Off the Runway: Ray Ban Debuts Leather Aviators

By: Tiffani Haynes

Ray Ban has premiered its new line of aviator sunglasses–with a twist, leather accents. The Craft Geunine Leather has welcomed The Outdoorsman and The Caravan to the 2010 collection. Each pair of sunglasses features the signature aviator shape but with hand-stitched leather sides, a first for the popular sunglass company.

The Outsdoorsman

The shades are super cute, made for men and women and true Ray Ban style. The shades retail for around $216 and come in various shades of brown and black.

Ray Ban was founded in 1937 and prides itself on being the “All-American sunglasses.” Everyone from A-List celebrities to Average Joes have own a pair of Ray Bans, especially in the ever-popular aviator style.

Ca-ute! What do you guys think?

The Caravan

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SMG’s Best & Worst Fashion Trends of the Decade

By: Tiffani Haynes and Melva N. Lloyd

This has been a hell of a decade, from political to pop culture, yet the fashion world has played it’s part too. We’ve seen some great fashion trends come and we’ve watched some horrible ones go.

Here are the decade’s fashion trends according to SMG.

Leggings – Let’s be honest, leggings can only be one of two things: your best friend or your worst enemy.  Sure, there are basic leggings that are meant for lounging purposes, maybe you can pair them with a nice cardigan; but whoever the genius (and I use that term loosely) was who decided to incorporate animal prints and geometric shapes onto the spandex style pants should lose their job. 

Grillz – Nelly may have turned the idea of silver and gold mouth-wear into a hit song but that didn’t make it ok for everyone to flaunt.  Rappers decided that the idea of “blinged out braces” made their music videos/lifestyle more appealing, but in all actuality it only impaired their speech and made them look down right silly. 

Jersey Dresses – There are reasons why men and women don’t wear the same clothes.  Back when jerseys of your favorite NBA team were the thing to have, you either wore them a size too big or you didn’t wear them at all.  But then a new phenomenon came about and the jersey dress was born.  Who could forget Mya’s UNC jersey dress that she wore in her Best of Me (Remix) video?  We all wanted one, but never had the guts to actually buy one…thank God.

Velour Suits – By the year 2000 J Lo and Diddy took a horrible fabric and capitalized on it.  I don’t know what the fascination was with the extra baggy/too tight sportswear but for a while it seems as though everyone swore by it.  They seemed comfortable, but if you spilled as much as a drop of water on the suit, it dried up in a heartbeat and the stain that was left behind looked more like a burn.  So what was the point?

Urban Wear – Remember FuBu?  Enyce?  Ecko Red?  Yea I try to forget them too.  Sagging jeans, bandanas, custom football jerseys (cough.FuBu.cough) are a thing of the past…at least I hope they are.  And let’s not forget du-rags underneath the fitted baseball caps, Nike sweat bands paired with everyday attire…need I go on?  Unless these brands of urban wear choose to grow just as the fashion trends are, I suggest we leave it all behind.

 

Baby Doll Dresses– The baby doll dress came on the scene and what seemed like a maternity look with it’s high under-the-cleavage waist line became the summer dress for everyone. From the short baby doll dress that stopped above the knee to the long maxi dress that touched the floor, the baby doll look was in. The dresses came in these bright, fabulous colors with every print and flower pattern imaginable. They were simple, cute and kept you cool…they were a must for every girl’s summer wardrobe.

Graphic TeesWhile Ed Hardy might have made a business out of the graphic tee, they popped up on everyone and everywhere in all styles, colors and brands. There was a time when a graphic tee, some jeans and a pair of sandals (sneakers for the fellas) was a great out and about outfit. From political statements to repping a brand name, everybody had something plastered across their chest. Remember the “Jesus is My Homeboy” shirts? Even the good Lord made his T-shirt debut.

UggsThese chunky, comfy boots have managed to sneak their way into every closet. Doesn’t matter if you’re wearing a short denim skirt, leggings, jeans or a dress, Ugg boots have been paired with them all. It also doesn’t matter the weather. Wear them in sunny Cali, hop a plane and fit right in the cold Empire State, they’re just that damn good. Ugg was created in Australia, an ironic place for such a warm boot, well a boot period. Yet they adjust to your body temperature, so they’re great in any weather. Uggs are like great bras, they change lives.

Hats Hats, of all kind, made a huge leap into the fashion world in the 2000s. At one point it was the trucker hat, with Ashton Kutcher as almost a spokesperson for the cap. You were hard pressed to find that man without a trucker hat on for a while. Von Dutch even made them popular for everybody. That company took the trucker hat phase and ran with it. Then there was that horrid period where everybody wanted to be a cowgirl/cowboy. There were cowboy hats and boots galore. And yes, black people wore them too. Don’t believe me? Nelly’s “E.I.” and Destiny Child’s “Bootylicious” are evidence enough.

Skinny JeansYet few fashion trends have changed the dynamic of clothing as much as the skinny jean. Those skin-tight denim deathtraps are seen on everyone, young and old, men and women alike. On the right body type, skinny jeans maximize curves, show off the booty and just plain look good. Again, on the right body. But these days, everybody’s finding them to fit their body type. And they aren’t just blue or black either, neon-colored skinny jeans took over for a minute. Just about everybody had a pair. Even men. There’s not a performance you won’t catch Lil Wayne in a pair of skinny jeans, even the teenage-group New Boyz came out with an album about them. Skinny jeans are the new jean. Come out with a pair of boot cut or (God forbid) flare jeans if you want to, you’ll be ridiculed.

Off The Runway: Jimmy Choo Comes To H&M

by: Randi M.

