Saturday, October 31, 2009


Put aside your “sexy witch” get-up this Halloween and channel a fashion icon. Herewith, our picks and tips to throwing together a quickie costume worthy of a freaky fashionista.
Coco Chanel
Style yourself a short curly bob, wear a black and white skirt suit, and pile on loads of pearls.

Karl Lagerfeld
Spray your hair stark white then pull it all back in a low ponytail. Throw on a black suit with a white button-up shirt and skinny tie. Accessorize with fingerless gloves (you can cut your own from a black pair), sunglasses and rings just along the top half of your digits.

Rachel Zoe
Pull on your tightest pair of SPANX (you know how thin she is), give yourself a long, blonde wavy wig, super-sized shades and wear layers (don't forget the fur vests, that is a staple). Stack cuffs on both wrists and call it a day. Taylor & Brad sold separately.

Lady Gaga
Put on a platinum blonde wig and top it with the weirdest headpiece you can find. Don a bodysuit with tights (here’s where you recycle “sexy witch”), big round John Lennon-like sunglasses. If you’re feeling particularly ghoulish, splash some fake blood on yourself to mimic her spooky VMA performance.

Grace Coddington and Anna Wintour
Grab a friend and go as the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of Vogue. For Grace, frizz-out your hair, white-out your brows, wear loose dark clothing with clunky leather sandals and top-off with a red lip. For Anna, it’s a bobbed wig with bangs, conservative floral shift dress worn under a fur coat and oversized shades.

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NACO   Karl Who? Tote

Karl Lagerfield is no stranger to self-deprecating humor. After making a cameo on the runway with his face printed on a canvas tote, Lagerfield made another canvas bag famous after being caught by the papaprazzi with it. The notorious “Karl Who?” canvas tote was designed by Parisian designer, NACO, whose pieces retain a very strong pop vibe. The simple painted print of “Karl Who?” translates a whimsical sense of humor that is only so funny because it is so rhetorical. We may not be famous enough to make a canvas tote with our names on it covetable, but we can all enjoy the one available at colette for now.
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Friday, October 30, 2009


She has it all – a successful Hollywood career, famous boyfriend and beautiful kids – but when it comes down to it, Reese Witherspoon says she thinks of herself as a single mom making it through the day.

"It isn't anything I chose in life, it just sort of happened that way," the Walk the Line Oscar winner, 33, said at Tuesday's Avon Foundation for Women charity event at New York's Cipriani 42nd Street, where she was the honorary co-chair. "We all just do the best we can. We're all just people trying to get through life however we can ... I'm thrilled to be any sort of inspiration to anyone!"

Most inspiring is that the foundation she works with raises millions for women with breast cancer and victims of domestic violence.

"I just wanted a scent memory of my childhood in Tennessee growing up," she says. "A lot of it is white flowers and gardenias and things that I grew up in the backyard loving. Things that I smelled on my mother and my grandmother that really inspired a feeling of being back home."

Reese Witherspoon was in Times Square earlier this week to promote the launch of her fragrance In Bloom, in partnership with Avon. To introduce In Bloom to both consumers and Avon Representatives, Avon and Witherspoon took over Times Square in a multi-tiered event.

The launch included consumer sweepstakes to win the fragrance, autographed by Witherspoon and an In Bloom experience for consumers inside Times Square Studios, where they were able to shop with Avon Representatives.

"The fragrance is sensual, romantic, and alluring," said Witherspoon. "It is truly indicative of where I am in my life today - I'm feeling very strong and independent, and so happy."
The fragrance is also available as a limited edition Parfum that features a mix of blooming flowers. It is housed in a special gift box, featuring a bottle charm of Reese's monogram.

The In Bloom by Reese Witherspoon Fragrance Collection includes Eau de Parfum, Limited Edition Parfum, Body Mist, Body Lotion and Shower Gel.


