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The Best, Most Thrilling Moments from NYFW 2017

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Fashion Week in New York City is an always-fun, never-dull event. You can expect surprises from designers, whether it be clothing-related, or not inviting a fashionable celebrity to their afterparty (cue ensuing chaos). There are often collaborations no one knows about until they’re unveiling at Fashion Week, and shows that display a certain level of arrogance – it is all truly astounding in its scope and reach.

We’ve compiled our list of the most chaotic, outrageous, interesting, and hilarious events to transpire at New York Fashion Week 2017:

Leslie Jones losing her mind at Christian Siriano’s show

Christian Siriano partying with celebrities.

Most of us know the name Christian Siriano. He is the openly gay designer who won Project Runway in 2008, and has since gone on to have his own line and collaborations with multinational stores like Payless. His roster of celebrity clients include Taylor Swift, Rihanna, and, of course, Leslie Jones.

Siriano has been making the news lately for dressing not only women who don’t fit into your typical size 2 dress in Hollywood, but also women of color. Jones is his go-to gal, and she was sitting front row at his NYFW show, and losing her damn mind over the clothes. She was here for the fashion, she was living it, it was giving her LIFE. Leslie Jones was all of us. Coco Rocha, one of Christian’s models during the show, even advocated for Leslie being her “personal hype woman.” We’re with you, Coco – can Leslie be our personal hype woman for everything in life, too?

Tom Ford inspires himself

Tom Ford in France.

Tom Ford’s NYFW show was nothing short of magnificent. Using the go-to color, “Millennial Pink” (sorry not sorry, we are fans of this hue), bold shoulders, quadruple denim, and panty-flashing (we guess the early aughts are back?), Ford didn’t shy away from fun, daring choices in his aptly named Fucking Fabulous show. And his pieces were reportedly inspired by none other than the designer himself. How extra can you be to name your own show ‘Fucking Fabulous’ and say that you were inspired by yourself? Tom Ford extra, that’s how extra.

Rihanna’s Fenty x Puma Collaboration

Rihanna at an event.

On September 8, 2017, Rihanna debuted her Fenty makeup collection, and beauty mavens also lost their damn minds. With 40 shades to choose from, the collection has been receiving raves and very few rants, if any, since it dropped, and has been labeled as “one of the most inclusive lines to date.”

Rihanna has also been a collaborator with Puma since 2016 when she launched a Fenty sneaker line with the company, so it makes sense that there would be a Fenty x Puma collaboration at NYFW this year.

The ready-to-wear collection for Spring 2018 featured scuba-inspired gear, bathing suits, and biker shorts, but the moment everyone is talking about is the show’s opening, which featured motocross stuntmen performing 360-degree tricks over the mountains of pink sand on the runway. The dangerous stunts – as well as the clothing – earned stellar reviews from critics and fans alike. It doesn’t look like Rihanna is abdicating the fashion or beauty throne anytime soon.

Kim Kardashian gets locked out of Alexander Wang’s show

Kim Kardashian at an event.

Alexander Wang is one of the currently reigning Kings of Pissing Everyone in the Fashion World Off and is no stranger to controversy. According to Page Six, Wang angered celebrity guests and fans when he showed up an hour and a half late to his own show, making even the likes of Kim Kardashian West wait outside on the street in her towering heels. This slight apparently didn’t stop little sister Kendall from showing up to Wang’s afterparty on a party bus with fellow model Bella Hadid, but still – has he no manners? Wang also apparently seemed out of it during a post-show interview in a trailer that “smelled like vomit.”

We hope all is well in Wang’s world; despite the seemingly erratic nature of his shows, he is an incredibly talented young designer, and one we hope to see at NYFW for years to come, whether he’s inspiring himself a la Tom Ford, or simply having a blast like Leslie Jones and Coco Rocha. Here’s hoping next year’s antics are just as fun and fabulous as 2017’s!

Anna Jones is a freelance writer, editor, and producer living in Atlanta, GA by way of Los Angeles. She owns a copywriting agency called Girl.Copy, and an independent film studio called Tiny Park Productions. She has been a professional writer for over 10 years, and four of those years were spent working for famous fashion bloggers and/or corporate fashion giants as a copywriter, like Hautelook and Nordstrom. She loves coffee, traveling, spending time with her family, and taking herself on solo sushi-and-beer dates.

