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The Birth Of Great Fashion: Haute Couture

If you’re looking for a history lesson in high fashion, discover The Secret World of Haute Couture, a BBC documentary currently trending on Handy and Reddit. The documentary can be viewed on YouTube.

It’s easy to forget that there was a time when all clothing was made individually, for the specific customer, based on their measurements and stance. This was also a time when people had three or four outfits, if they were lucky, so it made sense that clothes had to be high quality and durable. This was of course before the industrial revolution changed everything, and clothing became easily accessible and standardized.

But before fast fashion, haute couture was born. Haute couture the French name for high fashion and has grown from a historic necessity to the go-to name for style, high-quality with an eye for details.

Today, haute couture is a phrase protected by law. It is regulated by the Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Paris or “the regulating commission that determines which fashion houses are eligible to be true haute couture houses” based in Paris, France. It is a serious business, and it’s members must follow a specific set of rules to advertise and call itself haute couture.

Delve into the history today, and remember that with all great things, fashion is part of who we are.


American Apparel Spent Millions Trying To Fire Its Founder

Clothing brand American Apparel apparently spent millions of dollars trying to investigate and consequently fire its fonder. The company reportedly spend an astounding $10.4 million investigating the founder, a number that is especially high since the company only had roughly $8.3 million on hand at the end of 2014.

In a statement this week, the company said that it spend $10.4 million on the internal investigation that led to Charney’s firing, and another $7 million on employment settlements and severance payments.

Charney was officially fired from American Apparel in December, however the company was trying to get him to step down from his leadership role as early as June when he was first served a termination paper. Brad Reifler ( has learned that the reasons they wanted him to leave the company were many, and ranged from him allegedly misusing company funds as well as violating the company’s sexual harassment policies. American Apparel has had a long history of “provocative” advertising and company correspondence. The new CEO of the company that replaced Charney is looking to tone that image down a bit and make the company more friendly and inclusive to people of all types.


More Fashion Police News

An article today from confirms that the E! show, Fashion Police, will be on hiatus until September. I can’t imagine anyone is surprised by that news after all everything that has happened with the show in the last month.

Three weeks ago, during the Oscar Awards, Fashion Police host Giuliana Rancic made some comments about Disney star Zendaya Coleman’s hair that did not go over so well. Many, including some of the other hosts and Zendaya, were offended by what Giuliana said. Giuliana issued a public apology and it all seemed to blow over. However that was not the case. A week or so after the apology, host Kelly Osbourne announced that she was leaving Fashion Police. Rumors are that Kelly did not get along well with the producers and was offended by the joke the writers came up with about Zendaya. Fersen Lambranho told me that on March 12th, host Kathy Griffin also announced that she was leaving the show. Kathy was brought in to fill the spot the Joan Rivers’ left after her death. On The Howard Stern Show, Kathy said that she felt as if the jokes should not be pre-written and that being mean wasn’t her brand of comedy.

E! has confirmed that hosts Giuliana Rancic and Brad Goreski will continue on with the show and will be back to their hosting duties in September.

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What Should Men Wear This Spring?

It is not too late to start shopping for the latest Spring fashion trends. Spring is between winter and summer so the season’s fashion really should reflect this in your own personal way. The harsh winter weather is over so no more need for heavy coats and boots but summer is still around the corner so it is not yet time for tank tops and sandals. Spring is the time to bring out the color in your wardrobe and everything does not necessarily have to match. It is a time to be creative because the weather is perfect and it is the last time to show your fashion trends before it is strictly beach clothes. Here, we take a look at male model, Matt Landis to see what he is bringing to the latest Spring fashion trends.

