Saturday, September 24, 2005

My Fashion Victim Idol

Paula Abdul, originally uploaded by leFashionista.

By: Wendy Owen

For some reason, everyone likes to pick on Paula.

Maybe it’s because she is a total glamour queen in a “less is more” era, but for some reason, Paula just can’t get it right with fashion critics.

To me, Paula exonerates the kind of glamour-queen/exotic beauty that Sophia Loren generated in the 60’s. She is always dressed to impress--heels, hair, makeup, bag and dress. Even though she is a dancer by trade, I can never recall seeing a rag-mag photo of her in sloppy sweats, or even jeans and a t-shirt for that matter.

Since the 1980’s, Paula has been a style icon. For me, she wasn’t just one of my favorite musical artists, but also a fashion idol. Hello….did anyone look better in big bangs and an oversized satin jacket than Paula? I think not.

The truth is, I just think that everyone is jealous. Seriously, how many flash in the pan artists from the 80’s are still in the public eye today? Tiffany who? Furthermore, she still looks great for transcending three decades of fans.

My opinion? Keep it up Paula. Sophia still looks good today, and I’m sure you will in your golden days too. Damn the critics!

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

You are What You Wear

Lindsay Lohan, originally uploaded by leFashionista.

By: Wendy Owen

Think your accessories aren’t a telltale sign of your
personality? Think again. While you many think that it
is the clothes that make the man (or the woman), what
you decorate yourself with is far more important.

Whether your style is casual, preppy, urban, bohemian,
glam or sporty, your baubles, bags and shoes
illustrate who you are. Even something as simple as a
pair of blue jeans and a white tee can be transformed
into a definitive look through accessories.

Some of the best style icons take fashion cues by
never sticking to just one style. No one knows how to
rock multiple styles better than Lindsay Lohan. The
formerly busting out actress has recently gotten a
little more demure, but her complete style oeuvre has
ranged from sporty to sexy, and even a little punky.
Perhaps it was her fun, carefree style that appealed
to teens in the beginning, but she has certainly
proved herself in the fashion world with her bold
styles and usually winning looks.

While Lindsay is well known for her clothes, it is her
accessories that have made her. She wore a pair of hot
boots and an adorable chain way before everyone else
was wearing them, not to mention her immaculate taste
in purses. Though Lindsay doesn’t have one defining
style, her brash tastes in accessories totally express
her fun-loving and artistic side.

What does your style say about you? Some of the best
looks come from mixing different styles (like boots
with pretty skirts, western meets glam, who knew?).
Tell us your favorite looks and fashion secrets! What
worked best, or what didn’t work out at all? (Leggings
with skirts, we know).

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Twins are In

mkolsen, originally uploaded by leFashionista.

By: Wendy Owen

Teen queen moguls Mary-Kate and Ashley Simpson may have become grown-up fashion goddesses, but they aren’t leaving their roots behind. Best known for their fashion sense as well as their business savvy, the twins are ready to market to a new audience—boys.

MK and Ash have signed 13-year-old twin boys Cole and Dylan Sprouse under their Dualstar Entertainment Group label. You may know these blond cuties from the movie “Big Daddy” and guest appearances on “Friends.” It is expected that these boys will be marketed to boys in the same way that the Olsen’s were, through videos, games, books and of course, fashion and accessories.

The Olsen’s have been touted in the past as innovative designers and trendsetters, and probably are best known for their vintage-chic style and over-sized accessories. However, lately, Mary-Kate has taken the college-slouch look to an unbearable level. Think flannels and torn jeans in the early nineties. Seemed like a good idea at the time…Really, MK, one scarf is enough!

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Always In Style

By Raquel Franco

Our newly favorite magazine, Glamour, recently informed their readers in the October issue ten things that never go out of style. Sequins, metallic heels, and tweed jackets were among the list. leFashionista has decided to poll the readers of to see what you think will never go out of style. He is what you had to say.

