There was plenty to keep our favourite celebrities talking this week. Not least of all, the Met Gala on Tuesday. . . Or more specifically, Gwyneth Paltrow's opinion on the high-society event, and singer Pink's reaction! This week has also seen a few announcements: Tom Cruise had some big news for fans of Mission Impossible, while Elizabeth Banks was mighty unimpressed about the cancellation of a certain show. No happy endings for her! Rebel Wilson and Lea Michele had more to celebrate — see why in here — Lara Bingle took a stand on the gay marriage debate and Lena Dunham reminded us that she's one very cool lady. There's much more to read — click through to see the best celebrity tweets this week!
The runways were awash in fresh hues at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, bringing welcome respite from the khaki/black/Bordeaux/navy of the A/W palette we've become so accustomed to. The Spring/Summer season traditionally signals the return to colour, but this season a definitive palette emerged from the catwalk. Bold, almost paintbox-bright tones of cobalt, marigold and fuchsia replaced last season's ubiquitous neon brights and pastels were back, albeit in powdered-back incarnations of sky blue, peppermint and the palest of pinks.
Of course there was black and white, but that (as we detailed in our mega-trend round-up) was worn almost exclusively together, and as part of a broader mod-inspired trend. A new set of go-to neutrals emerged with a modern, almost sci-fi edge; white (often worn head to toe), navy blue and high-shine silver provided crisp contrast to the vibrant brights or pretty watercolour hues. True, the temperature might be in decline but advance notice is always a handy thing! Get acquainted with the colours that are set to define the new season.
Gwyneth Paltrow has bucked the studded/leather-clad/rock 'n' roll trend for this year's Met Gala, working this very sophisticated hot pink Valentino gown. She explained the choice by saying, "It's punk in that I've gone totally classic on a punk night." She kept the accessories to a bare minimum, wearing only a pair of classic diamond studs and her Ascher-cut wedding ring. Thoughts?
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There was a spring in our step walking into the Watson X Watson S/S '14-'14 show. Anticipation will do that to you, even at the end of three show-packed days at fashion week. This newbie brand presented one of our favourite shows last year, full of cool girl pieces that we wanted to rip off the models backs (in a friendly, non-violent manner) and wear immediately. The enthusiasm was shared, because even before the first model stepped foot on the runway there were encouraging whoops and hollers from the excited crowd. Then came the clothes. The Watson sisters, Somer and Liberty, are clearly Point Break fans - sending some very literal references to surf culture and the '90s down the runway, and no we're not just talking about the surfboard which was carried nonchalantly by one model. Neoprene racer-neck party dresses in black and white, strong-shouldered suiting and rashie-inspired turtleneck vests and crop tops gave swagger to the Watson girls' catwalk crew. Grunge got glam with plaid prints, made pretty thanks to soft, watercolour-bled edges in gauzy fabrications, and we couldn't help the Phillip Lim comparison when this killer ensemble came strutting towards us. Waist-ties are back with vengeance (as we predicted), adding tomboy appeal to otherwise flirty frocks and sheer, sequined over-layers added an iridescent sheen to bias-cut slip dresses and maxi skirts.
- Colours: White, black, grey, turquoise and pale pink.
- Trends: The '90s, surfer style, sports, front-split skirts, wrap-front skirts, slip dresses, sheer, plaid and waist-ties.
- Key Looks: A slick one shouldered black gown with scuba belt, any of the layered ensembles in plaid, a boxy-cut grey short suit and the glimmering finale, look as worn by Montana Cox.
- Accessories: Strappy, gladiator high-heeled sandals in black and white, glitter-flecked Frogskin-esque sunglasses and custom-print surfboards.
If nothing else, Australians know swimwear. Especially when it comes from a fashion label that focuses on fun, easy to wear, feminine pieces. This signature aesthetic was definitely at play in Talulah's first swimwear collection, making it's fashion week debut with joyous prints in tried-and-true but sexy shapes. The graphic vibe spilled over into the ready to wear offerings, with nifty printed jeans, contrast-collar shirts and pencil skirts are getting a taste. But it was the solid separates that shone thanks to subtle details; curved edges, asymmetrical panelling, a semi-sheer insert here, a spliced hemline there. The devil was well and truly in the detail.
- Colours: Black, white, grey, emerald green, peppermint, cornflower blue and musk pink.
- Trends: White on white, crop tops, graphic prints, jogger style shorts and racer-necklines.
