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CATEGORY: Coup de Coeur

Real shows

Atlanta cast (photography courtesy of FX)

Let’s talk about two shows I’ve been watching and loving, both shows have been created and produced by their lead actors, depicting an atypical vision of black America, and bringing a breeze of fresh air in TV’s landscape:

Atlanta, created, co produced and played by Donald Glover, FX.

The Plot: guys who are trying to succeed in the rap business in Atlanta. We follow the up and down adventures of Earn (Donald Glover) a young father struggling with small jobs and managing at the same time the burgeoning career of his cousin Alfred (Brian Tyree Henry).

Why you should watch Altlanta? For the unconventional script. Forget about the bling or the trashy lifestyle, here you get the real thing, you will get attached and can even relate to the characters whose scatty situations will make you sometimes laugh or feel emotional. The multi talented Donald Glover and also a rapper himself (aka Childish Gambino), explains the authenticity and candor of the narrative.

Actress Issa Rae (photography courtesy of HBO)

Insecurecreated by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore, co produced and played by Issa Rae, HBO

The Plot: The professional and love life of two Afro American young women who happen to be best friends. The show focuses on Issa (Issa Rae), her unsatisfactory longtime relationship with boyfriend Lawrence (Jay Ellis), and challenging job at a non profit organisation for middle school students of color. Her friend Molly (Yvonne Orji), is a successful associate in a law firm but struggles to find the right man.

Why you should watch Insecure? Because this was initially a mini web series called Akward black girl, Issa Rae character contradictions and energy is just addictive. Her funny faces, self talks when she stares at her mirror reflection and her rapping (the character Issa used to rap in high school) are hilarious. Kudos as well to Yvonne Orji playing Molly a sassy, at times sensitive or slightly neurotic gal longing for Mr Perfect.

 

 

Sienna at the Golden Globes

Sienna Miller at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards
(Photography by Tyler Boye/WWD/REX/Shutterstock)

While everybody else chose safe options like flower print, embroideries and other embellishments, Sienna took a bet on simplicity at the last Golden Globes ceremony and it worked! The white gown from Michael Kors, that requires perfect abs, made the British-American actress look flawless. The ponytail and black bow gave her this youthful 60’s look and the sober pearls jewellery added just enough glamour to the all ensemble. This is how you dedramatize a red carpet attire without forgetting to be chic! What about you, which look(s) did you liked at the Globes this year??

 

First Date*

Michelle (Tika Sumpter) and Barack (Parker Sawyers) Image courtesy of Miramax/Roadside Attractions
Michelle (Tika Sumpter) and Barack (Parker Sawyers)
Image courtesy of Miramax/Roadside Attractions

During Summer 1989 in Chicago, Michelle Robinson and Barack Obama had their first date. Actually it’s not a date, at least at the beginning, as Michelle’s character likes to say it in the movie. This could be the ordinary start of a love story except that these two without knowing it will make history by becoming the first black American presidential couple. But the movie focuses on the obvious interest of intern’s Barack in the smart junior lawyer Michelle and how he progressively wins her heart. Even if the awakening of their complicity and love is the main focus here, we can already sense the political potential and charisma of Obama and chemistry with Michelle. Tika Sumpter as Michelle Robinson gives a really good interpretation, not an easy thing knowing that they look nothing alike except maybe their stature, however the thumbs up goes to Parker Sawyers perfect in charming messy young Obama with a promising bright future. Overall the movie is a pleasant, romantic stroll through the black middle class neighborhoods of Chicago, tinted of nostalgia of a bygone era.

The little plus: the 80’s soundtrack, especially Janet Jackson’s hit “Miss you much” and Soul II Soul “Keep on Movin’”.

*Southside with You is the original title.

