Beautiful Monster: How The Audi A7 Whip Breaks From Tradition

A break from stuffy luxury wheels, Audi’s latest rich boy retains its youthful spirit Willie G.

Beauty And The Beast

If King Kong were nothing more than an angry monkey, he’d be a bore. It’s his primal bond with beauty that stamps the sensitive ape’s iconic status. Consider Audi’s beautiful monster, the 2012 A7 sportback, a saliently sculpted example of Sophia Vergara looks mated with a powertrain that’ll have you going gorillas. 

Seventh Wonder

From its striking front fascia to its “four-door coupe” styling that borrows from competitors like Mercedes’ CLS and Porsche’s Panamera, the lanky A7 reflects the brand’s new commitment to freeway stuntin’. The headlamps alone house LED daytime running lights that resemble sexily cocked eyebrows, an audacious flirt with disaster for any rearview it peers into.

Top Gun Guts

Rich leathers and matte-finish wood grain deliver the opulence of a members-only cigar lounge. The Old World tradition ends there. Hit the car’s legitimately earned push button start, and you’ll quickly see this ride wasn’t built for relaxation. Fired up, the 7’s unique split-level cluster and white illumination feel like the cockpit of some prototype stealth fighter. 

Extra Credit

Start messing around with the A7’s iPod interface or onboard Wi-Fi and you’ll easily find yourself breaking a buck. For those looking to bypass the po-po in peace, the speedometer projects to the windshield, while a Night Vision 2 system locks onto any warm-blooded objects in your path.

The Devil Inside

No PBA card or 5-0 in the fam? Keep a close watch on those glass-projected digits. With power coming from Audi’s proven 3.0 supercharged V6 and delivered to all wheels via Quattro, the A7’s 300 horses hit monstrously fast, but with amazing fluidity.

The Verdict

Come up off that animal behavior and you’ll be reminded just how much of a head-turner you’ve plopped into. Starting around $59K, the A7 is a steal. But like most luxury whips, the racks on racks pile up, and it’s not hard to trick out a final sticker in the $80-$90Ks. As agile as the sportback looks and performs, it’s still a big whip and a bear to park. Nonetheless, true love knows no boundaries, right? Stripped down or dolled up, she’s worth cuffing in any season. 

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CEO of Lola Media Group and bonified music industry heavyweight, Lola Plaku has been honored with her very own sneaker collection with Puma.

Released Friday (Jan. 18), the two-piece sneaker collection is a new twist on a classic '90s pair of kicks designed by Plaku herself. Blending mesh and leather, the shoes come in Black-Surf, a black-based shoe with pearl pink, dark blue and yellow accents and Peach Bud–Pearl Blush a light pink and white sneak.

“Lola is known for spearheading a mission to empower young women, and this partnership pays tribute to her efforts with a Nova sneaker pack aptly titled GRL PWR,” said PUMA’s Senior Head of Select, Yassine Saidi.“Lola inspires others to create change and push culture forward, making her the perfect co-creator of the new Nova.”

A bright shining star indeed, Plaku was named one of Billboard's rising stars to watch in their 2018 R&B/Hip-Hop 100 Power Players issue. Formerly known for her talents in music journalism, the entrepreneur has gone on to create her own blog iLuvLola. She is now working on her mentorship program GIRL CONNECTED, built to help aspiring female professionals.

“This campaign is truly about building self-esteem and creating a platform for self-discovery, growth, and empowerment," Plaku said about the collaboration. "Girls and women should believe they can be anything they want to be."

You can cop the Puma NOVA GRL PWR sneakers now, with the second design making its way in March.

See photos from the very colorful campaign and styles below.

Peach Bud/Pearl Blush

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Prep Your Pockets: Rihanna Reportedly Launching Luxury Fashion House With LVMH

Tackling more than music these days, Rihanna's brand has expanded past her "Pon de Replay" days. Nearly 14 years strong in this industry, the all-Fenty-everything empress is now gearing up to launch a luxury fashion house under her name.

According to multiple sources and Women's Wear Daily, LVMH (Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton) and the 30-year-old singer/songwriter have been attending hush-hush meetings with the worlds largest luxury group. LVMH has reportedly also cherrypicked employees from within the company, including workers from Celine and Louis Vuitton to work with Rihanna and neighboring associates.

Though details about the launch are extremely limited at this time, many have already developed high hopes and expectations for the " Work" singer's newest business venture.

While this exciting new business venture marks an amazing high note for the Barbadian songstress, many fans await her highly anticipated return to music since her 2016 Anti LP. According to Ms. Fenty herself, her next project should be dropping sometime in 2019. The album was originally rumored to be a dancehall record meant to pay homage to her roots, but there has been no confirmation from RiRi since production began.


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Michael B. Jordan Is The Face Of Coach's Men Label

If you have eyes that work (hell, even if you have one eye) then you can tell Michael B. Jordan won the genetic contest. The Creed II star is equally known for his roles in feature films as he is his face, which is why he's been tapped to represent the men's label for Coach.

The 31-year-old actor released a statement about the partnership and expressed great gratitude and excitement about his new venture.

“I’ve been a fan of Coach for a long time and truly respect their inclusive and optimistic values,” Jordan added. “I’m honored to be a part of Stuart’s vision and creative process.”

The admiration goes both ways. Coach Creative Director Stuart Vevers was equally thrilled with Jordan leading the campaign for the men's line.

"I’ve really enjoyed getting to know Michael over the last few years," Vevers said. "He has been a true supporter of Coach so it felt like a really natural step to collaborate more closely and create a partnership we can take to the next level."

While Jordan holds it down for the men, Selena Gomez remains the face for the women's side of the house.

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