Shiny Objects

Most celebrities love the spotlight and will do anything to stay in it. Chrome is currently the coolest way to trick out their car, replacing matte paint. The price tag for a vinyl chrome wrap at West Coast Custom starts at $20,000 and can climb as high as $60,000 for a chrome paint job.

Justin Bieber custom coated his $110,000 Fisker Karma with a mirrorlike chrome body wrap. Rapper Flo Rida chromed out his $2.4 million Bugatti Veyron. Tyga bling-out his Audi R8 in gold.

 

Rachel Zoe’s Style DOs and DON’Ts Fashion

I started styling people when I was just eight years old, without even knowing what a stylist was. One of my guy friends wore only soccer clothes to school, and it bugged me because his family was very well-dressed—they always wore Ralph Lauren—and I knew he had better clothes! So I went to his house one day and set up looks for Monday through Friday. I laid them out head to toe with shoes and everything. Isn’t that weird for an eight-year-old to do? But he wore them and was so handsome.

Fashion, style, taste—I know it’s all subjective. But at the end of the day, I think we’re all just trying to achieve that Pretty Woman moment when we go from God-knows-what-we-were-wearing to total princesses. Shouldn’t every woman feel like she has red-carpet moments? Just saying, shouldn’t we all live the dream? It doesn’t matter if you’re going to an office party or dinner with your boyfriend. It’s about feeling great in that moment and having a picture you can look at later and say “I turned it out that night.”

So here are my DOs and DON’Ts for style like that every day—and what I’ve learned about living a happy life to go with it.

DO tread lightly on trends.

You have to interpret what’s hot to make it work on yourself. If tweed suits are in but you’re not a suit kind of girl, wear the jacket with jeans and a pair of Converses. The idea is that you wear it the way that becomes the most you. For example, skinny jeans couldn’t be more in style, but they make my legs look really short, so I only do them with thigh-high boots.

DON’T wear pants the wrong length.

Something that’s very painful for me is when people wear pants that are too short. I can’t, you know what I mean? Here’s the rule: Unless they’re cropped to ankle length on purpose, your pants should always skim the ground, like just a quarter-inch above the bottom of your foot. In the luxurious life, we would have different pairs of the same style hemmed for heels and hemmed for flats, but most of us don’t, so you have to choose. If you’re going to make the commitment to wear heels, your pants have to skim the ground. Please just commit. I can’t bear too-short pants. They make me crazy!

DON’T mix hardware

Let’s say your bag has silver metal, but your jacket and your belt and your shoes have gold. No. I don’t love mixing.

The Return of The Pant

Pants are the big story for this fall.

In the beginning, Giorgio Armani said, let there be pants.

After years of being a lone voice on the subject, suddenly pants are back—big-time. And they’re not jeans. They’re proper, tailored pants with proper, fitted waistbands, made in various materials. Some are jeweled, many brocade, a few rubberized, and just about all of them will end in tragedy should you inadvertently toss them in the wash.

Pants, make no mistake, are the big story for fall: from classic, front-pleated, masculine strides at Ralph Lauren and Armani to side-zippered, slit-at-the-ankles capris at Chloé; from leathery and/or jodhpury at Givenchy, Hermès, and Gucci to printed and luxuriously ethnic at Oscar de la Renta. And let’s not forget the geometric-patterned and jeweled and kick-flared pantsuits at Prada and Louis Vuitton. As if we could. Miu Miu’s show was almost entirely a pantsuit fest. Sometimes the pants and blazers matched. Sometimes they didn’t. Sometimes the blazers were coats.

Pants. Anytime. Anyplace. Really? Yes, really. Like Miuccia Prada, designers are especially excited this season about the evening pant—in velvet brocade and worn with a matching tunic or a peplumed top. The floaty-pajama style that Stella McCartney pioneered a year ago, when she turned up at red-carpet events in printed pants and made everyone else look overdressed at worst, and heavily sedated and ill at ease at best. It’s everywhere. Ditto tux pants.

