Victoria Beckham is studying the Alexander Technique to improve her posture.
The 35-year-old star is said to be concerned about her rounded shoulders after years of walking incorrectly in high-heeled shoes and hopes the discipline, which helps strengthen the body and its core muscles, can help her.
“Victoria has been told that her poor posture has caused her bones to be improperly aligned, with her muscles, joints and ligaments taking more stress than they should. She absolutely hates the fact that in pictures she often has somewhat of a hunched-back stance and she hates having rounded shoulders, so she has been saying she feels so much better,” a source said.
Victoria is practicing every day and is already seeing results from her sessions. The source added, “Victoria has been working hard on getting a straight back and correcting her terrible posture. You can tell that something is working as the years of Victoria’s shoulders being slumped are over, she’s walking straighter now. She practices the discipline after the gym every morning and at night. She is standing straighter and her body feels more aligned. It also helps you cope with stress.”
The Alexander Technique is a method of changing everyday movement habits to improve freedom of movement, balance, co-ordination and posture, and to reduce tension.
Rimmel’s latest fresh face, Georgia May Jagger, was named Model of the Year at the British Fashion Awards last week.
The 17-year-old beauty - daughter of Jerry Hall and Sir Mick Jagger - beat Daisy Lowe and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley to claim the prize.
Kate Moss, Victoria Beckham, Vivienne Westwood and Claudia Schiffer were among the big names who attended the event at London’s Royal Courts of Justice. Model-turned-designer Kate picked up the publically-voted London 25 award for best dressed Londoner. Designer of the Year went to Christopher Bailey for Burberry, while John Galliano picked up the Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Design prize.
Victoria attended the event by herself, with her husband David staying with family after the funeral of his grandfather Joseph West earlier in the day. She wore a dress from her own collection, featuring the famous back zip that all of her clothes are famed for. Black seemed to be the color of choice on the red carpet, with stars including Myleene Klass, Twiggy, Erin O’Connor, Pixie Geldof and British Prime Minister’s wife Sarah Brown all opting for a dark creation.
Check out the full list of winners after the break.
Audrey Hepburn’s designer clothes collection sold at auction for over $400,000.
A set of 36 items belonging to the actress went up for sale in London’s La Galleria this past week, including a cocktail dress worn by the screen legend in the film How to Steal a Million - which raised $97,000.
Tanja Star-Busmann - who had been friends with Audrey from the age of 15 - revealed the actress was always a fan of passing her unwanted clothes on. She wrote in the auction guide:
“Over the years a cavalcade of boxes filled to the brim with haute-couture evening dresses, divine little cocktail ensembles, easy-to-wear silk supper dresses, sensible tweed coats, chic little day suits and glamorous dressing gowns, often accompanied by wonderful accessories, arrived at my door. Unpacking them was always like Christmas a thousand times over.”
The pricey cocktail dress was not the only item to sell well. A luxurious black silk gown which belonged to the late actress - who died in 1993 - sold for $27,000, and an exquisite wedding dress went under the hammer for $22,000. In 2007, a cocktail dress worn by the legendary actress in Breakfast at Tiffany’s sold for almost $162,600.
- L’Oreal hires model-turned-actress Diane Kruger as their worldwide spokesperson (not that it was a surprise so much as it was a matter of which makeup company was going to demand a deal with her).
- Kelly Osbourne’s fiancé Luke Worrell experiments with androgyny. He looks just as gorgeous as a woman, too! How unfair is that?
- Taylor Swift rocks some major Prada Swarovski in a high fashion shoot for T: The New York Times Style Magazine; it’s nice to see her break out of her natural style and put those model looks of hers to good use.
- Epic collaborations keep coming! While Dior may be nabbing David Lynch, Karl Lagerfeld is never one to be outdone, recruiting Martin Scorsese to direct a Chanel
short film. What we’re all really wondering is whether or not Leonardo DiCaprio will be making an appearance…
- Lady Gaga, much like her appearance on Jay Leno’s show, toned down her outfit for Barbara Walters. Citing her inspiration as her mother’s classic Chanel suit, Gaga left her body art installations, masks, and heavy makeup at home. Lately, the once pantsless revolution leader has been embracing what she seemed to detest—is this a new age for the singer?
Polish model Anja Rubik says yoga helps her to walk in high heels.
The 26-year-old beauty - who has taken to the catwalk for Stella McCartney, Viktor + Rolf and Jean Paul Gaultier in the past - credits the stretching exercise with helping her maintain balance.
