Vogue ItaliaA new 24-page fashion spread in the September issue of Italian Vogue features model Kristen McMenamy wearing oil-soaked black feathered outfits, withering away on a beach. Famed photographer Steven Meisel shot the controversial Gulf disaster-inspired images of McMenamy caught in nets, spitting up oil, and flopping like a dying seal on rocks. But while the images are powerful and striking, we're left wondering whether they were done in good taste.
Vogue ItaliaWithout question the photographs are beautifully constructed, and overwhelmingly dark. They bring about a sense of urgency that makes you want to educate yourself, donate money, or help in clean up efforts. But we do question the intentions of Italian Vogue, and whether or not they wanted to make a poignant statement or merely hoped to get attention by being provocative. We reached out to Italian Vogue for comment, but have not heard back as of press time.
Thus far there is one piece of evidence that leads us to believe this project had a
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- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Fri, Aug 6, 2010 9:30 PM EDT
Vogue ItaliaA new 24-page fashion spread in the September issue of Italian Vogue features model Kristen McMenamy wearing oil-soaked black feathered outfits, withering away on a beach. Famed photographer Steven Meisel shot the controversial Gulf disaster-inspired images of McMenamy caught in nets, spitting up oil, and flopping like a dying seal on rocks. But while the images are powerful and striking, we're left wondering whether they were done in good taste.Read More »from Italian Vogue's oil-spill themed photo shoot: thought-provoking or tasteless?
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Thu, Aug 5, 2010 9:04 PM EDT
Getty ImagesIn an age when everyone from Nicole Kidman to Megan Fox to Nicolas Cage has an eerily unnatural and wrinkle-free face, we always love it when celebs age gracefully. A few months ago, Drew Barrymore claimed she's rather look like a basset hound than get Botox (hilarious!), and "Eat, Pray, Love" star Julia Roberts couldn't agree more.Read More »from Julia Roberts: another awesome lady who wants to age gracefully
"I want my kids to know when I'm pissed, when I'm happy and when I'm confounded," the 42-year-old actress told Elle. "Your face tells a story and it shouldn't be a story about your drive to the doctor's office." She also said she wishes that women wouldn't succumb to unrealistic pressure to maintain their youth. "It's unfortunate that we live in such a panicked, dysmorphic society where women don't even give themselves a chance to see what they'll look like as older persons. I want to have some idea of what I'll look like before I start cleaning the slates."
Bravo, Julia! I've always had a soft spot for Roberts- long before being dubbed 'America's
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Work + Money – Wed, Aug 4, 2010 9:30 PM EDT
Columbia Pictures; Mark Seliger for Harper's BazaarJennifer Aniston landed the coveted September cover of Harper's Bazaar, but rather than delve into her personal life, her interview focuses on another famous celeb: Barbra Streisand. Their looks have been compared before, but we never really took Jen for a "Funny Girl" until we laughed out loud at her striking resemblance to the singer. Aniston mimicks several of Streisand's iconic on-screen moments in her photo shoot for Bazaar, and explains why she's so smitten with Babs.Read More »from Jennifer Aniston loves Barbra Streisand, astoundingly looks just like her in Harperâ€™s Bazaar
On what she's learned from Barbra Streisand: "You don't have to stop at one thing. You can do it all if you want to."
Mark Seliger for Harper's BazaarOn being in the spotlight: "[Barbra and I] are people who have been put in the spotlight, for better or for worse, and you just keep riding, and you keep overcoming."
On looking up to Streisand: "Barbra inspires me because there isn't anything she hasn't done that she wanted to do, especially as a female in the time when her generation was prime. She's a true renaissance woman...I had a long
Ann TaylorIf we've learned anything in the past year or two, it's that anything can and will be airbrushed. Hands, faces, limbs, waists, and hips will be altered, bodies will be swapped, and bellybuttons will be moved. While we understand that a company selling a product may smooth out clothing wrinkles or belly bulges from time to time, we're constantly shocked by the exaggerated alterations that occur under the Photoshop wand.Read More »from Ann Taylorâ€™s retoucher strikes again
[Read more: Magazine editor defends photo retouching]
Back in May, Ann Taylor was called out for overly airbrushing their clothing, whittling down their models to nothing and assigning them Gumby-like curves. They took to their Twitter account to apologize, saying "we may have been overzealous on retouching but go (sic) forward we'll be sure to feature more real, beautiful images. We want to support and celebrate the natural beauty of women and we apologize if in the process of retouching that was lost." It was admirable of Ann Taylor to accept responsibility for their
Getty ImagesHave the smells around you ever influenced your dreams? I remember once having an extremely vivid dream that I was in a fire and I woke up to the smell of burnt toast coming from a neighboring apartment. Apparently our sense of smell is equally perceptive while we're sleeping. Science Daily reports that German researchers tested both negative and positive smells on sleepers (think rotten eggs and roses) and recorded the subjects' dreams once they woke up. Unpleasant smells yielded negative experiences within the dreams, while enjoyable odors led to pleasant dreams.Read More »from Pleasant scents yield sweet dreams
The article states that this is the first valid study that confirms the impact of olfactory function on dreams. So if you're looking for sweet dreams, forget that crumbly cookie under your pillow and consider spritzing your sleep area (or maybe even your neck) with a nicely scented linen spray or perfume! I'm going to try it out tonight. [Beauty Brains]
Huffington PostFeeling insecure about how you look wearing shorts during this hot summer day? No? Well maybe the Gap can make you feel bad about it. The retailer is featuring new ads in their store windows which read: "PUT SOME PANTS ON! Because we can't all look good in shorts."Read More »from Gap tells shoppers to put some pants on
Gap, we have some major issues with this ad. Number one: who asked you?! Sure, maybe some people look better in shorts than others, but as a store that sells shorts, why would you tell your shoppers that they look bad in them? Ever heard of "the customer is always right?" Secondly, you're hardly an authority on what looks good when you're promoting JEGGINGS on another corresponding window sign. Does everyone look good in those? And finally, don't try so hard to be edgy. This sign comes off as insulting, not cool.
