Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Test Driving My Marvelous Mojitos.…The Carbon Fiber Heel, One Year Later

Well it’s been exactly one year since the shop­ping spree with my dear friend Holly Bridge and her gor­geous brood of chil­dren in San Fran­cisco last sum­mer where I test drove my first pair of car­bon fiber heels designed by Lon­don archi­tect, Julian Hakes.  Because these unique metal­lic heels are crafted from car­bon fiber—the same mate­r­ial used for con­struct­ing the bod­ies of lux­ury sports cars–I coined this shoe A Fer­rari For Your Feet, and if you’ll recall, I opted to buy them in metal­lic Lam­borgh­ini blue, below, but I had no idea what I was going to wear with them, if they’d be com­fort­able after my foot surgery, prac­ti­cal in gen­eral, and how I really felt about incor­po­rat­ing this visual odd­ity into my wardrobe with so many unan­swered ques­tions! So what’s my final ver­dict, now a year later?!?! WELL, I ABSOLUTELY ADORE THEM!!!!!

 

Mojito metallic blue

I must admit, I rarely rack up a fash­ion faux pas these days…..credit it if you will to log­ging years of shop­ping expe­ri­ence, or per­haps it’s just in the fate of the fash­ion gods, but The Mojito, above, was a gam­ble on sev­eral dif­fer­ent lev­els for me. I guess I got lucky.

Dark chrome

And we all know my the­ory about luck, right? What’s that say­ing? I’d rather be lucky than good. In this case, I was so very lucky that I went back and bought another pair of Moji­tos in dark chrome, above. I hap­pily scored them at 50% off and wear them con­stantly with black leather leggings….they also look great with a short skirt and fish­nets, too! Now to answer your ques­tions about this enig­matic masterpiece—The Mar­velous Mojito!

First, let’s address the com­fort. Wow. Because the Mojito is fash­ioned from durable, stronger-than-steel-yet-malleable car­bon fiber, the shoes ‘flex’ when you walk, and yield to pres­sure, so blis­ters are not an issue and nei­ther are swollen feet! I can walk for days in these things! In addi­tion, the car­bon fiber mate­r­ial is waterproof…..and, as an added bonus—and get this—if you chip, scrape or scratch the bril­liantly shiny fin­ish, all you do is take your Moji­tos into the auto body shop and have a tech­ni­cian match the paint of your shoes! How bril­liant is that?!?! A quick, thin strip of touch-up paint will restore your Moji­tos to like-new con­di­tion, and no one will be the wiser!  Can you believe it??? They’re like a dream come true shoe!

The final issue was: What do I wear these crazy things with??? Well, for the dark chrome above, it’s a no-brainer—black, black, and more black! But they were my sec­ond acqui­si­tion. How’d I rec­on­cile the first pair, in that cap­ti­vat­ing cobalt? Easy, dar­lings! Blue, in case you haven’t heard, is so au courant! And it’s hard to beat the charisma of that metal­lic Lambo blue! So here’s what I wore: a vin­tage cobalt blue fox coat circa 1950s that matches per­fectly, and this fab­u­lous, fas­ci­nat­ing fas­ci­na­tor, below, by New York milliner, Anya Caliendo. It’s her trib­ute to the Blue Mor­pho But­ter­fly! The metal­lic sheen of the but­ter­fly wings is so per­fectly matched by my car­bon fiber shoes.…and the melange of vin­tage, with the coat, mixed with the mod­ern shoes, and the oth­er­world­li­ness of a flurry of but­ter­flies round my cabeza made a most mem­o­rable impres­sion at the soirée I attended.

Blue morpho butterfly

 

So as you can see, another shop­ping tri­umph in the life of a fash­ion­ista. And all is right in the world, if only for just a brief moment.

Peace. Love. Beauty.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Where It’s At: White Lines

Cara it s shan talking to you through the computer

 

There were many gor­geous themes going on regard­ing back­stage beauty at Fash­ion Week, but the one that pre­vailed for me was bold state­ment eye­liner. I love the look, and I’ll be show­ing you my favorite picks from the shows later this week. Mod­ern makeup artists are chal­leng­ing black eye­liner and pro­duc­ing atyp­i­cal and stun­ning results. At Saint Lau­rent, it was as bold as it gets….ditto for Cus­nie et Ochs, and at Prada, too. But my favorite favorite *favorite* most fash­ion­able makeup trend is one you won’t see on the pages of any magazine…..yet. And that’s because no one is doing it…..yet.

