Image business of fashion: Robert Duffy According to Styleite, there’s some trouble brewing for Marc Jacobs long-time business partner Robert Duffy. Former chief financial officer and chief operating officer of Marc Jacobs International is suing the company, its president Robert Duffy, and … Continue reading
Perhaps it’s just me, but I don’t think Rihanna would hurt her image at all, or my eyes if she started to cover up a little. I can’t help but think of things like tart, jezebel, harlot, etc. when I … Continue reading
If you’re like me, you’ve missed Brad Goreski (former Rachel Zoe Project cast member) immensely. Well cheer up kids! Goreski is to get his own reality show on the Bravo network! From the press release… “The New York Times called … Continue reading
The May 2011 edition of Harper’s Bazaar features model Kate Moss in Alexander McQueen for the Fashion Royalty issue.
New mom Rachel Zoe is glowing with baby boy and husband Rodger. Zoe posted the photo with caption “The 2 loves of my life…@rbermanus and Skyler Morrison. My life is complete. xoRZ” on her website.
The Kennedy’s were perhaps the only “American royalty” we’ve ever had. Scandalous and controversial for a number of reasons, they are still discussed to this day. While we may not know what exactly took place in their lives, one thing is for certain; the Kennedy’s were fashion icons. With The Kennedys TV miniseries soon to make its debut, I thought I’d look back at some of the memorable fashions. Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis became a fashion icon for women all over the world during JFK’s presidency. From 1960-1963 French designer and family friend Oleg Cassini dressed Jackie in many of her iconic and memorable ensembles.
Fashion was so important, Jackie actually spent $45,466 more on clothes than the $100,000 annual salary JFK earned as president. Jacqueline was well-known for her A-line dresses, evening gowns, above the elbow gloves, round dark sunglasses, and pillbox hats. Jacqueline dazzled crowds in Chanel, Givenchy, and Dior.
Jacqueline was not the only fashionable Kennedy however. When you think of JFK’s fashion, those impeccable slim-cut Brooks Brothers suits comes to mind. JFK made such an impact on fashion with these, Brooks Brothers resurrected the style and cut worn by him, and named it The Fitzgerald. JFK was also known for relaxed look; khakis, sweaters, and Wayfarer sunglasses.
Mariah Carey keeps getting weirder and weirder. Remember when she wasn’t obnoxious in the early ’90s and didn’t wear itty bitty things? Yes, I promise there was a time. But for the sake of the babies Mariah, enough with the … Continue reading
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Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, better known as Lady Gaga was born on this day, 25 years ago. Happy birthday Gaga!!
Long before there was Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt there was Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.
The two fell in love on set of the iconic Cleopatra. Taylor, just then 29 years old had met 36 year old Burton years earlier but refused to give in to Burton’s flirtatious ways, saying she would not be another notch on his belt.
Things changed dramatically however when Burton and Rex Harrison replaced Stephen Boyd and Peter Finch as Anthony and Caeser. The chemistry between Taylor and Burton on and off screen was undeniable. Taylor was married to Eddie Fisher at the time (Fisher left wife Debbie Reynolds for Taylor) and Burton was married to Sybil Burton.
Taylor, who at the time had the reputation of being a “homewrecker” wed Burton once Cleopatra had wrapped. The two had a tumultous relationship, marrying in 1964 and divorcing in 1974, later to re-marry in 1975 and divorce again in 1976.
The jewelry Burton gave Taylor is as famous as their relationship. The diamond Burton bought for Taylor for her 40th birthday, known as the Taylor-Burton diamond is one of the most famous diamonds in history. Burton purchased the master-piece in 1969 and spent an overwhelming $1,050,000-a record at the time. The 69.42-carat pear-shaped diamond was cut by Harry Winston. The 69.42-carat pear-shaped diamond went up for auction with such bidders as Richard Burton, Aristotle Onassis, and a Cartier exec (who eventually won the prize). Angered by defeat, Burton bought the piece the next day for $1.1 million to give to Taylor. Taylor later had the diamond set in a necklace because it was too large for her hand. (What a fantastic problem to have). After Burton and Taylor were divorced for the second time, Taylor sold the diamond for $5 million to build a hospital in Botswana. Taylor has said she regrets selling the diamond.
Burton also bought Taylor the famous 33-carat Krupp Diamond, and 50-carat, pear-shaped La Peregrina Pearl-a gift for Valentines Day, which Taylor continued to wear the rest of her life.
The large pear-shaped white pearl, which originally weighed 223.8 grains, and was the largest pearl durning these times to be discovered. It was found in 1513 off the Pearl Islands in the Gulf of Panama by a slave. The history of the pearl is just as amazing as its apparence; King Ferdinand V (1479-1516) first made the pearl a part of the Spanish Crown Jewels. It was then passed to his successor King Charles V (1516-1556). Phillip II (1556-1598) gave the pearl to Queen Mary I of England. After Queen Mary’s death in 1558 the pearl was then returned to Spain, where it remained for the next 250 years. In 1808, Napoleon Bonaparte captured Spain and carried the renowned pearl with him. The celebrated pearl became known as the “La Peregrina – the Wanderer.” Joseph Bonaparte left the pearl to his nephew Charles Louis Napoleon (Napoleon III) who sold it to the 2nd Marques of Abercorn, as a result of financial difficulties. The pearl went to England and then was returned to Spain and remained there for 250 years. It went to France and back to England with the Dukes of Abercorn until the year 1969, when it was purchased by Richard Burton for his wife Elizabeth Taylor.
Taylor hosted an auction of donated jewelry that raised over $240,000 for The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. When she removed the engagement ring given to her by Richard Burton, an emerald and diamond ring, she told the crowd – “Please know that it is not easy for me to give it away. It is only my commitment to AIDS that persuaded me to let it go. My love is inside that ring forever.”