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Posts for June 2011

June 30, 2011

It's Almost Here! Sneak Peak of The Olsen's New Stylemint T-Shirt Line

The new line features only soft, stylish cotton Ts designed by the twins, each for $30, and it will live entirely online at the members-only shopping site Stylemint.com. To join, users answer a series of fun personality and style questions, and based off the data, the Olsens offer four T-shirt designs and styling suggestions to go with them. A new month means four new designs, personalized just for your style. See Photos below of t-shirts available!

June 30, 2011

America: With Liberty & Style For All

June 30, 2011

Simply Lovely! Anne Hathaway on Harper's Bazaar August 2011

June 30, 2011

Christian Dior Fall/ Winter 2011/ 2012 Lookbook – The Last Works of John Galliano

When you think of Christian Dior, you think of timeless, luxurious fashion that never goes out of style. Christian Dior is the brand that has always given me inspiration for creation of feminine and sophisticated looks. And their Fall/ Winter 2011/ 2012 lookbook offers a great variety for imagination to fly. Inspired by fashion of the past John Galliano (who will have to wait for the verdict on his case till September) has designed a fantastic collection full of classy skirt suits, coats and sweaters trimmed with fur, and evening dresses.

Accessory line in Christian Dior Fall/ Winter 2011/ 2012 collection is all about the vintage luxury. Beret hats with fur pop-poms, colorful kerchiefs, fedora hats, chic necklaces and bracelets, revered iconic Dior bags, leather gloves and beautiful shoes.


June 27, 2011

Johnny Weir Is The New Face of MAC Cosmetics

Fabulously fierce!

MAC Cosmetics has announced figure skating champion Johnny Weir will front this year's holiday campaign.

The collection is named after two of his favorite things: Glitter & Ice.

I am beyond excited! Love him!

June 23, 2011

Christian Louboutin Fall 2011 Lookbook Inspired By Famous Classic Paintings

Seriously, I want to give a major props to whoever the creative genius is behind Christian Louboutin's classic painting campaign. It's amazing!

It is reported that designer Christian Louboutin and photographer Peter Lippman have teamed up to produce the Fall 2011 lookbook that comprises seven images inspired by classic portraits. Paintings, which include Whistler’s Mother and Francisco De Zurbaran’s Saint Dorothy, feature the new Christian Louboutin pieces, shoes and handbags.

June 23, 2011

Claudia Schiffer Looks Blah Posin' For Chanel Eyewear Fall 2011


June 20, 2011

Coco Rocha Has Fun Posing For Zac Posen's Resort 2012 Collection

Zac Posen couldn't have chosen a better model for showcasing his Resort 2012 collection because Coco Rocha is a true fan of his creations and is simply a gorgeous girl. Besides, she is funny and knows how to make people attentive without being too serious.

Zac Posen is a designer who is best at creating luxury dresses, those perfect for red carpet or other glamorous occasions. So it’s not easy for him to make simpler pieces for casual wear. His Fall/ Winter 2011/ 2012 collection lacked that chic factor he always sticks to, and it didn’t look like Posen at all. But for Resort 2012 the fashion designer decided to do what he likes and the result is stunning.

Modeled by Coco Rocha Zac Posen’s Resort 2012 collection is based on pomp dresses you choose to don just a few times in your life (in case you are not a celebrity), but those occasions are always memorable. Made of exquisite fabrics the dresses look really impressive. Coming in a variety of noble colors the gowns are detailed with frills, pleats, and embroidery.

The photoshoot showcasing Zac Posen Resort 2012 collection isn’t boring at all thanks to Coco Rocha’s sense of humor and ability to make people of all statuses laugh. She clearly enjoyed the time posing in front of the camera.

