Molly Sims Wedding

  • Molly Sims tied the knot (wearing a mermaid gown by Marchesa) with Hollywood film producer Scott Stuber (wearing Tom Ford) this past weekend in Napa Valley, California. Congratulations, beauties!

  • Speaking of Tom Ford, his Spring/Summer 2012 collection has been suffering a beating. Maybe such a small, private affair works against a designer, nowadays?

    From the first model on the runway, we are struck by what resembles an out-of-style Gucci collection from ten years ago. The fussy complications of the cuts (drawstrings, shirring, high-waisted skirts, leg-of-lamb sleeves), the disheveled hairstyle of a girl barely back from happy hour, and the overdone makeup… Overload is the key word of the show… The laced shoe? An ersatz model of an Alaïa. The jogging shorts in black leather? Already seen last year in Céline‘s cruise collection, as were the sandals with bracelet straps (here, encrusted with rhinestones). The coat bristling with raffia? A pale version of those in Yves Saint Laurent‘s spring 1967 collection.
    […]
    At the end of this inventory suited to Kim Kardashian, Tom Ford appears. He advances. And he remains there, in the central area, asking people to stand up. Perhaps [people would do so] out of distress, or sympathy, or because all of this is supposed to be festive after all. But everybody just looks at their feet. The music does not stop. Ford tries to speak above the noise, louder. We can’t hear a thing. We just see this baby-faced man trying desperately to clear the air. He throw[s] himself upon his companion, Richard Buckley, and hugs him (Ralph Lauren often hugs his companion Ricky at the end of his shows, but then he returns backstage). But here everyone stays put. So Tom Ford retreats toward Anna Wintour and now it’s she whom he decides to embrace. Troubling.
    Virginie Mouzat of Le Figaro

  • It’s official! Andre Leon Talley is leaving America’s Next Top Model as a judge (sad face), and is being replaced by People’s Revolution’s Kelly Cutrone (WOOHOO face). ANTM will be losing an intelligent and endearing fashion plate, but will be gaining a rock-hard PR maven and seasoned reality show pioneer. Win some, you lose some.

  • Fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff gave birth to her first child over the weekend, a baby boy. More congratulations!

  • Steven Tyler’s other beautiful daughter, Chelsea Tyler, has been signed as a model by IMG.

  • Starting with a GQ bar in Instanbul and a Vogue cafe in Kiev, Condé Nast plans to open many more restaurants next year!
  • Kim Kardashian

    Kim Kardashian


    So, I recently got thinking about plastic surgery. Not about getting any, but about the general social reaction and taboo around it.

    We all know that, as women, it is easy to get quite caught up in the practice of staying as ‘fashionable‘ and ‘beautiful‘ as possible. In fact, for a lot of women, this practice amounts to something of a hobby which can be time consuming, prioritized and fun. On a personal level, I think my involvement is pretty inflated as I have created a career for myself that revolves around beauty, fashion and creativity.

    But it’s not just those of us ‘in the industry’, is it? Generally, most of you will be involved in keeping tabs on the latest and greatest in fashion, and keeping pace with different styles and trends in both fashion and beauty. If you are one of these women, you probably know what it is like to keep your eye on the runway, fashion magazines, fashion blogs (etc), and you may even follow certain celebrities to see how they are dressing and doing their make-up. Pretty normal, I would say.

    After the ‘basic’ interest, we all know that a number of women are also beginning to turn to other methods – besides clothing and makeup – to achieve a type of beauty they desire, and ‘keep up’ with the models, celebrities, Kardashians et al.

    Plastic surgery. As you can see on any plastic surgery website (I’ve been looking at aboutplasticsurgery.com), the industry of cosmetic surgery now offers a huge variety of simple and precise procedures that are both effective and difficult to ‘notice’. Of course, for some women, the idea of surgically altering a physical appearance simply isn’t an option, because they just don’t want to go ‘that far’. However, it is important to at least realize that the term “plastic surgery” can apply to slight, delicate procedures just as easily as more drastic ones.

    One example of a plastic surgery which might not be what it seems at first mention is liposuction. Because it is often referred to somewhat negatively, and is often joked about, liposuction seems at times to be a drastic method reserved only for extremely overweight people who need to lose a lot of weight. However, you do not have to be dramatically overweight to undergo a liposuction procedure. Many people use these procedures to, for example, get rid of leftover weight following a pregnancy, or shave off a small number of pounds as they grow older and find it harder to lose weight naturally.

    There are numerous other procedures that are far from drastic, and which can help women to maintain a youthful and beautiful appearance to the specific ways they might desire; things like minor tummy tucks, to facelifts, and even collagen injections are technically considered “plastic surgery,” but can be used to improve someone’s appearance in small steps.

    With the ‘obvious’ being a hold back for many, with improvements in surgical methods and experienced doctors, most of these procedures are also subtle enough that the effects will improve your appearance without making you appear fake or contrived. Sure, there will be those that take it too far, but that also happens with the overuse of make-up, tanning, hair colour, etc.

    Most of us alter ourselves in some way every day – even a blow dry is not ‘natural’. While I have nothing I’d like to change about myself (except maybe more manageable hair!), I completely empathise with those who do, and believe that plastic surgery can be done in effective ways that could help someone’s self-esteem as long as they account for the mental effects, as well.

    What do you think? Have you/Would you ever undergo plastic surgery?

    Missoni For Target

  • Target’s little pitbull is the closest thing you’re going to get to the Missoni x Target collaboration, for now. Since the collection was set to go live online, the overwhelming traffic has crashed the site. You naughty fashionistas broke Target. Apparently, the retail stores have suffered a similar frenzy.

