Elle Fanning - The new issue of LOVE magazine

Elle Fanning sheds a tear on eerie Victorian-themed cover of LOVE magazine
By Tamara Abraham

She's the face of Marc by Marc Jacobs and was front row at the Chanel haute couture show. Now, at the tender age of just 13, Elle Fanning has reached another fashion landmark.

The teen actress, who starred in Sofia Coppola's latest film Somewhere, graces the cover of glossy fashion bible LOVE.

And it seems she had to harness her skills on set, as the final image shows her hands placed together as if in prayer, with a single tear falling down her face.


Ethereal: Actress Elle Fanning, 13, appears on one of six covers for
the new issue of LOVE magazine

Dressed in white lace Anna Sui with her bleached blonde hair tumbling around her face, the young star, who speaks to Alexa Chung in the accompanying interview, channels a gothic Victorian look.

The image was shot by top fashion photography duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot, who recently shot Penelope Cruz for V Magazine and Rachel Weisz in her new ad for Bulgari.

The latest issue of LOVE magazine is set to have six different covers in total, but Elle's is the only to be released so far.



All grown up: Elle, pictured in the new Marc by Marc Jacobs campaign and at the Hollywood Super 8 premiere in June, admits to being obsessed with fashion

The teenager's passion for fashion was revealed in another interview published this month, in which she admitted she sketches her own designs in her spare time.

Her sister told Vogue: 'I am in the normal range when it comes to clothes. Elle is not normal.'

But before she can embark on a full-time career in the industry, Elle must complete her education, and is due to start middle school this September.


Rising star: Elle has been acting since she was two, but only shot to fame last year when she appeared alongside Stephen Dorff in Sofia Coppla's film Somewhere

She said she was relieved to be free of her elementary school uniform of navy skirt or trousers and a white shirt.

'It's hard to find navy,' she explained. 'You have to go to the gross uniform store.'

She has not let her acting career slide though. Elle is to appear in We Bought A Zoo in December and Francis Ford Coppola's Twixt Now and Sunrise as well as the Twilight saga.

Life in the retail desert

Spring-summer ranges with VIP parades
July 28, 2011

David Jones and Myer are set to launch their spring-summer ranges with VIP parades - but is this approach relevant today, asks Georgina Safe.

When David Jones ambassador Miranda Kerr stepped off the plane in Sydney yesterday it's a wonder that she was wearing sunglasses - the Australian retail outlook is gloomy to say the least. Premier Retail on Monday announced it will close 50 stores across Australia and our two major department stores reporting poor sales figures.

The owner of fashion brands Just Jeans, Peter Alexander, Portmans, Dotti and Jay Jays would shutter 50 stores and shed staff in response to ''challenging'' conditions in the retail sector, Premier Retail chief executive Mark McInnes said on Monday.

The company is planning to open ''up to 100'' stores in the next three years in higher-performing areas, but Monday's news caused Premier's share price to fall 16 per cent that afternoon.


Jessica Hart and Jennifer Hawkins in Myer's latest campaign.

Two weeks ago, David Jones chief executive Paul Zahra forecast a decline of up to 20 per cent in profit for the first half of the new financial year, and Myer also expects to post an annual net profit below last year's result.

But on the catwalk at least the forecast for the next fortnight is decidedly sunny, as the two department stores prepare to stage extravagant desert-themed collection launches aimed at inspiring shoppers spooked by the economy and jaded by discounting to start spending again.

David Jones will be first cab off the rank when it transforms the Royal Hall of Industries into a luxurious Palm Springs resort complete with cabana boys and bikinis for its show on Wednesday night. Guests will sip on free-flowing gin and tonics and nibble on Mexican tortillas and seafood empanadas before Kerr makes her return to the Australian catwalk, after taking time off to marry Orlando Bloom and give birth to baby Flynn.


Moving forward ... DJ's Samantha Harris wears Therese Rawsthorne.

