Monthly Archives: May 2015

Jessica Simpson gets ready to mall us with big retailing deal for her fashion line

Jessica Simpson reached a deal with Sequential Brands to expand her line's business. 

( time you’re on vacation, you may be able to visit Jessica Simpson at the mall.

Confidenti@l is told that the pop-star-turned-fashion-tycoon will open Jessica Simpson stores around the world as part of a new business deal.

Insiders tell us that the death of Vince Camuto, the famed shoe magnate who helped launch the star’s apparel and accessories company and owned a majority stake in it, opened the door for a big push overseas.

A source close to the brand says that while Camuto turned her brand into a billion-dollar industry, Simpson is hoping the international clout of Sequential Brands, which recently bought a majority stake in her company, is going to make her line a hit worldwide.

The boutiques will be the first stand-alone stores for the brand, which was launched in 2006. The wildly popular duds — which include everything from shoes and purses to fragrances and jewelry designed by Simpson — are now only available online or in department stores.

“Jessica’s done (magazine) covers all over the world, and they know who she is wherever she goes,” said the source, adding, “they’re excited about the sale (to Sequential) because there’s people there who are going to do great international things for the brand.”

The “I Wanna Love You Forever” singer, who has two children, Maxwell andAce, with husband Eric Johnson, doesn’t exactly need the extra cash.

The company — which she runs with the help of mom Tina and dad Joe — sells about $1 billion in products every year. And she’s reportedly worth about $150 million. After singing on the dotted line in April, the “Dukes of Hazzard” actress said in a statement, “Here’s to the next billion.”

Simpson, who became famous for ditzy one-liners on “Newlyweds,” the show about her short-lived marriage to singer Nick Lachey, wouldn’t be the first U.S. reality star to open up international shops. The “Simple Life’s” Paris Hilton has more than 30 eponymous handbag and accessories boutiques across the Middle East and Asia.

In 2011 Simpson described the secret to the company’s success: “We try not to set trends, but you need your trending pieces in every delivery. But those go fast: What you really need is your basics for every type of person.”Read more

Eva Green’s odd hair inspiration

Eva Green 

(Photo:plus size formal dresses australia)Eva Green feels more like herself when she’s ditched her natural hair colour.

The 34-year-old actress is a natural blonde, but usually sports much darker tresses. That’s been the way for many years, with Eva explaining she feels brunette suits her personality much better, so has stuck with in since first reaching for the dye at 15.

“I wanted to change something. You know, like when you go through your teenage years. I hated school. I was a good student, but I just wanted to breathe in something new,” she told WWD. “I was in awe of a friend of my mum, who had dark hair. She was quite weird, beautiful. I was like, ‘Oh wow, I’ll go to the hairdresser and try that.’ So I went there, I dyed my hair blue-black and came back home. It took me a while to get used to it, and then I actually really liked it. I felt more like myself. It’s weird.”

Eva was talking as part of her role as L’Oréal Professionnel international spokesperson. The brand is releasing a new range called Pro Fiber, which aims to help repair damaged hair.

It’s something the star can get on board with because she’s changed her look a lot for roles, including sporting red tresses and experimenting with fringes.

“Hair defines your character, your state of mind. At the moment I’m in a [Tim] Burton film, and it took weeks and weeks to find the right hairdo. It’s kind of a weird character. Her name is Miss Peregrine, so there is a bit of a birdlike hairdo in her. It helps you to create the character when you find the hairdo. It’s also like a costume,” she said.

The actress was also quizzed on her beauty secrets and was happy to let a couple slip. Unfortunately, there is no quick route to her slim physique and porcelain skin – it’s all about being careful.

“Sun cream, protection, food — what we eat is the most important: lots of green vegetables, raw vegetables, organic. Everything has to be organic,” she said.Read more here:formal dresses 2015

Three ways to spice up styles for prom and wedding seasons

Finding the right accessories is essential to amp up any ensemble, whether it’s the perfect prom dress or a guest outfit for a wedding.

Add-ons can give wearers more opportunities to maximize use of their formal fashions, which may otherwise gather dust after just one wear.

Lucia Connor, marketing director at Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto, shares three ways to spice up prom and wedding fashions.


