Many of you Shine readers have commented that real fur is wrong and asked to see faux. We couldn't agree with you more! Everyone from mass retailers like Target to high end designers like Rebecca Taylor have swapped the real thing for fake, and we're quite happy about it. We love the way fur looks,
Blog Posts by Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Wed, Oct 21, 2009 9:46 PM EDT
C.J. LaFrance/Getty ImagesOprah Winfrey has a store near her studio in Chicago where you can purchase designer clothing she's actually worn on her talk show. One blogger went to check out this boutique in search of "Oprah's Closet," but sadly the contents of large wooden wardrobe, hidden amongst Oprah keychains, mugs and logofied matching sweats, left much to be desired.Read More »from Buy Oprahâ€™s clothesâ€”you just canâ€™t try them on
"It contains no more than 10 or 12 pieces...on this day an Ellen Tracy blouse, a Donna Karan leather jacket, a pants suit that bore the distinct cut of Richard Tyler," said True/Slant blogger Matthew Greenberg. "And given Oprah's public battle with weight, who knows what sizes are available."
And now for the weird part: when one customer attempted to bring a black skirt, once worn by Oprah, into the fitting rooms, retail associates chased her down. "You can't try on the clothes from Oprah's Closet," said the clerk, "To preserve the integrity of the items and ensure that Oprah was the last person to wear them."
Can shoppers really tell the
How much would you spend on a bra? Victoriaâ€™s Secret model Marisa Miller covers her boobs in $3 millionBy Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Wed, Oct 21, 2009 7:23 PM EDT
Victoria's SecretEvery year Victoria's Secret debuts their pricey jewel-encrusted Fantasy bra just before Holiday time and their televised "fashion show." This time around supermodel and Victoria's Secret Angel, Marisa Miller, is wearing a $3 million diamond bra by Damiani. "It is an enormous honor to wear the Fantasy bra," says Miller. "It's one of the main features in the Fashion Show every year and I'm so excited to walk the runway in it." The bra showcases white, champagne and cognac colored diamonds with a 16-carat heart shaped diamond dangling in the center. "It is surprisingly comfortable because the Damiani diamonds are embroidered onto the VS Very Sexy Convertible bra - which is actually one of my favorites."Read More »from How much would you spend on a bra? Victoriaâ€™s Secret model Marisa Miller covers her boobs in $3 million
Hey, here's an idea for a gift! How about buying the Very Sexy bra and then a separate diamond (or diamante, or some other affordable jewel) necklace like a normal person?
We'll never understand the point of these ridiculous diamond bras, except perhaps to spark conversation. I remember
All photos Monica Feudi/GoRunway.comDespite many of us having some financial difficulties right now, one one hand the recession is making our fashion dreams come true! High end designers-even couture designers-are making cool items we can afford. Remember how Betsey Johnson said she may collaborate with QVC? Well, Jean-Paul Gaultier has confirmed a Target collection, which will hit the racks of over 250 Target locations and Target.com on March 7. The designer's collection will celebrate the American woman in pop culture, past and present. Does this mean Madonna cone bras? And outrageous glamorous designs like Rihanna, Beyonce and Kylie Minogue have worn on tour? Oh my gosh, we are squealing with anticipation!Read More »from OMG. Jean-Paul Gaultier for Target!?
The Alexander McQueen and Anna Sui for Target collections proved to be huge hits earlier this year, and we love that the mass retailer keeps rolling out these collaborations. French designer Jean-Paul Gaultier launching an affordable line here in the States is worth marking your calendars for. Stay tuned for photo
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Tue, Oct 20, 2009 7:18 PM EDT
Bleach blonde British model Agyness Deyn has had a quick ride to the top, already being featured on the cover of American, British and Italian Vogue, and inked promotional deals with Burberry, Anna Sui, Shiseido, Georgio Armani, Paul Smith, Reebok, Vivienne Westwood, and Jean-Paul Gautier, to name a few. She dated a famous rocker, Albert Hammond Jr. of The Strokes, and even attempted singing herself, providing vocals for "Who" by Five O'Clock Heroes. And since she already has a stage name (she was born Laura Hollins), Deyn has decided to try acting. She's set to co-star in a short film directed by Peter McGough alongside Linus Roache of "Law & Order."
On that note, Woody Allen is said to be writing a part for Victoria's Secret model Adriana Lima for his next film, which will take place in in Rio De Janeiro. Apparently he's "fascinated" by her beauty. Didn't he say the same thing about Scarlett Johansson and Penelope Cruz? At least those two have proven they can act.
