Rising Fashion Stars Walk the Awards Season Red Carpet

Gal GadotMTV Video Music Awards, Show, Los Angeles, USA - 27 Aug 2017WEARING PRABAL GURUNG
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Another round of red carpets means another round of gorgeous gowns, and a golden opportunity for up-and-coming fashion designers to savor a coveted moment in the spotlight. Hot on the heels of the Golden Globes nominations, we asked stylists Cristina Ehrlich (who’s dressing nominees Alison Brie, Allison Williams, Greta Gerwig and Laura Dern), Micaela Erlanger (Meryl Streep) and Elizabeth Stewart (Jessica Chastain) to share which rising stars they’re eyeing this awards season.

Michael Halpern

“He’s fearless — he’s not afraid of sparkle, he’s not afraid of drama, and he likes to go for silhouettes that are very daring,” says Ehrlich of London-based New Yorker Halpern, whose 1-year-old label has fast become a red-carpet favorite. “It’s divine, it’s exciting and it’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen before.” Erlanger recently chose Halpern for clients Lupita Nyong’o and Diane Kruger. “You get this underlying sense that he loves a woman’s body,” says Ehrlich. “He looks at a woman like a canvas, and he drapes her, and the more unpredictable,
the better.”

Simon Porte Jacquemus 

“He plays with shape and volume in a very interesting way, but it never compromises a woman’s figure,” says Erlanger of Paris-based Jacquemus, whom she discovered on Instagram. She then “ordered a bunch of his stuff” online in order to try it for herself. “His shapes are very unique, but they were very flattering,” she says of the 27-year-old designer. “He’s taking the woman as a feminine template, and saying that she can be so many different things now,” says Ehrlich, “and that you can go out of the comfort and the confines of classic dressing to look really, really beautiful.”

Gabriela Hearst

“She’s a woman, and she designs for a woman,” says Erlanger of the Uruguay-born, New York-based designer whose namesake label is just 2 years old. “Her tailoring is impeccably done and her workmanship is divine. There’s something really important about understanding shape and fit and structure, and she nails it. Her work isn’t overly complicated; it’s not trying to be anything more than what it is, and it’s so beautifully done. You want to wear her clothes — women want to wear her clothes.”

Yacine Aouadi

“His work is unique, fresh, interesting and beautiful,” says Stewart, who was so taken by Marseille-born, Paris-based designer Aouadi’s debut couture collection, she plucked a dress from the runway for Cate Blanchett. “He had a show OUTSIDE the Chanel show in Paris to grab the editors who would stop by — I stopped by!” says Stewart of how she discovered the then-unknown designer. “Cate has a great eye for design and a willingness to take risks, I knew she would be up for it,” says Stewart of the “tattoo” dress Blanchett wore to a premiere in
New York.

Guy Laroche

Recently appointed creative director Richard René has breathed new life into the storied French label founded in 1957. “What he offers is this clean, sleek, very feminine, but very sophisticated and smart sensibility,” says Ehrlich of René’s new-look Laroche. “This is for the woman who likes clean classics, and is obsessed with tailoring. It’s sexy, but just the right amount of sexy. To me, if Helmut Newton had a uniform, they would all be wearing Guy Laroche. I have a silhouette lined up for one of my girls, which she’ll be wearing soon.”

Prabal Gurung

“I’ve always liked his twist on things,” says Stewart of the New York-based, Nepal-born designer whose star has been steadily rising. “I connect with him on a personal level, his politics are mine, he operates like I do.” Gurung’s been using his growing platform to advocate for change. Some of Stewart’s favorite Gurung moments include Gal Gadot at the VMAs (pictured above), “many moments with Jessica Chastain” and January Jones at the Emmys in 2014. “They are such a good match,” notes Stewart of Gurung and Jones, “both a little off the beaten path.”

Y/Project 

“What I love about Y/Project is that it’s unpredictable,” says Ehrlich of the Parisian label helmed by Belgian Glenn Martens. “It’s about showing sexy, but sexy in a very unpredictable way. There’s an intelligence to it. It’s about very clean, very specific lines, and it’s about layers, and it’s about being daring. These are pieces for a woman who really knows who she is. When you wear a brand like Y/Project, you’re not looking to enter a room and disappear; you want to really stand out.”

