The UK is usually known (to us Americans, anyway) for their racy photo shoots & laid-back attitude surrounding sex. This clearly wasn’t the case for Marc Jacobs’ Oh Lola! perfume ad featuring Dakota Fanning, as it has been banned in the UK:
The new ad features Dakota “sitting provocatively with a perfume bottle between her legs”. Really? How many times have I seen Kate Moss’ nipples? Don’t get me wrong, I adore Kate & ALL her shots but this is more provocative than that? I don’t think so. One of the major issues the UK is having is how young Ms. Fanning looks (although they do recognize this was shot when she was 17 years old). I think the shot is racy but Dakota looks beautiful and I think it’s certainly not distasteful.
From the UK Ad’s Standards Authority: “…the length of her dress, her leg and position of the perfume bottle drew attention to her sexuality. Because of that, along with her appearance, we considered the ad could be seen to sexualize a child”.
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In honor of Anna Wintour’s birthday last week, I was inspired to flip through some old Vogue covers. Growing up, I was always so inspired by Vogue, as I’m sure many of you were as well! Some of my favorites that I came across were:
Claudia Schiffer’s 1989 cover for the mag. Between her hair, exposed shoulder & drop earrings, she is the essence of elegance & beauty. I absolutely love that the high-bun hairstyle is back “in”. It’s simple, easy & fun so take note.
This 1991 cover featuring Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington & Cindy Crawford was issued to celebrate 75 years! All three ladies have graced many vogue covers so it was fitting they chose them for the cover. I adore Christy’s next-to-nothing makeup & Cindy’s full but tidy brows. Both super chic beauty trends!
Who’s more inspirational than a princess? The 1997 cover of Princess Diana is perfect. Her dress is gorgeous, her skin & makeup flawless, making her the definition of beautiful!
Gisele Bundchen’s 2000 cover showed just enough skin to make women every where hit the gym while still keeping Gisele tasteful & classy. What girl isn’t inspired by Gisele? I love the ease of the photo as cover shoots are normally more posed.
I definitely saved the best for last with this 2003 Kate Moss cover. As you already know, I am in love with Kate. She entered the business as a scrawny awkward teenager and has since become one of the top models of our generation. This cover is perfect & goes against the normal “Vogue” grain with a dedication to music & art. Love, love love!
Happy Birthday, Anna! I hope we have many more years with you pouring your soul into our beloved Vogue magazine!
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A friend came to me with a fashion question: Can you wear black & brown together? This is one fashion rule I’m adamant about breaking. After all, two neutral colors have to go together; it’s the whole idea of neutrality. Thankfully, I have a few fashion icons helping me prove this “rule” is outdated:
Lauren’s blouse helped her with her decision to pair black & brown together. The gorgeous flower detail, brown in color, looked amazing paired with open-toed heels & a cute suede purse (both brown, of course). The casual vibe this outfit emits shows the perfect opportunity for color-pairing exploration.
Unlike Lauren’s look above, Kate Moss shows that black & brown go together for a more dressier look, as well. Paired with a great blazer & high-waisted pant, Kate used a brown t-shirt to offset the black-on-black hues.
The ultimate form of the black & brown combo: Leopard print! Heidi Klum displays this amazing design of black & brown so perfectly, & lucky for us, animal-print is definitely in style this season. Take a page from Heidi’s black & brown look-book & pick up some leopard print pieces.
More celebrities like Rachel Bilson, Anne Hathaway & Kristen Bell sport the black & brown look so take a page from their book as well. Try pairing a black dress with a brown leather jacket; black leggings with brown boots or a black sweater with a brown belt cinching the waist. Both colors are complimentary neutrals, so don’t be surprised when they shatter your beloved fashion rule.
Editor’s Note: Thank you so much, Reese, for the awesome idea for this post! I hope this inspires you for many more “mismatching” looks.
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Inspiration is an important word when it comes to personal style. While, for my personal closet, I tend to choose more classic pieces, I am always inspired by the wild looks that come prancing down runways & are seen in over-the-top photo shoots. As most of us do, I have three models who always seem to inspire me whether it be on the runway, walking down the street (thanks, paparazzi) or in a shoot:
Arguably one of the most sought-after models of all time, Kate never ceases to put me in jaw-dropping awe.
Between the beachy waves & next-to-no makeup, I adore the above picture for its most realistic portrayal of natural femininity.
From Victoria’s Secret to Christian Dior, Jessica Stam has graced the runways with her statuesque figure & perfect skin.
Jessica’s glossy pout, sleek pony & smoky eye are the definition of high-fashion.
Similarly to what I love about Kate, Chanel looks her best when she’s fresh-faced and natural, and she’s made a living out of it!
With just a swipe of eyeliner on her top lid, Chanel shows how the simplest touch of makeup can make all the difference.
My hope as the author & editor of this blog is to provide inspiration through fashion, beauty & decor to show that even the most outrageous trends can be used for personal street style with a little confidence & a lot of love.
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