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Modernizing Disney’s Leading Ladies Fashion

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In September, Sephora announced an exciting collaboration and revealed the Disney Cinderella Collection by Sephora. Finally I was able to see the whole collection up close and personal during one of my many spontaneous (and dangerous!) trips to Sephora and I have to say its beautifully designed with a whimsical nature that truly captures Disney.

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Having said that and coupled with the fact that I’ve been watching the tv show Once Upon a Time (yes I’m hooked!) I was inspired to modernize the leading ladies of Disney’s fashion sense. Check out what I came up with and let me know what you think!

Ariel
Ariel

Dress – Kaliko Satin Shift Dress, Mid Green – £82.50

shoes – Badgley Mischka PeepToe Pumps Humbie II – $200

clutch – Ivory Shell Clutch Evening Bag – $37.49

nail polish – zoya nail polish mimi – $8

BelleBelle

Dress – Opulence England Embellished dress – $169.99

shoes – Fergie Bunny Pump – $69.95

clutch – Franchi Handbags Angela – $122.99

nail polish – Zoya nail polish cyma – $8

Cinderella
Cinderella

Dress – Notte by Marchesa – $274.99

shoes – Joan & David Outfit – $134.42

clutch – Franchi Judith Satin Clutch – $76.99

nail polish – Zoya nail polish LANEY – $8


Jasmine
jasmine

Dress – BCBGMAXAZRIA Helyn gathered dress – $274.99

shoes – rsvp Gigi – $59.99

clutch – Lulu Townsend Ring Minaudiere – $29.95

nail polish – Zoya nail polish RICHELLE – $8

Pocahontas
Pocahontas

Dress – Hervé Léger Fringed bandage dress – $1032.50

shoes – Franco Sarto Omaha – $41.99

clutch – FranchI Azure Tafetta Clutch – $109.99

nail polish – Zoya nail polish CHARLA – $8

Snow White
SnowWhite

Dress – TED BAKER DANAH Drapped dress – $295

shoes – rsvp Sheryl – $55.99

clutch – DVF Tonda Weave Contrast Patent Clutch – $246.13

nail polish – Zoya nail polish Creamy – $8

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Beyoncé Fronts New House of Dereon Campaign

Beyoncé has only stepped in front of the cameras a couple of times since giving birth to her daughter, Blue Ivy, on January 7. But news that the newly made mum is getting geared up to get back to work is on the horizon as a new photo of the superstar is released for her latest campaign for her clothing label, House of Deréon.

Shot by famed celebrity and fashion photographer Tony Duran shortly before Beyoncé gave birth, the only image released so far features Beyonce looking stunning and sultry wearing a structured stud embellished bodice accompanied by a fierce lion mane for her spring/summer 2012 collection.

The collection comprises of edgy to elegant evening wear as well as contemporary casual tops and jackets with bold use of stunning prints and a color palette featuring soft pastels, nudes and pops of coral and blue.

Below are some of my favorite pieces as well as the promotional video for the collection. Currently the House of Dereon US site states that the shopping online feature is “coming soon.” However if you are across the pond, you can purchase pieces from Lipsy, Selfridges and House of Fraser.

Royal Couple Immortalized as Collectible Barbie Dolls

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are getting the royal treatment from Matetel and are becoming immortalized as collectible dolls. The maker of Barbie dolls announced the news that they will be releasing the special two-doll set in early April, in celebration of the royal couple’s first wedding anniversary.

The limited-edition dolls will be wearing replicas of what the couple wore on their big day last year — a miniature version of the infamous Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen gown for Middleton, and a red-and-blue military jacket for Prince William. Middleton’s doll will even include a tiny sapphire engagement ring and a version of the Cartier tiara she wore.

Of the doll treatment, a Mattel spokesperson said, “William and Catherine are like a modern day Barbie and Ken. The whole world watched as the two were married in what was a real-life fairytale wedding.” The rep added, “As a fashion icon, it is only appropriate that Barbie would pay tribute to this unforgettable fashion moment.”

