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Month: November, 2009

“Adam Lambert at the AMAs: Simulated fellatio, bikini-area snapping, and makeout sessions. But what about the vocals?”- As Quoted From EW.Com

by Michael Slezak

“Categories: Adam Lambert, Ah, Youth, American Idol, American Music Awards, Things That Are Frustrating”

“Talk about “No Boundaries”: Adam Lambert made his first big post-Idol splash tonight, closing the American Music Awards with a performance of his debut single “For Your Entertainment” that — to my surprise and disappointment — emphasized shock-and-awe imagery over his standard-operating vocal excellence. To be fair, the entire telecast was racked with sound-mix issues that left even seasoned pros (except for maybe Kelly Clarkson, Lady Gaga, and Jay-Z) sounding distant and tinny, but as someone who saw Adam’s Idols Live tour set twice this summer, the one thing I didn’t expect from the season 8 runner-up was intermittent pitch problems. Alas, we got those, and a lot more than I’d hoped/bargained for: Adam dragging a female backup dancer across the stage by her leg, as if she were a lace-covered sack of potatoes; Adam grasping the head of a submissive-styled male backup dancer and pulling him into an uncomfortable round of simulated oral sex (while ABC muted the audio to protect us from who only knows what); a tutu-clad woman cupping Adam’s nether-regions; Adam grasping and snapping the leather “bikini area” (for lack of a better term) of a female dancer’s costume; and Adam taking a break from his singing duties for an impromptu game of tongue twister with a keyboardist of indeterminate gender. Look, as EW’s resident Idoloonie, I was rooting for Adam’s coming out party to the non-Idol set to be a smashing success, something that would propel his saucy, exciting debut disc to the top of the charts in what’s going to be one of the most competitive weeks in record stores all year. And in Adam’s defense, he took what appeared to be a rather nasty and unplanned tumble midway through his set that could’ve potentially thrown him off his game. Also, lest we forget (and it certainly is easy to do so), he is not a seasoned headliner, so nerves certainly could’ve played a factor, too But the bottom line is that Adam’s AMA performance felt less like a genuine expression of his high-octane sexuality (so playfully erotic when he fondled the mic stand during “Whole Lotta Love” this summer), and more like a carefully planned stab at dominating the post-AMA blogosphere/water-cooler discussion. I’m certainly no prude…the idea of saucy boy-on-boy/boy-on-girl/boy-on-not-quite-sure action does not rattle my cage — certainly not at 10:55 p.m. on a school night. And yet, what’s sad is that unlike, say, a J.Lo or even a Rihanna, Adam could’ve had tongues wagging just from his vocals alone. Instead, that golden voice took a backseat tonight at the AMAs, and I’m not sure exactly who was occupying the driver’s seat.”






Photo of The Day: Soft, Sweet, Simple…Beautiful

Maybe one of my favorite photos of all time!!! I think this image captures the raw, subtle nature of true beauty when it’s unaffected. The styling of this shoot is breathtaking.

Designer to LOVE Right Now

Gor geous colors and fabrics, amazing details, beautiful texture, layers layers layers…Whats not to love?! I mean really.



By Kate Van Raden, November, 16, 2009


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Here are afew articles and videos regarding the blazing career of young and sexy Chicago designer, Andrei Savtchenko. Originally from Ukraine, this “fresh face ” to the fashion industry, blends current fashion with his own sharp eye for European chic. The result: a well-tailored line of simple designs, yet edgy cuts, crafted in gorgeous first grade fabrics that drape over any man to make him a better version of himself. Mr. Savtchenko obviously knows how to dress… from his impeccable button downs, perfect fit jeans and stylish frames, to the occasional sleek black on black suit…this man represents himself and his clients as young, cutting edge and high class…and he never misses his mark. For more about the designer, check out the articles below and see his styles from this seasons runway show in the video sponsored no youtube

At Fashion Focus: Gen Art’s Fresh Faces in Fashion

Posted by Heather Kenny on Mon, Oct 26, 2009 at 4:56 PM

Once again, Fresh Faces in Fashion was the most well-attended of the Fashion Focus shows. Cutbacks this year were obvious at the cocktail- and food-free “reception,” as well as on the runway—there were fewer high-quality materials and embellishments than in previous years. But hey, even luxury fashion designers and brands are feeling the pinch.

