The new Crocs store in New York City / photo via RackedMany people consider New York City the fashion capital of the world, and I often see trends take off and fade out here before they reach the rest of the country. Sometimes, the runway-inspired looks never even make it to the suburbs, and other times they go there to die. Crocs is one of these latter items. I never saw anyone wearing Crocs in New York. Thankfully. I'm sure many of you will disagree with me claiming they are cute, or really comfortable, or practical, but I just think they're hideous and was shocked that such an unlikely trend like Crocs became immensely popular. To me the rubber clog-like footwear are best suited for garden work.
So imagine my surprise when I was walking through Manhattan's super fashionable Soho neighborhood, and spotted a gigantic, brand new Crocs store amid designer shops like Chanel, Burberry, and Louis Vuitton. Seriously? Why Crocs, and why NOW? Also, the store was packed. I don't know if I felt for angry or scared. I definitely couldn't go inside,
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The new Crocs store in New York City / photo via RackedMany people consider New York City the fashion capital of the world, and I often see trends take off and fade out here before they reach the rest of the country. Sometimes, the runway-inspired looks never even make it to the suburbs, and other times they go there to die. Crocs is one of these latter items. I never saw anyone wearing Crocs in New York. Thankfully. I'm sure many of you will disagree with me claiming they are cute, or really comfortable, or practical, but I just think they're hideous and was shocked that such an unlikely trend like Crocs became immensely popular. To me the rubber clog-like footwear are best suited for garden work.Read More »from Which fashion trend do you most wish would die?
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Mon, May 10, 2010 6:29 PM EDT
CoverGirlThe truth is, many women would love to experiment with a new makeup look, but don't really know how or don't take the time to do so. CoverGirl has taken the guesswork out of the equation with their new DIY Smoky ShadowBlast kits. These creamy shadows come in expertly-paired shades along with complete instructions on how to create a bold, smoky eye-something we'd all love to achieve. The shadows are available in six color combinations: Onyx Smoke, Silver Sky, Purple Plume, Bronze Fire, Citrus Flair, Tempest Blue. For this month's Shine Beauty Guru challenge, we let our panel of beauty experts choose their desired combo and create their own smoky eyes. Read on for the results and how you can receive your own kit!Read More »from Shine Beauty Gurus review: CoverGirl Smoky ShadowBlast
Mrs. Kim loved that it was purse-friendly, and J thought the package was neat and fun to use. Michelle from Fierce Glamour Blog said, "The stick allows quick swipage, which is helpful during a running late morning." Sounds handy! CarolB thought the product was very
We're beginning to think that anyone who wears Balmain on a magazine cover is cursed. Last December Demi Moore wore a similar gold outfit on the cover on W magazine, and there was a major controversy over whether our not her body was airbrushed or downright stolen from a model. Now Sarah Jessica Parker has donned the golden threads on the May cover of Marie Claire to promote the new "Sex and the City" movie, and she experienced a similar bout of suspicious retouching.Read More »from Marie Claire airbrushes years off SJPâ€™s hands
Sure, at this point we should expect that all mags are airbrushing their cover models unless otherwise noted. But why did Marie Claire replace Sarah Jessica's realistic (though really veiny) hands with those of a 12-year-old? Surely her real hands may not look ideal, but on a 45-year-old actress the fake ones are pretty freakish. [Jezebel]
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Thu, May 6, 2010 9:09 PM EDT
Herbal EssencesYou may know 24-year-old actress Leighton Meester as Blair Waldorf, the impeccably dressed, bitchy Upper East Sider who rules "Gossip Girl," but Meester has little in common with her character aside from an assuredly awesome wardrobe. (She was wearing a gorgeous two-piece floral Derek Lam outfit when I caught up with her on Tuesday.) Meester has just been named the global ambassador for Herbal Essences, and I can't really think of a better spokesperson for the brand. From her high-end designer image on "Gossip Girl," to her rock and roll persona on stage (she put an album out last year), to her cool, laid-back personal style, Meester easily transforms her look-and her hair-and always looks stunning. Read on for her personal beauty and fashion tips, insight into her style icons, and the inside scoop on "Gossip Girl." She even gave me a Season 4 spoiler at the end, so consider yourselves warned!
Shine: You take on so many different styles on-stage and off. How would you achieveRead More »from Leighton Meester talks low-maintenance style vs. â€œGossip Girlâ€ chic
Getty ImagesThe fashion industry appears to making a conscious effort to change their asthetic by using less airbrushing, less makeup, and more realistic sized models. Iman, a 54-year-old former model and goddess among mere mortals, loves this recent change. "I'm so for it. Are you kidding me?" Iman told New York magazine last night at a Harper's Bazaar's dinner. "I think the fashion industry has been just walking around it and they do maybe one issue out of the year called 'the Body Issue.'" We have to agree. We love seeing real women represented in fashion, and hope it's not just a current trend, but something that will last going forward.Read More »from Iman thinks models and actresses are too thin
"I think not only fashion models," added Iman. "I think a lot of people, especially in the media, actresses as well, they're getting a little bit too skinny and a little bit scary. And not pretty. That's the thing-I don't know why anybody doesn't want to look pretty. It doesn't look good."
