Rihanna’s outfit shocks attendees at the CDFA Fashion Awards at Lincoln Center

Rihanna stole the show at Monday’s CFDA Fashion Awards. Attendees nearly forgot about the ceremony itself. They were so preoccupied with the singer’s provocative outfit. She appeared to be wearing almost nothing at all.

The 26-year-old singer arrived the fashion gala, hosted by the Council of Fashion Designers of America, in a full length sparkling gown reminiscent of “the Black Pearl” Josephine Baker.

Adam Selman designed Rihanna’s stunning gown, which was backless and sparkled with 216,000 Swarovski crystals. The singer donned a baby pink feather boa, gloves and a iridescent turban.

Mel Ottenberg, Rihanna’s stylist remarked about the dress to Style.com: “It’s so naked.” He went on to say “I don’t know if it’s shocking — I’m with her all the time, so my shock gauge is off — but I told her that I thought she was ready for this dress a while ago, and that I wasn’t. I’m the prude, and I’m just catching up.”

Though Ottenberg might have had reservations, Vogue gave the nearly naked dress rave reviews.

“Fashion should never be frustrating,” Rihanna told the audience during her acceptance speech. She went on to casually remark: “It should be fun.”

Melissa McCarthy plans to develop a clothing line

Actress Melissa McCarthy is going to be entering the fashion world. With her name now linked to side-splitting comedy, the excitement cannot be contained with her announcement of creating a clothing line.

The cover model of this month’s, Redbook, McCarthy explains why she decided to develop a collection:

“When I go shopping, most of the time I’m disappointed. Two Oscars ago, I couldn’t find anybody to do a dress for me. I asked five or six designers—very high-level ones who make lots of dresses for people—and they all said no.”

McCarthy was a clothing and textiles student at Southern Illinois University. She dropped out to pursue comedy. The interest in pursuing fashion took to the back burner as her acting career took off. In 2011, she had plans to take on a fashion line with her Emmy’s gown designer Daniella Pearl, but her acting career continued to explode.

Melissa’s on the cover of the current issue of Redbook, out in newsstands today. Let’s hope she lets out a bit more about her fashion endeavor!

A Perfect Coat for Every Body

In cold weather, women rely more on outerwear to make a fashion statement. And although few women look like actress Marie Cotillard in a coat (pictured here) whatever your shape, there’s a style that will flatter you most. Also keep in mind that you may need more than one coat for the season. For example, if you’re wearing a dress and have exposed legs, a longer coat will keep you warmer. The same long coat, however, can look bulky with a heavy sweater and jeans.

Peacoat

Actress Gina Gershon sports a winter favorite here: the peacoat. “A peacoat flatters most full-figured and pear-shaped ladies,” said Jess Zaino, style producer for ABC’s “The Chew” and founder of Cheap Chic Shopping Tours. “They give structure to the shoulders and balance a thick waist and big hips.”

Trench

The classic trench, worn here by actress Dianna Agron, flatters all body shapes. “The sexy, fitted belt at the waist accentuates a super feminine, hourglass figure,” said Zaino. “If you’re petite, look for a hemline that hits above the knee to avoid looking smaller.”

Parka

Actress Ariel Winter looks trendy in this puffy blue parka. While it works on many shapes, note that the volume does add width to your frame. “Avoid a loose fit, which will leave you looking shapeless,” Zaino said. She also said that long parkas look best on taller women, so keep it cropped if you’re petite.

Cropped Fur Coat

“A cropped fur is so very Hollywood,” said Zaino, but she noted that it can be tricky to pull off for some sizes. Model Jessica White, who is tall and slim, wears it well. “Make sure the sleeves fit [so] as not to look childish and that the hemline hits at or above the waist to show off curves instead of hiding them.”

Cape Coat

Italian TV personality Miriam Leone is seen here wearing a vintage-inspired white cape. “Capes work on slight and curvy frames, petite and tall women, and will work even if you are between sizes,” said Zaino. She added that it’s an especially appropriate coat during transitional weather and works well as a layering piece.

Bracelet Sleeve

Notice how the sleeves on this coat stop at the elbow and show off what TV personality Kris Jenner is wearing underneath, hence the name “bracelet sleeve.” This coat is ideal for layering and perfect for climates that aren’t especially cold. Because of the extra volume, it looks best on tall and narrow frames.

