Miranda Kerr

  • I’m not sure if this is awesome or frightening, but scientists have apparently discovered a way to tan skin from the inside out. Though it’s still in the ‘baby stages’, an implant – the size of a grain of rice – has been developed that will stimulate melanin production when placed under the skin, giving a cancer-free glow. Seems much riskier than a tan from a bottle, but safer for those obsessed with tanning beds, since the effects last three months.
  • For New York Fashion Week, Marc Jacobs has pushed back his eponymous show from his usual Monday evening time slot to Thursday, September 15 at 8:30 p.m. Why? The delay “will allow Jacobs and his staff to make up for time lost this past weekend when the entire design and sample room staffs were scheduled to work before Hurricane Irene intervened”. The Marc by Marc Jacobs show has also been bumped up to Monday. This just might complicate editors’ flights from NYFW to LFW, which kicks off the following morning.
  • Models in movies news! With Natalia Vodianova’s co-starring role in Belle Du Seigneur creeping up upon us, we have just found out that Gemma Ward (who previously got Mermaid-y in Pirates of the Carribean) has been cast in Baz Luhrman’s “The Great Gatsby”. The film adaptation – of one of my favourite books – will also star Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, and Leonardo DiCaprio.
  • In the strangest news of the day, Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld has decided to help film a rap video! Women’s Wear Daily (WWD) has reported the couturier recently rolled into into the legendary San Tropez cafe “Senequier” to film a segment of French recording artist Jean-Roch Pedri‘s latest music video. Though the song title is not yet known, we do know that Snoop Dogg is involved with its production and will also appear in the video. Looks like Kanye West‘s designer devotion and Diddy’s last fashion-filled album – Last Train To Paris – has started something of a trend.
  • Remember, back in March, when Kim Kardashian released her single “Jam (Turn It Up)“? (I know, I know, you tried to forget). Well, she shot a Hype Williams-directed music video to go along with it but didn’t get to the stage of public release. Until now. It’s tasteless and dirty-looking, in every sense of the word, with enough booty shots to set you up for life. As much as I try to celebrate the Kardashian empire for their coinciding business savvy, this is so, so inexplicably degrading.

  • Fashion Collage
    Closet Collage

    2011 marks Tumblr‘s second year of sponsoring fashion and beauty bloggers to attend New York Fashion Week and cover it on their Tumblr-made blogs. The following twenty blogs are going to get access to front row and backstage opportunities 99% of industry insiders would kill for (AHEM hi!). To congratulate the bloggers (Annamarie, Closet Collage, Ellepa, Farpits, From Me To You, Gaws, Girl With Curves, High On Flowers, High Like Fashion, History of Chuck, How To Talk To Girls At Parties, Justin Chung, Karla Powell MUA, Men In This Town, Opium Poppies, Novh, Paper Tissue, Tuula, The Style Student, and We The Urban), I have taken five of their most striking fashion-realted images for this week’s Best of Tumblr!
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    As I was flicking through the September issue of Vogue (UK) last week, there was one ad that really stood out to me – this one. Aldo‘s upbeat Fall/Winter 2011 campaign. Though Terry Richardson‘s personal controversies tie a lot of negativity to his name, he truly takes a bomb photograph. From Andy Harman on set design to Sarah Richardson on styling, each little component of the shoot came with their gameface on. Of course, the fierce shoes and sheer hotness of Lily Donaldson and actor Matthew Gray Gubler don’t hurt a thing. View Post

    Katy Perry VMAs 2011
    Last night’s MTV Video Music Awards (aka The VMAs) was a fashion trainwreck. While our beloved Jo Calderone took over the show with his/her bad boy style, many of the stars and starlets on the red carpet were cake-faced and unflatteringly styled. Since I’m not one for the personal attacks, how about we go through the best of the rest?

    Let’s kick off with Katy Perry! The beautiful, pink-haired singer donned a Christian Dior Fall/Winter 2011 Couture ensemble which was comprised of a pastel pink top with an oversized yellow button and mint green lining on top and a black and white tulip-shaped skirt with a broken glass print on bottom. Bizarrely, though the collection had a terrible reception from the industry, it looks pretty perfect on Perry.

