Month: April 2014

Peaches Geldof dead at 25

British entertainer and model Peached Geldof died this week at the age of 25. The young celebrity was pronounced dead at her home of unknown causes; a toxicology report is pending. Geldof was the daughter of rocker Bob Geldof and TV presenter Paula Yates; she had two sisters, Pixie and Fifi, and a half-sister, Tiger Lily. She was married to rocker Thomas Cohen, with whom she had two young sons, Astala and Phaedra. Cohen released a statement saying, “My beloved wife Peaches was adored by myself and her two sons Astala and Phaedra and I shall bring them up with their mother in their hearts everyday. We shall love her forever.” Geldof was discovered at her home after an ambulance responded to a call of a woman in distress; she was later pronounced dead, but authorities are not treating her death as suspicious and a post-mortem was inconclusive. Late this week authorities announced that they hope to glean more information from a toxicology report, which could take several weeks to process; in the meantime the late model’s body has been released to her family so they can hold a funeral service. There’s been rampant speculation as to the cause of Geldof’s death. Rumors that she suffered from anorexia have swirled for several years, with Geldof shooting back that she was merely avoiding junk food on the advice of her...

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How to nail festival style, a la Coachella

Coachella is arguably the chicest outdoor festival of the season, with celebrities flocking to hear their favorite artists and bringing their high style along for the waiting paparazzi. It makes sense: Coachella has become a sort of brand in and of itself, and it attracts major fashion brands like H&M, Lacoste and Opening Ceremony to host parties and mini-events at the festival. Major magazines like Nylon also host events at the festival that attract well-dressed guests. Looking good when you’re outdoors in the heat and the sun takes a little extra work, but you too can capture the festival style as seen on chic celebs like Vanessa Hudgens and Drew Barrymore. Here are some tips to get you started: – Dress for changing temperatures. The daytime scene can be hot, but when evening falls the temperature will dip and you can end up shivering. A scarf that doubles as a wrap will aid in the transition and can also serve as a head scarf to keep the sun at bay. Wearing thin layers will also help since you can take them on and off as you get warmer or cooler. – Wear sturdy shoes. Sandals would seem to be the obvious choice, but they won’t protect your feet in a crowd or in muddy conditions. Sturdy mocs, sneaks (like the ever-popular Chuck Taylors) or flat booties are all great...

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Emma Watson talks fashion pitfalls, university, covers Elle magazine

Emma Watson is a style darling, but she has some not-so-flattering words for the fashion industry. Speaking to The Guardian, the 23-year-old actress talked about the negative side of the fashion and beauty industry and its effect on young women, saying, “As a younger woman, that pressure got me down, but I’ve made my peace with it. With airbrushing and digital manipulation, fashion can project an unobtainable image that’s dangerously unhealthy. I’m excited about the ageing process. I’m more interested in women who aren’t perfect. They’re more compelling.” Watson is currently on a press run for Noah, Darren Arnofsky’s blockbuster epic about the Biblical flood and the famous ark. She also graces the April 2014 cover of Elle magazine, with sultry cat eyes and windswept hair. She shows off a variety of high-fashion looks in her photoshoot, including a denim jumpsuit from Balmain, a plunging Anthony Vaccarello swimsuit, and a Rodarte crystal-beaded top and printed denim, embossed snakeskin, and silk shorts. While Watson seems to glide through her roles and her high-fashion red carpet runs with ease, she admits that, surprisingly enough, she has considered leaving the acting profession altogether. She says that it was especially hard for her to grow up in the public eye with the Harry Potter franchise, which left her struggling to form a personal identity off-screen. “I remember reading this thing that Elizabeth Taylor...

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Most fashionable April Fools pranks of 2014

Everyone loves a good April Fools prank, and fashion labels are no different. This year several labels “launched” new products designed to get a good laugh out of consumers. Here are some of the most popular: – Hunter Boots launched an open-toed rain boot. Yes, you read that right. In the fictional press release, the company lauded the “latest in product innovation” as a replica of the original rain boot first introduced in 1955 but with a new focus on breathability. “This revolutionary design enables air flow to circulate from the opening at the toe, traveling along the foot bed to then exit at the top of the boot (and vice versa). The wearer is afforded a truly ventilated experience. This new technology is expected to represent an industry changing moment for rubber footwear.” – UK department store John Lewis went the clever-meets-creepy route with the announcement of a hi-tech scanner that could measure shoppers in seconds. The Scanning Computer and Mirror (SCAM) system was announced as a trial system in the retailer’s Isles of Scilly store before being rolled out around the country. According to the Daily Mail, the system would use technology similar to that in airports, allowing fit “advisers” to get an eyeful of customers. No worries though: “special intimacy training” would be provided to sales associates, “so as not to infringe the customer’s dignity”. –...

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How to Choose the Best and stylish Basketball Shoes

Many people see a basketball shoe as more of a fashion statement than a functional piece of footwear. After all, the basketball shoe has risen to the pinnacle of style, with certain brands fetching high prices and creating a million dollar niche in the shoe market that was not previously possible. However, for those playing the game the right basketball shoe can make all the difference in a player’s performance. For these athletes, the brand can matter very little as they pay close attention to the function aspects that can make or break a player’s stride. There are several different factors to remember when selecting basketball shoes, but the important aspects are the similar to any shoe standard that needs to meet a level of expected performance. Whether you play pickup games on the weekends or are a serious athlete, read on to learn how to choose a basketball shoe that won’t let you down. The Fit The proper fit is important with any shoe, but with a basketball shoe for a serious player, the fit can make the difference between finishing a game on a high note and limping off the court. Even if you’ve had your foot measured recently for another style of shoe, it’s important to have your foot measured by someone who is familiar with the basketball shoe, such as the shoe professionals at Jimmy...

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