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Fashion and Music: The Inseparable Relationship

Fashion and music have an inseparable relationship. Rolling Stone magazine would even go as far as calling their relationship “incestuous”. They are both an art form, goes by trends, and most of the time, their message is beyond comprehension. The turn of the century and the coming of the MTV made the relationship of fashion and music more obvious and it came with bolder declarations as well. Lots of musicians became iconic not just with their music but with a lot of help from their fashion department.

The benefit is mutual because if you ask fashion designers, it is a guarantee that most of them would tell you that they were inspired by this music and that music from this artists. So in the spirit of the fashion and music industry, check out these unforgettable fashion and music collaborations.

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Top 5 Fashion and Music Collaborations

1. Queens – Frontman Freddy Mercury alone is a music genius. People would buy their records for their music for their music sake but their concerts are a visual feast with pyrotechnics, huge lighting rigs, massive sound systems and leotards? Freddy Mercury frequently wore leotards reminiscent of his seventies attire. You might also remember him in drag singing ”I Want To Break Free”, just one of his many coming-out-of-the-closet songs.

2. Lady Gaga – Do you know that her stage name “Lady Gaga” was actually inspired by one of the songs of Queen? It is true, the title of the song was Radio Gaga. So if Lady Gaga was inspired in more ways than one by the Queen, it should not come as a surprise to us about her bold fashion choices. Remember the telephone hairdo in her music video with Beyonce
“Telephone”, her meat gown for an awards show and the Mother Monster inside the egg costume are just some of the memorable fashion and music ensemble she donned. Wait! Don’t forget the 24 carat gold wheelchair she used while recovering from a hip surgery!

3. Michael Jackson – He is very much deceased but not his fashion and music. A lot of people still wear his “Thriller” costume during Halloweens and special presentations. He transformed into a zombie and then a moon – walking man wearing his black sequined jacket, white shirt, black pants and shoes. But when he was younger, still a member of the Jackson 5, you can see him belting tunes in psychedelic prints. Now, that’s unforgettable!

4. Spice Girls – Sooooo tell me what you want, what you really, really want? Their reunion performance in the London Olympics just made us remember why we loved them in the first place. Anyone who grew up with them would either fall into one of the five camps: Baby, Scary, Ginger, sporty or Posh. The camps represent different personalities and taste in fashion. Posh aka Victoria Beckham may have been in the lead when it comes to fashion. Sad that they have to be disbanded though.

5. Beyonce – She is Mrs. Carter now but way back, Beyonce and her mom Tina Knowles started their own fashion line. The name is House of Dereon. It was fueled by fans of Destiny’s Child wanting to wear what their group is wearing. She has fashion and music plus business. Way to go Queen B!

When you can tell that our criteria for Most Unforgettable Fashion and Music Collaborations involves shock value. Did our choices shock you?

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Womens Leather Jacket: Three Simple Care Tips

This article for womens leather jacket is actually inspired by the casts of X-Men: Days of Future Past. Seriously, each character has been rocking their leather jackets in the movie. Logan a.k.a. Wolverine has been wearing his since the X-men Origins. Professor X a.k.a Charles Xavier traded his formal suit (but not the wheelchair) for a brown leather jacket and his frenemy, Magneto played by Michael Fassbender did as well.

Raven covered up with a womens leather jacket in black, although she does not have to because she’s a.k.a. Mystique played by 2014 FHM Sexiest Woman Jennifer Lawrence. She wore something like the one in the picture below…

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Care for Womens Leather Jacket

Just to convince you why you need to have one… Womens leather jacket is really fashionable and fairly easy to maintain. All you need are these three easy reminders in women’s leather jacket care…

1. Know the type of leather. We’re not talking if it’s a crocodile from the swamps or from a very endangered fish (not making sense). What you need to know is if it is aniline, semi-aniline or pigmented leather. Aniline types of leather are the softest and most expensive. The semi-aniline and pigmented types are quite robust and for hard wearing.

2. Avoid stain. The best way to do this is to spray it with a suede and leather guard like a scotch guard for leather furniture. It is a spray on application that could avoid water from setting in. It works with stains and grimes as well.

3. Maintain the shape by putting it on a hanger. Like shoes, womens leather jacket stretches so to keep its shape you have to localize the stress in the leather.

See? Womens leather jackets are easy to maintain. Easier than how to remove red wine stains from a white dress which you can read here by the way: http://www.womensredtag.com/2013/12/remove-red-wine-stain/

 

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Wedding Gown for June Brides

Wedding Gown for June Brides

We know that its a little bit late to scout for wedding gown for June brides. Its already May and what you should be doing by now is pampering herself at the spa and finalizing the details of the details of the details of your wedding. But, for last minute “Emergencies”, we are not saying the “E” word to scare you, but just in case that your wedding gown designer just happened to magically miss the deadline, we just like to share some wedding gown ideas as Plan B. Ready? Of course you are.

