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#FlashbackFriday: J. Adrienne Was So Hood On Real Chance of Love and Charm School, Literally and Figuratively


Snoop’s girlfriend, J. Adrienne is opinionated, bold, and not with the bulls–t and not much has changed since back in the day from what we see. This isn’t the first time this Love & Hip Hop newbie took her talents to reality TV. J was previously a contestant on VH1’s Real Chance of Love where she was immediately dubbed “So Hood” for her no-holds-barred attitude.

In this throwback interview on Atlantatainment with Debra Rocks, J speaks on her experience on the show.

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Obviously she didn’t make it far on Real Chance of Love but she dusted herself off and headed straight to the third season of Charm School in an attempt to clean up her image. She and the Rock of Love girls found themselves clashing often. In this throwback clip, she had to “woosah” herself out of a fight because the other girls were effin’ with her name.

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She ended up quitting because, according to an interview with she claimed, “Ricki [Lake, the then-host] does not get both sides of the story.” She even went on to call herself the modern Martin Luther King, Jr. because of her decision to remove herself from the show.

Luckily for her she was able to dabble in a little modeling(?) after her 15 mins.

Seems like J can’t catch a break in the love department, she still looks good though!

Watch VH1’s exclusive interview with J. Adrienne where she expresses she’s not the jealous-girlfriend type (insert LOL here).

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Hey Bar-Bey! Barbie Beyoncé’s Instagram is the Best Thing You’ll See All Day

-By Soraya Joseph

Before Beyoncé dressed up as Barbie for Halloween, someone else got the message to turn the diva into a doll. And it’s safe to say that Barbie Beyoncé has experienced more in her 12 weeks of life than most will in a lifetime. Oh the irony.

Designed by photographer and model Tyren Redd, Barbie Beyoncé is the latest doll creation by Tyren, and the first time we’ve seen Bey as a Barbie since 2005. The fierce and fashionable figurine has its very own IG page which captures all the epic moments of the singer’s Lemonade phase. From a bat-slinging Queen Bey to her backstage at the Formation tour, Barbie Bey’s reenactments are giving fans, well, life.

Okay Barbies now let’s get in formation:

Hold up, they don’t love you like I love you:

Barbie Brandy and Barbie Beyoncé taking selfies:

Barbie Bey and Barbie Blue at the MTV VMA’s:

Ok seriously, this is lit:

As for its maker, this is not Tyren’s first time creating a diva doll from scratch. Last year Tyren captured the hearts of fans (and singer Brandy), when he created the Barbie Brandy, and highlighted every stage of the celeb’s life, from Moesha til now. It’s only right that his followup release be as strong as his debut- and who better than Bey?

Now if only we could get Jigga Man as Ken. Now that would be a match made in Mattel heaven!

We tried on Beyoncé’s Ivy Park collection when it dropped in April. Check out our haul video here.

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Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds’ Children Make Their First-Ever Public Appearance

The Reynolds family is finally out in full force.

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds’ children made their public debut today at the Deadpool actor’s Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony. The uber private couple have kept their children, daughter James in born December 2014 and their littlest one in September, under wraps until now. The actor arrived to the ceremony with family in hand and made a speech thanking his wife and daughters, all of whom were camera-ready for photos with the man of the hour.

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“I want to thank my wife, Blake, who is sitting right there, who is everything to me,” Reynolds, 40, said. “You are the best thing, the best thing that has ever happened to me — second only to this star. …You make everything better, absolutely everything in my life better. You’ve made me the father of my dreams when I thought I only had fun uncle potential.”

The “Walk of Fame” event marks the first time the family has been photographed together at a public event. Congrats to Ryan and the family on the iconic achievement.

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Michelle Obama Will Host a Special Screening of Hidden Figures at the White House

By Jasmine Grant

Although 2016 has been the year of political upsets, we’re thankful to see the White House celebrating something major.

Our FLOTUS is celebrating one of the greatest untold stories in American history. Michelle Obama will be hosting a special screening of Hidden Figures at the White House this evening. The powerful film tells the story of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Johnson – three African-American NASA scientists who, against all odds, made groundbreaking contributions that helped John Glenn complete the first successful orbit in space.

