WEDDING OF THE YEAR – George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin

Exclusive details of the legendary wedding finally revealed!

SHE wore a beautiful Oscar de la Renta French lace wedding gown.

HE had Giorgio Armani on.

With over 100 celebrity guests (including queen of fashion Anna Wintour), the three-day extravaganza followed by a civil ceremony in the romantic city of Venice has reportedly cost 13 million dollars.

The new Mrs Clooney became a style icon in no time dressed in numerous high-end fashion ensembles by Alexander McQueen, Giambattista Valli, Stella McCartney and Dolce & Gabbana over the past couple of days.

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Now, that Clooney is off the market we are all wondering.. Who is the new most eligible bachelor in the world?

200 outfits a week – THE BACHELOR AUSTRALIA 2014

One of the most successful reality TV series, The Bachelor Australia is shortly coming to an end. Following the departure of magical Jess last week, there are only three gorgeous ladies left competing for the heart of Mr Right.

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The 24 contestants looked smoking hot from week to week thanks to the program’s head stylist Anne Stringer who was working closely with Capital L Boutique in Paddington Sydney to dress the stunning bachelorettes.

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In an interview with Popsugar she revealed what happens behind the scenes. At the start of filming her team does not less, than 200 outfits a week! Although responding to last-minute requests for outfits to suit the date briefs can be sometimes stressful, I think she still has one of the best jobs in Australia working as fashion stylist for talent shows such as The Voice, X Factor, MasterChef and Australia’s Next Top Model.

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Hand in hand with the hair and makeup team she goes over pretty much every outfit worn by the girls with a great focus on finding the right balance between trying new looks on them and ones they already find comfortable. What a great transformation has Louise gone through lately!

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I’m afraid I can’t even handle the amount of drama we are about to see this week. The smooth bachelor Blake Garvey is going to propose.. but to who?? After their first date I thought that’s it, Jess is the one, stop the show! However, now I am not sure. Sam is following her footsteps with not being ready to rush love and Blake does not like that, so I think it’s going to be either Louise or Lisa.

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What do you think? Who will be the winner of The Bachelor Australia 2014?

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A touch of pink – 30DAYSFAB

Australia’s biggest advertising and retailer initiative is back for the month of September!

30 days of fashion and beauty runway show

Get a glimpse of what’s in store with 30 Days of Fashion & Beauty and register for their exciting events to find out more about the hottest summer trends and latest beauty tips.

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If you missed the fashion parades presented by Australia’s leading magazines this weekend, head to The Grand Social and shop the season’s fresh runway looks online.

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TALULAH Swim & Resort 2014

There is only one thing getting me through the chilly winter mornings.. Dreaming about the swimsuit season!

I can’t stop thinking about tropical florals, flowing silky dresses and sexy bikinis since I’ve seen Talulah’s new Crystal Tropics collection showcased at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week earlier this year. These playful beachside combinations, exciting prints and gorgeous feminine silhouettes are an irresistible invitation to a bohemian exotic holiday.

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Talulah Swim & Resort is available through the TALULAH eBoutique at talulah.com.au, ASOS, selected specialty stores and David Jones.

FASHION WEEKEND – Best runway looks

Shop straight off the catwalk!

Featuring over 100 looks from Australia’s most thought-after fashion designers, Fashion Weekend is Sydney’s best fashion day out. Up to 70% off retail prices, hair and make up bar, 4-5 runway shows a day and a sip of white wine..

What else can a girl wish for:)

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Five tips to get the perfect VINTAGE look

This fashion shoot was a wonderful adventure back in time. I enjoyed every moment making the below classic look come true, as well as putting together a short list of top five style tips.

How to get the glamorous vintage look?

Flawless porcelain skin

Protect your skin against the sun and get a velvet-like feel with the ‘Napoleon Perdis Light Diffusing Makeup’ ($45)

Classically beautiful and naturally shaped eyebrows

Use Maybelline’s ‘Master Shape Brown Pencil’ to create the perfect arch and fullness bringing out the beauty of your eyes ($11.50)

Luscious red lips with a touch of gloss

Finish your makeup with L’Oréal’s ‘Colour Riche Perfect Red’ shade lipstick adding a fabulous contrast to your light skin tone ($21.95)

Perfect curls and waves with a high shine, salon-style finish

For a dramatic look frame your face with sensual waves styling your hair with a ‘GHD V Gold Classic Styler’ ($269)

Buy a timeless vintage dress

Head to Sydney’s most exclusive shopping and runway event and visit Miss Brown’s Vintage Clothing pop-up shop at the Royal Hall of Industries. Fashion Weekend is running from 15-18 May fully packed with the very best of Australian and international designers offering sensational discounts of up to 70% off. Don’t miss out!

* Milly Brown-eMg Models

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More fashion and beauty tips:

6 Face Shapes to Find Your Right Hairstyle

Makeup and Hair Trends from the New York Runways

10 Style Ideas to Steal from New York Fashion Week

Five Major Color Trends for Spring 2013

STREET STYLE and celebrity spotting at Australian Fashion Week

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Rainy weather hasn’t stopped the Australian fashionistas from showing off their schick looks at the biggest event on the style calendar.

