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Beyonce and Balmain: A Coachella Love Affair #Beychella #Balmain

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I am DEAD.

For those of us who were unable to attend Coachella this year (shut up, I hate my self too) Beyoncé proved that she IS EVERYTHING. Goddess, artist and fashionista supreme. Working her bey-otiful booty for 3 hours she pretty much swept the floor with all of us. This is the only time I will ever say this: I am shook.

I’m talking fashion. Yes, Beyoncé is amazing. Yes her performance was a once in a lifetime experience, but so was her insanely over the top outfits. I was floored by the amazing, never-ending, insane, over the top outfits by Olivier Rousteing’s Balmain.

Look at this and tell me you are not overwhelmed and want to happy cry.

These designs by the house of Balmain realized are beyond the beyond. The original sketches are surreal and show the work of the talent and imagination of a true artist. Realized, they are exemplary and enduring. Sorry Jay-Z you have competition. Beyonce and Balmain are truly, unforgettable.

Didn’t see Coachella but dying for your daily tidbit. Here is one of the only decent copies of the show circulating at the moment. Watch Beyoncé and Jay-Z kill “Deja-Vu” at Coachella.

Check out that outfit on Queen B. It’s just devastating.

Spring/Summer 2018 Trends: Bringing Back the 80’s

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This Spring it’s all or nothing. A nod to the past has brought back defined shapes and a play on colors. Put away your floral’s and head to the stores to pick up your favorite look  with an 80’s flare. Shoulder pads are in and demure is out. These looks are soft but tough. Vintage, yet modern.

Classy ladies wear pastels;

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At Tom Ford, Gigi Hadid and other supermodels, are wearing pretty pastel pink and yellow. The bold splash of color teases the eye but doesn’t dominate the outfit. Other favorites on the runway consisted of baby blue and a pale or mint green. This season has a sweet statement, with light beauty makeup, a classic closed toe heel, glitterati sparkle, finishing off the look with a splash of color.

Mix and match with a dash of color yet not overpowering. Embrace the suit jacket and boxed shoulder. Skips the nudes and head for pastels. It’s an update, with a nod to the classics, and modern update.

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In the history of fashion the 1970s were all about nudes, browns, and stylistically very much about ruffles and loose clothing. In the mid 1980’s there was a huge backlash to the constant earth tones and relaxed style of clothing  and woman embraced striking color, square figures and streamlined looks. 1980’s inspired looks are full of bright colors, animal and cartoon prints, finding their niche on the runway and back into the fashion fold in 2018.

Color me pretty;

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(Versace SS 2018)

Spring/Summer brings color back to the fashion market. This season’s statement is all about the bold and beautiful.  Often seen on the runways of Moschino, The Blonds and jewelry designer Lynn Ban, extreme color is no longer a closet trend.

Seen on 2018’s Spring collection’s we are embracing the adventurous. Animal prints, crazy cartoons, hot pink and orange, electric blues, these have come back in a totally eclipsing way. It’s time to embrace the 80’s colors but instead of being over-sized, mixing and matching, keep your outfit a focused and fearless outline. Bust out your leopard, zebra and giraffe prints. The 80’s are roaring and it’s time you caught up.

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(Photo LA Times)

Having lived through the 80’s as a child, I missed this playful era of fashion. It means dusting off a dated era and adding an update that makes gives it a contemporary look. Looks that are simplistic, yet eye catching in their statement. Shoulder pads are making a comeback the right way this time, and print’s with color are inspiring and acceptable again. Streamlining your look makes it easy to find an outfit in your closet, no more messy mix and match. Floral’s and 90’s inspired grunge, have given way to much stronger use of colors, even in pastel.

Color, no matter how you wear it is in, and the 1980’s style has a very strong foothold.

It’s a Jolly old time to shop for gifts. DO’s and Don’ts for Buying for you special someone.

(This was an article I wrote for someone else. but was never published.

I do hope you enjoy my gift guide)

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It’s the Holidays! Trying to find a gift for your significant other today is extremely difficult. Gift guides are everywhere. There is a great deal information out there and what to buy for your significant other, it becomes a ‘job’. According to figures derived from a national survey completed by the HuffPost, the average couple spend up to $300 on their partner.  Here are 3 tips for taking a daunting project, and making it easy to do;

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  1. Make it from the heart. Always think about the person first. It’s not about what they need, it’s about who they are. Don’t buy an impersonal gift.

 

  1. Customized gifts for your significant other makes people happy. Every girl loves jewelry. Or get a customized watch or cufflinks for him. If you are married get your rings engraved to commemorate a special moment you shared.

