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Pretty Little Liars' Troian Bellisario on costumes, plot twists, and Ravenswood cameos in tonight's Halloween episode

Troian Bellisario wouldn’t reveal the big plot twist that’s going to happen on tonight’s Halloween-themed episode of Pretty Little Liars (though she did drop a couple of hints), but the actress was happy to share some costume secrets.

“The Halloween episodes are always really beautiful and stand alone to tell their own story. It’s almost like Pretty Little Liars gets a little spell cast on it for one episode every year,” Bellisario said. “[Tonight’s episode is] going to be a great tie-over for fans who have been waiting for the second half of the season. It’s going to keep the mystery going.” In addition to the mystery, filming this year’s Halloween episode was torture. “That’s always the hilarious balance that we’re trying to [accomplish] — to be running for your life in a corset and heels and not kill each other,” said the actress, who estimates that she and her co-stars spent at least 98 hours in their costumes over the course of the seven-day shoot. “I’m so ready [to do a] period horror film [after this].”

Considering that PLL fans often recreate the costumes seen on the annual episode, will Bellisario be borrowing Spencer’s Titanic inspired ensemble to wear on Halloween? “Nope! The last day of every Halloween episode, we all get together and beg [costume designer Mandi Line] to let us build a bonfire to burn all our costumes. She never lets us.”

Read on for more from Bellisario about the costumes and plot twists viewers will see tonight, and what they can look forward to when PLL returns in January.


Scandal's costume designer dressed the characters in 'Grand Theft Auto V'

What do Scandal’s Olivia Pope and the criminals of Grand Theft Auto V have in common? They’re dressed by the same person.

Scandal costume designer Lyn Paolo — whose other credits include The West Wing, ER, Southland, and Shameless – created the wardrobe for the animated characters in the fifth chapter of the ultra-violent video game.

How did Paolo go from wardrobing D.C.’s most powerful in Armani and Prada to designing virtual suits, riot gear, and stripper clothes for the residents of the fictional city of Los Santos?  READ FULL STORY

Rihanna's mosque photos, Kim Kardashian's new clothing line, and more

Rihanna’s causes a stir with her Instagram selfies, Kim Kardashian launches a body-con clothing line, Disney’s villainesses inspire a new makeup collection, and more.

Read on for all of today’s style and design headlines. READ FULL STORY

'Pretty Little Liars': Costume secrets from the Halloween episode

“Until this show, I never got nervous about what fans thought,” Pretty Little Liars wardrobe designer Mandi Line admitted of working on the ABC Family series’ annual costume extravaganza. “Come mid August or early September [every year], I start getting Facebook messages and tweets like, ‘What’s it going to be? Give me a hint! I want to prepare my Halloween costume.'”

The episode is almost here — it airs this Tuesday, Oct 22 at 8 p.m. EST — and the secret is out…. Emily, Hanna, Spencer, and Aria attend a WWI-themed soiree in Ravenswood, site of the PLL spinoff series.  With just three weeks to pull everything together, Line said her biggest challenge was creating costumes with authentic touches that would appeal to the show’s young viewers. “I thought, ‘Kids aren’t going to get this,’ then [creator] Marlene [King] pulled me aside and said, ‘Make it true to the silhouettes, but please put your modern touch on it,'” the designer recalled. “So that’s where you get the bright colors, the sexiness.”

Plus, each leading lady’s costumes had to have at least one exact double — in case of any unforseen wardrobe malfunctions — which meant one-of-a-kind rentals weren’t an option. “[In] the summer finale where Ezra winds up being A, [the girls] were supposed to walk into the party, so we shot the Halloween episode first and that meant their costumes were going to get screwed [due to] wear and tear, sweat, food stains, all the stuff that happens in life,” Line explained. “So we had to have perfect [duplicates] because [the script said] we were supposed to see them walking into the party.”

Typically, Line and her team have a week to prepare the wardrobe for each episode, but for this special occasion, they needed more time… and more money. “We were trying to make this amazing vision work on the small budget that we have. Finally, our producers put the numbers together and gave us the green light,” she said of fighting for the extra resources she needed to create period costumes that would live up to the show’s sartorial reputation. “[It wasn’t] because I was being a diva, the money was actually necessary.”

Read on for more costume secrets from the Pretty Little Liars Halloween episode.  READ FULL STORY

'What Not To Wear' hosts Stacy London and Clinton Kelly look back on the series' most memorable makeovers

After 10 years on TLC, What Not To Wear is hanging up its chic hat tonight with a three-hour series finale. Over the course of the show, hosts Stacy London and Clinton Kelly have established a sweet spot between style gurus and life coaches — quick with a quip and unafraid to pull rank on some of their more reluctant contributors (we’re looking at you, season 4’s D.C. nanny Lynn!). Of course, that isn’t to say they didn’t appreciate a little sass: “I like the tough ones,” Stacy says. “I like the ones who make us defend our honor, so to speak, and really explain what we’re trying to do because it was never about criticism, only about showing people that they had options.”

Tonight sees the return of many of the women Clinton and Stacy have styled during a reunion wrap-up. “It was overwhelming. It was really like, ‘This is your life,'” Stacy laughs. “I have never experienced anything like it. It felt completely surreal to see so many people who have meant so much and who we have had such an intimate interaction with.”

Calling the two-hour finale “the most organic end for a show,” Stacy says, “I feel very fortunate that we were able to know a season in advance that we were going to end it because we got to say thank you, we really got to acknowledge what it meant to have these people let go — even those who put up a fight — and let us show them their potential.”

When asked to look back on more than 300 episodes worth of makeovers, Stacy has to admit, “I don’t have a favorite. So many people have asked me that, and I feel like it’s kind of comparing apples to oranges. Everybody has a different sense of transformation, and it was a different journey for so many people.”