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Scroll down to see what Christine Centenera (Fashion Editor Vogue Australia), Margaret Zhang (Shine By Three), Antoinette Koulas (Sydney Fashion Blogger) and Nicole Warne (Gary Pepper Girl) wore.

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More coverage on Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia:

The Innovators Runway Show

The New Generation Runway Show

Lan Yu Bridal Collection

Swimwear Runway Show

Strateas Carlucci Runway Show

Aurelio Costarella Runway Show

THE INNOVATORS wow the fashion crowds

6 TAFE students believed in and followed their dreams.. And they found themselves on the runway of Australia’s most prestigious annual fashion event!

The small group of emerging designers (Hayley Dawson, Kiaya Daniels, Bei Na Wei, Julia Logvin, Ciara Nolan and Yousef Akbar) graduated from the Fashion Design Studio at Sydney Tafe. The leading fashion design institute’s alumni list speaks for itself.. iconic names such as Akira Isogawa, Alex Perry, Nicky Zimmermann, Lisa Ho, Ginger & Smart designer Genevieve Smart, Dion Lee, Romance Was Born designers Luke Sales and Anna Plunkett, Karla Spetic and Dylan Cooper have all began their amazing journey here.

Australia has a proven ability to produce and support world-class fashion designers with Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week providing an excellent opportunity to catch they eye of industry insiders from around the world. Buyers, retailers, celebrities and members of the regional, national and international press are all hunting for the best looks enabling the fresh talent to gain recognition, expand their brand and step on the global stage.

Congratulations!!!  I hope you’ll love my photos as much as I enjoyed taking them.

Keep on following your dreams, believe in yourself and never give up:)

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More coverage on Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia:

The New Generation Runway Show

Lan Yu Bridal Collection

Swimwear Runway Show

Strateas Carlucci Runway Show

Aurelio Costarella Runway Show

Street Style MBFWA

The NEW GENERATION of Australian Fashion

With the absence of some of the industry’s biggest names during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, the Australian Fashion Chamber announced a new initiative to promote and develop Australian fashion design by nurturing young designers both locally and internationally.

The newly formed not-for-profit organization’s Board of Directors will be led by Edwina McCann, Editor-in-Chief Vogue Australia: “The AFC is a welcome addition to Australia’s fashion landscape that will help foster talent and create sustainable, unique and inspiring businesses of which we will all be proud”.

As part of the New Generation platform, IMG has hand-picked upcoming designers to present their Spring/Summer collections with the aim to watch them grow into successful global businesses in just a few short years.

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More coverage on Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia:

The Innovators Runway Show

Lan Yu Bridal Collection

Swimwear Runway Show

Strateas Carlucci Runway Show

Aurelio Costarella Runway Show

Street Style MBFWA

East meets West – LAN YU debuts bridal collection at MBFWA2014

Lan Yu is the first Chinese fashion designer to show at MBFWA. She presented her enchanting bridal collection in ‘The Box” at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia with Jesinta Campbell posing in one of her most remarkable designs.

The ethereal collection featured floating delicate white gowns with crystal embellishments, feminine silhouettes and lots of tulle around the body.

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The fashion installation revealed a breathtakingly beautiful combination of traditional Chinese embroidery and Western couture.

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The young designer has began learning a type of traditional embroidery known as ‘Su Xiu’ from her mother at the age of six, followed by her studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology both in Beijing and New York, where she picked up the best of both worlds delicately balancing exquisite Chinese embroidery techniques with Western structural design and fabrics.

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She is not only the favourite bridal designer for China celebrities but her elegant and mystique designs have been spotted regularly on the red carpet of film festivals all over the world.

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Lan Yu is regarded as one of Asia’s most influential designers and owns an impressive list of awards:

  • ‘China’s Top 10 Designers’
  • ‘Designer with the Highest Media Attention’
  • ‘Asia’s Most Influential Designer’
  • ‘China’s Most Influential Designer’
  • ‘2014 Forbes China 30 Under 30: Rising Stars Of Entrepreneurism In China’

Here is a video of her beautiful work.

I hope today’s fascinating presentation will open up new doors to promote her haute couture works on the international fashion stage.

More coverage on Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia:

Aurelio Costarella Runway Show

Strateas Carlucci Runway Show

The New Generation Runway Show

The Innovators Runway Show

Swimwear Runway Show

Street Style MBFWA

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia – SWIMWEAR 2014/2015

It’s time to focus on the latest beachwear fashion trends of Summer 2014/15.

Bright sunny days, beautiful beaches, sunbaking, swimming, surfing… Here is all you need to enjoy to best of Australian summer!

