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Milan Fashion Week: Peter Dundas

2015年09月29日

The fourth day of Milan Fashion Week belonged to ex-Pucci designer Peter Dundas, who made his celebrated debut as creative director for Roberto Cavalli.


But he wasn’t the only one getting his day in the sun: Young designer Daizy Shely made her Milan runway debut on Saturday, showing her womenswear collection for next spring and summer in Giorgio Armani’s theatre.



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The focus of the day was on youth, freedom and renewal.


Dundas sought to underline a sense of ease and freedom in his much-celebrated debut collection for Roberto Cavalli.


Dundas had the delicate task of reviving a brand that was widely viewed as past its prime and paying due homage to the brand’s founder, who hand-picked Dundas and remains an important stakeholder in the fashion house bearing his name.


“I wanted to accentuate the ease and the freedom that the brand represents to me,” Dundas said backstage.


A 1980s vibe grounded the collection and kept it close to the Cavalli roots: denim, rock ‘n’ roll sequin jackets and billowing chiffon skirt trains, with just a splash of animal print for old-time’s sake.


Dundas put a fresh emphasis on daywear, staying away from more glammed-up evening wear that the designer says seems less youthful than the looks he was after. Also for night, a long suede dress hugged the curves, where it was fastened by skin-revealing buckles.


Denim was central to the debut collection. The high-waisted washed-out jeans and matching cropped jacket — immediately recognisable to anyone who lived through the ‘80s — was a bold move. There also were tough-looking stonewashed denim biker jacket vests and a pretty-in-pink belted denim minidress. Shoes included sweet suede bootees with bows or double-buckles.


In a twist, sequins and fringe were deployed on day, not evening wear, worn with a silvery zebra-striped pant. Long chiffon open-front dresses, fastened with big bows over miniskirts, were meant for the night. The billowing chiffon train was vintage Cavalli.


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wedding news

2015年09月23日

A Turkish soldier who was unable to attend his wedding due to road safety issues posed by PKK terrorists in southeastern Hakkari province, was brought to Adana by the Turkish military, which organized his trip after hearing about his story on the media.


Sergeant major Ahmet Karavelioğlu, 25, who is serving the military in Hakkari, was unable to make it to his own wedding in Osmaniye's Kadirli district.


When he arrived in Adana on Monday, he was greeted by Colonel Atilla Öztürk and was finally able to attend his wedding celebration.


Turkish military surprises groom unable to attend his wedding due to PKK terror

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"I could not believe what I heard when they told me to go and attend my wedding" Karavelioğlu said, and added that he was beyond happy to be at his wedding.


He also thanked his commanders and the army, and said it was a big surprise for him.


The bride also expressed her happiness and the couple danced the night away with their guests, which included soldiers and staff from the Turkish military.


The wedding had proceeded without the groom, and his wife placed a photo of Karavelioğlu on his chair.


Hamza Karavelioğlu, the father of the groom had said that his son has been serving as a sergeant major for three years and got engaged about a year ago. Talking of his disappointment with the situation, the father underlined that terrorist attacks do not do anyone any good. He said, "My son is not beside me during the happiest day of our lives. My son could not attend his own wedding - the date was set and the invitations were distributed – as the roads to Osmaniye from Hakkari are not safe for him to travel on. I call on the Republic of Turkey to stop this curse called terrorism."


Ahmet's mother Fatma Karavelioğlu had said that her son is protecting the country. She said, "I do not have my son right next to me but there is nothing we can do about it. Although my son was granted permission to leave from his superiors, we had to go on with the wedding without him. I am very proud of my son. My biggest wish is to see the end of this terrorism."


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Vogue goes viral

2015年09月19日

A humid mid-morning in New York and, at One World Trade Center, the vast glass-sheathed tower that the publishing house Condé Nast moved into last year, a group of young designers, art directors, copy editors and tech developers are gathered in a small room on the 29th floor. They are just some of the 53 staff working onVogue.com, US Vogue’s online presence. All focus is directed towards a set of screens on which a miscellany of models appears grinning, jumping, dancing and cavorting for the camera.


