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Celebrity Stylist Phillip Bloch Talks Shopping Addiction, Calls Nicki Minaj A 'Hot Mess'

Phillip Bloch is one of the industry's biggest players, the face behind many a famous fashion moment. He styled the very first issue of VIBE. Remember that dress Halle Berry wore when she won her Oscar? Thank Bloch for that, too. The sartorial extraordinaire has just released a new book, The Shopping Diet, to shed light on chic ways to cut back on impulse fashion buys. We spoke with Phillip during Fashion Week to find out his shopping secrets and talk about which celebrities he'd like to put on a shopping diet. —Adrien Field


VIBE: Talk about the title of your book, The Shopping Diet?

Phillip Bloch: Well The Shopping Diet came about because this is a serious addiction for a lot of people and they don’t treat it as an addiction; they just see as silly like “Oh my god, I just spend $1,000 on a pair of shoes,” and then they giggle. That’s a serious issue. If you’re making several hundred thousand dollars a year, $1,000 for a pair of shoes may not be bad. But if you’re making $200,000 a year and you have three different places—rents, maintenance—then you have to keep things in proportion. So it’s really about educating people to redefine their lives and their spending. Shopping [can be] an addiction like alcoholism, overeating and drugs. I wanted to be able to give people a solution, not a cure. The book was designed as a 10-step program.

Do you have favorite fashion lines that you can recommend for people who want style with affordable prices?

Well, obviously there are places like J.Crew, H&M, and Zara, which are great. Even Old Navy if you are really on a budget. You can find cute, trend-driven items. I really love outlet malls like Tangers; a lot of the different outlet malls are great. Then stores like Century 21, Loehmann's, and—my favorite—TJ Maxx. I just bought a Dolce & Gabanna shirt for $60. I found two capes for $39 and $49. Over-the-knee boots for $69, little zipper rock ‘n’ roll shoes for $39—all at TJ Maxx.

So you, Phillip Bloch, celebrity stylist, go outlet shopping?

Absolutely! I hate to pay full price. There’s a section in the back of the book that is one of my favorites and we put so much time into it. It’s a 49-page directory of how to shop online and how to find sample sales. For years, only insiders knew where to shop. It shows you where to shop if you’re pregnant or if you’re plus-sized, where to shop for your husband, where to shop if you want to go green. 

What celebrities have great everyday style?

Someone like Cindy Crawford. Honestly she’s beautiful every day—she is just chic. J.Lo is another one. You can dress her up and dress her down. She’s street, uptown, and downtown. Halle Berry, definitely. Jennifer Hudson has a really great style because she is someone who isn’t super slim. She definitely lost the weight and is a success story. She’s really someone to aspire to be like. Then of the younger girls I’m loving Lea Michelle from Glee. I think she’s cute and has a great red carpet style. Of course Sarah Jessica Parker. She’s one of those girls I love because she can take the fashion and literally wear things that would look utterly ridiculous on other people. Who could wear an acorn hat to their own premiere? 

What three celebrities would you put on a shopping diet?

I think a lot of these stars just shop, shop, shop. Someone like Lindsay Lohan who’s a hoarder. We’ve seen the pictures of her apartment. She needs a shopping diet. We see Paris shopping all the time. We see Jessica Simpson shopping a lot. Kim Kardashian shops, shop, shops, and she can’t even act, sing, or dance. Where’s the money coming from?  She has her own clothing line, so she can buy other people's clothes. I do think Kim has a great style though. Then there are hot messes out there. Like Nicki Minaj, is life a costume party or what? Are you that desperate for attention? 

Phillip's The Shopping Diet is out now.  Click here to buy a copy on Amazon.

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Tiffany "New York" Pollard Hilariously Stars In Fenty Beauty's Gift Guide

We're deep into the holiday season, and it's clear that Rihanna's Fenty Beauty reign just won't let up. The 30-year-old Bajan star recently called upon the first lady of ratchet reality television, Tiffany Pollard – also known as "New York" from VH1's Flavor of Love and I Love New York –  to star in her latest video campaign vlog for the cosmetics line.

The 36-year-old reality show star looks fabulous in the nine-minute video uploaded on Sunday (Dec. 16), wearing brown lipstick with shoulder-length curly, black hair, acrylic nails, and gold jewelry on her neck and wrist.

Pollard gets straight to the point in the video starting, with the Pro’Filter Foundation saying "I feel younger and thinner, I didn’t know it could do all that, but it’s doing it!"

