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Behind the Seams: The San Francisco Junior League Fashion Show Luncheon
How does Fab spend a Spring Saturday? By attending fashion shows whenever and wherever I can. When I'm not in New York or LA for my runway fix, I look to my local (beautiful) city of San Francisco for fashion fare. True, there is no groundbreaking trends and top models on the runways, but there are events that benefit good causes and healthy models who actually look like they're having fun. Such was the scene at the Junior League of San Francisco fashion show luncheon. PartySugar and I gobbled down creative salad fixings while we looked on to a high-energy Macy's sponsored runway show.

The theme was American Beauty and there were various segments broken down by trend. There was even a mens and kiddie segment. One of the highlights was actually the preteen show where I felt like a junior higher again, though back then I didn't get to wear Marc by Marc Jacobs. The models were a mix of women who are involved with the fund-raising organization and real models, the husbands of Junior Leaguers and their kids. It was a family affair.

It was also a very well rounded fashion show in that there were looks for women of all ages and shapes — another thing we don't get to see much of on high-fashion runways. Some of my favorite looks were by DKNY, Kensie, and Chaiken (the guest designer who took her walk on the runway despite being in a foot cast), and specifically an L-Space raspberry bikini and a BCBG ivory Grecian gown. The event itself was well produced and the stage, complete with theme-changing giant hanging balls, was wonderful.

Proceeds from the fashion show — including some fabulous auctioned European vacations — all go to JLSF-supported community programs. You know I love me some fashion for a cause!

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Top Fashion Model Spotlight: Jessica Stam

This blonde haired blue eyed soon to be 21-year-old Canadian model was discovered at age 16 at a restaurant in Ontario by an agent for International Model Management and later went on to win the Los Angeles Model Look Search. She has quickly become a name you will often hear mentioned by anyone discussing a top ten list of models, which is no surprise when she has had a spectacular start to her modeling career. Stam, which is also the nickname she is known by, lit up her career when she was placed on the cover of German Vogue. Since then she has appeared in ad campaigns for Marc Jacobs, Anna Sui, Vera Wang, Atsuro Tayama, Cerruti Jeans, Valentino, Miu Miu, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Holt Renfrew, BCBG, and Banila B. Marc Jacobs has even created a handbag and named it the Stam Bag in her honor.

Stam is a beauty whose face and body can convert to any fashion vice without looking out of place. Despite participation in such high profile ad campaigns, she remains well grounded and certainly not full of herself. This down to earth quality makes her all the more attractive considering that most supermodels attain a diva attitude when they are in such demand.

Stam will continue to strut the runway until her gorgeous piercing blue eyes go out of style. The fact that she lives in New York City (one of the Mecca’s of modeling) and is represented by IMG (who represents a majority of the women and men we call supermodels), I have a feeling she has a long modeling career ahead of her.

So you want to be a research assistant? Advice for psychologists

The dire state of the academic jobs market was brought home to me recently. I’d advertised for someone to act as a graduate research assistant/co-ordinator. This kind of post is a good choice for a junior person who wants to gain experience before applying for clinical or educational psychology training, or while considering whether to do a doctorate.  Normally I get around 30-40 applicants for this kind of job. This time it was 123.  This, apparently, is nothing. These days, for psychology assistant jobs, which act as a gateway to oversubscribed clinical psychology doctorate programmes,  the number of applicants can run into the hundreds.
One thing that strikes me is how little insight many applicants have into what happens to their job application. I hope that this post, explaining the process from the employer's perspective, might help aspiring job-seekers improve their chances of getting to interview.
With over 120 applications to process, if I allowed only two minutes for each application, it’d take me four hours to shortlist. Of course, that’s not how it works. There has to be an initial triage procedure where the selection panel views the applications looking for reasons not to shortlist. We were able to exclude around ¾ of the applications on the basis of a fairly brief scan. But we then had to select a shortlist of five from the remainder. This is done on the basis of a careful re-reading of those applications that survive triage.
So how do you get past this double hurdle and avoid initial triage, and then make it to the shortlist? Well, here are some tips. They seem very obvious and simple, but worth stating, as many of the applications we received didn’t seem aware of them.
  • Follow the instructions for job applicants, and read the further particulars. I gather that there are some careers advisors who recommend candidates should send their application direct to the principal investigator, rather than via administration, because it will get noticed. It will indeed, but it will create the impression that you are incapable of reading instructions.

  • Specify how you meet the selection criteria. Our university bends over backwards to operate a fair and transparent recruitment policy. We need to be able to demonstrate that our decisions are based on the selection criteria in the job advert, and not on some idiosyncratic prejudice. The ideal applicant lists the selection criteria in the same order that they appear in the job description and briefly explains how they meet them. It makes the job of the selection panel much, much easier, and they will give you credit for being both intelligent and considerate.

  • Don’t apply if you don’t meet the essential selection criteria. So, if the job requires you to drive, then don’t apply if you don’t have a driving licence (or a chauffeur).  When I was young and naïve, I assumed people wouldn’t apply for a job if they didn’t meet the criteria, and ended up appointing a non-driver to a job that involved travelling to remote locations with heavy equipment. It is not a mistake I’ll make again.