- Key Looks: Pixelated watercolour graphics, sexy swimwear in classic shapes and fun prints and sophisticated shift dresses with sculpted hemlines.
- Accessories: ASOS ankle wrap and tie sandals, two-tone totes, oversized clutches, tie-up corset belts, multi-rings and slick metal arm cuffs worn at the bicep.
When your Twitter feed is full of comedians, models and actors who moonlight at geniuses, it's a pretty safe bet that some of the tweets you read will be great. This week, Scott Dooley won Twitter with his doozy — and we'd happily push to get his definition of the word "selfie" added to the dictionary. Model Chrissy Teigen is upset about something (and we can totally feel her pain), Fifi Box has had a very awkward moment with her mum and singer Pink loves someone's sour breath (true story!). Russell Brand tweeted about who he thinks was the last true rock star, Ben Affleck mourned the loss of an industry legend and Neil Patrick Harris might just have the best partner ever. . . There's much more to read in here — click through to check it all out!
When it comes your core, it takes more than crunches to achieve flat abs. Turning to celebrity trainer Juliet Kaska, we uncovered a few tricks of the trade to get a rock-solid core like her celebrity clients Pink and Stacy Keibler. Keeping the details in mind, these five tips will elevate your ab workout and have you well on your way to your bikini body — ASAP!
- Maximise each series with weights: If you're looking to tone up quickly, adding weights will do the job. Grabbing hand weights — Kaska suggests a pair of two-kilogram dumbbells — for your ab work will increase the difficulty and challenge your muscles further. For a challenging ab series, try these ab exercises with weights.
- The exhale matters: One of the best ways you can make ab exercises more effective is through proper breath. Similar to Pilates, your inhale and exhale will help allow you to control each movement to maximise engagement. The exhale is especially important when using weights because it allows you to fully squeeze your abs, which helps stabilise the entire body.
- Adjust exercises with time: As you go through a set or series, your body begins to adapt. Rather than letting it plateau, adjust your speed. As you get more comfortable with the move, Kaska suggests you increase speed "to challenge your core even more." Keep in mind this works well for some exercises — like plank — while for others, slowing your momentum adds an additional challenge.
- Control is key: For Kaska, control can't be stressed enough because in many core exercises (especially those with weights) you're working against gravity. To "put up a good fight" in challenging ab moves like the coordination fly you have to work against gravity on the way down. Applying this type of focus to your core work, engages muscles for full control and maximum results.
Roksanda Ilincic was in a pretty-in-pink state of mind for Fall 2013, but don't expect overtly feminine wares from the designer known for her modern, streamlined silhouettes. Utilizing a mix of textured wool, PVC, and fur, Ilincic paired glossy, full skirts with cropped sweaters, long overcoats with midi skirts, and fuzzy caplets with streamlined sheaths. Meanwhile, splashes of bright green, black, and chocolate brown tempered the designer's pink story. Also of note were the shoes: tonal striped lace-up booties completed Ilincic's whimsically modern Fall lineup. Just click through to see the most stunning looks from the runway.
Wild, crazy, graphic-printed, and eye-catching: Tom Ford's Autumn/Winter '13 collection — the first public runway debut of his eponymous line — is a clearly defined departure from minimalism and a serious rebel yell to all-out decadence. Black-and-white deco prints laid claim to plush fur coats, fitted sheaths with frayed hems, structured aviator jackets, and even thigh-high boots. But it wasn't just a collection of two-toned optics; Ford sent out leopard-print getups alongside bright trousers and even brighter fur puffer jackets. As for the evening gowns? They came slinky, long-sleeved, and adorned with sequined comic-book-like graphic embellishments. With Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel sitting front row and every notable fashion editor in attendance, it's certainly a A/W '13 lineup that packed a punch from start to finish. But isn't that exactly where Tom Ford excels? Take a look at the collection now, and come back soon for our full review.
Lela Rose took us on a fairy-tale ride for Fall '13, specifically concerning the stories of the Grimm Brothers, with a runway show filled with gorgeous, whimsical looks. Fitted sheath dresses highlighted intricate floral embroidery. Chic boxy tops were embellished with decadent rhinestones, while fancier silk organza gowns showcased the most spectacular lace detailing we've seen yet. Feminine and chic, with a playful twist. In fact, one might even ponder whether some of these pieces were made specifically for the first lady herself — we can easily see Michelle Obama wearing some of these confections at her next public appearance. After all, who could say no to such effervescent looks? See the prettiest looks from Lela Rose's Fall '13 runway show, and we guarantee — one glance, and you'll fall in love.