June 20, 2011

Emma Watson Reveals Everything About Her Life (Vogue US July 2011)

Many people envy Emma Watson. I do. She's beautiful, brilliant, smart and fashionably on cue. But only few really understand that she has deserved all this by working hard. This girl has been shooting films since the age of 9 which means she didn’t have much time for usual kids’ games and pastimes. She had to sacrifice all these to her future successful career. When she grew older and finished school she knew she wanted to get good education and that of course brought complications as she could hardly both study full-time and play her ongoing Hermione role. And again she did it all spending little time for herself and dedicating all the rest to her duties. Sounds hard, doesn’t it? This is what Emma Watson reveals to an interviewer of Vogue US (July 2011 issue). No, she doesn’t complain, she just tells everything as it is.

In a candid interview for Vogue US July 2011 edition Harry Potter star Emma Watson talks about different things that are important for her. She shared on painting and her favorite artists (By the way, Emma is capable of painting, too!), close friendship with Daniel Radcliffe (They even helped composing texts to their most recent flames!), on being similar to Hermione in personality, and many other interesting things. To tell you the truth, some of the facts in the interview came as great revelation to me. I think I even want to follow Emma Watson’s example in some aspects of my life. She’s really, really gorgeous.

Now some highlights from the interview:

Emma Watson on love and relationships: “I’m a feminist, but I think that romance has been taken away a bit for my generation. I think what people connect with in novels is this idea of an overpowering, encompassing love—and it being more important and special than anything and everything else. I would love to not date someone in the same industry as me. Otherwise it becomes what it means to everyone else.”

Emma Watson on fear of failure: “I’ve probably earned the right to screw up a few times. I don’t want the fear of failure to stop me from doing what I really care about.”

Emma Watson on finally being herself and using the choices life offers to her: “I’m going to do what I want to do. I’m going to be who I really am. I’m going to figure out what that is.”

Emma Watson on living in a ‘bubble’ in her early years: “I have had no control over my life. I have lived in a complete bubble. They found me and picked me for the part. And now I’m desperately trying to find my way through it.”

Emma Watson on spending hours in the makeup trailer: “That was my playground. I would sit and play with lipsticks, foundations, and eye shadows; and every now and then Amanda would let me do the extras’ face paint for the Quidditch matches.”

Emma Watson on being close to Hermione’s personality: “Hermione is so close to who I am as a person that I’ve never really had to research a role. I’m literally rediscovering what it means to be an actress.”

Emma Watson on her friendship with Daniel Radcliffe: “He understood what his role was, not just as an actor but as the leading man in this enormous franchise. And I think that was almost more important in a way. He held it all together. I am very grateful for him.”

Radcliffe comments on this: “[We were] very much like brother and sister, and when one or the other of us was having a tricky moment in our lives, it was often that we would confide in each other. We would also help each other with relationship advice; particularly funny were the moments when we would help each other compose texts to the most recent flames in either of our lives (not too flirty, but not too subtle either!). It was certainly a case of the blind leading the blind, but it was extremely funny.”

Emma Watson on struggling to have good education: “I have felt for the last ten years I have had this battle; I’ve been fighting so hard to have an education. It’s been this uphill struggle. I was Warner Bros.’ pain in the butt. I was their scheduling conflict. I was the one who made life difficult.”

Emma Watson on realizing she wasn’t able to handle everything and be good at it: “I just realized at one point that I can’t fight everything. I have to move in the direction of it—and go with it. I decided I would do it well.”

Emma Watson on supporting young fashion designers: “I thought, If people are going to write about what I’m wearing, then I would wear young British designers who need the publicity.”

Emma Watson on her work for People Tree, a fair-trade clothing organization: “I didn’t realize what I was taking on. I was doing twelve-hour days on Harry Potter and then coming home to work for two more hours, sizing and cutting designs.”

June 20, 2011

The Olsen's Amazing T-Shirt Line

June 20, 2011

Congratulations Alyssa Campanella – Miss USA 2011!

Who wasn't thinking of The Little Mermaid when Miss Campanella stepped onto the stage in her brilliant emerald green gown?