Other products from the Fenty Beauty collection includes the Killawatt Foil palette, the Frost Bunny-Frost Hunny-Frost Money eye, and lip sets and Gloss Bomb in Fu$$y. Pollard does what she does best while she speaks about on the various items, and she doesn't hold back on the profanity nor the R-rated commentary.

When the former I Love New York star posted a snippet of the vlog to her Instagram, she received a lot of love from her Hollywood peers under the post including Rachel True (The Craft), Dascha Polanco (OITNB), Melyssa Ford, Perez Hilton and her former castmate from Flavor of Love, Deelishis.

Despite her current absence on reality television on the moment, Pollard continues to stay relevant as memes and GIFs of her during her time on love show competitions lives on, as well pop-up exhibits of her in museums.Check out New York in Fenty Beauty's new gift guide video above.


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Stephen Curry Inspired By 9-Year-Old To Provide Curry 6 Shoes For Girls

Proving to be more than just an expert shooter from the free-throw line, Stephen Curry has managed to do right by the majority of the people in his life, including a young girl he's never met.

After receiving a handwritten letter from 9-year-old Riley Morrison, the precocious kid pointed out one minor issue with the Golden State Warrior's latest Curry 5 shoes — the sneakers were not manufactured in girls' shoe sizes.

hey @stephencurry30 can u help? pic.twitter.com/3jwuEc776B

— Liz Plank (@feministabulous) November 26, 2018

"My dad and I visited the Under Armour website and were disappointed to see that there were no Curry 5s for sale under the girl's section," the aspiring basketball player wrote.

Quickly swooping in for the save, the 30-year-old athlete responded with a written note, saying, "I appreciate your concern and have spent the last 2 days talking to Under Armour about how we can fix the issue." Continuing the letter, the father-of-three went on to say, "I am going to send you the Curry 5's now and you will be the first kid to get the Curry 6."


— gu-c (@guchawney) November 29, 2018

In a statement to VIBE, Dean Stoyer, VP, Global Brand Communications for Under Armour explained the shoes were intended to be worn by girls and boys.

"Thanks to Riley and Stephen, we’re correcting a simple yet critical error. We’ve actually offered Curry signature footwear in youth sizing for boys and girls since the initial Curry 1; however, labeling that youth sizing for “Boys” and not designating for boys and girls, was simply wrong," he said. "Beginning now and moving forward our youth sizes will be properly labeled on UA.com to reflect co-gender “Grade School” sizing, and on boxes beginning with the first youth sizes of the Curry 6 delivering this spring."

Working diligently to correct the mistake, Curry proceeded to invite the young fan to an event for International Women's Day in March.

Looks like everyone wins, including Riley and girls all over the nation.

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Wu-Tang Clan Taps Teyana Taylor To Model New Lipstick Collab

On Thursday (Nov. 1), the iconic hip-hop collective Wu-Tang Clan announced to Billboard that they teamed up with Milk Makeup to launch their first-ever cosmetics line with Teyana Taylor as the star of the campaign.

Wu-Tang, who is heavily inspired by Chinese culture, are no strangers when it comes to extending their brand beyond music. In the past, the Staten Island group has had a line of sneakers via a partnership with Nike and spent this year launching an apparel collection of streetwear for different seasons.

However, this is the first time the group hopes to reach to the hearts of ladies everywhere with the new lipstick collection. Wu-Tang's RZA told Billboard that his wife is a fan of Milk Makeup products. "My wife has a cool perspective about makeup [because] in her youth, she was in the modeling circles," RZA said.

"She is a fan of Milk Makeup's products, and when [Rassi and I] talked about forming a collaboration that reflected our NYC sensibility, and philosophy makeup became the unique and unpredictable choice," he added. "The Milk Makeup collaboration was spearheaded by my wife."

The 46-second commercial for the limited-edition product features Teyana Taylor performing karate moves on a roof with the NYC skyline in the background. Dressed in an all-black battle suit with long sleek black hair, Taylor is focused on her kung-fu styled moves as the video goes into slow-motion.

Taylor, who featured Wu-Tang on a remix to her 2018 single "Gonna Love Me" spoke with Milk about the new venture. "[Working with Milk and Wu-Tang] was a no-brainer. I have been a huge fan of Wu-Tang forever and I love the modern energy of Milk Makeup. When I saw the quality of the lipstick with the custom-sculpted dragon on the bullet, I was impressed—it's like a work of art."

The limited-edition collection is currently available exclusively on MilkMakeup.com. Each of the lipsticks can be bought separately for $55 each or all together for $440. Along with the collection comes a 24 karat gold compact mirror ($75) and a makeup pin set ($18) that can also be bought separately.

Will you be buying one for the holiday season?


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