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Fashion Math: Channeling Karen O at Third Street Promenade


In this new blog feature called “Fashion Math” we trace the inspiration behind some of the stylish individuals snapped for our “Street Style” galleries and break down the clothing, cosmetics and accessories, offering similar items for anyone who wants to get the look.

Chanel Cross, 20, was strolling on Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade channeling Yeah Yeah Yeah singer Karen O’s statement-making style. The skinny red pants, graphic top and signature crimson pout--Cross is giving us the rocker's off-stage ensemble. Find out the answer to this equation after the jump.
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Seen on screen: Cheryl in Nanette on 'Curb'

Every time I see those features in the magazines where people write in to find out where to get the dress/lipstick/handbag that appears on a celebrity, I'm suspicious that they're all just made up inquiries.

So I was surprised to receive an e-mail recently asking the Rage crew for a little bit of fashion forensics. It read in part:

"Hoping you might be able to help me.  In last week's episode of "Curb" (Episode 8 of Season 7, "Officer Krupke"), Cheryl is wearing an animal-print blouse that my mother is OBSESSED with.  Would love to know where to get it for her for Christmas ... Do you guys know how I can find out who makes it?" 

It took a little bit of digging -- since the "Curb Your Enthusiasm" cast members have been known to mine their own wardrobe for the clothes they wear on-screen -- but I'm happy to report that the blouse in question is by Nanette Lepore.

What I'm not happy to report is that the blouse in question is from the designer's Resort 2009 collection and the folks at Nanette Lepore tell me it's no longer available in stores.

But at least now our Christmas elf (whose name I won't divulge in case the hunt turns out to be successful) now has some search terms to help as she scours the far corners of the Internet.

And, if you've seen something on screen and want to know more about it, feel free to post a comment on the blog or shoot me an e-mail (at and I'll try to get the back story.

-- Adam Tschorn

Photo: Cheryl Hines (left) and Elisabeth Shue. Hines, as Cheryl* David, is wearing an animal print blouse from designer Nanette Lepore's 2009 Resort collection. Credit: Doug Hyun.

*[Updated 11/23/2009 11:05 AM: In an earlier version of this post, the "Curb" character played by Cheryl Hines was incorrectly referred to as Laurie David.]

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Zac Efron shows off his jeans at G-Star's Hollywood fiesta

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ZAC G-Star Raw hosted a supper party on the Strip for Zac Efron on Wednesday, celebrating the actor’s appearance on this month’s Nylon Guys cover.

Efron filled an entire table with his entourage, including his stylist, Jenny Ricker, at Michael Mina’s XIV restaurant, followed by a dance party attended by actors Brittany Snow, Christian Serratos, Ashley Tisdale, Taryn Manning and Hollywood hipsters Cory Kennedy and Brent Bolthouse (who also DJ'ed).

“I’m wearing G-Star jeans -- some kind of skinny, not sure which one” (3301 Sec in raw denim, $190), said Efron, who completed his look with a striped Marc Jacobs sweater worn over a G-Star T-shirt. "They're really cool."

“Zac likes stylish yet simple styles and never goes for trendy,” chimed Ricker. “He’s like the best of my clients, because he’ll never make a bad choice."

-- Max Padilla

Photo: Zac Efron. Credit: Amy Graves / WireImage

Strong brows and smoky eyes dominate the runway at Thakoon

Elements of the '80s are all over the fall '09 runways and in addition to the strNars_thakoonong shoulders and day-glo colors, makeup is also taking cues from the heavily made up faces of the “me” generation.

A model walks the runway at the Thakoon Fall 2009 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Eyebeam on February 16, 2009 in New York City NARS Cosmetics created the “face” for the Thakoon show. Lead artist Diane Kendal based the makeup on the collection, which was inspired by the 1940s surrealist images of photographer Lee Miller, combined with 1980s rock 'n' roll glam. This translates as smoky eyes, full brows and downplayed lips. And since buying clothes from the runway may not be in most budgets this year, the makeup might be the most affordable aspect to emulate. Here is Kendal’s step-by-step lesson on how to get the look:


• Use a minimal amount of NARS Sheer Glow Foundation (coming out for fall 2009).

• Lightly stroke NARS Blush in Gilda on the apples of the cheeks.


• Use NARS Eyeliner Pencil in Mambo to line upper lashes and crease.

• Blend over entire lid and up to brows, keeping dense color by lash line.

• With Mambo, line lower lashes and gently blend.

• Use NARS Single Eye shadow in Bali to fill in brows.

• Draw a very thin line on upper lashes with NARS Eyeliner Stylo in Black (coming out for fall 2009).


• Apply NARS Lip Therapy Treatment in Rain to entire lip.

• Lightly pat a small amount of concealer over Rain to mute the color.

-- Melissa Magsaysay


Photos: Thakoon's fall 2009 collection

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Photos: At left, Thakoon fall '09 runway. Credit: Getty. At right, the makeup at Thakoon fall '09 show. Credit: NARS

Get the look: Aretha Franklin's inauguration hat


Ask and you shall receive. Earlier this week, Aretha Franklin serenaded crowds of supporters at Barack Obama's inauguration. But it was her bejeweled hat that stole the show. Many wondered where they could get such a head-turner to warm their own noggins.

Tiffany Hsu at our sister blog To Live and Buy in L.A. has the answer: Orders are pouring into Luke Song's Detroit-based Mr. Song Millinery, a store the Queen of Soul has patronized for 20 of its 25 years. Though the heather-gray wool hat ain't cheap -- it costs upward of $500 -- Hsu writes "fans are welcome to drop $179 on a similar satin-ribbon version."

-- Whitney Friedlander


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Photo: Pat Benic/ European Pressphoto Agency

Golden Globes red carpet makeup -- get the look

The makeup looks at the Golden Globes were as vast as the gowns that floated down the red carpet.  Some stars played up their eyes, some their lips and some went for the flawless, dewy face that never seems to fail.


Salma Hayek and Debra Messing gave two totally different looks.  Messing had a very heavy eye look done in a smoky palette of deep peacock colors and Hayek wore rich metallic colors that popped out from the subtle tones of her cream-colored Bottega Veneta dress.

The stars’ makeup artists tell us their inspiration behind the faces and how to get the look.

Carol Shaw, makeup artist to Debra Messing:

“The look was inspired by Debra’s beautiful gold jewelry, particularly her earrings, which were emeralds,” says Shaw, who used what she calls “peacock colors” to complement the deep sapphire hue of Messing’s Zac Posen gown. 


“I used gold, teal, green and black eye shadows. It was a heavy eye but with modern colors. It’s the new smoky eye.”

Shaw used products from her own LORAC line starting with her Color Me Couture shadow palette. She punched up the green on the eyelid with a deep emerald green sheen shadow called Green Room. With such a heavy eye, Shaw kept the lips light using a shimmery nude gloss called Glam, from her Couture Lip Shine line.

Photo: Debra Messing at the 2009 Golden Globes. Credit: Jay Clendenin / L.A. Times

Photo: LORAC Color Me Couture makeup palette

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