  • Don’t assume anything is obviour. To continue with the example above, if the job involves driving and you don’t mention that you can drive, the person evaluating your application won’t know whether you’ve forgotten to tell them, or if you are avoiding mentioning this because you can’t drive. Either way, it’s bad news for your application, and in the current market, it’ll go on the ‘no’ pile.

  • Don’t send a standard application that is appropriate for any job. It’s key to include a cover letter or personal statement that indicates that you have read the further particulars for this specific post. Use Google to find out more about the post/employer. On the other hand, the employer really doesn’t want or need to be told about the subject matter of the research - once I had the equivalent of a short undergraduate essay, complete with references, included in an application, and though it demonstrated keeness, it was complete overkill.

  • Read through your application before you submit it. I’ve had applicants who describe how enthusiastic they are about the prospect of working, not in my institution, but in another university. I’ve had applications where entire paragraphs were duplicated. A melange of fonts changing mid-paragraph, or even mid-sentence, creates a poor impression.

  • Run the cover letter/personal statement through a spell checker, and check the English. Anyone working for me will be sending letters and information sheets out to the general public on my behalf. It creates a bad impression if there are errors, and so you’ve a very high chance of getting on the ‘no’ pile if you make mistakes on an important document like a job application.

  • Be honest. If there’s something unusual about your application, explain it. I have, for instance, shortlisted a person who’d had a prolonged period of sick leave, but who gave a clear and honest explanation of the situation and was able to offer reassurance about ability to do the job.

  • Be concise, but not too concise. The cover letter/personal statement should cover all the selection criteria, but avoid wordiness. One to two single-spaced pages is about right.

And if you get to interview? Well, this blog post has some useful hints:
But what if you follow all my advice and still fail to get to interview? Alas, given the massive mismatch between the number of bright, talented people and the number of jobs on offer, many good candidates are bound to miss out. It certainly doesn’t mean you are unemployable. But try this exercise: look at the selection criteria and your application, and pretend you are the employer, not the candidate: An employer with a huge stack of applications and limited time. What do you think looks good, and what are the weaker points? Can you gain further experience so that the weaker points can be remedied in future job applications? Or maybe the weaknesses include something like a poor degree class, which can’t be fixed. Perhaps your specific set of talents and interests just aren’t a good fit to this kind of job, in which case you need to consider other options.  
If all else fails, you may want to cheer yourself up by reflecting on how people who don’t go along with the system can nevertheless have interesting and influential lives, by reading  Hunter S. Thompson's 1958 job application to the Vancouver Sun  

Adriana Lima Without Makeup

We are not the first time removed the mask from the stars, and in this article to a rigorous trial of our readers will model, which has repeatedly been recognized one of the most beautiful girls in the world. Will focus on the well-known beauty, Victoria Secret Angel and supermodel from Brazil - Adriana Lima.
Adriana Lima began her spectacular career At the age of 13, noticed the representative of a prestigious modeling agency, she begins her star rise as a model. Due to their angelic looks, Adrian has successfully passed all the auditions and competitions, and at 15 years and it does gets the title of Supermodel of the world.
Attractive shape, ideal proportions, unusual eye shape, making the views of Lima is incredibly attractive - all this attracted many designers of famous brands. Appreciate the appearance of Lima Giorgio Armani and Fendi, and the editors of magazines ELLE and Vogue sought as soon as possible to get pictures of famous model on the glossy cover.
Adriana Lima has repeatedly been charged with the honor of representing the most expensive bras from Victoria's Secret collection and participate in the annual shows.And this "angel" yet show what he can do, say many.
But there is also brilliantly Adriana Lima without makeup? That hide the capable hands of makeup artists, and can confirm it is the status of its natural beauty, a supermodel? At this point there is no consensus.
After the appearance of these photos, many were disappointed in the beautiful modelOthers continued to worship the star, surely proving that the poor lighting and bad focus can spoil even the most beautiful woman.

Most of the pictures of Adriana Lima without make-up is really not so bad. In some pictures it just looks more natural and "earth", but they are not less beautiful. It is seen that the model follows the other - skin looks healthy, there are no bags under the eyes, which seemed to be unavoidable with such a hectic lifestyle and endless shooting. No matter what the evil tongues, Adriana, and no make-up remains a very cute girl, does not lose its natural charm and charisma.

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Yésica Toscanini (born March 9, 1986 in Junin, Argentina) is a professional Argentine fashion model.

In 2006 she was in an Abercrombie & Fitch catalog.

She has also appeared on the cover of the Argentinian edition of Cosmopolitan.

She also appears in the music video for Enrique Iglesias's single "Do You Know? (The Ping Pong Song)" playing his high school sweetheart.

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Americas Next Top Model looking for short women
If you’ve always been interested in modeling but didn’t have the right height, former supermodel Tyra Banks may actually be your saving angel. She is looking for shorter girls for her successful TV-show Americas Next Top Model. The next season will only contain woman under 5′7″. Tyra is planning a revolution in the industry and thinks that this year is The year for short woman.

