Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld

German creative director, artist, and photographer

He was born on 10 September 1933 and the head of creative director of the fashion house Chanel as well as the Italian house Fendi and his own eponymous fashion label.  Coco Chanel died in 1971 and Karl became the creative director in 1983, and no one looks good on Chanel during that time but he makes it alive again and let Chanel becomes the most famous world design brand. I want to share him with you because fashion is the thing I really like and when I was a child, I want to become a model. He is a designer always has his own style and he can combine traditional black and white looking with the street looking together. He changes the Chanel but also keeps the tradition parts of Chanel. He is the person who leads the fashion not following the fashion. He is the definition of 'fashion' this word. Even though he was sued because of his speak an opinion about the overweight women and plus-size model, that he thinks models need to be skinny. 

Here is the website that you can look at his design of handbags, watches, shoes clothing and moe. The online store of his own brand Karl Lagerfeld which you can see the lastest news from the world of Karl.

This is the VOGUE website and when you search about Karl Lagerfled. These are all fashion news about him or has his name inside. Most news are about Chanel show ways but also some other new about him, like "Karl Lagerfeld's 6 Most Audacious Beauty Quotes" that you can more deeply know .

This is the article about Karl Lagerfeld from The New Yorker. This article is mainly about how he became so successful and famous in fashion. How many brands he has worked for? What's his opinion about his job and how he loves his jobs. How he makes Chanel stronger again. 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Marlon Brando

Marlon Brando is widely considered to be one of the most iconic actors of all time best known for his role in the Godfather. Brando got his start in acting in the mid-to-late 40s primarily working on plays in NYC. He landed his first major broadway role of Stanley Kowalski in "A Streetcar Named Desire" which was later adapted into a movie in 1951. Brando's method acting propelled him to major levels of success and become a major influence for actors for his abilities to completely transform roles and deliver jaw dropping performances. Over his career Brando collected 2 Oscars, 3 BAFTA Awards, and 2 Golden Globes. Marlon Brando passed in 2004 due to respiratory failure.

IMDB is the perfect place to get general information concerning his career as an actor as well as facts about his birth, death, etc. You are able to get a full breakdown on his acting credits as well to see some of the smaller accredited projects he was a part of to trace his success over the years. 

Here you can get a more wholesome picture of Brando as well as connect with his estate on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as well as see some of his philanthropic agendas. Little did people know but he was very politically involved in creating sustainable energy and his vision was brought to life on "The Island" tab that offers a great insight to his groundbreaking research center.

This final link is more focused on his acting and gives you a fun way to scroll through and hit on some of the big milestones of his career. This link gives you some interesting insight to Brando's extensive family (some 16+ children) and the potential disconnect that may have had.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Brian Harold May, born July 19th, 1947, is a British musician most famous for his part of lead guitarist in the band Queen.  His skills on the electric guitar are, in my opinion, some of the best in the rock genre.   Even though Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of Queen received most of the attention for their compositions, May composed just as many songs a Mercury.  He was responsible for Queen's hits "Who Wants to Live Forever", "We Will Rock You" and "Fat Bottomed Girls".  I have always found his talent so fascinating and his ability to construct different and very complex pieces on the guitar.  His skills brought so much to the band, and allowed the band to create their own sound, along with Freddie Mercury's amazing voice.  I have always loved the electric guitar and the music created from it, so Brian may stood out to me as an inspirational and influential person in music.


This website includes a brief biography of Brian May and then discusses how in his later years he has stepped away from music to follow his other passion, science.  He received a doctorate in astrophysics and after his musical career he has returned to the field to study with NASA.  I found this particularly interesting because he is still influential as a person, but has moved his field from music to science.


This Rolling Stones article discussed how Queen is still an influential band nowadays, even though Mercury died in 1991.  May and drummer Roger Taylor are still attempting to create an album, and continue the legacy of the band somewhat.


