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Glam Beauty & Rock n’ Roll Fashion with Ricky Rebel

I have a special treat for you today! I’d like to welcome the always fabulous musical star Ricky Rebel to MCLV for his first – Of many I hope – Interviews on fashion, beauty, and fitness.

My first glimpse of the lead singer & front man for glam rock band Ricky Rebel was at a resort in Maui – As we were picking our way through a crowded poolside I spotted a guy with a gorgeous complexion wearing a sailor’s cap. I pointed him out to my friend who immediately started laughing. We were in Maui for her elopement and the charming gentleman in the hat was her future brother-in-law.

When she’s told me that she ‘wanted to introduce me to someone’ I assumed she had matchmaking in mind and was hesitant… But instead she introduced me to my new Instagram crush and beauty guru, Ricky.

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MCLV: A big part of the Rebel aesthetic is making a statement. It’s being bold, making an entrance, being memorable. When you’re choosing a costume for the stage – What do you take into consideration? What about for the red carpet or a music video? What’s the criteria for a piece to make the Rebel cut?

RR: When I am performing, I need outfits that reflect the lyrics of my songs and help tell the story. During my show I play different versions of myself, so each Rebel character that I create has an outfit to reflect that particular persona.

On the red carpet, it really depends on the event and how I am feeling at the time. I try to meld my own personal Rebel flair to the vibe of the event that I am attending. For the America’s Next Top Model season premiere for instance, I was going for the Rebel version of Rock / high fashion / runway.

My personal style is inspired by bold, avant garde, and couture designers like Jean Paul Gaultier, John Galliano, Givenchy, Ann Demeulemeester, and Gareth Pugh. My goal is to be the only person in the room who could wear what I am wearing and pull it off.

Being a fashion consultant for UsWeekly also helps me stay in the loop with what’s trending in fashion. My job is to write about some of the unfortunate choices that celebrities wear and it’s helped me to create my own personal do’s & don’ts of fashion.

MCLV: Given the energy of your stage performances and the acrobatics often seen on the red carpet – #RebelLeg – What do you have to take into consideration with your clothing and costume choices? Do you test everything in the dressing room, have pieces custom made, take everything to a tailor…? How does a Rebel avoid wardrobe malfunctions?

RR: No joke, All my clothes need to have a reinforced crotch area because I am so flexible. I have taken my clothes to countless tailors who have had to revive some of my coolest pants in my wardrobe due to torn holes ripped right through the middle. A lot of the clothes worn for key red carpet events and photos shoots have been custom made by this company called Grace And Murk.

When I try clothes on, I usually dance around in them to see if I am able to move well. I need the freedom to move in order to avoid wardrobe malfunction. I have been known to do the #RebelLeg in the dressing room once or twice and/or the #RebelSplits to see if they pass the flexibility test. If they don’t restrict me, then they make the cut.

Recently Michael Kuluva, the designer for Tumbler And Tipsy, asked me if my pants had enough room to do the #RebelLeg at the end of the runway. Michael has used Kylie Jenner as a model to walk the catwalk, so it’s in honor that he asked me to model in his fashion show in the first place, but the fact that he actually is making sure that I have enough room in my pants to perform the #RebelLeg move at the end of the catwalk is classic. The leg has become it’s own celebrity. Paparazzi know that when I get on to that red carpet it’s going to be a spectacle. This is why I have to take extra precautions when it comes to my clothing. I want to avoid having a Lenny Kravitz type wardrobe malfunction at all costs.

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MCLV: Having traveled with you, I know that you take your skincare routine very seriously. And your luminous skin clearly reinforces the importance of the right products. What are your can’t-live-without-them products for daily use? Any new favorites you’d care to share?

RR: My #1 skin care product goes to DR. Perricone Face finishing moisturizer. I literally can’t live without it. My new favorite is the Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield SPF 30. It literally feels like silk. I HATE the sun and sunscreen feels disgusting on my face but this product glides on my skin like a primer. I love it.

