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Fashion Countdown: 2013 Met Gala Top 10 Best Dressed

This year’s Met Gala theme was punk inspired. Despite having an out-of-the box theme to adhere to, celebrities showed up to the red carpet clad in everything from baroque to bazarre last night at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Check out my top 10 favorites below:

10. Taylor Swift in J. Mendel

There wasn’t much chat about Taylor Swift’s look but upon e-browsing I stumbled on her Met gala look and thought it was absolutely stunning. I love that the dress is dark but the clever mesh detailing makes it lighter. I’m also a fan of her smokey eye look and slightly messy hair. Punk yet chic.

9. Solange in Kenzo

Solange was her regular classy, elegant yet fun & eclectic self. Of course I’m OBSESSED with her oversized afro. The bigger the hair, the better in my book. And I love how her dress leaves a bit to the imagination with the thigh-high detailing and keyhole.

8. Nicole Richie in Topshop

I have to applaud Nicole Richie for fully committing to the punk theme and for becoming a style muse with this Met Gala look. Although silver strands are not typical, she somehow managed to pull it off without a hitch. Even bolder? Gracing the red carpet in Topshop. Straight bad-a** and I love it.
7. Beyonce in Givenchy
So Queen Bey is no stranger to Givenchy. She donned the design house at last year’s Met Gala as well. Contrary to popular disapproval, I actually was a slight fan of this look on Beyonce. There are two things she must lose for me to love it though. The belt and the boots. It’s overwhelming the look.
6. Rooney Mara in Givenchy
Rooney Mara slayed in this custom Givenchy gown. She looks like a dark angel with the scalloped gown in stark white and her bold purple lip. The makeup, the hair, everything was just right.
5. Cameron Diaz in Stella McCartney
Cameron Diaz is another celeb that was under the radar at the gala but I thought looked absolutely beautiful. Her Stella McCatrtney looks was an eye-catching cobalt blue with a structured cape and a metallic studded belts for punk effect.
4. Sarah Jessica Parker in Giles & Philip Treacy Headpiece
Oh Carrie, how I love thee. In case you forgot how glamourous Sarah Jessica Parker can be, she reemerged on the red carpet at the Met last night to remind you. SJP was glowing in a Giles printed gown and a Phillip Treacy head piece. I thought this was not only a beautiful gown but that she really committed to the the punk theme as well. And anyone willing to don a headpiece that massive, gets extra cool points.
3.  Kerry Washington in Vera Wang
You guys know I stan for Kerry Washington. Olivia Pope can do no wrong. I thought this Vera Wang dress was a beautiful selection and her smokey eye and neutral lip were a perfect compliment. She accessorized with long leather gloves and sleek straight hair.
2. Anne Hathaway in vintage Valentino

Now THIS is punk glamour at it’s finest. Anne Hathaway normally floors me with her red carpet choices and last night’s Met Gala look was no exception. I loved the subtle mesh detailing of this gown and the fact that it’s a 1992 vintage piece makes it all the more fitting. Anne fully committed to the look, even dying her tresses bright blonde for the occasion. She hit the nail on the head with this look.

1. Jennifer Lopez in Michael Kors
I was so blown away by Jennifer Lopez look last night! The #1 spot for me was pretty close between J. Lo and Anne Hathaway. Lopez looked amazing in a body-hugging Michael Kors gown. I love the pattern and how it coincides with the punk theme and I LOVE her mohawk-inspired hair. She always manages to kill it on the red carpet.
Did I miss anyone? Who were your Met Gala faves?

Photo Credits: Fabsugar

NEWS: Beyonce for H&M Summer 2013 Campaign FULL Spread

Last month, LBS announced that songstress and media mogul Beyonce would be featured in H&M’s 2013 Summer Campaign. Among the bazillion other ways Ms. Knowles has taken over 2013. She’s now the face of on of our favorite fast fashion retailers. Well, we’ve finally got the full spread of promo images for you, straight from the shores of Nassau, and Mrs. Carter looks hot hot hot! Check it out:
On the Bahamas shoot:

“I loved shooting the campaign in the Bahamas,” says Beyoncé of the photoshoot shot by Jonas Åkerlund, the same photog who shot the TV commercial for her upcoming Mrs. Carter Show World Tour.

“We shot on a beach outside of Nassau and the weather was perfect. The shoot was filled with vibrant colors and was inspired by the glamour of the late ‘70s.” 

