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Halloween ideas

By DANICA LO

October 25, 2007 -- LEONAS and diapers and big hair, oh my!

Ditch that run-of-the-mill cheerleader costume and gangster get-up for something a little more au courant this Halloween. From war-mongering despots to self-destructive songstresses to guys in Times Square falling apart in the altogether, our costumes are ripped from the headlines. Try these or come up with some of your own. All it takes is a little creativity - and some pretty big … pumpkins.

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I don't know if it's this whole turning-30 this year thing, but all of a sudden I'm possessed with the urge to buy lots of cameras and take loads of photos every day -- capture the moment, life is short, age isn't just a number sort of thing. You should see the state of my apartment -- like a mini-tornado blew through here. I have too much stuff and it's all over the place, but all I really want to do is sit around in my new Kritik sweatsuits and read Self Service and surf the web. Oh, and watch tonight's new episode of "Keeping up with the Kardashians."

Look they got new multi-colored cherries at Langan's.

Victoria Beckham's assault on America's senses

October 18, 2007 -- LOVE her or loathe her, British import Victoria “Posh Spice" Beckham is about to foist her fashion philosophies onto an unsuspecting American public with the Nov. 1 launch of her runaway over-the-pond best seller: “That Extra Half an Inch: Hair, Heels and Everything in Between."
Judging from the way Beckham's dress sense gets ripped apart by tabloid press in her mother country and, more recently, stateside, it's shocking that anyone agreed to publish her fashion book.

After all, she does have a propensity for ultralow-cut, boob-hoisting bodices, skin-tight dresses and bunion-inducing sky-high heels. And the London rumor mill has it that she's forced to buy clothes because designers won't lend her anything - in certain circles she's blamed for single-handedly bringing down the status of the Roberto Cavalli label.

Despite her outre sensibilities, publishers took the bait - we checked out the original U.K. 300-page tome and were surprised to find it packed with truly smart and timeless tips for fabulous head-to-toe dressing and grooming. And while Beckham's advice may not bring out her own best side - she has a tendency to take things to extremes - we have a hunch her tips, in moderation, will work well for anyone who's ever wondered which foot is best put forward.

Beckham suggests going all out when picking a festive frock - like she did for Elton John's party two years ago in this Ming vase-print Cavalli. “I wanted it to give me a real hourglass shape," she says, “so when I was getting it fitted I kept asking the seamstresses to pull it tighter, tighter, and they were all saying to me in their Italian accents, ‘If we make it any tighter, you won't be able to sit down!' I said, ‘I don't care, I'll go in a horsebox standing up if I have to - I want it tighter!'" Breathing is always optional.

If you had a hubby as hot as David, you'd probably want to match him, too. Take a tip from the pro and think about coordinating with your partner - “No, I'm not about to tell you to wear matching leather outfits," she writes, “but you should check that the two of you won't clash, and if my husband was going to wear trainers to a party, then I probably wouldn't wear a full-length dress."

Showing some skin is fine, Beckham says, but don't give away the whole hog - “If you get your boobs out, put your legs away and vice versa," she says. Find comfort in moderate exposure and let your confidence shine through.

When selecting your handbags, be wary of pickpockets, Beckham says, “One that zips properly or has various buckles criss-crossing the top will work." Now, go shell out $6,000 for an Hermès Birkin.

Put yourself out there and don't follow her advice - “If you're wearing quite a little miniskirt, counteract it with a modest cardigan over a non-cleavage-tastic top, tone down your make-up and keep your hair simple" - only if you have the bravado to pull it off, like she does here in a vintage Hervé Leger.

Green and Gorgeous

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Check out some of the smart fashion/beauty/lifestyle classes New York's favorite stores and boutiques are running this season in an effort to, um, take their customers to school. And click above to see our video on Scoop and Shaklee's partnership to help customers learn how to live a greener lifestyle. Cute bag!

Haute List + Video of DeHoghton

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Check out today's Haute List and our very first Haute List video -- a profile of designer Michael H from DeHoghton -- click above for Haute List and below for Michael.

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Nuts

My downstairs neighbor, a litigious 20-something lawyer whom I've only met once, has several dogs living in her studio apartment. They bark for hours on end nearly every day. As far as I know, this has been going on for two years, as long as I've lived here. This morning they started around 7:30. Now it's 10:30 and they still haven't stopped.