Whether you’re selecting the perfect dress for prom or scouting out an outfit to attend a wedding, finding the right accessories are key to completing their ensembles. Seeking out the ideal matching colour or pretty print for shoes will mean little if the soles aren’t suitable for the occasion –and the teen girl or woman putting them on.

“An important key consideration, of course, is your heel height,” said Connor.

“If you’re going to be standing (for)long periods of time, you may want to go with something that’s a little bit more comfortable and shorter…. If you need a statement shoe that you think you’ll be able to walk out of the car with and then stand around for a few photos, make sure you also have something packed away in your bag that will carry you through for the rest of the evening.”

The boho influence is translating to upscale accessories. In addition to fringe on bags, Connor said the feathered wisps of dangling fabric are also being used to enhance shoes, pointing to a powder blue pair of stilettos with a fringe ankle wrap and buckled closure.

Pastel shades like pale pink and blush hues, and metallics such as silver and warm copper, bronze and gold finishes rank among the standout shades in formal footwear.

Shimmering jewelled accents both atop shoes and even housed within the soles offer eye-catching detail to open-toe pumps and low-heeled strappy sandals.

For those wanting to jazz up an existing pair of heels, Connor suggested jewelled or bow-shaped accessories that can be fastened to the shoes.


Whether you’re selecting the perfect dress for prom or scouting out an outfit to attend a wedding, finding the right accessories are key to completing their ensembles. Whether your handbag of choice is jewel-toned, swathed in fun fur, or steeped in a vibrant colour “you can really have a lot of fun,” said Connor.

“By mixing and matching you can really help to change your look as well,” she added.

In addition to finding the ideal style to complement your outfit, finding a practical bag option is also pivotal, she noted.

“There’s always great colours when it comes to your handbag, but what’s really important when it comes to deciding on something for prom is to make sure you have enough space for a phone, a charger, cash and ID.”

There are plenty of embellished clutches for the season, with designs showcasing sequins, studs, pearls, crystals and bow accents dotting the handheld purses. To merge two statement accessories into one, Connor pointed to one fringe design with a built-in finger ring atop the clutch.


Whether you’re selecting the perfect dress for prom or scouting out an outfit to attend a wedding, finding the right accessories are key to completing their ensembles. “To really round out your look for prom, make sure you consider jewelled headpieces. They come in a variety of colours, shapes and sizes as well,” Connor said.

Styles span from headpieces encrusted in crystals and gems to more spare designs like a hairband with a dainty bow.

Connor also pointed to the statement necklace as another stylish showpiece that can help elevate an outfit.

She said there are options offering a fresh twist on the accessory, such as a floral-adorned piece that wraps around the back of the neck draping downwards, compared to the more conventional bib styles.Read more |

Rihanna steals show at Met Gala


( 27-year-old singer was the talk of the red carpet at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 2015 Costume Institute Benefit to celebrate the opening of the China: Through the Looking Glass exhibition.

Rihanna arrived to a blinding flash of cameras as she strutted into the exclusive event wearing the golden hued dress, which was created by Chinese designer Guo Pei, trimmed in yellow fur and finished off with an enormous train.

The ‘Fourfiveseconds’ hitmaker finished off the outfit with metallic strappy sandals, a gold and silver headpiece – also created by Pei – and a intricate necklace. Underneath the gown, Rihanna was wearing a pink mini-dress.

The R&B beauty gushed she was “in love” with the outfit – which took “two years to make” – but confessed she struggled to walk in it unaided.

Speaking to on the red carpet, she said: “I’m so in love with this dress, but the train is insane! I can’t really walk in it without any help. But it’s so worth it. I love this dress so much! It’s Chinese couture and it’s made by Guo Pei. It’s handmade by one Chinese woman and it took her two years to make.”

Rihanna discovered the dress while doing some research online on Chinese fashion and once she found it she knew she had to have it for the Met Gala.

She explained: “I found it online … I was researching Chinese couture on the Internet and I found it.”

Although Rihanna has received much praise for her bold choice of outfit, some fans have mocked the dress on social media comparing the lengthy train to an omelette or a pizza and numerous spoof photos have been created and posted showing the gown as the dishes.

Other stars to attend the Met Gala include Jennifer Lopez, Cara Delevingne, Kim Kardashian West and her husband Kanye West, Stella McCartney, Sienna Miller, Robert Pattinson and his fiancée FKA Twigs and Amal Clooney and her husband George Clooney.