Blog Posts by Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor
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Fashion week is upon us! What would you like to know?
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- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Work + Money – Wed, Feb 9, 2011 9:53 PM EST
Getty ImagesWe may only be mentally preparing for spring, but here in New York City Fall 2011 Fashion Week is underway! I have been covering New York Fashion week since I was a wee intern back in 2001, so you might say I am a seasoned veteran. I've seen dozens of designers present their collections, I've interviewed designers, models, hairstylists, and makeup artists backstage, spoken with celebrities sitting in the front row, taken hundreds of photos, and uncovered trends. But every season I always learn new things, meet new people, and witness some awesome surprises!Read More »from Fashion week is upon us! What would you like to know?
As the fashion and beauty editor here at Shine, I want to make myself available to all of you and be sure all your questions are answered. What would you like to know about New York Fashion Week? What would you like to see? What questions would you like us to ask designers and celebrities? What aspects of Fashion Week would you like Shine to cover?
Fashion Week is an exciting time to see new trends, learn new beauty tips, and
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Wed, Feb 9, 2011 7:30 PM EST
Levi'sEvery few years someone tries to push boyfriend jeans as a trend. Yes, they're comfy for lounging around in, they're not very flattering. We don't want to wear our boyfriend's jeans, or pants designed to look like our boyfriend's jeans. We want to wear jeans that flatter our female bodies. Though we have been known to wear our boyfriend's button-down shirts or cozy sweaters if there's not a huge size discrepancy. But has your significant other ever borrowed your shirt? Or, uh, your jeans? We're guessing not, but Levi's thinks he wants to and have introduced the Ex-Girlfriend Jean. Here's the denim description on their website:Read More »from Fashion that makes us sad: Leviâ€™s ex-girlfriend jeans for men
"Remember the girlfriend with the great style? Here's a tribute to her-a fit that's super-snug allover, an update of the five-pocket classic that's as skinny as it gets. Made with plenty of stretch."
Hey dudes, we're sure you've all dated women with great style, but please, we beg of you, do not try to squeeze into these "super skinny' jeans. We do not want to
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Tue, Feb 8, 2011 11:43 PM EST
Ralph Lauren Collection DenimA decade ago, designer denim was the new "it" thing in fashion. Many people considered paying $100+ for jeans to be crazy, but that didn't stop thousands of pairs from brands like 7 for all Mankind, Citizens of Humanity, Diesel, Earnest Sewn, Joe's Jeans and True Religion from flying off shelves with prices sometimes upwards of $200. Finally there was a breaking point. People realized a good pair of classic Levi's 501s fit just as well. Shoppers were sick of overpaying for jeans with "custom" yet totally generic rips and dyes. Buyers realized they could grab three pairs of jeans at H&M for the price of one designer pair. Or that they already had 10 pairs of jeans and really didn't need any more. And thankfully, the days of overpaying for expensive denim died out a bit.Read More »from $2,000 jeans? Ralph Lauren launching high-end denim line
With that in mind, we were pretty surprised to hear about Ralph Lauren's new luxury denim line today. Surely the top American designer can sell every color and style of polo or cable knit sweater imaginable without
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Tue, Feb 8, 2011 10:04 PM EST
Crystal Renn walks in Chanel's Spring 2011 runway show. / Getty ImagesCrystal Renn deserves major props for putting plus-size models front and center in recent years. The 24-year-old has walked the runway for big designers like Chanel and Jean-Paul Gaultier and has appeared in ad campaigns for a variety brands like H&M, Dolce & Gabbana, and Jimmy Choo as well as plus-size retailers like Lane Bryant and Torrid. She's also posed for the biggest fashion magazines on the planet. But spectators are finding fault with her because they fear she's losing weight and caving to media and industry demands to stay thin. This might be the case. But Renn also feels extreme pressure to maintain her plus-size model status, which isn't easy since she now clocks in at a size six/eight with a 37-38 inch hip. The modeling industry generally considers size 10 and up to be plus-size. (Unbelievable, we know.)Read More »from Crystal Renn addresses her weight loss and maintaining plus-size model status
In a great new video interview with Ford models, Renn explains why her figure has changed so much over the years, and why perhaps it shouldn't matter. "A lot of people
CWWhile many fans of the "Sex and the City" series were disappointed by one or both of the following feature films, producers still view the franchise as a big money maker and refuse to let it die. Since Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte have gotten older and pretty much exhausted their characters, the idea for the next film is to travel back in time to Carrie Bradshaw's teen years. "There are no plans to bring SJP and the other girls back together in the old format," an insider told Grazia. "The prequel is about breathing new life into the story and exploring Carrie's first few months in NYC and the beginning of her relationship with an older man."Read More »from Is Blake Lively the new Carrie Bradshaw?
