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Lil' Kim: I'm Inspired By Pals Marc Jacobs, Versace




    Lil' Kim, the oft-scantily clad pint-sized rapper who is launching her own fashion line, said last night she takes designer cues from the likes of Marc Jacobs and Donatello Versace.

    "My inspiration is definitely all of my designer friends like Marc Jacobs and Donatello Versace," she told Niteside during the grand opening of Harlem-based luxury boutique La Scala last night. "Those are my friends. I watched them prepare for shows, and I see [what] they [went] through. I dedicate [my sneak peek] to them."

    Meet Coney Island Freakshow Frontman Donny Vomit

    [FREEL] Meet Coney Island Freakshow Frontman Donny Vomit
    Founder of Schmaltz Brewing Co. Jeremy Cowan and Coney Island Sideshow frontman Donny Vomit took Niteside through the annual Freaktoberfest kick-off event for NY Craft Beer Week. Held at Park Slope's "The Rock Shop," brewers from across the state poured savory brews while Vomit and his troupe provided equally unsavory entertainment. Warning: Graphic content. (Published Monday, Sept. 27, 2010)

    The rapper, decked out in a DSquared2 floral print number paired with a grey leather jacket and studded black patent heels, said she is debuting her own clothing line, 24/7-Star: Goddess Collection, in 2011.

    "I'm very excited," she said. "It's being received very well." 

    Marketing Queen Katie Longmyer Brings Disco to the Hudson River

    [NTSD] Marketing Queen Katie Longmyer Brings Disco to the Hudson River
    Katie Longmyer, veteran promoter and owner of Good Peoples, talked to Niteside aboard the Clipper City Tallship this weekend. Vinyl-toting DJs Lloydski and Prince Language spun an eclectic mix of Disco that ranged from Sylvester to Glass Candy and the crowd danced all along the Hudson. (Published Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010)

    Kim was joined by rappers Mims and Jim Jonez, Mie of Lil' B, comedian Paul Mooney, "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" starlet Ashley Holmes, "The Spin Crowd" star Jonathan Cheban and celeb publicist Lizzie Grubman. La Scala, touted to be the first luxe boutique above 125th Street, will carry brands such as Prada, Louboutin, Gucci and Ferragamo.

    And don't expect Kim to shelve her music as she pursues a career designing duds.

    Meet the Minds Behind the Campy Costume Party Known as Cheryl

    [FREEL] Meet the Minds Behind the Campy Costume Party Known as Cheryl
    The founding foursome behind the Brooklyn-based monthly dance party known as Cheryl hosted one of their infamous glitter and fake blood-infused bashes at Bell House in Gowanus this weekend. Niteside caught up with the minds behind the phenomenon. (Published Monday, Aug. 16, 2010)

    "I'm in the studio. I'm working all the time. I never stop working," she told Niteside. "I'm focusing on dropping hot singles."