We've all heard a million times that fashion models are too thin, and watched stick figures walk the runway season after season. But this year, a few designers are finally giving curvy girls their chance to strut.
The trend kicked off in Milan, with Miuccia Prada casting several voluptuous Victoria's Secret supermodels in her show, like Alessandra Ambrosio, Miranda Kerr, Lara Stone, and Doutzen Kroes. Prada also showed clothes that look great on curvy bodies, like glamorous '50s and '60s A-line dresses and princess coats. Marc Jacobs did the same at Louis Vuitton, casting evermore VS models and ones who are-gasp-older than 17 (shown here).
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He also booked Alessandra Ambrosio, plus recent moms Karolina Kurkova and Adriana Lima, and even closed the show with 46-year-old Elle McPherson.
"It was about gorgeous women," Jacobs told us after the show. "We didn't care about age, or height, or width." Jacobs also went the retro route, using
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We've all heard a million times that fashion models are too thin, and watched stick figures walk the runway season after season. But this year, a few designers are finally giving curvy girls their chance to strut.Read More »from Backstage Beauty: Runway Models Go Real-Size
It's been a good week for celebrity fragrance news. For starters, you may have heard that Jennifer Aniston could be the next celebrity to jump on the fragrance bandwagon. And the other rumor we loved came from TVNZ-they reported that on a recent night out, P. Diddy arrived at a London club with an entourage of perfume sprayers to mist the room every 20 minutes while his songs played.
So while we were thinking about fragrance, we decided it was time for a change. After all, it's springtime-time to stow away the musk and wood in exchange for something a little fresher. Here are some tips for picking what you'll wear next:
- Your nose can't deal with more than four fragrances on your skin at once, so don't spritz a row of perfumes up and down your arms. Start by smelling each one on a fragrance blotter.
- Combat sensory overload between sniifs: ask someone at the counter if coffee beans are available (many counters have them) and take a cleansing whiff of them. Otherwise, just sniff at
This week, a 37-year-old Florida woman caused a car accident...because she was shaving her bikini line while driving, in preparation for meeting up with her boyfriend. (If that's not weird enough, she did it with her ex-husband in the passenger seat.) I admit that back in my car-driving days, I occasionally applied lipstick at a red light. That's pretty tame compared to the beauty acts I've witnessed from other drivers, from flossing (the grossest) to applying mascara (the most dangerous).Read More »from Beauty On the Go Is a No-No
My rule on en-route primping is: don't apply anything while moving, especially nothing on the eyes, because it leads to nightmarish visions of me (or the driver, if I'm sitting shotgun) slamming on the brakes, sending that kohl pencil right into my eyeball. Ack! Now that I ride the subway to work, I see even more public makeup applications; it's safer, but not less crude. Female commuters stick mostly to eyes and lips, though I have seen a woman painting her nails (the smell in the train car made me
We haven't been too impressed by the hair and makeup looks throughout this awards show season (especially the overplayed rumpled-updo-with-one-lank-piece-drooping-over-the-shoulder). But some of our favorite stars finally redeemed themselves at the ultimate ceremony last night, the Academy Awards. Many A-listers avoided the trendy traps and simply played up their best assets and looked stunning. Here are our picks for the top 5 beauty looks from the Oscars.
1. Carey Mulligan. Finally, a starlet who doesn't cover up her youthful radiance! Unlike many of her peers who age themselves with heavy makeup and strict hair, 24-year old Mulligan embraces her natural, graceful beauty. Her fresh new platinum hair color enhances her skin, and her makeup is right in tune with her age: fluttery lashes, pale pink blush, and a sheer, slightly shimmery lipcolor. With such a keen sense of what works and what doesn't, it's no wonder she's the newest darling of the fashion world.Read More »from The Top 5 Beauty Looks From The Oscars
by Jessica Prince
Last week, we went to an event for Ardell Lashes, and makeup artist Reiva Cruze was in the house applying faux strips. We couldn't pass up the offer for a quick application (see our before photo and after photos below) and asked for her tricks for making fake lashes look real.
