Hans Feurer: Fashion Photographer Innovator!

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Isabella Blow Fashion Icon & Muse! Long Before Lady Gaga!

One of the fashion world’s most singular stars, she was muse and mentor to everyone from Sophie Dahl to Alexander McQueen, while her signature headwear put Philip Treacy on the map

Queenly the New Look Now!

Katy Perry Killer Queen Perfume Ad

Beyonce golden nails Mrs Carter Katy Perry nail art Killer Queen

Beyonce (Mrs. Carter) & Katy Perry

Easton Pearson

Beyonce (Mrs. Carter)

Alexander McQueen

Katy Perry Killer Queen

Katy Perry Killer Queen

Alexander McQueen

Katy Perry in Thom Browne

Michael Jackson & Beyonce (Mrs. Carter)

Katy Perry Killer Queen

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Beyonce (Mrs.Carter)

Katy Perry Killer Queen

Elie Saab

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Alexander McQueen

Anja Rubik Is Queen of Hygiene by Mario Sorrenti for Vogue Paris March 2013

A Very Provocative & Powerful Image!

I don’t think the image was saying what is a good length… I think it’s showing that no matter what the length people always have to label… If it’s too short then you are asking for it and if it’s too long then your out of style or stuck up, etc etc

Artist Sebastian Errazuriz’s Show – 12 Shoes for 12 Lovers!

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Part fashion, part art, part voyerism, artist Sebastian Errazuriz‘s show, 12 Shoes for 12 Lovers, is the hit of this year’s annual Art Basel show in Miami. The 36-year-old has created a dozen high-heel-themed mini masterpieces, all serving as tributes to (and takedowns of) his many exes  – Sophie: The Ice Queen, Laura, The Heartbreaker – and paired with personal anecdotes about what exactly defined that ex to him and ultimately inspired the designs. The stories are alternately racy, wistful, bizarre, and brutally honest (though most first names have been changed to protect privacy). “I’ve never done anything like this before,” Errazuriz tells Yahoo Shine. “It was incredibly difficult. I had to think of the 12, and then how best to capture a small part of their essence.” Click on to see all 12 sculptures and learn the good, bad, and ugly about the women who inspired them. — Charlotte Rudge, Shine Staff

The Cry Baby: Alexandra
Resembling a foot splashing into a huge puddle — an image that just “came to mind” when remembering this particular woman — Errazuriz says that this sculpture is his favorite of the 12.  The somewhat bitter accompanying text recounts a lover who spent her time with him, but couldn’t stop crying about her ex-boyfriend. “As a man, it’s kind of strange to publicly tell a story where a girl basically uses you. Before I published the text I gave it to some girlfriends of mine to make sure it wasn’t offensive.”

The Honey: Honey
This one’s based on an ex who actually is named Honey, and, according to Errazuriz, was beautiful but ultimately, a little too nice to stay with. “It’s pretty brutal,” the artist says of the piece, “but also kind.” The intricate honeycomb design was one of the most difficult styles to execute and also the first design Errazuriz created for the series. Honey, now married with children, contacted him to tell him she was flattered that their brief three-week involvement made the cut.

The Heartbreaker: Laura
Yes, this one’s modeled after the girl who broke is heart, but the story focuses on how his friends were obsessed with the fact that “heartbreaker” had one fake breast and one real breast. “I thought I was going to marry her. I mean the name, the design says it all,” Errazuriz tells Yahoo Shine. “It didn’t work out, she’s married with kids now. I decided to tell this other side of the story that showed a little bit about guys, what goes on in their minds, and give a little levity to the whole thing.”

The Rock: Alice
“This was technically and emotionally the hardest one to do,” says Errazuriz. It was also the last one displayed in the series. Though he won’t get into the details of who or what inspired it, other than to say that, despite its chunky, decidedly unromantic appearance, this design actually tells the tale of a true love that got away. “I loved her so much, he admits. “Always will.”

