Thursday, October 21, 2010

Major Upcoming Fashion Events!

*By Dayana Sobri,
21st October 2010.

Omg it has been awhile since I last updated my blog last week! I have been scouring around town trying to get the latest scoop about local fashion events.....and there are a few major fashion events we should all be looking forward to happening in KL....such as the opening of the first Uniqlo in Malaysia, MiFA/M-IFW (Malaysia International Fashion Week), and also a fashion event by Bumiputera Designer Association (BDA)....so stay tuned for more updates on these events!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Fashion Miscellaneous (October)

1.Best Dressed: Paris Fashion Week


It was tough to pick just five girls from Paris Fashion Week’s abundance of sartorial greatness, but the fashion experts did it again. They have a hard time ever excluding Alexa Chung, who looked adorable at Miu Miu. Lou Doillon is a Paris fashion icon in her own right and did not disappoint at Chanel. Rachel Bilson looked lovely at Dior. Anja Rubik rocked long, flowy Chloé and Caroline Sieber got a head start on Spring’s white trend at Valentino.


2.Trendspotting: Monochromatic Suits


Monochromatic suits (pictured here from The Row, Stella McCartney, and Akris) were a runway trend we’ll all be happy to follow.

3.Fashion News Roundup: Steve Madden Now Controls Betsey Johnson, Rag & Bone Gets Control of Their Graffiti Problem and Pilati Not Done At YSL



Madden’s Control: Steve Madden has increased his stake in Betsey Johnson from a $48.8 million loan to ownership of the brand’s intellectual property. Through licensing deals with Betsey Johnson LLC, Madden will get royalties from Johnson’s firm and its other licensees. {WWD, subscription required}

Calling All Aspiring Muralists: Rag & Bone hopes to solve their newest store’s unwanted graffiti dilemma by taking matters into their own hands. Sick of phrases like “You Would” and “F*** Africa” being tagged on the large white space underneath “Rag & Bone Bids Farewell to Cafe Colonial…,” they will hold a competition where artists can submit their work for consideration. The art will be voted on by Rag & Bone’s Facebook fans and the winner will be provided with all necessary painting materials and a $1000 store credit. Check out their site for more info. {Rag & Bone}

Major Shuffling in Paris?
The rumor mill is running wild following speculation that Stefano Pilati is done at YSL. Apparently, that is untrue, at least for the next 3 years, which is the length of the contract he just signed. There are also rumors that Karl Lagerfeld will retire from Chanel after his 30th anniversary in 2012 and be replaced by Alber Elbaz, whose position at Lanvin will then be filled by Oliver Theyskens. Lagerfeld retiring?? What? {Hint}

Alexa Weighs In: Alexa Chung addresses eating disorder rumors and her difficulty coping with the canceling of her MTV show in the latest issue of Elle. She says, “I am naturally very thin. I get even thinner when I’m stressed. And you cannot imagine how stressed I was last year.” {People Style Watch}

What is couture? Fashion Photog Rankin and a slew of designers ranging from Giorgio Armani to Erdem have collaborated on a coffee table book. Called Couture In the 21st Century, the book contains history, interviews and beautiful Rankin-shot portraits and seeks to answer the important question of what exactly couture means today. {InStyle UK}

Thom Browne’s Girl: Thom Browne will show womenswear for the first time in New York in February. “I’m ready now, I know what to do. The show will be very much like my menswear ones — not traditional,” the designer says. We can’t wait. {Vogue UK}

Amy Winehouse X Fred Perry: Amy Winehouse’s collaboration with Fred Perry will launch…some time soon. It will be inspired by the ’40s and ’50s and when asked what took so long, she explained, “I went through a lot of trouble with my ex-husband, so I had such a long time to think about the collection.” {Catwalk Queen}


*Sourced and edited by Dayana Sobri.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Style Tips: The Dos And Donts Of Wearing Tights

*Sourced and edited by Dayana Sobri,
5th October 2010.

Cover up your legs in a proper yet fashionable way without looking like a retarded tramp....

DO consider the hue

1.DO consider the hue

With green tights, you could risk looking Peter Pan-ish. But Rachel Bilson’s extra-dark ones are fab.

DON’T revert back to childhood

2.DON’T revert back to childhood

Eighty-three percent of you say the white-ankle-socks-over-patterned-hosiery thing is a D.O.N.T.

DO dare to wear red

3.DO dare to wear red

A hounds-tooth coat with red peeking out underneath? It works.

DON’T mix and match

4.DON’T mix and match

Two-hue tights certainly make a statement—just a confusing one!

DO accessorize your look

5.DO accessorize your look

Those are some serious accessories, lady—and you’re definitely a Do!

