Apr. 21, 2017
40 days without Beyonce: The Queen hath risen
Most years, the traditions of the Easter season are a surprise to me. Like a weird life-spanning amnesiac experience, I had somehow forgotten about Ash Wednesday, along with not eating meat on Fridays, and that I am supposed to give something up for forty days.
Feb. 17, 2017
Adele takes it all at 59th Annual Grammy Awards
Full of phenomenal performances and unpredictable winners, the 59th Annual Grammy Music Awards took place Feb. 12.
Sep. 7, 2016
Made in America festival takes over Parkway for fifth year
The Ben Franklin Parkway was originally designed to emulate the Champs-Elysees in Paris. Going all the way from beautiful City Hall, down past Logan Circle, up through the tricky to navigate Eakins Oval and ending at the iconic Art Museum, if you squint a little you can almost see the resemblance to the famous French thoroughfare.
May. 6, 2016
Different fashions within “Lemonade”
The world momentarily stopped when Queen Bey, otherwise known as Beyonce dropped her visual album “Lemonade” on HBO April 23. Though fans of Beyonce went wild over the 12-song album, fashionistas all over the world honed in on the generous fashion that she rocked. Styled by Marni Senofonte, here are just a couple of outfits that Beyonce wore.
May. 6, 2016
An open letter to the BeyHive
Apr. 29, 2016
Beyonce makes millions crave a tall glass of ‘Lemonade’
Beyonce’s newest album emerged shrouded in mystery. Fans had nothing to go off of other than an HBO promo and the promise seen in the “Formation” music video and announced tour. Nobody knew what to expect from “Lemonade,” but they certainly did not anticipate the most revolutionary artistic performance given by Beyonce to date. “Formation” was just a glimpse of a much bigger picture presented in “Lemonade.”
Feb. 12, 2016
The Queen gets political and the mayor gets defensive
Beyonce performed alongside Chris Martin and Bruno Mars at the 50th Super Bowl Dec. 7. Her performance, fierce as usual, featured her new single “Formation”. The song was dropped with a music video which included shouts out to her southern heritage and her love for black culture.
May. 31, 2013
Summer music albums promise bold new sounds
We typically anticipate summer for the warm weather, weekends at the beach, and if we had attended a semester school, some real time off from classes. However, this summer in particular, there are a number of highly anticipated hip-hop and R&B album releases to await.
Mar. 1, 2013
9th Wonder delivers hip-hop lecture at UPenn
As the lecture opened, he switched between Serato (a software program for disc jockeys) and PowerPoint, playing songs that he grew up with. He ran through the history of hip-hop dating back to 1973 and led up to present-day artists. During this time, he provided some incredible quotes, such as “Sam Cooke was Trey Songz to [his mother]; every generation has a Trey Songz.” He also joked that The Sugarhill Gang, known for its hit single “Rapper’s Delight,” was “the Spice Girls of hip-hop.” The most notable quote from the night came near the end, when 9th Wonder said, “The best music is made when Republicans are in office.”
May. 11, 2012
The Fashion Enthusiast
The Costume Institute Gala is an event hosted by Vogue, also known as the “Oscars of The East Coast.” It is solely reserved for fashion’s elite to showcase their sartorial takes on the latest designs in the fashion industry. This year, the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art held the event May 7 in honor of “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations,” the museum’s new exhibition. Actress Camilla Belle impresses in an elegant Ralph Lauren gown at the 2012 New York Metropolitan Museum of Art Gala, held May 7 in honor of the museum’s new exhibition. The exhibition revealed the many similarities between Schiaparelli and Prada, including their designs. Aside from the exhibition, a star-studded red carpet posed for lenses before the event. With the likes of Anna Wintour and her Vogue brigade, it is not difficult to realize that galagoers did anything but disappoint, especially because Wintour herself wore a custom-made Prada gown inspired by Elsa Schiaparelli’s lobster design. The design was collaborated with Salvador Dali. Needless to say, the red carpet was dotted with elaborate embellishments, extravagant feathers and bejeweled embroidery in honor of the deceased designer. From Chanel Iman in Tom Ford to actress Diane Kruger and singer Beyonce, dyed feathers were a fan favorite. In my opinion, the feathers were fleeting, and other than Kate Bosworth’s minimally styled Prada feather frock, I wasn’t impressed. Meanwhile, Camilla Belle, Ashley Greene and Cameron Diaz dazzled in elegantly slinky gowns. Belle, in particular, looked effortless in a Hollywood-glam style Ralph Lauren. Metallic was quite popular among the stars. To no surprise, Jessica Alba wowed in Michael Kors while Carey Mulligan, the exhibition’s co-chair, looked pleasantly like a mermaid in Prada. Gwyneth Paltrow stunned in a silk Prada number and drop earrings. Let’s just say 40 never looked better. Another fan favorite was Lea Michele wearing a leg-revealing Diane Von Furstenberg gown. On that note, Alber Elbaz’s date for the night was Emma Stone, who wore the Lanvin designer’s delicate interpretation of a floral minidress, showing a soft and sweet side we haven’t seen from Stone before. Despite having quite a few hits on the red carpet, there were a couple of misses. Understandably so, this was a fashion industry event, and no one should be at fault for taking fashion risks, but these dress options would not go over as well in the real world. To my surprise, Sarah Jessica Parker disappointed in a Valentino Couture gown. The gown was a few years too young for the actress. Its floral print made me think of wallpaper plastered all over a baby’s nursery, and to be honest, I’d rather see Parker in something sexy — a la January Jones’ form-fitting Versace gown. Another disappointment, although still looking strikingly gorgeous, was Rihanna in a crocodile-embossed gown by Tom Ford. The body-skimming dress was intended for someone with little to no flaws, which, of course, was perfect for Rihanna. Although the dress was well received, it was a bit underwhelming for the usually outlandish fashion diva. Lastly, Alexa Chung was a letdown in Marc Jacobs. It’s not that this look should be hated among all; it’s just that the look was out of place. In other words, the ensemble looked more appropriate for the street than for the red carpet. Despite some major disappointments, the majority of attendees dressed to impress. As for the letdowns, we’ll let those few slide. Not everyone can handle the pressure of choosing what to wear to the Met Ball, especially when the devil (Anna Wintour) is actually wearing Prada.