Anitta talks about Mariah Carey at Ipanema Footwear Launch Party in LA

Brazilian singer-songwriter Anitta released her fourth multi-lingual Album “Kisses” - she sings in Portuguese, Spanish and English - on Friday, April 5 and she is gaining even more International recognition.

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The record features Brazilian superstars Caetano Veloso, Ludmilla, and Papatinho, as well as American artists Snoop Dogg, Becky G, Alesso and Prince Royce.

On Saturday, April 6, the popstar celebrated her sandal collaboration with Ipanema, the Brazilian footwear brand, alongside the launch of the album at Skybar in Los Angeles. 

The event featured a panel of style mavens Alyssa CoscarelliAyydé VargasHanna Montazami, and Delaney Glazer who discussed the latest trends of fashion and music, followed by an exclusive performance by Anitta and a guitar player with some of her newest music “Get to know Me”, “Voce Mentiu”. She wore a short tight leopard print dress and her hair pulled back.

Together, Anitta and Ipanema are heading out on a global tour to introduce the album and collection to the world, making stops in Rio de Janeiro, Los Angeles and Madrid.

After the live concert Anitta and I talked backstage, she told me how she found the confidence to sing in three different languages, “Yeah, it’s really hard.  Pretty much because you listen to so many people say that it’s not gonna work, it’s not gonna work, it’s not gonna work that you say like I need to make it work so I worked really hard to be really good in English and I’m a believer and had good faith in English that people could miss on like the literal song. “

“I’m just confident for anything. I just have this need inside me when I was four.  I don’t know,” she continues.

She also told us the “real” meaning of her album title “Kisses”, “I’ve always wanted to show this person, because I’m a really complex person, you know?  My personality is really complex. I have a lot of person that is inside me myself, so I wanted to show this in the sad songs which kind of person can I be sometimes, and we were thinking about…but it was too obvious to put the name of the album “Anittas”.  So, we were thinking about things that could be like me, a lot of different ways, but being also the same thing always, so the kiss is something like this—you can find a different kind of kisses like family kiss or sexy kiss, whatever, friend, family, whatever—but it’s also still being a kiss.  That’s why we chose this name “Kisses”—the different types of being kissed.”

She explained to me why she picked Caetano Veloso to collaborate on the song “Voce Mentiu,” “He helped me a lot in my life, so I really love him and appreciate everything he does, and he’s a friend of me, I am friends of his family and because when I wrote that song with my partners, when I listened to it the first time, it was like, this is so Caetano.  I need to have him with me, and then he said yes right away.”

And when she has the opportunity to collaborate with one of her idols singer Mariah Carey, the song will be about dreams, she said, “About going for your dreams because since I was zero years old, I was listening to her, and I mean, if I met her, I could not imagine it would be happening, so if I sing with her, it would definitely need to talk about dreams, about realizing…about getting something done in your life that you could never imagine that could happen,” she said.

We also talked about where she finds inspiration for her songs, “My inspirations is things that I live, an experience that I had in my life.  I always talk about real things.  Or somebody or some story of another third person—another person.  I like to talk about real stuff and also things that I believe that happened with me.”

Anitta, Selma Fonseca

Anitta, Selma Fonseca

The album 10-track Album took almost one year to complete, she said,  “Just the part that depends on me.  The parts that depend on other people, it was like two months, and that’s it, and we were like, come on!  Come on!  It was crazy.”

Land Of Distraction Launch Party

Danita Short, founder of Fashion Brand Land of Distraction hosted an incredible launch party at the Iconic Chateau Marmont Hotel in Hollywood on Thursday, November 30. Kate Bosworth, Tatiana Maslany, Connie Britton, Angela Bassett, Jaime King, Kristin Chenoweth, Zelda Williams, AnnaLynne McCord, Danielle Campbell, Carter Jenkins, Jonathan Sadowski, Ellen Von Unwerth, Blanda, Teala Dunn, Melissa Bolona, Azie Tesfai, and the brand’s design director Christian Juul Nielsen were sipping on drinks, celebrating and dancing to Country singer Nikki Lane who had everyone inside the lobby watching her performance and dancing to her hits "700 K", "Highway Queen", Jackpot", and "American Girl".

Selma Fonseca, Danita Short

Selma Fonseca, Danita Short

DJ Mia Moretti kept the crowd shaking, 

Outside on the patio, two motorcycles served as decoration and a reminder of the brand's inspiration rock n’ roll, motorcycle culture, and the raw energy of the 1970’s.

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Best photo booth I have ever seen at a party was set up inside a bedroom decorated with an antique bathtub filled with red rose petals with perfect lighting.  You lay down inside the tub the photographer takes photos while his assistant trows pedals on top of you, which made for perfect photos.

