[UPDATE] Joe Jonas Dispatch 3: Streetwear Rundown

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I’ve been most interested in the streetwear shows this fashion season — these designers seem the most devoted to taking risks. I’m constantly writing notes at these shows, because I know that seeing signs of their ingenuity out in the world will be exciting. Shows like Opening Ceremony, General Idea, Public School, and Rochambeau have been the most striking to me.

Opening Ceremony’s show was a literal treat. The audience knew something was up because it smelled like a bakery when we walked in, and then chocolate started dripping from the walls midway through the show. I did feel a little sorry for the designers’ actual work, though, because as soon as the chocolate started to fall, people stopped looking at the runway. Here’s how irresistible that wall was: After the show, my girlfriend, Blanda, and Kelly Rowland, who was sitting next to us, went over to lick the wall together and got covered in chocolate. It was a bit of a mess, but also memorable.

There seemed to be lot of pressure on the designers at Public School this year. When Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne were nominated for a CFDA award last year, the expectations for their company rose. When I talked to Chow and Osborne before the show and their win, they seemed nervous. This was their first season making women’s clothing, and I think it was successful. Anna Wintour was in the audience, but she wore sunglasses, so I couldn’t tell what she thought. What’s most impressive is that they didn’t overdo anything. The details were finely worked out, their clothes had a beautifully draped slouch, and the hats were amazing. I thought that the tall, black hats looked fun and wearable, while the brimmed hats had certain elegance to their simplicity, and the hats with the long gray fabric hanging from the sides had some humor. All in all, Public School achieved a great balance: just enough, without going overboard.

That’s definitely more than you can say for some people, especially outside the tents. I was at an after-party for Details that was packed with over-the top, splashy outfits: One guy was wearing a cape, high heels, a Mary Poppins–sized enormous bag, and a King Tut hat. Not subtle, but still impressive. And I saw a woman in our elevator in Soho wearing a sandal-slipper situation in 20-degree weather. I couldn’t resist asking what she was thinking, and she promised me she was leaving to go find more suitable footwear. And then there are the ones who seem like they just missed the memo: A few people around me laughed when I snapped a photo of a girl in a fur coat and sunglasses at an eco-jeans event. Either she didn’t think about what it means to wear fur to a sustainable fashion campaign, or she was making a statement. 

A streetwear trend I’ve noted on people at the shows is a simple, white-soled sneaker. A look that keeps showing up in the shows themselves is a leather skirt over jeans for men. I’d try that out, but I think I’ve seen it too many times for it to feel fresh. (By the way, I did try that Richard Chai–inspired idea of tying a shirt sideways around my waist! I think it worked?) When it comes to clothes, I tend to have sort of “interesting” taste, and Blanda will sometimes tell me to calm it down a bit. But I appreciate it! Again: I always want to keep my look balanced.

Source: NY Mag

[UPDATE] Kevin Jonas’ 25×25 Challenge for Haiti

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THE STORY:

Hey guys,

I’m so proud to announce that TODAY I am kicking off the 25×25 Challenge for Haiti! I am trying to raise $25,000 by February 25th for an org I really care about — Artists for Peace and Justice! And I need your help to do it. If we can raise $25,000, we will send 50 of the poorest kids in Haiti to school next year. Plus you can win cool prizes — like a trip to LA to support this charity with me! So please donate if you can. Let’s do this!!

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Donate $25 or more and you’ll be entered for a chance to Win a Trip to be my special guest at the Hollywood Domino Event in LA on February 27th. That includes airfare and hotel. *Official Rules below

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Source: Crowd Rise

[UPDATE] Joe Jonas Fashion Week Dispatch 2: Late Nights, Early Mornings

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Fashion Week parties don’t feel so different from other parties, except that the crowd looks more carefully dressed and the people-watching is supreme. Even though I’ve taken so many photographs during the shows, I can’t resist some good party snaps with wild-looking characters. At the Details party, I took a great photo with a man in a turban and enormous, bedazzled sunglasses at night in a club …

Thursday night started out a little shaky. Outside of the Todd Snyder after-party, my friend Steven nearly got into a tiff with a bouncer — it was a miscommunication mess with a promoter who had many drinks too many — but by the time we made it to the packed NYNY party, it had already become a funny story. They hosted at Up and Down, which used to be the Darby. It was packed to the gills with people. My friends were D.J.-ing, but rather than dancing, we spent most of the evening wiggling through the crowds.

The first thing I do when I get to a big party is make my way to the bar. A drink can ease some of the intensity of the thumping music and crowds of people. I like something simple, like a vodka soda or a Moscow mule (big fan). I try not to party too much, though it’s not a hard-and-fast rule. It’s easy to lose track of the night when I’m catching up with old friends.

