Returning From Hiatus: Jaiden Shephard is designer of Vintage Ties By Jaiden and photographer of Jaiden Photografi, based in Detroit MI (and branching into CHI and NY). He also lets his love for FASHION spill over into his FINGERTIPS by 'spotting and blogging' on... THE ONLY JAIDEN.
Why is everybody and their mama coming out with a clothing line??
Although I may be coming out with a tie collection this Spring 2012, I don't want it to be cliche but actually make my collection a necessity and bright idea in the fashion world.
Anyway, Lil' Wayne had launched his own clothing line called TRUKFIT (The Reason You Kill For It-- clever so-called label) and it based entirely off Lil' Wayne's style, which includes bright/flourescent colors, camouflage shorts and socks, and more WICKY-WACKY items.
Just because I posted about this doesn't mean I take in whole-hearted interest; it's my job as blogger to inform and just share what I found out in the fashion world. I wonder if Lil' Wayne will take this seriously because to me, clothes THIS WACKY (as a DEBUT to the public) may be an insult to the fashion industry. It looks like regular SKATE-BOY wear. *Shrug* We'll see where this goes as far as mass-production like RocaWear, Sean John, and others.
BUT... according to POP CULTURE standards, I project this to sell WELL to some degree, anyway.
Today is going to be a great day, a FASHION Saturday! Check out this Spring/Summer 2012 runway video of label GIANFRANCO FERRE. Everything about the show was very moving even though it was never over the top.
The use of materials, the fit and finish, the model's confident walks and poses, the appropriate 'wait time' for the viewer to view the couture was just super. The metallics used in the clothing was so captivating that I had to stare to see how the designer and seamstress brought it to fruition; YOU WILL, TOO! I gave the show an A- !
Check out KIM KARDASHIAN strolling out of an office wearing what I think is a business outfit OUT OF THIS WORLD. If Kim was in a meeting in a room full of men, I don't even think that they would pay attention to everything she was saying. I'm not being sexist; I'm just saying.
Check the pleated, wide-legged pants that snugly hugs Kim's waist. The color of the pants with brass buttons is a very good contrast from her blouse with her gold bangle. It's a just-right balance--not too little, not too much-- and a PLUS of hiding STUNNER Christian Louboutin 'Daffodil' stilettos under those pants like it's nothing.
Ladies, to a guy, there's nothing like a little element of surprise in your article of clothing or hair, whether it's showing a little thigh, a little highlight, nail polish, or a certain scent that drives him crazy. For me, it's a hint of cleavage unassumingly peeping through a woman's blouse, her eye makeup and her heels that 'pounce' with every step she takes. GRRR....
And that's not all... check the Hermes bag.
Kim K may not have done her marriage right, but she's sure doing THIS right.
Remember when Dodge stopped making the Neon back in 2005. there were a LOT of sour and sad faces, regardless of sluggish sales upon Neon's exit. Then came the Dodge Caliber, a tall, lackluster, boxy contraption that Dodge thought would kill the small car segment. WRONG.
Now, I'm so happy to see the Chrysler brand coming back stronger than ever with updated cars like the Chrysler 300, 200, Dodge Charger, Durango, and most recently, the 2013 DODGE DART (above). The inner workings and chassis is shared with stellar European brand FIAT, while the exterior styling is actually reminiscent of the DODGE NEON SRT-4 upon its exit.
The Big 3 are really counting on their cars to take back their would-be sales from the fast-growing European market. Let's check out what each American (Detroit) company is counting on:
2013 Ford Fusion
A lucrative car for Ford. Why? This could pass off as an Aston Martin!
2013 Buick Encore
A small, volume sales leader for Buick
2013 Cadillac ATS
The BMW 3-Series Killer?
2013 Lincoln MKZ
The HEAD-TURNER that Lincoln was looking for
Find your way to the auto show or your local dealership to take a look at these exciting cars!
I'm heading to the Detroit Auto Show this weekend; stay tuned for THE ONLY JAIDEN coverage!
I really don't have much to say about Serena Williams right now. I don't mean that in a bad way, but if you're a guy and you see a very fit female with such... pronounced body features, it stirs you up in more ways than one.
