Monday, September 21, 2009
I am so sleepy...at the airport about to take off! Be back home in a few days! Tweet dreams, Love u twit fam!12:01 AM Sep 21st from TweetGenius
http://twitpic.com/ikqxz - Khloe & I at our QuickTrim Life & Style Mag shoot!6:01 AM Sep 21st from TwitPic
Brittny Gastineau and Kim Kardashian attend the launch of Lorraine Schwartz's Diamond Monkey Collection at the Monkey Bar, June 20, 2007 in New York City.
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Sarah Jessica Parker does Carrie Bradshaw Proud, Or Is It Vice Versa?
When the last “Sex and the City” movie came out, I wasn’t sure if I was more excited to see the girls together, or look at the fashion’s on the screen. While it was amazing seeing the story line, the clothing left my jaw on the floor. The movie went by way too fast and when I heard of a sequel, I was beyond excited.
It's official: the black resin necklace is the most popular piece from Nicole Richie's jewelry collection. Monet Mazur, Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton, Katie Cassidy, Jennifer Rade and Vanessa Minnillo have been spotted wearing it.
Looks like Kara DioGuardi, songwriter, record producer and "American Idol" judge is the newest House of Harlow 1960 fan.
She wore the much coveted black resin triangle necklace.
Magazine editor. Born on November 3, 1949, in London, England, to newspaper editor Charles Wintour and philanthropist Elinor Wintour. Anna Wintour has become an international fashion icon in her role as editor-in-chief of the highly influential Vogue magazine. She is known for her oversized dark glasses, high heels, sharp bob hairstyle, and icy demeanor.
Born into a family with considerable wealth, Wintour demonstrated a tendency to do things her own way at an early age. As a teenager she made the decision to forgo academics, dropping out of her fancy finishing school and opting instead for a life that revolved around the tony London life of the 1960s that she so clearly adored. With her signature hairstyle—she first went to the bob at the age of 15 and has changed it very little since then—Wintour frequented the same London clubs of pop culture's biggest stars, including members of the Beatles and Rolling Stones.
The management style and drive that Wintour would later show as a magazine editor was in part inspired by her late father, a decorated World War II veteran who'd earned a tough, stern, and talented reputation as editor of the London Evening Standard. Wintour never shied away from the similarities she shared with the man known as "Chilly Charlie." "People respond well to people who are sure of what they want," Wintour told 60 Minutes in May 2009.
Long before Vogue, however, Anna Wintour started out in the fashion department of Harper's & Queen in London. Over the years, she rose up the editorial ladder and bounced from publication to publication between New York and London. In 1976, she moved to New York and took over as fashion editor at Harper's Bazaar. Still in her 20s and still in New York, Wintour left Harper's for a job at Viva, a publication owned by the same outfit that managed Penthouse. There, Wintour essentially became the magazine's fashion department, cutting her teeth as a high-end editor and manager. Wintour spent generously on photographers and shoots, arranging for expensive trips to places like the Caribbean and Japan.
Following a brief stop at Savvy, where she served again as the magazine's fashion editor, Wintour took a job with New York magazine in 1981. From the start, Wintour displayed her own sense of style and direction, even going so far as to bring her own desk to her new office. It's look: "A contemporary Formica-topped affair on two metal sawhorses as legs...along with a high-tech chrome-framed chair with a seat and back made of bungee cords," wrote Jerry Oppenheimer, in his 2005 unauthorized biography of Wintour, Front Row.
In 1986, two years after she married South African psychiatrist David Shaffer, Wintour returned to London as chief editor of the Condé Nast-owned British Vogue. Not surprisingly, Wintour had her own ideas about the magazine and where it needed to go.
"I want Vogue to be pacy, sharp, and sexy, I'm not interested in the super-rich or infinitely leisured. I want our readers to be energetic, executive women, with money of their own and a wide range of interests," she told the London Daily Telegraph. "There is a new kind of woman out there. She's interested in business and money. She doesn't have time to shop anymore. She wants to know what and why and where and how."
Wintour's sharp critiques and lack of patience soon earned a few memorable nicknames: "Nuclear Wintour" and "Wintour of Our Discontent." The editor, though, relished it. "I'm the Condé Nast hit man," she told a friend. "I love coming in and changing magazines."
Her next big makeover came in 1987 with another Condé Nast publication, Home and Garden, where she summarily changed the publication's title to HG and managed to reject nearly $2 million of already-paid-for photos and articles.
Grumblings about Wintour's changes were quick to appear, but her bosses at Condé Nast were clearly behind her, doling out a salary of more than $200,000 to its demanding editor, and allowing a $25,000 annual allowance for clothes and other amenities. In addition, the magazine's owners arranged for Concorde flights between New York and London so Wintour and her husband could be together.
