Stardust by Steven Meisel

Stardust by Steven Meisel

In my opinion old Hollywood glamour was real glamour. These days the more provocative your attire is, the more attention it garners to your craft, good or bad. Old Hollywood was about being sexy, seductive, and pushing the limits while still being a lady. Women like Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, and Betty Davis embodied and personified this style. This editorial from Vogue Italia, shot by Steven Meisel in 2008, is a great depiction of classic Hollywood that is still the standard of beauty today.

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nailssDisclaimer: This article was written for online magazine M.I.S.S. Omni Media. All images and words are property of that magazine. If you would like to see the original, please view it via the M.I.S.S. website HERE.

The 70’s were a good time. A time of bell bottoms, Studio 54, and according to China Glaze the ‘Retro Diva’. This Fall the popular nail polish brand is set to release their Retro Diva collection, a shimmering, high shine compilation of twelve shades paying tribute to the decade of free spirit. With a price tag of $6.50 a piece, this collection is sure to please, and take you to a place where love was all you needed. The collection will be released in early July at beauty supply stores nationwide.

Stay tuned for a M.I.S.S. photo shoot featuring the China Glaze ‘Retro Diva’ collection, it’s sure to be a stunner!

0621nom.3Say hello to Nomenus Quarterly the worlds most expensive magazine. This publication produced four times a year online in addition to being published into limited edition books, will run you about $6,500. Why so expensive you ask, well it may have something to do with the bulk of the publication being bits and pieced of unpublished photography, or it could be the fact that the folios are hand bound in New York. Who knows! Due to the economic downturn the quarterly magazine has cut production, going from producing 50 copies quarterly to only 10.

Respect Your Roots.

June 18, 2009

kelis-06I know that there are a lot of Rihanna fans all over the world. I happen to be one of them. I love her style (or whoever dresses her), her hair, and the confidence she exudes whenever we see her in the public eye. Even though I love love LOVE to look and see what RiRi wears everyday, I have the sense to know that she didn’t get that style all by her lonesome.

In a recent New York Post blog, someone made the ignorant assumption that Kelis was jacking Rihanna’s hair style. WRONG! If the author had paid attention to past pop culture, one would notice that Rihanna’s entire style is derived from Kelis in many ways.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with mimicking someones style and making it your own. I think Rihanna has made rock n roll high fashion. But it makes me angry when people don’t recognize where her inspiration comes from. People like Kelis, Grace Jones, Madonna, Courtney Love, and even Fefe Dobson have paved the way for Rihanna to dress the way she dresses and for it to be acceptable in the public eye.

One of my favorite quotes is “Don’t get angry when people steal an original idea. If it’s original you’ll have to ram it down their throat…” Well Rihanna is not an original idea. She’s a nice one, but not an original one. Kelis had to ram it down our throats, and Rihanna is obviously benefiting from that.

Lydia Hearst for Flair Magazine

Lydia Hearst for Flair Magazine

Publishing heiress, socialite, and model Lydia Hearst plays a mere prop in this jewelry editorial for Flair Magazine. Shot by Alix Malka, jewels are stunning, but it’s my belief that the make up brings both Lydia and the glitter of the diamonds to life.

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More under the hood.
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Emma Watson for Interview Magazine

Emma Watson for Interview Magazine

Recently viewing her Burberry Fall Winter campaign photos this week, I’ve come to really respect the way Harry Potter heroine Emma Watson has flourished into an amazingly beautiful yet still grounded young woman. At the age of 19 Emma has made a career for herself that woman years older than her wish they could create. After reading and viewing the images from her Interview Magazine interview, I can officially say, that I have an epic girl crush brewing.

Take a look for yourself!
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Justin M. Maller Illustration

Justin M. Maller Illustration

I don’t know how much longer I can say this, but if by some divine higher power I was given artistic ability one day, I’d want it to be the ability to manipulate the shit out of photographs. Or maybe just the ability to take great photographs, but I digress. To put it lightly, my adoration for artists who can take simple (or not so simple) photos and turn them into even greater works of art will never end.

Justin M. Maller is a illustrator and art director hailing out of Melbourne Australia, the home of Sneaker Freaker, Acclaim Magazine, and my lover from another blogger Kayta Hackman. He’s been illustrating for about 8 years now, and his work is hardcore and perhaps the most original I’ve seen in awhile. He’s had a plethora of clients including Quicksilver, Lee Jeans, Oakley, and Samsung.
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Goodbye Max Factor.

June 5, 2009

Goodbye Max FactorWell they won’t be gone forever. Now if you enjoy the popular and longstanding drugstore line of cosmetics you’ll only be able to get it overseas. Proctor & Gamble announced that they are discontinuing the distribution of Max Factor Cosmetics in the US and will only sell it overseas where the brand is quite popular. Instead P&G will focus on building their Cover Girl brand domestically and push Max Factor in the 20 countries where it’s a big hit, including Russia and the United Kingdom.

I’ll sure miss spending my cash on the super bright eyeshadows they manufacture, especially the colored mascara I damn near depended on in high school.

Ta Ta Max Factor! It’s been fun!

via The Cut