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THE ELLE JANUARY PUB QUIZ
Get the answers right and you could win a prize!
Think you remember all the really important facts about December 2012? Are you sure? Test your fashion and beauty knowledge in the ultimate ELLE pub quiz! All answers can be found in the January issue of ELLE magazine (on sale now – we don't mind if you cheat). Good luck and let us know how you do at @ELLEuk
1. Which of these weren’t in our beauty guru Lisa Eldridge’s New Year resolutions?
a) If you’re about to do the laundry, put on a facemask
b) Throw out all your old make-up
c) Stop washing your hair – it conditions itself
2. What is Blake Lively’s current fragrance obsession?
a) Clinique Happy
b) Gucci Premiere
c) The smell of roses
3. What is Kylie Minogue’s greatest fear?
b) Lollypop ladies
4. Who does Blake Lively say is her best friend?
a) Florence Welch
b) Mila Kunis
c) Penny, her puppy
5. How many ELLE cover shoots has pop powerhouse Kylie Minogue done?
6. Which decade are the new cruise collections inspired by?
7. Which of the following features in The Best Dress list?
a) Cynthia Nixon’s wedding dress
b) Lady Gaga’s meat dress
c) Harper Beckham’s mini Burberry dress
8. What does brand guruSusanne Tide-Frater say is the biggest fashion myth?
a) Fashion is fun all the time
b) Jeans go with anything
c) Orange is the new black
9. How can you go to the ELLE Style Awards 2013?
a) Vote for your ELLE Style Award winners before 21 January 2013 to win tickets
b) Ask Eddie Redmayne if he’ll take you
c) Sneak in round the back dressed as a waitress
10.How does ELLE’s Talent Contest winner, Alice Blackhurst, describe her first love?
a) He smelt like freshly cut grass
b) He smelt like day-old soap still clinging to skin
c) He smelt like chicken nuggets
11.Which of the following is a feature in the January edition of ELLE Magazine?
a) Q&A with Cate Blanchett on her love of horses
b) Q&A with James McAvoy on his theatrical escapades
c) Q&A with Eddie Remayne on his threesome with Julianne Moore
How did you do? If you think you’ve aced The ELLE January Pub Quiz you could win an exclusive ELLE beauty bag.
To be in with a chance of winning, send your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org with ELLE PUB QUIZ in the subject line along with your name and contact details by midnight on Monday 31 December and the lucky winner will be selected at random.
Acting fashion features writer, Alannah Sparks in Peter Pilotto
THE BEST DRESS
What was your best ever party dress?
From LBDs to standout sequins, Team ELLE remember their all-time favourites
'Mine is the Dolce & Gabbana corset dress I wore to the first ELLE Style Awards I hosted nine years ago. Its black lace and simple shape works with everything. My tips? If in doubt go for black, keep to your normal silhouette and always exaggerate your hair and make-up to carry you through the evening. As I hardly ever wear make-up, it makes an impact when I do.'
Lorraine Candy, editor in chief
'The Alessandra Rich dress I wore recently to the British Fashion Awards made me feel amazing. It was so simple: long, the perfect shade of blue and finished with a stunning metallic belt. Also, its silk and cashmere fabric meant I stayed warm. Often, when you wear a dress, you compromise your style a little, but in this I was totally comfortable.'
Natalie Wansbrough-Jones, senior fashion editor
'It has to be the French Connection mini-dress I wore to a friend's civil partnership this year. One word: wow. The sequins, colour blocking (black, gunmetal and green), three-quarter-length sleeves and super-short hem really worked for me. I'm not very tall, but it actually made my legs seem long. A party dress in every sense: glitzy, cheeky and made for dancing in. Which I did.'
Ivy Storvik, chief sub-editor/production editor
'Definitely my black Agent Provocateur Zelma dress: a nightmare to get into but a dream to wear. I’ve worn it to everything from a masquerade ball to a wedding. It has side panels made of semi-sheer power mesh and the back features lots of tiny gold bra hooks running all the way down. No matter how I’m feeling, as soon as I strap myself into it, I know I’m going to have a good night.'
Alannah Sparks, acting fashion features writer
'My black lace, long-sleeved, knee-length dress by Dolce. Very Sicilian siren and I always got a kiss at the end of the night when wearing it!'