MCLV: Your makeup – Both daily and for special occasions – Is always well done and flattering. What are your favorite makeup brands? Any tips to share with the MCLV audience for finding the right look?

RR: Thank you very much. When I do my own makeup for a day look, I like prefer to just keep it looking fresh and natural. I add more glitz and glam for special events and concerts. I am currently working with Starlooks who happen to carry an excellent makeup line for men. It’s a Professional Makeup line that is clean and effective on HD cameras which is important for the kind of work that I do. I am also a big fan of Makeup Forever.

Lately I have been getting into lipsticks. I used to not like wearing any lipstick because I felt like the second I put lipstick on my face it turned me into a woman, which isn’t a bad thing per se, but I pride myself on being able to be a good balance of masculinity and femininity.

When it comes to the MCLV audience and finding the right look, I would suggest going out of your comfort zone every now and then. You need to “audition” your makeup, take creative chances, and try new things. Like the blue lipstick experiment I tried recently, you may surprise yourself with the reaction you get from people. Sometimes wearing a sassy new lip shade or a glamorous smoky eye will bring out a part of your personality that you’ve been hiding. I learned that I still feel masculine when I wear lipstick now but I had to take a leap in order to figure out what felt good on me. The right look is all an experiment.

MCLV: Those following your Instagram feed are often treated to gym and mirror selfies showing off not only your flexibility but your envy-inducing abs. Can you tell us about your workout and dietary routines? We’d love to know how you always look fabulous and still have the energy to perform!

RR: Yes, I love working out and eating healthy. I do Pilates 3 times a week (I am certified in Pilates), dance, lift weights at the gym, and do cardio. When it comes to food, I love blueberry smoothies, food rich in antioxidants, green tea, lean protein, brown rice, veggies, etc. The trick is to find the healthiest food possible and become addicted to it in exactly the same way that we train our minds to crave unhealthy food. I had to learn how to do that. I used to be addicted to Mcdonald’s and Pizza but I exchanged french fries with brown rice and instead of cheeseburgers & pizza, I now reach for Delicious salads with grilled chicken & salmon. I’ve trained my mind to crave healthy food.

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My abs are a product of my eating habits and Pilates. If you want a svelte sexy core, I suggest you take Pilates. Mix that with a sensible meal plan and you’re golden. One day soon, I am going to launch my own Ricky Rebel Fitness Videos. It’s all going to be a part of Ricky Rebel Inc. Music and performing are the trunk of my talents, but my company is going to branch out into the fitness, fashion, and ion the skin care world along with helping other people become Stars themselves.

In my new official music video and single “Star (Hector Fonseca & Tommy Love Remix)” I literally proclaim that “I am a Star” because I believe that nothing is true until we say it out loud and inspire people with the possibilities that we invent for ourselves. It’s an incredible phenomena to see an audience transform before my very eyes and turn into their own stars when they hear the track and watch us perform.

I live to inspire people to shine and be themselves. My soul mission is to “Rebel The Darkness & Shine The Light.” When I am being that possibility, I am creating a space for other people to do the same in their lives. The stars in my life are the rebel dream team that I have surrounded myself with. I have an amazing PR team (ChromePR) and manager/executive producer David Keeton and I call my band “The Rebel Mafia” and together we electrify the stage.

If you are interested in coming out to any of our upcoming performances and/or want more information regarding Ricky Rebel, you can check out our official website Ricky Rebel Rocks.

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New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 – Part III

This post is devoted to the lines that I’m just discovering – Hey I never claimed to be on top of everything – and the designers are that just starting to hock their wares at New York Fashion Week. You can catch up on the earlier posts that you missed to see reviews of dozens more fashion shows – New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 – Part I &  New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 – Part II.

Veronica Beard:

This two-year old brand put out a lovely collection for Spring 2013 – Twenty-one looks that included colorful day dresses, loungewear, smart blazers, chic suits, and light outerwear.