Wintour's stay at HG didn't last long. In 1988 she was named editor-in-chief of Vogue, allowing for her return to New York. The move by Condé Nast came at a time when its signature fashion publication was at a crossroads. A magazine that had been at the forefront of the fashion world since the early 1960s, Vogue suddenly found itself losing ground to a three-year-old upstart, Elle, which had already reached a paid circulation of 850,000. Vogue's subscriber base meanwhile, was a stagnant 1.2 million.
Fearing that the magazine had become complacent or worse, boring, Wintour was placed atop the editorial masthead with all the freedom, not to mention financial backing, that she needed to revitalize the publication. In her more than two-decade reign at the magazine, Wintour more than accomplished her mission, restoring Vogue,'s preeminence while producing some truly mammoth magazines. The September 2004 edition, for example, clocked in at 832 pages, the most ever for a monthly magazine.
Along the way, Wintour demonstrated fearlessness about forging new ground. She decisively called an end to the supermodel era, showcasing a preference for celebrities rather than models on her covers. Wintour was also the first to truly mix low-end fashion items with more expensive pieces in her photo shoots. Her debut cover in November 1988 included a 19-year-old Israeli model outfitted in a pair of $50 jeans and a $10,000 jewel-encrusted t-shirt.
Despite her claims to the contrary, Wintour became a force in the fashion world, not only through her decisions about what to feature in her magazine, but also by breaking in newer designers and celebrating their styles. She helped make the careers of such designers as Marc Jacobs and Alexander McQueen. In recent years, her work has made her a power broker between designers and retailers. In 2006, she initiated a deal between men's designer Thom Browne and Brooks Brothers, which resulted Brown's work appearing in 90 of the retailer's stores.
Over the years Wintour also demonstrated an ability to speak her mind. As gentle as she could be about the matter, the editor informed Oprah that she'd need to lose 20 pounds before she would put her on the cover of her magazine. And early in 2008, when Hillary Clinton snubbed Vogue out of fears that appearing too feminine might undermine her presidential ambitions, Wintour fired back at the Clinton camp with a letter in the February issue of her magazine.
"The notion that a contemporary woman must look mannish in order to be taken seriously as a seeker of power is frankly dismaying," she wrote. "This is America, not Saudi Arabia. It's also 2008: Margaret Thatcher may have looked terrific in a blue power suit, but that was 20 years ago. I do think Americans have moved on from the power-suit mentality."
Of course, with that power and influence comes a well-documented ego. Through the years, Wintour developed a reputation for being aloof and cold. It has been said that she is difficult to work for, and insists that her staff always look fashion-forward and rail-thin. Wintour, a mother of two who famously wore Chanel micro-mini skirts throughout her pregnancies, doesn't exactly deny she can be a demanding person for which to work. "I'm very driven by what I do," Wintour has said. "I am certainly very competitive. I like people who represent the best at what they do, and if that turns you into a perfectionist than maybe I am."
One of Wintour's former assistants, Lauren Weisberger, wrote The Devil Wears Prada (2003), a fictionalized account of her days at Vogue. Her main character, played by Meryl Streep, was a demanding boss not unlike Wintour. The book was made into a film in 2006, and Wintour turned heads when she arrived at the film's premiere dressed in Prada. This move showed critics and fans alike that Wintour was not without a sense of humor.
"The thing about Lauren's book and this film is that I do not think fiction could surpass the reality," a UK fashion editor told a reporter around the time of the movie's release. "You only have to see Anna's requests for seats at the New York shows to get an inkling of how art in this instance is only a poor imitation of life. Most of us just ask for seats in the first or second row. She has her people request a seat from which she will not have to see or be seen by specific rival editors. We spend our working lives telling people which it-bag to carry but Anna is so above the rest of us she does not even have a handbag. She has a limo. And she has her walkers [Vogue staff members] Andre Leon Talley and Hamish Bowles, whose main job is to carry her bits around for her."
In 2006, plans were announced to allow a documentary film to be made about the work done behind the scenes on Vogue's September 2007 issue. Weighing nearly five pounds, the issue of the magazine was the largest ever to be published. The movie, entitled September Issue, is set for release in August 2009. The movie shows, for the first time, the exacting work required to produce an issue of Vogue. Touted as "the real Devil Wears Prada," the movie has already received wide critical acclaim.
In general, Wintour appears unfazed by comments about her in the media. But what doesn't seem to get much mention is her charitable work. Wintour helped raise money for the Twin Towers fund after the September 11th terror attacks. With the Council of Fashion Designers of America, she also helped create a new fund to encourage and support up-and-coming designers. Each year, she also organizes a fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's costume department, which over the years has brought in some $50 million.
