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Kim and Kourtney Kardashian Are Halloween Goals as Music Icons Madonna and Michael Jackson

Forget couples costumes — sisters make the best Halloween partners.

Kim Kardashian West teamed up with sister Kourtney Kardashian for Saturday’s pre-holiday festivities, dressing as Madonna and Michael Jackson to recreate the famous looks of the King and Queen of Pop at the 1991 Academy Awards.

The 37-year-old reality star was almost unrecognizable in a sequined white gown and fur shawl, with platinum blonde hair and a red lip to channel the “Like a Virgin” singer. Kourtney, 38, also went all out, wearing her hair in tight curls and donning black gloves and a white blazer to emulate the late Jackson.

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The Madonna ensemble was Kim’s third Halloween look this year. Earlier in the day, the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star gave fans a peek at her costume as Aaliyah.

She sported elaborate eye makeup and straight locks to play the late singer, completing her costume with a jeweled choker and coordinating top that flaunted her stomach. The look matched the ensemble Aaliyah wore in her “Try Again” music video.

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On Saturday, the mom of two revealed on Twitter that the inspiration for all her costumes this year came from her favorite musical figures.

“My Halloween theme this year is ICONS! Musical legends!!!” she wrote. “Paying homage to some of my faves!”

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Earlier in the weekend, Kim kicked Halloween off by proving once again that she was a dead ringer for Cher, dressing up for Casamigos’ annual Halloween bash on Friday night in a custom-made Alexandrine outfit that replicated the 71-year-old music icon’s exact look from the 1973 Academy Awards.

“Cher definitely has a better body,” Kim said on Periscope. “Her stomach… I don’t think anyone could compare.”

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Kim’s best friend, Jonathan Cheban, transformed into Cher’s husband, Sonny Bono, wearing a purple suit by Stello, a wig and mustache in order to complement Kim’s outfit to the Casamigos Halloween Party on Friday night.

The star said of Cheban’s costume, “We got an exact suit made.”


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15 Style Icons Who Prove Flats Are Fab: From Audrey Hepburn to Karlie Kloss

Next time you’re thinking of reaching for a pair of heels, consider opting for flats instead. Style icons including Coco Chanel and Karlie Kloss have been choosing party-worthy ballerinas, loafers, and slippers over stilettos for years. Take a look at these for inspiration.

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Coco Chanel‘s simple elegance still resonates today—her classic take on ladylike dressing remains much unchanged. One accessory the designer popularized? Ballet flats—which prove shoes don’t have to have a high heel to make a woman look her chicest.

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Actress-turned-princess Grace Kelly made comfort look elegant when she opted for flats over heels. Though espadrilles remained a favorite style of Kelly’s, she certainly slipped into her fair share of skimmers!

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Katharine Hepburn was one of the first to popularize the still-modern-and-fresh borrowed-from-the-boys style we now love so dearly. Hepburn adopted the menswear trend right down to her flat-soled oxford lace-ups.

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Fresh-faced Audrey Hepburn was known to have her ballet flats custom-made by Salvatore Ferragamo. A classically-trained ballerina, Hepburn brought the youthful style into the spotlight, paired with everything from black pixie pants to midi skirts.

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The youth movement of the 1960s brought with it the minidresses and flats still popular today. One of the decade’s biggest models, Twiggy, often stepped out onto the London scene wearing ballet flats or Mary Janes.

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Fun fact: it’s Brigitte Bardot who is credited with popularizing Repetto—growing the brand from a technical dance shoe company to one that also makes everyday footwear. Trained as a ballerina, Bardot requested the ballet slipper with a city sole—ease and elegance rolled into one.

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Before, during, and after JFK’s time in office, all eyes were on Jackie, as she effortlessly donned everything from ball gowns to flared jeans. It was through her zeal for ballerinas and loafers, though, that she showed the world flats can be just as elegant as heels.

