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It was standing room only at The 62nd Annual Emmy Awards, where international stylist Ruth Levy weighed in on the top 10 Emmy fashion contenders.  “The Hollywood starlets separated themselves into two fashion corners. On one side, chic and elegant, and in the other – those who needed more training before getting into the ring with Hollywood’s fashion heavyweights,” reported the Levy sisters.

“There were several impressive knockouts on the red carpet tonight.  Of course, it wouldn’t be television if they didn’t show a few below-the-belt style hits as well,” said the twins, who have appeared on TV’s Rachael Ray Show as well as NBC’s Cracking The Fashion Code, and provide fashion styling and consulting for a variety of clients in the U.S. and Europe.

“With the teams of fashion stylists and designers (not to mention the avalanche of gorgeous clothes and jewelry) literally thrown at these stars, everyone should be in top fashion form on the red carpet,” says Ruth. “However, how many times do we all ask ourselves during award ceremonies – WHAT was she thinking?!”

“But it wasn’t all left hooks.  Although some outfits, like Heidi Klum’s uber-mini dress would have made Rocky blush, others were definitely destined for The Emmy’s Fashion Hall of Fame.”

According to the Twins, the top five “Fashion Knockouts” of the night were:

1.  Maria Menounos was the reigning champion in her $35,000 beaded Ralph and Russo gown.  Her dress’s secret weapon?  15,000 hand-sewn crystals.  She brought old Hollywood glamour back with a vengeance thereby earning her the heavyweight fashion crown of the evening (Swarovski-studded, of course).

2. Julie Benz clinched the win, looking long and lean in Pamella Roland. She obviously worked on her cardio to sizzle in this form-fitting, elegant white number.

3.  Jane Lynch shed her beloved Adidas track suit and was in plum form in a gorgeous off the shoulder purple silk gown.

4.  Claire Danes came out on top in Armani Prive.  She was in her best form yet and the gold beading seduced us – Tinseltown style.  Her 2 million dollar ring had us seeing stars -and security working overtime.

5. Rose Byrne gave a polished delivery in her Greek-Goddess Gucci gown.  Although a little un-orthodox, we applaud her for stepping away from the basic prom-dress theme of the evening and daring to go for the gold – literally.

Ruth’s picks for the five worst “knock-downs” were:

 

1.  Christina Hendricks threw wild purple punches with this ensemble.  With her plunging neckline she was just one deep breath away from a wardrobe malfunction – and a bonding moment with Janet Jackson.  Who knew double-faced tape came in industrial strength?

2.  January Jones.  Looks like she sparred with a Smurf and a mermaid…and lost.  A fashion intervention was then called by the referee….

The towel was thrown in – which unfortunately landed on the next contender…

3…Lauren Graham, who had to then pull out with a dress injury.  Not sure if she felt the pain, but we sure did.

4.  Mindy Kaling looked like she was about to float away in this goth, Adam’s Family-inspired prom dress.  Made us want to call for a commercial break.

5.  Anna Paquin looked more like a bullfighter than a style prizefighter with her golden epaulette adorned shoulders.  The only thing that was missing was the bull.  Too bad, with her looks she could have been a contender…

Another year of Emmys. You win some. You lose some…and we all have a great time seeing, once again, which styles and stars made the cut. To the good the bad and the (dare we say) ugly- we applaud your courage, your sense of style, and your ability, as always, to knock us out.

The Fashion Code has been applauded for it’s dedication to eradicating fashion’s myths and helping women dress for their unique bodies – rather than being a slave to unrealistic fashion trends. They are known for their eye opening use of before and after fashion photos which expose how women are being misled by the fashion industry on how to dress for their bodies, rather than a model’s in a magazine. Instantly discover the ideal clothing proportions for your unique body.

Jessica Simpson is arguably one of the most beautiful women in the world. So when she got blasted by the media for gaining weight we felt for her! The saddest part about this supposed “weight gain” is that she was a size 6-8 at her “heaviest”. Thatʼs most women’s goal size!  What a lot of people, including Jessica, donʼt realize is that though she’s gained a few pounds, itʼs the clothing styles she is choosing that are making her look so much heavier- not her dress size.

”YES – some clothing does make us look larger than life – otherwise we wouldnʼt torture our significant others with the age-old question, “Honey, does this make me look fat?

Weʼve all been there… we put on some trendy outfit thinking we look awesome… only to see a picture of ourselves later that left us saying, “What the heck was I thinking?”  Unlike Jessica, we arenʼt slammed in the tabloids for our innocent mistakes.

Most clothing is made for anorectic models and mannequins whose proportions donʼt resemble the average gal in any way shape or form. So what looks good on them (i.e. the green caftan to the left) wonʼt be what looks good on the rest of us. One of our Fashion Code mantras is “Extra Fabric = Extra Girth” ALWAYS!

