Thursday, August 21, 2008

MK's mad for plaid...are we?


MK is creating her own grungy style by stealing old ideas from the early 90s and mixing it with her favorite contemporary pieces. A lot of people are screaming that she is the worst ever for even daring to wear a flannel shirt wrapped around her waist because she is "so obviously the complete opposite of what grunge stood for!" I think it's just comfortable and cute. And her obsessions never last that long anyway. I can understand the appeal I mean when I was 9 I thought Angela Chase was the epitome of style. 
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Totally obsessed with these shoes btw. If you know who they're by and where I can get a similar pair at a significantly lower price point that MK's that would be awesome!
Anyway...
I think it has more to do with finding a modern comfortable style than it does with trying to be "grunge" on MK's part. I also think, as I was saying, that her style obsessions are intense and whole hearted but fairly quick. In six months she'll be on to something down a completely path. But that's part of why I find her so inspiring-she evolves and yet is still always herself.
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I'm also obsessed with MK's Alice-in-Wonderland-esque hair band-bow-thing!

Gemma Ward is NOT retiring from modeling!

Gemma Ward has been my favorite super model since she was a 15 year old with a Prada exclusive. Five years on she's filmed movies (The Strangers, The Black Balloon) and has graced endless covers and runways. She's been modeling less as of late to focus on her acting so when rumors popped up a few days ago on the web that she was announcing her retirement it was sad but not exactly a surprise.
We worried for nothing!  IMG confirms that Gemma is a on a vacation and won't be walking for the Spring 09 season next month but she is NOT retiring from modeling!

Gemma made this statement:
"I was surprised to wake up this morning and read news of my own retirement. While I am taking some time off currently to rest and enjoy the company of friends and family, I am still very much a (excited and enthusiastic) working model and actress. I'm only 20, for God's sakes."
Have fun with acting Gemma but come back to fashion soon! We desperately miss you!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

My Nina Garcia Obsession Continues..


Have you been watching Project Runway? I'll be honest...I haven't been. I know, I know! But I always forget when it's on! Of course Bravo's lack of promotion for this season hasn't helped my memory. But more on that later! Lucky for Bravo my cable company inexplicably changed all of the channels today so I came across the usual Project Runway marathon and caught up on this season. I hate the woman obsessed with leather and being "rock n roll" (I'm also pretty sure that trying really hard to be "rock n roll" is the complete opposite of actually BEING "rock n roll" but whatever...) and I have a weird affection for Suede and Jarrell.
But back to the lovely Nina Garcia. Now, my regular readers and people who have been following the fashion blogs know that Nina had a less than graceful exit from Elle magazine a few months ago amidst tons of rumors and controversy. But when Project Runway debuted a few weeks ago Nina Garcia was referred to as "Editor-At-Large" of Elle Magazine. 
But...wait! She's definitely not at Elle magazine! In fact, the first Nina Garcia approved issue of Marie Claire is on newsstands and it's fabulous! So what is going on?!
Well, you can take this mystery and add to it Bravo's refusal to really promote this season to get the answer to this fashion equation. 
According to an August 18th article by New York Magazine Elle  had been trying to find a way to get rid of Nina for a year or so after some major changes and ego clashes. But Nina brought in ad revenue because of her Project Runway celebrity and the show had turned Elle back into a best selling magazine second only to Vogue. Elle's contract with the show lasted only until the fifth season which back in March was rapidly approaching. The show has such high ratings and pull that they knew they would not be the only magazine trying to score the sponsorship and they didn't want to pony up the money. Over the past year and a half Elle has significantly cut it's budget despite having some of it's highest revenues in years. When Project Runway announced it was suddenly, and unexpectedly, moving from Bravo to Lifetime for the sixth season and beyond a lot of drama was stirred up. Bravo stopped promoting the fifth season of Project Runway and began court proceedings for breach of contract. Elle didn't want to be involved ,especially since they're premiering their own reality show, Stylista, with Nina's rival, the skeletal Anne Slowey, on the CW in September.
So they killed two birds with one stone. 
They know they already have the TV presence with Stylista so they no longer needed Nina or Project Runway.
Her office was cleared out by assistants in one afternoon and Elle didn't have to shell out money for additional seasons of sponsoring what may be a declining Project Runway.
But wait! Stylista doesn't premier until September and the winner of the fifth season of PR is still guaranteed a spread in Elle magazine. So compromises were made...and suddenly Nina was an editor-at-large for Elle magazine for TV purposes. 
When Marie Claire, a great but not necessarily high fashion, women's magazine courted Nina part of the conditions of her being hired was the magazine sponsorship of Project Runway starting with Season Six for at least four seasons. It meant money but I think it's a very good deal for Marie Claire. They get an amazing fashion editor to spruce up a department of their magazine that was bland and lacking plus they'll get amazing ad revenue based on her name and readership will go up based on Project Runway if Elle is any indication.
Nina's first issue for the magazine is on newsstands and the fashion editorials are divine.  She brings a lot of experience, contacts, and artistry with her. 
Here are some looks from my favorite editorial...

