Wednesday, 31 August 2011

First Look: Taylor Swift's Wonderstruck

Taylor Swift fans, you ask and I deliver! Here's the first look at the campaign for her new Wonderstruck fragrance.  It truly is a magical advert. The chandeliers, the champagne coloured dress with layers and layers of ruffles and the diamante detailing... it's right out of a fairytale. As the ad says, it's 'the beginning of something magical.'

Image via Taylor Swift's Facebook

Urban Decay hooks me on lipstick!


I can't remember the last time I wore lipstick. I just don't roll with the lips when it comes to makeup. I stick to eyes mainly and leave the rest for the experts. That was until last week when I got a little package from Urban Decay which contained their new Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Colour. 

I tried one out - pictures above - and couldn't have been more pleased with the results! Why have I waited so long to embrace the lips?! I'm a changed woman!  

The new lip colour comes in a pencil like applicator, it's easy as pie to put on and you'll get it just right every time. Trust me, I'm an idiot when it comes to makeup and if I can do it anyone can do it!

Crystal Renn for Vogue Japan October 2011

Crystal Renn looks absolutely phenomenal in Vogue Japan's October issue, as styled by Anna Dello Russo. Not only does she cover and feature in the Vogue Japan Beauty segment but Crystal also has a feature in the main magazine featuring Dolce & Gabbana's Autumn Winter Collection. Anna has put a special behind the scenes video up online today that shows Crystal's transformation for the shoot which includes taping the corners of her eyes back and up! Will this be a new trend for 2011/12? Taped temporary facelifts? Take a look...(and a look below at a few shots from the editorials)...


From the Dolce & Gabbana shoot:
 From the Vogue Nippon Beauty Supplement:

Images: Vogue Japan October 2011 from photographer Giampaolo Sgura 

Vogue Cover for a former America's Next Top Model contestant....finally!

Vogue India is our greatest discovery in 2010. This is one edition of Vogue that keeps us on the edge of our seats with anticipation each and every month! Nargis Fakhri, an American model and actress who is taking Bollywood by storm, is the cover model for September 2011. She's wearing Versace Autumn Winter 2011 on the cover but that's only the start of what is an amazing photoshoot found within. A quick look inside and we instantly recognize a Dolce & Gabbana star dress, a lacy Tom Ford number and a structured Louis Vuitton piece.

Aw, but there's one thing you might not remember about this cover model! Did you know she was on America's Next Top Model Season 2?

Julie Bowen covers More Magazine September 2011

It's not often that we feature More Magazine covers on FFG and I'd like to personally apologize for that as this is one glossy that does deserve plenty or recognition. Their September cover featuring Julie Bowen explains exactly what I mean. What a beautiful cover image! Ahem...I can think of some magazines that need to go over and take a lesson or two!  Anywho, the great stuff doesn't start and stop with the cover. This may be a magazine that was originally aimed at a more mature woman but there are some great tips for shopping, style and life in general found within that apply to any female. So next time you're wondering through the airport or your local grocery store, this might be a publication you'd like to dip into!

Read more on the Julie Bowen cover story!

TLC's Big Sexy: A look at the plus sized world of fashion

We've talked about it before. It's the latest reality show for fashion and it's one that has never been covered on national TV- the plus size arena. It's  TLC's Big Sexy!  I mean you have to sit up and pay attention to a show that starts with one of the stars saying ""Once you go big, you never go twig".

What I expected from "Big Sexy" was not what I got when watching the promos for this show. This is not your America's Next Top Model on Krispy Kreme. This is a show that displays the reality of prejudices against larger women and some pretty strong personalities that battle against what would normally be very embarrassing moments. They address the hurt, they talk about it and they have this wonderful little network that stands tall above it all. One of the most difficult clips to watch was when they were all waiting in line at a NYC nightclub and being denied entrance as smaller women were let in left, right and centre.

But just as I'm giving the show credit for being this wonderful way to speak out against prejudice, they go and show a clip about a thunder thigh competition. Sorry, ladies and producers of this show, but this is where you will lose the sympathetic side of your audience!

I can't comment on the show as a whole. But I can say that showing the world through the eyes of someone that works the "bod" they were given is a new experience for America. I think they'll embrace it as a great show. It will pull great numbers but it won't do much to change the way in which the world thinks about people who carry extra weight. Sadly, I think TLC had a chance to do this and may have missed the opportunity in order to pull in more viewers.

Watch all the clips mentioned on TLC!


Alexa Chung covers Harper's Bazaar Australia October 2011

Alexa Chung retains "It Girl" status in Australia as confirmed by her cover presence and accompanying headline on Harper's Bazaar Australia October 2011.
Source: Harper's Bazaar Australia

Outfit du Jour August 31st 2011


We're switching things up in the technology department...

We've got some big news for FFG readers. For those of you that have regularly enjoyed our Friday Blackberry Tales, a weekly recap of what we've seen and done in the past seven days, I have some great news for you! We've been looking at upgrading to a more reliable technology that will allow us to stay connected and operate faster than before no matter where on earth we may find ourselves from one day to the next! In doing so, the people at Motorola agreed to let us trial their Motorola XOOM for the next three months and sponsor us on our quest to bring you the best pictorial recap every Friday afternoon! 

