Archive for July 7th, 2011

July 7, 2011

British Council of Fashion Designers Play a Love Game at Wimbledon

The 125th annual Wimbledon tournament began yesterday with much hoorah from the fashion world. Just the other night, the women of the Women’s Tennis Association gathered for a pre-competition gala at The Roof Gardens in Kensington and the British Council of Fashion Designers rallied around of the tennis stars. These ladies may look smokin’ in tiny pleated skirts and poly/elastane tanks, but they clean up nice when powered by a council of designers. At least most of them do… See which one aced it, and which ones baselined. 

ACE: Caroline Wozniacki – Stella McCartney

British Council of Fashion Designers Play a Love Game at Wimbledon

The #1 high power fashion-cum-athletic designer Stella McCartney has fittingly taken the #1 player in the WTA as her own; Caroline Wozniacki is the face of Adidas by Stella McCartney. She’s flashing Stella off and on the court and crushing bitches on the grass court.

SIDESPIN: Serena Williams – Burberry

British Council of Fashion Designers Play a Love Game at Wimbledon

One half of the dominating twins, this side paneled sidespin hugs every solid muscle curve.

LOVE: Ana Ivanovic – Matthew Williamson

British Council of Fashion Designers Play a Love Game at Wimbledon

Playfully textured, the slight fringe reminds us of the grass courts on which the tournament takes place. Mini-skirts and fast balls…

WILDCARD: Jelena Jankovic – Vivienne Westwood

British Council of Fashion Designers Play a Love Game at Wimbledon

This dress is a shirred thing. Will a win be in the bag?

FAULT: Heather Watson – Mulberry

British Council of Fashion Designers Play a Love Game at Wimbledon
How one makes an superbly trim athlete look frumpy is beyond me, but unfortunately Mulberry has done that for Watson. And the shoes look like ace bandages, not a good look for a competing tennis pro.

FLATLINER: Laura Robson – Temperley

British Council of Fashion Designers Play a Love Game at Wimbledon

She hits it low and steady. None too exciting, except for the shoulders.

LET: Andrea Petkovic – Richard Nicoll

British Council of Fashion Designers Play a Love Game at Wimbledon
The tennis imagery works in the iridescence, but the fit? The ref is consulting the umpire for a final decision.

BYE: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova – David Koma
British Council of Fashion Designers Play a Love Game at Wimbledon

Its tennis themed pleat cuts her off all wrong, and ends up making her look wide. Too much, yet too little.

LOVE LOVE: Maria Sharpova – Alexander McQueen

British Council of Fashion Designers Play a Love Game at Wimbledon

Stuns, absolutely radiant.

MATCH POINT: Bethanie Mattek-Sands – Alex Noble

British Council of Fashion Designers Play a Love Game at Wimbledon

Designer to Lady Gaga, Alex Noble created the bodice of this dress out of, you guessed it, tennis balls. Tis possible that only an entity like Mother Monster could pull off such a thing, but don’t get us wrong Bethanie, we admire your balls.

Good little ball boy he is, Nicholas Kirkwood heeled the whole WTA for this night.

Designers gave the gala a big serve, but who won the game point in your book?

July 7, 2011

How To Refresh Tired Summer Hair

Spending the day in the sun is obviously fun, but it can drain the life out of your locks. After sand, sweat, chlorine and harmful UV rays, how can you spruce up your hair for a night out? If you need some quick fixes for tired, limp summer hair, we have some great tips on how to refresh summer hair so you can look as vibrant as you feel.

How To Refresh Tired Summer Hair

1. Dry shampoo. If you don’t have time for a full-on shower, dry shampoo is an amazing, underrated alternative to washing your hair. Ojon Full Detox™ Rub-Out™ Dry Cleansing Spray instantly cleanses and refreshes your hair and scalp without water. The invisible formula is ideal for all hair colors.

2. Leave-in conditioner. If you know you’re going to be out in the sun all day, using a leave-in conditioner is a great way to prevent locks from getting dry and frizzy. Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Moisturizing Leave-In Conditioner is formulated without silicones, so it smoothes hair without weighing it down.

