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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Angelina Jolie for Marie Claire January 2012 Issue



Gorgeous 36-year-old mother of 6, humanitarian, actress and recently movie director for hew own upcoming film "In the Land of Blood and Honey". Angelina Jolie has a stellar career and personal brand with an equally enviable husband to boot.

Angelina Jolie shows off her playful and quirky side of in the Marie Claire photo shoot.

For more pictures, visit Hollywood Life Pics: Angelina Jolie In ‘Marie Claire’ January 2012 — Pics

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Anorexic Model Karlie Kloss for Vogue Italia



What appears to be an anorexic model with a hipbone nearly popping out, tiny waist and hanging skin shown on the thigh is actually a shot of the usually fit looking American teen supermodel Karlie Kloss posing for Vogue Italia's December 2011 issue.

How far would some women go to achieve the highly popularised ridiculously thin body types that have been pervasive in the media for centuries in the fashion world and popular culture?


Monday, December 5, 2011

Haute Holidays - Looks for The Season









Sequins, faux fur, Romantic lace peek-a-boo skirts in the style of Dolce& Gabbana, Bandage dresses in the style of Herve Leger by Max Azria only at a fraction of the real Herve Legers' price, shiny Liquid Gold and Silver skinny pants, the Classic Python print cropped sleeve silk blazer and Graphic print Maxi dresses are one of the best outfits to usher in the New Year and remember all the events that happened in 2011. This holiday season, Bebe seems to have all the right styles and accessories in all the right places for partying or a quiet night out.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Marni for H&M in Stores & Online - Spring 2012

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Come 8 March 2012, the exciting collaboration between Marni and H&M will be available online and in all 260 H&M stores around the world.

I am awaiting signature (silver!) Marni shoes with wooden blocked heels for a fraction of the price and of course lots of wild and wacky graphical prints in bright colours just in time for the Spring season next year.

Above is a picture taken from The Cut, New York magazine's fashion page.

The Marni for H&M announcement video below will give you a sneak peak into the "colourful but appropriate for office-wear in terms of hemlines and style" fashion-wear and accessories collaborations with a short interview with part Chilean, part Italian, Swiss born Marni fashion label founder Consuelo Castiglioni and H&M creative advisor Margareta Van Den Bosch.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Style Secret: Jil Sander Luxury for Less

Jil Sander Snakeskin trim Aubergine Tall 
                                                        Suede Ankle Peep Toe Boots                     
                                                        Retail Price: 500 pounds at Browns Fashion



                                 Dune Purple Triple Platform Tall Suede Ankle Boots
                                 Retail Price: 125 pounds at Dune UK


I couldn't believe my eyes when I happened to stumble upon the a pair of boots similar to Jil Sander's snakeskin trim aubergine tall suede ankle boots.

The bright happy purple adds a lovely pop of colour to the dull winter palette of blacks and neutrals. At almost a fifth of the price of a pair of the Jil Sander boots, this purple pair had to be snagged immediately. Although the Dune purple triple platform suede ankle boots would look less luxe than the Jil Sander boots, it is a certainly more affordable pair with a more playful look to it all thanks to its eye-popping purple.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Candy Gemstone Studded Platform Peep Toe Booties


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How can anyone resist this multicoloured candy gemstone studded über tall (5 inch) peep toe booties by designer James Price? This Dolce&Gabbana inspired piece which I have wrote about in my previous post in September "Fall Winter Accessory Obssessions" is probably the next closest attainable purchase at around 350USD.


Pair this pair of out-of-this-world candy gemstone platform booties with skinny stretch leather legging pants from Helmut Lang and a swingy cool top and you'll be ready to take on the entire fashion world by storm.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Fall Look of the Day - Cosy Knits and Python Hints by Rebecca Minkoff

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Rebecca Minkoff Fall Winter 2011 runway

Rebecca Minkoff was more famous for her handbags than her runway apparels. Now, things are looking to change with the designer trying a bit harder to find her more stylistic side when she presented her Fall Winter 2011 collection at New York Fashion Week. Subtle prints in deep forest green and brown, a slight touch of animality in her fur and python trimmings and daring attempt at a statement piece - a black bodysuit over see-through pants topped with a smart coat.

I would love to see a confident girl pull that daring outfit combo off.

