Archive | September, 2011

The Collections: A La Disposition SS12

30 Sep

One of the elements that is consistently intriguing about A La Disposition is the push-pull exercise between restraint and the play of volume and proportion. Working with the theme of “Mechanical Failure” for spring 2012, the London-based husband and wife team of Daniel Kinne and Lynda Cohen wanted to evoke the general idea of propellers juxtaposed with the discipline of tightly constructed garments.  At first glance, the overall aesthetic can be a lot to digest.  But upon closer inspection, this is an exceedingly modern collection, featuring separates that are accessible as well as fresh ideas about how clothes can hang on (and away from) the body. The way the shapes balloon and then contract, actually does lend itself to the idea of pieces of a machine in the process of breaking down and degrading. A cinched waist grounds a voluminous skirt and a one-sleeved blouse allows a bare arm to serve as a balance to the elongated sleeve on the opposite side. This is a cerebral collection and will appeal to a specific type of woman, but the fact that the ideas have not been overwrought is refreshing.

Photos: A La Disposition


Trend Report: Two-Toned Nails

30 Sep

Two-Toned Nails Reigned Supreme for Spring 2012

Two-toned nails are sure to be one of the biggest trends for Spring 2012. Unlike the traditional French and American manicures, this new two-toned nail has a modern ombre effect that takes this look to chic new heights. We are infatuated with the various color combinations such as; black/blue and lilac/eggplant. Several designers including Prabal Gurung, Jen Kao and Parkchoonmoo sent models down the runway rocking this bold new nail trend. We look forward to dipping our tips in this new design. Here are a few more gorgeous examples to drool over!

Beauty News: Celebrity Stylist Tippi Shorter Debuts New Hair Care Line

30 Sep

Tippi Shorter Debuts New Hair Care Line - Hair by Tippi

Celebrity stylist Tippi Shorter knows a thing or two about hair. She styles the tresses of several A-list celebs including Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Rowland. With years of experience in the hair industry working with countless brands and products, she has finally developed her own hair care line – Hair by Tippi. This comprehensive collection is ideal for all hair types and is very affordable which makes it great for those fashion forward women on a budget. Each product is infused with botanical ingredients in order to maximize the results desired. You can order the products directly from the website.

Cool Fashion Book Alert: Celia Birtwell

29 Sep

Several months back we posted a story about the work of British designer Ossie Clark. Part of what made Clark’s ethereal dresses so achingly gorgeous and lyrical was the work of his textile designer wife, Celia Birtwell. Her prints were always sweet and feminine, but never cloying and they look every bit as modern now as they did during the Swinging London period of the 60’s and 70’s in which Birtwell produced her most well-known work.  On Oct 11, a new book about Birtwell will be released, and we cannot wait to buy it. Fans of the English painter David Hockney already know that Birtwell was his muse, and we would certainly have loved to have been a fly on the wall at the sittings that she did with Hockney, just to see who else must have dropped by his studio. The book, entitled Celia Birtwell, chronicles her life and work, including her collaboration with Ossie Clark. We see an eBay session in the near future to see if there are any Birtwell/Clark pieces that we can snap up.

Prabal Gurung “Americans in Paris” Limited Edition Tote

29 Sep

Limited Edition "Americans in Paris" Tote by Prabal Gurung, $98,

You can now put your money where your mouth is when it comes to supporting emerging designers. 10 NYC-based designers including Prabal Gurung, Eddie Borgo, Simon Spurr, Pamela Love and Sophie Theallet, among others, have designed a limited edition, “Americans in Paris”-themed tote bag to benefit the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund.  The bags, to be stocked by Tommy Hilfiger (Hilfiger’s company underwrites the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund), will retail for $98 and will be available at  100% of the net profits will go directly to the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund.  Our favorite is Prabal Gurung’s design, probably because it references our favorite Parisian airport.

Beauty Addictions: Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Foundation SPF 25

29 Sep

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, Extra Repair Foundation SPF 25, $55,

We are well aware of the change in seasons although you wouldn’t know it from the fact that we’re still using tinted moisturizer even though is is officially fall. Just as we transition our skin care, so do we need to change our foundation. In the fall, the temperatures began to cool down and the humidity decreases which means our skin is more apt to dry out and is in greater need of moisture. Bobbi Brown’s Extra Repair Foundation with SPF 25 is one of the best transitional foundations on the market. This cream based foundation goes on light and is medium coverage which is buildable. What makes this foundation unique is the formula. Unlike traditional foundations, Extra Repair includes skin nourishing moisturizers and sun protectant for a healthy foundation that improves the appearance of skin while perfecting it. This foundation comes in 20 shades ranging from Alabaster to Espresso.

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