Fashion Faceoff: Kim K. vs. Tyra Banks

Are you ready for another style throwdown? Faceoff regular Kim Kardashian puts her best foot forward for a battle with fashion mogul Tyra Banks after both were spotted sporting the same Rachel Roy sheath. This time it's stilettos at ten paces, because our candidates both look mighty fierce! Question is, who wore it better?

Kim Kardashian rocked the red carpet in the coral-colored gown last Friday at the 2010 Cosmetic Executive Women Beauty Awards in New York City. The "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star paired her figure-hugging gown with a multi-colored Talita spiked clutch and Alti platform pumps, both from Christian Louboutin, and an elegant updo.

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Simon G. Jewelry presents SUMMER SOIREE

Under the luminous stars at the luxurious pool deck at The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas, Simon G. Jewelry presents SUMMER SOIREE, an exclusive star-studded musical evening on Saturday, June 5 at 7:00p.m. Melissa Rycroft-Strickland hosts the invitation-only event at this exquisite venue, as Robin Thicke brings his signature sultry R&B sound poolside at The Venetian. Thicke will be accompanied by emerging Las Vegas country artist CJ Goldner, Dr. Hollywood and a highly anticipated performance by Jessica Lowndes, who is best known for her role in the CW's hit drama 90210.

Recently receiving the LEED-EB Gold Certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Existing Buildings) by the U.S. Green Building Council, The Venetian and its beautiful pool is the perfect setting to showcase world renowned designer Simon G.'s sustainable collection of jewelry, while at the same time supporting the vision of Global Green USA. Global Green USA, an American arm of Green Cross International (GCI), is a national, environmental non-profit organization striving to create green low-income housing, neighborhood schools, and city buildings across the nation in an effort to combat global climate change. Global Green works towards solving the world's most urgent environmental crises through their technical expertise, advocacy, and education. In support of Global Green's initiatives, Simon G. Jewelry has created a sustainable line of jewelry that connects fashion to the environment and allows consumers to add to their jewelry wardrobe while supporting the work of Global Green.

"Simon G Jewelry has always been conscious of their environment and strived to produce their award winning designs in the most eco friendly environments, using sustainable material," said jewelry designer Simon G. "It is with great pride that Simon G Jewelry's award winning design team presents their latest collection of affordable, sustainable statement pieces of fashion jewelry that benefit the work of Global Green."

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Fashion UK to create Playboy fashion collection

Playboy Enterprises Inc announced that it has entered into a license agreement with Fashion UK to create a new collection of Playboy-branded men’s and women’s fashion apparel, which will be available in the UK and Ireland beginning in August 2010.

“We are excited to partner with Fashion UK, a well-established company that has specialized in licensed apparel, specifically fast-fashion, for many years,” said Adrianna Chinnici, vice president, licensing, Playboy Enterprises, Inc. “We look forward to revealing the new fashion-forward line of men’s and women’s apparel to consumers in the coming months.”

The Playboy-branded line will include vintage wash and jersey T-shirts – including music-inspired and embellished styles – as well as hoodies and joggers.

“Fashion UK is thrilled to collaborate with Playboy,” said Gurdev Mattu, managing director, Fashion UK, “The Playboy brand is both iconic and universally recognized, especially among our target audience that thrives on fun and fashionable products.”

Since 2001, Fashion UK has successfully specialised in Licensed Appareland leads the market in the terms of fashion and speed to market, thus creating an edge over its rivals whilst establishing a fresh concept at retail.

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Fashion ID: Taylor Momsen's Hooker Look

At this point, Taylor Momsen's infamous for her extreme (read: trashy) stage outfits. For a recent show at London's Notting Hill Arts Club, Tay put her usual punk rock twist on a sexy dress by Dolce & Gabbana. The pint-sized star went full-on hooker wearing loads of eyeliner, her signature ripped tights, and slouchy black platform boots. The downfall of dressing like Pretty Woman's Vivian Ward? Creepy men ogling you. Good thing T always carries a knife.

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The World's Top Earning Models

ADRIANA LIMA: EARNED $ 7.5 million
Adriana Lima, Brazilian model, 28, came in fourth with a $ 7.5 million salary. The list represents earnings made from June 2009 to July 2010.

Bundchen, the 29-year-old beauty who is married to US football player Tom Brady is the world's highest-paid model, making $ 25 million last year.

HEIDI KLUM: EARNED $ 16 million
Heidi Klum, the 36-year-old mother of four and host of the television show Project Runway, came in second with $ 16 million in earnings.

KATE MOSS: EARNED $ 16 million
Kate Moss, 36, who earned C, through modeling campaigns and the launch of her own fashion line and a new fragrance.

Dutch model Doutzen Kroes, 25, who shot to fame in 2005 when selected "Model of the Year" by Vogue, placed fifth with $ 6 million.