Rebecca Minkoff Fall Winter 2011 runway show


I reccommend you listen to this track by talented Russian trance DJ and producer Yuri Kane as you mute the original soundtrack for the runway and replace it with "The Blizzard & Yuri Kane feat. Relyk - Everything About You (Original Mix)" because fashion and music go together so well like ice-cream and chocolate sprinkles ;)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Donatella Refused Real Women Wearing Any Versace for H&M collection

Donatella Versace disallowed any of her Versace for H&M collection apparel and accessory pieces to be photographed by New York Daily News using real women from New York City who were size 0 to 6.

Despite the models from New York Daily News being young - fresh college graduates and size 0 to 6, they were promptly denied the go-ahead from Versace's publicist as they did not fit the Versace brand's image.

Ironically, this Versace for H&M collection was designed for real women or commonfolk - anyone who loves fashion or casual streetwear.

Daily Mail Fashion Director Liz Jones commented on Versace's decision and said that is was at odds with H&M's usual, democratic approach to fashion.

Liz told MailOnline: 'This is so typical of 99.9 per cent of designers: they only want their clothes worn by the very young and the very thin.

"This is because the clothes are probably not cut well, not in great fabrics, have no corsetry or intricate draping. It takes a better designer with more skill to dress women who have a bit of shape."

H&M is know for bland and boring basic pieces to cater to the masses with the occassional few runway trend pieces or rare occasions of having a few good designs. However, the mass produced quantities oftentimes mean poor quality and ill-fitting apparels or accessories.

This move by Donatella Versace gives me no confidence at all to buy the ill fitting and gaudy designed dresses. Even supermodels Lindsey Wixon and Natasha Poly failed to look great in their leather head wrap and over-coloured black eyes.




Source: Daily Mail "Donatella 'cancelled Versace for H&M shoot with real women as models because they did not fit her branding" NY Daily News "Donatella Versace's line has a tough time fitting regular New Yorkers into its H&M look"

Friday, November 11, 2011

Style Secret: Jil Sander over-the-knee thigh-high boots

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Look what came in the mail! Ok, my Jil Sander over-the-knee boots came in the mail last week but still, the excitement level has not died out yet.

This pair of classy over-the-knee boots is a winter classic staple to keep warm and snug and give you the understated cool look at the same time. This boots can be worn fold over and hangs loose at the thigh like inverted funnels if you wear them over the knee. The buttery soft leather smells awesome! However, it does not smell as good as a pair of Prada Sports nappa leather goatskin boot. The fit and the calf is a little too tight. For ladies with muscular calves, beware ASH boots as well. The tall boots will give you an extra tight squeeze they may cut off your blood circulation from your calf to the rest of your body after a while!

The annoying thing about leather boots is that after a few incidents of passer-bys' accidental stepping on the tip of your boot, or either you accidentally cut or graze the leather by hitting a rough wall, corner or rocky side-walk you an be sure a whole will start forming on the tip of your lovely leather boots. Otherwise, scars and scratches over time may simply reveal horrible white scratches on your black leather boots.

And if you get a light coloured pair of boots - beige, taupe, cream, white, be prepared for stains and splotches!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Fall Look of the Day - Amanda Seyfried in H&M suit

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Amanda Seyfried is one of my favourite Hollywood actresses. Here is Amanda Seyfried at the UK premiere of her latest movie In Time. Amanda is wearing a matching blue blazer and shorts obviously sponsored by H&M. Ms Seyfried has very simple, plain style and her stylists can never put her in a wrong outfit because she looks so gorgeous all the time.

(Source: Daily Mail She's electric! Amanda Seyfried works the red carpet in a shiny blue shorts suit as she attends UK premiere of her new film In Time)

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Beware of ASOS: Online Fashion Retailer Bungles Up Your Orders

I have had 3 incredible encounters with ASOS. When I say "incredible" in this post, it means astoundingly appalling. What's notable about my negative encounters with ASOS is that all three of them happened in a short span of 4 months! If you had similar encounters with online retailers or e-tailers like ASOS, please share them here.


Encounter 1: ASOS sent me my Miss Sixty Check mini Prom Dress in the wrong colour - a colour they did not even display or sell on the ASOS website! When I contacted them, they gave the usual excuse that the item I wanted had sold out and all they could do was a refund. What a hassle and total disappointment it was for me.

