Monthly Archives: February 2012

Smartphones Become the Go-To Tool for Shoppers

As smartphone usage increases, bricks-and-mortal retailers could see their revenue drop. Here’s how to stay ahead of the curve.



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Vanity Fair Oscar Party 2012

The bold, the bright and the beautiful!
Just because the show is over doesn’t mean the celebration has to end. The annual Vanity Fair after party played host to the whos-who of Hollywood. From all the nights big winners to the top a-listers, many celebs took the time to slip into a second glamorous gown.
Cameron Diaz
Cameron Diaz traded for a much brighter look! The blonde bombshell wore a tangerine colored dress from Victoria Beckham’s Spring 2012 collection. The fitted gown complimented her short haircut and flaunted her chiseled arms.
Diane Kruger on the red carpet
Actress Diane Kruger walked the red carpet in a deep v-neck Calvin Klein gown. The brilliant red was adorned with a sultry exposed lace bra and delicate straps. Her hair was pulled away from her face and styled in a sleek pony tail.
Kate Hudson
Leave it up to Kate Hudson to bring old Hollywood glamor to the party. Designed by Versace, Kate’s gown featured an intricately beaded bodice and a fringed bottom. As if the front of the gown wasn’t enough, the back draped elegantly down her back and was affixed to a sheer mesh that blended in with her tan skin.
Kate Hudson paired her look with her carefree attitude and loose curls.
Claire Danes on the red carpet
Claire Danes blended in nicely within the sea of strikingly vibrant hues. The Homeland Star wore a pink Valentino gown from the designers Pre-Fall 2012 collection.  The dress highlighted a sheer rose detailed top that bloomed out a the waist into a ruffled skirt.
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Prada Mixes it up for Fall 2012 at Milan Fashion Week

Milan Fashion Week Prada Show
Strong contrasts were thriving in Prada’s Fall 2012 collection at Milan’s fashion week. It’s not just the colors and shapes of the fabric that are contrasting, the styling featured models wearing mismatched hair extensions flowing down their shoulders and back with wildly vibrant eye make-up also stood out.
Orange, blue and forest green graphic prints screamed seventy’s retro but the lines were modern, chic, and structured. Long jackets—with sleeves and without—and ankle pants are seen in most looks, even with skirts. What I like most is Miuccia Prada also used some interesting gem hardware to accentuate solid colored pieces and create an edge while still remaining feminine.
The styles and prints of this collection are not all that make this collection interesting, however. The accessories are a breath of fresh air all on their own. The models waltzed down the runway on what appears to be a new take on the platform pump…flaired, slightly with a chunky rubber looking base. The beauties also carried an eclectic variety of different handbag shapes and sizes. My favorite is a blue and white patterned structured satchel. It’s fun and flirty while still modern and chic!

Prada fashion Show
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Marchesa Designer Georgina Chapman Oscars Red Carpet Interview

The beautiful Stacy Keibler poses with “Descendants” Oscar Nominee, boyfriend George Clooney, on the red carpet of the Oscars wearing a Marchesa gown. Jean Dujardin took home the award for “Best Actor in a Lead Role” for the silent film, “The Artist”.
George Clooney and Stacy Keibler
Sandra Bullock also chose a custom Marchesa design for her 2012 Academy Awards appearance.
Sandra Bullock Oscars Red Carpet Dress
Each Marchesa gown that graced the 2012 Oscars red carpet was a stunningly, beautiful work of art! Marchesa dresses almost always speak to the designer’s elegance and sophistication in design, craftsmanship and presentation. Our Glam Style partner caught up with Marchesa Designer Georgina Chapman on the red carpet of the 84th Annual Academy Awards.

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Oscars 2012 Best Dressed Fashionistas

The Academy Awards is known for its glamorous red carpet dresses. This year, our best dressed show-stoppers include Angelina Jolie in Atelier Versace, Rooney Mara in Gucci, Giuliana Rancic in Tony Ward, Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford, Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad and Rooney Mara in Givenchy.

