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Essence Honors Emeli Sande at 2014 Black Women in Music Celebration

January 22nd, 2014 by Christen
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Lincoln’s Shawn Thompson, Essence Magazine’s Michelle Ebanks, Vanessa K. Bush and Emeli Sande.

 

The ESSENCE Black Women in Music event took place last night in Los Angeles, California honoring the U.K. native and featured an exclusive performance from Sandé with special guests. The ultra-glam, star-studded event, presented by the Lincoln Motor Company, kicks off the week leading up to the 56th Annual Grammy Awards and is designed to shine a light on African American women in the music industry.

 

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Emeli Sande performs her hit ‘Next To Me’ at ESSENCE Black Women In Music Event.

 

“Emeli Sandé brings fresh, groundbreaking style as a performer and songwriter, which makes her a perfect match with the new perspective the Lincoln Motor Company is bringing to the luxury segment,” said Shawn Thompson, Lincoln manager, multicultural marketing. “Lincoln is pleased to be the presenting sponsor of the 2014 ESSENCE Black Women in Music event because it celebrates strong and creative women.”

 

Emeli Sande’s debut album, Our Version of Events, became the top-selling album in the U.K. for the second year in a row and to date has sold 238,000 units in the USA, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

 

 

In a statement released about the honor, Essence editor-in-chief Vanessa K. Bush shared, “Emeli Sandé’s soaring confidence as a songwriter and fearless self-expression as a singer is in the tradition of many iconic female trailblazers such as Nina Simone.”

 

 

Celebrities in attendance included: Chrisette Michelle, Sevyn Streeter, Michelle Williams, SWV, Kelly Price, Malinda Williams, Kelis, Vivica Fox, Tank, Goapele, Ledisi, Mara Brock Akil, Erica Campbell, Leonna Lewis and more…  [Discover which celebrities loved posing with the Lincoln MKC here.]

 

 

Sandé joins previous Black Women in Music honorees Mary J. Blige, Kelly Rowland, Janelle Monaé, Solange Knowles, Lianne La Havas and industry veteran Sylvia Rhone.

Pharell, Janelle Monae And More Celebs Takeover #CES2014

January 6th, 2014 by Christen

Flashy gadgets and tech reveals won’t be all that’s on display at the big CES show in Las Vegas this week. Amid the consumer tech, attendees will once again find themselves with the chance to gawk over the event’s celebrity guests.

DivasandDorks.com got the scoop on this year’s list of celebrity attendees. Celebrities making waves in the film, TV, music and sports industries. Here are some highlights of many of the celebrities that’ll fill our CES 2014 social media snapshot timelines…

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  • Nick Cannon: This America’s Got Talent host will also host Variety‘s Breakthrough of the Year Awards (BOTYA) at CES on Jan. 9.
  • Tim Tebow and Brendan Schaub: Tebow, former NFL quarterback and upcoming college football analyst for ESPN’s SEC Network, along with Schaub, an Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights competitor, will represent SOUL Electronics on Jan. 8-9.
  • Pharrell Williams (pictured): The voice on Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” will sign autographs on Jan. 8 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Liquipel booth.
  • Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson: Rapper 50 Cent will sign autographs Jan. 7 from 2 to 3 p.m. at the SMS Audio booth.
  • Kristen Bell (pictured): The upcoming Kickstarter-backed Veronica Mars movie is BOTYA’s honoree for Breakthrough Film, and actress Bell will accept the award.
  • LeVar Burton: This Star Trek actor and Reading Rainbow icon will be on the “End of the One Hit Wonder” panel to discuss the Reading Rainbow app on Jan. 8 at 1:10 p.m.
  • Vince Neil: Mötley Crüe’s lead singer will shill for Marshall Headphones, as well as sign autographs in the Zound Industries booth on Jan. 8 from 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Robert Horry: Horry, a seven-time NBA champion, will represent ZTE Corporation on Jan. 7-8 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Josh Holloway, Marg Helgenberger and Meghan Ory: The stars of new showIntelligence will represent CNET. Holloway (Lost), Helgenberger (CSI) and Ory (Once Upon a Time) will appear at the show’s party outside of TAO on Jan. 7 at 9 p.m.
  • Tiësto: World renowned DJ Tiësto returns for a press conference for Audiofly on Jan. 7 from 2 to 3 p.m.
  • Olivia Munn: She will will receive the BOTYA’s Breakthrough Actress award. She has starred in Iron Man 2 and HBO’s The Newsroom and worked on The Daily Show.
  • Janelle Monae: Monae, BOTYA’s honoree for Breakthrough Music, released her Electric Lady album in 2013.