Myer's group manager of marketing and brand development, Megan Foster, agrees, saying: "It's been a fairly hard winter, retail has been tough, so the inspiration for this season is rejuvenation."

The traditional purpose of a collections launch is to promote new-season clothes.

But this year, in light of the beleaguered retail climate, they also offer a crucial opportunity to wean consumers off a culture of markdowns and excite them about paying full price for desirable brands.

"We are moving away from that constant message of discounting that the market has seen right across retail in the past few months, and what you will see is a significant refocus on our brands," Laing says.

Bassike, Lover, Carl Kapp, Megan Park and Therese Rawsthorne are among a host of new fashion brands DJs will champion on its runway, while the new star of Myer's show will be Sass & Bide, which jumped ship from DJs after Myer acquired the Sydney brand in February as part of a strategy to bolster its fashion stable.

"If we are going to move off this promotional drug we've been on as a result of the economy and as a result of the competition, then we need to have something else on offer, which is loyalty to brand," Foster says.

"You can come to Myer and we have the brands and the trends and we will show you how to wear them."

But will consumers buy them from a bricks-and-mortar department store given the trend of Australians shopping online, particularly from overseas websites, given the strength of our dollar? Would the money spent on collections be better spent bolstering the online presence of department stores, or on staging public launches attended by the consumers who actually buy the clothes?

Laing doesn't think so, pointing out that while the majority of attendees at collections launches are media and industry, they serve a valuable purpose in communicating the new-season fashion direction to the people who actually buy the clothes.

''Obviously it's an industry event in terms of who attends but it's the media that gets the message out there by heralding the new season to our customers and in the same week we launch our brand book (catalogue), which also provides a style guide for them.''

But Laing concedes there is a need to communicate more directly with customers online and to this end DJs launched a Facebook page and Twitter account last month. For this collection launch, the department store is introducing Fashion Hub, an addition to the David Jones website that will showcase looks for people to buy the day after the show, with comprehensive content including the key trends, designer lookbooks and how to assemble a head-to-toe look.

''We will have activity right across all our social media in terms of the fashion launch, to communicate directly with our core customer,'' Laing says. ''Online is just a different channel of communication to get the same message out.''

Last year, Myer live streamed its collection launches for its Myer One customers at cinemas in Sydney and Melbourne and for its coming launch, the store is working towards a live stream on the internet for the public.

''We looked at the success of live streaming fashion events overseas and we're now looking at the collections launch as not just for the journos, the business and the suppliers but for customers to also engage with instantaneously,'' Foster says.

This year Myer will photograph every look on its catwalk before the show, so the department store can post them on its website for customers to ''shop the show'' after they've watched the live stream.

But in terms of driving customers into bricks-and-mortar stores, Laing and Foster emphasise that the way forward in the internet age is by providing tangible experiences that are unavailable online, such as VIP designer shopping nights, styling sessions and front-row seats for valued customers at fashion shows.

''It's about providing them with money-can't-buy experiences and we know from past experience that the customers absolutely love that,'' Laing says.

DJs offers 60 in-store events each season for its customers and in this respect Laing says the twice-yearly DJs collection launches ''are just a different channel of communication to get the same message out there''.

Foster is not so convinced industry collections launches remain relevant, given the flight to cyberspace and need to engage directly with consumers.

"The answer is yes, it's under review,'' she says.

''We have a limited budget, so as things transform you have to question the return on investment [in a collection launch]. With everything we do we have to challenge it and say, 'Is this the best way of getting the message out there?'"

Jennifer Lopez at cruise in Miami

Bikini dancer Jennifer Lopez heals her heartbreak with a birthday cruise in Miami
By Daily Mail Reporter

After ending her rocky marriage, Jennifer Lopez is now enjoying some smooth sailing.

The American Idol judge took to the high seas in Miami yesterday as she celebrated her 42nd birthday with friends and family aboard the 122-foot Oceanfast super yacht Never Say Never.