Angelina Jolie in Atelier Versace

Cameron Diaz  in Gucci

Giuliana Rancic in Tony Ward

Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford

Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad

Rooney Mara in Givenchy

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Meryl Streep Interview on the Oscars 2012 Red Carpet

Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep arrives to the 84th Academy Awards wearing an eco-friendly gown by Lanvin and her “good luck charm”, shoes by Ferragamo. Meryl graciously accepted the “Best Actress” award for her outstanding performance in “The Iron Lady”. Interview below.

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84th Academy Awards Winners

Academy Awards Winners 2012.
ACTOR IN A LEAD ROLE
Demin Bichir in “A Better Life”
George Clooney in “The Descendants”
WINNER: Jean Dujardin in “The Artist”
Gary Oldman in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”
Brad Pitt in “Moneyball”
ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Kenneth Branagh in “My Week with Marilyn
Jonah Hill in “Moneyball”
Nick Nolte in “Warrior”
WINNER: Christopher Plummer in “Beginners”
Max von Sydow in “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”
ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Glenn Close in “Albert Nobbs”
Viola Davis in “The Help”
Rooney Mara in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
WINNER: Meryl Streep in “The Iron Lady”
Michelle Williams in “My Week with Marilyn”
ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Benice Bejo in “The Artist”
Jessica Chastain in “The Help”
Melissa McCarthy in “Bridesmaids”
Janet McTeer in “Albert Nobbs”
WINNER: Octavia Spencer in “The Help”
ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
“A Cat in Paris ” Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli”
“Chico & Rita” Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal
“Kung Fu Panda 2″ Jennifer Yuh Nelson
“Puss in Boots” Chris Miller
WINNER: “Rango” Gore Verbinski
ART DIRECTION
“The Artist” Production Design: Laurence Bennett; Set Decoration: Robert Gould
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2″ Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan
WINNER: “Hugo” Production Design: Dante Ferretti; Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo
“Midnight in Paris” Production Design: Anne Seibel; Set Decoration: Hélène Dubreuil
“War Horse” Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Lee Sandales
CINEMATOGRAPHY
“The Artist” Guillaume Schiffman
“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” Jeff Cronenweth
WINNER: “Hugo” Robert Richardson
“The Tree of Life” Emmanuel Lubezki
“War Horse” Janusz Kaminski
COSTUME DESIGN
“Anonymous” Lisy Christl
WINNER: “The Artist” Mark Bridges
“Hugo” Sandy Powell
“Jane Eyre” Michael O’Connor
“W.E.” Arianne Phillips
DIRECTING
THE WINNER: “The Artist” Michel Hazanavicius
“The Descendants” Alexander Payne
“Hugo” Martin Scorsese
“Midnight in Paris” Woody Allen
“The Tree of Life” Terrence Malick
DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)
“Hell and Back Again” Danfung Dennis and Mike Lerner
“If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front” Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman
“Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory” Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky
“Pina” Wim Wenders and Gian-Piero Ringel
WINNER: “Undefeated” TJ Martin, Dan Lindsay and Richard Middlemas
DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT)
“The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement” Robin Fryday and Gail Dolgin
“God Is the Bigger Elvis” Rebecca Cammisa and Julie Anderson
“Incident in New Baghdad” James Spione
WINNER: “Saving Face” Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
“The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom” Lucy Walker and Kira Carstensen
FILM EDITING
“The Artist” Anne-Sophie Bion and Michel Hazanavicius
“The Descendants” Kevin Tent
WINNER: “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
“Hugo” Thelma Schoonmaker
“Moneyball” Christopher Tellefsen
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
“Bullhead” Belgium
“Footnote” Israel
“In Darkness” Poland
“Monsieur Lazhar” Canada
WINNER: “A Separation” Iran
MAKEUP
“Albert Nobbs” Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnston and Matthew W. Mungle
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2″ Nick Dudman, Amanda Knight and Lisa Tomblin
WINNER: “The Iron Lady” Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland
MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)
“The Adventures of Tintin” John Williams
WINNER: “The Artist” Ludovic Bource
“Hugo” Howard Shore
“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” Alberto Iglesias
“War Horse” John Williams
MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)
WINNER: “Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets” Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie
“Real in Rio” from “Rio” Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown Lyric by Siedah Garrett
BEST PICTURE
THE WINNER: “The Artist” Thomas Langmann, Producer
“The Descendants” Jim Burke, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Producers
“Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” Scott Rudin, Producer
“The Help” Brunson Green, Chris Columbus and Michael Barnathan, Producers
“Hugo” Graham King and Martin Scorsese, Producers
“Midnight in Paris” Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum, Producers
“Moneyball” Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz and Brad Pitt, Producers
“The Tree of Life” Nominees to be determined
“War Horse” Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers
SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)
“Dimanche/Sunday” Patrick Doyon
The WINNER: “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg
“La Luna” Enrico Casarosa
“A Morning Stroll” Grant Orchard and Sue Goffe
“Wild Life” Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby
SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)
“Pentecost” Peter McDonald and Eimear O’Kane
“Raju” Max Zähle and Stefan Gieren
The WINNER: “The Shore” Terry George and Oorlagh George
“Time Freak” Andrew Bowler and Gigi Causey
“Tuba Atlantic” Hallvar Witzø
SOUND EDITING
“Drive” Lon Bender and Victor Ray Ennis
“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” Ren Klyce
The WINNER: “Hugo” Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty
“Transformers: Dark of the Moon” Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl
“War Horse” Richard Hymns and Gary Rydstrom
SOUND MIXING
“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Bo Persson
The WINNER: “Hugo” Tom Fleischman and John Midgley
“Moneyball” Deb Adair, Ron Bochar, Dave Giammarco and Ed Novick
“Transformers: Dark of the Moon” Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Peter J. Devlin
“War Horse” Gary Rydstrom, Andy Nelson, Tom Johnson and Stuart Wilson
VISUAL EFFECTS
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2″ Tim Burke, David Vickery, Greg Butler and John Richardson
The WINNER: “Hugo” Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossman and Alex Henning
“Real Steel” Erik Nash, John Rosengrant, Dan Taylor and Swen Gillberg
“Rise of the Planet of the Apes” Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, R. Christopher White and Daniel Barrett
“Transformers: Dark of the Moon” Scott Farrar, Scott Benza, Matthew Butler and John Frazier
WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)
The WINNER: “The Descendants” Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash
“Hugo” Screenplay by John Logan
“The Ides of March” Screenplay by George Clooney & Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon
“Moneyball” Screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin. Story by Stan Chervin
“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” Screenplay by Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straughan
WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)
“The Artist” Written by Michel Hazanavicius
“Bridesmaids” Written by Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig
“Margin Call” Written by J.C. Chandor
The WINNER: “Midnight in Paris” Written by Woody Allen
“A Separation” Written by Asghar Farhadi
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Your Franchise Could Be Here

