CelebritySupermodel Crystal Renn Goes Blonde!

Crystal Renn has definitely achieved supermodel status and has easily become one of the most recognizeable faces in fashion. She also happens to be one of my favorite models, because she owns her look no matter what.
So, when this traditionally dark haired vixen recently bleached her locks, it was a shock. She looks very different, but her drastic change seems to be serving her well in this month’s issue of Schön magazine! Look at her work it!
While I love this change, I’m still very much in love with her dark locks. Here’s a just a sample of her photos during her pre-blonde years:
Are you digging Crystal Renn’s new ‘do?
To compare, check out her body of work here!

FashionThe House That Dior Built: Christian Dior Through the Years

Christian Dior has gone through many changes and a total of five designers and it’s just been announced that Raf Simons will be the new heir to the fashion house. Raf Simons hails from Jil Sander and has many people wondering if his minimalist style will echo Dior’s early years of fashion or will he continue with John Galliano’s dramatic (and sometimes over the top) looks.
For now, all we can do is speculate and dream. To help stir our imaginations, let’s take a look at a visual history of Dior through the years!
Christian Dior (1946-1957)
 
In 1947, the label’s founder created what was known as the “New Look” when he presented a feminine collection of flowing skirts, tiny waists, and soft shoulders—a very different look compared to the slinky silhouette of the 1930s. The style is so timeless, even Natalie Portman was photographed wearing a Dior red polka dot gown circa 1954 to this year’s Academy Awards.
Yves Saint Laurent (1957-1960)
Before founding his own fashion label, Yves Saint Laurent found himself at age 21 as Dior’s successor and debuted his first collection in the spring of 1958. His most famous creation is his trapeze dress was a big leap from the previous cinched in looks and a perfect segue into the 1960s.

Marc Bohan (1961-1988)
Bohan had a much more conservative aesthetic than Dior or Laurent, but remained in demand among celebrities such as Elizabeth Taylor and Princess Grace of Monaco. Through his long run, Bohan was certainly able to adapt to the many trends through the years.
Gianfranco Ferré (1989-1996)
Ferré, who hails from Italy, was Dior’s first non-French designer and brings a strong Renaissance influence to the label with baroque fabrics and pronounced shapes.
John Galliano (1996-2011)
Dior’s last successor, John Galliano, amped up the drama for Dior and became known for his flamboyant haute couture shows that achieved a fine balance of beautiful and whimsical.
What does Raf Simons have in store for Dior? We can only guess, but I’m sure it will do the great fashion house proud!
 
To learn more about Raf Simons, check out this link or check out his final collection at Jil Sander!
 

 

CelebrityFashion Star: Actress Fan Bingbing’s Flawless Style

Every once in awhile, a starlet comes onto the scene with a style that deserves an encore.
Allow me to introduce you to Chinese actress Fan Bingbing. She’s on this month’s cover of Vogue China and is already a huge star in her home country. She’s edging her way into American films and has already earned some notability as a style maven on American red carpets and aces it every. Single. Time.  
So let’s get to know my new style crush, Fan Bingbing!
 Fan Bingbing channeling her masculine and femnine side for Vogue. She looks amazing!
 Most people would be overpowered by such a strong look, but Bingbing holds her own and looks so elegant.
 From red carpet to the street, Bingbing can do no wrong. Yeah, I want those glasses. 
 Bingbing is a master of retro hair. Here she is channeling Lucille Ball in Louis Vuitton. 
 Bits of quirkiness (like this clutch with an attached heart) are what keep me so interested. She really looks like she has fun with her style.

Are you crushing? Check out more of her spread from this month’s issue of Vogue China!
(Photos courtesy of Jezebel.com) 

GeneralEnchanting Wisteria Tunnel of Kawachi Fuji Gardens, Japan

No, these aren’t paintings you’re looking at! These are the totally unreal photos taken of the Wisteria Tunnel at Kawachi Fuji Gardens in Kitakyushu, Japan. From April to May, this beautiful tunnel explodes with magnificent color and look as if it was taken from some fairytale fantasy. 
Imagine yourself walking through this lush wonderland of beautiful flowers . . . absolutely breathtaking.
I really need to book a trip to Japan, ASAP! Who’s coming with me?!
(All photos courtesy of JeannieJeannie.com)
 

FashionHaruki Murakami Book Covers vs. Street Fashion

They say to never judge a book by its cover, but it’s hard not to want to reach for a book with a pretty cover. This is why I’ve found myself reading much of Haruki Murakami’s books. The covers, created by artist John Gall, are inspiring and match up perfectly with the surrealness of each story line, but I never thought the book covers could inspire an outfit!
Fashion blogger Sera Hur paired Murakami covers with a photograph from street style photographer The Sartorialist (a blog you should know about if you don’t already). Each outfit is meant to mirror the colors, tones, and mood of each book. Check them out!
Loving the colors!
Feeling inspired yet? What book covers would you draw style inspiration from?
(All photos courtesy of JeannieJeannie.com)