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18 December 2013 Written by 

Beyoncé Makes History and more This Week in Fashion...

Heeeeey Mrs. Carter! I see you. I must take a moment to just acknowledge the fact that Beyoncé just did it on everybody. But I’ll revisit that in greater detail in a moment.

 Naomie Harris dazzled on the red carpet of the Oxfam Charity Gala, which is a part of the 10th annual Dubai International Film Festival. The actress who stars in ‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom,’ chose a coral Monique Lhuillier gown that featured lace embellishment and a beautiful train. A black boxy clutch and a pair of earrings for frosting finished off her look.

Your-favorite-actress-but-you-just-don’t-know-it-yet, Rooney Mara also attended the Oxfam Charity Gala where she debuted a custom Lanvin one-shoulder gown. Staying true to her monochromatic taste the all-white gown featured a sculptural neckline that resembled flower petals. The gown was cinched at the waist by a grey belt and flared slightly at the ankle. A dark lip and tight bun finished off her look.

Nicole Richie was seen at the Curiosity Opening Dinner in Miami wearing a sassy Emanuel Ungaro sleeveless polka dot turtleneck top and a black wrap skirt. A pair of Balenciga dual-color pumps completed her flawless look for the evening.

Cameras caught ‘Gossip Girl’ Blake Lively in New York City wearing a black Marchesa slip dress. The dress featured floral embroidery, lace cut-outs and a tulle flounce skirt. She finished her look with a pair of Gucci shoes and frosting by the host Van Cleef & Arpels. I’m a fan of this look.

Annnnd we’re back! Miss Miley did it again on the red carpet before her performance at Z100′s Jingle Ball 2013 held at Madison Square on December 13 (aka Beyoncé Day). Like only she can do, Miley Cyrus transformed two questionable looks into something I need in my closet stat.  She paired a Maison Martin Margiela sleeveless white mandarin-collar blouse with a pair of high-waist, wide legged tuxedo pants. The dash of yellow paint that went down the sides of the pants broke up the monochromatic color palette.  Miley’s toes clung onto a pair of Celine sandals for dear life and silver cuff jewelry finished off her look.

Remember a few years ago when ‘The Sing Off’ was on MTV? Well because my television consumption consists mainly of ‘Scandal’ and ‘Criminal Minds’ I had no idea it came back! This time around musician Jewel replaced Sara Barielles and this explains why I’ve seen her out and about looking gorgeous lately.  Most recently, Jewel attended the American Country Awards and wore a black embellished Jovani bustier dress. She added a pair of silver Rupert Sanderson pumps and Jacob & Co. jewels for the finishing touch. Yes ma’am.

So…Kate Middleton is my favorite princess to have ever princessed. Let me explain. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge were in attendance of a special screening of David Attenborough’s ‘Natural History Museum Alive 3D’ in London. Kate looked glamorous, gorgeous and amazing in a long sleeved Temperley London ‘Amoret’ lace gown. What is more exciting is the fact that this isn’t the first, or second time that we’ve seen this gown…it’s the third! Yes third. This means that Kate is just like us...or perhaps you are fancier than me and never repeat an outfit. I simply adore the fact that she found a gown that she loves and that flatters her and isn’t afraid to wear it when she wants.  This makes my heart smile just like First Lady Michele Obama wearing her favored J. Mendel tailored jacket, pleated white skirt, and silver Manolo Blahnik pumps to TNT’s Christmas in Washington. A look we saw at the London Olympic Games in July.

I must highlight the adorable James Marsden on his choice of a three-piece midnight Dolce & Gabbana suit. He was dressed to the nines at the London premiere of ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.’ A red trimmed pocket square, pink and purple striped tie and checkered shirt took this look to another level. Pssst…hey fellas….join him because he is clearly winning with this look. That is all.

Beyoncé by Beyoncé

Talk about letting the work speak for itself. In a bold move without any promotion, or any  pomp & circumstance, Houston’s own  Beyoncé  released a self titled visual album exclusively on iTunes.  In an age where we are oversaturated with musical artists and entertainers every move, beaten over the head with shameless plugs and promotion, and force fed singles until we can’t help but accept the music, what a refreshing experience to truly experience a body of work.

From a numbers perspective, Bey just changed the entire music indsutry game. Billboard reports that Beyoncé sold more than 80,000 copies in the first 3 hours. Why is that so amazing? Perhaps because those are word-of-mouth numbers. It doesn’t get much better than that. I know, because I was one of the early purchasers. Why did I buy it? While yes I am a fan of Beyonce, I’ve never bought an album prior to this one. I bought this particular album because for the first time in a long time I was really excited about about hearing what Bey had to say through her music that she didn’t want funneled through middlemen.  The self titled album, Beyoncé that features 14 songs and 17 videos sold 828,773 over the weekend making it  the fastest-selling album to ever hit iTunes. This is a big moment for Bey. This is history.

Beyoncé  later explained her decision to surprise us with the album without the middleman: “I didn’t want to release my music the way I’ve done it. I am bored with that. I feel like I am able to speak directly to my fans. There’s so much that gets between the music, the artist and the fans. I felt like I didn’t want anybody to give the message when my record is coming out. I just want this to come out when it’s ready, from me to my fans.”

Not only am I happy to see Bey living her dream and having the opportunity to make music on her own terms, I am excited to see what comes next for the music industry. I know Monday morning music executives were scratching their heads in awe and disbelief and fellow musicians took note that the bar was raised. Round of applause for Beyoncé. Let’s all do better.


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