Esquire/Getty ImagesEsquire loves pitting women against each other to be voted on by their male readers. While Helen Mirren recently edged out Megan Fox and grew one step closer to their "Sexiest Woman Alive" title, a winner has yet to be named. But in another battle of the beauties, 30% of readers felt "Mad Men" star Christina Hendricks was "The Best-Looking Woman In America." In celebration of her exciting new title, readers can indulge in an interview complete with scantily clad images, a second juicy photoshoot, and most importantly the cover of the May issue. But wait a minute... is that really Hendricks on the cover?
Upon examination, the cover shot of Hendricks looks to have received a heavy dose of retouching, only not in the usual places. In fact, we're impressed that her curvy figure seems to have been left intact. What is missing, however, are her bright blue eyes, alabaster skin, and lovely pink cheeks. Her chin has also been sliced off. Then of course there's the new hair. It does look fab,
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- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Mon, Apr 19, 2010 9:48 PM EDT
Esquire/Getty ImagesEsquire loves pitting women against each other to be voted on by their male readers. While Helen Mirren recently edged out Megan Fox and grew one step closer to their "Sexiest Woman Alive" title, a winner has yet to be named. But in another battle of the beauties, 30% of readers felt "Mad Men" star Christina Hendricks was "The Best-Looking Woman In America." In celebration of her exciting new title, readers can indulge in an interview complete with scantily clad images, a second juicy photoshoot, and most importantly the cover of the May issue. But wait a minute... is that really Hendricks on the cover?Read More »from Christina Hendricks named Esquireâ€™s most beautiful woman, is unrecognizable on cover
Getty ImagesTabloids love to point out when recently split female celebs get "breakup haircuts." Supposedly Jennifer Love Hewitt just got her second new style since splitting with her ex, Jamie Kennedy. "I know everybody thinks it's a breakup haircut-but it's not," Love Hewitt told People last month. "It's just a 'I-need-a-change' haircut!" The actress continues, "my favorite headline so far was 'She Cut That Man Right Out of Her Hair.' But no-it was really just for me." Though we believe the actress, isn't it possible that she needs a change to move forward as newly single? The whole concept of a "breakup haircut," may be ridiculous, but if celebs are any example, their dramatic hair transformations do seem suspiciously timed. Perhaps they don't want to admit their new styles to be "breakup haircuts," so as to empower their ex, but actresses do seem to cut bangs, try a new length, or change their hair color after a breakup. But what about when it comes to dudes? Surely females aren't the onlyRead More »from Male breakup haircuts and beards
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Fri, Apr 16, 2010 8:44 PM EDT
Falic Fashion GroupMark our words: the fragrance world will not stop cranking out scents until every celebrity has one. Or 18 if you're J.Lo. Yesterday we read that Bruce Willis was getting a fragrance (really?), and today the perfume buzz is all about Aniston. Everyone's favorite "Friend" will be launching her own perfume called Lolavie. Don't ask her what the name means, because "it's a long story and honestly it's too personal to tell," Aniston told WWD. But she insists "it has special significance."Read More »from Jennifer Aniston launches fragrance, looks cold and scared in the ad
Coming upon her first scent, which is said to be a gentle floral, was not an easy venture for the actress. "It's been a year-and-a-half journey," Aniston said. "I'd been asked to do things before, and it never felt organic. But when Leon [Falic, the president of Falic Fashion Group] approached me to be involved with the process from inception to fruition, I thought, 'This could be a creative expression.' And it's turned out to be an extension of myself as opposed to slapping my name on something."
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- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Fri, Apr 16, 2010 6:43 PM EDT
IMDBIf anyone knows how to draw attention, it's Jill Zarin of "Real Housewives of New York." You can make out every syllable of her unmistakable voice at a crowded party, and her intensely detailed Upper East Side apartment is certainly eye-catching if not highly overdecorated. She'll also essentially make you wish you were never born if you cross her. But we digress.Read More »from "Real Housewives" star Jill Zarin says LBDs won't attract men
Zarin, who runs a fancy fabric company with her husband Bobby, knows fashion, and obviously fabrics, no matter how questionable her personal taste may be. This week she launched a book called, "Secrets of a Jewish Mother," and gave some very interesting advice to a group of young attendees wearing black dresses. She said they would "never meet a man if they don't wear color."
Ugh. The "never meet a man" concept totally bugs us. That said, do you think there is any truth to her statement? We can see how people would gravitate towards color, or possibly approach a woman after being initially drawn to a bright frock she's
KKP/Fame Pictures and Mavrixonline.com via US WeeklyLike Kate Moss before her, Kate Hudson had really become the poster-girl in fashion for flat-chested women. "I have small breasts, obviously," Kate Hudson said at the 2002 Golden Globes. "It's nice to be able to wear a plunging neckline and have it be elegant."Read More »from Are some implants "better" than others?
