What you loved in 2011...

posted on: Saturday, 31 December 2011

Well folks, that's it, 2011 is over and we're moving into a brand new year and I like to believe we're wiping the slate clean and starting all over afresh. With that in mind I thought I'd take a look back on what you all seemed to enjoy most in 2011 on Fashion Foie Gras. So here's a look at the top ten most visited pages of FFG for the year we're now putting behind us...

3.   Primark's Autumn Winter Preview from June 23rd
7.   Marc Jacobs Pops up in Harrods Window from September 27th

Looking ahead, I'm hoping to bring you even more fashion news as it happens. If it means moving from four hours sleep a night to three then that's so be it!! This is the year, guys! This year is a game changer for us all. So strap in and get ready for a crazy ride...
But for tonight, pour some bubbly and enjoy looking back on all that's happened in 2011!!!
The Fashion Goose

2011...the year of Rooney Mara!

posted on: Friday, 30 December 2011

There is one woman that definitely deserves the title as "breakout star" for 2011...Rooney Mara! Rooney is no stranger to the world of film as she's appeared in bit roles since she was 19. However, it is only in the past couple of years, particularly the last 12 months, that Mara has found a spotlight that seems to have no dimming switch! In 2010 Mara caught the attention of both Director David Fincher and audiences around the country when she starred in The Social Network. David Fincher was so taken with the star that he fought tooth and nail to have her play the role of Lisbeth Salander in this year's most talked about book-to-film production of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Many said Rooney Mara was too pretty and all-American looking to play the role of such a tortured character. However, Mara underwent a complete makeover prior to playing the character of Lisbeth. She chopped, shaved and dyed her hair, received numerous real piercings, bleached her eyebrows and practised kickboxing and skateboarding to prepare for the role. Her transformation was more than just skin deep. A real actress appeared on film in a character that leaves every viewer with goosebumps as they watch her on the big screen. All critics and/or cynics have also been silenced after seeing her performance in this film. She has already been nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress and there are whispers of an Oscar nod ahead.

However, Rooney Mara has become so much more than just a poster child for talented actresses. Mara has been taken in by the fashion pack. She's appeared on no less than a dozen magazine covers around the world in the past three months, she sat "ringside" with Anna Wintour at the tents for the New York Fashion Week this past September and her red carpet style has received great praise as of late. Calvin Klein, Givenchy and Prabal Gurung are only a handful of the designers she has worn over the past few months on red carpets for events and premieres. And of course one cannot ignore the most magnificent Ralph Lauren dress Rooney Mara wore for her November 2011 cover of Vogue. The RL dress featured an embroidered dragon on its back and appeared as if it was custom made for the actress when in fact it was a look straight from Lauren's last collection.
And for those of you that haven't seen Rooney Mara in action, here's a trailer from The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo". It's a movie that is one of the most disturbing we've ever seen. However, the performances by both Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig are definitely award worthy!
And in case you don't remember... here's the clip from Rooney Mara's appearance in The Social Network...
Images: Vogue/W Magazine/Allure/Dazed&Confused/Getty

Liisa Winkler covers Fashion Canada Winter 2011

posted on: Tuesday, 27 December 2011

This has to be one of our favourite holiday covers, and hey, we're not over the holiday yet so we're going to keep on sharing! Canadian model Liisa Winkler is shown on Fashion Canada's winter issue wearing a gorgeous Oscar de la Renta gown paired with Dior heels! It's a gorgeous photograph that fulfills all of our designer dreams with wonderful styling paired with fabulous hair and makeup. Bravo, Fashion! {Image: Fashion Canada Facebook}

Kimora Lee Simmons covers Harper's Bazaar Singapore January 2012

Kimora Lee Simmons, former muse of Karl Lagerfeld, is this month's cover girl for Harper's Bazaar Singapore. The former model and creative director for Phat fashions appears on the cover wearing a formal gown in deep red from YSL. Many on the web are reporting serious photoshopping. While it's clear that there are definitely a great many computer generated modifications, Kimora did look amazing on this shoot. In fact we'd suggest she looked better in the videos (see Kimora's blog) than in the actual cover. So in reality all the photoshopping did was make her look plastic. Shame that mags feel they have to manufacture beauty when beauty is right in front of them.

