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Michael Kors and the £300 It bag

Michael Kors and the £300 It bag | Fashion and Music | Scoop.it
Jess Cartner-Morley: The luxury market has pushed prices ever higher – but few women can afford £1,000 handbags. How did one designer bring things back within reach?
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The Sophie bag is the one!

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Lady Gaga - G.U.Y. - An ARTPOP Film - YouTube

Lady Gaga -- ARTPOP: http://smarturl.it/ARTPOPalbum Music video by Lady Gaga performing "G.U.Y." ©2014 Interscope
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Firstly, you should know that I am a major fan of Mother Monster, so don't try to throw shade. Secondly, I love the way she turns the whole idea of the Girl Under You (G.U.Y) into a position of power through the clever use of the word 'guy' and also to stress how important women are in this patriotic society.

 

The sexual approach is very Lady Gaga (controversial), probably gonna piss off a lot of people, but this is ARTPOP!

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Spring fashion: eight pieces you need for a right-now wardrobe

Spring fashion: eight pieces you need for a right-now wardrobe | Fashion and Music | Scoop.it
Leap into a fashionable spring with these excellent transitional pieces for those weeks when the weather can't make its mind up, says Jess Cartner-Morley
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Love the slouch bag! 

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Not all Asian clothing factories are unethical

Not all Asian clothing factories are unethical | Fashion and Music | Scoop.it
Disasters in Asian clothing factories has given Asian-manufactured clothing a bad name; but it needn't be like that, says David Evans
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20 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2013: Kanye West, 'Yeezus' | Rolling Stone

20 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2013: Kanye West, 'Yeezus' | Rolling Stone | Fashion and Music | Scoop.it
Kanye's electro masterpiece is his most extreme album ever, which is saying something. No wonder the late, great Lou Reed embraced Yeezus, since it's ...
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Is Kendall Jenner the Next Top Model?

Is Kendall Jenner the Next Top Model? | Fashion and Music | Scoop.it
Or is she just a celebrity model? (Kendall Jenner walked her third runway today—does she have what it takes to be a top model?
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Lady Gaga thanks Lily Allen for ARTPOP comment | Gaga Daily

Lady Gaga thanks Lily Allen for ARTPOP comment | Gaga Daily | Fashion and Music | Scoop.it
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Go Lilly Allen \O/

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REVIEW: Lady Gaga commits blasphemy in G.U.Y. music video - Examiner.com

REVIEW: Lady Gaga commits blasphemy in G.U.Y. music video - Examiner.com | Fashion and Music | Scoop.it
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REVIEW: Lady Gaga commits blasphemy in G.U.Y. music video
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Gaga lip-synchs, dances around, and listens to music played and sung by the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills as the kingdom celebrates.
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Ladies First: 31 Female Rappers Who Changed Hip-Hop