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

A Few Model Moments...

It's almost fashion week/season which means my favorite people on earth are getting ready to flirt with casting directors and bear some claws. 
Everyone's favorite jumper, Caroline Trentini, sent out her show cards recently and they are absolutely beautiful. Marilyn did a really great job this season!
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If I can't have Gemma on the runway then Caroline is my favorite doll face.
Today was also the premiere of Vogue.Tv's much hyped online model show Model.Live an actual legitimate look at the world of modeling and not some kind of lame contest. The show is sponsored by IMG so all three models that we'll follow are new IMG girls and I think they picked 3 really interesting and different models. Austria is 16, English is her second language and she'll be traveling the world with her mom. Cato, from Amsterdam, is ready to take everyone by storm and Madeline has been living & modeling in Australia for the past year but is making the transition onto the international stage this season. The first episode, although short and a little awkward, introduced the girls and their backgrounds while the IMG agents plotted how to use them for the upcoming season. It's an honest, if not exciting, look at the industry and I'm excited to watch new episodes every week.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Because deep, deep down we all want to be Tom Cruise.

Okay, so I know I'm supposed to despise knock-offs and fakes. And I do! Well, to an extent.
Of course I hate sweat shops, theft, pollution, and poor quality! I passionately hate all of those things!
Still, have to admit a fondness for faux-bans (my name for fake ray-ban wayfarers) since my best friend started rocking a pair of green ones from Forever 21. Before I thought they were a little cliched and annoying...the kind of thing pretentious hipster types wear. Plus, I would never pay $120 for a piece of colored plastic when I can get the same style and eye protection from a $10 version at the mall. That's a lie. I totally would if I could. Anyway lately ever since that day at the beach I've been craving a pale pink pair because my best friend is my style icon. She's amazing. 
At the moment, I can't even afford the $10 Fred Flare version, which is pathetic. 
Then again, it could be a good thing, since Wayfarers are so trendy everyone and their kid is getting a pair of multi-colored ones from Urban Outfitters

No. Damn it. Pink sunglasses are always going to be lovely.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Party Dresses...

I have a fairly fancy wedding to attend in September so I've been looking around for some different glamorous dresses. Here are a couple of my favorite finds so far...
The Brush Viva Organza dress from Marc by Marc Jacobs ($458) is so far out of my price range it's ridiculous. But I'm obsessed with the pleats and draping plus I feel like it's sexy but still really elegant. 

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This 12th Street by Cynthia Vincent strapless mini-dress ($275) might be a little too "day" for a glam wedding but I like the print a lot and I think it would be unexpected. I always think it's best to go for the unexpected!
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So I'm not actually a huge fan of this dress (Camilla & Marc Creme Charlotte Frock $528) but at the same time I think it's really fun and if you have the right boobs it might actually be wearable. It just looks like a ballerina or fairy childhood fantasy fulfillment dress but on me, because I'm very pale, it might be my very own version of Carrie Bradshaw's "naked" dress! 
And finally my favorite even though it's insane and tacky...
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God how I wish this was an 80s-prom themed wedding! I always feel like cringing when thinking about Betsy Johnson probably because in the 8th grade I thought she was just the HEIGHT of fashion and style. But I can't help it. I love her. You have to admit the woman can make insanely awesome party dresses. This might not be one of them but I want to dance the electric slide in it anyway.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Have you seen these Chanel earrings?