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A lover of ballet flats in every color, Princess Diana is credited with popularizing the British company French Sole (after buying 12 pairs in one fell swoop.) A fashion icon, Diana often chose to pair dresses and skirts with flat shoes instead of heels.

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Lauren Hutton‘s masculine-meets-feminine style means she’s often spotted wearing pants, blazers, or suiting and sneakers and flats.

2011-GettyImages-118144332Vogue Paris editor-in-chief Emmanuelle Alt is the epitome of casual, cool French-girl fashion. Even in black jeans and a crisp button-down shirt, Alt makes flats look chicer than any stiletto heels.

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Olivia Palermo has been known to pair everything from miniskirts to midi dresses, wool trousers to denim shorts with shoes of the flat variety. Take a cue from Palermo and opt for styles more festive in design, with an unexpected element or texture.

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Fashion editor Giovanna Battaglia shows off her legs by pairing fun and flirty minidresses with flats of all varieties. She has been known to sport everything from menswear oxfords and smoking slippers to girly ballet fats and pointed-toe slingbacks.

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If there’s one girl who opts for flats over heels for most occasions, it’s Alexa Chung. A fan of Charlotte Olympia cat flats, there are few parties too fancy for Chung’s feline feet.

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Petite as the pair may be, Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen prove that you don’t need sky-high heels to look elegant at a party. Whether it’s Coco Chanel’s favorite cap-toe ballet skimmers or elongated masculine slip-ons, the right pairs of flats are always party-ready!

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Standing at almost a foot taller than the design duo, Karlie Kloss opts for elegant flats on the red carpet, gown and all. With the shoes’ pointed shape and metallic sheen, the model is ready to dance the night away while remaining graceful and festive.





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‘When They Were Kids’ Cartoons Perfectly Depict Rihanna And Other Fashion Icons As Children

It looks like Rihanna was always a “bad gal.”

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Fashion Cartoonist, an anonymous doodler who has been featured in the trade publication Business of Fashion as part of its Fashion Funnies section, has released a new set of adorable cartoons.

The images, which depict fashion icons and celebrities as “children,” are a welcome light-hearted contribution to an industry that has the tendency to take itself pretty seriously. The cartoonist, who chooses to stay anonymous, explained in an e-mail to The Huffington Post:

“My blog is, in its own way, a tribute to the extraordinary personalities that populate the fashion world. I believe that, while fashion is definitely a very important and serious business, sometimes we take it too seriously. My cartoons put fun, irony and humor back into it!”

Fashion Cartoonist posts standalone images like the one of Rihanna, as well as nods to happenings in pop culture. Elton John’s feud with Dolce & Gabbana got the cartoon treatment, as well as Pharrell and Robin Thicke’s legal troubles. Even Iris Apfel is included, just off the heels of the release of her documentary.

Preach. To see more from Fashion Cartoonist, head to the blog and Instagram.

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Bloomingdale’s Celebrates Style Icons in Los Angeles

LA LA LAND: After a brutal winter on the East Coast, Bloomingdale’s executives enjoyed a stylish spring break in Los Angeles. Following last fall’s style icons-themed marketing campaign that featured seven New Yorkers — including Eidos creative director Antonio Ciongoli and restaurateur Michael Chernow, as well as commentary by blogger Michael Williams from A Continuous Lean — the executives celebrated the digital initiative’s L.A. edition on Thursday night with Departures magazine.
“I always appreciated L.A. style, especially casual sportswear,” said Kevin Harter, vice president for men’s fashion direction at Bloomingdale’s. “Guys out here have a good take on individual style. We came in and did some research and found seven guys that were diverse, with different ages and different looks.”
Those diverse men included Toms founder Blake Mycoskie, art curator Franklin Sirmans, stylist Johnny Wujek, actor Manish Dayal, chef Roy Choi, eyewear designer Garrett Leight and TV production head Tom Leach.
After a shopping event at the Bloomingdale’s store in Beverly Center, where Nylon magazine cofounders Marvin and Jaclynn Jarrett dropped by, the party moved to the Palm restaurant in Beverly Hills. Still, the icons didn’t rest on their laurels. Wujek took a break from prepping Katy Perry’s wardrobe for her forthcoming concert

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1964 World’s Fair Towers Could Be Torn Down As NYC Debates Future Of Queens Icons

NEW YORK (AP) — They were designed for the 1964 World’s Fair as sleek, space-age visions of the future: three towers topped by flying-saucer-like platforms, and a pavilion of pillars with a suspended, shimmering roof that was billed as the “Tent of Tomorrow.”

