February 2012

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    After a day of fierce rumor mongering, Jil Sander the brand has confirmed the return of Jil Sander the person. The first shocking announcement came yesterday morning when the brand announced that Raf Simons, the hugely respected (and successful) creative director of Jil Sander for the past seven years would step down on Monday, after showing the brand’s fall 2012 collection.  News reports immediately suggested that Simons was off to Dior (an idea last mentioned months ago) and that Sander herself would return to her namesake brand. This morning, the Jil Sander Group confirmed the namesake designer’s return on February 28th (the same day Simons leaves).  In a statement, the new/old designer said, “I am very happy and excited to be back. It feels like coming home after a brief journey.  The fashion world needs original voices and genuine signatures. I will do my best to, once again, join the choir…Paradigms change and evolve from season to season, but the heart of a brand doesn’t alter.  It will be a great challenge and a greater joy to design Jil Sander’s contemporary identity. I am convinced that the moment is as favorable as could be wished.”  It sounds strange to say that she has big shoes to fill, since it’s her own name on the label, but Simons has secured legions of loyal customer and even Miuccia Prada told Cathy Horyn yesterday, “I am even more surprised that Jil Sander might be returning.” Meanwhile, the idea that Simons will head to Dior seems to have gone out of fashion before there was much chance to discuss.  Yesterday, Anna Dello Russo told Fashionista that she suspects he’s going to work on his own collection (adding women’s wear, hopefully), while WWD wrote of last September’s talks between LVMH and Simons: “it is understood the parties failed to reach an agreement and it appears unlikely Simons will join the French firm.”
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    Select stars hit the purple carpet on Tuesday night dressed in their finest costumes for the 14th annual Costume Designers Guild Awards, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. For a ceremony that celebrates the year’s most innovative costuming in TV and film, celebs kept their carpet looks relatively low-key, letting the style savvy nominees steal the show. Some went for a monochrome look, some opted for classic elegance, some sported color (Rooney Mara!), and one even rocked fluorescent pink highlights. Check out our favorite looks from the awards show below.




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    Kate Beckinsale, who picked up the ‘Lacoste Spotlight Award’ for her onscreen style, looked impossibly elegant in a gray draped Vivienne Westwood gown with a subtle blue and white print.





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    Rooney Mara made a splash in a flattering J. Mendel Fall 2012 dress, fresh off the runway. We love seeing Mara show some color, and the plunging v-neck is working for her as well. Keeping up with her goth glam style, she tied her dark locks back and wore a plum color on her lips.




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    Being the model that she is, it’s no surprise that Amber Valleta rocked the carpet. The Revenge star wore a form-fitting Roland Mouret in a nice bright shade.




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    Ashley Madekwe looked fun and flirty in a black long-sleeved LBD and matching platform pumps.




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    Christa B. Allen added toughness to her feminine frock with black ankle boots and a collar necklace.





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    No stranger to high fashion, Chloe Moretz wore a sophisticated asymmetrical Vivienne Westwood dress in a luxe fabric. The actress paired her dress with python Jimmy Choo heels and, to top it off, streaks of pink highlights in her hair!
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    Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton got divorced in 2003. But now they have reunited - in the pages of Billy's new book. Angie has written the foreword to his upcoming memoirs "The Billy Bob Tapes: A Cave Full of Ghosts" that is released in May 15. The book is said to include "colorful tales of his modest Southern upbringing, his bizarre phobias, his life, his loves (including his heartbreakingly brief marriage to fellow Oscar winner Angelina Jolie), and, of course, his movie career." We're so curious about it! (people)

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    Sacha Baron Cohen has been officially banned from the Oscars! Why? We'll the Academy is afraid that he is going to show up in costume for his new movie "The Dictator" and unless Sacha promises that he won't, he can't attend! This is despite the fact that he is an Academy member and one of the stars of the movie "Hugo" which was nominated for 11 Oscars! All this really means is that Sacha's new movie, "The Dictator" is going to be widely hyped. (deadline)

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    It was bound to happen sooner or later! Glee stars, Cory Monteith and Lea Michele have been quietly dating and we think that it's one hot pairing! The two were spotted at Il Covo in L.A on Valentine's Day enjoying a sweet dinner. "They were into each other all night...She was very happy, flirting, and touching Cory a lot. He just stared at her with puppy-dog eyes." And a few days later they were spotted at the Ritz-Carlton! Lea even admitted last year that, "for me, if it was going to happen with anybody, it would have happened with Cory." So it's about time! We're over the moon about this match up, we just hope it doesn't end in heartache! What would happen to Glee then...?!

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    WOW! Jennifer Aniston now has a star now on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Blvd in Los Angeles. That's such an honor, she really deserves it!

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    Since Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger were fired as judges on X-Factor, we've been wondering who would replace them! Well it turns out that Britney Spears is up for the job and she wants it! But there is fierce competition because Fergie and Janet Jackson want to role too! Hmmm, we're voting for Team Britney on this one! (usmagazine)

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    Spring is just around the corner, and so is the season of sunglasses. We've seen celebrities like Robert Pattinson and Rihanna that love their Ray Ban sunglasses. Click on the pics and get some real inspiration for sunny days!


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    A black blazer is a classic choice to dress up any outfit, but why not try a bit of color? We love green blazers or a chic white and so do many of our favorite celebrities! Click on the pics to see how celebs wear this colorful closet must-have!



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    The cute "High School Musical" star Ashley Tisdale is set to star in a new comedy TV series! The show (which currently has no name) is about a group of young people who are trying to reach their goals despite the tough economical times. Ashely will play a girl named Petra, who is described to be a beautiful and sarcastic design assistant in New York. We're really excited to see Ashley on TV again!

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