Blurred Lines

R&B singer Robin Thicke has filed a lawsuit to protect his single "Blurred Lines" from Marvin Gaye's family and Funkadelic's copyrights owners, reports the NY Post. Music producer Pharrell Williams and rapper T.I., real name Clifford Harris Jr., are also named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit. The Funkadelic's rights owners claim there are similarities between "Blurred Lines" and a song they own the rights to.

Gaye's family say "Blurred Lines" borrows heavily from Marvin's hit single "Got to Give it Up."

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Dolce & Gabbana

The gay couple behind one of the most well-known fashion brands in the world will be spending the next 20 months in prison.

Domenico Dolce, 54, and Stefano Gabbana, 50, who founded the iconic fashion brand Dolce & Gabbana, were sentenced to 20 months in an Italian prison after they were convicted of evading taxes on €408 million ($540 million USD).

According to UK's Daily Mail, a judge in Milan ruled that the stylish couple failed to declare income of about €1billion ($1.3 billion USD), and that they moved their brand to Luxembourg to evade Italy's corporation income tax.

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Samsung Buys 1 Million Jay Z Albums

Last week there were reports that rap mogul Jay Z signed a $20 million endorsement deal with electronics giant Samsung to promote their Samsung Galaxy smartphones. The rumors were confirmed just days later when Jay Z posted a photo of a Samsung smartphone on his personal blog, Life+Times, and on Twitter.com asking his fans to tune in to game 5 of the NBA Finals for a special announcement at 9:15 p.m. Sunday.

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Tyler the Creator and Pharrell Williams like singer Miley Cyrus so much they wanted to take a picture with her. Pharrell tweeted this pic on Twitter.com Tuesday night.

The unlikely photo session is odd since everyone thought Miley and Tyler didn't like each other. The Odd Future frontman had nothing nice to say about Miley's new haircut in a recent tweet on his account.

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Music producer and clothing company owner Pharrell Williams is designing a new project for Prada that will be under $200. We wonder what it could be? A necktie? A t-shirt?

According to WWD, the fashion house has teamed up with Pharrell to "collaborate on a special project." Whatever it is will be affordable (under $200) and nerdy (right up Pharrell's alley). A company spokesperson had no comment.

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Street Fashion critics The Rich Boyz from Rich City Ent. created an online show to shine a spotlight on the Hip Hop trends such as skinny jeans. Hip Hop heads have adopted the skinny jeans style made popular by the rock set -- and they look ridiculous! As the Rich Boyz points out: "if you gotta bounce to get in your pants, you're a fagg."

The Rich Boyz are asking the streetz for their opinion on various trendy fashion styles. "Are people too easily tricked into suspect styles by watching too much T.V.?," they ask.

I can't wait for webisode two! The Rich Boyz need to go in on suspect rappers like Kanye West, Pharrell Williams and Juelz Santana who think they're fashion forward when they are actually not.

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Update: According to my loyal reader Rodney, the custom Hermes cost a tidy $67,000.

Thanks to loyal reader Darnell for verifying that the purple Hermès carried by Pharrell Williams in an earlier post does belong to him. In the following post from Pharrell's blog, he explains he traveled to Paris to pick up his custom made Hermès, which is normal procedure for the elite who can afford these bags. Most Hermès are made to order.

Stopped by Hermes yesterday to pick up my new travel bag. Hermes is a world famous luxury goods company originally known for it’s leather goods including it’s saddles and famous silk scarves. This purple croc bag is a “Haut A Courroie” which is the original Birkin bag. This bag is a custom piece hand made in the Paris shop. The key chain was made by Jacob. (Source)

Lucky him. A Hermès croc had to set him back 20 grand at least.

Gucci has been named the #1 brand in the world, according to Nielsen research:

In the latest survey, one in five global consumers said they would choose to buy Gucci (over any other luxury brand) if money was no option, making the Italian fashion brand that was revived by Tom Ford in the 1990’s the most coveted and aspirational luxury brand in the world today. Photos and quote: LIFE Files

I don't think this means celebrities and socialites will put their Louis Vuitton or Hermes bags up for sale on eBay. It also doesn't mean you'll see less "Stars and their LV" posts on Sandrarose.com. LV and Hermes are still a considered status symbols to the elite who can afford them.

Speaking of Hermes: I saw this interesting photo of Pharrell Williams carrying a man-size Hermes handbag on his way out of his hotel in NYC yesterday. I searched other photo sites and there were no other pics of him with this bag. Which leads me to assume the bag isn't his. Which is a good thing because a Hermes croc half that size would set him back about 17k.

He's still a fashion plate though with his his LV scarf, and hat and jacket from his Billionaire Boys Club line.

Producer Pharrell Williams' foray into the jewelry design business has paid off in a major way. He holds the distinction of being the first black designer at Louis Vuitton. Pharrell and Louis Vuitton celebrated the new jewelry line with an exclusive party last night in Paris where Pharrell showed off his one-of-a kind jacket designed by Louis Vuitton.

The jewelry line called Blason Collection will be available in select stores next month. The pieces are priced from an affordable $2,000 to $600,000. (Source)