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August 21st, 2014 by Janelle
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Everyone appreciates fragrance in a different way so what better product to explore via first impressions. In this special film models Ataui Deng, Frida Aasen, Herieth Paul and McKenna Bird share their thoughts on some of the season’s most unique and interesting scents – from chic niche scents to surprisingly luxe celebrity offerings the girls tackle a variety of beautiful perfumes and offer up honest opinions on each.

Directed by Billy Rood
Beauty Editor: Janelle Okwodu
Production by Kegan Webb
Models: McKenna Bird, Herieth Paul, Frida Aasen and Ataui Deng
Camera Assistant: Michal Rzepecki

FEATURED FRAGRANCES

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AERIN IKAT JASMINE

Notes: Jasmine Sambac, Tuberose Fleur, Honeysuckle, Sandalwood

Fresh and inviting, the girls honed in on Ikat Jasmine’s elegant vibe and sweet undertones.

BYREDO FLOWERHEAD

Notes: Angelica Seeds, Sicilian Lemon, Lingonberry, Wild Jasmine Sambac, Dewy Tuberose, Rose Petals

Happy, upbeat and packed with flower power, Byredo brought a smile to several faces.

BY KILIAN APPLE BRANDY

Notes: Rum, Oak, Labdanum, Cedar and Vanilla

For the adventurous! By Kilian’s unusual notes will resonate with those who want a powerful statement fragrance.

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CK ONE SUMMER

Notes: Frozen Lime, Grapefruit, Melon, Tequila Accord, White Freesia, Cypress, Coconut Water, Crushed Sugar, Cedarwood.

Unisex but leaning ever so slightly towards the guys, CK One’s latest has a sporty vibe and vibrant attitude.

ELIZABETH & JAMES NIRVANA BLACK

Notes: Violet, Sandalwood, Vanilla

The Olsen Twins have struck gold with Nirvana Black, a heady number that proved addictive.

PRADA CANDY FLORALE

Notes: Cedrat, Benzoin, Caramel and White Musk

Easily the most recognizable of the bunch, one girls (you have to watch the film to find out who) guessed it right off the bat.

August 18th, 2014 by Janelle
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Lisa Cant transforms dramatically for the fall Alice + Olivia ads

Few American brands are as ubiquitous as J. Crew but the retail giant is only just making its entry into the world of perfumery. Linking with niche brand Arquiste for not one but two new scents, J.Crew gets things started in a big way. Rather than going the traditional route with florals, both scents delve into eclectic territory with their notes and inspiration points. Asked to recreate the mood of the Guggenheim Museum’s influential Exhibition by 31 Women, perfumers Rodrigo Flores-Roux and Yann Vasnier chose unexpected ingredients for their creations including red-vermouth, aged whisky and cinnamon.

As the original thick browed beauty, Brooke Shields remains a quintessential face in the worlds of modeling & entertainment. Now the 80s fashion legend joins forces with MAC Cosmetics for the brand’s latest icon collection.  Never one to do things by halves, Shields delved into her new role collaborating with execs on each and every product in the expansive range. With classic stars like Catherine Deneuve, Liza Minelli and Diana Ross serving as just a few of the brand’s previous icons Shields is in good company.

At 49 Linda Evangelista is looking better than every, the supermodel shares the secret to her timeless look and chic array of hairstyles with Harper’s Bazaar.

For a rising star’s take on beauty do’s & don’ts check out the beautiful Gigi Hadid’s informative Top Shelf on Into the Gloss.

Beauty gadgets are increasingly common, but in a crowded market what is the real impact of high tech beauty? Mashable investigates the highs & lows of beauty plus tech in the rapidly changing hair dryer market. The newest blow dryers can curl hair, reduce damage and more.

Extreme beauty treatments are common in fashion, but what’s it like on a movie set? Makeup artist and special effects master, David White shares how Zoe Saldana got emerald green for Guardians of the Galaxy.

