Model Andrej Pejic risks being overexposed, experts say

On a chilly winter afternoon, Andrej settles into a Manhattan cafe with a cup of Earl Grey tea, sitting gracefully, long legs crossed.The blue-eyed fashion model gazes out a window, unaware that almost every man sitting at surrounding tables is transfixed.

A man in a black leather jacket walks up to the window, presses his face against the glass and kisses it.

Andrej giggles and admits: “I find it flattering.”

The admirers are likely unaware that the beautiful blonde is actually a man.

As Fashion Week gets under way in New York City, Andrej is one of the most recognisable – and controversial – faces in the industry.

He’s the only top-tier fashion model who can walk down the runway as either a man or a woman.

His androgynous beauty has turned him into a trendsetter in an industry that’s always seeking to push the envelope.

“He’s just this beautiful thing that everyone wants a piece of,” says stylist Ken Anderson, who dressed Andrej for a German magazine cover.

He has the kind of face that makes even the vainest woman jealous: high cheekbones, flawless skin and plump, shapely lips. Continue Reading…

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Project Runway Winner Anya Ayoung-Chee Talks Fashion, Learning To Sew, And Sex Tape Scandal

Project Runway Winner Anya Ayoung-Chee Talks Fashion, Learning To Sew, And Sex Tape Scandal: After dethroning Gretchen Jones as the most controversial winner in Project Runway history, season nine winner Anya Ayoung-Chee is talking about what’s next for the budding designer as well as sharing her experiences on the show. She also gives a little detail on those “intimate tapes” you may have heard about!

Speaking to The Insider about how life has changed since winning Project Runway, the former beauty queen credits her success on the show to judge Heidi Klum! “I know without a doubt I could not have won Project Runway without Heidi.” And following her win she has left Trinidad to pursue a career in fashion. Additionally, she has been hard at working actually learning how to sew, cause you know, it’s sort of important when your career is fashion designer!

“I am going to build my online presence; I think that’s very important now. So that people can see my clothes. I am living in New York and going to try to learn a lot of the sewing techniques that I didn’t have time to learn yet, since now I am off the show and there is no pressure. I am looking forward to making a name for myself, and having people see my designs.”

“I want to go back now and learn the more important pattern making skills, because it really does help with my designing capabilities.” Um… good, because I’d like to see an evenly cut neckline in any future Anya collections!

As for her sewing experience prior to appearing on Project Runway, Anya clears all that up! “I had an instructor, she is from Tobago. She kind of taught me the basics but also taught me how to get through [the show] – we really focused on what I would have to do on the show,” she explains. “I didn’t learn a lot of pattern making, I learned a lot of draping skills.”

Hmmm… something about this sounds suspicious – she really thought those skills were going to get her through the competition after watching previous seasons of the show and seeing some of the skill-set? I mean, every past winner had impeccable construction skills!

The former Miss Trinidad and Tobago, who actually competed in the 2008 Miss Universe Pageant, reveals that she attended Parsons but studied graphic design because the fashion program was so “competitive.” She realized she had an eye for fashion while competing in Miss Universe. “I got the chance to design some of the clothes for my competition (and because the clothes were being made for me I didn’t have to make them myself) and that kind of showed me that I could maybe start a line on my own. I think I have a natural desire and flair for it.”

As for the drama and backstabbing associated with being a Project Runway contestant, Ayoung-Chee tried to stay out of it! “I was a little surprised watching the show after and seeing what was going on behind the scenes,” she expresses. “I really hate all that drama! I was very surprised to hear a lot of things happen that I didn’t know had gone on.”

She also reveals that despite all the condescending comments he made behind her back, she is good friends with first runner-up, Joshua McKinley (aka Eyebrows McSequins) and she feels his (and other contestants) snarking and complaining about her lack of construction skills were “completely valid,” admitting: “If I was them I think I’d feel exactly the same way. I really get it.”

Now for the juicy details! In case you haven’t heard, Anya was a participant in quite a racy three-some sex tape (screen shot, below) that leaked after her ex-boyfriend’s laptop was stolen! Wait – haven’t we heard this story before…? Is Kris Jenner managing her?

Talking about the scandal that plagued her prior to the appearing on the show and resurfaced once she nabbed the spotlight, Anya insists she was completely prepared for the backlash!. “I am a very honest person and I just wanted to put everything out on the table, since people were talking about,” she asserts. “When I applied for Project Runway, I had told [producers} about the tape. I didn’t want them to find out in some other way.” And then the producers got dollar $ign$ in their eyes when they heard the phrase: ‘ex-beauty queen with sex tape who can’t sew’ and cast her immediately!

“The tape caused a lot of hurt and a lot of shame, Trinidad is such a small and religious country. It was very hard for me and especially my family,” she admits. Despite the embarrassment, Anya moved on and is focusing on the positives that came from appearing on the show! “It’s been wonderful to do something I really have a passion for.” Best of luck to Anya, we’ll be checking in to see if she learned to sew a sleeve!