That imagined tomorrow has come and gone. Now the structures are abandoned relics, with rusted beams, faded paint and cracked concrete. As the fair’s 50th anniversary approaches, the remains of the New York State Pavilion are getting renewed attention, from preservationists who believe they should be restored, and from critics who see them as hulking eyesores that should be torn down. Neither option would come cheap: an estimated $ 14 million for demolition and $ 32 million to $ 72 million for renovation.

“It is the Eiffel Tower of Queens,” says Matthew Silva, who’s making a documentary about the pavilion in Queens’ Flushing Meadows Corona Park, comparing it to a remnant of the 1889 Paris Exposition that was also threatened with demolition before it was saved.

Designed by famed architect Philip Johnson, the New York structures debuted with the rest of the World’s Fair on April 22, 1964, and quickly became among its most popular attractions.

Visitors rode glass “Sky Streak” elevators to the observation deck of a 226-foot tower — the highest point in the fair. The two shorter towers, at 150 and 60 feet, held a cafeteria and a VIP lounge.

The pavilion’s 16, 100-foot-tall concrete columns supported what was then the largest suspended roof in the world, a 50,000 square-foot expanse of translucent, multicolored tiles. On the floor below was a $ 1 million, 9,000-square-foot terrazzo tile map of the state, with details of cities, towns and highways.

In the years after the fair, the pavilion was used as a music venue for such acts as Led Zeppelin, the Grateful Dead and Fleetwood Mac. In the ’70s, it became a roller skating rink until the collapse of the ceiling tiles, leaving only bare cables behind.

The towers, while still structurally sound, were abandoned as observation decks long ago for safety reasons. Their retro-futuristic look has been most widely known from its use in such movies as “Men in Black” and “Iron Man 2.”

Although occasionally opened for tours, the towers and pavilion — the last major structures still standing from the World’s Fair that have not been preserved — have largely served as a stoic landmark for travelers on the Van Wyck Expressway. Two pad-locked gates — one chain-link, one metal — keep the Tent of Tomorrow shuttered.

“It should be called the ‘Tent of Yesterday,'” says Ben Haber, who lives near the park. “This is not the Parthenon, it’s not the Sphinx, it’s not the pyramids. … So what’s so special that we should keep it?”

At the heart of the debate is the cost. While the city’s Parks Department commissioned studies on the cost of scrapping or renovating the complex, it is still unclear where that money would come from and, if restored, how the structures would be used. If the money comes through, work on the city-owned pavilion could begin as early as next year once officials make a decision.

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz has formed a task force dedicated to preserving the pavilion, noting that other structures from the World’s Fair have been saved, most notably the 12-story-tall metal globe called the Unisphere, the Hall of Science and the Queens Museum.

Among the ideas are to convert the towers once again into observation decks or an elevated garden or even a platform for bungee jumping, with the open-air pavilion turned into a performance space with a removable stage and bleachers.

While that debate plays out, a small group of World’s Fair buffs has formed to repaint the pavilion so it can be open to the public briefly for an April 22 anniversary event. The towers will still be off limits.

“I just loved this pavilion,” says 63-year-old volunteer painter John Piro. “And as the years went on I saw it decay and it just like tore my heart.”

Haber, the Queens resident, argues that nostalgia is fine, but the cost of saving the complex is just too much.

“Urban parks are the backyards for people who don’t have them — so they can sit on the grass, look at trees, flowers, water,” Haber says. “They do not want to look at glass, steel and cement structures.”
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