Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Models for Givenchy floated down the runway with a new form of embellishment that I’m deeming one of the most exciting forthcoming trends, ever: facial jewelry. This is my bet for the single most important innovation that has sprung from the 2015 fall fashion collections. Other things, we have seen before—whether it be the certain swing of a silhouette or a particular texture of a textile…Facial jewelry, however, is something so unique and unchartered that I’m completely thrilled to write about it, and even more curious to see where this no doubt novel and unique trend may surface again and yet again, as I am wagering it eventually will.
The brilliant makeup artist Pat McGrath adhesed pearls and gems to the models’ faces as per requested by Givenchy’s creative director Riccardo Tisci, who wanted to embellish them.
“He gave us the jewelry,” McGrath stated, “but we had to work out how it would stay on,” she continued, “because it was quite weighty,” and the process took more than six hours to complete. Because some of the septum piercings almost resemble a handlebar moustache, I am actually preferential to the facial embellishments we witnessed at John Galliano’s brilliant debut for Maison Margiela just months ago, below. This art was also crafted by Pat McGrath.
I adore the dramatic smoky gem-encrusted eye above and the shellacked gold-leafing on the model’s hair. Talk about exotique!
And just look at the workmanship above, also from Galliano’s debut! On the model, left: a beaded brow, giant clusters of gems, shimmering eyeshadow and a glistening golden hairline; on the model, right: a face covered with pearls and sparkling stones! I love the way they drape across the forehead and the cheekbones, and hang with an asymmetrical precision off one side of the model, where here, the face truly is a canvas!
I am so fascinated by the concept of facial jewelry, and so curious to see how it will evolve. And if you’re like me, and you want to start experimenting with facial jewlery but you’re not quite as artistic (or patient) as Pat McGrath and her staff of talented makeup artists, here is a little secret: the jewelry doesn’t have to be attached to the face with glue or piercings….Do you remember my friend Marianna Harutunian? She is the jeweler I wrote about back in 2014, and she…is…fabulous! Read my article from last September here, where I introduce you to Marianna and I discuss the future face of jewelry.
But first, check out these jaw-dropping jewels that just garnered her heavy praise from moi, personally! Here is a way to incorporate the facial jewelry trend without the bother of time-consuming methods, sticky glue, or piercings! Just look at this headdress, below, on Scandinavian star Laleh in her video “Colors,” styled and directed by Bea Åkerlund!!!
Isn’t it positively ethereal?!?! I could see this headpiece as a veil alternative for a rebel bride…or an accessory worn by a fashionista at a formal event like a fund-raising banquet for a chic cause, or perhaps to the opera or some such…or even on the beach, for an haute couture moment! It’s super sexy!!!
This shot from the same video by Laleh, above, shows even more of Marianna’s breathtaking work! Note the crystal fingernail armor on each tip and that insane hand harness! I need these in my life!!! Marianna, are you listening?
(AND……as a quick but profound aside, Marianna’s agent told me that the accessories director at Alexander McQueen in London left a message for her! Hmmm….what could be brewing there? I will keep you posted if I hear, my darlings!)
Now, go read that article I wrote about Marianna, before you forget! Don’t worry, fashion can get me all ADD sometimes, too!
Until next time…Peace. Love. Beauty.
Well it would seem that an old/new trend is back, and it’s a school-day staple: the ponytail. Yes, the ponytail is back in fashion, worn smooth and sleek at Carolina Herrera’s fall 2015 show, below, as envisioned by stylist Orlando Pita.
The hair is pulled into a low pony, secured, and then wrapped tightly with silver leather for an elegant finish.
Guido Palau, British-born hair stylist and trendsetter, featured the pony at Dior, below, where hip-length extensions were added in and the pony was wrapped with its own hair for a sleek and modern look.
Try this chic way to conceal an elastic, as seen on Kim and J. Lo, below:
Section off a small chunk of hair just below the base of your ponytail. Once you’ve secured the pony, wrap the remaining hair around the base, using pins as needed.
Glamourous, yet simple!
The thigh is the limit, as boots rise sky high! I’m loving the trend of thigh-high boots and it looks like there’s no shortage of over-the-knee footage, as evidenced everywhere the fashionable people are seen!
J. Lo goes high with Christian Louboutins, above, and in Tom Ford, below….
…while Kylie Jenner is keeping up with the trend in a gladiator-laced thigh high.
The laced-up look adds visual interest to the thigh high, as designers configure different colors and textures to keep the look fresh and hip.
When worn with a simple dress, above…
…or in monotone on the catwalk for Versace, above and below…
the thigh-high looks right in red or even in canary yellow.
Versace uses an etched gold platform heel to increase the glamour!
Diana Moldovan looks fierce in Casadei boots for Harper’s Bazaar Romania…
…and I absolutely adore these open-toe snakeskin lace ups by Emilio Pucci, who showcased a bevy of beautiful boots in Milan as part of artistic director Peter Dundas’s vision for his fall 2015 fashions, which he calls The Zodiac Collection, below.
Are thigh high boots a ‘sign’ of what is to come?
