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Forever 21: Now Open in Beirut!

Finally! My favorite fast fashion store landed in Beirut on Saturday, January 17th!

 

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A day earlier, the brand invited media and bloggers for a private pre-opening which included a fashion show featuring several looks from the brand’s current collection.

 

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A little background info: Forever 21 was founded by Do Won Chang in 1984. 30 years later, the brand is widely present through more than 600 stores in the Americas, Asia, Australia, Europe, Africa, Russia, and the Middle East. Their design concepts mainly target bohemian, girly, edgy, and “now” girls.

 

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Don’t forget to check out Forever 21- now open at City Center Beirut!

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Best & Worst Dressed at the Golden Globe Awards 2015!

Awards season officially kicked off on Sunday with the Golden Globes taking place in Los Angeles. After a very rainy weekend in the California city, the stars came out in their beautiful designer gowns to walk the red carpet. Several trends were noticed but the most memorable ones were metallics, reds, whites, and  blacks, as always. Let’s take a look at the most memorable gowns from last night and check out who was best and worst dressed.

Shiny Metallics

Hollywood’s A list dazzled in mesmerizing metallics! Julianne Moore led the way in a custom-made Givenchy strapless gown featuring ombre sequins and feathers at the hem and completed her look with Chopard jewels. The breath-taking Diane Kruger wowed in Emilia Wickstead! Although the German actress was all covered up, she still looked stunning while doing so! America’s sweetheart a.k.a Reese Witherspoon brought sexy back in a flawless strapless Calvin Klein dress and stunning diamonds, while Kate Beckinsale took the plunge in a low-cut Elie Saab. Let’s also not forget the forever young Jennifer Lopez- who proves time and time again- that she is one of THE hottest celebrities out there. The sexy latina was once again loyal to Zuhair Murad, who put her in this insanely sexy plunging, mid thigh-high slit gown!

 

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Festive Reds

While some stars wowed in metallics, others were still enjoying the festive season and showed up in red. Two celebrities in specific stood out in the holiday color: Allison Williams blew everyone away with her strapless Armani Privé ball gown while Heidi Klum took everyone’s breath away (finally!) in a sexy, yet glamorous Versace.

 

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Winter Whites

You can always count on the beyond beautiful Kate Hudson to bring the sexy to the red carpet. Goldie’s daughter turned heads in a sexy plunging and cut-out white Versace gown. She balanced the sexy out by putting her hair up in a demure updo. Emily Blunt also seemed to be a fan of cutouts, selecting a custom-made Michael Kors.

 

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Nude Neutrals

Chrissy Tiegan went to Zuhair Murad who made sure that she looked sexy in sheer for the red carpet event, while Anna Kendrick channeled Cinderella in her girly Monique Lhuiller gown.

 

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Dark Ladies

Lorde looked age appropriate in her fun custom-made Narciso Rodriguez pantsuit. The songstress’ hair may have been in distress but her jaw-dropping Neil Lane statement diamond necklace will surely divert your attention. Jennifer Aniston stayed in her comfort zone by slipping into a black halter Saint Laurent gown. While she looked beautiful, I would have loved to see her in something more daring; moreover, the halter strap is a little too 90s for 2015. I don’t blame you in case you mistakenly identified Jessica Chastain as Sofia Vergara; the red head took a page out of Vergara’s book and slipped into a va-va-voom plunging bronze Versace that hugged her curves perfectly.

 

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A Colorful Winter

Any best dressed list is incomplete without the stunning Naomi Watts who wowed in yellow in the middle of January! The Aussie beauty chose Gucci for the globes and perfectly accessorized her look with a BVLGARI serpenti necklace. Possibly one of my favorites of the night, Jenna Dewan Tatum, was a vision in a ruffled strapless Carolina Herrera!

 

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On the opposite end of the list, here’s Amy Adams in a one shoulder Versace. I love Amy Adams and most of the time, her choices are spot on. However, I really feel like this powder blue gown washes her out; I just wish she had went for a darker version or added a dark lip for some drama.

 

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Tina Fey looks like she’s going to her school prom instead of a red carpet show. The funny lady disappoints in a strapless Antonio Berrardi cocktail gown, as it appears as if she sowed on that extra layer of white fabric minutes before the show..