Standouts included JLee Silver’s collection, particularly the dresses. I liked a fitted brown sheath dress that betrayed the slightest bit of a red hem or underskirt and a chic little shift in a blue and black tie-dye-like print. The PR says the spring collection was inspired by “the beaches of the Hamptons and the dune grass at sunset.” I could see it being worn by someone who’s done very well for herself yet insists on continuing to reference an imagined bohemian past. She might be kind of annoying, but you have to admit she has style.

JLee Silver
  • Billy Rood Photography
  • JLee Silver

A blue cocktail dress featuring wild ruffles and whorls from Red Doll by Tatyana would be just the thing to break up the tedium of tasteful LBDs and glasses of white wine.

Red Doll by Tatyana
  • Billy Rood Photography
  • Red Doll by Tatyana

I always feel kind of bad for the men’s designers at these shows. It’s probably harder for men’s designers in general to really make an impression: if they get too creative, men—especially American men—won’t want to wear the stuff. If they play it safe, the differences come down to the detail, which can be hard to see on the runway. Andrei Savtchenko, the designer of menswear line Dorsia, went the subtle route. The PR says he’s always been very particular about fit. The line stayed pretty low-key—button-downs, a bright blue cardigan, a leather jacket with jeans.

  • Billy Rood Photography
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Gen Art’s 7th Annual Fresh Faces in Fashion Event


Gen Art’s 7th Annual Fresh Faces in Fashion Event

Oh So Fresh…

Recommended by Michael Laungani

  • When
    Saturday, Oct 24th | 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM | Saturday, Oct 24th | 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Millennium Park
    55 N Michigan Ave, Downtown
    Tel:                  312-742-1168   312-742-1168          312-742-1168

As the grand finale to this week’s Chicago Fashion Focus, the City of Chicago has teamed up with Gen Art to present Gen Art’s annual Fresh Faces in Fashion event as their closing event. The Fresh Faces show is one of my three favorite fashion extravaganzas in the city, and has launched the careers of a few nationally recognized designers! An accessory designer reception will start off the night at 7pm, followed by the runway show at 8pm. An after-party at Enclave nightclub from 9pm – 11pm is included with your ticket.  Absolut, Bud Lite, smartwater and Aperol are sponsoring from start to finish.

Insider Info: Nine designers will be featured this year: three accessory designers, five womenswear designers, and for the first time, a Chicago menswear designer, Dorsia, one of my new favorites! Dorsia was started by Andrei Savtchenko, a Ukrainian designer that worked as a painter and model prior to his clothing design career. This is a very popular event in Chicago’s art and fashion scene and will be the Saturday ticket of the night! Look for a large professional outdoor tent set-up at the Chase Promenade North (201 East Randolph St.)


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“Update: Meet Sparrow James Midnight Madden!”- Quoted From Celebrity


Update: We’ve now added the full interview and photos — plus one exclusive outtake that didn’t make the magazine! See the images and read the article in the extended post.

Originally posted October 21st: Weeks after welcoming their first son, Nicole Richie and Joel Madden — along with their 21-month-old daughter Harlow Winter Kate — are showing off the latest addition to their family, Sparrow James Midnight Madden.

Click below for the full interview and lots of great photos!


Sparrow James Midnight Madden is only 8 weeks old, but he’s already learning that his big sister Harlow Winter Kate has Mom and Dad broken in nicely. When they welcomed Harlow just 21 months ago, Nicole Richie and her boyfriend of almost three years, Good Charlotte frontman Joel Madden, became cautious new parents.


“Harlow was born into a home with two adults. We were so quiet with her; we made everything silent,” recalls Nicole. Times have changed. “Sparrow was born into a family,” says his bemused mom. “He’s gotta hop on the train!” Chimes in Joel: “And Harlow’s screaming all day long.”


The family home in L.A.’s lush Laurel Canyon may be Harlow’s world, but the more mellow Sparrow — who arrived in the wee hours of Sept. 9 — is perfectly happy napping in it. “He’ll sleep through anything,” says Joel.


Meanwhile his rambunctious big sister is taking her first stab at a music career. “She knows the words to her favorite songs,” says Nicole, 28, as she cozies up to Joel, 30, on their living room couch on a recent rainy afternoon. “She sings on key!” adds Harlow’s rocker dad.


The proud parents opened up to PEOPLE’s Lisa Ingrassia about their new bundle of joy — and how they’re embracing the chaos that comes with being a quartet. “It’s a juggling act, but it’s fun,” says Nicole. “I’m right where I belong.”

Harlow was a big surprise. Was your pregnancy with Sparrow planned?

Nicole: We’re not planners!