Apparently a big screen adaptation of Candace Bushnell's best-selling prequel book "The Carrie Diaries" is in the works, and the latest rumor is that "SATC" producer wants "Gossip Girl" star Blake Lively for the role of a young Carrie Bradshaw. Lively does seem like a good fit-she's blonde, she's regarded as highly fashionable (she
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Tue, Feb 8, 2011 12:15 AM EST
Please fit! Please fit! / ThinkstockDo you have good luck when buying shoes of clothing online? Because we don't. We carefully inspect photos and product descriptions, we measure ourselves for accuracy, and we read shopping reviews for hints about garments running small or looking cheap in person. But sometimes when our much-anticipated package arrives, our orders still contain one or two duds that must be returned. And man is that the worst feeling in the world.Read More »from 15-40 percent of clothing bought online gets returned
According to IMRG, a membership community for online retailers, somewhere between 15 and 40 percent of clothing purchased online are returned. Heikki Haldre, a founder of Fits.me, an online fitting room service, told the Independent, "Apparel remains one of the most difficult categories for online sales - and this is because of the lack of a fitting room." He says one in four loose fitting garments like t-shirts are returned to online retailers, while nearly half of all fitted garments are shipped back. We've heard big talk of virtual fitting rooms, and
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Mon, Feb 7, 2011 11:07 PM EST
Wire ImageAs the royal wedding obsession continues, there has been much speculation about which designer will design Kate Middleton's gown. British outfitter Bruce Oldfield appears to be the front-runner, and he's now talking to the press about her potential dress. Or should we say dresses.Read More »from Kate Middleton may wear two wedding dresses... by Bruce Oldfield?
Oldfield was a guest on "Good Morning America" last week, and while he did not confirm to be designing Middleton's wedding day attire, he seemed to know a lot of inside information. "There will be two dresses," said Oldfield. He said she'll wear a more modest, conservative dress walking down the aisle, and switch into something more fun for the evening reception. "It will have sleeves," added Oldfield. "It has to have sleeves. You can't walk down the aisle of Westminster Abbey in a strapless dress. It has to suit the grandeur of the aisle."
As for accessories, Oldfield had more specifics on what Middleton will wear for her nuptials. "I can predict she will wear a veil. That, to me, was the most poignant
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Work + Money – Mon, Feb 7, 2011 8:22 PM EST
Gisele is looking awfully tan to us. Let's hope this photo was taken before 8 a.m.. / Bauer-GriffinBrazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen is no stranger to the sun. We've seen her countless beach-side photo shoots for Victoria's Secret and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue over the years. Her sunkissed highlights and evenly bronzed skin are the envy of many women. But at the launch of her new all-natural organic skincare line, Sejaa, Bündchen made a rather surprising statement: She doesn't wear sunscreen.Read More »from Stupid comment of the day: Gisele calls sunscreen â€œpoisonâ€
"I cannot put this poison on my skin," the model said. "I do not use anything synthetic." Hmm. We can definitely understand a woman, especially a big model who is constantly photographed, not wanting to put too many chemicals on their skin. But we're pretty sure many of the cosmetics used on Bündchen in photo shoots are not all-natural. She has also appeared in ad campaigns for Nivea Sun products in the past. Why would she endorse a product she is so strongly against?
But worst of all, perhaps, is the thought of a woman going out in the sun unprotected all the time. Bündchen