LifetimeFor the most part, people were let down by the last season of the fashion reality show "Project Runway." When Lifetime took over the program, they made a few changes--namely moving the show out to LA to get some celebrity judges on the panel--that just did not work. New York City is America's fashion capital, and with the top designers showing their collections in Manhattan's Bryant Park it only made sense for them to film the entire season there. In Season 7 they are back to the east coast, which means consistent judging from our old friends, Michael Kors and Nina Garcia, and supermodel host Heidi Klum who announced she had yet another bun in the oven. Ahh, everything just feels right again.
This week celebrity/designer Nicole Richie served as guest judge for the first challenge: creating a look that defines who they are as designers. As their fabulous mentor Tim Gunn pointed out, this season features the most diverse group of contestants they've ever had. There's a physical
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LifetimeFor the most part, people were let down by the last season of the fashion reality show "Project Runway." When Lifetime took over the program, they made a few changes--namely moving the show out to LA to get some celebrity judges on the panel--that just did not work. New York City is America's fashion capital, and with the top designers showing their collections in Manhattan's Bryant Park it only made sense for them to film the entire season there. In Season 7 they are back to the east coast, which means consistent judging from our old friends, Michael Kors and Nina Garcia, and supermodel host Heidi Klum who announced she had yet another bun in the oven. Ahh, everything just feels right again.Read More »from "Project Runway" returns!
The end of an era is upon us. Or is it? The February issue of Cosmo declares, "The Thong is Dead!" and that the curve-accentuating boy shorts are the new "it" panties. But we need to investigate before we'll concur.Read More »from Is the thong dead?
First, some thong history. While we recall thongs and g-strings gracing the pages of '90s Victoria's Secret catalogs, R&B artist Sisqo put the wedgie-inducing underthings on the map with "The Thong Song" in 2000. They really took off as the lowrise jean trend pressed onward (ew, peek-a-boo thong straps were so not cute), and in 2004 when the Wall Street Journal touted Hanky Panky lace thongs (pictured left) for being "as soft as butter," slews of imitations flooded the marketplace. If memory serves, boy shorts have increased in popularity for the past decade, even throughout the rise of the thong.
Sure, for many women thongs look and feel sexy and serve a functional purpose--no visible panty lines! But most of us who have worn a thong know that bikinis, briefs and boy are
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Work + Money – Thu, Jan 14, 2010 8:06 PM EST
Miley Cyrus wears a $165 spidey tee; Bauer GriffinWe can picture Miley Cyrus singing along to No Doubt while sipping on her fancy coffee drink in this shredded t-shirt: "Sorry I'm not home right now / I'm walking into spider webs / So leave a message and I'll call you back."Read More »from Fashion slaves get tangled up in spider web fashion
We know Cyrus is young and trendy and really loves the contrived rock star look, but this shirt is just ridiculous. It's ugly, it probably gets caught on everything, and, you know, it's not very functional seeing as it's missing the entire back. What's worse is that we figured out who made the garment and it sells for $165. Do you pay extra for every rip and tear?
Sadly, these shredded cob web tops are slowly inching their way around the market, and all with hefty price tags. We found a similar men's webbed shirt for $110. Maison Martin Margiela spider web waistcoatThe Maison Martin Margiela spider web waistcoat pictured below may look like a kid's first attempt at knitting, but it retails for $351. Now that really makes our skin crawl!
Ugg meet Jimmy ChooAs much as we hate on Uggs, we understand in some cold weather areas, they might be a footwear necessity. But do people consider them attractive looking shoes? Someone must, because upscale shoe designer Jimmy Choo is currently working on a collaboration with the furry boot company!Read More »from Uggs + Jimmy Choo = a collaboration we'll pass on
Five styles of Jimmy Choo Ugg boots are set to launch in October and will range from $800-$1,100. Ouch! At that price, we doubt the majority of Ugg wearers will be buying a pair. Jimmy Choo president Tamara Mellon says, "Other than Jimmy Choo, UGG Australia is the only other footwear I have in my wardrobe." OK, so maybe she'll buy some. But who else would shell out that much for a fancy pair of Uggs?! [WWD]
PeopleWith cosmetic procedures gaining popularity and becoming increasingly affordable, plastic surgery addiction has become a real thing. 23-year-old reality star Heidi Montag admits she crossed the line when she decided to undergo 10 procedures in one day. The girl who was once a young, naive, Los Angeles transplant on "The Hills" now boasts bigger breasts, a new nose, and a chin reduction on the cover of People magazine. Montag had surgery once before (she openly discussed her breast implants with the media, and there has been speculation about a nose job and silicone injections), but claims she was left thirsting for more.Read More »from Heidi Montag is a plastic surgery addict
"For the past three years, I've thought about what to have done," says Montag. "I'm beyond obsessed." The star has been recovering ever since going under the knife on November 20, and as with her televised quickie wedding, she did not consult with her family beforehand. We hope that Montag is satisfied with her results, but if celebs like Joan Rivers and Janice
Getty ImagesEven the most no-frills woman can attest to putting something on her lips, whether it's a balm, stain, plumper, gloss, or lipstick. One thing we've noticed though, is that while there are ladies who love luxurious lipsticks, and there are those who swear by a shimmery gloss, rarely do they wear both. Chanel is hoping to change all that with the launch of their new Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour. They believe lip gloss addicts can be swayed over to lipsticks with the new light weight, long-lasting and hydrating formula of their latest collection.Read More »from Lipstick or lip gloss: Which team are you on?