The images are part of a story highlighting the emerging faces of the fashion scene. And the models, all coltish limbs, kooky self-expression and flawless complexions, are those Vogue.com is instructing us to become more intimately acquainted with as the new fashion season launches them on to catwalks, Instagram feeds, editorials and television screens in New York, London, Milan and Paris.


So far, project #voguemodelcasting has employed 128 models, four photographers, dozens of mobile phone chargers, another score of scribes, and a planning schedule of emphatic discipline: this one day’s work will generate not only a standalone story but also a “grunge” fashion shoot, model profiles with interviews and stills photography, a number of beauty videos, hundreds of Gifs that can used for mobile content, video that can be used on desktop, any number of Instagram images, and thousands of hashtags. None of the editorial will be seen in print.


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Once merely the digital manifestation of the world’s foremost fashion magazine, Vogue.com is today a vast adjunct of the print edition it represents. And it’s a mighty proposition. Since its relaunch last August it has grown its audience figures by 80 per cent. Over the past fortnight there have been around 4m unique users. On May 5, the day after the Met Ball, the annual fundraising gala hosted by Anna Wintour which this year marked the opening of the museum’s China: Through the Looking Glass exhibition, Vogue.com had 58m page views. On the day I visited, 84 stories were posted across a site that includes sections on living, culture and beauty, as well as Runway, the reincarnation of Condé Nast’s popular show-review site Style.com, which was incorporated into Vogue.com last month. (Next year, Style.com will relaunch as an e-commerce platform for Condé Nast’s British magazines.)


Four floors — and a universe — away from the model room, Anna Wintour, editor of US Vogue since 1988 and now artistic director of Condé Nast US, sits behind a desk in her immaculate office and describes Vogue.com’s evolution. “I don’t think that there was one moment,” she says of whether she had a digital epiphany. “You just have to go to the shows and see . . . ” She gestures towards an iPhone, the tool with which the fashion world was catapulted into the public arena. “You just saw it happen and it was very fast. It became more and more apparent we needed to invest in this medium, that we needed to engage our readers in this medium, and we needed to put together a team that really lived it as much as our editors on print live print.”


It’s a significant shift from when Vogue.com was launched six years ago. “We thought, we’ll just put out the magazine online,” says Wintour. “That simply didn’t work. So you’ve seen a huge amount of change but what we’re always trying to think about is how we can talk to our readers. So, whether it’s mobile or website or through events like the Met or books or digital, we have this ability to communicate and engage our readers in so many thrilling ways.”


It’s a change noted by Bob Sauerberg, who was this week appointed chief executive of Condé Nast. The company’s president of five years will assume his new role on January 1 with a vow to transform Condé Nast’s digital assets, of which Vogue, as the most valuable of those assets, is first on his list. He emails praising the magazine’s “innovative approach to digital storytelling”, which, he says, “audiences are responding in a significant way”.


Back on the 29th floor, I meet Vogue’s creative director of digital, Sally Singer, 50, a former Vogue fashion news and features director with an air of intense gravity and a habit of pushing clumps of her hair into her mouth when she speaks. She gives me a tour of the office. Like most modern workspaces, it’s eerily quiet. Editors are hidden behind partition walls to which small clues to their editorial focus are attached: the celebrity style desk features pictures of Victoria Beckham, Kim Kardashian and Amal Clooney, while on the culture desk sit novel manuscripts and photography books. The buttercream on a delivery of cupcakes frosts further in the thermostatically controlled air.


Few of the clichés one might associate with Vogue staffers survive here — although Wintour is a whisper of a silhouette in AW15 Prada. The editors are young and less polished than their print counterparts; they look pale, like people who spend a lot of time in front of screens. There is not much sense of an office hierarchy: though the room Singer occupies is the largest, its walls stencilled with colourful graffiti-style illustrations, it has none of the composure or the grandeur of Wintour’s, with its fresh-cut flowers and precisely arranged photography. This slightly unstructured feel is echoed in Singer’s editorial practice.