Yves Saint Laurent got an early start on Halloween revelry when it threw a blow out masquerade ball Thursday night to celebrate the launch of its new women's fragrance Parisienne.

The brand made over the Angel Orensanz Foundation with blush pink backlighting, vase upon vase of lush roses and antique-looking chandeliers with flickering votive candles. And if that didn't set the mood, the perfume's ad campaign featuring a very suggestive Kate Moss played on a loop on flat screens throughout the venue.

An eccentric mix of editors, models and Lower East Side night owls crammed the space to such capacity that security on Norfolk Street had to keep aspiring attendees at bay. "I haven't been out for a while," said one publicist as she scanned the dancefloor for a familiar face. "I was wondering if I'd suddenly gotten behind and didn't know who anyone was."

Surely the "mask required" dress code didn't help matters. "I made mine at 4 am," said Leigh Lezark, who along with the Misshapes shared deejay duties with Alexandra Richards. Dancing nearby, Becka Diamond was giving her vision-impairing mask a breather. "No one wants to see a pretty girl on the floor," she joked.

(Source: WWD)


Michael Kors continues to transform himself from a mere fashion designer into a bonafide style icon.

As famous for his celebrity-favorite fashion creations as he is for his role as a judge on Project Runway, Kors also fronts a popular line of fragrances.

Now, the designer is teaming up with Estée Lauder to tackle the world of color cosmetics.

Building on his Very Hollywood fragrance franchise, the makeup line, called the Estée Lauder Michael Kors Very Hollywood Color Collection, will conjure up the swishy panache of Rodeo Drive with limited-edition products, and launch in January 2010.

"Hollywood is the birthplace of fantasy and dreams. The inspiration for the Estée Lauder Michael Kors Very Hollywood Color Collection is iconic Hollywood glamour, both past and present, interpreted for everyday life," says Kors.

The collaboration resulted from the longstanding friendship between Kors and Aerin Lauder, Estée Lauder Senior Vice President and Creative Director.

"Nobody understands modern glamour and luxury like Aerin Lauder and the Estée Lauder brand, which is what this collection is all about," says Kors.

The collection will spotlight two different modern-classic color palettes - Bel Air Beige and Rodeo Pink - and feature complementary blush, eyeshadow duos, eye pencils, lip glosses and nail polishes.

And the advertising campaign, shot by Craig McDeen, will feature Lauder model Hilary Rhoda in a sparkling gold Michael Kors gown that reflects paparazzi camera flashes as she steps on the red carpet.

(Source: Stylelist)


NEW YORK, Oct 28, 2009 / — It’s only three days before Halloween and you’re still agonizing on what to wear. Well, you just came to the right place.
Heidi Klum, model, Victoria’s Secret angel, host of Project Runway and most of all, wife and mother tells her secret on how to be the sexiest cat and vampire.
Known for her adorable and fabulous Halloween parties, Heidi Klum shares makeup tips and costume ideas for the scariest night of the year.
1. Sexy cat. You can make a cat costume yourself with a few things. Get a leotard and some fabric paint at places like Pearl Paint ( or Michaels (
Then you can paint cat patterns right onto the leotard to make it more interesting. Buy a dog collar with a tag and put a fun message on it.
For example, when I was a cat in 2007, I put “If lost, please return to Seal.” You can also buy cat ears and a fake tail that can be attached with a few stitches or a safety pin.
Add in some sexy high heels or boots. Really go for it and paint your face like a sexy city cat. Don’t forget the whiskers!
Heidi Klum as a Vampire
Heidi Klum as a Vampire
2. Vampire. I love wearing fangs! Especially when they have blood dripping down them.
If you really want good fangs, think ahead and ask your dentist if he can make you some. That’s what I did and they fit your teeth perfectly! I take good care of them so I can wear them year after year.
Also, play with changing your look. If you are blond, go and get a great black wig. You can find one at Bob Kelly Wigs in NYC (212.819.0030) or Ricky’s (
It’s good to invest in one amazing element of your costume. Wigs, especially, make a difference! It also helps you get into character.
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Over at Parsons The New School for Design, Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez held court on Wednesday. They chatted with Simon Collins, the dean of the school of fashion, and had plenty of advice for the budding designers in the packed room. McCollough and Hernandez stressed the importance of internships, recalling how theirs at Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors, respectively, helped them learn the tricks of the trade, especially fabric sourcing. The label offers a separate commercial collection in its showroom. “Now [the runway] is just for media; it’s a marketing tool,” Hernandez said. The duo admitted it is not averse to a lower-priced secondary line. “When we did the Target project, we saw there is a whole different set of customers,” McCollough said. “It gave us ideas.” This was the first of the Parsons Fashion Conversation Series.