    The sprinkles on top were in the form of a yellow Philip Treacy hat/sqaure that strongly resembled the Commonwealth bank cube. The super sprinkle? A pair of multi-coloured Giuseppe Zanotti wedges. Comical couture: The Next Big Thing?

    Justin Bieber Snake
    Then there was Justin Bieber. His outfit wasn’t all too impressive – black blazer, red pants, gold chains, Terry Richardson glasses – until you got to his hand: a small white snake.

    Entertainment Weekly quizzed him on his elaborate accessory:

    EW: What your snake’s name?
    Justin Bieber: Johnson.

    EW: Johnson! You dirty boy!
    Bieber: I know. [laughs]

    EW: Dude, your Johnson is small.
    Justin: [Laughs and shakes his head.]

    EW: What is he?
    Justin: It’s a boa constrictor. It’ll get like four feet. It’s gonna get big.

    EW: Has he peed on you yet?
    Justin: No. I hope not!

    beyonce VMAs 2011
    Your eyes aren’t fooling you…it’s not one too many cheeseburgers…Beyonce Knowles used the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards to announce her pregnancy! Obviously, the superstar glow is only going to get more envious. The mother-to-be was beaming with pride in a bright orange, one-shoulder silk crepe Lanvin Fall/Winter 2011 gown.

    It the most intelligent co-ordination of the night, she paired the one-hued piece with bold Lorraine Schwartz jewels in the form of white diamond and platinum tassel earrings and an emerald ring. Her ivory Rene Caovilla platforms were also covered in Swarovski crystal and pearl details.

    Zoe Saldana VMAs 2011
    Zoe Saldana‘s stylist also had her eye on the prize last night. A chic updo and smokey eye kicked off the mood as it led down to a sexy LBD from Barbara Bui‘s Fall/Winter 2011 collection. The tweed minidress was embellished with gold and silver military-style details and leather panels. Sticking with the Bui, she added from snake-skin heels and a black clutch from the same designer, as well as Lorraine Schwartz jewels (diamond
 earrings, a diamond 
 a black 
 bangle, and a yellow
and onyx bracelet).

    Nicki Minaj VMAs 2011
    Nicki Minaj wears Transformers meets Alice in Wonderland. I honestly have no clue, but I love her.

    Sofia Coppola

  • Sofia Coppola got married to (Pheonix frontman) Thomas Mars! The blushing bride wore a gauzed-out lavender print wedding dress by Azzedine Alaïa and had her hair wavy and unstyled with a red lip to ice the cake. The groom wore navy and Big Daddy (Francis Ford Coppola) wore a white linen suit and pink shirt.
  • Isaac Mizrahi has announced he won’t be showing at NYFW. He let us know – via video blog – that he will be putting out a lookbook instead, joking that it sounds “more modern…for about one second. Next season we’ll be planning our fabulous Lollapalooza fashion show in 3D.”
  • Karl Lagerfeld is releasing a fragrance called….wait for it…Karleidescope. LOLZ aside, the fragrance is set to be “ultra feminine” and will include notes of violet, patchouli, angelica and freesia that are rumoured to smell different on each woman.
  • Miranda Kerr’s beauty secret? Four teaspoons of coconut oil, taken orally. Now you know. Have a brilliant time trying to locate it after a Victoria’s Secret model endorses it. ;)
  • Almost 300 Cambodian workers fell sick this week at a garment factory that produces goods for Swedish fashion brand H&M. A total of 284 employees collapsed on Tuesday and Thursday at M&V International Manufacturing Ltd in Kompong Chhnang.
  • Zac Posen is taking his show back to New York after moving to Paris a year ago to show his eponymous collection to the European audience. His Spring/Summer 2012 offering will be shown at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall on September 11th. As always, the New Yorker’s diffusion line – Z Spoke by Zac Posen – will be shown in his hometown, as well.
  • Following the raging success of the “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” exhibit, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is suggesting the Costume Institute’s the 2012 exhibit will revolve around Miuccia Prada and Elsa Schiaparelli and will open next Spring. OH, YES.