Penelope Cruz, New Face of Loewe

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Looks like Agent Provocateur isn’t the only fashion house that has eyes for Penelope Cruz. The actress has been appointed by Spanish leather goods brand Loewe. Cruz has signed a lucrative three-year deal with Loewe, and from the looks of it, the brand’s bigshots are in love with not only her looks but also her work.

Stuart Vevers, Loewe’s creative director stated:

“Penelope is Spain’s most famous woman. For us to collaborate feels right and natural. I always start with the woman and a character. I find film very useful as a fictional character can be liberating creatively. Pedro Almodóvar’s work is a constant reference and Penelope’s characters in his films have often been an inspiration — the strength and complexity they have. I am a big fan of Penélope’s work.”

The first advertising campaign featuring Cruz will be shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot and will be launched in spring 2013. Looking at Penelope and her creativity, we hope she’ll try to design a line for Loewe. Now THAT would propel her designer career into another level!

 

Fab Footwear: Julianne Hough for Sole Society

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Another day, another celebrity capsule collection. This time, it’s Sole Society, collaborating with ballroom dancer/actress/singer Julianne Hough!

Hough will not just design gorgeous shoes for the collection, she will also be participating in Sole Society’s online fashion insider program, sharing her personal style tips and picks some of her favorite Sole Society shoes!

Brett Markinson, CEO of Sole Society stated:

She is a consummate professional and her values as well as her sense of style and fashion are very much in line with our own and what we stand for as a brand. She is very excited about expressing herself creatively and we are excited about capturing her authenticity and helping channel it into this very special shoe line.

Julianne shares the same excitement about her involvement in the collaboration:

Sole Society is really supportive and encouraging of my creative opinion so I am able to have a lot of input regarding the shoe styles and designs for my collection. Everything is very fashion-forward and lady-like and I think Sole Society customers will really like what we present.

The line will also be affordable and retailed starting at $49.95 per pair. However, you’ll have to wait until February 2013 to get them at solesociety.com and Nordstrom stores.

Yet Another Celebrity Nail Polish: Salma Hayek Launches Nuance Nail Color

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Following the footsteps of the celebrities who launched their nail color lines this season, including Fergie and Snooki, actress Salma Hayek extends her Nuance cosmetic line and included nail polish in it. However, unlike the other stars, Hayek took her daughter, Valentina, as her inspiration. She explained that Valentina loves nail colors, and this inspired her to create a range of nail polish that is safe for children.

She’s obsessed with nails and nail colors. I wanted to get [the formula] so it wasn’t very toxic and so you can put it on your children.

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On the expansion, Hayek didn’t hesitate to go big. The nail colors will be available in 30 shades and retailed for $5.99 each. You can expect to see Nuance nail color at CVS and CVS.com by November 19 and virtually everywhere in the first quarter of 2013, as it’s going to be sold in 1900 retailers. Why not? As Salma said, it’s for everyone.

It’s a lot of hip new colors, some are young and happy and there are also really sophisticated classic ones. It’s a little bit for everyone.

Will you be getting Nuance?

 

Chris Brown Launches Collaborative Line for Black Pyramid and Pink + Dolphin

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Chris Brown launched his collaborative clothing line for his new brand Black Pyramid, and showcased the street-savvy pieces as his follow-up foray into the fashion world after creating the Mechanical Dummy brand a while ago. The singer also partnered up with Pink + Dolphin store and produced t-shirts, hats, and hip-hop style hoodies plus other accessories aimed for the young market. The singer stated:

“It’s about friendship. It’s just like fashion and hanging out. Being able to collab with them, with my brand…It’s just getting off heat for what’s coming and what the future holds.”

Chris Brown combines the logos of both companies, creating an image of an upside-down black pyramid with pink dolphins rising from the top. This collaborative line includes accessories and casual tops adorned with stenciled iconography with fun drawings against monotone backgrounds (black and gray). Pink + Dolphin CEO, Neima Khaila, said:

“The brand is based on exclusivity – being unique, being different – that’s the whole background. Pink dolphins are real animals – they’re an endangered species – that’s what we modeled the whole brand after.”

Do you think Brown will have a sticking power in the fashion world?

 

Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi Launches Glitzy Fragrance and Nail Polish Line on HSN!

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Jersey Shore might be over, but Nicole Polizzi a.k.a. Snooki is far from over in expanding her wings in the fashion business. Snooki launched her new fragrance and nail polish line on HSN.com, and they’re available to purchase right now!

We’re not really sure why stars are launching nail polishes at almost the same time, starting from Kate Middleton, Fergie, and Mariah Carey, but hey… the more the merrier, right? Here is the three-piece nail polish set called “All That Glitters” from Snooki:

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The glitzy nail polish set features names like “I’m A Gold Mind”, “Fireball” and “Party’s Here” and retailed at an affordable $19.90.

And here’s the fragrance titled “Snooki Couture” ($45), which is probably the only time we’ll see the word ‘Snooki’ and ‘Couture’ in the same sentence. We kid, we kid. The perfume is a follow-up of the 2011 release of “Snooki”, which was initially inspired by a whiff of pickles.

