Friday, October 30, 2009

Black Is The New Black?

What is going on in the magazine industry? I’m all for creative expression and being fashion forward, but why do magazines and the fashion industry feel the need for this ‘blackface’ trend? Remember Lara Stone’s controversial blackface editorial spread in French Vogue? And on Wednesday night, Tyra Banks whipped out some blackface makeup for a photo shoot where the shorties were portraying different races. Now V Magazine shot model Sasha Pivovarova in blackface posing opposite Heidi Mount. Not going to lie, the girl looks pretty black; but there are plenty of beautiful black models who they could have shot and would have used a lot less makeup. Dear fashion industry, pick a new controversial trend, please. Sincerely, everyone.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Fashion's Night Out Will Be Back!

Good news all my New Yorkers, Fashion’s Night Out will be back! Woo hoo! Even though I was unable to attend this year because of school (booooooo), next year I’ll be there like no ones business. Because there was such a positive response to the event this year, they decided that bringing it back could only stimulate more business for the companies involved. In a statement given by Anna Wintour about Fashion’s Night Out Pt. 2:

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

I’m thrilled they decided to keep this going. It shows the importance of the garment industry and how it really does affect the economy today. Because of its success, I’m thinking other New York retailers who didn’t participate this year would be interested in participating next year. Ahhhh it’s like the Superbowl of fashion.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Michelle Obama On The Cover Of Glamour

Just when I thought I couldn't love Glamour anymore, they go and put Michelle Obama on the cover of the December issue. Yayy! The December issue of Glamour has their annual "Women of the Year"recipients and, of course, Michelle Obama is one. Glamour honored her not for her style, which is impeccable may I add, but for her role in mentoring young women. She is also the first First Lady to ever appear on the cover of Glamour magazine.

Cindi Leive said she was thrilled to go and photograph Ms. Obama in the white house and was even more excited to ask her a few questions readers wanted to know.

When asked about mentoring young women, she went on to say:

“I think that mentoring is such a critical part of the role I can play in this position. I see how little bits of exposure and big bits of exposure really change my girls significantly, and I want that for more girls around the country and the world.”

She also goes on about her style and the hype it gets:

“People are always going to have opinions, and people have a right to their opinions, particularly when you’re the First Lady; you’re representing the nation. So I can’t be surprised that people are interested. But I’ve tried to be at peace with the choices that I make first, and then be open to everyone else’s reflection.”

She even gets into details about guys!:

“Cute’s good. But cute only lasts for so long, and then it’s, Who are you as a person? Don’t look at the bankbook or the title. Look at the heart. Look at the soul...When you’re dating a man, you should always feel good...You shouldn’t be in a relationship with somebody who doesn’t make you completely happy and make you feel whole.”

Bravo Glamour. I can't wait to get this issue when it comes out next week :)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Nipple Pasties Are Back

Just when we thought the trend was going out, NOPE! Lady Gaga has whipped out the nipple pasties for her preview on Gossip Girl. But on the positive side, she's wearing the nipple pasties overtop her outfit, but it still kind of looks a little see-through. The plot in which said outfit/pasties are used is one where Blair gets Gaga to put on a private show. Leighton Meester described Lady Gaga as "very avant-garde and kind of gothic." Supposedly, Ms. Gaga is wearing a "30-ft. long stage dress" reported by People. Well, since she hasn't worn pants since, ever, this is a great way to finally throw in some fabric. The episode premiers November 16 titled "The Last Days of Disco Stick."

Monday, October 26, 2009

I Love...Blazers

Yayy fall is here! Going to school in Florida, sometimes you feel as if it'll never come. A few weeks ago it came for like two days, then summer came back in full force. But I have faith that maybe it'll stick around this time! And with that comes fabulous clothes to wear that won't be drenched in sweat after a long day. One of my favorite fall items this season is the boyfriend blazer. Every time I go shopping I seem to buy a new one, just because I like 'em :) They are the perfect staple item you can wear almost everyday with almost every outfit, and they make you look a little more grown-up. Here are five cute blazers I found that I thought you might like, enjoy :)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

5 Reasons Why I Love The November Issue Of Glamour

To be honest, I’m pretty biased on this subject matter, especially since I worked there over the summer. Nonetheless, I still love this magazine. From the eye-catching layouts to their fashion stories, Glamour makes me happy. Read why:

One, I am like a small child, extremely A.D.D., loves color, shapes, and textures, so of course, the cover of Glamour with Scarlett Johansson grabbed my attention immediately. She’s wearing a simple heart t-shirt by Lanvin ($733, SPLURGE!) that honestly, makes me happy. It’s just a t-shirt, yet I am so intrigued…maybe it’s because Scarlett Johansson is so freaking gorgeous and I secretly have a girl crush on her, I don’t know? Whatever the case is, I love it – you had me at hello :)

Then flip to page 46 and check out the ‘Dare of the Month,’ hilarious! I remember when working at Glamour Ranya Fattouh, Executive Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief, dressed as Lady Gaga and walked around Times Square and the Condé Nast building. That was a funny moment. But this ‘Dare’ is even more hilarious. They hired two actors to play a “cougar-type” couple, a 70-year-old woman and 24-year-old man. Wow, to say the least. The best part is seeing people in New York’s reaction!