Victoria's Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio poses for photographers during an appearance at the store in New York.

Russian model Natalia Vodianova is photographed at London Fashion week. 

DARIA WEBOWY: EARNED $ 4.5 million
Canadian top model Daria Werbowy speaks at a news conference as the new face of Lancome's advertising campaign, in Moscow.

MIRANDA KERR: $ 4 million
Model Miranda Kerr presents a creation during the 2009 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in New York.

The only American on the list is 36-year-old Carolyn Murphy, who is the face of Estee Lauder, Roberto Cavalli and Anne Klein. She earned $ 3.5 million to grab the 10th spot.

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Designer launches disguisable skirts

Aya Tsukioka, a Japanese designer has designed a skirt that doubles as a disguise, unfolding to look like a Coca-cola vending machine, which actually, is a colourful way out for women to blend into a busy street to avoid a chaser.

The 31-year old designer has designed this outfit with a view to help women to wander free without any fear of crime and get rid of her attackers. As there are a number of vending machines positioned on many of Japan’s city streets, women in the country have many opportunities to hide themselves behind this exclusive skirt.

Tsukioka showed off the apparel by lifting up the flap on the skirt, exposing a large cloth piece printed with the bright red Coca-Cola logo, and demonstrated how women wearing the skirt could hide behind it to get rid of a potential attacker while walking alone on streets.

Around 20 hand-sewn vending machine skirts have been sold. The designer expects to sell the outfit in global markets as well.

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Gucci Première collection on Cannes red carpet

The newly restored version of Luchino Visconti’s Il Gattopardo debuted this evening at the 63rd annual Cannes Film Festival. Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini was joined on the red carpet by the film’s original cast members Alain Delon (Tancredi Falconeri) and Claudia Cardinale (Angelica Sedara), along with Martin Scorsese, Founder and Chair of The Film Foundation, who introduced the film.

The following guests wore couture pieces from the new collection, Gucci Première.

Camilla Belle chose a Gucci Première midnight blue silk sable one shoulder gown with degrade embroidered detail.

Jury member Kate Beckinsale wore a Gucci Première silk georgette antique white gown draped and embroidered with silver micro bugle beading with metallic silver thread embellished bust and waist detail.

Frida Giannini wore a Gucci Première floor length strapless gown with draped back detail and embroidered with silver lace and micro palettes.

Ms. Giannini also wore one of a kind piece from Gucci’s fine jewelry collection: Horsebit full pave diamond and cognac topaz earrings.

Lea Seydoux chose a Gucci Première champagne charmeause column gown with micro matt and shiny pale gold sequin degrade embroidery throughout. The gown features cut out sleeve and back detail with bodice encrusted in silver and gold metallic lozenge beading.

Salma Hayek chose a silk georgette Gucci Première scarlet one shoulder gown with sweeping drape across the waist and hip with red glass bugle beaded embroidered detail.

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Salma Hayek debuts first couture gown from Gucci Première

Gucci dressed Salma Hayek this evening for the premiere of Robin Hood at the 63rd Annual Cannes Film Festival.

Salma Hayek wore the very first couture gown from Gucci Première collection designed by Creative Director Frida Giannini. The actress chose a Gucci Première floor length Bordeaux silk georgette one shoulder gown with hip, back and shoulder drape detail.

The gown also features deep red crystal embroidery at the shoulder and waist. Completing the look, she chose Gucci black satin peep toe heels and a Gucci black satin clutch.

Gucci achieves astounding global success and is named the most desirable luxury brand in the world (Nielsen company, 2007). Frida Giannini, formerly Creative Director of accessories, is named sole Creative Director in 2006.

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American Apparel expands Nail Polish Collection

American Apparel, the vertically integrated clothing manufacturer based in downtown Los Angeles, is announcing the addition of six new colors to its successful line of nail polish. The company timed and designed the expansion of American Apparel Nail Lacquer for the upcoming summer season.

The colors continue the theme of representing the brand and the culture which surrounds it. A khaki shade called "California Trooper" alludes to the uniforms of the ubiquitous California Highway Patrol, while "Malibu Green" is inspired by the colors found near the company's store on the historic Pacific Coast Highway. Other colors like "Summer Peach" and "Butter" are now also an available option for some of the company's classic garments, including the Pique Tennis Shirt, 4-Way Stretch Side Zipper Pants and Dov's Hoody. The line will feature the release of a base/top coat, a much-requested addition that will bring an extra layer of protection and gloss to the nail lacquer.

