Gentlemen’s Ball

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The fashion conundrum continues. As event invites roll in, no matter the occasion, there is practically no dress code for the male. Most often, there are two choices – the denim and button down or the black tux.

What confuses me is that at no point are the gentlemen ever at a disadvantage. They have stylists, shoppers, girlfriends, and friends, out of whom at least one person may be able to offer fashion advice (especially if they have a stylist on staff!). Are the stylists for men less capable/knowledgeable than those employed by women? I’d ask if there was a shortage of clothing outside of denim and black tuxes, but frankly, I know the answer to that one, I am an addict to shopping after all!

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The male stars attending the Gentlemen’s Ball refused to push the envelope. The closest one came was Chris Brown, with a leather and wool varsity jacket. David Arquette marched to the beat of his own drum, as customary, and Trey Songz and Nick Cannon probably spent five minutes getting ready, donning an all black tux ensemble. All of the above styles are appropriate for the event, though all lack imagination. Bob was dressed far too casual (as if he was there for an outdoor concert in the park).

I don’t need a male Gaga, but I’d like men to play with fashion. It’s there for them too.

Do you agree?

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Naomi Campbell and Russian GQ

MyOwnJudge - Naomi Campbell GQ CoverThough she may be as infamous as she is famous, no one can deny the fabulosity that is Naomi Campbell.

Every time she has a run in with the law I shake my head and suck my teeth. Why can’t she dust all that diva off and be as great as her shoots? Then I think about how I don’t really know the woman, and for all I know, it could all be “any press is good press,” without much merit behind it.

So I stick to the images. I love the woman in a photo shoot, and she seems to like it just as much. She was featured on the cover of GQ Russia as one of the people to remember in 2010, and being that Russian is my native language, I felt like having fun with the cover, isolating the diva, and translating a bit. I’ve been experimenting a lot with images and graphics, trying to improve on what you see on MOJ. Do you like it?

The collector’s edition features the model sporting several hairpieces, and I have to admit, I prefer the old school bangs and bump better than the long or short hair.
MyOwnJudge - Naomi Campbell GQ Cover
Naomi can still rock a mean pose and no matter the amount of photoshop, you can’t tell me anything about the girl being in shape. She looks great. Her shot below makes her look like a doll, no?

Photo Credit: MagXOne and

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LG: Crazy Boys

Welcome back to another serving of Ladies and Gents of the Jury. Last week, we extended our judgement to the men, and this week we might just let them stay longer.

I couldn’t decide if I wanted to make two posts out of this or one, but alas – I consolidated into one.

This week Miss Yaya (man I love talking about myself in third person lol) is perplexed with men and their nutty photo shoots. There’s Bruce Willis with his new wife Emma for W who appears to be channeling his Live Free or Die Hard empire (with the emphasis on hard??) and Sacha Baron Cohen aka Brüno for GQ (a la Maxim/Playboy?).

While one photo shoot is meant to be edgy and dramatic (fyi- some pictures not safe for work), the other appeals to our funny bone. But did either of them hit the spot?

Click here for the: article, Bruce & Emma on the shoot.

Clip from behind the scenes:

W’s fashion assistants attest that the actor, … requested dumbbells for some last minute tune-ups. “It was challenging because we had literally just come from this great honeymoon period of eating great food all the time!” says Bruce…

Adds Emma, “We’d been going to dinner every day, drinking, enjoying not having to work out or think about the job or taking off our clothes on camera.”

“Vanity dies hard,” says Bruce with his trademark smirk. ‘It really does.’

an excerpt from the GQ interview with Brüno on

Dear Brüno, if forced to choose: Dolce or Gabbana?
Gabbana. Dolce is bald, so zere’s no hair to grab hold of.

Dear Brüno, can men wear heels? When and why?
Of course. Some guys look great in heels—ze singer Pink, for example. Alzo, mein last boyfreund, Diesel, vas a genuine Pygmy only three eight, so ich made him vear heels so he could give me plow jops mitout me having to bend mein knees.

Dear Brüno, I am shocked by the cost of jeans these days. I saw one pair that retailed for $700—how is that possible?
Zat’s ze great thing abaus ze recession—stores are cutting zeir prices.

Click around for more photos from the W shoot & the GQ shoot.

Photo Credits: Steven Klein for W a la & Mark Seliger for GQ a la

I have to say I warmed up to the W photo shoot the more I read the article, though I still am not a fan of it, while the GQ article amused me and the photos hit more of a flat note…

Your verdict?