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Glitter, shimmer and sequins have long been utilized by celebrities to boost the sexy factor of their red-carpet outfits. This fall, however, designers have chosen a new purpose for their specks of plastic glitz. Fall 2012 couture has been redefined with mini bursts of subtle sparkle to enhance femininity and create a sheer glow of confidence.
Chanel Fall 2012 (above, middle) highlighted the legs with a translucent silver-glitter stocking to complement the rose chiffon and miniature tube sequins of the design.
Designer Antoni Alison (far right) opted for a bolder approach, pairing a slim-lined mock black tuxedo top with a gold glitter bottom. The skirt half is sleek, long and ultra-feminine, especially in contrast with the faux-masculine top, creating an overall look that radiates effeminate poise.
To create an easier subtle sparkle look for the fall, try inserting smaller doses of shimmer into your daywear. Glitter eyeliner, like the blue and silver sparkles on model Liu Wen (pictured below) or a pair of sparkly brogues from Miu Miu can add the perfect amount of twinkle to your autumn lineup!
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Most magazines are 75% advertisement, 25% text. Much to my dismay, this month’s issue of Vanity Fair proved to be no exception.
Excited by the size of the March issue, I picked up the two-pound magazine ready to dive into a myriad of text. My first target was the Hollywood issue article that accompanied a picture of the stunning, pastel-clad starlets on the cover. Little did I know at the time, that a barrage of advertisements would soon turn my attentions elsewhere.
My flame of excitement about the celebrity article soon flickered into a dull ember, as I flipped through page after page of exactly one hundred glossy ads before I reached the index, and many more after that until I found my desired read.
Along the way, however, a few advertisements caught my attention. The first one was for Vanity E-books, available for purchase on the iPad, Kindle or Nook. Short books (possibly originally longer articles like those of David Margolick) could be purchased and read on electronic reading devices instead of being printed in the already lengthy print issue of the magazine.
It struck me that print media was very limited in this way. The March issue of Vanity Fair seemed to be busting at its binding, straining under the weight of its very own pages. Online reading devices, on the other hand, offered the option to endlessly scroll or flip through longer articles, stories or special features.
As I moved on from the E-books ad, I stumbled upon a second advertisement promoting The New Yorker’s “Goings On” app which is, according to the ad, “a free guide to New York City culture from the staff of The New Yorker”. Reputable critics can comment on events and forge the often lofty bridge separating writers and editors from their readership.
These days, with the “anyone can be a journalist” attitude, people are arguing that the voice of the people is more immediate and reliable, but readers like me who prefer print journalism, often opt for more reliable sources. I found that The New Yorker’s app combines both aspects, offering succinct, but valuable input on various boutiques, restaurants, concerts and other cultural offerings in the city.
Overall, I found that the abundance of advertisements promoting new media within the print publication of Vanity Fair to be revealing in the obvious cultural shift occurring within journalism. As editors are realizing new media’s value in enhancing the content of print media, newer technological advancements are being made.
This being said, print media will never be able to be completely obliterated in favor of these newer features. How would the online interactive sites be able to supplement the basis of a print magazine no longer in print? How would the online iPhone apps support the writing careers of The New Yorker critics?
Technically, it is possible for print magazines to make an entire shift to online journalism using new media. I have learned, however, that the appeal for magazine readers is largely based in print media and I hope that editors will continue to honor the visceral allure of a print magazine.
For now, new media serves as a highly effective supplement to already existing print media. By using both new media and print media in conjunction with one another, readers can receive a full and informative experience while digesting news.
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Having only seen a handful of the movies up for nomination at last night’s Academy Awards, I was less focused on the films and more focused on the fashion.
For those who do not pride themselves in being avid film aficionados or even regular film goers, the celebrities who strut across the red carpet are reason enough to turn on the television on a dull Sunday night.
Yet, the 2012 Oscars left me sorely disappointed. Granted the two films I saw (Midnight in Paris and Hugo), won awards, I found a good string of actresses gracing the screen with unexciting gowns. After realizing that my multiple trips to the kitchen might have caused me to miss a few of the best outfits, I checked my Twitter feed for updates from T Magazine and WWD, hoping for pictures of better red carpet looks.
I was not blown away by any one actress, but several women showed up in gorgeous gowns. After perusing a NYT slideshow of the red carpet stars, I made my final choices. Let’s see who made my top three.
Here, ladies and gentlemen, is Noël’s reduced list: Oscars 2012 Best Dressed Top Three
1. Emma Stone in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture
Emma looked classy with a high-necked scarlet gown that stood out among the low-cut, off-the-shoulder frocks for which many celebrities opted. The bright red in contrast with her swept red hair allowed Emma to shine as a natural beauty in a dress that created a stunning silhouette.
2. Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford
Sleek and sexy in a simple white dress, Gwyneth proved that austerity and clean lines override any amount of excessive sequined detailing. Her cape, which had the potential to be a flop, flattered her frame and added a touch of menswear-inspired flair. Gwyneth chose a uniquely unembellished but highly sophisticated outfit, one that stood out among many of the other actresses who seemed over-the-top.
3. Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji
Octavia chose a glittery, frame-hugging gown that accentuated her curves and gathered beautifully at the waist. Her miniature, rectangular clutch brought out the subdued sparkle in her dress and in her smile!
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Tavi Gevinson started blogging in 2008 when she was 11 years old.
Despite resistance from her parents, Tavi kept on blogging and has since risen to fame in the fashion blogosphere. She sits front row at NYFW, is best friends with the Rodarte sisters, has written for Harper’s Bazaar, writes regularly for her own blog, The Style Rookie, and is Editor In Chief of online magazine, Rookie. She also plans on co-founding a new online magazine, Sassy.
At the tender age of 15, Tavi has graced the cover of Pop magazine and has been featured in Teen Vogue, Vogue Paris, L’Officiel and Vogue Italia. She is also the new face of Uniqlo.
Many individuals spend a lifetime trying to climb the ladder of fashion journalism to no avail. However, this Chicago-based teenager with a penchant for style has risen to notability with relative ease. So what’s Tavi’s secret?
Some say it’s her young age, her writing skill, sullen demeanor or eclectic style. I, however, think that her ability to utilize new media to develop her passion for fashion is what elevated her to current prominence.
Most people who aspire to work in the fashion industry start with the basics: an internship. They toil for several years, toting coffee, buying makeup, organizing closets and assisting shoots. However, after many years of work experience, they get thrown into an office and are expected to run the online aspects of a magazine using new media. Interns turn into bloggers for a publication’s website, manning Twitter feeds or updating links. Thus, one can see how an already successful career in blogging gives an intern instant credibility.
By showing innovation on one’s own blog, aspiring fashion journalists skip many of these preliminary steps to success. Meanwhile, major fashion designers and magazine editors are becoming more and more conscious of the power of the blogosphere.
Bloggers such as Tavi, Bryan Boy and FashionToast are invited to major fashion events because many figures in the industry have been growing to understand the potency of these blogs’ vast readership and influence among fashion lovers across the world.
Blogs cannot be underestimated. Tavi’s blog may have started out as a recreational hobby, as many blogs do, but the rapidity with which her blog turned course showed that the scope of the blogosphere is endless.
New media is redefining how I view fashion journalism and the pursuit of a potential future career in the industry. If bloggers like Tavi are paving the way for success and prevalence in the fashion world, it shows that new media can help me build my blogging skill for greater use down the road.
Want more Tavi? Check out this slideshow of her in the NYT!