 

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Claire Danes‘ fashion choices usually land her on the best dressed list. However, her Valentino disaster looks too medieval for the 21st century. The design is too busy and the actress’ body seems to have disappeared somewhere in between all these prints.

 

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Lena Dunham shows you how NOT to wear red on the carpet. The Girls actress dons an asymmetrical Zac Posen dress with several busy cuts, and that’s not even the worst of it: her hideous shoes need to be burnt asap!

 

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Lupita Nyong’o may have been last year’s red carpet darling, but the Kenyan actress is starting off 2015 on a bad note. Although the bust of her Giambattista Valli gown is exploding with perfectly arranged flowers, the midriff section looks like a New Year’s Eve cotillion cotillion gone wrong.

 

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Kate Mara is also another actress who usually gets it right. However, last night was another story. Her red Miu Miu gown looks great from afar, but take a closer look and the ruched detailing on both sides of her pelvic area is quite distracting. Also not helping is that tan belt which needs to be burnt along with Lena Dunham’s shoes.

 

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Another year, another failed look. Maggie Gyllenhal is on a winning worst dressed list streak by wearing this Miu Miu bed sheet. The bust details are beyond awkward and the gown needs to be ironed.

 

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Lana Del Rey may be young and beautiful, but sure isn’t best dressed. The singer chose this turquoise dress? that’s all sorts of wrong. I don’t even know who the designer is, but this crime is too much to look at.

 

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I loved Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl. It’s also hard to believe that the British beauty just had a baby just a month ago.. Her Vera Wang dress really would have been perfect, if only it had the right fit. Considering its current state, this gown looks like a wardrobe malfunction ready to happen any minute!

 

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It’s hard to believe that Keira Knightly’s Chanel dress reportedly took almost 30 hours to make. I mean how hard it is to cut up a piece of fabric that has hundreds of species of butterflies and sow it into a dress? Yes she’s pregnant and yes it is wrong to make fun of pregnant women, but seriously now, there’s an almost actual living butterfly on her wrist too! There’s is no excuse for this crime against butterflies whatsoever!

 

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All pictures are courtesy of People.com & Eonline.com

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See Amal Alamuddin’s Dress from Last Night’s Golden Globe Awards!

The world went wild when George Clooney got out of his limo at last night’s Golden Globe awards. The A list actor brought along his stunning Lebanese bride, lawyer Amal Alamuddin.

As soon as hot twosome stepped onto the red carpet, media outlets were competing to get the first word from the newly married couple.

 

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Expectations were high since Amal- known for her understated and classy style- wowed fans with several couture gowns throughout her Venice wedding to Clooney a few months back. So, what she did end up wearing to the red carpet event? Amal wore a classic and strapless black custom-made Dior couture gown featuring a statement one shoulder cape. Mrs. Clooney complimented her look with gloves that she sowed herself (seriously!) and a white clutch purse. Personally, I wasn’t a fan of the satin gloves; I’m pretty sure the lawyer would have stunned more if she had dropped them, but it was nice to see her adding a personal touch that looked as if it were inspired by a night at the opera. Her hair- although long and flowing- could have also been wore up in a classic chignon to let the dress do all the talking and showcase her stunning 29 carat Harry Winston earrings. However, it must be said that Mrs. George Clooney looked glamorous, timeless, and blended into the A list crowd for her first post-wedding red carpet!

 

 

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As for George himself, well the actor wore – wait for it- his Armani wedding tux to the Globes: the tux was personally designed by Giorgio Armani and combines a blend of ultra wool and cashmere.

 

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For more on the Golden Globes’ best and worst fashion moments, be sure to stay tuned for another post coming up a little later today.

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Beauty Essentials your Skin Needs to Survive the Chilly Weather this Week

With temperatures rumored to hit freezing levels this week, you’re all probably reaching for your thermal sweaters, wool trench coats, and furry boots.
However, as the days get shorter and your anticipation to go home, hug your bed, and wish you could hibernate until the storm is over, there’s one element that you should not neglect: your skin.