1. Pea Coats, these classic jackets look good on everyone
2. Flats, they are always stylish at any age
3. Jeans, you’d have to be crazy to get rid of the comfiest pant
4. Plain, colored, cotton tees can always be dressed up or down
5. Cardigans, this top has been around since the 20’s and are the perfect addition to any outfit
6. A-Line skirts, these skirts are flattering on any figure big or small
7. Polo Shirts, even if they don’t stick around for casual wear, athletes will definitely be sporting them
8. Hoodies, a quick fix if your head aver needs covered

So grab these key pieces for your wardrobe and you will always be in style!

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Style Icon-Scarlet Johansson

Scarlet Johansson, originally uploaded by leFashionista.

Where did this girl come from? Remember that scrawny little girl from “The Horse Whisperer” and later the angsty teen from “Ghost World?” Who knew she would become such a knock-out? Like many stars, she started out gawky, sort of doing the punk look, sort of doing the trashy club look. Nowadays, Johansson has really been able to shine in 80’s inspired bright colors or retro 50’s and 60’s lady-like looks.

Lately, Johansson has really been proving herself as an actress in dramatic films like “Girl with a Pearl Earring” and “Lost in Translation” as well as her latest, “The Island.” What many fans may not realize is that behind the scenes, Johansson has also become a top-notch model.

Lately, Johansson has become the face for Calvin Klein’s “Eternity Moment” perfume, as well as a runway model for “Imitation of Christ.” And who better for such classic fragrances and Indie-lines? Johansson is one of THE It girls of the Indie scene, yet has a really classic look. Be it a simple Gap sweater and jeans or full-on 50’s pin-up glam, Johansson really knows how to shine.

Get her look:
Even if you don’t have ample, um, assets, full lips and a tiny waist, you can still get classic glam! Here is what you need:

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Fall: Get Lovely in Lace

Jeniffer Love Hewitt, originally uploaded by leFashionista.

By Raquel Franco

We can all say farewell to mini skirts and midriffs. Instead of baring it all cover up lace. The sexy fabric will leave much to the imagination. Just check out the red carpet and you will see stars like Jennifer Love Hewitt and Teri Hatcher lacin it up in a classy way. The look is totally feminine and romantic. Be careful not to over do it. You’ll save yourself from looking like My Fair Lady. Just add one of your favorite key pieces (pants or a skirt) in basic black to achieve the graceful look.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

In”vest” this Fall

Jessica Simpson, originally uploaded by leFashionista.

I haven’t worn a vest since my middle school days, when I blindly searched for at least a trace of fashion sense. So I was shocked when, while flipping through my magazines, I was shot back to the awkward time. Celebrities like Jessica, Ashlee and Heidi Klum were sporting the retro top. To my utter amazement and a double take glance, the vest was rather cute. Pulled over a tank or a body hugging long sleeve t-shirt and you have yourself a great casual outfit

Thursday, September 01, 2005

For Keeps

By Raquel Franco

It is sad but you may have to part with some of your favorite pieces that are no longer the trend. You may be in luck because some trends are sticking around for the fall.

Metallic: The shimmery texture looks good on everyone. Still feel like it’s too flashy for you? No worries. The handbag is here. Achieve the metallic look with a sexy gold tote.

Long Beads: The sexy accessory is great for fall sweaters. Layering is still in order but say no to turquoise.

Oversized Handbags: We hope these stay forever. Where else would you keep all your crap? Well, if they don’t last forever it’ll still be around another season.

Camisoles: The lacy satin tops are great for playing peek-a-boo with your clothes. It’s the ultimate way to look sexy.

Maybe your favorite summer trend obsession didn’t make the list but store it away. You never know. It may come back some day.

Fashion Falls in Line

By Raquel Franco

The new, cool, chic Military look that is marching in this fall will have you standing at attention. Navy, large brass buttons and crisp lines are draping models bodies in every high fashion magazine from Vogue to Elle this September. Military Jackets are popular on the runway as well. Every designer from Balenciaga to Burberry is sporting the sleek designs. If you are feeling short on cash this season, don’t fret. Lines like Rampage are marching in sync to the designer trends. You can get a tre chic coat for only 100 bucks! So step in line and step into the military style.

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