Vivetta Ponti

“Vivetta is phenomenal; she has the couture craftsmanship and point of view,” says Erlanger of Milan-based Ponti. “It’s really fun and out there and sometimes that’s what you need — a good dose of fearless fashion.” The label founded in 2009 only recently garnered international attention. “I haven’t even had a chance to request it yet because it’s just come on my radar in the last couple of months. But I’m happy to have discovered her work.”

Esteban Cortázar

Since relaunching in 2012, the Bogotá-born, Paris-based designer has attracted a legion of A-list fans, including Rihanna, Gwyneth Paltrow and Cate Blanchett. Of the look Blanchett wore to the premiere of “Carol” in London, Stewart says she has “an unabiding love for how Cate looked in that dress.” Cortázar, who was the youngest designer to show at New York fashion week, at 18, is enjoying a renaissance. “I have a moment coming up I’m very excited for, kicking off award season.” Stewart says she and Cortázar “bonded over a mutual love of donuts.”

Attico

“I’m so drawn to the shapes, and the use of materials and sequins and patterns,” says Erlanger of Attico, launched by Italian street-style stars Giorgia Tordini and Gilda Ambrosio last year. Though just a year old, the Milanese “It” girls are fast become “It” designers. “It’s a very interesting take on women’s wear,” says Erlanger, who hasn’t yet had an opportunity to dress her clients in Attico. “Not for lack of trying, that’s for sure. They’re in such high demand, and there’s one sample set to go around!”

 

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Fashion’s cool change

Reality TV star Sarah Roza (next series of Married at First Sight) says that she gets dressed up to go to the milk bar. It makes sense, therefore, that she would put in considerably more effort for one of Melbourne’s summer event drawcards. That includes three big ticket polo days, the Australian Open tennis tournament and a plethora of music festivals: So Frenchy So Chic, Sugar Mountain, St Jerome’s Laneway, to name a few.

While Roza admits that it’s in her DNA to never be casual – “I’m constantly ready to go to the Oscars!” – she’s also observed an increasing number of women going all out for events that are becoming more popular with every passing year.

Sian Scale (Chadwicks agency) wearing. Styling by Jade Leung, MUA Dave Waterman and shot on location at the stables of Lone Jorgensen. Photo: Simon Schluter

“It’s intense,” she says. “I’m constantly shopping throughout the year. And you have to change your look – you often think, ‘I definitely can’t recycle that outfit because I’ve already worn it around the same people’. When you wear a real fashion statement, it often has to go on eBay afterwards. I have bags of clothes that are ready to go to eBay. And the pressure is real: I know people are watching what I wear, because I have messages on Instagram that say, ‘You wore that three months ago at so and so … and they’re coming from men!’ I was shocked when I started getting messages like that.”

We can take our hats/fascinators off to the Spring Racing Carnival for all of this. It’s responsible for a turnover of fashion that marks the spring season as one of retail’s busiest, in Melbourne. According to the Victoria Racing Club’s website, $44.3 million was spent on fashion and retail in Victoria during the 2016 Melbourne Cup Carnival, which translated to 295,397 individual fashion items being bought (more than 49,000 pairs of shoes!). There are entire fashion labels that are so closely associated with the races that they’re now a de rigueur purchase for at least one of the famous race days. But has this sensibility stretched out to summer?

Sian Scale of Chadwicks agency wearing. Styling by Jade Leung, MUA Dave Waterman and shot on location at the stables of Lone Jorgensen. Photo: Simon Schluter

It’s possible it has. Over the post-Christmas sales, in womenswear, Myer expects to sell more than 65,000 dresses and 88,000 tops in its first week. The extent to which warm-weather events influence these figures is hard to ascertain, but two things are true. One, there used to be a social set. Now there’s a social media set, and that younger demographic is giving exposure to more events – and what they wear to them – than ever before. And two, both these events have now developed their own dress codes, so you wouldn’t necessarily want to wear the new outfit you’ve bought to the polo (white lace, natch) to So Frenchy So Chic (where there are more Breton stripes than baguettes).