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  1. Malia

    September 28, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    What’s goin on Wang? Why you gotta do the K girls like that?

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Gay Relationship Timeline

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Friends, allies and other distinguished readers, there is an inherent truth to some particular types of relationships. Specifically, the idea that there will be confusion over the timeline in general and, in particular, the transitional period from being lovers to partners. Normally this would be the stuff of romcoms, but we all know how Hollywood can stuff it when it comes to understanding certain types of relationships.

And by “certain types”, it is “all of them.”

So as a public service, TravelPride will set out a timeline for how the transitional period ought to be mapped out. Keep in mind that every relationship is different, so these guidelines are meant to be taken with a grain of salt. Also, it should be understood that the marker for Day 1 is the day where there is the love confession and acceptance. With that in mind, here is the timeline:

  • Day 30: This the beginning stage of being a full-time lover, not a Stevie Wonder song. Do something nice on this day, like maybe go see a movie or take in a local baseball game/soccer match. During this time, look for some subtle hints from your boyfriend about the possibility of something that is more long-term. This sometimes comes in the form of the occasional staring off into the distance, as if he was doing method acting for an obscure indie film. Make note of it, in accordance with your own good judgment.
  • Day 60: At this point, the prospects of you two becoming partners should be considered as a possibility in the near future. If he wants to have a discussion about such a thing, do so in a way that ensures a more-or-less neutral disposition. This is not to say that you should be oblique; if there are issues, do not be afraid to speak your mind about them. Whatever conclusions are reached, keep them in mind as your relationship moves forward.
  • Day 90: If you believe it to be worthwhile, feel free to introduce your boyfriend to your family. Depending on the circumstances, this may require a certain kind of diplomatic language when it comes to your older relatives. Unless you have a drunk uncle (which all families have, to be honest), then all bets are off. And while TravelPride does not wish to support or even condone physical violence, sharp-witted insults are encouraged. Here are some links to a few collections in order to gel both of your imaginations.
  • Day 180: As you post the six months’ anniversary collage on Facebook, ask yourselves these questions: “Do I truly want a long-term commitment? Does he want to be seen as a partner instead of a boyfriend? And what coffee shop are we going to for breakfast on Saturday?” If your answers to the first two questions are Yes, then you should consider your boyfriend as a full-fledged partner and tell him as such. And while you’re at it, use Yelp to ask the third.
  • Day 365: At this point, he is a partner of yours. If you can, invite him to move into your place. If he accepts your proposition, it means that he has also acknowledged the maturation and progress of the relationship. Then again, the two of you will probably have to split the money spent on moving fees, because that ain’t cheap.
  • Day 730: For God’s sake, just go ahead and propose already! Unless you have serious reservations about the relationship, however. In that case, seek the advice of professional help as soon as reasonably possible. You can’t be too careful about this sort of thing.

Originally posted 2017-08-02 17:45:10.


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For the Love of House Music

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House Music is uplifting, joyous, and free. Queer and like to dance? You will find a dance/music community in place no matter where you are in the world. Grooving to House Music is my thing. I enter the sanctuary of House to re-energize. It’s been that way since we were introduced in 1979. She’s carried me over some rough patches, times when I felt like I was losing the ground underneath my feet.  

House Has Carried Me Through

In 2005, while ‘‘Cool Cat’ my daddy was in the Burn Unit of Detroit Receiving hospital, I’d go to Agave on Sunday’s after visiting hours to build up my faith. Even though Cool Cat didn’t make it out of Receiving alive, I danced for him to be at peace and out of unimaginable pain experienced through a comatose state. He left the day after my 41st birthday.House music and vibing with community helped me to make it through.

My love affair with alcohol ended, I would carry two bottles of ice-water in my backpack to avoid losing my space by one of the speakers, wasting time to go to the bar. I didn’t want to miss a minute of dancing. Agave, never disappointed, I’d dance for Cool Cat while sending up prayers.   

Dance Away The Stress

House spells relief for many people after a hard week on the grind. People who love good music come out to dance their cares away. House is as freeing as it is healing. House is a connector of people. At any spot where House runs deep, you will find a mixed crowd. House Music pulls diverse crowds. You’ll find an eclectic mix of queer and str8, along with various races and ethnicities jamming together.  They will be vibing and getting high from the beats banging through the speakers and the poetry flowing from tracks.

