Thursday, August 30, 2007

September Trends 1: Fade Away

Flaring Keira!

    Keira Knightley is in the Canadian fashion magazine, Flare. She opens up on power of fashion, the importance of family and the highs of fame. The British actress said she doesn’t want to emulate anyone else, she’s perfectly happy trying to figure out everything on her own. She looks stunning in these photos:







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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Tyra Banks: On America's Top Model

    The countdown to the catwalk had already begun. "Top Model" will premiere on The CW on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. ET, just before the debut of "Gossip Girl." But before anything else, here's another teaser of the show: Tyra Banks on her very-sexy-futuristic costume.

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Beauty Top 10

    The fall runways dictated strong brows, sleek hair, and incredibly loud lips. Elle round up the ten trends that will rule this season.

    1. Cleopatra Eyes
    The bold, bright look of the Cleopatra eye certainly isn't a trend for the shrinking violet. It echoes the ancient Egyptian with heavy liner, an aqua lid, and a strongly defined brow. Wear it with all black to make a major statement.


    2. Defined Brows

    The bold brow made a major statement on the runways, with simple, neutral makeup as a backdrop. However, some chose the strongly defined arch "to anchor the face"; the Mommy Dearest-inspired look also popped up.


    3. Film Noir Waves
    Cascading waves a la Old Hollywood made appearances everywhere for fall: Gucci, Missoni, and Valentino. It references the film noir heyday of the '40s and keeps things soft and romantic. Wrapped small sections of hair in the front around a curling iron, then brushed through them to soften the curls.


    4. French Nails

    Last fall, black nails were everywhere; when spring arrived, tips took a completely contrasting route and went white. This fall, the two trends make a blissful union with the reverse French manicure, a new take on the two-tone classic.


    5. Full Makeup

    For the right occasion, a full face of makeup can have a perfectly dramatic effect. Play up both eyes and lips, but keep skin looking fresh and natural. According to master makeup artist, Tom Pecheux (Ferragamo), "It's important to stick to complementary colors, like deep plums and brick red, or else it's overly disco '80s." By the same token, keep hair sleek and simple.


    6. Golden Accents
    Gilded accents will give anyone a truly ethereal glow. A bit of shimmering powder will do the trick at home.


    7. Liquid Liner
    Winged cat eyes are back in a big way—think Sophia Loren and Catherine Deneuve, all liquid liner, and tons of sex appeal. "Liner had a painterly shape this season, almost like a flick of the watercolor brush," says Pat McGrath, who employed the technique at Prada and Louis Vuitton. She also recommends leaving lips neutral to draw the attention to the eyes.


    8. Messy Hair
    Your forehead isn't the only place you'll want to banish shine this season. "Intentionally dull hair looks new," says Redken creative consultant Guido. "Very Parisienne coquette." A little baby powder (or a dry shampoo) will have you looking matte and fabulous in no time.


    9. Neon Lips

    Not since the '80s have lacquered lips in neon hues had such a prominent place in the beauty lexicon. Paint the pouts a bright shade somewhere between pink and red and layer the color on with your fingers in order to "control intensity." Go easy on the eyes to let the neon lip take full effect.


    10. Sleek Hair

    For sleek, straight hair, New York stylists looked no further than their own backyard for inspiration. It's all about simple elegance.Not a lot of design, but amazing quality.

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Monday, August 27, 2007

2007 Teen Choice Awards

    This year, the live awards show was co-hosted by Hilary Duff and Nick Cannon with live performances by Kelly Clarkson, Avril Lavigne and Fergie.

    Winners included Jessica Alba and Zac Efron for the coveted Female and Male Hottie awards, along with top honors going to popular High School Musical 2 co-star Vanessa Hudgens for Choice Breakout Artist - Female.

    Other winners included Justin Timberlake as Choice Male Music Artist, Hannah Montana star Miley Cyrus for Choice Summer Artist and Choice TV Actress in a comedy, and Ugly Betty star America Ferrara for Choice TV Breakout star.

    During her acceptance speech for the female hottie award, Jessica Alba told the audience:

    “I would like to dedicate this award to a young man who has been on my mind for the last 19 years: Ross. Ross didn't love me. I was pigeon-toed, I had a sway back, I was slightly cross-eyed, buck-toothed, I sucked my thumb. Look at me now, Ross! Look at me now! [Ross] promised that if I kissed him he would choose me for baseball ... I was still chosen last. I never trusted men again.”