Other music festivals have developed a Coachella-esque vibe, with Melbourne brand Nana Judy admitting that it designs clothes specifically to be worn there. (It’s a symbiotic relationship; Nana Judy will host the VIP Lounge at the For the Love Festival in February, and it is also working on a potential pop-up after party at the Alfa Romeo Portsea Polo.) Says founder Glenn Coleman, “What’s happening in Melbourne does reflect on our designs. Being Melbourne-based, we’re very involved in the culture of our market. And at these events, people are becoming a lot more daring in their outfits. Guys and girls are wearing more attitude pieces, and are more inclined to dress up.

“People’s shopping habits have changed: everyone wants the newest and latest, they share everything [on social media] a lot quicker and they’re continually buying outfits every week. We used to have four drops a year, and now we have 12 to 14 a year. As a brand, we look to create this culture of going out and having a good time, and when people have these great moments and memories at festivals, good feelings towards our brand directly occurs …we see a spike in sales when there are events, and the event culture is booming.”

 

WHAT HAPPENED WHEN A FASHION BLOGGER SPENT A WEEK WEARING THE CHEAPEST CLOTHES SHE COULD FIND

Shopping for new outfits for a holiday in Hawaii can add up – unless you go the route of fashion blogger Mia Maples and buy them from eBay.

Planning out her outfits months in advance – because that is how long it took for some of the items to arrive from far-flung retailers – Maples decided to spend her holiday in clothes she bought for about $5 or under from the online auction site.

Filming her clothing experiment for YouTube in a new video, the blogger shows off each item before donning it while on vacation with her family.

While some of the clothes looked a little iffy upon first glance – and on – some of the outfits turned out surprisingly well.

Here’s a rundown of the outfits Maples wore – and the rating each outfit received from the fashion blogger.

Day One

On her first day in paradise, Mia wore a red floral dress, which she purchased from eBay for $5.44 (£4).

The dress turned out to be completely see-through so Mia opted to wear it as a cover-up for the beach instead.

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The dress was completely sheer

 

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Maples wore the dress as a cover-up instead

But “the straps kept sliding off” and the blogger noticed “You can’t actually tell what is the front and what is the back so it is like nothing is shaped differently to stay up on you.”

As a beach cover-up: 8/10

As a dress: 2/10

Day Two

For day two, Mia wore the “outfit she was most excited for,” which turned out to be our favourite.

Pairing a knock-off Calvin Klein crop top with some high-waisted workout shorts and a suede-like black baseball cap to go for a hike, the outfit fit well and looked good.

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Maples was not a huge fan of the hat size
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The “Calvin Klein” top was a hit

Although she expressed concern over the hat, “the beak feels a lot longer than a normal hat,” the shirt was a win for Mia because “it was really comfortable.”

But you could tell the shorts were made from cheaper material from the unravelling of the strings.

Mia forgot to rate the outfit so we did it for her.

Hiking outfit: 9/10

Day Three

On her third day of holiday, Mia ditched a pair of blue pants she had ordered because they “sucked,” but wore a black silk top with lace.

The top, which felt like “real silk” turned out to be her “absolute favourite thing from the entire eBay haul.”

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This black lace shirt was the blogger’s favourite item

According to Mia, the top comes in other colours and she is planning on buying those too.

Black lace top: 10/10

Day Four

Mia only wore a top from her eBay purchases on day four, not a full outfit, because she had originally planned to wear it with the blue pants.

She paired the Ebay pink frilly shirt, which was “really great quality” with a pair of overalls to go flea market shopping.

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The blogger paired the top with overalls

If you like the top, Mia urged her followers to “just go and buy it because it was super inexpensive and awesome.”

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Mia loved this top

Mia forgot to rate this top as well so we took over.

Pink frilly top: 10/10

Day Five

On her fifth and final day of eBay outfits, Mia had returned back home.

Saving the worst for last, Mia’s final outfit consisted of a salmon-coloured skirt with overall straps and a white tube top.

According to Mia, this is the “one outfit that she didn’t think through and just wasn’t a good idea.”

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The fashion blogger thought this outfit felt like a kleenex

The straps “were way too long and kept falling off” and the skirt felt like “a kleenex.”

However, the tube top was actually quite nice because “how could you mess up a tube-top.”

The rating says it all.

Skirt with overalls: 1/10

Overall, the $5 clothes from Mia’s eBay haul turned out to be surprisingly cute. So if you’re planning a holiday, or just want to shop on a budget, it looks like eBay may be a useful place to start.

