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Month: August, 2009

Richgirl’s He Aint With Me Now Though

This is like the third time I’ve heard of the group but I will confess both of the other times I wasn’t really being serious about music. I was either going through my blog roll, or I was playing around with friends. One part stuck in my head though, so I walked around saying “Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle!” Today though, I was introduced to a video that changed all of that.

The video, as you can see is not very choreography intensive, but I still think they sound like Beyonce. The freaking group has potential to be number one best selling in the world, I think. Oh and by the way, they were on Beyonce’s I AM… tour.

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Get LOST with The LOST KIDS at Collaboration 2009

I LOVE THE LOST KIDS! They were actually one of my favorite crews when I first started searching YouTube crews and still are. Here’s one of their latest performances at Collaboration 2009!

I love the team but, just one point to discuss. I have seen a few repeats and while that’s entirely fine, well, if you’re going to repeat parts of your choreo try your hardest to stick with the peice of choreo for the particular show you’re doing. I say this only because I saw one point during the Funky Freshed Dressed part(I know the original for that dance) where Ellen is actually doing the original choreography.

Anyways, I liked the rest of the performance(besides the fact that they used chairs in The Main Event performance) and I’m looking forward to getting lost a lot more often!

BOTTOM LINE: THE LOST KIDS GO HARD WHEN THEY PERFORM THEY JUST NEED TO PAY ATTENTION TO DETAILS!

They Run this Town?

So I’ve been hearing the buzz about this video for a while now, and frankly I don’t think it’s what everyone made it out to be. The Rockefeller Trio(Kanye, Jay-Z, and Rihanna) came together to make a fashion packed video! That I can’t lie. I loved the fashion in the video, and there are a couple of fall trends in there. Anyways, the song is pretty cool, but the video isn’t all that great. I do give kudos for doing something a tad different than normal though.
Anywho, heres Kanye West, Jay-Z, and Rihanna in Run This Town.

BOTTOM LINE: THE VIDEO WAS OKAY BUT ONCE YOU BUILD THE SUSPENSE OF SOMETHING YOU NEED TO PULL THROUGH WITH AWESOMESS, AND THAT JUST WASN’T DONE HERE.

POSH INTERVIEW: Janet Lee Kim

So, some of you guys might remember a few months ago I did a post about Janet Lee Kim. Well, I’ve been looking for a guinea pig to do my first interview on and I hooked up with her over the net and in a email ping pong, we conducted an interview.

Me: The CFDA had it’s first Town Hall meeting recently and one of the issues discussed was New York Fashion Week and it’s validity in the new ever evolving fashion industry? Do you have views on the matter? Are you a fan of the fashion show or are do you think it’s kind of a vintage institution?

JLK: Fashion isn’t just about selling clothes – it’s about selling people an image, an idea. As such, a fashion show isn’t just models strutting down a runway – it’s become akin to a theatrical production and indeed with certain designers, like Galliano, the shows do rival such productions. If you’ve ever been to a show like a Dior couture show, you know that there’s nothing like the excitement of seeing these gorgeous tall models in crazy hair and makeup storming down, loud music blasting, lights flashing, and the most exquisite clothes sparkling before your eyes. You cannot compare that to viewing tiny digital images on your computer screen. So yes, I am a fan of fashion shows, but I think there are some things about them that need to change in order to adapt to the changes resulting from technology.

Firstly, most people don’t have access to those kinds of shows, but because of the Internet, there are many more people who want this sort of access than there were a decade ago. So it was only a matter of time before we got to where we are now, where people post photos seconds after a show. Secondly, there are so many different designers out there that buyers and editors can really only attend a small percentage of shows. Finally, the Internet has democratized the industry a bit so instead of only following the lead of buyers or editors at a handful of magazines, we see ordinary people blogging and gaining influence over the public in their own right.

As a result, I think that designers can no longer rely solely on fashion shows to market their clothes, but must tap into other means, such as online social networking, like Twitter, and creating an online presence, like a website.