 

  1. Experiences mean more to people than things often do. Want to really surprise your love? Get tickets to Paris. Go hot air ballooning in Napa. Or just go simple and local. A 15 minute  romantic walk alone with your hunny during the holidays madness. An experience,  like no other,  means you love them AND want to spend time with them.

There are lots of right gifts to buy for your special someone, but what about the wrong? This leaves the problem of finding what you want.

Stay away from boring basics.  Instead, put a gift card from her favorite store under the tree with card telling her you will take her shopping. Perfume and lingerie bought by you for her can be difficult to get right. Why not, make her own custom perfume at a perfumery. Ask the sales girl for help to get it just right. If you want to get lingerie, don’t go low end. Try La Perla or Cosabella for great lingerie that fits. It’s available online, and I promise you won’t be disappointed.

For him, tie’s, socks and tools are a huge no-no. There are better ways to say, “I love you”. In today’s market, boys want toys.  If you are unsure what to buy him, try nice clothing. A custom tailoring appointment for your favorite business man, buying him custom jeans, even shoes.  Men in the U.S. spent $26.2 billion on footwear in 2016, an increase of $2.4 billion since 2014, the Boston Globe reported. There is a serious market for shoe’s and it’s the one thing you know he will he love. Often the best policy is to ask what they want. They may just answer you.

The best holiday gift you can give your significant other?  Listen to what they say, what makes them truly happy and seeing them smile.

HAPPY SHOPPING!

Wildfox Summer 2017, model Lauren de Graaf, shot by Mark Hunter

Hooray it’s summer! That means fabulous clothes, tons of sun and fabulous editorials. I was thing of something very ‘artistique’, but then I realized not all editorials need to be have to be mind blowing, sometimes you just want to have something simple, and gorgeous.

With that I give a sexy, fun, frolicking editorial from are friends over at Wildfox.

Known for their flirty, simple style Wildfox has always been a West Coast favorite. Their dresses in this editorial are light and flowery, their shirts make me want to wear them. In other words a wardrobe must have. They are my summer clothing staple, and I must have the entire collection. Excuse me while go shopping….

Here’s Lauren de Graaf giving us full on Wildfox girl!

@ShaundRoss, Menswear for #PFW and Models.com daily #MDCGram

It’s summer and it’s time to beat the heat inside with some gorgeous video of pretty people. Today my gorgeous model of the moment is Shaun D Ross. Everyone knows his face from videos with superstars like Beyonce and Katy Perry, an of course, the runway. He’s everywhere. However it’s always smart to familiarize yourself and out a name to a face. Courtesy of KLOSS Films and Models.com we have our local Angeleno alien, Shaun, working the editorial again, this time in DTLA looking chic in these vignettes;

KLOSS FILMS SHOOTS A FIVE-PART SERIES CAPTURING SPONTANEOUS VIGNETTES OF SOME OF THE MOST IN DEMAND MODELS OF NOW.

 

http://models.com/mdx/mdcgram-shaun-ross/

Update on TRENDY/MII Stylist conference and workshop for March 28th and 29th #LAEvents #StylistDiaries #Stylist #HowTo with @KieraRenee @eburnsprepjerks @Heathyrwolfe

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On March 29th at 3pm learn the business from celebrity stylists @eburnsprepjerks @heathyrwolfe
Then head back to the trendymii booth to enjoy free samples of Cleen Juice! Along with a meet and greet from @happypillsmusic

Media coverage: The LA Fashion and Incline Magazine

RSVP TO: Trendymii@gmail.com

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Runway Report – Courtney Allegra Swimwear at Art Hearts Fashion #LAFW #Swimwear #Runway #2015

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Courtney Allegra shined at Art Hearts Fashion during LAFW swimsuits. Bringing her unique style’s in swimwear, Allegra, began designing and producing her line at 12. Now at 18 she is a strong entrepreneur coming into her own on the runway with clean lines, knowledge of fabrics, and a drive for business, creating a perfect collection for this coming SS 2015 season.

This season Allegra presented her line with Art Hearts Fashion at the Taglyan complex in Hollywood. Brimming with fashion industry the Art Heart Fashion brings out the best in Los Angeles with buyer, models, singers, actors and magazine editors lining the front row.

The pit of photographers is packed to the brim at the end of the runway and the show seats sold out. I want to thank Parris Harris Entertainment for not only bringing us to the show but planting me in the front row with a clear view and gift bags from the amazing sponsors FHI Heat.

