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22 May 2013

2013 SI Swimsuit: Kate Upton (1)

2013 SI Swimsuit: Kate Upton

Remarkable cover of Kate Upton in the freezing temperatures of Antarctica for this year's swimsuit issue. Photographed in November and released in February. That's two SI Swimsuit covers in a row for Kate Upton.

:: no time to quit now ::

2013 SI Swimsuit: Kate Upton (2)

2013 SI Swimsuit: Kate Upton

Sports Illustrated has done it again!

Kate Upton has a look that sets her apart mainly because of her size and body shape. Compared to the very thin Victoria's Secret models that I often blog about and create fashion sets around, she is quite voluptuous. I don't believe she considers herself a plus-size model but she definitely could be! And I mean that in a good way. It is refreshing to see sexy models who are not pencil thin.

The most daring photo is the one where she is wearing a see-through sheer blouse with nothing on underneath .... ahhh ... just naughty, naughty! Especially since she has very large natural breasts. This magazine editorial will have the fellows (and a few ladies) talking for a long time.

20 May 2013

MET Gala 2013: Joan Smalls

I am not sure why most of the Victoria's Secret models who were in attendance at this year's MET Gala wore similar hairstyles. The lovely Joan Smalls did her own take on Chanel Iman's and Miranda Kerr's hairstyle by incorporating an elegant twist along the left side while letting her soft ombre medium brown to blonde hair cascade over her right shoulder.

This Puerto Rican goddess was escorted by the handsome designer Tom Ford wearing one his latest creations. Her only punk accessory were gold razor blade earrings that looked elegant and stunning on her. The Tom Ford black sort of macrame gown that she wore was see-through and draped her body in a sensual way. She looked ultra sexy especially with Tom Ford standing beside her for the event. Her nude color underwear were a clever choice.

At the event, she was photographed chumming it up with another model who has been associated with Victoria's Secret, the edgy Abbey Lee Kershaw. Abbey just exudes punk style without even trying. Nice to capture her in a photograph with Joan at this event since they both have been featured in Chanel advertising campaigns as well as have done work for Victoria's Secret.

This year's MET Gala was truly a success. American designer Tom Ford last year chose Chanel Iman as his date wearing one his designs. And this year he chose another African-American beauty to escort to the popular event wearing one of his designs, the sexy bombshell Joan Smalls! She happens to be at the height of her career and was recently ranked as the #1 model in the world by models.com. Love the fact that Tom Ford so aggressively embraces black models while still holding his position as one of the top designers in the industry. He raises the bar as far as making a true effort to promote diversity in the fashion industry.

Hats off to both Joan Smalls and Tom Ford!

MET Gala 2013: Joan Smalls
Joan Smalls :: MET Gala
by divashyne featuring TOM FORD

17 May 2013

MET Gala 2013: Miranda Kerr

Quite a few Victoria's Secret models showed up on the red carpet this year for the 2013 annual Metropolitan Museum of Art Gala: Liu Wen, Doutzen Kroes, Chanel Iman, Cara Delevingne and Joan Smalls. The theme this year was "Punk: Chaos to Couture." Not only did VS models Chanel Iman and Cara Delevingne decide to wear their hair in side braided punk-inspired styles but so did VS Angel Miranda Kerr! However, instead of tight braids hugging the scalp giving a pseudo-bald punk rock look, Miranda Kerr's hairstyle was soft, very elegant and glamorous with just a tad bit of punk appeal.

She looked stunning in a sexy black cut-out gown by Michael Kors. She sparkled in expensive diamond earrings and bracelets by Cartier. The most punk-inspired accessory that she wore was the daring Christian Louboutin clutch. She strutted comfortably in a pair of sexy, chandelier heels designed by Tabitha Simmons which added the perfect shimmering, feminine touch to complete the look.

Miranda Kerr is known for her impeccable style and exquisite taste. She pulls off the old Hollywood glam style quite easily and this seems to be her signature style. Just always a classic beauty on and off the red carpet. She seems to frequently gravitate towards the classic cut-out gowns which show off her very fit physique quite nicely.

She went a little bit more daring for this gala by having two french braids adorn the left side of her head and neatly tucked underneath the cascade of loose curls that fell nicely to her right shoulder. The dark red nail polish complimented her dark red lipstick giving her a slight punk goth look while still showcasing the glamorous, elegant fashion style that she has been known to wear.

And I just can't say enough about the Michael Kors dress ... from the details of the dual solid zippers in the back to the attached sequin bandeau top ... just fabulous! A perfect 10 on Miranda Kerr.

MET Gala 2013: Miranda Kerr
Miranda Kerr :: MET Gala
by divashyne featuring MICHAEL KORS

14 May 2013

MET Gala 2013: Chanel Iman

I was shocked when I stumbled across photos of Chanel Iman on the red carpet for this year's annual MET gala. She was in attendance at the Costume Institute Gala for the "PUNK: Chaos to Couture" exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2013 in New York City. I was shocked because she looked amazing - just so well put together and I haven't really seen any photos of her in a while.

For the 2013 MET gala, Chanel wore her hair in a beautiful partially braided style with pink highlights added to the tip of her hair. She has struggled over the years with her hair and now she is on point! The punk-theme for this year's MET gala obviously inspired her to try this new punkish hairstyle. She wore a dress by J. Mendel that suited her well (custom designed for her!) and gave her a very elegant, upper-class look. She accessorize with a hot pink clutch to match her hair highlights and chose to wear white strappy heels to be season-appropriate. The jewels that she wore are by Lorraine Schwartz.

There is one thing for sure about Chanel Iman and that is that she sure knows how to dress! Her well-manicured nails were trendy and added just the perfect spice to the look. She appeared happy, vibrant and just so at ease in these photos.

Once again Chanel Iman is HOT on the scene! How you like her NOW?!?

She seemed to be a party favorite as she was photographed with designer Gilles Mendel, model Cara Delevingne, model Liu Wen and even mega pop star Taylor Swift. I know that her buddy Kanye West performed at the gala so it was particularly interesting to see her chumming it up with Taylor Swift.

MET Gala 2013: Chanel Iman
Chanel Iman :: MET Gala
by divashyne featuring J. Mendel