 

 

 

Lemonade Therapy

Beyonce in her album film Lemonade
Beyonce in her album film Lemonade

I am a long time fan of Beyonce, but for some reason I didn’t listened or watched Lemonade until 2 weeks ago. Despite my admiration for the artist, I was kind of over it: the drama around the alleged affair of husband’s Jay-Z, the girl power mantra… I knew the film was certainly very good knowing Beyonce is such a perfectionist, the problem is I thought I knew what to expect. Then I (more…)

Why is the New Gucci so good?

Gucci Fall 2015-16 ad campaign
Gucci Fall 2015-16 ad campaign (image courtesy of Gucci)

After the talented Frida Giannini, Alessandro Michele has been named Creative Director of Italian luxury house, Gucci. The brand  is entering a new era exploring more of the 70’s baroque prints and embellishments, going complete opposite of the glamorous 70’s power woman we were used to. Here are 3 reasons to rediscover the iconic house:

  • Today’s Gucci girl is a romantic, an original, she’s playful and totally assume her quirkiness. The last Spring Summer Collection (SS16) is full of rich fabrics and bold mix of patterns with a strong vintage feel.

 

Gucci SS16 (image from vogue.com)
Gucci SS16 (image from vogue.com)
Gucci SS16 (image from vogue.com)
Gucci SS16 (image from vogue.com)
Gucci SS16 (image from vogue.com)
Gucci SS16 (image from vogue.com)
Gucci SS16 (image from vogue.com)
Gucci SS16 (image from vogue.com)
Gucci SS16 (image from vogue.com)
Gucci SS16 (image from vogue.com)
Gucci SS16 (image vogue.com)
Gucci SS16 (image vogue.com)
Gucci FW15
Gucci FW15
  • I can not help but picture 70’s style icons Ali Mc Graw, Bianca Jagger or Marisa Berenson wearing most of the pieces of the collection and notice how relevant the clothing are as they would have been 40 years ago!

 

Actress Ali Mc Graw circa 1970's
Actress Ali Mc Graw circa 1970’s

 

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Model Bianca Jagger in the 1970’s

 

Actress and Model Marisa Berenson in the 1970's
Actress and Model Marisa Berenson in the 1970’s
  • With its beautiful bucolic illustrations and jewellery details, the Dionysus bag is fast becoming a must have as well as the fur loafers (for those who can afford it)! Just perfect for Christmas gift!!

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The Gucci Dionysos bag (image from Buro 247)
The Gucci Dionysus bag (image from Buro 247)
gucci bag
A bigger version of the Dyonisus bag
Gucci shoes
FW15-16  Gucci shoes

Balmain Nation

Balmain x HM ad campaign (courtesy of Balmain Paris)
Balmain x H&M ad campaign (courtesy of Balmain Paris)

The very anticipated collaboration between Balmain and H&M arrived in stores (worlwide) on November 5th. Embellishment, sequins, body conscious dresses, padded shoulders, the French luxury house lovers won’t be disappointed: Balmain went full on in incorporated its DNA into a rich yet affordable collection. After Alexander Wang, Isabel Marant, Marni or Lagerfeld just to name a few, H&M once again took the fashion world by storm and we can predict that the Balmain x H&M line key pieces will be a huge it!

 For more information and shopping go on hm.com

 

In the mood for…

Blogger Margaret Zhang shot during NYFW by Phil Oh (image courtesy of Phil Oh)
Blogger Margaret Zhang shot during NYFW by
Phil Oh (image courtesy of Phil Oh)

This lovely black lace see through blouse and suede brown skirt seen on Margaret Zhang during NY fashion week. Miss Zhang, a favourite of mine when it comes to style, masters the combination of sexyness and the romantic aspect of this look with a touch of 70’s nostalgia. I will copy this asap!

Before After

Taraji P Henson for W magazine
Taraji P Henson for W magazine July issue (photo by Mert
Alas and Marcus Piggott courtesy of W magazine)

Taraji P Henson was the cover girl for July’s W Magazine issue. Her black and white picture referencing Diana Ross circa 1980 where she posed in white tee and jeans for her hit album “Diana”. Two ways of being sexy at different times!

