Thursday, July 31, 2008

Solange Knowles tapped for Armani Jeans

Beyonce's baby sister, Solange Knowles, is joining the Armani family. Following in her sibling's footsteps (she is the face of Emporio Diamonds fragrance) the 22-year-old has been recruited to represent Armani Jeans.

"Armani Jeans expresses my vision of a young, independent, casual lifestyle with a strong and cool fashion sensibility," said Giorgio Armani. "Solange epitomizes this style perfectly and brings to it that swing so evident in her new single, 'I Decided.'"

The singer has agreed to wear the brand during her current European press tour through London and Cannes.

London Style

If you've ever seen the ladies of London just roaming the streets you've likely picked up on the fact that the fashion there varies as much as the do between NY and LA.

Across the pond they enjoy more subdued shades, a 80's vibe, frills and even the occasional baby doll dress covered in flowers. Kate Moss has her own line at Top Shop but it's no far reach from what all other UK designers are putting out there. The look is easy, comfortable and it's got Keira and Kate's stink all over it.

Top Shop
Lace One Shoulder Top $50.00/£25.00

Jersey Contrast Waist Dress $60.00/£30.00

Vintage Flippy Skirt $60.oo/£30.oo

Bow front fitted bandeau dress $70/£35

French Connection Stripe Sleeve Tee $40/£20

Dolly Dare Multi Daisy trim dress $130/£65

Dorothy Perkins
Grey pink ruffle dress $60/£30

Cream Chiffon Jumper $50/£25

Navy Tiered cotton cami $14 /£7

Miss Selfridge
Spot Ruffle Slinky Dress $76/£38
Navy Silk Button Front Top $70/£35
Ecru Bedford Cord Bomber $80/£40

Audrina on the cover of Six Degrees

The Hills star, Audrina Patridge graces the cover of Six Degrees Magazine, which i'm looking, it so artistic and simple, but no so sure about the face.

Mischa Barton on the cover of UK Marie Claire

UK Marie Claire celebrates 20 years, by having a Party Issue with Mischa Barton, who looks bored as hell!

Christina Aguilera wishes Macy's Happy Birthday

Christina Aguilera is helping wish Macy’s a happy birthday, with her new striking ad.
As Macy’s celebrates turning 150 this October, it has enlisted some star power to help spread the word.

Stars including Christina Aguilera, Donald Trump, Martha Stewart, Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein all posted for famed Rolling Stone photographer Mark Seliger for a series of commemorative photos to mark the occasion.

All of the images will appear on larger-than-life displays at Macy’s stores nationwide.
As for Christina’s photo, which shows the pop diva in a stunning dress adorned by a wall of flowers, the photo harkens back to the Macy’s Flower Shows, which first debuted in California stores in 1946.

However, Christina isn’t the only blonde singing bombshell to team up with Macy’s. According to previous reports, Jessica Simpson was in New York last week shooting a holiday commercial for the department store chain.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen's 'Influence' Now Available for Pre-Order!

Jetsetting Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen together and separately interviewed 22 influential actors, artists, and designers (including Bob Colacello, Christian Louboutin, Diane von Furstenberg, Jack Pierson, Karl Lagerfeld, Lauren Hutton, Margherita Missoni, Robert Lee Morris, and Terry Richardson) over the course of their travels for their year-long pet project, Influence.

The photo-heavy Rizzoli/Assoulinesque coffee table tome is published by Penguin's Razorbill and features personal momentos, never-before-seen snapshots and exclusive photographs courtesy of legendary lensman Rankin. The anthology is designed by illustrious book maestro Rodrigo Corral and edited by art and fashion writer Derek Blasberg.
The simple contemporary cover boasts two jackets -- an Olsen gracefully flanks the front and back -- and its content is divided among four sweeping sections: Fashion, Environment, Art and Giving Back.

At long last, the book is available for pre-order (list price $35/£16) at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

Lydia Hearst’s Steamy New Role: Myla Lingerie Model

After causing a stir on the final episode of Gossip Girl last season, Lydia Hearst is back with a project that we’re sure that Chuck Bass would appreciate — a steamy new ad campaign for Myla, the luxury lingerie brand. The model has been named the new face (and scantily clad body) of Myla’s Autumn Winter 2008 campaign. In an eight shot campaign, Lydia brings to life the dark, seductive Hollywood glamour of the ’40s. With the collection’s silk satin, rich jewel colors, dark layered lace and pale vintage frills offset by Lydia’s sculpted blond curls, she plays the part of the screen siren perfectly. Ads are expected to run starting in August and through December. We think Lydia looks amazing in this steamy campaign

Bohemian is back

Numero Tokyo September 08′

You might be over with one of the summer’s major trends, florals, but what’s in for the upcoming fall season is… ethnic prints.Dresses like these are bound to make a statement and they just look so hip with a pair of boots.
Anna Sui - Leonard

Isabel Marant - Gucci

28 Designers Become CFDA Members

NEW YORK — Diane von Furstenberg will continue in her role as president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America.At a CFDA board meeting Wednesday, the designer was unanimously re-elected for a second two year term. At the meeting, the board also ratified 28 new members to the CFDA.

