Friday, August 26, 2011

Darren Hayes' Two New Singles & NYC Album Playback Session

Secret Codes and Battleships

With his immensely high quality pop music, this genius of a man never disappoints. After the lead single's June reveal, "Talk Talk Talk", taken from his forthcoming studio album "Secret Codes & Battleships", Darren Hayes releases two new tracks for different territories across the globe. First, Black Out The Sun will see a release of October 2 in UK & the rest of the world while "Bloodstained Heart" is slated for a 5 September release in Australia.

As for the album, I was lucky enough to be selected to attend an incredibly exclusive playback session at the Soho House for Secret Codes & Battleships here in New York City. Without going into much detail, the album opens with an epic number and bookends by closing with an equally stunning track. Throughout the album, deep melodies soar, smooth electronic production prevails, all the while Darren's magical vocals pierce what felt like every nerve ending in my body. Shortly before the album playback, Darren recorded a video for attendees stating he felt this album was his best work yet. He was right. :)

Black Out The Sun:
This video, and track, can be summed up quite concisely in two words: remarkably epic.

Bloodstained Heart (Animated Lyric Video)
Stunning, stunning, stunning. :)

Darren's new album, Secret Codes & Battleships, is scheduled to drop 17 October 2011.

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Monday, August 22, 2011

WWD: Marc Jacobs in talks to design at Dior

Marc Jacobs

An American at the helm of Christian Dior? According to Women's Wear Daily, the aforementioned rumor may prove to be true indeed. Earlier today, WWD reported LVMH chairman and CEO Bernard Arnault is in serious talks with Marc Jacobs to move from Louis Vuitton to Christian Dior becoming the latter's new head designer. Although Dior declined to comment on the reports, both the house's management & Marc Jacobs are said to be excited about the prospect. If Jacobs is to become Dior's new couturier, he would replace John Galliano who was ousted in March due to anti-semitic allegations which lead to court proceedings in Paris.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Happy 128th Birthday, Mademoiselle Chanel

Poise, elegance, simplicity = Mademoiselle Chanel

On August 19, 1883, the world was graced with a woman who would revolutionize fashion with her incomparable elegance, simplistic vision, and endearing perseverance. Her name is Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel. From her humble beginnings as an orphan in Aubazine to her complete domination of the fashion industry, Mademoiselle Chanel was a woman of unbelievable triumphs and survival. Chanel is directly responsible as to why people wear comfortable jersey knits, costume jewelry, little black dresses, shoulder-bags, and the timeless Chanel style to this very day. As a devout admirer of both Chanel and her global brand, I'm quite proud and happy to celebrate this day for such an incredible woman I've respected and loved for as long as I can remember. Even though she has come to pass, the Chanel legacy will never die.

Joyeux anniversaire, Mademoiselle Chanel :)

Monday, August 1, 2011

Happy 75th Birthday to Monsieur Yves Saint Laurent

Dressing is a way of life. - Yves Saint Laurent

A mere initial abbreviation symbolizes elegance, sensuality, and class into one; those initials are YSL. Even though he has come to pass on June 1, 2008, the legacy this man created will live on for an eternity. From beginning as Christian Dior's assistant, ultimately becoming head designer upon Dior's death, to popularizing mens looks in women's fashions and being the one designer attributed to making ready-to-wear reputable worldwide, Monsieur Yves Saint Laurent has adorned the fashion industry with timeless elegance and incomparable sophistication. Happy Birthday to one of the kindest and most humble legends fashion has ever seen.