“They are a very responsive and fun team,” she says. “Vogue.com and Vogue Runway [are] a digest of their enthusiasm. I trim and I edit and I nudge or redirect but I love how committed and interested they are. I like people to do what they do, and then I like to push some people a little more.”


Everyone I talk to at Vogue.com is having “fun”. And everyone is “excited”. This is important. “Happy people make happy websites,” says Ben Berentson, the site director (a role which, “with Sally”, means overseeing the “best performance of the site”). “If you’re feeling miserable, it’s going to show up in the product. We run a loose system here, like an accelerated magazine workflow,” he continues. “It goes very quickly, with very little hourly oversight.”


Abby Aguirre, the culture editor and a former features editor at the New York Times, who is wearing a floor-length floral dress from Isabel Marant, arrived last year. Her beat encompasses arts, interiors, weddings and political comment. Right now she is making the final tweaks to a feature on the return of reggae she has produced with the help of the Google News Lab, which has volunteered a thrillingly specific “sparkle chart” tracing the evolution and diaspora of the Jamaican musical genre.


Photography director Andrew Gold, a blond-haired 26-year-old with the waxy complexion of an Edgar Allan Poe character, likens the atmosphere to a start-up. “I was a print fashion person. It wasn’t unexciting but this was just exploding and it seemed like a fun thing to do.” Gold, whom his colleagues repeatedly describe as a “genius”, has been instrumental in trying to reproduce online the rich visual experience readers expect from the print magazine. “Quiet imagery on a cell phone doesn’t stick out,” he explains, “it has to be in your face. You have to grab people.”


Hence, most fashion shoots are now shot as moving images, whether on video or as Gifs (which work better on mobile). “I was talking to a designer the other day who said that the way we were shooting clothes would change the way they design,” says Singer. She is increasingly convinced that all the images on the site should have an element of animation — “so you might see a curtain moving in an interiors shoot”.


The vast majority of the clothes they shoot are already on sale, and the site provides click-through links to stores. Are they inclined to feature more items at lower price points bearing in mind the comparative youth of the average digital user? Absolutely not. “Vogue has always, in whatever media, celebrated high and low,” insists Wintour. “We look at all levels. We’re Vogue.”


“Most of the stories we shoot are because we get fixated with things,” says executive fashion editor Jorden Bickham, who describes herself as a “30-year-old mom” and speaks in so dry a manner it’s near impossible to imagine she gets excited about anything.


The word “obsessed” is used a lot: shared obsessions are a matter of editorial urgency. Aguirre is obsessed with the presidential debates. Singer is obsessed with the fur-lined Gucci loafers that she’s wearing despite the 90-degree heat outside. Edward Barsamian, style editor, is obsessed with the blush-pink Prada dress Dakota Johnson wore on the red carpet at Venice last night.


The internet needs obsessive, opinionated voices that can stand out in the cacophony. “If you don’t have a take, you get hosed,” says Aguirre. But how independent can they really be within an editorial environment that has traditionally been overseen by Wintour’s all-commanding editorial rule? Is there an online voice and a print one?


“I think that there is a language online that’s more immediate,” says Wintour. “You’re reporting on fashion in real time. It’s more personal also by the merit of what it is. Obviously our content is much more diverse than it was 15 years ago but we’ve always covered politics. We’ve always covered theatre. Yes, first and foremost we’re a fashion magazine but we also report on the culture in a very stylish way.” She continues. “Both online and print have the authority and voice of Vogue. We discuss everything together. We are a bigger group than we used to be but we are one group and that’s very important to remember.” The freedom and facility to commission so much original content is contagious. What journalist wouldn’t whoop to find Anne Johnson, social media manager, ready to write curated social-media links to every story, “optimising content for all the platforms used by our 30m social media followers”? Who wouldn’t want Neha Singh, senior director of product, late of Google and now running an in-house team of five producers and two product managers who are sitting round the corner, on hand to write the necessary code to facilitate a story that might include 10 videos, a pop-out slideshow, drop-down lists and a 2,000-word essay? “We push new code to the site almost every day; we’re constantly tweaking things,” she says of her mission to make everything “faster, easier and more enriching for the reader experience”.


