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Download Madonna’s Music Video For FREE!

by Perez Hilton on August 31st, 2009

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As we mentioned last week, Madonna’s latest music video, for Celebration, is promising to be one hot vid!

The clip will have its exclusive premiere on iTunes starting tomorrow. As of September 1st, you’ll have two days to download the video for FREE!

The video will then be avilable for purchase on Thursday.

We’ll be getting our free copy tomorrow!!!!

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Fashion Magazines Turn to Reality TV to Stay Relevant

by Amy Odell on August 31st, 2009


September covers.

Newsstand sales and ad pages are down pretty much across the board for monthly fashion magazines. In times like these, women aren’t spending as much money on magazines in stores as they used to, and they aren’t spending as much money on the fashion the magazines plug, either. Indeed, plugging outfits that each cost more than a year (or two or three) of college tuition isn’t what most women want shoved gallantly in their faces in These Economic Times (but has it ever been, really?). So in this year’s September issues, many fashion monthlies pushed frugal finds to woo readers. Both Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue pushed “stylish steals” on their September covers in an attempt to stay relevant.

But their efforts don’t stop there: Many lady magazines are looking for reality-TV shows to either sponsor or essentially star in. Elle was the first to do this, with Project Runway (which is now sponsored by Marie Claire), when it premiered six seasons ago on Bravo. “All editors are spending a lot of time thinking about television because it’s one way of making the magazine stay relevant,” Marie Claire editor Joanna Coles tells AdWeek. “When everybody’s clamoring for newsstand attention, anything that brings the brand to people’s attention is helpful.” This is probably why Anna Wintour is stepping so much into the public eye lately, with the release of R.J. Cutler’s Vogue documentary, The September Issue — instead of reality television, Vogue chose the big screen. Marie Claire sold more single-copy issues after its reality show Running With Heels premiered on the Style network.

However, reality TV doesn’t always work out: Elle’s Stylista competition reality show — in which intolerable contestants vied for an internship at the magazine and a sizable H&M gift card flopped — won’t return for a second season. The magazine has since taken in Olivia Palermo on a PR-assistant sort of role, and she’ll appear on second season of The City, which we already know is a much better show than Stylista. Harper’s Bazaar is also trying to get its “Fabulous at Every Age” feature on television in some capacity. And surely Project Runway’s record season-six premiere suggests the nation’s appetite for fashion reality television remains far from satiated.

But maybe the real problem with fashion magazines these days is not a lack of visibility in the realty-television arena, but a lack of content that readers can truly use. Sure, they can do features on finds for under $500, but most women might get more out of a feature about items under, say, $200. Also, the magazines might consider images of women who don’t already look emaciated in real life, only to have their kneecaps erased, noses de-crooked, and thighs slimmed in Photoshop. You know, things the everyday women can relate to. Maybe that’s why reality TV is so popular. The events might be 99 percent staged, but the people on them mostly aren’t wearing $2,000 pencil skirts and avoiding pasta as though it were a toxic substance.

The Delicate Balance [AdWeek]

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Filed Under: anna wintour, elle, harpers bazaar, joanna coles, marie claire, project runway, reality tv, running with heels, television, the september issue, vogue



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The Oscars Change Voting Rules

by Perez Hilton on August 31st, 2009

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In an effort to recognize “the picture that has the most support from the entire membership,” the Academy Awards are altering their voting procedure for “Best Picture” this year.

In the past, members have been asked to choose 1 nominee on the final ballot. This year ,they are being asked to put the 10 “Best Picture” nominees in order of preference, an unprecedented move in Oscar history.

The preferential system has been used before for the nomination process, but never for the final ballot. So why change now?

“There are certain mathematical dangers with more nominees,” says the Academy’s executive director, Bruce Davis. “You could really get a fragmentation to the point where a picture with 18 or 20 percent of the vote could win, and the board didn’t want that to happen.”

So naturally if a film has more than 50% of the first rank, they would win the award. That’s pretty rare, though, so this new system is designed to be as accurate as possible, factoring the other rankings when choosing the winner.

Now, the nominated films will be striving to be in the top 5 to have a better chance at winning the coveted “Best Picture” Oscar.

This news has not yet been formally announced to the Academy members.

“I know people have been wondering about it, and even worrying about it,” says Davis. “At some point we’ll do a mailing, probably in the fall membership quarterly, to make it clear what’s coming up.”

Surprise!

What do U think about the new way to vote?

Seems fair to us!

[Image via WENN.]

