Sunday, June 29, 2008
A very sad post today.
20-year-old model Ruslana Korshunova apparently committed suicide yesterday afternoon. The IMG model leaped from the window of her 9th floor one bedroom apartment in New York's Financial District around 2:30 PM. She was just three days short of her 21st birthday.
According to police there were no signs of a struggle leading to the suicide conclusion despite the fact that she always appeared cheerful to those around her. According to the NY Post friends say that there were no signs of her depression and that she was very happy modeling and living in New York. But other media sources, including The Fashion Spot, are claiming that she posted suspicious and seemingly depressed messages on her myspace.
Korshunova appeared on the covers of French Elle and Russian Vogue as well as ads for Christian Dior, DKNY, Nina Ricci and Vera Wang. She had successful runs at both NY and London fashion weeks walking in shows for Libertine, Jill Stuart, Rosa Cha, Betsy Johnson and Lela Rose. But she was most famous for her Rapunzel long hair and her Nina Ricci contract.
She began modeling professionally at age 15 when her photograph was spotted in All Asia magazine by Debbie Jones at Models 1 and has lived abroad and been a working model, sending money home to her family, ever since. Ruslana was born in Kazakh (it was then part of the Soviet Union) on July 2nd, 1988 in and eventually spoke Russian, German and English fluently.
I think this is a haunting and unfortunate reminder that models, no matter how beautiful or successful or seemingly glamorous, can have a difficult time just like anyone else. This was, after all, a woman who had essentially left her family and home as a child to live in a foreign country, constantly be on the road between multiple countries, working in a high pressure, demanding industry entirely by herself. It's one of the most isolating and lonely careers in the world and, for the most part, it's a career chosen by teenage girls. They travel alone, eat alone, sleep alone, etc. It's sad. And it makes sense that a maybe heartbroken and/or exhausted girl could lose sight of things in that. I'm just devastated that she chose to take her own life.
My most sincere prayers are with her, her family, and her friends.
Ruslana Korshunova, July 2nd 1987-June 28th 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Every fashion blogger seems to be obsessed with Polyvore. And it makes sense...who doesn't want to create their own dream outfit? I've actually been a member for a few months now but haven't been making many sets. I get bored easily. But I watched The Devil Wears Prada for about the billionth time the other night and I don't think I'll ever stop being obsessed with Anne's all Chanel post-makeover outfit. Then this morning I was reading about the fashion collage making site on Fashionista so I thought I'd share it and my re-creation of it with you via the magic of Polyvore.
Remember to add Bostonista on Polyvore! Plus, click the image for details on each of the items.
I've been feeling super uninspired and unimpressed lately about everything, including fashion. I guess I'm in a mood. But one of the best people to pull you out of a sartorial rut?
Enjoy some beautiful photos of her in Liberation Next France!
I would like to be able to wear lace booty shorts and look that amazing.
Or at least be able to blow the perfect bubble gum bubble.
Alas, neither are possible for me.
Right now at least.
I'm off to lay on my floor, surrounded by fashion magazines, listening to Duffy in the dark.
It will be very fabulous.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
One of my lovely best friends sent me an email to let me know that Bath & Body Works is having their semi-annual "Big" sale with nearly everything from their classic collections on sale for only $5! So B&BW always reminds me of awkward junior high dances and having braces but even I have to admit cheap body wash/lotion/body splash/pump soap/C.O Bigelow is always awesome.
Might I suggest...Signature Collection Blushing Cherry Blossom Body Lotion for $5
She's been wearing a lot Kimono inspired pieces lately which I love. But kimono sleeves always seem to look wrong or awkward on me somehow. Maybe you have to be tiny to pull it off? Anyway, I wish we could get a detail shot of her amazing orange shoes...look at the top of them! I'm not sure how I feel about them with this dress but they're definitely interesting.
I also loved that she paired that intense, leather (Balenciaga?) belt with this soft, feminine dress. The belt doesn't exactly cinch her waist so much as make her appear fuller, sturdier, somehow. The deeply cut dress would be too easy on it's own; the belt maybe you can have it but you have to work for it.
Still, my favorite thing might just be seeing MK look happy, healthy, and really pretty. I usually get annoyed with her makeup choices because she's such a beautiful girl and she seemed set on erasing that a few times on the red carpet. But here she just looks like a beautiful girl.
Her after party sartorial choice is bewildering. For one thing it's colorful and for the other well...see for yourself...
First thought? Did she steal that dress from The Golden Girl's wardrobe department? And black shoes with that? Really? And...is that really the bag to carry with this?