No one will discuss budgets, and while Vogue.com has clearly received considerable investment, Berentson insists the staff are efficient. “The team is very responsible. All the section editors know how much they have to spend on manuscript. Everyone understands the basic framework.” And they’ve found novel ways to be thrifty. Model Karlie Kloss was persuaded to do lo-fi recording of her abdominal- and butt-toning workout routines at a local gym. “There was recently a male model doing push-ups over there,” says Berentson, waving across the desk. “All of our offices have been prop-styled to look cooler and more interesting.” There’s a unique cachet in shooting on-site, he adds. “People want to see inside Vogue.”


People do want to see inside Vogue. And they really want to see Anna Wintour, who could easily provide enough traffic for a dedicated site of her own. “73 Questions” is a regular Vogue.com feature in which a starry contributor answers a volley of seemingly innocuous questions; the one featuring Wintour went viral. “They had to drag me kicking and screaming to do it,” she says of the film that found her in trademark sunglasses discussing her wake up time (5am), favourite flower (tuberous), and phobia of spiders. “For a month after it went up, everywhere I went people had seen it.” The site has drawn on a more playful side of Wintour’s personality: she has exchanged “texts with Rihanna” and spent time backstage with Zoolander. “Well, you have to be humorous,” shrugs the woman famed for her glacial froideur. “Fashion is quite humorous.”


Vogue.com is not the only digital voice of Vogue: there are 20 international editions of the magazine, each with a site. As Alexandra Shulman, editor of British Vogue, observes, “British Vogue’s digital arm had 2,004,748 unique users according to Google Analytics in June, and Facebook and Twitter followers of around 2.8m — stonkingly brilliant numbers on much smaller resources!”


For Vogue.com, the investment appears to be paying off, with growth in digital advertising described by Susan Plagemann, Vogue’s publisher and revenue officer, as “exponential”. So how has a brand that places such a high premium on its print supremacy got its advertisers online? Addressing the subject from under a mantle of Balmain denim and in the opaque language of corporate discretion, she says: “When we first launched the website I wasn’t going to have a digital team and a print team, so I told everyone, ‘We’re going to sell all things Vogue.’ To me it wasn’t a choice. We had to get our heads around it, we weren’t going to fear it. We embraced it.” And in a market where even as the ratio between print and digital advertising is changing, print is still king, Plagemann points out that “our share in print is gaining momentum”.


Lynne Greene, president of Clinique worldwide, one of the most important advertisers in magazine publishing, describes the new marketing landscape: “Vogue is making a good effort to be in the digital world and Vogue.com readers are loyal. We all know that digital is the future, so we are learning how to engage with an exciting proposition which can be used in a very synergistic way.” For now, however, Greene is in no doubt that digital is an additional, not an alternative, area of investment. “But,” she says, “talk to me in two to three months and that may have changed.”


While every Vogue editor speaks of their pride in the brand’s authentic voice, one also wonders how Plagemann deals with the creeping presence of sponsored content — where stories are paid for by an advertiser and produced in-house. “Well, what is sponsored content?” Plagemann barks when asked about its place on the site. “When you figure that out, call me. That’s my answer.” She softens. “We don’t sell editorial. There are links — we work with clients all the time on that sort of thing. But we don’t sit our editors down and say, ‘You’re going to write this for so and so.’ That’s not to say we wouldn’t connect a client to someone who could do that for them.”


Currently there are no plans to put Vogue.com behind a paywall but Plagemann is aware of the commercial potential of Runway’s treasure trove of archive images and show reports. “Incorporating Runway into our coverage has been fantastic. The numbers are ridiculous, it’s a natural match,” she says.


