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Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Pregnant Gisele has had her baby bump airbrushed out of sexy shots for a new fashion campaign.The Brazilian model is expecting her first child in early 2010 and is already showing a small baby bump.
But in her first campaign since it was revealed she was pregnant, renowned coat company London Fog have decided to airbrush out her growing stomach - to protect her privacy.[ Read more ]
Audrina Patridge accessorizes her sexy party-girl style with a sleek patent Alexander McQueen purse. See photos below ...
Meanwhile, The Hills' contrived new Lauren Conrad stand-in, Kristin Cavallari, prefers to tote her Alexander Wang bag everywhere from Hollywood to N.Y.C:These girls both know how to dress for all occasions, and are style stalwarts to be sure.
The German model-turned-actress lent some much-needed glamour to the occasion in a stunning nude-coloured Herve Leger by Max Azria dress, which showed off her incredibly svelte figure and long legs.
The film's director Quentin Tarantino was full of praise for his leading lady, and said working with Diane was "wonderful".
Speaking on the red carpet at the premiere of Inglourious Basterds, he praised both stars Diane and Melanie Laurent.
"In the case of Diane it was really wonderful," said Quentin. "She had an idea of who she was basing the character on, and I had another idea of another actress, so I showed he that kind of work."
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
ON this day in history July 28...
...2006, Anne Hathaway claimed that her fashion attitude hadn't changed at all since starring in The Devil Wears Prada, despite newspapers reporting that she had recently spent $7,000 in Fred Segal. "I don't shop at Fred Segal and I wouldn't dream of spending that kind of money on myself," the actress insisted. "I wasn't raised that way"...
...2005, Kate Moss was awarded substantial damages in court over a story in the Sunday Mirror which claimed she had "collapsed into a drug-induced coma and had to be revived after taking vast quantities of cocaine" in Barcelona in 2001. Later that year Moss was dropped from several high profile advertising campaigns after photos were published - again in the Daily Mirror - which seemed to show her snorting cocaine...
...2004, a journalist received an icy response when they asked what Hillary Clinton was wearing at a party at New York's Park Plaza. "What does it look like?" snapped a member of the Clinton entourage. "She's wearing a white jacket with black pants, and I'm wearing a black one with black pants."
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Aileen Yap is the daughter of Dr. Romeo and Virgincita Yap and has a 22 year old brother, Nathan. She graduated Summa cum Laude from Willis High School and is now a junior at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX. Aileen is majoring in Biology and hopes to pursue a career in medicine as a Pediatrician with the ultimate goal of helping the ones in need.
Aileen is a caring and loving person whose passion is to work with children, she finds it to be a fulfilling experience. As Miss U.S. International she hopes to make a positive impact in the youth, not only in the United States but also the in different countries.
If you're a fan of fashion, you've likely come across this term many times while perusing your favorite fashion mag. Haute couture is a French term which translates as "high sewing," and is regularly misused (though not in the publications of the world's most informed editrixes, Anna Wintour, Carine Roitfeld, and the like).
"Haute couture" is often used incorrectly to describe pricey designer pieces, and while there is always considerable expense associated with haute couture, just because a designer gown is exorbitantly expensive and falls into the luxury category does not mean it is haute couture.
In fact, haute couture is a highly proprietary term with stringent requirements attached to its use:
In France, the term haute couture is protected by law and is defined by the Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Paris based in Paris, France. Their rules state that only “those companies mentioned on the list drawn up each year by a commission domiciled at the Ministry for Industry are entitled to avail themselves” of the label haute couture. The criteria for haute couture were established in 1945 and updated in 1992.
To earn the right to call itself a couture house and to use the term haute couture in its advertising and any other way, members of the Chambre syndicale de la haute couture must follow these rules:Design made-to-order for private clients, with one or more fittings.
Have a workshop (atelier) in Paris that employs at least fifteen people full-time.
Each season (i.e., twice a year), present a collection to the Paris press, comprising at least thirty-five runs/exits with outfits for both daytime wear and evening wear.