House is for beating back the blues, through verse that grabs your spirit reminding you that you’re worthy. Finding self and self-love are frequent in the songs that dare you not to feel empowered and encouraged. House is also fluid.  When master mixologists house cuts use tribal beats and anything 1970s, I go on a spiritual journey.  

Sunday Tea Parties

One criticism I have of the Queer community is that we don’t hang out enough. Sunday Tea Parties were prevalent in the 1970s and in some places they’re making a comeback. Tea Parties worked because they were open and welcoming to the queer community and allies. In Detroit, Michigan from 2000-2006  as a member of Sistas Providing Intelligence and Creativity (S.P.I.C.E.), I helped throw some stellar afternoon events. Mimosas flowed and the food was good. In between eating, laughing, and catching up we gathered on the dance floor to throw down to House music.

Giving It All Up To The Feeling

An extensive list of Detroit deejays has held my heart since 9th grade.  Growing up with music pioneers. and being exposed to alternative music stores shaped my music tastes. It opened me up to the Worldwide House Movement. House music keeps this “Queer Diva”, moving to the beat. House is cool for a plethora of reasons. If you can keep the beat, you’re good. Go where the music takes you without fear of judgment. You don’t need a dance partner. I’m far from shy and when a good song comes up, I’m on the floor. House allows that. Dance by yourself, in the mirror or next to a speaker to take in more bass (if you’re like me), whatevs — do you. You can dance alone without worrying about someone inviting themselves into your personal space. You can feel the love of community when a dope song drops. If it’s a throwback song, House lovers make eye contact with knowing glances and head nods.  A complete blast.

House is happy it’s liberating and it’s needed in the world we live in. House Music makes things a little better.

 

Originally posted 2017-07-30 18:00:18.

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Why We Loved “Lafayette” And What He Brought To True Blood

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Sadness wrapped around my entire being July 8 when I was tagged in a Facebook post by my daughter. She was sharing, that Juilliard studied Nelsan Ellis, the straight Black man who brought us True Blood’s (TB),  Lafayette had made his transition. My reply, “NO!”  I’d turned her on to TB and that post was special between us. Rolling Stone confirmed things in a beautifully written tribute. The news of his death traveled fast across social media with celebrities checking in on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. We were all crushed.  

Heart Issues Were The Culprit

Complications from heart issues and a history of alcoholism and drugs took one of my favorite actors. Family members shared with Hollywood Insider that Ellis opted out of treatment where he’d tried several times, and elected to deal with his demons on his own.  My God. At 39, the Chicago-area native had accomplished so much. His credentials include father, actor, writer, director and producer. There was so much more he could have done. His early passing is a reminder to keep a reign on our health status. That’s a message for everyone.

The Realness of Lafayette

Lafayette gave me life. With his passing, I went back to Youtube and thankfully found several clips of Lafayette doing his thing. A don’t f*ck with me Butch-Queen who would read you up and down without missing a beat, as he side-eyed and clapped back on unfortunate souls silly enough to try and play him, or those he loved. Lafayette also had a sweet side, but you’d be reminded that he was not here for foolishness. His frequent drops of sage wisdom were keepers. The delivery was always on point.

Took Care To Address Social Issues and Homophobia

Without Lafayette’s  character, TB would have been just another vampire series. A social justice and human rights activist in his own right, a favorite scene is Lafayette putting homophobes returning a burger he’d made as a short order cook at Monroe’s where his huge presence practically owned the place. The scene has been named “AIDS Burger” on YouTube where the hits continue to increase. If we were to give a moniker for Lafayette standing up for himself and by extension the queer community, the winner would be’ #TipYoWaitress.

Put Some Respek’ On It – Everyone Has

I usually get comments when I post about queer issues, especially how they impact my community. Not one derogatory comment was made about Ellis. His reputation as a gifted actor and friend also shone through the remarks from Hollywood and those who worked and studied with him over the years.

Rest In Power Nelsan Ellis

Check out the extensive movie catalog Ellis compiled, as he shared his gifts with the world. Condolences to the Ellis family. Thank you to Ellis and HBO for bringing the character of Lafayette Reynolds and all of his Butch-Queen swag and realness, into our lives.

Originally posted 2017-07-14 20:15:33.

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