Cee-Lo Green: Cee-Lo's Magic Moment – review
If anyone can make a Christmas album work in this day and age, it's Cee-Lo. And he has – well, almost
The most expensive Russian sable fur blanket ever sold this week in NYC's garment district to a notorious member of a prominent royal family whose name we are not at liberty to disclose.
Natural sable short coat from Marc Kaufman Furs (available to own today for a mere $25,000)
Carolina Herrera Sable jacket
Third generation expert furrier, Marc Kaufman, who is currently working on fulfilling the whopping $900,000 custom order, says "nothing could be more opulent than a blanket made from the most expensive fur on Earth." The Kaufman family has been manufacturing fur coats and fur jackets in NYC , designing luxury furs, repairing luxury furs and altering along with providing cold fur storage fur cleaning, fur remodeling and fur repairs for fur stores and individuals since 1910. We are not permitted to share photos of the record breaking piece, but we can only imagine...
Sable has been the fur of choice for royals since the Middle Ages. Reserved exclusively for members of the nobility in several instances, Russian Sable Fur remains an extraordinarily precious, exquisite, and expensive material; described by a wealthy 17th-century Russian diplomat as "A beast full marvelous and prolific [...] a beast that the Ancient Greeks and Romans called the Golden Fleece." The New York Times recently referred to the Russian Sable as "the most sought-after pelts in the World."
(above) The Duchess of Cambridge enjoying the perks of being a royal in a Wild Russian Sable Fur Hat
Sable fur is unique because it retains its smoothness in every direction it is stroked, while the fur of other animals feels rough when stroked opposite the grain. And when the royal customer bathes himself in hundreds of thousands of dollars of Russian sable from a fancy New York furrier, he has not spend nearly a million dollars on ''ranch'' fur from sables raised in cages, because by far the most exquisite specimens of sable are still found only in the Russian wild.
Golden Russian Sable coat
'"The Siberian sable has such a special energy and mystery in addition to being so light and warm and sexy that it is no wonder that a century ago there was a law that only the czar and his family could wear it,'' says Helen Yarmack, one of Russia's leading fur designers.
Dark Russian Sable Fur Coat with Cropped Sleeves
Golden Russian Sable Fur Bolero
We can't tell you that there is a Russian sable option for every budget, but a little Russian sable can go a long way and us non royals out there might consider classing up our wardrobes with Russian sable fur accessories and other smaller pieces such as the beautiful bolero above, and garments with sable fur detailing as shown below.
Dark Brown Sheared Mink Fur Coat with Natural Sable Fur Collar and Cuffs
Full Length Chocolate-Colored Sheared Mink Fur Coat with Golden Sable Fur Collar and Cuffs
Dark Brown Sheared Mink Fur Stroller with Russian Sable Trim from Marc Kaufman Furs
Sable is extravagantly expensive but consider buying a piece like the fabulous cashmere cape below, trimmed in Russian sable, or having the team at Marc Kaufman Furs' customize a garment for you by adding sable trim!
Come on down to New York City's garment district and check out Marc Kaufman Furs’ enviable collection of Russian sable coats, strollers, jackets, capes, and accessories today, or let's discuss your design ideas and we will custom make fur garments to your specifications. Bring your aging furs to our showroom for a fashion forward remodel, expert fur cleaning, or to dress them up for the holidays and the year ahead with brand new ultra-luxurious trim!
Marc Kaufman Furs NYC
212 West 30th St
New York, NY 10001
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Puffing His Chest
After teasing the visuals for “Big Homie,” Diddy/Puff Daddy has premiered the full video for the Money Making Mitch track. While it’s already a star-studded affair with Rick Ross and French Montana on it, in classic Puffy style he couldn’t just stop there. So the Itchy House Films production also has cameos from Snoop Dogg, A$AP Rocky, 2 Chainz, DJ Khaled and more across settings in New York City and L.A.