Just a quick overview of why we're so excited to be working with this new technology:
1. It runs on an Android system and the setup is as easy as one step - syncing your google account the moment you turn on the tablet. Name me one system that is as easy as that! Hello, simplicity!
2. The tablet has 10 hours of battery life (and that's if you're streaming media the whole time... did I mention we'll be using this a lot on planes for entertainment... perfect for the regular London-New York plane flight!).
3. There is a USB connection to the tablet! Thank God for this! Syncing from PC or Mac to tablet just got a lot easier!  There's even a card slot which allows you to insert your camera card into the tablet...and alter images using picture applications!
4. The screen is second to none in the tablet arena, including the iPad2.  It's 10.2 inches wide and you really can tell a difference when watching HD movies.
5. Speaking of movies...this tablet has an HD video camera installed. There's also a 5mp still camera. So I think you can start to expect some video as well as pictures in forthcoming segments!

I could go on and on but truly the "proof is in the pudding." So let's see what you think for our first "Motorola XOOM Tales" launching this Friday, 2nd September 2011!

100 years of London style in 100 seconds


Westfield have truly outdone themselves with this promo for the new Westfield Stratford! 100 years of fashion in 100 seconds... pure genius! Get ready for Westfield Stratford, people! Opening September 13th!

Jennifer Aniston, Demi Moore & Alicia Keys cover Glamour October 2011

My first reaction to Jennifer Aniston, Demi Moore and Alicia Keys on the cover of Glamour October 2011 was of shock! This is quite the star studded cover! The three leading ladies are gracing the cover to promote Five, a Lifetime Television event which shows how breast cancer affects the lives of women.

Take a moment to look over their stories of involvement on Glamour.com. It's an inspiring read.

And take note of what their wearing on the cover... ring any bells as to what we advised was the one outfit that will stand the test of time? 

Coach opens on New Bond Street in London!

Ladies and gentleman, the day has finally arrived! Coach are opening the doors of their latest flagship store on 41 New Bond Street in London. To celebrate the new location, plus their 70th anniversary (founded in America in 1941), Coach has launched a special collection available only in the New Bond Street store called simply "41." But oh there is so much more to discover in this heavenly space. When you first walk through the door you're greeted with an environment that is made for shopping. I was nearly begging them all to take every credit card in my possession and charge them to the hilt! There was not one item discovered I wouldn't gladly take home with me and carry around with great pride. The luscious Coach leather reigns supreme and longs to be stroked and tested against London's great elements. Words will never do this space justice. It's a shopping pilgrimage I encourage you all to take part in. For those that need a little more coaxing, here's a detailed look at the space and the merchandise on offer...

Thank you to Coach and The Communications Store for the special preview of the new store and the fabulous transportation in the 70th anniversary Black Cab!

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Jessica Simpson does diamonds

Jessica Simpson is expanding her empire once again and this time it's into the diamonds business. Just on the heels of Vera Wang announcing a partnership with Zales, Jessica Simpson has announced she too will be creating a line of fine jewelry for the diamond retailer. The collection is titled "Diamonds are a girl's best friend" and will hit Zales stores exclusively in October. The Jessica Simpson billion dollar empire just got a lot bigger.

Image via WWD

Outfit du Jour August 30th 2011



Angelina Jolie covers Vanity Fair October 2011

Angeling Jolie covers Vanity Fair October 2011. That's it. Just her. No designer name flaunted on her perfect figure. It's just Angelina Jolie staring right back at you! The cover image was shot by Mert Atlas and Marcus Piggott.
Image via Vanityfair.com

Monday, 29 August 2011

Jennifer Lopez for Kohl's Promotional videos


And there you have it... Jennifer Lopez for Kohl's. Pretty funny...but a shame we aren't really seeing the product.  Oh and here's a shocker, J. Lo and soon to be ex husband have done different promos for a line that we believe was meant to launch together (although fabulous PRs at Kohl's were quick to claim that the lines were always meant to launch separately).  Here's a look at Marc Anthony's promos with Kohl's, in case you're interested.

A skin implant to make you tan?


First of all, dear readers, if you are still laying in tanning beds I beg you to please stop! It's reportedly a one stop cancer shop...some say worse than laying on any beach! I want you to be readers for a very long time so let's stick to those wonderful self tanners that are now out on the shelves. 

Now then, on to the big news!  Apparently scientists have discovered a way for us to tan without any risk whatsoever and without spending a moment in the sun! It's a small implant the size of a grain of rice that will give you a nice brown tan for up to three  months. 

What do you think? Would you go for it? I personally love spending time on the beach and building a slow and steady tan with the use of sunscreen protection! It's half the fun of holidaying! I know I'm going to get yelled at for saying that. However, I live in London where we see the sun about five days out of the year so I've always figured I was just soaking up Vitamin D that I've been missing throughout the year!

Read More: Want a tan without using sunbeds? Scientists develop implant that stimulates skin pigment production [Daily Mail]

Lanvin's dancing models...


We told you we thought the Lanvin girls were dancing in the new campaign! However, we didn't know it was to a song by Pitbull!
See the print campaign here.

Missoni for Target video


Margherita Missoni gives us a walk through how Missoni get started, the 1960s aesthetic that influenced the Missoni for Target collection and a look at the collection to come!  Only two weeks until it hits stores!

Anatomy of a Bag: Coach's Audrey Embossed Exotic Andie Cinched Tote

Shop Coach  and the  Audrey Embossed Exotic Andie Cinched Tote now!
And don't forget the new London flagship store opens next week (expect a full tour from FFG soon)!!!
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