Designer Kenneth Cole met with about 400 students at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York on Wednesday night to speak of his journey to the $500 million brand he has built, but also in hopes of inspiring the students who are looking to enter the workforce in a down economy. “People say that things will get better in a few months, but to be honest, I don’t think it will get better for years,” he said. “The key is to go out in the world with a sense of contest....Find out where you can offer value as a designer and create something that people will desire.” Cole spoke of his latest success, which was designing a woman’s shoe that is “both stylish and the most comfortable shoe you will ever wear.” The company advertised the shoe over the summer and didn’t produce a large number in hopes of creating demand, he explained. On Aug. 7, 1,500 people waited on line outside of the Kenneth Cole flagship in Rockefeller Center hoping to get their hands on a pair. “We looked at the situation in the economy and used it as an opportunity to change the dynamic of what we sell,” he said. “There’s still demand for that shoe.” He went on to talk about the changing needs of the American consumer and the growing importance of social networking to stay on top of their needs. “By the way, I can use more Facebook friends and more followers on Twitter,” he said. By Thursday morning, a Cole spokesman confirmed the designer had 120 new friends on Facebook.

Thursday, October 29, 2009


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Mj-this-is-it At "Michael Jackson This Is It," moviegoers will not see the elaborate costumes created for the tour that never was, bedazzled with 4 million Swarovski crystals and lighted up using LED technology. Those are on display at the O2 Arena in London, where the tour had been scheduled to begin in July, and will go on to New York and Tokyo.

But what they will see, in addition to tough and tender moments that humanize the pop singer and one hell of a music and dance show, is an amazing array of designer outfits Jackson wore to rehearsals.

A black leather pagoda-sleeve jacket and a crystal-trimmed tuxedo designed by the likes of Christophe Decarnin for Balmain, Kris Van Assche for Dior Homme and Tom Ford speak to Jackson's renewed relevance in fashion circles, and the changing relationship between music and fashion.

Jackson became a style icon in the 1980s because of his individual, often theatrical styling choices for the stage -- the single sequined glove, the white socks, the fedora. But his recent comeback was engineered with the help of fashion designers, with Balmain's Decarnin recognizing the retro appeal of tennis-ball-shaped shoulders and over-the-top embroidery, and Jackson appearing in his designs.
We had been used to seeing Jackson show up for courtroom appearances in scrubs, surgical masks, arm bands and other kooky attire, some of it designed by his longtime L.A.-based costume designers, Michael Bush and Dennis Tompkins, who have a Michael mannequin in their Los Feliz studio.
Michael-jackson-rushka-bergman But his look changed with an introduction to fashion stylist Rushka Bergman, and it is her work that is mostly front and center in the film, because Jackson's everyday clothes end up as his de facto costumes.

A pint-sized powerhouse from Serbia who says things like "forever daaahling," Bergman first met Jackson when she styled him in Dior Homme for the October 2007 issue of Italian Vogue L'Uomo.

Some might say it was the beginning of his comeback when she put him in Hedi Slimane's slim-line suits, fashionable at the time with Mick Jagger, Beck, Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand and nearly every other credible male rocker.

