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Bargain of the Season: $52.50 Kenneth Cole Trench Coat

Rated four out of five stars by customers who’ve purchased, this gorgeous Kenneth Cole trench is perfect for transitioning from Winter into Spring, plus it’s a classic item (recommended by Tim Gunn…hello!) that will wear beautifully for years. Available in classic khaki or basic black for only $52.50, on sale for a limited time.

$53 Kenneth Cole Trench Coat

What's the Opposite of Oscar?

Heath Ledger as The JokerI  knew EVERYONE and her dawg was going to be blogging about the Academy Awards today, and for some reason I just wanted to avoid the whole thing.

To be honest with you, I haven’t enjoyed the Oscars–much less any of the other awards shows–in a few years. It seems they’ve all changed their focus from the stuff being honored to the stuff coming down the red carpet. I know, I know. As much as I’m obsessed with beauty and fashion (look at my blog for Gawd’s sake), I’m just afraid “it” has become so homogenized, vanilla, dare-I-say boring? I mean, have you visited the Oscars website? Front and center is a video embed featuring some Entertainment Tonight “correspondent” selling us the latest red-carpet story. Geez-louise.

So, here I am wondering what to post. The opposite of Oscar? But what though? Something sorta punk-rock, independent, vintage, intelligent…?

That train of thought immediately led me to London street fashion, especially in the 1970’s. Iconist images of torn clothing, brightly-colored spikey hair, highly contrasting stripes, the Union Jack, leather, plastic, safety pins.

PunkThen I remembered: every bit of London Street had been packaged and sold, too. Vivienne Westwood, Malcolm McClaren, ForbiddenLondon.com (oh really?) and the endless stream of individuals and corporations paying homage to these creative kids and their crazy duds…guess what? That homage became none other than a new fad, the latest fashion trend, packaged, homogenous. I see it even now reflected in the skinny jeans and leather jackets the young hipsters are sporting. All the way down to Heath Ledger’s portrayal of The Joker (okay, that might be a bit of a stretch but not much of one).

Westwood Fashion MontageI began to wonder: is nothing safe? Sacred? Above being bought and sold?

My answer: no. And that’s the nature of the world of beauty, fashion, and yes, even movies and Hollywood. In fact, Hollywood is one of the biggest “homage-payers,” or offenders, whichever way you want to look at it. The old saying, “everything old is new again” rings true year after year, collection after collection, movie after movie.

So what’s my point? Honestly I’m not sure if I have one, but I think my avoidance of all things-Hollywood this past year right up to Oscar is further evidence of my need for inspiration, something new and fresh. Some thing to pay homage to, if you will.

So I ask: what inspires you? Oh yes, and did your Oscar predictions win?

Halston is back

from the Halston fall 2009 collection
from the Halston fall 2009 collection

The news from NY fashion week is all about the return of the ’80s. Officially, they are back.

From neon brights (see also Michael Kors) and cashmere-blend wool suiting to heavy black eye-liner and heavy black tights, the catwalk was screaming, screeching and slithering with styles borrowed from the decade that did much of the same.

While this turn may be disheartening to some, many are harkening the return of the ’80s as the return of classic pieces that can be pulled out of your closet season after season and still look fresh, crisp and beautiful.

My take? Designers who embrace the ’80s trend are smart to do so. With the economy in recession (ehem, dare I say depression?), more fashion-saavy buyers are looking for long-wearing (read quality) pieces with punch…those that are versatile, simple, wearable — and beautiful.

Leatrice Eiseman of Pantone summed it perfectly, “Designers recognize the desire for fundamental basics that speak to current economic conditions.”

What do you think of this heavily ’80s-influenced trend? Are you in?

An accessible ’80s accessory from Kors: MICHAEL Michael Kors “Montauk” Leather Medium Crossbody Bag

A Beauty Icon Bids "Adieu"

Yves Saint Laurent, Patron saint of fashion and culture
Yves Saint Laurent, Patron saint of fashion and culture

The fashion and beauty world has sadly lost one of its premier icons.

Yves Saint Laurent, responsible for the Trapeze dress and the women’s pant-suit  among other innovative and, and at the time, controversial fashion innovations, has passed away.

GirlPaint joins the world as it mournes the loss of the great Saint Laurent, deservingly described as…” a towering figure of 20th century fashion” and “…a French national treasure”. His official obituary can be read here.

Love Handbags? Wanna Be Famous for Designing One?

Marie Claire and Glam Media have joined forces to create a competition for aspiring handbag designers. Starting today aspiring designers can submit their handbag sketches on Glam.com, where the fashion community will vote for their favorites.

The lucky winner will receive a trip to New York, a one-night stay at a posh New York hotel, and the MOST EXCITING part of all is that she (or he) will be a Marie Claire “accessories editor for a day.” Additionally, the final eight (8) bags will be auctioned off on E-bay.com with all the proceeds going to charity.

To enter, simply submit your handbag design. From there, Marie Claire and Glam.com readers will vote online for their favorite handbags each week, and the top eight finalists will have the opportunity to create the handbag they’ve sketched. Our panel of judges will then pick the top handbag, and the winner will be flown to New York to be a guest accessories editor at Marie Claire for the day. After the competition, the final eight bags will be auctioned for charity on eBay. Enter Now and Be Discovered!

