‘Sex wholesale halloween costumes addict’ therapy unlikely to help Harvey Weinstein according to experts

Fallen Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein wholesale halloween costumes has reportedly checked in to a US rehabilitation center that treats male sex addicts, but experts say such therapy is unlikely to help.

English comic actor Russell Brand, Halloween Costumes Outlet golfer Tiger Woods, rocker Ozzy Osbourne and actor Michael Douglas are among the high-powered celebrities who have proclaimed they were battling sex addiction — after their philandering was revealed.

While psychologists typically refrain from diagnosing someone from afar, some say Weinstein — who is accused of sexually assaulting a string of actresses over the years — fits the profile of a sexual predator, not an addict.

‘I think you can control your impulses. He just decided not to do so,’ said Holly Richmond, a certified sex therapist in Los Angeles.

Harvey Weinstein has reportedly checked in to a US rehabilitation center that treats male sex addicts, but experts say such therapy is unlikely to help

Therapists are also divided on whether sex addiction even exists.

The leading psychiatry reference, known as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, updated in 2013, does not include sex addiction. Its authors decided it did not fit the definition of a psychological disorder.

According to Richmond, there is no such thing as a sex addict.

‘What you should say is someone who has compulsive sexuality, or out of control sexual behavior,’ she said.

The entertainment site TMZ has reported that Weinstein intended to fly to Switzerland for rehab, but decided to check in at The Meadows in Arizona instead.

The facility is home to what it calls the ‘nation’s premier inpatient treatment for sex addiction,’ a 45-day program titled ‘The Gentle Path,’ that was attended by Tiger Woods after his cheating scandal.

It features group talk sessions, interactions with horses — coined ‘equine assisted psychotherapy’ — yoga, art, meditation and one-on-one counseling.

A number of celebrities have sought treatment for drugs, alcohol and other problems at The Meadows, and many have been helped there.

But when it comes to treating sex addiction — and such programs are offered at hundreds of clinics across the United States, costing between $10,000 and $30,000 — some experts are dubious.

‘There is no evidence that sex addiction treatment actually works,’ said David Ley, a psychologist in New Mexico and author of the book ‘The Myth of Sex Addiction.’

‘After 40 years, there is not a single published study that shows that sex addiction treatment has a positive effect or actually help people change their sexual behavior,’ he told AFP.

With Sexy Clubwear dress drive, HCC helps make a perfect prom for everyone

Last year, the average Sexy Clubwear American family could expect to pay $1,078 for their child’s prom, according to a survey from Visa. A collection drive at Howard Community College is aimed at reducing that cost for young area women, ensuring that they, too, can have a “perfect prom.”

The Perfect Prom Project is Wholesale Babydoll Lingerie being conducted through the college’s Center for Service Learning and hospitality and management department. They hope to collect 100 gently used prom dresses by Friday, Feb. 22.

“With the economy being what it is, and the rising strain on families regardless of their economic class, everything is getting tighter across the board,” said Brittany Budden, director of service learning at HCC. “This is an opportunity to engage HCC students, while helping ladies in the direct community to help make prom more affordable.”

As of Tuesday, 71 dresses had been collected in bins across campus, and, Budden said, more were coming in from county high schools. While this is the second year for the project, it is the first time the college has partnered with Centennial, Glenelg and Mt. Hebron high schools to collect the dresses.

The college is also collecting formal dress shoes, purses and accessories, Budden said. Once the drive is complete, the hospitality and management students step in, planning a free-of-charge “shopping” day at the end of March and creating an on-campus “boutique.”

Jody Fisher, assistant professor in the Center for Hospitality and Culinary Studies, said the shopping day was a good opportunity for the students to gain “real-world experience” in planning out and decorating a shopping area and creating menus for light refreshments

“There will be activities, too, all focused on making prom more affordable, like tips and tricks to doing your own hair and nails at home,” Budden said. “The students are completely responsible for coming up with these ideas.”

The “shopping day” is a controlled environment, Budden said, with young women enjoying the activities in a common area, and picking out their dresses in a separate area in a much smaller group. Each high school student will be partnered with an HCC student acting as a kind of personal stylist to help them find the perfect dress.

Last year, HCC collected more than 200 dresses, and helped more than 30 high-school students. This year, Budden said they were hoping to provide dresses for 50 students.