You could see the Moroccan influence in the vivid colors and prints, and in the loose silhouettes and pajama-like styles of some of the pants, jumpsuits, and short suits.

Jil Sander Navy:

I’m not sure why, but I’ve never checked out the Loobook for Jil Sander Navy before – Thus its inclusion in the “new to me” Part III review of NYFW – And I enjoyed what I saw. The collection was full of crisp fabrics, clean lines, and basic separates that are the building block for every modern woman’s wardrobe.

When I look at this Lookbook I see all the casual but chic and stylish pieces that you need – Tennis skirts, sleeveless blouses, car coats, shirt dresses, patterned jackets, mod-inspired collarless shifts, and knee-length skirts – All in navy, white, red & blue with stripes and florals thrown in for good measure and paired with sporty wedges, t-straps, and platform tennis shoes.

I look forward to seeing what this brand comes out with next!

Honor:

This was a pretty collection of pretty frocks in neutrals with hints of Spring-appropriate pink and green. Nature-based prints, lace, and brocades gave this collection a very sweet vibe – Everything looked fresh and ready for next Spring.

Light colors, delicate fabrics, and slightly oversized silhouettes gave many of the pieces the illusion that they were preparing to float away. In addition to satin pumps there were classic sandals in white and powder blue. I loved the shorts, pants, and high-neck blouses they were sweet and dreamy but still contemporary enough to imagine in your own closet.

Holmes & Yang:

Miss Katie Holmes continued to shed her Mrs. Tom Cruise title and joined with her long-time stylist to create a cute, functional group of looks for an early morning NYFW showing.

The clothes were chic and wearable with flats & heels, handbags, flowing silk maxi dresses & maxi skirts, slouchy cropped pants, cute day dresses, short suits, and plenty of fun prints and leather. The first look was my favorite, I liked the loose wide leg pants and the quilted motorcycle jacket.

Pierre Balmain:

While Balmain is the go-to brand for sexy, rock n’ roll fabulousness, its new sister line Pierre Balmain may become the go-to for chic, ladylike separates.

The 66 look collection featured Parisian black & white, pops of pink & yellow, peplums, lace, leather & eyelet, menswear, denim, all-over prints, and a great collection of blazers & jackets in varying lengths and fabrics. While Balmain pieces can often look more like couture than street wear, these clothes were ready to walk straight from the catwalk to the sidewalk!

Theyskens’ Theory:

I’m embarrassed to admit it, but I’ve never taken the time to look at Oliver Theyskens’ collection for Theory before. The shame!  And it was no surprise that I liked what I saw when I finally did.

It was a dark hued, wet looking group collection – filled with elegant suits, sleek leather, chunky knits, and some slouchy Alexander Wang-style separates, all paired with strappy heels and oversized, borrowed from the boys outerwear.

Thakoon Addition:

Cute. Feminine. Wearable. These were the first thoughts that popped into my head when I saw this collection – Nothing innovative or provocative, just stylish, contemporary separates and dresses for the modern girl.

The eyelet and mini flower prints were Spring-ready and the bloomer-style short shorts and long, open sweaters gave the collection some fun silhouettes. I especially liked the print mixing and the striped, open sweater-sets.

Katie Gallagher:

NYFW newbie Katie Gallagher was quite the topic of discussion this season and stood up to the scrutiny by showing a black & nude collection full of draping, swimwear, and cutouts.

Peplums, sheer fabrics, chainlink belts, lace-up strappy sandals, asymmetrical hemlines, shrunken outerwear, bathing suits, retro bandeau tops, and textured fabrics kept the collection from being boring.

MM6 Maison Martin Margiela:

The perfect Paris-meets-New-York-City looks this season came from MM6 Maison Martin Margiela, new to NYFW and one of the hottest tickets in town.