Ladies First: 31 Female Rappers Who Changed Hip-Hop | Fashion and Music | Scoop.it
In celebration of women's history month, we're spotlighting 31 great female MCs over 31 days.Hip-hop is a tough game in which only the best survive. From the early days of the male-dominated genre, female rappers have proved that women, though few in numbers, are fearless, strong especially when unified and are not only capable of standing as tall as the next man but also of outshining them.Many female rhymers, from Queen Latifah to Nicki Minaj, have destroyed the proverbial glass ceiling to become legends in their own right. In celebration of women's history month, we're spotlighting 31 of the greatest female rappers of all time over a 31-day series, kicking off with an interview with MC Lyte. Come back each day in March for a new profile.Day 12: Lil MamaKnown for her vibrant style and energy, Lil Mama isn't afraid to go against the grain. In fact, from the moment she burst onto the rap scene in 2007, the Brooklyn native has been determined to forge her own path. Her debut single "Lip Gloss" peaked at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Though she's received her fair share of praise and criticism—many people were ready to write her off as a one hit wonder—she plans to continue to to prove herself. And no matter what skill she chooses to showcase, the rapper/actress/dancer will stay true to her herself and her individuality.The Making of "VYP: Voice of the Young People""I started taking myself seriously as a professional artist at 14-years-old. So by the time I did my first album, I was used to going in the studio, dedicating my time, and writing music and coming up with concepts. It wasn't hard. The only difference was that I was traveling to Miami, LA, and all these different cities to produce the music. That process for me in the beginning was easy. And then there were times when it got tough. The label was looking for certain sounds and wanted me to work with certain producers. And there was a push like, 'you need to work with them.' But we made it happen and it taught me a lot. I learned a lot about relationships and working with different artists who have different sounds and bring different elements to your project."On Hardship and Loss"The loss of my mom definitely affected me professionally, because at that point I felt like I wasn't fully equipped as a woman to make decisions for myself. The mental and emotional imbalance of being hurt by the loss of my mom and trying to be prepared for business wasn't there. I was pretty much all over the place in a sense.""It was difficult to put out a project at that time. Not only because of my age, but because at a moment when the best thing in the world was happening to me, the worst thing in the world was happening to me simultaneously. I had a very uncomfortable balance between the success and acceptance of my music and my mother suffering with cancer. She was basically slowly dying. It was a really hard experience for me."On Healing and Recovery"God has helped me in so many different ways. I feel that at some point, I lost faith. And it's funny because it's when you're down that faith really kicks in. That's the test of faith. I lost faith but over time, my faith was restored.""There were people around me that helped me and believed in me. My dad was there for me and then I met my mentor MC Lyte. At one point, we were just really good friends. People would tell her, 'you know, Lil Mama really reminds me of you.' And they would tell me, 'you really remind me of MC Lyte.' And because of that connection from people comparing us all the time, we linked up. She would see how I was doing periodically. And more recently, she became a force in my life, a person who gives me direction, and a great mentor. Upon [MC Lyte's] presence, I realized that a woman's advice and a woman's outlook is very important in my life."Controversy"The 2009 VMA's was an example of my courage, my free spirit, and my free will. I had been in the audience with all kinds of artists and I was so new to the industry. I was so raw at that time. I was so Brooklyn and so Harlem at that time that when someone was singing about New York and being inspired, I took those words in a literal sense. It really touched my heart. But the message wasn't meant for me to respond in that way. I later learned that this is an industry—everything is planned and everything is a business. However you may learn your lessons, you take it and you grow from it. I feel like I've truly grown. Not in a sense that I'm more confined. I just know that there's a time and there's a place. No matter what someone's singing about or no matter what someone is saying, they may not even mean it. They may just be saying it because they're entertaining. And you're in a place where you're responding to something that's not real."Criticism"I always wanted to be a kid star and I always wanted people to see my greatness when it was happening. I never wanted to be a person who had to wait until they were 25 or 30 to get their break. And at 17, I thought I was grown. Now I realize that I got what I wanted. I was in the spotlight at such an early age at 18-years-old and my heart was younger. So people got a chance to see me evolve and blossom into a young woman. Unfortunately, I was a young woman who didn't have my mother behind me. But before my mother [passed], she allowed me to be expressive. My self-expression was important in my household and it was okay as long as it wasn't too grown, too advanced or provocative.""As far as fashion goes, I've always been out of the box and [have] tried different things with my hair and my wardrobe. I would make stuff on my own. When I got in the spotlight and around people who were into high-end name brands, everything was cut and paste. So [my style] came off weird to some people. But I don't regret anything that I've ever done. And no matter who looks at it as weird, it doesn't matter to me because I know that I was a young woman and I enjoyed my life. And as a lady walking into my womanhood, I will continue to enjoy my life and express myself.""What I can say is that my fashion has changed and my eye for fashion is a little different now that I'm older. It's been a really fun ride for me."On Left-Eye"The experience working on 'CrazySexyCool' was exactly that. There was also a bit of mourning for me. It's crazy because even though Left Eye has been gone for so long, I felt a sadness and missed her presence. With Chili and T-Boz on set to support us, it was very clear that one person was missing and that was the character that I played. So it was emotional for me. But [Left Eye's] spirit lingers. Her spirit was so powerful that I knew the things that she would tell me and the things that she would expect from me; That pushed me to go harder. I've experienced some of her same experiences, not necessarily in a literal sense but where the world is doubting you and judging you. Or when the world doesn't believe that you can achieve a certain accomplishment and you break through. So that connection gave me the strength to get through the film with authenticity."What's Next? "Through it all, the best part is when you can restore your faith and continue through life with a pure heart. I have no animosity and no regrets. I'm happy and free. I'm excited about my new project and I still feel 17. The music that I'm working on is going to touch important topics. I just did a track the other day called, 'Letter to Self.' I love the record because the concept—me talking to me—really touched me. I hope that it can help someone else. And also, I'm just having fun with music and creating sounds that [will] make other people feel positive, free, and excited.""The EP has a more hip-hop and R&B feel. It's untitled right now, but I'm thinking a summer release. Every since I was a child, I'd sing, act, rap, and write. There was just constant art all around. I think it's interesting that when you're introduced as an artist on a certain level or you're popular in a certain genre, people may want you stay in that lane. So, I think it's amazing that you go from rapping and being known as a writer to singing and being known as a TV personality or an actor. I feel like I'm blossoming. Right now, working in R&B and hip-hop allows me to do something that I've wanted to do for a long time. I feel like I've matured so the [material] will be presented in a way where I have more of an understanding and better control of how I put it out."Advice to Your Younger Self"Be relentless and most importantly, be selfless." - Lauren SavageNEXT: Jean Grae
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Rihanna Takes On Paris Fashion Week

Rihanna Takes On Paris Fashion Week | Fashion and Music | Scoop.it
Rihanna ain't playing with us! The stylish singer has invaded Paris for Fashion Week and has been shutting ish down every single day it seems! Just this past weekend, she was snapped giving bad bitchie fever with six different outfit changes! Take a look below: Bad Gal Riri gave a whole new meaning
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Monocles: the latest made-up fashion trend

Monocles: the latest made-up fashion trend | Fashion and Music | Scoop.it
The New York Times claims that hipsters are wearing monocles in Manhattan, Berlin and Dublin – but that doesn't make it true, says Hadley Freeman
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Monocle adds a very androgynous taste to fashion. Something that I'm seeing more of these days.

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Infographic: Every Oscar dress worn by Best Actress winners (since 1929!)

Infographic: Every Oscar dress worn by Best Actress winners (since 1929!) | Fashion and Music | Scoop.it
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Mediarun Digital has possibly created the most amazing infographic we've ever seen. Together in one image, every single dress worn by the Best...
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