The Gold Digger: Allison
The classical design of the heel is a little at odds with the Kanye-ness of the title, but Errazuriz explains, “It’s based on [the Greek mythological figure] Atlas, who felt he carried the weight of the world on his shoulders. When I was with the girl — who I guess you could say was high maintenance — i just kind of felt like that. I couldn’t provide her the things she wanted or needed to stay with me.” According to Errazuriz, the ex knows this sculpture is about her and “hates my guts.”

The Ghost: Valentina
One of the weirder tales, the Ghost is based on a local woman the artist met at a seaside town who randomly showed up at his front door one day and began a torrid but brief affair with him.
“By the end of summer I made her promise she would come visit me, but she never did. I returned to the beach the next summer looking for her but she was already gone,” shares Errazuriz. “It was really tricky to create a shoe that embodied how vaporous she was.”

The Jet-Setter: Jessica
Errazuriz says that the tale of this almost-one-night-stand with a rich girl who tried to seduce him by constantly chattering about her family’s private planes and money, almost didn’t make the cut. “But it’s weird and funny,” he says. “At this age we’ve all had so many stories, some turn out well, some don’t. I wanted to capture a bit of that strange night gone awry. I mean, for all I know we could have turned out to be madly in love, who knows. But the story happened the way it did.”

G.I. Jane: Barbara
Errazuriz initially had a hard time brainstorming through his love life to come up with muses. “To sum up these women and all the emotions and feelings tied up with them into one shoe, and then one name for the shoe was so difficult.” The tough-sounding G.I. Jane — a girl whose strict father was a military general, and with whom he was busted by the police when the two were caught making out in a car — got commemorated with this militant, yet weirdly wearable design.

The Boss: Rachel
This brass-knuckle-inspired design is downright scary. Pick it up and that stiletto heel becomes one hell of a dangerous weapon. The story about Rachel is not appropriate for publication here, but, long story short, girl runs hot and cold and is rather frightening.

The Virgin: Anna
Pure-looking piece the Virgin is an ode to … well, guess. “I spent the night with this woman and right afterwards she told me it was the first time she had ever had sex.” The revelation knocked him sideways.  According rumors in his circle of friends, she may or may not be a nun now.

The Hot Bitch: Caroline
The girl we love to hate, “Caroline” wears tiny red dresses, flirts with his dad, gets drunk at a wedding, cheats on him, and still comes out with the coolest shoe of the bunch. How did he create this amazing, melting design? “Every shoe was sculpted digitally and 3-D printed, and then when the models were created I would constantly check them, work on them to make sure they were right. I kept visiting shoe stores and studying heels, the sales clerks thought I was some kind of shoe fetishist.”

The Ice Queen: Sophie
And finally, the story is short and sweet, but the shoe isn’t. It’s about of fashion model — naturally! — who looked great but barely spoke or did much else.

Emmy & Post Emmy Looks!

Kaley Cuoco attends the Governors Ball during the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 22, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.

Jane Lynch at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards and the Fox Broadcasting Company, Twentieth Century Fox Television and FX celebration of their 2013 EMMY nominees on September 22, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.

Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale attend HBO’s official Emmy After Party at The Plaza at the Pacific Design Center on September 22, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.

From left, January Jones, Elisabeth Moss, Jessica Pare, and Christina Hendricks attend the AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel Emmy After Party, on Sunday, September 22, 2013 in West Hollywood, Calif.

CT Esthetic  – A side note: I have actually met Elizabeth Moss several times and she is one of the nicest, sweetest, and most beautiful women I have met!

Sofia Vergara As usual, the “Modern Family” siren — nominated for Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series — brought the va-va-voom in a Vera Wang gown and $7 million worth of Lorraine Schwartz jewelry.

Anna Chlumsky The “Veep” actress, nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, wowed in a strapless dark green gown by Badgley Mischka, which she wore with loose waves in her hair and a coat of bright pink lipstick.