DON’T be a hole-y roller

6.DON’T be a hole-y roller

Caution: Holes may cause hypothermia and a serious case of the Don’ts.

DO tone down the tights on a bright outfit

7.DO tone down the tights on a bright outfit

Neutral opaque gray is a good idea when the rest of your look pops like actress Madeline Zima’s.

DON’T forget to exercise restraint

8.DON’T forget to exercise restraint

When your hem is this mini, neutrals are the only answer.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Shopaholic News: I Love Bazaar Bazaar!!!

*Sourced by Dayana Sobri,
3rd October 2010.

Gotta hit the stalls pronto for some cool bargains!



If you have missed the past bazaars,fret not dear shopaholics,for there are plenty more of em this upcoming month,and the bonus is,the I Love Bazaar isn't held for just 1 month,but for 3 consecutive months ahead!Expect to see a variety of clothes,accessories,bags,shoes,knick-knacks and other miscellaneous items being offered at a steal!And the good news is,they have fitting rooms available for shoppers to try on things!Participating vendors may change at times,so do check out I Love Bazaar's official page at www.ilovebazaar.net. for more updates. Happy shopping people!

Venue: 1st floor,Subang Parade,Petaling Jaya
(Opposite of Celebrity Fitness and Art 2 Deco Furniture Shop)
Time: 11am-9pm


Friday, October 1, 2010

Trends in Frenzy: Japanese Fashionistas Going Loco Over The Lil' Furry Friends

*Sourced by Dayana Sobri,
1st October 2010.

Ready,get set,FUURR!!!

Fur Boots in Tokyo

Ok,so this news will totally put PETA on a hot seat.Imagine almost every fashion-conscious people in Japan are now sporting the fur get-up,right from fur coat,leg warmers,to boots.It was reported that the trend started mushrooming in the window displays of a few shops in Tokyo by late summer this year.By the time fall had officially arrived, the trend had spread to just about every type of clothing store in Shibuya, Shinjuku, and Harajuku.

There are many different type of fur footwear on display at the shops around Tokyo,and the focus on the biggest trend item in this article is fur boots. However, even though they call it fur boots, it’s actually not just boots, but the look of fur boots that is the hottest right now. Confused? Don’t be! The trick is that many girls are wearing fur covers or furry leg warmers that make their non-fur boots – or even their sandals or random high heels – look like fur boots.

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*To know more and read about this trend,visit Tokyofashion.com.



Thursday, September 30, 2010

Shocking News: Brad Bids Farewell To Rachel Zoe & co

*Sourced and edited by Dayana Sobri,
30th September 2010.

Is the super talented Rachel Zoe heading to Doomsville without her assistant?


It’s the end of an era. Brad Goreski, Rachel’s one and only, has made the decision to leave Team Rachel Zoe, effective October 1. The split was amicable, according to People Magazine. Brad explained, “I love Rachel and she’s taught me everything I know. But there’s a point where either I do it now or I’ll never know what it’s like to spread my wings and soar.”

We feel you Brad, and we have to say we’re not entirely surprised. There was a lot of foreshadowing in last week’s episode of The Rachel Zoe Project. Speaking of which, how will that show go on without Brad or Taylor? And, um, how will Rachel live? She laments, “No one’s ever going to be Brad to me.”

No one will ever be Brad to us either Rachel, but we’re excited to see what he can do on his own. And we hope he has plenty of time to spend with his dogs and boyfriend. Plus, maybe this will be good for Rachel and Rodger, who had to have been at least a little jealous of Brad.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Shopping Guide: What Department Store Salespeople Won't Tell You

*Sourced and edited by Dayana Sobri,
29th September 2010.

Want in on some industry secrets some editors have learned from years of experience as salespeople in major department stores? Here’s your inside look at 17 popular store policies and procedures from behind employee doors that employees are not allowed—or inclined—to share with shoppers!


1. No More Panty Raids, Please


We spent an hour folding that panty table. Please don’t pull out every single pair to see if it’s your size. We likely have drawers below the table or hanging displays elsewhere where you can find your size. If you simply must touch the display, please leave it the way you found it if you want to stay on our good sides.


2. Remember, You’re Not at Home



Ask for help instead of climbing a ladder or using any stick-like object you can find to grab something out of reach. We’d like to avoid injury and a lawsuit, as well as have the opportunity to assist you.


3. Calm Your Kids

Your screaming children are giving us a headache! We can’t leave the floor if we’re annoyed with your child, so do us a favor and take a timeout in one of our convenient and accommodating Mother’s Rooms, where you can calm your child down in peace and privacy.