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Amanda Laine Is London Fashion Week’s Top Model

Taryn Davidson at Amanda Wakeley, Amanda Laine at Luella, Ekaterina Kiseleva at PPQ

London Fashion Week had a great mix of old and new models on the runways last week. Christopher Kane and Giles Deacon brought out the highly coveted Lara Stone to open their shows, while Raquel Zimmermann and Christina Kruse closed, respectively. Agyness Deyn opened and closed best friend Henry Holland's House of Holland collection, to no one's surprise. At PPQ, Ekaterina Kiseleva opened with a distracting huge pink bow tied around her head — and still managed to look stunning. And let's not forget the one and only Naomi closing out Issa alongside Jourdan Dunn. But the undeniable winner for London is rising star Amanda Laine. Last season we anointed her the winner of Paris Fashion Week when she became a favorite at Miu Miu, Louis Vuitton, and Alexander McQueen. Now, London's designers clamored to book her: She opened for the girlie and geeky Luella show, looked super androgynous at Paul Smith, and walked in a handful of others. And with Milan and Paris around the corner, we just know we'll be seeing a lot more of her.

Susan Greenfield and autistic spectrum disorder: was she misrepresented?

I have had many emails in response to my open letter to Baroness Greenfield. All but one have been approving. The one exception is an eminent Professor who has chided me for misrepresenting her views. I am reproducing here our unedited email correspondence. I have anonymised the name of the correspondent, as he has not given permission for it to be used, though I will happily break the anonymity if he wishes me to do so, so he can take credit for his arguments.

As a non-celebrity scientist, I would like to get on with my day job and do some data analysis, and so have decided to reproduce the debate here, so that others can pursue it. Please feel free to comment, though please note, I will delete any comments that are off-topic, i.e. those not pertaining to issues around the validity of Greenfield’s claims, and the extent to which they have been misrepresented.

Sent: 10 August 2011 13:27 
To: Dorothy Bishop
Re: Misrepresentation of Greenfield’s article

 Dear Professor Bishop,

In your blog of 28 September 2010 you flattered yourself with the aspiration of being a “Paragon”. However, your blog of 4 August 2011 betrays that aspiration and violates the principles of scientific debate. You are misrepresenting Greenfield’s article in New Scientist. To claim that she is blaming what you call “internet use” for the grievous condition of autism is a travesty. The word autism does not appear in that article; Greenfield specifically refers to “autistic spectrum disorders”. Nevertheless, you implore her to “stop talking about autism” and unpleasantly characterise her comments as “illogical garbage”. For clarity I shall repeat myself: autism is not the subject of that article.

It is imperative that scientists engage with all sectors of society and do so accurately, honourably and without intemperate, personal comments. Publishing an assertion which misrepresents the evidence is unacceptable. Furthermore, your blog ignores Greenfield’s explicit references to peer-reviewed papers which provide data consistent with aspects of her general hypothesis (which is not about autism). Perhaps I should remind you of one of the key sentences in Greenfield’s article: “it is not the technologies themselves that I'm criticising, but how they are used and the extent to which they are used”.

Your failure to live up to the aspiration you expressed in your blog of 28 September 2010 saddens me and many other members of our community. In that blog you stated: “Paragons write personal letters to authors”. However, given the public pronouncements which you have made, a public retraction of your misrepresentation is now required. Your earlier experiences as an journal editor will no doubt confirm this requirement.

From: Dorothy Bishop
Sent: 10 August 2011 16:31 
Re: Misrepresentation of Greenfield’s article

I have no intention of withdrawing what I have said. I am happy to defend it.
You seem to think there is a clear distinction between autism and 'autistic spectrum disorders'.
There is not; many people treat them as synonyms, and those who interpret them differently regard ASD as a milder form of the same condition. There is no justification for linking either the severe or the broader category with internet use. The argument I made about a cause needing to precede it effect applies just as much to ASD, broadly defined, as to core autism. ASD does not suddenly appear in middle childhood - the symptoms are evident from around 2 years of age, and so are not plausibly caused by internet use.
If the article is not 'about' ASD/autism, then why does Greenfield mention it at all? This really does upset parents of affected children.
And isn't she aware of the large literature debating reasons for the increasing prevalence of ASD/autism diagnosis? - if she is going to cite this to support her argument, then it behoves her to do her homework.
It is really not acceptable to use innuendo to imply associations, but then back off if challenged to produce evidence.

There is a more fundamental problem here. Susan Greenfield is listened to because she is a scientist. But unlike other scientists engaged in public communcation, she does not confine herself to explaining science to a broader audience. She uses the media to promote her own new theories. What she conspicuously does not do is to publish these ideas in the peer-reviewed scientific literature. This is a shame because it means she has become disconnected from the rest of the scientific community. I would have been happy to voice my criticism by the more conventional means of peer review, which would have been private, or as commentary on a scientific paper, but I am denied that opportunity because Susan Greenfield does not publish these ideas in the scientific literature. Since her views are widely distributed through magazines and newspapers, those of us who find them flawed have no alternative but to challenge them in the public domain. I am aware that a great many people have made 'intemperate personal comments' about Susan Greenfield, but I do not accept that I have done so; I criticised the ideas rather than the person.