Connie Britton in Naeem Khan

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A Look Back At 2001: Fashion and Cultural Events!

Via  Chicago Reader

Sure, Bjork wore a stuffed swan to the Oscars in March. Vogue, People, and Esquire magazines put out simultaneous “age issues” in August. And after 66 years in business, Mademoiselle folded in October

JANUARY Already beleaguered by the press for her performance during the presidential vote-counting scandal, heavily lacquered Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris gets it this month from Mr. Blackwell, who ranks her tenth on his annual list of the nation’s worst-dressed celebrities. “The pretty, brassy lassie from Tallahassee needs cosmetic direction,” proclaims Hollywood’s self-appointed fashion cop.

FEBRUARY Men’s beards are experiencing a popularity unparalleled since the 70s, reports Ruth La Ferla in the New York Times. Most in vogue is the “shadow beard,” a manicured version of Don Johnson’s Miami Vice stubble that’s “groovier than the goatee and covering more acreage.” Of his own facial hair, home furnishings designer Alexander Julian says simply: “Stroking it makes me look smart.”

MARCH The U.S. Army announces that black berets will be standard headgear for all soldiers starting in June. The Rangers (the elite infantry group that already wears black berets) and the Green Berets register their formal opposition, but many soldiers are relieved to be rid of the envelope cap, which one calls “an eyesore and an embarrassment.” Explains haberdasher John Helmer, “A beret can be morale-building, because it is pretty cool looking.”

APRIL The Girl Scouts of America issues new uniforms: cargo pants, bucket hats, and polo shirts carefully designed to be indistinguishable from those found at the Gap or Old Navy. “It’s hot! It’s savvy! It’s today!” says the organization’s Web site. “Abercrombie has shirts just exactly like the Girl Scouts’ one,” 11-year-old Tori Lardner tells the Chicago Tribune.

MAY Survivor host Jeff Probst forces his cast to show up to the reunion show in the same smelly, filthy, worn-out clothes they’d worn for 45 days in a row during filming. Meanwhile, on the show’s Web site, copies of the tube top worn by winning survivor, Tina, are marketed as “the Buff.” Part head scarf, part tube top, the Buff is a “uniquely versatile, stitch-free garment you can wear as you struggle to survive.”

JUNE Cosmopolitan promotes the mullet the as the “most wanted new mane.”

JULY The U.S. Polo Association sues Ralph Lauren for $100 million, claiming the designer used a campaign of intimidation to sink the polo association’s own apparel line, which Lauren had earlier claimed infringes on his copyright. (On August 1 Polo Magazine loses a suit brought by Lauren and is ordered to change its name.)

AUGUST Berlin’s Humboldt University releases a study showing correlations between a woman’s character and the color of her bikini. Women in green bikinis tend to be charming, it claims, while a red bikini indicates a sporty woman who likes a challenge. Woman who wear one-piece suits are not studied.

SEPTEMBER Fashion models by the dozens cancel their overseas bookings and lie low, throwing the season’s tight schedule into a tizzy. “Girls are not wanting to fly right now,” Click Model Management owner Frances Grill tells the New York Times. “Those who are, are going with a lot of trepidation.”

OCTOBER New Yorkers are too depressed to shop, reports the New York Observer, and salespeople all over town are bored and listless. “I’m still in the place where shopping feels disrespectful,” says one woman. Equally disaffected are some designers: Hussein Chalayan trots out unraveled, half-torn garments at the spring ready-to-wear shows in Paris. “Tailoring didn’t seem appropriate,” Chalayan tells the International Herald Tribune

NOVEMBER Shoe designer Manolo Blahnik denies reports that he withdrew a pair of stilettos from his latest collection for fear that the three-and-a-half inch metal heels could be mistaken for weapons by would-be hijackers or airport security. The actual problem Blahnik’s U.S. license holder George Malkemus tells the New York Times, was that the razor-sharp heel dinged floors and punched holes in carpets. “The decision had nothing to do with anything political,” says Malkemus.

