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Designer to Watch: Pierre Garroudi

London Fashion Week 5519 saw the arrival of Pierre Garroudi’s Spectacular Fashion Show: a high-octacaine, glamorous, and unique mardi gras of style, creativity, and fun.

On Sunday the 16th of September at 9 PM, The Strand Palace Hotel played host to Garroudi’s riot of colour and exuberance, seeing his vision come to life on the catwalk. Distinctiveness made up the foundation of this show with a diverse cast of models, each dressed and styles uniquely, shunning the industry standard of uniformity.
“Outrageousness is in, get ready and dress up!” is the way designer Pierre Garroudi explained his show made up of 50 looks in total. Key looks from the show included a baby pink, lace, “show girl” outfit, complete with tulle boa, with the model using a children’s doll to cover her modesty, a ringmaster-esque outfit which saw hot-pants teamed with a copped-striped jacket and a show stopping head piece topped with a golden deer to DEMAND attention.

Other notable outfits included a cutesy ‘holiday’ look comprised of a ditsy floral mini-dress with peach sequin detailing matched with an oversized straw sunhat and completed with a pair of sky-high studded stiletto Mary-Janes. Perhaps one of the most eccentric of al the looks was dominated by a hat made from a child’s doll towering on the model’s head. This was matched with a  shoe necklace and belts tied around her ankles, making for a truly eclectric outfit which left Garroudi’s audience curious about his inspiration as well as desperate for an encore of his ‘circus of style.’

Each outfit was styled with one of Garroudi’s famous leather handbags, an accessory the designer is well known and loved for. Pink, blue and gold acted as the main color pallet, but certainly didn’t limit his use of other shades. Hair and make-up only added to the beautiful chaos of Garroudi’s fashion performances taking theatrical make-up to new levels , leaving any sign of minimalism truly outside the doors of the hotel.

Want to get to know the designer?

Now based in London, Pierre Garroudi was founded in New York City 1993. Garroudi is formerly known for mastering the techniques of draping and his attention to fabrication, shape, and detail. His design inspirations derived from futuristic elements experimenting with new shapes and fabric manipulations–appealing to those who are interested in the aesthetics of a futuristic world. With 12 collections, Pierre Garroudi has showcased at fashion weeks in New York, Paris, and London. His international experience enabled him to become more creative and original.

Rising Latin Star Melissa Sandoval

By Krishan Narsinghani

You may have heard of Melissa Sandoval back in 2015 when Vine was at its peak. Melissa was one of the initial Vine pioneers to reach nearly 1 million followers within the first year. Melissa achieved her claim to fame by posting song and dance covers that to this day still accumulate millions of views on popular pages across Twitter and Instagram.

Since going viral, the twenty year old has been crafting her own name as a recording artist. In only two years, Melissa has moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music and has released numerous singles. Her hit single Movin reached 400,000+ Spotify streams and YouTube channel has exceeded 1M+ views. Her most recent single Contigo features the singer’s Latin roots. She is currently in the middle of her first headlining tour.

Melissa has a slew of exciting features and collaborations that she is preparing to drop in addition to Spanish versions of her singles. She plans to take over US radio in 2019 and promote with shows in her home country of Chile. Melissa has also co-founded a creative agency that is growing rapidly for social influencers and marketing campaigns.
The independent music artist is paving a path for herself which is sure to generate buzz in the industry. Make sure to keep an eye on the female mogul as she navigates her way to stardom.

Lupe Fiasco: Drogas Wave

LUPE FIASCO ANNOUNCES RELEASE DATE FOR NEW ALBUM, DROGAS WAVE.

The 12-Time Grammy Nominee’s Seventh Studio Album Everywhere Sept. 28th.

London – After cryptically teasing fans for weeks on Instagram, Lupe Fiasco, independent multi-platinum Grammy award-winning visionary (2008, “Daydreamin“) announced the official street date for his next full-length studio album, “Drogas Wave,” 1st & 15th/ Thirty Tigers) available everywhere Sept. 28, preorders available now.

An anticipated follow up to his 2017 Billboard no. 1 rap album “Drogas Light,” The 24-track new “Drogas Wave” stands alone as yet another reminder that the “brainy smurf up of rap” (Pitchfork) has more to say, delivering to ravenous fans his most philosophically artistic project to date.

