Archive | September, 2011

Beauty News: L’Oreal Appoints Angela Guy Senior VP of Diversity and Inclusion

28 Sep
Angela Guy Takes Over as the New Director of Diversity and Inclusion at L’Oreal

Angela Guy has been at the helm of Softsheen-Carson for the past four years. As the new Senior VP of Diversity and Inclusion, she will be replacing beauty industry veteran Edward Bullock who is retiring after 27 years. She will be responsible for the increasing L’Oreal’s diversity on a human resources and partnership level. This opportunity is just another example of increasing numbers of African American beauty executives rising up the ranks. We congratulate Angela and look forward to seeing what she does with this position!

 

The Collections: Maria Grachvogel SS12

27 Sep

All of the sturm und drang happening over at Halston over the past several months leads to many questions, not the least of which should be “did anyone over there even try to get Maria Grachvogel on the phone?” Because she is quietly doing Halston 2.0 better than anything that has come from the recently revamped label as of late. Grachvogel’s spring 2012 collection is awash in easy, fluid Grecian-inspired shapes, classic shifts and sheaths and all sorts of slightly reworked versions of the day and evening dress. The two standout graphics of the collection are a languid watercolor print in several colors and a subdued reptile skin that would almost certainly intrigue the woman who never thought she would wear animal print.  Grachvogel’s use of drapery and uncomplicated finishes has produced a collection that will appeal to a broader base of women who look for pieces that flatter as well as render them the chicest woman in the room. Select looks from the collection are below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Market: Rachel Comey Dunn Coat

27 Sep

Rachel Comey Dunn Coat, $704, shoplesnouvelles.com

Sleeveless coats might not be on the top of everyone’s must-have list for fall, but if you are reading this blog in the first place, you’re probably not likely to fall in line with what everyone else is wearing, anyway. We flat out adore Rachel Comey for her quirky take on staple pieces and we have been kind of obsessing about her Dunn coat. The shape of the coat reads like a cape or poncho, but it has the heft of a traditional wool topper and it’s perfect for the early days of the season. The loveliest part of all is the black chenille lining, referencing the most beautiful vintage coats and jackets from the 50′s and 60′s. A girl can never have too many coats as far as we are concerned…

 

Beauty News: Brazilian Blowouts are Officially Dangerous According to the FDA

27 Sep

Brazilian Blowouts are Officially Deemed Dangerous by the FDA

When we first heard about the Brazilian Blowout, we were both intrigued and a bit skeptical. For many women, the idea of having gorgeous hair that stays silky smooth and does what you want it to do seems like a dream come true. Brazilian Blowouts promised many women that they could have the hair of their dreams after undergoing this painless and simple procedure. Fast forward several years later and the FDA finalized their reports and studies on the Brazilian Blowout and came to the conclusion that the Brazilian Blowout products contain dangerous levels of formaldehyde  which can cause cancer and other ailments in both the stylist and the customer when exposed for long periods of time. We know beautiful hair is a major desire but we don’t believe that anyone should ever sacrifice their health in order to have “perfect” hair. Also, there is something to be said about learning how to work with your natural texture. Brazilian Blowouts are much like traditional relaxers in which your natural texture is completely eradicated until you grow your hair out which can be a long, painstaking process. All in all, you must decide what you will do with your hair but always do your research first before jumping “head first” into the latest trend or fad. Here is a video showcasing the controversial Brazilian Blowout process.

 

Beauty News: Make Up For Ever Set to Open First US Flagship in L.A.

27 Sep

Make Up For Ever Set to Launch First US Flagship Store in L.A.

News hit the net today that super successful makeup brand – Make Up For Ever will be launching their first US flagship store in Los Angeles. Even though there are several boutique locations in New York including SoHo and Greenwich Village, the L.A. store will be the brand’s official flagship store. The store will open in October and will include the brand’s entire collection along with professional-only items. This will be the brand’s first free-standing store and is sure to help solidify the brand’s reputation as one of the leading prestige makeup brands. The company has experienced serious growth over the past few years and is on an upward climb with sales projections doubling over the next few years.

