Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Destiny's Child Are Back! Well, Sort Of.

After Kelly Rowland released the revealing track 'Dirty Laundry', which drummed up a considerable amount of publicity for Ms.Rowland, the former DC member has recruited her band mates Michelle Williams and Beyonce for her new track 'You've Changed'. Listen below:

The song was co-written by Kelly and consists of Kelly & co exposing their cheating boyfriends in the song, while showing off their impeccable harmonies and vocal ability. With the buzz surrounding Kelly at the moment, including another X Factor position, will any of this amount to respectable album sales? Kelly's upcoming album 'Talk A Good Game' will be released on June 18th - the same day as Kanye West's 'Yeezus'. Good luck, Kels.

Monday, 27 May 2013

Givenchy, Amanda Seyfried And Flower Power

So this might be old news, BUT – how freakishly insane is Amanda Seyfried’s Givenchy campaign?!? I absolutely hated the perfume one (seriously, ugh), but this new ad is clearly one of those ‘wow’ and ‘who-knew-she-could-do-high-fashion’ moments. The hair, the makeup, the intense look – everything is just perfect. Good job, girl! 
 Interestingly, Carine Roitfeld, who did the styling, and her daughter, Julia, also star in the A/W 2013-14 campaign, and even though they, too, look great, the Roitfelds' presence in these particular shots seems a bit too random to me. According to Riccardo Tisci, these people are his 'family'. Oh, well... I guess that does (kind of) explain a thing or two.

After seeing these images, I felt like I had to go back to the whole collection and admire it for its intricate yet grungy beauty - once again.

It's no secret that I have a huge, long-standing obsession with all things floral, so most of these garments are basically heaven to me - especially the ones with the baby pink rose print. Yeaaahhhh, that one. And don't even get me started on the hair.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

The Time Is Nigh: #YeezySeason

Kanye Omari West. Ye. Yeezy. Kanye Kardashian. Whatever you want to call him, he's back.
After an extremely lousy week for Mr. West, he's back to doing what he does best and reminding us of the iconic emcee that he is. West performed two new tracks on SNL this weekend, including the much talked about 'New Slaves' and new track 'Black Skinhead'. Check out the videos below:

As well as blessing us with new performances, the artwork for his sixth solo studio album 'Yeezus' is out, and it’s EPIC.
Yeezus is now available for pre-order and will be released on JUNE EIGHTEEN according to Kanye. Not June eighteenth. Eighteen. Who needs to be grammatically correct when you call yourself Yeezus.
Will you be jumping on the Ye train and buy his latest album?

Monday, 20 May 2013

Maj New Music: She & Him 'Volume 3'

I’ve never seen an episode of ‘New Girl’ or watched ‘(500) Days of Summer’ (no kidding), nor have I ever been interested in Zooey Deschanel and her indie project, She & Him. I didn’t even know she could sing, for goodness sake! Turns out, however, she can, and her latest collaboration with M. Ward has resulted in a pretty damn good summer record.
Volume 3, She & Him’s fourth studio album, is all about love and breakups and, weirdly enough, London, and even though it has the potential to be incredibly banal, it actually isn’t. Ok, maybe it is, but in a good way (if that makes any sense).  The melodies are fun and very Beach Boys-ish; lyrically, though, Deschanel manages to bring an element of complexity to an otherwise straight-forward record. (“I sacrifice myself at the altar of someone else's love for me. No, that doesn't comfort me.”)
Volume 3 opens strongly with ‘I’ve Got Your Number, Son’ but starts feeling repetitive towards the end whilst ‘Together’ sounds like it could belong to a different album. Zooey and M. Ward have also included three covers (Blondie's 'Sunday Girl' is totally unnecessary), and with 14 tracks, Volume 3 seems a bit too long. Overall, though, She & Him have created the perfect rom-com soundtrack which is actually not a bad thing. And I will definitely be listening to it all summer long.  