So why not charge for it? “Trust me,” she says with a clap of her hands. “There’s all sorts of things to come. This will be part two of your story! Next year’s story!”


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12 stunners who lead the Star Magic Ball 2015 red carpet

2015年09月15日

In any gala night, the red carpet portion has always been the most exciting part.


On Saturday, the belles of the Star Magic Ball 2015 did not disappoint and delivered the glitz and glamor that spectators had all been expecting.


From champagne to beige and dirty whites, celebrities graced the red carpet wearing their well-tailored gowns made by top caliber designers. And while Julia Montes was named as a standouts at the gala, we cannot help but come up with our own list of best dressed female celebrities, too.



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Take your pick:


Kim Chiu in Pepsi Herrera


With combination of light fabrics and encrusted beads, Kim Chiu's Pepsi Herrera gown commanded attention as she walked past the red carpet on Saturday. What made her gown even more interesting is the off-shoulder cut and the peek-a-boo slit that gives a just the right amount of sexiness and sass.


Coleen Garcia in Edwin Tan


Coleen Garcia flaunted her sexy collar bones in a corset dress made by Edwin Tan. Adding elegance to the gown is the sheer train with intricate embroidery on the hips extending to the legs.


Kathryn Bernardo in Michael Cinco


Kathryn Bernardo was a revelation at the red carpet. While we expected the teen queen to wear a ball gown like what she usually does, the "Pangako Sa'Yo" star donned a white body fitting gown with intricate cuts instead. The long-sleeved Michael Cinco gown gave a more mature and bold look to her usual teeny bopper image.


Ellen Adarna in Joey Samson


Adarna ditched the ball gown and tight fitting dresses for this event. Channeling Cara Delevingne's famous androgynous look, the Pasion de Amor star wore a crisp Joey Samson's silk striped suit. Being known for being sexy as she is, Ellen complemented the suit with a long necklace that draws more attention to the deep neckline detail of the suit.


Julia Montes in Albert Andrada


Julia Montes pulled off the the right combination of class and sass with her white Albert Andrada gown. If there was an award given to anyone with the longest and grandest train, Montes might just have snatched the award. What made her standout from others who wore the same big balloon gown is the delicate details like the see through fabric that reveals a little bit of skin on the neckline and the embellishment on her waist that highlights her figure.


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Auckland newlyweds meet for first time on big day

2015年09月10日

It was a day of firsts for Aaron and Sade Schuurman; the first time they kissed, the first time they said "I love you" and the first time they met.


Aaron Schuurman and Sade Peel tied the knot in Auckland on Thursday morning in front of their friends, family and a whole lot of strangers.


The couple were brought together by The Edge radio station's Stangers and a Wedding competition.


Aaron Schuurman and Sade Peel met for the first time at their wedding on Thursday thanks to The Edge radio station's Strangers and a Wedding competition

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Aaron Schuurman and Sade Peel met for the first time at their wedding on Thursday thanks to The Edge radio station's Strangers and a Wedding competition


Schuurman waited nervously at the altar on the Rydges Hotel Rooftop Terrace at 7.30am but his face lit up when he saw Peel walk down the aisle in her strapless wedding gown and veil.


In true MediaWorks style, television presenter Dominic Bowden officiated the unconventional wedding and it was broadcast live to radio.


Speaking after the ceremony, Peel – who has taken Schuurman's last name despite not knowing what it was until the big day – said she felt relieved.


The wait was the most nerve-racking part, she said.


The pair agreed there was an instant physical attraction.


"The attraction levels are through the roof," Peel said.


Schuurman a 32-year-old sales rep said going into the competition he knew it was not about looks.


Peel's good looks were a bonus, he said.


Schuurman said initially he felt the pressure to make the whole thing work but it was no longer about the radio show or the media; it was about doing what was best for them.


The couple are leaving for their honeymoon in Hawaii on Sunday, where they will take time to get to know each other away from the media fanfare.


"Today is the media's day and every day from now on is our day," Peel said.