Flattering styles and photographic prints from the iconic Bondi Beach

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Bold colors and playful prints inspired by summers spent at New Zealand beaches

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Retro and hand-drawn prints reflecting the memories of a recent trip to Italy

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More coverage on Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia:

Aurelio Costarella Runway Show

Strateas Carlucci Runway Show

The New Generation Runway Show

The Innovators Runway Show

Lan Yu Bridal Collection

Street Style MBFWA

STRATEAS.CARLUCCI – Monochrome Magic

Following Aurelio Costarella’s beautiful sorbet colour palette, Strateas Carlucci’s dark mood, sleek styling and strong architectural approach provided quite a contrast. The Australian based label created by Peter Strateas and Mario-Luca Carlucci has been launched in Paris first with the aim to establish themselves in the overseas markets and make their official Australian debut later.

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Although the brand was born just two years ago, they already made a mark on the industry. Their ‘sink or swim’ manoeuvre has paid off and their collections have been picked up by 20 stockists all over the world in Russia, Italy, France, Ukraine, Austria, Bulgaria, Saudi Arabia, Finland, China and Hong Kong.

The label’s vision is to create garments that are timeless through structured and minimal styles. Although the outfits are officially separated into womenswear and menswear on the runway, customers are encouraged to cross gender boundaries and pick out unisex garments from either collections.

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The collection showing yesterday was called ‘Fracture’, reflecting the concept of “fractured forms’ with garments created with a sharp, architectural construction and tailoring.

Their signature jacket is made of kangaroo leather accompanied by thick wools and layers upon layers of dark fabrics on the runway. I like their sleek suits and I am sure that both the international and local market will warmly welcome their clean and minimal aesthetic.

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More coverage on Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia:

Aurelio Costarella Runway Show

The New Generation Runway Show

The Innovators Runway Show

Lan Yu Bridal Collection

Swimwear Runway Show

Street Style MBFWA

AURELIO COSTARELLA – Parisienne Glamour

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2014 has kicked off with an absolutely glamorous contemporary interpretation of classic 1920’s/30’s Parisienne silhouettes showcased by Aurelio Costarella this morning.

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Western-Australia’s most successful designer has named Man Ray and his muses as source of main inspiration behind the collection titled “Solaire” taking us on a ‘journey from delicately pretty to decadently noir.” He swept me off my feet.. I loved those delicate fabrics, pretty colours and feminine silhouettes. Tres jolie!

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The astonishing evening gowns evidenced the strong influence of the most iconic designers living at the turn of the century and the early 1920’s such as:

*Madame Grès – the “grand sphinx” of the haute couture famous for her flowing Grecian-goddess style dresses

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*Sonia Delaunay – noted for her use of strong colours and geometric shapes

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*Madeleine Vionnet – the Queen of the bias cut introducing the revolutionary feminine new look to the world of fashion

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*Paul Poiret – best known for freeing women from corsets and for his unique inventions such as hobble skirts and harem pantaloons

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Apropos corsets and feathers.. Let’s just not write them off yet!

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Aurelio Costarella’s luxurious, sensual but also simple and modern designs have earned a well-deserved reputation for the brand in the world of celebrities. International superstars like Rihanna, Dita von Teese, Eva Mendes, Tyra Banks, Nicole Scherzinger, Dannii Minogue, Geri Haliwell, Natalie Imbruglia and Jennifer Hawkins have all worn his exquisite masterpieces.

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What a remarkable way to celebrate 30 years in the fashion industry!

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More coverage on Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia:

Strateas Carlucci Runway Show

The New Generation Runway Show

The Innovators Runway Show

Lan Yu Bridal Collection

Swimwear Runway Show

Street Style MBFWA

OSCARS 2014 Red Carpet Gallery

This year’s Academy Awards was a triumph for Australians.

Cate Blanchett won the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role for ‘Blue Jasmine’ and Catherine Martin has just made history with the most Academy Awards won by an Australian with her trophies for Best Costume Design as well as Best Production Design for ‘The Great Gatsby’.

If you can’t get enough of her dazzling costumes, tickets are available for the musical Strictly Ballroom directed by her husband Baz Luhrmann.

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Anne Hathaway in Gucci, Oscars 2014

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Meryl Streep in Lanvin, Oscars 2014

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Charlize Theron in Christian Dior, Oscars 2014

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Lupita-Nyongo in Prada, Oscars 2014

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Sandra Bullock in Alexander McQueen, Oscars 2014

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More red carpet fashion:

Valentino, Master of Couture

Venice Film Festival 2012

MTV Movie Awards 2012

Mel B in Dancing with the Stars

GENESIS Fashion Event Sydney 2013

The Genesis runway show held at Byron Kennedy Hall provided an excellent platform for new emerging labels to introduce themselves to the competitive Australian fashion industry.

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The event has been produced by Face Fashion, an organisation established by Sydney based entrepreneurs Marvin Osifo and Eti Amegor with the aim to introduce the next generation of designers to the community, media and fashion savvy consumers. They explore the streets, fashion schools, markets and online world to bring to light the best, upcoming fashion talent that Sydney has to offer.

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The stylish networking lounge and designer booths created a fantastic interacting opportunity for consumers and buyers to get engaged with the top emerging brands showcased over the three-day event.