However, the term haute couture may have been misused by ready-to-wear brands since the late 1980s, so that its true meaning may have become blurred with that of prêt-à-porter (the French term for ready-to-wear fashion) in the public perception. Every haute couture house also markets prêt-à-porter collections, which typically deliver a higher return on investment than their custom clothing…much of the haute couture displayed at fashion shows today is rarely sold; it is created to enhance the prestige of the house.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Australia’s fashion industry has grown around the relaxed, casual demeanour of the people it designs for, as well as their love of outdoors living. But it also reflects the sophisticated, cosmopolitan and multicultural nature of Australian society. Most Australians are comfortable in T-shirts and foot thongs (flip-flops) one minute and appreciative of innovative high fashion the next. The bold colours of sunny Australian beaches and the starkly contrasting hues of the country’s central desert landscapes are captured in Australia’s fashion palette.
Australia has a long history of world-renowned swimwear manufacture. In 1928, Speedo swimwear was launched by Alexander MacRae in Sydney and the brand became world famous after Australians wore it in the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics. Australia now boasts top-of-the-line swim- and surf-wear brands such as Roxy, Billabong, Rip Curl and Seafolly.
Urban wear and high fashion
The urban streetwear and haute couture components of Australia’s fashion industry are also thriving. A new generation of streetwear designers takes its inspiration from Australia’s surf culture, graffiti and art and has created its own unique style.
Dynamic new labels include Ksubi, based near Sydney’s Bondi Beach; Sass & Bide, which has a cult following among the younger Hollywood set; and Willow, a lingerie line.
Inspired by an extraordinary range of Australian fashion textiles and cultural influences, many Australian designers have received international attention in recent years. Australian fashion creations, such as those by Wayne Cooper, Carla Zampatti, Easton Pearson, Nicola Finetti, Bettina Liano, Martin Grant, Michelle Jank and Lisa Ho, are in worldwide demand.
Hot on the calendar
Melbourne lays claim to being Australia’s fashion capital, hosting the L’Oréal Fashion Festival every March. The festival offers fashion lovers a choice of catwalk shows, parties, product launches, exhibitions and industry events that capture the glamour and creativity of Australian fashion.
Australia also hosts the biannual Rosemount Australian Fashion Week. Previously staged in Melbourne, the event was moved to Sydney’s Circular Quay in 2007. It showcases more than 150 designers’ spring/summer collections in May and their autumn/winter collections in October.
Rosemount Australian Fashion Week is an exclusive, industry-only event, made accessible to registered buyers, agents, media, stylists and other industry representatives. It features ready-to-wear, street wear, swimwear, men’s and women’s apparel, intimate apparel, footwear and children’s wear. A selection of Australia’s and the Asia–Pacific’s best designers present their collections to some of the world’s most significant buyers, media and industry influencers.
It may not be the Melbourne Cup, but the Darwin Cup Carnival in the Northern Territory produces a unique array of fashion that would rival the best dressed anywhere in the country.
Held during Darwin's dry season, Darwin's horse racing carnival sees women baring their shoulders in summer frocks while their southern counterparts are shivering.
Territory women have a unique sense of style. It often involves bright colours, bold hats and fascinators, and for those who can afford them - Paspaley Pearls and Di Croco handbags, two luxury labels whose products originate from the Territory.
The former Hollyoaks star, Roxanne McKee, has been chosen as the face of this year’s Clothes Show Live.
Clothes Show Live 2009, to be held at the Birmingham NEC, December 4th-9th, will mark the 21st birthday of the fashion extravaganza.
Roxanne ‘Roxy’ McKee, is a British actress, model and university graduate, who was discovered after taking part in “Hollyoaks On the Pull”, a Channel 4 talent initiative to discover new talent for the popular soap opera. She was then cast as Louise Summers, and in 2007 took the top prize as Sexiest Woman on TV at the British Soap Awards. She left the role at the end of last year.
