Archive | October, 2011

China Gets Its First McQueen Boutique

31 Oct

We don’t usually make a habit of reporting on every boutique opening, but we continue to be intrigued by the Asian luxury market and its effect on the overall fashion industry.  The chic, shimmering city of Beijing is now home to China’s first Alexander McQueen boutique and by the looks of these just-released images, it is drop-dead gorgeous.

Our 5 Favorite Luxe Flat Boots

31 Oct

Balenciaga Buckled Leather Boot, $1,163, brownsfashion.com

Every winter you see them- women in a killer stiletto boot or a sky-high wedge boot precariously navigating their way across snow and ice on the sidewalk. Sure, they look amazing, but we know that there is nothing stylish about taking a header off the curb and into the street because you slipped on your 5 inch heel.  We propose grounding your look with a solid (and cool) flat boot. Here are some of our top picks of the best ones on the market.

 

Pedro Garcia Gwen Glitter-Finish Leather Ankle Boot, $395, net-a-porter.com

 

Jil Sander Igor Riding Boot, $1,105, selfridges.com

 

Chloe Flat Leather Knee Boot, $995, shopzoe.com

 

Loeffler Randall Riley Over-the-Knee Back Zip Boot, $825, couture.zappos.com

Happy Halloween

31 Oct
Happy Halloween!!!

Happy Halloween from The Black Market!!!

Beauty News: America’s Next Top Model to Launch a Signature Fragrance

31 Oct

ANTM, Dream Come True, http://www.target.com

America’s Next Top Model is one of the most successful and long-running reality shows. The creator and head judge Tyra Banks created the show in order to highlight the world of modeling and showcase the many obstacles and challenges that face young models as they fight their way to the top. As the show continues on into its 17th cycle, the Tyra and the producers of the show decided to brand ANTM and create the show’s first signature fragrance. “Dream Come True” is a fruity fragrance with top notes of; red currant, honeydew and pink freesia;  middle notes are Amazonian lily, plum blossom and empress peony; and the bottom notes are blondewood, Tahitian vanilla, pink sugar and sparkling musk.

What’s really cool about this fragrance is that the winner of the current cycle of ANTM will be the face of the fragrance. You can expect to see this new perfume hitting stores in January. It will be sold exclusively at Target and online at Target.com

 

Beauty News: EvolutionMAN Creates Nail Polish for Men

31 Oct

EvolutionMAN, Nail Varnish Collection - http://www.evolution-man.com

We are not sure if this trend will catch on with most men but its certainly got a core audience that is surely ready to make a major statement. Nail polish for men has mostly been limited to rockstars and radicals who like the idea of bucking the system and use makeup and beauty products to do so. With the launch of EvolutionMAN’s Nail Varnish this old school way of viewing nail polish and men is about to turned on its ear. The purpose of this new line of nail polishes is to elevate men from looking at manicures and pedicures as solely a woman’s activity. Men are beginning to realize the overall grooming is equally important for men just as it is for women and nails are a part of the grooming regimen. There are three colors within the collection and two topcoats:

  • Alter Ego – metallic purple 
  • Pavement – pale gray
  • Stand Out – gunmetal 
  • Pure Matte – topcoat
  • Pure Bling – topcoat

Do you think most men will rock nail polish made specifically for them or is this trend a little too outside the box?

The Market: Assouline Vintage Crate Collection

28 Oct

We spend a lot of real estate at The Black Market talking about and crushing on books. And just like a girl can never have too many shoes or bags, we also believe that there is just no such thing as too many books. It’s Halloween season, which means that in a few more days, you can officially start drafting your holiday wish list, and we think that this will be at the top. We adore Assouline Publishing for their endless inventory of beautiful books about fashion, culture and art, and this collection might have topped anything they have ever done. Called the Assouline Vintage Crate Collection, a wooden box that is meant to resemble a wine crate houses 20 titles from Assouline’s Fashion Memoire collection. Books on Jean Paul Gautier, Balenciaga, The Kennedys and Marie-Antoinette are included. The collection is $500, so make sure to request this from someone that you have not been the least bit naughty to this year. We are kind of freaking out about this. For more info, visit http://www.assouline.com.

Beauty Addictions: Laura Mercier Fresh Fig Trio

28 Oct
Laura Mercier, Fresh Fig Trio, $60, http://www.lauramercier.com

Fresh fig is one of the most exotic luxurious scents on the planet and Laura Mercier has found a beautiful way to create an exquisite bath and body collection featuring this amazing scent. The bath and body collection includes a super-whipped Souffle Body Crème, exfoliating Scrub, and soothing Honey Bath. This is the perfect gift for the holidays for friends, family or even just for yourself. We love the idea of pampering ourselves with the best bath and body products available and this amazing collection is on the top of our list for some serious at DIY TLC.