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Encounter 2: Over one gruelling month had passed and I had thought my items from ASOS have been lost in transit and I wasn't wrong - except that ASOS could have not shipped the items out at all in the first place? Was this a purely ridiculous prank or a terrible unavoidable mistake?

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And because of that, I will have to kiss goodbye to my Lowie Nordic Vintage Style Ear Muffs forever... My ears will not be kept warm from the harsh Nordic winter in Finnmark but I can guarantee you that my heart will be colder when I recall this incident
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Encounter 3: How on earth did my Miss Sixty One Shoulder Printed Dress order from ASOS got turned into a Miss Sixty Spring Printed Peep Toe Shoe Boot when it was delivered to me?

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For those of you who have read my post so far and if you did have a look at each e-mail reply from the ASOS customer care officers, you would have realised their amateur-night cut-paste e-mail text skills with almost every single line written in varying font type and size. Those blokes at ASOS must be used to such complains from customers. Could this be one of the many reasons why ASOS sales in their home country - the UK has been spiralling downhill lately? (View Financial Times report "UK Economy drags back ASOS revenue") Who would be tolerant of such erroneous and unforgivable mistakes time and time again? Especially when there are so many more online fashion retailers sprouting out by the minute.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Fall Look of the Day - Chloe Green and Sequin Knickers

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This was on the Daily Mail a couple of days ago. Billionaire Topshop owner Sir Phillip Green's 20-year-old daughter Chloe Green in one of my favourite looks of the season - sequin knickers that pass off as extremely short shorts, paired with sheer tights, faux fur jacket and laced-up hiking boots with killer heels.

Source: Daily Mail "Bet you've never done that before! Billionaire's daughter Chloe Green gets the bus home after a night on the tiles"

Friday, October 21, 2011

Style Secret: Patent Leather Boots in the Style of Lindsay Lohan X Olsen Twins

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My lovely Pour La Victoire Women's Lissa Open-Toe Bootie just came in today! I was a little anxious when I opened the parcel but was very pleased when I actually witnessed the actual boots right in front of my very own eyes. They were far more exquisite and well-made than I had thought - the shiny patent leather, unique boat-like front platform and narrow tapered heel. The zip worked easily up and down and it fitted just fine at size 7.5 (US) or 37.5 (Europe) although I was a 8 (US) or 38 (Europe). Walking around this tottering 4.75 inch heels was surprisingly easy with the 1.25 inch platform at the front.



What made me decide to purchase this pair of booties even when I hesitated much looking at the dwindling funds in my bank account was how cool, stylish and classy this classic little number gave me at my first impression. Recently, I had noticed a pair of Alexander McQueen-like curved heel, claw-like boots on one of my favourite celebrities Lindsay Lohan as seen on Daily Mail.


Alexander McQueen-like killer curved heel, claw-like boots on Lindsay Lohan



Lindsay Lohan looks amazing in these uniquely heeled boots, just have to post this pic

Front of boots. Love the way how Lindsay Lohan pairs a wide belt with a statement buckle, in this case a friggin' huge Channel logo, to break the monotonous black outfit.

The pair of Pour La Victoire Open-Toe Bootie also reminded me of Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen's simple but effortlessly glamorous style which I simply adore too. This gives me some excuse to post some pics of them XD


Mary Kate Olsen: Petite sized and always in heels. Notice the front platforms which bring extra comfort to otherwise unbearable killer heels.
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Mary Kate in their customary all-black outfit, complete with black maxi skirt, jumper and fur coat, at the CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund Awards in New York (Image source: Love, Live and Fashion)


Absolutely sexy in a corset, thigh high leather boots and leather pants (Image source: Zeitgeist: Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen)

xxx

Where to get the Pour La Victoire Women's Lissa Open-Toe Bootie: Shop Endless by Amazon.com, Bluefly is having a sale.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

These Boots are Made for Nordic Winter Walking

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(Fall-Winter boots pictured here: Miss Sixty Clairette lightweight knit boots with leather sole and wooden heels for that extra Norwegian winter log-cabin feel.)

No, actually not if you are going to venture out on the frozen Norwegian landscape off the roads in winter. 

If you are heading to Oslo for a short city-trip holiday or if you are planning to be chauffeured or helicoptered around, then these boots are made for your Nordic winter "walking".

Nordic or "Fair Isle" prints have made a comeback this year in the fashion trend scene where knitwear, coats, gloves, ear-muffs, sweaters, socks and cardigans are all embellished with snowflakes. reindeer and pom-poms.

