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Red Square have gone Digital

Hiya Poutlings <33

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Red Square – famously part of the Edgars group has finally launched an online store where you can get some of your favourite beauty and perfume brands online! They have also stated that they will offer a “free” sampling programme, simply put that when you order online you can choose three sample items to try, at no additional cost. It sounds very Rubybox-esque but it sounds good to me.

Red Square have also taken into account that we, beauty bloggers as a whole are quite loud and proud about our purchases and that we want to share our product experience and knowledge with people on the web, be it via social media, blogging or review sites, and have catered for this on their website providing the opportunity for the consumers to post comments, make recommendations or even give advice about the products on offer in order to strive for consumers to make more informed choices….

The goodies you buy from Red Square can also be gift wrapped with a personalised message on the card…. this sounds like it could be an absolute save for last minute birthday or anniversary presents for the men out there 😉 Look out for perfume-presents, ladies!

Orders over R350 have free delivery, any order under that amount would be subject to an additional R45 on your purchase price. Payments can be made via credit card, or any Edgars or Jet account. HELLO 6 MONTHS INTEREST FREE CREDIT.

I’m really loving the fact that they have finally launched in the correct direction, local South African online stores will most definitely soar over the next few years but I am suprised that they did not think to do this previously…. The website on a whole, is a bit boring for a company with such an established brand however it is still early days and they may actually liven it up a bit.

It however amazing that we can now shop these amazing brands online without having to pay for parking. The brands on offer include (the links are to our previous articles on the brand/person): Antonio Banderas, Avril Lavigne, Azzaro, Beautique, Britney Spears, Burberry, Bvlgari, Cacharel, Calvin Klein, Carolina Herrera, Chloe, Christina Aguilera, CK One Color, Clarins, Davidoff, Diesel, Dolce & Gabana, Dunhill, Elie Saab, Elizabeth Arden, Elizabeth Taylor, Escada, Estee Lauder, Ferrari, Filorga, Giorgio Armani, Gosh, Gucci, Hugo Boss, I Love…, Imedeen, Issey Miyake, Jean Paul Gaultier, Jennifer Lopez, Jimmy Choo, Joop!, Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian, L’Oreal Paris, Lacoste, Lancome, Lanvin, Madonna, Marc Jacobs, Montblanc, Nails Inc., Narciso Rodriguez, Nine West, Paco Rabanne, Placecol, Puma, Quorum, Ralph Lauren, Revlon, Rihanna, Roberto Cavalli, Shakira, Swarovski, Taylor Swift, Ted Lapidus, Thierry Mugler, Trind, Usher, Valentino, Van Cleef & Arpels, Versace, Viktor & Rolf and last but not least Yves Saint Laurent.

I’ll be sure to let you know about any of my purchase experiences from Red Square and how the service is versus the service in the actual shops! Last time I visited Johannesburg, I had superb service at the Sandton City store!

Are you going to check out Red Square online?

Be sure to let me know your experiences, if they are before mine!

x missfitz

P.S. Be sure to check whether or not your chosen brand is cruelty free or not as I do note that some of the above mentioned companies are in fact still not cruelty free!!!

Disclaimer: I am no way affiliated with the above mentioned brand/company or have been paid to post this review.

The SA Digital Diva: Online & Beauty Habits of Women – An infographic by the team at Red Square

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Jennifer Lawrence at the Golden Globes 2013

Hiya Poutlings!

Jennifer Lawrence is one of my new favourite style stars to watch.

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Though Jennifer Lawrence’s Dior 2012 Haute Couture strapless corseted gown had me on the fence on the live red carpet, and in any of the outdoor images, however it really wowed onstage later.

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When she first arrived, I was sort of happy to see another red gown, so she could stick it to Zoey Deschanel (I am not her biggest fan). The Gaultier-esque bust did bother me initially. I felt like it was squinting at me in the sunlight.

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I will say that the addition of Raf Simons signature note from that collection, the metallic belt, lifted the oddness of that weird red and defined the wonderfully awkward silhouette.

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As you can see from the indoor pics, how that colour sings out of the sunlight. It’s perhaps the sheen to the fabric.

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The new face of Miss Dior went for a glittering metallic box clutch…

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..and minimal jewels with a cocktail ring and drop diamond earrings.

