What's shaking fashion [Beautiful]2013-5-13 5:25:18
What's shaking fashion FILE - This Feb. 22, 2012 file photo shows a model wears a creation of Gucci, part of the women's Fall-Winter 2012-2013 collection that was presented in Milan, Italy. There's something grown-up about some of the most popular looks: They're a little refined and very wearable, but they've avoided being stodgy or, worse, just plain old. Some of the influence could be coming from pop culture with "The Great Gatsby" and "Anna Karenina" among the most anticipated movies before year's end, and the popularity of TV period pieces such as "Downton Abbey," "Mad Men" and "Boardwalk Empire." No flannel PJ bottoms or ripped jeans there. On fall-winter runways, Marlene Dietrich lookalikes appeared at Donna Karan, Charles Dickens-inspired characters at Marc Jacobs and the models at Louis Vuitton FILE - This Feb. 13, 2012 file photo shows an outfit from the Donna Karan Fall 2012 collection during Fashion Week in New York. Polished sophistication is the new trend after previous trends that have alternately favored bohemian, aggressive and blingy looks. ((AP Photo/Richard Drew, file)) seemed poised for a romantic rendezvous on the Orient Express. Polished sophistication can be tempting after going periods over the past decade that have alternately favored bohemian, aggressive and blingy looks. "I'm not a psychologist, I'm just a fashion designer," says Banana Republic creative director Simon Kneen, "but the air of fashion is a little more elegant right now. . We're not in a moment when casual feels like the right mood." Some of the trends on retail racks include rich jewel tones of purple, blue and green, lace handiwork and refined accessories including brooches, opera gloves and top-handle bags. The newness is coming from the feeling of aristocracy with a dash of opulence, says Brooke Jaffe, director of fashion accessories at Bloomingdale's. "Dressing from the top of society is where trends are coming from, not street trends. We started our fall trend report with the jewelry category, specifically 'fantasy jewelry.' Where's that coming from? The royal family? 'Downton Abbey'? I'm not sure, but we believe 120 million percent in fancy and opulent jewelry," she says. Buttery, work-appropriate leather pants, equestrian jackets, quilting and gilded baroque embellishments are This image released by Banana Republic shows Crimson Cowl-Back Dress, styled with crystal and topaz layered bead necklaces and a red feather from a limited-edition collection designed by Banana Republic. Led by Creative Director and EVP, Simon Kneen, and styled and curated by Anna Karenina costume designer Jacqueline Durran, the collection is currently available in Banana Republic stores. ((AP Photo/Banana Republic)) also on the sophisticated shopping list, says Brandon Holley, editor-in-chief of Lucky magazine. It's not just fashion experiencing this adult-quake, says Tom Morton, North American chief strategy officer for forecasting and advertising company Havas Worldwide. He prepared a report that dealt with the "pushback against youth obsession." "People are going where the money is," Morton says. A side effect of the economic downturn is that teenagers and 20-somethings aren't entering the economy as early as their counterparts did a generation ago, he explains. Meanwhile, famous faces aren't leaving the stage as they age: Morton points to the popularity of Paul McCartney at the Olympics and Bruce Springsteen on the presidential This image released by Banana Republic shows a Black Jacquard Party Dress from a limited-edition collection designed by Banana Republic. Led by Creative Director and EVP, Simon Kneen, and styled and curated by Anna Karenina costume designer Jacqueline Durran, the collection is currently available in Banana Republic stores. ((AP Photo/Banana Republic)) campaign trail. Even James Bond is 50 actor Daniel Craig, who portrays him, is 44. Just passing a newsstand in Manhattan, Morton noted the celebrities on the covers of the glossy magazines Alba, Eva Longoria and David Beckham, all in their 30s, and "everyone else was even older." And saying something is "modern" or "contemporary" is no longer shorthand for "young." "You look at the Apple store. It's what contemporary life looks like, but there's not an upper age limit on it. . There was an assumption of people growing out of things, but that's not happening," Morton says. Adam Glassman, creative director of O, The Oprah Magazine, says more people are comfortable in their own skin. Women aren't necessarily using fashion and beauty as a tool to look younger, he observes. Instead, they're using those tools to be the best 40-, 50- or 60-year-old they can be. "When young