It is: White Eye­liner. I’m exper­i­ment­ing with all kinds of white eye makeup, in fact: white lin­ers, pow­ders, even white mas­cara. And I just love what white eye­liner does to the eyes and to the face, and come spring, it’s all you’ll see me sport­ing with a bright lip and a face full of freck­les! There’s some­thing about it that is so fresh, and it makes your eyes look huge and wide awake, even if you’re at the end of a four-day ben­der. With a white man­i­cure? Are you kid­ding me? You’re stylin’!

 

Cara can u see the secret message

 

I love white eye­liner on model Cara Delev­ingne, pic­tured above and top. It gives her an unchar­ac­ter­is­tic inno­cence and an ethe­real other-worldliness, while mak­ing her lashes look pos­i­tively epic! ((Cara, inci­den­tally, is a fan of Beauty Shall Save the World and she tells me she thinks this blog is “cool.” Ditto, Cara. We think you’re pretty cool, too.  ;-) ))

 

But back to the white lin­ers. Pres­tige or NYX or Rim­mel Lon­don make great white eye­liner pen­cils which can be found at the drug store on-the-cheap, and since they don’t break the bank, you can also afford to pick up Stila’s won­der­ful white in a liq­uid, which is truly opaque and smudge-free. (Don’t you just love the way I can ratio­nal­ize a pur­chase, btw?!?) Seri­ously though, it’s a good idea to have at least one of each, a pen­cil and a liq­uid, in your kit for the white eye­liner trend that hasn’t hap­pened yet….but is sure to come. You might want to also buy a sparkly white pow­der if you don’t already have one. I love the cus­tom blended pow­ders by Giella. They’re blended by makeup artist extra­or­di­naire, Mario Dedi­vanovic! Armed with an arse­nal of sum­mer whites, you will be able to cop any one of the many white-eyed looks shown here. I’m obsessed!  

What are you doing right now cara

 

Makeup artist Pat McGrath used white eye­liner in the March 2015 issue of Teen Vogue to cre­ate a cus­tom design on the eye that is per­fect for easy sum­mer days. What a dra­matic, bold and whim­si­cal state­ment to reveal as you remove your shades! This look is great for the beach, the pool­side, or even a fancier affair, in my opin­ion, for those who have the moxie. I love the wit and the irrev­er­ence of it. If you’ve got the time and the tal­ent, go for it! It’s a young and hip way to wear white lines!

 

Or should i say WHO are you doing right now

 

Megan Fox knows what’s up. The tan­ta­liz­ing screen siren uses white lines her­self. It may not be as out­wardly overt as Pat McGrath’s Teen Vogue exam­ple, but if you exam­ine her makeup very very closely…..you will see……

 

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

 

…..white lines in her water­line! Yes, to open the eye and really make her blue peep­ers pop, Megan knows that white eye­liner is the cor­rect choice.

 

Bet you didn t see that one coming cara

 

I love the look of the top lid lined in thick white, worn with bare skin and a nude lip. As seen above, it works with a tan, left, and also on paler skins.

 

But seriously shouldn t you be doing something productive

 

White lines also read well with a dark-complected gal, and I love the way it rims her entire eye, includ­ing the water­line. White lines, when teamed with false lashes and a glossy coral lip equal unde­ni­able glamour!

 

Ha ha ha look who s talking right

 

You can make the cov­eted cat-eye even more dra­matic when you sur­round the black lines with the oppo­site counterpart—white lines.

 

Guess we re both just wasting time

 

Make it mod, as seen above……I adore that 1960s sensation……

 

I seeeeee you cara

 

……Or pen­cil in the inner cor­ners only–follow the ‘V’-shape near the nose–to broaden the gap between your eyes and make them look wider-set and instantly, infi­nitely more alert! You can dot a bit of white sparkly pow­der over the V shape to add a bit of glam­our and shine, if you choose. Just play with it, and see what happens.

 

 

Are you still in Hong Kong cara

 

I love white lines any which way. Even on a bare lid with just a hint of bright blush and a poppy-red lip……looks so out­ra­geously French! Ooh la la.