But then I erased the shoes and bag from the picture. I pulled the dress down slightly and belted it just a bit looser so that the neckline was a little lower. I put nude, very simple, flat, sandals on her. And I saw something in it. It's a shock to see MK in pastels but once you get past that (and the poor accessorizing) I really love this dress on her. I know it's weird, and maybe a bit old lady by the pool. But I like the idea that she saw this somewhere and just liked it. No stylist could have possibly been involved (not that MK uses them anyway but you know what I mean...) it's not perfect. It's a strange risk but I like it. And I like that she took it. I would have done it differently but if this dress made her feel confident and pretty then that's all that matters. And I think it might have!
Don't forget to watch David Letterman tonight...MK will be making a very rare late night TV appearance to promote The Wackness, presumably talk up both The Row and Elizabeth & James, and hopefully tell us about her episode on next season's Samantha Who!
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
I was tagged by the always beautiful Fashion Chalet recently...
7 Songs For Spring/Summer:
2. Damaged-Danity Kane
3. You Know That I'm No Good- Amy Winehouse
5. When I Grow Up-The Pussycat Dolls
6. I Kissed a Girl-Katy Perry
7. Viva La Vida-Coldplay
Ok so I'm a bit of a Top 40 kind of girl but at least I'm honest!
7. Viva La Vida-Coldplay
Ok so I'm a bit of a Top 40 kind of girl but at least I'm honest!
I'm sure that you've all seen these videos about a dozen times but I love them. I love Coco Rocha's nerdy girlie voice and her mother and I love Phillipe. The best model driver in Paris.
And of course I adore that she went to judge this dance competition since she used to be an Irish Step Dancer. She remembers where she comes from and who she truly is outside of modeling. I love that. But the best part? Coco takes the subway. I'd scream and be such a fan girl if I saw Coco on the T but that will probably never happen.
I guess I'll have to move to NYC eventually (to fulfill all of my fashion editor dreams) but on the weekends I'll be riding around on their subway looking for models.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
If you think tiaras are one designer trend you'd be wrong; Chameleon Michelle Jank also showed inspired diamond and crystal tiaras for Fall 08 at Australian Fashion Week.
And of course Roberto Cavalli's beauty queen crowns on Lily Donaldson and Ali Stephens in Milan can't be ignored...
The tiara is a natural progression of the embellished headband trend and what girl doesn't want to be a princess every once in a while? While I think the Cavalli approach might be a little bit too much for, um, anyone who isn't actual royalty, Erin Fetherston's delicate flower designs can be worn as gracefully as any headband. But remember tiaras work best when paired with jeans and flats...no one wants a high maintenance princess on their hands!
Monday, June 23, 2008
Chanel's International Makeup Artist, Yannick Lemaire, will be at Boston's Saks Fifth Avenue, on Thursday June 26th from 10 am- 6 pm creating custom looks just for you using Chanel's fall 2008 makeup collection!
By appointment only just call (617)-937-5364
Saks Fifth Avenue, 800 Boylston St., 617-262-8500
Lingerie is always fun especially when styled like the ladies of Marie Antoinette's court.
Lets all go buy sun umbrellas, and tease our hair to Amy Winehouse bouffant proportions! This lingerie is so beautiful and delicate its really a shame it has to all be worn under our clothes.
Keep up the antique doll look with matte pink lips (try Vincent Longo's Lipstain Lipstick in Foolish Virgin) and overly flushed cheeks with Benefit's PosieTint. Stock up on vintage or antique accessory pieces like giant chandelier earrings and anything with ribbons and feathers and layer them on with simple, sleek outfits.
Photo Source: Fashion Pics
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Normally I stay out of Hollister. I'm not a high school surfer chick in California so I tend to not be interested. But my brother had a merchandise credit there that he didn't want and I had seen their pretty summer scarves on their posters so I figured what the hell.
I immediately see a pretty deep blue one that I like on a mannequin at the front of the store and ask the cute little brace face folding shirts where I might find it. She directs me to the cash registers by yelling over the loud punk-pop soundtrack.
Anyway I amble along in the dark (why is it so dark in there? Isn't it sunny in California?) until I find a set of shelves by the registers containing a very meek selection and not one in the style I want.
I pick through the ugly colors until I see the one I want on a headless mannequin behind me. I start to untie it when this really tall, angry looking girl says, "Excuse me."
"The clothes on the mannequins are NOT for sale."
I blink. They have price tags on them. That was what I want. I'm about to spend money in their store. Why would they not be for sale?
