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Taylor Swift New Album Pink Slip Country

The Taylor Swift New Album, “1989” Gives Country The Pink Slip (& We’re Lovin’ It)

Country darling Taylor Swift is steadily rebranding her image, transitioning from doe-eyed American sweetheart to take-charge pop star shakin’ off the haters. From her current outings in the media, she seems to be more in control and confident than ever. Using this time in her life as a springboard to evolve as a person and artist, Swift shows us how New York and the era of the 80’s, two powerful spaces, have impacted her musical and personal identity. Lucky for us fans, we get to follow her on this new journey!

From buoyant curls, porkpie hats, and Keds to red lips, a polished bob, and a more timeless (still swoon-worthy) style that even Amal Alamuddin fancies, Taylor is ready to leave her good-girl country image in a trail of dust, pursuing a mature yet still fun-to-dance-to sound. She’s growing with her twentysomething fanbase and we’re ready.

The Taylor Swift new album, “1989,” which will be number five for the international hit maker, will be released next week, October 27th and is currently available for pre-order on itunes. She’s already released three tracks, including the infectious dance song of the summer/fall “Shake It Off,” as well as “Out of the Woods,” a more rhythmic tune reminiscent of the band M83, and “Welcome to New York,” a soon-to-be anthem for movers and groovers of all kinds.

Thus far, my favorite track is “Out of the Woods” (I’ve probably contributed to 100+ listens on YouTube) as it does both a great job of storytelling, and melodically/methodically luring me into the emotions of Swift’s narrative. For those who don’t know, the song is about her previous relationship with Harry Styles.

Taylor Swift continues to wow us with her charm, down-to-earth charisma, and quirky (but not in a Manic Pixie Dream Girl kind of way) personality. Fans adore her because she engages with us, tells our stories, and is truthful in a way that makes us certain she is nothing but herself onstage, in front of the camera, or even when sporting a cat-adorned graphic robe on a flight. Whether she’s hosting listening parties for her biggest fans, or poking fun at a tumblr meme, Swift assures us she is one of us, just another twentysomething trying to find her way.

Has Taylor Swift given country music the PINK SLIP? It seems like it for now, but who’s to say that’s a bad thing.

(Photo Credit: Taylor Swift’s Official Facebook Fanpage)

Pink Slip Music Festival Kimonos

Too Attached To Your Fringe With Benefits?

Lose the Fringe Kimono for Next Year’s Music Festival

Fringe kimonos were huge this season, especially at music festivals. The free-flowing, light weight fabrics and shake-ready hems encompassed the characteristics of a modern-day flower child. With help from celebrities who frequently don the boho-style, like Vanessa Hudgens, this particular look easily trickled down to the streets and into stores. Sadly, with the onset of fall and winter, boho chic for this season is fading to black and may be too stuck in last season’s closet for it to resurface for 2015.

Often paired with crop tops, distressed denim shorts, ankle booties, and a wide brim hat, fringe kimonos top off effortless looks with a featherweight touch. However, fringe has a habit of making its way back into our wardrobes with an element of out-of-date trendiness. Let’s avoid any wardrobe fads and axe the fringe hem before it makes it to the sale section of Urban Outfitters.

For next year’s music festival style, go for romantic patterns and diaphanous looks. Beaded, decorative fringe will also make a splash, wavering from the western feel of 2014. For an even more sleek finish, opt for suede in a deep, luxe hue adding decadence to your hit outfit.

Plan for next season and ditch the 2014 fringe kimono wardrobe fad. Fringe Kimonos are getting The Pink Slip.

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PInk Slip Interviews Sam Sarpong: BET Host & Tommy Hilfiger Model

Sam Sarpong. In case you haven’t heard of him (even though I’m sure you have), he’s a jack of all trades AND master of all! As a successful model, actor, and recent host for BET, Sarpong is stealthily taking over the entertainment industry! 

Elan Carson: At what point in your life did you decide you wanted to establish yourself as an entertainer? And why was that important to you at that time?

Sam Sarpong: When I was a kid I liked to watch T.V. a lot. One of my favorites was Dukes of Hazard because they drove really fast cars. It was the fast cars on Dukes of Hazard that did it for me. I love what I do and the fact that I can affect so many people’s lives by my work as an entertainer.

EC: Where were you when you first heard the news that you landed a job as a BET host and how did that feel?

SS: It felt great knowing I was going to be hosting the BET Awards. BET had come to me after seeing my work at MTV. I looked forward to it because I had never hosted the BET Awards and it was my first time also attending them.

EC: Who are some of the people that have been crucial in helping you to succeed?

SS: There are several people that help me succeed daily. My father, sister, my publicist Terrance and Nyvia, my management Steve, my hosting agent Melissa, my agent JD, my road manager Brian and the entire Future Stars staff. You are nothing without your team.

EC: Looking back at how far you’ve come, how does it now feel to be heralded as Hollywood’s Renaissance Man?

SS: It feels great to be heralded as Hollywood’s Renaissance Man. It’s a true blessing. It shows that if you never give up, things can happen for you.

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EC: If you could look into the future, how do you see your career evolving over the next few years?

SS: In the next few years I see myself running Future Stars Entertainment Group as a management, production company, clothing brand, and just building an empire to create jobs for other people.

EC: How have you changed from your first role as a host to being the face of Tommy Hilfiger to appearing in 60 films?

