Shoes anchor an outfit. They are an accessory, but an accessory you can't walk out of the house without. Shoes are either the first or the last thing someone notices about an ensemble. And, as great as the traditional nude pump is, sometimes there is a desire for more.
Chloe Gosselin has entered the league of the high fashion community to much success. Her collection of shoes is relatively new to the world. They've only been around since 2014, but the French designer already snagged a spot as a CFDA Finalist in 2016. She's making a name for herself that with the right amount of luck could rival Zanotti or Miu Miu. Time will tell.
All of her shoes are named after a poisonous flower. It suggests a dangerous femininity underlying all her designs. The shoes are made in Italy. Where else can luxury shoes be made? The shoes speak for themselves and included are some of my favorite hues of nightshade. You can find her designs in Vogue and on celebrities, including shoe obsessed Madonna.
Versace on Athleisure
The new collection is meant to “empower women”. Nothing ground breaking considering Donatella's somewhat obscure musings, “I think I'm a feminist. I show women, you can do it.” Not all of the pieces are meant for your next cross country marathon, but that might be asking too much. You can certainly play a nice match of tennis or at the very least croquet if need be in all of it. That might be the point however, Donatella at 61 years old remarked of athletic wear during the show that “to make it unique and luxurious is the challenge I took this season.”
The Military Coat
My personal favorite this season was one from Dolce & Gabana. Vogue described it as a “short scarlet tunic with gold braiding instantly summoning echoes of the Napoleonic Wars.” I was too American to see anything other then the “British are coming!” but that's not a way of saying I wouldn't wear it.
A particular note of interest on the military coats is that they do not adhere to this year's trend towards over sized. They tend to be form fitting and at the very least tailored. Where our pant legs are over bloomed 70s regality, our military jackets keep our body heat close to us.
I'm Feeling BOMBASTIC
Bonnie McKee is inspired by all things eighties. The leg warmers, the neon colors, the workout themed music videos reminiscent of Olivia Newton-John's “Physical”. She's the pop star the world has been waiting for and there has still yet to be justice for her underrated single “American Girl”. The song that convinced me to find love at a 7/11 parking lot.
Buy "American Girl"
Buy "I Want It All"
Buy "Wasted Youth"
Key Lyric: I Didn't Mean To Tumble Into Your Arms/ They're Not My Baby's But They're Keeping Me Warm
McKee revealed before she started this song that it was inspired by the break up of an eight year relationship. She fell into the arms of a tatted man, dark and handsome, who wanted more then she was able to give. It's a touching ballad that finds her addressing the inability to give oneself completely to another after heartbreak and just wanting something “easy”. It's yet to receive the visual treatment, but that's sure to come.
You can buy the Bombastic EP at all digital retailers or a physical copy on her website.
Ghostbusters is one of the most high profile action films of summer 2016. It's also going to be the funniest. Civil War broke our heart and who knows what the fuck Batman v Superman was about. The new Ghostbusters films follows in the footsteps of the original films and TV shows. Quirky and beloved it was one of the highlights of the eighties, right behind Madonna grinding with her rosary beads.
The cast is phenomenal. All of Hollywood's funniest ladies are here. Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones are all here to reinterpret the originally male driven comedy.
The meninists of the world have cried foul on this reinterpretation, but what is the point of a reboot if not to change and make the old new again? What would Batman be if not the depressingly dark creation that Christian Bale made out of it? Not the blockbuster trilogy that came from it.
Ghostbusters is also set to release a soundtrack to accompany the move the day it comes out in theatres. It features a string of A-Listers and three different versions of the “Ghostbusters” theme song covered by Walk The Moon (“Shut Up and Dance”), Pentatnoix, and the original by Ray Parker Jr.
The official lead single is by alt-rocker Elle King (“Ex's & Oh's). It's a firey song called “Good Girls” that may or may not be the song of the summer.
Those Days Are Here
The Haim sisters all part their hair down the middle and their best friends with Taylor Swift. She took them with her to Hawaii and they went on tour with her. And, with the money I spent buying those tickets I could have bought nosebleeds to go see them open for her on The 1989 Tour. .
There was a time when Haim was a hipster cool band, although by now their far too mainstream for that title. You could see Haim at Coachella at this point.
If your new to Haim, I don't know where to start you. They really don't lose. “Forever” and “Falling” are probably your safest bets. Although, their most eccentric track “My Song 5” got remixed with an A$AP Rocky verse.
If you don't have the time. I heard their new songs. These girls are coming for our souls and our radio's this year. You won't have to go too far.