The film is directed by Theodore Melfi and stars Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae and Octavia Spencer as the main characters. At a time where race and politics continues to keep the nation divided, this incredibly important and unsung story of women who battled both racism and sexism in the space race is timely and uplifting.

The First Lady will be making a keynote at the screening. In addition to the movie’s cast, Pharrell Williams, who produced and composed music for the film, will attend. He has been on a promotion spree of his own over the past two weeks.

Aside from loads of celebrity participation and co-signs, Hidden Figures is getting critical acclaim. It has received two SAG Award nominations for Best Ensemble cast and a Best Supporting actress nod for Spencer, who also nabbed a Golden Globes nomination this week for Best Supporting Actress.

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will hit select theaters Christmas Day and then nationwide January 6th.

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Haute Couture Spring 2012

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While FashionTV is always stunned by the the unique ready-to-wear designs of New York, London, Milan, and Paris Fashion Weeks, it’s Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week that also takes our breath away. We are ultimately overwhelmed by the intricate use of embroidery, pailettes, and beading, architectural additions of insets and pleats and lavish fabrics like chiffon, organza, gazar, silk, feathers, and fur.

Yes, design labels like Versace, Chanel, Valentino, Givenchy, Giambattista Valli Jean Paul Gaultier, and Dior have mens and womenwear labels, but their technical craftsmanship, attention to detail, and complex handiwork have their moments in the limelight (not soon to be forgotten) when they create their one-of-a-kind haute couture collections. FashionTV brings you the very best of their beautiful concepts from Spring/Summer 2012.

Follow FashionTV for all the haute couture that designer brands like Dior, Versace, and Stephane Rolland have to offer.

It’s no wonder that high-end glamazon Donatella Versace wanted to come back to Paris Couture  Fashion Week after an 8-year hiatus with Atelier Versace.  She missed the magic of it all–the couture poses (check out model Lindsey Wixson in her SS 2012 showcase), the architectural and glitzy gowns, the intricate fabrics, the biggest models in the world (Karlie Kloss, Arizona Muse), and the luxe one-of-a-kind designs.

Paris Haute Couture Week is also a time for master couturiers who are particularly known for their couture to come to the forefront.  Suddenly, designers like Zuhair Murad, Georges Hobeika, Christophe Josse, and Stephane Rolland become household names in Milan, Paris, and throughout the fashion world. After all, who WILL forget supermodel Yasmin Le Bon’ s slow waltz down the runway in a 110-pound red gown stunner at the end of the Stephane Rolland show.

What Is Haute Couture?

Cathy Horyn, style writer for The New York Times recently wrote, “I think couture should yield an experience that is unavailable anywhere else.” Essentially, this is what couture is all about. Haute couture, French for high dressmaking, is about the creation of exclusive custom-made clothing made from high quality fabrics and often sewn with extreme time-consuming detail to create high-end one of a kind looks.  That’s why you’ll typically only see these pieces worn by affluent private clients, well-to-do socialites, or Hollywood movie stars who want to make an impact with a look not found anywhere else.

In order to be recognized as a couture house, a fashion brand needs to design made-to-order pieces for private clients with fittings, have an atelier (workshop) in Paris with at least 15 people full time, and each season (Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer) present a collection to the Paris press with at least 35 runs with outfits for both daywear and evening wear.  Perhaps this is no longer so accurate as designers like Donatella Versace presented only 15 looks this season.

History of Haute Couture

Couture began in the late nineteenth century when designer Charles Frederick Worth established the first haute couture house in Paris.  Later, after World War II, designers like Christian Dior became devoted to dressing women in elegant style, separately from the uniforms they had been used to.  War, recession, and other obstacles have changed the face of couture but it has continued to survive, with a recent boom in sales.

30 design houses showcased their designs in Spring/Summer 2012 season. The Chambre syndicale de la haute couture is comprised of at least 33 members at the present time, including jewelry and accessories.

Experience the extravagance of haute couture on FashionTV with highlights from breathtaking shows like Versace and Georges Hobeika. FashionTV brings you the top designers, models, runways shows, and premiere front row and backstage action at the biggest events from around the world.