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What's New in Prada?....Fall/Winter 2007

Thursday, August 23, 2007

America's Next Top Model: Cycle 9 Contestants

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Christian Louboutin's Peep-Toe Pumps: Hollywood Shoes

    It's the fashion kiss of death in Hollywood: Showing up on the red carpet, only to find that some other starlet is wearing the exact same gown. But when it comes to shoes, all of the A-list seems to have the same pair, and no one seems to mind.

    Everybody's talking of none other than Christian Louboutin and his black peep-toe pumps. Simple, elegant and ridiculously expensive, these babies have proven irresistible to Angelina Jolie, Ashley Olsen and Nicole Richie (who even sported 'em on her court date).

    Price: about $800. Knowing your shoes can face everything from photogs to a DUI charge: priceless.




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Top 10 Accessories for Fall/Winter 2007

    Black is back! For this season make sure that black and leather accessories will be on top of your It List. Here are the 10 (or shall I say 11) must-have accessories for fall and winter from Net-a-Porter. If you can't have all, at least have one!


    1. Burberry Prorsum - Get Waisted. The wide triple-buckle belt

    2. Christian Lacroix - Charm School. The wood and glass charm necklace

    3. Fendi. Gemology. The suede chunky-rib belt with large stone

    4. Marc Jacobs. It's A Cinch. The black leather knot belt

    5. Celine. Drive Time. The black leather driving gloves

    6. D&G. Glove Story. The black leather fur-trimmed gloves

    7. Erickson Beamon. Off The Cuff. The black metal cuffs with black stones

    8. Roberto Cavalli. Hat Trick. The black felt wide-brimmed hat

    9. Cloe. Inner Circle. The Marcia multi-sphere necklace

    10. Miu Miu. The Skinny. The fuchsia leather belt

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Wearable Fashion Trends 19: The Roaring Twenties


    Cloche hats, pearls and gloves - who said a girl can have too many accessories? The 1920s played inspiration to design duo Proenza Schouler, with beautiful dropped shoulder coats and flapper dresses looking extremely prim and proper. Ladylike also showed up at Marc Jacobs, where beautiful silk blouses were worn with calf-length skirts and day hats. Think Agatha Christie's murder mystery novels...


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Heidi Klum: New Face of Jordache

    Heidi Klum, a Victoria's Secret model and TV host of the ever-popular Bravo series "Project Runway", will represent skinny jeans by Jordache.

    The ads feature a topless Klum, shot from behind, holding equestrian gear while standing on the balcony overlooking Los Angeles at the Chateau Marmont.

    With retro high-waisted jeans making a comeback but the denim market already awash with designer brands, using a famous face like Klum's will likely garner some attention for a brand like Jordache.




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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Wearable Fashion Trends 18: A Skirting Way

    Out of the picture for the last couple of seasons - overshadowed by its sister the dress - skirt is firmly back in fashion focus.

    There's nothing like wearing a skirt to make a woman feel feminine yet empowered. It's a garment with many moods; the knee-length is perennially practical, the midi is easy and carefree while the mini is bold and brave. Check out the new season's skirt shapes with net-a-porter's tips on how we should wear them...

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Contorversial: Fall's Must-Have Shoes

    V Magazine used a controversial fashion editorial to showcase this season’s must-have shoes. Combining images of the female form and stylist Brian Mollov’s foot-wear picks for the fall is facing a lot of scrutiny by more conservative types.

    The photography by Bela Borsodi is being met with varied opinions. Some of the bloggers may find it ridiculous: naughty imagery was being used to sell footwear, others may think it was an innovative approach.

    It all depends who you ask—either way, the ad was effective. It got attention, it’s been talked about, and the images will remain in our minds.

    It’s body art. It’s creative. And yes, it’s edgy.

    The following pictures were edited to hide some "private" parts. Look closely and share your opinion!


    From left:
    Diesel
    Prada
    D&G


    From left:
    Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquière
    Tod's
    Dior by John Galliano

    From left to right:
    Calvin Klein
    Giuseppe Zanotti
    Bally

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Keira Knightley Bares It All

    As she would be the first to admit, Keira Knightley is not exactly famous for her hour-glass figure. But her latest role - posing virtually naked to advertise a perfume - makes her look subtly different.

    Despite the presence of a carefully-placed bowler hat, the 22-year-old actress appears to be just that tiny bit curvier. For sure, Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle will be a must-buy for men! LOL


    Knightley is thought to have signed a one-year contract worth more than £500,000 to be the face of the scent.

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