Me: So I know that you attended Harvard University , one of the schools that I actually started an application to, and graduated from there but have gone on to pursue fashion. Do you think that your Harvard education was beneficial in the industry you chose to pursue and do you face any preconceived notions of “over conceptualization” when people see your work?

JLK: I think there are benefits and drawbacks, like anything. You don’t get the connections and training you might get at a school like Parsons, but you’re also not competing with a lot of other people who want to do the same thing as you. For instance, I was able to do my internship at Dior in Paris because of one of my professors at Harvard, which would have been harder if I were at a design school because so many people want that kind of internship. I don’t think anyone thinks I overconceptualize my work, but I think it’s a little tougher to be taken seriously as a designer.

Me: Can you explain your lines of inspiration and how they affect your design and final garments?

JLK: I’m really excited about the craft of fashion and so rather than specific inspirations, I like to play around with different techniques or ideas. When I look at clothes, different clothes make me feel a certain way, and when it strikes me, I try to emulate it.

Me: Are there any words that you keep in your head when you design no matter what you’re designing for and if so why do you choose these words?

JLK: I am inspired by clothes where there is a tension between delicateness and strength – something that is painfully beautiful. I aspire to create garments that stir up a visceral reaction when you see them.

Me: I know you’ve worked with some of the big players in the industry and attended the Chamber Syndicale, like Alexis Mabille, but I want to know do you have any idols in the industry right now?

JLK: I have a few – Nicolas Ghesquiere over at Balenciaga, Christopher Kane, and the Mulleavy sisters at Rodarte. Their work is so inspiring.

Me: If you could work with anyone dead or alive who would it be?

JLK: Maybe the aforementioned designers or Balenciaga himself.

Me: What would be your 30 second second point for getting people to wear, buy, or even consider Graey?

JLK: I’m terrible at selling my own clothes. I think you see them and either you love them or you don’t. I will say that I surprise myself by how flattering they are on different body types.

Alana B Show

I’m SOOO SORRY! I have been so busy recently, and I’m just getting alot of new stuff done in my life away from the blog! Anyways, let’s get back to some old stuff!
<brThe Alana B. Show was AMAZING in my opinion. There were a few different designers, and I had a friend of mine to go and record it for you guys so we got VIDEO FOOTAGE! Know you're loving that so, let's get into it shall we?

As you can see the line had the most looks, and with a few nipple covers could have looked absolutely stunning for a Columbia Show. I loved the line, and was so ecstatic to actually see the clothes. There were a couple mishaps but, you know you just have to roll with the punches. The two guy models were hillarious, and I had a good time. I was so happy to actually be able to see this wonderful collection

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The Fray is "Heartless" with Kanye

I wanted someone to do it and I wanted them to do it soon, so right now I’m thanking The Fray for giving Kanye West a nutcheck!

Let me explain let me explain before you write me off as… whatever you want to write me off as. Kanye West seems like he has it in his sights to conquer the world. Don’t believe me…well then don’t I don’t really care. Maybe I’m overreacting because he’s pushing his way into fashion when the work he’s actually done is… suspect to say the least but, meh… I’m writing this post so we go off of my thoughts. Anywho, Kanye is moving on to other things, while also leaving a finger in the music honey jar, and The Fray in my opinion just gave him a nice nutcheck with their rendition of ‘Heartless’.

http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=6070605&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=0&show_portrait=0&color=00ADEF&fullscreen=1

Frankly I’m liking their video much better than his, and I’m not going to lie, the actual song is pretty nice, coming out of a guitar and drum set. I can’t say that it’s necessarily better because… well you’re comparing two different styles but, it is nice.

BOTTOM LINE: KANYE, PROTECT YOUR NUTS(GO BACK TO YOUR MUSIC!)

A mess is picked over art? Come on ABDC!