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Complemented with hair and makeup as fresh as it was dramatic. Perfect for a young actress making her debut.

Brava, darling.

That dress certainly grows on you the longer you look at it!

*missfitz

P.S. Check out Jennifer Lawrence’s interview with Elle and see what a healthy body image she portrays.  

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PFW: Jean Paul Gaultier – ’80s Gay Icons – Not as Fabulous As It Sounds…

Hiya Poutlings

There are not many words falling out of my gawping mouth as aI look again and again at the tribute to ’80s gay icons that was Jean Paul Gaultier‘s Spring 2013 runway show at Paris Fashion Week.

We all love some Madonna, Grace Jones and Boy George, but this is a cringe-worthy pop parade which did neither Jean Paul Gaultier nor the memories of these artists in their prime any justice, whatsoever.

Let the pictures do the talking with my running internal dialog of what I think:

Opening with Mork and Mindy V-tuxedo a la Grace Jones

 

 

On to more androgyny with a few Annie Lennox-es

Madonna look 1 – Blonde Ambition

Madonna look 2 – Like a Virgin

More Boy George circa Culture Club Karma Chameleon than is healthy for the senses

Michael Jackson-alikes. Dear God will it end. Philip Treacy wrung this one dry… and I have not yet blogged about, but I may do so… but Michael Jackon scares me.

oh look… a Jamie Foxx look-a-like…

Aaah, Sade.

Ziggy Bizarre-dust

The ugliest garment to ever walk a Paris runway, EVER.

and in true Jean Paul Gaultier style, he closed the runway with a bunch of late ’80s bondage house dancers – which in fairness should close everything ever.

one of the bondage house dancers who closed Jean Paul Gaultier’s show…

Jean Paul Gaultier got dealt a tough card with having to follow Phillip Treacy’s dramatic London show which featured Michael Jackson’s actual costumes, the show was only 2 weeks ago so that kinda leaves Jean Paul sitting in the dust behind Phillip Treacy. I may even have to blog about Phillip Treacy’s show, just to show you the awe of the garments he made, but the thoughts of looking at lots of Michael Jackson-likes scares me, he really does scare me.

As with Jean Paul Gaultier’s Amy Winehouse tribute last season, Jean Paul is on what seems to be an unstoppable attempt to bring back an irrelevant circus act.

What do you think of his collection? Did it hurt your eyes like it did mine??

**missfitz

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It’s not high morals, its common sense. Far too Much, Far too Young.

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How many times have you flipped through the pages of a fashion magazine or watched a runway show and thought to yourself that a certain model was too skinny?  Too fat?  Too short?  Too pretty?  Too average?  Too tall?  Too curvy?  Too lanky?  Too old?  Too young?

If at least one of these thoughts has never crossed your mind, I think it’s safe to say that you are in the minority.  At some point, each of these characteristics has caused a stir in the fashion industry.  The continuing curvy/straight sized debate was perhaps one of the hottest topics in 2011 and was covered by numerous media outlets.

The modeling and fashion world is a harsh, over-sexualized environment that is not suited for children or teens. When child models are getting exposed to the same realities as the adult models it’s obvious that it is wrong. Somehow, we get to see younger and younger child models nowadays acting all grown up, and quite frankly, I find it very disturbing.

Thylane Lena-Rose – a 10 year old girl.

It’s an issue that everyone’s spoke about now and it’s just too much for me to understand. The photographs of a 10 year old child model, Thylane Lena-Rose Blondeau that appeared in Vogue Paris December/January 2010/11 issue has caused outrage amongst the parents and public.

A 10 year old girl is wearing lipstick, actually scrap that, a full face of makeup, a low cut dress and heels while lying in a pose that any grown model over her teens would… Is this really just marketing to paedophiles?

Now, do not get me wrong, Thylane boasts quite the modelling CV that most grown models would be proud to have. She walked the catwalk for Jean Paul Gaultier at the age of four and has had several magazine shoots.

Thylane is just 10 years old…. Here she is pictured looking more like her age.

Thylane is a beautiful, but what 10 year old child is not? She has piercing eyes, waist length hair and pouting lips which have brought comparasions of her with a youthful Brigitte Bardot (who started her modelling career with Elle at 15 years old).