Showing her estranged husband Marc Anthony exactly what he's missing, the danced around the deck in a flowing white skirt, Pucci bikini top and matching headscarf.



Free spirit: Newly single Jennifer Lopez celebrated her 42nd birthday aboard a yacht in Miami, Florida, yesterday


Getting into the groove: The star looked in good spirits as she danced around the deck

She took to Twitter later that day, writing: 'Thank you all of my lovers for the birthday wishes! I’m having an amazing day surrounded by family and friends.'

While she was clearly doing her best to be upbeat, she later appeared solemn as she stole a few moments alone.

Lopez is holidaying with an entourage of 16 which includes her mother Guadalupe, sister, stylist and manager Benny Medina.

Her 3-year-old twins with Anthony, Emme and Max, are also understood to have accompanied her on the trip.


Bikini girl: The star, who was joined by her manager Benny Medina, wore a Pucci swimsuit and matching headscarf


Lap of luxury: The singer is staying on the Oceanfast super yacht Never Say Never

The night before, the group dined at at Scott Conant's restaurant, Scarpetta, inside the Fontainebleau hotel.

'When they brought out her birthday cake after the meal, she began to sing,' an insider tells People magazine.

'She was very happy. The whole group had a blast, staying for hours. They closed down the restaurant.'

The star is in town to begin work on her new movie What To Expect When You're Expecting.

Lopez and Anthony announced the end of their seven year marriage on July 12.


Solemn: Jennifer stole a quite moment

The relationship is said to have been plagued by 'horrible fights' with sources alleging that Anthony was a 'controlling and jealous' husband.

'They just couldn't get along any more and it made them both miserable,' a source said.

'They decided it's best to go their separate ways for the sake of their two kids.'

Lopez and Anthony began their relationship just three weeks after her very high profile engagement to Ben Affleck was called off in January 2004.

In June that same year, they said 'I do' in a secret ceremony at her lavish Beverly Hills home.

Ultimate Dress - Supermodel Heidi Klum

Supermodel Heidi Klum is the ultimate clothes

She models clothes for a living, and Heidi Klum did it very well today.

The supermodel managed to get through four different outfits in just one day as she promoted the upcoming series of Project Runway in New York.

It was an early start for Heidi, 38, who arrived at the ABC studios for an appearance on Good Morning America dressed casually in a black sun dress and white denim jacket.


Supermodel style: Heidi Klum made an appearance on Good Morning America first thing today wearing a leopard print dress

She clutched a coffee and hid her tired eyes as she made her way into the building with natural, bed-head hair.

Heidi emerged soon afterwards groomed to perfection in a leopard print dress and heels.

The statuesque German beauty appeared on the show with her Project Runway co-stars Nina Garcia and Michael Kors.


Costume change: The supermodel arrived at Good Morning America in a sun dress and white denim jacket, and then changed into jeans and heels for a later appearance on Live with Regis and Kelly

She tweeted: 'Good Morning America! It's madness in Times Square. Here with @michaelkors and @ninagarcia chatting about @projectrunway.'

After Good Morning America Heidi paid a visit to Live with Regis and Kelly.

The mother-of-four changed into skinny jeans, a red and black sleeveless top and platform heels.

Discussing the new season with the hosts, Klum revealed that viewers will see the judges' first heated argument when the show premieres this week.


And another: This afternoon Heidi left her hotel with her children in a grey maxi dress and blazer

'I had my first fight with Michael and Nina off the bat,' Heidi revealed on Live with Regis and Kelly.

'There is one girl - Anya is her name - she just learned to sew four months ago.

'She brought this most incredible stuff. Michael and Nina were like, "She never did this in a million years."


Can't be seen in the same outfit twice: Heidi is currently promoting the new season of Project Runway

'But I was like, "Look at her, she has style, her own style is great. Let's give her a shot. If she really can't sew she will be out in the first challenge."