Florence Welch opens Harrods' Winter Sale in London

For the first time ever the Harrods Winter Sale was opened with guests being serenaded by a band! Florence + The Machine arrived at Harrods this morning in a vintage Harrods Routemaster bus and performed two songs for eager shoppers. She then officially announced the sale as "open" at 9am. Florence Welch appeared on her manufactured stage wearing head to toe Chanel. Of course this should come as no surprise to anyone as Florence also recently closed the SS12 Chanel show in Paris with her dulcet tones!

Sale info for the shoppers with sharp elbows...

The Harrods Winter Sale runs until Sunday 22nd January, this year’s key highlights include Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, La Tâche, Grand Cru 2005 was £4,995 now £2,995, 50& off at Vera Wang for Wedgwood, La Prairie Caviar Must Haves Coffret, was £456 now £270, Richard James Velvet Tuxedo Jacket, was £639 now £319, Lanvin Red Dress, was £2999 now £1500, fash acc, & available on harrods.com, Marc by Marc Jacobs Metallic Blue Cross Body Bag, was £445 now £309.

Sale Opening Dates & Times
Tuesday 27th December 2011 9am – 9pm First day of the Winter Sale
Wednesday 28th December 2011 10am – 8pm Opening hours return to normal until New Year’s Eve
Saturday 31st December 2011 10am – 7pm New Year’s Eve
Sunday 1st January 2011 11:30am – 6pm New Year’s Day
*Browsing only until 12.00pm on Sundays

A model threesome for Vogue Brazil January 2012

It's a trio cover for Vogue Brazil January 2012 where Tayane Leao, Lais Riberio and Marcelia Freesz are seen seaside wearing sparkles galore! Anyone that said chunky jewelry and overblown embellishments were on the way out is obviously living in a parallel fashion universe!
Source: Vogue Brazil Facebook

Kate Beckinsale covers Redbook January 2012

posted on: Monday, 26 December 2011

Kate Beckinsale supports the winter white trend on the cover of Redbook January 2012. The starlet certainly doesn't look "Underworld-y" in this glam get up!

Reese Witherspoon covers Marie Claire Australia February 2012

Reese Witherspoon is making us all reconsider the side fringe as a nice face framer thanks to her Marie Claire Australia cover for February 2012. It's a strong cover with a figure flattering dress, natural makeup and a firm pose! Well played MC Australia!{Source}

Gisele Bundchen for Salvatore Ferragamo SS12

Gisele Bundchen is on a role for spring summer campaigns! This is her third we've seen this season and you can clearly see why the brands, including Salvatore Ferragamo, go ga-ga for Gisele! She is a chameleon who is beautiful with every shift in personality for each campaign she shoots!

After Christmas sales in the USA online...

The great American sale day has arrived...it's post Christmas sale extravaganza time!!! Here's a complete listing of all the great deals available online starting December 26th!!! Credit cards at the ready...

Boxing Day deals... shopping in the UK....

Shop Harrods for deals up to 70% off
Shop Matches for huge discounts.
Shop the Topshop sale.

Shop John Lewis for their biggest clearance ever!
Shop Kurt Geiger for half price on shoes!

Shop Forever 21 for deals starting as low as £2.
Shop Jaeger for 70% off autumn winter
Shop Monsoon for 50% off!
Shop for Ralph Lauren for up to 40% off.
 Shop Warehouse for up to 70% off!

Merry Christmas from the Coast

posted on: Sunday, 25 December 2011

Merry Christmas, all!
Love the Fashion Goose

Louis Vuitton sues for Hangover 2 luggage scenes

posted on: Saturday, 24 December 2011

Louis Vuitton has filed a lawsuit against Warner Bros. for their usage of Louis Vuitton luggage in Hangover 2 (see video above). The Guardian reported this morning that Louis Vuitton believes the catchphrase "careful, that is a Louis Vuitton" has damaged their image. They are claiming it has caused trademark dilution, false designations of orgin and unfair competition. The phrase has caught on with the masses since the movie's release. Airports the world over are now full of frat boys laughing and mockingly remarking "careful, that is a Louis Vuitton".