Brigitte Bardot

Brigitte Bardot

There was plenty rage about this particular 14 page fashion spread but many more that are in fashion world today.

French Vogue has also featured a truly disturbing photo shoot feauring girls of around 6 years old in heavy makeup, high heels and designer clothes.

These instances are most definately not the first of their kind. The fashion industry is badly publicized for hiring underage models to walk the runway or pose for a photo in adult clothing, assuming adult attire. Somehow, it never caused enough stir to stop the whole thing.

There are boundaries. They are just children.

With child beauty pageants still much on the rise, it’s really no wonder a fashion industry would use little children to sell stuff even if the campaign was received highly negatively. It does always draw a lot of attention, does it not? But is Vogue alone to blame? Someone allowed it. If you see a 10 year old working somewhere other than the entertainment and fashion industry the employer would be seen as a law breaker.

Elle Fanning (younger sister to Dakota Fanning) was chosen to be the face of Marc Jacobs when she was 13 years old, and Hailee Steinfeld chosen to be the face of Miu Miu at 14 years old.

Somehow children are all over fashion and entertainment now. I think of it as the Disney era, they are stars made for kids to look up to but do the parents push them too far?

Child pop stars, fashion icons, beauty pageant contestants, and models are popular. The topic of over sexualization of children has been debated and talked over and over but what has it lead to?

“CHILDREN MUST STAY CHILDREN”, a phrase that has been said so many times and guess what no one gives a toss attantion anymore. Still modelling and singing or dancing is child labour so the only option there is to ban it all together with those beauty pageants (to avoid crazy parents giving their children botox!).

If you have notied the tendency in the fashion world, young models and usually girls in their teen years, full of naivety, facing the harsh realities that they are not prepared for.

The fashion industry is harsh even for 20 something year old models. How can parents let their own children be exposed to such an industry? It’s clear as day to me that child models simply do not belong in fashion.

Controversial advertising?

When I see  these Vogue images, the scenario I have playing in my head is just  little girls playing dress up – wanting to be just like their mother. Although I am a big fan of controversial advertising this is something we should not want, nor tolerate as the public. For the record, I strongly do not believe that these children are being sexually abused while shooting, I must say at 6 years old, or 10 years old, I would of loved the oppurtunity to get all dolled up, hair, makeup and get to play dress up in front of a camera, it would of been fun, and I’m sure the parents of these children love attending the shoots to see their little super stars shine, however, not in this capacity! In the grand scheme of things, is it not something you should leave to them doing themselves as oposed to doing it for fun. Actually making money of it and exposing them to the cruel natures of the world that could look at these posed photographs in a bad way?

Enter 12 year old Australian super model Maddison Gabriel.

At the age of 12 years old, Maddison was named the official ambassador of the Australian Gold Coast Fashion Week , which, as you can imagine caused quite an uproar within the community. The Australian prime minister at the time came forward to say that catapulting girls as young as 12 into the fashion industry is crazy, and that he was completely oposed to it. There were various statements made in the media about it, to which Maddison’s mother simply couldn’t understand why there was such a problem with it as apparently, Maddison had known since she was 6 (a whole 6 years prior) that all she had wanted to do was model… She was also quoted saying:

“We’re trying to get our teenage daughters to act  older. I  am so happy that I’ve got a daughter who has got a good head  on her  shoulders.”

Can someone tell me why in the world we need a 12 or 13 year old girl to act older?

Janice Dickinson, the world’s first supermodel, said it best when she spoke about the personal problems many young children in fashion develop as a result of their fame, and don’t forget the fortune.

“There’s lots of drugs, there’s lots of alcohol, there’s lots of photographers preying on these girls. Thirteen is way too young…”

As if to support Janice’s comments, Martin Robertson, a convicted American sexual predator contacted the Sunday Telegraph the following year from his Texas jail cell and requested photographs and articles about Maddison. When this new broke, Mommy Gabriel criticized the media for reporting controversy in 2007 and thereby alerting Martin Robertson of her daughters existence. She didn’t seem to grasp that Maddison’s modeling career was trulu the underlying cause of Martin Robertson’s interest – it had sexulized Maddison in the predator’s eyes.