'I had to really fight for her because they didn't really want her.'

After wrapping up her promotional duties, Heidi headed back to her hotel where she collected her children Leni, seven, Henry, five, Johan, four, and Lou, 21 months.

She was pictured leaving soon afterwards following yet another change, into a chic grey maxi dress and matching blazer.


Make it work: Klum appeared on GMA with fellow judges Michael Kors and Nina Garcia

Fashion Week Swim 2012 in Miami Beach

Mercedes-Benz New Swimwear Pants


Go with the flow ... beach pants from Luxe by Lisa Vogel.

In next year's beach season, women can be comfortable, feel glamorous and look on trend in pants as beach cover-ups.

Bold-coloured and printed pantsuits were among the popular styles on the runway during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2012 in Miami Beach, which ended this week. Slouchy pants in bright pink and black, and even a Spandex, bohemian-print legging, also might be coming soon to a beach near you.

Playful prints and vibrant hues - hot pink, acid green, cobalt blue - had their places on the catwalks in Miami Beach, as well as geometric shapes and animal-inspired prints, colours and stripes.


Beach bright ... beach pants by Luli Fama.

Some designers showed high-waisted bikini bottoms, while others included multi side-string swimwear, allowing for some skin to peek through.

Designer Norma Kamali said she is interested in "the evolution more than a trend" in swimwear.

Swimwear might be more like the bridal market than high fashion, in that there are more limitations in style, fabric and construction. That does not stop splashy runway shows, though.


Animal print ... Norma Kamali's beachwear pantsuit.

Close to two dozen designers previewed looks for stylists, editors and retailers who used The Raleigh Hotel as their home base over five days. They saw collections inspired by the Amazon, Egypt and Pop Art, among other themes.

"It was important for me to address elegance," designer Red Carter said.


Two contrasting styles were on the runway at White Sands Australia: sweet floral vs sexy zebra. Designer Leah Madden tried to pick between the two to show a cohesive collection, but ended up showing both.

"I realised that as women, we always have those two sides. Sometimes we're sweet. Sometimes we're not. And I loved it," Madden said. "And I thought, you know what, I'm going to do the collection revolving around that. One day you're sweet and pretty, very feminine. And then at other times we can be a little nasty, a little bit strong."

The collection began with its darker side in a black and white zebra print bikini followed by a soft white, almost lingerie style one-piece with ruching detail along the top and waist.

To enhance that contrast of soft vs strong, models donned pearl bracelets and pink ballet-style heels with thick ribbon wrapped around their calves to represent the softer collection. The same shoes were shown in black when Madden wanted to change the mood.

Madden showed a broad mix of swimsuit styles as well as cover-ups, including a long floral dress followed by a black and white zebra print short dress. She continued her contrasts of zebra and floral in separate pantsuit designs.

"I'm a big resort girl," she said. And although the collection showed more bikinis, she loves a one-piece.

"It's fashion. I think it's special."


Brazilian designer Paola Robba incorporated her country's traditional colours, symbols, plant and wildlife into a 40-piece collection which included bikinis, kaftans, mini dresses, shirts, skirts and pantaloon pants in a multitude of colours: yellow, brown, red, green, turquoise, black and white.

The fun collection showed exotic prints reminiscent of the Amazon, beginning the show with a white bikini top in a large coconut print paired with a long, flowing skirt in a matching print.

Robba used leaves in place of polka dots in one bikini. Resembling Miami's palm tree, the guarana, as the plant is known in Portuguese, took over a white bikini top and slouchy pants. The same print also was seen on a monokini and shirt cover-up.

"I like fun things. I think a bikini can be fun," Robba said.

Robba also paid homage to Amazon wildlife, incorporating into the collection multicoloured feathers inspired by a type of macaw and velvety coats patterned like jaguar. Using a macrame texture, Robba also mimicked the scales of fish on some leather pieces, including a pink corset-style tankini.

