The Closet Covert

THURSDAY, 20 SEPTEMBER 2012

The Closet Covet….I’m in disgrace. The sample sale yesterday was a dismal disappointment and I feel like I let you all down. How could I? Should I have known? Why me…..OK, wallowing over because I have redeemed myself in SPECTACULAR style. I don’t know why I’m sharing it really because, quite frankly, I want everything on here for myself.

Versace silk crepe cocktail dress
http://sophias-closet-2.myshopify.com/collections/all/products/aa-versace-silk

Now, how to describe www.sophias-closet.com? ‘Discount website’ is far too dismissive and ‘designer boutique’ would scare you off immediately, for fear that your credit card could not handle the treasures you’d find.

OK, let me set the scene. Imagine you stumble in to a shop- a pretty little space on a quaint side street, with mannequins in the window that make the cast of Sex and the City look like hobos. Naturally, you want everything and, just as you are contemplating forgoing next month’s rent in order to get your hands on a divine fuschia Versace dress, you notice the price tag. £250? You know that a beautifully tailoired blend of silk and chiffon like this is going for £800 in Bond Street’s finest stores and you quickly bundle the dress to the counter and avoid eye contact with the sales girl, terrified that at any moment she will realise there has been some terrible mistake and order you out of the shop and back to the highstreet, where you belong.
Well, Sophia’s closet is that very scenario- and in this case you can shop at ease, knowing that the prices are no mistake, just some divine treat from the fashion gods!

I love it because it is simple. It’s a one-stop-shop for all your label needs. You’ll find patentLouboutin pumps alongside beautifully crafted Louis Vuitton totes and Cavalli animal print…perhaps you’ll need the Burberry trench to go over it…or an Elle Macpherson for underneath….whatever your wardrobe is crying out for, Sophia seems to have it. If you fancy a change you can even sell your own designer pieces through the site and raise cash for another shopping spree! What’s not to love?!
So now you know how it works, here’s some of my favourite finds to get you started:

Just Cavalli Silk Scarf
http://www.sophias-closet.com/
  • A half price Just Cavalli silk scarf. Scarves are fantastic designer investments as they are so versatile- this Autumn it’ll immediately upgrade any highstreet coat and look divine knotted above a simple blouse. Why not tie it around the handles of your favourite bag or go rockabilly by wrapping it around your bouffant? So many possibilities for so little cash.
Marc Jacobs Shoulder Bag
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  • ThisMarc Jacobs bag may be pre-loved but it looks like it’s in fab condition. and I had to read the price over and over again to believe it. You save £670 on this beauty! That is not a mis-print! GO, GO, GO!
Black and gold is the ultimate classic so it’s another one that will see you through countless outfits. Ohhh and the durable chain handles and spacious body mean it’s actually useful too!
  • Haute Hippie Ostrich Dress
    http://sophias-closet-2.myshopify.com/collections/dresses/products/black-feathers
    I’m furious that I have ever spent over £100 on a high street evening dress. Probably a poorly stitched number that two other girls were wearing and was banished to the back of my wardrobe as soon as I got home. This Haute Hippie Ostrich cocktail dress is my favourite in Sophia’s heavenly closet. It is playful yet demure and will go with just about everything. Oh god, I just realised how much I want it.
  • Finally, I’m still reeling at the saving on these BRAND NEW Crisian & McCaffery black python pumps. The gold plaque on the sole and textured feel mean that onlookers will spot your designer status a mile off- and they won’t know that you got them for less than half price. Again, I’ve chosen these because they will blend in with your existing collection so seamlessly and can be adapted for so many occasions. Perfection.
Crisian & McCaffery python pumps
http://sophias-closet-2.myshopify.com/collections/shoes/products/1-python

Disclaimer: I do not own any of these images, they have all been taken from www.sophias-closet.com
I have not been asked or prompted in any way to promote this website or any of its content, I simply like the clothes- and prices- I found.


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.

 

 


Rachel Zoe Lands Prime Venue at New York Fashion Week. Go Zoe!

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Photo via Getty

Ever since Rachel Zoe presented her first-ever fashion week presentation last September, the LA-based celebrity stylist has slowly made her way closer and closer to Lincoln Center, where the top shows are held.

Last season, she presented her fall 2012 runway at the Empire Hotel, which is just a hop away from the NYFW epicenter. According to the official Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week schedule, Zoe is set to show her spring 2013 at Lincoln Center’s The Studio venue on September 12 at 1pm.