Urban cuts, dramatic drapping, and loose silhouettes featured heavily in the Lookbook, with washed out greys, browns, and white, all paired with over-the-shoulder and messenger bags.

Charlotte Ronson:

Flirty florals, calming deep blues & greens, multicolored stripes, colorblocking, rompers, sheer blouses, mesh, jumpsuits, and cute shrunken blazers all made an appearance in the Ocean themed collection.

The separates here really stole my heart, I loved the print mixing & matching, the layering, and the sweet patterns that she used. I was also a fan of the handbags and ankle strap platforms that accompanied the looks. These are the perfect types of pieces for throwing on during the Spring & Summer – Bathing suit cover ups, hot Summer nights, vacation clothes – Cute, easy, and wearable.

Sources: Style.com, Fashionologie, The Stylist, & Tom & Lorenzo

Previous NYFW Collections: New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 – Part I, New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 – Part II, New York Fashion Week Fall 2012, Pre-Fall 2012 Part I, Part II, Part III, and NYFW Spring 2012 Round-Up.

Additional reviews, photographs, shows, and videos: The Huffington Post’s New York Fashion Week 2012: The Top 5 Trends, The IFB’s Spring 2013 Collectionson Pinterest, or The Stylist’s The Pit, Model Critiques And More: A New York Fashion Week Photographer Diary (VIDEO).

What was your favorite trend so far from the Spring 2013 collections? I think I have to agree with Mr. Blasberg about one of my favorite emerging trends for next Spring – “NYFW trend: Long live the sexy secretary skirt! Low on the hips at Marc Jacobs, unzipped at Michael Kors, and in python at Reed Krakoff.” Looking forward to seeing how this trend is translated in London, Milan, and Paris.

Be sure to stay tuned for the fourth and final post from the tents at New York Fashion Week – The street style, nighttime glam, and fabulous front row fashion of New York City.

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Looks of the Week

Welcome back to another Looks of the Week post. As tempting as it was to solely feature looks from New York Fashion Week I decided to save all of those for my NYFW Round-Ups, the first of which should be up later this week. So enjoy a little non-fashion month street style from around the globe!

One of my favorite trends right now are patterned pants – I’m absolutely mad about them. From Fall-ready plaids and tweeds, to the florals and sweet prints that’ll be all over the streets in the Spring. Wendy shows us how to winterize cropped pants with this fabulous bow & flower-printed look.

How much does this look make you ready for fall? The bag is pure fun, those earrings are killer, and that coat – SWOON.

You had me at Flamingos! This is a really fun, chic look, but it’s far from boring, the mixing of great prints means it has a fun retro vibe to it as well.

Denim on denim has never looked so chic. She even accessorized her jeans and chambray button-down perfectly with tassled nude heels, a snake skin tote, and a killer brass cuff.

There are few things that I love more than a shorts suit. Except maybe a patterned shorts suit. And if you’re worried that florals or another all-over print will come off too sugary sweet, style it this way – the black shirt and bold silver accessories are a unique twist and the tights and buckle-adorned platform boots give this look a touch of rock n’ roll!

This is a gorgeous colored skirt & matching top. The hue suits her to perfection and the fun textured fabric adds a little something to the too cute Tibi ensemble.

How adorably retro is this? I love this bright cat print blouse, it’s chic but still a fun, unique piece. And those shorts are fabulously retro, they suit her to a T.

Wow. She looks jaw droppingly gorgeous in this pink Gucci gown. It’s not a look I would traditionally pick out for her – it’s a more feminine than she usually favors – but she looks stunning.

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What your favorite way to transition into Fall from a sartorial standpoint? Trading in your shorts and skirts for cropped pants? Mixing Summer and colder-weather pieces? Or do you completely switch gears when the weather starts to get cooler?

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Styling 101: Rock n’ Roll Chic

Welcome to part two of the Styling 101 series where we’ll be discussing the art of getting ready for a stylish night out on the town. If you’re interested in background on this series check out the initial post on America’s Cup inspired fashion – Styling 101 – American Girl.