Cropped Coat

“A short tweed style is the ultimate statement in luxury style,” noted Zaino. This type of light coat looks best on an athletic frame, like actress Maria Bello’s. Zaino suggested pairing it with chic heels and pearls for a sophisticated cold-weather ensemble.

Wrap Coat

“Like Diane von Furstenberg’s iconic wrap dress, the wrap coat is universally flattering on all body types and sizes,” said Zaino. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, looks polished, and her waist is accentuated. “The diagonal line formed by the classic coat’s closure slims and trims, while the belt at the waist gives a woman an ultra-feminine silhouette.”

The latest fashion trends from Fashion Week Brooklyn Fall Winter 2014

Fashion Week Brooklyn Fall Winter 2014 was held in Industry City, Brooklyn, New York; from March 13-16 2014. The four-day fashion show event showcased nineteen of the latest womenswear, menswear, children’s wear, dog wear and eco-friendly collections by fashion designers from around the world. Below is the schedule of designers that presented:
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Thursday March 13, 2014:

Eco-friendly clothing
My Fabulous Puppy – Dog wear, eco-friendly collection by Warren R. Agee.
William H. Maxwell High School Fall 2014 “A Tribute to designer Charles James” collection – Womens ready-to-wear instructed by Ms. Kendal Overton.
BuddhaHood – Menswear and womenswear by SaiOne Elmwood in collaboration with Dario Mohr.
High School of Fashion Industries Fall 2014 Rapunzel’s Journey collection – Designed by students Stacy Isaac and Lashun Costor, and styled by Erica Brandford.
Amparo3 Fall 2014 – Iliana Quander (USA)
Born Again Vintage – Womenswear by Bridgette Artise.
Royal Majesty Clothing Fall 2014 “The Prince and the Pauper” collection – Menswear & womenswear by Malcolm Cannon.

Friday March 14, 2014:

Womenswear and menswear
Marcella Co. Fall 2014 “Rustic Sophistication” collection – Womenwear by Marcella Jones-Penn.
Walker Wear Fall 2014 “A Brooklyn Construction” collection – Menswear by April Walker.
Thomas Lavone Fall 2014 “Era of the Woman” collection – By American designer Thomas Lavone Woodard.

Saturday March 15, 2014:

Womenswear, menswear and canine couture
Bandit Rubio Designs – Canine couture by Anthony Rubio, with evening gowns from Ivon Reyes Couture.
AKOU Fall 2014 – Womenswear by New York based designer Kouassi Norbert Akou, from Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.
G Leon Fall 2014 – Menswear by American designer Alicia Pinckney.
Marita Huurinainen Fall 2014 “Wild” collection – by Finnish designer Marita Huurinainen, with her “Wave by Marita Huurinainen” shoe collection.
Bradley Douglas Jordan Fall 2014 “Winter Flowers” collection – Menswear and womenswear by American designer Bradley Jordan.

Sunday March 16, 2014:

Womenswear, menswear and childrenswear
Pinky Sez 2014 collection – Childrenswear by preteen designer Tyyan Williams.
Richard Fitz Fall 2014 – Raw wool womenswear outfit by Richard Fitz, from South Africa.
Ikhonic Fall 2014 collection – by South African designer Nicole Anne Khoury.
Lina Teixeira Fall 2014 “Something Borrowed” Bridal collection – by Florida based designer Lina Teixeira.

‘Teatro Prometeo’ presents: ‘Lección Para Señoritas’

Teatro Prometeo at Miami Dade College (MDC), one of the major success stories in Miami’s theatrical history and the only Spanish-language conservatory in the country, announces the presentation of Leccion Para Señoritas. Set in a cabaret in the ‘Roaring 20s ‘, Lección para Señoritas is a modern version of renowned play, The School for Wives, written by Jean -Baptiste Poquelin Moliere (Paris, 1622 – 1673). This performance is directed by renowned actress/director Neher Jacqueline Briceño and it marks part of the new stage repertory at Teatro Prometeo for graduates of the Conservatory in Theatre Arts. Performance will be in Spanish with English supertitles.

