You know, body-con dresses don’t usually do it for me. I would take a flowy Greek goddess gown over an Hervé Léger any day of the week. The squeeze-every-curve style is sexy, of course, but something about it is just so … obvious, even a little cheap (okay, a lot cheap). It also doesn’t help that women wearing them generally look like they just. Can’t. Breathe. But if anyone is going to take a fitted dress known for its slightly risqué nature and wear it to elegant perfection, it’s going to be Penélope Cruz, right? This is a look — tight fit, floral print, hot pink clutch — that I would generally hate on anyone else, but Penélope makes it look, well, classy. Do I sense some black magic at work?
Sunday night’s Emmy Awards gave us a seasonally mixed beauty bag — summery bright lips and dark sultry eyes cropped up in equal abundance, while makeup stalwarts like matte red lips and high-density lashes seemed to take a backseat to more innovative looks. As runway beauty becomes more dramatic and daring, Hollywood follows suit — even Julianne Hough, who is so conventionally blonde and beautiful, went for the ultimate risk by chopping off her long locks earlier this year.
The actress and dancer channeled the Belle Époque on Sunday (she described her look on Twitter as “Midnight In Paris” meets Grace Kelly), wearing her cropped hair in a helmet of pincurls, but I just loved her makeup. Impeccably sculpted brows, soft, smoky bronze shadow, and a rosy blush worn low on the cheeks made Julianne look like she could’ve stepped right out of the 1900s, but she’d be equally at home in 1925 or, well, 2012 — in fact, her makeup artist Molly Stern wanted the look to evoke “a black-and-white photograph come to life.” It’s the rare vintage-inspired face that doesn’t look dated, and with no harsh lines or bright colors, it transitions ever-so-smoothly from the office to the speakeasy (or the club, if that’s how you roll). Conveniently, it’s also festive enough to see you through the season and beyond, well into holiday parties and until the last snow fall. Bottom line: you want, nay, need to steal this look. Keep reading »
We know: what with the dreary weather and spring/summer Fashion Weeks on the brain just to rub it all in, it’s pretty much impossible to get excited about fall. The beauty aspect is especially depressing, considering it’s time to trade in our tinted SPF moisturizers for foundation, tousled ombre waves for darker autumnal hues, and sheer pink lips for full-coverage reds and nudes — it’s all enough to make a girl want to hibernate only to emerge next May. Fortunately, celebrities have been dabbling in fall looks for months now, so drawing inspiration from them can make the transition a little easier on the rest of us. Behold, the prettiest fall looks that may just have you looking forward to cable knits and crunchy leaves…
There was a moment there when I thought Lana Del Rey would be but a blip on our collective cultural radar given that, um, everyone kind of seemed to hate her, but with big-name brands like Mulberry, Jaguar, and H&M backing the controversial songstress, it seems like Lana will have a role in the zeitgeist for the foreseeable future. The real question is no longer, “who is she and what is she doing here,” but rather, “should she really be playing in David Lynch territory?”
Del Rey channels the director’s trademark grim atmosphere in a new video ad spot for H&M borrowed straight from the Lynch repertoire, complete with a rendition of “Blue Velvet.” As one of those really awful fangirls who believes in the sanctity of all things Lynchian, I’m not exactly excited about the homage, but I guess if there’s any pop singer who can do this tricky thing justice, it’s probably going to be Lana Del Rey. She’s kind of creepy, and I’m totally into it. [Spin]
Amy Adams tends to be pretty hit-or-miss on the red carpet — or, in this case, Astroturf — but she nailed it last night at the LA premiere of baseball flick “Trouble With The Curve.” I’m not usually a fan of one-shouldered dresses (they just make me wonder, why?), but the rich, autumnal color and flattering drape of this Roksanda Ilincic gown is just perfect. With low-key accessories, natural makeup, and, oh, only the most gorgeous ginger mane on the planet, Amy looked stunning, and I’m hoping this is a sign that the actress is back on her red carpet grind — I would love to see her in more fresh, simple looks like this one.
Does Brooke Mueller not realize the cultural paradox she’s evoking by wearing a clearly Native American-inspired ensemble with an American flag draped over it? Does her comprehension of our country’s history only extend to a fifth-grade level? Wait, don’t answer that, answer this: is Brooke Mueller potentially crazier than Charlie Sheen? [Photo: Bauer-Griffin]
“I would never work with people who aren’t really creative and aren’t committed to what they do. Unfortunately, there are a lot of those people out there, they are fucking everywhere, and they try to suck the soul out of you. For example, I would never do a makeup campaign, even though the [final] photos with me would probably look good. Thank you, but it doesn’t interest me.”
― I want so badly in my heart of hearts to root for Kristen Stewart, but she makes it so damn hard. The cover star of the new issue of Glamour Germany had some pretty smug things to say, and I’m frankly kind of astounded by how conceited and ungrateful she comes across. What makes a makeup campaign any more superficial or “soulless” than her Balenciaga fragrance campaign (the tagline of which is, creepily, “the new eau de parfum worn by Kristen Stewart”) or, for that matter, the entire “Twilight” franchise? Let’s hope that at least some of this interview’s self-centered tone can be chalked up to the translation, and Kristen isn’t actually this unsympathetic. [Celebitchy]
“I didn’t mean that! I only meant I don’t think her makeup is right; she has a roundish face and round eyes and she should pick another makeup for the eyes.”
— Karl Lagerfeld attempts to clarify his comments regarding Pippa Middleton after they were apparently misconstrued. The Kaiser professed not long ago that Pippa “should only show her back,” but he insists that isn’t really what he meant! For the record, he just loves Duchess Kate, but that doesn’t mean she’s his pick of the bunch… Keep reading »
I’m not plus-size, but as a fashion-loving girl who’s small-framed and somewhat oddly proportioned, I completely sympathize with the plight that is finding quality clothing that not only just kind of fits but truly flatters. It can be incomprehensibly difficult to style a woman who doesn’t adhere to the slim, often straight up-and-down silhouette that designers cater to (see: the gorgeous Christina Hendricks and her many sartorial misses). Adele — and, giving credit where credit is due, her stylist — is the consummate example of a woman who dresses beautifully for her shape, oftentimes with the help of Burberry Prorsum creative director Christopher Bailey.
Now, rumors are rumors, but this is one that’s too exciting not to spread: Vogue UK reported this morning that the chanteuse may have been approached by Bailey to be not only an ambassador for the quintessentially British fashion house, but also to collaborate on a bespoke line for plus-size women. Neither Burberry nor Adele have commented on the potential partnership, so for now it’s all just hearsay… but wouldn’t it be awesome? [Fashionista]
Is there anyone in the world who wears Dolce & Gabbana better than the brand’s longtime muse, Monica Bellucci? I think not. The 47-year-old mother of two (seriously) is flawless and all, but — that dress. I’m enamored of the obscenely gorgeous photorealistic florals the design duo behind the Italian fashion house conjured up for their Autumn/Winter collection, and this sexy sheath looks even better on voluptuous Monica than it did on the runway clotheshanger stand-in. Divine.