I might add that yours is the first critical comment I've had. I have had numerous supportive emails and comments from scientists who have not only written to say they agree, but have thanked me for raising this.

Sent: 11 August 2011 09:49 
To: Dorothy Bishop
Re: Misrepresentation of Greenfield’s article

Dear Professor Bishop,

Thanks for your response.
You present yourself as sanguine about conflating Autism and Autistic Spectrum Disorders. I find this surprising and alarming.
Your case now rests on your conviction that all of the adolescents or adults who are currently being diagnosed with any Autistic Spectrum Disorder (at an increasing incidence) could have been diagnosed as such “from around 2 years of age”. Please direct me towards peer-reviewed prospective studies which support this claim.

From: Dorothy Bishop

Sent: 11 August 2011 10:49 
Re: Misrepresentation of Greenfield’s article

I will send you some peer-reviewed papers when I have some free time, but meanwhile, please see Criterion C in the DSM5 proposed revision, as well as the rationale section, which explains the terminology.
You might also find it useful to talk to Professor Sir Michael Rutter, who is the world's leading expert on autism.


Sent: 11 August 2011 12:00 
To: Dorothy Bishop
Re: Misrepresentation of Greenfield’s article

Criterion C in the link you have provided does not address the matter in question: namely, whether there is well-controlled evidence which supports your conviction that all of the adolescents or adults who are currently being diagnosed with any Autistic Spectrum Disorder (at an increasing incidence) could have been diagnosed as such “from around 2 years of age”.
Criterion C merely raises a circular argument, which would be susceptible to unreliable retrospection.
I will indeed raise these matters with Michael Rutter.
But, more importantly, I look forward to receiving from you peer-reviewed papers which substantiate your specific claims.
Dorothy Bishop
Sent: 11 August 2011 15:51 
Re: Greenfield’s article

Your initial complaint was that I had misrepresented Greenfield because I had failed to distinguish ASD and autism. I trust the DSM5 document has clarified the point for you and you now accept this was not misrepresentation.
You are now demanding that I provide peer reviewed evidence for my supposed "conviction" that "all of the adolescents or adults who are currently being diagnosed with any Autistic Spectrum Disorder (at an increasing incidence) could have been diagnosed as such “from around 2 years of age”.
I have sent you information pointing out that it is is part of the diagnostic criteria for ASD to have onset in early childhood.
This is not a circular argument. It is merely pointing out that ASD, as defined by gold standard diagnostic criteria, could not be caused by environmental influences that only start in later childhood.  I reiterate the last sentence from the DSM 5 rationale section: "Autism spectrum disorder is a neurodevelopmental disorder and must be present from infancy or early childhood, but may not be detected until later because of minimal social demands and support from parents or caregivers in early years."
Note that this does not mean that all children with ASD will be diagnosed in childhood, but it does mean that they have evidence of autism in early childhood.  This is typically identified by an interview instrument such as the Autism Diagnostic Interview.
To clarify my argument.
1. When asked for evidence that the internet is changing people's brains, Greenfield stated, among other things, "There is an increase in people with autistic spectrum disorders."
To most people this would imply that she is saying the internet is a causal factor in the increase in autistic spectrum disorders.
2. There has been an increase in autistic spectrum diagnoses over the years.
However, this evidence comes from epidemiological studies that do use standard diagnostic criteria including the onset criteria (see attached articles).
3. Since internet use cannot plausibly cause a disorder starting in a toddler, this is not a valid argument.

You now demand that I prove that "all of the adolescents or adults who are currently being diagnosed with any Autistic Spectrum Disorder (at an increasing incidence) could have been diagnosed as such “from around 2 years of age”. "
This is an attempt to move the goalposts. Of course diagnosis is not perfect. There may be misdiagnosed cases. The fact that you demand this evidence suggests that Greenfield's argument (as filtered by you) is now :

a) there are children who don't have autism in early childhood but who develop some kind of quasi-autism in middle childhood
b) this is caused by internet use
c) such cases account for the increase in ASD diagnoses, even though they don't meet DSM criteria for ASD
Do you have any evidence for any of these postulates ?
If that is not what you are saying, what exactly is the claim?