The Queen of Country Music?????
Cyndi Lauper is an LGBT icon for the ages and she decided to delve into country music. I know how people feel about country music. I mean if your not from Iowa, there truly is no innate desire to listen to it, but I grew up on the sentimental country twang of the nineties and it does have a soft spot in my heart.
You might not know who Cyndi Lauper is, but you know her music. She was originally predicted to be in it for the long haul. Madonna was the throwaway eighties girl and Cyndi was the crazy girl with the personality and talent. She sang “Girls Just Want To Have Fun”, “True Colors”, “I Drove All Night” and my favorite ode to female masturbation, “She Bop” just to name a few.
Detours is full of covers. She's very classic country on here. None of this is polished Carrie Underwood or a true stab at returning to the charts, but it bears the mark of a Cyndi Lauper classic.
We've got some classic sixties country in Patsy Cline hits “Walking After Midnight” and “I Fall To Pieces”. They lack Patsy's signature husk, but Cyndi makes up for it with her usual charm and vigor. She even brings out Willie Nelson to truly harken back to those country roots on “Night Life”.
Cyndi shines on the albums second single “Funnel of Love” originally made famous by Wanda Jackson, a woman Adele absolutely adores. The album closes with the Dolly Parton classic, “Hard Candy Christmas”. Allison Kraus sings a few lines. This is the second time she's included a Christmas song on one of her studio albums. The first was “Feels Like Christmas” on the deeply political Hat Full of Stars.
Detour is full of flaws, charms and guest stars, but Cyndi bears all of this with a cowboy's sweethearts smile. This is eleventh studio album by the woman best known for her eighties escapades. It marks the most guest appearances she's ever had on an album with five stars lending their vocal prowess. Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, and Jewel are just some of the few to lend their support. Detour may not be perfect, but it does make us hope she doesn't wait another six years for a musical return.
May Music Pulling Through
This is the first month this year that I'm excited about the music coming out. Every month has had it's winner's. March and Gwen Stefani, February with The 1975, and January started off strong with Rihanna. However, it's March that decided to pull out the release dates.
There's three releases I'm excited for this month and they're all stellar.
It's an eclectic mix of country perfection, including lyrical stand out “You're The Reason Our Kids Are Ugly”. Cyndi Lauper also recently donated all the profits from her concert in North Carolina to a cause dedicated to overturning the recent hate laws against the LGBT community.
Goo Goo Dolls
Surprise of all surprise. I've never been a Goo Goo Dolls fan. I knew the name. I appreciate them from a distance as the epitome of the 90s. Of course I knew the hits. All the one word wonders, “Slide”, “Name”, and “Iris”. Then, by chance I heard their lead single “So Alive”. It's anthemetic. It's wonderful and it's unlikely to overtake the charts, but it should be given the chance.
The Goo Goo Dolls in the 10s are the modern forebears to a style of music that Panic! At The Disco and Fall Out Boy have done so well commercially with. I don't know if their doing it better, but it sure sounds damn good.
Buy "So Alive"
It's unlikely that this album will win a Grammy for “album of the year”. It's appeal to mainstream is too strong for that, but will it create her first number one? Now that's something it could.
Ain't Your Mama
News about new music from Jennifer Lopez has been hush hush. She recently signed back to Epic records. Her home away from home and where she had the majority of her nine, top 10 hits. LA Reid was the musical powerhouse behind her change. He not only judged on X-Factor, but is also one of the most important men in music bolstering the careers of both Paula Abdul and P!NK.
The new song does seem to end the rumors of a supposed Christmas album or an album entirely in Spanish. Although, the year is young and never say never. In 2007 she released two albums barely months apart. And, the new Jennifer Lopez creation could always be bilingual ala Enrique Iglesias and Shakira. That would also be a return to form as we haven’t had a smattering of Spanish her music since her eponymously titled multiplatinum blockbuster J.Lo.
The cover art scintillates as it should. We have some good beachy hair. Curls and all. A look she’s been rocking recently. It’s classic black and white. All chromatic. That hat screams Martha Vineyards realness and I live.
A Texas Dandelion
Kacey Musgraves is a critically acclaimed country singer from Mineola, Texas. No, I don't know where Mineola is, but I do know where Texas is. She's the yellow rose of Texas. The most perfect girl to ever come out of a trailer park.
And only two were in the top ten. Women are being systematically shunned by country music and that's why I'm attempting to use my platform of eight readers to demand more women on the radio.
Not to mentions she has my seal of approval.
What's the point of dating if they don't go with your outfit?