On her summer style:

“I love the summer. I’m always in shorts, dresses, light, flowing fabrics, great sandals,” says Beyoncé of her summer looks. She credits her stylists Ty Hunter and Raquel Smith as “an influential part of the process” each day.

On her mother’s style influence:
“I think my style comes from watching my mother from the time I was a little girl. She was so stylish. She was the first person I saw mix high end pieces with more accessible styles and make it all work. I’m also inspired by my sister, I love her bold approach.”

Source: Grazia Daily

UPDATE (5/2): Below find even more pictures from the Beyonce as Mrs. Carter for H&M collaboration. Beyonce is modeling the H&M for Water collection, for which 25% of the sale price will be donated to sustainable water projects.
Loving this patterned crop top! At only $14.95, you can’t beat that.
I LIVE for a maxi dress in the summertime. This piece is first on my list to purchase. Black & white, patterned and sext high-slits? Just my type!

Thoughts on Beyonce’s pics? Will you be purchasing any pieces from the collection?

Fierce or Foolish: Beyonce at Super Bowl 2013 Press Junket

 Beyonce has been spotted out and about in New Orleans this week prepping for her big half-time performance at the 2013 Super Bowl. She showed up to the Super Bowl media junket in Lousiana rocking a tangerine Antonio Berardi Fall 2012 body-conscious dress and gold Jimmy Choo heels.

 I’m gonna have to vote “Fierce” on this look for Queen Bey. The dress is super flattering to her body shape (which is flawless, by the way *shakes fists at the sky*) and comes in last year’s “it” color, tangerine. I think she looks gorgeous.

The side-swept bangs are a nice touch. Proud Mama Tina wore a red blazer and tailored pants, very appropriate and classy. She’s been really into tangerine lately. 
She rocked NCLA’s “I’m With The Band” for her 2013 Inauguration look, which is an amazing tangerine. I happen to love it. See me wearing it below:
Can’t wait to share the full review of this color with you guys.
Anyway, thoughts on Beyonce’s tangerine look? Fierce or Foolish? Soundoff below!

P.S. A little treat for you Bey stans (myself included) – a look at her rehearsals for Super Bowl 2013:

Source: TheYBF

Fierce or Foolish: Beyonce’s 2013 Inauguration Look

Beyonce rocked an Emilio Pucci velvet dress and Christian Dior fur coat for the 2013 Inaugural festivities this morning. She stepped out with hip-hop hubby Jay-Z looking sharp as a tack.

 I’m loving her look. It’s warm with a hint of sex appeal. And I’m in LOVE with her luscious waves and emerald Lorraine Schwartz jewels.

Thoughts on her look? Fierce or Foolish?

Source: Fashion Bomb

NEWS: Destiny’s Child Releases New Album

Ok so I don’t usually do this but umm….Destiny’s Child is back y’all! I never really post about music news on LoveBrownSugar but I couldn’t hardly contain my excitement. Beyonce, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams are joining forces once again to produce new music!

When I saw Beyonce’s Facebook page announce that for the first time in 8 years, the group that made her would be releasing new music, I nearly fell out Baptist-church style. I tootsie rolled. I raised the roof. I did the butterfly. It was a moment. See screenshot below:

I’ve been a dedicated Destiny’s Child fan since childhood. I grew up on their music. As in, as a Junior High School kid I skipped class to head to the FYE store in midtown NYC for their “Survivor” album signing. Waited on line for 7 hours and then proceeded to cry when Beyonce shook my hand. Yeah, that dedicated…

The album is set for release on January 29th, 2013. It’s available now for pre-order at Amazon HERE. The album’s title is “Love Songs”.
I mean, I can’t wait. I’m still tootsie-rolling. 
Is anyone else a DC Fan like myself? Will you be ordering?

Cover Girls: Beyonce for GQ Magazine

It’s official – Beyonce is covering GQ Magazine February 2013. Unless you’ve been under a rock the past few days, I’m sure you’ve seen the unofficial Instagram shot of Beyonce’s GQ Magazine cover that was leaked earlier this week, circulating the internets and keeping the web abuzz. I mean aside from the fact that her post-Blue-Ivy body looks amazing, she’s #1 on GQ’s list of Sexiest Women of the 21st Century.

I, too, think she looks amazing. And I officially want one of those belly jewels. After I get my 6-pack of course. Not trying to play myself in these streets… (don’t judge!)

Thoughts on the cover? Does Baddie Bey deserve the #1 slot on this list?