Dienstag, 28. März 2017

Summer 2017 Hottest Trend – Ruffles and How To Wear Them

Ruffles are both girly and fashionable, but many women have trouble finding the right ruffles to flatter their look. You should keep ruffles away from areas of your body that are already full – you can pair ruffles with simple, clean pieces to prevent the style from overwhelming your entire figure.

 Add volume to a small bust with horizontal ruffles. Ruffles that travel in a horizontal line, from shoulder to shoulder, draw attention to your bust and create the illusion of fullness.

 Match a ruffled blouse with a straight, simple pant. Choose a style that flatters your figure. Boot-cut and wide-legged styles may help balance out a ruffle on top, while skinny jeans and tapered trousers will make the ruffle stand out more.

 Minimize your accessories. The ruffles already act as a focal point for your outfit, and too many accessories may clash. Avoid accessories in areas near the ruffles. Skip the earrings and necklaces if you have ruffles across your shoulder, and forego the bracelets and rings if you have ruffles at your bottom hem or trimming your sleeve.

Skip ruffles on top if you want to minimize your torso or chest. If you feel self-conscious about a large bust or mid-section, skip the ruffled blouse and opt for another ruffled piece, like a skirt or an accessory.

Look for ruffles along the sleeves or bottom. If you are not certain about how ruffles along your front look, opt for a safer bet and look for a blouse with small ruffles trimming the sleeves or lower hem.

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Mittwoch, 22. März 2017

Anna Wintour’s Daughter Bee Shaffer Is Engaged

Bee is the daughter of Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and Francesco is the son of the late Vogue Italia editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani, so this is a match made in fashion heaven. The couple has been very private about their relationship and rumors that they were dating first surfaced last fall when Bee attended a screening of Francesco‘s movie about his mother, Franca: Chaos & Creation. Bee is a segment producer for Late Night with Seth Meyers and Francesco is a celebrated fashion photographer and film director.

Despite being the children of two prominent fashion icons, the twosome has managed to keep their relationship relatively private, with rumors that they were together first popping up last October when Bee, 29, attended a screening for 34-year-old Francesco's film.
The documentary was all about Francesco's mother Franca, who died shortly after in December.
It is likely that the pair had met at long before the screening, given that their mothers were friends and held similar jobs, and it has been reported that they began dating long before their relationship became public knowledge. 

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Donnerstag, 16. März 2017

Spring/ Summer 2017 Swimwear Trends

What better way to get through a white winter than by dreaming about and shopping for the latest in spring/ summer 2017 swimwear trends? What could possibly make us happier than booking those warm weather vacations and putting together the perfect wardrobes for the coming year’s holidays down South? But in order to shop, we need to know the summer 2017 swimsuit trends and that is where this report comes in.

 Check out the top summer 2017 swimwear trends that appeared on the Miami Swim Week among others and pick out which pieces are the best fit for you!

One thing is for sure in 2017: Bikini trends are evolving fast ...

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Mittwoch, 15. März 2017

Parisian Weddings

Let's face it–the French know what it means to be effortlessly chic. And weddings in the City of Light (and love) are no different–nuptials en françias opt out of the overdone centerpieces, the far-too-big bridal parties and there is usually no place to plug in a desire for chicken, fish or vegetarian on your reply card. Instead, the bride and groom dine with their guests (yes, there is such a thing as eating at your own wedding) and brides don't stress about an overwrought chignon staying put all night. When it comes to wedding planning, there's a lot to be learned from the French style icons like Jane Birkin, Brigitte Bardot and Carla Bruni, just to name a few. Here are the lessons to glean from Paris' high-style bridal set.

1) Bridesmaids Aren't Required.
Yes, they're optional. In France, couples first have a civil ceremony (which they deem more important than their religious ceremonies or parties) followed by a religious celebration or a festive reception. The most important women or men in your life are witnesses at your civil union and perform all the necessary duties of bridesmaid-hood, like making sure your champagne coupe stays full at your bachelorette party, all without donning the prerequisite chiffon dress in your color of choice. Wearing what they'd like to your celebration means they show up to your special day looking and feeling amazing. You are who you surround yourself with–when your entourage looks good, you look good.

2)  Second Looks Are More Sophisticated Than Sexy.
While we in the States have caught on to the idea of a wedding night costume change, in France two bridal looks are a given. Heading to the courthouse requires a tasteful and typically fashion-forward look, like a sweet lace mini, sharp jumpsuit or a Chanel tweed suit. After French couples make it official,  a more romantic, formal gown for a religious ceremony or reception usually follows. With the civil ceremony kicking off the festivities, sophisticated cocktail dresses are worn before a more dramatic gown, leaving little room for those overly sexy party dresses we've seen on too many American dance floors. 

3) There is no such thing as a Parisian Bridezilla.
Brides in France are more relaxed when it comes to wedding planning. You'll likely never spot a Parisian bride having a tantrum at a hair trial (if they have one), and you certainly won't find a French bride-to-be with rollers in her hair arguing with her mother, maid of honor or florist. Instead, these brides go with the flow. The takeaway: Stress is not photogenic, and a calm mindset on your wedding day makes for radiant skin–and stunning bridal portraits.