Now on to my favorite part of any magazine, the fashion features. Let the bias-ness begin! Now, I know exactly who writes these, and maybe that’s why I love them so, but to be honest, I don’t care. I loved the ideas on how to wear your dress in the fall and how to incorporate floral (still a big trend). The ‘Fashion My Way’ with Rory Tahari about style was also really helpful for anyone needing style advice. And then Suze Yalof Schwartz’s tips for dressing your body is always helpful for women of all body types and shapes who need help finding the best bra, the best body shapers, and everything else in between.

The Life & Happiness section of Glamour is always so positive and fun to read, and I loved their “We’re Going To Teach You To Be Rich” article. We all hope to be that one day, right? Well, the tips they gave were really great ways to progress your dreams of one day living lavishly like the many people we secretly hate. They even throw in a tip from Ivanka Trump and a personal finance expert.

And their ‘Real Stories’ are always touching and relatable to current times and struggles. They discuss an issue about health care, and even throw in an Obama story (not about health care).

Yay for Glamour magazine! Pick up a copy to gorge in all the greatness, or head over to

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Gucci: The Movie

Just when I thought movie's couldn't get better, Ridley Scott, obviously extremely smart, is making a movie about the fashion house Gucci. I love it. His movie titled, Gucci, is about the life and struggles of Maurizio Gucci, his family, and his successful fashion house. Angelina Jolie is said to be playing Patrizia Reggaino, Maurizio's ex-wife who plotted to kill him. The movie will focus on Gucci's success in the 1970s and 80s when they were pulling in $500 million annually. Sheesh. Eventually, however, Maurizio is murdered by a hitman after an inter-family power struggle. Leonardo DiCaprio is said to have been approached to play Mr. Gucci himself, but nothing is yet confirmed. Doesn't matter to me much because I'm excited either way, yay!

Monday, October 19, 2009

A Dozen Pairs Of Louboutin's For $40!

Christian Louboutin will be offering 12 pairs of its red bottom heels for only $40 a set. WOW! What a deal, right? Well, unless your name is Barbie, you won't be able to fit them. That's right, our favorite girl Barbie (or should I say woman) will have an entire collection of the red bottom heels added to her already fabulous accessories collection.

Christian Louboutin is making three dolls, packaged in Louboutin shoe boxes that each come with 4 pairs of Barbie-size Louboutins. The three dolls will be released in December, February, and May -- all having different themes. In December she will be a jewel-thief, February she'll be in the safari, and in May she's heading to the Cannes Film Festival. Each set will be $150 and can be purchased through and In September, the shoe collection that will feature 12 pairs of Louboutins will be available for $40 on both sites.

Of working with Barbie, Christian Louboutin stated, "She needed great shoes, a thinner ankle and, to me, as I'm obsessed with feet, a foot more curved." I wish Mr. Louboutin thought I needed "great shoes" and created an entire collection for me. Barbie, I'm jealous.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

French Vogue Does Blackface

Yikes! Well if French Vogue wanted some attention, they sure did get it. For this month's supermodel issue, French Vogue decided to paint supermodel Lara Stone in blackface makeup; instead of just using a black model...hhhmmmm. Not only that, the magazine and French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld praised Lara Stone for the "radical break with the wave of anorexic models." Well she's only a size 4. And although that's bigger than a size 0, it's not much of a difference. And as they praised Lara for her breakthough as an over-the-size-zero model, French Vogue included models who would be exclaimed as anorexic or most likely a size zero: Kate Moss, Kristen McMenamy, Yasmin Le Bon, Eva Herzigova, Caludia Schiffer, Anna Selezna, Diane Kruger, Constance Jabolski and Eniko Mihalik. Well, thanks for trying to include everyone, but I think you failed French Vogue.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Alexander McQueen Gives Me Life

So as Paris Fashion Week goes down in the fashion capital of the world, I start to realize why it really is the fashion capital of the world. From the shows I've seen so far, Chanel, Valentino and Louis Vuitton's live feed this morning (eastern time) of their show, Paris Fashion Week is a success. But no show gave me life like Alexander McQueen's and his fabulous ten inch heels. They were studded out with jewels and really were something to talk about. His clothes were amazing too, inspired mainly by reptile prints and beautiful blues and greens. He went the Lady Gaga route and put mainly pants-less items in his collection, which already gets me hyped for next spring and summer. To check out the actual video of his show, click here.
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