Boots are a staple footwear for winter as they keep your feet and legs nice, snug and warm. The taller the better if you ask me which type of boots I prefer. Layering them over tight jeans, pants or my favourite - wool leggings and another layer of patterned leggings over the wool leggings for an extra dash of fashion and comfort (warmth).

I have decided to purchase a new pair of boots for my Nordic expedition this winter and will be sharing my actual purchase - what I would really wear on holiday which is usually a tough choice between fashion and comfort, one which in the end meet with a tough compromise.


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Bland & Boring LØV, Kate Bosworth for Vanessa Bruno

Vanessa Bruno clothings have always been pretty bland and boring - Parisian style clothes that match much of England's perennial dull and gray skies or Paris's dusty grey streets in winter. 



This fall, Vanessa Bruno has enlisted the help of Stephanie di Giusto to direct a short film featuring the beautiful Hollywood star Kate Bosworth titled LØV for her fall winter 2011 collection.



No doubt Kate Bosworth has her looks rooted in Scandinavian heritage with her piercing blue eyes and blonde hair, however, this did no help to make the Vanessa Bruno fall-winter collection stand out in any shape or form. I was more drawn to the short little puzzling story which ended in a standard love scene.. 



Heart-warming and lovely the Norwegian landscape may be, the clothes resembled oversized coats with boring granny knits and patterns with unflattering fur collared trimmings in bear brown and beige colours. The only pattern observed in the collection was thick, broad stripes in earthy shades of browns and beige that made even the skinniest runway models look boxy and fat.



Would you like to look like a boxy striped bin for Christmas? 

Vanessa Fall Winter 2011 runway collection
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Source: Vogue magazine at style.com

More related news on Kate Bosworth for Vanessa Bruno ad campaign: "As Kate Bosworth backflips onto the screen in new ad campaign she reveals how split from Orlando Bloom sent her into a spin" Daily Mail

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Style Secret: Winter Look in Reiss Womenswear

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Yes, this is what I am going to wear for winter when I head to Europe at the end of this year. I will be sharing my recent actual purchases in my own style with everyone else from today onwards so you will know what's in my closet :) 

I am a chronic, hopeless fashion shopaholic and the only way to save myself from a spiralling black-hole of debt is to either wait for items to expire in my online shopping cart or disappear from the retail shelves which happen oh-too-quickly at leading retailers and fashion brand owners.

However, there are some classic key pieces which I would not hesitate to get my paws on immediately and I will share my "carefully" thought out purchases here from time to time.

This winter, gold will be the shiny, sparkling colour to bring cheer to an otherwise white and grey winter  landscape. Gold in the form of shiny leggings, velvet or sequin pants is the way forward for me. If gold sequins are a bit too daring for you, do try black sequin pants instead. I find the cropped sequinned pants more versatile for squishing into over-the-knee boots in winter or pairing with a pair of heels for a night out during non winter months than compared to full length sequinned pants.

What I bought: Reiss 1971 Farrah gold velvet slim leg jean

Monday, October 17, 2011

Tom Ford Beauty copies YSL cosmetics

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Lara stone looks stunning on the Tom Ford Beauty campaign by Mert & Marcus. However, the stunning factor stops dead there. A sneak preview of the Tom Ford Beauty make-up immediately made me think how similar the packaging and shades of the make-up range were to the Yves Saint Laurent make-up range.

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Tom Ford Beauty Cosmetics Eye shadow Collection images from Neiman Marcus


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Yves Saint Laurent Pure Chromatics wet and dry eye shadow palette


From the eye shadow palettes to the lipstick casings and even the colours from the Yves Saint Laurent Pure Metal Eye Palette and Pure Chromatics wet and dry eye shadow palette looked exactly the same as the new Tom Ford Beauty eye shadow collection's.

To date, I have always used and adored Yves Saint Laurent eye shadow, lipsticks and glosses as their  make-up has the perfect easy application and stay-on power with maximum glamorising effect.

What cosmetic brands do you absolutely swear by?

Friday, October 14, 2011

Bruised Model Feet at end of Paris Fashion Week

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The above foot is taken from a model at the Louis Vuitton show at the end of Paris Spring Summer 2012 fashion week. It seems like her foot is badly bruised and the yellow areas are iodine which is commonly used for cuts and bruises to prevent fungal and bacterial infection.