Through the Howard County Public School System, HCC works with guidance counselors in county high schoolers to identify young women “who can benefit” from the drive, Budden said. Guidance counselors are then given anywhere from four to seven invitations to give to the students for the event.

“We won’t turn anyone away as long as there are dresses. We wait on the final number of dresses to determine how many ladies we can serve,” Budden said. “Guidance counselors discreetly invite the ladies, and it’s not always cut and dry situations — it’s not always the students on free and reduced meals. Ladies can use the support and opportunity.”

Ultimately, Budden said, the drive is more of a celebration than a charity.

“Prom is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Budden said. “It’s one of those coming-of-age moments, and we want to make sure that every person that wants to go to prom has that chance.”

Moving corsets wholesale From the Bridal Salon to the Red Carpet

Photo corsets wholesale Romona Keveza backstage last Saturday at her bridal show. Credit Michael Nagle for The New York Times LAST January, the “Glee” actress Lea Michele attended the Grammy Awards in a Romona Keveza navy one-shoulder frock with a fluttery feather-chiffon skirt. She couldn’t remember who designed the dress but offered a saucy excuse to the host Ryan Seacrest.

“I had an insane wardrobe long gown dress malfunction today,” Ms. Michele said. “I picked out this white dress, which was gorgeous. I was so excited to leave … I stand by my window, and you could see through the entire thing!”

As Ms. Michele’s red-carpet turn ricocheted across the Web, so too did Ms. Keveza’s name as the designer of the feathery runner-up dress, which at least one reviewer suggested was Ms. Michele’s best look of the awards season. Three months later, Sofia Vergara donned a lace cocktail dress by the designer for the Glaad media awards. Then in November, Ksenia Solo drew raves in a sweeping red silk chiffon Romona Keveza gown at the New York premiere of “Black Swan.”

In the vibrant, if hermetic, realm of bridal fashion, Romona Keveza is a name to be reckoned with. In June, when Crystal Harris marries Hugh Hefner, she will wear one of the designer’s gowns: a blush pink mermaid number, or so it has been reported. Not the wedding of the season, to be sure, but a high-profile event nonetheless. What is curious is that Ms. Keveza, virtually unknown outside frothy bridal salons, has emerged as a red-carpet presence, if not overnight, then at least faster than fashion watchers could take in.

Photo Models waiting to present Ms. Keveza’s line of bridal gowns at the St. Regis show. Credit Michael Nagle for The New York Times “Who the hell is Romona Keveza?” the stylist Karla Welch recalled thinking after the Golden Globe Awards in January. Ms. Welch, with her partner, Kemal Harris, dresses actresses like Hailee Steinfeld and Olivia Wilde for the red carpet. “We have a client who is a very high fashion person,” Ms. Welch said, “and she texted me that after seeing the Globes. I had never seen Romona’s stuff before.”

Continue reading the main story Going gown for gown with Marchesa and Armani Privé on the Golden Globes red carpet, Ms. Keveza’s dresses were worn by Julia Stiles, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Christina Hendricks. It was Ms. Hendricks, in a red silk crepe one-shoulder number with an extravagantly ruffled neckline, who elevated the designer to a heady new level.

Continue reading the main story”It was one of the best dresses Christina’s ever worn,” Ms. Welch said.

Lawren Sample, Ms. Hendricks’s stylist, filled in the story. “I stopped into Film Fashion, and Carla Blizzard there had really been championing Romona,” she said, referring to a Los Angeles showroom that specializes in celebrity dressing. “Christina has already worn red, and she doesn’t tend to do one-shoulder, but I sent the dress to her anyway, and it was an amazing fit: this Hollywood screen-siren look.”

Ms. Blizzard, the vice president of Film Fashion, also persuaded Ms. Welch to consider Romona Keveza for another client, the “Glee” actress Heather Morris. “Carla urged me to check out a rack of Romona dresses, and I couldn’t get over them,” Ms. Welch said. “The quality was there.”

Two weeks after the Globes, Ms. Morris wore a floaty peach chiffon Romona Keveza gown with crystal embellishment to the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Photo Bridal gowns are the main part of Romona Keveza’s business, but her dresses on the red carpet have attracted attention. Credit Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times

CONTRARY to speculation, Ms. Keveza (pronounced ke-VEY-zha) is no fashion newbie. Years before Ms. Michele belted out her first note, Ms. Keveza had her own evening-wear business in London, Ontario.

