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Choupette Lagerfeld’s Future As Model And Muse Is Looking Pretty Bright

All Things Choupette
All of the urgent news updates regarding the famous beauty. Read More »
Karl's Cat Has Maids
Karl Lagerfeld's Siamese cat Choupette has two personal maids. Read More »
Karl's Christmas Present
Maybe his heart isn't made of imported ice, after all. Read More »

There’s a good chance that I am turning into a weird, babbling robot only capable of spewing out meaningless phrases like “Choupette,” “pretty cat,” and simply “meow.” For example, when I learned this morning of the Chanel cat’s big break, the noise I made could only be likened to a battle cry of sorts. That’s right: famous beauty Choupette Lagerfeld will make her modeling debut in a spread for V magazine (to which her designer dad is a frequent contributor) alongside sexy French super Laetitia Casta. With her stunning Siamese features, natural posing skills, and expertise with an iPad, Choupette really is the total package. Beauty and brains — she’s so dynamic! I just hope she doesn’t get too thin. [Fashionista]

“TWELV” Magazine Is (220 Pounds Of) Sweet On Alexander McQueen

If you thought Alexander McQueen’s exquisite designs were fantastical enough without being constructed entirely out of candy, now is the time to reevaluate: TWELV magazine, whatever that is, will certainly debut with a bang thanks to this saccharine take on McQueen’s ethereal winged creation (the original at left). Hissa Igarashi and Sayuri Marakumi used no less than 50,000 gummy bears to build this 220-pound dress, which required three assistants just to move around the studio, with steel wire and vinyl as support. I wonder how many other bears were originally involved but vanished mysteriously during the process? I, for one, could never be trusted with 50,000 of those things. However, I’m brand-loyal to Haribo, so that’s kind of a prerequisite. [Styleite]

The Best And Worst Of Affordable Designer Diffusion Lines

When our favorite designers of intangibly expensive high fashion announce their plans to expand into more reasonable diffusion lines, we can’t help but go a little weak in the knees at the prospect… then we regain composure and remember not to get our hopes up. A lower-priced designer collection is awesome in theory, but in fruition they usually leave us cold — more often than not they end up being a weak, dissatisfying echo of the designs we love on the stars and on the runway. But it’s not all bad (really)! When they’re good, they’re really good, even if they aren’t exactly our definition of “cheap.” Check out our picks for the best and worst of affordable designer fashion fare, and let us know your favorites in the comments.

Elie Saab Sends Droolworthy Dresses Down The Runway At Paris Couture Week

Reason #5934 why being rich and famous wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world: Elie Saab. Actually, while we’re waxing hyperbolic, let’s give him the top slot. I can’t think of a single designer more imaginative, more unique, more timeless, or more committed to the most exquisite detail than Saab. It’s never conceptual or difficult to understand, but it’s also never boring, and it’s always stunningly beautiful. You know who I’d love to see in one of Saab’s designs? Kate Middleton. She would be flawless, no?

Well Played: Clemence Poesy In Red At Valentino

Well Played: Jessica Alba
Looking lovely in leather at Versace. Read More »
Well Played: Victoria
The world is her runway. Read More »
Well Played: Blake
Facts are facts: you done good, Blake. Read More »
Well Played: Katy Perry
The singer rocks it in red roses. Read More »

Nobody embodies the fabled element of inimitable Parisian cool better than Clemence. The perfect dress and shoes, nonchalant hair and makeup, minimal but killer accessories — check, check, check. The French actress may have been rubbing elbows with Kim and Kanye at yesterday’s Valentino show, but in my opinion she showed both of those attention seekers right up, and seemingly without much effort at all. Not even a single exploitative reality show or poorly executed awards ceremony interruption! Ahem.

