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“When you become a mother, it doesn’t mean you put everything away. You can be a mother and a seductress to your husband. You can be strong and nurturing to your child. You can be driven and emotionally generous. You can love yourself and your family.”
Beyonce Knowles

Happy Mothers Day, ladies.


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.

Kristen Stewart W Magazine
It’s not Brooke Shields, it’s not Lindsay Lohan, it’s a Barbarella-haired Kristen Stewart on the cover of W Magazine‘s September 2011 issue! What a knockout. With the combination of her white Max Mara mohair and wool sweater plus a swipe Rouge Dior lipstick in Angélique Beige, she has retro, chill-out glamour down to a tee.

Inside the editorial, shot by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, she continues to vamp it up in Junya Watanabe, Dolce & Gabbana, Theory, and the same Gucci dress Beyonce Knowles wore on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar UK.

My favourite segment from the accompanying interview:

Twilight was your college, and you graduated, in a way: You became Bella Swan at 17, and now you’re 21.
Yeah—and that time has been sort of nuts for me. In film, I have chronicled every stage of my life since I was nine. And it’s more intense now, obviously, because I’m not in control of it anymore.
You’re not in charge of your life?
No. Not really. Not if I want to think solely about what I really like to do. It’s a funny thing: You want so badly for people to see what you do—you’re proud of it—and I like the effect that movies have on people. But the attention can also make me uncomfortable. In certain situations, people say to me, “C’mon, what’s wrong with you?” I apologize. I love what I’m doing, but I’m a little uncomfortable.

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If I thought Beyonce had gone anywhere, this post would start with a hearty “Beyonce is Back!”. Last night, her long-awaited music video for “Run the World (Girls)” debuted with more fashion glory than a September day at Somerset House. So, what did she wear?

1. A red Alexander McQueen Fall/Winter 2010 dress with embroidered gold detail and thigh-high, gold-heeled Alexander McQueen Grinling Gibbons, same collection.

2. She dances – like never before – in a black Norma Kamali fringed garment with golden harness and black bustier, continuing the fringe down to some Alexander Wang heels.

3. A brief appearance by the white Givenchy Spring/Summer 2011 Couture gown. The gown designed for fierceness.

4. Cue the slo-mo water and cue the dark Jean Paul Gaultier Spring/Summer 2011 Couture outfit with a tailcoat and heavy cut-outs.

5. Be still, style heart. Unaware of the car in flames behind her, Warrior Beyonce gets into an ultra mini Gareth Pugh Fall/Winter 2011 turtleneck dress and gold-mirrored Gareth Pugh ankle boots.

6. Dance break = outfit change. This time it’s a gold-embroidered Emilio Pucci Spring/Summer 2010 yellow dress paired with studded and feathered Sergio Rossi Gladiator boots.

7. Emilio Pucci number two; a long-sleeved goddess gown in green with a thigh-high split and sequined sleeve from Fall/Winter 2011.
Beyonce Run The World Fashion
Beyonce Run The World Fashion

Gucci Ad Fall Winter 2011

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It’s Gucci, mane. After the great Gucci vs. Prada Spring/Summer 2011 debate, I realised that this gold dress was getting as much cover time as that ever-present white eyelet dress from Dolce & Gabbana. In the Gucci showcase below we have Beyonce Knowles on L’Officiel, Naomi Campbell on Vogue Japan, and Luca Gadjus on German Glamour (where they truly cheapened the garment through a typography fail). It was destined for a Fashion Spot. To me, the brand is textural glamour; nothing needs to be happening except for garment focus. Hope you like it!