Stacey Duguid, executive fashion and market director
'I’m not really a dress kind of girl but my first ever ELLE Style Awards in 2011 demanded I break the rule of a lifetime. A mid-length navy polka-dot silk Miu Miu dress was The One – and I loved every minute in it.'
Alice Watt, fashion assistant
'My all-time favourite dress? Body-huggling cream with vintage lace and cut on the bias. I love it with all my heart. I was inside Canadian designer Renata Morales's shop in Old Montreal when I spotted it, but my heart sank at the price tag. Morales, seeing my reaction, said, "Oh, but this is on sale!" and cut me the deal of the century. It's one of the most beautiful things that I own, made all the more precious by its designer's generosity.'
Miette L Johnson, art director
'My favourite is my black baby-doll dress from the Pixie Lott's 2010 collection for Lipsy. It has lacy billowing sleeves, a cute bow detail on the front and is short enough to feel elegant yet slightly cheeky! I wore it to the 80th-birthday party of Sir Peter Hall, whose West End play, The Rivals, I was in at the time. It was a star-studded event and this dress helped me to feel the part.'
Laura Darrall, features intern
'When I think of my best ever party dress, it's one I felt confident and comfortable in. One that accentuated any good bits and kept the bad hidden. It was my favourite LBD from Reiss that my sister gave to me one Christmas and I wore it to death. I would dress it up with accessories or pare it down with tights and a leather jacket (can you tell I’m obsessed with black?).'
Joely Walker, beauty assistant
'For my 30th-birthday bash, I needed a look-at-me dress to complement the glamorous Art Deco-style speakeasy I hired. I found it in the shape of a champagne-hued, 1950s-silhouetted prom dress, with layers of netting, satin and a transparent silk overlay embroidered with delicate sequins. The ultimate figure-flatterer, it was perfect for a long night on the dance floor.'
Patricia Campbell, commercial editor
Blake was so chatty that we couldn’t fit everything she told us on to one page.
Here are the extras just for you…
I don’t have a fashion trademark.
I like wearing a different style one day to the next. One day it might be a 50s gingham fitted waist A-line dress, the next it could be something more bohemian with a maxi-dress. I have an eclectic wardrobe and feel at my most comfortable when I have variety. If I was to have the same style day-in-day-out I would feel a little bummed.
The red carpet is weird.
Everyone is looking at you, there are people calling your name and there are flashbulbs going off all the time. You feel super awkward and a little shy. I will always have my best friends and family over just to have some normalcy before and after the event.
Read the full interview with Blake in the January issue on sale now
Picture credit: FRANCOIS DISCHINGER
Costume designer and stylist Arianne Phillips has spent decades creating the image of her famous clients.
But, after a battle with her weight, she confesses it was her own image she struggled over most.
On her weight before her dramatic transformation: 'I think part of having the weight on was trying to be invisible, which is so ironic because I work in an industry that is often based on appearance.'
On dressing for the Oscars after her weight loss: 'I wore perhaps the hottest, most vibrant colour that you could and it was personally, not to overstate it, really liberating.'
On finding herself: 'First I found my creative identity and once I was afforded more success than I ever dreamed of, I had to find who I was as a person.'
Read the full interview with Arianne Phillips in the January issue of ELLE on sale now
Picture credit: Andrew Woffinden
SHE'S IN FASHION
Brand guru and creative director Susanne Tide-Frater is responsible for reinventing Selfridges and launching Victoria Beckham’s label.
She spoke to ELLE for My Career in the January issue, on sale now.
Here are some of the extra bits…
I love that moment when news breaks.
Mostly it happens after a few years of working underground. In Selfridges, it took three years then all of a sudden people listened up. It was pretty similar with Victoria Beckham.
An average day with Victoria Beckham
When Victoria comes over from LA we’re joined at the hip and have intense development days.
A typical day consists of meetings with various teams. I meet with Zach Duane [senior vice president for business development] to discuss where the brand stands, catch up on any big issues and then in Victoria’s case, we talk about product development: the collection, the pricing, where it’s sold and how it’s doing.
It’s important to have mentors to look up to
In my first retail job at Selfridges, Vittorio Radice who was MD at the time, mentored me in an amazing way.
He searched for a Creative Director all over the world and when I met him we clicked.