Trend Report: Magnetic Manicure

26 Sep
 
Nail Inc is the Mastermind Behind the Hottest Manicure
 
We have a knack for reporting on the latest in nail art as we secretly have a ridiculous obsession with all things nail related. From lacquers in progressive colors to unique nail art embellishments, we love discovering the height of creativity and style when it comes to nails and nail design. One of the hottest new manicures that is quickly gaining momentum around the world is the magentic manicure. The magnetic manicure is just what the name says – a magentic polish that contorts and warbles with the help of a special magentic device. Nails inc, a UK nail brand that recently made its US debut at Sephora has created a special nail polish that contains magentic particles which move and react when they come in contact with the magnetic force contained in a special cap on the nail polish bottle. There are three colors in the Magnetic polish collection, a chrome, gold and purple. We predict the chrome magentic manicure will be the most sought after manicure from New York to Los Angeles. Check out this super cool polish in action in the YouTube clip below!
 
 

The Industry: Model Moment: Bethann Hardison

23 Sep

 

As far as we are concerned, Bethann Hardison is a stone cold goddess. She started her career as an edgy, tombyish model and became a fashion industry icon as a model manager and a champion for raising the profile of black models. This is a cool little clip that we found of an interview of her for IMW-TV (she is interviewed by Abe Gurko), where she talks about her modeling career working for designers like Claude Montana and Issey Miyake, her transition into managing other models and her documentary Invisible Beauty, which explores the lack of diversity on the runways and in editorials of the world’s top fashion magazines. It’s a great piece and our only complaint is that Ms. Hardison hasn’t launched her own fashion glossy.

Beauty Addictions: MAC Art of Powders

23 Sep

MAC, Art of Powders, http://www.maccosmetics.com

Debuting on September 29th is the latest collection from MAC – Art of Powders. This highly conceptualized collection centers around the powder finish but does so with great innovation and creativity. There are three products in the collection, a bronzer, an eyeshadow and a highlighter. Each product is a work of art and is sure to be a collector’s item for MAC aficionados and beauty fanatics alike. Check out the three products up close and personal.

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Beauty News: Estee Lauder Launches YouTube Channel

23 Sep

Estee Lauder Launches YouTube Channel

As the internet continues to gain momentum in the world of marketing and advertising, Estee Lauder, one of the biggest beauty brands in the world, has made the leap onto YouTube with the launch of their new channel. This new foray onto YouTube is a brilliant move on the brand’s part as there are millions of opportunities to grab new and existing customers with beauty advice, product launches, demonstrations and specialized content.

“We are thrilled to offer viewers an inside look at the Estée Lauder brand, with a behind-the-scenes view of our products, personalities and so much more,” said Charisse Ford, Senior Vice President of Global Marketing, Estée Lauder.

The new channel already has 35 videos featuring Creative Director Tom Pecheux and global spokesmodels Hilary Rhoda, Constance Jablonski, Liu Wen, Joan Smalls, Carolyn Murphy and Elizabeth Hurley. One of the most exciting aspects of this new channel is the two-way mirror which allows the user to practice makeup applications while on their computer.

To practice creating a look on yourself in real time, viewers can activate the on-screen mirror and watch the tutorial while trying the application method on themselves.  This feature initiates your webcam which allows you to follow along easily.   You can see both yourself and the video on the screen at once so you can apply the techniques on yourself.

We’ll be visiting the new channel on a daily basis, will you?

The Market: Artemis Wragge Memento Mori Scarf

22 Sep

Artemis Wragge Memento Mori Cashmere and Silk-Blend Scarf, $395, net-a-porter.com

Anyone who has studied Art History can’t help but be a little fascinated by the idea of the Memento Mori- the reminder of our mortality found in paintings throughout the years, especially in Italian Renaissance and Northern European masterpieces. Usually, this was in the form of a skull, either placed on a scholar’s desk or in the hand of the subject of the portrait. Essentially, the message was no matter how noble your family or whatever your lot in life, we all suffer the same fate eventually.  We kind of love the idea of  a memento mori that you can wear, and a luxe one, at that. Skulls are everywhere and on everything, but the 19th century med school rendering of the skulls and bones on this scarf elevate it past mere pop culture iconography.

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