Serena may not have the perfect face, but she has the body to make up for it, and NIKE gear sure does that for her (I wonder how often she works out 'cuz those shoulders are SERIOUS!).
I can't even begin to tell you how much I love wingtips! Check out these ODD but ADDICTING DSquared2 Black/White patent leather wingtip sneakers. There's almost an ENDLESS POSSSIBILITY of pairing it up with anything: A SUIT, A DRESS (yes, a dress), JEANS, SWEATS...ANYTHING!!
Miley was spotted at the 2012 People's Choice Awards in the hottest dress that I've ever seen her in. She was wearing a halter dress by David Koma. Check the sheer neckline and rear detailing in the back of it; the metallic Jimmy Choo heels was sexy and BOSS, even.
It takes the right amount of skill, pull, swagger, game, juice, whatever you want to call it... to look this GOOD while dressing down.
Many of us guys like to rock a hoodie with some jeans and sneakers an EFFORTLESS template to follow would be Kanye West. The way the clothes come together, each individual and unique item, such as Kanye's BALMAIN hoodie for $932, BALMAIN zip jeans, and fav 'broken-in' Nike Air Yeezy sneakers, is just DRESSED-DOWN PERFECTION.
Doesn't hurt to jazz it up with some wooden accessories and a SWEET velcro strap watch, whatever floats your boat.
If you kinda dress this way, then you're on the right track.
Check out the 2012 Dolce & Gabbana photo shoot for PRESTIGE MAGAZINE of Hong Kong, provided by FashionTV.
The video depicts a very interesting 'Journey To The East' vibe, where freedom to be expressive publicly can be quite limited. So a great photo shoot of guys in Dolce & Gabbana couture versus guys who pose artistically nude definitely captures attention of the viewer; I think it's an interpretation that in such a binding world, we are still allowed to be 'artistically expressive (nude)' and unique in ANY corner of the earth, which is what Dolce & Gabbana aims to convey.
Check out pics of MELANIE FIONA in high fashion, in the February issue of ROLLING OUT Magazine. I like the grittiness of the backgound (below) in contrast with Melanie's beauty, long locks, and her high-waisted, 'futuristic' couture wear by Sergio Hudson.
It's just something about that contrast that meshes very well together.
Very inspirational. This young woman is definitely going places with her fashion career. As many of you may know, Vanessa and Angela Simmons are founders of Pastry International for 'cupcake-inspired' sneakers and limited clothing.
And while they still head the multi-million dollar company, Vanessa Simmons is launching her own lingerie/underwear line called Rose by Vanessa Jean. Check out the promo video above and press release below:
The line aims to appeal to women of all sizes and budgets and is broken into
three collections: the upscale diamond embellished “Naughty Lil Princess” for
“the chick who is a timeless classic;” “Rock Your Sexy,” which features corsets
and items that help slim and shape a woman’s figure; and finally “Vintage Chic”
which is inspired by the glamorous bedroom wear of the past.
This is a special editon post in relation to the DETROIT AUTO SHOW, professionally named North American International Auto Show. Lots of news will be posted about cars because I not only am a fashion buff, but I'm a car buff too!
Check the latest: It's been reported that BMW outsold more than any other luxury brand in the U.S. See the press release below:
The Wall Street Journal reports that BMW and rival automaker Mercedes-Benz both delayed sharing sales figures for December 2011. While most brands released those numbers on Wednesday, BMW and Mercedes held their stats for an extra day. Both knew that they were contenders for the top luxury spot in the U.S., and each wanted the other to announce figures first, in hopes of following up that announcement with a triumphant "We're #1" press release.
It was a very close race -- not as close as Romney and Santorum in Iowa, but still neck-and-neck. In the end, BMW sold 247,907 luxury vehicles over the course of the 2011, while Mercedes sold a couple thousand less, ringing in at a very respectable 245,231. (The race was closer back in May, when the two were separated by just 29 sales.) Both companies' year-end figures represent double-digit increases over 2010.
And Lexus? Lexus came in much further down the chart, at 198,552, more than 13% below 2010.