The morning of the film's premiere, Bergman pulled out snapshots of Jackson trying on clothes at his house, and called him her "supermodel" because he fit into anything, including women's clothes. She emphasized his sex appeal ("He's sooooooo sexxxy!"), which comes into focus in the film for the first time in a long time, despite Jackson's surgerized face.

"When he wears Balmain on-screen, you say, 'Wow!'," she said.

In the film, Jackson looks fabulous much of the time, save for a few unfortunate print shirts and patched sweat pants that could well be the influence of L.A. fashion impresario Christian Audigier, who had approached Jackson about collaborating on a line.

But more often, you notice sharp tailoring and light-reflecting color. In a Tom Ford tuxedo worn during dancer auditions, skinny orange Dior Homme jeans, a red leather Balmain motorcycle jacket with crystal studded shoulders worn during the "Thriller" rehearsal and a Balmain suede military jacket worn with Alessandro Dell'Acqua gold sequin pants, Jackson looks powerful and contemporary.

This-is-it-tour "Seeing the clothing Rushka had selected, you could see Michael's influence," said Travis Payne, assistant director and choreographer for the This Is It Tour.

In recent years, pop stars have turned to fashion designers for costumes with increasing regularity, with Kylie Minogue choosing Jean Paul Gaultier for her recent North American tour, and Beyonce enlisting Thierry Mugler.

Payne wanted to bring fashion relevance to Jackson's on-stage persona too, so he solicited sketches from several designers, including John Galliano and Alexander McQueen.

Ultimately, New York-based fashion and costume designer Zaldy was tapped. Having worked with the Scissor Sisters and Gwen Stefani, while producing his own clothing line, he bridged the worlds of music and fashion.

Jackson was to have 10 costumes by Zaldy and six by Bush and Tompkins. Bush also helped dress the dancers and singers, as did Jennifer Rade, a Hollywood stylist whose star client is Angelina Jolie. The tour costumes will be featured in a "This Is It" DVD.

"Zaldy is the new cool thing and working with him gave Michael credibility. But Michael Bush is near and dear to his heart. So I wanted them to collaborate," Payne said.

Bush's "Smooth Criminal" costume is a white, 1940s-inspired pinstripe suit. Zaldy's updated "Thriller" jacket is hand-embroidered to look like it has blood dripping from the shoulders.

 "That was probably the hardest piece to do because it was so iconic," Zaldy said.

But his "Billy Jean" costume was the piece de resistance, with a jacket, tuxedo pants, ankle socks and a single glove that would light up using remote control, thanks to new Lumalive LED textile technology rushed through development by Philips Research in the Netherlands.

Zaldy remembers, "In the fitting, when Michael tried it on, his mouth literally dropped and he said, 'It's everything I always wanted.'"

(Source: LA Times)


12 Designers' Fall Fashion Choices

Imagine a world in which everything, from our financial system to our 
international relations, can be reset and reinvented every six months. 
Sounds pretty nice, right? That's one of the great things about 
fashion: Each new season gives men an opportunity to start all 
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LADY’S FIRST: You can’t say she doesn’t accessorize. Lady Gaga will be given the Stylemaker Award at Monday night’s 13th annual Accessories Council Excellence Awards, known as the ACE Awards. Gaga, known to shock and awe with her daring headwear among other fashion choices, will be given the award by Marc Jacobs. Other honorees include Diane von Furstenberg, Tomas Maier of Bottega Veneta and Blake Mycoskie of Tom’s Shoes. The event will take place at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York.

(Source: WWD)


NEW YORK — Fashion’s Night Out, the global shopping event that gave retail a much-needed kick last month, is due for an encore in 2010.

Today, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Vogue magazine, the Council of Fashion Designers of America and NYC & Co. will unveil the return of the event on Sept. 9 — and the plan is to make the second one bigger and better than the first.

