Navratri… check. Durga Puja… check. Karva Chauth… check. You’ve been there and done that. But wait, the festivities don’t end here.
With the big mama of all festivals, Diwali, round the corner, there are occasions galore to dress up and spread some festive sparkle. Add to that the pressures of dolling up for a shaadi in the khandaan. But fret not, as here’s some celeb inspiration.
These celeb-inspired festival looks, culled from Instagram accounts of the have-style-will-flaunt brigade of Bollywood, will guide you through the festivities. From experimenting with the colour palette and choosing offbeat shades to turning heads in contemporary printed lehengas, there’s something for every occasion.
CHAMPAGNE SOIREES Karisma Kapoor’s champagne gold sari defines elegance. The focus here is on dramatic eye makeup, offset by soft lips and a neat hairdo. You can also go for a messy bun, which accentuates your facial features. Perfect for a cocktail eve!
SLAY IT WITH SOME GREEN Attending your bestie’s ring ceremony? Here’s how to shine, a la Sonakshi Sinha. She has let this ensemble, by Anita Dongre, do all the talking by keeping the makeup clean. Accessorise the look with cocktail rings and dangler earrings — nothing too fancy as the lehenga speaks volumes in itself.
POPPING IN PINK Casual, flirty and quirky, this contemporary take on the lehenga by designer Masaba Gupta is your go-to choice for a day event. Be it a pre-Diwali brunch, lazy barbecue or a friend’s haldi ceremony, you have enough reasons to add a pop of pink in your festive wardrobe. Bardot top in place of a traditional choli and a lehenga skirt with pockets — what more can a girl ask for? Bipasha Basu Singh Grover has accessorised it with statement earrings, but you can also opt for a choker to define the neckline.
LAYERING DONE RIGHT Parineeti Chopra’s layered ensemble, by designer Arpita Mehta, is not only cute, but also creates an illusion of height. The girl-next-door look needs minimal assistance in terms of makeup and accessories, but a potli tied around the wrist would come in handy. The pink and blue colour scheme is a refreshing break from the golds and reds that traditionally mark the festivities.
CUTTING EDGE CLASSICS Classics never go out of style, and Neha Dhupia shows you just how you can ace it with a black-and-silver ensemble by designer Anamika Khanna. We are a fan of the clean makeup and the loose bun, but statement hoops have lifted the whole look. A perfect fit for a reception dinner.
OFF THE BEATEN TRACK The big day is here and you want to play the role of banno ki saheli to perfection. Pay homage to Awadhi tehzeeb with this deep green lehenga by designer duo Sukriti and Aakriti, the icing for which is the beautifully-crafted dupatta. Kriti Sanon completes the look with neatly parted hair adorned with a gajra made of jasmine flowers.
BEAUTIFUL IN BLUE In this sari by Anavila, Shruti Haasan experiments with hues of blue and how! The button-up blouse is perfect for the season. The braided bun adds volume to the look and soft makeup makes sure the attention is not diverted from the sari. A dainty, triple layer necklace in silver can help accentuate the look.
It seems like it’s red wedding season for the Game of Thrones cast as Sophie Turner aka Sansa Stark is now an engaged woman!
The 21-year-old actress’s boyfriend of about a year, 28-year-old DNCE frontman Joe Jonas popped the question and the couple took to Instagram to share the happy news. Both posted the same photo of Sophie’s stunning, pear-shaped diamond ring, with matching captions – hers saying, “I said yes” and his responding, “She said yes.”
It seems like Sophie and Joe are already on the path to building a home together. Just last month, the pair adopted an adorable Siberian Husky puppy together, which they named Porky Basquait.
“You can inject cellulite dimples or the indentation above the belly button,” Karyn Grossman, MD, board-certified cosmetic dermatologist tells us. “You can really inject filler all over the face ad body in different ways and places to achieve different things.” As one of the leading doctors in her field, Dr. Grossman works with celebs like Gwyneth Paltrow and Linda Evangelista and is often the MD credited in industry inner circles as the person to see for no-one-will-notice undereye filler (another big trend).
