07.11.11 Beauty, Hair

Beauty Trend Spotting: Do The (French) Twist

Nicole Richie keeps getting better and better (beauty-wise).

Long gone are her ‘scary-skinny-with-straggly-strands’ days; the married mother of two has done a complete 180° and now gorgeously goes from strength to strength strolling down the red carpet—and the sidewalk.

Case in point: At Elle’s 18th Annual Women in Hollywood Tribute, Richie rocked a French twist—a look we’ve seen numerous times over the past two runway seasons, namely Peter Som and Jean Paul Gaultier for Fall/Winter 2011, and Badgley Mischka, Roberto Cavalli, and Dolce & Gabbana for Spring/Summer 2012.

One part swanky 60s, two-parts French fabulous, this structured updo lends an air of elegance to any look. We haven’t worn this hairstyle since junior prom, but seeing as how a refined resurgence on the horizon, we just might be persuaded to take a trip down our own personal mane memory lane.

Here’s How to Recreate The Sophisticated Style:
-Flip damp hair over your face and rough dry (sans brush) for added volume and texture;
-Flip it back and finger comb your strands over towards your right shoulder;
-Starting at the nape of your neck, loosely twist hair up towards your crown, securing every few inches with a bobby pin, which should be inserted diagonally;
-For a more refined look, flips the ends under and secure with a pin. For a funkier finish, leave your ends loose—they’ll look cool whether they’re straight and spiky or curly and carefree;
-To finish, pull a few pieces loose around your hairline to relax the look, or if you have fringe, brush your bangs over to the side. Mist with hairspray to set the ladylike look. —India-Jewel Jackson

Julia Ormond In Yigal Azrouël – ‘My Week With Marilyn’ AFI FEST Premiere

Julia Ormond joined Michelle Williams on the red carpet last night for the 2011 AFI Fest premiere of ‘My Week With Marilyn’.

The actress becomes the second person to wear a look from the Yigal Azrouel Spring 2012 collection.

Her red wool tuxedo with cropped pants was paired with a nude silk top which she covered with gold necklaces.

Her other accessories included black ankle-strap peep-toes and a black buckle accent.

A chic side-sweeping updo and perfect pink lip colour completed her look.

I don’t think Julia needed all those necklaces. They seem to weigh down this simple chic look.

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Uma Thurman In Lanvin – LACMA’s Art and Film Gala

Uma Thurman was one of the few not to wear Gucci on the red carpet for the 2011 LACMA Art and Film Gala in LA on Saturday night.

She wore a Lanvin Fall 2011 ensemble.

The pearl-white silk blouse with gathered shoulders was teamed with a long black silk-taffeta skirt with a bustle at the back.

This is a brave look for Uma. Most people would have been totally overwhelmed by this look.

You have to have a certain presence to pull it off, and Uma has that in spades.

Uma accessorized with Chopard oval diamond chandelier earrings and a black embellished clutch.

This is very much a marmite look.

You’ll either love it or hate it.

What say you?

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07.11.11 Premiere

Katie Holmes In Holmes & Yang – ‘Jack And Jill’ LA Premiere

Katie Holmes took to the red carpet last night for the LA premiere of her latest movie, ‘Jack & Jill’.

The actress/designer wore an ensemble from her own Holmes & Yang collection.

Her silk-chiffon sleeveless v-neck dress has a crisscross purple top half and a black pleated skirt.

I was going to give her ill-fitting, bra revealing, self designed dress a mercy thumbs up until I saw the Lanvin pumps.

The colour isn’t the issue; it’s those grey ankle straps.

I fail to see what look she was trying to achieve by adding them as they cut her off at the ankles.

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Olivia Wilde In Louis Vuitton – ‘Butter’ AFI FEST Premiere

Olivia Wilde made her second appearance on the red carpet this weekend when she attended the ‘Butter’ AFI FEST premiere which was held at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in LA last night.

The actress gives us our first look at the Louis Vuitton Spring 2012 collection on the red carpet.

Her white floral knee-length bustier with a peach sheer overlay wasn’t the most flattering choice.

This look is doing nothing for her.

Her sparkling silver jewels and matching Christian Louboutin platform peep-toes fail to add much excitement to this look.

Peach glossy lips and a headband-accented updo similar to the models completed her look.

The Olivia Wilde fashion roller-coaster ride continues. One minute she’s up, the next she’s down.

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Reese Witherspoon In Cushnie et Ochs – LACMA’s Art and Film Gala

Reese Witherspoon opted for a head-to-toe black ensemble at LACMA’s Art and Film Gala on Saturday night.

The actress always embodies sophistication and elegance – and this was no exception.

Reese opted for a black one-shoulder Cushnie et Ochs Resort 2012 dress.

What stops this frock from being a snooze was the sexy keyhole detail.

She accessorized the look with Van Cleef & Arpels jewels, black satin Jimmy Choo ‘Greta’ heels and a matching Louboutin clutch.

Two diamond bracelets and matching stud earrings added just the right amount of sparkle to the look.

Reese balanced off the subtle sexiness of the dress with a cute ballerina bun and soft, natural makeup.

Her overall look wasn’t wow-worthy, but then again it’s been a very long time since Reese wowed us on the red carpet.

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