 

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The harsh cold is what often contributes to dry skin which in turns rids your skin of its natural glow. To fight this, here are a few beauty essentials that your skin will need to survive:

Your face:
If you normally moisturize your skin once a day, it might be a good idea to double up on your routine and apply your face cream twice (morning and night). A great moisturizer is Clarins’ Daily Energizer Cream which perfectly hydrates, reflects freshness, and provides your skin with a healthy winter glow.

 

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Your lips:
Your lips have probably been chapped for at least a month now, but harsh temperatures will increase the dryness and may even cause bleeding. Maintain your signature pout by using lip balm every 2-3 hours and patting your lips with a damp cloth throughout the day.

 

 

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Your hands:
Washing your hands (specifically with very hot water or very cold water) will cause them to dry in the days ahead. Invest in a good hand cream to combat the dryness: Bath and Body Works’ Warm Vanilla Sugar cream will give your skin a creamy feel, Clarins’ Hand and Nail Treatment Cream will soften your hands and strengthen your nails (tried and tested!), while the medicated Glycerodermine is perfect for overnight application. It would also be a good idea to moisturize after every hand wash.

 

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Your feet:
You may think that your feet are tucked away in warm socks and furry boots, but all these long hours will take a toll on them. Take off your socks before bedtime and let your toes breathe. You can also apply a designated foot cream-what better treatment for your feet than Scholl’s Foot Therapy- to combat dryness.

 

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Your eyes:
Work or university commitments will always require you to look presentable. In this case, water-proof mascara is your best friend. The cold weather coupled with high winds will cause your eyes to tear up; invest in a great waterproof product that won’t have you reaching for the nearest Kleenex. Dior has some of the best beauty products in the market and their waterproof mascara is a makeup essential that you will use until the last stroke.

 

 

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What are some of your favorite winter beauty essentials?

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5 Best Dressed Stars from 2014

The new year marks the arrival of the all-important awards season. In just a few days’ time, Hollywood’s A list will be flooding LA’s red carpets, decked out in designer wear, sparkling jewels, and sky- high heels.

In honor of this impending season, let’s take a look back at some of last year’s best dressed stars!

Lupita Nyong’o was just another name early last year. But, in a few week’s time the Kenyan beauty walked away with an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in 12 Years A Slave and hit every best dressed list along the way. Who can forget her coral “cape” moment courtesy of Ralph Lauren at the Golden Globes or her “Nairobi” blue Prada gown at the Oscars?

 

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When you think of Sofia Vergara, the first words that come to mind are: bombshell, latina, hot, sexy, among others. At 42, this drop-dead gorgeous Columbian keeps getting hotter as the days go by. Although Vergara is often criticized for wearng the same silhouette every red carpet, she still managed to wow audience in 2014 with a show stopping white Roberto Cavalli at the Emmys. The actress switched things up at the Golden Globe Awards by putting on a flawless black Zac Posen gown and accessorized it with a breath-taking Laurraine Schwartz statement necklace.

 

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She was pregnant for most of 2014, but Olivia Wilde looked hotter than ever as her pregnancy advanced. Her prime moment was when she walked the red carpet wearing an amazing emerald Gucci sequined dress that accentuated her baby bump flawlessly. She completed her look with Forevermark diamonds and the best ombre hair you’ve ever seen!

 

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Kate Hudson is no stranger to best dressed lists! Although the actress was spotted wearing a similar color palette throughout the year, she was a winner every time! Her most memorable moments include a plunging sparkling caped Atelier Versace gown at the Academy Awards and a Gucci Premiere one-shouldered dress at the LACMA Art & Film Gala.

 

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After a quiet 2013, Blake Lively made a fashion come-back in 2014! The former Gossip Girl turned heads during every red carpet event in every corner of the world. The actress was on a winning streak during the 2014 Cannes Film Festival where she dazzled in 3 FLAWLESS Gucci gowns and tons of diamonds!

 

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All images are courtesy of Eonline.com

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4 Fun Activities to do this Weekend to Beat the Holiday-End Blues!

If you just woke up from your New Year’s Eve slumber, chances are you’re pretty down now that the holidays are over. However, I’m here to tell you that although Christmas and New Year have come and gone in the blink of an eye (seriously!) there are plenty of fun things to do this weekend to ease you into the new month and help you forget that life will go back to normal on Monday.