She revealed to us last month that her latest ready-to-wear threads with pieces from her debut jewelry line, so keep an eye out for that. Go Zoe!


Quick Change! Maria Sharapova Wears Four Looks in One Day

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Maria Sharapova is used to moving quickly on the tennis court, but moving fast with fashion? Now that’s a different story.

“I’ve never done press tours, but I feel like this is what it’d be like,” she told PEOPLE Monday while in the midst of a whirlwind press day for her new Sugarpova candy line in N.Y.C. “I’m changing in bathrooms in the back of studios! It’s been a real adventure, but it’s fun, like a play day.”

The tennis star started the day at Henri Bendel wearing a Vanessa Bruno top and bright Zimmermann skirt, finished with platform pumps (left). For a public appearance in the department store — where her line of sweet and sour gummies is now sold — she slipped into a custom David Koma dress and vintage blue Sergio Rossi heels (second from left).

But the day was only half done; Sharapova then jetted down to NBC studios for a taping of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, wearing another David Koma creation (this one black with sexy sheer paneling), Henri Bendel earrings and Giuseppe Zanotti shoes (second from right). And she finished her marathon day at the Haven Rooftop bar at the Sanctuary Hotel, where she celebrated her Hamptons magazine cover in a red leather Valentino dress, haute heels, Sethi Couture earrings and a Le Vian ring (right).

So how does candy fit into the athlete’s stylish portfolio? After collaborations with Nike and Cole Haan, it seems slightly random — but to Sharapova it makes perfect sense.

“I’ve always had a sweet tooth,” she said, recalling her childhood years, when her parents would reward her with candy following good practice sessions. “Plus, I’ve always wanted to own my own business, support it 100 percent, make the final decisions,” she added. “So it’s exciting.”

Sugarpova includes 12 varieties of candy, including “Chic,” gummy shoes and handbags (fitting in with her love of fashion) and “Sporty,” tennis ball-shaped gum. There are also fish, spiders, worms, bears and more. “Everyone loves candy,” Sharapova added. “So this was just a lot of fun for me.”

–Kate Hogan


Fashion magazines now airbrushing models to make them look … fatter?

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Oh Kate Upton, what have you done?

While magazines have airbrushed pounds off models and celebs for years, to the consternation of many, the latest trend in the editorial and advertising world is digitally altering subjects to appear larger and curvier.

“I have to airbrush clients’ to make them appear bigger and more womanly before I submit photographs,” one leading talent manager told FOX411’s Pop Tarts column. “Skinny doesn’t sell.”

Pick up the latest edition of Vogue featuring Lady Gaga on the cover and notice how tall and curvaceous she appears with a cinched waist and prominent bust and hips, a noticeable difference from the behind-the-scenes photo shoot video which appears on the fashion magazine’s website.

The mag did not respond to a request for comment.

Yes bountiful busts and backsides are back, even if they don’t come naturally.

“The bootylicious-ness of the Beyonce, the J-Lo, and the Kim Kardashian effect is contagious, and Hollywood runs things more than models nowadays. It is definitely not about make-me-look skinny, it is make me look sexy and curvy. And we’re also seeing a trend in cleavage,” explained top celebrity stylist, Phillip Bloch. “(Airbrushing) is happening in several other parts of the body too. They want toned arms, and fuller faces.”

Leading model manager and publicist Nadja Atwal is very familiar with the growing practice of body plumping prior to print

“These poor girls (models) have been forced to lose the very curves that the general public wants in order to find a woman attractive,” she said. “So when you do a sexier shoot with a skinnier girl, you have got to basically add volume via retouching where there is no volume in reality.”

Called “reverse retouching,” this practice first came under scrutiny in 2010 when Jane Druker, the editor of Healthy magazine in England, admitted that the cover girl arrived at the shoot looking “really thin and unwell.” But rather than being sent home and another model hired, the publication instead chose to retouch the model to look larger, in keeping with the publication’s dedication to “healthy” faces and figures.

The art director for health and fitness-orientated magazine SELF also confessed that models are retouched to look bigger and healthier, essentially faking fitness. In addition, former Cosmopolitan editor Leah Hardy admitted that during her reign at the magazine, bulk was added to models during post-production, and even the editor of British Vogue, Alexandra Shulman, revealed that she often has had to ask photographers to specifically make models not look so skinny.