"They're very popular, this kind of fish in the Amazon. And I love the texture," Robba said of the fish skin leather.

The Poko Pano collection also included a monkey print, brown leather braids on the sides of bikini bottoms, and vibrant colours as well as a sophisticated one-piece in black, white and soft blue.


Spanish designer Dolores Font Cortes' collection was inspired by dreams of a remote, idyllic island.

"You are on a deserted island, because you want to, and you want to be beautiful and glamorous with what you have around you," the designer told the AP in Spanish.

Colours ranged from strawberry pink to the green tint from the bottom of the sea, and orange shades with tones mixed with black. Animal prints were reinvented in fluorescent shades and geometric shapes.

Metal hardware was included in some swimsuits, including an orange monokini, essentially a one-piece with exaggerated cutouts in the middle. A blue bikini top dazzled with jewels.

"A part of the collection reminds you of what you could do by hand," Cortes said, referring to some of the crochet pieces as well as bikini bottoms and one-pieces with multiple strings along the sides to show a sliver of skin.

The designer also paired a hot-pink pant paired with a multicoloured bikini top, followed by a pantsuit in the same vibrant colour pattern.

Some models carried small coconut purses down the runway.


A generous mix of Egyptian and South American tribal influences were seen at the Mara Hoffman show in a multitude of vibrant colours.

"I love her really bright prints," designer and reality television star Whitney Port, seated in the front row, told AP. Although she is "more of a jean shorts kind of girl," Port said she was looking forward to seeing Hoffman's unique pieces.

Hoffman is known for her bohemian style. Her collection touched on Egyptian inspiration such as the sarcophagus and King Tut.

The face of King Tut was put on an oversized beach bag, a maillot, a high-waisted bikini and maxi dress.

The 39-piece collection was the biggest showing for Hoffman yet. It included a cheetah print jumpsuit, Tiki modal (fibre) slouch pants, and a neon coral silk chiffon jumpsuit paired with bikini tops in tribal or animal prints. One of the long, flowing dresses was detailed with beads on the back of the neck.

An eye motif, although subtle, was seen throughout the show.

A black high-waisted bikini bottom was held together with multiple side strings for a slashed effect, as was a pistachio embroidered four-strap bikini.

Beading, macrame and sexy lattice cut-outs also were seen during the show, and Hoffman introduced her take on cotton voile.

The show ended with a Spandex legging in a vibrant coral Egyptian print.

So who is the Mara Hoffman woman?

"She's a journey person at heart even if she doesn't necessarily have the means to do so. She's inspired by other cultures," Hoffman said.


A special presentation of Norma Kamali's swimwear collection included a lace mesh combo on dresses and pants that are washable and wearable. A gown (originally designed for singer and actress Jennifer Lopez) had sparkling rhinestones. A nude fishtail pant creates a slimming effect.

For a sexy but feminine look, Kamali fans can mix and match bikini pieces with lingerie touches, including ruffles, in a palette of champagne, black, steel grey and sable.

The wrap and tie collection was inspired by Kamali's classic swimsuit silhouette from the 1970s. The swimsuit was reintroduced into the collection using a soft material in cobalt blue, black and white stripes and an acid green one-piece.

Chiffon was used for a gypsy dress, breezy tops and skirts with a Kamali original print in black and white called the milk-panic pattern that resembles the letter C or a distorted leopard print. A unique plaid pattern also was seen on some of the cover-ups.

Flat, round studs on swimsuits with one-shoulder and a high-leg were also on display.

"I have a really broad customer range. The collection addresses the different age groups and different lifestyles," Kamali said in a phone interview.

"The interesting thing with swimwear is styles last, and prints never go out of style," Kamali said.


Lucite capes in bright jewel tones showed the adventurous side of Miami Beach-based designer Red Carter, who wanted "to make people feel we are moving forward with fashion these days".