Visit the Gingerbread!

A group of local artists have come together to showcase paintings, photos, holiday arrangements, candles, jewelry, pottery, and ceramics. This is all part of the Gingerbread Artist Christmas Exhibition that is running until January 15th.  The exhibition marks the beginning of a series of events that will initiate a new movement called “Loyal to Local” in order to start the trend of shopping, eating, spending, and enjoying local. For more details, click here.

 

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You can never go wrong with wine!

Spend this rainy weekend getting lost in one of Lebanon’s local wineries.  If you’ve spent a lot in between Christmas gifts and New Year’s Eve plans, then Ixsir gives you a reason to continue to celebrate by organizing wine tours on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday along with wine tasting sessions that are completely free of charge.

 

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Visit the Arnaoon Christmas Village!

The charming village which is perfectly nestled in Batroun, welcomes you with fully decked-out Christmas inspired activities for the whole family to enjoy. The venue will also be showcasing a special small recycled village until January 6th.

 

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Hit the Sales!

The best way to beat the holiday blues is to literally shop till you drop! The first week of January marks the beginning of the winter season sales in most of our beloved boutiques. So, gather your girlfriends and book a full day of shopping to stock up on your favorite winter essentials at your most loved stores.

 

 

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The 5 Worst Red Carpet Moments of 2014

2014 witnessed some sensational moments for countless Hollywood stars! Others though, weren’t as lucky when it came to walking the red carpet in their designer duds. Here now are the top fashion crimes of 2o14!

While Jennifer Lawrence wowed audience with her winning red carpet streak to promote The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, the actress wasn’t quite as lucky in the first quarter of the year. JLaw arrived at January’s Golden Globe awards  in a white Dior duvet- like white gown. Her look was clearly reminiscent of Ariel in The Little Mermaid and the excessive accessories and the gothic makeup made the whole look more of a disaster.

 

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Although “haters gonna hate”, there’s no reason to give them an obvious reason to Taylor Swift! The “shake it off” singer showed up to the MTV Video Music Awards looking more like a figure skater rather than a country superstar in this Mary Katrantzou mess! Everything was wrong about this look; from the weird letters on her romper to the mismatched heels, this outfit choice is surely “going down in flames”.

 

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Heidi Klum was probably one of the most successful models in the early 2000s. Nowadays though, the Project Runway host uses her red carpet passes to flaunt her cleavage and thighs at every chance she can get. Take this appearance at the Golden Globes for example: Klum is once again showing off excessive cleavage in a hideous gown by Gucci and her fashion sense clearly chocked on that hideous 90s inspired black and white chocker!

 

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What a disaster it was when Ms. Amber Rose‘s invite to the MTV Video Music Awards got lost in the mail and didn’t make it to her house on time! Lacking any style or class, the model thought it would be appropriate to show up in a micro thong an a string beaded bra that barely covered any bits of her body up.

 

 

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You might think that Amber Rose should be the ultimate winner of worst dressed celebrity, but rest assured that there is one more outfit that is worse than a bra-thong combo; this disaster is by non other than Lena Dunham who showed up to the Emmy’s in a powder pink button down shirt and a full tulle Valli multicolored skirt. Ring the alarm because there really are no words for this crime!

 

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Remember how Blessed you are this Christmas!

Tonight, we celebrate Christmas!

Right now, you’re probably stuck in traffic somewhere trying to find a last minute gift for someone you probably forgot to add to your list weeks ago…

Right now, you’re probably sitting in your salon looking at all the perfectly wrapped presents under your Christmas tree- maybe even tearing into one “by accident”…

Right now, you’re probably picking up your catered turkey or having it delivered to your home. It’s perfectly cooked, accompanied by crispy potatoes and fresh vegetables. You can’t believe that you still have to wait a little over 8 hours to dig into it…

Right now, your children are probably putting on their brand new Christmas outfits. They’re so excited; it’s the first time you got them ready on time! You’re also telling them that they would have to sleep early tonight so they can wake up bright and early tomorrow morning to see what Santa left them under the tree…

Right now, you’re probably laughing, drinking, eating, shopping, opening a gift, wearing a nice outfit, playing with your kids, kissing someone, you name it…

Although it’s Christmas Eve, right now she’s selling Kleenex on the side of the road, the same thing she does every day…

Although it’s Christmas Eve, she’s wearing the same shredded clothes she wears every day…

Although it’s Christmas Eve, she won’t get a new toy to play with, no new book to read, no money to buy anything she wants…

Although it’s Christmas Eve, Santa Clause will not be visiting her tonight, as she sleeps on the street…

Although it’s Christmas Eve, tonight is just like every other night for her; cold, lonely, and sad..