Spring 2011 Couture Hair and Makeup Trends

Spring 2011 Couture Hair and Makeup Trends: At the spring 2011 Paris Haute Couture Week, innovation was the key. New twists on old favorites took makeup from dated to fierce. Winged-tip eyeliner was a favorite amongst Chanel, Jean Paul Gaultier and Yumi Katsura. To keep the look from looking too retro, makeup artists created an intense cat eye by blending the shadow towards the temples. At Chanel, makeup artists etched thick diagonal stripes up instead of out of the models’ eyes. Bold lips were also a favorite amongst designers this season, pouts ranged in hues of tangerine, blood red, and purple. Valentino kept things rosey this season, painting models in hues of pink for both cheeks and eyes, and finished the look with a nude glossy lip. A new spin on the smoky eye was also featured during Paris Couture Week. At Basil Soda, models strutted the runway with an ethereal smoky eye, created with shades of smoky blues and purples. Stephan Rolland kept things sexier with heavily lined black kohl eyes, adding silver shimmer to the inner corners for dimension.

Peplums Return To Release Our Flair

Celine Spring Summer 2012

Peplums Return To Release Our Flair: It’s not often that a bona-fide technical fashion term makes it big these days. Parisian based terminology got bazooka’d about the time I finally mastered what a toile was. Killer This, Must-Have That – the new lingo was all very visceral and make-it-up-as-you-go-along-y.

But the peplum is about to have a very big year, even though many of the fashion breathren don’t yet know what a peplum is. This ignorance is not surprising: the first thing that pops up when you Google peplum is a website devoted to films featuring Burt Lancaster and Charlton Heston in togas. “The most under-rated genre in the history of cinema” is how one blogger contentiously describes peplum movies, which also go by the soubriquet of sword-and-sandal movies. Further Googling confirms that both meanings derive from the Greek for tunic.

But enough with the definitions… except to say that if we’re talking peplum movies in the true fashion sense, then the crowning glory would have to be The Women – the 1939 version, with costumes by the flamboyant Adrian, not the limp 2008 one. The original Women said things like “I never got a sou out of anybody except my first husband, Mr Strauss. Oh he said the most touching thing in his will… He said ‘To my beloved wife Flora, I leave all my estate… To be administered by executors because she is an A-1 schlemiel.'” Now that’s the kind of thing a woman in a peplum should say.

Peplums were the last hoorah of the glamorous 30s. By 1941 and the onset of fabric rationing it was all over for the peplum, although not in France, where flouting attempts to reign in extravagance was regarded as an act of defiance against the Nazis. Or so the French said, and let’s leave it there, because a far more interesting facet of this story is that peplums nearly always seem to flourish at that interface in history between excess and catastrophe.

They were all the rage before the Second World War, revived in the rubble of post-war by Christian Dior with his peerless Bar jacket (“Have you heard about the New Look?” wrote Nancy Mitford in one of her frequent fashion-obsessed asides. “You pad your hips and squeeze your wait… it creates a class feeling in a way no sables could”) and were huge just before the crash of 1988. Judy McCoy, wife of Sherman McCoy in Bonfire of the Vanities, Tom Wolfe’s satire on slime-bag politicos and greedy bankers (so absolutely no resonance with now) was very keen on peplums, as were all those real life social x-rays such as Ivana and Blaine Trump and Nan Kempner. Perhaps in turbulent times we reach for hourglass images of womankind.

They’re going to be everywhere in 2012. American Vogue devotes six pages in the January issue to them, with the injunction “Dare to Flare”. But thanks to the Jil Sander collection of peplums that looked as though they’d been inflated with a pump, they were already the sleeper hit of 2011, although not all looked as modern as the Sander one.

There is something exuberant about the right peplum (the wrong kind just brings to mind Pat Butcher in a saloon bar). In skilled hands the right peplum can accentuate boyish hips, create the illusion of a hand-span waists and mask less-than-flat tummies, making it very much the go-to post-Christmas-gym-not-quite-kicked-in-yet item. Shortly there will plenty to choose from. Thakoon, Jason Wu, Acne, Dries van Noten, Peter Pilotto and Osman are just some of the designers who’ve taken it up. Preen added them to the waistbands of trousers. Dior, under the current helm of designer Bill Gaytten, has revived the 1947 Bar jacket again. At Celine, Phoebe Philo designed a large detachable peplum belt, which, brilliantly, works over skirts, trousers and even dresses and, not so brilliantly, costs £750. It will probably get copied though – just as all the more straightforward peplums have been. Zara has an especially chic looking black peplum skirt for £49.99 (on their website they’re calling it, prosaically, Skirt with Frill).

It’s not just any old frill. Being puffy, it has volume. This is key. Some peplums are just soggy frills drooping from waists. The Duchess of Cambridge’s cream Reiss engagement dress is, if I may be so bold, a prime exemplar of the floppier peplum.

Far more chic are the structured and padded ones. It may sound strange and a bit 1789 (not a good year for royals) to be adding heft and horse-hair to your hips. But if you keep everything else simple, the effect will be architectural and sleek. Wear a peplumed jacket or top with slim, tapered trousers and it can even look futuristically sporty.

Best Lingerie Fashion Shows of 2011

Every girl should have a set of sexy lingerie in her closet. If you're thinking of treating yourself this Christmas, why not spoil yourself with lingerie and get some inspiration from this year's sexiest lingerie fashion shows. Click next to see not only Victoria's Secret's best undergarments, but also other brands from all over the world.

