I always loved the range of new artist. Even when you think there are enough of music stars on the horizon; a new band comes out with a new twist on the same theme and you fall in love again. Lately, there has been a lot of singers that seem to sound like the famous songstresses of the past and some in the not so distant past. The question: Does sounding like someone else an insult or are they paying homage?

Similar sound and similar styles – Flattery or insult?

Grande vs Mariah Carey

We had high hopes for this Disney star but she hit the scene with a remake of “Emotions” which did without creating her own sound but sounding so much like Mariah Carey, she was nick-named “Little Mariah”. Then the hip hop song, “F***ing Problems” featuring A$AP seamed even more similar to Mariah Carey circa 1990’s. On an interview with Power 101.5, Mariah Carey said she was offended by the comparison. The young singer has even been styled like Mariah Carey, with sequin accented dresses and pulled back locks. Grande dreams of being the next Mariah Carey but she isn’t exactly dead. Yes, here last album did not sell well but the singer should not be counted as out of the game just yet. What do you think? Insult or flattery?

Karmin vs Nicki Minaj

It use to be that singers covered popular bands in order to find their sound but now they may be using it to get record deals and even discount the artist that already coined it. I had high hopes for Karmin (real-life couple Amy Heidemann and Nick Louis Noonan). Instead, Heidemann covered various Nicki Minaj songs then called here out on one of her songs:

“I ain’t happy seeing how it is/ Stop all the comparing me, no Nicki Minaj-erie/ Let me out the cage so I can fizz/ Cause all the femininity is looking for a rapper queen/ Banking on Azealia and Iggy/ Pretty damn amazing what you’ll do to be a star.”

Nicki Minaj smartly changed her sound; making Karmin irrelevant. However, there may be something to covering someone else’s song and making it their claim to fame.

The point is that music is a way to express yourself in an way other can relate and you can relate to yourself as well. The grass-root movement and fashion meets music craze are both examples of originality. If you do not have it, then do you really deserve to be a musician?

Founded in Osaka, Japan in 1988, Evisu  is  well-known for premium denim wear made through traditional labor-intensive methods. Founder Hidehiko Yamane named the brand Evis, after Levis because he believes that Levis 501 are the best jeans ever made. He later changed the name  to Evisu, as it was close to Ebisu, the Buddhist deity of fishermen, good fortune and business prosperity.

Evisu also makes t-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, suits, accessories and shoes. They make both clothing for Men and Women. Chris Brown is a fan of the label.

 

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Evisu Men

Chris Brown Wears Evisu

A Bathing Ape  was founded by Nigo (Tomoaki Nagao) in 1993.  The inspiration for his brand name ‘A Bathing Ape’ comes from the movie ‘Planet of the Apes’ (1968) and a Japanese saying, ‘a bathing ape in lukewarm water,’ which basically refers to a spoiled person! (lol) Although, A Bathing Ape is especially famous for its t-shirts, the company’s products include a wide range of fashion items from hoodies to footwear.  They also have a NYC location!

Milo ABC Multi Polo $184 www.bape.myshopify.com

$261 www.bape.shopify.com

 

 

Japan has exploded onto the American market for a couple of years now and has gained momentum with all the Sweet Lolitas popping up everywhere. But little do people know that  the Kawaii and Sweet Lolita craze aren’t really that big in Japan and those costume looks are actually equivalent to our Star Wars Geeks and People who troll Comic Con. Instead cool Japanese girls are into over-sized cartoon and Pop art printed sweaters, neon bobs and sneakers! So I have decided to dedicate a week to Japanese labels that put the “cool” in Japanese Fashion!

Toga was created in 1997 by designer Yasuko Furuta who is known for her avant-garde silhouettes and deconstructed  knit wear. she has won the prestigious Mainichi Fashion Award on several occasions! Katy Perry is a huge fan of this label!

