
2. A Large Scarf: Because I live in LA, I need a scarf all year-round, but if you’re in a place like Atlanta, you don’t need a scarf around your neck for all seasons… but if your scarf is large enough you can use it as a fashionable blanket for one, or for two at Piedmont Park during one, or all of their summer events.
3. Your signature comfy-shoe: Choose a shoe that you can turn from day to night. At the moment, I’m addicted to my hunter green comfy pumps… I can wear them for eight-hours during the day at work with my Micheal Kors, or Calvin Klein suite and the perfect blouse that compliments my pumps; and then for night change into my favorite-worn-out boyfriend jeans, a simple top, or that same blouse, and that blazer I had on earlier makes for a wonderful outfit for a meet and greet over dinner and drinks.
4. A cross-body purse: The cross-body purse goes with every outfit-sweats at he grocery store, jeans and sneakers to class, or a night out on the town… but make sure your favorite shade of lipstick is in that zipper pocket!
5. And don’t for get your Eau de Parfum: Any eau de parfum will do, but my statement fragrance at the moment is a combination of Miss Dior by DIOR and Because of You by Jordan Sparks. I tend to mix fragrances because I dear to smell different and lovely in the world.
Now, pair all 5 accessories together with any outfit and you will be ready for the spring, summer, fall, and winter in any part of the country!
Welcome to the Wonderful Illustration World of Hayden Williams.
The British Fashion Designer & Illustrator has become a house-hold name by marketing himself on social media sites like: Instagram, Tumblr, Tweeter, Pinterest, and Facebook (the social media site that made social media what it is today–a guilty pleasure) as his platform to get his work noticed.
Hayden definitely used social media to his advantage and his fans now include Rhianna, Oprah and Beyonce, he can add Fashion houses such as Vogue and Net-a-Porter down as fans as well – his sketches has opened the world up to a new way to see experience the beauty of fashion sketching and he made sure there’s no going back to the old way. Hayden’s sketches include the three women I just mentioned as well as the President and the First Lady, Anna Wintour, inspired looks of Karl Largerfeld , and new to his collection is my woman crush Lupita Nyong’o. He also has sketched themes of Disney Princesses and he has titled the series ‘Disney Divas Collection’, he also sketches women in impeccable street fashion.
Now, that we are in the midst of New York Fashion Week Fall 2014, I’ll be checking my timeline on Tumblr and Instgram to see what Hayden will sketch up next.
To see Hayden’s entire archives, view here.
Lupita Nyong’o by Hayden Williams
Aloe Blacc, singer-songwriter from Southern California, is as smooth with his style as he is with his vocal strings. About a two years ago, I was introduce to Aloe Blacc’s music on Spotify, but it was not until recently that he has been best known for the single, "Wake Me Up” with Swedish DJ Avicii. While it took us in the States some time to get familiar with the musician, our mates across the pound in the UK and Australia, among sounding countries like France, Italy, and Switzerland were quite familiar with Aloe Blacc and his music. Especially his singles “I Need a Dollar” (2010-2011), and "The Man” (2012-2013), and in the fall of 2013 he released an Extend Play (EP) album titled “Wake Me Up EP.”
If you are new to Aloe’s music, I definitely recommend you to listen to his “Good Things” album first, you will be hook after that, all you have to do is log on to your Spotify, type in the artist name, or the name of the album in the search box, and click the album to start listening to some amazing music.
P.S. If you don’t have Spotify you need to get it. Free music with the ability to subscribe at a small monthly fee and listen to your favorite songs on, or off-line… Spotify is great and if you don’t have it, get it!
Disclaimer: These photos are borrowed, found, and linked. I own no rights to these photos.
It seemed as though Idris Elba—the British actor, could not get any sexier, but the he goes and tweets a photo of himself with the caption: “My Bow makes my dick hard every time I smile…is that normal?” Thanks for being the next best thing to sliced bread, but enough about that. Mr. Bow-tie has amazing things going on in his life right now.
After playing a role of a life time in Mandela: A long Walk to Freedom, Idris was nominated for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama for his role as Nelson Mandela, this film was also nominated for Best Original Score and Best Original Song – "Ordinary Love" which was written especially for the film by U2.
Idris who started and created a separate avenue as a rapper and club DJ - back in the 90s when Idris was going by the name Driis – has been working on new music inspired by Nelson Mandela. With two tracks completed on his first full-length album, titled “Mi Mandela” and with a Golden Globe nomination, this British star has become a triple threat in Hollywood… Great looks, amazing acting chops, and a MUSICIAN, we can’t get no better than that!
Idris we will be looking out for, “clicking here.
Today, I want to share one of my favorite poems with you, in an attempt to open myself to my audience.
The purpose of my Art & Culture blog is for me to share the things I like and love in life and a part of that is opening the doors to my soul to the masses and the first door I will be opening is my door of inspiration.
This poem is one of many poem that brings me clarity and inspiration in my life - during my ups, my downs, being happy and those very moments when I am sad, but this poem has been my go to for when its time to make decisions in life - uou name it Langston Hughes poem Harlem has gotten me through it all. So I hope you enjoy!
by Langston Hughes
What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore—
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over—
like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?
In this wonderful time for men’s fashion - models, actors, and men who work in the fashion industry are not the only ones who want to stay well groomed - it seems as though the men who sweat, bleed, and break bones for a living wants to look good [too].
Times have changed and in recent years we are no longer only seeing male musicians and actors take front row at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, Ballplayers have been added to the roster, from the NBA to the NFL, so at any given show at Lincoln Center where Fashion Week is now held, chances are you will see: Fashion Weeks regular, Tyson Chandler or Russell Westbrook, Amar’e Stoudemire, and Victor Cruz..
There is nothing like a well groomed 6-foot(something) man.
See more images here.
These photos are borrowed, found, linked and I own no rights to these photos.