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More Diversity In The Fashion Industry: Rihanna Is The Face Of Balmain’s Spring/Summer 2014 Campaign


I live for great fashion moments like this! Twice in one week, a woman or color has snagged a campaign with a luxury brand. Fashion houses around the world are proving that they want more diversity in the fashion industry. Last week, I announced that iconic fashion designer and creative director Riccardo Tisci is breaking barriers by tapping neo-soul singer Erykah Badu for the face of Givenchy’s Spring 2014 Campaign. See the original story here.

It was just announced that Rihanna is the face of Balmain’s Spring/Summer 2014 campaign. The diamond selling pop singer was shot by Inez and Vinoodh for her campaign for the luxury French fashion house. She styled in denim-on-denim, all laced out gold chains and buckles and a chain-embellished pink & white robe during her shoot.

Expect Rihanna’s campaign to hit magazines in January. According to Balmain’s Creative Director Olivier Rousteing, “THE ONLY GIRL IN THE WORLD#dreamsdocometrue @badgalriri @balmainparis#thankU #loveU #INspiration #Icon #beauty#FOREVER #Springsummer2014 #balmainiac. Front of the caméra you make me feel like you were the only girl in the world , you are more than an icon, you are my inspiration and an inpiration for an entiere generation. #loveU and #thankU

Over the past few decades, there has been a lack of diversity on the runway. We all know that racism still takes place in the fashion world. I am so sick and tired of top designers overlooking models of color. Your race and ethnicity shouldn’t matter. If you’ve got the right talent, you should be given the opportunity to do the job. Even though people of color still have a long way to go in the fashion industry, I must admit that we’ve come a long way.


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Photos Credit: Rihanna’s Instagram | Balmain’s Instagram | Oliver Rousteing’s Instagram 


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Flaunting Her Toned Legs: Kelly Rowland In A $13,792 Balmain Embroidered Nubuck Dress


Styled by @marnixmarni, R&B singer Kelly Rowland handled her X-Factor judging duties in a $13,792 Balmain Embroidered Nubuck Dress which was paired with white Tom Ford pumps. She accessorized her ensemble by wearing a huge diamond ring from Lorraine Schwartz. Kelly flaunted her toned legs and she looked good while flaunting them. Kelly’s make-up was flawless and I love her new hair-style with the blonde highlights.

This Balmain dress features Matelassé embroidered nubuck leather, gold-colored zip back closure, concealed rectangular shoulder pads, lurex, stone and crystal embroidered, two side pockets, and silk lining. You can purchase this dress this dress at Luisviaroma.

Singer Sevyn Streeter wore this Balmain dress in Embroidered Laminated Nappa here.

Being a judge on X-Factor helped Kelly Rowland transitioned into an international music and fashion icon. She’s also inking endorsements left-to-right. Kelly inked a partnership with TW Steel Watch Company for her very own pink special edition (see the original post here) and she serves as the new face of Jaguar. She is the brand ambassador for the new F-Type from the British car manufacturer and she will soon be featured in commercials and Billboards promoting the car. See the original post here. Expect more endorsements for Rowland during the course of X-Factor.



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It’s Levels To This: Meek Mill Styling In A $4,399 Balmain Quilted Cotton Parka


Yesterday Friday (November 15), Rick Ross‘ ‘Mastermind‘ tour stopped at NYC’s Beacon Theatre. After the tour, Ross and his MMG x DC comrades dined at Phillipe restaurant on 60th Street and Madison Avenue. Today Saturday (November 16), Ross‘ ‘Mastermind‘ tour will make its way to the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, CT.

Dreamchasers/Philly’s own Meek Mill joined Ross. For the musical concert and dinner, the “It’s Levels To This” rapper styled in a $4,399 Balmain Quilted Cotton Parka.

Meek’s red padded parka features a detachable high-neck collar and hood, shoulder epaulettes and a belted buckle fastening hem. You can purchase this parka at Matches Fashion.


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Style & Beauty: Lala Anthony Attends The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show In A Balmain Dress


Last night Wednesday (November 13), media personality and actress Lala Anthony attended the taping of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show which will air on December 10 at 9 PM on CBSTaylor Swift and Fall Out Boy serves at this year’s musical performers. The event was taped at the Lexington Avenue Armory in NYC.

For the presentation, Lala paired a royal blue dress from Balmain with nude pumps.

Earlier in the week, the entertainment mogul and her NBA player husband Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks attended last night’s 10th annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Dinner which was held at Manhattan’s Spring Studios. See the original post here!


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Ciara’s $11,626 Balmain Fur Trim Military Coat & $2,041 Givenchy Shark Lock Leather Wedge Boots


Newly engaged R&B singer and model Ciara recently attended Drake’s ‘Would You Like A Tour?‘ show at Atlanta’s Phillips Arena. Cici’s fiancé, rapper Future is featured on the tour. Cici and Future were photo’d arriving inside of the arena and to Club Reign.