June 20, 2011

Breaking (Dawn) News: Carolina Herrera Designed Bella Swan’s Wedding Dress

Ok. For starters, I am not a Twilight fan. I prefer my books to be Harry Potter and I found the original "Twilight" book to be silly. However since the hysteria over Kate Middleton’s wedding dress, nothing has been as anticipating as Bella Swan’s gown in Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part1 film. And now it seems to be reaching its height as the designer’s name was revealed yesterday. It is Carolina Herrera – the couturier whose creations are feminine and sophisticated and bridal lines are always absolutely luxurious.

As soon as the news appeared on Twitter millions of fans started commenting. Excited the fans were making numerous guesses on what the dress would look like. However, no specific details of the design of Bella’s wedding dress have been released so far.

In previous rumors Zac Posen was named as one of potential designers to create Bella Swan’s wedding gown but he immediately responded saying it wasn’t him but someone else.

The Venezualan-born designer, Carolina Herrera said that she likes to get inspired by real women, so we can expect the wedding dress to be real Bella – simple but stylish. What we know exactly about the design – it won’t be strapless.

Twilight author Stephenie Meyer commented:

"It’s a simpler style than the frillier Edwardian stuff. Elegant white satin, cut on the bias, with long sleeves. The strapless thing is a very recent development. It wasn’t even popular when I was getting married, only 13 years ago, much less during the modest turn of the century.”

So, what do you think Bella’s dress looks like?

June 20, 2011

Christina Aguilera Complains To W Magazine About Celebrity Life Full Of Misery

Christina Aguilera looks angelic on the cover of W Magazine July 2011 issue – very delicate, feminine and charming – even without her clothes on. Just a thin piece of fabric and a bouquet of red roses cover her modesty. But for me she doesn’t look sexy, just cute. In the interview for the glossy the singer has told a lot about her life which from her words is really miserable.

We all know how difficult Christina Aguilera’s childhood was and then marriage and divorce, and that rediculous flop of a movie, Burlesque and her latest album. And sometimes she forgets words of songs and stumbles on stage. We get it. Nobody's perfect, but come on, it's the national anthemn. Sigh.

However, I feel it is unfair to leave you without at least highlights from her interview. So, here they are:

Christina Aguilera on her and ex-husband Jordan Bratman’s rumored affairs: “At one time or another, we were both not angels. It got to a point where my life at home was reminding me of my own childhood. I will not have my son grow up in a tension-filled home…”

Christina Aguilera on singing the wrong lyrics to the National Anthem: “Everything on the field at the Super Bowl was vividly bright, and I was having a moment. I got lost in the emotion of being there and I messed up the lyrics to the song…I went to dinner after the Super Bowl with Matt and I laughed at how I’d made myself into a Trivial Pursuit question…”

Christina Aguilera on her childhood: “I felt caged by my childhood. And unsafe: Bad things happened in my home; there was violence. ‘The Sound of Music’ looked like a form of release. I would open my bedroom window to sing out like Maria. In my own way, I’d be in those hills.”

Christina Aguilera on burlesque being a big fat flop: I was sad, but I’m still glad that I did the movie. During production, I was going through a lot of self-discovery. As a quote-unquote pop star, you have your entourage with you at all times. When you enter and leave a place, backstage, even at home—you always have your team. On the movie set, I didn’t have anyone around me. And it felt good. When I first met my husband, I needed that helping hand to take the reins and look after me. After the movie, I grew out of being that little girl: I became more of an adult.”

Christina Aguilera on her future: ‘I would never go down without a fight. I still have my eyes on the prize… I want to be that old lady onstage shaking her hips and singing her greatest hits.”

So, what do you think about Christina Aguilera’s interview for W Magazine?