Just prepare for a long wait once you press order.

 

Marie Claire Announces Third Annual Image Makers Award Recipients

Marie Claire Announces Third Annual Image Makers Award Recipients

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Issa Rae, left, stylist Karla Welch, center, and Marie Claire editor-in-chief Anne Fulenwider

The awards honor the talent behind Hollywood’s talent.

Marie Claire has announced the winners of its third annual Image Makers awards, which will be held in Los Angeles on Jan. 11, honoring the talent behind Hollywood’s talent — the makeup artists, hair and fashion stylists.

Hairstylist Serge Normant will receive the ICON Award from Sarah Jessica Parker (he also works with Julianne Moore, Reese Witherspoon and Julia Roberts), while makeup artist Rachel Goodwin and hairstylist Mara Roszak will both be honored by longtime client Emma Stone.

Tracee Ellis Ross will present an award to super stylist Karla Welch, who shares her love of fashion and political activism. Dior makeup artist Peter Philips and Insecure’s Issa Rae are also on the list of honorees who will be celebrated at the event and in the February issue of Marie Claire magazine.

Marie Claire February 2018 cover
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Marie Claire February 2018 cover

“The event has really gained a life of its own because these actresses are so attached to their makeup artists, hairstylists and fashion stylists, the people who are in the trenches with them every day,” says Marie Claire’s editor-in-chief Anne Fulenwider. “We could never have predicted [the] level of intimacy that has sprung up around these people. When a celebrity presents an award, it’s a really poignant, authentic moment.”

Last year’s ceremony drew a starry crowd, including Janelle Monae, Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Alba and Kylie Jenner.

Janelle Monae, left, and stylist Maeve Reilly.

Marie Claire Image Makers Awards Draw Janelle Monae, Jessica Alba, Cindy Crawford

The Image Makers awards were created three years ago with the rise of social media, Fulenwider says. “What we all saw happening with Instagram were these great behind-the-scenes moments of getting ready for awards shows, on sets and on shoots. Makeup artists, hairstylists and stylists were becoming mini celebrities and gaining a following on their own. We wanted to cover that and throw a big old Hollywood bash.”

“Serge does my own hair, so that will be a personal moment for me,” she adds. “Also, not only has Tracee Ellis Ross’ relationship with Karla Welch been amazing, her sense of style has been so fun to watch. And Emma Stone was insistent on presenting to both Mara and Rachel because she considers them her dream team. That’s a cool testament to the magic that happens behind the scenes.”

 

40 Tips The Most Charming, Attractive Women Know About How To Be Sexy

It’s not all about looks.

In the old world, being sexy was about particular grooming, tight-fitting clothes and makeup. Now, we know that being sexy has more to do with a certain je ne sais quoi.

Although science has tried to measure what makes a person more appealing, most of us know that attractiveness can’t be boiled down to algorithms. Real sexiness is in the eye of the beholder.

But if you’re looking for ways to be more attractive, you’ll be happy to know most of it won’t cost you a dime and doesn’t take long at all. Here are 40 tips to be sexier almost immediately.

1. Always Make Eye Contact

 

And not just with your partner—looking everyone you’re interacting with squarely in the eye won’t only will boost your own confidence, but it’ll get people to see you as confident and in control, which usually translates to sexy.

2. Focus on Dynamic Attractiveness

Sure, physical beauty is a key component in innate sex appeal, but dynamic attractiveness involves the expression of our emotions and our underlying personality—and can critically boost your personal charisma. According to Psychology Today, expressing positive affect—smiling, employing an upbeat attitude, having expressive eyes, are all associated with sex appeal.

3. You’ve Got A Brain—Use It!

A sharp, healthy mind can be akin to healthy body when it comes to being sexy. This means occasionally challenging yourself by having a challenging conversation, expressing interest in new things, reading books on new topics, or even just watching a documentary about something you never knew. The more you know, the more you can talk about in an informed way, which is a defining factor in real sex appeal.

4. Humor Counts

Yeah, we know that razor-sharp wit isn’t something that can be learned, and we’re not all able to be truly funny all the time, but not taking yourself or the world around you too seriously is a key component in being sexy. Plus, everyone loves a good sense of humor.

