July 30, 2010

Madonna Designs New Trendy Clothing Line

NEW YORK - APRIL 28: Singer Madonna and daughter Lourdes Leon attend the 2nd Annual Bent on Learning Benef at The Puck Building on April 28, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
A little birdie by the nickname of Lola told me that the world would witness the launch of an exciting new clothing collection in early August, called Material Girl designed by the original material girl, Madonna herself. The birdie is none other than Lourdes Leon, the only daughter of the music legend.

I must admit that I had an inching fear when I heard that Lourdes, who is only 13 years old, played an integral part in the designing process of the clothing and accessories line for young adults. I mean when you’ve got a world-famous celebrity for a mother and billions of star cash in hand, the formula for superficial success just seems a bit too easy doesn’t it?

But as they say do not judge a book by its cover or in this case do not judge a young celebrity by her stardom. After getting an exclusive sneak peek at the edgy outfits showcased by Gossip Girl actress, Taylor Momsen, Lourdes proved me and many other evil critics wrong.

The affordable Material Girl collection seems like a fusion between the looks of Madonna’s iconic fashion phases in her songs of yesteryear and this year’s hot trend of layering with a pinch of grunge and girly glamour added to the recipe.
And the layering is not just in the clothes but in the jewelry too, embodied by long chunky charm chains and numerous silver bangles and bracelets. I especially liked the cute angel wing earrings.

Madonna graciously says that 90% of the result was inspired by her daughter, whom she likes to call fondly, as Lola. Kudos to the mother and daughter for setting aside their diva egos and joining forces to create a truly promising and hip clothing line. Material Girl’s truly got the material fo’shizzle.

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July 26, 2010

Angelina Jolie Sets Russian Red Carpet On Fire

American actress Angelina Jolie attends the premiere of Phillip Noyce's movie 'Salt', a spy thriller, at Oktyabr Cinema in Moscow, Russia, on July 25, 2010. Photo by Maxim Shemetov/Itar-Tass/ABACAPRESS.COM Photo via Newscom
Angelina Jolie’s appearance at Moscow recently was like a pinch of ‘salt’ to spice up a dish. She was there to promote her latest thriller Salt in which she plays the role of a Russian spy. Angie pulled a rare 'Kristen Stewart' by donning a color other than black, the color of love, blood, passion & danger – RED.

Not surprisingly her fans devoured every bit of her while she stood like a queen in a red halter neck silk chiffon gown from Versace Atelier that hugged her slim tattooed body.

Perhaps the Tomb Raider actress checked up on the Moscow weather before touching down in the land of Vodka because it seemed like she took full advantage of the wind by letting her gown’s train and long hair flow radiantly in the zephyrs.

Asked about her training for the movie, she said she had to spend long hours practicing Russian, a language which she described as ‘soft and seductive’. Not far from her jewelry choice at the premiere I would say, comprising solely of a sparkling pair of subtle diamond earring studs, which didn’t steal the thunder of her siren-hot red attire but nevertheless it gave it a touch of sophistication.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA. JULY 25, 2010. American actress Angelina Jolie attends the premiere of Phillip Noyce s Salt, a spy thriller, at Oktyabr Cinema. (Photo ITAR-TASS/ Maxim Shemetov) Photo via Newscom
Take a tip from Brad Pitt’s lady that whenever you want your couture to be the centre of attention, keep your other accessories to a minimum but at the same time it is imperative that you do not neglect wearing jewelry to make a statement such as a classy pair of diamond studs or a single bracelet.

Spies are notorious for hiding top secrets but I think we can excuse Angelina Jolie, just this one time, in the name of jewelry fashion of course!
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July 22, 2010

Star Wars: Gwen Stefani vs. Miley Cyrus

MIley Cyrus and Gwen Stefani rock matching Shreddy Tees by designer Obesity and Speed!  COMBINATION IMAGE Fame Pictures, IncGwen Stefani sang to us in ‘Sweet Escape’ that she had been a real bad girl & Miley Cyrus struck her own bad girl chord by singing that she couldn’t be tamed. We totally understand their brutally honest musings after seeing their identical dress-up drama of Shredded t-shirts from Obesity and Speed which could have landed them in jail (in the land of high-fashion of course).

