Jennifer Hudson Launches Clothing Line

Jennifer Hudson has been through a lot of problems lately, but the singer managed to overcome them. She is now concentrating on her career by launching her own clothing line, says People magazine.

The Oscar and Grammy-winning star announced on Tuesday that she will soon launch her own clothing line. Although she has never been involved in a fashion project before, Jennifer Hudson thinks her products will be successful because she can meet all women’s needs.

The actress has been a size 16 until recently when she lost weight and became a size six. As a consequence, she can understand the needs and the necessities of all women because she has been “on both sides of the fence”. Jennifer declared that she represents all women, which is why they will all be able to find the sizes they need in her collection.

However, this was not the only thought that the actress had in mind when creating the line. She wanted women to feel comfortable with their clothes, no matter what size they may be. Proving that she has a keen eye for business, the “Dreamgirls” star explained that she took all the necessary measures to make sure that the 14 pieces of her collection are highly qualitative.

Hudson reassured everyone that she would wear all the items included in the clothing line. As a matter of fact, she would not sign off on them if she didn’t like them. Hudson has included some of her favorite garments in the collection, that is, leggings and dresses.

The price for a sheer maxi skirt is $75, whereas a snug knit dress is $74.50 and a pair of leggings is $50. The singer loves leggings very much because they are incredibly comfortable and she owns 300 pairs in her wardrobe.

Analysts think Hudson’s clothing line could become a hit because all women can relate to her on different levels. In addition, her story is very similar to that of Cinderella, so experts have many reasons to believe that women will buy her clothes once they will be launched at QVC in September.

New Adidas Shackle Sneakers Considered Racist

Adidas tried to add a little something to its sneakers, but as it turned out the new shoes sparked controversy as many saw in them a symbol of racism and slavery. But the new Adidas shackle sneakers should be banned simply for being appalling and out of fashion, and not only for being considered racist.

These days controversial fashion draws in a lot of attention and can really spice up the revenue report. But when the targeted audience draws the line and simply rejects what was thought to be an inventive design, such negative feedback can easily hurt sales and even the image of a company as big as Adidas.

The sports apparel was highly criticized over its new orange shackle sneakers. Adidas tried to advertise the new sneakers on Facebook, but fans reacted promptly and forced the company to drop plans. The faulty sneakers were set to hit the markets later this summer under the brand name JS Roundhouse Mids. The company’s selling pitch on Facebook reads: “Got a sneaker game so hot you lock your kicks to your ankles?”

But fans slammed the company so bad Adidas found itself trying to manage a calamity. People saw more in Adidas orange shackle sneakers and hit the company with charges of racism and slavery. On nicekiks.com, an user writes: “Wow obviously there was no one of color in the room when the marketing/product team ok’d this”.

Jesse Jackson said: “”The attempt to commercialize and make popular more than 200 years of human degradation, where blacks were considered three-fifths human by our Constitution is offensive, appalling and insensitive”.

“Slavery isn’t a fashion example” said Antonio Leche, while Kay Tee said the new products were offensive, inappropriate and ugly in so many ways. It didn’t take long before users soon started to threaten they won’t buy Adidas anymore over their new shackle sneakers.

Adidas tried to defend the design, saying “the design of the JS Roundhouse Mid is nothing more than the designer Jeremy Scott’s outrageous and unique take on fashion and has nothing to do with slavery”.  The company apologized if someone felt offended and announced it is withdrawing plans to sell the shackle sneakers.

Second Miss USA Contestant Says Trump Pageant Is Rigged

The controversial claim former Miss Pennsylvania, Sheena Monnin made about Miss USA being rigged is now finally getting some support. A second Miss USA contestant says Trump pageant is rigged.

Foxnews.com published earlier this week an exclusive material about a second Miss USA contestant that was claiming the pageant was rigged. The woman wanted to remain anonymous, but she backed up Miss Pennsylvania’s story. According to her, Miss Florida knew four of the five names that became the top 5 girls in the contest.

“I saw Florida backstage and she was very, very flustered and upset” explains the second Miss USA contestant to accuse the pageant of inappropriate voting. “I thought it might be because she didn’t make the top 15 cut, but at that point she was able to reveal to me at least four of the five names who went on to be the top girls” recalled the woman. Apparently, Miss Florida couldn’t remember the fifth name on the list because she was so upset but “several of the girls then started hearing through the grapevine about a list; a lot of people were upset”.