You have also not responded to the point I made about the appropriate place for a scientist to publish new scientific theories. Do you think it is appropriate to make statements about aetiology of a major neurodevelopmental disorder in a non peer-reviewed journal such as New Scientist, when there is no peer-reviewed work to back them up, even if the causal claims are by innuendo rather than direct statement?
If you would like your point of view have broader recognition, I would be happy to publish this correspondence on my blog, so that Greenfield's position and the supposed limitations of my arguments could be given wider publicity.

 pdfs of the following papers were attached:
Baird G, Simonoff E, Pickles A, Chandler S, Loucas T, Meldrum D, Charman T: Prevalence of disorders of the autism spectrum in a population cohort of children in South Thames: the Special Needs and Autism Project (SNAP). Lancet 2006, 368 (9531):210-215.
Baron-Cohen S, Scott FJ, Allison C, Williams J, Bolton P, Matthews FE, Brayne C: Prevalence of autism-spectrum conditions: UK school-based population study. British Journal of Psychiatry 2009, 194:500-509.
Brugha, T. S., McManus, S., Bankart, J., Scott, F., Purdon, S., Smith, J., et al. (2011). Epidemiology of Autism Spectrum Disorders in Adults in the Community in England. Arch Gen Psychiatry, 68(5), 459-465.
Fombonne, E. (2005). The changing epidemiology of autism. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 18, 281-294.
Kim, Y. S., Leventhal, B. L., Koh, Y.-J., Fombonne, E., Laska, E., Lim, E.-C., et al. (2011). Prevalence of autism spectrum disorders in a total population sample. American Journal of Psychiatry.
Rutter, M. (2005). Incidence of autism spectrum disorders: Changes over time and their meaning. Acta Paediatrica, 94, 2-15.
Taylor, B. (2006). Vaccines and the changing epidemiology of autism. Child: care, health and development, 32(5), 511-519.
Williams, J. G., Higgins, J. P. T., & Brayne, C. E. G. (2006). Systematic review of prevalence studies of autism spectrum disorders. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 91, 8-15.
Wing, L., & Potter, D. (2002). The epidemiology of autistic spectrum disorders: is the prevalence rising? Ment Retard Dev Disabil Res Rev, 8, 151-161.

P.S. 13.52 on 12th August 2011

A further response from xxx

Dear Professor Bishop,
I am astonished by your peremptory decision to publish our correspondence without permission. I ask you to add the response below, without any editing, as a matter of urgency.

Dear Professor Bishop,
In your first email you stated: “ASD does not suddenly appear in middle childhood - the symptoms are evident from around 2 years of age”. This non-ambiguous statement means that all people who are diagnosed with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder after early childhood will have been displaying its symptoms from around 2 years of age.
You now point out: “it is part of the diagnostic criteria for ASD to have onset in early childhood”. The difference from your initial statement is salient. Thus, it is the case that that unless those symptoms are present in early childhood, an Autistic Spectrum Disorder may not, by definition, be diagnosed.
In this context, you draw attention to “Criterion C in the DSM5 proposed revision”. As I am sure you realise, DSM5 will not supersede DSM-IV until 2013. The criteria you describe as “gold standard diagnostic criteria” are part of a proposed revision.
I shall consider just one matter arising:
Autistic Disorder and Asperger’s Disorder are addressed separately under DSM-IV. The current diagnostic criteria for Asperger’s Disorder (DSM-IV) include the following: “There is no clinically significant general delay in language (e.g. single words used by age 2 years, communicative phrases used by age 3 years). There is no clinically significant delay in cognitive development or in the development of age-appropriate self-help skills, adaptive behaviour (other than in social interaction), and curiosity about the environment in childhood”. Indeed, a delay in social interaction is the only age-related point mentioned; no critical age is given for its onset.
I recognise that the revisions for DSM5 under current consideration are being guided by the following:
”Asperger’s Disorder. The work group is proposing that this disorder be subsumed into an existing disorder:  Autistic Disorder (Autism Spectrum Disorder)”.
If this were to be enacted, diagnosis of Asperger’s Disorder would be precluded, unless its symptoms were present in early childhood (as specified by Criterion C). Again, I feel it is appropriate to ask for evidence which supports your original statement: “the symptoms are evident from around 2 years of age”. According to your gold standard DSM5, this must apply to Asperger’s Disorder. It is reasonable for me to ask whether this has been substantiated by prospective studies which are free from potentially unreliable parental retrospection. I may be in error, but I have found no such study among the papers you kindly sent me. I sincerely apologise if I have overlooked something relevant.
The immensely complex matters of aetiology and diagnosis are not given due consideration if proposed revisions (which are still subject to consultation) are presented as “gold standard”.
In my preceding email I wrote: “I look forward to receiving from you peer-reviewed papers which substantiate your specific claims”. I am saddened to note that you have chosen to misrepresent this polite request as “demanding”. It seems that our discourse will not be fruitful and that it should be closed.

World Fashion | Top Fashion in the World

And the top fashion capital is.....DC? Sadly, no.

As I was riding the metro early this morning, I came upon this article about the top fashion capitals around the world. Of course I wasn't entirely surprised that Washington, DC did not make it into the top 20 but Vegas?? I don't really view that as a 'fashion destination" so I was a little surprised to see that the city made it on this particular list.

