Getty ImagesJennifer Lopez has been having a rough couple of months. First she made a spectacle of herself in a totally unflattering glittery catsuit on New Year's Eve, and then she fell on her butt during a performance of her new single "Louboutins." (Shouldn't you be able to walk in heels if you're singing about them?) Recently, she was dropped by her record label right before the release of her upcoming album, and her new movie, "The Back-Up Plan," bombed in theaters this past weekend. So when I came across the new issue of US Weekly with J.Lo sitting sexily on the cover under a huge caption exclaiming, "How I did it!," I wondered what exactly she'd done well. Apparently the article is about how she now has her best body ever, after battling baby weight. But the cover coincides with US Weekly's nomination of Lopez as the Style Icon of the Decade.
"It's an incredible honor!" J.Lo told Us Weekly of her new title. "When they told me, I was just like, 'Really? Oh, my god! That's so awesome.' It's
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Getty ImagesJennifer Lopez has been having a rough couple of months. First she made a spectacle of herself in a totally unflattering glittery catsuit on New Year's Eve, and then she fell on her butt during a performance of her new single "Louboutins." (Shouldn't you be able to walk in heels if you're singing about them?) Recently, she was dropped by her record label right before the release of her upcoming album, and her new movie, "The Back-Up Plan," bombed in theaters this past weekend. So when I came across the new issue of US Weekly with J.Lo sitting sexily on the cover under a huge caption exclaiming, "How I did it!," I wondered what exactly she'd done well. Apparently the article is about how she now has her best body ever, after battling baby weight. But the cover coincides with US Weekly's nomination of Lopez as the Style Icon of the Decade.Read More »from Is Jennifer Lopez the Style Icon of the Decade?
I vividly remember my first experience with a cape. I had just gotten my first Barbie and some outfits for her for my 5th birthday. I was very puzzled by one of the miniature garments: a long pink item that tied around the neck. I asked my grandma, who gave me the items, what it was. "It's a cape," she said. "I wore one when I was a young lady, they are very chic." Of course, I laughed. A cape! Like Superman! Why would my Barbie wear a cape?! That's so silly!
Some of us have not seen capes worn by actual humans during our lifetime (they were particularly popular during the Depression and made a bit of a comeback in the '70s), and may have a similar reaction to the concept of wearing a cape. But over the past few seasons, capes have found their place on the runways of top designers like Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Salvatore Ferragamo, Chloe, and Missoni. Now they're showing up off the runways too. Actress and fashionista Chloe Sevigny wore one to an event this past week, while singerRead More »from The return of capes!
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Mon, Apr 26, 2010 6:19 PM EDT
We know airbrushing and retouching happen all the time in ads today, but what about just using someone else's body altogether? That may be the case with the new Baby Phat fragrance ad featuring designer Kimora Lee Simmons. The former model has gained a curvier figure in recent years as a mother of three, and those who have seen her new ad for Dare Me are questioning her head was pasted onto a younger, slimmer model's frame. A new discover may have proven she did exactly that.Read More »from Did Kimora steal a model's body in new perfume ad?
The photo on the above left is the March 2005 cover of French Vogue featuring Daria Werbowy. She is wearing a Louis Vuitton outfit that looks awfully similar to what Kimora has on in her ad. But in comparing these two photos, there appears to be more in common than just the same pair of shorts.
When the Vogue cover shot is flipped, we see that the way these legs are posed is virtually identical. In fact, they just may be the very same gams. Look at the angles in knees and the way the hips are cocked to one side.
Getty ImagesLady Gaga has always marched to her own beat when it comes to her style and appearance, but lately her body seems to be shrinking. Her trainer and the author of 5-Factor World Diet, Harley Pasternak says her dedication to getting fit is ruthless. "Lady Gaga has always been active, but about a year ago, she decided she wanted to have the best abs, legs and arms ever, so she stepped up her workouts," he told In Touch. Gaga now works out 4 to 5 days a week in addition to her regular tour schedule. "Like most stars, she doesn't have a ton of time, so when she is with me she stays focused and never complains, no matter how hard I push her," says Pasternak. "Now she is super-confident about her body and comfortable wearing everything and anything."Read More »from Will Lady Gaga be the next Heidi Montag?
