Fashion of the Week – Channel

Enter Karl Lagerfeld’s House of Chanel and see the Fall 2011 Ready-to-Wear and Couture Collection.  Byzantine inspired bejeweled garments and headpieces are this year’s theme resulting in a return to nobility and grace.  Visit Chanel.com for the latest in fashion, makeup and accessories.  Elegance is just a click away!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Golden Globes: Women, Men & Couples Hit The Red Carpet

Absolutely everyone looked FABULOUS at this year’s Golden Globe Awards held Sunday, January 15, 2012, at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA.  Some stars took to the Red Carpet solo, while some of Hollywood’s Power Couples posed together. It must be a lot of pressure to have to look so good knowing there is Paparazzi everywhere, but these Stars make it look like a walk in the Park.

The gowns worn by the women ranged in style and color with perhaps the most notable statement being made by Maria Menounos in a body-hugging bright yellow sequined gown. Lea Michele was another one to watch in a sophisticated and sexy shimmery grey number. The Men, well what can I say, they all wore the basic black suit & tie well (with a variation here and there – Gervais).

The Globes, hosted this year by Ricky Gervais (reason alone to tune in) treated fans and Celebs alike to a night of fun and humor.  The Golden Globe, awarded by The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), which honors achievement in both Film and Television has a rich history and is well respected by those in Hollywood since its inception in 1943.

Notable stars present included a special appearance by Johnny Depp and music icon Madonna (who won Best Original Song in A Motion Picture). George Clooney won Best Performance by an Actor for his performance in “The Descendants”, Christopher Plummer won Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in “Beginners” and “The Descendants” took home Best Motion Picture.  This year’s winner for a Lifetime of Achievement (The Cecil B. DeMille Award) was presented to actor Morgan Freeman. For a complete list of all Nominees and Winners click here for The Official Golden Globe Website.

 

Make-Up Trend: All That Glitters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The “Natural Look” is OUT and Bold/Gold is IN this Spring/Summer according to make-up experts at British Vogue (BV).   Metallics, even Gold Leaf is what you will see at your make-up counter this year.  Everyone is doing it from MAC to Dsquared2, so don’t be the last one on your block caught without it!  As seen on the runway,  BV shows 12 examples of this hot new trend in make-up.  Another notable trend in make-up this year appears to be the “invisible brow”!  What do you think?  Love it.  Hate it.  We’d love to hear from you.

Accessory of the Week

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the hot trends you will see on both the Couture and the Ready-to-Wear runway this fall is the gloved hand.  Long, short or in between, gloves are once again a major fashion statement.  Gloves in high fashion were extremely popularity during the 1940’s and 1950’s during which time the long glove was often seen being worn with strapless gowns by Hollywood starlets.  During the 1960’s gloves decreased in popularity and remained an overlooked accessory for years.  The population for the most part, returned to thinking of gloves in a purely utilitarian manner.  Gloves, however, can add a new dimension to almost any outfit and are the perfect “touch” to complete your look.  Today’s designers are making gloves available in many different styles, fabrics, textures, colors and lengths.  Even men’s fashion has embraced this trend both as a sporty accessory and as a compliment to evening wear.

Black Swan – The Movie

Black Swan, a psycho drama about a ballerina is receiving rave reviews and there is buzz in Hollywood that its star, Natalie Portman will be nominated for an Oscar.  Mila Kunis, Barbara Hersey and Wynona Ryder co-star in this cinematically beautiful, yet disturbing film.  The life of a prima ballerina can be a harsh one, but there are few things more beautiful to watch.  The costumes and make-up are outstanding, the story edgy and the acting superb.  A must see!

Black Swan -- While vying for the coveted lead roles in a production of Swan Lake, a veteran ballerina (Portman) enters into a twisted friendship with a promising new dancer (Kunis) that threatens to consume her.

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Simply Vera @ Kohl’s

Designer Vera Wang, famous for her exquisite bridal fashions and Ready-to-Wear clothing line has created Simply Vera, a label of affordable luxury in association with Kohl’s department store.  Simply Vera offers a unique assortment of clothing, shoes, handbags, lingerie, sleepwear, accessories and bedding that are rich in style and easy on the pocketbook.  Kohl’s carries most of the Simply Vera line in its stores across the country.  The complete collection is available on-line or can be purchased through Kohl at one of their in-store kiosks.  Shopping the line at my local Kohl’s department store, I was pleasantly surprised with the high quality and the great prices.  As a result, two pairs of Wang’s shoes and a rhinestone studded pair of boots found their way into my shopping cart, along with a handbag, necklace, bracelet and a cool coatdress that can be worn with skirts or leggings.  I highly recommend lifeaccessories readers visit Kohl’s department store to take a look at Simply Vera or visit the website and shop online for the holidays!

Burlesque – The Movie

Like the poster says “It Takes A Legend To Make A Star”.  In the new movie Burlesque, legendary Diva Cher shows us how it’s done.  Cher stars opposite Christina Aguilera in the Sony blockbuster Burlesque, which opened worldwide on November 24, 2010.  The story is a simple one.  Small town girl comes to the big city and wants to become a singer.  What’s extraordinary about this film is the enormous talent of the two stars.  Cher, the ultimate Diva, has been belting out songs to adoring fans for years.  Beautiful, bold and stylish Cher set the standard for female stage performers and continues to entertain us with her ageless sex appeal.  Christina Aguilera has also proven herself to be a consummate performer, her songs rising to the top of the music charts for the last several years.

Reminiscent of Liza Minelli and Joel Grey in Cabaret, the music, choreography, dance numbers, costume changes and lingerie alone in the film Burlesque should be worth the price of admission.  This movie looks like there is something for everyone.  I for one can’t wait.

 

 

 

Victoria’s Secret Has Wings!

The Annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show aired on CBS, November 30, 2010.  This year the VS show year was more spectacular than ever, turning a fashion show into an almost Las Vegas style cabaret performance.  Sports themes and fantasy were incorporated into the world of lingerie adding an air of playfulness to the production.  Katy Perry joined the leggy models and entertained us, looking very much like one of the VS models singing her #1 hit songs “Firework” and a medly of her songs “Teenage Dream”, “Hot N Cold” and “California Gurls”.  International recording star Akon also performed a song dedicated to Angels.   VS also gave us a peek behind the scenes, showing the audience how the outfits are designed, how the production staff works with the models and how VS turns stunning beauties into Angels.  We learn through the eye of the camera lenses something about the personality of each Angel through comments made by their fellow Angels.  Models also elaborate on their feelings preparing for and appearing in a VS fashion show.  As a part of the audience this year’s show displays the teamwork achieved by the production staff, designers, musicians, technicians and models. Wing designers are highlighted showing how they utilize feathers, fur, glitter, lace and just about any material available to create works of art that complete the models transformation into a VS Angel.  After all, “you can’t be an Angel without wings.”  The show was an absolute success, a good time for all, breathtaking to watch and an event that anyone who enjoys seeing pretty girls having fun should never miss!

Click on the link below for VS Fashion Show Slideshow:

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