Evol Heist ‘Death Grip’ Skeleton Bracelet.
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When the Dsquared "Spine Heels" showed up on girl Ciara, we were oddly entranced and slightly grossed out in a fun way. Yes, the bony heel felt like it was trying too hard, but it also made a bit of sense. But when worn as a meta-statement outlining your actual skeleton (YOUR INSIDE IS BEING WORN ON YOUR OUTSIDE), like this incredible laser cut-out hand armor (?) from Evol Heist, it is impossible not to notice: bones are where the heart is. And with eyes and skulls being a thing, designers of the raddest sort are wondering why not bones? Those sticky, structural-but-not-geometric internal structural beams point out what sickly, organic meatbags we all actually are. And now that we've got bones on the brain, we see them everywhere we go.
Beyoncé performing at the Glastonbury Festival, June 26, 2011, Gwen Stefani at Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2011, and Rihanna performing during her Loud tour in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on June 16, 2011.
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Make no mistake: Sometimes I'm frustrated to be shackled to my arsenal of heated hair wands. I'm a curly girl fiending for the smoothness of a well-ironed strand and have surely spent (or wasted, depending on your point of view) at least a year of my life in front of the mirror perfecting the craft. Really, you should see my biceps. BUT I might be convinced to turn over a new leaf based on the showstopping volumized 'dos that are trending lately à la Beyoncé at Glastonbury earlier this week, Gwen Stefani at Cannes last month, and Rihanna ruling hard on her Loud tour. YUM.
Ashley Bell, Emma Watson, and Katie Cassidy at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards in Universal City, California on June 5, 2011.
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Nothing quite says, "Summer's Here" like a perfectly fitted crisp white dress. Ashley Bell, Emma Watson, and Katie Cassidy all sported summery ensembles that popped on the MTV Movie Awards red carpet without looking like brides-to-be. Each gorgeous lady kept their accessories minimal and let their intricate gowns do ALL the talking.
The Last Exorcism star and Best Scared-As-S**t Performance nominee Ashley Bell opted for a lace overlay Club Monaco dress with an incredibly flattering sweetheart neckline and soft pleats, which oozed youthful gorgeousness. She swept her hair up in a loose side chignon to show off her to-die-for décolletage and accessorized with white and gold drop earrings, gold bangles, and a gold ring. The best part? Her SHOES!! Her beige satin platform peep-toe ankle-strap pumps give us juuuust a hint of sexy in her sweet ensemble, which we LOVE.
Ginnifer Goodwin goes pale with her pixie cut at the Met Gala, Kelly Rowland has purple peepers at the Billboard Awards, Katy Perry stays bright on the Grammy red carpets.
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We'd like to think the Movie Awards are thee premiere red carpet event of the summer, and it's especially excellent to see stars getting their laid-back game on right in the L.A. heat. The guys and the gals both get a little more funky on our red carpet, and after perusing the awards show trends of the last few months, we have some Technicolored predictions to make about the beauty vibe at the Gibson Amphitheatre. When competing with idols such as Kristen and James or Selena and Justin, one must come most correctly: So from poppy pastel eyes and lips that can be seen for miles, we've got our beauty trend picks laid out for Sunday night.
Cheryl Cole at 'The X Factor' in L.A. on May 8, Olivia Palermo at a 'Henry's Crime' screening in New York on April 4, and Sarah Jessica Parker at the Robin Hood Foundation gala in New York on May 9.
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So, this is happening. In a real Fugu-like display, it seems teasing-the-hair-on-the-crown-of-your-head-until-a-monstrously-large-follicle-dome-floats-several-inches-above-like-a-spun-sugar-halo, is the hottest new 'do. Every one from "The X Factor"'s Cheryl Cole to fashion plates, Olivia Palermo and Sarah Jessica Parker, have succumbed to the too-enticing temptations of looking like some Southern televangelist's child bride.
It's so weird, right? All three of these women are beautiful. And incredibly stylish. I literally cannot remember the last time Palermo caught a style L. And while SJP takes hella fashion risks, it pays off more frequently than it doesn't, and usually her hair looks pristine. Inconceivable. They all come from divergent backgrounds and enjoy completely different careers and yet, here they are, sporting Rodeo-lady hair to occasions that feature multiple photographers. Were they all just feeling a little extra-kicky or retro that day? Were they all previously at respective al fresco costume luncheons that featured burnt orange Pyrex, avocado-colored fridges, swirled linoleum, halter aprons with sunflowers on them and Tupperware that nested into each other that at one time held wee, individual icebox cakes?