It all seems to be saying, when you’re the big homie, you can call on anyone you want whenever and wherever you want — and you can wear the furriest fur coat while doing it. Check it out up top.
Get an eyeful of even more pop music coverage, from artist interviews to exclusive performances, on Idolator’s YouTube channel.
Rent a fabulous fur coat or fur garment from Marc Kaufman Furs for a special occasion, a scene in a movie, a music video, a wedding or a photo shoot for a magazine.
We have a beautiful collection of unique designer furs for rent at every price range. If you are interested in renting a fur, come in and see what kinds of furs we have in stock and what’s available for fur rental in your size.
If you rent a fur and fall in love with it, we will apply the fur rental charge towards the purchase of the fur that you rented.
Check out Marc Kaufman Furs’ new collection of Russian sable coats, mink strollers, fox jackets, Canadian lynx jackets, American lynx jackets, knit mink capes, and chinchilla coats and more or create or design your own mink coats, fox coats, or any type of furs. Or we can custom make fur garments to your specifications.
Derek Zoolander, eat your heart out, because Channing Tatum is giving your infamous blue steel a major run for its money!
New pics of a young 23-year-old Channing surfaced on Thursday from the 2003 Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York, and let's just say, he's giving a whole new meaning to the phrase, "work it, own it!"
Hitting the runway for both Marc Ecko and Sean John, the photos show the Hollywood hottie donning big, baggy pants, an oversize varsity jacket, and a yellow sweat band — but our personal favorite? The ensemble he sported for P. Diddy's line, wearing a giant fur-and-leather coat with the tightest white thermal pants you've ever seen. (Ladies, you're welcome.)
But Channing isn't the only model-turned-Hollywood-hunk. Ashton Kutcher and Josh Duhamel were also stars on the catwalk at the International Modeling and Talent Association's male model of the year competition in 1997. (Josh took home the title, but Ashton was close behind in second place).
Whether it’s rock stars or reality stars, one common fashion thread that ties Hollywood’s brightest stars, past and present, together is the fact that they LOVE their fur! For the celebrities of the 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s, fur defined them as not only glamorous, but also as refined symbols of stature, wealth and high-fashion…the same applies to today’s divas.
No matter the generation, fur’s limitless diversity has helped to glamorize and amplify some of the biggest personalities that have shaped pop culture for decades.
For today’s female and male celebs, fur has a much more casual and fluid role as it is often chosen to reflect innate personality and swagger, as opposed to trying to create a fabricated alter ego. Ingrained in our pop culture as a wardrobe staple, we see fur being worn by a wide range of high-profile fashion lovers for every occasion imaginable, and throughout all seasons.
Surely this age-old love affair with fur is here to stay. As more and more designers experiment with luxurious fur in their collections, and more and more top fashion and lifestyle magazine worldwide feature it in-book , the obsession with this textile will only continue to grow bigger and bigger! This utter saturation and penetration of fur fashion into mainstream consciousness has created a new and younger crop of fur wearers, which ultimately secures the wonderfully vibrant future of fur…especially among Hollywood celebs.
And for that exhibition, frankly, we salute her.
Naomi might be battier than a Transylvania attic, but at least she's giving back to society by providing her sad, bored comrades with something stellar to gawk at. In fact, the other celebrities headed for the purgatory of community service could take a few lessons from her. And so we present a Celebrity Guide to Giving Back With Glamour, as we imagine Naomi Campbell would have told it to us.
Skip the standard-issue uniforms. The government is no Giorgio Armani. Slumming it in that neon-orange thing certainly didn't do Boy George's figure any favors when he was scraping up street trash in August. Not to mention that the glare from the neon-yellow strap can make a person look jaundiced.
Make a hot uniformed man your bitch. George Michael was most likely forbidden from doing this when he worked in a youth center following his arrest for lewd conduct in a London park. Too bad for him; brilliant Naomi reportedly drafted a Sanitation Department lieutenant to carry her purse for her. So what if he just took it because he was scared to say no?