5. Get Your Hair Blown Out

Almost all of us can certainly attest that when our hair looks bad, we often feel bad. Turns out, that’s not all in our heads, either: Studies have shown women spend around 20 years of their lives suffering from a bad hair day, and that it can greatly affect mood and confidence.

6. Expose Your Wrists

No, not because they’re attractive but because the glands in your wrists emit pheromones which can trigger feelings of attraction in others.

7. Take Up Yoga

 

A study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that women who regularly did yoga actually felt sexier. Why? Researchers say it could be because yoga encourages a stronger mind-body connection.

8. Test Out Some Sexy Lingerie

Along the way, lingerie became synonymous with tawdry—dare we day porn-y—pieces that look as if they belong on people eagerly awaiting the arrival of the hot young pizza delivery guy. And while that’s true in some respects, there’s also quite a lot of very elegantly sexy underpinnings out there that are sexy without being tacky.

9. Don’t Assume Showing More Is Sexier

You’ve heard it before: Showing tons of skin does not always translate to sexy. Bootie shorts, skin-tight clothes, insanely low-cut tops all can make you look less sexy, or like you’re trying too hard. Love your body and want to show it off? Great! Do it ways that are truly sexy, as opposed to flashy.

10. Unfollow People Who Make You Insecure

 

Whether it’s the one fashion blogger who only posts bikini shots, a specific celebrity, or Victoria’s Secret’s Instagram, stop following people whose social media photos make you feel less than, even for a second. Social media is supposed to fun, not make you feel less sexy.

11. Touch Yourself

Yeah, we’re going there. People who masturbate know exactly what they like when they’re intimate with someone else, which only increases their sex appeal.

12. Find A Good Tailor

When clothes are too boxy, too long, or generally ill-fitting, it looks like you’re trying to cover up your body, which intrinsically translates to generally un-sexy. No need to prance around in skin-tight numbers, but a well-fitting dress with a nipped waist and a flattering hemline, a blazer that skims your body (and whose sleeves aren’t too long), or pair of slim well-fitting jeans that just hit your ankle will show your figure in a way that’s sexy without being overt.

13. Invest In Chic Specs

 

Need reading glasses? No shame in that! But it’s a known fact that most drugstore readymades aren’t the most youthful. Instead, seek out a modern pair at sites like EyeBuyDirect or Coastal. Of course, it’s worth getting an eye exam to make sure you don’t need a stronger prescription, in which case, your chic-specs options will be even larger thanks to hip affordable eyewear sites like Warby Parker and Steven Alan Optical.

14. Stop Plucking Your Eyebrows

Full brows are associated with youth, while super-thin eyebrows can give your face a harsh appearance. As we age, our eyebrows gradually thin, but quitting the tweezers and using makeup to fill them in can work wonders, and completely change your face for the better.

15. Undo Yourself A Bit

Unbutton one extra button on your blouse, smudge your eyeliner, spritz some salt spray in your hair—sometimes appearing as if you just had fun in bed can make you feel—and look—extra-sexy.

16. Slow Down

According to sex coach Sean Jameson, slowing down your movements and your speech by around 10 percent can make you sexier now. For example, instead of rushing down the hallway, slow down and accentuate your movements. Another example: When you’re making a point, don’t wave your arms about quickly and erratically, or ever feel like you have to get every word out of your mouth as quickly as possible.

17. Initiate Sex More

 

This one is sexy in the literal sense: Even if you’re not tremendously assertive, initiate sex more often with your partner. This is hot in and of itself, but it’ll also imply to your partner than you truly enjoy sex, which is one of the biggest turn-ons.

18. Use Touch

A killer way to get a person’s attention in a sexy way? Touch them very subtly on the arm or the back when you’re saying hello or goodbye, when you agree with something they’ve said, or if they’ve said something funny.

19. Wear Heels

One of the quickest ways to feel sexier? Slip on a pair of heels. Not only do they give you an empowering boost, but the right heels can make your clothes hang better, and—especially if they’re the color of your skin—can have a leg-lengthening effect.

20. Challenge Yourself

Whether it’s at work or even something as small as taking an advanced fitness class instead of a beginner one, succeeding will you give you an air of confidence which will travel with you, making you much sexier.