Although I haven't been to Milan...yet....I absolutely adore anything by Armani and of course Prada shoes. The simplicity and understated elegance of both of these designers make me swoon in awe. I am lucky enough to own a few pairs of Prada shoes and would display them on my nightstand if it weren't for the fear of my toddler running off with them to play with. No, no, no. Is it bad that he already knows that mommy's shoes are 'expensive' as are her Chanel sunglasses? Ha!
Milan the Top Fashion City Poll

Milan has ended New York’s five-year reign as the world’s top fashion city, while Hong Kong and Sao Paulo have moved into the top 10, according to an annual survey of top fashion cities. The list was compiled by the Global Language Monitor, a U.S. based non-profit group that tracks the frequency of words and phrases in the media, on the Internet and throughout the blogosphere. The top 5 cities dominating the world fashion scene are New York, Rome, Paris, Milan and London — but New York had led the list for five consecutive years.

This year, however, Milan took the top slot followed by New York, Paris, Rome and London. Other big movers included Hong Kong and Sao Paulo, which broke into the top 10, while Barcelona and Miami surged.

In a tightening battle for fashion kudos in Asia, Mumbai outdistanced Delhi. In Australia, Sydney outpaced Melbourne.

“The global economic restructuring has affected the fashion industry just as it has touched everything else,” said Millie Lorenzo Payack, a director at the Global Language Monitor.

“The catwalks were still crowded though with the lights dimmer, the hype a bit more restrained, and recessionists, of course, thriving.”
World first at Fashion Week

To the strains of Carly Simon's You're So Vain, top fashion label World has kicked off New Zealand's largest Fashion Week in Auckland, after a four-year absence.

Fashion Week, now in its eighth year, was officially opened by Prime Minister Helen Clark last night. She spoke about the importance of the multi-million dollar industry to the country and the success New Zealand fashion labels have had here and overseas.

Buyers and media from around the world have gathered in Auckland for the showcase, designed to generate sales for designers and find new global markets.

It was standing room only at the highly anticipated World show as fashion industry insiders sat alongside New Zealand personalities and journalists.

With bold colours, stark black blunt bobbed wigs on the models and plenty of sparkles, the World collection entitled 'There is No Depression in New Zealand' received a standing ovation from the audience, with label principals Denise L'Estrange-Corbet and Francis Hooper taking to the stage after the show.

Other designers set to hold shows this week include Trelise Cooper, whose children's show is always a crowd favourite, Zambesi, Nom*D, Karen Walker and Huffer.

Some of the new talent include Stitch Ministry, Emma, Doosh and Moneyshot.

Australian designer Kirrily Johnston became the first Australian fashion designer to have a show at New Zealand's Fashion Week this afternoon.

Research into the economic impact of Air New Zealand Fashion Week found it to be worth an estimated $23.2 million to the New Zealand economy in terms of total output generated, and an estimated $19.2 million to the Auckland economy.

Australia is New Zealand's key market for apparel exports, taking 71 percent of our total apparel exports to the world.
The World’s Best Fashion Magazines

There’s a lot to cover in the fashion world and these world class publications are responsible for keeping their readers up to date on everything from Paris runways to local shopping.


Canada’s premiere fashion publication, Fashion magazine’s slogan is “Bringing the World of Fashion Home.” Based in Toronto, with offices in Vancouver and Montreal, Fashion keeps its readers up to speed on the latest designs coming down the runways in the fashion capitals of the world as well as letting them know what’s hot here at home. Fashion’s editor-in-chief is Ceri Marsh, who has co-authored two books on style called The Fabulous Girl’s Guide to Decorum and The Fabulous Girl’s Guide to Grace Under Pressure. The magazine publishes 10 issues per year, keeping its readers up to date on the latest beauty and fashion trends.


Vogue has been called “the world’s most influential fashion magazine” by book critic Caroline Weber and there are few that would disagree. Vogue began as a weekly publication in 1892 and gradually morphed into a highly successful magazine read by women around the world (versions of Vogue are published in 16 countries). Vogue presents stories and images of high fashion along with pieces on art, culture and politics. The magazine is largely responsible for the current view of models as celebrities, launching the careers of many young models throughout the years. Famous editors of Vogue include Diana Vreeland, who oversaw the magazine during the tumultuous 1960s, and Anna Wintour, Vogue’s current editor-in-chief known for her trademark bob and sunglasses, as well as for inspiring Meryl Streep’s character in The Devil Wears Prada. Vogue continues to dominate the fashion magazine world.


Lucky is a relative newcomer to the fashion magazine world, having launched in December 2000. It is described as a shopping magazine and makes no bones about its blatant consumerism. The magazine offers fashion and beauty tips and news along with plenty of information on where and how to shop for the latest trends. Publisher Condé Nast counts Lucky as one of its biggest successes with a circulation of over 1 million. Editor-in-chief, Kim France, has guided the magazine to acclaim and authored the companion books The Lucky Guide To Mastering Any Style: How to Wear Iconic Looks and Make Them Your Own and The Lucky Shopping Manual: Building and Improving Your Wardrobe Piece by Piece.


Canada’s version of Lucky is Loulou, a shopping magazine featuring news and advice on fashion, beauty and lifestyle. Loulou not only shows readers the latest in the world of fashion, but tells them where to get their hands on it as well. Loulou regularly teams with Canadian merchants to offer promotions to readers and customers.

