The high street alternative to Jeffrey Campbells

Jeffrey Campbell’s Lita are everywhere at the moment and due to the vast range of quirky designs available such as the new American flag design and trend aware pastel colour range.  They are loved by celebrities due to the quirky designs and $150-$200 dollars, (depending on the material or print you choose) price tag. The success of the brandImagemeans waiting several months for UK sellers to re-stock making Jefferey Campbells Lita exclusive and limited.

The ostrich textured black leather gives these platforms a rock n’ roll edge and considerable high heal gives fierce height, perfect for a young and stylish look.

They’re a great investment piece if your usual style is urban and luxury as these boots alone can create new life and personality into your current wardrobe and create many versatile high fashion looks. The hidden platform in the shoe also makes the walking in them much easier, as your foot is fully supported making walking around London or New York easy as pie.

Amber laces up boots are the high street alternative to the original high end Jeffery’s. Although I think for £35, you can’t really go wrong I just don’t think they do the originals justice with a slightly different shape and lower quality fabric. I think it takes away the exclusivity and rarity of the item by making them more accessible. I believe se shoes are one of a kind and should stay that way.

A wide range of real Jeffery Campbells can be found at http://www.polyvore.com/jeffrey_campbell_shoes/shop?brand=Jeffrey+Campbell&category_id=41/ and an Irish company Formosa Fashion is stocking Litas online too.

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By Hannah Hussain


Lady Gaga to make public appearance at London department store Harrods

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Singer will appear in-store on October 7, probably to promote her new perfume.

 

The store announced the event on its Twitter feed, posting: “We are delighted to announce that @LadyGaga will appear in-store on the 7th October at 6pm. The event is open to the public…”

Responding to excitable replies from the singer’s fans, the store later added:

Calling all #LittleMonsters! Thank you for your tweets, we will be announcing the full details of@ladygaga‘s PA soon. Watch this space.

— Harrods (@Harrods) August 24, 2012

It is thought that the appearance will promote Lady Gaga’s perfume Fame, which is due to launch very shortly. Scroll down to watch a teaser video for the fragrance.

A month before her Harrods appearance, Lady Gaga will return to the UK for a trio of large-scale live dates. The singer plays Twickenham Stadium on September 8 and 9, followed by Manchester Arena on September 11. She will be supported on all three dates by The Darkness.

Earlier this month, she announced that her next album will be called ‘ARTPOP’ and is due in early 2013. Fans are speculating that the album could feature a collaboration with Azealia Banks after the pair began a teasing Twitter conversation earlier this week (August 22).


Madonna And Elton John’s Feud Continues

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Madonna And Elton John’s Feud Continues

It seems that Madonna and Elton John’s long running feud is still heated as Madonna takes another nasty swipe at Elton.

 

The two stars who are both considered pop royalty, have always struggled to see eye to eye, and it seems the feud between them is growing by the day.

At first it may have seemed that Madonna was lending an olive branch to Elton by performing a song at her recent concert in Nice, France in Elton’s honor stating: “I know he’s a big fan of it and I know he’s a big fan of mine and you know? I forgive him. Gotta start somewhere.” However the song in question was Masterpiece, the hit that helped Madonna beat Elton’s entry to a film soundtrack Golden Globe earlier this year.

Madonna And Elton John’s Feud Continues

When Madonna scooped up the award, Elton and his partner David Furnish were not afraid of expressing their disgust at Madonna winning the award, which obviously has inspired Madonna to carry out the returning insult.

This is not the first time the couple have publicly aired their dislike for each other. Earlier this month in an interview with an Australian journalist, Elton branded Madonna a “fairground stripper” claiming “her career’s over, I can tell you that. Her tour’s been a disaster.”

No doubt adding fuel to the fire, Elton is a close friend of fellow pop star Lady Gaga, who is the godmother of his son Zachery. Madonna is publicly known not to be a huge fan as she feels that Gaga is reusing her famous sound and controversial style.