 

Seriously i ve gotta get back to work luv u cara

 

White lines can look play­ful, trendy, or drop-dead sexy. Go thick or thin, it doesn’t mat­ter. Smudge it or streak it, it’s up to you. Winged-out or water­lined, it’s all good. Just remem­ber that white lines look great on all com­plex­ions and with any lip color. Now slick back that hair, shimmy into a Zeu­gari kaf­tan, and set­tle down for a relax­ing day by the pool……Oh, who am I kid­ding??? Get back to work, Slackers!!!!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Haute Couture Hair: Hairstyles for The Rise of the Avant Garde

The Rise of The Avant Garde

Sig­nif­i­cant changes are brew­ing in the fash­ion world as we speak. Since the 2010 sui­cide death of the influ­en­tial fash­ion designer Alexan­der McQueen, the fash­ion com­mu­nity has wit­nessed a land­slide of his iconic ideas, tidily sweep­ing away the banal, and replac­ing it with bril­liance. It’s The Rise of The Avant Garde….and it has yielded end­less unique and exquis­ite ways to adorn your­self, com­ing from the grave of a vision­ary. I am espe­cially fond of embell­ish­ing ‘from the neck up,’ ie.–the head and the face….whether it be with fab­u­lous Face Lace or exotic facial jew­elry, dra­matic feath­ered lashes, or my favorite trend, the head­wear craze….

Haute Cou­ture Hair

But today we’re going to talk about hair. Your hairdo is crit­i­cal and can make or break your look, as evi­denced in the pho­tos in this arti­cle. Here I will show you my top picks for some fab­u­lous “Haute Cou­ture Hair,” as I call it, and advise you on how to achieve it. Enjoy.

 

Heart shaped updo

 

Des­per­ately Seek­ing Drama

The first thing to aspire to, when try­ing to achieve mem­o­rable, haute cou­ture hair, is…..Drama. High-fashion cloth­ing needs to be matched with an equally epic hair­style, and you’ll def­i­nitely want an exag­ger­ated effect….how much depends on just how much chutz­pah you have. Con­sider your event or the activ­ity that you will be doing, and strate­gize for the cloth­ing ensem­ble so the look is cohe­sive. After all, an updo can look very average…..dowdy and matronly, even….or it can stop peo­ple dead in their tracks, like the one above, a fan­ning, heart-shaped dis­play with a dra­matic white streak and thick blunt bangs. I adore this do! It is so unique and awe-inspiring….sexy, yes….a sub­lime con­fec­tion that will def­i­nitely not go unnoticed!

Drama in your hairdo exists through many fac­tors, includ­ing tex­ture; length and vol­ume; cut and pro­por­tions; the sil­hou­ette; and finally, color. It is impor­tant to remain real­is­tic and real­ize that you will never be able to re-create some of these looks–even if you are a tal­ented hairdresser–without the use of fake hair and other mate­ri­als, so you might need to famil­iar­ize your­self with both a wig shop and an art sup­ply. Accord­ing to expert styl­ist Edward Tri­comi of the pres­ti­gious Warren-Tricomi Salon in New York City, an art sup­ply is a great place to score mate­ri­als for cre­ative hair­styles. “You can find pas­tel chalk to color the hair and all kinds of other inter­est­ing things, like alu­minum wire. You can cre­ate updos with that,” he explained.

 

 

Giant hair bow

The giant hair bow above is a cus­tom piece made with wire and syn­thetic hair. If we were to see the model’s head from the back, we would prob­a­bly notice that her own hair was tucked into the cen­ter “belly­but­ton” of the bow, and this bow is a cus­tom hair­piece cre­ated by a tal­ented styl­ist or per­ruquier, also known as a wig­maker. So if you are dying to recre­ate this style, set forth to inter­view a few experts in the field to find out who is capa­ble of cre­at­ing a giant hair bow like this one, which would be engi­neered to eas­ily slide on and off a high ponytail/bun with lit­tle grip­ping combs built into the struc­ture of the hair­piece. It would prob­a­bly also include a draw­string tie to anchor such weight securely on your head. I would make it a lit­tle smaller for the real world, but not by much. Keep it over­sized. The size is exag­ger­ated for the fash­ion edi­to­r­ial, but in real life, you would need to scale it down a bit. I think this look is ele­gant yet edgy, and that stark con­trast makes it memorable—this is a true cou­ture coif. And now let’s exam­ine some other styles and discuss.

