Rihanna Set to Launch Her Own Line of Accessories

RIHANNA $CHOOL KILLS FASHION ACCESSORIES LINE_FotorAccording to published reports, Rihanna and her company Roraj Trade, LLC filed a patent for $CHOOL KIlls with the US Patent and Trademarks Office back in May of this year. At the time no one thought much of it, celebs attempt to patent all sorts of things. However, thanks to Grazia.co.uk, we now know the patent is actually for a new fashion and accessories line the singer hopes to unleash on the world before years end.

I know what you’re all thinking, but nope, not true. Rihanna doesn’t already have her own fashion line. Her much-hyped River Island Collection a few years back was a one-time collaboration with the brand and is now defunct.

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Swimwear by Zubaida Zang

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Wanna look fashionable on the beach this summer and support an up and coming business owned by a Brown Sista? If so, then swimwear by Zubaida Zang may be just what you’re looking for.

Launched in 2013, the emerging swimsuit line has unveiled their first nostalgia collection, Wild (Girls of Summer), which is based on 90s inspired earth tones, with high waiste bottoms, spaghetti straps and what the designer calls “lots of attitude.”

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What She Wore: Keri Hilson in H&M Patterned Silk Dress

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Keri Hilson’s love of H&M appears to be steady despite the singer no longer representing the company as she did back in 2011 as their Brand Ambassador.

The Pretty Girl Rock singer was spotted recently wearing a Conscious Exclusive patterned silk-blend dress by the company, which retails for a wallet friendly $299.

Keri rocked the gorgeous ensemble for the International Leadership Awards, which are presented and hosted every year by former Atlanta mayor Andrew Young.

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Redefining Nude

NUDE LINGERIE FOR DARK SKIN WOMEN
Intimate apparel line Nubian Skin is redefining the fashion industry’s idea of what nude looks like.

If you’ve ever shopped for nude lingerie, clothing or heels, then you know that for far too long the definition of nude has essentially meant beige. However, with the success of  recently expanded collections like Christian Louboutin’s The Shades, folks in the fashion world are finally expanding their lines to accommodate women whose skins tones are more ebony than ivory.

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What She Wore: Nicole Beharie in Haute Hippie

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Actress Nicole Beharie and her on screen leading man, actor Tom Mison, hit up the Fox Upfront Presentation earlier this week to promote the upcoming second season of their hit drama “Sleepy Hollow.”

Beharie, 29, walked the red turquoise carpet at the Beacon Theatre in New York City wearing a leather croc-effect napkin skirt by Dominic Lewis, v-neck black blouse by Haute Hippie, a simple gold bangle by Hadra jewelry and strappy Esosa sandals by Chelsea Paris.
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Shoe of the Moment: Christian Louboutin Lace-Up Ankle Boots


Though I am generally not a fan of pointy toed shoes, I must say I really do love Christian Louboutin’s Mado Leather Lace-Up Ankle Boots ($1,595).

I first spotted them on Toni Braxton, who paired them with a chocolate leather sheath while attending the Walk of Fame Ceremony for producer Babyface.

The following day Ciara was seen pairing them with an Lucky Rose Sweater Dress while dining out with new friend Lily Collins.

Both women wear them well, but I admit to being a bit more partial to Toni’s look. Try as I might, I couldn’t find out who made her dress, but she is looking all kinds of fabulous in it.


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Nude Heels for Dark Skin Tones

NUDE HEELS FOR EVERY SKIN TONE

If you are a Brown Sista who has ever shopped for nude heels, then you know what a truly difficult task that can be.

Shoe designer Christian Louboutin has acknowledged the problem as well and come up with a solution: a capsule collection he calls The Shades.

Starting this fall, five classic Louboutin styles will be re-imagined in shades ranging from fair bisk to a chestnut brown.

According to Louboutin, the new shades aim to “closely match the actual color of the customer’s skin tone” and in doing so will “stretch the silhouette and give the appearance of longer legs.”

And just in case you are confused about which color is right for you, Louboutin has created an app for that.

Just snap a pic of your leg and the app will match your skin tone to the right Louboutin shade.

Neat, huh?

