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SO Trends - October 14

Sunday, October 14, 2012    

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We're trend-watching for you, keeping tabs on what's hot and happening and what needs to be retired.

WHAT'S HOT

Bolt Fever Still In Effect

Askmen.com, the world's leading men's lifestyle website, has listed Usain Bolt as the second most influential male on the planet. On their list of 49 men with the most currency, Bolt placed behind James Bond but ahead of Bill Clinton (#3), Barack Obama (#11), Prince William (#20) and Jay Z (#22).

Genius Wordplay

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard dresses down Opposition Leader Tony Abbott — calling him out as sexist and misogynistic — in a full-scale, lyrically brilliant oratory master class. If you haven't seen it, hurry now to YouTube.

Intelligent TV

TV is now an appointment destination for addictively good shows. What's on our radar? Recent Emmy winner for Best TV Drama Homeland on Showtime with the flawless one-two acting combo of Damian Lewis and Claire Danes. We're also loving ABC's political soap Scandal (see page 2) starring the lovely Kerry Washington.

Crimson Lips

Forget bright lips, it's all about going darker with your kissers. It's the of-the-moment trend that was hot on the recent international Fashion Week runways and favoured by such celebs as Kim Kardashian and Emma Watson.

WHAT'S NOT

'Fifty Shades' Hype

It's the literary world's biggest sensation, but we've just about had it with the unjustified hoopla surrounding E L James' erotic Fifty Shades trilogy. Forgive our naiveté, but how could poorly written fictionalised billionaires and S &M fantasies ever be considered must-read material?

Gladiator Sandals

They were hot for a minute. Time's up!

Colour Coordination Overboard

Matching is by no means a cardinal sin in fashion. What doesn't work is matching accessories. Pairing a green bag and a green dress... a definite NO! Same-coloured jewellery and outfit... not the wisest decision.

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