4. Don’t Ask, Won’t Tell



We won’t tell you when we’re working on commission, so when you ask us if your butt looks fat in those jeans, we will respond as a salesperson, not your BFF. Trust your gut and if you think you look bad even if we say you don’t, keep looking.


5. Ask and You Shall Receive
We can help you shop in different departments than the one you found us in. Just ask!


6. Modesty is the Best Policy

We don’t want to see you naked. Sure, it’s an understood job hazard working in the swimsuit or lingerie department, but please try not to flash us inside your changing room.


7. Excuse Yourself, If Necessary



We notice when you pass gas in the fitting room and then leave. It’s gross. Don’t do it. We have to spend up to eight hours in there after you leave. Also, our changing rooms are not your own personal trashcans. Bring trash out with you, or hand it to us to dispose of.


8. Size Matters to Us, Too

If our store doesn’t have your size in stock, we can call another store for you. Just ask us politely!


9. Kindness Begets Kindness
If you’re making a scene because we don’t have what you want on the floor, we might go into the back, wait a couple minutes, and come out to tell you we don’t have it there either without ever looking for it.


10. Skip the Line if You Want
You can bring your items to another department if my line is too long.


11. Don’t Phone Home

Hang up your cell phone if you expect good—or any—service.


12. Say No to Stains
We can send a stained item to our alterations department to see if it comes out before you buy it.


13. See if the Price is Right
If you’ve seen the same item sold at a cheaper price somewhere else, we can lower our price to match it. You’ll have to speak to our manager, but it’s worth a shot to get a better deal!


14. Try to Get a DiscountPolitely
Sometimes, we can give you a discount on damaged goods, as long as you catch us in a good mood and you’re asking nicely.


15. Just Say No to Credit

Say no to our credit card pitches if you know you won’t pay off the bill each month. Yes, we have a quota to meet, but our store cards might not have the best interest rates around.


16. Humor Us and You Might Score
We can ship your items to you for free if we’re feeling generous and you’ve been pleasant to serve. At certain stores, we’ll even hand carry your purchase to you if you need it ASAP. Similarly, if you’re shopping far away from home and don’t want to lug your items back with you, we can sometimes ship them to your final destination.


17. Wear if You Dare
We’ve seen that shirt tried on a million times, we’ve scrubbed deodorant stains off of it, it’s fallen on our dusty floor, and it may even be one that was recently returned. For you own sake, wash it before you wear it!


P/s: Wow,I can SO relate to how these sales people are feeling since I've worked as sales assistant myself.Believe me customers are our number 1 source of agony,pain and headache!Not to mention that standing on my feet for hours and hours the whole day is a killer,especially if you're doing a full-time shift!So next time you're out shopping,at least have some common courtesy to be nice and respect the sales people.They're human beings too,you know!Not just some slaves you can torture around.Of course,as a customer myself,I'd get irritated by how bad the Malaysian sales people are,they're rude,lazy,did not do a proper job when assisting customers,and worst (according to my experience) some of them would snicker at customers who walked in their store and then started to whisper at each other about how the customers look and would ignore the customers when they need some help.


*Article taken from Yahoo Shine.Republished with permission of Hearst Communications, Inc.



Friday, September 24, 2010

Sorry For The Long Hiatus!!! 2

Sorry for the long hiatus.There's been some technical glitches.Will be updating more news and stories soon! Stay tuned!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Fashion Getta Clue: Was Gabourey Sidibe's skin lightened for the cover of ELLE Magazine?

*Sourced and edited by Dayana Sobri,
16th September 2010.

The lighter and the darker............


Getty Images

Getty Images

In the world of American fashion magazines, women of color have notoriously been underrepresented, pretty much since the birth of print. Ditto the plus-size population, who go almost entirely absent from the pages of big-name publications, as if they don't exist. So it was a boon for both groups this summer when ELLE magazine announced that full-figured African-American actress Gabourey Sidibe would grace the cover of its 25th anniversary issue.

For its special October edition, ELLE produced four separate covers, each one meant to celebrate a different mid-20's female star--in addition to Sidibe, 27, it included actresses Amanda Seyfried and Megan Fox and reality star/fashion entrepreneur Lauren Conrad. But here's where things got tricky:



While each of the other three (all oft-used, not to mention skinny and Caucasian) cover girls are shown off in full-body glamour shots wearing stylish clothes, Sidibe is cropped at the mid-chest, with a swath of ruched green fabric hiding her curvy frame. Plus, her skin appears to be lighter than in most photos of the actress that we've seen, which has stirred reactions on the web.

Was it all only a speculation by the unfair media,or is it a truth yet to be told?You be the judge.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Fashion Shocker: Lady Gaga's Outlandish Meat Ensemble

*Sourced by Dayana Sobri,
14th September 2010.