So okay they aren't really my style (I grew out of the whole displayed logo thing half way through college) but you have to admit these Chanel charm earrings are kind of cute in a silly way. If I had a ton of money I'd totally shell out the $450 for perfume bottle earrings that I'd rarely wear. Maybe you can remove the Chanel logo charm? They'd be more fun and wearable that way. If you have money and like fun earrings I definitely suggest heading over to Saks and checking them out!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

I'm a Shopping Addict



Bostonista: Did you see my new shoes?

Mommy Dearest: Yes. They're ridiculous. And you really can't afford them.

Bostonista: But...but they are so pretty!

Mommy Dearest: (Ignoring Bostonista) And I don't see how you could even walk in them. They're completely impractical! And you really shouldn't be using your credit card. You don't have a job. You have to return them!

Bostonista: (Ignoring Mommy Dearest & tying up laces) And they look so pretty!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Alexander McQueen for...TARGET?!

Rumors have it that Target is courting Alexander McQueen for their next GO International line. Can you imagine? I don't think I can even begin to picture what a low-end McQueen line would look like. I know he has McQ but for the average Target shopper that line is about as accessible as a trip to the moon! It will be interesting to see how the aesthetic translates for Target shoppers.  I couldn't believe it last year that no girls were trampled trying to get their paws on Proenza for Target and I'm willing to bet that if this comes to pass we'll see some very violent fashionistas

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Rachel Zoe in Harper's



I'm a bit obsessed with Nicole Richie but could not care less for her former stylist, Rachel Zoe. I thought that when she and Nicole parted ways I'd get to forget about her. I was wrong. She was brought on for the revival of Halston and wrote a best selling book. But hope emerged. She was reportedly banished from the Marc by Marc Jacobs show since she arrived late (and shock of shocks the show started on time!) and threw a huge tantrum asking security guards "DON'T YOU KNOW WHO I AM?!" But I was wrong again. She's starring in her own reality show for Bravo and is in the latest issue of Harper's Bazaar. Here is the article for your entertainment:

"We've had Audrey Hepburn, we've had Twiggy, we've had Veruschka, we've had Kate Moss. I'm trying to figure out why I am to blame for skinniness."


Rachel Zoe is making this observation in her suite at New York's Mercer hotel. She normally stays across the hall, next to friend ("but not a 'fashion friend'") Marc Jacobs, who often runs through the rooms' shared door to inspect her outfits. Tanned and superthin, she is wearing a loose black vintage Pierre Cardin T-shirt dress and gobs of her signature gold jewelry, and she is proudly maintaining her false eyelashes from yesterday's Bazaar shoot, where she was enthusiastic about being resized (and retouched) from a size 0 to a size 8. "Have you ever seen me without these, even once?" she asks with a Scarlett O'Hara flutter. She breaks into a grin. "I mean ..."

For a stylist who has been working diligently — obsessively, even — for 15 years ("since I had to get orange monkey-fur boots for the Stone Temple Pilots"), Zoe, 37, sure gets some bad press. She's been, alternately, an anorexic, a pill peddler, an egomaniac. She remembers a 2006 trip to London when she was styling designer Julien Macdonald's show. "There was a piece in The Sunday Times. A model had died in Madrid, and somehow it was my fault. I burst into tears. I was like, are you kidding me?"

Has Zoe ever pressured her clients to lose weight? No, says Cameron Diaz: "Print that I laughed out loud. She's more likely to press big dangly earrings or chunky necklaces on you! No one can make somebody do something they're not already predisposed to doing." No, says Eva Mendes: "If anything, that woman makes me eat. When I leave Zoe's place after a fitting, I feel better about myself because she has only ever encouraged me to stay the way I am." Zoe makes a point of mentioning, "I don't have one client right now who is a size 0. All of my clients have athletic or curvy, healthy bodies."

In some ways, it's as if Zoe has been punished in the press for stepping beyond her stylist station. "She's not the help, you know what I mean?" says an incredulous Diaz, who has known Zoe since 2000. "Rachel has become a celebrity because she is dynamic." Mendes agrees: "You hear things, and at first I was a little reluctant. But I kept running into Rachel, and I'm like, this person doesn't seem at all like anything they're drawing her out to be. She is so in it for the right reasons." Marc Jacobs thirds it: "As we say, I don't 'fashion love' her, I love love her. She has an iconic look. And she is a caricature in some ways, and I don't mean that negatively."