“Drogas Wave is based on a story about a group of slaves that jumped off of a slave ship transporting them from Africa,” said the independent rapper. Adding, “The slaves did not drown, and instead somehow managed to live under the sea. They spent the rest of their underwater existence sinking slave ships. ‘Drogas’ is the Spanish word for drugs. I made it an acronym which stands for “Don’t Ruin Us God Said.”

Complete “Drogas Wave Track Listing:

  1. In the Event of Typhoon
  2. Drogas
  3. Manilla
  4. Gold Vs. The Right Things To Do
  5. Slave Ship
  6. WAV Files
  7. Down (feat. Nikki Jean)
  8. Haile Selassie (feat. Nikki Jean)
  9. Alan Forever (feat. Crystal Torres)
  10. Helter Skelter
  11. Stronger (feat. Nikki Jean)
  12. Sun God Sam & The California Drug Deals (feat. Nikki Jean)
  13. XO (feat. Troi Irons)
  14. Don’t Mess Up The Children Interlude
  15. Jonylah Forever
  16. Kingdom
  17. Baba Kwesi Interlude
  18. Imagine (feat. SimonSayz & Crystal Torres)
  19. Stack That Cheese (feat. Nikki Jean)
  20. Cripple (feat. Elena)
  21. King Nas
  22. Quotations From Chairman Fred (feat. Nikki Jean & Bishop Edgar Jackson)
  23. Happy Timbuck2 Day
  24. Mural Jr.

J.D. Power 2018 Smart Thermostat

Smart thermostats that are energy efficient vastly increase customer satisfaction, as well as ease of installation/setup and pricing, according to the J.D. Power 2018 Smart Thermostat Satisfaction Report.

“The boost in customer satisfaction based on energy efficiency shows that consumers are looking for long-term savings and environmentally friendly options when it comes to smart thermostats,” said Ian Greenblatt, Technology, Media & Telecom Practice Lead at J.D. Power. “If manufacturers can continue to turn out products that can satisfy beyond the purchasing and installation process, they will see an increase in customer loyalty, as we found that 94% of satisfied customers are likely to recommend their product to others and 59% are likely to repurchase the product down the road.”

The 2018 Smart Thermostat Satisfaction Report measures overall customer satisfaction with smart thermostat brands among those who purchased a smart thermostat system within the past 12 months. Satisfaction is examined across 10 factors (listed in order of importance): ease of use; ease of install/setup; reliability; energy efficiency; price paid; effectiveness of heating/cooling; internet connectivity; usefulness of app; variety of features; and customer service. Satisfaction is calculated on a 1,000-point scale. The report is based on responses from 952 customers and was fielded in July-August 2018.

Study Rankings

Nest ranks highest in overall customer satisfaction (883), performing particularly well in six of the 10 factors: internet connectivity; variety of features; ease of use; energy efficiency; usefulness of app and ease of install/setup. Honeywell ranks second (877) and Carrier ranks third (861).

Overall satisfaction among smart thermostat customers is 877, up 12 points from 2017.

J.D. Power is a global leader in consumer insights, advisory services and data and analytics. These capabilities enable J.D. Power to help its clients drive customer satisfaction, growth and profitability. Established in 1968, J.D. Power is headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., and has offices serving North/South America, Asia Pacific and Europe. J.D. Power is a portfolio company of XIO Group, a global alternative investments and private equity firm headquartered in London, and is led by its four founders: Athene Li, Joseph Pacini, Murphy Qiao and Carsten Geyer.

New York Reality Shows

New York is an exceptional city and its essence has been immortalized in Michael Montgomery’s iconic song New York, New York. Its unmistakable skyline is recognizable in countless movies and TV shows and has become home to record-setting, rating-grabbling reality TV shows. Just like the hugely successful Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles featured previously on 360 Magazine, the following rank as the top three and most popular of their respective franchises under reality TV shows based in New York.

Say Yes to The Dress

TLC’s famous reality show, which debuted in 2007, revolves around New York’s swanky bridal salon, Kleinfeld, owned by Mara Urshel and Ronald Rothstein. The show follows soon-to-be brides in choosing their dream wedding dress. While accompanied by friends and family, they are waited on by the store’s consultants and fitters. To be featured on the show, future brides must provide countless personal details, including the fiancée’s occupation and information about the upcoming wedding for dramatic purposes.