The doll-set will go on sale for $155 on April 7 on Amazon.com U.K, but has been made available for pre-order online at BarbieCollector.com for $100. Unfortunately it has been reported that this collection will not be offered in the United States. Below, is BarbieCollector.com’s description of the couple’s miniature version of their wedding ensemble:

This Royal Wedding® Gift Set includes exquisite portrait dolls of the bride and groom now bestowed with the titles, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The Catherine doll wears an elegant, yet chic, gown inspired by the original and features lovely ivory taffeta trimmed with lace and faux pearl buttons. Also includes wedding bouquet, silvery tiara, earrings and engagement ring. Continuing the elegance is Catherine’s handsome prince. William is dressed in the brilliant scarlet uniform of the Colonel of the Irish Guards, proudly decorated with royal blue sash, metallic cummerbund with bow trimmed in golden fringe, golden buttons and medallions.

Remembering the Legendary Whitney Houston

During the eve of one of the biggest annual award celebrations in the music industry, comes the devastating news that legendary icon, Whitney Houston has died, she was only 48. The singer’s death was confirmed by her publicist, Kristen Foster, only hours before Houston was due to perform at music mogul Clive Davis’s annual pre-Grammy party at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

“I can confirm that Whitney Houston was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. We received a call at 3:43 p.m. from hotel security and Beverly Hills fire and police responded minutes later,” Beverly Hills Police Lieutenant Mark Rosen tells PEOPLE. As to whether there was any evidence of drugs or foul play, Rosen responded: “At this time, there’s no obvious evidence of foul play or cause of death.”

The terrible news has come as a complete shock to all and reactions from fans and celebrities flood the internet:

Dolly Parton, who wrote “I Will Always Love You,” said, “mine is only one of the millions of hearts broken over the death of Whitney Houston. I will always be grateful and in awe of the wonderful performance she did on my song and I can truly say from the bottom of my heart, ‘Whitney, I will always love you. You will be missed.'”

Another entertainment legend, Quincy Jones, said he was “absolutely heartbroken” by the news. “She was a true original and a talent beyond compare.”

I’d like to take this time to remember Whitney Houston, she is a true legend and undoubtedly one of the greatest singers and performers of our generation. The world has lost an icon today, may she always be remembered for the amazing contribution that she gave us all, her music that became a soundtrack for us all as well as her unforgettable soulful voice, she was and will always remain a superstar in our hearts.



SquidLondon — Color Changing Couture

Taking the innovative color changing properties of their signature umbrellas to the next level, female “SquidLondon” duo Emma-Jayne Parkes and Viviane Jaeger have collaborated with couture pattern cutter Vlasta Collu and haute couture embroiderer Charlotte La Roche to create a stunning capsule collection of raincoats.

SquidLondon co-founder and Director Emma-Jayne Parkes explains:

“We decided to develop our coat range because our umbrellas are so loved, and so much fun, we really wanted a ‘wow’ factor garment; the intricacies of hand embroidery mixed with sharp couture detailing that beautifully change into a walking piece of art when wet – it’s unique – you can’t beat it!

The capsule tailored rainwear collection “Opera Icons” consists of two jackets and a trench coat available in three embroidery options, allowing the wearer a sense of artistic flair as well as adding a splash of playfulness in her style.

The three designs include the Carmen – a cropped, fitted jacket with a high collar; the Madame Butterfly jacket with its oversize shawl collar that when used as a hood mimics the brightly colured wings of a butterfly; and the Juliette trench coat, a classically beautiful design, just like its namesake. In addition to the coats, there are appliquéd versions of the much-loved Squidarellas, and an oversized scarf that can be worn in several ways.

When dry, the garments are chic monochrome – white flower motifs appliquéd to the black fabric. But add a splash of rain and the white flowers quickly garment blossoms into an array of bright colors.

The coats are made in London and currently available made to order for A/W 2011 delivery direct from SquidLondon’s Shoreditch studio. http://www.squidlondon.com.

Check out a behind the scenes video:

*Majority of information taken from Official Press Release.