Have manyRead More »from Agyness Deyn (and maybe Adriana Lima) head to the big screen: Can models act?
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Mon, Oct 19, 2009 10:20 PM EDT
I somehow made it through a whole wedding and reception in these heelsA few years ago I twisted my ankle so badly that I tore something and made it swell up like a golf ball. Since then, I'd been reluctant about wearing high heels, especially strappy sandals, because I'm a little clumsy and every time I tried my feet hurt by the time I made it outside my apartment. "The accident" was a good excuse for wearing flats, but what about all my pretty pumps, platforms and stilettos? Would I ever wear heels again?Read More »from Can you survive a full day (or night) in high heels?
Last weekend, my friend got married in Virginia, and I decided her wedding was the perfect opportunity to step back into some heels. I bought these platform stack heels at Topshop in New York for $120. I promised to wear them all summer, but since that never happened, I would now be breaking them in on the day of the wedding. A mistake? It turned out not to be! Despite the fact that my heels sunk into the moist ground during the ceremony (note the dirt on the heels), these 4" heels gave me the support I needed to make it from the aisle to the cake and
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Mon, Oct 19, 2009 7:51 PM EDT
Getty ImagesWomen are more obsessed with a youthful appearance than ever, and there are so many great ways to achieve and maintain healthy, vibrant skin without cosmetic enhancements. This month we sent out a package of three age defying Oil of Olay samples to our Shine Beauty Gurus. They had the opportunity to review Olay's Regenerist Eye Roller, UV Defense Regenerating Lotion, and the DNA Superstructure Cream. As with any products that promises to reduce puffiness, diminish fine lines and wrinkles, and restore a youthful appearance, many of our product testers were skeptical. No one was going to pull a fast on on our beauty gurus! Likewise, no two people have the same skin or genetic makeup, so what works for one person could potentially be a disaster on another person. But the results are in, and for the most part, these products delivered! Many of our gurus opted to test the eye roller with outstanding results. Eliminating puffy eyes and crow's feet? We can't wait to try it!Read More »from Shine Beauty Gurus review: Oil of Olayâ€™s Regenerist products
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You may think we New Yorkers have it all when it comes to fashion, but 10 years ago The Limited disappeared from NYC. Hitting up The Limited at the mall was a favorite pastime in the '90s, as their chic and affordable basics were perfect for work or, in my case, dressing up for school and feeling really stylish. Now under new ownership, the brand is poised for a comeback, and they are not taking it lightly. They've re-partnered with '80s brands Forenza and Outback Red, and Jodi Arnold (the designer of Mint) will be collaborating on a collection this spring.
Lucky for me, The Limited opened a pop up shop for four days this week here in NYC so shoppers could reaquaint themselves with the brand. (And oh, how I'd missed it.) Lucky for you, I took a bunch of photos so you can see what The Limited has to offer. [WWD]Read More »from The return of The Limited
Animal prints are popping up everywhere this season, from tiger print leggings to cheetah cardigans. This season I had my heart set on buying a faux fur leopard print coat, but had a difficult time finding a vintage one that didn't smell or fit weird. My requirements: I didn't want to spend a load of cash, since it will surely be a very trendy item this season, and it could not look cheap. The fashion Gods spoke to me last night, when I spotted my perfect coat in the window of Forever 21. (Forever and ever and ever 21?) For under $35 it was a steal, though I plan on ditching the sash and wearing it open. Score!
Inspired by my purchase, I've scoured the web for other animal print items I think you will enjoy. Hurry up and get shopping--it's a jungle out there!Read More »from 18 must-have animal prints
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Thu, Oct 15, 2009 10:08 PM EDT
Getty ImagesOne of my all-time favorite designers, Betsey Johnson, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award this week at the National Arts Club here in New York City. Prior recepients include Carolina Herrera, Jeff Koons, Lynn Redgrave, Salvador Dali, Martin Scorsese and Whoopie Goldberg. I've loved Betsey since I first discovered her and her designs as an early teen. Her style is very whimsical and girly yet strong, and extremely '80s inspired. (And since it's October, I'd like to note she's also a breast cancer survivor. Yay!) The only thing I could possibly find wrong with Betsey Johnson, is that her prices are too high for everyone to afford. Back in the '90s, I found an awesome pink floral Betsey Johnson gown on sale for $62 at Woodbury Commons outlets in New York to wear to my prom. I have no doubt that I was the envy of many of my friends. Sadly, most Betsey Johnson items are still out of my price range. In fact, Saks Fifth Avenue called me this week to notify me that my card has beenRead More »from Betsey Johnson may do an affordable diffusion lineâ€”can all designers follow suit?