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I know there will be some excited folks hitting the stores this weekend. Starting this Saturday Jimmy Choo if going to be sold in H&M. Jimmy Choo will be selling women and mens clothing with matching shoes, handbags, and accessories that will only be available at H&M stores. A dozen styles will be offered to shoppers with prices ranging from $69.95 to $299. The clothes are 80’s rock inspired. That means we are looking at stilettos with straps, thigh-high boots, bold and glamorous party dresses, and zebra print and even studded handbags. Jimmy Choo will be coming to 200 H&M stores across 10 states. Check the pics below to get a glance of what’s to come.

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Off the Runway: Wrap It Up

By: Tiffani Haynes

Now that it’s been officially fall for a while and most of us in the northern states are experiencing the brisk air and strong winds we love so much, it’s time to bring out the fall wardrobe.

Yes, a coat, hat and mittens (yes, mittens) are important, I love scarves. They are the easiest way to stay warm and accessorize your look. Also, they protect an important part of your body that’s often exposed, your neck and chest.

There are varying lengths and weights depending on your preference, yet the best part about scarves are the random colors and patterns they come in.

Which one is your favorite?

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Off The Runway- Ladies Can you Wear These Shoes?

By A.J. Washington

Ok girls, I know some of you think you can run in heels, but try these on for size…

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from examiner.com

Yea, that’s 12 inches ladies. European designer, Alexander Mc Queen, premiered these shoes last week   his  show during Paris Fashion week. The theme of the show was based on Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species The  controversial book’s premise is that all creatures on Earth evolve over the course of many generations, through natural selection, i.e. primate to human. Check out some of the other shoes and looks from the show.

 

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Sasha Fierce had some intense heels on during one of her photo shoots for  her   ” I Am…Sasha Fierce” album. Notice she’s laying down…
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from thatgrapejuice.com

Off the Runway: Natural Beauty v. Makeup Maven

By: Tiffani Hayneseyeline

A huge part of fashion, clothes aside, is hair and makeup. Each one adds to an ensemble and truly takes your clothes from an outfit to a look. Yet, makeup seems to be the most debated of the two.

There is a split among women about the importance and need for makeup. While I’m a firm believer a woman needs makeup everyday, some rarely ever wear makeup, including for special occasions.

Yet, the biggest issue seems to arise because of the idea that makeup is a cover up for something. This idea is totally false. While some do use makeup to hide blemishes, dark circles, etc., most don’t.

Makeup should be an enhancement. It should never truly “makeup” your beauty, but merely enrich it. Everyone wants to be considered a natural beauty, but makeup or not, we’re all natural beauties.

So if makeup isn’t your thing and you don’t want to get into the habit of applying a full face of makeup each day, try working with this 3-minute routine.

maclipglossThere are 3 things a girl should always wear: eye liner, mascara, and lip gloss. Simple enough right? You already wear lip gloss daily so why not add the liner and mascara. But if you’re against even that much makeup, try just mascara and lip gloss. You’ll definitely notice a difference.

It takes 3 minutes, if that, to apply these 3 things. For first time users, a pencil eye liner will work easier and it takes practice to work your way into the steady hand needed for liquid. But here’s a trick for the liquid. Apply it. If you mess up, don’t use a wash cloth or scrub it off, just take a q-tip, wet the end, and run it along your eye to achieve your look.

For daytime, go with a thinner, lighter line. For nighttime, play it up. The more liner and mascara, the more dramatic the eye looks. Makeup is truly all about the eye. You don’t need foundation, concealer, blush and all that other stuff. Just eyeliner, mascara and lip gloss.

So, when it’s all said and done. Each and every woman is a natural beauty in her own way. Whether you chose to take your beauty to the next level is purely up to you.

Makeup boosts your beauty, not take away from it.

Here Rihanna uses the heavy liner/mascara combined with the pink lip to pull off her dramatic look.

Here Rihanna uses the heavy liner/mascara combined with the pink lip to pull off her dramatic look.

Here Nia Long focuses more on bronzer and less on eye makeup to achieve her natural sun-kissed look.

Here Nia Long focuses more on bronzer and less on eye makeup to achieve her natural sun-kissed look.

OFF THE RUNWAY: Is Rihanna in Mourning?

By A.J. Washington

Ok so take a look at Rihanna, 2 short years ago, at Europe’s popular MOBO Awards…

from lovebscott.com

from lovebscott.com

 Aww, she still looked wholesome there- that Rihanna is perhaps gone forever. Now to the matter at hand, what is going on with her? She proclaims she is “a good girl gone bad,” but, how bad is too bad? I mean really. The girl definitely has a style all her own, and I respect her for that; BUT  my woman’s intuition is telling me that she (or her stylist) are just buying things for the shock value. Is her style just a ploy to stay relevant? Though I’m not a fan of her singing (hated it in fact), I would rather her make music and not just walk the streets like the world is her fashion show.
 
                                                                       
 
I ask if Rihanna is in mourning, because she’s been dressed like she was attending fuenerals , I mean shows at Paris’ Fashion Week…
 
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                                                                                                                                                                                          Now please don’t get me wrong, Rihanna has a great body, looks awesome in most of what she wears, and in my opinion is one of the most beautiful women I’ve ever seen. I’m just concerned with all this black and see-through clothing. What’s next??  She must have read my fall fashion forecast and took my advice ( to the extreme) about dark clothing being in.
                                                                                                                                          I’m Just letting you you how I feel; even though my opinion doesn’t matter (YET)
                                                                                                                              What do you think???
                         
                                                                                                                              As always-  FIND, LOVE, BUY, FLYY!!!!