Celebrity designer Jonathan Adler started out with a passion for pottery and turned his love of design into a mission to bring modern American glamour to homes everywhere.
He has over 25 stores bearing his name – and his designs can be found in over 1,000 retailers across the world. He describes his work as style, craft and joy. His style is classic meets modern, always with a bit of humor. He’s a designer, a potter and author.
He visits WCL to talk about the latest design trends for fall.
Some of the trends are:
–Add metallics to combat dark, dull days (with a metallic pillow, for example) –Add color to combat dark, dull days (with colorful acrylic accessories, for example) –Up your entertaining game with surreal serve ware that doubles as conversation pieces (like with our Eve Bon Bon Bowl, for example) –Take your hostess gifts to the next level – no one needs another boring bottle of wine because fall is the season to be invited over to people’s houses as well as having people over. Boxed gifts (such as our coasters, S&P sets, or candles are great affordable options that are pretty enough you don’t even have to wrap them).
Still on the fence about a Halloween costume? Yeah, same. Thankfully there’s inspiration abound this time of year — yes, even for those of us who really aren’t into dressing up. While the competition for the coolest costume can kind of reach peak annoying on Instagram, you have to admit the looks are still pretty fun to see — especially celebs’. They certainly bring their A-game. So, instead of lazily resorting to a witch’s hat or cat ears this year, use all those hair and makeup skills you’ve been practicing.
Take a cue from 10 stars who have either nailed this Halloween thing or served us a major moment that we can to turn into a look. Whether you want to go big or small, you don’t have to be crazy crafty or watch hours of YouTube tutorials to win Halloween.
It’s long past time we address a mass extinction event affecting the very core of our culture: the disappearance of hard-partying celebrity.
Gone are the days where these mythical creatures roamed the earth trashing hotel rooms, stumbling out of nightclubs and imbibing in four-day party benders dusted with powders and drowning in booze.
Their stories are essential texts in the gospel according to Us Weekly and TMZ. Rob Stewart was infamously banned for life by the Holiday Inn chain in 1976; The Who drummer Keith Moon once blew up a hotel toilet with explosives before taking a Lincoln Continental for a dip in the pool; and Johnny Depp got stuck with a $10,000 bill and felony charge for damages at NYC’s Mark Hotel after claiming a wayward armadillo popped out of the closet (said “armadillo” was never found).
Courtney Love, Britney Spears, Paris Hilton and Kate Moss have all been kicked out of their share of hotels, and Florence Welch managed to set a hotel room on fire after a night of partying with Kanye West. These celebrity-trashed spaces are now tourist attractions in their own right thanks to the legendary debauchery that occurred within their walls.
Reporters who covered the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) party beat a decade ago tell tales of sloshed A-listers teetering down Yorkville Avenue, Robert Downey, Jr. punching walls and crawling on all fours at the Sutton Place Hotel and LCBO inspectors crashing galas, sure they would find rampant marijuana use. Illegal after-hours bars were the place to be, and it wouldn’t be unusual for Woody Harrelson to share a joint with fellow partygoers.
Fast forward to TIFF in 2017. Illegal after-hours spots were replaced by sponsored hotspots funded by the likes of Nespresso, RBC, Audi and Grey Goose. The most hard-partying celebs are now the likes of 58-year-old Emma Thompson, who left her private table at the aforementioned RBC House to sing “Happy Birthday” to a producer and serve cake.
You’d barely recognize former party boy Colin Farrell, looking dapper in a perfectly tailored tux and spectacles, dining quietly in a corner with Nicole Kidman at Grey Goose’s Soho House takeover. Celebs don’t crash hotels; they let loose by donating their time and money to charitable causes, like Ben Stiller, Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Jackson Browne did at the annual Artist for Peace and Justice gala where they served guests dinner and bid on auction items.
Today, a fun celebrity is one who stays at a party longer than 30 minutes and dares to venture outside their cordoned-off VIP corner. Entourages and groupies have been replaced by hard-nosed publicists and corporate suits. The hard-partying celeb – one of Hollywood’s most cherished archetypes – has been replaced with shadows of personalities determined to keep their noses squeaky clean.