Due to the success of the show, Kleinfeld has become a tourist hotspot with fans flocking from all over to check out the store and try on dresses despite upcoming marriage plans. In-person, the store appears quite different than on the show, with the small salon packed with 20 or so brides crowding for dresses. With only 90 minutes to choose the perfect dress, brides who aren’t even in front of the camera feel the pressure.

Million Dollar Listing New York

In its seventh season, Bravo’s popular New York real-estate reality TV program features what it truly means to sell high-priced New York City properties. Hosted by New York brokers Fredrik Eklund, Ryan Serhant and Steve Gold, the series has become a massive hit with viewers who live vicariously through the show and dream of owning a high-end New York apartment. With the wide exposure, the show has seen the hosts’ careers fast-tracked immensely. As for Ryan Serhant and Steve Gold, it has brought both fame and fortune.

Serhant was ranked 15th on The Real Deal’s top agents when the show debuted in 2012, and is now listed as number 1 for Manhattan closed deals. With Manhattan apartments getting more expensive each year, broker commissions have also soared. Yoreevo reports that New York commissions have gone up 50% in the last decade despite the increased information transparency. It’s no wonder that the show’s exposure has exponentially benefitted the trio – Steve Gold landing a job with coveted brokerage firm, Corcoran Group.

The Real Housewives of New York

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In what has been described as 10 seasons of catfights, wine swigging, and backstabbing, the Bravo show’s popularity stems from its intentional and unintentional humor. The Real Housewives of New York (RHONY) features 7 female socialites while focusing on their personal and professional lives. Originally a spin-off of The Real Housewives of Orange County, the 13th season premiered July 16. Executive producer, Andy Cohen told Vanity Fair that the show “…is stuff no one could script. It’d be considered too absurd.” This is exactly what the series feels like, absurd, with storylines that often defy belief. Although, it was RHONY’s mercurial cast and over-the-top drama which has propelled the franchise to the grand following it has today.

Kandace Springs

“Prince’s protoge spreads her wings on breathtakingly eclectic second album

An accomplished pianist with a sensuous, smoky voice”

MOJO

the soulful pianist and vocalist is self-assured, distinctive and strikingly contemporary.

WALL STREET JOURNAL

Singer and pianist Kandace Springs has released her remarkable second album Indigo (Blue Note), a 13-track LP of originals and choice covers that showcases the full breadth of Kandace’s artistry from smoldering R&B (People Make the World Go Round , 6 8) to gorgeous jazz ballads (Unsophisticated, featuring Roy Hargrove) to the pop songcraft of “Breakdown” and Don’t Need The Real Thing. All but two tracks are produced by drummer/producer Karriem Riggins (Common, Erykah Badu) with additional production by Jamie Hartman (Rag’n’Bone Man), Jimmy Hogarth (Amy Winehouse, Corinne Bailey Rae), Jimmy Harry (Madonna, P!nk), and Evan Rogers and Carl Sturken (Rihanna). Indigo is available on vinyl, CD, download, and streaming services.

For Kandace it boils down to a question that connects past to present: “What would Nina Simone do if she had the technology of today? You could never put Nina in a boxߞshe would do a blues followed a classical piece, a jazz standard and then a Beatles cover. This LP took a lot of inspiration from that it’s a mix of everything that I am.” Indigo offers a fairly plausible answer to that impossible query: songs that swirl classical composition with quiet-storm cool, jazz poise with hip-hop swing, tropical warmth with soulful depth, and earthen groove with airy psych.

Given that diverse palette, Karriem was exactly the right person to work with Kandace to catalyze the best parts of various interests into something new. “I love crossing genres and the direction on Indigo was to marry all the different things to tell her story”, says Karriem, who tracked his drums at various studios while on the road with Diana Krall, and chopped and reassembled his and Kandace’s recordings into what you hear. “It sounds organic because everything was built around the songwriting. She says so much on the piano, and her voice is amazing it’s the focal point of the whole sound.”

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Kandace will embark on a U.S. headline tour beginning September 28 that includes album release shows in Los Angeles (Troubadour, October 1), New York (Sony Hall, October 28), and a hometown Nashville show (City Winery, November 4), followed by performances in Europe and Asia. See below for a full list of tour dates and visit kandacesprings.com for ticket info.