3. Hot oil treatments. If you have a big dinner or event coming up, it’s easy to make hair look radiant overnight. Comb a small amount of hair oil like Rodin Olio Lusso Luxury Hair Oil through your locks and wrap your head in a hot towel. Leave in overnight, and you’ll wake up to healthier-looking, more lustrous hair.

4. Hair sunscreen. As another preventative measure, use a sun protection spray before spending the day outside. Shiseido Refreshing Sun Protection Spray SPF 16 is light, refreshing and protects hair and scalp from harmful UVA/UVB rays with no sensation of stickiness or heaviness.

5. Revitalize & refresh. If your hair is curly or frizzes in the heat, use a product formulated specifically for your locks. A hair refresher like Ouidad Botanical Boost® Moisture Infusing & Refreshing Spray provides a blend of proteins and botanical extracts to preserve moisture, prevent frizz and enhance shine anytime throughout the day.

6. Tie it up. If all else fails, you can always wear your hair up to mask any drabness the day has put brought upon it. Check out our 8 Hair-Tie Alternatives to Up Your ‘Do and throw that hair tie out the window. If you’re looking for a cool tool to try one of the styles, we love this Madewell Plaid Prints Scarf.

What is your best summer hair refresher tip? Tell us in the comments.

July 7, 2011

Witness clears Amanda Knox in Italy murder trial

PERUGIA, Italy (AFP) – A man jailed with a co-defendant of Amanda Knox, an American convicted for the murder of a British student in Italy, told an appeal hearing on Saturday that she and her boyfriend are innocent.

Knox and Raffaele Sollecito, her boyfriend at the time, were sentenced to 26 and 25 years in prison for the grisly 2007 murder of south London student Meredith Kercher, with whom Knox shared a house in Perugia.

Both are now appealing their convictions.

Prosecutors have said the crime was a drug-fuelled sex game that turned violent.

Rudy Guede, who was sentenced to 16 years in prison in a separate trial for his role in the murder, allegedly told prison inmate Mario Alessi that “Amanda and Raffaele have nothing to do with the murder”.

Alessi repeated his allegation, already made in a deposition to the police, during Saturday’s hearing in this central Italian city.

Alessi, a mason who is serving time for killing a child, told the court Guede had spoken to him about his friends’ trial at the gym at a time when they were both detained in the same prison cell.

According to Guede’s alleged statements, 21-year-old Kercher was killed by a friend of Guede’s when she resisted a sexual assault.

“Rudy told me he tried to help the young woman after her friend wounded her with a small knife with an ivory-coloured grip,” Alessi told the court.

The friend then allegedly told Guede: “What are you doing? We have to kill her if not we’ll end up in prison because of her.”

When questioned by Perugia prosecutors Guede denied ever having made such statements.

The young lovers were originally convicted in large part because of traces of Knox’s DNA found on the knife and Sollecito’s DNA on a bra clip.

July 7, 2011

How To Dress Up That Muumuu to a Level of Appropriateness

How To Dress Up That Muumuu to a Level of Appropriateness

July 7, 2011

Lunching With Lulu

“I was in a romantic mood this time around,” Lulu Kennedy reported at the star-studded lunch to celebrate the Fall collection from her supergroup-style label, Lulu & Co., at the very swank Harry’s Bar, a venue that’s light-years away from her gritty home turf in East London. Kennedy (pictured, right) is the founder of Fashion East, the legendary talent incubator that’s spawned the likes of Gareth Pugh, Jonathan Saunders, Richard Nicoll, and Roksanda Ilincic, and for her namesake label, she collaborates with her protegés and other young guns of interest. Her mood this year led her to include a few couples as collaborators, including artists Tim Noble and Sue Webster, besties Bella Freud (center) and Susie Bick, and photographer and art director Patrick Waugh and Alistair McLellan.

Kennedy and business partner Tania Fares (left) created Lulu & Co. last year to celebrate a decade of Fashion East, and it proved so popular they did it again. As last season, there’s a retrospective shine over the whole. “This year, it’s a mix of Fashion East past and present,” Kennedy said. “We have the couples who are new, but also the old—the journeymen of Fashion East like Jonny Saunders and Richard Nicoll. We worked hard at making the clothes more affordable and wearable.” (There’s a word not always top of mind for Kennedy’s kindred on their own runways.)