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Front Row at LAFW/Art Hearts Fashion for Courtney Allegra with journalist Kiera Renee and actress Jae Hitch

This season Courtney Allegra Swimwear passed on the blue, orange and yellow color’s and beachy patterns that we normally get in traditional swimwear. This year metallic’s and solid’s graced the collection. Models dripped with dashing belly brazing necklaces by Sweets Jewelry adding to an eye-catching mix of black and silver cover ups, revealing banded bottoms and bikini tops.

Local celebrities graced the front row including Sam Sarpong, Kiera Rene of Trendy/Mii, myself and actress Jae Hitch as my guest.

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Celebrity model Kiara Belen from ANTM cycle 19 walked the runway perfectly, looking like a leggy goddess in Courtney Allegra’s couture swim designs for summer.

20150311_195317Bikini tops ranged from modest to shameless. Sheer cover ups and bottoms showing more booty then butt coverage, but that’s the way we like it. SS 2015 is sure to keep you sizzling in summer wear. Courtney Allegra made a sexy statement for summer 2015 we’re not likely to forget.

‘Love Shawls’ Steals Our Hearts #Gifts #Luxury #Scarves #PreciousGems #Gold #Silver

I have decided that philanthropy is my new favorite color. It goes with everything and makes everyone look good. You are always hot in it and the trend never dies. I especially like philanthropy when it’s attached to 24K accessories, don’t you?

Enter ‘Love Shawls’.

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A brilliant new look in fashion brought to you by the beautiful talent of Shary Shavalian. In travelling, Shary became enamored with the use and brilliance of wraps and scarves in Global culture. This motivated her entrepreneurial spirit, and she created Love Shawls.

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Love Shawls Chief Glam Officer Shary Shavalian

Simply enchanting, Love Shawls come with delicate gold leaf infinity clasps, leather detailing and Eternal Symbols charms. Each scarf has one of the eleven different semi-precious stones creating an inspirational accessory.

Each piece; Infinity, Om, Hamsa, Pomegranate, Dragonfly, Kaftan, Rumi, Leaf, Tulip and Key, is specially developed with no-static, breathable viscose.

These hand-made, artisan scarves have carved a niche becoming a household name. Love Shawls is creating a international stir, not just because of their unique look or quality, but most of all because celebrities are L-O-V-E-ing them!!

Kate Flannery of The Office gets ‘Foxy’ in gold

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Miss J Alexander doubled up in her Love Shawls for a fashion fierce look!!

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The ever lovely Adina Porter of True Blood and CW’s 100 wears the ‘Foxy’, Love Shawl.

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Carolina Bacardi wears the Glam in silver

Love Shawls is an enchanting product. t brings elegance to what might be a boring outfit or simple understated look. I am already in love with the delicate chain detailing, the spiritual aspect and beautiful material used to create Love Shawls. The reason I absolutely adore Shary Shavalain’s Love Shawls? She gives back.

According to Love Shawls site, Shary is reaching out to the community with this new endeavor;

Each Love Shawls purchase benefits homeless, mentally ill and battered women by helping to provide food, housing and supportive services toward achieving a life of self-sufficiency. Love Shawls is currently developing an exclusive collection of shawls crafted by and benefiting the women of Daybreak, a Los Angeles-based program for homeless women suffering from mental illness.

I’ve been able to teach women who lack education and opportunity for enterprise, financially sustaining skills such as weaving, dying and knitting. Now, I’m also able to help women, in need, who live locally.”

Timeless elegance to celebrate any woman in your life, Love Shawls is a gift you can buy knowing you are giving back to those in need. Sustainable gifting makes me feel amazing as well.

Love Shawls is MY pick for March. Beautiful, hand-crafted, delicate, warm, celeb friendly and sustainable to our communities. Prices range from $125 to $185.

Grab one of these exclusive scarves here;

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If you don’t see what you want here don’t stress beauties! They do custom orders. Everything you ever dreamed of is one click away at Love Shawls.

Barring Eyewear, For your Indian Summer #BarringEyewear #Unisex #Sexy #Savvy #Cool #LimitedEdition

There is nothing in life we appreciate over more than super smooth, couture, limited edition fashion and accessories. Especially when involving an edgy, sophisticated, cool that reminds us how ‘special’, ‘one of a kind’ and ‘super exclusive’ we are. Add sustainability (we love that), and polymers we can pronounce and we’re sold.

Photography by J.N. Anderson on behalf of Barring Eyewear

With this damned heat, sun and Indian Summer we’re all experience we need shades 24/7. Unfortunately most are cheap, break and last about 5 minutes.

