It was a struggle for me to come to terms with the fact that I think Blake Lively nailed it at Monday night’s “Savages” premiere. To be honest, I find her very milquetoast, and most of her public appearances are ineffectual to me, but even so this Michael Kors pantsuit caught my eye. It also raised a few questions, like: is it even possible to pair red and black without inviting imagery of Hot Topic? Does an almost head-to-toe monochrome outfit (in a color other than black or white, naturally) ever look good on anyone, even Blake Lively? And, most importantly, why does Blake Lively look uncannily like Jennifer Aniston? Mysteries.
Mary-Kate and Ashley are really into backpacks. The sisterly design duo couldn’t possibly find a way to top last year’s $39,000 alligator version (at left) (which, it’s worth noting, flew off the shelves), so they settled for incorporating this $16,900 fur rucksack into The Row’s pre-fall collection. Some might find the patchwork pattern unappealing, but fret not — the bag is Rachel Zoe-approved! Thank God! I was terrified for a second there that it might be ugly. [Us Weekly]
And just when I thought I looked pretty good today, I fell privy to a gallery of today’s top models (like Constance Jablonski, shown), minus the layers of makeup and endless accoutrements necessary to make them runway-ready. It’s just them, as they are, every day. Can you imagine, these girls get to walk around with their faces? I can’t go on. [Telegraph]
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“How about a summer foundation recommendation for a girl with super sensitive and acne-prone skin? I’ve even tried Garnier BB Cream. Breaks me out like crazy — even if I use my Clarisonic afterwards. Ick!” – Nikki via Facebook
Hi, Nikki! I know — it’s hard out here for a sensitive, acne-prone girl, especially this season. I have the same type of skin, and being that I’m always in search of the latest, greatest products for it, I’ve picked up a few tips and tricks along the way. Follow me… Keep reading »
I’m reluctant to admit this, but facts are facts: you done good, Blake Lively. I have a few bones to pick with the overall look — like, how much better would it have been with a messy updo instead of mermaid waves, or a smoky eye and nude lip, or glossy flesh-toned nails rather than red? — but this dress is devastating, and I mean that in the best way. Of course, I’m still not going to see “Savages.” Is anyone?
As far as the genetic lottery goes, Elettra Wiedemann is unrivaled. But never mind her mother, Isabella Rossellini, her grandmother, Ingrid Bergman, or her father, a Harvard-educated Microsoft manager and former model — let’s talk Elettra. She’s the kind of socialite who you would never see calling herself a socialite. She has a master’s degree in biomedicine. She’s been a Lancôme spokesmodel for almost ten years. She’s the co-founder of non-profit organization onefrickinday.org — “we’re not just a charity, we’re brokers of goodwill” (watch the video!). Basically, Elettra Wiedemann goes around every day making us all look terrible, and looking fantastic while doing so. I mean, how adorable and unassuming does she look in this casual look at Coach’s Summer Party on the High Line? There’s no chance of us somehow catching Elettra’s good humor, good looks, and good spirit by osmosis, but one thing we can have is her outfit. And we will. Keep reading »
“I think they could be a little bit more well groomed — if you know what well groomed is, you just take a look in the mirror. Their hair doesn’t look neat, they look like they are all messed up. I don’t think messy is pretty, I think they should study themselves a little more and not wear something that’s in fashion because it’s in fashion. And you see some enormous young women wearing the skimpiest clothing and it really looks dreadful.”
— Iris Apfel, the 90-year-old former socialite and fashionista brought to icon status as the subject of Ari Seth Cohen’s “Advanced Style,” always seems to have something negative to say when it comes to “young people’s style” these days … but is she right? Could we all use the refined touch of a hairbrush and some well-tailored trousers? I say, psh. How irreverent would it be for me to say that I think she might be kind of dreadful, and not in the bizarrely delightful sense of the word (see: Karl Lagerfeld)? [Fashionista]
Confession: I have never read Anna Karenina. Is that, like, a weird thing? Has everybody read it except me? If that’s the case, then don’t spoil the whole thing for me quite yet, because the trailer for the new film adaptation just came out and I am feeling it. I love period films, high society, Russia (represent), Jude Law (!!), and Keira Knightley (!!!), so it’s kind of my dream. (I hope the book makes for an acceptable poolside read, because that’s where I plan on getting my Russian tragedy on this weekend.) It goes without saying that I’m also head over heels with the style aspect of the forthcoming film: lush, heavy fabrics, rich colors, over-the-top opulence, and, rising like a storm cloud over the incredible beauty and passion, a prevailing undercurrent of dread. Oooooh. Check out the trailer for the film (out November 9th) above and, after the jump, my take on some Anna Karenina style inspiration. I do hope you like fur. Keep reading »
I don’t know about the rest of the world — or the rest of the country, for that matter — but it’s depressingly hot at my latitude and longitude. Don’t get me wrong, I love the warm weather and sunshine, but I also like to look fairly presentable, and that is not happening right now. This city is a sauna, and there is no hope for me. Because a hot, flushed face is basically my main accessory right now, I’m making a conscious effort to keep refreshing facial mists at my disposal. Though one in the bag will never have quite the same cooling effect as one that’s been chilling in the fridge all day, a burst of a skin-soothing, lightly fragranced water is enough to get my simmering brain, if not my appearance (I’m beyond help), back on track. Here are 10 spritzes (some purse-sized, others larger) that will bring you back to life when the heat is dragging you down.
As far as models go, Anja Rubik boasts a pretty decent level of notoriety. She flashed one seriously barbed hipbone at the Met Ball, then managed to redeem herself, crazy eyes and all, in Cannes. Oh, there was also that time Kanye West name-dropped her in a song (the same one he used as a vehicle to confess his love for Kim Kardashian, no less), but we don’t talk about that. Anja has the credentials for sure, but does she really have the fashion chops necessary to back it up? It would seem so: I love this simple pleated chiffon gown, and paired with the flat thong sandals and fresh, natural hair and makeup, she looks practically beach-ready. For an incredibly glamorous beach, that is.