Charlotte Dellal, Mary McCartney (Stella’s photographer sister), Camilla Al Fayed, Sara Parker Bowles, Liberty Ross, and a clutch of designers including Roland Mouret, Erdem Moralioglu (below left), Roksanda Ilincic, Nicholas Kirkwood (below right), and Marios Schwab all stopped by to toast to the new. (Though Harry’s did make for a bit of culture clash—Henry Holland tweeted that he needed to get special dispensation to enter wearing his shorts.)

Of course, as more and more interest is directed at London’s new garde, there’ll be plenty more meet-ups of the gritty and the glamorous. England has just gotten a stylish new royal client of particularly high profile, and one wonders if she’ll be as receptive to young U.K. designers as her counterpart of sorts, Michelle Obama, has been to young Americans. “I think her McQueen wedding dress was beautiful, but I think now she should turn her eye to some other U.K. designers,” Kennedy said. “We are working on Resort now with Roksanda, and there is this gorgeous black and white draped number and I thought, wow, this dress needs an occasion and certainly [the Duchess of Cambridge] will have plenty of those. We will send her the lookbook, so fingers crossed. I mean, Mrs. Obama chose Roksanda, so here’s hoping that the Duchess will, too.”

July 7, 2011

Mugler Menswear Goes NSFW, Debbie Harry On The Good Old Days (And The Good Old Clothes), Marilyn Monroe Breaks Her Own Record, And More…

Mugler creative director Nicola Formichetti is kicking things in a kinky direction for his men’s show on Wednesday. The “uncensored” versions of his new video series, with a guest appearance by the band Jessica 6’s Nomi Ruiz, will air on Xtube, a user-generated porn site, the day after the show. [WWD]

Debbie Harry helped make punk style cool when she and Blondie hit the scene in the seventies, but as the rock ‘n’ roll queen explains, ripped and shredded was about all she could afford. Harry talks about her early onstage style and the long love affair between music and fashion in the new W. [W]

Marilyn Monroe beat her own record when her white halter-neck dress sold for $4.6 million, topping her dress that went for $1.4 million in 1999 as the most expensive dress ever. The infamous subway grate dress from Debbie Reynolds’ collection was auctioned off along with other legendary Hollywood costumes worn by Charlie Chaplin and Audrey Hepburn. [Vogue U.K.]

And for your unsubstantiated rumor of the day: Is Carine Roitfeld launching her own fashion magazine? [Hint]

Photo: Richard Upper/Redferns / Getty Images

Tags: fashion, Good, halter neck dress, record, rock n roll queen, subway grate

July 7, 2011

Jesse James denies rumours of spitting

Sandra Bullock Jesse JamesJesse James, ex-husband of academy winner Sandra Bullock, says that he has not split with TC star Kat Von D and they will eventually tie the knot, reports The tabloid quoted the star as saying, ‘That is absolutely not true. We’re still going strong. Things are completely good with us,’ reports tabloid sify(sic). On being asked about the date of wedding, the star replied, ‘That day can’t come soon enough. Everything is on track. I am absolutely more in love today than I was a year ago. She’s the one for me.’(Source: Sify, People)

July 7, 2011

A Birthday Fashion Retrospective with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge

Prince William is one Oxford loafer closer to death’s door today. That’s right, it’s the Duke of Cambridge’s 29th birthday and while he may be celebrating by being boring — real stretch, Will — FashionIndie will celebrate with a stroll down memory’s sartorial lane. It’ll be a short stroll since the Duke is no Duchess of Cambridge, but it was either this or drinking ale at the local pub and if I’m going to pass out a bar I’d rather it be from possible alcohol poisoning rather than poisonous ennui.

A Birthday Fashion Retrospective with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge

You’d think with a style icon like Princess Di that the fashionable apple wouldn’t fall that far from the tree.  Well, some fruit’s just rotten. However, I think we all know who was responsible for Will and Harry‘s adorable contrasting tie and pocket square combo.

