The Victoria's Secret models themselves feel their retouched bodies are pure fantasy and say that is the whole point. "Retouching is an essential part of our job, you know," Victoria's Secret Angel Erin Heatherton told style blog Fashionista. "We're not selling reality; we're selling a story. It's all about creating this fantasy. And I don't think people should confuse fantasy and reality because no one is perfect—we all know that, and I think people should embrace themselves and not really focus on where people are depicted as perfect and where they're not."Read More »from Unretouched Victoria’s Secret Swimsuit Images
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- Supermodel Doutzen Kroes before and after retouching. Photos courtesy of Victoria's SecretVictoria's Secret has come under fire once again for their rampant airbrushing. Back in August, a batch of unretouched swimsuit photos of supermodel Doutzen Kroes were accidentally released, and now that their Photoshopped companions have surfaced on VictoriasSecret.com, the differences are evident.
Here at Shine, we love talking with our readers about so many different topics, but once in a while we wonder: what are Shine readers wearing? And thus we're starting a new weekly series: What Are You Wearing Today?
Each week we'll have a different theme and a dedicated space (on the right side of the Shine fashion page) where readers can upload photos of their clothing and accessories... and dare we say nail art. The first topic is shoes, so we want you all to send photos (through email or Twitter) of your flats, heels, boots, sneakers, and funny slippers. We're dying to see closeups of all the awesome styles on your feet, and we'll share our own shoes too! We'll compile all photos into a slideshow, permanently featured on the right side of the Shine fashion page, and we'll also select and highlight a stylish Shine Reader Look of the Week every Friday!
-Please send photos to firstname.lastname@example.org or to our Twitter account, @YahooShine with the hashtag #shinepicturesRead More »from NEW FEATURE: Shine Reader Photo Galleries
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | How To – Fri, Oct 12, 2012 11:45 AM EDT
Skunks are known for their horrible spray and not their beauty, correct? And evening bags are supposed to be chic and elegant, right? We're just checking, because Tom Ford's latest clutch has us completely dumbfounded. The Tom Ford Skunk Fur Minaudiere retails for $1,660 at Neiman Marcus, and while it's not one of the new department store's absurd new Fantasy Gift items, we believe it would take the same type of shopper to buy this exorbitant purse.Read More »from Skunk-Fur Purse by Tom Ford Costs $1,660. Does That Stink?
Chanel's New Hula Hoop Bag is Insane
Fur is a controversial textile in the fashion world, but at least a fur coat would provide warmth. Mink, sable, chinchilla, rabbit, and fox fur are used all the time for luxury items, from long coats to the trim on winter gloves. We've even seen raccoon fur used in fashion. But skunk fur? On a purse?
Zookeeper Pranks Crowd With Skunk
Imagine hitting up a swank soiree with the Tom Ford skunk fur clutch in hand. Your palms get a little sweaty, dampening the black and white fur within your grasp. "That's
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Wed, Oct 10, 2012 2:08 PM EDT
Hey 1%, it's time to open your wallets! The annual Neiman Marcus Fantasy Gift catalog has arrived! This year the luxury department store has really outdone itself with lavish and impractical presents for the entire spoiled-rotten family. Click through to find out which item costs over $1 million, and who we feel will be purchasing the limited edition Fantasy Gifts this year.
By Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty EditorRead More »from Most Expensive Neiman Marcus Catalog Offerings: Who is Buying?
Scary Beautiful shoes by Leanie van der Vyver. Photo by Lyall CoburnWe've seen many ugly shoes in our day, but a new pair dubbed "Scary Beautiful" is definitely the most treacherous footwear we've ever seen. The massive heels appear backwards on the foot, so the wearers feet point straight down the back, as if in ballet shoes, with their shin leaning against the front "heel" end of the design to balance. The shoes are a collaboration between artist Leanie van der Vyver and Dutch shoe designer René van den Berg, and serve as a commentary on today's impossible standards of beauty.Read More »from The Scariest Shoes of All Time
The ugliest shoes of all time
Van der Vyver is South African, and recently graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. We spotted "Crazy Beautiful" on her website, cargocollective.com, and reached out to her for the inside scoop.