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  • Jabbawockeez: Season one winners of America’s Best Dance Crew will representHisense with a performance on Jan 7 at 12 p.m. and Jan. 8-10 at 2 p.m.
  • Steve Angello: This Swedish House Mafia DJ will make a cameo in Urbanears‘ booth on Jan. 9 from 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Amy Schumer: Schumer will get BOTYA’s Breakthrough Comedy award for her work on Comedy Central show Inside Amy Schumer and on HBO’s Girls.
  • Skylar Grey: Grey, BOTYA’s Breakthrough Newcomer, performed at WWE Wrestlemania, and her “Coming Home” song with Diddy was the event’s theme song.
  • Rohan Marley and Ky-mani Marley: The sons of musician Bob Marley. Rohan will participate in interviews Jan. 7-10 at the House of Marley booth, while Ky-mani will perform Jan. 8 at 4:30 p.m. at the same booth.

 

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In addition to celebrities lending their talent to promote products, they’ll be tons of celebs walking the show floors and checking out the latest in tech just like the rest of us.  Keep up with all the star-studded CES fun with me on Instagram, Twitter and more via

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The 2013 BET Awards PRE Red Carpet With Cadillac andFave Celebs

July 1st, 2013 by Lifestyle Staff

 

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Patrice Yursik, Jocelyn K. Allen, Amy DuBois Barnett, Munson Steed, Florence Anthony & Christen Rochon

 

The 2013 BET Awards PRE dinner, hosted by BET CEO Debra Lee & co-hosted by Nelly took place Saturday night in West Hollywood.  Sponsored by Cadillac, this invite-only dinner allowed some of your fave celebs to mix & mingle before The BET Awards show on Sunday!  Celebrities got to check out the luxurious award winning Cadillac ATS and talk with Christen Rochon on the red carpet. Everyone undoubtedly had a good time mingling as you can see from the photos below. These celebs look fab posing with this beautiful car!

 

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Cadillac ATS PRE BET Awards 2013 Red Carpet  – Tyrese

 

 

Cadillac ATS PRE BET Awards 2013 Red Carpet Divas and Dorks Brunch - Erica Hubbard

Cadillac ATS PRE BET Awards 2013 Red Carpet  – Erica Hubbard

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Cadillac ATS PRE BET Awards 2013 Red Carpet  – Kym Whitley

 

Cadillac ATS PRE BET Awards 2013 Red Carpet Divas and Dorks Brunch - Michelle Williams

Cadillac ATS PRE BET Awards 2013 Red Carpet  – Michelle Williams

 

Cadillac ATS PRE BET Awards 2013 Red Carpet Divas and Dorks Brunch - Sherri Shepard and Lamar Sally

Cadillac ATS PRE BET Awards 2013 Red Carpet  – Sherri Shepard and Lamar Sally

 

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Cadillac ATS PRE BET Awards 2013 Red Carpet  – Joyful Drake

 

Cadillac ATS PRE BET Awards 2013 Red Carpet Divas and Dorks Brunch - Nelly Future

Cadillac ATS PRE BET Awards 2013 Red Carpet  – Future and Nelly

 

Cadillac ATS PRE BET Awards 2013 Red Carpet Divas and Dorks Brunch - Angela Simmons

Cadillac ATS PRE BET Awards 2013 Red Carpet  – Angela Simmons

 