They are Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock of Vena Cava(above); Thakoon Panichgul of Thakoon; Holly Dunlap of Hollywould; Jenni Kayne; Naeem Khan; Sue Stemp; Dana Foley and Anna Corinna Sellinger of Foley + Corinna; Scott Sternberg of Band of Outsiders; Amy Smilovic of Tibi; Michael Bastian; Philip Crangi; Ron Anderson and David Rees of Tenthousandthings; Andrew Buckler of Buckler; Rachel Comey; Erica Davis of Development; Cheryl Finegan of Virgin, Saints & Angels; Eunice Lee of Unis; Fiona Kotur Marin of Kotur; Malia Mills of Malia Mills Swimwear; Sandra Muller of Lila Gems, , Robin Renzi of Me & Ro; Brian Reyes; Loree Rodkin; Kara Ross; and Araks Yeramyan of Araks.

Elie Tahari (above) and his wife, Rory, plan to welcome the new members to the CFDA at a cocktail reception at their SoHo home on Oct.21. The event is expected to draw a mix of existing CFDA members, retailers and editors, as well as the newly minted second term president.

“Diane’s(above) unanimous election to a second two-year term as CFDA president is a great testament to the leadership she has demonstrated during her first term,” CFDA’s executive director Steven Kolb said. “In the past two years, the CFDA’s membership has increased and the overall visibility of the American fashion industry has risen. New programs and direct benefits for members have been initiated. Diane’s enthusiasm for and commitment to the CFDA have been unwavering.”

Fergie Loves Shoes

Fergie showed off her new shoe collection in Las Vegas Tueday night, wearing a white shift dress by Dolce & Gabbana.

Spot the Missing Designer!

“America’s New Fashion Guard” receives the full Vanity Fair treatment in the September issue. We couldn’t help but notice a few surprises. First, Peter Som (an established designer who’s currently helming two of New York’s most talked-about labels) and Zac Posen (recepient of more press than our Vice President) are considered up-and-coming talent. Eh, maybe we’ve known them all for so long that we forget they’re not as ubiquitous as, say, Ralph and Donna. And on the Marchesa front, we see Georgina Chapman front and center, but Keren Craig is absent from the photo, and she’s not even mentioned in the accompanying text. We know Craig was recently married; could she have been on her honeymoon?

Kevyn Aucoin's 'Face Forward': Celebrities startling transformations

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Celebrity make-up artist, Kevyn Aucoin's book, Face Forward. For those unfamiliar with Aucoin, he rose to fame on the New York fashion scene in the '80s, working with loads of A-listers, many of which he used for his books, including Calista Flockhart as Audrey Hepburn (above, left) and Gwyneth Paltrow as James Dean (above, right). Yep, that's really her!
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Pictured above (left to right): Winona Ryder as Liz Taylor and Gina Gershon as Sophia Loren.
'Face Forward' by Kevyn Aucoin is available to buy from Amazon.

Supermodels are go!

Stephanie Seymor, Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington and Cindy Crawford were beaten out for the September Vanity Fair cover by a certain Carla Bruni-Sarkozy–but they still get plenty of action inside the issue.

H&M's Fashion forward collection

We talked briefly about H&M's fashion forward capsule collection and now that pictures are available, we can all get a good gawk at them. Whilst it ultimately comes down to fit and build quality, on first look I'm slightly disappointed.

There's a reliance on the colour grey, presumably to tone down the edginess of the looks and some of the pieces have already been done on the high street. On the bright side, I do like the look of the blazer on the far right and Rick Owens-esque long sleeved shirt (far left) looks like it could be an interesting piece. You'll be able to judge for yourself come mid September, when the collection is released.

Justin Timberlake jealous of Ashton Kutcher (and his trucker cap)

Justin Timberlake has lashed out at Ashton Kutcher over who was first responsible for making trucker caps cool. Yes, really.

The twinkle-toed singer made the call in an article for Vanity Fair's Fashion Rocks supplement, where he claims that he and William Rast buddy, Trace Ayala, should be credited for starting the trend, and not the Punked! host.

"It's funny, I keep hearing Ashton Kutcher say how he was responsible for trucker caps. I've heard him make that statement before, " he said.

