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Fashion shows draw the most captivating trends for the next season. This autumn and winter it’s all about keeping it simple. Here are some of the most flattering trends, straight from the catwalk.

Fine Hair

You struggled all life with fine hair, with no volume? This fall you can relax. It’s time for enjoying natural, flat looking hair.

Peter Som

Ponytails

Ponytails never seem to go out of fashion. Jason Wu, Ralph Lauren and Marc Jacobs are just some of the designers who preferred this hairstyle for emphasizing their fall collections. Make your hair sleek and flat, add shine and simply pull it in a precise, low, ponytail.

Ralph Lauren

Braids are here to stay

Play with your hair and braid it the way you like it. Twisting hair around the crown or in an updo is fun and modern. Take a look at Valentino and Fendi.

Valentino

Bouffant

Retro updo’s are in trend also, as opposed to the flat hair. In order to obtain it, roll your hair and tuck it under, for extra volume. Also, be prepared to use a lot of hairspray, to keep hair in place.

Carolina Herrera

 

You may find washing your hair the least important part in styling your hair the way you like it, but in fact washing it properly can make a huge difference. Here are three of the common mistakes you need to avoid:

 

1. Not wetting your hair enough

Wetting your hair completely is very important. Don’t skip this detail, even if you’re busy and you need to wash it quickly. Dirt is much easier to clean if hair is soaked wet first, so the shampoo can penetrate better.

 

2. Shampooing the ends

Try to apply shampoo mostly on your roots, where oil is produced. The ends of the hair are the ones that dry faster, and shampooing them too hard will only accentuate the lack of moisture. On the other hand, put conditioner on your ends, and keep it away from the roots, not to get your hair greasy.

 

3. Not washing enough, or washing too often

Indeed, it is better not to wash your hair often, but this is not a rule. Depending on the type of hair and the activities you do, you can wash your hair once a week, or daily. If you normally exercise everyday and you do a lot of workout, you can wash it more often, but it is better to use a shampoo gentle enough for everyday use. Also, straight hair tends to become greasy faster than curly hair, which is usually drier.

Photos: valerikon01.blogspot.com

How important is the way you look and feel for your sexual life? Studies say it’s almost vital. A survey made by the University of Pittsburg shows that cosmetic surgery can increase not only women’s self-esteem, but also boost their sex lives.

According to lead researcher Guy M. Stofman, chief of plastic surgery at the Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh, after breast, abdomen, and thigh procedures, 95 percent of patients said they felt much better in their new bodies and their self-esteem grew considerably. More than half of the people involved in the survey said their sexual life improved.

Out of all the interventions, the breast and the body surgery lead to the best results concerning self-esteem and sexual life. Eighty percent of breast and 50 percent of body-surgery patients said they experienced more frequent and powerful orgasms.

On the other hand, face-and brow-lift patients didn’t report significant improvements in their sex lives.

Photos: plastischechirurgantwerpen.be

Chapelier extraordinaire Philip Treacy is back on the runway of London Fashion Week after an absence of over a decade, with a highly-acclaimed collection in his classic bizarre-glamour style.

And if there’s anyone in the whole world who understands the importance of an eccentric appearance just like Treacy does, it’s none other than Lady Gaga, a big fan of the designer’s hats and fascinators, who was invited to open the show in a hot pink cape and Alexander McQueen sky-high footwear.

So, what are Treacy’s proposals for this season, for the woman who plans to make a statement by looking extravagant and stylish? Metallic fascinators in shiny silver and gold, or encrusted with a myriad sparkling crystals, dramatic veils in black silk with botanical-inspired embroidery, circular constructions that seem to defy the laws of gravity, feather fascinators, oversize Mickey Mouse ears and LED-illuminated hats.

Each extravagant piece from Treacy’s collection was brought to the runway on the head of black models, and paired with a genuine outfit from Micheal Jackson’s wardrobe, which the designer borrowed especially for his show, before it is set to go to auction in December.