“The numbers are in, and it’s clear that Fashion’s Night Out was a tremendous success,” Bloomberg said. “Thousands of New Yorkers attended the events in all five boroughs, supporting the city’s retail and fashion industries, and helping a worthwhile cause. It’s sure to be an even bigger event in 2010.”

The first event, which took place Sept. 10, was widely considered a success. In New York alone, more than 700 retailers remained open until 11 p.m., and designers planned special personal appearances or events, with various spots around the city turning into major block parties.

“We were absolutely bowled over by the response to Fashion’s Night Out,” said Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour. “It was only 15 minutes after the event began, and we were getting reports about lines around the block at stores throughout the city. It was wonderful to see people embrace this initiative, and we are thrilled that they wish it to return.”

CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg added, “To have designers in stores to celebrate and start a shopping season is the best idea for everybody. It creates excitement and lots of business.”

According to an independent study by ShopperTrak, foot traffic in stores jumped by 50 percent that night. Meanwhile, NYC & Co., the marketing, tourism and partnerships organization of the city, conducted a survey of 1,300 shoppers and concluded that 75 percent of them bought something that night. The survey also found two-thirds of those consumers visited stores they have never been to before, and 61 percent ventured out of their comfort zones, going to neighborhoods outside of their work and living areas.

“I think that when the partners planned the first one, it was pretty clear that it was going to be successful, but until we hit the streets that night, I don’t think we knew the extent of the success,” CFDA executive director Steven Kolb said. “As it went into the nights and days after, during fashion week, we talked to all the participants, and there wasn’t one person who didn’t immediately ask when we were going to do this again.”

In the weeks since Fashion’s Night Out, top retailers have been meeting with the mayor and city officials, seeking a repeat of the event and trying to devise strategies to spur shopping and tourism in the city year-round. Specifically for Fashion’s Night Out, some retailers are pressing to make Sept. 9 free of sales tax. There is also a proposal to stage a fashion show for consumers at Lincoln Center, where New York Fashion Week will be held for the spring 2011 designer collections for the first time, instead of at Bryant Park. The show would promote merchandise in the stores, not the next season’s.

It is expected to be challenging to get the required city and state approvals for making the day of Fashion’s Night Out tax-free for retail sales.

“There are a lot of state budget issues,” said one source. The mayor has been pushing for an increase in the sales tax and, recently, the state senate agreed to raise the sales tax by one-half of a percentage point to 8.875 percent, making it one of the highest rates in the country. However, the exemption on clothing purchases for $110 or less remains. The increase applies to the city’s portion of the sales tax, which when added to a state tax and transit tax lifts the total rate to 8.875 percent.

While retailers were pleased with the turnout at the first Fashion’s Night Out, several did acknowledge there was far more partying, gawking at celebrities and autograph-hunting than shopping. But retailers still felt the event did a lot to elevate the industry’s image and at least put some people in more of a shopping mind-set.

And there remains a groundswell of support for repeating the initiative. “I thought Fashion’s Night Out was a terrific event,” said Stephen I. Sadove, chairman and chief executive officer of Saks Fifth Avenue. “It generated traffic and excitement around fashion. It was very focused. It was never designed to generate huge sales, but I do believe incremental sales were generated by the event.”

Michael Gould, Bloomingdale’s chairman and ceo, concurred. “It was a fun evening and it excited a lot of people,” he said. “Like most things, the first time there’s great novelty to it. The second time, there has to be even more substance. We had incredible activity at Bloomingdale’s and a strong sales performance.”

(Source WWD)


Naomi Campbell is following Tyra Bank's catwalk steps. The supermodel has taken two steps to rival her catwalk talent rival and is looking for the next top model and photographer. Joining forces with Talenthouse, a community based website that looks for talented musicians, artists and models, Naomi will be looking for a male and female model to feature in an up and coming photoshoot with a "major" fashion magazine. She is also asking photographers to submit work, which they believe have a "glamour" theme.

If you fancy yourself as the next top model or as a fashion photographer you have until 5 February next year to submit your entry. Good luck.