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Cadillac ATS PRE BET Awards 2013 Red Carpet  – Laila Ali – John Sally

 

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Cadillac ATS PRE BET Awards 2013 Red Carpet  – Lisa Leslie – Michael Lockwood

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Cadillac ATS PRE BET Awards 2013 Red Carpet – John Sally & Cadillac’s Don Butler

 

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Cadillac ATS PRE BET Awards 2013 Red Carpet Divas and Dorks – Loretta Devine and Glenn Marshall

Cadillac ATS PRE BET Awards 2013 Red Carpet Divas and Dorks Brunch

Cadillac ATS PRE BET Awards 2013 Red Carpet Divas and Dorks Brunch

Cadillac ATS PRE BET Awards 2013 Red Carpet Divas and Dorks – Lisa Leslie

Cadillac ATS PRE BET Awards 2013 Red Carpet Divas and Dorks Brunch - Wayne Brady

Cadillac ATS PRE BET Awards 2013 Red Carpet Divas and Dorks – Wayne Brady

Cadillac ATS PRE BET Awards 2013 Red Carpet Divas and Dorks Brunch - Nelly and Tichina Arnold

Cadillac ATS PRE BET Awards 2013 Red Carpet Divas and Dorks – Nelly and Tichina Arnold

Cadillac ATS PRE BET Awards 2013 Red Carpet Divas and Dorks Brunch - Tichina Arnold

Cadillac ATS PRE BET Awards 2013 Red Carpet Divas and Dorks – Tichina Arnold

Cadillac ATS PRE BET Awards 2013 Red Carpet Divas and Dorks Brunch - Angie Stone

Cadillac ATS PRE BET Awards 2013 Red Carpet Divas and Dorks – Angie Stone

 

{Photos compliments of Cadillac}

Hip Hop’s Most Fortunate… Where Are The Divas?

April 2nd, 2013 by Simone

Forbes Five: Hip- Hop’s Wealthiest Artists

Forbes released their Forbes Five: Hip- Hop’s Wealthiest Artists list last week. It was not really a shocker that Sean “Diddy” Combs and Sean Carter aka Jay- Z are at the top of the list. There are some people who would think that Jay Z would take the number one spot but the numbers don’t lie. Diddy earned $580 Million while Jay Z earned $475 Million according to Forbes. Bringing in the rear were Dr. Dre who earned $350 Million, Birdman at $150 Million in fourth place, and lastly 50 Cent who has managed to earn way more than his name sake with a reported $125 Million in the bank.

What’s the methodology behind this list? According to Forbes, “In order to complete our Forbes Five list, we followed the same procedure we use to calculate our list of the world’s billionaires: looking at past earnings, valuing current holdings, leafing through financial documents and talking to analysts, attorneys, managers, other industry players and even some moguls themselves to find the nitty-gritty details.”

Unfortunately, a report like this always garners the conspiracy theorists who like to argue about the means in which the money was earned. You know, the usual arguments that still revolve around Biggie’s mysterious death in 1997 and Illuminati claims on behalf of Jay Z’s fortune and domination of the game from the stage to the board room as well as his political connections.

How about we talk about how there are still no women on the Hip Hop scene among the top five earners. Currently, the only female voice you even hear on the radio who isn’t singing is Nicki Minaj and at times she trades bars for melodic verses.

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The male top earners have been in the business for a while. The money they have on the books does not always equal their musical talent in the booth obviously. Most of their money is from side business ventures and mergers than from lending their voices to tracks these days. It is not just because of their longevity. They have noble drives and business sense. But there are many female MC’s with the same drive and business sense right? Are the woman in Hip Hop getting lower wages because their women the same way most of us are under earning for the same job at our 9 to 5’s?

The legends such as MC Lyte, does a lot of voice over work and makes appearances at award shows that are looking for an Old School performance act. Queen Latifah is memorizing lines instead of writing rhymes taking on some great roles on the big screen.