"Trace and I were wearing them when we were seventeen. We just kind of didn't care. We kind of still don't."

Good. Because neither do we.

Kelly Knox wins Britain's Missing Top Model; scores Marie Claire shoot

Have you been tuning into Britain's Missing Top Model on BBC3? If not, then you're probably unaware that Kelly Knox won the competition to find the UK's top disabled model.
The 23-year-old, who was born without a left arm, was put through six weeks of modelling tests alongside fellow contestants with disabilities ranging from deaf to brain injury.

Knox was named the winner last night, and scored a contract with Take 2 Model Management, together with a shoot with Marie Claire magazine

"In my household we don't use the word disabled. Never have done, never will do. I don't feel disabled but society will label me as being disabled," she said.

Marie O'Riordan, editor of Marie Claire added: "To get disability discussed on the sofas throughout the land is no mean feat and using a popular format of a reality show was a clever way of seducing viewers into a more complex world. We hope this does pave the way for girls with disabilities to get into modelling in the future.".

Let's hope so. What a stunning girl, and a deserving winner

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Vogue Sales Down

Magazine sales are down - way down.

Across the boards, people bought less mags at newsstands, but some titles are double DOUBLE DIGITS in the first half of the year.

Surprisingly, the mag that was hurt the most was Oprah's, followed closely by Anna Wintour's Teen Vogue and Vogue.

On the bright side, Vanity Fair saw an increase in their readership during the first half of the year.

Their newsstand sales are up by 5.8% thanks to Slutty Miley!

Nelly’s New Underwear Ads for Sean John Revealed!

Photo: Randee St. Nicholas for Sean John
Sean "Diddy" Combs's label Sean John just announced Nelly as its new spokesmodel for the underwear division. How delightful: a new hot male underwear model to ogle! This is the first time the brand's appointed a spokesperson just for underpants, but isn't it about time someone spoke for underpants?
And it's our expert opinion that Nelly's doing a pretty good job so far. He looks chiseled and shiny, but in a clean-new-skivvies sort of way. In a press release, Diddy explains, "[Nelly] has the attitude, the swagger, and most of all the physique that our customers can both aspire and relate to … And let's be honest, all of the ladies out there are going to be thanking us for this campaign." Yes, Diddy, thank you. A woman cannot subsist on David Beckham alone.
However, we do take slight issue with the styling in this image: Why, if this is an ad for boxer briefs, isn't Nelly pantless? We reckon we're only seeing about, say, 28 percent of the underwear you want us to buy for our boyfriends.
In fact, how do we know if we're looking at boxer briefs or just briefs? We understand this is the only image that has been released from the new ads — let's hope when the rest come out, we'll see a little more, you know, leg. Money's going to be tight this holiday season so we'll all need all the convincing we can get.

Armani Enters the Bullfighting Ring

Giorgio Armani is having a delightfully productive summer. First, he has created a scholarship for a master’s program. Now, we’ve learned that he designed a costume for famed bullfighter Cayetano Rivera Ordoñez, for the feverish LII ‘Corrida Goyesca, taking place on September 6 in Ronda, Spain. Cayetano’s suit includes a jacket, trousers and cloak in techno satin in a signature Armani greige.

The three pieces are embroidered with sequins, glitter stones and thread, all matching the color of the primary fabric. Instrestingly enough, the Ordoñez family has a very strong history of costume courtship. Years ago, none other that Pablo Picasso designed the same costume for Cayetano’s grandfather, Antonio Ordoñez.

Vanity Fair Names Its Best Dressed List: Carla, SJP, Angelina & More!

Fashionistas anxiously await the announcement every year, and we’ve got a look at this year’s Vanity Fair’s 69th annual International Best-Dressed List. Some of the highlights on the Best Dressed Women’s list include a mix of Hollywood — Sarah Jessica Parker, Angelina Jolie, Tilda Swinton — and political significant others — French First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Kate Middleton and Michelle Obama.

Stylish men who made the cut include David Beckham, Daniel Craig, Kanye West and Matt Lauer. Click over to Vanity to read the full list

Chictoday: The Holy

Blake Lively, Alexis Bledel, America Ferrera and Amber Tamblyn at The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants 2 premiere

The sisterhood is back! Blake Lively (in Gucci), Alexis Bledel (in Badgley Mischka), America Ferrera (in Brian Reyes) and Amber Tamblyn make a welcome return to our screens next month in the sequel to 2005's successful chick flick The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants.