Yasmin Le Bon Models 110-Pound Dress By Stephan Rolland

Former supermodel Yasmin Le Bon, 47 — wife of Duran Duran singer Simon Le Bon — took to the catwalk, showcasing Stephan Rolland’s outrageously weighted creation: a red jersey dress made of 147.5 feet of fabric that weighed in at a staggering 110 pounds (50kg)! The dress served as the highlight of his collection and required two male escorts — that sounds bad when saying it like this, but keep your mind out of the gutter! the poor woman needed help! — in order to get the gown down the runway.

The show-stopping gown symbolized the designer’s tribute to material, with the fabric measuring as much as 45 metres at its longest point. As if the sheer amount of fabric wasn’t enough, the red silk jersey gown was embellished with metal panels along the bustier and down the front of the skirt. Not only did it turn heads it also proved that the former supermodel (now 47!) still has what it takes and strutted her sleek silhouette in what became the highlight of the entire show.

Size 6 Now Considered “Plus Size” in Fashion Industry

Plus Model Magazine has published a provocative issue sparking controversy which has shed insight into the disparity between real life women and models.

Although apparent for quite some time, it is clear that in order to model in the fashion world models must meet the standard criteria. The typical runway show comprises of models ranging between a size 0-4, (typically the latter of course) strutting what little meat remain on their bones in a bid to sell fashion. Does this vision of a dangerously waif like size echo the reality of women in today’s society?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the same question that Plus Model Magazine daringly raises. The heavy topic (so to speak) is featured in an 8 page editoral, featuring Russian plus size model Katya Zharkova along side a “straight size” model in the nude. The thought provoking photography displays the stark contrast paired alongside controversial headlines that voice staggering statistics discussing body sizes and stating how a size 6 is now considered plus size.


The magazine makes an attempt to add food for thought regarding the issue and had this to say:

The answer to the question is this, there is nothing wrong with our bodies. We are bombarded with weight-loss ads every single day, multiple times a day because it’s a multi-billion dollar industry that preys on the fear of being fat. Not everyone is meant to be skinny, our bodies are beautiful and we are not talking about health here because not every skinny person is healthy.

What we desire is equality to shop and have fashion options just like smaller women. Small women cannot be marketed to with pictures of plus-size women, why are we expected to respond to pictures of small size 6 and 8 women? We don’t! When the plus size modeling industry began, the models ranged in size from 14 to 18/20, and as customers we long for those days when we identify with the models and feel happy about shopping.

Statistics Printed With Photography:

  • Twenty years ago the average fashion model weighed 8% less than the average woman. Today, she weighs 23% less.
  • Ten years ago plus-size models averaged between size 12 and 18. Today the need for size diversity within the plus-size modeling industry continues to be questioned.
  • The majority of plus-size models on agency boards are between a size 6 and 14, while the customers continue to express their dissatisfaction.
  • Most runway models meet the Body Mass Index physical criteria for Anorexia.
  • 50% of women wear a size 14 or larger, but most standard clothing outlets cater to sizes 14 or smaller.

Overall I appreciate what the editors are trying to accomplish, the notion of embracing oneself and accepting your body type as well as ultimately being comfortable in your own skin is a positive message that requires encouragement and reinforcement. I do however find it repulsive to discover that a size 6 is now considered plus size within the fashion industry. There is no secret on my stance on plus size, we all come in different shapes and sizes, fashion is intended for everyone and it makes little sense to solely display one certain type of image that is not accurately representative of everyday women in society. Evidently a size 6 is now deemed plus size, which raises the question of what are women at sizes 14 and above considered? Ultra Plus Size?

What are your thoughts on this controversial issue?

Andrej Pejic Adorns Fashion Mag Cover

Earlier this year I blogged about Mr. Pejic, discussing the definition of androgyny and what makes him the ideal poster boy for fashion androgyny. Now with Valentine’s Day fast approaching, none other than Andrej Pejic adorns the cover of Canada’s “Fashion” magazine wearing a romantic inspired ruffle dress, reminiscent of Mischa Barton with prominent sleek hair, flawless makeup and sharp cheekbones.

