Archive | January, 2012

We’ve Moved!

26 Jan

Just a quick note to let you know that The Black Market has moved. You can now meet us over at!


Inspired By: Vintage Fashion Ads

26 Jan

If you are like us, there are large piles of old fashion magazines occupying much space in your apartment. One of the reasons that we can’t bear to part with magazines that are (sometimes) decades old is the ads. Beyond being able to see models-of-the-moment in their prime, we love to look back at labels that are no longer on the scene (Claude Montana), or have been taken over by new designers (Thierry Mugler). Here, a few vintage ads that we have come across lately. Our favorites being the DVF ad with both Iman and Gia(!!!) and the CK One image featuring the lovely model-turned designer Lois Samuels (that’s her on the far left).

The Market: Moschino Cheap and Chic Tuxedo Silk Shirt

26 Jan

Moschino Cheap and Chic Tuxedo Silk Shirt, $768,

Franco Moschino holds the softest of places in our hearts. The void that his death left in the fashion industry is still palpable and we have made it a point to keep up with the label that still bears his name. We are on the hunt for cool, cheeky tops for spring and came across this subtly subversive take on a classic tuxedo shirt.  The  piqued collar and the short, pleated sleeves inject just the right amount of femininity.

The Collections: Alexander McQueen Pre-Fall 2012

25 Jan

The lens of the fashion world has shifted to the couture, but we are still gleefully haunted by the Alexander McQueen Pre-Fall 2012 collection.  Most of the time, words are easy to find when reflecting on the impact of a collection, but Sarah Burton has again left us utterly speechless. Insanely gorgeous. For some reason, we have an urge to go belt shopping…












Beauty Addictions: Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35

25 Jan
Smashbox, BB Cream, $39,

Whenever beauty editors and beauty fanatics start tweeting and raving about a product, our ears perk up and we get to digging around for what makes this product so special. Smashbox is always on our radar and now they’ve got a bonafide reason to celebrate with their latest launch – BB Cream. This multi-tasking moisturizer not only smooths fine lines but it also primes and preps skin for makeup, rids skin of oil and keeps your makeup and skin looking good all night long. They should’ve named this product – My Little Miracle!

Beauty Addictions: Tweezerman 18K Gold Eyelash Curler

24 Jan
Tweezerman, 18K Gold Eyelash Curler, $20,

We aren’t usually ones to hoop and holler about decadent items but we must say there’s something overtly luxurious about an 18k gold eyelash curler. The instant we received this gorgeous tool, we knew it would become a beauty addiction. There’s something fun, whimsical and totally unnecessary about this item which makes it altogether more appealing. The eyelash curler is a wonderful way to prep and prime lashes before you apply mascara. Most top makeup artists use it just before they apply false lashes as well as it gives the lash a nice bend and curl which makes applying the falsies that much easier. Tweezerman is known for making some of the best beauty tools around and this gold eyelash curler is at the top of the list in our minds!

Inspired By: Antonio Lopez

23 Jan

When we think of 70’s fashion, one of the names that comes to mind is legendary fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez. The Puerto Rico-born artist was an ubiquitous presence on the NYC and Paris scenes and is said to have discovered model Jerry Hall as well as style icon Grace Jones. His illustrations were elegant and lively and often had a moody vibe that was perfect for fashion.

Antonio Lopez in Paris, 1971