Jennifer Aniston Oscars 2015


Gone, girls–gone….the past, pouting, pursed lips of pokerfaced celebrities.

No more pusillanimous, pensive or ponderous puckers for awards shows.

Celebrities Rooney Mara and Victoria Beckham take note–even Kristen Stewart turned up the edges at the Still Alice premiere last November.

The 87th Academy Awards Sunday night proved 2015 is the “Year of the Smile.”

Star after star beamed in dazzling designs: Lupita Nyong’o in Calvin Klein Collection, Lady Gaga in Azzedine Alaia, Felicity Jones in Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, Marion Cotillard in Dior, Jennifer Lopez in Elie Saab, Reese Witherspoon in Tom Ford, Julianne Moore in Chanel Haute Couture.

But the all-time standard bearer of the smile is Jennifer Aniston–wearing Versace last night at the Oscars–who powerfully transformed the downward trend this past year.

Not only was Aniston’s famed winsome grin gorgeously on display last night–witness her playful pick-up of Emma Stone on the Red Carpet–but Aniston’s hair colour looked better than ever–adding to her positive vibe. noted that Aniston’s “natural, sun-kissed locks” knock 10 years off her age, with “sunny, face-framing strands.”

Michael Canale, Aniston’s celebrity haircolourist–who, with her go-to-stylist Chris McMillan, has kept the star’s hair gleaming for two decades–noted how well her pulchritudinous presence radiates across the board.

In an exclusive conversation with us, Canale–citing Jen’s December/January Harper’s Bazaar cover says, “She’s gorgeous.”

In order to create the natural look Jen wanted, Canale “did a base colour, then popped the colour around the hairline, framing her face by applying paper-thin, raw highlights that created lightness that brought out her hair cut and her features. Then Canale used his signature proprietary gloss to lock in the colour.”

Canale says the colour, “looks like camera lights are shining on her blonde strands but there’s no light, it’s her colour.”

It is brilliant. Even more reason to smile.

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Zang Toi’s Venetian Mystery for Fall Winter 2015 at NYFW

Zang Toi FW 2015

Zang Toi treated attendees at his Fall Winter show to the type of extravagance featured at Venetian masquerades in the 16th century. The collection was certainly a renaissance for the Malaysian-born designer, who deviated from his usual palette of jewel tones. Toi said, “I decided to surprise my audience without the signature Zang Toi colours. I decided to go with what I call a non-color color collection.”

How to Communicate with Men

Couple walking in winter

Lives of Style’s DatingSpeak ™ ©2014 addresses questions about dating, relationships and communication.

Our Lives of Style authority–Laura Pugliese, shares must-know dating “Do’s and Don’ts” that will help you find success in your relationships.

Lives of Style: I got sick over the weekend and my boyfriend wouldn’t come over to bring me soup or spend time with me. I had to ask my friend to bring over some supplies. What can I say to him because I’m so hurt?

Laura: I’m going to presume (since you wrote: “He wouldn’t come over and bring me soup”) that you specifically asked him to do it, and he said “No.” I am bringing up that point because I’ve had many people come to me upset that their partner didn’t do this or didn’t do that, and when I probed them further for insight I learned that they had assumed their partner should just know what they wanted.

It is very important to be clear about how you feel and what you want by sharing your feelings specifically and also asking for what you want in a respectful and loving manner. It is also beneficial to ask the person what the reason is for their answers when the answer is something that feels disappointing to you; otherwise you risk assuming reasons that may feel terrible to you which are inaccurate.

It is possible that your boyfriend has concerns about getting sick if he exposes himself to you or other people when there is an illness. If that is the case, then you may have to decide if his being that way is manageable or a deal breaker for you.

With that in mind you can say to your boyfriend, “Honey I want to talk with you about something that feels sensitive to me. Is now a good time?” Wait for him to say “Yes.” Then you can say, “I realized that it really didn’t feel good to me that you didn’t want to come over and bring me soup. You had every right not want to. I want to be honest and tell you that it is something that would really mean a lot to me. Also if the situation was reversed, I wouldn’t hesitate to do it for you if you asked. I realize that we think differently, and I do not understand your position. I want to discuss it with you to better understand you and see if we can come to an agreement that would work well for us both in the future. What was your reason for not wanting to do it, and are you open to us having an agreement to help each other when asked in the future?”

Hervé Léger F-W 2015 — An Anniversary in Style

Herve Leger FW15

For Hervé Léger’s Fall-Winter collection–a celebration of of 30 years of Léger–Max and Lubov Azria found divine inspiration at Antoni Gaudí’s famed La Sagrada Família cathedral in Barcelona. Lubov’s personal photos of the sparkling stained glass windows and ceiling were transformed into rich patterns and body-con knit jacquards. Even Gaudí’s miniature wooden models of the cathedral gave rise to taupe bandage dresses. Azria credits the church’s facades for the collection’s three acts.