During the ceremony they promised to respect one another and to "ask no more than you can give".


"I promise to respect you as your own person.


"I promise to keep myself open to you.


"To be willing to face changes in order to keep our relationship alive and exciting," they told each other.


Schuurman and Peel wrote their own vows and recited them with smiles on their faces.


"I feel a strong connection with you, I want you to know this connection will only grow stronger," he said.


"From what I know of you, you are kind, romantic and a real sweetheart," Peel said to Schuurman.


After a drawn-out kiss, which garnered much cheering and applause, Schuurman swept peel off her feet and carried her up the aisle.


Speaking before the wedding, Schuurman said he was "tired and nervous and excited."


The ex-rugby player said he hadn't slept properly in weeks.


He said he was looking forward to a good night's sleep on Thursday, "well...maybe".


Meanwhile, Peel had to get up at 3.15am to get her makeup and hair ready.


The couple's loved ones were supportive despite the unusual circumstances.


Schuurman's mother Kres said she was nervous about the wedding.


"He's marrying a stranger at the end of the day...


"But we've come to accept his choice - we're all a bit nervous."


The groom's family had encouraged him to take it slowly, she said.


His grandfather, who had been married for 50 years, said a big family was the key to a successful marriage.


And Peel's mother had been with her through the ups and downs, offering advice and support.


Fiona peel said she trusted her daughter's judgement but the couple would have to work at their relationship, she said.


"Marriage is not easy, it's not a bed of roses.


"It's not about cameras, it's not about the radio station anymore.


"This is the real thing."


Peel has dealt with negative comments from the public during her short time in the spotlight but her mother said people should not be so judgmental.


"Sometimes people can date for whatever amount of time and still end up divorcing.


"There's just no guarantees."


While there aren't any guarantees, there's a good chance this marriage will work judging by the past success of the competition.


This is the fourth time The Edge has married two strangers, with a 100 per cent success rate so far.


Zane and Paula Nicholl were the first ones to go through the process in 1999.


They were at Thursday's wedding and their advice to the couple was "just enjoy the day".


"There's a lot of attention but this is their one and only chance to get married," Zane Nicholl said.


While it was not the norm in New Zealand culture, people from India have applauded the pair on their decision to go through an arranged marriage of sorts, he said.


The Nicholls wished the Schuurmans luck in their journey and said the most important thing was good communication.


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Effortlessly Transition Your Maxi Dress Into Fall

2015年09月05日

Let's face it, you probably feel strongly about maxi dresses one way or the other. You either consider the loose-flowing dress to be an instantly polished outfit on its own, or you can't help but feel like you're drowning in fabric in the trend. Regardless, while the relaxed-fit closet staple is a good summer option (since you can usually let your style standards slide a tad during the warmer months), fall is the optimal time to reintroduce yourself to a more accessorized set of style rules.


Without completely ditching summer maxis all together, we look to street style stars for inspiring ways to take the ankle-length dress up a notch this season.


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When mixing prints it's important to first and foremost identify what your starring piece is, and then build the rest of your outfit around that. For instance, Behati Prinsloo's key player is her tribal print dress in shades of blue, yellow and red. Her snakeskin accent bag plays up the yellow hues in her dress. Since the bag is loud enough, it's crucial that the rest of her accessories (the tan sliders, black choker and mirrored shades) are in neutral shades so that the attention is pulled back to the dress, allowing the snakeskin bag to shine as the main accessory.


The key to taking your maxi from the beach to indoors is to upgrade your basic accessories. Miranda Kerr knows that a well-fitting, but still relaxed, chiffon dress in a subdued pattern is a great place to start. With the added layer on top defining her waistline, and with the lightweight fabric and dainty spaghetti straps, the look retains an ultra-feminine vibe. To dress it up in a sophisticated way, keep accessorizing to a minimum by opting for luxe add-ons like a leather tote, delicate diamonds and statement shades.