Get a sneak peek of the fashion crowd arriving to the show:

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And a couple of looks from the debuted new collections:

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Selling dreams: One hundred years of FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY

David Bailey described fashion photography simply as “a portrait of someone wearing a dress”.

Irving Penn however interpreted his work at Vogue as “selling dreams, not clothes”!

Which opinion would you agree with?

Over the last century photographers have continuously pushed boundaries to meet both artistic and commercial demands which generated great creativity and new techniques. These evolving images reflect the changing world around us and the dramatic shift in women’s roles during the 20th century.

Within the frames of the  “Selling Dreams: One Hundred Years of Fashion Photography” exhibition held at the NSW State Library, the glamour and fascinating evolution of fashion photography is captured in 60 iconic images drawn from the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Irving Penn described his work at Vogue as "selling dreams, not clothes"

Irving Penn described his work at Vogue as “selling dreams, not clothes”

Horst P Horst, master of studio lighting: “the lighting for a single image could take three days to perfect”

Horst P Horst: “the lighting for a single image could take three days to perfect”

Richard Avedon paying homage to Martin Munkacsi: "Never pose your subjects. Let them move around naturally. All great photographs today are snapshots”

Richard Avedon paying homage to Martin Munkacsi: “Never pose your subjects. Let them move around naturally. All great photographs today are snapshots”

If you are interested in learning more about the start of a glittering new century, the battle of making art versus showing buttons and
bows instead, if you would like to know when were studio backdrops replaced by city skylines or how has the society’s attitude changed towards femininity, don’t hesitate to make your way to the NSW State Library. “Selling Dreams: One Hundred Years of Fashion Photography” ends on the 10th of November 2013. Admission to the exhibition is free.

More photo exhibition teasers:

Time in Motion – Ballet Costumes and Pointe Shoes

The Chanel Photo Exhibition in Sydney

Old Paris Came to Sydney

Unseen Photographs of Alexander McQueen

Unseen Photographs of Marilyn Monroe

30 Days of Fashion and Beauty – BRIDAL glamour

Knowing the place and time of your wedding but having problems with envisioning your dress? Have a look at a variety of flattering shapes guaranteed to put your wedding guests into an awe of your beauty as you walk down the aisle. Australia’s number one bridal magazine, Cosmopolitan Bride showcased some of the hottest designs for the upcoming season. Choose the one which fits your personality and don’t forget, you will be beautiful ..no matter what!

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50 shades of PINK

30 days of Fashion and Beauty kicked off with a stunning collection of pink and red dresses gracing the runway last Saturday.

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Following the parade, seven of the gorgeous dresses  (some on the picture below) have been put up for auction supporting Priceline’s Sisterhood charities. If you would like to own a one-of-a-kind designer dress created by top Australian designers such as Alex Perry, Alice McCall, Jayson Brundson, Leona Edmiston, Karla Spetic, Watson X Watson and Wayne Cooper, head to eBay and start bidding as the auction runs till 10th of September only.

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KARDASHIAN KOLLECTION hits the runway for the first time

Following the tremendous success of Kardashian Kollection handbags, denim, accessories and hosiery ranges in Australia, the three Kardhasian musketeers, Kim, Kourtney and Khloe have hit the market with their ready-to-wear range last night at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival debuting at the brand’s first ever runway show in Australia. I couldn’t miss it, with my camera in hand:

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Backstage – Makeup room

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Models waiting to be glammed up for the show

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This season’s makeup trend

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Looks embracing feminine curves

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Black and white conquers

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With a little bit of jungle feel

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Nice decent size Kardhasian handbags

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Bravo, I liked it too!

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Grace Kelly meets Geisha – my personal favourite of MBFWA

Maticevski’s classical 50’s inspired designs took us back to the feminine and elegant world of beautiful delicate flower bags and New Look silhouettes. It was dramatic and divine.

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Look, who’s in the middle! :)

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My vote goes to Toni Maticevski. For the second consecutive year.

Backstage @ ALEX PERRY

Industry heavyweight fashion designer Alex Perry returned to MBFWA to unveil his fresh and sexy new youth line.

The show was one of the biggest hits of the Fashion Week. I loved his venue selection (the loading dock of Carriageworks) and the luxurious brocades, not to mention the superhot tigh-high lace up boots by Tony Bianco.

Congrats for the great presentation and to the people working hard on making it happen!

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And the fabulous end result:

Behind the scenes of Mercedes-Benz FASHION WEEK AUSTRALIA 2013

Check out my favourite snapshots taken at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia this year. What a fantastic event it was!