If we could remake the ads to endorse their fall pants and jeans we'd change it to: "PUT SOME PANTS ON! Because we can't all be Lady Gaga." Now that's a slogan we think many people would stand behind.
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Mon, Aug 2, 2010 9:07 PM EDT
ChanelWhen it comes to designer merchandise, there are definitely different tiers, and the ubiquitous Louis Vuitton is actually considered lower end when it comes to accessories. (We know.) While you can purchase one of the iconic LV monogram bags for several hundred dollars, Chanel is a totally different story. Their most popular quilted bag costs a whopping $2,600.
If you live in an affluent city like New York, you see Chanel bags on the arms of many, many women--some ladies insist the classic chain-link straps and quilted patterns are the epitome of chic. But $2,600 is not enough for the greedy folks at Chanel. They fear their items have become mainstream, and wish to be more unattainable and exclusive. So they've upped their prices around 20 to 30 percent. These are a few of the price hikes found in Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales, and Chanel boutiques:
- Medium classic bag: formerly $2,600, now $3,400
- Jumbo classic bag: formerly $2,995, now $3,795
- Jumbo reissue bag: formerly
Celeb scent overload! New fragrances from Shakira, Beyonce, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige, and Katy PerryBy Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Mon, Aug 2, 2010 7:54 PM EDT
Radiance by Britney Spears via TwitterWith Elizabeth Taylor's White Diamonds paving the way (and maybe Debbie Gibson's Electric Youth if you're an '80s baby like me), celebrity fragrances have proven to be successful money makers over the years, though they have never been more popular. Mary J. Blige sold over 50,000 bottles of her new perfume, My Life, on HSN this past Saturday, with one dollar of each sale going to her charity. Last week Britney Spears Tweeted a photo of the ad for her upcoming ninth fragrance called Radiance. In September Beyonce will be launching her sophomore scent, Heat Ultimate Elixir, and Shakira's perfume, S by Shakira, which just launched in Madrid, will be making its way to the States. Katy Perry will be launching her fragrance debut, Purr, in November.Read More »from Celeb scent overload! New fragrances from Shakira, Beyonce, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige, and Katy Perry
We think these celebrity scents getting out of control. These days it's harder to find a celebrity who doesn't have a fragrance than ones who do. Last time we checked Jennifer Lopez had 18 perfumes to call her own. Others scent shillers who come
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Fri, Jul 23, 2010 9:38 PM EDT
Getty ImagesIt has long been rumored that Tom Cruise, who sits comfortably at 5'7" wears lifts in his shoes to stack up to his tall costars, but we've never really noticed them in action until now.
Yesterday Cruise walked the red carpet at the premiere of "Knight and Day" in London with Cameron Diaz. The former model is 5'9" and wore what appear to be four-inch stilettos, so how is it that little Tom Cruise is eye to eye with Diaz? Stilts in his pants? Assistance from David Blaine? Whatever it is, we'd really like to know. A couple inches never hurt anyone.
Related: The celebs you're taller than
- Getty ImagesDuring this time of recession and "fast fashion" from stores like H&M and Forever21, many women in America are starting to evaluate their overstuffed closets. Trinny Woodall, the original co-host of "What Not to Wear," and "Making Over America," told Oprah.com that most women wear 20% of their wardrobe 80% of the time. In reaction to this excess and extreme consumerism, websites have been popping up that challenge women (and men if they're interested) to follow "shopping diets." All you really need, it seems, are six key pieces to form the basis of a reliable wardrobe.
[Read about: How to look great without breaking the bank]
The New York Times has profiled sites like SixItemsOrLess.com, an experiment where each participant may only wear the same six garments over the course of one month. TheGreatAmericanApparelDiet.com encourages pledges to not buy any new clothing for one year. Both sites have attracted over 100 enthusiastic men and women willing to participate. Humble beginnings, Read More »from How to dress with just six pieces