The girls were in fine form last night for the world premiere in New York and had a few Gossip Girls (and boys) as well as not-so-ugly Betty's also lending their support by attending. Seems a lot can change in three years - last time round, Blake and America were the two lesser-known actresses, while Amber and Alexis were riding high on their respective small-screen successes.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Nylon Denim Issue: Mischa Barton - Out Now

Good news for all denim fans - the annual denim issue of Nylon magazine featuring Mischa Barton on the cover is available now.
Here are shots from the photoshoot that Mischa Barton did for the current Denim issue of Nylon. In the photo below she is wearing Diesel shorts whilst in the third photo below she has on a Guess denim jacket.

Liberty teams up with Gap and Oasis

Liberty appears to be on a roll at the moment, with a brand spanking new transactional website, and now two lucrative collaborations with high street chains Gap and Oasis.
Now your favourite retro prints can be sourced at your favourite retailers, starting off at Gap, with a four-piece capsule collection of shirts and dresses. Made from Liberty's Tana Lawn cotton, each piece has been designed from Liberty's archive prints, including this paisley shirt dress for £39.99 (pictured right). The collection launched earlier this month, with further plans to continue into autumn.

Next up is a six-piece collection from Liberty at Oasis. It features reworked prints in vintage-inspired pieces, including a delicate 1960s Bourton print, and a bold Lulu Berry art deco print.

The Liberty Print at Oasis collection will be available next month. The Gap collection is already in stores now.

Henry Holland 'Lives not Knives' T-shirt

Knife crime has reached an unbelievable height in Britain and with the murder of Ben Kinsella, the seventeenth teenager to die as a result of knife crime in London this year, Grazia has launched their 'Lives for Knives' campaign. As part of the campaign, the magazine has got Henry Holland, Katharine Hamnett and Sophia Kokosalaki on board to design t-shirts as well as laying a set of Five Government Demands.

On my WISHLIST is Henry Holland's design, an electric-blue t-shirt with striking design and bold lettering. One size fits all and all proceeds go to the Ben Kinsella Foundation, a charity set up for the prevention of future knife-crime. I couldn't think of a more worthy summer buy.
T-shirt, Exclusively at Matches, £36

Cold Method: 9 is the magic number

With most brands turning into lifestyle brands, you'll have to provide a little extra to stand out from the crowd. Cold Method are doing just that with their '9 aesthetics' capsule collection. The Dutch label state that you need 9 essentials for every season, starting with a t-shirt, denim, shirt, trousers, knitwear, suit, coat and an accessory. Check out the collection at their website.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Galliano Signs Sunglass License

PARIS — Making a return to a high-visibility category, John Galliano on Thursday said he signed a five-year licensing agreement with Italy’s Marcolin to produce and distribute John Galliano eyewear.

The fruit of the partnership will be unveiled next fall and will include men’s and women’s sunglasses and prescription frames.

The deal will become effective in September 2009 and will be renewable for another two years, under terms of the contract.

“Sunglasses and eyewear are essential accessories to make a statement on and off the runway and I am really excited to give them a Galliano twist,” said the designer

Mischa Launches Handbag Line Chock-full of Buckles

Flap-over shoulder bag, Coco clutch, tapestry vintage flap-over bag.Photo: Courtesy of

Today Mischa Barton's line of handbags went on sale exclusively at Yes, it's true, Mischa has a handbag line, confirming yet another celebrity who is cashing in on fashion. We browsed the vintage-inspired line, which includes fourteen pieces ranging from clutches ($44/£22) to hobos ($238/£119) to totes ($325/£163.50). And it's ... interesting. "I'm inspired by all sorts of things, but I think my real fashion icons are people like Anita Pallenberg and Marianne Faithfull. It's the era I feel most comfortable with and the aesthetic that I like," Barton told Asos magazine. The only aspect that really caught our attention (and not in the best way) is the buckle she incorporated onto every bag — a symmetrical, clover-esque, tarnished-gold embellishment that aims to be like Tory Burch's mirrored T's. Check out photos of the rest of the line after the jump. Would you buy one?

Celeb Style: Leighton Meester

For a long time, if you were looking for a show full of exceedingly weather teens you were gonna get a bunch of west coast blondes who spend more time at the beach than they spend eating, sleep and school combined.

So when Gossip Girl was set to debut I was intrigued. Would it go the way of 'The Heights' and fizzle out in less than a year? Not with this wardrobe budget it wasn't. And it's officially here to stay.

The breakout star of the show is Leighton Meester who plays Blair Waldorf on the hit CW show. The irony here? Leighton grew up beach side and is naturally a blonde. Go figure.
Her style both in character on GG and her off screen frocks have garnered attention from big guns like Vogue and Cosmo and it hasn't gone unnoticed hereeither. Enjoy this retrospective of the last 9 months of Leighton Meester(above) VS Blair Waldorf(below)!

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