Wedding Gown Ideas

Grace Kelly Inspired Wedding Gown

The Royal Wedding of Prince Charles and Kate Middleton was not only a “history repeats itself” moment because even Kate’s wedding gown was actually inspired by the wedding gown of Grace Kelly. The story of Kelly and Prince Rainer III of Monaco was the original “commoner turned princess” story. Kelly’s wedding gown was designed by Helen Rose, a costume designer for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

The wedding gown of Grace Kelly was a masterpiece which consisted of a bodice with an attached under-bodice and skirt support. It was worn with two petticoats, with one being an attached foundation. The entire wedding attire was consists of a headdress,veil, shoes and the lace-and-pearl encrusted prayer book which she carried down the aisle.

Fact is, both princesses’ wedding gowns were so iconic that their gowns each have its own wikipedia page. Even you know that’s a big deal.

No White Wedding Gown For Me

Oh you love crayons, and rainbows and colors you say? No worries. Bride nowadays like to think outside the box. They explore more unconventional ideas and steer clear from traditional white wedding gowns.

For example, although not real-life weddings, Leighton Meester’s Gossip Girl character Blair Waldorf worn a blue hand-embellished Elie Saab couture dress; while BFF Serena Van Der Woodsen played by Blake Lively, worn a gold and white strapless Georges Chakra couture gown.

Those examples are on TV but for the out-of-the-tv screen examples, we have Gwen Stefani officially pioneering the pink trend when she wore her pink wedding gown designed by John Galliano for Dior.

The Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco wore a petal pink Vera Wang gown her Big Bang Wedding. Jessica Biel also wore a strapless pink Giambattista Valli gown on her wedding with singer Justin Timberlake.

Cocktail Length Wedding Gown

KISS. Keep It Short and Simple… Keira Knightley wore a cocktail length dress for her wedding. It’s a strapless white dress designed Chanel where Knightley is an endorser. Sadly, her white wedding dress is now ruined because she spilled red wine all over it. The actress said that she can remove red wine stain on it, but if she can’t, she’s still happy. To quote her “a good night is a good night”. Indeed Keira. Indeed.

So whether you’re off to elope to get married in Vegas or a wedding gown emergency just happened, no need to turn bridezilla girl… These ideas are totally wedding-worthy!

http://www.womensclothesonline.com/Wedding-Dresses/

 

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American Hustle: Characters and Style

American Hustle is another film from the award winning director David O. Russell. His portfolio includes critically acclaimed ‘The Fighter’ and “2012 Oscar Best Picture” winner ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence.

American Hustle like the previous works of David O. Russell was also nominated for Oscars Best Picture but failed to bring home the award. Despite not winning the coveted Oscar statue, the movie made quite an impression to a lot of people not just because of the story but mostly because of the creative fashion styling done to each of the characters. Another Oscar contender ‘The Great Gatsby’ vied for the Best in Costume but the award went to American Hustle costume designer Michael Wilkinson.

American Hustle Characters in Style

Here’s a look at the memorable outfits worn by the start-studded cast of the American Hustle.

Amy Adams as Sidney Prosser

Everyone is just as surprise when the usually conservative-looking Amy Adams wore the sexiest outfits in the movie. Most of the ensemble are consists of plunging necklines, leg-baring slits and sheer tops. It was a complete contrast compared to the previous characters she portrayed. Michael Wilkinson shared to the press that the looks of Amy Adams are inspired by Sidney Prosser’s boldness and at the same time vulnerability. No double-sided tapes were used to keep every piece of the fabric (what little of it) in place.

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Jennifer Lawrence as Rosalyn Rosenfeld

Doritos plus JLaw plus sexy white dress is equals to one wardrobe malfunction. Apparently, JLaw got Dorito cheese stains on her dress while filming the movie. You won’t see any in the film though. The wardrobe team got back-ups of the signature gown JLaw wore in the casino-scene. David O. Russell made specific instructions for the costume styling. The white gown hugged the figure of the actress in all the right areas and Wilkinson also recalled that “he [Russell] wanted to see every single lump and bump”.

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Christian Bale as Irving Rosenfeld

Christian Bale reportedly gained 40 pounds for the role of Irving Rosenfeld, the main character in the movie. Perhaps the title for ‘biggest transformation’ should be his. His transformation is like an official goodbye and declaration that “Nope. No more Batman for me!”.