This site discussed how Brian may is still the "King of Tone" and it also discusses his different strategies for creating new sounds on the electric guitar.  He used nylon strings with some songs to create a different vibe to the songs.  The website also mentions how he is still trying to carry on the legacy of Queen's works.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Young Thug

I find Young Thug very fascinating in some ways most people don't view him or have not viewed him before. Young Thug is a very famous rapper from Atlanta known for his obscure melodies in songs, and also having an obscure fashion sense along with it. The reason why I chose to blog about Young Thug is not mainly because of his music (even though I enjoy the way he uses his voice as an instrument to enhance the melody of the beat in his songs) , but because of how he does not seem to care what anyone thinks about the way he dresses and carries himself. There has been a lot on controversy over Young Thug about him calling his male friends "bae" and "sexy"as well as wearing dresses and skirts as shown in his album cover of his latest album "Jeffery". What I admire about Young Thug is that he is not afraid to express his fashion sense no matter how much of a backlash he gets for "dressing like a girl" and "being the first gay gangster rapper". Even in the midst of all the backlash, he continues to dress the way he wishes to dress and talks the way he talks without fearing negative judgment from ANYONE, that alone should be very uplifting for anyone who is scared of being judged, or scared of being ridiculed for the way they dress. Young Thug is a great example of feeling comfortable in your own skin, and not changing who you are as a person just because people don't agree with the way you express yourself. We can all learn from this in a positive way in a sense that we are who we are, and we don't need to apologize for it to anyone. If people are going to judge you, wouldn't you rather it be your true self?  

This is an article of an interview with Young Thug expanding on his rough childhood and a more in depth description of him as a person.

This is a short article that shows how Young Thug does not care about what others think about what he wears. He wears what he likes and does not feel like gender is involved with his fashion sense.

Here is an article that expands deeply on Young Thug's fashion sense and the way he picks and looks at clothes.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Melissa Sandvig

All throughout my childhood I took ballet classes and had the opportunity to take classes from a number of professionals. I took my first class with Melissa Sandvig when I was in highschool. She was by far the kindest professional dancer I have met, and still is today. Melissa Sandvig is very accomplished and currently tours with dance companies such as the Helios Dance Theater. As well as touring she teaches master classes and is pursuing her dream of  acting. She is most famously known for her time on Dancing With the Stars, as the “Naughty Ballerina”. In addition she has also dance guest starred on “America's Got Talent”, “Grey’s Anatomy”, “Mobbed”, and many more. Melissas technical skills as a ballet dancer and actress are impeccable and she is someone that I have always looked up too.  

On this site you will be able to find basic information on Melissa Sandvig. This includes general information like her birthday, birthplace, as well as  what she is know for.

This source includes information about Melissa Sandvig time at So You Think You Can Dance. Also on this site you will be able to find out a little more about herself and her accomplishments. The bottom sentence lets you know what she is best known for.

This site tells you what Melissa Sandvig is doing today. We get some more details on past history and what she has starred in. It also describes why her injury launched her into pilates and she is now a big follower.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Gustav Mahler

One of my favorite composers of all time is Gustav Mahler. He lived in Bohemia in 1860 in a Jewish German-speaking family. He spent most of his career conducting and was not fully recognized for his composing masterpieces until much later after his death. Many of his symphonies are rich with emotion and melancholy, that serve as a good reflection his life. Shortly after writing Kindertotenlieder, which translates to “Songs on the death of children”, his 4-year-old daughter lost her life to scarlet fever. 

This source contains an in-depth record of Mahler’s biography. He had many obstacles in his life that greatly influenced his work, especially those involving death and melancholy.

I found it interesting that Mahler also fell victim to the curse of the 9th symphony. Shortly after beginning his 10th, he died like many other composers.

Although this website doesn’t have a whole lot of information regarding Mahler’s work, I found the 10 facts listed very interesting and worth noting.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Karen Carpenter

Growing up, I heard a lot of music from the 1970s thanks to my parents. I became familiar with the sounds of disco and soft rock. However, the voice of Karen Carpenter stuck in my head even as a young child. I still regard Karen Carpenter's voice as the most beautiful voices I've heard. I was disappointed to learn that she had died too young. During her run at success as part of the soft rock duo The Carpenters, Karen Carpenter suffered from anorexia. In 1983, she died of heart failure most likely due to her struggles with anorexia. Her struggle with anorexia is a story that deeply saddens me, and I always wished that she was still around to hear more of her music.

Biography.com gives a good summary of Karen Carpenter's early life, career, and death.

This site shows just how amazing Karen Carpenter's voice was by providing audio recordings of Karen Carpenter acapella.

Carpenter is remembered by many by her tragic death. This article gives a great narrative of what lead to her death and the aftermath.