Story source: New York Fashion Week post "This Is the Bruised and Battered Foot of a Runway Model at the End of Fashion Month", Style.com "Louis Vuitton Spring Summer 2012 Ready-to-wear details" and Daily Mail "Battered, bruised and swollen: After a month of Fashion Week shows, models' feet reveal ugly toll of walking top runways"

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Did Rapper Kanye West do this at Paris Fashion Week

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I was not particulary looking forward to the Kanye West Spring Summer 2012 collection at Paris Fashion week as I thought it would probably be some Adidas or Nike sports apparel X Fashion lookalike outfits in garish neons and loads of spandex.

Very much the opposite of what I had guessed, Kanye West has outdone himself with this outstanding ultra-confident, no-nonsense type feminine character which I immediately thought of - A Milla Jovovich equivalent of a comic idol - Danger Girl.

Despite much flak and poor reviews from countless fashion hags who rather prefer to dress in their granny's pants, Kanye West was spot on key trends of the season with gold pants, shiny lurex tight pants and velvet jumpers, colour-blocking, adorable fur tail accessories, python print silver jeans, knits in shiny gold and metallic shades, origami folds in his pants and tops, as well as the classic black dress brought back in skin-tight form with dramatic plunging necklines cut into sharp geometric angles. One black dress that was cleverly made to look like a separate vest and skirt combo with a plunging neckline even featured two zips naughtily positioned at the waist for that extra kinky factor.

I hate to say this but I am looking forward to Kanye West's next collection after his simple but astounding debut at Paris fashion week Spring Summer 2012 which earned all the right hits.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Versace for H&M collection - Gaudy, Shapeless, Tranny-tastic

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(Pictures via Fashionlogie 'New Versace for H&M photos have appeared' from Vogue.ru post) 


The H&M collaboration with Versace designer Donatella Versace is probably as disastrous looking as the designer herself at times. Reminiscence of the era when her brother used to take lead on the Versace designs in the 80s of the era of the long bygone past, loud, gaudy, colour clashing prints in jarring neon pink, green and yellow with high-necked shapeless shift dresses and neck wrinkle concealing huge chunky gold necklaces with oversized Versace medallion just screamed tacky and so awful. Skinny models look like they were drowning in the oversized, shapeless leather jackets with gold stud details. The clothes seem to be wearing the wearer and not the other way round.

Turning stunning Australian model Abby Lee Kershaw into a 60-year old granny (Elegant ladies like Helen Mirren would never wear this!) was an easy feat with the overbleached white hair, black granny cardigan in floral print and horrible leopard print skirt design with a picture of a sunset palm beach in the middle. 

There might still be a few pieces that are salvageable but boring - E.g. plain black corset madonna-inspired dress. I am confident that this H&M X Designer (Versace) collection that I have been looking forward too for months is definitely striked out of my to-do list.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Bag of the Day - Chloe Saskia grape satchel

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The classic Chloe Saskia satchel in grape with a stunning contrast of acrylic handles to its grape wine colour fine leather body was one of the bags I tried to get my hand on and could not in the end. Another unique detail to the Chloe Saskia satchel is its unconventional bag pockets with two flaps made in such a way they resemble two tongues to me. I wonder how many lucky readers have got this bag in their collection.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Leila Shams - A Stroke of Art

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Leila Shams Spring 2012 art-deco T-shirt dress with abstract flamingo print

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Leila Shams Spring 2012 copper beaded neo-tribal tank dress

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Leila Shams Spring 2012 absolutely stunning yellow ombre dyed knot detail back dress


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Leila Shams Spring 2012 day-glo peach blazer with gold destructed shorts


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Leila Shams Spring 2012 ombre yellow "my heart is in the city" handkerchief dress


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Leila Shams Spring 2012 casual lime blazer with python print skirt


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Leila Shams Spring 2012 silk blouse with a splash of colour, new take on the python print


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Leila Shams Spring 2012 "my heart is in the city" tri-coloured tonal dress


Oozing coolness, instant glam and underlining sex appeal is the brand new Leila Shams Spring Summer 2012 collection. I'd rather cover this raw young female talent than the Milan or Paris Spring Summer 2012 fashion week runway shows happening now.


Pre-order these neat pieces of dresses and tops from www.leilashams.com or wait for stores like Forward by revolve and Harvey Nichols to stock them up come January 2012