On the other end, Foxy Brown made a reappearance last year that was pretty much panned. Lil’ Kim is only making headlines right now for what she claims are doctored photos of her in the media.

What about hope for the future? The newbies, like Azealia Banks are spending most of their time beefing on Twitter.

I’m waiting for the day when lady MC’s are back to rocking their heels (or high tops) and the mic while climbing to the top of these lists.

 

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Who do you think are the top five wealthiest women in Hip Hop right now?

Forbes Five: Hip- Hop’s Wealthiest Artists

Forbes Five: Hip- Hop’s Wealthiest Artists

BET’s 9th Annual Rip the Runway Taping With Boris Kodjoe, Kelly Rowland And More!

February 28th, 2013 by Tiffany

 

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Boris Kodjoe and Kelly Rowland

 

BET has done it again with their ninth annual fashion event, Rip The Runway, filmed Wednesday night at the historic Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC! With a sexy venue, two stunning hosts, and a variety of new and popular performers, BET had the perfect recipe for another successful year for Rip The Runway! Following a performance at the Super Bowl and taking over the awards scene with appearances at the Grammy Awards and the Academy Awards, superstar Kelly Rowland brought her fashion sense and rising sex appeal to Rip The Runway. Co-host and “Real Husbands of Hollywood” star Boris Kodjoe, added the muscles and just as much sex appeal to bring this year’s show to another level of sexy.

 

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Boris Kodjoe

 

Boris not only brought his muscles and sexiness, but he also premiered his clothing line, Alfa Male, on the Rip The Runway stage. (This will be his second attempt at a successful line of clothing after he and his younger brother released Ziami in Germany back in 2003 and did a soft release in Atlanta in 2008. You can find more on his clothing line here www.worldofalfa.com).

Between Meek Mills, Jaden Smith, Trinidad James, Omarion, and Luke James BET had the perfect combination of talent and sex appeal, mixed with elite industry models and fresh fashion for the entire studio audience to enjoy.  Jaden Smith proved that he is definitely talented and ready to make his mark in this industry as a performer and designer.  Be on the look out for his new collection and very special model-sister Willow making an appearance down the catwalk once Rip The Runway airs March 20, 2013 at 8 PM EST.
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Jaden Smith talks with BET’s 106 & Park

 

BET Rip The Runway Red Carpet Arrivals:

 

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Maybach Music Group’s own Rick Ross
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Meek Mill and Kelly Rowland
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Omarion
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Teyana Taylor with BFF Karrueche Tran.
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Jada Pinkett Smith with son Jaden
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Sibling Bond: Willow and Jaden Smith

 

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DVF Fall 2013 Show Brings Bold Prints, Colors And Glam

February 11th, 2013 by Christen

If you’ve ever imagined yourself  our clubbing during the height of the glam rock era,  you might just find yourself adorned in Diane Von Furstenberg’s Fall 2013 Collection.  Mixed with heavy prints, bold colors and bright patterns – the disco-infused theme wasn’t just the inspiration for the fall collection, it heavily influenced the runway soundtrack instantly transforming the DVF Fall 2013 show audience to a less-than-typical evening at the iconic Studio 54.

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Fall 2013 show mixed with bold patterns

 

 

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Fall 2013 show added metallics to the mix

One by one as each model graced the runway, we saw it all including DVF signature wrap dresses, blazer and skinny pants in “fetish pink,” gold lamé jackets, a turquoise floor-length halter dress, a rabbit-fur black vest, and a dress made of chain mail. Dizzying black-and-white prints were inspired by graphic artist M.C.

 

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Fall 2013 show highlights of hot pinks and bold pairings

 

 

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Fall 2013 show beautiful unconventional patterns

 

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Fall 2013 show adds the glam of luxe fur

Diane Von Furstenberg described her woman for next fall: “Wrapped in a swirl of twisted chain link, she steps into the night. With an effortless glamour, she winks at herself and smiles at her shadow … In sky-high metallic heels, she swaggers across the cityscape … She is the rock star and the muse of her own life. Her clothes are her friends. Life is a party.”  

