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October 23, 2010

Adriana Lima in 2 million Bra or Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Preview

Victoria's Secret fans got a preview of this year's holiday fashion show when model Adriana Lima arrived wearing the $2 million Bombshell Fantasy Bra at the chain's SoHo store in New York Wednesday (October 20, 2010). A jewel-encrusted designer bra is the centerpiece of the annual runway show. This year's selection was designed by Damiani and features 1542 carats of white diamonds, blue sapphires and blue topaz, all set in 18-carat white gold. She and the tuxedo-clad escorts who accompanied her drew a crowd outside the New York City store.
Lima, one of the top models in the Victoria's Secret stable, wore a long blue cinched-waist gown, lined in pink satin, long white gloves and pink peep-toe heels. She also wore a diamond necklace and bracelet as she arrived in a sleek white vintage convertible.

The holiday fashion show airs on CBS November 30, 2010. Akon and Katy Perry are the musical performers. (Source CBS New York)

October 22, 2010

Marilyn and Her Monsters By Sam Kashner

She was always late for class, usually arriving just before they closed the doors. The teacher was strict about not entering in the middle of an exercise or, God forbid, in the middle of a scene. Slipping in without makeup, her luminous hair hidden under a scarf, she tried to make herself inconspicuous. She usually took a seat in the back of one of the dingy rooms in the Malin Studios, on 46th Street, smack in the middle of the theater district. When she raised her hand to speak, it was in a tiny wisp of a voice. She didn’t want to draw attention to herself, but it was hard for the other students not to know that the most famous movie star in the world was in their acting class. A few blocks away, above Loew’s State Theater, at 45th and Broadway, there was the other Marilyn—the one everyone knew—52 feet tall, in that infamous billboard advertising Billy Wilder’s The Seven Year Itch, a hot blast from the subway grating causing her white dress to billow up around her thighs, her face an explosion of joy.
Marilyn left the archive, along with all her personal effects, to her acting teacher Lee Strasberg, but it would take a decade for her estate to be settled. Strasberg died in February 1982, outliving his most famous student by 20 years, and in October 1999 his third wife and widow, Anna Mizrahi Strasberg, auctioned off many of Marilyn’s possessions at Christie’s, netting over $13.4 million, but the Strasbergs continue to license her image, which brings in millions more a year. The main beneficiary is the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute, on 15th Street off Union Square, in New York City. It is, you might say, the house that Marilyn built.
Now an extraordinary archive of Marilyn’s poems, letters, notes, recipes, and diary entries has surfaced that delves deep into her psyche and private life. These artifacts shed light on, among other things, her sometimes devastating journey through psychoanalysis; her three marriages, to merchant marine James Dougherty, Yankee slugger Joe DiMaggio, and playwright Arthur Miller; and the mystery surrounding her tragic death at the age of 36. 
(Vanity Fair, November 2010)

October 5, 2010

October 2, 2010

Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2010 Ad Campaign: Beauty at Any Age

Louis Vuitton Fall-Winter 2010 Ad Campaign’s idea is casting variety of sexy women born in three different decades and proving that one can look beautiful and attain success at any age. Under creative direction of Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton Fall 2010 ad campaign features Russian model Natalia Vodianova who is in her 20s, British model Karen Elson who is 31 years old and American supermodel Christy Turlington who is in her 40s. Models were photographed in 1950s style retro-inspired backstage dressing room. Makeup artist Pat McGrath has done fantastic job in highlighting models’ dewy skin and shiny cheekbones. For styling hair, Guido Palau chose swingy ponytails with little curl on the end. (Source http://www.fashionfame.com)