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
Blog Posts by Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Tue, Apr 13, 2010 8:53 PM EDT
- 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
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Fri, Apr 9, 2010 8:50 PM EDT
"Sex and the City 2" is quickly approaching with a May 27 release date. Are you excited? We were such huge fans of the TV series, that we're constantly living in fear of the potentially awful things the writers and producers keep tacking on to what we felt the perfect series ending. We loved Carrie with Mr. Big, but after he stood her up at the altar and disappointed her for the five millionth time, we soured on him. And now that they actually are married, we're not sure that we like it. Or many other things we see in the new trailer.
Don't get us wrong-there are a few moments that look awesome. Like Standford's big gay wedding, complete with a performance by Liza Minnelli. Or Samantha's reminder that they made a deal ages ago: "Men, babies, doesn't matter. We're soul mates." But aside from these scenes, we see lot of confusing, cringe-worthy moments that make us weary of the "Sex and the City" movie sequel. Not that they'll prevent it from being one of the biggest movies of theRead More »from 12 annoying things about the new â€œSex and the Cityâ€ movie trailer
Alexander Natruskin/ReutersThere's no doubt about it--poufs are everywhere. Hillary Clinton has been seen recently with a lot more volume at the crown of her head, and personally, we think Snooki aka Nicole Polizzi of MTV's "Jersey Shore" is to blame.Read More »from Uh oh! Snookiâ€™s pouf worn by Hillary Clinton
The New York Times notes finds it no coincidence that many celebs have been sporting poufs these days. Mini bouffants have been seen on the runways (Vera Wang, DKNY, and Rochas, to name a few) while the "Gossip Girl" hairstylist admittedly uses Bumpits to create Blair Waldorf's signature look. The Times pins the trend on Snooki too.
Stephanie Kocielski, artistic director of John Paul Mitchell Systems, says that since women are being more frugal about fashion purchases these days, "the only real area where people can influence change right now is their hair." Is this true? There's no other room for change in this world? We certainly hope not.
Steve Fenn/ABCOur final thought: coming up with new, simple ways to change up our hair from day to day ranks sort of low on our list of
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Thu, Apr 8, 2010 8:24 PM EDT
Getty ImagesWhen it comes to Demi Moore, one topic seems to be the focus of public conversation: how does the mother of three still look so good at 47 years old? If you listen to tabloids, it's because she has had hundreds of thousands of dollars of plastic surgery on just about every part of her body and is constantly photoshopped to death. Finally Moore is setting the record straight in the May issue of UK Elle.Read More »from Demi Moore admits to surgery and extreme body obsession
"In truth, I wish there was a little bit less curiosity and fascination with how I look, whether it's good or bad," says the actress, who is pictured in a corset and lingerie. "It feels like school-yard name-calling a lot of the time. It hurts. You know what? Maybe one day I'll go under the knife. It just irritates me that people are constantly saying how much I've spent on plastic surgery." In another breath, however, she contradicts herself saying, "I have had something done but it's not on my face."
People love discussing which celebrities may or may not have had work done, and
CNDSpring is here, and just as ladies are beginning to show a little more skin, nude is the color taking fashion and beauty by storm. Heels, handbags, and tops in flesh-colored shades are all the rage, and this season's biggest polish trend is neutral nails! Nude, taupe, mauve, and beige have been seen on the runways, in stores, and on the hands of many celebrities.Read More »from Shine Beauty Gurus review: CND nail polish
For this month's challenge, the Shine Beauty Gurus tested out two polishes from CND (Creative Nail Design). They are an industry favorite, and produce high quality, affordable products that are often used on the runway. In fact, the exact polishes our Gurus tested were worn during Spring 2010 New York Fashion Week at the Catherine Malandrino and Max Azria shows . Talk about on-trend!
The polishes up for review are Desert Suede ($9) and Gold Shimmer ($11), both available at cnd.com. Both the Colour and the Effects polishes can be worn alone, but the Effects polish is meant to be layered on top of Desert Suede or another polish
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Fri, Apr 2, 2010 7:21 PM EDT
Erica DeRamus in her prom dress. CNNLast week, Erica DeRamus, a senior at Oxford High School in Alabama, was suspended for wearing a dress to her prom that was deemed inappropriate and denied access to her senior dance. The school's dress code, which was presented to both parents and students on three occasions, stated that dresses could not have cleavage that fell below the breast bone, or rose six inches above the knee. When DeRamus showed up to the prom this past weekend, she was told she had violated both rules.Read More »from Huh? Alabama students must choose between being PADDLED or suspended for violating prom dress code
"What cleavage, that's exactly what I said," DeRamus told CNN. "I wasn't trying to be rude or anything, but that's the way I feel." Her mother stood by the mint-green confection, claiming she saw nothing wrong with it. "If I felt like it was too much cleavage in this dress, I wouldn't have purchased the dress," said Darrie DeRamus. "It would have stayed in that store, and I wouldn't have even got it off the internet and paid for it."
Of the 352 students who attended the prom at Oxford, 18 violated the
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | SATC – Thu, Apr 1, 2010 9:11 PM EDT
Andy WarholCelebrity favorite shoemaker, Christian Louboutin, may sell fancy heels from $495 and up, but his business is not suffering from the recession. In fact, the sale of Louboutins are up, and over 340,000 pairs are sold annually. Obviously, not everyone can afford or wants to spend that kind of dough on fancy pumps, but Louboutin himself estimates that about 3,000 women have around 500 pairs of his shoes each. (Um... 500 times $500 is $250,000. Holy crap.)Read More »from Danielle Steele has 6,000 pairs of Christian Louboutins. What?!
Louboutin's best customer is author Danielle Steele. "She has at least 6,000 pairs, if not more," he says. "She comes to Paris, and she literally buys everything. Then she flies back to New York, says, 'I'm a little disappointed - there's nothing in the store,' and walks out with 80 pairs. She is super."
And we thought our closets were brimming over with shoes. 6,000 pairs? What on earth do you do with that many shoes? You could wear a different pair every day for over 16 years!
When it comes to shoes, do you tend to save up for a few
Getty ImagesLady Gaga has become known as much for her outlandish avant-guard attire as she is for her music. In fact many people would consider her day-to-day clothing to be straight up costumes, but Gaga prefers it that way. "I think you should look nice all the time," she says. "When I meet celebrities and they're in casual clothes, I'm always like: 'Whaaat?' I don't mean to be judgmental, but it would do them better to be who they really are, all the time."Read More »from Lady Gaga thinks celebs should never look casual
But what if they actually are casual people who only dress to the nines for red carpet events and premieres? Are we to believe that Gaga never goes out on a Starbucks run in sweatpants like Britney Spears? Hmm, come to think of it, we never have seen Gaga in casual clothes!
"This is really who I am all the time," says Gaga. "When I get out of a car and there are 30 fans waiting for me, I know I'm dressed the way I should be. There's a reason they have that emotional reaction."
Maybe there's something to that, but we kind of like seeing