Wear heels for calf definition. It's vital to develop one's leg muscles at a time like this, so don't leave the pumps at home when you're out picking up garbage by the side of the road (a common sentence for celebrities nabbed for a DUI, like Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie and, yesterday, crazy Vivica A. Fox). Plus, if someone you know drives by, you want them to honk for the right reasons.
Pick a location conducive to finding your next husband. Winona Ryder had the right idea when she served her 480 hours for shoplifting at a Los Angeles–area hospital. Sure, sick people are gross, but everyone knows that doctors are hot. It's called multitasking. And in her current locale, Naomi can go on the prowl for a burly Sanitation God — seriously, those guys make bank — while she's sifting through refuse. It's a nice silver — or perhaps platinum — lining.
Pretend it's all for a good cause. On Monday, Naomi arrived in lace-up heeled boots and a wool coat with matching black newsboy cap; on Tuesday, she sported that ash-gray fur jacket and a saucy fedora. Wednesday brought a sleek leather trench, and this morning she arrived in chinchilla, a purple shirt, and work boots. (We're praying for a headdress of some ilk tomorrow.) But the best part is she's auctioning off each potentially very pongy outfit for one of Nelson Mandela's charities. Which is heartwarming and all, but everybody knows there's no better way to silence the haters than by haughtily informing them that your vanity is actually philanthropy. —The Fug Girls
Celebrities in fur
Indeed, the supermodel is so taken with this latest addition to her wardrobe that she even took it to the balmy Caribbean this week.
Eccentric popstar Lady Gaga is equally enamoured, reputedly spending £132,000 on two fur coats in a boutique in Moscow, putting the seal of approval on a trend that has been gathering pace for a while.
Kate Moss is seen shopping together in London last Wednesday wearing a real fur Fendi coat
For some - including style icons such as Anna Wintour, Rihanna, Beyoncé, Madonna and Jennifer Lopez - it seems fur, far from a dirty word, is a highly covetable part of a fashionista's winter wardrobe.
And it's a lucrative market. Over 400 catwalk labels currently use fur in their collections and, since the millennium, the global fur market has almost doubled from £5.7 billion to £9.4 billion.
Luxury fashion houses such as Prada, Chanel, Burberry, Fendi, Maxmara and Gucci have long used premium pelts - such as sable, mink and chinchilla - but it's only recently that sales have started growing exponentially.
Now younger, more contemporary - and often more accessible - designers including Isabel Marant, Diane von Furstenberg, Christopher Kane, Erdem, Jonathan Saunders, Alexander McQueen and Roksana Ilincic (some of them favourites of the Duchess of Cambridge) have shown catwalk pieces trimmed with or made from real fur.
As a result, fur sales increased by more than 30 per cent in the UK between 2010 and 2011, while sales of farmed fur now amount to £1.2 billion a year in the EU.
So why has fashion fallen back in love with fur?
Less than two decades ago supermodels including Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford and Elle Macpherson said they'd 'rather go naked' than wear it.
Harper Beckham is also recently seen wearing a coat with real fur
The upsurge in popularity is an unintended consequence of shoppers' love for fake fur. For years now, High Street chains have been churning out faux-fur coats at pocket-money prices.
In turn, a number of celebrities paraded vintage garments - both faux and real - and made the fur 'look' desirable.
Even little Harper Beckham was seen sporting a realistic-looking fur-trimmed hood when in London with her family earlier this month.
High-end British brands, the likes of Jaeger and Joseph, have long sold fur, and on their rails it is possible to find £995 raccoon skin jackets, £1,600 panther-print rabbit-fur coats and £299 rabbit-fur shrugs.
Burberry sells a vast range of garments with a variety of fur trims, while a designer childrenswear brand offers £230 raccoon-trimmed duffle coats for girls aged three.
And where designers lead, the High Street is quick to follow.
