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!
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
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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!
- 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."
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Tue, Apr 20, 2010 6:16 PM EDT
Getty ImagesLast night Tina Fey and Sheryl Crow attended the 2010 Matrix Awards in New York City in the same Dolce & Gabbana dress! The floral knee-length dresses were nearly identical, except Tina's had a cleavage baring V-neck and she added a cardigan over it. For many women this scenario would have been extremely awkward, but the two beautiful ladies carried themselves with class. When they approached the podium to accept awards honoring outstanding women in communications, they even joked about their matching attire.Read More »from Tina Fey and Sheryl Crow illustrate what to do when you show up in the same dress
"When I walked in, Tina Fey and I were wearing, um..." Crow said, pointing to Fey. The "30 Rock" star stood up so the audience could see her similar dress. "She was quick to say we will end up on the 'Who Wears It Best' list. I'm voting on Tina, being flat chested as I am, I feel certain she's gonna be the [winner]."
Tina Fey made light of the situation too, and complimented Crow when she spoke. "We are wearing a very similar dress. So if you want to see what this dress looks
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Mon, Apr 19, 2010 9:48 PM EDT
Esquire/Getty ImagesEsquire loves pitting women against each other to be voted on by their male readers. While Helen Mirren recently edged out Megan Fox and grew one step closer to their "Sexiest Woman Alive" title, a winner has yet to be named. But in another battle of the beauties, 30% of readers felt "Mad Men" star Christina Hendricks was "The Best-Looking Woman In America." In celebration of her exciting new title, readers can indulge in an interview complete with scantily clad images, a second juicy photoshoot, and most importantly the cover of the May issue. But wait a minute... is that really Hendricks on the cover?Read More »from Christina Hendricks named Esquireâ€™s most beautiful woman, is unrecognizable on cover
Upon examination, the cover shot of Hendricks looks to have received a heavy dose of retouching, only not in the usual places. In fact, we're impressed that her curvy figure seems to have been left intact. What is missing, however, are her bright blue eyes, alabaster skin, and lovely pink cheeks. Her chin has also been sliced off. Then of course there's the new hair. It does look fab,
Getty ImagesTabloids love to point out when recently split female celebs get "breakup haircuts." Supposedly Jennifer Love Hewitt just got her second new style since splitting with her ex, Jamie Kennedy. "I know everybody thinks it's a breakup haircut-but it's not," Love Hewitt told People last month. "It's just a 'I-need-a-change' haircut!" The actress continues, "my favorite headline so far was 'She Cut That Man Right Out of Her Hair.' But no-it was really just for me." Though we believe the actress, isn't it possible that she needs a change to move forward as newly single? The whole concept of a "breakup haircut," may be ridiculous, but if celebs are any example, their dramatic hair transformations do seem suspiciously timed. Perhaps they don't want to admit their new styles to be "breakup haircuts," so as to empower their ex, but actresses do seem to cut bangs, try a new length, or change their hair color after a breakup. But what about when it comes to dudes? Surely females aren't the onlyRead More »from Male breakup haircuts and beards
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Fri, Apr 16, 2010 8:44 PM EDT
Falic Fashion GroupMark our words: the fragrance world will not stop cranking out scents until every celebrity has one. Or 18 if you're J.Lo. Yesterday we read that Bruce Willis was getting a fragrance (really?), and today the perfume buzz is all about Aniston. Everyone's favorite "Friend" will be launching her own perfume called Lolavie. Don't ask her what the name means, because "it's a long story and honestly it's too personal to tell," Aniston told WWD. But she insists "it has special significance."Read More »from Jennifer Aniston launches fragrance, looks cold and scared in the ad
Coming upon her first scent, which is said to be a gentle floral, was not an easy venture for the actress. "It's been a year-and-a-half journey," Aniston said. "I'd been asked to do things before, and it never felt organic. But when Leon [Falic, the president of Falic Fashion Group] approached me to be involved with the process from inception to fruition, I thought, 'This could be a creative expression.' And it's turned out to be an extension of myself as opposed to slapping my name on something."
Beyonce's new best-selling fragrance for CodyWe
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Fri, Apr 16, 2010 6:43 PM EDT
IMDBIf anyone knows how to draw attention, it's Jill Zarin of "Real Housewives of New York." You can make out every syllable of her unmistakable voice at a crowded party, and her intensely detailed Upper East Side apartment is certainly eye-catching if not highly overdecorated. She'll also essentially make you wish you were never born if you cross her. But we digress.Read More »from "Real Housewives" star Jill Zarin says LBDs won't attract men
Zarin, who runs a fancy fabric company with her husband Bobby, knows fashion, and obviously fabrics, no matter how questionable her personal taste may be. This week she launched a book called, "Secrets of a Jewish Mother," and gave some very interesting advice to a group of young attendees wearing black dresses. She said they would "never meet a man if they don't wear color."
Ugh. The "never meet a man" concept totally bugs us. That said, do you think there is any truth to her statement? We can see how people would gravitate towards color, or possibly approach a woman after being initially drawn to a bright frock she's
KKP/Fame Pictures and Mavrixonline.com via US WeeklyLike Kate Moss before her, Kate Hudson had really become the poster-girl in fashion for flat-chested women. "I have small breasts, obviously," Kate Hudson said at the 2002 Golden Globes. "It's nice to be able to wear a plunging neckline and have it be elegant."Read More »from Are some implants "better" than others?
In fact, many fashionable ladies with small frames have small breasts, and prefer them that way to obtain a certain look in designer clothes. But US Weekly is reporting that 30-year-old Hudson was tired of her flat chest. An insider says she received a minor breast augmentation in late March. You can see her cup size has grown in the photo on the right, taken in Miami on April 9. The photo on the left was taken last year.
"Kate makes jokes about her boobs, but her chest has always been one of her biggest insecurities," says another source. And we would understand why a woman who has a flat chest would long to have a bit of curves on her. So far the reaction to Hudson's boob job has been a positive one.
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Getty ImagesMany women aren't pleased with their natural hair, but there are so many options we can do to dramatically transform our tresses. A new survey from ShopSmart, the publisher of Consumer Reports, found that the average woman spends about $195 a year on haircuts and $260 on color. More than one third are trying to save money by going to the salon less, and relying more on products and styling tools at home. Still, only 60 percent of women are happy with their hair.Read More »from Only 60% of women are happy with their hair
"There really is such a thing as a bad hair day," says Lisa Lee Freeman, editor-in-chief of ShopSmart. More than 1,000 women aged 18 and over were interviewed for the survey, which found: 44 percent of women have had a mood affected by a bad hair day, and 26 percent have actually shed tears after a haircut. And sometimes it's not just a day. The biggest complaints women have about their hair is the thickness and the color." In fact, 23 percent of women are frustrated with their hair thickness. That's almost one in four!