Hollywood Icon Elizabeth Taylor Dies at 79

This morning, Hollywood lost a true legend — a screen goddess who embodied the golden age of film and glamour. This morning, the world also lost one of the loudest and passionate AIDS advocates to date.

Elizabeth Taylor, 79, passed away at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in California from heart congestive failure, a condition she struggled with for many years. Her family, including her sons Michael and Christoper, and daughters Liza and Maria, were all by her side.

The screen gem had a 70-year long acting career, appearing in her first movie as a child in 1942’s There’s One Born Every Minute. From there, Taylor went on to star in 50 such memorable and classic films as Butterfield 8,  Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and Cleopatra, and earned 2 Academy Awards for Best Actress.

During her career, Taylor’s dramatic personal life made headlines as well. She was married 8 times, most notably to Richard Burton, whom she married and divorced twice. “Maybe we have loved each other too much,” Taylor said of their rollercoaster love affair. “I never believed such a thing was possible.”

She also had a considerable amount of health problems and struggled with drug and alcohol addiction. However, there was one cause so near and dear to her heart that it trumped any of her personal afflictions. When she lost her friend Rock Hudson to AIDS in 1985, Taylor made AIDS awareness her top priority. She started the American Foundation for AIDS Research (AmfAR), and The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. Through these organizations, Taylor became one of the first people to inform and raise funds for a disease people knew little about.

For her heartfelt humanitarian efforts and her lasting impression on Hollywood, Elizabeth Taylor will be one of those iconic actresses that the world will never forget. As her son Michael said, “My Mother was an extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest, with great passion, humor, and love. Though her loss is devastating to those of us who held her so close and so dear, we will always be inspired by her enduring contribution to our world.”

via Hollywood Icon Elizabeth Taylor Dies at 79 | BettyConfidential.com.

Flower Prints for a Glamorous Spring

With spring come flowers; and this time round, they have made their way to the wardrobe because almost all leading designers and couture houses are using flower prints for their spring/summer 2011 collections.

Elegant

This elegant Etro creation brings the essence of spring right on to the catwalk. With a white base and a bold flower print, this front open gown with a kimono sleeve looks ravishing and lends elegance to your wardrobe. The designer could not resist a couple of floral print designs even though the collection is almost entirely of non-floral prints.

Feminine

This D&G creation is unique with its high slit floral gown paired with a solid blazer. The designer duo has used a multitude of floral prints ranging from bold floral prints to delicate flower laces. They have designed their entire collection around floral prints. Beautiful shades of pink, lemon yellow, and even olive have been used to bring out the light spring air. They have combined solids and gingham with floral prints to create unique combinations.

Girlie

Erdem’s spring/summer collection 2011 is essentially an ode to flowers and feminine grace. He has used floral prints of all sizes in his creations sometimes combining them in the same dress. Floral prints predominate in many of his creations and have also been used as detailing in others. The gorgeous dresses bring out the girl in you.

via Flower Prints for a Glamorous Spring | The Fashionables.

Addy van den Krommenacker: glam warrior

Known for his glamourous red carpet dresses that are in hot demand from many a Dutch celebrity, designer Addy van den Krommenacker opted to use Amsterdam fashion week’s catwalk as the tool by which to reveal his winter 2011 / 2012 pret-a-porter collection. This year’s collection marked something of a point of difference for van den Krommenacker’s ready-to-wear offerings with the designer opting for a stronger design aimed at women who are willing to show off their figure. Out was his common use of red, pink and other bright hues, as the colour green and different cuts came to the fore.

The army and nature were inspirations for the show. We saw a lot of feminine and elegant dresses in the colours green, gold, brown and floral prints. And by a lot, I mean a lot! A somewhat epic endeavour, the show comprised a great many dresses. Every time you thought it was the final piece, there came another dress that was even more beautiful than the last!

The show contained a lot of A-line frocks with long voiles. And while there was a lot of glitter and gold in the show, it stayed within the bounds of being elegant and classic. Overall he used a lot of fabrics that can easily be seen as cheap, like panther prints; but Krommenacker is someone that can turn these fabrics into very elegant pieces. Krommenacker also showed some dresses with big collars, that gave a charming twist to the dresses.

via Addy van den Krommenacker: glam warrior > Fashion show coverage.