DECEMBER Romanian newspaper Evenimentul Zilei reports that 64-year-old Ioana Cioanca has crocheted a raincoat from her own hair. Cioanca says she plans to wear the coat with a matching skirt, blouse, bag, and hat, also made out of hair.

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  • Etan Patz was declared legally dead. He was an American child that disappeared on May 25, 1979. His disappearance sparked the missing children’s movement.

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200th Anniversary of Pride and Prejudice! A Look at Regency Beauty!

Click Here for a virtual Regency Dress Up Doll.

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Complexion

Fashion in make-up changes, often from one extreme to another, so after the Rococo era of white faces, red lips and heavily rouged cheeks the Regency, as a reaction, was one when natural beauty was highly praised. Skin care not cosmetics was the watchword of the day and manufacturers competed in fantastic lotion with equally fantastic names such as Olympian Dew a, Bloom of Ninon b, Milk of Roses c or, to inspire confidence, down to earth Gowland’s Lotion d, The Bath Lotion e and many others. Fancy lotions were very popular among upper class women although it’s doubtful whether they offered improved efficacy over home remedies such as crushed strawberries and cucumber. The complexion, that is the texture of the skin and the brilliance of the checks, where for once as important as mere prettiness. Women took exercise to brighten their complexion; after two centuries of hiding indoors with nary a draft of air ‘taking the air’ became a national pastime. Women walked, rode and went for spins in open carriages. Although freckles and tans were still frowned upon, a fresh and windblown face was no longer considered the province only of dairymaids.

In 1811 a woman’s beauty book saw the first light of day. ‘The Mirror of the Graces or The English Lady’s Costume’ f published anonymously by A Lady Of Distinction, assures us of its purpose to:

“Combining and harmonizing taste and judgment, elegance and grace, modesty simplicity,

economy with fashion in dress. And adapting the various articles of female embellishment t

o different ages, forms, and complexions; to the seasons of the year, rank and situation in life

 With useful advice on female accomplishments, politeness and manners; The cultivation of

the mind and the disposition and the carriage of the body: offering also the most efficacious

means of preserving health, beauty and loveliness. The whole according with the general

principles of nature and rules of nature.” Even though natural beauty was the yardstick it

was often achieved by helping nature along by judicious use of cosmetics. Let’s look at the

make-up product available to the Regency woman.

Face

"No eye... can look on a face bedaubed with white paint, pearl powder or enamel and be deceived for a minute into belief that so inanimate a
 'white wall' is the human skin. ... Nothing but selfish vanity, and falsehood of mind, could prevail on a
 woman to enamel her skin with white paints... to draw the meandering vein through the fictious alabaster with as fictious a dye."
Ladies powder box, 1838 2 The white face of the earlier era was giving way to a more natura

l look, which meant less reliability on the white face paint. It was

still used to some extent, rather sparingly

, by older women trying to hide the ravages of time and by women

of ill repute. White paint was similar to modern foundations, mainly

consisting of [aromatic] water, oil, talk

and emulsifier (tragant or gum arabic) in which a pigment was

suspended. g The problem was the pigment used – lead! The lead was

responsible for the opaque quality of the white

paint, or enamel as it sometimes was called, but extremely toxic. A

coarsening of the skin was also observed, caused by both the poisonous

lead and the drying effect of the maquillant

itself. The lead based white paint was slowly replaced by zinc

oxide and chalk, which were less opaque and glossy but much healthier. h

At this time white face paint was also slowly replaced with tinted foundations more similar to what we are familiar with. One of the first preparations was the Pear’s Almond Bloom, touted by its

maker to “adhering firmly to the face, giving a light and delicate tint that cannot be distinguished from nature”

. i Others were to follow and fashion, rather than health, delivered the final death-knell to lead cosmetics.