The shoe issue: If you want to see shoe poetry in motion, look no further than Phillip Lim’s fall catwalk, where cropped-just-above-the-ankle pants were teamed with dainty pointed toes. “It’s the perfect shoe with slim trousers because it shows just the right amount of flesh and it’s very elegant, so you can play a modern and classic game very successfully,” Lucy Choi says happily. “Basically, the longer the pant, the higher the heel.”

However, let’s be honest, the question “Will my thighs look fat?” clearly takes precedence over everything.

We need to talk about fit. And fat. Because they go together. Length is pretty important too. Some people say that there are no rules in fashion anymore.They’re wrong.

Here are some non-negotiables:

1) Don’t expect to find the perfect fit. That’s what in-store alteration services are for (yes, me debut offers custom-fit service). However, while seams can be taken in or let out and hems raised, if the pants don’t fit properly around your bottom, quit while you’re ahead.

2) Avoid elastic waistbands and drawstring pants no matter how much you like the color or print. They create gathers around your buttocks. That’s gross.

3) White pants and prints can be worn by non-skinny women as long as they’re not tight (check out our wide white pants).

4) A flare can be very flattering on taller women, balancing out a full thigh.

5) Shorter women should avoid flares and opt instead for a small kick flare at the hem, as seen for fall at Prada and Louis Vuitton.

6) Stretch is never a bad idea.

7) Shine makes legs look bigger.

8) Use blazers and tunics to conceal hips or thighs if necessary.

9) Length is personal, but the longer you go, the more you’ll need to consider your heels. Either make sure you always wear the same height heel or buy identical pairs of pants in two lengths. Alternatively, listen to Simon Kneen, the creative director at Banana Republic. “Just above the ankle—you can wear it with any heel,” he explains. “And the ankle is so sexy.”

10) Don’t be deterred by the rules. Once you’ve found the perfect cut, buy, repeat. You’ve done the hard part.

Don’t forget to check out our cigarette pants too at me debut

Supermodels Dazzle at Olympic Closing Ceremony

The climax of the games finally came to an end yesterday with a closing ceremony celebrating British music and fashion.

British fashion models Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Georgia May Jagger, Karen Elson, Stella Tennant, Lily Cole, Lily Donaldson, Jourdan Dunn and the handsome David Gandy walked the Olympic catwalk to Bowie’s hit “Fashion” wearing Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Christopher Kane, Victoria Beckham, Paul Smith, Jonathan Saunders and Stephen Jones.

Most important was the fact that they all strutted their stuff across the stage whilst wearing pieces by the very best of British fashion designers, which included Christopher Kane, Burberry, Alexander McQueen,Victoria Beckham, Paul Smith, Jonathan Saunders, Erdem, and Vivienne Westwood’s Gold label.

10 Ways to Wear Cute Collar Necklaces

Collar necklace is hot in trend right now. Check out our latest collar necklace collection at www.facebook.com/medebut

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These detachable blouse toppers instantly freshen up any outfit (without having to overhaul your wardrobe!).

Toss It Over Dark Separates

Add an embellished collar necklace to your all-black ensemble to add sass to monochrome separates.

Layer Over Lace

Adorn a lace dress with a glittery topper to make your shift stand out from the rest of the crowd.

Keep It Red White and Blue

Top a summery blue frock with a pearl collar necklace and red blazer for a modern take on the classic red, white, and blue.

Cover Up A Deep V-Neck

For a sharp contrast to a bohemian silhouette, pop on a black oxford collar over a super-feminine wrap dress.

Mix Up Your Textures

Tack on an embellished necklace with a fuzzy sweater for a layered look.

Slide On Sequins

Sequins add some major sparkle to a bare neck—cover up a loose and low tank with a glittery collar.

Mix and Match Patterns

Pair a floral collar with stripes to turn a very simple outfit into an enviable one.

Top Neon With Metallic

For an electric ensemble, pair pops of neon and fur with a metallic collar.

Double Up

Make a simple white blouse a high-fashion statement with not one but two collars (including a sparkly one, of course).