Zoe is resigned, however, to having to refute rumors: "People will say to me, 'You are the opposite of what I thought you were.' And I'm like, 'But why did you think I was this mean, aggressive, bossy diva bitch, giving pills, doing drugs?' "

Clothes are Zoe's drug. The New Jersey native knew this the first day of her job as fashion assistant at YM magazine in 1993. "My dad called me, and I said I'd do this for free, I love it so much." (She also commends her husband, Rodger Berman, for his reserves of patience when she would call him in a panic with seven garment bags.) "Now my heroes are a reality in my life. It's not like, 'I can't believe I'm having dinner with John Galliano or Karl Lagerfeld.' But I still die. Like when I talk to Tom Ford. When I was in my 20s and he was doing the whole Gucci horse-bit pants? Are you kidding me?"

Of course, that Ford era perfectly syncs with Zoe's own style. Over the years, she has developed a glam-hippy, Talitha-Getty-for-all look in tandem with an innate ability to help stars step it up for the red carpet. Her first big client was Jennifer Garner, whom she styled for the 2003 Emmys. "We used this beautiful cream halter-neck Narciso Rodriguez. Jen's taught me a lot; she's as good as it gets, that one." Of course, Zoe's most high-profile advertisement was Nicole Richie, with whom she doesn't speak. (The exact reasons remain a Hollywood mystery in line with the Black Dahlia.) "Nicole Richie and Rachel, they share a similar aesthetic," observes Diaz. "Nicole still looks like she's being dressed by Rachel."

And so do a lot of women, thanks to Zoe's how-to book, Style A to Zoe. "A woman came up to me," Zoe says, "and she said, 'I'm battling cancer for the third time, and I read your book every night' — look, I still get chills — 'because it makes me want to be beautiful again.' "

Not that Zoe is about to sell herself as fashion's Mother Teresa. She makes no bones about her ambitions to be RZ Inc. "Some stylists look at it as a job for hire, so that's all they're going to do. I look at the bigger picture." Alongside her celebrity and private-shopping clientele, Zoe has inked deals with Judith Leiber and Piperlime, an online accessories retailer, and is developing jewelry and accessories lines.

This month will also see the premiere of The Rachel Zoe Project, her new reality show on Bravo. Among other things — like a casual purchase of a Balmain dress, an Herm├Ęs Birkin, and a Chanel necklace at Decades, the Los Angeles vintage mecca — it showcases Zoe's hyperbolic fashion vocabulary: "I mean" is big, as is "sexy time" and, most enthusiastically, "I die." "I also love her 'amaazing,'" says Mendes. "Amaazing, which I've totally stolen." "No way, it's [I have] 'no words,'" says Jacobs. "'No words.'"

All of this has increased Zoe's sway exponentially. Which leads us to a media speed bump. When asked about the infamous piece inThe New York Times Magazine in which Zoe referred to the extent of her influence in the fashion industry, she says, "What I think happened is things got twisted, put in different places, taken out of context."

Ask her about her influence over certain clients and she'll ascribe it to a Zoe fashion compression chamber: "When you spend an exorbitant amount of time with someone and they're younger, they absorb what is around them. And young girls tend to dress like each other." Two years on from the heady days when Nicole, Lindsay, and Mischa swanned about in flowing vintage Pucci, Zoe Mini Me's are still in abundance. "Sometimes Rodger will say, 'Honey, she looks like you!' But in the case of Cameron or Jennifer Garner or Demi Moore, I would never say they were a Zoebot! You never see Jennifer in a bohemian caftan, wavy hair, and sunglasses the size of her face, you know?"

