Archives for March 2011

Amy Winehouse is Back in Black [and Red] for Fred Perry Round II

By: Kelly Ahern, guest blogger

The infamous Amy Winehouse appears to back at it again.

No—we’re not talking about her alleged hard-hitting partying ways—although she has recently been praised by Charlie Sheen AND seen stumbling out of an English pub with none other than Russell Brand’s father – no, we’re talking about her inclination for fashion.

The songstress has once again collaborated with Fred Perry, the iconic British label which prides itself on integrating classic street-wear meets sportswear style.

The 32-piece collection, which launched [Read more…]

{Beautirati} YSL Provocative Pink: My New Favourite Lipstick!

I’m obsessed.

Okay, not completely, but enough to want to write a blog post about it.

It’s Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte – 10: “Provocative Pink” and I bloody love it.

I’m pretty much set in my ways when it comes to certain things, lipsticks is one of them. Being the girl, who rarely steps outside of her makeup box, I’ve been debating the purchase of one of these for quite sometime.

While, a lot of people tend to go for the luxuriously creamy beige and nudes from the Rouge Volupte collection and similar, I have been wanting to try this futuristic, fashion-forward fuchsia for quite sometime now.

Now, I’m not going to lie, this is a high-end lipstick, and if you go to a place like Barney’s New York, even online, be prepared to shell out $34.00 USD for one tube. I [Read more…]

{Rules of PR no. 41} He Said What?! LVMH, Hermès and the “Rape”

Image via Hermes

Media training is important.

But, for some reason, people in the C-Suite, alongside their “yes-men” neglect to perform and practice with due diligence this important, reputation saving task.

A common misconception is that if the person is smart, savvy and exceptionally keen at what they do, they would be able to handle the media as well.

Major public relations-no-no.

When was the last time your company and its key leaders went through some type of media training exercise? If you are unable to answer that question — then as The Donald says, “you’re fired!”

Well, no, not really.

But you could be if you were John Galliano, the ousted head of Creative from Christian Dior who got into hot water recently over anti-Semitic remarks.

Or you could be in hot water if your name is Patrick Thomas the CEO of Hermès, who has massive word vomit when it comes to French luxury giant Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, when he likened LVMH’s buyout attempts of Hermès to “rape.”

Recently, in an interview conducted [Read more…]

Turn Up Your Speakers: Paulo Coelho, Filhos de Gandhy and a little Carnaval 2011


UPDATE: March 7, 2011 9:30 p.m. EST


I just found out that Paulo Coelho linked to my blog from his!

Paulo, thank you so much, I am always in awe, humbled & inspired by you! “The Alchemist” is one of my favourite books! It taught me so much 🙂

You are the best!

Sasha xx

[Original article continued below…]


While, browsing Twitter on March 5th, 2011, I came across a post from one of my favourite authors, Paulo Coelho, on his blog entitled, “Carnaval 2011: Filhos de Gandhy/ Children of Gandhy.”

I know I’ve been writing quite a bit lately about Carnaval and if you follow me on Twitter, I’m sure you’ve seen my #ytcarnaval tweets. Just a small bit of background information for some of you, my family is West Indian from Trinidad and our carnival starts as Canaval in Brazil is ending (March 7-8, 2011.)

Port of Spain, actually, boasts the second-largest Carnival in the world next to Rio. Ours is the one, exported and typically labeled as “Caribbean Carnival” in places like Miami, Toronto and London — the big one in Brooklyn? Notting Hill? and that thing in called Caribana in Canada once every summer? Yeaaa, those are my peoples!

So, while, in the past, I’ve never really blogged about too many cultural things… I decided it was time for that to change. 🙂

Anyway, back to Mr. Coelho and the band of people called Filhos de Gandhy [Read more…]

{iStyle} Milan Makes Magic with Color and Texture for AW 2011

By: Kelly Ahern, guest blogger

Forget basic black, crèmes and neutral tan Milan Fashion Week 2011 has proven yet again that bright bold colors are here to stay—all year long.

The Italians have always been known to push fashion boundaries and embrace shocking color palettes each and every season, but 3 of Milan’s most infamous fashion houses took color and texture to a whole new level with their AW 2011/2012 collections.

From exotic reptile skins, gem colored furs and retro embellishments Italian luxury labels Gucci, Versace and Dolce & Gabanna left [Read more…]

PRE-SCREENING FILM REVIEW: Matt Damon’s “The Adjustment Bureau”

Life is a series of events…

Fate or Free Will?

YOUR Life Adjusted…

Of course, everyone knows how much I love a good science-fiction/fantasy film.

As the world is well-aware, I’m a huge “Lord of the Rings” and “Harry Potter” fan, so when I was invited to a pre-screening of the new Emily Blunt and Matt Damon film, “The Adjustment Bureau,” I was so there.

Labeled as a metaphysical-science-fiction-romantic thriller, the film, is loosely based on the 1954 short story, the “Adjustment Team,” by Philip K. Dick.

The film, itself, was written and produced by George Nolfi, with a score by Thomas Newman, (who wrote the song for the opening sequence, “Future Bright”) and Richard Ashcroft (end credits, “Are You Ready”).

With an all-star cast, including the likes of [Read more…]

{ADbitious} Ogilvy Brasil Channels a little “Woman on Top”

** Disclosure: Sasha Muradali works for a WPP-held company. ***

When “Woman on Top” meets “Acelera Aê” you end up with a festive, foody advert for Arisco.

Just in time for the Carnaval season, thanks to the creatives at Ogilvy Brasil with a little celebrity help from Ivete Sangalo, it’s a bit fun and fantastic with the print images having us sing “Refrão“(3:15) to ourselves.

You may remember the romantic-comedy, released in 2000, starring Penélope Cruz and Murilo Benício (ah Lucas/Leo/Diogo, O Clone, we dieeee! [El Clon if you watched on Telemundo]) set [Read more…]

{iStyle} The Many Dresses of Anne Hathaway #Oscars 2011

While, “The King’s Speech,” Christian Bale, “The Social Network,” Colin Firth, “Inception” and Helena Bonham-Carter looking normal for once, might be the talk of Tinsel Town, fashionistas everywhere are in awe of none other than Anne Hathaway.

While, she may share her name with William Shakespeare’s wife, old school, out-dated and “so over,” are in a land far, far, away.

Many women who get invited to attend the Oscars stress over the one perfect dress to wear.

But Hathaway, styled by Rachel Zoe (we dieeee!), wore seven enchanting ensembles, plus, one extra on the red-carpet for good measure.

Dress after dress, Hathaway looked graceful, fun and pulled off each outfit with ease and poise.

Oh, how we love you Amelia Mignonette Thermopolis Renaldi, Crown Princess of Genovia.

It might be safe to say, that Anne Hathaway and her many dresses stole the show! [Read more…]

FIND OFF: 2010, the Internet and 20 Things

Can you find the hiding Rabbits?

By: Amanda Montgomery, guest blogger

I’ve heard it said from a number of my friends who’ve clocked far more time in the industry than I have that at certain moments, that truly great advertising can be conceived when a couple of mates get together one night over dinner and drinks (mainly drinks) to discuss art and new ideas.

The next morning everyone walks into the office rubbing their eyes while sipping on stale coffee, they click on their email to see an unusually enthusiastic, “Yes, this is brilliant … Go with it full steam!” note from the client and with a nervous but reserved smile a certain celebratory energy sets in to ignite the day. [Read more…]