Fashion News: Baby bikini onesie is one step too far for parents

The bikini had its 66th birthday this week – and it’s still stirring up trouble. First, the trouble:

Parents in Southaven, Miss., are complaining about a baby onesie on sale at a local department store that’s printed to look like a woman’s figure wearing a bikini. ”It gives people the wrong idea too quickly,” one father said. To think only a couple of years ago, all we had to worry about was tweens’ clothing being overly sexualized, not babies.

Now the birthday: The bikini was introduced to the world by designer Louis Réard in Paris on July 5,  1946, changing the look of women’s swimwear forever. An engineer who also helped run his mother’s clothing boutique, he marketed the garment as being ”smaller than the world’s smallest bathing suit.” The only woman who would model his prototype was Micheline Bernardini,  a 19-year-old nude dancer at the Casino de Paris. How times have changed. Fashionista looks back through the years at famous bikinis (like Princess Leia’s slave ensemble and Marilyn Monroe’s suit  in “Something’s Got to Give.”)

The fall couture shows in Paris wrapped up with models wearing beaded face masks at Maison Martin Margiela, textured gowns at Valentino and fantasy one-of-a-kind clothes at Jean Paul Gaultier.
Bette Midler and her daughter Sophie were front and center among viewers of the Gaultier show.
Hedi Slimane’s first two collections as creative director for Yves Saint Laurent were shown only to customers, no media allowed, but word is leaking out that the resort collection he showed in Paris this week hearkened back to the label’s founder with cigarette pants, tuxedo shirts, skinny suits and little silk dresses.

In its August issue, Seventeen magazine plans to run an editor’s letter pledging to use only “real girls and models who are healthy” (i.e., not underweight) and not to digitally alter photos to change a model’s face or body shape. To prove they are sticking to what they are calling the “body peace treaty,”  the staff will post behind-the-scenes images from photo shoots on its Tumblr blog.

Christian Louboutin on Wednesday unveiled the slipper he’s created in honor of  Disney’s planned “Cinderella” Diamond Edition release on Blu-ray this fall. The mini-platform heels are made of white lace and Swarovski crystals — glass would have been kind of dangerous — with Louboutin’s signature red sole. These shoes won’t be available for purchase. Instead, 20 pairs are to be given away. Details about the giveaway are to be announced in August.


Posted by admin | Royals,Uncategorized | Tags: | Wednesday 28 March 2012 12:23 am

Royals, Fashion Icons, Tennis Greats And Actors Show Up At Wimbledon.

While Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Andy Murray, Maria Sharapova and other tennis champions are the main.

Attraction at Wimbledon, sometimes your eyes are pulled away from the grass courts and into the stands and boxes where you might just find Pippa Middleton, or even better, her sister Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge and her husband Prince William. This was the case at this year’s Wimbledon when the young royal couple took their seats at the Royal Box to watch the Federer-Mikhail Youhzny quarterfinals match last July 4. The Duchess sported the Alexander McQueen nautical-inspired knitted dress she wore during her and her husband’s visit to Canada. The week before, her royal parents-in-law Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, watched Federer outpower and outplay the Italian Fabio Fognini.

Vogue editor Anna Wintour made a stop at the All England Club before the Paris haute couture collections to catch a Federer match. A regular fixture in the Swiss champion’s box, Wintour wore a fall 2012 coat dress with a geometric print from Prada. Style icon and musician Grace Jones was also spotted on the grounds wearing a printed hooded jacket with one of her signature hats. Model turned actress Brooklyn Decker was there to support her husband Andy Roddick, who lost to David Ferrer in the third round.
Other celebrities who so far have lent their boldfaced mugs to this year’s Wimbledon included Dustin Hoffman, tennis legends Boris Becker, Martina Navratilova, Andre Agassi and Stefi Graf, billionaire Richard Branson and Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling. With two days to go until the tournament ends, check out which celebrities have already caught a tennis game or two at this year’s Wimbledon in the slideshow.