Media speed bump number two: Zoe has, of course, gotten flack for her weight (or lack of it). There is no denying that the girl's not an eater; she won't, either. "I'm a textbook definition of that perfectionist girl who has huge expectations of herself," she says with a shrug and a stir of her tea. "It's hard for me to take care of myself, let's put it that way. I am my last priority. What I get from people is, 'You need to rest, you need to take care of yourself, you need to...' But I'm like, 'I'm fine. I have to work now.' "

She insists, however, that she doesn't exist on style alone: "It's not that I don't eat. I eat." Lunch? "Truth? I don't. I'm not a lady who lunches; it's a lull in the day." What's the daily diet? "When I'm on downtime, like on vacation with Rodger, I take care of myself. But when it's me working on my own, it's 7:00 p.m., and I've had coffee and a grapefruit." Favorite food? "Asparagus! I'm kidding. I'd have to say cobbler." Diaz chuckles and says, "I had dinner with her the other night, and I swear she ate the whole fish."

Of her size 8 self that she conjured for the camera, Zoe smiles and says, "I immediately worked my body differently. As soon as I had curves, I was like, I want to stick my butt out, show my cleavage. I immediately felt sexy. I don't feel sexy on a daily basis. In fact, I never feel sexy."

Does Zoe understand why people think she is too thin? "Truthfully, I've never seen myself as being too thin. Sometimes I'll look at photos and be like, Oh, that's not a good look. But generally speaking, I'm not too thin." Why is she made an example of? "Because I'm not a model. But because I work with models and actors, I'm an easy target." Jacobs adds, "Both us of have gotten hell from the press on our appearance. We have provided comfort for each other." Diaz is circumspect: "Rachel may have her own issues, whatever they may be. But we all do, don't we?"

Back on the couch, Zoe is pondering the Big Game. "When I met Tom Ford, he said, 'Put on your boxing gloves. No one is going to make it easy for you.' When the media attacked me, I said, 'I'm quitting, I'm done.' You feel like everyone's against you."

But in the case of Rachel Zoe's success, clearly they are not. There is no denying that she works hard for the money. "If I didn't have Rodger, I would 100 percent be a fashion widow," she says with "I die" hyperbole. "Because my life has just gone whoosh! I miss every birthday, friends giving birth, baby showers, bridal showers, weddings, holidays. I miss it all."

But that, she acknowledges, is what happens when you want to have it all.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Stella McCartney Hates Fur...WE GET IT!


So we all know that Stella McCartney hates animal cruelty and refuses to use leather or fur in any of her collections. But what happens when another company uses some of her pieces in an ad for a fur company? 
She flips out.
So here's the story...
According to The Daily Mail Hockley, a fur boutique in London, was shooting their ad campaign and supposedly requested a vintage bra to be worn under the $12,000 fur coat. Somehow the bra used was not vintage but a piece from Stella's lingerie line without, obviously, permission. Except that someone from Stella had loaned the bra to a stylist (a common practice) to use so isn't that, technically, granting permission?
Anyway, according to a source, Stella "went ballastic" when she saw the ad in a magazine (you can see it in this month's Vogue UK) and wants to sue! Hockley, meanwhile, issued an apology:


Hockley is aware of Stella McCartney’s views and is respectful of them. This was an unfortunate mistake and Hockley would not intentionally make anyone feel uncomfortable. Hockley both requested and was told that the item was a vintage piece and apologises for any embarrassment caused to Stella McCartney. It is not Hockley’s intention to use the image again.

Friday, August 8, 2008

MK For Elle UK



I love how she dances and poses. Also, she and Stam have the exact same voice.
I'm going to have to agree with MK that headband is AMAZING. Can you imagine being allowed to wear that in real life? I'm insanely jealous!
Elle UK is on newstands now (at least it SHOULD be! I'm off to Barnes & Noble to hopefully grab my copy!)
PS: I'm really sorry but I don't know how to resize the video so it fits in my post. If you can see it perfectly great...if you can't head on over to Elle UK you'll be able to see it there no problem!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Lollapalooza Style Check

Style.Com has a very un-Vogue like look at the clothes fans and celebs were sporting at Lollapalooza and I thought I'd share with you my favorite look:
I'm obsessed with MGMT so  it's really cool to see Will Borman on Style but I'm more taken with the girl he's with AKA Brynn Jones. I was just talking about how hard jumpers are to wear in the real world and here she is pulling it off perfectly! The skinny belt creates a great waist on her and leaving it open is sexy without being gross. I know everyone is supposed to be over gladiators but I can't let it go and Brynn's version is EXACTLY what I want in a gladiator sandal!
Oh and just because he's beautiful and I'm obsessed, Gossip Girl's Ed Westwick....
Don't those loafers scream Chuck Bass?!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

A Model Moment: Kate Moss for Interview



Obsessed.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

If you happen to be in NYC...

