Come December, we’ll be seeing Sarah Jessica Parker on the cover of Elle magazine. As the star actress has become almost indistinguishable from her starring role as the infamous fashionista Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City, fans everywhere will undoubtedly wonder, “What’s happening with Sex and the City 2?” According to the movie’s website, the much awaited film will be in theaters on May 28, 2010. Just a little over six months until we see what amazing and daring fashions Carrie (or is it Sarah Jessica?) can pull off this time!
- Famously controversial actress Lindsay Lohan recently decided to expand her reach into the fashion world by partnering with fashion house Emanuel Ungaro’s new head designer, Estrella Archs. But it looks like this attempt is as much of a failure as her attempts to clean up her reputation. Ungaro CEO Mounir Moufarrige hired Lohan as “artistic advisor” for his fashion house, firing Esteban Cortezar, the head designer at the time, in the process. Ungaro himself is finally beginning to renounce his connections with the collection. After the line received horrible reviews from critics at Paris Fashion Week, Ungaro has been very vocal about his exasperation with Lohan’s lack of fashion knowledge and inability to design a wearable, or even sellable, line of clothing. Ungaro is so furious that the fashion house bearing his name is connected with the line that some critics called a “disaster” that he told reporters at the International Film Festival in Estoril, Portugal, “I have absolutely no connection with that house.” Harsh? After taking a look at some of Lohan’s designs, tell us what you think.
Singer Rihanna has become a fashion icon in today’s world of pop culture. The confidence she exudes allows her to pull off daring outfits, makeup, and hairstyles. But tomorrow night on ABC’s 20/20 News Special, the world will see more of Rihanna than her fame and beauty. During the hour-long special, Rihanna will finally open up to the world about her relationship with Chris Brown, and the very public and violent fight that shocked her fans. By accepting her role as a victim of domestic violence, Rihanna will hopefully become a role model for young women struggling to put an end to volatile relationships. So from now on, Rihanna is much more than a 21st century style icon – she is a woman who is unafraid to stand up for herself and be an example for girls around the world.
In the new movie Amelia, starring Hillary Swank, audiences will see classic examples of the aviator bomber style that has become an integral part of the fashion industry. What began as a way for pilots to stay warm in high altitudes has become what some would consider an item that should be in every woman’s wardrobe. But, where did this timeless item originate? It was Amelia Earhart herself who, when she wasn’t breaking boundaries for women in the world of aviation, was designing her own fashion line. She helped to adapt the typical pilot’s clothing for women – who knew that she was groundbreaking in the fashion world, too? The great thing about the leather bomber jacket is its versatility. It looks great with jeans and heels, but it can also create a cool combination when paired with a chic knee length dress. So, here’s to Amelia! Thanks for breaking ground for women in the aviation and fashion worlds!
Tuesday night, whimsical fashion designer Betsey Johnson was awarded the Medal of Honor for Lifetime Achievement by the National Arts Club. Her portrait now hangs alongside the likes of Carolina Herrera and Carol Oates. Johnson, who got her start in the 1960’s, is well known for her off-the-wall yet stylish pieces. She lived up to this reputaion when she showed up to the awards in blue stretch capris, a signature pink tutu, and an Andy Warhol inspired tee. Betsey is known for her participation in the ’60s rock and roll lifestyle, but she is also remembered for her groundbreaking achievements in the fashion world. She was the first American designer to have her own store in New York City, and was among the first to open a boutique on Melrose in Los Angeles. Johnson might be a fashion and business mogul, but her personality shines through every outfit she designs. Check out her new collection at www.betseyjohnson.com. It’s edgy and has that punk rock aspect that Betsey has become known for in the fashion world.
If you read yesterday’s Daily Tar Heel, you saw the front page article on grade inflation. UNC’s Faculty Council is currently discussing the university’s grading policy, mostly because the oh so coveted A is being seen more and more on transcripts across campus. I don’t know about you, but I kind of like that trend. But, I’m forcing myself to think a little deeper on the issue. If more and more people are getting A’s in their classes, the perceived value of the grade is diminished. If grade inflation at UNC continues, an A will eventually come to signify something less extraordinary than it has in the past. So when we’re competing against students from universities who don’t suffer from the problem of rampant grade inflation, our A’s hold less value than their’s. What do you think? Is a super high GPA that’s been padded by grade inflation worth the potential costs it could inflict? Or would you rather put in more effort to make the grade and possibly gain a more competitive edge after your undergraduate career is over?
It’s a well known fact that the fashion industry uses technology like Photoshop and airbrushing to make models look, well, more beautiful in advertisements than they actually are in real life. For women with a healthy amount of self-confidence, this usually isn’t a problem. But there is a growing movement to ban this activity in the fashion industry because of the potential effect it can have on teen girls. This push for more realistic representations of women is especially pronounced in Britain, where it is led by a well known Liberal Democrat politician named Jo Swinson. MP Swinson states that the airbrushed images that we see on billboards, in magazines, and on TV are encouraging not only an unbelievablly idealistic view of beauty, but also fostering feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem in young girls today. Airbrushing is commonly used to erase skin blemishes, lengthen legs, and flatten stomachs. Dove has started their own campaign against this falsifying of images. They’ve even created a video showing the transformation of an average girl who is airbrushed to perfection and placed on a roadside billboard. (Watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2gD80jv5ZQ)
So, what do you think? Does airbrushing distort women’s idea of beauty and lower their self confidence? Or do we need to thicken our skin and strive to find beauty within ourselves, not in society’s views of us?