Legendary supermodel Amber Valletta was on top of the world in the 90s. By the turn of the millennium, Vogue magazine (on which she appeared 16 times) called her a “Modern Muse,” an appropriate term for the woman who posed for Chanel, Calvin Klein, Giorgio Armani, Versace and countless other major houses. But while Amber was jet-setting around the world, twirling on runways and shooting campaigns, the model struggled with a substance abuse problem that almost consumed her entirely.
“I hit my bottom — when I was 25…and I remember it very well,” she told CBS News’ Lee Woodruff in an interview that aired this morning. “I think when you come to a point and you look in the mirror, and you can’t say anything nice to yourself — that’s a real problem.” Amber was discovered at 16 years old, and by the time she was 18, she was partying with the best of them in Europe. According to the model, addiction runs in her family and she unfortunately succumbed to nature.
“The first time I tried cocaine…I was in it — first time. And the last time I used I had — let me just put it this way. I hadn’t slept in a while, and I ended up going to St. Vincent’s alone and walking home alone after they released me the next day. And that is not a good feeling.” (more…)
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While the rest of the world waits patiently for Target‘s collaboration with Altuzarra to drop, the fashion set got a head start on the shopping last night during an event to celebrate the collaboration. Target’s parties for its designer collaborations always draw a crowd, and last night proved to be no exception. The venue was packed.
Guests stood almost shoulder-to-shoulder wielding champagne glasses as they tried to navigate the space, which was a veritable hall of mirrors. Interspersed throughout the venue were small, mirrored salons, which featured mannequins dressed in pieces from the line. Above, a cascade of blue and yellow Christmas lights twinkled, likely to mimic the feeling of being in some sort of enchanted space. I can’t lie — the setup was dizzying to say the least. And the rhythmic pumping of the bass in the background music didn’t help — it just made the mirrors quiver, and made me wonder if I’d already had too much to drink after a single glass of wine. The place was so crowded, you couldn’t even find celebrity guests Naomie Harris, Keri Russell and Naomi Watts in the mass of people.
To say Joe Zee‘s a busy man would be an understatement. The editor certainly has his hands full at the helm of Yahoo’s newly-launched style website, which over the past few weeks, Zee has been steadily promoting on his social media channels. But even with all this piled on his plate, Zee’s still got the time to lend to other big projects, like his new gig as Old Navy‘s Style Ambassador, which he fêted yesterday evening.
There was plenty to do at the affair — guests sipped cocktails and nibbled on tiny hors d’oeuvres as they browsed through the space, which boasted a candy bar. Old Navy totes filled with goodies awaited those who wanted them, while there were also photo booths and even a stand where you could get stamped with a metallic flash tattoo. The event was not without the obligatory celebrity presence. A mob of camera phones let out resounding clicks as Katie Holmes, dressed in a simple button-down, jeans and black bow pumps, got a gold flash tattoo applied to the back of her neck. Hilary Rhoda also stopped by to support.
Zee has lent his sartorial sensibilities to the retailer, styling its web ads, window dressing, online videos and more. It seems Zee has really taken a shine to bringing fashion to the average American, who might not have access to sample sales or be able to justify spending $200 on a pair of premium denim. After taking the helm at Yahoo! Style, this involvement with Old Navy seems like a natural progression; bringing fashion to the masses. (more…)
In the world of cute fashion pets, it simply does not get more adorable than Choupette Lagerfeld. With apologies to Cecil Delevingne (also unfairly cute), Choupette reigns as queen of fashion industry pets who are famous in their own right. But you can call her the O.G. of cute, furry fashion companions.
Since meowing into the heart of Kaiser Karl, Choupette has gotten plenty of attention from the industry at large, partly because of her famous father, but mostly because she is just so freakin’ cute to look at. Seeing the appeal of the snowball-hued feline, Shu Uemura decided to partner with Miss Choupette and her daddy for a holiday makeup collaboration, inspired, of course, by the pretty kitty.
Now WWD has more details on the forthcoming “Shupette” collection, and surprise, it is as adorable as we thought it would be. The line will offer eyeshadow and lip palettes, false lashes, glitter powder, blush, cleansing oil and an under base mousse. Emblazoned on the packaging are drawings of Choupette, done by Karl and colored using Shu Uemura makeup products. Also on tap are nail polish, an eyelash curler, a brush set and a makeup trunk.
It is all very cute, and we’re sure Mademoiselle Choupette has plenty of approving mews to give for this range.
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Nicole Kidman stepped out for the UK Gala screening of Before I Go To Sleep in London on Thursday, September 4, wearing a moss-green midi dress by Valentino. Pulled from the Fall 2014 collection, the piece stands out with its colourful sequinned butterfly embroidery.
It’s a playful choice for the 47-year-old, but the pieces still manages to look elegant with its plunging neckline, below-the-knee length and sheer sleeves. Her chest was adorned with silver and emerald-green necklaces, matching her shiny ring and drop earrings.
Nicole teamed the look with gold Christian Louboutin heels, pulled back hair and clean makeup. We think the Australian actress looks divine as usual, and not many could pull off this colour quite like Nicole.
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Taylor Swift has chosen Australian label Sass & Bide for her outfit to the Deutscher Radiopreis 2014 in Hamburg, Germany. The singer pulled the top-and-skirt combo from Sass & Bide’s Fall 2013 collection, looking polished and classy for the radio awards in strictly monochrome.
In true Taylor form, this is another matchy-matchy wardrobe option for the 24-year-old. Although the outfit looks like a peplum top over a white mini, Taylor has actually teamed Sass & Bide’s cage bandeau crop top with the cage peplum skirt to create this illusion.
Black pointed-toe pumps brought the outfit together, but we wish Taylor could’ve been a little courageous with hair and makeup to take this look to the next level. We feel a slicked-back pony and a statement red lip could’ve given this outfit the edge it needed.