 

The Updo

Beehive

 

The bee­hive above is the result of a sleek blowout in the salon, after which the hair would be ironed straight with a flat­iron, then anchored on the very top of the crown of the head in a high cen­tered pony….and finally, it is alter­nately teased and then smoothed until it reaches new heights as a per­fectly con­i­cal beehive….it’s cre­ated almost like the cot­ton candy you’d get at a car­ni­val. The model is prob­a­bly wear­ing a hair­piece for height and struc­ture. The hair­piece is most likely a faux pony­tail that was attached at the crown, and then mixed with her own hair to achieve that super high, nar­row shape. The bee­hive was pop­u­lar in the 1960s, a decade ripe with sexy hair­styles that require a lot of time and patience, and of course a lot of hairspray!!!

Awesome updo

 

Here is another updo, a bit more casual than its ances­tors. I would imag­ine that this model is using at least one hair­piece, maybe more, and prob­a­bly a hair rat or two. You can find hair rats in your spe­cific color on Ama­zon online. Note the fringy ten­drils that were cut to frame the face for this par­tic­u­lar look. An expe­ri­enced styl­ist would be able to recre­ate this updo. But you should always book a trial appoint­ment with your styl­ist to ensure that you will be sat­is­fied with the end prod­uct. And for every trial with a hair­styl­ist comes the bill. They are not going to give it to you free. This can really eat up both time and money, but there’s no greater buz­zkill than to be entirely pre­pared for a lovely event or beau­ti­ful engage­ment, just to find out that your hair­styl­ist is a newbie–green cos­me­tol­ogy graduate–or that they sim­ply don’t know what the hell they’re doing, which is often the case. I’m not going to lie to you—finding a tal­ented hair­dresser is no easy feat. And when you do find one, you had bet­ter trea­sure that rela­tion­ship. It was actress Joan Craw­ford who said, “I think that the most impor­tant thing a woman can have–next to tal­ent, of course–is her hair­dresser.” Touché, Joan. Touché!

I’m con­tin­u­ally shocked by the lack of mas­tery that lurks in many a salon these days. So please, do your research. The best way to find an amaz­ing hair­styl­ist is by referral—that is, word of mouth….of course, how­ever, you must be lis­ten­ing to the right mouth! So find the savvi­est fash­ion­ista in your cir­cle, or ask a well-heeled woman whose look you admire. You can also do some detec­tive work online and inter­view your prospec­tive hair­styl­ist prior to the appoint­ment. Ask poignant ques­tions, and it wouldn’t hurt to see a port­fo­lio of their work, if they have one.

It is an empow­er­ing feel­ing to be armed with knowl­edge, and knowl­edge is some­thing that no one can strip from you. So chal­lenge your­self and do your home­work! It will pay off in the end.

 

Braided updo

Another use­ful tip is to check out some books from the library on hair from dif­fer­ent eras….For every time in his­tory, there are dif­fer­ent looks which reflect the soci­ety and its peo­ple. I love the hair from the 1960s, it is so sexy and big, and it’s mak­ing a comeback.

You can also look at cos­me­tol­ogy indus­try magazines–hair jour­nals, that is–that focus on all kinds of dif­fer­ent styles. Look online by doing a google search, and pick a hair­style that is com­pletely unique. It might even have step-by-step instruc­tions on how to cre­ate the look.  

Cute topknot with white eyeshadow

And remem­ber, even if there are instruc­tions, you should still sched­ule at least one trial before the “big day,” what­ever that may be—the wed­ding, a fundraiser, a gala, New Year’s, a spe­cial night out, or your ex-bf’s funeral.  ;-)

She Bangs

Black bangs

Another haute cou­ture hair ele­ment is severe bangs. Bangs often sig­nify youth and are very flat­ter­ing on many face shapes, but they are extremely high-maintenance and if you have one ounce of nat­ural curl, you are going to regret mak­ing the cut.

Blunt blonde bangs

It really is best to work with Mother Nature, because, my dar­lings, she will always win. To main­tain a per­fectly straight, thick cur­tain of bangs like the ones on Cara Delev­ingne, above, you must have com­pli­ant and nat­u­rally straight hair. 

 

Blunt blonde geisha cut

This is the biggest mis­take that I see women mak­ing in their beauty rou­tines: don’t fight Mother Nature. Work with what you have, not against it. Besides, there are plenty of sources for clip-in syn­thetic bangs, or wigs with bangs, that would sup­ply you with the look you are try­ing to achieve with­out the grow­ing pains of a regret­table haircut.