A Birthday Fashion Retrospective with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge

Will apparently modeled for the Pauper Prince catalog — I’m pretty sure I made that up — thus explainig these awful vests.

A Birthday Fashion Retrospective with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge

If there’s anything men should wear more of it’s a riding boot.

A Birthday Fashion Retrospective with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge

Remember when Wiill was the cute one and Harry was the rough one? Well, those tables quickly turned, but while Harry may look all kinds of rough right here, he gets bonus points for his lesbian-mom-on-the-town jean/white shirt combo over Will’s frumpy, lesbian-mom-running-errands corduroy/sweater look.

A Birthday Fashion Retrospective with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge

Here Prince William is serving me Dapper English Gentleman, complete with bowler hat and snide facial expression.

A Birthday Fashion Retrospective with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge

When Will started dating Kate Middleton, not much changed in his wardrobe but Kate — realizing the huge diamond tiara she’d be slipping into — learned a thing or two.

A Birthday Fashion Retrospective with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge

While all eyes were on Kate — and the stray leer on Pippa‘s backside — on their wedding day, Will looked dashing in his traditional royal regalia.

A Birthday Fashion Retrospective with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge

Give me a tux and a bowtie. Even with that glaringly thinning hair, Will looks every inch the luxe lad and he’s got the best accessory at his side…Harry’s weed pipe.

Happy Birthday Prince William!

July 7, 2011

Galliano to Stand Trial in Paris Today

Ready the tents, saddle the elephants and cram as many clowns as comically possible into a tiny car because the media circus is coming to town. John Galliano‘s trial is set to begin today in Paris, and as it is open to the public, it will most likely turn into a shitshow.

Galliano to Stand Trial in Paris Today

The former Christian Dior designer faces a possible six months in jail and a $32,390 fine as per the French penalty for insulting anyone on the basis of their origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity.

Note to self: don’t go to France….

Stemming from two separate incidents in which Galliano allegedly uttered anti-Semitic remarks – one from October 8, 2010 and the other from February 24th of this year —  the trial will see testimonies not only from Galliano himself but from his three accusers: Geraldine Bloch, Philippe Virgitti and Fathia Oumeddour.

However, Galliano’s now infamous “I love Hitler” video rant will not be a subject of the trial as the “anonymous” filmmaker never bothered to come forward with a complaint.

The designer is expected to plead substance abuse in his defense as he is still undergoing rehab for alcohol and prescription meds dependency — aren’t we all? — and though it’s not likely to help his case any, he will probably not serve any jail time.

According to French lawyer, Jean-Yves Dupeux:

“In theory, the law provides for a prison sentence but it’s extremely rare. Prison sentences are practically never handed down, except in the case of repeat offenders, in other words when you are dealing with someone who is permanently reiterating insults.”

Galliano’s trial should last four or five hours today but a decision, if any, won’t be made before September; French courts close for summer recess in July and August.

So while the courts are in recess, John Galliano will be awaiting detention. [WWD]

July 7, 2011

Casey Anthony laughs during bug expert testimony

In the second day of the defense laying out their case, Casey Anthony laughed out loud during the questioning of her own “bug expert” witness on the stand.

Assistant State Attorney Jeff Ashton was cross-examining defense witness Dr. Tim Huntington, an insect expert, about a study he used where he placed pigs in the trunk of a car to emulate conditions in Casey’s car where the prosecution allege evidence of a decomposed body was found.

Ashton said that the pigs were not wrapped in blankets and bags the way Caylee’s remains were when they were allegedly placed in the trunk of the car.

“Why didn’t you wrap your pigs in a blanket?” that state attorney asked. Casey Anthony laughed at his question, the first emotion she has shown in days.

The state attorney also had Huntington admit that when he examined Casey’s car two years after Caylee disappeared it smelled and while he originally said it was the scent of garbage he admitted that there was not any trash in the trunk.

Casey is being tried for the first-degree murder of her daughter, Caylee Marie Anthony. She disappeared on June 16, 2008 and Casey’s defense claim she drowned in the family pool and her father George Anthony helped her cover-up the death and lie about it.