Cici opted for a casual but expensive look in a $11,626 Balmain Fur Trim Military Coat which was layered over a $420 now $220 Givenchy Red Cuban Fit Minotauar Tee-Shirt with blue denim jeans and $2,041 red Givenchy Shark Lock Leather Wedge Boots (shown in black below).

This Balmain trim military coat features a stand up collar, button fastening, fur trim, flap and button pockets, fitted waist, rear central vent and structured shoulders. You can purchase it at Farfetch. The Givenchy boots features red leather throughout, have an almond-toe and a high wedge heel with a full-length overlay panel. They also have a wrap-around top strap with a metal shark tooth clasp detail. You can buy these boots at Matches Fashion.




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Rihanna Arrives At Nobu In A Black Quilted Leather Jumpsuit From Balmain’s Spring 2014 Collection

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Rihanna looks fierce in this Balmain ensemble! This past Friday (November 8), Photogs caught the pop-star arriving to Nobu restaurant in NYC. She styled in a Black Quilted Leather Jumpsuit from Balmain’s Spring 2014 collection paired with Gold Cap Toe Boots which is also from Balmain.

Riri and Ciara both have a great personal relationship with Balmain’s Creative Director Olivier Rousteing. One day, I’m going to be on 106 & Park getting interviewed in an outfit from Balmain.

The Bajan beauty officially moved to NYC. It’s going to be a HAWK winter!

Rihanna Steps Out in Black Leather Jumpsuit

Rihanna Steps Out in Black Leather Jumpsuit

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Balmain’s Creative Director Olivier Rousteing Attends WSJ’s 2013 ‘Innovator Of The Year Awards’

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Balmain’s Creative Director Olivier Rousteing attended WSJ magazine’s 2013Innovator Of The Year Awards‘ at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in NYC.

At the ceremony, WSJ honored some of the most creative and influential individuals in fashion, entertainment, architecture, technology, design, art and humanitarianism.

Rousteing graced the black carpet in a black blazer layered over a white tee-shirt and $2,355 Leather Trousers from Balmain.

Rousteing is Paris-based and his office is inside of Balmain’s headquarters. He’s been heading the prestigious French fashion house for five seasons now (two years as creative director). One of my fashion goals is to meet and interview Rousteung. I admire what he does and his style.

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Photos Credit: Olivier Rousteing’s Instagram | Balmain’s Instagram | WSJMag’s Instagram |

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Singer Sevyn Streeter’s $12,534 Balmain Embroidered Laminated Nappa Dress


Singer Sevyn Streeter makes her YDBR debut! Over this past weekend, she was also at the taping of BET’s 2013 Black Girls Rock! at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. The event is empowering for women and young girls. For the occasion, the “I Like It” singer was styled by celebrity stylist Marnixmarni’s and rocked a $12,534 Balmain Embroidered Laminated Nappa Dress accessorized with a black, gold & silver waist belt and Christian Louboutin pumps.

Sevyn’s Matelassé embroidered nappa leather dress features a deep V neckline, Lurex, stone and crystal embroidery, two side pockets and a silk lining. You can purchase it at Luisviaroma.

Starting next month, the “It Won’t Stop” singer will tour with K .Michelle on her ‘Rebellious Soul‘ tour. Sevyn serves as opening act.

It is rumored that Sevyn is dating NBA player Dorell Wright of the Portland Trailblazers.



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Photos Credit: Marnixmarni’s Instagram | dress via Luisaviaroma

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Dominic Lord Rocking $810 Balmain Ribbed Biker Lounge Pants


Rising Harlem rapper, fashion designer and fashionisto Dominic Lord continues to release dope images on Instagram. He rocked a denim jacket layered over an oversized shirt paired with $810 Balmain Ribbed Biker Lounge Pants. These Slim-fit ivory-white lounge pants features three pockets, elasticized waistband with a tonal drawstring and reinforced and ribbed paneling on the knees. You can purchase them at SSENSE.

Olivier Rousteing serves at the Creative Director at Balmain Fashion House in Paris. He recently did an interview with Dazed Digital. Head over to the publication’s online site here to read the interview.

Dom is in the studio putting the finishing touches on his new project Overworld. I’ve been a supporter of Dom’s before he started getting a major buzz around has avant-garde fashion sense and music lyrics.



Photos Credit: Dominic Lord’s Instagram | pants via SSENSE

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Swizz Beatz Spotted Wearing A $5,482 Balmain Geometric Leather Biker Jacket At The Train Station In Harlem


Late last night music artist, fashion designer and creative director Swizz Beatz was out & about in Harlem, NY. Instead of being chauffeur in a foreign car or driving one of his fast cars, Swizz took the city train. He styled in a $5,482 Balmain Geometric Leather Biker Jacket with black sweatpants and Reebok Pump Twilight Zone sneakers. Swizz’s jacket features a two-way zip front closure, zip closure on the cuffs, non-detachable, adjustable belt detailing on the hem, five external cuff pockets, two internal pockets and a quilted lining. You can purchase this jacket at Luisaviaroma.






Photos Credit: Swizz Beatz’s Instagram | jacket via Luisaviaroma

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