21. Don’t Only Wear Sweats to Bed

 

Obviously, comfy clothes are amazing, and—after a long day—there’s nothing better than chilling out in sweats. However, if you notice that your sex life is either lackluster or non-existent, swap out the sweats once in a while for something that makes you feel sexy. If you feel it, your partner will feel it, too.

22. Let Your Natural Scent Do the Work

It’s not surprising that scent plays a big role in sex appeal, but—despite what perfume companies would have you believe—your best bet isn’t piling on a cloud of scented spray. In addition to good hygiene habits, a subtle spritz of a musky scent is fine, but you should be letting your natural pheromones shine.

23. Use Sexy People to Your Advantage, Rather Than Compare Yourself to Them

Instead of comparing yourself to others who you think are sexy, take cues from them instead. For example, stop bemoaning the fact that you’re not as tall, thin, or busty as a Victoria’s Secret model, and start using things you know make them sexy to your advantage. This might mean taking an extra 30 minutes in the morning to create the same bombshell waves in your hair, getting a light spray tan, or rocking a push-up bra on date night.

24. Try New Things

Whether it’s a taking a dance class, trying a new restaurant in a new neighborhood, or booking a last-minute weekend getaway, trying new things can absolutely make you feel sexier.

“Novelty is the greatest aphrodisiac,” Sandor Gardos, Ph.D., and founder of mypleasure.com told Redbook, and we couldn’t agree More: Living in the moment is exciting and sexy.

25. Nix Panty Lines

 

Speaking of underwear, panty lines are never, ever sexy. Everyone should invest in nude, seamless underwear, or a good thong. Trust us on this one.

26. Be Kind

No matter what you look like, nothing will knock your innate sex appeal down faster than being rude to people. You don’t need to—for lack of a better phrase—kiss people’s ass and be phony, but treating everyone—waitstaff, friends, new people, your elders—with basic kindness and respect is an attractive quality.

27. Get A Manicure and Pedicure

Much like getting your hair blown out, it’s often the small indulgences that make us look and feel our best, so making time for on a pro mani-pedi once in a while can do wonders. You can skip the polish if you want, too.

28. Get A Spray Tan

 

Likewise, having a healthy glow not only makes most people feel sexier, but it also has a slimming effect.

29. Travel In A Pack

Anyone who’s watched “How I Met Your Mother” knows that Barney Stinson often references the “cheerleader effect,” when average-looking women appear more attractive as a group. Turns out, he may be onto something: People do come off as more attractive when they’re part of a clique than they do alone, according to a study published in the journal Psychological Science!

30. Hone Your Talents

Lots (and lots) of rock stars, writers, actors, and artists aren’t traditionally attractive, but there’s a reason why they seem so damn sexy: talent. There’s something primally attractive about someone with strong skills, so take time to develop whatever it is you’re gifted in.

 

 

31. Invest In Yourself

 

This doesn’t necessarily mean spending a lot of money on material items like an It-bag, but rather investing effort into the things you know for a fact make you look and feel sexy, whether it’s something small like some bras and underwear, something transformative like keratin treatments, or something brainy like signing up for a class.

32. Be Assertive

If you want something that you believe you deserve, if you know you’re correct, or if your date suggests going somewhere you don’t want to, speak up. Being assertive is different than merely being pushy, and happens to be a sexy—and admirable—quality. Wishy-washy can get real old, real fast.

33. Play Up Your Best Features

 

When it comes to our looks, we all have certain attributes we like better than others, so why not make them the first thing people see when they look at you? Got lips to rival Angelina Jolie? Play them up with gloss. Love your striking blue eyes? Make them pop with mascara, liner, and strong brows. Got great legs? Swap the boyfriend jeans for a pair of skinnies.

34. But Don’t Be Obsessed with Your Appearance

Put as much effort into your appearance as you want before you go out, but when you’re around people, focus your energy on making solid conversation instead of running to the bathroom to brush your hair, reapply your lipstick, or check the mirror every five minutes. Overt vanity is not sexy.

35. Turn on the Lights

Sure, it can be sexy and natural to have sex in the dark but try keeping the lights on once in a while. Not only will this feel more spontaneous, but it’ll allow both of you to really see each other, which can be super-hot. Not loving the harsh glow of your bedroom lamps? Light a bunch of candles, or buy a dimmer.