 

Gisele Bundchen walks the runway during the 'Hope' Valentine Day Special Collection Launch Fashion Show on May 12, 2011 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

 

Gisele Bundchen walks the runway during the 'Hope' Valentine Day Special Collection Launch Fashion Show on May 12, 2011 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

 

A model walks the runway during the Koleston by Amulette show on day two of Colombiamoda 2011 at Plaza Mayor on July 26, 2011 in Medellin, Colombia.

 

A model walks the runway during the Koleston by Amulette show on day two of Colombiamoda 2011 at Plaza Mayor on July 26, 2011 in Medellin, Colombia.

 

A model walks the runway during the Koleston by Amulette show on day two of Colombiamoda 2011 at Plaza Mayor on July 26, 2011 in Medellin, Colombia.

 

A model wearing La Perla poses at the La La Perla Fashion Show At Nikki Beach at TIFF Bell Lightbox on September 12, 2011 in Toronto, Canada.

 

model wears a creation by Hope during the Hope Lingerie Show, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, May 12, 2011.

 

A model wears a creation by Hope, during the Hope Lingerie Show, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, May 12, 2011.

 

A model showcases lingerie brand Triumph's 2011 collection during the annual Singapore Fashion Festival Wednesday, May 18, 2011 in Singapore.

 

A model showcases a piece from the Triumph Lingerie Competition during the annual Singapore Fashion Festival Wednesday, May 18, 2011 in Singapore.

 

A model displays latest lingerie creation designed by Aimer during China Fashion Week in Beijing, China, Monday, Oct. 24, 2011.

A model presents lingerie at the Ordifen Cup China Lingerie Design Contest during the China Fashion Week in Beijing, China, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011.

 

A model presents lingerie at the Ordifen Cup China Lingerie Design Contest during the China Fashion Week in Beijing, China, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011.

 

Model Adriana Lima walks the runway during the 2011 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory on November 9, 2011 in New York City.

 

Miranda Kerr models the $2.5 million dollar bra on the runway during the 2011 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory on November 9, 2011 in New York City.

 

Miranda Kerr models the $2.5 million dollar bra on the runway during the 2011 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory on November 9, 2011 in New York City.

Miranda Kerr models the $2.5 million dollar bra on the runway during the 2011 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory on November 9, 2011 in New York City.

 

Miranda Kerr models the $2.5 million dollar bra on the runway during the 2011 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory on November 9, 2011 in New York City.

 

Model Miranda Kerr walks the runway during the 2011 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory on November 9, 2011 in New York City.

 

Model Constance Jablonski walks the runway during the 2011 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory on November 9, 2011 in New York City.

 

Model Shannan Click walks the runway during the 2011 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory on November 9, 2011 in New York City.

 

Model Candice Swanepoel walks the runway during the 2011 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory on November 9, 2011 in New York City.

 

Model Lily Donaldson walks the runway during the 2011 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory on November 9, 2011 in New York City.

 

Model Caroline Winberg walks the runway during the 2011 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory on November 9, 2011 in New York City.

Model Miranda Kerr walks the runway during the 2011 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory on November 9, 2011 in New York City.

 

Adam Levine (L) performs while Erin Heatherton models during the 2011 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory on November 9, 2011 in New York City.

 

Erin Heatherton models during the 2011 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory on November 9, 2011 in New York City.

 

Model Lily Donaldson walks the runway during the 2011 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory on November 9, 2011 in New York City.

 

Model Bregje Heinen walks the runway during the 2011 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory on November 9, 2011 in New York City.

 

Model Flavia de Oliveira walks the runway during the 2011 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory on November 9, 2011 in New York City.

 

A model wears a creation by the Colombian lingerie company Ronied during a promotional event on a passenger plane run by Bolivia's state airline BoA during a commerial flight from La Paz to Cochabamba, Bolivia, Friday Dec. 9, 2011.

 

A model wears a creation by the Colombian lingerie company Ronied during a promotional event on a passenger plane run by Bolivia's state airline BoA during a commerial flight from La Paz to Cochabamba, Bolivia, Friday Dec. 9, 2011.

 

Models wear creations by the Colombian lingerie company Ronied during a promotional event on a passenger plane run by Bolivia's state airline BoA during a commerial flight from La Paz to Cochabamba, Bolivia, Friday Dec. 9, 2011.

Project Runway All Stars Premiere Recap Final Runway Pictures

Project Runway All Stars Premiere Recap Final Runway Pictures: It is the launch of project runway: all stars and series are the most memorable designers 13 one more chance to win, of course, some things changed back.-Angela Lindvall designer Isaac Mizrahi show, and Georgina Chapman judges and Marie Claire editor Joanna Coles mentor will host as features.

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Angela then judges considerable acclaim for the first time, with an introduction. recently building competitors that designers who must dress with their models so that they can walk the runway for the first project runway as its development was asked to bring shows: all the stars are all the fashion shows.Rami, Michael and his biggest competition out immediately as sweet p with the SI. Read More…