She and husband David Shaffer divorced in 1999. The couple has two children together: Charles and Katherine. She now maintains an ongoing relationship with investor Shelby Bryan.
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I had a major fashion emergency at the 2009 Primetime Emmy Awards last night! I had this beautiful white gown by Ina Soltani and in the car on the way over my entire zipper ripped! It just popped! I freaked out and called my stylist Monica who was at the Emmy's waiting for me with a needle and thread to sew up my entire dress! It took about 30 minutes and I missed my live hit with Kourtney! I couldn't believe it! But I made it in time to go to the show and the Emmy's was such an amazing experience! It was my first Emmy awards and everyone was so glamourous! Drew Barrymore, Tina Fey, everyone was there! What a great show!
I was convinced that Jennifer Aniston not wearing black on her last red carpet appearance was a one-off, but she thankfully proves me wrong.
Last night at the “Love Happens” LA Premiere she looked beautiful wearing a silver embroidered Valentino Fall 2009 Couture tunic dress with matching strappy Christian Louboutin sandals.
OK it’s not pink with polka dots, but it’s progress people. Baby steps.
I love her look. It’s a bit sexy, young and chic, but I’m not sure if it’s a BDOTW contender.
What do you think?
Valentino is getting a lot of red carpet and editorial action at the moment, as a whole new generation is appreciating the edgier direction.
OK now we appear to have the dress situation under control, now I can move onto her never changing hairstyle.
Shu Qui or Elisabetta Canalis
George Clooney has a new girlfriend, so that must means he has a new movie to promote.
Elisabetta Canalis is George’s current flavour of this red carpet season, and the genetically blessed couple looked outstanding walking their first red carpet together at “The Men Who Stare At Goats” premiere during Venice Film Festival.
Him in a dark suit, and her in a stunning teal Roberto Cavalli strapless teal gown with black peep-toes and a black clutch.
Her Cinderella moment would’ve been so perfect had Shu Qi not worn the same dress 5 months ago.
The 2009 Cannes Film Festival judge Cavalli gown to the “UP” premiere with a diamond necklace.
I was considering giving this win to Elisabetta as I love the colour against her skin, but then I noticed the tattoo on her arm and moved my vote to Shu.
Nikki Reed was one of the many stars invited to “Elle Magazine and Express Hit the Road TXT L8TR Campaign Event” held at Nobu in West Hollywood recently.
The Twilight star opted for black Stuart Weitzman peep-toes and a black Coach clutch with her Alice + Olivia plum dress.
This is the perfect summer statement dress with its draped detail, scooped neckline and spaghetti straps.
Malin Akerman wore the same dress but opted for nude accessories including Zara sandals and Jalda clutch, when she attended the “Supperclub Dinner Party” in LA last month.
And finally Kourtney Kardashian wore this dress to announce to the world that she was pregnant, when she arrived at BET to promote her TV series “Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami”.
She added YSL Trib Two’s and a Lia Sophia necklace to her shortened dress.
I love Malin’s fresh approach by not sticking to black accessories, so she wins for me.
You can buy this dress from Shopbop.com for $275. Or Net-A-Porter International in a beautiful teal colour for £255/€313.
I had major goosebumps when I saw Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw wearing her Christian Dior Fall 2000 newspaper print dress on set this weekend.
If you are a Sex And The City addict like me, you’ll remember that Carrie first wore this dress in Season 3.
In that particular episode Carrie gets mugged for her Manolo Blahnik heels and Fendi bag…I mean baguette, and thinks her karma is shot.
So she meets Natasha to apologize for wrecking her marriage with Mr Big.
In this new scene SJP is wearing Christian Louboutin lace open-toe booties, which a bronze embellished heel.
They were either made especially for the movie, modified, or a slightly different version from the ones available to purchase from Bergdorf Goodman.
After seeing this picture of SJP on set during the day, all I can think about is going to the gym and doing some sit ups.
The 44 year old actress looked stunning showing off her midriff, as she wore a knotted plaid shirt paired with skinny cropped jeans and lilac Brian Atwood Loca suede studded heels.
I love this casual look, as much as any high-end look SJP wears as Carrie.
Patricia Field always get both so right for Carrie.
This film is due to be released in US theaters on May 28, 2010.
I think I’m looking forward to the premieres more than the film.
I went to the Badgley Mischka catwalk show for NY Fashion Week. It was amazing to have the chance to interview the hair and make up team for OK Magazine! While I was interviewing the hair stylist, he was working on my favorite model and friend Chanel Iman! I was so excited to see her! I got to find out how the designers collaborate with hair and make up to determine what the look will be! I can't wait until my OK Magazine column comes out so u can see all of my tricks!