When: March 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 & 29 at 8:00 pm

Where: Teatro Prometeo, at MDC’s Wolfson Campus

300 NE 2 avenue

Miami, Florida

8 Looks for the Art of Casual Chic

Though casual chic may sound like an oxymoron, the truth is that you can look chic in almost anything you wear (sans workout gear and pajamas). The key to mastering the art of casual chic is to combine comfortable clothing with a hint of sophisticated flair. That flair may be demonstrated by your shoe choice, accessories, hair or even absolute confidence in your appearance. Once you’ve mastered the casual chic look, you’ll always have something to wear no matter where you go, be it a cocktail party, grocery store or barbecue.

Flirty Chic

The colorful palette on this otherwise sophisticated, streamlined dress takes Sarah Jessica Parker straight into the realm of casual chic. Her getup is dressy enough for an afternoon or evening of cocktails and mingling, but could also work while running errands or at a low-key lunch. To achieve a flirty, casual chic look like this one, wear a well-fitted dress with comfortable shoes and relaxed hair.

Street-Wear Chic

As senior fashion market editor of “Harper’s Bazaar,” Joanna Hillman knows a thing or two about fashion. Here, the blond-haired maven looks calm, cool and collected in her baggy blue blouse and neutral skirt. Create this look by wearing slightly oversized apparel paired with texturized locks, sunglasses and minimal jewelry.

Leopard Chic

Mischa Barton shows her wild side in a leopard print top and ballet flats. She keeps the knee-length skirt casual and youthful with a simple hairstyle and minimalist accessories. Pairing her printed top with a denim A-Line skirt and studded belt keeps the look casual, but the bold prints provide an extra wow-factor. Her black tights and flats make the ensemble perfect for fall. Add a neutral-colored jacket and you’re set for winter, too!

Summer Chic

Reality TV star Khloe Kardashian is all about laid-back apparel. She pairs a very casual, loose T-shirt and tattered denim shorts with heels to instantly transform the look into casual chic. Heels are an easy way to dress up any casual look, whether you’re in leggings, jeans, a blazer or jumpsuit. For a touch of flirty flair, wear a splashy accessory as Kardashian does.

Trendy Chic

The always trending Linda Papadopoulos, psychologist and author, keeps the momentum going with this creamy fitted blazer and dark denim jean. To bring her ensemble up to chic-dom, she layers with a flowing, patterned scarf. Scarves, like heels, instantly add a bit of chic sophistication to any look. Try one in a neutral color, like Papadopoulos, or a splashy color if you’re feeling frisky.

Autumn Chic

What makes model-turned-photographer Delfina Blaquier’s outfit casual chic is her layering techniques. Without the trench-length cardigan and colorful scarf, the white dress underneath would read more dressy than casual. Experiment with layering your outfits to create a casual, yet fashion-forward look.

Hippie Chic

Actress Gillian Zinser, seen with actor Tristan Wilds, channels her inner hippie with this casual chic ensemble. The short jeans paired with a fun, patterned top makes her outfit instantly interesting. Add the purple, matching headband and it’s a fashion-forward ensemble. To master the art of casual chic you must not be afraid to take fashion risks.

Formal & Fun

Blake Lively, actress and fashionista, is known in the fashion world for her eclectic taste and flare for red carpet outfits. Though this particular outfit is more formal than casual, Lively layers the sheerness of her blouse and lace skirt with a fitted blazer. Her flattering blazer says business, but the ethereal quality of her top and its lack of structure add a touch of casualness. Combine formal elements with daytime fabrics like a light-colored lace for a similar look.

MAY 31 FASHIONISTA FLEA MARKET Maryland’s Most Fashionable Outdoor Event

Join us this season at FASHIONISTA FLEA MARKET Maryland’s Most Fashionable Outdoor Event!

Bargain shopping. Fashion goodies: clothes, vintage, fashion mobile trucks, shoes, art, modern and chic wear, beauty, skincare, jewelry and MORE!!!

