With rumors flying about the possibility of a new album by Janet Jackson, we got all excited and thought we’d send you out into the weekend with what has to be the ultimate megamix by DJ Effrem Adams. With over 100 of Sister Janet’s songs and clocking in at around 3 hours, it doesn’t get more mega.
Before Bey, before Gaga, before Nicki, before, before, before… There was Janet. Miss Jackson, that is.
'Get the point? Good. Let's dance!.'
5 SOMEWHERE | Miss Lily’s Rum & Sizzle
This week’s 5 SOMEWHERE entry comes to us courtesy of the OPENING CEREMONY blog exclusive cocktail series for which they ask some of NYC’s greatest mixologists to come up with original drinks for summer. For this one, the team at MISS LILY’S 7A CAFE in the East Village hit us with the Rum & Sizzle, a fruity concoction that had us rehashing senior spring break memories and ready to order several more…
RIGHT NOW | Black Swans
If you’re ready for some big girl dressing, one or two of those all-out, for real serious, no doubt about it, major outfits but don’t want another highly publicized Givenchy or Balmain numbers, we’ve got the thing for you… May we recommend Loydford?
Loydford is the label designed by Franck Ford and Steven Loy that is so stunning it makes you wonder how this could possibly be ready-to-wear and not haute couture. Each piece is so richly yet subtly embellished, completely stitched by hand by the designers and their expert team of sewers in their own studio. But this is no vintage or retro affair. The silhouettes are strikingly modern, sexy but still elegant, and a study in sophistication. No doubt: This is major fashion.
If you don’t believe us, ask Avril Lavigne, Nicole Kidman, Angelina Jolie, even Cher and Courtney Love.
Pick yours up at Maxfield Los Angeles, Montaigne Market Paris, Amarees Newport Beach, and points beyond.
LISTEN UP | Shy Girls
We’re always suckers for Shy Girls’ Dan Vidmar’s eccentric soulful takes on R&B with his sultry vocals and addictive lyric hooks. And his newest, ‘All For You’, here is no different. It starts out with a solid four on the floor, fat bass and quickly turns into an all-out house jam.
RIGHT NOW | Bust A Nut
You’d have to be living under a rock to have missed out on the coconut water craze. Every time we turn around we see somebody like Rihanna slurping it down. And apparently coconut water is better for you than actual water. That’s saying something.
Enter Fountain of Youth coconut water. Just launched by Berlin’s always-hot, crash pad, Michaelberger Hotel, it was all over the music festivals in Europe this summer. Right now this youth elixir with great graphics is only available across the pond. But we’re keeping our eyes out for it’s transatlantic debut.
LAST NIGHT | Beyoncé
This moment was everything, though.
BACK THEN | Worst Ever. For Real.
Remember back when a stylist was a person, not a team? Back when every outfit wasn’t Instagram-ready? Back when Kanye’s closet didn’t have its own Twitter feed? Yeah, WAY back then when performers’ fashion wasn’t so on point. Sometimes it wasn’t even on at all.
So, in honor of last night’s VMA awards, we thought we’d take a look back at some of the worst red carpet looks ever from the VMA. And there was a lot to choose from. We could be posting these forever. This MTV awards ceremony has definitely cornered the market on mess.
By the way, there are some big time winners here. Real standouts. We’re talking Lifetime Achievement Awards for Fashion Malfunctions. If you’d like to honor them, we’re sure that Lil Kim, Christina, Paris and Missy will thank you in their acceptance speeches. But it’s going to be a tough call to name the biggest winner or, well, loser.
Last thing: We’re awarding Kanye with a Special Achievement Award for Biggest Jackass for his 2009 red carpet shenanigans. We so don’t love the catsuit on Amber. But Kanye’s disgusting grope deserves special mention. Nice one, Mr. Kardashian. Always a gentleman.
THE WEEKEND | It’s here! M-O-V-E!
5 SOMEWHERE | Skinny Ginger Mule
The mule has a interesting story behind it really. It originally popped up in the 40s and experienced a rush of popularity due to some clever marketing and hard work on behalf of it’s founders. It faded away in the groovy times of the 60s and has recently, I’d say in the past 3-5 years, made a comeback to relevance and is quite frequently featured as a signature cocktail at most popular restaurants.
LISTEN UP | Treasure Fingers & Bosco
Every Treasure Fingers song is a master class in feel-good dance music. And this one is no different…
'Names' is an unexpected, unclassifiable collaboration between Treasure Fingers and buzzing Atlanta singer/songwriter BOSCO, channeling neon Deee-Lite pop and hip-house swagger for a vogue-ready summer jam. Get schooled and get down!