Archive | May, 2011

Beauty News: Supermodel Jessica White in Talks to Develop Skin Care Line for Women of Color

31 May

Jessica White Developing a Skin Care Line of Women of Color

Known for her stunning skin, beautiful eyes and pouty lips, Jessica White is one of the most sought after supermodels in the world. She has repped the runway for several top designers and can usually be found between the pages of the iconic Sport’s Illustrated Swimsuit editions and strutting down glittering catwalks for Victoria’s Secret’s annual fashion show. She is also one of Maybelline’s go-to girls for their diverse range of cosmetics. Looks like the beauty business has had a direct effect on the supermodel as she is now looking to create her own line of skin care for women of color. According to the New York Time’s Page Six, the beauty has always wanted to produce quality products for women of different ethnicities.

The skin care line is called Devise and will be a fully comprehensive collection with cleansers, toners, moisturizers, skin-lighteners and exfoliators all made to enhance and nourish African-American, Latin and Asian skin. More details coming soon!

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Beauty News: Chanel Launches Soleil de Tan Moisturizing Bronzer Palette

31 May

Chanel, Soleil de Tan Moisturizing Bronzer Palette, $50, http://www.chanel.com

Now that summer is officially here, it’s time to invest in a beautiful bronzer as this will often times be the only makeup you’ll need this summer after sunbathing by the pool. Chanel recently launched a new moisturizing bronzer that is sure to disappear from Chanel counters everywhere in the coming weeks. Just in time for summer vacations, weekend getaways and exotic trips, this bronzer palette comes complete with four different shades of bronzing powder that are infused with hydrating ingredients. All four powders are shimmer-free which is great for that subtle, natural-looking glow. You can wear the individual shades alone or sweep them all together for a rosy flush of color. The palette also comes with a brush that is made to dust these luscious powders onto the cheeks, temples and down the bridge of the nose which are the areas on the face where the sun naturally hits. This amazing palette comes in two colors- Soleil Tan de Chanel Moisturizing Bronzer in Rose and Soleil Tan de Chanel Moisturizing Bronzer in Corail. The Rose palette works best for those with fair to medium skin tones while tan to dark skin tones should opt for the Corail palette.

Model Moment: Karen Alexander

31 May

We spent part of the long holiday weekend pouring over vintage fashion magazines and were reminded of how much we loved (and miss) model Karen Alexander, she of the insanely beautiful bone structure and perfect pout. Alexander was one of THE models of the 80’s, black or otherwise, and her face has graced the covers of just about all of the major fashion magazines. She was one of the first models of color to be featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. The New Jersey-born model was also highlighted in People Magazine’s very first 50 Most Beautiful People issue, being photographed while 4 months pregnant. We also love how she is BFF’s with another of our favorite 80’s models, Elaine Irwin, the soon-to-be ex of singer John Mellencamp. Below are some of our favorite images from Alexander’s career.

The Industry: A La Disposition Interview

31 May

A look from the A La Disposition FW11 Collection

One of the best parts of what we do is having a constant ear to the ground, looking for the best of the under-the-radar labels. We’ve had our sights set on A La Disposition for awhile (the label launched in 2005), primarily due to their left of center experiments with silhouette and volume and their talent for taking traditional pieces, like the corset, and making them look completely of-the-moment. We are particularly in love with their FW11 collection, called The Utopian Aviary, which uses birds as a jumping-off point for some of the most gorgeous and dramatic silhouettes of the season. This is definitely a label to watch.  We spoke with the husband and wife team of Daniel Kinne and Lynda Cohen via email about their collection and a fashion industry in a state of flux.

BM: Your FW11 collection is called the “The Utopian Aviary” what was it specifically about birds that inspired you to choose this concept for the entire collection?

ALD: We are always experimenting with the manipulation of the human silhouette and achieving the suggestion of a birdlike shape in clothing was an artistic challenge and a great aesthetic experiment.

BM: In what has been called the “new economy”, it has been said that people who buy high-end fashion are looking for more personal, more special pieces. How do you think your work falls within these categories? 

ALD: Ever since its reinvention, the brand has by chance and not by design operated along similar principles. To us fashion is always about the expression of the inner self.

