I have an unreasonably difficult time separating gorgeous ginger Amy Adams from her Disney princess character in “Enchanted.” This is exactly what I imagine a princess would wear should she leave the castle to attend a small awards ceremony, because duh, princesses always wear floor-length Oscar de la Renta, even to fairly casual events.
For all my love of all the makeup, I’m undeniably fickle. I buy and try everything, only to eventually cast it all aside because it isn’t quite perfect. This is especially true when it comes to my lip color ― not only do I need the hottest, brightest orange-leaning red this side of the sun, I need it to be long-lasting (as in, all day), easy to use on the go, and as shine-free as possible without transmogrifying my lips into the Gobi Desert, whether it’s the middle of July or the end of December. (Oh, and pretty packaging never hurts.) My ruthless criteria systematically slays all inferior formulas until only one remains: NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil. A creamy, vividly pigmented lipstick in the form of a chubby pencil, this velvety matte glides on easy, and miraculously manages to look seamlessly put-together even when smeared on with abandon (like, say, on a moving train). I’m partial to Red Square (shown), but you can take your pick of 17 shades, from the palest nude to deep, dark aubergine. Fair warning: you might want to pick up extras, you know, one for every bag. It’s that good. [$24, NARS Cosmetics]
I’m pretty much apathetic in the face of Photoshop. It’s an annoying (and undeniably rampant) practice for sure, but at this point I’m just like, “duh, nobody looks like that.” It’s ridiculous! But if there’s one variety of photo-altering that really, truly baffles me, it’s in the case of beauty advertisements. Are we seriously supposed to look at an ad and say, “Wow, that foundation looks great, I want to try it,” when the model has not only been subjected to hours of professional hair and makeup but has also been Photoshopped to the point of no recognizable human features? Keep reading »
I have all sorts of questions about January Jones. Who in the world is her baby daddy? Is she ever going to tell? Is she as bitchy in real life as she is on TV? Is Betty Draper the only character she does well despite her otherwise subpar acting abilities because she’s essentially just playing herself? (All signs point to yes.) And most importantly, above all, is she stylish? I’m ambivalent, because while I generally like her off-duty ensembles, when it comes to the red carpet I find that January shoots for ambitious looks that she can’t quite pull off.
Don’t get me wrong, I love me a fashion risk-taker, but the risks are never quite as impressive when they somehow fall flat. Against my better judgement I’m pretty sure I like what she’s wearing, but with the flipped-out bob, matching pink lipstick, and white eyeliner in the equation, it’s all very retro, and not in a particularly good way. Needless to say, the impeccable Betty Draper would not approve, but what say you?
“I was so surprised [by the ending of 'Marley & Me'] that I was devastated. It was awful. I never want to see it again. I can’t take it. I hate people but I love dogs.”
― You and me both, Robert Pattinson, you and me both. It’s quotes like these that reinforce the ever-humiliating, seriously out-of-character notion that, for all my love of alterna-boys, old Sparkles kinda does it for me. Sure, his hair could use a really good scrubbing, but he’s so very charming in interviews, and I love that he’s clearly in favor of rocking bizarrely patterned (and, duh, awesome) shirts on the red carpet during Very Serious “Twilight” Times. I’m calling it now: Kristen Stewart will be wearing this one to the airport in, like, two weeks. Tops. [Celebitchy]
Target and Neiman Marcus are at absolute opposite ends of the retail spectrum, which is all the more reason for them to want to come together, right? Whatever the logic behind their decision to collaborate, we have no complaints, even less so now that we’ve gotten to see each of the 55 items from the holiday collection. With prices starting at $7.99, you’d be hard-pressed not to find something that you or someone you know needs this coming season (especially considering, hello, holiday shopping is about to become a legitimate concern). The collection doesn’t hit stores (at Target, Neiman Marcus, and both online sources) until December 1, but the items are sure to sell out fast, so it’s best to go into it knowing exactly what you want. Check out my 12 designer picks from the offerings, and let us know what you’ll be waiting in (or on) line for come December! [Glamour]
Kate Upton has weathered her fair share of critics in her brief career thus far, including an incident early this year in which Victoria’s Secret runway caster Sophia Neophitou cruelly said of the then-teenager’s look, “She’s like a footballer’s wife, with the too-blond hair and that kind of face that anyone with enough money can go out and buy.” (Ever more depressing is the fact that some people think she’s fat, even likening her to, yes, a “squishy brick.”) And yet all signs point to Upton having the last laugh in this ongoing crusade: she scored two high-fashion magazine covers in the past two months alone, including the first issue of Carine Roitfeld’s CR Fashion Book, but her biggest upmarket break yet will hit the newsstands this week when she stars in a full Vogue spread. Keep reading »
Leave it to the French to come up with a fresh, creative, avant-garde use for a practical product from one of their most iconic brands: conceptual artist Fabrice Hyber crafted a 330-pound, one-meter cube, titled “1m3 de Beauté” (or “One Cubic Meter of Beauty”) of solid Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture lipstick in shade 1 Le Rouge. Hyber (who, it’s worth noting, is male) told WWD of his masterpiece, “[Lipstick is] a material that is very supple, especially in a large quantity. The material permanently moves. It is a work that is never finished, which is always evolving. It’s a living oeuvre.” This makes total sense to me, as I know from experience that the buttery Rouge Pur Couture formula tends to make a melty “living oeuvre” out of my stupid face. The sculpture has just gone on show at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, if you happen to be in the neighborhood. Bring a lip brush. [Elle UK]
It’s not every day that Karl Lagerfeld deems a fashionista worthy of being photographed in Coco Chanel’s iconic former Paris home at 31 Rue Cambon, so it’s kind of remarkable that he chose Victoria Beckham over someone like, say, Blake Lively. I totally thought Blake was his dress-up doll of choice these days. I do have to hand it to Posh for her seamless transition from Spice Girl and football WAG into a well-respected style icon and designer; there aren’t many former pop stars who ever enjoy the same level of high-fashion success. Victoria tweeted photos this week from a recent shoot for Elle France, where she appears alongside Lagerfeld modeling pieces from her new eyewear collection. What she doesn’t model, however, is pants, and that is completely understandable — if my legs looked like that, I wouldn’t wear pants, either. [Celebitchy]