Speaking of dramatic transformations – the fall campaigns have been filled with interesting beauty moments, but the most striking may come via the new ads for Alice & Olivia. Is that Karen Elson beneath those fiery waves? Nope. It’s none other than the beautiful (and brunette) Lisa Cant sporting an incredible new look and some of the coolest jet black eyeshadow we’ve seen in ages.

August 12th, 2014 by Janelle
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Iana Godnia‘s striking face has become a familiar presence on top tier runways and in the pages of glossy magazines, but the Ukranian beauty isn’t some flash in the pan. The hardworking Iana has been steadily rising through the ranks, approaching her career with a dedication that is inspiring. During the fall shows Iana was one of the industry’s most in demand beauties, racking up an impressive lineup of shows including an exclusive spot on Calvin Klein’s influential runway and place in Nicolas Ghesquière‘s Louis Vuitton debut collection. With her star on the rise and a series of prestige bookings on the horizon Iana is having the time of her life, taking in every new accomplishment with modest grace.

When were you discovered?

IANA: I was discovered when I was 16, I was just discovered by an agency in Ukraine. I wasn’t sure if I was really going to be doing it or not – I just went to the agency, then they took some polaroids and said, “we’ll get in touch with you.” I wasn’t thinking much of it because I was just going to college and focusing on my studies. A few months later I received a call and they said, “We would like you to come! We have scouts coming from Paris and they’d like to see you.” I said, “Okay!”

What was that experience like?

IANA: I didn’t really know anything, I didn’t speak any English, and I had never traveled outside of the country. I went to the casting and afterwards I received a call from my booker and he said “Iana, there was a filmmaker there and she wants you to be a part of her project.”

I remembered I did one short interview besides the casting but I wasn’t sure what it was for. Afterwards, I was like, okay… maybe I could meet her and try to talk to her and figure out what this is about. I couldn’t speak English so she hired translators, which was really sweet of her. She explained that she was making this movie about modeling, using her own experiences and that of a newer girl. She wanted to find a girl from Ukraine who was going to be the new up and coming top model or something. She decided to go to Ukraine because she was always told that she would never be big because all of the girls that are successful are from Ukraine!

What was it like to be a part of a documentary?

IANA: It was wonderful, we hung out for a few days and she filmed my normal life. She interviewed my mom, my friends, and a few days later she left. When she was there she was like, “Iana you will see, you will do so well, and I really believe in you and I’ll see you in Paris!” I didn’t know if I was going to Paris, I was a first year in College and I was just trying to do that and didn’t think much of it. At that time, my booker said, “Iana you need to go to Paris soon, we’ve got an agency and I was like, ‘ oh my god! It was all so excited, I had never done anything. I’m from a small town so just hearing about a trip to Paris was exciting to me.

Was heading to Paris the first time difficult?

IANA: Parts of the trip were hard – I went to Paris with no understanding of the language and $200 in my pocket, but I was like, ‘okay, I’m going to try this!’ It was definitely an experience because being out of your country and being alone you learn a lot about yourself. You need to be responsible and smart, learn how to just look out for yourself. When I look back I understand that now I would never do anything like that because it’s so crazy to go by yourself with no knowledge, but I think that’s the beauty of it. When you’re young you find the courage – you’re just open to trying anything new. It was an amazing experience and it was just really great to be surrounded by fashion. I was at the model apartment, so I just tried to learn as much as I could. When I look back I realize I would not be the person I am now without that experience.

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You’ve been modeling for some time now, but this season things went to another level.

IANA: I started almost 5 years ago. This season was like a breakthrough though which is amazing because I think when you really want something and you believe that it’s got to be something it happens. I quit college and for me that was a big deal. I knew that I could have gone back home and gone back to school, but at the same time I just wanted to prove that I could do this. When it happened this season, it was amazing. My family was so excited and proud. My mom said, “I told you! You’re going to do great.” Obviously at some points you get down on yourself and it’s a really complicated industry.