"Women seem to have forgotten how to apply lipstick," says Peter Phillips, Chanel's global creative director for makeup. "We have a whole generation of lip gloss girls. Now, there's absolutely nothing wrong with lip gloss, but there is something so feminine about the act of applying lipstick. I want to make lipstick as easy to apply as lip gloss, and for a long-lasting formula to feel comfortable on the lips."
Applying and wearing lip
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Tue, Jan 12, 2010 8:18 PM EST
Fashion IndieSometimes it's fun to play the "what would you buy if you won the lottery" game. A fancy fashion purchase like a Chanel bag or Manolos might be up there. Perhaps a trip to an exotic location, or maybe even a small piece of property there. Homes or cars for your parents, and education for your kids would probably rank high on the "to buy" list. Whatever your desires, we bet you wouldn't put every dime towards one item, right?Read More »from Fashion that makes us sad: the million-dollar dress
A man in the UK recently won 2 million euros in the lottery, and gave half of his winnings to his daughter. She took the cash and had a dress made that literally had every bill stitched into it. Hence the million-dollar (well, million-euro, which actually is more money these days) dress. You know, for that much money you'd hope you could get a more wearable garment, or at least a matching clutch to go with it.
Seriously, can you think of any worse possible thing to do with all this money? it seems the curse of the lottery lives on! [Fashion Indie]
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Mon, Jan 11, 2010 10:13 PM EST
Kiehl'sIt's the middle of winter, and record low temperatures are being recorded around the country. Besides making us bundle up, treacherous cold winds are doing a number on our delicate faces. What better time than to send each of our Shine Beauty Guru's the ultimate moisturizing treat: Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream.Read More »from Shine Beauty Gurus review: Kiehlâ€™s Ultra Facial Cream
Kiehl's is a tried-and-true beauty brand that's been around since 1851, and while their packaging may seem basic, their products yield impressive results. The light-weight Ultra Facial Cream is designed to withstand harsh weather conditions and leave the face moisturized, hydrated and healthy.
Read on to see what our Beauty Gurus thought of Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream (the virtual consensus was beyond impressed) and see why this product may be worth adding to your winter beauty regimen.
Beauty Gurus who loved the cream
My Favorite Moisturizer Ever!! Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream - Apple
Good enough for Greenland? Good enough for me! - Elizabeth
I Heart Kiehl's - Amanda
Columbia PicturesToday we discovered bizarro fact #5,492 about Angelina Jolie: Angelina Jolie was born a blonde, but began dyeing her hair at an early age. And we mean a very early age. "When I was four or five, my mother dyed my hair dark brown," says Jolie. "She decided to keep it that way. And I stuck with that." The actress has been a fake brunette for 30 years--she even had the kids in the sandbox fooled!Read More »from Angelina Jolie is a natural blonde?!
While we take a minute to process this new information, do you think Angie would be perceived differently Charles Guerin/ABACAUSA/Ramey Photoin Hollywood if she had stayed true to her natural blonde hair? We love her dark hair, but have to admit Jolie looks much more approachable in these photos from her upcoming movie, "Salt." Do you think she looks better as a blonde or a brunette? [Pop Crunch] [E!]
Cynthia Magnus holds up unworn, destroyed clothing she found in the garbage. Photo by Suzanne DeChillo/New York Times This week the New York Times reported a disheartening story about two of the largest retail chains. You see, instead of taking unsold items to sample sales or donating them to people in need, H&M and Wal-Mart have been throwing them out in giant trash bags. And in the case that someone may stumble on these bags and try to keep or re-sell the items, these companies have gone ahead and slashed up garments, cut off the sleeves of coats, and sliced holes in shoes so they are unwearable.Read More »from H&M and Wal-Mart destroy and trash unsold goods
This unsettling discovery was made by graduate student Cynthia Magnus outside the back entrance of H&M on 35th street in New York City. Just a few doors down, she also found hundreds of Wal-Mart tagged items with holes made in them that were dumped by a contractor. On December 7, she spotted 20 bags of clothing outside of H&M including, "gloves with the fingers cut off, warm socks, cute patent leather Mary Jane school shoes, maybe for fourth graders, with the instep cut up with a scissor, men's jackets,