"I never thought I'd be asking Cher to hold my meat purse."

So Lady Gaga has never ever ceased to amaze us in every public appearance that she does,and if this 2010 VMA look of Lady Gaga doesn't shock you in disgust,I don't know what else will.The Meat Dress,which was designed and made by Franc Fernandez (he also did Gaga's headpiece in her Bad Romance video) also consisted of boots,hat and purse.The dress was cut together from what appeared to be slabs of raw meat.Gaga had stated in her interview session on Ellen Degeneres Show that she wore this dress as a political statement,referring to the gay issue that she has been supporting a lot.

Peta,being the typical animal rights organization,wasn't pleased as usual.They said,in response to seeing Gaga's outfit, "Meat is the decomposing flesh of a tormented animal who didn't want to die, and after a few hours under the TV lights, it would smell like the rotting flesh it is and likely be crawling in maggots -- not too attractive, really."

Would you dare wear this dress,dear readers?Yep,I don't think so.



Gaga's cover for Vogue Hommes Japan was taken by photographer Terry Richardson.







Gaga's cover for Vogue Hommes Japan was taken by photographer Terry Richardson,in the controversial meat bikini (pieces of raw meat strung together to create a dress-like design).

Monday, September 13, 2010

Fashion News: Designer Collaboration, Mulberry for Target

*By Dayana Sobri,
13th September 2010.



Ok,so the buzz has been around for quite a few months back and all fashionistas are pretty much talking about it right until now.Yes,for those of you not in the knowing,Mulberry is collaborating with America's favourite discount store,Target.The collaboration will be available at most Target stores and at Target.com October 10 through December 24, 2010.The bag was inspired by some of aesthetical British films. Even though the Mulberry x Target bag is appearing right after one of the most coveted bags were launched (the Roxanne and Alexa bags) it'll never be the same.

According to Mulberry,the range comprises 8 handbag styles and aims to evoke the spirit of the brand, rather than a compromise on quality. The key to the collection is authenticity – communicating the essence and character of the Mulberry brand. Fabrics such as denim and velvet allow the brand to be as true to its beliefs as possible whilst maintaining an accessible and democratic price point.Are fashionistas really be buying this?We shall see....



Friday, September 10, 2010

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri 2010!

Hello dear readers! I would like to wish you a very Happy Eid-ul-Fitr!

Ketupat (Source: Wikipedia)

Will be blogging as usual on Sunday!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Stylist Profile: Eric Daman

*Sourced and edited by Dayana Sobri,
9th September 2010.

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Whether you love or hate the plotlines on Gossip Girl, you gotta love the unforgettable style in each week’s episode. Headbands and bows play off designer dresses and haute handbags, making it one of the most talked-about fashion showcases since “Sex and the City.”

Enter costume designer Eric Daman. The styling genius behind “Gossip Girl,” Daman got his styling start with Patricia Fields on “Sex and the City” and doing high fashion editorials for tastemaking mags like Visionaire, The Face, and I.D. Now he’s got his dream job managing a power team of 25 stylists on “Gossip Girl” and Variety once called him “the world’s fiercest costume designer.”

Daman’s favorite trends for fall? Belted boyfriend cardigans and highwaisted pencil skirts. His favorite “Gossip Girl” character to dress? Chuck Bass. “It’s fun to push men’s fashion and let straight guys know that they can dress fashionably, too,” says Daman.

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*s* (Photo above) Henri Bendel's window display was screaming "Gossip Girl", and the window display was decorated by Eric Daman.

* (Photo below) Various looks and concepts styled and created by Eric Daman for Revolve Clothing circa 2008.

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*Images courtesy of revolveclothing.com. Graphics courtesy of Chic Intuition Inc.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Fashion Miscellaneous (September)

*Sourced and edited by Dayana Sobri,
6th September 2010.

September Mood Board


*Fashion inspirations for September.

Best Dressed: Sandra in Zero + Maria Cornejo, Gwen Hits the Beach in Style, & Chloë Does Leopard Right

In this week’s best dressed Gwen Stefani keeps cool at the beach, Sandra Bullock looks amazing in Zero + Maria Cornejo, Chloë Sevigny gets in touch with her inner animal at an Emmy’s afterparty where Anna Paquin traded in her McQueen for a simple and chic LDB, and Drew Barrymore continued on her fashion mission (which was actually her press tour), looking like she stepped out of a Ralph Lauren ad.

Love is Blind. We are Not. Who’s the Boss?

Which leading fashion brand was noticeably absent from Vogue‘s September issue? The advertiser was trying to make a point about just how (not) relevant/powerful Vogue is, and pulled at the last minute.

