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2010 Grammys Fashion

February 10, 2010

The fashion of the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards left me somehow disappointed, with a few exceptions. Lady Gaga and Rihanna provoked in me a kind of spell that seems to be endless. I’m always waiting for them to see what will surprise me. Always controversial, Lady Gaga will never wear what many consider “normal”, both on and off stage. Many were surprised to learn that Armani Privé was the designer of her dresses, but this just reinforces my expectations for the future. Her attire is always futuristic, avant-garde and truly unique, although I feel sorry for the person who was seated behind her when she changed to her second dress.

Rihanna is another celebrity that I am always watching. I think the Elie Saab’s gown she wore was very ethereal and sexy, not just the color but the play of textures in the torso (feathers and embroidery) and the clever draping, which showed her spectacular legs. And the hair. Oh my, do I love her hairstyle.

I admit that I liked JLo. She and I do not agree often, indeed almost never, but the dress she wore was cool and very original. The asymmetric skirt and the union of the two fabrics at the center styled her a lot. Of course nothing can beat the memories of the green dress she wore ten years ago.

Pink surprised many with a metal to black gradient dress full of petals that was super elegant and chic, in contrast with the barely there outfit she wore for her performance that left more than one person with their mouth open.

Obviously, the ever-popular nude dresses had to be there. I confess: I am not a fan of nude dresses. Among my reasons is the fact that, even though they try and try, not everyone can pull it off successfully, unless you are Penélope Cruz or Angelina Jolie. The color has to be the correct one that complements your skin tone perfectly to not create the washed-out effect that makes you look pale, tired and gives the feeling that you are disappearing all together. I recommend most of my clients to avoid it. But if you want to wear it anyway, you have to go with strong makeup (like the super red lips Angelina) or accessories in saturated colors (like the necklace and hair piece I used for contrast in a photo shoot). An example of a wash-out was Heidi Klum, and at the other end was Katy Perry with her brown dress with gold sequins applications that did not look nice at all.

Adam Lambert looked great, always true to his glam-rock style with a modern and elegant look. Ricki Martin looked good as well. Usher, on the other hand, failed. His jacket and pants looked very wrinkled, athough the combination of the shirt and tie in different geometric motifs was fun. And what’s with the shoes? For a man who boasts himself of owning more than ten thousand (yes, 10,000) pairs of shoes, his choice seemed dirty or worn-out on the tip of the shoe, not at all adequate.

And finally, the “What the Fog!?” section: Natalia Laforcaude and Jessica Hudson thought they were going to the office. Beyonce and her always-the-same-silhouette siren dress overwhelmed the eye with too many details. And Imogen Heap with accessories (yet original, of course) that did not relate with each other or with the dress she wore. The neck piece reminded me of my dog’s cone of shame.

Chris Cornell + Timbaland at the Fillmore

November 6, 2008

Worst. Concert. Of the year.

I am speechless… so here is a review from the internet.

http://www.mercurynews.com/entertainment/ci_10875823

Oh! I almost forget: Chris Cornell owes us money.

Babasonicos in SF

June 30, 2008

Last Tuesday the great, Grammy Award winning band from Argentina, Babasonicos, played at the Elbo Room. The place is very small and it was a private and intimate show. The crowd was predominantly Latin. They had two local openers, Mucho Axe and May Fire. Mucho Axe is a latin jazz band that unfortunately we missed last night, but we saw them before at the Beach Chalet. We met the founders in San Rafael some time ago, and they are from Argentina too. The other band was pretty rocking, formed by a Chilean front vocal girl and Colombian drummer, and we liked them a lot. 

 

Babasonicos came to the tiny stage at about 11:30 pm. They opened with Rabioso, from their latest album Mucho followed by Pendejo – strong songs that set the energy for both the band and the crowd that continued to the end of the concert, about an hour later.

 

Nobody can deny lead singer Adrian Dargelos’ charisma and sex appeal on stage, even though he is not the most handsome guy. He has a unique dancing style and he used the stage to interact with the first row of people, letting them touch him and flirting with the excited ladies. The band had lots of energy even in the slower songs. The other member that had impressive moves was Diego Rodriguez, the first guitarist. He sang Microdancing, my favorite song from Mucho, and showed some fun moves. You could say their movements are quirky, but it is all about feeling the music and having fun. And you could see that the band was totally having fun during all the songs. Although they didn’t talk much with the crowd, the connection between the band and the crowd was there. Nobody cared about their lack of talking because they delivered song after song of a solid performance.  

 

The place sold out, and we have to praise the organizers for not packing too many people into the small room. Babasonico’s rhythms go from country to rock, from electronica to pop. Since they surfaced in the 90’s from the independent underground, their mix of styles made their own style unique. Their lyrics are interesting as well, playing with contrast and jumping from heartbreaking subjects to the flirt of Argentine slang metaphors. This concert is one of the top 5 shows of this year. They didn’t top The Raconteurs, but they are right there.

 

 You can check the band’s site by clicking here.

 

 YouTube has some good footage, and some not so good. This is one of my favorites

 

Set list of songs


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