The September issue is a huge deal for fashion publications, so much so that an eponymous documentary chronicled its creation at Vogue headquarters. The total count of advertisement pages is indicative of the success of each title in the past year, and foretells what may come in the next. We’ve yet to even enter August and the numbers are already out: naturally, the upcoming Gaga-covered edition of Vogue comes out on top with a total of 658 ad pages, which marks both a 13 percent increase from last year and the magazine’s heftiest issue since 2008. At 400 ad pages, Elle will make publishing history with the highest total page count ever to be released by Hearst. The comparatively smaller Condé Nast-owned Allure clocks in with 131 ad pages, which makes it, as with Vogue, the largest issue since 2008. Keep reading »
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I’m an Angelina girl 4 life, but it’s kind of impossible to hate Jennifer Aniston. She’s too milquetoast, there’s nothing to hate about her … with the exception of that foxy Justin Theroux she’s got her claws in. Mrrrrreow. Jennifer just has zero bad-girl cred no matter how hard she tries to cultivate it, and boy, does she try! Leather jackets, skinny jeans, ankle boots — make no mistake, she’s vying for a more rebellious hook-up. With that in mind, I offer an easy solution for Jen that’ll have her looking like a proper punk girlfriend in no time: bangs. As seen in this (super awkward) photo, the long, messy bangs lend her the hipness she so needs, even in a frumpy outfit as she plays a drug-peddling “mom” on the set of her new movie “We’re The Millers.” Jen has been sporting the same silky, straightforward hair for so long, and I think a teeny-tiny tweak like this could be the best bet for her stylistically. Do you think a full-on fringe would give the usually very vanilla actress an edgier appeal, or do you like her just fine just the way she is?
Growing up, I was never given any restrictions regarding whether or not I could wear makeup, or how much makeup I was allowed to wear. My parents, who are admittedly pretty laissez faire by most standards, are also the type to choose their battles, and what I put on my face was just not one of them. I expressed interest in products from a hilariously young age — home videos show me at five talking extensively about my mother’s fancy body wash like a regular Suri Cruise — and for all but a few grease-filled tweenage years, I’ve been beauty-crazed ever since. That’s why I find it so difficult to fathom why mothers, particularly those under the relentless and unforgiving eye of the media spotlight, receive so much flack for letting their young daughters wear a little bit of makeup. Keep reading »
I hate short hair on myself, and out of my own bob-induced fear I usually feel pretty meh about it on others, but there are definitely some ladies who can wear the hell out of the big chop. Take Michelle Williams, for instance — her pixie cut not only channels the influential Vidal Sassoon style worn by Mia Farrow in “Rosemary’s Baby,” but it also perfectly offsets Michelle’s girlish features to lend her a more mature vibe. It’s a big deal when a long-locked starlet goes short, so it’s only natural that Jessica Chastain made gossip-world waves this week when she debuted her fresh asymmetrical cut in New York City.
For my part, I think she’s absolutely killing this look. It’s infinitely more adventurous than the “Tree of Life” star’s standard pretty-but-conventional mermaid waves, and it frames her face beautifully while still giving her the touch of edge she was overdue for. The blunt style actually reminds me of another actress’s haircut — January Jones (who has since gone back the way of extensions) rocked a similar severe side-part earlier this summer, and while hers was choppier and closer to the shoulders, it’s bound to draw comparisons nonetheless. Who do you think wears the look better? (And more importantly, in light of Jessica’s major cut and January’s long red extensions, do you think there could be a case of identity thievery at hand?)
Hey, you guys, Katie Holmes is not messing around. If this long, loose, sexy hair on the cover of C Magazine — which she was photographed and interviewed for the day before filing for divorce from Tom Cruise — doesn’t positively scream “free bitch,” I don’t know what does. I cannot wait for her style resurgence.
Julie teen covered all of the teen fashion from the Teen Choice Awards yesterday (my best-dressed pick? T. Swift), but when I took a look through the photos from the event, I saw one thing in common with almost every female attendee: black eyeliner, and lots of it. I think even Justin Bieber had some on. I instantly recalled my own formative teenage years, during which I managed to convince myself that I was unpresentable without lashings of the stuff (in pencil form, tip heated by a lighter, natch) in and around my already-small eyes. Why did I do this, and perhaps more importantly: why does every girl between the ages of thirteen and eighteen do this at some point? Tell me: is it just me — and all these teens — or were you, too, a teenage victim of this trend?
I am somewhat of a walking dichotomy: I enjoy literature and consider myself a “reader,” but my attention span maxes out at 30 seconds. Unless a book really grabs me, and I mean seriously grabs me, it’s a lost cause. I write even the most popular, best-loved books off as “boring,” and for that, I am the worst. As such, I’ve become somewhat of a connoisseur of novels that are really, truly captivating, whether it’s due to an intricate plot, a particularly thrilling mystery, or fascinating characters. Here are five authors whose works will reel you in and keep you on the line …
We haven’t seen Lindsay Lohan looking anything but questionable in quite some time now, so I should totally be used to it, right? I shouldn’t be even half as disturbed as I was upon seeing her most recent paparazzi photos, right? She looks like she’s just emerged from a deep, musty drug dungeon, in which one eye never opens and everyone wears monochromatic jumpsuits (snarking on her outfit probably isn’t the right thing to do but also what the hell is she wearing?). For a while I held out hopes that the (former) actress would pull a Robert Downey, Jr. and get her cracked out act together, but those days are loooooong gone. At this point, Lindsay is crack. Oh, but the best part is that one of her myriad enablers, the clearly delusional Paul Schrader (who is currently directing Lindsay-as-hooker in porny Bret Easton Ellis film “The Canyons”), compares her to “Ann Margaret, some Gena Rowlands and Faye Dunaway and of course some bits of Liz Taylor and Monroe as well as a little Rita Hayworth.” It’s funny because, looking at this picture, I was thinking the exact same thing! [Celebitchy]
Helmut Newton is inarguably one of the most prolific fashion photographers in history. His body of work, which during his life was a mainstay in high-end publications like Vogue Paris and Harper’s Bazaar, is instantly recognizable world-over. Nudity, overt sexualization, and erotic fetishistic subtexts stylized expressively in black and white are the hallmarks of a Helmut shot.
The dividing line between shimmer and glitter is seemingly modest, but boy, is there a gigantic difference between the two (let’s just say glitter is kind of like shimmer’s trampy sister). There’s a time and a place for everything, but when it comes to your makeup this summer, subtle shimmer is the way to go: it reflects light and imparts a dreamy, ethereal glow that can’t quite be traced, completely devoid of the garish “1980s prom in Utah” effect glitter is infamous for. A touch of incandescence restricted to one area of the face not only brightens but also draws the eye away from imperfections, so nobody has to know about the dark shadow under your eyes or the zit on your chin, because look, you’re shimmering, and it’s so pretty! Also, bonus: men don’t really know about this stuff, so when they see you glistening all over the place they just think you’re magic. What more could you ever want than for people to think you’re magic? That’s what I thought.