"The first 18 colors of our nail polish line were an experiment -- we picked colors that were beautiful and didn't set out to necessarily match them with anything. For summer, we saw an opportunity not only to add a few new colors, but also to develop some fresh shades that can coordinate with the tones of our new styles. We're proud that by listening to the feedback of our employees, customers and the online community, we were able to create a summer range that incorporates their ideas and expresses the palette we presented this season," said Marsha Brady, a creative director for American Apparel.

American Apparel Nail Lacquer has been an exciting success for the company as it has expanded its aesthetic into new areas and styles. The initial run of 18 colors and 50,000 bottles quickly sold out worldwide and developed a loyal following of fashion bloggers and polish artists. By working with a California manufacturer near its headquarters in Los Angeles, American Apparel continues its commitment to the idea of Made in USA polish and hopes the new colors will be met with the same glowing reviews.

"The public has had an overwhelmingly positive reaction to our nail polish collection and we're excited about these new additions. As we translate our basics model to fashionable pieces and new kinds of products, we remain dedicated to maintaining the same level of quality and dependability that we're known for. The colors have the potential to enhance outfits in both classic and atypical ways and we're really look forward to seeing how people wear them," Brady said.

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Cibeles Madrid Fashion Week coming soon

CIBELES MADRID FASHION WEEK, the grand forum for the promotion and presentation of Spanish design, an event organised by IFEMA, has established the dates for its second edition of the year. The next edition of the leading showcase for design in Spain will be staged between 17th and 22nd September in Hall 14.1 at Feria de Madrid.

In the same way as at last February's edition, CIBELES MADRID FASHION WEEK will once again take place over a period of six days, devoting the whole of its first day to the fashion parades of a series of talented young designers brought together under the umbrella of EL EGO. This initiative will be celebrating its tenth edition on this occasion. In this respect, on Friday 17th September CIBELES will present the collections of the youngest designers. The period between Saturday 18th and Tuesday 22nd will, thus, be preserved for established designers.

This edition of CIBELES will once again be based on the innovative fashion show model presented in September 2008, at which the fair presented a new organisational and staging format, as well as introducing the brand, CIBELES MADRID FASHION WEEK.The main objective of this concept, which will guide the development of CIBELES over the next few years, is to strengthen the presence of Spanish design within the context of an increasingly competitive international market. Other important new features that form part of this project, initiatives that have already been successfully implemented at previous editions, include the following: the design of two fashion parade rooms; an increase in the occupied exhibition area from 5,400 to 14,000 square metres; and the creation of an area known as CIBELESPACIO. This area features a range of different ongoing activities, such as music, live concerts, the sale of clothing creations by young designers, etc.

Furthermore in view of the warm reception that was granted to the special area for the most outstanding fashion bloggers at the last edition of the Fashion Show in February, the September edition of CIBELES MADRID FASHION WEEK will once again set aside a specific area for these opinion-leaders. This section of the event will feature all of the necessary technology in order to enable these bloggers to express their opinions regarding the participating designers and their collections, effectively addressing their corresponding groups of virtual followers with the spontaneity and special vision that characterises them. In this respect, CIBELES will reflect the growing reach and importance that the fashion blogs phenomenon has acquired both inside Spain and abroad.

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Casting call for Nicolita Swimwear's 2011 collection

Nicolita Swimwear and have teamed up again to discover one female to represent Nicolita Swimwear's 2011 collection. This nationwide casting for models between the ages of 18 and 35 kicked off April 21, 2010 and will continue through June 25, 2010.

In mid-June, Nicole Di Rocco from Nicolita Swimwear and a panel of judges from the modeling industry, including Cristina DeHart (founder of, will select one female to participate in a shoot and be featured on the website in conjunction with the launch of the company's 2011 line. The chosen winner will also have the opportunity of working with Anthony Neste photography in South Beach, Fl and will be given professional tear sheets for their portfolio.

Between April 21st and June 25th, participants should encourage their friends and family to vote for them, as the models who receive the most votes will win the Public Vote Contest and receive prizes that include Nicolita Swimwear and Beseme Cosmetics.

Nicole Di Rocco, the designer of Nicolita Swimwear, says she is looking for someone that can embody the fictional Nicolita character. "Our first nationwide campaign with Explore Modeling was such a success; it was hard to pick just one person from our finalists. I’m excited to team up with them again. 

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Raima Sen launches Titan Raga Carnival

Celebrate this summer with Raga Carnival at World of Titan that promises to make your season a non stop bash with its exciting offers. Bollywood actress Raima Sen unveiled the Raga Carnival in the presence of Ms. Shyamala Ramanan, Marketing Manager, Titan Raga.

Exquisite and elegant, the Titan Raga is the feminine brand from Titan. Raga offers a wide range of watches for ladies with exclusive designs crafted with floral motifs, studded crystals, enamel motifs and kundan work. During this offer, consumers get to choose from an array of Titan Raga collection comprising of Raga Diva, Raga Chocolate, Raga Crystals and Raga Flora collection.