Derek Lam Goes Mod for Fall Winter 2015 at NYFW


Derek Lam modernized women’s sportswear for his Fall Winter 2015 collection at NYFW. He turned to superstars Diane Keaton, Katharine Hepburn, Mia Farrow, and Dianne Wiest for sources of inspiration for the season, calling them his “New York heroines.” Lam’s outerwear was a highlight of the collection, with gorgeous trenches that held volume and A-line pea coats that held movement.  Loose-fitting trousers and sweaters were also prevalent throughout the collection, which also played around with a variety of necklines. The color palette was very Fall/Winter, containing plum, camel, ivory, black, copper, and a number of other warm hues. The collection overall was very New York glam with an underlying edge, and we adored it.

North Africa Meets Europe for Edun Fall Winter 2015 at NYFW


Creative Director Danielle Sherman of Edun explored the cusp of European and North African culture for her Fall Winter 2015 collection at NYFW. The brand uses Africa as its central point of manufacturing, so it’s only natural that it would find sources of inspiration from there as well. Tapestries based on traditional North African design came through, juxtaposing beautifully with classic European shapes and cuts. Pieces that employed the unique tapestry-inspired patterns were standouts, but a great deal of color blocking was prevalent throughout a number of the designs. Color palette remained quite neutral with black, white, and grey, and pops of red and blue were thrown into the mix. The collection as a whole was exquisite.

Opulence with Zac Posen for Fall Winter 2015 at NYFW


Zac Posen took to Grand Central’s Vanderbilt Hall to unveil his Fall Winter 2015 collection at NYFW. As usual, Posen had an ornate, over the top show that was closed out with Naomi Campbell as the finale look model. Mega stars adorned the front row, including Rihanna and Mary J. Blige. The collection was fit for Hollywood’s hottest, and was comprised of stunningly glamorous floor-length gowns as well as daytime wear dresses and skirt/sweater pairings. Posen’s color palette varied, including black, gray, burnt orange, red, pale blue, and emerald. The great variation broke up the collection nicely and gave the aesthetic as a whole some added depth. We loved the collection, and Zac Posen truly never disappoints.

3.1 Phillip Lim is Cool and Composed for Fall Winter 2015 at NYFW


Phillip Lim kept his collection cool, urban chic for Fall Winter 2015 at NYFW. In the 3.1 Phillip Lim collection, pieces stuck to a solid palette of black, white, and gray, with pops of muted green and blood red. The collection focused more on silhouette rather than a centralized theme, creating an unbound and sort of released look. Lim employed the use of dangling straps through a great deal of the pieces, which metaphorically linked to the unrestricted sentiment. Cool, loose fitting shapes contrasted with tailored skirts, trousers, and sweaters. Though the majority of the collection focused on solids, there were several pieces that employed plaid and graphic embellishments. Overall, we love the subtle rocker/street vibe that Lim managed to successfully merge with higher end glam for this collection.

Peter Copping Soars for Oscar de la Renta Fall Winter 2015 at NYFW


This season for the Oscar de la Renta brand was a pivotal one, as it was Peter Copping’s first turn as Creative Director of the storied line. The legendary namesake to the brand passed away just one week after appointing Copping as the creative director, adding a great deal of pressure to the successor. Fortunately, his Fall Winter 2015 collection at NYFW didn’t disappoint. Copping channeled de la Renta through his use of embellishment and curve hugging shapes, keeping an elegant, sophisticated beauty steadily throughout the collection. There were a number of cocktail dresses as well, which stood as a testament to the fusion of Copping’s and de la Renta’s ideologies. We love the structure and fabrications that Copping employed, and we are excited to see what his future at Oscar de la Renta holds!

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Rodarte is Edgy and Sexy for Fall Winter 2015 at NYFW


Sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte always put out a killer collection, and this season proved no exception. For Fall Winter 2015 at NYFW, the designers kept it super edgy, sexy, and fun. Skirts had sky-high hemlines and were offset by long sleeve tops. A number of blouses held low v-cuts. Silhouettes varied, with plenty of asymmetry both at the sleeves and at hemlines. Layering and varied fabrications created texture and depth within the looks. Heavy, intricate detailing and embellishment were integral throughout the collection, and played a role in nearly every piece in the collection. Models donned sheer tights and over-the-knee black crocodile leather boots, and their looks were topped off by stunning makeup that featured Swarovski crystals set along their bottom lash lines.

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