Home Run

By DANICA LO

October 11, 2007 -- HOME-FURNISHING heaven hits Hudson Street tomorrow, when the second annual Domino Bazaar opens its doors to the public at 11 a.m. The 20,000-square-foot event space Skylight will be transformed into a meticulously edited, multivendor interior design extravaganza. It will feature pieces priced from 10 to 40 percent below retail, and a portion of admission-ticket proceeds will benefit ACRIA, the AIDS Community Research Initiative of America.

In addition to the thousands of highly covetable cash-and-carry objets d'art, organizers have scheduled a series of expert-led workshops and seminars. Even kids can get into it with “carry-out crafts for kids," with Domino magazine art director, Hilary Fitzgibbons, teaching youngsters to make personalized place mats, decorative plates and picture frames.

Other special programs include “Screwdriver Renovations," quick DIY face-lift tricks - and an opening-night silent auction featuring works from artists such as Keith Haring and Robert Rauschenberg.

With so much to see and so many deals to be had, it's hard to know where to start.

“It's so hard for your eye to take everything in," says antiques expert Nathan Turner, a Domino contributing editor.

“But when antiquing, I always say that you can find some of the best stuff in the crappiest places - so don't be a snob. You have to pay attention and look everywhere, really look around and revisit areas where you've already been."

Turner - who will be on hand to teach about the art of antiquing and what to look for when browsing at the local flea market - will be bringing his own brand of reinvented retro to the Domino Bazaar.

His eponymous store is one of the sale's big vendors. “We have some amazing textiles from Istanbul and the Middle East. Bohemian is so hot right now," he says. “And we have some really cool 1940s school maps from Mexico - one of each continent that, together, cover a whole wall.

“A lot of people think antiques and think of their grandparents or creepy Victorian stuff," Turner says. “But by mixing things up and updating pieces, we're hoping to show the Domino audience how to find a weird unique object and turn it into something modern and beautiful."

The Domino Bazaar at Skylight
275 Hudson St.
Open to the public: Tomorrow and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $20 (and includes a one-year subscription to Domino magazine ) - $5 from each ticket will benefit ACRIA. Go to dominotogo.com for more info.

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Question Marc

Question Marc

By DANICA LO

Although he's a bit long in the tooth to be an enfant terrible, Jacobs sticks his tongue out in Paris last weekend.

October 9, 2007 -- MARC Jacobs bared his tongue in Paris on Sunday night. While taking his bow on the catwalk following the Louis Vuitton show, he publicly - in front of an audience that included his boss, LVMH head Bernard Arnault, the world's top fashion editors, and celebs like Courtney Love, Kanye West and Victoria Beckham - stuck it out at International Herald Tribune fashion critic Suzy Menkes.

The designer's defiant, if childish, gesture was a response to Menkes' scathing review of Jacobs' namesake Marc Jacobs spring 2008 collection: "A bad, sad show," she called it, that "symbolized everything that is wrong with current fashion." And the tongue is just the latest in a string of bizarre, bratty antics that have industry insiders whispering about the state of Jacobs' mental affairs.

While he is arguably the most influential working American fashion designer today, this past year has seen Jacobs, 44, in and out of rehab and plagued with rumors about plastic surgery and drug-induced weight loss (he insists he dropped the pounds by working out and going organic).

Embroiled in a steamy, on-again off-again relationship with Jason Preston - the ex-male prostitute and former porn-star who had Jacobs' name tattooed on his fore-get-your-mind-out-of-the-gutter-arm - Jacobs has also posed naked for a WWD cover, Out magazine, and the latest self-edited issue of Visionaire.

His previously critic-proof professional success is also suffering rumblings of imminent backlash. Not only is he earning a (deserved) reputation for being unable to start a show anywhere near on time - the Vuitton show in Paris started an hour and a half late and the Marc Jacobs show here started more than two hours past schedule - recent reviews have been far less than stellar.

"A remarkable display of self-destruction," The Post called it.

In the days that followed, Jacobs gave a ranting interview to WWD, blaming the Council of Fashion Designers of America for his tardiness, whining about feeling like an outsider and threatening to move all his shows to Europe.

To be honest, we expected a lot more from the man who was credited with bringing creative credibility back to the American fashion industry beginning with grunge in the early '90s. Instead, he's turned into a whiny, bratty, self-obsessed cheeseball. Whether his new image and obnoxious professional demeanor will impact his bottom line remains to be seen. And we're not talking about his ass - though we're sure it's in great shape, and no we don't want to see it (anymore).

"Observe Everything. Always think for yourself. Never let other people make important decisions for you." — from Bad News by Edward St. Aubyn