Lady Gaga was seen wearing a real fur hat a couple of months ago
Trendy store The Kooples stocks a parka trimmed with raccoon fur (£282), while at Comptoir des Cotonniers you can pick up a coat with a rabbit fur collar for £120.
And ASH - a label whose wedge trainers have proved a hit in recent seasons - have been selling a popular £250 Zabroska fur ski boot, made from leather and rabbit fur.
Even shops such as Zara, which in 2004 announced it wouldn't stock fur, have been keen to cash in on the trend, going so far as to brand a £149 Mongolian gilet as 'goat fur' when in fact their website clearly states it is 100 per cent sheepskin.
Astoundingly, shoppers on a tight budget can buy real fur even cheaper than sheepskin.
On the Miss Coquines website, you can pick up rabbit fur gilets for just £36 and knitted rabbit fur cardigans for £71, while a rabbit hair scarf will set you back just £13.49 - cheaper than many neck-warmers in acrylic.
Such prices are made possible by eastern European rabbit farms, which feed both the region's culinary appetite and a wider market for clothing.
In fact, pelt prices have been slashed so low that it has become cheaper for unscrupulous manufacturers to use real rabbit and pass it off as 'fake' to appeal to consumers who like the look and feel of fur but don't morally agree with buying the real thing.
What shocking irony. 'The killing of animals for their skin is just as repulsive now as it was 20 years ago,' says Elisa Allen, UK Operations Manager of the anti-fur lobby group, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).
'This is why genuinely talented and innovative designers refuse to use fur.
McCartney is not alone in her refusal to use animal products in her fashion. Designers such as Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Vivienne Westwood and Calvin Klein have all publicly sworn off fur, as have many High Street chains and shops. 'Stella McCartney is proof that compassion is what's truly in fashion. The suffering of minks who go mad from confinement in tiny boxes and foxes who chew off their feet to escape traps will never be “in fashion”.'
Stores belonging to Philip Green's Arcadia Group (including Topshop, Dorothy Perkins, Miss Selfridge and Wallis) have a long association with PETA and Arcadia is 'committed to not selling any items made of real fur'.
House of Fraser, Jigsaw, Karen Millen, John Lewis and New Look also have anti-fur policies.
Some would argue that, for people who wear leather and eat meat, swearing off rabbit fur seems hypocritical.
Fur collections dominate the catwalks for autumn / winter 2010-11.
From all fur coats, jackets, hats, boots, bags, is adding a touch of luxury to the outfits.
Celebrities have quickly adopted this trend and have exposed natural or faux fur.
Kim & Kourtney Kardashian Fendi & Juicy Couture faux fur
If anyone can make a Christmas album work in this day and age, it's Cee-Lo. And he has – well, almost
This week, as is traditional, the singles chart is full of Christmas records. Curiously, every one is a reissue of very advanced years: Mariah Carey's 18-year-old All I Want for Christmas Is You counts as a snotty young upstart. Elsewhere, Wizzard, Slade and Wham! are creaking their way up the Top 40 for the umpteenth time, unimpeded by a festive challenge from a contemporary artist. For a sub-genre of pop reviled as the last refuge of the bland, the barefaced and the quick-buck merchant, it appears from this reliance on the old that the Christmas record is a tough thing to get right. It tends to thrive in eras big on schmaltz or shamelessness – the pre-rock'n'roll age, the glam 1970s – and ours is an age in which pop music sets a lot of store by good taste, when even TV talent-show winners cover Leonard Cohen and manufactured boybands call on the help of sensitive acoustic singer-songwriters. In 2012, British pop likes to think it's above things such as novelty – it leaves that to foreigners like Psy – which means the Christmas pop record has become a lost art. It's been abandoned by the kind of acts that used to make them, taken up only by artists old enough to fondly recall when they were an essential part of pop's constitution, or by indie types going about it with an arched eyebrow.