Surely such drama may be witnessed in the embroidered astrological sign boot above…
…as well as in the graphic black and white sequined Pucci ensembles seen here. To die for!
Stuart Weitzman offers some animal magnetism with these leopard-print thigh highs.
You’ll see thigh highs creeping up in all circles through summer and into next fall, and they can be worn in a myriad of ways.
Sexy-up a sweaterdress, or boot up with leggings or jeans. Either way, the thigh-high boot is a bold statement shoe that’s both playful and hip.
And designers will continue to configure more thigh-high footwear (like cage sandals) to meet the rising demand! We love it.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Hi guys…..or should I say, my fellow fashion soldiers? I took a leave from my blog-reporting duties as a protest of Apple’s crummy operating system, Yosemite, but now that the dust has cleared and everything has settled, I’m back with a vengeance, and with a passion for military drab that’s simultaneously fab! Of course, we here at BSSTW were way ahead of the game when we first reported on the military trend two years ago, back in 2013, in our article, Military Intelligence: There’s No Camouflaging This Smart Fashion Trend.
And now the military trend continues to forge on steadily, with a bit of a more glamorous twist, as seen above, in the March 2015 issue of Vogue Paris. Shimmering metallics add a refreshing dash of flash. Gold lends itself easily to the military look, with large drop earrings, booty shorts, a foiled clutch, and of course, some star-quality shades.
But if you choose to keep it simple, just emphasize one great piece, like this chic military jacket, where the buttons alone are all the accessory you need. It’s equally glamorous, yet more casual. When worn with leather leggings, this jacket commands attention. And speaking of leather leggings, I just scored the most incredible bargain: my new Ralph Lauren leather leggings, in a rich olive color—perfect for military dressing–at a teeny fraction of their original cost! This is a once-in-a-lifetime sale, so I had to snag them. I got them from my good friends Michael Lyen and Bernie Mercado at the Ralph Lauren store in Palo Alto, California, but there’s also a sale online at Ralph Lauren, where they are blowing out all their inventory for some new surprises. You really owe it to yourself to check out their sale.
I just adore my leather leggings, because the dark army green color travels effortlessly with like-minded hues such as earth tones, while also serving as the perfect backdrop for beautiful brights. AND….you can wear these things with any kind of top—from an oversized sweater to a slouchy poncho to a skintight turtleneck that hugs every curve. Don’t you want a pair right now?!?!? They are crafted of the most supple lambskin, with a gentle stretch for a flattering fit. LOVE!
Now if you’re shopping on the dime, I recommend checking out H & M, where there is a bounty of coats and cargo pants in that great, signature olive color, which works so well with denim. And don’t forget to scour the army surplus store nearest you. You will find great little tchotchkes (yes, that’s a word…it’s Yiddish for tiny things or baubles, in case you’re wondering…) that can make military out of any ensemble. Just add a little badge or button, a little patch or pin, and you’re good to go! Bye guys…and buy, guys, ha ha ha, over and out!
Hi guys.….Well, I just had the most fabulous time at an haute couture runway show in San Francisco at the Fairmont Hotel last night, and it was such a treat to watch the gorgeous models strut the runway in the breathtaking fall/winter 2014–2015 collections of Parisian haute couture designers Franck Sorbier and On Aura Tout Vu, as well as American designer Mimi Tran, all underscored with a lively performance that was sung entirely en Français by a hot Frenchman. The event was put together by FSHN Magazine, namely publisher Elisabeth Thieriot, founder of Replete Skin Care. Replete is a luxe line of skin care products that the striking French beauty Thieriot swears by for her glowing visage.
Along with FSHN editor-in-chief, Shankha Goswami, pictured above left, and fashion editor, Ylevol Tam Nguyen, center, the FSHN team delivered the goods in a two-hour fashion show that left me wanting more. Peter Lago, COO of Lions Gate Corporation, managed the total production of this event including being the technical and design director for the show.
I can only imagine how difficult, and expensive, it was coordinating this event–(I heard through the grapevine that the grand total for the damage was a cool half million!)–which featured the Paris fashion designers, who were flown into SF from Paris; as well as dozens of models; a $70,000 lighting fee for the catwalk; and no doubt other endless preparations and expenses.
It was an enchanted evening, and I left with a copy of FSHN Mag and “Be Fabulous at Any Age,” a book written for ageless living from the ageless publisher herself, Thieriot.
I had a blast and met some interesting people, such as Pearl Dworkin from Glamologie. Like me, she’s a licensed aesthetician with a penchant for publishing.….publishing beauty secrets, to be precise. Give her blog a whirl!
But the real treat came when I was reviewing FSHN Magazine at home. I sincerely love this publication! Fashion editor Tam Nguyen and her staff clearly know where it’s at in fashion and beauty. FSHN is a great, informative resource for beauty aficionados and fashion fiends, and it’s published right here in San Francisco. The photos are TDF!
And they write about meaningful trends such as ‘The Headwear Craze,’ for example, which reports on fascinating fascinators, hats and other headpieces. It’s a great little article by Katarzyna Tarabula and includes shopping resources so you can actually buy the haute headwear that’s featured in the article. Must read.