Wow. And that goes to say that BMW is my favorite of the 'domestic' (sold in the U.S.) luxury brand. It'll be real interesting and uplifting to see the 2012 recovery rate of the auto industry as a whole.
Here in Detroit is the season of not just COLD WEATHER, but it's AUTO SHOW season! Today marks the first day of 2012 for press releases, reviews, and reveals of new vehicles for the 2012-2013 model year.
Please note that the North American International Auto Show located in Detroit, MI is THE PLACE TO BE to see the automakers put their best foot forward, as Detroit is still considered the AUTOMOTIVE HUB of the world.
One of the cars that grabbed my attention was the 2012 CHEVY CORVETTE CENTENNIAL. On the 100th anniversary of Chevrolet, the company released this black-on-black-on black Corvette that is just stunning all over. Here are some of the specs from the press release:
• Bose premium sound system, with one-year
XM subscription, navigation and USB • Bluetooth hands-free phone
connectivity • Power-adjustable and heated seats • Memory package, home
remote, Head Up Display and power-telescoping steering wheel • The Custom
Leather Wrapped Interior Package, with leather-wrapped upper instrument panels,
upper door trim panels and console storage cover and red contrasting
stitching Z07 performance package, including Brembo ceramic brakes, Magnetic
Ride Control and 19-inch/20-inch wheels and Michelin tires • CFZ package
includes carbon fiber rockers, front splitter and roof • New Carbon Fiber
raised hood option for Z06, which was introduced on the 2011 Z06 Carbon
The Chevrolet Centennial Edition Corvette expresses racing heritage, but does so
with a sleek, modern, even sinister-looking appearance. The Centennial Edition
package comes exclusively in Carbon Flash Metallic, with satin-black graphics
and unique Centennial Satin Black wheels and red brake calipers. The wheels are
constructed of lightweight cast-spun aluminum and include a thin red outline
around the perimeter of its surface on the Z06. The wheels are specific to the
respective Corvette models, including 18-inch/19-inch for Coupe, Convertible and
Grand Sport; and 19-inch/20-inch for Z06 and ZR1.
Magnetic Selective Ride
Control, the world’s fastest-reacting suspension and a technology advance
initiated by Corvette, is included on all Chevrolet Centennial Edition Corvette
The Centennial Edition also features special badges that signify
Chevrolet’s racing history. A graphic logo featuring an iconic image of Louis
Chevrolet appears on the B-pillars, the center caps of the wheels, and the
center of the steering wheel. The seat headrests also carry an embossed
As many of you worldwide already know, Beyonce has kept her birthing date and whereabouts a HUGE, HUGE secret. From the gestation of her pregnancy to the birthing place, everything was kept under wraps. I wonder why to such extreme lengths as this:
Beyonce reportedly rented an entire maternity ward floor in a New York hospital to a tune of approximately $1 MILLION usd. No cameras and mobile devices of any type were allowed on that floor. WOW, BABY IVY BLUE (or BLUE IVY) was ballin' even before she left the womb.
Anyway, check out Beyonce's last maternity outfit before giving birth. She was seen wearing low heels, fitted jeans, vintage red Chanel purse, a fancy scarf that seemed to include and complement all of the colors of Bey's outfit.
If you had taken a glance of that cotton candy PINK hair, you would've thought Nicki Minaj was walking. Actually, it's WILLOW SMITH who was spotted walking with friends on her Rodeo Drive shopping trip (Jaden Smith is in the background with fur hat on).
She looked quite interesting; can't quite help but put the word 'ADORABLE' in there, too. There's one thing that can definitely be said: WILLOW SMITH IS A YOUNG STYLE ICON IN THE MAKING.
Kendall Jenner-Kardashian is really taking after her sister Kim Kardashian in terms of style. Check out Kendall's military-style boots, fitted jeans, and black blouse.
The only UH-OH is the black SEE-THROUGH blouse. I don't know if the camera's light penetrated that deeply through the blouse (as it can sometimes for leggings) but let's hope it's just the camera because Kendall is just 15 years old. Maybe I'm being old-school but I don't think so...