“I’ve been practicing yoga for three years. My job involves a lot of sitting on airplanes and a lot of walking in high heels! I find yoga helps with both. It can also do amazing things physically; it keeps me fit and helps my balance and focus.”
Greatly resembling an outrageous, fictional plot, Victoria Beckham is sadly the victim of grand theft.
Nearly worth $600,000, Beckham’s dress collection (estimated at 50 to 75 pieces) were stolen last Thursday while en route to the airport for delivery to New York.
“Everyone from Madonna to Elle Macpherson has been seen wearing Victoria’s dresses and, as a result, they’ve developed a money-can’t-buy exclusivity about them. This operation was meticulously planned. The thieves must feel they can make a fortune selling the collection on the black market. The lorry was on its way to the airport where the spring/summer collection was to be flown to New York designers Neiman Marcus. After pick-up from Victoria’s London offices, the van was followed to another address,” a source said.
Cameras taped the robbery; however, the thieves’ license plate is too blurry to decipher. The dresses are expected to be remade (each dress reportedly has over 4,000 people on the waiting list).
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Actress-singer Juliette Lewis “appreciates” clothes which look like they’re designed in outer space.
The actress adores designers Alexander McQueen and John Galliano because their clothes are dramatic and help her achieve a unique style.
“To me, Alexander McQueen and John Galliano appear to create in an alternative universe. Although I haven’t worn much from either, I really appreciate their sense of drama. For beautiful, uniquely tailored suits I like Todd Lynn. His stuff is really timeless and chic. One of my favorite outfits is an elegant, pale grey wool suit that he designed.”
The 36-year-old beauty also aims to continue her “fun” style onto the red carpet: “I love dressing up. I wore a sequined Fendi T-shirt dress, crazy maroon tights and incredible Loriblu ankle boots to the premiere of my new film, Whip It, at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. It was a very fun, very me outfit.”
As well as wearing designer outfits, Juliette often shops for vintage pieces and regularly customizes items herself. She added, “I find a lot of one-of-a-kind pieces in vintage shops and markets, but I’m a fan of Topshop, too. I recently bought a dress from there that I ripped up and customized to wear onstage.”
“There’s the sexy side, and then there is the Parisian side, which is complementary but also the opposite. If you are very chic you might not need an extra drop of chicness, so you go for the sexy side and buy my shoes because they are… tarty. We get very smart women coming in and buying a pair to feel a little more sluttish. And then, thank God, we also get the hookers coming in the store, who buy my shoes because they are superchic. You see, whatever you have, if you add a drop of the opposite, then it just becomes a little more sexy.”
- Shoe designer Christian Louboutin on the range of customers his products attract.
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Hilary Duff‘s new fashion line is full of wardrobe essentials.
The actress-turned-designer - whose label Femme for DKNY Jeans launched in autumn - says she drew inspiration from her own fashion must-haves when she was sketching her styles.
“I designed clothing that I feel are staples for my closet. Every girl needs a great leather jacket, and every girl needs a skinny pair of black jeans.”
While she loves her job, Hilary admits she finds it strange she is no longer able to visit shopping malls without being hounded by fans and photographers: “I walked into a mall one day and was mobbed by people. And I just remember feeling really different than everyone else. I felt really loved. But it was weird at the same time.”
The actress recently appeared on the hit show Gossip Girl, where she portrayed movie starlet Olivia Burke. The 22-year-old beauty was unsure whether to accept the part at first, fearing she would be too similar to her on-screen persona.
“I was a little hesitant. It was kind of close to home… then I realized, I would never say something that Olivia says like, ‘Oh, this is just for the cameras.’”
Perhaps due to looking at too many recent Rihanna pictures, Olivia Wilde is on a quest to wear sharp-shouldered jackets.
The House actress loves wearing fashionable, daring outfits so much she dreams about them while she sleeps and is on a mission to continually extend her wardrobe.
“I even dream of buying a Balmain jacket with really sharp shoulders. If I can pull off that look, I will have succeeded, at least partially, in my quest. A cool leather jacket is my security blanket. No matter what I have on underneath, I feel more like myself when I’m wearing one.”
The 25-year-old beauty also looks in High Street stores for quirky outerwear which she will mix with designer brands.
“Coats from H&M are inexpensive and usually have something extra going on - so even with a simple sheath dress, your outfit is still interesting. I own a lot of Helmut Lang. The pieces are practical in the sense that you can wear them every day, but they’re not boring at all.”
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