A Captive Audience

Online poll announces the top ten most iconic dresses of the past fifty years
May 16, 2011, 1:53 am
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Online poll announces the top ten most iconic dresses of the past fifty years – Telegraph.

Hilary Alexander, 19 May 2010

The Top 10 most iconic dresses of the past 50 years:

1. Geri Halliwell – Union Jack dress – 82%

2. Liz Hurley – Versace safety pin dress – 79%

3. Marilyn Monroe – White dress – 74%

4. Audrey Hepburn – Black dress and pearls in Breakfast at Tiffany’s – 67%

5. Lady Gaga – White outfit and wig worn to the Brit Awards – 63%

6. Diana, Princess of Wales – Wedding dress designed by The Emanuel’s – 58%

7. Kylie Minogue – Gold hot pants – 56%

8. Jennifer Lopez – Sheer green Versace dress worn to the Grammys – 53%

9. Björk – Swan dress worn to the Oscars – 49%

10. Cindy Crawford: Red Versace dress worn to the Oscars – 44%


Can a Celebrity Really Ply Fame for Good?
April 23, 2011, 1:12 am
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From Eco Salon

The difference may be in the dollars. While many initially questioned Palin’s credibility as a teen mother promoting abstinence, in between appearing on Dancing with the Stars and partying on private jets, it was her paycheck which caused the world and internet to launch into a toddler-worthy tizzy. The light Palin may or may not have shined on teen pregnancy immediately seemed soiled. After all, why did she have to be paid so much for doing a good deed?

I know this expectation might exist in a world without TMZ.com, but doesn’t it seem like social causes should exist outside a world of money and marketing? As freedom of speech still stands in this country, Bristol Palin has every right to promote her own message. But in the end, how credible can the messenger be when a large cash bonus is involved? What’s more disturbing is that humanitarian efforts or special causes now seem to be more about branding a career than really being, well, humanitarian efforts or special causes.

M.I.A at the Scream Awards
October 19, 2010, 7:28 am
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Dressing Christina Hendricks
September 24, 2010, 1:33 pm
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Christina Hendricks had to BEG for an Emmys gown because she’s too curvy | Mail Online.

Last week, 35-year-old actress Christina Hendricks – the curvaceous, wasp-waisted star of hit U.S. TV series Mad Men – was reported as saying she was struggling to find a designer who would dress her for the red carpet at the Emmys.

‘Not one designer will loan me a dress,’ she told a Scottish newspaper. ‘They only lend out a size zero or a size 2. So I’m still struggling for someone to give me a darn dress!’

Do you need more proof how downright sizeist the fashion world is?

When Hendricks appeared at the Golden Globes earlier this year, the New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn commented: ‘You don’t put a big girl in a big dress.’ Ouch!

Would Horyn be happier if Hendricks stayed at home, hiding her enormous, hideous form in a tracksuit?

Hendricks was fashion roadkill. A misfit.

Lawren Sample has been Hendricks’ stylist for three years. Despite the actress’s extravagant beauty, best supporting actress Emmy nomination, fame and fans, dressing her for the red carpet is never easy.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1309288/Christina-Hendricks-BEG-Emmys-gown-shes-curvy.html#ixzz10SBRUHf6

Melbourne prudes?
September 23, 2010, 12:18 pm
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In this article designer Nurielle claims among her clients international icons such as Paris Hilton and Heidi Klum.  Yet Edelsten’s style is commonly met with derisive comments.  Are Melbournians just being prudish and conservative, as they were in regards to Jean Shrimpton’s mini dress at Derby Day in 1965?

Trompe l’oeil
September 16, 2010, 7:51 am
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1: a style of painting in which objects are depicted with photographically realistic detail; also : the use of similar technique in interior decorating
2: a trompe l’oeil painting or effect
3: something that misleads or deceives the senses : illusion

French trompe-l’œil, literally, deceives the eye

First Known Use: 1889

Football great kicks ethical goal for local label
August 20, 2010, 1:51 am
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Football great kicks ethical goal for local label.

Channel 7 sports reporter and former AFL great, Tim Watson, has found himself in a mini fashion storm following his coverage of a recent Hawks-Bulldogs match at the MCG.

Watson shunned the more familiar black and red of his beloved Bombers and instead sought the cosy warmth and ethical comfort of a red and white ‘Grandpa Scarf’ from local brand, Otto & Spike.

Otto & Spike, a Brunswick-based knitwear label, is accredited with Ethical Clothing Australia and is known for its colourful winter woollies that have a familiar retro aesthetic. The brand also has an environmental bent with a commitment to using remnant and surplus yarn for its ranges.

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