It’s very easy to get carried away in our world of flashing bright lights, pricey gifts, and elaborate feasts. But, if you just take one moment tonight to spot the difference between what your life is and what it might have been, you will surely realize how blessed you are!

Merry Christmas xo!

 

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Elie Saab - Opening soon on the George V, Paris

Elie Saab to Open Boutique on Paris’ Georges V Street

On a recent trip to Paris, I was positively surprised to see that our very own Elie Saab is opening a boutique on the legendary George V street in the French capital!

 

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Elie Saab – Opening soon on the Georges V, Paris

 

The designer already has a boutique in Paris situated on the Avenue Franklin Roosevelt catering to Haute Couture; Ready to Wear boutiques are located in Mexico, Hong Kong, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Qatar, UAE, as well as France and Lebanon.

While there is no word yet regarding the exact opening date, it is important to note that the Georges V street is home to The Four Seasons as well as several other 5 star hotels and brand boutiques that are perpendicular to the legendary Champs Elysees.

Last year, the Four Seasons Georges V housed an exhibition featuring Saab’s Haute Couture AW 2013/2014 show- obviously a sign showing that the five star hotel is proud to call our Lebanese designer it’s new next-door neighbor.

 

A stunning wedding gown by Elie Saab on display at the designer's exhibition at The Four Seasons Georges V, last year.
A stunning wedding gown by Elie Saab on display at the designer’s exhibition at The Four Seasons Georges V, last year.
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Best and Worst Dressed at the 2014 American Music Awards

The American Music Awards took place last night in Los Angeles, and just like every awards show, music’s biggest stars came out to celebrate their achievements in designer gowns and gorgeous bling. Let’s discover the best and worst stars!

Selena Gomez is all grown up! The songstress wowed with a “business in the front, party in the back” gown by Armani Prive, She went for Neil Lane sparklers and kept her hair and makeup simple.

 

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Another beauty in black! After taking some time off to concentrate on her baby boy, Fergie hit the red carpet in a Halston Heritage gown, bearing a thigh high slit. I love the combination of her hair with the bold gold accessories and those black strappy heels are to die for!

 

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Julianne Hough dazzled in a bright coral Zuhair Murad gown. With a blend of bright orange and gold, it felt as if summer was back on the red carpet! Now if only Julianne had styled her hair differently..

 

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Kate Beckinsale is simply breath-taking in a plunging white Kaufman Franco gown! Her hot factor is sky high thanks to this serpentine silver Bvlgari choker. Hands down, best dressed of the night!

 

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I know that Jennifer Lopez can practically wear anything, but there is no excuse for wrapping a satin bed sheet around your body and calling it a dress! Yes JLo’s body is obviously better than ever, her skin is glowing, and her Louboutins are fabulous, but what’s going on from her neck to her ankles is a disaster!

 

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After her winning look at this year’s Emmy’s, Heidi Klum goes back to high slits and cutouts in a monochrome Versace combo with- get this- platform heels with turquoise and pink detailing. FAIL!

 

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Someone’s ready for New Year’s Eve! A lot of gold and too much face paint, this is a Lanvin FAIL for Olivia Munn.

 

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A the risk of sounding like your mom, all I’m going to say is: This is 17 year old Kylie Jenner wearing Alexandre Vauthier. Wonder what 18 will hold for her..

 

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If you thought Amber Rose’s getup at the VMAs was disastrous, wait till you see what Bleona Qereti wore to the AMAs! Qereti is a high profile Albanian singer who decided to show up  in a see-through fishnet mesh “dress” to the awards show. A slinky thong and silver nipple pasties completed this fashion crime.

 

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