MIley Cyrus and Gwen Stefani rock matching Shreddy Tees by designer Obesity and Speed!  PICTURED HERE: Gwen Stefani hurriedly rushes to her father's house in Hollywood, CA on July 17, 2010 where the singer dropped her youngest son, Zuma off with Grandpa.  Fame Pictures, IncThe front of the tee can be excused but turn the crooners around and you would find yourself gasping for oxygen and asking – Is it a cobweb? Is it a sweater attacked by a cat’s nails? Is it a bird’s nest? Well I can tell you it certainly isn’t Superman! I can hear the car siren of the fashion police already.

Miley chose to complete her so-called rock star look with a blue cropped camisole, paint-splattered skinny jeans and Frye boots, back in January whereas Gwen opted for a more casual style and wore her striped version of the *ahem* t-shirt along with baggy harem pants and a bright blue bra a few days ago.

MIley Cyrus and Gwen Stefani rock matching Shreddy Tees by designer Obesity and Speed!  PICTURED HERE: Miley Cyrus is in the mood for some Coffee Bean. Decked out in her rock star clothes, the 17-year-old stopped by to get her caffeine fix in Los Angeles, CA January 9, 2010. Cyrus chatted on her phone and posed for photos with some fans outside. Fame Pictures, IncYes, we understand your need to bare your emotions ladies but not all this skin for the love of Gucci! But let’s move on to safer waters, ignoring the backside of the tops now, shall we? Jewelry. Gwen went all white with a neat stack of numerous bangles on each wrist but Miley drove the opposite way with a few goth-black chunky bangles and rings en suite.

Vital jewelry fact: When thou art going for the rebellious raggedy look thou should combine thy rags with less raggedy looking bling. Therefore the Sweet Escape singer and mother of two surpassed the 17 year old face of Hannah Montana. But who do YOU think pulled off this style better? You, the jury will decide. For now, case dismissed!

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July 18, 2010

Ashley Greene's Psychic Jewelry

Ashley Greene attends the Espy Awards on July 13, 2010 in Los Angeles (photo by: ShutterSpeed/ Meet The Famous) Photo via Newscom

Here’s a Twilight fun fact: The eyes of a vampire who feeds on animals, are said to be a deep golden color whereas the eyes of a bloodthirsty vampire who feeds on human beings are said to be red just like the short lipstick red Versace dress that Twilight Eclipse actress Ashley Greene chose to wear during the ESPY Awards in Los Angeles.

Needless to say, all eyes of the hungry paparazzi as well as other celebrities were on the gorgeous actress as she showed off her bare shoulders along with a black clutch from Raven Kauffman Couture and black Brian Atwood pumps.

The hot 23 year old plays the role of Alice Cullen, a petite vegetarian vampire who has the power to foresee the future. Perhaps the jewelry she sported on the red carpet has something to do with her psychic abilities. Here’s why. Ancient beliefs relate that subsequent planet movement provided a map of a person’s moods and decision making process.

Consequentially Ashley chose only a single jewelry piece in the form of a black, eclectic stone-studded cuff bracelet by Padma Lakhsmi. The cuff is from a micro collection called Nav which is based around traditional Hindu beliefs, incorporating nine precious stones into one jewelry piece, which represent the nine planets that harness the stones’ energy which is said to give the wearers balance and harmony, as not just one planet is pulling them in one way.

Ashley also shows us that wearing just a single jewelry piece can do wonders to uplift your outfit. No wonder she exuded a mystical power on the red carpet just like her counterpart, Alice Cullen in Twilight who not only foresees the future of every soul on the planet but also has Jasper hooked to her vampire hotness!

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July 16, 2010

Penelope Cruz & Javier Bardem’s Secret Wedding

Actor Javier Bardem (L) arrives with his partner actress Penelope Cruz (R) at the award ceremony of the 63rd Cannes Film Festival in this May 23, 2010 file photo. Spanish actors Bardem and Cruz have joined the ranks of Oscar-winning married couples after tying the knot in the Bahamas earlier this month, according to several celebrity magazines on July 14, 2010.  REUTERS/Yves Herman/Files (FRANCE - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)

From their sizzling performance together, way back in Jamon Jamon to their recent romantic escapades in Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona, it was pretty obvious that the chemistry between Spanish hotties, Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem was brimming over the test tube. Penelope’s luscious lips have always been sealed about their three year romance but the Spanish cat is out of the bag mi chica.