Bec and Bridge on the runway:

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The beautiful Bec and Bridge girls backstage after the show:

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Beauty team in action:

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By Johnny – before the doors open:

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By Johnny – models lining up for the show:

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Lara Karamian show producer promoting Chic Management with the Talulah models:

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Talulah runway show rehearsal:

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Maticevski – a rack of garments waiting for dressers and models to arrive:

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Media backstage – fully packed for Maticevski:

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Spring glamour by Aje:

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Another show location – The Runway:

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We Are Handsome – marching straight towards Miami:

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Watson x Watson finale:

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The rebranded Haryono Setiadi collection:

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Modern designs by Staple the Label:

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia ONE DAY AWAY

Fashion’s new home, Carriageworks opens its doors tomorrow with Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week held from 8 to 12 April.  As IMG Fashion announced, the atmospheric former Eveleigh rail yards currently operating as a vibrant hub of arts and culture is an ideal venue offering plenty of space to deliver global production standards.

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Three generous locations, The Box, The Runway and The Theatre will provide an excellent opportunity for designers not only to launch their new season’s collections but also to do business and network with clients and other industry professionals.

Joining the major sponsor Mercedes-Benz, the NSW Government takes an active part in promoting the event with the hope that by increasing local and international buyer attendance, the Fashion Week will make a positive economic impact on both the Australian fashion industry and Sydney as an attractive destination.

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The five-day long glamorous event will be opened by Camilla and Marc, followed by Aurelio CostarellaBec and BridgeChristopher EsberWhite SandsBy Johnny and Australia’s most iconic fashion designer Alex Perry.

BEST OF MILAN Fall 2013 – the beanie conquers

There is a certain allure shining through the collections of the most notable Italian fashion houses.. Always one of my favourites to look at!

For this fall, the models in Milan are not only taking us into their designers’ unique world but also show us a good example on how to keep our pretty head warm for winter. Lots of beanies, lots of  designs to choose from for absolutely any taste and style.

Fur babushkas “Eastern European grandma” style from Ermanno Scervino:

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Scotland Yard helmets from Moschino:

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1940’s  ten-gallon fedoras from Dsquared:

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Cathedral mosaics inspired crowned saints by Dolce&Gabbana:

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Classic Russian style Cossack headgears from Giorgio Armani:

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Soft and feminine cloche hats by Emporio Armani:

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Oversized riding helmets from Sergei Grinko:

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More on the latest international fashion trends:

Trend Spotting at New York Fashion Week

Highlights of Paris Haute Couture

Menswear Fashion Trends from Paris

80s Sexiness from Jean Paul Gaultier

Retro from Louis Vuitton

Bees and Crinoline from Alexander McQueen

60s Fashion from Milan

Updates from the FASHION CAPITAL OF THE WORLD

Did you know that in 2012 London has been named global fashion capital of the world for the second consecutive year? I didn’t. I really thought it’s New York!

A company called GLM specializing in global internet and social media analysis tells us what the world is thinking. Studying printed and electronic global media to see which cities gain the most interest and coverage, New York is placed only second on the list, followed by Barcelona, Paris and Madrid.

Although Paris is placed third on the list, it is ranked at number one for Haute Couture. That’s no surprise. However Milan, one of the four main Fashion Week locations, came in only eighth. Interesting!

So what makes London deserve the global fashion crown for two years in a row?

GLM has also published the “Top Phrases of 2011”, which reveals the secret: the second phrase on the list was Royal Wedding, the wedding of Kate Middleton and  Prince William that captivated millions around the world.

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Let me go further with the “Top Names of 2011”: the sixth place is occupied by no one else than Kate Middleton who simply enchanted the world with her elegance and style and continues to do so as the Duchess of Cambridge!

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By the way, the Olympics has also helped London retain the title for the second year overtaking New York, who had maintained the premiere position for several years earlier.

And the new Burberry Prorsum collection for Fall 2013 showcased as part of the London Fashion Week in February wasn’t that bad either!

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The hottest front-row line up of the Burberry show would not have  been complete without US Vogue editor

Anna Wintour and her two pretty nieces:

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What do you think, which city will be the Top Global Fashion Capital this year in August 2013?

Trend and celebrity spotting at NEW YORK FASHION WEEK

Not even a blizzard could stop celebrities from invading Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week couple of weeks ago to see what’s hot in New York.

Uma Thurman for instance sat front row at the Donna Karan show featuring mainly dark colors and lots of layering as one of the main fashion trends for Fall 2013:

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Uma Thurman with designer Donna Karan after the show:

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Matt Damon and his wife were also sitting front row to see the luxurious hand-embroidered silver and gold flowing gowns of  Naeem Khan:

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Marc Jacobs brought back the 70’s glam with his high-waisted hot pants and shiny metallic fabrics:

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Miley Cyrus with designer Marc Jacobs:

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Houndstooth, Prince of Wales checks and pinstripes prints attracted not else than Julianne Moore and her husband attending the Tommy Hilfiger show:

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Kenneth Cole’s burgundy leather gloves with matching shoes and bags have finally spiced up not only next fall’s monochromatic black, grey and white color palette, but also Cuba Gooding Jr’s day at the Fashion Week.