The story is very similar to what Miss Pennsylvania, Sheena Monnin, wrote on Facebook shortly after Miss USA ended. Last Friday, Monnin was invited to talk on “Today” and she explained “an injustice has been done, not only to the other people who were not in the top five, but to the thousands of pageant girls across the country who competed”.

However, many of the contestants in Miss USA stand by Donald Trump and claim Sheena Monnin is just a sore loser. In fact, the newly crowned Miss USA, Olivia Culpo said on “Good Morning America” earlier this week: “It was just a silly little piece of poor sportsmanship. America watched the pageant. I think that you can watch and judge for yourself who is deserving  of the title”.

Last Wednesday, Donald Trump reacted to Sheena Monnin’s allegations and announced Miss USA will take the matter to court. “She lost and if you look at her compared to the people who were in the top 15, you would understand why she’s not in the top 15” said Trump on “Good Morning America” last week.

H&M Teams Up With Maison Martin Margiela To Produce New Collection For Fall 2012

Vogue has confirmed that H&M will team up with Maison Martin Margiela to produce their new collection for Fall 2012. The Swedish retailer is highly appreciated for these collaborations because it manages to offer people highly qualitative items at affordable prices.

Everyone in the fashion industry was waiting for H&M to announce their new collaboration for Fall 2012. Sources spread the rumor that Maison Martin Margiela was going to be the next designer who will create a collection for the Swedish retailer. The news was finally confirmed on Tuesday, to the delight of all fashion lovers.

These collaborations have become a tradition for the famous retailer as every new season brings a new collection from a renowned designer. So far, H&M has worked with Matthew Williamson, Lanvin, Versace and Marni. The collections turned out to be incredibly successful, which is why the label decided to keep on bringing new high-end clothes and sell them at affordable prices.

Fashion editors are curious about the new collection because Marigela has a very different style than the one we have seen in H&M stores, so far. The brand usually creates experimental styles and intriguing outfits through the process of “recycling, transformation and reinterpretation”. Based on their mission, Maison Martin Margiela sets off to create “unusual constructions and fabulous proportions” that transcend all laws and rules. The label promises to maintain more or less the same style for their future collaboration with the Swedish retailer to create “ultra wearable designs for a collection that will certainly spark a lot of interest”.

A teaser trailer has already been released to announce the Fall/Winter 2012 collection. The brief video features a designer who sketches a darted sweater. The images are accompanied by a soundtrack made out of dissonant sounds which seem to announce the arrival of an unprecedented line of clothes. The collection is set to hit the stores on November 15, so we should expect to see many unusual outfits in H&M stores before the Christmas season.

Gianni Versace’s Miami Mansion For Sale

TMZ announced that the late designer Gianni Versace’s Miami mansion is up for sale. The starting price imposed by the selling company is $125 million due to the sophisticated and luxurious décor that Versace has chosen.

Some might think Gianni Versace’s house is a masterpiece, others, like me, might find it garish, in spite of the positive comments. Nevertheless, only those who can afford to spend $125 million will be able to purchase the Ocean Drive house which is now up for sale. The selling company has established the price by taking into account the characteristics of the house and the materials that have been used for its decoration.

According to the announcement, the house features 10 bedrooms, 11 baths embellished with Italian marble, an Observatory room and a huge pool. In addition, “Casa Casuarina” is facing the Atlantic Ocean, so the owners can enjoy unique views from their rooms. There is, however, a small drawback, that is, the fashion designer was shot death on the steps of the mansion and this might prevent superstitious potential buyers from getting the house.

The mansion was first built in the 1930s and Gianni decided to purchase it in 1992. Although he was impressed with the initial design of the house, Versace wanted to add some of the Italian opulence to the residence. He succeeded by spending $33 million for the renovation of the house and by personalizing it with frescoes, as well as massive wood furniture. The outdoor space of the residence is just as glamorous as the inside. The late designer imprinted his logo on most of the objects in the backyard from the iron gates, to the garden paths and the pool. The 54-foot long mosaic tiled pool was also lined with 24K gold.

The house functioned as a residence until Gianni Versace’s death in 1997. In 2009, the owner decided to turn it into a boutique hotel and a restaurant and now he has announced his intentions to sell it.

 

Gisele Bundchen Pregnant With Second Child

Victoria’s Secret model, Gisele Bundchen announced on Thursday that she is pregnant with her second child. Although the Brazilian sex-symbol is already in the third month, her baby bump is hardly visible, says Us Weekly.

Being one of the best paid supermodels in the world and taking part in numerous presentations across the world hasn’t prevented Gisele Bundchen from starting her own family. The sexy Brazilian married New England’s quarterback, Tom Brady, in April 2009 and one year later, the couple welcomed their first baby boy, Benjamin.

