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Madonna x Dolce and Gabbana : Que bella!

March 22, 2010 - 6:17 pm

It’s no surprise that the Queen of Pop has her hands in a few fashion projects this season, she’s been a longtime muse for many fashion houses including Louis Vuitton (remember the bunny ears?) so when I heard that she was the face of the D&G duo’s latest Summer 2010 campaign, myself and several other fash-obsessed bloggers were thrilled. And not to be outdone, Madge is cooking up MDG, an eyewear accessories line of glamorous and oversized shades along with her longtime pals Dominco Dolce and Stefano Gabbana.

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For the Dolce and Gabbana black and white adverts, the Material Girl poses as an Italian Cinderella: a beautiful damsel in distress wistfully living in an Italian country house and stuck with a lot of housework!  The picturesque villa was actually shot in New York by local fashion photographer Steven Klein (rumours have pegged Klein as the next visionary to shoot Lady Gaga’s next music video “Alejandro”).

In the Dolce ad, Madonna is pictured washing dishes, eating at an ample table filled with continental delicacies, eating spaghetti with her hands, seductively walking the garden grounds, gripping a wad of tissue and tearfully packing her bags–but not before applying what could only be a sizzling dark rouge to her quivering lips. Could she be running away from a tyrant of a father/brother/mother/husband? Whoever or whatever she’s fleeing, she’s looking good doing it: her curvaceous bod wrapped and swathed in black lace, silks and decolletage-revealing crochet numbers from the collection. And not to be ignored, for the men’s collection there are a few studly gentlemen hanging around shirtless (and also without pants) eating bunches of grapes and delighting in general summer hedonism, a la Under the Tuscan Sun. When in Rome!

*photos: Dolce and Gabbana

Star Watch: Dakota Fanning

November 27, 2009 - 2:15 am

Fashion is welcoming a new Twilight tween.

Growing up right before our very eyes is starlet Dakota Fanning–and she’s making us proud!

She has one of the coolest names Hollywood, has starred next to some of the biggest silver screen heavy-hitters and well, has always been just plain adorable throughout her career. Now, the 15-year-old can now add burgeoning style muse to her bloated curriculum vitae.

Sure, she may have rocked it in OshKosh B’Gosh back when she was just a tot, but Miss Fanning is bringing out more haute fashion names as she grows into her new roles–and even longer legs! We started to see augurs of Fanning’s baby-to-babe transformation when she starred as the rebellious and gifted Cassie Holmes in 2009 Paul McGuigan directed film, Push.

But it didn’t stop at ripped fishnets and smudged black eyeliner: to celebrate her role as Jane in The Twilight Saga: New Moon, fashion’s dynamic duo Dolce & Gabbana were quick to outfit our little ingenue in their Fall 2009 platform pumps in black suede and vampy wine-coloured satin for the Los Angeles premiere of the hit flick. And even more fitting was Fanning’s dress: a leather and macramé embroidered number from the Spring 2010 Valentino collection, designed by newsome twosome Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli, appointed as the latest creatives for the Valentino house. The entire youthful collection undulated a sheer, frilly, peek-a-boo mantra for a new generation of couture lovers, Dakota included.

We’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for more of Fanning’s effortlessly age-appropriate style picks and her upcoming projects still in post-production.


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Star Power: Canada’s Walk of Fame

September 23, 2009 - 3:10 pm

Just in time for the Toronto International film Festival, some of Canada’s brightest stars came out to shine on the red carpet for the 12th annual Canada’s Walk of Fame at the architecturally masterful Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

Yours truly captured the style success of the presenters and inductees on the rouge welcome mat.
See my additional coverage on ELLECanada.com here!

Sex and her City

Kim Cattrall conquers Sex and the City and the red carpet effortlessly.  Ever the professional–and gorgeously dressed in Dolce and Gabbana–she strolled down the red carpet, flashing genuine smiles to fans outside the velvet ropes and pausing briefly to speak with eager press before she received her award.  At the award show, Cattrall gave a tear-jerker speech recounting her time as an actress on the come up. She’s one proud Canadian!

 Rubbing Shoulders

A round of applause goes to Cattrall’s public relations rep, who also donned her evening best. Her style weapon: a classic Chanel dress with crochet detailed shoulders. Spectacular.

Talent Squared

It’s no wonder this design duo garnered a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame.  Dean and Dan Caten of Dsquared2 are known for their Canadiana inspired numbers and no one knows how to flip the chic switch on lumberjack boots, plaids and fur-pelt hats on the runway like they do. This time they opted for classic black and white for the award show. Decidedly humble and effortlessly dapper, they are among my favourite Canadian designers.

Darling Daria!
Daria Werbowy: a willowy-limbed Ukrainian-Canadian vision and presenter to Dean and Dan Caten. She made a pit-stop in Toronto to personally gift the Dsquared2 twins their Canada’s Walk of Fame award. Believe it or not (and we’re having a hard time) Werbowy is a self-proclaimed tomboy. After taking the fashion world by storm–nabbing spreads in Vogue Italia three times and wooing Prada for its coveted Fall-Winter campaign–Daria is taking a well-deserved break from the industry and doing a bit of sailing. Next stop: Saint-Tropez!

Lady Grey

We may remember Elisha Cuthbert best from her kid-role in Canadian after-school favourite Popular Mechanics for Kids, but many call to mind an oh-so-sultry Cuthbert in 2004 flick “The Girl Next Door.” Now—and fabulously gowned in an Abaeté dress—the face of American action-thriller television series “24,” awarded a fellow Canuck heartthrob and actor, Raymond Burr. He was most famed for black-and-white films “Perry Mason” and “Ironside.”

I Call Shotgun!

Do you remember the song “Life is a Highway?” Well, not only does Tom Cochrane create hit tracks, he also managed to rear some serious style femmes. Here are his daughters Cody and Evanne who came along to cheer on their crooning Dad in their best duds: pulled from Toronto’s Chasse Gardee and vintage clothing boutique Penny Arcade, no less.


Carpet Crusaders
Reporting among friends is one of the most cherished things in the industry–especially among habitually un-welcoming fashion visages.
Fellow fashion femme, Julia LeConte also took to the carpet to capture some of Canada’s best and brightest for Lifestyle magazine. Her in a gorgeous Alexander Wang dress and me in an LBD from my favourite cheap-chic purveyor du jour, we give our best style poses before heading inside to catch the show!

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*all photos by Glynnis Mapp.
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