It's a different story in the US, where the Christmas album is still a pop rite of passage: rappers make them; huge-selling pop-country artists such as Lady Antebellum make them; last year Justin Bieber made one. This year's big pop effort appears to be by Cee-Lo Green. He seems like a decent bet as a Christmas artist, partly because he has a fantastic, old-fashioned soul voice, but mostly because he's a man only on glancing terms with the notion of good taste, as evidenced by Magic Moment's cover: Green, clad in a pink fur coat, travelling in a present-stuffed limousine drawn by prancing horses, with a reindeer riding shotgun.
Magic Moments offers up a pretty impressive selection of aged soul styles – doo wop, Motown, something close to 1970s Al Green on This Christmas, a hint of gospel on Mary, Did You Know? – and it does them all well, while a cover of Joni Mitchell's River shows off how well he can use the power of restraint in his voice. It's the only thing here that might conceivably have a place on your iPod past New Year.
But having a life past New Year isn't really the point of a Christmas album, and Magic Moments is at its most immediately enjoyable when Green forgets his self-appointed role as a kind of vintage soul curator and goes unashamedly headfirst into tinsel and tack. The opening What Christmas Means to Me is a cheery Phil Spector update. All I Need Is Love features The Muppets – or, as we now appear to be obliged to call them, a little depressingly, Disney's The Muppets. The chorus is swiped from Piero Umiliani's Mah Nà Mah Nà. On one hand, it's pleasingly ludicrous; on the other, it's the one moment on the album that has some correspondence to his pre-fame work: the assemblage of weird, gibbering voices isn't so far removed from his psychedelic Atlanta rap collective Dungeon Family at their most deranged.
In fact, it's hard not to wish some more of the Dungeon Family spirit had seeped into Magic Moments: the appearance of Rod Stewart might have been enlivened had he been obliged to do his thing against a lurid backdrop of Funkadelic-inspired yowling. Elsewhere, Green performs Baby It's Cold Outside as a duet with Christina Aguilera. They play it dead straight, and it sounds so creepy you feel like stepping in: "Look, mate, it's Christmas, we've all had a drink, but the lady said she wants to leave, all right?"
There's also filler, where inspiration clearly lagged, and the sigh of, "Oh, that'll do," is almost audible: the backing of The Christmas Song sounds like something from a karaoke machine. And so Magic Moment nearly works, but not quite: further proof, should you need it, that making a Christmas record is tougher than you might think.
13/12/2012 - 15:44:58
Beyonce Knowles wears false eyelashes made out of mink.
The superstar likes to achieve a killer stare by fluttering her eyes adorned with top-of-the-range faux lashes made out of the furry weasel's soft coat.
Wei Lang, the singer's makeup artist, told The Cut: "I always use mink lashes on her. They look amazing. I use strips by Velour called 'Are Those Real?' "
The 'Run The World (Girls)' singer is so obsessed with the luxury lashes that she refuses to wear any other kind and stocks up on them by the "ton".
Wei added: "She buys them by the ton. I got her really into [them]."
Jennifer Lopez kicked off the trend for super-thick, fluffy lashes at the Oscars in 2008 by glueing on a fox fur pair, while Madonna has been known to custom-made diamante-incrusted mink ones.
A single pair of mink eyelashes comes at a hefty price and can only be worn around five times, although much more affordable styles and are becoming available to the public.
The 31-year-old beauty has "flawless" skin and her makeup artist confessed he hardly has to use any skin products on her for red carpet events because he wants to let her natural beauty shine through.
Wei added: "I don't really use a lot of makeup on her. The one thing I do when she goes out is contour but not too heavily. She has flawless skin, so I don't really want to cover that up."
Posted: 11/12/12 | Updated: 11/12/12
There's no doubt in our minds that the boys will love this sizzling spread, but we can't help but wonder if Kim's been raiding granny's knicker drawer...