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Another more than welcomed bright color, peacock-blue at the Michael Kors fashion show, again with matching shoes and bag:

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Michael Douglas and Hilary Swank representing the celebrity line at the Michael Kors Fall 2013 fashion show:

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More on the latest international fashion trends:

Highlights of Paris Haute Couture

Menswear Fashion Trends from Paris

80s Sexiness from Jean Paul Gaultier

Retro from Louis Vuitton

Bees and Crinoline from Alexander McQueen

60s Fashion from Milan

Best of Milan – The Beanie Conquers

Fashion PALETTE Australia Spring 2013 Runway

Established in 2009 in Sydney Australia, Fashion Palette is an all inclusive fashion showcase providing various opportunities for the Australian fashion community to come together and celebrate Australia’s established and emerging talent.

10 of Australia’s top talents promoted by the event will travel this year to New York to elevate their labels to an international level. I really enjoyed taking photos of their collections and wish all the best for them in their attempt to succeed in the big apple.


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Highlights of Paris HAUTE COUTURE Fashion Week S/S 2013

While traffic was slowly strolling down the snow-covered Champs Elysées, high fashion has bloomed all over the spring/summer haute couture fashion show catwalks in Paris.

The romantic garden sets, dreamy and extravagant collections presented by well-known prestigious haute couture houses have definitely made an impression. I’m sure they have not only taken me to a fantasy world but a number of celebrity stylists as well, hunting for the perfect red carpet look for their high-profile Hollywood clients.

Zuhair Murad and his breathtakingly beautiful Goddess gowns:

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Elie Saab, another potential winner for Oscar dresses:

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Exquisitely crafted, magical Valentino:

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Tulle-embellished wonders from Giambattista Valli:

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A beautiful flowery breath of spring by Dior:

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Another romantic garden set picked by Karl Lagerfeld to present his Gothic “craziness with discipline”:

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Extravaganza by Jean Paul Gaultier, the famous cone bra is back:

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And last but  not least the refreshingly unique collection from Armani Privé:

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This one certainly ticks the sexy elegance box for me..  No surprise Uma Thurman and Hilary Swank sat in the front row of the show!

More on the latest international fashion trends:

Trend Spotting at New York Fashion Week

Menswear Fashion Trends from Paris

80s Sexiness from Jean Paul Gaultier

Retro from Louis Vuitton

Bees and Crinoline from Alexander McQueen

60s Fashion from Milan

Best of Milan – The Beanie Conquers

A/W 2013 MENSWEAR FASHION TRENDS from Paris

Although the new menswear trends from Paris have obviously been inspired by military silhouettes, I must say Gentlemen, there is not too much masculinity involved! I hope therefore that you are ready to embrace your inner self as the commanding male power dominating your outer appearance.. :)

1) Glossy fabrics including leather

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2) Discreet color palette – grey, dark blue, black and white

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3) Winter coats with belt

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4) Quilted jackets

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5) Hooded parkas

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6) Geometrical symbols

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More on the latest international fashion trends:

Trend Spotting at New York Fashion Week

Highlights of Paris Haute Couture

80s Sexiness from Jean Paul Gaultier

Retro from Louis Vuitton

Bees and Crinoline from Alexander McQueen

60s Fashion from Milan

Best of Milan – The Beanie Conquers

BALLET COSTUMES and pointe shoes

For those who are constantly tuned on arts, beauty and fashion, there is always a new adventure waiting on every corner.

Like the free “Time in Motion” exhibition at the Sate Library of NSW,  presenting rarely seen photographs, early footage, designs and beautiful ballet costumes guiding us through the 50 years long history of national ballet.

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The Australian Ballet took its first steps with the 19th century classic Swan Lake at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Sydney on 2 November 1962. The tradition of  international touring began soon after in 1965, with the first major visit to the United Kingdom, Europe and America. Today, The Australian Ballet presents approximately 200 performances annually throughout Australia and abroad, making it one of the busiest companies in the world.

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Visitors arriving to the exhibition can have a closer look at not only the sketches of famous female characters’ costumes but some of the designs are also displayed themselves, including head pieces and pointe shoes signed and worn by highly successful dancers of the world. I finished off my tour with an enchanting film clip getting lost in of the world’s most beloved ballet, the Swan Lake.

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50 Years of  The Australian Ballet

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12 November 2012 – 10 February 2013

More photo exhibition teasers:

One Hundred Years of Fashion Photography

The Chanel Photo Exhibition in Sydney

Old Paris Came to Sydney

Unseen Photographs of Alexander McQueen

Unseen Photographs of Marilyn Monroe

Opera singers in VIVIENNE WESTWOOD couture

Sydney Festival

Sydney is truly home to excitement and drama in January.

Australia’s largest annual arts event – Sydney Festival 2013 – has transformed Sydney Town Hall into a spectacular location to host a  unique musical and visual collaboration we rarely get a chance to see.  Opera singers all dressed up in crazy outfits designed by the mother of punk, Vivienne Westwood!

After premiering at the Herrenhausen Festival in Germany,  Semele Walk arrived to Sydney opening the doors for this one-of-a-kind music theater created for hungry fashionistas and opera lovers.