An Elizabeth & James Sample Sale!
E&J at 75% off!
Head to 145 West 18th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues!
Today, tomorrow and Thursday from 10 AM-8 PM!
Call 212-388-0339!
Thanks to Fashionista!

Is Jovovich-Hawk Over?!


Yes, at least according to Milla Jovovich in Lucky's September 08 issue! Despite only being around for five years or so, a huge following, and a successful Target line Milla shared the news that she was finished with the line explaining, "It's like, when one door closes..." Which, really doesn't explain anything at all, Milla. But she does go on to say that she's, "...in a time of rediscovery, from my career to my personal style."
So I guess you should do like Fashionista suggests and get out there to buy as much of the collection as you can now!

Monday, August 4, 2008

A Model Moment: Freja Beha Erichsen for Emporio Armani FW 08


Not exactly groundbreaking but beautiful nonetheless! Freja for Armani has been released and there are DOZENS of pictures for the ads! Here is just a small sample...what do you think?



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Saturday, August 2, 2008

How Do You Feel About Jumpers?

I'm totally obsessed with this poplin Lux Onsie from Urban Outfitters! It's only $20 so it'd be a no-brainer but I don't like to buy certain kinds of items without trying them on. Also, I think that jumpers and onsies might be the kind of thing that only looks good on truly petite girls. Have you jumped on the romper look or do you think they should stay on pre-school aged fashionistas only?
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Friday, August 1, 2008

Lauren Conrad Sucks



Can someone please tell me how Lauren Conrad gets away with selling leggings for $165?! It's no secret to people who know me that I hate LC and nearly everyone involved with The Hills (except for maybe Whitney) but it IS a secret to me why people love her! 
She is not a designer or even an interesting person! And yet people, paparazzi, and magazines seem to fall all over themselves for her! Now, I haven't watched The Hills since before the girls "left" Teen Vogue so I don't know whats supposedly going on in her life (nor do I particularly care) but I think the fact that Kitson, one of the absolute most detestable yet inexplicably popular  LA boutiques, actually DROPPED her line is a sign that her popularity is finally going down. 
My dislike of her is so strong that I can't even create a coherent blog post. 
But honestly her line is terrible and far too expensive! Not to mention the fact that on the website they even admit that her line is "inspired" (ie almost perfect copies) of other designer's pieces that Lauren has worn, for example, the blurb that accompanies the outfit above:
"The Jaqueline Top is a shorter version of the dress Lauren wore on her date with Brody. "
A. Why would you even bother copying such a hideous dress?
B. That's the least stylish top I've ever seen! Very few people can make the one shoulder top look not tacky. There is a way to make it work and this just doesn't.
C. It retails for a whopping $175!

I'm also confused as to why "Lauren" even BOTHERED getting models for this line. They are all slightly more attractive versions of the girls on the show! If she modeled it herself, and got her friends to model, it might be slightly more successful. Then again, who really wants to look at Audrina's wonky eye and bad boob job anymore than we're already forced to?

Agent Provocateaur Sale!


If you're obsessed with Agent Provocateaur (and lets face it who isn't?) but the only thing you can afford is their not as obsession worthy perfume then you'll be super excited to know that they are having an awesome online sale starting on Monday but because I love you if you click this link you'll have three days of the sale before anyone else!

Thursday, July 31, 2008

A Celebrity Moment: Vanessa Hudgens


No. Just...no.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

I Might Be Karl Lagerfeld for Halloween even though only my best friend would get it...


"Myself." - Karl Lagerfeld, When Asked Which "Cause" He Most Supports by Vanity Fair.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Ashley Paige Bikini Or Bust...