Imelda Marcos' prized shoe collection is ruined
"After working in fashion for seven years, and therefore being well aware of the manipulation images in fashion suffer for a perfect result, I still compare myself to them
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Mon, Oct 8, 2012 4:56 PM EDT
As Frank Sinatra's daughter, Nancy was destined for fame, but it was her smoking figure, mod makeup, and signature footwear that made her a household name. Nancy Sinatra showed off her own pipes on songs like "These Boots are Made for Walkin'," "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)," and the James Bond theme, "You Only Live Twice," and she had a brief acting career co-starring alongside Elvis Presley. We're taking a look back at her most stylish moments on the 1960s, from big hair to stylish menswear, and even contemplating a very awesome-yet-simple Halloween costume. By Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty EditorRead More »from Nancy Sinatra’s Iconic Boots and Enviable '60s Style
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Style Crush – Mon, Oct 8, 2012 2:09 PM EDT
Nicole Kidman and Grace KellyGrace Kelly is one of the most beautiful and stylish women who ever lived, so it was only a matter of time until she received her own biopic. Nicole Kidman has been selected to star in "Grace of Monaco," and we're fairly impressed with her transformation! We think she nails Kelly's sleek coif, and her calm, regal expression. Her white dress adorned with beading and gemstones has us very anxious to see the other costumes in the film.Read More »from Nicole Kidman to Play Grace Kelly in "Grace of Monaco"
"Grace of Monaco" will hit theaters in 2014, and showcase the actress-turned princess during a six-month period in 1962, when Kelly was around 33 years old. It highlights Kelly's involvement with Monaco's Prince Rainier III and France's Charles De Gaulle dispute over tax laws and attempt to save the city-state from a coup. Parker Posey, Paz Vega, and Tim Roth will also star.
How do you feel about Nicole Kidman playing Grace Kelly? We know it's hard to stand up to a gorgeous screen legend and princess, but we have faith in Kidman's acting
Chanel's new purse may be the most impractical one ever. Photo by Kristy Sparow/Getty ImagesMany would consider Chanel the pinnacle of glam, to-die-for accessories, but we saw something a bit different from the brand's Spring 2013 collection yesterday. Namely, a colossal white quilted leather purse anchored between to two giant black hula hoops. We're intrigued, we're amused, and, perhaps most of all, we're confused.Read More »from Chanel's New Hula Hoop Bag is Insane
Paired with a swimsuit on the runway at Paris Fashion Week, we're assuming this Chanel bag is intended for the beach. (If Kim Kardashian can park her Hermes Birkin in the sand, we suppose the 1% can bring giant Chanel bags to the shore too.) But this thing is HUGE. Yes, we've seen the Olsen twins cart around bags large enough to sleep in, but we'd estimate the diameter of this hula hoop purse at around three feet. Can it event fit inside a car door? Can it sit on your shoulder without falling off? Will it set off metal detectors? Would someone try to steal it more than a regular coveted Chanel bag?
Also: remember those gorgeous-but-bizarre Chanel shell clutches
You know that strange phenomenon when you have absolutely no interest in a dress/jacket/bag/pair of shoes until you see a really stylish lady wearing it and looking incredible? Suddenly, an item you've previously dismissed goes directly to the top of your must-have list. That's what happened with us and varsity jackets after we saw Rihanna rocking one by Opening Ceremony in London. "We Found Love" in the contrast sleeves, patches, and sporty striped cuffs, so we've rounded up 10 similar styles that cost a mere fraction of Rihanna's jacket. Click through our slideshow to cop one now. By Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor
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Forget crossbody styles and trendy python prints--backpacks are the most popular style of bags for fall, especially in supple leather. Every designer from Gucci to Chanel to Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's line The Row made leather backpacks this season. Whether you need something to tote your laptop around in, or you're just looking for something stylish and comfortable on your shoulders, we've rounded up the best leather versions on the market. Are you vegan, or trying to nab this style for extra cheap? We've got some fashionable faux options options too. By Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor
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