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DVF ‘cougar’ dress for sale

Nothing wrong with a bit of shameless self-promotion, right? If you answered yes, please read on …

Tibi, showing at NYFW, featured a maxi dress that looked like it had been worn to game of paint ball (by a member of the losing team, no doubt).

Tibi F/10 RTW

I own a dress like this myself – ahh, it’s so nice to be ahead of the trends for a change. Smugness aside, I’m trying to sell the dress on eBay.

Mine is ’70s vintage Diane von Furstenberg, back when she was accentuating waits, not enlarging them. I purchased it from Chelsea Girl Vintage in New York last year for 500 big ones and have worn it once – I bought it with tags, albeit faded tags, still attached.

I love it, but I’m trying desperately to forget the cougar-ish night on which it was worn and am finding it difficult to do so when I continuously encounter it in my wardrobe.

Here it is. Please buy it, have yourself a Boogie Nights/’70s disco-themed night, and help a gal in need while you’re at it.

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Swiftly does it

The American music industry’s obsession with the frightfully dull Taylor Swift continues, with the 20-year-old country singer winning four Grammys at this year’s awards, including album of the year – the youngest artist to win the award … ever.

Swift, it seems, is the antidote to the changing face of America (evidenced in the appointment of President Obama), reminding us that conservative values still run rife though the country. From her contrived hairstyle and minimal jewellery to her stately dress, she was a vision of conservatism:

Taylor Swift at the 2010 Grammys

The dress is beautiful, but if you’re young and you’ve got a figure like Swift’s why not show it off?

(Snooki you do not have a figure like Swift’s).

Snooki strikes a pose

She’s a dish

Mad Men‘s Christina Hendricks has become the (voluptuous) butt of many jokes after her recent appearance at the Golden Globes, where she wore a peach-coloured Christian Siriano frock. Vogue‘s acerbic-tongued editor-at-large Andre Leon Talley compared her look to a “roadside-diner peach melba” – ouch.

Sure the ruffle could have been more strategically placed so as to accentuate her waist, but the colour on her is stunning and more importantly she appears comfortable with her curves. Talley may think she looks like a dessert, but that’s probably because she’s one of the few actresses in Hollywood who gets paid to have her cake and eat it, too. And you know what they say about women who enjoy their food …

Christina Hendricks at the Globes

McQueen of hearts

I think I may have found a dress that tugs at my heartstrings like no other dress has done before.

It’s an acid yellow number, with a tight-fitting bodice and full skirt. It’s sheathed in sparse black lace that looks like an intricately spun spider web. It’s from Alexander McQueen’s Resort 2010 collection and it’s utterley, stupendously, irrevocably (cue deep breath) … divine.

Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen

What’s most uplifting  about the dress (and simultaneously depressing, as I’ll never be able to afford it) is that you don’t need to be a 6-foot Amazon to wear it – as you do with a lot of McQueen’s statement pieces. Drew Barrymore, with her petite 5’4” frame, is case in point. She wore the dress to the Whip It! premiere at the  Toronto International Film Festival last month.

Drew Barrymore wears McQueen to the TIFF

Drew Barrymore wears McQueen to the TIFF

Despite her chimney sweep hair, Barrymore looks spectacular in the dress. Her semi-curtsy pose demonstrates how the dress is making her feel – elegant, feminine, playful and unique.