4) Wedding Food = Good Food.
Is there such a thing as bad food in Paris? Probably not, so there is certainly no such thing as bad Parisian wedding food. Wedding dinners in the U.S. bring up bad memories of overcooked vegetables and inconsistent filet mignon, but French couples realize the importance of splurging on food and drink no matter how large their party's size. Take a cue and keep dish concepts simple but special for your wedding day, opting for a high-end balance of bright vegetables and decadent proteins. Trust us, your guests are much more likely to rave about a perfectly cooked steak than an attempt at molecular gastronomy. Don't neglect your wine choices or bar options either, your guests will appreciate options that pair well with each of their courses and the ability to order a digestif at dessert.

5) No-fuss beauty.
Say goodbye to Pinterest-inspired updos. The irreverent, bed-headed bobs and lobs of French It-girls paired with a romantic, bridal silhouette is the epitome of effortless style. Rather than overthinking your big day beauty, choose an update on your everyday look with glowing skin for the day-of. Only wear a bold or deep-colored pout if it's something you know how to pull off on the daily.

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Montag, 13. März 2017

Fashion Trends That Will Be in for 2017 and 5 That Will Be Out

With a new year brings trends that we're ready to welcome into the fold and others that can see themselves out. But which is which? Read on for insider info from the pros at Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale's, The Shoebox, and other major retailers.

 IN: "Stripes are the equivalent to what a white t-shirt used to be back in the day," says Roopal Patel, fashion director of Saks Fifth Avenue. "They have nine lives. We've seen the trend now for two to three seasons and it will continue to carry forward."

 IN: "Sneakers will continue to be extremely popular in the upcoming year," advises Gennie Yi, Intermix's buyer of designer and ready-to-wear. "Because of their versatility, you can never have too many. Glitter, leopard, and satin updates to sneakers effortlessly dress up an outfit and give you a reason to buy multiple pairs."

 IN: "There was an artistically inspired theme across the runways," says Kate Foley, contributing fashion director of Vestiaire Collective. "From Roksanda and Céline to J.W.Anderson, Proenza Schouler, Marni, Valentino, and many other brands, whether directly inspired by a particular artist's work, painterly prints, or patterns, strong art references will be here to stay in 2017."

 IN: "One shoe trend we see really taking over in 2017 is the mule," says Sean Kirschenbaum co-owner of The Shoebox. "Flat mules, low block-heel mules, heeled mules, sneaker mules, espadrille mules—mules in all fabrications and colors including velvet, satin, canvas, and embroidery. They were big for 2016 and they will be even bigger for 2017."

OUT: "Corsets had such a huge moment this year, but I'm not sure if I see designers continuing this into 2017 after the trend was covered in such a major way in the press," says Foley.

OUT: "A huge change is coming in the denim world," warns Jaffe.  "Skinny jeans with stretch have reigned supreme for a long time but we anticipate a shift toward contrast denim styles in vintage silhouettes."

OUT: "There's a fresher graphic interpretation of the sweet and romantic trends of 2016," says Yi. "The tulip flare has moved onto a sharper asymmetric hemline, the soft lingerie-dressing look has evolved into strong and powerful corsetry details, and the romantic and luxe velvets of the past are now modernized with an easy-to-wear attitude."

 OUT: "Heels four to five inches or higher have been a trend that we have seen rapidly decrease," notes  Kirschenbaum. "Women nowadays are way more focused on comfort and practicality (and value investing in a shoe that is both stylish and comfortable enough to walk or commute in) which is why there has been such an increase in demand for sneakers and low block-heels."

 OUT: "I think we're starting to see that clean classic sneakers are not as exciting anymore," says Patel. "It's now about sneakers that are embellished or have something like emojis or logos on them." 

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Samstag, 11. März 2017

Beauty Secrets From Old Hollywood’s Most Glamorous Women

We still admire the simplistic elegance of the likes of Grace Kelly and continue to try to recreate the retro glamour of Marilyn Monroe with beauties like Vivien Leigh leading the pack! There’s definitely something to be said for the fact that we’re still obsessed with these classic beauties.
Click through to see the fascinating beauty secrets and shocking tricks these goddesses from the old Hollywood era used to swear by.

Marilyn Monroe
To make her lips appear fuller, Monroe would have her makeup artist apply 5 different shades of lipstick and gloss to create dimension. Darker reds went on the outer corners, while lighter hues were brushed on the middle of the lips.

 Sophia Loren
Loren followed a Mediterranean diet religiously, which meant she always had a bottle of olive oil at arm’s length. She kept her skin soft and luminous by soaking in a hot bath with a few splashes of oil.

Grace Kelly
Contrary to popular belief, contouring is not a new technique, nor was it invented by Kim Kardashian. The Princess of Monaco used blush to define her cheekbones, with one shade for underneath her cheekbones, and a slightly darker shade dusted on the apples.

 Elizabeth Taylor
Liz Taylor took a page out of Cleopatra’s book, as both women made a habit of shaving their face. It may sound funny, but it removes the fine baby hairs and the surface layer of skin cells, which gives the skin a facial-like glow.