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Kate Bosworth + Topshop? Yes, Please


Kate, Kate, Kate.
Miss Bosworth is a summery gorgeousness in the latest Topshop film shot once again by her fiancée and Big Sur director, Michael Polish. The American actress models garments from her second, festival-themed collaboration with the high street brand, and I literally could not stop pressing the play button again and again. And again.
Check out the video and more beautiful stills below.
Shop the collection here.

Friday, 17 May 2013

Maj Beauty Crush: Emma Watson

Everyone loves Emma Watson. She’s a magazine-covering (her latest W editorial is mega hot), Bling Ring-starring and Lancôme-endorsing global superstar. And, wait for it, she’s also smart AND naturally beautiful. Yeah, I'm not jealous at all.

Emma’s currently rubbing shoulders with other gorgeous people at the Cannes Film Festival, and I absolutely adored her fresh-faced look at the premiere of the Sofia Coppola flick. And the monochrome Chanel dress? SO MAJ.  
Recreate the look now.
Emma Watson - The Perks Of Being A Wallflower - Special Screening

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Beyoncé Who? Solange Covers Complex And Releases An Awesome New Single.

Life for Solange Knowles is pretty sweet right now. Between announcing her new record label, 'Saint Records', her debut Cannes appearance and critically acclaimed EP 'True', Solo is really coming into her own - and looks fucking amazing while doing so. The 26-year-old singer covers Complex's June/July 2013 issue and looks pretty foxy in an array of swimsuits, sky-high stilettos, crop tops and leather hot pants. And, of course, that kick ass signature 'fro of hers. Check out the rest of the editorial below.



Solange also released a remix of her song 'Looks Good With Trouble' featuring acclaimed rapper-of-the moment Kendrick Lamar. Definitely worth a listen.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Cannes 2013. Best Dressed: Opening Ceremony

Five gorgeous women managed to impress me with their chic and appropriately attention-grabbing gowns at the (super) star-studded opening ceremony of the 66th annual Cannes Film Festival (and, no, Cara was not one of them).
Carey Mulligan (pictured here with Baz Luhrmann) looked ravishing in a cream Dior gown. Favourite look of the night.  

I’ve always admired Nicole Kidman’s red carpet style, and this time was no exception. Another Dior winner.
Isla Fisher looked beautiful in Oscar de la Renta. Lovely hair too.
British actress Naomie Harris in Calvin Klein. Love, love, love this dress.
Cindy Crawford in a plunging Roberto Cavalli gown. Take note, supermodel wannabes.

Top 5 Cannes Flicks

As the stars descend upon the French Riviera, entourage in toe and paparazzi not far off, you know that the Cannes Film Festival is about to commence.
While it’s easy to get caught up in all the glitz and glamour of the A-list event with the endless parties and immaculately polished celebrities, it's the movies that are really causing a buzz, and this year the Cannes line up is pretty impressive. Here are my top 5 picks of movies which I think will be SO MAJ.
1. The Bling Ring

Sofia Coppola? Check. Emma Watson? Check. Another movie about the social commentary on the youth culture of today’s generation and our obsession with celebrities? Check. This movie has all the sentiments to be a success beyond it’s lacklustre predecessor 'Spring Breakers'.

2. As I Lay Dying

The multi-talented James Franco takes another hand at directing, this time telling the tale of William Faulkner’s novel ‘As I Lay Dying’. For those who haven’t read the novel, the story explores the death of Addie Bundren and her family's quest to honour her wish to be buried in the town of Jefferson. The movie also stars Logan Marshall-Green, Danny McBride, as well as James Franco.

3. Inside Llewyn Davis

The Coen Brothers are back to redeem themselves from their tragic comedy Gambit with Inside Llewyn Davis, starring Oscar Issac, Justin Timberlake and Carey Mulligan. The film tells the tale of the troubled 1960’s folk singer (played by Oscar Issac) and the movement of folk music he navigates in 1960s New York.

4. Only God Forgives

Ryan Gosling and Nicolas Winding Refn are proving to be a winning pair originating with their 2011 critically acclaimed hit ‘Drive’. The dynamite duo are back with an equally intriguing ‘Only God Forgives’ telling the story of a drug smuggler thriving in Bangkok's criminal underworld, who’s life takes a surprisingly interesting turn. With its dazzling Thailand cinematography, shock value and exploration of the heavy underground boxing scene in Asia, this controversial (and rather violent) movie is sure to raise a few eyebrows in intrigue.