Part of this can certainly be attributed to Hollywood rightfully separating themselves from the glamorization of addiction and drug use. Many of the most legendary party stories come courtesy of celebrities who later spent time in rehab or acknowledged a history of addiction. Too many infamous party animals have lost their lives to their bad habits.
It’s no longer cool to look wasted; rather sobriety has become the trend of the moment. Blake Lively, Kendrick Lamar, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Calvin Harris, Ben Affleck and Daniel Radcliffe are just some of the boldface names you won’t spot with a drink in their hands. The glamorization of sobriety is closely connected with other wellness trends, including yoga, juicing, clean eating and spiritual pursuits.
It’s also a reaction to substances like alcohol, marijuana and even harder drugs becoming part of culture rather than counter-culture. In a sense, it seems more rebellious not to imbibe at all than to drink until 4 a.m.
But, as with anything Hollywood touts en masse, we’d be remiss not to follow the money. Alcohol, tobacco and cannabis (in places where it’s legal) advertising is all highly regulated these days. Stars often make more money from endorsement and spokesperson deals than they do their actual films. There’s simply little to no money to be made by aligning with the brands that hawk these substances. Rather, being a lifestyle guru in the vein of Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Alba and Blake Lively is where the big bucks are. Diet and detox programs, juice brands, athleisure lines, supplement routines and fit teas pay out millions of dollars a year to influencers.
The trend also coincides with a rise in neo-puritanism in North America, which favours sobriety, censorship, unforgiving political correctness and nanny-state alcohol and drug policies (look to Ontario’s recent pot legalization proposals as a prime example). The problem with this growing culture of righteousness, moral policing and fear of contamination is that it’s a hotbed for partisanship, anxiety, conflict and even radicalism. Celebrities, as a result, are increasingly burdened with unrealistic moral expectations that come with their own set of mental health issues and burnout.
The growing preference for “pure” celebrities (and the outrage when stars like Taylor Swift fall short of perfection) combined with the constant Big Brother presence of social media results in stars appearing more accessible while actually becoming more reclusive. Tweets and Instagram videos replace actual interaction with fans, journalists and the real world. As a result, previously sociable celebrities now hide behind velvet ropes, security guards and publicists at parties lest they be contaminated by anything resembling fun.
In reality, Hollywood hasn’t changed all that much. The vices of choice might be different, but the underlying issues remain. Unfortunately, today’s addictions, posing as virtuous wellness routines and clean lifestyles, may be just as dangerous as those of yesteryear. Scientists, nutritionists and medical experts say a lot of the wellness products being advertised today are akin to snake oil, placebos if not actively harmful to one’s health. Orthorexia, a form of disordered eating when one becomes obsessed with being “clean,” is a rising form of addiction that is potentially much more damaging to mental and physical health than indulging in a few cocktails.
Many celebrities have simply traded in promoting one vein of addictive lifestyle for another rather than truly becoming more moderate or responsible in their choices and those they encourage fans to share in. At least the more traditional vices never pretended to be anything more than the catalyst for a wild night out.
It takes a lot of guts to do something different to the norm.
Especially when it comes to your wedding attire. Having the perfect outfit that makes you feel like a million bucks, confident and happy is so important for your big day.
For many people they find the most beautiful traditional white gown, but for others that just isn’t their style. But not wearing a traditional gown for your wedding day doesn’t make you any less a bride (which is often a point of criticism would you believe).
Wearing what you love is so much more important. Whether it be a power suit, a cutaway dress, a two piece or something with a pop of colour. Different is equally as beautiful.
And so, we have decided to highlight the top nine celebrity wedding dresses that are different, unique and equally as WOW to the traditional gúna.
1. Jessica Biel
Jessica certainly turned heads when she arrived to her wedding in a dusty pink masterpiece by Giambattista Valli. Speaking to Elle she said: “I wanted the dress to be very romantic and feminine and a shape that I very rarely wear. I have never been crazy about all-white wedding dresses, for me at least.”