Wednesday, October 28, 2009


Cindy Crawford, one of the pioneers of the term “supermodel”, has admitted that with her celebrated curvy figure, she’d have virtually no chance of making it big as a model in the fashion industry today.

The former covergirl is the latest fashion figure to express concern over "size zero" models.
Earlier this month, Germany's most popular women's magazine stopped using professional models completely, saying it was fed up with having to digitally erase their protruding bones.

However, Karl Lagerfeld, the fashion designer, has accused critics of thin models of being "fat mummies who sit with bags of potato chips".

Ralph Lauren has twice recently been found to have altered photographs of models to make their waists smaller. In once case, the model's waist ended up smaller than her head.
Miss Crawford said changing perceptions in the industry would have stopped her making it.
She was one of the highest-paid models in the 80s and 90s, and her trademark beauty spot above her lip got her booked for some of the most prestigious advertising campaigns in the world.
But she believes the fashion industry would have no room for her today.

“I would not have become a supermodel in 2009,” Crawford, 43, told German magazine Bunte.
“I look too healthy.”

The industry is not looking for “a body like mine, with big breasts, normal thighs and toned upper arms”, she added. The mom-of-two said she was happy with her physique, but revealed that she does occasionally worry about ageing and the changes it brings about – like wrinkles and bulges.

“I like being in my 40s so much,” she said.
“[It's about] being at peace with yourself, knowing about your strengths beyond being pretty.”

 (Source: AP)


When we saw the tresse bikinis, monokinis, and one-piece swimsuits Alexandre Herchcovitch sent down the runway at Rosa Cha, all we could think about was how cool they would look with a pair of shorts or flared maxi skirt.

Whether it was cut-outs on the backs of dresses at Max Axria, "vertebrae" running up the backs of dresses at Chado Ralph Rucci, or naked zippers at Thuy, the back was big this fashion week as designers did all they could to make editors, buyers, and ultimately customers, take a second look.

It's your coolest t-shirt, longer! Max and Lubov Azria designed a few variations for their BCBGMaxAzria Spring 2010 line.

The resurgence of the '80s brought studded jeans, boyfriend jeans, and acid wash jeans back, and with their spring '10, G-Star hopes to make printed denim a trend. Love this print on print suit.

Muumuus usually conjure up frumpy images of Three's Company's, Mrs. Roper but Tiffany Amber, who showed her spring '10 collection as part of the Arise Promise of Africa Group Show (see left), and Brasilian designer Carlos Miele updated this classic style by showing skin.

For spring/summer '09, round sunglasses broke through as a hot sunglass trend, but the cool, oversized square frame shades Cynthia Rowley accessorized her spring '10 line with may flip that trend.

Brian Reyes showed several different shorts in full and high-cuts, in cotton, jersey, seersucker, denim, sequins, and t-shirt material. LOVED the high-cuts in particular because paired with wedge heels, your legs'll look model long.

From Jackson Pollock-reminiscent splatter prints to dresses pieced together with multhued fabrics, we were loving the graphic prints that looked brushed on in several spring '10 collections including Chado Ralph Rucci (right), Ohne Titel, and Toni Maticevski (left).

The spring '10 men's shows featured tons of color in men's suiting. Calvin Klein, Jean Paul Gaultier, C.P. Company, Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo, Moschino, and Paul Smith presented a spectrum of suits as did Michael Kors (pictured here) while Louis Vuitton paired dark suits with colorful shoes. I think the color adds a sharpness to the suit mainly because it takes a certain kind of swagger for a man to rock a pastel suit.

Ever since Rihanna rocked a quilted leather blazer on the season premiere of Jay Leno's new primetime show, I've been keeping a close eye out for a quilted leather jacket, but now Alexander Wang has me drooling over quilted leather shorts. Perhaps it's the Chanel association, but quilted leather anything just screams high-fashion luxe.

(Source: BlueFly, NYFashion Week)