Hint: It makes up for one “half” of a fashion’s biggest powerhouse.


Thursday, September 2, 2010

Shop Style: How To Look Like Mary-Kate Olsen

*By Dayana Sobri,
2nd September 2010.

Marie Claire's September cover girl is inspiring a little weekend online shopping. Check out these 10 pieces to start channeling her look......

Shopping For - Mary-Kate Olsen

What fashionistas and fashionholics in this world who doesn't like Mary-Kate Olsen's quirky style?After all Mary-Kate Olsen is one of a few celebs who has got her own individual style sorted out,and no one else can pull the chic-frumpy-quirky look with grace and dignity quite like Miss Olsen herself.Not only that,after her career as an actress and went to NYU for further education,she moved on to be one of the fashion industry's most important icons,having her coffee table book published (alongside Ashley,Influence),launched clothing lines (The Row,Elizabeth&James,Olsenboye),and attending fashion events and sitting front-rows while rubbing shoulders with the most famous and fabulous.

The Essential Items For Mary-Kate Olsen's Look




1. Studded convertible handbag
2.Studded waist belt
3.Rectangular sunglasses
4.Flowy/oversized tunic
5.Black bangle set
6.Pop-out colour (preferably red)bangle
7.Platform snap booties
8.Skull print scarf
9&10.Silver rings


If these are not enough and you're too lazy scouring the racks and hit the shops,why not just shop for their clothing labels online? You'll definitely achieve the look better! Visit www.olsenboye.com (Olsenboye), www.therow.com (The Row), and www.elizabethandjames.us (Elizabeth&James).

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Chris Benz Discusses the Importance of Being Earnest…With Your Salespeople

*Sourced and edited by Dayana Sobri,
1st September 2010.


Back in the day, designers would visit each stockist, each season and present the latest collection to the shop’s salespeople. Some designers, like Michael Kors, still take this approach.

But it has mostly fallen by the wayside. Not so at Chris Benz, where the man himself and his vice president of sales, Kelly Stinnett, spent a good chunk of the summer trekking across the US to get salespeople at boutiques and department stores excited about the Fall 2010 collection.

Benz and Stinnett were also promoting their special capsule collection with Saks Fifth Avenue, which launched at the beginning of August. The duo presented each collection to the Saks sales teams from Phoenix to New York.

Now that they’re back,Chris discussed why this approach is so important to the success of a brand, big or small.

So, you’re doing this collection with Saks. Explain the motivation behind it!
Chris Benz: Our exclusive dresses collection was the brainchild of our Saks New York team, and was conceived as an opportunity for the Chris Benz brand to become a more far-reaching collection within the Saks Fifth Avenue family. We wanted to create styles rooted in historically successful bodies, all while maintaining the casual, American, and modern spirit of the collection. The styles highlight the ideals of our collection: color, ease, comfort, and carefree glamor, all at an attainable price point within the designer market.

You’ve been traveling from store to store and presenting the collection to employees. Didn’t designers used to do these run-throughs much more often in the past? They seem really beneficial. Do you think your sell-through is better because of it?
Spending time in stores, educating the sales staff, and making personal, earnest connections with customers is a huge part of our business. It’s absolutely tied to selling clothes, which at the end of the day is the goal for everyone involved in the fashion industry. For me, it makes all of our hard work worthwhile to convince a woman to try on something unexpected–an unusual color, proportion, or combination–and to see her light up when she realizes she looks beautiful.

It seems like you guys really have fun meeting with salespeople and customers. What are the advantages when it comes to creating the next collection? Do you use their feedback?
I am obsessed with meeting the salespeople and customers. It’s important to me to present them with as much of the emotion and detail that our team puts into designing and producing the clothes, so that they have as much personal connection to the product as possible. In a very real way, the salespeople are an extension of our team, and I believe that they should be treated as such. I insist that they try on the product, feel the fabrics, understand the construction and finishing, and comprehend the message of each garment.

And a random one: your clothes are so great because they’re ageless. Are your “average customers” totally different in each city? Would love to know who typically wears your clothes in Chicago v LA v Phoenix!

We have taken a lot of care to encourage a range of age and lifestyle in our customer. Although the Chicago woman might be an attorney or television producer, and our LA woman who may be an actress or realtor, they all have the same sort of spirit. They are carefree, excited by color and comfort, and outgoing. The synergy between the attitude of the Chris Benz collection and the temperament of its customer is very strong. In this way, there are Chris Benz women all over the world, and by getting into the stores we are discovering and building relationships with all of them while building a foundation for the future of our collection.