June 20, 2011

Picasso-Inspired Collection For Oscar de la Renta Resort 2012

Designers like Oscar de la Renta must love a woman, adore her beauty and femininity to be able to create such masterpieces. De la Renta Resort 2012 collection shows the woman in his typical manner – she is beautiful, stylish, sexy (but not exposed at all) and always elegant. It seems like the designer regards elegance as of paramount importance. Inspired by Picasso and the Cubist period in particular the Resort 2012 collection acquires that uniqueness and intricacy peculiar to that very era.

Skirts suits come dominant in Oscar de la Renta’s Resort 2012 collection. They are made of chic fabrics but the designs are simple enough to showcase the quality of the materials. The fit is the most essential though. Every outfit De la Renta sent his models down the catwalk in fit those perfectly accentuating the assets we love in women.

Of course Oscar de la Renta had to embrace the print in his Resort 2012 collection – elaborate and hard to understand, like all Picasso works. The prints made the dresses look unusual and they were also very attractive.

Hats are to be mentioned, too. Oscar de la Renta finished the Resort 2012 runway looks with a variety of headwear pieces. Some hats looked pretty normal and classy while others surprised the viewer. For instance, the sailor’s hats that were combined with sumptuous evening gowns were shocking. But if we keep reminding ourselves about the inspiration, everything falls into place.

June 20, 2011

Rachel Zoe's Little Skyler is Absolutely Adorable!

o.m.g. how stinkin cute is that little baby?? and is that sweat Missoni? with a mom like Rachel Zoe, are you surprised?

June 20, 2011

What!? Marilyn Monroe's Famous Dress Goes For $4.6 Million At Auction

The extremely iconic dress that famously billowed up around Marilyn Monroe as she stood over a subway vent while filming "The Seven-Year Itch" sold for $4.6 million on Saturday at an auction of memorabilia belonging to actress Debbie Reynolds (who I wish would have an auction for her own movie memorabilia. Hello!? Unsinkable Molly Brown?).

The winning bid for the "subway grate" dress easily outstripped the $1 million to $2 million estimated value placed on the dress by dealer Profiles in History.

Debbie Reynolds had hoped to see the ivory-colored rayon-acetate halter dress with pleated skirt housed one day in a museum that would hold her massive collection of costumes, key props, movie posters, original costume sketches and more, assembled over the course of 50 years from studios including 20th Century Fox and MGM. A planned project in Tennessee went bankrupt in 2009, leaving the actress with creditors to pay. Reynolds, of course, is mother to actress and writer Carrie Fisher and was married to Eddie Fisher until he left her for Elizabeth Taylor (not a fan).

The Saturday auction, held at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, presented 700 items from Reynolds' collection, including Elizabeth Taylor's ceremonial headdress from "Cleopatra," the blue "Dorothy" dress worn by Judy Garland during the first two weeks of filming "The Wizard of Oz" (Judy Garland gained weight and had to have new dresses created, hence the gingham) and a Santa suit from the original "Miracle on 34th Street." A second auction will be held in December.

The winning bidder for Monroe's subway dress will add another $1 million in commission, CNN points out. Sound like a sign of a world going quietly crazy? Fear not: An original poster from the 1944 Ingrid Bergman-Charles Boyer film "Gaslight" was valued at a relatively sane $300-$500.

June 12, 2011

MK&A: CFDA Behind The Scenes

June 12, 2011

Michelle Obama Goes Gap For Only $29.99!

Life, liberty and fashion for all! This dress is available at Gap.com for only $29.99!


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June 12, 2011

What Exactly is Vintage Clothing?

Have you ever wished for an outfit that captured the glamour of 1940s Hollywood? Coveted a black leather jacket that James Dean would have been proud to wear? Or wanted to relive the roaring twenties? Consider shopping at vintage clothing stores. While much of the clothing found in vintage stores is basic attire from recent decades, there are treasures to be found. While styles change, they generally resurface so watch for items that are coming back into vogue. Or, use vintage clothing to create a unique style; in vintage clothing you will not look like everyone else at the party. Vintage clothing can make a statement about individuality, about glamour or even about recycling. Imagine if everyone recycled clothing instead of buying each new trend.