Harper’s Bazaar

America’s first fashion magazine, Harper’s Bazaar has been offering a sophisticated view of fashion, beauty and popular culture since 1867. The magazine was originally conceived as a weekly publication aimed at upper-middle class and upper class women featuring images and stories about high society and fashion. From 1936 to 1965, two strong personalities had a great influence on the magazine: fervent photographer, Richard Avedon, and eventual editor, Diana Vreeland. The pair was the inspiration for the characters played by Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn in the film Funny Face. The collaboration between Avedon, Vreeland, art director Alexey Brodovitch and editor-in-chief Carmel Snow introduced a new look and focus for the fashion magazine. Harper’s Bazaar is published in more than 20 countries and outsells Vogue in Australia and Thailand.


InStyle is a monthly fashion magazine featuring articles about fashion, beauty, lifestyle and celebrities. Less editorial than Vogue or Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle focuses on popular culture as opposed to high fashion. Through the combination of print format and web presence, InStyle has launched offshoots including and


Chairman and editorial director of W magazine, Patrick McCarthy, shifted from working at W’s sister magazine, Women’s Wear Daily, to join vice president and publisher, Nina Lawrence in running the publication. W is primarily a fashion magazine, but also comments on American and European society as well as showcasing celebrities and their homes (in W House Tours). Known for ambitious and sometimes controversial photo features, W has a loyal readership of around half a million.


Elle magazine began in France in 1945 and was introduced to an American audience in the 1980s. These days, Elle is called the world’s biggest fashion magazine with dozens of foreign editions and developments such as Elle Décor, Elle Girl, Elle Cuisine and the online presence at Photo spreads in Elle have been part of the top prize for winners of America’s Next Top Model (cycles three to six) and Project Runway (seasons one to five). One of the most popular women’s magazines in the world, Elle features articles on fashion, beauty, health and entertainment.

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Daria Strokous is the new Top Model of the world has been waiting for!

It is truly refreshing to see the definition of beauty return to the fashion world. Daria Strokous is one of those few models that have beauty which transcends borders, rare talent, and gifted smarts to re-define fashion. Her step in the catwalk is not only mesmerizing, but she carries a freshness and confidence only few and select models through out the history of fashion have been able to achieve: an innate ability to understand how to wear the art designers work so hard to create each season -(not just a mannequin with a heartbeat). She gives hope to us all who wish to see the return of what the word “model” used to stand for.

And everyone can agree with history. In the late 1990s actresses, pop singers, and other entertainment celebrities began gradually replacing models on fashion magazine covers and ad campaigns. Many of us can understand the “business” reasons for it. Charles Gandee, associate editor at Vogue, has said that high prices and poor attitudes contributed less to the decline of the supermodel. As clothes became less flashy, designers turned to models who were less glamorous, so they wouldn’t overpower the clothing. The popular media apply the term ‘Supermodel’ loosely to some without worldwide recognition and extensive experience in haute couture.


Last year, Beauty School's pick to win Miss World 2008 was Miss Mexico. This year, Beauty School's pick to win Miss World 2009 is Miss Mexico. Perla Beltran, Miss World Mexico, won Miss World Top Model on November 28. With this title, she has been fast-tracked to the finals, along with Miss World Japan Eruza Sasaki (Miss World Sportswoman), Miss World Canada Yanbing Ma and Miss World Sierra Leone Mariatu Kargbo (joint Miss World Talent Show winners) and Miss World Gibraltar Kaiane Aldorino (Miss World Beach Beauty). Only one one more fast-track title remains - Miss World Beauty with a Purpose, to be announced at the Miss World 2009 final on Saturday, December 12 at Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Other Beauty School faves for the Miss World 2009 title are Miss South Africa, Tatum Keshwar, and Miss France, Chloe Mortaud. In perhaps one of the biggest highway robberies in Miss Universe history, both failed to make top 5 at Miss Universe 2009.

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Beyonce Launches Sasha Fierce Fashion Line

Beyonce and her mom Tina Knowles are launching a new junior apparel label, Sasha Fierce for Deréon, reports WWD. Just in time for back-to-school shopping!

The name is a combination of House of Deréon (Beyonce and Tina’s ready-to-wear fashion line) and Beyonce’s alter ego (and third solo album, I Am…Sasha Fierce).

Sasha Fierce for Deréon will include sportswear, outerwear, handbags, footwear, eyewear, lingerie and jewelry.

Other pics include a bikini-clad Beyonce on Miami Beach on Tuesday (June 30) in Miami, Fla. 10+ pics inside…

WHAT DO YOU THINK of Beyonce’s junior line so far — HOT or NOT?

World Fashion | How to be a Successful Model If You Are Not Tall

When you think of modeling, do you picture 16 year old, waifish thin and very exotic looking girl? If so,think again. Even though the fashion models business is oversaturated with the most beautiful women in the world, an average-looking person can still have a nitche within the business.