Chris Benz

Monday, August 30, 2010

Fashion Goodies: Japanese's Fukubukuro! (Happy Bag/Lucky Bag/Mystery Bag)

*Sourced and edited by Dayana Sobri,
30th August 2010.

Head on down to Tokyo for some New Year shopping frenzy!!!!

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*Cute Lucky Bags at Gemini Shibuya.

For those of you who have never heard of the word Fukubukuro in your lifetime surely must know what it means now!It's especially crucial to die-hard shopaholics out there who wouldn't mind spending a dime to buy something so uniquely uncommon to our shopping tradition,except in Japan,of course.The Fukubukuro occurs during the days following New Year's Day in Japan.

Fukubukuro means Happy Bag,Lucky Bag or even Mystery Bag.The bags are filled with unknown goodies which worth far more than what you pay for them.The catch is that you don’t know what’s inside of the bags. So, you might get $100 worth of clothing for $10 – but it might be clothing that doesn’t fit your body or your style. That said, for many the value outweighs the risk – and the surprise is part of the fun – so many Japanese girls look forward to the New Year sales. Popular shops and brands will often see people lining up hours – if not days – ahead of time. Fukubukuro are almost always in limited supply, so getting into the store before everything is gone is crucial if you’re a serious shopper.

Getting excited and giddy already?Then book the next flight to Tokyo for some New Year 2011 action!To know more about Fukubukuro visit www.tokyofashion.com.

Culture Medium New Year Sale
With a name like “Culture Medium”, the bags have to be good!

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Doll in High Heels cute Happy Bags.

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Big sale and Lucky Bags with ear muffs, gloves, and other warm gear.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Fashion&Beauty Makeover: How To Revamp Your Style From Head To Toe

*Sourced and edited by Dayana Sobri,
26th August 2010.

With the Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival and the festive season around the corner,what better time to give your precious self a lil' pampering and splurging!


MAKEOVER RULES!!!

Thinkstock: Tips for updating an outdated hairstyle.

*Thinkstock: Tips for updating an outdated hairstyle.

With the changing of temperatures,the arrival of Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival until September 16th and the Raya celebration around the corner, what better time to assess your own appearance and revamp your look head to toe? Whether you’re in a haircut rut, bored with everything in your closet, or fear your metallic lipstick is horribly out of fashion,some hair, makeup, and fashion experts have enlisted a few tips and tricks to help update outdated looks. Read on to learn what changes you can make to get on back on track and looking fabulous for the fall.

REVAMP YOUR HAIR

Signs you need an update: Your hair color is too dark or too "yellow" after years of the same color treatments and/or you have too many colors showing.

How to revamp: "Stylists will tell you that a little bit of root showing is nice, especially if you have auburn hair or are brunette. It gives a nice depth. When three inches of roots are showing or ends are brassy, it’s time to get things cleaned up," says June Ambrose, a fashion stylist who has helped celebs like Zoe Saldana, Kelly Ripa, Mary J. Blige, and Jay Z.

But if you've been dyeing your hair blond for years, your color may be too bright and not flattering. Talk to a hair colorist about dyeing your hair a warmer, golden-y base color, and embracing highlights to bring out an updated, bright look, says Siobhan Benson, a hair stylist at Arrojo Studio in Manhattan. The same goes for younger women who may have dyed their hair dark black and added several strips of bright color. "Sometimes, you need to bring up the length, start over, and add highlights to soften the color," Benson says.

Sign you need an update: You cling to long hair because you think it makes you look younger.

How to revamp: "One of the most common hairstyle mistakes I see on both celebrities and everyday women is overgrown hair," says Jackie Cascarano, creative director at Lock & Mane, a hair products company and website, www.lockandmane.com. "Styles that are too long make your locks look unhealthy and ultra fine. Trimming your locks with frequency improves the appearance of your hair by making it look thicker and healthier at the ends." Just look at the popularity of the short bob and pixie haircuts in Hollywood if you're not so sure about a shorter cut, Cascarano says: "Women think long hair will keep them looking younger but the truth is that a well maintained, shorter style" can make you look younger.

REVAMP YOUR MAKEUP

Sign you need an update: You’re clueless about what makeup suits you.

How to revamp: "Look for the person at the beauty counter who has the most beatiful makeup application and ask for help," Ambrose says. Moisturizing foundation is great for makeup-illiterate individuals because it’s a simple application and it brightens up the face. When you add a great blush and mascara, it makes a world of difference.

Sign you need an update:
Your mascara is just a lash-darkener. Or (worse!) it has a slightly rancid smell.