Only top is available on www.net-a-porter.com $295

Toga Intarsia wool-blend turtleneck sweater $425 www.net-a-porter.com

Skirt is available on www.net-a-porter.com $320

I was floored when I came across this amazing designer when searching for Punk Designers. 39 year old Ashish Gupta who’s label is simply known as ‘Ashish’ was born in India and attended college for fashion design in London. He says his pieces are inspired by his heritage and though everything is handmade in India I couldn’t help notice how much his designs are so Punk themed and look like if Betsey Johnson and Jeremy Scott had a sequined fashion baby it would be the Ashish line! He has Celeb fans as well in Miley Cyrus, Victoria Beckham and Madonna!

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I know it took a long time to get here but we have some great news!!! We have been chosen by Wowcracy in partnership with Vogue Talents to enter an Instagram competition only to realize – We do not have an Instagram page.

We have one now and we feature some of the great post you get here on our new platform. The post include celebrity sitings, pictures of runway shows and style files. We hope to continue the great work on our new instagram page.

So follow us on instagram @TheFashionGoddessBlog

Ryan Lo is an very interesting designer. He was born in Hong Kong but spends his time in the UK. A former club kid Lo taught himself to knit and design by watching you tube videos! He hand crafts most of his pieces! His style can be described as romantic fairy tale meets grumpy Lolita. His Spring/Summer 2014 Collection was based on nursery rhymes and his models wore bunny ears and face paint.

 

Ryan Lo SS2014 courtesy of www.fashion156.com

Ryan Lo SS2014 courtesy of www.fashion156.com

 

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The fact that my twin and I have just moved to NY and that this is Market Month, we felt it was time to write about new designers. We usually go to the web to pick designers from around the world but we have got bitten by the local bug. We want designers from NJ, NY or CT to send us sample products to review and we will forward you the blog post so all your fans on social media can see it.

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We love Amy Lee and the last five years have been filled by controversy which made here even more interesting. Her feud with Ben Moody resulted in the breakup of her band which lead him to form a new band called the fallen which tried to mimic Amy Lee’s unique voice with an American Idol reject. They even tried to sue her for the name Evanescence and lost.

Now, Amy Lee has cut ties with her long term record company, Up-wind records, citing at $1.5 million over unpaid royalties and other alleged misdeeds by the record company.  Even though the lawsuit was filed last year, Amy Lee recently twitted “Today, for the first time in 13 years, I am a free and independent artist. I have wanted this for so long and I am so happy. CHEERS!” on March 18 2014.

Amongst the lawsuit, she recorded with friend and composer Dave Eggar for the indie film “War Story,” which  premiered in January at Sundance. And what she has to say might not be music to the ears of Evanescence fans awaiting the follow-up to her 2011 album but she does say the song in the movie “Push the Button” is different with a more electronic sound. Hopefully, nothing like the Kerli, “Zero gravity” misstep.

Her pregnancy may be a reason for the long wait for a new album. In a Twitter posting to fans, the 32-year-old Lee explained that she couldn’t keep the secret under wraps anymore and that here biggest “project” of the year was her child. It was not revealed whether she and her husband Josh Hartzler are have a boy or a girl. (loudwire.com)

So with all the news, 2014 will be the year for Amy Lee to return to the studio as a free agent, a baby in the belly and maybe electronic tunes in her music? Only time will tell. Amy lee told Ultimate music that

“I definitely have a lot of songs and ideas and things we haven’t shared yet and I still believe in them, so… you may still get your chance to hear all that stuff… I really only get into that mode when I’m home and finally separated from the chaos of a public life.”

And even gave a late 2014 release date for her new album (even though she told MTV she was not actively recording anything) but can she still sing with a baby against her diaphragm? Meanwhile, Wind-up records have sold all back catalogs of the band and no longer lists them as active artists. Ouch!

Amy lee will be performing at Kent State University on March 31, 2014 and may preform her new song, find a way, as seen here on youtube.