people wear it, they looked pulled together, polished. When older women wear it yes, they do have to be careful about going too far this way or they risk looking a bit like a dowager like the trends of being more covered, the return to hosiery and vintage jewelry. A lot of women appreciate sleeves on dresses," he says. Younger women are learning that sophistication doesn't mean matronly, and they're seeing these grown-up styles as a fast track to confidence and credibility, Glassman says. One might think the plugged-in culture that allows one to run a business from a local coffee shop is an excuse to dress down, but it's not, Kneen says. "You're never doing just one thing. You have to prepare yourself for the unexpected: What meeting you'll be called into unexpectedly, who you'll bump into, if you'll have coffee with a friend or go from there to dinner." He adds: "It's just easier to be a little dressed up." Knowing you look the part of a responsible, respectable adult can make you stand a little straighter, says Jacqueline Durran, the costume designer of "Anna Karenina." She worked with Kneen on looks inspired by the film to be sold at Banana Republic during the holiday season. "As I see with my working in costuming, the act of simply putting on a piece of clothing can truly transform someone's attitude and make them carry themselves in a different way," says Durran. "This obviously translates beyond acting to everyday dressing, which is about feeling confident in what you're wearing and looking poised in all situations."
how do i tell my friends i am bisexual [Shop]2013-5-5 12:04:08
how do i tell my friends i am bisexual You could take Edahn's advice or for now don't say anything, until you actually want to introduce a potential partner to family and friends. My brother was gay so I have a different perspective on the whole concept. If you were heterosexual, would you feel the need to announce it to family and friends? The answer is probably no. I feel sorry for bisexual and gay people, because they have to go through this proclamation and worry whether they'll be accepted or not. Naturally you want to at some point come clean, in the event you want to live with a partner and visit your family. It sounds like you're just discovering yourself, so I suggest you don't tell yet. If you want to confide in friends it's up to you, but IMO it's really none of their business. When you do tell your family I suggest you tell in the fashion that Edahn suggest - with confidence and matter of factly. Good luck i actually never "came out" even though i've lived with my girlfriend for the past five years. like bellacutie was talking about, i think it's ridiculous to expect gay/bi people to do this when straight people don't have to sit their families down and explain why they like the opposite sex. they can either figure it out themselves, or pretend it's not true, as far i personally care. i have always just acted like it's totally normal, which it is for me, and i've never had any trouble. people are a lot more open than they used to be. however, i do think coming out is a personal choice. if you feel you need to do it, just be frank and to the point. it's not a discussion, it's a fact. try to remember that and set boundaries with the people you tell so that they are incapable of giving you grief. good luck! Hi there. I don't know your age, but if you are questioning the "how" I would guess you aren't mature emotionally. How do you know you're bisexual? Hormones may be developing in your body, giving conflicting messages and feelings. Why do you feel the need to tell anyone? Don't we all have many different relationships with males and females? Why do you suppose you need to share this information with anyone? It's a private decision. I ask those questions not to rebuke you or to find out answers for myself, but so that you ask yourself them. I find that those in your situation are really needing support in life in general. To know that what decisions you are making for yourself are "okay" and allowed can be strengthening for the psyche. It may not be about sexuality at all, but a need to find yourself and accept those thoughts and choices you make today. Telling someone about what you think now, may limit your ability to develop or even change in the future. I wouldn't rush to tell anyone, but allow those feelings within to be okay. Telling would require you to answer some questions I don't think you have answers for right now anyway. Work on the whole you . not just the sexual you. Developing a well-rounded you will do much for your emotional security. When you don't need to ask how or why or if, then you may be ready to share with someone who you find you really are. Good wishes.