How to revamp:
If it has that off-scent, you need to put it out of its misery. But beyond that, it’s time to upgrade to one of the new techy mascaras that not only color your lashes, but bend and lift them. “Every woman should have a great mascara just like they should have a great pair of black stilettos, says New York-based celebrity makeup artist Troy Surratt. "It’s like the period at the end of a sentence. And these new formulas help curl the lashes, which has an instant brightening effect on the eyes.”

Sign you need an update: Your lipstick is a frosty coral or a dark opaque color.

How to revamp: “Rather than opaque, try something fresher, like a sheer pink or peach. In your early 20s you can rock a red lip, but as you mature, switching to a sheer formula or transparent gloss can add a girlish youth,” says Surratt, whose clients include clients include LeAnn Rimes, Piper Perabo, and Ashlee Simpson-Wentz . And if you want more coverage, look for a color that is the same as your lips, but enhances them, he adds.

Sign you need an update:
Raccoon eyes

How to revamp: For bags and dark circles, people used to glop on the concealer under the eyes. The new way is to dab artfully: Surratt likes to dab concealer on the hollowest part of the eye socket, as well as on the lash line on both the upper and lower lids. He says he even dabs a little on the lid itself “to brighten up the whole eye.”

Sign you need an update: Your makeup bag is stuffed with products you don’t use.

How to revamp: Go through it, chuck everything you haven’t used in the last year and restock with 5 or 6 basics that really work, like a great mascara, a concealer that really matches your skin, and a day and evening liptstick. “It's not important to have a ton of products or all of the latest colors, Surratt says. "It's more important to have a few colors and products that really work for you.”

REVAMP YOUR WARDROBE

*Wardrobe rehab is the perfect antidote to the untidy mind

Sign you need an update: You haven’t bought a nice pair of shoes in five years.

How to revamp: "The pointy shoes, long square toes, and kitten heels are very dated," Ambrose says. "For women who aren’t used to necessarily walking in heels, it’s all about the built-in platform with a little bit more sturdiness. For those who aren’t used to wearing towering heels but are used to a kitten heel, the support of a platform really helps."

Sign you need an update: You’re sacrificing style for comfort and borrowing from your partner’s closet.

How to revamp: "Aging athletic wear on a woman is definitely a sign of being in a rut. Sporty has become so much more fashionable these days," Ambrose says. "There’s no reason for you to have to wear frumpy workout clothes if you want to be comfortable in a pair of sweats. Look for bootcut sweats and more stylish options."

Sign you need an update: You’re oblivious to what's appropriate and what's not with a trend like leggings.

How to revamp: "I have a thing about leggings, because people take advantage of that trend. Unless you’re a ballerina or you’re Grace Kelly, you should always cover your rear when you wear leggings," Ambrose says. "And tights are not the same as leggings. I see women on the street wearing tights as leggings, and you’re seeing their underwear. It’s completely inappropriate. Leggings can be a great way to look slim and long, so if you have hips, wear a tunic that cuts below and is very flattering."

Sign you need an update: You’re not feeling good about your shape in clothing.

How to revamp: "Women don’t pay much attention to their undergarments, which lose their elasticity over time. You have to replace those things when the wire is poking out the side of the bra and when they start to lose their shape, because an ill shape can cause bubbling and puckering in places you don’t want," Ambrose says. "And when you grow and you realize they aren’t holding your body like they used to, those items will need an upgrade as well. Foundation pieces are going to make you ultimately look better in your clothing, and foundation is key when we’re talking about fit."



Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Are Magazine Covers of The September Issues As Real As They Appear To Be? One Fashion Contributor of Fashionista.com Reveals All!

*Sourced and edited by Dayana Sobri,
24th August 2010.

Sometimes,what you see really isn't what you're getting........

Size is what really matters for all magazines. Because the marketing budgets are usually bigger in the fall than in the spring, these September issues indicate not only of the health of any particular publications, but the direction of
print media. On the whole, this September is a giant step forward from September ‘09, when GDP was still in the negatives with no end in sight. Now, it’s hard to call it a recovery, as shoppers are still worried about spending on big items. Many luxury brands still depend on margins from China to supplement deficits elsewhere.

This season, it seems that fashion brands have become fiercely competitive, despite the weak economic outlook. Advertisers are spending again. From the perspective of a small and independent magazine, it can be said that glossies, indies, and online publications all are relevant in different ways, which means advertisers need to reach their audience through every avenue.

But back to the glossies. “That’s a lot of looks,” pinpoints one fashion observer,and pointed to the Harper’s Bazaar September issue, which boasts 937 New Looks on one of its Jennifer Aniston covers. “True, but fashion is about choices and I think they’re trying to convey to readers the breadth of what exists each season,” Another observer told her.