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fashionologie 2009-08-31 23:30:49

by fashionologie on August 31st, 2009

>> Victoria Beckham For October Elle, Not Vogue; Michelle Obama to Be on Vogue Cover Again? – Though rumors placed Victoria Beckham on the October issue of Vogue, she’s said to be fronting the October issue of Elle instead.  And Michelle Obama, whose March 2009 cover of Vogue sold 560,000 newsstand copies (by comparison, Vogue’s September 2008 issue sold 559,000 copies) may be back soon for another cover.  This month’s i-D hints: “In New York, the staff of American Vogue put finishing touches on an unprecedented second cover featuring a sitting First Lady who is black and beautiful.” [The Cut, TFS]

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Stella McCartney Spring Summer 2010 Eyewear Line

by StyleRumor.com | Fresh Fashion News Daily on August 31st, 2009

Stella McCartney will launch a new eyewear line for the Spring Summer 2010 Collection.
The designer is now collaborating with Luxottica Group which also licenses eyewear for luxury brands such as Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace and Prada.
The line will retail from $180 to $250 and is intended to be a combination of practical, everyday aviator [...]

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Brad Pitt, Doing Good in España

by Perez Hilton on August 31st, 2009

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Poppa Pitt is at it again with his do-gooding ways, no doubt influenced by his lovely babymomma, Santa Angelina.

Brad the Dad was flying solo this time around, visiting an urban renewal project in the city of Aviles in northern Spain.

Pitt toured the site on Sunday where the Oscar Niemyer Cultural Centre is being constructed.

The city is hoping that the cultural centre will revitalize Aviles in the same way that the Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim museum revived the city of Bilbao — now a bustling, cultural landmark.

“He is interested in supporting the project, the cultural as well as the architectural aspects,” says Pilar Varela, mayor of Aviles.

He is particularly interested in the environmental sustainability of the centre, which we all know is a keen interest of Pitt’s considering his “Make It Right” project in New Orleans.

Sigh. Always thinking of others, Brad. We wouldn’t have you any other way!

[Image via WENN.]

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Naomi Campbell: The All-Black Issue of Vogue Italia “Didn’t Work”

by fashionologie on August 31st, 2009

>> Naomi Campbell, long a crusader for models of color – who also happens to be verging on her 25-year anniversary in the industry – is still frustrated with ad casting, she tells the Telegraph UK: ”This year, we have gone back all the way that we had advanced. I don’t see any black woman, or of any other race, in big advertising campaigns.”

In the upcoming issue of POP, she expresses a similar feeling: “The black issue of Italian Vogue was great but I feel it was great for just a moment. It didn’t work. You still don’t see black models, ethnic models, and models from different cultures in advertising very much.” She continues in the Telegraph UK: ”That [Vogue Italia issue] made some noise, but, unfortunately, we are the same as before. People, in the panic of the recession, don’t dare to put a girl of color in their campaign, full stop. Nor of any other race. It’s a shame. It’s very sad.”

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Jimmy Choo’s Over-the-Knee Boots for H&M Will Apparently Cost About $345

by Amy Odell on August 31st, 2009

An image from Jimmy Choo’s H&M line leaked on the Fashion Spot. The over-the-knee boots cost 1,799 DKK, or about $345. The line — which includes shoes, bags, and accessories for men and women and women’s apparel — hits stores November 14. At that price, they should be real leather. [Nitro:licious]

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Filed Under: designers, dreams come shoe, hm, jimmy choo, shoes



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Burberry Is Spending More Money to Show in London This Season

by Amy Odell on August 31st, 2009

This season Burberry Prorsum is moving its fashion show to London, after showing in Milan for seasons. Shortly after its announcement, Pringle of Scotland, Matthew Williamson, Antonio Berardi, Jonathan Saunders, and Clements Ribeiro announced they’d move to London, too. It’s unclear what exactly is prompting the great migration back to the U.K., but Burberry designer Christopher Bailey tells the Telegraph money had nothing to do with it:

“It’s actually costing us a lot more to show here. It was a gut instinct,” he says. “It’s the 25th anniversary, films are being made, art, theater, and design are buzzing, they’re planning the Olympics. London is the place to be right now. Am I nervous? No! It’s pure adrenalin. It’s my first London fashion show. The only other time my designs have been on the catwalk was when I graduated from the Royal College of Art, in 1994.”

Or, as the Telegraph reiterates, “Bailey’s lean, boyish frame masks the strength of an ox, and his head buzzes with ideas as hot as a furnace.” So how do they explain the return of the other designers? More animal metaphors, please.

Burberry has come home [Telegraph UK]

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Filed Under: antonio berardi, burberry prorsum, christopher bailey, clements ribeiro, designers, jonathan saunders, london fashion week, london for the win, matthew williamson, pringle of scotland, spring 2010



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The Cat’s Out of the Bag

by Amina Akhtar on August 31st, 2009

Stacy Haiduk, an actress on The Young and the Restless, walked the red carpet at the Daytime Emmy’s yesterday with a (presumably) stuffed cat. We’re told it’s a prop from the show.

Would you have gone this far? And really, what animal is most appropriate for the red carpet?

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Filed Under: look of the day, stacy haiduk



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