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Bradley Cooper as FBI Agent Richard “Richie” DiMaso

One word. Curls.

TMZ actually got some paparazzi shots of Bradley Cooper on the set of the film still wearing his curlers. It was reported that it took Bradley three hours per day just to get every single curls have the right curly-ness in it.

Jeremy Renner as Mayor Carmine Polito

If the girls got the battle of the gowns, the guys did quite battle on some level with their hairstyles. Although it was a sure win for Bradley Cooper’s curls, Jeremy Renner is not doing so bad himself. With his all-powerful Mister Mayor character, Renner sported an Elvis Presly-esque hairdo.

American Hustle

Some of the major designer brand inspiration for this film includes Gucci, Diane Von Furstenberg and Halston.

Check out the designers that inspired the American Hustle costumes:

http://www.womensclothesonline.com/Diane-Von-Furstenberg/Dresses/

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Military Ball Dresses

White Military Ball Dresses

Classic White Military Ball Dress

If you have been invited to a Military Ball, you need to make sure you choose the best military ball dress to wear. Aside from learning simple etiquette such as where to put your napkin, how to behave, the fork to use and other ball stuff, you need to dress in a gown that doesn’t make you look trashy.

If you are attending a military ball, you need to know that there are so many military ball dresses that you can find. The problem is that many women have no idea what the right ball gown to put on especially when attending a marine ball. What you need to understand is that the ball dresses differ according to the occasion you are attending. This means that there are some ball dresses that are not advisable to wear especially if you are attending a rather serious and elegant occasion such as the Marine Corps Ball.

Wearing a ball dress that show too much skin is not advisable at all when attending a marine ball. This is the reason why it is advisable to carry out enough research on different types of marine ball dresses that you can wear.

Marine ball is a type of occasion where exaggerated ball dresses, bright colored dresses, sexy LBD dresses and dangerous high heels are totally out of the choices. You don’t want everyone ogling at you at the ball because they think you are inappropriately dressed.

It is good to know that many fashion designers have introduced different Marine Corps Ball dresses that women can choose from. Most of these marine ball dresses have been made specifically for military occasions. Figuring out what you can wear to a military ball should not be a hard task anymore. The most important thing to know is that it is possible to find a military ball dress to wear that will make you stand out and at the same time make you look decent, elegant, glam, gorgeous and appropriate.

When it comes to choosing military ball dresses, what you need to avoid are dresses that have many cut-outs fabric, very short hemlines and sparkling busts. In addition, dresses that show your thong or the underpants you are wearing are not a good pick.

Military Ball Dresses: Best Advice

Deciding to invest in dark colored or white military ball dresses that you can wear is a great idea. Adding minimal jewelry is also fine. Before deciding on which dress you want to put on, make sure you have the right information to guide you on finding the perfect look when attending a military ball.

Click here to find classic military ball dresses on sale.

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Remove Red Wine Stain

Remove Red Wine Stain

Remove Red Wine Stain on Clothe or Carpet

Don’t go ga-ga over red wine stains yet. Here’s how you can remove red wine stain on your dress.

Common Items Used to Remove Red Wine Stain

1. Salt. It will fix the stain in a jiffy! Yes, sodium is used in the clothing industry to fix dye. So if the waiter in the restaurant accidentally pours red wine on your white dress, just grab the salt shaker and sprinkle some salt on the spot.

2. White Wine. Who knew that two wrongs make a right. Pour some white on the red wine stain. White wine counteracts the red wine making it easier to remove the original stain.

3. Hydrogen Peroxide. Remove red wine stain with a little science– or not. Hearing someone say hydrogen peroxide sounds fancy sciency to the ears but it’s actually easy to find. Drug stores sell it over the counter so the next time you have to remove red wine stain, make a quick detour to the pharmacy.

4. Mixed Household Items. You don’t like to pour your fancy white wine, salt alone is not working and you are lightyears away from the nearest pharmacy? Then just get some household items and start mixing. Get water, vinegar and soap and mix them together. Apply the ‘concoction’ to the stain, then blot it with clean rag and cold water. Then blot it again with a clean and dry cloth.

Also, it’s important to remember that when you are trying to remove a stain, always work from the outside of the stain toward the middle of the stain. This will make it easier to remove most of the stain and, at the same time, it prevents the stain from further spreading.

Although wearing a red dress might be a better preventive option. Think about it. You won’t have to remove red wine stain because you won’t even notice it on your red dress….Are we a genius or what?

Speaking of red dress, check out some designs available at http://www.womensclothesonline.com/Trendy/Red/Dresses

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