Red Carpet Killer: Zuhair Murad Gets It Right, Every Time

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If I’m ever fortunate enough to walk a red carpet (instead of reporting from behind the barricade) there’s one designer I dream of wearing: Zuhair Murad.

The Beirut-based fashion king is now mentioned in the same breath as names like Giorgio Armani, Christian Dior, Oscar de la Renta and Valentino Garavani when it comes to dressing stars for major award ceremonies.

“I’m not afraid to take risks with fashion,” Murad tells The Hollywood Reporter. “My pieces are made to stand out, and what I love is the celebrity then embodies the statement the dress is making.”

Jennifer Lopez stole the show at the Golden Globes last night in a silver “art deco inspired beaded sheer caftan.” The 45-year-old beauty is one of Murad’s biggest celebrity supporters, calling him one of her “favorite designers.” Murad has also produced classic moments for Beyoncé, Shakira, Miley Cyrus, Kristen Stewart and more plus scores of Middle Eastern royalty.

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Growing up in Baalbek, Murad started sketching dresses from the age of 10. He once remarked, “I don’t recall a day in my life without a pen in my hand.” He opened his first atelier in Beirut in 1997 (after studying fashion abroad in France) and presented his first couture collection in 2001 during Haute Couture Week in Paris.

Lebanese fashion designers have a storied history when it comes to dressing the A-list set (Elie Saab, Georges Chakra, Abed Mahfouz) and being of Lebanese descent myself, I admire and am truly inspired by Murad’s success story. His career advice to Fashiontographer.com is priceless.

“First, you should be passionate for this job to give it your best,” Murad says. “You should find your own style, own inspiration, and stay true to your vision. You will inevitably get frustrated and upset and will probably question yourself along the way. It is a tough road where you will face fierce competition and comparable talent. One needs to be patient and work carefully. Only perseverance will compensate those who want to succeed in the fashion industry.”

Take a glimpse at the designer’s best work at ZuhairMurad.com.

Boss Lady Hosts “Sound & Style” Panel At A3C Festival

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BossLady.tv presented our first “Sound & Style” panel at this year’s A3C Hip Hop Festival.

Hosted by yours truly, the panel focused on the merging of music and fashion and how artists, branding specialists, marketers and more can develop relationships and ultimately make a living out of both worlds. Special thanks to Drumma Boy (producer and CEO of Fresh Phamily Clothing), Demetrius Tatum (CEO, Publik Trust Clothing), Mary “Mz Skittlez” Seats (CEO, Cupcake Mafia) and Dove Clark (Publicist for DJ Paul and more, Journalist and Business Development Manager, Flat Fitty) for sharing their wisdom.

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WIN: “BLAK” Collection From Rocawear

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Rocawear‘s a longtime supporter of BossLady.tv and we’re proud to celebrate the brand’s new “BLAK” collection.

Inspired by streetwear, music, and pop culture, Rocawear BLAK is a fresh chapter for the brand targeting the young, style-conscious, male consumer. The new line makes for a great gift for your man, ladies!

As part of the “Sound & Style” segment of “International Affair With Boss Lady” on DASH Radio, we five [5] shirts from the “BLAK” collection exclusively up for grabs before the line hits stores for the Holiday season. To enter for your chance to win:

One winner (chosen randomly) will be announced here on Tuesday, September 23 and we’ll also reach out to you via Twitter!

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WATCH: Your Favorite Rappers Favorite Style Moments

Packed in like sardines, myself and other media types (I use that term loosely nowadays) worked theBET Hip Hop Awards 2012 red carpet this past weekend.

While my peers literally scrambled to get soundbites from every artist in attendance, I chilled for the most part (after covering red carpets for years, the excitement definitely wears off). I only really pepped up when I saw some of my favorites, like Wiz Khalifa and Machine Gun Kelly. The theme of my questioning was fashion (repping for DrJays.com, of course) with today’s rappers reminiscing on their most exciting style moments of the past.

The BET Hip Hop Awards air on Tuesday, October 9 8/7c.