Iman, we raise a glass to you! While surely there are some beautiful
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Wed, May 5, 2010 7:43 PM EDT
Getty Images/Patrick McMullan via PeopleRemember when Jennifer Lopez wore that sparkly unitard on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve"? Many of you commented that while her body looked great, her wardrobe choice was completely awful. Lady Gaga wore a very similar look when she performed at the Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her crystal-covered catsuit was made Giorgio Armani, who also made her Grammy outfits.Read More »from Who wore it best: J.Lo and Lady Gaga in glittery catsuits
For J.Lo, we've seen her in far better performance outfits, and feel the spandex bodysuit doesn't do much for her. On the other hand, we've seen some really outrageous getups on Gaga, so this glittery ensemble is actually astoundingly simple for her. We like it! But sorry, Lady Gaga, we think the real winner of the glittery catsuit showdown is Britney Spears.
Britney Spears in her Back in 2003, Britney rocked this glittery look without an actual catsuit. For her 2003 "Toxic" music video, hundreds of diamond stones were glued to her body to emulate a bodysuit, but the only fabric she was wearing was a g-string!
Film MagicCelebs know a new hairstyle is the best way to get loads of attention, even if they have nothing else going on in their careers or personal lives worth talking about. Last week "Heroes" star Hayden Panettiere made headlines for chopping her hair off. This time around, Pink and Jennifer Garner are making waves with their colorful new looks. Pink shed her silvery blonde pompadour for a new, light brown pixie cut, which she showed off this weekend on the red carpet at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center's "An Evening with Women: Celebrating Art, Music & Equality" event. As a performer who has rocked many outrageous looks, including super-appropriate pink hair, Pink's new shade looks very fresh and mature.Read More »from Pink and Jennifer Garner have dramatic new 'dos
Jennifer Garner in Alias / ABCActress Jennifer Garner has traded in her usual dark brunette shade for a new crimson color. It may not be the blinding fire-engine red hue from her "Alias" days, but her new auburn style was turning heads on the set of the new comedy, "Butter," in which she stars and produces.
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Jason of Beverly HillsOver the weekend, Mariah Carey and hubby Nick Canon decided to get married again for the third time. "We get married every year! That's our thing," Cannon told UsMagazine.com. "If you were married to Mariah Carey, you'd want to marry her every year too! I just have to keep doing it to make sure it's real." This time he said the wedding would be a more traditional ceremony, unlike their two prior events in tropical settings. Whether you consider this behavior to be excessive or sweet, it does seem a bit extravagant to have a full-on wedding every year, complete with a new diamond ring for the missus. Even when that lady is Mariah Carey.Read More »from Mariah Careyâ€™s new diamond ring pop
Getty ImagesThe 41-year-old singer is known for her extreme fondness of butterflies, rainbows, Hello Kitty, and all things pink, but the girly-girl also enjoys candy ring pops from time to time. Carey has a track called "Candy Bling" on her last album, where she sings about her love for candy ring pops, and when Cannon proposed to Carey he actually hid her
Despite the prevalence of overly airbrushed photos and extreme plastic surgery, a new trend has emerged in fashion magazines: celebrities and models going au naturel. Heidi Klum is the latest star to scrub off her mascara and lipstick for her spread in the latest issue of People magazine. Klum was included in the magazine's "Most Beautiful People" issue, and just to prove how stunning she really is, the 36-year-old supermodel was photographed without any makeup on. Here we see freckles, natural skin imperfections, and even a few wrinkles. She looks so refreshingly natural and relaxed! Kudos to People for not airbrushing away any of her imperfect beauty, and that Klum had the courage to be shown looking like her real self.
Other celebs have recently gone the natural route. Jessica Simpson went without makeup for the May cover of Marie Claire, and in an effort to show how advertisers alter images, Britney Spears released the unretouched photos that correspond to her current Candie'sRead More »from Heidi Klum is latest star to go without makeup
First there were Alexander Wang $225 cut-off sweatpants, then $395 spandex bike shorts. Next up in the line of everyday wardrobe items to get the upscale spin: khaki pants. Expensive designer khakis are everywhere this season, and are selling out mere months after they debuted on the runways from New York to Paris . The New York Times took on this trend, trying to decipher just why overpriced chinos have taken off despite the recession. Are they made from special fabrics? Do they have special embellishments worth their jaw-dropping price tags? Can anyone besides Goldman Sachs executives afford to wear them? The answers are often no. While tailoring may be impeccable, and the pants tend to be more form-fitting, it's often very difficult to tell a Dolce and Gabbana pair from a similar style at Old Navy.Read More »from Would you pay $550 for a pair of khakis?
Likewise, the price point for these designer khakis is confusing. We found an average pair of khakis by Rag and Bone for $240, while those by Alexander McQueen cost $925. Burberry