In fact, many fashionable ladies with small frames have small breasts, and prefer them that way to obtain a certain look in designer clothes. But US Weekly is reporting that 30-year-old Hudson was tired of her flat chest. An insider says she received a minor breast augmentation in late March. You can see her cup size has grown in the photo on the right, taken in Miami on April 9. The photo on the left was taken last year.
"Kate makes jokes about her boobs, but her chest has always been one of her biggest insecurities," says another source. And we would understand why a woman who has a flat chest would long to have a bit of curves on her. So far the reaction to Hudson's boob job has been a positive one.
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Getty ImagesMany women aren't pleased with their natural hair, but there are so many options we can do to dramatically transform our tresses. A new survey from ShopSmart, the publisher of Consumer Reports, found that the average woman spends about $195 a year on haircuts and $260 on color. More than one third are trying to save money by going to the salon less, and relying more on products and styling tools at home. Still, only 60 percent of women are happy with their hair.Read More »from Only 60% of women are happy with their hair
"There really is such a thing as a bad hair day," says Lisa Lee Freeman, editor-in-chief of ShopSmart. More than 1,000 women aged 18 and over were interviewed for the survey, which found: 44 percent of women have had a mood affected by a bad hair day, and 26 percent have actually shed tears after a haircut. And sometimes it's not just a day. The biggest complaints women have about their hair is the thickness and the color." In fact, 23 percent of women are frustrated with their hair thickness. That's almost one in four!
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Wed, Apr 14, 2010 5:34 PM EDT
Candie'sPhotoshop is a popular topic of discussion here in Fashion + Beauty, and I know that some readers grow tired of hearing about it. We should just assume that all ads and fashion spreads are altered to some degree, right? Well, I don't want to accept it. I hate airbrushed photos. But you know what I love? When celebrities and models ask for their images not to be altered, or post before and after photos to show how their images have been distorted.Read More »from Before and after: Britney Spears releases unretouched Candie's ads
There's no question that women of all ages feel pressure based on the apparent "perfection" of celebs and fashion models in advertisements. It's been well documented that such photos can actually lower someone's self esteem and self image. As a female celebrity, Britney Spears has felt that pressure too, and struggled a little bit over the years with maintaining the body she became known for in her teens. As many of us know, a decade and having two kids can change a woman's body. Despite that, we think Spears looks amazing these days. She
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Tue, Apr 13, 2010 8:53 PM EDT
Last month I insisted that Louis Vuitton was playing a practical joke on us, because of the $2,000 purses designed to look like trash bags, $1,100 neon fox tail accessories, and $54,500 purses covered in tassels and telephone cords. I really didn't think those items could be outdone when it came to downright ridiculousness! But with a reminder that all the money in the world can't buy taste, Louis Vuitton has one-upped itself with some completely hideous footwear. I dare you to find shoes uglier than these first two pairs. [Luxist]Read More »from Louis Vuitton is playing a practical joke on us part 2: the ugliest shoes weâ€™ve ever seen
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Tue, Apr 13, 2010 6:05 PM EDT
Alexa Ray Joel, the 24-year-old daughter of Billy Joel and supermodel Christie Brinkey, not only shares her mother's good genes--she's now following in her footsteps as the new Prell shampoo girl. In the commercial, Joel lathers up and tosses her lustrous hair exactly as Brinkley did over 25 years ago.Read More »from Alexa Ray Joel follows mom Christie Brinkley as new spokesperson for Prell shampoo
"Wanna hear a great tip I learned from mom?" asks Joel, referencing a photo of Brinkley that sits atop a piano. She goes on to talk about how the shampoo has been a favorite for generations. (Prell was introduced in 1947 by Proctor and Gamble, and quickly became famous for it's unique texture, clear green color, and rich foaming properties.)
In the latest commercial, Joel does have one unique advantage over her famous mom. She is a singer-songwriter, just like her father, and this Prell ad concludes with Alexa singing a few notes from her song, "Hideaway." Watch and compare the ads below:
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | SATC – Mon, Apr 12, 2010 5:39 PM EDT
If you've browsed a shoe department lately, you may have noticed that high heels are growing-and not just in popularity. Towering platforms, extreme wedges, and treacherous stilettos have flooded the marketplace in recent months, and most every designer and celebrity seems to be doing their part to participate in the trend. Runways, red carpets, and glossy magazine spreads have all been inundated with the look. Ever the style catalyst, Lady Gaga donned Alexander McQueen's 12-inch heels in her "Bad Romance" music video after three professional runway models refused to wear them on the runway last fall. This past weekend, even Tina Fey, the queen of nerd chic, strutted out in five-inch pumps to perform her opening monologue on "Saturday Night Live." Clearly, we have a fashion craze on our hands, or, um, feet.
So why the sudden (literal) footwear rise? Experts say the recession is to blame: "We have entered a moment of heightened impracticality in footwear," Elizabeth Semmelhack,Read More »from Dangerous high heels: Women's shoes reach hazardous heights during the recession