'VALLEY OF THE DOLLS' GETS THE (VERY LITERAL) MOSCHINO TREATMENT

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A look from Moschino's spring 2017 collection. Photo: Imaxtree
A look from Moschino's spring 2017 collection.

Since Jeremy Scott took the helm at Moschino three years ago, each season has begun with a guessing game as to what theme (typically something low-brow or relating to consumer culture) the clever designer will decide to interpret literally. But this time, we had some clues: at the designer's psychedelic '60s Los Angeles-inspired resort show (in Los Angeles), Fashionista contributor Corinn asked Scott if Jacqueline Susann's wonderfully scandalous 1966 novel "Valley of the Dolls" (or the 1967 film version) was a source of inspiration. His response? "No, but — well, I can’t say more than that because it will give away secrets." Then, when our invitation to spring 2017 — a prescription pill bottle filled with capsules (candy) and an RX slip handwritten by "Dr. Moschino" — arrived, we had some ideas. ("Dolls," in the novel, are another word for pills.)

As Gigi Hadid opened the show in a short wig, made up like a '60s Barbie, in a gown that looked like paper (tabs and all), Scott's interpretation became clear. The designer has had plenty of fun with trompe l'oeil over the years, but for spring 2017, everything was trompe l'oeil: two-dimensional, life-size paper doll versions of iconic Moschino looks — from swimsuits and sweatsuits to coats and evening gowns. Even the accessories looked like they were made of paper from the audience's point of view. "What you see and what you get are never in sync," reads a line from the show notes.

We don't yet know if those looks will actually be produced with stiff paper tabs sticking out from the sides, but eager shoppers, as is the case every season, will be able to shop a capsule collection straight from the runway covered in capsules: a pill-print sweater, an iPhone case that looks like a box of prescription medication, a T-shirt that reads, "Just Say Moschi-NO," etc. The collection drops Sunday at Stylebop.com. 

Also referenced in the show notes is Susann's opening line from "Valley of the Dolls," one that I've remembered since I read the book shortly after moving to New York 10 years ago: 

YOU'VE GOT TO CLIMB MOUNT EVEREST TO REACH THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS. IT'S A BRUTAL CLIMB TO REACH THAT PEAK. YOU STAND THERE. WAITING FOR THE RUSH OF EXHILARATION; BUT, IT DOESN'T COME. YOU'RE ALONE AND THE FEELING OF LONELINESS IS OVERPOWERING.

It's #dark, but real, and the show got us thinking about a few things: consumerism, design copyright, the pitfalls fame, the fleeting nature of fashion, drugs. But mostly, it was funny, and fun from a model makeover perspective, with some of the industry's most recognizable faces preening in retro cocktail attire and a Barbie beauty look. Normally, we'd file this undergood model casting gone bad, but it perfectly underscored the (intentionally) contrived, temporary feeling of the collection.

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IRINA SHAYK POSES IN SEDUCTIVE STYLES FOR VOGUE JAPAN

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Irina Shayk stars in Vogue Japan's September issue
Irina Shayk stars in Vogue Japan’s September issue

Top model Irina Shayk graces the pages of Vogue Japan’s September 2016 issue, appearing in a sultry spread called ‘Irina in the Sun of Italy’. Photographer Giampaolo Sgura captures the Russian model in sun-drenched images featuring ladylike and form-fitting dresses from the fall collections. Fashion editor Anna Dello Russoselects the designs of Alexander McQueen, Ralph Lauren, Nina Ricci and more. From velvet gowns to lace dresses, these looks will have you excited for the autumn season.

Irina Shayk models Alexander McQueen gown
Irina Shayk models Alexander McQueen gown
Irina Shayk wears ruffle embellished dress from Chanel
Irina Shayk wears ruffle embellished dress from Chanel
Irina Shayk poses in velvet Ralph Lauren Collection dress with ruffled collar
Irina Shayk poses in velvet Ralph Lauren Collection dress with ruffled collar
Irina Shayk models lace Rodarte dress
Irina Shayk models lace Rodarte dress
Irina Shayk models sequin-embellished dress from Nina Ricci
Irina Shayk models sequin-embellished dress from Nina Ricci
Irina Shayk models fit and flare dress from Miu Miu
Irina Shayk models fit and flare dress from Miu Miu
Irina Shayk gets her closeup with her hair in tousled waves
Irina Shayk gets her closeup with her hair in tousled waves
Irina Shayk models lace embellished Bottega Veneta dress
Irina Shayk models lace embellished Bottega Veneta dress

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DIOR MAKEUP: THE NEW ROUGE DIOR

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Introducing the New Rouge Dior lipstick from Dior Makeup with Creative and Image Director Peter Philips – a highly pigmented couture matte finish that never compromises on lasting comfort, whatever the intense matte or indefinitely sensual satin effect.

