Target’s new GO line fun and funky
Inspired by the draping and asymmetrical looks of the red carpet? Lucky for you, the one-shoulder dress isn’t reserved for Maggie Gyllenhaal. Target’s latest GO International line includes a multi-color bandage dress featuring bright colors, Grecian-style draping and a chic asymmetrical cut. And at $44.99 you won’t have to save it for your next trip to an awards show.
The rest of the GO spring line, available in stores Feb. 1, combines "urban edge and feminine-inspired drapery," according to Target. The result is a funky and eclectic mix of clothing ranging from zipper tops and skinny jeans with a distinct ’80s feel to beautifully draped skirts that say fun and flirty. Some of our favorites:
- The ruffle sweater vest in gray ($39.99)
- A color-block tank in gray and orange ($26.99)
- The multi-color drape skirt ($27.99)
Prices for the new line range from $16.99 to $49.99.
Must skin be winter white?
Q: I know it’s winter, but a ghostly pallor just doesn’t look festive. Is there any tanning product that I haven’t tried that is tested and approved by those in the know?
A: In sharing some of his personal favorite things for giving and receiving this holiday, Adam Glassman, creative director for O, The Oprah Magazine, said his friends know he can always use fresh stock of the Tan Towel. "I admit I like the look of being sun-kissed, but have been avoiding the real sun for years now with tons of sun protection. Tantowel.com offers the best self-tanning product I have ever used—and I have tried them all. Individual single-use towelettes (like baby wipes) allow you to apply quickly on your face and/or body. You dry quickly and the color accelerator is the fastest, deepest, most natural tan I have ever seen. I am always asked, ‘Where have you been?’ and no one can believe it is a fake tan." A full-body classic 10-pack for fair to medium skin is $21 at tantowel.com.
Eye smudges are so 2008
As any girl who has cried at a movie or wedding knows, waterproof eye products are a must. A perennial favorite for their great products and quirky marketing, Benefit Cosmetics (finally) adds two waterproof versions of everyday basics to their line: BAD gal lash ($19) and a new "slimline" BAD gal liner ($20).
The mascara is a late-comer to the waterproof field, but we liked the original and the waterproofing just makes it better. It stays on well (no dreaded under-eye smudging when we tried it) and you can layer it up for stunning lashes that draw attention to the eye.
And the other addition — their waterproof skinny eye pencil — is something we never thought we really needed until we tried it. This stuff is positively amazing because it lasts and lasts, even through careless eye rubs.
Find Benefit Cosmetics online at www.benefitcosmetics.com.
Learn about fashion photography from an insider
It’s a fashion photographer’s job to make sure an outfit is presented in such a way that it looks good, the model looks good and the best assets of both are featured in flattering ways. It’s not just the model, but the techniques used by the photographer that make the final product look perfect.
Let "Fashion Photography: A Complete Guide to the Tools and Techniques of the Trade," by Bruce Smith (Amphoto Books, $29.95) be your textbook on how to achieve the same. Smith, who has been involved in fashion and beauty photography for 30 years and now runs photo workshops and a how-to Web site, includes sections on building sets, lighting, shooting for balanced spreads — including leaving visual space for text, directing your model (a standard model release form is included at the end of the book), working with clients, Photoshop tricks and more.
Fan of fashion, but not a photographer? Many sections would still be a good read if you’re curious about how things work behind the scenes of fashion shoots.
— McClatchy Newspapers