SS: I haven’t really changed much since my first role as a host and Tommy Hilfiger. It is all the same to me. Entertainment cross references each other, so all the things I do whether it be acting, modeling, hosting or music, they all help build my brand.

EC: Knowing that you possess a variety of talents, what’s the one skill on which you pride yourself the most?

SS: Acting is the one skill I pride myself most on because it is the hardest. When you are acting you are playing someone else so people really judge your work. [With] music and hosting, ultimately you are being yourself. Even if people still judge you, you don’t take it as personal.

 EC: Has race ever been a defining factor in determining if you’re the “right” fit for a position and how have you leveraged being an African-American male in a pre-dominantly Caucasian industry to your advantage?

SS: Race plays a role every single day for me. I have always seen myself not as a color but as a person. There have been many times through my career where they didn’t want a black person for the job, but I walk in the room and with the presence of God they end up wanting me and they don’t even know why. If you strongly believe that you are right for something you will continuously break down barriers.

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Pink Slip Fashion recently had the chance to interview Hollywood’s Renaissance Man,

EC: What’s one trend for men that you think is going out of style and should get the PINK SLIP?

SS: The style for men that should definitely get the Pink Slip is when men wear real colorful shirts like some of the crazy Versace prints. Especially when they are wearing them just because it costs $2,000.00. Clothes don’t make a man, a man makes the clothes.

You can stay up to date with this leading Hollywood Renaissance Man via Twitter: @mrsamsarpong

The 1 Look that Will Always Strike Out

Pink Slip Fashion is back this week with the trend that we’re ready to see gone! For all of those who’s wardrobe is still living in the early 2000’s, it’s time to hang up those hiphuggers!
 
Popularized by our love for Britney Spears and the catchy 2001 Levi’s commercial with singing bellybuttons, the “I’m Coming Out” navel-baring low rise is now going…going…gone out of style.

Known for giving even the most petite body shapes a muffin top and creating a short and stumpy physique this low-rise trend KEEPS uncomfortably popping out and on to our radar. It’s time to let go of this hip-hugging style for good. 
If you’re still itchin’ to show off some skin for the season, sport a trending crop top with a high-waist short, skirt, or flattering mid-rise jean instead.

Queen Bey Needs a Reality Check!

Queen Bey is in need of an “Oops I did it again” moment with a hit single as her latest track “Bow Down” is not playing out so well with the public. Celebrated fashion icon and diva, as well as noted women’s rights supporter, her new track features the repetitious B-word and some odd imagery that’s, quite frankly, scaring us! Come on Beyonce, stop jockin’ Rihanna’s style and get it together…pronto. I’m gonna have to give this song the PINK SLIP!

The Voice Season 3: Daniel Rosa & Preppy Style

Hands down one of my favorite competitors on season 3 of The Voice is Daniel Rosa. Though I do not watch reality talent shows often, there’s something alluring about this series that from time to time I find myself plopped in front of the television set blubbering. This was one of those episodes.

The three-hour premier kicked off Tuesday night airing on NBC. For those who aren’t up to speed on what was so emotionally heart wrenching about this particular episode, let me fill you in: Last season Daniel Rosa walked away without being chosen by any of the panel’s judges consisting of Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton, despite his unique vocals and amazing potential. 

Leaving the stage with advice from the Top 40 superstars, he returned this season and knocked it out of the park with an unrecognizable and smoothly cool rendition of Gotye’s “Somebody that I Used to Know,” this time around catching the attention of both Cee Lo and Blake Shelton (Spoiler alert: he opts for Cee Lo as his coach). 

It was obvious that everyone — including Adam Levine who immediately jumped on stage and embraced Rosa before he made his selection on who was to be his coach — was uproariously excited that he succeeded in the blind auditions after giving it a go for the second time. I too cheered and became teary eyed (cue tissues), because his story represents the classic case of the underdog. Before I became too overwhelmed, I changed the station to regroup (yes, I was THAT emotional), but caught one last glimpse of Daniel’s look before tuning out.

If you check out the above photos, it’s clear that in addition to his undeniably rich and simultaneously raspy vocals, this kid has a knack for styling and I’ll have to catch each episode to update you on what he’s wearing next (though I may be playing crossies behind my back, as I have stated earlier that I’m not the best with following shows season to season, though this could be a great idea for future blog posts.)

Back to Daniel: From Season 2 in the bottom right photo, he sports a grey cardigan, burgundy button-down — and with a pop of yellow —, a cordial bowtie. The later look was topped off with his signature wide brim black glasses.

This year, he continues in the same vein mimicking his former on-air look with yet another grey cardigan. Though this time, he swapped out the burgundy button-down for a white-collar shirt and caught our attention with a green necktie instead of a not-so-mellow yellow hue.  An owl emblem decorated the chest of his cardigan giving his look a bit of East-coast prep, as Lisa Birnbach would say, and somehow subtly reminded me of Hogwarts (did anyone else get that vibe?). Either way, I loved it and I am not letting my bias as a Harry Potter fan precede this decision. 

Overall, I’m excited for this season and hope other participants can nail both their vocals and style just as well as Daniel, though we’re rooting for the underdog of course! I’m sure he won’t leave us disappointed with the many more episodes to come and will continue impressing us with his soothing voice, as well as sharp aesthetic.

(Photos from pe.com blog, allaboutidolshows.com, and fashionweekblog.com)