First look of the fall winter Miss Dior advertisement starring the lovely Mila Kunis photographed by Mario Sorrenti.
The new Miss Dior handbags campaign for the autumn/winter 2012 season was shot by Mario Sorrenti in Los Angeles and was styled by the one and only Carine Roitfeld.
You can catch Mila’s Miss Dior ads in the September issues of Vogue Paris, Vanity Fair US, Harper’s Bazaar UK and Tatler UK among others.
Material Girl Line Hits UK & European Online Space
One of the biggest music, fashion and an acting icons of our time, Madonna, has just signed a deal to release her fashion label – Material Girl – in the UK and certain parts of Europe. The partnership was drawn up with Otto, the large German shopping group who own Freemans and Grattan.
“Madge” had previously limited the sale of Material Girl to Macy’s in the United States. Both Madonna and her daughter, Lourdes, have been instrumental partners in the Material Girl design. The new deal with Otto will see the roll out of the range in parts of the UK, Russia, Germany and a few other countries across Europe. The line will be revealed in September, opening with an Autumn/Winter collection.
The range is not focussed on high-end fashion, and prices range from $15 to $100. The line will be available to UK online shoppers in September and Madonna and her daughter have crafted the design to compliment the lifestyle of 16 – 24-year olds with a cutting edge rock feel.
Vice President of ladieswear and menswear at Otto, Olivier Klinck, mentioned how happy she was with the label’s entry into Europe and the UK and praised the fresh style and approach that is sure to prove very popular amongst UK and European shoppers.
Material Girl comprises items from dresses to jeans to tops and jackets and has been worn by a few celebrities in the US, including Taylor Momsen (of Gossip Girl), Kelly Osborne and Georgia May Jagger.
Jagger is the 20 year-old daughter of rock legend, Mick Jagger, and has just become the latest model to don the labels finest items. Georgia May did the shoot backstage at Madonna’s tour rehearsal space in New York and played the part of a young performer as she lounged around the set. The young Material Girl pin-up complemented the line perfectly as she pulled out the Jagger pout that Mick is so famous for. As Jagger’s daughter, this type of situation was not foreign to her. She has had plenty of experience hanging around backstage with all the sound equipment and celebrities.
Madonna and her daughter Lourdes’ faith in the Jagger’s natural beauty is clear, and they have expressed how happy they are with her vibrancy and the way she encapsulates the Material Girl brand
Madonna is currently flying around the globe on her MDNA world tour and as she does so she can be happy knowing her Material girl line is entering a new space and gaining a new face.
Designer outfit - check! Fabulous accessories - check! There’s just one thing missing to make your ensemble perfect - the right shoes. How do you find the perfect shoes to complement your ensemble? Read on to find out.
Comfortable or Fashionable?
The first issue many women face is the trade-off between comfort and fashion. Sad to say: not every pair of fashionable shoes is also kind to your feet. With a little bit of research, though, you can find shoes that tick both boxes. Shoes that are too tight, too narrow in the instep or too badly worn are real no-nos as you could end up paying regular visits to the podiatrist. Good arch support is also essential. If you have to compromise, favour comfort over fashion if you have to wear the shoes over long periods. If you won’t be standing for long, put on your fashionable footwear just before you step out of the car, then slip your shoes off again when you’re seated - that should keep any discomfort to a minimum.
Most girls love to sport a pair of heels, but how high should they be? Ultra-high heels and wedges are back in fashion, but they don’t suit everyone. If you’re already tall and don’t want to tower over your partner, then a more moderate heel is a good idea. If you need a little boost, then go for a heel at a fashionable height.
What’s Your Outfit?
Your outfit will also help to determine shoe choice. If you’re wearing boot cut jeans, then boots look great. And skinny jeans look wonderful with either heels or flats. It’s often a case of personal preference. Consider whether the shoes you choose will help make your legs look long and lean (which is good) or make your feet look bigger (not so good for most people). Medium to high heels also complement long skirts, while plenty of people pair short skirts with high wedge heels and Melie Bianco hand bags [available for free shipping on US orders].
What’s the Occasion?
Should you choose strappy sandals or formal court shoes? It depends on where you are going. For a formal occasion, shoes with a nice heel and tasteful decoration are essential, while if you’re going out on the town, your footwear can be more fun.