Soon after her first baby was born, Gisele told the press that she plans to expand her family, but she doesn’t know when this will happen. It seems like the famous model’s wish has come true as she is now expecting her second child. The gender of the baby is unknown for the moment and the couple didn’t wish to make any declarations in relation to their unborn baby.

Gisele’s second pregnancy has also been confirmed by sources close to her. In fact, they were the ones who told reporters that the 31-year-old star is in the third month; otherwise, no one would have guessed it because the model’s baby bump is barely visible in the pictures.

Benjamin is not the only child that Gisele has to take care of. Tom Brady has a four-year-old son, Jack, from his previous relationship with Bridget Moynahan. According to Bundchen, the two boys get along very well and they seem to have grown attached to one another. Her son, Benjamin, considers his older brother a hero and he follows him everywhere around the house. Moreover, the 2-year-old boy puts a large smile on his face every time Jack comes to visit his dad.

The 5’11” stunner was last spotted on June 1 while she was taking her child, Benjamin for a walk in the park. The model wore a loose-fitting blouse and a pair of skin-tight pants that were accessorized with a black scarf and sunglasses.

Miss Pennsylvania USA Resigns Over Transgender Contestant

Sheena Monnin, the 27-year-old that held the Miss Pennsylvania USA title resigned from her position. Miss Universe Organization claims that Miss Pennsylvania resigned over the transgender contestant policy, while Monnin says the pageant was rigged.

Over the weekend, Las Vegas was assaulted by breathtaking women. One of them became the new Miss USA. The lucky one was Miss Rhode Island, Olivia Culpo. However, not everybody was satisfied with the event and the results. Miss Pennsylvania USA, Sheena Monnin announced she is resigning from her position sparking controversy as she claims the pageant was rigged.

The 27-year-old former Miss Pennsylvania took her annoyance with Miss Universe Organization on Facebook. She posted on her personal page that the organization is “fraudulent, lacking in morals, inconsistent and in many ways trashy”. Sheena Monnin claims that the top five contestants’ names were known before the pageant started.

Sheena Monnin writes on Facebook that soon after the top 16 finalists were known, another contestant told her she knew she was going to make it in the top five. “I said ‘who do you think they will be?’ She said that she didn’t ‘think’ she ‘knew’ because she saw the list that morning. She relayed whose names were on the list” adds Sheena Monnin.

On the other hand, Miss Universe Organization claims Sheena Monnin resigned from her position for a whole different reason. The organization said that the manager of the Miss Pennsylvania USA pageant, Randy Sanders, received an email from Sheena Monnin early Monday.

“Randy, I am officially and irrevocably resigning the title of Miss Pennsylvania USA 2012” reads the email. “I refuse to be part of a pageant system that has so far and so completely removed itself from its foundational principles to allow and support natural born males to compete in it” allegedly reads Monnin’s email.

Apparently, the former Miss Pennsylvania has a big issue with the organization’s new policy to accept transgender contestants. “This goes against every moral fiber of my being” reads the last line of the email Miss Universe Organization claims Randy Sanders received.

Miss Universe Organization says that Sheena Monnin “changed her story by publicly making false accusations claiming that the pageant was fixed”.

Olsen Twins Win Big At CFDA

The Olsen sisters are always there whenever a fashion event is scheduled. Plus, they’ve always been the paparazzis’ special focus at every red carpet event. The two sisters are not only actresses, but fashion designers and successful businesswomen. The Olsen twins won big at CFDA awards with their women attire collection, The Row.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are two of the most popular fashionistas in the world. Their choices of attire are recreated by young women across the world. And their own women’s attire collection, The Row, won big at this year’s Council of Fashion Designers of America awards (CFDA), one of the most glamorous events in the industry.

This year’s CFDA awards were held Monday night at Alice Tully Hall in New York. The event had quite the A list, with names such as Billy Reid, Joseph Altuzarra and Tommy Hilfiger to name a few. The night was quite a success for the Olsen twins, who received the Womenswear Designer of the Year award for The Row collection.

The Olsen twins’ acceptance speech for the biggest fashion prize at CFDA was simple and tight. “I’d like to thank you – you” said Mary-Kate Olsen looking at her sister, Ashley. Their luxury apparel brand won against Marc Jacobs and Proenza Schouler, two brands that have staggering popularity in the industry today.