Powder was permissible in this age however. The most common varieties were made of rice flour although

fine talcum powder was at times also used. For a glossy or shiny look pearl-powder, a brilliantly white powde

r made of finely ground bismuth, was used rather like the modern highlighters. j Pear’s White Imperial Powder k

was one such product. Again, this was more common for mature women and not so much for the debutante.

Cheeks

“A little vegetable rouge tinging the cheeks of a delicate woman..

. may be excusable.”The rogue was one of very few accepted .

cosmetics that survived the French revolution. One such product

appearing during the Regency era was Pear’s Liquid Blooms of Roses.

l The blush came in several shades and the pigment

was usually bright red carmine (cochineal dissolved in alum

water) m and the rose pink safflower (Carthamus tinctorius)

in varying combination. Sometimes muriate of tin was used, not

so healthy but producing a bright red color. n Talcum powder was

sometimes used to mute the color. Powder blushes were most

common although liquid or creme rouge could be found. Sometimes

rouge was sold in sheets – crepons- made of thin crepe fabric

dipped in the makeup. o The make-up was rich in pigment

and, for a natural result, a light hand needed for the application.

Eyes

“Penciling eyebrows, staining them, & c, are too clumsy tricks of

attempted deception… But take this fair image, draw a black line

over her softly-tinctured eyes, stain their beamy fringes

with a somber hue”

The Egyptian craze produced some rather startling

side effects. Suddenly the European world discovered such

wonders as mascara and eyeliner. We can almost hear the

dismay echoing through the ages! The English exploration of

India and contacts with other Oriental areas such

as Turkey p, also contributed to the spreading of these cosmetics.

Mixing lamp-black (a fine black soot) with a little oil

produced a usable paste to apply to both eyebrows and eyelashes

. Burnt cork, we can imagine the stink!, was sometimes used as well.

q Of all the cosmetics available those for the eye were most frowned upon

, probably because of the difficulty in application, which made a natural

result rather unlikely, particularly when viewed in daylight.

Mouth

Silver cachou box for lip rouge 1797Color samples:

Safflower

Alkanet

Carmine
“Nothing but selfish vanity, and falsehood of mind, could prevail on a woman… to lacker her lips with vermilion”

Although heartily condemned by moralists, it is probable that most women used some type of lip color in the Regency

. One popular cosmetic was Rose Lip Salve, available from any drug store near you, and chiefly containing white wax

, almond oil, alkanet (the root of Alkanna tinctoria) to color and scented by otto of roses. r Rigge’s Liquid Bloom s seems

to have been a popular brand. This type of lip rouge would give the lips a somewhat transparent rosy glow, rather like

modern lipglosses. For bright red lips vermilion (an opaque cochineal derivate) was used, which created a more

painted look, similar to that of our lipsticks, than the alkanet salve.

 

Perhaps we should here also make mention of the teeth, so much a part of a nice smile. Dentistry was still in its infancy and the general cure for cavaties and tooth ache was tooth extraction! However, together with general cleanliness people had become more dilligent at brushing their teeth. Commercial tooth powders became available, carrying suggestive names such as Essense of Pearl t and making round promises of fastening loose teeth, stopping decay and curing infections in the gums.

So although natural beauty was much praised, the majority of the women in Regency days would take cosmetics to fill in where nature proved deficient and in many cases what we see is the natural look, which differed from the previous century in

pretending to be natural, but was still helped along by a judicious amount of cosmetics.

Pictures: 
1. Ackermann's Repository 1817 

2. French Guilloche enamel ladies powder box from around 1838. 2 3/4 inch wide.

Notes on the text: 

a-e:: For further information on the face lotions, she the special Complexion page 

f: Unless otherwise stated all quotes are from 'Mirror of the Graces', first published 
1811. Reprinted in facsimile edition 1997 as Regency Etiquette, not a very good title as
 it's a woman's beauty book. A review of the book can be found here. 

g: Johann Bartholomäus Trommdorff. Kallopistria, oder die Kunst der Toilette für
 die elegante Welt. Erfurt 1805. 

h: The druggist's general recipe book by Henry Beasley, published 1850 

i: "Companions for the toilette - Almond Bloom, or Vegetable Rouge 

A Pears, Prefumer, No. 55, Well's-street, Oxfrd-street, with all due
 respect to the Female World, embraces this opportunity of recommending his
 Almond Bloom, or Liquid Vegetable Rouge, to distinguished attentioon. 