Don’t Forget the Weather
Finally, don’t forget the weather. That’s not just about whether your toes will be out or in, but about the soles of your shoes. Some shoes, especially when new, have slippery soles, so it’s best to avoid wearing them in wet weather. Alternatively, use a file or blunt knife to score the soles and create some artificial tread so you can wear your favourite shoes in all weathers.
It is often a struggle for bigger men to maintain great style and know what they look best in. Part of the problem is the insistence of designers to think up and produce clothes with small and medium sizes in mind. We came up with a number of ideas that larger men can utilise to leave them looking great and feeling confident at all times.
Button Down Shirts
Sticking to bold block colours is definitely the way forward when it comes to formal shirts. Even using vertical stripes to elongate the torso is a bad idea, as any detail will draw attention to a large frame and make it difficult to build a stylish look. An understated shirt allows a larger man to look great while not drawing unwanted attention to his large frame.
Well fitted shorts, preferably denim and knee length, are a great option for larger men who want a super casual look. The better the fit of the shorts, the more they will disguise broad thighs and add length to your legs, making you look slimmer and taller all at once.
The rules here are generally the same as with button down shirts, however there is additional room for leverage in your casual t-shirt styles. First of all, go for a polo neck style if you want a classic, almost formalised look, however bear in mind that you need to wear the shirt with undone buttons, this will make the neck seem longer and re-proportion your upper body. For this reason, V-neck t-shirts are also a certain winner.
Stick to plain colours in general, however if you are worried about your gut then go for stripes or detail around the shoulders and chest area. This will draw attention to that area of your body and you can further disguise your belly with a jacket or blazer.
One common theme among larger men is the tendency to buy t-shirts that are even bigger than they need, due to the fear of the t-shirt hugging their gut. To get around this and look ultra-stylish, layer up your top half. Either go for two t-shirts, or follow the pattern principles from above and add knitwear to your look. Go for thin and cable knits as these will add the least bulk to your body.
Keep these fashion ideas next time you are hitting the shops for new styles, and you will see your confidence levels and appearance rocket higher than ever before.
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How to Make Old Clothes Hit The Right Fashion Notes
Bringing it to Life
Let’s face it, when it comes to having a bee in our bonnet about fashion, men are just as bad as women are. Hell, if we are being honest, then they are probably a whole lot worse! With that in mind, what can men do to save themselves some money and refresh an old look?
One of the huge trends this year has been vintage style, and that is set to continue for the foreseeable future. By going for a vintage trend, men everywhere can make the most of what is already in their wardrobes and get a new look out of something old.
Here is what you need to do.
Purge the Wardrobe
Although we are going to be reusing as much as possible, the first step in this sequence is to have a really good clear out of your wardrobe, and do away with anything that you do not need. Worn clothes, garments that are slightly too small, and anything with small holes in can all stay.
Surprised? Anything that is ridiculously too small or starting to look threadbare, or out of shape and faded through so many washes, are the ones that need to go. Then you can look at the various options available for rejuvenating your old styles.
The easiest way to recycle old clothes is to just add something to them to make a new outfit. If you have an old t-shirt, then a vintage style blazer or cardigan will make it seem like an authentic piece of old school fashion, rather than something you just rescued from a pile of old stuff.
If you want to get more creative with your t-shirt, you can buy various prints or even specially formulated paint which you can splash onto your existing clothes to create a unique look.
There are two things you can do with old jeans, however I would not recommend making them into shorts unless you are skilled with a needle and thread, and can make them look like they were originally produced as shorts. Instead, simply keep old jeans to repair any damage to other pairs. As an alternative, get an oval template and create yourself denim elbow patches for a blazer or jumper.
Clothes That Look Tired
Even these can be rejuvenated, perhaps by utilising some dye or another design feature to create a different, more “out there” look. If that fails, you could always remember that the worn worker look is in anyway, and just wear them regardless.
For many years now the rural parts of Britain have had their own distinctive fashion styles, a world away from that of the city. In the past few years these classic designs, based on practical solutions for environmental realities faced in the countryside, have begun to seep into and influence high-street fashion.