A new iPhone, a new Samsung ad attempting to shoot it down. Does the marketing team at Samsung honestly believe that, by mocking Apple customers who wait in line for the iPhone 5 and other latest gadgets, it is going to attract these people to their own brand? I’m surprised that Samsung isn’t already embarrassed enough from the massive legal battle that it lost against its arch rival Apple, in which it owes the iPhone maker over $1 billion in compensation. But if you really want to watch the latest round of Samsung trivializing new iPhone 5 features, the video is down below for your pleasure. SAMSUNG its soo gelous on the new iPhone !!!

The landmark jury trial between Apple and Samsung might be over, but patent litigation between the two companies is still going strong. According to filings with the U.S. Federal Court in San Jose, California, Samsung has indicated that it is likely to sue Apple over the iPhone 5 once it has further time to inspect the device.

If the South Korean handset maker feels that the iPhone 5 violates its patents, Samsung will add the latest Apple smartphone to its list of infringing devices in a patent infringement complaint it originally filed in February.

Apple has already submitted a counterclaim in this trial several months ago, accusing Samsung of violating eight patents of its own. Apple too added Samsung’s latest Galaxy S III smartphone to its own list of infringing devices when the handset was released, so this move only seems fair game.

The interesting fact in this case is that a hearing isn’t expected to take place until 2014, when the Galaxy S III and iPhone 5 are likely to have long been succeeded by newer, more powerful smartphones. We’ll let you know about any further developments in this case as it progresses.

 

These days, everyone wants a piece of Marc Jacobs.  So what is it about the man of the moment that makes his designs so delectable? FashionTV takes a look at Marc Jacobs S/S 2013 collection, to reveal all.

We always thought that socks and sandals were the ultimate fashion faux-pas and something to leave to the physics teachers in their nonchalant way. Turns out, we were wrong! Once again Marc Jacobs has broken the rules in his quintessentially cool way, with a colorful mix and non-match of layers, patterns, and fabrics for Marc by Marc Jacobs S/S 2013.

Marc by Marc Jacobs: Time to Wrap Up

Marc by Marc Jacobs brightened up the catwalk this year with a riot of colors, playful stripes, and romantic silhouettes. But what made this collection such a crowd pleaser?

What only could be described as a collection inspired by a happy-go-lucky trip to the jumble-sale, upon closer inspection, holds the key to trans-seasonal weather changes — the scarf. A multicolored accessory that featured on every female model that took to the catwalk, whether it was loosely coiled around her neck, wrapped around her waist, or tied in a casual turban on her head, showing us the Maasai way to embrace the chilly season.

Photo: Vital Agibalow

While for the men, playful paper bag pants and loose-fitting blazers with rolled up sleeves, accessorised by statement sunglasses and artist caps, could give even the Jonas brothers (spotted in the front-row), a few pointers in the direction of cool. This collection is the ultimate mood-enhancer on a rainy day.

Marc Jacobs: Lets Get Edie

Always a celebrity favorite Jacobs never fails to impress. You can see it from the first collection–a cute one at that at that, as a sexy Mod- take on Edie Sedgwick’s look was carried to the catwalk for Marc Jacobs S/S 2013 collection. The designer adorned everything from suits, to hip-slung midi-skirts, A-line coats, T-shirts, and floor-length dresses in graphic stripes, stripes, and more stripes, of all shapes and sizes. While the models kitten heels, Edie-hair, and cleopatra eyes added a touch of vixen to the stage, Jacobs amped up the bold collection with frivolous touches.

Photo: Vital Agibalow

Did you see the cropped Mickey Mouse sweater? Perhaps a tongue-in-cheek play on London Fashion Week’s “Minnie Mouse Must Haves” accessories and garments set to hit the runway. Mixing references from Andy Warhol’s Factory Girls, to Bridget Riley’s Op Art, and Sixties “It” girls — as Vogue pointed out — the collection seemed to give a nod to the 1996 fashion spoof “Qui êtes-vous, Polly Maggoo?”

Jacobs’ satirical touches help define nothing other than his own distinguishable signature and looks. Maybe that’s why women from SoHo to Shanghai love his quirky collections.