Diana Ross
Diana Ross in 1980 on the cover of
her album “Diana”

#BBHMM

Rihanna BBHMM single cover (photo by Paolo Roversi)
Rihanna BBHMM single cover (photo by Paolo Roversi)

2015 will be with no doubt Riri’s year, with her new album, R8, dropping any time now, a hit song with Paul Mc Cartney and Kanye West, a first single called BBHMM (Bitch better have my money) already getting everybody excited, the Barbadian beauty is making her big (more…)

Summer hair: the pixie

The short hair are having a moment, many celebrities took the plunge and went pixie. The right inspiration for 2014 being Kate Moss, Revenge  TV series actress Karine Vanasse or Mia Farrow’s cuts. Among my today’s favourite are Charlize Theron who is even sexier than before, Miley Cyrus for the girly punk attitude and the way she plays with her hair, and Lupita Nyong’o who breaks the routine by embellishing her style with strass headbands and other jewels. Even if we suspect a photoshop trick Brazilian top model Gisele Bundchen, famous for her beach blond look, went shorty for the last Balenciaga ad campaign. If you have always wanted to adopt short hair, now seems like the right time!

Kate Moss (photography by Corinne Day 2001)
Kate Moss (photography by Corinne Day 2001)
Actress Karine Vanasse
Actress Karine Vanasse
Mia Farrow
Mia Farrow
Lupita N'Yongo
Lupita Nyong’o
Lupita Nyongo
Lupita Nyong’o
Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron
Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus
Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway
Gisele Bundchen for Balenciaga ad campaign (photography courtesy of Balenciaga)
Gisele Bundchen for Balenciaga ad campaign
(photography courtesy of Balenciaga)

Happy Birthday Naomi

To continue the models celebration, the legendary Naomi Campbell turned 44  this month (yes, yes!) and despite the little faux pas of those last couple of years her empowering beauty and allure makes her, still,  one of the favourite model of designers. She was lately on many covers of magazines (Interview, W magazine, V magazine, ELLE…), runways and as brand ambassador of power fashion houses (Roberto Cavalli, Versace…). Here a selection of some of her best recent editorials…

V magazine, photography by Mario Testino
W magazine
W magazine
Interview Magazine
Interview Magazine
Vogue Australia May 2014
Vogue Australia May 2014, photography by Emma Summerton
Vogue Australia, photography by Emma Summerton
Vogue Australia, photography by Emma Summerton
Vogue Brazil May 2013
Vogue Brazil May 2013
Vogue Brazil May 2013
Vogue Brazil May 2013
Elle Magazine, photography by Thomas Whiteside
Elle Magazine, photography by Thomas Whiteside
Net a Porter, photography by Nico
Net a Porter, photography by Nico
Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss, Interview Magazine
Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss, Interview Magazine

 

Jared Leto

I rarely post about men, but lately I’ve been kind of obsessed with Jared Leto that’s why I chose him for this new category named Coup de Coeur. For those who don’t know him Jared is an American actor who played Claire Danes’s love interest in 90’s teen show,  My so called life, and movies like Fight Club, Requiem for a dream, American Psycho just to name a few. Known for  completely embracing his feminine side and being adventurous with his look, constantly reinventing himself almost like David Bowie and alter ego Ziggy Stardust, his physical transformation  and performance for the Dallas Buyers Club film as a seropositive transgender earned him a nomination at the Oscars. Besides his successful acting career, he also created his own rock band with his brother called 30 seconds to Mars. Lately Jared Leto long locks and hypnotic blue eyes have been  seen everywhere from NYFW front row shows to awards events. After a couple of quiet years, probably focusing on his music, the androgynous actor is back to the spotlights for our greatest pleasure!

Jared Lto at the Golden Globes ceremony
Jared Leto at the Golden Globes ceremony
Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club
Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club

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Model Ming Xi and Jared Leto at New York fashion week (image courtesy of vogue.com)
Model Ming Xi and Jared Leto at New York
fashion week (image courtesy of vogue.com)