Classic designs in quality fabrics last for a long time, so many items that have been worn before have a future with a new owner. Many women who can afford designer dresses do not wear them more than a few times. So, a dress that has found its way to a vintage or used clothing store is often in near new condition. And, a used designer gown is usually of a superior cut and make than any inexpensive off the rack dress. Your dream party dress may be hanging on the rack waiting to live again.

For more modern day used clothing finds, consider shopping at consignment stores. In these stores items in good condition are sold, with a portion of the sale going to the original owner. People who resell for consignment often take very good care of their clothing so they can get the best price in the resale market. Jewelry is another thing to look for at consignment stores.

In cities such as Los Angeles and New York shop the stores where the studios clear all of their costumes. Many of the items used by television shows and on movie sets are either barely worn, or brand new. Often, costume designers keep extras of pieces in case a spare is needed or a mishap befalls a clothing item. So, you might be able to pick up the designer jacket identical to one your idol wore in her last blockbuster for mere pennies on the dollar.

June 12, 2011

Dakota Fanning Is Marc Jacob's Prodigy...Again!

Dakota Fanning landed herself (again) a modeling gig for Marc Jacobs' newest fragrance, Oh, Lola. Sweet, yet seductive. Love it! Love her! Love Marc! My favorite fragrance, Daisy, is amazing, so I'm excited to try a new scent.

June 12, 2011

Dylan Lauren Ties The Knot...and daddy made the dress!

Dylan Lauren, daughter of famed designer Ralph Lauren and founder of the New York City staple Dylan's Candy Bar, married longtime boyfriend Paul Arrouet Saturday at her parent's estate in Bedford, New York.

In an not surprising twist on the wedding, Dylan Lauren walked down the aisle in a dress designed by - who else? - her father. If only every woman was as lucky to have a fabulous and tasteful designer as Ralph Lauren to custom design a wedding dress for them!

June 09, 2011

World's Most Pierced Woman Marries...A Boring Man

Elaine Davidson, the world’s most pierced woman, just married this seemingly boring man. She has nearly 7,000 piercings, and apparently 1,500 “internal ones.” What does that mean? Let your imagination run...ugh. I'm more shocked at the plain jane husband than her face.

June 09, 2011

Lady Gaga Wears Dress With Her Own Face On it

Having shown everybody her breasts at the 2011 CFDA Awards Lady Gaga decided to be more modest the next day. The singer wore a simple and very decent dress featuring… her own face on it for an interview on Sirius Radio in New York.

June 09, 2011

Emma Watson: Perks of Being A Wallflower

♥ this book. ♥ her. cannot wait :)

June 06, 2011

And the 2011 CFDA Winners Are!.....

Womenswear Designer of the Year
The nominees: Alexander Wang, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler, Marc Jacobs
The winner: Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler

Menswear Designer of the Year
The nominees: Michael Bastian, Patrik Ervell, Simon Spurr
The winner: Michael Bastian

Accessory Designer of the Year
The nominees: Alexander Wang, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler, Reed Krakoff
The winner: Alexander Wang

Swarovski Award for Womenswear
The nominees: Joseph Altuzarra, Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen, Prabal Gurung
The winner: Prabal Gurung (boo..love my olsens)

Swarovski Award for Accessory Design
The nominees: Alejandro Ingelmo, Eddie Borgo, Jason Wu, Pamela Love
The winner: Eddie Borgo

Swarovski Award for Menswear
The nominees: Alexander Wang, Phillip Lim, Robert Geller
The winner: Robert Geller

Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award
Marc Jacobs

CFDA Board of Directors Special Tribute
Arthur Elgort

Fashion Icon Award
Lady Gaga

Eugenia Sheppard Media Award
Hilary Alexander of The Telegraph

Eleanor Lambert Founders Award
Hal Rubenstein of InStyle

International Award
Phoebe Philo for Céline


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