GirlPaint's Beautybar Updated

Hola! GirlPaint has updated the Fab Feeds on our ToolBar, aka Beautybar, so if you haven’t downloaded it yet, what’s the delay?! Get on it, Girl.

Featured GirlPaint Beautybar Feeds include…

  • The Beauty Read at the Beauty Blog Network where Elke shares the best from THE Network
  • Ageless in Los Angeles features one of the great beauty goddesses of our era, Madonna, and her decision to bare all on Nip/Tuck
  • Beautiful shoes by tashkent over at a wee bit skint.
  • Ms. New Beauty dishes about her not-so-great experience at Shecky’s Girls Night Out
  • Apples2apple Blog revisits the stone age…of bathtubs. Alls I can say is, “Yo quiero!”
  • Faking Good Breeding ponders, “Are Expensive Makeup Brushes Worth It?” I can answer that one…yes, some of them
  • Does Cargo’s Pursegloss measure up? Find out. Beautynomics weighs the pluses and minuses
  • Eyeshadow Government gives a nod to Britney and rehabs her own hair with Redken’s All Soft Heavy Cream
  • Beauty Dish invites you to add yourself to the Beauty Dish Map…how fun! Now I know where all ya’ll live (or at least where you admit to living)
  • Who’s the Hottie, and Not-So-Hottie, of the day? Check out Celeb Gossp Junkie for the answer–NEW LOOK ALERT! Ceceladybug recently modernized the look of Celeb Gossip Junkie; GirlPaint likey!

So, there’s lots to do and see and download and install! So get busy and for that extra touch of Girl, don’t forget to add the GirlPaint Beautybar to your browser.

Academy Awards Coverage

Anonymous commented that I had posted last years red carpet photos of both Keira Knightley and Nicole Kidman. Apparently Ms. Knightley didn’t attend this year, even though Pirates of the Caribbean 12 was nominated for…well, for something; as a result, her photo has been removed. The photo of Ms. Kidman has been updated (I decided to leave ’06–I think you’ll see why). Thanks so much, Anonymous. You’ve been a big help.

Helen Mirren is THE winner. She looks amazing–hair, makeup, earrings, dress–all amazing. Well, heck, she just is amazing. Ms. Mirren embodies true royalty. Congratulations, Helen.

Oops, she did it again. Or maybe Cameron was actually trying to look like she’s ready for Prom…in 1986.

Yikes!! Anne Hathaway’s eyeliner is terribly heavy…and terribly scary! And her dress and jewelry are just plain terrible. Now, I know she’s busy with college classes, but come on…there’s just no excuse for this.

Kirsten Dunst? Is that you? Oh I guess it is.

Kirsten’s foundation is too heavy (or maybe just the wrong color) and her lipstick is too dark, and too cool of a color, plus her highlights are also too heavy–all of this results in Kirsten looking much older than she is. Nuh-uh…don’t do this again, Kirsten. You’re way too young to look this old. It’s just tooo….tooo….anyway. Let’s move on.

Someone deemed Jennifer Lopez one of the ‘best dressed’ this year at Oscar; however, I have to disagree. The dress makes her look pregnant. If she is pregnant, then GREAT…congrats! But if not, then the choice of this dress is just bad, bad, bad. Plus, her makeup is dated–heavy lipliner, too much eye shadow and streaky blush work against her natural beauty. Plus her hair is over-done. It looks like her hairdresser ran out of time.

Beyonce, Beyonce, Beyonce…why are her dresses always too long? I just don’t get this. Does she not have fittings before she goes to the Oscars (or the Grammys, for that matter)? If the extra length is intentional, would someone please tell her it’s not working? It makes her look shorter. And this white dress, while lovely, is not suited to her body. But as always, Beyonce’s hair is gorgeous, and her makeup is quite tasteful and very pretty.

Cate Blanchett displays another winning look. The metallic dress she’s wearing is dramatic and perfectly offsets her precise grey eyeliner. The rest of her makeup and her hair are subtle and understated. Lovely!

Although her makeup is very nice, Jodie Foster missed the mark with her choice of dress and hairstyle. The dress is ill fit, though the color certainly works (it matches her eyes perfectly!). The hair is just too casual and a little ‘soccer mom’ blah.

Even though she didn’t take home Oscar, Penelope Cruz is a winner with this look. Perfectly ba

lanced makeup, hair, jewelry and dress. And not at all boring, just beautiful.

Rachel Wiesz is stunning. Her hair, while mussy, looks completely appropriate with her very tailored makeup–lovely deep wine shade of lipstick! Her necklace compliments her dress.

Nicole looks fine (in 2006…on the left). Pretty, simple, classic. I am actually very surprised that she’s not wearing a necklace (what’s up with that?), but her makeup is really pretty and fresh. Frankly, Nicole’s haircolor is too light and is beginning to look like the same color as her skin, which is beginning to make her look old.

Judging by the 2007 photo (on the right…in RED), she’s had a rough year. Her makeup is exactly the SAME, but she has clearly lost some weight and had her lips done. The dress is pretty, though.

Jessica pulls off another winning look. Her makeup and hair are subtle and naturally beautiful, offset by her dramatic fuscia dress. Wow.

Photos courtesy of Oscar.com

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