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Fall 2013 show prints outlined in pink

 

 

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Fall 2013 show printed dress

 

 

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Fall 2013 show vibrant glamour in blue

 

 

Discover more looks from the DVF Fall 2013 Collection below:

 

 

The #Grammys Dress Code Defiance: Rihanna, Kelly, J-Lo And More…

February 11th, 2013 by Christen

Kelly Rowland Then and Now #Grammys dressA #Grammys dress code for everyone appearing onstage during the Grammys telecast? Yes, it’s true!  In preparation of last night’s ceremony, CBS sent out a memo to all talent appearing on camera politely reminding them about the network’s wardrobe policy.

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The network encouraged celebrities to cover their butts, boobs and “genital region.” That last part is very important because it prevents anyone at home from seeing any “puffy” bare skin. I’m a bit confused on what constitutes “puffy” bare skin near the genital region, but I’m pretty sure that there’s a cream for that.  CBS also wanted to make sure no one forgot to cover the bums and boobies – apparently, thong-type costumes and bare sides and/or under curvature of the breasts is classified as “problematic” for TV.
But in true rocker-style there were a few defiant celebrities that caused YES moments throughout the red carpet arrivals and we have our favorites right here…

 

Check out these celebrity Grammy appearances compared before/after “Memo-gate” and tell us, if it’s a mere coincidence or outright dress code defiance…

 

 

 

 

Jennifer Lopez’ Grammy dress stepped out – in full Angelina Jolie style, with her full right leg flashing in glory in a black Anthony Vaccarello gown. She paired her #Grammys dress with a black and gold envelope clutch, and swept her hair back with a chic top knot.

JENNIFER LOPEZ THEN AND NOW #Grammys dress

 

Her look isn’t as revealing as last year’s Grammy bling look but it definitely breaches this year’s dress code mandate by CBS…  what did you think of J. Lo’s  look?

 

Carrie Underwood Grammys Then and Now #Grammys dress

Last year Carrie Underwood wore Gomez-Gracia’s long-sleeve backless “Starlet” Grammy dress featuring intricately embroidered sequins on tulle.  This year, Carrie went for a sophisticated look in a Roberto Cavalli gown and a 381-carat diamond necklace.  What do you think of Carrie’s #Grammys dress?  (Did you see that Etch-A-Sketch dress shat she performed in?  WOW!)

Rihanna Then Now #Grammys dress

Last year, Rihanna donned  a black silk custom Giorgio Armani Grammy dress gown. The dress featured a plunging neckline, complimented by a high slit, a dramatically open back and a mermaid silhouette cascading into an elegant train – (according to E! News) inspired by Michelle Pfeiffer’s character in ‘Scarface’ – this gown definitely didn’t leave much to the imagination. But last night, she wore  a custom Azzedine Alaia dress, Neil Lanejewelry, and Manolo Blahnik shoes.

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Taylor Swift is know for playing it “safe” on the red carpet and she certainly did that last year wearing Dolce & Gabbana dress, Prada shoes, and Lorraine Schwartz jewels.  This year, we didn’t expect her to come out on the red carpet with anything too risqué and she delivered wearing a J Mendel dress that had a little Grammy edge with silver straps.  We’re not at all surprised that Taylor’s Grammy dress stayed within the Grammy dress code…although we appreciate her pushing the limits!

 

What did you think about the red carpet looks from tonight’s Grammy telecast?  Were you surprised by any looks?  Did you love them all?  Do you think the #Grammys dress code affected any fashion statements this year?  Share your thoughts in the comments below…

 

Fashion Takes On The Red Carpet At The 2012 Vogue Fashion Fund Awards

November 14th, 2012 by Christen

Burberry CCO Christopher Bailey and Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour attend the Ninth Annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards

 

The fashion industry pulled out its fancy frocks and indulged to celebrate Seventh Avenue’s next generation of designers at the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund dinner. The Fund, now in its ninth year, provides money and mentoring to promising designers. And over time, with its impressive list of winners and finalists who continue to build their businesses and attract acclaim, the program has set an international standard for nurturing talent and breathing fresh air into an industry that thrives on innovation.  Burberry CCO Christopher Bailey and Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour, Chanel Iman, Rachel Roy and Liya Kebede were among the stylish celebs who attended the 2012 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards last night in NYC.

