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Lana del Rey JaguarLana del Rey has signed on to help launch the new Jaguar F-Type model in France. She was invited as a guest star at the Paris Motor Show for the unveiling of Jaguar’s first two-seater–the first of its kind to appear in 50 years.

Whether sitting on the hood or about to enter the car, Del Rey is sensational in the publicity shots. Her chic attire and sleek image were a wonderful complement to the car’s class and style. She was an attractive sight in white heels, dressed in a crisp white dress with an open pleated skirt that displayed her long, lithe legs. Bright red lipstick and nails matched the shiny color of the car, and her hairstyle was a tumble of black glossy curls swept on her shoulder.

 

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British singer Jessie J is featured on the latest cover of ELLE magazine fully transformed from the Jessie J we met with her debut "Who You Are." The singer says she wanted to be more feminine. Ms. J is currently in LA recording her second album which she promises will be more 'eclectic' than her debut and we can only guess her new found femininity will influence her new work. See more pictures from the magazine and pictures of Jessie J signing copies of her book "Nice To Meet You" last week ahead. Photo: Elle/Getty Images

 

On its November issue, fashion magazine Elle features rising star Jessie J, who has achieved international fame with her hit songs and performance in the Olympics Closing Ceremony. Jessie J is beautiful on the teaser cover, reveals Elle website, showing a mature and elegant side.

Her new look has a deeper significance, shesaid in the backstage interview. “‘I think today was my favourite shoot I’ve ever done, I think it sums up where I am in my life right now and where I’m at,” she said. “I definitely felt like a woman today, and to be gracing the cover of Elle is one of my dreams, so yeah I don’t think it could have gone any better and having Rankin shoot me for the first time was . . insane.”

Notable Senior Fashion Editor Natalie Wansborough-Jones styled Jessie J with the assistance of an amazing hair stylist and makeup artist. And some of the world’s leading designers helped Elle completely reinvent Jessie J’slook, keeping it trendy and fashionable.

 

 

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Bond girls have a legacy of glamour, beauty, and seductive power, and their allure doesn’t seem to be waning anytime soon with the newest Bond girl of the much-anticipated Skyfall. French beauty Berenice Marlohe, who plays Bond girl Sévérine, attended the Skyfall photocall in Russia, reported Celebrity-Gossip.net.

She posed for photographs on the roof of the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Moscow on Saturday, September 29, 2012–a vision in a heart-shaped peplum dress embroidered with an elaborate silver design on the blouse. The dress’s length reached to her knee, which was disappointing as many would have liked to see her lithe legs.

She was free of accessories except for small silver earrings and sparkly heels for a little silvery glow. Her hair was teased into loose elegant curls and swept across her bare shoulder. A few tendrils even framed her lovely face.

 

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Issey Miyake’s spring and summer 2013 collection had an array of exuberant colors in graphic prints molded on loose silhouettes. The design concept was “vibrantly colored images of birds alighting . . . and flapping their wings,” according to the program. Makeup artist Lucia Pieroni derived inspiration from a facet of the collection–“bird feather in water”–to devise the makeup premise. It wasreported on Allure‘s website that the makeup artist wanted the models to look as if they had just emerged from the water to show off their beautiful outfits.

To achieve that watery radiance, she blended M.A.C. Platinum Pigment with a Water Based Mixing Medium to create a molten metallic liquid. A stroke of it on both eyelids gave the impression of reflected light, similar to sunrays hitting the surface of a pond. The models’ skin was prepped with M.A.C. Strobe Cream before being layered with foundation. On top of this, a clear lip balm was traced down the center of the models’ faces to evoke the trickle of water on skin as a person leaves the pool.

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A vivid mix of colors and print, a visual treat was what designer Nicole Miller unveiled in her spring / summer 2013 runway collection for New York Fashion Week. Miller introduced the collection as “Batteries Not Included”, an intricate union of 1980s surrealist art, sci-fi and water color derived prints. The palette was a tasteful assembly of teal, soft greys, pink, mushroom and blacks and white, and a few heavy pieces.