I'm pretty much obsessed with the TLC show Ashley Paige: Bikini or Bust. It's this reality show that follows bikini designer Ashley Paige as she tries to build her business and non-profit organization. Ashley's fairly well known as she's a favorite of many young Hollywood actresses such as Lindsay Lohan and Kate Hudson but because of her high production costs (all of her bikinis are knitted and hand made in her shop in LA) and lack of investors the girl can barely pay her rent. Yes, like many reality shows there are obvious set ups for entertainment purposes but for the most part it's an honest look at a small town girl trying to make it. Plus, she seems like a really down-to-earth, cheerful, regular girl who spends most of her time taking in stray dogs and helping them find loving forever homes through her non-profit organization. What's not to love about a girl like that?
As I was watching the show I decided to check out Ashley's official home page and found out that she actually happily does custom bikinis via her store and website! Can you imagine how great it must feel to know that not only does the bikini look exactly how you want it but it also perfectly fits your body? Prices aren't listed so I'm sure it's expensive but some luxuries are just worth it.
Check out her designs and the show! 

Monday, July 28, 2008

Fashion Inspiration

Just some of the images I'm currently finding sartorially inspired.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

A Model Moment: I Know What You Were Doing 3 Years Ago Rosie!


Is Burberry going to have to fire another model due to another not so scandalous drug scandal? Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, a London based model signed to Models 1, took this picture 3 or 4 years ago with models Jennifer Pugh, and Alexsandra Roastovic with a bong. It's causing this big uproar since the now 21-year-old is the new face of Burberry having replaced boring It-Girl Agyness Deyn. They dumped Kate Moss for her cocaine scandal and she came back better and bigger than ever. Should she be dropped or should Burberry just suck it up, realize it's from 3 years ago, and accept that the average person seeing a Burberry ad probably doesn't know the difference between Lily D, Rosie, and Agyness? 

Friday, July 25, 2008

I Hate Ed Hardy.


I have a pretty basic fashion rule of thumb. Much as I love her if Britney Spears is wearing something I don't. You would think that many people would feel that this is a good idea. You would be wrong. Ed Hardy has taken over suburban America and is killing it. It's also taken over young and tacky Hollywood. Everyone from Kate Beckinsale and Elizabeth Taylor to Ashley Tisdale and Mario Lopez. Pornographer Larry Flint is also a big fan. Basically, if you're occasionally photographed by the paparazzi you're probably wearing it. This does not make it okay.
That pink crystal encrusted tee Britney has on? It retails for a disgusting $154. Britney, naturally, got the shirt and 4 other large shopping bags worth of merchandise for free during a visit to the LA warehouse.
The designer, Christian Audigier , is also responsible for such illustrious lines as Von Dutch and Crystal Rock.

I'm much more forgiving of the Ed Hardy bathing suits. Bathing suit shopping is stressful and usually traumatic so if you find one in a style, shape, color and fit that you like and feel good in and it happens to be by Ed Hardy by all means rock it with pride. Just please don't finish it off with an Ed Hardy hat, tattoo print Ed Hardy hoodie, and crystal encrusted Ed Hardy shorts. I'm looking at you Madonna.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

If Only American Vogue Could Be So Provocative...

Love or hate PETA, (or the people who wear fur) you have to admit that this is one of the more clever and tongue-in-cheek editorials that have come out in a while. I'm giving Carine Roitfeld a standing ovation on this one! But OH! This is probably not safe for work or children because being French there is obviously a bit of nudity. 
I always feel very conflicted about fur. I personally can't afford it but I think it's beautiful and classic. Fake/Synthetic fur, even Stella McCartney's which often costs close to a thousand dollars a piece, looks cheap, and feels terrible. And there are still parts of the world where it is truly too cold for just a double breasted wool or down stuffed coat. At the same time I know how they get it and the idea of those poor animals being brutalized their entire lives and then being met with a horrific ending is enough to make me sob. And yet I can manage, unfortunately, to separate living animals from the steak on my table and the fur in my magazines.  I hate PETA. I find their tactics to be much more about publicity than actually helping animals. Honestly, their numerous and, often simultaneous, campaigns can cost upwards of a million dollars...each. Can you imagine what they could do if they used those millions to, oh I don't know, ACTUALLY HELP ANIMALS?! It's all well and good to attack high-profile figures if it actually makes a point and makes a difference but they really don't. Treating people inhumanely and without respect won't in return cause them to treat you and your cause with respect. If anything it only produces more venom on both sides of the argument. 
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