In early 2008, one of the worlds most popular photographers, Annie Lebovitz caused a massive stir when she shot 15 year old Miley Cyrus for Vanity Fair. The most controversial image was the provocative photo where Miley appears to be naked and wrapped in a satin sheet. In the accompanying article, written by Bruce Handy, Miley was quoted as saying :

“I think it’s really artsy. It wasn’t in a skanky way, Annie took, like, a beautiful shot, and I thought it was really cool. That’s what she wanted me to do, and you can’t say no to Annie”

However once the media erupted into a frenzy, Miley had changed her mind about the shoot and issued the following statement:

“I took part in a photo shoot that was supposed to be ‘artistic’ and now, seeing the photographs and reading the story, I feel so embarrassed. I never intended for any of this to happen, and I apologize to my fans who I care so deeply about.”

Vanity Fair later realeased a videa and behind the scenes images supporting their assertion that Miley’s parents and/or minders were on set all day. Since the photo was taken digitally, they saw it on the shoot and everyone thought it was a beautiful and natural portrait of Miley.

VANITY FAIR BEHIND THE SCENES IMAGES

VANITY FAIR BEHIND THE SCENES IMAGES

VANITY FAIR BEHIND THE SCENES IMAGES

Personally, I didn’t have a problem with Annie Lebovitz’s shots of Miley, for the most part. Do I think think they were provocative? Yes. Do I think they were sexual? Yes. But I am in the opinion that her parents were aware of what was going on and they had given their approval of the images. If anything, the image of Miley and her father makes me more uneasy because they seem a bit too close for comfort.

What is interesting to me is how Miley’s opinion of the shoot changed once the controversy began swirling. Do you know what is even more interesting? That her parents let it happen and later tried to absolve themselves of the responsibility behind it. There is no doubt that Annie Lebovitz’s provocative images sexualized Miley, so why should they pretend to be appalled when they clearly knew what was going on?

If anything, today Miley could thank Annie Lebovitz for opening up a whole new market for the name Miley Cyrus to be involved in. Think Maxim, FHM, Playboy, all big money makers and exposure for a pop star once they reach legal age, or is it just me who see’s this?

So, what do you think? Should there be an age restriction when it comes to fashion editorials and modeling? Or do you think a parent’s permission (which clearly can be questionable) is all that is required?

**missfitzz

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Jean Paul Gaultier channels Amy Winehouse

Hiya Poutlings!

Fashion Week… is awesome. Are you keeping up to date with what is going on?

Well, here is something rather interesting that happened yesterday…

Jean Paul Gaultier, his models and awe inspired summer 2012 collection channelled every trademarked aspect of the late troubled singer who died last year, July at age 27.

Models channeling the late Amy Winehouse on the runway in Fashion Week

The models wore bee-hive hairdo, Amy’s signature eyeliner look and even had cigarettes whilst working the ramp to Amy’s hit song in the background – none other than…

THEY TRY’D TO MAKE GO TO REHAB

BUT I SAID

NO NO NO…

Celebrities gracing the audience included Catherine Deneuve and Dita Von Teese.

The Controversy…

Amy Winehouse’s grieving father – Mitch said the runway “tribute” was a total shock to him and the rest of Amy’s family and has left them devastated. He believes that Jean Paul Gaultier is cashing in on the death of the late star and using it to his advantage to just make money. He also believed the show portrayed Amy at her worst, which is what he claims is upsetting the family the most. To make matters worse for the Winehouse family, is that the fashion show was 2 days after her 6 month anniversary of her death.

6 months since the death of Amy Winehouse

Jean-Paul Gaultier said he still believes the show was a tribute to her because Amy was an icon of the fashion industry.

I believe its unfair to Amy’s family for her life and iconic style were commercialised to this level, without consulting her family first. I believe Mitch set up a charity shortly after her death for people struggling with the troubles of drug and alcohol abuse, and in my opinion I think Jean-Paul Gaultier should at least donate a percentage of money to this foundation from using her as the inspiration and style icon for his collection.

I do believe his collection was fantastic, as some of the models really looked like Amy Winehouse.

What are your thoughts?

***missfitzz

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