The outfits had a wide appeal; I imagine young women of different tastes will be attracted to the style on the runway. The collection alluded to femininity though its strength was the abstract designs and trendy shapes.

The tunics and some of the dresses had a nice free flow to them, and were designed in an impressive floral or abstract print that made them singularly striking. The colors had a special vibrancy to them that translated a fun, free spirit. Miller added the same sense of freedom to the jackets, giving them a relaxed shape. These jackets paired with a skirt in a similar color and a mixed patterned blouse created an admirable aura of casual sophistication. I loved the galaxy inspired patterns, but I have to say – the contrast of abstract and color has more panache, particularly on the stylish peplum dresses. Detailing was everything in the collection, if you look closely at the pictures; detailing such as beading and opposing print contributed to the overall look.

Finally, I was mesmerized by the flamboyance displayed by some of the dresses, mainly the ones with a sleek silhouette and multi-print panels. They did not appear loud, but stylishly mod. Another dress worth mentioning was the multi-print dress of pastel colors, stripes and flowers that was dress up with a chic leather jacket. It was wonderful combination of hard and soft.

Graphic by Josh Monje
Images From: Style.com

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Nicole Miller SS13 Review

Perfume selection has become a complex affair. The aroma is not the only aspect of the perfume that entices consumers. There is also the imagery the perfume conjures, the brand or the star power associated with it. Perfume ads effectively convey perfume’s best attributes to the viewer in an imaginative style. Perfume ads that are capable of mesmerizing audiences with color and effects garner the most praise and sales. Ask any woman, they have at least one perfume advertisement they remember fondly.

Based on popular opinions, the following is a list of the most amazing perfume advertisement that has tempted the buyers of late.

Perfume

1. L perfume

Gwen Stefani's 'L'perfume

Fans loved Gwen’s ad for her perfume €˜L wherein her free and spirited personality portrayed the character of the perfume. The typical water imagery was present, but only to demonstrate the weightlessness and freedom that the perfume signified. From sexy white to vibrant red. She plays flirty, then shifts to desirable, highlighting the feelings invoked by the perfume. Some fans have compared her look to Madonna from the ‘Cherish’ video and they would be right. Nevertheless, Gwen has infused her own persona into the advert and it increased its popularity. Everyone wants to have fun in the water like her. Throughout the ad in a breathy whisper was the tag line ‘I want you all over me’, from Stefani’s song ‘Crash’. It articulates the glamour and fascination emanating from the creator in her advert.

2. Chanel No. 5

Chanel No.5 perfume featuring Nicole Kidman,

A love story narrated in 3 minutes with all the beauty of a whole movie. The atmosphere that encourages romance, colors that speak of mood and camera effects that punctuates the intensity of the story line. Nicole Kidman is radiant as the heroine in love but tied to her job. She illustrates in looks and movement the subtle romantic beauty and elegance of the fragrance. A $42 million budget produced a compelling commercial that solidified the dramatic essence of Chanel No. 5 perfume to film. In final act, her amour sighs in voiceover about their precious fleeting moment: ‘Her kiss … Her smile … Her perfume’.

Chanel No. 5 is a celebration of the enchanting, beautiful women surrounded by luxury and wooed by love .

3. Miss Dior Chérie

Christian Dior's Miss Dior Chérie

An upbeat ad with playful connotations in a pastel setting and soft lighting. Model Maryna Linchuk prances around Paris, amusing herself in a girl’s dream. Brandishing a charming smile and a heightened feminine disposition, she helps the audience understand the perfume’s sentiments. As the song ‘Moi Je Joue’ by Brigitte Bardot plays in the background, the audience is taken on a pleasurable walk through Paris. Pretty hues of pink tell part of the tale of a cheerful girl cavorting in her choice of perfume alluding to her coquette persona, sweet and sensitive. ‘The charm of Dior in the bottle’, the ad personifies the slogan.

