The hallmark of many an Oscar winner, nominee and/or serious actor is to delve so deeply into their roles that they both mentally and physically “become” the character. When it comes to method acting, the whole process sounds kind of creepy and possibly schizophrenic, but when it comes to the latter, it’s pretty straightforward and usually involves clothes, hair and makeup, and is sometimes accompanied by extreme weight loss (Christian Bale), a new nose (Nicole Kidman) or eating a whole bunch of doughnuts and pizza in order to get chubs fast à la Jared Leto and Renee Zellweger, who has already done it twice for those “Bridget Jones” movies. Today E! reports that Zellweger will forgo weight gain and instead wear a fat suit (like Gwyneth Paltrow in “Shallow Hal”) for “Bridget Jones 3.” [E!]
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What a charmed life teenage fashion bloggers lead. They sit front row at fashion shows, grace the covers and pages of magazines, and, apparently, get to wear Chanel Haute Couture dresses. Jane Aldridge of Sea of Shoes, who also designs footwear for Urban Outfitters, will attend the fancy-pants Hôtel de Crillon Bal des Débutantes in November wearing Chanel Haute Couture. Keep reading »
“I don’t want to be the fat one anymore.”
– Model Lara Stone to ELLEuk.com [Via Fashionologie] Keep reading »
Well color us charmed! My Wonderful World of Fashion: A Book for Drawing, Creating and Dreaming by Nina Chakrabarti adds another to our list of cool coloring books for the grown-ups. Chakrabarti, an artist who has worked with Vogue and French Connection, now shows off an indie zine vibe with pages filled with handwritten notes and artistic design. The quite thorough tomb (it’s over 200 pages) features, for example, illustrations of real designer shoes by the likes of Vivienne Westwood, or vintage fashions (educational, too!).
Chakrabarti also provides tons of how-tos: turning napkins into headscarves, constructing beautiful Indian saris, or tie-dying (careful with that one unless you’re on the recent dyed denim trend bandwagon). Give it to your DIY-crazy friend, or better yet, a young and budding fashionista—the book, above all, is meant to “encourage creativity.” Sometimes learning to draw outside the lines is just as important as drawing in them. [$19.95, Amazon.com via CoolHunting.com] Keep reading »
I’m totally guilty of becoming obsessed with three or four high-end fashion finds at a time. Recently it was a black Alexander Wang cocktail dress. The week before that it was a See by Chloe tulip skirt. Both of which I could never, ever afford. Luckily, I’m equally obsessed with trolling the internet to find cheaper versions of my objects of desire. One item I had been thinking about for quite a while was a pair of Repetto oxford lace-up heels, which would have cost me about $300. I almost considered shelling out for them, knowing the purchase was an everyday classic and the good brand would last and be comfortable.
Yet, the oxford heel is redundant in fashion today. So against my better judgment, I sneakily settled for a pair from H&M. I even went against some of my own advice, having blogged in July about how fakes and knock-offs really show off cheap details. Keep reading »
You love the man, you love his work. But you can’t always afford the goods because The Man forces you to spend your money on more practical things like rent and food. Marc Jacobs handbags will never be recession-friendly, but Gilt Groupe is once again throwing us worker bees a break and selling a whole mess of ‘em at wholesale-ish prices. There’s the $695 Rad bag that will be on sale for $228 and the highly coveted Tess bag for $698 (down from $1750). Personally, I’ve got my eye on this Tote (above) which is $428 as opposed to $1195 and looks like it will fit a lot of my belongings, in case I really do spend my way out of my apartment. OK, let’s not even joke about stuff like that. Sale starts at noon ladies! Keep reading »
You believed French women looked gorgeous naturally, didn’t you? Quel suprise! Airbrushing is causing unrealistic body images and encouraging eating disorders, said a French politician on Monday as she proposed warning labels on digitally enhanced images. Parlimentarian Valerie Boyer and 50 other French politicians want a “health warning” on airbrushed pics. All enhanced photos would be accompanied by this line: “Photograph retouched to modify the physical appearance of a person.” Under the proposal in France, a company that didn’t include the warning on their retouched ads would be slapped with a trés mal fine of a $54,930, or up to 50 percent the cost of the advertisement. The French proposal comes on the heels of a suggestion by British pols for warning labels of their own. But what we want to know is how long until such a proposal comes to the States, where we just love our Photoshop? (And can you imagine what Anna Wintour would have to say about it?) [Yahoo] Keep reading »
Show me a graph, flow chart, or anything that looks like it could have come from my math textbook in high school and I’m lost. Numbers and equations are simply not my thing. But transition the hard facts into fashion trends and you’ve got my attention … Keep reading »
Sasha Charnin Morrison keeps a slightly lower profile than that other fashion editor the world is getting to know better, Anna Wintour. But she is a Major-with-a-capital-M player, having worked at all the top glossies like Elle, Harper’s Bazaar and Allure, and she is now the Fashion Director at US Weekly. She’s also really hilarious and defies the stereotype her species is known for by being a total rock star in the sweetheart department. She let another lovable fashionista, Abby Gardner from, ahem, Fashionista.com, in to see her closet and let’s just say Sasha’s got a bag collection that would make Kimora Lee jelso. Speaking of envy, watch for the custom Steven Sprouse dress that turned Kate Moss green with the stuff. [Fashionista] Keep reading »
Unlike some young starlets who seem to go out of their way to rack up paparazzi crotch shots, Emma Watson is determined to make sure she does not become another tabloid casualty. Keep on keepin’ it classy Emma! Still, you’d think Burberry would want to make sure their campaign star’s dress fit properly. [London, 9/22/09] Keep reading »