A Pre-New Year’s Celebrity Fashion Round-Up

Pamela Anderson in BikiniCelebrity fashion news flies by us faster than any trend you care to name. As we ramp-up to 2015, here are some recent notables-some frivolous, some fashionable-but all newsworthy…at least according to the web.

Vanessa Bryant, Kobe Bryant’s missus wore a $6500.00 Michael Costello dress on her family’s annual Xmas card. The dress, previously worn by Beyoncé during her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, is making quite the stir across Instagram, though Kobe and kids Natalie and Gianna are also in the pic. One-upmanship, or just a holiday greeting from the Bryants?

In either a sublime play to get lots of play for her new book or a true ‘wardrobe malfunction,’ last week ex-Vice President candidate, but still GOP hottie, Sarah Palin revealed more then what she was cooking on her Sarah Palin Channel. Palin’s black top slipped to show maybe more cleavage then she intended during a four minute video for her new book Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas. The recipe book features yummies like the blueberry pie that the former governor was laying a crust for when her black sweater’s sleeves slipped down to show a little too much bra and boobs…according to some.article-2267971-1725074E000005DC-653_634x853

Causing necks to swing and paparazzi to salivate, Pamela Anderson showed off her bikini ready body (at 47 no less) on a Hawaii beach last week. Dressed in a simple black bikini, Anderson, who has been making the rounds of late showing off her great shape in Purple Magazine, Playboy and the LOVE Advent Holiday Calendar… to name a few, looks as good as ever. Certainly we will see copious amounts of Pamela A. in 2015.

And we get to see copious amounts of famous stars (or at least amounts of them usually covered-up) in the most recent W magazine. Famous photographer Juergen Teller shot stars such as Kristen Stewart, Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey (during his drastic weight loss for The Dallas Buyers Club), Daniel Day-Lewis and quite a few others as they dare go without make-up.

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The Continuing Photoshopping Controversy

Jimmy Choo Nicole KidmanIn new pre-fall 2014 Jimmy Choo adds Nicole Kidman is all but unrecognizable because of photoshopping. And the point is? The 46 year-old actress can be made to look much younger and wholly unlike herself. Critics are lining-up to cry foul over a technique models have been undergoing since the days of airbrushing fueling the fire of the continuing photoshopping controversy.

This debate and the actual paradigm resulting from it, where the ‘thing’ that critics rail against becomes the actual ‘thing’ is akin to auto-tuning in modern day singers. Once simply a tool used by studio engineers for woefully out-of-tune singers, Cher made the actual auto-tuning ‘flange’ sound a recognized effect in her hit “Believe”. As we all know Cher can sing and Nichole Kidman in any stage of photo trickery is certainly worthy of any fashion modeling. It’s just that what used to pass as the effects and trickery used to bring people up to certain standards now seems to be the standard bearer.

H.B.O. “Girls” creator Lena Dunham appeared on a February Vogue cover obviously photoshopped. Her pictures ignited such a fire storm that website Jezebel offered $10,000.00 for the untouched images, which they did eventually get. To all this silliness Dunham tweet: “Some s–t is just too ridiculous to engage…let’s use our energy wisely, 2014.”

Yes, we could come to consider this all a great big cheat, but if pro baseballs stars are allowed to take drugs to enhance their current performance, and it becomes de rigueur, well that’s the playing field (pardon my pun) we are all now playing on, isn’t it? The couture world certainly is in the center of questions about the legitimacy of photoshopping, but really in almost all business a form of  ‘cheating’ (if we can even call it that) occurs all the time.

Is this cheating simply the evolution of our abilities?

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Nicole Kidman for Jimmy Choo

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So guess who is looking super leggy sexy in a new Jimmy Choo add? Tom Cruise’s ex Nicole Kidman is showing off quite a bit of herself for the 2014 spring-summer Choo line. This certainly thunder-from-down-under Aussie 46 year-old poses topless in one shot, reveals plenty of gams in others and basically displays her class and beauty with strappy orange sandals, a truly micro short dress, a clutch and plenty of other items she makes look delicious.

As the lady herself explained: “I loved the minimal styling and how the shoes and bags became like a sensual second skin to me.”

You can see all things Jimmy Choo at their website here: http://us.jimmychoo.com/?geoip=geoip and God knows they are tops in the field of proving well made classy shoes, but Mrs Keith Urban lends such a high stepping class to their fashion that its hard to ignore what a celebrity of Kidman’s standing can do for a brand. Be it shoes, hair care products, dresses, showing-off alabaster like complexions (like Kidman’s) or models sporting piercings or tats (just like our VG #8 cover model Megan Massacre does) the right lady (or man for that matter) in the right ad simply rocks a product.

Nicole Kidman rocks Jimmy Choo.

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