Chloë Sevigny for Opening Ceremony Resort 2012

Chloë Sevigny showed her Resort 2012 collection for Opening Ceremony at St. Patrick Youth Center in SoHo, NYC.  Collaborating on some pieces with skate brand Vision Street Wear resulted in the overall look of a cool 80’s skater girl.  “It’s hard to encapsulate my inspiration because there are so many different looks, but I think it’s just like, sexy girl you see walking down the street in a cool outfit,” Sevigny said. “A lot of eyelet, a lot of leather, playing with the hard and the soft, the good and bad inside of us all.” (NYTimes Magazine)

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Rihanna Responds to ‘Man Down’ Controversy

Rihanna in Man Down videoBy now, I’m sure everyone has seen Rihanna’s latest video, “Man Down.” A lot of controversy has surrounded the video for its depiction of violence. The video begins by showing Rihanna shooting a man in the middle of a busy train station and then goes on to tell the story of how she was merely retaliating for being sexually assaulted by him.

The video fits the song lyrics perfectly, however people are shocked at how Rihanna approached the video with such violence. The Parent Television Council released a statement earlier that said: ” ‘Man Down’ is an inexcusable, shock-only, shoot-and-kill theme song,” said Industry Ears co-founder Paul Porter, a former programming director at BET.

Rihanna didn’t take the negative feedback lightly. She took to Twitter earlier today to explain and stand behind her decision to make such a video. “Young girls/women all over the world … we are a lot of things! We’re strong innocent fun flirtatious vulnerable, and sometimes our innocence can cause us to be naive! We always think it could NEVER be us, but in reality, it can happen to ANY of us! So ladies be careful and #listentoyomama! I love you and I care!”

Rihanna chooses to think of “Man Down” as an empowerment song and video for girls all over the world. Sexual assault can happen to anyone and she is not afraid to address the issue in a straight-forward way.

Photos and information courtesy of Ace Showbiz, MTV, and CNN

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The Biebs Tweets New Song

Justin BieberIt seems that lately Justin Bieber has been everywhere but HERE! He recently got back from touring all of Europe, Asia, and Australia. Now that we think about it, though, it has been a good while since we heard new Biebs material. Until now.

We all know Bieber is quite the tweeter, but just a few days ago Bieber tweeted a free download of a song he covered, Ernie Halter’s “Come Home to Me.” Bieber did a fine job of acoustically singing a stripped version of the song. Not only that but he later surprised Halter himself and performed the song alongside him. Only the Biebs can pull off something like that!

Justin Bieber and Ernie HalterI’m sure he made a lot of Beliebers go a bit nuts with the release of this song, because quite frankly we are just as eager to find out if, and when, Bieber is planning on working on his next album.

No one was more happy to hear this cover than Mr. Ernie Halter himself. In fact, he tweeted Justin Bieber back and said “Wow! Thank you. You sounded great singing our song. Talking with co-writer @lisagoe and we’re both so honored!”

Justin BieberPersonally, we think the song sounds pretty good. It’s obvious that the Biebs voice has clearly changed, which makes us wonder how his new material will sound. If this song is any indication, we may be in for a nice surprise with his new album!

You can click on this link to listen to Bieber’s cover:

Photos and info courtesy of MTV, Twitter, & Amp Magazine

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