You’ve really grown up in the business – how do you feel you’ve changed from the start of your career until now?

IANA: It’s really hard to start at such a young age – for girls especially, because you’re so young and immature and you just want to always feel pretty – that’s all you want to hear, but with this industry you just feel like you’re not good enough sometimes. You think, “maybe I need to get skinnier, maybe I have pimples, or there is something wrong with my hair?” All the time, you’re finding these things that make yourself unhappy which makes it harder to go to castings. It is hard to make people happy, because you’re not happy inside.

I think it’s very important to find a peace that helps you to be yourself. As you grow you understand the person you are and I think people love when you can express that. I didn’t give up on myself. I used to think ‘oh my god I’m not 16 anymore! I’ve got to like, hurry up because there is a time limit. But that doesn’t matter as much in this industry anymore. As long as you look good and people are happy working with you that is what matters. There are a lot of models today who are older and gorgeous, they’re mature and intelligent. It’s a pleasure to work with them and I’d like to be like them as I continue in my career.

So true. That is a great way to look at things.

IANA: When it happened this season, it was amazing and I’m really thankful to people who decided to make me part of their show. I think that it was meant to happen now because I had met all of these people, but this is when it all came together. This season when it happened the people I’d worked with before were just so supportive, I had people come up to me and say “Iana I’m so happy and so proud! You’ve been doing this for so long..” I was like, ‘Yeah, my god it’s been so long I can’t believe it.’When I talk to some other girls they’re like ‘yeah I’ve been modeling for 8 years and it just happened now’ so I understand that it’s normal. Sometimes you can think, ‘oh my god it’s not happening right away, it’s not going to happen.’ But it’s different for everyone and I’m happy that it wasn’t some overnight success. I had that experience because I think I worked hard enough to be where I am right now, so I think it gives me more appreciation than if I were a model who blew up overnight.

Now I look back at some of the experiences I had in the past and it blows my mind how many incredible things I was exposed to. I was working with Azzedine Alaia when I was 17 for a fitting and I didn’t even know who he was! When I go back and shoot for his lookbook, now I’m like ‘oh my god!’ I think it’s really important to develop that understanding and knowledge. If you don’t have it, it’s hard to get there because you need to know who you’re working with and why it is important. This industry gives you so many opportunities to learn, to meet people, to see the world – it is important to appreciate that.


It really is –

IANA: It’s crazy when you think about it! I remember I was dreaming of working with Calvin Klein but sometimes you put this barrier between you and the things you want. You think, ‘oh I’m never going to do that..’ at some point I was like, ‘why not? There’s nothing wrong with me! I’m tall, I’m professional, I have the same opportunities as other girls! You just need to go out there and try.’

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August 8th, 2014 by Janelle
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Binx Walton and Natalie Westling
by Roe Ethridge styled by Robbie Spencer


Dazed & Confused
has always led the pack when it comes to innovative content and with the launch of the magazine’s expansive fall edition the talented team pushes the limits yet again. With the visually arresting theme of “States of Independence” and six weeks worth of corresponding online content the publication fearlessly pushes into the digital sphere with an eye towards all things au courant. Where else will you see modeling it-girls Binx Walton & Natalie Westling on one page, Orange is the New Black star and trans activist Laverne Cox on another – Dazed keeps its finger on the pulse. We caught up with Editor in Chief Tim Noakes and fashion director Robbie Spencer to find out more about this must-read issue.

Why did you guys go with the theme of “States of Independence”?

Tim Noakes: Dazed’s new seasonal print schedule and our commitment to being a digital first publisher gave us a great opportunity to create an expansive online project to fill the summer months without a new issue to promote. Our growth in America over the last year has been phenomenal, so we wanted to expand that readership and also create exciting content partnerships with like minded independent publishers, designers and institutions. So on July 4th we launched States of Independence as a six week editorial project on Dazed Digital leading up to the physical release of the Autumn collections issue. Split into six themed weeks – fashion, music, art, literature, sex, and film – every day a different guest editor took control of the site and showcased the people, scenes, looks and sounds that they feel are setting a new agenda for independent American youth culture. Alongside this we asked 50 of our favourite US icons to answer a fun pop quiz about what they love and loathe about their homeland. And now we have the physical issue which brings it all to a head in fine style with 50 pages of AW14 collections shot around the States. We’ve never done anything like it on this scale before and I couldn’t be happier about how it’s all come together.