 

When Short is Chic

 Short but chic

The styles are always chang­ing, and one year short hair my be in and the next year, it may be out. If you are han­ker­ing to make the cut, there are still many options for shorter haute cou­ture hair. Remem­ber that for your daily do, you want some­thing that works with your nat­ural tex­ture, not against it…..something more low-maintenance. We all have too much to do in this com­pli­cated world than to worry about wag­ing a war on our hair every day. Spe­cial occa­sions are dif­fer­ent, but if you are not sure what you want, and are feel­ing unde­cided, I strongly urge you not to chop off your hair on a whim, because you will regret it. 

Choppy short do

Hair grows at an abysmal rate of a half-inch per month……that’s only six inches in a year! Talk about a long-term com­mit­ment. There is noth­ing more frus­trat­ing than those awk­ward stages of hair growth in between lay­ers or bangs.

Short bob with bangs

The drama in a short cut is usu­ally attrib­uted to its over­all sil­hou­ette. I love the geo­met­ric lines of a Sas­soon cut, above, but again, only those with nat­u­rally straight, smooth hair need apply. Don’t be fooled by how another woman’s hair may look. You have to work with your char­ac­ter­is­tics and lifestyle, not hers. So curly girls, this look is not for you. One drop of rain–or five min­utes out­side in humid air–will cause your curls to kink up and revolt against Vidal Sas­soon, who would most cer­tainly roll over in his grave, the poor man.

 

  Such a Tease

Sexy 1960s hair

Back­comb­ing, or teas­ing, as it is affec­tion­ately called in the indus­try, is a great way to build vol­ume and cre­ate a sexy sil­hou­ette like the pho­tos above and below. It’s also a great way to break the hair and destroy the healthy smooth cuti­cle on your strands. For this rea­son, I do not rec­om­mend teas­ing your hair every day, or soon you will have very lit­tle hair to work with. For an ele­gant night out, how­ever, I am so fond of these looks.

Braided teased mess

They’re both half-up, half-down hair­styles with a slightly disheveled look that I like to call “Bed­room Hair.” You want it to look like you just took a tum­ble with some­one and almost got caught. A lit­tle dirty, yes, but that’s what makes it so drop-dead sexy!!! Live a little!

 

Orange hair tucked in

The look above is seri­ous haute cou­ture hair…..Notice the way the fash­ion styl­ist for this shoot put the model’s hair under­neath the gar­ment to peek out. I love this tech­nique because it is very unusual. I’ve actu­ally never seen another woman do it, other than myself. It’s kind of like you’re play­ing with the clothes and chal­leng­ing tra­di­tional notions of how to dress one­self. I think it’s very cre­ative. You can do this with jew­elry in lieu of the fabric—especially if you have a gor­geous large state­ment neck­lace. It just looks so cool and unique to tuck the hair beneath the neck­lace or weave it in between the gems, some­thing like that. Very avant garde. 

Heavily teased beehive

And finally, the French twist above gets its own twist when you back­comb it for a big­ger end result. I love the look of a French twist, and many women can do them on them­selves, so give it a try and prac­tice teas­ing the hair before you assem­ble. Check online for tuto­ri­als. They’re all over the internet. 

Ele­gantly Wasted

 Messy mess

Some­times, the best solu­tion for a prob­lem is the oppo­site of what you might have expected. Such is the case with “Ele­gantly Wasted” hair. The con­trast looks so hot, I think. It’s young and hip and mod­ern. Just look at our strik­ing model above. Her messy hair looks great when worn with sooty rock­star eye­liner and a shiny nude lip….pure seduction! 

Giant teased mass

I also like “Ele­gantly Wasted” updos. They look great with couture.

Blonde mess with roses

Add an Accessory

Inte­grat­ing hair acces­sories into your coif is a great way to make your style even more dra­matic and mem­o­rable. I love the bevy of blooms in the “Ele­gantly Wasted” updo above. Hair acces­sories don’t have to cost a for­tune, either. Syn­thetic flow­ers like the ones above are not costly, and nei­ther are chop­sticks, below.

Chop sticks and flower

I highly rec­om­mend get­ting a few hair acces­sories to jazz things up. Chop­sticks look great in a sim­ple top­knot or back bun, and a flower behind the ear is always fresh and pretty in the summertime.