Rouge Dior Lipstick - Couture Colour - From Satin To Matte- Comfort & Wear

Rouge Dior Lipstick - New Rouge Dior Lipstick - Red Smile, 999 Matte, Miss, Premiere

Rouge Dior Lipstick #ifeelgood Peter Philips

From sensual satin to high pigmented matte, the New Rouge Dior lipstick is featuring fifty couture colors; 028 Actrice, 047 Miss, 060 Première, 080 Red Smile, 136 Delicate Matte, 169 Grège 1947, 207 Montaigne Matte, 219 Rose Montaigne, 250 Bal, 263 Hasard, 277 Osée, 361 Rose Baiser, 414 Saint Germain, 434 Promenade, 439 Why Not, 475 Rose Caprice, 520 Feel Good, 555 Dolce Vita, 602 Visionary Matte, 634 Strong Matte, 642 Ready, 643 Stand Out, 644 Sydney, 652 Euphoric Matte, 670 True Matte, 672 Adorée, 683 Rendez-Vous, 743 Rouge Zinnia, 756 Panache, 762 Opéra, 766 Rose Harpers, 771 Radiant Matte, 772 Classic Matte, 775 Darling, 776 Soirée à Rio, 787 Exuberant Matte, 789 Superstitious Matte, 844 Trafalgar, 852 Plaza, 854 Concorde, 856 Célèbre, 962 Poison Matte, 964 Ambitious Matte, 976 Daisy Plum, 988 Rialto, 994 Mystérieuse, 999, 999 Matte. A palette of colors with iconic reds, passionate pink, vibrant corals, romantic rosewoods and extreme and surprising matte shades.

Rouge Dior Lipstick - Poison Matte 962, Montaigne Matte 207, Visionary Matte 602, Superstitious Matte 789

The makeup game, daring shades for an enigmatic smile. Clockwise Rouge Dior in Poison Matte 962, Montaigne Matte 207, Visionary Matte 602, Superstitious Matte 789.

Rouge Dior Lipstick #ifeelgood Peter Philips - Express yourself with Rouge Dior and its cult formula!

Matte madness with Rouge Dior in extreme matte texture.

Rouge Dior Lipstick - Match your lips and nails with the iconic Red Smile 080

The perfect twin set! Match your lips and nails with the iconic Red Smile 080 Rouge Dior.

Rouge Dior Lipstick - You can never go wrong with Dior ombré lips

You can never go wrong with Dior ombré lips. Apply Miss 047 all over your lips & Poison 962 at the center to create that sweet bitten lips effect.

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EMILY RATAJKOWSKI LAYERS UP IN FALL OUTERWEAR FOR LOVE

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Emily Ratajkowski wears Hillier Bartley coat and pants
Emily Ratajkowski wears Hillier Bartley coat and pants

Top model Emily Ratajkowski trades in swimsuits for luxe outerwear in the fall-winter 2016 issue of LOVE Magazine. Photographed by Solve Sundsbo and styled bySteve Morriss, Emily poses in black and white for the studio portraits. In the spread, the brunette stunner wears the embellished coats and jackets of Hillier Bartley. For beauty, Emily wears a slicked back coif and makeup by Neil Young.

EMILY RATAJKOWSKI – LOVE

Emily Ratajkowski poses in Hillier Bartley coat, gown and earrings
Emily Ratajkowski poses in Hillier Bartley coat, gown and earrings
Emily Ratajkowski wears slicked back coif
Emily Ratajkowski wears slicked back coif

EMILY RATAJKOWSKI – AMORE + SORVETE 2016 SWIMSUIT CAMPAIGN

Emily Ratajkowski stars in Amore + Sorvete's 2016 swimsuit campaign
Emily Ratajkowski stars in Amore + Sorvete’s 2016 swimsuit campaign

In addition to her recent editorial, Emily Ratajkowski was recently named the face of swimsuit brand Amore + Sorvete. Photographed by Derek Kettela, the brunette heats up sexy styles while posing poolside. The jewel toned bikinis serve up some serious summer inspiration with strappy accents.

Emily Ratajkowski flaunts some skin in Amore + Sorvete campaign
Emily Ratajkowski flaunts some skin in Amore + Sorvete campaign

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Back to School with Kohl's Series: See Through Me (Sponsored)

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kohl's. All opinions are 100% mine.

Welcome to the third and last post in our “Back to School with Kohls.com" series. (In case you missed them, see part 1 and part 2.)

Today’s look is quite different from the first and second outfits in the series in that it sticks to a single color palette and introduces a fun trend: see-through clothing.

Sheer fabrics have always been popular, but they're trending hard right now. The charm of see-through clothing is simple: it allows you to add another cool layer of dimension to your outfit without hiding the underlying clothes or creating unwanted bulk.

Monochromatic looks are also becoming trendier and I love the vibe. Wearing one color head-to-toe is essentially creating your own shirt and pants set in whatever color you prefer. Super easy and super inexpensive.

So should we see how it works?

See Through Me

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The monochrome look always appears as if you tried extra hard to look good but truthfully; it just took three pieces to pull off sophistication. The underlying clothes create a good, tight base for the main focus, the see-through tunic.