A long-sleeved maxi is a bold move because you run the risk of looking too covered up. Zendaya avoids looking swallowed up by first starting with a vertical print that elongates her frame. Next, she cinched her waist to define her figure and made sure to flash a hint of skin by unbuttoning the dress from both the top and bottom. To keep the look young, she pulled her hair out of her face into a high bun, and accessorized with trendy thigh-high gladiators and over-sized hoops.


The trick to pulling off an eclectic street style look is to abandon the notion that you need to be matchy-matchy. That being said, it's important to veer away from looking too busy. For a balanced boho look like Beth Behrs' outfit, focus on mixing up textures. Start with a slightly-sheer, embroidered number in a neutral color. Then add in additional global elements in neutral colors (like a leather saddle Chloe bag, a fringed bolo tie, a felt, wide-brim hat and over-sized sunnies) to keep look casual and unfussy.


Skin is always in, so to get mileage out of your summer tan throw on a blush colored skin-baring slip for an evening out, à la Rihanna. The number one way to show skin via a maxi is with a thigh-high slit up the side. To keep the look from coming off as too casual, accessorize the soft color with an array of evening-appropriate metals, like a layer of metallic necklaces and a chain-strap bag.


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Would You Wear a Dress Like Kylie Jenner’s?

2015年09月01日

“Risqué,” “barely there,” and “daring” are not typical descriptors of a dress that most teens would wear out to eat with Mom, but then Kylie Jenner isn’t most teens.


Following the Miley Cyrus skinfest at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, the Kardashian clan’s youngest member revealed lots of herselfas well, swapping the long-sleeved Balmain mini that she rocked on the red carpet for a similarly skintight cutout dress by the same designer later that evening when she met up with family for a bite at Craig’s in Hollywood.


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And though her sister Kim Kardashian showed off her curves too in a lace-up dress, and their mom, Kris Jenner, sported a plunging neckline to boot, it was 18-year-old Kylie’s bondage-style ensemble — which she was photographed pulling up over her chest to keep covered at one point — that sparked the most reaction online. “My mom would not let me out of the house in this outfit, never mind sit across a dinner table,” wrote just one of the hundreds of commenters on Facebook and news sites questioning whether her look was appropriate.



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“For most 18-year-olds having dinner with most parents, to say this leave-little-to-the-imagination dress is a fashion ‘don’t’ is an understatement,” image consultant Carol Davidson tells Yahoo Parenting. “But this type of ensemble is what we’ve come to expect from this family, so I doubt it even raised an eyebrow, from her mom or from their fans.”


Within the context of the Keeping Up With the Kardashians reality fame, Davidson, founder of Styleworks of Union Square Inc. in New York City, adds that Kylie’s look actually isn’t out there at all. “This outfit is clearly consistent with the Kardashian-Jenner brand and what her handlers feel she needs to wear to ‘keep up,’ pun intended, with the rest of her sisters.”


The approximately $900 dress is a sign of the times, in fact, says Davidson, as celebrities constantly strive to get and keep attention on themselves. “Let’s be honest,” she says, “we would not even be having this conversation if Kylie showed up wearing a simple yet elegant black sheath dress.” This dinner was not, after all, about sharing quality time with her mother. “And this outfit is all about dressing for a photo op rather than dressing for the situation,” adds Davidson, who calls the whole publicity parade “classic TMI.”


Not that the teen would be troubled to hear she’s being judged. “You are always going to have haters and negative comments,” Kylie told ET Online about her reaction to social media remarks directed at her. And when it comes to her fashion sense, the recent high school graduate aims to stand apart anyway. “I just try to find what makes me feel good,” she told Teen Vogue in April, “and be as confident as possible.”


For nonfamous teens and daughters, dinner duds will likely look far different from Kylie’s — and so they should, according to Davidson. “It’s all about dressing for the situation or occasion,” the expert insists. “As a society, we have certainly become a lot less rigid when it comes to dress codes, but still, decency and good taste should prevail. It’s all about balance. You can decide to dress a bit alluring, but good taste dictates that if you are exposing skin in one area, cover up another.”


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