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From vampires to werewolves, fantasy is an avenue that has long captivated people’s attention and its influence on popular culture to fashion is undeniable.

Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series of books took the world by storm. With New Moon, the second installment of the film franchise, coming to theaters on November 20, the immense popularity of vampires resulted in a phenomenon rarely generated by any one thing. It is for this generation what Anne Rice accomplished with The Vampire Chronicles. With the transference from book to film the impact of Twilight can be felt greater than ever. It is impossible to glance at a newsstand and not see a plethora of magazine covers with the stars of the film splashed across the pages. The mega star status placed upon Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner has propelled the series into greatness. (more…)

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Perfectly coifed updo? Check. Tightly coiled ringlets? Check. Chicly sculpted bob? Check. Yep, a good hair day is every girl’s dream.

Just the other day in an elevator, a blond straight-haired, blue-eyed twenty-something lamented to her friends how her golden locks were “so unmanageable” and how she refused to get a perm – but couldn’t hold a curl to save her life. In response, they gasped and shuddered as if in agreement that they understood her plight.

Not all of us can be a hair heiress. Unless you are hair royalty and inherited a voluminous, frizz-free ‘do, you may have some of the same hair concerns that many women have today. Whatever your hair fairytale, there’s no denying that certain hair worries are more than just having a bad hair day. They can be cultural too. That said, could one’s race be at the root of it all when it comes to good or bad hair?

Who isn’t familiar with the stereotypes surrounding good and bad hair like the fine and limp shag of a European, the kinky curly afro of an African American, or the bone straight bob with blunt cut bangs of an Asian? There is such a social stigma about having “good hair” that it has even made its way into popular culture like the docu-comedy by Chris Rock, titled, of course, Good Hair, which examines black women’s hair in America and the subsequent use of relaxers and wearing weaves. (more…)

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Fashion tends to be cyclical and most trends that were popular many years ago are reinvented or reinterpreted to suit modern times. Designers are notorious for looking to the past for inspiration and more often than not items from today’s collections could be mistaken for vintage pieces when not on the runway.

Classic films, historic art, or unforgettable actors and musicians are often used as reference for today’s designers. Fashion favorites like John Galliano, Karl Lagerfeld, and Marc Jacobs are all known to incorporate old Hollywood movie stars, musicians, and art into their collection’s inspiration. One designer very well-known for his love of the past is Isaac Mizrahi.

Fueled by inspiration from Fred Astaire, Charles James, and Elsa Schiaparelli, Mizrahi’s spring 2010 collection titled “Astaire Case or Obstacle Course” embodied classic, tailored menswear looks with a feminine touch. Astaire is remembered for tailored cuts, confident looking ensembles, and impeccable hats which were all included in Mizrahi’s show. Models pranced down the runway in fitted jackets, flat-brimmed hats, and belted shoes all paired with 1950’s retro luggage cases and leather briefcases. Beautiful pastels gave the menswear separates a feminine touch while sequins and bows were used as stand out embellishments for evening ensembles.
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Another part of Mizrahi’s chic collection that turned heads was his evening wear. Embracing the artistic three-dimensional structures Charles James was known for, Mizrahi added his own touch with sequins, patterns, lace and tulle making for decadent red carpet creations fit for Hollywood stars. (more…)

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naughtynurseA few weeks ago, my friends were discussing what they were going to be for Halloween. I find it quite funny that every female obsesses over this issue every Halloween, yet the answer is obvious: as little as possible. I thought this holiday was supposed to be about indulgence and fulfilling fantasies of what or who you wanted to be. I guess I missed that memo when my fantasy was to be a drunken naughty nurse for the night.

Every year, Halloween costumes get racier and more risqué as loads of women pile into costumes shops to pick out which French maid or sexy pirate they wish to be. It really makes me wonder, is Halloween for grown-ups rather than kids?

It is as if once kids hit puberty, they are required to throw away their creativity and originality and “slutify” themselves. Imagination gets thrown to the wayside and Halloween becomes more about tricks than treats.

It’s a no-brainer. Today’s recipe for a Halloween costume is one pair of black fishnets, a bra and panty set, a few pounds of make-up, a cup of volumizer and a dash glitter. Immediately you get instant sexy (insert Disney character or profession here). (more…)

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