  • Gawker published a pretty brilliant article on the crimes of toe shoes. Vibram Five Fingers for Fashion Week, anyone?

  • Avril Lavigne‘s Abbey Dawn show for Spring/Summer 2012 (…keeping my opinions to myself) had a primarily reality-centered front row. Since Avril recruited Kylie Jenner (younger than CFDA regulations are OK with, half-sister of Lavigne’s boyfriend Brody Jenner) to model in her show, many members of the Jenner/Kardashian “Klan” turned up. Cheering at Kylie-focused moments were Kourtney and Kim Kardashian, half-sister Kendall Jenner, Brody Jenner, and Kim’s new husband Kris Humphries.

  • Swatch has terminated its partnership with Tiffany & Co (?!). They felt that Tiffany’s made “systematic efforts to block and delay the development of the business.” Swatch will also be requesting compensation for the loss of future business.

  • Ralph Lauren has named a new European president; former deputy chairman at the fabulous Giorgio Armani, John Hooks.

  • Kanye West will show a Spring/Summer 2012 womenswear collection in Paris at 9:30pm on October 1, directly after Jean Paul Gauliter and Loewe. This news piece is not yet officially announced, but the rumour comes from Harper’s Bazaar Australia’s fashion editor Christine Centenera, who has been traveling to Paris twice monthly and consulting with Kanye on his clothing line since March.
  • Kim Kardashian Wedding Dress

  • Kim Kardashian’s wedding – which was solely black & white in hue – was awesome. I may also be starting a new career as a wedding make-up psychic.

  • The rumour mill is a-whirl with thoughts that Marc Jacobs is going to be taking over at Dior. Strange choice, really. In that change, he would be leaving the handlebars of Louis Vuitton to Phoebe Philo (which is pure genius), though she would still be designing for Celine, as well.
  • According to Forbes, Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady are the world’s highest-paid celebrity couple in 2011. Bundchen earned $45 million between May 2010 and May 2011 and Brady signed a four-year, $72 million contract extension last September with the New England Patriots as well as bringing home $31 million. Oh hello, green-eyed Kanye West.
  • Since we’ve all been wondering what Filipa Fino will be working on after her departure as Vogue’s Senior Accessories Editor, her rep just revealed that she is going to “launch a new digital proposition that will have the world see fashion as a complement to accessories, as opposed to the conventional other way around.” O rly?
  • For the first time, Tory Burch is going to design tuxedos. They will be available exclusively at her Madison Avenue flagship, opening in September.

    “A great tuxedo is modern and timeless for evening. My mother often wore her Yves Saint Laurent le smoking, and my father was known for his dinner jackets lined with silk Hermès scarves. Always superchic.”

  • Kim Kardashian Wedding Make Up
    If you’ve somehow managed to the avoid the media frenzy, you may be interested in knowing that Kim Kardashian is getting married to Kris Humphries this weekend!

    Since rumours are flying around that the Kurvaceous Kardashian (I had to do it) thinks her wedding will “be bigger than the royal wedding“, and I did a breakdown of Kate Middleton’s make-up pre-wedding, I figured a Kardashian wedding make-up tutorial (aka make-up guesstimation!) was in order.

    Kim Kardashian’s three key make-up traits (seen in the photo at the end of the post) are as follows – smokey eye, false lashes, highlighting. Since we’re all not as lucky to have Mario Dediavanovic – King of the Smokey Eye and Kim Kardashian’s make-up artist – on hand, follow the simple steps below to create a flawless and photo-friendly look!

  • You’ve got to start with perfect skin. Though Kim Kardashian is constantly wearing liquid foundation, it blends seamlessly with her skin, so use a product like Make Up For Ever‘s HD Invisible Cover Foundation and touch up any blemishes or pigmentation still visible with MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer. Seal your perfect base with Clinique‘s Gentle Light Powder in Glow 3. The reflective pigments will ‘airbrush’ your skin in photos, but won’t wash you out.
  • Eyes! Because Miss Kardashian likes to wear a smokey eye even while working out, I didn’t want to stray too far from the ‘drama’ while keeping it fresher than a red carpet look (wedding photos last forever, after all). Highlight your inner corner, lid and browbone in Urban Decay Shimmer Eyeshadow in Midnight Cowgirl. Use a toffee tone with a hint of grey (Urban Decay Shimmer Eyeshadow in Sellout) to sculpt a smokey eye from your socket and above, continuing the same colour on your lower lash line. Use Stila Stay All Day Eyeliner on your upper lash line only, and pop natural-looking false eyelashes (my favourite are Mister Mascara‘s in Harrods) on top to really open up the look. I used Lash Power mascara, as well, as it is specially formulated not to run if the tears start flowing!
  • Fill in your eyebrows with NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder in a shade slightly darker than to your hair colour. Don’t be heavy handed, as there is a lot of structure in your eye area already.
  • For your cheeks, use a Ramy Cosmetics Juicy Cheeks to highlight the top of your cheekbone and a warm, rosy mineral blush from your apples to your ears.
  • For lips, use a long-wearing lipstick, and line your lips with Borghese Longevita lipliner over the top. By lining after the initial application, it looks much more natural. For a perfectly plump pout – a Kardashian must have – apply lip gloss only in the center of the lips. Estee Lauder’s Lip Color Set gives you every other tool you need.
  • Spritz with Mist & Fix. You want it to last all day!
  • Obviously, I’m a million shades lighter than the Armenian goddess, so this is a look that can really work for everyone. Hopefully, you all will share your interpretations or guesstimates of her wedding look!

    (Also, I’m hoping Kim Kardashian’s wedding dress looks like this! A flattering change from the norm.)
    Kim Kardashian Wedding