Category Archives: Celebrity Fashion

New Zealand Top Model – Episode 2

I taped NZ Top Model last night and just watched it. This is always a favourite episode – the makeover. Of course, there were tears – Tyne Aitken’s – but mostly the girls were enthusiastic about the chance to be transformed from girls to potential models. For some, the change was minor, for others massive. Hilary went from bleached blonde to very dark and super short. Yanna went from long brown hair to short almost black. Tyne went from long, straight, nondescript hair to short and stylish but she wasn’t so sure – hence the tears. Isabel had part of her head shaved and loved it.
 The photo shoot was an advertisement for Temptation icecream and, while some girls shone, others faltered and lack-lustre photos resulted with no personality shining through.
And now for the results in order from best photo to the unfortunate girl who was eliminated:

Yanna Hampe

Yanna Hampe

Tyne Aitken

Tyne Aitken

Holly Reid

Holly Reid

Aroha Newby

Aroha Newby

Arihana Taiaroa

Arihana Taiaroa

Isabel Thorpe

Isabel Thorpe

Hillary Cross

Hillary Cross

Brigette Thomas

Brigette Thomas

Amber Douglas

Amber Douglas

Rosanagh Wypych

Rosanagh Wypych

Bianca Cutts-Karaman

Bianca Cutts-Karaman

Asher-Jane Moore

Asher-Jane Moore

Briana Allen

Briana Allen

And Now, the shock elimination. She was strong last week and, for me, a front runner but one bad photo and she is gone. I think she was as shocked as I was. She was the oldest model at 23 and hopefully that didn’t go against her. She is an exotic beauty and I would have liked to see more of her.

Aminah Mohamed

Aminah Mohamed

CFDA Awards – from long gowns to trousers suits

Even the designers we love have their own awards and I guess everyone thinks very carefully about what to wear on this special night. There’s a wide variety of outfits worn for this most designer of events.
Below are a few I have chosen for various reasons.
Jessica Alba and Sarah Jessica Parker
Look at these gorgeous colours on Sarah Jessica Parker and the wonderfully pregnant Jessica Alba.
Leelee Sobieski, Kirsten Dunst
Trousers suits represent the height of fashion for Leelee Sobieski and Kirsten Dunst.
Miranda Kerr, Lucy Liu
Black it is for new mother Miranda Kerr and Lucy Liu.

Marcia Cross and Naomi Watts chose to sparkle in their shiny gowns.

Lady Gaga

And as for Lady Gaga who won the Fashion Icon Award, you have to give her props for staying upright on those shoes.

Celebrities in Denim

Emma Rossum, Kim Kardashian, Kate Middleton, Kate Bosworth

In 1853, the California gold rush was in full swing, and everyday items were in short supply. Levi Strauss, a 24-year-old German immigrant, left New York for San Francisco with a small supply of dry goods with the intention of opening a branch of his brother’s New York dry goods business. Shortly after his arrival, a prospector wanted to know what Mr. Strauss was selling. When Strauss told him he had rough canvas to use for tents and wagon covers, the prospector said, “You should have brought pants!,” saying he couldn’t find a pair of pants strong enough to last.

Levi Strauss had the canvas made into waist overalls. Miners liked the pants, but complained that they tended to chafe. Levi Strauss substituted a twilled cotton cloth from France called “serge de Nimes.” The fabric later became known as denim and the pants were nicknamed blue jeans.

In 1873, Levi Strauss & Company began using the pocket stitch design. Levi Strauss and Nevada tailor David Jacobs co-patented the process of putting rivets in pants for strength. On May 20, 1873, they received U.S.Patent No.139,121. This date is now considered the official birthday of “blue jeans.” Source.

Since then denim has mutated through time to become what it is today – an element of fashion which is forever on trend.

I had a look on Trademe and came up with the following garments.

Trademe Denim

Here are the links:

Classic jacket from Workshop size 8

Dress with denim bodice Size 16

Miss Sixty Luxury Jacket Size 10 (top right)

Supre dress Size 8 (bottom left)

Karen Walker mini skirt Size 8

Rockabilly skirt Size 12

Pregnant Celebrities

Pregnant Victoria Beckham

Pregnant Jessica Alba

Pregnant Tori SpellingPregnant Natalie PortmanPregnant January JonesPregnant Kate HudsonPregnant Jennifer ConnellyPregnant Selma Blair

Look at these gorgeous pregnant women! They bring a smile to my face. I enjoyed being pregnant and loved my growing tummy. It is a blissful time before the massive change which is to come once that baby is welcomed into the world.

2011 Billboard Music Awards – Women in Black

Fergie, Michelle Williams, Selena Gomez and Beyonce – all dressed in black for the 2011 Billboard Music Awards. Despite all the colour around right now, black still trumps at any of these events and you can’t beat it for elegance. Short, long, slim or full, you can put your own spin on it to suit your personal style and still look great. That’s why we so often return to it after the occasional venture into colour.

Cannes Film Festival 2011 – Cinema Against AIDS Gala

Bar Rafaeli

Wow! Look at all these pale beauties. There’s a complete lack of colour and yet the glamour is certainly there. With these enchanting dresses, there is no need for much jewellery and in fact few of them wear very much adornment at all. I think my favourite is Michelle’s with the slight hint of pink. On most of us, a garment like this would show too many faults but with a body like hers, this is perfection.

Source of images: Zimbio

Cannes Film Festival 2011 – Chiffon Galore

The Cannes Film Festival lasts for several days so here is another selection of  celebrity couture. Chiffon seems to have played a big part in the choice of evening gowns and I have chosen those that stand out. I’m not too sure about Sarah Jessica Parker’s gown but it sure is full and colorful. The others are all spectacular.

Cannes Film Festival 2011 – Full Skirts

The Cannes Film Festival is always a chance for celebrities to show off the latest designer fashion. Each star will be seen in a variety of outfits over the days of the festival and I can only imagine the fun involved in getting those wardrobes together. There is a definite leaning towards the fitted bodice and full skirt look as evidenced above. Okay, so Rachel McAdam’s skirt is not full but it is too cute to leave out. This style is such a great throwback to the fifties though there’s not a bobby sock in sight, only fabulous shoes.

2011 Robin Hood Foundation Annual Gala

Celebrities at the 2011 Robin Hood Foundation Annual Gala on Monday: from top left the worryingly thin Catherine Zeta Jones, Kerry Washington, Sarah Jessica Parker (with the poofiest hair since Barbie),  gorgeous Melania Trump, an elegantly pregnant Thalia Motola, statuesque Gisele Bundchen and Kelly Ripa.

63rd annual Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

What fabulous fairytale garments! I have picked out my favorites with one exception and it is probably the worst of the evening. Guess which one it is.

Starting from the top left is: Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Lopez (Gucci), Hailee Steinfeld (Stella McCartney), Diane Kruger (Jason Wu), Naomi Campbell, Demi Moore (Prabal Gurung) and Taylor Swift (J. Mendel).