36. Never Wear Things That You Can’t Walk, Eat, Breathe, or Talk In

 

Obviously, you always want to look your best, but wearing six-inch stilettos you can’t walk in, or a dress that’s so tight you can’t freely move around isn’t sexy at all. Instead, wear things you know look good on you but won’t hinder you from being cool, calm, and collected.

37. Put Your Phone Away

This is a big one: The act of obsessively checking your phone every two minutes could be a bonafide deal breaker when it comes to sex appeal. There’s nothing ruder than trying to have a conversation with a person who’s constantly staring at their screens—wouldn’t you be put off if someone were paying more attention to their iPhone than to you? Being present is sexy. Being preoccupied is not.

38. Ask the Right Questions

On a date (or anytime you’re with another human, really) it’s a good bet that asking questions will always ensure flowing conversation. However, if you start grilling someone on politics, religion, their exes, or how much cash they pull in, you’re going to look nosy and abrasive, rather than sexy and seductive.

39. Don’t Be A Snooze-Fest

 

This might sound harsh because we know you’re not boring, but if people ask you questions, and you give one-word answers, roll your eyes, or seem generally disinterested, you’re not doing yourself any favors. Even if you look like a supermodel, people are most turned on by stimulating conversation, eye contact, and personality.

40. Screw ALL OF THESE RULES

Loving yourself for who you are and being comfortable in your own skin is the sexiest thing in the world. Be yourself and your sexiness will shine through.

 

 

Bruno Mars wears the best of ’90s fashion in latest video

We just rang in 2018, but Bruno Mars’ new video for the remix of his song “Finesse” is taking us back to the ‘90s. The singer released the video, which features hip-hop artist Cardi B, last night, after teasing it to Twitter fans earlier in the day.

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Bruno Mars

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The “Finesse” video is undoubtedly an ode to all things ‘90s, and Mars dedicated it to one of his favorite TV shows from the decade, “In Living Color.”

If you haven’t watched the video yet, get ready for a major dose of nostalgia, because Mars and company dress up in the hottest ‘90s styles, and give shoutouts to some of the decade’s major cultural moments.

At the beginning of the video, Mars and Cardi B get creative with paint and spray paint, reenacting a scene from the “In Living Color” theme song. He also dances alongside a crew of female dancers, who remind us of the Fly Girls from the show.

 The Fly Girls make a comeback in Mars’ new video. YouTube

In her ripped acid wash denim cutoffs, bold neon jacket and oversized hoop earrings, Cardi B looks like a blast from the past in spot-on ‘90s attire. Add in some tube socks, a backwards baseball cap (“Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” anyone?!) and her bold pink eye shadow, and the singer reminds us a lot of TLC’s Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes!

 Cardi B channels multiple ’90s fashion trends. YouTube

Mars and his boys get in on the fun, too, with vertical-striped tops reminiscent of one of our favorite childhood stars — Cory Matthews from “Boy Meets World” — and lots of denim.

Another ‘90s fave, flip-up sunglasses, also make an appearance.

 Flip-up sunglasses were a popular ’90s trend. YouTube

Not to be outdone, the girls join in the ‘90s theme with on-trend crop tops, vertical stripes and bold colors.

And that, folks, is how you do ’90s style!

How Australia’s hottest photographer is shaking up the fashion industry

Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Dior and Chanel are just some of the big names on Margaret Zhang’s client list. The Sydney native, who has photographed supermodels such as Karlie Kloss, is fast becoming Australia’s go-to fashion photographer.
But with an burgeoning modeling portfolio of her own (she has been photographed by Peter Lindbergh, who is credited with “inventing” the supermodel), Zhang is as well known for her work in front of the camera as well as behind it. At just 24 years old, she is also a writer, director and fashion consultant.

Karlie Kloss, photographed by Margaret Zhang.

Karlie Kloss, photographed by Margaret Zhang. Credit: Margaret Zhang

“Balancing it out means a lot of e-mails, a lot of admin, and very little sleep,” she told CNN at the Fashion Asia conference in Hong Kong earlier this month.

Face of a changing industry

Zhang’s call to fame came as a teen when, in 2009, her website — which she used to share her photography and fashion musings — experienced a surge in new international readers.
Like many bloggers at the time, she appeared to benefit from an explosion in demand for individual fashion blogs.