However, it's always a wonder how each publication comes up with these numbers. Surely they’re meant to impress readers, particularly those buying magazines from newsstands.

Vogue, Elle and InStyle all touted the total amount of pages their
respective issues: “726 pages of Sumptuous Fall Fashion at Every Price” said Vogue, “562 pages of Must Have Dresses, Jackets and Heels,” revealed Elle, and “600 pages of Fall Fashion’s Best New Trends and How to Wear Them,” boasts InStyle.

Harper’s Bazaar has double covers of Jennifer Aniston with one cover says “937 New Looks,” Marie Claire’s Mary Kate Olsen cover includes “516 New Looks for every Body & Budget,” and
Glamour has “587 Fall Outfits & Ideas” on its Jennifer Lopez cover.

What standards are used to count the total of looks? “Pages are total for issue—and we are fine that our readers look at the ads for ideas. We know from research that in fashion magazines the ads, particularly in the big fashion issues, are important information givers to the reader; they are quite aware it’s an ad. If you look at the signatures it’s obvious it’s total book size we’re referring to,” Robbie Myers, the Editor-in-Chief of Elle, told me via email as she was out-of-town. “Editorial items are hand counted every issue when we use that number. The ‘must have’ line is implied… Which is to say the reader is quite aware that there are also many, many other items that are not mentioned—if we mentioned every item there would be hundreds of words on the cover. This is such standard practice among all in our set; I’ve seen it for the 20 years I’ve been in the business.”


A fashion contributor and her team picked up Glamour, Bazaar and Marie Claire to perform a manual recount to see if they can come up to the number of looks on each magazine’s signature. From the cover signature tag line, she'd have to assume the magazines only count the looks suggested from its editorial pages. Thus, advertising pages do not figure into the counting of looks. Here are the parameters she's using to define a look in the manual recount of Glamour, Marie Claire and Harper’s Bazaar numbers:

Editorial: each model/celebrity shot on full page counts as one look; Hair, makeup and accessories are part of one look unless alternatives suggestions for hair, makeup and/or bags, jewelry are offered; two models one page count as two looks; each runway photo counts as one look; each still life counts as one look; on Table of Conent pages, each item counts as one look if the item is credited; 10 celebrities on one page counts as 10 looks only if the looks are credited; for beauty each suggestion is a look – on one page, six lipsticks items are six looks if the items are credited.

Here’s the result from three separate counts by a three person team.

Glamour: 335; 319: 334 = average = 329. A difference of 258 from the 587 looks the magazine reported, a 44% difference.

Marie Claire: 349; 341; 360 = average = 350. A difference of from the 516 looks the magazine reported, a 32% difference.

Harper’s Bazaar: 698; 676; 705 = average = 693 A difference of 244 from the 937 looks the magazine reported, a 26% difference.

Perhaps their recount may have missed certain items that the magazines counted in their tabulations.

If it can be recalled correctly, the trend for putting the amount of looks on the cover tag lines is about a decade old. In the fall 2001, Bazaar was among the first high fashion magazines to use a number of looks on its cover–the November 2001 issue boasted “440 New Looks.” While Vogue occasionally used a very modest count of looks–like “93 sensational looks” in October 2002, Vogue’s September issues normally used the total page count instead of look count. But the gold medal goes to Bazaar where the September 2008 has “1,207 New Looks.”

Then again, September 2008 was the last month in the distant memory of a plentiful era.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Trend in Frenzy: Jeggings!

*Sourced and edited by Dayana Sobri,
20th August 2010.


Jeggings: Even Hotter This Fall!


Last spring we experienced the birth of jeggings (jeans + leggings). With the look of denim and the feel of Spandex, this garment revolutionized the skinny jean. Just when we thought our pants couldn't get any tighter, we were proven wrong. Celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Beyonce and Sienna Miller embraced this look immediately, and we began lusting after their absurdly high-end versions (like Current/Elliot's shocking $389.40 /pair). Now, thanks to a recession-friendly market, there are tons of options (like Walmart's $12 /pair).

Since, like the skinny jean, jeggings draw serious attention to your curves, it's important to create a balance when styling an outfit around them. Artful layers and flattering proportions are key here. Whether your look is edgy, classic, or girly, we've got you covered in our click-to-buy section below. And don't forget to click through our celebrity gallery for some inspiration!

*p/s: Click on the photos if you wish to buy the item!

1. The Edgy Look

Topshop tee, $32.00.
Forever 21 red patent peep toes, $22.80.


2. The Classic Look

Old Navy button-down, $24.50.
Tilly's flat brown buckle boots, $39.99.


3. The Girly Look

Topshop tunic, $28.00.
Miss Me lace pump, $39.95.


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