Friday evening, I went to a place I love called Omar’s — it’s a private restaurant-lounge near Washington Square Park. Saturday, I went to both the Prabal Gurung and Alexander Wang parties. Prabal just bounced around in a white T-shirt, no entourage. That surprised me. At Alexander Wang’s party at the gold-splattered club the Gilded Lily, we ate ice-cream pops under the string-lights chandelier, and I hung out by the D.J. table, where my friend Jesse Marco was D.J.-ing. There wasn’t a person in the room who could resist the music. Everybody danced. I’m always amazed that no matter the crowd, everyone has the same taste in music when they go out. The crowd favorites right now seem to be Kendrick Lamar, Jay Z, and early Kanye. For the women in the room: “Drunk in Love” wins by a landslide. I think a D.J. could play “Drunk in Love” on repeat all night and people would keep dancing.

After Wang’s party, we made a late-night stop at Artichoke to soak up some of that booze and keep up the energy for fantastic shows on Sunday. It’s been a great set these past few days. I was wholly impressed with Todd Snyder; he had some of the most stunning clothes I had seen so far. I loved the leather detail in General Idea’s show on Friday — they had me running to take notes and try to imitate that look. I loved rag & bone‘s embroidered jackets with models’ names. They made me want to get some custom made with funny nicknames for friends or my girlfriend. But it was Lacoste that really won me over — I wanted all of that for my wardrobe, particularly their trench coat. Between their stunners and Todd Snyder’s badass, hooded version, I’m rapidly becoming a trench enthusiast.

One of the most interesting events I attended this week was the G-Star RAW denim presentation of their RAW for the Ocean collection. They partnered with “Bionic Yarn” (from Pharrell Williams and Tyson Toussant), which is created from plastic recycled from the ocean. Pharrell, G-Star CMO Thecla Schaeffer, and others talked about how the company plans to fight plastic pollution. Afterwards, Schaeffer and I couldn’t stop talking about the idea of sustainability in fashion.

I’ve been feeling inspired and energetic all week — late nights and early mornings can be a fun pace for a little while! I’ve also started to develop a solid routine to make sure I’m in top shape in the morning: a juice followed by a latte seems to do the trick. I’m a pro at handling vocal cord strain, so the key during weeks like these is not doing the yell-talk thing at loud parties. I might emerge from this week with the most intact voice of anyone here!

Source: NY Mag

[UPDATE] Nick’s Ready To Show People What Kind of Musician He Really Is

Fans might have been pleasantly surprised when the news broke that Nick Jonas would be taking on the job as creative and music director of Demi Lovato’s Neon Lights Tour.

For the past several months, Nick and Demi have been working hard on her “best tour yet,” but now that the tour is officially underway, it’s time for Nick, who parted ways with his brothers back in October, to concentrate on his next venture: himself.

“I’m still figuring out all the pieces. I’m working on just trying to be creative right now,” Jonas recently told MTV News. “I’ve actually got a handful of songs that I’m really excited about.”

It turns out fans might get to hear this music sooner rather than later, with Nick teasing that they will be “releasing some news pretty soon.”

“It’s very exciting,” Nick said. “And I’m ready to sort of show people who I am as a musician and play that out.”

Nick, who is also starring in the upcoming thriller “Careful What You Wish For,” is no stranger to working on his own. Back in 2010, Nick formed his band, Nick Jonas & the Administration, and released their album, Who I Am, an acoustic-folk-pop record that peaked at #3 on the Billboard charts.

Even though the Jonas Brothers might have broken up, citing a deep rift in the band, that hasn’t stopped them from seeing each other. Nick, along with his brother Joe, both posted photos of themselves meeting big brother Kevin’s new baby girl, Alena Rose, who was born earlier this month.

Source: MTV

[UPDATE] Joe Jonas Excited to Be an Uncle

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Even though Joe Jonas has only enjoyed one day with his adorable niece Alena Rose, the proud uncle can’t help but gush over the precious new addition to his family.

E! News caught up exclusively with the first time uncle on Saturday at the G-Star RAW X Bionic event in New York City.

“She is so tiny, it kind of scares me,” the 24-year-old said about the pint-sized Jonas. “She was awake, kicking and smiling and grabbing for your finger.”

Joe revealed that to have a new life in the family, as well as “a female life,” is “mind blowing” and “exciting.”

“I honestly can’t wait to spend more time with her,” the singer said.

As for how Kevin Jonas and Danielle Jonas are doing, Joe says the new parents are “great” and he is “so happy for them.”

“I mean he is a dad now and it’s kinda crazy,” Joe said about his older brother. “I know he has not gotten much sleep. He instagrammed a picture at like 2 p.m. saying ‘good morning’ with the baby so he was probably was up all night with her as she was crying.”

Joe admits that the dynamic between the brothers is now closer than ever, thanks to the arrival of Alena Rose.

“I don’t want to sound cheesy saying that but you just want to spend more time with each other and you’re just excited for the next chapter for each other’s lives.”

So does Joe have baby fever after spending time with his niece?

“I will take my time,” he said with a laugh. “I will take my time with running around and having my fun. Down the road.”

Source: E! Online