Let’s Break it Down…

Top

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Camis are necessary basics in college women’s closets. They’re perfect for layering under clothes for extra coverage and/or warmth. You can also wear them as tops for a simple, fitted look.

In order to keep with the all-white palette, I chose a white cami. In this outfit, the cami is not the main focus but simply part of the base that streamlines white for the tunic. It still plays an important role, however, since the cami can be seen through the tunic. 

SO’s Seamless Cami is perfect - it isn’t too sheer or too thick. It even has a built-in bra layer that makes it possible to go bra-less or allows you to wear a non-nude bra without worrying about it peeking through. 

The length is fantastic since it’s long enough to tuck into your pants and avoid any unwanted slips of skin. The material is also soft and stretchy, making it comfortable to wear. Like I said, this cami is perfection!

Bottom

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High-waisted pants and shorts are definitely here to stay. They are extremely flexible styling pieces that go well with everything while helping girls not blessed in the height department to fake a higher waistline.

These SO white Shortie shorts are amazing in that they’re tight (as they should be to layer under a tunic) but not uncomfortably so, showing off my curves without sacrificing my comfort. 

The material is also quite thin which is great for those not looking to add bulk to their bottom area, but not so thin that your underwear could be seen. 

A good, comfortable yet cute pair of high-waisted shorts is always a great choice.

Outerwear

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With see-through outerwear, your shirt and other base clothes also get their time to shine. However, because there is a certain sexiness to see-through clothes, you may need to incorporate some traditionally formal pieces to make it more appropriate for school and/or work.

Candie's sleeveless white tunic totally fits the bill since its collar immediately lends a more formal feel to the outfit. Since it’s not too sheer, it isn’t too revealing or inappropriate for school.

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The gold detail on the collar as well as the silver threads on the skirt area really make the tunic more stylish and elegant. 

Another great aspect of this tunic is that the top part is cropped, giving the illusion of a longer bottom half. You know what this means? Longer-looking legs. It’s obvious by now that if a fashion item makes my body look more proportionate, I am all for it.

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The slit on the sides also make it less stuffy and more like a top than a full dress. It also elongates my body more by letting me show more skin on the legs.

Shoes

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I have once again brought back the Converse-All Stars from the first and second posts. This just goes to show how well they match with every type of outfit. I especially liked them with this one because the sporty nature of Converse really contrasted with the flowy, feminine look of the tunic.

Again, is there a shoe out there than can beat the comfort of sneakers while walking on campus?

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Cushnie et Ochs Spring/Summer 2017 Collection Channels Elvira Hancock

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Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs presented their spring/summer 2017 collection for New York Fashion Week Friday afternoon. The designing duo always aims to deliver an upscale collection for an uptown girl, to accompany their client in every area of her life. Every time a Cushnie et Ochs collection comes out, we know to expect that fun and daring yet sophisticated style that we’ve come to know and love.

Cushnie et Ochs Spring/ Summer 2017 Collection - NYFW

In one word, the woman being designed for is sexy. She wants to be the center of attention but have the versatility in her wardrobe to go anywhere whenever she wants. The two designers themselves would look right at home in the stylish looks that walked the catwalk, and they know it.

“We’re women designing clothes for women, and we’ve been doing it for eight years now, and it’s working,” said Ochs, in an interview with Vogue.

With the sexy, youthful looks coming from the label, we weren’t surprised to see celebrities like the younger members of the Kardashian/Jenner clan as well as the Hadids sitting in the front row. There’s no doubt Cushnie et Ochs is a huge part of the starlets’ wardrobes at the turn of each season. There is a range of formality and sense of purpose with each new piece, making it a desirable line for someone with so many different events to attend.

Cushnie et Ochs Spring/ Summer 2017 Collection - NYFW

The colors are always a point of conversation with this label as well. As always, they are straightforward and completely timeless, which helps to make sure the garments stay sophisticated and mature, even though the cutouts and amount of skin showing in each piece could easily become immature or in poor taste if not treated properly. Thankfully, these designers know how to play that game and skirt that line.

Some garments were really close to crossing that line, though, as with a navy blue sheath dress with large cutouts at the model’s side. On any woman without such a slender physique as this model, this look wouldn’t be wearable; yet, its runway impact and the impact it will have on any woman confident enough to rock it has already made it worth the risk.

Cushnie et Ochs Spring/ Summer 2017 Collection - NYFW

The clean lines and new aspects of sex appeal coming in with each look make the overall Cushnie et Ochs spring/summer 2017 collection especially intoxicating. According to the designers, a leading source of inspiration for the collection was Elvira Hancock, a character from Brian De Palma’s 1983 film Scarface, who was portrayed by the lovely Michelle Pfeiffer. That inspiration really does show up, though, as the whole collection has this aura of the gangster era, particularly the strong, badass persona Pfeiffer played.

Cushnie et Ochs Spring/ Summer 2017 Collection - NYFW

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