Aspiring Fashion Designer’s Demise

STAMFORD — The woman who shed her clothes before plunging to her death from a tree on Saturday afternoon was religious and committed to pursuing a career in fashion design, two of her relatives said Monday.

The woman, identified by police as 21-year-old Jasmine Brown, was found dead near Wardwell and Frederick streets, several blocks from a church where a priest told police he saw a woman hugging a statue earlier.

Her great aunt and grandmother said Brown, a New Orleans native, moved to New York City about a year ago to attend the Art Institute of New York City.

Stamford Police Capt. Richard Conklin said Sunday that police suspected Brown was high on PCP at the time of the incident, since shedding clothes is a “classic” response caused by the drug.

But Brown’s grandmother, Quentella Richard, and Willene Coleman, Brown’s great aunt, said Brown, whom they described as a beautiful young woman, was not a drug user.

“We know she didn’t do any drugs,” said Coleman, who lives in Stone Mountain, Ga. “We’re worried that it might be some kind of date-rape drug.”

Brown’s older sister Ashley Booker said it was Brown’s dream to have a fashion line called Jasmine Butterfly.

Booker, who also lives in New Orleans, said her sister was always well-liked.

“Everywhere we would go, people would stop and tell Jasmine how beautiful she was,” Booker said. “Once, when I was visiting her and we went to Times Square, people would stop us and ask if they could take a picture of Jasmine.”

Richard, who lives in New Orleans’ Ninth Ward, said from a young age, Brown enjoyed drawing women’s fashion and wanted to be a designer.

She hoped New York would be the place where she would get a name for herself, Richard said.

Richard said Brown’s roommate told the family on Saturday that she had left for the weekend to visit a boyfriend somewhere in Connecticut.

Richard also said Brown called her mother earlier in the week from an unfamiliar number. When the mother, in New Orleans, called the number back Friday, a man picked up and told her to tell Brown “it’s dangerous out here.” It’s unclear what the man was referring to.

Brown recently told her sister she had been thinking a lot about religion, and that she “wanted to be on the right page with God,” Richard said.

An autopsy was scheduled for Monday; police said they believe Brown died from injuries from her fall. A toxicology report could take a number of weeks, Conklin said.

At 12:47 p.m. Saturday, the priest called 911 after he saw a young woman, believed to be Brown, hugging and striking a statue on the St. Benedict’s property. She was gone when police arrived, Conklin said. At 1:27, police were called by passers-by reporting a woman was unconscious under a tree near Wardwell and Frederick.

This is so sad to hear such news to hear about this. May her family be lifted in prayer. One thing I do not like doing is give out bad news. It is quite upsetting to learn someone who has the same passion as you fall short in life.

Elle Man Mexico with Jon Kortajarena

Fashion Model, JOn Kortajarena featured in the latest Elle Man’s magazine. Styled in Hugo Boss and Carolina Herrera by Daniela Rodriguez and Pamela Ocampo, The looks were completely basics, yet effective! Solid  black button up,Leather Jacket, White trainer shoes, Denim (Jacket and jeans, Tux are key items which should be in every man’s stable.  The euro look was constantly throughout the images. Any man can pull these looks off without a problem! You can never go wrong when it comes to the classics!


Patrick Robinson’s departure


Apparently Patrick Robinson was obliged to depart from Gap. The reason behind this leave due to lack of sales the company was receiving. The economy is bad out here, but I don’t really shop at the Gap; perhaps thats says something (not really). Robinson was hired as the designer back in 2007. During his time there, he was the HNIC designing adult body and apparel. He also sought out the revamping of their 1969 denim line. Hopefully this will not hurt seeking anothing position in the fashion industry (after all, its Gap). At least he is not John Galliano at this time.

Air Yeezy 2

This is what you all waiting for ain’t it?! Rumors have been surfing Kanye West was wearing the Nike Air Yeezy 2’s in Robert Rodriquez’s short film, “The Black Mamba” featuring Kobe Bryant. Recently Mr. West performed at Cochella music festival in California with the next big thing in sneakers. Unfortunately I was unabled to grab the first 3 pairs; NO More!! These bad ones will be in my possession soon once the date is released! Stay tuned on the pursuit of the Air Yeezy 2. #roadtrip

Patricia Field against trends??