Kandace Springs ߝ Tour Dates:

September 28 Musical Instrument Museum Phoenix, AZ

September 29 Voodoo Room @ House of Blues San Diego, CA

September 30 – The Parish @ House of Blues Anaheim, CA

October 1 The Troubadour Los Angeles, CA

October 2 Swedish American Hall San Francisco, CA

October 4 The Jack London Revue Portland, OR

October 5 Benaroya Hall Seattle, WA

October 7 – Vancouver International Jazz Festival Vancouver, BC

October 24 City Winery Boston, MA

October 25 Daryl’s House Club Pawling, NY

October 27 – Iron Horse Music Hall Northampton, MA

October 28 – Sony Hall New York, NY

October 29 World Cafe Live Philadelphia, PA

October 30 The Hamilton Washington, DC

November 2 Stage Door Theater Charlotte, NC

November 3 City Winery Atlanta, GA

November 4 City Winery Nashville, TN

November 13 Forum Leverkusen Leverkusen, Germany **with WDR Big Band**

November 16 New Morning Paris, France

November 17 Queen Elizabeth Hall London, England

November 19 Paradiso Amsterdam, Netherlands

November 20 Quasimodo Berlin, Germany

November 27 Tokyo International Forum Tokyo, Japan

November 28 Sankei Hall Breeze Osaka, Japan

December 1 Blue Note Beijing Beijing, China

December 2 Blue Note Beijing Beijing, China

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Prince once said that Kandace “has a voice that could melt snow.” The music icon heard her cover of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” online in 2014 and invited her to perform with him at Paisley Park for the 30th anniversary of Purple Rain, becoming a mentor to the young singer and pianist. Kandace’s 2014 self-titled EP turned even more heads and led to performances on Letterman, Kimmel and Fallon, as well as the Afropunk and Bonnaroo festivals. Okay player called her as “a vocal force to be reckoned with” and Afropunk dubbed her “a versatile and vital artist”

Kandace draws much of her musical inspiration from her father, Scat Springs, a respected session singer in Nashville. It was due to him that Kandace grew up surrounded by music, and he encouraged her to take piano lessons after he watched her peck out melodies on the instrument when she was 10. Yet as a girl, she was equally interested in other creative outlets, especially visual art and, more unexpectedly, automobiles. “My dad gave me a Matchbox car, and my mom gave me a Barbie,” she says. “I drew a mustache on the Barbie and never played with it again, and I still have the Matchbox car.” (Her obsession with cars, which she collects, rebuilds, and resells, continues to this day.)

Something deeper in the young musician was sparked when she heard Norah Jonesߣ 2002 Blue Note debut, Come Away With Me. “The last song on the record is ߢThe Nearness of Youߣ and that song really inspired me to learn to play piano and sing. It was just so soulful, simple and stripped down. That really moved me and touched me. It’s when I realized, This is what I wanna do.”

Kandace began gigging around Nashville, and eventually an early demo she recorded caught the ears of Evan Rogers and Carl Sturken, the production team who have written hits for Shakira, Christina Aguilera, and Kelly Clarkson, and are best known for discovering Rihanna as a teen and signing her to their production company SRP. Rogers flew to Nashville with an offer to sign Kandace. Still only 17 years old at the time she and her family decided that it wasn’t the right time to pursue a recording career, instead taking a job at a downtown Nashville hotel where she valet parked cars by day and sang and played piano in the lounge at night.

A few years later, Kandace was talking about going to automotive design school, but her mother suggested that she get back in touch with Rogers and Sturken. She instead moved to New York and started working seriously on new songs and demo recordings. She eventually landed an audition with Blue Note President Don Was at the Capitol Records Tower in Los Angeles, winning him over with a stunning performance of Bonnie Raitts “I Can’t Make You Love Me” (the original of which he had coincidentally produced).

If you listen closely to Indigo, you’ll hear a nod to Prince in the lyrics of “Fix Me” but the best tribute she could pay to him, Ms. Simone, and the humble legacy of the man who introduced her to music, her father, is by, as Karriem words it, “creating something that adds to the art form.” With Indigo, an album that couldn’t have been made by anyone but her, Kandace Springs does exactly that.

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In Loving Memory of Michael Mann

By Madison Smushkevich

Recently, notable fashion stylist, Michael Mann, sadly passed away. His cause of death is still unknown.

Michael has worked with 360 Magazine, Fashion Bomb Daily as well as Vogue Brasil.