BM:  Tell us about your background and training? What designers did you intern for, if any? 

ALD:  Both designers were trained in fashion at Parsons School of Design in New York and then in the arts of tailoring and corsetry in London. We have always considered learning the Art of Garment Making as the way to a greater understanding of fashion and to better express one’s ideas through fashion.

BM: How do you feel about the way collections are presented to the press and in turn, the public and the circus that often surrounds Fashion Week? Is there anything that you would change about how you present your collection? 

ALD: Though we have experimented with different mediums from artistically designed look books to fashion films to exhibitions, the catwalk is currently the most effective way to reach a broad audience, from fashion professionals to potential customers. We would like to maybe combine the runway with a presentation for a more intimate atmosphere, giving the audience a chance to view the garments in more detail.

BM: How would you describe the woman you design for? What’s in the future for A LA DISPOSITION? 

ALD:  Strong, independent and feminine. The future holds for us the relocation from New York to London which shall be in effect August 1, 2011.

Pat Cleveland Mini-Tribute

27 May

We spend an almost embarassing amount of time stalking YouTube for vintage videos having anything to do with fashion. We just unearthed this amazing little clip that spotlights one of our favorite supermodels, Pat Cleveland, who along with model Alva Chinn, was a muse to designers Stephen Burrows and Halston. Watching this makes us a bit wistful for the runways of the late 70’s and 80’s when models were actually encouraged to have a personality. Cleveland’s signature walk is on full display here and we are seriously loving the brief clip of Ms. Cleveland with Halston himself, spritzing on some of his namesake cologne. Enjoy and Happy Memorial Day to all of our U.S. readers!

Miu Miu FW 2011 Shoe Collection

27 May

 

So there we were, innocently preparing for a long holiday weekend of rest and relaxation, when we saw IT. The just-released Miu Miu FW11 accessories lookbook. All that glitters may not be gold, but the second we laid eyes on these shoes, we were stopped dead in our tracks. If Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz (the authority on sparkly shoes) moved to NYC and became a fashion PR girl, she would wear these. Everything about these shoes is what we would expect from Prada’s quirky, younger sister: the sexy curved heel, the flirty peep-toe and the tomboyish quality of the menswear-inspired detailing. We want every style and will spend at least a part of this long weekend elbowing our way onto the wait list. For more information on ordering and to see the entire FW11 accesories collection, visit www.miumiu.com.

Beauty News: Memorial Day Weekend Beauty Tips

27 May
Louis Vuitton Toiletry Kit in Damier Azur, $520, http://www.louisvuitton.com

Today marks the official first day of the Memorial Day Weekend. Women everywhere are packing their bags for quick getaways to Miami, Las Vegas, LA and anywhere else that provides sun, fun and drinks, in that order! So, here comes the issue that reigns supreme for so many women when planning a weekend getaway- what should you pack? The answer is simple, more is certainly less. This is definitely a time to pull out your multi-use products since you can get more mileage out of them without bulking up your toiletry bag and taking up precious space. Here is an in-depth list of the most important makeup and skincare items you should pack for your weekend getaway!

 
  • Makeup Remover or Wet-Wipes
  • Eye Shadow Palette
  • Travel brush set
  • Waterproof mascara in black
  • Waterproof eye liner
  • Lip/Cheek Tint
  • Bronzer
  • Sunscreen for face and a sunscreen for body with an SPF of at least 35
  • Body Oil or Body Mist/Spray
  • Gel Facial Cleanser or Foaming Facial Cleanser
  • Tinted Moisturizer
  • Concealer

All of these products will help assist you in looking your best without you having to bring your entire beauty arsenal along with you. When it comes to beauty while traveling, think of using products that impart shine and shimmer as this is all you will need after getting a nice healthy glow from your well-earned tan. Also, stick to waterproof formulations for mascara and eyeliners as you don’t want to run the risk of raccoon eyes whenever you hit the pool or the beach. Put away your powder shadows and opt for cream or mineral eyeshadows as they go on smoother and lighter. All in all, just remember that having fun is the best beauty tip of all since it looks good on everyone and doesn’t cost a thing!