4. Gaultier Madame

Gaultier Madame

The magnetism of an edgy perfume can be created from the actions of an excited and fierce model. Agyness Deyn struts onto the stage in a show of female empowerment before stopping, commanding the crowd’s attention. A pair of scissors makes short work of her hair to a funkier cropped style. A carefree smile lets the world know she is changing into the person she feels inside. Rips apart her shirt and tears away her pant legs. Finally, the strong confident woman emerges in a free dance to take on the world and she can do as she likes. The scent of Madame Perfume represents such a woman and emboldens her with the power to do as she pleases.

5. YSL Parisienne

YSL Parisienne

Kate Moss is ravishing in this ad as she exhibits rather provocatively, the power of scent over our other senses. A seductive throbbing beat plays in the background; Kate has a faraway look in her eyes as her fingers unconsciously caress a pink rose. The lovely beauty is recalling a dimly lit room, herself writhing lasciviously on silken sheets as hands glide across her moist skin. Yes, the scent of the flower is like an aphrodisiac, reigniting the heat in her body from the passion she experienced the night before. Kate strokes, squeezes and nuzzles the flower as she relives the touch of her lover.

Tones of grey and blacks create the sultry ambiance, slight dedication to lighting and hints of color interject ardor into the scenes. The ad compares the scent of the flower to the fervor inducing scent of its perfume. The tagline ‘living and loving in the moment’ ends the ad with the feelings of the temptress.

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France has a strong ensemble of smart directors who have enriched French cinema with their art. A close look into French cinematic history reveals an impressive array of unforgettableFrench movies that have reflected the aspects of humanity in distinctive styles. A strong plot, identifiable characters and a distinguishable spirit helped raise these movies to the status of a classic. Although it was a tough choice but due to our resolution to showcase the most deserving, we have been able to present before you the top ten French movies of all time.

10) La Grande Illusion (1937):

La Grande Illusion is the first foreign-language film to receive the Best Picture Oscar-nomination for being acutely thoughtful, poignant and expressive on relationships. It is one of best war movies of all time. The film revolves around the lives of two opposing soldiers (a German captor and his captured French Captain), a salty airman Maréchal and his relationship with a lonely German farm girl as well as his brotherly friendship with the Jewish officer Rosenthal. These key associations form the basis of the movie that elucidates a connection transcending class, religion and conflict. Director Jean Renoir’s heart of the film is humanity, underlining unity over division, and it moves the sentimental story forward.

Top Ten French Movies

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9) Delicatessen (1992):

In a twisted futuristic world troubled by food shortages, a butcher keeps his business open by murdering the locals and serving their flesh.  Against him is an underground police force called Troglodins determined to stop his cannibal crime. The building over his deli is composed of an eccentric class of characters whose unusual behavior animates the film imparting interesting twists to the plot. Under the building is the sewers used by the Troglodins to commute. The action begins when a comedian moves into the buildings and falls in love with a blind tenant.

Top Ten French Movies

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8) La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc (1927):

The movie elevated Maria Falconetti to iconic status; her luminous performance was the cornerstone of the intense movie chronicling the trial and death of Joan of Arc. Main composition of the film is probing close-ups of the actor’s faces against a white background. The original manner the actors are framed contribute to the artistic aspect of the film and other factors like shifting shots and camera angles allow the audience to discern the actor’s characteristics.  The director Carl Dreyer instills raw emotion into every scene through fantastic camera work and the mood is augmented by the harsh black and white photography. Dreyers vision is powerfully cinematic, enthralling audiences to be one of the most inspired films.

Top Ten French Movies

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7) The Orphic Trilogy (1930/1950/1959):

Director Jean Cocteau builds a rich intricate story on the Greek myth of Orpheus, aesthetically sharpening the drama imbedded in the film. The three films; The Blood of a Poet, Orpheus and Testament of Orpheus share no plot similarities, but through these movies the director illustrates the relationships between the artist and his creations, finding a ground between reality and imagination. The first installment of The Orphic Trilogy brilliantly shows the poet’s obsession with the fight between the forces of life and death.  In Orpheus, a famous poet is in love with his wife Eurydice and a secretive Princess. The final piece revolves around an 18th-century poet who time travels to acquire wisdom.