Speaking about the offer Ms. Shyamala Ramanan, Marketing Manager, Titan Raga said, “Titan with its vast network of exclusive showrooms has always provided a very special and evolved shopping experience to all our customers across the country. Besides offering innovative and stylish designs, we also extend special offers from time to time. Raga watches hold a special place in the hearts of our lady patrons and with this special offer we will ensure that our customer’s aspiration to own a watch gets fulfilled along with exciting gifts.”


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Reinvent the legacy of denims with Esprit

The last decade at Esprit has seen a revolution in denim fashion from cutting edge wash techniques, quirky details to different silhouettes, shapes, and eye catching designs in brilliant colours. Grunge and glam rock influences make sure that denim remains an evergreen classic!

Esprit’ Men’s casual brings in spectacular skinheads’ look, punk 80's snow washes, acid-washed jeans and the all time fashion fad denim jackets.

Team it with oversized T-shirts, Parkas, Checked shirts or add some funk to your wardrobe by teaming up with funky accessories like thick framed glasses, boyish sneakers and stylish hats. Replace that sleek blazer with a cool denim jacket worn best with a white t-shirt and you are ready to go anywhere, from the grocery store to a cocktail party, an afternoon barbecue or a breezy day at the beach.

Esprit EDC new collection for men includes Denims with futuristic patterns like dark stone denim jeans, Regular stone denim waistcoat, stitching details jean and classic denim jackets. Looking good in denim goes above and beyond pairing it with a T-shirt and sneakers. Team up your denims with a retro navy blazer or a coast blue shirt to give it a semi formal look. New denims take on the leading role for summer 2010 with slim silhouettes in bright, extra-light washings and vintage washed effects for that extra edge and attitude in your clothes.

Make a rebellious statement this season with Esprit Women Casual wear where Fashion isn’t only about wearing what is in your closet. Boyfriend jeans are just what you should be wearing this season.

Whether its Rachel Bilson or Katie Holmes, trendsetters have been seen spotting this trend. Sport Bold designs, distressed fade with slight shreds to give you an extra edge over trendy comfort. The loose and comfy cuts make it look like a perfect steal from your boyfriend’s wardrobe. Complete the look with a crisp white shirt, aviator shades and pixie cropped hair.

Denim skirts were always a mainstream classic and can be worn with leggings, bold and dramatic tops. The appealing silhouette of slim denims with modern fits is what is fabulous for all women this season to play up your curves and look hip. The denim jeans for women come in irresistible colors of the season; orange, grass green, bright red and shades of berry.

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Mary Blige to debut My Life, the fragrance

Interactive multichannel retailer HSN has partnered with Grammy award-winning singer and philanthropist Mary J. Blige and polyethnic beauty brand Carol's Daughter, to debut My Life, the fragrance. My Life is the first fragrance to be launched exclusively through a multichannel retailer. Available July 31, My Life will be introduced to consumers via a comprehensive, 360-degree multi-platform campaign that leverages all of HSN's marketing channels, including television, online, mobile, print advertising, public relations, events and direct mail.

The fragrance is a first from Mary J. Blige and the first celebrity fragrance to be developed by Carol's Daughter. Steve Stoute, Chairman & Lead Investor of Carol's Daughter, played a pivotal role in creating the unique partnership between Mary J. Blige and HSN for this ground-breaking launch.

"We are thrilled to partner with Mary J. Blige and Steve Stoute to forge new ground in the beauty industry, break the existing business model of selling fragrance and leverage the power of our interactive platform to launch My Life," said Mindy Grossman, CEO of HSN, Inc. "Mary's story is inspiring to all women, and we believe our customers will identify with her confidence, compassion and perseverance."

"My life is my journey and I've always shared it through my music. I can't wait to share my story with millions of women through HSN," said Mary J. Blige. "Working with Carol's Daughter on the fragrance has been an amazing experience that I will forever cherish."

A portion of the proceeds of My Life will benefit the Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now (FFAWN). FFAWN was created by Mary J. Blige and Steve Stoute to help women gain the confidence and skills they need to pursue and realize their goals and dreams.

"This partnership will break the stagnant role the fragrance industry has found itself in," said Steve Stoute. "In the truest sense of a fragrance, the emotional journey will be told directly to consumers from one of the world's best lyricists, Mary J. Blige, and the best storyteller, HSN. My Life will touch the lives of millions of women."

HSN's multi-platform marketing campaign will target a broad consumer base, including fans of Mary J. Blige, as well as new and existing HSN & Carol's Daughter customers.

Video segments called Life Chapters will capture various facets of Mary J. Blige's compelling life story, including her philanthropic, music, and beauty projects. The segments will be seeded online, on HSN and through social media such as Facebook and Twitter. 

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