The lovebirds joined the recent host of stars to wed in private and tied the knot at a secret wedding at a friend’s place in the Bahamas this month. Didn’t we see this coming, my pretties, when the beautiful Oscar winner refused to comment on her sparkling Princess Diana-style sapphire and diamond ring in 2009? I’m sure that the ever-present sparkler shone in the Bahamas sun on her engagement finger at the intimate nuptials along with a stunning wedding gown, designed by her dear friend, John Galliano.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 23: Actress Penelope Cruz arrives at the 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on January 23, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Nowadays, more and more star couples are going for less pricey colored gemstones for wedding or engagement rings, replacing the traditional diamond. I wouldn’t ask you to leave out the diamond altogether though. You can give subtle hints to your beau to choose a colored gemstone such as a sapphire, ruby or emerald as the centerpiece and surround it with complementing diamonds or treated cubic zirconium stones for that special ring.

The Spaniards may not be the best conquerors in world history but when it comes to pure refined jewelry hotness, they certainly know what it’s all about. Just ask Penelope & Javier!

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July 13, 2010

Marion Cotillard's Sexy Little Secret

Marion Cotillard attending the premiere of ' Inception ' at the Gaumont Marignan theater, on the Champs Elysee avenue in Paris, France on Jully 10, 2010. Photo by Frederic Nebinger/ABACAPRESS.COM Photo via Newscom

Marion Cotillard is a French actress and she’s a testament to the old saying “beauty & brains.” But she ain’t any normal beauty with brains. She made film history by becoming the first person to win an Academy Award for a French language performance for the movie La Vie en Rose.

She’s been dating Guillaume Canet for 3 years now but the classy French actress has been having frivolous affairs on the side too with Christian Dior, Chopard & Jimmy Choo. They have wooed her with their creations for quite a while and they were last seen, seducing her on the red carpet at the Paris premiere of Inception, Marion’s latest flick with Leonardo DiCaprio.

Jimmy Choo adorned her French feet with beige cutout heels and Chopard kissed her fingers with a beautiful emerald-cut diamond ring. The fact that she chose to wear highly minimal jewelry and nude shoes shows that it was clearly all about the dress that night.

The 35 year old actress looked 25 in an uber-feminine, strapless black and white dress from Dior with a black lace overlay and sweetheart neckline. From what I have seen so far, Marion has always been a fan of classic hairstyles. But this time she sported a sexy pompadour that modernized her retro look.

Marion Cotillard arrives at the French premiere of the film Inception in Paris on July 10, 2010.   UPI/David Silpa Photo via Newscom

I’ll let you in on a little secret. If you’re in a dilemma on how to match jewelry pieces together for your outfit, it’s sometimes best to simply stick to just one piece like Mademoiselle Marion. Because doing so actually highlights that particular jewelry. In Marion’s case, it was her lovely ring from Chopard.

In Inception, Leonardo DiCaprio plays the role of a man who is enlisted to steal secrets within people’s subconscious state of mind. Might I dare say that we have stolen Marion’s little jewelry secret of keeping it simple for maximum exposure? SSHHHHH….

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July 9, 2010

Rihanna's New Boyfriend & Cosmic Jewelry Trend

If you’re planning to read the July issue of Elle magazine then be sure to wear your pair of designer sunglasses. Why? Because the glossy front cover has been transformed into a glittering potpourri of incredibly shiny couture and eye-blinding bling. It looks so dazzling that you might get your hands sprinkled with the star dust.

The only R&B glam diva that could bring the sparkling oomph to any magazine’s front page without looking too over-the-top is none other than the singer of the R-Rated song album, Rihanna.