Aiming to fill vacancies, shopping centers partner with franchise companies to pre-approve space for new chain locations.



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Five Tips to Inspire Innovation at Your Small Business

More innovation is needed for a business to thrive in today’s world of shrinking product life cycles and increased competition. Here’s how to kick your business into high gear.



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Mulberry’s Del Rey Hits a High Note

Lana Del Rey’s music is creating a lot of hype, almost as much as her status in the fashion industry.
Her album, Born to Die, has lead to some break out hits like Video Games and Blue Jeans; these songs emulate her sixty’s sex-kitten vibe with a hipster edge.
Elizabeth “Lizzy” Grant, as she is lesser known, is becoming acknowledged for using her pout for more than just vocal talents. With the recent release of a Mulberry bag in her honor and a fabulous– but fake– Prada ad circulating the web (and rumored real one in the works), Del Rey is making an impact on and off the charts.
Mulberry a high-end British brand is known for their handbags made with different quality leathers. As a muse, Lana Del Rey emits Hollywood glamor and “combines it with the easy sensibility and English common-sense practicality.” The bag will launch in may as a part of Mulberry’s Fall 2012 collection in a multitude of varieties, but the white ostrich bag is so exclusive Emma Hill, creative director of Mulberry, decided to make one only for her heritage icon.
Mulberry
Mulberry bags average in price over $1,000, making it a substantial investment and the ultimate fan’s price to pay.
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