 

Model Liya Kebede with Proenza Schouler designers Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough and Liv Tyler

 

Model Liya Kebede, rocked a Proenza Schouler dress and black sandals alongside Proenza Schouler designers Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough (past winners of the design award) and Liv Tyler (also in Proenza Schouler)

 

Chanel Iman, in a low cut golden gown, was amongst the beautiful folks spotted last night at the 2012 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards.

 

 

NY Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz attended the stylish event

 

 

Designer Rachel Roy wore a winter white suit with a leopard blazer alongside BBC personality and fashion journalist Louise Roe.

This year’s big winner was Greg Chait for his lush knitwear-based collectionThe Elder StatesmanTabitha Simmons, a former stylist and wife of photographer Craig McDean, was a runner-up with her fanciful footwear. And joining Simmons on the runners-up platform was jewelry designer Jennifer Meyer, wife of actor Tobey Maguire, who thanked her grandmother for teaching her how to make enameled baubles when Meyer was just 6 years old. They will all receive business mentoring. Chait wins $300,000; Simmons and Meyer will each get $100,000.

 

via Photos via Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images North America/Dara Kushner/INFphoto.com

A Diva’s Guide To New York Fashion Week VIP Lounges

September 6th, 2012 by Christen

You don’t have to hang out under the tents of Lincoln Center for New York Fashion Week to spot the latest styles & fashion collections. Filled with fashion editors, bloggers, celebrities and, of course, models, hotels & brands will be celebrating with parties, panels, shopping and specialty drinks all week long. If you know me, then you know I’m a “No Fuss” kinda gal. I just don’t do large crowds & chaos well…lol. Sure I’ll make my way at a few of my favorite shows & presentations – but more than likely I’ll be taking it smooth, easy and have the D&D team handle NYFW this season. (After traveling for 23 days straight – I think I deserve it.) So if you’re looking for me, here are a few of my places you might find me to relax, relate & rub shoulders with the tastemakers of New York Fashion Week.

MERCEDES-BENZ STAR LOUNGE IN LINCOLN CENTER. Known as the “sanctuary” within the tents of Lincoln Center. This invite-only hospitality suite is a haven for designers & celebrities to relax & reflect from the hustle and bustle of fashion week shows. In addition to hosting the Star Lounge, Mercedes Benz will also host a “Fit for Fashion” event on Friday, September 7th at 4pm in the lobby of Lincoln Center by the G-Class display. This invite-only media event, hosted by Joey Gonzalez of Barry’s Bootcamp along with special appearances by Supermodel Joan Smalls and Olympic Gold Medalist Alex Morgan, celebrates the brand’s most iconic SUV – the G-Class. Whether cruising the cobblestone streets of SoHo or going seriously off-road, its sculpted, muscular body and hand-crafted interior make it fit for fashion….are you? Mercedes-Benz is partnering with Barry’s Bootcamp to show you how. Rounding off the NYFW kick-off is an invite-only party to toast Carine Roitfeld’s CR FASHION BOOK on Saturday, September 8th at 9pm. Throughout the evening, a fleet of G-Class vehicles, the stars of Mercedes- Benz Fashion Week, will be showcased in front of The Frick Collection as well as used to transport VIP guests. Mercedes-Benz will have advance copies of CR FASHION BOOK in the Star Lounge for a sneak peek before the big reveal on Thursday, September 13th.

