Are we being fair to Kim Kardashian?

Wedding of the century.  Whore. Slut. Sex tape.  These and other headlines followed the news of the wedding between Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.  The secret lavish ceremony was covered on social media and online publications alike. Sneak peek pictures and whatever minuscule detail that could be mustered, commentary became amusing and down right cruel.  Fan or not of the Kardashian clan, one cannot deny the polarizing effort the family has on popular culture.  Everything they touch, thanks to their loyal fans and viewers, seems to have a Midas affect.  After reading some of the harsher comments about KK the thought occurred…are we being fair to her?  Kim’s rise from mediocrity began when she was a sidekick to the obnoxious spoiled Paris Hilton but her real stardom was managed (quite crafty with her momanger Kris Jenner) through a private leaked sex tape.  Popularity and curiosity created the platform for paid appearances and a television show.  From there, KK has managed, very successfully, to keep the family name in the spotlight thus landing the role of companion to one of music’s brightest but most narcissistic rappers.  She lives a life most of us ordinary folk cannot began to fathom.  Her every move is critiqued microscopically, whether it is on the red carpet or gym run.  KK has tried, unsuccessfully to distance her current life from the raunchy tape that has afforded its celebrity status. But she will never escape the sex tape because people will never allow it.  Do I agree with her motives? Her way of life? I don’t personally know her so it doesn’t give me the right to speak about it. What I have is an opinion of the snippets she allows the rest of the world to see.  Yes I have played judge and jury previously concerning the overexposure of the Kardashian clan.  But it amazes me how society can hand out redemption cards to male counterparts (Tiger Woods, Robert Downey, Jr, Magic Johnson) but none can be found for KK.  Has she paid her dues as of yet? If not, when will she reach the point of stepping out of the shadow of the sex tape? Are we that cynical?  The comparison to Elizabeth Taylor isn’t that far reached because she had eight marriages and countless flings under her belt.  She was no angel and perhaps, just perhaps there is a vintage sex tape of Dame Taylor out in the universe.  But no one dared called Taylor a whore or slut, or at least not blatantly to her face.  There was a level of respect given to Taylor because she was superb actress.  And I know there are many out there who would point out KK has no viable talent therefore she shouldn’t be compared to Taylor.  But when we strip away the fame, money, men, wardrobe from both women we are left with just two women.  Who perhaps made some not so wise choices for men that they loved.  Who are we to judge that?  KK isn’t my favorite celebrity and this isn’t about a KUWTK campaign.  As a matter of fact I usually avoid watching or reading news about her.  I’m just asking the question: Are we being fair to Kim Kardashian by continuing to bring up the sex tape?

 

 

Designer Spotlight: Norman Ambrose

We live in a time where everything is instantaneous. Quick. The internet serves as grand wizard with social media reporting the latest greatest at the impossible speed as soon as it materializes. We’ve gotten so used to fast that more and more living, doing, creating is taking on this approach, becoming the norm.  Artists, at times, can find themselves in the middle of this exact predicament. Creating quickly in order to produce forsaking the very reason for the creation. It is absolutely beautiful when an artist takes the time and opportunity to allow his creations to develop, from seed (thought, inspiration) to full bloom (collection).  I knew this was a way of life the first time I laid eyes on Norman Ambrose at Fashion Houston in 2011. Exquisite craftsmanship, luxurious fabrics, handmade embellishments all color a haute couture piece by Ambrose. His designs are dreams of old world aristocrat, assembled, cut and impeccably tailored to gracefully mold the body inside of its masterpiece. Glamour is his specialty, and whether designing for a Baroness, a New York socialite or the modern woman of style and grace, Norman Ambrose is a true atelier and artist. His background education has served him well in the creative arena, he is a graduate of the Academy of Art University of San Francisco, and was bestowed the opportunity to study at the Instituto Europeo di Design in Italy. Ambrose’s resume is impressive, he was afforded the dream chance to train under a pattern cutter from the prestigious House of Balenciaga and a tailor under the iconic Bill Blass.

 

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I love collections that construct an intriguing narrative, that have the capability to hold a person captive while one stares lustfully at a runway while each piece weaves the completed fairytale.  I love collections that mesmerizes; leaves you desiring more.  It is beautiful to witness a designer takes such pride in his craftsmanship, allowing an inside peek into the vivid inner workings of his mind, blessing you with the opportunity to explore his thoughts or providing a source of inspiration.  I was blessed with the opportunity to meet and interview Mr. Ambrose not once but twice (with Fashionably Houston)!  What a grand break that was in my fashion life at the time.  Soft spoken, gracious and humble, I was impressed even the more by Mr. Ambrose after interviewing him. I simply adore and admire him.

You can follow Norman Ambrose on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for current details from the designer!

 

 

Here is an excerpt of my recap after witnessing his runway show in 2011:

 

The sun.  Brilliant, radiant, magnificent, the perpetual light that ignites the world and prevents eternal darkness from swallowing us whole.  Life would be impossible without it…now imagine sitting in a spacious room with a runway at the center and experiencing the sun…in its entire splendor…from the slow rise out of the east, to the intense luminosity of day, ending with its glorious subdued descent.  On Wednesday night at Fashion Houston 2011, Norman Ambrose delivered the sun.  He  fashioned his S/S 2012 collection to represent the cycles of the sun; carefully choose a color palette to interpret his vision and set ablaze the souls of fashion lovers everywhere.   Vibrant noir…shimmering metallic gold… iridescent silver… pale apricot…lustrous tangelo… to an exuberant then soften coral.  It was sensory overload but in the most marvelous way!  And that was just the color palette.

 

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