FREE admission

9am-1pm

Outdoors
15210 Annapolis Road
Bowie, MD

Additionally, the DMVs first Fashion and Beauty Truck, the Curbside Fashion Truck is back this Saturday May 31st for FASHIONISTA FLEA MARKET Maryland’s Most Fashionable Outdoor Event! Myss Stephens and her awesome brand showcases and sells women’s clothing & accessories – with dressing room – fab accessories and jewelry from a TRUCK!

In addition …

Mrs. Maryland Plus America’s Kristus Ratliff greets guests and welcomes plus-size fashionistas to Fashionista Flea Market May 31st from 9:30am-11:30 for Meet and Greet.

Join Kristus and @CurvyChixStyle mobile truck providing stylish clothing, hand bags and accessories to Curvy women (sizes 14-24).

We can’t wait to see you there!

www.fashionistafleamarket.com

How to Lose the Pear Shape Figure

Someone with a “pear shape” carries extra weight around the hips. A study at the Children’s Hospital in Boston found that pear-shaped individuals have lower levels of insulin than individuals who carry extra weight around their abdomens (“apple shape”). What this means is good news for the pear-shaped: they can lose weight both through restricted fats and restricted carbohydrates. However, while losing weight around the hips is easier, making a plan and sticking to it is key.

Instructions

  1. Eat fewer fats and simple carbohydrates. Instead, eat lean foods, including chicken, turkey and fish, as well as slow-burning carbohydrates like black beans and kidney beans. Include vegetables at every meal and eat only fresh fruit (no juice or dried fruit). Banish foods that serve no healthy purpose, such as chips, candy, soda, white bread and fast-food meals.
  2. Set a calorie goal. Use a weight calculator to determine your calorie needs and to calculate the calories you’re consuming. Make it a daily goal to meet but not exceed your daily calories.
  3. Exercise frequently: aim for five or more exercise sessions per week. Your exercise should be at least 30 minutes with little or no weight and high intensity. If you aren’t used to exercise, start with a half-hour of walking, then work up to intervals of walking and jogging. If you have difficulty motivating yourself, sign up for an aerobics class or other guided fitness program. If you enjoy sports like tennis, basketball or soccer, they are all excellent for burning fat.
  4. Perform resistance training to tone your upper body and even out the appearance of your pear shape. Toned shoulders and a V-shaped torso will make your hips look smaller. Add resistance training to your workout two or three times per week. Some fitness classes include a resistance training component.

Tips & Warnings

Planning ahead makes healthy eating easier. Determine which combination of foods best meets your caloric needs and schedule your meals. Make a shopping list with healthy foods and stick to it. Don’t be afraid to eat the same thing every day, if you enjoy it and it’s healthy, until you reach your goal. Find a friend to exercise and compare meal ideas with. You’ll keep each other honest and motivated.

Author’s Pick: Top 5 best and worst dressed at the 2014 Oscars

The Academy Awards is famously known to be Hollywood’s biggest night. Movie fans around the world set their calendars every year for this special night…but so do fashionistas like myself.

Although I am a huge movie geek, and tune in every year to see the best of the best of actors, actresses, writers, producers, directors, designers, animators etc., I also tune in to see the fashion!

I have been watching the Oscars since before I can remember. Every year, I make Oscar-Sunday my day as I watch everything from the pre-red carpet to the arrivals, the actual ceremony, to the after-parties. I don’t want to rule out the men, as they all look handsome in their designer suits and tuxes, but lets face it – the ladies are the forefront when it comes to the outfits.

Each award season I sit on pins and needles waiting to see what the actresses are wearing. When it comes to other award shows’ fashion, they tend to get away with almost anything, but with the Academy Awards, it’s either a hit or miss. It was tough as there were a lot of best and worst dressed gals this year, but I narrowed my picks down. Not in any particular order (in relation to the photograph above) here are my top 5 best and worst dressed.

BEST DRESSED

Idina Menzel – The ‘Wicked’ star wore a strapless, forest-green Vera Wang gown that was simply stunning. Last night Menzel performed ‘Let it Go’ from Disney’s ‘Frozen’ which won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature.

Amy Adams – The five-time Academy Award nominee arrived at the red carpet wearing a strapless, sapphire blue Gucci dress that was nothing less than elegant. Adams was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role for ‘American Hustle’.