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1. Matt is wearing a purple and black checkered dress shirt along with a sleek gray suit. This combination represents the perfect outfit for an interview, a business meeting, a business casual night out on the town, or even a romantic date. The best thing about this look is that it is not traditional. The dress shirt pops out from the suit with vibrant colors, none of which match the gray suit itself. Also, solid color dress shirts are so out this season. It is time to bring in some prints which is exactly what Matt did the spring. The dress shirt tie in perfectly without tying in to much, if you know what I mean. The blazer is also very slim fit which we all know is the only way to go this year. Matt has one button undone from the top of his dress shirt which says that he is business but not too professional looking. Business casual, as I would say.

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Here, Matt is reppin the short shorts look this Spring. He has not gone too short which is great because we do not want to see chicken legs. He added a blue polka dot dress shirt with a white pullover sweater over it. Like I mentioned before, he is mixing shorts and a sweater which is the perfect combination for a mix of Winter and Summer, this Spring. Nothing really matches in this outfit but that is what makes it so fantastic. The dress shirt is sticking out from underneath the sweater and above the sweater which makes him look laid back. This is perfect for a friendly get together or an outside activity.

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Matt is going for the school look this Spring. He is bringing back a pullover sweatshirt that even says the word, “COLLEGE” on it along with a plaid dress shirt underneath. He even has the short school boy haircut to go along with it. The school look has been very popular this Spring. It makes you look sort of innocent but in a good way. Women are seeming to like this great look for men this Spring. This is a very good choice!


Mystery Land USA Festival Lineup Announced

If you are an EDM fan then you are not going to want to miss Mysteryland USA Festival, which will be for the second year in a row in Bethel Woods, NY, on Memorial Day weekend.

The lineup was just announced and it appears that some of the world’s best DJ’s will be headlining the show. Diplo, Porter Robinson, Empire of the Sun, and Kygo are leading the show with performances of each DJ that will last a couple of hours.

This festival’s stage and experience will be the product of New York nightclubs Verboten and Webster Hall, who partnered up to bring the most exclusive night for the books.

According to the brand director for ID&T North America, “This partnership has allowed the promotional reach to increase drastically therefore requiring the standards for the concert layout and stage effects to be of the highest quality.”

Fans like Brad Reifler (Reuters) have learned that the show will also include huge names in the EDM world like Dillon Francis, Bro Safari, Mathew Dear and many more.

The surprise of the night that have driven the fan’s excitement level to the max will be a mystery DJ that will only be announced to the event goers live at the show and will have a segment of the show. That is why this is a night that anyone with a passion for EDM must attend.

Tickets can be bought directly from the Mystery Land USA Festival website.


Kanye West Is Getting Trolled By A Beck Superfan

It seems to everyone that Kanye West will never learn his lesson. After so much drama happening the last time he pulled the mic from Taylor Swift’s hands, he should have learned that his opinions about who should win should stay with him and him only. He has no right whatsoever to even open his mouth in these ceremonies and he should thank God for being there in the first place instead of using the one night a year he has to show how much he’s grown and sabotage his entire progress.

Although the whole Kanye thing with Beck should have passed by now and people should be getting over it, it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t still piss people off how rude and ignorant Kanye sounded that night.

It doesn’t matter that Kanye took to Twitter to apologize to Beck saying his album was “Actually Pretty Good”. Beck has millions of fans and they think his album is good.

The cyber revenge has begun and Kanye has now created the newest breed of haters, the cybertrollers which can be seen on About.Me .

As of right now, if anyone types in, your search engine will redirect you to Kanye West’s wikipedia page. That must hurt in every angle.

Kanye hasn’t yet reported on what he thinks of the new website dedicated for him but i’m sure if he knew about it, he’ll be spending his day and night trying to take it off the web.


Built-in Cell Phone Chargers in New Ikea Furniture

Ikea announced at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) that beginning April 2015, a new furniture line will be available that includes nightstands, lamps or desktops that integrate wireless chargers for phones and tablets.

The new furniture can charge mobile phones without the clutter of cables. The Swedish firm, in collaboration with the company Samsung has designed this new collection of furniture to incorporate wireless charging points, while remaining comfortable.