Not long ago, model Draya Michele teamed up with Mann for her 360 Magazine cover. “You pushed for me. When they said I couldn’t be a fashion girl, you said I could,” asserts Draya (on a recent Instagram post). It’s evident that Mann made a sincere effort to see both his clients and loved ones reach their personal best.

Stylist Michael mann, draya michele, 360 MAGAZINE

“From the moment I first laid eyes on you I fell in love. One of the most captivating spirits I’ve ever met. Our journey together wasn’t perfect but it was worth it. I am in disbelief and pain writing this. Rest in Paradise my friend, I love you!,” stated Lil Mama.

Recently, a GoFundMe page was created to assist Mann’s family with costly funeral arrangements.

la food fest

9th Annual LA Food Festival

Written By: Krishan Narsinghani

The city of Los Angeles is known for an assortment of activities and attractions. The amount of restaurants and food trucks the greater area of LA offers continues to skyrocket.

The ninth annual LA Food Festival took place at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. Thousands of foodies entered the park on a sunny September day to try street bites, hand-crafted drinks and decadent desserts. The venue offered parking for a minimal fee and separate validated parking for VIP ticket holders. Inside the venue included live performances ranging from mariachi bands to top hits radio stations.

One of 360 Magazine‘s personal favorites was the fish tacos. Talk about paradise. With chili powder topped piña coladas, refreshing  salads and oriental wonders, the day was pleasantly overwhelming. The Indian cuisine vendor, Tukda, inspired a fusion of the traditional appetizer Pani Puri by mixing vodka in the liquid filling. It was a sweet and savory delectable that is served at their Culver City Location.

The festival concluded with a contest where guests could vote on their favorite foods and encouraged the use of social media through hashtags: #LAfoodfest + #FoodFestWinnerWinner + #stretchypants.

The day left everyone with high spirits and food comas. Check out LA’s hottest restaurants by visiting the vendor page at lafoodfest.com.

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Speed Read: Supercars

Speed Read: Supercars will guide you through every aspect of these imagination-capturing, eye-widening, land-bound speed missiles.

When Lamborghini unleashed its Miura on an unsuspecting world in 1966, it set off a high-performance arms race that continues to this day. Ferrari, Maserati, Jaguar, Porsche, and Lotus all accepted the challenge. Over the following five decades, numerous others stepped up, including stalwarts like Aston Martin, BMW, and Audi, as well as small-volume specialists such as Koenigsegg, Pagani, Noble, and Spyker. The result is a veritable smorgasbord of blazingly fast and delicious-looking land missiles available to anyone with several hundred thousand dollars to spare.

Supercars are complex subjects that interest nearly all car enthusiasts. Every part of a supercar represents myriad decisions informed by engineering, aesthetics, human interface, and emotion. Speed Read: Supercars answers the hows and whys of these fantastic cars, offering an engaging review of history, engineering, design, key concepts, and key people.

About the Author

Basem Wasef’s fascination with all things automotive spans back to his childhood in London, where he was known to sing Happy Birthday to his extensive collection of Matchbox cars. Though his enthusiasm has taken him from the Arctic Circle to Modena in pursuit of extraordinary and exotic vehicles, he can’t imagine living anywhere but car-crazed Los Angeles, California.

BROCKHAMPTON To Perform at Shrine Expo Hall

After wrapping up an expansive and widely-celebrated European tour, BROCKHAMPTON returns home to announce their new North American fall tour which will make a stop at Shrine Expo Hall. This will take place on November 28th at 9 PM and tickets will go on sale Saturday, September 8th at 10 AM HERE.

Beginning on October 3rd in Mesa, AZ, the hardest working boy band in show business will play 27 date4s across North America including festival sets at Austin City Limits and Tyler The Creator’s Camp Flog Gnaw before concluding on Dec. 6th in Las Vegas.

In addition to the new tour announcement, BROCKHAMPTON announced their new album Iridescence which will arrive this month in September. The new album arrives no the tail end of a successful tour run that saw BROCKHAMPTON play a string of 5-star reviewed, sold-out European tour dates including back-to-back London shows and two highlight sets at Reading and Leeds Festivals.

In Reading, the group was brought on stage to close N.E.R.D’s set, with Pharrell shouting out his “little brothers” after a wild performance of “Lemon.”

Don’t miss your chance to see BROCKHAMPTON at Shrine Expo Hall. Tickets start at $39.00, plus applicable service charges.

Shrine is located at 665 W. Jefferson Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90007.