That Little Black Dress

The little black dress has become a wardrobe staple by women ever since Coco Chanel popularized it in the 1920s. The initial design Chanel published in Vogue in 1926 was just a simple, straight dress that falls just right at the calves.

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Today however, decades after it was introduced, the little black dress aka the LBD has undergone different transformations in terms of cut, length, and embellishments. While many manufacturers still subscribe to the original design, many LBDs available in the market are shorter, more body-hugging, more revealing, and more decorated that sometimes they tend to look tacky. However, many are still well-designed just like the following little black dresses I found on DressFirst.com, which will certainly suit women of various tastes.

The Ballerina


This A-line LBD reminds me so much of the film The Black Swan. This dress is perfect for girls who want to show off a bit of skin while still looking chic and regal.

The Heiress


This sequined dress is perfect for those girls who are fond of attending cocktail or corporate parties. The embellishments are balanced by the modest cut. Additionally, girls who want to show off their gorgeous collar bones may find this dress suitable for that agenda.

The Vixen


This dress can make or break your outfit depending on the styling. Sexy LBDs like this do not need much accessorizing—a simple pair of earrings and bracelet would do the trick. After all, the main accessory for this kind of dress will be YOU.

The Sweetheart


Designs like this will always be my favorite. It has all the qualities of the above-mentioned dresses. It has the right amount of embellishments—it may be a little short but it’s perfect for petite girls like me. The one-shoulder venus cut also provides the right amount of playfulness. This kind of LBD is fit for occasions such as the school prom; it’s definitely something sweet and fun girls would opt to wear.

DressFirst has a wide array of little black dresses to choose from. It’s important to remember though that to make an LBD standout, overaccessorizing is not very advisable. LBDs are usually great when paired with very minimal jewelry and simple shoes.

It’s finally out: Ann Ward for Vogue Italia!

Ann Ward, the extremely thin-waisted gal of ANTM Cycle 15’s controversial promo video, can be finally brought home! This stunner who stands 6 feet and 2 inches is currently gracing Beauty in Vogue’s March cover photographed by Ellen von Unwerth, the fashion photographer well known for her playful and high contrast style [source].

Having won five consecutive best photo during the cycle, it is a no-brainer that she totally deserved to be declared as America’s next top model.  She may be very shy, yes, but that trait could be mended. And by being on Vogue’s cover and pages, who wouldn’t gain confidence right? I’m pretty sure Ann’s timidness has diminished.

Styled by Shiela Single, Ann has definitely transformed from an awkward girl to a high-fashion model. Check out the behind-the-scenes video:


Photo credits go to Vogue.it.

I Wanna Be a Model: The Traps You Should Look Out For

Gisele Bundchen, richest supermodel

It is every teenager’s dream to be a model. Who doesn’t when you get to wear all the fabulous clothes, get freebies, take beautiful pictures, earn a year’s income of a minimum wage worker in just one project, and of course, be recognized by everyone. It’s a no-brainer how girls are easily enticed whenever someone comes up to them and asks them to model. I must say, however, that I am not an expert on this topic. I’d just like to share some of my experiences and what I have learned through other people. I AM NOT A MODEL, but I have undergone some of the process of becoming one, and boy, I’m telling you it’s not as glamorous as how people think it is. Being part of the modeling industry means you have to invest a lot–time, hard work, patience, and emotions (well, except for those who already have the connections or happen to possess “the look” the agents are casting for). And because there are douchebags who know that there are people who are willing to sacrifice anything for a dream, they take advantage. Below are some things you have to look out for:

  1. Bogus talent/modeling agencies. Talent/modeling agencies are sprouting like mushrooms nowadays. They lure their potential victims by guaranteeing them work or by boasting their roster of talents. First, modeling agencies cannot guarantee an aspirant a project because it all depends on the demands and requirements of the client. Agencies find projects for the models, they are not the source of the projects. Second, it’s easy to copy and paste pictures from Google, you know, so you can’t be really assured of that.
  2. Registration and advertising fees (or any term similar) and upfront payments. If they tell you that you have to pay a some sort of a registration fee or an advertising fee so that you can get exposure, I say walk out the door. According to the New York City Consumer Affairs, it’s illegal. But sometimes they are a little more creative, they would schedule you for a setcard and portfolio shoot but then they’ll ask you to pay for it. Yes, some photographers may ask payment for setcard and portfolio generation, but it is the agency’s responsibility to pay for them and for other requirements, it’s their investment; anyway when you get booked for projects, they will get their money back. If your agency is asking for these kind of stuff, take a step back because it may be a scam.

What can you do to avoid all these hassle? The only answer is proper research. When someone approaches you and tells you that you would make a great model, don’t be swooned! Ask for his/her card (or at least his/her full name and agency), then verify if the agency he/she belongs to is a member of the Talent Agents’ Organization. Talent Agents’ Organization (TAO) is a professional organization of legitimate and topnotch agents in the Philippines. It’s notable members are Faces Model Agency, W Talent Management, Reco Models, Professional Models Association of the Philippines (PMAP), Mercator Model Management, and many others. And If you decide to visit the agency, it is never embarrassing to bring along someone for your safety.

CREDITS: http://www.facesmodelagency.com/eventstao.htm, http://www.modelingscams.org

Blake Lively: The New Chanel Mademoiselle Ambassador

Oh yes, she did it again. After being named as 2010’s Best Dressed by Vogue:

Blake Lively, a.k.a Serena Van Der Woodsen of Gossip Girl, scored another feat. Read more.


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