"Oh. But...I want that scarf?"
"I'll check in the back to see if there are any left but everyone wanted that one."
She leaves. I'm shoved by a faux-Louis Vuitton toting 14 year old whose trying to get in line with her frazzled looking mother.
The music appears to be getting louder and more throbbing.
I think about ripping the one I want off the mannequin and making a run for it.
Angry girl reappears and says, "Yeah. We're all out of those styles. You'll have to pick out another one or leave."
I feel like I'm being threatened by a 19 year old who hates to smile.
"Um. Can't I just take this one? And you can put one of the other scarves onto..."
"No. These are not for sale!"
Right. Got that.
I don't want to be an annoying, pushy customer so I say thanks and walk to the sale racks. Nothing cute to be found here.
I see another set of shelves and find the same color scarf but with a different pattern folded neatly. I actually like this one better so I feel bad about being the obnoxious customer before. I see angry girl trying to re-stack boxes of foul smelling cologne near the line for the registers so I go over and smile.
"I found a better one. Thanks for trying before though."
She looks up at me. She looks around and in a terrified whisper tells me,
"We get the mannequins fully dressed. They arrive like that and we can't touch them. We just put them out for a time and then send them back."
Uh, okay. I sort of figured that out myself but I smile again anyway until she says,
"We can't touch them! JUST LIKE WE CAN'T TOUCH THE MUSIC OR THE VOLUME!!!!!!"
If anyone is at the Burlington Mall watch out for the girl from Hollister who might have a nervous breakdown at any moment.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
I hope you've all seen Bruce Webber's AMAZING editorial in this month's W magazine. If you haven't, you're truly missing one of the greatest parts of this summer.
But here are the amazing, great behind the scenes movies.
The best part might just be Kate Moss sticking out her tongue at the camera.
If anyone is interested I'd be happy to post the pictures I have from the editorial itself, just let me know! But either way everyone should pick up a copy of this issue as it's one of their better issues this year.
So I've been really excited about Charlotte Ronson's diffusion line Play by C. Ronson for Urban Outfitters since it was announced. I like Charlotte's irreverent but girlie looks and, lets face it, the Ronson kids (and their step and half siblings) are just freaking cool. I'm not always a fan of Charlotte's twin sister, the infamous Samantha, but who isn't in love Mark Ronson? Not to mention Annabelle Dexter-Jones their pseudo sister who usually stars in Charlotte's ad campaigns, interned at Teen Vogue, and is a New York "It" girl in her own right.
(Annabelle also, for reasons unknown, added me back on Facebook a few years ago and has never bothered to delete me. Maybe because I'm also facebook friends with Selby Drummond and some other ex-teen vogue interns?)
Anyway, when Nylon had a sneak preview on their website last night (the collection launches in stores today) I was excited but only mildly impressed. Or not so mildly impressed. Out of the preview I only liked two pieces (and could only get you a picture of one..)
I love this delicate top but it's hard to see about the quality from a photo. We're going to have to wait to see what the verdict is about quality and fabrics until we can judge it in person.
The other piece a liked was a green grandpa sweater that could go with everything in your summer wardrobe.
To see the Nylon sneak peak head over here and to see the collection itself (it's supposed to be arriving in stores today) head over to your local Urban Outfitters.
Just so you know I've been checking their website all day and so far no sign of Play. Just some pieces from Charlotte's real collection, Charlotte Ronson. So I can't really tell you the price points only that it's supposed to be significantly lower than her usual $200 a piece.
I think, maybe, I'm a bit disappointed.
If you're interested in Charlotte's real collection you can find it here:
77 Union Street
Newton, MA 02459
39 Brattle St
Cambridge, MA 02138
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
You might remember me being over the moon last month when it was announced that Robert Lee Morris would be doing a jewelry line for Elizabeth & James, the contemporary line from the Olsens. Today WWD had a sneak peak at some of the pieces as well as an interview with all three to discuss how the collaboration came about and what it would look like. The pieces will be priced from a modest $65 to (the only slightly shocking) $700 and include over 8o different styles of rings, cuffs, earrings and colors.
"We liked the idea of having playful elements along with timeless and ageless pieces," Ashley said. "The symbols are attachable and you can take the jewelry and make it your own. There are solid silver and gold pieces to wear forever and comfort pieces that you'll put on and wear everywhere."
The collection will be available in September at Intermix.
You can read the entire article/interview here.
Cute, concert going outfits, don't you think?