 

MANDARIN ORIENTAL, NEW YORK 80 Columbus Circle, at 60th Street, (866) 801-8880; Mandarinoriental.com/newyork. In MObar on the 35th floor of the hotel will be the “HTC Lounge: Media Headquarters for Fashion Week,” where fashion bloggers, editors and journalists can charge their phones, enjoy free Wi-Fi and snacks, and watch footage of runway shows above the scrum of photographers and editors on the streets below. There will also be an invitation-only designer Q. and A. series with Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs (Sunday), Yuna Yang (Tuesday), and Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte (Sept. 13). Can’t make it to the lounge? You can follow along on Twitter using the hashtags #MOFashion and #HTCMADE.

THE EMPIRE HOTEL,  44 West 63rd Street, (212) 265-7400; Empirehotelnyc.com.? During New York Fashion Week, the Empire will enable would-be models to get free makeovers inspired by the latest runway looks at the Allure Lounge Colored by Maybelline New York (updates @AllureLounge), Thursday through Sept. 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the 63rd Street side of the Empire Hotel, off of the lobby. (Members of the news media and V.I.P.’s have their own lounge, Allure Upstairs). The public lounge will have live streams of fashion shows, free samples and refreshments. Maybelline makeup artists will offer touch-ups, the Ricardo Rojas Salon will give women “high fashion” ponytails, SkinMedica will offer skin consultations and Bioxidea will provide hand treatments. There will be iPads located throughout the lounge to allow guests to shop online with the hotel’s partners. And at a fragrance bar, visitors who make a purchase from certain designers on Macys.com or Sephora.com will receive a gift.

DREAM NEW YORK, 210 West 55th Street, (866) 437-3266; Dreamny.com.?Beginning Thursday in the hotel’s Ava penthouse lounge, the makeup artist Ramy will host a nightly “beauty therapy bar” where guests can sample products and have their brows shaped free. HUDSON HOTEL?356 West 58th Street, (212) 554-6000; Hudsonhotel.com.?With its intimate rooftop and proximity to Lincoln Center, the Hudson is bound to lure its share of fashion plates. For instance, on Wednesday there will be a street-style runway show put together by 20 fashion directors, editors and bloggers, including people from Vogue, W magazine, Bloomingdale’s, Complex magazine, Vice magazine, Selectism/Highsnobiety.

 

Will you be in the heart of New York Fashion Week excitement or are you planning to check out a few of the NYFW VIP suites & lounges?

Get In The Heat Of The BET Awards Action With The #FordHotSpot

June 30th, 2012 by Fashion Staff

 The 2012 BET Awards weekend is finally here and with it Los Angeles is buzzing with drama and excitement! Just when viewers thought their anticipation for watching the BET Awards 12 couldn’t get any higher, Ford decides to give them the opportunity to enter to win a brand new vehicle – in this case, the all-new Ford Escape and $1,000. Ford is giving viewers of the BET Awards 12 the chance to win the keys to the Escape as part of the “Brand New Escape Sweepstakes.” The winner will be announced live during the BET Awards PRE-SHOW: LIVE, RED & READY, which kicks off at 6 p.m. EDT this Sunday, July 1.

 

The Ford Hot Spot – Where BET Entertainment and the 2013 Ford Fusion intersect

Ford Hot Spot, the exclusive backstage area where top entertainment bloggers and media will gather to blog and tweet about rehearsals and the BET Awards 12. The all-new 2013 Ford Fusion will help set the stage as TV personality/model Toccara Jones and actor Boris Kodjoe serve as exclusive hosts throughout the weekend interacting with all of the talent while securing some of behind-the-scenes buzz for this year’s awards show.

Host @IamToccara interviews Pleasure P in the #FordHotSpot (photo via @IamToccara)

 

2013 Ford Fusion

 

Join DivasandDorks for all the behind the scenes excitement as it unfolds in Los Angles at The BET Awards!  Tweet all your favorite celebrities that’ll be in attendance (including Beyonce, Jay Z and more!) with the BET Awards Tweet Cheat Sheet below.  See ya on the red carpet!!!

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