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Paris and Milan Men Fashion Week Fall 2012


From Structured Suits to Luxe Sportswear:

Check Out The Fall 2012 Trends from Paris and Milan Men’s Fashion Week

FashionTV captures the handsome men of the runway – Francisco Lachowski, Andrea Preti, Adrien Sahores, Clement Chabernaud, and even top male supermodel David Gandy at this season’s Paris and Milan Men’s Fashion Weeks highlighting the Fall/Winter 2012-2013 season.

This is the season for menswear, which typically doesn’t have the same buzz as couture or womenswear, to shine! Unlike the bright and eye-popping colors and loose fabrics of Spring/Summer 2012, the Fall/Winter 2012-2013 provided the perfect venue to showcase Fall colors (burgundy, black, gold, copper) and textured Fall/Winter fabrics like wool, tweed, jersey, and velvet.

Men’s fashion this season came in the form of two types of looks that were prominent this season. There were the structured suits, of course, which this time were made even more lavish with long coats and textured fabrics to add to the dark, haunting and romantic themes of shows like Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, and Songzio. While other shows like Missoni, Roberto Cavalli, and Frankie Morrello were more colorful in nature, these casual looks came to the forefront in a more rugged nature with geometric patterns and plaid prints or with loose pants and oversize capes.

When the looks weren’t rugged, they were sporty—and as sportswear is a common element of Paris and Milan Men’s shows, it was nice to see the looks either overtly casual but still containing that sport element or less dressy than the typical overdressed duds.


One of the most fabulous aspects of this season’s Paris and Milan Men’s shows for Fall/Winter 2012-2013 is that some of the designers focused on themes and stories to describe the pieces that made up their collections. Dolce & Gabbana, for example, were inspired by opera in Palermo in the year 1910.

While the male models were draped in overcoats and lush velvet textures, waiters in tux and tails gave out champagne to the audience. During her show, designer Vivienne Westwood and her husband, who is in charge of the VW menswear line, wanted to call attention to the icebergs in the North and South Pole, and focused her collection on luxe garment wearing polar explorers of the 20th century, complete with icicle makeup in their hair, beards, and on their faces. Other themed shows include the materialistic meets meditative Frankie Morello show and the army and free bird-ridden Dior Homme collection.

Throughout to the Fall/Winter 2012/2013 season, designer labels like Missoni, Versace, Salvatore Ferragamo, Prada, and Cavalli honed in on trends like colorful geometric patterns on jackets and sweaters, leather and wool for long coats, and suits with lavish prints, like the suits found at Jean Paul Gaultier and Moschino (both brick patterns!), and loud colors like Roberto Cavalli.

FashionTV brings you the latest trends and themes of all the top menswear runway shows during Paris and Milan Men Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2012-2013.


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Kick-start New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2012-2013

It’s that time again! FashionTV brings you exclusive coverage from New York Fashion Week, which promises all the best autumn trends for Fall/Winter 2012-2013.

The loose fabrics, bright greens, hot pinks, shiny purples and flourescent neons have been replaced by furs, deep teals, burgundy reds, brocades, and a kaleidoscope of prints that are perfect for the upcoming Fall season.

The runway shows have just started and already we’ve seen the signature color blocking of BCBG MaxAzria, the military glam power walkers of Jason Wu, the bowled over sleeves and quirky prints of Peter Som, and the bright orange and deep blue of Cynthia Rowley.

Karlie Kloss may not be walking at New York Fashion Week this season (*sigh) but we’ve already seen other big name models like Candice Swanepoel, Jourdan Dunn, Joan Smalls, Aymeline Valade, and Daphne Groeneveld.  American models Jacquelyn Jablonski, Ruby Aldridge and Arizona Muse have made an impact at shows like Helmut Lang, Jason Wu, and BCBG MaxAzria.

Keep your eyes glued to FashionTV this week for an exclusive look at many of the top shows as well as hair and makeup secrets from top makeup artists and hairdressers including reps from brands like Kerastase, MAC Cosmetics and Maybelline.  You don’t want to miss all the latest from New York Fashion Week right here on FashionTV!