Jessica did what most of us do when we’ve put on a few pounds – she covered it up with over-sized clothing. Through no fault of her own, she now looks like a small tent with pleating. Of course, doing an about face and wearing clothing which was way too tight for her (see photo on the right) and not sync with her body’s proportions made her look even heavier….

So whats a girl to do when she’s gained a few but doesn’t want the world to know?

Choosing clothing that fits your body’s shape is always the best bet.  Clothes that are too tight will make you look like a sausage casing and actually magnify any excess weight. In contrast, and as we stated above, oversized clothing creates extra bulk, and therefore the illusion, of extra pounds. So, if you are a few pounds over your goal weight, shoot for something that is neither too tight or too loose in a great mid weight fabric (not a flimsy t-shirt stretch) – with no added bulk to mess things up. That means, no pleating or big body-squishing belts, and no tent-like trendy oversized shirts. Also, run like the wind when a sales girl tells you high-waisted jeans are back – especially with patch pockets slapped across the front of the thigh and stomach. Placing extra fabric across what most women consider one of their “problem” areas makes all but the ultra-thin look sizes larger.

Let the paparazzi put their zoom lens on – Jessica got her figure back!  And it all happened with a change of clothes that were neither too tight or too loose but fit her figure perfectly.

That’s life, we gain a few, we lose a few – especially after 30. And when our metabolisms go looking for greener pastures its usually time to re-think our wardrobes so we can continue on being the beautiful woman we are- at any weight.  Happy be-lated birthday Jessica! You Rock!

Before the Fashion Code

Itʼs really no wonder that most of our closets are stuffed with a whole lot of “nothing to wear” when we realize that weʼve been basing our fashion purchases on what models are wearing in the magazines, store catalogs, and on TV. Consider this – the average American woman is a size 14 and only 5ʼ4”, and the average model is a size O and 6 feet tall!!

Thatʼs right, the average model is 7 sizes smaller and 8 inches taller than the average American gal….Yet we see things on a model and think it will look the same on us…but it just isnʼt so.

That doesn’t mean tall skinny girls get to have all the fashion fun.   The Fashion Code has cracked the code to looking sleek and chic for any woman – regardless of her size, shape or age.  Itʼs all about knowing how to play up your assets and camouflaging the rest using fashionʼs best kept secret.

What makes us different than every other fashion blog out there is that weʼre the first to use an actual “science” for beauty thatʼs been around since fig leaves were in fashion. In fact, itʼs been used by everyone from Da Vinci to Valentino and for good reason – Thereʼs an actual science behind what our minds recognize as “beautiful” – who knew?

If you’re starting to have flashbacks to your high school science class, don’t worry. This is not a blog about relativity. Itʼs all about making your butt look smaller – and thatʼs a class I definitely donʼt want to skip.

To show you how all this works check out the following photos…

Before and After The Fashion Code

Notice how just a few simple changes in our modelʼs accessories and the length of her cardigan make her look like sheʼs spent a month with her own private coach from “The Born Loser”? She also looks just as stylish as the model wearing the exact same outfit as her (in the photo at the beginning of this blog).  See, didnʼt we tell you there was light at the end of the tunnel? (and not that horrible fluorescent fitting room light either).

Sheʼs dropped 15 pounds and 15 years off her look by simply knowing the secret to dressing for her body and not a modelʼs in a magazine. Itʼs amazing how something as simple as an Ug-ly boot can really turn your legs into tree stumps or a family sized purse can make your thighs look like theyʼve doubled in size.

Everyday, millions of American women  fall prey to these unflattering trends when they head to the mall. They figure if its the latest, it must be the greatest. Hundreds or thousands of dollars later they still have a closet full of clothes but nothing to wear!  So, we think itʼs high time to share some style tools and rules that allow us to look great regardless of what we ate last night or which gene pool we were born into.

We aren’t anti-fashion. In fact, weʼre the biggest fashionistas youʼll meet and we wonʼt hesitate to wrestle you to the floor for those sample sale Jimmy Choos to prove it. But as fashion stylists weʼve found that the biggest style killer is not dressing in your bodyʼs own unique proportions – so knowing which trends and styles to avoid is key to looking like the style maven we know you are.

Think of us as your own personal stylists who are here to help you start shopping smart and learn the simple science of style. Donʼt worry. No pen-pack required. Weʼve figured it all out so you donʼt have to. Which will leave you more time to ponder the more liberating “problem” of deciding which great outfit to choose from in your closet full of everything you love to wear.

We look forward to adding you to our exceptional group of “friends and fashionistas” at The Fashion Code blog – where youʼll discover whatʼs real in the world of fashion and how to make it all work for you.

xo, Ruth