And magazines aren’t the only offenders. Movie marketers do it too. Itty bitty actress Keira Knightley dared speak out in disgust over the posters for her film “King Arthur” after it was obvious that her bust has been digitally enhanced in a pretty “big” way.

“Publications will do whatever they think will make something sell. If curvier models are in, models will be airbrushed to appear curvy,” noted body image expert Sarah Maria. “The fashion and entertainment industry is interested in what sells, plain and simple.”

However, is adding weight with the click of a button, as opposed to subtracting it, really a step in the right direction in terms of promoting healthy body image?

According to Jena la Flamme, founder of Pleasurable Weight Loss and a staunch champion of healthy body image, this form of digital dishonesty is just as detrimental as selectively slimming.

“The practice of airbrushing models, whether to make them look bigger and bustier or smaller and thinner, reflects poorly on the fashion industry. These techniques are all about creating an illusion and distorting reality,” she explained. “It sets a bad example for women watching these celebrities because now they are vulnerable to comparing themselves to highly manipulated photo art, not a real photo of a real person. Though the photos aren’t real, they have a real and tangible negative effect on women who, bombarded by these images, are led to feel they aren’t meeting up to the standards of beauty.”

One fashion industry insider said the airbrushing controversy was being overblown, and that women in magazines have fuller figures because photo editors are leaving their computer tools alone. “(Magazines) generally are not airbrushing as much. That is their natural figure,” the source said.

So real or digitized, skinny is out, and curvy is in.

“It is helpful they are airbrushing images to look healthier, but why not just use healthier women and save yourself the hassle? Society is ready for change,” said former model turned filmmaker Nicole Clark. “I’m sure actresses and models would love to start eating healthier and feel more energetic.”

Danielle Jones-Wesley contributed to this report.


Made In Chelsea’s Louise Thompson is super sultry in first fashion campaignchelsea

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So far it’s only really been Millie Mackintosh from Made In Chelsea who has gone on to be the face of…well just about everything really.

But now Louise Thompson is following hot on her heels and has fronted her first fashion campaign.

We’re surprised it’s taken so long really, she’s a babe and if our word isn’t enough, you’ll remember Spencer and Jamie both had all that hoo-hah over her.

Anyway the 22-year-old has posed for Gorgeous Couture in Ibiza and frankly the results are simply stunning, she’s kind of channelling Mila Kunis in some of the pics. Kind of.

Posted: 14/08/2012

Rachel Zoe wows local fashionistas Celeb stylist-turned-designer unveils fall collection

Rachel Zoe, the celebrity stylist-turned-designer, drew a few hundred stylish women to Holt Renfrew in Vancouver Thursday for the unveiling of her new fall collection.

And while a temporary run-way was created to show off Zoe’s collection of rock ‘n’ roll, late ’60s-inspired clothing, it was clear the crowds weren’t there just for fashion.

Zoe was the star of the day, having successfully parlayed her fashion acumen into a mini-empire that includes a reality TV Show, The Rachel Zoe Project, a New York Times bestselling book and now a clothing and accessories line. Most recently, she has added motherhood to the mix, turning the world of Rachel Zoe into an even more fascinating cocktail, whether you happen to be a fan or not.

Zoe, for her part, seems genuinely surprised by the interest in her life, saying that as a stylist, you expect to have a career that’s behind the scenes.

“I couldn’t be more sick of myself,” she said. “I can’t even listen to my voice on a recording.”

She pauses to contemplate the issue more deeply, then adds: “You know, I think the answer to that is I think someone who is a career woman and a family person might be interesting because you kind of wonder – many women struggle in life how to do both – so I think that might have something to do with it.”

There is, of course, glamour to it, too. Zoe started off in 1992 as an unknown stylist in L.A. and worked her way up to styling some of the biggest names in Hollywood including Cameron Diaz, Eva Mendes, Anne Hath-away and Nicole Richie. Her glam, boho look of flowy dresses and oversized sunglasses became coveted by young women and launching her own fashion line. The 40-year-old taste-maker admits she felt a great deal of pressure when she went from stylist to designer.

“I put a huge amount of pres-sure on myself because I want to be great at it,” says Zoe.

But the collection has done well enough for Holt Renfrew to pick up another season. For fall 2012, Zoe focused on her trademark sweeping, floor-length dresses with painterly prints, magenta blazers and sequined cocktail dresses that channel Edie Sedgwick.

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