Earlier this year, Zhang featured on the cover of Elle Australia. This image was shot entirely on an iPhone, by photographer Georges Antoni.

Earlier this year, Zhang featured on the cover of Elle Australia. This image was shot entirely on an iPhone, by photographer Georges Antoni. Credit: Georges Antoni/ELLE Magazine
“I started my career in reverse to most other photographers — I was able to work on commercial projects early on before then pursuing more personal editorial.”
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She is the photographer of choice for several major luxury labels, including Gucci (above). Credit: Margaret Zhang
Although it was her work with traditional film cameras that first got her noticed, she relies on an iPhone to share images with her 911K Instagramfollowers.
“There will always be something beautiful about traditional cameras, but the fashion industry is embracing new technologies,” she said. “I don’t think phone photography will ever take over, but there are new apps and new technologies that are forcing camera companies to innovate too.”

Jessica Gomes, photographed by Margaret Zhang.

Jessica Gomes, photographed by Margaret Zhang. Credit: Margaret Zhang
“These two strands can peacefully co-exist because they serve very different purposes,” she added. “You’ll often see different types of photography on my Instagram, for example, than what you’ll see on my website.”

An age of influence

Despite her prominent online presence, social media is a topic Zhang approaches with a certain trepidation.
“This industry makes us feel like if we clock out for just one second, we’re going to miss out on something. But the reality is (that) our generation is actually missing out on so much because we’re trained to document everything,” she said.
“I can’t say I’ve perfected this balance myself, but I’ll go quiet at times because some things are better kept quiet. It’s important to take a few weeks to disconnect.”
Her cautious approach to social media is reflected in her refusing paid partnerships on any of her online platforms — a brave move, given that an account with a large following and strong engagement can generate lucrative sums by partnering with brands to create sponsored content.

A still from "There's No Space Left in C# Minor," Zhang's directorial debut film.

A still from “There’s No Space Left in C# Minor,” Zhang’s directorial debut film. Credit: Margaret Zhang
“Your influence does not always go hand in hand with commercial gain,” she said. “It’s not my career to be an ‘Instagrammer’ — those are just platforms I use to share my work with my audience.
“I’ve worked hard to build what these visuals mean to me and I can’t break all of that just for a check.”

A global outlook

The Sydney native now splits her time between New York and Shanghai. It’s a relocation that made sense, logistically — “I was spending up to 24 hours traveling to events around the world from Australia” — but has also helped her establish a more international career. She has since featured on more worldwide publications, including Nylon Singapore and two Vogue China covers.

An image from Zhang's book, "In the Youth of Our Fury: A Volume of Photo Essays."

An image from Zhang’s book, “In the Youth of Our Fury: A Volume of Photo Essays.” Credit: Margaret Zhang
Her approach reflects, or perhaps anticipates, changes in the fashion industry, with markets like Shanghai, challenging the dominance of old epicenters like London and Paris.
“There will always be something special about those cities, but the barriers to entering the fashion industry are (lower) than they were in the past,” she said. “We should keep our eyes on spaces with concentrated youth and creativity — in another few years, cities in China, like Chengdu, could become huge cultural centers.”

Ties to China

With both of her parents hailing from China, Zhang also feels a personal connection to the country.
“Children of immigrants are an interesting group of people because you can feel like you’re in a no man’s land — you carry your family’s ethnic values,” she said. “But also identify with the place that you were raised.”
Zhang, who identifies as Chinese-Australian, has spoken openly about how her ethnicity forced her to confront identity issues and racism in the past. It’s a matter that still concerns her now, and she is vocal about it today.

"It's not my career to be an 'Instagrammer' -- those are just platforms I use to share my work with my audience," says Zhang, who has almost 1 million followers on Instagram.

“It’s not my career to be an ‘Instagrammer’ — those are just platforms I use to share my work with my audience,” says Zhang, who has almost 1 million followers on Instagram. Credit: Courtesy Margaret Zhang
“Any racism I’ve experienced has been born of ignorance rather than hatred,” she explained. “The fashion industry is quite advanced in regards to diversity, so it would be insensitive to discredit the movements made by the champions in this industry.
“But there are many shortcomings, and I think 2017 has been an indicator that we are not as progressed as we thought we were.”