Jewish Rosaries For Cool Jewelry Without The Sacrilege

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Not Jewish Enough?
Ami ditched a dude who thought she wasn't religious enough. Read More »

Religious symbols are not usually my thing, but when it comes to denominational jewelry, I’m all in. I may have had a bat mitzvah, but I still love to drape myself in all manners of Jesus paraphernalia, particularly rosaries. Plastic rosaries. They’re cheap, colorful, irreverent, and more than a little bit disrespectful, which is kind of the name of my game. But then there’s my Catholic grandmother, who clutches at her heart when she sees the casual way I wind crucifix jewelry around my neck, and on the other hand, my Jewish father, who shakes his head and tells me I’m going to hell. He’s totally wrong, by the way, because Jews don’t believe in hell. Ha! These plastic “Jewish rosaries” are delightful because they’re cheeky and celebratory (l’chaim!), whereas the original has some, uh, darker connotations. Plus, they make the whole mixed family happy — what could be better? They are exponentially more expensive than the dime-a-dozen Catholic variety, but hey, that’s Judaism for ya. [$15, Jewish Rosaries]

Style Stealer: Keira Knightley Does Florals With Her Fiancé

I often wonder aloud how the guy from Klaxons, a terrible band, managed to score babe Keira Knightley, but that is neither here nor there. Keira’s long-running tenure as, you know, Elizabeth Swan paved the way for her public entity, but in the last few years she’s really proved herself as one to be watched, even when pirates aren’t involved. Her willowy figure and easy grace make her the perfect mannequin for high fashion, but she’s also the epitome of cool when she’s off-duty. A cute floral minidress and simple sandals are a go-to for any casual summer occasion… even if you lack Keira’s long legs and English charm. (I do. Severely.) [Photo: FameFlynet] Keep reading »

SS: Olivia Palermo
A pretty pink dress, dressed down for day. Read More »
SS: Jessica Alba
The ever-stylish actress in another peachy keen look. Read More »
SS: Jordana Brewster
Bright pink and orange are a stunning color combo! Read More »

The Best Of Front Row Fashion At Paris Haute Couture Week

Is it already that time again? I always look forward to the big fashion weeks, even though the shows run counter to the current season — it’s sweltering outside, but the promise of fall/winter fashion still thrills me. Sorry, but I’m a sweater-and-boots kind of girl… not that there’s any sweaters to be found during haute couture week. The shows in Paris invite not only the most impressively ostentatious of what fashion has to offer, but also an A-list crowd just as show-stopping as the clothes themselves. Well, almost. Click through to check out my picks for the best-dressed from the front row so far, and don’t be surprised if you happen to see these ladies in the dresses off the runway come fall…

Red Carpet Style!
Check out the good, the bad, and the ugly of celebrity style. Read More »

10 Alternative Engagement Rings For The Unconventional Bride

Engagement rings are so boring. They’re pretty, sure, and sparkly too, and exorbitantly expensive, and every girl dreams of one from Tiffany, and it has three diamonds in it, and this is the shape of the diamond, and blah blah blah blah blah blah blah. Don’t you want this thing you have to wear on your hand every day forever until death do you part to be fun and unique and cool? I sure do. It’s still probably gonna be expensive, but it should also be awesome, and not in the $200,000 solitaire diamond way. I’m not getting married any time soon — that would be a total Miley move — but I’ve procured 10 of the coolest not-so-traditional engagement rings for the not-so-traditional bride. [Image: Erstwhile Jewelry]

Wedding Survival Guide
It's wedding season! Here's how to get through it. Read More »
Wedding Hookups
bride and bridesmaid photo
Who you should sleep with at your next wedding. Read More »
I Hate Weddings
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These Charlotte Olympia Kitty Cat Nails Make Me Reevaluate My Position On Nail Art

Caviar Nails
This indulgent nail art is fit for a queen. Read More »

Paging Miss Pop: I need these nails, stat! The lovely Elizabeth of fashion and DIY blog Moveslightly combines my two favorite things in the world, beauty and cats, into one squee-worthy package. These kitty nails, inspired by a pair of Charlotte Olympia flats, aren’t just adorable — they also look pretty doable, provided you have access to nail pens and a steady hand. I’m not usually one for decorative nail art, but these I just cannot resist. How could you ever be sad or angry when you have ten little kitty faces on your hands? [Moveslightly]

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