She looked amazing in a purple and gold beaded silk dress and a gold studded belt from Balmain topped off with smoky eye-makeup. Highly intergalactic I say! She’s famous for stacking her rings and she did it this time too with an emerald ring from Chopard, a diamond, onyx & sapphire ring from Cartier and her own Neil Lane rings.

The three-time Grammy award winner has gotten herself a new dark chocolate hair streak color, a new boyfriend, namely L.A dodger Matt Kemp, and yes, a brand new jewelry trend for fashion-forward bling lovers everywhere: Humongous hoop earrings or what I would like to call, cage earrings, with not one, not two but four large silver hoops on each ear.

It’s good to see that hoop earrings aren’t just a basic accessory anymore but provide a wide scope for fashionable innovation by the likes of music superstars such as Rihanna & Alicia Keys. What I like about the earrings is that they bring the wearer’s outfit to life as the hoops are always on the move, rotating within each other like rings around a planet, which really suited the Barbadian singer’s celestial style as well.

So all you pretty babes out there, the message from the universe has been received: rock it like Rihanna with those fab hoop earrings, because let me tell you, you can never go wrong!

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July 5, 2010

Paris Hilton's True Colors

Socialite Paris Hilton brightened up Robertson Blvd in Los Angeles, California on June 28, 2010 as she shopped around. Paris browsed a clothing store with her sister Nicky Hilton before heading over to the MAC cosmetic store for a few items. Paris rocked the colors of the rainbow in a stripped dress accessorized with a headband, a large colorful necklace that seemed to be apart of the dress, gold heels and a large gold handbag.  Fame Pictures, Inc

Paris Hilton has not always made the right decisions in life. But when it comes to her wardrobe, boy oh boy, the hotel heiress sure knows how to sparkle (almost). She was spotted at Roberstson Boulevard with her sister, Nicky Hilton, in Los Angeles recently, doing what she does best. Shopping of course! But did her dress do her justice?

Paris served as eye candy for the paparazzi, literally, wearing a long rainbow-like striped maxi gown, the colors of which may have been right for the summer but overall, made her look rather like a colorful party balloon or a pregnant woman in her first trimester.

She could have really shined had the dress been converted into a short vibrant tank top, matched with a pair of black-blue denims. Nonetheless her jewelry may have been the saving grace for her, during the diva’s day out.

The multi-millionaress simply could not leave her gold behind as she accessorized with a jeweled headband, chunky gold bracelet & a gold cocktail ring on either hand. And how could one not miss the overpowering multihued bib necklace? The neck piece was without doubt, the showstopper of her look and comprised of a yellow crochet centerpiece surrounded by a combination of colorful crochet designs and large irregular-shaped beads.

Well you certainly need not to be a millionaress to whip on a fancy beaded necklace. Beads are all the rage this summer and they come in various sizes and shapes. You can try a beaded necklace or bracelet that really helps in revealing your playful and fun persona.

As for Paris Hilton who is usually seen in pink, pink & pink, due credit needs to be given for her new fashion efforts. The 70s fashion hippy look suits you girl, but next time, go easy on the stripes!

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July 1, 2010

Lindsay Lohan Reinvents Herself with Leggings and Layered Chains

Keri Hilson’s trend-setting inverted inner wear and chunky chains have seemed to rub off on diva-in-distress, Lindsay Lohan. In her new promotional campaign for her spring/summer 6126 leggings collection, the hard-partying actress actually looked like she may have converted into a chic fashion phoenix. Lohan is set to pose in the nude for a new set of shots for her handbag line but for the leggings collection she was completely clad of course.

The 23 year old showed off her fabulous curves and legs in a white corsette with shiny black leggings. Lindsay darling, don’t you realize that you do look good with your clothes on?! And it looks like her alcohol-monitoring anklet is not the only jewelry that the diva possesses. She nailed it with her bling by following in the footsteps of Keri Hilson, rocking a silver delicate layered necklace that completed her sexy outfit to perfection.

The name of the leggings collection was inspired by sex-symbol, Marilyn Monroe’s birth date, June 1 1926. But let’s hope Lindsay doesn’t parade her way into destruction like the fallen idol. Now all she needs to do is to revive her cherry red hairdo & pre-party monster attitude & she will be on her way to fashion redemption.

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