However, besides the Olsen twins’ big win at the CFDA, Monday’s fashion event, often labeled as the Oscars of fashion, had another surprise. Johnny Depp was named the Fashion Icon of the Year and everybody agreed it was the best call ever.

Jessica Chastain said that Johnny Depp “sort of creates his own convention” and “doesn’t just like follow the rules. He makes the rules”. Diane Von Furstenberg almost blushed when said that Johnny Depp is simply “hot” why Busy Philipps described the actor’s style as “eclectic”. Rachel Zoe labeled Johnny Depp’s style as “eccentric, rugged…very much his own…never trying to hard, but always cool”.

The actor couldn’t make it to the CFDA to receive his Fashion Icon of the Year award, but John Waters was sent to take his place. The filmmaker said that Johnny Depp “can’t look ugly no matter how hard he tries”.

Who Was Crowned Miss USA 2012?

America has chosen its representative for the 2012 Miss Universe during Saturday’s edition of Miss USA which was broadcast live by E! Giuliana Rancic and Andy Cohen walked up the Las Vegas stage to host the beauty pageant at the end of which Olivia Culpo was crowned the new Miss USA.

Numerous beautiful women showed up in Las Vegas this weekend to take part at the famous Miss USA pageant. Nevertheless, there was only one contestant, that is, Olivia Culpo who was crowned the most beautiful woman in America. The second place was won by Miss Maryland Nana Meriwether, whereas Miss Ohio Audrey Bolte came out the third.

Olivia Culpo is from Rhode Island and she is only 20 years old. The new Miss USA never expected to win the Saturday competition because there were many other beautiful girls in the room. Culpo is happy that she will be able to represent the United States at the upcoming Miss Universe pageant. She hopes that she will obtain good results in the following competition, as well.

Rob Kardashian, the reality TV star from “Keeping Up With the Kardashian”, was one of the members of the jury who had to decide the future of the girls. Everyone agreed that Olivia Culpo is the most appropriate to represent America because she is beautiful and intelligent.

The jury wasn’t impressed only by the contestant’s purple Grecian-style evening gown, but also by the answers she provided. She declared that she is a student at the Boston University and has always been passionate about music. In fact, she played cello for 13 years and was in numerous band camps during her childhood.

The best moment of the evening was when Culpo explained the audience why she thinks a transgender woman should be allowed to win the competition. The issue was frequently discussed since the beginning of the year and Olivia’s answer was one of the best comments in relation to it. She told the jury that it would be fair for a transgender woman to win the competition because America is a free country and sometimes it is necessary to make changes in order to have a happier life.

Rio Fashion Week Has Bikinis On Display

For most fashionistas, Rio de Janeiro is quite a scene to see. The Rio Fashion Week brings along more than a variety of bikinis on display. It is a spectacular fashion extravaganza that nobody in the world of fashion should miss out on.

If other fashion shows would focus on high end, charity outfits kind of displays, when it comes to the sunny and exotic Rio de Janeiro, swimwear is the focus. There’s just no other way around it. And if you’re planning an unforgettable holiday, then make sure you’ve got your swimwear trends right.

Now, when it comes to Rio de Janeiro, everybody knows one thing: bikinis are on display, no matter what. Whether you’re hanging out on the beach in front of the luxury Hotel Fasano or hitting the streets for shopping, a hot bikini and some inspired accessories are a must.

On May 22nd, in Rio de Janeiro fashionistas around Brazil and throughout the world gathered for a fashion extravaganza. The spring summer edition of Fashion Rio gathered the best the swimwear fashion has to offer. Blue Man, Oh, Boy!, Tryia, Cia. Maritima, Reserva and Lenny presented their hot collections.

For designer Daniele Schwartz, Rio Fashion Week was her debut. She introduced the Oh, Boy! brand to Rio fashionistas. For the debut, Daniele Schwartz chose a collection inspired by Tokyo: “When we thought about the oriental culture we decided to focus on Japan, Tokyo specially”. “We decided to not talk only about the traditional part, we decided to bring a little of Tokyo’s innovations to the runway” added the designer.

Blue Man is already a popular brand when it comes to swimwear fashion. For this collection, designers prepared neon colors and “how-low-can-you-go V necks”. In a few words, if you feel bold, then a Blue Man swimsuit might be your right choice.

However, despite all that Rio Fashion Week had to offer, Triya had the most memorable collection. Fox News writes that “many of Triya’s offerings looked like what you might get to wear to an ultra-chic beachside rave thrown by a billionaire”. Purple, blue and violet mixed together is lovely patterns, while the stunning accessories made sure the model and the outfit are truly put under the spotlight.