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Okay then.

Aside from fragrances and nail polishes, Snooki also displays some of the slippers she designed not too long ago, and also some accessories. Brace yourselves for zebra prints and lots of glitter. Just make an excuse because it’s winter and the holiday season is coming!

Would you get Snooki’s beauty essentials on HSN?

 

Nicki Minaj About Including Upcoming Fashion Line In Reality Show

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Rapper Nicki Minaj is coming up with a fashion line, and has been mysterious about it since August 2012. However, she did spill something about a new reality show brewing which will probably coincide with the launch of her fashion line.

However to those of you who want to see what goes down behind-the-scenes fashion footage, don’t get your hopes too high because apparently Nicki still has some hesitation about it. She told Billboard:

“I’ll see how overwhelming it is. If I feel like it’s too personal, people discussing too much, I won’t do it.”

But wouldn’t it be nice if we can see her in the creative process? How on-hand she’ll be with the designs, or will she adopt Kimora Lee Simmons’ way to demand perfection, will she do the sketches herself, pick out the colors, arrange the models photo session…?

Wow.

She’s probably right. It is rather overwhelming! But we do hope she’ll do it. Do you want to see Minaj in action as a fashion designer?

 

Beyonce Showed Support For Obama via Instagram!

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President Barrack Obama has been re-elected for the next four years in office.  To show support, Hollywood’s darlings have been boldly wearing Obama’s names on their sleeves, making their own political statements.  On the election day, Beyonce Knowles stated that she’s a proud Texan who supports Obama by wearing a t-shirt saying “Texans For Obama” via her Instagram account.

The pop icon and her husband, Jay-Z, are known to be Obama’s strong supporters, who threw a fund-raising dinner not so long ago in New York City. In terms of fashion, Beyonce’s Texans for Obama tee is not the first and only fashion item she endorsed to support the president. A while ago, she donned Obama earrings and designed baby onesies with her mother, Tina Knowles.

So, how stylish were you when you cast your vote?

 

Chanel No. 5 Could Be Banned for Causing Allergies!

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The perfume, iconic. The star advertising it, sexy. The ad itself? Sadly hilarious.

However that’s not why Chanel no. 5 is facing a ban in Europe. The legendary fragrance apparently has an active allergen, tree moss, which a lot of people happen to be allergic to. Turns out that a European Union committee has listed down some substances that could put European citizens at risk of allergies, and they’re pushing for perfumes containing these substances to be banned from the market.

However, a French perfumer Sylvie Jourdet said that this banning thing could be the end of the whole perfume industry:

“Chanel No 5 has never done any harm to anyone. It is the death of perfume if this continues. The more you use natural ingredients, the more there is a risk of allergies. Lemon, jasmine, bergamot all contain allergenics.”

Ouch.

Other perfumes in danger of being banned are Dior’s Miss Dior, Thierry Mugler’s Angel and Guerlain’s Shalimar. The EU will release new guidelines for the fragrance industry in January 2014. Guess we’ll have to wait and see what happens. Meanwhile, it shouldn’t hurt to start stocking up on your favorite fragrance!

To cheer you up, here’s Brad Pitt’s incoherent Chanel No. 5 ad.

Gaspard Ulliel to Play Yves Saint Laurent in Biopic

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A new biopic of the world-renowned fashion designer Yves Saint-Laurent is coming up, and good news: they have picked the actor to play the designer. Meet French actor and model, Gaspard Ulliel, who you might remember from his role in Hannibal Rising where he played the young Hannibal Lecter. Ulliel also starred in “The Princess of Montpensier” recently, and appeared in a Longchamp campaign with super model Kate Moss.

Ulliel will start shooting the film in Spring 2013. Directed by Bertrand Bonello, written by Thomas Bidegain, and produced by Eric Altmayer, the biopic is in the hands of experts. Bonello’s last feature, House of Tolerance, premiered at last year’s Cannes Film Festival. Meanwhile, Bidegain’s work is known via Rust and Bone and A Prophet.

Are you excited about the fashion biopic?

 

Fun With Clothes: Rihanna and Her River Island Collection

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Finally something new from Rihanna other than her on-off love affair with Chris Brown. As you can see above, Rihanna gave a sneak peek of her creation for River Island. Do you like it?

The Bajan singer announced back in July 2012 that she would be collaborating with British high street brand River Island. She stated:

“I’ve been wanting to design my own collection for some time. River Island is the perfect partner for me to collaborate with and working with a British, family-run business also really appealed to me. I find London really inspiring and River Island loves to have fun with clothes. I’m looking forward to working with them and creating something really special.”

River Island CEO Ben Lewis is also thrilled about the collaboration:

“We are thrilled to be collaborating with Rihanna and to be the first fashion brand to work with her in this way. Rihanna is a style icon, from street to chic she enjoys her fashion. As soon as we started to work together we knew this was a perfect fit. Rihanna will be designing the collection and we will be sharing our fashion experience with her to develop a range her fans will love.”

The collection will be launched in Spring 2013.