And to make matters worse, the producers didn't even use real Louis Vuitton bags but used knockoffs instead!!! Yikes!

Vuitton is asking for a share of the profits from the movie. That could be a sizable cheque as the movie made $581million worldwide!

Prada moves from Tobey Maguire to Michael Pitt

posted on: Friday, 23 December 2011

You may remember last season we announced Tobey Maguire as the new face for Prada Menswear (and eyewear). Now Prada has made another rather random choice of actor to front their new campaign for spring summer 2012. Michael Pitt, best known for his role on Boardwalk Empire, is the new star for Prada and he looks like he's stepped straight off the set of Grease or Stand By Me. However, if you remember the Prada's line for this season you'll clearly see that this campaign runs true to the catwalk we saw showcased in September. It's a 1950s dream and Michael Pitt is the heartthrob!

Emma Stone for Revlon Spring Summer 2012

Emma Stone is on a roll this year. We've seen her in four out of the five last films we've watched, she's looked stellar on every red carpet she's graced for the past year and now she has a Revlon campaign to add to her resume. Shot by Craig McDean, we predict record sales for this makeup. Who wouldn't want to look this glamorous? {source: TFS}

Monica Bellucci stars in Dolce & Gabbana SS12 campaign with Bianca Balti

Monica Bellucci is the shining star of the new Dolce & Gabbana campaign for Spring Summer 2012. She models beside Bianca Balti in Southern Italy as shot by Giampaolo Sgura! Is anyone else thinking what we're thinking.. It's going to be a Dolce & Gabbana cover season again!!!!

Kate Middleton covers Hello! for January 2nd 2012

Kate Middleton is absolutely spectacular in Alexander McQueen for the cover of Hello! January 2nd 2012. The Duchess of Cambridge wore a floor length McQueen velvet gown to the "Night of Heroes" military awards in London last week and stole the spotlight from every other celeb on the red carpet. All eyes were on Kate from moment one as she continued her reign of style and grace entering the awards with the both Prince William and Prince Harry.

A true fashion Christmas tree from Refinery 29

posted on: Thursday, 22 December 2011

One of our favourite blogs, Refinery 29, have put together a Christmas tree that is certainly the most stylish around this season! Check out all the ornaments they made in house from the Karl Lagerfeld glitter ball to the Alexander McQueen inspired Christmas ball. It's all there! Now we just have one request for next year- Refinery, can you please do a full size tree? This is just too good to only exist in miniature! See the tree...
All images from Refinery 29

Buy Dianna Argon's Christopher Kane Dress...

When we featured Dianna Argon's Nylon cover a while back we received many tweets, emails and comments asking where you could buy Argon's dress. We knew it was Christopher Kane but we weren't sure when it was hitting stores! Well, here's some good news to brighten your day! The Kane dress has just hit Net-a-Porter and is now on sale for £855. See, FFG is like an elephant....the fashion goose never ever forgets!

First Look: Chanel Spring Summer 2012 campaign

The Chanel spring summer 2012 campaign looks to be one centred on fitness dramatics! Saskia de Brauw and Joan Smalls appear in the first image from the campaign sporting power suits from Chanel while balancing on a bar. The image itself is quite serene, which is unexpected as you look on at two women who are probably straining to remain composed. It's beautiful photography as always but then again we've learned to expect nothing less from the Renaissance man of fashion!
{via TFS}

Lara Stone for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall Winter 2012/13

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin is getting closer! In the run up to the kick off of the event, Mercedes have just released their campaign featuring Lara Stone! The model is decked out in Calvin Klein and is shot by Alex Prager. Good thing she has a getaway car as that storm looks pretty ominous!
Here's a look at an interview Mercedes conducted with Lara while shooting....

Florence +The Machine performing at Harrods Sale Opening!!!