But…what if, you could have the James Bond of shades? Durable, almost unbreakable and made by some cool scientists in Philadelphia who decided durability and design were the ‘cool’ new thing to do.

I spoke with one of the co-founders, a young genius, Joseph Wang over the phone and this is what I learned. Three incredible young men came together with a vision, some scientific knowledge and a goddamn great idea. Cody, Eric and Joe decided to create and amazing line of sunglasses, named Barring Eyewear, and succeeded. Each one named after a neighborhood in their hometown they have created a sustainable, and slightly invincible product.

Superior, above par, hand-made and packed, they created and started selling Barring eyewear. Their customer? Someone who was looking for something a little more beautiful and durable than the average shade. In doing so their project has soared to greater heights. Not just in their current market, but as a multi-level, superior product.

Let’s talk science, because you need to know how bad ass these are….

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Manufactured with high-grade, tri-acetate cellulose (TAC), every lens features TAC polarization, wrinkle protection technology, scratch & shatter resistant layers, and provides 100% UV protection from UVA and UVB rays.  Polarized and Category 3, UV protection, this combination provides crisp vision and eliminates glare.  All of their lenses are FDA approved and exceed European Union standards.

Sweet deal!

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Want? Yes. Need? Yes, Please! Because it get’s better.

All frames come with a branded wooden case or branded sunglasses case (NOIR glasses), a microfiber wipe, and a dual draw string micro-fiber travel bag, making it a great for you and/or a loved one.

Photography by J.N. Anderson on behalf of Barring Eyewear

As if the beautiful packing, product and scratch resistant lenses weren’t enough to sell me, they offer a LIFETIME WARRANTY!!

Barring Eyewear also gives back.

In 2014 due to an unfortunate loss of a family member, the owners of Barring Eyewear decided to start donating to charity. They are donating $1 of every sale to Cancer Research. You know how much I admire and adore promoting companies that give back. Barring is not a just superior in product, but attitude as well.

Check out the gallery below to see their product line to get your shopping glands salivating;

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Barring Eyewear is handmade, scratch resistant, polymer rich, sustainable and charitable. Talk about the gift that keeps on giving.

If you want to order yours click the glasses below and it will take you to their main store where you can order yours.

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Now for the semi-bad news. They are so damn hot on the market right now they are selling out. Pre-sale selling out. There are only 200 of each Barring Eyewear item made, making these ULTRA Exclusive. We love exclusive but it makes things a little harder to get. Especially as we go into the gift-giving Holiday months.

If the glasses you want ARE sold out you can PRE-ORDER yours by going to their Indie Gogo site below.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/barring-eyewear-our-polarized-designer-sunglasses

Good luck 007. Here’s hoping you get your handmade, custom Barring Eyewear before the uncool, tragically hip find them and BUY THEM ALL!

Follow Barring Eyewear at;

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https://www.facebook.com/BarringStore

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(A very cool post note for Philadelphia, PA customers. If you live in the Philly, PA or surrounding area Barring Eyewear offers a ‘Concierge‘ service that comes straight to you! Contact Barring@BarringEyewear.com to make an appointment now!)

Mert &Marcus “Super Normal, Super Beauties” Spread in W Magazine #Supermodels #Raw #MertandMarcus #WMagazine #NSFW

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I can’t disguise that I am a Mert & Marcus fan girl. Their work is stunning, and often beyond comparison. Although everyone on Twitter is raving about the new shot they did with, Madonna (think sexy sultry HOT), I’m over taken with a new, raw and gentler beauty portrayed in their  “Super Normal Super Beauties” editorial this September in W Magazine (also feat. on Models.com).

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With Kate Moss leading the younger generation of runway, both male and female, the talent includes; Daria Werbowy, Mariacarla Boscono, Raquel Zimmermann, Saskia de Brauw, Lara Stone, Suvi Koponen, Meghan Collison, Anna Ewers, Mica Arganaraz,Daan van der Deen, Filip Hrivnak and Steve Milatos. Not hard to take a good picture when there is that much pretty in one room. Mert & Marcus take to simplicity showing a sexy, yet surprisingly ‘normal’ shoot.

Despite the unadorned models and the dressed down look (shout out to the wardrobe stylist Edward Enninful), Mert and Marcus bring forth an inner beauty proving these runway divas and men are ‘Super Normal’, and damn beautiful. Mert & Marcus 25 photos prove pure beauty is best in its true form, and trumps all. Including, any overdone editorial.

