Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Style Crush: Fan Bing Bing

I first heard about Fan Bing Bing on Fashion Police on the E!Entertainment channel where she completely outshone J-Lo by wearing the same Elie Saab dress but in a completely innovative way.  She basically wore a jewelled shawl as a turban! It was pure genius and it really made her stand out from the crowd.

Fan Bing Bing is a 29 year old Chinese actress and singer who is fast becoming one of the new major style icons of 2011.  She has been turning up in the front row of many a fashion show and has been pictured with some major celeb friends.  She is a veritable fashion chameleon who jumps from audrey hepburn-esque demure sophistication to masculine tailoring and then to red carpet glamour.

She has been called "China's answer to Monica Bellucci" but her often retro styling shift more towards China's answer to Dita Von Teese!  She always seems so graceful, chic and sophisticated in whatever she wears.  She has a real air of vintage elegance and her immaculate appearance never seems to waiver.

And here is the genius turban creation which, admitedly I would look downright ridiculous in, but Fan Bing Bing somehow carries it off beautifully...

Her style is definitely one which is meticulously well thought out and manicured to absolute perfection so more often than not, her designer ensembles aren't something you would chuck on to go down to the shops.  However, I do like the little touches she puts on things.  I have always thought there are two types of style icons...those who wear outfits straight from the catwalk and ones who mix and match designer with budget to create an altogether unique look.  I would say Fan Bing Bing belongs to the straight off the catwalk gang but I love her all the same.

I particularly love this nude silk mousseline pleated Elie Saab Spring 2009 Couture gown she wore to the Cannes Film Festival last year.

I recently heard that Lauren Conrad from The Hills has set up a website called The Beauty Department with her hair and makeup team, Amy Nadine (makeup artist) and Kristen Ess (hairstylist) in order to "offer beauty tips: how to do the hottest runway tricks. How to wear purple eyeliner. How to do beach curls. The idea is to eventually roll out a cosmetics and hair line."  I have always thought of Lauren as a young Jennifer Aniston because she really has that 'girl next door' quality about her, both in style and personality.  She is always quite safe with her fashion choices and her makeup rarely takes a departure from her staple of a cat eye and nude lip/red lip.  I think that has always been her appeal though, that girls feel like they can relate to her.

I have had a look and it's still very much in the baby stages of development but it may be of interest if your a fan of Lauren, her style/makeup or you're just looking for a bit of beauty or fashion inspiration.  It will offer video tutorials, tips and printable step-by-step how-tos on hair and makeup. 

Would you be interested in this website? Would you buy products from Lauren's cosmetic or hair line?

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