Madonna not afraid of confrontation took a swipe towards ‘copying’ Gaga by transitioning between her hit Express Yourself and Lady Gaga’s Born This Way during a concert in May. Elton, clearly not impressed by Madonna’s immature antics towards the young star, spoke out to the press reaffirming his dislike for Madonna stating, “She has been so horrible to Gaga.”

Article By Victoria Beckett


Angelina Jolie to wear slinky dress for wedding

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Angelina Jolie is likely to choose a “slinky” bridal gown for her wedding to Brad Pitt, friends have revealed.

The actress, who is frequently referred to as one of the world’s sexiest women, is said to prefer a glamorous wedding dress to a more traditional design.

There has already been a huge amount of speculation, over which designer will be honoured with the task of creating the gown, with Versace being a strong contender for the job, Stuff.co.nz reported.

 

Other fashion houses that have drawn up sketches in a bid to win the coveted commission include the likes of Badgley MischkaMonique Lhuillier and Reem Acra.

“Friends think it’ll be a ‘slinky dress’, made by Ange’s favourite designer Jenny Packham, whose wedding collection is renowned for its classy styles,” UK magazine Look reported.

The couple are also believed to be opting for glamorous wedding bands to match the brunette beauty’s flashy engagement ring.

Designed by Robert Procop, the flawless diamond creation is believed have cost as much as 1 million dollars and could be joined by an equally luxury design from the jeweller when the couple weds this summer.

“He [Robert Procop] designed her engagement ring and is likely to come up with something quite sparkly,” a source said.


Laid-off Fashion Designer Opens Fire Near Empire State Building

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NEW YORK (AP) – A disgruntled former women’s accessories designer shot a former colleague to death Friday and then was killed in a shootout with police near the Empire State Building that left nine others wounded, officials said.

The nine people wounded in the gunfire after 9 a.m. on the Fifth Avenue side of the building were expected to survive, police said.

After the shootout, crowds of tourists and people on their way to work gathered along 34th Street, which was shut down by police. Police helicopters buzzed overhead and swarms of officers were gathered around the crime scene.

Jeffrey Johnson, 53, was laid off about a year ago at Hazan Imports and targeted a 41-year-old former colleague, shooting the man in the head, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.

A construction worker followed Johnson, then spoke to police nearby. Johnson turned his .45-caliber pistol on officers and they returned fire, Kelly said. Johnson was shot and killed by police.

It’s not clear if Johnson opened fire on the officers, but Mayor Michael Bloomberg said some of the nine wounded may have been shot by police in the mayhem.

The gunshots rang out at a time of day when the sidewalks around the building are packed with pedestrians and merchants were opening their shops.

“We were just working here and we just heard bang, bang, bang!” said Mohammed Bachchu, 22, of Queens, a worker at a nearby souvenir shop. He said he rushed from the building and saw seven people lying on the ground, covered in blood.

Queens resident Rebecca Fox, 27, said she saw people running down the street and initially thought it was a celebrity sighting, but then saw a woman shot in the foot and a man dead on the ground.

“I was scared and shocked and literally shaking,” she said. She said police seemed to appear in seconds. “It was like CSI, but it was real.”

Hassam Cissa, 22, of the Bronx, said he saw two bodies on the ground and police applying a white cloth to a man’s stomach wound.

Gunshots so close to one of the city’s leading tourist attractions immediately prompted fears of terrorism, but federal officials said that wasn’t the case, and a guard at skyscraper said it didn’t involve the parts of the building where tourists gather to visit the skyscraper.

The gunfire came less than two weeks after a knife-wielding man was shot dead by police near Times Square, another tourist-saturated part of the city. Authorities say police shot 51-year-old Darrius Kennedy after he lunged at officers with a kitchen knife Aug. 12. Kennedy was smoking marijuana in Times Square on a Saturday afternoon when officers first approached, police said. It was the beginning of an encounter that would stretch for seven crowded blocks.

In 1997, a gunman opened fire on the 86th floor observation deck of the Empire State Building, killing one tourist and wounding six others before fatally shooting himself.