Pair With A Printed Accessory

Balance out a bold-hued bottom and animal print purse with a white shirt and matching sequined collar; it’s simple, but still tops everything off with a special touch.

The September Issues

Major department stores and huge designers are exposing their 2012 fall collections now! The September issues are the biggest-selling editions of the year; see what they’re featuring and which models are gracing the covers and who shot them.

US VOGUE STARRING- Lady Gaga       SHOT BY- Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott

Vogue has created the biggest issue ever to help cater to this fall’s fashion scenes. Its September issue, dubbed the September Book, is said to be 916 pages long, with over 658 ads, giving this Vogue issue the unofficial title of: 2012 Fashion Bible. Lady Gaga will grace the cover, which is all too appropriate since her March 2011 issue was the second highest selling issue of all times for Vogue.

VOGUE UK STARRING- Karlie Kloss  SHOT BY- Nick Knight

VOGUE JAPAN STARRING- Karlie Kloss  SHOT BY- Mikael Jansson

VOGUE AUSTRALIA STARRING- Bella Heathcote   SHOT BY- Will Davidson

TATLER STARRING- Cindy Crawford  SHOT BY- Ruven Afanador  WEARING- Roberto Cavalli

i-D STARRING- Cara Delevingne  SHOT BY- Terry Richardson  WEARING- Céline

US GLAMOUR STARRING- Victoria Beckham  SHOT BY- Pamela Hanson

HARPER’S BAZAAR AUSTRALIA STARRING- Constance Jablonski  WEARING- Louis Vuitton

HARPER’S BAZAAR UK STARRING- Keira Knightley  SHOT BY- Ellen Von Unwerth

HARPER’S BAZAAR US STARRING- Gwen Stefani  SHOT BY- Terry Richardson

US ELLE STARRING- Katy Perry  SHOT BY- Carter Smith

ELLE UK STARRING- Rosie Huntington-Whiteley  SHOT BY- David Vasiljevic  WEARING- Dolce & Gabbana

 

My List: Karl Lagerfeld in 24 Hours

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Ever wonder what famous designers do in their everyday life? One of the most famous designer, Karl Lagerfeld, shares his routine daily activity. And yes, discipline is the core point. Here goes the list…

8:00 A.M. I sleep seven hours. If I go to bed at two, I wake up at nine. If I go to bed at midnight, I wake up at seven. I don’t wake up before—the house can fall apart, but I sleep for seven hours. I wear a long, full-length white shirt, in a material called poplin imperial, made for me by Hilditch & Key in Paris after a design of a 17th-century men’s nightshirt I saw at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

The first thing I do when I get up, I have breakfast. I have two protein shakes made for me by my doctor–they have a chocolate taste and no sugar, of course—and steamed apples. That’s all. I don’t like anything else in the morning. I never drink anything hot; I don’t like hot drinks, very strange. I drink Diet Coke from the minute I get up to the minute I go to bed. I can even drink it in the middle of the night, and I can sleep. I don’t drink coffee, I don’t drink tea, I drink nothing else.

I do most of my reading in the morning. I have a special canopy for that, near the window, where I can see the Louvre and the Seine. I only read, look at books, and sketch. And daydream—daydreaming’s important too. At night there are the dreams too, but I don’t have too many. I read the French, English, and some American papers, some German papers, Women’s Wear—quite a lot. I read on paper; I prefer that.

11:00 A.M. I have my hair done because I hate to have hair in my face when I sketch. My hair is not really white; it’s kind of grayish, and I don’t like the color. So I make it totally white with Klorane dry shampoo. That is the best thing to do because my hair is always clean.

12:00 P.M. I don’t get dressed and take a bath until lunchtime because I am doing a dirty job, painting with colors. So I wear my long nightshirt; it becomes kind of like a painter’s smock, then it goes to the laundry. I have everything—sheets and nightshirt and robes—changed every day. I like everything to be washable, myself included. I like antique lace, antique sheets, beautiful quilted covers, but everything is white. In white you can hide nothing. Most people don’t use this kind of sheets and things because it’s very difficult and very expensive for the upkeep. But it’s such a pleasure to go to bed in the evening in a beautiful bed with beautiful sheets and beautiful pillows, everything flawless, in a freshly pressed, long white smock. It’s perfect.

