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Maxi Dresses are still riding high

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As a new season approaches, the maxi dress is still riding high in the style stakes although this time block colours are in and tribal prints are out. The shape of the dress is still as popular as ever as it can hide a multitude of sins, but in order to look up-to-date choose a colour which suits your skintone and hair colour and wear it head-to-toe for a truly stunning look.

The maxi can be worn casually in the day, or it can be jazzed up for an evening look by adding accessories including an exquisite clutch bag or oversized jewellery. While the dress can hide any parts of the body you’re self-conscious of, if you’re happy to show off your figure, add a belt in a contrasting color to highlight your waist. If wearing the maxi during the day team with a pair of flat sandals -lace-up Gladiators are going to be huge – or wear with a stylish pair of wedges to give it a more elegant feel. As ever there is a style to suit all shapes and sizes and a price range for all budgets. Stars to have embraced the block colour maxi include Girls Aloud beauty Sarah Harding and ‘Glee’ star Dianna Agron.

Liza Minnelli’s new jewelry line

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Liza Minnelli is to launch her own fashion range. The ‘Cabaret’ star has teamed up with the Home Shopping Network to create a limited line of clothing and jewelery, called The Liza Collection, and it will take inspiration from her own wardrobe. She said: “My life has provided me the ability to amass a wonderful wardrobe designed by fashion’s brightest stars. I am excited to work with HSN in launching The Liza Collection and to have the opportunity to share my favourite looks with millions of women who want to look fabulous and feel their very best.”

The range will feature a lot of sequins and baubles and will debut next month. It includes apparel and jewellery, all recreated from her own unique style. Along with her signature sequined separates, The Liza Collection incorporates a sequined boyfriend blazer at $129.90 and silver-tone triple heart pave drop earrings for $39.95. The exclusive collection is available on the Home Shopping Network and

The 64-year-old star – who makes a cameo appearance in ‘Sex and the City 2′ – is known for refusing to follow the latest trends and dresses in whatever feels right for her.

Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton

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Marc Jacobs wanted to get rid of Louis Vuitton’s monogram print. The designer – who is now the creative director of the fashion house – wasn’t keen on the company’s famous logo when he started there 12 years ago but soon realised it would be a mistake to lose it from the collections.

He said: “When I arrived at Louis Vuitton 12 years ago, and I was figuring out how to create a new tier of Vuitton for a different customer, I thought it would be clever to hide that monogram. which was very stupid of me. That logo is part of what makes the Vuitton so desirable. It allows people to become members of an aspirational club.” Although there are many fake Louis Vuitton bags around, Jacobs is confident the label will always remain desirable as consumers know its quality.

He told The Times newspaper: “The real Vuitton will always be about a level of quality and attention to detail that makes it aspirational. It’s about display and when that gets out of control it’s a disaster, but in moderation, it’s lovely. You can either be ashamed of having pride in your appearance or you can relish it in an intelligent way.”

Gisele Bundchen wasn’t always popular with fashion magazine editors

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Gisele Bundchen wasn’t always popular with fashion magazine editors, according to Mario Testino. The Brazilian beauty is now the world’s highest earning model but when she first started out the legendary photographer admits her appearance didn’t wow many in the industry.

He said: “It was, ‘Uh, no, the nose, the waist, the breasts.’ They saw problems everywhere. A year later, everyone wanted her.” Over his career, Mario has shot some of the world’s most famous people – including Kate Moss and the late Princess Diana – but admits his images haven’t always gone down well.

Speaking at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, Testino – who describes himself as “part psychologist, and part magician” – said: “I’ve been criticized for pretty, smiley photographs, but at least someone is happy! In my mind, I am always giving the image to the sitter.”

Testino – whose clients also include Burberry, Lancome and Britain’s Royal Family – also said he has no desire to stop working in the near future as he needs to fund his extravagant lifestyle. He said: “I can’t just have one fabulous thing, I need a hundred. That’s why I am always working.”

Sarah Jessica Parker will present an award to Alexander McQueen

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Sarah Jessica Parker will present the posthumous Special Tribute Award to Alexander McQueen at the Council of Fashion Designers America (CFDA) Awards on June 7.

The ‘Sex and the City 2′ actress will award the prize to the British designer – who committed suicide in February – as a special tribute to his
work.  The pair famously walked the red carpet together at the Costume Institute Gala in 2006 in matching tartan outfits. Commenting on his death at the time, Sarah Jessica said some of the designer’s work was “jaw-dropping”.  She said: “He was talented well beyond his years and the seriousness and unrivalled talent which he applied to his work is in bountiful display year after year and collection after collection.

“Every single inspired, original, lofty, whimsical, stunning, brilliant and jaw-dropping detail was Alexander McQueen.” Author Caroline Kennedy will present the Eleanor Lambert Award to US Vogue fashion editor Tonne Goodman, who has previously exclaimed her pleasure at receiving the prize.

She said: “It’s lovely to be recognized for something that you love as much as we do – I have loved my job and my work and the people that I’ve worked with.”


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