The 32-year-old showed off her world-famous curves in a range of nude underwear... Hang on a second, is it just us, but surely you only don your not-so-sexy flesh-coloured underwear when you know no one is going to see it, right?
More walnut whip than French fancy, can you really blame us for giggling at rather than lusting after Kim in this editorial spread.
The weather has been far from festive in the UK this December so we’re more than a little bit envious of Paris Hilton who has jetted off to Aspen for a mini break with her boyfriend.
Paris looked the part for her ski trip in Aspen. Copyright [Splash]
The socialite was snapped enjoying both apre skiing and the real thing with boyfriend River Viiperi.
Paris and River (who is ten years her junior- move over Caroline Flack) were snapped leaving a restaurant together after they enjoyed a spot of lunch.
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Dressed in a white snow coat with a fur trim and black skinny jeans, Paris Hilton topped off her outfit with a large white fur hat and equally over-sized sunglasses.
Well, she is a socialite after all.
Later on River took to Twitter to gush about his girlfriend.
He tweeted: “Relaxing and having fun with my Princess while waiting for the food! #Romanticdinner #Datenight #Dreamscometrue.”
Careful, you’ll give Paris a bigger head than that furry hat.
Paris looked right at home on the slopes. Copyright [Splash]
Paris Hilton later took to Twitter to bid her followers goodnight ahead of a day’s skiing.
She tweeted: “Going to bed. Got to get up early to go skiing. Sweet dreams everyone. Love Paris.”
The two looked right at home on the side of a mountain.
Paris and River were pictured taking on the slopes with the greatest of ease- although given Paris’ upbringing the likelihood of her not ever having gone skiing before is very low.
By Fay Strang
It's pretty hard to top wearing a Hannibal Lecter style headpiece.
But Lady Gaga certainly did her best when she stepped out in a sumptuous looking fur coat and diamonds in New York on Sunday.
Of course being the Born This Way singer, who is known for her wacky dressing, it looked like she wasn't wearing much else, as her bare leg was exposed while she walked.
Fur fan: Lady Gaga stepped out in New York on Sunday in a large fur coat
The 26-year-old teamed the black coat with a pair of red stiletto heels, which elongated her legs.
Apart from a diamond bracelet and necklace, there didn't appear to be much else to the singer's outfit.
What's under there? Lady Gaga didn't seemed to be wearing much underneath the coat, showing her bare leg as she walked
Shielding her eyes, she wore a very large pair of dark sunglasses, giving her look a Breakfast at Tiffany's feel.
Apart from stopping to pose for waiting fans as she left her hotel, the singer looked like her mind was somewhere else.
Perhaps she was still on a high following her performance with The Rolling Stones on Saturday.
Fan love: The singer, who was wearing a diamond necklace and bracelet, made sure she stopped for a waiting fan outside her hotel
Clearly still on cloud nine from the gig she tweeted: 'I had a life dream to be transported in a time machine to 1973 NJ, beer + badboys. Someone heal me it happened + then I sang with the Stones.'
And then on Monday, she wrote: 'When Ron Wood gave me his pick and said I really love that song about you Hair, is that not every girls dream. Get me my AquaNet.'
Gaga performed Gimme Shelter alongside Mick in New Jersey for the final night of the rockers' 50 and Counting Tour.
Hollywood star: Lady Gaga wore black sunglasses which made her look a little like Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's
Cagey lady: The pop star wore a bizarre cage like headpiece a couple of days before in New York
Gaga's penchant for fur has landed her in deep trouble previously with animal rights group PETA, but the 26-year-old has defended her coats saying they are pieces of art.
'I have truly always stayed away from skinned fur, especially I have never been able to afford a nice one, but this does not mean my morals are rigid and that I won’t bend at the sight of an absolute art piece of a coat,’ she said.
'You see a carcass, I see a museum pièce de résistance.'
The singer's creative director Nicola Formichetti said this week he 'regrets some of Gaga's looks. But she works it... mostly'.