For more on New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 Collections, Click here!

iPhone 5: The Reviews Are In

Posted: September 19, 2012 in Apple New's, Technology
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The pre-release reviews of the iPhone 5 are flooding in tonight, and below are the highlights of various reviews. Overall, the iPhone 5 seems to be the best smartphone available. The camera has seen major improvement in low-light performance, the design is robust, yet manages to feel much more refined, all while feeling lighter. The display is an improvement over the 4S, and the battery life is better as well – in a 4G device.

In a word, these reviews are glowing – the only detractors noted is that new accessories will have to be purchased in order to work with the Lightning port, and that one reviewer actually preferred the heft of the iPhone 4S to the new design. Read on for selected quotes, as well as links to the reviews! Be sure to comment with more reviews, as they come in!

 

TechCrunch:

You pick it up and it almost feels fake. That’s not to say it feels cheap; because it doesn’t — quite the opposite, actually. It just doesn’t seem real. Certainly not to someone who has been holding the iPhone 4/4S for the past two years. It feels like someone took one of those devices and hollowed it out.

The iPhone 5 is here.

I’ve had the opportunity to play around with the latest iPhone for the past several days. I won’t beat around the bush: it’s fantastic.

T3:

Don’t get us wrong, it’s a miracle how Apple has shed so much excess podge and millions of people will love the lightweight design, but we preferred the more robust, weapon-like nature of the 4S. A case of Marmite-y opinion, perhaps.

The Loop:

Of course, the thing that everyone is talking about with the iPhone 5 is the 4-inch screen. I can tell you that it’s gorgeous.

The thing with the larger screen is that you get this feeling of having space on the display that you didn’t have before. Clearly, that’s true because the screen is larger, but I mean even more space than the screen allows. Perhaps it’s a perceptual thing. If you told me that I would be able to see another few rows of emails or more of a Web page, I don’t know that I would see the importance, but when you look at the iPhone 5, it’s more than that. You have to see it to get an idea of what can be done.

CNet:

The phone’s lasted roughly the whole day each day, unplugging around 8 a.m. and engaging in a mix of calling, web surfing, video playback, downloading, game playing, FaceTime calling over Wi-Fi and LTE, and even a little 4G LTE hot spot use via my MacBook Air.

The New York Times:

The screen now has better color reproduction. The front-facing camera captures high-definition video now (720p). The battery offers the same talk time as before (eight hours), but adds two more hours of Web browsing (eight hours), even on LTE networks. In practical terms, you encounter fewer days when the battery dies by dinnertime — a frequent occurrence with 4G phones.

The camera is among the best ever put into a phone. Its lowlight shots blow away the same efforts from an iPhone 4S. Its shot-to-shot times have been improved by 40 percent. And you can take stills even while recording video (1080p hi-def, of course).

Loren Brichter is known for making fantastically designed apps. His most famous work was Tweetie 2, which was eventually bought by Twitter and turned in to what is now the Twitter for iPhone official client. Unknown to many is that he also designed the iPad’s official Twitter client. This client was one of the first apps to use the idea of sliding panels, which could be swiped in and out of view – this type of interface would go on to be used in various ways across platforms.

Today, however, Twitter decided to take some pretty major steps back in terms of the design of their official client. An app that was once a shining example of how a major company could create an app that truly shines on the iPad is now not much more than a direct port of the iPhone’s client. Gone are the innovative and intuitive panels, replaced by the typical button-centric UI.

It does get worse, though – nothing in a tweet is tapable from the list view. Tapping on a link, photo, or hashtag opens up a singular view of the tweet, which then allows for interaction. On an iPad, with 9.7″ of screen real estate, it’s difficult to justify such a waste. There is one highlight, though: profile banners are now available across iOS devices. The iPhone client was similarly updated, though its feature set is limited to the profile banner – there isn’t even support for the iPhone 5′s 16:9 aspect ratio yet.

Folks, this is what happens when a major brand tries to “unify” their look across devices, but doesn’t take time to do each device justice. In other news, Tweetbot and Twitterrific for iPad will likely see an uptick in sales.