Giorgio Armani used the recent Japan earthquakes as inspiration behind his 2011 Fall Haute Couture Collection shown in Paris yesterday, naming the collection "Homage to Japan." The hairstyles were reminiscent of those seen in Memoirs of a Geisha. Hair was slightly teased at the front, slicked back and piled into oversized and pinned-in up 'dos, complete with angular, looped and floral-embellished headpieces. On the makeup front, complexions were left bare with minimal contouring, the eyes being the focal point with double-winged eyeliner in black and brown, smudged at the wing with eyeshadow applied up to the brow in varying shades of coral and orange. Glossy, iridescent peach lipstick was the perfect accompaniment.
In a move to help its countrymen, Shiseido has donated 100 million Japanese Yen (approximately $1,274,000) to provide relief to those affected by last week's devastating earthquake and tsunami. In addition, the Japanese brand is also giving needy people 10,000 bottles each of its dry shampoo, medicated hand soap, and two different sizes of quick-drying disinfectant lotion.
To find out how you can lend a hand, too, head to the Red Cross' website or call 1800 811 700 to make a donation.
Lady Gaga has reached out to the victims of the Japanese earthquake and subsequent tsunami disaster by creating fund-raising a wrist band. Gaga tweeted about the prayer bracelet which she designed, emblazoned with "Pray For Japan" in English and Japanese, over the weekend. The wrist bands are available for pre-order from her official merchandise website, with all proceeds from the $5 (USD) price tag going to rescue efforts in the disaster ravaged country. The fashion industry in Australia was quick to rally around victims of the Queensland floods, and in the coming days and weeks we are sure to see more celebrities putting their star power to charitable use. Will you be buying a Gaga's branded bracelet? Or would you like to assist Japan's population in other (non-celebrity endorsed) ways?
You can donate via the Red Cross here.
Justin Bieber caught kissing the girl who appears in his "Baby" music video—TMZ
Fadi Ibrahim and Shayda Bastani tie the knot in a secret ceremony—Daily Telegraph
Nicole Richie has a hen's party in Mexico—ONTD
Jodie Foster still adores Mel Gibson—Celebitchy
Elle Macpherson is a yummy mummy in leather pants—Hollywood Tuna
Paris Hilton detained in Japan by immigration officials—People
Matt Newton agrees to stay away from ex-fiancee Rachael Taylor—Daily Telegraph
It’s getting down to the nitty gritty on Australia’s Next Top Model and the girls were sent to Tokyo to test how they would fare in a foreign environment. Let’s take a look at the highlights from their Lost in Translation adventure.
Bon Voyage: Luckily the girls actually knew that Tokyo was in Japan. After landing they had to do a shoot with a photographer who didn’t speak English. I kept waiting for Bill Murray to appear with a glass of whisky and say, “For relaxing times, make it Suntory times...”
Harajuku Girls: The contestants appeared on a TV show called Kawaii and were dressed in funky Japanese street style with themes like naughty school girl, fairy and babies. They were each assigned a fashion mentor and looked suitably ridiculous. But props to them for being good sports. Gwen Stefani would have been proud.
For more of my thoughts on the episode, keep reading.
Johnny Depp was in Tokyo this morning for a Public Enemies press conference. Japan is a usual stop on the international promotion circuit, and Johnny looked fresh-faced despite only arriving yesterday morning. Public Enemies is already out on DVD here in Oz, but it's due to hit the big screen in Japan this Friday. Even so, it doesn't appear as though Johnny has watched the film. At today's event, he opened up about seeing the project and also discussed whether he has any enemies of his own. He said:
- On Public Enemies: "I haven't seen the film yet, but I hear great things about it.
- On if he has any enemies "I don't think I have any enemies, really . . . The scariest enemy is within, allowing yourself to conform to what is expected of you."
Hopefully he's getting a little rest, since he's committed another project to his already busy schedule; production on Dark Shadows- his next collaboration with Tim Burton- is set to start next year.
New York has style, Paris got couture, London's all about the punk and Australia is effortless. Which leaves Tokyo with the unexpected. The biggest week in Japanese fashion may not get the hype that other cities' shows do, but you'll still find plenty to inspire, stun, or simply confuse you . . .