Thanks to all things backless, strapless, sheer, and body-conscious, finding the right underthings in the Summer can be especially tricky. To ease your style woes, we've curated a shop featuring the best fashion solutions and shapewear from brands like Spanx and Victoria's Secret for all your skin-baring looks.
Burton famously designed the wedding dress Kate Middleton wore when she married Prince William last year, and has been running Alexander McQueen since its founder Lee McQueen committed suicide in 2010. In the entry accompanying Burton's name, Sarah Jessica Parker — a longtime McQueen supporter — celebrates Burton's dedication to her craft. "She thinks about women and art and stories, weaves her tale into the future of fashion," Parker writes. "On the runway she is inspired."
Journalist Katie Couric penned Blakely's entry, in which she jokingly points out that Blakely doesn't need to wear her own waist-slimming products. "Poor thing," Couric writes, "She was a size 2 when the idea hit her."
The list honors other fashionable women who aren't in the industry — Viola Davis, Claire Danes, Rihanna, Adele, Pippa Middleton, and Kate Middleton are all included. An increase to two fashion names on the list is an improvement over last year; in 2011, Tom Ford was the only designer on the Time 100.
But Time hasn't forgotten about the runway set. The magazine recently released a list of the world's 100 greatest fashion icons, which includes Anna Wintour, Naomi Campbell, Steven Meisel, and Coco Chanel, among others.
Photo: The finale of Alexander McQueen's Fall 2012 show.
- She learned how to write her own patent from reading a Barnes and Noble book and she saved $3,000 in legal costs.
- She worked at Disney World for three months and spent eight-hour days buckling customers into a ride.
- She's the youngest self-made female billionaire in the world.
- She has never spent money on advertising.
- She owns 100 percent of the company.
- She went from just having $5,000 in savings when she was 29 to owning a billion-dollar company at the age of 41 today.
- She has her eccentric moments, and her husband describes her as "50 percent Lucille Ball, 50 percent Einstein." Some of her goofiest moments include wearing a boot on one foot and a Christian Louboutin heel on the other in Bloomingdale's, and wearing stretchable candy necklaces and bracelets (bought from a nearby candy store) to the Screen Actors Guild Awards because she left her jewelry at the hotel.
- She witnessed a car run over her best friend when she was only 16, and facing mortality at such a young age has driven her. "I think that when you witness death at age 16, there's a sense of urgency about life," Blakely says. "The thought of my mortality — I think about it a lot. I find it motivating. It can be any time that your number's up."
Blame it on celebrities and their Spanx, Lady Gaga's corsets, or Mad Men—but shapewear is officially back as a wardrobe basic. Thankfully, Cynthia Rowley is designing a collection of body sculpting undergarments that don't look like your granny's girdles. Called Slim by Cynthia Rowley, the new collection of high-waisted bikinis, body-hugging slips, and minimizing bras are color-blocked in nude with turquoise or black with gray and look nothing like those other flesh-toned biker shorts. Slim by Cynthia Rowley will be in stores this summer and retail for $118 to $226.
Ever wonder how the stars of Gossip Girl always look so perfectly slim? Eric Damon, costume designer for the hit TV show, reveals that when the cast needs to lose weight quickly, he hands them some "good underwear." The ladies of the Upper East Side, it seems, are on a skivvies weight loss program. As Damon puts it, "They don't [diet]. They just get some good underwear and they're fine. I say, just enjoy yourself. If you put on a couple of pounds, then great, buy some Spanx."
For those not in the know, Spanx is an undergarment line — tights, camis, panties, slips, and more — that sucks in and smooths out all those loose and jiggly parts. Curious, I tried on a pair of its Hide & Sleek Hi-Rise Body Smoother ($70), and while I did look more streamlined under my dress (I think they might have even taken an inch or two off my waist!), I also couldn't breathe. I imagine Spanx are sort of like a modern day version of corsets.
And though the actresses don't strike me as needing help hiding unwanted pounds, I'm also not donning the skin hugging dresses Serena is so fond of. Damon went on to say that Spanx are just one of the things he keeps in his arsenal to make sure the cast always looks amazing,"There is a whole architecture system that happens on the show and on TV . . . that make your boobs and a** look great," he reveals. Ah, the magic of TV.
What do you think of Spanx — is it OK to suffer a little bit to look good?
Here's what she's wearing:
- Her cardigan is this J.Crew Forever Stripe V-neck Cardigan but it's sold out. Here's an alternative: Paul & Joe Sister Grey Ferdinan Striped Cardigan ($113)
- Wet Seal 28" Deep V-Neck Tee ($7)
- J.Crew Vintage Cord Co-ed Mini ($30, originally $50)
- J.Crew Skinny Patent-leather Belt ($30)
- SPANX Reversible Tight-End Tights Panty ($34)
- J.Crew Cadogan Leather Ankle Boots ($225)
- Her charm necklace is this J.Crew Jeweled Garland Necklace; alas, it is unavailable. This AE Charm Bow Necklace ($16) is a cutie.
- J.Crew Opera-length Pearl Necklace ($495)
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Get ready to taste the delicious "Dessert of Shapewear" — Spanx's Haute Contour collection. Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx, felt bringing fashion to shapewear was the next step for her brand. Thus, was born a collection of beautiful shapewear that incorporates lace, scallops, mesh, and sheer fabrics. Now, it won't be embarrassing if your Spanx happen to show. Actually, some of the Haute Contour pieces, like the Couture Camisole ($198), worn by the model, are meant to show. Gwyneth Paltrow already got some; now it's your turn.
To see more from Spanx's Haute Contour collection, read more
If there were a magic pill new mommies could swallow to snap their postpartum tummies back into pre-pregnancy shape, the pharmacy lines would stretch a mile long. Without said miracle capsule, moms turn to belly shaping gadgets to help them trim down a tad faster than usual. Hey, if it worked for Rebecca Romijn, it might for me!
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