How do you think Binx and Natalie relate to the theme?

Robbie Spencer: Binx and Natalie both represent the current zeitgeist and were perfect cover stars for our States of Independence issue. They are not your average models – they don’t fit into the all smiling, cookie cutter American model stereotype and for me, that’s exciting. I think people want to see fashion worn by models they they can identify with. There is a realness to Binx and Natalie that is intoxicating.

The cover shot is incredible – can you speak a bit about the creation of that image?

Robbie Spencer: Roe Ethridge’s take on American life is eccentric and obscure. I’m fascinated by the way he warps the American dream, taking everyday elements and putting them out of context. His work is a perfect fusion between art and fashion – something we love to play with at Dazed.

What are some of your favorite moments within the issue?

Tim Noakes:  Apart from Roe Ethridge’s amazing cover story, I love Brianna Capozzi’s shots of 14-year-old style kingpin Mike the Ruler and his NYC gang, Danielle Levitt’s shoot with Raury, the 18-year-old self proclaimed saviour of music, and Jeff Bark’s pictures of Sia’s favourite dancer, Maddie Ziegler. The old guard is being replaced with these amazingly talented young creatives and I think that is unbelievably exciting to document and celebrate.

What were some of your favorite elements from the collections that you were able to put into this story?

Robbie Spencer: Katie Hillier and Luella Bartley brought such a youthful energy to their Marc by Marc Jacobs debut – igniting a whole new era for the brand. The bandanas with their grinning skeleton prints were perfect for this issue as they symbolise the power of raw anarchistic youth.

Dazed always keeps us on our toes with unexpected content – are there any surprises within the issue?

Tim Noakes: This issue is packed full of breathtaking stories like the ones I just mentioned, and the fashion content is some of our strongest to date. But for me, the biggest surprise for readers should be the way we flipped the rules of how to build an issue. Traditionally, print publishers release a magazine and then expand its content online. We’ve never been fond of following the rules, so coming out first with this huge online project, collaborating with other independent publishers instead of trying to compete against each other, and then releasing the print issue at the apex of this project is unlike anything we’ve ever done before. I couldn’t be more excited about the possibilities of publishing right now.

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All images courtesy of Dazed & Confused

August 7th, 2014 by models.com
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Photos by Melodie Jeng for Models.com

Lithuanian beauty and new-face, Nora Vai, had an amazing f/w14 show season walking the closing look for Marc Jacobs. Not only does she look striking walking the runway, but she also has a unique personal style on the street. Nora has her own blog where she posts editorial-style photos of her outfits as well as her other recent work, you can see it here!

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Tell us a little bit about your personal style!

NV: This summer I’m looking to wear more pastels and whites. Nyc is so black, I love lighter colours, makes me feel good.

What other kinds of fashion projects are you involved with?

NV: I’ve recently started a blog www.noravai.com. It’s about outfits I wear, places I go, behind the scenes moments, also little project with different photographers. I want to do shoots in different neighbourhoods in Nyc. Already done one in Chinatown, Little Italy, Williamsburg, uptown. I’m so in love with this city, find something new and inspiring every day.

I’m also creating stories on snapchat, that I’m very excited about. People can see short videos with a bit of my daily life there. It’s very real and quite fun, as you can’t edit anything and it disappears in 24hours. My snapchat name is Noravai.

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August 6th, 2014 by Janelle
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The latest beauty products that we can’t stop obsessing over – from Louboutin nail polish, to Kabuki inspired brushes and more.