Click the “Launch Gallery” button to see nine of those journeys singled out by Stacy and Clinton. (Note: If the “Launch Gallery” button isn’t working, you can click here to go directly to the gallery.)

The 'Pretty Little Liars' Halloween episode costumes -- EXCLUSIVE video

Pretty Little Liars pulls out all the stops for its annual Halloween episode and this year is no exception, with the girls dressing up for a WWI-themed costume party in Ravenswood.

“The girls were so, so excited in the beginning. They were like, ‘Skinnier! Skinnier! We don’t want to breathe!'” wardrobe designer Mandi Line told EW of the corseted costumes she created for PLL‘s stylish foursome. “By the time I’d go see them on-set, [they were] like, ‘I hate you!”

The actresses channeled their pain for a particular scene in the episode. “This girdle is cutting off my air supply,” whines Hanna (Ashley Benson). “It’s a corset,” replies Spencer (played by Troian Bellisario). Girdle, corset, whatever it is, “It’s torture!” Hanna exclaims.

Watch a video of the stars of Pretty Little Liars talking about their Halloween costumes after the jump.  READ FULL STORY

Melissa McCarthy's 'Elle' magazine cover sparks fashion backlash


Is Elle magazine guilty of orchestrating a fashion cover-up?

The monthly fashion magazine is drawing criticism for its portrayal of November cover girl Melissa McCarthy, who fronts the annual “Women in Hollywood” issue. While alternate covers of the issue feature Reese Witherspoon in a bodycon Versace cut-out dress and Shailene Woodley in a bathing suit and sneakers, McCarthy is bundled up in a figure-concealing coat, a look that some say is pure sizeism.

“This year, Elle‘s token plus-size cover girl is McCarthy, who was photographed in a Marina Rinaldi coat so huge that she could hide her Mike and Molly co-star Billy Gardel underneath,” wrote June Thomas of Slate. “McCarthy’s hair covers a quarter of her gorgeous face, and with her hands stuffed deep into her coat pockets, the only visible flesh is a tiny triangle between the coat’s lapels and the briefest glimpse of calf. Perhaps photographer Thomas Whiteside only knows how to photograph the usual stick insect models, because he clearly has no clue how to highlight McCarthy’s curves.”

This isn’t the first time the 43-year-old actress’s appearance has sparked controversy.  READ FULL STORY

Disney villains get a designer makeover, Kim Kardashian inspires battle of the Instagram bum shots, and more

Disney goes Dolce & Gabbana, Hello Kitty meets The Simpsons, Kim Kardashian sparks the battle of the Instagram bum shots, and more.

Read on for all of today’s style and design headlines.  READ FULL STORY

'Face Off' exit Q&A: 'I was never 100 percent satisfied with anything I did'

The word “ghost,” doesn’t normally elicit peals of laughter but on Tuesday night’s episode of Face Off, the contestants were asked to make a joke out of the horror genre by mixing spook with spoof.

First up was the Foundation Challenge, where contestants had to envision what the Grim Reaper might look like under that hood. The scythe-wielding harbinger of death is usually seen without a face (or simply as a skeleton), so each artist tackled the blank canvas differently. Laura Tyler (season three) used facial prosthetics in unexpected areas — the brow bones on the chin, for example — and the move won her a ticket to safety, as guest judge special effects makeup artist Patrick Tatopoulos (Resident Evil: Extinction, I Am Legend) said he was impressed with her detailed creation.

Next came the Spotlight Challenge, which took the contestants on a field trip to the Laugh Factory, where they learned they’d have to create “comedy ghosts” — creatures that looked frightening, but could make viewers laugh out loud. Newcomer Eddie Holecko struggled with his concept, scrapping his original idea for a new one — a baseball player who died after being hit by his own bat, and fell three hours behind the other contestants. Meanwhile, fellow newcomer Laney Parkhurst scrambled to finish her wig, and Miranda Jory (season two) got a last-minute scare when air pockets appeared in her work.

When it came time to face the judges, Roy Wooley (season 3) was crowned the winner, erasing the memory of his disappointing performance last week. “You’re gonna see big,” Wooley had promised before last night’s challenges, and he kept his word, presenting the judges with a vaudeville-inspired costume that depicted two small performers, one sitting on top of the other, working together to form the ghost. Judges Glenn Hetrick, Ve Neill, and Neville Page applauded Wooley’s work. “I’m happy to see this Roy back this week,” Page said.

The newcomers ended up at the bottom, as the judges found Holecko’s ghost unfunny and Parkhurst’s concept — an electrocuted punk rock girl — confusing. But in the end, Holecko was sent home for his inexplicably strange aesthetic choices, including his character’s “artichoke head” and “KISS eyes.” “It doesn’t look funny, it just looks weird,” Neill told Holecko. Still, Page reassured him as he left the stage, telling the eliminated contestant that he has “a bold aesthetic.”

Read on to see what Holecko had to say about being on the show, what he regrets about the creation that got him eliminated, and what he’s been up to since filming wrapped.  READ FULL STORY

See the clothing line inspired by ABC Family's hit TV shows

You know that moment when you’re watching TV and you want to steal the outfit right off one of the character’s backs? Well now, you can… sort of

Two months after Disney’s ABC Family network and mall retail chain Wet Seal announced plans to create a millenial lifestyle brand, the first images of the Crush by ABC Family clothing line have been released. Inspired by characters from The Fosters, Twisted, Switched at Birth, and Baby Daddy, the collection will include apparel and accessories priced from $9.90 to $32.90. The line will get a holiday season boost through print and digital media campaigns, window displays in Wet Seal stores, and 15-second promo spots on ABC Family.

Get a sneak peek at some of the items from the Crush by ABC Family collection after the jump.


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