 

Pink ribbon

I also love a lit­tle rib­bon from the fab­ric store. This type of trim is cheap, cheap, cheap, but as you can see, it looks so sweet and lovely above.

 

Hair jewelry

Hair gems and jew­eled sticks are two more cool acces­sories that I love play­ing with, and as you can see, the sticks look down­right ele­gant in a mod­ern geisha updo.

Work­ing With a Hat or Fascinator

 

Black lace veil

The head­wear craze is surg­ing through fash­ion right now at a fever­ish pace, and I could not be any more thrilled. I’ve always loved hats, and the new cre­ations, by so many tal­ented milliners, are so cre­ative, wildly imag­ined, and artis­ti­cally exe­cuted. Head­wear always ele­vates an ensem­ble to newer, more avant garde heights, but if you are not sure how to wear your head­piece, here are some tips.

 

Slicked back with leather hat

When wear­ing a hat or fas­ci­na­tor, you usu­ally can­not go wrong with a sim­ple bun or ele­gant chignon at the nape of the neck. Sweep the rest of the hair back for a smooth look, and then put on your headpiece.

 

Slicked with fascinator

As you can see, the hat or head­piece takes cen­ter stage and a bad hair day is nullified.

 

Floral fascinator

You can also perch your head­piece atop a French twist…

 

 

Red mink fascinator

…or wear it rak­ishly on one side with a high pony!

 

Christian lacroix 2

I love to see cre­ativ­ity in dress­ing. It makes the ulti­mate imago more mem­o­rable, so try inte­grat­ing the hair with the head­piece, as shown above on the cat­walk at Chris­t­ian Lacroix.

Christian lacroix

And remem­ber that you can com­bine ele­ments for a really beau­ti­ful out­come. Wear a long syn­thetic pony­tail with some rib­bon or a flower, or both! Hair acces­sories inte­grate faux hair with your own hair seam­lessly and make the part­ner­ship even more believable.


Keep­ing Track of Trends

Long loose braid

Keep­ing track of trends insures that your hair­style will look cool and cur­rent and cutting-edge. Fash­ion is for­ever chang­ing. And if 2014 was the year of the braid, above, then 2015 is primed to pro­mote the pony!!!

 

All ponytails

The run­ways at Fash­ion Week were pos­i­tively per­me­ated with the pop­u­lar pony!!! Above, from left to right, the pony appeared, in dif­fer­ent incar­na­tions, at: Monique L’huillier, Herve Leger, Fendi, Car­men Marc Valvo, and Chanel!

The pony popped up at both Dior and Car­olina Her­rera as well. At Dior it was a sul­try ren­di­tion by styl­ist Guido Palau, and at Her­rera, Orlando Pita styled the pony low and sleek and wrapped with sil­ver leather!!!

The Power of the Pony

 

Formal ponytail

I pos­i­tively adore the look of a pony­tail with cou­ture. You’re chal­leng­ing con­ven­tions and redefin­ing ele­gance. Rules are meant to be bro­ken. Trust me, life is way more inter­est­ing that way. So the next time you con­tem­plate your hair­style for an haute cou­ture moment, con­sider a high pony like the one above. You can buy the syn­thetic pony­tail at wig shops on the cheap, so they are an attrac­tive option for Haute Cou­ture Hair on a bud­get. In addi­tion, they are easy-peezy to put in, and instantly trans­form hair from drab to drama! I like to use my own hair to wrap around the base of the pony­tail for a sim­i­lar effect to what we saw at Dior.

Color

 

 

Chic pony

The color or col­ors of your coif will def­i­nitely fac­tor into the final look. Bright col­ors and unusual col­ors are widely accepted nowa­days, and I must admit, I think I have a crush on cherry red, above. If you can find a syn­thetic pony like the one above, there’s no need to even dam­age your own hair in the curi­ous quest for color.

Pink knots

Do you see how the bright col­ors above work with cou­ture? I think it looks unique and fab­u­lous, but exper­i­ment and find your sig­na­ture style.

Cruella 3

Per­son­al­lly, I’m slightly obsessed with the notion of oppo­sites, and I’m dig­ging this photo edi­to­r­ial above, sourced by my fash­ion­able friend Lexee of Lexee Cou­ture. The model is a witty nod to Cruella Dev­ille. Love it. I’d like to try this in reverse: my black hair with a sin­gle, bril­liant white skunk stripe! Talk about drama!!!