And Mohamed Al Fayed, whatever people say, is an amazing man. He’s cheeky and open to new things.
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ELLE’s favourite TED Talks
ELLE is all about inspiring women. That’s why we love TED talks where incredible people spread amazing ideas.
Here are some of our favourites that made us laugh, cry and think about life in a totally new way.
Tavi Gevinson on being a teen just trying to figure it out
Intelligent and creative blogger and ELLE favourite Tavi was just fifteen when she delivered her TED talk on strong female role-models. She shares why she set up her web magazine Rookie and the unapologetically uncertain and richly complex face of modern feminism.
Watch the talk
Elizabeth Gilbert on your elusive creative genius
The author of huge bestselling memoir Eat, Pray, Love which was made into a film starring Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem, gave a beautiful, funny and moving talk on the impossible things we expect from artists in 2009 which has been viewed over 4 million times.
Watch the talk
Brene Brown on the power of vulnerability
Brené Brown studies human connection, our ability to empathise, belong and love. Viewed over 5 million times, this poignant and funny talk will make you think about yourself in a completely new way.
Watch the talk
Thandie Newton on embracing otherness
An ELLE favourite, actress Thandie Newton tells the story of finding her ‘otherness’, first, as a child growing up in two distinct cultures, and then as an actor playing with many different selves.
Watch the talk
Cindy Gallop on making love, not porn
At TED2009, audience member Cindy Gallop gave a rousing 4-minute presentation that attracted enormous buzz. She passionately and directly argues that hardcore porn has distorted the way young men think about sex and about how she’s fighting back.
Watch the talk (Contains graphic sexual language)
Susan Cain on introversion
If you’ve ever felt like being an introvert holds you back in a world full of people braying for attention, you’ll love Susan Cain’s talk on the power of introverts. Her début on the TED stage had an exceptional response, getting hundreds of thousands of viral views in its first day online.
A NIGHT OF GOTHIC ROMANCE
Fashion and art collide at London’s Tate
If you’ve been channeling the romantic goth look this winter, as seen at Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Yves Saint Laurent, then you might want to head to Tate Britain tonight for an evening of romantic drama and art.
Yes, all that black, leather and lace paired with gothic lips and eyes, Christian emblems and shrouds of chiffon that we saw all over the A/W12 catwalks are in no small part inspired by the Pre-Raphaelites.
And to celebrate the Victorian Avant-Garde’s continuing influence on contemporary art, fashion and music, Tate Britain are dedicating their ‘Late at Tate’ evening to the dark and sultry romance of the art movement.
There’ll be laid back music from Stella Polaris and Etsy craft fair as well as a showing of Japanese fashion designer Miharayasuhiro’s short film, Ophelia Has a Dream inspired by John Everett Millais’ famous painting.
So, if you’re tired of the usual Friday night drinks at the pub and looking for something different tonight, why not throw on a dramatic cape and disappear off to a night of atmospheric art and music?
Late at Tate – Friday 7 December, 6pm – 10pm | Admission free
Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG tate.org.uk
See our picks of the best vampy, bold and sultry beauty looks
Get the romantic goth look for yourself
ELLE FILM CLUB
This month ELLE is offering readers the chance to watch Life of Pi first and for free.
This adaptation of the bestselling novel by Yann Martel is set to be just as extraordinary on the big screen thanks to the visionary direction of Ang Li.
Screenings will take place at 10 venues across the country on 16 December.
Click here to apply with the ELLE reader code published in the January issue of ELLE and be amongst the first to see this unforgettable story of adventure and discovery.
Click here for full terms and conditions.
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Kylie Minogue is a woman you want to listen to. Celebrating her seventh ELLE cover, Kylie showcases the best looks of the new season and reflects on a remarkable 25 years at the top of her game.
Photo credit: Matthias Vriens-McGrath
THE BEST DRESS LIST
2012 was the year of the dress, everyone from Kate Middleton to Jessie J embraced the transformative power of the perfect dress. Party season has arrived, so this month in ELLE’s dress special we explore the impact of a well-chosen dress and give you a guide to selecting the right one for you.
photo credit: Luke Kirwan
THE BEAUTY EDIT
On the beauty pages of this month’s ELLE we give you the 30 products you need to reboot your beauty regime from head to toe. Say hello to a more groomed, glowing you with ELLE’s ultimate beauty kit.