When I’m ready, I soak in the bathtub, if you really want to know. I used to have a product I loved, by Shu Uemura, but they don’t make it anymore, so I found a French product that softens the water; it’s a hundred years old. I put half a bottle in the bathtub. I exercise very little because my doctor said it’s not necessary. I did a lot when I was very young, and all you do when you’re young stays. So it’s not the problem as with people who started later. I’m very flexible; I have no problems.

My latest uniform is actually two looks—a special jacket with tails made by Dior, but not what you wear for weddings. I have them made in tweed and things like this. Then I have another jacket I love from the new Dior men’s collection that I bought five of, so people think I wear the same thing every day, but in fact it’s never the same thing. And then I wear jeans; at the moment they are from my new collection. They are dark gray with my face, my profile, printed in black on them, but you really have to look at it to see it. My dressing room is so full that I can only wear what I see on top of all the racks. I still have all my clothes from 10 years ago from Dior, but I think I will give them back to Dior for the museum. I have pieces that are unique pieces that I will never wear again, because life is different now, you know. I used to fax a lot, but people don’t have faxes anymore.

I never have lunch, but when I do, I ask them to bring it to me in the house. I actually have two houses. This house here, it’s only for sleeping and sketching, and I have another house two-and-a-half meters away for lunch and dinner and to see people, and where the cook is and all that. I don’t want that here. Even if the place is huge, I want to be alone. If I want something, I call them, and they’re next door, they come. The studio is next door, the office is next door. If I have guests and butlers, I don’t want them in my house. Everything is next door.

4:00 P.M. I have two drivers and several cars. I have a driver who in the morning does the shopping for me and brings the newspapers, and another one, Sébastien, who is also my secretary, who is free in the morning and works in the afternoon and late in the evening. On my way to the Chanel studio, I like to look around, I like to look at Paris. I never get tired of Paris. A lot of people are on the phone all the time; they don’t see anything anymore. It’s true. I like to watch. I go from here to Galignani, my favorite bookshop, and then to Chanel, and then to Colette, and sometimes to the Dior men’s shop. I don’t go to too many shops.

5:00 P.M. I arrive at the studio very late in the afternoon because I want the première to stay in the workroom with the workers during the day. If they are in the studio with me, they don’t supervise the work. I go there from five to eight, half-past eight. I’m very quick and organized. The way I sketch, the way I work, I prefer to do all my work in the evening or in the morning and during the weekend, and I send everything on the iPhone. I’m not there in the studio draping—I don’t do those things. My work is very conceptual.

9:00 P.M. Dinner depends on the day. I don’t go out that much because I’m always late, and I’m so busy and so pleased with what I’m doing that I’m not really ready for a social evening. That’s over—the people I was going out with are dead or don’t exist anymore. Sometimes I go to La Maison du Caviar, but most of the time I have dinner in the Rue des Saints-Pères house and come home after that. I hate the word routine. What I hate most is when you have to look at your watch and get in a hurry to change for dinner, if you have an important dinner. Every dinner is important; you should never be without a dinner, but this I’m a little tired of. I did a lot of it in my life.

To unwind, it depends on how tired I am. Sometimes I read a little bit. Lately, I play with my cat, Choupette. The cat always stays home, and when I leave, the maid takes care of her. The cat is like a very refined object; she doesn’t go into the street, and she doesn’t go to other places. She is a spoiled princess.

The Careless and Cool Cara Delevingne

Cara Delevingne has killer cheekbones, a knack for bed hair, and she never looks like she’s trying. A combination like that means fame is bound to tap you on the shoulder – not to mention high street brands like Zara looking to borrow a piece of that casual appeal.

In this Zara Fall 2012 look book, Delevingne’s shots are black and white and focused more on mood. Here, the whole nighttime, carefree, party mood is channeling