Fashion black models is the most prestigious category of the modeling industry, because about a dozen of fashion models have actually achieved the status of celebrities. Fashion modeling industry is not open to everyone and has very strict standards: height, weight, age and measurement requirements. Fashion girl model have to stay very thin to fit the clothes they are modeling, and even though many people in the industry might deny it, the pressure to have zero body fat is enormous in the fashion world. If you are tall and thin and lucky enough to have an agent who’d send you to castings (meetings with clients or photographers who can potentially hire you,) be prepared to do about six meetings a day, which wouldn’t necessarily result in any jobs.

If you are lucky enough to actually get a model jobs, most editorial projects (such as magazines) don’t pay a lot, and it takes an average fashion model a few years to build up her portfolio to start getting big fashion campaigns and other high-paying modeling gigs.

Travel for fashion shows or for editorial work can be exhausting, and many young women have trouble coping with pressure, related to the industry and its standards. Therefore – drug use, eating disorders, unfinished education and other issues, mentioned way too frequently in the media.

Not everything about the world of fashion modeling is dark and hard, but unfortunately, there are very few models who can actually make it to the top and enjoy the fame and fortune it offers. The biggest problem of fashion modeling today is competition. Because the industry has been raised to its highly prestigious status, it is simply impossible to provide all gorgeous hopefuls with enough work. This is why many aspiring fashion models give up modeling after spending six months in a tiny model apartment in Paris or Milan, watching their hungry roommates steal their food or do drugs.

Miss World 2008 revisited

Crowning glory: While the Miss World 2008 crown went to Miss Russia, Kseniya Sukhinova, the countdown to the beauty pageant was full of highs and lows. Here's a quick recap of the Miss World 2008 beauty pageant.

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Women’s jacket: Ruffles are back in fashion

Ruffles are back, with the acceptance of the great garments and accessories. This acceptance is well-known by fashion experts.

In United States, some fashion stores (such as Jcrew) already have these jackets in different styles, which can be used to stylize your body.

The best option for this sunny season is to wear these jackets with some tight jeans. If those jeans are flared, then your appearance will be much better, because this will create an optical illusion giving the impression that your hips are much bigger than your waist and for that reason, you will look great.

Try wearing these jackets with open toe high heels. The ruffles give your clothes a more traditional appearance and these jackets match perfectly with shoes that have the same color.

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Season Fashion Trends

The Fashion world is alive and well and all abuzz with the coming 2010 fashion trends. This fashion season will continue with the same trends as we saw in the 2009 season. While the summer months fashion trend predictions are still forthcoming, the following trends for the season will guide you to a warm, cozy and fashionable winter!

Over the Knee and Thigh High Boots are Hot!

The classic over-the-knee boots are THE must-have shoe item this season. For the truly daring woman, the thigh high boot is quite hot right now as well. There are tons of options available from rich and creamy suedes to traditional leathers in all colors.

The Cape – It’s Not For Dracula Anymore!

No we’re not kidding, the cape is back, after a long hiatus. The cape in a variety of forms will be big this 2010 fashion season with top name designers creating their own unique spin on the cape. Many styles and options, including, mini capelets to long cloaks and full capes.

Leather, Leather and More Leather
Forget the standard leather jacket, this season brings leather to most any type of garment you own. It’s a leather frenzy for 2010 with shorts, dresses, leggings and a whole lot more…

Ruffles and Bows
A blast to the past with this season in fashion promising bow blouses, lots of ruffles, tailored looks, especially waistcoats, brooches and jodhpurs.

Texture and Chunky Knits
Texture seems to be the cornerstone of this winter’s season in fashion with chunky, big knits playing a big part in the women’s clothing ensemble. They are warm and fabulous and plan on seeing them around for a while. Another element for these knits is while chunky the trend will be open weave to show that flash of skin.

Tights and Stockings – Ripped and Shredded
Following behind the ripped denim craze (which by the way is back this season as well) we saw a while back, this season calls for rips in stockings and tights. What a concept! I bet you wish now that you had saved all those ripped hose you threw away. Looks like we might be heading toward a new Grunge fashion era.

More Rips in Jeans and All Denim

Of course, we all knew they would make a come back. Sexy, revealing and really hot this season, go ahead and bust them out, dust them off and floss them any which way you want.

See Through!
By the spring and summer of this season you can fashionably show some skin, as see through clothing will be hot and trendy! Sheer looks that are both feminine and soft will be in and just in time to look sexy and fabulous this summer.

Single Shoulder Blouses, Tops and Dresses

Asymmetry is the trend for this fashion season for dresses, tops, blouses and swim wear, that will show off one shoulder allowing for a variety of designs, styles and forms to make you sexy, beautiful and hot!

Military Gear
Forget boot camp, this season allows to floss a cool military look without doing push ups! The Military jacket is back as a fashion statement and style calls for it to be a regular winter wardrobe must have, studded, feminized or any which way you want to wear it!

Color Trends for the Season
2010 color trends promise lots of goodies, including, reds, purples, blues, honeys and crèmes, warm yellows, siennas and rose tints.