It's all very, "my kitchen has a chicken theme" in a way that is confusing. Perhaps it is the handiwork of a well-respected, trusted coiffeur on a spree. Or perhaps this is just the hot newnew now. Oooooor, and this is perhaps the most likely culprit, THIS is not in fact a style as it is the hottest new workout wherein teasing your tresses until it creates a giant matted pompadour works your triceps out in an anaerobic manner that creates pilates arms and makes your head look HUGE, which makes your waist look small and your feet even tinier. DONE. SOLVED. This trend may be here for keeps. I am maybe teasing my shiz right now and having an editorial assistant take wordpress dictation. YOU CAN'T KNOW. #swag
Hayden Panettiere at LAX in Los Angeles on April 26, Eve at Girls Night Out at Webster Hall in New York City on April 14, and Alessandra Ambrosio shopping at The Grove in Los Angeles on April 22.
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Ultra-dyed denim is hardly new, and we all know there's nothing like a pop of color in those weeks between spring and summer when the nights are a tad nipply and you didn't necessarily intend to stay out for 22 hours after you left your house yesterday morning. But, well, heck if you don't finally deserve a bit of fun and excitement after a hard, bitter winter, so everyone stop passing judgment that you're still wearing the same clothes. At least your clothes are cute.
See, the thing about colored jeans is you can definitely overthink them. Will you get enough mileage out of green jeans? Red seems to be the safer bet, especially these skinny J Brands, but oooooh, is red played out blablablablabalbala? STOP. Look it, if Hayden, Eve and Alessandra are evidence, ANYONE can wear them ANYPLACE. Think of the vastly differing physiques/personal styles/events we've got going on in these pictures. These three ladies run the gamut, and all look very, very fetch. The thing that you have to realize is that a) It's spring, and the entire world is way too egocentric about their own wardrobes to give a pshaw about what you're wearing and b) It's spring, and you should ONLY concentrate on having as much sunshiny fun as humanly possible. You can wear ANY color, and you can wear them on multiple days a week. Get 'em a little dirty. Wear them with heels. Or flats. Or clashing colors. Or NEON color blocks. Nighttime. Daytime. Early morning after a little "nighttime." Do whatever. Yes, this IS a PSA. Now go play outside. Responsibly. With sunblock. Maybe a big hat. OH! And last, of course you have free reign on complementary articles of clothing, but we would definitely advise AGAINST wearing the same colored denim jacket. Unless you can pull it off on a suiting tip because you have an impossible body with buttloads of charisma. In that case, carry on and send us a photo.
Drew Barrymore at 'The Beauty Detox Solution' launch party in West Hollywood on April 13, Rumer Willis at a "Love, Loss & What I Wore' celebration in New York on March 24, and Mandy Moore at the ASPCA headquarters in New York on April 20.
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Oh snaps! Flame-tressed goodness in threesies! Maybe it's the promise of summer and that gloriously floral springtime scent in the air, but it's definitely a season for change. And by change we mean temporarily experimenting with the color of the fibrous structural proteins that make up your HAIR! The first case of going rouge was spotted on our dear trendsetting Whitney Port earlier this month, with her typically blonde strands going strawberry and then BAMBAMBAM, we've got Drew Barrymore, Rumer Willis and Mandy Moore looking perfect for spring and debuting gorgeous red heads. It's amazing what a difference it makes. I mean, not cuhrazy to where they look that different. They were freakishly attractive ladies to begin with.
Drew opted for coppery layers that still beautifully complements her boho-chic ensemble choices and makes her skin look bright and amazing. Serious peaches-n-cream going on here. Given that this long 'do is one that she's sported for several years, it's kinda incredible that the influx of color alters everything subtly like, look at the green flecks that comprise the hazel of her eyes. Plus, it warms up all that lovely gold jewelry.
Rumer's quintessentially Rumer-ish modified pixie/bob goes for a more maroonish red, which gives a great deal of depth to her wavy tousled, asymmetrical strands. It's like the rug in The Dude's house; it really ties the room together etc etc.
Mandy's hair is GLORIOUS and always looks rich and perfect and healthy and shiny, and like it smells like either almonds or outside or field (but not if there's like animals or anything. This is not where this is going). The awesome thing about Mandy's hair is that the auburn and rusty red highlights make all types of springtime colors and floral looks feminine and beautiful. Like a girl you want to marry immediately and make her learn acoustic guitar or put on an old-school bicycle with a basket or something. Plus, she loves cats. Winner.