Enjoy the 25 images of Mert & Marcus (Including some not safe for work images) in the gallery below.

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And Karl said,”It’s never too early to care about fashion”. Presenting North West in Chanel #BabyFashion #Kimye #NorthWest

When Karl Lagerfeld said , “It’s never too early to care about fashion.”, I don’t think this is what he envisioned.

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Baby Kimye, aka North West is looking darling in Chanel including her first garishly, over priced baby Chanel bag.
According to the nice people at the Huffpost, baby North is posing as a model for the CR Fashion Book.

I can just hear it; “With her mother’s good looks and her daddies ego North Strikes a fierce baby pose sans booties.This evening attire can be yours for around $20,000 dollars you were using to re-finance your house.”

OR you can just take in the cuteness people. Yeah, I can’t hate on North West. It is the one thing Kanye and Kim did right.

‘Series 1’ by Nicholas Ghesquiere for FW2014 #Genius #New #FW2014

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Nicholas Ghesquiere is a man who never stop’s amazing me. As a stylist and fashion obsessed follower the man, the designer, is what pure fashion genius look’s like. Thankfully, for his first editorial as the head of Louis Vuitton he does not disappoint.

Reigning in the talents of Annie Leibovitz, Bruce Weber and Juergen Teller this editorial is over the top gorgeous.

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Thank’s to the people at Style.com we are in the know. The editorial simply named ‘Series 1’ and according to their awesome writer’s, star’s the amazing talent of;

Charlotte Gainsbourg (Ghesquière’s longtime muse), Liya Kedebe, Freja Beha Erichsen (the Fall ’14 show opener), and Jean Campbell.

Breathe in the beauty and watch the editorial below

For more information on Ghesquiere new campaign from Style.com, click the link below;

http://www.style.com/stylefile/2014/06/nicolas-ghesquiere-annie-leibovitz-charlotte-gainsbourg-debut-campaign?mbid=nl_sn06252014

Things to do besides your taxes, May 1st Whisky GoGo @LanceHerbstrong FREE SHOW #Mayday #Free #Music #LA

And you thought braving Coachella was bad.

Today in the US, Millions of Americans will hoof it to the lovely post office and stand in the worst line ever to file their taxes. Or an extension. Or realize they didn’t make enough and are too broke this year to file. Ah, the 21st century blues.

Even though we love being responsible *cough* we love things that are FREE and irresponsible better. I bring you good news and tidings from the awesomeness that is FREE shows.

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Lance Herbstrong is putting on a free show at the Whisky go-go Hollywood! Yes, FREE. I love that word because living in Los Angeles is NOT cheap. Plus it makes for a fun show with a great vibe full of fun people.

Added incentive is the uber cool BREALTV is helping host it. BREALTV is like the High Times of television. Oh and the special guests? Well, past friends of Lance Herbstrong include Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers who gave Lance a shout out onstage and George Clinton of Parliament and Atomic Dog. Last but not least, If you haven’t heard or been to the Whisky GoGo, it’s the famed venue where the Doors got their start and became a mega band. Also mega players breeze through for ‘special’ events like this one. It’s historically and musically awesome.

What’s the catch? You have to RSVP ASAP!!

OMG, where’s the link? Right below this;

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/breal-tv-presents-lance-herbstrong-and-special-guests-tickets-11189856161?err=29

AND Right here (on Facebook of course) people.

https://www.facebook.com/events/645738908824972/

Go, go,go. After you file your taxes of course.

Skingraft Spring/Summer Collection Behind the Scenes #Clothing #Fabulous #LALabel

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This company is one of the reasons I love and adore working in the fashion industry. Smart, chic, modern and damn sexy, Skingraft is ‘IT’. To get back to business, here is their Spring/Summer editorial video.

Enjoy the hotness and shop Skingraft’s amazing collection here; https://www.skingraftdesigns.com/

Skingraft Spring/Summer 2014 Behind The Scenes from SKINGRAFT on Vimeo.

Cyber Monday presents ‘Cherry Punk’ from Sonia Rykiel for Christmas line. #Hotness #HanneOdiel

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I love a gorgeous model. I love Editorial videos.

Most of all, I L-O-V-E Christmas.

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Not Me, but I would like to thank the girl who took this.

Apparently so does Sonya Rykiel. Presenting hot Belgium model Hanne Gaby Odiele, Sonya Rykiel brings us a very ‘Cherry Punk’ Christmas in this short editorial viddy.

I love that designers are getting not so pretty with it and getting kinda punky. Let’s hope we see more of this, a la Cara Delevigne.

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