Meet The New VS Angels

Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Candice Swanepoel, Lily Aldridge and Behati Prinsloo… We all know those names, and we’ve admired and idolized both their beautiful faces, and bombshell bodies.

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For those of us who enjoy watching the Angels, and catching their “off-duty” street style, we couldn’t be more excited to the new addition of Angels. Yesterday, Victoria’s Secret announced the addition of  10 more bombshell beauties to the VS Angels roster! Yes you heard right, 10 new Angels making it a total of 15 Angels for us to drool over.

Joining the old Angels are new models:

Kate Grigorieva (from Russia)
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Taylor Hill (from Colorado)
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Elsa Hosk (from Sweden)
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Martha Hunt (from North Carolina)
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Jac Jagaciak (from Poland)
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Stella Maxwell (from the United Kingdom)
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Lais Ribeiro (from Brazil)
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Sara Sampaio (from Portugal)
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Romee Strijd (from Holland)
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and Jasmine Tookes (from California)
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Haiti Fashion Week 2013

IMG_6520On Wednesday evening, a red carpet greeted international guests, media, and a fashion savvy crowd for the opening gala of the second edition of Haiti Fashion Week with the theme “Mod’ifions notre environment”. After the usual long welcoming speeches, Haitian singer Luck Mervil opened the show with an interpretation of je t’aimais, je t’aime et je t’aimerai while stilt walkers dispersed throughout the crowd. Soon after, we assisted what was really an extravaganza show in which our Haitian designers each presented their muse in an eco-friendly costume made with cereals, corn, natural flowers, goat skin and all kinds of junk recycling.

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Day 1: “Beach and Sun”

It is Thursday evening at the Karibe Hotel, and as expected, the show is running late. Designers, stylists and makeup artists are finishing their last minute touch up on the models. At 8:45, the theme song of Haiti Fashion Week silences the anxious public while young girls wearing Jacqueline Francis’ creation open the show.

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Throughout the rest of the evening, we saw the clothing and accessory lines of designers Jean Yves Marchand, Gaelle Nerette, Farah Pierre Louis, Tamara Depestre, Cora Sajous, Melissa Etienne, Nora David and Daphne Floreal.

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Day 2: “Casual”

Friday nigh at the Karibe Convention Center, all models, (international and local) are wearing wigs from Bijoux Hair. At 8:30 PM, they walk down the white catwalk modeling the casual wear creations of designers such as: Grégory Vorbe and his t-shirts displaying creole messages; Harry Lafond, Sonia Noël, Watson Saint Louis, Malou Cadet, Michaelle Baussan, Irilene Geffrard, Marie Therese Fouchard, Daphne Stephenson, Gerry Romain, Christelle Paul, and Verona School of Fashion.

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Day 3: “Evening and Cocktail”

Finally the last and most anticipated day has arrived. Since 7:30 a long line is being formed by impatient guests waiting to go inside. Finally at 8, the doors open and the seats are quickly taken.

Opening the show is Dominican designer Jenny Polanco with her white cotton and linen collection. Following her were Haitian designers: Madeline Ledan, Mario Andresol, Musset payant, Miko Guillaume, Maelle David, Maguy Durcé, Phelicia Fell, Michel Chataigne, Creations Dorées’ accessories, Oberti luxury eye wear from Argentina, and Esther Joseph from Saint Lucia.

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Most designers received applauds and stand ups from the pubic but only two designers left the public in awe. Fauvette Nartco from Paris surprised us with an impressive exhibition of urban chic menswear. As the lights turned off, about a dozen of male models aligned themselves on the catwalk and one by one advanced the catwalk. To end the night, Haitian-Canadian designer Helmer Joseph made a tribute to the Holy Mary with a lace short piece and Ave Maria playing as soundtrack. In addition, his collection included bold colors and geometric prints with a captivating black final piece.

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Although the overall organization of this year’s event surpassed that of last year’s, many issues need to be taken into more serious consideration. A lack of professionalism in the modeling was somewhat evident as models struggled to find the right rhythm and timing regarding their runway walk. In addition, presenting twelve designers per night is too much. A more strict selection on the participation of the designers should be enforced.  Some designers fail to incorporate the aesthetics to their designer’s collection while others remain limited with their choice of fabric and textiles due to the limited resources available to them.

Granted, some designers have shown merit, but some still lack the originality and competence to partake in this event, and are therefore clouding the little good that results. I believe a show with less designers would create more opportunity for our already talented designers to shine even more

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Cara Delevingne: You Just Can’t Hate

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Have you ever known a girl who seems to have it all? Gorgeous, witty, funny, smart, big blue eyes and um… a british accent? Ugh!!! You’re hating a little aren’t you? Well stop right now, because this IT girl of the moment is all of the above and get this… She’s adorable!

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The Great Gatsby premiere in Cannes

Cara Delevingne seems to be every big celebrities best friend. If hanging out backstage

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with Rihanna, and having Rita Ora call her “wifey” isn’t enough, this girl is jetting around the globe for today’s biggest fashion houses such as Chanel, Oscar de la Renta, and Dolce and Gabana. She made her debut as an “angel” at the 2012 Victoria Secret Fashion Show which catapulted her star even more. Her older sister Poppy was already in the modeling business, and with that kind of bone structure, Cara had to follow. She’s often been referred to as the “next” Kate Moss. This girl has been the face of DKNY, H&M, Burberry and most recently Mulberry.

All of those amazing credentials aside, this model has crept steadily into social media, and is now followed millions. How can a model become such a mainstream success? It’s all in her personality. She’s not afraid to post pictures of herself in giant hot dog costumes and letting her ugly side show. She’s therefore a lot more relatable then all of those unattainable beauties, who seem to never EVER have a bad day. Cara we can’t wait to see where your very bright future takes you!

Do you have what it takes to be an “It” girl? 😉

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