{Jewelry: Enamel Geometric Necklace 1970s, Gold tone Necklace 1970s, Karl Lagerfeld Graphic Choker 1980s & Napier Gold-tone Luxe Ribbed Bracelet 1960s}

{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks:  Black & White Floral TopAnthropologieSlim Black PantsASOS & Ankle Strap Heels – Stuart Weitzman from Bloomingdale‘s}

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Check out more outtakes from this shoot here – just log into Facebook to view

For a nighttime look you want to wear pieces that are dramatic and eye-catching, the lighting is low and black is the color de jour so your accessories should be the attention getters whether you’re at a club or concert, meeting friends for drinks, or having a date night. Layering necklaces – like in the looks above – or bracelets is a great way to make a look high-impact while using smaller pieces.

And don’t forget that you can shop these fabulous 60’s, 70’s & 80’s pieces over at the Sasha Maks Vintage website while they’re available – So hurry on over!

Do you have a go-style when you’re putting together a look for an evening out? Dangling earrings, oversized jewels and rhinestones, or dramatic necklaces maybe?

Be sure to stay tuned for more exciting looks from the Styling 101 series in the coming weeks – From retro outfits with great hats & faux fur to traditional and classic looks that’ll flatter anyone’s personal style.

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Looks of the Week

Happy Valentine’s Day, I hope that you’re having a lovely Tuesday. Not always the easiest holiday to survive so here’s some pretty to help get you through.

I LOVE it when Diane has a movie coming out. Here she is in an interesting gown from the Giambattista Valli Haute Couture collection. The black sequins fading down to a subtle grey print is really beautiful and I absolutely love the metallic belt - a GV trademark.

If you ask me, she looks even better than Frida Gustavsson did at the show a few weeks ago, if that’s even possible!
 

Miss Diane stunned again in a 10 Crosby Derek Lam frock with bright yellow platform sandals. I absolutely adore the unexpected combination of green florals and black & white stripes. Another interesting and incredibly flattering number.

 
 

I am really really not sick of the 20's flapper looks yet. 🙂 Anja Rubik was an absolute vision in shimmery gold & black Gucci at the AMFAR Gala NYC.

 
Check out Karl Lagerfeld’s Jazz Age photoshoot featuring the always phenomenal Joan Smalls, Arizona Muse and Saskia de Brauw  in gorgeous 20’s inspired looks from Marc Jacobs, Giorgio Armani, Alexander McQueen, Ralph Lauren, J.Mendel, Chanel, Valentino, Alberta Ferretti and Tom Ford to name a few.
 
 

I love the combination of the slightly hippie, flowy maxi with the rock n' roll inspired cropped jacket. A great mix.

 

Joan Smalls was a head-turner in Prabal Gurung at the Runway To Win Fundraiser for the Obama Victory.

 

What I love about Alexa Chung is that no matter who she's borrowing clothes from (Louis Vuitton here) she is always completely and utterly herself in an outfit. She never looks out-of-place or like someone else chose her clothes for her.

 
 

Such a great dress! The sturdy grey tweed makes it perfect for winter while the chic belt and double-breasted buttons keep it from being boring and the slight flaring of the pleats is the perfect finishing touch.

 

Miranda Kerr was ready for Spring in an adorable floral skirt by Willow at a promotion for her organic skin care line KORA. Chic but sweet.

 
 

I honestly can't decide what I like best about this blogger's look - But I've narrowed it down to the skirt, tights, strappy wedge combo. Adorable. Accessible. Real.

 

Not sure how to layer for colder weather boys? Here's a great example of an unusual way to layer and keep things interesting. Very low-key but still fashionable and fun.

 

Something about the simple, classic plaid dress and the thigh-high tights is just too cute here. Paired w/ a fun hat and platforms, it's a pretty unbeatable look.

 
Have a great evening!
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