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The Smoky Eye Is Dead

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Smoky Eye

Fundamentally, there’s nothing wrong with the smoky eye.  In fashion, however, any trend that lasts as long as the smoky eye is bound to get on my nerves.  When was the last time eyes weren’t smoky?

To that end, I’ve decided to conduct a survey.  What would you rather see?

The Smokier Eye: Why play with smoke when you can play with fire?  This style looked red-hot on Dr. Frankenfurter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, especially when it was doused with water in the film’s final scenes.

The Stripy Eye: A more colorful, more contrasting look without the requisite blending.  Inspired by Carla Bruni-Sarkozy and the French flag.  Très chic!

The Minimalist Eye: Why just go for no eye makeup when you can shave off your eyebrows and pluck your eyelashes?  Fierce!

The Upside-Down Eye: Instead of using concealer to cover up those dark circles, why not use color?  Kill two birds with one stone by applying Robin’s Egg Blue shadow underneath your lower lid.

So, what do you think?

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January 31, 2009 at 6:09 pm

Spring 1985

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Cover: Spring 1985

Context: David Lee Roth leaves Van Halen to pursue a solo career on April 1.  In what will become known as one of the worst business decisions in history, Coca-Cola changes its formula and releases New Coke on April 23.  The Edmonton Oilers win their second Stanley Cup on May 30.  Ceri Marsh vows to marry Wayne Gretzky, not realizing that Janet Jones has other plans for the sports icon.

Points of Interest: Your bag matched your shoes in 1985, and your nail color matched your lip color, too.  It wasn’t such a bad thing.

What Tyra Would Say: “I’m glad the makeovers are coming up because you need some edge.  How do you feel about wavy, red extensions down to here?”

What Auntie Fashion Says: Even to this day, the staff at FASHION have a difficult time living up to this benchmark issue and the “BEST FASHION EVER.”  How can they improve upon that?

Grade: B.

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January 31, 2009 at 5:02 pm

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Happy Birthday, Carol Channing

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Happy birthday, Carol Channing.  I can’t believe I found this photo of you trying on Courrèges hats with Roy Halston looking over your shoulder.  You put the other glamourpusses to shame!

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January 31, 2009 at 4:12 pm

Posted in Fashionably Old

You ought to . . .

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. . . practice your signature runway walk on the treadmill at the gym.

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January 30, 2009 at 2:35 pm

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Happy Birthday, Jody Watley

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Jody Watley

Happy birthday, Jody Watley.  I remember being stuck on a houseboat for a week during the summer of 1987 with nothing but your debut album and a cooler full of booze.  It was the best vacation of my life.  Thank you!

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January 30, 2009 at 2:16 pm

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Gaultier Couture

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Gaultier Couture

I’ve been browsing the slideshows from the Paris couture collections, and I still haven’t found anything I’ve liked more than the Armani show that I blogged about yesterday.  Armani Privé’s foray into the Far East reminded me more of faraway planets, but that’s beside the point.  It was hard and beautiful, and exactly what I needed to see to make me look forward to a new era in fashion.

Jean Paul Gaultier’s show tread through similar territory.  As Tyra would say, the best designers seem to be tired of “resting on pretty.”  Gaultier’s show was a little more hit-and-miss than Armani’s, but the hits were spectacular.  The dress in the photo above is a masterpiece.  I really loved the way Gaultier introduced Gothic elements into this collection without turning it into a campy homage to Elvira, Mistress of the Dark or Night of the Living Dead.  It was all so elegant.

The incomparable Godfrey Deeny of Fashion Wire Daily wrote that the Armani show was in need of a strict edit.  However, I felt as if the Gaultier show could have been trimmed back substantially.  Nevertheless, when Jean Paul was on form, he was in another league than his counterparts.  I don’t believe there’s another working designer who is better at creating singular pieces.  Sometimes I wish that he could pull it all together at his own label like he did at Hermès last season.  Now that was a tight show.

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January 29, 2009 at 3:11 pm

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Kellie Pickler: Style Icon

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Kellie Pickler and Cheryl Burke

In news that will undoubtedly have my friend Rusty crying like he just won both showcases on The Price is Right, Kellie Pickler has been named as the new face of Sexy Hair.

Rusty might just be Kellie Pickler’s biggest fan.  He became obsessed with her when she was a contestant on American Idol and has since established himself as the president of his own ultra-exclusive Kellie Pickler Fan Club, of which he is the only member.

Dancing with the Stars’ Cheryl Burke joins Kellie in her new role as a style icon.

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January 29, 2009 at 2:35 pm