So I arrive at the library for my first computer session here on campus and I realize, I can catch up on my ABDC! So I immediately go to YouTube and begin researching. Through a series of videos and other webpages I find that Artistry in Motion, the team with Donyelle Jones, an AMAZING dancer and SYTYCD participant, went home. I, of course rushed to see what they’d done wrong.

I was HORRIFIED! Beat Ya Feet Kings was CHILD’S PLAY compared to Artistry in Motion. It was so messy, and frankly the moves were outdated and done so lazily! I couldn’t believe that they let it fly. It really was an embarassment in my opinion!

BOTTOM LINE: AMERICA’S BEST DANCE CREW NEEDS TO BRING ARTISTRY IN MOTION BACK AND KICK BEAT YA FEET KINGS, ALONG WITH JAYCEE, SHANE SPARKS, AND LIL’ MAMA OUT!

ABDC: Remember Where You Came From

So I’m finally ready for it. I’ve stopped procrastinating and I’m finally ready to create my post about ABDC(I think I’m slowly becoming like the dance writer…). For a few years now I”ve been putting it off but, now that they have basically booted one of my favorite teams of all time, I’m ready to write. As in true 803 style, I’m not going to be entirely mean and negative, but will continue to hold my tongue a bit, as I have in the past but I’m just oging to give my opinion on the matter. Let’s get to it shall we?

When America’s Best Dance Crew first started let me tell you what brought in the majority of the hype: the battle component. Take a trip down memory lane with me. Back in season one we had hip hop and pop groups. They were hard hitters, or they were sassy movers, or maybe even a combination of the two. The big thing was though, on the second episode, there was an actual battle onstage. They took Wild out Wednesdays from 106 and Park and put it on steroids(frankly I’m not a fan of WOW anymore). The battle had an energy that we LOVE! If you don’t believe me think about all the success of You Got Served…. what was that??? Yeah exactly!

Basically this needs to be brought back! This actually needs to be the basis of the entire show. An actual dance battle onstage, live. That would be AMAZING! It would set the show apart, and it would challenge the groups. Doing choreographed battles is hard, trust me I’ve done it, but when it pops off just right, it is AMAZING! Like I said, think back to season one.

Also, ABDC does not need to be afraid to stick to their roots. What’s this I hear about hip hop line dancers? And if I remember correctly I rememeber a season with cloggers and tappers? They are trying to generalize the show’s audience a tad to much for my taste. Maybe it’s just me but I think America is known for our hip hop, our jazz funk, and our pop. Really out of hip hop and pop I think you’ll find your winners.

Anyways I’m working on writing more condensed posts so let’s move on to the bottom line!

BOTTOM LINE: AMERICA’S BEST DANCE CREW NEEDS TO BRING ON A COMPONENT THAT CAN BE INTEGRATED INTO EACH SHOW THAT WILL SET IT APART FROM OTHER DANCING SHOWS AND EVENTS, LIKE THE BATTLE, AND ALSO THE SHOW NEEDS TO STAY TRUE TO WHAT IT STARTED AS, A HIP-HOP SHOW.

Changing Things Up

So… I’m not blind or deaf guys… I heard the grumblings and I’ve saw the lack of creativity. I just had to find the time. It’s now 1:30 in the morning, my eyes are positively EXHAUSTED from reading over 500 blog posts in the reader, a couple chapters of a book, and then sifting through layouts but I’ve finally done it, I’ve found a suitable layout… I think for the blog.

Hopefully an engaging layout will encourage you guys to stick around, and make yourselves comfortable. I have more things to do with the layout but this was one premade that I found. I just kind of started playing with widgets and stuff and I’m trying to find niches for certain components of the blog. Comments, questions, and concerns are welcome… actually I need to make sure all of that stuff works…

Anywho, I’ll be breezing through every once and while, working on things, so if we do have any feed readers out there, come on out of the house, and check out the town, we’re undergoing renovations!!