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Imagine listening to arias performed by singers mingling with models on the catwalk, all wearing giant platform shoes, extravagant clothes and dramatic hairstyles.

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I never stopped being surprised during the evening. I have hardly digested the fact that an 18th century baroque opera written by George Frideric Händel merges with haute couture fashion from the 21st century, when the musicians and conductor actually also came on stage and took part in the show. On the top of this, at a certain point even the members of the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs revealed themselves sitting in the audience turning into wonderful solos!

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“The music is from a really adven­tur­ous Berlin cham­ber ensem­ble called Kalei­doskop – they play clas­si­cal music but they’re actu­ally really adven­tur­ous and don’t mind try­ing to mix say Han­del music with some punk. So it was their idea to team up with West­wood to do this ver­sion of  Han­del’s opera, Semele. The col­lab­o­ra­tion resulted in a vision to actu­ally stage the opera as a fash­ion walk so what you get is a huge fash­ion parade cel­e­brat­ing both Westwood’s designs and the opera itself.” -reveals Syd­ney Fes­ti­val Direc­tor in an interview to the Fashion Journal.

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I hope too that the fashion opera becomes a tradition in Sydney, big thanks to the Festival organisers for this amazing experience.

Forbes Magazine’s 3 MOST POWERFUL WOMEN in fashion

 

Let’s start the New Year with celebrating the most successful women in fashion!

Based on their visibility and economic impact the most notable entries in 2012 were Diane von Furstenberg earning the 33rd place, Anna Wintour coming in the 51st place and Miuccia Prada ranked at no. 67. What kind of influence do these women have on the global community and what kind of attributes do they need to possess in order to make the prestigious list?

Diane von Furstenberg (33rd place)

“The most marketable woman since Coco Chanel.” 

Her father emigrated from Russia, her mother was from Greece, she was born in Belgium, but she was studying in England and Switzerland until she gained American citizenship due to her second marriage and has become “something of American fashion’s godmother”. She initially rose to prominence when she married the German prince Egon of Furstenberg and began to design clothes in 1970.

“The minute I knew I was about to be Egon’s wife, I decided to have a career. I wanted to be someone of my own, and not just a plain little girl who got married beyond her desserts.” -and she did it. Aiming to create her own fame, she introduced the iconic wrap dress which- due to its influence on women’s fashion- is already in the collection of the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. After the phenomenal success of the wrap dress she launched a cosmetic line and her first fragrance, she founded a publishing house, published her business memoirs, launched her jewelry, scarf and beachwear collection, later her first children collection and became director of the Furstenberg Family Foundation that provides philanthropic support to a large number of non-profit organizations.

In 2005, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) awarded her the Lifetime Achievement Award and the following year named her as their president, a position she has held since 2006. On the top of her outstanding achievements described above, I think this is the role which gained her the remarkable 33rd place on the Forbes list of 2012 as CFDA plays a significant role in furthering the career of its members, promoting the appreciation of fashion as an art, nurturing the development of the American fashion industry’s future designers and mobilizes its membership to support important charitable causes such as fight against breast cancer and AIDS.

Anna Wintour (51st place)

“The most powerful woman in the fashion world”

Anna Wintour is the editor-in-chief of American Vogue, holding the position for 24 years now. She was born in London to a father who was the editor of the Evening Standard setting her career goals in fashion at a very early age. She always knew what she wanted and did everything she had to in order to reach her goals since she was 15. She had a quite exciting career and private life before acquiring her current status in the world of fashion.  The Guardian has called her the “unofficial mayoress” of New York City. She sets the trends and it seems it’s worth to maintain a good nexus with her as she can make some powerful decisions influencing one’s future success. For instance during The Devil Wears Prada’s production, she was reportedly promising prominent fashion personalities, particularly designers, that Vogue would not cover them if they made cameo appearances in the movie as themselves. The film is based on a novel written by a former Wintour assistant at Vogue with the main character borrowing some aspects of Anna Wintour’s cold and demanding personality.

She is definitely a remarkable woman from a lot of  perspectives. She has reformed the approach to magazine covers and began a CFDA/Vogue Fund to encourage, support and mentor unknown young fashion designers. She is also a philanthropist organizing funds for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and AIDS charities.

Miuccia Prada (67th place)

“The anti-glam fashion queen”

Haven’t we just mentioned “The Devil Wears Prada?” Well, here’s the Prada part. :)

The Italian House of Prada was founded in 1913 by Miuccia’s grandfather, Mario Prada, manufacturing luxury leather bags. Miuccia took over the family business with her husband, Patrizio Bertelli in 1978 and turned it into a multi-billion dollar fashion powerhouse. With her husband as the business force in the company, Miuccia introduced her ready-to-wear women and men collections and became known for her minimalist designs, sometimes she calls “uniforms”. At the beginning she wasn’t very much into fashion but rather politics. How many fashion designers have you met who graduated with a PhD in political science? And she was even member of the Communist Party fighting for the women’s right during the seventies in Milan. Just like her colors on the runway, she is not too eccentric. She is the confident, intellectual, modest working woman who offers a refined elegance to her followers. Instead of the industry trend promoting very feminine looks, Miuccia Prada sells comfortable luxury with big loose garments hiding the body, clean simple lines and quality.