If you all are in to fashion as I am, I would pray and hope you are totally aware of Patricia Field. She is the mastermind behind the women who some wished to look like Carrie and her glamorous crew from Sex and the City as well as Ugly Betty. One of the things I love about her styling is the emphasis on the characters in each series. Most people fail to realize that fashion is not only based on looking good or chic, but the ability to compliment your personality.

 In recent reports via Thefashionspot, Fashion stylist and designer, Patricia Field has  discussed her latest project with U by Kotex.  Throughout the entire interview, what stuck out the most was her opinion regarding trends. Field said, “I feel that trends go against individualism and would not suggest following trends. Ban the trend!” Quite frankly this was a total shock to me based on the fact she’s both a stylist and fashion designer. On the contrary, I totally applaud her courageous statement.

       There are many people in our society are always try to stay “on  trend”? Now is this a good thing or bad thing? Personally, it really depends how you look at the situation. People tend to lose theirselves pertaining to trends. This is the individualism being extracted she expressed. For example, how often do you see and (or) hear teenagers discuss about waking up ealry saturday morning to grab the latest pair of Jordans? Now are they doing this because they truly appreciate the Air Jordan aesthetic or the attention for having them?

 Sometimes both!  Like money, trends reflects statement to the public eye. The two choices lies whether you are on or off trend. This can diminish the ultimate individualism of a person from the exception of society’s approval.

Individualism in fashion are signature components which identify a person’s style, swag, etc.  Life constantly changes, therefore trends change.  Changes are good based on the fact it makes life more interesting. Who wants to live life  completely methodical. We would go insane right? This is way trends is benefical because it refreshed you switch up. If you have a specific look you are comfortable which compliments your character, than do that shit! Sometimes we see older people stuck with same style or trend(s) for decades. The older you get, trends can be overwhelming for one to keep up.

I do think trends can destroy individualism, but we should be aware of the times. Seek ways to maintain your sense of self while providing different variations regarding to trends. This way you will still be fresh without sacrificing your well being. Just remember that fashion is life shifting through time filled with sudden and usual changes.
Read more: Patricia Field Wants to Ban Trends: A tFS Exclusive Interview | The Fashion Spot

Dior’s decision with Galliano

Apparently everyone in the fashion world is curious about the result of Galliano’s unfortunate departure from Dior. Dior has announced they will not confirm who the designer will be until the fall.. There are speculations regards to Riccardo Ticcsi of Givenchy will replace Galliano. Personally, They are smart for not letting him back. Its like having Michael Richards make an ultimate comback  while a major TV station advocating him.  Money talks at the end of the day.


H&M spring 2011 lookbook

This is the latest lookbook from H&M’s spring 2011 collection. Personally I love all of the looks presented in the campaign. The overall focus appears to be “The Weekend” look. Now I must say  the garments shown are not necessarily fashion forward items as some would perhaps expect. However, there are some essential pieces every man should consider purchasing which enables you to get more out of your clothing. One of the great things about H&M is the fact they are extremely affordable for the masses to be fashion saavy. Since the spring is basically here, its like to bring out the white jeans and the pastelle (i meant pastel) colors.Even though there are not any pastel colors present, it still give you the essence of spring. One of my favorite looks is the fusion of the nautical look ensemble with a stripe top, white jeans, and layered over with a military jacket to juxtapose the outfit. If J.Crew is a little too prep for you, perhaps this lookbook would give some inspiration for your spring wardrobe.

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Chanel Iman- The new face of DKNY “Be Delilcious”

Fragrance campaigns are perhaps popular or  even more popular than fashion campaigns. There is one thing for certain, everyone is not fashionable. On the contrary,  every wants/need to smell. DKNY has chosen, Chanel Iman as the new face of
“Be Delicious”. What better woman could there have been to perfectly describe in an ad.