Top Ten French Movies

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6) Children of Paradise (1945):

‘Children of Paradise’ is a sophisticated artistic rendering of performers and their association with known criminal elements. It is simple story whose complexity and humanistic nuances is investigated to answer questions about love, life and survival. A talented mime named Baptiste falls for a street woman, Garance, but his shyness prevents him from declaring his intentions. She falls into the company of other admirers, a member of the Paris underworld, a rising young actor and an egotistical aristocrat. Garance soon realizes she passionately loves Baptiste but they are at different points in their lives and need to make a decision. The beautiful complex story is bought alive by vivid performances and dramatic scenery directed by Marcel Carné.

Top Ten French Movies

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5) Amelie (2001):

A fantastic French movie, directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, of an eccentric waitress at the cafe Les Deux Moulins who realizes her destiny lies in making other people happy. Finding it difficult to relate to others because of her introvert upbringing, she resolves to enjoy the small things in life until she returns a discovered box filled with trinkets to its owner. Touched by his response, she begins to meddle in the lives of coworkers, family and neighbors to brighten their lives.  Amelie contains a saccharine quality though it is balanced by an odd edge to induce enchantment with the merry world. Characters may be viewed as solely by their quirky traits, but their exchanges exude strong relatable characteristics.

Top Ten French Movies

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4) The 400 Blows (1959):

Drawing inspiration from director Francois Truffaut’s own troubled childhood this classic of all French movies shows the plight of a misunderstood boy in simplistic profound vignettes. Antoine Doinel is intelligent and creative, but his circumstances cause him to end up in a juvenile delinquent center. His parents are not concerned for his well-being and he is regularly singled out for punishment by his biased teacher. Truffaut sets the camera to observe the daily routine of his characters, giving audience a presentation of the events that influence Antoine’s turn to crime. Each emotional incident stirs feelings in the audience and absorbs them into Antoine’s life.

Top Ten French Movies

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3) Three Colors: Red (1994):

The movie is the final chapter in Director Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Three Colors trilogy and traverses the subjects of platonic love and chance.  A young woman named Valentine perchance meets a cynical retired judge, Joseph, who enjoys listening in to people’s conversations via an illegally tapped phone. Interweaved into the narrative is the story of two lovers immersed in their own conflict. Kieslowski accentuates a multi-faceted relationship and the inherent need to find a kindred spirit. Moreover, he portrays fate as the essence of the character’s journey and how it manipulates their lives. The Polish cinematographer embodies the scenes with red saturation giving more depth and feel. And the power of the visuals is promoted by Zbigniew Preisner’s score making it a must watch among all French movies.

Top Ten French Movies

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2) Un Chien Andalou (1929):

The movie characterized the dream directorial style of Luis Buñuel and his masterful use of special effects. He interweaved philosophical subtext into the storyline that deviated from a rigid plot structure. The film is considered a landmark in filmmaking. A series of appalling images and events were strung together in an irrational manner with no explanation. Viewers were subjected to images of a hand crawling with ants, a transvestite on a bicycle, a severed hand, sexual assault and so on. The movie is composed of a succession of shots with no obvious link or meaning and Buñuel laughed at analysts who tried to find one. Un Chien Andalou was a strong testament to the surrealist movement, demonstrating the potential of a film to break free of restrictions and shatter conventions.

Top Ten French Movies

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1) Napoléon (1927):

Director Abel Gance’s 1927 film is an incredible biopic of Napoleon that gives a profound insight into this legendary character in six hours of cinematic genius. It created his identity through dramatic storytelling that included numerous innovative camera techniques and symbolic snapshots into Napoléon’s personality. The film detailed significant facets of his life from his schooldays, the French revolution to the invasion of Italy.  The legendary twenty-minute triptych direction, multi-imaged montages alternated with widescreen panoramas, leaves a lasting impact. Gance is described as the greatest French filmmaker of all times for this fascinating biopic that inspired legions of filmmakers.

Top Ten French Movies

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