Countryside fashion brands and style have infiltrated mainstream fashion in a number of ways, and through a multitude of channels.
High street fashion retailers and designers, such as those like Top Shop, River Island and Fly London manage to anticipate fashion’s next big trend by paying very close attention to what styles top end designers and fashion houses are displaying at the various fashion shows held throughout the world.
Notable designers such as British designer Paul Smith, and Italian fashion house Fendi have featured British countryside inspired collections in the past few years, especially with relation to autumn / winter lines. A number of brands typically associated with the countryside and British outdoor pursuits have as a result benefitted from the exposure.
The 2010 Paul Smith collection was primarily about the English aristocracy, and this can be clearly seen in the designs that were created at the time. From chunky woollen items to tweed caps, everything about the collection shouted British countryside. Just a year later the Fendi collection, aimed for autumn and winter 2011, focussed heavily on traditional countryside materials such as tweed and plaid, all incorporated in lasting countryside styles.
Brands such as Burberry, for years popular with the upper classes and landed gentry, are now widespread throughout the nation and available from most department stores. There is however still an air of ‘exclusivity’ amongst some of the lines from these brands. For example Burberry Trench Coats still come at a relatively high price.
The impact that television has on high street fashion cannot be underestimated. Although fashion designs are not inspired by Television, TV is a great source of marketing for the clothes, and not just through conventional adverts.
'Reality' TV shows such as 'The Only Way is Essex' or 'Made in Chelsea' can have a significant impact on the popularity of particular clothing styles which are represented and effectively endorsed by their cast. For example Made in Chelsea features a number of well-off socialites donned in countryside styles such as Barbour jackets, Hunter wellies, and Fly London boots.
Despite the fact that these programmes feature groups of individuals who are just effectively showing off about how good they have it, a growing proportion of the younger generation remain hooked on this type of programme. As a result the fashion styles contained within the shows in turn find a boom in popularity. Due to the opulent lifestyle of the cast of Made in Chelsea the countryside fashion featured has also enjoyed the same boom.
It would appear that now styles such as the Barbour jacket have hit mainstream fashion that they’re here to stay, or at least destined to fade in and out from time to time as is the way with these things. Other countryside clothing accessories such as Hunter wellies will undoubtedly continue to remain popular due to a number of factors, such as that they are a recognisable brand on the high street, and a must have accessory for regular music festivals.
Ultimately countryside clothing has bridged the gap, made the transition over to the big players in high street retail, and will from now on have an influence to some extent over current fashion trends and styles.
Even though the little black dress continues to be an essential, the little white dress seems to be the trend of this season. Also, with so many colorful trends around, this dress adds a little lightness and balance to your wardrobe and is a must have this summer. Fashion gurus will tell you that the little white dress is perfect for any occasion but do you know what to wear according to your figure? There are many kinds of styles that your little white dress would fit in but you should choose the one that suits your body type –
Smaller Bust – The trick to enhance your bust is to do away with the straps and go for a tube dress with an A line fitting. A tea length dress would work wonders and couple it with ruffles around the area to make your bust look heavier. These dresses make you look taller and slimmer. The added advantage is that they are fit for all occasions, be it cocktails in the evenings or a wedding.
Bulging Waistline – Tight and well fitted dresses are a complete no-no for you if you have a bulging tummy. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t pull off a little white dress in style. Choose a dress that is looser around the waist and with a not so deep neckline. It is best if you add a pop of colorful beads around your neck to take the focus away from your waistline.
Petite Figure – For petite woman, it gets a little trickier to choose the perfect little white dress because they don’t want the color white to pull down their height more. For this, it is best that you choose a length that ends above your knees and couple it with some metallic heels to add a bit of height to your legs. This will make you look taller and give you killer legs. Also, because you are petite, you want to create an illusion of broader shoulders. Capped or ruffled sleeves would be perfect for that. This dress would not only look cute but it will also add a touch of elegance to your personality.
There are many other types of little white dresses that are ruling the season. The main advantage is that color coordination becomes really easy and you could achieve a simple but fun look with a simple little white dress. And of course you can use your little white dress on Halloween for a quick and pretty Halloween costume to become something like snow white, fairy, princess, or the likes.