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Fashion Meets Music End Of Year Wrap Up

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Fashion Meets Music End Of Year Wrap Up


Michael Jackson's influence will live on for generations

Michael Jackson's influence will live on for generations

The Fashion Meets Music column is a new addition to the M.I.S.S website. We compile a list of style icons; Modernists, Eccentrics, Classics, It Girls, Rebels, etc., who impress us with their panache and decide on a weekly feature. The collision of fashion and music has always enamored me because the complete package of sound and style can elevate a live experience and inspire you to dazzle in an outfit. We even included two of the most desirable men alive; David Bowie and Pharrell Williams. However, I think its safe to say that 2009 was undeniably the year of the Avant Garde with Lady GaGa serving as its commander-in-chief. Thankfully, her stylist, Nicola Formichetti kept us faithful followers up-to-date with her performances and the genius designers behind the daring stage/everyday combinations that have caught the international fashion press abuzz as well as notable designers. The woman met  Queen Elizabeth!

Lady GaGa in Alexander McQueen

Lady GaGa in Alexander McQueen

Pants were left behind and exaggerated shapes pushed forward. Especially in the sharp angular tailoring in the shoulders of jackets courtesy of Christophe Decarnin at Balmain, whose muse was 80′s luminary; the late Michael Jackson. Fashion in the Pop star world definitely became more tough and quite glittery. Accessories mirrored the look of body armor or came studded. Sparkly biker jackets and shiny micro-minis were all over red carpets and fashion editorials. Pink known for her edgy approach to, well, everything, and earthy Colombian songstress, Shakira both arrived at the MTV Video Music Awards in the same diamond chain embellished Balmain leather dress! Even the ladylike and mild mannered Beyonce transformed into Sasha Fierce dripping in Thierry Mugler and Alexander McQueen. Rihanna definitely stepped up her Pop star status with her daring outfits mixing well known designers pieces like Rodarte’s leather diamond laser cut leggings with independent designers like A-Morir by Kerin Rose‘s Barracuda sunglasses in the “Run This Town” video. What do you think of her new video? I was feelin’ it until she jumped on a hot pink tank and straddled the cannon in a Mickey Mouse helmet. Oh RiRi.

Pink and Shakira in the same Balmain dress! Who wore it better?

Pink and Shakira in the same Balmain dress! Who wore it better?

Rihanna in her new video, "Hard"

Rihanna in her new video, "Hard"

I was raised by a SoCal mother who would escape to Mexico on the weekends, listened to Led Zepplin, and has the backstage passes in our photo albums to prove it. I’m a rocker at heart. I don’t think I was more excited than the mega return of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Karen O. Hands down the best show I attended this year; opened by Philly’s darling with the dirty mouth and M.I.S.S favorite, Amanda Blank. Karen O’s costume designer, Christian Joy created the visual splendor that she paraded in with her yoga-like stretches while belting out hits like “Heads Will Roll” and  ”Y Control” compelling me to ‘dance until I was dead’ Oh! Too easy. The giant eyeball bouncing about the stage reminded me of the Mishka “Keep Watch” leggings I was rockin’ this year which got just as much fanfare as completely appalled/disgusted looks. Other women who rock that we featured were, The Gossip’s lead singer Beth Ditto, 60′s French Ye Ye Girl Francoise Hardy, artist/fashion designer/Sonic Youth’s lead bassist and singer Kim Gordon, the adorable Katy Perry, and my personal favorite (whom I would probably have a Wayne and Garth “we’re not worthy” moment with if i ever met) Gwen Stefani.

The Almighty Karen O

The Almighty Karen O

Then there are the musician/designer collabos that set the internetz on fire. Kanye West and Louis Vuitton put out a few version’s of a high priced sneaker. Miley Cyrus and Wal-Mart recently teamed up for a capsule collection. The Kings of Leon (swoon) teamed up with the Paris-based creative collective, Surface to Air, on a flannel heavy collection of mountain-man staples. Kim Gordon came out with the Mirror/Dash collection at Urban Outfitters. The most enduring style stars that have developed their global brands the best have to be, Pharrell Williams at Billionaire Boys Club and Gwen Stefani at L.A.M.B. What were some of your favorite collaborations? And did you purchase anything?

Gwen Stefani and her Harajuku Girls

Gwen Stefani and her Harajuku Girls

I hope everyone has a fabulous New Year donning their prettiest sparklers, even if your in your PJ’s! Carrie Bradshaw killed it with her sequin hat a la the Sex And The City movie. So looking forward to the next one! And looking forward to discussing more of our fashion inspirations. Peace out 2009!

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Reminisce With M.I.S.S: En Vogue

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Reminisce With M.I.S.S: En Vogue


Cindy Herron, Terry Ellis, Dawn Robinson, Maxine Jones

Cindy Herron, Terry Ellis, Dawn Robinson, Maxine Jones

En Vogue (Cindy Herron, Terry Ellis, Maxine Jones, Dawn Robinson) was one of the most successful acts of the 90′s. Their debut album, Born to Sing , produced four hit singles, including their breakthrough single “Hold On”, winning them a Billboard Music Award, Soul Train Award, and a Grammy nomination. Their follow-up, Funky Divas, went multi-platinum, producing two number one hits, “My Lovin’ (Your Never Gonna Get It)” and “Giving Him Something He Can Feel,” and three hit singles. They won an American Music Award, received five Grammy nominations, and earned three MTV Video Music Awards. They were also honored at the Soul Train Awards winning Entertainer of the Year. En Vogue toured the world, held major endorsement deals, and made television series appearances during the peak of their commercial success.

1991 Grammy Awards

1991 Grammy Awards

It wasn’t until 1996 that we heard from En Vogue again with the release of the single, “Don’t Let Go,” which they recorded for the major motion picture, Set It Off. The hit was En Vogue’s most successful to date, and though it seemed as that group was returning to the spotlight, Dawn Robinson decided to leave the group over contract disputes. The remaining members went forward releasing EV3. Despite it being certified platinum and nominated for awards that season, the reception was less than what the record label had anticipated. Their final attempt with Elektra Records was Masterpiece Theater, which produced only one single, “Riddle,” and due to poor performance En Vogue lost their record deal.

En Vogue was hailed as one of the best acts of the 1990's

En Vogue was hailed as one of the best acts of the 1990's

Since then Cindy Herron, Terry Ellis, and Maxine Jones have been plugging away, making music, touring, and starting families. Cindy Herron has four kids and looks phenomenal. In fact, all of the members still look every bit as good as they did back then! While Cindy and Maxine would take turns on maternity leave, Rhona Bennet, stood in as a member of En Vogue over the last decade in Dawn’s absence. (But good news for the die-hard fans: Dawn Robinson who has been back and forth with the group, is officially back!)

The Funky Divas Reunite for 20th Anniversary

The Funky Divas Reunite for 20th Anniversary

En Vogue  recently reunited on the stage at last years BET Awards in a performance honoring female groups from the nineties led by Alicia Keys and more recently at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans and shows across the states, with dates in Missouri and LA confirmed. Next up for the ladies is celebrating 20 years in the industry with a new album, a world tour, and a reality series to document it all.

En Vogue – my lovin’ (you’re never gonna get it)


Image source: Life Photo Archive, Afromontreal, and theaudavoice

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