In this issue, photographed by Moo King, Pejic has been draped in stunning form fitting outfits that truly demonstrate just how versatile he is as a model. As a result Pejic is gaining support from the masses worldwide as well as soaring stardom and high profile gigs with the biggest labels in fashion and there is no wonder why. Pejic displays just how versatile he can be in this latest issue, check out some photos from the shoot below.

 

First Look: Johnny Depp in Dark Shadows

As a huge fan of Johnny Depp, its my pleasure to share a photo released earlier today by Warner Bros. of the 48 year old actor depicting his latest role as vampire Barnabas Collins in Tim Burton’s adaptation of “Dark Shadows.” The gothic horror tale “Dark Shadows,” based on the soap opera of the same name which ran from 1966-1971 is Depp’s eighth collaboration with his close friend, director Tim Burton. The film also stars Eva Green, Helena Bonham Carter, Jonny Lee Miller and Chloe Moretz. It’s set to be released in theaters on May 11.

Plot

In the year 1752, Joshua and Naomi Collins, with young son Barnabas, set sail from Liverpool, England to start a new life in America. But even an ocean was not enough to escape the mysterious curse that has plagued their family. Two decades pass and Barnabas (Johnny Depp) has the world at his feet-or at least the town of Collinsport, Maine. The master of Collinwood Manor, Barnabas is rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy…until he makes the grave mistake of breaking the heart of Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green). A witch, in every sense of the word, Angelique dooms him to a fate worse than death: turning him into a vampire, and then burying him alive. Two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972. He returns to Collinwood Manor to find that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin. The dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family have fared little better each harboring their own dark secrets. Matriarch Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Michelle Pfeiffer) has called upon live-in psychiatrist, Dr. Julia Hoffman (Helena Bonham Carter), to help with her family troubles. Written by Warner Bros. Pictures

Barbie: Bald is Beautiful

A touching campaign is under way on Facebook urging Barbie manufacturer, Mattel to create a Bald Barbe to help serve as a role model for young children battling through chemotherapy or suffering hair loss due to conditions such as alopecia.

Because of a group of women whose lives have been touched by cancer, Beautiful and Bald Barbie facebook page was conceived and has since reached 77,000 likes, sparking controversy as well as support for the cause to do away with Barbie’s iconic blonde locks in favor of creating a Bald Barbie which is equally as beautiful. Founders described the cause on their facebook page:

“We would like to see a Beautiful and Bald Barbie made to help young girls who suffer from hair loss due to cancer treatments, Alopecia or Trichotillomania . Also, for young girls who are having trouble coping with their mother’s hair loss from chemo. Many children have some difficulty accepting their mother, sister, aunt, grandparent or friend going from a long haired to a bald.

Accessories such as scarves and hats could be included. This would be a great coping mechanism for young girls dealing with hair loss themselves or a loved one. We would love to see a portion of proceeds go to childhood cancer research and treatment. Let’s get Mattell’s attention!”

The Facebook page was created after the two friends heard about a four-year-girl from Mineola, Long Island, who had lost her hair after treatment for cancer.

Little Genesis Reyes, who missed having her “princess” hair, inspired the parent of another patient in the hospital to ask the CEO of Mattel, who happened to be a personal friend, to create a special bald Barbie doll for Genesis.

Personally I feel this is a heartfelt movement that has the ability to encourage and provide a source of reassurance and acceptance to those who are directly and indirectly dealing with the disease. Creating a Bald Barbie would symbolize and demonstrate support through such a difficult period that must be an unimaginable loss.

The Bald Barbie doll has the potential to raise considerable awareness of the disease, this is already evident given by the volume of Facebook supporters alone. I’m hoping this recognition translates into action, the development of a Bald Barbie would serve as a reassuring welcome gift to cancer patients and begin to help children to still feel “normal” during the battle against such a vicious disease. I sincerely hope that Mattel realizes the amount of good that this could do and the shear amount of money that can be raised in order to aid cancer research further would be amazing.

CLICK HERE TO SUPPORT THIS INSPIRING MOVEMENT!