Joel: We were leaving it up to the stars. We weren’t not trying — and it ended up being perfect timing.

How was your second pregnancy different from your first?

N: The first pregnancy was really easy. This pregnancy I was sick the first three months; I was tired.

J: At 2 in the morning, she’d be like, “Can you go get me Taco Bell?” I gained weight during the last pregnancy. When she told me she was pregnant again, I was like, “I’m just getting back in shape!”

N: When I found out I was pregnant with Harlow, my whole life changed. Now, we’re already parents. The pregnancy was exciting, but it wasn’t at the same volume. It’s more exciting now that he’s here.

How did you prepare Harlow for her brother’s arrival?

N: I brought her to every doctor’s appointment and kept her in the know. I’m glad I had a girl before a boy. She’s very girlie. She just loves him so much. Now every morning she wants to go give him kisses.

J: She’s very gentle with him. Sometimes she likes to play with him, but he’s going to have to get used to that! She’s already dropped a toy on him. He’s very tough.

How did you pick Sparrow’s name?

N: We have different tastes in names. Sparrow was one we both liked. I liked the way it sounded with Harlow, and there’s the Captain Jack Sparrow connection.

J: It reminded me of the Johnny Cash song “A Boy Named Sue.” My worry raising a son in Hollywood is what will he have to struggle for? I wanted to give him a name that he’s going to have to stand up for. I love it; I think it’s a beautiful name.

How are you adapting to being a family of four?

N: When we took our first pictures and I saw all four of us together, that was the first time I was like, “Wow, it’s the four of us.” It’s fun. If Harlow is with me, I’ll say, “Let’s put Sparrow to bed,” and she’ll come play while I do that.

J: Because he’s with Nicole most of the time, I’m spending so much time with Harlow. I’ll say, “Tomorrow Daddy and Harlow are going to go on a date; what do you want to do?” Sometimes it’s go to the zoo, or go see ponies. Sometimes she wants to go sit in her own chair at Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf. We’ll just sit there and talk.

N: She’s said, “Go to a birthday party,” which can be difficult.

J: I’m like, “I’ll try to figure that one out!” Nicole had her birthday right after she had Sparrow, and Harlow and I threw her a birthday party — she was so excited.

N: So she got an Elmo cake. It had nothing to do with me!

How is having a baby boy different?

N: I have to give Joel credit — he’s doing most of the diaper changing. Changing a boy is different.

J: He can spray you!

N: Also Harlow was never cuddly as a baby. But Sparrow is very physically attached to me. Sometimes all he wants is for me to hold him.

What is Harlow’s personality like?

N: Harlow will come out of nowhere, hug me and say, “I love you Mommy.” It just melts me.

J: I’ll take her out to eat and say, “Have whatever you want!” She’ll say, “Carrots!”

What do you admire about each other as parents?

J: Mothering comes naturally to Nicole. She loves it. The kids always come first — and she makes it all look easy. As a dad, there’s no better feeling. While I’m working, it all piles on her. She is taking care of the kids, and it never gets to her. She doesn’t feel like she’s giving anything up — she is wholeheartedly their mom.

N: Joel’s the best dad. He’s so delicate with Harlow — it brings tears to my eyes.

J: Harlow’s very easy — she has me wrapped around her finger.

Has your social life changed as your family grows?

J: You don’t lose old friends, but the time you can spend with them is limited. Our interactions revolve around getting together with people who have kids.

What’s your secret to losing your baby weight so quickly?

J: She doesn’t work out, she doesn’t diet. It’s so easy for her.

N: Thank you, honey — if only the whole world saw me through Joel’s eyes! I’m breastfeeding, so that sucks the life out of you.

What lies ahead for your family?

N: I’m dedicating this time to bonding with the kids and putting all of my energy towards my family. Harlow is on her way to potty training. It’s happening naturally — I include her in whatever I’m doing, and she wants to do it.

J: You pee in front of her?

N: Yes, do you?

J: No!

Any talk of tying the knot?

N: One day I would love to get married. It’s not something we’re talking about now. If my kids ask me to get married, I’d get married.

J: Nothing needs to change — it’s a great feeling.

N: The only thing you want is for your kids to be healthy and happy, and they are. I couldn’t be happier


Source: PEOPLE, Nov. 2 issue

Nicole wears Jennifer Meyer Jewelry Gold and Diamond Letter Necklaces in ‘H’ and ‘S’ ($1500 each). Harlow holds a blabla Mini Coco Doll ($34).


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