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Officially available in early February, the women’s wear label collection will feature forty items,  Kate Bosworth was wearing one of the items.

Rick Ross, Billie Lourd, Ashley Benson, Jordyn Woods at AE's 40th Anniversary

American Eagle Outfitters celebrated their 40th anniversary at AE Studio in New York City on October 24, 2017. Actress Billie Lourd, actress Ashley Benson, model Jordyn Woods, model Iskra Lawrence, actor Dylan Sprouse, YouTuber Amanda Steele, Julie Sariñana of Sincerely Jules, influencer Liv Perez, DJ Isaac Likes, model Denise Bidot and actor Jack Weary (all wearing American Eagle) stopped by the new store design concept, AE Studio. Guests were treated to private performances by Music Mogul Rick Ross and Kitty Cash and a special preview of the new store which boasts an interactive Jeans Gallery with a Maker's Shop offering customization tools, a complimentary Laundry Wall, the brand's exclusive collaboration with Atelier & Repairs and more. 

Billie Lourd

Billie Lourd

DJ Kitty Cash kicked off the evening before Ross took to the stage to treat the VIP crowd to an epic performance. Opening with his hit single Hustlin', the rapper got all hands in the air as the crowd partied to tracks including The Boss, Aston Martin Music, and Trap Trap Trap. In true boss style, the music mogul closed out the evening by treating everyone to his favorite chicken wings by Wing Stop. Music wasn't the only hit of the evening, guests explored the new store space while customizing denim at the maker's shop, posing in the social media booth and screen printing with artist, Lisa King. 

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WWD Honors with Karl Lagerfeld and Lily-Rose Depp

Women’s Wear Daily celebrated the second annual WWD Honors at The Pierre in New York City on October 24, 2017. Featured awards distinguished outstanding company performance, executive leadership, and social responsibility. Recipients were recognized in front of more than 250+ c-level executives on the opening night of the WWD Apparel + Retail CEO Summit.

Lily-Rose Depp,  Karl Lagerfeld

Lily-Rose Depp,  Karl Lagerfeld

Miles Socha (Editor in Chief, WWD) took the stage to present awards to this year’s honorees, including:

o   Karl Lagerfeld (John B. Fairchild Honor)

o   Marco Bizzarri (Edward Nardoza Honor for CEO Creative Leadership)

o   Remo Ruffini on behalf of Moncler (Best-Performing Company, Large Cap)

o   Rick Ridgeway on behalf of Patagonia (Corporate Citizenship)

o   Julie Wainwright on behalf of The Real Real (Best-Performing Company, Small Cap)

Bridget Foley (Executive Editor, WWD) joined Socha on stage to bestow Lagerfeld with the John B. Fairchild Honor and introduced a video package highlighting his success spanning across spheres of fashion, photography, and interior design.

Following the awards presentations, Foley held a conversation with Karl Lagerfeld discussing his relationship with John B. Fairchild, career history, and takes on the current state of the fashion industry.

During the conversation with Karl Lagerfeld, Foley spoke about how earlier in the day at the Summit, during Kris Jenner’s conversation with Tommy Hilfiger, Jenner noted that the moment that crystallized the Kardashian family’s success was when Kendall Jenner walked in the Chanel fashion show.

When asked about what made Chanel the gold standard that it is, Lagerfeld reminisced, “When I took over Chanel, everyone said ‘don’t touch it, it’s dead.’”

In response to a question asking for advice for young designers, Lagerfeld replied, “I don’t believe in advice. When I was young I got no advice and the advice I got was not good… It’s so simple, you have to know what you want, you have to ask yourself questions, and if you are honest you know the answers.”

Earlier in the day, Kris Jenner (CEO, Jenner Communications) spoke on stage for a conversation with Tommy Hilfiger (Principal Designer, The Tommy Hilfiger Group) at the WWD Apparel + Retail CEO Summit.

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Anna Sui (Fashion Designer), Vera Wang (Fashion Designer), Anna Ewers (Model), Audrey Marnay (Model), Brad Kroenig (Model), Hari Nef (Actress / Model), Anastasia Soare (CEO & Founder, Anastasia Beverly Hills), Rick Ridgeway (VP of Environmental Affairs, Patagonia / Accepted Corporate CitizenshipAward on behalf of Patagonia), Remo Ruffini (CEO of Moncler / Accepted Best-Performing Company, Small Cap Award on behalf of Moncler), Julie Wainwright (Founder and CEO, TheRealReal / Accepted Best-Performing Company, Small Cap Award on behalf of TheRealReal).