Posts Tagged ‘Couture


Couture Cars: Fresh Out of Crewe

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Since the introduction of the Bentley Continental/Flying Spur/GTC, my interest in Bentleys have declined, although if someone were to give me one, I’d gladly take it off their hands (besides, who’d be foolish enough to not do so?!?) However, I feel that the guys out in Crewe (England) have heard my cry. Enter, the 2010 Bentley Mulsanne.

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The all new Mulsanne- named after the famous straight on the Le Mans circuit where racers reach their highest speeds- marks the first vehicle designed independently by Bentley Motors since 1930. Additionally, it revives the nameplate that was utilized from 1980-1992. Although official power figures haven’t been released, the Mulsanne will featured a redesigned version of the iconic Bentley V-8. My only guess is that power should be north of 400-450 English horses- this is a Bentley.

Slotted to replaced the aged Arnage, the Mulsanne, upon its release in 2010 for model year 2011, will be pitted against the Rolls-Royce Phantom and Maybach’s 57 and 62 variants. Expect a sticker price upwards of $400,000.

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This car has totally restored my faith in Bentleys, although it was never lost; let’s just say it was put to the side. I’m so looking forward to seeing this somewhere. It has that classic style with a modern twist, a staple for anyone’s garage… Well, those who can afford to place this lovely vehicle in their garage(s).

Do we have a winner?!?

Stay Classick!



Couture Cars: The Pursuit of Perfection.

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So, you’re probably wondering, “Why the hell is U.C. featuring a LEXUS?!?” But know that, since the introduction of the current LS, the luxury division of bestselling marque Toyota has entered a whole new ballpark. Aside from the all new design, The Lexus LS has merged the executive luxury sedan with the hybrid- a first in its class, something that has attracted attention from such celebs as Alicia Keys. Take that Mercedes!

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After being previewed by the LF-Sh Concept at Japan’s Tokyo Motor Show, The Lexus LS460 and LS460L (Long Wheelbase) arrived in dealers in late 2006. Starting at about $64,000, one of its major innovations- a standard package- it premiered with is Parking Assist, a system in which the LS can park itself, utilizing rear cameras (one cool feature… My neighbor owns one in navy). In the LS460L, the Executive Package added a rear DVD entertainment system, swivel tray tables, and reclining rear seats which provides passengers with a Shiatsu message at the touch of a button. Under the hood, the LS is powered by a 4.6 liter V-8, producing 380hp. A year later, Lexus upped the ante, introducing the $105,000 LS600h L, the first executive luxury hybrid, as well as the world’s first production V-8 hybrid. It’s also powered by a V-8 (up to 5.0 liters) and nickel batteries, producing 439hp, batteries and engine combined.

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So, STILL not convinced?!? Well, think about this: you can be rolling around in this lovely Lexus, getting a Shiatsu message in the rear reclining seats while watching Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard in “Breakfast At Tiffanys” with- get this- OVER $20 GRAND IN YOUR POCKET! Yes, my people, it’s true. Lexus’ flagship undercuts the Mercedes S-Class, BMW 7-Series, Audi A8, and Jaguar XJ by about $20,000 or more. Talk about a recession buster! Additionally,  its has that Far East flair with a modern edge, like the works of Vivienne Westwood, Commes des Garcon, or Yohji Yamamoto (of Y-3 fame). And, to top it off, it has the soul of a Toyota, so you know you can’t go wrong with this. Truly a classic that will age with grace.

For more information on the LS, check out its website here.

Stay Classick!




Couture Cars: Shaken, Not Stirred.

Aston Martin DB9

So, being an avid car afficionado, I decided I would interweave the automobile industry-namely, the upper echelon of the industry- with the Fashion industry… Enter Couture Cars. First up, while not known to many, it hails from a British company known for it’s grand tourers, as well as one of 007 Agent James Bond’s favorites: The Aston Martin DB9.

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The Aston Martin DB9 was introduced in 2004 as a successor to the famed Aston Martin DB7. Coming in Coupe’ and Volante (convertible) form, the DB9 is powered by a 450hp V-12 engine, blasting the GT to 60mph in 4.6, topping out at 186mph. With a base price starting around $160,000 for the Coupe’, the DB9 can be configured in hundreds of exterior/interior color combinations and, if that’s too “common” for your tastes, Aston Martin offers a custom order program (for that price, why wouldn’t they?!?)

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As keeping with U.C.’s personal beliefs-so to speak- I decided I’d post about the Aston Martin since it’s a vehicle many wouldn’t think about when ultra-luxurious vehicles come to mind, especially something coming out of the UK. It’s sexy, sleek, and has a bit of a lower profile, especially when compared to its main competitor, the Bentley Continental Coupe. Additionally, one would be able to say that his/her vehicle wouldn’t be spotted at the valet often. It has that Savile Row quality; you may not know what it is exactly, but you know that your dealing with something serious.

For more information about the DB9, as well as other vehicles in the Aston Martin lineup, check their website here.

Stay Classick.



Maxed Out: A Shopoholic’s Tale


As I write this, as I listen to random hits shuffling on my iTunes, I think of how wrong my parents and other people were in telling me that college students endure a struggle for the 4 or more years that we’re on this whirlwind adventure known as college. Hmm… I wonder have they ever visited Howard University…? I mean, aside from making sure I’m settled into my dorm room for the semester, have they actually taken a look around and witnessned the grandeur that is the life of a Howard student? Sure, many try to disguise they’re collegiate life as a struggle, but let’s get real: A “typical” college student is NOT pairing a Fendi Spy bag with Seven Jeans and Tory Burch pumps or Joe’s Jeans with D&G Sneakers and a Cole Haan bag to attend classes.

That’s not to say that’s the reason why I’m writing this, but it is one of the many. I am writing this to admit that, I, Joseph Brian Blackmon Jr. aka Marty McFlyy aka JoeCouture, am a major shopoholic. And I must say it has gotten completely out of control. I am writing this series to help those out there who know they have the problem, but are afraid to admit it… But getting back to myself…




I don’t know where to begin! I was never like this before… I was the plain ole’, Old Navy and Gap, Sale and Clearance Rack connoisseur. I swore I never would pay anything over $40 for a pair of jeans. Buying premium labels? Didn’t mean a thing to me. Then it all just happened… Now, I’m owner of 15-20 pairs of Cole Haan shoes, I can fill a closet or two with my footwear alone, my denim looks like (well, slightly) like The Rail at Nordstrom, and I’m in a-excuse my French- shitload of debt (something I will discuss later on in the series…). I have become totally out of control.

It could possibly a newfound freedom for me… who knows?!? All my life, I’ve never really had clothes, since my everyday look consisted of wool blend slacks and blue or white oxfords of Flynn and O’Hara designs. Being in Catholic school all of my life, I’ve never been able to have a lot of clothing and footwear. I was stuck with that same pair of black Kenneth Cole of Hush Puppies. So, coming here to HU, no uniforms, no restrictions, I can wear whatever I want and, thanks to the job (which is a great reason why I’m damn near hitting rock bottom), I can buy whatever I wanted, with no remorse. At least the remorse that comes back to haunt you some months down the line…

Throughout this series, I plan discuss everything that has and is going through my head when I’m making (or tempted to make) a purchase…. From credit cards (DON’T DO IT!!!! CREDIT CARDS ARE THE COLLEGE STUDENT’S DEVIL!!!), to trying to keep up with the Joneses, and everything in between… This is a journey to recovery… One of self-discovery and true self-worth as well… Are you ready for the ride?


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