Jennifer Lawrence – The ‘Hunger Games’ beauty never disappoints when it comes to fashion on the red carpet. Like last year’s Oscar dress, Lawrence knows how to wow. This year she chose a red, strapless peplum Dior Couture dress that had on-lookers in awe. The Academy Award winner was nominated again, this time for Best Supporting Actress for ‘American Hustle’.

Charlize Theron – She warmed our hearts in 2003 for her performance in ‘Monster’, but she won our hearts at the 2004 Oscars in a gown that outdid everyone’s. The Academy Award winner presented at this year’s show in a sexy, strapless Gucci dress. It was, as I believe, to be the black dress that every woman dreams of having in her closet!

Giuliana Rancic – The Fashion Police diva was on the red carpet hosting for E! hours before the arrivals. She was pre-game to the red carpet as she showed off her Paolo Sebastian dress. The slightly off-the-shoulder, champagne, princess dress was just darling. Even Joan Rivers couldn’t pick a bad thing about that dress.

WORST DRESSED

Elsa Pataky – Chris Hensworth, actor best known for ‘Thor’ and ‘The Avengers’, showed up with his very pregnant wife on his arm. Ok, I give kudos to the ‘Fast Five’ actress for stepping out onto the red carpet when she is ready to pop, but she stepped out in the wrong thing. She wore a teal, Elie Saab gown that covered too little on the sides and showed her baby bump in a very un-flattering manner.

Anne Hathaway – The Academy Award winner usually is a hit or miss when she steps out on the red carpet. We can either plan to see a ‘Princess Diaries’ look or a ‘ I Dreamed a Dream Les Mis’ look. This year, the presenter had a miss wearing a black and gold armor Gucci dress that would’ve been better designed as a shoe than a gown.

Anna Kendrick – The Academy Award nominee, and this year’s presenter, wore a J. Mendel dress that you either loved or hated. This is on my worst dressed so obviously I did not love it. The off-the-shoulder, black gown with the red sheer details at the torso would have looked much better with out the cross-body strap and thick-lining detail at the neck and arms. Better luck next time.

Sally Hawkins – One thing not to do when you are thin, beautiful and nominated for an Academy Award – dress like a nun. The actress who was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for ‘Blue Jasmine’ wore a white and gold fully-covered Valentino dress. Too much skin is a no-no, zero skin is a big no-no.

Kerry Washington – The 2014 Oscars were no stranger to the very-pregnant beauties. The ‘Scandal’ star is usually always a stunner on the red carpet, even more so since she sported her cute baby bump, but this year’s Oscar dress wasn’t a good choice. The presenter wore a Jason Wu, strapless lavender gown that looked like a wrinkled, silk sheet clipped by a diamond pendant. She should have re-worn her 2014 Golden Globes dress.

Well, there you have it! My yay’s and nay’s for this years Oscars Best and Worst Dressed. Who were your favorites? Excited to see what 2015 brings.

Size 12 Models Could Be Coming to Project Runway

When it comes to the world of fashion and models we all know that “THIN” is in. Project Runways Tim Gunn wants to shape the runway with woman who represents the majority of today’s society who are not a size 2.

Gunn who keeps the designers on their toes and has coined the phrase “Make It Work” doesn’t take light to excuses. Gunn’s motivation for wanting to feature more real women on Project Runway stems from an incident in season 10 where designer Ven Budhu made it very clear that he was not happy working with his plus size model who was nominated to be on the show for a makeover by her friends.

According to Today, Budhu brought the plus size contestant to tears and Gunn took to his twitter page and said, “That a truly good designer can make any size look good”.

Gunn as mentor to the designers uses the platform of Project Runway to give the designers the opportunity to step outside the norm and create for markets in fashion that are not being addressed.

According to an interview last August with the Huffington Post, Gunn said, “I’ve had my own moments in front of designers when I’ve actually said, ‘You know, there’s a market here for expanding your work, and here it is, and frankly, there are two markets: The women who are larger than the 12, and then there are women who are petite and most designers that I talk to have absolutely no interest in addressing either of those populations, which I find repugnant.”

If you are a fan of Project Runway and you want to see more models on the show that represent women beyond size 2 you can cast your vote here and be a part of the poll that just might bring more real women to the runway on Project Runway.