5. The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby is already a commercial success but is currently the subject of many mixed reviews, with many stating that the film is ‘style over substance’ with it’s 3D projections and sleek art deco direction. Nonetheless, this movie is the opening headliner at Cannes this year (premiering today) and is definitely the one to watch.

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Met Gala 2013. Best (Punk) Dressed

The Met Gala was a humongous flop (the presenters! the wannabes! THE UGLY DRESSES!), and most of the attendees looked like they’d never heard the word ‘punk’ before. In fact, they probably didn't even know why they were there (Kate Upton, I AM looking at you). But luckily for us, a few ladies and one very special gentleman managed to bring their punk A game to this excruciatingly un-punk event.
SJP in Giles Deacon. Self-explanatory. And SO incredibly maj.
Anne Hathaway looked like a revengeful (almost) punk goddess in a sheer vintage Valentino gown. People should really stop hating this girl. Like, now.
Madonna in Givenchy Couture by Riccardo Tisci. Now, that’s what I call commitment.
Nicole Richie’s custom-made Topshop dress may not have been punk, but her hair definitely was.
Dressed in Marc Jacobs, Miley totally punked it out. Yet again.
Christina Ricci in Vivienne Westwood Couture. Rational thinking.
 Hamish Bowles International Vogue Editor Hamish Bowles attends the Costume Institute Gala for the 'PUNK: Chaos to Couture' exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2013 in New York City.

Look at Hamish Bowles' nails! And the safety pins! What a punk.

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Met Gala 2013. Worst Dressed: Boring Bitches In Ballgowns

What are some of the words that come to mind when you think of punk? Vivienne Westwood? The Clash? Anarchy? These particular guests, however, didn’t get the memo, or simply didn’t give a fuck. With the theme of this year’s MET Gala being Punk: Chaos to Couture, the guests had an opportunity to step outside the box of their typical white tie/ball gown attire and inject some fun into their outfits. Unfortunately, the majority of celebrities dressed exactly the same as they would at any other event.
Clearly, the 'World's Most Beautiful Woman' thought she was beautiful enough to not get a professional hair and make up job like the rest of the attendees. Well, she probably did, but Gwyneth Paltrow looked rather lacklustre in a fuchsia Valentino gown and slicked back ponytail. 
Gwyneth’s sidekick made quite the entrance last night. Clearing the rest of the guests off the red carpet to have all the attention to herself, and being the last celebrity to walk gracefully up those MET gala stairs. Oh wait, Madonna was actually last. Nonetheless, Beyoncé had all eyes on her, but that Riccardo Tisci couture dress made me wish we hadn't. From the matching print and boots, satin gloves and Primark-esque belt, this look felt extremely tacky to me.

I’m sure all the fashion snobs' feelings of anger at Kim Kardashian attending the MET gala turned into gleams of happiness as she turned up wearing THIS.
The custom Riccardo Tisci dress was a head to toe floral nightmare with matching sandals and gloves to boot. I actually don’t think she looks that bad. This is just an obligatory worst dressed for you fashion lovers out there. Thank me later!

Kate Upton stated that she didn’t understand what punk was. She could have just Googled it or went on Wikipedia. Worst dressed for her lack of intelligence.
As the presenter of the event and an attendee of the fucking MET ball, you’d think Hilary Rhoda would make some sort of an effort. Although this look is not a ball gown, this is definitely bad enough to make this post. SO TRAG.
Going against the grain, Anna Wintour makes SO MAJ’s worst dressed list. Despite being the first lady of fashion and I’m sure a best dressed on many lists, I’m taking a stand and shoving Anna Wintour to the side. How anarchic of me. How punk.

A Carey Dream

Fashion editorials can get super boring, but this one, starring Carey Mulligan, is a major exception. The British actress shows off her edgier side (who knew she had one?) in a set of religious-inspired images for Flaunt Magazine, and, for once, it's not about the 20s. Thank god.