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Model: Masha @ New York Model Management (New York)
Makeup: Jessi Butterfield
Hair: Jeanie Syfu

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KAHINA GIVING BEAUTY GLOW BOX – Kahina is known for its spectacular Argan oil based products and this petite box gives lets you experience the best of the line from the aromatic argan soap, to the brand’s cult-favorite facial oil. Each item is exceptional but most luxurious element of the set has to be the rose & neroli infused, Fez body serum.

CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN ROGUE LOUBOUTIN – The master of sole delves into the beauty world with what else – nail polish. What better way to compliment those sky high Gardnera’s than with a bright set of painted toes. Given Louboutin’s taste for luxury you can expect to pay a premium for these exclusive shades – the collection starts at a jaw-dropping $50 per spiked heel bottle.

NARS KABUKI BRUSHES – NARS’ Kabuki range has always boasted impressively original brushes and 2014 sees three new variations added to the lineup. The Mie, Mizubake and Kudoki Kabuki brushes hark back to the Kabuki tradition and provide expert application of loose powders and blushes.

MARC JACOBS BEAUTY KISS POP COLOR – Marc’s peppy range of bright colors and adorably packaged products heads into adulthood with the addition of a long-lasting lip color designed for girls who mean business. The chubby silver crayons hide moisturizing color that stays put throughout the day and comes in a wide variety of shades – our fave? The vivid berry shade Headliner and the tangerine tinted Crush.


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BOBBI BROWN SURF PALETTE – Bobbi Brown is the queen of nudes and neutrals, so it is always fun when the legendary makeup artist incorporates unexpected colors into the mix. Bobbi’s surf palette is filled with soft shades that bring back memories of the beach, from cool sheer blues to mossy greens and of course golden sand.

NUXE HUILE PRODIGUESE MADEMOISELLE – Nuxe’s Huile Prodigieuse is something of a standard (models stock up the richly scented oil in Paris’ pharmacies) but the OR version adds in a sheer gold shimmer perfect for bronzed skin.

SACHAJUAN AFTER SUN – Sun protection for your hair, if you’ve ever been left with bleached and fried hair post-beach then this is the conditioner for you. Sachajuan’s After Sun restores shine and body to damaged strands all while smelling like heaven.

TOM FORD VELVET ORCHID - In the eight years since its launch, Tom Ford’s Black Orchid has become a modern classic so it’s no surprised that the designer periodically updates his popular blend. Naturally, Velvet Orchid is more than a remix – it builds on the sensual base of the original and emerges as a powerful and warm oriental scent. With notes of bergamot, heliotrope and hyacinth the scent opens with a heady feminine florals and dries down to a warm, enveloping blend of sandalwood, amber and suede.


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August 4th, 2014 by models.com
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Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian West and Kendall Jenner with designer Riccardo Tisci / All images courtesy Beats by Dre

Leave it to Riccardo Tisci to pull together one of the most star-studded birthday celebrations ever. This weekend the designer celebrated 40 with an oversized Ibiza bash filled with supermodels, Hollywood stars and musicians galore. We’re used to seeing these folks clad in Tisci’s creations for Givenchy so it’s no surprise they all showed up to wish Riccardo a happy 4-0. With everyone from Kanye West to Jared Leto and Kate Moss making their way down to Los Olivios for the celebration there was no shortage of talent on hand, but the most touching moments came from Tisci’s closest friends. Mr. West serenaded the designer with a selection of his hits, before speaking about Tisci’s enduring influence and their lasting friendship, while Kate Moss & Naomi Campbell reunited to sing a song of their own and led the crowd in a spirited round of ‘Happy Birthday’.

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Riccardo and his custom 24K gold Beats by Dre headphones, a special gift directly from Beats

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Tisci’s frequent collaborator and muse, Mariacarla Boscono

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Riccardo & the one and only, Naomi Campbell

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Partygoers Alec Maxwell,Mariacarla Boscono, Edward Enninful, Peter & Harry Brant, Frankie Rayder, Jamie Bochert, Riccardo Tisci, Catherine McNeil and Giovanna Battaglia

August 1st, 2014 by models.com
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They’re baaaaaaaaaaaaaack!