His collection focused on two trends: One was African-inspired with hand crochet and animal prints in neutral tones such as mocha; the other paid homage to Pop Art with colour-blocking and eye-popping colours.

A snake print one-piece opened the show. Gold embellishments decorated a cheetah-print two-piece with pearl detailing and a black halter bikini with gold studs. Ruffles were seen on many suits, including a cream and black two-piece with animal print and a black and white one-piece with a zigzag print.

Cutouts and creative knots added interesting detail to others, and a feather-print one-piece peeked through a purple bolero-style cover-up.


Fringe and gold embellished swimsuits with a butterfly print were seen at Cia.Maritima.

"The butterfly print is going to be one of the main prints in the collection," designer Patrizia Simonelli said in Portuguese through an interpreter.

The collection represents an effortless, boho-chic look reminiscent of the 60s and the French Riviera. Animal print continued as a staple of the label: A blue leopard string bikini with pink trim was paired with a cropped T-shirt. A one-shoulder monokini was in a snake print, while a bandeau was worn with a pin-up ruched animal print bottom.

The animal print also was seen mixed with floral in a long-sleeve chiffon tunic over a blue string bottom and pink triangle top.

"Animal print is the DNA of our brand. We always have it. We always use it as a mix and match print," Simonelli said.

The show opened with a triangle beaded top and tie-side bottom. Several pieces had those gold fringe details, including a snake one-piece in blue and yellow.

The butterfly print was seen in a bandeau top with centre gold hardware, as a vest over a triangle top and in a green and pink coloured tunic.

Meanwhile, a studded triangle top in bright orange was paired with a denim string bottom, memorable because denim is a rare sight at the swimwear shows.


Space-age pieces, as well as Aboriginal and whale designs, fuelled Lisa Blue's first solo fashion show in the US.

The collection was quite different this year for Australian designer Lisa Burke, who described the story of her inspiration as being edgy but glamorous and with a Galactic feel.

For the first look, the model removed a velvety black cloak over a black one-piece with gold metallic panels on the sides. Burke said it was her favourite piece of the collection, which also took a lot of time to create.

Otherwise, though, whales dominated here, and her show was titled Call of the Whale. (Twenty-five per cent of the net profit for Lisa Blue is donated to causes related to protecting whales and dolphins.)

A large prominent whale tail was outlined on a black one-piece. Whale tails were incorporated as charms on other designs.

Metallic panels of gold and silver were seen throughout the collection, along with studded patterns. Cutouts also were on several of the pieces, including a bright purple one-piece with cutouts also on the shoulder.

A reference to Cupid turned up in a monokini, with angles on the back of the bottom.

The collection transitioned to Aboriginal influences, with a mix of blues, turquoise and indigo pink for a celestial feel. A tribal print with gold foil highlighted the colour of chocolate mixed with red, orange and yellow shells in some monokinis. Models walked barefoot.

High-waisted bottoms had underwater colour tones.

The show ended with a model wearing a cape designed to look like feathered wings. The designer then walked down the runway herself, wearing a bikini from her latest collection.

Non-profit Style Saves, which helps provide new outfits for children for their first day of school, hosted a separate fashion show on July 15 that included a collection from designer Trina Turk and the launch of men's swimwear for the male-brand Papi.

Mara Hoffman Swim Show

Whitney Port attends Mara Hoffman Swim Show
Written by fashionfame on Jul-19-11
From: fashionfame.com

American actress Whitney Port was seen attending the Mara Hoffman Swim show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Miami Beach, Florida.


26-year-old Hollywood girl rocked a gorgeous bright colored floral dress and grabbed everyone’s attention. This popular diva was spotted wearing a floral halter dress from Rebecca Taylor Resort 2012 collection.


Very beautiful, Whitney Port teamed her long dress with a pair of stylish beige shoes. This gorgeous lady accessorized her look with bold jewel pieces.