This approach must work well as in the 1980’s the company started to expand globally, devouring labels such as Fendi and Jil Sander and launching a shoe line. Miu Miu was also introduced in 1992 as a less expensive women’s wear line that was inspired by Miuccia’s personal wardrobe and nickname. The company is now looking for an increased sales in Asia with a smartly designed Japanese inspired collection introduced at the Milan Fashion week. I was wondering, why is she hailed as a fashion trend-setter, why are other designers turning to her for inspiration, what’s her secret?

She is usually the leading power for other houses because she wants to go forward and avoids nostalgia. She has a rebel hidden in herself who is brave enough to always create something modern and does not go with the flow. Her unique voice seems to captivate the attention of women all over Europe and the world.

However, trendsetting or no trendsetting, I am not willing to wear socks with platform sandals, sorry! :)

Three extremely successful women with three different personalities and backgrounds. What do they have in common?

They are all strong-minded characters with an ability to make fearless decisions and to creatively re-invent themselves on a constant basis. They also possess the skill of a visionary in terms of being able to identify major trends that the audience of the fashion world might like in the future. They are simply a step ahead of others. It’s called X-factor, isn’t it?

More on powerful women in fashion:

Grace Coddington’s Memoir

Supermodels Then and Now

Fashion Editors Became the New Celebrities

The Iron Lady’s Power Suits on Sale

Is the Queen Fashionable in Australia?

6 face shapes to find your right HAIRSTYLE

Don’t stress about your New Year’s Eve hairdo! Here are a couple of useful tips on how to find the perfect party look:

The right hairstyle flatters the face. It can emphasize the perfect shape, or it can minimize all the defects giving an illusion of perfection. If we are eager to know more about the most suitable style, we need to study the bone structure of our head and face first. Hair is the frame which enhances the eyes, skin, make-up and clothing, and we can only reach the most perfect result when each component comes together into one amazing composition.

The basic face shapes

1. Oval

This is the perfect shape, simply because its overall width and length are ideal. Any kind of styling, short, long blends beautifully with the perfect bone structure and it is immediately flattering. The hair can be parted at the side, centre, or swept away boldly from the forehead. A celebrity example of this face shape is Kate Moss, who demonstrates how versatile this face shape is with her ever-changing range of style and cuts.

2. Oblong

The oblong or long square face has forehead, cheekbones and jaw line of almost equal width. Choose a style that adds softness and width to minimize length. Hair should be taken on to the face rather than away from it. Shortening the face with a fringe with the length at the sides rounding to about jaw length is a great alternative to create an oval shape. Paris Hilton is a fantastic example wearing cuts with bangs and curls which are flattering on a long face.

3. Round

A round hairline, low forehead and rounded cheeks are the usual characteristics of a round face. The goal here is to create an oval by adding height and keeping sides close to the face. Check out how Cameron Diaz wears her long hair straight creating the illusion of length in the face as the straight hair does not add body to the sides of her face.

4. Square

A square face usually has the chin and jaw line almost as wide as the forehead. Therefore a style must be chosen to emphasize length and soften the geometric shape. Demi Moore’s a classic square face. Her hair is never shorter than her collarbone.

5. Heart

Medium length hair with a bob shape is ideal for this pretty face as it fills the gap at jaw level. Reese Witherspoon owns one of the most famous heart-shaped faces. And she knows it. She wears shoulder-length bobs, long waves and side-swept bangs to compensate her heavier forehead and pointy chin. Great hairstyles to draw the attention towards the eyes instead.

6. Triangle

The triangle is opposite of heart-shaped and is referred to as being “pear-shaped” since the area around the jaw level is the widest. Choose hairstyles which emphasize and give width at the temples and avoid longer hair with any fluffiness around the ears as this will widen and emphasize the lower part of the face. Minnie Driver is a great example of triangle face. Waves in her hair and a heavier top help a lot with softening her strong face shape.

More fashion and beauty tips:

Five Tips to Get the Perfect Vintage Look

Makeup and Hair Trends from the New York Runways

10 Style Ideas to Steal from New York Fashion Week

Five Major Color Trends for Spring 2013

Grace Coddington’s MEMOIR

A memoir

Fans bought between 400 and 500 books within 45 minutes when her autobiography was recently released. Fabulous modelling career for Vogue at the age of 17, a terrible car accident at the age of 26, a whole new career as British Vogue’s Junior Editor at the age of 28 and a legendary life as Creative Director to US Vogue from the age of 47 working side by side with Anna Wintour. Sounds ‘slightly’ interesting, doesn’t it?

Grace Coddington with her Memoir in hand

She became visible to the public  in 2009 with the release of  “The September Issue”, a fly-on-the-wall documentary about the making of the September 2007 issue of Vogue and quickly transformed from one of the most quietly influential people in the  industry into one of its highly popular celebrities.