Or is she? Friends close to the 24-year-old star say Lady Gaga is still totally unsatisfied with her appearance. "She's running on empty and not taking proper care of herself at all," one insider told Hollyscoop. "She's desperately unhappy but
Getty ImagesAs many of you may know, Britney Spears was in rough shape a while back, and her father gained legal control over her finances and put some serious regulations on how she lived her life. While it was difficult to hear about, perhaps Britney being on house arrest wasn't the worst idea--it gave her time to regroup out of the public eye. Now that she's proven herself stable and completed a successful album tour, Britney has a lot more freedom, but there's one thing her father still wants control over: her breasts. Let us explain. Jamie Spears, 57, is embarrassed that his 28-year-old daughter sometimes leaves the house without a bra. He is demanding that she not leave home without one, and has even threatened to fire one of her security guards who supposedly allowed her to be photographed braless by paparazzi.Read More »from Britneyâ€™s dad bans her from going braless
"Jamie's control over Britney's life is incredible," a friend told the Sun. "He hates the pictures of her with her nipples all over the place so he has banned her from leaving the
Braids have been picking up steam over the last five years or so, thanks to Lauren Conrad, Nicole Richie, Mary-Kate Olsen, and other famous boho girls of Los Angeles. Since hip designers featured braids on the spring runway, they are officially the It hairstyle of the season. "It's a braid frenzy! My favorite variation was Alexander Wang's because it's sexier, Bohemian and anybody can do it," celebrity hairstylist Sally Hershberger told the New York Post. But how do you look cool and stylish and avoid looking like Pippi Longstocking? That's the tricky part. Sally Hershberger provided tips on how to create the Alexander Wang look, so you can check them out here. I have recently been experimenting lots with braids lately (especially since Style.com blogged about fishtail braids), and developed a few unofficial rules:
- No pigtails. In fact, I'm a firm believer no one should wear pigtails past the age of 10.
- The looser the better. Braids can have a way of making you look either
- No pigtails. In fact, I'm a firm believer no one should wear pigtails past the age of 10.
With the new "Sex and the City" sequel around the corner, the Times of London took a moment to reflect on what they felt were truly the most fashionable movies ever. For starters, they had some really good choices. We definitely would have selected "Annie Hall," "Bonnie and Clyde," "Bell de Jour," and "Grey Gardens." And we'd agree that "The Talented Mr. Ripley," "The Matrix," and "The Royal Tenenbaums" were some of the most fashionable movies in recent years. We even think their inclusion of "Zoolander," Ben Stiller's comedy about the male modeling world, is kind of awesome. But "Avatar"? How did that make the list? And sure, "Factory Girl," and "Coco avant Chanel" honor some very stylish women, but those films do not belong amongst the greats.Read More »from The 25 most fashionable films of all time
So many great movies were left off the list! First of all, um... "Breakfast at Tiffany's"? Hello, the original little black dress?! Surely Grace Kelly's character in "Rear Window," as styled by Edith Head, is one of the most fashionable
Vera WangI have a confession to make: my whole life I have been really into wedding dresses (and I'm not even engaged). I know I am not alone, but I think it's fascinating that many women think as much about the dress as the man that will be standing beside her saying "I do." Of course, when it comes to selecting a wedding dress, one factor weighs supreme: the price. That said, Vera Wang, the bridal industry's go-to designer for high-end gowns may have made some very happy brides-to-be: she will be launching a collection for David's Bridal. Talk about an awesome designer collaboration!Read More »from Coming soon: Vera Wang for Davidâ€™s Bridal!
Every year, Vera Wang has a sample sale in New York City, and many women fly in for the sale, camp out overnight, and fight their way for dramatically discounted bridal wear. While her average dresses retail for $4,000 to $25,000, lucky sample sale shoppers may walk out with a gown for $1,000. An amazing deal, right? But early next year, customers will be able to shop Wang's collection for David Bridal, which
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Wed, Apr 21, 2010 6:47 PM EDT
Lane BryantIf you watch the major TV networks, you've probably seen Victoria's Secret's recent "The Nakeds" campaign, with gorgeous models flaunting their curves in nearly-nude underthings. But you probably haven't seen Lane Bryant's new lingerie commercial. That's because the company claims that ABC "restricted our airtime," and refused to let the spot air during "Dancing with the Stars," and that Fox "demanded excessive re-edits and rebuffed it three times before relenting to air it during the final 10 minutes of 'American Idol,' but only after we threatened to pull the ad buy." Hmmm. We find it very interesting that they wouldn't show busty babes in a commercial during "Dancing with the Stars," a show where celebs like Pam Anderson are practically bursting out of their skimpy outfits.Read More »from Lane Bryant says ABC and Fox censored plus-size lingerie ad
As reported by Ad Week, Lane Bryant took to their blog, Inside Curve, to rant about the seeming double standard these TV networks have imposed on their plus-sized offerings. While the ad in question has been
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Tue, Apr 20, 2010 8:57 PM EDT
Getty ImagesYou've read it and heard it a million times-do not share your makeup with a friend. But it's your best friend, and you can't go out without lipstick or mascara, so how bad can it be to give yourself one quick swipe? According to a new article in the LA Times, pretty darn bad. And you can just forget about testing makeup at a department store or your local Sephora. That's like sharing makeup with thousands of people you know nothing about.Read More »from Yikes! Testing makeup at counters can give you herpes and pink eye
"If a woman has a cut on her lip and borrows lipstick from someone who has a cold sore, she'll get a cold sore," Beverly Hills dermatologist Dr. Zein Obagi tells the LA Times. "You can pass herpes [the cold sore virus], conjunctivitis [pink eye] and all sorts of things through sharing makeup." The FDA stresses the importance of keeping makeup-particularly eye products-to yourself. They caution that, "the risk of contamination may be even greater with 'testers' at retail stores, where a number of people are using the same sample product."