‘The Hills’ star wore Lia Sophia jewelry. Whitney toted up a glittering clutch and looked drop dead gorgeous.


Hollywood star, Whitney Port opted for fresh face makeup and glossy lips. She kept he hair up in low bun with center part.


So, what are your thoughts about Whitney Port’s red carpet dress? Hot or Not?

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Skimpy fashions during Miami show

Looking for inspiration? Whitney Port marvels at the skimpy fashions during Miami runway show


Fashionista: Whitney Port sat front and centre and even took pictures at the Mara Hoffman Swim show yesterday during Miami Fashion Week

Whitney Port already has one clothing line and a second on the way, but a budding fashion designer can never have too much inspiration.

The reality star turned fashionista sat front and centre at a beach-themed runway show yesterday in Miami, Florida.

Whitney gave the show her full attention and at times even marvelled at the skimpy clothes and snapped pictures.


Impressed: Whitney appeared to like the swimsuits and tops featured in show

The 26-year-old businesswoman is hard at work on not only the Spring 2012 collection for her line Whitney Eve, but she also has a lower-priced line in the works.

Earlier the star of The City proudly showed off her toned physique in a tiny white bikini as she soaked up the sun.

She flaunted her flat abs and perfect pins while in Miami for the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week SWIM 2012.


Fun times: Whitney and her friend laughed and smiled as they walked along the beach

The halter neck two piece was accented with a design at the waistline and the sides of the bottoms.

Whitney spent her time checking her phone and took some time to grab a drink while walking along the white sand.

The City star has just returned from a trip to Europe where she visited London to hold meetings for her fashion line Whitney Eve.


Toned: There wasn't an inch of fat on Whitney's body as she cooled off with a dip in the sea

She was seen enjoying lunch with friends in Notting Hill, and meeting up with friends.

The star then took a trip to Ireland and more promotional duties in Dublin where she had an 'amazing' time.

When asked by Grazia Daily who she sees as a Whitney EVE girl she said: 'Someone who just wants to make the most of herself. She's motivated and doesn’t have it all figured out just yet!


Enterprising: The City star is promoting her new fashion line called Whitney EVE Port

'She definitely works really hard and tries to be as confident as possible and not put too much pressure on herself.'

The fashionista also revealed what three items of clothing she could not live without.

'I have this awesome camel leather jacket, which I probably couldn’t live without. A pair of black ankle boots by Toga and a trusted pair of Levis cut-off jean shorts.'


Girly break: Whitney was accompanied by a friend after recently splitting from boyfriend Ben Nemtin

Whitney split up from her MTV star boyfriend Ben Nemtin last month.

'I don't have a boyfriend,' Whitney recently confirmed.

'It’s definitely different, but I’m enjoying my time focusing on work and keeping busy,' she explained.

The star has also been throwing herself into an exercise regime, posting pictures on her website of her new slightly more muscular frame.

'I have been hitting the gym hard with my sister and our trainer John Damon and after a crazy bootcamp-type workout on Sunday, I decided to show my parents my new guns!' she wrote underneath the snaps.


Maxi style: Whitney made an appearance at the Mara Hoffman Swim show alongside her The City co-star Louise Roe

Nicole Richie Joins NBC’s ‘Fashion Star’

Nicole Richie Joins NBC’s ‘Fashion Star’