Monday, June 16, 2008
Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour has been made an Officer of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire - or OBE- in the list of honors that HRH Queen Elizabeth bestows every year on her birthday. She was given the honor for her "services to British journalism and British fashion in the US."
Anna is (as far a I know) a British citizen despite living in NYC these past twenty years as editor-in-chief of American Vogue. She grew up in London and served as editor-in-chief to British Vogue for a year before make the switch to American Vogue.
After hearing of the honor just yesterday Ms. Wintour released a statement, ""I am totally thrilled at this recognition, particularly since it coincides with my 20th anniversary as editor of American Vogue."
For my readers in the UK- does this mean she is now Lady Anna Wintour? I'd probably curtsy if I met her anyway just to be polite!
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Charlotte Casiraghi hasn't been impressing me with her fashion choices recently. As a teenager she shined and styled her way through life in true jet setter style. But for the past year or so she lost that spark. Maybe I'm asking too much because she's Grace Kelly's grand daughter but with a certain amount of money and access I think style should come fairly easily.
Still, with the exception of the Golden Girl pumps, I actually like this look Charlotte was wearing at Hampton Court Palace in London. I believe the dress is Lanvin which isn't a label I'd usually associate with her but it shows that perhaps her interest in fashion hasn't waned completely.
The real life princess has been spending a lot of time in London recently, writing small articles, and hanging out with British boyfriend Alex Dellal.
(Gosh, don't they look happy?)
Even though it's not all that impressive at least she looks like a princess. Right? If we do lose dear Charlotte at least Kate Middleton seems to have been given a semi-makeover. Maybe she can restore some royal style in the next few years. What do you all think?
Friday, June 13, 2008
My friends are always sweetly complimenting me on how soft my skin is and how lucky I am to have such soft, smooth skin. It's true. It's very soft. But to be honest, I really don't do much to keep it that way. I mean sure I use a loofah in the shower most of the time, and I drink a lot of water but it's mostly just genetically soft.
Of course one of the beauty magazines favorite tips to soft skin is to immediately slather yourself with body lotion in the bathroom after you step out of the shower. "Pat yourself dry and with your skin still damp put on your lotion!" Supposedly the extra moisture helps keep the lotion in your skin for longer, making you silky smooth all day or night.
I don't know if that is true or not but I do, reluctantly, attack my damp body with Nivea in my steam filled bathroom after my showers.
Here's the thing though: I hate putting on my body lotion. I don't know why. It's a very strange thing for a person to hate. Especially a girlie-girl like me! But, I find it cumbersome and annoying and I just don't like to do it. So, often times, I get out of the shower, and just don't do it. I have plenty of kinds of lotion but my skin seems to be soft with or without the help.
I'm not bragging (well, maybe I am a little bit) it's just how my skin is. I don't get dry skin or flaky arms or razor burn on my legs. Still, I know it's important to rehydrate your skin after a long, insanely hot shower (like the ones I take). So, if I think of it, I grumble, reach for the stuff and smooth it on.
So, the other day, I was ambling around Target (c'mon you know you love Target) when I remembered a brand that I had read about in Nylon. It was a new, affordable line of cosmetics from the creator of Bliss, Marcia Kilgore. Soap & Glory is being sold here in the states at Target and (strangely) Barney's Co-Op. I figured I'd go check it out. I found a small selection on a corner shelf that had been simply ravaged. Soap & Glory has cute names (Sexy Mother Pucker for it's lip plumping glosses) and cute packaging even though the pin up look is a bit reminiscent of my favorite higher end brand, Benefit. Anyway, I glanced at it and started to walk away when I noticed, Flirtigo, sitting all by itself, knocked over on the wrong shelf. Usually when you see a spray you think its for your hair, or some tacky "body mist" scent that reminds you of the 8th grade. But this was body lotion. That you spray. I glanced around, realized I was utterly alone, and took the bottle out of the box. And then I sprayed. A light, soapy smell burst forward, I touched my arm, it wasn't sticky; just soft. I ran a quick palm down to blend it in. I barely needed to. That was it. I was sold. I put it back in its box and then quickly into my cart before anyone else could discover it.
That night I took my usual evening shower and practically lept out when I was finished to use Flirtigo. I patted myself dry and then sprayed like it was going out of style. No weird twisting to hit those hard to reach spots on my back, no extra mess on my hands, and barely any rubbing in. It took me a total of 10 seconds. I was thrilled. Except that the light, soapy smell now completely surrounded me. I thought I might choke on light and soapy. Maybe it was too over powering. I shouldn't have worried, by the time I was dressed and had blown dried my hair the scent was barely noticeable and as the night went on I could only smell it if I nestled my nose on my arm and sniffed.