“I opened my first shop, La Maison, with $15,000 of my own money,” Ms. Keveza said, beaming proudly. “I didn’t have a rich father or sugar daddy funding me along the way.”

Ms. Keveza, who was dressed in a loose denim pullover, black stretch pants and furry flat boots on a recent Friday afternoon, wavers between a folksy warmth and a steely, controlling nature. Of Lithuanian-Canadian extraction, she grew up on a farm in tiny Rodney, Ontario (population 35 at the time). “It was the country, but my mother was still very much about the European way of dressing,” she said. “She always had French Vogue lying around the house.”

After studying business and fine arts at the University of Western Ontario, Ms. Keveza opened La Maison in 1986. A year later, she opened a second shop in Washington at the Four Seasons Hotel.

“I carried Oscar de la Renta and Carolina Herrera,” she said. “But my Washington clients were worried about showing up at a gala in the same dress, so I started designing a private label.”

Photo Christina Hendricks in a Keveza at the Golden Globe Awards in January. Credit Jason Merritt/Getty Images In 1989, with sales brisk, Ms. Keveza sold both shops to concentrate on her own label. “I wasn’t even thinking about bridal, and then the 1990s recession hit,” she said. “A V.I.P. client requested this black velvet gown in white satin for her wedding, and I originally said no. Then she came back and said she would pay $10,000.”

Continue reading the main storyToday, Ms. Keveza’s line, which has been based in New York since 1999, is principally bridal, stocked at retailers like Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus, and includes a secondary line called Legends. Prices hover around $3,000 to $5,000 for her Legends designs and can reach $35,000 for a silk organza wedding gown with hand-applied flower and petal appliqué. At the urging of customers who wanted her dresses in more colors, she re-entered the evening-wear market in 2009.

Ms. Blizzard became aware of Ms. Keveza when a number of stylists visiting the Film Fashion showroom mentioned her in passing. Last October, she telephoned the designer — she has yet to meet Ms. Keveza in person — and asked to see a selection of dresses. Two months later, a deal was struck. (Designers pay the showroom a monthly retainer. Both parties were resolutely mum on the specifics.)

Any up-and-coming designer, especially one who is struggling for attention in the news media, is well aware that the red carpet is a highly effective letter of introduction.

“With something like the Globes, shoppers, buyers and editors are all watching,” said Ms. Blizzard, who can be a star-maker of sorts when it comes to getting a designer’s dresses onto the backs of actresses who will be obsessively photographed. Pamella Roland, a Film Fashion client since 2003, languished in semi-obscurity before her red-carpet placements. The same is true of the bridal designer Zuhair Murad.

Photo <strong>DOWN THE AISLE</strong> Hugh Hefner and Crystal Harris. Credit Kevin Winter/Getty Images “Zuhair had been working in Europe for awhile, but maybe he wasn’t having his designs shown in the right way,” Ms. Blizzard said. Since signing Mr. Murad in 2007, Film Fashion has dressed Katy Perry, Christina Aguilera, Fergie, Jennifer Lopez and Taylor Swift in his creations.

It’s a savvy means to manage costs as well. “The publications all do some kind of red-carpet coverage now,” she added. “It’s a way to get into fashion magazines without being a major advertiser.”

DESPITE the positive feedback, Ms. Keveza is wary of the newfound attention. “I’ve been doing the same thing for years,” she said. “I’m not a flash in the pan.”

Continue reading the main storyNevertheless, her brand is on an obvious upswing. Last weekend, at the spring 2012 bridal show at the St. Regis hotel, editors from Vogue and InStyle attended her show for the first time, and “Entertainment Tonight” sent a film crew. Among the gowns was a white organza version of Heather Morris’s SAG Awards dress.

Ms. Keveza plans to continue her relationship with Film Fashion, but if her career hurtles along the same arc, she has grander ambitions.

“I have always wanted to do a big runway show for New York Fashion Week,” she said in a wistful tone. “All these years, and I’ve never done that. But it’s expensive, so we’ll have to weigh all our options. I’m in it for the long haul. I’m more the tortoise than the hare.”