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Rihanna Wears Her Own Brand

Rihanna’s days of making other designers rich may soon be coming to an end. The 25-year old pop diva has hung up her haute couture duds and has instead been seen jet setting across the globe in her own signature wears.

As previously reported, RiRi teamed up with River Island to launch her own capsule collection with the brand, and is presently gearing up for the September 12th release of her fall line.

Earlier this week Rihanna was seen sporting one of her own designs, a black and white print bodycon dress, which she paired with snakeskin stilettos from Roberto Cavalli, and her now signature RiRi Woo Lipstick by MAC.

Love it!

CiCi Hosts Pool Party in Topshop Bodysuit

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Ciara Hosts Vegas Pool Party

Rihanna’s lawsuit against Topshop for misappropriating her image on a line of t-shirts hasn’t stopped other Hollywood heavyweights from rocking the fashions of the retail giant.

Ciara is a longtime fan of the clothier, and wore one of their designs while performing in Vegas over the weekend.

The really cool part is that CiCi’s ensemble is totally is affordable, and will run you less than $100 should you choose to cop the look for yourself.

Ciara performed at Ditch Fridays at the Palms Hotel & Casiono Resort wearing a “Stars Motel Bodysuit” for $36 and matching “Big Wheel Printed Tube Skirt” for $56.

CiCi topped off her ensemble with white Christian Louboutin stiletto heels and silver bangles by Celine.

Olivia Pope Inspired Fashion Line

OLIVIA POPE INSPIRED FASHION LINE

Wanna dress like Olivia Pope?

What a stupid question; of course you do.

Well, according to ‘Scandal’ costume designer Lyn Paolo, the average American woman may soon get the chance to do just that.

In a recent interview with Fashionista.com, Paolo said the idea of an Olivia Pope inspired fashion line has been talked about for some time now, and that ideas are presently being mulled over.

“We’ve been talking about how we could create something aspirational for the audience- something Olivia Pope might wear, but not so aspirational that it is out of reach for most of our gladiators,” says Paolo. “Right now we’re throwing around ideas and trying to figure out how to do it so that it’s not out of the price range that most people can afford, and yet somehow still create something for people to have a piece of the Olivia Pope look.”

Since its mid-season debut in 2012 ‘Scandal’ has become a bonafide hit for ABC and singlehandedly launched actress Kerry Washington’s career into the stratosphere.

The show earned its first Emmy nods earlier this week- one for Kerry as Lead Actress, the other for Dan Bucatinsky as Guest Actor.

Ashanti Wows in Michael Costello

Ashanti wowed the paparazzi last night while attending the 2013 Pre-BET Awards Celebration. The 32-year old R&B diva wore a gorgeous python dress ($695) designed by former Project Runway contestant Michael Costello. Ashanti paired her look with minimal make-up, accessories by Jade and gold-trimmed pumps ($1,695) by Giuseppe Zanotti.

What She Wore: Rihanna in Tom Ford

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It’s rare for Rihanna to make a fashion faux pas, but when she does, it tends to be a biggie.

Such is the case with these printed thigh high boots from Tom Ford the singer was spotted wearing over the weekend.

The designer gifted the 25-year old pop diva with the boots just before her sold out concert at Twickenham Stadium in London.

Rihanna was later spotted wearing them out for an evening of partying with bestie Melissa Ford.

The $4,200 peep toe boots are a part of Tom’s Winter/Fall 2013 collection which was unveiled earlier this year and aren’t yet available to the public.

Rihanna paired the unusual boots with a zippered white Trapstar t-shirt and bedazzled black and white Chanel cuffs.

Beyonce Teams Up with Rent the Runway

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In honor of The Mrs. Carter World Tour, dress rental site Rent the Runway has teamed up with the singer to unveil Beyoncé’s Boutique, an affordable collection outfits chosen by the diva herself.

In a quickie press release, Beyonce explained her reason for hooking up with Rent the Runway, saying: “Making women feel confident and beautiful is something I’ve always been passionate about. That’s why joining forces with Rent the Runway was so organic. It’s more than just access to beautiful clothes; it’s about making women look and feel their best.”

Click here to browse Beyonce’s Boutique. Dresses and accessories range in price from $50, all the way up $450.

Affordable indeed.