Reality TV star Nicole Richie and American menswear designer John Varvatos will serve as celebrity mentors on NBC’s “Fashion Star,” the new reality competition series that will search for the next big brand in fashion. They join previously announced celebrity mentor Jessica Simpson and host Elle Macpherson.The series is designed not only to groom and discover America’s next popular brand, but will allow viewers at home to buy the winning designs each week. The show will target real-time consumer feedback and interactivity and will span all categories of fashion from suits and dresses to lingerie, denim, bathing suits, accessories and more.Richie soared to fame in the hit series “The Simple Life” and has since appeared in numerous television series such as NBC’s “Chuck” and “American Dreams.” Richie conceived, launched and acts as creative director for her fast growing, internationally recognized fashion brands. Detroit native, Varvatos got his start designing collections at Polo Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein. he launched his own company that represents an entire men’s lifestyle brand in 2000. The designer has been recognized three times by the CFDA with an American Fashion Award for New Menswear Designer (June 2000) and Menswear Designer of the Year (June 2001 and June 2005) and was honored as GQ’s “Designer of the Year” in 2007.”Fashion Star” will give 14 unknown designers the chance to win a multi-million dollar prize to launch their lines in three of America’s largest retailers.Each week, the show will kick off with an exhilarating fashion show unlike anything seen before featuring musical performances, dancers, and models in front of a live studio audience. every fashion show will be built around a weekly challenge that is designed to further develop and expand the designer’s brand.Buyers from each of the three retailers will serve as the judges, making on-the-spot decisions as they bid against each other, dipping into their own wallets to purchase the work of these up-and-coming designers each week.these items will shape the future of their respective stores and create the next big trends for consumers. at the end of each episode, America will have the chance to immediately purchase the winning designs showcased on the episode that week.what viewers see on TV that night will be on the streets and in stores the very next day. With just a single trip down the runway, “Fashion Star” will change the lives and fortunes of these aspiring designers forever.Fashion designers featured on the show will include everyone from the stay-at-home mom who makes her own clothes to sell at the local flea market, to the recent design school graduate who just landed his or her first job at a design house. The contestants will be coming to the competition with their own existing lines and challenged to take their brand to the next level.

The Berlin fashion week

Spring-summer 2012 collections



schedule will be announced later this month.

“We are very excited how many designers and brands have applied to show with us at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin”, says Maia Guarnaccia, Vice President IMG Fashion, Europe. “Even with the increase in timeslots with the addition of the Studio presentation space, our schedule is at the maximum amount of shows possible in the facility.”

As was announced previously, the event will return to Brandenburg Gate this season. The tent will be erected opposite of the world famous landmark, on Strasse des 17. Juni. The new location will allow the event to continue its growth.

“We are dedicated to fashion and strive to give designers an opportunity to showcase their newest creations on an international platform, and to enchant the audience with fashion and design. We are very excited to present Iris van Herpen in association with ELLE Magazine at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin,” says Anders Sundt Jensen, Vice President Brand Communications Mercedes-Benz Cars.

Top fashion images from the runways of the world: This week, highlights from the Berlin fashion week spring-summer 2012 collections


A model walks the catwalk at the Dimitri spring/summer 2012 show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin at the Brandenburg Gate on July 6, 2011 in Berlin.
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A model walks the catwalk at the Dimitri spring/summer 2012 show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin at the Brandenburg Gate on July 6, 2011 in Berlin.
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A model walks the runway at the A.F. Vandevorst show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin spring/summer 2012 shows at the Brandenburg Gate on July 9, 2011 in Berlin.
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A model walks the runway at the A.F. Vandevorst show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin spring/summer 2012 shows at the Brandenburg Gate on July 9, 2011 in Berlin.
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A model works the runway at the Frida Weyer show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin spring/summer 2012 collections at the Brandenburg Gate on July 8, 2011 in Berlin.


A model presents a creation by Frida Weyer during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin spring/summer 2012 shows at the Brandenburg Gate on July 8, 2011 in Berlin.
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A model walks the runway at the Basler show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin spring/summer 2012 collections at the Brandenburg Gate on July 6, 2011 in Berlin.
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A model walks the runway at the Basler show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin spring/summer 2012 collections at the Brandenburg Gate on July 6, 2011 in Berlin.
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A model walks the runway during the spring/summer 2012 Minx by Eva Lutz show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin at the Brandenburg Gate on July 9, 2011 in Berlin.
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