Fashion trends emerge at Fashion Festival Sydney 2012

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Top Australian fashion houses including Akira, Ginger and Smart and Manning Cartell debuted their Spring/Summer 2012/2013 collections on the runway as presented by Marie Claire for Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival Sydney 2012, held at Sydney Town Hall on August 24, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.

Akira presented a selection of red carpet worthy monochrome white gowns, to include bridalwear, as well as printed ensembles with Japanese themes, using paper parasols as props, which added plenty of atmosphere to their fashion show.

View slideshow: Trends emerge at Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival Sydney 2012

True to their name, Ginger and Smart has a color palette in a pickled ginger or salmon pink color, with a little bit of wasabi green on the side, in the way of a mini skirt!

Ginger and Smart presented a fine collection of ginger hued separates – Capri pants, culottes, a boyfriend blazer as well as a short-sleeved mini sheath, teamed with multi-colored tops and shirts as well as a dress in the same multi geometric print.

Designs by Roopa Pemmaraju, as presented by Marie Claire for Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival Sydney 2012 on 24 August 2012 in Sydney, Australia.
Designs by Roopa Pemmaraju, as presented by Marie Claire for Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival Sydney 2012 on 24 August 2012 in Sydney, Australia.
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Manning Cartell also offers the prettiest ginger pink skirt ensembled, designed to include a mock turtleneck, long sleeves and a bare midriff as the cropped top curves upwards, teamed with matching salmon pink mules.

Suboo too incorporates coral or salmon pink in their collection, in particular their turquoise blue, black and salmon pink gown, accessorized with a coral necklace.

Cotton On gets on the pink bandwagon with a gorgeous moto jacket in strawberry pink, which they team with a floral blouse, skinny printed jeans and silver pumps.

Roopa Pemmaraju also brought out some of her best work today, including the stunning cobalt blue gown, a taupe and black gown with swirls and her zigzag patterned geometric dresses with tribal appeal.

Sportscraft also had an amazing presentation today, offering some amazing color combinations to include shades of coral pink/orange as well as black and white ensembles – something for every taste!

Whatever you want to call it – salmon, ginger, coral, peach – many of these collections are featuring that delectable shrimp cocktail pink color and it seems that next Spring/Summer it is going to be all the rage!

Oroton, who showed their collection earlier on, spiced things up a bit with a rich pumpkin orange. Cobalt blue and other Mediterranean hues like turquoise, seafoam green and teal will also be popular…

Take a look at these Australian fashion design labels in my slideshow to see what’s going to be trending next season as it makes its way to the northern hemisphere…


Eva Mendes Glams It Up with a Boho Chic Style

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By Jennifer Greenleaf

Rachel Zoe has worked her magic once again on the already gorgeous Eva Mendes and her elegant wardrobe. According to Daily Mail, Mendes left Zoe’s office sporting a signatureboho chic look that the stylist is known for. Not only did Mendes exude beauty, but she did so in a casual way thanks to the talents of her stylist. With her dog at her side, Mendes completed the look of the basic white T-shirt and a brown polka-dotted skirt by adding turquoise-rimmed sunglasses and an updo featuring a brown headband. Even in a casual summer outfit with or without make-up, the star looked glamorous.

Zoe is considered the stylist to the stars–including Mendes–because of her impeccable taste. Daly Mail also notes some of Zoe’s other clientele includes Anne Hathaway and Cameron Diaz as well. Mendes has been spotted throughout California wearing gorgeous sundresses as the temperatures continue to rise thanks to her stylist, Rachel Zoe. Mendes is seen with her shimmering brown locks of hair in loose ponytails, as well as flowing loosely on her shoulders. She finishes off the look by highlighting her features through the use of natural-toned makeup.

Eva Mendes stars in an upcoming movie co-staring her beau Ryan Gosling entitled, The Place Beyond the Pines. The movie is set to release late 2012. Despite rumors flying about the possibility of the two of them getting married, Mendes remains quiet about their relationship. She remarks casually about how much she enjoys having him as a co-star in their upcoming movie, as well as how talented of an actor he is. However, not much more is said beyond that by this tight-lipped star.