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New York Fashion Week Trends: Military Looks

All over the world, we honor our military. And so do our favorite fashion designers. This New York Fashion Week top fashion designers exhibited collections with consistent military elements throughout.

Such military details included uniforms, sharp-shoulder styles, epaulets and large gold buttons. Each element exhibited was coupled with a feminine touch. It certainly feels like this Fall’s wardrobes are going to be filled with military-inspired apparel!

FashionTV collected some of the remarkable shows from New York Fashion Week. Check out our fashion designer’s urban warriors!

Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang is one of the rising designers in the elite fashion scene. In his Fall 2012 collection Wang incorporated many military aspects to his designs including leather trench coats adorned with epaulets and tailored jackets which, as a whole, depicted the appearance of a military officer. The cherry on Wang’s cake was the closure of the show. Top model Gisele Bundchen got on stage and stunned the audience with a gorgeous trench coat.

Jason Wu

Another designer that was swept by the military trend is Jason Wu. The talented designer showed sharp-shoulder jackets as well as beautiful combinations of big buttons and turtle-neck collars. Whether or not Wu was inspired by the return of the American troops from Iraq, his Fall 2012 collection made women look sexy in uniform.

Rag & Bone

Like Jason Wu, Rag & Bone also took traditional military elements and put them through a feminine filter. The epaulets and big buttons were there, but instead of looking stiff and formal, there was a luxe feel to much of the clothing, which was tailored and tapered.

Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham’s interpretation of the military trend included knee-high boots and detailed tailored jackets in this year’s collection. Skin-tight dresses were a major part of Beckham’s designs in addition to gold buttons, python-lined trench coats and tons of khaki!

Tommy Hilfiger Men

If you combine a cadet’s military uniform and add a touch of lifestyle, you land up with Tommy Hilfiger’s Fall 2012 Men’s collection. The American designer presented a brilliantly trendy and sexy type of sophisticated line filled with military coats, pants and shoes. While keeping true to his signature sportswear Hilfiger also grasped our attention with unique pop art color combinations like red and orange and paint splattered tees and pants — presenting a different kind of “military” look.

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Kick-start London Fashion Week Fall/ Winter 2012-2013

With New York Fashion Week swiftly behind us and the shows kick-starting in London, FashionTV highlights what makes the British edition of the worlds’ major Fashion Weeks so special.

McQ Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood Red Label, Burberry Prorsum, Matthew Williamson, Pringle of Scotland, Christopher Kane . . .  Have you missed these quintessential British designers and brands?

Considered the more “edgy” of the fashion weeks, London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2012-2013 is bound to provide for many new trends, magnificent outfits and brilliant new designs for next winter.

Apart from the amazing fashion shows and revealing new seasonal trends, London Fashion Week is also recognized for its technological edge. London was the first to broadcast its shows live on the web during the Spring 2010 season. A year later, Burberry made history when it broadcast its runway show live in 3D. This season, nearly every fashion show will be aired live, and fans eager for behind- the- scenes glimpses can follow London Fashion Week’s popular Facebook fan page.

As far as trends are concerned: FashionTV noticed that maxi skirts and dresses were hot at House of Holland, Preen and Mulberry’s runway shows. Moschino Cheap and Chic and Todd Lynn are two of the designers who included military motifs on their designs.

Among the collections presented so far, the presence of black, white and brown colors were heavily noted. Glimpses of red were could be seen in the collections of PPQ and Daks. John Rocha included pale greens and Nicole Farhi and Moschino Cheap & Chic presented beautiful yellow and pink items.

Coats are, naturally, very popular on the catwalks. While some designers went for the military look, others like Daks and John Rocha chose a more sophisticated path. Todd Lynn’s collection included some magnificent asymmetric coats, which gave a fresh new fashion vision.

Alongside fashion collections, London Fashion Week also offers some great events. One of these was a presentation by designer Stella McCartney. During the presentation McCartney showed off pieces from her new Fall 2012 line. Top models and celebrities such as Rihanna, Kate Moss, Kanye West and Simon LeBon turned the evening into a paparazzi field day.

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