Then there’s ‘7 Designers to Watch’–a runway report from Milan Fashion Week. I love ‘Top 10 Haute Couture Dresses’ which features a few of my favorite and lesser-known designers, like Stephane Rolland and Dice Kayek. Page after page of behind-the-scenes accounts at fashion shows, you will find, with the latest news…
…as well as a spread titled ‘Haute Couture Makeup Trends,’ which chronicles the most striking looks from Versace, Dior and Chanel.
There’s a whole editorial called ‘Beautiful Warrior,’ which features a sexy spread of one of my favorite emerging trends, and you’ve heard me talk about it: facial jewelry!!! It’s page after page of stunning photos by the talented photographer Paul Kim…so avant garde and edgy, I can hardly stand it!
You’ll find a Q and A with celebrity hairstylist Charlie Le Mindu, who defines himself somewhere between a couturier and a coiffeur; a great story on the best resources for online fashion consignment (Loved! Thank you, Gabrielle Manchester!) and countless more fun reads in a glossy mag that you can tote with you. Total Eye Candy!!!
FSHN, btw, stands for: Fashionable. Sexy. Haute. Naughty.
Naughty? Huh, a little weird… But aren’t we all! To subscribe, click here. Au revoir.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta died from complications of cancer last night. He was 82. De la Renta, who most recently designed Amal Clooney’s wedding dress, below, was diagnosed with cancer in 2006.
He leaves a lifetime of beautiful gowns and beautiful memories behind. Here are some highlights of his illustrious career.
1969. A model in a frothy display of organza ruffles, ala Oscar.
1982. Two models on the runway wearing ruffled bouffant taffeta skirts.
1986. Christy Turlington was photographed wearing Oscar de la Renta by Bill King for the September issue of Vogue.
1989. De la Renta and Liza Minnelli at the CFDA Awards, which was held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
1989. The designer with actress Audrey Hepburn.
1991. A model takes to the catwalk in a look from the designer’s spring/summer 1992 collection in Paris.
1992. Eva Herzigova in a black cutout dress from the designer’s spring/summer 1993 show in Paris.
1993. Carla Bruni in a paisley-print look from the designer’s spring/summer 1993 collection in Paris.
1995. An Oscar de la Renta creation for Pierre Balmain, from the French fashion house’s autumn/winter 1995–96 couture show.
1996. Ruched silk was the order of the day at a fashion show in New York.
1998. De la Renta waves to the crowd at the end of his spring/summer 1999 show in New York.
1999. Naomi Campbell walks in the designer’s autumn/winter 1999 show in New York.
2000. Gisele Bündchen takes to the catwalk in a striped ruffled skirt and white shirt.
2002. A leather cap and khaki hues from the designer’s autumn/winter 2003 show in New York.
2003. Sarah Jessica Parker wore an Oscar de la Renta dress in this season six episode of Sex And The City.
2006. With American Vogue editor Anna Wintour at the designer’s autumn/winter 2006 show.
2007. Stella Tennant was photographed wearing an Oscar de la Renta gown by Benjamin Alexander for the September issue of Vogue.
2007. With Ralph Lauren at the CFDA Awards, where he was awarded Womenswear Designer of the Year for the second time in his career.
2007. Model Agness Deyn wears a striking feather-embellished creation from the label’s spring/summer 2008 collection.
2009. A model in an appliquéd red and black gown at the designer’s autumn/winter 2009 show.
2009. Mario Testino photographed Lara Stone in an Oscar de la Renta gown for the December issue of Vogue.
2009. Doutzen Kroes was photographed wearing Oscar de la Renta by Patrick Demarchelier for the December issue of Vogue.
2009. Kate Hudson attended the New York premiere of her film Bride Wars wearing an Oscar de la Renta gown.
2010. Jessica Biel attended the Los Angeles Premiere of Valentine’s Day wearing an asymmetric Oscar de la Renta gown.
2011. Kate Moss was photographed wearing Oscar de la Renta by Mario Testino for the August issue of Vogue.
2011. Freja Beha Erichsen was photographed wearing an Oscar de la Renta gown by Mario Testino for the May cover of Vogue.
2011. Jason Bell photographed Jessica Brown Findlay wearing Oscar de la Renta for the August issue of Vogue.
2011. Laura Carmichael, wearing Oscar de la Renta, photographed by Jason Bell for the August issue of Vogue.
2011. After-dark elegance at the designer’s autumn/winter 2011 show in New York.
2012. Oscar de la Renta, at his spring/summer 2013 show.
2013. Amy Adams in an Oscar De La Renta strapless lavender gown at the Oscars.
2013. Oscar was presented with the Eleanor Lambert Founder’s Award by Hillary Clinton at the CFDA Awards. “Simply put, he is an American icon,” said Clinton in her presentation speech. “His style and personality have permeated our culture and shaped the industry for decades.”
2013. On the catwalk at his autumn/winter 2013 show, with Karlie Kloss and Magdalena Frackowiak.
2014. Taylor Swift in Oscar de la Renta at the 2014 Met Ball.
2014. Sarah Jessica Parker wore a custom-made Oscar de la Renta gown to the Met Ball, a creation signed by the artist himself.