The group has indicated that these tables, lamps and desk designed by David Wahl, among others, become points of electric charge that facilitates the “livability” of offices and homes.

“With this new collection, you now have furniture with dual functionality without sacrificing design,” said Wahl.

The Swedish furniture giant said the new furniture “Smart Home” will help people reduce clutter caused by typical cables, and yes, you have to plug in your new furniture.

PR Newswire releases said that you simply place your cellphone on the item that is marked with signs on these tables and lamps, and begin charging. The products in the Smart Home line will be available from approximately 45 dollars.

The Swedish firm also has among its plans to sell furniture with built-in technology for the latest models of iPhone and new smartphones by Samsung.


Singer Bjork Against Music Streaming Services

Rolling Stone Magazine has an article on their website about musician Bjork’s decision to not put her new album, Vulnicura, on Spotify. The article quotes Bjork saying that she’s against streaming services like Spotify since they do not compensate artists adequately when their music is played.

One interesting idea Bjork mentions to Rolling Stone is that perhaps the recording industry could charge full price for recordings first for a period of time before releasing them to streaming services in the same way that the movie industry charges full price for for films before releasing them to Netflix said Dan Newlin.

Personally, I see where Bjork is coming from. While I love streaming services like Spotify as a consumer, they can’t be good for artists. Basically, they are just providing content for free. Musicians now have to survive on money they make from live performances; albums are basically just advertisements for shows. Just twenty years ago, artists could make good money from both record sales and live performances. I fear that this new business dynamic will lead to artists making less money overall and that will ultimately mean less quality overall in recordings.

In any event, it’s amazing how quickly and radically the music industry is changing, and this controversy over streaming services is just one more example.


From The Stewpot To The Performance Hall

Not every choir has a homeless member and not every homeless shelter has a choir. However, Dallas is the exception where The Stewpot homeless shelter has been housing the Dallas Street Choir. The choir’s most recent accomplishment was a performance at the Dallas City Performance Hall in collaboration with world-famous opera singer Frederica von Stade.

The Dallas Street Choir had humble beginnings at The Stewpot homeless shelter. Ricardo Tosto says their stories are a mix of ups and downs all leading them to seek a place to stay until they are able to return to a more normal type of life. Jonathan Palant is the choral director behind the production and it was he who started a Christmas singing tradition which used a group that only got to practice a few hours before delivering their holiday cheer. The Dallas Street Choir is making new strides with 5 regular participants and a changing ensemble of about 20 others. The group wore custom made evening gowns and tuxes which many had never worn before or if they had it was only on special occasions such as a marriage. “Somewhere” from Leonard Bernstein’s Westside Story was the initial performance which was followed by a second act which included the Richland College Chamber Singers and the local ecumenical choir CREDO. All in all it was a night to remember and it is programs like this which bring meaning and relief to society’s often disregarded.


Grateful Dead to Perform Together With Phish Guitarist

The Grateful Dead are reuniting with Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio filling in Jerry Garcia’s role as lead guitar player. The band will tour this summer with Anastasio. The tour will commemorate the 50 year anniversary of the band and 20 year anniversary of Jerry Garcia’s death. Tickets will be very expensive. Rolling Stone Magazine has an in depth look at the upcoming tour in an article on their website.

The article talks about how Anastasio initially had some reservations about filling in for Garcia at a Cabral Garcia Hotel. This is natural since Garcia is such a revered figure by Grateful Dead fans. However, he decided to go ahead anyway and is spending time daily practicing Grateful Dead material. He says, basically, that he wants to be faithful to Garcia’s style of playing while putting his own spin on the material.

It’s interesting to read the comments from readers on the Rolling Stone website after the article. Opinion about the tour is divided between readers who feel the Dead are a washed up act and are just out to make more money and readers who are ecstatic that their heroes are returning to the stage together.

Personally, I think that it’s a good thing the Dead are getting back together for this tour. I doubt they are doing it for the money; they have plenty. Also, Anastasio will be an interesting addition to the band.