Aged 28, McKee had always wanted to be an actress but completed a BA Degree in Politics at Royal Holloway, University of London, so she would always have something to fall back on.
“I’m very flattered to be part of such a huge event,” she said of her starring role at Clothes Show Live 2009.
A keen fashion addict, she believes the secret of individual style is to always wear clothes in which you feel comfortable and which reflect your personality.
Clothes Show Live is the largest public event of its type, under one roof, in Europe. It features a 6,500-seat fashion theatre, designer catwalk shows, celebrity appearances and the opportunity to shop for top fashion labels, vintage pieces and the latest beauty bargains ahead of the Christmas high street rush.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Singer KATY PERRY has abandoned her trademark battle against the Australian fashion designer who shares her name - just one hour before the case was due in court.
Clothing maker Katie Perry, also known as Katie Howell, recently claimed the singer's lawyers had ordered her to cease trading and withdraw her application to use their shared name on all her goods.
The I Kissed A Girl hitmaker acknowledged the feud in a post on her website, explaining she didn't plan to take legal action over the issue but her management insisted on filing a trademark protection order in the country.
Now the pop star has decided to drop the case an hour before it was due to be heard by a judge in Canberra, Australia.
Fashion designer Katie Perry says, "I went to sleep last night worrying about this case and whether I was going to lose my business and now all that has changed.
"Physically and mentally it's taken a huge toll. I've learnt a lot of lessons through this - mostly to stick to my guns. I still have to work tonight but I think I'll find time for a glass of champagne as well."
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Rachel Bilson is seen out and about after leaving a studio in Hollywood on Thursday (July 16).
Yesterday, the 27-year-old actress posed for a Signature magazine photo shoot. Later in the evening, she and Vogue hosted the 1-year anniversary party for 3.1 Phillip Lim’s L.A. store.
Rachel wore a rose gold liquid lamé double breasted peaked lapel blazer with rose gold liquid lamé relaxed twisted cuff harem shorts and a black silk henley ruffle top.
1. Gisele Bundchen - $US25 million ($31 million)
2. Heidi Klum - $US16 million ($20 million)
3. Kate Moss - $US8.5 million ($10.5 million)
4. Adriana Lima - $US8 million ($10 million)
5. Doutzen Kroes - $US6 million ($7.5 million)
6. Alessandra Ambrosio - $US6 million ($7.5 million)
7. Natalia Vodianova - $US5.5 million ($6.8 million)
8. Daria Werbowy - $US4.5 million (5.6 million)
9. Miranda Kerr - $US3 million (3.75 million)
10. Carolyn Murphy - $US3 million (3.75 million)
Heidi Klum finished in second place with $US16 million ($20 million), earning $US2 million ($2.5 million) more than the previous financial year.
The 35-year-old German-born star’s career has continued to prove lucrative thanks to her ongoing TV and product endorsement deals.
Heidi hosts Germany’s Next Top Model and Project Runway and is a model for Victoria’s Secret lingerie company. She also promotes Diet Coke, Volkswagen, LG, a range of Birkenstock sandals and her own skincare line In An Instant.
Kate Moss has retained third place with $US8.5 million ($10.6 million), earning $US1 million ($1.2 million) more than the previous financial year.
The 35-year-old British beauty has enjoyed ongoing success with her fashion lines for UK high street chain Topshop and also renewed several of her high-profile endorsement campaigns
Chris Gay, president of Marilyn Agency which represents fourth-placed Adriana Lima, believes the top earning models are successful because they are versatile.
Gay said: “Companies are searching for a face that won’t muddle their message. The models that possess that beauty are the faces everyone wants right now. But that is a rare beauty.”
The top five models - Gisele, Heidi, Kate, Adriana Lima and Doutzen Kroes - remain the same as last year.
Orlando Bloom's girlfriend Miranda Kerr has risen to ninth place after entering the list at number 10 last year. The Australian star earned $US3 million ($3.75 million) after landing several deals, which included starring in a swimsuit campaign for Victoria’s Secret.