2. Amal Alamuddin
When human rights barrister Amal Alamuddin married her Oscar-winning fiancé George Clooney, all we could think was WOW. At their civil ceremony, Amal opted for a cream Stella McCarthy trouser suit and she looked impeccable.
3. Anne Hathaway
This Valentino creation is so beautiful and elegant, it is everything we expected from Anne. With a tinge of pink towards the end and a wrap-around headpiece and veil. It is different and chic but with traditional roots.
4. Dita Von Teese
One to never follow trends is Ms. Dita Von Teese. And rightly so, as she rocks her own style proud and loud. When it came to her wedding dress, this was no different. Dita opted for an original royal purple silk taffeta gown by quirky designer Vivienne Westwood.
6. Whitney Port
Always a trend setter, Whitney Port’s wedding dress was no different. This dress led to an array of cutaway wedding dresses appearing the following year and we can see why. It is BEAUTIFUL.
7. Poppy Delevinge
Renewing her vows in utter style. Sister to model, Cara Delevinge, Poppy looked all types of boho-chic in this Emilio Pucci wonder. We love it.
8. Dianna Agron
Known to many as Quinn Fabrey on Glee. When Dianna tied the knot to Mumford and Sons’ Winston Marshall, her nude Valentino creation was so divine, we can’t stop staring at it.
9. Keira Knightly
Like many celebs, actress Keira Knightly opted for Chanel to celebrate the big day in. However unlike many Chanel wedding dresses, this one was short, pink and not specially made. Since the wedding, the star has been seen wearing the wedding dress to many red carpet events making it not just gorgeous but practical too.
Considering celebrities are always on the cutting edge of fashion and trends, it makes sense that they are also expanding the norm when it comes to “acceptable” pets. Whether these animals are truly part of the family or are simply unique statements or accessories, scroll through for a peek into the A-list animal kingdom.
Celebrity Entrepreneurs Weigh In On The Secret To Their Success Forbes As an executive producer for the popular iTunes podcast Best Real Estate Investing Advice Ever Show, I’ve wondered what some of our celebrity guests would say if they had to weigh in with just the one element they would credit most to their own success.
Prior to her new role at AMI, Flamberg held roles at Ladies’ Home Journal, Woman’s Day, and Fitness, before joining Us Weekly in 2008
NEW YORK, NY — September 20, 2017 — American Media, Inc. (AMI) today announced the promotion of Gwen Flamberg to Vice President Beauty & Style for the AMI Celebrity Group as well as Executive Editor, Beauty & Style for Us Weekly. Flamberg previously served as Beauty Director of Us Weekly, she will report to AMI Chairman and CEO David J. Pecker.
“Gwen not only represents the amazing depth of talent that was key to our acquisition of Us Weekly but also the passion and commitment that underscores how this brand will continue to grow and flourish in the coming months,” said Mr. Pecker. “Her comprehensive industry knowledge and her insights and impact on beauty and style trends is an extraordinary asset that can continue to be leveraged to the benefit of our brands’ passionate audiences in this new role.”
Flamberg will oversee the beauty and style coverage for AMI’s celebrity titles including Us Weekly, Star, and OK! across all platforms.
“I’m thrilled to step up to a role that allows me to create the most engaging content for readers who share my voracious appetite for celebrity trends,” said Flamberg. “I couldn’t be more excited to tap into each brand’s unique DNA, delivering stories where readers live 24/7, continuing to enhance AMI’s standing as the go-to source for all things celebrity beauty and style.”
In addition to directing the beauty and style coverage of Us Weekly across all platforms as the brand’s Beauty Director, Flamberg has established herself as one of the most sought after industry insiders offering commentary on The Today Show, E! News, Extra, Bloomberg News, CNN Showbiz Tonight, Good Morning America, The Insider, Access Hollywood among other national outlets.
Prior to her new role at AMI, Flamberg developed her standing as one of the beauty and style industry’s leading influencers through roles at Ladies’ Home Journal, Woman’s Day, and Fitness before joining Us Weekly in 2008.