If All Else Fails….


Slicked with chopsticks

 

If you’ve run out of money, time, or options, or if the hair­dresser screws it up, sim­ply slick your hair back in a tight bun, punc­ture it with a pair of chop­sticks, and call it a day……a Bad Hair Day. See you around. xxx

Monday, March 30, 2015

Clothes Crush: Italian Fashion Designer Sylvio Giardina

Sylvio giardina coat 2015 2016

Hi guys! I am totally crush­ing on this fab­u­lous coat by Ital­ian artist and fash­ion designer, Sylvio Gia­r­dina!!! Isn’t it just spectacular?

I real­ize that sum­mer is just around the cor­ner and high tem­per­a­tures are eminent….but it’s never too early to plan ahead with regard to fash­ion! I just dis­cov­ered this coat and fell head-over-heels in love! Imag­ine the cou­ture scene you could cre­ate in this styl­ish offer­ing from Sylvio’s 2015–2016 fall col­lec­tion! I will wear it with leather leg­gings or a leather mini-skirt and thick tex­tured tights! It is so decid­edly ‘now,’ what with the cur­rent black-and-white trend that you’re see­ing all around the Euro­pean run­ways. This coat is just heavenly….

Sylvio, who cre­ated his name­sake brand in 2011, is truly an artist, and that is a fact. You see, the search for a new sil­hou­ette is the phi­los­o­phy of his work. Clas­sic shapes of the body are elim­i­nated to cre­ate other, new ones. While doing a lot of exper­i­men­ta­tion, Sylvio never loses sight of the main func­tion that the clothes must be wear­able. He believes that you must find a bal­ance between cre­ativ­ity and production.

For Sylvio Gia­r­dina, “art is the inspi­ra­tion, and fash­ion is the instru­ment,” he stated. “These are not sep­a­rate enti­ties, but com­ple­men­tary and indis­pens­able to one another.” Wow, now that’s an intel­li­gent approach to beauty. Thanks, Sylvio…and can you ship that coat to me, STAT?!? I’m plan­ning ahead, Dar­ling. xxx

 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Top Trend Prediction: Facial Jewelry

Givenchy facial jewelry 1

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.

Givenchy facial jewelry 2

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.

Givenchy facial jewelry

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.

Galliano 1

I adore the dra­matic smoky gem-encrusted eye above and the shel­lacked gold-leafing on the model’s hair. Talk about exotique!

 Pat mcgrath for galliano at margiela

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!!!

Laleh face shot

 

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!!!

 

Laleh s fingers

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.

xxx

 

 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The New Ponytail

Ponytail 1

 

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.

 

Leather wrapped ponytails 

 

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.

 

Dior ponytails 2015

 

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.

Kim and j lo

 

Glam­ourous, yet simple!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, March 2, 2015

On The Rise: Thigh-High Boots

Nude lace ups

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

 

J. Lo goes high with Chris­t­ian Louboutins, above, and in Tom Ford, below….

 

J lo 2

 

…while Kylie Jen­ner is keep­ing up with the trend in a gladiator-laced thigh high.

 

Kylie jenner

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.

Brown suede lace ups

 

When worn with a sim­ple dress, above…

 

Versace 1

 

 …or in monot­one on the cat­walk for Ver­sace, above and below…

 Versace 3

the thigh-high looks right in red or even in canary yellow.

Versace boots

Ver­sace uses an etched gold plat­form heel to increase the glamour!

 

 Bazaar

Diana Moldovan looks fierce in Casadei boots for Harper’s Bazaar Romania…

Pucci snakeskin boots

…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.


Pucci 2015

Are thigh high boots a ‘sign’ of what is to come? 

Pucci fall 2015 in milan

Surely such drama may be wit­nessed in the embroi­dered astro­log­i­cal sign boot above…

Pucci black and white 2015 fall

…as well as in the graphic black and white sequined Pucci ensem­bles seen here. To die for!

Leopard thigh highs

Stu­art Weitz­man offers some ani­mal mag­net­ism with these leopard-print thigh highs.

Thigh high comp

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. 

Thigh high comp 3

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.

Thigh high comp 2

And design­ers will con­tinue to con­fig­ure more thigh-high footwear (like cage san­dals) to meet the ris­ing demand! We love it.