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July 10 2014

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7 posts tagged "Mary J. Blige"

J.Lo’s L.A. Lunch

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Not all the fashion action is happening at Lincoln Center and Milk Studios this week. Yesterday, Gucci’s Frida Giannini was honored at UNICEF’s inaugural Women of Compassion Luncheon in L.A. before a crowd that included Camilla Belle, Mary J. Blige, and lensman Patrick Demarchelier.

Jennifer Lopez, now starring in the ads for Gucci’s children’s collection alongside twins Max and Emme, was on hand to present the designer with her award. “We actually met when I was about to pop, maybe two weeks before I gave birth at the big Malawi fundraiser she did with Madonna,” Lopez (left, with Giannini) told Style.com. “Every child in the world, in essence, could be yours,” she went on. “It makes you want to do things and work toward helping in any way you can, in every way you can.”

Giannini, for her part, stayed in town for the Grammys, then headed back to Milan. With less than two weeks before her Fall show, she dropped some hints about her impending collection. “You will see an explosion of color, which is very unusual for a Fall collection.”

Photo: Charley Gallay / Getty Images

Lorraine Schwartz Is A Girl’s Best Friend

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When Jay-Z decided he liked it—it being Beyoncé—and to put a ring on it, he went with one from jeweler Lorraine Schwartz. So no surprise to find the singer at the debut of Schwartz’s 2BHappy collection at Lavo in New York last night (and not much of a surprise to find her more than fashionably late, either).

But Beyoncé wasn’t the only famous friend who came to toast the occasion. Mary J. Blige, Blake Lively, Kim Kardashian, and Ashanti all dropped by to see the new collection. “Lorraine always does what you are thinking about or what you are dreaming about,” Blige said of her longtime friend. “She’s not limited with her artistic ability—she always goes to the left or to the right, [but] it’s never to the left of where you can’t wear it.”

Lively (left, with Beyoncé and Schwartz) has never seemed to have a hard time wearing it—she’s often decked out in the designer’s jewels. (Last night, she was sporting diamond drop earrings and an armful of LS bangles with her Versace dress.) “It’s the little girl in me,” Lively admitted. “We are attracted to sparkles.” She was attracted to one in particular—a happy-face bracelet from the new line, intended to encourage happiness in the wearer. “This is probably my new favorite piece by her,” the Gossip Girl star said.

Photo: Chance Yeh/PatrickMcMullan.com

Karl Dreams Of Lions, The Rise Of The Bleisure Suit, And More…

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Meet Stéfan Lubrina, the man who makes Karl’s dreams come to life. No, really: Karl dreams of couture shows presided over by giant golden lions; Lubrina builds them (pictured). [IHT]

Here’s the 411: Mary J. Blige is launching eyewear. [WWD]

The World Cup comes to an end this Sunday, and Shakira is on hand to perform the official song, “Waka-Waka,” for its closing ceremony. She’ll be wearing Cavalli for the occasion—a pearl-embroidered tulle top, a silk fringed skirt, and a denim belt. [Vogue U.K.]

The final word on the men’s shows? “Bleisure.” That’s business + leisure, i.e., looks that are polished enough to be office-ready but casual enough to be comfortable—think Cary Grant in the off-hours. Somehow the term “bleisure” has a little less unforced cool than, say, Cary Grant, but we guess it’s better than “professual,” which apparently it edged out. [WSJ]

And the Emmy nominations are out! It’s a good morning if you’re in the cast of Glee, Lost, or happen to be Tina Fey. But we think every morning’s probably a good morning if you happen to be Tina Fey. [Gawker]

Photo: Eric Ryan / Getty Images

Catherine Malandrino And Mary J. Blige: BFFs, Collaborators

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“I dress a lot of celebrities, but I never had the connection I have with Mary,” Catherine Malandrino said last night at Avenue. That would be Mary J. Blige, who was seated next to her on a banquette with the designer’s hand in hers. “It’s like when you meet somebody and say, ‘I know this person will be in my life forever.’ ” That moment happened almost a decade ago, after Malandrino saw Blige wearing one of her dresses in a magazine and got in touch. By the time she saw Malandrino at the designer’s 2001 show, Blige said, “I knew that what I felt in my heart about her was real.”

Now the two of them hang out, commiserate, make each other laugh. And sometimes, they collaborate. “When you love somebody, it’s like in a couple—you want to create something. Sometimes, it’s a baby,” Malandrino explained. Other times, it’s limited-edition T-shirts splashed with proclamations like I’M FREE and I’M POWER. The motivational tops are very on-message with Blige’s charity for women, FFAWN (Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now), which receives a portion of the profits the tees generate at Bloomingdale’s and Catherine Malandrino boutiques.

“Catherine is the bright light at the end of the tunnel. I’m the person that revisits the past to bring people to the light,” Blige explained. The shirts, appropriately, are available in black-on-white and vice versa. There’s also royal blue on the way, and Blige explained why: “It means you’ve reached a point where you know you’re enough, you’re worthy. That’s where we are, and that’s why we’re able to do what we’re doing.”

Photo: Courtesy of Catherine Malandrino

Party Politics: Navigating The Inaugural Scene

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Inaugurations are often a painful cocktail of mother-of-the-bride gowns and cash bars. But Obama-mania has Washington, D.C., poised for what may be the biggest party there since, well, ever. BET kicks things off on Saturday night honoring Mary J. Blige and Magic Johnson, among others at a gala at the Warner Theatre. The balls get started in earnest on Sunday with a fête honoring The Washington Post‘s African-American-focused Web site The Root, which is expected to draw Spike Lee, Sarah Jessica Parker, and possibly Oprah—though her inaugural plans have been more closely guarded than Obama himself. Mayor Adrian Fenty will be keeping things more low-key at the Embassy of Kuwait, mixing a who’s who of famous Washington wonks (Bob Woodward, Arianna Huffington), deep-pocketed potential donors (Mort Zuckerman, Ronald Lauder), and Hollywood heavyweights (George Lucas) with maybe a Tory Burch and an Elisabeth Shue thrown in for good measure. Meanwhile Shepard Fairey ups the cool quotient with a preview of his new exhibit Manifest Hope, where Santogold, Moby and De La Soul will perform. Continue Reading “Party Politics: Navigating The Inaugural Scene” »