Before doing anything, swipe on mascara, she says. "This will darken your lashes and allows the fakes to blend in," Cruze said. "When you apply it last, you risk clumping all the lashes together." Next comes the glue. Squeeze a tiny amount directly along the lash strip and make sure to wait a minute for it to get tacky-"that's key," she says. Tilt your chin upwards, and position the strip in the center of your lash line, really getting it in the lashes. Once the glue catches, lightly push down the inner and outer corners. Last comes black liquid liner right where the lashes meet your lids-it conceals any glue that may still be visible and "unites the lids and lashes" in a natural way.
When Twilight first blew up, there were a half-dozen beauty companies that followed in the frenzy with makeup, fragrance-it even inspired us to come up with vampy hair and makeup tricks. Well, that trend is so five minutes ago. And the new Alice in Wonderland movie, out this Friday, is taking its place.Read More »from Alice in Wonderland: The New Movie-Beauty Craze
There's an Urban Decay makeup palette (to the left) that's part Alice pop-up book-with 16 pretty shadows, two liners, and a primer; a line of bright, glittery O.P.I. nail polishes with fitting names like Off With Her Red! and Mad as a Hatter; and Organix is re-launching their Cherry Blossom Ginseng shampoo to coincide with the movie's release (possibly because there are Cherry Blossoms all over the White Queen's court? We got a sneak peek at the movie last night-definitely worth seeing)-;plus they're partnering with the movie for a sweepstakes to win a trip to London. We have to say, the Twilight beauty craze made sense (who doesn't want radiant skin and crimson-stained lips???), but
Everything Kate Moss touches turns to cool. And her latest project is typically creative and unexpected. According to Grazia UK, she's teaming up with legendary ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov and choreographer Michael Clark to dance in a short flick that starts taping in the south of France in July.
Moss is taking this thing seriously: she's now starting a three-month-long stint of training with Clark. After the film is finished, it will most likely be shown for charity later on this year. Brava!
Photo Credit: WWD
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At Allure, we're obsessed with following all aspects of beauty-and obviously we're big fans of our March cover celebrity Jessica Simpson. So we're getting psyched for the premiere of her new show, Jessica Simpson's The Price of Beauty, which starts at 10 P.M. EDT on March 15 and will examine how people perceive beauty differently all over the world.Read More »from Get a Preview of Jessica Simpson's New Beauty Show
VH1 posted a preview video that gives a glimpse into Simpson's trips to Paris as well as Uganda, where women intentionally gain weight before marriage in order to look more attractive to their husbands. As Simpson, who's had struggles with how people perceive her own weight, says, "This is the complete opposite of everything I've ever known." Find out more about the show, and watch a video:
Plus, enter to win a four-night spa trip for two to the Hotel Fasano in Rio de Janeiro, one of the cities Simpson traveled to for the show.
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There's been a lot of talk in the past few years about the ever-shrinking size of fashion models. But for all the discussion panels, editorials, and water cooler debates on the matter, little has actually changed on the runways of top fashion designers. Until yesterday, when Miuccia Prada kicked off the first day of Milan Fashion Week by casting several Victoria's Secret supermodels in her show.
Voluptuous beauties Alessandra Ambrosio, Miranda Kerr, and Doutzen Kroes (above) were flown to Milan exclusively for the show, which also included fashion's bombshell-of-the-moment Lara Stone. But they weren't sent down the runway in skintight dresses or leggy mini skirts. Instead, all the models were clad in classic 60s feminine shapes-A-line dresses, princess coats, and dresses with ruffles on the bodice or inverted darts at the bustline that amplified the chest, though in the least revealing way. In these clothes, the voluptuous models especially seemed to represent the type of beautyRead More »from Backstage Beauty: Curvy Models at Prada
The Olympics has us dreaming of a ski vacation, and while we envision going at a slightly slower pace than those in the Games, we want to look just as good. Lee Keating of the Performance Ski shop in Aspen, Colorado shared her advice.
- Embrace layers. Ski gear is now made from fabric so advanced that a thin shell offers the same insulation as the big, puffy jackets you might have worn a decade ago. Look for a soft shell that's not too baggy, tapered at the waist, and fitted through the hips. All you should need underneath is a zip-up microfleece top and a thermal shirt-no giant sweaters necessary.
- Bottoms up. Ski pants are also now made from lightweight, waterproof Gore-Tex and should drape rather than feel stiff. You want a pair that has a low waist-not the old-school bib style-and straight legs, with zippers at the hems and cuffs that fit over your boots. The pants should be slim-fitting but not tight. No tucking in-that look is strictly for snow bunnies.