The Models.com rankings return with a new look, a new attitude and more top models than you realized you could handle.

The fashion industry has changed dramatically in the years since the rankings launched. A model’s covers and campaigns still matter (the mainstay of the Top 50 in the past), but so does their presence in pop-culture, their interactions on social media and the longevity of their careers.

In this fast-moving new age there isn’t just one road to supermodeldom, as such the old numbered rankings needed to evolve. Looking to the factors that matter not only to clients, insiders and fans alike the revised rankings focus on the many facets of a model’s career.

Top 50 loses the numbers and hones in on the top girls working today. With an added sort feature you can track the list and see who’s on top based on the amount of top covers a model has scored, how many top campaigns she’s racked up in the past year and her following on social media.

Trending is a list that moves at the speed of fashion and shines a light on the models making headlines on and off-duty.

Industry icons adds a slew of seasoned modeling vets of the next generation along those who have become standard bearers within the business.

The Hot List refreshes with a new set of up and comers.

New Supers tracks the trajectory of this generation’s bonafide supermodels, an oft-overused term whose definition has shifted drastically.

Legends focuses on the incredible careers that have stood the test of time – models who have become moguls, television regulars and household names.

Runway clues you into who is walking big shows and making their presence felt on the runway.

Social media skills have a big payoff on the Social List and the models with the strongest fanbases on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook are all right here (with China’s Weibo coming soon.)

Men’s Sexiest is potentially too hot to handle with all the stars of those scintillating underwear campaigns, editorials and swim ads front and center.

Icons men gives you the rundown on the boys who are fixtures in editorials and campaigns and have been raising the bar for years.

Male supermodels focuses on the rarest of the rare – male models worthy of the title supermodel.

July 30th, 2014 by Janelle
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Martha Hunt in Cushnie et Ochs

At the Marilyn: The Lost Photos exhibition Martha brings the glamour in a daring creation from Cushnie et Ochs that displays her enviable physique. This LBD is anything but basic and Martha keeps the look minimal by accessorizing with an equally sleek clutch.

"MARILYN: The Lost Photos Of A Hollywood Star" Opening Night Exhibit

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Miranda Kerr in 7 For All Mankind

For some models the sidewalk is their runway and Miranda has proven herself a master of the candid editorial moment. Few could pull off denim-on-denim with such panache but Miranda makes it work with the addition of leopard print heels and bit of Hermes arm-candy for good measure.

Celebrity Sightings In New York City - July 21, 2014

Photo By: Alo Ceballos / GC Images / Getty Images


Rosie Huntington Whiteley in Paige Denim

Denim is proving popular with the bombshells this week and Rosie shows off another way to wear the look, keeping the focus on her long legs with bold blue metallic jeans. A chunky gold necklace, strappy sandals and a black tee complete the look but those liquid metal jeans are the star of the show.

Paige Shop Launch Hosted By Rosie Huntington Whiteley

Photo: David M. Benett / Getty Images Entertainment


Irina Shayk in Azzedine Alaia

There is no better time to bust out the Alaia than at the premiere of your own film. Irina dons a slinky wine-colored number from the legendary designer to the Hollywood red carpet for Hercules and looks phenomenal.

Premiere Of Paramount Pictures' "Hercules" - Arrivals

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Lindsay Ellingson in Nicholas

Less is more and in this skintight, pale pink cocktail dress Lindsay sizzles without even trying. All you need is a swipe of red lipstick and everything else takes care of itself.

The Cinema Society And Montblanc Host The Premiere Of Lionsgate And Roadside Attractions' "A Most Wanted Man" - Outside Arrivals

Photo By: Jim Spellman / WireImage / Getty Images

July 17th, 2014 by models.com
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