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

 

If you make accessories, clothes, shoes or jewelry, stop by for a story opportunity.

 

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.

We do charge for features but at this time, we are offering 50% off prices for market month, so for 50 dollars and a sample, you can reach over 1,000 readers a day for 3 months. Let us know by filling out the form below!!

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.

 

The best new artist award is not easily rewarded and even though Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are favorited to win; the award has sometimes gone to lesser known artist. We can all remember the year when big acts were snubbed including Bruce Springfield, Prince, Madonna and U2 also when Esperanza Spalding won over Justin Bieber (2011) and Bon Iver bet Nikki Minaj in 2012.

So here are the nominations of best new artist that may not be well known but could still take the prize:

Kacey Musgraves

Kacey Lee Musgraves is an American country music artist. She self-released three albums before appearing on the fifth season of the USA Network’s singing competition Nashville Star in 2007, where she placed seventh. Country music has exploded in on the scene and acts like Taylor Swift has made it more mainstream.

James Blake

James Blake Litherland, known as James Blake, is an English electronic music producer and singer-songwriter from London. He is also known as Harmonimix when releasing remixes. The rise of electronica is why we are seeing this London artist in the best new artist category.

Ed Sheeran

Edward Christopher “Ed” Sheeran (born 17 February 1991) is an English singer-songwriter. Raised in Framlingham, Suffolk, he moved to London in 2008 to pursue a musical career. In early 2011, Sheeran released an independent extended play, No. 5 Collaborations Project, which caught the attention of both Elton John and Jamie Foxx. He then signed to Asylum Records.

Sheeran began to be known in the United States in 2012. He made a guest appearance on Taylor Swift’s fourth album, Red, and wrote songs for One Direction. “The A Team” was nominated for Song of the Year at the 2013 Grammy Awards and he performed the song in duet with Elton John during the ceremony. He spent much of 2013 touring North America as the opening act for Taylor Swift’s Red Tour. His second album will be released in 2014.

Kendrick Lamar

The second hip hop act for the best new artist award to be nominated and also nominated for 6 more including album of the year and best rap song, he is said to be a direct rival of Mackelmore. His popularity is based on a large internet following which goes to show that the internet can still create celebrity stardom.

Kendrick Lamar Duckworth[1] (born June 17, 1987), known simply as Kendrick Lamar, is an American hip hop recording artist from Compton, California. Initially signed to independent record label Top Dawg Entertainment, in 2012, Lamar and the label signed a joint venture deal with Aftermath and Interscope Records. Lamar is also a member of West Coast hip hop supergroup Black Hippy, alongside label-mates and fellow California-based rappers Jay Rock, Schoolboy Q and Ab-Soul.[4]

Lamar first began to gain major attention in 2010, after the release of his fourth mixtape Overly Dedicated. The next year, he released Section.80, his first independent album to critical acclaim; released exclusively through iTunes and instantly ranked as one of the top digital hip hop releases of the year.[5] Early in his career, before releasing his major label debut, Lamar amassed a large internet following, and had already worked with Dr. Dre, Game, Drake, Young Jeezy, Talib Kweli, Busta Rhymes, E-40, Warren G and Lil Wayne, among other popular artists.

So who do you think will take home best new artist of the year? Comment below and we will tally it up!!

I came across this amazing brand while reading Harpers’ Bazaar and just had to post about this label. The brand is based in Japan and started in 2007 by designer Michiko Nakayama. Muveil was born of two words; “Mu” of muguet, the French word for lily of the valley and the  word “Veil”. Her designs are very whimsical and luxe as they are inspired by French couture and Pop Culture. Her new collections were inspired by “The Wizard Of Oz” and “Superman”! She just recently launched her collection in the USA.

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PVC Dress inspired by Wizard Of Oz $1075

PVC Dress inspired by Wizard Of Oz $1075

We are amazed on how punk music is still underground even with the surge in punk fashion. However, even though this band is not known mainstream, they still have the best fans with thousands of views on the YouTube song, “Daughters”.

The Story So Far is an American pop punk band from Walnut Creek, California formed in 2007. They are currently signed to Pure Noise Records. The band released its debut studio album Under Soil And Dirt in June 2011. On March 26, 2013, they released their second studio album, What You Don’t See. which debuted at number 46 on The Billboard 200.They have also released two EPs and two splits with bands Maker and Morgan Foster. The band was featured on the cover of Alternative Press’s March 2013 issue “100 Bands You Need to Know.”

So we end the week with the youngest punk band that has similar sounds (but unique never the less) of All American Rejects, Blink-182 and Simple Plan.  The sound has that teenage agony that grows to adulthood regret which is always relate-able. The song “daughters”, visits unrequited love, while “bad luck” talks about a nasty breakup where secrets were kept and never shared, and finally, “Things I can’t change” struggles with the need to keep a relationship with someone after love has ended.

The music is a little loud for the sweet and melancholy lyrics but you can control that on any music player. So here is our favorite video from this band:

 

 

Now don’t stop here, there are other punk  bands out there and we are suggesting you try Alkaline Trio (punk rock), Paramore (pop punk) and Snow White’s Poison Bite (horror punk).

The most interesting part of horror punk is its illusion to self-doubt, revenge on those who hurt you and escape from pain seem to speck universal truths. Wednesday 13 is no exception. They are not a new band but with the release of their new album, “The Dixie Dead”, back in February, we wanted to touch on this slightly underground band.

The name “Wednesday 13” comes from the love of campy horror movies and TV series, originating from the Addams family. Possibly, Wednesday Addams long hair that is similar to his own. Wednesday 13 was born Joesph Poole in Charolette, North Carolina and has moonlighted with several bands including Murderdolls (where his fame originated), Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13,  Bourbon Crow ( a country band with former Wednesday 13 members) and recently Gunfire 76 (with a more glam rock approach).

Poole has been around since 1994 but only began singing as Wednesday 13 since 2005. The horror themes remind me of Emily Autumn but with an edge of Avenge Sevenfold and the deep musical sounds of Rev Theory.  The new album did not release a single which is always a mistake but here is the song “bad things” which turned us onto this soloist.