This invaluable Preparation, although it may be said to be in its 
infancy , from the short time that has occurred since it was first introduced 
to public notice, has required a reputation almost unparalleled in the annals 
of personal improvement. Its principal excellencies are the softening the skin 
for a free perspiration, adhering firmly to the face, giving a light and delicate 
tint that cannot be distinguished from nature. Five shillings per bottle. - 
Advertisement, La Belle Ansemblée, October 1807. 

j: Chemistry for Beginners By Lincoln Phelps, 1850 

k: Pear's White Imperial Powder is an admirable Companion to the above, being the most 
simple and effective Cosmetic in fashionable use. It is produced from Vegetables only, and gives 
to the Skin a delicacy strictly consonant to true Beauty, nor can the most circumspective observer 
preceive the application of it on the Countenance. Price 2s. 6d. and 5s. per Bos. - Advertisement
, La Belle Ansemblée, October 1807. 

l: Pear's Liquid Blooms of Roses gives a most delightful tinge to the Female Countenance, 
and to such a degree of perfection, that it may with propriety be said that Art was never so 
successfully employed in improving the Charms of Nature. Price 5s. 6d. per Bottle. - Advertisement, La Belle Ansemblée, October 1807. 

m: A supplement to the Pharmacopoeia: being a Treatise on Pharmacology in General by Samuel Frederick Gray, 1821 

n: The London Magazine, 1826 

o: The druggist's general recipe book by Henry Beasley, published 1850 

p: The Edinburgh New Philosophical Journal, 1834 

q: The London Magazine, 1826 

r: The druggist's general recipe book by Henry Beasley, published 1850 

s: "To Ladies who have occasion for Rouge, Rigge begs to recommend this Liquid Bloom, 
made from Damask Roses. This Rouge is so suitable to the complexion that it cannot when 
judiciously applied be distinguished from a natural Bloom. It is as innocent as simple Rose Water, 
and may be used to the lips, when required, with pleasing effect, price 3s. 6d. and 7 s. 
Those elegant and approved articles are prepared at D. Rigge's Plantation, Wandsworth, and sold in
 London, at his Warehouse only, No. 31, New Bond-street." -Advertisement in La Belle Ansemblée, January, 1808. 

t: The Essence of Pearl and Pearl Dentifrice, invented by the late Baron Hemet, dentist to the Royal Family, 
have been proven by long experience to greatly excel both in elegance and efficacy, every other preparandum for
 the teeth and gums: they effectually preserve the teeth in a sound state even to old age, render them white and beaut
iful without imparing the enamel, fasten such as are loose and keep such as are decayed from becoming worse. They likewise render 
the breath delicately sweet, prevent the tooth-ach, perfectly cure the scurvy in the gums, and make them grow firm and close to the teeth.
 The essence is particularly recommended to parents and persons who have the care of children as the greatest preservative of 
young and tender teeth. None are genuine but what have the words "J Hernet, Bayley and Brew, Cookspur street;" engraved on the stamp: price
 2 s 8d each. Bayley's true Essential Salt of Lemons to take ink spots and stains out of lace and linen. The resine is signed #J Bayley" on the box 
and wrapper: also Brs Scoors Drops, for taking grease out of silk, stud, woollen cloth &c, price 1s each. Perfumed Pommade Davie, price s 8d, Liar glass. 
Sold wholesale and retail, oy Bayleys and Brew, perfumers, Cockspur street, London. - Advertisement in The Times, March 9 1819.
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