Karolina Kurkova at the Children Spring Dinner Dance in New York on April 12, Camilla Belle at 'Good Housekeeping''s Annual Shine On Awards in New York on April 12, and Uma Thurman on 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon' in New York on April 8.
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Like avoiding cupcake day at work, hitting the gym on Gossip Girl night, or explaining to your ex "noooo, I broke up with YOU," humidity-induced flyaways are, for the most part, a losing battle. We know, we know. We all try reeeeeally hard to give our strands a fighting chance, but the odds are usually stacked in favor of the wayward hair shaft. Before you decide to walk around with a paper bag on your head until the end of April or take an electric razor to your head, witness model Karolina Kurkova, and actresses Camilla Belle and Uma Thurman. Instead of, blow-drying, flat ironing and gel shellacking their strands to within an inch of life before hitting their respective red carpet events, they let their hair be what it wanted to be...which just so happened to be FRIZZY. Giving in isn't giving up, ladies and gents. Remember that. Especially, when you're ACTUALLY right on trend. Marc Jacobs, Topshop, and Vera Wang all
embraced blew up to unimaginable proportions the frizzy hair look on the runway for spring. So, there. The next time your passive aggressive pal asks if you want to borrow their flat iron, say thanks, but no thanks, while shaking your hair wildly with your hands.
Tips to NOT looking completely crazy with your frizzy 'do:
1. Reign in your fuzzy strands just a bit by wearing them in a loose side braid (like Karolina and Uma) or a no-fuss bun like Camilla.
2. Just because your hair is cuckoo, doesn't mean your makeup should be. Make sure your foundation is perfectly blended, your lips are glossy and your brows are clean (they don't have to be Camilla-perfect, but you get our point).
3. To strike a balance with your look, team your tomboy hair with ladylike clothes—lace, satin, sleeveless.
Jessica Lowndes at the HTC Thunderbolt Ball in San Jose, California, on April 5, Emma Stone at the Conde Nast Traveler Annual Hot List party in West Hollywood on April 11, and Jessie J at the 'Justin Bieber: Never Say Never' premiere in London on Feb. 16.
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The models at the Diane von Furstenberg and Jill Sander Spring 2011 fashion shows were a brave bunch. Their neon pink lips garnered just about as much attention as the clothes on their backs. We waited with bated breathe to see who would be the first set of celebs to swipe on the LOOK AT ME! magenta hue at the onset of spring. We weren't necessarily expecting it to be Jessica Lowndes, Emma Stone, and Jessie J., but more power to 'em. It's awfully ballsy to willingly rock a lipstick shade that, by its very nature, calls attention to your face (and the pimple that you may be trying to hide...or the fact that you have bags under your eyes due to insomnia...or the stray hairs under your brows that needed to be plucked weeks ago...). If you think you've got what it takes (the pay off is actually pretty freaking AWESOME), here are a few to try.
For the richness of Jessica Lowndes' lips: Revlon Color Burst in Fuchsia ($8.99, drugstore.com)
For the glossiness of Emma Stone's pout: New York Color Liquid Lipshine in Fashion Avenue Fuchsia ($2.49, newyorkcolor.com)
For the matte look of Jessie J.'s smile: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Anime ($13, occmakeup.com)
And our little insider tip...
After you apply, drink a little ice water out of a Styrofoam cup to tone it down a notch and help set the color for longer wear. Works like a charm!
Robyn, Sophia Bush, and Kate Voegele at 'Elle's 2nd Annual Women In Music event in Hollywood on April 11.
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We think a memo went out to all the gorgeous attendees at the Elle Women in Music event, which went down yesterday in Hollywood. How else can you explain the fact that Robyn, Sophia Bush, AND Kate Voegele each showed up wearing the perfect pop of neon in their ensembles? Maybe spring is in the air. Oooooor microscopic particles pumped out by neon purveyors the world over that encourages starlets and their stylists to skew towards the ultrabright hue... Hmmmmmm... OK, enough with our conspiracy theories. Regardless of how inspiration struck, we lovelovelove it. Robyn teamed a khaki colored sheath with peep-toe flat forms and an oversize neon yellow clutch. Meanwhile, Sophia's pink pumps perked up her shiny blue Chris Benz mini-shift in a big way. And, you have to look closely, but Kate's futuristic dress pattern features swipes of highlighter. We're the type that color-blocks in mega-loud brightness and will amp it up that much more with NEON, but what about you? Do the sparks grab your attention? Are you ready to add mega-wattage to your springtime fare?