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You Can Buy Real Enchanted Roses That Would Last Up To 3 Years

Disney  collaborated with UAE-based firm Forever Rose London for the release of its classic film Beauty and the Beast!  Forever Rose’s signature Bella Rose is a natural rose that lives for three years with no water or sunlight and was inspired by the film’s iconic enchanted rose.

 With the exciting live action version of Beauty and the Beast appearing in cinemas across the Middle East very soon, we’re thrilled to be able to offer Disney fans the chance to own a rose bearing such close resemblance to the enchanted rose in the film,” said Chafic Najia, General Manager for The Walt Disney Company Middle East.

 Forever Rose Founder Ebraheem Al Samadi said the brand is aimed at creating a sense of enchantment through their products as their rooted in romance and magic.

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Spring Trends 2017

Check out the latest trends for spring 2017:

Shocking Pink

Sports parkas
Urban sports silhouettes were prevalent at Versace, Joseph and Stella McCartney, with dynamic lines and big volume on nylon parkas and parachute pleats, with street accents and plenty of movement

Flower power
Florals are no surprise for spring, but next season brings blossom prints up to date in all-over Seventies style, flirting a little with the kitsch.

Arty pop
From criss-cross stripes to in-your-face color, fashion has gone graphic for summer 2017. Think vibrant, geometric prints, as spotted on the knitwear at Proenza Schouler, the poppy pleats at Chloé and the Sonia Rykiel poncho

Jumpsuits all day
Much more than a trend, the jumpsuit is now a seasonal staple that tops editors’ wishlists as an easy piece for summer every year. Uptown girl or fashion boilersuit, choose from evening glamour and daytime cool.

Hide-and-seek cut-outs
At Dior, Lanvin and McQueen, designers showed once again the power of suggestion. Sheet textures left a little to the imagination and subtle cut-outs revealed a hint of what lay beneath in a hymn to black

Saturday night fever
Sequins and shimmer set the runways on fire this Fashion Week. Minis are out and long sparkling sheaths are in, along with Seventies references and Bianca Jagger-style pyjamas.

Mens' shirts
Menswear is an eternal source of inspiration for womenswear designers and the men’s shirt took to the Spring/Summer 2017 runways with a nonchalant twist for the season. Pale blue and pinstriped, it was deconstructed as a dress at Balenciaga, Joseph and Alexander Wang.

Designers mixed, matched and juxtaposed anything and everything that clashed, with vintage fabrics and unexpected pairings of prints, fabrics and finishes

Space style
Head-to-to white and a slim silhouette is the minimalist take on futurist fashion this season, accented with patches slogans and moto stripes.

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Freitag, 10. März 2017

Amal Clooney's Best Pregnancy Styles

What does a woman who speaks in front of the United Nations and is pregnant with twins wear to work? If you’re Amal Clooney, you’ve got plenty of options.

Yesterday saw the world’s most famous human rights attorney step out in a vintage Christian Dior by Yves Saint Laurent skirtsuit followed by Bottega Veneta’s blush confection for meetings and a dinner.
Today, she switched things up again with the most directional maternity moment to date, a look that nodded to former First Lady Jackie Kennedy.

 Clooney was headed to the United Nations, joined by Nadia Murad, to fight on behalf of the ISIS sex-trafficking survivor, donning a coordinating cornflower yellow dress and topcoat by Bottega Veneta. Clooney has lately hit her maternity style stride in ’60s-inspired silhouettes that hint at her growing bump. Oversize shades, a structured ladylike tote, and simple stilettos acted as Clooney’s stylish armor.

... and now a few other options ...

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Mittwoch, 8. März 2017

Angelina Jolie In Guerlain’s New Campaign

A month ago was announced that Terrence Malick was planning to direct a perfume commercial for Guerlain starring Angelina Jolie. As the new face of the French company’s campaign for their fragrance Mon Guerlain, Jolie is donating her entire paycheck to a charity of her choosing, and now they’ve kicked things off with the launch of the ad.

 We create perfumes for the women we admire,” Jacques Guerlain said in a statement, whilst the brand’s master perfumer Thierry Wasser said he drew inspiration from Jolie to create a fragrance expressing the “notes of a woman”. The campaign film is directed by Terrence Malick.

Mon Guerlain, the house’s new fragrance, is a tribute to today’s femininity – a strong, free and sensual femininity, inspired by Angelina Jolie. Mon Guerlain is characterized by the freshness of Lavender Carla, an exceptional variety cultivated in Provence, which contrasts with the voluptuousness of the Sambac jasmine from India and the Australian Album Sandalwood, associated with the sensual Vanilla Tahitensis of Papua New Guinea.

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Dienstag, 7. März 2017

Stella McCartney Fall 2017 RTW

Just like the Stella McCartney’s penchant for a chunky shoe and her stance on animal welfare, the Stella McCartney runway dance-off is becoming a label signature in its own right.

For her fall show in Paris today, chunky pumps came with the season standard snubbed toe, plus exaggerated wooden sole and razor heel. A metal toe cap and undulating vamp provided the McCartney point of view.

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