So, to summarize this massively long post, if you hate putting on lotion you'll like Soap & Glory's Flirtigo. It's a non-sticky spray body lotion with a light scent that you leaves you smooth (well, it might. I'm always smooth so it's hard to say) and moisturized without any of the hassle.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
"Beyond its creativity, renewal or money, it is glamour that proves fashion's perpetual seduction: glamour and its reflex of idealisation on to which every hope and fantasy can be projected; glamour and its implicit promise of a life devoid of mediocrity."- Alicia Drake, The Beautiful Fall: Lagerfeld, Saint Laurent, and Glorious Excess in 1970s Paris
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Marc Jacobs, Stephanie Seymour and others will be on Charlie Rose tonight (11 pm est) on PBS to celebrate Andy Warhol (you'll remember that Marc is done up as Warhol on this month's cover of Interview) and his work. Even though Charlie Rose usually bores me to tears I'll be watching and you should too!
"No one wants to be caught with that photo 'Model Eats Cake'"-Coco Rocha, last night at the CFDA-hosted "Beauty of Health" discussion. A number of fashion industry insiders and CFDA members attended the discussion where model Coco Rocha, designer Michael Kors, and casting agent James Scully spoke about the issue of weight in the American fashion industry. Unfortunately while some very influential people DID attend (Anna Wintour, Francisco Costa, Diane Von Furstenberg, etc) there were many, many designers, casting agents and editors missing from the audience. Still, the three spoke boldly and honestly about their experiences and what needs to change.
Coco Rocha admitted that an agent once advised her to throw up after meals while another told her, "You need to lose more weight. The look this year is anorexic. We don't want you to be anorexic, we just want you to look it." She weighed just 108 lbs at the time. She spoke of the humiliation models feel at castings when those sample size zippers just won't zip up and how they avoid the catering tables that are filled with unhealthy choices. Last season, she admits, she began to take diuretic pills, "Once I took so many on an empty stomach that I was doubled over for hours. That's the last time I ever did something so terrible to my body."
Michael Kors pointed out that celebrities, even more so than models, starve themselves to fit into the sample sizes designers send them for the red carpet and that the images of these celebrities influence girls and women much more than images of models because of their wide spread appeal. For example, a girl in Kansas might never see a picture of Coco Rocha on a Michael Kors runway but she will see a picture of a favorite celebrity in Michael Kors and be influenced by that image. He told casting directors not to send girls to a casting that they most likely won't be booked for, "Sending a girl when there's little chance of her being booked throws a 16-year-old into a tizzy. The odds of a girl being booked for my show and Rick Owens’s are slim." He also asked other members of the fashion industry, beyond the models, to look at themselves saying that if editors, buyers, etc fit into the sample size dress they should be asking why and looking to see how their own bodies set an example and influence the industry.
Still, the focus remained on the weight of models with casting agent, James Scully reminding people that words can hurt. He put the issue most powerfully, "Let's stop treating models like greyhounds we plan to shoot after a race. We have to remember we are dealing with real people who have real feelings."
I can't help but feeling, as genuine as I'm sure these thoughts and ideas are, that it was a response to the negative press that the industry received after Ali Michael (strangely missing from the event was Teen Vogue editor Amy Astley who supported Ali's coming forward) talked about her industry sanctioned eating disorder. The CFDA did put together a set of rules two years ago after the death of a Brazilian model as a result of anorexia and this is the third event they've had to support the initiative but even so the timing does seem kind of interesting to me.
According to 5 Resolutions the event asked for three initial changes to take place during the upcoming NYC spring fashion week:
1. Provide healthier food at shows and shoots.
2. Asking designers to make fit models larger therefore making sample sizes larger.
3. For agencies to work closely with nutritionists, medical professionals and eating disorder specialists and to keep information and awareness available to the girls especially about the long term affects and permanent damage caused by eating disorders to discourage the behavior.
Anja Rubik's finally gotten the Vogue cover she deserves! She's gracing the July 2008 cover of Vogue Germany and also has a great spread inside the mag! I love seeing models on the cover of magazines and wish that American Vogue would stop it with the celebrities! Anja looks absolutely amazing and it's really the perfect editorial to get you inspired for these hot and humid days!
One of the things I find so appealing about Anja is that she's traditionally very beautiful but her features are very masculine and strong. She's all sharp angles and passion especially in this editorial. You get the feeling she could win a bloody bar fight and still be the most glamorous girl in the room.
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